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Three quarters of companies worldwide yet to acknowledge climate change as a financial risk - news

By Ethical Performance — Almost three quarters (72 percent) of large and mid-cap companies worldwide do not acknowledge the financial risks of climate change in their annual financial...

BrewDog gives away 20 percent of profits - news

By Antonio Pasolini — BrewDog has woofed up its CSR program and will give away 20 percent of its profits every year, the company has announced. 10 percent will be shared equally among its...

Board level volunteering is bringing CSR to life - news

By Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS — CAF’s latest UK giving report found that people donated £9.7 billion to charities last year, with...

Corporate responsibility gains traction in Nigeria - news

By Vikas Vij — The concept of corporate social responsibility is now being embraced by a large number of organizations in Nigeria across different sectors. In the past, CSR was considered...

The Economist Intelligence Unit global business survey finds ‘strategic CSR’ - news

By Brian Collett — A small proportion of global businesses approached by a leading survey agency addresses climate change issues and child labour in their supply chains, though their...

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify...

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify critical...

Getting good guidance  - news

Interview by Adam Woodhall — Ian Joseph has had an eclectic career. He moved from being a pastor to working with those experiencing homelessness and drug addiction, and then took an...

Say hello to the Global Good Awards! - news

For 2018, the National CSR Awards is rebranding as the Global Good Awards. Karen Sutton, CEO and Founder of the Awards (pictured above), explains: “These awards were originally born...

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition - news

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate an agenda for the next 15 years (to 2030) with a view to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The agenda requires...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

Denmaur's recycled "Revive" paper delivers performance with purpose - news

Denmaur Independent Papers, one of the largest paper merchants in the UK, launched Revive, a comprehensive range of recycled papers in April 2016. This was in response to companies and...

Communities thrive when corporations thrive  - news

Interview with Henry Stoever, CMO, NACD by Tom Idle   According to the National Association of Corporate Directors – whose 17,000 members represent around 98% of the Fortune...

Kraft Heinz makes move toward sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — Kraft Heinz, the world’s fifth largest food company valued at $26bn (£21bn, €24.3bn), has announced it is to source all its palm oil in an...

The importance of UN Sustainable Goals in corporate strategies and reporting  - news

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate an agenda for the next 15 years (to 2030) with a view to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The agenda requires...

A conversation with Sandy Boundy, Communications and CSR Manager at Heineken Ireland - news

From "In Conversation," Business in the Community Ireland —    Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the...

Clean energy: big savings for your business - news

By Mypower — Commercial solar panel systems allow businesses to operate with their own self-generated clean energy. Solar power is a natural source of energy and its not only sustainable,...

2017 awards entry deadline extended - news

There's still time to enter this year's National CSR Awards 2017. Entries to this year’s awards, sponsored by Revive , will now be accepted up to and including Friday 10th...

UK Soil Association hosts discussion on good food in the workplace - news

By Antonio Pasolini — For several decades, practicality trumped health when it came to food choices, with disastrous consequences on human health, including soaring rates of obesity, heart...

Subway signs on to responsible tuna sourcing - news

By Brian Collett — Subway, regarded as the world’s largest fast food company, has joined the global organisation that promotes responsible tuna fishing.    The...

"Collaboration is the only way for business to solve today’s sustainability challenges" - news

Interview by Tom Idle Hans Daems , the newly elected chair of CSR Europe, couldn’t have chosen a more pertinent time to take up the position with the business network. Daems, who is...

National CSR Awards now accepting entries - news

  The National CSR Awards are open for entries for the third annual edition.   The Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from small independents to large plcs, with...

Refreshing the business contract with society - news

By Adam Woodhall   “Can business refresh its contract with society before it’s too late?” was the stimulating question with which the CEO of The Crowd , Jim...

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

Sharing values and engagement opportunities - news

by Adam Woodhall - Three engagement specialists recently launched a White Paper at an event in the shadow of London’s Tate Modern which highlighted the challenges and opportunities for...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

Investment platform launched by ecosurety in 'giant step' towards circular economy - news

by Roger Aitken—Circularety, an online platform empowering obligated producers and reprocessors to invest in tangible recycling projects and schemes, has been launched by ecosurety, the...

More companies getting involved in social issues - news

by Vikas Vij — As expectations rise for companies to engage with the communities through communications, advocacy or legal means – and as the implications for business become clearer...

High performing business: the what & why of purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall—“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” Mark Twain. Can business be purposeful and successful? That...

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK postal service, the Royal Mail, is celebrating its 500th birthday of connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities, including...

Reflections on CSR in India - news

by Deepak Arora, CEO, Essar Foundation — The Companies Act, 2013 is considered to be one of the most significant legal reforms in India, having introduced several new provisions, among...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

Scaling the heights with a purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall - The Crowd event, held monthly in central London, always offers thought-provoking themes, and the June edition didn't disappoint. Held at the impressive HQ of the ICAEW ,...

Partnerships, localism and circularity help businesses scoop National CSR awards - news

By Tom Idle - Presiding over the 2016 National CSR Awards  – now enjoying its second year as an useful addition to the  initiatives that recognise best practice in...

Is CSR Dead? A Challenge at the National CSR and Sustainability Conference - news

By Adam Woodhall At the first National CSR & Sustainability Conference , held in London last month, the provocative question "Is CSR dead?" was posed. The question was...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

Corporate volunteering is on the rise. Tom Idle reports on the emergence of skills-based volunteering schemes for senior managers. Mahatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find...

Corporate world moves forward with human rights transparency - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Supply chain transparency regarding human rights is becoming an increasingly important CSR issue. After consulting with more than 400 contributors, the Corporate...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

The (surprising) power of benchmarking - news

How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

Join in with this fascinating debate as a dynamic group of innovators share their ideas and challenge ‘business as usual’ approaches at the Social Responsibility and Sustainability...

A force for good - news

Fujitsu’s  head of responsible business, Juliet Silvester, explains how the company creates long-term value. Interview by Tom Idle The Japanese ICT business Fujitsu is currently...

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

by Sangeeta Haindl When the U.K.’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his very controversial 2016 Budget  last month, he said, “We know that those who...

National CSR & Sustainability Conference - news

Join the ‘sustainable business” debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! 12 May The Crystal, London World record-breaking adventure rower, Roz Savage MBE , the...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

EP Journal Trust in business today goes hand in hand with increased transparency by Miranda Ingram Corporate reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose, but any company that...

The Body Shop speaks up - news

EP Journal The Body Shop’s new CSR strategy is designed to make consumers realize why they fell in love with the brand in the first place. by Tom Idle The influential...

Award entries booming for National CSR Awards 2016 - news

“With the extended entry deadline of March 18 just days away, the National CSR Awards (NCSRA) are heading for a record number of entries,” reports NCSRA CEO Karen Sutton. “The...

Business in the Community Ireland offers Business Working Responsibly Mark - news

BITC Ireland has launched the Business Working Responsibly Mark, a standard that certifies responsible and sustainable business practices. The Mark is the only CSR standard in Ireland that...

When it comes to CSR, keep on keeping on - news

This is my final issue at the helm of Ethical Performance. It’s been an extremely interesting and enlightening three years, the spirit of which I shall endeavour to take with me. One...

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

The corporate world is now well-versed in producing an annual document showcasing best practice. But can sustainability reports actually be used effectively as a stakeholder engagement tool?...

CSR on upward trajectory in South Korea - news

According to Business Korea magazine, South Korean companies are making greater social contributions. Based on recent surveys by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and the Korean Chamber...

Korea’s largest steel maker expands community investment programme - news

POSCO, South Korea’s largest steel maker, has expanded its corporate social responsibility activities with its “For a Better World” vision, focusing on raising funds and...

Hong Kong’s Hang Lung Properties clinches top reporting award - news

Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong clinched Asia's Sustainability Reporting of the Year Award at the inaugural event in Singapore this week. The company also won the Best Sustainability Report...

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

Scottish businesses must be motivated by more than the financial bottom line if they are to help build a fairer and greener Scotland. That’s the conclusion of Better Business, a new...

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

With previous sponsors and supporters like Mercedes-Benz, Natwest and Carillion, the 2016 National CSR Awards will celebrate business excellence and innovation in corporate social responsibility...

National CSR Awards 2016 now open for entries - news

Entries are now open for the 2016 National CSR Awards (NCSRA), which will celebrate the very best in CSR and sustainability in a high-profile ceremony and accompanying seminar programme, at The...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

This year the first directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures is due to take effect across the EU which breaks new ground in corporate reporting requirements. Elisabeth Jeffries...

When it comes to CSR, can you teach an old dog new tricks? - news

The necessity to engage everyone in the CSR agenda isn’t always an easy path to tread, writes William Buist . Generational divides in the workplace seem to be getting wider down to the...

Post COP21, what’s our professional role now? - news

COP21 – 190 nations gathering in Paris to find a new global agreement on climate change. Were they the success everyone hoped they would be? asks Claudine Blamey. Or did the final...

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

The interests of employees can take a back seat when firms mobilize resources for CSR, write two leading Korean academics in Seoul, Heung-Jun Jung and Dong-One Kim. Dong-One Kim is dean and...

IHRB outlines top 10 corporate responsibility issues for 2016 - news

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a global think tank, has published its annual Top 10 list of business and human rights issues for 2016. This year’s list includes...

UK food business pledges to make a difference in Malawi - news

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has launched an initiative to help provide food security to a farming community in Malawi, Africa. Owners of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s,...

CSR commitments do pay off finds new study - news

A new study has identified three common factors that ensure CSR adds to a company’s bottom line. Academics reviewed 163 research papers from top-tier journals published from 2000 to...

The newfound power of responsible advertising - news

Recently, Europe has been witnessing major changes in terms of mass media consumption. This has led to a significant transformation in the purchasing behaviour of consumers, writes Andrea...

Why transparency is the clear way forward - news

Last year, Land Rover shared how pioneering technology could be used to develop a ‘transparent’ bonnet, writes Laura Vickery , global CSR manager at the car maker. A...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

The Tokyo Foundation, an independent, Japanese, not-for-profit think tank that works on policy proposals for both the public and private sectors recently reported on the growing importance of...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

Kangwon Land, a South Korean company that redevelops abandoned mines into resorts, casinos, and conference centres has been recognised as one of Korea’s most sustainable enterprises for...

CSR Services Directory to aid corporations tackling new UN SDGs - news

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals now formally adopted, Ethical Performance is updating and expanding its international CSR Services Directory to showcase the work and services...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories. With the introduction of three...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

Sustainability teams must work more closely with marketing if they are to realise the value of corporate social responsibility for their brands, says Michael Dickstein , director of global...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

As part of its ongoing Journey to Sustainable Luxury project, Chopard, the Swiss luxury watch, jewellery and accessories company, recently teamed up with Eco Age, a brand consultancy that helps...

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

Catch me on a bad day and I’m likely to be as critical as anyone of current formulations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironic, then, that I was invited to champion the...

Business must address quality factors, says Ofsted - news

Companies which place an emphasis on employing apprentices as part of their CSR strategy to help reduce youth unemployment would have read with great interest recently the message from Sir...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

Konica Minolta looks to develop greener credentials - news

Konica Minolta, Inc, the Japanese technology company headquartered in Tokyo, is looking to reduce CO2 emissions over product lifecycles by 80% by 2050 (compared with 2005). One key way...

Asiana Airlines learns CR lessons at schools in China - news

Asiana Airlines, Korea’s second-largest carrier, has formed a sisterhood relationship with an elementary school in China as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts. The carrier...

Jaguar Land Rover to drive new water safety project - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new project in Africa as part of its global CSR programme. In its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and operations, the...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

Entries are now open for the inaugural Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, the first such awards for the region. An independent panel of judges including Alex Mavro (coo, Centre for...

National CSR Awards 2016 set to sparkle at The Crystal - news

The Crystal , the world’s most sustainable events space, is to host next year's National CSR Awards in London “The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has appointed Victoria Moorhouse as Corporate Responsibility (CR) Programme Manager. Kerry Parkin, head of CSR and Communications at Costa,...

We’re talking serious CSR here, aren’t we? - news

Why is CSR sometimes considered a dirty word in business circles? I’ve mentioned in this column before the sniffy attitude I’ve received at mainstream business events when I’ve...

Hyundai Mobis takes CSR activities beyond borders - news

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea’s largest auto parts manufacturer, is stepping up efforts to extend its CSR programme beyond its national borders. The company is the “parts and...

Consumers want more businesses to engage with social causes - news

A new annual survey highlights the growing appetite for business to play a greater role in tackling social and environmental issues. The inaugural Business to Society Survey, commissioned...

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

More and more companies are linking staff pay and bonuses to sustainability performance. Is it a fad, or a genuine tool to drive employee engagement at scale? And is it having the desired...

Putting skills at the heart of the development agenda - news

Private sector investment in developing countries dwarfs aid budgets several times over, writes Matt Foster, director of strategies and programme effectiveness, VSO. Large institutional...

South Korea’s LG Electronics holds first CSR meeting in China - news

Early July, South Korea’s LG Electronics held a meeting of advisers on corporate social responsibility in Beijing as part of a renewed commitment to more socially responsible activities at...

Korean ad agency Cheil fine tunes CSR - news

South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of its 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule by creating an unusual grand piano to generate interest in the reunification of South and...

Jumping jellyfish! TV channel pushes kids empowerment project - news

Nickelodeon, the TV channel behind Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, has instigated a new social campaign to empower kids to make positive changes in the world around them. Called...

The trust, the whole trust and nothing but the trust... - news

I’ve heard a lot about trust in business so far this year. I have been heartened by the ever wise words of Business in the Community’s Stephen Howard – “authentic...

Japan Tobacco makes progress with sustainability initiatives and reporting - news

Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has published a report outlining its sustainability initiatives and performance for 2014. JT began developing its sustainability strategy in 2012, initially focussing on...

Pernod Ricard ramps up responsible drinking efforts - news

The 5,500 sales representatives of the wines and spirits multinational Pernod Ricard were enlisted last month for the company’s fifth Responsib’All Day aimed at promoting the...

RE100 drives call for renewable power priority at Formula E eprix - news

Renewable power is good for business and should be a priority for governments taking climate action, senior business executives and energy experts urged at the recent FIA Formula E eprix in...

BLOG: A new brand of high performance CSR? - news

Corporations, like individuals, are never truly altruistic – in a capitalist society, individual benefit is incentivised, writes Doug Flynn of global consultancy North Highland . It...

Collaboration key to 'sustainability crunch' says BIFM report - news

Businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The...

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

What makes a business responsible? A deceptively simple question which is often the source of complex debate, writes Stephen Howard. To mark Responsible Business Week 2015, we asked this...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

Excellent, you’ve found us, writes Claudine Blamey . After years studying or working in another profession, you’ve decided to start a career in CR and sustainability (CRS). What do...

Sustainability professionals happier, survey finds - news

Professionals who switch to environment and sustainability roles believe they have chosen well. A practitioner survey says 87% report a high level of satisfaction with their decisions, and...

BLOG: FIFA Scandal - A tipping point for CSR? - news

I have been writing about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sport, especially football, needs a new level of responsibility for several decades - see for instance the group discussion in...

CSR driving access to new markets, says ACCSR - news

Innovative corporate social responsibility practises are helping more companies than ever before to access new markets, according to the 2015 State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual...

3BL Media acquires UK-based CSR publisher of Ethical Performance - news

3BL Media, LLC, a corporate communications platform exclusively dedicated to the distribution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and content, has acquired Dunstans...

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

Setting 'relevant' sugar and salt reductions across its menus is one of Whitbread's new CR commitments.  The owner of the Premier Inn franchise and the Costa coffee chain...

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

Prestigious New York jeweler Tiffany & Co has appointed the company’s first-ever chief sustainability officer with its stated aim “to elevate the company’s sustainability...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

Fair and respectful treatment of employees is the most important sign of a responsible business in the eyes of the public, reports a Business in the Community (BITC) survey. Altogether 92%...

CCC questions fashion chain H&M’s living wage claims - news

As H&M launched its 2014 sustainability report, pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) called on the Swedish fashion retailer to show evidence to back up the 'fair living wage'...

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

I was temporarily impressed by footballer’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 50 new tattoos. Not so long ago, the PSG star hoisted off his shirt after scoring against Caen to reveal the names of...

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

Human rights and labour rights groups are to face a new challenge, finds Keith Crane reporting last month’s forum, “The new normal in China Communications and CSR”,...

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

Lenovo takes CSR strategy into new markets - news

Chinese technology giant Lenovo has teamed up with non-profit United Way to support a variety of education projects in France, Israel, Romania and the UK. Catherine Ladousse, director of...

And the National CSR Awards 2015 winners are.... - news

Nine awards and two Special Recognitions were presented recently at the inaugural National CSR Awards with Marks and Spencer, Wyke Farms and Zurich Community Trust among the winners. The...

CBI urges new attitude to profit to build consumer trust - news

What can business do to restore public trust? That was the question poised at a recent CBI debate, one in a series of events designed to help rebuild confidence in business. Katja Hall,...

Jaguar Land Rover sees workforce volunteering rate jump 36% - news

Workforce volunteering has leapt 36% at automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover with more than 9,600 employees donating over 115,000 hours (or 14,400 working days) to support their local communities....

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

CSR audit and consultancy firm Vigeo’s latest analysis shows a dramatic movement towards a more universal adoption by listed companies in publishing commitments and information about their...

Business needs to focus on people and purpose, says Deloitte Global - news

Business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (Deloitte Global) fourth annual Millennial survey. Deloitte...

Finding the inspiration for change - news

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded in Davos. It’s one of those gargantuan, international, annual events that while attracting heads of state, fails to engage heads on the...

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

Debbie Read, head of CR at Molson Coors, has worked for the international brewer for seven years. Best known for its brands Coors, Carling, Cobra and Miller, the brewer has changed a lot in the...

Carlsberg takes action on responsibility pledge - news

The potent lager Special Brew, created by the Danish Carlsberg company in 1950 in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, may be watered down to comply with guidelines agreed by the industry and the UK...

‘Transformational’ volunteering to replace ‘transactional’ in US - news

The days of counting employee volunteer hours as an indicator of valuable community service are on the wane. Corporate volunteer programs in the US and globally are moving in the direction...

‘Nice to Have’ versus ‘Must Have’ - news

David Picton, chief sustainability officer, Carillion explains why now, more than ever, sustainability is not a nice-to-have but a 'must have' Sustainability is critical for...

Jacques Maire joins Vigeo executive committee - news

Former executive at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jacques Maire has joined CSR rating agency Vigeo's corporate executive committee as director of...

2degrees unveils top 25 under 25s working in sustainable business - news

2degrees, the online collaboration platform and service for sustainable business, has unveiled its list of the Top 25 Under 25s for 2014. Among those that made the cut are professionals...

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

A new year, a fresh start... but how many organisations will boast new resolutions? Ethical Performance talks to key industry players about what they believe will be the prime sustainability...

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

As we enter the season of over-indulgence, Roland Pirmez, president of Heineken Asia Pacfic tells Ethical Performance why responsible consumption is one of the most important issues on the...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

Having been inspired by a former KPMG partner who lectured on corporate responsibility while doing his MBA, Mark Parker, CSR Programme Manager at Whitbread, tells Ethical Performance how he...

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

A London restaurant that serves up fine dining to the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew is also cooking up a storm in the homeless community with its award winning...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

National CSR Awards – join us for the CSR event of the year! - news

An impressive team of judges, supporters and contributors have been lined up to join Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP at the inaugural awards and showcase on 6 March 2015 at...

Friends with shared benefits - news

NGOs no longer view corporates just as benevolent cash machines, they recognise they can offer a whole lot more than money. Similarly companies are viewing NGOs not simply as some kind of...

CR is increasingly defined by what a company does, not what it gives - news

Since the recession, businesses have been faced with an increasingly cynical public who are more concerned than ever about the ethics of the brands they choose to engage with. Working at...

Unicef and DLA Piper join forces to tackle child justice challenges - news

UNICEF and international law firm DLA Piper have established a pioneering partnership focused on improving the quality of care and protection for children who come into contact with judicial...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

Staking your reputation on the digital age - news

In these days of increasingly sophisticated social media it only takes one off-message supplier and a backpacker with a phone camera, to bring corporate reputations crashing down. So what steps...

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

Timberland, of Stratham, New Hampshire, creator of the famed yellow leather work boot, is in the midst of rectifying a self-inflicted CSR public relations problem. In mid-July the $1.6bn...

Perion in CR push following merger - news

Following its reverse merger with Conduit’s Client Connect, app monetization and software company Perion is ramping up its CR efforts with a $1.5m volunteering initiative. Simone...

New platform matches community projects with corporate sponsors - news

A new platform has launched to help matchmake community projects with relevant corporate sponsors and volunteers. Neighbourly.com is the brainchild of Nick Davies, the online social...

CSR comes of age with launch of first professional institute - news

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, hailed the recent launch of the Institute of Corporate Resposibility and Sustainability (ICRS) as "a giant step forward for CSR from being 'nice to...

Mark Carney appointed co-president of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of business....

Making room for CSR - news

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) may be an internationally recognised hotel brand but its business model is actually asset light in that it only directly owns 9 hotels worldwide. However,...

EC directive a turning point for reporting frameworks? - news

The ‘last word’ by Elaine Cohen in the March edition of Ethical Performance was a timely summary of what has been becoming apparent for some time. There is indeed a degree of...

Research proves link between CR reporting and stock price uptick - news

New research offers proof that investment in, and subsequent reporting of, corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves a firm’s stock price. Professor CB Bhattacharya, E.ON Chair...

Carney takes on co-presidency of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that aims to put Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of...

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

Australian organisations are falling behind when it comes to the implementation of corporate social responsibility (CSR), reveals this year's annual review from the Australian Centre for...

Employee performance boosted by CSR involvement - news

Employee engagement in CSR activities can demonstrably improve job performance, new research from ESMT European School of Management and Technology maintains. The study, published in the...

UK businesses urged to get ready for new energy regulations - news

British business is being advised to get ready for the implementation of the UK’s response to the energy efficiency directive from the EU.  The Department of Energy and Climate...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

Mary Rose Burke, director of business representation with Ibec and James Winters, plant manager for the DePuy Synthes Ireland Manufacturing Operation have been appointed board members of BITC...

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

UK companies must rediscover the lost arts of innovation, argued the PwC annual CEO survey earlier this year. In fact, companies everywhere are under pressure to adapt to the double whammy of...

Women losing out in CSR salary stakes - news

The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have...

Time to take a look at your data supply chain footprint - news

There’s a large elephant in your server room (data centre), writes Eiríkur Hrafnsson, co-founder and coo of GreenQloud. It’s something you’re not thinking about as...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of social responsibility at Ann Inc., gives Ethical Performance a glimpse into some of the fashion house’s latest sustainability program...

When it comes to integrated reporting, first think ‘integrated thinking’ - news

Wiebke Flach, head of advisory services at Business in the Community, explains the integrated approach to reporting. In the simplest terms, integrated reporting is when a company...

China’s austerity regime sets way for new business model - news

China’s new era of austerity could lead to a new way of global corporate governance, a Beijing forum has been told. Its still-growing economy will set the tone for a new world way of doing...

GRI vs IIRC vs SASB: no synergy, no leadership - news

Elaine Cohen, ceo of Beyond Business Ltd, discusses the current state of play in reporting frameworks   We are witnessing a leadership battle for ownership of sustainability...

A case of rum and reason - news

Ethical Performance talks to Dave Howson, CSR and sustainability director of Bacardi, the world’s largest privately-owned drinks company   Starting out as a warehouse manager...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

At the time of writing I am waiting to hear details of how bookmaker Ladbrokes is going to measure success in its promise to link executive pay to efforts to tackle problem gambling. The...

Banknote business trailblazes industry-wide code of ethical conduct - news

Crane Currency, De La Rue plc and Innovia Security have become the first companies to be accredited under the Banknote Ethics Initiative (BnEI). The BnEI was launched last year at the...

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's...

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on chief executives to reward responsible behaviour in the same way that they incentivise staff to meet financial targets and generate...

Because we’re worth it... - news

Ethical Performance talks to Alexandra Palt, CSR and sustainability director of French beauty giant L’Oréal What does sustainability mean to you? In order to prepare for a...

Barcardi to ramp up responsible drinking efforts - news

The world’s largest privately owned drinks company, Bacardi Limited, has announced plans to strengthen and expand its responsible drinking and responsible marketing efforts globally....

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Strategic software combines reporting platforms - news

Sustainability Sure is a new platform that combines energy meter analytics, CRC compliance and reporting, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a single...

The challenge of transformational change - news

The start of a New Year generally means a rash of New Year resolutions. I have to admit that I’ve not made my own yet. I always get stuck between setting myself easily achievable (so...

H&M commits to living wage for textile workers - news

Dutch high street fashion chain H&M has committed to paying textile workers in its supply chain the living wage by 2018. At a recent supply chain conference in Berlin, Helena...

The importance of learning from each other - news

Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, explains why robust CSR award schemes are powerful mechanisms for sharing best practice The CSR agenda faces a frustrating...

A very CSR festive favourite… - news

I recently revisited an old DVD festive favourite, A Miracle on 34th Street (the original starring Edmund Gwenn, not the horrendous Nineties remake with Sir Richard Attenborough) and was...

International shoe brands come under child labour spotlight - news

A new report from Stop Child Labour (SCL) raises questions about big brand shoe labels and their track records in addressing the issue of child labour in their supply chains. SCL says that...

Colombian farmers get coffee break with SAP - news

German multinational corporation SAP is supplying technology and training to Colombian coffee farmers in an attempt to help them develop more sustainable business practices. The software...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

  Sandra Seru, head of strategy & reporting, sustainability & responsibility at Diageo tells Ethical Performance how the drinks group is tackling the social problem of alcohol...

Community engagement wins back capital's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Dell ramps up CSR strategy with Legacy of Good plan - news

ITC giant Dell is incorporating a 2020 Legacy of Good plan into its current ‘Powering the Possible’ CSR strategy. The computer company says that the plan is designed to...

NGO collaborations: to have, to hold? - news

While the threat of being tried for piracy no longer hangs over them, the Greenpeace activists (28 members and two freelance journalists) detained currently in Murmansk are – at the time...

People Profiles: Manny Amadi, C&E Advisory - news

MANNY AMADI Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Jonathan Dutton joins ACCSR - news

Corporate social responsibility advisory and training firm, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He...

Beiersdorf to merge corp comms into CSR - news

Nivea news... Beiersdorf is reshaping its Corporate Communications. With effect from October, it will be merging its Corporate Communications and Corporate Sustainability departments. Inken...

Why online safety isn't child's play any more - news

Online safety is a big headline grabber at present, in an era when many children are more internet-savvy than their parents. Issues such as bullying, grooming by paedophiles and online...

inbrief - news

Jewel in the crown.. . CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will work to further...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

Sandra Kerr, OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, the race equality campaign from Business in the Community, tells Ethical Performance why diversity is key to the responsible business...

UNICEF launches business toolkit on children’s rights - news

UNICEF has launched a toolkit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations. The new tools recommend ways for businesses to incorporate children’s rights into...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

The UN Global Compact and newspaper group Financial Times have produced the first benchmark for CSR in Africa. The joint initiative, the Africa Sustainability Barometer, gauges the state of...

inbrief - news

? Deloitte decision... Dr Helena Barton joined Deloitte as a partner in its Danish Governance Risk & Compliance section last month. Barton’s responsibility will include expanding...

Sustainability Consortium moves into China - news

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has appointed its first China director, following the inauguration of its partnership with Nanjing University. Wei Dong Zhou will be responsible for...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

Daniella Vega is head of responsibility at BSkyB’s CSR department, aka The Bigger Picture, and is also this year’s recipient of 2Degree’s Sustainability Champion of the Year...

inbrief - news

Starring roll...SCA-owned tissue brand, Velvet, has won two awards for its ‘Three Trees’ promise in this year’s International CSR Excellence Awards for corporate social...

There's no getting away from CSR... - news

It wasn’t meant to be a busman’s holiday but once inveigled in the world of CSR there is no escape it seems. My summer destination this year was Brittany, a part of France...

Practising what you preach? Survey to explore employment practices in CSR and sustainability sector - news

Given the recent media discussion about the prevalence of unpaid internships and zero hours contracts, CSR consultancy Terrafiniti is exploring the issue via an online survey. Keen to hear...

Tiffany sparkles with 100% diamond traceability - news

Tiffany & Co can trace 100% of its diamonds to a known mine or supplier (with multiple known mines) according to the internationally celebrated jeweller’s latest CSR report. The...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He tells Ethical Performance how he works across the business’s network of experts...

Here be dragons? - news

An unexplored territory to many, Keith Crane looks at how foreign companies are approaching CSR programmes in China and discovering that businesses need to ‘reverse the support...

Getting the green light to tell your ethical story - news

How about this for the ultimate in greenwashing? Michinoku, a Japanese company which was - up until recently - making pampered pooch treats from one of the rarer species of whale, described...

A framework for maximising employee engagement - news

The UK is ranked ninth amongst the world’s twelve largest economies for employee engagement levels (Kenexa 2009). Productivity statistics also paint a worrying picture with a recent ONS...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

Orchestrated by CSR Europe and BiTC, 31 national European networks and organisations in 30 countries joined forces to deliver the first ever pan-European CSR Award Scheme. The winners have just...

New OECD working party chair - news

Dr Roel Nieuwenkamp has started as chair of the new OECD working party on Responsible Business Conduct. This unique intergovernmental working party is dedicated to corporate responsibilty...

Banking on a powerful phase of CSR - news

Nick Wright, managing director of CR and Community Affairs, EMEA at UBS, talks about the changes he’s seen during his 10-year tenure at the Swiss bank Q CSR impacts broadly on a...

Changing behaviour over children’s rights - news

Companies interact with children on a daily basis, although often this is neither directly nor purposefully. Children are workers in their factories and fields, family members of their...

Nestlé to tackle European youth unemployment with new scheme - news

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, plans to help at least 20,000 young people across Europe find employment over the next three years. The “Nestlé in...

Europe celebrates inaugural CSR awards - news

The 60 winners of the inaugural European Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award Scheme have celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony in Brussels. This pan-European award...

Talking the talk... - news

US business consultancy BrownFlynn has put together an online glossary of ‘sustainable speak’. From ‘Accountability’ to ‘Zero Waste’, the terminology of...

UKSIF calls for G8 to address barriers to responsible investment - news

As the G8 Summit kicks off in North Ireland, the UK’s Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called for attendees to use the event to make progress in breaking down...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

New ways of measuring company performance - news

Written by Jeffrey Harrison &  Andy Wicks, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, US Firm performance is a fundamental issue for scholars and practitioners alike. We...

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

Leading British business charity, Business in the Community (BITC) has published the results of its first Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark, which scored the level of publicly available information...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

Making 100% of its fish independently certified as sustainable and halving the amount of packaging it uses (based on 2005 levels) – all by 2016 – are just two of 12 pledges being...

Back to the future for CSR professionals? - news

For nearly two decades I have been privileged to lead many of The Co-operative Group’s excellent ethical and environmental programmes. The Co-operative Bank’s charismatic md, Terry...

Ethical Performance Relaunches Online - news

Market leading CSR and sustainability newsletter Ethical Performance has relaunched its website with a new look as well as offering additional content. Users of the site will find a greater...

Disney takes more transparent approach to reporting - news

Family entertainment giant and American institution, Disney is changing the way it records and publicises its CSR strategy in citizenship.    The company’s new Citizen...

Amadeus technology flies high for UNICEF - news

“This has the potential to be the biggest global CSR programme ever,” Tomás Lopez Fernebrand, senior vp, general counsel & corporate secretary, Amadeus told Ethical...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Aviva, HSBC & Tesco team to back Street Children day - news

Financial institutions are not well known for working in partnership but this year global insurance brand Aviva has teamed with HSBC, together with supermarket giant Tesco, to back International...

Points to Ponder - news

Points to Ponder... On sustainable behaviour (1): “More people are asking: “Is ‘sustainability’ good enough?” It’s not, of course. As Michael Braungart observes: “If somebody asked you how...

Business urged to push children’s rights further up CSR agenda - news

New research from UNICEF and Ipsos MORI shows that while more than two-thirds of UK businesses interviewed think that responsibilities to children will become more important to UK companies over...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Bahrain considers adding CSR to curriculum - news

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) could soon be rolled out as a mandatory subject in Bahrain’s high schools and universities, according to recent press reports. Shaikh Ahmed bin...

GRI Guidelines win recognition - news

GRI survey... The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines now rank among the most widely recognised CSR instruments among large European companies, according to new research published by...

British business failing to integrate CR strategy - news

The latest results of Grayling Pulse, the quarterly global survey of in-house communications professionals, shows that almost two thirds of businesses in the UK are not integrating their...

The challenge of big business in the social enterprise sector - news

In 2013, social enterprises are facing numerous challenges. For those working in public sector markets, there is a growing fear that the services they deliver across the UK will shrink, and many...

Antipodes doubt native CSR leadership - news

Australian and New Zealand CSR practitioners doubt the CSR leadership in their own companies compared with that within other organisations, according to research by the Australian Centre for...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

In the third CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina CR, an invited group of senior media industry professionals discussed the ethical issues...

EU seeks to engage business on CSR with guide on trade union rights and child labour - news

The right to join a trade union and conduct collective bargaining are the main features of an EU draft guide to human rights in business and now out for public consultation. One of the...

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to require EU businesses to introduce non-financial disclosure as part of a wider emphasis on using CSR as a driver of economic recovery....

New European CSR award launched - news

Business in the Community and CSR Europe are leading a 29- strong consortium that is launching pan-European CSR excellence awards. The European CSR Award Scheme for Partnership, Innovation &...

Elliott reaches new Milestone - news

Paul Elliott has been appointed Sports & CSR Ambassador for digital media and technology company Milestone.

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

Francoise Grumberg has been appointed the new position of senior director for global responsible business at the business travel specialists Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Francoise will lead the...

Volkswagen kicks off CSR function - news

Molly Yang has been appointed Volkswagen Group China’s vice president for CSR, and is now in charge of the company’s newly-installed CSR function.

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

In the second CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina, an invited group of senior finance industry CSR professionals discussed the ethical...

Creative thinking: the key to a sustainable future - news

The days of CSR are over. Today’s leading businesses commit to big sustainability ambitions that radically reshape why they exist, what they do and how they do it. The key challenge is to...

The old news agenda and today’s drivers of change - news

Reading through the blizzard of reports and utterances from the great CSR news community is not one of the most positive experiences right now. There are so many stories knocking around about...

Companies ‘all talk and no action’ on water scarcity - news

Most of the world’s largest companies are guilty of lacking a long-term water management strategy, even though they discuss the issue in corporate documents.   And, in their CSR...

Drucker moves to Powell Tate - news

Cindy Drucker has joined PR firm Weber Shandwick division Powell Tate as an executive vice president in its Washington DC-based global social impact practice, where she is strategic counsellor...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

inbrief - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Group has organised an event in London on 19 November to set out its plans for the new professional body for CSR practitioners it is launching, to be...

A big conversation with the chattering classes - news

The internet and its burgeoning social networks has given consumers and communities unprecedented power to publish and organise action. But is it just a passing fad? As you read this,...

This is not about growing up. It's about growing stronger - news

As the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) – the development network for CSR and sustainability practitioners – enters its 25th year, it is taking the first steps to establishing a...

Walk the walk, but ensure you also talk the talk - news

As markets become increasingly competitive, every company knows it's vital to recruit and retain the best staff. What some may not realise, however, is that implementing a clear CSR strategy...

The search for value among the numbers - news

We will continue to consume and trade as the climate changes. But in a world where production and supply chains come under increasing strain, how far down the path is it right to exploit...

Cranfield on Corporate Responsibility - news

Connected by the authors’ mutual place of work, the short advisory essays in this book form something of a disjointed and sprawling collective at odds with its aim to be ‘a manifesto...

Miners’ strike shootings comes as tensions rise over pay claim - news

A week of national mourning was declared in South Africa after 34 striking miners were gunned down at a platinum mine operated by London-based Lonmin in Marikana, North West province.  ...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

Companies either headquartered in France and which operate there will be required to comply with a CSR reporting mandate.   Article 225 of the Grenelle II Act is one of the most...

Why the CSR ‘profession’ shouldn’t grow up - news

As the sustainability profession matures, it is becoming another essential department in every organisation. The next phase, proposed by CRG (Corporate Responsibility Group), is to create a...

Indian MPs debate law requiring companies to spend 2% of profits on CSR initiatives - news

Companies based in India are to be required to spend 2% of their net profit on CSR initiatives, under a law before Indian MPs.   And the parliamentary committee, headed by former...

The state is redrawing its battle lines with business - news

Everywhere, there are signs that ‘the state’ is tightening the screw on companies which, in its collective view, are acting unethically, or generally against its interests or that of...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

Harvard professor John Ruggie has been toiling on behalf of the UN since 2005 to devise a framework for ways in which businesses should manage their interactions with the lives they affect. Are...

Fizzy drink manufacturers using CSR to establish ‘innocence by association’ - news

Fizzy drink manufacturers are employing elaborate, expensive, multinational CSR campaigns to ‘mislead’ and mask the contribution they are making to the global obesity crisis,...

Five stock exchanges to promote corporate responsibility - news

Nasdaq is among five stock exchanges that have committed to promoting CSR principles among the nearly 5,000 companies collectively listed on their markets.    The US technology...

CRGPro to set up soon - news

Work is continuing on establishing the UK professional body for CSR practitioners ( EP, November 2011, p8 ), with its launch now pencilled in for the autumn. The Corporate Responsibility Group...

The Quest for Sustainable Business - news

The Quest for Sustainable Business is two things: the most important and, in certain respects the only, historical account of corporate responsibility to date, and a bloody good read....

CSR driving change at the heart of business - news

Economic challenges abound, but the CR Salary Survey 2012, published this month, shows a sector that’s not only enjoying continuing growth but also a place increasingly at the heart of...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

In the first CSR Breakfast roundtable, hosted by Ethical Performance and London-based consultancy Lumina, an invited group of senior fashion industry CSR professionals discussed the ethical...

NGOs slam UN for giving into business ‘bluewash’ - news

The UN has been forced to defend itself against an accusation of corporate capture made by civil society bodies worldwide. The UN, which presides over many significant international CSR...

Ukraine looks for CSR leadership excellence - news

A project aimed at finding the most responsible top-level leader in the Ukraine has been launched by the country’s national CSR organisation. The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

Time to welcome Trafigura into CSR fold - news

Oil trader Trafigura has been held up as displaying the worst of corporate irresponsibility. Oil might be a dirty business, but it is lazy to write such companies off as mere heartless...

Profit motives and the pursuit of happiness - news

When an entrepreneur has the inspiration to start a business, their first aspiration is not necessarily a financial one. Before the bit about developing a sustainable business model comes...

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

A thriving CSR movement among US-based multinationals in India has been revealed in the most detailed catalogue yet of initiatives in the country. The ‘compendium’ of 60...

Heineken looks to take development role in earthquake-stricken Haiti - news

Heineken is planning to build schools and hospitals in Haiti in the latest sign of private-sector expansion into international development and public services. The brewer looks set to...

Pharma firm Merck to subsidise clean water in India to help fight disease - news

The pharmaceuticals giant Merck has joined forces with an NGO to improve access to water and reduce the impact of water-borne disease in India. Merck, which is tackling a CSR issue not...

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

Denmark tops sustainable development league - news

Research ranking sustainable development potential worldwide has listed the Scandinavians as the most competitive nations and Asian nations as the most innovative. The Sustainable...

‘Investor ambivalence’ a drag on ESG performance - news

Global stock exchanges are the leaders in promoting CSR performance and reporting but remain restricted by regulation and investor ambivalence, according to new research from Aviva Investors in...

Integrity accreditation launched to show how businesses ‘practice what they preach’ - news

A new ‘integrity’ accreditation system has been introduced in the UK to ‘reassure’ stakeholders of an organisation’s business ethics. The Investing in...

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

The Dutch business travel and events multinational Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Françoise Grumberg to lead its global CSR activities. Grumberg will prioritise CWT’s...

Barrick Gold sets up advisory board - news

Barrick Gold has set up a CSR advisory board to guide it on social responsibility, with John Ruggie appointed as special consultant to the board. The rest of the Canadian gold mining...

New French regulations in force - news

The disclosure of CSR policy is now mandatory for asset managers in France. Companies will now have to mention the corporate responsibility issues they take or do not take into account in...

The Three Levels of Sustainability - news

As an introduction to and road map for sustainability aimed at the uninitiated, The Three Levels of Sustainability 'aims to provide the missing link in current debates around...

Growing pains and CSR in the People's Republic - news

China's rise to industrial powerhouse has not been painless, with pollution, freedom of speech and workers' rights regularly hitting the news. But CSR could play a critical role in...

Enter the fray and rules will emerge ... eventually - news

It seems like only yesterday that 'globalisation' was the hot topic among economics and documentary journalists. By the late 1990s, as developed countries watched swathes of their...

Ikea seeks suppliers' compliance with sustainability code by end of year - news

The furniture multinational Ikea will remove suppliers from its supply chain if they depart from its code of conduct as it pushes for full compliance this year. This action, meeting part of...

Energy extractives industry sees guidelines updated in wake of BP disaster - news

New non-financial reporting guidance for the oil and gas industry has been produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Designed for companies at various stages of the oil, gas and...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

An ambitious green economy drive announced by the German government emphasises principles in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. The policy recommendations of the...

Seven years on, Compact sees 3,000th expulsion - news

The number of companies expelled from the UN Global Compact has now passed 3,000, and the organisation says CSR has reached 'a major crossroads' worldwide. For failing to...

EU ponders new quotas on women board members - news

The European Union is conducting consultations on mandatory quotas for female representation on company boards, coinciding with a groundswell of corporate support for similar measures in the US....

Efficiency savings success prompts BASF to double its 2020 emissions reduction target - news

BASF has announced new emissions targets after going well beyond its 2020 targets nearly a decade ahead of schedule. Since 2002, the German chemicals multinational has achieved a 35%...

Growing awareness in China sparks demands for corporate transparency - news

Chinese civil society is becoming increasingly environmentally aware, with indications of meaningful pressure on the government and companies operating in China, says a new report. Giving...

Children take CSR centre stage in new UN business principles - news

New UN principles specifically covering children's rights have been published for the use and guidance of businesses worldwide. The Children's Rights & Business Principles,...

Coalition MPs defeat move to place SRI duty on UK’s new financial regulator - news

Coalition MPs have defeated an amendment to a bill which would have placed a ‘duty’ on the UK’s planned Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote social and responsible investment. The...

European countries lead way in sustainability - news

European companies ‘are ahead of the pack’ on sustainability, according to the latest annual Sustainability Yearbook published by KMPG and Sustainable Asset Management (SAM). Firms...

Corporate Sustainability Management - news

This rigorous and in-depth book makes an apparently simple claim about non-financial reporting and sustainability management: that all risks, opportunities and practices must be embedded in...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

Technology giant faces up to its China syndrome - news

I still remember the first time I used an Apple Mac computer, back in the early stages of my career, nearly 25 years ago. The experience was a significant moment and must have been replicated...

Fashion industry launches SME sustainability drive - news

A programme to drive sustainability co-operation and innovation in the fashion industry has been set up by the UN Global Compact. In the Compact’s first sector-specific project, it...

EU announces intention to bolster efforts on supply chain due diligence - news

The European Union has pledged to bolster the transparency requirements for multinational supply chains in a bid to prevent regional conflicts over natural resources. Conceding that...

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

UK telecoms giant O2 has introduced an ambitious three-year strategy for expanding its CSR operations, outlining 40 targets on issues from carbon emissions to flexible working. O2’s...

Foxconn factory first in Apple’s supplier labour practices review - news

Apple has bowed to pressure over alleged labour abuses in its factories and taken one of the most significant CSR steps in its chequered history on the issue by appointing an NGO to inspect all...

Sundström joins Dometic - news

Sweden-based multinational leisure company Dometic has appointed Åsa Portnoff Sundström as its new director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. Replacing Kristin Sjöblom,...

Czech Republic sets CSR strategy - news

The Czech Republic will set its course for the coming years in the wake of the European Commission’s new strategy on CSR. The Czech Business for Society organisation will consult with...

Obesity 'a ticking time bomb' says SAM - news

Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has outlined the investment opportunities created by solutions to obesity. The Zurich-based firm lists the possible returns for the private sector in a range...

CSR efforts recognised in Turkey - news

CSR Turkey has awarded a series of awards to companies deemed to be contributing to the country’s sustainability strategy leading up to 2023, Turkey’s centenary. At its Enterprise...

The Future of Value - news

The Future of Value is one of the best books ever written on CSR. In perhaps the most persuasive book-length argument yet for sustainability’s business case, Eric Lowitt’s brief...

A global call for corporate sustainability - news

Sustainable development, and the critical role of business in sustainability, has become a repeated theme on these pages and in CSR commentaries around the world. With Rio+20 now firmly on the...

Hasbro commits to high principles as it publishes first CSR report - news

Toy and game maker Hasbro has emphasised its commitment to “being a highly principled, trustworthy and transparent company” with the release of its first ever CSR report. Hasbro...

ABP divests from Walmart over workforce practices - news

Walmart has been blacklisted by one of Europe’s largest pension funds over its labour practices. ABP, the largest Dutch pension fund, has withdrawn from the retail giant and has said...

Brazilian bourse aims for pre-Rio+20 boost for CSR - news

A report-or-explain regime is to be introduced by the Brazilian stock exchange to kick-start CSR in the run-up to the UN’s Rio+20 sustainable development conference this summer....

Milk toxin scandal hits China CSR star - news

Public outcry and a debate about the meaning of Chinese CSR have been triggered by an award given to a dairy company that had just produced contaminated milk for the second time in four years....

EU to launch practical guide for SMEs on guiding principles - news

The European Union, having established a new corporate responsibility strategy, is to compile the first international human rights guide for small companies.   The EU produced its...

Ex-ISS employees set up new consultancy - news

A new Australian governance consultancy has been launched by former employees of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Governance. Ownership Matters, headed by Dean Paatsch and with an...

Nelson digs deep for Newmont Mining board - news

Jane Nelson, the founding director the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative, has been appointed to the Newmont Mining board of directors. Once of the United Nations Global Compact,...

Etisalat sets up Ayaadi Fund - news

A Dubai-based CSR fund has been launched by a telecommunications company. Etisalat has set up the Ayaadi Fund to “support the United Arab Emirates community” by funding social...

UN publishes environmental engagement report - news

The United Nations has published a report outlining the key contribution employee engagement can make to achieving environmental targets. Making Environmental Employee Engagement Happen,...

Deutsche Bank launches social investment fund - news

Deutsche Bank has launched a £10m social investment fund. The money, which will be invested in intermediaries that lend to social enterprises, will be released over the next three years...

How by Dov Seidman - news

Perhaps the closest thing yet to a philosophical justification of CSR, Dov Seidman’s book is, apparently, a ‘how’ rather than a ‘how-to’ book. By this he means the...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

Here’s an aspiration: that soon, we’ll be able to read an organisation’s sustainability report and be able to trust the statements on CO2 emissions contained therein. There are...

US companies doing little to back up big CSR claims - news

KPMG has concluded that US companies are favouring style over substance in their CSR priorities, with a national corporate emphasis on ‘communication’ rather than actual performance....

EU firms report ‘aspirations before performance’ - news

Large companies are routinely guilty of publishing “irrelevant data, unsubstantiated claims, gaps in data and inaccurate figures”, according to a new analysis of fact-checking in CSR...

