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Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Europe conference Europe highlights partnerships - news

By Brian Collett — The importance of strength in numbers in encouraging responsible practice was emphasised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil at its Europe conference.  ...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

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

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...

EU calls for ban on vegetable oils in biofuel - news

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

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

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

Premier Inn and Lidl support sustainable seafood - news

By Brian Collett — Premier Inn has become the world’s largest national hotel chain to gain the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council, the NGO better known as the MSC, that...

Mars and Nestlé take steps to clean up their seafood supply - news

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman — Mars and Nestlé recently announced that they will take steps to ensure their pet food supply chains are free of illegally caught seafood and human rights...

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

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

Guides published to help companies deal with human rights - news

  By Brian Collett — Two guides have been issued to help UK companies to understand how to perform their human rights duties and manage complaints.   ...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

By Brian Collett — UK businesses with 500 or more employees must now disclose non-financial information in their annual reports under new EU-directed legislation.    The...

Top 10 business and human rights issues for 2017 - news

By Brian Collett — A priority for employers must be to rectify social inequality, now clearly highlighted by the wealth gap, reports the London-based Institute for Human Rights and...

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

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

Stop Slavery Network formed by hotel industry - news

By Brian Collett — Hoteliers in the UK have combined to stamp out modern slavery throughout their industry. The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network has been formed to tackle the risks...

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

By Adam Woodhall — Business accepts that slavery is unacceptable, so how is the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA) raising the bar in holding companies to account?  Following in the...

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

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

Call for global laws compelling corporations to observe human rights - news

by Brian Collett — Global laws compelling national and transnational corporations to observe human rights have been urged by a senior UN official on his retirement.   ...

More companies getting involved in social issues - news

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

250 core business changes, 2.5 million workers treated better— Ethical Trading Initiative - news

by Brian Collett — Credit for pay increases to 353,000 garment workers in Cambodia and Myanmar during the past five years is claimed by the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative...

Slavery is still with us - news

by Adam Woodhall — For many of us in the UK, we think that slavery is something that was taken care of by Wilberforce and others in the 19th Century. However, it is not only something that...

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

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

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

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

Reflections on CSR in India - news

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

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

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

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

The 5 th GRI Global Conference 2016 , held in Amsterdam 18- 20 May, convened 1,500 sustainability leaders to exchange information about best practices, innovation, and trends. Alyson Slater ,...

Corporate world moves forward with human rights transparency - news

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

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...

First ranking of top 500 global public companies for human rights performance - news

The first-ever ranking of the human rights performance of global listed companies is now underway. The ranking follows a recent survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit that found the top...

EC announces European Social Innovation Competition with €50,000 prizes for best ideas - news

The European Commission has announced the 2016 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. This year’s theme is ‘integrated futures,‘ and the EC is requesting...

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

Future Perfect? - news

At the end of last year, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a global think tank, published its annual top 10 list of business and human rights issues for 2016. Here we...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

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

IHRB outlines top 10 corporate responsibility issues for 2016 - news

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

Shine like a diamond - news

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

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

Around the globe, desperate and poor people are still being sold or forced into slavery. Whether in fishing, agriculture, construction or other work, these men, women and children are ending up...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

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

Business urged to take a more responsible approach to tax - news

Corporate tax campaigners are taking a new tack. Rather than highlighting what companies should stop doing, they are drawing attention to what companies could be doing. A new report from...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

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

Report urges business to go beyond compliance on paying tax - news

There are many steps multinationals can take towards more responsible tax practices, three charities say in a new report. Rather than highlighting what companies should stop doing,...

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...

BITC calls for ‘race’ to be added to UK Corporate Governance Code - news

While Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people have greater ambition than their white colleagues and enjoy their work more, 30% of employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial...

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

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

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

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

Industry taskforce to help improve working conditions of cleaners - news

A campaign to promote good working conditions in the cleaning industry has been launched by an industry-led taskforce set up by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The...

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,...

Amnesty warns over abuses in diamond supply chain - news

The Central African Republic’s (CAR) biggest traders have purchased diamonds worth several million dollars without properly investigating whether they financed armed groups, Amnesty...

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...

Clean Clothes Campaign pushes for further Rana Plaza disclosure - news

Labour rights groups have made official complaints that safety practices and inspections were seriously flawed at Rana Plaza, the Bangladeshi garment factory building that collapsed in 2013...

Howzat! EHRC teams with ECB to boost diversity in cricket - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has teamed up with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to get thousands of women, girls and people from ethnic minority backgrounds involved in...

Japan Tobacco makes progress with sustainability initiatives and reporting - news

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

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

Global consumer goods giant Unilever is leading the reporting way yet again with the publication of a first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report. The report outlines Unilever’s goal not...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

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

GRI sets strategy to help business learn more from sustainability data - news

GRI, the international CR and sustainability reporting organisation, is responding to the changing reporting landscape with a new four-pillar strategy. Speaking to Ethical Performance,...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

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

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

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

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

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...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

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

Banks warned over ESG risks of palm oil investments - news

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

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

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

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

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

Tronie Foundation sets up new anti-slavery seal - news

A Washington-based non-profit organisation dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery has devised 'The Freedom Seal', a new visual marker of...

Apple bans bonded labour practices - news

Apple, the US technology multinational regarded as the world’s biggest company, has banned bonded labour and servitude, under which new employees are charged fees on recruitment. The...

Investor coalition backs new human rights reporting push - news

A group of over 60 investors from Europe, North America and Australia, collectively managing $3.9 trillion of assets, have urged leading companies to use new guidance to help them “know...

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

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

EHRC issues guidance on freedom of expression - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published new legal guidance on freedom of expression.  Following the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, there has been...

Fairtrade in new push for ‘clean gold’ - news

Following its success with tea, coffee and bananas, the Fairtrade Foundation is looking to further its engagement with the gold industry. “Not enough people know about Fairtrade gold....

GeSI announces 2015 board of directors - news

The new Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) board of directors has taken office. Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, and ETNO representatives were elected Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer...

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

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

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...

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

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

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...

EHRC launches new online resources for young people - news

A new online resource to enable children and young people to contribute to a review of how the UK complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is being launched...

New benchmark to gauge corporate performance in human rights - news

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

Working together towards an AIDS-free generation - news

This World AIDS Day, Dr Brian Brink, chief medical officer for Anglo American explains why it’s going to require teamwork, partnership and dedication to beat HIV/AIDS. The...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

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

Walgreens and Staples earn perfect score in Corporate Equality Index - news

America's largest drugstore chain Walgreens and office supplies giant Staples have received perfect scores of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national US benchmarking...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

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

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...

US govt turning blind eye to supply chain human rights - news

The US government – the largest single purchaser in the global economy – is turning a blind eye to harms caused by its procurement laws and practices, including human rights...

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

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

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,...

What good am I, if I know and don’t do? - news

September, the back-to-school, new uniform, new shoes, month. It’s a time for fresh starts and fresh thinking. With a hopefully holiday-refreshed mindset, in this edition we take a special...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

West Side Story - news

Why are so many human beings still being bought and sold? And why is ‘the land of opportunity’ not immune? Indeed, the problem is rife in the sunshine state of California. Andrew...

Daewoo International admits using cotton from forced labour - news

Daewoo International Corp., a major South Korean trading company has become a target of human-rights activists for using cotton that it admits is produced by child labour and forced adult labour...

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...

G20 urged to push equal pay agenda - news

Women won’t be paid as much as men for another 75 years according to a report released by Oxfam International, which urges G20 leaders to tackle gender inequality when they meet in...

Rights violations ‘systematic’ in Indonesia’s garment industry - news

Overwhelming evidence of “systematic violation” of the right to human dignity suffered by Indonesian garment workers was found by a jury at a two-day public hearing in Jakarta....

EHRC issues guidance to help boost number of women on boards - news

New guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) advises companies, search firms and recruitment agencies about positive steps that can be taken to improve the...

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

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

Speaking up for sustainability - news

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

Guardian exposes Thai slave trade - news

Slaves are being forced to work on ships off the Thai coast to produce seafood for US and European supermarket companies. Men bought and sold like animals work unpaid on the ships to catch...

Vodafone reveals extent of government snooping - news

Vodafone is calling on governments to introduce laws compelling them to request a mobile phone company’s permission before accessing its customers’ calls and data. Anti-snooping...

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

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

Betfred pledges commitment to improve equality and diversity - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has entered into a formal agreement with Betfred, which aims to improve diversity and equality awareness among the high street bookmakers 5,000...

Olympic athletes quit after abuse - news

For South Korea, one of the highlights of the Sochi Winter Olympics was the performance of their women’s curling team. Though they just missed the podium, their performance impressed....

One year on and brands still failing victims of Rana Plaza disaster - news

According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, the voluntary Donor Trust Fund set up to take the donations as part of compensation programme remains woefully underfunded. A year after the collapse,...

Bonded labour afflicts many in Tamil Nadu garment district - news

Most companies importing garments from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to disclose whether or how they tackle bonded labour abuses at their supplying factories. Many of the...

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...

Europe makes landmark move towards ‘integrated reporting’ - news

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

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

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

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

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

Filmmaker opens debate about health and safety in South Korea - news

South Korea’s headlong rush from an impoverished land of farmers at the end of the Korean War to today’s hi-tec industrial society has come at a cost. For decades, the sole...

Big business making too little progress on sustainability - news

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

Nominations open for Transparency International's 2014 Integrity Awards - news

The global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Integrity Awards. Launched in 2000, the awards recognise the courage and...

Campaigners criticise 'weak' EU safeguards against conflict minerals - news

A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies from effectively financing conflict or human rights abuses,...

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

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

IFC to be investigated over investments in Honduras - news

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

Call for tea industry to collaborate for sustainable future - news

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

Confectionery giants make significant palm oil progress - news

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

Cannibals on a health kick eating only vegetarians - news

I really wish I could take credit for that headline but I can’t. It belongs to one of my favourite British poets, Roger McGough. The first line goes like this: “There are fascists...

Mondelez hits sustainable palm oil target two years early - news

Cadbury owner Mondelez International has achieved Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) coverage for 100% of the palm oil it bought in 2013 – two years ahead of schedule....

Intel takes affirmative acton on conflict minerals - news

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

Corruption fears grow in wake of Typhoon Haiyan emergency - news

Rights workers fear that irresponsible businesses will be drawn into the corruption that is already weakening typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. There were reports after typhoon...

Human rights violations rise 70%, says Maplecroft survey - news

A striking 70% rise in the number of countries where the risk of human rights violations is extreme is recorded in a survey by Maplecroft, a UK-based risk research consultancy. The...

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

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

NGOs call for Chevron to cease Ecuador action - news

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

Companies in Middle East can no longer turn blind eye on human rights - news

Companies operating across the Middle East must uphold human rights according to a new report by an international human rights organisation. The new report, released in Arabic, English and...

GRI and RAFI collaborate to advance respect for human rights - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to underline their mutual commitment to...

South Korea investigates Samsung’s labour practices - news

South Korea’s labour ministry is to examine allegations that the Samsung Group instructed subsidiaries to foil attempts by workers to organize labour unions. The move comes after an...

Wages come to fore in Bangaldesh supply chain - news

A 77% increase in minimum salary for Bangladeshi garment workers has been proposed by the national wages board. This would fix the monthly minimum at 5,300 takas ($68, £42, €51)....

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

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

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

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

Pregnancy discrimination comes under Commission's spotlight - news

Concerns that women are still discriminated in the workplace because they are pregnant has galvanized The Equality and Human Rights Commission to undertake a new research project into the scale...

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...

Chevron fights on over $19bn pollution judgement - news

A former Ecuadorian judge has testified that he and a colleague were bribed to award $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) to villagers who claimed Texaco oil operations polluted the Amazon...

British government set to publish Modern Slavery Bill - news

British home secretary Theresa May has revealed plans to publish a Modern Slavery Bill as well as appoint an Anti-Slavery Commissioner. Today’s announcement coincides with anti-slavery...

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,...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

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

Here be dragons? - news

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

Equality call... - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has formally written to the Minister for Women and Equalities in the UK to propose that it replaces its statutory disability committee with a new, high...

ICT companies need to take human rights seriously - news

In June, Apple, AOL, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, PalTalk, Skype (Microsoft), Twitter, Yahoo! And YouTube (Google) were accused of allowing intelligence services to access their servers...

ETI launches guide to supply chains & trade unions - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has launched a guide to support companies uphold the right to freedom of association within their supply chains. Freedom of association is the right for...

Business warned over human rights violations following data breaches - news

Following PRISMgate where companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft were accused of allowing intelligence services to access their servers to retrieve data about users, Vigeo has warned of...

Call for definitive standards for human rights reporting - news

  WeiserMazars LLP, a New York based audit, tax and consultancy firm and Mazars Group, one of the world’s largest international audit, tax and consulting organisations, together...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

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

Changing behaviour over children’s rights - news

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

Bloomer to join BHRRC - news

Phil Bloomer is leaving Oxfam for the position of Executive Director at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Bloomer, currently director of the Campaigns and Policy Division at Oxfam...

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 index... - news

Pharma companies are failing to adequately disclose the impacts of their social contributions according to a new index. The VV-Good index compares the Top 10 pharmaceutical companies...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

The world’s largest gold mining company has lost the investment of a sovereign wealth fund that handles billions of dollars. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, whose portfolio is...

Investors encourage participation in UN’s ‘PRI for Rio’ global initiative - news

As investors across the globe are increasingly evaluating companies’ ability to address environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges, a coalition of 34...

Bloomberg & Dow Chemical ranked highest for sustainability reporting - news

A new research report conducted by BPA Worldwide, the global audit organisation, and Integrated Reporting & Assurance Services (IRAS) has ranked Dow Chemical highest among Fortune 100...

EC publishes human rights guide for SME - news

The European Commission has just published new language versions of an introductory guide to human rights for SMEs. This guide is now available in all EU languages, plus Croatian, Chinese,...

IHRB guide calls for effective integration of human rights risk in investments - news

A new guide from the IHRB will help investors work with companies to ensure they have the systems and know-how to deal with human rights risks, Margaret Wachenfeld, director of legal affairs at...

Tristan Forster honoured for human rights leadership - news

The first-ever global award to recognise business leaders engaged in combating human trafficking has been awarded to Tristan Forster, ceo of FSI Worldwide. “The main purpose of the...

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

The Laos government and the company it commissioned to build a huge hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river are under renewed attack for breaching their agreement to halt the work.   A...

Queen ratifies historic human rights Commonwealth charter - news

History was made recently when the Queen signed the first charter backing equal rights for women and gay people in every Commonwealth nation. The Charter unequivocally embraces the ideal of...

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

A sustainability research body has started a campaign to raise awareness of artisanal and small-scale mining and to ensure that the industry improves lives and safeguards local environments....

Indian textiles industry comes under human rights spotlight - news

Garment and textile companies in India have been asked to provide details of their activities by campaigners intent on stamping out labour rights abuses. The demands for greater openness...

Good companies keep good company - news

So many horses, so little time. Companies face a credibility gap on the horsemeat issue, which raises sustainability questions around accountability, stewardship and, above all, purpose. With...

Firms urged to end links with Israeli ‘war crimes’ as G4S is accused of ‘complicity’ - news

Companies with business interests with Israel on occupied Palestinian land have been urged to terminate their activities there by a UN human rights fact-finding mission. Describing the...

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

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

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

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

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...

Canadian courts throw out Congo massacre class action - news

A class action against a copper mining company over allegedly assisting the 2004 Kilwa massacre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has failed. Acting for Congolese survivors and...

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...

Google donates $4.5m to Indian NGOs - news

Google has donated $4.5m to five Indian NGOs in their ‘Bandhua 1947’ campaign, designed to pressure the Indian government to enforce the Bonded Labour System Abolition Act 1976....

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

Two US business organisations are seeking to overturn a law compelling companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. The rule was adopted by the Securities & Exchange Commission...

