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Danish seminar to focus on ethical conduct in business - news

By Brian Collett — A mixing of Italian and Danish cultures as a means of reinforcing ethical conduct in business, education and training will be on the agenda at a seminar in Denmark this...

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...

GoodCorporation issues guide for data protection management as Parliament revises regulation - news

By Brian Collett — Businesses are now being told they should build data protection into their core activities in a guide issued to ensure they satisfy new IT legislation.  ...

Germans discuss ethics of automated driving - news

By Antonio Pasolini — The country that is home to some of the world's most influential philosophers, such as Nietzsche and Kant, as well as some of the best cars in the world, seems...

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...

Trust in an era of ‘alternative' facts - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The Global Thinkers Forum is a social purpose organisation that launched in 2012 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. It works for change by...

Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition - news

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

Leaving nobody behind: the Co-op champions action on the Modern Slavery Act - news

Interview with Paul Gerrard, The Co-op, by Adam Woodhall, Inspiring Sustainability, and Jessica Cresswell, Carbon Smart    The vision     The Co-op has...

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

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

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....

GSK's innovative business model for marketing and sales - news

By Tom Idle —  It is hard to think of a more contentious business practice than the one historically used to sell pharmaceuticals. For the past 50 years, sales representatives have...

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...

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...

The Institute of Business Ethics reports on best business practices for the next 30 years - news

The Institute of Business Ethics is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a report that looks at how trust in business can be regained.    “The Institute of Business...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Primark extends partnership to support 10,000 women smallholders in India - news

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Primark is announcing a six-year extension of the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme. The initiative is a partnership with CottonConnect and...

New report outlines how to identify weak corporate culture - news

Good governance is critical, but there should be a broader definition of what it means. Governance is not just a matter for boards of directors, but should be integrated into all areas of a...

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...

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...

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

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

Business at risk from poor whistleblowing practices - news

Around half of employees aware of misconduct do not ‘speak up’ about their concerns, evidence from a new survey shows. And that’s putting businesses in Europe at risk, it...

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...

Highland Spring tops ethical bottled water ranking - news

Ethical shopping comparison website, thegoodshoppingguide.com , has released ethical comparison research on all the main bottled water companies and brands. Highland Spring is the...

Business at risk from weak speak up provision, says IBE - news

Around half of employees aware of misconduct do not ‘speak up’ about their concerns, evidence from the IBE Ethics at Work Survey shows. And that’s putting businesses in...

The importance of creating a healthy business culture - news

The unfolding scandals surrounding Volkswagen and FIFA reveal they have much in common, not only with each other but with many corporate scandals that have gone before. The fall-out follows a...

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...

WWF calls for business to work towards sustainable food security - news

A new report from WWF-UK finds that businesses want to see government taking bold actions to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and planet alike. Businesses must also...

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,...

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...

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...

New appointments at ECI - news

The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) has appointed Ronnie Kann as executive vice president, research and program development. Prior to ECI, Kann worked for CEB (formerly The Corporate...

Not such a simple case of follow my leader... - news

The Chinese saying that a fish rots from the head down has long been bandied about in business circles to reinforce the importance of strong leadership. Now new research from the Rotterdam...

IBE tackles ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

Business ethics no longer just compliance issue, says CIMA - news

Nearly a third of UK-based finance professionals feel under pressure to compromise their ethical standards, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA)....

IBE issues guidance on new role for internal audit - news

A new Board Briefing, published by the Institute of Business Ethics, sets out the role of internal audit in advising boards on whether a company is living up to its ethical values. The...

Research highlights new approach to tackling unethical behaviour - news

Middle managers will mirror top management’s bad behaviours, regardless of how ethical they are as an individual, new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University...

IBE addresses ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

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...

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...

Fast food chains show poor appetite for ethically-sourced produce - news

Fast food chains on the UK high street are being asked to add ethics to their menus in a new campaign by Ethical Consumer magazine. In its latest product report, the magazine surveyed...

Human rights now on menu for institutional investors - news

Lauren Compere, md at Boston Common Asset Management, says that investors are finally waking up to the importance of human rights risk Human rights used to be a subject discussed mainly in...

BNY Mellon hit by record £126m fine - news

The Bank of New York Mellon, the world’s largest custody bank, has been fined £126m ($188m, €175m) by the City of London regulator for failing to protect customers’...

IBE addresses ethical implications of zero hours contracts - news

With fairness in the workplace a proven way of building trust, the Institute of Business Ethics has issued a new briefing document examining the ethical issues related to staffing arrangements...

Bank of England under investigation by SFO - news

The conduct of the Bank of England, as the UK’s central bank, in lending money to commercial banks during the 2007-08 financial crisis is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office...

FTSE to meet gender target but boards remain “stubbornly white and male” - news

While the 2015 Cranfield Female FTSE Board Report confirms that Britain’s top boardrooms are set to meet the 25% women on boards target this year, critics maintain that the percentage of...

World's most ethical league table for 2015 published - news

Ethisphere.com has published its annual 'most ethical company'  league table.  “The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical...

Taking the right route to restoring public trust? - news

With public trust in big business remaining fragile, the IBE and CISI have relaunched Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a chartermark, founded in 2012, which enables an organisation to reassure...

Golden opportunity for jewellery industry to take a stand - news

Harriet Kelsall, designer and leading figure in the jewellery industry, explains why 'clean gold' should be the definition of modern luxury jewellery We believe the best approach...

Rolls Royce refutes Brazilian bribery claims - news

The engineering multinational Rolls-Royce has been accused of paying at least $200,000 (£130,000, €176,000) in bribes to win a lucrative order from Petrobras, the state-owned...

Pharma companies failing to abide by 'the rules' in UK and Sweden - news

Unethical marketing of pharmaceutical drugs happens more than once a week in both the UK and Sweden, according to a new report from Lund University. The study, published in the journal PLOS...

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,...

Greater take-up of IiI charter mark urged - news

More businesses should sign up to the Investing in Integrity (IiI) charter mark to reassure the public that they are trustworthy, Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow has urged. The Lord Mayor...

Payday lenders hit Co-op Bank black list - news

The UK’s Co-operative Bank, now emerging from two years of strife and scandal, has banned lending to businesses that avoid tax. The ban is one of several new ethical policies...

Call for higher take-up of Investing in Integrity standard - news

More businesses should sign up to the Investing in Integrity (IiI) charter mark to reassure the public that they are trustworthy, Lord Mayor, Alderman Alan Yarrow has urged.  “One...

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...

Korean pharma giant caught paying doctors to prescribe its drugs - news

Dongwha Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug companies in Korea, has been indicted for paying rebates to doctors in exchange for agreeing to give prescriptions of its own drugs. This is the...

New rules tackle unfair credit broker practices - news

From this month, new rules will ban credit brokers in the UK from charging fees to customers, and from requesting customers’ payment details for that purpose, unless they comply with new...

With great power comes great accountability? - news

Do you remember when getting a fine was considered a bad thing? A sign that you’d flouted the law in some way? It was definitely something to be ashamed of at any rate. It doesn’t...

Public trust in business remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

Public opinion of business improving, but trust remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

Record fines hit banking giants over forex failings - news

HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss bank UBS and US banks JP Morgan Chase and Citibank have all been fined heavily by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to control business practices in...

Goldman Sachs hit by lawsuit - news

A Libyan company is claiming $1bn (£620m, €783m) from the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs for taking it “for a complete ride” by directing its money into...

Reward employees for how they do business, says IBE - news

Reward employees who uphold company values, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).  Knowing that they will be appraised on how they do business as well as what...

IBE offers pension fund trustees ethical guidance - news

Ethical guidance for pension fund trustees is the focus of the latest report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Its new report looks at 12 key questions – ranging in topics from...

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...

Bickham takes trustees chair at IBE - news

Edward Bickham has agreed to become Chair of the Trustees of the Institute of Business Ethics. He succeeds Chris Moorhouse, who has served as IBE Chair since 2006. Tim Melville-Ross,...

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  ...

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...

Homeplus executives accused of selling customer data in Korea - news

Former and current Korean ceos of Homeplus, Tesco’s Korean supermarket chain, have been banned from leaving the country over allegations that customers’ personal information...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, one of the country’s leading newspapers and a bastion defending liberal values, has withdrawn misleading articles on controversial subjects published over a...

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  ...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, one of the country’s leading newspapers and a bastion defending liberal values, has withdrawn misleading articles on controversial subjects published over a...

Co-operative Bank shoots from the hip in new trust drive - news

The Co-operative Bank is aiming to restore trust in its brand and to remind customers what it stands for with a major new advertising campaign. The ‘All the right reasons’...

Barclays receives record fine over client assets breach - news

Barclays Bank Plc has been fined £37,745,000 by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for failing to properly protect clients’ custody assets worth £16.5 billion. As a result...

Tesco execs suspended over £250m profit overstatement - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has suspended four executives, including its UK managing director, after the retailer overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m. It has launched...

PwC fined by New York regulator over work for Japanese bank - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) will pay $25m and be banned for two years from some consulting work to settle New York state regulators’ allegations that the accounting firm mishandled...

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

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

Time to stop shirking over too cheap t-shirts - news

Is it a chicken and egg situation this whole cheap t-shirt, cheap labour, ethical fashion debate? Do we as consumers have to turn around and say we don’t want to buy £3 T-shirts and...

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...

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...

Authorities explore credit ratings ‘for sale’ in South Korea - news

An investigation into the failure of South Korea’s Tongyang Group, a large conglomerate, last autumn led to unexpected discoveries. Some 50,000 individual investors lost heavily because...

Wonga forced to pay up over ‘unfair’ practices - news

Wonga, Britain’s biggest payday lender, has been ordered to pay more than £2.2m ($3.76m, €2.78m) in compensation to defaulters to whom it sent threatening letters appearing to...

Paribas pays penalty - news

BNP Paribas, France’s largest bank, has agreed to pay a penalty of almost $9bn (£5.26bn, €6.65bn) to settle charges of breaking US trade sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan...

“Bankers Oath” to turn back tide of scandal? - news

Think tank ResPublica has called for the introduction of an oath for bankers similar to the Hippocratic Oath in order to raise accountability and standards in banking. ResPublica’s...

SFO launches FOREX price rigging probe - news

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of price rigging in the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. The inquiry will...

Directors need to be active in setting company’s values, says IBE - news

Boards need to set and maintain company values, says a new report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Ethics, Risk &Governance: a board briefing paper aims to help directors...

Korean banks promise ethics but deliver problems - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has said it will take steps to clean up the industry after recent ethical problems involving the major banks....

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...

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...

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...

Facebook rules on illegal gun sales ‘not enough’ - news

Two influential gun control groups in the US are negotiating for a ban on firearms sales via the Facebook and Instagram social network sites. Facebook’s lawyers are in talks with Moms...

Rolls-Royce launches 24-hour ‘ethics line’ - news

Rolls-Royce, the UK manufacturer of aero engines and marine and energy equipment, has introduced a 24-hour “ethics line” enabling employees to voice bribery suspicions. At the...

H&M signs up to BCtA as unions push for Rana Plaza fund donations - news

The Swedish multinational clothes retailer H&M has reinforced its campaign for improvements in Bangladesh’s garment industry by joining the UN-based Business Call to Action (BCtA)....

CMI warns of ethics crisis as bureaucracy rules workplace - news

Too many managers are robotically following rules rather than making decisions with their hearts and minds, according to new research published today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)...

FDIC sues banks over alleged Libor manipulation - news

Barclays, HSBC, Citigroup and Royal Bank of Scotland are among 16 banks being sued by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations (FDIC) over allegations of rigging the London interbank offer...