‘Broader action’ needed on water stewardship - news

Little progress has been made on water-related issues by large corporations after initial promises on the CSR issue last year. Research by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) shows that the...

EC finally sets ‘agenda for action’ to promote Europe-wide CSR - news

The European Commission has published a new policy on corporate social responsibility, for the first time committing the European Union to a precise definition of CSR and outlining a concrete...

Smart move at Vigeo - news

Lindsay Smart will head up Vigeo’s newly-opened UK offices. Smart, previously sustainability initiatives manager at Citi Global Transaction Services, will spearhead business development in...

Search engine firm to offer reputation services - news

A UK search engine firm is to offer company reputation management services. In a sign that the prevalence of online shopping is impacting upon CSR communications, SEO Positive will show how...

AccountAbility sets up advisory council - news

Standards consultancy AccountAbility has appointed an advisory council to provide strategic guidance to its operations. Its members include John Fraser, chief executive of UBS Global Asset...

CSR for HR - news

This guide brings together a range of issues central to the responsibility of business, one being the way it treats its workers. Covering complex ground that ranges from diversity to...

CSR: a profession that’s coming of age - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group has decided to create a formal body for CSR professionals. Is this a natural progression for the new generation of CSR practitioners?    ...

Time to see if CSR can give business its moral compass - news

There is a strong connection between the Occupy Wall Street movement – which is said to have spread to more than 900 cities worldwide – and what I call ‘transformative...

In search of the producers from among the predators - news

So, there’s a rip-roaring debate going on about the nature and future of capitalism. New York’s Occupy Wall Street campaign continues, inspiring similar protests in towns and cities...

UN backs core values on commodity markets - news

UN-backed principles for commodities-related investments have been established to help institutional investors navigate the sector’s CSR implications. Responsible Investment in...

Online campaigners make it tricky for one chocolate Halloween treat - news

More than 50,000 consumers have signed an online petition urging a US chocolate maker to buy certified child labour-free cocoa in time for Halloween. In one of the largest ever petitions...

US leads growth in chief sustainability positions - news

The number of chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the US is accelerating, though it may be difficult for outsiders and new talent aspiring to the role to get a foot on the ladder....

Majority of Asian companies ‘failing to recognise basic employee rights’ - news

Nine-tenths of Asian companies have no human rights policies covering their operations in sensitive countries, and are failing to consider the International Labour Organization’s basic...

Fiduciary duty and long-termism drives SRI among European pension funds - news

More than half of European corporate pension funds have an SRI policy, and a further quarter expect to implement one within a year, according to the first comprehensive study of funds in...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

The 2008 crash hit trust in the banking sector, particularly in the US and UK. But can responsible business practices and increased regulation repair the damage? Mark Leftly reports The...

The business climate’s not changing quickly enough - news

As humans, we’re in the lucky position of being able to rationalise. We can weigh up facts and make sophisticated, balanced decisions in pursuit of a defined outcome. But though we can and...

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

Apple continues to draw criticism for its operations in China, as those from within the country become increasingly vocal about the company’s supply chain management. Multinationals...

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

Integrated reporting framework sets out stall on clarity and simplicity - news

An international framework for integrated reporting that will see firms providing more comprehensive, long-term and user-friendly information has been proposed. The International Integrated...

Cocoa buyers join forces on African child labour - news

A $2m (£1.3m, €1.5m) public-private partnership to combat ‘the worst forms’ of child labour in Africa’s cocoa-growing industry has been formed by a multinational...

A financial planning tool that ‘predicts CSR value’ - news

The private arm of the World Bank has launched the Financial Valuation Tool, a resource for predicting returns on future CSR investments. The International Finance Organization programme,...

New German code raises bar on Euro CSR standards - news

A sustainability code has been produced for German companies and investors wishing to align their activities to CSR. It consists of 20 questions on which companies will report their compliance...

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

US companies are accelerating their action on climate change, with more than half of the country’s 500 largest firms now putting the issue at the centre of business strategy. The...

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Willem Vosmer has rejoined the Netherlands-based CSR consultants Steward Redqueen to help develop the company’s emerging markets finance-practice after completing a one-year appointment at...

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Campaigner Jonathon Porritt has slammed most companies’ interpretation of corporate responsibility as “completely vacuous – and one of the principal reasons why so many people...

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Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy achieved one of the oil sands industry’s most energy-efficient production ratings in its first year of independent operation, and cut the frequency of...

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The CSR pioneer Ray Anderson has died, aged 77. Anderson, the founder and chairman of the flooring company Interface, was famous for his impassioned promotion of business ethics and the...

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Political scientist John Ruggie has announced his plans following his six-year tenure as UN special representative on business and human rights, and will join Foley Hoag. Ruggie will work to...

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

The phone-hacking scandal has not only closed the UK’s News of the World newspaper, but has cast doubt over the Murdochs’ future at News Corp Tabloid journalism in Britain...

Reasons to be hopeful about the state we’re in - news

Welcome to this September issue of Ethical Performance . I’m welcoming you to this, my first edition as editor, having succeeded Peter Mason in this role last month. I’m new to CSR...

Growth in corporate-NGO alliances driven by cash and credibility - news

UK corporations intend to increase their investment in NGO partnerships during the next three years, despite the weak economic outlook. And the credibility of such collaborations, from...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Carlsberg subsidiary set to introduce five-point ‘discipline pact’ for suppliers - news

A Ukrainian brewer has become one of the first eastern European companies to establish a code of conduct for its suppliers. Slavutich, part of the Carlsberg Group, has made compulsory...

Good tax planning set to become a CSR target - news

Tax avoidance is ‘as big an issue as sweatshops’, and could become the main target for CSR activity, a global charity has said. The international poverty NGO ActionAid has...

Bank of America responds to financial crisis with first responsibility report - news

The largest US bank has pledged in its first CSR report to put its financial house in order. Bank of America has promised to build a ‘fortress balance sheet’ through...

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Zoe Arden will head a new sustainability unit within the public relations company MSLGroup. Arden was previously CSR director at BT Retail.

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Julia King has been announced as Context’s new managing director. The former GlaxosmithKline CSR head will assume responsibility for running the sustainability consultancy’s UK...

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Corporate progress on CSR has been labelled tangible but insufficient by the United Nations Global Compact, especially in human rights and anti-corruption areas. The Compact’s latest...

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Rory Sullivan will chair the Ethix SRI advisory consultancy’s new advisory council. Sullivan will head the new body, which will provide Ethix with screening advice on a range of CSR issues.

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A CSR network has been established in Kosovo. The network, founded with the American Chambers of Commerce, Coca-Cola Hellenic, ProCredit Bank and others, aims to promote corporate responsibility...

BBC child labour footage ‘was probably faked’ - news

The BBC Trust has admitted that footage purporting to show clothing retailer Primark using child labour was faked. The BBC’s apology refers to a Panorama programme broadcast in June...

AA1000 standards get new seven-strong board - news

Prominent CSR figures have been chosen to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 series of standards.   The new seven-member board will serve for a period of one year and will...

Database will help out with water risk - news

A new, large-scale project to measure water risk will give companies and investors locally specific data. The Aqueduct project, which has been set up by the US-based World Resources...

DZ Bank comes up with new ethics rating - news

A new sustainability rating system that includes an ‘economic perspective’ metric, has been created by Germany’s DZ Bank. The rating brings together data on 150 CSR issues...

Framework should help firms - news

Corporate ‘preparedness’ on human rights risks is growing, but companies are in need of a clear and robust framework on the issue of business and human rights. That’s...

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Singapore-based Halcyon Group has appointed Howard Shaw as senior CSR vice-president. Shaw, formerly executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, will oversee the environmental...

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A free-market non-profit organization has alleged that some of the Western world’s largest multinationals are ‘becoming hostage’ to environmental and human rights...

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A leading financial services company has added CSR services to its securities lending investment programme. Clients of Citi, a US-based consultancy with $13trillion (£8tn, €9.15tn) of...

ISO 26000: the business guide - news

Lars Moratis, Timo Cochius. Greenleaf  Publishing. Paperback, 206 pages. £29.95/€40/$55.00 There’s a certain inevitability about the rapid emergence of ...

C-Suite is impressed with returns from CSR - news

A new survey shows that many companies feel their sustainability initiatives produce benefits that have exceeded expectations. EP looks at  the findings The majority of businesses say...

India’s 2% quota is not the way to spread ethics - news

Aman Singh argues that regulation to require set spending on CSR is likely to achieve very little Can the intangibilities of corporate social responsibility be quantified and regulated?...

Listed status can be a liberation - but it can also act as a straitjacket - news

The flotation of the global commodities trader Glencore hasn’t just raised tens of billions of pounds. It has also brought up uncomfortable questions about the company’s record on...

Daimler sets out ten-year way ahead - news

Daimler has announced ten-year sustainability targets in its latest CSR report. The German car manufacturer has made 51 pledges, from traffic safety to gender equality, in an effort to sharpen...

Business criticized for low uptake of assurance - news

Research outlining the ‘pitifully low’ level of sustainability assurance in UK business has revealed that less than a quarter of big companies include an assurance comment in their...

Walmart’s union stance may halt takeover deal - news

Walmart may be refused permission to expand into South Africa after the government and a coalition of trade unions insisted it must give assurances about its workers’ rights policy....

Big business ethical claims to be tested - news

Dozens of UK and US companies have been invited to participate in research examining their claims about embedding sustainability.   The Ashridge business school in the UK is exploring...

CSO role gains ground as Coca-Cola appoints Perez - news

Coca-Cola has become one of a growing group of companies to create a post of chief sustainability officer (CSO) to oversee corporate responsibility matters close to board level. The...

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Stefan Crets is the new executive director of CSR, joining from Toyota, where he was head of CSR.

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Eurosif, the SRI lobby group, is moving its headquarters to Brussels. The organization will retain two European bases, the other being in Paris, its existing headquarters. It says it is moving...

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The CSR advisory service Acona has become a limited liability partnership (LLP) after six of the company’s senior partners led a buyout from the London-based consultancy’s Norwegian...

Backsliding on tax ‘could undermine CSR policies’ - news

Businesses have been urged to adopt defensible and responsible positions on the payment of taxes – or risk pulling the rug from under their overall corporate social responsibility...

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

Corporate responsibility proponent Sir Geoffrey Chandler has died aged 88. Sir Geoffrey, a former senior Shell executive, was responsible for drawing up the company’s first Statement...

UK Bribery Act will see light of day this summer - news

Guidance published by the UK government on its delayed Bribery Act has been welcomed by businesses and other organizations as an interpretation and clarification of the legislation, allowing...

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The Global Compact has been introduced in Iran at the country’s first international CSR Congress. Participants agreed to build the capacity of business and civil society to advance...

The myth of the ethical consumer - news

Timothy Devinney, Pat Auger & Giana Eckhardt. Cambridge University Press. Paperback,  240 pages. £21.99, $36.99 Here is the antidote to all those surveys purporting to show...

Mining firms begin to disclose more information - news

Transparency in the mining and metals sector is increasing, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have announced. The two bodies...

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

Introducing transparency on boardroom pay comes bottom of the list of urgent corporate responsibility tasks compiled by most companies, new research has shown. A study from the...

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

Multinational power company Enel is to focus its efforts on bridging the ‘energy divide’ that prevents poor people around the world from accessing electricity. The Italian...

Bourses urged to improve disclosure - news

The world’s largest stock exchanges have been urged by investors representing $1.6trillion (£1tn, €1.15tn) to deal with their constituents’ inadequate sustainability...

Aussies reap rewards from uptake of CSR strategies - news

CSR is saving Australian companies money, strengthening reputations and enabling the creation of new products, though budgets have been cut in the past two years. The claim is made by...

Spain passes new disclosure regime - news

A new Sustainable Environment Act strengthening disclosure requirements has been passed in Spain. The law makes two corporate governance provisions, greatly increasing requirements for executive...

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Mike Vaudreuil has been appointed as senior programs advisor at the social auditing firm Verite after 20 years at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of CSR roles. He will be joined by Victor Zamudio,...

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Jorn Wagenbach has been named as the Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut’s new head of corporate communications and CSR. Wagenbach, who joins from the Panalpina logistics firm...

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America’s main ‘thought leaders’ on CSR have been revealed in a US survey. The Trust Across America research organization asked 150 practitioners: ‘Who are the top...

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In our story headed ‘warning: don’t drop CSR marketing’ in the February issue ( EP12, issue 9, p7 ) we should have said the report in question was published by The...

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The online version of the 2011 Ethical Performance CSR Professional Services Directory is now live.

Moving in on the board: the lowdown on CSOs - news

Ben Cartland, an associate at recruitment agency Acre Resources, answers questions on the rise of a new beast in the CSR field: the chief sustainability officer Why are chief...

Western crisis has given Asia more room to adjust - news

Calls for structural reforms in the East no longer hold the force they once did, argues Geoffrey Williams Corporate governance in Asia has been, and continues to be, a thorny issue for...

XBRL: it’s up to GRI to show progress or explain failure - news

More than four years have passed since the Global Reporting Initiative began working on the adoption of XBRL – eXtensible Business Reporting Language – to manage corporate...

Firm makes forest pledges - news

The world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has announced a forest conservation policy aimed at ensuring it has a ‘no deforestation footprint’. Golden...

Etihad Airways joins UK body - news

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways has become a member of the UK-based Business in the Community (Bitc) organization. Anne Tullis, Etihad’s head of CSR and sustainability, said:...

50 corporations will give help to ‘lower rungs’ mainstream - news

A new CSR leadership programme has been set up by the United Nations, under which more than 50 large companies will work on a ‘sustainability roadmap’. Project Lead, announced...

90% now have a budget for CSR - news

The proportion of companies with a dedicated CSR budget is continuing to increase. A survey of members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group carried out late last year found that...

Drive to encourage XBRL proves to be a global flop - news

Hopes that companies will begin adopting eXtensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL, in their corporate responsibility reports appear to be fading, with fewer than a handful having done so...

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The online version of the 2011 Ethical Performance CSR Professional Services Directory, which lists 530 organizations, is now live.

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UK-based marketing consultancy Black Sun has added a dedicated corporate responsibility section to its website. The new area describes the company’s communications work in CSR and its own...

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The US dairy industry has published its first sustainability report. The Innovation Centre for US Dairy, which announced a voluntary goal in 2009 to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a...

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Smaller French companies have been offered a new online resource for non-financial reporting. Corporate Sustainability Reporting, a website for CSR and sustainability reporting in France, has...

One report: one plan for future financial stability - news

Efforts to establish integrated reporting have been stepped up in recent months. Mike Scott speaks to Michael Krzus, an accountant at Grant Thornton and crusader for the cause In the...

Atmosphere of mistrust led to public showdown - news

EP looks at how the collapse of the body that oversees the AA1000 standards is rooted in a wider conflict – and at what might happen now it has disappeared The dramatic collective...

Big goals and a backlash: how 2011 might shape up - news

Aron Cramer, president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, outlines the corporate responsibility trends he believes we should look out for this year   Sustainability...

Let’s not worry too much about a race to the bottom - news

As long as we have strong governance initiatives,China’s move into Africa may well be benign, says Jonas Moberg There is a growing consensus that companies from the East, in...

Key to getting the NGOs onside lies in producing concrete plans - news

Aron Cramer is surely correct, on page two of this issue , to predict that the long-awaited final report of John Ruggie, due this summer, will be among the most important features of the CSR...

Warning: don’t drop CSR marketing - news

Too many businesses are ignoring the important role of marketing in communicating their corporate responsibility successes, says a UK white paper on the future of branding and sustainability....

Regulation is inevitable – so nano firms must act regulation is inevitable - news

The nanotechnology sector has been warned that it will soon face regulatory, liability, reputational and operational risks as the industry’s safety and environmental issues become clearer...

Asian SRI could catch up with West in five years - news

Socially responsible investment now has a ‘strong foothold’ in Asia and could soon match SRI levels in the West. A paper by Geoffrey Williams, chief executive of OWW Consulting...

In shops now: CSR on a barcode - news

A mobile phone application allowing consumers to check the corporate responsibility credentials of products while they shop has been introduced in the UK and France. Barcoo, a free...

Bloc resignation exposes row over AA1000’s future - news

A major conflict over future stewardship of the widely-used AA1000 corporate responsibility standards has erupted with the resignation of the entire standards board that oversees them. The...

The Co-op and M&S rated UK's greenest supermarkets - news

The Co-operative and Marks & Spencer have been rated as the UK's greenest supermarkets, with Tesco, Asda and Netto deemed the industry’s worst environmental performers. The two sector leaders...

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Armies of ‘ethics ambassadors’ should be created across the corporate world, according to the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). The IBE says companies should make existing staff...

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The European Commission has opened an online public consultation on non-financial disclosure by companies. Thomas Dodd, the commission’s CSR co-ordinator, recently suggested that the EC...

In a year of turmoil, what were CSR's key events? - news

EP asked a selection of senior people in CSR and SRI to identify the most significant thing to happen in the world of responsible business during 2010 Jon Woodhead, director , Two...

Was 2010 a watershed year for women in business? - news

One 2010 trend that could easily have been identified by our CSR experts on page nine of this issue was the striking rise up the business and political agenda of the idea that we need more women...

Cypriots press on with CSR - news

Half of companies in the Greek part of Cyprus claim they will be increasing corporate responsibility activities despite the island's economic problems. Research by Marlen Martoudi,...

'Halo effect' can distort consumer view of CSR - news

A company acting responsibly in one part of its business is likely be regarded by consumers as doing so in other connected areas - even if it isn't. Researchers at the Insead...

Chinese bank comes to Europe to seek advice - news

The China Development Bank, which is the largest Chinese financial institution engaged in overseas investment, has sent a delegation of senior executives on a two-week study tour to Europe to...

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

Ireland now has a benchmark for measuring CSR performance in companies and organizations.   The Business Working Responsibly Mark created by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci)...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has jumped  by more than 30 per cent in a year, to 808. The UN claims the surge...

'Green muting' to end in 2011 - news

Companies that are normally reticent about their sustainability achievements will begin to communicate them more boldly in 2011. That's the prediction of the Verdantix analyst firm,...

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

Businesses in the Irish Republic have been urged to resist the temptation to cut back on CSR programmes despite the country's dire economic crisis. Many speakers and delegates at this...

Unilever decides to go for sustainability and growth - news

Unilever has announced plans to 'decouple' its growth from its environmental impact. The global consumer goods company believes it can continue growing while halving its greenhouse gas...

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Finland-based packaging multinational Stora Enso Oyj has appointed Terhi Koipijarvi to head its newly created global responsibility unit. Koipijarvi, previously senior vice-president for...

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Australia’s Barrick Gold Corporation is establishing an external CSR advisory board to give the company advice and guidance on ‘challenging social and environmental issues’....

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group is toying with the idea of changing itself into an association for individual CSR practitioners. Is there a need for such a thing? When the CRG...

Time to rethink knee-jerk resistance to regulation - news

The vexed issue of lobbying is raising its head once again. On the one hand, the Carbon Disclosure Project reports that large companies are not putting enough pressure on governments to promote...

Firms take up water agenda - news

The world’s largest corporations have moved quickly to work up CSR strategies on water, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) first report on the impact of water...

Training course moves to Spain - news

A CSR training programme run by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows is to be offered in Spain for the first time. The programme, which is certified by the International Register of...

Welsh SMEs get advice - news

Online CSR guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

CSR ‘should start with the recruitment process’ - news

Businesses that are serious about corporate responsibility ought to be carrying out ‘ethical due diligence’ of prospective employees during recruitment. That’s the view of...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

Amnesty International UK has become one of the few NGOs to produce a sustainability report. The group first looked at producing such a document in 2004, but has taken six years to get to...

India outlines ‘2% of profit’ target for CSR spending - news

The Indian government has announced plans to require companies to spend two per cent of profits on corporate responsibility projects. In proposed new regulations that have been in...

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

A group of NGOs has released an alternative CSR report on the activities of the multinational confectioner Hershey’s, simultaneously with the publication of the company’s own first...

NHS trusts urged to start appointing CSR directors - news

A far greater number of National Health Service foundation trusts in England should be employing sustainability directors, research has suggested. A report from the Foundation Trust...

Europeans pool resources in new partnership scheme - news

A CSR partnership-broking forum has been launched in Europe to bring together companies, government and civil society. CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 project, announced in Brussels last...

Wales government gives CSR advice to SMEs - news

Online CSR guidance specifically for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

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Bethany Cox has left the CSR recruitment agency Acre Resources, where she was marketing manager, to join the Lumina consultancy as marketing and business development manager.

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An anti-CSR group has been set up in the US. The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity has been established by the right-wing Institute for Liberty, a non-profit body dedicated to...

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An organ of the Chinese state has created a CSR index jointly with a European partner. The China ESG 40 Equity Index, which has exclusively environmental, social and governance requirements, is...

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A Californian business school is to donate $1million (£628m, €716m) to the Clinton Global Initiative to be used to implement the best ideas generated in a CSR problem-solving...

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Astellas Pharma has announced its first global volunteering programme for staff as part of a new five-year CSR plan. The Japan-based multinational pharmaceuticals company will focus volunteering on...

The large investment bank with big SRI ideas - news

JP Morgan was one of the rare financial institutions to come out of the credit crisis unscathed. Mike Scott speaks to vice-president Jemma Green to find out what’s so special about the...

New man for a new era: all change under Misser - news

EP talks to the recently appointed head of AccountAbility about his controversial vision of how the organization should be re-inventing itself and altering its ethos They wear sober...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

A woman who took up a senior post as a human rights advisor with the Norwegian oil company Statoil has filed a lawsuit claiming the position was a sham and that she was merely expected to fulfil...

CSR ratings are ‘skewed’ - news

Sustainability ratings generally favour companies most responsive to data information requests, rather than those that are necessarily the best performers, new research suggests. Results...

Board-level CSR is now the US norm - news

Around two thirds of large US companies now have a corporate responsibility-related board committee to oversee the social and environmental impacts of their business. A new analysis of...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Qatar unveils CSR index plans - news

Qatar is to establish a corporate social responsibility index for companies on its stock exchange. The Gulf emirate’s proposed index will require its listed companies, which together...

New map sets out skills required in the CSR world - news

A ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners has been produced by Business in the Community (Bitc). The map lists the knowledge and behaviours required for a...

Web is under-used by leaders - news

Every company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is failing to exploit the internet to engage with stakeholders on CSR issues. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study...

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Erica Bach has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Canadian government’s new Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor, which is intended to facilitate dialogue between...

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France-based electrical supplies company Rexel has appointed Pascale Giet as senior vice president of sustainable development, succeeding Laetitia Olivier. She moves from Europ Assistance, where...

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UK mobile phones have been given an eco rating to help consumers. The rating system, from the O2 network, scores companies on operational environmental impact, overall CSR performance and effect...

Events: ten ideas to make them better - news

As the corporate responsibility conference season moves into full swing, EP suggests ways that event organisers could improve the overall experience Make more use of the ‘chat...

Time to apply first aid to your corporate strategy - news

Society will benefit if firms give emergency medical training to all of their employees, argues Sue Killen Official statistics show that every year, in England and Wales alone, up to...

Three strikes and you’re out for the European Commission - news

We have been less than impressed in these pages by the European Commission’s past efforts to stamp its mark on corporate responsibility. Two insipid white papers in 2002 and 2006 –...

Study will chart integration - news

A global project investigating the integration of CSR management has been started by a group of sustainability research organizations from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Global...

EC calls for supplier cuts - news

Construction industry companies need to limit the number of subcontractors they use in order to gain more control of their supply chain ethics, according to new European Commission guidelines....

Attack on ‘flawed’ CSR provokes global response - news

CSR practitioners from around the world have rallied to defend the concept of corporate responsibility in the wake of a prominent Wall Street Journal article attacking it as...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

A newly-formed Canadian oil company has established corporate responsibility performance measures against which it will produce all its reporting and track its progress. Cenovus, which was...

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

Malaysian bourse urged to alter rules - news

Asian asset managers are pushing Malaysia’s stock exchange to amend its listing requirements to include CSR considerations. The Association for Sustainable & Responsible...

Emerging market CEOs ready to commit to CSR - news

There’s good reason to believe emerging market countries will be in the vanguard of future CSR initiatives, according to an analysis of chief executive opinions in such nations. A new...

EC decides to produce another white paper - news

A third communication on corporate responsibility is to be produced by the European Commission next summer. The commission, which has already published two such white papers to generally...

Pakistan relief comes up short - news

Businesses have donated significantly less to the Pakistan flood relief effort than to other recent natural disasters, and have seen their contributions dwarfed by individuals and governments....

Eastern European CSR reporting makes big strides - news

Eastern European corporate responsibility reporting is fast approaching the level of Western Europe, with significant improvements in countries such as Poland bringing them up to par with some of...

Action Aid hits Asda in the pocket - news

A charity has taken the unusual step of placing messages in Asda clothing detailing the supermarket chain’s track record on factory workers’ pay. Asda, the UK-based retailer owned by...

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The social public relations consultancy Fenton has added two senior executive roles to expand its CSR operations. The US company has appointed Susan McPherson and Kasia Reterska as senior...

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The hotel chain Hyatt has appointed Brigitta Witt as CSR vice-president. Witt, previously Hyatt’s environmental affairs vice-president, will be responsible for community engagement, social...

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The electronic banking organization Bacs has upgraded its CSR programme by combining with the UK’s National Trust to provide employee volunteers and other support. Bacs, a non-profit body owned by...

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The 2010 Cone Shared Responsibility Study has revealed that US companies are failing to engage consumers in their CSR efforts. In the public relations consultancy’s research, three-quarters of...

integration is the holy grail – but its seekers must tread carefully - news

The new plans to draw up a global framework for the integration of non-financial and financial reporting are certainly interesting. But where will they lead us? Among those involved are big...

Indian state asks firms to file details of CSR projects - news

The Indian government has invited all companies to provide reports on their CSR activities directly to its corporate affairs ministry. The ministry has created an area on its website where...

Americas CSR conference on hold - news

The biggest CSR conference covering the Americas has had to be rescheduled at short notice owing to a change of government in the venue’s host country. The CSRAmericas meeting was to be held in...

central bank calls for regular data - news

Bangladesh’s commercial banks have been asked to submit half-yearly statements on corporate social responsibility to the country’s central bank. Statements to Bangladesh Bank will have to outline...

SDC abolition leaves a hole in CSR thinking - news

Business interests have expressed concerns about the potential impact on corporate responsibility initiatives of a UK government decision to scrap its sustainability watchdog, the Sustainable...

CSRTV spreads word for power firm - news

An energy company has featured its latest corporate responsibility report on its own television station dedicated to CSR issues. UK-based ScottishPower has placed its CSR Annual Review on the...

biscuit king CSR pioneer dies - news

One of the high-profile movers behind the early growth of corporate responsibility in the UK has died aged 87. Hector Laing, later Lord Laing of Dunphail, was an influential figure in the...

racing teams reveal their emissions – and plan ahead - news

The businesses that run Formula One motor racing teams have published their collective greenhouse emissions and scheduled how they will be reduced over the next two years. The Formula One Teams...

no silver bullet for getting your message across - news

Integrated reporting is no cure-all for the problems of CSR communications, says Roger Cowe What’s so great about annual reports? The proper kind, I mean, not corporate responsibility reports –...

big names to set scene for ‘holy grail’ reporting - news

A mission to create a globally recognized framework for integrated corporate responsibility and financial reporting has been launched by a wide coalition of companies, accountancy bodies,...

effect of European CSR to be measured - news

A three-year quest to measure the impact of corporate social responsibility programmes has begun in Europe. A consortium of 16 leading research institutions will complete the Impact Measurement...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

The multinational dairy business FrieslandCampina is reinforcing its CSR commitments with a code of conduct based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The code pledges the company, among...

Eastern Europe gets CSR monitoring - news

A CSR ‘national monitoring system’ is to be set up by the United Nations Development Programme and the UK-based consultancy Acona in Eastern Europe. The monitoring tool, which will measure CSR...

Will China and friends drive standards to the bottom? - news

If it’s true that companies from non-western nations such as China are gaining an upper hand in the race to control Africa’s oil and minerals, does this come at a price with a race to the bottom of...

Jobs go at CSR research firm - news

The business index company MSCI has announced that it will cut up to 80 jobs following its acquisition of the risk management and CSR research firm RiskMetrics. The move is in accordance with...

China among riskiest places to do business - news

China is one of the developing world's riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

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CragRats, a UK theatre company that helped businesses with CSR training, has been dissolved, leaving an estimated £2million ($3m, €2.4m) in unpaid debts. CragRats, which went into...

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A CSR recruitment business, Professionals for Social Good, has been started in New York. Established 'to address the growing needs of the socially responsible business sector', it is a...

Bad ideas? An arresting history of our inventions - news

Robert Winston. Bantam Press. 432 pages. Hardback. £20. This is a whirlwind tour of human history that explores the negative, usually unintended, consequences of the drive to...

Spearheading the fight against complacency - news

Mike Scott speaks to Catherine Howarth of FairPensions about her organization's ongoing campaign, which calls on institutional investors to place more demands on the companies in which they...

There's no room for smugness: BP's latest failings touch us all - news

We're far from seeing the end of the great BP Gulf of Mexico debacle; indeed the gushing oil has not yet been fully contained. It's therefore impossible to gauge all its costs and...

Ethics go into a barcode - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the CSR credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible with a range of...

Vigeo measures lobbying - news

The increasing importance of corporate lobbying as a CSR issue has been recognised by the Vigeo ratings agency, which will now include an assessment of 'the transparency and integrity of...

Small firms 'should get more credit' for their CSR work - news

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often unfairly characterised as being uninterested in corporate responsibility, says a new CSR guide. An updated edition of the A-Z of...

Wait is over: ISO 26000 will be out by November - news

The long-awaited ISO 26000 social responsibility standard is to be published by the end of October after receiving a final tidy-up over the next month. The last meeting of the International...

Insurer gives investors a say on its reporting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies to put its annual corporate responsibility report to a shareholder vote. Shareholders endorsed Aviva's CSR report in one of...

Sceptics make pledge to fight NGO demands - news

A backlash campaign against non-governmental organizations accused of unfairly criticising companies over their ethical credentials has been established in Berlin.   The Green Freedom...

OFR revival is welcomed - news

Plans by the UK coalition government to require large companies to produce an annual Operating and Financial Review (OFR) have received a favourable reception from business.   The...

Puma suppliers to get more help - news

Puma is to expand its support for a project that helps its suppliers produce brief CSR reports. After a pilot involving three South African firms, the clothing company will now give advice...

The recession has done CSR a favour, say CEOs - news

Eight out of ten corporate leaders believe the economic downturn has raised the importance of sustainability, suggests a study.  The survey of 766 chief executives worldwide found 80...

Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSR - news

A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies. US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business...

Luxury brand commits itself to 'eco-friendly' fashion - news

Gucci has become one of the first luxury fashion houses to tackle the sector's perceived environmental shortcomings by starting a worldwide sustainability programme. The decision,...

Dr Pepper puts sourcing at heart of its new plan - news

The US soft drinks group Dr Pepper Snapple has included an ethical sourcing strategy in a new five-year CSR plan throughout its operations. The company, which owns the Dr Pepper, 7UP and...

How corporate responsibility made it into a Malaysian power ballad - news

Struggling to embed corporate responsibility into your organization's daily life? Finding it difficult to engage employees on the ins and outs of corporate citizenship? Then how about a...

New senior roles will take CSR closer to the board - news

Many companies will soon create a high-level post of chief sustainability officer to take the corporate responsibility agenda forward. Sector observers and recruitment specialists say the...

China still poor on CSR, says Eiris - news

China is one of the developing world’s riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

Who judges the CSR judges? - news

Barely a day goes by without the announcement of a CSR or sustainability award, quickly followed by a glamorous ceremony and prizes. I’m not in principle against the giving of awards when they...

Pro-poor initiatives can’t work in isolation - news

Much of the current debate about corporate social responsibility is aimed at persuading businesses that there are sound financial reasons to look beyond the bottom line and to consider social and...

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Carol Cone has been appointed Edelman’s new head of CSR. Cone joins from the US consultancy Cone, which she founded and which has since been acquired by Omnicom.

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Sedex, the ethical business membership organization, has appointed Carmel Giblin as its new general manager. Giblin, who joins from BSkyB, where she was head of CSR, will lead the group’s...

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An online Centre of Excellence for the extractives industry has been formed by the Canadian government as part of its recently introduced CSR action plan. The internet project, still being...

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A new right-of-centre environment think tank has enrolled two corporate responsibility specialists to help shape its thinking. The UK-based Conservative Environmental Network, formed as a...

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Booking for this year’s EP Retreat (12-13 July) in the UK ends this month. Only company CSR practitioners may attend.

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Two Tomorrows is to join forces with the ecological consultancy Biocensus to offer new biodiversity support services to businesses. In partnership with Biocensus, the UK-based sustainability...

CSR: a case study approach - news

Ed. Christine Mallin. Hardcover. 287 pages. Edward Elgar. £75. Finally, a book that crosses the great divide between academia and practice – a rare feat, especially in edited...

Advising on SRI change and growing complexity - news

Pension fund advisor Towers Watson has stepped into the breach created by some of the structural shifts occurring in responsible investing. Mike Scott speaks to Emma Hunt, head of sustainable...

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

Financial woes can help firms focus on what’s really important if they are to have a bright future. EP looks at the experiences of one company that’s been up against it When...

The head gardener may have gone, but the CSR plot still needs tending - news

Now that the UK’s CSR minister post has been swept away by the new coalition government ( see page one ), it’s time to admit that the job was on its last legs anyway. It suited the...

Thumbs up for skills map - news

A new ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners would generally be welcomed by the profession, says the CR Academy, which is to produce such a document. Doubts...

Carlson puts training at heart of new CSR drive - news

All employees at one of the world’s largest hotel groups are to undergo compulsory corporate social responsibility training of two and half hours, starting this year. Carlson Hotels,...

Hong Kong yet to integrate CSR - news

Hong Kong’s largest companies have ‘failed to embrace CSR in its totality’ despite scoring well on engaging stakeholders, a new survey says. Oxfam Hong Kong’s latest...

The recipe for success: board-level champions - news

New guidance on how to embed corporate responsibility throughout an organization has stressed the importance of having CSR subcommittees and ‘board-level champions’ to underpin such...

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

India looks set to get legislation that will require mining companies to put aside specific sums of money for corporate responsibility programmes. A draft Mines and Minerals (Development...

Lidl withdraws ad campaign - news

The supermarket multinational Lidl has been forced to put an end to advertisements claiming it supports fair working conditions among its suppliers. A complaint filed in Germany by the...

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

A Hippocratic-style oath for business managers is to go global after being backed by the United Nations Global Compact. The oath, which has been designed as a ‘guiding compass’...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

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Paris-based business technology company Alcatel-Lucent has made Regine Coqueran-Gile, an internal appointment, head of corporate communications and CSR.

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Helen Ford took over as corporate responsibility director at the clothing group Pentland Brands last month, replacing Lesley Roberts, who has left to pursue other interests. Ford previously...

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Law firm Reed Smith has hired Sarah Ramwell as its new London-based CSR manager. Ramwell, who joins from Freshfields, will supervise the company’s CSR programme for Europe and the Middle...

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Findus has appointed Ian Hagg to its newly created CSR director role. Hagg joins the food multinational from the Luther Pendragon consultancy.

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A study of CSR practices in the new European Union member states of Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia has been initiated by the United Nations Development Programme. The...

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South Africa’s largest pension fund is to integrate CSR issues into investment decisions and ownership practices. The Government Employees Pension Fund, which has $87billion...

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An online platform for publishing CSR reports is being developed by the Indian government. The platform, on which companies will be able to submit their reports in a standardised e-form, will be...

Plotting a way forward on a matter of principle - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) has produced a code of conduct for CSR professionals. EP talks to Yogesh Chauhan, CRG deputy chair, about how it will work Where did the idea for...

Communicators must take a more engaging approach - news

Non-financial reports are virtually useless if no one actually reads them, says Simon Hodgson What if you gave a party and no-one came? You’ve cooked all day, laid the table,...

We’ve found the phrase we need, so let’s stick with what we’ve got - news

The CSR Study Group at the UK’s University of Leeds has changed its name to the Business and Development Study Group. Hardly a major story, and one that hasn’t merited even a line in...

Home Retail decides to talk CSR to employees - news

Home Retail Group is to ‘refocus’ its corporate responsibility strategy on employees, and put more effort into communicating what it is doing. The UK-based corporation, which...

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

Rising salaries, bigger budgets and greater job security: that’s the general portrait of the corporate responsibility profession painted in the results of the latest CR Salary Survey ....

Due soon: professional body for practitioners? - news

One of Europe’s most influential corporate responsibility networks is to consider changing its structure to become a membership body of individual practitioners rather than companies....

ECGD changes cause upset - news

An open letter to the UK government attacking its plans to abolish CSR requirements on foreign investment projects has been written by Mary Robinson, chair of the Institute for Human Rights and...

Netherlands leads the way as CSR goals influence pay - news

Two Dutch companies are to link senior executive pay to social and environmental performance. Life sciences group DSM and mail business TNT will join a growing band of companies that have...

Asian bourses reveal GRI data - news

Two Far East stock exchanges have decided to lead by example by producing reports in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges...

New type of firm aims for greater societal benefit - news

Legislation creating the conditions for benefit corporations, a new class of business required to benefit society as well as shareholders, has been passed in the US state of Maryland. In...

10% have known only CSR - news

This year’s CR Salary Survey has highlighted an emerging phenomenon – a generation of corporate responsibility professionals who have only ever worked in the field. The...

Indian mining firms get compulsory CSR - news

CSR activities and reporting are to be made obligatory for mining companies in India following new legislation drawn up after concerns about pollution and rebel violence. A draft Mines and...

mobile app puts CSR data at shoppers' fingertips - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the corporate responsibility credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible...

Football teams adopt a CSR message - news

The English Football League has teamed up with the Prince’s Trust and the Environment Agency to highlight the environmental and community work being undertaken by clubs, and to encourage...

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Robert Hansor will be the new head of climate change and CSR services at Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance in Asia. He joins from Environmental Resources Management, and will be based in...

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A volunteering project that will allow students to visit companies and learn about their corporate responsibility activities is under way in Dubai. The project, started by Dubai University,...

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Victoria Hands, who is environmental and sustainability manager at the London School of Economics, has been named one of 15 ‘London leaders’ for 2010 by the London Sustainable...

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Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant company, has joined the International Tourism Partnership. It says it has signed up with the body, an association of companies founded in...

Tax-free investment in the community - news

As CSR fights the image of a luxury in recessionary times, Community Development Finance Institutions claim to be the best value for money around. Mike Scott speaks to Mike Baker, head of one...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

New technique is useful, but needs careful handling - news

Rory Sullivan warns that ‘enhanced analysis’ is no panacea in the responsible investment field I’ve recently become involved in Oxfam’s Better Returns in a...

We must make the business case – even if it’s a messy, tiresome task - news

John Elkington has been working with distinction in the corporate responsibility field for so long that he’s perhaps entitled to feel a little jaded with the continuing debate about how to...

NGOs to get their own reporting requirements - news

Non-governmental organizations will shortly be given their own version of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A draft NGO supplement to the guidelines...

ICT firms doing pretty well – but not on climate change - news

The sustainability performance of the information technology industry is being undermined by laggards that fail particularly to tackle climate change, the Two Tomorrows consultancy reports in...

Future looks bright, say most CSR practitioners - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners appear generally positive about their job prospects despite the recession. The latest CR Salary Survey shows eight out of ten people working in CSR...

Investor takes SRI into new territory - news

One of the world’s largest asset managers is merging its sustainable investment and emerging market equities services. F&C, which operates in 14 countries, will establish an...

American CSR jobs market grows strongly - news

The CSR jobs market in the US is showing signs of recovery after a decline between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009. Research conducted by US-based Sustainability Recruiting shows that,...

Don’t obsess about business case, says Elk - news

CSR proponents should avoid focusing too much on developing the business case for socially responsible behaviour, the leading CSR thinker John Elkington has warned. Elkington told last...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

The UK government has clarified areas of corporate responsibility covered by its departments. In a statement to EP last month, the Labour administration said that while the Department for...

Car makers ‘ignore abuses’ at their peril - news

The world’s largest ten car manufacturers are ignoring the human rights impacts of the metals they use – and therefore risk being linked to abuses in countries such as the Democratic...

Big firms adopt new voice - news

Large mainstream companies are beginning to use the bright and breezy language of ‘alternative’ businesses when talking about their corporate responsibility programmes, reports a...

‘Social stock exchange’ could be 18 months away - news

Money is being raised to start a global stock exchange that will allow investors to trade exclusively in companies with social and environmental goals. The Social Stock Exchange, to be...

Investors get help with proxy voting - news

UK investment consultants Eiris have begun advising clients on proxy voting based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Last week the company launched an ‘Enhanced ESG...

Norwegian fund becomes more engaging - news

The Norwegian government has moved from negative screening of the investments in its Global Pension Fund to an engagement approach. The €316bn Oil Fund will now lobby companies in which it...

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Middle East companies have little room for CSR in their budgets, reports a survey of the region’s business leaders. Responding to questions put by the United Arab Emirates-based Sustainability...

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Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. Dudok van Heel, who worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little,...

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Myriam Galopin has joined the UK consultancy Corporate Citzenship as a consultant advising on sustainability strategy and community projects. Galopin was previously with the Body Shop, where she...

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Kate Niblock-Siddle has returned to the UK to open the London office of Net Balance Management Group, an Australian consultancy that specializes in reporting, assurance, climate change,...

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Executive search company Green Ventures Search has appointed Lucy Deane as research director. Deane was previously with Ruston WHEB in London, where she was head of research, leading a CSR...

Offset ban works for Nike - news

The sportswear multinational Nike managed to reduce its carbon emissions last year after deciding to stop carbon offsetting. Nike's latest CSR report says its total greenhouse gas...

This code of conduct is a good start, but it needs more clarity all round - news

Publication of a code of conduct for CSR practitioners (see page one) should be cause for celebration. Certainly it ought to be seen as a pioneering effort to set standards for a profession that...

Trying to bring the Nordic region up to speed - news

Nordea's head of SRI, Sasja Beslik, believes responsible investment products in the Scandinavian region are 'ridiculous' and, in many cases, at least ten years behind the times....

Ready for some catch-up - news

Interest in responsible business behaviour has been growing in Latin America – and there are signs that it may increase further. EP looks at the state of CSR in the region Some...

BBVA boosts CSR team to 60 - news

Spanish bank BBVA has bucked the recessionary trend by appointing six new corporate responsibility practitioners across its operations. While some companies have cut back on CSR staff over...

ArcelorMittal steps in to push Liberian CSR - news

A Corporate Responsibility Forum has been formed in Liberia by the steel multinational ArcelorMittal and the German sustainable development company GTZ. The forum, which hopes to have 75...

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

AA1000 revampers named - news

The heads of CSR at a lottery operator and an Australian bank have been drafted on to a technical committee that will oversee a remake of the most commonly used standard on stakeholder...

Anti-bribery law toughens the stance on corruption - news

Jerry Hagelberg sees a global culture change reflected in new UK legislation against bribery Business ethics will receive a significant boost early in the new decade with the enactment,...

CSR heads take seat at mayor's table - news

Corporate responsibility experts are among nine new commissioners appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission, which has the job of advising the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on...

Code of conduct sets out rules for CSR profession - news

The first ever code of conduct for corporate responsibility practitioners was unveiled last month. The voluntary code, which can be used by CSR professionals across the globe, has been...

Investor coalition demands answers from Global Compact 'laggards' - news

Investors signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are targeting 86 large companies that failed to submit an update last year on their implementation of the Global Compact’s...

Coca-Cola and Sony put CSR into sport - news

Two of the world’s best-known brands are to use two prestigious international sporting events to push through corporate responsibility initiatives. Electronics multinational Sony has embarked on...

Dudok van Heel fills key role - news

Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. He will lead the UK business’s team of CSR consultants, which serves companies such...

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A CSR research and training centre has opened in Bangkok in a collaboration between the consultancy CSR Asia and the Asian Institute for Technology. The Asian Centre for Corporate Social...

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A bank in Oman has set up a CSR project focused on helping Omani women to improve their economic situation. BankMuscat says the programme, announced last month, will encourage the creation of...

The top 50 sustainability books - news

Wayne Visser. Greenleaf Publishing. 256 pages. Paperback. £25/$45. This is not only an excellent idea but, more importantly, well executed. Taking the 50 best books on...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

CSR Europe has produced a new guide on the state of corporate responsibility in Europe. Here  EP summarises some of its conclusions about the progress – or lack of it – being...

Kraft may have good intentions, but its buyout raises questions - news

Will Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury damage the British company’s corporate responsibility profile? Who can be sure?   It would be naive to accept Kraft’s early assurances...

Eateries sit at the CSR table - news

A Sustainable Restaurant Association is to be set up in the UK this month to promote and audit CSR in the sector. The association will be a nationwide, membership-based body open to all...

Kraft tries to curb fears over Cadbury’s future - news

US food giant Kraft has pledged to maintain social responsibility programmes at the UK confectionery business Cadbury, which it will be buying for £11.9billion ($19.2bn, €13.7bn)....

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

The Indian government has published corporate responsibility guidelines that it wants companies to adopt as soon as possible. The official advice, contained in a 16-page document produced...

Mixed reception for ombudsman - news

A decision to create a UK ombudsman to protect supermarket suppliers from the power of large retailers has been praised by CSR proponents but criticized by the industry. The government has...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

The business world has rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake there that has killed more than 100,000 people.      Dozens of firms have donated money and...

Destiny of ISO26000 rests on crucial vote - news

Balloting on an advanced draft of the ISO26000 social responsibility standard ends this month as the five-year process of drawing up the document nears its end. Voting by national standards...

Sainsbury’s jumps into quarterly reporting mode - news

Sainsbury’s has begun to produce a quarterly corporate responsibility report alongside its financial trading updates. The UK supermarket chain says the unusual step is intended...

WWF agrees to give CSR advice to global insurer - news

WWF has signed a three-year deal with the UK’s largest commercial insurer, the global company RSA, to advise it on becoming a more sustainable business. The non-governmental...

Major index goes missing as firms hit by data overload - news

A high-profile annual social responsibility index of pharmaceuticals companies has failed to appear because of wranglings over the ‘extraordinary’ amounts of data the businesses have...

Apple rejects CSR reporting - again - news

For the second year in a row Apple has called on shareholders to reject a resolution urging the computer giant to produce an annual sustainability report. Shareholders are also being discouraged...

Coca-Cola expands water initiative - news

A village in South Africa is to be given access to clean drinking water as part of a collaborative project between Coca-Cola and the US Agency for International Development. The move is part of...

The Elk, Zadek and Roddick make top 50 - news

Works by corporate responsibility gurus John Elkington, Simon Zadek and Anita Roddick have been voted among the top 50 ‘sustainability books’ of the past 60 years. In books voted for by the...

Korean business making CSR progress - news

Over half of Korean corporations have now implemented sustainability practices, according to a survey of business professionals in the country. Fifty five per cent of respondents to the CSR...

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GoodCorporation has become an accredited validator for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes government and corporate transparency on oil, gas and mining...

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Government officials and senior business executives from around the British Commonwealth have issued a communique stressing the importance of corporate responsibility. The document, issued at...

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You can now follow Ethical Performance on Twitter, which will provide updates on stories, EP activities and other interesting CSR snippets.

