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Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

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

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

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

Global coalition forms to promote sustainable cotton - news

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

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

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

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

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

Minimum wage policy under review in Myanmar - news

By Brian Collett — A high-powered committee is to take the first steps towards fixing a minimum wage in Myanmar.    The committee, newly formed by the government, will...

Smart Works guides UK women into the workplace - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Leading up to International Women’s Day, I spoke with Jane Shepherdson (JS), MBE, a leading figure in fashion retail, former CEO of Whistles and prior to that,...

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...

Tax authority collects £3bn from avoiders - news

By Brian Collett — The UK tax authority HM Revenue & Customs has collected a total of £3bn ($3.64bn, €3.32bn) in two years from users of avoidance schemes.   ...

Compensation awarded to Bangladeshi apparel workers - news

by Brian Collett — Compensation has finally been paid to all the workers injured and the dependants of those killed in the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh four years after the...

Designing the future: the Creative Conscience Awards - news

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

A toast to responsibility - news

Alexandre Ricard  is CEO of drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Currently the world’s No2 wines and spirits business, he is keen to make it to the No1 slot and believes that his...

UK, NY, and CA increase National Living and minimum wages in same week - news

One of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne's big ideas was to increase the National Living Wage (NLW) on 1 April 2016 and wasn’t an April Fools! Not to be confused with...

Primark to expand ethical trading team as DFID partnership kicks off - news

Value fashion retailer Primark is to partner with the Department for International Development (DFID) in the UK to improve working conditions for garment workers in developing markets. The...

Primark commits to improve working conditions for garment workers - news

Value fashion retailer Primark is to partner with the Department for International Development (DFID) to improve working conditions for garment workers in developing markets. The company...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

Big brands failing to honour Bangladesh compensation claims - news

International brands, including Walmart and El Corte Ingles, are being urged to contribute to a fund for the families of 112 workers killed and those permanently injured in the 2012 fire at the...

Adidas steps up pace over ocean pollution with Parley - news

Sportswear giant Adidas and creative think tank Parley for the Oceans have showcased a new footwear concept, the 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe midsole, to demonstrate how the sportswear and...

Young designers get Kering recognition for ‘positive fashion’ - news

Luxury fashion house Kering and the Centre For Sustainable Fashion have awarded the very first Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion to Neliana Fuenmayor (pictured far right) and Ingrid...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

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

Fashion giant H&M addresses animal welfare in supply chain - news

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is partnering with Humane Society International (HSI) in a bid to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain. HSI is one of the largest global...

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

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

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

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

Amazon takes top spot in Gartner supply chain ranking - news

Information technology research and advisory company, Gartner has issued its annual Supply Chain Top 25. The top five include three from last year — Amazon, McDonald’s and...

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

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

GSK and Burberry sign up to Living Wage accreditation - news

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and British fashion house Burberry have signed up to the LIving Wage pledge, bringing the number of FTSE 100 companies who have applied for accreditation with the...

Demand for ethical goods and services on rise in UK - news

Ethically-minded early adopters are helping to drive the boom in the UK's ethical market which increased by 9% in 2013 according to the annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report. Sales of...

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

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

Big fashion brands back new textile recycling technology - news

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

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

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

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

Novartis Japan ordered to halt sales for failure to report drug side effects - news

Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely...

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

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

Hugo Boss targeted over labour violations in Europe - news

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

Making a stand for menswear - news

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

Ford drives sustainable fashion with recycled couture collection - news

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

Benetton urged to contribute $5m to Rana Plaza fund - news

As Milan Fashion Week kicks off, campaigners are calling on Benetton to contribute at least $5m into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund following the fashion brand's long-awaited commitment to...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

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

Benetton targeted over non Rana payment - news

Labour rights campaigners in Europe and the US have again urged the Italian fashion house Benetton to contribute to the compensation fund for workers injured and the families of those killed in...

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

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

Agreement reached over Tazreen disaster compensation - news

Two years after over 120 people lost their lives in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates,...

Heaton and Abbott in tune with GMB’s Living Wage campaign - news

Musicians Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are backing the GMB living wage campaign protesting against fashion retailer Next's employment practices. The singers will be protesting alongside...

