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COP 23: We have to talk about livestock emissions - news

By Aarti Ramachandran — As global leaders convene in Bonn in Germany for COP23, there's a chance to keep the world on track to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global warming...

Why independent food and drink businesses should lead the way in combating global warming - news

By Suranga Herath, CEO, English Tea Shop —There have recently been two major stories suggesting an imminent crisis in global agriculture. Firstly, we heard from Bioversity International...

COP 23: We have to talk about livestock emissions - news

By Aarti Ramachandran, FAIRR — This week, global leaders descend on Bonn in Germany for COP23. It is a chance to keep the world on track to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit...

Call to game-changing businesses shaping the future to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2018 - news

Business in the Community is inviting game-changing companies that are embedding responsible business innovation and best practice to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2018.  ...

UK grocery chains focus on responsible initiatives - news

By Brian Collett — Waitrose, one of Britain’s largest supermarket chains, has taken another step towards its target of making all own-label packaging reusable or home-compostable by...

EU advisory group sets out vision for sustainable finance - news

By Vikas Vij — Last year, the European Commission announced it would establish a High Level Expert Group (HLEG) to advise it on developing a comprehensive EU strategy on sustainable...

FTSE 100 companies get ethical guidance for good governance - news

By Brian Collett — Business bosses in the UK are to benefit from the advice of two ethical guidance bodies.             The recommendations will be...

Seafood industry takes big steps toward sustainability - news

By Brian Collett — The tuna company Thai Union has joined forces with the environmental NGO Greenpeace to improve labour practices, expand sustainable operations and minimise destructive...

Candriam’s ESG study rates 74 countries globally as ‘investable’ - news

By Roger Aitken — The 2017 SRI Country report from Candriam, part of New York Life with assets under management of €108 billion as of this June, has categorised 74 countries globally...

First industry-wide global sustainability goals set by International Tourism Partnership - news

By Brian Collett — Four ethical goals have been set by the International Tourism Partnership , the London-based hospitality industry body, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  ...

Swedish food company Oumph! launches in UK, bringing environmental and sustainable values - news

By Roger Aitken — To Oumph! or not to Oumph! — that is the question. And so it was, down at the UK launch event convened at Whole Food Market’s flagship store in Kensington...

Science-Based Targets Initiative drives practices at Landsec - news

By Elisabeth Jeffries — When real estate company Landsec realised it could be contributing to a potential global temperature increase of more than 2 degrees C, it restructured 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...

The important business of ocean conservation - news

By Tom Birbeck, ARC Marine—According to a WWF report, our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, so how can we afford not to protect and invest in it like any other business?  ...

Cities pushing beyond climate change - news

By David Connor, UK Regional Voice Lead — As the world conversely becomes better connected in an increasingly uncertain future, we are seeing the roles of cities and governments fluctuate...

ShareAction investment conference to focus on support for responsible business - news

By Brian Collett — Finance groups and other stakeholders are to debate the ways in which large European investors can use their funds to support responsible business and be accountable for...

Half Of UK workers say ‘no need’ to sacrifice profits for higher ESG - news

By Roger Aitken —  Around half (47%) of UK workers believe that companies can achieve higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards “without sacrificing...

Consumers prefer companies with ethical practices - news

By Brian Collett — Most customers want to know the policies of a business on issues such as tax, hygiene, staff morale and the environment before buying, says a survey by the York-based...

C&A publishes list of 2,000 factories in its supply chain - news

By Brian Collett — The international fashion retailer C&A has published the details of all its suppliers in its efforts to achieve the most transparent supply chain.  ...

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...

Inventshift showcases social enterprises for global good - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Social enterprises are a new way of doing business, where, by selling goods and services in the open market, the social enterprises reinvest the money they make back...

Britain joins the green wave in swearing off combustion engines - news

By RP Siegel — A surprising announcement has come out of London—to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and vans, beginning in the year 2040. The plan was announced...

Al Gore at Ashden Awards: “Must, can, will we change?” - news

By Adam Woodhall — Al Gore started out giving speeches about the environment in 1989, first with flip charts, then slides, then a mix of digital imagery, animation and high-tech stagecraft...

New UK Minister hails flourishing cleantech ecosystem - news

By Adam Woodhall — The Rushlight Summer Showcase took place at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Appropriately, the event took us on a journey through the flourishing ecosystem...

GSK reduces supply chain emissions with help from Schneider Electric - news

By Vikas Vij — A PLoS ONE study published last year showed that if the US healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest carbon emitter, more than...

Pat Harned guides ethics in business - news

By Adam Woodhall — Pat Harned leads the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), regularly engaging with leaders of global corporations and the US Department of Justice as well as...

Rising green bond market supports eco-friendly projects - news

By Vikas Vij — Green bonds are debt instruments designed to finance environment-friendly projects. With most of the world now more strongly aligned on tackling climate change, governments...

HSBC’s investigation into own client saves Indonesian rainforest - news

By Roger Aitken — Action taken by HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organisations globally with an international network comprising around 7,500 offices in over 80...

Action or belief?  - news

By Adam Woodhall — I’ve asked hundreds of people this question: which comes first, action or belief? The large majority pause, and then say, “Belief”. The reality is,...

Winners of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2017 announced - news

Anglian Water have been named one of the most responsible businesses in the UK, along with 16 other companies at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.   [Pictured: Mark...

East Capital’s new Sustainable Emerging Markets Fund leverages proprietary ESG for alpha - news

By Roger Aitken — East Capital, an independent asset manager specializing in emerging and frontier markets that manages €2.7 billion (c.$3.08bn/£2.38bn) in public and private...

Record green energy levels not an existential threat to UK utilities - news

By RP Siegel — The future is now, or at least it was on Sunday, June 11th in the UK. That’s because on that day, a combination of bright sunshine and blustery winds, along with...

NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the power of family businesses - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Some of the UK’s largest and most successful businesses are family-owned, including some of the country’s most recognisable and well-loved brands. Two...

De Beers innovates to become carbon neutral - news

By Brian Collett —  De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company, has begun research that could make some of its mines carbon-neutral within five years.    ...

Growing sustainable business leaders - news

By Mac Macartney — Business leaders across all sectors are feeling the tug, the dip and pull of something deep beneath their feet. A future so uncertain they can no longer ignore it. It is...

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership drafts in Spain’s top seafood player - news

By Antonio Pasolini — One of Spain's top seafood companies has struck a deal with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), an initiative designed to promote sustainable fishing...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

By Brian Collett — The global apparel industry is making changes to promote better practices.   A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide has been signed...

Another record-breaking year for renewable energy: more capacity for less money - news

By Adam Woodhall — Just prior to the launch of their Renewables 2017 Global Status Report , which found there was a record of 161 GW added to global power capacity, for 23% less...

LSE’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ recognizes fast growing green enterprises - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange’s latest annual ‘1,000 Companies To Inspire Britain’, has, for the first time, profiled in detail some of the enterprises...

London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice in...

Green hotel award winners announced - news

By Brian Collett — Employees at the Landgut Stober hotel at Nauen, near Berlin, including a number of refugees, have become a “nurturing family”, said the judges of the Green...

Future business models must consider use of natural resources: report - news

By Brian Collett — The world’s manufacturers are likely to triple their use of natural resources and quadruple their gross domestic product by 2050.    This scary...

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...

Global coalition forms to promote sustainable cotton - news

By Ethical Performance — From its localized beginnings 5,000 years ago in Mexico and the Indus Valley in India, cotton has grown to be the most widely used natural fiber crop used in...

What types of businesses benefit from using a cardboard baler? - news

Guest column by QCR  — Essentially, any business that produces waste cardboard could be in a position to warrant a cardboard baler. Balers are manufactured in different sizes and...

AkzoNobel is committed to zero harm and positive impact from products - news

Guest blog by André Veneman, AkzoNobel — What happens if you ask your friends what they think about chemicals?    Will they mention the risks, the possibility of...

EU calls for ban on vegetable oils in biofuel - news

By Brian Collett—The EU is on course to ban vegetable oils, including palm oil, in all biofuel.   Members of the European Parliament have called for the ban on the grounds...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

Fashion For Good program starts up with grant from the C&A Foundation - news

By Brian Collett — Brands, retailers, and manufacturers have been invited to join a programme encouraging good practice by the C&A Foundation.   The Foundation,...

A nuclear reactor above our heads: embracing solar energy is key to working sustainably - news

By Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World — The sun produces enough light every hour to match worldwide energy needs for a year. Our bodies are solar factories...

AB InBev sets goal of 100% renewable energy - news

By Brian Collet—AB InBev, the world’s largest brewery, with sales in 50 countries, aims to source all its electricity from renewables by 2025.    The group, whose...

Responsible Business Week: showcasing companies that make a positive impact - news

By Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community — Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a...

150 French corporations required to report on human rights and environmental policies - news

by Brian Collett — Large French companies will soon be subject to a tighter law compelling them to report on their human rights and environmental policies.    The...

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...

Australian solar power customers support community solar projects - news

By Brian Collett — A green Australian electricity company has given customers the option of paying slightly higher rates to finance community solar projects.  Powershop, which...

Canadian oil sands production cut due to unprofitability - news

By Brian Collett — ExxonMobil is curbing its tar sands oil operations in Alberta, but for economic, not environmental, reasons.           The oil company...

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,...

Is the corporate responsibility and sustainability profession just another elite?  - news

By Tom Idle — The recent EU referendum demonstrates the national divides we have in the UK – and  plenty of evidence  shows that we have one of the lowest social...

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

By James Pitcher — Whitbread is the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospitality company and we have ambitious plans for our two leading brands, Premier Inn and Costa. By 2020, we...

ESG factors drive stronger performance in emerging markets equities - news

By Roger Aitken— Investing in emerging markets (EM) equities with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings leads to “better performance” when adjusted for...

Costa steps up recycling of used cups - news

By Brian Collett —  Costa, Britain’s largest coffee shop chain, has begun a scheme to recycle all its used takeaway cups. The company expects at least 30 million cups will be...

Business chooses long term planning for sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Creating a truly sustainable organisation isn’t something that can realistically be achieved in the average tenure of a FTSE CEO, which is currently 4.6 years....

Veolia, BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2016, buys into the circular economy - news

By Tom Idle — Talking about the so-called circular economy and all the potential economic and environmental benefits it might bring is not to speak of a distant future, says the woman...

Olam International and NGO Mighty agree to “re-set terms for responsible development - news

By Brian Collett — A project to create the world’s largest palm oil plantation that could involve heavy deforestation in the West African country of Gabon has been set on...

Sky educates UK consumers about marine trash - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Beach and sea litter is made up of discarded objects, mainly plastics, such as single-use bags and straws that wash up along coastal environments.   ...

Capgemini UK launches ambitious carbon reduction targets - news

By Brian Collett — The UK arm of Capgemini, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, has set itself two demanding targets for reducing its present annual carbon...

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

By Vikas Vij — In the next 15 years, more than two-thirds of total investment infrastructure will be made in cities. By 2050, about 66 percent of the global population will live in urban...

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...

Corporate sustainability helps improve employee engagement - news

By Vikas Vij — Employee engagement is the psychological engine that drives corporate performance. While employee engagement worldwide is on a decline, some companies are managing to beat...

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...

Slovak’s EU presidency focuses on transition to low carbon economy - news

By Roger Aitken — The Environment Council agenda under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) has been focusing on creating conditions for a “gradual...

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...

The renewable revolution  - news

By Adam Woodhall — In Britain and beyond, businesses large and small are getting on with a rapid transition to renewables, despite mixed messages coming from the UK government.  ...

Authentic is the new black: Ex-CFO on finding yourself as the key to success and happiness - news

By Andy Hix — As Oscar Wilde once said, you might as well be yourself, because everyone else is taken.    But in the corporate world, that’s notoriously difficult....

UK Millennials buy responsible brands this holiday - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — A UK survey reveals that 55 percent of 18-34 year olds, known as Millennials, are switching brand loyalty, which should be a focus for businesses this holiday season...

"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...

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

By Adam Woodhall — Practical provocation and tangible innovation were the motivational themes explored by some of    the best minds in the UK energy industry at the recent...

The good purpose guide – 9 ways to turn purpose into action within your business - news

By Charlotte West — Business is increasingly required to play a role in society which goes beyond maximising stakeholder profit. So it’s perhaps no surprise that 'purpose’...

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

By Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

Business leaders split on effect of Brexit on ethical governance - news

By Brian Collett — The ways in which Brexit will change the ethical conduct of businesses in the UK are as uncertain as the issues that will affect their trading.    The...

Science-based targets guide business in setting carbon reduction goals - news

By Tom Idle — As we prepare for the cold days of winter, we might fondly recall the hot days of summer – some of the warmest on record for the season. The warning signs were...

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

Interview with Tim Haywood, Interserve   By Adam Woodhall   I recently had a conversation with Tim Haywood, Group Finance Director and Head of Sustainability at...

Salmon fisherman take action to protect stocks against environmental contamination - news

By Brian Collett — Hundreds of Alaskan fishermen have taken action to safeguard their salmon grounds against environmental contamination. Altogether 93 per cent of 513 interviewed...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

By Nikos Avlonas — Much has been made about whether Silicon Valley corporations are or are trying to be role models for sustainability. There is a perception that Silicon Valley...

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

By Michael Grosse—Each year an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted globally. This mountain of food would be over eight Eiffel Towers tall and includes about 45% of fruit...

Government support for sustainability is “utterly pathetic”  - news

Interview with Jonathon Porritt, founder of Forum for the Future, by Tom Idle   He may not like to describe himself as a ‘greenie’ – not least because his work...

Riversimple adopts circular economy to create a cutting edge eco-auto  - news

By Adam Woodhall — A passion for racing cars and environmentalism aren't usual bedfellows. Hugo Spowers is not an usual entrepreneur though, and the business he has created,...

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — An international group of scientists, food manufacturers, nutritionists, NGOs and policymakers has urged all farmers to produce palm oil in an environmentally...

Praxis Mutual commits to impact bonds from India, Starbucks, and European Investment Bank - news

By Roger Aitken — Following a number of positive impact bond purchases, Praxis Mutual Funds, a leading faith-based and socially responsible family of mutual funds advised by Everence...

10 things I've learnt in my 10 years in sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Ten years ago, I launched myself into the world of sustainability, and it’s been an amazing roller coaster journey. In 2006 there were some things I already...

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...

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...

The Shareholder Revolution? - news

by Adam Woodhall — At the recent The Crowd  event, the title was "The Shareholder Revolution?" . The question mark was particularly important because, as was made...

Finland lists first green bond on LSE with $500m issuance - news

by Roger Aitken — Finland’s leading provider of financial services in the country to local government and public housing sectors, Municipality Finance (MuniFin), opened trading on...

The natural capital concept can guide decisions and assess environmental risk. - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — After constructing a plant in an arid part of India, buildings materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim opted not to buy efficient water equipment. Instead, it helped...

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

by Vikas Vij — The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector,...

Brexit mustn’t mean wreckxit - news

by Adam Woodhall — A Baroness, professor, a past CEO of the Environment Agency and Boris Johnson’s father were just a few of the assembled luminaries who gathered to discuss and...

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

by Adam Woodhall — The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, or RSA for short, was founded in 1754, and has an impressive history.   ...

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...

£735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund ‘commits’ first to divest from fossil fuels - news

by Roger Aitken — Waltham Forest became the first local government pension fund in the UK to “commit to divest” from all fossil fuels following a meeting convened by its...

New ideas for a new economy - news

by Adam Woodhall — The British are historically world leaders at creating solutions to problems. For example, when in the UK we started running out of wood to build ships and burn for...

Cheers! Friday 16th is Global Beer Responsibility Day - news

by Antonio Pasolini — Friday evenings are traditionally a? time? when, in alcohol-friendly cultures, people get together with their workmates for a beer or two—sometimes, maybe more...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

by RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared ambition to head off accelerating climate...

International Tourism Partnership launches Hotel Water Measure Initiative to set industry standards - news

by Brian Collett —Thousands of hotels throughout the world are expected to combine in a drive to cut water consumption.      Along with conservation measures, they...

CDL partners to launch sustainability academy to achieve climate goals - news

by Antonio Pasolini—The city-state of Singapore is making a pioneering move towards meeting its climate mitigation goals. A joint effort by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the...

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

by Vikas Vij — The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction...

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

by Brian Collett — Nike, the multinational footwear and apparel group, has opened an expanded distribution hub at its European centre with the claim that it has taken 14,000 annual lorry...

Sustainable packaging regulation for Singapore companies - news

by Vikas Vij —  As urban populations grow and become more densely packed, major cities around the world struggle to manage packaging waste. Reducing packaging waste is a part of a...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

COP21: Getting down to business By RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared...

Is now the time to go green? - news

by Andy Jones — Clean 200 has released the rankings of the top 200 sustainable companies in the world.   Omitting the likes of oil lobbying companies, forced labour workforces,...

Beer-making without impact, the Heineken way - news

by Tom Idle —   For the past six years, Heineken’s approach to environmental and social issues has been informed by its structured Brewing a Better world strategy. And it is...

Standish Mellon joins climate bond partnership intensifying ‘sustainable investing’ commitment - news

by Roger Aitken—Standish Mellon Asset Management (‘Standish’), a BNY Mellon investment boutique with around $158 billion (£121bn, €143bn) of assets under management,...

Online database brings transparency to mutual funds’ holdings in palm oil - news

by Brian Collett — An online database has been set up to show the global mutual funds with holdings in palm oil agriculture, today’s fastest-growing cause of rainforest destruction....

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

By Adam Woodhall — The demands on an ethical organisation of consumer and client expectations, government regulation and voluntary standards, make doing good business ever more complex....

Creating eco-friendly airport systems of the future - news

by Vikas Vij — Airports have traditionally been viewed as a prime source of anti-environmental activity. Whether it is the high amount of air pollution from the airplanes, the high-energy...

What Brexit means for UK business - news

by Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for...

The other “B” word — not Brexit or Boris, but British bees - news

by Sangeeta Haindl —  Organic food UK home delivery service Abel & Cole has welcomed 60,000 honeybees to its offices in Wimbledon as part of its commitment to educating people...

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Designing the future: the Creative Conscience Awards - news

by Adam Woodhall — The communicators and creatives who will help design and mould the future gathered overlooking the Thames in London for the 2016 edition of the Creative Conscience...

Business & Climate Summit: inspiring a social movement - news

The Business & Climate Summit 2016 held in London is a leading annual forum for businesses, investors and policymakers on climate action.  One of the attendees was Charles Perry , a...

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...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

By Reynard Loki — A new report by Sustainalytics, a sustainability research and analysis firm, suggests that Brexit could prompt British companies to slack off on green schemes, which...

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

Business in the Community has announced the winner of its flagship award, Responsible Business of the Year 2016: Veolia, the global resource management company. Presented at a Gala Dinner...

Wind power: less noise, happier neighbors - news

by Antonio Pasolini — Wind power is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to renewable energy. It currently accounts for 41.1 percent of all energy produced in Denmark (2015 data)...

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...

Ginkgo 2 Confirms €140m Fundraising Target - news

by Roger Aitken — Europe’s answer to speeding up the decontamination of old industrial sites—revamping and greening them into sound places to live and work—took a further...

Brexit means a world of uncertainty. But in CRS, we can handle it. - news

by Claudine Blamey, ICRS Chair, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate —Watching the UK’s EU referendum results come in provided more tension, anxiety and delight...

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

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 — ...

Adapting to market changes in the utilities sector - news

by Koen Bas — The emergence of new technologies in smart energy, coupled with customer behavioural changes and demands, is reshaping the utility industry. The energy and utilities...

Bag battles: plastic vs. paper - news

by Brian Collett — Plastic bags have become a widely discouraged vice because of the enduring toxins they carry and pass on to humans, but is the persuasive case for banning or reducing...

Chiswick Park’s “Enjoy-Work” offices and Minds @ Work program support wellbeing - news

by Adam Woodhall — Workplace wellbeing is rapidly moving up the agenda of business, government and civic society.  It is now seen as not only the right thing to do, but it also has a...

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

by Bibi Gratzer —  Blue has always been my favourite colour. Maybe because I am oceanophile, maybe because blue is a colour that has both, calming and awakening properties. Maybe also...

Zipcar adds Volkswagen Golf GTE to its London fleet - news

by Antonio Pasolini — The London car club scene is about to become greener as car-sharing company Zipcar increases its offer of emissions-free driving. The company has partnered with...

Tech can have a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions: BT report - news

by RP Siegel — We hear a lot about smart technology these days: smart cars, smart cities, smart grid, etc., with an implied promise that these smart things will be far more efficient than...

The environmental impact of Brexit cannot be overlooked - news

by Tom Idle — The people of the UK could wake up 24 June and find themselves in a very different political landscape. The European Union (EU) Referendum taking place on 23 June poses a...

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 ,...

Ethical standards raised over UK IFA’s ISO 22222 claims - news

by Roger Aitken - Financial advisers in the UK who are accredited with ISO 22222, the international standard for personal financial planners, have a duty and obligation to ask clients about...

It's "moral time" to close the gender pay gap - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The issue of pay and gender equality is high on the international news agenda. Actress Robin Wright recently demanded to be paid the same as co-star Kevin Spacey for...

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

By Vikas Vij — Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face...

From farmers to financiers: investors have begun to see farm animal welfare as a significant risk - news

By Leah Garces, USA Executive Director for Compassion in World Farming — Earlier last month in New York, a meeting took place that would have seemed implausible only a few years ago....

UK workforce leads Europe, US in sick days - news

The UK workforce has more sick days than any other European country, and twice as many as the US, notes Gerry Brennan, CEO of Cloudbooking, a space management software company that works with...

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...

Sustainable finance at the core of European economic recovery - news

By Vikas Vij — Capital infusion into sustainable infrastructure and innovation has emerged as an important strategy to drive job creation globally. The direction provided by governments to...

83% of environment and sustainability professionals say UK benefits from EU membership: IEMA survey - news

A new survey of environmental and sustainability professionals by the Institute of Environmental and Management Assessment shows that an overwhelming majority—83%—believe that...

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...

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability announces first working fellows - news

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability has announced its first group of working Fellows. The six Fellows were chosen by a detailed review of their achievements to evaluate...

John Lewis partnership leads with employee-owned business model - news

by Vikas Vij - Employee ownership business models have increasingly attracted attention since the financial crisis of 2008 when corporate governance came to be recognized as a critical...

"High sustainability" companies are better businesses - news

“High sustainability” businesses significantly outperform “low sustainability” companies in two ways: lower volatility on the stock market and by a six percent...

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...

COP 21 agreement spurs East Capital to review "high climate change"- related investing risk - news

by Roger Aitken The climate agreement sealed at the COP21 summit in Paris on 12 December 2015 underscores, once and for all, that climate change is a common issue that needs to be addressed...

A measurable impact - news

by Frank E. Celli, CEO, BioHiTech Global   Each year, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food that farmers grow never makes it to our plates. Tons of it ends up in landfills, where...

London's Public Transport Gets Greener - news

by Antonio Pasolini London's transport network is getting greener with the launch of zero-emission versions of the iconic double-decker buses. The all-electric model was unveiled by TFL...

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...

Top automakers for advanced vehicles ranked in new CDP report - news

Several automakers have taken the lead in “advanced vehicles,” according to a new report from CDP. The category includes battery electric (EV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and fuel cell...

European market for renewable energy continues to grow - news

EP Journal By RP Siegel Market demand for renewable energy in Europe as documen-ted by Guarantees of Origin, grew by 8% over the previous year, extending an extraordinary growth streak....

Sky supports WWF's Earth Hour, Saturday 19 March with new advert - news

Sky is broadcasting a new advert   to reach out to its 21 million customers in the U.K. and across Europe to encourage them to take part in WWF’s ‘Earth Hour’ this...

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...

Morningstar launches new sustainability rating for sustainable investors - news

Morningstar has introduced a new sustainable investing initiative, the Morningstar Sustainability Rating for funds. This rating will help investors evaluate mutual and ETF funds that invest in...

Global coalition comes together to change the future of protein - news

A group of international businesses and NGOs have joined to form The Protein Challenge 2040, a first collaboration across the protein system. Facilitated by Forum for the Future, a...

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to address GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit - news

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is scheduled to give the opening address at the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit to be held in Vancouver, from 2 March to 4 March. More than 2,000 thought...

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...

Orange launches website for entrepreneurs in Africa and the Middle East - news

Orange has launched the Entrepreneur Club, a website that provides practical guidance and tools for company creation to startups in Africa and the Middle East. At the Club, entrepreneurs can...

Asia Pulp & Paper supports new foundation to address deforestation - news

Asia Pulp and Paper has launched a new initiative, the Belantara Foundation, to direct funding to protect Indonesian rainforests. The Foundation will use an innovative, multi-stakeholder...

New recycling scheme for 'orphan vehicles' - news

The British automotive industry has committed to helping thousands of consumers recycle their old vehicles with a free take-back service, designed to help owners whose brand may no longer sell...

Plant-based package proves commercial success - news

Tetra Pak will deliver more than 100m packs of its Tetra Rex® Bio-based pack this year, reflecting strong demand for the package since its launch in January 2015. The world’s first...

Nelson moves to RSF Social Finance - news

Deb Nelson, formerly the executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), has joined RSF Social Finance as the new Vice President of Client and Community Engagement. Nelson expanded the...

East Capital’s China environmental strategy whets ‘clean-tech’ appetite - news

East Capital, an emerging and frontier markets specialist headquartered in Stockholm that actively manages €2.1bn of assets in public and private equity as well as real estate, transitioned...

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...

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

With 40% of its carbon impact found along the supply chain, GSK has found a novel way to engage and encourage its suppliers to cut energy, water and waste. Tom Idle speaks to the...

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?...

A step change to quieter, smoother flights - news

All of us expect our airplane landings to be as smooth as possible, but what about being as quiet as possible? ask Ian Jopson, Head of Environmental and Community Affairs NATS, the UK’s...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

Japan to help develop smart cities in India - news

A Japanese research institute is partnering with an Indian technology institute to share its ideas on how to make Indian cities ‘smart’ and also take back Indian cultural ideas in an...

BLOG: Businesses must unite to protect wildlife - news

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, shares his thoughts on why business needs to unite to tackle the international problem of illegal poaching and trafficking. Many of the...

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...

MCS welcomes extension of coastal conservation zones around UK - news

The chances of recovery for marine life in English seas have been boosted by the creation of new Marine Conservation Zones, says the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) following the Department...

BLOG: Post-COP21 business needs to step up - news

Businesses need to look beyond their own boundaries in the post-Paris climate era, blogs Chris Cook, AkzoNobel Planet Possible Programme Director. Global leaders will meet this week at the...

British drivers reluctant to embrace electric vehicle technology - news

The number of electric cars on Britain’s roads may have shot up to more than 40,000 from just 3,500 two years ago, but a new survey has shown that only 3% of motorists are interested in...

BASF argan initiative proves economic and social success - news

As BASF's Argan Programme reaches its 10th anniversary, statistics show that the initiative now benefits 1,000 women in rural Southern Morocco. The initiative was originally designed to...

Travel company books Fair Trade holiday of a lifetime - news

Sumak Travel, the UK based social enterprise that specialises in Latin American ecotourism, has partnered with the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) to launch a range of Fair...

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...

British consumers making more ethical choices, finds report - news

Ethical spending has continued to grow despite difficult market conditions, according to the Ethical Consumer Markets Report published by Ethical Consumer magazine and Triodos Bank. The...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the December 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered funds over the past one year to 30 November 2015, the £2,343.66m Pictet-Water USD fund was top ranked in Morningstar’s analysis of 251 sector funds with a...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

‘Transformational’ improvements at its distilleries stand the global drinks giant Diageo in good stead in the face of ongoing carbon and water issues. But securing its long-term...

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...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

Recent events in Paris brought to mind children’s author Natalie Lloyds’ description of the Eiffel Tower, the city’s instantly recognizable landmark, which she admired because...

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

To shape tomorrow’s sustainable economy business’ innovative capacity is essential. However the public trust in business innovations is dwindling and that is a problem for all....

All in good time? - news

Negotiators at the COP21 climate summit in Paris made slow, if steady progress. Bob Siegel reports on what it could achieve At the COP21 talks in Paris, officials from 196 nations convened...

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...

Legal & General to stop quarterly reporting - news

The UK’s biggest asset manager Legal & General will no longer give its shareholders quarterly updates on its financial performance, arguing that the frequent reporting promotes...

Changes urged in Japan’s male-centered work culture - news

A government advisory panel on gender equality called on the nation to change the male-oriented work culture based on the outdated family model in which men work long hours while women take care...

Costa scoops three wins for energy management - news

Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, has recently received three awards for its outstanding work in energy management and sustainable building. At the 2016 Energy Awards, Costa, in...

Over-hunted tropical forests could make climate change worse - news

The extinction of large animals from tropical forests could make climate change worse – according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. New research published in Science...

Turn deforestation pledges into action, urges CDP - news

Corporate momentum on tackling deforestation is at risk of stalling warns new analysis from CDP, the global non-profit which collates environmental data on behalf of investors. While seven...

Shaw's Murray makes The Circulars final - news

Paul Murray, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs has been named a finalist in The Circulars, a global sustainability awards programme....

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the November 2015 data - news

In the UK registered funds sector Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund I, a £120.38m fund, top ranked over the past one year to 31 October 2015 with a cumulative return of...

BNP Paribas commits to ‘doubling’ renewable energy financing by 2020 - news

BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank with a presence in 75 countries, is to take a further significant step in financing the transition to a low carbon economy by “more than...

Gender equality: running to stand still? - news

2015 was the year Hillary Clinton declared she was running for president in the US; it was also the year that the US fell to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap list...

Shine like a diamond - news

Renowned jewellery retailer Tiffany is looking to drive meaningful change and lead in sustainable luxury. Anisa Kamadoli Costa , chief sustainability officer, tells Laura Klepacki how...

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...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

How have the world’s corporates responded to the refugee crisis in Europe? And what role can business play anyway? Sangeeta Haindl reports One topic has dominated headlines this year...

GAR ramps up environmental protection in Indonesia - news

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest palm oil producer, has launched a Peat Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project in one of its operating areas in West Kalimantan in...

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...

Circular Ocean initiative to encourage green enterprise - news

Companies and academic bodies are to be asked to propose new action on the millions of tons of plastic waste being washed up on northern European shores. Specialist companies and others...

Kia maps out five-year ambition for green car leadership - news

Korea’s Kia Motors is looking to drive the market for more environmentally-friendly cars by giving investment into fuel-efficient technologies a significant boost. The brand’s...

Call for banks to do more in fight against climate change - news

With the UN Paris Climate Conference beginning today, new research shows growing popular support for the banking industry and big business to do more in the fight against climate change. The...

Russian business giants unite to address climate change challenge - news

Some of the biggest Russian corporates have introduced an initiative to consolidate the efforts of Russian business to mitigate environmental impacts and help prevent climate change by creating...

Sodexo partners with WWF to pilot sustainable school meals programme - news

Green & Lean is the name of a new range of sustainable school meals from Sodexo. The line is part of a pilot project through Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell,...

ZSL expands palm oil web tool to bolster investor decision-making - news

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is aiming to bring further clarity to the complex world of palm oil production through the launch of its expanded Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

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...

CDP ranking reveals corporate climate change champions - news

Apple, Diageo, Sainsbury's, Roche Holding and Google are among CDP's ranking of corporate 'A listers' for their actions to mitigate climate change.  The international...

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

Travel companies with a good environmental record are increasingly gaining a commercial advantage, finds new research from ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents.  The survey...

BlackRock launches Impact World Equity Fund fusing ‘social and financial’ goals - news

The launch mid this October of the BlackRock Strategic Funds’ (BSF) Impact World Equity Fund, a liquid UCITS fund that aims to invest in “measurable” social and environmental...

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...

Can corporate volunteering really advance the SDGs? - news

The ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals in September was a pinnacle moment for the engagement of the private sector with the development community, writes Louise Erskine , head...

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...

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

With the recent wrongdoings of the CEO of VW and numerous other tales of executive bad behaviour splashed across our screens and our broadsheets, it’s pretty clear that a business’s...

Quieter arrivals trends continues at Heathrow - news

Airlines are putting more effort into noise reduction at Heathrow according to the results of the just published ‘Fly Quiet League’ which tracked the noise performance of aircraft...

Online calculator helps drivers through emissions haze - news

Following the VW Group emissions scandal and renewed focus on air quality, UK website Next Green Car (NGC), has updated its ratings to account for known discrepancies between official and...

Corruption remains major cost for honest companies - news

Corruption is still a major cost to international business, finds the latest survey from global business risk consultancy, Control Risks. It found that 41% of global respondents reported...

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...

London recycler brews up novel energy source - news

A recycling company now scaling up its processing of left-over coffee grounds aims to provide the fuel to heat thousands of London homes and power many of the city’s buses. Every week...

Ford on target to hit European energy saving goal - news

Ford in Europe is on course to achieve a reduction in energy usage, per vehicle produced, of 25% since 2011, following investments of £20m specifically targeting energy waste. As a...

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

Successful shareholder engagement on environmental and social issues helps companies improve both their financial performance and governance, showing that involvement that is “less...

Cosmetics Europe calls for phase out of micro plastics in beauty products - news

Beauty industry association Cosmetics Europe has called on its 4,000 members to phase out the use of solid microplastic ingredients in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products. The move...

Electric cars set to become new norm, research finds - news

Electric vehicles will be the vehicle of choice for motorists by 2026, research among teenagers and learner drivers has revealed. The findings revealed that that more than eight in 10 (81%)...

Unilever becomes zero landfill company in Europe - news

Nine months after achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its global network of 242 factories – believed to be a world first - Unilever has now become a zero landfill company...

Clear-cut link found between ESG disclosure and business performance - news

New research has found a definitive link between ESG disclosure and business performance. The analysis by responsible investment manager Alquity and Cass Business School of over 4,400 listed...

Food giants unite to tackle European food waste - news

With a value chain wide approach, from the field to the plate, Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF have joined forces and their expertise to fight against food...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

The advent of new supplies of Fairtrade gold from Africa could herald a jewellery revolution with the UK leading the way. That was the view expressed yesterday at the London launch of the...

Two-thirds of UK investors ignorant of ESG performance of their investments - news

A new study reveals that almost two-thirds of investors don’t know whether the activities of industries or companies they are investing in are ethical or not. According to the survey...

Sustainalytics buys ESG Analytics reinforcing commitment to leveraging product innovation - news

The acquisition of ESG Analytics AG, a Zurich-based provider of web-based solutions that assists asset managers and owners to analyse and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk,...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

‘Big data’ has been one of the buzz phrases of the last five years and has already spawned an analytics industry worth $125bn. But is it all hype or does it have the power to...

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

As more and more corporates team up with environmental and social campaign groups to help drive improvements in sustainability performance, what impact is the changing landscape of partnerships...

Driving a wedge between consumers and green debate - news

As if it wasn’t hard enough convincing consumers to become greener drivers – stop that idling engine while you close the garage doors, slow down using your gears only fool! –...

