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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...

GSK reduces supply chain emissions with help from Schneider Electric - news

By Vikas Vij — A PLoS ONE study published last year showed that if the US healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest carbon emitter, more than...

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,...

London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice in...

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...

Denmaur's recycled "Revive" paper delivers performance with purpose - news

Denmaur Independent Papers, one of the largest paper merchants in the UK, launched Revive, a comprehensive range of recycled papers in April 2016. This was in response to companies and...

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 ...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

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

"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...

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...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

By Nikos Avlonas — Much has been made about whether Silicon Valley corporations are or are trying to be role models for sustainability. There is a perception that Silicon Valley...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The natural capital concept can guide decisions and assess environmental risk. - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — After constructing a plant in an arid part of India, buildings materials manufacturer LafargeHolcim opted not to buy efficient water equipment. Instead, it helped...

Companies alerted to human trafficking by RepRisk report - news

by Brian Collett — Companies are told in a new report to investigate their supply chains more robustly so that they avoid profiting from the human trafficking that now locks in nearly 21...

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...

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

by Vikas Vij — The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction...

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...

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...

Parliament considers bill to require business reporting on slavery policies - news

by Brian Collett — Businesses would have to include statements on their slavery policies in their Companies House returns under legislation now before the UK Parliament. This measure...

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)...

Reflections on CSR in India - news

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

Ethical standards raised over UK IFA’s ISO 22222 claims - news

by Roger Aitken - Financial advisers in the UK who are accredited with ISO 22222, the international standard for personal financial planners, have a duty and obligation to ask clients about...

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...

From farmers to financiers: investors have begun to see farm animal welfare as a significant risk - news

By Leah Garces, USA Executive Director for Compassion in World Farming — Earlier last month in New York, a meeting took place that would have seemed implausible only a few years ago....

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

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

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

The (surprising) power of benchmarking - news

How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of...

"Buy Social": £1bn challenge to big business - news

Responsible Business Week, sponsored by Business in the Community, kicked off at 11 Downing Street with the launch of the £1bn Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an effort to encourage big...

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...

GRI and CDP issue guidance to help companies disclose impacts - news

GRI, pioneer of the most widely used sustainability reporting standards, and CDP, host of a global collection of self-reported climate change, water and forest-risk data, have just released...

BLOG: ESOS – the proof of the audit is in the saving - news

If anyone needs convincing of the value of ESOS, we have the evidence, writes Thomas Whiffen, Senior Energy Specialist, National Energy Foundation. Over the course of the first tranche of...

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...

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

Future Perfect? - news

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

Hong Kong’s Hang Lung Properties clinches top reporting award - news

Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong clinched Asia's Sustainability Reporting of the Year Award at the inaugural event in Singapore this week. The company also won the Best Sustainability Report...

Supplier non disclosure hindering climate risk management - news

The largest ever study of climate change data from major corporates and their suppliers has uncovered a significant blindspot of supply chain risk.   While leading companies such as...

Animal welfare grows in importance to food companies worldwide - news

Noble Foods, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Coop Group (Switzerland) have attained the highest marks in the global Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare report, out tomorrow (26 January,...

British business unprepared for Modern Slavery Act, says CIPS - news

Urgency and action appear to be scant in British businesses before new government rules come into force this spring designed to stamp out modern slavery in supply chains, according to 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...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

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

Legal & General to stop quarterly reporting - news

The UK’s biggest asset manager Legal & General will no longer give its shareholders quarterly updates on its financial performance, arguing that the frequent reporting promotes...

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...

Collaboration to yield ‘transformational’ platform for reporting - news

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and Ecodesk have joined forces to create The Reporting Exchange, a free-to-use,...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

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

Restaurants urged to serve more sustainable seafood - news

More than half Britain’s large restaurant chains are reported to be serving fish and seafood from overfished areas or to be hiding their origins. They are said to be offering species...

Better disclosure improves link between pay and performance - news

More than a quarter of Britain’s biggest companies are reported to be hiding the criteria by which they award bonuses to their senior executives. Disclosure is required under rules...

ZSL expands palm oil web tool to bolster investor decision-making - news

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is aiming to bring further clarity to the complex world of palm oil production through the launch of its expanded Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit...

Ethical Performance journalist wins State Street Press Award - news

Ethical Performance's SRI editor, Roger Aitken, has been recognised at the 2015 State Street Institutional Press Awards, which recognise “outstanding performance” in...

BlackRock launches Impact World Equity Fund fusing ‘social and financial’ goals - news

The launch mid this October of the BlackRock Strategic Funds’ (BSF) Impact World Equity Fund, a liquid UCITS fund that aims to invest in “measurable” social and environmental...

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...

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...

Sustainalytics buys ESG Analytics reinforcing commitment to leveraging product innovation - news

The acquisition of ESG Analytics AG, a Zurich-based provider of web-based solutions that assists asset managers and owners to analyse and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk,...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

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

Surge in carbon price disclosure shows climate change heading mainstream - news

Corporations behind everyday brands of toothpaste, soup, light-bulbs, gasoline, cars and computers are assigning a price to their carbon emissions to offset the costs and risks of their...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

Entries are now open for the inaugural Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, the first such awards for the region. An independent panel of judges including Alex Mavro (coo, Centre for...

BT tops carbon reporting league for second year - news

BT Group (BT) has narrowly beaten Marks & Spencer Group plc (M&S) in the latest analysis of the Carbon Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100. Last year both companies shared first place....

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

London Luton Airport (LLA) has joined a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally recognised Energy Management Standard (ISO50001) by BSI. The...

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....

LSE’s ‘green’ bond segments launch sees City of Gothenburg’s issue first to list - news

The London Stock Exchange’s (‘LSE’) launch of a range of new segments on its fixed-income markets “dedicated” to the issuance of green bonds this July saw the City...

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

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

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

Businesses with a £36m+ turnover will have to report on slavery in their supply chains, the UK government has announced. The government, which consulted on the threshold level as part...

It’s the end of reporting season – what now? - news

And so another reporting season staggers to a close. Having worked with many clients to help them through this sometimes painful time, I know that this season is not always the easiest. From...

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...

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

A second set of five-year corporate responsibility targets, including further development of sustainability as a primary principle, has been introduced by the waste-to-product Shanks Group,...

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

CSR driving access to new markets, says ACCSR - news

Innovative corporate social responsibility practises are helping more companies than ever before to access new markets, according to the 2015 State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual...

3BL Media acquires UK-based CSR publisher of Ethical Performance - news

3BL Media, LLC, a corporate communications platform exclusively dedicated to the distribution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and content, has acquired Dunstans...

Unilever hits new carbon saving milestone - news

Reporting only two weeks ago that its 'sustainable' brands like Dove are growing twice as fast as its 'regular' brands, Unilever has now revealed that it has reached a new...

Human rights now on menu for institutional investors - news

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

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

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

Just how transparent is your data? - news

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

Heineken launches consumer sustainability campaign - news

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has launched a digital campaign to bring consumers closer to its sustainability message. According to the company, The Legendary 7 campaign taps into the...

Global sustainable investing assets balloon 61% to reach $21.4trn - news

The global sustainable investment market grew substantially over a two-year period between 2012 and 2014 in both absolute and relative terms according to ‘The Global Sustainable Investment...

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”,...

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

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

Investor coalition backs new human rights reporting push - news

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

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

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

Farm animal welfare remains 'immature business issue' - news

While some top food retailers are making progress on farm animal welfare, the issue remains immature according to a new benchmarking report, with half of the 80 companies assessed appearing in...

Volunteering can boost business as well as community links - news

Paul Buchanan, community director, Business in the Community explains why volunteering is good for the bottom line as well as the spirit Recently I sat in an audience listening to a...

Suppliers in US, Brazil, China and India least resilient to climate change risks - news

Lack of preparation currently leaves supply chains in Brazil, China, India and the US more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan. While, suppliers in China and India deliver...

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

Biogen beat fellow American pharmaceutical company Allergan to top spot in this year's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. German sportswear company Adidas...

GRI kicks off project to explore future of reporting - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), architect of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, has kicked off a new project  - Reporting 2025 - aimed at...

Navigating the challenges of multiple reporting frameworks - news

Richard Kirby, technical director at CRedit360, explores the complex web of reporting standards    Making use of reporting frameworks to communicate and benchmark...

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...

“More uniform reporting becoming a neccessity,” says GRI ceo - news

Early in 2015 the International Integrated Reporting Council plans to unveil a ‘landscape’ or overview of the current prevailing international reporting standards. It will be the...

Investment industry urged to address lack of female execs - news

The UK investment management industry is suffering from a severe lack of female representation, despite the high corporate governance expectations placed on the boards of companies in which they...

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...

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...

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...

Sustainability leaders growing in executive influence, says Verdantix - news

According to a new global survey of 260 heads of sustainability conducted by Verdantix, the independent analyst company, sustainability leaders have increasing executive committee influence....

Investors call for global tax reform and transparency - news

In a global first, a group of institutional asset owners and managers are jointly calling for comprehensive transparency and disclosure to be adopted as core principles in reform of the...

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...

Low carbon future does not mean low profit, finds CDP report - news

Companies taking action to mitigate climate change have outperformed the Bloomberg World Index by 9.6%. The figures prove that a low carbon future does not mean low profit, say assessors...

Water risk threatens growth for world’s largest companies - news

Two thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth. The news comes amid mounting shareholder concern around 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...

SSE trailblazes with Fair Tax Mark accreditation - news

SSE plc, the UK's second largest energy supplier, has become the first FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark. Launched in February 2014, the Fair Tax Mark is the world's...

Dow Jones sustainability indices family reaches 15-year milestone - news

S&P Dow Jones Indices, part of McGraw Hill Financial and the world’s largest global resource for index-based concepts and data, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused...

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

Big business starts to show pay moderation - news

More than three-quarters of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have responded in the past 12 months to shareholders’ expectations and the government’s new disclosure and voting rules...

Tesco launches investigation following £250m profit shortfall - news

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

Opening the door to transparency - news

Transparency is a step beyond regular Corporate Social Responsibility - it means not just behaving ethically but showing how you’re doing it. Miranda Ingram reports  ...

Emerging markets more focused on sustainability finds Grant Thornton - news

New figures from accountancy giant Grant Thornton show that business leaders in emerging markets are more focused on the sustainability of their operations than their peers in developed markets....

Tesco execs suspended over £250m profit overstatement - news

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

More than one in three women suffer sexism in tech industry - news

Over 40% of women in the UK tech or IT industries have witnessed or experienced sexism in the workplace, a new survey has revealed. Sexism continues to be entrenched in the tech and IT...

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

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...

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...

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...

Step up or step back: six essential lessons in cause marketing - news

Consumer scepticism and expectation of institutions is at an all-time high, and prominent brands are under more pressure than ever to do good… and prove it, writes Andrew Pederson....

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

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...

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...

Sustainability still driven by ‘box-ticking’, not conviction - news

UK businesses are missing out on a range of benefits by operating on the ‘border’ of compliancy when it comes to sustainable business practice, according to the annual sustainability...

Asda achieves global first in reporting on sustainable seafood - news

Supermarket giant Asda has become the first retailer in the world to open up its books and give a full disclosure of where and how it sources wild fish. This is coupled with an assessment of the...

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,...

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

Europe’s largest companies are coming under increasing political pressure to cut their carbon footprint ahead of crunch climate talks next year, but carbon trading is now just one of many...

Korean banks promise ethics but deliver problems - news

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

EC directive a turning point for reporting frameworks? - news

The ‘last word’ by Elaine Cohen in the March edition of Ethical Performance was a timely summary of what has been becoming apparent for some time. There is indeed a degree of...

OECD presses Japan to step up bribery investigations - news

The OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business is pressing Japan to step up investigations and prosecutions of companies using bribery in the course of foreign business. Japan...

Research proves link between CR reporting and stock price uptick - news

New research offers proof that investment in, and subsequent reporting of, corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves a firm’s stock price. Professor CB Bhattacharya, E.ON Chair...

Business needs to consider plastic footprint as much as carbon - news

Companies could become more sustainable by improving the way they measure, manage and report the amount of plastic they use in their business operations and supply chains, according to...

Illegal fishing threatens tuna stocks in Mediterranean - news

Illegal fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean Sea continues to threaten the recovery of the species, a new study reports. At least 79 media accounts of bluefin tuna catches...

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

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

UK businesses need to prepare for upcoming energy reporting changes - news

Within months, more than 7,000 businesses across the UK will have to report on energy use for the first time under a scheme run by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). To...

Leading investment institutions make case for responsibility - news

There is significant untapped potential for investors to exert a positive influence on the economy, environment and society, by practising responsible investment, according to a new report...

Natural capital depletion is ‘elephant in boardroom’ says CIMA - news

Business leaders continue to focus on short-term pressures and treat natural resources as if they’re infinite, warns a new report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

Corporates waking up to need for greater tax transparency? - news

In contrast to Christian Aid's report earlier this week (see here ), big businesses are becoming more transparent over their tax affairs, according to a new report from PwC. Almost...

Mental health needs to move up wellbeing agenda, says BITC - news

While the results from the second Business in the Community (BITC) Workwell FTSE100 benchmark showed the average company score on the up, the provision of mental health support continues to be a...

Women losing out in CSR salary stakes - news

The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have...

Unilever steps up sustainability plans - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is stepping up several of its sustainability commitments in the areas of deforestation, food security and public health. Commenting on progress it has made...

Europe makes landmark move towards ‘integrated reporting’ - news

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

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

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

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...

When it comes to integrated reporting, first think ‘integrated thinking’ - news

Wiebke Flach, head of advisory services at Business in the Community, explains the integrated approach to reporting. In the simplest terms, integrated reporting is when a company...

Bernie Ecclestone wins Formula One court case - news

The first of the cases being brought against billionaire UK businessman Bernie Ecclestone has failed, even though the judge branded the Formula One supremo a corrupt operator. Constantin...

Sustainability reporting moves up British business agenda - news

While 70% of British businesses identify sustainability as a key driver for growth, only 51% believe that sustainability issues will impact their firm’s financial performance over the next...

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...

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,...

GRI vs IIRC vs SASB: no synergy, no leadership - news

Elaine Cohen, ceo of Beyond Business Ltd, discusses the current state of play in reporting frameworks   We are witnessing a leadership battle for ownership of sustainability...

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...

Organisations ignore whistleblowing procedures at their corporate peril - news

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

Big companies should become more transparent over tax issues - news

Multinationals should be compelled to publish their revenues, profits and taxes paid in every territory where they operate, chief executives of large UK businesses have told a survey....

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...

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...

Environmental management budgets set to escalate - news

More than 62% of corporations worldwide will increase spending on environmental management initiatives in 2014 and 31% will increase spend in the double-digits according to a new report from...

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on chief executives to reward responsible behaviour in the same way that they incentivise staff to meet financial targets and generate...

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...

Sea freight supply chain partnership - news

Technology provider EcoVadis and BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG) have set up a partnership aimed at standardizing sustainability reporting requests for the sea freight supply chain....

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...

Strategic software combines reporting platforms - news

Sustainability Sure is a new platform that combines energy meter analytics, CRC compliance and reporting, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a single...

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...

Verdantix endorses world's top six sustainability assurance firms - news

Increased scrutiny of environmental, social and governance disclosures in financial and sustainability reports will require Fortune 500 firms to seek much more comprehensive assurance of their...

CR risk not sufficiently tied to exec pay, says KPMG - news

Whie most large companies acknowledge risks from environmental and social “megaforces” like climate change, few link corporate responsibility to executive remuneration, finds a new...

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

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

European companies set to fall behind on sustainability disclosure - news

European companies are set to fall behind emerging markets-based companies on sustainability disclosure according to new report from Aviva Investors.  The study carried out by CK...

Web-based support tool for G4 reporting goes live - news

G4 Online is a new web-based tool to support organizations preparing sustainability reports using the latest generation of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting...

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...

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....

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...

L’Oréal’s looking good with latest sustainability commitment - news

French beauty giant L’Oréal is sitting pretty with its rebranded sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty With All , which maintains the company will ensure 100% of its products...

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...

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...

Beiersdorf to merge corp comms into CSR - news

Nivea news... Beiersdorf is reshaping its Corporate Communications. With effect from October, it will be merging its Corporate Communications and Corporate Sustainability departments. Inken...

Japanese companies to ramp up publication of data on female promotion - news

Today, more than 25 years since Japan enacted its Equal Opportunity Law in 1986, women hold only 11% of managerial positions in the Japanese business world, according to the 2013 government...

Putting materiality to the test - news

Business in 2013 is increasingly aware that it is no longer possible to be competitive without being sustainable. But sustainability reporting in 2013 is about more than transparency and...

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...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

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

inbrief - news

? 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...

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...

Big 5 mobile companies to review Indonesian mining - news

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

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...

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...

ICT companies need to take human rights seriously - news

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

Workwell updated... - news

Business in the Community (BITC) has launched a new version of its public reporting guidelines on Employee Engagement and Wellbeing; reiterating its relevance to investor decision-making....

Ecclestone to face bribery charges - news

GERMANY: the British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone has been charged with bribing a banker in 2006 to smooth the sale of the bank’s 47% stake in the Formula One motor racing group, of which...

CDP, CDSB & IIRC form alliance to accelerate integrated reporting - news

CDP, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), are forming an alliance that will achieve greater momentum towards the evolution of...

Call for definitive standards for human rights reporting - news

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

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...

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,...

Time to step up divestment in ‘man’s most evil creation’ - news

Not mincing his words, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said in a 2012 International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) report: “Nuclear...

World’s largest hotel chains collaborate over carbon emissions - news

The hospitality industry has issued an update of its programme enabling hotels to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of stays and meetings consistently and transparently. The...

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...

Changing behaviour over children’s rights - news

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

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

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

UKSIF calls for G8 to address barriers to responsible investment - news

As the G8 Summit kicks off in North Ireland, the UK’s Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called for attendees to use the event to make progress in breaking down...

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...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

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

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

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

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...

Disney takes more transparent approach to reporting - news

Family entertainment giant and American institution, Disney is changing the way it records and publicises its CSR strategy in citizenship.    The company’s new Citizen...

Business urged to push children’s rights further up CSR agenda - news

New research from UNICEF and Ipsos MORI shows that while more than two-thirds of UK businesses interviewed think that responsibilities to children will become more important to UK companies over...

Bloomberg & Dow Chemical ranked highest for sustainability reporting - news

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

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...

GRI Guidelines win recognition - news

GRI survey... The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines now rank among the most widely recognised CSR instruments among large European companies, according to new research published by...

Closing the credibility gap in reporting - news

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

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

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

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

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

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...

Companies ‘all talk and no action’ on water scarcity - news

Most of the world’s largest companies are guilty of lacking a long-term water management strategy, even though they discuss the issue in corporate documents.   And, in their CSR...

Auto industry collaborates on conflict mineral tool - news

More than 20 car manufacturers have collaborated to develop a new online reporting tool for conflict minerals. The companies – which include Honda, Ford and the Chrysler Group – have...

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,...

Businesses slow to adapt to CO2 data demands - news

Corporate awareness of climate change continues to rise, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has recorded in its 2012 statement, The Future of Reporting. When the CDP produced its first...

UK bribery rules republished as SFO reaffirms commitment to enforcement - news

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO)has reaffirmed its commitment to enforce the Bribery Act when it last month republished guidance on enforcement. The move comes in the wake of the...