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The website of utilities firm Centrica has come out top in an audit of CSR communications among the FTSE 100’s 30 largest firms. The site won the UK CSR Online Awards, based on research by...

The secret behind Plan A: hard work and branding - news

Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, talks to EP about the successes – and tribulations – associated with the retail chain’s ambitious CSR...

The way forward: integration, foresight, and a path to the top - news

As we enter a new decade, our thoughts turn to how the CSR profession ought to develop over the next ten years and where we should be in 2019. The ‘Noughties’ have been an...

Online training in vogue - news

Two European multinationals – Daimler from Germany and Mapfre from Spain – are to give all their employees online CSR training. Stuttgart-based Daimler has begun providing...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

Chinese businesses are making ‘rapid progress’ on corporate social responsibility, according to new research. A report published by the AccountAbility think tank says companies...

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

Canadian extractive companies have mounted a campaign against proposed legislation that would make them accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations....

Reuters sets up action units to provide disaster aid - news

A major media company is to donate the services of its journalists to help gather information when natural disasters strike. Thomson Reuters says ‘action units’ of journalists...

Gucci pledges to avoid deforestation - news

One of the world’s largest luxury fashion companies has dropped a controversial supplier in a bid to eliminate all paper made from Indonesian rainforests. Gucci Group has joined...

Utilities must work harder - news

Utilities companies are failing to translate their CSR policies into responsible practice, and most businesses in the sector are neglecting even to set targets for the majority of their main...

India flirts with plans for mandatory CSR law - news

The Indian government is looking at requiring companies to set aside a percentage of their turnover or profits to be spent on corporate responsibility initiatives. The idea, which is being...

Swedes back HER project - news

The Swedish government has stepped in with $1million to expand a global corporate programme that helps factories in the developing world provide healthcare advice and facilities for female...

Copenhagen outcome ‘is no barrier to progress' - news

CSR practitioners have been urged to shrug off the uncertainty created by last month’s failed Copenhagen summit and push on with better and more ambitious climate change strategies....

Ethical shopping guide notes big gulf in best and worst practice - news

There’s a wide disparity between best and worst performers on CSR standards in the UK, according to the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, which rates products from banks to washing...

US Chamber of Commerce announces top CSR performers for 2009 - news

UPS and Chevron were among this year’s winners of Corporate Citizenship Awards from the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Centre. In the tenth annual awards, companies were...

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Peter de Graaf has joined the CSR consultancy Acona as a senior partner. De Graaf specializes in the environment and socially responsible investing.

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You can now follow Ethical Performance on Twitter, which will provide updates on stories, EP activities and other interesting CSR snippets.

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The Schulich School of Business at Toronto’s York University has been named as the provider of the world’s best MBA programme on CSR issues. In an index published every two years by...

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

Lack of reporting subtlety is starting to cost the earth - news

Craig Mackenzie argues that for comparable climate change data we need more detail, not less Over the last 15 years the CSR community has built a large international sustainability...

The corporate world must be ready to accentuate the negative - news

Sometimes what you leave out says more than what you put in. So it is with sustainability reports. A new analysis commissioned by the Global Reporting Initiative, the steward of the most...

Bourse heads look at SRI - news

Stock exchange principals from around the world met in New York last month to explore ways of encouraging more responsible long-term approaches to investment. Delegates, including heads of...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

Company reporting on human rights tends to gloss over tricky subjects and paint an unbalanced and selective picture of corporate efforts in the field. That’s the conclusion of a new...

Interest in ethical shopping falls as recession bites - news

Support for ethical consumerism has declined in the UK since the start of the recession, according to new market research conducted by Ipsos MORI.   The figures show interest in ethical...

Revealed: favoured NGO partners of CSR heads - news

WWF and Forum for the Future are the partners of choice for British CSR directors when they want corporate responsibility advice from non-governmental organizations, a new analysis has...

All change for AA1000SES - news

The most commonly used standard on stakeholder engagement is to be revamped and republished next year. Consultations on changes to the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard, known as...

Obama calls on business to press ‘reset’ button on CSR - news

Barack Obama has challenged US companies to ‘transform’ their corporate responsibility programmes to make them more effective and wide-ranging. The American president has...

‘Deluge’ of CSR chatter fills up annual reports - news

Too much CSR information is cluttering up corporate annual reports, says the body that oversees reporting in the UK. The Accounting Standards Board has become dismayed at the increasing...

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

Two more mergers in research sector - news

Two new mergers of sustainability rating agencies have been announced as consolidation in the CSR research market continues apace. The first merger involves two Swiss companies, Centre Info...

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

A huge alliance of institutional investors is to ask 300 of the world’s largest corporations for data on their water use. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has hitherto...

Electronics sector offered guidance - news

Freedom of association and female labour issues have been set as priorities in new CSR guidance for the electronics sector set out by two NGOs. CSR in the Global Electronics Supply Chain,...

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Matthew Kiernan is to leave the CSR consultancy RiskMetrics, eight months after the company acquired Innovest, which Kiernan founded and managed. When Innovest was taken over Kiernan became...

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Paris-based pharmaceuticals multinational Sanofi-Aventis has appointed Gilles Lhernould to its new post of CSR senior vice-president. Lhernould was formerly the senior human resources...

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A new US certification mark has been introduced by a CSR consultancy. The Good Company Seal will aim to recognize American companies that ‘demonstrate a commitment to being a socially...

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Citizen journalism on the web is becoming increasingly important to CSR reputations, says a new report on corporate responsibility and the media. The study, by David Grayson of the Doughty...

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Healthcare company Abbott Ireland has won the main prize at the Chambers Ireland President’s Awards for CSR, held in Dublin last month. Abbott won the Outstanding Achievement in CSR award...

The Dark Side: critical cases on the downside of business - news

Emmanuel Raufflet and Albert J Mills (eds). Greenleaf.  294 pages. Hardback. £24.95 CSR dominates the landscape of thinking about business and society, and in this landscape...

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

Are companies taking their eyes off the prize? - news

There are more awards in the CSR field than ever before, yet there’s a sense that interest in them is waning. EP examines whether their heyday is coming to an end Buy a bag of...

Brandix helps out in camps - news

Sri Lanka’s largest clothing exporter is to help people displaced by the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The Brandix group, which has made water and sanitation the...

Japanese minister wants more CSR - news

Japan’s new financial services minister has declared his government’s commitment to CSR, attacking the country’s existing corporate ethics and promising there will be ‘no...

New ratings will place spotlight on all sectors - news

New CSR ratings for industry sectors are to be published six times a year by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows. The consultancy’s Value Ratings will benchmark companies on...

Major CSR event is revived - news

An ambitious corporate responsibility conference postponed because of the financial crisis has been rescheduled for next March. The international Business and a Sustainable Environment...

Kimberly-Clark signs up with former tormentors - news

An unusual alliance has been struck-up between the tissue products giant Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace, which will see a turnaround on the company’s policies towards the protection of...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

Four in ten of China’s leading companies are not publicly engaged in corporate responsibility, says the country’s first national CSR report card. The newly published 2009 CSR...

UN puts focus on tax issues - news

The importance of tax avoidance as a CSR issue moved up a notch last month with a decision by the United Nations Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to dedicate a section of its website to...

Wealth funds ignoring their own principles - news

The world’s largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been accused of failing on CSR principles agreed one year ago. The most important signatories to the Santiago Principles, a...

Banking reputations take a pounding - news

US banks and financial services are now regarded as the country’s least ethical companies, according to the results of an annual CSR index. Financial sector companies tumbled to the...

Graduates find NGOs wanting - news

The 2009 graduates of a new CSR course at Geneva University have celebrated with a role reversal – holding a seminar for lecturers at their degree ceremony. Four of the 22 students,...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

Corporate responsibility functions in many organizations appear to be coming through the recession relatively unscathed. Various indicators, including a new survey of global CSR...

Belgium gets Compact network - news

A Belgian Global Compact Network has been officially launched. Through the new network, organizations will be able to participate in the global network and benefit from collaboration and training...

Singapore encourages corporate responsibility improvements - news

The Singapore government has called on companies to implement CSR strategies as a way of strengthening the country’s economy. Labour minister Gan Kim Yong said at Singapore’s inaugural...

P&G scoops Stevie Award - news

Procter & Gamble Asia has been given the International Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility at the 2009 International Business Awards. The company received the award for its Live,...

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Export Development Canada, Canada’s export credit agency, has announced three new members of its CSR advisory council. They are Deanna Rosenswig, former chief executive of the MasterCard...

50 lessons on corporate responsibility and sustainability - news

Doughty Centre/50 Lessons. www.50lessons.com/collections This set of short films offers the opinions and experiences of academics, business executives and practitioners on various...

Taking an ethical oath is fine, but we need more than words - news

Student pledges need to be backed by a formula for teaching CSR in business schools, says Jeremy Moon Periodically, when corporate irresponsibility has reached a new pitch, the spotlight...

Yes, let’s have a professional code – but it needs teeth from the outset - news

One of the issues raised by the bizarre unfair dismissal case brought by CSR practitioner Tim Nicholson against his former employers (see page one), is whether a code of practice for the...

Boots picks up with Bitc after leaving the ETI fold - news

Alliance Boots has turned to Business in the Community for advice on ethical supply chain management after its recent decision to leave the Ethical Trading Initiative. The UK-based high...

Slovakia CSR plan withers - news

Plans for a national strategy on corporate responsibility in Slovakia have been put on hold. The government of the central European republic drew up a strategy last year with a view to...

Mandatory stance ‘may gain ground’ - news

Tougher regulation on corporate responsibility is likely to follow in the wake of the financial crisis, a new analysis has concluded. A study of the CSR regulatory environment in eight...

Walmart sticks to its word by backing Obama reforms - news

US supermarket giant Walmart has taken the unusual step of providing public backing for the White House’s proposed healthcare reforms as part of a pledge to align the company’s...

A step in the right direction - news

Has Sweden’s regulation on the sustainability reporting duties of state-owned firms been effective? The GRI’s Teresa Fogelberg offers her considered assessment When...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

Telecomms firms ‘taking a risk’ - news

The telecommunications sector has been warned that it is running risks by publishing so little on CSR issues. Research by Covalence says telecoms companies provide a small volume of ethical...

IBM expands volunteering horizons - news

Business computing giant IBM will expand its volunteering programme by entering into new countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. IBM announced will extend its 'Corporate Service Corps'...

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

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US investment management firm Northern Trust has named Connie Lindsey to the newly created post of head of CSR. Lindsey, an internal hire, will be responsible for the design and implementation...

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Elsbeth Tronstad has been appointed executive vice-president of communications and CSR at the Norwegian hydropower company SN Power. She joins from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise,...

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Adam Seitchik, former chief investment officer of US SRI firm Trillium Asset Management, has been appointed managing director of the London-based institutional asset management firm Auriel....

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A theatre company that helped businesses with CSR training has gone into administration, blaming falling revenues during the financial crisis. CragRats, which has worked on CSR training...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

Copenhagen 2009: what will it mean for business? - news

With talks December’s UN climate change conference fast approaching, EP explains what the event is all about – and what companies would like to see emerge from it What is...

Getting to grips with executive pay: a litmus test for the CSR profession - news

Many people were caught with their pants down when the global financial crisis erupted a year ago – and CSR practitioners were among them. A key role of a corporate responsibility...

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

Five signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have been de-listed for not complying with its annual reporting and assessment process. The...

MillerCoors develops inclusion plan for Hispanics - news

One of the largest alcoholic beverage manufacturers in the US has pledged to increase economic opportunities for Hispanics through a joint five-year agreement with a Hispanic CSR association....

Tort doubts ‘need to go to highest court' - news

Only a Supreme Court ruling will provide real clarity on whether the US’s Alien Tort law can successfully be used to convict American companies for human rights abuses abroad, a legal...

Funky titles catch on as reporters try to engage - news

Almost half of CSR reports no longer use the phrase ‘corporate responsibility’ in their title, new research has revealed. A study by communications consultancy Radley Yeldar...

Caja Navarra opts to go down XBRL route - news

A Spanish bank has become the world’s first company to publish its non-financial report in a special business reporting language. Caja Navarra has released its 2008 CSR report in XBRL...

CSR heads require nous, not technical knowledge - news

The ideal head of corporate responsibility must have excellent communication and networking skills, the ability to influence people, a certain gravitas and plenty of commercial acumen –...

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

One of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds has announced that it will start pressuring companies with high water-related risks to report on their progress on the issue. The...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China. The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the...

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There were 722 CSR and corporate governance-related shareholder resolutions in the recent US proxy voting season, reports the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of...

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Indonesia’s first socially responsible investment index has been established by the country’s stock exchange in collaboration with a biodiversity foundation. The Kehati-SRI Index...

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A Brazilian football club has released a sustainability report. After inheriting a $100million (£61m) debt upon takeover, the current administration of Corinthians says it decided the...

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Zurich Financial Services has named Karin Reiter as group CSR manager. Reiter is an internal appointment from Zurich’s legal department.

Listed firms to get SRI data - news

The world’s largest stock exchange group, New York Stock Exchange Euronext, has formed a partnership with an SRI research consultancy to provide companies listed on its exchange with...

Fine-tuning, rather than reinvention, is what we need on human rights - news

A lot of noise is being generated about how developed countries should hold multinational businesses to account for their involvement in human rights abuses across the world. In Britain, there...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

Long-running cause celebre draws to an end at last - news

One of the controversies often cited as a key catalyst for the growth of corporate responsibility finally drew to a conclusion last month when the oil company Shell agreed an out of...

New-look CSR Academy emerges from shadows - news

Britain’s once-defunct CSR Academy has stuttered back to life to provide a small number of training courses for this summer and autumn. The former UK government CSR flagship –...

CSR reporting often of ‘no use’ says professor - news

Information in most large companies’ CSR reports is virtually useless, a business management academic has argued. In a stinging attack, Graham Hubbard, professor of strategic...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

Seven elite CSR performers have been put into a new category by Business in the Community in its latest annual corporate responsibility index. The eighth CR Index has a Platinum Plus band for...

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

The British energy company Centrica has taken the unusual step of holding a live ‘web chat’ to discuss issues in its latest corporate responsibility report. Centrica invited...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

Wragge’s first report: was our verdict too harsh? - news

A critical review of Wragge & Co’s first CSR report appeared in EP this May. This month Tom Peyton of Enact Consulting gives an alternative view I have long championed the...

Compact snubs ISO 26000 draft - news

The United Nations has asked that all mention of the Global Compact be removed from ISO 26000, the forthcoming international CSR standard. The UN says the Compact has not been referenced in the...

Sceptical charity softens its stance - news

Christian Aid, an anti-poverty charity with a track record of scepticism on corporate responsibility, has commissioned CSR research from a European rating agency. The charity, which...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

GSK backs disability programmes - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceuticals group, is putting 39million Sri Lankan rupees ($340,000, £210,000) into a project to empower disabled people in southern Sri Lanka that...

Asian Centre for CSR is launched - news

An Asian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has been established to encourage ethical practices in the region. The centre is a joint venture between the Asian Institute of Technology and...

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Jane Madden to the new position of senior vice-president for CSR and sustainability in its Chicago office. Madden was most recently president of...

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Anthony Perret has become programme manager at the Sustainable Rail Programme, established by Britain’s rail industry to develop projects on greenhouse gas emission reductions, sustainable...

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Anji Hunter is to take over the CSR brief at Anglo American in August as successor to Edward Bickham. Hunter, who was previously at BP as director of communications, joined Anglo American on 1...

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The UK government has produced its first corporate responsibility report in four years. The 37-page document, with a foreword by the CSR minister Ian Pearson, details the government’s...

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A searchable directory of CSR programmes developed by companies worldwide has been launched on a website called CSR-pedia, which also lists recent corporate social responsibility awards.

Three important lessons from the MPs’ expenses scandal - news

At first glance, the furore in Britain over the expenses claims of members of parliament has little to do with corporate responsibility. But there are lessons to be learned for companies...

CSR grows fast in Australia - news

The number of people employed in corporate responsibility in Australia is expected to increase significantly in the next year, reports the country’s largest ever CSR survey. The State...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

Dutch staff unimpressed - news

A Dutch survey of corporate employees suggests they are unconvinced by their companies’ CSR performance. The research, by the Netherlands-based consultancy Krauthammer with Amsterdam...

CSR managers warned: don’t preach to the board - news

CSR practitioners have been warned against becoming too evangelical when talking to board members about corporate responsibility. Arnaud Cohen Stuart, ING Group’s business ethics...

Orange usurps BT in rankings - news

BT has lost its position of pre-eminence on CSR in the telecoms sector, according to a new analysis.   UK-based research consultancy Verdantix claims Orange is now the sustainability...

North America report quality is on the rise - news

North American CSR reports are improving in quality and disclosure, although they still sometimes omit ‘key topics of interest to stakeholders’, say the judges of the...

Caution on data ‘hot air’ - news

The current emphasis on reporting and product labelling in the management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may be diverting companies’ attention from actually doing things to tackle...

Firms’ sustainability information moves a step closer to home - news

Corporate responsibility data is now only a couple of mouse clicks away from most large companies’ home pages. New research by the consultancy Radley Yeldar shows that a third of...

CSR profession set to get its own code of practice - news

Work has begun on the first ever code of practice for corporate responsibility practitioners. The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), a network of 300 CSR professionals working for 104...

Half of Indian firms get ‘zero’ on CSR - news

A report on the corporate social responsibility activities of the 1000 largest Indian companies has given a zero score to 494 of them. No companies received the top rating of five and only...

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Bridge Partners, a US executive recruitment company, has launched CSR Insights, a corporate responsibility recruitment agency.

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Achilles consultancy has renewed its financial backing for a CSR working group at Oxford University’s Said Business School in the UK. The working group’s output has included regular...

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A postgraduate CSR-related degree has been launched by Lancaster University Management School in the UK. The MA in Leadership for Sustainability will explore theories and practices relevant to...

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A new report by a UK consultancy has tried to map out the main CSR issues for media companies. Mapping the landscape: CSR issues for the media industry 2008 , has been undertaken by...

Corporate social responsibility: a legal analysis - news

Michael Kerr, Richard Janda, Chip Pitts. Hardback. 650 pages. LexisNexis. Can$150 Written by a group of North Americans but with a perspective that goes further afield than their...

Core is back in town – and ready for a new challenge - news

The Corporate Responsibility Coalition has returned to focus on a new campaign for a UK government commission on business and human rights. EP talks to its coordinator When the CSR world...

From navel-gazing to real action: it’s been a decade of great strides - news

It is ten years to the month that Ethical Performance first saw the light of day. That’s not long ago in the general scheme of things, but it can be considered a lifetime in the world of...

Dutch insert CSR into their governance code - news

The Netherlands government is to bring new requirements on corporate responsibility into the Tabaksblat, the country’s corporate governance code. Parliament has accepted the...

Eurosif calls for mandatory disclosure - news

One of Europe’s most influential SRI bodies has called on European state and regulatory institutions to insist on mandatory disclosure of CSR data by large companies. The European...

London police take up CSR - news

London’s Metropolitan Police, the largest police service in the UK, is to appoint a CSR manager for the first time. The service, which employs more than 50,000 frontline officers and...

More diligence needed - news

Corporate responsibility reports by law firms are still uncommon, so a debut from a UK-based legal company has caught the eye. Oliver Balch reviews its contents Lawyer and US president...

EP: from humble past to news-filled present - news

In this ‘basement’ slot of Ethical Performance ten years ago, the late Alistair Townley set out his aims as EP ’s publisher. That first issue, May 1999, promised...

Hong Kong firms failing on CSR - news

Most of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies fail to adopt sound CSR policies, particularly those associated with supply chain, the environment and the workplace, says an Oxfam study....

Chinese reporting continues exponential growth - news

Growing numbers of businesses operating in China are realizing the importance of CSR reporting, concludes a survey by SynTao, a Beijing-based CSR and SRI consultancy. The number of reports...

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Two African consultancies have joined forces on the continent to increase their CSR offerings to businesses. The pan-African public relations consultancy africapractice has signed a...

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Five CSR briefing papers for accountants are being produced by a leading global accountancy organization. The guides, covering areas such as reporting and social auditing, are to be published by...

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Just over a third of US directors believe corporate responsibility should be overseen directly by their company’s main board, a study has shown. The Deloitte survey of 220 directors at US...

Just good business - news

Kellie A. McElhaney. Paperback. 272 pages. Berrett-Koehler £14.44/ $29.95 This do-it-yourself offering on corporate responsibility and branding works well as an easy introduction...

China’s embrace of CSR could usher in the Wal-Mart effect - news

In itself, the fact that the China Banking Association has issued guidelines on corporate responsibility is significant ( see page two ), especially since the recommendations are ambitious. But...

GRI calls for tougher regimes on reporting - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has issued a strongly worded statement arguing that a lack of corporate transparency has contributed substantially to the worldwide recession. Its...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

The head of corporate responsibility at US packaging company Meadwestvaco has been made redundant, apparently as a result of recession-related cutbacks. Barbara McCutchan, director of...

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

John Elkington has emerged in a new poll as the world’s number one corporate responsibility ‘thought leader’. Elkington, founder of the SustainAbility consultancy and...

Sponsors begin to favour grass roots over the elite - news

Companies are increasingly putting chunks of their sponsorship budgets into projects that are community-based, reports a specialist consultancy. Montreal-based Sponsorium International,...

Food sector CSR feels the pinch - news

The global recession has pushed corporate responsibility down the priority list of the food industry. A survey of 600 decision-makers in the in 54 countries shows that CSR, placed at number...

China banks get guidance - news

A further sign that corporate responsibility is taking hold in China has emerged with the publication of CSR guidelines for the country’s financial institutions. The recommendations,...

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

FTSE4Good is paving the way for nuclear power companies to qualify for its socially responsible investment indices. Businesses in the nuclear industry are excluded at present from FTSE4Good, but...

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Ian Buckland has moved to Flag, the CSR communications agency, as associate director. He leaves a position as principal sustainability adviser at the consultancy Sd3, which recently merged with...

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The CSR Professional Services Directory 2009, published by Ethical Performance and sponsored by Achilles, is now online.  

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T-Mobile is to bring together its UK employee volunteers with groups of young people to explore ways in which mobile phones can tackle social and environmental problems. The project, called The...

Don’t make staff redundant – lend them out to society - news

Secondment programmes can be a useful corporate tool in a recession, say Matthew Farmer and Ed Williams At a time when major companies are announcing redundancies and the jobless toll is...

Why the executive pay experience gives useful pointers on taxation - news

The worldwide backlash against ‘fat cat’ pay, particularly in the part-nationalised financial sector ( see page one ), offers a salutary lesson for those who have tried to locate...

Verheugen rules out change - news

Corporate responsibility regulations will not be imposed by the European Commission despite waning public faith in business as a result of the recession. Gunter Verheugen, who holds the CSR...

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

The Norwegian government has published a white paper on corporate responsibility that signals a greater future role for the country in promoting CSR around the world. The 100-page...

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

Some of the world’s best-known private equity companies have agreed responsible investment guidelines. The companies, all members of the US-based Private Equity Council (PEC), will...

Legal firms will study influence of law on CSR - news

Fifteen corporate law firms from around the world are to participate in a United Nations-led effort to determine whether corporate law in various countries might need to be changed to foster...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Duke will keep Wal-Mart faith - news

Wal-Mart’s new chief executive Mike Duke has assured stakeholders that the company’s corporate responsibility efforts will continue on his watch. Duke, who succeeded Lee Scott...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

Further signs of the high expectations of a change in attitude to corporate responsibility at the White House have emerged in an open letter to Barack Obama urging the  president to create...

Visser sets up global body - news

CSR International, a networking body for corporate responsibility practitioners, was created last month. The new association, set up as a community interest company in the UK by the...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

The responsible business performance of most Saudi Arabian companies is ‘intermediate to good’, according to the country’s first comprehensive CSR assessment. In the debut...

Stress levels increase as CSR professionals fight their corner - news

CSR practitioners are feeling more stressed than they did three years ago. A survey of individual members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) found the proportion who...

Executive pay emerges as full-blown CSR issue - news

Pressure on companies to tackle excessive executive pay has ratcheted up significantly in the past month as investors and politicians around the world have begun to force the issue into the...

Australian government to advise GRI - news

A senior Australian Treasury official is to be appointed to the governmental advisory group of the Global Reporting Initiative, the non-profit Amsterdam-based organization that promotes CSR...

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The US-based Corporate Responsibility Officer Association, formed in October to represent CSR practitioners in North America, has created a board of governors. Members include Stanley Litow,...

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Two Tomorrows has been unveiled as the name for the CSR consultancy formed by the merger of Csrnetwork and Sd3 ( EP 10, issue 7, p6 ). The group holding company, Two Tomorrows Group, will be...

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One of the Middle East’s biggest oil producers, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), has announced a three-year corporate responsibility programme. Over the three year period, KNPC...

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Listed companies in Taiwan could soon be required to make annual public disclosures on corporate responsibility. The country’s Financial Supervisory Commission is reviewing its listing...

Why ISO 26000’s ugly duckling may eventually turn into a swan - news

It would be easy to adopt a sceptical position on the potential value of the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard, not least because there are so many other apparently similar guidelines and...

Jeans maker’s health project aims for return on investment - news

Levi Strauss has established a programme in Egypt to improve health education among women in the country’s fast-growing garment industry. The clothing company has joined forces with...

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has gained its members’ backing to consider sanctions against the UK clothing retailer Primark over claims of poor labour standards among suppliers....

Bremer warns of Obama restrictions - news

The financial crisis could severely curtail new US president Barack Obama’s efforts to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, an American commentator has warned....

Apple says social report would be waste of effort - news

The personal computer manufacturer Apple is heading for confrontation with shareholder activists over its refusal to produce a sustainability report. A resolution at the California-based...

CSR staff feel content and secure in their jobs - news

At the beginning of last year EP announced the findings from its first ever CSR salary survey , carried out jointly with recruitment agency Acre Resources and the consultancy Acona. This...

Dubai favours ‘minimalist’ line - news

Businesses in the United Arab Emirates take a generally limited view of what CSR involves, says new research. A survey of Dubai companies found three-quarters saw CSR as a way of keeping a...

Firms told: ‘lobby for good’ - news

Too few companies use their lobbying powers to push for beneficial social change, says a new paper. Authors Kyle Peterson and Marc Pfitzer, directors at the US-based consultancy ESG Social...

A picture of happiness: CSR practitioners in their place of work - news

People working in corporate responsibility appear to be ‘overwhelmingly happy’ with their lot, according to the latest annual CSR salary survey. The study, to be released at the...

Australia gets first degree-level CSR course - news

Australia’s first graduate level qualification in corporate responsibility is now being offered at La Trobe University, Victoria. The qualification has been produced by the...

Hong Kong firms lagging on CSR - news

Most leading Hong Kong listed companies ‘fail to adopt sound corporate social responsibility policies and practices, particularly associated with supply chain, environment and...

Acer puts suppliers on notice - news

Suppliers to the Taiwanese electronics company Acer have been told they must maintain social and environmental standards if they are to continue working with the group. The warning was...

Chinese banks produce first CSR report - news

China’s financial institutions have all recorded dramatic achievements in capital adequacy rates, asset quality and risk management while expanding their operations, says the China Banking...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

New initiative helps companies provide disaster relief - news

A website has been set up to help non-governmental organizations in Asia obtain corporate help for disaster relief efforts. The Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN was introduced in...

inbrief - news

A number of large companies have posted information about their ethical supply management experiences on a new website. The Responsible Supply Chain Management site features guidance and case...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

The next 12 months are not likely to be easy for anyone. EP asked a selection of people in the CSR world for some new year’s resolutions in the troubled times ahead. Anthony Perret,...

Recommended actions to foster the adoption of CSR practices in SMEs - news

Carlo Cici & Federica Ranghieri. Free download. Inter-American Development Bank. www.iadb.org Since wading into Latin America’s corporate responsibility arena some six years...

Recessionary winds will blow hard, but they’ll also help us concentrate - news

There’s little doubt that 2009 will be a tough year on many fronts. But how will it be for socially responsible business? Although there’s been a mood of relative optimism in...

Wal-Mart is most improved - news

Wal-Mart made the best progress on corporate responsibility issues in the retail industry last year, according the annual industry report from the Geneva-based reputational research company...

Reports should provide more context, say accountants - news

Two leading accountancy bodies have warned European companies they should not rest on their laurels when it comes to their sustainability reporting. The Association of Chartered Certified...

Silence on ownership structure ‘hampers CSR debate’ - news

A call has been made for more debate about how company ownership structures should be changed to encourage responsible business practices. Members of a panel at the recent annual Business...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

Compact gets research base - news

An international research unit will be set up to support the work of the United Nations Global Compact.   The Research Center for the Global Compact, being established by the UN in New...

CSR makes big strides as Russia sees global benefit - news

Corporate responsibility has finally taken a firm hold in Russia, according to a new analysis. The study indicates that 90 per cent of large Russian companies now have a CSR or...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

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Pamela Zielinski has become head of sustainability in the business services division of construction company Carillion. She moves from Ethitas CSR Solutions consultancy.

inbrief - news

Richard Foulerton has joined Allianz Insurance UK as corporate social responsibility manager, working on the development of Alianz’s CSR agenda and strategy. He was previously in the...

Corporate social responsibility: readings and cases in a global context - news

A Crane, D Matten, L Spence (eds) Paperback. 544 pages. Routledge. £32.50. This collection of essays  drawn together under three headings (‘understanding’,...

How Scrooge’s partner cut through business humbug - news

Dickens’s Christmas classic shows the way to be a successful CSR change agent, says John Turner At this time of year I’d like to bring to your attention a forgotten champion...

Obama has a golden opportunity to alter America’s CSR landscape - news

Sometimes it’s wise to be careful what you wish for. Supporters of Barack Obama now have ‘change’ not only in the White House but also in the financial markets, which have...

CSR should be ‘weaved in’ - news

Companies have been urged to think more about using existing communication channels to get corporate responsibility messages to employees, rather than looking for special ways to do so....

Tribute: ‘dedicated, authentic, generous and engaging’ - news

More than 350 tributes were sent to EP in the few days after its founder Alistair Townley’s death. Here, just a few of them give a sense of the affection and respect he inspired...

Work begins on global social auditing standard - news

A step towards developing international social auditor standards has been taken in the US, with the backing of the Department of State’s Office of International Labour Affairs. The...

Hold the front page: T-Mobile tells all - news

A mobile phone company has taken the unusual step of producing an in-store newsletter on corporate responsibility aimed specifically at its customers. T-Mobile UK has placed the publication...

Could latest merger be sign of things to come? - news

Two prominent corporate responsibility consultancies – Csrnetwork and Sd3 – are to merge on 1 January amid suggestions that a period of consolidation in the consultancy market could...

Vodafone consistency brings ranking reward - news

Vodafone has regained the top spot in the annual Accountability rating of the world’s 100 largest corporations. It was previously placed first in 2006. The 2008 rating was compiled...

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

inbrief - news

A CSR management standard used in the Spanish-speaking world has been given a facelift. The SGE 21 Standard, first introduced in October 2000, has been updated to reflect new requirements on...

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

The financial crisis: will CSR survive the fallout? - news

Could recent events in financial markets be the death of corporate responsibility and responsible investment, or the making of it? Seven commentators give EP their views. Mark Goyder,...

Right now, business needs more walk and less talk - news

The financial crisis has shown that reporting is no substitute for firm action on ethics, says Leo Martin The rise and rise of corporate responsibility reports might make the casual...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Henderson risks criticism over tax move to Ireland - news

One of the UK’s leading asset management companies is changing its tax domicile from Britain to the Irish Republic to save money, even though it has warned other companies to take a more...

Gulf Air draws up three-pronged CSR strategy - news

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced a corporate social responsibility plan with three main themes: climate change and clean air, waste management, and community service....

Big event falls victim to global financial woes - news

One of the largest and most ambitious corporate responsibility events ever planned has had to be postponed because of the financial crisis, say its organizers. The international Business...

CSR executives put brave face on the financial crisis - news

The consequences for corporate responsibility of an impending recession remain unclear, but many in the field are taking an optimistic view as business begins to grapple with redundancies and...

Skype stops online monitoring in China - news

Online telephone company Skype has admitted that TOM Online, the majority owner of its Chinese venture TOM-Skype, has been monitoring and storing some users' text messages. Skype issued...

Chinese authority publishes CSR indices - news

CSR guidelines with 60 indices have been published for businesses by the local authority in the Wuxi municipality of Jiangsu, China. The indices, covering mainly labour relations, resource...

inbrief - news

Nili Safavi has become corporate responsibility consultant at DNV, specializing in the assurance and verification of CSR reports.

inbrief - news

Daimler has created a sustainability board within its top management. The board, which will meet at least four times a year, consists of senior executives from various departments....

The Oxford handbook of corporate social responsibility - news

(eds) A Crane, A McWilliams, D Matten, J Moon, D Siegel. Hardback. 590 pages. Oxford University Press. £80/$150. Practitioners beware: the foundations of this book are deep...

Corporate social responsibility and the global financial crisis - news

The credit crunch has exposed one of the greatest pieces of corporate social irresponsibility ever. It has revealed flaws not only in the banks, regulators and other actors directly involved,...

Laboratories swap ideas - news

Twenty corporate responsibility discussion groups have been formed under the umbrella of the European Alliance for CSR since it started two years ago. The groups, called...

Accountants ‘must do CSR’ - news

Accountants should have compulsory modules about corporate responsibility in their professional training, one of the world’s most influential accountancy bodies has said. The...

Bid starts to get suppliers into CSR reporting mode - news

Multinationals are to be urged this month to help small- and medium-sized supplier companies produce their own non-financial reports. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will make the...

Peace breaks out as truce agreed in Wikipedia spat - news

A wrangle over the definition of the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ on Wikipedia has finally been resolved. Contributors to the internet reference site, which allows...

Light shines on assurers’ ‘inferior’ double-tasking - news

Consultancies that help companies produce a sustainability report and then provide assurance for it have been criticized for doing so. CorporateRegister.com, which keeps an exhaustive log...

Summit will tackle Asian CSR apathy - news

Widescale apathy towards corporate social responsibility among large Asian companies is to be a major topic on the agenda at the next Asia CSR Summit to be held in Bangkok from 3-4 November....

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

inbrief - news

Examples of corporate responsibility best practice in the banking sector have been collated by the European Banking Federation. The federation of banking associations embraces 5000 financial...

The Difference Makers - news

Sandra Waddock. Paperback. 320 pages. Greenleaf Publishing. £21.95 . Who makes a difference? And how do they do it? This book is Sandra Waddock’s answer to these questions....

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

A two-year research project is to consider how multinationals can limit the exploitation of migrant workers in their supply chains. It will be led by US-based Business for Social...

Foreign Office ditches CSR unit as its interest wanes - news

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has shut down its section that has been dealing specifically with corporate responsibility. The move suggests the Foreign Office has...

MBA student values pose problem for Chinese firms - news

Chinese companies have been told to take note of a survey of MBA students that shows they are taking more account of business responsibility issues when taking on jobs. Researchers from the...

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Societe Generale's corporate and investment banking division has created a corporate social responsibility department to be headed by Eric May, who will produce action plans on sustainable...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

Arab world gets CSR body - news

Queen Rania of Jordan has formed an Arab Sustainability Leadership Group to promote corporate responsibility across the Middle East. She has already chaired the first meeting of the body, which...

CSR's trail-blazer needs to get out of the thicket and back on track - news

The UK government has been instrumental in the development of corporate social responsibility over the last decade. Listed companies must now produce annual forward-looking business reviews that...

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

Denmark is to introduce legislation that will require the country's 1000 largest businesses to report on corporate responsibility in annual reviews. The legislation, coming into effect...

Steel giant signs safety deal - news

The world's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has signed a deal with trade unions to improve the company's health and safety standards. Under the agreement, said to be a steel...

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

The Australian government has established an ambitious three-year project to expand responsible business practice across the country. The treasury will provide Aus$2million ($1.9m,...

inbrief - news

In the May issue of EP we incorrectly stated that Kyoko Fukukawa, a researcher at Bradford University School of Management, was involved in a Japan Foundation survey of 107 Japanese companies...

inbrief - news

Newly-elected London mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to promote corporate responsibility. Johnson told a University of East London Business School conference: ‘We need to make it easier...

Numbers are nice, but words are always our best friends - news

The use of statistics and numerical data is no substitute for a written explanation, says Roger Cowe A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words (although as a former journalist I...

Corporate responsibility: a critical introduction - news

Michael Blowfield and Alan Murray. Paperback. 452 pages. Oxford University Press. £29.99. Aimed at the burgeoning number of undergraduate and graduate students now taking modules...

Advisers not easy to please - news

Executives working within companies have a more positive view of how successful their corporate responsibility programmes are than the consultants who advise them, reports a new study. The...

CSR is toughing out the slowdown – for now - news

The corporate responsibility recruitment market appears to be largely unaffected by the growing economic difficulties worldwide, although the picture is mixed. With some recruitment areas,...

Rio Tinto expands sustainability data in its annual report - news

Rio Tinto has devoted an unusually large section of its latest annual report to information on corporate responsibility. The mining group has set aside 12 pages under the heading of...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

Sweden leads by example in reporting and investment - news

The mandatory requirement for state-owned companies in Sweden to produce an annual sustainability report will not be extended to listed businesses, the deputy prime minister has confirmed....

Malaysian stock exchange promotes CSR - news

Public limited companies have been urged by the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange to improve their CSR practices and integrate them into mainstream activities. This, says Bursa Malaysia, would show...

Australia gets CSR qualification - news

An agreement to expand business responsibility education has been signed by the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility and the graduate management school of the Melbourne-based La Trobe...

inbrief - news

Thomas Krick, formerly senior adviser at the AccountAbility think-tank, has been appointed a senior consultant at the UK-based csrnetwork consultancy, whose clients include Arcelor Mittal, Bacardi,...

inbrief - news

The publishers of Ethical Performance have launched a news wire service featuring up to date CSR announcements.

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

Stakeholder relations need to move on to another level if they are to be truly effective, says Jeremy Moon Most of us are by now aware that stakeholder relations are important to companies, but...

Multinationals in their communities - news

Ian W. Jones, Michael G. Pollitt and David Bek . Hardback. 359 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £57/$80. At a time when it’s fashionable to dismiss philanthropic approaches to corporate social...

after a slow start, CSR has seen off all challengers - news

When the first issue of Ethical Performance appeared in May 1999, the dotcom bubble had not yet burst, presidents Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein were in power, UK prime minister Tony Blair was...

high fliers given CSR role - news

An international bank has asked some of its high-flying executives to come up with views on the key social and environmental issues the company is likely to face in the future. Standard...

Japanese firms take different tack on CSR - news

Japanese companies are doing relatively well on addressing employee and environmental issues but are struggling with human rights and ethical supply chain management. A survey of 107 Japanese...

a decade ago: when GRI was just a twinkle in the eye - news

Welcome to the 100th issue of Ethical Performance – and to the much changed world of socially responsible business. The first issue of this newsletter back in the last century – May 1999, to be...

inbrief - news

A students’ CSR chat site has been started by Wayne Visser, senior associate of the Cambridge Programme for Industry. The unmoderated webspace is intended to allow students to share...

NGOs must target Joe Public to make change happen - news

Challenging companies is fine, but the brave next step is to take on consumers, says Blake Lee-Harwood If the last few decades of the environmental debate have been owned by...

What can we expect from Howard’s way? - news

EP talks to the new chief executive of Business in the Community about expansion, putting pressure on members – and working more closely with other organizations Expect a significant...

Societal benefits of sport are ‘too often overlooked’ - news

Too many businesses are failing to include sporting activities in their social responsibility programmes, according to the International Business Leaders’ Forum. The not-for-profit...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

The government of Saudi Arabia has begun a project to promote corporate responsibility. The three-year Saudi Arabian Responsible Competitiveness Initiative is led by the Saudi Arabian...

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

A head of corporate responsibility at a UK company can expect to earn more than £85,000 ($171,000) a year. The first ever CSR salary survey, conducted by Ethical Performance , the...

Businesses fail to get message across to graduates - news

Many companies are throwing away the chance to hire quality staff because they fail to mention their business’s ethical credentials. Communications consultancy Edelman says companies...

Steel giant resettles villagers - news

ArcelorMittal is to spend $250million (£126m) on resettling residents from more than a dozen villages in the Keonjhar district of Orissa, India, who will be displaced by its new steel...

Former ambassador becomes Japanese CSR head at JP Morgan - news

The financial services group JPMorgan has appointed Christopher J. LaFleur, the former US ambassador to Malaysia, as its head of corporate responsibility for Japan. LaFleur has previously...

Vigeo teams up with Asian partner - news

Vigeo, the leading European CSR ratings agency, is extending its coverage into the Asia Pacific area by forming a partnership with OWW Consulting, a Malaysia-based specialist in responsible...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

Business in the Community’s new CEO needs to be a change agent - news

The 25th anniversary of Business in the Community is a cause for celebration. It is also an appropriate milestone to review where the UK-based membership organization is heading, particularly at...

Communication assumes a much greater priority - news

CSR practitioners expect to spend more time in the future on communication rather than programme development and monitoring. Latest research carried out by the UK’s Ashridge Centre...

HP suppliers still failing to adopt proactive mindset - news

Most of Hewlett Packard’s central European suppliers still have a ‘reactive’ approach to social and environmental responsibility despite the company’s best efforts,...

CSR factors largely ignored in salary sums - news

Fewer than ten per cent of the UK’s biggest companies use non-financial measures to determine senior executives’ performance pay, new research has found. A study by the Local...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

The Irish Republic’s first accredited education programme on CSR for junior and middle ranking managers has been set up by a leading training body. The five-day course is being run by...

Stakeholder views gaining ground against specialists - news

A system using stakeholders rather than SRI specialists to rate companies on social and environmental performance has been created by an offshoot of the consultancy Intertek. The web-based...

Bitc prepares for new era as Cleverdon steps aside - news

Julia Cleverdon, one of the UK’s most prominent figures in corporate social responsibility, stepped down this month from her post as head of Business in the Community. Cleverdon was...

Employees exert most influence on responsible practice - news

Pressure from employees is the most significant influence on corporate responsibility in companies, a survey reports. A poll of 150 US and British CSR practitioners, mainly working within...

inbrief - news

UK CSR minister Stephen Timms has asked his civil servants to consider how government departments can better advance corporate responsibility. Timms said: ‘Too often it can seem as if...

inbrief - news

British consultancy csrnetwork has teamed up with the media agency Naked Communications to offer companies a new advisory service on communicating their corporate policies and programmes....

Private equity may become a friend, not a bogeyman - news

It’s right to be suspicious of buy-out firms, but we should give them a chance, urges Danielle Cohen If the term business ethics is, as some believe, an oxymoron, then ethics and...

The A to Z of corporate social responsibility - news

W Visser, D Matten, M Pohl & N Tolhurst. Hardback. 539 pages. Wiley. £55/$110 It’s a sign of the coming of age of corporate social responsibility that it now merits...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

Wal-Mart has published its long-awaited first sustainability report. US-based reporting specialist Kathee Rebernak provides some thoughts on its scope and value Wal-Mart’s inaugural...

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

State-owned businesses in China have been advised by the government to create corporate responsibility departments and policies.   Guidelines issued last month to China’s 152...

CSR Academy stirs again as Shillito takes leading role - news

Signs of new life at the CSR Academy have emerged with the appointment of a former corporate responsibility consultant to head the organization. Toby Shillito will lead the academy in its...

Enthusiastic delegates create alumni group - news

An alumni group is to be started this month for executives who have completed a new training course on how to make ‘dramatic progress’ on sustainability. Delegates who have been...

Smaller firms ‘don’t listen to big hitters’ - news

Policymakers and business associations have been urged to avoid the use of politicians or executives from large companies to promote responsible business practice among smaller firms. A new...

Patents released to spur social innovation - news

Patents owned by four multinationals have been put into the public domain as part of what the companies claim is an attempt to encourage the development of new products with social and...

Asian CSR 'will go mainstream soon' - news

Social innovation will bring CSR into mainstream corporate culture in Asia this year, Jude Mannion, chief executive of Robin Hood Asia, has predicted. Businesses are finally appreciating...

Australian government offered responsible road map - news

Greater concentration on sustainability reporting and better co-ordination of government corporate responsibility projects are the two areas in which Australia’s new administration will...

Responsible Malaysian stocks outperform the benchmark - news

Share prices in companies that practise good CSR are reported to have outstripped the record-breaking run on the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI). Arshad Adam, finance director of OWW...

High commissioner speaks out on Bangladeshi CSR - news

Good practice in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment factories could stop much of the frequent labour unrest in the country, the British high commissioner Anwar Choudhury has told a business...

China gets CSR index - news

Forty companies have been listed in China’s first corporate responsibility index, which focuses mainly on businesses in the environment field. Experts who have participated in...

Dole Thailand takes CSR accolade - news

Dole Thailand, part of the huge Dole Food Company, the worldwide producer of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, has received the 2007 Grand Winner Award and a 2007 Excellence Award from US...

Telstra leads pack on community donations - news

Telstra, the Australian telecoms company, gave A$18.8million ($16.5m, £8.4m) in 2006-07 to enable Australians to live and work in their local communities, making it one of the country’s leading...

Northport wins Malaysia CSR award - news

A Malaysian company and a businessman have been commended at the first CSR Ambassadorship Certification Programme presentation of the Ansted Social Responsibility International Awards, which were...

oil companies under fire in Pakistan - news

A campaign has been started in Pakistan to create an awareness of the social responsibilities of oil and gas companies accused of damaging communities. The campaign has resulted from a CSR...

inbrief - news

The 2008 edition of the CSR professional services directory will be published by Ethical Performance in January. All subscribers will receive a complimentary copy.

inbrief - news

European local authorities are to be provided with guidance on how to promote corporate responsibility among businesses in their regions. The guidance will be published in the next couple of months...

how to put your case in the YouTube era - news

With some social networking websites becoming more influential than traditional media, how can companies respond when their reputations are attacked online? If there's one key feature of the...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

The social and environmental performance of companies that produce luxury brands has been highlighted in a new ranking that suggests none of them are doing particularly well. The league table has...

small agencies join forces - news

Nineteen British 'boutique' consultancies have joined forces to market their corporate social responsibility services. The firms, none of which has more than 10 staff, have come together in an...

MBA activists extend their reach to Europe - news

An American initiative that encourages MBA students to see themselves as protagonists for corporate social responsibility has set up a permanent base in Europe. Net Impact, a 15-year old...

BT's approach to reporting wins top award - news

BT has won the top accolade at the UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting. Among the reasons for the telecoms company's victory were its efforts to outline the business case for CSR, a detailed...

inbrief - news

UK construction company HBG has stepped up its corporate responsibility commitment by appointing Caroline Cook to the new role of head of CSR. Cook has joined from Business in the Community, where...

don’t let the moralists lead you into a philosophical quagmire - news

Arriving at a socially responsible position is what matters, not how we get there, says Gerry Hagelberg I don’t beat my wife. Is that because: (a) I love her? (b) I abhor violence? (c) She’d...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

What would you wish for in the corporate responsibility field in 2008? EP asked some of its subscribers for their views. This is what they said. Martin Blake, head of sustainability, Royal...

boom time US tempts Brits to venture abroad - news

Rapidly increasing interest in responsible business practice in America has prompted two UK-based specialist consultancies to establish operations across the Atlantic. London-based Context, which...