Indian court opens way for criminal trial of multinational over 1984 Bhopal disaster - news

An Indian court has raised the possibility that US multinational Dow Chemical could be face a criminal trial in connection with the notorious 1984 Bhopal disaster. The Madhya Pradesh High...

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....

Barrick Gold & DIHR to collaborate - news

Barrick Gold and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) have signed a two-year agreement to collaborate on developing and promoting human rights tools for businesses and on ensuring the...

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...

Business and the witness to unwelcome truths - news

In March 2008, Richard Falk was appointed UN special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories. He is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and...

Sourcing standard gives artesanal gold producers path to formal markets - news

Gold produced by artesanal miners certified as meeting the Fairtrade & Fairmined Standard (F&F) can now be considered ‘eligible material’ for chain-of-custody sourcing after...

Boycott urged on firms that assist Israel’s occupation - news

A UN human rights expert has called for a boycott of multinational companies that are investing to further Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Addressing the UN General...

Banks deny helping world’s super-rich spirit away $21tn - news

Eight international banks have either refused or failed to respond to a report which alleges they have helped the super-rich avoid tax and lead an exodus of valuable capital from developing...

Safe factory claims burn in Karachi - news

German clothing retailer KIK has been accused by campaigners and trade unions of failing to ensure the safety of a supplier factory in Karachi where a fire killed 289 workers in September....

BHRRC response to Global Witness expected - news

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is releasing its full compilation of responses to concerns raised by Global Witness about the discrepancy between companies proclaiming their...

No end to Foxconn doubts as factory halted by riot - news

Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology has faced renewed criticism over labour practices after a 2,000-man brawl at a factory halted production and amid separate claims that...

Alien Tort Act hearing revisits Shell's Nigerian connection - news

The US Alien Tort Act comes under renewed scrutiny this month as the Supreme Court hears allegations that the Shell oil company conspired with and abetted crimes against humanity in 1990s...

The search for value among the numbers - news

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

Barclays, Standard Chartered challenged over Russian oil and gas complex pollution - news

Three British banks and the Shell oil company have come under attack from civil society groups for failing to address alleged environmental and human rights abuses by a giant integrated oil and...

Builders face court action over blacklisting claims - news

Blacklisted UK construction industry workers have launched a high court claim against the builder of the Olympic Stadium, Sir Robert McAlpine, for conspiring with other firms over three decades...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

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

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...

Hopes for robust arms trade treaty survive stalled UN negotiations - news

Agreement on the first ever global arms trade treaty (ATT) could be within sight, despite the failure of month-long talks involving more than 170 UN member states in New York.   A...

Chinese toy factory workers helpline hailed a success - news

A helpline to allow China’s toy factory workers to speak out and receive help and advice about employment abuses has been a great success, according to an evaluation study. The...

Adidas targeted by sweatshop protest - news

The NGO War on Want has begun a campaign on the eve of the London Olympics to persuade Adidas, one of the most prominent sportswear brands in athletics, to end sweatshop conditions at its Asian...

Portal highlights workers’ issues to promote rights - news

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has created a free human rights portal to promote improvements in workers’ conditions. The portal will provide news of industrial...

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

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

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

A new UN report says a lack of targeted research on transgender people in the Asia-Pacific region is significantly hindering their access to health services and blocking effective responses to...

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts on sustainability, says the latest Eiris report produced ahead of this summer’s Rio+20 conference. The German...

Foxconn found wanting, but focus still on Apple - news

The keenly-awaited results of an investigation into Apple supplier Foxconn’s labour practices has confirmed ‘serious and pressing’ abuses, though the Chinese company has...

Chiquita faces Alien Tort case over role in Colombia - news

The fruit multinational Chiquita will face a US court over its role in funding paramilitaries in Colombia, in what may be the most significant Alien Tort case of recent years.   The...

Burma reaches deal with ILO - news

The Burmese government has reached a new memorandum of understanding with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on stamping out forced labour. Extending an existing understanding, the...

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...

Chevron shareholders call for transparency after alleged corrupt payments to Burma - news

Demands that Chevron adopts country selection procedures in the wake of a number of international scandals have been made by shareholders. A resolution telling the oil giant to implement...

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

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

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

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

Kimberley Process restarts dialogue with Global Witness in bid for reconciliation - news

The diamond-monitoring Kimberley Process is attempting to rebuild bridges after a clash which saw its main NGO partner leave the scheme.   Gillian Milovanovic, Kimberley’s...

French funds follow lead on exclusion - news

French asset managers are joining other European companies in the application of negative ‘normative exclusion’ screening to their investments. Few companies stand consistently...

Banks and funds develop KPIs on human rights - news

A partnership of the world’s largest banks, asset managers and pension funds has been formed to establish new key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess reputational risk surrounding...

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...

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

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

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...

UK legal aid cuts ‘may spell the end of multinational accountability overseas’ - news

A law firm has warned that the UK government’s proposed changes to legal aid could make claims against multinationals for human rights abuses committed abroad “all but...

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

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

Iran, China & Burma top oppressive regime listing - news

Iran, China and Burma have been named as the world’s most oppressive regimes by Ethical Consumer magazine. The research, which examined a wide range of human rights abuses in 196...

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

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

UN backs core values on commodity markets - news

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

Shell’s activities in Nigeria are once again in the spotlight after the simultaneous release of secret court documents, an NGO report on its operations and a UN environmental assessment....

Zimbabwe diamonds row legacy leaves monitoring process in crisis - news

The future of the Kimberley Process (KP) now hangs in the balance as civil society groups consider leaving the organisation, as disagreements over the Zimbabwean diamonds crisis threaten to...

Security & Human Rights toolkit launched - news

A toolkit for implementing the UN Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights has been launched, as John Ruggie’s “norms” become more and more established in the business...

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

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

Interest in farmland sparks principles launch - news

Principles for investing responsibly in farmland have been established with the goal of improving the sustainability, transparency and accountability of these investments. Institutions with...

New German code raises bar on Euro CSR standards - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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

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

Investors urge oil firms: abandon Assad regime - news

Institutional investors have urged oil companies operating in Syria to withdraw or condemn the brutal repression by the country’s Bashar al-Assad dictatorship. Members of Conflict...

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...

Exxon ruling reinstates corporate liability case - news

The US Alien Tort Act appears to have been resurrected after its apparent death last year. A potentially landmark decision in July could open up new avenues for complaints and compel...

Investors revolt at Vedanta AGM - news

Investors, NGOs and protesters have rounded on the Indian mining giant Vedanta at the company’s latest AGM. Vedanta, long-criticized for its environmental and human rights record, was...

investors warn Italian oil firm in Libya - news

Investors are keeping the pressure on companies still operating in Libya by calling on firms to publicly ensure their products are not reaching the country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, or face...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

The world’s first sustainability-certified sugarcane has been purchased by Coca Cola. The Bonsucro certification system, an industry initiative developed over the past five...

inbrief - news

Pharmaceuticals group Lundbeck has reversed its policy on the use of its drugs in US executions following a meeting with human rights organizations. Lundbeck was revealed to be among many...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

The OECD has formally adopted a revised text of its Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises – 10 years after its last key review. EP looks at what has changed Broadened scope...

EU needs to act faster - news

Aaron Hall argues that Europe must grab with two hands the opportunity to build on US legislation aimed at curbing the trade in conflict minerals The European Union is finally starting to...

Goldcorp avoids censure as complaint is closed - news

The Canadian government has closed a complaint against mining company Goldcorp over alleged detrimental effects on indigenous communities of its Marlin mine in Guatemala. The complaint was...

Firms get online children’s rights advice - news

A new online tool for businesses that threaten children’s rights has been created by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. The new section of the large non-profit website...

UN approves Ruggie’s work - news

John Ruggie’s principles on business and human rights have been adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The principles, the product of six years of work on the issue,...

Framework should help firms - news

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

inbrief - news

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

Stopping the investment flow to genocide - news

Investors Against Genocide emerged out of the Darfur crisis and now holds some of the world’s biggest financial institutions to account on their investments. Mike Scott talks to...

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

A coalition of institutional investors has sent a statement to 25 companies asking them to give top priority to the eradication of human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ in their...

Sudan firms still under observation - news

Companies operating in Sudan have been warned by investors that they will still be under scrutiny over human rights, despite  the forthcoming independence of South Sudan from the North....

inbrief - news

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has appointed Amanda Romero as its first Latin America and Caribbean representative. Romero, previously of the American Friends Service Committee,...

inbrief - news

Delta Airways has signed the code of conduct for Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The international airline joins 947 other tourism companies worldwide...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

John Ruggie’s final report on business and human rights, expected to be passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council next month, contains 27 pages of ‘guiding principles’....

Shell makes flaring pledge - news

The oil giant Shell has announced that it will put an end to its controversial gas flaring in Nigeria by commissioning a pipeline system that will allow excess gas vapours to be used on the...

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

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

JPMorgan falls foul of new SEC rules - news

Shareholders at JPMorgan Chase will be able to vote on investments linked to genocide after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) threw out the firm’s request to exclude the proposal from a...

inbrief - news

An appeals court in the US has upheld last year’s ruling that Shell cannot be liable for violations of international human rights law in Nigeria in the 1990s. However, the judges’...

Unfortunately, Ruggie hasn’t told us anything we don’t already know - news

It’s hard not to be disappointed by the end-product of John Ruggie’s six-year investigation into human rights and business ( see page one ). There’s no doubt that the process...

Legal aid move ‘may hit corporate victims’ - news

NGOs have reacted angrily to the UK government’s proposed scrapping of legal aid, which they say will enable companies to avoid legal redress from victims of irresponsible behaviour....

Pension fund pledges to take tougher stance human rights - news

One of the world’s largest institutional investors has said it will aim to be more ‘active’ and ‘robust’ on corporate governance in its dealings with companies....

Talisman commits to local consultation - news

The Canadian energy giant Talisman has formally recognized the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and enshrined them in its indigenous communities policy. Talisman, which...

Ruggie: ‘build your own complaints mechanisms’ - news

Companies and industry sectors should consider setting up their own grievance mechanisms to look into complaints that they are breaching human rights, according to the final report of John...

Spain passes new disclosure regime - news

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

inbrief - news

The current draft of the International Finance Corporation’s revised sustainability policy and standards does not go far enough on human rights, says a group of NGOs. The Center for...

inbrief - news

The first gold refiner has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council against the organization’s human rights, social and environmental standards. Metalor Technologies, a Swiss...

inbrief - news

Coca-Cola has been added to the Calvert Social Investment Fund Index in light of recent improvements on labour and human rights and water use – to the point where it is ‘even...

inbrief - news

The UK government has requested that certain legal references be removed from the draft United Nations guidelines on business and human rights. In a response to the draft principles for the...

Egypt move helps Google - news

Recent actions by Google to support free speech in Egypt have led the SRI research firm Vigeo to upgrade the company’s score on human rights issues. Vigeo decided on the move in the...

‘Scrooge’ firms deny anti-union stance - news

Three of the world’s largest food multinationals have vehemently denied accusations of violations of workers’ rights of association. Chiquita, Dole Foods and Del Monte were...

Google actions in Egypt rewarded by Vigeo - news

Recent actions by Google to support free speech in Egypt have led the SRI research firm Vigeo to upgrade the company’s score on human rights issues. Vigeo decided on the move in the wake of...

Business risk management handbook - news

Linda Spedding & Adam Rose. Elsevier/ Cima Publishing. Hardback. 738 pgs. £95 This monster effort is nothing if not comprehensive. Weighing in at more than 700 pages,...

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

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

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

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

Setback for Ruggie vision - news

An alliance of NGOs has severely criticised the proposed United Nations framework on business and human rights – damaging hopes that a consensus on its final shape may soon emerge. In...

Canadian investor dumps Vedanta - news

One of Canada’s largest SRI asset managers is divesting from Vedanta over its human rights and environmental record. Northwest and Ethical Investments, which manages assets of...

Investor drops Cisco over human rights - news

The US sustainable asset manager Boston Common has divested from Cisco Systems over concerns about the IT company’s management of human rights risks. It also accuses Cisco of misleading...

investor divests from Cisco over reticence and 'deceipt' - news

US sustainable asset manager Boston Common has divested from Cisco Systems over concerns about its management of human rights risks, alleging also that the firm ‘deceived’ investors on proxy...

inbrief - news

Jewellery giant Cartier has been certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). Last year Cartier was named in a report by the Washington DC-based environmental pressure group Earthworks...

inbrief - news

Law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw an 87 per cent increase in annual staff hours devoted to volunteering and pro bono activities during 2009/10. Annual hours devoted to pro bono...

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

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

NGOs really need to learn the lessons of their past - news

Non-profits can't just shout about what they don't want - they  must be more constructive, says Hilary Sutcliffe Is the role of NGOs about to change? Money is tight,...

Core backs idea of state intervention - news

The state should intervene to resolve human rights disputes between people and corporations, and should fill other gaps in existing frameworks, says a submission to the United Nations...

Religious groups stay away from SRI mainstream - news

Faith-based institutional investors have limited contact with other responsible investors, even though the two have much in common, a study has found. The global survey of 103 mainly...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

Three quarters of the British public think banks should have ethical lending policies to prevent them from investing in, or lending to, companies involved in controversial areas such as arms...

Why Nordic investment is in the vanguard of SRI - news

Socially responsible investors have long looked to the Scandinavian region as a model. Mike Scott speaks to Ulrika Hasselgren to find out what’s so special about the area’s ethical...

Mining bill bites the dust after corporate lobbying - news

Proposed legislation that would have made Canadian mining companies accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations has been narrowly defeated in...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

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

inbrief - news

Marks & Spencer is to encourage its customers to recycle unwanted electrical items in exchange for M&S vouchers. The new service will enable customers to safely recycle unwanted small...

inbrief - news

Unilever has joined the core group of members of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, whose corporate participants aim to take more account of human rights issues within their...

inbrief - news

Allegations of human rights abuses against Talisman Energy in Sudan have finally been dismissed. The US Supreme Court threw out an appeal claiming the Canadian oil and gas company was...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

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

Human rights concerns feed into OECD review - news

Seventeen new alleged corporate breaches of the guidelines for multinationals of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were accepted for investigation last year....

Confirmed: ethical goods will usually cost you more - news

The widespread belief that buying ‘ethical’ consumer goods is nearly always the more costly option has been confirmed by a new study. An analysis of the prices of white goods,...

Ruling may spell end of Alien Tort cases for firms - news

Attempts to apply the US Alien Tort law to corporations accused of human rights abuses might soon come to an end after a New York court ruling that the legislation cannot be used to hold...

inbrief - news

The Global Compact has created an online resource to help multinationals respect human rights. The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum, devised in partnership with Maplecroft, allows...

Security code is finalized - news

An international code of conduct for private security firms has been agreed and preparations are being made to implement it.   The code is built on the United Nations Respect, Protect,...

Investors want action on human rights - news

Investors have urged the US government to back the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Undrip), as a review of the country’s 2007 decision to withhold support...

Hotels drag their heels on human trafficking - news

Hotel multinationals have been attacked over their performance on human trafficking by a faith-based investment adviser. Having analysed a survey asking hotel chains about child protection...

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...

US law requires new disclosure on conflict minerals - news

The US has passed legislation requiring companies involved in the sale of minerals to show their products are not fuelling conflict or human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

Colombia gets broad coalition on human rights - news

Businesses have become involved in a project to promote human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia. Guias Colombia is a coalition of companies, NGOs and the Colombian government that...

stone business to assess its rights impacts - news

An international human rights impact assessment programme is to be set up by the landscaping materials company Marshalls. UK-based Marshalls, which manufactures paving, walling and other...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

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

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

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...

Katie Price falls foul of sweatshop allegations - news

The UK retailer Superdrug has boycotted perfume under the Katie Price brand after allegations that the product's bottles were manufactured in a factory guilty of labour abuses.   The Stunning...

