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

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

FTSE 100 companies asked to detail diversity policies for UK gov’t by Lady McGregor-Smith - news

By Brian Collett — The UK government has been asked to compel fund managers to request the FTSE 100 companies in which they invest to detail their diversity policies and to say how they...

De Beers innovates to become carbon neutral - news

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

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.  ...

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

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

PM wants UK to lead global fight against human trafficking - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — During a service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month, held to remember 18th Century anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce whose work led to the abolition of...

Food and drink giants urged to do more on nutrition - news

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have made some progress towards improving consumers’ diets but they still have a long way to go if they are to play their full part in...

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

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

Fairtrade gold activist awarded MBE in Queen's New Year Honours - news

Greg Valerio, jeweller, activist and Fairtrade campaigner has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years’ Honour list 2016 for his work in Fairtrade...

Electronics firms urged to address child labour in supply chains - news

Globally, more than one million children are working in the gold mining industry, according to new estimates. The gold mined is used by electronics manufacturers who use it to make mobile...

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

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

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...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

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

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

Stakeholders from across the spectrum are looking to find better ways to work together to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Phillip Goodwin , ceo of VSO , the...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

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

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

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

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

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

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

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

Investors warned over risk exposure in backing extractives companies - news

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

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...

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

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

FoE & Trucost measure corporate land and water footprint - news

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

Fighting supply chain corruption - news

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

Toshiba withdraws earnings guidance over accounting irregularities - news

Japan’s Toshiba Corp. expects to reduce its reported operating profit by at least ¥50 billion for fiscal 2011 through fiscal 2013 in order to deal with accounting irregularities...

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

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

FoE report highlights eco-impact of everyday products - news

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

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...

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

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

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...

IBE addresses ethical implications of zero hours contracts - news

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

Barclays reviews MTR coal mining investment stance - news

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, Barclays has released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which it states: “Provision of...

South Korea’s POSCO investigated for slush funds - news

What started out as a probe into a suspected slush fund held by the construction subsidiary of POSCO Corp., South Korea’s largest steelmaker, has expanded to include an investigation of...

Two heads better than one - news

As sustainability issues become increasingly complex, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.   In the 2014 Sustainability Report, new...

Tesco hits spotlight again over supply chain practices - news

The grocery chain Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, is being investigated by its trade watchdog over claims of unethical bullying treatment of suppliers, including late payment....

HSBC under investigation over tax evasion allegations - news

HSBC, the UK-based bank accused of helping clients to evade tax, is now being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA joins the Serious Fraud Office, the Bank of...

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....

Companies turning blind eye to supply chains - news

A majority of companies don’t perform anti-bribery and corruption audits on their suppliers, an area of business operations that’s proved prone to bribery risk in recent years,...

Fairtrade Foundation turns spotlight on '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...

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...

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...

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

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

Corporate giants stay silent on local impact, report shows - news

The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International has shown. Ninety of...

British-made wave power surges closer after successful test - news

Generating electricity from wave power in Britain took a step closer to reality this week after green energy company Ecotricity’s innovative device – Searaser – successfully...

Kering snaps into action with ITC crocodile collaboration - news

Luxury goods giant Kering (formerly PPR) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) have formed a new collaboration to develop a multi-year programme to support the monitoring and sustainable...

GSK fined $490m for bribing Chinese doctors - news

The UK pharmaceuticals group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $490m (£300m,€381m) for bribing Chinese doctors, hospitals and government officials to push its products. The penalty,...

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

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

Mass protest against open-cast mining planned for German border - news

Campaigners against planned coal mines on the German/Polish border will be making their presence felt this weekend when they orchestrate a massive international demonstration. Greenpeace...

FSC refutes Greenpeace claims over forest destruction in Russia - news

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

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

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

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

Cooperation between businesses, water companies and the government will be key to managing scarce water resources and securing future supplies, according to a new report from the Cambridge...

SFO instigates criminal investigation into GSK - news

A formal criminal investigation has been begun into corruption accusations against GlaxoSmithKline by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. The former general manager of GSK’s Chinese...

Protestors target Lloyds AGM over coal investments - news

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

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

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

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

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

Nadeshiko equality label boosts company performance - news

As part of plans to stimulate economic growth, the Japanese government is trying to get more women involved in the workforce. Last year, the Tokyo Stock Exchange introduced a special label,...

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,...

IBE recognises writing excellence - news

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

Aluminium makes carbon advances - news

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

UK pension funds ‘speculate’ £1.5bn on food prices - news

A new report published by World Development Movement (‘WDM’), a London-based group, argues that tough regulation is “urgently needed” to limit speculation in the food and...

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...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

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

BHP Billiton boosts scholarships - news

BHP Billiton is to fund an additional 90 scholarships for Indigenous students in Australia to the tune of AUD$10m (USD$10m, GBP£6m). The Anglo Australian mining and petroleum compay...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

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

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

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

BHP Billiton expands Australian scholarship programme - news

BHP Billiton is to fund an additional 90 scholarships for Indigenous students in Australia to the tune of AUD$10m (USD$10m, GBP£6m). The Anglo Australian mining and petroleum compay...

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,...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

Land stewardship is not a well-known term; however, for the mining industry it is becoming increasingly critical. The concept of land stewardship is intended to address what has been...

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

Bribery and corruption remain ongoing issues for businesses worldwide, especially for companies that are doing business in developing economies, where corruption is more commonplace than it is...

Senior staff pay at leading charities comes under scrutiny - news

Pay guidelines will be issued to UK charities in the wake of revelations that some chief executives are receiving six-figure salaries. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations,...

US to investigate market irregularities at JP Morgan Chase - news

New inquiries are now being conducted by the Department of Justice, the US criminal investigation agency, into allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated energy markets. JPMorgan Chase,...

Big 5 mobile companies to review Indonesian mining - news

Five multinational mobile phone manufacturers are now committed to urgent action over the damage from the mining of tin used in their products. The environmental group Friends of the Earth...

Tiffany sparkles with 100% diamond traceability - news

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

Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems - news

Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Motorola and LG Electronics have all committed to urgent action to tackle the problem of tin mining in Indonesia following reports of the adverse effects it is having on...

Ethical funds outperform non-ethical rivals - news

The past 12 months have been a notable period for ethical fund performance with the average ethical fund posting gains of 24% compared with 18% growth from the average non-ethical fund. The...

Jon Lukomnik wins top award - news

Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi), has won the 2013 International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Award for Excellence in...

Heat and coal… - news

Gas Natural Fenosa, the Spanish utility company, has joined the Bettercoal global initiative to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain. The...

ArcelorMittal abandons plans to build new plant in India - news

ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer, has scrapped its project for a plant in Orissa state, eastern India, mainly because its attempts to acquire the necessary land have been...

Mining companies with water strategies perform better, says report - news

Metals and mining companies that are taking action to manage water strategically are proving better financial performers, says investor analysis from CDP and Eurizon Capital. Metals &...

New OECD working party chair - news

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

G8 progress on corporate tax avoidance still ‘long way to go’ - news

Governments are to share their tax information automatically under an agreement reached by last month’s G8 summit to eliminate tax dodging. This openness will be accompanied by an...

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

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

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...