Only half of UK firms audit suppliers’ ethical behaviour - news

UK manufacturers could be inadvertently relying upon slave and child labourers in their supply chains because they are not always auditing suppliers and relying only on trust, according to new...

Higgs noted for compliance excellence - news

Kathryn Higgs, Parsons Brinckerhoff ‘s Senior Ethics and Compliance Officer for Asia-Pacific and Africa, has been shortlisted in the global, Women in Compliance Awards 2014. Higgs has been...

Organisations ignore whistleblowing procedures at their corporate peril - news

Whistleblowing is a complex issue for businesses. History tells us that many corporate disasters could have been prevented if companies had listened when concerns were raised. Staff...

Korea gives off mixed signals over ethical business practice - news

Despite Korea taking a stand in recent years over ethical business practices, doubts are now being raised as to whether anything has really changed. Korea’s regeneration as a modern...

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...

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

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

British business makes move towards greater tax transparency - news

Birmingham-based Unity Trust Bank, Midcounties Co-operative and The Phone Co-op have become the first businesses to be accredited by the new Fair Tax Mark, the world's first independent...

IBE recognises writing excellence - news

Gavin Hinks, a freelance financial journalist (pictured right) and Michelle Spiteri Bailey, a PhD student (pictured far right) at the University of Leicester, have recently won top spots at the...

CBE at IBE - news

Philippa Foster Back, director of the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), has been appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours. The CBE was awarded in...

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...

World’s biggest shipbuilders make ethical management pledge - news

Korea’s big three shipbuilders - Hyundai Heavy Industries, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and Samsung Heavy Industries - say they are committed to making a fresh start with...

New app helps employees combat bribery - news

With corruption still topping the list of FTSE350 company concerns, the Institute of Business Ethics has developed a timely app to help employees make the right decision in tricky situations....

Comic Relief in spotlight over investment ethics - news

A British charity has been accused of investing in arms, alcoholic drinks and tobacco companies, contrary to its published aims. Comic Relief, which raises much of its money through two...

A very CSR festive favourite… - news

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

Ethics embedded at board level but not training, says IBE - news

More companies than ever before are investing in ethics programmes, according to the latest survey from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), citing seven out of 10 respondents investing...

Lenzi wins ERC Carol R Marshall Award - news

John C. (Jack) Lenzi, vice president, corporate responsibility & chief ethics officer of ITT Corporation, has been selected as the Ethics Resource Center’s 2013 recipient of the Carol...

Search engine giants crackdown on child abuse images - news

Search engine giants Google and Microsoft are to take measures to make it harder to find child abuse images online. They say that as many as 100,000 search terms will now return no results that...

Taking an ethical stance and sticking with it - news

Disappointed doesn’t come close. News that IKEA failed to make a stand on lesbian and gay rights in Russia, dismays and disillusions me. Only months ago, the Swedish furniture giant was...

Hotels and stores admit food fraud in Japan - news

Japanese hoteliers have long prided themselves on elevating the meals in their traditional Japanese restaurants to works of art in appearance, content, and price. Nothing has been more important...

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...

IBE call for post/under grad essays - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) is calling for essays on business ethics from postgraduates and under-graduates to encourage ethical sensitivity and new approaches to corporate...

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...

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...

Facebook makes u-turn over beheading video - news

The social media website Facebook has removed a video of a beheading after concluding that it “improperly and irresponsibly glorifies violence” – but only after six months of...

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...

Female quotas make no difference to board's effectiveness: study - news

Positive discrimination towards women at board level fails to improve bottom-line business performance, maintains an expert in business ethics. Professor Nada Kakabadse, a global authority...

inbrief - news

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...

Taking executive decisions about ethical behaviour - news

New IBE research has shown an apparent lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance. There is limited requirement, or indeed encouragement,...

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...

Church of England to take on high-interest payday lenders - news

The Church of England is to investigate how it broke its own ethical rules and invested indirectly in a high-interest payday lender. At the same time the church will go through its books...

Younger people shoulder more ethical dilemmas at work - news

Younger workers are more susceptible to experiencing ethical dilemmas on the job, according to a new study from the Ethics Resource Center. “Generational Differences in Workplace...

New president at IBE - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has appointed a new president. Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair of HEFCE, succeeds Sir Robert Worcester, founder of Ipsos-MORI, who has served as IBE President...

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....

Social network risk... - news

The Ethics Resource Center has published a new study about the ethics associated with social networking and the workplace. National Business Ethics Survey of Social Networkers: New Risks...

The challenge of making a stand for change - news

When Shakespeare’s Juliet poses the question, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” she is alluding to the fact that what matters is what...

IBE appoints associate director - news

Peter Montagnon, currently senior investment adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, is to join the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the new role of associate director. The IBE,...

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...

Ethical principles in governance guidance lacking says IBE - news

Attention to ethics is increasingly a core feature of boardroom agendas but there is a lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance, finds a...

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...

Unethical practice ‘common in UK workplaces’ finds ILM/BITC study - news

Three out of five managers have felt pressured to behave unethically at work, according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Business in the Community...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

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

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 ways of measuring company performance - news

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

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...

Google exec joins Ethics Resource Centre - news

Google’s vp of ethics and compliance, Andy Hinton, has joined the board of the Ethics Resource Centre. "His knowledge and extensive background abating corporate ethics and...

Best Buy’s Edmond wins corporate ethics award - news

Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer for Best Buy, is the recipient of this year’s Carol R. Marshall Award.     Established last year as a posthumous honour to former...

Blowing the final whistle on corruption in sport? - news

One of my father’s favourite sporting photographs – and mine, actually, if you don’t count the one capturing John McEnroe’s first Wimbledon win in 1981 – shows him...

Ethisphere publishes World's Most Ethical list - news

A record 145 businesses from 36 industries and more than 100 countries appear in the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2013 list published recently by Ethisphere, the US responsible practice...

Vigeo publishes corruption study - news

Demonstrating that preventing corporate corruption is a performance issue at the heart of corporate responsibility, a new study from Vigeo identifies and compares the corruption prevention...

Closing the credibility gap in reporting - news

Daniel Jones, sustainability consultant at Radley Yeldar, shares some of the insight gained through the company’s How Does It Stack Up?  publication, exploring best practice...

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...

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...

IOR joins forces with IBE to push 'ethics champions' - news

The Institute of Recruiters (IOR) has joined forces with the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) to encourage all recruiters and HR professionals to become ‘ethics champions’ and...

Corporates against corruption - news

Bribery and corruption used to be seen as part of the reality of doing business in certain parts of the world. But, writes Leo Martin, business is leading the international charge for change...

Barclays CEO breaks with bank’s scandal-hit past - news

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has told the bank’s staff that they must adopt five new core values – respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship – or leave...

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...

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...

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

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

Kemp to head development at IBE - news

Harriet Kemp has been appointed head of development at the Institute of Business Ethics following her departure from Belron, where she was head of corporate responsibility.

McCarthy takes chair at ETI - news

Suzanne McCarthy has succeeded Alan Roberts as chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). Suzanne joined the ETI from her position as UK Immigration Services Commissioner.

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

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

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

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

Seal joins Blytheco as coo - news

Lori Seal, who serves on the Ethical Edge, an organisation dedicated to promoting ethics in workplaces, has joined Sage software business Blytheco as chief operating officer. Previously at...

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...

Disillusioned customers punish UK big five banks - news

Customers disillusioned with Britain’s bigger banks are switching to smaller alternatives believing they operate more responsibly.    The campaign group Move Your Money...

Proposals welcomed for law to end supermarkets’ exploitation of suppliers - news

Proposals for a UK law preventing supermarkets from exploiting their suppliers have been endorsed by anti-poverty groups and premium supermarket brand Waitrose. The government has published...

Barclays Bank is first to take hit over interest rate-rigging - news

Barclays Bank has been fined a record £287m ($451m, €356m) by UK and US regulators for trying to manipulate London and Euro inter-bank lending rates. The fine was the result of a...

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

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...

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...

Trust deficit means business must prove its ethics - news

There was once a time when business leaders could just tell society ‘trust me to do the right thing’ and the general public would do so. Then, with increased regulation and pressures...

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

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

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...

London Olympics races to neutralise sweatshop row - news

The London Olympics organising committee is introducing measures to protect workers in its supply chain after evidence of sweatshop labour at its Chinese suppliers' factories. In a...

Hershey's to buy Rainforest Alliance cocoa - news

US confectioner Hershey’s has announced it will start buying Rainforest Alliance cocoa, apparently bowing to popular pressure on the issue. At the end of last year, the company was lobbied...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

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

Nike endorses settlement on supplier’s unpaid overtime - news

A Nike supplier has agreed to pay Indonesian workers $1m (£630,000, €750,000) in compensation for unpaid overtime after a decision that could have implications for other...

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...

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...

Downturn brings greater risk of child exploitation - news

Child labour is on the increase thanks to the global economic crisis and deteriorating security worldwide. Countries such as Brazil and Russia are now considered at ‘extreme risk’ to...

Henderson closes vaunted SRI department - news

Henderson Global Investors’ respected SRI team is being disbanded as part of the company’s restructuring. Henderson says it no longer wants a separate department running SRI...

Bader joins BSR - news

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) as appointed Christine Bader as human rights advisor. As well as producing research, Bader, a senior fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute...

MBA candidates fail on ethics - news

Just one in five human resources professionals believe MBA candidates know enough about business ethics. That’s according to research by the Institute of Business Ethics, which follows a...

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?...

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

Murdochs ride out shareholder revolt - news

Pressure mounts on News Corp as a shareholder-led campaign seeking the removal of key board members prompted a huge protest vote at the company’s AGM. Head of News International James...

inbrief - news

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...

Cheating companies may not see out the downturn - news

Since the 2008 crash, banks, businesses and politicians have talked of the need for greater responsibility, yet there has been little changed behaviour to match the rhetoric. Complaints in the...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

Oil and mining companies agree ‘model’ ethics guide - news

The energy and extractives industry has launched a set of anti-corruption principles in response to the July introduction of the UK Bribery Act. Companies including Anglo American, BP, Rio...

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...

BBC child labour footage ‘was probably faked’ - news

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

Ethical decision-making requires more support - news

A guide detailing ‘ethics in decision-making (EiDM)’ has recommended support for staff so that they feel able to implement company policy and never feel they alone are responsible...

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...

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...

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...

Swedish funds target Motorola over West Bank - news

Sweden’s four largest pension funds have urged Motorola to withdraw from Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank. The ethical council that co-ordinates the SRI work of...

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...

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...

New regime aims to block conflict minerals by 2012 - news

A system has been introduced by the electronics industry to ensure that minerals sourced from conflict zones no longer find their way into devices such as mobile phones. The voluntary...

‘Silence sullies the reputation of good and bad alike’ - news

In April 2005, Sir Geoffrey Chandler wrote a guest column for Ethical Performance entitled ‘Why business has to end its vow of silence’. Here is an edited version of that article,...

inbrief - news

Christian Ragnartz has been made head of asset management at the Swedish SRI fund, AP7. Regnartz, an internal appointment, will oversee income management, ethics and corporate governance issues....

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...

Accommodation is key to a faith-friendly future - news

How can companies act responsibly when it comes to the religious practices of their employees? EP looks at new advice from the Institute of Business Ethics If you need to know how corporate...

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...

inbrief - news

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

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

A global survey of supply chains in the US apparel industry has named Walmart and Levi Strauss as having the most developed compliance programmes to improve factory working conditions. The...