CSR makes its TV debut on the internet - news

Corporate responsibility now has its own dedicated television channel. Internet-based CSR.TV has been established in the UK as an offshoot of the Italian web channel Responsibility.TV, which...

multinationals show the way in emerging Europe - news

Businesses in central and eastern European countries that have recently joined or applied to join the European Union generally practise corporate responsibility on their own initiative, not as a...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

The US government has made a rare direct foray into the world of corporate responsibility by providing $2million (£960,000) to improve labour standards and practices in Latin America. The grant,...

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

CSR organizations are attempting to turn the current fashion for social networking websites to their commercial advantage. At least four sites providing a forum for discussion of responsible...

Bangladesh gets CSR partnership forum - news

Businesses and civil society bodies have formed the Bangladesh Partnership Forum to promote awareness of the value of sustainable development partnerships in creating stability. The...

pension fund disinvests from Vedanta - news

The Norwegian government pension fund has decided to disinvest from four Indian subsidiaries of a mining company over concerns about ‘systematic’ environmental and human rights violations. The...

inspirational Deveshwar scoops award - news

An industrialist who joined the Indian company ITC from college and became its chairman and chief executive has won the seventh annual SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award for personal...

garment companies ‘ignorant of CSR’ - news

A study of the Australian garment industry, in which outworkers are used extensively, has shown that employers have been slow to observe mandatory and voluntary rules for protecting labour rights...

Westpac is ‘best’ on volunteering - news

Westpac has won a new Australian award for employers that encourage their staff to volunteer. The bank has taken the Award for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering, given by Volunteering...

Chinese CSR debates get under way - news

The China Supply Chain Council, a community of 20,000 business professionals, has kicked off a new season of formal discussions on CSR in supply chain management and ethical sourcing. The...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

Aussie centre walks the talk - news

The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has decided to practise what it preaches by releasing its first sustainability report. The Centre, which encourages companies to produce...

inbrief - news

CSR practitioners are being invited to record their annual salaries in a confidential survey by the recruitment agency Acre Resources, the Acona consultancy and Ethical Performance. The five-minute...

For the common good: the ethics of leadership in the 21st century - news

John C Knapp (ed). Hardback. 174 pages. Praeger. £25.95/$44.95 It may be relatively slim, but this examination of ‘the ethical requirements of leadership’ is a heavyweight tome in terms of the...

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

The first ever ‘corporate responsibility week’ took place in Ireland last month. EP looks at the state of CSR in a country that has seen huge social change over the past 15 years What was...

the fault lines in corporate social responsibility have been revealed - news

The crisis at Northern Rock is an exposure of corporate social responsibility. The UK’s fifth largest mortgage provider had to be bailed out by the Bank of England in order to fulfil its most...

bribery details go online - news

Confidential details of bribes are being collected by a corporate-led project to give an account of corruption trends in business. An online database, Business Registry for International Bribery...

Facebook generation puts firms in the dock - news

The increasing use of internet chat groups to challenge the behaviour of companies was highlighted last month when campaigning against potato crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods flared up on the...

Cranfield moves to bring CSR into its MBA programmes - news

One of the world’s top business management schools is to integrate corporate responsibility topics into all its MBA courses. Cranfield School of Management has asked its own Doughty Centre for...

good governance 'is key to meaningful change' - news

The mining industry needs to extend its corporate responsibility efforts beyond well-trodden areas such as community support and do more to improve governance at national and local levels. That’s...

CSR diploma targets execs - news

Geneva University is introducing a CSR diploma for business leaders in January. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility is for executives wishing to ‘improve and...

Greenpeace director accentuates the positive - news

The head of one of the world’s most influential pressure groups has declared that he now recognizes the worth of corporate responsibility. Gerd Leipold, executive director of Greenpeace...

Compact detractors create their own space - news

Critics of the United Nations Global Compact have started their own website where they can raise concerns. The Global Compact Critics site is to be a conduit for complaints about how the Compact...

‘conservative’ managers told to change their ways - news

Findings from one of the largest ever corporate responsibility research projects suggest that executives with social and environmental responsibilities are too cautious in their aims. The European...

Sino-European pact is sealed - news

The first Sino-European co-operation agreement on CSR has been signed to strengthen strategic ties between Chinese textile suppliers and European retailers. The pact, between the China National...

inbrief - news

Louise Hawson has joined csrnetwork as senior consultant specializing in reporting, disclosure and stakeholder communications. Hawson, a former head of CSR at WSP Environmental, was previously an...

inbrief - news

A guide to implementing corporate responsibility programmes has been produced by the UK-based Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, a non-profit membership organization that...

inbrief - news

Construction company Balfour Beatty sourced 60 per cent of its timber from Forest Stewardship-certified sources last year, up from just below 50 per cent last year, says its latest CSR report....

inbrief - news

An online network has been set up for Danish people working in corporate responsibility. CSR Denmark is similar to the CSR Chicks/Blokes networks.

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

You can’t overlook bad practices when identifying responsible companies, argues Rory Murphy As a professional with nearly 30 years’ experience of representing finance sector workers, including...

Corporate social responsibility and the shaping of global public policy - news

Matthew J. Hirschland Hardback. 202 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £42.50/$69.95 Companies and civil society are increasingly assuming the role of responsible governments to protect the...

3i aims to be more open on ethical due diligence - news

One of the world’s best-known private equity companies, 3i, is examining how further to improve transparency in its due diligence to identify social, environmental and ethical risks. The decision...

Russian firms make strides on CSR agenda - news

Russian companies are making progress on corporate social responsibility, according to a study on the country’s business standards. The report, from the International Business Leaders’ Forum,...

Flag closes down its US base - news

The communications consultancy Flag has closed its US office and will service clients from Britain. Flag, which has Chevron, Ford and Wal-Mart among its North American clients, said that closure...

UK firms now spending up to 20% of turnover on CSR - news

British businesses may be allocating more resources to corporate responsibility than is generally realized, with more than half claiming to spend between five and ten per cent of their turnover on...

O2 offers consumers advice in its non-financial report - news

Mobile phone company O2 has taken the unusual step in its latest CSR report of advising readers how to be more socially responsible in their own lives. Each section of the 40-page hard-copy...

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A blog has been set up by staff of KLD, the US-based SRI research body. The blog has already discussed private equity and corporate responsibility, divestment from Sudan, and the business case...

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A group of Canadian companies will visit London this month to see how UK businesses manage their corporate community investment. CSR practitioners from ConocoPhillips, Enbridge, EnCana, Envision...

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

The advance of corporate social responsibility is causing some companies to review whether their corporate foundations need to change to reflect new priorities In the public mind, there is...

T-Mobile gives CSR a direct line into the board - news

The T-Mobile telecoms company is setting up a board-level corporate responsibility steering group to develop a more coherent strategy on responsible business. The group, which should be in...

BBC switches from CSR to ‘outreach’ - news

The BBC has replaced its in-house CSR Centre with a department called BBC Outreach. The change reflects the corporation’s decision to avoid regular use of the term CSR, which had been...

second stint for Timms may revive profile of CSR - news

Stephen Timms has become the UK’s CSR minister for a second time, raising hopes that the post will regain some of the importance it has lost in the past three years. Timms, who resumed the...

firms told to involve staff - news

Companies are to be urged to make greater efforts to bring their employees into the fight against child labour. A draft 15-point action plan says too many businesses fail to keep their...

corporate responsibility sets fire service alight - news

Further evidence that corporate responsibility is no longer the preserve of commercial enterprises has emerged with the news that a fire brigade in the UK is appointing a CSR officer....

Indonesia blazes trail on mandatory approach - news

Indonesia has taken the unprecedented step of passing legislation that will require companies to spend money on corporate responsibility programmes. The controversial law was passed last...

Chinese CSR reporting driven by image - news

The main triggers for sustainability reporting in China are raising image, supporting government policies, increased enterprise management awareness and media pressure, a CSR consultancy has...

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

Westpac bank is claiming to have become the first Australian company outside the energy sector to use its community and environmental programmes in its mass marketing. The company believes its...

employees the focus of new CSR campaign - news

A pilot project is to be started in Shenzhen with the aim of bringing employees into a campaign to improve social and environmental conditions in China’s information and communications technology...

charity to engage Indian firms on child labour - news

Save the Children Sweden is to hold talks with selected companies in India on management policy and CSR. The move follows publication of a new report by the charity, Corporate social...

Euro-China CSR pact signed - news

The first Sino-European co-operation agreement on corporate social responsibility has been signed with the aim of strengthening ties between Chinese textile suppliers and European retailers....

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Entertainment and communications business Virgin Media has appointed Stuart Poore to the new role of corporate responsibility director. Poore, who joins from the defence technology and security...

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UK-based consultancy csrnetwork has expanded its team with two new appointments. Louise Hawson, a former head of CSR at WSP Environmental, has joined as senior consultant, while Judith Murphy has...

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Mike Kelly, head of CSR at KPMG, has been appointed chair of the Corporate Responsibility Group, a networking organization of 95 UK companies. Yogesh Chauhan, the BBC’s chief corporate...

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CSR managers will increasingly be driven by an internal ‘pull’ rather than an external ‘push’, according to a new study on the future of CSR communications. In Taking Shape, Radley Yeldar...

realism and openness is Baker’s recipe for success - news

Kingfisher’s head of corporate responsibility tells EP how a pragmatic and transparent approach has helped bring the group up to a leadership position in the CSR field When a new ranking...

fundraisers to go on CSR tours - news

Fundraisers in the not-for-profit sector who set up corporate partnerships are to be taken on site visits to two European clothes companies this autumn so they can gain a greater understanding of...

‘time for leaders to back CSR laws’, says inquiry - news

Leading companies in the CSR field should begin pushing governments to introduce national regulation on corporate responsibility that will bring laggards up to standard, according to the findings...

G8 shows new enthusiasm for CSR agenda - news

The G8 nations are to encourage developing countries to embrace corporate responsibility by holding a ‘high level dialogue’ on the topic. No date or venue has yet been set for the event, but it...

Ernst & Young increases CSR numbers - news

Ernst & Young is to expand its in-house corporate responsibility programme in the UK by creating a new full-time post within each of its four UK business units. The new recruits will work...

brevity on bribery puts BAE in verifier’s firing line - news

BAE Systems has been criticized by its external assurers for failing to provide enough information in its corporate responsibility report on allegations of bribery and corruption within the...

mobile phone giant goes for reasonable assurance - news

Vodafone is claiming to have become the first Fortune 100 company to have had its corporate responsibility report assured to a higher standard than is the norm for such reports. The mobile phone...

Amnesty ready to put its own house in order - news

Amnesty International UK is recruiting a CSR manager to manage its in-house ethical performance. The appointment, which is unusual for a non-governmental organization (NGO), is part of Amnesty’s...

guidelines on corporate behaviour to be updated - news

A key international mechanism for overseeing company behaviour on issues such as human rights, bribery and information disclosure is set to be revised. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational...

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

The Belgo-Dutch banking and insurance group Fortis has deepened its commitment to corporate responsibility by setting out CSR goals for the next two years under the title of ‘Agenda 2009’....

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John Long has been named CSR vice-president at the US-based confectionery company Hershey. He moves internally from his position as  vice-president of corporate communications.

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Christopher Foss has been appointed senior CSR vice-president at the New York-based public relations and brand consultancy Lippe Taylor. Foss was previously corporate services and communications...

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Insight Investment had 400 formal engagements with companies on corporate responsibility topics last year. Most of the discussions were on two issues – health and safety (154) and climate change...

an ISO standard on CSR is slowly taking shape - news

Work on an international standard on social responsibility is progressing well, but the large number of interested parties involved remains a concern What is an ISO standard? ISO...

is corporate social responsibility in danger of losing its way? - news

Companies are enjoying record profits and corporate social responsibility is enjoying unprecedented support. In the US, non-financial reporting seems to be at a tipping point, with 49 of the...

everyclick in client search - news

A search engine company that gives half its gross revenue to charity has begun a campaign to persuade large businesses to switch to its service as part of their CSR programmes....

City leaders try to allay fears on private equity - news

Two senior City figures have predicted that private equity will soon embrace CSR. Stephen Haddrill and Alain Grisay told delegates at Business in the Community’s annual conference in London...

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

Two more recruitment agencies have entered the increasingly crowded UK market. Arc Vision and Dangerfield Executive Search join eight other agencies in the UK alone that offer CSR executive...

US insurers fail to make the CSR grade - news

American businesses are conspicuous by their absence from the upper reaches of a new sustainability ranking of the world’s 43 largest insurance companies. Most of the top places in the...

Compact companies fare better on key yardsticks - news

Companies that are signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have stronger policy frameworks on aspects of CSR than those that are not. In the first statistical analysis of the...

moves afoot to bridge Atlantic divide on CSR - news

A bid to close the gap between the way European and domestic arms of US multinationals approach corporate responsibility is being made by a group of CSR practitioners. Executives based in...

Malaysia gets its own CSR website - news

A website has been set up to keep stakeholders in Malaysia informed of companies’ ethical standards. The CSR Malaysia Community Portal is aimed at giving a clear understanding of CSR issues to...

Shanghai banks get CSR framework - news

Guidelines have been issued to establish ethical standards for financial institutions in Shanghai. The aim is to guarantee stakeholders’ rights and enhance social and environmental...

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The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto has recruited two specialists from the UK’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University. Andy...

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Veteran CSR consultant Hilary Sutcliffe has left Acona to set up Responsible Futures, a group of specialists that will include legal commentator and analyst Jennifer Zerk and social auditor...

Management models for CSR - news

Jan Jonker, Marco de Witte (editors), Springer, 378 pages, hardback. £44 Management Models is an ambitious book – both in its declared intent to be a knowledge bank for tried and tested...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

EP talks to the Conservative party’s Jonathan Djanogly about the state of his party’s policies on corporate responsibility – and why the CSR minister post may be old hat It’s not often the...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

new ethical foreign policy might repair UK’s damaged reputation - news

Companies, it’s often said, take more notice of corporate social responsibility once their reputations have taken a serious knock. So now that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has...

east European business ‘is still ignoring CSR’ - news

Companies in central and eastern Europe have been accused of making little progress on corporate responsibility in the 17 years that have elapsed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A study...

Ban Ki-moon gesture eases Compact fears - news

The United Nations’ new secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has eased fears about the level of his commitment to the UN’s Global Compact by chairing the second meeting of the Compact Board, a newly...

online access to chief exec proves a hit - news

British Land says it has stimulated greater interest in its annual CSR report by giving stakeholders the opportunity to question its chief executive directly. The UK-based property company...

tea firms put Compact on packets - news

Two Sri Lankan companies have begun to promote the principles of the United Nations Global Compact inside packets of a new brand of tea. Leaflets listing the ten principles have been added to...

football club scores a first as it enters reporting arena - news

Chelsea may not win the English Premiership title this year but it has become the first prominent football club to produce a stand-alone CSR report. The London club, owned by Russian...

academy changes hands but future still unclear - news

The UK government has handed over the running of its flagship corporate responsibility organization, the CSR Academy, to Business in the Community.   The academy, established in 2004 to...

Delfgaauw rues ‘state of denial’ in reporting - news

Most companies are still not being open enough when disclosing their social and environmental impacts, a senior CSR figure has said. Tom Delfgaauw, a former Shell executive who with others...

activist ‘wolves’ throw investors into confusion - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have been warned about SRI-like resolutions being proposed for company meetings that reprehend the board for approving CSR measures. An email alert...

UK Foreign Office stakes claim to CSR territory - news

The British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced a CSR strategy that commits it to a greater say on corporate responsibility in the UK and around the world. The ministry...

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Corporate Edge has recruited Andrew Kluth to head its corporate responsibility business. Kluth, who joins from the Carbon Capital consultancy, previously led the CSR development team at Royal...

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TNT Post is to develop a corporate responsibility programme this year. The four year old postal services company said it would initially focus on ethical supply chain management using the SA8000...

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An online collection of examples of companies’ CSR practices is being compiled by the International Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs, a four-year-old German body that promotes CSR. The...

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GoodCorporation has introduced a new version of its CSR assessment package that is tailored for small companies. Information on 62 areas of responsible business practice is gathered via an online...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

Five years ago, at the height of the furore about Enron, some within the SRI community sought to present CSR as the first cousin of corporate governance, then a prime business concern. Corporate...

faith can add a new dimension to the responsible workplace - news

Business organizations should not be afraid of allowing religion into CSR, says David Miller Many in the corporate world would rather not bring religion into the boardroom. Fair enough,...

private equity firms begin to respond - news

Private equity firms have acted to counter suggestions that their increasing influence poses a threat to corporate social responsibility. Two heads of private equity firms last month publicly...

MEPs challenge the EC to deliver the goods - news

The European Commission’s big idea on corporate responsibility – the creation of a Europe-wide federation of companies called the European Alliance for CSR – has been attacked by members of the...

online surfers invited to make a judgement call - news

Internet users are being given the chance to evaluate the social and environmental performance of companies on a new website that features examples of good and bad things companies are doing in...

stand-alone green reports appear to have had their day - news

New figures indicate that annual stand-alone corporate environment reports in the UK are on the way out. Statistics released last month by CorporateRegister.com show that environment reports...

strategy advice in demand - news

Consultancies advising companies on their strategic direction have commanded the highest number of searches by visitors to a new online directory of CSR service providers. In the first six...

Taiwan companies level pegging with foreigners on CSR - news

Foreign companies operating in Taiwan score only marginally better when it comes to CSR than local ones, according to a new survey. The study by the Chinese-language Taiwan magazine Global...

Afghan company wins plaudits - news

Special recognition for excellence in corporate philanthropy has been paid to Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecoms operator, and the Aga Khan Development Network. The prize was created to mark...

From the Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School - news

Corporate Social Responsibility as a ‘business tool’ Thank you for sending me a copy of your new publication Ethical Performance Best Practice. I have some critical comments which I submit to...

good government is about more than just regulation - news

Politicians have a role to play in CSR that extends far beyond introducing regulation, says Eric Biel In discussions on the role of government in CSR, government is all too often...

bringing audits in-house is not the answer to supply chain woes - news

Reading the latest report on ethical trade auditing from the Ethical Trade Initiative (see analysis ) companies might be forgiven for throwing their hands up in despair. A bleak picture emerges...

CSR reports condemned for being short-termist - news

Too many companies take a short-term view in their annual CSR statements, according to the judges of this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards. The 17-strong judging panel, which last...

marketing execs urged to climb aboard CSR train - news

Marketing executives are being urged to take much greater account of corporate responsibility. The marketing specialists’ professional body, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, has told...

make more use of KPIs, reporters are told - news

Britain’s insurance industry has asked businesses to improve the quality of their disclosures through greater use of key performance indicators (KPIs) when reporting publicly on their social and...

future of CSR Academy hangs in the balance - news

The UK government looks set to offload or even abandon its flagship corporate responsibility organization, the CSR Academy, which has been in cold storage for six months. The academy,...

China to train business leaders in ethics - news

Senior officials of the Chinese government and administrators from the country’s leading business schools have combined to create a far-reaching responsible business project. The aim of the...

Chinese politician puts down CSR marker - news

Further signs that the Chinese authorities are beginning to get to grips with the CSR agenda have come from a leading lawmaker in the Beijing government, who has attacked companies that blindly...

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Close to a third of human resources practitioners believe their departments should have management responsibility for CSR , a poll has suggested. The survey of HR executives from more than 60 UK...

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The world’s first printed international corporate social responsibility directory has now gone online. The web version of the CSR Professional Services Directory 2007, published by Ethical...

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Branding consultancy Spencer du Bois has appointed Diana Gayle to lead its expansion into CSR. Gayle joins the UK-based company from the Fairtrade Foundation, where she was business development...

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David York, head of auditing practice at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, has been co-opted onto the technical committee of the CSR think-tank AccountAbility. The committee,...

Toyota shuns CSR scheme - news

The difficulty of raising international standards in an intensely competitive industry sector has been highlighted by the efforts of a group of vehicle manufacturers to improve workplace...

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

Nike rift with AmCham reveals growing tensions - news

Nike has taken the unusual step of publicly disagreeing with the American Chamber of Commerce - of which it is a member - over its opposition to proposed labour legislation in China. The...

Tories look at new CSR deals - news

Proposals for government-brokered 'responsibility deals' committing companies to CSR measures in return for a lighter regulatory regime are being considered by the UK's Conservative Party....

CSR combatants dig in for the battle of Wikipedia - news

An unlikely conflict has blown up over the phrase 'corporate social reponsibility' on the internet reference site Wikipedia. Contributors to the online encyclopedia, which allows allcomers to...

big retailers aim to create standard to suit everyone - news

A group of multinational retailers is to attempt to develop a single global standard for ethical supply chain management that would replace existing models and be used by all sectors. The...

Nokia upgrades tsunami work - news

The mobile phone maker Nokia has introduced training projects to assist young people in finding jobs or setting up small businesses in areas of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka that were devastated...

Malaysian giant joins CSR forum - news

One of Malaysia’s largest companies, the infrastructure conglomerate YTL Corporation Berhad, has become a principal supporter of the International Business Leaders’ Forum and has committed itself...

Intertek sets up Chinese CSR body - news

A sustainable development and CSR organization has been established in China by the international business and training consultancy Intertek. The China Center for Labour and Environmental Law...

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Diane Osgood has been appointed to the new post of CSR strategy vice-president at US-based Business for Social Responsibility. Osgood, an environmental economist who has worked as a consultant...

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Three-quarters of the UK’s senior CSR managers say corporate responsibility is now seen as a mainstream business issue in their organizations. A poll of members of the UK-based Corporate...

ISO 26000 takes shape - news

Corporate responsibility specialists will gather in Australia at the end of this month to examine the second draft of a global standard on CSR. The latest version of the standard – known as...

the ICCA handbook on corporate social responsibility - news

Manfred Pohl, Judith Hennigfeld, Nick Tolhurst (eds). Wiley. 456 pages. Hardback. £45 The immediate appeal of this book is that it includes some high profile contributors. Most people...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

EC panned over ‘weak’ stance on CSR policies - news

The European Parliament’s most active political commentator on CSR has tabled a resolution highly critical of the European Commission’s corporate responsibility policy. Richard Howitt, a UK...

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

Western companies in China have been warned they are failing to get their CSR policies across to Chinese partners and suppliers because they take too little account of cultural differences....

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

market for consultancy services is in rude health - news

The extent of CSR professional service provision has been laid bare in the first printed international directory of organizations offering advisory and other services in the field....

Diageo asks assurers for more comment - news

Diageo has asked the assurers of its annual corporate citizenship report to provide more commentary on the document’s strengths and weaknesses rather than just on the accuracy of the information...

advice offered on how to behave - news

Business in the Community has created a set of practical principles that provide simple pointers to how companies can behave in a responsible fashion in their chosen markets. The Marketplace...

see NGOs as allies, not enemies, firms told - news

American companies have been urged to regard campaigns by non-governmental organizations as ‘early warning systems’ of trouble ahead rather than as a thorn in their side. Rachel Thompson,...

ABI to upgrade guidelines - news

The trade association for Britain’s insurance industry is to revise its guidelines on the reporting of social and environmental issues in annual company statements. The Association of...

CSR makes things worse, not better, claim naysayers - news

CSR is a waste of time, and may even do more harm than good, according to one of the most vociferous non-governmental organizations in the field. Corporate Watch, which monitors corporate...

key player shifts ground as assurance fears grow - news

One of the key players in the assurance market, the global consultancy URS, has decided to stop providing detailed assurance of corporate responsibility reports. The move comes at a time of...

Malaysia gets CSR Index - news

Malaysia’s first CSR index has been set up by OWW Consulting, a specialist research company based in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. OWW’s offering is an index series covering initially Malaysia...

Globe Telecom takes CSR education award - news

The winner of the 2006 Asian CSR Award in the support and improvement of education category was Globe Telecom (Philippines). The award was for its Text2Teach project conducted in co-operation...

BT and Cisco help Indian farmers - news

A telephone-based service offering agricultural and veterinary information to farmers in India has been set up by BT, Cisco and the OneWorld charity as part of the United Nations’ Millennium...

Malaysia goes by the book on CSR - news

A book is to be issued by the Malaysian government to guide government-linked companies in practising effective CSR. The publication, to be called the Silver Book, is part of a series...

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Vodafone Group heads this year's global Accountability Rating, which assesses the world's largest companies against six social and environmental measures. Companies performed better overall than...

Europeans take 'moral' line - news

US companies tend to use economic terms and arguments in their CSR communications while European companies concentrate more on issues of 'morality', new research has indicated. Researchers...

social auditors and companies must seize an historic opportunity - news

Sometimes the old can learn from the young. Compared with century-old financial auditing, social auditing is a pup, a distinct discipline only since the 1970s. Yet, though still felt to be...

UTC 2005 corporate responsibility report - news

Available as hard copy and download at www.utc.com/responsibility/index.htm The centrepiece of United Technology Corporation's stand at last month's Business for Social Responsibility...

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

Airbus UK is to gather the views of its stakeholders as a prelude to drawing up a corporate responsibility programme. The UK arm of the European aircraft manufacturer will convene focus...

'lively' rating sector begins to reach maturity - news

Nearly 60 organizations now formally assess the social and environmental performance of companies. The Bertelsmann Foundation, a German social welfare research organization, has identified 58...

alliance aims to raise the quality of debate - news

An attempt to counteract 'lazy thinking' on CSR among academics and business people is to be made by a UK business school and a global supply chain management company. The Saïd Business...

Gap brings trade unions into the picture - news

A leading US clothing retailer has turned to the unions for help in improving workplace conditions in its supply chain. Gap and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers'...

Xstrata is new face on short list - news

Mining group Xstrata has been short-listed for the UK Sustainability Reporting Awards, to be announced next March. Xstrata, a Switzerland-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange and...

jargon-ridden statements confuse social report users - news

Opaque language and jargon are widely believed to undermine the assurance of corporate responsibility reports, a leading reporter in the field has warned. Mobile phone company Vodafone says...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

Concerns are growing that businesses will not know what they need to include in the annual business reviews required by the UK's new Companies Act, which received Royal Assent last month....

US bank takes world view on CSR policies - news

Bank of America is to extend its CSR programmes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bank is creating a new senior post of CSR project officer to cover the three regions. The appointee,...

mainstreaming is top target - news

Encouraging companies to integrate corporate responsibility throughout their operations rather than confining it to a single department is the most common preoccupation of national CSR networks...

the new business benefit of CSR: large wads of cash - news

British electricity companies are to be given cash incentives by the national electricity and gas regulator Ofgem for implementing corporate responsibility programmes. In an unusually...

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Nick Hart has been appointed head of CSR at Turner Broadcasting Europe, which runs the CNN and Cartoon Network television channels. Hart was previously public relations director of Cartoon...

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UK-based CSR consultancy Sd3 has expanded its services into climate change advice by appointing James Anderson to its team. Anderson was formerly director of business sustainability and climate...

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Kraft Foods has won a Clarion Award for the way it has publicized its partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and for introducing its Kenco Sustainable Development coffee brand in the UK. The...

fresh script is needed for future on the big stage - news

The respective roles of business, government and civil society are becoming less clearly demarcated, says David Boyle It isn’t easy being a CSR professional these days. I’m not one myself,...

eight years of talk haven’t got us very far - news

When the UK government embarked on its reform of corporate law, Google was operating out of a garage. More than eight years should have been long enough to achieve a reasonably decent result. But...

glass is half full for upbeat SRI evangelist - news

EP talks to Robert Rubinstein, founder of this month’s Triple Bottom Line Investing conference, about the progress of socially responsible investment There are very few must-attend...

CSR software package taps into email to coach staff - news

The UK compliance specialist CODA has developed software for companies managing their corporate responsibility programmes. The CODA-Control Manager gives employees management instructions...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

number of advertised CSR jobs rises - news

An analysis of full-time CSR jobs on two online corporate responsibility recruitment sites has found that listings in total increased by 48 per cent between 2004 and 2005. The survey,...

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

The Companies Bill, which will introduce a limited range of light-touch measures to encourage corporate responsibility in the UK, will finally receive royal assent this month. The Bill,...

supermarkets perform patchily - news

The UK’s eight biggest supermarkets are making headway on corporate responsibility but their overall performance is patchy, says the National Consumer Council. The council’s first...

frustrated German NGOs want to force pace on CSR - news

Thirty civil society organizations in Germany have created a new CSR group to persuade companies to do more on corporate responsibility. The Berlin-based German Network for Corporate...

firms ‘too defensive’ on CSR - news

Companies engaged by investors on corporate responsibility issues can become too defensive and bogged down in debating specific allegations about their performance rather than looking at the...

Brandix makes progress on water project - news

Water is to be laid on within three years by Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, to villages where its workers live. Brandix surveyed its 18,000 employees and found 900 were...

Malaysian prime minister speaks out on CSR - news

Public listed companies in Malaysia have made significant progress in corporate governance compliance, said Abdullah Badawi, the premier and finance minister, when he put forward his tentative...

Indian agency wins IFC grant - news

The Indian CSR consultancy Crisil has become one of five organizations around the world to win the Capturing Value research competition run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has published a CSR framework setting out guidelines for public listed companies on environmental, community, marketplace and workplace activities. Bursa Malaysia...

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Dutch dairy multinational Campina has given its CSR brief to Eric Heres, its long-standing corporate communications director. Heres succeeds Jos Clerx, former corporate affairs director, who has...

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The BBC pension scheme is to abide by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, which lay down socially responsible investment guidelines for signatories. The move is being claimed...

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MPs will begin to go through the final parts of the UK's Companies Bill this month as it reaches its report and third reading stages. A timetable for remaining debate on the Bill, which is likely...

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The Sustainable Pensions programme run by the UK Social Investment Forum has been strengthened by the presence of a heavyweight from the corporate world. Larry Stone, company secretary of BT, has...

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Budapest-based CSR consultancy Braun & Partners is working on a corporate responsibility rating of 30 companies based in Hungary and its neighbours. The ratings are being compiled in...

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There is a 'major gap' between consumers' concerns on CSR issues and how companies respond, says a report by the London-based AccountAbility think-tank. The report, What assures consumers? says...

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Two British corporate responsibility consultancies have formed an alliance to provide joint services to clients. Credit360, which offers web-based data collation and management systems for CSR...

Capital market campaigning - news

Steve Waygood. Incisive Financial Publishing. 234 pages. Hardback. £85. When Surfers Against Sewage campaigners brandished a giant inflatable turd at the annual meeting of South West Water in...

shadowy private equity threatens accountability - news

Private consortia takeovers of public companies pose a threat to corporate responsibility, argues Roger Cowe FTSE4Good is in danger of becoming FTSE4Gone as leading companies such as BAA,...

Marathon Club puts accent on staying power to win the race - news

The average length of time that a stock is held is five months. More often than not, to align managers' interests with shareholders', management incentives are directly linked to short-term...

CBI chief begins to talk CSR - news

The new head of the Confederation of British Industries, the UK employers' organization, has indicated he will take a forward-looking stance on sustainability and climate change....

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

Americans want to be part of Europe alliance - news

Six American multinationals have expressed interest in supporting the new European Alliance for CSR, a loose network of businesses being created at the European Commission's suggestion....

women working in CSR roles earn 30% less - news

Female CSR specialists in the US earn $30,000 (£16,000) a year less than their male counterparts, new statistics show. Women can expect to earn between $80,000 and $90,000 on average, compared...

IBLF head praises Indonesian progress on CSR - news

Indonesian businesses have been congratulated for their progress in introducing corporate responsibility policies by Robert Davies, chief executive of the International Business Leaders' Forum...

Who’s Who guide is updated - news

The second edition of an Indian CSR guide lists the practices and policies of more than 50 organizations. The Who’s Who in CSR in India: A Resource Guide 2006 has been brought out with...

small Hong Kong firms ignorant of CSR - news

Only nine per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises in Hong Kong have any awareness of CSR principles, reports CPA Australia, which interviewed 351 qualified accountants and associates. This...

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Andrew Dunnett has moved from his post as head of the UK government’s CSR Academy to become director of the Vodafone Group Foundation.

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Unilever has received unusually fulsome praise for its efforts on responsibility programmes from the assurers of its latest environmental and social report. URS Verification says the consumer goods...

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Cement company Holcim spent SFr32million ($26m, £13.7m) on corporate responsibility projects last year, according to latest figures. The Swiss company spent half the money on charitable donations...

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A new membership organization for CSR executives has been created in the US. The Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) body has been set up by the publisher of the US-based Business Ethics...

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German companies should take more account of the guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on multinational corporations’ responsibilities, the government has said. A...

let’s not mire ourselves in definitional confusion - news

Should it be CSR or CR? It’s better to change behaviour than the phrases we use, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler The responsibility of companies to society lies in the provision of goods and...

honesty and directness are key to media hearts - news

How best to communicate corporate responsibility initiatives to journalists has become a hot topic over the past year. EP offers some practical advice on what to do Not so long ago few...

food firms agree soya deal - news

Five multinational food trading companies have decided to stop sourcing soya beans grown on newly deforested land in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The US commodities giants ADM, Bunge and Cargill,...

Wal-Mart makes ground on its bold CSR pledges - news

Wal-Mart appears to be making early progress on its promise to embrace corporate responsibility, despite scepticism from investors and pressure groups. The huge and much-criticized US-based...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

building societies make progress - news

British building societies have dramatically increased their CSR activity over the past three years, a study has shown. A review of the corporate responsibility programmes of 42 of the UK’s 62...

business is missing CSR marketing trick - news

Too few companies with a solid track record of corporate responsibility use it as a marketing tool, says a new study. The report from the global consultancy Acona says that many companies assume...

tax incentives ‘could help first-time social reporters’ - news

Tax breaks encouraging companies to produce annual sustainability reports are to be considered by the Australian government after a recommendation from a parliamentary inquiry into CSR. The...

accountants seek new CSR assurance standard - news

Europe’s leading accountancy body has called for a specific international standard on the assurance of non-financial reports. The Federation of European Accountants (FEE) says present standards...

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Cranfield School of Management is seeking to appoint a chair of its Centre for Corporate Responsibility, which is being funded by a £3million ($5.5m) donation from alumnus Nigel Doughty, who is...

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Young doctoral students are being invited to take part in a CSR ‘masterclass’ by the UN Global Compact office. PhD students under the age of 35 are being asked to debate the subject at a two-day...

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The pension funds of about 300 UK listed companies deemed to be among the better performers on CSR are to be asked how they take social and environmental matters into account when making...

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csrnetwork has begun advising Guardian Newspapers on its social and environmental management strategy. The consultancy is already working with the business on environmental audits of its printing...

the London Stock Exchange must not let the CRE quietly fade away - news

When the Corporate Responsibility Exchange was launched by the London Stock Exchange in September 2004, it was said to be an important part of the solution to the questionnaire fatigue afflicting...

A decent factory - news

Thomas Balmes (director). DVD. 79 mins. Produced by Making Movies (see web link below). €150 ($190, £105) The blurb on the case of this newly-available DVD says it is a ‘subtle, classic...

CEOs have accepted a new responsibility - news

Peter Erskine, who became chief executive of mobile phone company O2 in 2001, talks to EP about corporate responsibility as seen from a CEO’s perspective In many ways, O2’s Peter Erskine is...

corporates and academics must pull in one direction - news

CSR will make more progress when business schools and companies work better together, says Peter Lacy Business schools sit on an uncomfortable fault line between the academic and business...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

sustainability goals set for government spending - news

Corporate responsibility is set to receive a significant boost in the UK as the result of a government-commissioned inquiry urging ministers to introduce a sustainable procurement plan covering...

Shenzhen may ask firms for CSR certificate - news

Authorities in Shenzhen are considering the introduction of a CSR standard for local companies, after concluding that business practices in the southern Chinese city are in urgent need of...

stakeholder dialogue often fuels more demand - news

Talking to your stakeholders often fails to reduce their expectations and may actually increase them, a study has found. A UK survey of almost 100 businesses, non-governmental organizations and...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

UK’s sixth CSR minister in as many years - news

Margaret Hodge has become the sixth minister in as many years to hold the corporate social responsibility portfolio in the Labour administration, taking over from Malcolm Wicks. Wicks initially...

LSE investor service is put on the backburner - news

Efforts by the London Stock Exchange to establish a central database of information on companies’ social and environmental performance look to have run into trouble. Weaker than anticipated...

G3 attracts record interest - news

The response to the Global Reporting Initiative’s call for comments on its sustainability reporting guidelines has been ‘overwhelming’, the Amsterdam-based body says. The GRI has received 275...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

bird flu moves on to CSR managers’ radar - news

CSR managers around the world are being invited to answer questions about their companies’ preparedness to tackle the effects of a possible bird flu pandemic. The US-based Center for Corporate...

businesses line up to take part in new European Alliance - news

About 40 companies have already expressed interest in participating in the new European Alliance for CSR, a loose network of businesses being assembled by the European Commission, but it has...

Tories set up CSR group - news

The UK Conservative Party has formed a steering group to develop a formal corporate responsibility policy. The five-strong group, chaired by Alan Duncan, shadow trade and industry secretary,...

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Alan Stubbs, former vice-president of government and public affairs at the Canadian nickel mining company Inco, has been appointed vice-chair of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. The...

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Mark Line, director of the UK-based csrnetwork consultancy, has been appointed to the council of AccountAbility, the international membership organization. Line, who will represent professional...

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KPMG International has appointed Michael Hastings to the newly-created post of global head of CSR. Lord Hastings, who joins from the BBC, where he had been head of CSR since 2003, will...

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The Specsavers optical services chain has been shortlisted in the CSR category of this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. Specsavers is named for its cause-related...

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CSR consultancy Smart Company and public relations agency Good Relations are to develop a communications programme for the UK government’s CSR Academy, the training provider. The brief for the...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

Sweetening bitter sugar - news

Clem Seecharan. Ian Randle Publishers. 696 pages. Paperback. £25.95 This lengthy but illuminating book is not likely to be on any recognized CSR reading list, but it probably should be. The...

don’t allow CSR to become a state-led leftist agenda - news

The UK Conservative Party must reclaim corporate responsibility for the centre-right, says David Cameron Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been speaking about responsible business...

Corporate leadership missing on diversity - news

The biggest barrier to addressing workplace diversity in Asia is a lack of leadership commitment from the top of companies, according to a newly-released poll. The survey of 121 mainly...

Chinese city looks at CSR certification - news

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering the introduction of some kind of CSR certification scheme for local companies after concluding that corporate responsibility...

Asia tea producers ‘fall short on CSR’ - news

The tea sector in Asia still has a ‘grim’ record on observing accepted workplace standards, according to a new study. The survey, by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), found a ‘sad...

Community involvement idea ready for lift-off - news

US-based CSR membership organization Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has formed a partnership with the Asian think tank Global Institute For Tomorrow (Gift) aimed at setting up a...

Taiwan firms getting better - news

The ethical performance of listed Taiwanese companies improved markedly last year, according to a second national analysis of CSR in the country. The latest annual survey of Taiwanese...

Chinese public supports CSR standard - news

Almost two thirds of the general public in China think the country should have some kind of compulsory CSR standard, according to a new survey. The internet poll by Sohu Finance, the Beijing...

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One-time Body Shop sustainability head David Wheeler has been appointed dean of the faculty of management at Dalhousie University in Canada. Wheeler, who worked for The Body Shop as executive...

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The European Commission’s head of employment strategy, Robert Strauss, has been handed the EC’s corporate social responsibility brief, which previously rested with Dominique Be, head of social...

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Seventy per cent of companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index now publicly disclose sustainability information, up from 35 per cent five years ago. The latest biennial survey of CSR...

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A large UK-based consultancy has established a CSR division. RSK ENSR will operate the division from its new Manchester office, with a particular focus on supply chain management, sustainable...

John Ruggie: a man in search of the ‘sparkling grey zone’ - news

EP talks to former United Nations assistant secretary general John Ruggie about his tricky task of devising a way forward for the UN on business and human rights John Ruggie is clearly...

Rabobank is top in Europe - news

Rabobank has won this year’s award for Europe’s best CSR report. The Dutch bank came top in the European Sustainability Reporting Awards with a 2005 web-based document that judges said was...

too much talk and not enough action from food companies - news

Most of the world’s largest food companies are still not getting to grips with the potential harm in the goods they produce and sell, a study has found. An analysis of the biggest 25 food...

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

Peugeot Citroen has reached a landmark agreement with 85 trade unions by committing itself to new global workplace and supply chain standards. The multinational French car manufacturer,...

Tate & Lyle wins plaudits for school work - news

Tate & Lyle has won a gold award for its ‘outstanding community involvement’ from the UK-based Food and Drink Federation. The sugar company took the award for its community programme,...

French regulation prompts firms to act - news

Regulations requiring French companies to disclose details of their social and environmental performance have improved the overall quality of their non-financial reports, according to a recent...

Commerzbank puts flesh on commitment - news

Commerzbank has formed a reputation and sustainability management team as part of efforts to improve its social and environmental performance. The three-person team will be responsible for CSR...

FTSE4Good drops 19 for failing tests - news

Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom and Hilton Hotels are among the 19 companies dropped from the FTSE4Good index after the benchmark index’s latest review. The majority were removed for failing to...

CBI stance may soften with Lambert at the helm - news

Corporate responsibility advocates are hoping the Confederation of British Industry may take a more sympathetic approach to CSR with the appointment of the former Financial Times editor Richard...

reporting growth slows as saturation point looms - news

The rate of growth in the number of corporate non-financial reports has slowed in the last three years, while their length has steadily increased over the same period. The trend has been...

City offers advice to newcomers - news

The Heart of the City group, formed in 2000 by the Bank of England, the City of London Corporation and the Financial Services Authority, has started a new community involvement programme for...

trade groups drawn into industry-wide CSR initiative - news

The UK government has contracted six industry trade bodies to draw up sustainable development plans for their sectors. The British Property Federation, the Chartered Institute of Marketing,...

Judges want to see CSR in photos - news

High school and university students in Hong Kong are being invited to enter a CSR photograph competition run by AIESEC, the world's largest student organization. Entries must illustrate CSR...

Pakistan awaits CSR inquiry results - news

Full details of an inquiry into CSR in Pakistan are to be published soon. The inquiry has been set up and run by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as part of an initiative on...

Asia-specific CSR guidelines are published - news

New advice for investors on what they should be requiring from companies on CSR issues has been published by the Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). A...

Olympus wants suppliers to meet social standards - news

Olympus Group, the Japanese precision instrument maker, has brought in a procurement policy that will favour suppliers that show they take account of their impacts on human rights, labour...

sliding ingloriously down the pole of excellence - news

Five years ago the European Commission published a green paper that talked in grand terms of its desire to provide an overall European Union framework for corporate social responsibility. That...

Euro blueprint sets out softly-softly approach - news

The European Commission’s second white paper on CSR draws a line under more than five years of deliberation by officials. EP examines what it says What is the purpose of an EC white paper? To...

freedom Bill puts further squeeze on internet firms - news

Pressure on internet businesses to tackle the human rights implications of online censorship has intensified with the publication of a Bill in the US that would allow prosecutions for censorship...

working in CSR? expect to earn £39,700 a year - news

People in management CSR jobs in companies can expect to earn an average of £39,700 ($69,400) a year, an Ethical Performance survey suggests. Data on externally advertised vacancies collected...

firms urged to view tax as ‘social contract’ - news

The SustainAbility consultancy has added its voice to growing calls for companies to treat tax avoidance as a corporate responsibility matter. In a new report, SustainAbility argues that...

NHS puts sustainability into its purchasing mix - news

Companies tendering for supply contracts from the National Health Service in England will have to provide information on their sustainability performance under new procurement guidelines. The...

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 Job-seekers and graduates now have a website that offers them information on jobs ‘that don’t harm people or planet’. The site will feature case studies on CSR and ethical business practices...

German government told to stop ‘plodding’ on CSR - news

An inquiry into the state of CSR in Germany has suggested that the government must significantly increase its commitment to responsible business practice and stop ‘plodding’ along....

EDF asks stakeholders to assure its CSR report - news

One of the UK’s largest energy companies has taken the unusual step of asking a group of stakeholders to assure its annual CSR report. EDF Energy, which generates seven per cent of the UK’s...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

Asian CSR managers targeted by new training - news

One of the first intensive training courses for CSR managers in Asian companies is being held in Beijing on May 26 and 27. The main theme will be building better business in China through CSR,...

1600 Indian firms targeted on CSR standards - news

A campaign to raise awareness of CSR standards such as SA8000 and the OECD’s guidelines for multinationals has been started by the Confederation of Indian Industry. The organizers initially want...

responsible business practice is not only a company concern - news

Has a battleship invaded corporate social responsibility’s pond? CSR is usually regarded as a private sector concern, mainly engaging large listed companies. The public sector has hardly figured...

media ‘not hostile’ to CSR - news

Journalists are more amenable to writing positive articles about CSR than is generally thought, reports new research. A study of the opinions of 75 senior UK journalists found two-thirds...

in search of answers on Google’s China venture - news

Google’s decision to censor search results in China on behalf of the authorities has left the company vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy and spurning human rights What’s all this about...

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The February 2006 issue of EP contained an incorrect website address at the end of the story about the Good Business survey of online CSR reporting on page seven. The correct address is given...

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A network has been formed so that CSR practitioners and others can pool information on communicating their organizations’ sustainability work. The Compass Network is run by the London-based...

M&S uses fair trade to underline CSR campaign - news

Marks & Spencer hopes to steal a march on its competitors this month by becoming the first large UK retailer to sell clothing made from 100 per cent Fairtrade cotton. UK arrangements to...

French navy makes waves with first CSR assessment - news

The French navy has shown there is life in CSR beyond the corporate sector by submitting itself to a social responsibility assessment. The Marine Nationale opened itself to scrutiny by...

BT and Anglo American share honours - news

Anglo American and BT have shared this year’s award for being the best UK sustainability reporters, breaking the stranglehold of Co-operative Financial Services and the Co-operative Bank, which...

ANZ prepares to apply ethical screen to suppliers - news

One of the largest Antipodean banks is to flesh out a ‘sustainable procurement’ policy for its suppliers this year. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, which spends A$2.2billion...

don’t throw the PR baby out with the bath water - news

It’s sensible to be wary of public relations in CSR, but naïve to think you can do without it, says Kate Nicholas ‘It’s just a public relations tactic’ must be one of the most disheartening...

was 1950s economist the father of corporate responsibility? - news

Ever wondered who was the father of modern-day corporate social responsibility? Step forward the 1950s American economist Howard Bowen, who has just been given the title by the CSR historian...

DLA Piper thinks European - news

International law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has introduced measures to co-ordinate its in-house CSR activities across continental Europe. The global partnership, which has offices in...

business lobbying puts CSR clauses in jeopardy - news

A key clause on corporate social responsibility in the UK’s Company Law Reform Bill is under threat due to opposition from the business sector. The Confederation of British Industry is...

Indonesian government told to act on CSR - news

Government should promote an understanding of CSR among businesses in Indonesia, a CSR conference in Jakarta has been told. So far the Indonesian government has promoted CSR only internally...

India ‘will play key CSR role’ - news

India, which is soon likely to have the world’s largest population, will play a vital role in the sustainability of the planet, believes Björn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for...

entries invited for CSR essay challenge - news

A nationwide essay competition on the subject of CSR has been organized in China for students, teachers and practitioners interested in CSR issues. The directory publishing firm China CSR...

CSR reporting first for Hong Kong - news

A document drawn up for the architectural services department of the Hong Kong government is claimed to be the first sustainability report from a public agency that complies fully with the Global...

Chinese students scrutinise firms’ charitable and community records - news

University students in China who are considering future employers want to know primarily whether companies make donations and play a part in their communities, reports a new survey by AIESEC, the...