US oil industry body sues SEC over Dodd-Frank Act disclosure rules - news

A coalition of US oil and business organisations is suing the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for ‘overstepping’ its authority in requiring companies to disclose payments...

BHRRC response to Global Witness expected - news

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

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...

Firms still failing to report anti-corruption activities - news

The world's largest companies may be contributing to the corruption culture, says a report by global civil society group Transparency International (TI), which claims organisations still...

FTSE 100 companies act on the UK Corporate Governance Code - news

Major UK-listed companies are embracing transparent reporting, sustainability and strong corporate governance as central pillars of their businesses, and implementing many of the UK Corporate...

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....

US proxy set to stay central to corporate engagement – despite better dialogue - news

Shareholder dialogue with US corporations is improving but Timothy Smith, of Boston-based Walden Asset Management, tells Robert Kropp that filing resolutions will remain a crucial element of...

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...

Cranfield on Corporate Responsibility - news

Connected by the authors’ mutual place of work, the short advisory essays in this book form something of a disjointed and sprawling collective at odds with its aim to be ‘a manifesto...

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (Cosia), which represents 12 of the largest Canadian oil sands producers, has been formed to ‘find solutions to the environmental challenges of oil...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

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

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...

UK guidelines for business environmental sustainability reporting unveiled - news

Following the UK government’s announcement that larger UK businesses will need to report their sustainability performance ( EP, July 2012, p1 ), environment minister Lord Taylor of...

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

A passage in the Rio+20 final document covering sustainability reporting by publicly listed and large companies has won the support of the Brazilian, Danish, French and South African...

Shareholders target political spending curbs - news

The two main candidates in this year’s US presidential election stand to gain from large corporations who are attempting to influence their campaigns by pouring money into independent...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

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...

It’s all down to business ... as usual - news

Leaf through the pages of this edition of Ethical Performance and you could be forgiven for thinking that this is our sustainability issue. Since the date was set for the UN Conference on...

Hotels agree emissions measurement standard - news

A partnership of prominent global hospitality companies has created a system to ensure a consistent approach to measuring and reporting on carbon emissions. The Hotel Carbon Measurement...

Walden leads fund managers’ call for full disclosure of corporate lobbying spend - news

US-based investor Walden Asset Management is leading 40 fund managers in challenging companies to disclose their spending on political lobbying. The investors’ alliance has filed...

UK announces carbon reporting move as Rio+20 fails to impress - news

Amid low expectations, political divisions and economic uncertainties, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development saw $513bn (£328bn, €410bn) in funding committed to...

Trust deficit means business must prove its ethics - news

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

‘Investor ambivalence’ a drag on ESG performance - news

Global stock exchanges are the leaders in promoting CSR performance and reporting but remain restricted by regulation and investor ambivalence, according to new research from Aviva Investors in...

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....

Trafigura clarification - news

Trafigura: The last edition of Ethical Performance (EP, March 2012, p1) reported that oil trading company Trafigura had been convicted by a Dutch court of illegally dumping toxic waste in the...

The problems and opportunities of US non-financial reporting - news

The GRI has been playing catch-up in the US ever since its launch and expansion in other parts of the world. That could be about to change, however, according to the organisation's US...

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...

Energy extractives industry sees guidelines updated in wake of BP disaster - news

New non-financial reporting guidance for the oil and gas industry has been produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Designed for companies at various stages of the oil, gas and...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

An ambitious green economy drive announced by the German government emphasises principles in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. The policy recommendations of the...

Seven years on, Compact sees 3,000th expulsion - news

The number of companies expelled from the UN Global Compact has now passed 3,000, and the organisation says CSR has reached 'a major crossroads' worldwide. For failing to...

Corporate Sustainability Management - news

This rigorous and in-depth book makes an apparently simple claim about non-financial reporting and sustainability management: that all risks, opportunities and practices must be embedded in...

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

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

Trade war begins as China rejects EU aviation tax - news

China has ordered its airlines not to pay the new EU carbon taxes in the latest chapter of the controversial Emission Trading Scheme. The Chinese aviation authority has imposed a ban even...

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...

Banks and funds develop KPIs on human rights - news

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

Investors to focus on UK stewardship - news

A new coalition of investors will consult on an ambitious plan to improve the quality of stewardship in the UK. Some of the world’s most proactive institutional investors, including Aviva...

Durban gives business a new focus on results - news

At this winter’s UN Climate Conference (COP17) in Durban, I was pleased to be a member of the largest private sector contingent to attend a COP to date. And there was a great deal for...

A global call for corporate sustainability - news

Sustainable development, and the critical role of business in sustainability, has become a repeated theme on these pages and in CSR commentaries around the world. With Rio+20 now firmly on the...

US environment agency launches cross-sector greenhouse gas database - news

Details of the highest-emitting US business facilities have been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The information, based on the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which...

Brazilian bourse aims for pre-Rio+20 boost for CSR - news

A report-or-explain regime is to be introduced by the Brazilian stock exchange to kick-start CSR in the run-up to the UN’s Rio+20 sustainable development conference this summer....

Sedex issues new risk assessment tool - news

The Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), the collaborative platform for sharing ethical supply chain data, has launched a new risk assessment tool. Developed with Maplecroft, the new tool...

UN publishes environmental engagement report - news

The United Nations has published a report outlining the key contribution employee engagement can make to achieving environmental targets. Making Environmental Employee Engagement Happen,...

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...

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

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

US companies doing little to back up big CSR claims - news

KPMG has concluded that US companies are favouring style over substance in their CSR priorities, with a national corporate emphasis on ‘communication’ rather than actual performance....

EU firms report ‘aspirations before performance’ - news

Large companies are routinely guilty of publishing “irrelevant data, unsubstantiated claims, gaps in data and inaccurate figures”, according to a new analysis of fact-checking in CSR...

‘Broader action’ needed on water stewardship - news

Little progress has been made on water-related issues by large corporations after initial promises on the CSR issue last year. Research by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) shows that the...

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

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

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...

EC sets up programme to advise on SRI - news

The European Commission has hired the services of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the European Federation of Financial Analyst...

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...

Momentum grows for standardised integrated reporting - news

Tomorrow’s company annual report will look very different to today’s as investors increasingly demand professionally-produced, trustworthy non-financial information, Wim Bartels...

CO2 standards focus on business case for cuts - news

Two new international emissions standards have been produced that are likely to set the tone of carbon footprint management for years to come, encouraging companies to better measure and report...

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

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

Malaysian stock exchange bolsters disclosure requirements - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has bolstered its listing requirements on disclosure, and issued a guide to raise standards in the area. Bursa Malaysia has made its rules more stringent on...

ISO & GRI further sustainable cooperation - news

The Independent Standards Organization (ISO) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have agreed to increase co-operation on sustainable development. The world’s largest standards...

Interest in farmland sparks principles launch - news

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

Integrated reporting framework sets out stall on clarity and simplicity - news

An international framework for integrated reporting that will see firms providing more comprehensive, long-term and user-friendly information has been proposed. The International Integrated...

Calls grow for political spend reporting - news

Investors and academics have made moves to force the US government’s hand on the disclosure of corporate political spending. The International Corporate Governance Network (IGCN)...

New German code raises bar on Euro CSR standards - news

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

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

US companies are accelerating their action on climate change, with more than half of the country’s 500 largest firms now putting the issue at the centre of business strategy. The...

inbrief - news

Campaigner Jonathon Porritt has slammed most companies’ interpretation of corporate responsibility as “completely vacuous – and one of the principal reasons why so many people...

inbrief - news

Johnson & Johnson has set itself a series of five-year goals in a miniature version of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A. The detailed targets include launching 100 health education...

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...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Carlsberg subsidiary set to introduce five-point ‘discipline pact’ for suppliers - news

A Ukrainian brewer has become one of the first eastern European companies to establish a code of conduct for its suppliers. Slavutich, part of the Carlsberg Group, has made compulsory...

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

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

inbrief - news

Halliburton and Royal Dutch Shell have been named as the world’s most criticized companies for the practice of ‘fracking’, or extracting natural gas from shale by pumping large...

The economics of DZ’s new SRI analysis service - news

The German bank has launched one of the first sustainability ratings systems to include financial perspectives in its metrics. Mike Scott talks to the firm’s SRI research head to find out...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

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

Airports get new guidance - news

Airports have been given sustainability guidelines for monitoring and reporting on ‘wildlife strikes’, in which animals are hit by aeroplanes, often causing passenger accidents....

AA1000 standards get new seven-strong board - news

Prominent CSR figures have been chosen to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 series of standards.   The new seven-member board will serve for a period of one year and will...

GRI takes another shot at producing XBRL guide - news

An attempt is to be made to revive interest in the use of eXtensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL, in sustainability reporting. The Global Reporting Initiative and Deloitte have...

inbrief - news

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

GRI starts work on revision - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is asking its network and the public for input as it begins work on new sustainability guidelines. The fourth generation of the GRI’s...

Firms produce poor data on workplace strategies - news

Business in the Community has come up with a set of ‘draft metrics’ to help UK businesses improve reporting on employee wellbeing and engagement. The metrics have been produced...

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...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

Clothing giant Puma has published the first results of an innovative environmental profit and loss account, revealing heavy impacts from emissions and water externalities at the bottom of its...

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...

CSO role gains ground as Coca-Cola appoints Perez - news

Coca-Cola has become one of a growing group of companies to create a post of chief sustainability officer (CSO) to oversee corporate responsibility matters close to board level. The...

ethics training for employees falls - news

There has been a drop in the number of UK companies providing ethics training for staff, a new Institute of Business Ethics survey has revealed. Only six out of ten UK companies provided training...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

The ‘fiduciary straitjacket’ imposed on UK pension funds must be removed to promote sustainable investment, reports a pension research charity. FairPensions has proposed an...

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Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete UK, one of Britain’s largest construction materials companies, has published its first sustainability report. The report, covering the company’s three...

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...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

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

GRI demands reports or explanations - news

A ‘Report or Explain Campaign’ has been launched by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), calling on governments throughout the world to regulate on corporate sustainability...

CDP turns attention to emissions cost savings - news

Investors managing nearly $8billion (£4.9bn, €5.6bn) have urged the world’s largest companies to implement cost-effective emissions reduction programmes, following the creation...

FTSE4Good resets rules on breast milk substitutes - news

The marketing of breast milk substitutes is to be subject to external verification assessments commissioned by the FTSE4Good index. In its latest bi-annual review the index announced new...

Compact under the cosh from its own inspectors - news

The United Nations Global Compact has delivered ‘unclear results’ and exposed the UN to reputational damage in its first ten years, according to two of the UN’s external...

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Hewlett Packard has won the ‘best report’ category in the 2011 CR Reporting Awards run by CorporateRegister.com. Virgin Group won the best first time report category, while...

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An updated version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidance was published last month. The new ‘G3.1’ guidelines include various small changes and...

Mining firms begin to disclose more information - news

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

SRI bodies act to raise profile of ethical investing - news

Leaders of socially responsible investment associations around the world held a strategic summit in New York last month to discuss research collaboration, global policy programmes and sharing...

Bourses urged to improve disclosure - news

The world’s largest stock exchanges have been urged by investors representing $1.6trillion (£1tn, €1.15tn) to deal with their constituents’ inadequate sustainability...

IT sector to get guidelines on CO2 reporting - news

Guidance for information technology companies on a universal standard for the reporting of carbon emissions is to be developed in a large-scale collaboration of environmental organizations....

Aussies reap rewards from uptake of CSR strategies - news

CSR is saving Australian companies money, strengthening reputations and enabling the creation of new products, though budgets have been cut in the past two years. The claim is made by...

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Revised sustainability reporting guidelines for the oil and gas sector have been published by three industry associations – IPIECA, API and OGP.  The second edition of the guidance,...

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...

XBRL: it’s up to GRI to show progress or explain failure - news

More than four years have passed since the Global Reporting Initiative began working on the adoption of XBRL – eXtensible Business Reporting Language – to manage corporate...

Supply chain carbon cuts begin to deliver rewards - news

Businesses that are getting to grips with carbon management in their supply chains are beginning to see returns on their investment, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The...

Compact opts for new tiered reporting regime - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact will in future have to comply with one of three levels of reporting on how they are observing its ten principles. A new...

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

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

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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...

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The US dairy industry has published its first sustainability report. The Innovation Centre for US Dairy, which announced a voluntary goal in 2009 to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a...

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Smaller French companies have been offered a new online resource for non-financial reporting. Corporate Sustainability Reporting, a website for CSR and sustainability reporting in France, has...

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...

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

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

Innovative IT trio leave their rivals ‘far behind’ - news

Deloitte, IBM and Logica lead the global market in providing sustainable technology services, according to a new analysis. A study by the analyst firm Verdantix has found that the three...

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...

Investors set sights on tax dodgers - news

A financial reporting standard to counter corporate tax avoidance has been demanded by a group of asset managers and civil society organizations. A statement signed by organizations...

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Companies are being encouraged to simultaneously use the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Global Reporting...

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...

Corporate bill reaches $2tn - news

The world's largest 3000 companies caused about a third of all environmental damage attributed to human activity in 2008, the cost of which was estimated at $2.15trillion (£1.36tn,...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has jumped  by more than 30 per cent in a year, to 808. The UN claims the surge...

'Green muting' to end in 2011 - news

Companies that are normally reticent about their sustainability achievements will begin to communicate them more boldly in 2011. That's the prediction of the Verdantix analyst firm,...

Too many asset managers fall short on disclosure - news

A 'gulf' in behaviour on voting and engagement disclosure has been identified between the best and worst performers among UK asset managers. An annual report on the matter by the...

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An online tool for sustainability reporting in Latin America has been introduced by a Mexico-based consultancy. ES Global will offer consulting services and writing support, in addition to...

Firms take up water agenda - news

The world’s largest corporations have moved quickly to work up CSR strategies on water, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) first report on the impact of water...

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

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

Training course moves to Spain - news

A CSR training programme run by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows is to be offered in Spain for the first time. The programme, which is certified by the International Register of...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

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

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

A group of NGOs has released an alternative CSR report on the activities of the multinational confectioner Hershey’s, simultaneously with the publication of the company’s own first...

Coming soon: a fourth revamp of GRI guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced another comprehensive revision of its sustainability reporting guidelines – just four years after the last major overhaul. The GRI,...

CDP issues first water report - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has launched its first report on the impact of water constraints on the world’s largest corporations. The CDP’s Water Disclosure programme shows that water...

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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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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...

Compact offers a template - news

Developing world companies have been provided with a ready-made document that should help them publicly report on how they are living up to the United Nations Global Compact. The template...

Web is under-used by leaders - news

Every company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is failing to exploit the internet to engage with stakeholders on CSR issues. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

A newly-formed Canadian oil company has established corporate responsibility performance measures against which it will produce all its reporting and track its progress. Cenovus, which was...

Patchy safety record still dogs mining sector - news

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

Hotels drag their heels on human trafficking - news

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

US law requires new disclosure on conflict minerals - news

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

Eastern European CSR reporting makes big strides - news

Eastern European corporate responsibility reporting is fast approaching the level of Western Europe, with significant improvements in countries such as Poland bringing them up to par with some of...

OFR is back on the table - news

Consultation has begun on UK government plans to resurrect the idea of requiring businesses to produce an annual Operating and Financial Review (OFR) that covers their social and environmental...

integration is the holy grail – but its seekers must tread carefully - news

The new plans to draw up a global framework for the integration of non-financial and financial reporting are certainly interesting. But where will they lead us? Among those involved are big...

new governance rules respond to risk issues - news

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

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

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

Obama compels oil & gas firms to reveal revenues - news

Legislation requiring extractives industry companies to report the payments they make to governments in return for permission to extract resources has been passed in the US. The Dodd-Frank Wall...

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...

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...

Compact eyes two-tier system for signatories - news

Work is underway to create a ‘tiered’ system that will make it easier for developing world firms to report properly on their adherence to the United Nations Global Compact principles. The move...

Equator backsliders will now face de-listing - news

Financial institutions that have adopted the voluntary Equator Principles on ethical project financing will now be de-listed if they fail to regularly report on how they are upholding them. New...

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

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

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The winners of all five of this year's Global Reporting Initiative Readers' Choice Awards were Brazilian. The overall prize went to Banco do Brasil. The GRI also announced 'a huge...

Insurer gives investors a say on its reporting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies to put its annual corporate responsibility report to a shareholder vote. Shareholders endorsed Aviva's CSR report in one of...

Puma suppliers to get more help - news

Puma is to expand its support for a project that helps its suppliers produce brief CSR reports. After a pilot involving three South African firms, the clothing company will now give advice...

Who judges the CSR judges? - news

Barely a day goes by without the announcement of a CSR or sustainability award, quickly followed by a glamorous ceremony and prizes. I’m not in principle against the giving of awards when they...

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

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Two Tomorrows is to join forces with the ecological consultancy Biocensus to offer new biodiversity support services to businesses. In partnership with Biocensus, the UK-based sustainability...

Having more data is great, but can we trust the figures? - news

Esther Rodriguez argues that carbon reporting is seriously undermined by a lack of assurance There’s no denying that carbon reporting is now an important element of sustainability...

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...

NGOs get own guidelines - news

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

Korea improves record on pervasive ethics problems - news

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

Accounting body calls for greater transparency - news

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

Hong Kong yet to integrate CSR - news

Hong Kong’s largest companies have ‘failed to embrace CSR in its totality’ despite scoring well on engaging stakeholders, a new survey says. Oxfam Hong Kong’s latest...

The recipe for success: board-level champions - news

New guidance on how to embed corporate responsibility throughout an organization has stressed the importance of having CSR subcommittees and ‘board-level champions’ to underpin such...

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...

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Members of the Ethical Trading Initiative spent £18million ($27.5m, €20.8m) on ethical trade activities in 2008-09 – up from £14m the previous year, says the...

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Nearly all of Australia’s largest companies are failing to report adequately on social investment, concludes the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Its analysis of...

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Draft reporting advice drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative for the oil and gas industry is now open for public comment. The consultation period ends on 2 June.

Communicators must take a more engaging approach - news

Non-financial reports are virtually useless if no one actually reads them, says Simon Hodgson What if you gave a party and no-one came? You’ve cooked all day, laid the table,...

Human rights principles suffer from ten-year itch - news

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

300 firms asked for water data - news

A huge group of institutional investors has asked more than 300 of the world’s biggest companies to report on their water use and other water-related issues. The Carbon Disclosure...

Beware futile gestures, says campaigner - news

A prominent British environmental activist has warned companies to be wary of ‘green hopefuls’ who encourage them to make eye-catching but essentially futile corporate gestures....

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 ....

Firms show ‘staggering’ lack of credibility - news

Most of the UK’s largest companies lack credibility on the claims they make about their carbon emissions, and most seek no external verification for the environmental data they issue....

Asian bourses reveal GRI data - news

Two Far East stock exchanges have decided to lead by example by producing reports in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. The Singapore and Hong Kong exchanges...

Indian mining firms get compulsory CSR - news

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

US firms missing emissions targets - news

Carbon emissions among the largest companies in the US are on course to rise by almost four per cent over the next ten years, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In research into...

Ford becomes first car firm to take on water project - news

Ford has become the first car manufacturer to join the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Water Disclosure programme, which will publish water data from some of the world’s largest corporations...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

NGOs to get their own reporting requirements - news

Non-governmental organizations will shortly be given their own version of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A draft NGO supplement to the guidelines...