Trust takes years to build, just seconds to break - news

TV game show-wise I’ve always been more Mastermind (general knowledge round of course) rather than University Challenge, so when ITV broke new ground with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I...

Chopard makes sustainability move - news

French jewellery house Chopard has joined Eco-Age creative director and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), Livia Firth, to launch ’The...

Best Buy’s Edmond wins corporate ethics award - news

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

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...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

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....

Ministers blamed for climate change failure - news

A third of the UK’s government ministers are associated with the finance and energy companies that contribute to climate change, claims the World Development Movement (WDM), an...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

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

Good companies keep good company - news

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

UK government supports ring-fencing of retail and investment banking - news

Britain’s big banks will be broken up by the UK government if they ignore directives to separate their investment and retail arms. George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer...

Raytheon’s Riot surveillance software raises privacy fears - news

Multinational defence contractor Raytheon has sparked civil liberties concerns with the revelation that it developed a software surveillance package that it claims can predict where individuals...

Corporates against corruption - news

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

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...

Gold Fields miners return to work - news

More than 15,000 South African miners have returned to work for mining company Gold Fields, ending a long-running strike there. Another 1,500 miners who failed to return for work have lost their...

Genetics company criticised for withholding breast cancer research data - news

Medical academics are protesting that the US healthcare company Myriad Genetics is concealing vital cancer discoveries for its own commercial reasons. Myriad has devised a test determining...

Nugent joins Parsons Brinckerhoff - news

Joanne Nugent has been appointed director of people and corporate sustainability at Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Australia-Pacific operations and its global mining business.

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...

Move to cloud computing promises major CO2 cuts - news

China’s bourgeoning industrial and commercial sector could cut CO2 emissions by 1.9m tonnes a year – the equivalent of removing 700,000 vehicles from China’s roads – by...

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...

Wage claims and violence hit South African mines - news

The turmoil in South Africa’s mining industry appears to be escalating despite a settlement at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, where 46 people were killed and 78 injured in violent...

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

Time to treat water as a non-renewable resource - news

Despite the fact that water falls free from the sky, shortages now represent a significant business risk for companies like Anglo American, affecting not only day-to-day operations but long-term...

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

A carbon pricing scheme, probably the world’s most comprehensive, is being implemented in Australia, despite continuing opposition from some business groups. From 1 July,...

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

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

Taking accountability back to where it belongs: at the top of the value chain - news

The newly-formed Asset Owners Disclosure Project seeks to build on the work of the Carbon Disclosure Project to see if emissions data can better drive change. Its executive director, Julian...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

Barrick Gold sets up advisory board - news

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

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

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

European countries lead way in sustainability - news

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

Games organisers turn to GRI guidelines to keep London Olympics green - news

The London 2012 Olympics has become one of the first organisations to announce it will use the newly-published event sustainability guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its...

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...

Siemens asked to quite US Chamber of Commerce - news

An electronics multinational has been urged to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce following a perceived disconnect between its corporate responsibility policies and the Chamber’s...

South African construction industry unites to address health and safety weaknesses - news

Companies in South Africa’s construction industry have collaboratively introduced a non-profit organisation to improve the sector’s health and safety practices. BuildSafe South...

Nelson digs deep for Newmont Mining board - news

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

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

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

Electronics companies in ‘Section 1502’ rebellion - news

US regulation on conflict minerals is under threat after companies’ criticisms increased the risk that a six-month delay in finalising the rules will be extended. Provisions added to...

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...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

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

Investors have the data. Now’s the time for action - news

Awareness of corporate climate impact has been transformed since the Carbon Disclosure Project was born in 2000. But its chief executive Paul Simpson tells Mike Scott that disclosure alone is...

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

inbrief - news

The International Council on Mining and Metals has signed up two new members – Areva, the world’s largest uranium miner, and Norsk Hydro, the first companies to join under a more...

inbrief - news

Mining company NovaGold Resources has published its first integrated report covering financial, social and environmental performance in one document. The data, previously contained in two...

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

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

Big business ethical claims to be tested - news

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

Earthwatch and Rio Tinto – celebrating 20 years - news

Earthwatch film. 14 mins. After a vacuous first few minutes in which the viewer is told how ‘life on earth comes in many forms’, this film gets down to its subject of the...

Backsliding on tax ‘could undermine CSR policies’ - news

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

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

New regime aims to block conflict minerals by 2012 - news

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

Mining firms begin to disclose more information - news

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

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

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

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

Mike Scott speaks to Bozena Jankowska, head of sustainability at RCM – the investment manager of Allianz Global Investors – on her plans for more research and education Having one of the world’s...

Shell faces another case over OECD breach claims - news

Shell has become the subject of an official complaint to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines in its Nigerian...

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

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

inbrief - news

The world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined mine has been certified in Bolivia. The Cotapata Co-operative, which provides a livelihood for about 100 families just outside La Paz, produces...

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

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

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

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

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...

PRI may impose stricter requirements - news

Signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) may have to report in more detail – and in public – on how they observe the principles. The...

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

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

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...

State-sponsored body promotes ethical buying - news

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

Guidance offered on indigenous peoples - news

A guide for mining companies operating near indigenous people’s land has been produced by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) industry organization. Building on the ICMM’s 2008...

The large investment bank with big SRI ideas - news

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

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...

Patchy safety record still dogs mining sector - news

UK-listed mining companies are failing to improve their overall health and safety performance even though many are implementing policies aimed at reducing employee fatalities to zero. A...

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...

new governance rules respond to risk issues - news

The UK Corporate Governance Code establishes fresh  principles on gender diversity, debate in the boardroom, and pay – but the real emphasis is on risk the background Since the first...

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

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

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

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

inbrief - news

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

NGOs get own guidelines - news

Non-governmental organizations have been given a specific version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. Although some NGOs already use the main GRI...

Accounting body calls for greater transparency - news

Proposed new requirements for the global extractive industry have suggested that companies should disclose key financial information country by country for transparency purposes – but stop...

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

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

Miners get Fairtrade mark - news

The first certification system for artisanal gold mining has been created by the Fairtrade Foundation and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) in an attempt to impose some order on...

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...

Just two nations pass the EITI’s latest test - news

Only two countries met last month’s deadline for external verification of their progress on transparency under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The two-year...

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...

businesses monitor Congo’s ‘conflict tin’ - news

An initiative to monitor tin mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure armed groups are not profiting from mining in the country has been launched by a partnership of miners, trading...

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...

Norwegian fund becomes more engaging - news

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

inbrief - news

Three companies have recently joined the International Council on Mining and Metals, a chief executive-led industry group that tackles social and environmental issues in mining. They are:...

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...

Progress on ethical gold is tarnished by laggards - news

US jewellery retailers are making progress on the ethical-sourcing of gold – but a number of laggards still remain. A new report on the gold retailing sector from the Washington...

Deaths increase despite setting of ‘zero’ targets - news

Fatalities among employees of UK-based mining companies have risen sharply during the past five years. A Financial Times study shows that with the exception of Anglo-American, which still...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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....

Mining firm loses licence to operate - news

A Norwegian mining firm has had its permit suspended in the Philippines after apparently failing to consult local communities about its operations. A nickel project of Intex Resources has had...

inbrief - news

The Church of England is re-examining its £2.5million ($4.1m, €2.8m) investment in the metals and mining company Vedanta after the Archbishop of Canterbury’s intervention. Rowan...

