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Seafood industry takes big steps toward sustainability - news

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

“The Future of the Corporation” to be subject of British Academy research report - news

By Brian Collett — Public trust in business, corporate objectives, regulation and taxation will be the main themes of a three-year research study started in September by the British...

Shell Springboard programme to award £350,000 to most innovative low-carbon enterprises - news

Shell International Limited’s enterprise support programme for UK’s innovative low-carbon businesses is now open for applications.   Shell Springboard will award one...

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

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

Three aspirations for long distance EVs - news

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx — All the publicity currently goes to the race to make regular and premium cars have longer range. This is because most people want only one car so...

Getting celebrity endorsement for your brand - news

By Will Adoasi, Vitae London — Celebrity endorsement has played a major role in building the Vitae brand – but it didn’t happen on its own. We didn’t start with lots of...

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

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

Boosting online sales: YUU’s success story - news

By Gill Hayward and Kellie Forbes, YUU — Over a four-week period last Christmas, we sold a YUUbag every 12 minutes.  It took planning and preparation, but the pay-off was well worth...

Board level volunteering is bringing CSR to life - news

By Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS — CAF’s latest UK giving report found that people donated £9.7 billion to charities last year, with...

The important business of ocean conservation - news

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

Cities pushing beyond climate change - news

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

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...

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

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

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

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

Inventshift showcases social enterprises for global good - news

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

Lloyds hackathon challenge inspires collective citizen impact - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Our societies need thriving young people - children and young adults who want and are able to positively shape the world around them. They need opportunities to...

UK’s first-ever ‘Social Mobility Employer Index’ - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The UK’s first-ever Social Mobility Employer Index has released its findings - ranking Britain’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they...

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

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

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify...

New UK Minister hails flourishing cleantech ecosystem - news

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

Why electric car charging needs some joined up thinking. - news

By Simon Anderson, geo — I have just taken delivery of a Tesla and it is awesome – sorry about the American vernacular but it is appropriate in this case.   I have long...

EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify critical...

Pat Harned guides ethics in business - news

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

Trust in an era of ‘alternative' facts - news

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

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

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

Action or belief?  - news

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

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

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

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

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

Air cleaning technology to be trialed at London bus stops, courtesy of The Body Shop and Airlabs - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Some lucky Londoners who happen to stand at a trio of central London bus stops will see the air around them change for the better. This is thanks to an initiative to...

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

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

The future of energy is disruptive - news

By Adam Woodhall — The aim of the recent event ‘Energy Live Future’ was to highlight the cutting edge innovation that is surging through the energy industry. The organisers,...

 Resonance’s social impact mission to invest in ‘Dismantling Poverty’ In Bristol raises £2.1m - news

By Roger Aitken — Social impact investment company Resonance that has pursued a mission over the last fifteen years to “connect capital with social enterprise”, has published...

How can online companies tackle delivery problems? - news

By James Middleton, Street Stream — Delivery problems have been the bane of the ecommerce market since people started selling online. You can have a website with amazing UX, superb...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

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

M&S to tackle unemployment, skills shortage, and poverty around the UK - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to tackle unemployment, skills shortages and poverty in 10 areas around the UK, as part of a new community...

How do leaders bring purpose to life in organisations? - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler and Edward Rowland — Reimagining how organisations can catalyse broader societal change is an exciting new horizon in business. However, purpose-led leadership...

Getting good guidance  - news

Interview by Adam Woodhall — Ian Joseph has had an eclectic career. He moved from being a pastor to working with those experiencing homelessness and drug addiction, and then took an...

Vitae London: the watch brand with heart - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Will Adoasi, the entrepreneur behind the philanthropic watch brand Vitae London, is set to launch his Season IV, a unisex range of watches that is backed by Sir...

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

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

How creating a healthy work force makes all the difference - news

By Deborah Astles, Unipart — Unipart Group is one of Europe’s leading private manufacturing, logistics and consultancy companies and we often get asked how we went about creating our...

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

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

Say hello to the Global Good Awards! - news

For 2018, the National CSR Awards is rebranding as the Global Good Awards. Karen Sutton, CEO and Founder of the Awards (pictured above), explains: “These awards were originally born...

Being bold at IKEA: Steve Howard on six years leading from the front - news

By Adam Woodhall — The man who last year brought us the concept of “peak stuff”, and is a self-proclaimed ‘professional optimist’,  Steve Howard of IKEA ,...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

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

Green hotel award winners announced - news

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

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

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

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

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

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

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

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

Sedentary lifestyle costs UK £1.2bn annually - news

By Sangeeta Waldron —  The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that lack of exercise across the UK is costing the nation’s health system £1.2 billion a year.  ...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

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

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

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

Britain’s hairdressing sector has potential to drive sustainability in communities - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Hairdressing is a sector that talks to more people than any other occupation. With over 40,000 hairdressings, barbering and beauty salons in the UK generating over...

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

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

Communities thrive when corporations thrive  - news

Interview with Henry Stoever, CMO, NACD by Tom Idle   According to the National Association of Corporate Directors – whose 17,000 members represent around 98% of the Fortune...

A conversation with Sandy Boundy, Communications and CSR Manager at Heineken Ireland - news

From "In Conversation," Business in the Community Ireland —    Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the...

Shopping for a purpose  - news

By Adam Woodhall — There are many gathering storms our society is facing, but having a purpose is increasingly seen as a way to navigate these uncharted and often rough waters. Many...

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

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

Smart Works guides UK women into the workplace - news

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

Businesses must support financial education in schools - news

By Vikas Vij — The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy....

Business chooses long term planning for sustainability - news

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

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

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

The Ladybird Book on Climate Change, by HRH Prince Charles, Tony Juniper, and Emily Shuckburgh - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Prince Charles and his special adviser to his International Sustainability Unit, Tony Juniper , have joined forces with Dr. Emily Shuckburgh , OBE, a leading polar...

Sky educates UK consumers about marine trash - news

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

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

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

Should the UK private sector align its strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? - news

By Rachel Whale, Founder and CEO, Koreo — The Women’s Marches which took place around the world on January 21st were a reminder of the power of international narratives for social...

Tracking reward matters in interesting times - news

By Peter Brown —  We first ran the Paydata UK Reward Management Survey back in January 2009 in response to the global financial crisis and because our customers kept asking us what...

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

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

Top 10 business and human rights issues for 2017 - news

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

UK Soil Association hosts discussion on good food in the workplace - news

By Antonio Pasolini — For several decades, practicality trumped health when it came to food choices, with disastrous consequences on human health, including soaring rates of obesity, heart...

The renewable revolution  - news

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

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

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

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

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

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

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

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

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

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

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

“Partnership, Purpose and Productivity”—RSA panel outlines strategies for the changing workplace - news

By Andy Hix—To quote recent Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changing, and more rapidly than ever. Technology is developing at break-neck speed and threatening to...

Stop Slavery Network formed by hotel industry - news

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

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

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

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

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

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

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

Future generations prepare for work with DP World Education Programme - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — In our fast-paced, technology-driven and globalised world, consumers expect just about anything from anywhere delivered promptly to their door. International logistics...

Government support for sustainability is “utterly pathetic”  - news

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

Refreshing the business contract with society - news

By Adam Woodhall   “Can business refresh its contract with society before it’s too late?” was the stimulating question with which the CEO of The Crowd , Jim...

Microloan Foundation boosts trustee board with Step on Board programme - news

‘Step on Board’ is a board-level volunteering programme, run by Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which is being embraced by a number of...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

By Adam Woodhall — How are corporate sustainability professionals—and the organisations they work with—to lead through this post-Brexit period facing our society? How are they...

Sharing values and engagement opportunities - news

by Adam Woodhall - Three engagement specialists recently launched a White Paper at an event in the shadow of London’s Tate Modern which highlighted the challenges and opportunities for...

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...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

Honest dialogue: the key to a sustainable future  - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler   From my experience of running dialogue programmes for numerous global corporations, I’ve discovered that the key to creating sustainable organisations...

The Shareholder Revolution? - news

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

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

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

Brexit mustn’t mean wreckxit - news

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

The future of power, death & money - news

by Adam Woodhall — “Power, Death and Money” was the provocative title of the first event run by The Future Men .  They promised a rampage through the frustrations of...

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

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

New ideas for a new economy - news

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

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

The Cherie Blair Foundation mentors women entrepreneurs through technology - news

The Cherie Blair Foundation released a report for its Mentoring Women in Business Programme at an event in Johannesburg, South Africa in late June. On the occasion, Blair delivered a keynote...

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

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

Carbon Trust reports on progress: 180 companies on board - news

by Adam Woodhall — The overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change must be kept under 2, preferably 1.5, degrees. At COP21 in Paris last year, political leaders from around...

Gender pay gap closing, according to sustainability salary survey - news

By Adam Woodhall — The findings from the latest Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS) salary survey run by Acre , Flag  and Carnstone are certainly thought...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

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

Is the UK too reliant on EU workers? - news

By Rita Trehan — The UK economy depends on EU workers. Talented, highly educated, mainly young people from across the EU have flocked to London. They work in finance, professional services...

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

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

Women's Equality Day: interview with Shelley Zalis - news

Interview by Sangeeta Haindl   Equality in the workplace and gender pay is a stubborn issue, one which hit the UK headlines on 23 August, when research from the Institute of Fiscal...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

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

UK food charities face real challenges in feeding the most vulnerable - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Neighbourly, the social network for social good reveals in its latest survey that 218 UK food charities face real challenges in helping to feed society’s most...

Is now the time to go green? - news

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

Beer-making without impact, the Heineken way - news

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

Many UK families find it tough to afford a standard of living - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct, an organisation dedicated to redistributing donated goods to thousands of charities across the UK, is reporting a sharp...

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

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

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

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

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

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

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

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

Designing the future: the Creative Conscience Awards - news

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

Business & Climate Summit: inspiring a social movement - news

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

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK postal service, the Royal Mail, is celebrating its 500th birthday of connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities, including...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

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

Developing great behaviour change campaigns - news

by Adam Woodhall - Influencing behaviour positively and successfully is accepted both as fantastic opportunity to make a difference and as often very challenging. So it didn’t come as a...

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

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

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

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

Wind power: less noise, happier neighbors - news

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

French labour law reforms spark controversy - news

by Brian Collett—New French labour laws, making it easier for employers to hire and fire and allowing them to negotiate directly with employees, have been condemned by trade unions and the...

UK food charities struggle to feed people in need - news

Neighbourly, the social network for social good, has published the results of a survey of charities and volunteer organisations across the UK which regularly distribute surplus food to those in...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

Bag battles: plastic vs. paper - news

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

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

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

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

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

Zipcar adds Volkswagen Golf GTE to its London fleet - news

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

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

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

BBC journalist Mishal Husain to honour 2016 Ashden International Award winners - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Forward thinking organisations championing solar energy in India, East Africa and beyond; businesses improving the health of citizens through sustainable buildings and...

The environmental impact of Brexit cannot be overlooked - news

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

Scaling the heights with a purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall - The Crowd event, held monthly in central London, always offers thought-provoking themes, and the June edition didn't disappoint. Held at the impressive HQ of the ICAEW ,...

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

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

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

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

What a waste of business resource! - news

By Mike Tuffrey, co-founder, Corporate Citizenship — Corporations spend billions every year on causes and in communities around the world. But a shocking new survey shows they...

UK workforce leads Europe, US in sick days - news

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

'Behind the Smile' Exhibition helps break the stigma of mental health - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — It is predicted that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness within a year. Though the effects are as real as a broken arm, it is an invisible and silent...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

Corporate volunteering is on the rise. Tom Idle reports on the emergence of skills-based volunteering schemes for senior managers. Mahatma Gandhi once said “the best way to find...

Mums behind the UK’s small businesses are a powerful economic force - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Do you know much about the “Mumpreneur” economy? These are businesses run by mothers with children under 18, which generated a staggering,...

Motivating models for 21st century employee engagement - news

By Adam Woodhall - Employee engagement is a buzzword that has been around for a long time, but what does it actually mean, and what are the benefits to organisations?  There are many...

Corporate world moves forward with human rights transparency - news

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

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

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

Britain's biggest benevolent celebrities are . . . - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK’s The Sunday Times has announced that rock super-star Sir Elton John and best-selling author JK Rowling are Britain’s most benevolent...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

Join in with this fascinating debate as a dynamic group of innovators share their ideas and challenge ‘business as usual’ approaches at the Social Responsibility and Sustainability...

A force for good - news

Fujitsu’s  head of responsible business, Juliet Silvester, explains how the company creates long-term value. Interview by Tom Idle The Japanese ICT business Fujitsu is currently...

India wants UK to stay in EU - news

by Sangeeta Haindl 'Brexit' is a word on everyone's breath, since UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the 28-nation EU to...

A measurable impact - news

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

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

by Sangeeta Haindl When the U.K.’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his very controversial 2016 Budget  last month, he said, “We know that those who...

Britain's New Sugar Tax - news

by Sangeeta Haindl A new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been announced, to be introduced in April 2018. This move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the...

Barclays Helps UK Start-Ups Take Flight - news

Barclays has opened its third Eagle Labs space in Brighton after successful pilots in Bournemouth and Cambridge. The new Barclays Eagle Labs will provide access to resources including expert...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

EP Journal Trust in business today goes hand in hand with increased transparency by Miranda Ingram Corporate reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose, but any company that...

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

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

Why every business should volunteer - news

EP Journal by Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Businesses are perfectly placed to use their reach to bring about considerable benefits to the communities in which they operate. This is...

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

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

The Body Shop speaks up - news

EP Journal The Body Shop’s new CSR strategy is designed to make consumers realize why they fell in love with the brand in the first place. by Tom Idle The influential...

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

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

National Schools Partnership appoints Stephen Howard LVO as new Chairman - news

Stephen Howard has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the National Schools Partnership, a social marketing agency responsible for the creation of learning programmes in partnership...

Nelson moves to RSF Social Finance - news

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

Chelsea Reinhardt joins Standards Division at GRI - news

As GRI begins its transition from sustainability reporting guidelines to Sustainability Reporting Standards, the Standards Division at GRI is expanding with the appointment of Chelsea Reinhardt...

Rana Plaza: How it led to an Accord to help improve workers’ rights - news

Workers in developing countries can use the Accord signed by the likes of H&M, Primark and Zara following the Rana Plaza disaster as a template to improve their own safety and conditions,...

When it comes to CSR, keep on keeping on - news

This is my final issue at the helm of Ethical Performance. It’s been an extremely interesting and enlightening three years, the spirit of which I shall endeavour to take with me. One...

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

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

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

Culture clashes can limit partnership success - news

Communications agency Forster’s recent study of the charity sector reveals how corporate partnerships are being limited by cultural challenges and the over-emphasis on the bottom line,...

Future Perfect? - news

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

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...

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

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

Japan to help develop smart cities in India - news

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

BMW comes top in global sustainability rankings - news

Corporate Knights, the Canadian-based media and research company, has published its 2016 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) ranking. Companies that make the...

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

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

BLOG: After COP21, what next for rainforests? - news

COP21 may be over, but on the rainforest front the work is just beginning, writes Claire Raisin, Director Size of Wales Rainforests are vital when it comes to preventing, and...

Corporates pledge to help tackle mental health stigma - news

Unilever, Rolls Royce, Standard Life, HSBC and Network Rail are just some of the 350+ businesses in the UK which have signed the Time to Change pledge, a commitment to take action to tackle the...

APCRG launches Responsible Business Champions 2016 - news

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) in the UK has launched its 2016 National Responsible Business Champions award. The Co-Chairs of the Group Baroness (Sally)...

BLOG: Businesses must unite to protect wildlife - news

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

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

Scottish businesses must be motivated by more than the financial bottom line if they are to help build a fairer and greener Scotland. That’s the conclusion of Better Business, a new...

British drivers reluctant to embrace electric vehicle technology - news

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

Travel company books Fair Trade holiday of a lifetime - news

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

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

With previous sponsors and supporters like Mercedes-Benz, Natwest and Carillion, the 2016 National CSR Awards will celebrate business excellence and innovation in corporate social responsibility...

British consumers making more ethical choices, finds report - news

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

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

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

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

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

All in good time? - news

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

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

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

IHRB outlines top 10 corporate responsibility issues for 2016 - news

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

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...

Pernod Ricard steps up measures to promote responsible drinking - news

Absolut vodka and Beefeater gin maker Pernod Ricard is extending its Wise Drinking programme by gradually adding, as inventories are renewed, the address www.wise-drinking.com to the back...

Marine conservation groups push for greater uptake of sustainable fish - news

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Fish2fork and Sustainable Fish Cities have launched a campaign to gain public pledges from three of the largest restaurant chains in the UK to serve 100%...

Unicef report highlights importance of post-COP21 action for children - news

As COP21 draws to a close, international children's charity Unicef has called for ambitious action on climate change. “The future of today’s children, particularly the most...

Novartis reaches antimalarial treatment milestone - news

Pharma company Novartis has supplied 300m antimalarial treatments without profit to treat children suffering from malaria. The Swiss drugs giant has been delivering treatments since 2009,...

Shaw's Murray makes The Circulars final - news

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

Kendall and Goodchild to share role at BDF - news

Nils Kendall and David Goodchild have been appointed as joint interim chief executive officers at the Business Disability Forum (BDF). Goodchild takes on the role after serving as the...

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

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

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...

Changing behaviour bottom up, not just top down - news

Tackling air pollution isn’t solely a legislative issue, people have to be encouraged into new behaviours, argues Lord Drayson Air pollution is getting a lot of air-time. In the last...

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

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

Why transparency is the clear way forward - news

Last year, Land Rover shared how pioneering technology could be used to develop a ‘transparent’ bonnet, writes Laura Vickery , global CSR manager at the car maker. A...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

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

Racial harassment in the workplace on the rise - news

The largest ever survey published on race equality in the UK has revealed that 30% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial harassment...

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...

Charity Christmas cards prove not so heart-warming - news

Charities receive little more than 3% of the purchase price of some charity Christmas cards in the UK, two surveys have revealed. Harrods, London’s largest shop, gives 3.4% to Macmillan...

Unilever aims to become carbon positive by 2030 - news

At COP21 Prince Charles lauded Unilever's achievements in deforestation, as he expressed his hope that politicians and businesses were starting to act on the need to protect forests....

Richer nations less concerned about climate change: poll - news

Global public concern about climate change has declined over the past six years, especially in industrialized countries, finds a new 21-country poll from GlobeScan. Less than half (48%) of...

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

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

Caterpillar launches pilot phase of free e-learning in Africa - news

American heavy equipment giant Caterpillar has launched the pilot-phase of its Technicians for Africa Project , an e-learning website for people who aspire to become a technician in...

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

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

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

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

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

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

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...

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

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

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...

The importance of creating a healthy business culture - news

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

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

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

Enter your company into BITC’s Responsible Business Awards 2016 - news

HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity, Business in the Community (BITC), is calling on British companies to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues, as the 2016...

Business must address quality factors, says Ofsted - news

Companies which place an emphasis on employing apprentices as part of their CSR strategy to help reduce youth unemployment would have read with great interest recently the message from Sir...

Former OSHA employee claims WPP double standards - news

An investigator with the US government’s Whistleblower Protection Programme (WPP) claims he has been fired – for whistleblowing. Darrell Whitman says the agency failed to defend...

IKEA reaches sustainable cotton milestone - news

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has become the first major retailer to use sustainably-sourced cotton across its entire products range.  Steve Howard, IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer,...

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

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

Industry taskforce to help improve working conditions of cleaners - news

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

Unilever becomes zero landfill company in Europe - news

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

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

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

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

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

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

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

Developing a new mindset - news

At this year’s BITC Responsible Business Awards , Lloyds Banking Group won the building stronger communities award for its work increasing access to financial services for people with...

Why channeling the energy of youth is key to sustainability - news

In recent years, as we’ve thought about social movements and the millennial generation, many have conjured up images of protesters, from the “Indignados” in Madrid to those who...

Driving a wedge between consumers and green debate - news

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

Korean pharma company forges artisanal legacy preservation path - news

Until the early 1950s South Korea was a traditional agricultural society. That way of life was largely swept away by the Korean War and the rapid industrialization that followed. Today,...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

Consortia-based partnerships between companies and NGOs are set to become more common, as organisations look for greater impact and reach, according to a report by C&E Advisory....

Jaguar Land Rover to drive new water safety project - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new project in Africa as part of its global CSR programme. In its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and operations, the...

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...

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

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

ICRS marks anniversary with first honorary fellows - news

To mark its first anniversary, the Institute of Corporate Responsibiity and Sustainability (ICRS) has announced its first honorary fellows. They are: Philippa Foster Back, director of the...

B Corp movement launches in UK - news

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

BLOG – When good intentions go awry - news

Tony Sabatier of Friends-International warns that corporate philanthropy can sometimes be misguided. Across Cambodia, orphanages are proliferating. Although it is a country with a recent...

Heathrow to trial steeper approaches in noise reduction effort - news

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

Top businesses lend support to child refugee appeal - news

Save the Children says it has received a huge level of support from big businesses and leading brands in response to its Child Refugee Crisis Appeal, which has raised more than £3m in just...

Diageo joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development - news

Drinks giant Diageo has become the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Joining nearly 200 forward-thinking companies, some of Diageo’s...

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

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

Lise Kingo assumes role at UN Global Compact - news

Lise Kingo has taken up her role as executive director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative. Kingo, who was appointed by UN...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has appointed Victoria Moorhouse as Corporate Responsibility (CR) Programme Manager. Kerry Parkin, head of CSR and Communications at Costa,...

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

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

Ensuring a new crop of farmers - news

Continuing to create shared value for those along its supply chain, premium coffee business Nespresso has developed the one thing it knows a particular group of farmers need if they are to...

Learning the power of persuasion - news

It’s 8am on a damp Monday morning and I’m locked in a tough negotiation. I’m trying to persuade my five-year-old daughter to put on her clothes so that we can head off to...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

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

Iggesund Paperboard highlights responsible forestry practice - news

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

Emma Thompson backs Arctic drilling protest - news

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

EIC calls for extension of construction emissions policy - news

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

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

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

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

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

Companies shirking responsibility for employee wellbeing - news

Less than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a new report from leadership training organisation Morgan Redwood, with only 46% of firms regarding...

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

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

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

Many happy returns - news

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

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

More and more companies are linking staff pay and bonuses to sustainability performance. Is it a fad, or a genuine tool to drive employee engagement at scale? And is it having the desired...

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

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

Putting skills at the heart of the development agenda - news

Private sector investment in developing countries dwarfs aid budgets several times over, writes Matt Foster, director of strategies and programme effectiveness, VSO. Large institutional...

Zero-waste brewery opens in Japan - news

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

IKEA to go beyond National Living Wage rate - news

Swedish firm Ikea will become the first national retailer in the UK to pay staff above the government’s new National Living Wage from next year. Ikea, well known for its flatpack ,...

Korean ad agency Cheil fine tunes CSR - news

South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of its 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule by creating an unusual grand piano to generate interest in the reunification of South and...

Festival fever cools off with The Ice Shed - news

The Ice Shed is working with sustainability consultancy Anthesis to provide carbon neutral ice to campers at festivals in the UK this summer.  The Ice Shed sells ice and cooler bags at...

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

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

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

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

BLOG: Why does health get forgotten in health and safety? - news

You can easily spot the colleagues wearing a personal activity monitor, writes CSC's CR lead Paula Sullivan . Whether they’re a Fitbit fanatic or a devotee of another brand of device,...

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

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

Reward clean energy drivers and save lives, urges Autogas - news

The re-introduction of the London congestion charge exemption for vehicles powered by LPG and incentives to convert to vehicles to the alternative fuel, could help to save the lives and improve...

Change your diet and save the planet! - news

Climates , a start-up social network, is calling on people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and the planet.  Switching to a climatarian diet can save a tonne of CO2 a year-...

IBE issues guidance on new role for internal audit - news

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

BLOG: the importance of culture and heritage in sustainable cities - news

Art and heritage are key to creating strong cities that people want to live in, says Hester Alberdingk Thijm, director of AkzoNobel Art Foundation By the end of the decade, as...

IFC facilitates $50m programme to make garment industry safer - news

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing funding to local Bangladeshi banks in a wide-ranging program in an effort to make the country's garment industry safer for workers....

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu scooped the title of Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Taking over the...

MSCI names new head of ESG research - news

Antti Savilaakso has joined its MSCI ESG Research Inc. team as European Head of ESG Research at MSCI Inc, a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics. Based in London,...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

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

Empowering sustainable change - making it happen - news

You are unique, your organisation is unique. Any empowerment campaign is about your journey to generate positive and sustainable change for your organisation, writes Carbon Smart's Adam...

Chemical reactions - news

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

Are sustainability ratings asking the right questions? - news

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

The trust, the whole trust and nothing but the trust... - news

I’ve heard a lot about trust in business so far this year. I have been heartened by the ever wise words of Business in the Community’s Stephen Howard – “authentic...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

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

British business at risk of widening ‘diversity deficit’ - news

New research into the top 10,000 executives in Britain’s most important firms reveals a widening “diversity deficit” which risks putting UK companies at a serious disadvantage...

Japan Tobacco makes progress with sustainability initiatives and reporting - news

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

Put the ‘S’ back into ESG, says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

IOD slams tick-box approach to good governance - news

The UK’s current approach to identifying what makes for good governance is flawed, according to a new report – The Great Governance Debate – Towards a Good Governance Index for...

Pernod Ricard ramps up responsible drinking efforts - news

The 5,500 sales representatives of the wines and spirits multinational Pernod Ricard were enlisted last month for the company’s fifth Responsib’All Day aimed at promoting the...

BLOG: A new brand of high performance CSR? - news

Corporations, like individuals, are never truly altruistic – in a capitalist society, individual benefit is incentivised, writes Doug Flynn of global consultancy North Highland . It...

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

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

19 corporates score top points in US disability inclusion index - news

Sprint, AT&T, Starbucks and Procter & Gamble are among the 19 companies to receive the top score of 100 points in the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM) survey results, announced...

Workforce ‘missing piece of reporting jigsaw’ says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

British business calls for climate action to build greener economy - news

Over 75 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis Partnership, SSE, and BT have called on the government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a...

Term ‘trust’ increasingly misused by companies, study finds - news

Companies’ use of the word ‘trust’ has risen by a factor of eight in the past decade, indicating an increasing corporate obsession with trustworthiness, according to a study by...

John Elikington joins Positive Luxury - news

John Elkington, a world authority on corporate responsibility, has joined the sustainability advisory council of Positive Luxury, the company behind the interactive Trust Mark, which uses...

Barker joins board at The Climate Group - news

The Right Honourable Gregory Barker, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and longest serving UK energy minister in a generation, has joined the Board of Trustees at The...

Hainsworth to head Social Platform - news

Jana Hainsworth, secretary general of Eurochild, has been elected as president of Social Platform, the largest European platform of social NGOs in Europe. Hainsworth replaces Heather Roy...

Deloitte's Dugelay joins GRI Board - news

Eric Dugelay, Deloitte’s Global Sustainability Services Leader has joined the 14-member GRI Board, which consists of representatives from business and civil society organizations from...

Darrell Doren made md of BSCI - news

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting free trade and sustainable supply chains, has appointed Darrell Doren as...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

A broad range of organisations, from well-known high street names to independent traders have been recognised as finalists across the 14 award categories of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards,...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

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

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

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

Rogers takes on mantle from Leffin at UPS - news

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

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...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

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

UN Secretary-General drawn into fraud investigation in Korea - news

A regular hazard for people prominent in Korean society is the use relatives sometimes make of family bonds to further their interests. For example, the sons of two former civilian...

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

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

Sustainability professionals happier, survey finds - news

Professionals who switch to environment and sustainability roles believe they have chosen well. A practitioner survey says 87% report a high level of satisfaction with their decisions, and...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

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

WWF calls for stiffer measures to ensure legality of logged wood - news

A new WWF-UK study has raised concerns about the ability of some UK companies to prove where their wood supply comes from. The WWF study was designed to see if companies that were selling...

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

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

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

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

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

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

Unilever's 'sustainable brands' growing twice as fast as regular ones - news

At the London launch of its Sustainable Living Plan progress report, Unilever has revealed that its sustainable living brands such as Dove and Lifebuoy, are growing faster than regular brands....

Making the gogglebox greener - news

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

Why financial education is key to all our sustainable futures - news

Nick Jones, head of digital comms & corporate responsibility, Visa Europe, explains why they're backing the launch of the Entrepreneurship Skills Pass   ...

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

Unilever is furthering its ambition to make sustainable living commonplace by partnering with global sustainability movements Global Citizen and Live Earth. This is the first time that the...

US arm of Novartis tops diversity league table - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in succession. According to...

DfID faces accusations of pushing private firms over public services - news

The UK’s overseas aid ministry has been accused of using funds to establish private healthcare and education in Africa and Asia, bringing benefits to British and American companies....

Coca-Cola puts fizz into physical fitness campaign - news

Coca-Cola, frequently accused of endangering young people’s health with sugar-laden drinks, has become a corporate supporter of a fitness campaign throughout the US. Those taking part...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

Fair and respectful treatment of employees is the most important sign of a responsible business in the eyes of the public, reports a Business in the Community (BITC) survey. Altogether 92%...

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

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

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

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

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

Unilever is furthering its ambition to make sustainable living commonplace by partnering with global sustainability movements Global Citizen and Live Earth: Road to Paris. This is the...

Novartis named top company for diversity for second year - news

Novartis has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in a row. The American arm of the Swiss pharma giant also...

Oysters set to be new pearl of The Solent - news

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

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

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

Greenpeace scales Arctic-bound Shell oil rig - news

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

Mars to drive food safety in Africa with WFP - news

Mars, Incorporated and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to partner in a move which will improve the provision of safe, locally-sourced food to those in need in Africa. The...

Unilever accelerates sustainable packaging target for 2015 - news

Magnum and Walls ice cream maker Unilever has brought its sustainable paper and board packaging use target forward. The multinational FMCG giant will now source all of its paper and board...

Pearson demonstrates commitment to equal opportunities in education - news

The world’s largest learning company is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to equal opportunities in education by joining an online resource for students who need help to read standard...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

I was temporarily impressed by footballer’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 50 new tattoos. Not so long ago, the PSG star hoisted off his shirt after scoring against Caen to reveal the names of...

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

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

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

As more and more corporates take to social media to engage with consumers around sustainability issues, do they really know what they are doing? Tom Idle explores what current best practice...

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

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

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

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

McDonald’s Japan launches complaint app - news

After a year in which product quality and service issues have undermined the brand, McDonald’s Japan is to introduce a new smartphone app for customer complaints as it looks to restore the...

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

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

Lenovo takes CSR strategy into new markets - news

Chinese technology giant Lenovo has teamed up with non-profit United Way to support a variety of education projects in France, Israel, Romania and the UK. Catherine Ladousse, director of...

Beavers to run hog wild in Devon! - news

News that a group of Devon Beavers have been returned to the wild on the River Otter has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. The beavers were released back into the River Otter after...

Nice try! O2 creates Twickers inspired phone - news

Telecoms giant O2 recently unveiled a fully-functioning smart phone made out of grass cut from Twickenham Stadium - the home of the England Rugby team - and parts of recycled phones....

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

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

Hugo Boss targeted over labour violations in Europe - news

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

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

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

Experts call for new ministerial role to promote financial inclusion - news

An independent body of experts and parliamentarians have called for financial inclusion to be a high public policy priority, going as far as urging the appointment of a Minister for Financial...

Construction industry aims to redress gender imbalance - news

The NHBC Foundation is calling for a new industry-wide campaign to boost the numbers of girls and young women in house building as new research reveals that just one in ten are interested in...

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

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

A word to the wise on sustainability - news

Rudyard Kipling once described words as “the most powerful drug used by mankind”. In these days when we’re bombarded on a daily basis – a staggering 100bn work emails are...

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

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

Making a stand for menswear - news

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

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...

Taking the right route to restoring public trust? - news

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

Canada’s Bombardier under fire in Korea - news

South Korean prosecutors are accusing Bombardier Inc., a major Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer of making gifts to local officials to help the firm win a valuable contract to...

Ugandan farmers in court over land grab - news

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

Golden opportunity for jewellery industry to take a stand - news

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

Barclays’ Jenkins takes chair at Business in the Community - news

In his first speech as chairman of Business in the Community, Barclays group chief executive Antony Jenkins, spoke about the need for a network of responsible businesses to come together to...

CBI urges new attitude to profit to build consumer trust - news

What can business do to restore public trust? That was the question poised at a recent CBI debate, one in a series of events designed to help rebuild confidence in business. Katja Hall,...

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...

Jaguar Land Rover sees workforce volunteering rate jump 36% - news

Workforce volunteering has leapt 36% at automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover with more than 9,600 employees donating over 115,000 hours (or 14,400 working days) to support their local communities....

One in five UK jobs pays under Living Wage rate - news

In some parts of Britain half the jobs are paying less than the living wage, the TUC has revealed at the start of the second week of its Fair Pay Fortnight. TUC analysis of official figures...

Valentine's cupids turn green to promote climate change action - news

London commuters were greeted this week by teams of Green Cupids handing out kisses and Valentine’s cards all in the name of preventing climate change. In the spirit of...

‘Forest 500’ rates top players in race against deforestation - news

FMCG giants Danone, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benkiser, Kao and Unilever are among the top players tackling the problem of deforestation, according to a new ranking from charity...

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

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

Chamberlain joins ETI as new chair - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has welcomed Philip Chamberlain as its new chair. Chamberlain brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with prominent European...

Atkins steps down at Friends of the Earth - news

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

New members join GRESB board - news

Mie Holstad, chief administrative officer at Norges Bank Investment Management, and Steven A. Wechsler, ceo and president of NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts), have...

McDowell appointed to Amity Panel - news

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

Global economic system isn't working, says ITUC - news

The global economic system isn’t working for six billion people, labour leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, have warned. Mass unemployment, mistrust in institutions, rising...

Business needs to focus on people and purpose, says Deloitte Global - news

Business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (Deloitte Global) fourth annual Millennial survey. Deloitte...

Greater take-up of IiI charter mark urged - news

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

EHRC issues guidance on freedom of expression - news

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

Finding the inspiration for change - news

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded in Davos. It’s one of those gargantuan, international, annual events that while attracting heads of state, fails to engage heads on the...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

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

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

Debbie Read, head of CR at Molson Coors, has worked for the international brewer for seven years. Best known for its brands Coors, Carling, Cobra and Miller, the brewer has changed a lot in the...

Going round in circles? - news

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

Brewing up a ground-breaking partnership - news

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

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....

New measures to tackle corruption in Korea - news

In February, Korea’s National Assembly is expected to pass new legislation to reduce corruption among public officials. The legislation, entitled the Act on the Prohibition of Improper...

BASF to tackle social issues with Creator Space project - news

The chemicals multinational BASF, whose products range from plastics to crop treatments, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a programme to tackle social issues, including energy sourcing,...

‘Transformational’ volunteering to replace ‘transactional’ in US - news

The days of counting employee volunteer hours as an indicator of valuable community service are on the wane. Corporate volunteer programs in the US and globally are moving in the direction...

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,...

‘Nice to Have’ versus ‘Must Have’ - news

David Picton, chief sustainability officer, Carillion explains why now, more than ever, sustainability is not a nice-to-have but a 'must have' Sustainability is critical for...

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

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

Poor countries fight back against toxic pollution - news

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

New online tool shows world can cut emissions and live well - news

Cutting carbon emissions to limit global temperatures to a 2°C rise can be achieved while improving living standards, a new online tool shows. The world can eat well, travel more, live...

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

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

Davos 2015: World needs new business model - news

The global economic system isn't working for six billion people, labour leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, have warned. Mass unemployment, mistrust in institutions,...

Recruiter looks to reward emerging sustainability superstars - news

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

Corporate responsibility features high on millenials' radar - news

Business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's (Deloitte Global) fourth annual Millennial survey.  ...

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...

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

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

Jacques Maire joins Vigeo executive committee - news

Former executive at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jacques Maire has joined CSR rating agency Vigeo's corporate executive committee as director of...

2degrees unveils top 25 under 25s working in sustainable business - news

2degrees, the online collaboration platform and service for sustainable business, has unveiled its list of the Top 25 Under 25s for 2014. Among those that made the cut are professionals...

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

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

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

A new year, a fresh start... but how many organisations will boast new resolutions? Ethical Performance talks to key industry players about what they believe will be the prime sustainability...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

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

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

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

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

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

Quarter of Japanese workers trapped at ‘black firms’, says trade union - news

A quarter of Japan’s workers believe they are working at “black companies” — firms that resemble sweatshops and systematically flout labour laws by - among other things -...

New rules tackle unfair credit broker practices - news

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

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

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

Salvation Army enlists Mitie in employability programme - news

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

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

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

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

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

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

EHRC launches new online resources for young people - news

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

Febreze and Tesco to trial new recycling programme - news

The recycling of trigger top and flip cap-bottles is the goal of a new cross-sector trial in the UK, funded by WRAP and Procter & Gamble (P&G) as part of the Courtauld Commitment 3....