British government says it wants clearer Guidelines - news

The UK government has said the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises need to be clearer, more practical and expanded to cover areas such as climate change. Responding to the results...

Lidl withdraws ad campaign - news

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

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’...

Car firms making strides - news

Car manufacturers are finally coming to terms with the demands of corporate responsibility, reports new research from the Munich-based oekom rating agency. The study of the world’s 15...

inbrief - news

The United Nations should establish a permanent advisory office on human rights and business, the UN special representative on the subject has said. In a progress report to the UN Human Rights...

Human rights principles suffer from ten-year itch - news

Adherents to the business-focused Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have celebrated the tenth anniversary of their foundation by agreeing a ‘vision statement’...

ECGD changes cause upset - news

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

Indian mining firms get compulsory CSR - news

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

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...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

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

Car makers ‘ignore abuses’ at their peril - news

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

Indonesian tribe claims $32bn from mining firm - news

A $32.5billion lawsuit against the US mining firm Freeport-McMoRan has been launched by an Indonesian tribe over the company’s alleged illegal acquisition of ancestral land. Papua’s Amungme tribe...

Lawyers urge OECD changes - news

A global lawyers' organization has said the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development should put new advice on ethical supply chain management, human rights and climate change...

Human rights concerns prompt big divestments - news

The Church of England has sold its shares in the mining multinational Vedanta over worries about the company's community relations in India. The church's Ethical Investment Advisory...

Diamond sector grandee quits over 'sham' set-up - news

A key industry figure has resigned from the World Diamond Council (WDC) over concerns that organizations set up to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds are making the problem worse rather than...

funds sell $200million in PetroChina shares over Sudan - news

The largest mutual fund manager in the US has become the latest organization to sell holdings in PetroChina over the the firm’s presence in Sudan, where human rights abuses have drawn world...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

Inquiry backs calls for business and human rights body - news

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the setting up of a  permanent UK commission for business and human rights. The year-long inquiry into business and human rights, carried out by...

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

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

Eni test human rights draft - news

Italian energy giant Eni is the latest company set to road-test human rights guidelines backed by the United Nations and the private sector arm of the World Bank. Eni, which operates in 70...

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

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

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...

Chrysler backs Burma dissident - news

Car manufacturer Chrysler has made an unusual foray into human rights activism with an advert calling for the release of Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been held under...

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...

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

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

Anger over diamond stance - news

The Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, has been criticized after backing down on its threatened suspension of Zimbabwe. The...

‘Child labour’ in US hits retail chains - news

Three US supermarkets have blacklisted a Michigan blueberry farm found using children as pickers. Wal-Mart, Meijer and Kroger say they have evidence that children as young as five were seen...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

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

UK aims for lead role in OECD guideline reforms - news

The UK government has opened a consultation on possible changes to the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises. In a process lasting until 25 January, the Business Innovation...

Missions told to keep an eye on business - news

The UK government has issued a Business and Human Rights Toolkit for its overseas missions. The 21-page document, published last month, contains guidance for UK embassies and other...

Chevron and ExxonMobil court controversy - news

Chevron, ExxonMobil, Nestlé, Shell and Vedanta were among the world's most criticized companies during September and October. The reputational risk index RepRisk said the five were 'severely...

inbrief - news

An appeal court in the US has dismissed a lawsuit against the North American energy firm Talisman over allegations of human rights abuses in Sudan. Residents of an area in southern Sudan had...

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...

Norwegian fund keeps eye on Asia - news

UK-based consultancy SourceAsia has been contracted to help the $396billion (£242bn) Norwegian Government Pension Fund conduct ethical screening of Asian companies.   The...

UN puts focus on tax issues - news

The importance of tax avoidance as a CSR issue moved up a notch last month with a decision by the United Nations Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to dedicate a section of its website to...

Privacy guidelines set for use in wider spheres - news

Guidelines on freedom of expression and privacy issues for internet companies could be modified to a wider selection of technology businesses. The guidance, from the Global Network...

Graduates find NGOs wanting - news

The 2009 graduates of a new CSR course at Geneva University have celebrated with a role reversal – holding a seminar for lecturers at their degree ceremony. Four of the 22 students,...

Global ‘ethic of doing business’ proposed by public figures - news

A manifesto outlining a new ‘economic ethic’ has been launched by the United Nations and public figures from NGOs across the world. The document, detailing ‘basic values’ in need of retrenching...

Global Compact announces 1000 removals for the year - news

More than 1000 companies have now been de-listed from the Global Compact by the United Nations for failing to meet mandatory reporting requirements. The Compact Office has released a full listing...

Nestle boycotts Mugabe milk - news

Nestle has vowed to stop buying milk from a farm owned by the wife of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. The Switzerland-based multinational, which recently admitted sourcing milk from Grace...

inbrief - news

Export Development Canada, Canada’s export credit agency, has announced three new members of its CSR advisory council. They are Deanna Rosenswig, former chief executive of the MasterCard...

Indigenous rights ‘ignored’ - news

More investors should be addressing the business risks associated with indigenous peoples, an investment research consultancy has concluded. UK-based Ethical Investment Research Service...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

PetroChina allowed to remain in Compact club - news

PetroChina has been absolved of complicity in human rights abuses in Sudan by the United Nations Global Compact after long consideration of complaints made by a host of non-governmental...

Ruggie tests complaints idea - news

A pilot to test out grievance procedures on alleged human rights abuses by companies has been set up by the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, John Ruggie....

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...

Ruggie deliberations go online - news

An online portal for materials relating to the work of John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative on business and human rights, has been set up by the United Nations Business...

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

Five signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have been de-listed for not complying with its annual reporting and assessment process. The...

Tort doubts ‘need to go to highest court' - news

Only a Supreme Court ruling will provide real clarity on whether the US’s Alien Tort law can successfully be used to convict American companies for human rights abuses abroad, a legal...

Zimbabwe ban gets nearer - news

An international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds has recommended a six-month suspension on the importing and exporting of Zimbabwean rough diamonds. The...

First objections are raised to rights commission idea - news

Signs of opposition to a proposed UK commission for business and human rights have emerged in new evidence given to the House of Commons joint committee on human rights. Figures including...

Fine-tuning, rather than reinvention, is what we need on human rights - news

A lot of noise is being generated about how developed countries should hold multinational businesses to account for their involvement in human rights abuses across the world. In Britain, there...

OECD guidelines ‘must get tougher back-up’ - news

Governments should get tougher with companies that breach the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, a UK inquiry has been told. Parliamentarians at the first two sessions of the...

Long-running cause celebre draws to an end at last - news

One of the controversies often cited as a key catalyst for the growth of corporate responsibility finally drew to a conclusion last month when the oil company Shell agreed an out of...

BLIHR leaves legacy of essential steps on rights - news

Fourteen multinationals have published a set of ‘essential steps’ that businesses must take to improve human rights. The companies, which include Areva, Coca-Cola, Ericsson,...

Car firms must face claims as Alien Tort cases proceed - news

Charges against three global car companies alleging human rights abuses in South Africa have been allowed to proceed. A New York judge has ruled that Daimler, Ford and General Motors should...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

inbrief - news

John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, is to look into the feasibility of developing guidance on ‘responsible contracting’ for...

Fruit company replies in latest Alien Tort case - news

Chiquita is facing lawsuits in the US over payments made in the 1990s to Colombian paramilitaries. Now it has produced a report on the issue. EP looks at its findings What’s the...

New commission would punish errant companies - news

Proposals for the creation of a powerful UK commission on business and human rights have been announced by an alliance of prominent non-governmental organizations. The Corporate...

UK to draw up new code on control of security firms - news

The UK government is to come up with a code of conduct on business use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) which it hopes could be applied internationally. Foreign secretary...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

One of the world’s main socially responsible investment indices is to introduce criteria on health and safety that companies will have to meet for inclusion. The new health and safety...

Core is back in town – and ready for a new challenge - news

The Corporate Responsibility Coalition has returned to focus on a new campaign for a UK government commission on business and human rights. EP talks to its coordinator When the CSR world...

Korean firms shake off Burma allegations - news

Two large Korean companies have been cleared of breaching the OECD guidelines for multinationals by becoming involved in a natural gas project in military-ruled Burma. Daewoo International...

Corporate giving may fall by one third in recession - news

UK companies’ donations to good causes are expected to fall by more than a third this year, reports a new poll. A survey of 450 business leaders, commissioned by The Social Investment...

Russell counts cost of Honduras allegations - news

Michigan University has become the 12th US higher education institution to stop sourcing sports clothing from the Russell Corporation over the company’s decision to close a unionized...

Global Compact agrees further rule-tightening - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact will soon have to meet more stringent standards just announced by its board. From 1 July new business participants will be given one year,...

World’s first higher-education SRI school announced in Australia - news

The Australian government is providing A$2.5million ($1.75m, £1.2m) over three years to establish the world’s first academic centre for responsible investment education, training and...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

Vanguard comes up with criteria on human rights - news

Vanguard, one of the largest mutual funds in the US, has developed criteria to determine whether the companies in which it invests meet human rights standards. The policy is intended to...

MPs to look at business impact on human rights - news

A UK parliamentary committee has opened an inquiry into business and human rights. The 12-member joint committee on human rights will investigate various issues, including what the...

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

FTSE4Good is paving the way for nuclear power companies to qualify for its socially responsible investment indices. Businesses in the nuclear industry are excluded at present from FTSE4Good, but...

Oil and gas sector starts work on GRI guidance - news

Five multinational oil groups are to work with the Global Reporting Initiative to produce sustainability reporting guidelines for oil and gas companies. Amerada Hess, BP, ENI, Shell and...

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

The Norwegian government has published a white paper on corporate responsibility that signals a greater future role for the country in promoting CSR around the world. The 100-page...

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

Some of the world’s best-known private equity companies have agreed responsible investment guidelines. The companies, all members of the US-based Private Equity Council (PEC), will...

Legal firms will study influence of law on CSR - news

Fifteen corporate law firms from around the world are to participate in a United Nations-led effort to determine whether corporate law in various countries might need to be changed to foster...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

Further signs of the high expectations of a change in attitude to corporate responsibility at the White House have emerged in an open letter to Barack Obama urging the  president to create...

Call for ban on new Philippines mining - news

A moratorium on new mining in the Philippines has been recommended by a British working group. The UK-based Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, chaired by former international...

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...

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...

PetroChina under fire over Darfur - news

A multi-signature open letter formally complaining that PetroChina is supporting genocide by the Sudan government in Darfur has been delivered to the United Nations Global Compact. The...

Acer puts suppliers on notice - news

Suppliers to the Taiwanese electronics company Acer have been told they must maintain social and environmental standards if they are to continue working with the group. The warning was...

Korean Air in trouble over gender policy - news

Korean Air has been accused by the National Human Rights Commission of discrimination against men in its recruitment of cabin attendants. The airline selects male cabin crew from existing...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

The next 12 months are not likely to be easy for anyone. EP asked a selection of people in the CSR world for some new year’s resolutions in the troubled times ahead. Anthony Perret,...

22 OECD cases in pipeline - news

More than 20 alleged breaches of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational corporations are being investigated by governments around the...

Chevron cleared of abuse - but cases still pile up - news

The huge oil group Chevron has been cleared by a US jury of complicity in violence that erupted on one of its platforms in Nigeria in May 1998. The charges related to disturbances in which...

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...

Internet giants sign up to fight online censorship - news

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have signed up to principles whereby they agree to offer better protection for online freedom of speech. The voluntary Global Network Initiative principles,...

Unilever denies ethical basis for Israel sale - news

Unilever is selling its stake in a factory in an illegal Israeli settlement on the West Bank – but has denied the decision results from ethical considerations.   The...

Mobile firm aims to be catalyst on poverty goals - news

Ericsson has pledged to play a leading role in raising awareness of the millennium development goals (MDGs) in the worldwide telecommunications industry. The Swedish mobile phone company...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

Pharmaceuticals sector guidelines pass the UN test - news

A set of human rights guidelines for pharmaceuticals companies has been accepted by the United Nations. The guidelines, which have a strong focus on how the sector can improve access to the...

Trio accused of failing indigenous people - news

Survival International has picked out Perenco, Samling and Vedanta as three of the worst companies for ‘abusing tribal people’s rights’. The influential non-governmental...

Corporate clout leads to Uzbek ban on child labour - news

Wal-Mart is claiming dramatic progress on eliminating child labour in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan by using its purchasing and lobbying power against the country’s government....

Firms urged to strengthen their rights reporting - news

Three organizations with links to the United Nations are making efforts to encourage more in-depth coverage of human rights in sustainability reports. The project, Human Rights: A Call to...

Business leaders assist Ruggie with his ongoing deliberations - news

A leadership group has been set up by the United Nations to advise John Ruggie, its special representative for business and human rights. The 15-strong body will include former United...

Skype stops online monitoring in China - news

Online telephone company Skype has admitted that TOM Online, the majority owner of its Chinese venture TOM-Skype, has been monitoring and storing some users' text messages. Skype issued...

Investors rediscover the joys of negative screening - news

The exclusionary approach is once again popular among institutional investors, says Will Oulton The past year or so has seen the re-emergence of negative screening – the avoidance...

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...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

Companies that have signed up to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have been given 11 key performance indicators (KPIs) against which they can measure themselves. The...

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...

UK moves on bribery as OECD pressure mounts - news

Signs are emerging that the UK government is beginning to adopt a tougher stance on the behaviour of British companies abroad, partly as a result of sustained pressure from the Organisation for...

Foreign policy needs to support responsible business practice - news

Ethical investors maintain lists of countries flouting human rights in order to avoid putting money into companies with operations there. Democratic governments keep similar lists and, on...

Compact may raise the bar - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact may soon have to meet a minimum standard for the content of their annual ‘communications on progress’ (COPs), which are public...

Samsung tops ranking of controversy - news

Samsung was the world’s most environmentally and socially controversial company in the first half of 2008, according to a new analysis. Monitoring of news from thousands of sources,...

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

A two-year research project is to consider how multinationals can limit the exploitation of migrant workers in their supply chains. It will be led by US-based Business for Social...

Legal action opens new front for anti-Israel lobbyists - news

Further signs have emerged in recent weeks that companies operating in or sourcing from the occupied West Bank of Palestine are coming under increasing pressure from pro-Palestinian campaigners...

Business resists pressure over its Zimbabwe links - news

Several large companies operating in Zimbabwe have declined to sign a voluntary agreement drawn up by the UK government on upholding human rights in the African country. Sixteen businesses...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

PetroChina plea turned down - news

The United Nations Global Compact has rejected a demand that it use its influence to persuade oil company PetroChina to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Eighty civil society...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

KPMG introduces code of conduct for suppliers - news

KPMG in Europe is claiming to have become the first large accountancy group to produce a supplier code of conduct. The business, a limited liability partnership, has asked all its main...

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

FTSE 100 companies have made progress on many corporate responsibility issues over the past five years, but they are not doing so well on board diversity and equal opportunities. Ethical...

OECD acts to address criticism of its guidelines - news

The OECD is examining ways to extend the reach of its guidelines for multinationals into China. Forty countries - among them 10 non-OECD countries - have now established National Contact...

Ruggie wins more time - news

The United Nations Human Rights Council last month extended the mandate of John Ruggie, its special representative on business and human rights, for three years. Among other things, Ruggie has...

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...

Enthusiasts find they have a global hit on their hands - news

Ethical Investment Research Services first began assessing companies a quarter of a century ago. Mike Scott talks to its chief executive Peter Webster Peter Webster, chief executive of...

Business shouldn’t wait for a consensus on human rights - news

John Ruggie, the UN special rapporteur on human rights, identifies no fewer than 27 internationally recognized human rights associated with business. From freedom of thought to freedom of...