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...

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...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

A huge alliance of institutional investors is to ask 300 of the world’s largest corporations for data on their water use. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has hitherto...

inbrief - news

Liberia’s extractives sector has been designated as ‘compliant’ with a leading industry transparency framework. Liberia has become the first African country to be validated by...

Transparency improvements continue among UK-based companies - news

Centrica, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell and Unilever are among Britain’s most responsible companies on climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This...

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

Covalence has ploughed an unusual furrow by giving companies ethical ratings based on often subjective media coverage. Mike Scott talks to Antoine Mach about its aims and methodology A...

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...

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....

inbrief - news

A project to establish health watchdogs near uranium mining sites has been started by the French mining group Areva. An agreement between the company, non-governmental organization Sherpa and...

Transparency scheme extends reach in Latin America - news

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has become an official supporter of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes the disclosure of revenue payments by oil,...

Banking sector reputation hits rock bottom - news

The banking sector is suffering the worst reputation of all industries thanks to the financial crisis, jobs cuts and its stance on tax issues. Data from the ethical rating company Covalence...

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...

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

One of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds has announced that it will start pressuring companies with high water-related risks to report on their progress on the issue. The...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

Seven elite CSR performers have been put into a new category by Business in the Community in its latest annual corporate responsibility index. The eighth CR Index has a Platinum Plus band for...

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),...

Executive pay: a battle for hearts as well as minds - news

Mike Scott talks to Tom Powdrill of investor advisor PIRC, which wants an overhaul not just of the rules on executive remuneration but of the way that investors – especially trustees...

CSR grows fast in Australia - news

The number of people employed in corporate responsibility in Australia is expected to increase significantly in the next year, reports the country’s largest ever CSR survey. The State...

Rio Tinto wins plaudits for transparency - news

Mining multinational Rio Tinto has become the subject of rare praise by a transparency organization for its voluntary disclosure of tax and royalty payments made to 13 of the countries where it...

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...

inbrief - news

A case has been brought against the Norwegian mining company Intex Resources alleging that it will breach OECD guidelines by operating a nickel mine and factory in the Philippines. The Norwegian...

Eurosif calls for mandatory disclosure - news

One of Europe’s most influential SRI bodies has called on European state and regulatory institutions to insist on mandatory disclosure of CSR data by large companies. The European...

Newmont’s unprecedented review is placed in the public domain - news

A gold mining company has taken the unusual step of publishing an independent review of how it is managing relationships with communities near its sites. US-based Newmont Mining Corporation...

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...

Verheugen rules out change - news

Corporate responsibility regulations will not be imposed by the European Commission despite waning public faith in business as a result of the recession. Gunter Verheugen, who holds the CSR...

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...

Ambulance group rewards Vedanta - news

Training and first aid promotion among employees, contract workers and other stakeholders and citizens has earned the 2008 St John Ambulance Award for the Vedanta Aluminium company in the...

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...

Zimbabwe could fall off Kimberley’s approved list - news

Calls are growing for Zimbabwe to be withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds. Diamonds from Zimbabwe, which...

$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...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

Firms told: ‘lobby for good’ - news

Too few companies use their lobbying powers to push for beneficial social change, says a new paper. Authors Kyle Peterson and Marc Pfitzer, directors at the US-based consultancy ESG Social...

ISO 26000 takes shape as consensus takes hold - news

The long-awaited ISO standard on social responsibility has taken its most important step forward with the publication of a ‘committee draft’ that will form the backbone of the final...

inbrief - news

Richard Adkerson, chief executive of mining group Freeport-McMoRan, has been appointed chairman of the International Council on Mining and Metals, which advises on the sustainability of the...

inbrief - news

The Central African Republic has become the 24th country to agree to be a ‘candidate’ member of the five-year-old Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which promotes...

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...

CSR makes big strides as Russia sees global benefit - news

Corporate responsibility has finally taken a firm hold in Russia, according to a new analysis. The study indicates that 90 per cent of large Russian companies now have a CSR or...

Tribute: ‘dedicated, authentic, generous and engaging’ - news

More than 350 tributes were sent to EP in the few days after its founder Alistair Townley’s death. Here, just a few of them give a sense of the affection and respect he inspired...

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

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

World Bank pulls out of Chad project - news

The World Bank has withdrawn from a deal to fund an oil project with the government of Chad after politicians there failed to convince the institution that revenues would be contributed to...

69 Chinese resource firms in Burma - news

EarthRights International claims to have found 69 Chinese multinational corporations involved in at least 90 hydropower, oil, natural gas and mining projects in Burma. It reports that China...

Laboratories swap ideas - news

Twenty corporate responsibility discussion groups have been formed under the umbrella of the European Alliance for CSR since it started two years ago. The groups, called...

HIV/Aids drugs go to families - news

Anglo American is extending its HIV and Aids drugs programme in South Africa to family members of its 75,000 workers there. Brian Brink, Anglo’s medical senior vice-president in South...

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...

Iraq comes clean on oil revenue - news

Iraq is to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which promotes disclosure of revenue payments by oil, gas and mining companies to officials in developing countries....

Shell pulls advert as greenwash gripes rise - news

Shell has withdrawn a newspaper advertisement based around its sustainability credentials after the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged it misleading. The...

Bitc index gets more backers this year - news

The number of companies taking part in the UK's annual Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index rose this year, arresting the recent trend of falling participation rates....

CSR's trail-blazer needs to get out of the thicket and back on track - news

The UK government has been instrumental in the development of corporate social responsibility over the last decade. Listed companies must now produce annual forward-looking business reviews that...

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...

inbrief - news

Tony Hodge is to be the full-time president of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). Hodge, at present professor of mining and sustainability at Queen’s University,...

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...

Rio Tinto expands sustainability data in its annual report - news

Rio Tinto has devoted an unusually large section of its latest annual report to information on corporate responsibility. The mining group has set aside 12 pages under the heading of...

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...

BP makes pledges in Indonesia - news

BP has committed itself to support local education for the next ten years in an area affected by its Tangguh liquefied natural gas project at Bintuni Bay in West Papua, Indonesia. Education...

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...

EITI begins to take flak over ‘free rider’ concerns - news

Pressure is growing on the secretariat of one of corporate responsibility’s flagship global programmes to take action against ‘free rider’ companies.   Civil society...

inbrief - news

Draft ethical standards for artisanal diamond mining in Sierra Leone will be published next month by the Diamond Development Initiative, an umbrella group of non-governmental organizations,...

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

‘Living wage’ levels for 400 employees have been written into contracts issued to private sector companies by the Greater London Authority Group. The GLA, which includes the...

Sweatshop rules relaxed as suppliers fall short - news

San Francisco has had to water down a local anti-sweatshop procurement law because no company has been able to comply with its provisions. The Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance had been seen...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

When the countries of the world agreed ambitious targets for combating extreme poverty, hunger and disease at the UN Millennium Summit, 2015 sounded a long way off. Now, with just seven years to...

Anglo American begins Aids testing at headquarters - news

Anglo American, the world's third largest mining company, has established a free HIV testing and counselling programme for its London headquarters staff. Board members, including chairman Sir...