Celebs, health agencies and corporations partner to tackle Ebola - news

At the Official Draw for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) joined football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and...

Denmark leads way in anti-corruption league - news

Denmark comes out on top in Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index with a score of 92 (based on a 0-100 scale where zero is perceived to be highly corrupt) and...

M&S makes headway on 2020 sustainability targets - news

Marks & Spencer is making significant progress in embedding its sustainable business plan – Plan A – across its operations, according to a half-year update just issued by the...

Corporate tax avoidance “morally wrong” says British public - news

More than four in five (85%) British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it’s legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid and ActionAid....

Working together towards an AIDS-free generation - news

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

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

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

Howard Boyd to advisory role at Jupiter - news

Emma Howard Boyd will be engaged by SRI investment specialist Jupiter as an external consultant, offering her experience to the Stewardship Committee and the Sustainability Review Committee. She...

Plaza wins equality honour - news

Lindy Plaza, chief of CalPERS’ Diversity Outreach Program, is the recipient of the 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Hero Award. The award, presented by the Asian Pacific State...

Greene praised for leadership impact - news

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

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

Leo Martin, director of responsible business advisers, GoodCorporation, asks if the gaming industry is doing enough to promote responsible gambling   According to the Gambling...

Do we need more CR and sustainability mentors? - news

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

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

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

BSR puts transformation and transparency in the spotlight - news

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

Security breaches threaten South Korea’s nuclear power stations - news

Following a September online media report about a nuclear security breach, Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy conducted security checks on power stations across the nation....

Payday lenders urged to bolster transparency - news

The UK’s controversial payday lenders could now be compelled to outline their conditions on an independent comparison website under proposals from the government body that promotes...

Oil and gas production threatens US air quality - news

Extremely high air pollution is being reported in the US from unconventional oil and gas production, during which extraction companies use aggressive means to tap reserves that do not readily...

Culture change in banks may take a generation - news

At the current rate of change, it will take the financial services sector a generation to completely overhaul its culture and practices, says a new report from the think tank New City Agenda...

Banks face tougher scrutiny following record FCA fines - news

Banks are being scrutinised by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) following record fines imposed in three countries over foreign exchange rigging. On the announcement of the...

Agreement reached over Tazreen disaster compensation - news

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

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

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

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on inspirational businesses across the UK and abroad to enter the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the...

Sea change as Gustavsson moves to Oceana - news

Oceana has appointed Lars Gustavsson as its new Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s operations in Europe. Gustavsson succeeds Xavier Pastor,...

KPMG partner recognised by Shaw Trust influencer's list - news

Vincent Neate, partner and head of KPMG UK’s Sustainability Services practice, has been named as one of the most influential people in Britain with a disability or impairment, in the first...

Watson to lead BRE environment programme - news

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

DECC appoints new chief scientific advisor - news

Professor John Loughhead OBE FREng FTSE has been appointed DECC’s chief scientific advisor. Professor Loughhead is currently Executive Director at UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)...

José Ugaz elected chair of Transparency International? - news

José Ugaz has been elected chair of the board of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption organisation. Ugaz, a Peruvian lawyer with a history of taking on grand...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

A London restaurant that serves up fine dining to the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew is also cooking up a storm in the homeless community with its award winning...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

Duracell powers up emergency relief aid - news

Procter & Gamble’s Duracell Power Forward programme, known for donating batteries to those affected by natural disaster since 2011, is expanding its fleet and joining forces with The...

Most employees hide mental health conditions over stigma - news

The truth about mental health in the workplace has been revealed by research from pensions and insurance provider Friends Life. The new survey shows that huge numbers of employees in the UK...

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

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

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

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

Big brands still failing to contribute to Rana recovery - news

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

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...

Women still struggling in labour market in Asia Pacific, says OECD - news

Gains in education have helped narrow the gender gap in the labour market in Asia Pacific but many challenges remain, according to a new OECD report. Society at a Glance: Asia Pacific...

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

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

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

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

Big business to sing from same hymn sheet over energy savings - news

The Big Energy Vision is a new multi-partner campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills. Supported by both big businesses - including Kingfisher, John Lewis,...

Knorr cooks up support for World Food Day - news

Tomorrow on World Food Day (16th October 2014), stock cube brand Knorr is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rallying people globally to pledge their support for...

Lego ends 50-year link with Shell - news

Danish toy giant Lego is ending its co-promotion contract with Shell. The move follows a three-month campaign led by Greenpeace which saw one million people sign a petition calling on the...

Midori prize winners announced - news

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

Garneau joins Canada’s Clean50 - news

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

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

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

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,...

Homeplus executives accused of selling customer data in Korea - news

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

Does behaviour change offer the key to sustainability? - news

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

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Clorox dives into Safe Water Project in Peru - news

American cleaning and home care giant The Clorox Company is expanding its Safe Water Project, a public health programme that provides public bleach dispensers and health education in rural Peru....

Duracell Power Forward programme goes down a storm in US - news

Procter & Gamble's Duracell Power Forward programme, known for donating batteries to those affected by natural disaster since 2011, is expanding its fleet and joining forces with...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

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

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

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

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

Bonuses and champagne were lavished on staff at the UK bank Lloyds for selling complicated but risky interest rate swaps with small business loans, a whistleblower has claimed in sworn testimony...

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun loses credibility - news

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

Unilever far from bog standard over toilet provision pledge - news

Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever has pledged to to help 25m people gain improved access to toilets by 2020. This commitment is part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan –...

Brooks Newmark stands down as minister for civil society - news

Recently appointed minister for civil society Brooks Newmark has resigned following Sunday Mirror allegations he shared sexually explicit images of himself with an undercover reporter over...

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

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

Brazil declines to sign UN deforestation pledge - news

The launch of the UN’s new pledge to slow global deforestation at this week’s Climate Summit in New York was overshadowed yesterday by Brazil’s failure to sign up to it....

Bee decline could signal threat to global nutrition - news

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

Rolls-Royce set to power up science teaching in UK - news

Power systems company Rolls-Royce has entered into a three-year partnership with UK education charity Teach First, to help provide inspirational science teaching to young people from...

Tesco partners with UK charities to tackle unhealthy habits - news

Supermarket giant Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are to join forces early next year in a joint initiative to promote healthy living. The partnership aims to reduce...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

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

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

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

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

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

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

West Side Story - news

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

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

Unicef and DLA Piper join forces to tackle child justice challenges - news

UNICEF and international law firm DLA Piper have established a pioneering partnership focused on improving the quality of care and protection for children who come into contact with judicial...

Slavery helpline opens in UK - news

The NSPCC is working with the UK government to support a new?modern slavery helpline (0800 0121 700). The free, 24/7 service, funded solely by the Home Office, will be run by the NSPCC helpline...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

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

Qatar World Cup in slave labour spotlight - news

More than 100 migrant workers building the al-Wakrah stadium, one of Qatar’s 2022 football World Cup venues, have been receiving only 45p an hour or £4.90 ($8.20, €6.20) a day....

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...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

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

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

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

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

Dilley to chair Environment Agency - news

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

Newmark steps down as minister for civil society - news

Recently appointed minister for civil society Brooks Newmark has resigned following Sunday Mirror allegations he shared sexually explicit images of himself with an undercover reporter over...

New chief at GRI - news

 Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Intitative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

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

The new breed of social worker - news

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

Staking your reputation on the digital age - news

In these days of increasingly sophisticated social media it only takes one off-message supplier and a backpacker with a phone camera, to bring corporate reputations crashing down. So what steps...

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

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

Further woes for GSK in China - news

A British private investigator and his wife, hired to help the pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) after it was accused of corruption in China, have been charged with illegally...

G20 urged to push equal pay agenda - news

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

Radical action urged over executive pay levels - news

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

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

Timberland, of Stratham, New Hampshire, creator of the famed yellow leather work boot, is in the midst of rectifying a self-inflicted CSR public relations problem. In mid-July the $1.6bn...

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

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

Perion in CR push following merger - news

Following its reverse merger with Conduit’s Client Connect, app monetization and software company Perion is ramping up its CR efforts with a $1.5m volunteering initiative. Simone...

Meehan moves to GRI - news

Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

Novartis eyes collaboration deal with Google - news

Novartis’s eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google Inc. to in-license its “smart lens” technology for ocular medical uses. The...

PETA calls for end to wool trade - news

Animal rights pressure group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking retailers and consumers to say ‘no’ to products containing wool, citing the abuse of sheep...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

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

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

National Grid has taken the mantle of Responsible Business of the Year from Jaguar LandRover following last night's Business in the Community's (BITC's) Awards. National Grid was...

CSR comes of age with launch of first professional institute - news

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, hailed the recent launch of the Institute of Corporate Resposibility and Sustainability (ICRS) as "a giant step forward for CSR from being 'nice to...

Co-operative Energy powers up community energy campaign - news

Co-operative Energy is this year’s lead sponsor of Community Energy Fortnight, the world’s biggest community energy campaign. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC) -...

Conversation and collaboration – the key to reducing alcohol-related harm? - news

Roland Pirmez, president, HEINEKEN, Asia Pacific explains why the promotion of responsible drinking is key to the beer giant's sustainable future One of the most common...

Bowman joins Emerging World team - news

Amanda Bowman has joined Emerging World’s team as partnerships and business development director. Prior to joining, she worked as director at the International Business Leaders Forum...

Anthesis expands sustainability team - news

Anthesis Group, the global sustainability consultancy, has made three senior appointments to bolster its global team. Ben Tuxworth joins as a director in the group’s strategy and...

Clark makes UPS delivery - news

Rhonda Clark has become Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at UPS. Clark succeeds Scott Wicker who helped create UPS’s sustainability architecture and implemented numerous successful...

Mark Carney appointed co-president of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of business....

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

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

Making room for CSR - news

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) may be an internationally recognised hotel brand but its business model is actually asset light in that it only directly owns 9 hotels worldwide. However,...

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

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

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

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

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

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

Speaking up for sustainability - news

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

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

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

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

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

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being - news

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

Pay workers fairly or lose customers, warns KPMG - news

Consumers will change their buying habits and shop elsewhere if British businesses fail to pay staff a fair wage. According to a survey of more than 1,000 individuals across the UK, most people...

BITC highlights need for ‘and race’ to be added to governance code - news

New research shows that no progress is being made on tackling race inequality in management. The organisation behind the report, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign Race for...

CBI calls for government to address gender pay gap - news

The next Government should ensure there is a UK target for reducing the gender pay gap, says the CBI. The UK's leading business group has called for a commitment from the next Government...

Carney takes on co-presidency of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that aims to put Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of...

UK pension fund investments linked to unethical land grabs - news

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37bn invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth....

‘Two ticks’ symbol not living up to disability promise - news

Thousands of firms awarded the UK Government’s ‘two ticks’ symbol for ensuring equality for disabled workers have been found to be no better than companies who have not...

ITV gets match fit for volunteering programme - news

ITV and sports charity Join In are partnering for the launch of a new campaign to encourage volunteering in local sport. It has set a target of generating interest in 100,000 new volunteers....

Semrau cleans up at SC Johnson - news

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

Impact investment comes of age - news

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

Charity bosses urged to shun ‘workfare’ programme - news

The chief executives of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK have been urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme. The new mandatory...

Faiths unite to galvanize communities over climate change - news

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

Telecoms giants collaborate to advance internet safety - news

Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has lauded the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web...

IBM develops supply chain pilot in Zambia - news

Technology and consultancy giant IBM is working in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 lifesaving drugs. Supported by the World...

Dam construction goes ahead in Laos despite eco warnings - news

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

Brazilians pay high price for World Cup sponsor tax breaks - news

FIFA must end its ‘obscene’ insistence on World Cup host countries giving tax breaks worth hundreds of millions to the event’s corporate sponsors, a new campaign is urging....

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

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

OECD urges action to reduce road traffic pollution - news

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

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....

Christian Aid warns of lack of transparency in FTSE100 data - news

The secrecy surrounding thousands of subsidiaries created in tax havens by leading UK companies has created a black hole at the heart of the FTSE100, a new Christian Aid report has warned....

Employee performance boosted by CSR involvement - news

Employee engagement in CSR activities can demonstrably improve job performance, new research from ESMT European School of Management and Technology maintains. The study, published in the...

Responsible Tourism 2014 awards now open for nominations - news

Nominations are now open for the Responsible Tourism 2014 awards, run by responsibletravel.com and sponsored by the Oman Ministry of Tourism. This year the Awards have expanded their roster...

Atmos expands team - news

Atmos Consulting has added to its multi-disciplinary team of experienced consultants by appointing Jenny Bell as Principal Ornithologist. With almost 20 years of ecological experience, Bell...

Deblaere joins JA-YE - news

Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe, Member of JA Worldwide, has welcomed Jo Deblaere, Accenture’s chief operating officer and group chief executive—Europe, as the new Chairman of the...

New co-chair of OWIC takes seat - news

DONG Energy Wind Power’s country manager, Benj Sykes, is the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who...

ClimateCare wins Queen’s award - news

ClimateCare, the climate change and sustainable development organisation, has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company has won a Sustainable Development Award for contributions to...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

Mary Rose Burke, director of business representation with Ibec and James Winters, plant manager for the DePuy Synthes Ireland Manufacturing Operation have been appointed board members of BITC...

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

UK companies must rediscover the lost arts of innovation, argued the PwC annual CEO survey earlier this year. In fact, companies everywhere are under pressure to adapt to the double whammy of...

Not so many rivers to cross - news

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

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

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

Helping hands - news

An innovative charity has helped to create hundreds of jobs in Africa through virtual volunteer mentoring, helping to transform the lives of thousands through a simple phone call. Liz Jones...

Time to pay the piper over bankers’ bonuses - news

I saw a postcard the other day that stated: “To make the rich work harder you pay them more, to make the poor work harder you pay them less.” It certainly struck a chord given the...

General Motors appoints safety vp following vehicle recall - news

General Motors is investigating why it took a decade to recall cars found to have potentially lethal ignition switches. The Detroit-based multinational acknowledges the defective part was...

Novartis ranks at no1 in US diversity league - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the leading company in DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity listing. The rankings are determined by an objective...

Food Tank and GFAR partner to support women farmers - news

Food Tank and The Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) are to partner to raise awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by smallholders as well as help identify ways to...

NASA celebrates Earth Day with #GlobalSelfie - news

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

Majority in UK favour onshore wind power over fracking - news

The majority of people in Britain would prefer to live near a wind farm than a fracking site, says new YouGov research commissioned by Ecotricity. When given the choice, 62% said they would...

Procter & Gamble commits to no deforestation policy - news

American FMCG giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has committed to a new no deforestation policy that will provide full traceability for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses. The...

BT launches online energy saving tool - news

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

Unilever's Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results - news

Incidences of diarrhoea have dropped from 36% to just 5% in the Indian village of Thesgora as a direct result of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’...

Steiner re-elected at UNEP - news

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

Duxbury joins Groundwork - news

Graham Duxbury is the new national chief executive at Groundwork, replacing Sir Tony Hawkhead. Duxbury has worked for Groundwork for more than 15 years, most recently as its director of...

Norris to direct ASP - news

Kirsti Norris is the new director of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners. She has co-ordinated the Devon & Somerset ASP group since 2011. “ASP is such an emergent being, I...

NCVO’s Wilding banks on new role - news

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

RobecoSAM expands SI expertise - news

RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, has appointed Lucas van Berkestijn (right) and Cécile Churet (far right) as Sustainability Investing...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

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

CSR hits the catwalk - news

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

Why women’s work for equality is far from done - news

On becoming a parent one of the vows I made was to never, ever tell my kids off for ‘showing off’. Growing up, I found being told to ‘stop showing off’ hugely...

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

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

Big business criticised for hiring officials as non execs in S Korea - news

Four in 10 outside directors appointed by South Korea’s 10 leading business groups are former top policymakers, such as cabinet ministers, presidential officials, and heads of the tax...

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

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

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

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

China’s austerity regime sets way for new business model - news

China’s new era of austerity could lead to a new way of global corporate governance, a Beijing forum has been told. Its still-growing economy will set the tone for a new world way of doing...

New round of bankers’ bonuses draws more anger - news

Banks have drawn more criticism with their new round of large salary and bonus announcements. Much of the anger results from Barclays’ revelation that the number of its staff on...

Business needs to do more to prepare for 4G future - news

While British business recognizes the benefits of age diversity, it must do more to prepare for a ‘4G’ future, warns new research from the CIPD. The professional body for HR and...

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

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

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

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

Balfour Beatty signs up to Disability Confident campaign - news

Balfour Beatty's UK and Ireland construction business has become the first in its sector to sign up to the Disability Confident campaign. The Department for Work and Pensions'...

Ernst Ligteringen to step down as ceo at GRI - news

Ernst Ligteringen is to step down as chief executive at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)  by the middle of 2015. “During his tenure, the number of organizations producing...

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

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

Jaguar Land Rover extends collaboration with ClimateCare - news

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

Global project to build investment metrics for greener construction - news

A major global project which will help to define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings has been launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). While...

Pinsent Masons takes up gender balance challenge - news

International law firm Pinsent Masons has launched 'Project Sky', a programme aimed at achieving an improved gender balance in the firm's partnership and senior leadership team by...

Shuman joins Council Fire - news

Michael H. Shuman has joined Council Fire’s team of sustainability consultants. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts...

Higgs noted for compliance excellence - news

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

Giardini elected at SFI - news

Business executive, author and community leader Anne Giardini has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Board of Directors as a member of the Economic Sector....

Bloomberg becomes UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change - news

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In this role, Bloomberg...

GRI’s Wallace joins BrownFlynn - news

Mike Wallace, former director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) North American operations, has joined BrownFlynn as managing director. In his new role in Los Angeles,...

A case of rum and reason - news

Ethical Performance talks to Dave Howson, CSR and sustainability director of Bacardi, the world’s largest privately-owned drinks company   Starting out as a warehouse manager...

Pension savers urge Shell shareholders to abandon Arctic drilling - news

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

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

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

Paying your way: taking a principled approach to tax - news

Tax evasion and avoidance may be different in law, but in the eyes of the general public, they often amount to the same thing, which means there is a strong corporate reputation and governance...

Ongoing building collapses raise safety issues in Korea - news

Students from Busan University were killed and injured when the roof of the auditorium where they were attending a freshman orientation collapsed on 17 February 2014. Officials said the...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

At the time of writing I am waiting to hear details of how bookmaker Ladbrokes is going to measure success in its promise to link executive pay to efforts to tackle problem gambling. The...

Barclays under fire over executive pay - news

Heavy criticism of high bonuses from business and political figures has been directed again at the UK’s Barclays Bank – where chief executive Antony Jenkins has attempted to shine up...

Ethical lapses in finance sector hit headlines most often - news

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

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

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

British business makes move towards greater tax transparency - news

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

Soccer project scores winner with robust football design - news

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

Mondi makes environmental stewardship move with WWF - news

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

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's...

Citigroup flies rainbow flag with Community Capital project - news

While Citigroup’s corporate social responsibility programmes lend a generous hand to LGBT and anti-violence groups, its business operations do too. Laura Klepacki reports from the US...

Because we’re worth it... - news

Ethical Performance talks to Alexandra Palt, CSR and sustainability director of French beauty giant L’Oréal What does sustainability mean to you? In order to prepare for a...

Andrew Sells to chair Natural England - news

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

Ethex founder makes Divine move - news

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

Rardin takes care of Care2 - news

Care2, the largest online social action community, has promoted Eric Rardin to Vice President of Business Development. Rardin has been a key contributor and leader in Care2’s business...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

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

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

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

Water waste comes under control - news

The California Water Foundation (CWF), East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), and WaterSmart Software have jointly published the results of an independent study that indicates providing...

Financial services customers suffer massive data breach in Korea - news

In early December last year, a District Prosecutors’ Office near Busan, Korea’s second city, announced there had been leaks of customer information from the Korean branches of...

Low-tech fraud makes unwelcome return - news

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

Social enterprise makes headway in Russia - news

Vera Kurochkina, UC RUSAL Public Relations Director, explains the aluminium giant's role in Russia's burgeoning social enterprise sector   Once upon a time two frogs fell...

Cannibals on a health kick eating only vegetarians - news

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

World’s biggest shipbuilders make ethical management pledge - news

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

Burberry to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

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

Banks back effort to attract more state educated youth - news

A campaign to get more state educated young people into the banking sector has been launched. Education charity the Sutton Trust will work with four major banks to boost the number of young...

UK boasts highest paid CEOs in Europe - news

The UK has the highest paid CEOs in Europe, according to a comprehensive new study released by Vlerick Business School. The study looked at the annual reports of all listed companies in...

Westpac ranked world's most sustainable company - news

Australia's first bank Westpac has been ranked number one in ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ...

Whistleblowing up 88% in UK’s financial services sector - news

Prosecutions for white collar crime in the financial services sector are likely to increase in 2014 following an 88% rise in the number of whistleblowing reports received by the Financial...

Global campaign targets food industry over high sugar levels - news

A group of medical and nutrition specialists is working via official channels to persuade UK manufacturers to add less sugar to food. Action on Sugar will press the government and its...

Impact investment helps companies attract higher calibre staff - news

Impact investment - sustainably supporting charities and social enterprises for the long term - can be used as key way to recruit and retain high quality staff says a new survey from...

London businesses urged to plug volunteering gaps - news

The City of London Corporation is urging businesses to ‘gift their skills’ as 2014 company-giving-gestures and are being asked to focus on particular charities. Homelessness...

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Samsung launches environmental innovation competition - news

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

Resolute proves not so for FSC - news

Logging off... Three of Resolute Forest Products’ Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates have been suspended. The suspensions prohibits Resolute – Canada’s biggest...

Barra to lead General Motors - news

Mary Barra, executive vice president for global product development and purchasing and supply chain, has been named new ceo of US car manufacturer General Motors from 15 January. Barra...

Janina Gray becomes chair of Water Group - news

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

Rumboll joins Company Shop - news

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

Buck moves up to director at GRI - news

Bastian Buck has been appointed director sustainability reporting standard at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In the role, Buck will lead the ongoing development and implementation of...

Looking good on more than paper - news

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

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...

BITC calls for ban on criminal-record tick box - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on UK employers to remove the default criminal-record disclosure tick box from job application forms – as part of its Ban the Box...

Whistleblower recognised in New Year honours - news

Two women who led the fight against one of the biggest scandals in Britain’s national health service have been recognised in the New Year honours list. Julie Bailey, who set up the...

Panasonic boosts solar lanterns CR initiative - news

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is boosting its  aim to donate a total of 100 thousand solar lanterns to locations without electricity by 2018, with a new initiative called “Cut...

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...

P&G reports absolute reductions in waste, water, CO2 and energy - news

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has reported making significant progress in meeting its sustainability in its 15th sustainability report. Len Sauers, vp of sustainability at...

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

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

Comic Relief in spotlight over investment ethics - news

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

British business missing out on £300m in carbon savings - news

New research from the Carbon Trust shows that UK workplaces are missing out on more than £300m a year in savings that could be achieved through encouraging employees to adopt greener...

CIPD urges business to tackle youth unemployment through schools - news

Business engagement with schools is a crucial aspect to overcoming youth unemployment, but must be channelled in the right way, says CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development in...

Walden report identifies distinct types of social change agent - news

According to a new report from America’s Walden University, there are six distinct types of social change agent. The international report identifies them as: Ultracommitted...

M&S signs up to UNICEF carbon offset project - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative is aimed at improving...

Chrysler revs up for wildlife - news

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

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

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

Wadstrom wins Polhems Prize - news

In collaboration with the UN and praised by President Obama, Petra Wadstrom’s portable water purifier has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Now she has...

New kids on the block at Global Child Forum - news

Inger Ashing has joined Global Child Forum as executive director. She was previously deputy head of the government agency Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and serves as chairman of the...

Polman in pole position at WBCSD - news

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

Nestlé rises to challenge of youth unemployment with jobs pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people under...

Dell powers up youth programme - news

IT giant Dell is to provide nearly $2.4m to 26 American. organizations as part of its Powering the Possible for Communities Youth Learning Initiative. The initiative aims to close the...

Search engine giants crackdown on child abuse images - news

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

South Korea investigates Samsung’s labour practices - news

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

Taking an ethical stance and sticking with it - news

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

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

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

Health bodies unite to tackle pharma fraud - news

Ten global health organizations have joined together in a worldwide campaign to protect consumers from the dangers of fake medicines. According to the Fight the Fakes campaign, in some...

Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers - news

Supermarket titan Tesco has launched the Future Farm Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers. Tesco says the rationale behind the move is to help bright, talented,...

UK puts brakes on coal fired power plants - news

All nations at this week’s international climate change talks must leave Warsaw with a clear political understanding that a new global climate deal will be agreed in 2015, UK Energy and...

Poorer nations need say in latest international tax clampdown - news

The latest international clampdown on tax evasion must involve both rich and poor countries if it is to stop criminals hiding billions from the taxman, campaigners say today. The new...

Rae steps down at RJC - news

Michael Rae, ceo of the Responsible Jewellery Council, is stepping down to pursue interests closer to his former home in Melbourne, Australia. Rae has worked at the London-based RJC for seven...

Nestlé addresses youth unemployment with 20,000 job pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people...

Unilever to transform market for sustainable palm oil - news

Anglo Dutch conglomerate Unilever says that all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources by the end of next year. The fmcg giant says the pledge is a significant...

Typhoon Haiyan crisis deepens in Philippines - news

UNICEF is urgently appealing for $34m to aid the more than four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the archipelago four days ago. "With...

New support to protect interns' right to fair pay - news

Interns in the UK are to get more support to protect their right to fair pay, as the government launches new advice for young people and cracks down on unfair practises. The new video and...

Blamey becomes chair at CRG - news

Claudine Blamey, sustainability manager at The Crown Estate is to become the new chair of the voluntary board of directors for the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG). Blamey will replace...

E.ON and Opower launch 'Saving Energy Toolkit' - news

Energy company E.ON has partnered with Opower, the global leader in customer engagement solutions for the utility industry, to launch the ‘Saving Energy Toolkit’ – a data set...

Sprint finish for Hesse - news

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

World Food Prize goes to Mary-Dell Chilton - news

Syngenta Biotechnology founder and Distinguished Science Fellow Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD, received the 2013 World Food Prize along with two other distinguished scientists. The $250,000 World...

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

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

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

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

Watkins takes up BRE role - news

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

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

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

Tiltnes elected chair of BREEAM - news

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

Pressure mounts on World Bank to stop private water firm investments - news

A month in SRI with Roger Aitken... Nestlé’s former ceo Peter Brabeck-Letmathe once sparked controversy after declaring that access to water was “not a public...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

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

Community engagement wins back capital's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

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

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives’ pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever’s soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children under 5...

Dell ramps up CSR strategy with Legacy of Good plan - news

ITC giant Dell is incorporating a 2020 Legacy of Good plan into its current ‘Powering the Possible’ CSR strategy. The computer company says that the plan is designed to...

Massive corruption undermines South Korea's nuclear industry - news

Concerns about the safety of nuclear power became widespread in South Korea after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan in 2011, prompting a critical examination of the country’s...

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

Some of the biggest names in the food and drink industry are not doing enough to stop poor people from being forced from their land to make way to grow crops, according to a new report from...

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...

Alcoa bolsters manufacturing sector with internship programme - news

American aluminium giant Alcoa’s corporate foundation has instigated a $1.25m internship programme for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The programme is a...

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

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

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

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

NGO collaborations: to have, to hold? - news

While the threat of being tried for piracy no longer hangs over them, the Greenpeace activists (28 members and two freelance journalists) detained currently in Murmansk are – at the time...

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

People Profiles: Manny Amadi, C&E Advisory - news

MANNY AMADI Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some...

M&S clicks with care home residents in new Plan A programme - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined forces with Abbeyfield, a charity helping older people, to create a new volunteering initiative called ‘A Cup of...

Workers on boards could rein in executive pay, says TUC - news

Allowing workers to sit on company boards would mean top executives' pay was set at more reasonable levels, according to a new report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC has...

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...

British government set to publish Modern Slavery Bill - news

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

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

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

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children aged under 5 by...

Boeing & South African Airways collaborate for sustainable biofuel - news

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

Leading export nations fail to enforce foreign bribery rules - news

Some leading member nations of the G20 are still non compliant with the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention according to a new report from Transparency International (TI). The anti-corruption...

Big business bucks economic trend on community front - news

Leading international companies are maintaining their investments in local communities and helping more people, despite the tough economic climate. New data on corporate community investment...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Jonathan Dutton joins ACCSR - news

Corporate social responsibility advisory and training firm, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He...

Peter Webster elected to PRI council - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced the results of its annual election of signatories to the PRI Advisory Council and Peter Webster, ceo of EIRIS, a leading global...

Hans Wegner recognised by SFI - news

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has recognised Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society, with the annual SFI President’s Award. The SFI notes...

EIC appoints new director - news

EIC executive... The UK’s environmental technologies and services sector trade association – the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – has appointed Matthew Farrow as...

Why online safety isn't child's play any more - news

Online safety is a big headline grabber at present, in an era when many children are more internet-savvy than their parents. Issues such as bullying, grooming by paedophiles and online...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

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Energy boost... The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council...

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Top ranking... Gartner Inc has published its annual ranking of the top performing supply chain organizations headquartered in Asia Pacific. The goal of Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Top...

Fast food giant teams with US pop singer for hunger relief project - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

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Back to school …International property developer EcoHouse Group has struck a partnership with SESI, Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state government’s education body, to set up...

Partnering with NGOs boosts corporate reputation, finds C&E report - news

Businesses see the enhancing of brand, reputation and credibility as the most important reason for partnering with NGOs, reports the 2013 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. This benefit...

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Ethical enlightenment… The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has produced an ethical scenario tool to help people comply with ethical standards in a volatile and...

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I n a spin… British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer...

Sky races ahead at Beyond Sport awards - news

Sky has been named the Corporate of the Year at the annual Beyond Sport Awards for its Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.? The Beyond Sport Awards, now in its fifth year, recognise...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

Sandra Kerr, OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, the race equality campaign from Business in the Community, tells Ethical Performance why diversity is key to the responsible business...

P&G builds on partnership with Habitat for Humanity - news

American FMCG titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. The...

Coca-Cola bolsters clean water & sanitation programme in Africa - news

Coca-Cola is expanding its clean water and sanitation programme in African schools and health clinics together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The global soft drinks...

Bit of a mixed bag on the environmental way forward - news

There’s no pleasing some people. News that England is to finally follow in the footsteps of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and introduce a charge on single-use carrier bags brought a...

Fashion brands still failing on safety & wage fronts - news

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

Russian oil exploration risks high environmental impact - news

Russia can expect environmental bodies to protest that its planned extraction of oil and gas in the Arctic off the Siberian coast would do enormous harm to the area’s thriving polar bear...

BITC’s Workwell benchmark opens up to all businesses - news

Business in the Community (BITC) is opening up its Workwell benchmark to all companies, regardless of size. The move follows a successful trial of the process with companies listed on the FTSE...

Lack of consensus on climate change damages UN energy targets - news

The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council (WEC). The...

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...

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

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

Aguilera lights up the sky with KFC for world hunger relief effort - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

Sky bends it like Beckham with Beyond Sport award - news

Sky has been named the Corporate of the Year at the annual Beyond Sport Awards for its Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative.? The Beyond Sport Awards, now in its fifth year, recognise...

John Lewis trials new energy efficiency labelling - news

British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer dryers and tumble...

Bangladesh workers’ leader targets London Fashion Week - news

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

MillerCoors raises glass to decreased water usage - news

MillerCoors is using less and less water to brew its beers, according to its 2013 sustainability report. America’s second-largest brewer decreased water use by 6.1% to a record low 3.82...

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? Deloitte decision... Dr Helena Barton joined Deloitte as a partner in its Danish Governance Risk & Compliance section last month. Barton’s responsibility will include expanding...

Sustainability Consortium moves into China - news

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has appointed its first China director, following the inauguration of its partnership with Nanjing University. Wei Dong Zhou will be responsible for...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

Daniella Vega is head of responsibility at BSkyB’s CSR department, aka The Bigger Picture, and is also this year’s recipient of 2Degree’s Sustainability Champion of the Year...

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

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

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? Building block… Wates Group, one of the UK’s largest construction companies, has launched the industry’s first national brokerage service to help social enterprises trade...

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,...

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

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

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

EcoHouse goes back to school in Brazil to help combat illiteracy - news

International property developer EcoHouse Group has struck a partnership with SESI, Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state government’s education body, to set up a school to help its...

P&G ramps up partnership with Habitat for Humanity - news

American FMCG titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. The...

Aviva develops new way to measure carbon offsetting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has partnered with  ClimateCare to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting carbon emissions. For the first time, Aviva has been able...

Unilever scoops first LEED certified ice cream factory - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever has opened its first LEED certified ice cream factory. The site in Konya, Turkey reuses rain and surface water, recovers heat, and is...

Younger people shoulder more ethical dilemmas at work - news

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

As Premier League kicks off, Carbon Trust tracks ‘carbon bootprint’ - news

As England’s Premier League prepares to kick off this weekend, new research from the Carbon Trust has unveiled the ‘carbon bootprint’ of watching football. The research...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He tells Ethical Performance how he works across the business’s network of experts...

Uren takes top spot at Forum for the Future - news

Sally Uren has stepped up as chief executive of Forum for the Future, the sustainability non-profit organisation where she was previously deputy chief executive. The Forum says Uren will...

New president at IBE - news

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

Ethics & economics are stacking up against fossil-fuel investment - news

“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” Deutsche Bank global head of asset management Kevin Parker told The Washington Post in January 2011. “Banks won’t finance them....

Here be dragons? - news

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

Finger lickin’ good… - news

KFC, a Yum! Brands company, has once again been recognized as one of the best workplaces in the UK at this year’s Great Place to Work Best Workplaces Program, ranking 18th in the Large...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year, taking over the mantle from British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer. The...

Equality call... - news

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

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

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

Sierra Leone land grab fuels poverty - news

The rush for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Governments need to heed call for action over bribery - news

More than half the 114,000 people in 107 countries interviewed in a Transparency International survey believed corruption had spread during the past two years. At the same time participants...

The challenge of making a stand for change - news

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

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...

Volunteering trips removed from top travel website - news

Responsibletravel.com, the travel agent for responsible holidays, has removed 10 volunteering trips from its website that send volunteers to work in orphanages around the world. The trips...

Call for halt to industrial plantations in Sierra Leone - news

The push for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Asda & Leeds University team to shape sustainable products - news

British supermarket giant Asda and the University of Leeds are working together on a study that aims to create more affordable, sustainable products as well as help shape consumer behaviour....

PFZW shuts door on tobacco sector - news

Dutch pension fund for the care and welfare sector, Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) has added tobacco products to the list of companies it excludes from its investments. The move...

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

2degrees, the online network for sustainability professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, earlier this week. The awards selected and voted...

Corruption still widespread reveals worldwide poll - news

More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International....

Over filling kettle costs UK households £600m a year - news

The Energy Saving Trust is urging Britons to follow three simple tips to save water and energy, without impacting on their lifestyle. It maintains that an average UK household could save...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

Groupon goes global - news

Groupon Grassroots, Groupon’s social innovation programme, is partnering with WWF to globally address a common cause - the environment - by launching more than 20 campaigns around the...

A framework for maximising employee engagement - news

The UK is ranked ninth amongst the world’s twelve largest economies for employee engagement levels (Kenexa 2009). Productivity statistics also paint a worrying picture with a recent ONS...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

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

Hayday wins CBE - news

Malcolm Hayday, founding chief executive of Charity Bank, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to charities and Social Enterprise.” Hayday,...

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...

IBE appoints associate director - news

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

Jaguar Land Rover drives into top spot at BITC business awards - news

Jaguar Land Rover was crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year at a gala dinner in London earlier this week, taking over the mantle from British high...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

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

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled a new social pledge campaign called Commit To Thrive, which asked employees, guests, and local residents to take an online...

Volunteering adds benefits that drive bottom line - news

Volunteering programmes in the workplace see added benefits that drive directly to their bottom line, according to a new study from UnitedHealthGroup and the Optum Institute. Doing Good is...

Report highlights global differences in environmental attitudes - news

People care for the environment, and a large majority state that they are willing to make compromises to green their lifestyle according to a new OECD survey of 12,000 households. However, the...

Selfridges swims with sharks to raise conservation awareness - news

London department store Selfridges is ramping up its retail activism in promoting marine conservation by backing a new concept, Shark Parks, areas of the ocean dedicated to the conservation of...

Wrigley backs India mint farm education drive - news

US chewing gum giant, Wrigley has launched a three-year educational partnership with Pratham, the largest non-governmental education organisation in India, working to provide quality education...

Ivory Coast cocoa producers in sweet deal with Mondelez - news

Milka maker Mondelez International is set to help farmers increase sustainable cocoa production in Ivory Coast following an agreement with the local Conseil du Café Cacao. The chocolate...