Australian bank focuses on CSR procurement - news

Human rights and environmental considerations will be combined in a new overall CSR procurement policy being announced this year by the National Australia Bank. The bank says in...

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A weekly radio show on responsible business practices has started in the US. The one-hour Good Company programme will be broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and will feature interviews with...

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Market research consultancy Ipsos-Reid has been hired by the Toronto-based CSR membership organization Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) to conduct research on corporate...

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ABN Amro has come top of a league table of Dutch companies on social and environmental performance. The Transparency Benchmark, commissioned by the Dutch economic affairs ministry and applied by...

The Better Business Game - news

A boxed game available gratis from alison.garner@bt.com Created by BT to introduce social environmental and ethical dilemmas to business school students, company employees and NGO...

a cynic’s view of the Tories’ embrace of corporate social responsibility - news

Imagine, for a moment, that the Conservative Party is a business – a listed company. It has not been performing well since its period of greatness a couple of decades ago, when it dominated the...

O2 generates feedback - news

Thousands of people have provided feedback on mobile phone company O2’s latest corporate responsibility report after it offered to donate £10 ($17.68) to charity for each response it got. O2...

a brief anatomy of the consultancy market - news

Assurance, training, and communications are all important areas of work for consultants working to embed responsible practices in company operations A few years ago, consultancies offering...

US firms hit by ‘trust deficit’ away from home - news

US-based multinationals are less trusted abroad than at home, reports the seventh annual Trust Barometer. The barometer, a survey of nearly 2000 opinion leaders in 11 countries by public...

big business not telling its CSR stories well enough online - news

Many of the UK’s largest companies are failing to take advantage of the web to communicate their CSR programmes, reports the Good Business consultancy. The study found ‘huge variances’ in...

EC offers cash for CSR projects - news

The European Commission has invited applications for a new round of funding for projects that promote CSR. Cash is available for various purposes, including the training of auditors, running...

revised GRI guidelines get down to the nitty-gritty - news

The Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines are undergoing their most radical revision since being released six years ago. A draft of the revised guidelines, which...

M&S ready to extend dairy farm deal - news

Marks & Spencer is likely to extend a fair trade-style arrangement with UK dairy farmers to insulate them from extreme price fluctuations while ensuring a more sustainable milk supply for the...

activists still playing it tough with Wal-Mart - news

Socially responsible investors appear in no mood to ease the pressure on retail giant Wal-Mart, despite its dramatic recent announcement that it will adopt a range of CSR measures. Members...

FTSE4Good index opens its doors to uranium miners - news

Three of the best-known companies in the CSR field will shortly become eligible to join FTSE4Good, following a review of the index’s policy on uranium mining. Anglo American, which has...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

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The CSR Group at Middlesex University in the UK has expanded its remit specifically to cover development issues, changing its name to the CSR and Development Group ‘to signify that our research...

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A masters degree in corporate social responsibility is to be offered at De Montfort University in Leicester this year. The MA course, the third of its kind in the UK, will be led by David...

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A UK university is to hold a careers fair on 7 March specifically designed to allow undergraduates to talk to prospective employers about their social responsibility credentials. Leeds...

a shift in business practices does not require a change of heart - news

When the history of corporate social responsibility is written, 2005 may be remembered not for the furore over the abolition of the Operating and Financial Review, but for the entry of two of the...

Capitalism as if the world matters - news

Jonathon Porritt. Earthscan, £18.99. www.earthscan.co.uk Bleak and inspiring by turns, Jonathon Porritt’s latest book offers reasons for despair and grounds for hope in roughly equal...

ABN Amro scales up SRI - news

A large European bank is to triple the money it manages along socially responsible lines.The asset management division of Amsterdam-based ABN Amro plans to increase assets under SRI management...

Mott MacDonald’s way is slow but sure - news

One of the UK’s largest consultancies is to begin CSR reporting this year, but may not initially go public with the results. Mott MacDonald, which has 7000 consultants working in 100 countries...

get rewards right ‘and CSR success will follow’ - news

The most important thing company boards can do to promote corporate responsibility is to redesign executive pay incentives to take greater account of long-term performance, according to findings...

HP looks to lead on ethics of personal data storage - news

Hewlett-Packard is hoping to assemble a group of companies to create a protocol on the ethical use of personal information on customers and employees. The IT giant believes it has ‘leading...

parent concerns prompt Sky to beef up controls - news

Broadcasting company Sky is stepping up its work on product responsibility in its television and online services. The UK-based business has brought in new technology that has increased the scope...

anti-CSR lobby sets up annual event - news

American free enterprise groups have stepped up their campaign against corporate social responsibility by holding a ‘counter-event’ to the biggest annual CSR conference in the US. Three...

Morocco embraces CSR - news

The Moroccan government says it wants to ‘differentiate’ the country from other emerging markets by gaining a reputation for high workplace standards in human rights, environmental impact and...

explorers discover at least 147 different species of CSR - news

There are almost 150 separate types of activity that can be filed under the heading of corporate responsibility, according to the first systematic categorization of the field. A Catalogue of...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

The UK government’s decision to abolish the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) has seriously damaged its already shaky relationship with non-governmental organizations active in the corporate...

Samsung is China’s best CSR performer - news

Samsung China leads Chinese Fortune 500 companies on overall CSR performance according to a new list compiled by Nanfang Weekend, a newspaper in Guangdong, China. Samsung’s score of 69.4 is well...

Hong Kong gets CSR network - news

CSR Hong Kong has been set up as an online network for the discussion of ethical issues. People in Asia, and those interested in Asia, who work in the fields of CSR, sustainable development and...

Vietnamese CSR project set for big expansion - news

The Vietnam Business Links Initiative, which encourages companies to set up CSR projects on various issues and has so far covered 60 per cent of the country’s footwear and leather factories, is...

CSR school goes to Hong Kong - news

A field trip to look at practical stakeholder engagement is on the programme for this month’s CSR Asia winter school in Hong Kong. The subjects for the workshops at the school include human...

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Todd Cort has joined corporate responsibility consultancy csrnetwork as principal consultant. Cort, who previously worked as senior project manager with csrnetwork’s North American partner...

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Businesses should take a more socially responsible attitude to paying taxes by making an explicit public commitment to abide by the spirit of tax law, according to guidelines from Henderson...

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Intel has won the first-ever CSR Management Award from Business Ethics magazine in the US. The computer chip company, which has 90,000 employees and a turnover of $34billion (£19.61bn), received...

US colleges come top on CSR - news

North American business schools provide the best MBA coverage of corporate responsibility, according to the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The survey, carried out every two years by...

Ford will train suppliers on workplace standards - news

Motor manufacturing giant Ford is to provide training on social and environmental matters to all its suppliers worldwide. The US-based multinational said the training would supplement a...

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Corporate social responsibility consultancy csrnetwork has formed a partnership with US software company StakeWare. California based StakeWare is bringing its stakeholder management software to...

abolition of OFR met by across-the-board anger - news

Surprise and anger have greeted news that the UK government has scrapped its requirement on large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews (OFRs) just as it was about to come...

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The top European companies are twice as likely to publish social reports as their US counterparts, a study has revealed. The survey by UK consultancy Context has found that 84 of the 100 largest...

big business 'needs to move into aid agenda' - news

Efforts to reduce world poverty will not succeed until aid agencies and governments bring business into the equation, according to the Shell Foundation. Its director Kurt Hoffman, who has...

McDonald's makes key shift into CSR heartland - news

McDonald's has enhanced its status as an increasingly bona fide member of the CSR community by being accepted as a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, the US-based...

world is Academy's oyster - news

The CSR Academy began an international programme of training last month in conjunction with its newly-appointed global training partner, BSI Management Systems. The training company has...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

let’s recognize employees who go beyond call of duty - news

The time is ripe for cross-industry awards that acknowledge staff volunteering, says Scott Keiller Recently I sat on a panel judging the final six nominees for Starbucks UK’s community...

social matters move onto chief executives' radar screens - news

Chief executives of multinationals increasingly believe that the performance of their businesses on social issues such as community involvement and labour standards will soon be as critical as...

how to throw away a reputation for good management of CSR - news

The government’s decision to scrap the Operating and Financial Review took everyone by surprise, including, it seems, the Department of Trade and Industry, which was responsible for ushering in...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

Foreigners scoop China CSR awards - news

Four foreign companies have won inaugural CSR awards in China organized by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCham). Nu Skin (US, Pharmaceuticals) won the award for best community outreach,...

'CSR Wednesday' begins in 2006 - news

Wednesday has been designated as a day for discussion on CSR by the business organization CSR Asia. It is to start 'CSR Wednesday' meetings on the first Wednesday of every month in Hong Kong. The...

Australia gets CSR inquiry - news

The interests of stakeholders other than shareholders will be a dominant issue in a government inquiry into the status of corporate responsibility in Australia. The inquiry, by the...

Chinese project gets Holcim award - news

The first prize of $100,000 (£56,000) in the Asia Pacific Holcim awards competition for sustainable construction has gone to a design project for the regeneration of a clan settlement at...

CSR charter for Hong Kong - news

Businesses in Hong Kong now have their own CSR charter. The Community Business Leadership Team, a Hong Kong charity comprising senior executives from 23 companies, drew up the charter to...

BAT defends Burma position - news

British American Tobacco has defended its decision not to disclose in its annual accounts that it has operated a factory in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, for four years. Only 'principal...

HSBC moves on vaccines - news

HSBC Brunei has given 2500 Brunei dollars ($1470, £830) to the Unicef Challenge 2005 organized by the Sheraton Utama Hotel to raise funds for vaccines and vitamins that will go to children...

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The Global Leadership Network, a self-help corporate responsibility group set up last year so that businesses could share their experiences, is to invite other companies to become involved. The...

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Diageo has taken the rare step of declaring public policy lobbying positions in its latest Corporate Citizenship Report. The drinks and food multinational says that in 2004 it successfully...

chief executives are finding that CSR can help build the business - news

Judging by their preambles to corporate non-financial reports, many chief executives are strongly committed to socially responsible business practice. Too often, however, their companies' past...

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

Wells Fargo comes under fire for 'outdated' CSR approach - news

One of the oldest US corporations is being targeted in a new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network for what the activist group describes as its 'outdated practices' on social and...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

Fourteen of the world's 100 largest businesses have scored less than ten out of 100 in the second annual AccountAbility Rating of their social and environmental performance. The companies,...

Vodafone finds health fears are top issue - news

The possible negative health effects of mobile phones and their networks have been the main corporate responsibility concern raised by investors with Vodafone in the past year. The mobile...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a corporate responsibility issue for Shell, which has scaled down operations at a fuel depot in the Philippines due to fears from nearby residents that it...

'write plain English' is the advice to corporate reporters - news

Too many non-financial corporate reports fail to hold their readers' attention because they use complicated language and jargon, the founder of the Plain English Commission has warned....

it's time for companies to facilitate good governance - news

Companies should help countries to become more stable places to do business, says Martin Summers The long-term prosperity of many countries depends on their ability to move away from...

pension body fights shy of CSR policy - news

The UK pension industry's trade body has decided against producing guidelines on corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment. The National Association of Pension...

Google and eBay join dotcom philanthropists - news

Google is to pay more attention to its social responsibilities in the wake of its public flotation. The internet search engine company announced last month that it would give at least...

India's record finds favour - news

India's labour rights and environment legislation has been applauded by the SustainAbility consultancy in the first of its studies of CSR in emerging countries. The report records the closure of...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

sleeping continent needs kick-start to get CSR going - news

Inactivity is the norm in South America when it comes to corporate responsibility, says Oliver Balch When you talk about corporate social responsibility in Europe, people think you're...

the United Nations deserves some credit - news

The United Nations has come in for a lot of stick lately, not least for its failure to agree on substantial reform at last month's World Summit in New York. But it can justifiably claim credit...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

The company that runs the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has claimed so many businesses are now getting to grips with their social and environmental responsibilities that the difference between...

new tack for CSR training - news

CSR practitioners are to be offered a new training programme that concentrates on improving their ability to communicate with and influence people. Ashridge business school's Centre for...

CSR reports fail to meet financial sector’s needs - news

The financial sector is not getting enough of what it wants from sustainability reports, says a new international survey. The Global Stakeholder Report 2005, a study of 500 readers of...

Ruggie takes on delicate task of considering UN norms - news

The vexed question of whether the United Nations should develop a set of binding ‘norms’ for the behaviour of multinational corporations has been passed to a man who is a firm proponent of...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

US government does plenty, but has no focus - news

A new analysis of US government programmes has discovered that the Bush administration is doing more on CSR than some people think. The investigation by the Government Accountability Office,...

Centrica uses diversity to open up new supplies - news

Utilities business Centrica is intensifying its efforts on diversity to help it open up new natural gas supplies in remote regions. The group believes that recruiting a more diverse...

PruPIM puts CSR ball in senior executives’ court - news

One of the UK’s largest property investment management companies has asked senior executives to lead progress on eight different aspects of corporate responsibility. Prudential Property...

draft standard to regularize process - news

The world’s first stakeholder engagement standard has been established by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability. The AA1000SES standard provides a set of benchmarks against which...

M&S scheme delivers positive results - news

A third of disadvantaged people who have been on a Marks & Spencer work placement scheme have since found jobs. Statistics in the retailer’s second CSR report show that of 2635 people...

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Magazine publisher Future has appointed Terri Davey to the new post of corporate responsibility manager. Davey, who will oversee CSR policy across Future’s four operating territories in France,...

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Liza Vizard has been appointed to the new post of head of CSR and public affairs at HBOS bank. Vizard, who was previously head of corporate responsibility at Prudential, will oversee a review of...

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John Elkington, the CSR consultant and author, is the new chairman of the UK’s Export Guarantees Advisory Council, a statutory body advising the government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

Chinese businesses get CSR information source - news

CSRChina.net has been set up to enable Chinese businesses to find CSR information, to share knowledge on the subject with like-minded companies and to join other business networks. The...

HSBC Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 - news

34 pages. www.hsbc.com Good social reporting is essentially about achieving a fine balance on all fronts: not too much data, but enough to have meaning, not too glossy but engaging...

Australia's first national SRI index opens for business - news

The rating agency RepuTex has started its RepuTex SRI Index, Australia's first SRI barometer. The index measures the share market performance of a portfolio of public companies on the Australian...

Indonesian companies scoop awards - news

Four Indonesian companies took awards at the first Sustainable Enterprise Performance Conference in Jakarta. The awards will now become an annual event and will be open to all companies based in...

pressure group challenges paper giant - news

The conservation group ForestAlert has urged companies and individuals to protest to Japan's Nippon Paper Group about its sourcing of wood chip from the Tasmania primary forests, where the...

Mahtani earns commendation - news

Shalini Mahtani, chief executive of Community Business, the organization she formed in 2003, has been given the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service by the Hong Kong government....

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Harvard Business School in the US is to start a CSR programme for business executives next month. The three-day programme for senior executives wishing to integrate social responsibility into...

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Aioi Insurance has joined the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. The Japanese company issued its first CSR report in March and in April it set up a 'CSR promotion section'.

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 A dissertation on corporate responsibility in Mexico has won the annual prize for the best master's thesis on international development, which is awarded by the World Bank and the Amsterdam...

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A CSR reporting guide for company directors has been produced by Business in the Community in collaboration with Arthur D. Little, Camelot and HBOS. The director's guide to corporate...

why US companies are a blot on FTSE4Good's landscape - news

Many US companies are failing to meet the criteria necessary for inclusion in one of the world's best-known SRI indexes. EP looks at the reasons - and the excuses It has its critics, but...

don't blame the messenger - sharpen the message - news

CSR proponents need to be more open and honest with business journalists, argues Roger Cowe An eminent left-wing writer once said that journalists belong in the gutter because that is where...

EC to target public on CSR - news

A campaign to make the public more aware of socially responsible business practice is to be run by the European Commission. Officials believe that greater public understanding of how some...

Royal Mail nurtures big revamp of CSR regime - news

Royal Mail Group is restructuring its social responsibility programme as the UK government considers the future of the state-owned postal service. The revised strategy has five themes:...

legal bodies 'need to bring lawyers more into CSR arena' - news

Lawyers' associations have been urged to play a more active role in persuading corporate lawyers to become involved in socially responsible business practice. A new study from the...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

high street store dips toe into 'pro-poor' waters - news

Marks & Spencer is to provide business advice and expertise to entrepreneurs in an effort to improve wealth generation in developing countries. The 'pro-poor' initiative will be carried...

Japanese lead on CSR reporting - news

Large companies in Japan lead the world in producing standalone corporate responsibility reports, says the KPMG international survey of the biggest corporations. Altogether 80 per cent of large...

tobacco company wins CSR award - news

The Indian Tobacco Company has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2004 from The Energy and Resources Institute for its e-Choupal initiative. The project gained the award, which is...

new textile standard unveiled - news

A new standard has been established for the Chinese textile industry, the country's first socially responsible auditing benchmark for the sector. The areas covered by the standard, drawn up by...

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Sue Macdonald has taken over from Jonathan Startup as the key civil servant with a CSR brief at the UK trade and industry department. Macdonald, who was previously business services director at the...

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A CSR alliance of some of Scandinavia's largest companies has shut down after four years. The Nordic Partnership, set up with 16 members, including Novo, Swedish Meats and Volvo, closed its...

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A CSR committee and a CSR office will be established this month by the Japanese Showa Denko group, which manufactures and markets chemical products. The committee will discuss, decide and...

time is ripe for corruption and bribery to move into CSR's extended family - news

Are bribery and corruption the poor relations of corporate social responsibility? Their inclusion in responsible business practice guidelines often seems an afterthought. The United Nations...

Corporate responsibility in context: a pocket guide - news

Context. 44 pages, paperback. Free. For details of how to obtain a copy, please email the address shown below. The Context consultancy has long been one of the more refreshing and down-to-earth...

Starbucks customers get CSR with their coffee - news

Starbucks is to host meetings in its UK coffee houses for local people to discuss corporate responsibility issues. The global chain has been training dozens of employees this summer to help with...

non-financial report audits slow to increase, but give more detail - news

The percentage of major global companies to have their corporate responsibility reports independently assured has barely risen in the last three years. According to KPMG's annual International...

£300,000 funding gives Academy fresh impetus - news

The CSR Academy is to expand its activities after being given £300,000 ($547,000) by the UK government for another year. The Academy, set up in 2004 to promote corporate responsibility...

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

Coca-Cola firm gets dedicated CSR manager - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises has created its first dedicated corporate social responsibility role in the UK as it prepares to raise its profile in the field. The post of CSR manager has been filled by...

Eurosif targets institutions - news

Transparency guidelines for institutional SRI funds are to be developed by the European Social Investment Forum (Eurosif) in the wake of the successful introduction of its guidelines for retail SRI...

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

climate change is next on FTSE4Good's agenda - news

Further pressure on companies to respond to climate change will be generated by a decision on the part of FTSE4Good to make this an explicit test of eligibility for inclusion in the index from...

retail companies ponder response to factory disaster - news

A CSR consultant has been called in to advise European retailers that have sourced goods from a Bangladeshi clothing factory which recently collapsed at the cost of around 100 lives. The...

Showa Denko gets CSR committee - news

A CSR committee and related office will be established on 1 July by the Japanese Showa Denko K.K. group, which manufactures and markets chemical products used by a range of companies from heavy...

Taiwan gets first CSR website - news

The CSR in Taiwan website is now live after almost a year of preparation by the Industrial Development and Investment Centre. It is the first web portal promoting CSR among Taiwan companies....

Microsoft promotes digital inclusion in Philippines - news

Microsoft has opened two centres in the Philippines to add to the information technology teaching it already provides under its global programme. The company says its aim in establishing the...

the EC needs to stop worrying about its critics and get on with the job - news

Five years ago this month, the European Commission announced that corporate social responsibility would become one of the priority areas within its Social Policy Agenda, playing an important part...

Aviva targets volunteering - news

Aviva Australia, part of the international Aviva insurance group, hopes to increase staff volunteering to ten per cent of full-time employees this year. The group, which sets out its...

China gets CSR research programme - news

A one-year CSR research programme is to be carried out by the China Pudong Cadre College in Shanghai and the UK foreign ministry at a cost of £100,000 ($185,000). The research is expected...

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Robert Allen-Turl is leaving TNT Express, the global provider of mail, express and logistics services. His replacement is Geoff Martin, who becomes director, corporate sustainability and...

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A Europe-wide project that helps local authorities promote CSR in their regions is looking to expand. The European Commission-funded CSR-VadeRegio project is seeking local authorities and...

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Six companies have been shortlisted in this year’s corporate social responsibility category in the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. They are: Blue Rubicon,...

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Coffee shop chain Starbucks has bought Ethos Water, a privately held US bottled water company with a strong record on CSR. Starbucks says it will continue Ethos’s financial support for water...

third sector should take leaf from business book - news

Companies have a lot to teach charities about social responsibility, argues Jon Duschinsky A while back, I was a reluctant participant at a conference given by the head of corporate social...

BAE takes committee route - news

A board committee on corporate responsibility is to be established by the defence company BAE Systems. The multinational is finalizing terms of reference for the committee, which will be headed by...

FoE uses CSR as recruiting sergeant - news

Friends of the Earth is using a tough line on corporate social responsibility as part of its latest membership recruitment and fundraising drive in the UK. Inserts titled ‘Get your filthy hands...

retail companies ponder response to factory disaster - news

A CSR consultant has been called in to advise European retailers that have sourced goods from a Bangladeshi clothing factory which recently collapsed at the cost of around 100 lives. The garment...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

EC white paper stalled as wrangling continues - news

Political disagreements have led to further postponement of the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR communication. The communication, also known as a white paper, will not now appear...

three-year haul brings dividends for six retail pioneers - news

Six companies broke new ground last month by completing a three-year programme of ethical supply chain monitoring in conjunction with the US-based Fair Labor Association. The FLA says...

Wicks becomes Labour’s fifth CSR minister - news

The Labour Party’s UK election win last month has brought a new corporate social responsibility minister into office. Malcolm Wicks, the fifth CSR minister since the post was created in 2000,...

Compact unveils plan to get tough on ‘free riders’ - news

Signatory companies to the United Nations’ Global Compact that fail to deal with allegations that they are not observing its principles could effectively be removed under plans for a complaints...

New Zealand book suggest consumers will pay more for ethical products - news

Six in ten consumers say they would buy products that are a little dearer if the company selling them has social standards, according to new research. The claim is made in a study by Nielsen...

Korean company's CSR activities reach students - news

BAT Korea has set up a professional leadership training programme for college students as one of its CSR activities. The BAT Leadership Academy will include trips to the company's...

Ikea targets child labour - news

Ikea has begun discussions with Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency, on countering child labour in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The talks are connected to the Swedish-based...

Motorola scoops CSR awards - news

The technology company Motorola has won two CSR awards for its activities in China. The company's donations of RMB30million ($3.7m, £1.9m) to the Hope Project, which supports the education of...

Bangkok meeting for Asia-Pacific forum - news

Co-operation between the public and private sectors to ensure economic and social development is carried out in a more sustainable fashion will be the principal theme of the second Asia-Pacific...

China venue for supply chain talks - news

Supply chain representatives and other interested parties, rather than corporate executives, will speak on CSR and related issues at CSR Asia's first conference at Shekou, Shenzhen, China, on 21...

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Michele Sanders has moved to UK-based GoodCorporation as a verifier. Sanders previously worked in KPMG’s sustainability advisory services department as a specialist in the verification of...

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A motion asserting ‘companies that put time and money into CSR are digging their own grave’ was rejected by an 80 per cent majority at an Economist magazine debate in London last month held at the...

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Northern Rock has written to its 20 largest shareholders inviting ‘comment and questions’ on its CSR performance and reporting. Their responses  ‘indicated that our CSR approach is not having...

institutional investor interest in SRI at bottom rests on ethics, not risk - news

Financial markets may be faltering, but ethical or socially responsible investment continues to gain ground. The number of UK ethical investors in pooled funds now stands at a record 475,000....

defining the limits of investor responsibilities - news

CSR lies in the realm of investment, and not governance, analysis, argues Christine Farnish Some people argue that institutional investors should take account of social, environmental and...

EU research boosted - news

A three-year initiative to develop CSR teaching materials and curriculum ideas for mainstream degree and MBA courses has kicked off as part of a series of European research projects launched last...

Williams to leave Marks & Spencer - news

Ed Williams, the head of CSR at Marks & Spencer, is leaving after 25 years with the UK retailer. Under his watch, Marks and Spencer was named Company of the Year in 2004 by Business in the...

BP tries to attract lay audience - news

BP has produced two versions of its sustainability report in an effort to communicate it to lay people as well as CSR specialists. The UK-based oil company says an ‘audience research dialogue’ last...

Nike’s post-Kasky report is more candid than expected - news

Fears that Nike’s long-awaited second corporate responsibility report would be guarded and uninformative in the wake of the Kasky v Nike legal case have proved unfounded, according to an...

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

Evidence that companies are becoming better at integrating CSR within their operating units has emerged in the latest Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community. The index,...

UBS walks on the sell side - news

One of the world’s biggest investment banks has taken the unusual step of creating a sell-side research team on socially responsible investment. UBS says it has set up the two-person unit in...

UK university founds research centre - news

A CSR research centre has been set up by Bath University in the UK. The Centre for Business, Organizations and Society aims to study ‘the relationship between corporations and the societies within...

trade body embraces CSR - news

A global trade association representing companies in direct marketing is to form a CSR committee. The New York-based Direct Marketing Association says that its Committee on Social Responsibility...

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

board CSR apparatus to go under microscope - news

An inquiry has begun into the role of company boards in fulfilling the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses. The Boards and Corporate Responsibility Project, set up by...

CSR body gains ground in Philippines - news

Fourteen companies joined the Philippines Business for Social Progress organization between October 2004 and March this year, raising membership to 196. The organization offers funding and...

CSR index asks tougher questions - news

More detailed and specific evidence of ethical practice has been demanded in questions to companies participating in Australia’s second Corporate Responsibility Index. The scoring system has also...

Australian study claims CSR pays - news

Strong financial performance is linked in a new Australian report to good corporate responsibility. Research by AMP Capital Investors shows that over four-year and ten-year periods companies with...

Indonesia ‘slack’ on CSR - news

CSR observance is still slack in Indonesia, delegates were told at a seminar held by the non-profit group Leadership for Environment and Development Indonesia. Countries are ignoring their own...

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CSR proponent John Williams is the new chairman of the UK business think-tank Tomorrow’s Company. Williams, a board member of the organization since January 2003, is a co-founder and former...

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The European Commission white paper on CSR is due to be published this month. The document was to have been produced in late 2004.

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Cutbacks of £355million ($678m) at the BBC during the next three years will lead to savings in its corporate responsibility programme – but there will be no job losses in the team of eight,...

breathing new life into ethical supply chain management - news

Many CSR practitioners will have heard stories of supply chain auditors who visited a factory in a developing country only to discover that the underage workers they were looking for had slipped...

rummaging in the attic - news

John Elkington has had a big influence on the development of more sustainable business practices. His online journal offers an inside track for outsiders. Most weblogs that cover corporate...

British framework aims to define role of government - news

The UK has formally established the parameters of its corporate social responsibilities. EP considers the implications for companies Although the UK government has been acknowledged as a...

extra help for clothing sector - news

The apparel and footwear sector is to have its own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A ‘multi-stakeholder working group’ convened by the GRI...

Ikea targets child labour - news

Ikea has begun discussions with Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency, on countering child labour in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The talks are connected to the Swedish-based...

CSR in Russia is ‘disorganized’ - news

Corporate responsibility in Russia is generally ‘disorganized and chaotic’, according to the first national assessment of the social impact of business. The Report on social investments in...

BNFL hands CSR plans over to business units - news

One of the world’s largest nuclear energy groups is to devolve its corporate responsibility planning to four new businesses within the organization. The four divisions at British Nuclear Fuels...

academy courts outside interest - news

The UK’s CSR Academy has begun a search for international and development organizations interested in buying a licence to use the training materials it has developed for managers and other staff...

lack of training hampers ethics code progress - news

Too few companies are providing training for staff on their ethical codes of conduct, says a new report. A study by the Institute of Business Ethics and corporate reputation consultancy Fishburn...

PR standards in the offing - news

The UK’s public relations industry is to formulate CSR standards in the coming year. A CSR network set up by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations two years ago is now ready to set formal...

places on offer at CSR gathering - news

Bookings are now being taken for this year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, which is to be held from 7-8 June at Bore Place, a country house in Kent, southern England. The two-day gathering – now in...

assurers ‘need to say more’ - news

Too many assurance statements add little value to non-financial reports, a specialist group has warned. The panel of 22 judges for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards believes that...

UK to set up international advisory group - news

An international CSR advisory group is to be established as part of efforts by the UK government to promote responsible business practice around the world. The government will make the move in...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

Tobacco firm issues debut social report - news

The Pakistan Tobacco Company has become the country’s first multinational to publish a social report. The company, part of British American Tobacco, the second-biggest tobacco group, says it...

Chinese leaders show way - news

The China Business Leaders Forum, a corporate-led initiative, will be set up in March by the International Business Leaders Forum. Its aim will be to ensure continuous improvement in business...

two SRI indexes for Australia - news

Australian investors will soon have two options for selecting CSR performers. Australia’s first SRI index is being established by RepuTex, the social responsibility ratings agency, to track the...

sustainability network is formed - news

A network of companies and non-governmental organizations from across Asia and the Pacific has been formed to promote sustainable development, combat poverty and improve the quality of life. The...

Toshiba targets suppliers - news

Toshiba has drawn up a procurement policy for its 400 companies establishing CSR standards it requires from suppliers. The Japanese corporation, whose products include telephone systems, office...

Singapore pinpoints future CSR leaders - news

Singapore Management University is to hand-pick about 50 of its 1000 undergraduates every year to be trained as ‘socially conscious business leaders’. The students will follow a scholars’...

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Bea Malleson has joined the London offices of the international law firm Herbert Smith as CSR and community action manager. She was previously head of community investment for Dresdner Kleinwort...

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Vodafone is to send a CSR newsletter to selected stakeholders every three months. The mobile phone company, which published its first non-financial report in November 2004, has produced the first...

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A UK centre for CSR research is holding a competition to find a racier name. The International Research Group for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility says it has tired of its...

data overload hits chain - news

Somerfield, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is to set up a system to store information gathered in ethical checks on its suppliers. Somerfield began assessing the practices of more...

reporting practices are beginning to sort the sheep from the goats - news

With the annual CSR reporting season nearly upon us, now is an appropriate time to ask where social and sustainability reporting is heading. The World Bank’s first sustainability review, reported...

videoCorporate social responsibility: from principles to profits - news

BBC Business Learning video training pack, 50 mins, £495. www.businesslearning.com Despite the rather ominous warning on the packaging that this BBC video is not intended ‘for entertainment...

norms face long hard battle even to see the light of day - news

This month the United Nations reconsiders the future of a document that sets out accepted behaviour for multinationals. EP looks at what is likely to happen Agreement is rarely achieved in the...

shipping firms sail into new waters - news

Shipping companies are meeting this month to decide how best to raise social and environmental standards in their industry. The companies are being brought together by classification and...

CSR commitment kept ailing company alive - news

The head of the shoe and clothing multinational Timberland has said his group’s commitment to community involvement helped to restore its fortunes after a financial crisis in the mid-1990s. Chief...

editorial standards are the key issue for media sector - news

Media companies can show their corporate responsibility best through transparent and responsible editorial policies, a consultation with the sector’s stakeholders has found. A long dialogue with...

firms told to watch out for ‘half-truths’ of CSR - news

Some of the most widely accepted tenets of corporate responsibility, such as the need for social reporting and codes of conduct, are being challenged by a leading CSR institution on the grounds...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

business needs to open new frontier for the poor - news

The corporate response to the tsunami disaster was heartening, but it highlighted the need for concerted action to help developing nations, says Jem Bendell The Indian Ocean tsunami was...

CSR performance helps radio groups’ merger bid - news

One of the UK’s largest commercial radio stations believes that its corporate responsibility record has helped it overcome regulatory hurdles in a £700million ($1.3bn) merger. GWR, which owns 35...

Wal-Mart comes out fighting over its responsibility record - news

Wal-Mart is challenging ‘urban myths’ about the retailer’s lack of social responsibility in a nationwide US advertising campaign. The world’s largest retailer says the placing of full-page...

CSR Academy flexes its wings - news

The CSR Academy may extend its reach by licensing its training materials for use worldwide. The academy, established last year by the UK government to improve CSR education and training in...

World Bank takes up sustainability agenda - news

The World Bank has made an important advance in the evaluation of its operations and lending. In response to pressure from stakeholders, it has become the first multilateral development bank to...

India gets its own CSR body - news

A group has been set up to promote corporate social responsibility on the Indian subcontinent. The initiative originated with discussions between Confederation of Indian Industry and the...

companies still slow to act, former Australian minister says - news

Progress in corporate sustainability made by Australian businesses, non-governmental organizations and the media has won praise from Ros Kelly, the former federal environment minister. However,...

Singapore compact sets targets - news

Profitability and corporate responsibility were recommended as twin targets by a United Nations official at a ceremony held last month to mark the start of the Singapore Compact for CSR, which will...

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

the UK’s presidency of the G8 is a chance
to show leadership on CSR - news

For corporate social responsibility buffs, the UK presidency of the G8 has come at a propitious time. Africa and climate change – the themes of the presidency – have obvious links with socially...

Tomorrow’s History - news

Selected writings of Simon Zadek 1993-2003 Co-edited by Peter Raynard. Greenleaf Publishing 2004. 360 pages. £40 hardback, £19.95 paperback There are very few philosophers working in...

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Climate change and reducing the gap between rich and poor should be the main priorities for global CSR programmes, according to a declaration adopted in India.The six-point New Delhi Declaration,...

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The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on CSR is planning a series of meetings this year relating to media, pharmaceutical, utility, IT and telecoms, food and drink, and transport companies....

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Senior executives are more likely to believe their company’s CSR policies are effective than the managers responsible for implementing them, a poll of delegates at two conferences in Europe and...

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A US-based CSR consultancy is expanding its activities into Europe. Barua, Blok & Company, which was established only six months ago, will look for European business from a base in the...

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Eight out of ten construction industry executives claim to carry out ‘high-level and detailed’ reviews of the social and environmental risks their companies face. However, of the 226 executives...

Gallaher looks beyond tobacco - news

Tobacco multinational Gallaher is extending its ethical supply-chain monitoring efforts by assessing the social impact of the companies that furnish it with non-tobacco inputs. The new work by...

Dutch get CSR centre - news

The Dutch government has established an independent ‘knowledge centre’ on corporate social responsibility to act as a national information point. Known as CSR Netherlands, the centre is being run...

the public face that prefers to work behind the scenes - news

Should Business in the Community take a tougher line with its members by challenging them in public? EP talks to the UK organization’s chief executive Julia Cleverdon does a nice line in...

mail order firm catalogues CSR - news

A small Welsh clothing company is using its mail order catalogue to present information on its approach to corporate social responsibility. Howies has devoted several pages of its latest winter...

‘opaque legalese’ may threaten value of OFRs - news

Two leading CSR consultancies have warned that social reporting in the UK will take a ‘backwards step’ next year when a requirement on companies to produce Operating and Financial Reviews comes...

EC research cash up for grabs - news

Corporate social responsibility researchers are being urged to lobby the European Commission for a bigger slice of its research budget. Peter Lacy, executive director of the European Academy of...

UK could lead drive for international CSR forum - news

UK ministers are considering a proposal for an international forum on CSR that would try to galvanize governments to do more to promote corporate responsibility. The suggestion has been made in a...

KPMG looks for guiding hand across the globe - news

One of the big four professional services firms is developing a common framework for its in-house corporate responsibility programmes across almost 150 countries. KPMG, which has largely...

Bitc challenged on ‘inclusive’ approach - news

The chairman of the UK brewing company Adnams, which has left Business in the Community on the grounds that the organization is failing to challenge its members, says other companies privately...

Calvert turns mirror on itself - news

One of the best-known SRI asset managers in the US has practised what it preaches by publishing its first sustainability report. Maryland-based Calvert has tabled 14 shareholder resolutions in...

study to analyse CSR costs and benefits - news

Research has begun in Europe to assess the financial benefits to companies of adopting sustainability programmes. The Advance project, funded by the European Commission, will attempt to ‘make use...

BBC to develop policy on oppressive regimes - news

The BBC is creating a human rights framework tailored to the specific needs of a media organization with operations in countries run by oppressive regimes. Initial work on the policy is being...

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Kate Fish is the new managing director for Europe of the US-based membership organization Business for Social Responsibility. She succeeds Aron Cramer, who has returned to BSR’s San Francisco...

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The European Commission has produced an online CSR guide detailing codes of conduct, management standards and reporting guidelines. The ABC of CSR instruments will shortly be available in print.

draft OFR standard heralds new phase in corporate social reporting - news

Is this the beginning of the end for coffee table CSR reports produced by UK quoted companies? The reporting standard now being prepared by the Accounting Standards Board, which company directors...

companies need to show real leadership - news

Business leaders must begin to set their own CSR agendas, not just respond to the latest bout of campaigning, argues Roger Cowe Leadership is a recurrent theme in CSR, but it’s time it was seen...

standards board begins to put flesh on the bones of the OFR - news

Draft reporting guidelines issued by the UK’s Accounting Standards Board make it possible for the first time to get a reasonably clear idea of what the content of an Operating and Financial Review...

oil firms slip up on corruption - news

Ten of the world’s 23 largest oil and energy companies have been involved in serious corruption incidents during the past five years, says a new study by GES Investment Services, a Scandinavian CSR...

taskforce piles pressure on banks - news

Pressure on banks and building societies to expand access to bank accounts for poorer people has increased, after the UK government’s decision to form a Financial Inclusion Taskforce. The task...

opinions split on effect of end of multi-fibre pact - news

Opinions are divided on whether a shake-up in the rules governing world trade in textiles and clothing will help multinationals to improve their supply chains’ social and environmental performance,...

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

A global trend towards litigation could be threatening progress on corporate responsibility, according to John Elkington, who heads the SustainAbility consultancy. Elkington says the growing...

Monks adds ‘heavyweight’ presence - news

The veteran US corporate governance activist Bob Monks has taken a ‘substantial minority equity interest’ in the London-based social and environmental research company Trucost. Monks, who founded...

Griffiths tries to bring NGOs back into the fold - news

The UK’s CSR minister, in his first significant action since taking office last year, is forming a group to advise the government on policy, partly as a response to criticism from non-governmental...

CSR leaders must back regulation, says Nobel Prize winner - news

A Nobel Prize-winning economist has called on companies that are corporate responsibility leaders to press for regulation in the field. Joseph Stiglitz, former adviser to US president Bill...

men dominate in CSR jobs - news

Two-thirds of company CSR executives are men. A review of 3564 Ethical Performance records of individuals with CSR managerial responsibilities in companies shows 67 per cent are male. This is...

clothing firm finds monitoring is no panacea - news

Clothing company Gap has decided to place less emphasis on ethical monitoring of its supply chain because the approach has had only limited success. Gap says that monitoring of supplier factories...

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Amendments to the European Union’s Accounting Directives proposed by the European Commission should further increase – albeit modestly – pressure on companies to report their wider responsibilities...

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A weekly television series on CSR is to be aired in the US. The half-hour Ethical Marketplace programme will be on various public broadcasting service channels across the country from next...

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A campaign to raise CSR awareness among Europe’s small and medium-sized businesses is now under way. The campaign, organized by the European Commission, will hold 65 one-day events to introduce...

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A second European Commission white paper on CSR is now expected to be published in March 2005, officials have confirmed. The communication was due to be produced by the end of this year. Anglo...

second term for Bush puts the ball in corporate court - news

While the US election results were widely regarded as bad news for CSR, the re-election of the president could, paradoxically, be a catalyst for change It would be wrong to say that gloom has...

look closer to home for a guiding hand on CSR - news

Employees are your most important stakeholders, so why not base your responsibility strategies around their own values, says John Drummond Sometimes you have to go round the world to get an...

The Corporation - news

A film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan Produced by Media Corporation. 2hr 20min. www.thecorporation.com It’s not often that anyone makes a film on corporate social...

consultancies band together - news

Three European CSR consultancies have formed an alliance to offer their services across the continent. The three – csrnetwork (UK), Ecodurable (France) and triple innova (Germany) – have joined...

assurers get their own certification scheme - news

Individuals involved in assurance of sustainability auditing and reporting are being offered a specially designed certification scheme. The new scheme has been developed by the Institute of...

Inditex takes long look at its impact on society - news

A Spanish multinational has produced one of the longest sustainability reports so far, totalling 172 pages. The report from Inditex, a clothing retail group with 2000 stores worldwide, dwarfs...

CSR guru tells SRI funds: ‘heal thyself’ - news

A leading CSR proponent has accused socially responsible investment specialists in the US of failing to practise in their own organizations what they preach. Paul Hawken, executive director and...

Hewitt has final word on OFR - news

The UK government has finally settled the details of the new operating and financial reviews that will require large public companies to report annually on their social and environmental impacts,...

EIRIS strengthens its overseas presence - news

Europe’s largest provider of investor information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to open offices in New York and Tokyo. Ethical Investment Research Services, which...

Nike ready to come out of reporting purdah - news

Nike is to resume reporting on social and environmental matters after a two-year hiatus brought about by a legal challenge. It will produce its next report in spring 2005. The clothing...

Review of the UK party conferences - news

CSR not part of the political vocabulary No one expects the outcome of the next UK general election to hinge on CSR, yet it was something of a surprise to see the subject so far from the...

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Socially responsible investment rating agency CoreRatings has been bought by the Norwegian risk management and certification foundation Det Norske Veritas. DNV, which is best known in the CSR...

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Corporate responsibility is to feature in a new £1.7million ($3.1m) global leadership and governance research programme being undertaken by the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. The five-year...

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Britain’s top companies appear to be making little effort to improve their online communication of CSR to stakeholders, according to a survey of the websites of all FTSE 100 and 250 companies....

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Vodafone has produced its first CSR report specifically covering its UK operations. The mobile phone company already publishes a group CSR report of its global operations.

time for tax avoidance to become a CSR issue - news

We all have a moral duty to contribute to society by paying taxes, so why do we tolerate companies that don’t pull their weight, asks John Christensen Paying taxes is one of the fundamental ways...

time for all those involved in CSR to get back to first principles - news

CSR feels up in the air. There is a sense of drift which, albeit hard to pin down, is real enough. Several possible reasons suggest themselves. The agents mainly responsible for pushing CSR...

CSR gongs can prove to be a liability as much as an asset - news

There are hundreds of awards open to companies and individuals to win but many are of doubtful value because it is often unclear what they measure As with codes of practice, so with CSR awards....

Sky goes for the personal touch - news

Broadcasting company Sky has split its latest CSR report into sections specifically addressing different interest groups. The 48-page unverified document has six sections headed Dear Customer,...

new body will raise research standards - news

An international trade association has been formed to promote higher professional standards in CSR research. The Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

corporate initiatives on the rise - news

Nearly four in five large businesses have begun new social responsibility initiatives in the last two years, a poll suggests. Ninety per cent of the executives questioned as part of the latest...

Reuters asks employees to guide its CSR policies - news

The global media company Reuters has set up four employee working groups to inform the development of its policies on corporate responsibility. Reuters established the groups last month as a way of...

CSR academy targets human resources staff - news

The UK’s new CSR academy is to run a series of social responsibility roadshows for human resources managers in large companies. The regional roadshows, which will offer ideas on how human...

new site rails against ‘anti-business’ CSR proponents - news

An anti-corporate responsibility activist has set up a website accusing CSR proponents of damaging business. CSR Watch has been established by the right-wing Free Enterprise Education Institute, a...

database takes some flak - news

The London Stock Exchange is experiencing teething problems over the establishment of its Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), which it hopes will become a central database of information on...

Henderson Global turns away from ‘best in class’ - news

One of the world’s leading SRI fund management companies is to place less reliance on the ‘best in class’ investment approach and instead put more money into sustainable companies regardless of...

From Andrew Dunnett, project director, CSR Academy - news

I was disappointed to read the headline in your September 2004 edition that the CSR Academy draws the picture of the ‘perfect CSR Manager’. This has never been the...

‘Disillusionment with CSR’ by Professor Michael Hopkins - news

Disillusionment with CSR sets in. Just as CEOs have only two or three years to make their mark so it seems do concepts in the business world. It is almost tiresome to read your March 2004 piece...

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd - news

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd Tomorrow’s Company director Mark Goyder has done us all a service by re-opening the debate about...

'The business case for corporate social responsibility' by Peter D. Kinder - news

From the President, KLD Research & Analytics Inc. In response to your News Alert on the subject of the European Commission white paper's avoidance of regulation, I would say that the...

'Problems of an ethical ISO' by Jem Bendell - news

From the editor of 'Terms for Endearment: Business, NGOs and Sustainable Development' The proposal for an ISO standard on business conduct (Vol. 3, issue 5) will not be hailed as an entirely...

'Misguided Virtue: False Doctrines of CSR' by David Henderson - news

From the former chief economist of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, now Visiting Professor at the Westminster Business School Today’s conception of ‘corporate social...

'GoodCorporation standards' by Leo Martin - news

From the Director of GoodCorporation I am writing in response to the concerns expressed about ‘code overload’ which were raised in last month’s issue (Vol. 2, issue 9). Both companies and...

Omron sets up CSR centre - news

The Japanese Omron Corporation, a global leader in automation, sensing and control technology, has established a CSR management headquarters at its base in Kyoto. Omron, which adopted the motto...

Times wins Indian award - news

India's 2004 Golden Peacock award for CSR has gone to the Times Foundation, the development arm of the Times Group publishing house. The award was presented at India's first national CSR...

Most responsible Australasian firms identified - news

A list of Australia's 100 most socially responsible companies and New Zealand's top 20 has been published by RepuTex, the Melbourne-based ratings organization. In Australia the highest AAA...

CSR 'spreads wealth' - news

CSR is a mechanism by which wealth is distributed within society, the Joint UK-Malaysian CSR conference was told in Kuala Lumpur in June. Enterprises making significant contributions to their...

Singapore 'should lead way on CSR' - news

Singapore should champion CSR in South-east Asia, an ethical business conference was told in July. Asian companies have no choice but to practise CSR - it is demanded by shareholders,...

CSR on the rise in Japan - news

More Japanese companies are showing an interest in CSR, says a survey of about 600 of the country's businesses by the General Press Corporation, a web content provider. CSR was mentioned in 22...

Tata gets tough on supply chain ethics - news

A policy of doing business only with companies showing a commitment to CSR is to be developed before the end of this year by India's Tata Iron and Steel Company, often known simply as Tisco. B....

Managers gather for China summit - news

Conducting business responsibly in China, which is becoming the world's largest manufacturer, will be the theme of the Ethical Corporation Asia conference in New York on 5 and 6 October. The...

Asia fares poorly in new index - news

Korea has taken 40th place among 50 countries in a CSR index rating by Danish research institute The Copenhagen Centre, and the UK-based CSR institute Accountability. Korea's was one of several...

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

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The ASPI Eurozone index, which selects Europe’s 120 best-rated companies according to CSR criteria defined by the Vigeo ratings agency, has dropped Allied Irish...

forget the CSR theory – just give to charity - news

We should drop the business case for CSR and get back to corporate philanthropy that is based on doing the ‘right thing’, argues Philip Collins Responsible companies will make more...