Revealed: child labour’s dirty dozen - news

Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Pakistan have been assessed as being among the 12 most problematic countries on the issue of child labour. The Child Labour Index and map, produced by the...

CSR ‘should start with the recruitment process’ - news

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

State-sponsored body promotes ethical buying - news

An influential inter-governmental organization with 127 member states has begun a ‘buy responsibly’ campaign to persuade global consumers to think more about the ethics behind the...

Trust in UK business rises - news

UK public opinion over the ethics of British business remains divided, although there has been a marked shift toward greater trust in the past year. Just over half of respondents to an Ipsos MORI...

A return to gold might just reset our ethical compass - news

Years of moral recklessness have made the idea of a commodity standard attractive, says Ron Robins Right now, the rising price of gold stands as the ethical barometer of the mismanagement...

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...

inbrief - news

Sir Robert Worcester, founder of the Mori polling organization, has succeeded Peter Walters as president of the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics.

Jean makers set up ban on sandblasting - news

Clothes firms Levi Strauss and H&M have announced a global moratorium on sandblasting for all future product lines. The process, a finishing technique used to create a worn or stressed...

EC calls for supplier cuts - news

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

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...

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

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

Ethics go into a barcode - news

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

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

A clampdown has begun on companies in the stone industry that are making misleading claims about their 'ethical' sourcing, including suggestions that they are members of the Ethical...

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

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

inbrief - news

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...

Korea improves record on pervasive ethics problems - news

South Korea has begun to improve its business ethics, but the issue remains one of the biggest affecting the country’s corporate climate. That’s the conclusion of research from...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

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

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....

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

Corporate failure to prevent bribery has been made an offence under UK law, putting the onus on businesses to deal with dishonesty rather than turn a blind eye. The Bribery Act, which...

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...

Agribusiness firms are over-reliant on auditing - news

Companies involved in agribusiness have been told to stop relying on audit results for ‘off-site issues’ in managing their supply chains. A paper on increasing the contribution...

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...

Anti-bribery law toughens the stance on corruption - news

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

Law partners put ethics first - news

New ethical procedures at a global law firm have led to an increase in the number of partners discussing reputational issues before taking on new business. UK-based Linklaters says the rise...

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...

Bank crisis has hit trust in all firms - news

Banking failures have severely dented trust in all British business – especially among younger people, says an Ipsos Mori poll.   The survey found the proportion of 16 – 34...

Mixed reception for ombudsman - news

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

Ethics in public relations - news

Patricia Parsons. Kogan Page.  187 pages. Paperback. £19.95 Working in the world of public relations opens your eyes to both the power of communications and the daily ethical...

Don’t ignore the power of the board outsiders - news

Non-executive directors can play a crucial role in setting the ethical agenda, argues Danielle Cohen Company training can instil good behaviour in employees, but if corporate culture...

UN links contracts to Compact support - news

Businesses that fail to commit to the Global Compact could find themselves frozen out of contracts and partnerships with the United Nations. Revised guidelines on co-operation between the...

inbrief - news

Tips on responsible marketing practices have been issued by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Marketing Responsibly looks at topics such as marketing to children and promoting...

Dealing with the tough stuff - news

Margot Fraser & Lisa Lorimer (eds). Berrett-Koehler.   192 pages. Paperback. $16.95/£12.99 On the face of it, this is a godsend for social entrepreneurs: a collection...

inbrief - news

A Centre for Law and Ethics backed by multinationals has been established at a UK university to enable ‘enhanced collaboration between academics, practising lawyers and industry’....

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...

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...

Supermarket takes the biscuit on palm oil - news

J. Sainsbury is to use certified sustainable palm oil in its two best-selling biscuit ranges – digestives and rich tea. The British supermarket chain, which sells 300 million such...

Banking reputations take a pounding - news

US banks and financial services are now regarded as the country’s least ethical companies, according to the results of an annual CSR index. Financial sector companies tumbled to the...

inbrief - news

The Ethics Resource Center, a US-based research organization, has named Steve Prosser, Starbucks’ business ethics director, as its new vice-chairman. Prosser will be responsible for...

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...

Taking an ethical oath is fine, but we need more than words - news

Student pledges need to be backed by a formula for teaching CSR in business schools, says Jeremy Moon Periodically, when corporate irresponsibility has reached a new pitch, the spotlight...

Fund ditches security firm over West bank activities - news

One of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds has sold its stake in an Israeli defence technologies company after blacklisting it. Norway’s Norwegian Government Pension Fund removed Elbit...

Firm is put on ethics watch - news

British bridge-building company Mabey & Johnson is to be monitored by an independent auditor approved by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after admitting to paying bribes to win...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

Elements of ethics for professionals - news

W. Brad Johnson and Charles R. Ridley. 200 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £12.99. The publishers say this book is a must-have for ‘business leaders striving to create an ethical...

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...

inbrief - news

Younger employees are less likely to take an ethical approach in the workplace than older ones, a poll has shown. The Ipsos Mori survey of 791 UK employees, carried out on behalf of the...

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 managers warned: don’t preach to the board - news

CSR practitioners have been warned against becoming too evangelical when talking to board members about corporate responsibility. Arnaud Cohen Stuart, ING Group’s business ethics...

inbrief - news

Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive of cosmetics company L’Oreal, has received the latest Stanley Pace Leadership in Ethics Award. The award, established in 1999, honours individuals and...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

inbrief - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is to cease insuring businesses operating in Burma, on ethical grounds. The Sydney-based QBE Insurance has also cancelled insurance provided...

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...

Business offered advice on art of ethical snooping - news

Guidance has been published on how companies can responsibly gather ‘competitive intelligence’ on rivals. The best practice advice, compiled by the Institute of Business Ethics...

inbrief - news

Laura Spence is to head the relaunched Centre for Research into Sustainability, based at London University’s Royal Holloway College. The centre, established in 2004, was previously headed...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

Australian government to advise GRI - news

A senior Australian Treasury official is to be appointed to the governmental advisory group of the Global Reporting Initiative, the non-profit Amsterdam-based organization that promotes CSR...

Ethics code is proposed for security companies - news

An outline of a proposed international code of conduct for private military and security companies has been produced by an influential Swiss think tank. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic...

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...

Powerful retailers unveil a code for all seasons - news

A group of multinational retailers has produced the first part of what it hopes will become a single global standard for ethical supply chain management. The companies, including Carrefour,...

$300bn fund examines Gaza holdings - news

The world’s second largest sovereign wealth fund, run by the Norwegian government, is examining whether it should exclude companies that are active in the Palestinian territories from its...

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...

Sodexo pleases investors with group-wide policy - news

The facilities management multinational Sodexo has adopted a group-wide human rights policy after an investors’ engagement campaign. The Paris-based company, which has 342,000...

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...

inbrief - news

A qualification claimed to be Europe’s first law and business ethics masters degree has been established in France with funds from the cosmetics company L’Oréal. The course...

The buying game - news

Traidcraft/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Free at www.thebuyinggame.org This online game has been created to raise awareness of ethical supply chain issues by taking...

Right now, business needs more walk and less talk - news

The financial crisis has shown that reporting is no substitute for firm action on ethics, says Leo Martin The rise and rise of corporate responsibility reports might make the casual...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Arms firms agree ethics swap - news

Some of the leading aerospace and defence exporters in Europe and the US have agreed to greater informal co-operation on ethics. Details of the ‘close collaboration on ethical...

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...

Insurance firms reject Burma campaign - news

A number of insurance companies have either rejected or challenged claims by a UK-based pressure group that they should close their operations in Burma. In a new development that targets...

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...

inbrief - news

Entries are being sought for this year’s Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance. The $20,000 (£10,700) award, set up last year in memory of investment banker Robin Cosgrove, who...

BAE sets out plans to put its house in order - news

Defence giant BAE Systems has set out how it intends to implement the 23 recommendations made by an independent committee that looked at how to improve the company’s ethical standards....

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’...

Good conduct at the very top sets the tone for the rest of us - news

Only business leaders with self-restraint can steer companies along the right path, says the Dalai Lama In Buddhism we believe that the reputation of a company depends on whether it...

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,...

Emerging nation web users think more about ethics - news

Online consumers in developing nations are more likely to consider ethical issues when making buying decisions than those in developed countries, a Mori poll has found. The survey of 23,306...

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

The Australian government has established an ambitious three-year project to expand responsible business practice across the country. The treasury will provide Aus$2million ($1.9m,...

inbrief - news

The financial services sector was involved in almost a quarter of ‘ethical lapses’ reported in the British media last year, says a new study by the Institute of Business Ethics. The...

‘Courageous’ BAE agrees root and branch reform - news

One of the world’s largest defence companies has been praised for having the ‘courage’ to adopt 23 recommendations from an independent committee on how to improve its ethical...

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...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Ethics training catches on in a big way - news

The proportion of British companies training staff in business ethics has increased dramatically over the past three years. A new study shows 71 per cent of FTSE 350 businesses now provide...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

The Irish Republic’s first accredited education programme on CSR for junior and middle ranking managers has been set up by a leading training body. The five-day course is being run by...

Private equity may become a friend, not a bogeyman - news

It’s right to be suspicious of buy-out firms, but we should give them a chance, urges Danielle Cohen If the term business ethics is, as some believe, an oxymoron, then ethics and...

Cocoa board will monitor child labour - news

An independent body has been formed to curb child labour in the West African cocoa sector. The Cocoa Verification Board, set up by the US non-profit organization Verite with the support of...

Business ethics - news

A. Crane & D. Matten. Paperback. 566 pages. Oxford University Press. £29.99 If the first edition of this authoritative Crane and Matten business ethics textbook won prizes, then the second...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

For the common good: the ethics of leadership in the 21st century - news

John C Knapp (ed). Hardback. 174 pages. Praeger. £25.95/$44.95 It may be relatively slim, but this examination of ‘the ethical requirements of leadership’ is a heavyweight tome in terms of the...

CSR diploma targets execs - news

Geneva University is introducing a CSR diploma for business leaders in January. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility is for executives wishing to ‘improve and...

private equity firms fare poorly on ethics codes - news

Private equity firms hold on to their investments longer than many people think, but have weak formal mechanisms for ensuring ethical codes of conduct, a new survey has suggested. The study of...

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

You can’t overlook bad practices when identifying responsible companies, argues Rory Murphy As a professional with nearly 30 years’ experience of representing finance sector workers, including...

‘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,...

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...

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An internet television channel has been set up to cover ethical business issues. London-based Frontier TV will broadcast ‘ethics, economics and social responsibility’ content, including profiles...

an investment business built on an ethical approach - news

Having the Church of England as its core client has required CCLA Investment Management to keep at the forefront of investment research into issues as diverse stem cells and the relationship...

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....

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...

inbrief - news

The Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto has recruited two specialists from the UK’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University. Andy...

How honesty pays - news

Charles E. Watson. Praeger. 200 pages. Hardback. £22.95 Business ethicists have worked tirelessly to try to answer the question ‘do ethics pay?’ and there is accumulating empirical...

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,...

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...

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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British compliance consultancy Easy i has bought the US-based Compliance and Ethics Learning Solutions Corporation, which trades as Midi. Both companies are joining forces with the...

bank makes conscious effort to avoid ‘SRI’ - news

A leading ethical bank is trying to distinguish itself from the socially responsible investment herd by eschewing the terms ‘SRI’ and ‘ethical investment’. Triodos Bank says both have been...