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...

BHP Billiton 2007 sustainability report - news

Hard copy, 24 pages. Or online at www.bhpbilliton.com Taking account of BHP Billiton’s impacts across a huge range of operations and products is no mean feat. The world’s largest diversified...

business itching to start talks on social goals for 2015 - news

The world’s third largest mining company has urged the United Nations to bring together companies, governments and civil society for an urgent review of progress towards the UN millennium...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

business looks at how to be a good sport - news

Sport may soon become the new hot topic in corporate responsibility, thanks to an initiative between the international bank Standard Chartered, sportswear manufacturer Nike, the International...

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...

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...

good governance 'is key to meaningful change' - news

The mining industry needs to extend its corporate responsibility efforts beyond well-trodden areas such as community support and do more to improve governance at national and local levels. That’s...

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...

Vedanta in clash over indigenous rights - news

Tribal families on the Niyamgiri mountain in the Kalahndi district of Orissa, India, have begun campaigning against a proposed bauxite mining project on their ancestral territory. Niyamgiri's...

3i aims to be more open on ethical due diligence - news

One of the world’s best-known private equity companies, 3i, is examining how further to improve transparency in its due diligence to identify social, environmental and ethical risks. The decision...

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...

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....

Argos baulks at signing up to ‘dirty gold’ rules - news

The UK’s biggest jewellery retailer has refused to sign up to 12 ‘golden rules’ for sourcing gold because it says that it cannot guarantee to observe them. Argos says that in principle it...

Indonesia blazes trail on mandatory approach - news

Indonesia has taken the unprecedented step of passing legislation that will require companies to spend money on corporate responsibility programmes. The controversial law was passed last...

Rio Tinto looks to make more safety gains - news

Rio Tinto is to introduce new measures to improve its safety culture despite big drops in the rate of occupational illnesses and accidents in recent years. The mining group has reduced...

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...

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...

inbrief - news

Neville Isdell, chief executive of Coca-Cola, has become chairman of the International Business Leaders Forum board of trustees. Isdell replaces Travis Engen, former chief executive of the mining...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

new ethical foreign policy might repair UK’s damaged reputation - news

Companies, it’s often said, take more notice of corporate social responsibility once their reputations have taken a serious knock. So now that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has...

UK Foreign Office stakes claim to CSR territory - news

The British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced a CSR strategy that commits it to a greater say on corporate responsibility in the UK and around the world. The ministry...

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

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has chosen Oslo for its permanent headquarters. The decision was taken at the first board meeting of the group, which has spent the last four...

illegal plantations supply big coffee firms - news

Some of the world’s largest coffee companies have been unwittingly sourcing beans from illegal plantations inside an Indonesian wildlife sanctuary, reports the conservation group WWF. A new...

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

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

halt of Saudi bribery probe does capitalism an ill turn - news

When the public gets to hear of a brown envelope having been handed over, it is usually the recipient of the bribe who attracts the most opprobrium, as the beneficiary from ill-gotten gains. But...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

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

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

An Indian organization, the Barefoot College, has won this year's $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize annually recognizes NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations...

inbrief - news

Rio Tinto chief executive Leigh Clifford has been appointed chair of the International Council on Mining & Metals, which works with mining companies on sustainability. Clifford succeeds...

Xstrata is new face on short list - news

Mining group Xstrata has been short-listed for the UK Sustainability Reporting Awards, to be announced next March. Xstrata, a Switzerland-based company listed on the London Stock Exchange and...

inbrief - news

Major changes to the way the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is organized were agreed in Oslo last month. Members of the initiative, which promotes greater transparency in revenue...

diamond giant to assist exploited small-scale miners - news

De Beers has announced a $2million (£1.05m) project to improve the lives of Tanzania’s ‘informal’ diamond miners. The multinational, which produces about 40 per cent of the world’s diamonds,...

Social impact plans now needed in Philippines - news

Companies that want to mine in the Philippines will now have to submit their technical and social plans to a government panel of environment and mining officials. Angelo Reyes, the environment...

moves begin to turn EITI into a permanent fixture - news

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative looks likely to be put on a more concrete footing with a board and a secretariat funded largely by its corporate and government supporters. The...

mining sector gets close to global ethics standard - news

New standards for certifying individual mine sites could be in place by June next year if targets for a new cross-sector initiative are met. Working groups are being set up under the aegis of the...

Chinese labour standard 'needs to be brought in fast' - news

A senior trade unionist has called for an all-round labour contract system, which is being considered by the Chinese government, to be introduced without delay. Such a system would establish...

Asia Energy withdraws after local activism - news

Asia Energy, a British company that wants to extract 15 million tonnes of coal a year for the next 30 years from opencast workings in Phulbari in Bangladesh's north-western province of Dinajpur, is...

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...

FTSE4Good index unveils criteria on climate change - news

FTSE4Good, the equity index provider, has outlined climate change measures that it will soon expect companies to adopt if they are to be included in the FTSE4Good index. Draft FTSE4Good...

inbrief - news

North American gold mining company Goldcorp has been admitted to the Jantzi Social Index. Jantzi Research, the Canadian social and environmental research company that runs the index, said...

L’Oreal enlists hairdressers in fight against Aids - news

Cosmetics company L’Oreal has won acclaim for an initiative that trains employees to serve as HIV/Aids ‘educators’ in regions hard-hit by the disease. L’Oreal picked up the Award for Business...

Anglo sticks with Aids plan - news

Anglo American is to redouble efforts to persuade its employees to go for HIV/Aids tests and voluntary counselling after failing to persuade enough staff to do so. The mining company’s latest...

leading bank turns down loans on ethical grounds - news

An international bank has turned down one in ten investment and loan requests from corporate clients after referring them to an in-house ethical screening unit. Over the past two years...

inbrief - news

Alan Stubbs, former vice-president of government and public affairs at the Canadian nickel mining company Inco, has been appointed vice-chair of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. The...

Asia-specific CSR guidelines are published - news

New advice for investors on what they should be requiring from companies on CSR issues has been published by the Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). A...

inbrief - news

The Church of England has been urged by its national assembly to disinvest from the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar over the supply of bulldozers to Israeli military forces....

BAT and Kumba invite observations - news

Two South African companies have become the first businesses to agree to participate in stakeholder engagement sessions organized by the Johannesburg-based African Institute of Corporate...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

Guidance on how to open, run and close mines in a socially responsible manner has been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals, along with good practice case studies. The 17...

Unilever shows Oxfam it can be a force for good - news

Unilever has emerged with a relatively clean bill of health after opening up its books to the anti-poverty group Oxfam for a two-year investigation of the socio-economic impacts of the company’s...

allegations show confusion on suppliers - news

The difficulty of determining the degree to which multinationals are responsible for what happens in their supply chains has been highlighted by a Dutch campaign group’s accusations against two...

FTSE4Good index opens its doors to uranium miners - news

Three of the best-known companies in the CSR field will shortly become eligible to join FTSE4Good, following a review of the index’s policy on uranium mining. Anglo American, which has...