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...

Surge in carbon price disclosure shows climate change heading mainstream - news

Corporations behind everyday brands of toothpaste, soup, light-bulbs, gasoline, cars and computers are assigning a price to their carbon emissions to offset the costs and risks of their...

Carbon nanofibre technology to pose ethical challenge to industry? - news

A newly created system that sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converts it into carbon nanofibres as raw material for manufacturing could eventually pose an ethical challenge to...

IBE updates guidance on human rights - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has updated its guidance on the promotion and protection of human rights in business practice. The new IBE Briefing builds on the 2012 IBE Briefing,...

Adidas kicks off plans for zero-waste sporting goods - news

Adidas is kicking off a new research project to develop a new type of sporting goods that will never be thrown away. Through Sport Infinity, a European Commission funded research project...

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...

Investors warned over risk exposure in backing extractives companies - news

Almost a third of all natural World Heritage Sites has the threat of oil, gas and mining exploration hanging over it, according to a new report. The threat rises to 61% in Africa. Natural...

BLOG - Easy transportation only way to sustain city well-being - news

Yesterday, Sunday 27 September was a good day to be in Paris, writes AkzoNobel 's Johan Widheden , Sustainability Specialist.  Earmarked as La Journeé sans Voiture –...

B Corp movement launches in UK - news

B Corp, the movement seeking to change the role of business in society, has launched in the UK. While regular companies exist for the interests of their shareholders, B Corps are companies...

Heathrow to trial steeper approaches in noise reduction effort - news

Heathrow Airport in London begins trialling steeper approaches this week, which could help reduce noise for people living under flight paths. Steeper approaches introduced at airports such...

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

London Luton Airport (LLA) has joined a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally recognised Energy Management Standard (ISO50001) by BSI. The...

Investors call on UK government for greater support of renewables - news

Thirteen investors have sent a letter, coordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), to the George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor, to highlight investor...

UPS drives electric delivery vehicles further with TEVVA - news

Delivery giant UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology...

DJSI 2015 recognises world's top sustainability performers - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has been named in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the first time the company has been listed. The DJSI, reviewed annually by the S&P Dow...

China launches first carbon efficient financial index - news

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Securities Index have launched China’s first index of carbon efficient companies. Powered by data from Trucost, the new index aims to identify...

BLOG: Why participate in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index? - news

There is always a competitive edge to sustainability ratings and rankings and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is no different, writes André Veneman, Corporate Director for...

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,...

The circular economy : why it’s a global sustainability priority - news

In the past few years, rising global sustainability developments have paved the way for surging numbers of corporate commitments and more decisive action by national governments. Even if...

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

This green and pleasant land? - news

Smart technology and low emissions cities are emerging across the globe. Elisabeth Jeffries reports on how businesses large and small are defining their roles and driving local government...

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

The global economy depends on the preservation of natural resources. Yet the majority of businesses have not traditionally placed a high enough financial value on natural capital - the...

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...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns - news

As a nation renowned for its love of animals, it comes as no surprise that animal welfare is the top ethical concern for consumers when it comes to food and drink companies, trumping...

British business lacks motivation to meet waste targets - news

Britain could achieve its 50% waste recycling target overnight if companies, organisations and individuals had the motivation, claims a leading environmental consultancy in a report just...

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

Iggesund Paperboard highlights responsible forestry practice - news

Sweden’s Iggesund Paperboard is drawing its clients attention to its responsible forestry practice with a new venture called Adopt a Tree. The Swedish paper and card giant has been...

APP pledge to restore peatlands sets important benchmark - news

One of the world’s largest paper producers is to clear and restore 7,000 hectares of its plantations in Indonesia to protect carbon-rich peatlands. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) hopes...

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...

Emma Thompson backs Arctic drilling protest - news

Internationally renowned actor and screenwriter Emma Thompson has joined Greenpeace campaigners outside Shell's London headquarters protesting against the oil giant's Artic drilling....

EIC calls for extension of construction emissions policy - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has welcomed a new London scheme to improve air quality in the capital, and calls for it to be implemented in other UK cities. From September,...

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

Leading hotel company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to partner with the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme. IHG says the partnership will...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns with food companies - news

When it comes to ethical claims made by food and drink companies, new research from Mintel finds that concerns over animal welfare top the list, trumping environmental concerns and concerns over...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

Slàinte to sustainability at John Dewar & Sons - news

John Dewar & Sons has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 and a 46% reduction in water use since 2009 through its partnership with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)....

Companies large and small honoured at 2degrees Champions Awards - news

Leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business with over 48,900 members 2degrees held its popular, peer-voted Champions Awards at Porchester Hall in London recently....

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

LSE’s ‘green’ bond segments launch sees City of Gothenburg’s issue first to list - news

The London Stock Exchange’s (‘LSE’) launch of a range of new segments on its fixed-income markets “dedicated” to the issuance of green bonds this July saw the City...

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...

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

BBC One’s new primetime drama The Interceptor has been awarded full marks for its efforts in sustainable production, having received a three star rating by industry certification scheme...

Zero-waste brewery opens in Japan - news

Waste disposal is a complex business in Japan. The population density is so high and useable land area so limited that landfill solutions are not an option. Local municipalities set their own...

Tidal power opportunity proposed for Bristol Channel - news

A marine fence across the Bristol Channel, now at the planning and development stage, is estimated to have the potential to supply 5% of Britain’s energy needs from tidal power. The...

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

A farm has been created to grow food with only minimal effects on the environment – below the streets of London. The enterprise, the world’s first underground farm, is at Clapham,...

BLOG: Is tide turning in effort to tackle climate change? - news

Chris Cook, AkzoNobel's Planet Possible programme director, writes about the importance of partnerships in driving down carbon emissions President Barack Obama’s  Clean...

Surfers develop clean water initiative to combat sewage strewn beaches - news

With raw sewage polluting 40 British beaches following heavy downpours recently, the charity Surfers Against Sewage's launch of a new Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative for two areas in...

Tales of the riverbank: WWF-UK, Coke and CCE in eco-partnership - news

WWF-UK, Coca-Coca Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) are partnering to help ensure a thriving future for England’s rivers. The partnership will see the three...

40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from beaches as plastic bag use rises - news

More than 40 tonnes of rubbish were removed from beaches by Marine Conservation Society (MCS) volunteers and Marks and Spencer (M&S) staff and customers during the Big Beach Clean-up in May....

Pirelli revs up sustainability rating - news

Pirelli has been named as the leading automotive supplier in an assessment for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Based on the DVFA's (Deutscher Verband der Finanzanalysten) published...

Property giants to create central London ecology project - news

London property owners, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Shaftesbury, the Howard de Walden Estate and The Portland Estate, have formed a collaboration to promote green...

OECD warns of true cost of fossil fuel dependence - news

Governments should conduct a more rigorous evaluation of the true costs of coal, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has warned. With prices failing to fully account for the...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and ceo of the 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has been appointed to the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is...

Chemical reactions - news

Neil Hawkins, corporate vp environment and sustainability, Dow Chemical spoke to Ethical Performance about his love of nature and the US company’s latest 2025 sustainability targets...

Are sustainability ratings asking the right questions? - news

Why is it that inherently unsustainable oil and gas companies rank so well in sustainability indices, such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index? Tom Idle explores a new approach to...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

George Davies, head of environmental strategy and assessment, Heathrow, talks to Ethical Performance about the crucial role he and his team play in keeping the airport safe  ...

Starbucks brews up $30m more loan aid - news

American coffee chain giant Starbucks is more than doubling the size of a loan program for farmers that it started seven years ago to help maintain its supply of ethically sourced coffee....

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

A reduction of 26% in energy emissions at UK sites was achieved last year by Interserve, the FTSE 250 support services and construction group. Interserve, an international company with...

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

A second set of five-year corporate responsibility targets, including further development of sustainability as a primary principle, has been introduced by the waste-to-product Shanks Group,...

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...

PLA's purrfect recycling initiative roars into life at big cat sanctuary - news

Lions and leopards at a big cat sanctuary are playing with ropes that just weeks before were being used to tie boats up on the Thames, in a new Port of London Authority (PLA) recycling...

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...

Environmental protection key business asset says customer survey - news

Four out of five customers would act against a company impacting natural World Heritage Sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, finds a new survey by WWF. The survey, part of the #SOSReef...

Higher prices for sustainable palm oil could save endangered species - news

Higher supermarket prices for eco-friendly palm oil could help save endangered species, according to University of East Anglia (UEA) research. Palm oil is used by the food industry as a...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

Allegations of corporate wrongdoing over the past 15 years have almost never resulted in companies being held accountable, a new analysis of cases has found. OECD Watch's Remedy...

Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme - news

Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.  As...

Scrub it out! anti microplastics campaign extends to luxury brands - news

With many personal care brands ditching the use of microplastics in their formulations, the Scrub it out! campaign is now turning its attention to the luxury beauty sector. The campaign, a...

Boards need to drive sustainability, says Carbon Trust - news

Corporate boards are failing to recognize – and act on - the risks and opportunities of climate change, says new research from the Carbon Trust. The report, Titans or Titanics?...

SC Johnson wins WEC gold medal - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

FoE & Trucost measure corporate land and water footprint - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, group president and ceo of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest...

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has named Nathan Fabian as Director of Policy. He will take up his new role on 30 June 2015. Fabian joins the PRI after six years as ceo of...

Rogers takes on mantle from Leffin at UPS - news

Edward Rogers is the new global director of sustainability at international mail delivery organisation UPS. Rogers succeeds Steve Leffin who helped create UPS’s sustainability...

Waste not, want not - news

As head of circular economy at Veolia, Forbes McDougall is at the heart of the UK’s efforts to transition to an economy that puts a greater value on waste. Here, he explains what that...

Solactive oekom Ethical Low Volatility Index launched as BNP Paribas takes licence - news

Solactive AG (‘Solactive’), a German index provider head-quartered in Frankfurt that develops, calculates and distributes tailor-made indices globally, launched its Solactive oekom...

Fighting supply chain corruption - news

With many companies having tens of thousands of suppliers, it is not surprising that managing corruption risks is proving problematic. Miranda Ingram reports The Bribery Act 2010 was...

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

Sixty three companies from the UK and abroad have reached the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible...

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

Last month Acre announced the winners of the first Acre365 recognition programme, writes Andy Carltand. There are other award schemes in the sustainability field, but Acre365 is different as it...

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...

EP&L analysis gives Kering critical new business insights - news

A pioneering environmental impact report is being shared worldwide by Kering, the French holding company for global fashion and sportswear brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga and Puma....

Protesters target Shell in Seattle over Arctic plans - news

Shell’s plans for oil drilling in the Arctic have encountered determined protests on land and sea at the US west coast port of Seattle. The most spectacular demonstrations have been by...

W Hotels partners with Ekocycle to promote sustainability with style - news

Guests at W Hotels will soon be sleeping on sheets and pillow cases partially composed of recycled plastic. In a new partnership with the Ekocycle brand, the bedding will replace what is...

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...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has become the first café brand to win a two star sustainability rating by the   Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Costa...

British public urged to go plastic-free this June - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is challenging people to give up their convenience lifestyle and ditch pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and...

M&S signs up to 100% renewable power pledge - news

Leading British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined RE100, the global initiative supporting major companies committing to 100% renewable power. The retailer of food, clothing...

SC Johnson recognised for transparency efforts - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

Unilever hits new carbon saving milestone - news

Reporting only two weeks ago that its 'sustainable' brands like Dove are growing twice as fast as its 'regular' brands, Unilever has now revealed that it has reached a new...

Company culture needs to celebrate ethical behaviour, says IBE - news

Businesses need to celebrate ethical behaviour if they are to succeed in embedding a valued ethical culture, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). The IBE maintains...

FoE report highlights eco-impact of everyday products - news

A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) estimates for the first time how much land and water well-known brands such as Apple, Kraft and Gap use in a year, and what is needed to manufacture...

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

Heathrow Airport has been awarded the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for the seventh year running. The award is the only national award recognising responsible land management....

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...

Environment must be 'at heart of new Government's thinking' - news

Crucial environment issues must be “at the heart of new Government’s thinking”, says a new survey from the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA). In a...

BP shareholder Resolution 25 passed at AGM in oil industry ‘game changer’ - news

Shareholders at oil giant’s BP annual general meeting (AGM) held on 16 April at London’s ExCel Centre passed by an overwhelming majority Resolution 25 - a special resolution...

Agents of change recognised by Acre365 - news

London-based sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has announced the winners of its Acre365 recognition programme, honouring sustainability heroes who have excelled in their first...

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...

Making the gogglebox greener - news

It’s the organisation people love to hate. But as the BBC’s project manager for environmental sustainability, Hattie Park is on a mission to use the corporation’s unique...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

The type of information provided by corporate sustainability reports, and in non- financial disclosures varies widely. Investment analysts or other report users may believe they are reading...

Europe hails new car emissions decrease - news

According to the figures published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), average new car emissions were 123.4g CO2/km compared to 186g CO 2 /km in 1995, representing a 33.7% decrease for...

Bee in on the action with the Great British Bee Count - news

The Great British Bee Count kicks off this month. Organised by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and Waitrose, the Count aims to build on the success of last year’s inaugural...

Craig Bennett to take helm at Friends of the Earth - news

Craig Bennett, former deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is to replace Andy Atkins as ceo of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth...

Banks warned over ESG risks of palm oil investments - news

Environmental and human rights groups have sent a global alert to several banks over their investment in Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of the world's largest palm oil companies....

Oysters set to be new pearl of The Solent - news

Native oysters are to return to the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. A coalition led by the BLUE Marine Foundation has announced its intention of restoring a healthy...

Adidas to phase out plastic bags in retail stores - news

As a first move in its new commitment against ocean plastic pollution, Adidas is to phase out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores. The German sportswear giant has gone into...

Wake up and smell the coffee! - news

In an effort to reduce waste from the 158m disposable cups that are used daily in the United States, KillTheCup.com has launched a national campaign challenging Americans to make a pledge to...

Greenpeace scales Arctic-bound Shell oil rig - news

Following six Greenpeace climbers intercepting an Arctic-bound Shell oil rig in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and scaling the 38,000 tonne platform, Shell has taken out an injunction against...

Tat will do nicely for new marine litter campaign - news

Surfers Against Sewage has launched a ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale and permanence of the marine litter crisis. The ‘Save...

Big fashion brands back new textile recycling technology - news

After years of searching for a solution to the worldwide problem of textile waste, pioneering start-up Worn Again is joining forces with fashion retailer H&M, and luxury, sport &...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

I’d like to see the day where there is a revolving door between the academic and corporate worlds. Companies can learn a huge amount from academics, and academics can gain insights from...

Global sustainable investing assets balloon 61% to reach $21.4trn - news

The global sustainable investment market grew substantially over a two-year period between 2012 and 2014 in both absolute and relative terms according to ‘The Global Sustainable Investment...

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

David Picton , chief sustainability officer at Carillion, gives an update on the expanded Supply Chain Sustainability School for FM and Service suppliers Martin Luther King once explained...

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”,...

Supply chain transparency urged on anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster - news

Later this month, on 24 April 2015, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain....

Procter & Gamble begins work on $200m biomass energy plant - news

Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing site in Albany, Georgia, one of the biggest facilities in its system, will soon be fueled by wood scraps and peanut shells, thanks to a biomass...

Lobby groups in climate change spotlight - news

Investors need to ask questions of companies to ensure that their public positions on climate change aren’t being undercut by their membership of controversial European lobby groups, says...

China lauds environmental milestone with first biofuel passenger flight - news

Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec have celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation...

Zara, Puma and Valentino join Benetton in leading 'detox' efforts - news

Greenpeace East Asia has published an update of its Detox Catwalk, the online platform which assesses how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains...

Unilever distribution centres hit zero waste target in North America - news

Ben & Jerry's ice cream maker Unilever has achieved 100% zero waste to landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centres in North America. The multi-national FMCG company reached its...

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

New research commissioned by one of the UK’s largest employers reveals a significant lack of public trust in business. Indeed, 80% of those polled could not name one large business which...

Barrier reef dumping ban doesn't go far enough, says WWF - news

Australia's proposed dumping ban must extend to the entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, says WWF. The Australian government's draft legislation to ban the dumping of dredge in...

Hugo Boss targeted over labour violations in Europe - news

Campaigners around Europe are targeting fashion label Hugo Boss over reported labour violations in factories in Turkey and Croatia. The protests coincide with Hugo Boss' press and...

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...

Pearson partners to support education for Syrian refugees - news

The world’s biggest education company Pearson is partnering with Save The Children to tackle the educational needs of Syrian refugees. Millions of Syrian children have been deprived of...

UK expertise to drive global climate change action? - news

The UK is to use its world-leading climate and adaptation expertise to help countries successfully tackle climate change. To launch the programme, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action over pesticide harm claims - news

German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to sue Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees....

WWF publishes roadmap to a more sustainable Europe - news

A new report from WWF shows that resource efficiency alone could generate over €300bn a year for the EU economy. Entitled From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European...

EIC makes election call for step change in energy efficiency - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has published its manifesto calling on political parties of all colours to support the UK’s environmental technology and services sector in...

EU air pollution rules weaker than China’s, says Greenpeace - news

Europe’s coal plants will be allowed to emit more deadly pollutants than their Chinese counterparts under EU proposals for new air quality rules, according to Greenpeace. A Greenpeace...

inside investment Time shortening between ESG issues emerging and market reaction - MSCI - news

A report from MSCI ESG Research, a provider of research and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) business practices of companies globally, has suggested that that...

Making a stand for menswear - news

In a bid to boost the growing desire of consumers to buy ethical goods, especially fashion, Brothers We Stand was set up by 25 year old International Development graduate Jonathan Mitchell. He...

Ugandan farmers in court over land grab - news

More than 100 Ugandan farmers evicted to make way for palm oil plantations have filed a lawsuit claiming damages and the return of their land. The smallholders received little, if any,...

Ford drives sustainable fashion with recycled couture collection - news

Car seat covers used in new Ford cars have received a glamorous new lease of life after being recycled for a unique fashion collection. Emerging designers from Europe and Asia transformed...

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....

Step change for remanufacturing will reap sustainability rewards - news

Leading experts from industry and academia have called for greater support for the UK's remanufacturing industry. According to a new joint report from the Carbon Trust, Knowledge...

Adidas races ahead on sustainable cotton target - news

German sportswear giant  Adidas has sourced more than 30% of all its cotton sustainably, exceeding the originally planned 25% target. This marks the highest volume in sustainable cotton...

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...

Low carbon technologies could fuel 'cold economy' boom - news

The demand for cooling in everything from supermarkets and medicines to data centres could boom to create huge growth in the "cold economy" in the coming years, a new report from the...

British public want government action over business ethics, survey says - news

The majority of the British public believes that policy to promote ethical practices among big businesses should be prioritised by the next government, a new poll shows. The ComRes poll,...

Food giants back new €120m fund to help smallholders - news

Food giants Danone and Mars have set up a new fund to help companies to learn how to sustainably source the materials they need from smallholder famers while at the same time delivering...

Atkins steps down at Friends of the Earth - news

Andy Atkins, ceo of Friends of the Earth(FoE), will be stepping down from his role in the summer of 2015. Atkins has led FoE since July 2008. The organisation is one of the UK’s...

McDowell appointed to Amity Panel - news

Julie McDowell, former head of responsible investment at Standard Life Investments, has been appointed a member of the Ecclesiastical Investment Management Amity Panel. McDowell has over 25...

RepRisk releases latest Most Controversial Companies report - news

RepRisk, the provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released the fifth edition of its Most Controversial Companies (MCC) Report. The data...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

The US SIF Foun-dation’s latest biennial trends survey titled ‘Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014’, marks the tenth edition of the report...

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...

Going round in circles? - news

The ground is being prepared for our transition from linear to circular thinking. But what does it really mean for business? Miranda Ingram reports Remember when brown paper and bits of...

Brewing up a ground-breaking partnership - news

UNICEF and The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) has launched a landmark new partnership that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in the tea communities of...

Unregulated fishing jeopardising food security in US - news

Importers and the US government are being urged to halt the trade in which more than a billion dollars’ worth of illegally caught fish and seafood are shipped into the country every year....

‘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...

IBM and Mars partner to drive advances in global food safety - news

Scientists from IBM Research and Mars are to work together to establish a food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further understanding of what makes food safe. In...

Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions - news

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020. A report published today shows...

Poor countries fight back against toxic pollution - news

Some developing nations are making real progress in the battle against toxic pollution which kills nearly 9m people every year. A new report from the Blacksmith Institute For A Pure Earth,...

Suppliers in US, Brazil, China and India least resilient to climate change risks - news

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan. While, suppliers in China and India deliver...

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

Government and retailers must do more to help consumers choose healthy food from sustainable sources, and waste less say MPs. In a new report,   Food security: demand, consumption and...

Recruiter looks to reward emerging sustainability superstars - news

Acre, the sustainability recruitment consultancy, has launched a recognition programme to find superstars in the sustainability field. Applicants for Acre365 need to have made a significant...

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...

Molson Coors signs up to waste packaging compliance scheme - news

Britain's biggest brewer, Molson Coors has signed up to the British Beer & Pub Association(BBPA) SUSTAIN waste packaging compliance scheme.  Joining the SUSTAIN scheme will...

Navigating the challenges of multiple reporting frameworks - news

Richard Kirby, technical director at CRedit360, explores the complex web of reporting standards    Making use of reporting frameworks to communicate and benchmark...

Digital planet poses challenges to society but offers ‘extraordinary potential’ - news

  In the first of a two-part Amity Insight research paper by Ecclesiastical Investment Management Limited (‘EIM’) titled ‘Digital Planet: A brave new world for...

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

Mark Parsons is chief customer officer at logistics firm DHL and while heavily involved in the commercial side of the business, his remit also extends to CR and sustainability. He tells Ethical...

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...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

Paul Connolly, director of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) Think Tank, explores the role of business in the climate change debate Debates about sustainability are vexed. The...

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

As the Three Wise Men didn’t arrive until 6th January, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to keep a quasi festive theme in this issue, the first edition of 2015 (particularly as I am...

Lima discussions patch together compromise to pave way for Paris - news

Developed countries, which have caused most of the world’s pollution, should help to finance “vulnerable” developing nations to combat climate change, UN members agreed last...

Cruise ships scrub up on emissions at Royal Caribbean - news

Royal Caribbean Cruises is to retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems, underscoring its commitment to meet, or exceed, environmental standards. The...

Salvation Army enlists Mitie in employability programme - news

A joint employability intitiative between Mitie and The Salvation Army has been so successful it has been nominated for an ERSA Employability award. The Employment Related Services...

UPS and DHL awarded European label for sustainable transport - news

Green Freight Europe (GFE) has awarded UPS and Deutsche Post DHL with their ‘first leaf’ - an award given to companies that have shared CO2 data and information on policies,...

Jobs need protection as well as planet, says TUC - news

Unions have warned that they may not be able to support global climate change legislation if it fails to protect workers' jobs, says the TUC. Although unions plan to support the United...

“No TTIP” Christmas card submitted by singing Santas - news

This week a group of campaigners dressed as Santa Claus presented an over-sized Christmas card to the Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) on behalf of the million people across...

Investors need clearer impact information, says SROI Network - news

The SROI Network, soon to be known as Social Value UK, is calling for a change in legislation to demand more assurance from businesses of their social and environmental impact information....

New benchmark to gauge corporate performance in human rights - news

A group of investors, an NGO, a think tank and an investor research agency, have launched a project to rank companies on their human rights performance. A total of 500 of the top global...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

DHL drives innovation for quieter logistics - news

DHL has launched a new Compressed Natural Gas -powered concept truck for use in towns and cities. The vehicle combines new engine and ignition technology with pioneering cab safety features to...

ESG factors now integral to investment process, says Aviva - news

In its second biennial survey of global asset managers on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, Aviva Investors’ multi-manager research team has found that there is widespread...

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Alain Cadec succeeds Rosbach at WFO - news

French MEP Alain Cadec is to succeed Anna Rosbach as champion of the Waste Free Ocean foundation which is involved in the collection and recycling of marine waste. The foundation was set up...

Greene praised for leadership impact - news

Moya Greene, ceo of Royal Mail, has been named the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year at the 2014 National Business Awards. Recognising the personal impact of the UK’s most high...

Do we need more CR and sustainability mentors? - news

Claudine Blamey, chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and head of stewardship at The Crown Estate, explains the institute's new mentoring scheme...

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...

Norway’s KLP boosts renewables investment and cuts coal exposure - news

KLP, Kommunal Landspensjons-kasse, Norway’s largest life insurer that was formed in 1949, announced late this November that intended to further increase its investment by NKr500 million...

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

Ethical trading is now a well recognised part of the wider sustainable business agenda, but there’s still a long way to go. Miranda Ingram reports Twenty years ago there were three...

BSR puts transformation and transparency in the spotlight - news

Creating more uniform methods of reporting KPIs, fostering collaborations between corporations and NGOs and looking at what companies can do to improve living conditions for workers, were among...

Controversy dogs Ineos’s fracking operation - news

A company that is planning a fracking operation in Scotland has been accused of bribing the local community to accept a hazardous operation. The Swiss chemicals multinational Ineos intends...

US-China landmark emissions deal met with criticism - news

Businesses face challenging new carbon emissions targets set jointly for the next 15 years by the US and China. The US is committed to cut its 2005 level of emissions by 26%-28% before 2025....

Scottish Leather Group recognised for environmental good practice - news

At this week’s Energy Institute Awards, the Environmental Award went to Scottish Leather Group for its low carbon leather production. Scottish Leather Group secured the award against...

New guide to sustainability communications – and it’s free! - news

An extensive but quick and easy-to-use guide to help businesses improve how they communicate their social and environmental credentials, has been launched by Clarity Sustainability. The...

Greenpeace scales Shell HQ in Arctic protest - news

Greenpeace has launched a counter-advertising campaign in response to Shell’s latest ad, which portrays a girl reading a book in bed by lamp light, with the caption ‘let’s keep...

Is business doing enough to address global sustainability challenges? - news

The business landscape is very different now to when I started my career in the field of sustainability over 15 years ago, writes Joe Franses. Businesses today face significant pressure to...

Slaughter & May wins environmental award - news

Law firm Slaughter & May has won the Legal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental Responsibility at the Law Society Excellence Awards. The judges were impressed that...

Watson to lead BRE environment programme - news

Building science centre BRE has appointed University College London Professor of Engineering Systems Jeremy Watson to lead on its built environment research programme. The programme, which...

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...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

Building a sustainable future - news

We, in the OECD countries, spend about 90% of our lives inside buildings so it should be pretty clear that healthy and comfortable indoor environments contribute significantly to overall health...

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...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

Walmart to address four pillars for sustainable food - news

Walmart has outlined the four pillars of its new commitment to a sustainable food system:how to address the food needs of a growing population while reducing environmental impact; meeting an...

Report uncovers new layers of inequity for women in STEM industries - news

While it’s no secret that women in tech roles in STEM- the science, technology, engineering and maths industries - face significant challenges, a new report shows that those on the...

Low carbon future does not mean low profit, finds CDP report - news

Companies taking action to mitigate climate change have outperformed the Bloomberg World Index by 9.6%. The figures prove that a low carbon future does not mean low profit, say assessors...

Telecoms giants launch cross-industry sustainability ratings for mobile devices - news

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has teamed up with telecoms giants O2 and Vodafone to launch a shared rating system to help customers compare mobile devices based on environmental...

Colombian farmers unite to sue oil giant BP in London’s High Court - news

A group of 109 Colombian farmers is suing the British oil multinational BP over a pipeline that they claim harmed their land, crops and animals. The farmers protest that BP caused severe...

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

Some of the world’s biggest corporations have combined with the London-based NGO Forum for the Future to bring together businesses and customers to co-operate on sustainable living....

Another sting in the tail of climate change… - news

Climate change could be disrupting the relationship between bees and plants according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A just published study reveals that warmer...

Water risk threatens growth for world’s largest companies - news

Two thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth. The news comes amid mounting shareholder concern around the...

ClimateCare calls for more partners to scale up cookstove projects - news

In 10 years ClimateCare has funded improved cookstoves for over 6.5m people helping tackle one of the developing world’s leading causes of death. It is now calling for more partners to...

IHG rolls out Green Engage programme across global estate - news

From January 2015, InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, will be rolling out its flagship IHG Green Engage programme across the company’s global...

Kering partners with LCF to engage young talent in sustainable fashion - news

Gucci and Saint Laurent maker Kering and The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF), at London College of Fashion (LCF), have launched a five-year partnership to support sustainable practices and...

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...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

Growth of SRI shows new level of maturity, says EUROSIF - news

EUROSIF, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has unveiled the findings of its 6th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of...

Midori prize winners announced - news

Dr. Kamal Bawa?president of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, Dr. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah?chair of the Ghana National Biodiversity Committee and Dr. Bibiana...

Garneau joins Canada’s Clean50 - news

Richard Garneau, president and ceo of Resolute Forest Products Inc. has been included Canada’s Clean50, a league recognizing leaders who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable...

Dow Jones sustainability indices family reaches 15-year milestone - news

S&P Dow Jones Indices, part of McGraw Hill Financial and the world’s largest global resource for index-based concepts and data, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused...

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

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...

Korea’s POSCO E&C caught in bid rigging - news

POSCO E&C, Korea’s third largest engineering and construction company, has been caught in four different cases of bid rigging this year, and has had to pay fines of KRW 28 billion. The...

Does behaviour change offer the key to sustainability? - news

There are so many wonderful, technical innovations and services available to help your company reduce its environmental footprint – from solar panels, voltage optimisation and LED lighting...

The race for sustainability needs to shift a gear...or two - news

Listening to the dentist drill-like drone of the very first Formula E grand prix recently, it struck me that its aim to be about much more than just a new motor sport, “to help develop...

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...

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

Emerging markets more focused on sustainability finds Grant Thornton - news

New figures from accountancy giant Grant Thornton show that business leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations than their peers in developed markets....

Partnership aims to tackle abuse in Indian tea communities - news

A ground-breaking new partnership between Unicef and the Ethical Tea Partnership aims to improve opportunities for tens of thousands of children in communities growing some of the world’s...

Unilever and DFID join forces to help world’s poor - news

Unilever and the Department for International Development (DFID) have formed a new partnership to create jobs, improve water and sanitation and develop sustainable supply chains in developing...

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has taken on five new board trustees. Among them is a former Big Six energy boss, a broadcast journalist, a chartered accountant, a noted engineer and...

Bee decline could signal threat to global nutrition - news

Declines in populations of pollinators such as bees and wasps may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research. A major study,...

NGOs recognise corporates offer more than money, says C&E report - news

Partnerships between companies and NGOs are now more likely to leverage non-financial resources and competencies to achieve mutually agreed goals, finds the latest research by C&E Advisory...

EAC calls for creation of 'Office for Environmental Responsibility' - news

The UK government has been given a ‘red card’ for its efforts to reduce health-damaging air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding in a scorecard assessment of its...

More than one in three women suffer sexism in tech industry - news

Over 40% of women in the UK tech or IT industries have witnessed or experienced sexism in the workplace, a new survey has revealed. Sexism continues to be entrenched in the tech and IT...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Tech giants still failing on environment, says Greenpeace - news

While Apple is leading the consumer electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, the tech industry still has a long way to go, according to a new report from Greenpeace...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

Kersti Strandqvist is the senior vice president at SCA, the global hygiene and forest products company, in charge of Group Function Sustainability. She leads the company’s corporate...

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

Why join the new CR professional institute? - news

Claudine Blamey is Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and Head of Stewardship at The Crown Estate.  I started my career in Corporate...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

Last week, I went surfing for the first time with my 10-year-old son Evan. Not wanting to be outshined or embarrassed, I spent more time then I care to admit reading up on websites proclaiming...

Kellogg announces new goals to reduce energy, water and waste - news

Cornflakes-maker Kellogg is to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020, and validate compliance across all direct suppliers by 2015. The move is part of a new tranche of...

Tobacco plant biofuel takes off with Boeing and SAA - news

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. SkyNRG is expanding production of the hybrid plant...

FSC refutes Greenpeace claims over forest destruction in Russia - news

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has refuted allegations made by Greenpeace that it has failed in certain areas of Russia. It maintains that one area referenced by the NGO, the Dvinsky...

Unilever brews up new sustainable tea crop study - news

Unilever is initiating a major scientific study to evaluate the environmental and economic feasibility of applying biological or non-pesticide methods for plant protection of tea crops in India....

Freezer market hots up with Unilever’s energy efficient cabinets - news

Figures just out demonstrate how significant advances in refrigeration technology have resulted in a new generation of ice cream freezer cabinets capable of a 70% energy reduction. Unilever...

Dilley to chair Environment Agency - news

Philip Dilley is the new chair of the Environment Agency in the UK. Dilley, former chair of the Arup Group, will take up the £100,000-a-year post in September, when the term in office ends...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at the...

The new breed of social worker - news

After earning an MBA at Yale, Christine Bader spent nine years with BP as manager of policy development creating social programmes to aid workers and local residents as the energy giant built...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

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...

EY finds worrying levels of fraud, bribery and corruption worldwide - news

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey, Overcoming compliance fatigue: reinforcing the commitment to ethical growth, has found concerning levels of perceived fraud, bribery and corruption across...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

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...

Supply chain tops global business challenge list - news

The supply chain was rated by consumer goods and retail executives as the number one challenge for their companies in the latest Global Top of Mind Survey by the Consumer Goods Forum and KPMG...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

Flooring that converts footsteps into renewable electricity, a house built almost entirely from waste products and Sky’s Rainforest Rescue campaign with WWF were among the winners at last...

Greenpeace ramps up LEGO/Shell campaign - news

Environmental group Greenpeace has released a film online, highlighting its campaign against toy giant LEGO’s association with the oil company Shell. It deems the association ‘a...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

Bribery and corruption still rife, finds EY global survey - news

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey, Overcoming compliance fatigue: reinforcing the commitment to ethical growth, has found concerning levels of perceived fraud, bribery and corruption across...

Plastics Scorecard heralds new era of safer plastics use - news

By switching the plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals - the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane -- out of the...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Lesley Alexander as its new chair. Lesley, ceo of HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited, will replace Martin Clarke...

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,...

Government called to examine UK pension funds’ ‘land grab’ investments - news

UK pension funds and asset man-agement companies including British Airways Pension Fund, Legal & General, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Aviva Investors could potentially have...

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

Europe’s largest companies are coming under increasing political pressure to cut their carbon footprint ahead of crunch climate talks next year, but carbon trading is now just one of many...

Syngenta pulls plug on banned pesticide bid - news

Syngenta has  withdrawn an ‘emergency’ application to allow a bee-harming pesticide, banned by the EU, to be used on British crops. The news follows campaigning earlier...

Creating and sustaining value-adding partnerships can mean serious business - news

Manny Amadi explains the secrets to successful, sustainable collaborations   We all collaborate and partner in different ways, whether with colleagues or informally within our...