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...

advice lines would help in gift dilemmas, firms told - news

Companies developing socially responsible policies on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality should provide an advice line for employees who have dilemmas, the Institute of Business Ethics...

the ICCA handbook on corporate social responsibility - news

Manfred Pohl, Judith Hennigfeld, Nick Tolhurst (eds). Wiley. 456 pages. Hardback. £45 The immediate appeal of this book is that it includes some high profile contributors. Most people...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

Western companies in China have been warned they are failing to get their CSR policies across to Chinese partners and suppliers because they take too little account of cultural differences....

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

Europeans take 'moral' line - news

US companies tend to use economic terms and arguments in their CSR communications while European companies concentrate more on issues of 'morality', new research has indicated. Researchers...

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...

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...

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...

firms ‘too defensive’ on CSR - news

Companies engaged by investors on corporate responsibility issues can become too defensive and bogged down in debating specific allegations about their performance rather than looking at the...

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....

investors search for blueprint to counter short-termism - news

A 'blueprint' for long-term investment is to be produced by the end of the year in an attempt to move businesses and investors away from a preoccupation with short-term monetary goals. The...

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...

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...

Malaysia to get code of ethics - news

The Malaysian government will introduce a code of ethics and a performance appraisal system for contractors next year to prevent abuse when they undertake work on infrastructure projects. The...

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A new membership organization for CSR executives has been created in the US. The Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) body has been set up by the publisher of the US-based Business Ethics...

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...

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...

Methodists soften stance on Nestlé - news

Methodists in Britain have backed a decision by their church’s ethical investment committee to end its long-standing ban on investing in Nestlé over concerns about the company’s marketing of breast...

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...

procurement teams ‘need ethics codes’ to make progress - news

Companies should provide their procurement teams with ethical codes of practice that they can work by, the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) argues in a new paper on supply chain management....

HP fares best in ethics study of IT companies - news

Hewlett-Packard has been judged best performer in an analysis of how multinational IT companies tackle ethical challenges. Geneva-based consultancy Covalence placed the US company top of 29...

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...

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,...

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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...

inbrief - news

Craig Mackenzie, Insight Investment’s head of investor responsibility, is to become head of business ethics at the new Centre for Ethics in Public Policy and Corporate Governance at Glasgow...

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A 79-minute documentary on ethical supply chain management at Nokia, the Finnish electronics company, has been released on DVD. A decent factory, made by New York-based First Run/Icarus Films,...

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...

Business ethics and the 21st century organization - news

Peter Whates (editor). BSI Business Information. 234 pages. £40. Paperback. Martin Luther King’s observation that ‘the law can’t make a man love me’ is a sage truth for the world of...

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...

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The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, which promotes business ethics in the industry’s supply chain, has named Michael Rae chief executive and Santiago Porto programme director. Both...

was 1950s economist the father of corporate responsibility? - news

Ever wondered who was the father of modern-day corporate social responsibility? Step forward the 1950s American economist Howard Bowen, who has just been given the title by the CSR historian...

Indonesian government told to act on CSR - news

Government should promote an understanding of CSR among businesses in Indonesia, a CSR conference in Jakarta has been told. So far the Indonesian government has promoted CSR only internally...

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Harry Hummels has become professor of ethics, organization and society at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Hummels was previously SRI professor at Nyenrode University, also in the...

inbrief - news

A weekly radio show on responsible business practices has started in the US. The one-hour Good Company programme will be broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and will feature interviews with...

HP looks to lead on ethics of personal data storage - news

Hewlett-Packard is hoping to assemble a group of companies to create a protocol on the ethical use of personal information on customers and employees. The IT giant believes it has ‘leading...

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Intel has won the first-ever CSR Management Award from Business Ethics magazine in the US. The computer chip company, which has 90,000 employees and a turnover of $34billion (£19.61bn), received...

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...

inbrief - news

Simon Rogerson, Europe’s first computer ethics professor, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s Making a Difference award, given annually to mark ‘outstanding contributions to...

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...

NGOs test credibility of OECD guidelines - news

One of the three mechanisms of calling multinational companies to account, outside the courts, has come under criticism. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have drawn fire...

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...

inbrief - news

GoodCorporation has expanded into Ireland. The London-based company, which audits companies against its own GoodCorporation Standard drawn up with the Institute of Business Ethics, will use...

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...

funds challenge Aussie businesses on ethics - news

Five superannuation funds have urged the directors of Australia’s largest companies to encourage good business ethics to protect themselves against regulation, litigation and reputation risks. They...

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

Simply keeping up-to-date records on suppliers is one of the main challenges of Walt Disney's global programme to monitor labour standards, the project's European boss has said. Elise More, 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....

Cummins is best corporate citizen - news

The engine manufacturer Cummins has taken top place in the annual US 100 Best Corporate Citizens awards. Cummins, based in Indiana, was cited as ‘a world leader in emissions reductions’. Second...

CSR index asks tougher questions - news

More detailed and specific evidence of ethical practice has been demanded in questions to companies participating in Australia’s second Corporate Responsibility Index. The scoring system has also...

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...

lack of training hampers ethics code progress - news

Too few companies are providing training for staff on their ethical codes of conduct, says a new report. A study by the Institute of Business Ethics and corporate reputation consultancy Fishburn...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘Ethics policies must be based on core values’ by Simon Webley - news

From Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply suggested that more than eight out of ten corporate boards...

'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...

'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...

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...

Tata gets tough on supply chain ethics - news

A policy of doing business only with companies showing a commitment to CSR is to be developed before the end of this year by India's Tata Iron and Steel Company, often known simply as Tisco. B....

inbrief - news

Robert Beckett , the founding figure behind the Institute of Communication Ethics, has stepped down to study for a PhD. ICE, a network of researchers and practitioners...

inbrief - news

A ‘Nobel prize’ for business ethics leaders is to be awarded by a new organization. The Laureate Award will honour a leader ‘who best exemplifies...

CFS’s transparency on lobbying should be a shining example to us all - news

The ways in which companies seek to influence the direction and content of public policy is a central issue of business ethics. In the bad old days, some were known to plot the overthrow...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

Corporate responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean is still ‘relatively weak and unevenly distributed’ despite growing interest in the field, according...

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...

supply chain audits begin to lose favour - news

Some companies are reducing their emphasis on auditing to improve ethical supply chain standards because it can do more harm than good, the Institute of Business Ethics has...

T-shirt firm put on probation - news

Canadian T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear could be ejected from the US-based Fair Labor Association over allegations that it has infringed workers’ rights in...

tobacco firm stakeholders step up to the plate - news

Non-governmental organizations appear to have become more willing to talk to British American Tobacco about CSR. The company’s third social report, which was...

£1million? No thanks, our ‘morals’ come first - news

Corporate fundraisers working for charities might want your money, but some of their colleagues are likely to be far more choosy, warns Ian MacQuillin You’d think that...

training and education: the current picture for CSR - news

As the UK government’s CSR Academy begins to take shape, EP looks at the fragmented state of education and training in the corporate responsibility field Pity the corporate...

ethics body gets a leader - news

The Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, formed in January by the main US association of chief executives and business leaders, has appointed its first...

bitesized comments are hit with reporters - news

An innovative approach taken by Ernst & Young to verifying one of the UK’s flagship social reports could be offered to other companies. The...

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....

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...

firms post ‘poor’ results on supply chain efforts - news

Only a fifth of large UK companies with a significant reputational risk from supply chains in developing countries have a manager whose main job is monitoring labour...

inbrief - news

Andrew Wilson has been appointed to the newly created post of research and development director at the UK business school Ashridge. Wilson will also remain director of...

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...

CSR practitioners told to prepare for new era - news

CSR has come to the ‘end of the beginning’ and must now mature into a fully fledged business model integrated throughout companies, says the UK-based Work...

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...

newspaper publisher starts to practise what it preaches - news

The company that produces The Guardian and The Observer has become the first UK newspaper publisher to issue a detailed social report. Guardian Newspapers Ltd...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

Standard Life raises heat on human rights - news

The investment arm of Europe’s largest mutual insurer is to encourage firms in which it takes a stake to draw up human rights policy guidelines covering employees and...

inbrief - news

A searchable archive of more than 850 codes of ethics of companies, professional societies, governments and academic institutions has been created by the Illinois...

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...

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...

give us human rights data, say social report readers - news

Human rights is the single most important issue for readers of CSR reports, according to a survey by two European communication consultancies. The first-ever global poll...

inbrief - news

Jeff Salters has joined the US-based Ethics Resource Center as a senior consultant. Salters previously worked for consultancies including Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture....

companies can’t hide from the moral debate - news

Transparency in social reporting requires companies to acknowledge the bad as well as the good, argues Adrian Henriques At a conference just before the invasion of Iraq I...

inbrief - news

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...

blind faith is simply not enough for socially responsible business - news

The entry of an intellectual heavyweight like Michael Porter into the debate on corporate social responsibility is a further sign that the subject is now part of mainstream business...

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...

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

A major institutional investor has said the pharmaceutical industry needs to significantly improve its performance on corporate social responsibility over the next two...

all staff must be sent ethics codes, firms told - news

Companies that produce codes of business ethics have been told they must always send a hard copy to every staff member, regardless of the cost. The Institute of...

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...

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...

inbrief - news

A business ethics website is to be developed by the Institute of Business Ethics and the UK branch of the European Business Ethics Network. The two organizations have been...

email exchange submits BAE to grilling on weapons - news

BAE Systems has come up with a topical way of fulfilling its ambition to engage in public debate about its social responsibilities as a manufacturer of weapons systems....

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...

inbrief - news

A new version of a guide to creating and revising a code of ethics has been produced by the US-based Ethics Resource Center. First published in 1990, Creating a workable company...

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...

BAT finds stakeholders more prepared to talk - news

Stakeholders of British American Tobacco appear to have become more willing to talk to the group since it published its first social report last year (EP4, issue...

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...

inbrief - news

A committee has been set up by the Consumers Association of Singapore to promote corporate social responsibility. The association’s service standards committee...

inbrief - news

Columbia Business School is to integrate ethics teaching throughout its core MBA course curriculum from September. Meyer Feldberg, who is dean of the business school,...

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...

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’...

Christian Aid to investigate Littlewoods suppliers - news

A major UK charity is to investigate factories that supply Littlewoods as a direct result of the retail group’s decision to disband its ethical trading team. Christian...

Italy and the UK agree to co-operate on CSR - news

The Italian and UK governments have agreed to work together on corporate social responsibility. In a joint statement drawn up in Rome by Italy’s welfare minister...

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TotalFinaElf is using the UK-based GoodCorporation organization to help improve its ethical performance. The French oil company, which has struggled with reputational problems...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

Intervention in Iraq has raised important issues of corporate responsibility, argues Gerry Hagelberg The US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath will keep ethics wonks...

executive pay and the social responsibilities of investors - news

Executive pay has always occupied an odd position in the debate about the social responsibilities of companies. In the past, it has tended to fall within the realm of corporate...

Exchange head is a CSR fan - news

Hopes are rising that the next chairman of the London Stock Exchange could use his tenure in office to bring corporate social responsibility issues to the fore. Chris...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

study finds firms with ethical codes are wealthier, more stable and better value - news

Another brick has been added to the foundations of the business case for corporate social responsibility. Large companies with a published ethical code of practice appear...

Austrian and Irish workplaces head 100 list - news

Companies in Austria and Ireland have done particularly well in the first-ever list of the 100 best workplaces in the European Union. Nine firms in Austria and nine in...

Scots ministers told to set up CSR group - news

An influential committee of the Scottish Parliament has called on ministers to create a working group to promote corporate social responsibility in the country. The...