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

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

mining firm prepares PNG villagers for closure - news

The OK Tedi Mining company has presented sawmills together with chainsaws, outboard motors and dinghies to the people of three villages along the Fly River in Papua New Guinea. The company has...

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...

talks on jewellery code are extended - news

Consultation on global responsibility guidelines for the jewellery industry has been extended by five months to March 2006. The guidelines will be drafted by the Council for Responsible...

social matters move onto chief executives' radar screens - news

Chief executives of multinationals increasingly believe that the performance of their businesses on social issues such as community involvement and labour standards will soon be as critical as...

inbrief - news

All but one of BHP Billiton’s 50 sites around the world now have a formal community relations plan. The mining company has developed pilot training programmes in support of the scheme with Oxfam...

bill posters under challenge - news

Some of the UK's largest firms are being targeted by a campaign that claims they are acting irresponsibly by erecting billboards beside England's roads. The Campaign to Protect Rural...

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...

less talk and more action is key to an engaging strategy - news

For some companies, stakeholder engagement is no longer just a 'nice to do', but an integral part of their overall business approach. A new manual sheds some valuable light on what does - and...

mining group offers support to local businesses - news

Newmont, the mining group previously accused of causing environmental damage, is helping an Indonesian fishery company to build a processing plant and an ice factory providing cheaper and better...

transparency initiative gets ready to expand - news

An international advisory group has been formed to expand the scope of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and to work out how to monitor its effectiveness. The EITI, a...

BHP Billiton makes an Impact - news

Partnership work with non-governmental organizations and community groups has helped BHP Billiton win the top accolade in this year's Business in the Community Awards for Excellence. Bitc...

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

Henderson Global Investors has published the first report to reveal carbon emissions from the UK's 100 largest companies. It shows that five sectors - oil and gas, electricity, mining, steel and...

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...

eight more join South African SRI crowd - news

Eight more companies have joined the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's SRI index as a result of its first annual review of constituents. The eight - Brait (banking), Discovery Holdings (life...

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....

'pariah' industries not as bad as they are painted - news

Some industries in Australia, notably mining, are more sustainable than generally assumed, says a new report. The study, by Sydney University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research...

Oxiana makes reporting debut - news

Oxiana, the Australian mining and exploration company, whose main assets are in Laos, has produced its first sustainability report. The 38-page report covers the company’s governance and management...

Anglo American reaps benefit of Aids strategy - news

An international mining company’s decision to provide free Aids treatment to its employees has begun to show a clear business benefit. Anglo American says preliminary analysis has already shown...

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...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

A resolution calling on the Newmont Mining Corp in the US to review its policies on toxic waste disposal in Indonesia could not be put to the vote at the annual shareholder meeting after the...

Asian investment managers think SRI will go mainstream - news

New research shows that 85 per cent of Australian and Asian investment managers believe SRI practices will become mainstream within ten years. These managers were more optimistic than their...

technology aids energy moves - news

Technology is being produced to help Australian companies to improve energy efficiency while protecting the environment. The software will collect and analyse data on a company's use of fuel,...

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

Evidence that companies are becoming better at integrating CSR within their operating units has emerged in the latest Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community. The index,...

Japan makes headway in FTSE4Good - news

Japanese companies are prominent among the new entries to the FTSE4Good Index series, which list ethically responsible businesses. Of the 61 newcomers admitted after the latest six-monthly...

inbrief - news

Sixty organizations have now given their view on the draft reporting guidelines drawn up by the Accounting Standards Board for the UK’s new operating and financial review regime. The board is...

steel sector makes joint effort to report on its impacts - news

Forty-two of the world’s major steel companies have brought out a joint sustainability report on their environmental and social impacts. Sustainability reports produced by an industry sector are...

smaller extractive firms are invited to transparency party - news

Pressure is to be applied on some of the UK’s smaller oil and mining companies to support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which seeks to open up the revenue arrangements of oil,...

inbrief - news

An online library has been set up for those working to raise the ethical performance of the mining and metals industries. The Mining and Metals Sector Good Practice website, containing good...

GRI reports on itself – to its own standards - news

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

Novartis takes plunge by setting living wage - news

A Swiss multinational has broken new ground by setting ‘living wage’ levels for staff and contract workers at its sites around the world. Novartis, the third-largest pharmaceuticals group, has...

inbrief - news

Kumba Resources has been judged best performer on sustainability in a ranking of the 40 largest listed South African companies compiled by the Johannesburg corporate law advisers Edward Nathan...

inbrief - news

A second European Commission white paper on CSR is now expected to be published in March 2005, officials have confirmed. The communication was due to be produced by the end of this year. Anglo...

inbrief - news

Mining company Gunson Resources has reached an agreement with the aboriginal Nanda people over a proposed mineral-sand mining project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Gunson, which...

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...

sell-side analysts will get money to consider SRI - news

Four mainstream European institutional investors are to offer a financial incentive to encourage brokers and investment banks to do more research on the social and environmental performance of...

Hewitt has final word on OFR - news

The UK government has finally settled the details of the new operating and financial reviews that will require large public companies to report annually on their social and environmental impacts,...

inbrief - news

Mining company BHP Billiton has promised to ‘go back to the fundamentals of safety management’ in the wake of 17 work fatalities last year. Chief executive Chip Goodyear says in the company’s...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

One of Europe’s largest banks has reorganized its head office to put more resources into its social and environmental performance. Netherlands-based ABN Amro has created a dedicated sustainable...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top of an inaugural Australian Corporate Responsibility Index. The bank was closely followed by BHP Billiton, BP, Rio Tinto and Toyota Motor Corporation...

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...

World Bank to adjust lending policy on extractives - news

The World Bank Group is to put more emphasis on the social benefits of projects it supports in the extractives sector and will increase its lending to renewable energy...

four firms in CSR probe - news

The UK government is looking into separate complaints against four companies for allegedly failing to observe the OECD guidelines on voluntary CSR global standards for...

Aids move brings swift benefit - news

Anti-Aids drugs given free to employees of Anglo American may already have saved the lives of about 500 staff in South Africa, the company has announced. The...

CSR factors cut M&A valuations - news

Social and environmental liabilities are emerging as a significant factor in mergers and acquisitions undertaken by large companies. A KPMG study of 105 of the 500...

NGO uses Citigroup as lever for change - news

The two largest financial services companies in the US have now agreed to put in place lending criteria on issues such as climate change and biodiversity, following a...

mining firm helps locals plan ahead for closure - news

Rio Tinto has helped farmers near one of its mining sites in Indonesian Borneo to triple their harvest yields in advance of the mine’s closure, which begins this...

time for CSR Hobbits to get real on diversity - news

Tick-box political correctness is in danger of undermining CSR, argues Peter Knight There are five of us in the office, two men and three women – all pinkish-grey in...

extractives are a mixed bag on biodiversity - news

Only a third of the biggest mining and oil companies have a published policy on biodiversity, even though half are doing work in this area, research has shown. A...

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...

inbrief - news

Promoting workplace safety has been pinpointed by stakeholders of the Borax mining company as the Rio Tinto subsidiary’s single highest CSR priority. The 2003...

Anglo American offers CSR kit to all divisions - news

Anglo American is to offer its business units a socio-economic assessment kit to help them improve their ethical performance and give them indicators for judging progress...

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...