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

The cosmetics industry needs to take greater steps if it is to become more sustainable. This was one of the key messages from Sustainable Cosmetics Summit North America, hosted in New York...

Speaking up for sustainability - news

I’ve worked in this ‘space’ - as so many in ‘the sustainability space’ like to call it - for almost 18 months now. Like all new jobs, it often takes a while to get...

Allergan tops Newsweek's Green Rankings - news

The 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings show improvement in environmental performance disclosure by global firms. The top-ranked company on the US 500 was Allergan, the California-based pharma...

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group is to partner with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, joining nine other exchanges in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia to...

Initiative launched to improve supply chain environmental performance - news

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), a new business-driven service aimed at supporting retailers and importers to improve...

Prudential reaffirms commitment to impact investment - news

Prudential Financial, Inc. is to build a $1bn impact investment portfolio by 2020 in its continuing effort to direct investments to companies, projects and funds that create positive social...

Food and amenity giants take up herbicide-free weed control challenge - news

Weedingtech, the herbicide-free weed management company, is challenging five major industry partners to test out its MW-Series and Foamstream weed control system to prove its performance against...

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...

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being - news

The OECD has launched a regional well-being website based on an interactive map covering the organisation’s 34 member countries. It rates 362 sub-national regions with a relative score out...

Business needs to consider plastic footprint as much as carbon - news

Companies could become more sustainable by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their business operations and supply chains, according to...

Consumers willing to pay more for socially responsible brands - news

Over 50% of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental...

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

Environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals from 27 countries have sent a letter to Apple vp of environmental...

Ford & Heinz collaborate on sustainable materials for vehicles - news

Researchers at Ford and Heinz are investigating the use of tomato fibres in developing sustainable, composite materials for use in vehicle manufacturing. Specifically, dried tomato skins could...

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...

Big brands top new global responsible business league - news

Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Samsung, Tata, Unilever and Nestlé top the list of the world’s most responsible companies based on a new global survey of Aspirational consumers by BBMG and...

UK businesses need to prepare for upcoming energy reporting changes - news

Within months, more than 7,000 businesses across the UK will have to report on energy use for the first time under a scheme run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). To...

Sustainability: how far are companies willing to go? - news

Deepa Mirchandani, responsible business specialist, believes the circular econonmy is the basis for corporate survival The days of “sustainability” being about...

Semrau cleans up at SC Johnson - news

Kelly Semrau, senior vp- global corporate affairs, communication and sustainability, at SC Johnson, tells Ethical Performance about the household cleaning giant’s approach to CR and...

Leading investment institutions make case for responsibility - news

There is significant untapped potential for investors to exert a positive influence on the economy, environment and society, by practising responsible investment, according to a new report...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

Faiths unite to galvanize communities over climate change - news

Blessed Tomorrow is a new interfaith coalition of religious leaders in the US committed to engaging people of faith to lead on climate solutions in their congregations, communities and homes....

Natural capital depletion is ‘elephant in boardroom’ says CIMA - news

Business leaders continue to focus on short-term pressures and treat natural resources as if they’re infinite, warns a new report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

Dam construction goes ahead in Laos despite eco warnings - news

The building of a second hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river, which conservationists claim will have devastating effects, is about to start in Laos. The fear is that the 260-megawatt Don...

‘Save the Arctic’ campaign escalates as activists block two more rigs - news

Greenpeace activists from 12 countries blocked two separate oil rigs destined to drill in the Arctic ocean this week (Tuesday 27 May 2014). The environmental group said that the threat to the...

British business continues to fail women in the workplace - news

Over 40% of women say their gender has hindered their career… or will, finds a new survey from coaching consultancy Talking Talent. The research, conducted among over a thousand...

OECD urges action to reduce road traffic pollution - news

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated $3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit...

Dell takes up closed-loop plastics supply chain - news

Technology giant Dell has become the first organisation to use the UL-Environment certified closed-loop recycled plastics in computer manufacturing. In partnership with Wistron GreenTech,...

Homeworking could save 3bn tonnes of carbon a year - news

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home could save over 3 million tonnes of carbon a year as well as cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees,...

UTZ upgrades code to enable greater farmer uptake - news

UTZ Certified, the sustainable farming programme and label, has published a new code of conduct, which it says is stronger in content and simpler in structure. The company maintains that the...

WBI and Sedex team to tackle responsible supply chain data - news

An online platform where buyers will be able to browse the sustainability credentials of suppliers is under development by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Sedex. The free-of-charge Open...

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

US telecoms giant Sprint is to be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas. The materia,l manufactured by California-based...

Protestors target Lloyds AGM over coal investments - news

Protestors are targeting the Lloyds Bank AGM in Edinburgh today, accusing it of destroying people’s lives and fuelling climate change by bankrolling the global coal industry....

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...

Paperless plane no flight of fancy at Easyjet - news

Easyjet is nearing the era of the paperless plane. The UK's largest airline with a fleet of 220 Airbus aircraft will complete the fitting of Panasonic Toughpads, in place of laptops and...

FIFA urged to get ball rolling on eco commitments - news

Ecology campaigners in Brazil are asking FIFA to live up to its environmental commitments after it pledged a greener World Cup through its ‘Football for the Planet’ programme....

Building blocks for green design - news

Wood for Good, the timber industry promotion and sustainability campaign, has launched the largest online life-cycle assessment (LCA) database of any UK construction material. ?? The...

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...

Not so many rivers to cross - news

There is a saying in Russia that ‘good people do not suffer any losses when they are helping others’, writes Vera Kurochkina , UC RUSAL’s director of corporate communications....

Barclays urged at AGM to ‘stop bankrolling’ dirty coal - news

With the World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a UK-based campaigning group focussed on global justice, having successfully campaigned last year to make Barclays pull out of food...

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...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards more secure supply chain - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

Activists detained after attempt to block Gazprom tanker delivery - news

The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was boarded yesterday by Dutch security agents in the port of Rotterdam, who broke down the door of the communications room and towed the ship to shore...

FTSE Group develops fossil fuel excluding index - news

FTSE Group has developed indices which will omit companes linked to ownership and/or extraction of carbon based fossil fuel reserves.  It claims that the move is ground-breaking and...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards supply chain security - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

Unilever steps up sustainability plans - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is stepping up several of its sustainability commitments in the areas of deforestation, food security and public health. Commenting on progress it has made...

NASA celebrates Earth Day with #GlobalSelfie - news

With five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about planet Earth launching to space this year, the US space agency is marking this significant year with a social media campaign...

Europe makes landmark move towards ‘integrated reporting’ - news

From 2017 large companies across Europe will have to include their impact on the environment, society and human rights in their annual company report. The landmark vote by the European...

MBA Polymers wins 'Nobel Prize of Sustainability' - news

MBA Polymers, the world-leading multinational plastics recycling and technology company, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Katerva Award. The Katerva Awards recognise innovations...

ESG factors gaining momentum with investors says AXA - news

Clients are increasingly asking for the monitoring and assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios according to a report published by AXA Investment...

New rallying cry to halt use of plastic carrier bags - news

With the average person in England using 133 carrier bags a year, the Break The Bag Habit coalition has launched a new website to encourage supporters to pledge to stop using them. The...

Air leak detection helps Nissan win environmental award - news

Combing through miles of tubing in the compressed air system in Nissan’s manufacturing facilities and repairing enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year, has helped...

UK government to turn rooftops into solar power stations - news

Plans to turn the Government estate as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker. The...

BT launches online energy saving tool - news

Telecoms giant BT has launched a free interactive online energy saving tool to help customers find ways of reducing their carbon footprint - both at home and at work. Part of BT's...

Steiner re-elected at UNEP - news

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously re-elected Achim Steiner for a third term as executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a two-year period...

NCVO’s Wilding banks on new role - news

Karl Wilding, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (NCVO) director of public policy, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Charity Bank. Wilding will continue his...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

Charles Anderson is the new director to head the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The UNEP FI platform brings together the United Nations and the global...

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

By Tom Cumberlege, a consultant at The Carbon Trust   It’s time to get your environmental story straight. The signals from the UK government are clear, from October 2013...

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...

Investment in soft commodity trading ‘problematic’ says report - news

The most recent quarterly ‘Amity Insight’ report from Ecclesiastical Investment Management, which has been at the forefront of socially responsible ethical investments since 1988,...

Food glorious food? - news

So how much has food security improved since Romanian horse meat was found in beef ready meals, prompting financial and reputational damage across the food industry? Miranda Ingram reports...

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

By Jon Woodhead, Head of UK Sustainability, DNV GL – Business Assurance As expectations grow on companies to take responsibility for sustainability-related issues beyond that of...

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...

Wild weather key factor in US attitudes to climate change debate - news

More than half (60%) of Americans believe that climate change is a result of human action such as deforestation and burning of fossil fuels, according to the fifth annual Sense &...

Big business making too little progress on sustainability - news

Big business is doing too little and making too little progress on sustainability according to oekom’s latest Corporate Responsibility Review 2014. Over the last year, there has been...

Recycling remains challenge for many domestic households - news

Scepticism is still rife among French and UK households when it comes to where their recycling lands up and the aesthetics of recycling bins also leave a lot to be desired. These are just...

SEPD project restores natural beauty - news

Over 3km of overhead power lines, pylons and wooden electricity poles will be removed from Thursley Common as part of a major £400,000 project by Southern Electric Power Distribution...

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

The rigid plastic packaging manufacturer, RPC Group, has signed up to the Save Food initiative, a joint campaign organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and...

Viva Las Vegas as lights go out for Earth Hour - news

On 29 March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time), all Caesars Entertainment's resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to the environmental...

Spider-Man flies in for Earth Hour - news

In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF, with a message to inspire individuals to use their...

Adobe wins eco accolade - news

Adobe has been named the Natural Efficiency Capital Leader of the technology industry by Trucost, a worldwide analyst firm focused on assessing corporate environmental impact. After...

Mars commits to fully sustainable palm oil by year-end - news

American candy giant Mars is to develop a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills by year-end 2014. The policy is at the forefront of the business' strengthened...

Four new man-made gases found in atmosphere - news

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have identified four new man-made gases in the atmosphere – all of which are contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer, they...

Jaguar Land Rover extends collaboration with ClimateCare - news

Jaguar Land Rover aims to create a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives as part of its new Environmental Innovation Strategy. In collaboration with...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

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...

Pension savers urge Shell shareholders to abandon Arctic drilling - news

Royal Dutch Shell ceo Ben van Beurden has announced that the company will not attempt to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014. The decision follows a US court ruling against the Department of the...

Tea industry to collaborate as new report slams human rights record - news

A new collaboration between key players in the global tea industry has been launched by sustainability non-profit, Forum for the Future. The Tea 2030 partners include four of the seven...

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

The year 2014 is “unlikely to see the spectacular equity returns” enjoyed during 2013, but it will be a year in which assets in a logical manner can be managed, according to Amy...

IFC to be investigated over investments in Honduras - news

The World Bank’s lender has come under fire for granting a large loan to a company said to have killed while taking land for palm oil cultivation in Honduras. Corporación...

Recycling rates on increase in UK - news

Serco, one of the UK’s leading environmental service providers has published new research investigating the impact of recycling incentives. The study shows that authorities with...

Procter & Gamble comes under fire over palm oil use - news

Greenpeace has called on household products titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil suppliers...

Ethical lapses in finance sector hit headlines most often - news

The Institute of Business Ethics has monitored over 1000 news stories to analyse the business ethics issues and the sectors most at risk of integrity lapse. Reporting on the finance sector...

Climate change protesters gift 'survival kit' to UK environment chief - news

Representatives of flooded communities and climate change campaigners in the UK have delivered a ‘climate change survival kit’ consisting of wellington boots, a snorkel and...

Willmott Dixon to help build UK's first eco town - news

Willmott Dixon's credentials as one of the most prolific constructors of sustainable developments have been further strengthened with its appointment for the initial stage of the UK's...

Soccer project scores winner with robust football design - news

Tim Jahnigen has designed a football that never goes flat, even when punctured multiple times. Inspiration struck while he was watching news footage about traumatized refugee youth in Darfur...

Mondi makes environmental stewardship move with WWF - news

Packaging, pulp and paper producer Mondi Group and WWF International are to work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in 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...

Call for tea industry to collaborate for sustainable future - news

As Columbia Law School publishes a report slating the human rights record of several Indian tea plantations, a new collaboration between key players in the global tea industry has been launched...

Environmental management budgets set to escalate - news

More than 62% of corporations worldwide will increase spending on environmental management initiatives in 2014 and 31% will increase spend in the double-digits according to a new report from...

High levels of unauthorised absence ring supply chain alarm bells - news

A high level of unauthorised absence should ring alarm bells for retailers when assessing their suppliers as it can often indicate poor working conditions says new research from Responsible...

New ‘green’ fuel could increase CO2 emissions, says What Car? - news

The introduction of a ‘greener’ petrol to meet EU regulations could increase harmful CO2 tailpipe emissions, says What Car? . The move to introduce E10 fuel, which is expected...

Primark pledges to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

British retail giant Primark is the latest global clothing company to commit to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its clothing supply chain. In a statement on its website it says: "We...

How do you use an awards scheme to engage your stakeholders? - news

The online community 2degrees is all about engagement. For the past six years it has been helping companies large and small solve their sustainability challenges by facilitating...

Bacardi aims for zero waste to landfill by 2022 - news

The world’s largest privately-held spirits company Bacardi has unveiled a new environmental initiative called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future. The campaign details...

Unilever extends sustainable deo format - news

FMCG giant Unilever has extended its compressed deodorant aerosol format to its four male deo brands. Just one year after the launch of the award-winning technology, Unilever has sold...

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...

Andrew Sells to chair Natural England - news

Andrew Sells has been confirmed as the Chairman of Natural England. Sells took up the post last month. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said: “This is an incredibly important role...

Ethex founder makes Divine move - news

Divine Chocolate, the leading Fairtrade company co-owned by cocoa farmers, has appointed Jamie Hartzell as chair of the company board taking effect from last month. Social entrepreneur Jamie...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

Zoë Arden has joined business consultancy SustainAbility as a director. Arden specialises in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and storytelling. With over 20 years of advisory...

Eversheds backs diversity programme in France - news

The Paris office of global law firm Eversheds is partnering with Club XXIe Siècle and the European Professional Women Network (EPWN) to sponsor a mentoring programme aimed at helping...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

The market for breast milk substitutes is a highly contentious ethical area, especially for investors. The FTSE4Good criteria for the category – launched last year – is an attempt...

Aluminium makes carbon advances - news

Energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production in the United States and Canada have declined significantly in recent years according to a new,...

Sea freight supply chain partnership - news

Technology provider EcoVadis and BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have set up a partnership aimed at standardizing sustainability reporting requests for the sea freight supply chain....

Confectionery giants make significant palm oil progress - news

Both The Hershey Company and Cadbury maker, Mondelez International, say they have made siginficant progress in their moves towards a sustainable supply chain for palm oil. Mondelez has...

Girl Scouts show girl power - news

Girl Scouts and Alcoa concluded the Girl Scouts Forever Green project recently after saving 639m kilowatts of energy, conserving 226m gallons of water, and eliminating 1 bn pounds of carbon...

Carnivores in decline says study - news

hree quarters of the world’s big carnivores - including lions, wolves and bears - are in decline, says a new study. A majority now occupy less than half their former ranges according to...

Shell to halt plans for drilling in Alaskan Arctic - news

Royal Dutch Shell's new ceo Ben van Beurden has announced that the company will not attempt to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014. The decision follows the recent Ninth Circuit Court...

Unilever, Symrise and GIZ partner to support vanilla farmers - news

Unilever, its ingredient supplier Symrise and GIZ, a German federal enterprise in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development have partnered to improve the...

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....

Co-op first to offer compostable carrier bags in UK - news

Compostable carrier bags, which can be used to carry shopping home and then be re-used as food waste caddy liners, are being rolled out to customers at around 400 Co-operative food stores in the...

Intel takes affirmative acton on conflict minerals - news

Intel, the world’s largest electronic chip maker, is now excluding all minerals mined in conflict zones from its products. Much of the gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum used in...

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...

DHL receives eco-seal - news

Seal of approval… Deutsche Post DHL has become the first logistics company to receive the ‘Green Brands’ eco-seal for its Group-wide environmental protection programme...

Samsung launches environmental innovation competition - news

Samsung search… Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Co., Ltd has launched its first Samsung Solve for Tomorrow  competition, inviting students across Hong Kong to share their ideas for...

Janina Gray becomes chair of Water Group - news

Members of Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) have voted the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA) Head of Science, Janina Gray, as the Chair of the Water Group for 2014. This is the...

Rumboll joins Company Shop - news

Company Shop, Britain’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and goods, has appointed Tom Rumboll its first director of business development. Rumboll joins Company Shop after...

Looking good on more than paper - news

$21bn paper product and nappy maker Kimberly-Clark began setting five year sustainability goals in 1994. The latest, Sustainability 2015, is a 10-point agenda that ranges from social programmes...

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

A quarter of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on...

Electric buses to operate on London commuter routes - news

A new era of emission free bus travel was unveiled recently as Transport for London (TfL) and bus operator Go-Ahead London began a trial of the capital city's first electric buses. The...

Many top companies still emitting unsustainable levels of CO2 - news

While big names like Unilever and Eli Lilly have earned top spots in a new sustainability ranking, on the flip side 51% of companies were found to be emitting unsustainable levels of CO2....

Taking a systems-based approach to sustainability - news

Everyone knows it. Some of us pretend we don’t, others bury their heads in the sand and ignore it, and some even deny it and say that everything is fine. But really, when push comes to...

Craft beer company brews up new waste water strategy - news

Lagunitas Brewing Company will be cutting out its 10 truckloads of waste water a day and saving about $1.5m a year. The trendy California craft beer company has signed on as the first to...

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

A number of prominent US environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, 350.org and Food and Water Watch have issued a public letter condemning...

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

A number of prominent US environmental and human rights organizations including Amazon Watch, the Sierra Club, 350.org and Food and Water Watch have issued a public letter condemning...

Verdantix endorses world's top six sustainability assurance firms - news

Increased scrutiny of environmental, social and governance disclosures in financial and sustainability reports will require Fortune 500 firms to seek much more comprehensive assurance of their...

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...

CR risk not sufficiently tied to exec pay, says KPMG - news

Whie most large companies acknowledge risks from environmental and social “megaforces” like climate change, few link corporate responsibility to executive remuneration, finds a new...

Dell funds collection sites of East Africa’s first e-waste hub - news

IT giant Dell is funding two collection sites for the first large-scale e-waste recycling facility in East Africa and has plans for 40 more. The opening of the East Africa Compliant...

Lego to build on environmental ambitions - news

Lego is augmenting the building blocks of its carbon emissions reduction programme with a new WWF partnership. The Danish toy manufacturer has pledged to improve performance on a range of...

Volvo pioneers ‘sustainable mobility’ with self-driving cars - news

Sweden is to pilot the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish...

Watch the birdie! - news

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found out why birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year. Experts have long suspected climate change is somehow driving this advancing...

Chrysler revs up for wildlife - news

Chrysler Group LLC received international recognition recently for its commitment to environmental stewardship at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s (WHC) 25th Annual Symposium, Celebrating...

DHL shifts up a gear - news

Deutsche Post DHL has expanded its fleet of about 8,500 vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications. In the UK, DHL introduced 63 new dual-fuel trucks that run on...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

Bengt Brunberg, sustainability manager at BillerudKorsnäs, the Swedish packaging material manufacturer, tells Ethical Performance about why he believes it is important to take a broad...

Polman in pole position at WBCSD - news

The member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unanimously approved significant changes to the organization’s governance and supervisory body....

Time to realise the power of renewables? - news

This year Ofgem announced that Britain will face an energy drought by 2015, as our ageing coal fired power stations are systematically decommissioned. Whilst the materialization of Hinkley Point...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

P&G to use in-house technology to fuel future - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is taking the greening of plastic packaging into its own hands. Using internally-developed new technology that is said to reduce resin usage, cut down energy...

Greenpeace vows to continue Arctic protest - news

Greenpeace says its campaign of opposition to Russia’s oil drilling project in the Arctic will continue even though 30 of its protesters were arrested during their demonstration in...

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co. has debuted the Dockers Wellthread process for responsible sourcing at the company’s new innovation lab in San Francisco. The ground-breaking approach...

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

On the day campaigners have filed a complaint with the OECD about Alliance Boots and alleged tax discrepancies, a new poll from the Institute of Business Ethics shows that worries about tax...

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

The Turkish stock exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, is to partner with EIRIS, the global responsible investment research provider, to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be...

Sainsbury's opens first 'Triple Zero' supermarkets - news

Sainsbury's new supermarket in Leicester is one of two 'Triple Zero' stores the retailer has just opened. It is the high street chain's most environmentally friendly store to...

Co-op HQ named world’s greenest building - news

The Co-operative Group’s new head office in Manchester has been declared the most environmentally-friendly building in the world. The British Research Establishment Environmental...

M&S branches out to keep 1m trees standing - news

British high street retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a partnership with UK-based rainforest protection charity Cool Earth to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest. Through...

Morgan Stanley sets up Institute for Sustainable Investing - news

American investment bank Morgan Stanley is to set up an institute for sustainable investing.  The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing claims three main focus areas:...

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC achieves Chain of Custody Certification - news

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, a subsidiary of RJC Member Rio Tinto, has achieved Chain of Custody Certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established...

Rogers Family Company creates groundbreaking 97% biodegradable coffee product - news

To address the waste challenge and concern of environmentally-conscious consumers who want coffee as “green” as possible, the Rogers Family Company in the US has created a...

Exide Technologies to upgrade battery recycling facility - news

Exide Technologies, the electric battery company, is to invest more than $7m over the next two years to upgrade its Vernon battery recycling facility as part of a comprehensive agreement with...

UPS to invest $50m in natural gas stations - news

Logistics giant UPS is to invest approximately $50m to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13. Four were announced in...

Sprint finish for Hesse - news

CR Magazine and the COMMIT!Forum have named Dan Hesse, the chief executive officer of Sprint as the recipient of the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award. Beginning in...

L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty for All nominates expert panel - news

L’Oréal’s latest sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty for All, is being monitored by a panel of experts headed by José Maria Figueres, former president of Costa...

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...

Watkins takes up BRE role - news

Dr Miles Watkins has joined BRE to take up the key new position of group business development director. Watkins will lead on formulating commercial strategies for the organisation that will...

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

Two Tomorrows, the international sustainability adviser and part of the DNV GL Group, has further strengthened its advisory team with the appointment of three senior sustainability consultants....

Tiltnes elected chair of BREEAM - news

The new BREEAM Europe Board has elected Sverre Tiltnes, ceo of Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC), as its first chair. Tiltnes is a leading innovator in the Norwegian building and real...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

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...

Tesco takes on waste revealing 68% of bagged salad gets binned - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to publish its own food waste figures. Its figures show that 68% of bagged salad is wasted as is 40% of apples. Just...

Carbon Trust to design eco-labelling scheme for Mexico - news

The Carbon Trust has been selected to develop an environmental labelling scheme for products and services in Mexico. The scheme will be designed to promote sustainable purchasing and procurement...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment falters - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Kids say thanks a latte for online tool - news

Costa for Schools (costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about communities in coffee growing countries. Developed in conjunction...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Mich.-based division of Russian OAO Severstal steel...

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

Tass Mavrogordato, ceo of inmidtown, a Business Improvement District, explains how the organisation contributes to the sustainable business model  At inmidtown we’re striving to...

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of city dwellers in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes from the...

Consumer study shows powerful shift in sustainable consumption - news

One third of consumers now regard the sustainability proposition as the ‘cool thing to do’ rather than just the ‘right thing to do’. So says a new global consumer study...

Senior leadership key to sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business, finds a new report. Nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most...

Samsung wins first ever electronics recycling award - news

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has won the inaugural eCycling Leadership Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in the US its recycling efforts in the electronics...

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...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Michigan-based division of Russian OAO Severstal...

L’Oréal’s looking good with latest sustainability commitment - news

French beauty giant L’Oréal is sitting pretty with its rebranded sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty With All , which maintains the company will ensure 100% of its products...

Efforts to scale up climate change investment fall further behind - news

The most comprehensive inventory of climate finance to-date shows investment is far short of the need, and falling further behind each year. Global investment in climate change plateaued at...

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of people who live in cities in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes...

Boeing & South African Airways collaborate for sustainable biofuel - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

Volkswagen moves up a gear with Ecotricity energy offer - news

In the first crossover partnership of its kind in the UK between a car manufacturer and an energy company, Volkswagen Group is to provide a 100% green electricity offer on its electric vehicles....

Green beauty industry held back by sustainability issues - news

Although the palette of green ingredients has widened in recent years, beauty product manufacturers still face many technical and sustainability issues when using naturals, warns research agency...

Hans Wegner recognised by SFI - news

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has recognised Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society, with the annual SFI President’s Award. The SFI notes...

EIC appoints new director - news

EIC executive... The UK’s environmental technologies and services sector trade association – the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – has appointed Matthew Farrow as...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

AkzoNobel looks to close paint recycling loophole - news

Global paints and coatings giant AkzoNobel has collaborated on a UK project looking at the viability of recycling household paint. In the UK alone, over 300m litres of paint are bought each...

Consumers more engaged with eco packaging than ever before, says Tetra Pak - news

More consumers than ever are looking for environmentally-friendly logos on packaging finds a new global report by packaging giant Tetra Pak. It says that it’s a top concern for 37% of...

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Energy boost... The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council...

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Africa’s white elephant ... In the US environmentalists are calling on the president of Tanzania to crack down on the country’s elephant poaching epidemic. “The slaughter...

Top down commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

Chinese cities failing to find sustainability balance - news

Around 80% of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy...

Partnering with NGOs boosts corporate reputation, finds C&E report - news

Businesses see the enhancing of brand, reputation and credibility as the most important reason for partnering with NGOs, reports the 2013 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. This benefit...

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Neat peat… A new tool setting out guidance and quality standards for sustainable business investment in peatlands has been launched by the UK’s Environment Minister Richard Benyon....

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Ethical enlightenment… The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has produced an ethical scenario tool to help people comply with ethical standards in a volatile and...

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Greener Google… Berlin-based search engine Ecosia - a search engine that donates 80% of its income to rainforest protection – has undergone a complete revamp. The search engine...

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Barrage barrier… Environmental groups have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that effectively puts a stop to plans to build a barrage across the Severn Estuary. Janina...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

UPS delivered, Bank of America earned its dividend and UBS banked a win, as all three landed inclusion into the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The three biggest...

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Tide is high… Joint venture company MeyGen is to begin installation of the largest tidal energy project in Europe. The 86MW tidal energy project has just received the official greenlight...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

Putting materiality to the test - news

Business in 2013 is increasingly aware that it is no longer possible to be competitive without being sustainable. But sustainability reporting in 2013 is about more than transparency and...

Business low down pecking order for effecting environmental change - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

Big companies making little headway on climate change - news

The world’s largest listed companies are failing to reduce their environmental impacts despite increasing stakeholder, political and scientific pressure, reports the CDP, the international...

Bit of a mixed bag on the environmental way forward - news

There’s no pleasing some people. News that England is to finally follow in the footsteps of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and introduce a charge on single-use carrier bags brought a...

Russian oil exploration risks high environmental impact - news

Russia can expect environmental bodies to protest that its planned extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic off the Siberian coast would do enormous harm to the area’s thriving polar bear...

Costa coffee chain brews up online teaching platform - news

Whitbread-owned coffee chain Costa is heading back to the classroom. Costa for Schools (www.costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about...

Lack of consensus on climate change damages UN energy targets - news

The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council (WEC). The...

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...

Environmentalists urge Tanzania's president to act on elephant poaching - news

Environmentalists in the US are calling on the president of Tanzania to crack down on the country's elephant poaching epidemic. President Kikwete is currently in the US for private...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

Land stewardship is not a well-known term; however, for the mining industry it is becoming increasingly critical. The concept of land stewardship is intended to address what has been...

Marks & Spencer takes sustainability most seriously says consumer poll - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

Eco packaging high on consumer agenda, says Tetra Pak study - news

More consumers than ever are looking for environmentally-friendly logos on packaging finds a new global report by packaging giant Tetra Pak. The survey reveals that it’s a top concern for...

Work to begin on largest tidal energy project in Europe - news

Joint venture company MeyGen is to begin installation of the largest tidal energy project in Europe. The 86MW tidal energy project has just received the official greenlight from the Scottish...

Chinese cities fail to achieve growth/sustainability balance - news

Eighty per cent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Fletcher welcomes BUPA's Carbon Trust certification - news

International healthcare group Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification. The Carbon Trust assessed and...

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? Aviva appointment... Aviva Investors has appointed Abigail Herron as head of engagement in the global responsible investment Team. She reports to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment...

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...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

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...

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

Bribery and corruption remain ongoing issues for businesses worldwide, especially for companies that are doing business in developing economies, where corruption is more commonplace than it is...

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Olympic opportunity... The UK based Carbon Trust is to provide the Brazilian national electricity operator, ONS, with best practice advice learnt from the 2012 London Olympics Games as Brazil...

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Nokia calls on O2… Nokia has agreed to sell a second handset without its charger unit as standard on O2. The Finnish manufacturer has followed a successful trial with its Lumia 925 by...

BP sues US government over federal contracts - news

BP is returning to court in the US – this time as the plaintiff. The British multinational oil group is suing the government for barring it from gaining new federal contracts after its...

Fracking – tipping the scales of climate change - news

The UK government is urging the country to ‘get behind fracking’ in a bid to ensure energy self-sufficiency for decades to come. Every day the newspapers are filled with stories...

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Wasting time..TNT Business Solutions, the outsourcing division of TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, has worked with one of the UK’s leading plastics recycling companies –...

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...

Big 5 mobile companies to review Indonesian mining - news

Five multinational mobile phone manufacturers are now committed to urgent action over the damage from the mining of tin used in their products. The environmental group Friends of the Earth...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

“Green Google” undergoes revamp - news

Berlin-based search engine Ecosia - a search engine that donates 80% of its income to rainforest protection – has undergone a complete revamp. The search engine now boasts a new...

Aviva develops new way to measure carbon offsetting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has partnered with  ClimateCare to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting carbon emissions. For the first time, Aviva has been able...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

Power shift: emerging economies to drive renewables sector - news

The renewable energy sector will soon be driven by emerging economies according to a new report from research agency Frost & Sullivan. The shift in market power will be down to the...

US consumers prefer paper options over e-billing - news

While e-billing is convenient and commonplace, US consumers like paper bills and statements and don’t want to be pushed into electronic-only communications, finds a new report. As...

Sweden proves world's most sustainable country - news

RobecoSAM’s new study has found Sweden to be the most sustainable country in the world. The study, which evaluates 59 countries (21 from developed and 38 from emerging markets) on a...

ITP’s green guide goes global - news

The International Tourism Partnership’s (ITP) comprehensive guide detailing the basic steps towards “greening” hotel operations is now available in Arabic, Portuguese and...

Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems - news

Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have all committed to urgent action to tackle the problem of tin mining in Indonesia following reports of the adverse effects it is having on...

Samsung under fire for alleged labour law violations in Brazil - news

Public prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against the South Korean electronics giant Samsung, alleging that it has been infringing labour laws at one of its factories. According...

As Premier League kicks off, Carbon Trust tracks ‘carbon bootprint’ - news

As England’s Premier League prepares to kick off this weekend, new research from the Carbon Trust has unveiled the ‘carbon bootprint’ of watching football. The research...

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...

Jon Lukomnik wins top award - news

Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi), has won the 2013 International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Award for Excellence in...

Starring sustainability role... - news

George Clooney has joined Nestlé’s first Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. The Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB)was established to solicit views and provide...

Ethics & economics are stacking up against fossil-fuel investment - news

“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” Deutsche Bank global head of asset management Kevin Parker told The Washington Post in January 2011. “Banks won’t finance them....

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...

Toy story... - news

Leading American toy manufacturer, Hasbro Inc, has won an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award acknowledges Hasbro’s environmental...

First public service ad campaign for 40 years targets recycling - news

Recycling is the subject of America’s first public service advertising campaign for 40 years. The “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign will target the 62% of Americans who are not...

Values driven purchases drive new era of green consumerism in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

Heat and coal… - news

Gas Natural Fenosa, the Spanish utility company, has joined the Bettercoal global initiative to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain. The...

Sierra Leone land grab fuels poverty - news

The rush for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Greenpeace issues challenge to China’s Shenhua Group - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Plastic bags still scourge of environmentalists in UK - news

Plastic carrier bag use in Britain rose slightly last year despite environmental appeals to reduce the practice. The overall number of bags issued to customers by the main supermarkets...

Call for halt to industrial plantations in Sierra Leone - news

The push for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Greenpeace challenges Shenhua Group over “water grab” - news

Greenpeace is taking on the might of China’s Shenhua Group, the world’s biggest coal producer by volume, with the publication of Thirsty Coal 2, a new report berating Shenhua’s...

Sainsbury’s under renewed fire over fish labeling claims - news

The Salmon & Trout Association (Scotland) has called on Sainsbury’s to explain why it is still selling mainland farmed salmon labeled as being from Skye, Lewis or Uist, almost eight...

First US public service ad campaign for 40 years targets recycling - news

Recycling is the subject of America’s first public service advertising campaign for 40 years. The "I Want To Be Recycled" campaign will target the 62% of Americans who are not...

Values-driven shoppers replace ‘green’ consumers in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

Girl power musters to protect planet - news

The Alcoa Foundation in the US is sponsoring nearly 700 girl scouts and girl guides from 12 countries within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to "twin"...

KLM on a high with environmental award win - news

Dutch airline KLM has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability by scooping the Environment Award at the Airline Strategy Awards. Taking home the accolade for the second time -...

Asda & Leeds University team to shape sustainable products - news

British supermarket giant Asda and the University of Leeds are working together on a study that aims to create more affordable, sustainable products as well as help shape consumer behaviour....

Europeans believe buying green can make a difference - news

A new European Commission survey indicates that more than three-quarters of EU consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products if they were confident that the products...

Coca-Cola ramps up environmental goals with WWF - news

American drinks giant Coca-Cola is looking improve its water efficiency by 25% by 2020 as part of a new set of global environmental goals and an expanded global parternship with World Wildlife...

Unilever trains sights on sustainable logistics - news

Unilever has unveiled Green Express, a new railway initiative to drive more sustainable logistics in Europe. Green Express comes as a result of a partnership with Trenitalia and the Italian...

GM & Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies - news

Automotive giants General Motors and Honda are to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and...

Over filling kettle costs UK households £600m a year - news

The Energy Saving Trust is urging Britons to follow three simple tips to save water and energy, without impacting on their lifestyle. It maintains that an average UK household could save...

Call for definitive standards for human rights reporting - news

  WeiserMazars LLP, a New York based audit, tax and consultancy firm and Mazars Group, one of the world’s largest international audit, tax and consulting organisations, together...

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...