ICT firms doing pretty well – but not on climate change - news

The sustainability performance of the information technology industry is being undermined by laggards that fail particularly to tackle climate change, the Two Tomorrows consultancy reports in...

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,...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

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

Investors get help with proxy voting - news

UK investment consultants Eiris have begun advising clients on proxy voting based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Last week the company launched an ‘Enhanced ESG...

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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,...

Investor coalition demands answers from Global Compact 'laggards' - news

Investors signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are targeting 86 large companies that failed to submit an update last year on their implementation of the Global Compact’s...

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UK shoe company Clarks is to use new sustainability reporting software to develop this year’s annual report. The company has been working with Benchmark Software, which specializes in...

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A European accountancy body is to use its influence to persuade public sector bodies to issue annual sustainability reports. The Federation of European Accountants, representing 43 professional...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

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...

Lords call for nano action - news

The emerging nanotechnology industry has been advised to create databases on nanomaterials to improve its transparency record.   A House of Lords science and technology committee in the...

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

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

Sainsbury’s jumps into quarterly reporting mode - news

Sainsbury’s has begun to produce a quarterly corporate responsibility report alongside its financial trading updates. The UK supermarket chain says the unusual step is intended...

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...

Apple rejects CSR reporting - again - news

For the second year in a row Apple has called on shareholders to reject a resolution urging the computer giant to produce an annual sustainability report. Shareholders are also being discouraged...

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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.

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...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

Chinese businesses are making ‘rapid progress’ on corporate social responsibility, according to new research. A report published by the AccountAbility think tank says companies...

UN links contracts to Compact support - news

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

Vast majority of UK firms fall short on carbon aims - news

Just one in five British brands are meeting the government’s carbon reduction targets. New research covering 600 of the UK’s largest brands shows that only 121 are reducing...

Lack of reporting subtlety is starting to cost the earth - news

Craig Mackenzie argues that for comparable climate change data we need more detail, not less Over the last 15 years the CSR community has built a large international sustainability...

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...

Bourse heads look at SRI - news

Stock exchange principals from around the world met in New York last month to explore ways of encouraging more responsible long-term approaches to investment. Delegates, including heads of...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

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

Missions told to keep an eye on business - news

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

‘Deluge’ of CSR chatter fills up annual reports - news

Too much CSR information is cluttering up corporate annual reports, says the body that oversees reporting in the UK. The Accounting Standards Board has become dismayed at the increasing...

Insurance principles floated - news

Work could soon begin on United Nations-backed ‘principles for sustainable insurance’ created for the global insurance industry. The idea for the principles has been floated by...

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...

Businesses agree to report on their forest footprints - news

A number of large British companies have committed to reporting on their ‘forest footprints’ as part of a programme by the Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Project. Businesses...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

Global Compact announces 1000 removals for the year - news

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

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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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A ‘reporting clinic’ that provides feedback on companies’ sustainability reports is to be offered as part of a new venture between UK-based consultancy Context and the...

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Case studies have been released on six organizations that have used a sustainability reporting framework set up at the behest of the Prince of Wales. The studies show how Aviva, BT, EDF, HSBC,...

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...

Boots picks up with Bitc after leaving the ETI fold - news

Alliance Boots has turned to Business in the Community for advice on ethical supply chain management after its recent decision to leave the Ethical Trading Initiative. The UK-based high...

Slovakia CSR plan withers - news

Plans for a national strategy on corporate responsibility in Slovakia have been put on hold. The government of the central European republic drew up a strategy last year with a view to...

Mandatory stance ‘may gain ground’ - news

Tougher regulation on corporate responsibility is likely to follow in the wake of the financial crisis, a new analysis has concluded. A study of the CSR regulatory environment in eight...

Americans begin to move into target-setting mode - news

There has been a ‘sharp spike’ in the proportion of major US companies reporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets over the past year, according to the Carbon Disclosure...

New framework helps firms tackle bribery - news

A bribery and corruption framework has been drawn up by UK-based GoodCorporation to help organizations avoid corrupt practices. The framework can be used by companies in conjunction with an...

A step in the right direction - news

Has Sweden’s regulation on the sustainability reporting duties of state-owned firms been effective? The GRI’s Teresa Fogelberg offers her considered assessment When...

Spain leads growth in sustainability reporting - news

The number of companies worldwide reporting on their sustainability performance has increased dramatically to a record high, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced. The GRI says it...

Copenhagen 2009: what will it mean for business? - news

With talks December’s UN climate change conference fast approaching, EP explains what the event is all about – and what companies would like to see emerge from it What is...

Good communication means both listening and learning - news

Business must talk to stakeholders in the forums they choose – and hear what they say, argues Ben Richards Over the past decade we’ve changed the way we communicate. The...

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

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

Funky titles catch on as reporters try to engage - news

Almost half of CSR reports no longer use the phrase ‘corporate responsibility’ in their title, new research has revealed. A study by communications consultancy Radley Yeldar...

Caja Navarra opts to go down XBRL route - news

A Spanish bank has become the world’s first company to publish its non-financial report in a special business reporting language. Caja Navarra has released its 2008 CSR report in XBRL...

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

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

Media group experiments with real-time assurance - news

A new form of ‘rolling assurance’ for online sustainability reporting is to be used by a leading UK media group. The Two Tomorrows consultancy has been signed up by Guardian...

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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UK sustainability reporters are to be scrutinized on the way they disclose water management policies and programmes. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) has signed a...

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A Brazilian football club has released a sustainability report. After inheriting a $100million (£61m) debt upon takeover, the current administration of Corinthians says it decided the...

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

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

New-look CSR Academy emerges from shadows - news

Britain’s once-defunct CSR Academy has stuttered back to life to provide a small number of training courses for this summer and autumn. The former UK government CSR flagship –...

CSR reporting often of ‘no use’ says professor - news

Information in most large companies’ CSR reports is virtually useless, a business management academic has argued. In a stinging attack, Graham Hubbard, professor of strategic...

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...

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The UK government has produced its first corporate responsibility report in four years. The 37-page document, with a foreword by the CSR minister Ian Pearson, details the government’s...

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Global business consultancy Logica is offering a new information technology package for companies to assess and report on their social and environmental impacts. The Sustainability Indicator...

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Transparency and sustainability guidelines for electricity providers have been published by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The document is the latest addition to the GRI’s specific...

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Sports clothing company Puma has become the first member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Network for Transparency in the Supply Chain. Through Puma’s membership of 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...

Carbon system gets thumbs up - news

US Environmental Protection Agency proposals to create a national system for business reporting of greenhouse gas emissions have been welcomed by the Carbon Disclosure Project, an investor...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

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

North America report quality is on the rise - news

North American CSR reports are improving in quality and disclosure, although they still sometimes omit ‘key topics of interest to stakeholders’, say the judges of the...

Caution on data ‘hot air’ - news

The current emphasis on reporting and product labelling in the management of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions may be diverting companies’ attention from actually doing things to tackle...

Firms’ sustainability information moves a step closer to home - news

Corporate responsibility data is now only a couple of mouse clicks away from most large companies’ home pages. New research by the consultancy Radley Yeldar shows that a third of...

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...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

Half of Indian firms get ‘zero’ on CSR - news

A report on the corporate social responsibility activities of the 1000 largest Indian companies has given a zero score to 494 of them. No companies received the top rating of five and only...

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The Global Reporting Initiative has introduced new sustainability reporting guidelines for electricity providers. The document is the latest of GRI’s sector supplements, following...

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CorporateRegister.com has asked us to point out that, contrary to the assertion in our article on opinion statements last month ( EP10, issue 11, p9 ), it does not believe the opinions of civil...

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Vodafone has again been judged the world’s best corporate responsibility reporter by report-readers. The mobile phone company has taken the second annual Corporate Register Reporting...

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...

From navel-gazing to real action: it’s been a decade of great strides - news

It is ten years to the month that Ethical Performance first saw the light of day. That’s not long ago in the general scheme of things, but it can be considered a lifetime in the world of...

Eurosif calls for mandatory disclosure - news

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

More diligence needed - news

Corporate responsibility reports by law firms are still uncommon, so a debut from a UK-based legal company has caught the eye. Oliver Balch reviews its contents Lawyer and US president...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

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

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

Chinese reporting continues exponential growth - news

Growing numbers of businesses operating in China are realizing the importance of CSR reporting, concludes a survey by SynTao, a Beijing-based CSR and SRI consultancy. The number of reports...

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Five CSR briefing papers for accountants are being produced by a leading global accountancy organization. The guides, covering areas such as reporting and social auditing, are to be published by...

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...

GRI calls for tougher regimes on reporting - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has issued a strongly worded statement arguing that a lack of corporate transparency has contributed substantially to the worldwide recession. Its...

Third world companies match western peers - news

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

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...

China banks get guidance - news

A further sign that corporate responsibility is taking hold in China has emerged with the publication of CSR guidelines for the country’s financial institutions. The recommendations,...

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

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

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Providers of pension plans in Ontario, Canada, should publish details of their SRI practices, an an advisory body has said. The Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions has told the Ontario...

Law firms plump for synchronised carbon reporting - news

Eighteen law firms and the Law Society of England and Wales have simultaneously published reports revealing their individual carbon footprints. The firms and the society have published...

‘Black holes’ undermine supply chain progress - news

Many manufacturing and retail companies still have huge gaps in their ethical supply chain management programmes, according to a leading global asset management firm. F&C...

Investors hit internet providers over privacy concerns - news

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

Oil and gas sector starts work on GRI guidance - news

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

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

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

Legal firms will study influence of law on CSR - news

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

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

The responsible business performance of most Saudi Arabian companies is ‘intermediate to good’, according to the country’s first comprehensive CSR assessment. In the debut...

Stress levels increase as CSR professionals fight their corner - news

CSR practitioners are feeling more stressed than they did three years ago. A survey of individual members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) found the proportion who...

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...

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Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena has become one of the first businesses to use eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) in a sustainability report. XBRL was developed for transmitting...

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UK consultancy Growth International has set up a research project in partnership with the Tomorrow’s Company think tank and the Institute of Chartered Accountants to identify the impact...

Making sustainability work - news

Marc J. Epstein. Hardback. 288 pages. Greenleaf. £17.50 In his foreword, John Elkington draws parallels between this book and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the art of motorcycle...

‘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...

Multinationals pledge to be ethical leaders - news

Seventeen companies with a combined turnover of $1trillion (£737billion) have become founder members of a new body on business ethics. Firms that join the US-based Business Ethics...

Apple says social report would be waste of effort - news

The personal computer manufacturer Apple is heading for confrontation with shareholder activists over its refusal to produce a sustainability report. A resolution at the California-based...

Australia gets first degree-level CSR course - news

Australia’s first graduate level qualification in corporate responsibility is now being offered at La Trobe University, Victoria. The qualification has been produced by the...

Hong Kong firms lagging on CSR - news

Most leading Hong Kong listed companies ‘fail to adopt sound corporate social responsibility policies and practices, particularly associated with supply chain, environment and...

Chinese banks produce first CSR report - news

China’s financial institutions have all recorded dramatic achievements in capital adequacy rates, asset quality and risk management while expanding their operations, says the China Banking...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

Indian business makes progress on climate change disclosure - news

Many more of India’s leading companies have signed up to disclose their carbon emissions and climate policies, a second round of reporting has shown. The quality of reporting is...

Good reporting depends on keeping your focus - news

Try to think of who you are addressing and what they might want to know, advises Tom Rotherham During 2008 I had the opportunity to discuss corporate responsibility with a number of...

Reports should provide more context, say accountants - news

Two leading accountancy bodies have warned European companies they should not rest on their laurels when it comes to their sustainability reporting. The Association of Chartered Certified...

Brazil reporters come close to highest grades - news

An analysis of sustainability reporting in Brazil has suggested that companies there are among the top performers in emerging economies – and are close behind international leaders in the...

Finance sector gets its own GRI supplement - news

Guidance for financial services institutions on what to include in annual sustainability reports has been finalized by the Global Reporting Initiative. The Financial Services Supplement...

Corporate social responsibility: readings and cases in a global context - news

A Crane, D Matten, L Spence (eds) Paperback. 544 pages. Routledge. £32.50. This collection of essays  drawn together under three headings (‘understanding’,...

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...

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A CSR management standard used in the Spanish-speaking world has been given a facelift. The SGE 21 Standard, first introduced in October 2000, has been updated to reflect new requirements on...

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...

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...

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...

Firms urged to strengthen their rights reporting - news

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

CSR executives put brave face on the financial crisis - news

The consequences for corporate responsibility of an impending recession remain unclear, but many in the field are taking an optimistic view as business begins to grapple with redundancies and...

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...

Australasian seafood firms work on guidelines - news

Representatives of the Australian and New Zealand seafood industries and the two countries’ governments have met to work on new sustainability reporting guidelines. The meeting, in...

Rise in climate change disclosures comes to a halt - news

The number of large companies disclosing information on their carbon emissions has stalled at last year’s level, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The proportion of the...

Bid starts to get suppliers into CSR reporting mode - news

Multinationals are to be urged this month to help small- and medium-sized supplier companies produce their own non-financial reports. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will make the...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

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

Light shines on assurers’ ‘inferior’ double-tasking - news

Consultancies that help companies produce a sustainability report and then provide assurance for it have been criticized for doing so. CorporateRegister.com, which keeps an exhaustive log...

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Building materials group CRH has jointly won this year’s award for best sustainability reporting in Ireland. It shares the accolade with the insurance company Irish Life & Permanent....

The PRI seeks to pull off a tricky balancing act - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment have passed the two-year mark. EP talks to executive director James Gifford about investor collaboration. The UN Principles for...

When it comes to bribery in China, cash is king - news

Most requests for business-related bribes in China are cash demands, the first year of a bribe-monitoring project has revealed.   Information gathered through BRIBEline, an...

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

Norway’s largest institutional investors are making efforts to promote responsible business practice among companies listed on the Oslo bourse. The project, called Sustainable Value...

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...

‘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...

GRI biodiversity advice now in Japanese - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) document Biodiversity , produced 18 months ago to guide companies that report on the issue, has now been published in Japanese. The new publication...

India to get reporting rules - news

New rules on business responsibility disclosure and sustainability reporting standards are to be produced by a stakeholder committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. The...

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Summaries of the state of sustainability reporting in 16 European countries are available on a new website created by the European Sustainability Reporting Association, the ten-year-old body...

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...

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

Denmark is to introduce legislation that will require the country's 1000 largest businesses to report on corporate responsibility in annual reviews. The legislation, coming into effect...

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

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

Big firms fail to integrate their reports - news

Annual reports and sustainability reports do not cross-reference each other enough, says a new study by a London-based communications consultancy. Black Sun found that only 32 of the annual...

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Disclosure of sustainability information by companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange is now ‘standard practice’, with 80 per cent including some environmental, economic and...

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...

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

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

Co-op declares itself against anti-air freighting move - news

The Co-operative Group has opposed a proposal by the UK’s Soil Association to revise its standards in order to discourage the air freighting of organic food products from overseas....

‘Courageous’ BAE agrees root and branch reform - news

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

Petrobras wins report accolade - news

The world’s best sustainability report is produced by Petrobras of Brazil, according to an online survey of 1700 report readers by the Global Reporting Initiative. Other winners of...

Sweden leads by example in reporting and investment - news

The mandatory requirement for state-owned companies in Sweden to produce an annual sustainability report will not be extended to listed businesses, the deputy prime minister has confirmed....

New mandate for Ruggie? - news

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

BP makes pledges in Indonesia - news

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

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

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

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

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

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

financial and non-financial reporting are very different beasts - news

As delegates gather this month for the 2008 Global Reporting Initiative conference in Amsterdam, Ethical Performance offers readers a sneak preview of the Editorial Comment for its 200th issue in...

‘little to choose’ between assurance firm services - news

The main UK providers of assurance for corporate non-financial reports offer a ‘very similar’ range of services, says the first in-depth analysis of the sector. The business research company...

European food firms on top - news

Danone, Nestlé and Unilever are the best large food companies at addressing health concerns. An analysis of ten of the world’s largest listed food businesses by the JPMorgan bank and the asset...

a decade ago: when GRI was just a twinkle in the eye - news

Welcome to the 100th issue of Ethical Performance – and to the much changed world of socially responsible business. The first issue of this newsletter back in the last century – May 1999, to be...

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Vodafone has been judged by report readers to have produced the best corporate responsibility report for the year ended 31 March 2007. The mobile phone company took the inaugural Corporate...

GRI needs strategies not stories - news

Companies using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines are failing to explain how their sustainability strategies are likely to affect their business’ position in the...

City of 13 million legislates on mandatory reporting - news

One of the world’s most populous cities has passed legislation requiring companies based there to publish annual sustainability reports. The Argentine capital Buenos Aires will apply...

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

The government of Saudi Arabia has begun a project to promote corporate responsibility. The three-year Saudi Arabian Responsible Competitiveness Initiative is led by the Saudi Arabian...

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

A head of corporate responsibility at a UK company can expect to earn more than £85,000 ($171,000) a year. The first ever CSR salary survey, conducted by Ethical Performance , the...

ANZ is best for women – again - news

ANZ has been named as the employer of choice for women for the sixth consecutive year. The bank, which was awarded the title by the Australian government’s Equal Opportunity for Women...

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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...

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...

Newton advances the science of investment - news

A thematic approach to socially responsible investment paid off for Newton Investment Management last year when financial stocks suffered in the credit crunch, writes Mike Scott. The...

Communication assumes a much greater priority - news

CSR practitioners expect to spend more time in the future on communication rather than programme development and monitoring. Latest research carried out by the UK’s Ashridge Centre...

Climate change reporting has become the norm - news

Nearly all FT 500 sustainability reporters now publish information on their climate change impacts, suggests a new study. The survey of 335 FT 500 sustainability reporters found that 78 per...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

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

Stakeholder views gaining ground against specialists - news

A system using stakeholders rather than SRI specialists to rate companies on social and environmental performance has been created by an offshoot of the consultancy Intertek. The web-based...

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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...

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

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

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...

‘Aggregated reporting’makes its first show - news

Several small Chilean companies have come together to publish a sustainability report in which each in turn outlines its social and environmental impacts. The document, in Spanish and...

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...

Australian government offered responsible road map - news

Greater concentration on sustainability reporting and better co-ordination of government corporate responsibility projects are the two areas in which Australia’s new administration will...

Responsible Malaysian stocks outperform the benchmark - news

Share prices in companies that practise good CSR are reported to have outstripped the record-breaking run on the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (KLCI). Arshad Adam, finance director of OWW...

Indian companies are readers' choice - news

Five Asian companies, all from India, have been shortlisted for the inaugural Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI Readers’ Choice Awards. They have been selected from nearly 800...

ABN Amro in Indian reporting first - news

ABN Amro India has produced its first sustainability report, making it the first institution in the Indian financial sector to publish such a document. The report includes key indicators on ABN...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

Work will start soon on specific indicators to improve the quality of information in food companies' sustainability reports. The indicators will be developed by a Global Reporting Initiative...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

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

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...

now big name companies begin to fail Compact test - news

Prominent companies in the developed world are now falling foul of the United Nations Global Compact's tougher demands on signatories. High-profile European businesses such as Severn Trent and...

private equity moves into social reporting sphere - news

Large unlisted companies owned by private equity firms in the UK will soon be expected to produce annual business reviews that consider their social and environmental impacts. A new voluntary code...