Mining company fights back over ActionAid claims - news

Anglo American has taken the unusual step of issuing a 40-page report rebutting allegations of human rights abuses by its Anglo Platinum arm in South Africa. The international...

Violations hit European firms - news

European companies lose market value when they are associated with environmental violations – but US businesses tend to escape unscathed. Research by Sweden’s Umea School of...

Goldcorp agrees to Guatemala investigation - news

The Canadian mining group Goldcorp is to order an independent human rights impact assessment of its Guatemala operation at the request of shareholders. Goldcorp agreed to the assessment...

New mandate for Ruggie? - news

A new mandate is expected to be handed to John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, allowing him to explore further how the UN can encourage companies...

automotive firm recognized for its human rights performance - news

The Mazda Motor Corporation has received the Human Rights Merit Award from Japan’s justice ministry and the National Federation of Consultative Assemblies of Civil Liberties Commissioners....

Yahoo sets up censorship fund - news

Yahoo, the internet provider that has been attacked for its indirect role in human rights abuses in China, has established a fund to offer legal and other support to government censorship victims....

inbrief - news

Too many sustainability reporters take the easy option of talking in general terms about human rights policy or actions rather than reporting on their actual performance, the Global Reporting...

after a slow start, CSR has seen off all challengers - news

When the first issue of Ethical Performance appeared in May 1999, the dotcom bubble had not yet burst, presidents Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein were in power, UK prime minister Tony Blair was...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

I nsight Investment has developed an approach to SRI investing that takes account of its requirement to hold stocks right across the market. Mike Scott talks to Rory Sullivan. The investment...

Motorola faces boycott threat over Israel contracts - news

Motorola is the latest corporate target for campaigners complaining about human rights abuses in Israel. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of dozens of non-governmental...

Japanese firms take different tack on CSR - news

Japanese companies are doing relatively well on addressing employee and environmental issues but are struggling with human rights and ethical supply chain management. A survey of 107 Japanese...

mutual funds under fire - news

Shareholder activists in the US have begun to target mutual funds over their ethical investment policies by filing resolutions for consideration at annual meetings. Shareholders in two Fidelity...

death knell for UN norms as Ruggie delivers verdict - news

Any realistic prospect of a binding set of United Nations ‘norms’ governing the human rights responsibilities of multinationals was ended last month by the final report of John Ruggie, the UN...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Yahoo looks for US help on China dissidents - news

The internet provider Yahoo has asked the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice for assistance in freeing two Chinese journalists jailed after it complied with investigators and revealed the...

Appeal for release of ethical auditor - news

The Clean Clothes Campaign, along with other rights organizations worldwide, has urged the Bangladesh government to free Mehedi Hasan, a factory compliance monitor and employee of the...

PGGM will divest from PetroChina - news

Dutch pension fund PGGM is to exclude PetroChina from its €88billion ($127bn, £65bn) investments because of concerns over the Chinese oil company’s activities in Sudan....

Banks facing pressure over landmine lending - news

Amnesty International has urged five leading French banks to tighten their policies on investment in companies that make and trade anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions. The human...

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

State-owned businesses in China have been advised by the government to create corporate responsibility departments and policies.   Guidelines issued last month to China’s 152...

Tesco bows to pressure over Uzbekistani cotton - news

Tesco has asked its suppliers to stop sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over concerns about state-sponsored child labour. The supermarket chain has made its decision after a three-year campaign by...

Global Compact removes 400 ‘free rider’ companies - news

The UN Global Compact has taken its toughest action yet by striking off 394 companies that have failed to provide updates of how they are honouring their pledges on society and the environment....

UN’s human rights chief says norms are a long way off - news

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights has warned that it is unrealistic to think the UN will produce binding norms on corporate responsibility in the near future – and says...

Drug firms to be ranked on access to medicines - news

Institutional investors are to formally assess pharmaceuticals companies on the extent to which they improve access to medicines worldwide. The top 20 pharma companies by market...

Chinese companies respond on human rights - news

Chinese companies are making an effort to respond to allegations that they are violating human rights, according to the East Asia researcher of the Hong Kong Business and Human Rights Resource...

inbrief - news

Businesses have been warned not to allow the current preoccupation with climate change to overshadow other pressing environmental and social issues. Writing in Business for Social Responsibility's...

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

Difficulties have emerged with the drafting of background regulations for a new law in Indonesia that will require companies to set up corporate responsibility programmes. Parliament passed the...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

What would you wish for in the corporate responsibility field in 2008? EP asked some of its subscribers for their views. This is what they said. Martin Blake, head of sustainability, Royal...

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,...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

company payments to Burma ‘should be blocked by governments’ - news

New investment in Burma’s oil and gas fields should be banned by the United Nations Security Council and company payments that sustain the country’s military rule should be blocked, says a...

pension fund disinvests from Vedanta - news

The Norwegian government pension fund has decided to disinvest from four Indian subsidiaries of a mining company over concerns about ‘systematic’ environmental and human rights violations. The...

Vietnam network pushes transparency - news

The founders of a new United Nations Global Compact network in Vietnam have pledged to make increased corporate transparency one of their main objectives. Doan Duy Khuong, deputy executive...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

Korea gets Compact network - news

A Global Compact Network has been set up to promote ethical business standards and practice in Korea. The new group is the latest of more than 80 Global Compact country and regional networks and...

companies ‘need to improve’ on indigenous rights - news

Seven large companies have been said in a new study to be doing too little to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Wrongs: Risks for Resource Sectors explores the...

inbrief - news

Graham Baxter, BP’s former corporate responsibility vice-president, has become responsible business solutions director at the International Business Leaders’ Forum. Baxter will oversee the IBLF’s...

inbrief - news

Better ways of implementing ethical supply chain codes are to be explored in a new project created by John Ruggie, the UN special representative for business and human rights, and the Clean Clothes...

Deutsche Post signs up to child mortality programme - news

Deutsche Post has entered into a global partnership with the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (Unicef) to reduce child mortality. The Berlin-based postal and logistics multinational will offer the...

pharmaceuticals firms cogitate on human rights guidance - news

Human rights guidelines have been drafted for pharmaceuticals companies by a United Nations expert. The guidelines on how the industry can improve access to the two billion people in developing...

leadership role is ‘asking too much’ - news

A leading figure at Amnesty International has suggested that multinationals are being asked to take on too much responsibility for advancing human rights. Chris Marsden, chair of the Amnesty...

more firms leave Burma - news

Two household name companies – Rolls-Royce and Cartier – are to quit Burma as a result of the recent brutal clampdown on democracy campaigners there. British engineering company Rolls-Royce...

Corporate social responsibility and the shaping of global public policy - news

Matthew J. Hirschland Hardback. 202 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £42.50/$69.95 Companies and civil society are increasingly assuming the role of responsible governments to protect the...

‘she put a bomb under the business world’ - news

What lasting influence did The Body Shop founder Anita Roddick, who died last month aged 64, have on business behaviour? EP asked a handful of specialists for their views. John Elkington,...

Isdell acts on human rights - news

The Coca-Cola Company has joined the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights (Blihr). The move by the owner of one of the world’s most recognized brands is a coup for the membership body,...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

FTSE4Good stands firm over Smithfield inclusion - news

FTSE Group has resisted a call for a US meat products manufacturer to be thrown off the FTSE4Good Index for alleged antipathy to trade unions. Human Rights Watch had urged FTSE to exclude...

Anglo rejects allegations - news

A row between Anglo American and War on Want over human rights accusations has again raised the thorny issue of the accountability of non-governmental organizations. The world’s second largest...

business readies itself as China agrees reforms - news

Companies operating in China have been given until the end of this year to prepare for a new legislative regime designed to extend the protection of workers rights. The recently passed Labour...

managing risk across a range of asset classes - news

PGGM, one of the biggest pension funds in Europe, applies both exclusionary and engagement policies to its huge portfolio of equities and other investments in an effort to minimize social and...

now Volvo is targeted over Israeli use of bulldozers - news

Volvo has hit back at campaigners who are trying to engineer a boycott of the company over the use of its bulldozers in Israel to destroy Palestinian homes. The boycott calls, made by...

first Alien Tort verdict brings some clarity - news

A coal mining company has been cleared of human rights abuse charges in the first completed trial against a corporation to be brought under the Alien Tort Claims statute in the US....

new kitemark for companies comes at a cost - news

Companies of all sizes will soon be able to qualify for a new corporate responsibility kitemark. The SEE Stamp, which should be available within the next couple of months, has been devised by...

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...

charity to engage Indian firms on child labour - news

Save the Children Sweden is to hold talks with selected companies in India on management policy and CSR. The move follows publication of a new report by the charity, Corporate social...

ANZ exonerated over logging links - news

An accusation that Australia’s ANZ Bank has supported unsustainable logging in Papua New Guinea has been rejected. The complaint was that the bank had breached guidelines for multinationals...

better to work with the tools to hand than pin hopes on regulation - news

Is there such a thing as international law governing company behaviour? The question is not purely academic. Much is made of the emerging framework of international initiatives in this area. The...

publisher quits arms fairs - news

Reed Elsevier is to stop hosting arms fairs over ethical concerns about its involvement with the defence industry. The Anglo-Dutch multinational publishing group made the announcement in the...

£6bn worth of British SRI funds get the star treatment - news

A star rating system for UK ethical investment funds has been announced by Ethical Investment Research Services. The ratings, which cover the 90 retail ethical funds domiciled in the UK, are...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

UN gives Ruggie an extra year to review norms - news

John Ruggie, the United Nations secretary-general’s special representative on business and human rights, has been granted his wish for an extra year to complete his deliberations on how the UN...

guidelines on corporate behaviour to be updated - news

A key international mechanism for overseeing company behaviour on issues such as human rights, bribery and information disclosure is set to be revised. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational...

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

The Belgo-Dutch banking and insurance group Fortis has deepened its commitment to corporate responsibility by setting out CSR goals for the next two years under the title of ‘Agenda 2009’....

inbrief - news

Insight Investment had 400 formal engagements with companies on corporate responsibility topics last year. Most of the discussions were on two issues – health and safety (154) and climate change...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

Enlightened self-interest should spur business support for migrants, argue Mary Robinson and Aron Cramer For the business community, labour migration has become a pressing question that...

an ISO standard on CSR is slowly taking shape - news

Work on an international standard on social responsibility is progressing well, but the large number of interested parties involved remains a concern What is an ISO standard? ISO...

talk could plug data gap - news

A lack of communication between research teams in different parts of the investment industry appears to be an important factor in the reluctance of many institutional investors to take adequate...

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...

Rolls-Royce decides to cut Sudan links - news

Rolls Royce has said it will ‘progressively withdraw’ from any contracts it has in Sudan, owing to concerns about the country’s humanitarian crisis. The British engineering group, which...

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

landmark decision gives security principles teeth - news

Corporate signatories to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights will now have to report annually on their progress against them, and will face disciplinary action if they have...

building a consensus on human rights and business - news

Normative principles are an essential step towards legally defined standards, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler John Ruggie’s recently submitted final report to the United Nations’ Human Rights...

backlog of human rights complaints is reduced - news

National governments appear to have improved their clear-up rate for complaints made against companies for allegedly breaching the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Figures...

sweet makers in a corner over child labour efforts - news

Pressure is growing on the global confectionery industry to show that its measures to bear down on child labour at cocoa farms in Africa are paying off. Amnesty International announced last...

UN mulls over Ruggie’s request for more time - news

The United Nations Human Rights Council will wait until next month to decide whether to extend for another year the mandate of John Ruggie, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

Five years ago, at the height of the furore about Enron, some within the SRI community sought to present CSR as the first cousin of corporate governance, then a prime business concern. Corporate...

faith can add a new dimension to the responsible workplace - news

Business organizations should not be afraid of allowing religion into CSR, says David Miller Many in the corporate world would rather not bring religion into the boardroom. Fair enough,...

Colombia firms build code - news

Businesses are to draw up guidelines on how best to deal with human rights and security dilemmas in Colombia. Tipiel (construction), Interconexion Electrica (telecoms and energy) and Isagen...

inquiry into UN norms moves into extra time - news

The man tasked with finding a way ahead for the United Nations on business and human rights has asked for an extra year to finish his work. John Ruggie, special representative of the...

FTSE4Good sorts the sheep from the goats - news

European oil and gas companies have consistently outperformed their US counterparts on social and environmental issues for at least the last 12 months, FTSE data suggests. US oil and gas majors...

mining company hits back over Philippines claims - news

One of the main mining companies operating in the Philippines has rejected trenchant allegations made in an international report that the industry has brought environmental disaster and murder to...

inbrief - news

Ernst & Young has added three people to its corporate responsibility team. They are Simon Abrams (manager), who has previously worked for Jupiter Asset Management, Business in the Community...

inbrief - news

Ericsson and General Electric have joined the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights. Chaired by Mary Robinson, former president of the Irish Republic, Blihr now has 13 member companies.

good government is about more than just regulation - news

Politicians have a role to play in CSR that extends far beyond introducing regulation, says Eric Biel In discussions on the role of government in CSR, government is all too often...

Swedish pension funds present a united research front - news

Four of Sweden’s state pension funds are to pool their research resources to assess the social and environmental performance of overseas companies in which they have holdings. The...

big names follow Nike lead on China labour reform plans - news

More multinationals have broken ranks with their industry associations by backing Chinese labour law reforms largely opposed by the associations. Several companies, including Ericsson,...

beleaguered Siemens opts to quit Sudan - news

A second European engineering company has decided to quit the troubled African state of Sudan for humanitarian reasons. Siemens, Europe’s largest electronics and electrical engineering group,...

Domini moves into Asia - news

Two socially responsible investment vehicles newly set up by Domini Social Investments are believed to be the first US-based ethical funds to concentrate on the Asia Pacific region. The...

Daewoo and Kogas get warning on Burmese project - news

Companies working on the Burmese Shwe project to develop a huge natural gas field in the Gulf of Bengal have been asked to assess whether the operation will damage the environment in...

another 200 'free-riders' are cast aside by Compact - news

A further 203 signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been de-listed for failing to issue an annual report on how they are implementing the Compact's ten principles. The...

engineering firm leaves Sudan - for time being - news

The Swiss multinational engineering group ABB is halting its work in Sudan because of the country's increasing political and social instability. The company, which insisted last year that it...

Sri Lanka targeted by Global Compact - news

Awareness of the United Nations Global Compact will be promoted among companies in Sri Lanka through a collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The two bodies...

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...

Marriot takes action on sex tourism - news

The Marriott hotel group has revised its human rights policy specifically to tackle the sexual exploitation of children on its premises after shareholders filed a resolution on the subject and...

Chinese banks criticized on human rights - news

The Chinese government and the banks it owns have been attacked for ignoring human rights and environmental standards in their involvement in Africa. Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank...

inbrief - news

General Electric has joined the Business Leaders' Initiative on Human Rights, a business-led project to improve its members' performance on human rights. The body now has 14 members.

Yahoo! stands firm on China - news

Internet services company Yahoo! has said the only way to avoid being forced to hand over information on dissidents in China is to end all involvement with the country. The company has been...

pension funds appoint research providers - news

A large French pension fund has chosen Paris-based rating agency Vigeo and Munich-based research provider oekom to assist in developing a new SRI policy. ERAFP (Établissement de Retraite...

inbrief - news

Former World Bank president James Wolfensohn and Mary Robinson, the ex-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, are joining the advisory board of the International Business Leaders’...

inbrief - news

Two US courts have dismissed separate lawsuits against Coca-Cola and the Canadian energy company Talisman over allegations of involvement in human rights abuses in Colombia and Sudan...

everything you need to know about G3 - news

EP sets out the key changes that will be brought in by the newly revamped Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting, introduced last month October’s enormous...