Making Corporate Responsibility Work: lessons from real business - news

By Leon Olsen Ashridge Centre for Business and Society in association with the British Quality Foundation. 36 pages £40. www.ashridge.com/acbas Business...

BT to set up advisory panel - news

BT is to form a panel of trade unionists and NGO representatives to advise it on how to improve its ethical supply chain monitoring. The telecommunications group says the...

£1.2m for EU studies - news

The European Union has made its first significant foray into corporate responsibility research by providing €1.9million ($2.15m, £1.2m) for two projects that...

more on the issues and less on the mechanics, please - news

EP talks to Alan Knight about his belief that CSR practitioners have lost sight of the pressing global problems that should dictate their agenda Few individuals have had more...

wacky report gets straight-lace additions - news

An eccentrically designed CSR report has been slightly modified this year in response to some stakeholders’ complaints that its style was not to their liking....

Japanese firms take FTSE4Good by storm - news

Japan has been given its own FTSE4Good index in recognition of the growing importance of CSR to Japanese companies. It is only the third country with a domestic...

‘world class’ network to show how it’s done - news

Nine multinationals have formed a CSR-focused alliance called the Global Leadership Network. 3M, Cargill, Diageo, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, IBM,...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

ministers mull over final shape of OFRs - news

Final details of the UK government’s requirement for companies to produce operating and financial reviews that cover, among other things, their social and...

reshuffle brings new face to CSR ministerial post - news

Nigel Griffiths has become the UK’s fourth CSR minister to be appointed to the post since it was created four years ago. He replaced Stephen Timms in a government...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

Corporate responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean is still ‘relatively weak and unevenly distributed’ despite growing interest in the field, according...

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

business will draw up protocol on lobbying - news

Moves are afoot to develop ground rules for the disclosure of company efforts to influence public policy and so ensure they are in line with their CSR commitments....

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Defence company BAE Systems has surveyed its 90,000 employees to discover what progress they think the company has made on CSR since 2002. The UK-based multinational...

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Pay rates for men and women at the Abbey bank are within seven per cent of each other, says an ‘equal pay audit’ by the UK company. The audit, featured in...

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CSR advice for owners of small and medium-sized businesses is available on a new website set up by the UK’s National Small Business Consortium, along with...

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The Co-operative Group has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The UK-based group says that although some of its companies, including the Co-operative...

NGOs put the Global Compact on notice - news

Cross-sector support for the United Nations’ Global Compact appears be unravelling as an increasing number of non-governmental organizations begin to publicly...

Vodafone sets up new ‘social benefit’ team - news

One of the world’s biggest mobile phone companies has decided to create a dedicated marketing team to focus on developing products and services that deliver social...

CSR ‘must be allied to political lobbying’ - news

Companies have been told that they must start working more closely with governments and policymakers if corporate social responsibility is to make further advances....

forum consensus shatters as NGOs beg to differ - news

Non-governmental organizations belonging to the European Union’s multi-stakeholder corporate social responsibility forum have broken ranks with their business...

LSE sets up data repository - news

A central database of information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to be set up this month by the London Stock Exchange. The service,...

mm02 makes sure CSR gets executive treatment - news

A UK company has taken the unusual step of disbanding its corporate social responsibility committee and handing the work to executive directors. While many firms...

Chinese business leaders see merit in CSR - news

Nearly nine in every ten Chinese business leaders value corporate social responsibility, reports The Corporate Reputation Watch (China) survey. The survey, by the...

integrated CSR wins M&S major award - news

Marks & Spencer has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK-based retailer deserved...

tobacco firm stakeholders step up to the plate - news

Non-governmental organizations appear to have become more willing to talk to British American Tobacco about CSR. The company’s third social report, which was...

academy draws picture of perfect CSR manager - news

A list of the skills and attributes of the ideal CSR manager has been drawn up by the UK’s new CSR academy, in what it claims is the first set of ‘core...

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A new government corporate social responsibility website has been launched by UK CSR minister Stephen Timms. The site replaces the government’s ‘society...

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Holcim spent about CHF44million, ($35.2m, £19.36m) on CSR last year. The figure, which includes personnel costs, is given in the global Swiss cement group’s latest...

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Information on a new European Commission funded social responsibility framework for companies is now online. Administrators of the European Corporate Sustainability Framework...

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The international consultancy URS has enlarged its social responsibility team by about a third. The London-based team has taken on seven new recruits in the past two...

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Aviva Australia has released its inaugural CSR report. The document complements a global CSR report issued in March by the insurance group’s UK-based parent...

Singapore alliance sows seeds - news

Representatives of unions, government and business have come together to promote corporate social responsibility in Singapore. In a new alliance, the National...

four firms in CSR probe - news

The UK government is looking into separate complaints against four companies for allegedly failing to observe the OECD guidelines on voluntary CSR global standards for...

training and education: the current picture for CSR - news

As the UK government’s CSR Academy begins to take shape, EP looks at the fragmented state of education and training in the corporate responsibility field Pity the corporate...

Hastings heads for EP retreat - news

The BBC’s head of CSR, Michael Hastings, will be among presenters at this year’s retreat run by Ethical Performance with Ashridge and the Corporate...

media sector needs to measure its ‘brainprint’ - news

Media companies have been urged to consider whether their print and broadcast output has a socially responsible impact on people’s thinking. A new discussion paper...

Canadian firms told to perform better on human rights - news

Canadian companies need to spend more time on human rights issues as part of their CSR programmes, says the country’s first National Corporate Social Responsibility...

seed business to use child labour monitors - news

Multinational agribusiness Syngenta is close to signing a deal with the US-based Fair Labor Association that will lead to child labour checks on its cotton seed suppliers...

US government slated for poor GRI take-up - news

Two figures who played an important part in creating the Global Reporting Initiative have shown concern about the relatively low take-up of the GRI guidelines by US...

consumer products sector comes out top - news

Consumer products companies have scored more highly than other businesses in a newly-devised rating of the world’s 100 largest companies. Firms in the sector, led...

angry critics run boycott over ‘slow’ CSR progress - news

More than 20 signatories have shown their discontent with the rate of progress on corporate responsibility by refusing to participate in consultation on the UK...

verification analysis suggests size doesn’t matter - news

Small companies seem just as capable of developing and implementing CSR policies as large businesses, an analysis by the standard-setting GoodCorporation suggests....

EU forum stays quiet on need for regulation - news

No proposals for regulation have been put forward in the final report of the European Union’s multi-stakeholder forum on CSR. Although the forum, set up to look at...

ISO standard will offer ‘guidance’ only - news

Proposals for an ISO standard on CSR have been accepted by the International Organization for Standardization. However, it will take the form of guidance only and unlike...

CSR factors cut M&A valuations - news

Social and environmental liabilities are emerging as a significant factor in mergers and acquisitions undertaken by large companies. A KPMG study of 105 of the 500...

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US clothing company Gap is to order supplies from an El Salvador garment factory set up by workers who lost their jobs in a bitter labour rights battle two years ago. The...

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A CSR information desk has been opened in Milan to advise Italian companies. The desk is the first of 20 to be set up by the Italian government with the Union of...

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Consultants , business schools, universities and company networks are being invited to partner with the UK government’s CSR Academy when it begins operating in July....

time to be transparent with journalists too - news

Companies with the best CSR programmes don’t need to bombard journalists with PR, says Alison Maitland of the Financial Times The media are often...

Nippon Unipac unveils charter - news

One of Japan’s largest paper and pulp businesses has produced an ‘action charter’ as the foundation for a CSR programme. The seven-point charter commits Nippon Unipac...

the OFR draft regulations: your questions answered - news

The forthcoming requirement to produce an operating and financial review will significantly extend the reporting responsibilities of large UK companies So what is...

CSR library helps Kidde - news

The fire and safety products group Kidde is building an intranet ‘CSR library’ to inform its 7800 employees about its social and environmental performance. The...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

social reports begin to catch the public’s eye - news

People do take notice of company CSR and environmental reports, according to a new poll. A survey by international opinion research group GlobeScan suggests that,...

French bank creates CSR unit - news

The state-owned French investment bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations is to create a sustainable development division. The bank, which employs more than 41,000...

Gulf companies search for Arab strain of CSR - news

Companies in the Arab world are preparing to embrace CSR – but on their own terms. About half a dozen large businesses have agreed to become founding members...

NGO finds CSR is not just for companies - news

Corporate social responsibility looks set to reach into the internal workings of the world’s biggest environmental group. In a move that is likely to set a...

Branson to star in new Virgin CSR programme - news

Virgin Group will enter the CSR arena in earnest this autumn with a three-pronged programme involving its high-profile chairman Sir Richard Branson. The UK-based...

Dutch firms targeted by engaging investors - news

Most large Dutch listed companies have been questioned by investors on their social and environmental performance, a study has found. Nine out of ten firms listed on the...

UN norms face uncertain fate - news

Further progress on United Nations draft norms setting out companies’ basic human rights responsibilities is to be delayed for at least a year. At its annual...

Cisco adopts global CSR strategy - news

Internet network company Cisco Systems is to establish a global CSR strategy over the next 12 months as part of a dramatic move away from its traditional philanthropic...

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Two more organizations are to join a network of CSR centres being formed in the Asia Pacific region this summer. The Responsible Business Initiative in Pakistan and...

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The European Commission is again offering grants under its ‘industrial relations and social dialogue’ heading for projects promoting CSR. The deadline for...

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A web-based game produced by BT to help university students understand CSR is to be introduced throughout the UK. Players of the interactive Better Business Game,...

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Letters to the editor are at www.ethicalperformance.com. Most recently, Michael Hopkins, a professor at the International Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Business...

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Nicky Amos , former head of corporate responsibility at The Body Shop International, has joined the UK-based CSR communications consultancy Corporate Culture as a project...

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Canada’s TD Bank says in its second CSR report that it gave 1.3 per cent of its pre-tax profits to charity last year. The bank, which employs 51,000 people...

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The BBC is to make three television programmes on CSR for its digital channel BBC4. The programmes will feature the work of UK-based Good Corporation and its clients.

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Andrew Wilson has been appointed to the newly created post of research and development director at the UK business school Ashridge. Wilson will also remain director of...

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Fortis Investments has said it will vote down the reports and accounts of any European companies that do not fulfil its CSR disclosure standards. The Dutch-Belgian...

our role is to question, not merely observe - news

Alan MacDougall takes issue with Peter Knight’s recent attack on ‘tick-box political correctness’ A response is needed to Peter Knight’s claim in last month’s...

companies can choose how many questionnaires to answer - news

Corporate managers no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the London Stock Exchange is likely to act as a clearing house for information on their...

the future of assurance – will it be cosy or cautious? - news

In the third of our series on trends in corporate social responsibility, EP considers the verification of corporate non-financial reports The single biggest challenge...

business urged to profit from helping the poor - news

An influential business group has given its backing to the growing trend of pro-poor business, under which companies enter new markets among the world’s poor for...

investors and boards agree uneasy truce - news

Peace talks aimed at soothing the strained relationship between UK investors and companies over CSR and corporate governance issues have concluded with an agreement to hold...

firms offered responsible route to ‘offshoring’ their workload   - news

Companies moving call centre work from developed to developing countries have been offered 12 steps for managing the corporate responsibility implications. A new...

CSR practitioners told to prepare for new era - news

CSR has come to the ‘end of the beginning’ and must now mature into a fully fledged business model integrated throughout companies, says the UK-based Work...

social reporters ‘ignoring stakeholders’ - news

Companies are still not observing the basics when reporting their relationship with stakeholders, the judges of this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards have...

EP looks ahead to the next five years - news

Welcome to the sixth year of Ethical Performance. The CSR field has matured considerably, and at a pace few envisaged, since our first issue appeared in May 1999. To...

stock exchange will act on questionnaire fatigue - news

The London Stock Exchange is preparing to create a centralized database on the social and environmental performance of companies as a way of tackling questionnaire fatigue...

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Oxfam’s CSR specialist, Sophia Tickell, has left to set up as a consultant. One of her first assignments will be a year-long project for the Just Pensions...

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Two SRI analysts have left their jobs to start a company supplying ethical catering for CSR events. Vanessa and Clare Gabbett Mulhallen, sisters with catering...

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Alex Kaufman has become operations director of Global Standards, a Vietnam-based consulting group specializing in CSR issues relating to Asian export manufacturers....

time for CSR Hobbits to get real on diversity - news

Tick-box political correctness is in danger of undermining CSR, argues Peter Knight There are five of us in the office, two men and three women – all pinkish-grey in...

auditors of non-financial reports face their own ethical challenges - news

With all but one of the FTSE 100 now producing some kind of public information on their social and environmental performance, and the UK government expected to publish...

CSR divides politicians - news

The extent of party political division on corporate responsibility in the UK has been highlighted by a MORI poll. When the pollster asked a representative sample of 119...

why Timms believes the best is still to come - news

The world’s only corporate social responsibility minister tells EP how two new government measures will have a ‘significant’ impact on the spread of CSR Stephen Timms may have...

CSR train begins journey - news

The social responsibility message is being taken this month to firms and their stakeholders in central and east European countries. Starting on 4 April, a team of...

Sodexho gives suppliers some food for thought - news

The US division of one of the world’s biggest catering and facilities management companies has sent a code of conduct to suppliers as part of its campaign to become a CSR...

retailers to be drawn into regeneration - news

Large UK retail groups are to be invited to open stores and branches in deprived areas as part of a regeneration scheme. A government-backed initiative on ‘underserved...

M&S takes a lead on responsible relocation - news

Marks & Spencer is hoping its move to a new head office in the second half of 2004 could become a socially responsible model for other companies switching their...

company cash for Harvard CSR - news

Harvard University has secured $2million (£1.23m) from business to research corporate social responsibility. ChevronTexaco, Coca-Cola, General Motors and Walter...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

‘best practice’ firms are not so hot - news

Only six out of 30 Hong Kong companies that put themselves forward as examples of best practice on CSR explicitly allow trade union membership. A survey carried out by...

rating agencies will submit to new standard - news

European socially responsible investment rating agencies have joined forces to create a quality standard in a bid to bolster confidence among investors and companies in...

newspaper publisher starts to practise what it preaches - news

The company that produces The Guardian and The Observer has become the first UK newspaper publisher to issue a detailed social report. Guardian Newspapers Ltd...

UK decides to become global CSR cheerleader - news

The UK government is to deepen its involvement in CSR by acting as an advocate on the international stage. A draft global framework published by CSR minister Stephen...

‘vote out CSR directors’, investors told - news

Institutional investors have been urged to consider voting against the reappointment of board directors responsible for CSR if their company is not doing enough in this...

Diamantopoulou leaves her post - news

A key figure in the European Commission’s consideration of CSR has left her post. Anna Diamantopoulou, EC commissioner for employment and social affairs,...

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

There is growing business opposition to United Nations norms that set out the basic human rights responsibilities of companies operating in more than one country....

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Energy consultancy Cenergie and aluminium supplier Reynaers Aluminium have become the latest companies to join Business & Society Belgium, a business-led CSR network...

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The closing date for the ‘2004 Awards for Excellence’ in CSR is 12 March. The awards, run by Business in the Community and the Financial Times, will be in...

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The UK government has done more than any other to encourage CSR, according to the National Policy Association. The US-based think tank says the UK has helped to extend...

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In our February report on the formation of Just Assurance (EP5, issue 9, p2) we implied that co-founders Jon Woodhead and Mark Line had left the csrnetwork consultancy...

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CSR Europe has appointed Bernard Giraud as its new executive director. Giraud, a former board member of the corporate social responsibility network, has managed the...

criticism of CSR is necessary, but it needs to be constructive - news

Corporate social responsibility has had a pretty easy ride so far. A few free-market thinkers have taken potshots, but even sceptics have generally come round to the view that CSR is a...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

The world’s fourth largest tobacco group has set out the corporate responsibility standards that it hopes to meet during the next few years. Imperial Tobacco says...

Allen & Overy picks its causes - news

The law firm Allen & Overy Hong Kong is to focus its community work on a tighter range of causes. The firm, which employs 240 people in the Chinese territory,...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

Cohen warns on conflict between growth and values - news

One of the leading pioneers of socially responsible business has warned other entrepreneurs not to imperil their companies’ values in the search for rapid growth....

Co-op Bank wins third honour - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the UK’s main award for sustainability reporting for the third year running. The bank was the outright winner for the second...

Italy to follow Danish model - news

The Italian government has said it will set up a CSR research and study centre. The centre, which may be part-funded by business, will be based on the model...

CSR attacked from a new quarter - news

Further signs have emerged of disenchantment with corporate social responsibility among groups that until now have been generally supportive. Following Christian...

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The British Standards Institution has established a CSR and sustainable development committee. The group, which includes representatives from the UK Department of...

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Furniture retailer MFI has appointed the UK-based Smart Company consultancy to help it to develop a CSR strategy. Smart Company director Andrew Carter says MFI will...

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CSR proponents have been urged to turn the tables on sceptics who demand to see the business case for socially responsible behaviour – by asking them to make the...

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A Dutch guide to international treaties and other agreements relating to CSR has been translated into English. The 16-page document has been produced by MVO Platform, a...

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Promoting workplace safety has been pinpointed by stakeholders of the Borax mining company as the Rio Tinto subsidiary’s single highest CSR priority. The 2003...

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A paper arguing that CSR is a ‘grand illusion’ has won this year’s Ashridge Business School MBA essay award, run in association with the UK’s...

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US researchers have begun an attempt to define what makes companies ‘world-class performers’ in the CSR field. Boston College’s Center for Corporate...

short-termism and corporate responsibility - news

Good CSR practice is built on sound corporate governance, says Craig Mackenzie Good corporate governance is a prerequisite for truly effective corporate...

corporate social responsibility needs to begin in the boardroom - news

CSR, we’re often told, is a useful business tool for managing reputational risks. It can encourage stakeholder engagement, allow companies to keep a finger on the...

the challenges ahead for reporting companies - news

In the second of our series on the future of corporate social responsibility, EP looks at the forces that are shaping non-financial reporting Apart from France, no...

new business group hints at support for regulation - news

An international group of business leaders is to consider backing the case for more regulation of companies on human rights issues. Until now, most business organizations...

Anglo American offers CSR kit to all divisions - news

Anglo American is to offer its business units a socio-economic assessment kit to help them improve their ethical performance and give them indicators for judging progress...

cold shoulder for tobacco client - news

A sustainability consultancy has decided not to advise a tobacco firm on responsible business practices after its other clients said they would not be happy for it to do...

central Europe receives assistance - news

Companies in Hungary are being offered support on CSR matters by an organization formed with British help. The Central European Institute for Leadership and Ethics has...

authorities target workplace - news

Local authority CSR initiatives appear to concentrate on workplace conditions, says a study of four European regions. The survey of local authority CSR projects in the...

give us human rights data, say social report readers - news

Human rights is the single most important issue for readers of CSR reports, according to a survey by two European communication consultancies. The first-ever global poll...

Finland tops league table of CSR promoters - news

Finland has been judged the best performer on corporate responsibility in a newly-devised measure of how much companies and governments in 51 countries have done to promote...

assurance body aims to let stakeholders have their say - news

An organization has been formed to make stakeholders more involved in the verification of social reports. Just Assurance, started by three UK-based verification...

Unep merges CSR finance initiatives - news

Two corporate responsibility initiatives run for the financial sector by the United Nations have merged. The United Nations Environment Programme Financial...

Asia Pacific to get network of CSR centres - news

A network of corporate social responsibility centres will be formed in the Asia Pacific region this summer. The centres, in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the...

September date for 2004 Retreat - news

The second Ethical Performance Retreat will take place this year from 27-28 September at Ashridge business school. The gathering, which brings together senior CSR...

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An archive of printed social and environmental reports has been established in Berlin by the German government and corporateregister.com, a website that hosts hundreds...

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Josep Maria Lozano , director of the Institute for the Individual, Corporations and Society at the Esade Business School in Spain, has been highly commended in the...

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Gail Rebuck has been appointed chair of BSkyB's corporate responsibility forum, which helps to shape the UK broadcasting company’s CSR policies. Rebuck is chair and...

investors who think CSR is bad for firms are the contrarians now - news

Strange that the City of London, one of the strongholds of socially responsible investment, also contains the greatest proportion of investors who think that managing...

why the Race to the Top failed to reach a finish - news

A scheme to help major retailers compare and improve their social and environmental performance has ended in failure. Where did it all go wrong? Three years ago we...

PhD students get study group - news

PhD candidates working on CSR issues in Europe are to have their own network. The European Research Network for PhD Candidates will organize research workshops and...

Irish sign up to CSR charter - news

Twenty-three businesses operating in the Irish Republic have signed a Corporate Responsibility Charter. The one-page charter, devised by Business in the Community...

Chevron sets out principles - news

Oil and petroleum multinational ChevronTexaco is to issue its 53,000 staff with corporate responsibility guiding principles. The principles, developed as part of a...

facilities managers get ready for some CSR action - news

Managers of company premises in the UK are being encouraged to take a greater interest in CSR by the body that represents them. The British Institute of Facilities...

press coverage booms as CSR hits media radar - news

Mainstream press coverage of corporate social responsibility issues has increased significantly around the world during the past three years – and most of it is still...

SRI results enthuse bank - news

Morgan Stanley has decided to deepen its involvement in SRI after studying the share prices of companies with a good corporate social responsibility record....

analysts think positive on risk management - news

More than three-quarters of European fund managers and analysts believe management of social and environmental risks is good for business. A Deloitte study found 79 per...

business leaders prefer the carrot, not the stick - news

Chief executives and chairpersons cannot be frightened into adopting CSR programmes, according to the organizers of Aspen Institute’s Business Leaders Dialogues,...

Danisco discovers room for improvement on CSR - news

Three-quarters of the production sites owned by the sugar and food ingredients group Danisco now comply with the company’s CSR policy, according to an internal assessment....

EC steps in to monitor sustainability of tourist sector - news

The European Commission is to draw up sustainability guidelines for tourism and holiday companies in an attempt to raise standards in the sector. In a policy...

most of public can’t name an ethical firm - news

Seven out of ten members of the UK public are unable to name a single company they consider to be particularly socially, environmentally or ethically responsible, says a...

EU challenged on transparency - news

The European Union’s multi-stakeholder forum, established to examine how best to promote CSR, has been criticized for not doing enough to publicize the information...

OFRs could be in force by as early as next year - news

UK companies are likely to have to produce a written statement of their social and environmental performance from next year, now that the government has formally announced...

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The German CSR forum Econsense has become the national partner organization of CSR Europe, a business-led group that promotes corporate social responsibility....

how companies can call off the resource curse - news

Oil and mining companies should exercise leadership to ensure host countries benefit from their operations, argues Daniel Litvin One senior manager in a western oil...

socially responsible investors are barking up the wrong tree - news

Do good companies do well? A lot hangs on this beguilingly simple question. If it could be shown that socially responsible companies perform better over time than those...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

The progress made by US companies in the field of CSR is largely the result of an overriding need to manage reputation, not of government prodding The aftermath of the state visit...

Imperial to report in 2004 - news

A second international tobacco company is to compile a social report. Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest, expects to publish its first CSR document early next...

BAT says Burma pull-out was ‘not the best way’ - news

British American Tobacco has said it still does not agree that businesses should pull out of Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the country’s human rights record, even...

time to give clear lead on CSR, Bush is told - news

The US government has been urged to clarify its position on CSR to show companies what it expects from them. A working group of 27 senior corporate responsibility...

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

Ethical supply chain management could hit the buffers because too few stakeholders are involved, a worldwide study has warned. A survey of more than 200 supply chain...

‘endless growth’ of public companies hampers CSR - news

Publicly owned companies rarely make significant progress on CSR because they are too beholden to the markets, a well-known US business figure has claimed. Yvon...

firms ‘no longer cash cows’ - news

Voluntary sector fundraisers have been advised to stop asking companies for money and cause-related marketing tie-ins and instead to enter into long-term partnerships....

HP backs Schulich to the tune of $2m - news

Hewlett-Packard (Canada) has put up C$2million (US$1.54m, £910,000) to create a chair in corporate social responsibility at Toronto’s Schulich School of Business at York...

French win first big CSR award - news

Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, has become the first French company to win a Corporate Conscience Award. The company took the award in the...

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Oil and gas company Total has joined CSR Europe. Total, which recently published its first CSR report, is one of four major firms – Deloitte (professional services),...

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A verdict on whether there is any justification for an ISO standard on CSR is unlikely to be delivered for two years. The International Organization for...

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Seventeen people have been appointed to a UK government steering group set up to help launch a Corporate Social Responsibility Academy by next summer. Among members...

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Philippines-based Union Cement Holcim has won the ‘best CSR policies’ section of the first Asian CSR awards. Runners-up were the sugar company Central Azucarera Don Pedro...

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CSR academic Alyson Warhurst has won an award that recognizes her work in the CSR field. Warhurst, who became sole director in 2002 of Warwick Business School’s...

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Two senior CSR practitioners have moved to work with the UK-based Smart Company consultancy as associate directors. Paul Burke, former head of the Co-operative...

blind faith is simply not enough for socially responsible business - news

The entry of an intellectual heavyweight like Michael Porter into the debate on corporate social responsibility is a further sign that the subject is now part of mainstream business...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

lawyers bid for CSR role - news

The European legal profession is asking corporate lawyers to play a greater part in responsible business practice. The Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

A major institutional investor has said the pharmaceutical industry needs to significantly improve its performance on corporate social responsibility over the next two...

body to examine macro-level CSR - news

A new body is to look at how corporate social responsibility might make national economies, not just businesses, more competitive in world markets. The Responsible...

academic CSR options are still not in plentiful supply - news

Two-thirds of MBA programmes in Europe do not have a corporate social responsibility module, according to preliminary results from the biggest ever survey of provision in...

Russian companies start push for integrity - news

Three of Russia’s largest companies have helped establish a forum to promote business responsibility there. Alfa Group (financial and industrial), Interros...

smaller firms in Europe get SRI index - news

An index of socially responsible smaller companies has been launched by Kempen Capital Management of the UK and SNS Asset Management of the Netherlands. The...

CSR in Asia ‘not due to wealth’ - news

Cultural factors and a willingness to embrace international trade are the best indicators of a country’s overall level of CSR activity, and not its wealth or...

guru rails against CSR ‘priests’ - news

Management guru Michael Porter has claimed that corporate social responsibility is becoming ‘a religion filled with priests’, who promote the concept on the...

second EC white paper on the way - news

A second white paper on CSR is to be issued by the European Commission in November 2004. The EC has decided this will be its course of action after it has received...

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The UK’s prime forum for corporate social responsibility practitioners has decided to raise its profile. The Corporate Responsibility Group, whose members are...

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The winning paper in an MBA essay competition on corporate citizenship is now on the website of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Jessica Brinkman from the...

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The Canadian government has pledged to promote CSR in a draft sustainable development strategy put out to consultation by the government’s Industry Canada...

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A worldwide directory of organizations that work on corporate social responsibility has been launched on the web. The CSRWire directory lists the senior staff and...

the legal context of corporate responsibility - news

Social responsibility is often thought of as something companies can choose to practise if they wish. Even voluntary actions, however, have a legal context. In the UK companies can...

trade bodies ‘holding up CSR’ - news

Trade associations have been accused of undermining socially responsible companies by protecting the interests of laggard members who do little or nothing in the field –...

BSkyB spreads the news - news

BSkyB is to employ journalistic techniques to explain the company’s social responsibility strategy to staff. The UK-based broadcaster, which has just published its first...

Adidas wins praise for CSR - news

Adidas-Salomon is the best-performing company in the global sports shoe industry, according to a Belgian socially responsible investment analyst firm. A six-month long...

index to broaden focus - news

Companies are to be given more credit for being proactive on corporate responsibility in the second year of the new Corporate Responsibility Index. Business in the...

hard copy reports drop as internet gains favour - news

The number of companies publishing hard copies of their social and environmental reports has fallen for the first time, as electronic reporting gathers momentum....

email exchange submits BAE to grilling on weapons - news

BAE Systems has come up with a topical way of fulfilling its ambition to engage in public debate about its social responsibilities as a manufacturer of weapons systems....

Kesko leading Finnish retailers - news

Only one of Finland’s large retailers is showing a firm public commitment to corporate social responsibility, a study suggests. Kesko, which sells mainly food and clothes,...

pilots start on European framework - news

Dutch multinationals Akzo Nobel (chemicals) and Nuon (energy and water) will shortly begin testing a new social responsibility framework for companies that is funded by the...

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

The world’s largest music publishing company has unveiled a social responsibility policy. EMI Group, which has a roster of 1000 recording artists and a turnover of...

EC directive seeks to bind firms to codes of conduct - news

Companies could be prosecuted for failing to live up to voluntary codes of conduct under a directive proposed by the European Commission. Part of the directive on unfair...

Italian CSR ‘needs tax break stimulation’ - news

Socially responsible Italian companies should be rewarded with tax breaks, a government-funded report will recommend next month. The Bocconi University study of 91 Italian...

three-year-old CSR standard gets an update - news

The GoodCorporation standard is to be updated after three years in operation. The standard, which was launched in 2001, lays down criteria for companies on 65 issues...

warning on opportunistic NGOs - news

Companies have been warned to beware of non-governmental organizations that engage in private stakeholder dialogue and then use the information they have gathered for public...

more substance, less compliance, companies told - news

Companies are being too pragmatic on CSR, two researchers at a leading UK business school have argued. In a paper, CSR at the crossroads, Simon Knox and Stan Maklan of...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

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CSR is taking root in Lebanon, according to a study by the American University of Beirut. Of 110 companies, just under half had a corporate environmental policy, a...

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Steven Voien has been appointed by public relations firm Edelman to launch First&42nd, its corporate social responsibility consultancy, in the US. Voien was previously...

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Two UK academics have published books on CSR. Malcolm McIntosh, visiting professor of corporate citizenship at the University of Bath, argues in Raising a ladder to the moon...

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The Brazilian national standards body ABNT has come out in favour of a proposal to create an international CSR standard. A working group set up by ABNT concluded the...

Nordic giant takes CSR policy on board - news

The largest financial services group in the Scandinavian and Baltic Sea region is developing a corporate social responsibility programme. Nordea, which operates in...

Canada to get annual CSR health check - news

A snapshot of how different industry sectors in Canada, the world’s seventh-largest economy, are performing on social and environmental issues is expected to be published...

three picked out as leaders - news

Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever and Danone have emerged as leaders on corporate social responsibility issues in an assessment of the global food products industry. The...

BAT finds stakeholders more prepared to talk - news

Stakeholders of British American Tobacco appear to have become more willing to talk to the group since it published its first social report last year (EP4, issue...

Timms gives green light to CSR Academy - news

The case for a national CSR Academy has been accepted by the UK government, which has set up a steering group to suggest how best to formally establish the education and...

nuclear company dips its toe into CSR waters - news

One of the world’s major nuclear energy companies is to implement a full corporate social responsibility strategy by 2008. British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) hopes to have defined...

Total defends role in Burma - news

Oil and gas company Total has used its first CSR report to defend its presence in Burma (Myanmar). The French multinational argues that its withdrawal from the...

firms told: 'don't be bashful with mainstream investors' - news

Companies will have to be bolder about raising CSR issues in meetings with mainstream investor analysts if they are to get the business case across to the financial community,...

internal auditors 'should champion CSR' - news

Internal company auditors have been urged by their professional body to keep a watchful eye on their boards of directors to see if they are taking adequate account of CSR...

KPMG lays off staff in tight market conditions - news

Poor market conditions have led to eight redundancies at KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Services (SAS) group, which gives advice to companies on corporate social...

business offered key indicators - news

An influential industry body that campaigns on CSR has published 27 indicators that it believes all companies should be using in social and environmental reports. The...

admit to your mistakes, social reporters are told - news

Companies need to show more humility when they report on their social and environmental performance, a leading business school has said. The UK-based Ashridge Centre...

Tesco attempts to allay fears on ethical trading - news

The UK’s largest food retailer is seeking to dispel fears that it is reducing its commitment to ethical trading. Tesco says concerns that it has scaled down the resources it...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

Thinkers in the field of corporate social responsibility have hit back at claims that CSR is in danger of losing its soul in a welter of box-ticking and compliance....

mining companies are 'among best' - news

Anglo American and Rio Tinto have been identified by a UK institutional investor as ‘among the leading companies of any sector with regard to their CSR performance’....

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A ‘road map’ showing how the motor industry can become more sustainable is to be issued in December by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The...

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Lee Clarke has been appointed head of social and corporate affairs at UK energy company Powergen. Other new CSR appointments at the firm include Nina Hughes, corporate...

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Three religious groups have updated corporate social responsibility principles first unveiled in 1999. The Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility, which are...

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Johnson Matthey has published its first CSR review on the web. The review of the UK speciality chemical company’s environmental and social performance over the...

now’s the time to make these standards work - news

Companies need to press national governments to show more commitment to basic international standards, says Craig Mackenzie Last year in this column I suggested that...

Nike v Kasky goes back to drawing board - news

The US Supreme Court has declined to come to a decision on the Nike v Kasky case, which had been expected to help clarify the free speech rights of companies....

M&S publishes review - news

Marks & Spencer has produced its first document outlining a proposed corporate social responsibility programme. The own-brand retail chain’s CSR review has been...

downturn ‘has spurred CSR’ - news

Economic problems in Japan have stimulated companies there to become more socially responsible, a study claims. A review of corporate community investment in Japan argues...

boards lack experience of CSR matters, investor argues - news

One of the UK’s biggest fund managers has suggested more companies should appoint non-executive directors with hands-on experience of corporate social responsibility....

assurance gaining ground with big company reporters - news

More of the world’s largest companies are now having their social and environmental reports verified by third parties, a study has found. Of the 48 companies in...

Storebrand makes CSR ‘integral part’ of its values - news

Storebrand has developed a two-year action plan on corporate social responsibility. The Norwegian insurance and investment company, which manages NKr140billion (£12bn)...

CSR future looks bright as Orange shows intent - news

Orange has set out how it will implement its corporate social responsibility strategy. In a ‘statement of intent’, the mobile phone group says its...

200 analysts hear firms’ stories on CSR - news

Sixteen large European companies gathered in Paris last month to present details of their ethical performance to 200 investment analysts. The gathering was hailed as a...

coffee traders offer assistance - news

The world’s two largest coffee trading groups are to work with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social and environmental performance of their suppliers. Neumann...

G8 leaders tie their colours to CSR mast - news

Heads of the world’s largest economies have said they intend to encourage companies to behave in a more socially responsible fashion. They will support...

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A third of FTSE100 firms offer meaningful opportunities for online stakeholder dialogue, according to a survey. It found that 97 FTSE100 websites mention CSR, 48 have...

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Most investor relations professionals are supportive of corporate social responsibility, according to a report. Corporate social responsibility and the role of...

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An ‘e-learning’ programme on corporate social responsibility has been set up by a UK-based website. ExperiencePoint, a provider of web-based learning packages...

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An offer of two scholarships for full-time PhD research on corporate social responsibility has attracted more than 50 expressions of interest. The Nottingham...

don’t give up on giving – charities need the money - news

Companies should follow the public’s example and not look too closely at what motivates their philanthropy, says Ian MacQuillin Bad, bad naughty big business. How dare...

communicate your achievements but be prepared for some knocks - news

Nothing excites like a new market, or failing that, a new angle on an old market. So it is with corporate social responsibility and public relations, where on both sides of the...

Co-op Bank ethics begin to rub off on its suppliers - news

Almost half of The Co-operative Bank’s suppliers now claim its ethical policies have changed the way they run their businesses. The bank says there has been a ‘significant’...

CSR role usually stands alone - news

Half of UK CSR practitioners work in dedicated CSR departments, a survey suggests. The study of 68 CSR practitioners in the UK found that one in two work in such...

Starbucks takes long view on coffee farmer contracts - news

Starbucks has dramatically increased the number of long-term contracts it signs with developing-country coffee growers in an attempt to provide them with a more secure living....

BT throws down gauntlet - news

A BT discussion paper has accused the UK government of exhibiting ‘disturbing fatalism’ when it comes to intervening on corporate social responsibility. The paper says...

Italy and the UK agree to co-operate on CSR - news

The Italian and UK governments have agreed to work together on corporate social responsibility. In a joint statement drawn up in Rome by Italy’s welfare minister...

analyst meetings spread to the continent - news

A UK initiative that brings together investment analysts and corporate executives to discuss their company’s ethical performance has expanded its horizons to continental...

L&G unveils first CSR report - news

Insurance firm Legal & General has produced its first corporate social responsibility report. The web-based document is unusual in that it is verified by the...

work begins on global code for CSR standards - news

Certification specialists will meet in Brussels this month to discuss a code of good practice for use when drawing up voluntary social and environmental standards. A...

Nike v Kasky nears resolution - news

A US Supreme Court ruling on the Nike v Kasky case, which has brought social reporting into the spotlight in the US, could be delivered as early as the end of this month....

Euro MPs feel ‘frozen out’ on CSR - news

The European Parliament last month voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution which implies it is not having enough say in European Commission-led discussions on the future...

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A directory of European corporate social responsibility teaching and research is to be drawn up by the European Academy of Business in Society this autumn. The list of...

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A Czech business organization has joined CSR Europe, the business-led group that campaigns on socially responsible business issues. The Business Leaders Forum of the Czech...

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A new book , Empires of profit, takes a look at CSR – or the lack of it – through the ages. Author Daniel Litvin examines the past misdeeds of firms such as...

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Fire and safety products firm Kidde has produced its first stand-alone corporate social responsibility report. The 10-page document reveals that the UK company’s top 40...

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Barclays Bank has launched a CSR section on its website outlining its social and environmental performance, and for the first time has 12 pages on CSR in its annual...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

Intervention in Iraq has raised important issues of corporate responsibility, argues Gerry Hagelberg The US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath will keep ethics wonks...

Exchange head is a CSR fan - news

Hopes are rising that the next chairman of the London Stock Exchange could use his tenure in office to bring corporate social responsibility issues to the fore. Chris...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

call for right to see CSR data - news

Legislators in Europe have been urged to consider giving the public a right of access to information held by companies on their social and environmental performance. A...

PR officers get in on CSR act - news

Public relations officers in the US are being invited to join a new corporate social responsibility interest group. The Strategic Social Responsibility section of the Public...

‘scruff of the neck’ approach mobilizes bosses at TV firm - news

Music Television (MTV), part of the global media company Viacom, is making its senior executives more aware of community issues by taking them away from their desks to see...

end is nigh for ‘simplistic’ SRI questionnaire culture - news

Over-reliance on ‘naive’ questionnaires that gather information about the ethical performance of companies is undermining the credibility of the socially...

Scots ministers told to set up CSR group - news

An influential committee of the Scottish Parliament has called on ministers to create a working group to promote corporate social responsibility in the country. The...

academy idea gets backing - news

The prospect of the UK government establishing a corporate social responsibility academy moved a step closer last month when a ministerial working group strongly supported the...

new push on responsible downsizing - news

The International Labour Organization and the European Commission have joined forces to encourage companies to take much greater account of the social impact of job losses when...

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Companies that embark on ‘Charity of the Year’ partnerships with charities to raise money for good causes have been urged to make sure they give their partners...

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Marks & Spencer has begun trialling a new way to promote volunteering to customers and staff. The OneCommunity initiative launched in Liverpool last month provides an...

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Trevor Phillips , the newly-appointed chairman of the UK’s Commission for Racial Equality, has said one of his priorities will be to bring equal opportunity to the...

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Kathrin Bohr has joined Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, a business membership group that campaigns on CSR, as its regional manager for central and eastern...

new index is a promising start but it will have to get stronger - news

Now the Corporate Responsibility Index is off the ground (see page three), where will Business in the Community go with it? The UK industry campaign body has made a good start....

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

How does a mainstream investor take account of social and environmental considerations within its investment process? EP asked Standard Life Analyzing the...

boards accept CSR role - news

Overall accountability for corporate social responsibility in businesses most commonly lies with a specialist committee of the board of directors, according to results of a...

‘put it to vote’ says Pirc - news

Companies have been urged to allow shareholders to vote on their corporate social responsibility policies at annual meetings. The UK-based Pensions Investment Research...

Australia will get first official CSR standard - news

Australia is to become the first country to have a CSR standard administered by an official standards body. The draft Australian Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility...

BBC sets up in-house centre to boost CSR performance - news

The BBC has set up an in-house Corporate Social Responsibility Centre to deliver its CSR programme over the next few years. Headed by Michael Hastings, former head of...

Swedes show ‘surprising’ lack of progress - news

Swedish companies are proving to be slow at developing policies on corporate social responsibility and reporting on their progress to put them into practice, a survey suggests....

parliament set for CSR hearing - news

A European Parliament hearing on corporate social responsibility has been scheduled for 12 June. The hearing, organized by Labour MEP Richard Howitt, is likely to focus...

Aegon maps out CSR path - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is setting out a long-term plan to improve its corporate social responsibility. Netherlands-based Aegon, which is among the top...

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An International Standards Organization committee looking at the possibility of drawing up an ISO standard on CSR has recommended that a ‘justification study with a...

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In-depth articles on CSRand SRI are at ‘Viewpoints’ on www.ethicalperformance.com

the CSR trinity: morality, self-interest & regulation - news

There are three main ways to encourage directors and shareholders to take greater account of CSR, says Roger Cowe CSR has come a long way in the past few years, but it is...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

EC lobbied on share issues - news

The European Commission has been urged to require that company share prospectuses include information on corporate social responsibility issues. Fifty organizations...

Beckett hints at sustainability regulation - news

The UK government’s environment secretary has joined the debate on the limits of the voluntary approach to corporate social responsibility. Announcing the development...

downturn will not hit CSR, say chief execs - news

Less than one in five global company leaders believe the current economic downturn will affect their business’s commitment to corporate social responsibility....

trustees pinpoint social issues - news

Over a third of UK pension fund trustees believe the social and environmental performance of companies will have a significant impact on the market value of the FTSE 100 in...

push us to behave responsibly, construction firms tell clients - news

Some of the UK’s largest construction companies are to take the unusual step of urging their clients to push them harder on social responsibility matters. The...

Littlewoods raises ire of NGOs and unions - news

One of the UK’s leading retailers is to scrap its entire ethical trading department and curtail its corporate social responsibility activity after a takeover....

warning on partnerships - news

A warning on the dangers of the partnership approach to corporate social responsibility has come from a senior representative of a non-governmental organization active in the...

MEPs fight back over their role - news

Members of the European Parliament are expected to accuse the European Commission of sidelining them in the corporate social responsibility debate. A resolution to be...

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Environmental Governance consultancy has changed its name to reflect its increased involvement in corporate social responsibility work. The London-based firm, to be known...

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Applications for the UK’s Awards for Excellence 2003, which are run by Business in the Community and recognize outstanding CSR performance, close on 21 March.

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Coca-Cola has said it will no longer publish quarterly results for Wall Street because it believes the practice encourages short-termism. Target-setting based on quarterly...

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More women and individuals from ethnic minorities should be appointed to UK company boards, the Higgs review into corporate governance has concluded. The review...

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Stephanie Draper has left her post as head of CSR at the UK-based Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society) to become principal sustainability adviser at Forum for the...

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Corporate social responsibility proponent and former Royal Dutch/Shell senior executive Sir Mark Moody-Stuart has become non-executive chairman of mining company Anglo American,...

how do social reporters decide what is material? - news

The test of materiality will make life harder for CSR reporters, Adrian Henriques argues The UK government white paper Modernising company law suggests that all...

cleaning up corporate America finally pays a CSR dividend - news

The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to require US mutual funds to disclose their proxy voting policies and voting records ends a long-standing anomaly....

Dutch fund academic studies - news

A major corporate social responsibility research programme has begun in the Netherlands with financial support from the government. The two-year programme, which is to be...

KLP bans 27 big names - news

One of Norway’s largest institutional investors has excluded 27 companies from its portfolio after setting a ‘minimum ethical standard’ for all its...

why Bitc wants more from its members - news

One of the world’s oldest business responsibility bodies is asking its members to make much greater efforts on CSR. EP talks to Business in the Community’s chairman, David Varney, about...

business principles to bolster anti-bribery drive - news

Companies should draw up and implement a programme to combat bribery and then publicly report on their efforts to fulfil it, according to a new set of international business...

Nike wins review of ‘restrictive’ ruling - news

The US Supreme Court has agreed to review a California court ruling against Nike that the company claims is a restriction on its freedom to talk publicly about social...

BSR gains European foothold - news

The US-based Business for Social Responsibility group has opened an office in Paris to bolster its presence in Europe. BSR, a non-profit organization that helps member...

report is first for AT&T - news

AT&T has produced its first corporate citizenship report. The unverified document covers what the telecoms giant believes are its main achievements in corporate citizenship...

CSR forum meetings begin - news

The roundtable of the European Commission’s multi-stakeholder CSR forum will hold its first meeting this month in Brussels. The event on 12 February will look at...

PR professionals form CSR alliance - news

A corporate social responsibility network for public relations professionals has been launched by the UK’s Institute of Public Relations. The network is for those...

CSR academy idea under study in UK - news

A corporate social responsibility academy to train practitioners and award qualifications is being considered by the UK government. A working group has been set up by the...

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As many as 3000 large companies now ‘systematically address corporate responsibility issues throughout their operations’, according to research by the business...

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Jayn Harding has been appointed head of corporate social responsibility at index provider FTSE Group. In this new post Harding, formerly environment manager at supermarket...

do-it-yourself approach no longer good enough - news

It’s time for investors who engage with companies to agree core ethical standards, says Craig Mackenzie Large institutional shareholders are discovering a new willingness to...

in the absence of regulation on CSR, who will act as policeman? - news

If in doubt, sign up. That seems to have been the thinking behind the decision by hundreds of companies to join one or more of the CSR initiatives that have sprung up in recent...

companies opt for verification - news

An increasing number of large companies are having their social and environmental reports verified. A KPMG analysis of 250 of the world’s largest companies found...

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

customers and staff exert the greatest influence - news

Pressure from staff and customers appears to be the most important reason why businesses decide to adopt more socially responsible policies, according to a survey of UK company...

Greek bank to focus on financial exclusion - news

One of the largest high street banks in Greece is poised to embark on a two-year corporate social responsibility plan. The Commercial Bank of Greece envisages spending at...

East Africa gets new CSR body - news

An East African corporate social responsibility body has been set up in Kenya. The Nairobi-based Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility, also known as...

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

Fresh food firm Chiquita has detected a marked increase in worker satisfaction and commitment to the company since it began a programme of social and environmental improvement...

Holcim shows new year resolution on CSR policy - news

A group-wide corporate social responsibility programme is to be launched by the Swiss cement multinational Holcim this year. The group has told its 70 subsidiary companies...

Euro parliament gets new CSR rapporteur - news

The post of rapporteur on corporate social responsibility for the European Parliament has changed political hands. Philip Bushill-Matthews, Conservative member of the European...

societies ‘need to do more’ - news

UK building societies need to progress from community giving to addressing the specific problems of financial exclusion, according to the sector’s trade body. A...

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The Forge Two guidelines on corporate social responsibility for the financial services sector are now on the British Bankers’ Association website. The guidelines, which the BBA...

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A call for papers on corporate social responsibility has been made by the European Business Ethics Network, which is inviting presentations for its research conference in Norway...

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Zurich Financial Services is to sponsor a CSR research scholarship that will allow a UK-based business executive or graduate to study in the US. The CSR award has been set up...

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

UK investors signal fresh era in activism - news

A body that represents virtually all UK institutional investors has said its members will adopt a more vigorous approach when voting at annual company meetings on resolutions...