SAP in autism-focused recruitment drive - news

The German computer software giant SAP has launched a recruitment drive to attract people with autism to join it as software testers. “Only by employing people who think differently...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

Nestlé to tackle European youth unemployment with new scheme - news

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food company, plans to help at least 20,000 young people across Europe find employment over the next three years. The “Nestlé in...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

London 2012 sustainability guru awarded OBE - news

Shaun McCarthy, the man behind the greenest Games ever, has been awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the chair of the...

Advent of SSE puts UK "at heart of social investment" - news

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has officially launched the Social Stock Exchange (SSE), a new initiative designed to connect the public financial markets with social impact...

Lord Heseltine to receive environmental fellowship - news

Former British deputy prime minister and Conservative MP Lord Heseltine is to receive an honorary fellowship from the Society for the Environment for his contribution to environmental concerns....

Coca Cola Enterprises looks to transform at-home recycling habits - news

Given that it is responsible for the production and distribution of over 2bn litres of soft drinks a year (and that’s just in the UK), it’s no wonder that Coca Cola Enterprises...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

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

Casting the net further - news

We’re living in a fast-changing world where the make-up of our communities is evolving like never before. So how is business responding and what is “encouraging diversity “...

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

Anglo Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020. With...

New ways of measuring company performance - news

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

McDonald’s opens up supply chain - news

In the wake of recent horse meat scares and supply chain scandals in Europe, McDonald’s is opening up its supply chain to public scrutiny in the UK. The US burger chain giant has...

Biofuels fuelling world hunger, says new ActionAid report - news

The crops used as biofuel for vehicles in G8 countries would feed half the world’s 870 million hungry people, ActionAid estimates in a new report. The anti-poverty charity says...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

Making 100% of its fish independently certified as sustainable and halving the amount of packaging it uses (based on 2005 levels) – all by 2016 – are just two of 12 pledges being...

Coca-Cola makes pledge to stop advertising to under 12s - news

While the US drinks giant ended advertising to under 12s in the UK as far back as 2009, Coca-Cola is now making it a global initiative as part of its anti-obesity drive. The move comes amid a...

Whistleblowers enter Amazon & Google tax avoidance fray - news

Whistleblowers are adding to the case challenging the tax avoidance tactics of Amazon and Google in the UK. Amazon’s European headquarters are in Luxembourg and Google’s in the...

Oil giants raided over fears of price fixing - news

Huge penalties and prosecutions could be in store for the oil companies whose offices have been raided by European Commission officials on suspicion of fixing prices. The Brussels teams...

Ethical Performance Relaunches Online - news

Market leading CSR and sustainability newsletter Ethical Performance has relaunched its website with a new look as well as offering additional content. Users of the site will find a greater...

IRI names new deputy - news

Haresh Bhojwani has been appointed to be the Deputy Director of the International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society, part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He will...

All in a good day's work - news

The positive effects of employee volunteering on the community sector have long been recognised but there is less understanding of the benefits that volunteering can bring to a business and...

Best Buy’s Edmond wins corporate ethics award - news

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

Dow tests waters with new digital platform - news

The Dow Chemical Company has developed a new digital platform to promote increased understanding of water use and expanded its work to implement clean water technologies.  ...

Financial services grow in developing nations - news

Financial services will be available to hundreds of thousands more low-income people under new commitments to Business Call to Action (BCtA), the UN anti-poverty programme. The projects will...

Panasonic lantern programme lights way in developing countries - news

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has instigated a project to donate a total of 100,000 solar lanterns to people in regions of the world without electricity, by 2018.    As...

Why volunteering works wonders for workers - news

The benefits of volunteering for Lloyds Banking Group go well beyond our brand reputation. In reality, the greatest value we see is the effect it has on colleagues who take part. ...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Blowing the final whistle on corruption in sport? - news

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

Aviva, HSBC & Tesco team to back Street Children day - news

Financial institutions are not well known for working in partnership but this year global insurance brand Aviva has teamed with HSBC, together with supermarket giant Tesco, to back International...

Points to Ponder - news

Points to Ponder... On sustainable behaviour (1): “More people are asking: “Is ‘sustainability’ good enough?” It’s not, of course. As Michael Braungart observes: “If somebody asked you how...

UKSIF’s new CEO - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has appointed Simon Howard, a former group chief investment officer with over 20 years of experience in investment management, as...

Mother knows best... - news

Mother knows best... Working Mother magazine has named Sodexo one of the “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Sodexo has...

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

App appreciation… - news

App appreciation… YumvY, has won the People’s Choice award in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest in the US. It is a cooking companion to help users prepare...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Water quality standards slip across Europe - news

Water in over 6,000 towns and cities across Europe is failing EU environmental standards, putting the health of millions of people at risk and rendering taxpayers liable for fines of over...

ISS UK supports LifeSkills - news

ISS UK has signed up to support LifeSkills, a major new programme launched by Barclays for business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving...

Bahrain considers adding CSR to curriculum - news

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) could soon be rolled out as a mandatory subject in Bahrain’s high schools and universities, according to recent press reports. Shaikh Ahmed bin...

Oxfam campaign targets chocolate industry - news

Oxfam Hong Kong is focusing on the chocolate industry as part of the charity’s global Behind the Brands campaign. It has targeted Nestlé, Mondelez and Mars for their failure to...

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

A US toiletries company has introduced a new format for sharing its environmental goals and progress with the public. The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report details the company’s...

Ethical investment hub launches online - news

The first online marketplace for positive ethical investments has gone live at ethex.org.uk Individuals can now buy and sell investments in leading social businesses online through Ethex,...

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

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

Fishing for compliments... & the way forward - news

Given that I live very close to the sea and take regular beach walks, I am only too aware of the amount of plastic detritus that washes up on a daily basis. It wasn’t that long ago that I...

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

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

Queen ratifies historic human rights Commonwealth charter - news

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

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

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

Intensive farming proves factor in loss of Cambodia grasslands - news

Around half of Cambodia’s tropical flooded grasslands have been lost in just 10 years according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UAE). The seasonally flooded...

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.   According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, two...

Brazil’s biggest beauty company makes anti-poverty pledge - news

Natura, Brazil’s biggest beauty company – and a green one at that - has pledged to provide new skills training to low-income sales representatives in Mexico. The initiative is part...

Northern Europe leads way in female empowerment - news

The Nordic countries again dominate the Women in Work Index, compiled by PwC, the professional services consultancy.   For the third consecutive time Norway, with a score of 81.3, tops...

ClimateCare & BioCarbon launch cookstove project in Ghana - news

Climate and development organisation ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is looking to improve health and reduce carbon emissions with the registration of its Clean...

Starbucks expands $70m ethical sourcing programme in Costa Rica - news

American coffee shop titan Starbucks is ramping up its ethical sourcing programme with a new farming research and development centre in Costa Rica. The move forms part of the company’s...

Bundchen backs energy poverty campaign - news

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US manufacturer debuts 'Goodness Report' - news

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RAPs take off in Australia - news

More than 300 major Australian businesses – including 11 of the country’s top corporations – government and community organisations have reconciliation action plans (RAPs)...

Fergie settles phone-hacking claims - news

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is one of 144 people who have won ‘substantial damages’ after settling their phone-hacking claims against the now-defunct News of the World, the...

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...

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...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe has brought a key corporate responsibility principle to the fore – supply chain management. The horsemeat found in some processed beef...

Allia launches social impact bond to public investment - news

The first social impact bond open to public investment has been introduced in the UK to help children aged between 11 and 16 to avoid going into care. The Future for Children Bond, offered...

Hatland joins OgilvyEarth - news

Kabira Hatland has been named director of client service for OgilvyEarth. Hatland is a senior communications professional with a background in corporate social responsibility, media relations,...

Pharma R&D spend increases by 40% - news

Pharmaceutical industry-led R&D on developing new and improved vaccines to tackle neglected diseases have increased in number by 40%, according to the International Federation of...

Brasilia Declaration makes debut - news

More than 1,900 people from 140 countries gathered in Brasilia for the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference to call for the end of impunity. The resulting Brasilia Declaration urges...

Diversity advice: sold like snake oil in the Wild West - news

To propose the ‘business case’ for diversity is misleading. To me, a business case is meant to introduce something, yet to happen to an organisation, balancing reasons for and...

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

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

US banks’ $20bn bill for subprime mortgage fiasco - news

Ten US banks are to pay more than $20bn (£12.6bn, €15bn) to the government mortgage agency Fannie Mae and mortgage holders who suffered when the subprime market collapsed. Fannie...

Shell’s Niger Delta acquittals fail to deter campaigners - news

A Dutch court has acquitted oil giant Shell of four of the five charges it faced in connection with pollution in the Niger Delta. On the fifth charge, Shell has been ordered to pay...

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

Francoise Grumberg has been appointed the new position of senior director for global responsible business at the business travel specialists Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Francoise will lead the...

IKEA pledges to grow more trees than it uses - news

Furniture retailer Ikea has announced plans to switch to renewable energy by 2020, and to grow more trees than it uses. The Swedish-based group said it will also encourage sales of...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

Creative thinking: the key to a sustainable future - news

The days of CSR are over. Today’s leading businesses commit to big sustainability ambitions that radically reshape why they exist, what they do and how they do it. The key challenge is to...

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

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

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

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

Trafigura reaches out-of-court settlement over export of toxic waste - news

Oil trader Trafigura is to pay fines totalling €1.3m ($1.7m, £1.0m) in the Netherlands in an out-of-court settlement concerning the illegal export of toxic waste to the Ivory Coast in...

Tighter regulation likely of ‘immoral’ tax practices - news

The tax regime for large corporations operating in Europe is likely to be tightened up following a furore in the UK over alleged practices by Amazon, Starbucks and Google that minimise their tax...

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

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

Bangladesh factory blaze turns heat on apparel brands - news

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

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.

Once bitten, twice shy: how unexpected risks are concentrating investors’ minds - news

Data is the unglamorous foundation on which investment decisions are built. And the increasing availability of reliable ESG data is giving investors more powerful risk-assessment tools,...

Business and the witness to unwelcome truths - news

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

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

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

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...

New recruits at FTSE ESG unit - news

Kevin Bourne and Gordon Morrison have joined FTSE Group’s new Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Service Unit, Kevin as MD and Gordon as head of a new ESG Analytics team. The unit will...

Romano new ceo at Rothschild - news

Marc Romano has been appointed CEO of Rothschild HDF Investment Solutions, the new entity resulting from the merger of its multi-management activities with HDF Finance. Pierre Lenders left the...

Bettercoal appoints Christie - news

Dr Martin Christie has been appointed executive director of Bettercoal, and will lead its global initiative to promote corporate responsibility in the international coal supply chain. Bettercoal...

First State Investments in exec shake-up - news

Will Oulton has been appointed global head of responsible investment at First State Investments, in London, and Pablo Berrutti has taken the newly-created role of head of responsible investment...

Ghaus to head NQA - news

Mo Ghaus has been appointed head of assessment, verification and certification provider NQA. Mo had been acting head of NQA for six months and formally succeeds Catherine Golds in the role after...

Britain's got the stress factor - news

Stress in the UK is landing people in hospital with the number of hospital admissions for the year to May 2012 up on the previous 12 months by 47%, according to the Health & Social Care...

The world is becoming an increasingly complex place for investors - news

Fund managers need to look beyond short-term gains and become more aware of long-term risks, such as climate change, because, Emma Hunt of Towers Watson tells Mike Scott, there will be much...

A big conversation with the chattering classes - news

The internet and its burgeoning social networks has given consumers and communities unprecedented power to publish and organise action. But is it just a passing fad? As you read this,...

This is not about growing up. It's about growing stronger - news

As the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) – the development network for CSR and sustainability practitioners – enters its 25th year, it is taking the first steps to establishing a...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oil industry ‘hiding risks' as BP faces $21bn Deepwater fines - news

BP has been accused of ‘gross negligence or wilful misconduct' over its Deepwater Horizon accident, which spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....

The search for value among the numbers - news

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

Builders face court action over blacklisting claims - news

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

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.  ...

Why the CSR ‘profession’ shouldn’t grow up - news

As the sustainability profession matures, it is becoming another essential department in every organisation. The next phase, proposed by CRG (Corporate Responsibility Group), is to create a...

Tobacco industry fears plain-pack ‘domino effect’ - news

In a move seen by tobacco companies as state appropriation of their brands and intellectual property, all cigarettes sold in Australia from 1 December must conform to strict ‘no...

Deben to succeed Turner on Climate Change Committee - news

Energy and climate change secretary Edward Davey has announced that Lord Deben has been selected as the preferred candidate to succeed Lord Turner to chair the Committee on Climate Change. Lord...

Seal joins Blytheco as coo - news

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

Fenton appoints Hertz as UK chair - news

Public interest communications firm Fenton has appointed Noreena Hertz as its UK chairman. Hertz, a professor of globalisation, sustainability and finance at Duisenberg School of Finance in...

Cohen joins UL Responsible Sourcing - news

UL Responsible Sourcing, a global provider of corporate responsibility auditing and ethical sourcing consulting services, this month announced that Dennis Cohen has joined the company as vice...

Indonesian corruption website proves a hit - news

A website displaying  details of more than 100 people convicted of corruption in Indonesia has been launched to boost the fight against crime. Funding to the Corruption Eradication...

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...

Climate bonds ‘are the ideal financial tool to tackle climate change’ - news

Bond investors are not comfortable with the risks of developing projects. But once schemes are up and running, they are happy to provide refinancing, Sean Kidney, co-founder and chair of the...

Murdoch withdraws as hacking scandal continues - news

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has fuelled speculation about an impending exit from the troubled media giant after resigning as a director of the three UK subsidiaries behind the...

Inspectors needed to lead ‘fight against forced labour’ - news

International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates have put the numbers in forced labour in EU member states at 880,000. Of these, 30% are thought to be subject to forced sexual...

Green takes over from Warren at Clean Energy Council - news

Australia’s Clean Energy Council has appointed clean energy pioneer and former head of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy, David Green, as its chief executive officer. Green...

Reddy moves up at Prudential - news

Prudential Financial has appointed Lata Reddy as vice president, corporate social responsibility, and have named her as president of the Prudential Foundation. She is responsible for the...

Glynwood appoints Frith as president - news

Kathleen Frith has been appointed president of Glynwood, one of the leading sustainable agriculture and food organisations in the US. Glynwood’s aim is to save farming by strengthening...

CSR driving change at the heart of business - news

Economic challenges abound, but the CR Salary Survey 2012, published this month, shows a sector that’s not only enjoying continuing growth but also a place increasingly at the heart of...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

Adidas targeted by sweatshop protest - news

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

Carr to drive sustainability at WSP - news

The environmental consultancy WSP has appointed Robert Carr as its new director for sustainability and energy, in its Middle East, India and Africa operations. Carr – who joins from Buro...

UN Global Compact appoints 14 new board members - news

The United Nations Global Compact has appointed 14 new members to its board. The following have been newly appointed to serve three-year terms: Jorge Abrahão (Ethos Institute), Kurt Bock...

AccountAbility hires new research director - news

Ted Grant has become the new director of global research and development for AccountAbility. The US-based corporate responsibility consultancy says Grant, formerly of the Rockefeller Foundation,...

Murray moves to Sustainability Consortium - news

The Sustainability Consortium has appointed Euan Murray as its new director of strategic initiatives. Murray, who joins the US-based membership organisation from the Carbon Trust, will be...

Venus moves from Emirates to Etihad - news

Etihad Airways has announced that Michael Venus will take charge of the company’s corporate affairs department. Venus, previously the United Arab Emirates’ airline’s head of...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

Rio+20: time to change the narrative on sustainability - news

This month, world leaders will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, to define a sustainable development pathway. How can the global population enjoy a...

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

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

UN endorses ‘historic breakthrough’ on land access rights - news

The UN’s food security working group has endorsed landmark global guidelines to safeguard access-to-land rights for people in developing countries. The Voluntary Guidelines on the...

Cisco to pilot healthcare project in India - news

Computer networking firm Cisco has launched an initiative in India to improve access to healthcare for the country’s rural population. The US-based multinational is to pilot a remote...

AfricaSIF sets out to bridge the reality deficit for foreign investors - news

Africa has become a destination for investment, but many misconceptions remain about the continent, particularly in developed markets. Graham Sinclair and Miles Mudzviti, of the newly-formed...

Profit motives and the pursuit of happiness - news

When an entrepreneur has the inspiration to start a business, their first aspiration is not necessarily a financial one. Before the bit about developing a sustainable business model comes...

Pharma firm Merck to subsidise clean water in India to help fight disease - news

The pharmaceuticals giant Merck has joined forces with an NGO to improve access to water and reduce the impact of water-borne disease in India. Merck, which is tackling a CSR issue not...

Big pension funds failing on SRI disclosure, says study - news

The UK’s largest pension providers are letting down their eight million clients on social and governance issues, says a new study. FairPensions, which surveyed the ten largest...

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

Colman flies in at Gatwick - news

James Colman has joined Gatwick Airport as director of corporate affairs and sustainability. Sitting on the executive management team, Colman joins from British Gas, where he was head of...

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

The Dutch business travel and events multinational Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Françoise Grumberg to lead its global CSR activities. Grumberg will prioritise CWT’s...

Henderson SRI team move to Wheb - news

The former Henderson SRI team, sacked by the firm at the end of last year ( EP, February 2012, p2 ), has been appointed by the UK-based sustainable investment boutique Wheb Asset Management,...

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...

James Murdoch steps down at NI - news

James Murdoch has stepped down as chairman of News International, the European arm of the News Corp media empire. In the culmination of growing calls to quit over his handling of the phone...

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...

Brands desert Limbaugh's US show after 'slut' jibe - news

Sponsor boycotts of the Rush Limbaugh Show, whose eponymous presenter branded a women's rights activist a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' because she campaigns for contraception,...

Macri to head SRI at Australian Ethical - news

David Macri has been named as Australian Ethical’s new chief investment officer. An internal appointment, Macri replaces James Jordan as the SRI firm investment head, and will work to...

Dando joins PIRC - news

David Dando has joined the UK proxy agency, Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) to run its custom services team. Joining from the governance advisor HBQ Partners, which...

Clements-Hunt leaves UNEP FI - news

Paul Clements-Hunt has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to pursue a career in SRI within the private sector. Clements-Hunt, who has...

Sherwin to head sustainability at Seymourpowell - news

The London-based design consultancy Seymourpowell has appointed Chris Sherwin as head of sustainability. Sherwin, who joins from designers Dragon Rouge, will work to embed sustainability into...

Royce rolls into Weber Shandwick - news

Weber Shandwick has appointed Bill Royce as its new head of sustainability for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Royce, who joins from Burson-Marsteller, will be responsible for building the...

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

Context set up in London in 1997: now it has a US office and offers sustainability services around the world. Mike Scott catches up with Peter Knight, the company’s co-founder, to see how...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

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

Technology giant faces up to its China syndrome - news

I still remember the first time I used an Apple Mac computer, back in the early stages of my career, nearly 25 years ago. The experience was a significant moment and must have been replicated...

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

UK telecoms giant O2 has introduced an ambitious three-year strategy for expanding its CSR operations, outlining 40 targets on issues from carbon emissions to flexible working. O2’s...

New members join Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in US - news

Four new members have been appointed to the US Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment board of directors. The membership association has elected: Darragh Gallant,...

Sundström joins Dometic - news

Sweden-based multinational leisure company Dometic has appointed Åsa Portnoff Sundström as its new director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. Replacing Kristin Sjöblom,...

Golden opportunity for Bales - news

Stefany Bales has joined Coeur d’Alene’s social responsibility team as director of corporate communications. Bales, formerly vice president of the Pac/West PR firm, will serve as a...

Richards moves from Aviva to Threadneedle - news

Threadneedle Investments has appointed Iain Richards as head of governance and responsible investment. Richards joins from Aviva Investors, where he was regional head of corporate governance for...

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

Kettis set to fizz at Coca-Cola - news

Magdalena Kettis is Coca-Cola’s new sustainability manager for its Sweden and Norway operations. Kettis joins from Norges Bank to lead the company’s integrated corporate...

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

Chevron faces ‘disruptive’ battle over Ecuadorian damages award - news

A court judgment in Ecuador awarding $18bn (£11.7bn, €14.1bn) damages against the oil multinational Chevron, the largest fine after the BP Gulf of Mexico settlement, has been upheld....

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,...

Bader joins BSR - news

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

Marshall to head ISS - news

Georgina Marshall has been named as the new head of European research for Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Formerly head of corporate governance at Aviva, Marshall will head up research...

Burnand & Frost elected to UKSIF board - news

The UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF) has elected Geoff Burnand and Adam Frost to its board. Burnand, chief investment officer at Charity Bank and Frost, head of governance at SRI fund manager...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

Time to focus on the ‘health’ of global supply chains - news

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is an integral part of sustainability, fitting well into the social dimension of the triple bottom line. It features in all the key global reporting...

Chevron faces fines and drilling ban in Brazil - news

Chevron is set to face fines of millions of dollars from the Brazilian government over an offshore oil spill, and has been hauled up before the US drilling regulator. The oil giant has...

Former Innovest director launches new research firm - news

Former Innovest director Nick Brown has launched a boutique ethical investment research firm, Just Screening. The company is exclusively dedicated to providing negative screening services and is...

Haake says bonjour to oekom Paris office - news

Julia Haake has been named as the director of oekom research’s new Paris office. Haake, previously director of corporate relations at WWF France, will be responsible for client acquisition...

Druckman moves to IIRC - news

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) has appointed Paul Druckman as its new chief executive. Druckman, previously on the IIRC working group that lead to the discussion paper...

Smart move at Vigeo - news

Lindsay Smart will head up Vigeo’s newly-opened UK offices. Smart, previously sustainability initiatives manager at Citi Global Transaction Services, will spearhead business development in...

Cote to chair Energy & Environment Committee - news

Dave Cote has been chosen to chair the newly-formed Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee. Cote, chairman of the Honeywell technology manufacturer, will head up the group of US...

Erik Mather dies - news

The Australian ethical investment pioneer Erik Mather has died at the age of 45. He made a name for himself over the past ten years with the establishment of the BT Governance Advisory Service,...

Equality Works sets up diversity accreditation - news

A diversity accreditation scheme has been launched in the UK to help businesses improve people management and enhance business performance in the process. Equality Works, a London-based...

AccountAbility sets up advisory council - news

Standards consultancy AccountAbility has appointed an advisory council to provide strategic guidance to its operations. Its members include John Fraser, chief executive of UBS Global Asset...

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

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

In search of the producers from among the predators - news

So, there’s a rip-roaring debate going on about the nature and future of capitalism. New York’s Occupy Wall Street campaign continues, inspiring similar protests in towns and cities...

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

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

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Eurosif has named Francois Passant as its new executive director. Passant, previously in the same role at the Vanguard investment group, replaces Matt Christensen, who joined Axa in the summer....

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Vicky Bullivant has joined Rolls-Royce as the company’s new global head of sustainability. Bullivant, previously head of corporate responsibility at E.ON, will be based at the firm’s...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced that the eco-business writer Andrew Winston will be advising the company on its sustainability strategy. The consultant will join PwC as a one-off,...

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The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) has appointed three new board members. Nasser Saidi, head of the Hawkamah Institute of Corporate Governors, is the ICGN’s first board...

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Amra Balic has joined BlackRock as head of corporate governance and responsible investment for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Balic, previously Standard & Poor’s European...

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...

The business climate’s not changing quickly enough - news

As humans, we’re in the lucky position of being able to rationalise. We can weigh up facts and make sophisticated, balanced decisions in pursuit of a defined outcome. But though we can and...

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

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

Shepherd and Wigley in as green bank makes first board appointments - news

Appointments to the newly-formed advisory board of the UK government’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) have been made. Chaired by Adrian Montague to advise ministers on the development...

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

Ikea gives UN $62m to aid Somalian refugees - news

Furniture giant Ikea has made the largest donation the UN refugee agency has ever received to build a refugee complex for Somalian victims of war and drought. The company has given the UN...

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Therese Niklasson has joined Investec Asset Management as the company’s new head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Niklasson, who joins from Threadneedle, where she...

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Willem Vosmer has rejoined the Netherlands-based CSR consultants Steward Redqueen to help develop the company’s emerging markets finance-practice after completing a one-year appointment at...

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Paul Snyder has been named InterContinental Hotels’ new corporate responsibility head. Snyder, an internal appointment, will lead the implementation of sustainability and community efforts...

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Tarmac has appointed Andy Swain as its new sustainability manager. Swain, who joins the from the Environment Agency, will be responsible for the UK-based materials firm’s sustainability...

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Thomas DiNapoli has joined the Ceres board for a three-year term as the non-profit network’s investment director. As the trustee of the third largest public pension fund in the US, the New...

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Campaigner Jonathon Porritt has slammed most companies’ interpretation of corporate responsibility as “completely vacuous – and one of the principal reasons why so many people...

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Former UK cabinet minister David Miliband has been hired as an advisor by the US ‘clean-tech’ investment firm VantagePoint. Miliband, who is still a member of Parliament, will act as...

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The CSR pioneer Ray Anderson has died, aged 77. Anderson, the founder and chairman of the flooring company Interface, was famous for his impassioned promotion of business ethics and the...

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

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...

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

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

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

Global investment in renewable energy has passed the $200bn (£122bn, €140bn) mark, having risen by a third in 2010, thanks partly to China’s booming renewables market. The...

Investors revolt at Vedanta AGM - news

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

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Zoe Arden will head a new sustainability unit within the public relations company MSLGroup. Arden was previously CSR director at BT Retail.

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BT has appointed Niall Dunne as its new chief sustainability officer to head its sustainable development strategy. Dunne joins from the advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was...

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Mark Moody-Stuart has been appointed as the new chairman of the FTSE4Good policy committee. Moody-Stuart, recently retired from the boards of big companies such as Shell and Anglo American, will...

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JP Morgan has appointed Peter Scher as its new head of corporate responsibility. Scher, who ran the bank’s lobbying in Washington, replaces William Daley, who left to join the White House....

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Jenny Pidgeon is to take over Henderson Global Investor’s newly created responsible property investment (RPI) directorship. Pidgeon, who joins from Upstream Sustainability Services, will...

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Julia King has been announced as Context’s new managing director. The former GlaxosmithKline CSR head will assume responsibility for running the sustainability consultancy’s UK...

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UK sustainability consultancy Corporate Culture has appointed Amanda Long as its new chief executive. Long, who joins from Anglian Water, has been tasked with raising the firm’s profile...

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Rory Sullivan will chair the Ethix SRI advisory consultancy’s new advisory council. Sullivan will head the new body, which will provide Ethix with screening advice on a range of CSR issues.

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Trewin Restorick has been appointed to the advisory panel of the ‘eco-gift’ company Green Rewards. Restorick, chief executive of the Global Action Plan environmental charity, will be...

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Lexis PR has appointed Michael Hoevel to the newly created head of sustainability post. Hoevel is an internal appointment.

Disease plan is drawn up - news

Pharmaceuticals researchers have introduced a plan of action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research-based sector of the pharmaceuticals industry has created a ten-point...

BBC child labour footage ‘was probably faked’ - news

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

UN approves Ruggie’s work - news

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

Database will help out with water risk - news

A new, large-scale project to measure water risk will give companies and investors locally specific data. The Aqueduct project, which has been set up by the US-based World Resources...

Safety lapses costing UK businesses £22bn a year - news

British businesses are ‘losing their competitive edge’ due to health and safety failures. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the UK’s professional...

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Phil Berry has joined the WSP engineering consultancy as sustainability strategy vice-president. Berry, who joins from Nike, where he was sustainability director, will be responsible for the...

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Singapore-based Halcyon Group has appointed Howard Shaw as senior CSR vice-president. Shaw, formerly executive director of the Singapore Environment Council, will oversee the environmental...

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Simon Zadek is to serve as a senior visiting fellow at the Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation. Zadek, who last year left his post as head of AccountAbility, which he...

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Inge Huijbrechts has been appointed as Rezidor’s new responsible business director. Hujibrechts, who succeeds Sarah Rooney, will have the job of implementing and improving the hotel...

Levi Strauss revamps supply chain strategy - news

Levi Strauss is to adopt new terms of engagement for its global supply chain in an effort to ‘move beyond compliance’ and ensure it has a more positive impact on the lives of workers...

Business criticized for low uptake of assurance - news

Research outlining the ‘pitifully low’ level of sustainability assurance in UK business has revealed that less than a quarter of big companies include an assurance comment in their...

Merck donates its vaccine - news

A pharmaceuticals company and a humanitarian charity are to vaccinate almost a tenth of the population of Honduras. The programme, for 675,000 people, will be delivered jointly by the...

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

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

Palm oil changes take shape, so lending ban is lifted - news

The World Bank is to lend to the palm oil sector for the first time since September 2009, now that the industry has adopted a more environmentally friendly investment strategy. The bank and...

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Stefan Crets is the new executive director of CSR, joining from Toyota, where he was head of CSR.

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Michael Eckhart is to fill the newly-created role of head of environmental markets and sustainability at the international financial conglomerate Citigroup. Eckhart was previously president of...

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Rob Lake has been appointed as the new director of strategic development at the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Lake, previously head of sustainability at APG Asset...

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

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Michael Washburn has become director of sustainability at Nestle Waters North America. He was previously a senior director at the US-based Wilderness Society.

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

More nuanced approach may end the stalemate in baby milk debate - news

FTSE’s decision to adjust the way it assesses company performance on the marketing of breast milk substitutes has to be a welcome step forward ( see page four ). The fact that no...

Unveiled: antidote to ‘soulless’ MBAs - news

An MBA course that hopes to highlight corporate ‘lies, deceit and hype’ has been introduced in Spain. Marbella University’s Green MBA teaches students that blind pursuit...

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

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

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Rhian Kelly has been named as the new business environment director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Kelly was previously the CBI’s head of climate change.

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Prupim, the international real estate fund manager, has appointed Nina Jackson as head of its sustainability and environment department. Jackson joins from Upstream Sustainability Services,...

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Matt Christensen has joined AXA Investment Managers as global head of responsible investment, having resigned as head of the sustainability network Eurosif. Christensen will be based at the...

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Manufacturing multinational Rockwell Automation has appointed Michael Loke as its new sustainability manager. Loke is an internal appointment.

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Pharmaceutical firm Shire has appointed Brooke Clarke to lead its corporate responsibility strategy. Brooke was previously managing director of the corporate practice of MHP consultancy.

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Aled Jones has become the inaugural director of Anglia Ruskin University’s new Global Sustainability Institute. Jones was previously deputy director for sustainability leadership at...

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

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The United Nations has appointed six more people to to the Global Compact board, which now has 22 members. They are: Monica De Greiff, chief executive of the Colombian Grupo Energia de Bogota;...

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Visa has partnered with a group of humanitarian aid organizations to make donation distribution faster and safer. With the Cash Learning Partnership, Visa will support research into delivering...

The myth of the ethical consumer - news

Timothy Devinney, Pat Auger & Giana Eckhardt. Cambridge University Press. Paperback,  240 pages. £21.99, $36.99 Here is the antidote to all those surveys purporting to show...

Accommodation is key to a faith-friendly future - news

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

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

UK businesses risk facing a ‘costly backlash’ from consumers due to mistrust of their environmental claims and performance, according to the climate change standard organization,...

Talisman commits to local consultation - news

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

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

Multinational power company Enel is to focus its efforts on bridging the ‘energy divide’ that prevents poor people around the world from accessing electricity. The Italian...

Business rallies to help Japan - news

Companies around the world have donated millions of dollars to the Japanese relief effort after last month’s earthquake. Cash and in-kind donations, many of more than 100million yen...

Chevron states intentions on record environmental fine in Ecuador - news

Chevron says it has no plans to pay the $8.6billion (£5.3bn, €6.2bn) fine passed down by a court in Ecuador in what is thought to be the highest damage award ever issued in an environmental...

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Mike Vaudreuil has been appointed as senior programs advisor at the social auditing firm Verite after 20 years at Hewlett-Packard in a variety of CSR roles. He will be joined by Victor Zamudio,...

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Andy Szyman has been appointed co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s property working group, replacing Paul McNamara, head of research at Prupim. Szyman...

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German asset management business IVG Immobilien has appointed Thomas Beyerle as head of corporate social responsibility and research. Beyerle was previously head of global research at the...

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Jorn Wagenbach has been named as the Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut’s new head of corporate communications and CSR. Wagenbach, who joins from the Panalpina logistics firm...

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Louise Herring has been appointed ethical trade manager for Sainsbury’s. She moves from Comic Relief, where she was trade and enterprise manager.

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Jean-Michel Mepuis took up the post of group head of sustainable development at Societe Generale on 1 March. He was formerly head of strategy and development at the bank’s custody and...

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Peter Hughes has filled the new post of head of corporate responsibility at the international media business Pearson. He was previously a director at the Corporate Citizenship consultancy.

Moving in on the board: the lowdown on CSOs - news

Ben Cartland, an associate at recruitment agency Acre Resources, answers questions on the rise of a new beast in the CSR field: the chief sustainability officer Why are chief...

New principles to help poor - news

A group of 40 investors has produced a set of principles to help improve access to financial services among the world’s poorest people. The Principles for Investors in Inclusive...

Micro-credit ‘hurts poor’ as much as it helps them - news

Microfinance projects in the developing world make many people poorer, not richer, a major academic study has concluded. The study by two universities cautions that microfinance should not...

Unilever ends animal tests - news

The company that makes PG Tips has announced an end to testing of its teas on animals. Unilever has made the decision partly in response to an emerging campaign by People for the Ethical...

Anvil strikes out with Europeans - news

A programme helping African nations to produce and sell sustainable cotton has recruited its first US-based apparel manufacturer. Anvil Knitwear has joined Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA), a...

Dow to make nature a business matter - news

Dow Chemical has entered a five-year partnership with a conservation charity to help it to place environmental protection at the heart of its business strategy and reduce its ecological...

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Bridget Boulle has joined Henderson’s SRI team as an analyst. Boulle comes from the UK-based Pensions & Investment Research Consultants, where she was a senior researcher. Henderson...

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Ogilvy PR has appointed Stuart Smith as managing director of its global corporate practice in London. Smith, who joins from Hill & Knowlton, will cover reputation and branding.

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The SustainAbility consultancy has formed a council of ‘experts and influencers’ from business, civil society and academia to provide it with advice and ideas. The 19 members include...

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Peter Johnson has become managing director of the office of sustainability at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Johnson, a registered professional forester, moves from PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

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Helena Barton has left as global manager of CR services at DNV to form her own sustainability consultancy, Corporate Context, based in Cambridge in the UK. Corporate Context will concentrate on...

Business risk management handbook - news

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

One report: one plan for future financial stability - news

Efforts to establish integrated reporting have been stepped up in recent months. Mike Scott speaks to Michael Krzus, an accountant at Grant Thornton and crusader for the cause In the...

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...

APP supports eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an ‘eco-tourism’ village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi...

Business ‘can broker peace’ - news

A plea has been made for corporations to be included alongside governments and civil society in peacemaking efforts in trouble-torn countries. A research paper by the NGO swisspeace says...

Top bank starts to look into its social footprint - news

An international bank is commissioning and publishing independent reports reviewing the social and economic impacts of its operations in various nations. Standard Chartered, which is asking...

APP backs Indonesian eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an 'eco-tourism' village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi volcano...

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Four new appointments have been made at the UK-based Corporate Citizenship consultancy.  Richard Hardyment takes on the role of senior consultant, while Nicole Clucas, Tara James and...

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Jeffrey Hollender has taken up the position of chair of the American Sustainable Business Council’s business leadership council. Hollender, chief executive of the eco-cleaning products...

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The French social investment forum FIR has named Bertrand Fournier as its new president. Fournier, president of the board at LFP-Sarasin Asset Management, will be joined by Paul de Marcellus of...

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Melissa McDonald has been named as the new business manager of responsible investment at HSBC Global Asset Management. McDonald, leaves her position as global head of responsible investment at...

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Kathryn Barker has left her job as head of corporate responsibility at Severn Trent to work as an associate with The Commitment Company, a consultancy founded by Frank Rose, former ICI...

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

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The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the cases of three native Indians who say they were not adequately consulted about the construction of a massive pipeline by Enbridge Pipelines. The...

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

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

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

In the wake of the latest underwhelming climate change summit, Geoff Lye, executive chairman of SustainAbility, argues that business leaders should stop looking for a governmental lead on...

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

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

Firms need to speak to the weak, not the strong - news

Researchers are studying the idea that multinationals spend too much stakeholder engagement time talking to large, loud NGOs rather than weaker-voiced community organizations that can give them...

Core backs idea of state intervention - news

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

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...

Unilever decides to go for sustainability and growth - news

Unilever has announced plans to 'decouple' its growth from its environmental impact. The global consumer goods company believes it can continue growing while halving its greenhouse gas...

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Clare Melford has been appointed as chief executive of the International Business Leaders Forum. Melford was previously general manager of MTV Networks in Sweden. She replaces Adam Leach,...

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Darrel Webber is the new secretary general of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Webber moves from his previous post as senior associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a subsidiary of...