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Yve Newbold , former chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative, has joined the advisory committee that oversees the FTSE4Good index. A separate newly-established committee to...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

How does a mainstream investor take account of social and environmental considerations within its investment process? EP asked Standard Life Analyzing the...

new body will monitor supply chain ethics - news

A new organization has been set up to help multinationals monitor the degree to which suppliers comply with codes of conduct. The International Center for Corporate...

Turks set up ethics centre for companies - news

A business ethics centre has been launched in Turkey to help companies draw up codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility programmes. The Turkish Ethical...

inbrief - news

The Institute of Business Ethics has appointed Nicole Dando as project manager. Dando, who was programme manager for the AA1000 standard at the Institute of Social and...

no awards for large firms - news

Large firms are absent from the winners list in this year’s Business Ethics magazine awards. Judges of the 14-year-old US-based awards declared they could find...

business principles to bolster anti-bribery drive - news

Companies should draw up and implement a programme to combat bribery and then publicly report on their efforts to fulfil it, according to a new set of international business...

inbrief - news

Oxford University Press has published The balanced company: a theory of corporate integrity by Johan Wempe and Muel Kaptein, who set up KPMG’s Ethics and...

inbrief - news

Alex Zalami has been appointed international programmes director at the US-based Ethics Resource Center. Zalami has spent the past five years setting up and managing the...

PR companies start work on ethical code - news

European public relations firms will be given the opportunity to sign up to the first code of ethics for the sector in the autumn. The code will be drawn up jointly by the...

inbrief - news

The ethical investment advisory group of the Church of England is to review the ethics of investing in companies involved in human embryonic stem cell research. The group will...

inbrief - news

A call for papers on corporate social responsibility has been made by the European Business Ethics Network, which is inviting presentations for its research conference in Norway...

Novo elevates ethics in new supply chain regime - news

Life sciences company Novo is to assess its suppliers using a new evaluation system that puts their social and environmental performance on a par with quality and price...

SRI funds to get European standard - news

A Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds is to be produced by spring 2003. Work on creating the voluntary standard has been approved by...

inbrief - news

Elise More , former project manager at the Institute of Business Ethics, has joined the Walt Disney Corporation as senior regional manager for Europe. More will manage the...

church ethics hit share returns - news

Church of England equity investments underperformed the FTSE All Share Index last year due to a policy of excluding certain companies on ethical grounds, according to the...

CSR centre opens for business - news

Nottingham University’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has begun teaching and research. The centre has introduced a CSR option that has been chosen...

firms offered help with questionnaire fatigue - news

A novel way of tackling questionnaire fatigue has been developed by an Australian social and environmental investment research body. The Sustainability Reporter web site,...

inbrief - news

A guide to CSR-related standards around the world has been published by the Institute of Business Ethics. Demonstrating corporate values looks at the pros and cons...

reticent stakeholders frustrate BAT efforts - news

The world’s second-largest tobacco company has expressed frustration at the unwillingness of many of its stakeholders to take part in the dialogue that preceded its first...

ethics score low in CEO comments - news

An analysis of nearly 20,000 articles in the UK press suggests that chief executives of large companies spend around five per cent of their time making public pronouncements...

cement firms map out five-year plan of action - news

Ten of the world’s largest cement companies have formally committed themselves to a five-year plan of action to improve their social and environmental performance....

Global Compact acts on weak submissions - news

None of the first batch of reports submitted by companies to the United Nation’s Global Compact office have met expectations. An analysis of the first 30 reports, conducted...

bank says ethics make 26% of profits - news

The Co-operative Bank now estimates that as much as a quarter of its profits can be directly linked to its ethical policies – much more than it first thought. Last...

inbrief - news

Water filter manufacturer Zenon Environmental has topped a list of ethical companies in Canada. Zenon was judged the most ethical Canadian company by Corporate Knights, a...

inbrief - news

An annual ‘Integrity Award’ is to be inaugurated later this year by the Centre for Social Markets to reward ‘institutional ethics and probity’ in public and private sector...

inbrief - news

Administration of the UK-based Ethics in the Workplace Forum, which has held regular meetings on corporate social responsibility for the past five years, has been taken over by...

inbrief - news

A one-day ‘introduction to business ethics’ is to be held in London this month by the Institute of Business Ethics. The course, which aims to give participants an...

Body Shop changes tack - news

The Body Shop is to modify its approach to social reporting by producing web-based documents aimed at specific stakeholder groups rather than a single print-based report for...

‘ethics lite’ SRI funds told to adopt Dutch standards - news

Signs are emerging that a Dutch accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds could be extended throughout Europe. The voluntary standard was launched in...

Reuters becomes a GoodCorporation - news

Reuters has become the latest company to use the GoodCorporation social responsibility framework to help assess its ethical performance. The international news agency...

Nordic firms move ahead with new CSR partnership - news

Some of the largest companies in Scandinavia have committed themselves to a set of sustainable business principles which they hope other firms in Nordic countries will adopt....

BP toughens stance on ‘facilitation payments’ - news

Employees of a multinational oil company are to receive training on a new policy that forbids them to pay bribes to ease business deals. BP, which operates in 100...

reshaping the political influence of companies - news

The ethics of corporate giving to political causes face a new test as changes in the UK law bring new opportunities for political influence BP’s announcement at the...

small firms put ethics low on list - news

Ethical issues, human rights and environmental concerns are low priorities for UK medium-sized enterprises, according to a survey. Research commissioned by business...

companies shy of tying ethics codes to contracts - news

Almost half of UK companies with an ethical code of conduct have not tied them to their employees’ contracts of employment, a study has shown. An Institute of...

Tuck puts CSR into curriculum - news

A US business school has decided to give all its students tuition in corporate social responsibility at some stage in their studies. The Tuck School of Business in...

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A conference on the ethical dimensions of corporate governance is to be held in Poznan, Poland from 21-22 June. Organized by the European Business Ethics Network, it...

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An ‘ethics boot camp’ introducing executives to ethics and compliance management skills is to feature in a Conference Board event on corporate ethical risks in New...

Italian firms start tests on ethics standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have begun to pilot a quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The Q-RES standard, which was published in draft form...

Europeans set up ethics officers group - news

The equivalent of the US Ethics Officer Association (EOA) is being set up in Europe. The Ethics Practitioner Forum will act as a debating forum, training organization...

Brunel sets up ethics centre - news

A new research centre covering corporate social responsibility issues has been set up by the UK’s Brunel University. Brunel Research into Enterprise, Sustainability and...

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An Institute of Communication Ethics is to be set up in the UK in May. The institute’s executive manager, Robert Beckett, said the body would ‘provide advice, research...

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The 15th annual conference of the European Business Ethics Network will take place at the European Parliament in Brussels from 29-30 August.

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A one-day introductory programme on business ethics is now available from the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics. The ‘Introduction to business ethics’ course will...

ethics unit moves on - news

A UK body that has championed discussion of corporate ethics has decided to change direction. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and...

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A book titled The divine right of capital , which looks at the reasons why corporate social responsibility has not made more progress over the past 15 years, has been...

most business schools ‘could do better’ on CSR - news

Teaching of corporate social responsibility issues in postgraduate business courses is too ad hoc and poorly integrated with mainstream topics, according to a US study of MBA...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

The downturn poses a challenge to proponents of corporate responsibility, which has prospered in the long boom. How will it fare in recessionary times? The standard...

export agency looks at ethics - news

Canada’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) is to set up an advisory council to look at corporate social responsibility. The seven-strong council will meet twice a year...

charities lack ethics policies - news

Only around half of 47 large UK charities investing in company shares have a formal ethical investment policy, a survey finds. Twenty-five of the 47 charities that replied...

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‘The cost of ethical business’ is the title of a debate to be held in London on 8 November as part of the RSA Forum for Ethics in the Workplace autumn programme....

ISO proposal receives limited US support - news

Proposals to create an ISO management standard for business conduct had a mixed reception when the Ethics Officer Association met the American National Standards Institute...

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Harish Bhayani , who helped establish Andersen’s ethics, reputation and risk management practice, has left the professional services organization to lead a consultancy...

ISO standard proposed to cover business conduct - news

The first moves have been made to establish a management standard for business conduct applicable worldwide. The standard, which has been proposed by the US-based Ethics...

women put company ethics top of the list - news

The ethical behaviour of a company is a crucial factor for women executives when choosing a new employer, a Canadian study has found. When asked in interviews what factors...

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A one-day Institute of Business Ethics event on 25 September in London will look at the question ‘Are ethics relevant to business and who cares?’ Speakers include...

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A collection of essays on business ethics has been put together in a book published by The Economist. Business ethics: facing up to the issues includes contributions...

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An analysis of how companies use codes of conduct is being carried out by the Institute of Business Ethics. Survey forms have been sent to 200 companies known to have...

we’re off to a great start – so don’t relax now - news

Ken Rushton believes the past two years have seen substantial progress on corporate responsibility, but warns that business must not rest on its laurels I would...

ethics teaching ‘needs integration’ - news

More effort should be made to integrate teaching of business ethics into management degrees, a London conference has heard. Delegates at the City University conference on...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

Tobacco manufacturers, arms makers and nuclear power companies will eventually be allowed to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good indices. Six of the eight socially...

Ladbrokes is declared a ‘good corporation’ - news

Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group, and technology company ARM Holdings have become the first two large companies to be given the GoodCorporation...

main pension funds give the nod to SRI principles - news

Most of the UK’s largest pension funds now appear to have made some kind of commitment to socially responsible investment (SRI), according to a new survey. A Friends...

balancing profits and social responsibility - news

Critics charge that corporate social responsibility is a business distraction and distorts the market by deflecting companies from their primary role of making profits. But...

Peacocks sets up ethics talks - news

The clothes retailer Peacocks is organizing seminars and meetings with suppliers to discuss its ethical sourcing policy. The Cardiff-based company produced the policy in...

Asian firms are ethics target - news

Asian-run businesses in the UK are to be urged to show greater social, ethical and environmental responsibility as part of a new initiative to be set up this month....

call centres begin drive on standards - news

UK companies that run call centres to sell products or answer customer queries are to begin assessing their workplace standards against a new voluntary code. The...

Marsh to give ethics advice - news

One of the world’s biggest risk and reputation management consultancies is to expand its services to advise companies on social and ethical issues. Marsh Risk...

Foster Back moves to IBE - news

Philippa Foster Back will take over as director of the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) next month. Foster Back, who was group treasurer of the EMI group until last...

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Best practice guidance on socially responsible investment for investment managers has been produced by the National Association of Pension Funds and the Institute of...

Birkbeck offers ethics degree - news

A masters degree in corporate governance and ethics has been launched by Birkbeck College at the University of London. The one-year full time or two-year part time MSc will...

Rushton moves on to FSA post - news

Ken Rushton, director of the Institute of Business Ethics, will be leaving at the end of July to take up his post as head of the UK Listing Authority within the Financial...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

bank claims ethics can pay - news

The Co-operative Bank has broken new ground in the field of corporate social responsibility by putting a figure on the business benefit of its ethical policies. The...

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Procter & Gamble has come top of a list of the 100 best US corporate citizens published by Business Ethics magazine. The next four listed are Hewlett-Packard, Fannie Mae,...

tour operators ‘lag behind’ on CSR - news

Tourism companies have been urged to appoint ‘responsible tourism staff members’ to make sure the impact of their business on the developing world is as positive as possible....

business ethics course is aimed at UK schoolchildren - news

An educational charity has launched the first business ethics course for UK schoolchildren in an attempt to inculcate socially responsible attitudes into the next generation...