FTSE4Good gets tough on supply chain criteria - news

Companies without clearly defined policies and programmes on labour standards in their supply chains could soon be excluded from the FTSE4Good family of ethical indices....

how companies can call off the resource curse - news

Oil and mining companies should exercise leadership to ensure host countries benefit from their operations, argues Daniel Litvin One senior manager in a western oil...

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....

SA banks take bold step on black empowerment - news

South Africa’s banks and financial institutions have devised a groundbreaking empowerment charter that aims to pass control of at least a quarter of the sector to...

Caterpillar targeted over sale of bulldozers to Israel - news

Activists are to step up a campaign against the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar in an attempt to persuade it to stop selling bulldozers to the Israeli...

inbrief - news

Fifteen mining firms have agreed not to explore or mine in any of the 754 United Nations World Heritage sites. The companies, all members of the International Council...

trade bodies ‘holding up CSR’ - news

Trade associations have been accused of undermining socially responsible companies by protecting the interests of laggard members who do little or nothing in the field –...

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...

inbrief - news

BHP Billiton will produce shorter community reports in future. The multinational mining company says stakeholders have indicated they want less detail but the chance...

mining companies are 'among best' - news

Anglo American and Rio Tinto have been identified by a UK institutional investor as ‘among the leading companies of any sector with regard to their CSR performance’....

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...

make payments public, extractive sector is told - news

Efforts by investors in Europe to encourage extractive companies to reveal details of the payments they make to governments have won support from some of the largest US...

Sigma project nears final destination - news

A major project to help companies manage their social, environmental and economic impacts has entered its final stages. The Sigma Project – Sigma stands for...

CEOs rate social credibility - news

Chief executives expect a good reputation on social issues to be as important to a company’s overall standing as financial credibility, a global survey suggests. The...

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...

mobile firms assuage fears - news

One of the UK’s leading socially responsible investment fund managers says it has been ‘reassured’ by mobile phone operators over safety fears relating to the use of both...

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....

end is nigh for ‘simplistic’ SRI questionnaire culture - news

Over-reliance on ‘naive’ questionnaires that gather information about the ethical performance of companies is undermining the credibility of the socially...

big challenge is to convince middle management to act - news

Persuading middle managers that corporate social responsibility is not a waste of their company’s time is one of the biggest challenges facing practitioners, a London...

Rio Tinto woos the analysts - news

Rio Tinto is to present its social and environmental report to mainstream analysts and brokers at special seminars in London and Sydney. The multinational mining...

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...

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

Executive pay is emerging as a focus for shareholder action in the US. ‘Excessive’ executive compensation and linking the pay of directors in part to the...

inbrief - news

Corporate social responsibility proponent and former Royal Dutch/Shell senior executive Sir Mark Moody-Stuart has become non-executive chairman of mining company Anglo American,...

Italian authority gives priority to SA8000 firms - news

Companies that have been certified under the SA8000 ethical workplace standard will receive preferential treatment when bidding for local government contracts in a region of...

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...

GRI comes up with Aids guide - news

Draft guidance on how companies can best report their policies and performance on HIV and Aids has been issued by the Global Reporting Initiative. The guidance has...

BHP moves on aborigines - news

Mining group BHP Billiton is to increase the proportion of aborigines in its workforce in Western Australia. The Melbourne-based multinational has set a target to increase...

Glebe goes for engagement - news

Australia’s largest ethical investment fund manager has altered its investment policy to place greater emphasis on engagement with companies on social and environmental...

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...

inbrief - news

The mining industry has set up a partnership with the World Conservation Union to ‘work together on mining and biodiversity’. The environmental pressure group and the...

Blair lends support to calls for payment transparency - news

Tony Blair has added his weight to calls for companies in extractive industries to disclose payments they make to governments in developing countries. In a speech to...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

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

inbrief - news

More than half of BHP Billiton’s sites now have a community relations plan in place, according to its latest global responsibility report. Thirty-one of the mining...

Anglo gives Aids drugs - news

Anglo American is to give free Aids drugs to all its employees in South Africa who need them. The second largest mining company in the world says the scheme has been...

mining sector ‘should listen to locals’ - news

Mining companies have been urged to create an ‘international indigenous peoples organization’ to advise them on local sensitivities when planning new ventures. The...

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

The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development project will publish in late June its final report on how the sector can become more sustainable. The International...

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....

chief execs sign new pledge - news

Heads of almost 40 major global companies have put their names to a statement that personally commits them to place ‘corporate citizenship at the core of business strategy’,...

inbrief - news

Draft conclusions of an initiative to improve the social responsibility of mining companies will be made public next month. The Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development...

corporate liability picture still unclear after Cape case - news

Hopes that the courts would clear up confusion about the liability of UK companies for harm alleged to have been caused by their operations to communities abroad have been...

inbrief - news

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum is holding a conference in Vancouver from 28 April to 3 May on ‘Mining, minerals and society – a...

inbrief - news

The US-based copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan is to set up a trust for tribal communities near its Grasberg mine in Indonesia. It will pay $500,000 a year to the...

CSR green paper will turn white - news

The European Commission’s green paper on corporate social responsibility now looks certain to be followed by a more comprehensive white paper that could usher in Europe-wide...

annual votes on pay aim to curb ‘fat cats’ - news

Plans by the UK government to give shareholders the right to an annual vote on directors’ pay are to be unveiled before Christmas. A consultation document on draft...

GRI guidance review gains momentum - news

Thirty-one companies from ten countries have completed a six-month review of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. The companies volunteered to take part in the...

companies slow to act on environment policies - news

Three-quarters of European companies operating in more polluting sectors have now published policies on the environment, but less than half have put in place the systems...

inbrief - news

The hearing on a landmark corporate liability case against mining company Cape will take place on 9 April 2002 in the High Court in London. UK-based Cape is being sued for...

inbrief - news

A preliminary court hearing on a landmark corporate liability case against the mining company Cape will be held this month at the High Court in London. British-based Cape is...

SRI is popular because the market demands it - news

People acknowledge the power of global business and want more say on the principles under which it operates, says The Rt. Hon John Gummer A secretary of state for the...

social links to directors’ pay gain credence - news

US companies are increasingly linking executive pay levels to the social and environmental performance of their businesses, according to a study from Business for Social...

ExxonMobil faces activist resolution - news

ExxonMobil has been told it must allow its shareholders to vote on a resolution at its annual meeting this month that calls on its directors to consider social and...

Comalco talks to aborigines - news

Australian mining company Comalco has signed an agreement promising to consult aboriginal people in Queensland’s Western Cape York peninsula before it expands bauxite...

inbrief - news

Peter Eggleston has taken up the post of co-ordinator for sustainable development at Rio Tinto. Eggleston has moved to the mining company’s London offices from its ore...

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...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

business case for CSR will take years to prove - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility will take many years to prove beyond doubt, a leading consultancy has said. In a new report examining the business case...

RBM’s caring approach wins plaudits - news

An international mining group has won a sustainability award for community work in a town near one if its mineral operations. The South African company RBM (Richards Bay...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

Shell has come top of Business in the Environment’s (BiE) fifth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index. The oil company, which has been under fire in the UK...

glossy social reports damage reputation - news

A glossy 'picture book' social report can damage a company's reputation rather than enhance it, a leading expert in the field has warned. Simon Zadek, who chairs the...

legal cases could spur outbreak of CSR - news

A new wave of 'foreign direct liability' legal cases against multinationals could become an important influence on the future direction of corporate social responsibility, a...