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

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

Big brands still failing to contribute to Rana recovery - news

The compensation fund for victims’ families and survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh is still about $20m (£12.4m, €15.7m) short 18 months after the event. The...

Tailoring old technology for sustainable fashion - news

Extending the average life of clothes by just three months of active use could lead to a significant reduction in carbon, water and waste footprints, claimed Novozymes at this week’s...

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

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

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  ...

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  ...

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

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

No change at the top as Unilever leads supply chain league - news

The top three companies in this year’s Gartner European supply chain ranking are unchanged from 2013. PG Tips maker Unilever comes in at no1, followed by Inditex (the Spanish fashion...

Living wage protesters hit London Fashion Week opening - news

Protesters took action last week to mark the opening of London Fashion Week with the message “Don’t mention the garment workers”. Activists highlighted the event because,...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

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

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...

Radical action urged over executive pay levels - news

Radical action by the UK government to cap executive earnings has been urged by the High Pay Centre. The centre, an independent think tank that monitors executives’ remuneration,...

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...

Brands still failing Rana Plaza survivors & victim’s families - news

As events take place around the world to remember those who died and were injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse a year ago, campaigners are demanding brands pay up. According to the...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

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

Food glorious food? - news

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

Luxury leather brands investigate viability of farmed snake skin - news

Python farming could help reduce pressure on wild python populations in Asia, finds the first report from the Python Conservation Partnership, a collaboration between Kering, the International...

Primark pledges to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

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

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...

Low-tech fraud makes unwelcome return - news

KPMG’s bi-annual Fraud Barometer has shown that while fraudsters are at the cutting edge of technology - attacking banks in the virtual world for example - some have reverted to...

Burberry to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

British luxury brand Burberry has made a commitment to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. Burberry’s move comes after two weeks of people-powered...

Cambodia in fashion supply chain spotlight after violent protests - news

Lawsuits are piling up against the Cambodian trade unions that called garment workers out on strike over low wages. Tens of thousands of union members had downed tools on 24 December 2013....

Eco-fashion retailer takes transparency route - news

Online fashion retailer, Bastet Noir, is ramping up its support for eco-friendly business practices in southeast Europe by incorporating a new ‘transparency tag’ that details...

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

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

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

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

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

The term ‘sustainable’ in the fashion world is a little like the word ‘natural’ in the beauty biz. It seems to mean different things to different brands. Different...

Fashion brands still failing on safety & wage fronts - news

Despite many high street brands having signed up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, there are still some notable exceptions. A new campaign by the Trades Union Congress in...

TUC urges public to press high street brands on Bangladesh Accord - news

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the British public to back a new email campaign pressing major high street brands to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh....

Bangladesh workers’ leader targets London Fashion Week - news

The leader of Bangladeshi garment workers, Amirul Haque Amin, is to address delegates at the TUC’s annual conference demanding a living wage for people making clothes for UK retailers....

Power shift: emerging economies to drive renewables sector - news

The renewable energy sector will soon be driven by emerging economies according to a new report from research agency Frost & Sullivan. The shift in market power will be down to the...

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

As a group of 17 US retailers, including Wal-Mart and Gap, have agreed a five-year pact to improve conditions at clothing factories in Bangladesh, controversy still rages around the European...

Fashion fails workers in sandblasting scandal - news

Activists have demanded urgent action from governments and companies to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans....

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

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...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

Paul Ellis , chief executive of Ecology Building Society, believes that a long-term approach is essential for the future of the UK’s financial sector and that finance can be...

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

Currently, women in Europe have to work 59 extra days to get to the same salary as their male counterparts, but the ‘Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed...

Shutting, stable, bolting. There’s a message in there - news

There’s nothing like a good scandal to stoke the appetite, I find. And the horsemeat saga that’s set to rumble on across Europe for the next few months is no exception. All this talk...

Levi Strauss pledges to cut all use of toxic chemicals - news

Jeans maker Levi Strauss has committed itself to removing all hazardous chemicals from its entire clothing manufacturing processes by 2020, in a growing list of successes for environment...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

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...

Bangladesh factory blaze turns heat on apparel brands - news

Western apparel brands are again under the spotlight over human rights abuses after a fire destroyed a high-rise garment factory in Bangladesh last month, killing at least 112 people....