BT's approach to reporting wins top award - news

BT has won the top accolade at the UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting. Among the reasons for the telecoms company's victory were its efforts to outline the business case for CSR, a detailed...

Sweden introduces state sector reporting regulation - news

All state-owned companies in Sweden will be required to produce annual sustainability reports from 31 March 2009. In the first move of its kind in the world, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and...

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...

a battle for proxy access has been won, but the war is far from over - news

Last month, socially responsible investors in the US relaxed in the knowledge that the Securities and Exchange Commission was not, after all, going to kill off advisory resolutions and votes (see...

multinationals show the way in emerging Europe - news

Businesses in central and eastern European countries that have recently joined or applied to join the European Union generally practise corporate responsibility on their own initiative, not as a...

GRI brings in three Asian voices - news

Three Asia Pacific representatives have been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Aditi Haldar, of the Confederation of Indian Industry, has been appointed from the...

companies ‘need to improve’ on indigenous rights - news

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

Aussie centre walks the talk - news

The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has decided to practise what it preaches by releasing its first sustainability report. The Centre, which encourages companies to produce...

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Ian Cunningham has become operations director at the Global Reporting Initiative. Cunningham, who has 30 years’ experience working in the private sector, including at Google and Sun Microsystems,...

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

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

The first ever ‘corporate responsibility week’ took place in Ireland last month. EP looks at the state of CSR in a country that has seen huge social change over the past 15 years What was...

Chime makes further acquisition - news

One of Britain’s oldest corporate responsibility consultancies has been acquired by a global public relations group. The Corporate Citizenship Company (TCCC), founded in 1997, has been bought for...

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...

CSR diploma targets execs - news

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

Compact detractors create their own space - news

Critics of the United Nations Global Compact have started their own website where they can raise concerns. The Global Compact Critics site is to be a conduit for complaints about how the Compact...

product recalls prompt Mattel to restructure - news

The world’s largest toy company, Mattel, has created an internal ‘corporate responsibility organization’ with sweeping powers as part of its response to a series of damaging product recalls. The...

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Louise Hawson has joined csrnetwork as senior consultant specializing in reporting, disclosure and stakeholder communications. Hawson, a former head of CSR at WSP Environmental, was previously an...

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Deborah Doane has taken up a position with the environment network WWF (UK) as head of sustainable consumption. Doane will co-ordinate business, education and community programmes. She was...

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Free guidance on how companies can reduce water use is now available from the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. The online Global Water Tool calculates water consumption and...

‘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,...

a brilliant blend of social activism and entrepreneurship - news

Some pioneers die unsung. Not Anita Roddick. The most remarkable thing about the reaction to her death was the focus not on what she did, but what she began. There are many campaigners in her...

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...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

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

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...

making non-governmental organizations more accountable - news

Environmental and social campaigners in many respects are like entrepreneurs - brilliant at spotting a gap and ruthless at exploiting it. They share other characteristics too: an ability to...

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Nick Robins is leaving Henderson Global Investors, where he is head of SRI Funds, to lead the HSBC Group’s newly created Climate Change Centre of Excellence. Robins, who moves next month, will be...

public policy disclosure still a ‘minority pursuit’ - news

Only a handful of companies are providing adequate information on their public policy positions in their non-financial reports, according to new research. An examination of 50 of the best...

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...

firms told to involve staff - news

Companies are to be urged to make greater efforts to bring their employees into the fight against child labour. A draft 15-point action plan says too many businesses fail to keep their...

Chinese CSR reporting driven by image - news

The main triggers for sustainability reporting in China are raising image, supporting government policies, increased enterprise management awareness and media pressure, a CSR consultancy has...

climate change reporting ‘needs to improve’ - news

Climate change disclosure by Australian corporates could be significantly improved, reports the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. The conclusions...

Sd3 moves into South Korea - news

A Korean office of Sd3, the London-based sustainability consultancy, has been officially opened at a British embassy event in Seoul. At the ceremony Jason Perks, the Sd3 founding director,...

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Management software company Hyperion is expanding its services to assist companies collating non-financial information for inclusion in sustainability reports. Hyperion, which was recently bought...

investor disclosure is possible, material – and also necessary - news

Fund managers should be as transparent on climate change data as everyone else, argues Nick Robins Over the past decade, investor action on climate change has evolved in remarkable ways. Back...

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...

Amnesty ready to put its own house in order - news

Amnesty International UK is recruiting a CSR manager to manage its in-house ethical performance. The appointment, which is unusual for a non-governmental organization (NGO), is part of Amnesty’s...

big players will mentor SMEs on business responsibility - news

Four European multinationals have agreed to act as corporate responsibility mentors to smaller businesses in developing countries. DaimlerChrysler, Otto Group and Puma, all based in...

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Dominique Gangneux and Kim Wilson have joined the corporate responsibility consulting and assurance section of the ERM consultancy in London. Gangneux joins as a partner from Deloitte, where he...

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...

inbrief - news

Eleven companies in the American Standard & Poor’s 100 Index issued full sustainability reports for the first time last year, making it a record year for reporting in the US. In all, 49 of...

inbrief - news

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

Corporate Truth, by Adrian Henriques - news

Earthscan, 2007. 184 pages, hardback. In theory, transparency should be good for business generally because it makes markets more efficient. In practice, individual businesses and sectors...

is corporate social responsibility in danger of losing its way? - news

Companies are enjoying record profits and corporate social responsibility is enjoying unprecedented support. In the US, non-financial reporting seems to be at a tipping point, with 49 of the...

ski town offers glimpse of reports to come - news

A Canadian ski resort has begun to show the way for corporates on ‘real-time’ web-based reporting of social and environmental indicators. The town of Whistler in British Columbia, which will...

landmark decision gives security principles teeth - news

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

VicSuper takes reporting honours - news

The superannuation fund VicSuper has been given the Australian award for the best 2006 sustainability report by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Danielle Welsh, who...

inbrief - news

Deborah Doane has left her post as part-time director of the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (Core) to pursue freelance interests. Core, a UK-based body that campaigns for mandatory social...

east European business ‘is still ignoring CSR’ - news

Companies in central and eastern Europe have been accused of making little progress on corporate responsibility in the 17 years that have elapsed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A study...

investors call for ‘radical’ rethink on short-termism - news

A group of institutional investors that manage combined assets of £170billion ($340bn) has issued a guidance note calling for an end to the present preoccupation with short-term financial...

football club scores a first as it enters reporting arena - news

Chelsea may not win the English Premiership title this year but it has become the first prominent football club to produce a stand-alone CSR report. The London club, owned by Russian...

Delfgaauw rues ‘state of denial’ in reporting - news

Most companies are still not being open enough when disclosing their social and environmental impacts, a senior CSR figure has said. Tom Delfgaauw, a former Shell executive who with others...

Canadian body calls for better disclosure - news

Canadian financial regulators have been urged by a government-appointed body to produce guidelines that would require enhanced disclosure by companies on their social and environmental impacts....

stakeholder panels ‘must be more than talking shops’ - news

Stakeholder panels are only likely to be of value when clear ground rules govern their establishment and they are given a real say in corporate decisions. That is the conclusion of a joint...

climate change reporting ‘needs to step up a gear’ - news

UK companies report only fitfully on their climate change impacts and need to introduce more rigour into their disclosure, says a new analysis of some of the best sustainability reporters. A...

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...

inbrief - news

Examples of sustainability reporting best practice have been assembled on a new website. The Learn from the Leaders database, which has been created by three consultancies – credit360, Flag and...

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...

new coalition to draw up climate change metrics - news

Leading climate change organizations are to create what they hope will be a generally accepted framework for climate risk-related reporting by corporations. The seven non-governmental...

CSR reports condemned for being short-termist - news

Too many companies take a short-term view in their annual CSR statements, according to the judges of this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards. The 17-strong judging panel, which last...

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...

make more use of KPIs, reporters are told - news

Britain’s insurance industry has asked businesses to improve the quality of their disclosures through greater use of key performance indicators (KPIs) when reporting publicly on their social and...

Cambodia project under fire - news

Tensions appear to be rising in Cambodia over a five-year-old programme to improve working conditions in garment factories. The Better Factories Cambodia programme run by the International...

private equity is discovering that it too needs a licence to operate - news

Private equity firms never tire of boasting of the stellar returns their backers enjoy. Gone are the days when private equity meant venture capital for cash-starved start-ups. Big companies are...

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....

OFR may be dead, but reporters are using the guidance - news

British companies are having so much trouble working out what to put in forward-looking annual business reviews required under last year's Companies Act that they have been turning to the...

two monitoring bodies move a step closer - news

A transatlantic alliance has been formed between two organizations involved in ethical workplace monitoring. US-based Social Accountability International (SAI), which administers the SA8000...

Nike rift with AmCham reveals growing tensions - news

Nike has taken the unusual step of publicly disagreeing with the American Chamber of Commerce - of which it is a member - over its opposition to proposed labour legislation in China. The...

Sri Lanka targeted by Global Compact - news

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

inbrief - news

US membership body Business for Social Responsibility will report on its own social and environmental impacts for the first time this spring. BSR, which has advised dozens of companies on...

inbrief - news

About one in eight of the largest companies in central and eastern Europe now produce an online corporate responsibility report in English. Latest data from the New York-based East West...

Dutch city in reporting first - news

Amsterdam has become the first capital city in the world to produce a stand-alone sustainability report. The city authority has published the report online in Dutch and also as a hard copy...

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...

Diageo asks assurers for more comment - news

Diageo has asked the assurers of its annual corporate citizenship report to provide more commentary on the document’s strengths and weaknesses rather than just on the accuracy of the information...

financial reporting needs sustainability dimension - news

Mainstream reporting is ineffective as an accountability instrument for shareholders, says Simon Zadek So the emperor has no clothes after all. After being encouraged for so long to be awed...

Latin American business gets reporting bug - news

A third of Latin America’s 250 largest companies disclose sustainability information, a US study has found. The survey was conducted by Monica Araya, director of the Empresa Informa Forum at...

ABI to upgrade guidelines - news

The trade association for Britain’s insurance industry is to revise its guidelines on the reporting of social and environmental issues in annual company statements. The Association of...

Marriot takes action on sex tourism - news

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

inbrief - news

Mervyn King is to be the new chair of the Global Reporting Initiative board from 1 January. King, a former judge of the South African Supreme Court, chaired the South African Institute of...

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...

UTC 2005 corporate responsibility report - news

Available as hard copy and download at www.utc.com/responsibility/index.htm The centrepiece of United Technology Corporation's stand at last month's Business for Social Responsibility...

don't leave comparisons to third parties, firms told - news

Companies should benchmark their social and environmental performance themselves and not rely on analysts and rating agencies to do the work for them, one of the leading figures in socially...

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

Airbus UK is to gather the views of its stakeholders as a prelude to drawing up a corporate responsibility programme. The UK arm of the European aircraft manufacturer will convene focus...

Xstrata is new face on short list - news

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

jargon-ridden statements confuse social report users - news

Opaque language and jargon are widely believed to undermine the assurance of corporate responsibility reports, a leading reporter in the field has warned. Mobile phone company Vodafone says...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

Concerns are growing that businesses will not know what they need to include in the annual business reviews required by the UK's new Companies Act, which received Royal Assent last month....

'big six' firms see new dawn for social auditing - news

Heads of the world's six largest accounting firms have called for a radical overhaul of the global financial accounting system to take greater account of social and environmental factors. In...

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,...

everything you need to know about G3 - news

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

eight years of talk haven’t got us very far - news

When the UK government embarked on its reform of corporate law, Google was operating out of a garage. More than eight years should have been long enough to achieve a reasonably decent result. But...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

The Companies Bill, which will introduce a limited range of light-touch measures to encourage corporate responsibility in the UK, will finally receive royal assent this month. The Bill,...

frustrated German NGOs want to force pace on CSR - news

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

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

UK-based Henderson Global Investors, one of the most prominent firms in socially responsible investment, has moved to allay fears that its elimination last month of the post of head of corporate...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

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

inbrief - news

About half of FTSE 100 companies are producing some kind of operating and financial review, even though legal measures requiring them to be published never came into force. An analysis of 23 of the...

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

Investors are not yet asking companies the right questions about their carbon strategies. As a result, companies are not providing the information needed Interest in the effects of climate...

shadowy private equity threatens accountability - news

Private consortia takeovers of public companies pose a threat to corporate responsibility, argues Roger Cowe FTSE4Good is in danger of becoming FTSE4Gone as leading companies such as BAA,...

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....

Mecu scoops sustainability reporting award - news

The Australian financial institution Mecu has taken first place for the best sustainability report in the 2005 Australia and New Zealand Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The judges...

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...

US reporters beginning to make up for lost time - news

The largest publicly owned companies in the US have grown more willing to disclose details of their social and environmental performance, a study by the investment researcher KLD has found. More...

NGOs pledge to be more accountable - news

Eleven non-governmental organizations have decided to practice what they preach on responsible behaviour by creating a voluntary code of conduct covering their own operations. The organizations,...

tax incentives ‘could help first-time social reporters’ - news

Tax breaks encouraging companies to produce annual sustainability reports are to be considered by the Australian government after a recommendation from a parliamentary inquiry into CSR. The...

ICI sets latest five-year targets - news

Chemicals multinational ICI has laid out a five-year sustainability plan to run until 2010. The Sustainability Challenge, agreed by ICI’s board, sets dozens of objectives, including targets to...

pioneering firms explore human rights framework - news

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

accountants seek new CSR assurance standard - news

Europe’s leading accountancy body has called for a specific international standard on the assurance of non-financial reports. The Federation of European Accountants (FEE) says present standards...

Japanese endorse new SRI principles - news

A number of Japanese pension funds and asset managers have endorsed the Principles for Responsible Investment introduced at the New York stock exchange in May. Institutional investors...

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...

German companies ready and willing to disclose - news

The majority of Germany’s largest listed companies are planning to include more information on their social and environmental performance in their annual reports as a result of a new disclosure...

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...

OFR successor unveiled as Bill reaches Commons - news

The UK government has settled details of its forthcoming requirement on listed companies to publish a forward-looking annual ‘Business Review’ that takes account of social and environmental...

inbrief - news

Nelmara Arbex, corporate responsibility manager at Natura Cosmetics in Brazil, is to take up the post of learning and services director at the Global Reporting Initiative’s international...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

Non-corporate wins HK reporting awards - news

A government department has won this year’s Sustainability Reporting award in Hong Kong. The Architectural Services Department took the award jointly with the transport company MTR, which...

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

Seventy per cent of companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange Composite Index now publicly disclose sustainability information, up from 35 per cent five years ago. The latest biennial survey of CSR...

the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment are a welcome initiative - news

The last thing corporate social responsibility needs is a new acronym. That said, the Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI for short – launched last month in New York (see page one ) are...

Rabobank is top in Europe - news

Rabobank has won this year’s award for Europe’s best CSR report. The Dutch bank came top in the European Sustainability Reporting Awards with a 2005 web-based document that judges said was...

integrated reports bring mainly intangible gains - news

The innovative companies that now combine their sustainability report with their annual financial statement are reaping mainly intangible benefits rather than concrete gains such as reduced...

French regulation prompts firms to act - news

Regulations requiring French companies to disclose details of their social and environmental performance have improved the overall quality of their non-financial reports, according to a recent...

FTSE4Good drops 19 for failing tests - news

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

reporting growth slows as saturation point looms - news

The rate of growth in the number of corporate non-financial reports has slowed in the last three years, while their length has steadily increased over the same period. The trend has been...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

The pressure on companies to disclose social, environmental and governance risks has increased dramatically with a commitment by institutional investors controlling more than $2trillion (£1.1tn)...

Alcoa makes reporting debut - news

Alcoa, the international aluminium company, has released its first China Sustainability Report, detailing its environmental, social and economic activities in the country last year and the...

sliding ingloriously down the pole of excellence - news

Five years ago the European Commission published a green paper that talked in grand terms of its desire to provide an overall European Union framework for corporate social responsibility. That...

Euro blueprint sets out softly-softly approach - news

The European Commission’s second white paper on CSR draws a line under more than five years of deliberation by officials. EP examines what it says What is the purpose of an EC white paper? To...

Pfizer joins band of companies rejecting short-termism - news

Signs are emerging that one of the most significant barriers to investors taking a longer-term interest in a company is beginning to break down. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has become the...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

inbrief - news

The February 2006 issue of EP contained an incorrect website address at the end of the story about the Good Business survey of online CSR reporting on page seven. The correct address is given...

BT and Anglo American share honours - news

Anglo American and BT have shared this year’s award for being the best UK sustainability reporters, breaking the stranglehold of Co-operative Financial Services and the Co-operative Bank, which...

BAT and Kumba invite observations - news

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

CSR reporting first for Hong Kong - news

A document drawn up for the architectural services department of the Hong Kong government is claimed to be the first sustainability report from a public agency that complies fully with the Global...

last call for Hong Kong Awards - news

Nominations are being sought for the 2005 ACCA Hong Kong Awards for Sustainability Reporting, which are given to recognize innovative attempts at communicating an organization's social and...

inbrief - news

The December 2005 issue of EP contained an incorrect website address at the end of a story on the Context consultancy’s survey of European social reporting ( EP7, issue 7, p3 ). The correct...

a brief anatomy of the consultancy market - news

Assurance, training, and communications are all important areas of work for consultants working to embed responsible practices in company operations A few years ago, consultancies offering...

big business not telling its CSR stories well enough online - news

Many of the UK’s largest companies are failing to take advantage of the web to communicate their CSR programmes, reports the Good Business consultancy. The study found ‘huge variances’ in...

action urged to clear up chaotic post-OFR scene - news

Confusion is growing in the UK as to how companies should report on their forward-looking social and environmental risks, now that the government is scrapping the requirement to produce an annual...

revised GRI guidelines get down to the nitty-gritty - news

The Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines are undergoing their most radical revision since being released six years ago. A draft of the revised guidelines, which...

FTSE4Good index opens its doors to uranium miners - news

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

inbrief - news

Barclays has promoted Alastair Camp to the post of corporate responsibility director, reporting to Stephen Whitehead, Barclays’ corporate affairs director. Camp was previously a managing director...

Mott MacDonald’s way is slow but sure - news

One of the UK’s largest consultancies is to begin CSR reporting this year, but may not initially go public with the results. Mott MacDonald, which has 7000 consultants working in 100 countries...

coalition attacks ‘abject failure’ - news

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten...

Levi Strauss heads the pack in Canada - news

Levi Strauss has come top in an analysis of how the 25 main clothing retail companies in Canada fare on labour standards. Levi scored 71 out of a possible 100 points for performance across five...

social indicators pinpoint need for change in motor sector - news

A sustainability review of the UK motor industry has identified an industry-wide problem with staff retention and led to action to improve it. In a move that demonstrates how sustainability...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

The UK government’s decision to abolish the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) has seriously damaged its already shaky relationship with non-governmental organizations active in the corporate...

inbrief - news

The National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency has been shortlisted for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards along with Anglo American, BHP Billiton, BP, BT Group,...

ICI takes fresh look at its responsibilities - news

Chemicals group ICI has begun a major review of its corporate social responsibility programmes and policies. The UK-based multinational, which has operations in 50 countries and a...