Ruggie wary of UN norms - news

The man charged with finding a way forward for the United Nations on human rights and business has reiterated his deep reservations about the idea of multinationals having to comply with ‘UN...

frustrated German NGOs want to force pace on CSR - news

Thirty civil society organizations in Germany have created a new CSR group to persuade companies to do more on corporate responsibility. The Berlin-based German Network for Corporate...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has published a CSR framework setting out guidelines for public listed companies on environmental, community, marketplace and workplace activities. Bursa Malaysia...

From Edward Potter, director, global labour relations & workplace accountability, Coca-Cola - news

In recent years, there has been considerable public interest in The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Colombia. Allegations about our business there were the subject of a 2001 lawsuit filed...

Fortune 500 show willing on human rights agenda - news

Some of the world's largest companies have been praised by John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, for their progress on tackling human rights issues....

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...

Most Apac countries are tough on corporate abuse - news

Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region show a willingness to respond politically to human rights violations by corporations, says a report prepared for Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations...

Apple supplier cleared of human rights allegations - news

An independent investigation has discounted almost all allegations that human rights have been abused at Apple's iPod factory in Longhua, China. Verite, a non-profit social auditing and research...

Who’s Who guide is updated - news

The second edition of an Indian CSR guide lists the practices and policies of more than 50 organizations. The Who’s Who in CSR in India: A Resource Guide 2006 has been brought out with...

Asian groups want Norms to remain - news

A grouping of more than 20 Asian civil society groups has warned against the wholesale ditching of draft UN guidelines on the conduct of multinationals. A sub-commission of the UN...

let’s not mire ourselves in definitional confusion - news

Should it be CSR or CR? It’s better to change behaviour than the phrases we use, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler The responsibility of companies to society lies in the provision of goods and...

Wal-Mart 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...

pioneering firms explore human rights framework - news

A dozen international companies, including Barclays, Gap, Novartis and Statoil, have committed themselves to develop a ‘common framework’ on business and human rights. The companies, all members...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

inbrief - news

French nuclear power company Areva and Canadian aluminium producer Alcan have joined the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, an 11-strong group that explores how companies can apply the...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

ABB fights back on Sudan - news

ABB has hit back at investors and critics concerned at the multinational engineering group’s involvement in business operations in Sudan. The Zurich-based company has taken the unusual step of...

US court tells Unocal to pay over human rights - news

Unocal has been told it must itself find the money to pay for an out of court settlement with alleged victims of human rights abuses on its Yadana pipeline project in Burma. The company...

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,...

John Ruggie: a man in search of the ‘sparkling grey zone’ - news

EP talks to former United Nations assistant secretary general John Ruggie about his tricky task of devising a way forward for the UN on business and human rights John Ruggie is clearly...

row brews over Starbucks’ Guantánamo presence - news

Starbucks has been accused of failing to show a proper commitment to human rights by siting a coffee store at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, where suspected terrorists...

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

Peugeot Citroen has reached a landmark agreement with 85 trade unions by committing itself to new global workplace and supply chain standards. The multinational French car manufacturer,...

Commerzbank puts flesh on commitment - news

Commerzbank has formed a reputation and sustainability management team as part of efforts to improve its social and environmental performance. The three-person team will be responsible for CSR...

FTSE4Good drops 19 for failing tests - news

Liz Claiborne, Nordstrom and Hilton Hotels are among the 19 companies dropped from the FTSE4Good index after the benchmark index’s latest review. The majority were removed for failing to...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

Olympus wants suppliers to meet social standards - news

Olympus Group, the Japanese precision instrument maker, has brought in a procurement policy that will favour suppliers that show they take account of their impacts on human rights, labour...

staying put ‘may be best’ - news

Companies should not allow themselves to be bullied into quitting countries with poor human rights records just because pressure groups and politicians demand they do, BP’s chairman has said....

the Reebok human rights report 2005 - news

Paperback and at www.reebok.com . 76pp. Reebok’s Human rights report 2005 is an impressive piece of work. It contains lots of highly informative facts and figures clearly presented in a...

freedom Bill puts further squeeze on internet firms - news

Pressure on internet businesses to tackle the human rights implications of online censorship has intensified with the publication of a Bill in the US that would allow prosecutions for censorship...

inbrief - news

In a further sign that companies are taking notice of shareholder resolutions relating to social and environmental matters, resolutions filed by the US-based Interfaith Center on Corporate...

inbrief - news

UK-based consultancy TwentyFifty is to take on the management of the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights. The group, whose corporate members share ideas on developing their human rights...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

inbrief - news

Coca-Cola is to allow an independent investigation into its labour relations in Colombia, where it has been dogged by allegations of complicity in human rights abuses connected with its bottling...

criticism augurs end of ‘flawed’ human rights norms - news

The prospect of binding norms governing the behaviour of multinational corporations has been dealt a severe blow by the United Nations special representative appointed last year to look into the...

Caterpillar gets reprieve - news

The Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group has decided not to recommend disinvestment from the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar, despite a request to do so from...

Asian Development Bank under pressure on Burma - news

Sixteen pressure groups, including Earthrights International, have raised human rights concerns with the Asian Development Bank over the projects in Burma in which it is indirectly involved. The...

UN rapporteur to examine role of drugs firms - news

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to health is to investigate how pharmaceutical companies can improve the health of the world’s poor, beyond the commercial sale of products....

in search of answers on Google’s China venture - news

Google’s decision to censor search results in China on behalf of the authorities has left the company vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy and spurning human rights What’s all this about...

French navy makes waves with first CSR assessment - news

The French navy has shown there is life in CSR beyond the corporate sector by submitting itself to a social responsibility assessment. The Marine Nationale opened itself to scrutiny by...

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...

Australian bank focuses on CSR procurement - news

Human rights and environmental considerations will be combined in a new overall CSR procurement policy being announced this year by the National Australia Bank. The bank says in...

Shell heading for more trouble over Nigeria oil - news

Religious and pressure groups are continuing their attack on Shell over its actions in Nigeria in advance of the company’s annual meeting. The oil giant’s troubles in the volatile West...

inbrief - news

The Vigeo Group has become the latest rating agency to offer to identify for investors those companies that do not comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Its...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

gas rush brings more firms into Burma orbit - news

The lure of gas reserves in Burma has led to a growth in the number of natural resources companies operating there over the past year, despite the reputational and financial risks of doing...

Morocco embraces CSR - news

The Moroccan government says it wants to ‘differentiate’ the country from other emerging markets by gaining a reputation for high workplace standards in human rights, environmental impact and...

CSR school goes to Hong Kong - news

A field trip to look at practical stakeholder engagement is on the programme for this month’s CSR Asia winter school in Hong Kong. The subjects for the workshops at the school include human...

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

The top European companies are twice as likely to publish social reports as their US counterparts, a study has revealed. The survey by UK consultancy Context has found that 84 of the 100 largest...

BAT defends Burma position - news

British American Tobacco has defended its decision not to disclose in its annual accounts that it has operated a factory in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, for four years. Only 'principal...

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

Wells Fargo comes under fire for 'outdated' CSR approach - news

One of the oldest US corporations is being targeted in a new campaign by the Rainforest Action Network for what the activist group describes as its 'outdated practices' on social and...

ScottishPower begins review of fuel suppliers - news

International energy generation group ScottishPower has begun assessing the social and environmental performance of its coal and natural gas suppliers. The UK-based group has been reviewing...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

Fourteen of the world's 100 largest businesses have scored less than ten out of 100 in the second annual AccountAbility Rating of their social and environmental performance. The companies,...

it's time for companies to facilitate good governance - news

Companies should help countries to become more stable places to do business, says Martin Summers The long-term prosperity of many countries depends on their ability to move away from...

human rights initiative gives itself three more years of life - news

Members of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, which was to wind up in spring 2006, have agreed to extend its work until 2009. The initiative was founded in May 2003 by ABB,...

India's record finds favour - news

India's labour rights and environment legislation has been applauded by the SustainAbility consultancy in the first of its studies of CSR in emerging countries. The report records the closure of...

Ruggie takes on delicate task of considering UN norms - news

The vexed question of whether the United Nations should develop a set of binding ‘norms’ for the behaviour of multinational corporations has been passed to a man who is a firm proponent of...

Centrica uses diversity to open up new supplies - news

Utilities business Centrica is intensifying its efforts on diversity to help it open up new natural gas supplies in remote regions. The group believes that recruiting a more diverse...

companies put on notice as UN Compact gets teeth - news

The United Nations has finally agreed a complaints procedure to deal with any allegations that corporate signatories to its Global Compact might be breaching its underlying principles. The...

why US companies are a blot on FTSE4Good's landscape - news

Many US companies are failing to meet the criteria necessary for inclusion in one of the world's best-known SRI indexes. EP looks at the reasons - and the excuses It has its critics, but...

big firms join fight to tackle African poverty - news

International companies have formed Business Action for Africa to build on the momentum of the Commission for Africa and the recent focus on the continent at the G8 summit. The coalition,...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

jewellery firms to agree set of ethical guidelines - news

The international jewellery industry is to establish the first global responsibility guidelines for its products. Influential businesses in the gold and diamond market have begun a six-month...

inbrief - news

The Brazilian government is considering whether two aluminium companies have failed to observe international guidelines on responsible business behaviour during the construction of the Barra Grande...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

firms to get Dalits code - news

Companies operating in South Asia are to be invited to sign up to principles that will commit them to tackling discrimination against Dalits, or 'untouchables', who stand on the lowest rung in...

gold company comes clean on payments to Congo militia - news

The multinational gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has pledged to clamp down on facilitation payments after admitting that some of its funds have ended up with an African militia group....

inbrief - news

Desta Raines, who has been the Vietnam director of Social Accountability International for four years, has joined the US retailer Jones Apparel Group as a compliance and human rights manager.

Atlantic drift may bring proxy voting transparency to UK - news

Sarbanes-Oxley has opened the proxy voting records of thousands of US mutual funds to public scrutiny, adding a new dimension to shareholder activism. The knock-on effects are now being felt in...

EC white paper stalled as wrangling continues - news

Political disagreements have led to further postponement of the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR communication. The communication, also known as a white paper, will not now appear...

Caterpillar defeats bulldozer vote - news

An attempt by human rights activists to force the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar to look into the use of its bulldozers by the Israeli military has been convincingly rejected...

Compact unveils plan to get tough on ‘free riders’ - news

Signatory companies to the United Nations’ Global Compact that fail to deal with allegations that they are not observing its principles could effectively be removed under plans for a complaints...

China venue for supply chain talks - news

Supply chain representatives and other interested parties, rather than corporate executives, will speak on CSR and related issues at CSR Asia's first conference at Shekou, Shenzhen, China, on 21...

inbrief - news

Two Danish pension funds have begun using the new Convention Watch service developed by the London-based SRI data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund...

norms are kept alive as UN agrees compromise - news

Supporters of efforts to develop a set of ‘norms’ on acceptable behaviour by multinationals under the auspices of the United Nations were thrown a lifeline last month when the annual meeting of the...

ChevronTexaco courts trouble over Burma link - news

ChevronTexaco has been warned that its proposed $18billion (£9.6bn) takeover of Unocal could make it a focus for human rights campaigns because of Unocal’s involvement in the Yadana project in...

trade body embraces CSR - news

A global trade association representing companies in direct marketing is to form a CSR committee. The New York-based Direct Marketing Association says that its Committee on Social Responsibility...

British framework aims to define role of government - news

The UK has formally established the parameters of its corporate social responsibilities. EP considers the implications for companies Although the UK government has been acknowledged as a...

15 targeted on labour rights - news

Fifteen companies are facing shareholder resolutions in the US urging them to adopt human rights policies on workplace conditions in their supply chains. The resolutions, filed by New York City...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

hedge fund homes in on boycott casualties - news

Activists have set up a hedge fund betting on the possibility that the market value of a company will fall due to reputational damage related to corporate responsibility issues. The London-based...

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

A large Malaysian forestry company has been warned by its bank that it must meet better environmental standards or face being dropped as a customer. Chuck Prince, chief executive of Citigroup,...

five year initiative makes inroads - news

Factory employees and managers have paid tribute to the work of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, a five-year initiative that ended in December. The alliance was created at the...

oil firm tie-ups with NGOs are condemned - news

Links between conservation bodies and oil companies were condemned by the Oilwatch South East Asia Network as the two met in Kuala Lumpur on 8 and 9 March. Oilwatch protested that oil companies...

Toshiba targets suppliers - news

Toshiba has drawn up a procurement policy for its 400 companies establishing CSR standards it requires from suppliers. The Japanese corporation, whose products include telephone systems, office...

inbrief - news

A website giving information on the human rights conduct of 1800 companies has been started by the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, which has offices in the UK and the US....

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

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

shipping firms sail into new waters - news

Shipping companies are meeting this month to decide how best to raise social and environmental standards in their industry. The companies are being brought together by classification and...

editorial standards are the key issue for media sector - news

Media companies can show their corporate responsibility best through transparent and responsible editorial policies, a consultation with the sector’s stakeholders has found. A long dialogue with...

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

Burma companies pinpointed - news

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has listed 440 multinational companies trading with Burma, including more than 40 new names, in its latest report on business in the...

ethical standards body formed - news

A group that will try to raise and maintain the ethical standards of products from the Asia Pacific area was formed in the US in January. The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), a non-profit...

inbrief - news

Independent auditors have certified Chiquita’s banana farms in Guatemala and Honduras to the Social Accountability 8000 labour and human rights standard. This means all Chiquita’s Latin American...

Gallaher looks beyond tobacco - news

Tobacco multinational Gallaher is extending its ethical supply-chain monitoring efforts by assessing the social impact of the companies that furnish it with non-tobacco inputs. The new work by...

Unocal’s Burma deal short-circuits legal case - news

Human rights activists hoping for a precedent-setting legal judgement over allegations that oil company Unocal used forced labour in Burma (Myanmar) have had their hopes dashed by an out-of-court...

logistics firms prepare to measure progress - news

Seven global transport and logistics companies are to produce a set of social and environmental performance indicators for their sector by the end of next year. The multinationals – DHL, Ferrovie...

social reporters guilty of ‘portrayal gap’ - news

Companies are too soft on themselves when divulging information in their social reports, an academic study has found. Carol Adams, head of the School of Accounting at Deakin University in...

drugs firms urged to forge closer relationships with NGOs - news

A United Nations health specialist has suggested pharmaceutical companies and human rights workers co-operate more closely to find ways of improving the health of the world’s poor. Paul Hunt, who...

Calvert turns mirror on itself - news

One of the best-known SRI asset managers in the US has practised what it preaches by publishing its first sustainability report. Maryland-based Calvert has tabled 14 shareholder resolutions in...

BBC to develop policy on oppressive regimes - news

The BBC is creating a human rights framework tailored to the specific needs of a media organization with operations in countries run by oppressive regimes. Initial work on the policy is being...

OECD cases revealed - news

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time publicly listed ‘specific instances’ of alleged non-compliance with its guidelines for multinational enterprises....

pragmatism urged in China - news

Socially responsible investments can be made in China if investors are willing to overlook obstacles on staff access to free trade unions, a study suggests. An analysis by Switzerland-based Bank...

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

A global trend towards litigation could be threatening progress on corporate responsibility, according to John Elkington, who heads the SustainAbility consultancy. Elkington says the growing...

second term for Bush puts the ball in corporate court - news

While the US election results were widely regarded as bad news for CSR, the re-election of the president could, paradoxically, be a catalyst for change It would be wrong to say that gloom has...

more time given to look at Equator Principles - news

The International Finance Corporation has decided to extend the period of consultation on the Equator Principles, in the face of criticism from industry and pressure groups that it has not allowed...

FTSE4Good sets bar on labour standards - news

Sixty-eight of the 900 companies in the FTSE4Good index family will be required to meet new criteria on supply chain labour standards by July 2005 if they want to remain as constituents. The new...

Nordic region gets set of ethical indices - news

The first family of ethical indices specifically for companies in the Nordic region has been established by GES Investment Services and News Agency Direkt. All companies listed in Copenhagen,...