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...

Supply chain labour issues ‘a reputational timebomb’ - news

More than a third of companies appear uninterested in supply chain labour conditions, despite the increasing risk the issue poses to corporate reputation and the threat of boycotts and other...

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

Members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition – 30 manufacturers and retailers which includes Walmart, Nike, Target, JC Penney and Levi Strauss – (EP, December 2010, p8) have unveiled...

FTSE 100 should aim for more women at board level - news

A proposal by Lord Davies of Abersoch that at least 25% of the directors of FTSE 100 companies should be women by 2015 ( EP, April 2011, p3 ) is on track, according to a recent review of British...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

New technologies and punctuated equilibriums - news

Thank heavens we live in an era where we understand the basic essentials of evolution. It makes things so much simpler than having to believe in the agency of choirs of angels. But the problem...

Fashion industry launches SME sustainability drive - news

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

Gucci sacks senior managers after mistreatment claims - news

A fashion multinational claims to have sacked senior managers in China after accusations of mistreatment and inhumane working conditions. Gucci was accused by employees at its Shenzhen...

Topshop drops ‘anorexic’ girl from ad - news

A British clothing retailer has been forced to withdraw a fashion advertisement amid accusations that it promotes anorexia in young women. The online advertisement, marketing...

Good tax planning set to become a CSR target - news

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

inbrief - news

Fashion retailer New Look has won this year’s RSPCA Good Business Award for its commitment to animal welfare. New Look took top spot in the large company section, with George, a clothing...

inbrief - news

Individuals in Britain's creative industries such as film-making and architecture have initiated a campaign to make the sector more sustainable. Professionals including Frances Corner, head...

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

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

Gucci pledges to avoid deforestation - news

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

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

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

Fabric mills get new audit - news

A global auditing company is offering a new ethical qualification for fabric factories. Intertek’s Mill Qualification Programme enables fabric mills, which produce materials for the...

Investors hit internet providers over privacy concerns - news

A coalition of US investors has filed resolutions with ten publicly held internet service providers (ISPs) urging them to report on how their policies affect privacy and freedom of speech....

Why SRI could be propelled into the spotlight - news

Mike Scott talks to pioneering ethical investment advocate Peter Kinder about his belief that the current financial turbulence could teach mainstream investors the wisdom of long-term thinking...

The financial crisis: will CSR survive the fallout? - news

Could recent events in financial markets be the death of corporate responsibility and responsible investment, or the making of it? Seven commentators give EP their views. Mark Goyder,...

Pace of change ‘too slow’ on fashion sector wages - news

Most British fashion chains are making only ‘glacial’ progress on improving wages in their supply chains, according to a new analysis by a group of non-governmental organizations and...

The Oxford handbook of corporate social responsibility - news

(eds) A Crane, A McWilliams, D Matten, J Moon, D Siegel. Hardback. 590 pages. Oxford University Press. £80/$150. Practitioners beware: the foundations of this book are deep...

Multinationals in their communities - news

Ian W. Jones, Michael G. Pollitt and David Bek . Hardback. 359 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £57/$80. At a time when it’s fashionable to dismiss philanthropic approaches to corporate social...

Counting companies in is preferable to shutting them out - news

Ethical investment is going back to the past. The earliest ethical funds, such as the Friends Provident family of Stewardship funds in the UK and the Pax World fund family in the US, grew out of...

Legal battle over labour rights ends - news

Defamation actions brought against labour rights campaigners by two clothing manufacturers in Bangalore, India, have been called off. An agreement was reached by all parties involved after...

The power of unreasonable people - news

John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan . Hardback. 272 pages. Harvard Business School Press. £14 / $27.50 Could social entrepreneurs be the solution to the environmental and...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

The social and environmental performance of companies that produce luxury brands has been highlighted in a new ranking that suggests none of them are doing particularly well. The league table has...

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

CSR organizations are attempting to turn the current fashion for social networking websites to their commercial advantage. At least four sites providing a forum for discussion of responsible...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

‘conservative’ managers told to change their ways - news

Findings from one of the largest ever corporate responsibility research projects suggest that executives with social and environmental responsibilities are too cautious in their aims. The European...