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...

how to throw away a reputation for good management of CSR - news

The government’s decision to scrap the Operating and Financial Review took everyone by surprise, including, it seems, the Department of Trade and Industry, which was responsible for ushering in...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

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

Vodafone finds health fears are top issue - news

The possible negative health effects of mobile phones and their networks have been the main corporate responsibility concern raised by investors with Vodafone in the past year. The mobile...

'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....

Business for Development: business solutions in support of the Millennium Development Goals - news

Edited by Lloyd Timberlake. WBCSD, 90 pages. Electronic. Free. Business for development is the latest online publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development,...

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...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

The company that runs the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has claimed so many businesses are now getting to grips with their social and environmental responsibilities that the difference between...

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...

CSR reports fail to meet financial sector’s needs - news

The financial sector is not getting enough of what it wants from sustainability reports, says a new international survey. The Global Stakeholder Report 2005, a study of 500 readers of...

GRI will charge for its services - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is to adopt a more self-sufficient business policy of generating money from training and educational services that will reduce its dependence on grants. GRI...

house builders make headway - news

UK-listed house builders have significantly improved their social and environmental performance over the past year. The second annual assessment of the 12 UK house builders in the FTSE All...

HSBC Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 - news

34 pages. www.hsbc.com Good social reporting is essentially about achieving a fine balance on all fronts: not too much data, but enough to have meaning, not too glossy but engaging...

mining group offers support to local businesses - news

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

Indonesian companies scoop awards - news

Four Indonesian companies took awards at the first Sustainable Enterprise Performance Conference in Jakarta. The awards will now become an annual event and will be open to all companies based in...

inbrief - news

A CSR reporting guide for company directors has been produced by Business in the Community in collaboration with Arthur D. Little, Camelot and HBOS. The director's guide to corporate...

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

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

don't blame the messenger - sharpen the message - news

CSR proponents need to be more open and honest with business journalists, argues Roger Cowe An eminent left-wing writer once said that journalists belong in the gutter because that is where...

companies want user-friendly GRI - news

Businesses have signalled that they want the Global Reporting Initiative to make its sustainability reporting guidelines easier to follow. A survey by US-based Business for Social...

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...

new protocol defines outer limits of reporting - news

Companies have at last been given guidance on the extent to which their sustainability reports should cover the outer reaches of their operations. A set of boundary protocols produced by the...

Malaysia gets sustainability reporting guidelines - news

Guidelines giving a comprehensive introduction to sustainability reporting have been issued by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Malaysia – because companies in this country need...

Japanese lead on CSR reporting - news

Large companies in Japan lead the world in producing standalone corporate responsibility reports, says the KPMG international survey of the biggest corporations. Altogether 80 per cent of large...

time is ripe for corruption and bribery to move into CSR's extended family - news

Are bribery and corruption the poor relations of corporate social responsibility? Their inclusion in responsible business practice guidelines often seems an afterthought. The United Nations...

Henkel takes the plaudits - news

Chemicals company Henkel has come top of a new ranking of German corporate sustainability reporters. Henkel scored 494 points out of a possible 700 in an analysis of reporting carried out by the...

non-financial report audits slow to increase, but give more detail - news

The percentage of major global companies to have their corporate responsibility reports independently assured has barely risen in the last three years. According to KPMG's annual International...

eight more join South African SRI crowd - news

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

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

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

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...

Oxiana makes reporting debut - news

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

Japan firm to aid all-in-one reporting initiative - news

The Japanese consultancy Sunrise Advisers is to market and sell SRI World Group’s OneReport services in Japan under a newly signed agreement. The system offered by the US-based SRI World...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

EC white paper stalled as wrangling continues - news

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

OFR regime is now complete - news

The last element of the UK’s Operating and Financial Review regime was put in place last month with the publication of a reporting standard by which companies now have to abide. The final...

Chinese companies back ethical behaviour - news

Most of the large Chinese companies participating in a survey by WWF, the international environmental network, have said they favour higher ethical standards. WWF polled 182 companies and...

tobacco firm shows way on reporting - news

Giving information on progress and setting high standards for stakeholder involvement are two activities that enabled the Ceylon Tobacco Company to win in the inaugural Sri Lanka Awards for...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

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

inbrief - news

Northern Rock has written to its 20 largest shareholders inviting ‘comment and questions’ on its CSR performance and reporting. Their responses  ‘indicated that our CSR approach is not having...

taking the long view - news

Striking the balance 2004: Wessex Water’s annual sustainability report. 40 pages. ‘Our aim’, declares Wessex Water in its latest non-financial report, ‘is to be a genuinely sustainable company...

Nike’s post-Kasky report is more candid than expected - news

Fears that Nike’s long-awaited second corporate responsibility report would be guarded and uninformative in the wake of the Kasky v Nike legal case have proved unfounded, according to an...

HP’s efforts win plaudits from judges - news

Hewlett-Packard has taken first place in this year’s North American Sustainability Reporting Awards, which attracted a record 68 entries. The multinational information technology company won the...

Indonesia ‘slack’ on CSR - news

CSR observance is still slack in Indonesia, delegates were told at a seminar held by the non-profit group Leadership for Environment and Development Indonesia. Countries are ignoring their own...

inbrief - news

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

breathing new life into ethical supply chain management - news

Many CSR practitioners will have heard stories of supply chain auditors who visited a factory in a developing country only to discover that the underage workers they were looking for had slipped...

extra help for clothing sector - news

The apparel and footwear sector is to have its own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A ‘multi-stakeholder working group’ convened by the GRI...

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

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

assurers ‘need to say more’ - news

Too many assurance statements add little value to non-financial reports, a specialist group has warned. The panel of 22 judges for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards believes that...

Tobacco firm issues debut social report - news

The Pakistan Tobacco Company has become the country’s first multinational to publish a social report. The company, part of British American Tobacco, the second-biggest tobacco group, says it...

Toshiba targets suppliers - news

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

inbrief - news

Co-operative Financial Services has been judged the UK’s best sustainability reporter in the latest Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Sustainability Reporting Awards. Prior to this...

reporting practices are beginning to sort the sheep from the goats - news

With the annual CSR reporting season nearly upon us, now is an appropriate time to ask where social and sustainability reporting is heading. The World Bank’s first sustainability review, reported...

firms told to watch out for ‘half-truths’ of CSR - news

Some of the most widely accepted tenets of corporate responsibility, such as the need for social reporting and codes of conduct, are being challenged by a leading CSR institution on the grounds...

GRI reports on itself – to its own standards - news

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

CSR Academy flexes its wings - news

The CSR Academy may extend its reach by licensing its training materials for use worldwide. The academy, established last year by the UK government to improve CSR education and training in...

inbrief - news

A Chinese translation of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting has been produced with financial support from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants....

inbrief - news

Australian pension fund VicSuper has produced its first sustainability report. The fund, which has Aus$2.5billion ($1.9bn, £1bn) in assets held on behalf of 187,000 members working for public and...

Gallaher looks beyond tobacco - news

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

logistics firms prepare to measure progress - news

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

‘opaque legalese’ may threaten value of OFRs - news

Two leading CSR consultancies have warned that social reporting in the UK will take a ‘backwards step’ next year when a requirement on companies to produce Operating and Financial Reviews comes...

social reporters guilty of ‘portrayal gap’ - news

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

Calvert turns mirror on itself - news

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

inbrief - news

The European Commission has produced an online CSR guide detailing codes of conduct, management standards and reporting guidelines. The ABC of CSR instruments will shortly be available in print.

draft OFR standard heralds new phase in corporate social reporting - news

Is this the beginning of the end for coffee table CSR reports produced by UK quoted companies? The reporting standard now being prepared by the Accounting Standards Board, which company directors...

standards board begins to put flesh on the bones of the OFR - news

Draft reporting guidelines issued by the UK’s Accounting Standards Board make it possible for the first time to get a reasonably clear idea of what the content of an Operating and Financial Review...

Cintas will come clean on compliance details - news

Cintas, North America’s largest uniform maker, is to report publicly for the first time on how its suppliers perform against its ethical code of conduct. The US-based company’s decision follows...

inbrief - news

Amendments to the European Union’s Accounting Directives proposed by the European Commission should further increase – albeit modestly – pressure on companies to report their wider responsibilities...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

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...

consultancies band together - news

Three European CSR consultancies have formed an alliance to offer their services across the continent. The three – csrnetwork (UK), Ecodurable (France) and triple innova (Germany) – have joined...

electronics sector tries to spark code into life - news

An ethical supply chain working group for the electronics sector has been formed by four US companies. The working group was set up by Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft last...

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...

reporting is getting better all the time - news

The standard of non-financial reporting is continuing to improve significantly, says a benchmarking survey by the SustainAbility consultancy. The Global Reporters 2004 survey, the sixth of its...

Inditex takes long look at its impact on society - news

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

Hewitt has final word on OFR - news

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

Nike ready to come out of reporting purdah - news

Nike is to resume reporting on social and environmental matters after a two-year hiatus brought about by a legal challenge. It will produce its next report in spring 2005. The clothing...

time for all those involved in CSR to get back to first principles - news

CSR feels up in the air. There is a sense of drift which, albeit hard to pin down, is real enough. Several possible reasons suggest themselves. The agents mainly responsible for pushing CSR...

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....

NGOs to get their own reporting standards - news

Work has begun on a set of social reporting standards for civil society organizations. The Access project, based at the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, aims to have the standards...

ABN Amro places CSR at heart of its business - news

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

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...

'Misguided Virtue: False Doctrines of CSR' by David Henderson - news

From the former chief economist of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, now Visiting Professor at the Westminster Business School Today’s conception of ‘corporate social...

'The value of the GRI' by Vic Thorpe - news

From the Advisor to the Global Reporting Initiative on Labor and European Affairs I was very interested in your recent editorial (Vol. 2, issue 9) on the issue of ‘code overload’. As you...

'Who can set ethical standards?' by Giampaolo Trasi - news

From the Head of Equity Investment Strategy at Banca IMI, Milan The issue raised in your Editorial Comment (Vol.2, issue 9) regarding the large number of ethical codes in existence, is an...

NGOs comment on April's sustainability - news

The second annual sustainability report from Asia Pacific Resources International - known as April - the plantation fibre producer with one of the world's biggest pulp and paper mills, contains...

Malaysia may take mandatory route - news

The Malaysian government may make corporate environmental and social reporting mandatory by 2007 to achieve greater transparency. Datuk M. Kayveas, deputy minister in the prime minister's...

CSR on the rise in Japan - news

More Japanese companies are showing an interest in CSR, says a survey of about 600 of the country's businesses by the General Press Corporation, a web content provider. CSR was mentioned in 22...

inbrief - news

Axel Springer is claiming to have become the first media organization to publish a sustainability report that follows Global Reporting Initiative guidelines....

inbrief - news

The body that produced global guidelines on sustainability reporting is to produce its own sustainability report. The Global Reporting Initiative, which has consulted...

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

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

Making Corporate Responsibility Work: lessons from real business - news

By Leon Olsen Ashridge Centre for Business and Society in association with the British Quality Foundation. 36 pages £40. www.ashridge.com/acbas Business...

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...

assurance begins to make headway in Europe and Asia - news

A new analysis of reporting trends shows that about 40 per cent of all hard copy sustainability reports published in Europe last year were verified by a third party,...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

ministers mull over final shape of OFRs - news

Final details of the UK government’s requirement for companies to produce operating and financial reviews that cover, among other things, their social and...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

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

business will draw up protocol on lobbying - news

Moves are afoot to develop ground rules for the disclosure of company efforts to influence public policy and so ensure they are in line with their CSR commitments....

inbrief - news

A guide to sustainability reporting for small and medium-sized businesses is being developed by the Global Reporting Initiative. The GRI, which says that smaller...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Group has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The UK-based group says that although some of its companies, including the Co-operative...

forum consensus shatters as NGOs beg to differ - news

Non-governmental organizations belonging to the European Union’s multi-stakeholder corporate social responsibility forum have broken ranks with their business...

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...

training and education: the current picture for CSR - news

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

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...

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

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

firms get facility reports help - news

Guidelines for companies on reporting the social and environmental performance of their individual facilities have been released by two US-based organizations. The...

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...

inbrief - news

A South African socially responsible investment index was launched last month by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The index has a universe of the...

Suncor judged best reporter - news

Canada’s Suncor Energy is the outright winner in the second annual North American Sustainability Reporting Awards. The Alberta-based oil and gas company was judged best of...

the OFR draft regulations: your questions answered - news

The forthcoming requirement to produce an operating and financial review will significantly extend the reporting responsibilities of large UK companies So what is...

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,...

firms offered reporting tool - news

Companies suffering from questionnaire fatigue are being offered a reporting system that collates data on their social and environmental performance for electronic...

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

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

companies can choose how many questionnaires to answer - news

Corporate managers no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the London Stock Exchange is likely to act as a clearing house for information on their...

the future of assurance – will it be cosy or cautious? - news

In the third of our series on trends in corporate social responsibility, EP considers the verification of corporate non-financial reports The single biggest challenge...

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...

retailers begin project in China - news

The first phase of a project to improve labour conditions at Chinese factories supplying UK companies will concentrate on health and safety. The China Project, run...

social reporters ‘ignoring stakeholders’ - news

Companies are still not observing the basics when reporting their relationship with stakeholders, the judges of this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards have...

stock exchange will act on questionnaire fatigue - news

The London Stock Exchange is preparing to create a centralized database on the social and environmental performance of companies as a way of tackling questionnaire fatigue...

inbrief - news

Deborah Doane has left the New Economics Foundation, where she was head of corporate accountability, to become a freelance consultant. She will also chair the...

auditors of non-financial reports face their own ethical challenges - news

With all but one of the FTSE 100 now producing some kind of public information on their social and environmental performance, and the UK government expected to publish...

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...

why Timms believes the best is still to come - news

The world’s only corporate social responsibility minister tells EP how two new government measures will have a ‘significant’ impact on the spread of CSR Stephen Timms may have...

‘best practice’ firms are not so hot - news

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

Hewitt backs off on ‘fat cats’ - news

Legislation to curb executive pay has been ruled out by the UK government, after long deliberation. Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has said increased...

extractives are a mixed bag on biodiversity - news

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

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

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

inbrief - news

Two companies last month gave qualified support to the latest attempt to raise the topic of mandatory social reporting in the UK parliament. While stressing that they...

annual resolutions target diversity - news

Thirty-three companies are in the firing line for this year’s round of social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed by Calvert, one of the more active...

firms lose marks through poor public disclosure - news

Companies are failing to give enough favourable detail when they make public their social and environmental performance, an investor-sponsored study of UK housebuilders...

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...

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...

inbrief - news

Work has begun to link the SA8000 ethical workplace standard formally with the Global Reporting Initiative. Social Accountability International, which created SA8000, is...

the challenges ahead for reporting companies - news

In the second of our series on the future of corporate social responsibility, EP looks at the forces that are shaping non-financial reporting Apart from France, no...

reporting stakes raised - news

The Canadian government has urged all listed companies to report on their social and environmental performance. Four ministers, David Anderson (environment), Bill Graham...

new business group hints at support for regulation - news

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

assurance body aims to let stakeholders have their say - news

An organization has been formed to make stakeholders more involved in the verification of social reports. Just Assurance, started by three UK-based verification...

inbrief - news

The environmental performance of UK high street banks is better overall than it was two years ago, an Eiris study suggests. Eight of 13 banks studied now have...

inbrief - news

Mark Brownlie , former communications head at the Global Reporting Initiative, has set up a consultancy called Responsibility Matters. The consultancy, in Calgary,...

inbrief - news

High street retailer Boots has won the Gold Hallmark award for the best internet reporting of its community and charitable activities. The judges of the awards,...

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...

press coverage booms as CSR hits media radar - news

Mainstream press coverage of corporate social responsibility issues has increased significantly around the world during the past three years – and most of it is still...

GRI considers AA1000 link-up - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is mulling plans to link its reporting guidelines to the AA1000 assurance standard, a framework for report verification. GRI chief...

inbrief - news

About 150 organizations have registered for a two-year consultation exercise on how the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting should be...

inbrief - news

Eight companies have been shortlisted in the sustainability reporting category of the 2003 UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting: BAA, BHP Billiton, BT, National Grid...

UPS makes reporting debut - news

One of the world’s largest postal and delivery companies has produced its first corporate sustainability report. United Parcel Service of America, which has 360,000...

cement firms join sustainability bandwagon - news

Three more large companies have joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative, an international project to improve the cement industry’s social and environmental performance....

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

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

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

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

institutional SRI investment in France to rise - news

Some 60 per cent of French institutional investors expect to make socially responsible investments during the next three years, a study suggests. A survey of 41...

inbrief - news

British American Tobacco has won the stakeholder communication category of the inaugural PricewaterhouseCoopers Building Public Trust Awards. Judges said BAT showed...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

lawyers bid for CSR role - news

The European legal profession is asking corporate lawyers to play a greater part in responsible business practice. The Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

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

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

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

Pennon ticked off for dropping reporting target - news

One of the UK’s leading water and waste management groups has been criticized by its external auditors for dropping a target from its social and environmental report...

2004 launch for South African index - news

A South African socially responsible investment index will be launched in early 2004 according to its originators, the FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange....

Body Shop tries radical new reporting approach - news

The Body Shop has reclaimed its position as an innovator in non-financial reporting by issuing three separate social reports aimed at different stakeholder groups....

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...

CSR in Asia ‘not due to wealth’ - news

Cultural factors and a willingness to embrace international trade are the best indicators of a country’s overall level of CSR activity, and not its wealth or...

second EC white paper on the way - news

A second white paper on CSR is to be issued by the European Commission in November 2004. The EC has decided this will be its course of action after it has received...

inbrief - news

More than 300 companies now use Global Reporting Initiative guidelines to frame their sustainability reports – double the number a year ago. New GRI reporters...

Kasky v Nike and the implications for corporate social reporting - news

Nike has done well to settle with the environmental campaigner Marc Kasky. Having taken its case to the highest court in the land, and not getting the outcome it had hoped, the...

the legal context of corporate responsibility - news

Social responsibility is often thought of as something companies can choose to practise if they wish. Even voluntary actions, however, have a legal context. In the UK companies can...

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....

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

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

more substance, less compliance, companies told - news

Companies are being too pragmatic on CSR, two researchers at a leading UK business school have argued. In a paper, CSR at the crossroads, Simon Knox and Stan Maklan of...

Nordic giant takes CSR policy on board - news

The largest financial services group in the Scandinavian and Baltic Sea region is developing a corporate social responsibility programme. Nordea, which operates in...

BAT finds stakeholders more prepared to talk - news

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

internal auditors 'should champion CSR' - news

Internal company auditors have been urged by their professional body to keep a watchful eye on their boards of directors to see if they are taking adequate account of CSR...

business offered key indicators - news

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

admit to your mistakes, social reporters are told - news

Companies need to show more humility when they report on their social and environmental performance, a leading business school has said. The UK-based Ashridge Centre...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

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

inbrief - news

The next update of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting will be issued in 2005. Last month the GRI began gathering comments from...

inbrief - news

City West Water has won the Australian Sustainability Reporting Awards organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The Melbourne-based...

Fast tracking for Operating and Financial Reviews - news

The UK government is to fast track the introduction of a requirement for large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews. Trade and industry...

clothing firms go public with their supplier audits - news

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

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

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

Core Bill reappears for first reading in the House - news

One of the few remaining European initiatives to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting has been put before the UK’s lower house of parliament. The...

assurance gaining ground with big company reporters - news

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

Storebrand makes CSR ‘integral part’ of its values - news

Storebrand has developed a two-year action plan on corporate social responsibility. The Norwegian insurance and investment company, which manages NKr140billion (£12bn)...