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Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, has been chosen as the new chairman of Business in the Community. Price, who has chaired Bitc’s Rural Action Programme for two years, will...

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Ethical Investment Research Services (Eiris) has appointed Carlota Garcia-Manas to the role of head of research, replacing the outgoing Stephanie Maier. Garcia-Manas, an internal appointment,...

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Finland-based packaging multinational Stora Enso Oyj has appointed Terhi Koipijarvi to head its newly created global responsibility unit. Koipijarvi, previously senior vice-president for...

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Morrisons has pledged to allocate one in ten of any new posts to homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years. The UK supermarket chain hopes to create more than 10,000 jobs over the...

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group is toying with the idea of changing itself into an association for individual CSR practitioners. Is there a need for such a thing? When the CRG...

Prepare for the arrival of the social intrapreneur - news

Internal activists are emerging within some companies – and we need to encourage them,  says David Grayson You may not have noticed it yet, but a new breed of corporate animal...

NHS trusts urged to start appointing CSR directors - news

A far greater number of National Health Service foundation trusts in England should be employing sustainability directors, research has suggested. A report from the Foundation Trust...

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...

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Rory Sullivan has taken a part-time advisory position at Ethix SRI Advisors, a responsible investment firm covering the Nordic region. Sullivan, who is head of responsible investment at Osmosis,...

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Bethany Cox has left the CSR recruitment agency Acre Resources, where she was marketing manager, to join the Lumina consultancy as marketing and business development manager.

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Mike Wallace has left his post as director of sustainability reporting framework at the Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative to return to the US, where he will set up a GRI office in New...

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Three new members have joined the Kimberly-Clark sustainability advisory board, which provides the US multinational with guidance on social and environmental issues. They are Malini Mehra,...

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The Carbon Disclosure Project has appointed Paul Simpson to replace Paul Dickenson as the NGO’s chief executive. Simpson is promoted from the post of chief operating officer, while...

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Aegon, one of the world’s largest life insurance and pensions companies, has appointed executive vice-president Marc van Weede to the new post of global head of sustainability, reporting...

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Astellas Pharma has announced its first global volunteering programme for staff as part of a new five-year CSR plan. The Japan-based multinational pharmaceuticals company will focus volunteering on...

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...

New man for a new era: all change under Misser - news

EP talks to the recently appointed head of AccountAbility about his controversial vision of how the organization should be re-inventing itself and altering its ethos They wear sober...

New map sets out skills required in the CSR world - news

A ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners has been produced by Business in the Community (Bitc). The map lists the knowledge and behaviours required for a...

Microfinance supporters ‘must not set a debt trap’ - news

Socially responsible microfinance institutions have been warned against over-selling credit to poor people and neglecting the need to encourage savings. Delegates at last month’s...

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Paul McNeillis has left Achilles to become director of sustainable solutions at PE International NW Europe. McNeillis will build up the sustainability consultancy’s London office.

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

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Aviva Investors has appointed Colin Purdie to the new role of SRI credit fund manager. Purdie, who joins from Aegon, will have responsibility for managing the Aviva Investors Sustainable Future...

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Erica Bach has been appointed as a senior adviser to the Canadian government’s new Office of the Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor, which is intended to facilitate dialogue between...

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France-based electrical supplies company Rexel has appointed Pascale Giet as senior vice president of sustainable development, succeeding Laetitia Olivier. She moves from Europ Assistance, where...

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Peter McAllister becomes the new director of the Ethical Trading Initiative this month. Formerly executive director of the International Cocoa Initiative, he replaces Dan Rees, who is now...

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Andrea Thomas has been named Walmart’s new senior vice president of sustainability. She replaces Matt Kistler, who moves into a new management role in marketing. Thomas joined Walmart in...

The new fund in the market for sustainable farms - news

While the stability of agricultural products comes evermore into question, Agro-Ecological is already treating sustainable farming as an asset class. Mike Scott speaks to the fund’s...

Events: ten ideas to make them better - news

As the corporate responsibility conference season moves into full swing, EP suggests ways that event organisers could improve the overall experience Make more use of the ‘chat...

Time to apply first aid to your corporate strategy - news

Society will benefit if firms give emergency medical training to all of their employees, argues Sue Killen Official statistics show that every year, in England and Wales alone, up to...

Three strikes and you’re out for the European Commission - news

We have been less than impressed in these pages by the European Commission’s past efforts to stamp its mark on corporate responsibility. Two insipid white papers in 2002 and 2006 –...

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

Investors want action on human rights - news

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

EC decides to produce another white paper - news

A third communication on corporate responsibility is to be produced by the European Commission next summer. The commission, which has already published two such white papers to generally...

Pakistan relief comes up short - news

Businesses have donated significantly less to the Pakistan flood relief effort than to other recent natural disasters, and have seen their contributions dwarfed by individuals and governments....

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The oil firm Trafigura has been convicted of criminal charges and fined $1million (£640,000, €780,000) in the Netherlands for toxic dumping on the west coast of Africa. The UK-based company had...

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...

good reputation attracts spending - news

A consultancy claims to have proof that improved reputation directly increases consumer spending on a company’s products and services. APCO Worldwide says its retail survey shows that for every...

CSRTV spreads word for power firm - news

An energy company has featured its latest corporate responsibility report on its own television station dedicated to CSR issues. UK-based ScottishPower has placed its CSR Annual Review on the...

hotel giant tackles child sex after brothel scandal - news

The Hilton hotel group is to publish a global code of conduct for staff that covers child prostitution, after one of its establishments was found to be harbouring a brothel that may have been using...

biscuit king CSR pioneer dies - news

One of the high-profile movers behind the early growth of corporate responsibility in the UK has died aged 87. Hector Laing, later Lord Laing of Dunphail, was an influential figure in the...

no silver bullet for getting your message across - news

Integrated reporting is no cure-all for the problems of CSR communications, says Roger Cowe What’s so great about annual reports? The proper kind, I mean, not corporate responsibility reports –...

big names to set scene for ‘holy grail’ reporting - news

A mission to create a globally recognized framework for integrated corporate responsibility and financial reporting has been launched by a wide coalition of companies, accountancy bodies,...

reports need to stop boring people with ‘dull’ data - news

Sustainability reports need to contain more storytelling, a communications expert has said. US-based consultant Michael Margolis argues that most reports are too dull for their readers because of...

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

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

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Martin Clarke became chair of Uksif, the sustainable investment and finance association, on 1 July. Clarke, serving in a personal capacity, is the Pension Protection Fund's executive...

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The new post of corporate responsibility vice-president at the Oslo-based insurance company KLP has been filled by Eli Munkelien. She was previously global manager for corporate responsibility...

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Donald Macdonald is standing down as chairman of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Macdonald, who has chaired the PRI since its inception in 2006, is expected to be formally replaced...

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The husband of Anita Roddick and co-founder of The Body Shop has been awarded an 'ethical award' for lifetime achievement by The Observer newspaper. Gordon Roddick also founded The...

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Ed Mitchell, former corporate responsibility director at RWE Thames Water, has been appointed environment and business director at the UK's Environment Agency. He replaces Tricia Henton, who...

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Anand Punja has been appointed to the new role of sustainability executive at the UK-based Timber Trade Federation. Punja joins from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a senior sustainability...

Spearheading the fight against complacency - news

Mike Scott speaks to Catherine Howarth of FairPensions about her organization's ongoing campaign, which calls on institutional investors to place more demands on the companies in which they...

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

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

BP's travails in the Gulf are a sign of things to come - news

Oil firms are beginning to fall foul of working in increasingly hostile environments, says Seb Beloe Who would have thought when the original accident happened on BP's Deepwater Horizon...

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

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

US leads way on medicine access amid global progress - news

US pharmaceutical companies have improved in the latest Access to Medicine (ATM) index, and now lead an industry showing encouraging signs internationally of providing affordable drugs to the...

Sceptics make pledge to fight NGO demands - news

A backlash campaign against non-governmental organizations accused of unfairly criticising companies over their ethical credentials has been established in Berlin.   The Green Freedom...

New wind blows as Zadek is replaced - news

An era has drawn to a close at the UK-based AccountAbility organization as its long-term head, Simon Zadek, has been officially replaced by Sunil Misser. Misser, who began as chief...

Corporate MDG role is greater than thought - news

The private sector is playing a vital and 'under-appreciated' role in contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That's the conclusion reached from...

Smoothie company pledges ethical future - news

Innocent, the British maker of the Smoothie drink, has tried to assure consumers that its ethical stance will continue, after Coca-Cola bought a majority share in the company. Coca-Cola's move...

World Cup organisers reject HIV criticism - news

The world football federation FIFA has rejected criticism that it has done too little to use the World Cup in South Africa to raise awareness about HIV and Aids prevention. A statement from South...

Pro-poor initiatives can’t work in isolation - news

Much of the current debate about corporate social responsibility is aimed at persuading businesses that there are sound financial reasons to look beyond the bottom line and to consider social and...

Resisting the offshoring trend is the socially responsible thing to do - news

Call centres have been the subject of much debate recently, with the media highlighting high levels of customer dissatisfaction regarding the service they receive from internationally outsourced...

Code aims to put more women on boards - news

UK companies with all-male boards have been told to re-evaluate their selection methods by the country’s governance and reporting regulator, in a move that has been welcomed by investors....

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SRI asset management company Sustainable Capital has appointed Gaetan Herinckx as a senior investment analyst to its Africa research team. Herinckx, who will be based in Cape Town, joins from...

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Leena Wokeck has become director of the new Asian Center for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. Wokeck, who has worked for the past year in Bangkok...

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Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has named Stefan Gordijn as its new chief operating officer. Gordijn replaces Roman Binder as head of the Zurich-based SRI specialist. The appointment of...

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Carol Cone has been appointed Edelman’s new head of CSR. Cone joins from the US consultancy Cone, which she founded and which has since been acquired by Omnicom.

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US investment bank Citigroup is re-forming its SRI brokerage team, disbanded in 2008 as a result of the financial crisis. For the new team of three the company has appointed Jenny Anderson,...

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Sedex, the ethical business membership organization, has appointed Carmel Giblin as its new general manager. Giblin, who joins from BSkyB, where she was head of CSR, will lead the group’s...

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A new right-of-centre environment think tank has enrolled two corporate responsibility specialists to help shape its thinking. The UK-based Conservative Environmental Network, formed as a...

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A group of telecoms network operators is researching the health impacts of mobile phones in the first study of its kind. The Cohort Study on Mobile Communications (Cosmos) will look into the...

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

Financial woes can help firms focus on what’s really important if they are to have a bright future. EP looks at the experiences of one company that’s been up against it When...

The head gardener may have gone, but the CSR plot still needs tending - news

Now that the UK’s CSR minister post has been swept away by the new coalition government ( see page one ), it’s time to admit that the job was on its last legs anyway. It suited the...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

Nestle is to stop using products from sources that contribute to rainforest destruction, after a campaign against its use of palm oil linked to deforestation. The food giant will identify...

School for buyers launched - news

Training courses in ethical purchasing have been introduced by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to help companies’ individual employees with buying decisions and practices. The...

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

Transport group aims to slash emissions - news

Stagecoach has announced an £11million ($16.8m, €12.7m) carbon investment as part of a five-year sustainability strategy aimed at cutting 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

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

Tribunal would punish errant companies - news

A world tribunal that would punish corporate ‘climate crimes’ has been demanded by a group of governments, non-governmental organizations and prominent individuals.   The idea of a Climate...

Wal-Mart extends female empowerment programme - news

Walmart has announced plans to expand its women’s development programme in the third world, extending a one-year partnership with the poverty charity Care and pledging a further $2million to its...

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Paris-based business technology company Alcatel-Lucent has made Regine Coqueran-Gile, an internal appointment, head of corporate communications and CSR.

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Helen Ford took over as corporate responsibility director at the clothing group Pentland Brands last month, replacing Lesley Roberts, who has left to pursue other interests. Ford previously...

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Marion de Marcillac has joined the Paris office of the UK-based Ethical Investment Research Services, after leaving the European Sustainable Investment Forum.

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Law firm Reed Smith has hired Sarah Ramwell as its new London-based CSR manager. Ramwell, who joins from Freshfields, will supervise the company’s CSR programme for Europe and the Middle...

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Zoe Knight, Merrill Lynch’s senior SRI research director, has joined Absolute Strategy Research, an investment research provider to investors, as a consultant.

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Findus has appointed Ian Hagg to its newly created CSR director role. Hagg joins the food multinational from the Luther Pendragon consultancy.

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David Harris has replaced Will Oulton as FTSE’s responsible investment director after Oulton left to join the investment consultant Mercer. Harris, who has been at FTSE since 2002, has...

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The new chair of the UK’s Global Compact Network is Andrew Cave, head of sustainability at RBS. Cave succeeds Michael Spenley, head of corporate responsibility at Shop Direct Group, who...

Money-making investments in altruism - news

The Altru Fund claims to be overturning the notion of a conflict between social and commercial returns by treating social enterprises like normal businesses. Mike Scott speaks to managing...

Plotting a way forward on a matter of principle - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) has produced a code of conduct for CSR professionals. EP talks to Yogesh Chauhan, CRG deputy chair, about how it will work Where did the idea for...

We’ve found the phrase we need, so let’s stick with what we’ve got - news

The CSR Study Group at the UK’s University of Leeds has changed its name to the Business and Development Study Group. Hardly a major story, and one that hasn’t merited even a line in...

Miners get Fairtrade mark - news

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

Inspirational pro-poor champion Prahalad dies at 69 - news

One of the chief proponents of ‘pro-poor’ capitalism, C.K. Prahalad, died last month aged 69.   Prahalad was an influential voice in corporate responsibility thanks to his...

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

Rising salaries, bigger budgets and greater job security: that’s the general portrait of the corporate responsibility profession painted in the results of the latest CR Salary Survey ....

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

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

10% have known only CSR - news

This year’s CR Salary Survey has highlighted an emerging phenomenon – a generation of corporate responsibility professionals who have only ever worked in the field. The...

Fox News boycott gathers pace - news

More than 200 US companies have pulled advertising from the Fox News Glenn Beck show after slurs on Barack Obama. Right-wing commentator Beck has slowly accumulated boycotts from large businesses...

GSK and Pfizer agree drugs deal for poor - news

A deal between the world’s two largest pharmaceuticals companies is to provide 600 million doses of pneumonia vaccines at a 90 per cent discount for the 74 poorest countries in the world. Pfizer...

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Neville White joined Ecclesiastical Investment Management as a senior SRI analyst last month. White was manager of governance and ethical investment at CCLA – which provides investment...

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Adrian Hodges has joined GlaxoSmithKline as head of corporate responsibility and community partnerships. Hodges, who spent 12 years at the International Business Leaders’ Forum, replaces...

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Paper multinational Arjowiggins Graphic has hired Gilles Lhermitte to its new sustainable development manager role in Paris. He is an internal appointment.

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Robert Hansor will be the new head of climate change and CSR services at Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance in Asia. He joins from Environmental Resources Management, and will be based in...

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Sander van Eijkern has quit as chief executive of the Swiss SRI manager Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) after a disagreement over strategy. Van Eijkern has also resigned from the management...

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Primark has appointed Libby Annat as its new senior ethical trade manager. Annat moves from Marks & Spencer, where she was ethical trading manager. Previously she was BBC Worldwide’s...

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Deckers Outdoor Corporation has appointed Mark Heintz to the new post of director of corporate social responsibility. The US footwear manufacturer has hired Heintz from Hewlett Packard, where he...

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Victoria Hands, who is environmental and sustainability manager at the London School of Economics, has been named one of 15 ‘London leaders’ for 2010 by the London Sustainable...

Tax-free investment in the community - news

As CSR fights the image of a luxury in recessionary times, Community Development Finance Institutions claim to be the best value for money around. Mike Scott speaks to Mike Baker, head of one...

We must make the business case – even if it’s a messy, tiresome task - news

John Elkington has been working with distinction in the corporate responsibility field for so long that he’s perhaps entitled to feel a little jaded with the continuing debate about how to...

Future looks bright, say most CSR practitioners - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners appear generally positive about their job prospects despite the recession. The latest CR Salary Survey shows eight out of ten people working in CSR...

American CSR jobs market grows strongly - news

The CSR jobs market in the US is showing signs of recovery after a decline between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009. Research conducted by US-based Sustainability Recruiting shows that,...

Don’t obsess about business case, says Elk - news

CSR proponents should avoid focusing too much on developing the business case for socially responsible behaviour, the leading CSR thinker John Elkington has warned. Elkington told last...

Big firms adopt new voice - news

Large mainstream companies are beginning to use the bright and breezy language of ‘alternative’ businesses when talking about their corporate responsibility programmes, reports a...

Innospec and Trafigura pay millions to settle poisoning cases - news

Two multinational companies agreed last month to massive payouts relating to the dumping of poisonous chemicals in the developing world. US-based chemicals manufacturer Innospec admitted to...

‘Social stock exchange’ could be 18 months away - news

Money is being raised to start a global stock exchange that will allow investors to trade exclusively in companies with social and environmental goals. The Social Stock Exchange, to be...

One in five businesses have social purpose - news

An estimated fifth of UK businesses want to make a ‘social difference’, according to new figures. They account for a turnover of nearly £100billion (£152bn, €110bn) and vastly outstrip government...

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

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Emma Hunt has moved to the SRI adviser Towers Watson as a senior investment consultant from Mercer, where she was head of responsible investment.

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Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. Dudok van Heel, who worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little,...

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Myriam Galopin has joined the UK consultancy Corporate Citzenship as a consultant advising on sustainability strategy and community projects. Galopin was previously with the Body Shop, where she...

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Laura Brooks has joined the UK-based think tank AccountAbility as standards partner responsible for licensing of standards such as AA1000 and producing related guidance. Brooks moves from...

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Kate Niblock-Siddle has returned to the UK to open the London office of Net Balance Management Group, an Australian consultancy that specializes in reporting, assurance, climate change,...

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Executive search company Green Ventures Search has appointed Lucy Deane as research director. Deane was previously with Ruston WHEB in London, where she was head of research, leading a CSR...

Ready for some catch-up - news

Interest in responsible business behaviour has been growing in Latin America – and there are signs that it may increase further. EP looks at the state of CSR in the region Some...

Business schools get ethics guide - news

Ethical guidance for UK business schools has been produced by a group of management associations and academics. The draft guide says, among other things, that business schools should...

Human rights concerns prompt big divestments - news

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

Card operator extends financial advice scheme - news

Mastercard is to expand its financial education programme for consumers to the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, after successful schemes in Mexico and Brazil. The banking and...

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

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

Law partners put ethics first - news

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

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

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

Facts and figures will never tell the whole story - news

We must go beyond classic reporting rules when dealing with sustainability, argues Beckie Herbert ‘Tell me a story’ – the phrase conjures up thoughts of wizards and...

Bank crisis has hit trust in all firms - news

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

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...

Brewer offers HIV training to farmers - news

HIV and Aids testing is being provided to Ugandan supplier farmers by one of the world’s largest brewers. SABMiller, which makes Peroni, Grolsch and Eagle beers, has provided...

Major index goes missing as firms hit by data overload - news

A high-profile annual social responsibility index of pharmaceuticals companies has failed to appear because of wranglings over the ‘extraordinary’ amounts of data the businesses have...

American firms respond to Haiti disaster - news

US business have rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake in the country that has killed tens of thousands of people.      A number of firms have donated money and...

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Julian Parrott, a partner in the UK investment consultancy EthicalFutures, has been named as the new chair of the Ethical Investment Association, a body of UK financial advisers dedicated to the...

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The Global Reporting Initiative has appointed Aditi Haldar as country director for its new ‘focal point’ in India, which will promote sustainability reporting there.

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The Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) has appointed Alexandra Tracy to replace Rajesh Srivastava as its chairman. Tracy is vice president at the Hong...

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Anne Augustine to head its new UK-based sustainability department, which will provide sustainability advice. The practice will also include Jules...

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A global food sector body has published voluntary guidelines for food and drink companies on communicating portion sizes. The guidelines, from the 700-member IGD, are designed to help people eat...

Building a sustainable property sector - news

As huge carbon emitters with a low stock turnover, those who manage buildings face challenges that are underestimated by investors. Mike Scott talks to Paul McNamara of Prupim about the future...

The secret behind Plan A: hard work and branding - news

Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencer, talks to EP about the successes – and tribulations – associated with the retail chain’s ambitious CSR...

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

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

Reuters sets up action units to provide disaster aid - news

A major media company is to donate the services of its journalists to help gather information when natural disasters strike. Thomson Reuters says ‘action units’ of journalists...

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

Nestle has become the latest chocolate confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark.   The world’s biggest food company will pay its Ivory Coast cocoa suppliers...

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Peter de Graaf has joined the CSR consultancy Acona as a senior partner. De Graaf specializes in the environment and socially responsible investing.

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David Hutchinson has been appointed chief executive of Social Finance, a ‘social bank’ that will invest money from dormant UK bank accounts for social purposes. Hutchinson comes from...

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Jan Rosenqvist has left the Swedish investment management consultancy Oehman Fonder to head a fund called Sun, Wind and Water, started by the Stockholm-based company Davegardh and Kjalls. The...

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Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has appointed Rodrigo Amandi as managing director for its indexes. SAM says Amandi will be responsible for the expansion and ‘strategic direction’...

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Sustainalytics has recruited Darragh Gallant, former head of client services and marketing at KLD Research and Analytics, to head its expansion into the US. The Dutch firm, which recently merged...

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The US-based SRI consultancy Nelson Capital Management has appointed Lisa Leff and Blaine Townsend to its senior management team. Both join after ten and 13 years respectively at Trillium Asset...

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A ‘socially responsible’ call centre has opened in the UK. The Call Britannia centre in Croydon will employ 100 people who have been long-term unemployed and promises to provide a...

Dealing with the tough stuff - news

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

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

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

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

Interest in ethical shopping falls as recession bites - news

Support for ethical consumerism has declined in the UK since the start of the recession, according to new market research conducted by Ipsos MORI.   The figures show interest in ethical...

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

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Trillium Asset Management has appointed Matthew Patsky as chief executive. Patsky, who joins the SRI-focused firm from Winslow Management, succeeds Trillium founder Joan Bavaria, who died last...

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Meagan Thompson-Mann has become special adviser on corporate governance to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative. She has previously worked as corporate...

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Matthew Kiernan is to leave the CSR consultancy RiskMetrics, eight months after the company acquired Innovest, which Kiernan founded and managed. When Innovest was taken over Kiernan became...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed environmental affairs manager for J. Sainsbury following Alison Austin’s departure. Cunningham joins from ITV, where he was head of corporate...

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Multinational insurance company Aviva has made Marie Sigsworth its corporate responsibility director. Sigsworth, an internal appointment, will run diversity, environmental performance and...

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Paris-based pharmaceuticals multinational Sanofi-Aventis has appointed Gilles Lhernould to its new post of CSR senior vice-president. Lhernould was formerly the senior human resources...

The Dark Side: critical cases on the downside of business - news

Emmanuel Raufflet and Albert J Mills (eds). Greenleaf.  294 pages. Hardback. £24.95 CSR dominates the landscape of thinking about business and society, and in this landscape...

Let’s end our subordination to endless profit and growth - news

We can no longer assume unfettered capitalism is for the public good. Change is needed, says David Loy Despite all its benefits, our economic system institutionalizes greed in at least...

Brandix helps out in camps - news

Sri Lanka’s largest clothing exporter is to help people displaced by the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The Brandix group, which has made water and sanitation the...

Anderson says mission is 60% accomplished - news

The flooring company Interface is more than halfway to its goal of becoming fully sustainable, claims its founder Ray Anderson. Anderson, who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

Four in ten of China’s leading companies are not publicly engaged in corporate responsibility, says the country’s first national CSR report card. The newly published 2009 CSR...

UN puts focus on tax issues - news

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

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

Corporate responsibility functions in many organizations appear to be coming through the recession relatively unscathed. Various indicators, including a new survey of global CSR...

Body Shop joins forces with Clinton - news

Former US president Bill Clinton is to support The Body Shop’s fight against the sex trafficking of young people. The Clinton Global Initiative, in partnership with the cosmetics company, has...

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

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

Waitrose acts over Obama slurs - news

The UK supermarket chain Waitrose has withdrawn its advertising from the Fox News television channel after remarks made about Barack Obama by Fox presenter Glenn Beck. Waitrose pulled its...

Retailers tackle obesity - news

A coalition of retailers, non-governmental organizations and food manufactures has launched a foundation to combat obesity in the US. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) aims to help...

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Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) has appointed Patsy Richardson as head of membership and marketing. She joins from After The Rain Consulting, where she was a managing partner. 

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

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

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Four new faces have been elected to the UK Social Investment Forum board. David Harris, FTSE’s responsible investment manager, Julian Parrot, of Ethical Futures, James Vaccaro, head of...

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Mike Wallace is to join the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as director of the Sustainability Reporting Framework. Wallace was previously at the ERM consultancy and Business for Social...

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Former Corporate Responsibility Coalition head Deborah Doane has moved from WWF-UK, where she was head of sustainable consumption, to become director of the World Development Movement.

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Starbucks UK has announced a five-year partnership with a youth charity to train young people and give them work experience. The partnership brings together the coffee retailer and the...

50 lessons on corporate responsibility and sustainability - news

Doughty Centre/50 Lessons. www.50lessons.com/collections This set of short films offers the opinions and experiences of academics, business executives and practitioners on various...

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

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

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

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

Yes, let’s have a professional code – but it needs teeth from the outset - news

One of the issues raised by the bizarre unfair dismissal case brought by CSR practitioner Tim Nicholson against his former employers (see page one), is whether a code of practice for the...

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...

Train firm would be mutual-owned - news

Plans to create a ‘socially responsible’ train operator have been unveiled in Britain. Go Co-operative is seeking £250,000 from socially minded investors for initial work...

PetroChina allowed to remain in Compact club - news

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

Google gives Ugandan poor access to data - news

Internet company Google is to offer free access to health advice, farming tips and other services by mobile phone to people in one of the world’s poorest nations. The AppLab project...

Walmart sticks to its word by backing Obama reforms - news

US supermarket giant Walmart has taken the unusual step of providing public backing for the White House’s proposed healthcare reforms as part of a pledge to align the company’s...

France Telecom acts on outbreak of suicides - news

One of Europe’s largest mobile phone operators has responded to a spate of staff suicides with measures including a helpline for depressed workers and a temporary halt to relocations and...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

Fund ditches security firm over West bank activities - news

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

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

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The Canadian sustainability consultancy Stratos has appointed two new directors. Sven Riemer and Matt Loose will head Stratos’s public sector management and corporate sustainability...

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US investment management firm Northern Trust has named Connie Lindsey to the newly created post of head of CSR. Lindsey, an internal hire, will be responsible for the design and implementation...

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Deborah Leipziger has joined the Maplecroft consultancy as a senior consultant, and will represent the company in the Americas. She was previously European director for Social Accountability...

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James Anderson has been appointed head of strategic and sustainability services at UK-based engineering consultancy Amec. He joins Amec from Montgomery Watson, where he was strategic advisory...

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Danish food ingredients company Danisco has named Jeffrey Hogue as vice-president of corporate sustainable development. Hogue joins from Genencor, a Danisco division.

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Manoelle Lepoutre has been appointed executive vice-president of sustainable development and the environment for Total. She was previously vice-president of research and development at Total...

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Alexander Barkawi, managing director of Zurich-based SAM Indexes, is to leave the company at the end of September ‘to pursue interests in the political arena on sustainability...

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Elsbeth Tronstad has been appointed executive vice-president of communications and CSR at the Norwegian hydropower company SN Power. She joins from the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise,...

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Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Gill James as head of sustainability and operations. James, who has been at the bank for 15 years, mainly as an economist, replaces Debbie Whitaker.

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Will Day is to take over from Jonathon Porritt as chair of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Day has worked with various NGOs, including Care International, Save the...

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Adam Seitchik, former chief investment officer of US SRI firm Trillium Asset Management, has been appointed managing director of the London-based institutional asset management firm Auriel....

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US-based engineering company Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Lynne Ceeney as head of sustainability for Europe and Africa. Ceeney joins from the UK’s Building Research Establishment,...

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Ed Blamey has joined the UK-based communications agency Origin as associate sustainability director. He had previously spent four years at Interface Flor, where he was European sustainability...

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US-based wood and paper company Weyerhaeuser has been removed from the Calvert Social Index over concerns about its policies on indigenous peoples and recent company ‘interference’...

Getting to grips with executive pay: a litmus test for the CSR profession - news

Many people were caught with their pants down when the global financial crisis erupted a year ago – and CSR practitioners were among them. A key role of a corporate responsibility...

MillerCoors develops inclusion plan for Hispanics - news

One of the largest alcoholic beverage manufacturers in the US has pledged to increase economic opportunities for Hispanics through a joint five-year agreement with a Hispanic CSR association....

CSR heads require nous, not technical knowledge - news

The ideal head of corporate responsibility must have excellent communication and networking skills, the ability to influence people, a certain gravitas and plenty of commercial acumen –...

Tata makes energy a priority - news

This year’s main social project of the Tata Power private utility is to make a million people in India aware of energy conservation. The Tata Power Energy Club (TPEC), which gives...

Sri Lankan conflict prompts business action - news

A clothing group and a leading bank are backing the relief effort to help 660,000 internal refugees in the wake of the Sri Lankan conflict. Brandix Lanka, the large apparel company, which...

Procter & Gamble cleans Pakistan water - news

People displaced by armed conflict in Pakistan are to receive more than 11 million litres of clean drinking water through a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), the international...

China focal point gets big hitter - news

A high-ranking official has been appointed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to encourage ethical business policies in China. Sean Gilbert, formerly director of the GRI...

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Shannon Houde has joined the communications consultancy Corporate Culture as corporate responsibility director. She formerly worked at Deloitte as senior manager for corporate responsibility and...

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Sarah Roberts is the new executive director at the Ethical Tea Partnership. Roberts formerly led corporate responsibility projects at Arup, the National Centre for Business and Sustainability...

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Zurich Financial Services has named Karin Reiter as group CSR manager. Reiter is an internal appointment from Zurich’s legal department.

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Ebba Schmidt has been appointed as responsible investment manager at the UK Pension Protection Fund, which pays compensation to members of pension schemes that become insolvent. Schmidt was...

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Melissa McDonald has been appointed global head of responsible investment at Axa, succeeding Raj Thamotheram, who assumes a new part-time role as senior responsible investment adviser. McDonald...

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Frank Blighe, an ethical investment pioneer, has died after a short illness, aged 51. Blighe spent some time in consultancy and at TSB before working for Friends Provident on its socially...

Food firms fortify products - news

A number of food companies are to collaborate on providing products fortified with vitamins and other nutrients for developing countries. Businesses including Unilever, PepsiCo, and the...

Boycott sets sights on secondary, not primary, targets - news

A new boycott campaign on the extraction of oil sands is homing in on companies that are only indirectly related to the business. The Ethical Consumer Research Association is urging...

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

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

BLIHR leaves legacy of essential steps on rights - news

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

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

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

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

The British energy company Centrica has taken the unusual step of holding a live ‘web chat’ to discuss issues in its latest corporate responsibility report. Centrica invited...

Merger of SRI institutions needs careful managing - news

The UN’s takeover of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative raises many issues, says Steve Waygood As you may have read in EP at the back end of last year, the Enhanced Analytics...

Wragge’s first report: was our verdict too harsh? - news

A critical review of Wragge & Co’s first CSR report appeared in EP this May. This month Tom Peyton of Enact Consulting gives an alternative view I have long championed the...

GSK backs disability programmes - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceuticals group, is putting 39million Sri Lankan rupees ($340,000, £210,000) into a project to empower disabled people in southern Sri Lanka that...

Kerala IT firms sign Aids pact - news

Information technology businesses in India’s Kerala state are joining the fight against Aids and HIV. Companies on the Technopark industrial estate at Thiruvananthapuram are combining...

IBLF sets up Asia Pacific office - news

An Asia Pacific office of the International Business Leaders’ Forum has been set up in Hong Kong. The new base will enable the forum to become more involved in its corporate...

Court ruling may prevent Malaysian logging - news

A court decision may make it possible for tribal people on the island of Borneo to stop companies from flattening their forests through logging and oil palm operations.   The Malaysian...

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Jane Madden to the new position of senior vice-president for CSR and sustainability in its Chicago office. Madden was most recently president of...

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Helene Regnell has been appointed sales and marketing vice-president at the Swedish responsible investment research provider GES Investment Services. Regnell moves from her previous job as the...

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Anthony Perret has become programme manager at the Sustainable Rail Programme, established by Britain’s rail industry to develop projects on greenhouse gas emission reductions, sustainable...

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US-based software provider SAP has created the post of chief sustainability officer. Peter Graf is an internal appointee who has worked in various SAP positions for 13 years.

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Gavin Morris has been appointed managing director with responsibility for engagement at Governance for Owners, a partnership offering help on shareholder activism to investor clients. Morris was...

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Anji Hunter is to take over the CSR brief at Anglo American in August as successor to Edward Bickham. Hunter, who was previously at BP as director of communications, joined Anglo American on 1...

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

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...

Fruit company replies in latest Alien Tort case - news

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

The vices and vanities of sustainability reporting - news

Firms are exploiting a lack of reporting standards to distort their achievements, says Bill D’Allesandro Sustainability reporting is becoming a vice. Most reports serve up enough...

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...

Dutch staff unimpressed - news

A Dutch survey of corporate employees suggests they are unconvinced by their companies’ CSR performance. The research, by the Netherlands-based consultancy Krauthammer with Amsterdam...

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

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

Car giant sets target of zero road deaths by 2020 - news

Volvo has set itself the unusual goal of ensuring that nobody is seriously injured or killed in accidents involving any of its new cars within 11 years. The Swedish multinational thinks the...

CSR profession set to get its own code of practice - news

Work has begun on the first ever code of practice for corporate responsibility practitioners. The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), a network of 300 CSR professionals working for 104...

Garment firms need to improve - news

Some leading companies in Hong Kong’s garment industry have shown progress in reporting on their supply chain labour standards, but the performance of many is poor by international...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network. Schofield has been a tax partner with PwC in London since 2000.

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Claire Penny, IBM’s environmental affairs manager in Ireland, has joined the country’s government-funded Sustainable Development Council, known as Comhar, as the nominee of Business...

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Nick Martell-Bundock has joined tea producers Twinings as international ethical supply chain manager, leaving Whitbread, where he was previously head of food procurement.

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Bureau Veritas consumer products services has appointed Brian Whitters as director of supply chain solutions. Whitters was previously managing director at ethical trading firm Auchinglen...

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

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

It may be uncomfortable, but we must hide nothing - news

Exposing your company to relentless public scrutiny is sometimes painful – but it’s worth it, says Julia King Corporate responsibility proponents have always talked about the...

Axa gives SRI data to its managers ‘as standard’ - news

One of the world’s biggest investment management consultancies has taken the unusual step of providing its portfolio managers with a detailed database on 1800 companies’ social and...

Wal-Mart addresses skills in Punjab - news

A retail training unit has been established by an Indian subsidiary of Wal-Mart to improve the work-related skills of people living in the Indian Punjab. Bharti Wal-Mart Private has teamed...

WWF backs FSC logo as critics begin to circle - news

A leading environmental group has reaffirmed its backing for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) amid a growing debate about whether the body’s timber certification scheme is still...

Korean firms shake off Burma allegations - news

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

Global Compact agrees further rule-tightening - news

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

Leaders to go abroad for corporate peace of mind - news

Two hundred of IBM’s ‘future leaders’ from nearly 40 countries will participate in projects in emerging markets this year as part of the company’s Corporate Service Corps...

Award for watershed in Afghanistan - news

A project to prevent flooding and to increase land productivity in the Kahmard district of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan has won the Swiss Re 2009 International ReSource Award for...

New company emerges to fight malnourishment in Bangladesh - news

Improved health and business opportunities among the poor of Bangladesh are the aims of a new joint social business venture established by BASF, the chemicals group, and the Grameen Healthcare...

Bottom of the pyramid work is on the agenda at Cambridge - news

India’s leading role in the world’s economy will be the main subject of study at the Centre for India and Global Business founded last month at Cambridge University’s Judge...

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Edward Mason has become secretary of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Mason at present heads the Independent Diplomat’s London office.

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Helen Wildsmith of CCLA has been appointed vice-chair of the Uksif board. She replaces Charles Middleton, who remains a board member. Aled Jones will serve as interim vice-chair.

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Will Oulton has replaced Penny Shepherd as the UK representative on the Eurosif board. Oulton is managing director of CRG Advisory Services and will serve in a personal capacity.

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Gwen Ruta has been appointed to Henderson’s Global Investors’ Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. Ruta is the corporate partnerships vice-president at US charity...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network as part of its global strategy of bringing together tax and human resources...

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The London Pensions Fund Authority has appointed Aled Jones as environmental, social and governance investment manager. Jones joins from the Pension Protection Fund, where he was responsible...

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Francesco Mereu has been appointed a director of Toyota Great Britain, where he will be responsible for, among other things, corporate social responsibility, purchasing and corporate planning....