Groupon goes global - news

Groupon Grassroots, Groupon’s social innovation programme, is partnering with WWF to globally address a common cause - the environment - by launching more than 20 campaigns around the...

Tetra Pak packs a punch - news

Tetra Pak, the food processing and packaging giant, has launched a global marketing campaign to shed more light on renewable materials and the role they can play in helping to protect the...

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...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled a new social pledge campaign called Commit To Thrive, which asked employees, guests, and local residents to take an online...

Report highlights global differences in environmental attitudes - news

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the...

World’s largest hotel chains collaborate over carbon emissions - news

The hospitality industry has issued an update of its programme enabling hotels to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of stays and meetings consistently and transparently. The...

M&S on track with Plan A - news

Stalwart of the British high street Marks & Spencer (M&S) says it is making good progress against its Plan A Report 180 sustainability commitments. The company says that 139 of the...

Toyota drives eco agenda - news

Toyota tops this year’s Best Global Green Brands list issued by Interbrand, the New York-based international brand consultancy. The Japanese vehicle maker leads the green table of 50...

Chemical contamination still issue for Environment Agency - news

New chemicals used by manufacturers, along with their products, are bringing fresh health risks, even though European environmental policies have reduced contamination in air, water and food,...

Selfridges swims with sharks to raise conservation awareness - news

London department store Selfridges is ramping up its retail activism in promoting marine conservation by backing a new concept, Shark Parks, areas of the ocean dedicated to the conservation of...

Dr Pepper goes to the park - news

Public parks in the US will be getting cleaner as a result of a new Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Park Recycling Bin Grant programme. The initiative is designed to...

Call for concerted action over national food wastage - news

Concerted action against food wastage in the UK and an expansion of the government’s bilateral nutrition programmes have been urged by British MPs. The parliamentary international...

£100bn gain if sustainability put at heart of British business - news

UK business could secure £100bn in annual productivity gains generated by innovations designed to address environmental and social challenges, according to a new report by Accenture,...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

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...

Boeing flying high as CO2 emissions fall by 26% - news

Dreamliner maker Boeing has made significant improvements in its environmental performance, despite a 50% increase in airplane production over recent years (2007 to 2012). According to its...

London 2012 sustainability guru awarded OBE - news

Shaun McCarthy, the man behind the greenest Games ever, has been awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the chair of the...

Advent of SSE puts UK "at heart of social investment" - news

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has officially launched the Social Stock Exchange (SSE), a new initiative designed to connect the public financial markets with social impact...

UK catering industry makes meal of energy savings - news

The Carbon Trust has developed a Cut Cost & Carbon Calculator specifically for the catering industry. According to the Trust, UK catering operations account for almost 2% of all business and...

Lord Heseltine to receive environmental fellowship - news

Former British deputy prime minister and Conservative MP Lord Heseltine is to receive an honorary fellowship from the Society for the Environment for his contribution to environmental concerns....

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...

UK's Impax named Sustainable Investor of the Year - news

The Financial Times (FT) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group announced the winners of the 2013 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards recently, with M-KOPA of Kenya winning the Award for...

Toyota tops Best Green Brand report - news

Car brands dominate this year’s Best Global Green Brands Report from brand consultancy Interbrand. Toyota comes top – for the third year running – with Ford second and...

IECS bird app for construction industry takes flight - news

A mobile app which calculates how construction noise affects birds in protected areas has been created by University of Hull scientists. As part of a major European-funded project,...

Dell upgrades to waste-free packaging - news

Global IT company Dell is stepping up its environmental efforts by setting itself a 100% waste-free packaging stream by 2020. “Packaging is often the first part of our products that...

Budweiser brewer extends environmental goals - news

Stella Artois and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is ramping up its environmental commitment with seven new global goals that aim to reduce water risks and improve its water...

Coca Cola Enterprises looks to transform at-home recycling habits - news

Given that it is responsible for the production and distribution of over 2bn litres of soft drinks a year (and that’s just in the UK), it’s no wonder that Coca Cola Enterprises...

Ecology signs up to GABV - news

Green building society Ecology has been announced as the latest sustainable finance organisation to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). This membership is regarded as a strong...

Environmental investing comes of age - news

FTSE Group, the global index provider, has launched the FTSE ET100 index, adding to its FTSE Environmental Markets Series. Jupiter (one of the UK’s leading fund groups) is adopting the new...

‘Sin stocks’ still main ESG focus for many investment funds - news

Only a minority of common investment funds (CIFs) consider issues outside of the traditional 'sin stocks' of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military and pornography, according to the EIRIS...

Sony & Nokia join O2’s sustainability push - news

Global audio, visual and IT giant Sony has joined O2’s sustainability campaign that the network hopes will see all mobile phones sold without chargers by 2015. The Japanese firm is...

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR), is the toast of the town following its win in the Veolia Environmental Services Recycling Awards for its performance diverting waste...

Supermarket chain ups CO2 savings - news

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has extended its Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles saving up to 25 per cent in carbon emissions. The environmentally friendly fleet is now one of the...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Kaufmann appointed CEO of Ethos Foundation - news

Vincent Kaufmann has been appointed deputy ceo of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services. In this position he will work closely with Ethos’ ceo while remaining responsible for fund management...

Award winner... - news

Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Angelides is currently President of Riverview Capital Investments, a...

Natural capital depletion signals huge risk for investors - news

It’s a well-known fact that we are depleting the Earth’s natural resources at a faster rate than we are replacing them. Now a report published by an international business coalition...

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

Anglo Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020. With...

New index... - news

Pharma companies are failing to adequately disclose the impacts of their social contributions according to a new index. The VV-Good index compares the Top 10 pharmaceutical companies...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Green workplaces lead to behavioural changes at home, says new report - news

Green practices in the workplace appear to influence the actions of employees in their private lives. A total of 73% of US adults participating in environmental and social responsibility...

US lags behind in curbing HFC emissions - news

Japan has introduced legislation to rid its atmosphere of hydro-fluorocarbons, or HFCs, the so-called super-greenhouse gases. HFCs were initially commercialised to replace the chemicals that...

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

The world’s largest gold mining company has lost the investment of a sovereign wealth fund that handles billions of dollars. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, whose portfolio is...

Sustainability stars... - news

The top 100 sustainable Chinese companies were unveiled recently and include Alibaba, the Lenovo Group, Vanke, Huawei, TSMC and the TCL Corporation. Twelve of the China Top 100 Green Companies...

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...

Trust takes years to build, just seconds to break - news

TV game show-wise I’ve always been more Mastermind (general knowledge round of course) rather than University Challenge, so when ITV broke new ground with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I...

Bonn leads way as carbon-free city - news

Deutsche Post DHL is switching to electric vehicles for its delivery services in Bonn and the surrounding region, making the city the first location in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle...

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

BASF has achieved gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, making it the first chemical company to do so....

RobecoSAM kicks off CSA research - news

RobecoSAM, the asset manager focused exclusively on sustainability investing, has invited the 2,500 largest companies (in terms of free float market capitalization) from all industries to...

Investors encourage participation in UN’s ‘PRI for Rio’ global initiative - news

As investors across the globe are increasingly evaluating companies’ ability to address environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges, a coalition of 34...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

Paul Ellis , chief executive of Ecology Building Society, believes that a long-term approach is essential for the future of the UK’s financial sector and that finance can be...

Bombay Sapphire revives old mill - news

An old English paper mill, referenced as far back as the Domesday Book, is set to become one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries. The Bombay Sapphire site in Laverstoke,...

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...

Shale up... - news

Shale up... Oil and gas companies have partnered with environmental groups to develop performance standards for the industry. Instigated by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an...

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

Impact assessment… - news

Impact assessment… The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched an Eco4Biz toolkit to better manage ‘natural capital’. “Assessing...

Power play... - news

Power play... Unilever says it has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. The one million tonnes CO2 reduction is a...

Big brands back 'Climate Declaration' in US - news

Over 30 major American companies including eBay and Nike have signed a “Climate Declaration,” urging federal policymakers to take action on climate change, asserting that a bold...

Water quality standards slip across Europe - news

Water in over 6,000 towns and cities across Europe is failing EU environmental standards, putting the health of millions of people at risk and rendering taxpayers liable for fines of over...

Bloomberg & Dow Chemical ranked highest for sustainability reporting - news

A new research report conducted by BPA Worldwide, the global audit organisation, and Integrated Reporting & Assurance Services (IRAS) has ranked Dow Chemical highest among Fortune 100...

Sedex issues supply chain workbook - news

Sedex has issued a new supply chain workbook offering tools for building controls into business processes including helping companies meet their social and environmental responsibility...

Oxfam campaign targets chocolate industry - news

Oxfam Hong Kong is focusing on the chocolate industry as part of the charity’s global Behind the Brands campaign. It has targeted Nestlé, Mondelez and Mars for their failure to...

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

A US toiletries company has introduced a new format for sharing its environmental goals and progress with the public. The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report details the company’s...

Ethical investment hub launches online - news

The first online marketplace for positive ethical investments has gone live at ethex.org.uk Individuals can now buy and sell investments in leading social businesses online through Ethex,...

IHRB guide calls for effective integration of human rights risk in investments - news

A new guide from the IHRB will help investors work with companies to ensure they have the systems and know-how to deal with human rights risks, Margaret Wachenfeld, director of legal affairs at...

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

Currently, women in Europe have to work 59 extra days to get to the same salary as their male counterparts, but the ‘Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed...

CIEH welcomes Edwards - news

David Edwards, executive director at global public health and safety organisation NSF International and consumer safety specialist, has been appointed to the board of the trading arm of the...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

The Laos government and the company it commissioned to build a huge hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river are under renewed attack for breaching their agreement to halt the work.   A...

UN delivers approval for DHL project - news

Mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has gained UN approval for a climate project in Lesotho. The company has provided thousands of efficient wood-burning cooking stoves that reduce...

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

A sustainability research body has started a campaign to raise awareness of artisanal and small-scale mining and to ensure that the industry improves lives and safeguards local environments....

Californian sunshine technology powers Indian hospital - news

A major medical centre in India will soon be receiving a significant amount of its energy from the sun courtesy of Californian technology from Sunpreme Solar Systems. A 150 kilowatt rooftop...

Intensive farming proves factor in loss of Cambodia grasslands - news

Around half of Cambodia’s tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UAE). The seasonally flooded...

Italy makes progress but still faces ‘numerous challenges’ - news

Fifteen of the 30 European cities with the worst air pollution are in Italy, reports the OECD in its environmental performance review of the country. The review concedes that Italy has...

Nike races ahead in sustainable materials & chemistries - news

Global sports brand Nike is accelerating the supply of more sustainable materials and chemistries through a new partnership with Switzerland’s Bluesign Technologies. Bluesign will...

US manufacturer debuts 'Goodness Report' - news

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Pale Blue Hat goes on the Radar - news

Marketing consultancy Pale Blue Hat has launched Radar, a toolkit to help companies identify the risk of adverse exposure around their green claims and avoid charges of misleading customers with...

Unilever to phase out 'microbeads' - news

Unilever is to phase out the minuscule plastic ‘microbeads’ used in its facial scrubs and exfoliators in a move welcomed by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the North Sea...

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...

Good companies keep good company - news

So many horses, so little time. Companies face a credibility gap on the horsemeat issue, which raises sustainability questions around accountability, stewardship and, above all, purpose. With...

Cemex takes lead as water use tops corporate agenda - news

Building materials group Cemex is standardising how it calculates and cuts water consumption throughout the company. Cemex plans to introduce the system at plants in all 50 countries where...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe has brought a key corporate responsibility principle to the fore – supply chain management. The horsemeat found in some processed beef...

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....

RJC certifies De Beers - news

The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) has in the last two months certified nine of its members as meeting the highest ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards. These include...

Electronic brand benchmark study: results - news

Apple, Dell and HP perform well on disclosing environmental and social supply chain issues compared with some of their Asia-headquartered competitors, according to Sustainable Supply Chain...

EuroCharity teams with VRS to launch ESG report - news

EuroCharity has partnered with Valuation & Research Specialists (VRS) to launch an ESG Metrics Report service for its corporate members. The service will offer stakeholder briefings on...

How entrepreneurs can lead business charge in battle on environment - news

‘Climate change is one of the greatest wealth generating opportunities of our generation,’ said Carbon War Room co-founder Richard Branson. Maria Figueres tells Mike Scott about...

Coca-Cola acknowledges unhealthy drink facts with ‘140 happy calories’ advert - news

Coca-Cola has entered the obesity debate in the US with TV commercials that are seen as an admission that too much of its iconic drink is bad for you. One prime-time ad features activities...

Stranded rig lands Shell in hot water over Arctic drills - news

Oil multinational Shell came under fresh criticism for its Arctic drilling programme off the north coast of Alaska last month after one of its rigs ran aground while being towed to port for...

Levi Strauss pledges to cut all use of toxic chemicals - news

Jeans maker Levi Strauss has committed itself to removing all hazardous chemicals from its entire clothing manufacturing processes by 2020, in a growing list of successes for environment...

Governments urged to target lobbying and political funding to increase transparency - news

Corruption remains a serious threat facing humanity, Transparency International (TI) declares in a new report. In its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, TI speaks of poor families being...

Shell’s Niger Delta acquittals fail to deter campaigners - news

A Dutch court has acquitted oil giant Shell of four of the five charges it faced in connection with pollution in the Niger Delta. On the fifth charge, Shell has been ordered to pay...

Deepwater rig owners to pay $1.4bn over role in disaster - news

Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded three years ago causing 11 deaths and pollution of the Gulf of Mexico and the US coast, has agreed to pay $400m (£253m,...

Aviation trade war fears recede as UN looks to broker emissions deal - news

UN-backed meetings are being held to produce a global agreement on curbing airline emissions. They follow a US decision to reject Brussels’ ruling to apply its emissions trading...

Walmart in sustainable supply chain push - news

Meanwhile, Walmart has also announced a series of measures to help make its worldwide supply chain more sustainable. The company used an event in Beijing, the Chinese capital to announce that it...

Sodexo ups Sedex ante - news

On-site solutions provider Sodexo has enhanced its membership of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, to improve supply chain transparency and ensure its ethical and sustainable standards...

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...

KFC sends ‘strong message to business’ over rainforest-unfriendly packaging - news

The UK’s third-largest fast-food retailer KFC has officially ditched suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. The UK arm of KFC, part of the Kentucky-based Yum! Brands,...

Hunt for value in recession drives NGO partnerships - news

The recession has boosted partnership deals between corporates and NGOs, reports the annual survey from C&E, the UK consultancy specialising in business-society links. The links were...

BP hopes guilty plea will help to draw line on Deepwater - news

In the largest deal of its kind in US criminal history, BP is to pay $4.5bn (£2.8bn, €3.5bn) in settlement of 14 criminal charges relating to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil...

Durkee appointed president of Inogen - news

Paul Durkee is the new president of global environmental alliance Inogen. Paul, a senior consultant with Antea Group, becomes the fourth president of Inogen since its foundation in 2002.

Once bitten, twice shy: how unexpected risks are concentrating investors’ minds - news

Data is the unglamorous foundation on which investment decisions are built. And the increasing availability of reliable ESG data is giving investors more powerful risk-assessment tools,...

Socially responsible building begins at home - news

There’s a housing crisis in the UK. We must build more homes to relieve the shortage and to kickstart the economy. So investment in housing must be socially responsible, right? Well,...

Sourcing standard gives artesanal gold producers path to formal markets - news

Gold produced by artesanal miners certified as meeting the Fairtrade & Fairmined Standard (F&F) can now be considered ‘eligible material’ for chain-of-custody sourcing after...

Businesses slow to adapt to CO2 data demands - news

Corporate awareness of climate change continues to rise, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has recorded in its 2012 statement, The Future of Reporting. When the CDP produced its first...

Puma calls for end to import duties on ‘greener’ synthetic materials - news

Sportswear multinational Puma is calling for the end of ‘outdated’ import duties on synthetics that add to the cost of switching to new, more sustainable materials for the manufacture of shoes and...

Hershey to meet 100% cocoa sourcing standard by 2020 - news

US chocolate maker Hershey has committed itself to sourcing all of its cocoa according to certified international labour, environmental and farming standards by 2020. Just over two-thirds...

US oil industry body sues SEC over Dodd-Frank Act disclosure rules - news

A coalition of US oil and business organisations is suing the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for ‘overstepping’ its authority in requiring companies to disclose payments...

New recruits at FTSE ESG unit - news

Kevin Bourne and Gordon Morrison have joined FTSE Group’s new Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Service Unit, Kevin as MD and Gordon as head of a new ESG Analytics team. The unit will...

Bettercoal appoints Christie - news

Dr Martin Christie has been appointed executive director of Bettercoal, and will lead its global initiative to promote corporate responsibility in the international coal supply chain. Bettercoal...

Co-op calls for pesticide risk review - news

The Co-operative Group, supported by Pan UK, has urged environment secretary Owen Paterson to call an immediate review of the science that underpins the UK risk assessment procedure for...

MPs call for Arctic no-drill zone - news

British MPs have called for the imposition of a no-drill zone in an environmental sanctuary in the Arctic, describing the drilling there by Shell, ExxonMobil, Gazprom and other oil and gas...

UN issues health warning over chemical misuse - news

Increased chemical misuse is causing health and environmental damage, especially in emerging economies, and governments must do more to carry out a promised clean-up by 2020, a UN report claims....

Diageo in carbon-reduction project - news

Global drinks company Diageo is set to make annual savings of £1.4m as the result of a two-year carbon-reduction project at a distillery in Scotland. And the company behind the Smirnoff,...

The world is becoming an increasingly complex place for investors - news

Fund managers need to look beyond short-term gains and become more aware of long-term risks, such as climate change, because, Emma Hunt of Towers Watson tells Mike Scott, there will be much...

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...

The call for transparency in an opaque world - news

No matter how hard we try, the world will always be a messy place. There will probably never be an end to dirty business. It's difficult to see a scenario where shady deals or dodgy...

Oil industry ‘hiding risks' as BP faces $21bn Deepwater fines - news

BP has been accused of ‘gross negligence or wilful misconduct' over its Deepwater Horizon accident, which spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....

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...

EU presses to have ESG profile of retail investment products published - news

An EC proposal for retail investors to be informed about how ESG concerns are taken into account in their investment has been welcomed.   Eurosif believes that the EC’s...

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (Cosia), which represents 12 of the largest Canadian oil sands producers, has been formed to ‘find solutions to the environmental challenges of oil...

Barclays, Standard Chartered challenged over Russian oil and gas complex pollution - news

Three British banks and the Shell oil company have come under attack from civil society groups for failing to address alleged environmental and human rights abuses by a giant integrated oil and...

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...

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

Members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – 30 manufacturers and retailers which includes Walmart, Nike, Target, JC Penney and Levi Strauss – (EP, December 2010, p8) have unveiled...

Deben to succeed Turner on Climate Change Committee - news

Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey has announced that Lord Deben has been selected as the preferred candidate to succeed Lord Turner to chair the Committee on Climate Change. Lord...

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...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

Margaret Thatcher loved to talk up the shareholder democracy – particularly when she was selling off one of the UK’s publicly-owned industries. Which was, as it turned out, quite...

UK guidelines for business environmental sustainability reporting unveiled - news

Following the UK government’s announcement that larger UK businesses will need to report their sustainability performance ( EP, July 2012, p1 ), environment minister Lord Taylor of...

EPA wins backing to limit power plant emissions - news

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given ‘unambiguous’ backing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite opposition from corporations and trade...

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

A passage in the Rio+20 final document covering sustainability reporting by publicly listed and large companies has won the support of the Brazilian, Danish, French and South African...

Apple reconsiders decision to opt out of green registry after threats to sales - news

Computer giant Apple is rejoining a green certification scheme after serious threats to its sales.    A boycott led by the city of San Francisco urged Apple to reconsider its...

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, has been rewarding companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society. The Awards for...

Glynwood appoints Frith as president - news

Kathleen Frith has been appointed president of Glynwood, one of the leading sustainable agriculture and food organisations in the US. Glynwood’s aim is to save farming by strengthening...

FSOC failing to reform Wall St, says SRC - news

The US Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) is failing to reform Wall Street, claims the newly-formed Systemic Risk Council (SRC).Signed into law in July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

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...

Piling new expectations on already-stressed managers - news

Imagine you are the manager of a busy supermarket. You face daily pressure to ensure that your store is performing well. Your staff work in shifts and it is a struggle to find time to bring them...

Bank of America’s $50bn to green global economy - news

Bank of America has announced a ten-year $50bn (£32bn, €40bn) environmental business project to deal with climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

US corporations ‘hiding behind lobby groups’ to influence climate policy - news

The row over US corporations’ support for anti-climate change activities has been escalated by an environment science advocacy group that has published a study of companies which are...

UK announces carbon reporting move as Rio+20 fails to impress - news

Amid low expectations, political divisions and economic uncertainties, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development saw $513bn (£328bn, €410bn) in funding committed to...

Carr to drive sustainability at WSP - news

The environmental consultancy WSP has appointed Robert Carr as its new director for sustainability and energy, in its Middle East, India and Africa operations. Carr – who joins from Buro...

Venus moves from Emirates to Etihad - news

Etihad Airways has announced that Michael Venus will take charge of the company’s corporate affairs department. Venus, previously the United Arab Emirates’ airline’s head of...

Top sports brands lobby Guatemalan government - news

A group of multinationals and NGOs have published a joint open letter to the newly-elected Guatemalan government to support its pursuit of a strong workers’ rights legal framework. The...

Global warming damages to set precedent? - news

The highest court in Virginia has handed down a ruling on company liability for global warming damages that experts say could set a precedent for energy companies and environmental plaintiffs....

Rio+20: time to change the narrative on sustainability - news

This month, world leaders will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, to define a sustainable development pathway. How can the global population enjoy a...

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...

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

A new UN report says a lack of targeted research on transgender people in the Asia-Pacific region is significantly hindering their access to health services and blocking effective responses to...

AdvisorShares launches sustainability fund - news

A leading US sponsor of actively managed exchange traded funds (EFTs) has launched an investment vehicle that, it believes, could help bring impact investment into the mainstream....

US trade body ends EU aviation battle - news

A group of US airlines have abandoned their legal challenge to the EU’s aviation pollution charge. The Airlines for America trade association, whose members include American Airlines...

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts on sustainability, says the latest Eiris report produced ahead of this summer’s Rio+20 conference. The German...

Apple and Amazon rapped over ‘dirty’ cloud computing - news

A new cloud computing report has deemed Amazon, Apple and Microsoft to be failing on climate change criteria through reliance on coal-to-power data centres, provoking the release of sensitive...

Brazilian court throws doubt on ‘economic harm’ actions - news

A court in Brazil has ruled that economic concerns cannot override environmental factors, as part of a decision to ban the burning of sugar cane stalks. In a move that could set a...

Kenyan companies sign code of ethics - news

Kenyan companies have signed a code of ethics, hoping to combat problems of corruption and poor governance in the country’s private sector. Dozens of companies from a range of industries...

Israel names most polluting companies - news

The Israeli government has taken the unusual step of ranking the most polluting companies operating within its borders. The Tel Aviv-100 index, which rates businesses based on the extent to...

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...

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...

US consumers unconvinced by corporate claims of their products’ greenness - news

US consumers are not persuaded by corporate environmental claims, and the vast majority say they would boycott a product if they found they had been misled on the issue. Research by PR...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

Big pension funds failing on SRI disclosure, says study - news

The UK’s largest pension providers are letting down their eight million clients on social and governance issues, says a new study. FairPensions, which surveyed the ten largest...

Brazil imposes travel ban on oil chiefs awaiting spill trial - news

Seventeen executives from two oil companies have been banned from leaving Brazil after criminal charges were brought against them for a spill in Rio de Janeiro. Managers at Chevron and...

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....

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...

Fairtrade partners with African gold miners - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has begun partnerships with gold miners in Africa for the first time, with the aim of expanding its Fairtrade Gold brand launched last year. The certification scheme,...

EPA dishes out enviro awards - news

Awards for environmental management given by the US Environment Protection Agency have gone to firms including Ford, Gap and Hasbro. The inaugural prizes went to 16 companies for greenhouse gas...

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...

The problems and opportunities of US non-financial reporting - news

The GRI has been playing catch-up in the US ever since its launch and expansion in other parts of the world. That could be about to change, however, according to the organisation's US...

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...

Brands desert Limbaugh's US show after 'slut' jibe - news

Sponsor boycotts of the Rush Limbaugh Show, whose eponymous presenter branded a women's rights activist a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' because she campaigns for contraception,...

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...

Canada in tar sands trade spat with EU - news

The EU looks likely to encounter more problems with its climate change efforts as Canada becomes the latest country to threaten a trade war over proposals on the import of fuel derived from tar...

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...

Conservation credits put a price on biodiversity loss - news

The UK's first online 'biodiversity offsetting' scheme has been introduced to allow conservation groups, farmers and landowners to 'sell' wildlife sites to companies wishing...

Heartland leak exposes US corporations to consumers' ire - news

Leaks have detailed US corporate donors to one of the world's most influential climate change denying bodies. Some of the companies are now under fire from consumers for support that runs...

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,...

Clements-Hunt leaves UNEP FI - news

Paul Clements-Hunt has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to pursue a career in SRI within the private sector. Clements-Hunt, who has...

Miami hotel checks in Greenlight - news

A hotel in Miami has become one of the largest so far to use 100% renewable energy. The luxury InterContinental hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase over 15 million kWh of wind...

First eco tissue launched - news

The first fully recycled, unbleached tissue paper has been produced for public toilets. Launched by the Cascades Tissue Group, North America’s fourth largest producer of towel and tissue...

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

Context set up in London in 1997: now it has a US office and offers sustainability services around the world. Mike Scott catches up with Peter Knight, the company’s co-founder, to see how...

New technologies and punctuated equilibriums - news

Thank heavens we live in an era where we understand the basic essentials of evolution. It makes things so much simpler than having to believe in the agency of choirs of angels. But the problem...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

The US branch of the world fairtrade organisation has split from its parent body as part of an effort to increase its influence by relaxing standards. Fair Trade USA broke with Fairtrade...

New legislation in pipeline to force chemicals disclosure in US fracking - news

New fracking legislation in the US will require gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used on public lands. Regulation of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing – perhaps the most...

Games organisers turn to GRI guidelines to keep London Olympics green - news

The London 2012 Olympics has become one of the first organisations to announce it will use the newly-published event sustainability guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its...

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...

French funds follow lead on exclusion - news

French asset managers are joining other European companies in the application of negative ‘normative exclusion’ screening to their investments. Few companies stand consistently...

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

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...

Warburtons makes palm oil pledge - news

British bread-maker Warburtons has pledged to use 100% sustainable palm oil in its products by 2015. The baking company, which currently uses around a thousand tonnes of the ingredient per year,...

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

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...

South African construction industry unites to address health and safety weaknesses - news

Companies in South Africa’s construction industry have collaboratively introduced a non-profit organisation to improve the sector’s health and safety practices. BuildSafe South...

US environment agency launches cross-sector greenhouse gas database - news

Details of the highest-emitting US business facilities have been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The information, based on the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which...

Chevron faces ‘disruptive’ battle over Ecuadorian damages award - news

A court judgment in Ecuador awarding $18bn (£11.7bn, €14.1bn) damages against the oil multinational Chevron, the largest fine after the BP Gulf of Mexico settlement, has been upheld....

Social Value bill to pass through Lords - news

A bill making its way through the UK parliament will obligate public sector purchasers to consider ‘social value’ in awarding contracts. The Public Services (Social Value) Bill,...

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,...

EDF Energy fined for spying - news

EDF Energy has been fined €1.5m and two of its senior staff sent to prison for spying on environmental campaigners. A French court found that EDF employed a security firm, Kargus, to spy on...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

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?...

War-torn Iraq becomes latest member of the Global Compact family - news

Iraq has become the latest country to launch a local UN Global Compact network, just as US troops are set to leave the country at the end of the month. Last month, representatives of...

HP and Facebook act on ‘hyperscale’ data centres in bid to curb computing emissions - news

Hewlett Packard has announced a new data server service that it says will reduce energy use by up to 89% and halve costs. Project Moonshot, designed for companies operating thousands of...

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...

‘Benefit corporations’ given own ratings system to showcase activities to investors - news

A new investment tool for social enterprises and investors in the US has been launched by an NGO that hopes to provide coverage for 2,500 firms by 2016. B Lab, a non-profit specialising in...

‘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...

Chevron faces fines and drilling ban in Brazil - news

Chevron is set to face fines of millions of dollars from the Brazilian government over an offshore oil spill, and has been hauled up before the US drilling regulator. The oil giant has...

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...

Cote to chair Energy & Environment Committee - news

Dave Cote has been chosen to chair the newly-formed Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee. Cote, chairman of the Honeywell technology manufacturer, will head up the group of US...

Nestlé reinstates Sinar Mas - news

Nestlé has become one of the first companies to reinstate Sinar Mas into its supply chain after dropping the group over environmental concerns last year. The food multinational has begun...

Iran, China & Burma top oppressive regime listing - news

Iran, China and Burma have been named as the world’s most oppressive regimes by Ethical Consumer magazine. The research, which examined a wide range of human rights abuses in 196...

EC sets up programme to advise on SRI - news

The European Commission has hired the services of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the European Federation of Financial Analyst...

Luxembourg gets own investment enviro label - news

Luxembourg is to get its own sustainable finance labelling scheme, LuxFlag. The environmental label for investment funds has opened for applications from funds, requiring them to submit...

Momentum grows for standardised integrated reporting - news

Tomorrow’s company annual report will look very different to today’s as investors increasingly demand professionally-produced, trustworthy non-financial information, Wim Bartels...

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?    ...

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...

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...

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

Shell’s activities in Nigeria are once again in the spotlight after the simultaneous release of secret court documents, an NGO report on its operations and a UN environmental assessment....

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced that the eco-business writer Andrew Winston will be advising the company on its sustainability strategy. The consultant will join PwC as a one-off,...

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New research has shown the UK government is continuing to hand out contracts to private firms avoiding tax. The paper, by Ethical Consumer magazine, shows that 13 of the 20 biggest companies...

Malaysian stock exchange bolsters disclosure requirements - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has bolstered its listing requirements on disclosure, and issued a guide to raise standards in the area. Bursa Malaysia has made its rules more stringent on...

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...

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...

Telecoms multinational keeps tabs on the suppliers to its suppliers - news

Telecommunications firm Telefonica has become the latest company to demand ethical supply chain credentials from its own potential suppliers. The Spanish multinational, detailing new...

Interest in farmland sparks principles launch - news

Principles for investing responsibly in farmland have been established with the goal of improving the sustainability, transparency and accountability of these investments. Institutions with...

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...

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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Therese Niklasson has joined Investec Asset Management as the company’s new head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Niklasson, who joins from Threadneedle, where she...

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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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Tarmac has appointed Andy Swain as its new sustainability manager. Swain, who joins the from the Environment Agency, will be responsible for the UK-based materials firm’s sustainability...

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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...

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...

Multinational subsidiaries are no safe haven in Africa - news

It is generally accepted that Africa should deliver strong portfolio growth in the decade ahead. Yet African markets have specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks that need to...

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...

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

Global investment in renewable energy has passed the $200bn (£122bn, €140bn) mark, having risen by a third in 2010, thanks partly to China’s booming renewables market. The...

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...

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...

Investors revolt at Vedanta AGM - news

Investors, NGOs and protesters have rounded on the Indian mining giant Vedanta at the company’s latest AGM. Vedanta, long-criticized for its environmental and human rights record, was...

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Trewin Restorick has been appointed to the advisory panel of the ‘eco-gift’ company Green Rewards. Restorick, chief executive of the Global Action Plan environmental charity, will be...

The economics of DZ’s new SRI analysis service - news

The German bank has launched one of the first sustainability ratings systems to include financial perspectives in its metrics. Mike Scott talks to the firm’s SRI research head to find out...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

The OECD has formally adopted a revised text of its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – 10 years after its last key review. EP looks at what has changed Broadened scope...

Don’t just play it safe – try something creative - news

Supply chain ethics is not solely about managing risk, it’s about seeking opportunities, says Daniel Hsu Recent headlines from China have included a deadly accident at Foxconn, a...

We now have the proof: SRI is at least as good any other strategy - news

Barely a week now goes by without the unveiling of a new piece of research showing that investment in socially responsible companies is likely to bring greater returns. Last month, Pictet Asset...

Molson Coors goes all out for ‘zero landfill’ objective - news

The UK’s biggest brewer has set a goal of zero production landfill waste by the end of next year, among its environmental objectives. Molson Coors, a multinational whose products...

Goldcorp avoids censure as complaint is closed - news

The Canadian government has closed a complaint against mining company Goldcorp over alleged detrimental effects on indigenous communities of its Marlin mine in Guatemala. The complaint was...

APP rejects Greenpeace claims on toys - news

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has hit back angrily at an NGO’s appeal to toy manufacturers to stop sourcing materials from the company. Greenpeace had accused toy companies, including...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

Global coffee business Nespresso has announced ‘strong progress’ towards its 2013 sustainability targets, two years after launching an ‘ecolaboration’ programme that aims...

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...

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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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Inge Huijbrechts has been appointed as Rezidor’s new responsible business director. Hujibrechts, who succeeds Sarah Rooney, will have the job of implementing and improving the hotel...

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Mining company NovaGold Resources has published its first integrated report covering financial, social and environmental performance in one document. The data, previously contained in two...

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A national Business Coalition on Aids  has been set up in Nepal at the behest of the Federation of the Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The coalition aims to reduce HIV infection...

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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...

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...

Wealth funds get ethics tips - news

Principles establishing clear ethical responsibilities for borrowers and lenders of sovereign debt have been proposed by the United Nations.   Work on the standards began at the height...

Forestry sector gets climate change tips - news

A guide to investment in forest-based climate change mitigation has been produced by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (Unepfi). The document outlines the...

Denim makers told: stop sandblasting - news

Retailers and brand companies have been told by their membership organization to remove all sandblasted denim products from their supply chains.   The Brussels-based Business Social...

Levi Strauss revamps supply chain strategy - news

Levi Strauss is to adopt new terms of engagement for its global supply chain in an effort to ‘move beyond compliance’ and ensure it has a more positive impact on the lives of workers...

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...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

Clothing giant Puma has published the first results of an innovative environmental profit and loss account, revealing heavy impacts from emissions and water externalities at the bottom of its...

Firms want investors to tackle poverty - news

More than 650 companies have called for ‘substantial private investment’ in the world’s poorest countries, seeking a bigger role for business in third world development....

Tesco sets up dialogue - news

Tesco has initiated a supplier dialogue programme to meet a 30 per cent reduction target on its supply chain carbon footprint, to be achieved by 2020. In partnership with the 2degrees...

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...

Palm oil changes take shape, so lending ban is lifted - news

The World Bank is to lend to the palm oil sector for the first time since September 2009, now that the industry has adopted a more environmentally friendly investment strategy. The bank and...