CSR future looks bright as Orange shows intent - news

Orange has set out how it will implement its corporate social responsibility strategy. In a ‘statement of intent’, the mobile phone group says its...

G8 leaders tie their colours to CSR mast - news

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

inbrief - news

A second volume of essays on stakeholder engagement has been produced by Greenleaf Publishing. Unfolding stakeholder thinking 2 presents the thoughts of researchers on...

inbrief - news

Singapore’s first Environmental Reporting Award has been won by Singapore Airlines in a competition organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

comeback for reporting Bill - news

A Bill to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting is to be introduced in the lower house of the UK parliament on 27 June. The ten minute rule bill has won...

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...

Co-op Bank ethics begin to rub off on its suppliers - news

Almost half of The Co-operative Bank’s suppliers now claim its ethical policies have changed the way they run their businesses. The bank says there has been a ‘significant’...

CSR role usually stands alone - news

Half of UK CSR practitioners work in dedicated CSR departments, a survey suggests. The study of 68 CSR practitioners in the UK found that one in two work in such...

UK investors mobilize votes on executive pay - news

Excessive director pay has dominated the UK’s spring annual general meeting season, with several companies reporting up to 30 per cent of shareholders voting against pay...

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...

GRI looks for major growth in use of reporting guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking to triple the number of companies using its sustainability reporting guidelines within two years. The Amsterdam-based...

Nike v Kasky nears resolution - news

A US Supreme Court ruling on the Nike v Kasky case, which has brought social reporting into the spotlight in the US, could be delivered as early as the end of this month....

US bank makes reporting debut - news

FleetBoston Financial has released its first annual sustainability report. The unverified report reveals that the seventh-largest financial holding company in the US...

inbrief - news

Draft guidelines for telecoms companies producing sustainability reports have been drawn up by the Global Reporting Initiative. The guidelines, which have been put out to...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the best sustainability report category in the European Sustainability Reporting Awards. Judges considered 38 reports that had progressed...

Chiquita scoops reporting award - news

Two food companies are the joint winners of the first US Sustainability Reporting Awards. Ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s and banana company Chiquita shared the...

Italians are more social - news

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

call for right to see CSR data - news

Legislators in Europe have been urged to consider giving the public a right of access to information held by companies on their social and environmental performance. A...

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

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

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

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

Scots ministers told to set up CSR group - news

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

almost all FTSE 100 companies are now reporting - news

Ninety FTSE 100 companies now publicly report on their social or environmental performance, a study has revealed. Seventy-two of the 90 are producing a stand-alone social,...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

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

May Day date for Core bill - news

Originators of a bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting in the UK hope to table it on 1 May in the House of Commons. The Corporate Responsibility...

sustainability reports must tackle lobbying - news

Sustainability reports should reveal the behind-the-scenes lobbying positions a company takes on social, environmental and economic issues, a group of reporting specialists has...

South African companies in HIV/Aids pilot - news

Eight businesses in South Africa have agreed to pilot draft guidelines on the disclosure of corporate policies on HIV/Aids. The guidelines, which are being produced by the...

Swedes show ‘surprising’ lack of progress - news

Swedish companies are proving to be slow at developing policies on corporate social responsibility and reporting on their progress to put them into practice, a survey suggests....

TUC aims to turn trustees - news

The Trades Union Congress is to encourage greater shareholder activism by making UK pension fund trustees more aware of corporate social responsibility matters. The TUC...

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...

UN Global Compact hardens stance - news

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

funds say firms show progress - news

There has been a ‘significant improvement’ in UK company reporting on carbon emissions in the past year, according to a group of pension funds. The Local...

Alcoa steps up its reporting - news

Aluminium giant Alcoa is to publish a combined environmental and community report alongside its financial annual report this year. The world’s largest aluminium...

inbrief - news

The first gathering of stakeholder council members of the Global Reporting Initiative has been held in Amsterdam. Council members, who will influence the direction of GRI...

Australia gears up for tough SRI disclosure - news

Australia’s investment regulator is considering a move that would impose the world’s toughest requirements on fund managers to detail their policy on socially...

PR professionals form CSR alliance - news

A corporate social responsibility network for public relations professionals has been launched by the UK’s Institute of Public Relations. The network is for those...

finance sector gets social performance indicators - news

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

Safeway flies the flag for UK retailers - news

Safeway has been shortlisted for the latest UK sustainability reporting award. The supermarket chain, currently in the middle of a takeover battle, is the only retailer...

inbrief - news

The US is to get its own version of the European sustainability reporting awards. Nominations for the awards, which will be run by the US-based Coalition for...

inbrief - news

BT has been given the Gold Hallmark Award for the best internet reporting of its social and charitable work. Seven other companies – Avon, BHP, Consignia, Intel, Oracle,...

customers and staff exert the greatest influence - news

Pressure from staff and customers appears to be the most important reason why businesses decide to adopt more socially responsible policies, according to a survey of UK company...

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...

Holcim shows new year resolution on CSR policy - news

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

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...

companies urged to focus on local impact - news

Guidelines for companies on reporting the social and environmental performance of their facilities are to be drawn up by two US organizations. The Coalition for...

inbrief - news

Tata Steel has become the first company in India to produce an annual sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

common standards are needed for engagement to be effective - news

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

GRI comes up with Aids guide - news

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

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...

‘naive’ Dow Jones compilers urged to drop BAT from index - news

The compilers of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index have been urged to rescind their recent decision to include British American Tobacco on the list of approved companies....

Nike says CSR ‘gag’ case is barrier to free speech - news

Nike expects to learn this month whether the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal against an unprecedented legal ruling by the Supreme Court of California that has prevented...

regulatory prospects recede in the UK - news

A revised bill on mandatory social reporting is to be put forward in the UK’s House of Commons early next year after the first version ran out of parliamentary time last...

firms offered benchmark on labour issues - news

Some of the best-known organizations in the CSR field have developed a web-based tool to help companies benchmark their labour standards against other firms. The...

50% have plans to be more open - news

Nearly half of multinational company executives – 49 per cent in the US and 45 per cent in Europe – say they have either taken steps to increase transparency in their...

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....

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...

Ligteringen to head GRI - news

Former Oxfam executive director Ernst Ligteringen has been named chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative. The Dutchman was at Oxfam International from 1995 to...

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...

Dixons under fire over supply chain ‘secrecy’ - news

Electrical retailer Dixons has been criticized by a group of UK local authority pension funds for failing to disclose its policies on ethical supply chain management....

Westpac in reporting first - news

Westpac has become the first Australian bank to publish a social report. The document uses social performance indicators created by Westpac with nine financial...

Blair lends support to calls for payment transparency - news

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

Carrefour gives boost to reporting in France - news

Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, has entered the social and environmental reporting field. The supermarket chain’s first sustainable development report contains,...

Perham’s bill due in House - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons on 15 October. The Ten Minute Rule Bill,...

financial firms ready to unveil ethical guidelines - news

More best practice guidance for the financial services sector is to be unveiled next month. The ‘Forge Two’ corporate social responsibility management and reporting...

firms offered help with questionnaire fatigue - news

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

training call for accountants - news

Social and environmental reporting issues ‘should be integrated into the education and training regimes of professional accountancy bodies’, according to an influential...

Morley targets the laggards - news

One of the UK’s largest fund managers has abstained or voted against the managements of 20 companies at annual meetings this year because they have failed to produce an...

verifying reports poses ethical dilemma - news

UK companies are divided over whether they should choose verifiers that essentially check facts in social and environmental reports, or ones that also offer direction on...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

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

inbrief - news

The final version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s revised guidelines on sustainability reporting is now available on its web site.

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

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

business no longer needs to fear EC regulation on CSR - news

The European Commission’s communication on corporate social responsibility initially gives the impression that Brussels felt it had to do something, but was so overwhelmed by...

ABB spends $55m on CSR - news

Engineering and power group ABB says the cost of its sustainability programme has ‘stabilized’ at $55million (£36m) after rising steadily for three years. The...

child labour findings spur firms into action - news

Around 284,000 child labourers work in hazardous conditions on West African cocoa farms supplying western chocolate manufacturers, a study of the industry has found....

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

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

Camelot goes for brevity - news

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has issued a short summary of its social report this year in response to criticism that its previous reports were confusing stakeholders....

Global Compact acts on weak submissions - news

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

‘remarkable’ increase in UK social reporters - news

Fifty of the UK’s 250 largest companies reported on their social and environmental performance for the first time in 2001-02, compared with 18 new reporters the previous...

ministers opt for OFRs - news

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

white papers ease regulatory fears - news

Prospects of imminent regulation on CSR in Europe have receded with the publication of the European Commission’s communication on the subject and the UK government’s response...

policy makers must not overuse the bully pulpit - news

There are lots of things government can do to encourage corporate social responsibility without resort to regulation, says David Grayson The underlying drivers for corporate...

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

The United Nations Environment Programme has stepped in to urge tourism companies to improve their social and environmental performance, amid signs of growing frustration at...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

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

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...

Japanese lead pack - news

Japan has the highest proportion of major companies publishing some kind of standalone corporate social responsibility report, according to a study. The survey by...

mandatory reporting backed by MEPs - news

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for mandatory social and environmental reporting across Europe. The resolution, which represents the collective...

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...

investors demand better disclosure - news

Thirty institutional investors have significantly stepped up the pressure on companies to improve disclosure on their social and environmental impacts by jointly demanding...

the man with no taste for regulation on CSR - news

EP talks to Douglas Alexander, UK minister for corporate social responsibility, on his year in office – and why he still believes regulation is not the way forward When the...

inbrief - news

Ceres has formed a Sustainable Governance Project to encourage companies to support the Global Reporting Initiative.

chewing over whether a tobacco firm can be socially responsible - news

The first company in the UK to produce a social report was The Body Shop. The latest is British American Tobacco. What is happening? For some, this will show that values have...

Canadians get reporting guide - news

A set of social and environmental reporting guidelines has been produced for Canadian companies. Developed by the Vancouver-based Canadian Business for Social...

Novo wins Euro award again - news

Novo has won the ‘best sustainability report’ section in the European Environmental Reporting Awards for the second year running. The Danish life sciences group, which took...

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...

MEPs vote on mandatory social reporting directive - news

A resolution backing mandatory social and environmental reporting was due to be put to the vote in the European Parliament on 30 May. The resolution invites the European...

Kidde makes reporting debut - news

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

GRI won’t have its name taken in vain - news

Companies that draw up social and environmental reports using the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines will soon have to conform to tighter rules on how they are applied....

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

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

new bill ups the stakes on mandatory reporting - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons this autumn. The Ten Minute Rule Bill, put forward...

tobacco firm enters CSR arena - news

British American Tobacco will begin the process of publishing no fewer than 13 different social reports this month as it becomes the first cigarette manufacturer to enter the...

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...

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

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

CIS is top UK social reporter - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has won the ‘best social report’ category in the new UK sustainability reporting awards. The awards, run jointly by the Institute of...

Amsterdam chosen as HQ for Global Reporting Initiative - news

The Dutch city of Amsterdam is to be the headquarters of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which was officially inaugurated as a permanent body last month. The...

Nordic firms move ahead with new CSR partnership - news

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

Dutch announce date for new CSR centre - news

The Dutch government has said it will set up an independent ‘knowledge centre’ on corporate social responsibility by the end of the year. The centre, which will have...

MEPs ready to back Euro reporting law - news

Mandatory social and environmental reporting across Europe may move a step closer this month if, as expected, the European Parliament formally requests that a commitment to...

inbrief - news

EQ Management has recruited a new consultant to specialize in social reporting. Caroline Hill has joined from the New Economics Foundation, where she was a regeneration analyst.

how to keep down the costs of your CSR policies - news

The best way to keep down CSR costs is to get consultants to set up a management system and then run it yourself, advises Richard Jones The costs associated with corporate...

CSR group grows rapidly - news

More than 130 parliamentarians have now joined the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, which was founded last year by 40 MPs and peers....

GRI becomes regular fixture - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is to be inaugurated as a permanent institution in a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on 4 April. The GRI, which runs...

Swedish prime minister spearheads CSR drive - news

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

Six Continents issues its first social report - news

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

Pirc puts directors’ pay in the spotlight - news

A new ratings system has been unveiled to help institutional investors identify companies offering their directors ‘excessive’ remuneration packages. The ratings,...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

the time of year when companies’ dirty linen is given a public airing - news

The annual reporting season is coming round again. In recent years UK companies have faced a number of embarrassing questions about their social and environmental performance...

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...

Italian firms start tests on ethics standard - news

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

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...

flak for Alexander over CSR ‘inaction’ - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Douglas Alexander has come under attack for an alleged ‘lack of vision’ in the post. The criticism, from the London-based New...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

use of indicators still ‘sporadic’ - news

Most FTSE100 companies are not yet using meaningful indicators to illustrate any progress they may be making on key social issues, according to a study. Research by...

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...

government to get tough on directors’ pay - news

Details of new requirements proposed for reporting on directors’ remuneration have been outlined by the UK government. Draft regulations posted on the Department of Trade...

firms push on emissions - news

Some of the UK’s largest pension funds are to launch a shareholder engagement initiative that seeks to persuade large companies to report on their carbon emissions in line...

Co-op bank makes ACCA shortlist again - news

Last year’s UK social reporter of the year, Co-operative Bank, has been shortlisted again for the latest annual social reporting awards. The bank is one of 13...

inbrief - news

Jill Manister , social responsibility manager for Camelot, is moving to Australia, creating a vacancy at the UK national lottery operator. Camelot says that applicants...

inbrief - news

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...

the EC must do something, but the question is, what? - news

As the most powerful policy maker in Europe, the European Commission has a unique chance to influence the future direction of corporate social responsibility. But what should it do? As...

the EC green paper: some early feedback - news

The green paper has prompted a large number of submissions from companies and other interested parties. EP reviews a selection of them The consultation period for...

Canada takes middle ground - news

A quarter of Canada’s top 100 companies now produce an environmental or social report. New research from the Canadian consultancy Stratos shows that 26 of the largest...

PwC leads consultancies on in-house CSR policies - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has come out best in an analysis of the corporate social responsibility activities of consulting and professional services firms....

BBC makes its reporting debut on the internet - news

The BBC has launched its first environment report with a warning that it ‘contains more anecdotes than measured impacts’. The web-based report, Environment Matters ,...

CSR green paper will turn white - news

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

inbrief - news

Prudential Insurance company is to produce its first environment report before Christmas – and a corporate social responsibility report next year. The UK-based insurer has been...

inbrief - news

National Grid has published its first social and environmental report. The UK energy company has produced environment reports for the past five years, but has extended...

inbrief - news

Web-based social and environmental reporters too often spoil the good work they do by hiding the information away on their web site, according to the Association of...

beware: government will step in if companies fail to self-regulate - news

The announcement that the UK government may require companies to disclose details of individual directors’ pay packages is an important milestone in the development of...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

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

retailers begin to measure up - news

Nine UK supermarket chains have agreed to help develop common benchmarks for measuring their social, environmental and ethical performance. The companies –...

GRI launches recruiting drive - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has begun recruiting thousands of associate ‘individual stakeholders’ to act as informal supporters. The GRI, which helps companies...

French companies told they must report on social issues - news

The French parliament has approved legislation that will require listed companies to report on social and environmental issues. The New Economic Regulations Bill, which will...

auditors find fault with Railtrack reporting - news

Auditors have heavily criticized Railtrack’s Social Responsibility Report, which has been published on the company’s web site. In the report, the auditors, csr network, say...

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...

inbrief - news

The Industrial Society is running two seminars on corporate social responsibility before the end of the year. The first, ‘Moving towards an integrated CSR strategy’,...

Agilent takes the web route - news

Technology company Agilent is to put its social and environmental reporting onto the web next year. The US-based company, which demerged from Hewlett Packard in 1999...

100 entries for reporting award - news

Around 100 entries have been received for the revamped UK Sustainability Reporting Awards. The awards, run by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants,...

old economy companies report better - news

Old economy companies such as car makers are far more likely to publish standalone environmental or social reports than those in the new economy. A...

BA gets wake-up call on social reporting - news

British Airways has been told it needs to improve the scope of its social and environmental reporting. The call has come from csr network, the consultancy that verified...

Nike makes reporting debut - news

Nike has released its first corporate responsibility report. The document, which uses Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, concentrates mainly on labour standards and...

inbrief - news

Severn Trent has issued a smaller Stewardship Report this year as it moves more data on its social and environmental performance on to its web site. The utilities...

250 Brazilian firms report social impacts - news

Social reporting in Brazil is more developed than environment reporting, according to an analysis from Unibanco. Brazil’s fourth-largest private bank says that contrary to...

government ‘should act as ethical ratings agency’ - news

The UK government should take on the task of rating the social and environmental performance of companies, a new manifesto from the Ethical Consumer Research Association...

GRI guidance review gains momentum - news

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

companies slow to act on environment policies - news

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

accountants covet new role - news

Europe’s largest accountancy body has pledged to increase its involvement in corporate social responsibility issues, chiefly by becoming more involved in the development of...

BT invites key suppliers to sign up to ethical code - news

BT has begun meeting its major suppliers to encourage participation in a supply chain initiative that commits them to meet standards on working conditions, health and safety,...

‘world leader’ Novo gets tips on reporting - news

The Novo Group is considered a world leader in social and environmental reporting but could improve by giving more weight to ‘the voice of others’ in its reports, a study has...

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...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

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...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

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

benefits of web-only reporting questioned - news

Companies that plan to move their social and environmental reports exclusively onto the web have been warned they could be going down the wrong route. Separate...

main pension funds give the nod to SRI principles - news

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

‘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...

company law review outlines OFR regime - news

Detailed proposals to force UK companies to publish ‘operating and financial reviews’ (OFRs) that would include an assessment of their social and environmental performance...

green paper sets off EU debate - news

The European Commission has shown its strongest support yet for corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles by publishing a green paper as a ‘launch-pad for debate’ on...

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...

each European member state needs a dedicated CSR minister - news

This month sees the publication of a green paper on corporate social responsibility by the European Commission – its first formal step towards developing a strategy in...

balancing profits and social responsibility - news

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

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...

City analysts slow on uptake - news

City analysts are slowly taking the social and environmental performance of companies into account when making investment decisions, according to a new study. The...

inbrief - news

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...

the Companies Act and the stakeholder question - news

The UK company law review will publish its final report next month. EP talked to the chairman of the sub-group that considered ways in which the balance of power between...

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...

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...

business coalition looks at taking on social issues - news

A US coalition of investors, companies and non-governmental organizations that works to improve companies’ environmental performance is considering whether to take greater...

reporting awards are brought together - news

The UK Environmental and Social Reporting awards are to be brought under a single banner by their organizers, together with a new award for ‘sustainability reporting’....

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....

reporters are told: ‘don’t gloss over your failings’ - news

Too many companies are glossing over thorny issues in their social and environmental reports, a social accounting expert has said. Carol Adams, professor at Glasgow...

bank claims ethics can pay - news

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

inbrief - news

Environmental reporting should be mandatory for companies, according to a UK House of Commons committee. The environment, transport and regional affairs committee concluded in a...

inbrief - news

Revised guidelines on company reporting of greenhouse gas emissions have been produced by the UK Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The new...