Are opinion statements really the way forward? - news

The use of independent experts to provide commentaries in sustainability reports is becoming increasingly popular. EP looks at the arguments for and against Deutsche Telekom can do a lot...

Can short selling ever be ethical? - news

Mike Scott asks investors, both in the mainstream and SRI fields, whether the practice of selling short on stocks is always a bad thing – or might actually serve as a responsible...

Can you be sure you won’t go the way of the banks? - news

The ethical recklessness of the financial sector has lessons for all people in business, says Danielle Cohen The recent revelations of former HBOS head of regulatory risk Paul Moore that...

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

John Elkington has emerged in a new poll as the world’s number one corporate responsibility ‘thought leader’. Elkington, founder of the SustainAbility consultancy and...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

MPs to look at business impact on human rights - news

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

Coca-Cola pumps millions into water - news

The Coca-Cola Company has committed $30million (£21m) to provide access to safe drinking water for communities throughout Africa. The funding, spread over the next six years, will be...

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...

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Impactt consultancy, which advises companies on labour standards in their supply chains, will open an office covering the Middle East and North Africa next month. The office, in Dubai, will be...

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Betsy Atkins has joined the board of the US sustainability consultancy Clear Standards. Atkins is also a board member of the Nasdaq stock exchange.  

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Martin Killeen has joined the specialist recruitment company Acre Resources as a senior recruiter. Killeen, who previously worked for the UK financial recruitment company Morgan McKinley, is now...

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Ian Buckland has moved to Flag, the CSR communications agency, as associate director. He leaves a position as principal sustainability adviser at the consultancy Sd3, which recently merged with...

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

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T-Mobile is to bring together its UK employee volunteers with groups of young people to explore ways in which mobile phones can tackle social and environmental problems. The project, called The...

How to act responsibly when jobs are on the line? - news

As the recession leads to significant cutbacks in all business sectors around the world, EP looks at some recommended good practice on ‘downsizing’ in an ethical manner...

Finding value at the bottom of the pyramid - news

BlueOrchard is blazing a responsible investment trail in microfinance – and finding that institutional clients see its modus operandi as increasingly attractive. Mike Scott talks to...

Don’t make staff redundant – lend them out to society - news

Secondment programmes can be a useful corporate tool in a recession, say Matthew Farmer and Ed Williams At a time when major companies are announcing redundancies and the jobless toll is...

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Kelloggs turns to actors to get its message across - news

The cereal manufacturer Kelloggs has taken the unusual step of using undercover actors to convey waste-cutting messages to employees.   The two female thespians, from the CragRats...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

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

Coalitions ‘are way forward’ for pro-poor ideas - news

Companies trying to implement ‘bottom of the pyramid’ schemes should pool their efforts, not work in isolation, the Ashridge business school has said. An Ashridge report says...

Executive pay emerges as full-blown CSR issue - news

Pressure on companies to tackle excessive executive pay has ratcheted up significantly in the past month as investors and politicians around the world have begun to force the issue into the...

Australian government to advise GRI - news

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

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...

Hindustan Zinc helps 500,000 children - news

A prestigious annual award for rural and community development projects has gone to Hindustan Zinc, part of the Vedanta metals and power generation group. The 2007-08 award from the...

Indonesia gets palm oil project - news

Oil palm companies in Indonesia are being encouraged to start new plantations on degraded soil instead of cleared forest land. In the same project the World Resources Institute (WRI), a US-based...

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The US-based Corporate Responsibility Officer Association, formed in October to represent CSR practitioners in North America, has created a board of governors. Members include Stanley Litow,...

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Audra Jones has been appointed Americas director for the International Business Leaders’ Forum. Jones will be responsible for opening an IBLF office in New York.  

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Kathrin Bohr has joined the US-based sustainability consultancy Intertek as its new sustainability advisory services director. Bohr spent five years in Toronto as managing director of Canadian...

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Gideon Middleton has been appointed interim corporate responsibility manager for the home improvement retail group Kingfisher. Middleton joins Kingfisher from Wincanton, the UK supply chain...

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Two Tomorrows has been unveiled as the name for the CSR consultancy formed by the merger of Csrnetwork and Sd3 ( EP 10, issue 7, p6 ). The group holding company, Two Tomorrows Group, will be...

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The UK Social Investment Forum has re-branded itself as ‘UKSIF – the sustainable investment and finance association’, with a new logo and website. Its name has been changed...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

‘Now, more than ever, firms need to report’ - news

EP talks to Global Reporting Initiative chief executive Ernst Ligteringen about sustainability reporting in an economic downturn – and other pressing matters. EP: How might...

To make real progress we need better leaders - news

Technology can help us transform the world, but commitment is lacking at the top, says Mark Lee Not so long ago I was at the miraculous green space that is The Eden Project – an...

Powerful retailers unveil a code for all seasons - news

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

$300bn fund examines Gaza holdings - news

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

A picture of happiness: CSR practitioners in their place of work - news

People working in corporate responsibility appear to be ‘overwhelmingly happy’ with their lot, according to the latest annual CSR salary survey. The study, to be released at the...

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...

Wal-Mart sets up skills centre in Punjab - news

A retail training unit has been established by an Indian subsidiary of Wal-Mart to improve the work-related skills of people living in the Indian Punjab. Bharti Wal-Mart Private has teamed...

PetroChina under fire over Darfur - news

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

Rag-picker business is recognised - news

A young businessman from Hyderabad in India who specializes in plastic bag recycling has become the Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 in the UK’s prestigious Prince’s Youth Business...

Starbucks helps Asian social entrepreneurs - news

A Philippines organization providing microfinance loans to unemployed young people and a programme in Pakistan that combats violence against women are to receive help from multinational coffee...

Intel backs training in India - news

Intel has gone into partnership with the US State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA) to provide information technology skills and development training for teachers in...

Dole and Freeport expand scholarship programme - news

The Dole Food Company in the Philippines and PT Freeport Indonesia have formed partnerships with the US Department of State to expand the department’s English Access Microscholarship...

Business gets advice on how to treat lower castes - news

The International Dalit Solidarity Network has published the Dalit Discrimination Check, a tool to guide companies in preventing discrimination and exploitation of people considered to be of low...

New initiative helps companies provide disaster relief - news

A website has been set up to help non-governmental organizations in Asia obtain corporate help for disaster relief efforts. The Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN was introduced in...

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Green Alliance has appointed Thomas Lingard to its new post of deputy director. Lingard joins the sustainable development think-tank on a two-year secondment from Unilever, where he specialised...

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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...

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Julia Kilbourne joins the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative next month as project manager. She moves from the Ethical Tea Partnership, also in London, where she was operations manager.

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Chris Gribben has left his position as director of the UK-based Ashridge Centre for Business and Society, where he has worked for ten years, to become an independent researcher and consultant....

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Sander van Eijkern has become the new chief executive of Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), which provides research for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Van Eijkern succeeds SAM founder...

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British corporate responsibility recruitment consultancy Ruston Wheb has joined forces with Hobbs & Towne, a North American business in the same field. The companies have entered a...

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International corporate responsibility consultancy Apco Worldwide is to contribute pro bono support for a new US presidential effort on HIV and Aids. The agency, which has several offices in the...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

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

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

Recessionary winds will blow hard, but they’ll also help us concentrate - news

There’s little doubt that 2009 will be a tough year on many fronts. But how will it be for socially responsible business? Although there’s been a mood of relative optimism in...

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...

Huge deal aims to change face of security industry - news

The world’s second largest private employer has signed an Ethical Employment Partnership with the biggest international grouping of trade unions. The security company G4S, which...

Barclays and Nike place new focus on girl power - news

The multinational companies Barclays and Nike have separately committed themselves to projects aimed at boosting the self-esteem and prospects of girls in the developing world. Barclays has...

Tourism gets global code - news

A coalition of 32 tourism trade organizations and companies has announced criteria to guide members on reviewing their social and environmental impacts. The bodies and businesses, which...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

Alcoa chairman gets Asia award - news

Alain Belda, chairman of the aluminium company Alcoa, has been given an environmental award by the Asia Society, the US institution dedicated to educating Americans about Asia and fostering...

Barclays supports Indian slum dwellers - news

Adolescent Indian girls in a Mumbai slum and in three districts of rural Maharashtra will benefit from a partnership between Barclays Bank and Unicef to give mentoring and provide microfinance...

Body Shop raises Aids awareness - news

Body Shop has collaborated with the Brunei Darussalam Aids Council at a shopping mall in Gadong to raise awareness of the disease. People were encouraged to wear anything red to show their...

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Greg Radford has been appointed to the new post of environment and social development director at the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private sector arm. Radford, a...

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John Turner, formally group head of corporate responsibility for British Nuclear Fuels, has set up Constructive Interactions, a consultancy that helps organizations build and maintain trust.

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Pamela Zielinski has become head of sustainability in the business services division of construction company Carillion. She moves from Ethitas CSR Solutions consultancy.

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Lois Williams has joined the broadcaster Sky as a corporate responsibility advisor from the UK property company Capital & Regional, where she was responsible business manager.

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Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, has announced the appointment of two senior investment research analysts – Amanda Young and Laura Aarnio. Young joins...

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Richard Foulerton has joined Allianz Insurance UK as corporate social responsibility manager, working on the development of Alianz’s CSR agenda and strategy. He was previously in the...

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

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

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

Balfour Beatty makes strides on accident rates - news

The engineering and construction multinational Balfour Beatty reduced its accident frequency rate by 16 per cent last year. The latest corporate responsibility report of the...

Call for new ethical label to cover third world - news

Companies should be offered a new way of labelling ‘ethical’ goods that benefit people in the developing world, a think tank has recommended. The London-based Overseas...

Mobile firm aims to be catalyst on poverty goals - news

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

Vodafone consistency brings ranking reward - news

Vodafone has regained the top spot in the annual Accountability rating of the world’s 100 largest corporations. It was previously placed first in 2006. The 2008 rating was compiled...

Responsible business world loses two visionaries - news

Two US pioneers of responsible business – Joan Bavaria and Ed Burke – have died. Bavaria, who died aged 65 after a long battle with cancer, was the co-founder of US-based...

Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospel - news

As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance , died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and...

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A members’ club for individuals working in the field of sustainability has opened in London. Initial honorary members of The Hub Kings Cross include John Elkington, founder of...

The buying game - news

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

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

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

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

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

Pharmaceuticals sector guidelines pass the UN test - news

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

Trio accused of failing indigenous people - news

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

AA1000 takes on a new, more detailed, look - news

A new version of the AA1000 Assurance Standard was unveiled last month. The standard, used by assurers as a guide to verifying sustainability reports and by companies to guide their...

iPod lure reels in readers - news

A global bank is testing some novel ways to increase readership of its annual sustainability review, including a prize draw for staff to win iPod players. Standard Chartered, with 75,000...

Pepsi steps up Asian water commitment - news

Pepsi’s charitable arm has announced major new grants to provide access to safe water and sanitation for people in rural areas of Bangladesh and India. The grants, totalling $7.6...

Telstra in volunteering push - news

The social foundation of the Australian communications group Telstra is to give A$400,000 ($248,000, £159,000) in grants to community organizations. Under its Community Connection...

GRI gets base in Australia - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), creator of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting guidelines, is establishing an Australian base at the St James Ethics Centre in...

Healthcare company backs Indian dialysis - news

A dialysis clinic has been opened in India by Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a non-profit organization set up by DaVita, a US provider of kidney care products and services....

Odegard tackles child labour in Nepal - news

The US carpet design company Odegard is to further its policy of addressing child labour in Nepal’s carpet industry with a working capital loan from RSF Social Finance, a non-profit...

Standard Chartered combats Aids in Bangladesh - news

Representatives from Standard Chartered Bank and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAids) in Bangladesh have signed an agreement to create a business coalition on HIV/AIDS in the...

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Weber Shandwick has made Chad Boettcher senior vice-president of corporate responsibility in its New York office. He was previously with Nike, where he was corporate responsibility global...

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Nick Bell has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assistant director in its sustainability and climate change team. He was previously a senior manager at GoodCorporation.

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Nili Safavi has become corporate responsibility consultant at DNV, specializing in the assurance and verification of CSR reports.

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Helen Turner has joined RWE npower as a fundraising co-ordinator for its Health through Warmth scheme, set up to raise funds to provide vulnerable people with heating and insulation in their...

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Global vehicle glass repair and replacement company Belron has appointed Jason van Zuydam as environment manager. He joins from Avis-Europe where he was corporate responsibility manager, and...

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Bill Eyres has joined the mobile phone company O2 as head of corporate responsibility after seven years at The Body Shop, where he was in the same role. He replaces Charlotte Wolff, who left to...

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US-based Campbell Soup Company has appointed David Stangis as vice-president of corporate social responsibility, a new position for the business ( EP10, issue 2, p5 ). Stangis joins from Intel,...

Investors rediscover the joys of negative screening - news

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

Corporate social responsibility and the global financial crisis - news

The credit crunch has exposed one of the greatest pieces of corporate social irresponsibility ever. It has revealed flaws not only in the banks, regulators and other actors directly involved,...

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...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

Mobile firms aim to limit children’s access to content - news

Six mobile phone operators may tighten a set of voluntary measures to protect young people from inappropriate online material. The companies – Orange, O2, T-Mobile, 3, Virgin Mobile...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

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Sally Britton has left the consultancy TwentyFifty to start a new company, Sally Britton Consulting, providing corporate responsibility consultancy and training.

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Construction company HBG has strengthened its corporate social responsibility team with two appointments. Jesse Putzel has been recruited as climate change manager, while Kate Wilcox becomes...

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Gillian Foster has been appointed manager of the Centre for Responsible Business of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Before moving to Dubai, Foster was the sustainable development...

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US-based Business for Social Responsibility has appointed a leadership team for its Europe office in Paris. Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen became managing director in Europe this month,...

The Difference Makers - news

Sandra Waddock. Paperback. 320 pages. Greenleaf Publishing. £21.95 . Who makes a difference? And how do they do it? This book is Sandra Waddock’s answer to these questions....

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....

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

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

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

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

EU feels child labour heat - news

The European Union has been urged to ensure that its support for any European company through trade missions and subsidies be withdrawn if the business is found to be using child labour in its...

Business resists pressure over its Zimbabwe links - news

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

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Satyam sets up Indian healthcare initiative - news

A programme to deliver ‘world-class’ healthcare to remote villages in India has been set up by Satyam Computer Services, a global consulting and information technology company....

Business not trusted on climate change - news

Barely a fifth of Australian consumers trust international companies, local businesses or their government to give accurate global warming information. However, 68 per cent trust scientists and...

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A consultancy specializing in ethical trade has been set up in the UK and Kenya. The company has been co-founded by Annie Tiranti, who has spent the past two years providing consultancy work for...

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Sustainable Asset Management, based in Switzerland, has appointed Roman Binder as chief operating officer and as a member of its executive committee. Binder is a former chief of staff at Credit...

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Societe Generale's corporate and investment banking division has created a corporate social responsibility department to be headed by Eric May, who will produce action plans on sustainable...

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California-based Business for Social Responsibility has opened an office in New York to cover the eastern US. Managing director Kara Hartnett Hurst will relocate from the San Francisco...

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Ramon Arratia has been appointed European sustainability director at carpet manufacturer InterfaceFlor, based in London. Arratia was previously senior corporate responsibility manager at...

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

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

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

Pension funds are increasingly seeking to reflect long term sustainability considerations in their investment strategies, Jane Goodland tells Mike Scott The Watson Wyatt consultancy,...

Travel patterns slow to change - news

Hardly any British business people reduced their travelling during 2007, even though many of their companies have clear policies on cutting business miles. Research by Barclaycard Business...

Arab world gets CSR body - news

Queen Rania of Jordan has formed an Arab Sustainability Leadership Group to promote corporate responsibility across the Middle East. She has already chaired the first meeting of the body, which...

Steel giant signs safety deal - news

The world's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has signed a deal with trade unions to improve the company's health and safety standards. Under the agreement, said to be a steel...

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...

Fund will combat climate change - news

The Asian Development Bank is establishing a fund with an initial $40million (£20.2m) to slow climate change trends and make it possible for the Asia Pacific region to adapt to the...

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Catherine Howarth is to become CEO of FairPensions, the campaign for responsible investment in the pensions industry, on 28 July. At present director of the West London Citizens campaign group,...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed head of group corporate responsibility and environment at ITV, the UK’s largest advertising funded broadcaster. He was previously group environment...

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Doughty Hanson, one of Europe’s largest independent private equity companies, has given Adam Black responsibility for internal sustainability issues. Black, who joins from KPMG, where he...

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Sonja Vermeulen has replaced Halina Ward as director of the business and sustainable development programme at the International Institute for Environment and Development think-tank. Vermeulen...

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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,...

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A ‘fair trade’ agency has been founded for developing world photographers. Majority World, which will specialize in selling pictures taken by people born and working in Africa, Asia...

Numbers are nice, but words are always our best friends - news

The use of statistics and numerical data is no substitute for a written explanation, says Roger Cowe A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words (although as a former journalist I...

XBRL: the new answer to questionnaire fatigue? - news

A new system for managing financial information should make it easier for readers of sustainability reports to extract the data they want. EP looks at how it will work What is XBRL?...

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

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

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...

CSR is toughing out the slowdown – for now - news

The corporate responsibility recruitment market appears to be largely unaffected by the growing economic difficulties worldwide, although the picture is mixed. With some recruitment areas,...

Higgs praised for vital role in Bitc’s early days - news

Business in the Community has paid tribute to Sir Derek Higgs, who has died aged 64, for the ‘pivotal’ role he played in establishing the organization. Sir Derek is better known...

Index spotlights firms that cater for base of pyramid - news

A new index has been created to recognize companies whose products, services and outlook concentrate on the needs of poor people in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Opportunities for...

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...

IBM high-fliers get an exclusive volunteering scheme - news

IBM has set up a programme that it likens to an in-house version of the US Peace Corps, through which ‘high-potential’ employees will use their skills to aid emerging nations....

SRI backers fail to change pensions Bill - news

The UK government has defeated a parliamentary move to introduce socially responsible investment principles into its future plans for national pensions. The shadow pensions minister...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

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

high fliers given CSR role - news

An international bank has asked some of its high-flying executives to come up with views on the key social and environmental issues the company is likely to face in the future. Standard...

Ericsson moves in to cut deaths and help economy - news

Mobile phone company Ericsson has begun a partnership with a rival African firm that aims to save the lives of fishermen on the world’s second-largest inland lake. The Swedish multinational is...

mutual funds under fire - news

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

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Liz Edwards has been hired as corporate programmes director at the European Academy of Business in Society. The new role will focus on improving member services and acting as a bridge between...

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Penny Newman stepped down as chief executive of the Fairtrade hot drinks company Cafedirect last month. She will be replaced by Anne MacCaig, who has held senior positions with Dove, Persil and...

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Lord Browne of Madingley, the former BP chief executive, has joined Sustainable Forestry Management, a group of companies that makes money by trading carbon dioxide emission credits and offsets.

NGOs must target Joe Public to make change happen - news

Challenging companies is fine, but the brave next step is to take on consumers, says Blake Lee-Harwood If the last few decades of the environmental debate have been owned by...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

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

Villagers sue energy firms - news

A village in Alaska is suing 20 companies on the grounds that they have altered the climate, forcing residents to abandon their homes. The 400 people of the coastal village of Kivalina are...

Businesses fail to get message across to graduates - news

Many companies are throwing away the chance to hire quality staff because they fail to mention their business’s ethical credentials. Communications consultancy Edelman says companies...

Former ambassador becomes Japanese CSR head at JP Morgan - news

The financial services group JPMorgan has appointed Christopher J. LaFleur, the former US ambassador to Malaysia, as its head of corporate responsibility for Japan. LaFleur has previously...

Responsible business in Micronesia gets blog - news

A blog section on socially responsible business in Micronesia has been added to a website run by Catalyst, a London company that takes business people to other countries to study social...

Chinese labour law ‘bedding down’ - news

China’s new labour law is beginning to take hold, despite some business opposition, Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive of the Fair Labor Association, has concluded after an...

Appeal for release of ethical auditor - news

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

Telstra tackles internet bullying - news

A programme has been set up to reduce the bullying and harassment of children who use mobile phones and the internet in Australia. The Telstra Foundation, the charity arm of...

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John Elkington and Gilbert Lenssen have been appointed visiting professors at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. Elkington is...

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Ryoichi Ueda has been appointed chief sustainability officer for Mitsubishi Corporation’s North America operations. The role is added to his position as the region’s chief executive.

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Amnesty International UK has appointed its first transparency and accountability manager. Simone Pereira will be responsible for the pressure group’s in-house corporate responsibility...

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Neil Willings has joined the UK supply chain management consultancy Achilles as managing director of its newly established assessment services business. Willings moves from SGS Group, where he...

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Ed Blamey has moved from his post as European sustainability director at the flooring company Interface to become socially responsible investment research manager for Jupiter Asset Management....

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The UK’s corporate social responsibility minister, Stephen Timms, has left the post after only six months to become minister of state for employment and welfare reform at the Department...

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In the February 2008 issue we said that Charlotte Wolff would be in charge of Arcelor Mittal’s corporate responsibility team, but the four strong unit is actually headed by vice president...

Lawyers can do it, so why not other business professionals? - news

Legal firms are showing the way on pro bono work – and more of us should follow, says Aaron Hurst While it can sometimes be tempting to criticize lawyers, there’s one area in...

The power of unreasonable people - news

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

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

Wikipedia spat rumbles on - news

Disagreements over the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ on the internet reference site Wikipedia remain unresolved more than a year after the entry was nominated to be...

PGGM will divest from PetroChina - news

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

Activist fund manager dies - news

Alastair Ross Goobey, a prominent British fund manager who consistently campaigned for greater corporate accountability, has died aged 62. Ross Goobey started his career at Kleinwort Benson...

Bitc prepares for new era as Cleverdon steps aside - news

Julia Cleverdon, one of the UK’s most prominent figures in corporate social responsibility, stepped down this month from her post as head of Business in the Community. Cleverdon was...

Chevron is first ‘corporate champion’ - news

The oil corporation Chevron is to give $30million (£15.4m) over three years to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Chevron is making the donation through the...

Trio team up on disasters - news

Three logistics companies are to work alongside the United Nations on emergency responses to large-scale natural disasters. Agility Logistics, TNT and UPS will collaborate with the UN...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

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Thomas Krick has left the AccountAbility think-tank, where he was a senior adviser, to work as a freelance consultant.

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Rob Tacon, Standard Chartered’s head of group risk management, is the new chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative for two years. He succeeds Martin...

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Gareth Llewellyn has left the UK-based utility group National Grid, where he was global corporate responsibility director. He has not been directly replaced but Joseph Kwasnik has been appointed...

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Peter Lacy has become head of the sustainability practice at Accenture for Europe, Africa and Latin America. Lacy will spend a tenth of his time working for the European Academy of Business in...

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Charlotte Wolff has been appointed to the new post of corporate responsibility manager at Arcelor Mittal. She will be part of a four-strong team, headed by vice president Remi Boyer, at the...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

Wal-Mart has published its long-awaited first sustainability report. US-based reporting specialist Kathee Rebernak provides some thoughts on its scope and value Wal-Mart’s inaugural...

Studies present business case - news

Examples of emerging market businesses that have gained a commercial advantage by taking account of their social and environmental impacts have been collected by the private sector arm of the...

Tesco bows to pressure over Uzbekistani cotton - news

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

Sainsbury’s and BT use prince’s model - news

A supermarket chain and a telecoms company are to use a new social reporting framework devised by audit and accounting specialists brought together by the Prince of Wales. Sainsbury’s...

Kenyan conflict disrupts supply chain inspections - news

Civil and political unrest in Kenya has led to the suspension of some social auditing programmes in the country until further notice. Kenya, which is the location for several ethical supply...

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

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

Drug firms to be ranked on access to medicines - news

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

Alcan rewards poverty group - news

The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in northern India has been awarded the 2007 $1million (£503,000) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize, given...

From Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 - news

The news that the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Business Network will help companies across the UK compete for London 2012 business opportunities is a welcome announcement. In my position as Chair...

Dole Thailand takes CSR accolade - news

Dole Thailand, part of the huge Dole Food Company, the worldwide producer of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, has received the 2007 Grand Winner Award and a 2007 Excellence Award from US...

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Standard Life is to fund the appointment of a welfare rights officer for three years at the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland as part of the Edinburgh-based insurance company's...

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One in three British employees do not consider their employers treat them 'fairly', according to a new Fairness Index survey of more than 1000 individuals at all company levels commissioned by...

how to put your case in the YouTube era - news

With some social networking websites becoming more influential than traditional media, how can companies respond when their reputations are attacked online? If there's one key feature of the...

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

A long track record of assessing companies on sustainability criteria has enabled Swiss bank ZKB to win new institutional business, Robert Hauser tells Mike Scott SRI and Swiss banks do not, at...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

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

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...

CBI issues 'call to arms' on climate change crisis - news

The chief lobbying organization for large businesses in the UK has for the first time pledged itself unequivocally to playing a major role in mitigating climate change. The Confederation of...

small agencies join forces - news

Nineteen British 'boutique' consultancies have joined forces to market their corporate social responsibility services. The firms, none of which has more than 10 staff, have come together in an...

Bill paves way for banks to give to charity - news

A Bill has been introduced in the UK parliament that will make it easier for banks and building societies to hand over money in dormant accounts to finance community projects. The Dormant Bank...

listening approach improves performance - news

Corporate community investment programmes are becoming more effective because companies are now listening to the people who are intended to benefit from them. The Charities Aid Foundation, which...

delay hits ISO standard - news

The development of an ISO social responsibility standard has fallen further behind schedule after a meeting in Austria decided that the current draft was not yet ready to be taken to the next...

don’t let the moralists lead you into a philosophical quagmire - news

Arriving at a socially responsible position is what matters, not how we get there, says Gerry Hagelberg I don’t beat my wife. Is that because: (a) I love her? (b) I abhor violence? (c) She’d...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

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

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...

fund managers fail transparency test - news

Three-quarters of the largest UK fund managers fail to disclose publicly any SRI policies, even though many have them. A survey by the FairPensions group found that of the top 20 largest managers...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

Commercial investors can achieve greater returns on their property investments by considering and acting on social and environmental issues than by ignoring them, a new study reports. Research by...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

The US government has made a rare direct foray into the world of corporate responsibility by providing $2million (£960,000) to improve labour standards and practices in Latin America. The grant,...

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...

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

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

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

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

UPS gives $1m backing to micro-credit - news

Loans for poor entrepreneurs in 15 countries, including China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines, are to be provided from a $1million grant package provided by UPS, the US-based package delivery...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

Many of the less developed economies in the Asia Pacific region need global support to plug the biggest gaps, even though governments and business there have generally made progress towards the...

Vodafone steps in to help India - news

The Vodafone Group is to set up the Vodafone India Foundation with an initial injection of $10million (£4.85m) to offer social and educational aid. This decision is in line with the group’s...

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...

we need a force of partisans to create sustainable business - news

Committed staff working as agents of change can make a big difference, argues Malcolm McIntosh Those who openly question company policy in areas affecting costs, profitability and traditional...

the fault lines in corporate social responsibility have been revealed - news

The crisis at Northern Rock is an exposure of corporate social responsibility. The UK’s fifth largest mortgage provider had to be bailed out by the Bank of England in order to fulfil its most...

Deutsche Post signs up to child mortality programme - news

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

Facebook generation puts firms in the dock - news

The increasing use of internet chat groups to challenge the behaviour of companies was highlighted last month when campaigning against potato crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods flared up on the...

pharmaceuticals firms cogitate on human rights guidance - news

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

leadership role is ‘asking too much’ - news

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

private equity firms fare poorly on ethics codes - news

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

Greenpeace director accentuates the positive - news

The head of one of the world’s most influential pressure groups has declared that he now recognizes the worth of corporate responsibility. Gerd Leipold, executive director of Greenpeace...

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...

venture fund delivers a social return - news

A venture capital company formed to support social projects has raised £75million ($150m) for its second community development venture fund. UK-based Bridges Ventures had hoped to reach £50m, but...

Yahoo and MSN agree to blogger restrictions - news

Yahoo and MSN are among internet companies to have signed new Chinese government guidelines that ‘encourage’ them to register and store the real names, addresses and other details of bloggers....

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...

Posco offers resettlement deal - news

The Korean steel corporation Posco has offered an assured market for dried fish to about 140 fishing families who will be displaced if they sell their land for a new plant in the Jagatsinghpur...

Asia-wide bank scheme to boost SRI - news

A bank programme promoting best practice and sustainable investment in the pensions industry in the Far East is to be headed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia...

inbrief - news

AOL has begun to trial the UK’s first free subtitling service for deaf people watching television programmes or listening to music online. The trial, which is part of the web portal company’s...

inbrief - news

An online network has been set up for Danish people working in corporate responsibility. CSR Denmark is similar to the CSR Chicks/Blokes networks.

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

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

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

British Land takes sustainability message on the road - news

The property company British Land is using a roadshow to bring sustainability advice to shoppers and office workers at its UK developments. The touring exhibition seeks to raise awareness of...

awards focus shifts to views of report readers - news

A new set of sustainability reporting awards will be introduced next year based on the decisions of report readers, not a judging panel. The Readers’ Choice Awards are co-ordinated by the Global...

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

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

FoE disappoints Sky by ending its campaign bid - news

Friends of the Earth has pulled out of a bid to become BSkyB’s charity partner after an internal dispute at the pressure group over whether the partnership would have been acceptable. FoE was one...

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

Flag closes down its US base - news

The communications consultancy Flag has closed its US office and will service clients from Britain. Flag, which has Chevron, Ford and Wal-Mart among its North American clients, said that closure...

senior trio take over at IBLF in wake of founder’s death - news

Three senior managers are to jointly lead the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) after the death of founder and chief executive Robert Davies. Adrian Hodges, Mike Patterson and Ros...

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...

transparency would expose speculators’ ill-gotten gains - news

Public disclosure of fund managers’ bonuses would help counter short-termism, says Simon Zadek The recent turmoil in the financial markets spells disaster for the real owners of capital,...

BBC switches from CSR to ‘outreach’ - news

The BBC has replaced its in-house CSR Centre with a department called BBC Outreach. The change reflects the corporation’s decision to avoid regular use of the term CSR, which had been...

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...

bank decides to help young people in care - news

HSBC is to offer apprenticeships and training in management techniques to young people in care as part of a £305million ($610m) UK government programme. The bank became involved following...

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

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

inbrief - news

Investment bank Morgan Stanley has introduced an $108million (£54m) bond that will finance loans to people running small businesses in developing countries. BlueOrchard, a Swiss company...

Black Gold - news

Independent film. Cert: U. 78 mins, dir: Nick & Marc Francis www.blackgoldmovie.com This well-constructed but sometimes woolly documentary is a call to arms for fair trade in the coffee...

publisher quits arms fairs - news

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

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

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

Fidelity sells shares as Sudan campaign bites - news

Pressure from US activists appears to have prompted Fidelity Investments, the world’s largest mutual fund company, to sell a sizeable chunk of its stake in PetroChina, which has significant...

‘time for leaders to back CSR laws’, says inquiry - news

Leading companies in the CSR field should begin pushing governments to introduce national regulation on corporate responsibility that will bring laggards up to standard, according to the findings...

68 per cent growth in complaints at BP - news

Employee complaints about possible legal infractions at BP rose by two-thirds last year in the wake of some major health and safety incidents. The oil multinational’s latest sustainability report...

Ernst & Young increases CSR numbers - news

Ernst & Young is to expand its in-house corporate responsibility programme in the UK by creating a new full-time post within each of its four UK business units. The new recruits will work...

brevity on bribery puts BAE in verifier’s firing line - news

BAE Systems has been criticized by its external assurers for failing to provide enough information in its corporate responsibility report on allegations of bribery and corruption within the...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

Ashoka gets $1m boost - news

Ashoka, the world’s largest association of social entrepreneurs with bases in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America, has received $1.1million (£553,000) from the...

Chinese executives not doing enough on global warming - news

Most Chinese senior executives appear to be looking at the impact of global warming on their businesses but 77 per cent to lack a defined energy policy to deal with it, according to a new survey....

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

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

inbrief - news

Nominations are being sought for people to sit on the 60-strong stakeholder council of the Global Reporting Initiative, which guides the Amsterdam-based body’s policy. Twenty vacancies have...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

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

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

Two more recruitment agencies have entered the increasingly crowded UK market. Arc Vision and Dangerfield Executive Search join eight other agencies in the UK alone that offer CSR executive...

market at the base of the pyramid put at $5trillion - news

Companies developing products for sale to some of the world’s poorest people are opening up a market worth as much as $5trillion (£2.5tn) a year. The figure appears in the first study to...

Coca-Cola signs water partnership - news

Coca-Cola has signed an agreement with the Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to collaborate on projects to improve community access to water and sanitation in India and Nepal....

inbrief - news

Chemicals company Bayer is teaming up with the World Health Organization to provide free drugs to combat chagas disease in Latin America for the next five years. Chagas is a potentially fatal...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

EP talks to the Conservative party’s Jonathan Djanogly about the state of his party’s policies on corporate responsibility – and why the CSR minister post may be old hat It’s not often the...

online access to chief exec proves a hit - news

British Land says it has stimulated greater interest in its annual CSR report by giving stakeholders the opportunity to question its chief executive directly. The UK-based property company...

British Gas sets up green-tinged offshoot - news

British Gas has set up a free-standing business to lead the company’s efforts to provide low-carbon products and services to customers. The business, British Gas New Energy, will show...

How honesty pays - news

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

MEPs challenge the EC to deliver the goods - news

The European Commission’s big idea on corporate responsibility – the creation of a Europe-wide federation of companies called the European Alliance for CSR – has been attacked by members of the...

Kellogg’s makes cereal packets a ‘social marketing’ tool - news

The Kellogg’s food company is to use the space on packets of its breakfast cereals as a ‘social marketing’ vehicle to promote healthy living in Britain. The company, whose brands include...

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...

Indian local government office goes down SA8000 route - news

A local government office in the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh State, India, has gained SA8000 certification, the standard that assesses organizations on labour conditions, union rights and...

Abbott Laboratories offers cheap drugs in Thailand - news

The price of the antiretroviral drug Kaletra, used in HIV and Aids treatment, has been reduced in Thailand after negotiations between the US manufacturer Abbott Laboratories and the Thai...

Asian Development Bank backs enterprise - news

A grant of $1million (£520,000) has been promised by the Asian Development Bank’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to improve the livelihood of poor farmers and disadvantaged groups in eastern...

inbrief - news

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

bringing audits in-house is not the answer to supply chain woes - news

Reading the latest report on ethical trade auditing from the Ethical Trade Initiative (see analysis ) companies might be forgiven for throwing their hands up in despair. A bleak picture emerges...

Danone asks shareholders to back social fund - news

The French food group Danone is to invite its shareholders to use their dividends to create a business development fund for social causes. Danone will present the proposal for shareholder...

Blood Diamonds - news

Warner Brothers film.Cert: 15. 143 mins. dir: Edward Zwick Senior executives in the diamond industry will be mightily relieved that this much-hyped Hollywood film fails to land much more...

paper reports get new life as web shows limitations - news

Signs are emerging that printed non-financial reports are making a comeback after a period of company experimentation with web-only publication. GlaxoSmithKline, BT and Hewlett Packard are...

marketing execs urged to climb aboard CSR train - news

Marketing executives are being urged to take much greater account of corporate responsibility. The marketing specialists’ professional body, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, has told...

Japanese sustainability course proves popular - news

More than 100 students have enrolled on a lecture programme started by the non-governmental organization Japan for Sustainability. The programme, which will be run for four years by Japan for...

China to train business leaders in ethics - news

Senior officials of the Chinese government and administrators from the country’s leading business schools have combined to create a far-reaching responsible business project. The aim of the...

Telstra supports disadvantaged children - news

Grants worth Aus$1.8million (£723,000) over three years have been announced by the Telstra Foundation, a children’s aid group set up by the Australian telecoms company Telstra. The money...

Deloitte sets up safe water project - news

A 12-month corporate-backed programme to bring safe water to neglected communities will target Bangladesh, China, India and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The programme...

Chinese politician puts down CSR marker - news

Further signs that the Chinese authorities are beginning to get to grips with the CSR agenda have come from a leading lawmaker in the Beijing government, who has attacked companies that blindly...

Heat: how to stop the planet burning - news

George Monbiot. Allen Lane. 278 pages. Hardback. £17.99 How do you like your gurus? I like mine well informed, brilliantly visionary and humble. Veteran environmental campaigner George...

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

GRI hits back over gripes about world domination - news

Senior figures at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have defended their organization from criticism that it is becoming too commercial and too dominant in the sustainability reporting field....

M&S sets the pace in the supermarket sector - news

Marks & Spencer has produced an ambitious 100-point five-year plan on social and environmental issues that, among other things, aims to 'set new standards' in ethical trading and promote a...

loan for Sakhalin II project bites the dust - news

A high-profile loan sought by the business consortium developing the controversial Sakhalin II oil pipeline in Russia has failed to be approved by the European Bank for Reconstruction and...