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

Westpac bank is claiming to have become the first Australian company outside the energy sector to use its community and environmental programmes in its mass marketing. The company believes its...

multinationals protest over attacks on strikers - news

A group of US apparel and retail companies have sent a second protest letter to the Philippines president over attacks on striking workers at a garment factory. The letter, signed by...

MkOne made aware of what its labels say - news

British high street fashion retailer MkOne has withdrawn clothes made in Myanmar after boycott threats. The London-based company, which is owned by the Icelandic investment group Baugur and...

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...

ETI trio urged to examine factory claims - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has asked three of its members to investigate accusations that workers in their supply chain are regularly working 80 hours a week for only 5p (9.8 cents) an...

advice offered on how to behave - news

Business in the Community has created a set of practical principles that provide simple pointers to how companies can behave in a responsible fashion in their chosen markets. The Marketplace...

CSR makes things worse, not better, claim naysayers - news

CSR is a waste of time, and may even do more harm than good, according to one of the most vociferous non-governmental organizations in the field. Corporate Watch, which monitors corporate...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

Asian firms look at ethical alcohol selling - news

Alcoholic drinks producers in Asia are meeting to decide how best to self-regulate their advertising and marketing in a responsible fashion. Dr Marcus Grant, president of the International...

ethical retailers will rely less on auditing supply chains - news

The audit-dominated era of ethical supply chain management has been declared dead by one of the most influential bodies in the field. The Ethical Trading Initiative, a 17-year old alliance of...

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

'write plain English' is the advice to corporate reporters - news

Too many non-financial corporate reports fail to hold their readers' attention because they use complicated language and jargon, the founder of the Plain English Commission has warned....

Corporate responsibility in context: a pocket guide - news

Context. 44 pages, paperback. Free. For details of how to obtain a copy, please email the address shown below. The Context consultancy has long been one of the more refreshing and down-to-earth...

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...

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

Bangkok meeting for Asia-Pacific forum - news

Co-operation between the public and private sectors to ensure economic and social development is carried out in a more sustainable fashion will be the principal theme of the second Asia-Pacific...

norms face long hard battle even to see the light of day - news

This month the United Nations reconsiders the future of a document that sets out accepted behaviour for multinationals. EP looks at what is likely to happen Agreement is rarely achieved in the...

GRI reports on itself – to its own standards - news

The organization that drew up worldwide sustainability reporting guidelines has used them to report on its own operations for the first time. The Global Reporting Initiative says the process of...

Inditex takes long look at its impact on society - news

A Spanish multinational has produced one of the longest sustainability reports so far, totalling 172 pages. The report from Inditex, a clothing retail group with 2000 stores worldwide, dwarfs...

'Identifying your stakeholders' by Suzannah Lansdell - news

From The Deputy Chief Executive of The Environment Council It was welcoming to see the Analysis, ‘Stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in?’ (Vol. 2, issue 5). The article picks up some...

more on the issues and less on the mechanics, please - news

EP talks to Alan Knight about his belief that CSR practitioners have lost sight of the pressing global problems that should dictate their agenda Few individuals have had more...

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...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

Thinkers in the field of corporate social responsibility have hit back at claims that CSR is in danger of losing its soul in a welter of box-ticking and compliance....

G8 leaders tie their colours to CSR mast - news

Heads of the world’s largest economies have said they intend to encourage companies to behave in a more socially responsible fashion. They will support...

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’...

time to blow the froth off all this empty CSR talk - news

Good social reports clarify the impact companies have on society. But some fudge the difficult issues, say Peter Knight and Nigel Salter As noted in the...

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

Senior company executives are in danger of concentrating on corporate social responsibility to the detriment of their core business, a former UK government minister has...

defining the qualities of the coming ‘citizen CEOs’ - news

Multinational companies are increasingly being forced to respond to challenges to the way they operate around the globe. EP talks to John Elkington about the measures...

the EC green paper on corporate responsibility - news

The recent green paper is a first step towards the creation of ‘an overall European framework’ for corporate social responsibility. EP interviewed the official in Brussels...