31 agree to test GRI guidelines - news

Thirty-one companies from 10 countries have volunteered to take part in a review of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. Among those committed to taking part in 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,...

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...

Powergen asks some questions - news

Energy company Powergen has sent a questionnaire to its shareholders asking them how much importance they place on social and environmental issues. The form,...

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....

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...

Shell takes Euro reporting award - news

Shell has won the fifth European Environmental Reporting Awards. Danish company Novo Nordisk took the best sustainability report award, Austria’s Obermurtaler...

keep codes of practice in proper perspective - news

Codes are a useful management tool, but managers should be careful not to rely on them too heavily , says Katherine Howard Codes of practice, both national and international,...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

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

investors urge top firms to vote on directors’ pay - news

Eight leading institutional investors have come together to write to 750 publicly quoted UK companies urging them to allow shareholders an annual vote on their...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

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

Nike outlines plan to improve conditions - news

Nike has announced a ‘remediation plan’ to deal with poor working conditions at its contract factories in Indonesia. The sports clothing manufacturer will introduce...

Myners Review may boost SRI - news

The UK government is to ask institutional investors to become more active shareholders in order to improve the performance and behaviour of companies. The move will...

inbrief - news

The UK Environmental Reporting Awards 2000 will be held at a ceremony in London on 23 March. The European Environmental Reporting Awards will be announced in Brussels...

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,...

UK non-reporters publicly named by minister - news

Reuters, Reed Elsevier, the Imperial Tobacco Group, United Business Media, Colt Telecom and the software company Sage have been named as ‘laggards’ on environmental reporting...

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...

Howells goes on the road to talk CSR with business - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Kim Howells is to go on a nationwide fact-finding tour of companies this month. Howells, who has now held the position for a...

e-businesses get help on social responsibility - news

Three new European initiatives have been launched to help internet businesses become more aware of corporate social responsibility issues. The projects come at the...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

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

inbrief - news

Guidelines on environmental management and reporting for the financial services sector have been published by the UK's Department of Trade and Industry. The guidelines...

inbrief - news

The second annual UK Social Reporting Awards are to be held at the Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability's conference in London on 8 March. This year's...

inbrief - news

A social and environmental reporting service has been jointly launched by the UK-based consultancy Corporate Culture and the design agency Loines Furnival. The Social...

companies and investors need fewer ethical codes of conduct - news

As with reporting standards, so with ethical codes of conduct. There are simply too many of them. Broadly speaking, ethical codes come in two types: general declarations of...

glossy social reports damage reputation - news

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

Finnish retailer all set for first social report - news

Kesko is to produce its first social and environmental report next month. The report, compiled using guidelines developed by the Global Reporting Initiative, will...

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...

UK company law review bolsters planned OFRs - news

The UK company law review has dealt a final blow to any lingering hopes that it would require companies to produce mandatory social and environmental reports....

paper industry needs a social agenda - news

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

top firms edge forward - news

Corporate governance standards among UK companies have marginally improved in the past year, but a significant number of companies still have boards and remuneration...

corporate social responsibility and the European Commission - news

The European Commission is starting to take a greater interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). At present this interest is manifesting itself in a series of...

utilities companies feature in awards shortlist - news

Four utilities companies have been chosen on a shortlist of finalists for the 2000 UK Environmental Reporting Awards. Anglian Water, Scottish Power, United Utilities and...

world’s best reporters are in Europe - news

The world’s six best sustainability reporters are all European companies – and five are from the UK – according to new rankings produced by an international...

many reports are just ‘spin’ - news

Some companies are using social reports to generate ‘spin’ to cover up their lack of progress on social matters, a new report has claimed. The study, from the...

EC considers SRI directive - news

Pressure is growing on the European Union to produce a directive that would force pension funds to disclose their policy on socially responsible investment (SRI)....

editorial: Blair puts business at the heart of the debate on sustainability - news

Tony Blair has finally made a speech on the environment. It is only the second major speech by the UK prime minister on the subject – the first was more than four years...

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...

inbrief - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is holding an international symposium from 13-15 November in Washington DC to look at ‘Leveraging investment, corporate accountability, and...

company law review will bury legal reporting idea - news

Any prospects of a new UK law requiring mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies are likely to fizzle out at the end of this month when the penultimate...

guest column: the practice of social and environmental reporting - news

A combined report cannot measure all social and environmental impacts. The most important thing is for companies to make a start, says Jon Woodhead As a developer and...

lack of demand behind dearth of smaller firm reporting - news

Medium-sized UK companies generally have little interest in producing environmental reports because they don't see any demand for them from stakeholders, a new study has...

Vauxhall takes first steps towards sustainability - news

Vauxhall Motors has detailed its commitment to social responsibility in the first sustainability report to be published by a European motor manufacturer. The...

inbrief - news

Entries are being sought for the second annual UK social reporting awards, which are run by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

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...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

touchdown for BA’s first social report - news

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

inbrief - news

A seminar on Reporting and communication on corporate citizenship issues is to be held on 25 September by the Warwick Business School's corporate citizenship unit.

inbrief - news

Former Friends of the Earth director Jonathon Porritt has been appointed chair of the UK government's Sustainable Development Commission, which will promote sustainable...

inbrief - news

The Business Impact task force set up by the Prince of Wales will publish its final report on 5 November. The task force, which began work in 1998 and is chaired by Bill...

guest column: human rights and the role of companies - news

Companies need to consider the human rights implications of overseas projects at the earliest possible stage, argues Frances House  Many senior executives have argued that it is...

PowerGen ponders CSR - news

Energy and utility company PowerGen has begun an internal review of how it can expand its reporting to cover corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues. The group, which...

Carillion adds social data to its reporting portfolio - news

The construction and engineering company Carillion has published its first environmental, community and social report. The 32-page document, which also contains financial statistics,...

Nestlé acts on marketing of breast milk substitutes - news

Nestlé is to strengthen its procedures on the marketing of breast milk substitutes after commissioning an independent audit of its operations in a major third world market....

inbrief - news

The first successful claim under a new UK whistleblowing law has been won by an accountant who was sacked after reporting irregular expense claims at the company he worked...

Lloyds equality policies produce dramatic results - news

The UK’s second largest high street bank is claiming to have achieved a 14.5 per cent increase in the number of women in senior management positions last year. The...

guest column: pioneering a new form of company reporting - news

What makes a good social report? Roger Adams, who recently helped judge the first UK Social Reporting Awards, offers advice to CSR directors   Ten years ago green reporting...

Shell and Co-op share social report honours - news

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

CSR's economic impact stressed - news

Companies are in danger of ignoring the social and environmental potential of financial reporting, according to a discussion document issued by British Telecommunications (BT)....

global guidelines ready for action - news

The final version of sustainability reporting guidelines designed to be used by companies throughout the world will be released this month. The guidelines, produced...

editorial: corporate social responsibility is a response to market demands - news

The publication of the latest stage of the UK company law review and the appointment in the UK of a government minister with a specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief,...

Finns win European award - news

The Finnish company Neste Fortum has been judged overall winner of the fourth European Environmental Reporting awards. The oil, gas and chemical group took the first prize...

inbrief - news

Around one fifth of FTSE 100 companies have carried out an environmental audit, according to the third annual survey of environmental reporting from Pensions and Investment...

waste reporting guidelines out - news

Draft guidelines on how companies should report on the waste they produce have been released by the UK’s Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR). The...

make space in AGMs to talk to public, firms told - news

Companies should look at the idea of creating ‘separate space’ for stakeholder dialogue at their annual general meetings, (AGMs) a think tank has said. The UK-based Centre for...

guest column: CSR: the contribution government can make - news

The UK government has a vital role to play in building momentum for corporate social responsibility, particularly by fostering partnerships and helping to produce guidance, says...

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

Social reporting is on the increase in South Africa, according to research from the University of Pretoria. A survey of the annual reports of ten companies with the highest...

the UK leads Europe in appointing a minister with CSR responsibilities - news

The decision by UK prime minister Tony Blair to appoint a minister for corporate social responsibility is good news for all those within UK companies with a CSR brief. It is...

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,...

slow reporting progress brings ministerial threat - news

Ministerial warnings about the slow progress of environmental reporting have coincided with a new study that shows UK companies are taking a wide variety of approaches to disclosing...

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

credible information for sustainability reporting - news

This final article in a series offering practical advice on how to quantify, manage and improve corporate ethical performance, looks at reporting issues The internet provides...

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...

United Utilities on top - news

United Utilities has been judged overall winner of the 1999 UK Environment Reporting Awards. The group’s report was praised by judges of the Association of Chartered...

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...

clarity fear over verifiers - news

Consultation has ended on a draft set of European guidelines for auditors of environmental reports. The guidelines, produced by the Brussels-based European Federation of...

inbrief - news

The Global Reporting Initiative has been given a £1.86 million grant by the United Nations Foundation. The GRI was set up in 1997 to design globally applicable guidelines for...

why communications is not the poor relation - news

A good communications strategy lies at the heart of any successful corporate social responsibility programme, argues Pauline Ryder Given the ever-widening spectrum of...

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...

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...

emerging global standards are now driving the debate forward - news

November saw the formal launch of two important new initiatives intended to help companies improve their ethical performance. The Global Sullivan Principles, first published...

Anglian Water is shortlisted - news

Anglian Water of the UK has been included on the shortlist for the 1999 Environment Reporting Awards, which it won last year. The shortlisted 16 for the awards, which are run by the...

new standard maps way forward - news

The first international standard designed to help companies improve their overall ethical performance has been launched by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability...

inbrief - news

European Members of Parliament (MEPs) have been urged to introduce measures to require companies to publish sustainability reports. Roger Adams, head of technical services at...

third world worker conditions and equal opps need watching - news

So many fronts moved forward in the corporate social responsibility debate during the past month that it is hard to pick out one as of overriding significance. Corporate governance...

Shanks revamps green code - news

Waste management company Shanks Waste Solutions has overhauled its 11-year-old corporate environmental policy. The revised code contains a new commitment to bring its landfill sites...

Boots asks its suppliers some ethical questions - news

Social and ethical issues are to be incorporated into supply chain auditing at the UK’s largest retail chemist. Boots the Chemists, which sells around 27,000...

inbrief - news

International standards to help organizations develop procedures for talking to stakeholders and reporting on the results will be unveiled at a conference in Copenhagen,...

inbrief - news

A seminar on the corporate responsibility implications of the government-commissioned company law review is to be held on 11 October in London. Promoting Transparency and...

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...

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

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

investors still hard to convince on sustainability - news

Mainstream institutional investors remain largely unconvinced that sustainability is beneficial to business, according to a new report. The study, from the...

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...

Eastern begins work on new social action plan - news

The energy group Eastern has stepped up its commitment to social responsibility by producing its first sustainability report and promising to devise a ‘social action plan’....

deep greens begin to think of dialogue - news

Recent attempts by some companies to improve their environmental and social records have persuaded many deep-green activists to take a fresh look at creating a new dialogue with...

reporting is catching on - news

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

inbrief - news

The closing date for companies wishing to enter the first Social Reporting Awards is 30 September. The awards, run by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)...

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...

measuring social performance by what the general public thinks - news

Two broad themes emerge from this month’s issue. The first is how best to measure the environmental, social and ethical performance of a company. The second is the difficulty of convincing...

United Utilities fares well in its first ever social audit - news

More than half of United Utilities stakeholders believe the group meets or exceeds their expectations on social responsibility, according to survey results published in its...

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...

global reporting initiative reaches crucial stage - news

More than 20 international companies will assemble in Paris this month to discuss the progress of sustainability reporting guidelines being pilot tested around the world. The...

ethical policies are thin on the ground - news

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

Cable & Wireless tells suppliers to think green - news

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

new Boots Group environment report will complete the triple bottom line - news

The Boots Group will achieve triple bottom line reporting this month by adding an environment report to its community review and annual financial report. The UK’s largest...

inbrief - news

BP Amoco has commissioned an independent audit of its greenhouse gas accounting and reporting systems. The oil giant, which wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 10 per...

inbrief - news

Four new countries have joined the European Environmental Reporting Awards. Companies from Finland, Italy, Switzerland and Portugal will join firms from the UK, the Netherlands,...

what the pensions disclosure regulation means for companies - news

The UK government’s new disclosure regulation requiring occupational pension schemes to declare their policy on ethical investment will affect companies in two ways. First,...

stakeholders supported - news

Test is mounting on the UK government’s steering group on company law to recommend legislation that would require businesses to disclose information on their ethical performance....

BT's image takes a turn for the better - news

Two thirds of the public now believe BT takes its responsibility to society seriously, according to the company’s first social report. The landmark 32-page document reveals that 65...

business urged to endorse greenhouse gas indicators - news

The vexing question of how to standardise corporate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions has come closer to being resolved, following the publication of official guidelines by the...

new first for NatWest - news

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

report verification is an absolute must, says awards judging panel - news

Environmental reports that are not externally verified ‘are simply not acceptable’, an influential panel of experts has said. Judges of this year’s European Environmental...

Aberdeen plumps for new pension fund idea - news

A new ethical investment model is to be pioneered by Friends Ivory & Sime (FIS) on a £20 million pension fund portfolio for Aberdeen City Council. Fund managers at FIS, which was...

inbrief - news

BAA has broadened its definition of social reporting to include, for the first time, the company's performance as an employer in its forthcoming sustainability report, to be...

responding to the challenge - news

Ethical Performance has invited KPMG, the global consultancy business, to outline a programme of practical advice for companies wishing to quantify, manage and improve their ethical...

looking to the future - news

In June the Company Law Review steering group begins the next stage of its deliberations on how the balance of power between shareholders and stakeholders should be changed....

Shell to begin work on social audit indicators - news

Shell is to draw up its own sustainability indicators as part of an attempt to improve its social and environmental reporting. The oil giant, which recently sent out 100,000 copies...

Lloyds TSB takes step towards full social audit - news

Lloyds TSB has produced its first community report. The four page document, produced by the group’s public affairs unit, is being seen as the first step on the way to a full...

social auditing code moves a step closer - news

An ‘ethical summit’ is to be convened in the UK this October to finalise new standards on social accounting. The event will involve up to 30 professional organizations in...

Turnbull focuses on risk - news

UK companies are likely to have to take social, environmental and ethical matters into account when they assess business risks and report on them more fully in annual...

Rio Tinto expands audit - news

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

social reporting gathers pace - news

Most of the UK’s leading listed companies are now issuing social reports in some form, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown the...

FEE issues proposals on environmental reporting - news

Environmental reports must conform to eight key characteristics, according to a discussion paper issued by the Brussels-based European Federation of Accountants (FEE). The paper...

CEOs back social auditing - news

Almost three quarters of UK company directors have come out in favour of social reporting in a study by the Institute of Directors. The IoD survey of its members found that 46 per...

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...

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 –...

tests begin on new sustainability reporting guidelines - news

New sustainability reporting guidelines designed to be used globally are to be pilot tested shortly by companies throughout the world. The guidelines, produced by the Global...

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Business Environmental Performance Initiative - directory

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) is a business-driven initiative that enables companies to manage and improve the environmental performance of their global supply chain...

Verso Globe Ltd - directory

Responsible business just got a whole lot easier Verso PRO changes the game. Online digital CR consultant, collaborative management tool and communications interface – all brought...

Context Europe - directory

Context is a corporate sustainability (CS) consultancy founded in 1997. We help our clients understand sustainability and profit from it - by developing leading sustainability strategies and...

Sustainserv, Inc. - directory

Sustainserv is a global sustainability consultancy that provides comprehensive strategic advisory, analytics and communications services for companies seeking innovative and pragmatic approaches...

IHS Inc - directory

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

Scholz & Friends Reputation - directory

Scholz & Friends Reputation is a specialized CR consultancy, embedded in the worldwide communication network of the Scholz & Friends Group. Our core services comprise the development of...

Clearstream Solutions - directory

Clearstream Solutions provides global carbon management and sustainability services. We assist organisations to measure and implement best-in-class environmental and sustainable practice in...

ISOS Group - directory

ISOS Group is a leading sustainability services agency with big project experience that blends a passion for sustainability reporting with clients who make a difference. We specialize in GRI,...

ZOOiD - directory

ZOOiD provides clients with a clear direction of how to effectively report on, evaluate and market and communicate sustainability driven activities within and outside the organisation. ...

Terrafiniti LLP - directory

We apply over 40 years’ collective experience of international best practice in sustainability, to focus on growing business value while genuinely addressing CSR and sustainability issues....

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,...

Centre for Sustainability and Excellence - directory

CSE is a  leading strategic advisory and training organization, offering integrated sustainability consulting services in Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia. CSE...

Fraser Communications Inc. - directory

Fraser Communications supports organizations worldwide in the writing, editing and project management of GRI-compliant CSR reports directed at multi-stakeholder audiences. Company President...

OneReport® - directory

OneReport®, a unique online platform, simplifies corporate responsibility (CR) query and response management, reporting and publishing. OneReport integrates the metrics sought by corporate...

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...

akzente kommunikation und beratung gmbh - directory

akzente advises companies on open and credible CSR communication and supports them in developing and implementing effective and sound CSR strategies. We are a full-range service provider...

RPS Group Plc - directory

RPS is an award winning international consultancy that has been advising its clients on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability challenges and their solutions for over forty years....

The Reassurance Network Ltd - directory

The Reassurance Network specialises in ethical supply chain support, corporate responsibility management and assurance, and business integrity. Our services include auditing and assurance,...

Flag - directory

We help businesses be better through creative communications and reporting:   Communications strategy and stakeholder engagement: We help clients to build trust and engage varied...

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...

GRI & IIRC on the role of the SDGs in reporting - reports

Ethical Corporation has just published a new briefing that delves into the role of the SDGs in sustainability reporting & communications -  you can access the report here.

Impact reporting: BASF, Crown Estate, Philips Lighting and Natural Capital Coalition share ideas - reports

Reporting on the true value of social and environmental impacts is a challenge many corporates are tackling in 2017.

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...

SAB Miller, Arcelor Mittal and BT share sustainability reporting strategies - reports

Sustainability reporting has evolved drastically over the past few years; with the increasing legislation, opportunities from the SDGs as well as plethora of options that a connected digital...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

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

The Crown announces another record income return of £328.8 million to the public finances - reports

The Crown Estate’s annual report and accounts for 2016/17, the organisation’s fifth integrated report, continues to show innovation in reporting and tells a coherent, concise story...

UPS Commits to More Alternative Vehicles, Fuel and Renewable Power - reports

UPS’s 15th annual Sustainability Report provides a complete update on the company’s sustainability efforts, including a new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

Canary Wharf Group focuses on the future for long term improvements - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in five key areas: making great places; pioneering innovation; promoting inclusive...

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...

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...

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...

BASF, Philips Lighting and Crown Estate on true value impact reporting - reports

With the increased requirement from stakeholders for companies to portray the  value  of their impact and the added scrutiny on sustainability data - accurate sustainability reporting...

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...

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...

HP announces new social and environmental goals with release of the HP 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Sustainability serves as a guiding principle for how HP does business, fueling the company’s innovation and growth. It supports HP’s vision of creating technology that makes life...

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...

SABIC has recently launched its 2016 Sustainability Report, Transforming Together - reports

SABIC’s 2016 Sustainability Report, the sixth published by one of the world’s largest suppliers of chemicals, is an enormous achievement. For the first time, SABIC handed the report...