Nissan unveils carbon reduction plan - news

Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is the main theme of the newly announced Nissan Green Programme 2010, which is intended to achieve the Japanese car maker’s ideals of ‘symbiosis of people,...

Nokia upgrades tsunami work - news

The mobile phone maker Nokia has introduced training projects to assist young people in finding jobs or setting up small businesses in areas of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka that were devastated...

inbrief - news

Dutch electronics company Philips is to support a project to develop and then market technology that will bring lighting to the world’s 1.6 billion people without access to electricity. It will...

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...

the ICCA handbook on corporate social responsibility - news

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

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

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

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

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

see NGOs as allies, not enemies, firms told - news

American companies have been urged to regard campaigns by non-governmental organizations as ‘early warning systems’ of trouble ahead rather than as a thorn in their side. Rachel Thompson,...

Trans Bay pays out on trafficking - news

A total of $1.4million (£715,000) is being paid to welders brought from Thailand to the US and trapped in a trafficking racket. One worker believed he was going to the US, the ‘fairytale...

ANZ scheme helps thousands - news

A study has found that thousands of Australians have improved their money management in the past year with the aid of MoneyMinded, an adult financial education programme developed by the...

business tackles Pakistan poverty - news

A business partnership has been formed in Pakistan to create jobs, encourage training and improve living standards for women and young people in poor rural areas. Dairy industry executives...

Malaysia goes by the book on CSR - news

A book is to be issued by the Malaysian government to guide government-linked companies in practising effective CSR. The publication, to be called the Silver Book, is part of a series...

ADB supports water projects - news

The Asian Development Bank is to double its annual investment in water provision and management to more than $2billion (£1.04bn). The decision follows an estimate from the Asia Water Watch 2015...

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

Nine investment banks have formed the Interbank Accessibility Group to 'develop best practice in the employment of disabled people'. They are Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Credit Suisse,...

social auditors and companies must seize an historic opportunity - news

Sometimes the old can learn from the young. Compared with century-old financial auditing, social auditing is a pup, a distinct discipline only since the 1970s. Yet, though still felt to be...

recruitment company uses its skills to help refugees - news

Manpower is to use its internal training and education services to support schooling in refugee sites. The US-based employment services company announced at the end of October that it will...

alliance aims to raise the quality of debate - news

An attempt to counteract 'lazy thinking' on CSR among academics and business people is to be made by a UK business school and a global supply chain management company. The Saïd Business...

response to disasters 'must be longer term' - news

Companies involved in disaster relief have been advised to put their efforts into long-term recovery rather than providing immediate assistance. The suggestion comes from the Center for...

Alcan makes new pledges on indigenous peoples - news

Canadian aluminium multinational Alcan has introduced an indigenous peoples policy at its 440 sites worldwide. The document, covering just two pages, states principles rather than specifics,...

football clubs need to reassess gambling links - news

Sponsorship deals with online gambling sites are putting teams at reputational risk, argues Lisa Buchan Britons wager close to £50billion ($97bn) a year, and online betting...

US bank takes world view on CSR policies - news

Bank of America is to extend its CSR programmes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bank is creating a new senior post of CSR project officer to cover the three regions. The appointee,...

fresh script is needed for future on the big stage - news

The respective roles of business, government and civil society are becoming less clearly demarcated, says David Boyle It isn’t easy being a CSR professional these days. I’m not one myself,...

glass is half full for upbeat SRI evangelist - news

EP talks to Robert Rubinstein, founder of this month’s Triple Bottom Line Investing conference, about the progress of socially responsible investment There are very few must-attend...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

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

Brandix makes progress on water project - news

Water is to be laid on within three years by Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, to villages where its workers live. Brandix surveyed its 18,000 employees and found 900 were...

Standard Chartered boosts microfinance - news

Standard Chartered is setting aside $500million (£266m) over five years to provide development organizations and fund managers with credit and technical assistance to support microfinance...

Vietnam gets youth careers initiative - news

Vietnam is among the countries to which the International Business Leaders’ Forum is to extend its Youth Career Initiative, a project that equips young people for the hotel and tourism trade. The...

inbrief - news

Only one in five people in Ireland can name a company they consider to be a good all-round performer on social and environmental issues. An Ipsos Mori poll of 1002 people commissioned by Business...

Fortune 500 show willing on human rights agenda - news

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

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

bank sets out action plan on aborigines - news

A 'reconciliation action plan' to improve ANZ bank's relationship with Australian aboriginal people is to be drawn up by the end of this year. In a 'statement of commitment to reconciliation...

hair-raising tales have no basis in fact, say retailers - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online chat...

Microsoft helps Asian women entrepreneurs - news

Developing nations in the Asia-Pacific region are among the countries being targeted by an initiative to help women entrepreneurs in the information technology industry. A pilot of a programme...

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...

China gets business-led Aids scheme - news

A ground-breaking scheme has been started in China to unite businesses and the government in tackling health problems. The China Health Alliance has been formed by the Global Health Initiative of...

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...

firms deny 'unethical' hair sourcing - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online rooms...

Who’s Who guide is updated - news

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

inbrief - news

Time Warner is to develop a code of conduct for suppliers. The global media and entertainment company, which employs about 87,000 people and had a $44billion (£24bn) turnover last year, has formed...

G3 guidelines get go-ahead - news

A final version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines has been approved by its directors. The approval of the so-called G3 guidelines paves the way for...

honesty and directness are key to media hearts - news

How best to communicate corporate responsibility initiatives to journalists has become a hot topic over the past year. EP offers some practical advice on what to do Not so long ago few...

M&S is top dog for second time as awards grow in scope - news

Marks & Spencer has become the first company to win the top accolade for a second time in Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence. The high street retailer won the prestigious...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

building societies make progress - news

British building societies have dramatically increased their CSR activity over the past three years, a study has shown. A review of the corporate responsibility programmes of 42 of the UK’s 62...

responsible lending policy bears fruit - news

The ANZ banking group has reported that 11 per cent fewer customers had their credit card limits increased in the first six months of this year as a result of a responsible lending code it...

A decent factory - news

Thomas Balmes (director). DVD. 79 mins. Produced by Making Movies (see web link below). €150 ($190, £105) The blurb on the case of this newly-available DVD says it is a ‘subtle, classic...

CEOs have accepted a new responsibility - news

Peter Erskine, who became chief executive of mobile phone company O2 in 2001, talks to EP about corporate responsibility as seen from a CEO’s perspective In many ways, O2’s Peter Erskine is...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

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

SRI proponents warned of ‘push back’ - news

Signs are emerging of a possible backlash against socially responsible investment in some quarters, according to a specialist in the field. Stephen Hine, head of international relations at Ethical...

tougher factory audits reveal European failings - news

An upgraded ethical supply chain auditing process now in use by the clothing retailer H&M has uncovered more serious breaches of workplace standards than its old methods – especially in...

ABB fights back on Sudan - news

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

ANZ makes progress on responsible lending - news

The ANZ banking group has reported that 11 per cent fewer customers had their credit card limits increased in the first six months of this year as a result of a responsible lending code it...

new standards for paper group - news

Stora Enso, the huge Finnish-Swedish multinational paper products group, which has acquired 34,000 hectares of land in China's Guangxi province, is linking up with the United Nations Development...

G3 attracts record interest - news

The response to the Global Reporting Initiative’s call for comments on its sustainability reporting guidelines has been ‘overwhelming’, the Amsterdam-based body says. The GRI has received 275...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

pulp mill risks still not being assessed - news

Investors and lenders are storing up trouble by failing to assess adequately the social and environmental risks of pulp mill projects around the world. Five years after weak due diligence played...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

six firms back new drive on volunteering - news

Half a dozen companies have become founding partners in a UK government initiative aimed at creating a million new community volunteers aged between 16 and 25. ITV, KPMG, MTV, Sky, Tesco and...

Chinese city looks at CSR certification - news

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering the introduction of some kind of CSR certification scheme for local companies after concluding that corporate responsibility...

inbrief - news

Nine out of ten people in Britain support the idea of mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies, according to a new poll. The ICM survey of 1001 members of the public found 89 per...

inbrief - news

The pharmaceuticals sector has donated vaccines, equipment, health education and manpower worth at least $4.38billion (£2.5bn) during the past five years, reports the London School of Economics....

row brews over Starbucks’ Guantánamo presence - news

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

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

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

Tate & Lyle wins plaudits for school work - news

Tate & Lyle has won a gold award for its ‘outstanding community involvement’ from the UK-based Food and Drink Federation. The sugar company took the award for its community programme,...

SA8000 to get major revamp - news

A workplace standard used at more than 800 factories worldwide is to be revised this summer. Social Accountability International, which devised the SA8000 ethical standard in 1997, is...

staying put ‘may be best’ - news

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

the Reebok human rights report 2005 - news

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

inbrief - news

Barclays has introduced a third Financial Inclusion Fund for community finance organizations in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. Credit unions and other not-for-profit financial services...

working in CSR? expect to earn £39,700 a year - news

People in management CSR jobs in companies can expect to earn an average of £39,700 ($69,400) a year, an Ethical Performance survey suggests. Data on externally advertised vacancies collected...

DHL delivers skills to voluntary sector - news

Logistics company DHL has started a community initiative in the UK that allows its employees to share their expertise and skills with partner charities. The Skills in Motion programme is going...

inbrief - news

 Job-seekers and graduates now have a website that offers them information on jobs ‘that don’t harm people or planet’. The site will feature case studies on CSR and ethical business practices...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

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

no short cuts when it comes to tackling climate change - news

Planting millions of trees is no morning-after pill for industry’s carbon excesses , argues Jutta Kill Can tree-planting ‘neutralize’ the climate damage caused by the emissions of an...

inbrief - news

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

EDF asks stakeholders to assure its CSR report - news

One of the UK’s largest energy companies has taken the unusual step of asking a group of stakeholders to assure its annual CSR report. EDF Energy, which generates seven per cent of the UK’s...

Asian Development Bank under pressure on Burma - news

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

responsible business practice is not only a company concern - news

Has a battleship invaded corporate social responsibility’s pond? CSR is usually regarded as a private sector concern, mainly engaging large listed companies. The public sector has hardly figured...

Business ethics and the 21st century organization - news

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

Sakhalin II decision could be big test for Equator Principles - news

One of the biggest tests yet is looming for the Equator Principles on ethical project finance lending, following a decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct a...

inbrief - news

Hewlett Packard has opened a ‘digital community centre’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to improve access to technology for some of the city’s most disadvantaged people. HP already has 11 such...

soft drinks firms sign code aimed at fighting obesity - news

European soft drinks manufacturers have for the first time jointly agreed voluntary measures to tackle obesity among young people. Members of the Union of European Beverages Associations...

DLA Piper thinks European - news

International law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has introduced measures to co-ordinate its in-house CSR activities across continental Europe. The global partnership, which has offices in...

PNG firms get workplace Aids guidance - news

A guide has been drawn up by the United Nations Development Programme and the National Aids Secretariat of Papua New Guinea to help companies to develop a workplace policy on HIV and Aids....

Beggars get help from Citigroup - news

Beggars in Bangladesh are to receive interest-free loans from the US bank Citigroup to help them to become self-employed. The loans will come from a $250,000 (£143,000) donation to Grameen...

drugs company moves on earthquake relief - news

A donation of $1million (£560,000) has been made by the GlaxoSmithKline multinational pharmaceuticals company to the South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund. The money is earmarked for...

Indonesian bank joins UN initiative - news

Bank Negara Indonesia, which was restructured in 2004 in an effort to reclaim its position as the country's first bank, has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Finance Initiative...

inbrief - news

MTV’s newly formed global grant-making organization, the Staying Alive Foundation, has disbursed its first cash to 25 groups working for young people in Africa, Asia, eastern Europe and Latin...

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...

The Better Business Game - news

A boxed game available gratis from alison.garner@bt.com Created by BT to introduce social environmental and ethical dilemmas to business school students, company employees and NGO...

a cynic’s view of the Tories’ embrace of corporate social responsibility - news

Imagine, for a moment, that the Conservative Party is a business – a listed company. It has not been performing well since its period of greatness a couple of decades ago, when it dominated the...

O2 generates feedback - news

Thousands of people have provided feedback on mobile phone company O2’s latest corporate responsibility report after it offered to donate £10 ($17.68) to charity for each response it got. O2...

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

palm oil sector addresses social obligations - news

Social impacts of the palm oil industry have been given equal prominence with environmental problems in a set of principles for the sector agreed by dozens of companies around the world....

Barclays works with minibankers to reach African poor - news

Barclays has begun working with traditional banking agents in Ghana as part of a new programme to loan small sums to poor people. The UK-based bank is working with local entrepreneurs, known...

inbrief - news

BT has launched a game that introduces corporate responsibility dilemmas to business school students, company employees and charity workers. The Better Business Game requires players to take on...

a shift in business practices does not require a change of heart - news

When the history of corporate social responsibility is written, 2005 may be remembered not for the furore over the abolition of the Operating and Financial Review, but for the entry of two of the...

Capitalism as if the world matters - news

Jonathon Porritt. Earthscan, £18.99. www.earthscan.co.uk Bleak and inspiring by turns, Jonathon Porritt’s latest book offers reasons for despair and grounds for hope in roughly equal...

how the law of unintended consequences hit Wal-Mart - news

The world’s largest retailer has been too efficient for its own good, argues Milton Moskowitz Isn’t it odd that the people who are screaming at oil companies for gouging motorists at petrol...

Inditex moves to help factory collapse victims - news

Spanish clothing company Inditex is leading a move to set up a ‘solidarity fund’ for victims and families affected by the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last year. Inditex was...

banks and Treasury agree way forward on dormant money - news

UK banks and building societies have finally agreed in principle that unclaimed assets in dormant accounts be redistributed for community projects. The government had been pushing the...

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...

business aid sought for disaster response idea - news

Corporate backing of £30million ($52m) is being sought for a United Nations-supported initiative to build economic capacity in Africa by helping African firms manufacture tents, blankets and...

Morocco embraces CSR - news

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

explorers discover at least 147 different species of CSR - news

There are almost 150 separate types of activity that can be filed under the heading of corporate responsibility, according to the first systematic categorization of the field. A Catalogue of...

Samsung is China’s best CSR performer - news

Samsung China leads Chinese Fortune 500 companies on overall CSR performance according to a new list compiled by Nanfang Weekend, a newspaper in Guangdong, China. Samsung’s score of 69.4 is well...

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...

Hong Kong gets CSR network - news

CSR Hong Kong has been set up as an online network for the discussion of ethical issues. People in Asia, and those interested in Asia, who work in the fields of CSR, sustainable development and...

Bell decides to outsource its community giving - news

Canada's largest telecoms company, Bell Canada, is subcontracting parts of its community investment programme to other organizations. The company has engaged Ottawa-based Carleton University...

best practice urged for Katrina rebuild - news

Companies helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been urged to commit themselves to guidelines on how they should do so in a socially responsible manner. The Katrina...

big business 'needs to move into aid agenda' - news

Efforts to reduce world poverty will not succeed until aid agencies and governments bring business into the equation, according to the Shell Foundation. Its director Kurt Hoffman, who has...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

let’s recognize employees who go beyond call of duty - news

The time is ripe for cross-industry awards that acknowledge staff volunteering, says Scott Keiller Recently I sat on a panel judging the final six nominees for Starbucks UK’s community...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

Companies dig deep for disaster relief - news

Large gifts from corporates and foundations have helped the international aid charity Mercy Corps to expand its disaster relief work in Pakistan and Guatemala. For operations in Pakistan,...

Thai beer company consults stakeholders - news

The Thai Beverage company is to discuss its proposals to become listed on the country's bourse with the leaders of religious and civil society protest groups, which say that the company going...

Singapore businesses form Aids alliance - news

Business leaders in Singapore have teamed up with the health ministry to persuade companies to combat discrimination against employees with HIV and Aids. The main job of the Aids Business...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

From Alan Knight, Head of Standards, AccountAbility - news

In reviewing the recently published exposure draft of AccountAbility’s Stakeholder Engagement Standard ( EP7, issue 6, p10 ), Hilary Sutcliffe makes some useful points. She describes it as...

SRI 'offers business benefits in Asia' - news

Socially and environmentally responsible investments and products offer strong business and job opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, says a new report from the Asian Development Bank....

Asbestos fund to be set up - news

The Japanese government and companies that have used asbestos are to establish a fund to contribute to the medical expenses of people with asbestos-related diseases. The fund will cover...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a corporate responsibility issue for Shell, which has scaled down operations at a fuel depot in the Philippines due to fears from nearby residents that it...

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

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

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

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

Firms in Japan band together in campaign to aid starving people - news

Japanese businesses and individuals are starting a group in October to support the World Food Programme in trying to eradicate hunger in Africa. Uichiro Niwa, chairman of the trading company...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

bank addresses financial exclusion in Australia's indigenous communities - news

Australia & New Zealand Banking and the Australian Government are forming an initiative called MoneyBusiness aimed at promoting money management and a stronger savings culture among...

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

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

inbrief - news

Advertising and public relations agencies are least trusted by the UK public to follow sound social and environmental business practices. In a poll of 500 people, 68 per cent said they do not...

inbrief - news

Sport is the poor relation of corporate responsibility programmes, reports the International Business Leaders Forum. In a paper on sport and business, the forum says only a handful of companies...

sleeping continent needs kick-start to get CSR going - news

Inactivity is the norm in South America when it comes to corporate responsibility, says Oliver Balch When you talk about corporate social responsibility in Europe, people think you're...

new tack for CSR training - news

CSR practitioners are to be offered a new training programme that concentrates on improving their ability to communicate with and influence people. Ashridge business school's Centre for...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

US government does plenty, but has no focus - news

A new analysis of US government programmes has discovered that the Bush administration is doing more on CSR than some people think. The investigation by the Government Accountability Office,...

marketing review board works, says drinks company - news

One of the world’s biggest alcoholic drinks companies has urged other businesses to copy its idea of creating a marketing review board that advises on responsible product marketing. Allied...

banks show little interest in releasing dormant cash - news

UK financial institutions have given a lukewarm response to calls to redirect cash in dormant bank accounts to projects that tackle social and financial deprivation. For two years the UK...

BAT wants end to prohibition of ‘healthier’ tobacco product - news

The world’s second largest tobacco group is to push the European Union to end its ban on an alternative to smoking cigarettes. British American Tobacco believes its tobacco snuff, marketed as...

M&S scheme delivers positive results - news

A third of disadvantaged people who have been on a Marks & Spencer work placement scheme have since found jobs. Statistics in the retailer’s second CSR report show that of 2635 people...

From Alison Wallace, University of York - news

Since 1997 there has been a growing emphasis on tackling financial exclusion and increasing access as part of the social exclusion and asset-based welfare agenda. There are many initiatives being...

inbrief - news

 An energy trust started by British Gas earlier this year to offer help to customers who have difficulty paying their energy bills has received 1350 applications so far and has paid out more...

EC to target public on CSR - news

A campaign to make the public more aware of socially responsible business practice is to be run by the European Commission. Officials believe that greater public understanding of how some...

Royal Mail nurtures big revamp of CSR regime - news

Royal Mail Group is restructuring its social responsibility programme as the UK government considers the future of the state-owned postal service. The revised strategy has five themes:...

Illinois acts on links with Sudan - news

The US state of Illinois has passed a new law requiring itself to divest about $1billion (£550m) worth of pension investments in companies that trade in Sudan. The measure was passed in the...

big firms join fight to tackle African poverty - news

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

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...

HP managers given diversity plans - news

Hewlett-Packard has asked its national managers in 23 European countries to draw up action plans on diversity. The US multinational, which is the largest IT employer in Europe with 46,000...

Nissan airs employee views - news

Japan’s Nissan motor company has published views of employees and management in its second annual sustainability report. To meet customers’ needs and expectations, sales people must learn to see...

software group extends training programme to Bangladesh - news

Microsoft, the huge software group, has put $90,000 (£51,000) into an information technology training programme in Bangladesh. The initiative is part of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme...

harassment laws loom in China - news

Proposals to outlaw the sexual harassment of women have been put to China’s top-level legislature. They are amendments to an existing law that protects women’s rights and will be considered by the...

firms still only dabbling in sustainable products - news

About half the world's leading technology companies consider sustainability when designing new products and services, but only a few have yet begun to do anything significant. A study of 40 of...

Starbucks customers get CSR with their coffee - news

Starbucks is to host meetings in its UK coffee houses for local people to discuss corporate responsibility issues. The global chain has been training dozens of employees this summer to help with...

Pfizer lags in EIRIS ranking - news

Two newly released research briefings on how companies are managing their responsibilities in respect of public health clearly illustrate the sector-specific nature of non-financial risk. One...

£300,000 funding gives Academy fresh impetus - news

The CSR Academy is to expand its activities after being given £300,000 ($547,000) by the UK government for another year. The Academy, set up in 2004 to promote corporate responsibility...

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

Coca-Cola firm gets dedicated CSR manager - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises has created its first dedicated corporate social responsibility role in the UK as it prepares to raise its profile in the field. The post of CSR manager has been filled by...

climate change is next on FTSE4Good's agenda - news

Further pressure on companies to respond to climate change will be generated by a decision on the part of FTSE4Good to make this an explicit test of eligibility for inclusion in the index from...

Chinese companies make pledge on Aids - news

Commitments have been made by 26 companies operating in China to tackle HIV/Aids in their workplaces and their communities. Their decision follows an appeal by Wu Yi, China's vice-premier, to...

call for tax breaks for caring companies - news

The Malaysian government has been asked to offer tax incentives to companies willing to hire reformed drug addicts. The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation, which made the request, said the...

Microsoft promotes digital inclusion in Philippines - news

Microsoft has opened two centres in the Philippines to add to the information technology teaching it already provides under its global programme. The company says its aim in establishing the...

Asia is centre of forced labour - news

A new study by the International Labour Organization shows that 9.5 million of the 12.3 million people in forced labour worldwide are in the Asia Pacific region. The region’s main culprits, says...

Australian firms praised for community efforts - news

The winners of the 2004 Australian Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships improved the lives of remote indigenous people, the poor, the homeless and vulnerable...

timber sector rallies round for Aceh - news

Wood will be sent by the US timber industry to Indonesia for the rebuilding of Aceh province, where the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 160,000 people and left 500,000 homeless. Aceh requires...

Laos dam project gets go ahead - news

The controversial Nam Theun 2 hydroelectric dam in Laos is finally to go ahead with loans of $1billion (£540m) from nine international and seven Thai banks. After ten years of environmental and...

inbrief - news

Forty companies working in Argentina have come together to improve access to information technology for poor people. Banco de la Nación Argentina, Carrefour, Intel, Microsoft and Telefónica de...

FoE uses CSR as recruiting sergeant - news

Friends of the Earth is using a tough line on corporate social responsibility as part of its latest membership recruitment and fundraising drive in the UK. Inserts titled ‘Get your filthy hands...

water companies target young offenders - news

UK water companies Anglian and Thames have joined forces to launch a recruitment programme offering training and jobs for young offenders nearing the end of their prison sentences. The pilot...

Accor extends initiative to combat sex tourism - news

A corporate responsibility programme on sex tourism adopted by one of the world’s largest hotel chains is to be extended to parts of South America and Eastern Europe. The French-owned Accor group...

New Zealand book suggest consumers will pay more for ethical products - news

Six in ten consumers say they would buy products that are a little dearer if the company selling them has social standards, according to new research. The claim is made in a study by Nielsen...

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

The woman who has been given the job of leading UK government efforts to promote sustainable development in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere has criticized both the private and the...

city signs up to Global Compact - news

Jamshedpur, a city of 600,000 people in the Indian state of Bihar, has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact Pilot Cities Program, which brings the private and public sectors together to...

Nike uncovers Asian abuses - news

Nike has found abusive treatment in more than a quarter of the South Asia plants producing its branded goods. Between a quarter and a half of the factories in the region restrict access to...

inbrief - news

Vodafone UK has started a handset recycling campaign to raise funds to help 535,000 people with autism. The UK’s National Autistic Society will receive all proceeds from the mobile telephones...

how a little togetherness may help firms fight poverty - news

EP talks to the head of the Shell Foundation about its plans to act as a catalyst for ‘pro-poor’ initiatives on the part of large companies in developing countries Like others in the corporate...

defining the limits of investor responsibilities - news

CSR lies in the realm of investment, and not governance, analysis, argues Christine Farnish Some people argue that institutional investors should take account of social, environmental and...

BP tries to attract lay audience - news

BP has produced two versions of its sustainability report in an effort to communicate it to lay people as well as CSR specialists. The UK-based oil company says an ‘audience research dialogue’ last...

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

companies back logging action - news

A ratings system showing the countries where illegal logging is rife is being drawn up to help businesses, customers, investors and other stakeholders to avoid supporting the practice. The...

SRI generates interest - news

SRI funds are among the new equity products now attracting interest in Asia, delegates were told at the Investment Company Institute’s conference in Hong Kong. However, the marketplace remains...

why business has to end its vow of silence - news

To win back some of the trust it has lost, business must start voicing opinions on moral matters, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler Trust in business has rarely been lower. In a recent poll only...

rummaging in the attic - news

John Elkington has had a big influence on the development of more sustainable business practices. His online journal offers an inside track for outsiders. Most weblogs that cover corporate...

Laos project gets go ahead - news

Finance for a huge hydroelectric dam in Laos has been recommended by the World Bank advisory panel despite an undercurrent of environmental objection. The total cost of the Nam Theun 2...

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

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

Ford volunteers in tsunami mission - news

The first task of an employee volunteer group set up by Ford Motor Company will be to help to rebuild homes and other structures in areas devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Ford...

two SRI indexes for Australia - news

Australian investors will soon have two options for selecting CSR performers. Australia’s first SRI index is being established by RepuTex, the social responsibility ratings agency, to track the...

inbrief - news

A former Deloitte Consulting senior partner is to head a Financial Inclusion Taskforce created by the UK government to monitor the progress of banks and building societies on providing services...

data overload hits chain - news

Somerfield, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is to set up a system to store information gathered in ethical checks on its suppliers. Somerfield began assessing the practices of more...

CSR commitment kept ailing company alive - news

The head of the shoe and clothing multinational Timberland has said his group’s commitment to community involvement helped to restore its fortunes after a financial crisis in the mid-1990s. Chief...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

business needs to open new frontier for the poor - news

The corporate response to the tsunami disaster was heartening, but it highlighted the need for concerted action to help developing nations, says Jem Bendell The Indian Ocean tsunami was...

Corporate Critic gets overhaul - news

An online database that contains details of the social and environmental performance of more than 15,000 companies has been revamped in an attempt to increase the number of people that use it....

Wal-Mart comes out fighting over its responsibility record - news

Wal-Mart is challenging ‘urban myths’ about the retailer’s lack of social responsibility in a nationwide US advertising campaign. The world’s largest retailer says the placing of full-page...

Abbey takes new lead on disfigurement - news

Abbey National is helping companies improve employment opportunities and customer service for people with severe disfigurements to their face, hands or body. The UK’s second-largest mortgage...

sustainable palm-oil guidelines advance - news

Two public forums to publicize policy and seek suggestions have been held by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, set up to produce responsible guidelines for the industry in the Asia Pacific...

Singapore compact sets targets - news

Profitability and corporate responsibility were recommended as twin targets by a United Nations official at a ceremony held last month to mark the start of the Singapore Compact for CSR, which will...

Burma companies pinpointed - news

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

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

dam company in trouble - news

A company helping to build China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydroelectric project, has agreed to halt work while it carries out environmental impact assessments on parts of the scheme....

'Helping victims of the Tsunami' by Robert Morton - news

No doubt your readers have been watching the tsunami news reports, stunned at the devastation following the massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra. A phenomenal amount of support has been...

Tomorrow’s History - news

Selected writings of Simon Zadek 1993-2003 Co-edited by Peter Raynard. Greenleaf Publishing 2004. 360 pages. £40 hardback, £19.95 paperback There are very few philosophers working in...

inbrief - news

Climate change and reducing the gap between rich and poor should be the main priorities for global CSR programmes, according to a declaration adopted in India.The six-point New Delhi Declaration,...

time to stop chanting the mantra of growth - news

Most companies want to get bigger and bigger. John Abrams’ is one that doesn’t – and prospers. It’s a cherished business doctrine that companies must grow or perish. But at South Mountain...

inbrief - news

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

mail order firm catalogues CSR - news

A small Welsh clothing company is using its mail order catalogue to present information on its approach to corporate social responsibility. Howies has devoted several pages of its latest winter...

drugs firms urged to forge closer relationships with NGOs - news

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

OECD cases revealed - news

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

taskforce piles pressure on banks - news

Pressure on banks and building societies to expand access to bank accounts for poorer people has increased, after the UK government’s decision to form a Financial Inclusion Taskforce. The task...

UN attempts to ‘re-energize’ global compact in Russia - news

Moves are to be made to revive the United Nations Global Compact in Russia, where corporate support for the initiative appears to have foundered. The UN is to host a meeting of ten company chief...

ethical palm oil principles beginning to take shape - news

Consultation ends this month on the first draft of globally applicable principles for sustainable palm oil production. The draft has been drawn up for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

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...

look closer to home for a guiding hand on CSR - news

Employees are your most important stakeholders, so why not base your responsibility strategies around their own values, says John Drummond Sometimes you have to go round the world to get an...

The Corporation - news

A film by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott & Joel Bakan Produced by Media Corporation. 2hr 20min. www.thecorporation.com It’s not often that anyone makes a film on corporate social...

gay stance hits Procter & Gamble - news

Procter & Gamble is facing a boycott in the US over what it thought was a socially responsible decision to publicly back the overturning of a law allowing anti-gay discrimination. The...

banks will try harder to reach poorer customers - news

British banks and building societies have formally committed themselves to widen financial inclusion. The commitment, made in adjustments to two industry codes – the Banking Code and the Business...

assurers get their own certification scheme - news

Individuals involved in assurance of sustainability auditing and reporting are being offered a specially designed certification scheme. The new scheme has been developed by the Institute of...

CSR guru tells SRI funds: ‘heal thyself’ - news

A leading CSR proponent has accused socially responsible investment specialists in the US of failing to practise in their own organizations what they preach. Paul Hawken, executive director and...

inbrief - news

Cable & Wireless has announced a two-year partnership with Bracknell Forest borough council in the UK to establish an after-school information and communications technology academy for young...

inbrief - news

Thousands of UK companies are failing to meet new workplace requirements for disabled people that came into effect last month. According to a survey by the Disability Rights Commission, four out...

CSR gongs can prove to be a liability as much as an asset - news

There are hundreds of awards open to companies and individuals to win but many are of doubtful value because it is often unclear what they measure As with codes of practice, so with CSR awards....

child labour initiative shows signs of strain - news

Strains have emerged in an alliance of companies and non-governmental organizations attempting to tackle child labour in India’s cotton seed industry. The main NGO in the Child Labour Eradication...

ChevronTexaco makes diversity gains - news

ChevronTexaco has reported an increase in the number of women and non-Caucasian males in senior positions to 19.5 per cent last year from 16.7 per cent in 2002. The company says the figures,...

Reuters asks employees to guide its CSR policies - news

The global media company Reuters has set up four employee working groups to inform the development of its policies on corporate responsibility. Reuters established the groups last month as a way of...

US companies back the voting message - news

US businesses have encouraged people to vote in the presidential election as part of a social responsibility initiative called Voteworks. Twenty-three companies, among them Fortune 100 member...

‘Disillusionment with CSR’ by Professor Michael Hopkins - news

Disillusionment with CSR sets in. Just as CEOs have only two or three years to make their mark so it seems do concepts in the business world. It is almost tiresome to read your March 2004 piece...

'The business case for corporate social responsibility' by Peter D. Kinder - news

From the President, KLD Research & Analytics Inc. In response to your News Alert on the subject of the European Commission white paper's avoidance of regulation, I would say that the...

'European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility' by Brigid Benson - news

From the Senior Partner, The Gæia Partnership With reference to the Guest Column by Martin Le Jeune responding to the European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility, I...

'Ethical standards are affordable' by Chris Collinson - news

From the Principal Scientist of the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme at the Natural Resources Institute As the author of the reports that provided most of the material for Ethical...

More forced labour revealed - news

More evidence of forced labour imposed by the Burmese authorities has been revealed in a trade union report. The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), in its fourth report...

Times wins Indian award - news

India's 2004 Golden Peacock award for CSR has gone to the Times Foundation, the development arm of the Times Group publishing house. The award was presented at India's first national CSR...

CSR 'spreads wealth' - news

CSR is a mechanism by which wealth is distributed within society, the Joint UK-Malaysian CSR conference was told in Kuala Lumpur in June. Enterprises making significant contributions to their...

Nokia upgrades educational programme - news

The number of Philippines schools receiving a Nokia interactive educational programme is to be more than doubled. The programme, called Bridgeit, provides professional development training and...

forget the CSR theory – just give to charity - news

We should drop the business case for CSR and get back to corporate philanthropy that is based on doing the ‘right thing’, argues Philip Collins Responsible companies will make more...

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

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

Bayer halves its site injuries - news

An in-house campaign on health and safety measures has helped the chemical multinational Bayer to record its lowest ever number of industrial injuries. The...

reshuffle brings new face to CSR ministerial post - news

Nigel Griffiths has become the UK’s fourth CSR minister to be appointed to the post since it was created four years ago. He replaced Stephen Timms in a government...

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

Deutsche Telekom gears up to implement new strategy - news

Europe’s largest telephone company has assigned 60 full time staff to implement a sustainability strategy for its four main operating divisions. Deutsche Telekom...

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Swiss engineering company Sulzer has produced a social report after a gap of three years. The company, which employs 9000 people in 25 countries, suspended its...

Vodafone sets up new ‘social benefit’ team - news

One of the world’s biggest mobile phone companies has decided to create a dedicated marketing team to focus on developing products and services that deliver social...

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...

T-shirt firm put on probation - news

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

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

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

media sector needs to measure its ‘brainprint’ - news

Media companies have been urged to consider whether their print and broadcast output has a socially responsible impact on people’s thinking. A new discussion paper...

seed business to use child labour monitors - news

Multinational agribusiness Syngenta is close to signing a deal with the US-based Fair Labor Association that will lead to child labour checks on its cotton seed suppliers...

US government slated for poor GRI take-up - news

Two figures who played an important part in creating the Global Reporting Initiative have shown concern about the relatively low take-up of the GRI guidelines by US...

bitesized comments are hit with reporters - news

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

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Merrill Lynch is to provide 500 unemployed young people in Brazil with ‘personal and employability skills’ that should help them to find and keep jobs. The...

time to be transparent with journalists too - news

Companies with the best CSR programmes don’t need to bombard journalists with PR, says Alison Maitland of the Financial Times The media are often...

CSR library helps Kidde - news

The fire and safety products group Kidde is building an intranet ‘CSR library’ to inform its 7800 employees about its social and environmental performance. The...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

social reports begin to catch the public’s eye - news

People do take notice of company CSR and environmental reports, according to a new poll. A survey by international opinion research group GlobeScan suggests that,...

French bank creates CSR unit - news

The state-owned French investment bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations is to create a sustainable development division. The bank, which employs more than 41,000...

NGO 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...

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Canada’s TD Bank says in its second CSR report that it gave 1.3 per cent of its pre-tax profits to charity last year. The bank, which employs 51,000 people...

our role is to question, not merely observe - news

Alan MacDougall takes issue with Peter Knight’s recent attack on ‘tick-box political correctness’ A response is needed to Peter Knight’s claim in last month’s...

OFRs will take effect in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance from next year, according to a...

Chiquita meets SA8000 target - news

Bureau Veritas Quality International has certified Chiquita’s banana farms in Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama to the SA8000 ethical workplace standard. Chiquita’s...

business urged to profit from helping the poor - news

An influential business group has given its backing to the growing trend of pro-poor business, under which companies enter new markets among the world’s poor for...

move to stop obesity lawsuits - news

Legislation that would prevent people from suing food companies if they become obese has passed the first hurdle in the US House of Representatives. The...

firms offered responsible route to ‘offshoring’ their workload   - news

Companies moving call centre work from developed to developing countries have been offered 12 steps for managing the corporate responsibility implications. A new...

activists win rights policy - news

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

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...

big push on dormant cash - news

UK financial institutions are being given the chance to redirect cash lying in dormant bank accounts to projects tackling social and financial exclusion. The...

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The UK public appears to overestimate dramatically the proportion of charities’ income that comes from companies. A survey of 1000 adults has found that on...

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Sports clothing companies Puma and Umbro are being targeted over their suppliers’ workplace conditions by a joint campaign, linked to this year’s Olympic Games in...

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...

CSR divides politicians - news

The extent of party political division on corporate responsibility in the UK has been highlighted by a MORI poll. When the pollster asked a representative sample of 119...