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....

paper industry needs a social agenda - news

The social performance of forestry and paper companies is much less advanced than their sense of environmental responsibility, according to a study by the Swiss bank Sarasin....

WBCSD targets finance sector - news

One of the leading business organizations involved in furthering corporate social responsibility has deepened its involvement in the area by planning a new initiative in...

Cape corporate liability case 'can be heard' - news

The prospect of multinationals being sued in the UK for harm they have allegedly caused to communities abroad has increased with a landmark ruling against a mining company. A...

Greek business backs CSR move - news

Ten Greek companies and business organizations have launched the Hellenic Business Network for Social Cohesion to promote corporate social responsibility. Founder members of...

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...

inbrief - news

Luke Danielson has been appointed head of a £3million project to devise a sustainable business strategy for the global mining industry. Danielson, formerly director of the...

social bank idea is floated - news

The Post Office is talking to leading UK high street banks about plans to launch a new ‘social bank’. The new bank, which would mainly serve the estimated two million adults in...

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

Energy company TXU Europe (formerly Eastern Group) has launched a £3million project to tackle fuel poverty in a former mining community. The project will offer home energy...

De Beers responds to worries over diamond business - news

Mining company De Beers has given qualified support to a bill in the United States Congress that would give consumers the right to know the country of origin of diamonds they buy....

two new SRI funds will target niche markets - news

Two new socially responsible investment (SRI) funds have been launched. Both are aimed at niche markets. The Pavilion Eco Friendly Fund, launched by Pavilion Asset...

mining giants herald new dawn - news

The global mining industry is to launch an ambitious £3 million project next month to devise a sustainable business strategy for the sector by 2002. The Mining,...

inbrief - news

Anglo American chairman Julian Ogilvie has offered his company's services to other mining businesses to help achieve 'a balanced perspective on sustainable development' within...

inbrief - news

Five mining companies have set up the World Alliance for Community Health, a not-for-profit initiative designed to help the World Health organization tackle disease in the...

pressure mounts on clothing retailers - news

High street clothes shops are having to pay increasing attention to regular and thorough monitoring of suppliers, as journalists and campaigners join forces to turn the spotlight on...

business to back rundown coalfields - news

Some of the UK’s largest companies look set to become involved in an initiative to help regenerate former mining communities. The ten year Network Space project, led by the...

BAT tackles poor image with 2000 social audit - news

One of the world’s leading tobacco manufacturers has committed itself to producing a social report in 2001. British American Tobacco (BAT) will publish the document from a social...

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...

warning for business on equal opps - news

An influential quango has warned businesses they have two years to improve their performance on equal opportunities before it reconsiders the threat of tougher legislation....

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

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

reporting is catching on - news

A third of the world’s 250 largest companies now publish a standalone environment report, according to the latest research. The third KPMG International Survey of...

BA to introduce social and ethical sourcing for its suppliers - news

British Airways is to introduce a social dimension to its supplier guidelines as part of an update of its purchasing statement. The statement, which applies to all new and...

Rio Tinto acts on its safety record - news

Rio Tinto has begun an overhaul of its safety procedures after admitting to an ‘unacceptable deterioration’ in workplace accidents last year. The third environmental...

Rio Tinto expands audit - news

Rio Tinto’s regular environment report will feature a greatly expanded community audit when it is unveiled in late June. The world’s biggest mining company has devoted much more time...

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Initiative for Responsible Mining - companies

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IHS Inc - directory

IHS is the global leader in critical business information, solutions and expertise for managing and reporting data across a full spectrum of Environmental, Health &  Safety (EHS) and...

Foley Hoag LLP - directory

Foley Hoag, the first U.S.-based law firm to create a Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, provides clients with the tools they need to turn the challenges of globalization into a...

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...

Freeport-McMoRan releases 2016 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report “Driven by Value” - reports

Freeport-McMoRan is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. The company’s mineral resources are the building blocks of infrastructure and critical...

Teck Releases First Economic Contributions Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) has released an Economic Contributions Report, providing information about the economic benefits generated by its activities, including payments to...

New report highlights benefits of De Beers’ partnerships - reports

The 56-page sustainability report, published today, stresses that doing the right thing has long been an imperative for De Beers Group, not least because being a good corporate citizen brings...

Teck Reports 2016 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) ("Teck”), has released its 16th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2016 and progress...

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.

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kinross Gold Corporation released its  Corporate Responsibility Report , a comprehensive account of the Company’s commitment to sustainable mining and transparency in 2014 and...

UPS Drives 1 Billion Cleaner Miles, Achieves Goal One Year Early - reports

UPS’s 14th annual Sustainability Report provides a comprehensive update on the company’s sustainability efforts, including an announcement that the company has achieved its goal of...

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) has released its 15th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2015 and progress towards its short- and long-term...

Teck releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) today announced the release of its 2014 Sustainability Report – covering its performance and progress towards its sustainability goals.

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL’s tradition of reporting, which began in 2006, continues to develop and improve every year, demonstrating the comprehensive operational strategy for sustainability and corporate...

Responsible Business 2016 - calendar

Responsible Business 2016 Incentives, imperatives, implementation 21 November 2016 | London             Public interest in...

IFRS Update Course - calendar

  IFRS Update Course 2016 Your complete update of current IFRSs, forthcoming changes and recent amendments to Standards 11 - 12 May 2016 | London Attend...

Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. issues 2012 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold provides resources that fuel global growth. Freeport-McMoRan explores, mines and processes metals around the world that are essential for daily living and an...

3rd Global Sustainability & Social Performance forum for Oil, Gas and Mining Industries - calendar

3rd Global Sustainability & Social Performance Forum for Oil & Gas and Mining Industries serves as a platform for CSR and Sustainability professionals to share experience in handling...

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor has published its 2012 Sustainability Review which can be viewed and downloaded.

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility - E156 - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online CISL launches a new online programme to...

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...

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

Anglo American today launches its Sustainable Development Report 2012,  “Creating Value with the Future in Mind” . The report details Anglo American’s sustainable...

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...

Mining On Top: Africa - London Summit - calendar

  Mining On Top: Africa – London Summit; Sharing the benefits of the commodity boom.   By bringing together key government officials, senior representatives of...

Freeport-McMoRan issues its 2011 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Worldwide attention has been drawn to continuous advances in renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles, stronger and lighter alloys, and high-tech devices that capture the imagination....

IBE Training Courses 2013 - calendar

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

Sustainability by Design: Retrofitting our Cities, Communities and Neighborhoods - calendar

A one-day workshop examining sustainable cities by design, sustainable communities, districts and neighborhoods. An interactive sustainable redevelopment design session will be conducted.

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

A two-day executive training seminar for CSR, Risk, and Investor Relations professionals who want to better engage SRI analysts and, most importantly, mainstream investors with a long term...

