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CSR group grows rapidly

April 2002

More than 130 parliamentarians have now joined the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, which was founded last year by 40 MPs and peers.

Among those to have signed up are the Labour MPs Ben Chapman, Tam Dalyell, Parmjit Dhanda, Alan Howarth, Fiona MacTaggart and Oona King, the Conservative MPs Nigel Evans and John Gummer, and the Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik.

Peers to have joined the group include Lord Haskins, former non-executive chairman of Northern Foods (Labour), Baroness Howe (a crossbencher), the former Conservative minister Lord MacGregor, the film-maker Lord Puttnam (Labour), Lord Taylor of Warwick (Conservative), and the former speaker of the House of Commons Lord Weatherill (crossbencher).

The All Party Group, chaired by Baroness Greengross (crossbench), will hold a meeting in the Houses of Parliament on 15 April looking at the case for and against mandatory social and environmental reporting.

Organized jointly with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Socially Responsible Investment, it will hear evidence from Deborah Doane of the New Economics Foundation and Robert Peston, managing director of information technology company quest.com, as well as case studies presented by the Co-operative group and the Association of British Insurers. All its meetings are closed.

The group aims to ‘raise the level of debate and awareness’ in parliament of corporate social responsibility and asks its members to become CSR ‘champions’. It also hopes to encourage MPs and peers to raise CSR issues during parliamentary business and to foster media interest in the subject.

Financial support for its activities is provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers and administrative support by Business in the Community.




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