M&S takes a lead on responsible relocation - news

Marks & Spencer is hoping its move to a new head office in the second half of 2004 could become a socially responsible model for other companies switching their...

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

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

focus on older staff pays off for DIY chain - news

Employment policies friendly to older people have helped B&Q, Europe’s largest do-it-yourself chain, to win an inaugural corporate-responsibility award....

pulp firm’s plan upsets WWF - news

One of the world’s largest paper companies has fallen out with WWF, the global environmental network, over its new sustainability action plan, which the conservation group...

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Visa International has announced a partnership with micro-credit agency Finca International and the US Agency for International Development to provide small loans to poor people...

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...

criticism of CSR is necessary, but it needs to be constructive - news

Corporate social responsibility has had a pretty easy ride so far. A few free-market thinkers have taken potshots, but even sceptics have generally come round to the view that CSR is a...

Suncor makes headway on aboriginal relations - news

Suncor Energy, the Canadian oil and gas company, has more than doubled its proportion of aboriginal employees in five years. The company increased the number in Canada...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

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

Allen & Overy picks its causes - news

The law firm Allen & Overy Hong Kong is to focus its community work on a tighter range of causes. The firm, which employs 240 people in the Chinese territory,...

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

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

Cohen warns on conflict between growth and values - news

One of the leading pioneers of socially responsible business has warned other entrepreneurs not to imperil their companies’ values in the search for rapid growth....

Co-op Bank wins third honour - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the UK’s main award for sustainability reporting for the third year running. The bank was the outright winner for the second...

CSR attacked from a new quarter - news

Further signs have emerged of disenchantment with corporate social responsibility among groups that until now have been generally supportive. Following Christian...

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Coca-Cola is donating food aid worth $200,000 (£110,000) to communities in Zimbabwe. Maize, beans and cooking oil are being given by the company through the...

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Community programmes at Bilt, India’s largest paper company, have now helped 34,000 people in 46 villages and 97 urban slums. Bilt works with eight...

corporate social responsibility needs to begin in the boardroom - news

CSR, we’re often told, is a useful business tool for managing reputational risks. It can encourage stakeholder engagement, allow companies to keep a finger on the...

move to train ‘brokers’ - news

A pool of qualified people is to be established to help companies set up partnerships on sustainable development with public sector and voluntary organizations. The...

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...

US casinos make pledge on responsible gaming - news

Casino companies in the United States have adopted a code of conduct on responsible gaming. The code, produced by the American Gaming Association, commits its 45...

food firms act on obesity - news

Food and drinks companies are likely to face further reputational pressure next month when the World Health Organization announces its plans to tackle the spread of...

companies can’t hide from the moral debate - news

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

Chevron sets out principles - news

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

strain tells as Sigma project reaches another crossroads - news

Suggestions have emerged of tensions between two of the three organizations that produced the government-backed Sigma guidelines on sustainability after the cancellation...

business leaders prefer the carrot, not the stick - news

Chief executives and chairpersons cannot be frightened into adopting CSR programmes, according to the organizers of Aspen Institute’s Business Leaders Dialogues,...

Ben & Jerry’s lets charity mind the shop - news

Unilever subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s has taken on a UK charity as a franchisee for one of its ice cream shops. The Furniture Resource Centre Group, in Liverpool, which...

EC steps in to monitor sustainability of tourist sector - news

The European Commission is to draw up sustainability guidelines for tourism and holiday companies in an attempt to raise standards in the sector. In a policy...

most of public can’t name an ethical firm - news

Seven out of ten members of the UK public are unable to name a single company they consider to be particularly socially, environmentally or ethically responsible, says a...

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BSkyB will invest £250,000 ($426,000) next year in a UK programme to ‘re-engage’ young people in society. The Youth Challenge programme will target 16-17 year-olds who...

BHP Billiton assesses human rights risks - news

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

Imperial to report in 2004 - news

A second international tobacco company is to compile a social report. Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest, expects to publish its first CSR document early next...

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...

firms ‘no longer cash cows’ - news

Voluntary sector fundraisers have been advised to stop asking companies for money and cause-related marketing tie-ins and instead to enter into long-term partnerships....

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Seventeen people have been appointed to a UK government steering group set up to help launch a Corporate Social Responsibility Academy by next summer. Among members...

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Executive pay is the most urgent corporate responsibility issue that business needs to address, according to a poll of the British public. The Mori survey, carried out...

study reveals advice gap - news

Fewer than one in ten members of the UK public say they have ever received advice on socially responsible investment from their financial adviser, even though...

telecoms sector given extra advice on GRI requirements - news

Telecoms companies now have their own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. The supplement, which companies are expected to...

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More than 2,500 employees of the US-based forestry firm Weyerhaeuser have enrolled in the company’s Tobacco Cessation Programme. Weyerhaeuser, which has operations in...

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A social regeneration company that aims to help construction firms and developers improve their impact on communities has been launched in the UK. FSquared has been...

BSkyB spreads the news - news

BSkyB is to employ journalistic techniques to explain the company’s social responsibility strategy to staff. The UK-based broadcaster, which has just published its first...

hard copy reports drop as internet gains favour - news

The number of companies publishing hard copies of their social and environmental reports has fallen for the first time, as electronic reporting gathers momentum....

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

nuclear company dips its toe into CSR waters - news

One of the world’s major nuclear energy companies is to implement a full corporate social responsibility strategy by 2008. British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) hopes to have defined...

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

KPMG lays off staff in tight market conditions - news

Poor market conditions have led to eight redundancies at KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Services (SAS) group, which gives advice to companies on corporate social...

Tesco attempts to allay fears on ethical trading - news

The UK’s largest food retailer is seeking to dispel fears that it is reducing its commitment to ethical trading. Tesco says concerns that it has scaled down the resources it...

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Nestle has produced its first stand-alone review of how it treats its 230,000 employees. The People development review shows, among other things, that in one South...

investors can help companies to win the licence to operate - news

At first glance, some people might think the silly season has started early. Mainstream investors are lining up to support initiatives to make the world a better place. Ten...

Pfizer given poor rating - news

The world’s largest pharmaceutical group has fared poorly in a rating of how the top 11 drugs companies perform on social issues in developing countries. Pfizer, which...

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

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

human capital studied - news

Suggestions on how companies can improve the way they measure their investment in ‘human capital’ are to be made by a government task force this autumn. The...

broadcasters claim progress on disability - news

Some of the UK’s best-known broadcasting companies have outlined the measures they have taken to address disability issues. Members of the Broadcasting and Creative...

consumers grow more sensitive - news

Consumers are now more likely to boycott companies for weak ethical performance, says the fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Monitor survey. The Environics...

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Microsoft and Cable & Wireless are supporting a project to increase internet use among elderly people in the UK. The Age Concern charity’s Silver Surfer initiative...

don’t give up on giving – charities need the money - news

Companies should follow the public’s example and not look too closely at what motivates their philanthropy, says Ian MacQuillin Bad, bad naughty big business. How dare...

BAT trains with actors - news

Actors have been drafted in to play the role of stakeholders at British American Tobacco. The multinational group has recruited the thespians to help train managers...

BT throws down gauntlet - news

A BT discussion paper has accused the UK government of exhibiting ‘disturbing fatalism’ when it comes to intervening on corporate social responsibility. The paper says...

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...

L&G unveils first CSR report - news

Insurance firm Legal & General has produced its first corporate social responsibility report. The web-based document is unusual in that it is verified by the...

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A website that will give £40 ($63) to charity every time it arranges for someone to change their electricity supplier has been launched by a new UK company. Switchandgive.com...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

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

Risks tied to dam projects prompt Skanska pull-out - news

Skanska has cited the lack of commitment shown by other construction companies to social and environmental guidelines on dam building as a reason for its decision to pull out...

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....

‘scruff of the neck’ approach mobilizes bosses at TV firm - news

Music Television (MTV), part of the global media company Viacom, is making its senior executives more aware of community issues by taking them away from their desks to see...

academy idea gets backing - news

The prospect of the UK government establishing a corporate social responsibility academy moved a step closer last month when a ministerial working group strongly supported the...

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Merck and General Motors are among large US companies to have pledged support for the University of Michigan in its defence of a court case that challenges the...

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

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...

supply chain managers struggle against ‘isolation’ - news

Company managers working on ethical supply chain initiatives too often operate in isolation with little support, money or understanding from other parts of the business,...

Aegon maps out CSR path - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is setting out a long-term plan to improve its corporate social responsibility. Netherlands-based Aegon, which is among the top...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

sugar firms create code - news

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

WWF says BP is ‘resting on its laurels’ - news

A leading UK charity is to disinvest from BP over concerns about the oil company’s ethical performance in the past year. In a symbolic gesture, the UK arm of WWF will sell...

push us to behave responsibly, construction firms tell clients - news

Some of the UK’s largest construction companies are to take the unusual step of urging their clients to push them harder on social responsibility matters. The...

KFC hits back against animal welfare claims - news

Fast food corporation KFC has said it will resist an international campaign by animal welfare activists over alleged cruelty to chickens in its supply chain. KFC...

warning on partnerships - news

A warning on the dangers of the partnership approach to corporate social responsibility has come from a senior representative of a non-governmental organization active in the...

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Marks & Spencer has linked with a charity to launch a website on disabled access in public venues. The site, created by DisabledGo, will list cinemas, pubs, restaurants,...

how do social reporters decide what is material? - news

The test of materiality will make life harder for CSR reporters, Adrian Henriques argues The UK government white paper Modernising company law suggests that all...

why Bitc wants more from its members - news

One of the world’s oldest business responsibility bodies is asking its members to make much greater efforts on CSR. EP talks to Business in the Community’s chairman, David Varney, about...

Pakistan firm bans adverts - news

Pakistan Tobacco has imposed a television and radio advertising ban on itself in response to what it calls ‘the reasonable expectations of society’ and feedback...

world’s toy industry to begin ethical audits - news

The global toy industry is to begin auditing manufacturing sites throughout the world against a set of ethical business principles. The work, which is being co-ordinated by...

Bhopal still haunts Dow - news

Dow Chemicals has found itself at the centre of a debate on the limits of corporate accountability as non-governmental organizations and social investors increase pressure on...

CSR academy idea under study in UK - news

A corporate social responsibility academy to train practitioners and award qualifications is being considered by the UK government. A working group has been set up by the...

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Two new ethical funds have been added to the Friends Provident portfolio. The Ecotec Fund will invest ‘adventurously’ in small clean-technology firms,...

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US energy company Entergy has donated $1.2million (£760,000) to create energy savings programmes for low income families. The programmes will run in Arkansas, Louisiana and...

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

chemicals firm goes for TBL - news

Dutch chemicals firm DSM is to produce its first triple bottom line annual report. The document will be published early this year alongside the company’s annual report...

firms told: ‘your social reports are too long’ - news

Thirty pages is the optimum length for a social and environmental report, a specialist in the field has suggested. Tobias Cottmann, director of the Bonn-based ECC Kohtes...

Greek bank to focus on financial exclusion - news

One of the largest high street banks in Greece is poised to embark on a two-year corporate social responsibility plan. The Commercial Bank of Greece envisages spending at...

Go-Ahead reveals social data - news

The UK transport services group Go-Ahead has published its first combined social and environmental report. The 64-page document, which is verified by the Smart Company...

Dow ready to listen and learn - news

Dow Chemicals is to begin a dialogue with the community leaders it has identified as key stakeholders near its largest sites. ‘The dialogue will involve asking people...

fund targets social sector - news

A socially responsible venture fund has been launched by the UK-based fund manager Catalyst. The ‘social sector fund’ will be run in conjunction with The Big...

Unep finance initiatives will weed out ‘free-riders’ - news

The United Nations is to tighten membership requirements for its two finance industry sustainability initiatives in an attempt to discourage ‘free-riders’ who sign...

societies ‘need to do more’ - news

UK building societies need to progress from community giving to addressing the specific problems of financial exclusion, according to the sector’s trade body. A...

GSK gives $1.5m to African projects - news

A $1.5million (£950,000) community development programme in Africa has been unveiled by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceuticals firm is spending the money on micro-credit...

oil firms agree transparency pact - news

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

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

Co-op heads down new reporting path - news

The Co-operative Group is to make a major change to its social reporting regime. Until now the UK group has reported on the main aspects of its business in a rolling...

winegrowers draw up ethical code - news

The Californian wine industry has introduced a code of social and environmental conduct. The voluntary ‘code of sustainable wine-growing practices’ is accompanied by...

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...

as Accor quits Burma, more companies move in - news

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

Talisman’s Sudan sale fails to appease its critics - news

Canadian oil company Talisman has responded to persistent criticism of its presence in Sudan by pulling out of the country – but the decision has failed to satisfy all its...

Amersham makes its debut - news

Life sciences company Amersham has published its first combined social and environmental report. Amersham, which employs 9500 people around the world, says it will...

SRI funds to get European standard - news

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

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The UK’s biggest fair trade organization, Traidcraft, is to raise £3.25million ($5m) through a share issue. Although the 23 year-old company expects the shares will offer a...

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

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The BBC , Cisco Systems, the law firm Eversheds and Microsoft are among companies involved in work that begins this autumn to help bridge the digital divide. Business in the...

pledges and commitments are storing up trouble for companies - news

Promises, promises, promises. Companies seem hell-bent on making them in their social and environmental reports. And why not? Pledges and commitments have a comforting ring....

the European Union nails its colours to a multi-stakeholder mast - news

The EC’s multi-stakeholder forum has two years to prove it will be an effective means of promoting corporate social responsibility. EP assesses the prospects...

Daimler signs CSR code - news

One of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers has agreed a set of corporate social responsibility principles with staff representatives and an international trade union....

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

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

Fimilac launches CSR ratings agency - news

A company that owns one of the world’s largest ratings agencies has set up a service focusing on corporate social responsibility. Fimilac, which owns the Fitch ratings...

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...

20-somethings talk to business - news

Young people from 28 European countries will gather in Brussels this month to talk to business executives about corporate social responsibility. Eighty-four delegates...

Centrica leads advisory group on disability - news

Ten companies and organizations have formed a ‘customer advisory group’ to improve the services that disabled people receive from UK businesses. The ten, led by...

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Tokiwa Corporation’s Tokyo factory is the first facility in Japan to be certified against the SA8000 ethical supply chain standard. Tokiwa, which makes cosmetics for...

bringing CSR within a framework of ethical corporate governance - news

Corporate social responsibility has long been an idea in search of a home. Now it has found one. As the dust from Enron, Tyco and other cases of managerial misconduct begins...

cash comes first, people say - news

The majority of people in the UK think charities should accept donations from any company regardless of ethical considerations, research from the Future Foundation suggests....

Nike gives away 3% of its profits - news

Nike gave away more than three per cent of its profits in the last financial year. The US-based sportswear multinational says it contributed $29million in cash,...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

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

Bush aide urges firms to take up CSR - news

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

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...

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Nestle is supporting a community health programme that aims to check the spread of HIV/Aids in Africa. The Swiss food group is giving CHF3million, ($1.9m, £1.3m) over three...

new standard aims to show way for verifiers - news

A groundbreaking international draft standard for the verification of social and environmental reports has been put forward by a leading body in the CSR field. The...

Fonterra agrees labour deal - news

One of the world’s largest dairy companies has committed itself to abide by international labour standards for its 20,000 employees. Fonterra has signed an agreement with...

cause-related marketing ‘can backfire’ - news

Cause-related marketing strategies can actually be damaging to a company’s reputation, a group of corporate social responsibility practitioners has warned....

GRI brings in stakeholders for policy ideas - news

Thirty-three people have now been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s stakeholder council, which will help to shape the organization’s development. Twelve...

top bribe payers exposed - news

Companies in the construction and arms industries are considered to have the greatest propensity to pay bribes, according to an index produced by a leading international body...

Body Shop changes tack - news

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

Barclays extends basic banking - news

More than 100,000 people in the UK now use a basic banking account set up by Barclays to help tackle financial exclusion. The bank says the numbers show its Barclays Cash...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

ministers seek better co-ordination on CSR - news

Better linkages on corporate social responsibility are needed between UK government departments, the Department of Trade and Industry has conceded. The DTI, which...

soccer clubs score own goal - news

Football clubs are seen by the UK public as greedy, aggressive and ruthless, according to a study commissioned by the Co-operative Insurance Society. The survey of...

M&S maps out socially responsible future - news

Marks and Spencer will produce a corporate social responsibility report in the summer of 2003, the company has pledged. The own-brand retailer says it will produce a...

Balfour Beatty talks to FoE in wake of Ilisu - news

Balfour Beatty has begun talks with Friends of the Earth on social responsibility issues in the wake of its decision to pull out of the Ilisu dam project in Turkey....

ideas man maps out global future for Isea - news

EP talks to Simon Zadek about his plans for international growth as the new head of the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability When environmental responsibility became a...

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Marks and Spencer has unveiled a programme to offer 600 work placements to homeless people at its UK stores. The £280,000 ($402,000) programme – part of Business in the...

new wave of CSR will focus on big picture, says Derber - news

Corporate responsibility will soon enter a new wave of activity that will involve companies challenging the whole basis of the world economy, a US professor has said....

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

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

Shell sets up impact study - news

A social impact study of a major proposed gas pipeline is to be carried out by Shell China Exploration and Production with help from the United Nations. The oil...

ICI decides to change tack on corporate giving strategy - news

The chemicals giant ICI has signalled a major change in its corporate giving strategy by agreeing to a long-term partnership with Sense, the UK charity for deaf and blind...

BP toughens stance on ‘facilitation payments’ - news

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

Nestle creates ombudsmen - news

Nestle is to appoint a number of ombudsmen charged with the task of uncovering unethical marketing of its baby milk formula by employees. The Swiss food group is...

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A series of protests were held against the Taco Bell fast food chain in the US last month as part of a ‘truth tour’ highlighting demands for improved working conditions and...

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Switzerland’s largest bank has decided to end its involvement in the proposed building of the Ilisu dam in the Kurdish region of south-east Turkey. UBS said it had...

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Six UK firms are supporting an ‘e-skills4industry’ initiative to help young people get entry-level jobs in information technology. Deloitte & Touche, HSBC, Morgan...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

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

Bush plan offers little for CSR fans - news

A ‘ten point plan on corporate responsibility’ unveiled by US president George W. Bush in the wake of the Enron scandal has disappointed CSR practitioners by avoiding any...

global law firm engineers big rise in community work - news

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

sustainability targets linked to AWG bosses’ pay packets - news

Senior executives at the water and waste management company AWG are to have social and environmental performance targets written into their employment contracts. The...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

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Five Europeans are among 14 people to have been chosen to serve on the board of the Global Reporting Initiative. They are Roger Adams (UK), technical director at the...

the first law of corporate social responsibility - news

The honeymoon period for voluntary self-regulation on CSR may be beginning to draw to a close, says Adrian Henriques Should corporate social responsibility be...

a solid contribution to the CSR business case - news

When a company spends money on corporate social responsibility measures, does this benefit shareholders? Companies, investors and consultants are working on this intriguing...

Reed Elsevier takes action on its social performance - news

One of the world’s largest publishing companies has signalled its intention to take greater account of its social and environmental performance by setting up a post of...

Triumph leaves Burma with 1000 job losses - news

A ‘social plan’ to help reduce the impact of redundancies is being drawn up by Europe’s largest lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International, after an announcement that it...

M&S opens up its stores to homeless job seekers - news

One of the UK’s largest retailers is to use its stores and staff to help young homeless people improve their chances of finding a job. In a major programme, Marks...

BBC aims to be a top CSR performer by 2005 - news

The BBC is to draw up a corporate social responsibility framework as part of a drive to become a leader in the field over the next few years. The corporation has...

Agilent adopts flexible work arrangements - news

Around one in seven staff at California-based Agilent Technologies are now on flexible working arrangements, according to the firm’s second environment and social...

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’,...

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Senior company executives think BP is the world’s best when it comes to managing environmental resources, according to the annual FT survey of the world’s most respected...

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A category recognizing companies that make an exceptional effort to help disabled people has been added to this year’s Awards for Excellence, run by Business in the...

public says CSR benefits are OK - news

Three out of five people in the UK believe it is fine for companies to be seen to benefit from social and community contributions, according to a poll by MORI. The...

electricity group to join ranks of social reporters - news

The London Electricity group is to launch its first corporate social responsibility report this spring. The group, which employs 4500 staff in the UK, hopes to publish...

CSR gets the green light at UK transport group - news

The UK-based transport Go-Ahead group has announced plans to develop a social and ethical policy across all its operations. The group, which employs 14,500 people in the UK,...

ethics unit moves on - news

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

paper giant begins to draw up social indicators - news

The world’s second largest paper company is to begin work on developing social performance indicators after putting in place a set of corporate social responsibility...

Nestle tries to tackle questionnaire fatigue - news

One of the world’s largest food companies has become so fed up with processing questionnaires on its ethical performance that it may soon politely decline to complete them....

Bayer lays out social progress for first time - news

The health care and chemicals group Bayer has reported for the first time on aspects of its social performance. The German group’s first sustainable development report...

KPMG gauges City activity - news

KPMG has written to 120 UK fund management companies to establish the level of socially responsible investment activity in the City. The professional services firm has sent...

US SRI market tops $2trillion - news

Socially responsible investment continues to grow strongly in the US and has not been adversely affected by the recent market downturn. The value of total assets...

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The Global Reporting Initiative, which runs the GRI guidelines on sustainability reporting, has set up a working group to select 36 people to form the nucleus of a...

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A number of leading Russian business people have met in Moscow, brought together by Louise Frechette, the United Nations deputy secretary general, to discuss the UN’s...

UN to back 48-hour week throughout the world - news

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights looks set to call on companies not to require all employees to work more than 48 hours in a week. The draft Fundamental...

BP ‘should be doing more’ to help black South Africans - news

BP could do more to help post-apartheid black empowerment initiatives in South Africa, a stakeholder review has suggested. The review, based on dozens of detailed interviews...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

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

Co-op focuses on equality - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group is strengthening its equal opportunities programme because it says progress in this area has been too slow. The group’s Social Accountability...

BASF makes progress with tailor-made codes - news

The world’s largest chemical group has said it will have established individual codes of conduct within all its divisions by the end of the year. BASF says its 78...

Eni sets out its social contribution - news

Italian oil and gas company Eni has produced an inventory of its social responsibility projects around the world. In two documents on community relations and social...

Balfour Beatty looks at green indicators - news

Key performance indicators on the environment are to be drawn up next year by the construction firm Balfour Beatty, which hopes to use some of them in its first group-wide...

UK chemicals industry gears up for CSR assault - news

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is holding its first-ever session on corporate social responsibility at next month’s annual conference. The hour-long...

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

Allen White, transition director of the Global Reporting Initiative - news

Although it’s not his ‘real’ job, Allen White has spent most of the last two years working on a master plan that will radically reshape the Global Reporting Initiative in the coming...

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Computer network company Cisco has signed a partnership with the government of Jamaica and the United Nations Development Programme to set up 11 training centres for poor...

promoting socially responsible business practices in Europe - news

Why do we need a European campaign on corporate social responsibility? Anyone asking this question need look no further than the list of companies identified as...

call for local auditors - news

Companies should switch to using local non-governmental organizations and workers’ groups to carry out supply chain monitoring in developing nations rather than western...

GSK cuts price of drugs in US - news

GlaxoSmithKline is to cut the price of its drugs for elderly people on low incomes in the US. GSK’s Orange Card programme will allow elderly people with annual...

bank puts obsolete branches to good use - news

Moves to reduce the social impact of bank branch closures have begun at Barclays with three deals to sell or lease old premises to community groups at below market prices....

BT goes online with debate - news

BT is to produce a summary of a two-week online debate on the digital divide held last month. The initiative was part of BT’s commitment to ‘virtual’ stakeholder...

Cambridge begins new course - news

Recruitment has begun for a course designed to help company executives work in partnership with the voluntary and statutory sectors on sustainability. The one-year...

Phillips reaps rewards from community strategy - news

An oil and gas company facing a vociferous campaign over alleged health hazards at one of its terminals has allayed the fears of the local community with a series of measures...

stress idea works wonders - news

A programme set up by one of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals and life sciences companies to help its employees talk through their personal problems is saving the business...

bank gives £10m to young people - news

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to provide the Prince’s Trust with around £10million ($14.5m) in what the young people’s charity has described as ‘one of the biggest ever...

Britons take a harder line - news

The percentage of British people who feel a company’s social responsibility has a ‘very important’ effect on how they view its products has increased dramatically over the...

Europe prepares big CSR drive - news

A huge drive to push corporate social responsibility into the mainstream in Europe will be unveiled this month with plans for a European Academy on CSR, ten national...

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

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

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Pharmaceutical company Roche is to cut the price of the Aids drug nelfinavir by 40 per cent in Brazil to ensure its availability to poor people. Brazilian government ministers...

Dole scraps its top CSR post - news

One of the world’s largest food businesses has scrapped the post of director of environmental affairs, held by Sharon Hayes, which included responsibility for co-ordinating...

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...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

Abbey issues community report - news

Abbey National has published its first corporate citizenship report. The 34-page document includes sections on the social impact of the UK bank’s products and...

‘new’ CSR buzz words turn out to be old hat - news

Phrases such as ‘corporate citizenship’ and ‘stakeholder dialogue’ are not quite as modern as most people think, an academic has discovered. Warwick Business School research...

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

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

South African firms told to make a move on Aids - news

Companies listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa will have to take greater account of social and environmental issues, following an update of the influential...

Henkel profits from quality of life programme for its employees - news

A ‘quality of life’ programme devised by the German chemical company Henkel in Brazil has helped the company to reduce absenteeism at work. Henkel Loctite in Sao...

Marks & Spencer bans Indian leather - news

Marks & Spencer is to stop selling clothes made with Indian leather because of concerns about the treatment of cows in the region. The UK-based retail chain said it had...

‘inspirational’ Co-op Bank takes third major award - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for Excellence for its ‘inspirational’ commitment to corporate social...

retailer’s supply chain work wins plaudits - news

The food retailer Coop Italia received the Humane Workplace Award at this year’s Corporate Conscience Awards for its work to improve conditions for workers in its supply...

inbrief - news

The closing date for nominations for members of the first board of directors of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is 31 July. The GRI is seeking nine people to...

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The oil company Unocal has posted an update of its corporate responsibility initiatives on its web site. The update includes details of Unocal projects to rebuild...

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New guidance on socially responsible investment has been sent out to 11,000 individuals working in the pensions industry. The guidance has been published by War on...

responding to attacks on corporate reputation - news

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

Scottish businesses to get new voice on social responsibility - news

A new body that will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Scotland is to be launched in September. Social Responsibility for Scotland – also known as...

call centres begin drive on standards - news

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

companies warned of ‘law of unintended consequences’ - news

Businesses providing facilities for local communities in countries where there are regular human rights abuses have been advised to be especially wary of how those facilities...

Co-op Bank and Camelot vie for award - news

Co-operative Bank and Camelot have been shortlisted for the annual Impact on Society Award to be announced this month. The award, which recognizes UK-based companies deemed...

GSK leads way on cheap drugs for poor countries - news

One of the world’s leading pharmaceuticals companies has significantly extended its commitment to provide cheap drugs to developing nations. GlaxoSmithKline has said it will...

young Scot moves in as UK’s new CSR minister - news

Douglas Alexander has become the UK’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Alexander, who is the Labour MP for Paisley South, replaces Kim Howells at the...

inbrief - news

A course on sustainable development for business people is to be held this month by WWF-UK. The three-day ‘Future Present’ programme will take place in...

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An ethical review committee on animal experiments is to be set up by Novo. The Danish pharmaceuticals and biotechnology group says the committee will include lay...

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Burger King has announced plans to audit its meat and egg sourcing in the US against animal welfare guidelines including the American Meat Institute Good Management...

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The Global Reporting Initiative has appointed seven people to sit on a committee that will nominate a board of directors to run the organization on a more formal...

Agilent makes its debut - news

Agilent Technologies has reported for the first time on its environmental and social performance. The California-based technology company, formed in November 1999...

oil companies unveil social reports - news

Two international oil companies have produced their first social reports in a bid to counter calls for them to withdraw from areas of conflict. UK-based Premier Oil,...

warning: too much jargon can damage the CSR agenda - news

Proponents of corporate social responsibility have been cautioned against using too much jargon when they present their case to work colleagues. The warning has come...

Severn Trent overhauls business code - news

Severn Trent has published its first code of business principles and conduct. The 12-page document aims to give ‘ethical direction’ to the utility company’s 15,000...

BAT says tobacco industry can be socially responsible - news

The world’s second largest tobacco company has hit out at critics who refuse to give it credit for trying to take a socially responsible attitude to its activities....

Adidas turns up heat on labour standards - news

One of the world’s largest sports clothing companies has stepped up the monitoring of labour standards in its supply chain. Adidas-Salomon will carry out an internal audit...

lottery operator will curb its profit margin - news

Camelot has promised to cut its profit margin by half as one of a series of pledges made in its second social report. The UK National Lottery operator says it will attempt...

Transco sets up social unit - news

Gas pipeline operator Transco has formed a community affairs team. The four-strong team will be responsible for community initiatives undertaken by Transco and its...

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...

Canada gets social responsibility qualification - news

A Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being offered to business executives in Canada. The qualification, which is the first of its kind in the country,...

tour operators ‘lag behind’ on CSR - news

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

Shell shares ethical data with shareholders - news

Shell is to mail a summary of its latest social and environmental report to all shareholders for the first time. The slimmed-down version of the fourth People, planet and...

events scaled down as ‘hot air’ level rises - news

One of the leading bodies on corporate social responsibility is scaling down its conference programme amid fears that the field is now awash with competing events....

water company ready to go global on volunteering - news

The water company AWG is drawing up plans to extend its employee volunteering scheme worldwide. AWG – formerly Anglian Water – provides water for almost 12 million...

business ethics course is aimed at UK schoolchildren - news

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

Co-operative businesses to ponder social goals - news

The UK’s co-operative businesses are meeting this month to discuss how best to ‘re-connect’ their financial and social goals. The 47 firms, which include the...

Nokia helps out schools - news

Nokia is involving its staff in a project to help young people develop their communication skills in schools close to the company’s main sites in the UK....

NGOs pick ‘soft’ targets - news

Non-governmental organizations have been accused of too often choosing softer corporate targets for their campaigning rather than companies that are doing little to improve...

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...

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Nationwide building society has become the latest financial institution to support the UK’s universal bank, which aims to tackle social exclusion by providing banking...

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The UK’s third largest pension fund is to appoint two more people to its social responsibility investment research team. The Universities Superannuation Scheme has been...

Scotland gets homeless bank - news

The UK’s first bank branch exclusively for homeless people has been set up by Bank of Scotland in partnership with The Big Issue in Scotland magazine. The Grand...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

Howells sets up web-based forum for CSR - news

The UK government has launched a web site to provide a forum where businesses can suggest ways to promote corporate social responsibility in a more effective manner....

auditing ‘costs too much’ - news

The ‘big five’ accountancy firms have been accused of charging too much for the verification of social and environmental reports. Complaints about the cost...

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Alliance & Leicester has joined the UK’s universal bank, which will help tackle social exclusion by providing accounts for poor people (EP9, 2001). The Post Office,...

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Barclaycard is to change its criteria for considering potential credit card holders in a move it claims will help tackle financial exclusion. The company expects to offer cards...

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Barclays is working with the Prince’s Trust charity to help young unemployed people in the UK who want to start up a business. The bank will offer unsecured loans of up to $7200...

GRI takes first step to becoming permanent fixture - news

The Global Reporting Initiative has begun a search for people to serve on a new board of directors that will strive to put its work on a more formal footing. The GRI,...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

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

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...

Unilever enters the fray with its first social review - news

One of the world’s largest multinationals, Unilever, has entered the social reporting arena by publishing its first international Social Review. The 20-page...

Monsanto pledges ‘transparency and respect’ - news

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

Heineken to gather ethics into one policy - news

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

ethics codes catch on in Spain - news

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

advancing the business case for human rights - news

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

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A UK-based web site for ethical consumers has been set up by two magazines, Red Pepper and The Big Issue. Three-quarters of the profits of getethical.com will be donated...

bank takes new ethical path - news

Bank of Scotland has issued an interim statement on ethical matters while it works on producing a full corporate citizenship report that will be published later in the year....

'leading edge' firms open up - news

Seven UK businesses that believe they are leaders in corporate social responsibility are to open their doors to the public at the end of this month. The companies...

landlords get auditing guide - news

A guide that aims to show major UK landlords how to carry out social audits has been produced by the Housing Corporation. The report, Things that matter to people, sets out...

code overload causes concern - news

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

grants to help developing world - news

A £17million fund intended to make it easier for companies to help reduce poverty in developing countries has been set up by the UK's Department for International...

banks ready to tackle exclusion - news

Two more UK banks are expected to support plans for a 'universal bank' that would help tackle social exclusion. Alliance & Leicester and Bank of Scotland are holding...

inbrief - news

Non-governmental organizations command greater trust among the public in industrialised countries than do business and government, according to new research by Edelman...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

GKN ready to move on CSR - news

The engineering group GKN has begun considering how to take corporate social responsibility into account in its business practices. The UK-listed multinational will for the...

Procter & Gamble acts against national bias - news

Procter & Gamble has tried to tackle the problem of American bias in its sustainability reports by handing the control of their editorial content to offices outside the...

chemical firms outline sustainability strategy - news

The UK chemicals industry has taken what it describes as its ‘first step’ towards a strategy for sustainable development by publishing a draft ‘leadership statement’...

new bid to quantify reputation - news

Business leaders will discuss new ways of measuring a company’s reputational capital at a conference in London this spring. The initiative, which is being led by the...

how a state of readiness can stave off corruption - news

Careful planning can avoid the difficulties that accompany bribery requests – as can an understanding of local cultures, says John Bray Corporate codes forbidding the...

consistency is the key to a strong corporate culture - news

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

Kraft expands its social marketing role - news

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

AIDS ‘an ethical business issue’ - news

AIDS has become a serious business risk as well as a humanitarian tragedy, according to the international security consultants Control Risks Group. In its annual...

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

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

2005 is designated European year of CSR - news

The European Commission has agreed to hold a European year on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The decision was announced last month at the launch of a business-led...

  UK-based food and drug retailer The Boots group has developed a community investment intranet site to encourage staff members to get involved in the company’s...

CWS unveils social report - news

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has published its first social report. The 60-page document covers the co-operative’s food retailing business, and is largely...

Unocal 'did not collude' in human rights abuses - news

A US judge has cleared one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration companies of complicity in human rights abuses connected to the building of a gas pipeline in Burma....

how the dotcom world is lagging behind on CSR - news

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

Shanks publishes indicators - news

UK-based waste management company Shanks has published its first environmental performance indicators report. The report uses a set of indicators devised by the company to...

banks begin talks about tackling social exclusion - news

The Association of British Credit Unions (Abcul) is talking to banks and building societies about how best to expand the financial services its members receive. The...

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

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

translation 'can ruin codes' - news

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

taskforce launches new CSR blueprint - news

A comprehensive blueprint designed to help large and small businesses become more socially responsible has been produced by a UK taskforce that has worked for almost two...

stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in? - news

Companies that have begun to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about their social and environmental performance have been warned that 'stakeholder fatigue' is beginning to...

Africa gets new voice on business ethics - news

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

250 business people agree to be mentors - news

More than 250 individuals from established businesses have volunteered to act as mentors to new companies being set up in deprived parts of the UK. Under the project,...

SA8000 boost for food supplier - news

A Spanish subsidiary of the Dole food company has become the first agricultural business to obtain SA8000 certification. Pascual Hermanos, which is one of the largest fruit...

Premier to assist with human rights training - news

Premier Oil has secured the agreement of the Burmese government to provide human rights training for officials within key state departments. The training is to be...

Suez Lyonnaise join the EBNSC - news

Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux of France, the utilities company, and US-based computer company Honeywell have joined the European Business Network for Social Cohesion, a group of...

guest column: why the media is shy of corporate best practice - news

Journalists are not paid to peddle good publicity, but to produce stories that their readers are interested in, argues Roger Cowe   All publicity is supposed to be good...

hotline could aid audits - news

Companies trying to gauge working conditions in third world supplier factories may find a telephone hotline is one of the best ways of getting workers to report their concerns,...

Jaguar presents debut community report - news

Jaguar has become one of the first car companies to issue a community relations report. The document shows that Jaguar invested 2.3 per cent, or €804,000 (£490,000)...

award recognises United Utilities' impact on society - news

United Utilities has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community awards for excellence for its ‘clearly defined approach to managing and accounting for its...

water company to school 'challenging' youngsters - news

North West Water is helping the UK’s Department of Education and Employment with a project to help truant children improve their school attendance record. The company is...

export credits agency to heed future ethical risks - news

The UK government’s export credits agency has been given until the end of the year to produce a statement of principles that will commit it to considering the social and...

fund manager expands SRI unit to improve engagement - news

Friends Ivory & Sime (FIS) is expanding its socially responsible investment unit. FIS, the investment management arm of Friends Provident Group, will recruit two additional...

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...