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...

ethics training for employees falls - news

There has been a drop in the number of UK companies providing ethics training for staff, a new Institute of Business Ethics survey has revealed. Only six out of ten UK companies provided training...

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Michael Eckhart is to fill the newly-created role of head of environmental markets and sustainability at the international financial conglomerate Citigroup. Eckhart was previously president of...

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A large US food distributor has bought a waste recycling company in a bid to reduce its environmental impact. US Foodservice now owns WVO Industries, a company specializing in the...

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The ‘fiduciary straitjacket’ imposed on UK pension funds must be removed to promote sustainable investment, reports a pension research charity. FairPensions has proposed an...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

John Ruggie’s final report on business and human rights, expected to be passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council next month, contains 27 pages of ‘guiding principles’....

Can investors create a sustainable economy? - news

SRI has a role in the transition to a green economy, but its value should not be overstated, argues Rory Sullivan While there is a substantial body of evidence that investor engagement...

More nuanced approach may end the stalemate in baby milk debate - news

FTSE’s decision to adjust the way it assesses company performance on the marketing of breast milk substitutes has to be a welcome step forward ( see page four ). The fact that no...

Shell makes flaring pledge - news

The oil giant Shell has announced that it will put an end to its controversial gas flaring in Nigeria by commissioning a pipeline system that will allow excess gas vapours to be used on the...

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

Bribery, supply chain issues and pay differentials have been identified as key ethical risk areas in the global sports industry. A briefing by the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

Six firms fall foul of timber auditing regime - news

The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has suspended six companies that have failed to meet its deadline for auditable environmental due diligence procedures. However, the suspended companies...

Kellogg’s plumps for palm oil offsetting - news

The world’s largest cereal manufacturer has bought offset certificates in a new ‘palm oil trading’ scheme, citing the present unavailability of sustainable palm oil for use in...

US investors fight back on behalf of EPA - news

A group of international investors managing more than $500billion (£306bn, €349bn) has demanded in a letter that the US Senate support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on...

Chesapeake hit by $2m divestment - news

Nearly $2million (£1.2m, €1.4m) has been divested from Chesapeake Energy over concerns about the company’s alleged irresponsibility on home soil in the US. Harrington...

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...

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Rhian Kelly has been named as the new business environment director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Kelly was previously the CBI’s head of climate change.

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Prupim, the international real estate fund manager, has appointed Nina Jackson as head of its sustainability and environment department. Jackson joins from Upstream Sustainability Services,...

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...

Global certification tools: do they help or hinder? - news

Global standards are important, but too many of them just muddies the water, argues Liz Wilkes The road to environmental certification is fraught with complexity and confusion. The...

Co-op unveils ‘radical’ plan - news

The UK-based Co-operative Group is claiming to have produced the ‘toughest’ and ‘most radical’ ethical business plan yet, with new targets due to be implemented across...

Legal aid move ‘may hit corporate victims’ - news

NGOs have reacted angrily to the UK government’s proposed scrapping of legal aid, which they say will enable companies to avoid legal redress from victims of irresponsible behaviour....

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...

Apparel sector establishes coalition - news

A worldwide Sustainable Apparel Coalition has been formed by clothing companies, NGOs and other industry stakeholders. The coalition, whose founding members include Adidas, Gap, Levi, Marks...

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

UK businesses risk facing a ‘costly backlash’ from consumers due to mistrust of their environmental claims and performance, according to the climate change standard organization,...

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...

IT sector to get guidelines on CO2 reporting - news

Guidance for information technology companies on a universal standard for the reporting of carbon emissions is to be developed in a large-scale collaboration of environmental organizations....

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...

Chevron states intentions on record environmental fine in Ecuador - news

Chevron says it has no plans to pay the $8.6billion (£5.3bn, €6.2bn) fine passed down by a court in Ecuador in what is thought to be the highest damage award ever issued in an environmental...

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Andy Szyman has been appointed co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s property working group, replacing Paul McNamara, head of research at Prupim. Szyman...

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The current draft of the International Finance Corporation’s revised sustainability policy and standards does not go far enough on human rights, says a group of NGOs. The Center for...

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The first gold refiner has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council against the organization’s human rights, social and environmental standards. Metalor Technologies, a Swiss...

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

Mike Scott speaks to Bozena Jankowska, head of sustainability at RCM – the investment manager of Allianz Global Investors – on her plans for more research and education Having one of the world’s...

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...

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...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

Co-operative Asset Management has agreed to work with the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to invest in start-up socially responsible companies. The deal means Co-operative Asset...

Unilever ends animal tests - news

The company that makes PG Tips has announced an end to testing of its teas on animals. Unilever has made the decision partly in response to an emerging campaign by People for the Ethical...

Anvil strikes out with Europeans - news

A programme helping African nations to produce and sell sustainable cotton has recruited its first US-based apparel manufacturer. Anvil Knitwear has joined Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA), a...

‘Omni-label’ for food is pie in the sky – for now - news

There is no point trying to develop a single eco label for food products at the moment because scientific knowledge is not up to it, the Food Ethics Council has concluded. The council, a...

Dow to make nature a business matter - news

Dow Chemical has entered a five-year partnership with a conservation charity to help it to place environmental protection at the heart of its business strategy and reduce its ecological...

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Nataxis, the investment arm of France’s second largest bank, has joined the Equator Principles. Part of Groupe BPCE, it becomes the 71st signatory to the principles, which are an industry...

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An Irish management software company has set up shop up in the UK. ManageCO2 produces carbon accounting and greenhouse gas emissions management software that it claims will allow UK businesses...

Business risk management handbook - news

Linda Spedding & Adam Rose. Elsevier/ Cima Publishing. Hardback. 738 pgs. £95 This monster effort is nothing if not comprehensive. Weighing in at more than 700 pages,...

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...

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...

APP supports eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an ‘eco-tourism’ village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi...

Innovative IT trio leave their rivals ‘far behind’ - news

Deloitte, IBM and Logica lead the global market in providing sustainable technology services, according to a new analysis. A study by the analyst firm Verdantix has found that the three...

Canadian investor dumps Vedanta - news

One of Canada’s largest SRI asset managers is divesting from Vedanta over its human rights and environmental record. Northwest and Ethical Investments, which manages assets of...

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...

Spanish law cracks down on bad behaviour - news

Legislation establishing criminal liability and clear penalties for companies has come into force in Spain. Offences for which a firm can be held liable include fraud with public subsidy,...

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...

Finance sector suffering from lack of climate data - news

Investors and financial institutions urgently need more developed information services to provide them with data on global warming and changing weather patterns. That’s the conclusion...

APP backs Indonesian eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an 'eco-tourism' village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi volcano...

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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Jewellery giant Cartier has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). Last year Cartier was named in a report by the Washington DC-based environmental pressure group Earthworks...

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Recycled IT devices are to be marketed in the UK by the computer multinational Ricoh. The products, including printers and photocopiers with additional functions, will carry the same warranties...

Energyville - news

Chevron/ Economist Group. Online game. http://willyoujoinus.com/energyville This is not so much a game as transparent fossil fuel propaganda. Although strangely addictive,...

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

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...

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

In the wake of the latest underwhelming climate change summit, Geoff Lye, executive chairman of SustainAbility, argues that business leaders should stop looking for a governmental lead on...

NGOs really need to learn the lessons of their past - news

Non-profits can't just shout about what they don't want - they  must be more constructive, says Hilary Sutcliffe Is the role of NGOs about to change? Money is tight,...

Corporate bill reaches $2tn - news

The world's largest 3000 companies caused about a third of all environmental damage attributed to human activity in 2008, the cost of which was estimated at $2.15trillion (£1.36tn,...

Hospitality sector ready to up its game - news

A group of UK hospitality companies has come up with a sector-wide plan to recognize consumers' ethical demands and the power of the 'green pound'. The ten-point plan has been...

'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...

Food firms still don't have a grip on sourcing - news

The weak point of the food industry remains working conditions and problems in sourcing raw materials, according to a new sustainability study by Bank Sarasin. The bank, which is a large...

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...

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’....

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Four ethical funds have received top marks in a new ‘Runes Rating’ that identifies funds investing in companies that try to contribute to a low carbon economy. The four –...

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Three quarters of the British public think banks should have ethical lending policies to prevent them from investing in, or lending to, companies involved in controversial areas such as arms...

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Thomson Reuters is to provide $1.2million of funding for up to 15 law libraries in Africa over the next few years. The business information provider will work on the project with the Books For...

Why Nordic investment is in the vanguard of SRI - news

Socially responsible investors have long looked to the Scandinavian region as a model. Mike Scott speaks to Ulrika Hasselgren to find out what’s so special about the area’s ethical...

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...

Prepare for the arrival of the social intrapreneur - news

Internal activists are emerging within some companies – and we need to encourage them,  says David Grayson You may not have noticed it yet, but a new breed of corporate animal...

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...

Mining bill bites the dust after corporate lobbying - news

Proposed legislation that would have made Canadian mining companies accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations has been narrowly defeated in...

Electronics firms back e-waste move - news

A US bill to curb the dumping of electronic waste in the developing world has been proposed by Democrat politicians with support from large electronics groups. Millions of tonnes 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...

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...

Think poverty, investors told - news

Investors have been advised by Oxfam to think more about poverty and development when making investment decisions. In a new paper, Better returns in a better world, the NGO says that,...

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...

Coming soon: a fourth revamp of GRI guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced another comprehensive revision of its sustainability reporting guidelines – just four years after the last major overhaul. The GRI,...

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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Three new members have joined the Kimberly-Clark sustainability advisory board, which provides the US multinational with guidance on social and environmental issues. They are Malini Mehra,...

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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...

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...

Responsiveness should never be a substitute for performance - news

On the face of it, the conclusion from recent research that sustainability ratings favour companies that are most responsive to data information requests, rather than those that are actually the...

Levi Strauss offers money for old jeans - news

Levi Strauss has created a $100,000 denim insulation fund to encourage the re-use of unwanted jean material as building insulation. The fund will provide grants to community organizations...

Travel firms set off on sustainability trip - news

Two holiday companies have joined forces to create a new brand that will focus on ‘sustainable tourism’. The tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, which are both owned by...

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...

Project finance guidance to get a major overhaul - news

The Equator Principles on ethical project financing are to be updated. A ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the newly created Equator Principles Association, which is run by an...

Alliance aims to ‘accelerate’ progress - news

A coalition from the research, pension fund and business sectors is to urge companies to give priority to improving their sustainability performance. The group’s members – the...

Corporates warn that green bank will need £4-6bn - news

UK government plans to set up a Green Investment Bank will need to be backed up with at least £4billion (€4.5bn, $6.3bn) over the next four years, a group of big businesses, NGOs and...

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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Household goods giant Unilever has announced a sustainable paper packaging sourcing policy. The company has pledged to source 75 per cent of its paper and board packaging from sustainably...

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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...

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The global insurance industry has outlined its intention to help combat climate change in the developing world. The Geneva Association, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and ClimateWise,...

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UK printer Seriously Responsible Print has gone into administration. The company launched in June 2008, promising to operate in an environmentally friendly way, with 10 per cent of profits...

The new fund in the market for sustainable farms - news

While the stability of agricultural products comes evermore into question, Agro-Ecological is already treating sustainable farming as an asset class. Mike Scott speaks to the fund’s...

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...

Volvo to lobby on labelling - news

A new UK emissions information regime for cars has been proposed by one of the country’s largest auto makers. Volvo UK has devised a three-point plan to give motorists more...

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...

Colombia gets broad coalition on human rights - news

Businesses have become involved in a project to promote human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia. Guias Colombia is a coalition of companies, NGOs and the Colombian government that...

Food giant repudiates rainforest violation claims - news

Cargill, the US-based food group, has vehemently denied violating palm oil standards to which it has signed up. A report by the international non-profit Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says...

Food labels cause confusion - news

Environmental food labelling has become confusing and too complex for UK shoppers and is hindering rather than facilitating ethical buying, according to a survey from the consumer watchdog Which....

Business gets warning on carbon deadline - news

Companies that fail to register for the UK’s new Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) by the end of this month will face fines and publication of their names on a register....

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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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Unilever has taken the top gong in Business in the Community’s 13th Awards for Excellence. The food and consumer products giant won the 2010 Company of the Year title for its work on ‘enhancing the...

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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...

OFR is back on the table - news

Consultation has begun on UK government plans to resurrect the idea of requiring businesses to produce an annual Operating and Financial Review (OFR) that covers their social and environmental...

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...

why Aberdeen believes it’s always good to talk - news

In-house research and good working relationships are at the heart of one UK asset manager’s SRI strategy. Mike Scott speaks to Cindy Rose, the firm's socially responsible investment head For...

CEO2 climate game - news

Online game. See http://knowledge.allianz.com/ceo2/en.html This free online game, developed by WWF and the insurance group Allianz, puts you in the seat of the chief executive of an...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

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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Ed Mitchell, former corporate responsibility director at RWE Thames Water, has been appointed environment and business director at the UK's Environment Agency. He replaces Tricia Henton, who...

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Kaiser Permanente, the largest US non-profit healthcare provider, has introduced a sustainability scorecard for medical suppliers that evaluates the environmental and health impacts of their...

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...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

BP's travails in the Gulf are a sign of things to come - news

Oil firms are beginning to fall foul of working in increasingly hostile environments, says Seb Beloe Who would have thought when the original accident happened on BP's Deepwater Horizon...

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...

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...

MoD installs sustainable supply regime - news

The UK defence ministry is aiming to make its armed forces more sustainable through a new procurement strategy. The ministry says it will conduct sustainability appraisals and integrate...

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...

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...

Corporate MDG role is greater than thought - news

The private sector is playing a vital and 'under-appreciated' role in contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That's the conclusion reached from...

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,...

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...

Smoothie company pledges ethical future - news

Innocent, the British maker of the Smoothie drink, has tried to assure consumers that its ethical stance will continue, after Coca-Cola bought a majority share in the company. Coca-Cola's move...

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...

McDonalds rewards green suppliers - news

The fast food giant McDonald’s has announced the best examples of green projects in its restaurants, franchises and supply chain worldwide, highlighting wind power and waste reduction innovations....

World Cup nations agree to offset idea - news

More than half of the national football teams participating in this month’s World Cup have pledged to offset their carbon emissions through an organic compost initiative in South Africa, the...

Korean giant to spend $18bn on green initiatives - news

One of Asia’s largest corporations has set aside $18billion to spend on environmentally-friendly business practice over the next ten years. The LG group, which incorporates LG Electronics along...

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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More than 1000 supplier factories to the electronics industry have now submitted social and environmental information to E-TASC, a sectoral database created by the Global e-Sustainability...

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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...

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...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

Nestle is to stop using products from sources that contribute to rainforest destruction, after a campaign against its use of palm oil linked to deforestation. The food giant will identify...

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...

Google makes move into renewables field - news

The internet search giant Google has invested £38.8million (£26.7m, €31.3m) directly into two US wind farms. In its first large-scale renewable energy investment, Google is...

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...

P&G scorecard will keep tabs on suppliers - news

A suppliers’ environmental scorecard has been introduced by the world’s largest household goods company, which hopes it will be the first step towards an industry standard....

Car firms making strides - news

Car manufacturers are finally coming to terms with the demands of corporate responsibility, reports new research from the Munich-based oekom rating agency. The study of the world’s 15...

Interface takes up lobbying position - news

A European carpet manufacturer has begun lobbying for changes to waste legislation. Interface, one of the first commercial enterprises to push for tighter environmental regulation, has initiated a...

Tribunal would punish errant companies - news

A world tribunal that would punish corporate ‘climate crimes’ has been demanded by a group of governments, non-governmental organizations and prominent individuals.   The idea of a Climate...

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The UK’s first ‘socially responsible’ train operator has introduced its debut route. Go!, which is also the first UK rail company to run as a co-operative, will start a Yeovil...

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Sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows has announced a partnership with the environmental data company Trucost. Under the deal, Two Tomorrows clients will receive Trucost data on their direct...

Money-making investments in altruism - news

The Altru Fund claims to be overturning the notion of a conflict between social and commercial returns by treating social enterprises like normal businesses. Mike Scott speaks to managing...

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...

Miners get Fairtrade mark - news

The first certification system for artisanal gold mining has been created by the Fairtrade Foundation and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) in an attempt to impose some order on...

Beware futile gestures, says campaigner - news

A prominent British environmental activist has warned companies to be wary of ‘green hopefuls’ who encourage them to make eye-catching but essentially futile corporate gestures....

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...

Puma unveils ambitious five-year plan - news

Puma has set out targets to cut carbon emissions, energy, water and waste by a quarter over the next five years via a packaging and distribution overhaul. By reducing the use of traditional...

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 ....

Firms show ‘staggering’ lack of credibility - news

Most of the UK’s largest companies lack credibility on the claims they make about their carbon emissions, and most seek no external verification for the environmental data they issue....

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...

Sony goes for ‘zero’ footprint by 2050 - news

Electronics giant Sony has set itself five-year targets in its drive to achieve a ‘zero environmental footprint’ by 2050. Sony’s Road to Zero objectives, to be implemented...

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...

Global home furnishings group begins to tell a never ending story - news

Ikea has hit on the novel idea of compiling a ‘never ending list’ of its social and environmental improvements. The Scandinavian furnishings group has placed the list on its...

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...

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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Deckers Outdoor Corporation has appointed Mark Heintz to the new post of director of corporate social responsibility. The US footwear manufacturer has hired Heintz from Hewlett Packard, where he...

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Professional services giant Deloitte has expanded its environmental arm with the acquisition of the dcarbon8 sustainability consultancy, which specialises in carbon management within products...

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Publishing giant McGraw-Hill has joined the Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing. The UK body, which provides information for publishers on the pulps and...

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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...

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...

Walmart targets emissions - news

Walmart has announced a plan to eliminate 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by 2015 – one and a half times its estimated carbon footprint growth...

Pay was 2009’s major lapse - news

Executive pay and the treatment of staff were among the UK’s most common ‘ethical lapses’ in 2009 – and the finance sector was the most prone to problems. Research...

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...

Air Liquide shows the way - news

The chemicals industry is potentially missing out on €1billion ($1.4bn, £909million) per company by failing to improve its sustainability performance, says a new report. Research...

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...

M&S reaches for the sky with update of its Plan A - news

Marks & Spencer has launched a bid to become ‘the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015’ by announcing that it will roll out its Plan A sustainability programme to all...

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...

Nestle suspends supplier after social media attack - news

The power of social media has been revealed again after Nestle suspended direct contracts with a palm oil manufacturer following a Greenpeace report posted on YouTube. Greenpeace broadcast the...

One in five businesses have social purpose - news

An estimated fifth of UK businesses want to make a ‘social difference’, according to new figures. They account for a turnover of nearly £100billion (£152bn, €110bn) and vastly outstrip government...

Indonesian tribe claims $32bn from mining firm - news

A $32.5billion lawsuit against the US mining firm Freeport-McMoRan has been launched by an Indonesian tribe over the company’s alleged illegal acquisition of ancestral land. Papua’s Amungme tribe...

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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A labelling system that will help consumers to discover the social and environmental impact of electronics products is being devised by a retailers’ and manufacturers’ group....

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Three companies have recently joined the International Council on Mining and Metals, a chief executive-led industry group that tackles social and environmental issues in mining. They are:...

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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,...

Sustainable event management - news

Meegan Jones. Earthscan. 384 pages. Paperback. £29.95. What does ‘event’ mean to you? Trade show? Exhibition? Conference? Convention? Festival? If the latter, then...

Lawyers urge OECD changes - news

A global lawyers' organization has said the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development should put new advice on ethical supply chain management, human rights and climate change...

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....

Business schools get ethics guide - news

Ethical guidance for UK business schools has been produced by a group of management associations and academics. The draft guide says, among other things, that business schools should...

Human rights concerns prompt big divestments - news

The Church of England has sold its shares in the mining multinational Vedanta over worries about the company's community relations in India. The church's Ethical Investment Advisory...

Deloitte comes up with non-financial KPIs for the future - news

A breakdown of what are expected to be the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) on corporate responsibility over the next five years has been produced for every industry sector....

Progress on ethical gold is tarnished by laggards - news

US jewellery retailers are making progress on the ethical-sourcing of gold – but a number of laggards still remain. A new report on the gold retailing sector from the Washington...

Another warning on water - news

New SRI research has warned of the increasing regulatory and reputational risks associated with water, and suggests treating the topic in the same way as carbon emissions. Canadian indexing...

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....

Negative corporate impacts cost the earth $2.2trillion - news

The environmental damage caused by the world's 3000 largest companies has been estimated at $2.2trillion (£1.4tn, €1.6tn) by the United Nations. If large companies, including...

Retailers take leadership role by boycotting oil sands products - news

Two large US retailers are to stop using fuel sourced from Canadian oil sands. The organic grocery chain Whole Foods and the household goods group Bed Bath and Beyond have announced measures to...

Peruvian farmers get helping hand from Walmart - news

Walmart has launched a development initiative in Peru which it says will help more than 2000 small-scale farmers in the region. The programme, which will be run in partnership with the CARE...

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...

A huge investment bank with unique tasks ahead - news

With Europe increasingly attentive to environmental and social issues, the European Investment Bank is following suit, facing challenges and opportunites. Mike Scott speaks to the bank’s...

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...

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...

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...

World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts - news

The global postal industry has set itself a 20  per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2020.   The International Post Corporation (IPC), an industry partnership of the...

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...

142 investors target Shell over tar sands - news

An investor coalition in the UK has filed a resolution at Shell over the firm’s oil extraction from tar sands. 142 institutional and individual investors have tabled a request that Shell reports...

Eni test human rights draft - news

Italian energy giant Eni is the latest company set to road-test human rights guidelines backed by the United Nations and the private sector arm of the World Bank. Eni, which operates in 70...

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All new Coca-Cola vending machines and coolers will be hydrofluorocarbon-free by 2015, the company has said. The move will reduce the equipment’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by 99 per...

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The UK Environment Agency is terminating business with European Credit Management, the bond manager of its pension fund, after poor financial performance and its failure to sign up to the UN...

Building a sustainable property sector - news

As huge carbon emitters with a low stock turnover, those who manage buildings face challenges that are underestimated by investors. Mike Scott talks to Paul McNamara of Prupim about the future...

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...

Chinese join cement initiative – at last - news

A global cement industry sustainability initiative has taken a significant step forward by finally managing to bring some Chinese cement companies into its ranks. The three Chinese firms...

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....

SRI team bites the dust as takeover leaves void - news

One of the best-known British socially responsible investment teams has been disbanded due to a corporate shake-up that has left it with no future role. The three-strong unit at...

Tesco fulfils waste target ahead of time - news

Tesco has hit its target of eliminating all use of landfill a year ahead of schedule. The retail multinational has diverted all its yearly 531,000 tons of waste to other disposal means,...

Chemicals sector criticised for making little progress - news

Sustainability performance is ‘at a standstill’ in the chemicals industry despite technological advances, says an investment research provider. In a sectoral analysis assessing...

Mining firm loses licence to operate - news

A Norwegian mining firm has had its permit suspended in the Philippines after apparently failing to consult local communities about its operations. A nickel project of Intex Resources has had...

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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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A ‘socially responsible’ call centre has opened in the UK. The Call Britannia centre in Croydon will employ 100 people who have been long-term unemployed and promises to provide a...

‘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...

An SRI outlook that aims for mutual benefit - news

Mike Scott talks to Andrew Gay of UIA, an insurer to trade union members that tailors its investments to the social and environmental concerns of some of Britain’s most politicized...

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...

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...

Chevron and ExxonMobil court controversy - news

Chevron, ExxonMobil, Nestlé, Shell and Vedanta were among the world's most criticized companies during September and October. The reputational risk index RepRisk said the five were 'severely...

Ports sector needs to do more - news

UK ports are making 'significant inroads' in complying with environmental legislation but still do too little to prioritize the issue, says a new survey of the sector. The Green Ports survey, by...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed environmental affairs manager for J. Sainsbury following Alison Austin’s departure. Cunningham joins from ITV, where he was head of corporate...

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Multinational insurance company Aviva has made Marie Sigsworth its corporate responsibility director. Sigsworth, an internal appointment, will run diversity, environmental performance and...

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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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Technology company Hewlett-Packard has introduced a Facebook application encouraging students to take social and environmental responsibility into consideration as they enter professional life....

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...

Let’s end our subordination to endless profit and growth - news

We can no longer assume unfettered capitalism is for the public good. Change is needed, says David Loy Despite all its benefits, our economic system institutionalizes greed in at least...

Corporate world needs to act now, regardless of Copenhagen 2009 - news

There are clearly hopes in business circles that next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen will provide the catalyst for companies to cut their greenhouse gas...

Insurance principles floated - news

Work could soon begin on United Nations-backed ‘principles for sustainable insurance’ created for the global insurance industry. The idea for the principles has been floated by...

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...

Anderson says mission is 60% accomplished - news

The flooring company Interface is more than halfway to its goal of becoming fully sustainable, claims its founder Ray Anderson. Anderson, who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his...

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...

Norwegian fund keeps eye on Asia - news

UK-based consultancy SourceAsia has been contracted to help the $396billion (£242bn) Norwegian Government Pension Fund conduct ethical screening of Asian companies.   The...

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...

Climate change causes rift in US lobbying body - news

A utilities company has left the US Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of ignoring the truth on climate change.   PG&E, a California-based natural gas and electricity utility with a...

Businesses agree to report on their forest footprints - news

A number of large British companies have committed to reporting on their ‘forest footprints’ as part of a programme by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Project. Businesses...

Dow and Fuji Xerox donate patents - news

The Dow Chemical Company and Fuji Xerox are the latest organizations to join the Eco-Patents Commons, a scheme allowing enterprises to donate environmentally beneficial patents. Dow has pledged...

Global Compact announces 1000 removals for the year - news

More than 1000 companies have now been de-listed from the Global Compact by the United Nations for failing to meet mandatory reporting requirements. The Compact Office has released a full listing...

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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...

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A pilot project to improve safety among chemical companies in China has been launched by the Chinese government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dow Chemicals. Dow’s...

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High school students from Germany and the US have attended a two-week ‘summer sustainability camp’, funded by Germany-based chemicals company Bayer. The camp, held in Pittsburgh, was...

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Case studies have been released on six organizations that have used a sustainability reporting framework set up at the behest of the Prince of Wales. The studies show how Aviva, BT, EDF, HSBC,...

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Plans for the creation of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank have been put out to consultation by the UK government. The bank would target lending to sustainable businesses that have a social or...

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

Covalence has ploughed an unusual furrow by giving companies ethical ratings based on often subjective media coverage. Mike Scott talks to Antoine Mach about its aims and methodology A...

Britain’s CRC regime: beginning of a new era - news

UK business will have to deal with the requirements of a new Carbon Reduction Commitment from next April. EP takes a quick look at how it is likely to work What is it? The Carbon...

Train firm would be mutual-owned - news

Plans to create a ‘socially responsible’ train operator have been unveiled in Britain. Go Co-operative is seeking £250,000 from socially minded investors for initial work...

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...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

PetroChina allowed to remain in Compact club - news

PetroChina has been absolved of complicity in human rights abuses in Sudan by the United Nations Global Compact after long consideration of complaints made by a host of non-governmental...

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...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

More than 60 organizations have qualified to use a new ‘Sustainable Mail’ service provided by the UK’s Royal Mail. To use the bulk mail service, customers must prove they...

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...

Climate change conflict spurs Duke and Alstom to leave coalition - news

Two energy companies have resigned from a US coal industry group over reservations about its climate change stance. US-based Duke Energy and France’s Alstom Power left the American...

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...

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Manoelle Lepoutre has been appointed executive vice-president of sustainable development and the environment for Total. She was previously vice-president of research and development at Total...

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Ed Blamey has joined the UK-based communications agency Origin as associate sustainability director. He had previously spent four years at Interface Flor, where he was European sustainability...

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...

Investment opportunities for a low carbon world - news

Will Oulton (ed). Hardback. 365 pages. GMB. £35.63 Based on the premise that much of the movement towards a low carbon world will need to be driven by investors, this...

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...

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...

Walmart unveils plan for social labels on goods - news

The world’s largest retailer has announced plans to develop a sustainability labelling system for all the products it sells. Walmart is undecided what form the labelling will take,...

Obama moves to promote social innovation - news

First signs of what the US presidency of Barack Obama may mean for corporate responsibility have emerged with the creation of two new government offices in his administration. The Office of...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. 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...

Nestle goes for sustainability in India - news

Indian coffee farms will be among Nestlé suppliers to be certified to Rainforest Alliance standards under a newly introduced sustainability system. Nestlé Nespresso has set up Ecolaboration, a...

China focal point gets big hitter - news

A high-ranking official has been appointed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to encourage ethical business policies in China. Sean Gilbert, formerly director of the GRI...

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UK sustainability reporters are to be scrutinized on the way they disclose water management policies and programmes. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) has signed a...

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...

Boycott sets sights on secondary, not primary, targets - news

A new boycott campaign on the extraction of oil sands is homing in on companies that are only indirectly related to the business. The Ethical Consumer Research Association is urging...

OECD guidelines ‘must get tougher back-up’ - news

Governments should get tougher with companies that breach the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, a UK inquiry has been told. Parliamentarians at the first two sessions of the...

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 –...

Chiquita goes for ethical pineapples - news

Chiquita has announced that all its pineapples will soon become Rainforest Alliance-certified. The fruit multinational, which sources pineapples from Panama and Costa Rica, will certify 90...

Merger of SRI institutions needs careful managing - news

The UN’s takeover of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative raises many issues, says Steve Waygood As you may have read in EP at the back end of last year, the Enhanced Analytics...

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...

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...

IBLF sets up Asia Pacific office - news

An Asia Pacific office of the International Business Leaders’ Forum has been set up in Hong Kong. The new base will enable the forum to become more involved in its corporate...

Australia gets Compact network - news

An Australian network of the United Nations Global Compact has been established. The network was set up at the tenth National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development in Canberra...

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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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Global business consultancy Logica is offering a new information technology package for companies to assess and report on their social and environmental impacts. The Sustainability Indicator...

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A website that helps ‘social businesses’ to find investors online has been created by Catalyst, a UK-based advisory and investment management consultancy. Catalyst defines a social...

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UK broadcaster Sky has introduced a mentoring scheme to advise businesses on climate change. One of its first ventures will be to provide expertise from its in-house environment team, backed by...

Executive pay: a battle for hearts as well as minds - news

Mike Scott talks to Tom Powdrill of investor advisor PIRC, which wants an overhaul not just of the rules on executive remuneration but of the way that investors – especially trustees...

The vices and vanities of sustainability reporting - news

Firms are exploiting a lack of reporting standards to distort their achievements, says Bill D’Allesandro Sustainability reporting is becoming a vice. Most reports serve up enough...

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...

Firms getting better at dealing with ESG risks - news

Companies worldwide have improved their performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management over the past three years, according to new research. A study of more than...

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....

Carbon system gets thumbs up - news

US Environmental Protection Agency proposals to create a national system for business reporting of greenhouse gas emissions have been welcomed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor...

Seafood will get ethical label - news

A certification programme for responsible seafood farming is to be offered to businesses across the world.   The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), founded by the World Wildlife...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

One of the world’s main socially responsible investment indices is to introduce criteria on health and safety that companies will have to meet for inclusion. The new health and safety...

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...

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...

ITT helps Chinese with water - news

ITT Corporation, the US high-technology engineering and manufacturing company, is putting up $200,000 (£132,000) to improve water access for students and teachers in China as part of its...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

HP boosts Indian take-backs - news

HP, the world’s largest technology company, is extending its recycling programme in India to consumers and small and medium-sized businesses. From 15 May customers will be able to...

Hong Kong timber companies ‘need regulation’ - news

Most listed forestry companies on the Hong Kong stock exchange that claim to be environment-friendly are so only by default, and this misleads investors, says Greenpeace China in a new report....

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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Claire Penny, IBM’s environmental affairs manager in Ireland, has joined the country’s government-funded Sustainable Development Council, known as Comhar, as the nominee of Business...

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A soft drinks producer has become the first US company to make a juice with certified sustainably grown bananas. Naked Juice has announced the certification by the Rainforest Alliance, the...

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...

Galaxy bars get certified - news

The world’s largest chocolate company has become the latest confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark. Mars has announced that its Galaxy chocolate will become...

Joe Public gets say in new online rankings - news

A new online ratings system will assess companies’ ethical performance using a combination of expert analysis and the views of the public. The consumer-focused Scryve website gives...

Axa gives SRI data to its managers ‘as standard’ - news

One of the world’s biggest investment management consultancies has taken the unusual step of providing its portfolio managers with a detailed database on 1800 companies’ social and...

Coalitions need NGO partners to shape up - news

Non-governmental organizations have been urged to alter the way they operate so they can work better in cross-sector partnerships. A new study from the global management consultancy...

WWF backs FSC logo as critics begin to circle - news

A leading environmental group has reaffirmed its backing for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) amid a growing debate about whether the body’s timber certification scheme is still...

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...

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

An Italian investment bank is to create an index based on water-related risk exposure. EPCI, a rating and index company that is part of Mittel bank, has designed the Global Blue Gold Equity...

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...

Global Compact agrees further rule-tightening - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact will soon have to meet more stringent standards just announced by its board. From 1 July new business participants will be given one year,...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

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....

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

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Gwen Ruta has been appointed to Henderson’s Global Investors’ Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. Ruta is the corporate partnerships vice-president at US charity...

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The London Pensions Fund Authority has appointed Aled Jones as environmental, social and governance investment manager. Jones joins from the Pension Protection Fund, where he was responsible...

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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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Two more companies have joined the Eco-Patent Commons, a business effort co-ordinated by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to protect the environment by pledging...

Are opinion statements really the way forward? - news

The use of independent experts to provide commentaries in sustainability reports is becoming increasingly popular. EP looks at the arguments for and against Deutsche Telekom can do a lot...

Can you be sure you won’t go the way of the banks? - news

The ethical recklessness of the financial sector has lessons for all people in business, says Danielle Cohen The recent revelations of former HBOS head of regulatory risk Paul Moore that...

Fabric mills get new audit - news

A global auditing company is offering a new ethical qualification for fabric factories. Intertek’s Mill Qualification Programme enables fabric mills, which produce materials for the...

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...

RiskMetrics buys Innovest - news

RiskMetrics Group, the US-based provider of corporate governance services to global financial markets, has acquired Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. RiskMetrics said its purchase of the...

Steel sector changes gear - news

The European steel industry is to step up its efforts to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its operations. The European Steel Technology Platform (Estep) has said it will adopt new...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

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,...

Major airlines push for emissions targets - news

The aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions must top the agenda at this year’s meeting of governments on climate change, a group of leading airlines has said. The Aviation...

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McDonald’s UK has appointed the communications agency Futerra to focus on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Futerra’s specific task will be to engage with the...

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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...

Sustainable investing: the art of long-term performance - news

Cary Krosinsky & Nick Robins (Eds). Hardback. 272 pages. Earthscan. £19.99 Although it was largely written before the recent market turmoil, this is a most useful book, summarizing...