Italians plan CSR standard - news

The Italian government is to publish details of a voluntary CSR standard during its presidency of the European Union next year, welfare minister Roberto Maroni told delegates...

Talisman’s Sudan sale fails to appease its critics - news

Canadian oil company Talisman has responded to persistent criticism of its presence in Sudan by pulling out of the country – but the decision has failed to satisfy all its...

Scots get CSR all-party group - news

A cross-party group of members of the Scottish parliament has changed its remit to include corporate social responsibility. The Business, Economy, Environment and Society...

‘naive’ Dow Jones compilers urged to drop BAT from index - news

The compilers of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index have been urged to rescind their recent decision to include British American Tobacco on the list of approved companies....

Nike says CSR ‘gag’ case is barrier to free speech - news

Nike expects to learn this month whether the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal against an unprecedented legal ruling by the Supreme Court of California that has prevented...

FTSE unveils ethical South African index - news

Plans for a socially responsible investment index in South Africa have been unveiled by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The two companies have...

regulatory prospects recede in the UK - news

A revised bill on mandatory social reporting is to be put forward in the UK’s House of Commons early next year after the first version ran out of parliamentary time last...

firms offered benchmark on labour issues - news

Some of the best-known organizations in the CSR field have developed a web-based tool to help companies benchmark their labour standards against other firms. The...

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Sue Slipman , director of external affairs and corporate social responsibility at Camelot, is to leave the company. Camelot said: ‘Sue’s departure will not alter our commitment...

pledges and commitments are storing up trouble for companies - news

Promises, promises, promises. Companies seem hell-bent on making them in their social and environmental reports. And why not? Pledges and commitments have a comforting ring....

the European Union nails its colours to a multi-stakeholder mast - news

The EC’s multi-stakeholder forum has two years to prove it will be an effective means of promoting corporate social responsibility. EP assesses the prospects...

Daimler signs CSR code - news

One of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers has agreed a set of corporate social responsibility principles with staff representatives and an international trade union....

corporate reporters are warned: you have half an hour to deliver your CSR message - news

Companies have only a small window of opportunity to get their message across to readers of social and environmental reports. Three out of four readers spend less than half...

Fimilac launches CSR ratings agency - news

A company that owns one of the world’s largest ratings agencies has set up a service focusing on corporate social responsibility. Fimilac, which owns the Fitch ratings...

trust backs SRI standard - news

A think-tank is to back calls for the creation of a Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds. The London-based Federal Trust for...

Anglo American to speak up on human rights issues - news

The world’s second-largest mining group has decided to take a more interventionist approach with governments on human rights. Anglo American says it has ‘the right and the...

ISO standard moves closer - news

An ISO standard on corporate social responsibility has moved closer following a decision by the International Organization for Standardization formally to explore the idea...

KPMG unit avoids job cutbacks - news

KPMG claims its CSR advisory service has emerged unscathed from recent cost-cutting measures at the firm. The company has made 700 redundancies across its UK operations,...

John Lewis establishes CSR strategy committee - news

Department store retailer John Lewis has created a corporate social responsibility committee. The nine-strong committee has been set up to guide the UK company’s CSR...

Canadians ponder concept of national CSR branding - news

Plans to ‘brand’ Canada as a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility are being investigated by academics there. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research...

20-somethings talk to business - news

Young people from 28 European countries will gather in Brussels this month to talk to business executives about corporate social responsibility. Eighty-four delegates...

9/11 boosts CSR awareness - news

Chief executives claim they are thinking more about corporate social responsibility but not many are devoting more money or resources to it, according to research in the US....

wide range of views included in European CSR forum - news

A business body that has been one of the main campaigners against regulation on corporate social responsibility has become a key member of the European Commission’s...

why CSR is a corporate governance challenge - news

A wave of human rights lawsuits against multinationals demonstrates the need for board oversight of CSR risks, says Elliot Schrage American courts are redefining...

bringing CSR within a framework of ethical corporate governance - news

Corporate social responsibility has long been an idea in search of a home. Now it has found one. As the dust from Enron, Tyco and other cases of managerial misconduct begins...

CSR centre opens for business - news

Nottingham University’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has begun teaching and research. The centre has introduced a CSR option that has been chosen...

Bitc initiates CSR index survey - news

Web-based questionnaires for Business in the Community’s new Corporate Responsibility Index (EP3, issue 11) were sent to FTSE 350 companies on 23 September. The...

financial firms ready to unveil ethical guidelines - news

More best practice guidance for the financial services sector is to be unveiled next month. The ‘Forge Two’ corporate social responsibility management and reporting...

firms offered help with questionnaire fatigue - news

A novel way of tackling questionnaire fatigue has been developed by an Australian social and environmental investment research body. The Sustainability Reporter web site,...

World Bank begins work - news

Research on how governments in developing countries can be encouraged to support CSR is to be commissioned by the World Bank. The work will be part of its programme to...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

A worldwide standard on corporate social responsibility, administered by the International Organization for Standardization, is ‘both desirable and feasible’, an ISO...

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The business case for corporate social responsibility is just as strong for companies in the developing world as it is elsewhere, a report argues. Developing value:...

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A web-based ‘toolkit’ designed to help small and medium-sized companies take greater account of corporate social responsibility has been launched by CSR Europe. The...

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A guide to CSR-related standards around the world has been published by the Institute of Business Ethics. Demonstrating corporate values looks at the pros and cons...

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A CSR ‘starter pack’ for senior executives has been produced by the Corporate Culture consultancy.

time to blow the froth off all this empty CSR talk - news

Good social reports clarify the impact companies have on society. But some fudge the difficult issues, say Peter Knight and Nigel Salter As noted in the...

business no longer needs to fear EC regulation on CSR - news

The European Commission’s communication on corporate social responsibility initially gives the impression that Brussels felt it had to do something, but was so overwhelmed by...

ScottishPower is top dog - news

The breadth and depth of Scottish Power’s corporate social responsibility programme have won it the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for...

ABB spends $55m on CSR - news

Engineering and power group ABB says the cost of its sustainability programme has ‘stabilized’ at $55million (£36m) after rising steadily for three years. The...

ethics score low in CEO comments - news

An analysis of nearly 20,000 articles in the UK press suggests that chief executives of large companies spend around five per cent of their time making public pronouncements...

Scots examine CSR and jobs - news

The Europe committee of the Scottish Parliament will examine corporate social responsibility as part of an enquiry it has launched into employment strategy. The...

standards help investors rate drug firms - news

An ‘industry standard’ for assessing the corporate social responsibility of drugs firms has been drawn up by three global non-governmental organizations. Oxfam, Save...

new code for financial sector - news

Eleven European companies and investment institutions have signed a set of seven principles intended to clarify how financial markets can encourage sustainable development....

Bush aide urges firms to take up CSR - news

The Bush administration has made its first significant comments about corporate social responsibility in the wake of the business conduct and accounting scandals in the US...

CSR managers branded dull and ‘time serving’ - news

Companies stand accused of giving their corporate social responsibility briefs to unimaginative ‘time serving’ executives with little taste for innovation. The...

bank says ethics make 26% of profits - news

The Co-operative Bank now estimates that as much as a quarter of its profits can be directly linked to its ethical policies – much more than it first thought. Last...

UK retailers form CSR group - news

A corporate social responsibility group has been formed by the trade body representing UK retailers. The 210,000-member British Retail Consortium has set up the group...

white papers ease regulatory fears - news

Prospects of imminent regulation on CSR in Europe have receded with the publication of the European Commission’s communication on the subject and the UK government’s response...

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Tandem has organized a social responsibility committee made up of representatives from each of the company’s operating units to develop policies on the environment, labour...

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Stephen Serpell , the former head of corporate social responsibility at BT, has branched out on his own. Serpell, who recently finished a year’s secondment to the UK Department...

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Environmental Context has changed its name to the Context Group. The five year old UK-based CSR consultancy says the change has been made to reflect its growing focus on...

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Eleven CSR specialists have contributed to a book on socially responsible business behaviour. No scruples? managing to be responsible in a turbulent world includes a chapter...

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20th anniversary Business in the Community conference 11-12 July London, UK Speakers include Viscount Etienne Davignon, chair of CSR Europe, and Andrew Gowers, editor...

policy makers must not overuse the bully pulpit - news

There are lots of things government can do to encourage corporate social responsibility without resort to regulation, says David Grayson The underlying drivers for corporate...

how CSR is changing the rules of competition in the market place - news

Forty-five per cent of the 250 largest companies now produce a report of some kind on their social and environmental performance. This is good news. Or is it? Looked at the other way,...

European CEOs see benefits, but slow to act - news

Around three-quarters of European business leaders think that CSR measures can make their companies more competitive and ‘significantly improve profitability’, but only a...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

The United Nations Environment Programme has stepped in to urge tourism companies to improve their social and environmental performance, amid signs of growing frustration at...

CSR ‘bible’ hits the streets - news

An updatable manual for CSR professionals has been published in the UK. The Corporate social responsibility monitor contains hundreds of loose-leaf pages with...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

question at AGM pays dividends for bank - news

A CSR executive at a major bank has planted a question about corporate social responsibility at his company’s annual meeting in an unusual bid to raise staff awareness of its...

new standard aims to show way for verifiers - news

A groundbreaking international draft standard for the verification of social and environmental reports has been put forward by a leading body in the CSR field. The...

Japanese lead pack - news

Japan has the highest proportion of major companies publishing some kind of standalone corporate social responsibility report, according to a study. The survey by...

cause-related marketing ‘can backfire’ - news

Cause-related marketing strategies can actually be damaging to a company’s reputation, a group of corporate social responsibility practitioners has warned....

hopes are high as Timms becomes CSR minister - news

The business world has welcomed the appointment of Stephen Timms as the UK government’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Timms, who was appointed to replace...

companies ‘may soon lead calls for more regulation’ - news

The increasing clamour for regulation on corporate social responsibility may soon be joined by companies themselves, a leading thinker on CSR has claimed. Simon...

development agencies pledge to spread CSR - news

Government development agencies have agreed they need to play a bigger role in promoting corporate social responsibility throughout the world. Conclusions from a...

mandatory reporting backed by MEPs - news

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for mandatory social and environmental reporting across Europe. The resolution, which represents the collective...

Lebanon starts work on CSR - news

Four companies are to begin promoting corporate social responsibility in Lebanon, in conjunction with the United Nations. Schtroumpf, a Lebanese restaurant chain, Coca-Cola...

Europe gets CSR academy - news

A European Academy of Business in Society is to be launched this month in France. The academy will provide online distance learning courses on corporate social...

the man with no taste for regulation on CSR - news

EP talks to Douglas Alexander, UK minister for corporate social responsibility, on his year in office – and why he still believes regulation is not the way forward When the...

don’t bother analysts with your CSR stories - news

Companies should stop complaining that financial analysts are ignoring their corporate responsibility initiatives, argues Roger Cowe I am beginning to tire of...

chewing over whether a tobacco firm can be socially responsible - news

The first company in the UK to produce a social report was The Body Shop. The latest is British American Tobacco. What is happening? For some, this will show that values have...

Timms becomes new CSR minister - news

Stephen Timms has been appointed as the UK's new minister for corporate social responsibility as part of a government reshuffle. Timms, who as pensions minister was...

Body Shop changes tack - news

The Body Shop is to modify its approach to social reporting by producing web-based documents aimed at specific stakeholder groups rather than a single print-based report for...

MEPs vote on mandatory social reporting directive - news

A resolution backing mandatory social and environmental reporting was due to be put to the vote in the European Parliament on 30 May. The resolution invites the European...

survey identifies CSR priorities for mobile phone firms - news

Two-thirds of consumers in countries with differing cultures consider it important that mobile phone companies show a ‘high degree’ of social responsibility. The...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

‘foot photo’ works wonders - news

Providing simple but stark photographic evidence of poor working conditions in supplier factories is often the best way to make senior executives aware of problems in the...

Kidde makes reporting debut - news

A leading fire and safety products company has for the first time included a section on corporate social responsibility in its annual report. UK-based Kidde has...

ministers seek better co-ordination on CSR - news

Better linkages on corporate social responsibility are needed between UK government departments, the Department of Trade and Industry has conceded. The DTI, which...

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

The world’s second-largest mining company has begun to implement a worldwide strategy to improve its ethical performance. Anglo American is introducing a set of ‘global...

cement industry told to take CSR on board - news

Cement companies should set up a dedicated body to improve the industry’s overall social and environmental performance, a study recommends. The report, Toward a...

M&S maps out socially responsible future - news

Marks and Spencer will produce a corporate social responsibility report in the summer of 2003, the company has pledged. The own-brand retailer says it will produce a...

drug firms head SRI matrix - news

Two pharmaceuticals companies have been ranked as the most ethically desirable FTSE100 investments in a ‘sustainability matrix’ developed by a major fund management firm....

tobacco firm enters CSR arena - news

British American Tobacco will begin the process of publishing no fewer than 13 different social reports this month as it becomes the first cigarette manufacturer to enter the...

ideas man maps out global future for Isea - news

EP talks to Simon Zadek about his plans for international growth as the new head of the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability When environmental responsibility became a...

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Eighty businesses have already said they will take part in a new CSR index to be launched in September by Business in the Community (EP3, issue 11).

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The annual meeting of the International Association for Business and Society will take place 28-30 June in Vancouver, Canada. The association has members from more...

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The third annual ‘Corporate social responsibility week’ will run in Canada from 6-10 May. The week, which aims to raise awareness of CSR, is co-ordinated by the...

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John Drummond has become chief executive of the CSR consultancy Corporate Culture. Drummond was previously a director of the UK-based firm, which has worked with clients...

why a McDonald’s CSR report needs to stand out from the herd - news

A company which has attracted the amount of flak that McDonald’s has over the years does not take the decision to publish a global social responsibility report lightly. This...

CIS is top UK social reporter - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has won the ‘best social report’ category in the new UK sustainability reporting awards. The awards, run jointly by the Institute of...

Scots to collate case studies - news

Companies based in Scotland are being asked to provide examples of their socially responsible business activity so researchers can assess the degree to which CSR has taken...

new wave of CSR will focus on big picture, says Derber - news

Corporate responsibility will soon enter a new wave of activity that will involve companies challenging the whole basis of the world economy, a US professor has said....

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

Senior company executives are in danger of concentrating on corporate social responsibility to the detriment of their core business, a former UK government minister has...

Reuters becomes a GoodCorporation - news

Reuters has become the latest company to use the GoodCorporation social responsibility framework to help assess its ethical performance. The international news agency...

Nordic firms move ahead with new CSR partnership - news

Some of the largest companies in Scandinavia have committed themselves to a set of sustainable business principles which they hope other firms in Nordic countries will adopt....

Dutch announce date for new CSR centre - news

The Dutch government has said it will set up an independent ‘knowledge centre’ on corporate social responsibility by the end of the year. The centre, which will have...

UK forum undertakes strategic review - news

Two corporate social responsibility research projects have been commissioned by Business in the Community as part of a major review of its future direction. The...

New York gets a CSR network - news

A socially responsible business network has been formed in New York. Members of the Socially Responsible Business Alliance of New York will be from the private,...

small businesses get new kite-mark - news

A CSR kite-mark for small and medium-sized businesses has been launched in the UK. CommunityMark has been developed by Business in the Community. Qualifying...

McDonald’s begins work on compliance - news

McDonald’s is to develop ‘social compliance plans’ with its suppliers to help them meet the terms of its code of conduct. The fast food chain is currently carrying out...

MEPs ready to back Euro reporting law - news

Mandatory social and environmental reporting across Europe may move a step closer this month if, as expected, the European Parliament formally requests that a commitment to...

how to keep down the costs of your CSR policies - news

The best way to keep down CSR costs is to get consultants to set up a management system and then run it yourself, advises Richard Jones The costs associated with corporate...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

The powerful Californian state pension fund, Calpers, has done socially responsible investment no favours with its decision to begin selling the equities it holds in some...

reshaping the political influence of companies - news

The ethics of corporate giving to political causes face a new test as changes in the UK law bring new opportunities for political influence BP’s announcement at the...

CSR group grows rapidly - news

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....

Bush plan offers little for CSR fans - news

A ‘ten point plan on corporate responsibility’ unveiled by US president George W. Bush in the wake of the Enron scandal has disappointed CSR practitioners by avoiding any...

Chinese government boosts CSR hopes - news

Corporate social responsibility in China entered a new phase of development last month when the government agreed to the formation of a business council for sustainable...

FTSE4Good index brings 82 more firms into the fold - news

Another 82 companies have been added to the four FTSE4Good indices following a second review by its advisory committee. New constituents include Safeway, Rank Group, Egg,...

World Bank ponders role - news

The World Bank has hosted a meeting with senior business figures to discuss its corporate social responsibility role. The bank invited more than 30 high-level...

Tuck puts CSR into curriculum - news

A US business school has decided to give all its students tuition in corporate social responsibility at some stage in their studies. The Tuck School of Business in...

Swedish prime minister spearheads CSR drive - news

The Swedish government has taken the initiative on corporate social responsibility by asking companies to sign a commitment to uphold international standards on CSR....

new CSR index set for autumn launch - news

An index of corporate social responsibility for UK-listed companies is to be launched this autumn as a companion to the six-year-old Index of Corporate Environmental...

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CSR specialists are being invited to contribute to a new book. Teaching Sustainability will be edited by Chris Galea, a professor at the Gerald Schwartz business...

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This year’s Triple P Performance Centre conference on corporate sustainability is to be held at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, from 6-7 June. The event will focus on...

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Two of the main UK protagonists in the debate about the business case for corporate social responsibility – Will Hutton, chief executive of the Industrial...

the first law of corporate social responsibility - news

The honeymoon period for voluntary self-regulation on CSR may be beginning to draw to a close, says Adrian Henriques Should corporate social responsibility be...

a solid contribution to the CSR business case - news

When a company spends money on corporate social responsibility measures, does this benefit shareholders? Companies, investors and consultants are working on this intriguing...

CSR dialogues are open to all - news

A series of ‘CSR dialogues’ open to all businesses is to be held in London over the next few months. The dialogues are being organized by Business in the Community...

Italian firms start tests on ethics standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have begun to pilot a quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The Q-RES standard, which was published in draft form...

Reed Elsevier takes action on its social performance - news

One of the world’s largest publishing companies has signalled its intention to take greater account of its social and environmental performance by setting up a post of...

Indian executives out of touch with public opinion - news

Company executives in India are well behind the public when it comes to their expectations of the social performance of businesses, a new poll has revealed. The...

Forum Empresa starts work - news

A Pan-American organization is to draw up a three-year strategic plan for promoting corporate social responsibility in the region. The Forum on Business and Social...

Europeans set up ethics officers group - news

The equivalent of the US Ethics Officer Association (EOA) is being set up in Europe. The Ethics Practitioner Forum will act as a debating forum, training organization...

Ketchum offers CSR service - news

One of the world’s largest public relations agencies has launched a corporate social responsibility arm. New York-based Ketchum says the unit will act as ‘a global...

EC official drops heavy hint on responsible downsizing - news

A senior European commissioner has hinted that measures to encourage ‘responsible downsizing’ could feature in the EC’s communication on corporate social responsibility this...

BBC aims to be a top CSR performer by 2005 - news

The BBC is to draw up a corporate social responsibility framework as part of a drive to become a leader in the field over the next few years. The corporation has...

Austria lags behind on social responsibility - news

Corporate social responsibility is proving slow to catch on in Austria, according to an analysis of European attitudes to CSR. The study by the US-based National Policy...

chief execs sign new pledge - news

Heads of almost 40 major global companies have put their names to a statement that personally commits them to place ‘corporate citizenship at the core of business strategy’,...

flak for Alexander over CSR ‘inaction’ - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Douglas Alexander has come under attack for an alleged ‘lack of vision’ in the post. The criticism, from the London-based New...

inbrief - news

Peter Melchett , former executive director of Greenpeace UK, is to chair Burson-Marsteller’s corporate social responsibility advisory group. Melchett will advise the...

time to accentuate the positive benefits of CSR - news

Companies are not getting the most out of CSR if they focus solely on risk reduction and not productivity gains, says Stephanie Draper The most common business case made for...

lessons from the biggest bankruptcy in US history - news

The collapse of Enron gives new urgency to the corporate social responsibility debate. Managers like to stress the difficulties of implementing and monitoring a group-wide...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

public says CSR benefits are OK - news

Three out of five people in the UK believe it is fine for companies to be seen to benefit from social and community contributions, according to a poll by MORI. The...

300 reply to green paper - news

Around 300 organizations have responded to the European Commission’s green paper on corporate social responsibility. Many came in after the 31 December consultation...

Alexander in talks on CSR - news

Douglas Alexander, the UK government’s minister for corporate social responsibility, has been meeting senior executives in the private sector to discuss what more he might do...

Israeli firms take leadership role - news

Ten companies in Israel have agreed to act as a ‘leadership group’ on corporate social responsibility. The firms, which include First International Bank and Cellcom,...

electricity group to join ranks of social reporters - news

The London Electricity group is to launch its first corporate social responsibility report this spring. The group, which employs 4500 staff in the UK, hopes to publish...

CSR gets the green light at UK transport group - news

The UK-based transport Go-Ahead group has announced plans to develop a social and ethical policy across all its operations. The group, which employs 14,500 people in the UK,...

paper giant begins to draw up social indicators - news

The world’s second largest paper company is to begin work on developing social performance indicators after putting in place a set of corporate social responsibility...

more Americans back CSR - news

The 11 September terrorist attacks in the US appear to have persuaded many Americans that companies should be doing more on social responsibility, according to a study of...

postal firms fall short on community work - news

Europe’s postal companies could do much more work on their community involvement, research has revealed. A year-long study of corporate social responsibility in Europe’s...

motor industry shifts up a gear on CSR - news

The UK motor industry is to develop best practice guidelines on sustainability principles for its supply chain. The industry’s trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers...

inbrief - news

Jill Manister , social responsibility manager for Camelot, is moving to Australia, creating a vacancy at the UK national lottery operator. Camelot says that applicants...

inbrief - news

Entries for Business in the Community’s 2002 Awards for Excellence must be in by 22 March. Winners of the awards, which recognize outstanding CSR activities by UK and...

inbrief - news

Douglas Alexander , the UK’s CSR minister, has been holding roundtable meetings with various groups to gather ideas. One recent discussion brought together ten...

inbrief - news

Danish trade unions have appealed for a cross-sectoral approach to promoting corporate social responsibility in Denmark. The appeal is made in a 32-page discussion...

the EC green paper: some early feedback - news

The green paper has prompted a large number of submissions from companies and other interested parties. EP reviews a selection of them The consultation period for...

Allianz sets up CSR group - news

One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has formed a sustainability strategy group. The German banking and insurance firm Allianz has formed the group...

Finns must move on suppliers - news

Finnish firms need to improve their supply chain monitoring procedures if they are to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, a Helsinki University of...

most business schools ‘could do better’ on CSR - news

Teaching of corporate social responsibility issues in postgraduate business courses is too ad hoc and poorly integrated with mainstream topics, according to a US study of MBA...

PwC leads consultancies on in-house CSR policies - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has come out best in an analysis of the corporate social responsibility activities of consulting and professional services firms....

CSR green paper will turn white - news

The European Commission’s green paper on corporate social responsibility now looks certain to be followed by a more comprehensive white paper that could usher in Europe-wide...

inbrief - news

Response Consulting has launched a service to help companies develop and manage corporate social responsibility programmes. The UK-based consultancy, founded in...

inbrief - news

Procter & Gamble and Microsoft have joined CSR Europe, the business-led organization that campaigns on corporate social responsibility. CSR Europe now has 44 corporate members.

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

beware: government will step in if companies fail to self-regulate - news

The announcement that the UK government may require companies to disclose details of individual directors’ pay packages is an important milestone in the development of...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

The downturn poses a challenge to proponents of corporate responsibility, which has prospered in the long boom. How will it fare in recessionary times? The standard...

things start to move in Chile - news

More than 350 delegates from companies, the civil service and the voluntary sector have met in Chile to talk about corporate social responsibility. They gathered at...

BASF makes progress with tailor-made codes - news

The world’s largest chemical group has said it will have established individual codes of conduct within all its divisions by the end of the year. BASF says its 78...

export agency looks at ethics - news

Canada’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) is to set up an advisory council to look at corporate social responsibility. The seven-strong council will meet twice a year...

investors group ratchets up the pressure on CSR - news

Pressure on companies to extend their risk management procedures to include social, environmental and ethical factors has intensified following the publication of guidelines...

UK chemicals industry gears up for CSR assault - news

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is holding its first-ever session on corporate social responsibility at next month’s annual conference. The hour-long...

Scots get organized on CSR - news

A newly-formed group that will campaign on corporate social responsibility in Scotland has appointed an eight-member board. Social Responsibility in Scotland – also...

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

auditors find fault with Railtrack reporting - news

Auditors have heavily criticized Railtrack’s Social Responsibility Report, which has been published on the company’s web site. In the report, the auditors, csr network, say...

firms keen to join FTSE4Good - news

More than 120 UK companies have approached FTSE to discuss their ethical performance since it launched the FTSE4Good index four months ago. FTSE says 122 businesses...

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

inbrief - news

The Industrial Society is running two seminars on corporate social responsibility before the end of the year. The first, ‘Moving towards an integrated CSR strategy’,...

a response to the EC’s green paper on CSR - news

The EC is seeking views on whether it should become more involved in CSR. Proponents should resist the siren call, says Martin Le Jeune At the end of its comprehensive, if...

promoting socially responsible business practices in Europe - news

Why do we need a European campaign on corporate social responsibility? Anyone asking this question need look no further than the list of companies identified as...

European companies respond to atrocities - news

Businesses across Europe have responded to the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath with an unprecedented wave of corporate giving that has generated hundreds of...

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

Fresh food company Chiquita has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The 100-page document commits the company, which produces roughly 25 per cent of...

firms urged to offer staff more flexi-work options - news

Only a third of UK companies have flexible working policies, according to the Industrial Society. A questionnaire answered by 516 human resource specialists drawn...

BA gets wake-up call on social reporting - news

British Airways has been told it needs to improve the scope of its social and environmental reporting. The call has come from csr network, the consultancy that verified...

all party group sets up talks with minister - news

The UK’s all party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility will question the CSR minister about his role at its first meeting this month. The group,...

Britons take a harder line - news

The percentage of British people who feel a company’s social responsibility has a ‘very important’ effect on how they view its products has increased dramatically over the...

Europe prepares big CSR drive - news

A huge drive to push corporate social responsibility into the mainstream in Europe will be unveiled this month with plans for a European Academy on CSR, ten national...

inbrief - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Douglas Alexander is to make his first major speech on CSR issues on 23 November in London. Alexander, who took over the...

corporate responsibility and investment strategy - news

Investment strategy trends are driving the growth of interest among investors in the environmental and social performance of companies, says Rob Lake The terrible...

Dole scraps its top CSR post - news

One of the world’s largest food businesses has scrapped the post of director of environmental affairs, held by Sharon Hayes, which included responsibility for co-ordinating...

cement firms consider CSR - news

Proposals on how the cement industry can improve its social and environmental performance are to be published next month. The plans are the result of a two-year project,...

government ‘should act as ethical ratings agency’ - news

The UK government should take on the task of rating the social and environmental performance of companies, a new manifesto from the Ethical Consumer Research Association...

IIED looks into impact of audits - news

A London-based think tank is to examine how social audits carried out by multinationals affect businesses in the developing world. The study is to be carried out by the...

ISO standard proposed to cover business conduct - news

The first moves have been made to establish a management standard for business conduct applicable worldwide. The standard, which has been proposed by the US-based Ethics...

Danes, Norwegians and British ahead on CSR - news

Denmark, Norway and the UK have been identified as world leaders in the field of corporate citizenship. All three countries ranked highly in an assessment of levels of...

accountants covet new role - news

Europe’s largest accountancy body has pledged to increase its involvement in corporate social responsibility issues, chiefly by becoming more involved in the development of...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

‘new’ CSR buzz words turn out to be old hat - news

Phrases such as ‘corporate citizenship’ and ‘stakeholder dialogue’ are not quite as modern as most people think, an academic has discovered. Warwick Business School research...

the EC green paper on corporate responsibility - news

The recent green paper is a first step towards the creation of ‘an overall European framework’ for corporate social responsibility. EP interviewed the official in Brussels...

inbrief - news

‘Taking responsibility – public relations and CSR’ is the title of a conference organized by the Institute of Public Relations to be held in London on 28...

inbrief - news

‘CSR: an introduction for communicators’ is the title of an evening seminar being run by Flag Communication in London on 19 September. Speakers include Mallen Baker,...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

Tobacco manufacturers, arms makers and nuclear power companies will eventually be allowed to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good indices. Six of the eight socially...

benefits of web-only reporting questioned - news

Companies that plan to move their social and environmental reports exclusively onto the web have been warned they could be going down the wrong route. Separate...

Ladbrokes is declared a ‘good corporation’ - news

Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group, and technology company ARM Holdings have become the first two large companies to be given the GoodCorporation...

‘inspirational’ Co-op Bank takes third major award - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for Excellence for its ‘inspirational’ commitment to corporate social...

green paper sets off EU debate - news

The European Commission has shown its strongest support yet for corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles by publishing a green paper as a ‘launch-pad for debate’ on...

responding to attacks on corporate reputation - news

Companies should make greater use of their web sites to respond to attacks by campaigners, argue Peter Knight and Simon Propper Should a company respond to the agendas of...

each European member state needs a dedicated CSR minister - news

This month sees the publication of a green paper on corporate social responsibility by the European Commission – its first formal step towards developing a strategy in...

balancing profits and social responsibility - news

Critics charge that corporate social responsibility is a business distraction and distorts the market by deflecting companies from their primary role of making profits. But...

Scottish businesses to get new voice on social responsibility - news

A new body that will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Scotland is to be launched in September. Social Responsibility for Scotland – also known as...

Asian firms are ethics target - news

Asian-run businesses in the UK are to be urged to show greater social, ethical and environmental responsibility as part of a new initiative to be set up this month....

EC plans to promote CSR agenda at Rio+10 - news

The European Commission is expected to promote corporate social responsibility as an important element of the Johannesburg world summit on sustainable development next year....

young Scot moves in as UK’s new CSR minister - news

Douglas Alexander has become the UK’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Alexander, who is the Labour MP for Paisley South, replaces Kim Howells at the...

CIS makes managers socially accountable - news

A leading UK insurer is to include a ‘social accountability dimension’ in the job descriptions of all its managers. The decision by Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS)...

Turks win CSR award - news

The Turkish phone company Turkcell has won in the corporate social responsibility category of this year’s Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. The...

EC launches green paper - news

The European Commission begins a major consultation exercise on its corporate social responsibility policies this month with the launch of a green paper. The...

UN develops draft human rights code - news

United Nations officials will meet this month to put the final touches to a set of UN business guidelines on human rights. The guidelines, which have been drawn up under...

inbrief - news

Twenty companies have joined forces with Business in the Community to promote corporate social responsibility in the east of England. Arthur D Little, Ford and Lloyds...

building the business case for corporate social responsibility - news

The Co-operative Bank’s decision to put a figure on how much of its profits can be attributed to ethical policies was a brave one. This is the first time a large UK company...

warning: too much jargon can damage the CSR agenda - news

Proponents of corporate social responsibility have been cautioned against using too much jargon when they present their case to work colleagues. The warning has come...

BAT says tobacco industry can be socially responsible - news

The world’s second largest tobacco company has hit out at critics who refuse to give it credit for trying to take a socially responsible attitude to its activities....

Europe braced for green paper - news

A green paper on corporate social responsibility is expected to be issued this month by the European Commission’s employment directorate. The discussion paper is...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

Canada gets social responsibility qualification - news

A Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being offered to business executives in Canada. The qualification, which is the first of its kind in the country,...

tour operators ‘lag behind’ on CSR - news

Tourism companies have been urged to appoint ‘responsible tourism staff members’ to make sure the impact of their business on the developing world is as positive as possible....

events scaled down as ‘hot air’ level rises - news

One of the leading bodies on corporate social responsibility is scaling down its conference programme amid fears that the field is now awash with competing events....

business ‘needs five-year deadline’ on CSR - news

UK companies should be given a five-year deadline to adopt corporate social responsibility measures or face legal sanctions, a prominent political and economic commentator...

inbrief - news

Sir John Browne’s stance on corporate social responsibility issues has helped him to win the UK-based Institute of Management’s highest award. The BP chief executive...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

centre will look at business case for CSR - news

An International Centre for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility has been set up at the University of Middlesex’s business school. The centre will focus...

Belgians prepare to push CSR - news

The Belgian government is to promote corporate social responsibility during its six-month presidency of the European Union, which starts in June. The start of the...

web course offers CSR for managers - news

A web-based course on corporate social responsibility has been launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The course for middle...

French set up SRI forum to lobby business and investors - news

A forum to encourage more socially responsible investment in France has been created in Paris. The launch of Forum pour L’Investissement Responsable on 8 March...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

Howells sets up web-based forum for CSR - news

The UK government has launched a web site to provide a forum where businesses can suggest ways to promote corporate social responsibility in a more effective manner....

call for lower tax on responsible firms - news

Socially responsible companies should be rewarded with lower tax rates, the umbrella group for England’s charity sector has said. The call from the National...

troubled Iceland begins rethink on social issues - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to re-examine its social responsibility measures in the wake of a boardroom shake-up that has seen the company scrap its organics-only...

Irish business ready to launch new CSR group - news

An Irish body for socially responsible businesses is to be officially launched in Dublin this month. Business in the Community Ireland will have 20 founding members,...

legal considerations for CSR managers - news

The practice of corporate social responsibility raises important legal issues for companies, says Mike Nash Corporate social responsibility is primarily a non-binding...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

business case for CSR will take years to prove - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility will take many years to prove beyond doubt, a leading consultancy has said. In a new report examining the business case...

US mergers hit CSR plans hard - news

European companies are less likely than their US counterparts to cut back on social responsibility measures after takeovers, a new report claims. The challenges of...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

More than 20 companies have signed up to a new initiative that will fight business corruption in Poland. The Manus Puris association, which was officially launched in...

Howells goes on the road to talk CSR with business - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Kim Howells is to go on a nationwide fact-finding tour of companies this month. Howells, who has now held the position for a...

parliament to get CSR group - news

A parliamentary committee on corporate social responsibility is to be launched in the UK after the next general election. The committee will hold hearings on CSR issues in...

inbrief - news

A one-day workshop explaining utility CSR policy for strategy, regulation and sustainability managers working in the electricity, water and regulated industries is to...

lessons from my first year as CSR minister - news

Companies have a key role in regenerating deprived communities. Dr Kim Howells outlines some practical ways in which they can become involved Last March...

legal cases could spur outbreak of CSR - news

A new wave of 'foreign direct liability' legal cases against multinationals could become an important influence on the future direction of corporate social responsibility, a...

CSR centre is ready for action - news

The planned new International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University is to take on students in the first half of this year. The...

cash offer for poverty projects - news

Money for research into how businesses can best help to reduce poverty in developing countries is being offered by the London-based Resource Centre for the Social Dimensions...

Nirex adopts CSR policy in drive for transparency - news

The company that advises the UK nuclear industry on how to dispose of radioactive waste has adopted a policy on corporate social responsibility. Oxfordshire-based Nirex has...

inbrief - news

An assessment of the performance of 46 major European companies on social and employment issues has been put together by CSR Europe (formerly the European Business...

inbrief - news

An ‘online store’ selling corporate social responsibility-related reports and audio tapes has been opened by the Business Social Responsibility resource centre. Among...

GKN ready to move on CSR - news

The engineering group GKN has begun considering how to take corporate social responsibility into account in its business practices. The UK-listed multinational will for the...

business offered new CSR framework - news

Business leaders are being offered a new ‘Framework for Action’ that outlines how they can make their companies more socially responsible. The four-page framework has been...

Grayson joins CSR practice - news

One of the leading figures in the development of corporate social responsibility in the UK has been appointed by the public policy consultancy firm EPPA to develop a...

mixed signals from poll - news

A MORI poll of European consumers has found that 70 per cent of respondents claimed a company’s commitment to social responsibility was important when buying a product or...

university sets up CSR centre with help from BAT - news

The University of Nottingham has defended its decision to establish an International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility using money donated by the world’s...

firms name their contacts - news

A Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) survey of the companies in which it invests has found that almost two-thirds of those who responded have a named person with a specific...

UK government to promote CSR - news

A commitment to ‘work to encourage corporate social responsibility by national and transnational companies’ is included in the UK government’s new white paper on...

corporate social responsibility and the European Commission - news

The European Commission is starting to take a greater interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). At present this interest is manifesting itself in a series of...

Italians work on new standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have agreed to pilot a new international quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The standard, which is to be...

warning on pitfalls of over zealous approach to CSR - news

A warning of the dangers of senior managers imposing ethical policies on their staff by dictat has come from the chief executive of a US-based company that has set out to be...

‘simple’ charter aims to outline main CSR tenets - news

Business people will meet this month to work out the details of a new charter that would commit companies of all sizes to corporate social responsibility measures....

HSBC signs up with Sullivan - news

HSBC has become the latest multinational to sign up to the Global Sullivan Principles, which promote corporate social responsibility worldwide. HSBC’s head of group...

2005 is designated European year of CSR - news

The European Commission has agreed to hold a European year on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The decision was announced last month at the launch of a business-led...

Henkel signals expansion of CSR measures - news

The German chemical group Henkel has said it wants to add a more socially responsible dimension to its activities. The company says it has been particularly influenced by its...

editorial: Blair puts business at the heart of the debate on sustainability - news

Tony Blair has finally made a speech on the environment. It is only the second major speech by the UK prime minister on the subject – the first was more than four years...

fund seeks child labour talks - news

Four UK high street retailers have been approached by pension fund representatives to discuss their policies on child labour. WH Smith, Signet, Boots, and JJB Sports...

how the dotcom world is lagging behind on CSR - news

Early indications from the UK government-backed Digital Futures inquiry into the ethics of e-businesses suggest that this new business sector is still at an early stage in developing...

inbrief - news

A set of initiatives aimed at encouraging UK business to become more socially responsible has been unveiled by trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers. The sustainable...

Walsh becomes CSR consultant - news

British Telecommunication’s head of reputation and social policy, Jan Walsh, has left the company to set up a consultancy specialising in corporate social responsibility...

guest column: the practice of social and environmental reporting - news

A combined report cannot measure all social and environmental impacts. The most important thing is for companies to make a start, says Jon Woodhead As a developer and...

taskforce launches new CSR blueprint - news

A comprehensive blueprint designed to help large and small businesses become more socially responsible has been produced by a UK taskforce that has worked for almost two...

editorial: the petrol crisis holds important lessons for stakeholder dialogue - news

The recent UK petrol crisis holds important lessons for corporate social responsibility. It is still too soon to review the full implications of what has happened, but here...

CSR moves up the agenda for companies in Australia - news

Early signs that corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues are assuming greater prominence in Australia have come with the announcement by a Melbourne-based company that...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

inbrief - news

CSR professionals wishing to obtain a qualification in social accountability auditing are being offered a course in the subject. The AA1000 Social Accountability Auditing...

agency ready for push on CSR - news

The UK’s Environment Agency has said it will push the government to adopt a more forceful position on corporate responsibility. In a consultation document on the quango’s ‘direction...

touchdown for BA’s first social report - news

British Airways (BA) has produced its first social and environmental report. The airline, which is the biggest in the world, has published standalone environment reports for ten...

editorial: international institutions have woken up to the challenge of CSR - news

The corporate social responsibility debate took an important step forward this summer. Large international institutions, which have so far paid little attention to the issues, began...

award recognises United Utilities' impact on society - news

United Utilities has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community awards for excellence for its ‘clearly defined approach to managing and accounting for its...

Greek business backs CSR move - news

Ten Greek companies and business organizations have launched the Hellenic Business Network for Social Cohesion to promote corporate social responsibility. Founder members of...

inbrief - news

Liverpool School of Business is planning to make corporate social responsibility a core element on its international business studies degree course. The business school...

inbrief - news

John Drummond, former group director of communications at United Utilities, is to take on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief at Corporate Culture, a...

Commonwealth business forum looks at CSR - news

Sessions on social accountability, transparency and corporate governance will take place at this month’s Commonwealth Business Forum. The event in London runs from 18-20 September...

Swiss compile CSR database - news

Information on the social responsibility programmes of businesses in Switzerland is to be gathered by a new Swiss corporate citizenship network. Philias was launched by 11 Swiss...

companies support UN compact - news

The United Nations has made its biggest intervention yet in the debate over corporate social responsibility (CSR) by persuading 44 companies, including a large number of...

CSR agenda attacked as ‘anti-capitalist’ - news

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been attacked as an anti-capitalist and economically dangerous ‘fallacy’ in a new study from an influential right-wing think tank....

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

PowerGen ponders CSR - news

Energy and utility company PowerGen has begun an internal review of how it can expand its reporting to cover corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues. The group, which...

Dole goes for SA8000 mark - news

The Dole food company has decided to seek certification under the SA8000 social accountability standard. Dole’s decision to seek SA8000 certification will mean that its practices...

editorial: social partnership projects bring benefits to all parties involved - news

The European corporate social responsibility agenda took an important step forward in May, when two large companies announced their involvement in unconnected partnership...

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

The UK is the first European country to have appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. Ethical Performance talked to Kim Howells about his early thoughts on the role of...

guest column: pioneering a new form of company reporting - news

What makes a good social report? Roger Adams, who recently helped judge the first UK Social Reporting Awards, offers advice to CSR directors   Ten years ago green reporting...

CSR's economic impact stressed - news

Companies are in danger of ignoring the social and environmental potential of financial reporting, according to a discussion document issued by British Telecommunications (BT)....

editorial: corporate social responsibility is a response to market demands - news

The publication of the latest stage of the UK company law review and the appointment in the UK of a government minister with a specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief,...

company law review sets a new agenda - news

As businesses begin to digest the 462 pages of the UK company law review’s latest consultation document, most are beginning to realise that important changes could be on the way...

new minister expected to promote CSR among companies - news

Senior industry figures with a corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief have welcomed the appointment of the first CSR minister in a European country. Kim Howells became CSR...

retail sector leading the way forward in Germany - news

The German retail sector has begun to develop policies on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Seven large German clothing and textile retailers have signed up to...

guest column: CSR: the contribution government can make - news

The UK government has a vital role to play in building momentum for corporate social responsibility, particularly by fostering partnerships and helping to produce guidance, says...

ethical web site proves a big hit - news

A web site set up by a task force on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is claiming to be attracting more than 60,000 hits per month. The site ( www.business-impact.org...

a first year of great progress - news

Welcome to the first anniversary issue of Ethical Performance. Since our launch in May 1999, corporate social responsibility issues have moved significantly up the political and...

European leaders back CSR move - news

European heads of government are to back a major business-led campaign aimed at persuading companies to take corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues more seriously....

the UK leads Europe in appointing a minister with CSR responsibilities - news

The decision by UK prime minister Tony Blair to appoint a minister for corporate social responsibility is good news for all those within UK companies with a CSR brief. It is...

community involvement within small companies - news

When members of the UK committee of inquiry into corporate social responsibility (CSR) delivered their report to prime minister Tony Blair at the end of last year, they warned there was...

World Bank places CSR studies on the internet - news

The World Bank and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unveiled a joint initiative which they claim will put business ethics at the heart of a new...

UK government appoints CSR minister - news

The UK government has appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. The new post, which will be taken on by junior Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) minister Kim...

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

intimidatory activists threaten CSR prospects - news

It would be easy to dismiss the recent row over the sale, by fund manager Phillips and Drew, of shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as an isolated event of no relevance to the...

speculation mounts over CSR minister idea - news

The UK government has sought to play down suggestions that it is poised to appoint a minister for corporate responsibility. A spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry said...

WBCSD shares its experience - news

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has produced a final version of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. The report, which summarises ‘the...

CSR hopes to be raised by company law review - news

Proposals for a legal obligation on UK companies to produce social and environmental reports will be outlined in the company law review’s second consultation document...

inbrief - news

A background briefing on corporate social responsibility has been published by the Confederation of British Industry. Hugh Evans, senior policy adviser at the CBI, said the...

emerging global standards are now driving the debate forward - news

November saw the formal launch of two important new initiatives intended to help companies improve their ethical performance. The Global Sullivan Principles, first published...

call for CSR minister - news

The UK government should create a minister for corporate social responsibility, a key Treasury policy report has recommended. The study, produced by the Treasury’s policy...

inbrief - news

The Royal Institute of International Affairs is holding a major conference on the role of corporate social responsibility in business strategy in London on 8-9 November 1999....

inbrief - news

The Royal Institute of International Affairs is holding a major conference on the role of corporate social responsibility in business strategy in London on 8-9 November 1999....

National CSR & Sustainability Conference - companies

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CSRWorks International - companies

National CSR Awards 2016 - companies

CSRWorks - companies

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National CSR Awards - companies

NEC Corporation marks the publication of its 2013 CSR annual report - companies

Ethitas CSR Solutions - companies

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CSR Global - companies

Hellenic Network for CSR - companies

CSR Insights - companies

CSR-pedia - companies

European CSR Awards - companies

csrnetwork - companies

Media CSR Forum - companies

CSR Study Group - companies

CSR Expertise Centre - companies

European Alliance for CSR - companies

CSR Turkey - companies

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Global CSR - companies

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ICCSR - companies

CSR Academy - companies

Silverfish CSR Limited - directory

Cambridge-Hitachi - directory

Cambridge-Hitachi, a Cambridge University Press company, delivers digital learning resources to help you implement your CSR objectives within the education sector – from Primary to Further...

Pure CSR Consulting - directory

TrustCSR - directory

ISOS Group - directory

ISOS Group is a leading sustainability services agency with big project experience that blends a passion for sustainability reporting with clients who make a difference. We specialize in GRI,...

Ideal Worldsmiths - directory

Ideal Worldsmiths offer services right around the word for organisations that put sustainability at the heart of their brand. We specialise in consultancy, writing and editing of CSR and...

Jim O'Brien CSR Consulting - directory

Evergreen Resources - directory

Established in 1991, Evergreen Resources is the UK’s longest established environmental recruitment company. It has an enviable track record providing recruitment expertise to Candidates...

Royal HaskoningDHV CSR Advisory Group - directory

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) is a leading centre based at Nottingham University Business School.  Our aim is to develop and disseminate responsible...

Collins McHugh - directory

Collins McHugh is a solutions focused CR consultancy. We believe that well targeted, business focused Corporate Responsibility still remains one of the most under utilized business tools...

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson - directory

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson’s expertise lies within communications and investor relations. With good credentials in sustainability, this makes us a leading partner in developing and...

Fifth Capital - directory

Fifth Capital is established as a Think Tank & Leadership Counsel addressing wealth creation, its governance and sustainability. Fifth Capital integrates thought leadership in Decision...

CSR Europe - directory

EcoVadis – Supplier Sustainability Ratings - directory

EcoVadis operates the 1st SaaS collaborative platform helping major companies assess their suppliers’ environmental and social performance worldwide.?? EcoVadis combines an...

RINA SERVICES S.p.A - directory

RINA SERVICES S.p.A. is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the...

Terrafiniti LLP - directory

We apply over 40 years’ collective experience of international best practice in sustainability, to focus on growing business value while genuinely addressing CSR and sustainability issues....

BSD Consulting - directory

BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

Centre for Sustainability and Excellence - directory

CSE is a  leading strategic advisory and training organization, offering integrated sustainability consulting services in Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia. CSE...