Swiss compile CSR database - news

Information on the social responsibility programmes of businesses in Switzerland is to be gathered by a new Swiss corporate citizenship network. Philias was launched by 11 Swiss...

a sensible business response to child labour - news

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

clothes companies join ban on leather - news

Four international clothes retailers have joined clothing company Gap in banning the use of Indian leather. (EP2, 2000) US-based retailers, Liz Claiborne, the J.Crew Group, and the...

Danone publishes first social audit - news

The French food and drinks group Danone has issued its first social report. The Paris-based conglomerate, which employs 76,000 people in 120 countries and owns the Volvic and...

drugs company helps staff with mental health toolkit - news

International pharmaceutical company GlaxoWellcome will do more to reduce work-related mental health problems among its staff, amid fears that its proposed merger with SmithKline...

guest column: involving stakeholders in sustainability - news

In this edited extract from the BBC’s Reith Lectures 2000, Sir John Browne argues that companies can only further sustainable development if they work with their stakeholders...

Shell backs sustainability - news

Shell has increased its social responsibility commitments by setting up a foundation that will channel millions of dollars into social investment and sustainable development...

Hanson makes green debut - news

Hanson has produced its first environment report. The heavy building materials group, which is one of the largest in the world, outlines various indicators of its environmental...

Nike reveals audits to the world - news

Nike has posted social audits of 53 suppliers in North America and Mexico on its web site as part of a new commitment to openness over working conditions at its 700 contract factories...

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

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

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

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

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UK trades unions have pledged to encourage companies to consult their employees far more. In a policy programme for the next five years called Promoting Fairness and...

oil company ends first leg of social audit in Burma - news

Premier Oil has finished the first leg of a three-stage social audit by completing auditing in Burma. The UK-based oil exploration and production company has carried...

IT firm to help small business - news

A US information technology company is helping people with low incomes to become ‘internet entrepreneurs’. Andalé, the online auction business management company, is working with...

AstraZeneca and Glaxo in social partnerships - news

Two leading companies working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have announced private-public partnerships intended to improve public health in the third world....

Gap bans Indian leather - news

One of the world’s largest clothes retailers, Gap, has decided to stop using leather made from cows in India after protests from an animal welfare group. The San Francisco-based...

Talisman commits itself to a human rights policy - news

The Canadian oil company Talisman has agreed to develop a human rights monitoring programme within a year, after its annual meeting was targeted last month by US pension fund...

inbrief - news

The charitable arm of the UK-based building society Northern Rock last year gave £8million to 'disadvantaged people', mainly in the North of England. Set up in 1997, the...

Sainsbury’s steps up role as food donor - news

Sainsbury’s is claiming to have become the first UK supermarket to appoint a community resources manager to co-ordinate policy on food donation. The company has appointed Martin...

Coca-Cola moves on diversity - news

The world’s largest soft drinks manufacturer has announced new plans to improve its equal opportunities policies. Coca-Cola, which is engaged in a United States legal case filed by...

company law review sets a new agenda - news

As businesses begin to digest the 462 pages of the UK company law review’s latest consultation document, most are beginning to realise that important changes could be on the way...

businesses 'can help to end conflict' - news

Large companies operating in countries where wars are taking place can – and should – make every effort to foster peace, a forthcoming report will claim....

Camelot at cutting edge with social report - news

Camelot, the UK national lottery operator, has published its first social audit. Ed Mayo, director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) which audited the report, described the...

Pfizer to give away drugs - news

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is to give away its expensive meningitis drug Difulcan to thousands of South Africans suffering from AIDS. The company has been under pressure...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

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

inbrief - news

European bus company Arriva is to train its drivers in disability awareness so they can cater more adequately for blind or partially sighted passengers. It will campaign with the UK's...

landlord publishes audit - news

A London housing association has become the first major ‘social landlord’ to produce a social report. The London and Quadrant (L&Q) group, which provides homes for...

European leaders back CSR move - news

European heads of government are to back a major business-led campaign aimed at persuading companies to take corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues more seriously....

inbrief - news

Four out of ten consumers refused to buy products of companies they thought were unethical during 1999, according to a survey of 22,000 people in 21 countries by...

high street travel agency tries to usher in era of greater transparency - news

The UK’s fourth largest travel agent has begun a campaign to encourage holiday tour operators to be more transparent about the number of customer complaints they get. Co-op Travelcare,...

top 100 could do much better on diversity - news

The UK’s leading companies are still not putting enough effort into diversity policies, according to new research by the London-based corporate governance consultancy...

World Bank places CSR studies on the internet - news

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

action network is a success - news

Organisers of the Sustainability Action Network, a new UK group designed to find practical solutions to corporate responsibility problems, say the venture has generated considerable...

inbrief - news

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

now pressure groups are facing the challenge of accountability - news

Pressure groups are fond of challenging the social, environmental and ethical performance of companies. Now the spotlight is falling on the ethical performance of the groups...

UK banks urged to share their branches - news

The UK’s high street banks have been urged to set up ‘multi-banks’ and agency arrangements with post offices to counteract financial exclusion caused by the increase in branch...

BT aims for global values - news

Multinationals must work sensitively with different cultures around the world or face potentially dire consequences for themselves and society, according to a new analysis of...

CSR hopes to be raised by company law review - news

Proposals for a legal obligation on UK companies to produce social and environmental reports will be outlined in the company law review’s second consultation document...

RSA plans new initiatives on ethics in the workplace - news

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

building group eyes community issues - news

Building materials group RMC has decided to give greater weight to community issues in its second UK environment report, which will appear later this year. RMC’s...

BT gets lukewarm reaction to its report - news

BT has had a disappointing response from the public to its first social report. Chris Tuppen, BT’s corporate manager for social and environmental programmes, said the landmark...

Barclays unveils first social review - news

Barclays has become the latest UK high street bank to produce a social report. The 30-page document, billed by Barclays as ‘the first comprehensive review of our approach...

ethics database is launched - news

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

poor image for car makers - news

Car manufacturers, oil companies and the financial services industry are judged to be the worst corporate offenders when it comes to behaviour towards the communities in...

BP to push Angola on arms spending - news

BP Amoco has said it will push Angola to clarify how that country’s government spends money raised from oil companies operating within its borders. Peter Sutherland, chairman of...

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

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

Premier lays down guiding principles - news

Premier Oil has launched a set of guiding principles that lay out policies on human rights and stakeholder dialogue. The UK-based oil exploration and production company,...

Camelot sets out new policy for disabled staff and lottery players - news

The UK national lottery operator Camelot has produced a disability policy that promises to ‘dismantle social and practical barriers’ for disabled lottery players and staff....

Unocal defends record in Asian trouble spots - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has defended its presence in some of the world’s human rights hotspots with a corporate responsibility report that claims it is making a positive...

call for gender pay audit - news

UK businesses are being urged to carry out audits of their salary systems to find out whether they are paying women less for the same jobs as men. The new Valuing Women campaign,...

campaigners get new voice on company law committee - news

Corporate responsibility supporters have been given a significant new voice on the UK government’s company law review with the appointment to one of its key working groups of Rob...

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...

Sullivan principles get world launch - news

Businesses around the world are being invited to sign up to a new set of corporate responsibility principles adapted from guidelines first set up for companies working under...

why it pays to look on the bright side of life - news

Investment analysts need to start taking more account of how the environmental performance of a listed company can have a positive impact on its financial performance, argues Phil Case...

purchasers to look at supply chain guidance - news

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

BNFL ready for social audit - news

British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) has begun preparatory work on a social audit that could lead to publication of the group’s first social report by the end of 2000. The nuclear fuel...

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....

CWS targets retail deserts - news

The world’s largest consumer co-operative has started a campaign to tackle what it describes as ‘retail deserts’ in the UK. The Co-operative Wholesale Society campaign, Co-operating...

business ethics lecturers may soon get accreditation - news

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

WWF sets out ethics code - news

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

how to develop effective performance indicators - news

Sustainability policies require transparent performance indicators that adequately reflect stakeholder interests, says Melanie Eddis Nowadays, televised football bombards you...

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

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

Diageo maps an ethical way forward for its staff - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has produced corporate citizenship guidelines for its 77,000 employees around the world. The guidelines, which are being distributed to...

inbrief - news

Shell has announced plans to market solar energy systems to people living in rural India as part of a 'sustainable business' initiative. A new Bangalore-based subsidiary, Shell...

directors’ duties and the company law review - news

The best way of ensuring that directors’ decisions take stakeholder interests fully into account is to introduce legal minimum standards for social and environmental reporting, argues...

Railtrack tackles suicides - news

Railtrack is to help fund a £300,000 project to reduce suicide attempts on railway lines. The UK track and station operator says that more than 160 suicides – or four per cent of...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

new index to assess UK corporate performance - news

Companies in the north west of England are to be told next month how they have fared under a new system that measures levels of social and environmental performance. Conclusions from...

Cable & Wireless tells suppliers to think green - news

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

MORI to gauge public stance on ethics - news

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

creating the context for sustainable development - news

How can an organization begin relating the principle of sustainable development to working business practice? John Holt of consultants KPMG offers advice The context for...

groundswell of opinion favours pension ethics - news

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

socially aware companies inspire loyalty - news

Almost nine out of 10 European consumers claim they are more likely to buy a company’s products if they know it is being socially responsible, a new poll has shown. The survey,...

new forestry code agreed - news

UK and US retailers have welcomed the creation of agreed standards for the production of sustainable timber in the UK. The standards are expected to be accepted by other countries,...

Nordisk eyes human rights - news

Pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has pledged to develop a human rights strategy for its worldwide operations. The Denmark-based group, which employs 15,000 people in 61 countries,...

consultants scent a growing UK market - news

An international consultancy business has begun a UK trawl for experts in corporate social responsibility to cater for what it believes is a boom in demand for consultants in the...

stakeholders act at Microsoft to aid refugees - news

Stakeholder initiatives by staff at US software giant Microsoft have prompted the company to build a database to help reunite families and friends separated by the recent war in...

building brands through cause related marketing - news

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

market research will test validity of business values - news

Work has begun on a major market research exercise to measure how far public expectations of business behaviour exceed reality. The UK Institute of Directors project, called the...

BAA adopts fresh stance on stakeholders - news

BAA has signalled a switch in its relations with communities living around its airports in a move designed to avoid damaging conflicts with the public over its expansion...

business ethics teaching is patchy - news

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

EC edges ahead on multinationals code - news

The European Commission has approved funding for pilot schemes in four countries to test out the idea of a legally binding code of conduct for European multinationals...

new fund to help third world - news

The UK government is to launch a campaign in July to recruit commercial financial services organizations to help tackle poverty in the third world. Clare Short, the UK’s...

German companies open door on their Nazi past - news

Some of Germany’s biggest companies are to provide educational programmes to staff as part of a move to provide more information about their activities during the Nazi era. The...

Abbey returns to first principles - news

Abbey National, the UK’s fifth largest bank, is to send every employee a statement of principles and a guide to whistleblowing. The bank will mail the new documents to staff within...

high profile prompts better safety record for big business - news

People who work for large UK manufacturing companies are half as likely to be killed or lose a limb doing their job compared with those in smaller manufacturing firms, according to...

what to do with all those old computers? - news

Most of the unwanted computers that end up in landfill sites could be recycled into the community, says David Boyle The ethical impact of business has long been measured in the...

audit has got to be warts and all - news

The first ethical fitness check is under way at Camelot. Sue Slipman has overall responsibility for bringing the audit to completion Sue Slipman rarely aims low. Less than a year...

Shell extends commitment to stakeholder consultation - news

Shell has launched a global corporate communications campaign aimed at backing up its commitment to sustainable development. The Shell group says the $25 million campaign will...

NatWest thinks small - news

NatWest is to step up its community banking commitment by offering credit unions redundant high street branches as premises. Discussions are already underway with a credit union in...

new bonds will help unemployed - news

Bradford & Bingley and the Midland Bank have lent their backing to a new ‘employment bond’ scheme designed to tackle joblessness in deprived areas of Sheffield. The bonds,...

OECD comes fire over corporate governance guidelines - news

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

environmental reports need new agenda - news

Environmental auditing needs to be raised to a new level, according to judges of this year’s annual awards for environmental reports. The judges’ report from this year’s...

Littlewoods steps up pressure on suppliers - news

Littlewoods is to use ethical criteria to help it decide which clothing suppliers to drop as part of a major rationalisation of its trading partners. The retail and...

event surprises organisers - news

Organisers of a London conference on sustainability reporting say they have been taken aback by the level of interest shown in the event. More than 350 delegates from 16 countries –...

Co-operative Bank holds fire on GMOs - news

The Co-operative Bank has decided to adopt a wait and see approach on genetically modified organisms. The bank, which recently strengthened its ethical stance on a number of...

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AMAR Int'l Charitable Foundation in the United States - directory

AMAR U.S. is a registered 501(c)3, affiliated with the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, a British charity working since 1991 to deliver health and education services on a sustained and...

The People's Supermarket - directory

Ashridge Business School - directory

Consistently ranked as a world leader in executive education, Ashridge is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA and combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisation...

Schumacher College - directory

Schumacher College focuses on transformative education for sustainable living. We offer a number of short courses, certificate programmes and Masters courses including an MA in Economics for...

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply - directory

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the leading international body representing purchasing and supply management professionals.  It is the worldwide centre of...

Aston Business School - directory

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

Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

Radley Yeldar - directory

We are a creative communications agency that helps organisations tell their story in a compelling way.  RY works with its clients in six key areas: brand, corporate reporting, digital,...

Three Hands Ltd - directory

At Three Hands we believe in creating business value and social value hand in hand.  We work with business to develop their people, partnership and products in ways that benefit society....

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited - directory

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure UK Limited (part of Amec Foster Wheeler) is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consultancy with enviable customer relationships...

Taylor Bennett - directory

Established in 1982, Taylor Bennett Executive Search focuses on corporate communications assignments across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a growing interest in the developing market for...

Institute of Business Ethics - directory

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

Sustainability Advisory Group - directory

See Further - Think Wider - Do Better Sustainability Advisory Group is an international alliance of leading sustainability strategists and specialists. We excel at making the...

Employee Volunteering - directory

CSV involves people in high quality volunteering and learning opportunities that tackle real need and enrich lives.  CSV Employee Volunteering, a specialist department within CSV,...

20 years on 14% of wild seafood engaged with the MSC program - reports

International non-profit, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), has released its 20th anniversary annual report. Over the last two decades the MSC has worked with scientists, NGOs and the...

Landsec leads the way with science-based targets - reports

The UK’s largest commercial property company creates energy efficiency programmes using the best available science. Tom Idle reports…

TransCanada Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada has released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, providing a comprehensive update on the company’s performance on environmental, social and governance topics...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2017 - reports

“As I travel around our global markets, I am regularly impressed by the innovative and wide-ranging ways in which Tetra Pak people are helping deliver on our brand promise: PROTECTS...

Stockland releases its 2017 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland has released its FY17 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting, which highlight its continued leadership and ongoing achievements in sustainability.

Symantec Educates One Million Students in STEM - reports

As a global corporate citizen, Symantec believes in its shared responsibility to tackle issues that leverage its size, scale and expertise about the cyber security threat landscape to make the...

American Express Aligns Its CSR Efforts Toward Its North Star, Service - reports

Today, American Express published its latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, titled “The Service Effect.” The report describes how service has shaped the...

Aurora Organic Dairy’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report demonstrates its passion for Organic, and how its commitment to Animals, People and the Planet drives its cow-to-carton model - reports

With its support of more than 75,000 acres of organic farmland operated by 100 independent farmers, and 12,000 organic pasture acres surrounding its dairy farms, the leading producer of organic...

Hormel Foods surpasses water reduction goal and has record year of giving - reports

Hormel Foods has launched its 11th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is available online at  https://csr.hormelfoods.com/  and includes information related to the...

Telstra releases Bigger Picture 2017 Sustainability Report - reports

Telstra’s Bigger Picture 2017 Sustainability Report details the evolution of its sustainability strategy, and highlights a series of ‘firsts’ for Australia’s leading...

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...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia publishes its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week Commonwealth Bank of Australia released its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, which shows continuing progress across a range of initiatives focused on delivering the Group’s...

Connecticut Water Service Issues Updated Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Connecticut Water Service, Inc. today announced the availability of the Company’s updated 2016 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR). The update demonstrates the company’s progress...

CBRE Releases Tenth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, has released its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2016 report – themed “Building...

Cargill boosts positive impact for customers and communities - reports

Building on strong earnings in fiscal 2017, Cargill is working to continue growing its business and corporate responsibility impact. The company’s 2017 annual report, launched today,...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

New Report: Interface and PayPal make the Social Purpose Business CaseProof positive that people and planet go with profit - reports

Ethical Corporation released a new report with case studies from Interface and PayPal on  making the social purpose business case .

Singtel Group publishes its third Group Sustainability Report 2017 - reports

The  Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2017  is the company’s third Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance in relation to...

Hess Corporation’s 2016 Sustainability Report Shows Continued Progress in Safe, Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess’ sustainability strategy is driven by its unwavering commitment to protect the health and safety of its people, safeguard the environment, and contribute to the sustainability of the...

Experian unlocks the power of data to help create a better tomorrow - reports

Using its extensive data and analytical expertise, Experian is helping people get the essentials they need to make their lives better – whether that is paying for healthcare and education,...

Pearson Releases 2016 Sustainability Report Showing Progress Towards 2020 Plan - reports

Pearson, the world’s learning company, today published its  2016 Sustainability Report , which highlights the progress made in implementing its 2020 Sustainability Plan and a...

CA Technologies Releases Latest Sustainability Report - reports

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report . The report...

U.S. Dairy Community Releases Sixth Sustainability Report - reports

From farm to table, transparency and ingenuity drive dairy forward, as demonstrated in the newly released  2016 U.S Dairy Sustainability Report , which updates stakeholders on the progress...

Sanofi publishes its first Integrated Report - reports

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

Sustainability at Kingfisher: making it easy for customers, and part of the everyday for colleagues - reports

Kingfisher’s aim is to make sustainability an easy choice for customers. It’s this vision that sets the path for everything they do, and that will help them achieve their ambition...

Heathrow publishes its 2016 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow’s latest Sustainability Performance Report demonstrates continued progress on a range of sustainability issues.

Johnson & Johnson Releases 2016 Health for Humanity Report - reports

Johnson & Johnson has released its  2016 Health for Humanity Report  sharing progress on environmental, social and governance measures, which advance the Company’s mission to...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2016-17 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. Against a backdrop of significant change, innovation and diversification, Royal Mail has...

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today published its 2016 sustainability report. The company’s 11th annual report, themed It All Adds Up, documents the actions and efforts driving its global...

Danish energy company reduces emissions faster than science demands - reports

DONG Energy announces that its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 96% by 2023 is now officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative as aligned with climate science. The target...

Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2016 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report, global health service leader Cigna (NYSE:CI) shares the specific initiatives through which the company applies...

200 Years of Inspiring Science at Johnson Matthey - reports

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100, celebrates its  200th anniversary  this year. A global leader in science and technology, the company was founded...

Innovating for Balance People - Planet - Profit - reports

Innovating for Balance  covers sustainability management, responsible sourcing, efficient production with environmental key performance indicators, Lenzing’s innovations, key...

Foreign Trade Association Becoming Amfori in 2018 to Be the Voice of Global Responsible Trade - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) announced yesterday, 15 June, during its annual conference that the association will change its corporate name to ‘Amfori’ as of January 2018. The...

Abbott Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Today, Abbott released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, reinforcing its dedication to helping people live fuller, healthier lives around the world. The report details the company's...

Amgen launches 2016 Responsibility Highlights Report - reports

Our mission to serve patients is at the heart of everything we do at Amgen. Our positive contribution to the world also extends beyond making vital medicines. Each year, Amgen dedicates...

Landsec publishes 2017 Sustainability Report - reports

Landsec’s purpose is to provide the right space for its customers and communities – helping businesses to succeed, the economy to grow and people to thrive.

M&S publishes its Ten Years of Plan A Report 2017, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

M&S updates on its suite of connected value reports and sets the scene for a new generation of Plan A initiatives.

FMC Issues ‘Built for Progress’ Sustainability Report for 2016 - reports

FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) released its 2016 report on the company’s global sustainability performance, including progress toward its goals published in last year’s report as well as...

BT’s latest ‘Delivering our Purpose’ report updates on progress during 2016/17 - reports

The latest Delivering our Purpose report from BT shows how the company is delivering against ambitious 2020 goals and how they’ve been bringing their purpose to life during 2016/17.

Nestlé in the U.S. Releases 2016 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé in the U.S.’s 2016 Creating Shared Value Report highlights the company’s efforts and achievements in nutrition, health and wellness; environmental sustainability; rural...

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2017...

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

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

Barilla 2017 “Good for You, Good for the Planet” Sustainability Report - reports

The Barilla Group has released  its 2017 Sustainability Report. Highlights include Barilla actions to contribute to  people’s and communities’ wellbeing  and...

BP’s Sustainability Report 2016 outlines how it is helping to drive the transition to a lower carbon future. - reports

The energy BP produces serves to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty. In the future, the way heat, light and mobility are delivered will change. BP is anchoring its business in...

ING’s 2016 Integrated Annual Report highlights financial and non-financial progress - reports

ING’s 2016 Integrated Annual Report is built on the theme “Accelerate”, reflecting the accelerating pace of change in technology and other areas impacting customers' lives...

Eaton publishes a new online Sustainability Report for 2016. We make a healthy planet work. - reports

From our beginning more than 100 years ago, our products and solutions have helped people work more safely, use less energy and reduce emissions. This is what matters most for our employees and...

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

LafargeHolcim publishes its Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

LafargeHolcim has released its Sustainability Report 2016, which highlights its performance in the first full year of operation and the progress made against its main sustainability targets....

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...

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

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

AB InBev 2016 Better World Report; Bringing People Together for a Better World - reports

Anheuser-Busch InBev has published its 2016 Better World Report, which reports on progress against its Better World strategy, which was updated last October following its combination with...

Weatherford Publishes Digital 2016 Annual Report - reports

Weatherford International plc (NYSE: WFT) today announces to its shareholders, clients and employees that it has published its 2016 Annual Report. The digital and interactive report shares the...

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...

BAE Systems publishes 2016 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

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

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Walmart Highlights Progress in Creating Shared Value in Tenth Annual Global Responsibility Report - reports

Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity,...

EY EMEIA Financial Services Releases its 2016 Sustainability Report: 'Our Sustainability Journey' - reports

EY continues its sustainability journey with its latest report exploring the six material issues the financial services industry is facing, and reflects on their journey with their clients,...

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi today released its  2016 Global Citizenship Report , highlighting efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. The report is...

Olam International combines financial and sustainability reporting to highlight importance of creating holistic value - reports

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and...

Aetna Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Aetna, one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, today released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report. This year’s report provides an in-depth...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

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

Shell Releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Each year, Shell releases the  Shell Sustainability Report  describing Shell’s progress to deliver energy in a responsible way and the company’s contribution to the energy...

FedEx Announces the Launch of the 2017 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The 2017  Global Citizenship Report  (GCR) is now available at  csr.fedex.com . The report showcases how FedEx connects people, businesses and communities in ways that advance...

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments and Programs - reports

General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates.

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

Making a Difference: Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report Features Progress on Skills Training, Sustainability and Closing the Gender Gap - reports

Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “ Making a Difference ,” details its commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world. 

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2016 Integrated Annual Report, - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2017 its fifth integrated annual report, “Entering the growth era”, which demonstrates the progress made on all aspects of business,...

Special Announcement – 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments full report now available - reports

Today Nestlé published the 2016 edition of its annual  Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report . It follows the summary version published on 7 March...

RB Publishes Sustainability Report Showing Good Progress on Targets and Commitment to UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - reports

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, today launched both its 2016 Sustainability Report and its Annual Report and Financial Statements.

CEMEX Publishes First Integrated Report - reports

Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) published today its first Integrated Report, with information covering year 2016. This evolution in CEMEX’s reporting is designed to...

CLP publishes its 15th Sustainability Report: Powering the changing world today for a better tomorrow - reports

CLP, one of the largest investor-operators of power assets in the Asia-Pacific region, has published its 2016 Sustainability Report showing a detailed picture of its performance on how it...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

In its  Corporate Responsibility Report , published in concert with its 2016  Annual Report , Verizon detailed the progress it has made over the past year toward reaching its corporate...

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

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

Observations for a better world – Purposeful work with valuable impacts for societies - reports

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, published today its renewed sustainability report, “Observations for a Better World 2016”. The publication...

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

NN Group publishes its 2016 Annual Report - reports

NN Group is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 Annual Report. It consists of two distinct sections – Annual Review and Financial Report – providing an overview of our...

Pfizer Launches 2016 Annual Review Highlighting Commitment to UN SDGs - reports

Today, Pfizer launched its 2016 Annual Review, which provides an in-depth look at all of the ways Pfizer is accelerating patient impact and fulfilling its purpose: to make innovative medicines...

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

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

Yorkshire Building Society’s First CR Report Does UK Financial Services Proud - reports

Yorkshire Building Society Group has outlined how it is making a lasting and positive impact on society in the first annual review of its corporate responsibility performance.

A.P. Moller-Maersk Sustainability Report 2016 Released - reports

The Sustainability Report 2016 follows A.P. Moller - Maersk’s continued work to unlock growth through their business, while operating responsibly and sustainably.

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

Lloyds Banking Group reaffirms its commitment to helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group today publishes its latest  Helping Britain Prosper Plan  update. The Group recognises that people, businesses and communities are facing significant social and...

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. today released its annual  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for fiscal 2016 , highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its...

RBS takes first step on journey towards fully integrated reporting: We are building a more sustainable bank - reports

“We are committed to running the bank as a more sustainable and responsible business, serving today’s customers in a way that also helps future generations, generating long term...

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2016 Sustainability Report,  Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through...

Parker 2016 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Local Impact of Global Commitment to Responsible Operations - reports

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, recently formalized a sustainability framework focused on three key areas where the company has an opportunity to maximize...

Twinings demonstrates how it is improving the quality of life in tea communities in its 2016 Social Impact Report - reports

UK-based international tea brand Twinings publishes its 2016 Social Impact Report which brings to life the stories of the people behind a cup of tea, from Chrissy, a smallholder tea farmer in...

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2016. This year’s report provides even more context on the company’s CR performance, as well as views...

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

IKEA Group reports strong sustainability progress during critical year for climate action - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2016 shows strong progress towards its People & Planet Positive strategy and continued long-term investments in sustainability. A...

CSL Publishes 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Starting a century ago, CSL was driven by its promise to save lives and protect the health of people. In 2016, CSL continues to deliver on that promise through its corporate responsibility...

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

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

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

Firm Focuses on Creating Meaningful Stories through Citizenship Edelman launched today its sixth Citizenship Report, “The Stories We Love to Tell.” The report highlights the...

VMware Releases Global Impact Report - reports

Through the collective impact of their employees, customers and partners, VMware strives to be a Force for Good in the world. Their shared mission is to leave ahead a better future – to...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2016 - reports

“Sustainability goes hand in hand with the Tetra Pak brand promise – PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™ – and the three pillars on which it stands: food, people and futures. Our...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Launches Opportunity Initiatives - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recently launched its new corporate responsibility plan, Opportunity Initiatives. “Opportunity Initiatives demonstrates our intent to create more...

Stockland 2016 Annual Review & Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its online Sustainability Reporting for the year ended 30 June 2016, supporting the 2016 Annual Review.

Canary Wharf Group Reports 8.5% Reduction in Emissions Over Last 3 Years - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

Introducing Sky’s Bigger Picture Performance update - reports

Take a look at Sky’s 2015/16 Bigger Picture Performance update to see how we are making a positive contribution, acting responsibly and using our position as Europe’s leading...

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

Today California-based Jackson Family Wines shared its first sustainability report, supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals. The family-owned wine company, known for its portfolio of...

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

FTA SUSTAINABILITY - Chemical Specialist - recruitment

  The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA...

Diageo reports good first year progress against 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, this week reported strong progress against its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets with the publication of the company's 2016 Annual...

Telstra Releases Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Telstra has released its Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress in embedding its three strategic sustainability priorities – Everyone Connected,...

Virgin Media announces world’s first along with sustainability performance progress - reports

Virgin Media has announced the first year results of its ‘Five in Five’ sustainability goals – the company’s pledge to do more good with digital while growing the...

Gilead Publishes 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Gilead Sciences, Inc. has issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of the work the company is doing around the world to improve the lives of people...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

From Connecting Classrooms to Making Smarter Cities, AT&T’s Tech is Driving Change - reports

AT&T has released its annual sustainability update, which highlights the company’s successes, progress and opportunities for the future.   Our world has never been more...

Johnson & Johnson Continues Its Commitment to Health With New Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals - reports

Johnson & Johnson aspires to improve health in everything they do, and everywhere they go. With the announcement of their Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, Johnson & Johnson...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

CA Technologies Achieves Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule - reports

CA Technologies latest   Sustainability Report   marks a continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

The latest Sustainability Report from communications group WPP shows the business making progress on sustainability issues with its clients and in its own operations.

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

OTE Group of Companies publishes its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

At OTE Group, sustainable growth is what drives its’ strategy and actions. The growth is valued through each and every one of the Groups’ stakeholders, and you are invited to join...

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

Parker Sustainability Report Demonstrates Local Impact of Global Commitment to Responsible Operation - reports

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, recently formalized a sustainability framework focused on three key areas where the company has an opportunity to maximize...

3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Every day, 3M innovation aims to tackle some of the world’s most pressing areas of concern. The 2016 Sustainability Report outlines 3M’s progress and commitments toward improving...

SABMiller Sustainable Development Report 2016; embedding Prosper into the business - reports

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable development. Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement are in place, we are all turning our...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2015-16 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

Experian demonstrates how it is creating shared value in its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the world’s largest credit bureaux operator, Experian is helping millions of people make the most of their data to get fair and affordable access to essential, everyday services.

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Johnson Matthey Publishes 2016 Annual Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2016 Annual Report which is an integrated report covering all aspects of the company’s financial and non-financial performance.  It is available...

Encouraging tomorrow – Allianz’ Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

“How can we ensure safety and progress in the midst of a transformation characterized by geopolitical tensions, our ageing societies, climate change, and digitalization? We can only do it...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

Arcadis publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Arcadis (Euronext: arcad), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has published its first Sustainability Report. The report highlights a selection of the...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

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

BT report reveals how putting purpose first brings business benefits and helps customers, society and the environment - reports

The latest Delivering our Purpose report from BT shows how putting sustainability at the heart of the business is delivering against the company’s ambitious 2020 goals.  ...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

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

2015 Citi Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. It provides many examples of how...

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report Outlines How Strong Foundations Can Lead to a Sustainable Future - reports

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report, Strong foundations for a sustainable future, documents the credit union’s sound financial position and unique relationships with local communities. The...

RBS Launches Sustainability Report 2015 How We Make a Difference - reports

“We’re building a bank where long term success will be determined by doing a great job for customers. By being strong, simple and fair, we will earn their trust, and live up to our...

Coca-Cola Enterprises releases 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/ Euronext Paris: CCE) has today launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, providing an opportunity to reflect on CCE’s...

Sustainability in a Connected World: ARM Delivers its Biggest Corporate Responsibility Program - reports

In 2015 ARM delivered its biggest corporate responsibility (CR) program ever to provide positive change to over 300,000 people around the world. Its 2015 CR report ‘Sustainability in a...

The De Beers Group of Companies Publishes 10th Annual Report to Society - reports

The De Beers Group of Companies today published its 10th annual Report to Society. The report outlines the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure diamond revenues drive social and...

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

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...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

2015 Progress Report: L’Oréal’s Sustainability Program is Accelerating - reports

L’Oréal unveils the 2015 results of Sharing Beauty With All, the Group’s sustainability program that sets ambitious commitments for 2020. In 2015, the Group made important...

adidas Group Presents 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report. Titled “How we create responsibly”, the report provides an overview of achievements and challenges in 2015 and...

Shell Announces Publication of Sustainability Report for 2015 - reports

Shell is pleased to announce the publication of the Shell Sustainability Report for 2015. It describes Shell’s progress during 2015 to deliver energy in a responsible way and our...

Bloomberg Impact Report Update 2015 - reports

The 2015 Bloomberg Impact Report Update provides a detailed look at Bloomberg’s sustainability efforts and outcomes from the past year and details commitments for the future. The report...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

BAE Systems Publishes 2015 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

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

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Mondi Group Shares New Growing Responsibly Model and Commitments - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, released its 2015 Sustainable development report today, together with its Integrated report and financial statements, and its Looking back,...

RB Introduces New Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Corporate Reporting and Raises Key Sustainability Targets Following Early Successes - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, today launched its 2015 Sustainability Report alongside its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

Accenture Releases 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report; Skills to Succeed Initiative Equips More than 1.2 Million People with Job Skills - reports

Accenture has released its 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Making a Measureable Difference,” which explores the company’s progress, performance and goals across its global...

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Publishes 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The FedEx 2016 Global Citizenship Report, "Deliver It Forward," is now available at csr.fedex.com. The report, in its eighth year of publication, highlights the FedEx commitment to...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

NN Group's 2015 Annual Report: Accelerating Change - reports

The 2015 Annual Report provides an integrated review of the performance of NN Group. It consists of three distinct sections – Annual Review, Financial Report and Sustainability Supplement...

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

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

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

Operating responsibly is fundamental to GSK’s strategic priorities. Our success depends on our ability to research and develop innovative products and make them accessible for more people...

Visa Europe and JA Europe launch new research to address the financial skills gap in young people - reports

Businesses across Europe are being invited to collaborate in new research which will help identify the financial skills needed by young people in today’s digital economy.

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Caterpillar's 2015 Sustainability Report: “What We’ve Built. What We’re Solving.” - reports

Caterpillar Inc. published its annual Sustainability Report today, detailing the progress made in 2015 despite challenging economic conditions. Recognizing Caterpillar’s 90-year history as...

Henkel publishes 25th Sustainability Report - Sustainability targets 2011 to 2015 achieved - reports

Henkel reached the interim targets of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030, set new milestones for 2020 and published its 25th Sustainability Report. The first report was published nearly a...

Lloyds Banking publishes its Helping Britain Prosper Plan update - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Helping Britain Prosper Plan update as part of its 2015 Responsible Business suite of communications. The Plan is the Group’s response to some...

Publication of the 2015 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

How many farmers worldwide supply directly to Nestlé?  Did the company meet its target for zero waste in factories?  The 2015 report by Nestlé continues the practice of...

Barclays concludes four year Citizenship Plan - reports

Barclays has published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2015. Fully integrated with Barclays’ Balanced Scorecard, the Citizenship Plan included 11...

Standard Chartered launches its 2015 Annual Report - reports

The Bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded across the Annual Report, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business.

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

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

Jaguar Land Rover Reports on Progress Towards 2020 Responsible Business Goals - reports

In 2009 Jaguar Land Rover set out its Responsible Business strategy and targets to 2020 and has made great progress to date, winning recognition both within and outside the automotive industry....

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes First Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance has published its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report online to showcase the many ways its Company and businesses are supporting the community,...

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

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

Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2015 - reports

The 2015 CR Report concludes the implementation of Woolworths Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015. Woolworths successfully completed 31 out of its 34 key targets and commitments in the Strategy.

IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2015 shows progress towards its People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy including commitments to tackling climate change.

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

Provident Financial plc Publishes its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Provident Financial recently published its 2014 corporate responsibility (CR) report; the company’s fourteenth such report. The report sets out the CR performance in relation to Provident...

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Westpac Group Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

The 2015 financial year marked the mid-point of Westpac Group’s five-year Sustainability Strategy.   This strategy recognises that for Westpac Group to prosper over the long term,...

CN issues Delivering Responsibly sustainability report - reports

CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human...

Wesfarmers Releases 18th Sustainability Report - reports

Wesfarmers has been creating value for more than 100 years, starting as a farmers’ cooperative and now holding a diversified portfolio of retail and industrial businesses, as one of...

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

U.S. Dairy Industry Plays a Leading Role to Build a More Resilient, Sustainable Food System - reports

Through a shared commitment, U.S. dairy farmers, importers and businesses work together to provide people with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is improving the social,...

Sky releases latest sustainability report and summary video - reports

Europe’s leading entertainment company Sky has released its latest sustainability report, now exclusively online. Through its website, Sky outlines its overall vision, initiatives and...

TUI Group launches new ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ sustainability strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays, Better World’. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around...

Stockland releases 2015 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its FY15 Annual Review and online Sustainability Reporting.  It’s been another big year for sustainability at Stockland, with a refreshed...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

Nationwide Building Society reports on year three of citizenship strategy - reports

Nationwide Building Society is three years into its five-year citizenship strategy and strong progress has been made against the targets it set.

Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets - reports

London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the...

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

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

2014 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Dedication to Transparency - reports

Shaw Industries’ 2014 Sustainability Report marks a pivotal year in the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability.

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report,...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

“Understanding our contribution to our local and national economies, building positive relationships with our community and protecting the environments we impact, at developments or via...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Re