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Middlesex University’s business school is hosting a two-day conference on Ethics and Human Resource Management on 19-20 April in collaboration with Imperial College...

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Membership of the Institute of Business Ethics is to be offered to individuals for the first time. The London-based Institute, which until now has only been open to...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

tests begin on charter for small companies - news

Auditors have begun testing an ethical business charter that will encourage social responsibility among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project, set up...

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A new web site on the teaching of business ethics is being developed by the Open University in the UK. The site will feature research in the field, reading lists, case...

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A conference on the teaching of business ethics is to be held at City University in London on 1 June in association with the Institute of Business Ethics.

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Some of the best-known corporate ethics codes are compared in a new guide from the BSR Resource Center. A comparison of selected corporate social...

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The pharmaceuticals company Merck has helped set up a new ethics organization in South Africa. The South African Ethics Institute aims to ‘advance ethical practices in...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

More than 20 companies have signed up to a new initiative that will fight business corruption in Poland. The Manus Puris association, which was officially launched in...

Monsanto pledges ‘transparency and respect’ - news

The world’s largest biotechnology company has produced its first ethical code of conduct. US-based Monsanto produced the code, which stresses the need for greater...

Heineken to gather ethics into one policy - news

Heineken is to pull together its internal ethical policies into one document that will be made available to the public. The Netherlands-based brewer has asked its ethics...

ethics codes catch on in Spain - news

Spanish companies are showing ‘steady movement’ towards adopting ethical codes of conduct, according to a new study. Questionnaires returned by 106 large companies operating...

purchasers get ethics guidance - news

A policy on ethical business practices has been issued to the 27,000 worldwide members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. The institute, whose...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

thinking locally can reduce human rights risks in China - news

Companies have been told they can reduce the ethical risks of using suppliers in China by making sure they are locally-owned, employ at least some local workers and are in...

values underpin UK job market - news

The UK's tight labour market appears to be making employees more aware of the values of the company they work for, according to new research by the Industrial Society....

code overload causes concern - news

The global plethora of codes of conduct is hampering work by companies trying to improve the ethical performance of their suppliers, according to leading figures in the...

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The long-awaited UK government ethics manual for companies working abroad has turned into a brochure outlining the basic ethical dilemmas that businesses face, the head of the...

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A new pack from the Institute of Business Ethics outlines its forthcoming events, services and publications.

Fuji subsidiary sets the pace with ethical code - news

A European subsidiary of the film company Fujifilm has launched an ethical programme which its operations throughout the world are to emulate in the near future. The...

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The European Business Ethics Network is to hold its 2001 annual congress in Valencia, Spain, from 12-14 September.

consistency is the key to a strong corporate culture - news

When the aircraft manufacturer Boeing sent female sales engineers to make presentations in the Middle East, it found itself with a challenge: local customs deemed it...

Italians work on new standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have agreed to pilot a new international quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The standard, which is to be...

Kraft expands its social marketing role - news

The food company Kraft is to embark on the third phase of a social marketing programme for disadvantaged children in Hungary this month when it launches a partnership with a...

‘simple’ charter aims to outline main CSR tenets - news

Business people will meet this month to work out the details of a new charter that would commit companies of all sizes to corporate social responsibility measures....

Henkel signals expansion of CSR measures - news

The German chemical group Henkel has said it wants to add a more socially responsible dimension to its activities. The company says it has been particularly influenced by its...

how the dotcom world is lagging behind on CSR - news

Early indications from the UK government-backed Digital Futures inquiry into the ethics of e-businesses suggest that this new business sector is still at an early stage in developing...

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Kenneth Rushton, director of the Institute of Business Ethics, will speak at a free seminar entitled ‘Business ethics – a sustainable approach’ at the Middlesex...

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Norman Bowie, Dixons professor of business ethics at the London Business School, has taken a year’s leave from his post to be chair in corporate responsibility at the...

'Don't take on too much' says Slipman - news

Businesses have been warned they need to map out limits on how far they will accept responsibility for social matters – in case they find themselves taking on too much....

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A bibliography of writing on business ethics has been produced by the Foundation for Business Responsibilities. The purpose and values of business by Richard Higginson, a...

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Stephen Timms, the man behind the recent pension ethics disclosure regulation, will be the main speaker at the UK Social Investment Forum’s millennium annual lecture on 28...

new code for Severn Trent - news

Severn Trent has finalised a code of business conduct that will help guide its ethical policies over the next few years. The UK-based water company’s board recently approved...

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Robert Beckett has left the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, where he has spent the past three years as development director. He was involved in establishing...

translation 'can ruin codes' - news

Multinationals have been warned they must take extra care when translating codes of ethical conduct for use in their operations around the world. Delegates at a...

new package offers aid on supply chain ethics - news

A new CD-ROM package has been developed to help companies benchmark suppliers when managing the environmental impact of their supply chains. The package, which costs...

Africa gets new voice on business ethics - news

A new business ethics body for African countries is to hold its founding convention in Kenya this month. The Business Ethics Network for Africa (BEN-Africa) will use the...

move to create 'dignity at work' - news

The Industrial Society is employing a new 'dignity at work' consultant to work with businesses on issues such as workplace harassment and bullying, gender and race equality,...

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The founder of the Global Sullivan Principles, Leon Sullivan, is to speak at the Institute of Business Ethics' annual Hugh Kay memorial lecture in London 24 October....

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NatWest's head of community development, Andrew Robinson, will deliver a talk on 'Changing company behaviour without changing company behaviour' at the next RSA Forum for...

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The National Association of Pension Funds is preparing guidance on best practice for institutional investors wishing to engage with companies on socially responsible...

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A professional briefing note on ethics and social responsibility for UK auditors has been published by the Institute of Internal Auditors. The 53-page document has been...

touchdown for BA’s first social report - news

British Airways (BA) has produced its first social and environmental report. The airline, which is the biggest in the world, has published standalone environment reports for ten...

editorial: international institutions have woken up to the challenge of CSR - news

The corporate social responsibility debate took an important step forward this summer. Large international institutions, which have so far paid little attention to the issues, began...

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Camelot Group's director for social responsibility, Sue Slipman, will speak on 'Social responsibility as a business tool' at the first of this autumn's RSA Forum for Ethics...

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Cambridge is the venue for the 13th annual conference of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) to be held from 12-14 September.

Foreign Office reconsiders its ethics manual project - news

UK government plans to launch an ethics manual for companies working abroad have been put back until at least the beginning of 2001 after problems with final drafts of the...

supply chain consensus a long way off, warns IBE - news

Companies trying to address ethical issues in their supply chains have been warned it may take up to 15 years to reach a consensus on how to carry out efficient monitoring A new...

Abbey National outlines investment code - news

The UK’s fifth largest bank has issued a new set of ethical guidelines as a framework for its investment policies. The Abbey National Group guidelines say the bank should...

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The United Nations has given its formal backing to a new proposal to produce a code of business ethics that could be supported by the world's political, religious and...

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Liverpool School of Business is planning to make corporate social responsibility a core element on its international business studies degree course. The business school...

Commonwealth business forum looks at CSR - news

Sessions on social accountability, transparency and corporate governance will take place at this month’s Commonwealth Business Forum. The event in London runs from 18-20 September...

CSR agenda attacked as ‘anti-capitalist’ - news

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been attacked as an anti-capitalist and economically dangerous ‘fallacy’ in a new study from an influential right-wing think tank....

plans afoot for new global code - news

Work has begun on a code of business ethics, backed by the United Nations, that could be supported by the world’s political, religious and business leaders. The idea, which is...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

insurance giant asks ethical questions - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has sent questionnaires to 200 UK companies in which it invests, asking for information on their social, environmental and ethical...

editorial: social partnership projects bring benefits to all parties involved - news

The European corporate social responsibility agenda took an important step forward in May, when two large companies announced their involvement in unconnected partnership...

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

The UK is the first European country to have appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. Ethical Performance talked to Kim Howells about his early thoughts on the role of...

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Management students believe ethics modules should be a priority for business schools, according to a United States survey. A poll of 817 current MBA students by the Harvard...

small firms operate informal ethics codes - news

Many small firms are informally committed to socially responsible business practices even if they have no formal policies on the matter, a study has concluded....

engaging FP puts pressure on the City - news

One of the UK’s major insurance and investment groups has announced it is to monitor the ethical performance of its entire portfolio of equity assets. In a move that...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

abuse of stakeholder idea has become 'dangerous' - news

The definition of stakeholders is now so inclusive it is becoming ‘deeply dangerous’ and counter-productive, according to an analysis by a leading business ethics expert. Elaine...

large companies heed human rights agenda - news

More than a third of the world’s largest 500 companies have decided not to proceed with a proposed investment project because of human rights concerns – and one in five...

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Retailers who fail to take proper account of stakeholder concerns risk destabilising their businesses, regardless of whether the company 'explicitly assumes an ethical...

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Business ethics could soon become a subject taught in UK schools on the national curriculum. Junior education and employment minister Jacqui Smith has told MPs that officials...

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The Centre for Ethics at Harvard University has been given a $1million donation by HSBC Holdings, the UK-based international banking group. The money is to be put towards...

community involvement within small companies - news

When members of the UK committee of inquiry into corporate social responsibility (CSR) delivered their report to prime minister Tony Blair at the end of last year, they warned there was...

NUS suppliers quizzed on ethics - news

An ethical grading system is being used by a purchasing arm of the National Union of Students to let contracts to companies. The system, based on a social and environmental...

Co-op merger to boost ethics - news

This month’s merger of the Co-operative Wholesale Society and Co-operative Retail Services (CRS) should strengthen the ethical stance and transparency of both operations, senior managers...

World Bank places CSR studies on the internet - news

The World Bank and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unveiled a joint initiative which they claim will put business ethics at the heart of a new...

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The European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) is holding its 13th annual conference in Cambridge 12-14 September with the theme of Ethics: Leadership and Accountability. EBEN is...

speculation mounts over CSR minister idea - news

The UK government has sought to play down suggestions that it is poised to appoint a minister for corporate responsibility. A spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry said...

Dutch group sends new code around the globe - news

A Dutch financial group is sending out its first code of business principles to 85,000 staff worldwide. The initiative isbeing presented as one of the biggest ever operations...

RSA plans new initiatives on ethics in the workplace - news

Three new projects on workplace ethics are to be launched by the RSA Forum for Ethics. The forum plans to look at the role of professional bodies in creating social...

NAPF goes down the engagement route - news

The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has decided to help pension fund managers engage companies on socially responsible investment (SRI) matters. The...

Foreign Office seeks UN talks - news

UK Foreign Office officials are expected to hold discussions with the United Nations this month to explore ways of pushing forward the business ethics agenda. A Foreign...

ethics database is launched - news

A new business ethics database has been launched on the internet. The Corporate Critic service, which claims to outline the ethical performance of more than 20,000 companies across...

business ethics activity grows within big firms - news

Almost half of the FTSE 350 companies which took part in a recent survey say they intend to improve their ethical policies within the next 12 months. A study by...

pension fund’s U-turn could herald new era - news

A decision by the UK’s third largest pension fund to invest more ethically has provided one of the strongest signs yet that many other funds could be ready to adopt a socially...

government told to take the lead - news

A major inquiry led by eight of the prime corporate movers on social responsibility has told the UK government it must significantly step up its efforts to promote ethical...

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Almost all European company chief executives are now involved in drawing up ethical standards, according to a survey of 124 companies in 22 countries. The study, by the New...

disability remains a 'Cinderella issue' for UK companies - news

A leading UK employers’ group is to urge businesses to pay more attention to disability issues in their corporate responsibility initiatives. The Employers Forum for Disability – which...