Study highlights at-risk Hong Kong firms - news

Cheung Kong, the property and telecoms company, and HSBC, the banking group, are among businesses highlighted in a Hong Kong University report as trading in countries guilty of human rights...

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

how the OECD’s fine principles are getting bogged down in detail - news

Procedures in the UK for handling complaints brought against companies for allegedly breaching OECD guidelines on responsible corporate behaviour do not appear to be working to the...

inbrief - news

Only half the companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes cover human rights in their standards for suppliers. A study of DJSI companies by Zurich-based...

The US Supreme Court adds a fresh ingredient to a potent brew - news

Taking potshots at large companies has long been a popular past time for pressure groups. In the last decade, the game has become a lot more serious. One reason is that...

Canadian firms told to perform better on human rights - news

Canadian companies need to spend more time on human rights issues as part of their CSR programmes, says the country’s first National Corporate Social Responsibility...

Global Compact adds 10th principle to its list - news

The United Nations has added an extra principle, covering corruption and bribery, to its Global Compact. The one-sentence tenth principle, which commits signatories to...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

Nippon Unipac unveils charter - news

One of Japan’s largest paper and pulp businesses has produced an ‘action charter’ as the foundation for a CSR programme. The seven-point charter commits Nippon Unipac...

FTSE index ‘has led to change’ - news

Figures published by FTSE suggest that the index provider’s FTSE4Good series has directly led to improvements in companies’ social and environmental...

UN norms face uncertain fate - news

Further progress on United Nations draft norms setting out companies’ basic human rights responsibilities is to be delayed for at least a year. At its annual...

FTSE4Good drops 29 firms - news

Tougher environmental and human rights criteria have played an important part in the decision by the FTSE4Good’s review committee to drop 29 companies from the...

activists win rights policy - news

Occidental Petroleum, the American oil and gas company, is to develop a formal human rights policy after talks with shareholder activists. The activists, led by the...

logo offers firms ‘ethical’ endorsement - news

UK companies are being offered a logo for use on product packaging and publicity materials that recognizes their socially responsible practice. The logo – a...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

‘best practice’ firms are not so hot - news

Only six out of 30 Hong Kong companies that put themselves forward as examples of best practice on CSR explicitly allow trade union membership. A survey carried out by...

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

There is growing business opposition to United Nations norms that set out the basic human rights responsibilities of companies operating in more than one country....

how a trust fund could end partnership angst - news

The business world should create a mechanism to distribute grants to non-governmental organizations, suggests Roger Cowe Engagement and dialogue are watchwords...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

The world’s fourth largest tobacco group has set out the corporate responsibility standards that it hopes to meet during the next few years. Imperial Tobacco says...

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...

new business group hints at support for regulation - news

An international group of business leaders is to consider backing the case for more regulation of companies on human rights issues. Until now, most business organizations...

World Bank told to stop investing in oil projects - news

An independent review commissioned by the World Bank has proposed the institution phase out financial support for oil projects in favour of lending to renewable energy...

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...

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...

Chevron sets out principles - news

Oil and petroleum multinational ChevronTexaco is to issue its 53,000 staff with corporate responsibility guiding principles. The principles, developed as part of a...

Danisco discovers room for improvement on CSR - news

Three-quarters of the production sites owned by the sugar and food ingredients group Danisco now comply with the company’s CSR policy, according to an internal assessment....

chemical firms to set goals - news

The UK chemical industry has taken a step towards greater transparency by declaring it will publish social and environmental goals this summer. The Chemical...

inbrief - news

The International Finance Corporation is to discuss with commercial banks whether to include human rights in its voluntary guidelines for assessing the social and...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

The progress made by US companies in the field of CSR is largely the result of an overriding need to manage reputation, not of government prodding The aftermath of the state visit...

BHP Billiton assesses human rights risks - news

The world’s largest diversified resources company has taken a first step towards formally assessing the exposure of each of its sites to human rights-related risks....

BAT says Burma pull-out was ‘not the best way’ - news

British American Tobacco has said it still does not agree that businesses should pull out of Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the country’s human rights record, even...

time to give clear lead on CSR, Bush is told - news

The US government has been urged to clarify its position on CSR to show companies what it expects from them. A working group of 27 senior corporate responsibility...

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

Ethical supply chain management could hit the buffers because too few stakeholders are involved, a worldwide study has warned. A survey of more than 200 supply chain...

UN Norms offer firms a template for change - news

Companies now have a powerful international framework that will help them to address their social impacts, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler The recent unanimous adoption...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

Toyota is now best in class, says Dow Jones index - news

Toyota, a new entrant to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, was last month judged best in class in its sector at the third annual index review. The Japanese car...

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

The world’s largest music publishing company has unveiled a social responsibility policy. EMI Group, which has a roster of 1000 recording artists and a turnover of...

Global Compact moves to address issue of violators - news

The United Nations is to set up a Global Compact task force to consider how best to deal with participants in major breach of the Compact’s nine guiding principles on...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

UN human rights norms will benefit responsible companies - news

Ask for a lot and hope to end up with a little. That seems to be the negotiating stance taken by the United Nations working group that last month put forward human rights...

Canada to get annual CSR health check - news

A snapshot of how different industry sectors in Canada, the world’s seventh-largest economy, are performing on social and environmental issues is expected to be published...

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...

Total defends role in Burma - news

Oil and gas company Total has used its first CSR report to defend its presence in Burma (Myanmar). The French multinational argues that its withdrawal from the...

business offered key indicators - news

An influential industry body that campaigns on CSR has published 27 indicators that it believes all companies should be using in social and environmental reports. The...

55 suppliers sign up to BT standard - news

More than 50 suppliers of BT have now signed contractual agreements to work towards the company’s in-house standards on human rights and workplace conditions. Latest...

UN proposes human rights 'norms' for firms - news

The United Nations has put forward guidelines on human rights that will apply to companies operating in more than one country. The guidelines for ‘transnational...

inbrief - news

Seventy-two environmental and human rights groups from 29 countries have written to companies and investors asking them to withdraw from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil...

inbrief - news

Bennett Freeman is to head a new corporate responsibility unit set up by the US public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Freeman, former US deputy assistant secretary of...

clothing firms go public with their supplier audits - news

Seven of the world’s largest clothing and footwear companies have allowed details of independent supplier factory audits to be published for the first time, in what is...

FTSE4Good proposes to tighten criteria on the marketing of infant formula milk - news

Companies that sell infant formula milk and wish to qualify as members of the FTSE4Good indexes are likely to have to show in future that they are strongly committed to...

assurance gaining ground with big company reporters - news

More of the world’s largest companies are now having their social and environmental reports verified by third parties, a study has found. Of the 48 companies in...

communicate your achievements but be prepared for some knocks - news

Nothing excites like a new market, or failing that, a new angle on an old market. So it is with corporate social responsibility and public relations, where on both sides of the...

Starbucks takes long view on coffee farmer contracts - news

Starbucks has dramatically increased the number of long-term contracts it signs with developing-country coffee growers in an attempt to provide them with a more secure living....

Anglo American makes move on local dialogue - news

Nine out of ten sites run by Anglo American are expected to have community engagement plans in place by the end of 2003. The world’s second-largest mining group says the...

inbrief - news

A human rights ‘checklist’ for business has been produced by Amnesty International. The six-page booklet, The human rights responsibilities of companies, summarizes...

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...

FTSE4Good raises bar for oil, gas and mining firms - news

Oil, gas and mining companies must begin reporting publicly on their human rights records from September 2003 to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index family....

inbrief - news

Former US senator George Mitchell has warned BP that it risks committing human rights abuses if it goes ahead with a $2billion (£1.3bn) project to build liquid natural...

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...

parliament set for CSR hearing - news

A European Parliament hearing on corporate social responsibility has been scheduled for 12 June. The hearing, organized by Labour MEP Richard Howitt, is likely to focus...

UN Global Compact hardens stance - news

Companies that have signed the United Nations Global Compact but fail to meet its terms could face the prospect of disciplinary action. Although the UN is unlikely to...

the CSR trinity: morality, self-interest & regulation - news

There are three main ways to encourage directors and shareholders to take greater account of CSR, says Roger Cowe CSR has come a long way in the past few years, but it is...

Pirc extends advice service - news

A service that advises institutional investors how to vote on corporate social responsibility matters has been launched by UK-based Pension Investment Research Consultants....

sugar firms create code - news

The European sugar industry has agreed a set of minimum standards on corporate social responsibility. The voluntary standards, enshrined in a code of conduct that will...

Desjardins joins the club - news

Desjardins Group, the sixth largest financial institution in Canada, has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s finance initiative on sustainability....

downturn will not hit CSR, say chief execs - news

Less than one in five global company leaders believe the current economic downturn will affect their business’s commitment to corporate social responsibility....

KLP bans 27 big names - news

One of Norway’s largest institutional investors has excluded 27 companies from its portfolio after setting a ‘minimum ethical standard’ for all its...

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...

two more back security code - news

The governments of Norway and the Netherlands have signed a set of principles intended to reduce conflicts arising from oil companies’ use of security forces at sites in...

finance sector gets social performance indicators - news

Social performance indicators for financial institutions have been set out in a supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s guidelines on sustainability reporting....

do-it-yourself approach no longer good enough - news

It’s time for investors who engage with companies to agree core ethical standards, says Craig Mackenzie Large institutional shareholders are discovering a new willingness to...

ING puts human rights to fore - news

Investment management firm ING is to take more account of human rights issues in its investment portfolio this year. The Dutch asset manager, which manages $300billion...

Holcim shows new year resolution on CSR policy - news

A group-wide corporate social responsibility programme is to be launched by the Swiss cement multinational Holcim this year. The group has told its 70 subsidiary companies...

20 firms face legal action over apartheid - news

Twenty multinationals have been named in a lawsuit seeking reparations for their allegedrole in supporting apartheid in South Africa. The suit, filed by a South African...

oil firms agree transparency pact - news

Eleven oil companies are to break new ground in transparency by declaring how much money they pay to three governments on a new oil project in theCaspian Sea. The...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is to become the first UK institutional investor to make public its voting record record at annual general meetings. CIS, which has...

common standards are needed for engagement to be effective - news

More companies are facing questions from investors about their social, environmental and ethical performance than ever before. Gone are the days when only a few companies,...

as Accor quits Burma, more companies move in - news

The world’s largest hotel chain has become the latest company to withdraw from Burma. Accor, which runs more than 3700 hotels in 90 countries, has announced that...

FTSE unveils ethical South African index - news

Plans for a socially responsible investment index in South Africa have been unveiled by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The two companies have...

inbrief - news

Amec has begun work on in-house human rights guidelines. The UK-based construction company said: ‘We’re consulting as many people as we can about an appropriate set of...

corporate reporters are warned: you have half an hour to deliver your CSR message - news

Companies have only a small window of opportunity to get their message across to readers of social and environmental reports. Three out of four readers spend less than half...

Anglo American to speak up on human rights issues - news

The world’s second-largest mining group has decided to take a more interventionist approach with governments on human rights. Anglo American says it has ‘the right and the...

UN guidelines to be released in 2003 - news

United Nations human rights guidelines for businesses are expected to be published next summer. There has been ‘significant progress’ on drafting the guidelines,...

US retailers settle sweatshop case - news

Seven US clothing retailers sued over alleged sweatshop conditions at supplier factories have agreed to pay for third-party monitoring of working conditions as part of an out...

inbrief - news

Tobacco company Brown & Williamson and finance firm Lehman Brothers Holdings are among 13 companies named in lawsuits filed by African-American slave descendants demanding...

why CSR is a corporate governance challenge - news

A wave of human rights lawsuits against multinationals demonstrates the need for board oversight of CSR risks, says Elliot Schrage American courts are redefining...

FTSE4Good expands again – but ousts 17 firms - news

Fifty-nine companies have been added to the four main FTSE4Good indices and 17 removed in the latest review of constituents. BHP Billiton, Ford, Tate & Lyle and Telecom...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

A worldwide standard on corporate social responsibility, administered by the International Organization for Standardization, is ‘both desirable and feasible’, an ISO...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

The legal accountability of companies for acts outside their home base is unclear. But cases are being brought against companies for human rights violations abroad...

agency rises out of Arese ashes - news

A new ratings agency has been formed to analyse the social and environmental performance of companies around the world. Vigeo, which will be based in Bagnolet, France, has...

Bush aide urges firms to take up CSR - news

The Bush administration has made its first significant comments about corporate social responsibility in the wake of the business conduct and accounting scandals in the US...

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...

Exxon seeks to reduce conflict - news

ExxonMobil and Occidental Petroleum have joined other companies in an effort to reduce conflicts arising from the use of security forces at sites in developing countries....

ministers opt for OFRs - news

The UK government has said it will require large companies to publish annual operating and financial reviews (OFR) that should include an assessment of their social and...

inbrief - news

Tandem has organized a social responsibility committee made up of representatives from each of the company’s operating units to develop policies on the environment, labour...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

question at AGM pays dividends for bank - news

A CSR executive at a major bank has planted a question about corporate social responsibility at his company’s annual meeting in an unusual bid to raise staff awareness of its...

UN human rights code scrutinized - news

The United Nations business guidelines on human rights, Human rights principles and responsibilities for transnational corporations and other business enterprises –...

Kidde makes reporting debut - news

A leading fire and safety products company has for the first time included a section on corporate social responsibility in its annual report. UK-based Kidde has...

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

The world’s second-largest mining company has begun to implement a worldwide strategy to improve its ethical performance. Anglo American is introducing a set of ‘global...

inbrief - news

Canadian energy company Enbridge has pledged to adopt a set of human rights standards. The move follows a recent shareholder resolution put forward by Real Assets...

inbrief - news

Two courses on ‘Business and human rights in practice’ are to be held in the summer and autumn by the UK-based New Academy of Business. The courses are run in...

let’s not fool each other with the business case - news

The moral argument for doing good should be reason enough for companies to behave responsibly, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler The ‘business case’ for ethical...

timber firm opens supply chain to NGO scrutiny - news

A multinational timber company has agreed to allow Greenpeace to visit its suppliers in Liberia to verify that they are not involved in illegal logging or connected with arms...

McDonald’s begins work on compliance - news

McDonald’s is to develop ‘social compliance plans’ with its suppliers to help them meet the terms of its code of conduct. The fast food chain is currently carrying out...

inbrief - news

A series of maps highlighting human rights risks for companies around the globe has been published by the Amnesty International Business Group and the International...

inbrief - news

A human rights lawsuit against the Royal Dutch/Shell Group will go ahead after a ruling last month by a US district court rejected the oil company’s appeal to dismiss the case....

inbrief - news

Amnesty International will receive £85,000 ($121,000) from the Norwegian oil company Norsk Hydro to provide staff training on human rights. Hydro, which has operations...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

The powerful Californian state pension fund, Calpers, has done socially responsible investment no favours with its decision to begin selling the equities it holds in some...

global law firm engineers big rise in community work - news

The legal firm Allen & Overy has more than doubled the number of staff hours devoted to its pro bono and community affairs programme over the past year. 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...

Swedish prime minister spearheads CSR drive - news

The Swedish government has taken the initiative on corporate social responsibility by asking companies to sign a commitment to uphold international standards on CSR....

Six Continents issues its first social report - news

Six Continents, the hotel and restaurant chain created following the sale of Bass Brewers in August 2000, has reported publicly on details of its social performance for the...

Calpers exit creates storm - news

One of the world’s biggest pension funds has come under attack for deciding to stop investing in parts of Asia on largely ethical grounds. The California Public...

new CSR index set for autumn launch - news

An index of corporate social responsibility for UK-listed companies is to be launched this autumn as a companion to the six-year-old Index of Corporate Environmental...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

CSR dialogues are open to all - news

A series of ‘CSR dialogues’ open to all businesses is to be held in London over the next few months. The dialogues are being organized by Business in the Community...