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,...

Oil and gas sector starts work on GRI guidance - news

Five multinational oil groups are to work with the Global Reporting Initiative to produce sustainability reporting guidelines for oil and gas companies. Amerada Hess, BP, ENI, Shell and...

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...

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...

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...

CarbonNeutral moves into Singapore - news

CarbonNeutral, the international carbon offset and carbon management company, has opened a Singapore office. Its first local clients are the American Chamber of Commerce of Singapore and the...

Impax launches environmental fund - news

An environmental investment fund has been set up in Australia by Impax Asset Management, an investor that concentrates exclusively on environmental markets. The Impax Environmental Markets...

Call for ban on new Philippines mining - news

A moratorium on new mining in the Philippines has been recommended by a British working group. The UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, chaired by former international...

Jupiter moves into China - news

Jupiter, the UK fund management consultancy, has set up an investment company to cover China. Jupiter China Sustainable Growth, to be managed by Jupiter’s China fund manager Philip...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

Oil palm companies in Indonesia are being encouraged to start new plantations on degraded soil instead of cleared forest land. In the same project the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based...

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Gideon Middleton has been appointed interim corporate responsibility manager for the home improvement retail group Kingfisher. Middleton joins Kingfisher from Wincanton, the UK supply chain...

Making sustainability work - news

Marc J. Epstein. Hardback. 288 pages. Greenleaf. £17.50 In his foreword, John Elkington draws parallels between this book and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the art of motorcycle...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

To make real progress we need better leaders - news

Technology can help us transform the world, but commitment is lacking at the top, says Mark Lee Not so long ago I was at the miraculous green space that is The Eden Project – an...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

Finance sector gets advice on global warming - news

A group of international financial institutions has combined with the environmental organization The Climate Group to produce guidance for the finance sector on dealing with climate change....

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....

Multinationals pledge to be ethical leaders - news

Seventeen companies with a combined turnover of $1trillion (£737billion) have become founder members of a new body on business ethics. Firms that join the US-based Business Ethics...

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...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

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...

Australia gets new green fund - news

An investment management company has set up Australia’s first fund specializing in the three environmental sub-sectors of alternative energy and energy efficiency, water treatment 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...

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Printing and media giant Axel Springer triumphed in the ‘most sustainable purchasing’ category of last month’s 2008 German Sustainability Awards. The Berlin-based company was...

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British corporate responsibility recruitment consultancy Ruston Wheb has joined forces with Hobbs & Towne, a North American business in the same field. The companies have entered a...

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,...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

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...

22 OECD cases in pipeline - news

More than 20 alleged breaches of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational corporations are being investigated by governments around the...

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...

Chevron cleared of abuse - but cases still pile up - news

The huge oil group Chevron has been cleared by a US jury of complicity in violence that erupted on one of its platforms in Nigeria in May 1998. The charges related to disturbances in which...

Marshalls gives all its products carbon labels - news

A building materials company has become the first business to adopt a new carbon labelling scheme for all products. Marshalls, which employs 3000 staff at 67 sites in Britain, has used the...

UN to establish non-financial database - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is creating a global database of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research. The database will be its...

Brazil reporters come close to highest grades - news

An analysis of sustainability reporting in Brazil has suggested that companies there are among the top performers in emerging economies – and are close behind international leaders in the...

Finance sector gets its own GRI supplement - news

Guidance for financial services institutions on what to include in annual sustainability reports has been finalized by the Global Reporting Initiative. The Financial Services Supplement...

Tourism gets global code - news

A coalition of 32 tourism trade organizations and companies has announced criteria to guide members on reviewing their social and environmental impacts. The bodies and businesses, which...

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 –...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

Alcoa chairman gets Asia award - news

Alain Belda, chairman of the aluminium company Alcoa, has been given an environmental award by the Asia Society, the US institution dedicated to educating Americans about Asia and fostering...

IT giants tackle climate change in Philippines - news

Intel and Hewlett-Packard, two of the world’s biggest information technology groups, are to tackle global warming and climate change through their Philippines operations.  David...

Holcim prize goes to village project - news

A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing has received the $100,000 (£67,900) top prize in the Asia Pacific Holcim Awards, an international competition run by the Holcim...

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Greg Radford has been appointed to the new post of environment and social development director at the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Radford, a...

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London-based Coutts bank has introduced a pilot service to advise its rich private clients on donating to environmental causes. The new Environment Advisory Service will suggest ‘giving...

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ABB engineering group, which works extensively in the Gulf region, has been chosen as the best large company in the first Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The two runners-up were...

Why SRI could be propelled into the spotlight - news

Mike Scott talks to pioneering ethical investment advocate Peter Kinder about his belief that the current financial turbulence could teach mainstream investors the wisdom of long-term thinking...

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...

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

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...

Call for new ethical label to cover third world - news

Companies should be offered a new way of labelling ‘ethical’ goods that benefit people in the developing world, a think tank has recommended. The London-based Overseas...

Aviva’s SRI clause gives strong signal to clients - news

One of the world’s leading fund management companies has broken new ground by inserting an SRI clause into all its investment management contracts, regardless of whether clients have asked...

Responsible business world loses two visionaries - news

Two US pioneers of responsible business – Joan Bavaria and Ed Burke – have died. Bavaria, who died aged 65 after a long battle with cancer, was the co-founder of US-based...

Carbon standard unveiled - news

A government-backed standard has been created to show businesses how to consistently measure the carbon footprint of their products. PAS 2050, drawn up by BSI British Standards, the Carbon...

Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospel - news

As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance , died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and...

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...

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The Argentine and Dutch governments have agreed to investigate jointly an allegation that the oil group Shell has failed to observe the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The...

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International law firm DLA Piper staged a month-long campaign during October to encourage sustainable travel among its 8000 employees. The Travelsmart campaign urged partners and staff in its 65...

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,...

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...

Costa beats coffee target - news

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, announced last month that all coffee sold in its 785 British stores is now made from beans ‘sustainably grown’ on farms certified by...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

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...

Corporate clout leads to Uzbek ban on child labour - news

Wal-Mart is claiming dramatic progress on eliminating child labour in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan by using its purchasing and lobbying power against the country’s government....

Merger aims to create ‘powerful voice’ on SRI - news

The Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), which aims to improve the quality of investment research into extra-financial issues, is to be subsumed into the UN Principles for Responsible Investment...

Brown’s reshuffle gives minister a joined-up brief - news

A former climate change minister has taken over the UK government’s corporate responsibility brief. Ian Pearson has been given the portfolio as part of prime minister Gordon...

iPod lure reels in readers - news

A global bank is testing some novel ways to increase readership of its annual sustainability review, including a prize draw for staff to win iPod players. Standard Chartered, with 75,000...

GRI gets base in Australia - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), creator of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting guidelines, is establishing an Australian base at the St James Ethics Centre in...

Dow helps China with safety goals - news

An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme...

Carbon trading could benefit Australasian pension funds - news

Australian superannuation funds could continue to be successful with carbon-efficient investment policies under a carbon emissions trading scheme, a new report has suggested. The report...

Lenovo gets up to speed on climate change - news

The Chinese computer company Lenovo, which has joined The Climate Group, an international non-profit organization, has followed up by announcing rewards for consumers who recycle products and...

Standard Chartered combats Aids in Bangladesh - news

Representatives from Standard Chartered Bank and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAids) in Bangladesh have signed an agreement to create a business coalition on HIV/AIDS in the...

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Global vehicle glass repair and replacement company Belron has appointed Jason van Zuydam as environment manager. He joins from Avis-Europe where he was corporate responsibility manager, and...

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

Bank Sarasin has put sustainability close to the heart of its investment approach. The Swiss private bank is using the investment theme in a effort to differentiate itself from the competition,...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

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...

TV programme fuels Dutch SRI fever - news

A television documentary has been credited with prompting an eightfold increase in the value of assets managed along socially responsible lines over a two-year period in the Netherlands....

Failure to sign principles leads to loss of business - news

Three investment management companies have lost contracts to manage £185million ($332m) of global equities because they are not signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible...

More patents are donated - news

Three more companies – Bosch, DuPont and Xerox – have released patents so as to encourage the development of new products with social and environmental benefits. The businesses...

‘Philanthropy fatigue’ cuts into drug sector reputation - news

Public attitudes are hardening against the pharmaceutical industry, a study by a Geneva-based agency suggests. Research by Covalence has found the industry has dropped from first to third...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

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....

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

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The Lancashire Business School at Central Lancashire University claims to have become the first British business school to offer sustainability programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate...

The PRI seeks to pull off a tricky balancing act - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment have passed the two-year mark. EP talks to executive director James Gifford about investor collaboration. The UN Principles for...

Compact may raise the bar - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact may soon have to meet a minimum standard for the content of their annual ‘communications on progress’ (COPs), which are public...

Shell pulls advert as greenwash gripes rise - news

Shell has withdrawn a newspaper advertisement based around its sustainability credentials after the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged it misleading. The...

Samsung tops ranking of controversy - news

Samsung was the world’s most environmentally and socially controversial company in the first half of 2008, according to a new analysis. Monitoring of news from thousands of sources,...

Companies take strategic view of climate change - news

Companies seeking climate change advice are choosing consultancies that offer commercial and financial guidance rather than those provide technical expertise only. An analysis of the global...

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

Norway’s largest institutional investors are making efforts to promote responsible business practice among companies listed on the Oslo bourse. The project, called Sustainable Value...

Novozymes joins Wal-Mart’s bid for progress - news

Wal-Mart has taken the unusual step of inviting another company to give sustainability presentations at its annual supplier conference. The world’s largest retailer recruited the...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

Japanese companies accept carbon labelling - news

Carbon footprint labels will appear on food packaging and other products in Japan under a voluntary scheme to persuade companies and consumers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The labels,...

Two-thirds of Chinese Coca-Cola suppliers are non-compliant - news

Coca-Cola, a main sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, has reported that two-thirds of its 371 Chinese suppliers did not comply last year with its ethical policies on matters such as workers’...

Business not trusted on climate change - news

Barely a fifth of Australian consumers trust international companies, local businesses or their government to give accurate global warming information. However, 68 per cent trust scientists and...

Sovereign fund goes for exclusions - news

China's $200billion (£100.8bn) sovereign wealth fund is to become a socially responsible global investor by shunning industries such as gambling, tobacco and arms manufacturing....

Jupiter engaged for Taiwan fund - news

Prudential Corporation Asia has retained the UK consultancy Jupiter Asset Management to advise on its PCA Global Green Solutions Fund, a new climate change fund authorized by the Taiwan...

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Investment risk consultancy Style Research and the environmental research company Trucost have formed an alliance to guide asset managers in analysing the carbon performance of their equity...

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...

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

Pension funds are increasingly seeking to reflect long term sustainability considerations in their investment strategies, Jane Goodland tells Mike Scott The Watson Wyatt consultancy,...

Travel patterns slow to change - news

Hardly any British business people reduced their travelling during 2007, even though many of their companies have clear policies on cutting business miles. Research by Barclaycard Business...

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...

KPMG introduces code of conduct for suppliers - news

KPMG in Europe is claiming to have become the first large accountancy group to produce a supplier code of conduct. The business, a limited liability partnership, has asked all its main...

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

Public sector procurement of products and services in Spain must now take account of corporate responsibility factors, thanks to a regulation effective from May. Under the regulation,...

Analysts agree KPIs - news

Key performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance matters for use by investment analysts and others have passed the first major hurdle towards their wide adoption....

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

FTSE 100 companies have made progress on many corporate responsibility issues over the past five years, but they are not doing so well on board diversity and equal opportunities. Ethical...

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

Big four clothes firms fare best on sustainability issues - news

Adidas, Nike, Puma and Timberland have been identified as leaders in sustainability among clothing manufacturers. A study by Switzerland-based Bank Sarasin found the four have 'above...

Fund will combat climate change - news

The Asian Development Bank is establishing a fund with an initial $40million (£20.2m) to slow climate change trends and make it possible for the Asia Pacific region to adapt to the...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

New members join cocoa foundation - news

The Confectionery Manufacturers of Australasia, whose members include Cadbury Schweppes, Ferrero, Nestlé and Wrigley, has become a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. The group was...

Unilever asks for moratorium in bid to achieve sustainable palm oil - news

Unilever has called for a moratorium in Indonesia on rainforest destruction being carried out for the production of palm oil, which the multinational uses in leading brands, including Dove,...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed head of group corporate responsibility and environment at ITV, the UK’s largest advertising funded broadcaster. He was previously group environment...

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Doughty Hanson, one of Europe’s largest independent private equity companies, has given Adam Black responsibility for internal sustainability issues. Black, who joins from KPMG, where he...

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Sonja Vermeulen has replaced Halina Ward as director of the business and sustainable development programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development think-tank. Vermeulen...

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Disclosure of sustainability information by companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange is now ‘standard practice’, with 80 per cent including some environmental, economic and...

Enthusiasts find they have a global hit on their hands - news

Ethical Investment Research Services first began assessing companies a quarter of a century ago. Mike Scott talks to its chief executive Peter Webster Peter Webster, chief executive of...

Co-op declares itself against anti-air freighting move - news

The Co-operative Group has opposed a proposal by the UK’s Soil Association to revise its standards in order to discourage the air freighting of organic food products from overseas....

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,...

Higgs praised for vital role in Bitc’s early days - news

Business in the Community has paid tribute to Sir Derek Higgs, who has died aged 64, for the ‘pivotal’ role he played in establishing the organization. Sir Derek is better known...

BMW and Toyota stand out - news

A new ranking names BMW and Toyota as the best car-makers in the efficient use of social and environmental resources in production. An analysis of the 16 largest automobile manufacturers...

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...

Violations hit European firms - news

European companies lose market value when they are associated with environmental violations – but US businesses tend to escape unscathed. Research by Sweden’s Umea School of...

Ministers seek holy grail of social return measure - news

The UK government is to develop a standard way of calculating social return on investment. The Cabinet Office has set up a £350,000 ($690,000) three-year project to produce a measure, and...

Asian firms feature in FT shortlist - news

Six Asian entrants were chosen for the short lists in this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, given by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s funding...

BP makes pledges in Indonesia - news

BP has committed itself to support local education for the next ten years in an area affected by its Tangguh liquefied natural gas project at Bintuni Bay in West Papua, Indonesia. Education...

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...

Ericsson takes China award - news

The Ericsson telecoms group has been given the China Green Company award. The title was awarded to Ericsson by the China Entrepreneur magazine, the Daonong Enterprise Institute and the Guanghua...

GM greens supply chain in Australia - news

An Australian subsidiary of the vehicle maker GM is partnering the World Environment Center to make its supply chain more sustainable. So far 17 of GM Holden’s suppliers have joined the...

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Health and safety and the environment appear to be the most important corporate responsibility issues for companies in the United Arab Emirates. A poll of 310 respondents by the Dubai Chamber of...

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...

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...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

I nsight Investment has developed an approach to SRI investing that takes account of its requirement to hold stocks right across the market. Mike Scott talks to Rory Sullivan. The investment...

beverage sector agrees action - news

A programme to provide beverage companies with a way of measuring and managing their carbon footprints was started last month. Companies participating in the Carbon Action Plan will get...

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...

Sakhalin u-turn viewed as sign of things to come - news

The business consortium developing Russia’s controversial Sakhalin II oil and gas project has withdrawn from efforts to secure export credits from two government agencies, prompting suggestions...

institutional investors offered rating service - news

A corporate responsibility rating service focusing on business risks has been created by Pirc. The GovernancePlus Rating Service extends the UK-based governance adviser’s existing analysis to...

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

Costa Coffee, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, is to convert its entire coffee supply to ‘sustainably grown’ beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms by 2010. The company will...

Patagonia customers see real cost of buying a shirt - news

A clothing retailer is offering its customers user-friendly information online about the social and environmental impacts of its products. California-based Patagonia, which specializes in outdoor...

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...

inquiry will look at social impacts of alternative investment vehicles - news

The Tomorrow’s Company think-tank is to investigate the social and environmental ramifications of changing trends in company ownership. The inquiry will look at the effect of hedge funds, private...

death knell for UN norms as Ruggie delivers verdict - news

Any realistic prospect of a binding set of United Nations ‘norms’ governing the human rights responsibilities of multinationals was ended last month by the final report of John Ruggie, the UN...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

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...

Handbook on responsible investment across asset classes - news

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. 96 pages. Free download at www.bcccc.net A number of overviews of responsible investment have appeared over the years, but this...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Counting companies in is preferable to shutting them out - news

Ethical investment is going back to the past. The earliest ethical funds, such as the Friends Provident family of Stewardship funds in the UK and the Pax World fund family in the US, grew out of...

GRI needs strategies not stories - news

Companies using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines are failing to explain how their sustainability strategies are likely to affect their business’ position in the...

Investors prompt Standard Life to shun airline stocks - news

Standard Life’s ethical funds have divested from airline stocks in a direct response to the views of retail investors. The Edinburgh-based investment house, which manages...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

City of 13 million legislates on mandatory reporting - news

One of the world’s most populous cities has passed legislation requiring companies based there to publish annual sustainability reports. The Argentine capital Buenos Aires will apply...

Utilities firms squeeze suppliers to cut emissions - news

Six utilities companies are to submit their British suppliers to a scheme that monitors their progress on cutting carbon emissions. The companies – Anglian Water, EDF, National Grid,...

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...

Investors agree to press firms on energy saving - news

A climate change action plan to boost investment in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies has been released by 49 European and US institutional investors. The investors, who...

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...

Wal-Mart targets Chinese suppliers - news

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, has decided to meet thousands of its Chinese suppliers as part of a campaign to reduce waste and emissions at the factories that make its...

Responsible business in Micronesia gets blog - news

A blog section on socially responsible business in Micronesia has been added to a website run by Catalyst, a London company that takes business people to other countries to study social...

Asian firms are more carbon intensive - news

Asian listed companies are more carbon-intensive than their peers elsewhere in the world – with the result that investors in Asian equity funds are more exposed to carbon risks. A new...

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...

Aid for China on global warming - news

Japan is supporting China’s environmental conservation efforts through six loans worth more than $436million (£222m). The finance, in the form of official development assistance...

Telstra tackles internet bullying - news

A programme has been set up to reduce the bullying and harassment of children who use mobile phones and the internet in Australia. The Telstra Foundation, the charity arm of...

inbrief - news

Ed Blamey has moved from his post as European sustainability director at the flooring company Interface to become socially responsible investment research manager for Jupiter Asset Management....

inbrief - news

Brother has begun a campaign to encourage businesses to use office printers more efficiently. The printer manufacturer claims in an online guide that improved printing guidelines and practices...

inbrief - news

Do-it-yourself group B&Q has signed a three-year partnership agreement with WWF’s One Planet Living initiative, which commits the company, among other things, to strive for zero carbon...

The power of unreasonable people - news

John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan . Hardback. 272 pages. Harvard Business School Press. £14 / $27.50 Could social entrepreneurs be the solution to the environmental and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Aastra lays out standards for major suppliers - news

Canadian telecoms business Aastra has created an ethical policy for its suppliers that sets out guidelines on areas such as health and safety, treatment of staff and the environment....

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

inbrief - news

Rob Tacon, Standard Chartered’s head of group risk management, is the new chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative for two years. He succeeds Martin...

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Gareth Llewellyn has left the UK-based utility group National Grid, where he was global corporate responsibility director. He has not been directly replaced but Joseph Kwasnik has been appointed...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

A bright future is in prospect for ethical investment indices - news

Another day, another ethical investment index. Last month, three big equity index providers added to their already extensive offerings. Standard & Poor’s launched the ESG Index of 50...

Studies present business case - news

Examples of emerging market businesses that have gained a commercial advantage by taking account of their social and environmental impacts have been collected by the private sector arm of the...

‘Aggregated reporting’makes its first show - news

Several small Chilean companies have come together to publish a sustainability report in which each in turn outlines its social and environmental impacts. The document, in Spanish and...

Tesco bows to pressure over Uzbekistani cotton - news

Tesco has asked its suppliers to stop sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over concerns about state-sponsored child labour. The supermarket chain has made its decision after a three-year campaign by...

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...

Sainsbury’s and BT use prince’s model - news

A supermarket chain and a telecoms company are to use a new social reporting framework devised by audit and accounting specialists brought together by the Prince of Wales. Sainsbury’s...

Global Compact removes 400 ‘free rider’ companies - news

The UN Global Compact has taken its toughest action yet by striking off 394 companies that have failed to provide updates of how they are honouring their pledges on society and the environment....

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

Adidas opens its supplier list to public scrutiny - news

Adidas has become the latest major clothing retailer to disclose the names of all its supplier factories. The German footwear manufacturer said that a review of data management systems...

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...

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...

VicSuper is best Aussie fund - news

The VicSuper superannuation fund has been named Sustainable Super Fund of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The fund won the title for integrating environmental, social and...

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...

From Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 - news

The news that the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Business Network will help companies across the UK compete for London 2012 business opportunities is a welcome announcement. In my position as Chair...

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...

Chinese companies respond on human rights - news

Chinese companies are making an effort to respond to allegations that they are violating human rights, according to the East Asia researcher of the Hong Kong Business and Human Rights Resource...

ABN Amro in Indian reporting first - news

ABN Amro India has produced its first sustainability report, making it the first institution in the Indian financial sector to publish such a document. The report includes key indicators on ABN...

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...

timber company sets up Borneo initiative - news

A wildlife conservation bank is to be set up in Malaysia’s Malua Forest Reserve by New Forests Pty, a forestry investment management and advisory consultancy, in conjunction with the Sabah state...

inbrief - news

Food and catering giant Sodexho has brought in Arlin Wasserman as vice-president for corporate citizenship, covering North America. Wasserman formerly worked for the US-based consultancy Changing...

inbrief - news

Businesses have been warned not to allow the current preoccupation with climate change to overshadow other pressing environmental and social issues. Writing in Business for Social Responsibility's...

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

A long track record of assessing companies on sustainability criteria has enabled Swiss bank ZKB to win new institutional business, Robert Hauser tells Mike Scott SRI and Swiss banks do not, at...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

When the countries of the world agreed ambitious targets for combating extreme poverty, hunger and disease at the UN Millennium Summit, 2015 sounded a long way off. Now, with just seven years to...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

Work will start soon on specific indicators to improve the quality of information in food companies' sustainability reports. The indicators will be developed by a Global Reporting Initiative...

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...

travel network attracts plenty of business interest - news

More than 100 companies have joined a new network that promotes sustainable travel. Members of the National Business Travel Network, created by the UK government's Transport Department, include...

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

Difficulties have emerged with the drafting of background regulations for a new law in Indonesia that will require companies to set up corporate responsibility programmes. Parliament passed the...

spotlight falls on emerging markets - news

The World Bank's private sector arm has commissioned what it says will be the first comprehensive review of the state of socially responsible investment in emerging markets. The International...

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...

private equity moves into social reporting sphere - news

Large unlisted companies owned by private equity firms in the UK will soon be expected to produce annual business reviews that consider their social and environmental impacts. A new voluntary code...

Sweden introduces state sector reporting regulation - news

All state-owned companies in Sweden will be required to produce annual sustainability reports from 31 March 2009. In the first move of its kind in the world, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and...

inbrief - news

Andy Wales has become head of sustainable development at the world’s second largest brewery company, SAB Miller. Wales, who was previously Severn Trent Water’s head of environment and corporate...

inbrief - news

Most studies that have considered the effect of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into investment decisions have found there is a positive or at least neutral...

inbrief - news

Merrill Lynch has taken a minority stake in Asset4, the Switzerland-based environmental, social and corporate governance research provider. As part of the deal, the investment bank will incorporate...

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...

hunting for value among the European small caps - news

The lack of research into the sustainability performance of companies with a market capitalization below €10billion has created an opportunity for the Dutch bank Kempen, says Mike Scott Kempen,...

a battle for proxy access has been won, but the war is far from over - news

Last month, socially responsible investors in the US relaxed in the knowledge that the Securities and Exchange Commission was not, after all, going to kill off advisory resolutions and votes (see...

business reviews are unaffected - news

Recently announced delays to the implementation of the Companies Act in the UK will not alter the timetable for listed companies to produce annual forward-looking business reviews that cover social...

Eurostar links up with FoE - news

Eurostar has become only the second company to be chosen as an official partner of Friends of the Earth. FoE, which is normally reluctant to forge links with business, signed a deal last month...

fund managers fail transparency test - news

Three-quarters of the largest UK fund managers fail to disclose publicly any SRI policies, even though many have them. A survey by the FairPensions group found that of the top 20 largest managers...

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...

IT firms share audit data in bid to end duplication - news

Some of the world’s largest telecoms and information technology companies have begun sharing information on the results of their ethical supply chain audits. The 24 businesses, which are all...

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...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

Commercial investors can achieve greater returns on their property investments by considering and acting on social and environmental issues than by ignoring them, a new study reports. Research by...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

courses are on the rise but levels still ‘too low’ - news

The number of elective courses with social and environmental content at business schools has increased by a fifth in two years. Figures in the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey show that the...

Puma enlists journalist to enhance its auditing - news

Puma has taken the unusual step of asking a journalist to join some of its ethical supply chain inspections and then write about them in its annual sustainability report. The sports clothing...

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,...

Irish companies to be offered kitemark - news

A corporate responsibility kitemark for companies in Ireland will be produced next year. The ‘CR standard’ will be awarded to businesses that meet best practice criteria. Business in the Community...

nanotechnology sector moves closer to agreeing code - news

Seven principles of responsible practice for companies in the developing area of nanotechnology are being finalized. The Responsible NanoCode has been drafted by a working group established by...

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...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

China cuts loans to polluters - news

Twelve Chinese businesses out of 30 accused of pollution this year have had loans blocked or withdrawn by the state authorities. The companies, which were considered to have flouted China’s...

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...

Vietnam network pushes transparency - news

The founders of a new United Nations Global Compact network in Vietnam have pledged to make increased corporate transparency one of their main objectives. Doan Duy Khuong, deputy executive...

GRI brings in three Asian voices - news

Three Asia Pacific representatives have been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Aditi Haldar, of the Confederation of Indian Industry, has been appointed from the...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

Many of the less developed economies in the Asia Pacific region need global support to plug the biggest gaps, even though governments and business there have generally made progress towards the...

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...

Korea gets Compact network - news

A Global Compact Network has been set up to promote ethical business standards and practice in Korea. The new group is the latest of more than 80 Global Compact country and regional networks and...

companies ‘need to improve’ on indigenous rights - news

Seven large companies have been said in a new study to be doing too little to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Wrongs: Risks for Resource Sectors explores the...

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

Inge Woudstra-Van Grondelle has joined the UK-based Ashridge Centre for Business and Society as principal researcher. Grondelle previously worked for Chatham House, the influential international...

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...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

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...

leadership role is ‘asking too much’ - news

A leading figure at Amnesty International has suggested that multinationals are being asked to take on too much responsibility for advancing human rights. Chris Marsden, chair of the Amnesty...

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...

pension funds keep their SRI lights under a bushel - news

The pension funds of some of Britain’s most socially responsible companies have been criticized for lacking transparency on their social and environmental stances. Of 278 funds run on behalf of...

new centre provides help in Middle East - news

A Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development has been established to encourage socially responsible business development in Dubai and other rapidly growing regional centres. The centre, set up...

‘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...

WSP expands into Australia - news

WSP has expanded its business by acquiring the Sydney-based environmental project management consultancy Fitzwalter Group. WSP, a global consultancy specializing in managing business-related...

Vedanta in clash over indigenous rights - news

Tribal families on the Niyamgiri mountain in the Kalahndi district of Orissa, India, have begun campaigning against a proposed bauxite mining project on their ancestral territory. Niyamgiri's...

Birgden heads Mercer’s drive in Asia - news

Helga Birgden, an experienced manager in governance and sustainable investment, has been appointed to lead the Asia-Pacific responsible investment business unit of Mercer Investment Consulting, a...

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

Deborah Doane has taken up a position with the environment network WWF (UK) as head of sustainable consumption. Doane will co-ordinate business, education and community programmes. She was...

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...

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...

‘she put a bomb under the business world’ - news

What lasting influence did The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who died last month aged 64, have on business behaviour? EP asked a handful of specialists for their views. John Elkington,...

a brilliant blend of social activism and entrepreneurship - news

Some pioneers die unsung. Not Anita Roddick. The most remarkable thing about the reaction to her death was the focus not on what she did, but what she began. There are many campaigners in her...

Co-op goes to the polls - news

Shoppers at Co-operative supermarkets are being polled to identify the ethical issues on which they think the retailer should concentrate. The polling, believed to be the first by a food retailer...

awards focus shifts to views of report readers - news

A new set of sustainability reporting awards will be introduced next year based on the decisions of report readers, not a judging panel. The Readers’ Choice Awards are co-ordinated by the Global...

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,...

FoE disappoints Sky by ending its campaign bid - news

Friends of the Earth has pulled out of a bid to become BSkyB’s charity partner after an internal dispute at the pressure group over whether the partnership would have been acceptable. FoE was one...

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

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...

Motorola acts to stamp out child labour - news

Motorola has revealed that it found evidence of child labour at two of its suppliers last year. The US multinational, which makes mainly mobile phones, found three workers under 16 at two sites...

Anglo rejects allegations - news

A row between Anglo American and War on Want over human rights accusations has again raised the thorny issue of the accountability of non-governmental organizations. The world’s second largest...

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...

business readies itself as China agrees reforms - news

Companies operating in China have been given until the end of this year to prepare for a new legislative regime designed to extend the protection of workers rights. The recently passed Labour...

making non-governmental organizations more accountable - news

Environmental and social campaigners in many respects are like entrepreneurs - brilliant at spotting a gap and ruthless at exploiting it. They share other characteristics too: an ability to...

managing risk across a range of asset classes - news

PGGM, one of the biggest pension funds in Europe, applies both exclusionary and engagement policies to its huge portfolio of equities and other investments in an effort to minimize social and...

inbrief - news

Anne Tallontire joins Leeds University’s Sustainability Research Institute this month as lecturer in business, environment and corporate responsibility. She moves from the Natural Resources...

inbrief - news

Transport group National Express has abandoned trials of biofuels in bus engines because of fears about the social and environmental consequences. The group said there was ‘considerable concern’...

Business solutions for the global poor - news

V. Kasturi Rangan, John Quelch, Gustavo Herrero, Brooke Barton (editors). 433 pages. Hardback. Jossey-Bass. £30.99/$55 Ever since C. K. Prahalad, Stuart Hart and Allen Hammond proposed the...

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...

retailer moves on palm oil - news

The Body Shop is claiming to be the first cosmetics retailer to have introduced ‘sustainable’ palm oil across its supply chain. The UK-based multinational has switched all sourcing to Daabon,...

BSR reads last rites for monitoring approach - news

The most influential corporate responsibility body in the US says the tide has turned against the audit-led approach to ethical supply chain monitoring. BSR argues that the widespread...

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...

public policy disclosure still a ‘minority pursuit’ - news

Only a handful of companies are providing adequate information on their public policy positions in their non-financial reports, according to new research. An examination of 50 of the best...

new kitemark for companies comes at a cost - news

Companies of all sizes will soon be able to qualify for a new corporate responsibility kitemark. The SEE Stamp, which should be available within the next couple of months, has been devised by...

firms face tougher law on corporate manslaughter - news

British companies whose negligence leads to the death of individuals will face prosecution for manslaughter under legislation that now has royal assent. The Corporate Manslaughter Act,...

Argos baulks at signing up to ‘dirty gold’ rules - news

The UK’s biggest jewellery retailer has refused to sign up to 12 ‘golden rules’ for sourcing gold because it says that it cannot guarantee to observe them. Argos says that in principle it...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

Oxfam has urged UK prime minister Gordon Brown to create a more ‘enabling environment for ethical trade’ in public procurement. The UK public sector spends £125billion ($250bn) annually on...

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...

BT judged to have best societal impact - news

BT has won the prestigious Impact on Society award in the 2007 Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. It is only the second business to have received the award twice, after...

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...

new firm provides Aussie SRI services - news

A specialist governance research and engagement service called Regnan has been set up in Australia by eight institutional investors and the country’s largest university. Erik Mather, managing...

OECD urges China to improve - news

China is being encouraged to redouble its efforts to improve its environment so that its sudden economic growth can be sustainable. The call comes from the Organization for Economic...

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...

VicSuper and Hesta join ethical alliance - news

Two Australian companies have become associate members of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), an international organization that gathers information from asset owners and asset managers to...

‘Ethical’ becomes ‘Responsible’ for EIA - news

The Ethical Investment Association is to change its name to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. More than 85 per cent of members at a special general meeting voted for the...

ANZ exonerated over logging links - news

An accusation that Australia’s ANZ Bank has supported unsustainable logging in Papua New Guinea has been rejected. The complaint was that the bank had breached guidelines for multinationals...

Sd3 moves into South Korea - news

A Korean office of Sd3, the London-based sustainability consultancy, has been officially opened at a British embassy event in Seoul. At the ceremony Jason Perks, the Sd3 founding director,...

Aussie investors create research arm - news

Eight large institutional investors have combined with Monash University in Melbourne to set up a specialist service provider in governance research and engagement. The founding companies –...

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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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HSBC has created a five-year, $100million (£50m) partnership on climate change with The Climate Group, Earthwatch Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the environment network...

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ABN Amro has won this year’s Financial Times Sustainable Bank of the Year award. The Dutch bank’s Indian operation, ABN Amro India, was winner in the global emerging markets category. Now in...

investor disclosure is possible, material – and also necessary - news

Fund managers should be as transparent on climate change data as everyone else, argues Nick Robins Over the past decade, investor action on climate change has evolved in remarkable ways. Back...

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...

better to work with the tools to hand than pin hopes on regulation - news

Is there such a thing as international law governing company behaviour? The question is not purely academic. Much is made of the emerging framework of international initiatives in this area. The...

£6bn worth of British SRI funds get the star treatment - news

A star rating system for UK ethical investment funds has been announced by Ethical Investment Research Services. The ratings, which cover the 90 retail ethical funds domiciled in the UK, are...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

act of transparency pays dividends for shoe giant - news

The world’s largest sports shoe and clothing brand has claimed that a decision to publicly disclose the names of all its supplier factories has led to greater co-operation with competitor companies...

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...

Unilever begins switch to ‘ethical’ tea sourcing - news

Unilever, the world’s largest buyer of black tea, is to source its entire tea supply using Rainforest Alliance standards, starting with the certification of producers in east Africa. The...

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...

companies warned against headlong rush into biofuels - news

A leading socially responsible investor has warned that companies are rushing to bring biofuels to market without giving proper consideration to the full range of social and environmental risks...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

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...

Chinese executives not doing enough on global warming - news

Most Chinese senior executives appear to be looking at the impact of global warming on their businesses but 77 per cent to lack a defined energy policy to deal with it, according to a new survey....

forty firms sign up to Compact - news

More than 40 Singapore-based companies have signed up to the Global Compact Local Network. The network has now become the hub for the United Nations Global Compact in the region. The...

multinationals protest at anti-union violence - news

Five international clothing manufacturers have threatened to quit Cambodia unless the government there investigates the murder of a senior union leader. In a letter to the prime...

big players will mentor SMEs on business responsibility - news

Four European multinationals have agreed to act as corporate responsibility mentors to smaller businesses in developing countries. DaimlerChrysler, Otto Group and Puma, all based in...