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A new analysis of how the global economy affects the ethical behaviour of companies has been published by Thames & Hudson. Fair shares: Ethics and the Global Economy, by...

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Sir John Egan will take over from Sir Stuart Hampson this month as chairman of the Centre for Tomorrow's Company, a think tank that aims to encourage ethical business...

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The Bishop of Oxford is to deliver a talk entitled 'the business of business is to serve society' at the next meeting of the RSA Forum for Ethics in London on 11 November....

corporate reputation and stakeholders - news

A number of software packages have appeared in recent months, designed to help companies manage their reputation by assessing and monitoring their relationships with stakeholders –...

purchasers to look at supply chain guidance - news

New guidelines on how to tackle supply chain issues such as child labour are to be drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The institute, which has...

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

Arthur Andersen has become the latest business consultancy to make a major pitch for advisory work in the corporate responsibility field. The consultancy and accountancy firm, which...

business ethics lecturers may soon get accreditation - news

Preliminary work has begun on setting up a system of accreditation for teachers of business ethics. Plans formulated by the UK’s Institute of Business Ethics will...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

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ICI company secretary Kenneth Rushton is to become the new director of the Institute of Business Ethics. He will succeed Stanley Kiaer, who retires at the end of 1999.

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The need for standards of corporate governance 'in a global context' is to be debated at a London seminar on 21 October organised by Transparency International and the...

Prudential occupies middle ground - news

Prudential is to launch a ‘middle ground’ ethical fund in its pension range within the next couple of months. The UK’s largest life insurer says the Light Green Fund will be...

Co-operative Bank sets out bold agenda on corporate behaviour - news

The Co-operative Bank has outlined ambitious new plans to become a world leader in corporate responsibility by measuring its indirect impact on society rather than just its...

ethical policies are thin on the ground - news

Less than one in 10 of the UK’s largest companies have an ethical policy, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown that only eight have...

Cable & Wireless tells suppliers to think green - news

Cable & Wireless has pledged to build environmental criteria into the selection of its suppliers. The UK-listed telecoms giant, which operates in more than 70 countries...

MORI to gauge public stance on ethics - news

The polling organization MORI is to launch a new study of the UK public’s attitude to corporate social responsibility. MORI will set up a series of all-day sustainability...

groundswell of opinion favours pension ethics - news

As pension fund trustees prepare to make public their stances on ethical investment, a new opinion poll has shown that the general public, at least, is ready and willing for them to...

Iceland scoops conscience award for its ban on GMO food products - news

Iceland Frozen Foods has won an international Corporate Conscience Award for its pioneering stance on genetically modified organisms. The UK retailer has been awarded a...

new first for NatWest - news

NatWest has produced its first ever combined social and environmental report. The Social Impact Review, believed to be the first of its kind by a UK high street bank, brings...

building brands through cause related marketing - news

Cause related marketing offers mutual benefits to both the charity and the company involved, argues Kathryn Cunningham Cause related marketing (CRM) represents the...

new whistleblowers law puts reputation at stake - news

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which comes into force on 2 July, will put the corporate reputation of companies on the line as never before. Many businesses now realise they have...

business ethics teaching is patchy - news

The teaching of business ethics by British universities and professional bodies is a ‘hit and miss affair’, according to a new survey by the Institute of Business Ethics....

ethics plan for bank - news

Proposals for the creation of a stakeholder committee to monitor the Bank of Scotland’s ethical performance have been put forward in the wake of its decision to drop links with the US...

ethical stance profits Co-op - news

The Co-operative Bank says a big jump in profits this year is largely due to its ethical policies. Profits for 1998 rose by 34 per cent, from £55 million to £73.6 million, and...

ICI takes a fresh look at its business code - news

ICI is to update its statement of business ethics as part of a drive to improve its ethical performance. The statement will be upgraded ‘with training for employees to ensure...

OECD comes fire over corporate governance guidelines - news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been attacked for producing new policy guidelines on corporate responsibility that are ‘behind the...

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Aston Business School - directory

Aston Business School is a triple accredited business school based in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham, UK . Our MSc portfolio has been designed in close partnership with business and...

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) is a leading centre based at Nottingham University Business School.  Our aim is to develop and disseminate responsible...

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RINA SERVICES S.p.A. is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the...

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The IBE was established in 1986 by business people to promote high standards of business behaviour based on ethical values. We raise public awareness of the importance of doing...

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GoodCorporation is recognised worldwide as one of the leading organisations working in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics.  With unparalleled expertise in checking...

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2016/2017 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its  2016/2017 Global Corporate Responsibility Report . The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate...

Performance and commitment: the two facets of value creation for Orange - reports

On the occasion of the publication of its integrated annual report, Orange looks back at the achievements of 2016, a year that saw a return to growth, and describes its “Human...

Sanofi publishes its first Integrated Report - reports

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, just released its very first Integrated Report. This evolution in Sanofi’s reporting is designed to provide a holistic view of the company’s...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

The  Edmond de Rothschild Group’s  third  Sustainability report , for reporting year 2016, gives a complete overview of its performance and progress versus its 2020...

Leonardo Sustainability and Innovation Report 2016, a commitment to a responsible business conduct - reports

Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, top player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, releases the 2016 Sustainability and Innovation Report, the first with the new brand.

2016 Co-op Way Report - reports

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with over 4 million active members. Its purpose is ‘Championing a better way of doing business for you and your...

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

BAE Systems publishes 2016 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

At BAE Systems we are proud not just of what we do, but how we do it – from developing innovative products and services and investing in our people and future workforce, to giving our...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

G4S, the world’s leading global integrated security company, has published its corporate social responsibility report for 2016.

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company By the Ethisphere Institute for the Ninth Year - reports

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a  2017 World’s Most...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft cares deeply about achieving that mission and creating a lasting impact...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group  has set out its 2020 sustainability objectives and made them public in its second Sustainability Report.

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

2015, is the tipping year for Publicis Groupe’s sustainability strategy. New steps have been taken including the unveiling of a materiality analysis to help guide our priorities towards...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7 billion people around...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2015...

Flowserve Announces Availability of 2014-2015 Sustainability Report: Company Celebrates Record-Setting Sustainability Metrics - reports

The 2014-2015 Flowserve Sustainability Report provides general information regarding Flowserve Corporation, including a statement from the CEO, an overview of the Flowserve approach to...

BAE Systems Publishes 2015 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

BAE Systems attaches great importance to the way it does business, as well as the financial results it achieves. The company continues to build on its position as one of the world’s...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2015 Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, recently issued its 2014 global corporate responsibility report. The report provides an...

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

For the 6th year, Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication company, is publishing its CSR Report. Since 2009, Publicis Groupe has embraced 98% of the company scope in the CSR reporting...

Edmond de Rothschild Group publishes First Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group has set out its strategic sustainability ambitions for the first time at Group level.

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

Discover Sanofi's latest CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life and provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7billion people...

How is Gas Natural Fenosa addressing its commitments to stakeholders? - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa’s 2014 results, and the progress it has made in integrating its environmental, social and financial performances, are published today in its Corporate Responsibility...

Bel Group publishes first GRI G4 "Core" Sustainability Report - reports

The 2014 CSR Report covers all Bel’s material aspects identified after its first materiality analysis conducted in 2014.

G4S publishes 2014 CSR Report - reports

G S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and more than 623,000 employees.

Diageo moves towards integrated reporting in its 2014 Annual Report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announces this week the publication of its 2014 Annual Report , which incorporates for the first time increased disclosure of...

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the US and Canada, recently issued its 2013 global corporate responsibility report.

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report uses the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation.

Gas Natural Fenosa publishes first Annual Integrated Report and 12th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

For the first time, Gas Natural Fenosa has published an Annual Integrated Report as well as its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Discover Sanofi's new CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7bn people around the world.

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included for the fifth time in this year’s Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical...

Lloyds Banking Group helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the publication of its 2013 Responsible Business report which, for the first time, and in line with industry best practice, is forward facing as well as backwards...

Merck publishes 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has released its 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, available at www.merckresponsibility.com, focuses on...

Thales's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Performance. A Year of Progress and Recognition - reports

Driven by a common vision of our business and its role in society, and by a strong commitment to ethical conduct, each Thales employee has been contributing directly to the long-term performance...

Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi places the patient at the heart of the way we conduct business. To better showcase our approach and to lead our image and reputation, the CSR Excellence...

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

BT's Better Future Report 2013 - reports

Find out how BT is paving the way for a Better Future in their annual sustainability report, which outlines their progress and achievements against seven key performance indicators over the past...

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

Lloyds Banking Group - Doing More to help Britain Prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the launch of its 2012 Responsible Business report that outlines the Group progress and challenges to its responsible business approach. 

Skanska - reports

Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects as well as...

Thales 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report has just been published - reports

This yearly report addresses the 10 Global Compact Principles of Responsibility with a focus on 6 of Group’s CR priorities.

Pearson publishes its 2011 corporate responsibility report - reports

Pearson one of the world’s leading learning companies has published its latest corporate responsibility report, Our Impact on Society 2011. The report sets out the commitments made by Pearson...

BT publishes its annual Better Future report - reports

BTs Better Future 2012 report highlights progress made, and challenges, in its goal to be a responsible and sustainable business leader.

IBE Training Courses 2013 - calendar

  IBE Courses explore business ethics and good practice for corporate ethics programmes.  We also offer an e-learning option.  Participants are encouraged to share their views...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Hasbro publishes first CSR report - reports

Hasbro Announces Commitment to Eliminate PVC from Core Product Packaging in the Company’s First Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Institute of Business Ethics: Business Ethics Training - calendar

One-day courses exploring business ethics and good practice for corporate ethics programmes,  facilitated by senior IBE staff.  Using dilemma discussions, participants are encouraged to...

Ethics and Employee Engagement - calendar

Do you want to know how to improve employee engagement in your organisation so that your ethical culture is strengthened? Do you want to understand how the way in which day-to-day jobs are designed...

MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability - calendar

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability are of growing concern to businesses locally, nationally and internationally and their importance to the global economy is set to...

ICCSR Conference - CSR futures: knowledge and practice - call for papers - reports

The ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference is to be held at Nottingham University Business School, Nottingham UK on 26th & 27th April 2012.

Wolseley plc publishes 2011 CR Report - reports

Wolseley has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2011. Wolseley, a FTSE 100 company, is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing, heating and building products.

Merck launches 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

This week, the global healthcare leader Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, launched its 2010 global corporate responsibility report - the first report...

IBE Masterclass 2: Building a Speak Up Culture - calendar

What are the latest strategies and approaches to encourage employees globally to raise concerns? How can organisations more effectively handle and resolve employees' misconduct reports? How can...

IBE Masterclass 1: Globalising Your Ethics & Compliance Programme - calendar

This course addresses some of the most challenging questions that organisations face when developing, revising or maintaining a global programme. This course gives participants an understanding...

Course III: How To Know Your Ethics Programme Is Working - calendar

Course III looks at the monitoring, assurance and reporting of ethical performance, and what to do when an ethics programme fails to work. •    How can organisations be sure that...

Course II: Making Business Ethics Work - calendar

Course II focuses on how to develop an ethics programme and make it effective.   •    How can an organisation foster a culture based on ethical values? •  ...