3 Cs to sustainability - reports

Community investment, capacity building, stakeholder engagement. Okay, so it's actually two Cs and one S. All three are essential to building relationships and delivering sustainable profit. Why?...

free briefing on CSR risk management - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Briefing on risk/extractives - reports

Ethical Corporation has just put together a free briefing on CSR risk management for extractives industries. You'll receive ten pages of practical case studies and valuable insight drawing upon...

Certified Global Reporting Initiative Training Course - calendar

CORE, the oldest and largest trade association in the Rocky Mountain region dedicated to promoting sustainable business practices and a more responsible global economy, and Deloitte, a financial...

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...

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...

Global Sustainable Mining Summit - calendar

The  Global Sustainable Mining Summit will benchmark crucial issues on how to implement technological advancements and best environmental practices to give back what have been taken from the...

How to manage social and environmental risk for oil, gas and mining - calendar

Our 3rd annual CSR conference for the extractives industry provides best practice insight into the latest social and environmental risk management issues. Gain practical solutions designed to...

CSR in mining, oil & gas - get your brochure now - reports

Social and environmental challenges are a major issue for the extractive industry. How do you maintain a social license to operate? Why are effective community relations so important? What is...

Ethical Corporation’s How to Manage Social & Environmental Risk in Oil & Gas, Mining and Steel Summit USA - calendar

Following successful events in London, Ethical Corporation is pleased to be able to launch in the USA. Designed specifically for the extractives industry the conference will provide in-depth...

Low Carbon Investment in Asia Briefing Event - calendar

The briefing is a culmination of an 18-month project implemented by ASrIA to examine climate change issues relevant to investment in select industries in Asia and the implications of moving towards...

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...

World Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

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

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management - calendar

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management Summit brings together multi-national corporations, with complex international supply chains, to investigate new and innovative strategies to secure your...

Water Footprinting & Availability Risk Management 2010 - calendar

The first event to focus on practical solutions for assessing and managing water availability risk, within regional contexts (US and global) and specific to either agriculture or industrial...

Verité India Supply Chain Symposium - calendar

On November 18, 2009, ASK and Verité will hold our inaugural India Symposium, examining social and environmental responsibility as a key part of sustainability in supply chains....

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...

Xstrata Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

Xstrata's Sustainability Report 2008 sets out the mining company's performance against a range of key indicators and targets in 2008 and reports on the sustainability challenges facing its business.

Sustainable Brands 08 - calendar

Join a vibrant mix of top brand leaders, product designers, sustainability executives and the network of experts who support them at The Sustainable Brands Conference. Meet like-minded executives,...

The Anti-corruption Summit USA - calendar

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

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.

Rio Tinto publishes Sustainable Development Review - reports

Significant improvements in health and safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly-released Sustainable Development Review.

The Rio Tinto Sustainable Development Review - reports

For the sixth year in a row, significant improvements in safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly released Sustainable Development Review

Rio Tinto's Sustainable Development Review - reports

Rio Tinto has published its latest Sustainable development review

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.

ICMM releases its latest newsletter, Good Practice - reports

The International Council on Mining & Metals has released the latest issue of its newsletter, Good Practice, in which it examines progress since ICMM came into being in 2001 and attempts to...

New ICMM Publication - ICMM Annual Review Released - reports

A year of 'significant progress' on sustainability matters has been recorded by the International Council on Mining and Metals in its newly published annual review.

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 - reports

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

The Anglo American 'Report to Society' 2004 - reports

The corporate response to HIV/AIDS features strongly in the pages of Anglo American's latest 'Report to Society'.

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

The Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) cuts carbon emissions by recycle CO2. Miranda Ingram reports…    Global petrochemical giant SABIC is celebrating...

Reaping the rewards of supporting dairy farmers - bestpractice

T here’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the...

Raising the bar for community impact - bestpractice

Founded in 1976 by royal decree and 70% government owned, Riyadh based SABIC is already one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers with over 40,000 employees working in 50...

Working in partnership to make a real difference - bestpractice

When broadcast giant Sky teamed up with WWF back in 2009 it was one of the biggest corporate conservation partnerships going – and also one of the first. It all centred on tackling one of...

Digging deep to ensure a greener legacy - bestpractice

We’ve adorned ourselves with it for thousands of years and its very existence made pirates dizzy with greed. Its applications range from micro-circuitry and medical products to the coating...

Mining and metals companies reaffirm commitment to sustainability - reports

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has released its 2008 Annual Review, entitled ‘Embracing Change’.

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

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

Ford releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company's first Sustainability Report, Our Route to Sustainability, is now available.

CSRValues runs G3 Guidelines Workshop - calendar

A one-day workshop examining the implications of the GRI’s forthcoming G3 Guidelines and how they will impact current CSR reporting methods, is being organised by CSRValues, the European...

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

The financial crisis of 2008 was quickly followed by a crisis in finance, with some serious incidents of misconduct within the sector coming to light. RBS has featured heavily in the reporting...

Acquiring a taste for shared value - bestpractice

Maggi bouillon cubes are big in West and Central Africa. Huge. Drive around and you can see cafes decorated with Maggi packaging and painted in the Maggi colours. The Maggi ‘cooking...

Rio Tinto has published its 2007 Sustainable development review - reports

The online report outlines a number of practical programmes implemented by the mining and metals company.

ICMM Annual Review 2007 - reports

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has been addressing industry challenges throughout 2007, according to the newly-published 2007 annual review.

Cutting the carbon legacy - bestpractice

Altered environmental attitudes in the construction industry must be among the biggest changes seen in business. Today’s approach of the multinational Swedish construction company Skanska...

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...

incentivizing change - bestpractice

National Grid's vision statement leaves little room for ambiguity. The UK-based power company has set its sights on no lesser challenge than 'safeguarding our global environment for future...

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. releases 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has published its corporate sustainability report.

advancing sustainability - bestpractice

At Chagres, a settlement near the town of Llay Llay, 100km (63 miles) north of Santiago in Chile, huge machines feed more than half a million tonnes of concentrate into a smelter that turns out...

ArcelorMittal publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

ArcelorMittal has announced the publication of its first Corporate Responsibility report 2007; Taking Responsibility for Transforming Tomorrow.

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

digging deep - bestpractice

When Xstrata Copper won a concession to develop the Apurímac region of Peru, it secured what could turn out to be one of the country’s most important mining deposits. It also inherited what could...

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

mending fences in the outback - bestpractice

Rio Tinto’s efforts to improve relations with the indigenous community near one of its operations in a remote part of Western Australia have brought a number of...

Johnson Matthey publishes its 2006/7 CSR Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2006/07 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - its fifth - in PDF format. 

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...

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...

ROLLING BACK MALARIA - bestpractice

National Grid has committed itself to tackling a disease that kills more than one million Africans every year and has the potential severely to affect the health of...

Capitalism as if the World Matters - books

When first published, Capitalism as if the World Matters, by one of the leading ‘eco-warriors’ of our time, shocked a generation of both environmentalists and business people. Jonathon...

FORMING CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS - bestpractice

Increasingly, companies, non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies are forming partnerships to tackle pressing global problems. A new course has been set up...

DOING THE RIGHT THING - bestpractice

RMC Group is giving a large area of quarry land near the Florida Everglades to a university with an international reputation for wetlands research. The site will become...

The Planetary Bargain - books

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

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