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Dominique Gangneux and Kim Wilson have joined the corporate responsibility consulting and assurance section of the ERM consultancy in London. Gangneux joins as a partner from Deloitte, where he...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

Enlightened self-interest should spur business support for migrants, argue Mary Robinson and Aron Cramer For the business community, labour migration has become a pressing question that...

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...

keeping it simple: exclusion pays off for Old Mutual - news

Old Mutual Asset Managers’ Ethical Fund has outperformed the main index for the last three calendar years, despite having only around 400 UK companies in its investable universe with the...

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...

Apple decides to phase out toxins - news

Computer manufacturer Apple is to phase out the use of toxic and hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing. The announcement has been welcomed by long-time critic Greenpeace, which put Apple...

talk could plug data gap - news

A lack of communication between research teams in different parts of the investment industry appears to be an important factor in the reluctance of many institutional investors to take adequate...

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...

ethical due diligence begins to gain supporters - news

A growing number of companies are turning to ‘ethical due diligence’ before they embark on partnerships, mergers or takeovers of other businesses. An analysis by the Institute of Business...

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...

ski town offers glimpse of reports to come - news

A Canadian ski resort has begun to show the way for corporates on ‘real-time’ web-based reporting of social and environmental indicators. The town of Whistler in British Columbia, which will...

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

CEOs reject profit-only business view - news

Only one in ten US business leaders favour views of their companies’ roles that focus mainly on the search for profit, according to a new survey.   The poll asked 48 chief and senior...

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...

Dutch bank sets up Indian SRI fund - news

The Dutch bank ABN Amro has started the Indian Sustainable Development Fund. This follows the introduction of its SRI funds covering two other emerging markets in China and Brazil. The bank...

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...

ADB urged to adopt sustainable approach - news

A panel of experts has advised the Asian Development Bank to switch its emphasis from supporting economic growth to supporting environmentally sustainable growth. In a new paper, the panel...

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An organization has been formed to assist London restaurants assessing their social and environmental impacts. Ethical Eats was set up by London Food Link, whose members work towards ‘the...

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Fund managers in Britain are to issue a voluntary code of practice on the public disclosure of their voting record at company annual meetings. The Institutional Shareholders’ Committee, which...

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The Marine Stewardship Council has become one of ten organizations to receive $1million (£500,000) from the Skoll Foundation to further its work in ‘social entrepreneurship’. The council, which...

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...

UK trio try labelling idea - news

Three British companies have begun using a labelling scheme that recognizes their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. The retailer Alliance Boots, drinks group Innocent...

Deloitte comes up with top KPIs - news

Deloitte and the German government have jointly set down what they consider to be the principal non-financial key performance indicators (KPIs) for ten industry sectors. The global...

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...

investors call for ‘radical’ rethink on short-termism - news

A group of institutional investors that manage combined assets of £170billion ($340bn) has issued a guidance note calling for an end to the present preoccupation with short-term financial...

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...

building companies pool their resources on sustainability - news

Property management and construction companies have created the UK Green Building Council as an umbrella organization to unite their sustainability programmes over the next decade....

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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A new €4.5million ($5.9m, £3m) project has been set up to consider how institutional investors can be further encouraged to adopt socially responsible investment strategies. The research has been...

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,...

Hershey targets suppliers - news

An American snack food company is to develop an ethical supply chain monitoring programme that goes beyond recent efforts by chocolate manufacturers to tackle child labour and poor workplace...

Canadian body calls for better disclosure - news

Canadian financial regulators have been urged by a government-appointed body to produce guidelines that would require enhanced disclosure by companies on their social and environmental impacts....

high street store offers SRI fund to its customers - news

Marks & Spencer’s finance arm has launched its first ethical unit trust. The M&S Ethical Fund, which will be jointly managed by Jupiter Asset Management and Sinopia Asset Management,...

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...

specialists to verify energy efforts - news

Construction and energy companies have formed a specialist international assurance group as part of their efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Members of the year-old...

stakeholder panels ‘must be more than talking shops’ - news

Stakeholder panels are only likely to be of value when clear ground rules govern their establishment and they are given a real say in corporate decisions. That is the conclusion of a joint...

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...

social issues to the fore as annual meeting votes draw near - news

This year’s proxy voting season  in the US looks like being one of the liveliest yet. Activist investors, buoyed by recent successes, sense that on key issues such as executive pay, climate...

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...

merger deals riskier due to lack of ethics research - news

Due diligence for mergers and acquisitions is being held back by a lack of good-quality research into the social and environmental risks associated with investment, says research commissioned by a...

FTSE4Good sorts the sheep from the goats - news

European oil and gas companies have consistently outperformed their US counterparts on social and environmental issues for at least the last 12 months, FTSE data suggests. US oil and gas majors...

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...

mining company hits back over Philippines claims - news

One of the main mining companies operating in the Philippines has rejected trenchant allegations made in an international report that the industry has brought environmental disaster and murder to...

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...

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Two specialists have been elected to co-chair an asset management working group run by the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. They are Julie Fox Gorte, chief social investment...

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Two key SRI figures who lost their jobs in the recent shake-up at Henderson Global Investors ( EP8, issue6 ) have taken up posts elsewhere. Rob Lake, former head of corporate engagement, has...

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...

new coalition to draw up climate change metrics - news

Leading climate change organizations are to create what they hope will be a generally accepted framework for climate risk-related reporting by corporations. The seven non-governmental...

Swedish pension funds present a united research front - news

Four of Sweden’s state pension funds are to pool their research resources to assess the social and environmental performance of overseas companies in which they have holdings. The...

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...

tyre firms look at their risk factors - news

The world’s ten main tyre manufacturers are to collaborate on a research programme to assess the social, health and environmental impacts of the manufacturing and use of their products. The...

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...

bank loans threat to irresponsible companies - news

Companies with poor environmental records in China now risk being rejected for bank loans. Banks are to adopt a more selective policy, being encouraged by China’s central bank and the...

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...

ASB takes responsible investment line - news

ASB Community Trust, Australasia’s biggest philanthropic body, is to use the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact as the basis for a new socially responsible approach to its...

Domini moves into Asia - news

Two socially responsible investment vehicles newly set up by Domini Social Investments are believed to be the first US-based ethical funds to concentrate on the Asia Pacific region. The...

Daewoo and Kogas get warning on Burmese project - news

Companies working on the Burmese Shwe project to develop a huge natural gas field in the Gulf of Bengal have been asked to assess whether the operation will damage the environment in...

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The pension fund of the UK’s Environment Agency voted on 49 shareholder resolutions relating to sustainability in the US last year, according to latest figures. The agency said this represented an...

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Socially responsible church and charity fund manager CCLA Investment Management has appointed Line Oquab to its London-based SRI team, taking its complement to three. Oquab, previously with...

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Chris Watt has become manager of Jupiter Asset Management's £44million ($86.5m) Jupiter Environmental Income Fund. Watt, who joined UK-based Jupiter in 1999, took on the fund last month from...

private equity is discovering that it too needs a licence to operate - news

Private equity firms never tire of boasting of the stellar returns their backers enjoy. Gone are the days when private equity meant venture capital for cash-starved start-ups. Big companies are...

Heat: how to stop the planet burning - news

George Monbiot. Allen Lane. 278 pages. Hardback. £17.99 How do you like your gurus? I like mine well informed, brilliantly visionary and humble. Veteran environmental campaigner George...

fund managers need to move into political arena - news

Investors must make it clear they require governments to take the lead on global warming, says Rory Sullivan Climate change is rapidly emerging as our greatest environmental and economic...

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...

OFR may be dead, but reporters are using the guidance - news

British companies are having so much trouble working out what to put in forward-looking annual business reviews required under last year's Companies Act that they have been turning to the...

M&S sets the pace in the supermarket sector - news

Marks & Spencer has produced an ambitious 100-point five-year plan on social and environmental issues that, among other things, aims to 'set new standards' in ethical trading and promote a...

burger chain switches to ethical coffee - news

McDonald's is to serve 'ethically sourced' coffee at all its European outlets. The fast food giant started by switching to Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee in all its 1200 British outlets...

analysts witness birth of new SRI approach - news

A new investment style has emerged during recent months, say two leading analysts. Meg Brown and Mike Tyrrell, sustainable investment analysts at Citigroup, say they have observed more...

another 200 'free-riders' are cast aside by Compact - news

A further 203 signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been de-listed for failing to issue an annual report on how they are implementing the Compact's ten principles. The...

SRI initiatives ready to join forces - news

The administrators of the Principles for Responsible Investment and the Enhanced Analytics Initiative have announced a 'formal alignment' which will involve both parties inviting signatories of...

loan for Sakhalin II project bites the dust - news

A high-profile loan sought by the business consortium developing the controversial Sakhalin II oil pipeline in Russia has failed to be approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and...

small is beautiful in the world of responsible business - news

Giants have much to learn from the minnows when it comes to corporate social responsibility, new statistics suggest. An analysis of 200 independent assessments of 90 organizations against 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....

Sri Lanka targeted by Global Compact - news

Awareness of the United Nations Global Compact will be promoted among companies in Sri Lanka through a collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The two bodies...

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...

Alcan helps provide solar cookers - news

Solar cookers and pans are being given to 1000 rural families in the Banda Aceh region of Indonesia by the international Alcan group in partnership with Klimaschutz, a German non-governmental...

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Emma Howard Boyd, Jupiter Asset Management’s head of SRI, will serve on the UK government’s Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance which was recently set up to investigate...

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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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Dutch electronics company Philips is to support a project to develop and then market technology that will bring lighting to the world’s 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. It will...

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A group of 25 business leaders convened by the Prince of Wales’s Business and Environment Programme has written an open letter to Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission president, calling...

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Vigeo has been selected by the French Pensions Reserve Fund to report on the environmental, social and governance performance of its €13.7billion ($18bn, £9.2bn) European equity fund. The...

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US membership body Business for Social Responsibility will report on its own social and environmental impacts for the first time this spring. BSR, which has advised dozens of companies on...

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DaimlerChrysler has published its first integrated sustainability report. The 74-page document brings together the car manufacturer’s social and environmental reports.

Dutch city in reporting first - news

Amsterdam has become the first capital city in the world to produce a stand-alone sustainability report. The city authority has published the report online in Dutch and also as a hard copy...

HP offers management tools to small firms - news

Central European small businesses are to be encouraged to become more socially responsible through a new programme funded by the technology company Hewlett-Packard. HP has created the...

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....

chastened Coca-Cola seeks to rebuild trust - news

Coca-Cola is to consult more fully with local communities around its facilities after having suffered bad publicity about the effects of its operations worldwide on the alleged depletion of local...

principles seek to promote ‘economic responsibility’ - news

A leading consultancy is advancing the debate about the responsibilities of multinationals with a set of principles that enjoins the companies to use their position as ‘economic actors’ to the...

sustainability plans move onto the runway - news

Virgin Atlantic is to work with the think-tank and consultancy Forum for the Future in an effort to improve its sustainability performance. The airline is the first in its sector to become a...

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,...

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

Latin American business gets reporting bug - news

A third of Latin America’s 250 largest companies disclose sustainability information, a US study has found. The survey was conducted by Monica Araya, director of the Empresa Informa Forum at...

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...

ASrIA gets new chairman - news

Rajesh Srivastava has taken over as chairman of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) from the co-founder Tessa Tennant. Srivastava is managing director...

Marriot takes action on sex tourism - news

The Marriott hotel group has revised its human rights policy specifically to tackle the sexual exploitation of children on its premises after shareholders filed a resolution on the subject and...

Nike drops football stitcher - news

Nike, the international sports apparel and equipment manufacturer, has stopped buying hand-stitched soccer balls from Saga Sports in Sialkot, Pakistan. Nike complains that the supplier has failed...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

Chinese banks criticized on human rights - news

The Chinese government and the banks it owns have been attacked for ignoring human rights and environmental standards in their involvement in Africa. Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank...

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...

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

An Indian organization, the Barefoot College, has won this year's $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize annually recognizes NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations...

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UK-based consultancy WSP Environmental has hired Beverley Parrish as associate director to provide corporate responsibility advice to food industry companies. Parrish joins from Enviros...

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Socially responsible investors would prefer their investment managers to impose a long cooling-off period before investing in a company that was previously deemed unacceptable but has since...

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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...

Yahoo! stands firm on China - news

Internet services company Yahoo! has said the only way to avoid being forced to hand over information on dissidents in China is to end all involvement with the country. The company has been...

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...

don't leave comparisons to third parties, firms told - news

Companies should benchmark their social and environmental performance themselves and not rely on analysts and rating agencies to do the work for them, one of the leading figures in socially...

third of eurozone equities subject to engagement - news

The extent to which institutional investors in Europe raise social and environmental matters with companies has massively increased over the last two years, with the result that more than a third...

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...

support for UN principles is past 100 mark - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment has passed 120. The principles were originally backed by 18 institutional investors and 32 asset owners,...

response to disasters 'must be longer term' - news

Companies involved in disaster relief have been advised to put their efforts into long-term recovery rather than providing immediate assistance. The suggestion comes from the Center for...

pension funds appoint research providers - news

A large French pension fund has chosen Paris-based rating agency Vigeo and Munich-based research provider oekom to assist in developing a new SRI policy. ERAFP (Établissement de Retraite...

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,...

'big six' firms see new dawn for social auditing - news

Heads of the world's six largest accounting firms have called for a radical overhaul of the global financial accounting system to take greater account of social and environmental factors. In...

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Standard & Poor’s is to develop the first dedicated SRI index of emerging market companies. Together with its Indian affiliate CRISIL and the US-based independent research firm KLD Research...

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,...

everything you need to know about G3 - news

EP sets out the key changes that will be brought in by the newly revamped Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting, introduced last month October’s enormous...

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...

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...

code overhaul outlaws ‘greenwash’ advertising - news

The global advertising industry has revised its code of ethics to highlight the dangers of making claims about a company’s social and environmental credentials. The code, produced for the...

diamond giant to assist exploited small-scale miners - news

De Beers has announced a $2million (£1.05m) project to improve the lives of Tanzania’s ‘informal’ diamond miners. The multinational, which produces about 40 per cent of the world’s diamonds,...

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,...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

firms swap ideas on energy management - news

A shipping company, an energy business and two consultancies have combined forces to exchange ideas on improving their environmental performance through technological innovation. Norwegian...

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...

business urged to ally with NGOs to fight corruption - news

Companies have been urged to make greater efforts to work with non-governmental organizations on tackling corruption in countries with weak governance. Peter Eigen, head of Transparency...

big guns set up supply chain programme - news

Two large international organizations have created an initiative to help companies improve labour standards in their global supply chains. The International Finance Corporation and the...

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

UK-based Henderson Global Investors, one of the most prominent firms in socially responsible investment, has moved to allay fears that its elimination last month of the post of head of corporate...

Hong Kong tops bribery league - news

A survey has found that 76 per cent of Hong Kong businessmen have lost a deal in the past five years because a competitor had paid a bribe.      The report, by Control Risks, an...

Social impact plans now needed in Philippines - news

Companies that want to mine in the Philippines will now have to submit their technical and social plans to a government panel of environment and mining officials. Angelo Reyes, the environment...

Group set up to tackle Indian quarrying abuses - news

A project has been started in the Netherlands to eliminate inhuman and environmentally undesirable policies among Indian companies supplying natural stone to Dutch businesses.     ...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

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...

From Edward Potter, director, global labour relations & workplace accountability, Coca-Cola - news

In recent years, there has been considerable public interest in The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Colombia. Allegations about our business there were the subject of a 2001 lawsuit filed...

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Kathy Sierra is to head a new sustainable development unit at the World Bank. The unit will combine two existing departments - the environmentally and socially sustainable development unit and the...

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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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Only one in five people in Ireland can name a company they consider to be a good all-round performer on social and environmental issues. An Ipsos Mori poll of 1002 people commissioned by Business...

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...

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

Investors are not yet asking companies the right questions about their carbon strategies. As a result, companies are not providing the information needed Interest in the effects of climate...

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,...

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...

Sky takes green message into living room - news

BSkyB is to use its access to customers in their living rooms to encourage them to make energy-saving improvements. The satellite broadcaster's technicians will act as environmental advisers when...

mining sector gets close to global ethics standard - news

New standards for certifying individual mine sites could be in place by June next year if targets for a new cross-sector initiative are met. Working groups are being set up under the aegis of the...

soy processors set up responsible alliance - news

Businesses involved in the production and processing of soya beans have set up a global organization to reduce the industry's negative social and environmental impacts. The Roundtable on...

US trips up in DJSI review - news

American businesses have fared badly in last month's annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, partly due to the removal of a number of financial services companies. The review has led...

Bank studies its energy policy - news

The Asian Development Bank is to conduct a study of its energy policy to promote more use of clean energy in Asia and the Pacific area to help to preserve energy supplies. The study, backed by a...

Mecu scoops sustainability reporting award - news

The Australian financial institution Mecu has taken first place for the best sustainability report in the 2005 Australia and New Zealand Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The judges...

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Research reports suggesting that social and environmental factors have an important role in mainstream investment decisions have been collected in a publication from the UN Environment Programme...

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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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Four consultancies have been chosen by the International Finance Corporation to provide briefings and training to stakeholders on its new performance standards on social and environmental...

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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...

Wal-Mart has made a good start but there’s still a long way to go - news

Has the leopard changed its spots? Last autumn Wal-Mart announced a dramatic conversion to corporate social responsibility, following the positive public response to the company’s efforts to help...

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...

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...

US reporters beginning to make up for lost time - news

The largest publicly owned companies in the US have grown more willing to disclose details of their social and environmental performance, a study by the investment researcher KLD has found. More...

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...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

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North American gold mining company Goldcorp has been admitted to the Jantzi Social Index. Jantzi Research, the Canadian social and environmental research company that runs the index, said...

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The Programme on Corporate Responsibility run by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development has been renamed the Business and Sustainable Development Programme to...

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The UK government is hoping to push the Company Law Reform Bill through the House of Commons before the end of July. Ministers expect the Bill, which will introduce a new requirement on companies...

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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...

GeSI project makes strides - news

An initiative intended to help telecoms companies share information on ethical supply chain audits has appointed the supplier management company Achilles to develop an online system for collating...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

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...

asset managers ‘lack clarity’ on SRI strategy - news

A French state pension fund has complained that many of the asset management companies which recently bid for mandates to manage €600million ($760m, £410m) of its funds along socially responsible...

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...

property developers band together to work with suppliers - news

UK property development and construction companies hope a pilot programme to reduce supply chain risk will shortly be taken up across their sector. More than 20 such businesses met in late June...

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...

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...

new standards for paper group - news

Stora Enso, the huge Finnish-Swedish multinational paper products group, which has acquired 34,000 hectares of land in China's Guangxi province, is linking up with the United Nations Development...

Chinese companies to disclose moves on rural poverty - news

The 20 companies in the Chinese Association for Corporate Social Responsibility are to ask their suppliers next month to reveal their policies on environmental protection and their efforts to...

South Pacific tourism gets a conscience - news

A code of practice covering the social, environmental, cultural, ethical and quality aspects of the tourism business has been introduced by the South Pacific Tourism Organization. The key...

Chinese companies take action on pollution - news

Companies in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland have signed a voluntary charter to combat pollution. The initiative, from the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and the Business...

German companies ready and willing to disclose - news

The majority of Germany’s largest listed companies are planning to include more information on their social and environmental performance in their annual reports as a result of a new disclosure...

‘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...

shareholder activists take heart at Shell AGM vote - news

Shareholder activists in the UK have been encouraged by the level of support shown at Shell’s annual meeting for a resolution criticizing the oil giant’s social and environmental performance....

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...

pulp mill risks still not being assessed - news

Investors and lenders are storing up trouble by failing to assess adequately the social and environmental risks of pulp mill projects around the world. Five years after weak due diligence played...

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...

eight firms reported over ‘breaches’ of UN Compact - news

Eight official complaints about alleged breaches of United Nations Global Compact principles by signatory companies have been registered in the six months since a review procedure was introduced,...

chemicals sector is slow to act - news

The world’s largest chemical companies are making only limited progress on managing safety and sustainability risks, according to a study by Ethical Investment Research Services. Eiris found...

OFR successor unveiled as Bill reaches Commons - news

The UK government has settled details of its forthcoming requirement on listed companies to publish a forward-looking annual ‘Business Review’ that takes account of social and environmental...

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,...

leading bank turns down loans on ethical grounds - news

An international bank has turned down one in ten investment and loan requests from corporate clients after referring them to an in-house ethical screening unit. Over the past two years...

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The Co-operative Group, Co-operative Bank and Co-operative Insurance have merged their ethical and environmental functions. Paul Monaghan, previously head of sustainable development at the...

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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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US-based Mercer Investment Consulting has hired Craig Metrick as a consultant on responsible investing. Metrick joins from Institutional Shareholder Services, the global provider of proxy voting...

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A Nigerian financial services group has become one of the few African companies to join the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Rowet Group, which manages $50million (£27m)...

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Most of the world’s large sporting goods manufacturers now have ‘sound and responsible’ policies for managing social and environmental risks, Bank Sarasin has reported ahead of this month’s...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

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...

Japan gets first green index fund - news

Plans have been announced for the creation of the first environmental index fund for socially responsible investors in Japan. The Chikyu Ondanka Boushi Kanrenkabu Fund will be run by...

Non-corporate wins HK reporting awards - news

A government department has won this year’s Sustainability Reporting award in Hong Kong. The Architectural Services Department took the award jointly with the transport company MTR, which...

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...

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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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Nine out of ten people in Britain support the idea of mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies, according to a new poll. The ICM survey of 1001 members of the public found 89 per...

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Spanish sustainability rating agency AIS has become a partner and shareholder in the SiRi Company, an alliance of rating agencies offering SRI research to asset managers. AIS – Analistas...

Responsible investment - news

Rory Sullivan and Craig Mackenzie (editors). Greenleaf Publishing. 382 pages. £45. Hardback. This is a book that no professional, academic, or student with an interest in the emerging field...

the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment are a welcome initiative - news

The last thing corporate social responsibility needs is a new acronym. That said, the Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI for short – launched last month in New York (see page one ) are...

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...

integrated reports bring mainly intangible gains - news

The innovative companies that now combine their sustainability report with their annual financial statement are reaping mainly intangible benefits rather than concrete gains such as reduced...

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...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

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...

Philips trains its managers to carry out basic ethical audits - news

An internal training programme at Philips Electronics has equipped more than 500 managers to carry out basic ethical supplier audits during the past 12 months. The training sessions...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

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,...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

The pressure on companies to disclose social, environmental and governance risks has increased dramatically with a commitment by institutional investors controlling more than $2trillion (£1.1tn)...

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...

Indian bank joins sustainability initiative - news

India's new-age Yes Bank has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose corporate members work together to reduce social and environmental impacts through their...

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...

More Asian help needed on palm oil - news

Organizations and individuals throughout Asia are being invited to join working groups formed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to follow through on the initiative's attempts to reduce...

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...

Alcoa makes reporting debut - news

Alcoa, the international aluminium company, has released its first China Sustainability Report, detailing its environmental, social and economic activities in the country last year and the...

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...

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Al Nierenberg has been made corporate accountability director at the US-based Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies. Nierenberg joins Ceres from Evergreen Consulting & Training,...

Camelot calls in a third party assessor - news

Camelot has brought in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply to analyse its supply chain practices as part of the UK National Lottery operator’s efforts to improve the social and...

Pfizer joins band of companies rejecting short-termism - news

Signs are emerging that one of the most significant barriers to investors taking a longer-term interest in a company is beginning to break down. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has become the...

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...

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Friends of the Earth is focusing its latest fundraising campaign on clause 156 of the UK’s Company Law Reform Bill which would require directors to consider social and environmental issues when...

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In a further sign that companies are taking notice of shareholder resolutions relating to social and environmental matters, resolutions filed by the US-based Interfaith Center on Corporate...

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...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

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...

bank gives integration tool to all staff - news

Banco Real has become the first company to use an online tutorial package to introduce corporate responsibility to all employees. The Brazilian bank, an ABN Amro subsidiary, has required all its...

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...

Singaporean beverage firms act on packaging - news

Seven food and beverage companies in Singapore have committed themselves to help cut the country’s packaging waste. The effort is part of a voluntary agreement drawn up by the National...

Australian coal sector acts on emissions - news

Coal producers in Australia have collectively set aside A$300million ($215m, £125m) to find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Each of the 19 companies that have signed up so far pays a...

Asian Development Bank under pressure on Burma - news

Sixteen pressure groups, including Earthrights International, have raised human rights concerns with the Asian Development Bank over the projects in Burma in which it is indirectly involved. The...

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...

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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...

Sakhalin II decision could be big test for Equator Principles - news

One of the biggest tests yet is looming for the Equator Principles on ethical project finance lending, following a decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct a...

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...

BAT and Kumba invite observations - news

Two South African companies have become the first businesses to agree to participate in stakeholder engagement sessions organized by the Johannesburg-based African Institute of Corporate...

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...

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...

Westpac is most sustainable company - news

Westpac bank has won the Australian Sustainable Company of the Year title in the 2005 Australian Sustainability Awards. The Insurance Australia Group received the award for the company with...

Indonesian bank joins UN initiative - news

Bank Negara Indonesia, which was restructured in 2004 in an effort to reclaim its position as the country's first bank, has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Finance Initiative...

last call for Hong Kong Awards - news

Nominations are being sought for the 2005 ACCA Hong Kong Awards for Sustainability Reporting, which are given to recognize innovative attempts at communicating an organization's social and...

emissions software reaches Japan and Korea - news

Software to help businesses manage their emissions is being made available in Japan and Korea thanks to an alliance formed between a Japanese environmental consultancy and an American information...

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Nedbank has become the first African bank to adopt the Equator Principles, the voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and environmental risks in project finance ( EP5, issue 3, p1 ). South...

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HBOS and HSBC have emerged as the two best-performing British high street banks in a review by Henderson Global Investors. Henderson studied the overall strategy, corporate governance, ethical...

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F&C Asset Management has been appointed by Austrian investment company Carl Spaengler to engage on social and environmental matters with companies held in seven of its mutual equity funds....

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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...

Goldman Sachs joins fray - news

US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs has moved to improve its social and environmental performance by agreeing to report publicly on the greenhouse gas emissions of power plants that it...

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...

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

Shell heading for more trouble over Nigeria oil - news

Religious and pressure groups are continuing their attack on Shell over its actions in Nigeria in advance of the company’s annual meeting. The oil giant’s troubles in the volatile West...

palm oil sector addresses social obligations - news

Social impacts of the palm oil industry have been given equal prominence with environmental problems in a set of principles for the sector agreed by dozens of companies around the world....

action urged to clear up chaotic post-OFR scene - news

Confusion is growing in the UK as to how companies should report on their forward-looking social and environmental risks, now that the government is scrapping the requirement to produce an annual...

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

Chinese companies can now use the country’s first cross-industry corporate responsibility benchmark. The benchmark, unveiled at a United Nations Global Compact summit in Shanghai, is...

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...

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One in four listed companies globally now have ‘good or advanced’ systems for managing social and environmental risks, according to London-based Ethical Investment Research Services. Among UK...

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The Vigeo Group has become the latest rating agency to offer to identify for investors those companies that do not comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Its...

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...

East Europeans fare well - news

Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania have been judged the best emerging-country performers in an index that ranks companies and governments on their efforts to promote and implement responsible...

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...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

coalition attacks ‘abject failure’ - news

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten...

lawyers find no legal basis for objections to SRI - news

A team of more than 25 lawyers from around the world has concluded that the prevailing belief among mainstream investors that it is unlawful to take environmental and social issues into account...

social indicators pinpoint need for change in motor sector - news

A sustainability review of the UK motor industry has identified an industry-wide problem with staff retention and led to action to improve it. In a move that demonstrates how sustainability...

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...

Asian banks urged to come forward - news

Asian banks are being urged to enter the Financial Times' first global awards recognizing banks that have integrated social and environmental objectives into their operations while continuing to...

Asia Pacific countries make show in new index - news

Three Asia Pacific countries appear in the top half of a league table drawn up in a competitiveness and responsibility report by the international think-tank AccountAbility. The Responsible...

palm oil principles agreed - news

Eight principles and nine criteria drawn up in Singapore by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have now been adopted. The standards cover many aspects of sustainability to ensure...

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...

companies get UN goals tool - news

A Dutch organization has come up with a way of measuring the progress companies are making towards the United Nations' eight millennium development goals. The Dutch National Committee for...

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...

ethical retailers will rely less on auditing supply chains - news

The audit-dominated era of ethical supply chain management has been declared dead by one of the most influential bodies in the field. The Ethical Trading Initiative, a 17-year old alliance of...

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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Banana company Chiquita has been authorized to use the Rainforest Alliance’s logo on its products as ‘a reflection of Chiquita’s commitment to the Rainforest Alliance’s stringent social and...

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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...

best practice urged for Katrina rebuild - news

Companies helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been urged to commit themselves to guidelines on how they should do so in a socially responsible manner. The Katrina...

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...

Corporations and the public interest: guiding the invisible hand - news

Steven Lydenberg. Berrett-Koehle Publishers. 170 pages. £16.99 hardback This is a timely publication about moving socially responsible investment on to the next level. The goal, according...

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...

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...

salvage attempts begin in wake of the OFR's abolition - news

Friends of the Earth is to seek a judicial review of last month's controversial UK government decision to abolish regulations that would have required large companies to produce Operating and...

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,...

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...

SRI 'offers business benefits in Asia' - news

Socially and environmentally responsible investments and products offer strong business and job opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank....

Asbestos fund to be set up - news

The Japanese government and companies that have used asbestos are to establish a fund to contribute to the medical expenses of people with asbestos-related diseases. The fund will cover...

inbrief - news

A buyers’ club for sustainable building products is to be set up to make it easier for construction and refurbishment companies to source sustainable products. The One Planet Products club will...

Clinton project brings business on board - news

Business is to play a central role in the Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to generate concerted worldwide action in four areas - poverty reduction, conflict resolution, climate change and...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

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...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

ScottishPower begins review of fuel suppliers - news

International energy generation group ScottishPower has begun assessing the social and environmental performance of its coal and natural gas suppliers. The UK-based group has been reviewing...

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,...

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....

Puma discloses details of ethical supplier audits - news

Sports clothing giant Puma has publicly released the results of its ethical auditing of supplier factories for the first time. The German-based multinational has audited all its suppliers...

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...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

export agency joins Unep - news

The Export-Import Bank of Korea, an official export credit agency serving the country's international traders, has joined the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose objective is the...

The sustainability record of Japanese companies takes knock - news

Sustainability performance by business has been estimated to have fallen by 19 per cent in Japan since 1990. The environmental organization Japan for Sustainability (JFS) analysed more than 200...

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...

less talk and more action is key to an engaging strategy - news

For some companies, stakeholder engagement is no longer just a 'nice to do', but an integral part of their overall business approach. A new manual sheds some valuable light on what does - and...

inbrief - news

Swedish construction group Skanska has appointed Noel Morrin as senior vice-president of sustainability. He succeeds Axel Wenblad, who moved to become director-general of Sweden's national...

inbrief - news

Unilever is to merge its separate social and environmental reports by 2007. The consumer goods multinational is also to increase the amount of social and environmental performance data it makes...

inbrief - news

Advertising and public relations agencies are least trusted by the UK public to follow sound social and environmental business practices. In a poll of 500 people, 68 per cent said they do not...

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...

‘big box’ retailers get tips on reducing impact - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have produced guidelines advising large retailers on reducing the undesirable social and environmental effects of ‘big box’ megastores. The...

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...

O2’s ethical lead inspires others - news

Ethical auditing of suppliers by the mobile phone group O2 has encouraged two of them to introduce their own ethical procurement policies. O2 issued self-assessment questionnaires to 20...

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...

house builders make headway - news

UK-listed house builders have significantly improved their social and environmental performance over the past year. The second annual assessment of the 12 UK house builders in the FTSE All...

companies put on notice as UN Compact gets teeth - news

The United Nations has finally agreed a complaints procedure to deal with any allegations that corporate signatories to its Global Compact might be breaching its underlying principles. The...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

mining group offers support to local businesses - news

Newmont, the mining group previously accused of causing environmental damage, is helping an Indonesian fishery company to build a processing plant and an ice factory providing cheaper and better...

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...

inbrief - news

About a fifth of listed Canadian companies now produce a stand-alone social and environmental report, says the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. A survey of more than 200...

¥10million on the table to curb greenhouse gases - news

Japan's environment ministry is to fund projects proposed by community groups to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The ministry insists it must be possible to calculate the reduction and says the...

inbrief - news

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'.

consolidation of SRI rating agencies benefits the market - news

A few years ago, specialist agencies rating companies' social, environmental and ethical record were popping up all over the place. Now the talk is of consolidation. Ethibel and Vigeo have...

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...

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...

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...

new protocol defines outer limits of reporting - news

Companies have at last been given guidance on the extent to which their sustainability reports should cover the outer reaches of their operations. A set of boundary protocols produced by the...

third of bond issuers fail ethical health check - news

A third of the financial institutions that issue increasingly popular 'covered bonds' to investors fail to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, reports a leading Swiss...

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...

BHP Billiton makes an Impact - news

Partnership work with non-governmental organizations and community groups has helped BHP Billiton win the top accolade in this year's Business in the Community Awards for Excellence. Bitc...

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

jewellery firms to agree set of ethical guidelines - news

The international jewellery industry is to establish the first global responsibility guidelines for its products. Influential businesses in the gold and diamond market have begun a six-month...

global firms make steady progress on lobbying disclosure - news

Many of the world's largest multinational companies are now providing more information on their lobbying practices, according to new research. An analysis of the Standard & Poor's...

funds seek pay link to ethics - news

Some of the UK's largest companies are to be encouraged by two large investors to link their senior executives' pay to aspects of social and environmental performance. The Universities...

bank takes green route - news

Staff at the Asian Development Bank have been urged to economize on paper, water and electricity and to reduce the solid waste they produce at the headquarters in Manila. The call was made by...

inbrief - news

The Brazilian government is considering whether two aluminium companies have failed to observe international guidelines on responsible business behaviour during the construction of the Barra Grande...

inbrief - news

Outdoor clothing company Snow+Rock is to stop selling fur goods. The UK-based company, which had been the target of a campaign by the Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, said it had made the...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

Henkel takes the plaudits - news

Chemicals company Henkel has come top of a new ranking of German corporate sustainability reporters. Henkel scored 494 points out of a possible 700 in an analysis of reporting carried out by the...

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

hedge fund for ethical investors - news

UK-based Armajaro Asset Management introduces the first pan-European SRI hedge fund this month. The fund, named Coolum Strategus, will short companies it regards as overvalued and performing...