UN defends global compact - news

The United Nations has hit back at critics of its Global Compact, one of the key elements in its strategy to encourage large companies to become more socially responsible....

responding to attacks on corporate reputation - news

Companies should make greater use of their web sites to respond to attacks by campaigners, argue Peter Knight and Simon Propper Should a company respond to the agendas of...

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...

a sensible business response to child labour - news

New guidelines on how to tackle child labour suggest that the debate about the corporate social responsibility of retailers is now becoming more sophisticated The guidelines,...

Shell and Co-op share social report honours - news

Shell International and the Co-operative Bank have taken joint first prize in the first UK Social Reporting Awards. Runner-up was United Utilities, with the fair trade...

New Look starts supplier audits - news

Ladies fashion retailer New Look has begun supply chain audits in a number of countries, including Turkey and Cambodia. This follows the company’s decision last year to send all...

New Look states its aims - news

Ladies fashion retailer New Look is to send copies of a new ethical aims statement to suppliers of accessories such as lingerie, hats, bags and shoes. The high street clothes...

fair trade leader reports another good year for its suppliers - news

Traidcraft, the UK’s biggest fair trade company, has reported its seventh successive year of growth in purchases from suppliers. The Gateshead-based business, which sells food,...

C&A prepares to target east Europe suppliers - news

C&A’s social auditing arm is to step up visits to the company’s suppliers in eastern Europe to tighten up on working conditions. SOCAM, an independent entity that...

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Goodwill®, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box® this Cyber Monday - reports

Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

1st Global Sustainability Report Details Progress of Ambitious Corporate Initiative - reports

C&A announces the publication of its first Global Sustainability Report. The launch of the Report details C&A’s 2015 progress toward the 2020 goals, launched last year. The 2020...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - reports

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - calendar

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

Ethical Corp's 6th Annual CR reporting and communications conference - reports

I am pleased to invite you to Ethical Corporation's 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference in London, November 20-21.

Responsible Business Summit 2012: Learning, networking and value for money - reports

I'm aware there are hundreds of CSR/sustainability events out there - but I am very confident that the Responsible Business Summit (8-9 May, London) represents the best value for money, the biggest...

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report - reports

Recently included for the third time on the World's Most Ethical Companies list, the Rezidor Hotel Group today publishes its Responsible Business Report.

Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organisational Transformation - calendar

Successful organisations no longer operate in a “top-down” fashion, and benefit from empowering their employees to work collaboratively. Yet many organisations are stuck in hierarchical ways of...

Finance & CSR - reports

A complimentary briefing pack from Ethical Corporation

H&M releases “Style & Substance” Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish fashion retailer, has published "Style & Substance", its sustainability report for 2009.

World Congress on Organic Cotton – From Fashion to Sustainability - calendar

On the occasion of the UN Year of Natural Fibers 2009 the International Congress on Organic Cotton ‘From Fashion to Sustainability’ is organized by Helvetas, in collaboration with the international...

Legal & General Plc - 2008 CSR Report - reports

Legal & General has published its 2008 CSR Report.

ENDS Corporate Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Demonstrating the business case for reducing corporate carbon footprints to minimize the environmental impact across the supply chain The carbon footprint is an invaluable measure of your...

ETI Training Course – Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders - calendar

Want to engage more effectively with external stakeholders, but not sure how? Frustrated by lack of buy-in to ethical trade within your organisation? This year's final training course...

Barclays partners with Unreasonable Group to support entrepreneurs  - bestpractice

The bank’s joint programme is part of its Shared Growth Ambition strategy to improve lives while providing returns to shareholders. Tom Idle reports…    As...

Upgrading citizenship to a whole new level - bestpractice

In order to build a truly sustainable organisation, global companies these days acknowledge that the umbrella of their stakeholders extends further than ever before. Chris Librie, senior...

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

Turning biomass into the height of fashion - bestpractice

Steam is essential for clothing and textile giant Gildan, a constant - and hitherto costly - supply of steam to heat the company’s knitting, bleaching, dyeing, finishing and cutting...

Eco-Chic: The Fashion Paradox - books

In a comprehensive survey of this highly pertinent subject, leading academic Sandy Black examines the way the fashion industry is changing to accommodate the environmental concerns of the twenty...

The Otto Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The German retailer OTTO has published its latest sustainability report, entitled Corporate Responsibility - Report 2007.

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