BP and Shell come top of oil companies - news

BP and Shell have fared best in an analysis of the social and environmental performance of eight large oil and gas companies carried out by the Co-operative Insurance Society...

Indian executives out of touch with public opinion - news

Company executives in India are well behind the public when it comes to their expectations of the social performance of businesses, a new poll has revealed. The...

Triumph leaves Burma with 1000 job losses - news

A ‘social plan’ to help reduce the impact of redundancies is being drawn up by Europe’s largest lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International, after an announcement that it...

ETI companies extend reach to more suppliers - news

Member companies of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have significantly increased the percentage of suppliers they monitor for compliance against the...

HBOS lures Mackenzie to spearhead SRI drive - news

One of the UK’s biggest financial companies has jumped into the socially responsible investment market by luring the City’s best-known SRI specialist, Craig Mackenzie, to...

paper giant begins to draw up social indicators - news

The world’s second largest paper company is to begin work on developing social performance indicators after putting in place a set of corporate social responsibility...

US SRI market tops $2trillion - news

Socially responsible investment continues to grow strongly in the US and has not been adversely affected by the recent market downturn. The value of total assets...

UN to review global compact - news

The United Nations has sent a clear signal that it intends to address weaknesses in its Global Compact on business behaviour by creating an advisory council to look at ways...

Finns must move on suppliers - news

Finnish firms need to improve their supply chain monitoring procedures if they are to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, a Helsinki University of...

UN to back 48-hour week throughout the world - news

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights looks set to call on companies not to require all employees to work more than 48 hours in a week. The draft Fundamental...

Dutch fund tests SRI approach - news

The Dutch pension fund manager ABP has set up two experimental socially responsible investment (SRI) portfolios. The portfolios, of US and European equities respectively,...

Ceres sticks to environment - news

A US coalition of investors, companies and non-governmental organizations has decided not to expand its remit to take greater account of labour practices and human rights....

financial institutions warn against Burma links - news

Eight institutional investors have issued a joint statement expressing their ‘grave concerns’ about foreign companies working in Burma. The statement’s signatories –...

export agencies to study social impact of projects - news

Twenty-four major economic powers have agreed to commit their export credit agencies to look at social and environmental factors when underwriting business projects....

inbrief - news

United Nations high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson has been awarded the Albert Medal for ‘outstanding work to advance corporate social responsibility’. The...

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...

Balfour Beatty looks at green indicators - news

Key performance indicators on the environment are to be drawn up next year by the construction firm Balfour Beatty, which hopes to use some of them in its first group-wide...

inbrief - news

German pharmaceutical group Bayer has posted on its web site details of its efforts to comply with the UN’s Global Compact. Bayer was one of the first companies to...

inbrief - news

Granada is the best performing media company in Europe on sustainability, according to an index that measures large European companies by economic, environmental and...

major investment manager offers SRI to its clients - news

One of the world’s largest investment management firms, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), has formed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the London-based SRI specialists Friends...

European companies respond to atrocities - news

Businesses across Europe have responded to the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath with an unprecedented wave of corporate giving that has generated hundreds of...

chocolate firms begin assault on slave labour - news

Chocolate manufacturers in Europe and the US have come together to produce a strategy to tackle child slave labour in the West African cocoa industry. The strategy...

BA gets wake-up call on social reporting - news

British Airways has been told it needs to improve the scope of its social and environmental reporting. The call has come from csr network, the consultancy that verified...

inbrief - news

Ford Motor Company is preparing a study of how its business operations affect employees, local communities and customers in India. It has decided to run the project...

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...

BT invites key suppliers to sign up to ethical code - news

BT has begun meeting its major suppliers to encourage participation in a supply chain initiative that commits them to meet standards on working conditions, health and safety,...

Vogele commits itself to SA8000 - news

The Swiss clothes retailer Vogele has become a signatory to the SA8000 trading standard. The firm, which has 692 stores in Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands...

business gears up for Rio+10 - news

A business leaders’ network is meeting this month to examine how best to put corporate social responsibility issues on to the agenda of the Rio+10 summit....

inbrief - news

The ethical policies of 22 UK high street banks and building societies have been reviewed by the Ethical Investment Research Service. The review is based on a survey...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

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

NGOs told to give firms benefit of doubt - news

Non-governmental organizations must give companies the benefit of the doubt when they make public statements about their aspirations on human rights, an expert in the field...

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....

each European member state needs a dedicated CSR minister - news

This month sees the publication of a green paper on corporate social responsibility by the European Commission – its first formal step towards developing a strategy in...

companies warned of ‘law of unintended consequences’ - news

Businesses providing facilities for local communities in countries where there are regular human rights abuses have been advised to be especially wary of how those facilities...

electricity sector best at reducing risk - news

Companies in the oil, gas and electricity sectors have been the most successful at reducing the social and environmental risks that affect their business, a new set of...

UN develops draft human rights code - news

United Nations officials will meet this month to put the final touches to a set of UN business guidelines on human rights. The guidelines, which have been drawn up under...

oil companies unveil social reports - news

Two international oil companies have produced their first social reports in a bid to counter calls for them to withdraw from areas of conflict. UK-based Premier Oil,...

business coalition looks at taking on social issues - news

A US coalition of investors, companies and non-governmental organizations that works to improve companies’ environmental performance is considering whether to take greater...

reporters are told: ‘don’t gloss over your failings’ - news

Too many companies are glossing over thorny issues in their social and environmental reports, a social accounting expert has said. Carol Adams, professor at Glasgow...

Henderson embraces SRI - news

Asset management company Henderson Global Investors is expanding the corporate governance standards of its UK investment policy to include the environment, human rights,...

Europe braced for green paper - news

A green paper on corporate social responsibility is expected to be issued this month by the European Commission’s employment directorate. The discussion paper is...

Canada gets social responsibility qualification - news

A Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being offered to business executives in Canada. The qualification, which is the first of its kind in the country,...

water company ready to go global on volunteering - news

The water company AWG is drawing up plans to extend its employee volunteering scheme worldwide. AWG – formerly Anglian Water – provides water for almost 12 million...

inbrief - news

The UN Global Compact has now been endorsed by more than 300 companies from at least 20 countries. The Compact, which requires signatory companies to comply with nine...

FTSE4Good should reward best practice in all industry sectors - news

The launch of the FTSE4Good family of ethical indexes has symbolic as well as practical value. It shows that one of the world’s leading equity index managers thinks socially...

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...

Belgians prepare to push CSR - news

The Belgian government is to promote corporate social responsibility during its six-month presidency of the European Union, which starts in June. The start of the...

web course offers CSR for managers - news

A web-based course on corporate social responsibility has been launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The course for middle...

FTSE to launch four ethical indexes for fund managers - news

Around half of the UK’s largest listed companies are expected to qualify for four new socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes to be launched by FTSE in June....

Myners Review may boost SRI - news

The UK government is to ask institutional investors to become more active shareholders in order to improve the performance and behaviour of companies. The move will...

inbrief - news

Global corporate citizenship will be the subject of a conference held from 2-4 May in Montreux, Switzerland. Speakers include Mary Robinson, UN high commissioner for...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

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...

oil companies back human rights code - news

Seven leading oil and mining companies have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct on human rights issued jointly by the UK Foreign Office and the US State Department....

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...

BP faces human rights challenge - news

BP Amoco is being targeted by human rights campaigners who want it to sell a 2.2 per cent stake in the Chinese oil company Petrochina. The Free Tibet campaign held a vigil...

inbrief - news

A new book , Human rights and the oil industry, has been published by Intersentia. The book, edited by Asbj–rn Eide, Helge de Bergesen and Pia Rudolfson Goyer,...

nine agree to measure impact - news

Nine companies have signed up to measure and report their impact on society against criteria outlined in the recent Winning with integrity report produced by the Business...

new human rights law may affect many firms - news

The new Human Rights Act could be used by members of the public to challenge the behaviour of UK companies, legal experts have warned. The Act, which came into force on 2...

legal approach is key to monitoring in China - news

Progress can be made on supply chain monitoring in China if companies portray themselves as wishing to tackle breaches of the law, rather than looking for human rights...

Unocal 'did not collude' in human rights abuses - news

A US judge has cleared one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration companies of complicity in human rights abuses connected to the building of a gas pipeline in Burma....

Credit Suisse downgraded over Nigeria involvement - news

Credit Suisse Group has said it is ‘astonished’ at a decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) to reduce its rating because of concerns about past dealings...

inbrief - news

The Amnesty International UK Business Group has a new web site at www.amnesty.org.uk/business . The group encourages companies to be aware of human rights issues and...

taskforce launches new CSR blueprint - news

A comprehensive blueprint designed to help large and small businesses become more socially responsible has been produced by a UK taskforce that has worked for almost two...

stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in? - news

Companies that have begun to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about their social and environmental performance have been warned that 'stakeholder fatigue' is beginning to...

Premier to assist with human rights training - news

Premier Oil has secured the agreement of the Burmese government to provide human rights training for officials within key state departments. The training is to be...

EIRIS begins rights study - news

A major survey into European companies' human rights policies is to be carried out by the London-based Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS). Around 1000 UK...

guest column: why the media is shy of corporate best practice - news

Journalists are not paid to peddle good publicity, but to produce stories that their readers are interested in, argues Roger Cowe   All publicity is supposed to be good...

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...

move to eliminate 'conflict diamonds' - news

Diamond companies across the world have agreed to devise a verification system that will attempt to end the trade in stones from areas where conflicts are taking place. The...

guest column: human rights and the role of companies - news

Companies need to consider the human rights implications of overseas projects at the earliest possible stage, argues Frances House  Many senior executives have argued that it is...

export credits agency to heed future ethical risks - news

The UK government’s export credits agency has been given until the end of the year to produce a statement of principles that will commit it to considering the social and...

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...

TXU looks at human rights - news

The energy group TXU Europe is to build human rights considerations into future company policy. The group, which operates in northern and central Europe, including the Czech...

companies support UN compact - news

The United Nations has made its biggest intervention yet in the debate over corporate social responsibility (CSR) by persuading 44 companies, including a large number of...

Phillips &Drew strengthens SRI policy - news

Fund manager Phillips & Drew has issued new guidelines on its approach to socially responsible investment (SRI). The guidelines, which have been posted on the web, claim SRI ‘is...

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...

inbrief - news

Government ministers from countries in the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were expected to approve new social responsibility guidelines for...

inbrief - news

Business and human rights is the subject of a series of seminars to held in London September 2000-February 2001. The Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum is organising...

Nike reveals audits to the world - news

Nike has posted social audits of 53 suppliers in North America and Mexico on its web site as part of a new commitment to openness over working conditions at its 700 contract factories...

inbrief - news

A research centre in Canada is looking for case studies of good practice by companies in the field of human rights. The Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the...

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...

oil company ends first leg of social audit in Burma - news

Premier Oil has finished the first leg of a three-stage social audit by completing auditing in Burma. The UK-based oil exploration and production company has carried...

Talisman commits itself to a human rights policy - news

The Canadian oil company Talisman has agreed to develop a human rights monitoring programme within a year, after its annual meeting was targeted last month by US pension fund...

global guidelines ready for action - news

The final version of sustainability reporting guidelines designed to be used by companies throughout the world will be released this month. The guidelines, produced...

businesses 'can help to end conflict' - news

Large companies operating in countries where wars are taking place can – and should – make every effort to foster peace, a forthcoming report will claim....

retail sector leading the way forward in Germany - news

The German retail sector has begun to develop policies on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Seven large German clothing and textile retailers have signed up to...

inbrief - news

Human rights protestors are trying to persuade global investors to boycott a $3billion sale of shares in the gas and oil producer PetroChina, which is owned by the Chinese...

oil firm defiant in Sudan - news

Canadian oil company Fosters Resources has signed a deal to search for oil in Sudan despite allegations that multinationals are aggravating the situation in the civil war there....

inbrief - news

Oil services provider Baker Hughes has announced its withdrawal from Burma (also known as Myanmar), where human rights abuses by the government have led to worldwide campaigns against...

inbrief - news

Fund management company Friends Ivory & Sime has launched a 'major engagement programme' on human rights. The programme will apply to the £2.5billion of socially...

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...

inbrief - news

Seminars based on Human rights – is it any of your business? will run from the end of June. A separate seminar will also take place at the University of Warwick's...

inbrief - news

Subscribers to Ethical Performance have the chance to attend one of Europe's leading conferences on corporate social responsibility at no cost. We are offering two free places...

inbrief - news

A new book has been published on human rights and corporate responsibility. Human rights standards and the responsibility of transnational corporations is edited by Michael...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

UN ready to help companies become ethical - news

The United Nations has offered to help businesses on corporate responsibility issues. UN secretary general Kofi Annan has said he will put the resources of UN agencies...

socially aware business 'will reap equity reward' - news

A Swiss bank has concluded that socially responsible European businesses will ‘inevitably’ reap benefits on the equity markets over the next few years, even though it failed to find a...

multinationals to be quizzed over Indonesia - news

Businesses operating in Indonesia are being targeted by a new campaign run by Amnesty International’s UK Business Group. The group is asking 16 companies, including Allied Domecq,...

BP to push Angola on arms spending - news

BP Amoco has said it will push Angola to clarify how that country’s government spends money raised from oil companies operating within its borders. Peter Sutherland, chairman of...

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...

Premier lays down guiding principles - news

Premier Oil has launched a set of guiding principles that lay out policies on human rights and stakeholder dialogue. The UK-based oil exploration and production company,...

Unocal defends record in Asian trouble spots - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has defended its presence in some of the world’s human rights hotspots with a corporate responsibility report that claims it is making a positive...

Sullivan principles get world launch - news

Businesses around the world are being invited to sign up to a new set of corporate responsibility principles adapted from guidelines first set up for companies working under...

Citizens Bank aims to show the way ahead with new code - news

One of Canada’s leading banks says it will implement a wide ranging ethical policy by the end of next year. Citizens Bank, which claims to be the first such financial...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

measuring social performance by what the general public thinks - news

Two broad themes emerge from this month’s issue. The first is how best to measure the environmental, social and ethical performance of a company. The second is the difficulty of convincing...

Premier Oil to ponder human rights agenda - news

Premier Oil intends to improve its ethical performance by launching a set of guiding principles this winter and a social audit in 2000. The UK-based oil exploration and production...

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...

inbrief - news

The Foreign Office has said it will publish this autumn its manual advising UK companies on how to invest ethically overseas . The manual, which is being written by the...

Nordisk eyes human rights - news

Pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has pledged to develop a human rights strategy for its worldwide operations. The Denmark-based group, which employs 15,000 people in 61 countries,...

human rights law in 2000 - news

The Human Rights Act is to be fully implemented by October 2000, the government has announced. The Act, which was passed in 1998, will allow companies as well as individuals to...

inbrief - news

The Royal Institute of International Affairs is holding a major conference on the role of corporate social responsibility in business strategy in London on 8-9 November 1999....

inbrief - news

A Belgian human rights group, Petrol or Burma has called for a European consumer boycott of petrol stations run by Total and PetroFina because of their involvement in Myanmar...

inbrief - news

The Royal Institute of International Affairs is holding a major conference on the role of corporate social responsibility in business strategy in London on 8-9 November 1999....

banks to get rights code - news

The Amnesty International UK Business Group is to begin work on producing a set of human rights guidelines for financial institutions. Amnesty’s Business Group spokesman Stuart...

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....

BT set to reveal first social audit - news

UK telecoms giant BT is to produce its first social report in July. The report will follow hard on the heels of a new internal statement of business practice distributed to staff...

EC edges ahead on multinationals code - news

The European Commission has approved funding for pilot schemes in four countries to test out the idea of a legally binding code of conduct for European multinationals...

Shell extends commitment to stakeholder consultation - news

Shell has launched a global corporate communications campaign aimed at backing up its commitment to sustainable development. The Shell group says the $25 million campaign will...