US flower sector starts work on eco-label idea - news

The $16billion (£8.8bn) flower industry in the US began to develop a domestic sustainability standard last month with the introduction of the country's first eco-label for floral products. The...

eight more join South African SRI crowd - news

Eight more companies have joined the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's SRI index as a result of its first annual review of constituents. The eight - Brait (banking), Discovery Holdings (life...

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...

cement industry woos Chinese firms - news

Corporate members of a cement industry sustainability action group are to make efforts to recruit Chinese companies to take part in their programme of social and environmental improvements. The...

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...

'pariah' industries not as bad as they are painted - news

Some industries in Australia, notably mining, are more sustainable than generally assumed, says a new report. The study, by Sydney University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research...

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....

Kiwi investors 'fall down on climate change' - news

Too few investors in New Zealand are aware of initiatives elsewhere in the world that tackle climate change and ensure investment takes account of social and environmental considerations. The claim...

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...

Asian taskforce holds first meeting - news

The first meeting of the Asia Pacific Task Force Outreach Group was held by conference call in April. The group is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, a...

Oxiana makes reporting debut - news

Oxiana, the Australian mining and exploration company, whose main assets are in Laos, has produced its first sustainability report. The 38-page report covers the company’s governance and management...

SRI symbol unveiled - news

An SRI symbol has been produced by the Ethical Investment Association to show that a product or service offers investments governed by environmental, social and ethical considerations. One aim is...

Laos dam project gets go ahead - news

The controversial Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric dam in Laos is finally to go ahead with loans of $1billion (£540m) from nine international and seven Thai banks. After ten years of environmental and...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

Atlantic drift may bring proxy voting transparency to UK - news

Sarbanes-Oxley has opened the proxy voting records of thousands of US mutual funds to public scrutiny, adding a new dimension to shareholder activism. The knock-on effects are now being felt in...

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...

General Electric checks supplier compliance - news

The world’s most respected company has identified almost 18,000 possible instances of its suppliers failing to comply with its core environmental, health and labour standards since it began...

Accor extends initiative to combat sex tourism - news

A corporate responsibility programme on sex tourism adopted by one of the world’s largest hotel chains is to be extended to parts of South America and Eastern Europe. The French-owned Accor group...

OFR regime is now complete - news

The last element of the UK’s Operating and Financial Review regime was put in place last month with the publication of a reporting standard by which companies now have to abide. The final...

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...

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

The woman who has been given the job of leading UK government efforts to promote sustainable development in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere has criticized both the private and the...

Philippines government names and shames companies - news

The Philippines government has named 43 companies it claims have persistently failed to observe environmental standards. Six of the companies have been charged with pollution by the adjudication...

power company challenged on climate change - news

Activists from Greenpeace and communities in the Far East disrupted a meeting of China Light and Power (CLP) at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel to protest at the impacts of its coal-fired power...

Chinese companies back ethical behaviour - news

Most of the large Chinese companies participating in a survey by WWF, the international environmental network, have said they favour higher ethical standards. WWF polled 182 companies and...

victory for SRI activists in Australia - news

The Ethical Investment Association (EIA) has won its case to have a phrase removed from an official Australian document suggesting that socially responsible investment may be more costly than...

Tsunami thanks, by Robert Morton - news

On behalf of Redeem, the mobile phone and printer cartridge recycling company, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given their support to our recent Tsunami Recycling...

tobacco firm shows way on reporting - news

Giving information on progress and setting high standards for stakeholder involvement are two activities that enabled the Ceylon Tobacco Company to win in the inaugural Sri Lanka Awards for...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

A resolution calling on the Newmont Mining Corp in the US to review its policies on toxic waste disposal in Indonesia could not be put to the vote at the annual shareholder meeting after the...

Asian investment managers think SRI will go mainstream - news

New research shows that 85 per cent of Australian and Asian investment managers believe SRI practices will become mainstream within ten years. These managers were more optimistic than their...

technology aids energy moves - news

Technology is being produced to help Australian companies to improve energy efficiency while protecting the environment. The software will collect and analyse data on a company's use of fuel,...

inbrief - news

Tom Fox has joined the UN Development Programme’s Growing Sustainable Business initiative, which fosters private-public partnerships to alleviate poverty. Previously corporate responsibility...

inbrief - news

Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone Group, has won this year’s Channing Corporate Citizenship Award for his leadership role on corporate responsibility. Sarin received the accolade for...

inbrief - news

Two Danish pension funds have begun using the new Convention Watch service developed by the London-based SRI data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund...

inbrief - news

Two-thirds of the top 100 UK companies do not set clear targets in their environmental reports that state how they will improve their impact on the global environment, a study concludes. The...

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...

US is sceptical on SRI future - news

US investment managers remain broadly unconvinced of the merits of incorporating non-financial measures when deciding which companies to include in portfolios. Thirty-one of 49 large US-based...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

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...

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...

ChevronTexaco courts trouble over Burma link - news

ChevronTexaco has been warned that its proposed $18billion (£9.6bn) takeover of Unocal could make it a focus for human rights campaigns because of Unocal’s involvement in the Yadana project in...

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...

HP’s efforts win plaudits from judges - news

Hewlett-Packard has taken first place in this year’s North American Sustainability Reporting Awards, which attracted a record 68 entries. The multinational information technology company won the...

charities to reveal SRI policy - news

Large charities in England and Wales will now have to state their policy on socially responsible investment when they file their annual reports. A regulation brought into effect last month...

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...

Japanese fund targets responsible real estate - news

The Tokyo investment company Green Earth has set up a fund called Ecoland to buy polluted land, restore it and resell it. The company, due to start the fund in May, is setting aside eight...

SRI generates interest - news

SRI funds are among the new equity products now attracting interest in Asia, delegates were told at the Investment Company Institute’s conference in Hong Kong. However, the marketplace remains...

Samsung sets up ethics code - news

The Samsung Group, Korea’s leading industrial organization, has established new principles to foster company-wide ethical and transparent management. The code is apparently a response to a...

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...

China gets responsible business forum - news

The China Business Leaders' Forum (CBLF) has been formed with an emphasis on business transparency, guiding managers on transparent trading, exchanging knowledge and information, and helping the...

inbrief - news

Work has begun on an international ‘user-friendly’ manual on stakeholder engagement. Gap, Camelot and Telefonica are among companies that will recount their experiences in the manual from the...

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...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

steel sector makes joint effort to report on its impacts - news

Forty-two of the world’s major steel companies have brought out a joint sustainability report on their environmental and social impacts. Sustainability reports produced by an industry sector are...

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...

class action scope is tightened - news

One of the legal devices used by US campaigners to challenge companies on their social and environmental performance has been weakened. The Class Action Fairness Act, which passed swiftly...

ethical champions take strain at Allied Domecq - news

The UK spirits and wines distributor Allied Domecq has brought together a group of ‘ethical champions’ inside the company as part of its effort to embed ethical trading principles throughout the...

De Beers adds ethical conditions to contracts - news

The marketing arm of the world’s largest diamond company is now including specific ethical provisions in contracts with companies that supply it with stones. The Diamond Trading Company (DTC),...

90 firms sign up to LSE data exchange - news

Ninety companies – 40 of them in the FTSE100 – have now agreed to post social and environmental performance data on the Corporate Responsibility Exchange, an online database set up by the London...

church keeps hard line on alcohol sector - news

The Church of England is to maintain its policy of not investing in brewers, distillers and operators of bars and pubs. The church’s main investing bodies – the Church Commissioners, the Central...

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...

Laos project gets go ahead - news

Finance for a huge hydroelectric dam in Laos has been recommended by the World Bank advisory panel despite an undercurrent of environmental objection. The total cost of the Nam Theun 2...

good ethics wins it for Posco - news

Good management, in which the ethics of enterprise are given priority over profit, is one of the main factors that earned the steel group Posco the grand prize in Korea’s 2005 Most Respected...

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

A large Malaysian forestry company has been warned by its bank that it must meet better environmental standards or face being dropped as a customer. Chuck Prince, chief executive of Citigroup,...

oil firm tie-ups with NGOs are condemned - news

Links between conservation bodies and oil companies were condemned by the Oilwatch South East Asia Network as the two met in Kuala Lumpur on 8 and 9 March. Oilwatch protested that oil companies...

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...

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...

banks agree ethical principles - news

South Korean banks have agreed on a set of principles for their industry including a commitment to act in a socially responsible manner. The official management principles, drawn up by the Korea...

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...

inbrief - news

Companies that provide social and environmental data for indices run by FTSE4Good and Business in the Community will eventually have to answer only one set of streamlined questions, thanks to a...

inbrief - news

A website giving information on the human rights conduct of 1800 companies has been started by the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, which has offices in the UK and the US....

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...

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...

SRI adopted by exchange traded funds - news

SRI is moving into the world of exchange traded funds. Two new such funds, which take the form of an investment company holding securities of companies in a selected market index, have been set...

Corporate Critic gets overhaul - news

An online database that contains details of the social and environmental performance of more than 15,000 companies has been revamped in an attempt to increase the number of people that use it....

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

investors pick brokers for SRI bonuses - news

Seven brokerage houses have now been chosen by a mainstream institutional investors’ group to receive a financial incentive for providing research on companies’ social and environmental...

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...

sustainable palm-oil guidelines advance - news

Two public forums to publicize policy and seek suggestions have been held by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, set up to produce responsible guidelines for the industry in the Asia Pacific...

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...

dam company in trouble - news

A company helping to build China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, has agreed to halt work while it carries out environmental impact assessments on parts of the scheme....

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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Christopher Wells of ABN AMRO-Banco Real in Brazil has been appointed chair of a Latin American Task Force run by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. The nine-strong...

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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...

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...

logistics firms prepare to measure progress - news

Seven global transport and logistics companies are to produce a set of social and environmental performance indicators for their sector by the end of next year. The multinationals – DHL, Ferrovie...

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...

Cadbury’s offers helping hand to cocoa farms - news

Cadbury Schweppes is to attempt to boost the incomes of Ghana’s cocoa farmers through a partnership with two civil society groups. The three organizations will improve wildlife habitats as a...

‘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...

social reporters guilty of ‘portrayal gap’ - news

Companies are too soft on themselves when divulging information in their social reports, an academic study has found. Carol Adams, head of the School of Accounting at Deakin University in...

analysts ‘not to blame’ for lack of interest in SRI - news

Investment managers and pension fund trustees, rather than analysts, are largely responsible for the relative lack of interest from institutional investors in the social and environmental...

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...

inbrief - news

Unilever has been judged by its peers to be the best performing company on community and environmental responsibility. In a poll to decide the UK’s most admired company for 2004 the food giant...

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Asia Pulp & Paper has announced that outside auditors will investigate allegations that its activities in China are damaging the environment. Pressure groups, among them Greenpeace, have long...

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...

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...

OECD cases revealed - news

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time publicly listed ‘specific instances’ of alleged non-compliance with its guidelines for multinational enterprises....

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,...

drinks firms put moderation message online - news

Alcoholic beverage companies in the UK have started a website to give safe drinking advice. The ‘drinkaware’ site has been set up by the Portman Group, a network of manufacturers and retailers...

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...

ethical palm oil principles beginning to take shape - news

Consultation ends this month on the first draft of globally applicable principles for sustainable palm oil production. The draft has been drawn up for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

Novo extends its reach to second tier suppliers - news

Novo Nordisk is intensifying its efforts to promote socially responsible business practices in its supply chain by encouraging its main suppliers to spread good practice among the companies that in...

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...

inbrief - news

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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One in five small and medium-sized accountancy firms in the UK expects to be asked to help with sustainable development strategies and environmental initiatives, and 52 per cent expect increased...

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...

getting consultation right is what counts, not meeting the deadline - news

Timetables for bringing in new policies slip for lots of reasons – good and bad. Recently, the schedules for two important elements in the framework of voluntary initiatives that seek to promote...

Camelot focuses on suppliers - news

The UK’s National Lottery operator is to introduce minimum standards for suppliers based on their social and environmental performance as well as their business record. During the coming year...

ethical funds still represent tiny portion of retail market - news

Socially responsible investment funds account for less than half of one per cent by value of all European retail funds, according to a study of green, social and ethical funds in Europe. The...

more time given to look at Equator Principles - news

The International Finance Corporation has decided to extend the period of consultation on the Equator Principles, in the face of criticism from industry and pressure groups that it has not allowed...

electronics sector tries to spark code into life - news

An ethical supply chain working group for the electronics sector has been formed by four US companies. The working group was set up by Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft last...

reporting is getting better all the time - news

The standard of non-financial reporting is continuing to improve significantly, says a benchmarking survey by the SustainAbility consultancy. The Global Reporters 2004 survey, the sixth of its...

sell-side analysts will get money to consider SRI - news

Four mainstream European institutional investors are to offer a financial incentive to encourage brokers and investment banks to do more research on the social and environmental performance of...

ethics screening moves into derivatives field - news

The rapidly-expanding credit derivatives market now has its own ethical index. The Ecpi-Credix ethical index is composed of 125 credit derivatives whose underlying assets have satisfied 200...

Nordic region gets set of ethical indices - news

The first family of ethical indices specifically for companies in the Nordic region has been established by GES Investment Services and News Agency Direkt. All companies listed in Copenhagen,...

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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Mining company BHP Billiton has promised to ‘go back to the fundamentals of safety management’ in the wake of 17 work fatalities last year. Chief executive Chip Goodyear says in the company’s...

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....

World Bank ponders changes - news

The World Bank’s private sector lending arm will re-evaluate proposed changes to its social and environmental policies next month amid suggestions that it is trying to dilute them. The...

new SRI tack for Dexia - news

A new socially responsible investment approach concentrating only on labour standards has been established by the Belgian insurance group Dexia. The approach, named Portfolio 21, will screen out...

Thames Water comes clean on lowlights - news

A water company has taken the unusual step of giving as much prominence to the deficiencies in its social and environmental performance as to the achievements. Thames Water’s latest corporate...

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,...

coffee giants sign up to industry agreement - news

Four of the world’s largest coffee companies have signed an agreement to improve the industry’s social and environmental standards. Kraft, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo have agreed to follow a new...

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...

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...

'Any old mobiles?' by Janine Drew - news

It occurred to me recently that many of your readers will have an old mobile phone or printer cartridge tucked away in a drawer at home or at work. What they may not realise is that their unwanted...

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...

'Corporate code of conduct' by Arthur J. Zaccanti - news

From Arthur J. Zaccanti Every rational United State's taxpayer knows that the current Security and Exchange Commission investigation, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Criminal...

'European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility' by Brigid Benson - news

From the Senior Partner, The Gæia Partnership With reference to the Guest Column by Martin Le Jeune responding to the European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility, I...

'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...

'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...

'The value of the GRI' by Vic Thorpe - news

From the Advisor to the Global Reporting Initiative on Labor and European Affairs I was very interested in your recent editorial (Vol. 2, issue 9) on the issue of ‘code overload’. As you...

'Identifying your stakeholders' by Suzannah Lansdell - news

From The Deputy Chief Executive of The Environment Council It was welcoming to see the Analysis, ‘Stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in?’ (Vol. 2, issue 5). The article picks up some...

Tax planned on fuel - news

Japan intends to introduce an environment tax next year to limit fuel use by businesses and individuals and reduce emissions. Gasoline, light oil and kerosene will be taxed at the production...

Compact targets China - news

China's business leaders have been urged by Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, to join the Global Compact. Annan, on an official visit to Beijing, warned that China's rapid...

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...

HSBC backs SME initiative - news

Small and medium-sized businesses with caring policies towards individuals, the community and the environment will be rewarded in Hong Kong's first SME Living Business awards scheme. The...

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...

NGOs comment on April's sustainability - news

The second annual sustainability report from Asia Pacific Resources International - known as April - the plantation fibre producer with one of the world's biggest pulp and paper mills, contains...

Malaysia may take mandatory route - news

The Malaysian government may make corporate environmental and social reporting mandatory by 2007 to achieve greater transparency. Datuk M. Kayveas, deputy minister in the prime minister's...

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...

Manpower looks good on paper - news

Staff at the Hong Kong offices of Manpower, the recruitment consultancy, could use paper on both sides to minimize waste. The suggestion was one of the top five responses to a Manpower survey on...

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...

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...

Study highlights at-risk Hong Kong firms - news

Cheung Kong, the property and telecoms company, and HSBC, the banking group, are among businesses highlighted in a Hong Kong University report as trading in countries guilty of human rights...

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...

inbrief - news

Greece’s second largest bank, Alpha, has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, which helps financial services...

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...

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...

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...

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...

opinion formers impressed by partnerships - news

Opinion formers think a company can most effectively demonstrate its commitment to social responsibility by entering into partnerships, a poll suggests. In a survey...

Deutsche Telekom gears up to implement new strategy - news

Europe’s largest telephone company has assigned 60 full time staff to implement a sustainability strategy for its four main operating divisions. Deutsche Telekom...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top of an inaugural Australian Corporate Responsibility Index. The bank was closely followed by BHP Billiton, BP, Rio Tinto and Toyota Motor Corporation...

inbrief - news

Less than a quarter of FTSE All-Share UK index companies make quantitative environmental disclosures in their annual reports and accounts, even though they will be...

inbrief - news

Swiss engineering company Sulzer has produced a social report after a gap of three years. The company, which employs 9000 people in 25 countries, suspended its...

time to make a virtue of legislative necessity - news

The voluntary approach has its limits. Mandatory corporate disclosure would help markets, not hinder them, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler ‘You can’t legislate...

Smart Alliance: How a global corporation and environmental activists transformed a tarnished brand - news

By J. Gary Taylor and Patricia J. Scharlin Yale University Press. 278 pages $30 hardback There have been some brief accounts of partnerships between companies and...

Nokia takes team approach - news

Nokia is trying to increase awareness of its code of conduct through small discussion groups of employees in Europe, the US, Latin America and China. The groups,...

firms meet on palm oil - news

Food companies, suppliers and non-governmental organizations will gather in Jakarta, Indonesia, early next month to discuss ways of reducing the negative social and...

how the OECD’s fine principles are getting bogged down in detail - news

Procedures in the UK for handling complaints brought against companies for allegedly breaching OECD guidelines on responsible corporate behaviour do not appear to be working to the...

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...

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....

cleaning products firms scrub up nicely - news

Every one of the world’s leading producers of personal hygiene and cleaning products has been given a good ethical performance rating by the German socially...

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,...

investors begin work on global principles - news

Major institutional investors around the world are to develop a set of global principles for responsible investment. The investors will refer to the principles when...

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...

World Bank to adjust lending policy on extractives - news

The World Bank Group is to put more emphasis on the social benefits of projects it supports in the extractives sector and will increase its lending to renewable energy...

inbrief - news

Only half the companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes cover human rights in their standards for suppliers. A study of DJSI companies by Zurich-based...

Spanish bank signs principles - news

Banco Bilbao Viscaya Argentaria has become the first Spanish bank to adopt the Equator Principles, which set out social and environmental criteria for major lending...

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...

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...

Global Compact adds 10th principle to its list - news

The United Nations has added an extra principle, covering corruption and bribery, to its Global Compact. The one-sentence tenth principle, which commits signatories to...

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...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

firms get facility reports help - news

Guidelines for companies on reporting the social and environmental performance of their individual facilities have been released by two US-based organizations. The...

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....

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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Volkswagen is the highest-ranked automobile company for sustainability policies and practice, according to US-based rating agency Innovest. The German company was the...

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Businesses and public bodies are to become liable for the harm they do to wildlife and natural habitats under a new European Union directive. The environmental liability...

why large private firms should be subject to the OFR regime - news

The key question surrounding the operating and financial review is a simple one. Will the UK government’s proposals to force large businesses to report more fully on social and...

Suncor judged best reporter - news

Canada’s Suncor Energy is the outright winner in the second annual North American Sustainability Reporting Awards. The Alberta-based oil and gas company was judged best of...

Angola opens up on oil - news

Sustained pressure on governments to disclose how much revenue they receive from extractive companies appears to have borne fruit with a decision by Angola to reveal...

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...

US companies start to bite bullet on climate change - news

Energy sector companies in the US are beginning to respond to investor pressure on climate change as the annual meeting season moves into full swing. Two...

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...

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...

firms offered reporting tool - news

Companies suffering from questionnaire fatigue are being offered a reporting system that collates data on their social and environmental performance for electronic...

global flower trade set to adopt social labelling - news

An industry-wide social labelling scheme is to be introduced in Europe by international flower producers and sellers. The organizers of the scheme, called Fair Flowers...

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...

NGO uses Citigroup as lever for change - news

The two largest financial services companies in the US have now agreed to put in place lending criteria on issues such as climate change and biodiversity, following a...

FTSE index ‘has led to change’ - news

Figures published by FTSE suggest that the index provider’s FTSE4Good series has directly led to improvements in companies’ social and environmental...

new OFR regime will start in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance, according to a draft...

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...

inbrief - news

Sustainability reporters are being urged to submit their latest documents for an international benchmarking survey to be run jointly by the SustainAbility consultancy, the...

inbrief - news

Two African banks have signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Nedbank and the Development Bank of South Africa join about 200...

inbrief - news

A business code of ethics has been officially introduced in Malaysia. The voluntary code, drawn up by the Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia, has already been...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

OFRs will take effect in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance from next year, according to a...

Office Depot sets up alliance - news

Office products company Office Depot has formed an alliance with three conservation groups under which it has agreed a five-year plan to develop sustainable forestry and...

FTSE4Good drops 29 firms - news

Tougher environmental and human rights criteria have played an important part in the decision by the FTSE4Good’s review committee to drop 29 companies from the...

mining firm helps locals plan ahead for closure - news

Rio Tinto has helped farmers near one of its mining sites in Indonesian Borneo to triple their harvest yields in advance of the mine’s closure, which begins this...

huge French fund applies SRI to €3bn of its assets - news

Socially responsible investment in Europe has received a major shot in the arm with news that the French state pension fund will take an SRI approach to about a fifth of...

logo offers firms ‘ethical’ endorsement - news

UK companies are being offered a logo for use on product packaging and publicity materials that recognizes their socially responsible practice. The logo – a...

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...

inbrief - news

Insight Investment , the asset management arm of the HBOS Group, engaged with 200 UK firms on more than 20 issues of social and environmental concern during 2003, the first...

inbrief - news

Anne Copeland Chiu has been appointed environmental and social specialist for the International Finance Corporation in the Asia Pacific region. Previously Copeland...

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...

CIS seeks views of its customers - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society is to offer its five million policyholders a say in developing the SRI policy applied to its £20billion ($36bn) investment portfolio....

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...

FTSE 100 are out of step with ABI - news

Less than a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have fully disclosed their social and environmental risks in line with the Association of British Insurers guidelines issued...

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...

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...

extractives are a mixed bag on biodiversity - news

Only a third of the biggest mining and oil companies have a published policy on biodiversity, even though half are doing work in this area, research has shown. A...

pulp firm’s plan upsets WWF - news

One of the world’s largest paper companies has fallen out with WWF, the global environmental network, over its new sustainability action plan, which the conservation group...

inbrief - news

Starbucks has dramatically increased the amount of fair trade-certified coffee it uses. The US-based company’s latest report shows it used 499,000kg in 2002, compared with...

now there’s a code of codes - news

Organizations that draw up voluntary social and environmental standards for use by companies have developed their own code of best practice. The International...

annual resolutions target diversity - news

Thirty-three companies are in the firing line for this year’s round of social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed by Calvert, one of the more active...

firms lose marks through poor public disclosure - news

Companies are failing to give enough favourable detail when they make public their social and environmental performance, an investor-sponsored study of UK housebuilders...

Isis works on climate change - news

A leading UK fund manager is working with the government on the corporate risks posed by climate change. Isis Asset Management has begun a research project on the...

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...

charities take SRI on board as regulation looms - news

The proportion of UK charities claiming to consider ethical issues when investing money has risen from roughly a half to almost two-thirds in just a year. A study...

French sustainability funds grow rapidly - news

The value of French funds managed along socially responsible investment lines more than doubled in 2003 and is now above €2.8bn ($3.5bn, £1.9bn), according to...

firm uses invoices to spread the word - news

An American telecommunications company is encouraging its customers to become more active on social and environmental issues by including information on its invoices about...

Australia takes the lead with SRI disclosure law - news

The world’s toughest disclosure requirements on socially responsible investment come into force in Australia this month. From 11 March, companies providing...

ethical trading squeezed by purchasing practices - news

Companies with ethical supply chain codes have been told that their own purchasing practices are often one of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of their codes...

China approves sustainable business group - news

Corporate responsibility in China has taken a significant step forward with the formation of an officially sanctioned business body to promote sustainable development....

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...

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...

reporting stakes raised - news

The Canadian government has urged all listed companies to report on their social and environmental performance. Four ministers, David Anderson (environment), Bill Graham...

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...

palm oil users in the dark on origins - news

Most companies using palm oil in their products do not appear to know whether it comes from sustainable sources, according to the UK investment company Isis Asset...

World Bank told to stop investing in oil projects - news

An independent review commissioned by the World Bank has proposed the institution phase out financial support for oil projects in favour of lending to renewable energy...

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...

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...

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The environmental performance of UK high street banks is better overall than it was two years ago, an Eiris study suggests. Eight of 13 banks studied now have...

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A group of major retailers, manufacturers and shipping companies have agreed guidelines on how they should assess and report the environmental impact of transporting goods by...

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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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Dow Chemical will be asked at its annual meeting in May to detail its initiatives to deal with the health, environmental and social concerns of Bhopal survivors. The...

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...

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...

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...

strain tells as Sigma project reaches another crossroads - news

Suggestions have emerged of tensions between two of the three organizations that produced the government-backed Sigma guidelines on sustainability after the cancellation...

Equator Principles gather momentum - news

Mizuho has become the first Japanese bank to adopt the Equator Principles, a set of voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing...

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,...

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...

chemical firms to set goals - news

The UK chemical industry has taken a step towards greater transparency by declaring it will publish social and environmental goals this summer. The Chemical...

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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Three asset management companies have won a new award recognizing outstanding examples of corporate activity in socially responsible investment. Rabobank Group...

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The International Finance Corporation is to discuss with commercial banks whether to include human rights in its voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and...

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The managers of the UK’s largest pension fund have appointed Innovest Strategic Value Advisors to provide sustainability research on businesses and industry...

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...

BHP Billiton assesses human rights risks - news

The world’s largest diversified resources company has taken a first step towards formally assessing the exposure of each of its sites to human rights-related risks....

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...

UPS makes reporting debut - news

One of the world’s largest postal and delivery companies has produced its first corporate sustainability report. United Parcel Service of America, which has 360,000...

winning entries generate innovative approaches to SRI - news

A competition established to stimulate new thinking on how to encourage institutional investors to take a long-term view of investment has sparked a host of innovative SRI...

work starts on forestry code - news

The World Bank is to help write guidelines for businesses on sustainable forest management. The guidelines, to be produced with the international conservation body...

cement firms join sustainability bandwagon - news

Three more large companies have joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative, an international project to improve the cement industry’s social and environmental performance....

cocoa firms set up schools to fight child labour in Africa - news

Field schools for West African cocoa farmers have been started by international cocoa and chocolate manufacturers to combat child labour. A coalition of companies and...

Camelot ready for supplier audit regime - news

The company that operates the UK national lottery is to establish a supplier approval system that will take social, ethical and environmental performance into account....

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...

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

‘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...

institutional SRI investment in France to rise - news

Some 60 per cent of French institutional investors expect to make socially responsible investments during the next three years, a study suggests. A survey of 41...

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...

analysts perform better with social data to hand - news

Analysts with access to data on a company’s social and environmental performance make more confident judgments about its economic prospects than those who...

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Royal Bank of Scotland has produced its first corporate social responsibility report. The unverified document concentrates on community investment and environmental protection,...

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Executive pay is the most urgent corporate responsibility issue that business needs to address, according to a poll of the British public. The Mori survey, carried out...

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Andy Wales has joined the water services company Severn Trent as environment and sustainable development manager. Wales was previously at Interface, where he was...

UN Norms offer firms a template for change - news

Companies now have a powerful international framework that will help them to address their social impacts, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler The recent unanimous adoption...

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...

boards put price before ethics - news

Most UK purchasing directors say their boards are telling them to put price before ethical concerns. A poll of 100 purchasing directors found that 83 had been led...

study reveals advice gap - news

Fewer than one in ten members of the UK public say they have ever received advice on socially responsible investment from their financial adviser, even though...

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...

Pennon ticked off for dropping reporting target - news

One of the UK’s leading water and waste management groups has been criticized by its external auditors for dropping a target from its social and environmental report...

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...

Body Shop tries radical new reporting approach - news

The Body Shop has reclaimed its position as an innovator in non-financial reporting by issuing three separate social reports aimed at different stakeholder groups....

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...

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Asia Pulp & Paper has signed an agreement with the World Wide Fund for Nature on the management of forests in Sumatra. The Indonesian company, which has been...

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The 37 largest French-owned companies have all made reference in their latest annual reports to a new French law requiring them to report on their social and environmental...

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At least five operating companies of Vodafone are to produce local corporate social responsibility reports over the next year-and-a-half. The UK-based telecoms company,...

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Financial information company Morningstar Japan has created a socially responsible investment index. The Morningstar SRI Index, which is the first index to benchmark...

Kasky v Nike and the implications for corporate social reporting - news

Nike has done well to settle with the environmental campaigner Marc Kasky. Having taken its case to the highest court in the land, and not getting the outcome it had hoped, the...

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...

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...

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....

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

Toyota is now best in class, says Dow Jones index - news

Toyota, a new entrant to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, was last month judged best in class in its sector at the third annual index review. The Japanese car...

SRI disclosure regulations begin to gather momentum - news

Regulators in Belgium, the UK and Australia are requiring institutional investors to make greater disclosure of information on their socially responsible investment policies....

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...

Nike report bites the dust despite Kasky settlement - news

Nike has abandoned publication of its corporate responsibility report, despite reaching an out-of-court settlement to bring the long-running Kasky v Nike legal case to an end....

Global Compact moves to address issue of violators - news

The United Nations is to set up a Global Compact task force to consider how best to deal with participants in major breach of the Compact’s nine guiding principles on...

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...

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The Flag consultancy has been given a UK government grant to develop web-based software that collates environmental and social information for corporate reporters....

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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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Kasky v Nike is unlikely to go to court before late next year. The lawsuit, brought by environmental campaigner Marc Kasky over allegations that the sportswear company...

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One in five companies has rejected a supplier for failing to meet environmental standards, a study suggests. A Middlesex University Business School survey of 149 UK...

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The French government has commissioned a study of how companies have implemented a law requiring them to report on social and environmental matters. The New Economic...

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Four hundred senior executives at UBS Investment Bank are to receive training on how to integrate environmental criteria into their overall assessment of investment...

making the case for ethical business practice - news

A business that follows ethical principles should maximize long-term value, says Elaine Sternberg It is difficult to make a business case for business ethics or corporate...

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...

fillip for 'ethical question' - news

The long-running campaign in the UK to require financial advisers to ask their clients whether they have any social, environmental or ethical concerns when discussing...

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...

oil firms are 'poles apart' on tackling climate change - news

There are huge differences in the approaches large oil companies are taking to climate change, according to an analysis of corporate responses to global warming. A...

OFRs move on to fast track - news

A legal requirement for UK companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews (OFRs) will be introduced by regulation in the next parliamentary session. The...

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...

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...

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

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...

lift-off for SRI transparency guidelines - news

Fund managers in Europe have begun using guidelines intended to give the investing public – and companies – a clearer idea of how SRI funds decide which firms to...

investors join forces to strengthen their engagement - news

Eight large institutional investors have decided to combine forces to engage with companies on their social and environmental performance. They have agreed to share...

55 suppliers sign up to BT standard - news

More than 50 suppliers of BT have now signed contractual agreements to work towards the company’s in-house standards on human rights and workplace conditions. Latest...

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....

UN proposes human rights 'norms' for firms - news

The United Nations has put forward guidelines on human rights that will apply to companies operating in more than one country. The guidelines for ‘transnational...

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Seventy-two environmental and human rights groups from 29 countries have written to companies and investors asking them to withdraw from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil...

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Associated British Foods , Hilton Group and MMo2 are among companies showing the most improved performance in a sustainability matrix that ranks the FTSE 100 according...

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Holly Mills has joined Standard Life Investment’s corporate governance team as SRI analyst. Mills, who will work with SRI research manager Julie McDowell, was...

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City West Water has won the Australian Sustainability Reporting Awards organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The Melbourne-based...

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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...

investors can help companies to win the licence to operate - news

At first glance, some people might think the silly season has started early. Mainstream investors are lining up to support initiatives to make the world a better place. Ten...

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....

Fast tracking for Operating and Financial Reviews - news

The UK government is to fast track the introduction of a requirement for large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews. Trade and industry...

Pfizer given poor rating - news

The world’s largest pharmaceutical group has fared poorly in a rating of how the top 11 drugs companies perform on social issues in developing countries. Pfizer, which...

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...

FTSE4Good proposes to tighten criteria on the marketing of infant formula milk - news

Companies that sell infant formula milk and wish to qualify as members of the FTSE4Good indexes are likely to have to show in future that they are strongly committed to...

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....

Core Bill reappears for first reading in the House - news

One of the few remaining European initiatives to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting has been put before the UK’s lower house of parliament. The...

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...

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...

Sigma project nears final destination - news

A major project to help companies manage their social, environmental and economic impacts has entered its final stages. The Sigma Project – Sigma stands for...

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...

banks agree new loan guidelines - news

Ten banks from leading financial centres have agreed voluntary guidelines for assessing social and environmental risks when financing development projects. The banks,...

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Life sciences company Agilent has for the first time published information on its social and environmental performance in its annual report. Agilent already produces a...

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Singapore’s first Environmental Reporting Award has been won by Singapore Airlines in a competition organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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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...

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...

comeback for reporting Bill - news

A Bill to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting is to be introduced in the lower house of the UK parliament on 27 June. The ten minute rule bill has won...

CEOs rate social credibility - news

Chief executives expect a good reputation on social issues to be as important to a company’s overall standing as financial credibility, a global survey suggests. The...

stock exchange calls for codes of ethics - news

Australian companies have been told by their national stock exchange to ‘actively promote ethical and responsible decision-making’ as part of their day-to-day...

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’...

US investors on the move - news

The most successful resolution so far this year at the annual meeting of a US company on a social or environmental issue has been at Cooper Industries. The resolution...

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....

ExxonMobil now ‘on its own’ - news

ExxonMobil is now alone among the four ‘supermajor’ oil and gas companies in refusing to take meaningful action on global warming, according to a study released by Claros...

Insight reveals statistics behind engagement - news

Insight Investment has begun publishing quarterly updates of its engagement activities with companies on social and environmental issues. The first such report shows...

Dutch pension funds ready to embrace SRI approach - news

Three-quarters of Dutch pension funds expect to take the social, environmental or ethical performance of companies into account when making investment decisions in the future....