Foley Hoag LLP - directory

Foley Hoag, the first U.S.-based law firm to create a Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, provides clients with the tools they need to turn the challenges of globalization into a...

Fraser Communications Inc. - directory

Fraser Communications supports organizations worldwide in the writing, editing and project management of GRI-compliant CSR reports directed at multi-stakeholder audiences. Company President...

OneReport® - directory

OneReport®, a unique online platform, simplifies corporate responsibility (CR) query and response management, reporting and publishing. OneReport integrates the metrics sought by corporate...

Three Hands Ltd - directory

At Three Hands we believe in creating business value and social value hand in hand.  We work with business to develop their people, partnership and products in ways that benefit society....

CSR Asia - directory

Institute for Sustainability - Research and Consulting on CSR - directory

Middlesex University, CSR and Development Group, - directory

Future Considerations - directory

We are a global leadership development and organisational change consultancy that specialises in embedding corporate sustainability in organisations. Our team of experienced international...

Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

ACCSR helps organisations create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships. We are Australia’s leading management consultancy wholly...

akzente kommunikation und beratung gmbh - directory

akzente advises companies on open and credible CSR communication and supports them in developing and implementing effective and sound CSR strategies. We are a full-range service provider...

GLOBAL CSR - directory

Hellenic Network for CSR - directory

RPS Group Plc - directory

RPS is an award winning international consultancy that has been advising its clients on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability challenges and their solutions for over forty years....

TransCanada Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada has released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, providing a comprehensive update on the company’s performance on environmental, social and governance topics...

American Express Aligns Its CSR Efforts Toward Its North Star, Service - reports

Today, American Express published its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, titled “The Service Effect.” The report describes how service has shaped the...

NEC highlights Environment, Society and Governance activities for the 2017 fiscal year - reports

NEC Corporation announced the release of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2017, reflecting the activities and the achievements supporting the Environment, Society and ...

Hormel Foods surpasses water reduction goal and has record year of giving - reports

Hormel Foods has launched its 11th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is available online at  https://csr.hormelfoods.com/  and includes information related to the...

Connecticut Water Service Issues Updated Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Connecticut Water Service, Inc. today announced the availability of the Company’s updated 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR). The update demonstrates the company’s progress...

Singtel Group publishes its third Group Sustainability Report 2017 - reports

The  Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2017  is the company’s third Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance in relation to...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2016 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2016  Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report . The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

Doing Better Together: EDC releases its Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report for 2016 - reports

Export Development Canada  is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international...

ACI Sustainability Report: “Bold Collective Actions” Needed for Transformational Change - reports

American Cleaning Institute Report, “Foundations for Transformation,” Showcases Steps Industry is Taking to Tackle Most Critical Issues

CA Technologies Releases Latest Sustainability Report - reports

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report . The report...

Sanofi publishes its first Integrated Report - reports

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, just released its very first Integrated Report. This evolution in Sanofi’s reporting is designed to provide a holistic view of the company’s...

Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2016 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report, global health service leader Cigna (NYSE:CI) shares the specific initiatives through which the company applies...

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) releases annual Corporate Responsibility report for 2016 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available.

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

Report: Closing the loop on the circular economy - reports

Ethical Corporation releases complimentary 20-page briefing on the circular economy, featuring case studies from   Smurfit Kappa, Timberland, Toyota   and   Jaguar.

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

WBCSD, Unilever, eBay, GSK, United Nations Global Compact, European Commission join Responsible Business Summit - reports

We’re excited to announce that Ethical Corporation has now surpassed the largest number of C-Suite speakers and attendees ever in its 16-year history at The Responsible Business Summit...

Aetna Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Aetna, one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, today released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report. This year’s report provides an in-depth...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

G4S, the world’s leading global integrated security company, has published its corporate social responsibility report for 2016.

FedEx Announces the Launch of the 2017 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The 2017  Global Citizenship Report  (GCR) is now available at  csr.fedex.com . The report showcases how FedEx connects people, businesses and communities in ways that advance...

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

Unilever, Siemens and IKEA drive Europe’s leading sustainability and social impact event - reports

The  Responsible Business Summit Europe  (London, 7-8 June), has the most impressive (CEO-led!) speaker line-up and agenda to date - all designed to uncover the FACTUAL potential...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. today released its annual  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for fiscal 2016 , highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its...

Integrating SDGs into business strategy – complimentary briefing - reports

If the Sustainable Development Goals are to be met, business will have to play a major role. The UNDP programme says ‘Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private...

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

Patagonia, Fossil Group and Timberland share Employee Engagement Strategies - reports

Given the recent election, Brexit and issue around social inclusion, it is even more important for business to understand the need to resonate with all stakeholders and lead the way with a...

Goodwill®, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box® this Cyber Monday - reports

Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft cares deeply about achieving that mission and creating a lasting impact...

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

NEC Releases Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

NEC Corporation announced today the release of its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. NEC has announced its CSR activities aiming...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes CSR Communication Report 2016 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published CSR Communication Report 2016, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The 10th Annual CR Reporting and Sustainability Communications Event adds new ESG Symposium track - reports

In a new addition for the 2016 event 200+ sustainability professionals will meet with top ESG investors such as Schroders & Standard Life with one purpose: To close the gap between...

Gilead Publishes 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Gilead Sciences, Inc. has issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of the work the company is doing around the world to improve the lives of people...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

From Connecting Classrooms to Making Smarter Cities, AT&T’s Tech is Driving Change - reports

AT&T has released its annual sustainability update, which highlights the company’s successes, progress and opportunities for the future.   Our world has never been more...

CA Technologies Achieves Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule - reports

CA Technologies latest   Sustainability Report   marks a continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report...

TransCanada Releases 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada officially released its  2015 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights the company’s commitment to operating safely and in an economically,...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2015 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available at BCE.ca. The report addresses key initiatives that are most relevant to the company’s stakeholders...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

2015, is the tipping year for Publicis Groupe’s sustainability strategy. New steps have been taken including the unveiling of a materiality analysis to help guide our priorities towards...

Hormel Foods Shares Food Journey in 10th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the launch of its 10th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7 billion people around...

Vivendi Integrated Report Now Available: Focus on Value Creation and Human Rights - reports

For the third consecutive year, Vivendi has dedicated a section of its Annual Report to a summary report highlighting the company’s achievements in creating long-term value for all of its...

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Free White Paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Social Responsibility 2016 - reports

Ethical Corporation recently released a new white paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Responsibility Sustainability 2016 – complimentary to download here.

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Publishes 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The FedEx 2016 Global Citizenship Report, "Deliver It Forward," is now available at csr.fedex.com. The report, in its eighth year of publication, highlights the FedEx commitment to...

Benchmark against the industry leaders in the North America region - reports

Experts say that 2015 was the year sustainability measures and CSR activities went mainstream in North American companies. Review some of the key achievements, developments and obstacles with...

Jaguar Land Rover Reports on Progress Towards 2020 Responsible Business Goals - reports

In 2009 Jaguar Land Rover set out its Responsible Business strategy and targets to 2020 and has made great progress to date, winning recognition both within and outside the automotive industry....

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes First Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance has published its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report online to showcase the many ways its Company and businesses are supporting the community,...

Help us Reimagine Responsible Sourcing in Hong Kong (October 20) and London (November 12) - reports

Join Responsible Sourcing leaders at the ELEVATE Leadership Series to help envision the future of responsible sourcing. The 2015 Leadership Series, Reimagining Responsible Sourcing, will provide...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

NEC releases annual CSR report - reports

NEC Corporation has published its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 on its NEC CSR website. NEC has issued the report to promote...

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets - reports

London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the...

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

For the 6th year, Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication company, is publishing its CSR Report. Since 2009, Publicis Groupe has embraced 98% of the company scope in the CSR reporting...

Discover Sanofi's latest CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life and provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7billion people...

CDL Adopts Integrated Reporting Approach for Sustainability Report 2015: Making Business Sense of its Sustainability Performance - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) is the first property developer in Singapore to adopt an Integrated Reporting (IR) approach for its latest sustainability report titled “Creating Value for...

Bel Group publishes first GRI G4 "Core" Sustainability Report - reports

The 2014 CSR Report covers all Bel’s material aspects identified after its first materiality analysis conducted in 2014.

G4S publishes 2014 CSR Report - reports

G S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and more than 623,000 employees.

SGS invites you to join its Sustainability Webinar Series - reports

The webinars are designed to help organizations develop winning sustainability strategies and to support them step-by-step during their implementation.

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

SGS Sustainability & Social Responsibility Webinar Series - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of four webinars which are designed to help organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020 - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in...

Discover the BNP Paribas CSR Report! - reports

This report contains numerous concrete examples of BNP Paribas’ commitments. For instance, in 2013, the Group invested €168m in social entrepreneurship; and enabled more than 230,000...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BSCI Annual Conference 2014 Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

Leading corporate responsibility in a global marketplace - reports

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and...

NEC releases annual CSR report online - reports

Japanese multinational provider of ICT products and services, NEC Corporation (NEC), has published its annual CSR report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 on its NEC CSR website.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

New MAG CSR Report shows Airports are 'Skills & Jobs Hotbed' - reports

MAG’s four UK airports contibute £4bn to UK economy and give skills boost with new training & academy initiatives.

L'Oréal publishes its 2013 Sustainable Development Report - reports

L’Oréal, the world leader in beauty, has published its 2013 Sustainable Development Report in the form of a printable summary on its corporate website.

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

Orange, a committed operator in a changing world, publishes its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

As a leading telecoms operator in over 30 countries serving 236m customers, Orange is at the heart of society’s digital transformation. This privileged position gives the Group the...

Discover Sanofi's new CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7bn people around the world.

Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, publishes first consolidated report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

Sberbank has issued a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for 2013. In contrast to the previous reports, this is the bank's first consolidated report.

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

G4S publishes sixth CSR Report - reports

G4S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and over 618,000 employees, G4S is one of the world’s largest private employers.

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions - reports

Verizon’s 2013 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement shows how the company’s mobile and broadband technologies are providing powerful answers to the big challenges of...

Leading Across Generations - calendar

Companies that successfully unlock the potential of all generations within their business will not only attract and retain future talent, but will also create unique opportunities for...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products. The company has three primary areas of business: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

Purpose & Progress -- 2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference - calendar

On a daily basis, businesses serve as powerful forces for good around the world. From job creation to corporate citizenship initiatives, the private sector’s impact on society is enormous....

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability - calendar

Earn a professional, post graduate credential in CSR & Sustainability while you work, in this blended learning program. This 13 month, part-time program is delivered over 3 sessions in...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program - calendar

More than 5000 Executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments and academia have trusted CSE and experienced our advanced trainings in order to become Certified Sustainability (CSR)...

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Danske Bank Group is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial institutions in northern Europe, with operations in 15 countries

Report highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on coca farming - reports

Zurich, November 12, 2013 – Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today announced its 2012/13 Sustainability...

Creating Shared Value, One Day Course - calendar

Course Overview: Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments CSR, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social...

Launch of Alliance Boots CSR report 2012/13 - reports

Alliance Boots has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2012/13 for the year ended 31 March 2013.

NEC Corporation marks the publications of its 2013 CSR annual report - reports

NEC Corporation has relaunched its CSR Website, coinciding with the publication of its annual report on corporate social responsibility policies and activities during the year ended 31 March...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

John Lewis Partnership Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Sustainability Report 2013 has now launched, detailing the retailer's progress in corporate social responsibility during 2012/13, including achievements,...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

Enel publishes Sustainability Report 2012: the first one based on materiality analysis - reports

On its tenth year of publication, Enel’s Sustainability Report 2012 has changed its appearance to become more user-friendly and concise, always being compliant with accountability...

2016 National CSR Awards and Sustainability Conference - calendar

Join the ‘sustainable business’ debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! The National CSR Awards includes a full day CSR & Sustainability Conference which...

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

Extractive Forum and Training - Social and Environmental Performance - calendar

CSR Asia and partners will host the Extractive Forum on 21-22 March 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Forum will focus on social and environmental performance, reflecting on the management of...

Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi places the patient at the heart of the way we conduct business. To better showcase our approach and to lead our image and reputation, the CSR Excellence...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2012 Sustainability Report has now launched.  

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

Collaborate, Activate, Communicate - calendar

On 3 November, Communicate magazine will host an afternoon event that offers learning and networking opportunities. Hear from six past Corporate Engagement Award winners that impressed the...

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012 - reports

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012.

ELEVATE Leadership Series – Reimagining Responsible Sourcing - calendar

How can responsible sourcing help create adaptive supply chains and better risk management? What transitions are necessary to achieve this? Effective responsible sourcing requires long term,...

CSR Summit 2016 - calendar

The CSR Summit 2016 brings together CSR thought leaders from pioneering multinational organisations who put CSR at the centre of their strategic thinking. Hosted at the IMechE in Westminster on...

3rd Global Sustainability & Social Performance forum for Oil, Gas and Mining Industries - calendar

3rd Global Sustainability & Social Performance Forum for Oil & Gas and Mining Industries serves as a platform for CSR and Sustainability professionals to share experience in handling...

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

CSR Qatar 2015 - calendar

Following the great success of last year's inaugural event, CSR Qatar returns to gather key stakeholders across the sustainability value chain including corporations, government bodies,...

14th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) - calendar

Join us on September 8-9, 2015 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand for the 14th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). Theme: Unleashing Social Entrepreneurship : New...

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor has published its 2012 Sustainability Review which can be viewed and downloaded.

Wellness in the Workplace 2015 - calendar

The ICCSR and Nottingham University Business School is proud to host “Wellness in the Workplace” in partnership with Business in the Community (BitC).  This event, part of...

Bank of America Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Bank of America today released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report to provide an overview of the environmental, social and economic impact of its businesses as well as...

SGS Webinar: Value Chain Risk Management: Emerging Approaches to Global Risk Management in Sustainability - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We begin by defining why a value...

Upmanship: Enhancing the Science of CSR - calendar

As part of National CSR Week in Canada, 1-5 June, 2015 , professional corporate responsibility practitioners, officers and consultants are meeting in Toronto for a two-day " Upmanship:...

SGS Webinar: Boasting Performance Through ISO 20121 - calendar

It is now 3 years since the ISO 20121 sustainable events management system standard was launched, and hundreds of event organisers, venues and suppliers have implemented this International...

City Developments Limited's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

“We aspire to be a responsible global corporate citizen. We believe that sustainability is integral to business excellence and challenge ourselves to conduct best practices and conserve...

SGS Webinar: Sustainability Reporting to GRI G4: Time to Make the Switch - calendar

GRI reporting organizations have until December 2015 to complete the transition to the new G4 Guidelines. This webinar gives organizations guidance on what GRI G4 is and how to apply it. It is a...

SGS Webinar: IS0 26000 - 5 Years On - calendar

The objective of the one hour complimentary webinar is to explore the ISO 26000 Framework and its application since its launch in 2010. In late 2015 it is 5 years since the Guidance Framework...

National CSR Awards - calendar

Sponsored by leading businesses such as Natwest and Carillion and supported by national charities and local community organisations. Foreign Secretart Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP will open the...

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility - E156 - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - calendar

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its first Integrated Report and tenth GRI report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC – the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 581m people – has published its...

Corporate Social Responsibility Mozambique Conference and Exhibition (CSR MOZ) - calendar

The inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Mozambique Conference and Exhibition (CSR MOZ) will take place from 19 – 20 March 2015 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference...

Creating a Value Chain Risk Management System to Safeguard Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We develop a risk based management...

Sberbank of Russia issued its Report on Corporate Social Responsibility for 2012 - reports

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank of Russia, has issued its Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2012.

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Orange publishes its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Orange emphasises the areas in which it has made significant progress. In a year marked by a deteriorating economic environment ...

Responsible Sourcing from Emerging Nations - Focus on Africa & Middle East - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the issues and risks in responsible sourcing practices across Africa and the Middle East. As organizations increase their scope of sourcing...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

CSR Asia Summit 2014 - calendar

The CSR Asia Summit is recognised as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on corporate social responsibility in the region. The Summit is: the leading platform for...

Sustainability Forum 2014 - calendar

The Forum Global Sustain once more is taking a step forward in an attempt to make this issue emerge and explore the future of sustainable business, by preparing a unique event for...

TBLI Conference Nordic 2014 - calendar

“Connecting The Dots”   TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2014 offers a unique platform to learn about sustainable investing, discuss developments and engage with new business...

Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

Join us on September 2-3, 2014 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Manila, Philippines for the 13th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). 2014 Theme- Building Resilient...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Innovative, Win-Win Corporate Charity Partnerships Conference - calendar

Is Your Partnership Win-Win & Is It Demonstrably Delivering Returns & Making An Impact? Innovation Beyond Charity Of The Year! Deliver long-lasting, mutual benefits with...

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

Today Carlsberg Group released its CSR Report 2012, consolidating its position as the most efficient global brewer on water, energy and CO 2 .

Best Practices in Community Engagement - calendar

Two day conference in two locations: (10% discount for Existing Subscribers of Ethical Performance with code “EPCSR”) 21-22 April, Sheraton Towers, Singapore;...

Nordea releases its fifth CSR Report - reports

Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region has released its  fifth CSR Report.

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility (E156) - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

The Global CSR Summit & Awards 2014 - calendar

  In recent years, asian and emerging economies have outperformed their western counterparts. This shift in the economic balance of power has created enormous wealth for millions of...

Webinar - Responsible Sourcing In Higher Risk Countries - calendar

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING IN HIGHER RISK COUNTRIES   PROTECTING YOUR REPUTATION THROUGH ACTIVE MANAGEMENT   February 13, 2014, Thursday   This...

CSR2014 - calendar

CSR 2014 is the industry leading exhibition and conference that brings socially responsible companies together with those responsible for developing and implementing their organisations CSR...

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

The first  Bel Group CSR report  demonstrates how Bel is responding to the social and environmental challenges it is facing, through the 5 pillars of its CSR program called...

G4S publishes its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions group - has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report

World CSR Congress - calendar

The Objectives of World CSR Congress The World CSR Congress will be guided by Leaders.... Leaders who believe in the value of Sustainable CSR; that which is built in the fabric of business -...

In Good Company With FSC - calendar

At FSC we are fed up with CSR conferences without ambitions and shape. We are therefore hosting this year’s most ambitious CSR conference bringing up difficult issues in honest...

Course E15613: Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

CSR Saudi Arabia 2013 - calendar

The Kingdom's premier event dedicated to building the effectiveness and positive impact of CSR – by ensuring that it not only supports economic development, social welfare and...

Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

  The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) is the largest annual conference on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the region. It was launched in 2002 by the...

CSR Asia Summit 2013 - calendar

How is it possible to grow responsibly, ensure economic development is more inclusive, and make essential products and services accessible for all? Over the past 20...

The Retreat 2013 - calendar

  Come and join a select number of senior CSR practitioners and business leaders at this year’s Retreat. Only a few places for our 2013 event remain. The Retreat is a...

3rd China Green Textile Summit 2013 - calendar

Greenpeace, the international environmentalist group, has pointed out in a report that a number of major textile brands and clothing retailers acted serious violations of environment, which...

Corporate Community Investment Forum: Measuring Impact - calendar

The CSR Asia Corporate Community Investment Forum: Measuring Impact is CSR Asia’s first forum on Corporate Community Investment (CCI). With support from NVPC Singapore, the forum will...

The 2nd International CSR Communication Conference - calendar

The second international CSR Communication Conference discusses concepts, theories and methodological approaches to CSR communication together with the following topics: Internal aspects...

Gender and Responsible Business - ICCSR Annual Symposium - calendar

The marginalization of numerous voices from mainstream CSR discourse has been noted in particular with regard to voices from the South (Gilbert and Rasche, 2007; Nanz and Steffek, 2004),...

Ethical Corp's 6th Annual CR reporting and communications conference - reports

I am pleased to invite you to Ethical Corporation's 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference in London, November 20-21.

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Become a Certified CSR Professional - calendar

  The course emphasizes practical case studies and, being at an international hub, Geneva, it draws upon an array of leading experts from within the private, public and non-profit...

Orange publishes its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

The report describes over 140 achievements and performance indicators covering the Group’s 4 CSR commitments: recognising and supporting its employees; ensuring transparency, quality, security...

Autogrill Group publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, this year’s Sustainability Report shows the Sustainability Roadmap for the 2012-2015 three-year time span.

RSB event - calendar

Responsible today, Sustainable tomorrow Driving Innovation & Value through Responsible and Sustainable Business(RSB Event for short) is centred on business and value, focused on...

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility - calendar

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility, 15 November   Join us in the City of London for the annual SRI-CSR event, bringing together the latest research and practice to...

Sberbank of Russia publishes its Annual Report for 2011 - reports

OJSC Sberbank of Russia has issued its Annual Report for 2011, which combines the bank’s financial results with those from its Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Click here to access...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

A 2-day certified, specialized, detailed and highly focused training that enables participants to acquire skills and competencies required to become Certified CSR Practitioners. Upon completion of...

Responsible Business Summit 2012: Learning, networking and value for money - reports

I'm aware there are hundreds of CSR/sustainability events out there - but I am very confident that the Responsible Business Summit (8-9 May, London) represents the best value for money, the biggest...

G4S publishes its fourth CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions provider - has published its fourth Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas...

Executive Summer Course on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable International Development - calendar

Self-paced online introductory e-learning module followed by 4 intensive modules from 26 to 29 June 2012, University of Geneva, Switzerland Boost your CSR skills by acquainting yourself with the...

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

Intel Corporation has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001.

Hasbro publishes first CSR report - reports

Hasbro Announces Commitment to Eliminate PVC from Core Product Packaging in the Company’s First Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

A two-day executive training seminar for CSR, Risk, and Investor Relations professionals who want to better engage SRI analysts and, most importantly, mainstream investors with a long term...

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in CSR/sustainability - calendar

This course adds to our existing long-running diploma course with two brand new modules. It is geared to participants willing to grasp the practical essentials of Corporate Social Responsibility...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

The Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training , is approved by the leading UK Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA) entails a global perspective on Corporate...

Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as Syngenta, Cadbury and Starbucks, this innovative one day training workshop will improve your understanding of biodiversity and...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports - calendar

CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner workshop entails a global perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability enabling professionals to gain an international...

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

Climate Change Field Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as HSBC, Shell and BAT, this innovative one day training workshop, grounded in scientific field research, will improve your...

MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability - calendar

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability are of growing concern to businesses locally, nationally and internationally and their importance to the global economy is set to...

Sustainability briefing - reports

Ethical Corporation have compiled a 12-page management briefing on some of the key sustainability issues for 2012. This in-depth briefing looks at the ever-changing world of sustainable business.

The optimum degree of sustainability - reports

You can now receive some in-depth analysis on 'the optimum degree of sustainability'.

CSR Practitioner Training - calendar

A challenging 2-day course that enables participants to become Certified CSR Practitioners and qualifies them to work as independent CSR consultants and in-house CSR Managers. The Centre for...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

Responsible Business Exhibition - 14-15 March 2012 - London, UK - reports

Now in its second year, the Responsible Business Exhibition provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network with each other. The...

Your CSR - reports

Ethical Corporation's recently published review on the key lessons of 2011. This includes 12 pages of high quality sustainability strategy, analysis, advice and case studies - including...

FYI ethical awards 2012 - reports

As a CSR/sustainability practitioner, I thought you'd appreciate being kept in the loop about the 2012 Ethical Corporation awards.

4th Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

Time is running out for you to book a place at the 4th  Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility, jointly organized by Geneva University and MHC International Ltd....

Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value - calendar

Emphasizing the alignment of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with business strategy, the CSR program offered by HBS Executive Education helps you define priorities, integrate social...

free briefing on CSR risk management - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Briefing on risk/extractives - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Certified Global Reporting Initiative Training Course - calendar

CORE, the oldest and largest trade association in the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices and a more responsible global economy, and Deloitte, a financial...

Green Monday - calendar

Various dates – London , Midlands & North West (6 September), Scotland (4 October) Green Monday is the UK’s leading networking event in the corporate sustainability space (est. July...

ICCSR Conference - CSR futures: knowledge and practice - call for papers - reports

The ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference is to be held at Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham UK on 26th & 27th April 2012.

The CSR and International Development Executive Summer Course - calendar

Geneva University and MHC International Ltd organise, from July 4-11, 2010 in Geneva "The CSR and International Development Executive Summer Course". The course aims to train present and future CSR...

Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This programme is meant for companies that are willing to develop, innovate and generate added value in their CSR journey. The programme will lay the foundation to understand the concept,...

Supply chain CSR briefing - reports

As a member of the Ethical Performance community, you are no doubt aware that your supply chain represents a large CSR risk for your company. What you may not know is how to mitigate against...

Reporting and Communications - calendar

Course Overview: Stakeholders are increasingly holding companies accountable for their activities and demand information that is consistent, material, comparable, credible and well structured....

NKSJ Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 - reports

NKSJ Holdings Inc, a joint company of Sompo Japan and Nipponkoa founded in April 2010, has released its first CSR report. The purpose of the Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 is to...

Climate Change and Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Course Overview: True climate leadership is indicated by companies rethinking their business strategy; engaging with their stakeholders; and developing products and services that will thrive in,...

ISO 26000 - calendar

Course Overview: The new ISO 26000 guideline aims to provide practical assistance related to operationalising social responsibility, identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and enhancing...

Global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training: Designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports - reports

Global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training: Designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports Brussels: November, 24-25 2011

Change of address for Ethical Performance - reports

Dunstans Publishing, which publishes Ethical Performance, the monthly business newsletter on corporate social responsibility and socially-responsible investment, has relocated to...

Finance & CSR - reports

A complimentary briefing pack from Ethical Corporation

CSR Asia Responsible Supply Chains in China: tools and strategies for continuous improvement - reports

Building from our ongoing training on a broad range of CSR topics within Asia, this is a tailor made course to help companies and other organisations better understand and manage their supply...

CSR Reporting and Communications - reports

Foundations in Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Suitable for beginners and for those working in non-CSR roles who need to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of CSR. Participants will be introduced to the elements of a good social report...

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2011 - reports

NEC Corporation has published its NEC CSR Report 2011, which outlines its work in pursuit of its CSR objectives during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011.

Summer Course on International aspects of CSR - calendar

The University of Geneva and MHCInternational Ltd, following the enormous success of their joint venture with their Advanced Certificate on CSR, have launched a new Residential Executive...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2011 CSR Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, 'A clear view', launches today. The Partnership - the largest employee-owned company in the UK with 76,500 permanent...

Climate Change Leader (IEMA) Approved - calendar

In a world rapidly warming up, and as a response to legal and social pressures, businesses need to adopt innovative and cost- effective ways to limit their adverse effects regarding climate change....

CSR Practitioner Workshop IEMA Approved - calendar

CSR refers to a whole range of fundamentals that organisations are expected to acknowledge and to reflect in their actions. It includes respecting human rights, fair treatment of the workforce,...

Enel publishes ninth Sustainability Report - reports

For the ninth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

GRI Sustainability Reporting Training - calendar

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most widely used framework. LEAD's GRI training courses, for which...

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of corporate responsibility.  The course...

6th Annual CR Report and Communications Conference - calendar

Ethical Corporation are pleased to invite you to the 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference.   Ethical Corporation have been working hard to put together a...

5th International Conference on CSR - - calendar

The 5th International CSR-Conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organized and hosted by the Institute of Management. The 600+ participants include representatives from science,...

France Telecom-Orange publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

France Telecom-Orange has just published its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR report) in which the Group describes how, as a major player in the digital world, it is ensuring...

11th Annual Responsible Business Summit - calendar

Europe's leading Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summit is back for its 11th year! The 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit, taking place on 8-9 May in London, has CEOs from Diageo,...

AT&T Releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

AT&T today announced the release of its 2010 Sustainability Report, which highlights how AT&T is working on its own and in conjunction with others to have a positive impact on the...

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress 2012 - calendar

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress 2012 serves as the timely international meeting place bringing together businesses from across the entire food and agribusiness value chain to explore...

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has released its 2010 Sustainability Report.

9th CSR Summit 2012 - calendar

As Corporate Social Responsibility evolves from a ‘nice to have’ to a critical factor in sustainable long term growth, the CSR Summit returns in its 9th year. It will provide a unique platform for...

Banyan Tree release their 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Banyan Tree Holdings has released its 2010 Sustainability Report, entitled Global Sustainable Destinations – its fifth such annual report.

ACCSR's 5th Annual Conference The Innovation Imperative: Taking CSR from Risk Management to Value Creation - calendar

ACCSR’s 5th annual conference aims to inspire, explore and support the relationship between CSR and innovation. It will focus on how organisations shift their attention from risk management to...

CIPD Corporate Responsibility for HR Professionals Conference - calendar

Corporate responsibility plays a vital part in driving revenue, improving business growth and profitability . This conference provides invaluable advice on how you can deliver ROI through a well...

How to manage social and environmental risk for oil, gas and mining - calendar

Our 3rd annual CSR conference for the extractives industry provides best practice insight into the latest social and environmental risk management issues. Gain practical solutions designed to...

ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference - CSR Futures: Knowledge and Practice - calendar

In recent years CSR has emerged as both a sub-field of business and management studies and as a basic management concept.  In essence it refers to business responsibility to and for society...

Responsible Business Exhibition 2012 - calendar

Now in its second year the Responsible Business Exhibition is a not-for-profit event that provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network...

G4S publishes third Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

G4S – the world’s leading international security solutions provider – has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas of...

Important: CSR opportunity - reports

Not long to go now before the Responsible Business Summit kicks off in London on 3-4th May. Over 340 attendees are coming from all over Europe. Companies attending include Danone, Levi Strauss,...

How to Manage Supplier Social & Environmental Performance Conference - calendar

http://www.ethicalcorp.com/supplychain Senior speakers from HP, BT, ArcelorMittal, Nestle, Nokia, InterfaceFLOR, BBC, Ericsson, AkzoNobel, BASF, BSCI will show you how to deliver lasting...

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit - calendar

If you work in CSR and sustainability, then you already know how critical your CSR report is, right? And that the right communication strategy to get across your sustainability efforts is...

Kuwait CSR Conference - calendar

The Kuwait Corporate Social Responsibility Conference aims at being the most prominent annual event and platform where corporate leaders have the opportunity to network, do business and engage in...

The CSR Asia Summit - calendar

The CSR Asia Summit is the annual flagship event of CSR Asia which aims to be the most innovative and thought-provoking gathering on corporate social responsibility in Asia. Themed Asian Growth:...

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review - reports

Improved corporate performance, not risk minimisation, is becoming a key outcome of corporate social responsibility activities in Australian organisations, according to a new research report...

Global CSR Summit 2011 - calendar

Asia's most prestigious event on corporate social responsibility, The Global CSR Summit & The Global CSR Awards are back for the 3rd successive year.    Based on popular feedback, we...

CSR in mining, oil & gas - get your brochure now - reports

Social and environmental challenges are a major issue for the extractive industry. How do you maintain a social license to operate? Why are effective community relations so important? What is...

Does your company really care? - reports

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - calendar

A pragmatic exploration of the integration of ESG factors into traditional investment analysis. The 2011 conference is an entirely practical event, providing the tools and skills necessary to...

Some interesting reading for a Tuesday - reports

How to embed CSR in 2011 - reports

The Africa Roundtable and Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

The Africa Roundtable and Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (AR-CSR) is an industry flagship event attracting the creme of Africa’s leading figures and decision-makers to immediately...

National Grid Publishes 09/10 CR Review - reports

Energy company National Grid has published its 2009/10 Corporate Responsibility Review, 'Shaping a Responsible Future'. The Review complements the company's online corporate responsibility report...

LEGO's VP of Sustainability on CSR Reporting - reports

The way that companies report and communicate sustainability is rapidly changing. The traditional one-way, annual printed CR reporting model appears to be creaking at the seams.

How to engage suppliers on sustainability - reports

Supply Chain Sustainability, or more specifically, how to engage your suppliers in sustainability, is one of the top priorities for CSR professionals right now.

Ethical Corporation’s 2nd Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation Conference 2011 - calendar

Following the resounding success of the inaugural conference one year ago, Ethical Corporation is pleased to announce the return of The Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation...

Sompo CSR Communication 2010 released - reports

Sompo Japan Insurance has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. The report, which uses the phrase 'Looking One Step Ahead' as a keyword throughout, focuses again on the...

Alliance Boots Publishes 2009/10 CSR Report - reports

Alliance Boots has published its 2009/10 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the year ended 31 March 2010.

Enel publishes its Sustainability Report - reports

For the eighth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

NEC's CSR Report 2010 - reports

NEC Corporation has released its "NEC CSR Report 2010," which discloses the practices carried out in pursuit of CSR during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

This week sees the publication of the John Lewis Partnership's 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

Sanofi-aventis publishes its 2009 CSR Report - reports

Multinational healthcare group sanofi-aventis has published its 2009 corporate social responsibility report

Sustainable Procurement: The New Era - calendar

Action sustainability brings you the first conference on sustainable procurement featuring international leaders 2011 will herald a new era in sustainable procurement and sustainability will...

Launch of ScottishPower's CSR Annual Review 2009 and CSR TV - reports

ScottishPower has published its CSR Annual Review 2009.

QS TopMBA Careers Conference - calendar

Developing Responsible Leaders – Who’s Responsible? The QS TopMBA Careers Conference provides a platform for the world's leading business schools and the world's leading recruiters to build...

France Telecom - Orange publish their 2009 CSR report - reports

The France Telecom-Orange Group has published its 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility report. This report shows how the Group has strengthened its CSR strategy, building on what has already...

CSR Europe's Enterprise 2020 Marketplace Event - calendar

Enterprise 2020 is about addressing global, regional and national socio-economic challenges crucial in driving transformation towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive society. On 28 October...

CSR and the Sustainability Scorecard - calendar

The Annual Performance Management Event for Corporate Social Responsibility Executives Expertise CSR and the Sustainability Scorecard is the most comprehensive CSR management event of the year!...

LCA Sustainable Product Design Europe 2010 - calendar

Now the tenth event in our International Sustainability Series, the LCA Sustainable Product Design Europe 2010 has evolved to meet the demands of todays CSR and Environmental Affairs Strategists...

ESG Europe 2010: Investor-Corporate summit - Bridging the gap between investor ESG requirements and CSR reporting - calendar

The crucial relationship between investors and corporations is changing. The new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and CSR reporting are creating new and testing...

Green Awards 2010 - calendar

The 5th Annual GLOBAL GREEN AWARDS™ for creative excellence in communicating sustainability are the leading industry awards for marketing and communications, showcasing best practice and...

World Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

Creating a Virtuous Marketplace for a Sustainable Future Key Benefits:   Discovering the key success factors of an ideal CSR Strategy   Exploring practical methods to conduct...

Titan publishes 2009 CSR report - reports

Greek cement company Titan has published its annual corporate social responsibility report.

LCA Sustainable Product Design 2010 - calendar

LCA Sustainable Product Design USA 2010 has evolved to meet the demands of today’s CSR, Environmental Affairs Strategists and for the first time engineering and product design experts as well....

2nd Annual CSR Summit 2010 - calendar

The Global CSR Awards, Asia's most prestigious award to recognising the efforts of companies in Asia and the rest of the world is back for the 2nd year. The award is held in conjunction with the...

G4S publishes its second CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading secure solutions group - has published its second Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 - calendar

The 4th in the series, the Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit will be hosted in August 2010 in California, the nation’s top agricultural state. Senior executives from across the industry...

Corporate responsibility and emerging technologies - calendar

You are invited to the first major conference in the UK which focuses on a new agenda for corporate responsibility - the social and ethical dilemmas involved in the use of emerging...

RWE npower publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its seventh full corporate responsibility report, available online

LCA Sustainable Supply Chain Europe - calendar

A new line-up of CSR and Environment Directors, from leading companies including BASF, BT, CADBURY, SONY ERICSSON, DOLE, TWININGS and UNILEVER will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis can work as part...

GBASE2010 - calendar

Happening at the same time with the Nairobi Green Week, the Green Business Africa Summit & Expo is Africa’s first flagship event that brings to the mainstream issues around sustainability in...

Responsible Business Summit 2010 - calendar

Do you want to learn how to use CSR to drive innovation and opportunity? From 55 of the biggest and most successful corporate practitioners at work today? Then attend the Responsible Business...

CSR and Sustainability: What do these terms mean? Legal and Business Implications for 2010 and Beyond - calendar

11:30 - 1:00 PM Eastern Program Description Join us for a discussion of these popular, but often confusing, terms. Where did they come from, what do they mean today and how will they shape the...

The Sport and Social Responsibility Summit 2010 - calendar

Bringing together a host of speakers including FIFA, the NBA, Kick It Out, the ICC, StreetGames and many more detailing best practice from the largest international rights holders to small...

ICCSR holds its 7th Annual Research Symposium - reports

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is to hold its seventh annual research symposium on Tuesday 27th April 2010.

FT Investing in a Sustainable Future - calendar

The 2nd annual FT Investing in a Sustainable Future international conference, hosted by the Financial Times, will reveal how some of the top minds in today's corporate, financial and investment...

ACCSR’s 4th Annual Conference “Meeting the Standard: the Post-GFC World of Responsible Business Practice” - calendar

Are you ready to meet the standard of responsible business practice in a post-GFC world? Find out what a new global ISO standard on social responsibility principles, topics and practices will mean...

Verité’s 11th annual China Symposium - calendar

October 30, 2009 marks our 11th annual China Symposium. We will gather perspectives and input from a full range of businesses and organizations and explore various approaches to supplier...

CSR'09 - calendar

The Fourth Edition of the International CSR Conference in Romania, CSR’09 Turning Innovation into Responsibility, organized by Saga Business & Community will take place on October 20 and 21 at...

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit - calendar

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit is the largest and most comprehensive conference on CSR and sustainability communications and reporting in Europe. With over 30 expert speakers,...

Summer Course on International aspects of CSR - calendar

The University of Geneva and MHCInternational Ltd, following the enormous success of their joint venture with their Advanced Certificate on CSR, have launched a new Residential Executive Education...

Sompo Japan launches its 8th annual CSR report - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Group, has launched its eighth annual report “Corporate Social Responsibility Communication 2009”.

Making the difference - The sport and social responsibility summit 2009 - calendar

SportBusiness Group is proud to announce a groundbreaking new event focusing on the role of sport and CSR, Making the difference – the sport and social responsibility summit. Some of the world’s...

Alliance Boots Publishes 2008/09 CSR Report - reports

The document outlines progress and achievements in the group's main areas of corporate social responsibility activity, including the development of a unified approach across the various...

Dubai Responsible Business Dialogue 2009 - calendar

Join Dubai’s business leaders to galvanize a vision and action plan for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Dubai that is developed and led by the Business Community.   As Dubai...

Experience CSR - calendar

This one-day interactive workshop provides a safe environment to experiment with CSR strategy using an online business simulation. Learn about CSR change management best practice so that you are...

Introduction to CSR - calendar

In this half-day workshop participants are introduced to the concept of CSR and how it is practiced around the world. This workshop is for all professionals who wish to gain an understanding of...

Call for papers for Seventh Annual ICCSR Symposium - reports

A call for papers is being made for the Seventh Annual ICCSR Symposium at Nottingham University Business School in the UK.

Introduction to Partnering - calendar

Learn how to develop and manage cross-sectoral partnerships that work. Experience 'the partnering game' a specially-created simulation to enable participants to experience the major components of...

CSR Asia Summit 2009 - calendar

Asia-Pacific’s most innovative and challenging conference on CSR will take place 27-28 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the theme “Sustainable Business as the Road to Recovery” , the event...

CSR Manila Forum - calendar

This forum is aimed at companies interested in strategic CSR practices, with an emphasis on community investment measurement and communications, and building trust-based relationships with...

Corporate Responsibility 2009: Building a New Corporate Agenda - calendar

Conference Overview Whether the issue is climate change, economic growth, or accountability, multinational companies today are under unprecedented pressure to play their part in solving the major...

CSR International's CSR Networking Meetings - calendar

Evening events run on the first Wednesday of every month in London. CSR International is a community interest company for thought-leadership, benchmarking and shared knowledge on corporate...

Delhaize Group publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

The report details how Delhaize's new CSR strategy focuses on three main themes (products, people and planet) and five focus areas: food safety, health and wellness, associate development, energy...

CSR International's CSR webinars - calendar

Online, interactive dialogues with CSR thought-leaders and leaders in practice (e.g. John Elkington, David Korten, James Lovelock & Stuart Hart) Run every Tuesday, alternating between 9 am and...

CSR International's CSR Masterclasses - calendar

Presented by: Dr Wayne Visser, Professor of CSR and author/editor of five books on CSR, including "The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility" and "Making a Difference". Build your knowledge on...

Achmea releases CSR report - reports

Achmea, based in The Netherlands, and part of the European group, Eureko,  truly believes in 'giving something back to society', and acts accordingly, not just paying 'lip service' to the...

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the UK Chairman of Shell, the CEOs from IKEA, Timberland, Eurostar, BP Biofuels and Green and...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This event runs from 28 September to 02 October 2009. This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key...

Orange / France Telecom publishes 2008 CSR Report - reports

Orange / France Telecom has published its 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

IABC Communicating Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

The storm in the financial markets is challenging corporations to demonstrate responsible behaviour to internal and external stakeholders. How does the economic turmoil impact a company’s...

IFC performance standards, equator principles and extractives - calendar

Advanced insights into and application of the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and EBRD Performance Requirements to develop bankable ESIAs and secure project finance and political risk...

Clear profit 08 - calendar

Clear Profit's 3rd annual conference is a unique chance to form ideas together with leaders in investor and business responsibility. A carefully-designed programme, drawing on six years of...

Mobilising development: Vodafone's latest CSR Report - reports

Vodafone’s latest CR Report, published today, highlights how the company’s expansion in emerging markets is promoting economic development by increasing access to communications.

Making it happen: implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment - calendar

Just over two years after the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were launched by the UN Secretary-General in New York, the initiative has garnered the support of over 360...

ScottishPower publishes its online CSR Annual Review 2008 - reports

ScottishPower is using an innovative CSR TV site to outline its corporate social responsibility achievements. It includes first hand accounts from community groups as they tell their story about...

ICCSR 6th annual symposium - calendar

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to announce its sixth annual symposium. The theme this year: Spheres of Influence/Spheres of Responsibility: Multinational...

The stakeholder engagement summit - calendar

The Stakeholder Engagement Summit is the first event of its kind. Designed to bring multiple stakeholder groups together in one place to discuss the best tools and practices for engagement in CSR,...

RWE npower publishes sixth corporate responsibility Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its sixth full corporate responsibility report. The report describes how the company is responding to the challenge of delivering affordable and reliable...

Central and Eastern Europe corporate responsibility summit - calendar

Designed to show you how to manage corporate responsibility issues across the region and beyond, this two-day business conference features senior executives from Shell, Nestle, Microsoft, RWE...

Legal & General Plc - 2008 CSR Report - reports

Legal & General has published its 2008 CSR Report.

H&M releases Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish clothing retailer, has published its Sustainability Report for 2008.

Ethical sourcing forum Europe - calendar

This leadership forum will deliver new strategies and practices to address the latest social and environmental challenges facing global supply chain professionals and stakeholders. With its core...

International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

This three-day event will be the meeting place for local and international companies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and fund managers. The primary reason for selecting Malaysia as venue for...

The 4th Annual CSR Partnerships Conference - calendar

CSR Partnerships is a fourth time, focused two day conference dealing with all aspects of Biz-NGO, B2B and Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships The content of the conference is a result of 6 months...

EACA Care Awards - calendar

The European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) has announced a new creative award for European Social Marketing Campaigns to recognize excellence in promoting care for people, resources...

CSR Asia summit 2008 - calendar

Running for the 6th time in 2008, the annual CSR Asia Summit has quickly emerged as the most anticipated corporate social responsibility (CSR) event in the calendar since its inception. Amidst a...

Low Carbon Strategies: Innovative and business critical ways of effecting deep and credible CO2 reductions. - calendar

A new event designed to help companies understand the carbon cuts they are obliged to make, the additional cuts they can help facilitate, how to pay for it and make it pay for them. Speakers...

The Co-operative Group CSR Report - reports

The Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 reveals that community investment stood at £7.3m ($12.9m), or 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profit, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003 despite a 26...

CSR Practitioner Workshop - calendar

Workshop Objectives This challenging 2-day course - offered for the first time globally - enables participants to acquire the skills and competencies required to become qualified CSR...

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Business Lawyer - calendar

A conference presented by the IBA Corporate Social Responsibility Committee The International Bar Association is hosting its Corporate Social Responsibility and the Business Lawyer Conference on...

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the President of Starbucks Europe, the European Chairman of Microsoft, the European President of...

How should business adapt to a low-carbon world? - calendar

Free half-day masterclass run in association with Arup and The Climate Group The Management Consultancies Association is launching a new carbon management report entitled “A growing concern”,...

Corporate Responsibility 2008 - calendar

Sustaining Momentum and Responsible Growth At its 2007 Summit, the G8 nations signalled an unprecedented interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Not only did they encourage the...

ACCSR Annual Conference - calendar

Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008 Hear from leaders of business, government and civil society...

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

CAF Community Investment Debate Forum - calendar

Mirror mirror on the wall – is community investment simply about image? Stakeholders are demanding more accountability and transparency from companies in the area of corporate responsibility...

ExperienceCSR workshop - calendar

ExperienceCSR teaches best practice by challenging participants to work in teams to overcome the most pressing business challenges. It focuses on building management capability for effective CSR...

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

Green Retail 08 - calendar

Green Retail is a conference devoted to addressing issues of sustainability in the retail sector. Carefully selected industry experts will give your company hands on approaches to how you can...

UPEACE CSR Workshop - calendar

Ideal Media and the UN affiliated UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education have teamed up to deliver a 2 day workshop on CSR. The course will give CSR professionals practical...

Developing a culture of socially responsible leadership - calendar

CSR issues are now firmly established in the business mainstream. There is an emerging emphasis on the people skills and organisational culture that are needed for companies to live their espoused...

The British Land Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has used its latest Corporate Responsibility Report to outline a number of 'next steps' the property company intends to take.

MHCi Executive Forums 2007 - calendar

2nd Annual CSR Update Following on from last year's widely praised update the MHCi team, along with selected experts, will review the last year's progress on CSR and outline what are likely...

MHCi Executive Forums 2007 - calendar

CSR and Sustainable Development - what can business do? MHC International Ltd's Executive Forums are different. Held in Central London, the Forums focus on a key topic in CSR, and promote deep...

Marks & Spencer's third CSR report - reports

Marks & Spencer, one of the UK's leading retailers of clothing, clothing, home and beauty products, has today published its 2006 Corporate Social responsibility Report.

The Marks & Spencer Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has just published its latest CSR Report covering performance during 2004/05. This is the high street retailer's second Report following its Review published in June 2003.

Ethical Sourcing Forum Europe - calendar

Established annual industry favourite. Now offering even more with choice of mini forum topics and business training to get you thinking outside the box. ‘No problem can withstand...

CSR Academy Seeks International Partners for CSR Competency Framework - reports

CSR Academy Seeks International Partners for CSR Competency Framework

H&M produces 2005 CSR report - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has outlined the successes and challenges relating to its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

H&M produces 2004 CSR report - reports

Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has given an account of its successes and challenges in respect of its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

Middle East Corporate Social Responsiblity Conference - calendar

The Corporate Social Responsibility Forum is a discourse on the fundamentals of CSR: choosing the right platform and partners, creating effective sustainability reporting and using it as a...