Course I: Understanding Business Ethics - calendar

Course I explores what business ethics means, why it is important and how it is made to work in companies and other organisations.  •    What is business ethics about?...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Impactt Conference 2012 - calendar

Finding the Sweet Spot: Smarter ethical trade that delivers more for all An inspired and pragmatic one-day conference focused on making sustainable, worker-led and business-focused changes...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

Verizon's 7th annual corporate responsibility report shows how the company's innovative broadband and wireless technologies are tackling pressing issues such as education, domestic violence...

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics - Twenty-first Annual Meeting - calendar

The APPE Annual Meeting for 2012 offers a powerful line-up of programs and presentations covering the full-range of practical and professional ethics. Sessions include formal paper presentations,...

ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference - CSR Futures: Knowledge and Practice - calendar

In recent years CSR has emerged as both a sub-field of business and management studies and as a basic management concept.  In essence it refers to business responsibility to and for society...

Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report - reports

Ericsson's annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report titled "Technology for Good", released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to apply innovation to market based...

ESG USA 2011 - calendar

ESG USA 2011 marks the third year that Responsible-Investor.com will bring top-level speakers from asset owners, asset managers and advisors together for targeted, practical debate on pertinent...

Corporate Governance & Risk Forum - calendar

Legal Week's inaugural Corporate Governance & Risk Forum will bring corporate counsel, compliance and risk officers and ‘C-level' executives together to raise awareness of the changing face of...

The Linde Group Publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report online

Diageo Publishes 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report Online - reports

Diageo, the world's largest premium drinks business, has outlined its sustainability agenda by reporting results and achievements for the past year and setting out targets against its five...

Enel publishes its Sustainability Report - reports

For the eighth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

Sanofi-aventis publishes its 2009 CSR Report - reports

Multinational healthcare group sanofi-aventis has published its 2009 corporate social responsibility report

Nexen Inc. publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc., a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, titled “Responsible Energy Development.”

L'Oreal publishes 2009 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2009 Sustainable Development Report in the form of an integrated website.

World Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

Creating a Virtuous Marketplace for a Sustainable Future Key Benefits:   Discovering the key success factors of an ideal CSR Strategy   Exploring practical methods to conduct...

G4S publishes its second CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading secure solutions group - has published its second Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Global Ethics Summit - calendar

The Global Ethics Summit leverages the collective expertise of Dow Jones and Ethisphere to provide a conference program featuring an unmatched agenda, editorially driven content and roster of...

2009 Governance Summit - calendar

Join twelve speakers including two of TIME magazine’s Persons of the Year, Sherron Watkins, former VP of Enron and Cynthia Cooper, former VP of WorldCom at the 2009 Governance Summit. The...

Linde AG Publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

Clear profit 08 - calendar

Clear Profit's 3rd annual conference is a unique chance to form ideas together with leaders in investor and business responsibility. A carefully-designed programme, drawing on six years of...

Nexen Inc's 2008 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc, a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2008 Sustainability Report, titled “Balance.”

ICCSR 6th annual symposium - calendar

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to announce its sixth annual symposium. The theme this year: Spheres of Influence/Spheres of Responsibility: Multinational...

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

The 2nd annual European anti-corruption summit - calendar

This conference will cover everything you need to know to develop and manage an integrated and global anti-corruption, ethics and compliance programme. Practical solutions including the latest...

7th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) will hold the 7th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute, September 14-17, 2008, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Tower. The program, designed to...

SCCEs compliance and ethics academy - calendar

The Compliance & Ethics Academy is a four-day intensive training program with an optional CCEP certification exam on the fifth day. Gain comprehensive knowledge of the following: standards,...

Ethical pioneers: an interactive masterclass for the new entrepreneur - calendar

15% off fees for bookings made by 20th July 2008 At this time of great change, how do we create organizations and businesses that engage with sustainability and ethics? This is a unique...

Globalising Your Ethics & Compliance Programme - calendar

The International Business Ethics Institute (IBEI) and Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) are pleased to offer a one-day seminar to assist companies in globalising their ethics and compliance...

Making Business Ethics Work - calendar

Why should companies have a code of business ethics? How might companies go about producing (or revising) a code? Which key issues should companies cover in their codes? How can you...

The Anti-corruption Summit USA - calendar

How to effectively manage compliance and ethics, globally At this conference you will gain cutting edge knowledge and information on: How to manage risk: find out about new emerging risks...

Designing for Sustainability: systems, ethics and beauty - calendar

A one, two or three week course From product design to graphic art, this course is for businesses that want to stay ahead in implementing sustainable design across their organization. Design is...

European Business Ethics Forum - calendar

The European Business Ethics Forum is now in its fifth year, and this year will be held in London from 16th - 18th January 2008. It is an invaluable opportunity to network with a broad European...

Can the Earth survive Capitalism? Exploring sustainable economic models - calendar

A one or two week course This exciting course will give participants the opportunity to discuss in depth the structures needed to create a sustainable economy. These issues, pertinent to...

ExperienceCSR workshop - calendar

ExperienceCSR teaches best practice by challenging participants to work in teams to overcome the most pressing business challenges. It focuses on building management capability for effective CSR...

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

UPEACE CSR Workshop - calendar

Ideal Media and the UN affiliated UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education have teamed up to deliver a 2 day workshop on CSR. The course will give CSR professionals practical...

STMicroelectronic's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world's top semiconductor manufacturers, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report

Anti-corruption Summit - calendar

Announcing Ethical Corporation’s 2007 Anti-corruption Summit, the most detailed, comprehensive event of its kind. Many recent corruption scandals involving the likes of Siemens, Faurecia...

L'Oreal's 2005 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2005 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy

L'Oréal publishes its 2006 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2006 Sustainable Development Report, available in pdf and hard copy form

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

Novo Nordisk has issued its second integrated Annual Report covering both financial and non-financial performance in 2005.

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 - reports

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 “Living up to Diamonds” and summary are now available

SCCE Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics annual institute draws compliance & ethics professionals for three days of education and networking September 9-11, 2007, in New Orleans, LA....

The 2007 Business Ethics and Compliance Conference II - calendar

Creating (and measuring) a culture of integrity We are focusing on the issues that ethics officers, corporate counsel, business compliance and audit executives are facing today. This...

The 2007 Business Ethics and Compliance Conference I - calendar

Creating (and measuring) a culture of integrity We are focusing on the issues that ethics officers, corporate counsel, business compliance and audit executives are facing today. This...

The European identity in business and social ethics - calendar

Celebrating both its own 20th anniversary as well as the one from the European Business Ethics Network the Centre for Economics and Ethics is pleased to host the 2007 Annual EBEN Conference in...

International Congress on Ethics 2007 - calendar

Join leading ethics experts from around the world to help shape solutions to today’s ethical and integrity challenges The International Congress on Ethics 2007 provides an international...

CR Reporting – ethics, profits & materiality - calendar

The revised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ask companies to focus on issues that are material to stakeholders. The UK Business Review legislation requires...

Kingfisher publishes its corporate responsibility report 2006/07 - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006/07.

GSK creates a new business model with innovative marketing and sales practices - bestpractice

The pharmaceutical company ranks first in both trust and customer value, according to a survey of 4,000 US healthcare professionals. Tom Idle reports…    It is...

Institute of Business Ethics - 20th Anniversary - calendar

The IBE celebrates its 20th anniversary with a symposium on 26th October which will look forward to the next 20 years....

19th EBEN Annual Conference - calendar

The 19th Annual Conference of the European Business Ethics Network is titled 'Ethics in and of Global Organisations'. Since the foundation of the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN)...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, has become the first of the 30 Dow Jones industrial companies to publ

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate, operates in 80 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East , Africa...

Globalising your ethics & compliance programme - calendar

The International Business Ethics Institute and Institute of Business Ethics are pleased to offer a one-day seminar to assist companies in globalising their ethics and compliance programmes....

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

Keeping model behaviour in vogue - bestpractice

It is the Group’s purpose to establish a number of Model Companies, which cooperate in an exemplary manner. By Model Company we mean a company working with products useful to society,...

Corporate social responsibility: agendas for Asia - calendar

As Asian business becomes increasingly central to the global marketplace, questions of social, ethical, and environmental responsibility have become more pressing than ever. What ethics and...

In the driving seat of change - bestpractice

Christian Leitz, Head of CR at Swiss bank UBS, convenes the Thun Group, an informal body of banking institutions, that first got together in 2011 to examine what the then just-published UN...

14th Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society - calendar

The IESE Symposia on Ethics, Business and Society are intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion on some of the most vital ethical issues facing the international business community today....

ICCSR to hold its sixth annual symposium - 7/11/08 - reports

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is to hold its sixth annual symposium on Friday 7 November.

EBEN research conference 2006 - calendar

The theme of this conference organized by the European Business Ethics Network is 'Normative Foundations of Corporate Responsibility'.

Compliance and Ethics Conference - calendar

This event organized by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics brings together CEOs, attorneys and corporate ethics officers. Over the two days, participants will consider in detail...

France Telecom publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

France Telecom has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which covers measures undertaken in 2007.

business ethics in paradise - bestpractice

In a comfortable, well-ventilated room in England’s east Midlands, two groups of students sit opposite each other. ‘I’m not having the media saying this bank invests in exploitation and drug use,’...

Thinking Big - bestpractice

Enel is huge. And growing. It wasn’t always the case. Italy’s largest electricity company used to be 100 per cent focused on its domestic market. What changed? One word: liberalisation. The...

setting a standard - bestpractice

For most businesses, implementing a robust ethics policy in Northern Europe is one thing, but applying the same rigours to other regions is quite another. Swedish construction company Skanksa...

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2007 Sustainable Development Report.

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

CSR on the big screen - bestpractice

Academics at Nottingham University Business School have come up with an engaging and entertaining way to introduce business ethics topics both to their students and to the general public...

Politeia 2nd annual forum: business ethics and CSR in a global economy - calendar

Organized by Politeia in association with the University of Milan.

4th annual Compliance & Ethics Institute - calendar

This symposium organized by the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics considers the practice of corporate governance.

The Sustainable MBA - books

The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business provides the knowledge and tools to help you “green” your job and organization, to turn sustainability talk into action for the...

Ethical Marketing and the New Consumer - books

What was once just the desire of a few has now become a mass movement. The everyday shopper may still be searching out the value items but now they are also questioning the ethics of products...

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2nd, Revised and Updated Edition - books

CSR has now moved beyond the stage of specialist or niche subject to become an integral part of global business and society. This timely edition is destined to become the definitive guide to...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility - books

  An authoritative review of the academic research that has prompted, and responded to, the issues around CSR   International scholars from a range of disciplines, whose work has led...

The Planetary Bargain - books

Corporate scandals and lack of confidence in our largest institutions mean that corporate social responsibility (CSR) now matters more than ever. Encroaching on CSR are concepts such as...

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT - bestpractice

By listening to its stakeholders and responding to their needs, an educational college in southern England has boosted student numbers and increased the...

IBE Masterclass 2: Building a Speak Up Culture - calendar

What are the latest strategies and approaches to encourage employees globally to raise concerns? How can organisations more effectively handle and resolve employees' misconduct reports? How can...

Public Relations Ethics: a contradiction in terms? - books

‘Indeed this book is for public relations practitioners and all those interested in public communication who seek an examination of the practical applications of ethical thinking. But, perhaps...

The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility - books

With over 100 expert contributors writing over 400 entries, this book provides a jargon-busting, easy-to-use guide to the plethora of CSR concepts, codes and organisations, including core terms...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

Best Practice Marketing - pages

The next issue of Best Practice is due Autumn 2015. We'll be looking at the most innovative and exciting CSR & sustainability programmes of 2015 with comments from the...

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