Amnesty to target business - news

The Amnesty International UK Business Group is planning to meet 20 major UK-based multinationals this year to talk about human rights. The meetings are part of a strategy to build on...

Foreign Office guide will stick to the ethical basics - news

The man responsible for drawing up a new Foreign Office manual to help companies invest ethically overseas has said the guide will take a tough stance on child labour, the...

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - companies

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National Human Rights Commission of Korea - companies

Campaign for Human Rights - companies

Human Rights Education Associates - companies

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Human Rights: A Call to Action - companies

National Human Rights Commission - companies

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Safestainable Ltd - directory

SAFESTAINABLE is a consultancy specialised in sustainable human rights and security risk management. Our field-experienced consultants create sustainable solutions enabling our clients to manage...

Equality and Human Rights Commission - directory

Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

BSD Consulting - directory

BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

TwentyFifty Ltd - directory

twentyfifty builds the capacity of companies to understand and address their impacts and lead change that serves both business and society.  We have over a decades experience of business...

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We help businesses be better through creative communications and reporting:   Communications strategy and stakeholder engagement: We help clients to build trust and engage varied...

Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2016 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report, global health service leader Cigna (NYSE:CI) shares the specific initiatives through which the company applies...

M&S publishes its Ten Years of Plan A Report 2017, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

M&S updates on its suite of connected value reports and sets the scene for a new generation of Plan A initiatives.

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th 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 2017...

BP’s Sustainability Report 2016 outlines how it is helping to drive the transition to a lower carbon future. - reports

The energy BP produces serves to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty. In the future, the way heat, light and mobility are delivered will change. BP is anchoring its business in...

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...

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi today released its  2016 Global Citizenship Report , highlighting efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. The report is...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

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

Special Announcement – 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments full report now available - reports

Today Nestlé published the 2016 edition of its annual  Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report . It follows the summary version published on 7 March...

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

A.P. Moller-Maersk Sustainability Report 2016 Released - reports

The Sustainability Report 2016 follows A.P. Moller - Maersk’s continued work to unlock growth through their business, while operating responsibly and sustainably.

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Human rights challenges for business in 2017 – complementary briefing - reports

Claiming ignorance is not an option anymore and Human rights standards and due diligence demand is just increasing. But how is the landscape evolving, and what does it mean for corporate risk?

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

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

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

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...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

M&S, Unilever and Nestle: CR Reporting Benchmarks - reports

As part of Ethical Corporation’s latest free analysis on sustainability reporting, they have just released a pack of report reviews featuring Unilever, Nestle & Marks and Spencer.

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Sustainability Report 2015: Building the Future - reports

Our 2015 Sustainability Report entitled, “Building the Future” communicates our firm and ongoing commitment to addressing the difficult challenges facing our operating markets. We...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

The latest Sustainability Report from communications group WPP shows the business making progress on sustainability issues with its clients and in its own operations.

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...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Hormel Foods Shares Food Journey in 10th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the launch of its 10th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

Vivendi Integrated Report Now Available: Focus on Value Creation and Human Rights - reports

For the third consecutive year, Vivendi has dedicated a section of its Annual Report to a summary report highlighting the company’s achievements in creating long-term value for all of its...

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...

2015 Citi Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. It provides many examples of how...

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Delhaize Group Releases 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Company on the way to achieving Supergood Sustainability Ambition International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the publication of its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report online at...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

2015 Nestlé in Society Creating Shared Value and Meeting Our Commitments Full Report Now Available - reports

Nestlé has published the 2015 edition of its annual Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report.  It follows the summary report published on March 8th, 2016, as part...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Publication of the 2015 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

How many farmers worldwide supply directly to Nestlé?  Did the company meet its target for zero waste in factories?  The 2015 report by Nestlé continues the practice of...

Maersk Group Sustainability Report 2015 Released - reports

Activities in 2015 resulted in continued progress towards unlocking growth for the Maersk Group and for society as well as integrating sustainability in our operations, mitigating risks and...

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

Westpac Group Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

The 2015 financial year marked the mid-point of Westpac Group’s five-year Sustainability Strategy.   This strategy recognises that for Westpac Group to prosper over the long term,...

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,...

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering 2014 through the first half of 2015. Entitled...

CBRE Publishes Eighth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

NEC releases annual CSR report - reports

NEC Corporation has published its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 on its NEC CSR website. NEC has issued the report to promote...

Holcim releases 2014 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies and has a presence on all continents. With its innovative products and services and a commitment to sustainable...

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...

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.

Ericsson creates positive impact in the Networked Society - reports

Today Ericsson is launching its 22nd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks. This...

Kesko’s first Integrated Annual Report provides compiled, material information - reports

Specialist retailer Kesko has published its first Integrated Annual Report online.

The Maersk Group publishes its Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Having launched a new sustainability strategy in 2014, Maersk continues to address sustainability challenges in a way that creates value for society and for its business.

NEW SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH: Collaboration and Board Engagement Critical to Sustainability Success - reports

90% of Executives See Collaboration as Critical for Sustainability Success; 86% Feel Boards of Directors Must Play a Strong Role in Sustainability Governance

Piraeus Bank Group publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility remains a strategic investment for Piraeus Bank through which the Bank contributes to the development of the economy and society in every possible way. The Bank’s...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BSCI Annual Conference 2014 Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

NEC releases annual CSR report online - reports

Japanese multinational provider of ICT products and services, NEC Corporation (NEC), has published its annual CSR report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 on its NEC CSR website.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

Orange, a committed operator in a changing world, publishes its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

As a leading telecoms operator in over 30 countries serving 236m customers, Orange is at the heart of society’s digital transformation. This privileged position gives the Group the...

Holcim publishes 2013 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies with a presence on all continents.

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.

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2013 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its Corporate Responsibility report for the twelfth time. With the title "We take responsibility," it provides information on the Group's challenges and...

RBS remains leading lender to renewable energy projects - reports

RBS has released its 2013 Sustainability Review today. The Review details the progress the company has made during 2013 towards becoming a more responsible and sustainable bank, which includes...

G4S publishes sixth CSR Report - reports

G4S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and over 618,000 employees, G4S is one of the world’s largest private employers.

UBS commits to holistic advancement of its societal activities - reports

As a globally active, client-centric and diversified financial firm, and the world’s largest wealth manager, UBS is in a unique position to help its clients address their societal concerns.

Ericsson launches its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2013 - reports

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Ericsson’s long-term relationships with every major telecom operator...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013  “We have come a long way integrating sustainability into business processes, setting minimum standards and...

Responsible Business 2016 - calendar

Responsible Business 2016 Incentives, imperatives, implementation 21 November 2016 | London             Public interest in...

Boost your sustainability skills and join this year's GRI Global Conference Master Classes - calendar

The GRI 2016 Global Conference in May will embrace the new era of sustainability with a focus on how non-financial information can help empower better decision making to create a more...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

UNWTO and China organize First World Conference on Tourism for Development - calendar

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China will organize the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May...

The Blockchain Revolution - calendar

MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2016 18:00 - 21:15 What is the blockchain, and what does it mean for the relationship between business and society? These are two questions we’ll be addressing on...

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...

Symantec Corporation Highlights 2012 Sustainability Progress - reports

Software company Symantec Corporation has outlined its sustainability progress for 2012

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,...

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Responsible Investment Annual Review 2011/12 - reports

The third Annual Responsible Investment Review from Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM) Released.

City Developments Limited's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

“We aspire to be a responsible global corporate citizen. We believe that sustainability is integral to business excellence and challenge ourselves to conduct best practices and conserve...

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...

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility - E156 - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - calendar

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

Robert Brown, Ford’s Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SESE) states, “I have headed up Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability function for...

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Orange publishes its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Orange emphasises the areas in which it has made significant progress. In a year marked by a deteriorating economic environment ...

SGS leads its sector in Sustainability Reporting by achieving A+ Level - reports

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility (E156) - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

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...

G4S publishes its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions group - has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Course E15213: Business and Human Rights - calendar

This certificate course offered jointly by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace introduces participants to the major themes and debates concerning the...

Course E152: Business and Human Rights - calendar

  Course E15213: Business and Human Rights    6 November-17 December 2013 This certificate course offered jointly by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the...

adidas Group presents its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group published its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, reiterating its commitment to transparency in sustainability performance reporting.

Course E15613: Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Ford's 13th Sustainability Report is now available - reports

Ford Motor Company's 13th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Ericsson publishes Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Ericsson's 2011 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report, entitled Technology for Good, released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to help create a more sustainable world.

G4S publishes its fourth CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions provider - has published its fourth Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas...

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

Walt Disney releases second Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

The Walt Disney Company has released its second Corporate Citizenship Report, detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts.

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

ISO 26000 - calendar

Course Overview: The new ISO 26000 guideline aims to provide practical assistance related to operationalising social responsibility, identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and enhancing...

Human Rights Training for Companies - calendar

Please Note: this training is in Dutch, but can be conducted in English upon request. www.aimforhumanrights.nl/mensenrechtentraining www.amnesty.nl/mensenrechtentraining Child labour,...

GE release seventh annual Citizenship Report - reports

The report covers GE's worldwide operations for the 2010 fiscal year and is structured around discussions of GE's long-term value creation in addressing the world's most pressing problems

CSR Practitioner Workshop IEMA Approved - calendar

CSR refers to a whole range of fundamentals that organisations are expected to acknowledge and to reflect in their actions. It includes respecting human rights, fair treatment of the workforce,...

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

The Necessary Transition 2012 - calendar

This international conference will discuss the many transitions taking place: from high to low carbon economies, from inequality to egalitarianism, from human rights abuses to socially just...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

How to Manage Supplier Social & Environmental Performance Conference - calendar

http://www.ethicalcorp.com/supplychain Senior speakers from HP, BT, ArcelorMittal, Nestle, Nokia, InterfaceFLOR, BBC, Ericsson, AkzoNobel, BASF, BSCI will show you how to deliver lasting...

10th EABIS Colloquium - calendar

A new era of development: the changing role & responsibilities of business in developing countries What is the business perspective on development? How to adapt business strategy for and to...

The Linde Group Publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report online

Ethical Corporation’s 2nd Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation Conference 2011 - calendar

Following the resounding success of the inaugural conference one year ago, Ethical Corporation is pleased to announce the return of The Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation...

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

Coca-Cola publishes its fifth CRS Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE), the world's largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products, has published its fifth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability...

Ford Motor Company produces sustainability report - reports

Ford Motor Company has published its 11th annual non-financial report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - The Future at Work

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

CSR and Sustainability: What do these terms mean? Legal and Business Implications for 2010 and Beyond - calendar

11:30 - 1:00 PM Eastern Program Description Join us for a discussion of these popular, but often confusing, terms. Where did they come from, what do they mean today and how will they shape the...

Linde AG Publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

Corporate Responsibility 2009: Building a New Corporate Agenda - calendar

Conference Overview Whether the issue is climate change, economic growth, or accountability, multinational companies today are under unprecedented pressure to play their part in solving the major...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

IFC performance standards, equator principles and extractives - calendar

Advanced insights into and application of the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and EBRD Performance Requirements to develop bankable ESIAs and secure project finance and political risk...

International seminar on business and human rights - calendar

The Business and Human Rights International Seminar will be the largest business relevant event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will be...

ICCSR 6th annual symposium - calendar

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

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report provides discussion and examples of the tangible value of its company-wide commitment to sustainability.

Rio Tinto's 2003 Social and Environmental Review - reports

Global mining group Rio Tinto has for the first time structured its Social and Environment Review to be consistent with the nine corporate policies of its statement of business practice.

Sustainability, The Communications Challenge - calendar

A morning event at which leading experts from a range of sectors provide their insights into how they have placed sustainability at the centre of their communications and messaging. Ipsos MORI ,...

ACCSR Annual Conference - calendar

Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008 Hear from leaders of business, government and civil society...

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

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...

Lafarge's latest Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the building materials giant, has outlined its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest Sustainability Report.

The Times Responsible Business Conference - calendar

How to succeed by placing social goals at the heart of corporate identity in the workplace and the community. With keynote addresses from Trevor Philips , Chair, Commission for Equality...

2007 BSR Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Future” - calendar

The BSR Conference is the largest global gathering dedicated to corporate responsibility, providing three days of rich dialogue and debate on matters that are shaping our future. This year’s...

Online library of good practice in mining and metals launched - reports

An online library for all those working to improve the sustainable development performance of the mining and metals sector was recently launched.

The ICMM Annual Review - reports

'Significant progress' is now being made on sustainability issues in the mining sector, according to the latest annual review from the International Council on Mining and Metals.

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2007 Global Roundtable - calendar

‘Awareness to Action’: Sustainable finance for today's global markets The UNEP FI 2007 Global Roundtable, the event that sets the sustainable finance agenda for the coming years, is heading...

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

Barclays has given an account of its efforts to improve its consumer and corporate lending practices in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2004, available from today in print and online.

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

British American Tobacco publishes 2005 Social Report - reports

The British American Tobacco 2005 Social Report is now available online

British American Tobacco Releases 2004/05 Social Report - reports

What does the world’s most international tobacco company consider to be its key material issues? What did its stakeholders tell them in dialogue? How will they respond?

A study of internal and external control systems - calendar

Conference debate on 'What kind of CSR engagement controls for companies located in China?' This conference has been organized by Observatoire sur la Responsabilite Societale des...

LM Ericsson's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Swedish telecommunications company LM Ericsson has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006.

General Electric releases its 2007 Citizenship and Ecomagination Reports - reports

General Electric (GE) has today released its 2007 citizenship report, highlighting the company's progress on its 2006 commitments and providing a view on its priorities for the coming year.

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

Corporate liability: human rights and the modern business - calendar

Organised by Sweet & Maxwell and JUSTICE and hosted by Clifford Chance This prestigious one-day conference brings together industry, the NGO sector and legal practitioners to discuss how...

4th Inter-American conference on CSR: good business for all - calendar

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with ETHOS Institute and the Federação das Indústrias do Estado da Bahia (FIEB), will be holding the 4th Inter-American Conference on...

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

Building a case for better child protection - bestpractice

Bangladesh has a child population of 65m and more than a million are homeless. Very young street children can be placed in jails without protection or representation. Children can encounter...

The Volvo Cars Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

The newly-published Sustainability Report from Volvo Cars outlines the steps the Swedish vehicle manufacturer is taking to improve, from a corporate social responsibility viewpoint. ...

Ford releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company's first Sustainability Report, Our Route to Sustainability, is now available.

Ford Motor Company publishes its eighth sustainability report - reports

For a more sustainable future, Ford Motor Company's eighth sustainability report, is now available

Business and human rights: an introduction to good practice - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct their operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying...

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...

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.

African business schools become new CSR frontier - bestpractice

How do you convince company executives, as well as government and other officials in developing countries, that suppliers should have the same commitment to sustainability and responsible...

A sustainable Olympic legacy for London - bestpractice

Promoting itself as the world’s first sustainable Olympics, the London Games organisers have had to think hard about their corporate partners, especially since 2012 will inevitably include...

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. releases 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has published its corporate sustainability report.

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

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...

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report - reports

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report.

right tools for the job - bestpractice

Part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. Yet according to the World Health Organization,...

Ford Motor Company releases its 2007/8 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2007/8 sustainability report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability.

Business and human rights - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying and...

staying ahead of the game - bestpractice

It’s not immediately apparent what the world of electricity cables and gas pipes has to do with human rights. Yet National Grid, one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity utilities, has invested...

STMicroelectronics announces the publication of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The report details Triple Bottom Line performance across all ST activities and sites in 2006.

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

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...

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS - bestpractice

When a democratically-elected Venezuelan government began to encourage the country’s judges to take more account of human rights issues, Statoil supported...

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP - bestpractice

Rio Tinto has partnered with 14 non-governmental organizations to help realize its policy objective of putting the group’s global operations on...

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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