MPs and Lords prepare inquiry conclusionsSeptember 2008
A group of UK parliamentarians is expected to publish the conclusions of an inquiry into corporate responsibility by the end of the year.
Before the summer recess members of the inquiry team, which was convened by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility, discussed evidence and considered their conclusions.
The inquiry was established in March mainly to identify how companies can use their corporate responsibility programmes to close the UK’s skills gap between now and 2020. The team held three meetings from May to July to gather oral evidence and asked more than 40 organizations for written submissions.
Its members were Baroness Greengross, who chairs the group, Baroness Howe, Lord Newby, and MPs Martin Horwood, John Robertson and Jo Swinson. Among those giving evidence were Yogesh Chauhan, the BBC’s chief adviser on corporate responsibility and Dame Mary Richardson, the recently retired chief executive of the HSBC Global Education Trust.
The group, formed in 2001 by backbench MPs and peers, holds regular meetings in parliament, usually inviting witnesses. Its first inquiry in 2007 focused on vulnerable customers, leading to a report urging companies to identify such customers and to report publicly on their efforts to assist them.
Lord Newby has been elected vice-chair of the group to succeed Lord Holme of Cheltenham, who died in May.
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