CapitaLand Limited publishes integrated Global Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

CapitaLand released its eighth Global Sustainability Report entitled “Building Sustainable Real Estate of the Future”. The report reaffirms CapitaLand’s commitment to...

Fibria 2016 Report: A new horizon for all - reports

Fibria is a Brazilian forestry-based company, a world leader in the production of eucalyptus pulp. The company operates in 257 Brazilian municipalities and exports to 38 countries.

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...

ArcelorMittal publishes its 2016 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal USA is proud to announce the publication of its annual 2016 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported on its corporate responsibility and...

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...

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...

Vancity publishes 7th integrated Annual Report - reports

Vancity’s latest integrated Annual Report, Vancity in 2016: building on our values, demonstrates how being firmly rooted in local communities can deliver strong financial returns. It can...

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....

Flowserve Announces Availability of 2016 Sustainability Report: Company Celebrates Record-Setting Sustainability Metrics for 3rd Consecutive Year - reports

The 2016 Sustainability report for Flowserve includes information regarding the Flowserve Flow Control Division (FCD), the Engineered Product Operation (EPO) and the Industrial Product Division...

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...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the years 2015 and 2016. It is available online at www.emdgroup.com/cr-report.

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...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2016 CR Report - reports

Digitization offers new opportunities for shaping how to live together on this planet; it is a central key to sustainable development. Already, many of Deutsche Telekom’s products,...

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...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

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

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...

Thinking globally, acting locally - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, today released its 2016 reporting suite including its full online Sustainable development report, its  Global Thinking, Local Action...

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...

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...

Umicore publishes integrated report 2016: Elements for Success - reports

Umicore - the materials technology and recycling group – has published its 2016 Annual report. The report provides an integrated view of Umicore’s progress towards its Horizon 2020...

Centrica launches Responsible Business Update 2016 - reports

International energy and services company, Centrica plc, has launched its Responsible Business Update 2016, which shows how they are delivering their purpose: ‘to satisfy the changing...

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...

Panalpina publishes integrated management report - reports

Panalpina has published its first integrated management report, summarizing the company’s activities during 2016 in terms of business performance as well as sustainability.

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...

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

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...

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...

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...

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...

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

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

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

2015 Provident Financial Group corporate responsibility report published - reports

Provident Financial Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of responsible personal credit products to the non-standard lending market, has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility...

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...

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...

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

NEC Releases Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

NEC Corporation announced today the release of its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. NEC has announced its CSR activities aiming...

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

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

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...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes CSR Communication Report 2016 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published CSR Communication Report 2016, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The 10th Annual CR Reporting and Sustainability Communications Event adds new ESG Symposium track - reports

In a new addition for the 2016 event 200+ sustainability professionals will meet with top ESG investors such as Schroders & Standard Life with one purpose: To close the gap between...

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...

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

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...

M&S, Unilever and Nestle: CR Reporting Benchmarks - reports

As part of Ethical Corporation’s latest free analysis on sustainability reporting, they have just released a pack of report reviews featuring Unilever, Nestle & Marks and Spencer.

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,...

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...

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

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

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

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...

Sustainability Report 2015: Building the Future - reports

Our 2015 Sustainability Report entitled, “Building the Future” communicates our firm and ongoing commitment to addressing the difficult challenges facing our operating markets. We...

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...

7 Tips: M&S, GSK, Ericsson and Pearsons on The SDGs and Reporting - reports

Ethical Corporation have just released their latest piece of complimentary analysis on how to integrate the sustainable development goals into your sustainability reporting and strategy.

Hess Corporation’s 2015 Sustainability Report Shows Commitment to Safety and Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has released its 19 th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive look at the company’s strategy and performance on safety,...

Annual review of CR Reporting and Comms Summit featuring Unilever, AkzoNobel, CocaCola Enterprises & ABN Amro - reports

The Annual Review of CR Reporting and Sustainability Communications  from Ethical Corporation has just been released.

TUI Group launches progress against ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism business, today launched its latest Sustainability Report. Following on from the launch of last year’s ‘Better Holidays, Better...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

The Crown Estate announces annual results - reports

The Crown Estate’s annual report and accounts for 2015/16, the organisation’s fourth integrated report, continues to show innovation in reporting and is a visible commitment that...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

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

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...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Hormel Foods Shares Food Journey in 10th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the launch of its 10th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

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

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

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

Vivendi Integrated Report Now Available: Focus on Value Creation and Human Rights - reports

For the third consecutive year, Vivendi has dedicated a section of its Annual Report to a summary report highlighting the company’s achievements in creating long-term value for all of its...

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

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

AEP Releases 2016 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has released its 2016 Corporate Accountability Report, an overview of the company’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

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...

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...

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

Fibria 2015 Report: From the Forest to Consumers - reports

Fibria, a Brazilian forest company and the world´s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, publishes its 2015 Annual Report with the theme “From the forest to consumers” describing...

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...

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...

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

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.

2015 Nestlé in Society Creating Shared Value and Meeting Our Commitments Full Report Now Available - reports

Nestlé has published the 2015 edition of its annual Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report.  It follows the summary report published on March 8th, 2016, as part...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Maersk Group Sustainability Report 2015 Released - reports

Activities in 2015 resulted in continued progress towards unlocking growth for the Maersk Group and for society as well as integrating sustainability in our operations, mitigating risks and...

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....

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...

Albemarle Presents 2015 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on 2014 Activities - reports

Albemarle is pleased to present its 2015 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on 2014 activities. This edition marks the seventh year that Albemarle has released this report, demonstrating the...

CSL Publishes 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Key achievements and challenges across CSL’s six corporate responsibility priority areas for the period 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 include:

Kingspan Insulated Panels Releases its 2015 Divisional Sustainability Report - reports

Kingspan Insulated Panels today releases its 2015 Sustainability Report, which sets out the division’s environmental, social and economic performance for the period 2012 to 2014....

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....

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,...

Workday Publishes its 2015 Global Impact Report - reports

Workday, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, recently published its 2015 Global Impact Report. The report details Workday’s sustainable...

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...

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

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

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering 2014 through the first half of 2015. Entitled...

CBRE Publishes Eighth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of...

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...

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.

New Sustainability Webinar Series from SGS - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of webinars which are designed to help organizations succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

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

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

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

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...

RZB Group publishes Sustainability Report 2014 – “Fit for the future through sustainability” - reports

The fifth edition of RZB’s Sustainability Report highlights the importance of the sustainable aspects of business, the environment, employees and society for the Group. Furthermore the...

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.

UPS accelerates progress towards sustainability goals - reports

UPS® has published its 13th annual Sustainability Report.  This latest report highlights UPS’s continued investment in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and a...

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,...

Edmond de Rothschild Group publishes First Sustainability Report - reports

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

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 Report - reports

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

Teck releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here.

OTE and COSMOTE launch joint 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

OTE Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Greece and one of the pre-eminent providers in South East Europe, offering its customers excellent quality products and services. ...

Kingfisher’s Net Positive Report continues to tell strong story in year two - reports

Net Positive is Kingfisher’s sustainability ambition. It means transforming its business to have a restorative impact on the environment; innovating in products and services to enable...

Holcim releases 2014 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies and has a presence on all continents. With its innovative products and services and a commitment to sustainable...

Novartis releases 2014 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2014.

CDL Adopts Integrated Reporting Approach for Sustainability Report 2015: Making Business Sense of its Sustainability Performance - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) is the first property developer in Singapore to adopt an Integrated Reporting (IR) approach for its latest sustainability report titled “Creating Value for...

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

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

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

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

Deutsche Telekom publishes 13th CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report for 2014 concentrates on the most important topics for Deutsche Telekom and its stakeholders, including privacy, the supply chain and...

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Hydro-Québec’s 13th Sustainability Report draws on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines and Electric Utilities Sector Supplement, based on the “core”...

RBS launches 2014 Sustainability Report: Earning our customers’ trust - reports

In this report, RBS aims to establish clear recognition as a leader in sustainability.

RB announces progress towards environmental and social goals in 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

RB’s 2014 Sustainability Report, “A global force in health & hygiene”, published today, highlights the key achievements of its betterbusiness strategy. 

adidas Group presents 2014 Sustainability Progress Report 'Make a Difference' - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2014 Sustainability Progress Report.

G4S publishes 2014 CSR Report - reports

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

Ericsson creates positive impact in the Networked Society - reports

Today Ericsson is launching its 22nd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks. This...

SGS invites you to join its Sustainability Webinar Series - reports

The webinars are designed to help organizations develop winning sustainability strategies and to support them step-by-step during their implementation.

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 at:  www.shell.com/sustainabilityreport

CLP Group publishes first GRI G4 “Core” Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.  It operates a vertically-integrated...

Benefiting clients and communities - UBS makes progress on integrating societal and financial performance - reports

For the 14th year in succession UBS has incorporated information on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and performance in its Annual Report. Key information is also...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

Kesko’s first Integrated Annual Report provides compiled, material information - reports

Specialist retailer Kesko has published its first Integrated Annual Report online.

NN Group publishes first Annual Report as listed company - reports

Insurance and investment management company NN Group has a combined reporting approach and its 2014 Annual Report consists of three distinct sections - Annual Review, Financial Report and...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

Barclays on track to achieve Citizenship commitments - reports

Barclays has today published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2014. The Report shows that Barclays is a stronger business with better prospects than at any...

Bayer publishes second integrated Annual Report - reports

Bayer has published its Annual Report 2014. For the second time, since 2013, the Germany-based multinational with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech...

AkzoNobel’s digitally enhanced Report 2014 published online - reports

AkzoNobel today published its integrated Report 2014 online, which includes full details of the company's annual results and sustainability performance. Also available as an iPad app, the...

SGS Sustainability & Social Responsibility Webinar Series - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of four webinars which are designed to help organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

Abbott Publishes Global Citizenship Highlights Update - reports

Abbott is a diversified, global science-based company dedicated to fulfilling the promise of human potential through better health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has continually transformed to...

Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020 - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in...

Seeing the bigger picture - Sky’s approach to building a sustainable business, 2014 reporting - reports

Home entertainment and communications company Sky has released its 2014 Seeing the bigger picture reporting. On the company website, Sky gives details of its initiatives and progress in building...

Stockland launches FY14 Reports - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the launch of its online FY14 Sustainability Reporting. This supports the Annual Review 2014, the...

PepsiCo Releases 2013 Sustainability and GRI Reports - reports

PepsiCo, the global food and beverage company with brands like Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana, has released its 2013 Corporate Sustainability and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

New MAG CSR Report shows Airports are 'Skills & Jobs Hotbed' - reports

MAG’s four UK airports contibute £4bn to UK economy and give skills boost with new training & academy initiatives.

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

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

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

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

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

UPS releases 2013 Sustainability Report, announces new carbon intensity goal - reports

UPS® has released its 12th annual  Sustainability Report  announcing that in addition to reducing overall carbon emissions in 2013, the company also met its 2016 goal of...

Liberty Global Announces Environmental Targets - reports

Liberty Global announces environmental targets as part of the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).

Sonoco summarizes Sustainability Progress in its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report, Principle, People and Progress, outlining the Company’s...

L'Oréal publishes its 2013 Sustainable Development Report - reports

L’Oréal, the world leader in beauty, has published its 2013 Sustainable Development Report in the form of a printable summary on its corporate website.

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

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

Holcim publishes 2013 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies with a presence on all continents.

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

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

Land Securities shares city stories in latest CR Report - reports

As Land Securities moves increasingly towards an integrated approach to its annual reporting, this year’s Corporate Responsibility Report provides a brief update on its strategy, an...

Terna Transmits Energy with Responsibility - reports

The first Terna Group “Integrated Report” is now on line at www.terna.it. The Report was  prepared in accordance with the IIIRC – International Integrated Reporting...

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

Today, Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports.  The Annual Report makes significant progress towards the principles of the IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework and the...

Coca-Cola HBC, ranked among top three beverage companies in the world for sustainability publishes 2013 Integrated Report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its second Integrated Report which discusses the company's strategy and performance across a range of financial, economic, social and environmental indicators.

Friends Life publishes its 2013 CR Report 'Aligning practice and purpose' - reports

Friends Life is a company with just a three-year history, but a 200 year heritage. Its purpose is to protect customers and their loved ones should they fall ill or die and to make their money...

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2013 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its Corporate Responsibility report for the twelfth time. With the title "We take responsibility," it provides information on the Group's challenges and...

Hydro-Quebec publishes Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

Hydro-Quebec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers.

Stakeholders' voice is heard in Kesko's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kesko’s revised, online Corporate Responsibility Report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko’s responsibility programme and work according to the new...

Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report - reports

New York – Citi released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges.

adidas Group presents ‘2013 Sustainability Progress Report – Fair Play’ - reports

The adidas Group published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, an annual overview of achievements and challenges as well as a progress update on its 2015 sustainability targets.

UBS commits to holistic advancement of its societal activities - reports

As a globally active, client-centric and diversified financial firm, and the world’s largest wealth manager, UBS is in a unique position to help its clients address their societal concerns.

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2013 - reports

The report details Shell’s progress during 2013 to deliver energy in a responsible way to meet the world’s growing demand, as the global population increases and living standards...

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2013 - reports

Building on last year’s suite of reports, Mondi has continued to develop and evolve its holistic approach to reporting, with three separate but interrelated components...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

Is the idea of a tobacco company for the 21st century a contradiction? - reports

This question and many more regarding British American Tobacco’s products, activities and the future of its business are addressed in its latest Sustainability Summary Report: ‘Value...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With more than 80,000 employees, the company operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and...

CLP Group has published its 2013 Online Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

GRI/G4 REPORTING: CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING TRAINING - calendar

Are you creating your first sustainability report and don’t know how to begin? Are you currently reporting but aren’t sure your company is up to par? As a certified Global Reporting...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2013 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report and Annual Report. In addition to our regulatory and corporate governance reporting requirements, both provide much information about...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

Bayer publishes first integrated report: Sustainability part of corporate strategy - reports

“We are convinced that we can only achieve lasting commercial success if we balance economic growth with ecological and social responsibility.” Dr Marijn Dekkers, ceo

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program - calendar

More than 5000 Executives from Fortune 500 companies, local governments and academia have trusted CSE and experienced our advanced trainings in order to become Certified Sustainability (CSR)...

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Danske Bank Group is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial institutions in northern Europe, with operations in 15 countries

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 - calendar

IFRS 9 Europe Implementation Forum 2016 Addressing key implementation and challenges and Regulatory uncertainty impacting Finance and Credit Risk professionals...

5th GRI Global Conference - Empowering Sustainable Decisions - calendar

NOT REGISTERED YET?  The 5th GRI Global Conference is just 5 weeks away.  REGISTER  by 15 April to secure your reduced rate and join up to 1,200 sustainability leaders from...

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012-13 - reports

Royal Mail Group is one of the UK’s largest companies and one of its best known brands. A key part of the company’s business strategy and corporate responsibility strategy is to...

IFRS Update Course - calendar

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

Report highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on coca farming - reports

Zurich, November 12, 2013 – Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today announced its 2012/13 Sustainability...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Boost your sustainability skills and join this year's GRI Global Conference Master Classes - calendar

The GRI 2016 Global Conference in May will embrace the new era of sustainability with a focus on how non-financial information can help empower better decision making to create a more...

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2013 and online sustainability reporting - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the the release of the company’s second integrated report, the Annual Review 2013, providing a...

Launch of Alliance Boots CSR report 2012/13 - reports

Alliance Boots has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2012/13 for the year ended 31 March 2013.

NEC Corporation marks the publications of its 2013 CSR annual report - reports

NEC Corporation has relaunched its CSR Website, coinciding with the publication of its annual report on corporate social responsibility policies and activities during the year ended 31 March...

Our Shares Values - BHP Billiton's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

As part of BHP Billiton’s community commitment, they voluntarily invest one per cent of their pre-tax profit, calculated on the average of the previous three years’ pre-tax profit,...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

Enel publishes Sustainability Report 2012: the first one based on materiality analysis - reports

On its tenth year of publication, Enel’s Sustainability Report 2012 has changed its appearance to become more user-friendly and concise, always being compliant with accountability...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2012/13 - reports

WPP, a leading communications services group, is committed to improving its own sustainability performance and to working with its clients on sustainability.

Merck publishes 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

E.ON publishes its 'All together' report entitled 'Strengthening relationships, building trust' - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its ‘All together’ report, entitled ‘Strengthening relationships, building trust’. The full report, a two page summary and Q&A videos with...

UPS releases its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme 'More of What Matters' - reports

Today, UPS released its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme “More of What Matters.” Environmental achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increased...

Extractive Forum and Training - Social and Environmental Performance - calendar

CSR Asia and partners will host the Extractive Forum on 21-22 March 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Forum will focus on social and environmental performance, reflecting on the management of...

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

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

Alcatel-Lucent's 2012 Sustainability Performance - A Year of Continued Achievement - reports

In 2012, Alcatel-Lucent executed on its three core sustainability priorities: Green, People and Digital Inclusion. We also put our sustainability values at the core of our day-to-day...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2012 Sustainability Report has now launched.  

Sky signals its new approach to sustainability reporting - reports

Sky signals its new approach to sustainability reporting.

Stockland releases Annual Review 2012 - reports

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2012.

BHP Billiton's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton’s first Charter value is ‘Sustainability’. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does. 

Taking integrated reporting to another level - reports

KLP release their 2011 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Strategy: Getting the Most of GRI G4 and ISO 26000 When Communicating Performance - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to understand how to use the GRI G4 Reporting Framework with an ISO 26000 Foundation to achieve reporting success for effective sustainability...

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

UPS releases its latest Sustainability Report - reports

UPS releases "A+" Sustainability Report, Themed "Logistics at the Core"

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'.

Bank of America Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Bank of America today released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report to provide an overview of the environmental, social and economic impact of its businesses as well as...

SGS Webinar: Value Chain Risk Management: Emerging Approaches to Global Risk Management in Sustainability - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We begin by defining why a value...

Upmanship: Enhancing the Science of CSR - calendar

As part of National CSR Week in Canada, 1-5 June, 2015 , professional corporate responsibility practitioners, officers and consultants are meeting in Toronto for a two-day " Upmanship:...

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has provided information to the general public about its sustainability activities since 1996. Under the motto of "We take responsibility," the company now presents...

City Developments Limited's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

“We aspire to be a responsible global corporate citizen. We believe that sustainability is integral to business excellence and challenge ourselves to conduct best practices and conserve...

SGS Webinar: Sustainability Reporting to GRI G4: Time to Make the Switch - calendar

GRI reporting organizations have until December 2015 to complete the transition to the new G4 Guidelines. This webinar gives organizations guidance on what GRI G4 is and how to apply it. It is a...

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report and confirms its commitment to sustainability through the launch of a bold new sustainability strategy “2020 Ambition –...

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its first Integrated Report and tenth GRI report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC – the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 581m people – has published its...

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 6th Sustainability Report - reports

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 6th Sustainability Report. Harriet Green, Group Chief Executive Officer, comments: “We’re developing a strategy to create profitable growth...

Citi Publishes 2012 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 13th annual Global Citizenship Report today.

Creating a Value Chain Risk Management System to Safeguard Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We develop a risk based management...

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Orange publishes its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Orange emphasises the areas in which it has made significant progress. In a year marked by a deteriorating economic environment ...

Responsible Sourcing from Emerging Nations - Focus on Africa & Middle East - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the issues and risks in responsible sourcing practices across Africa and the Middle East. As organizations increase their scope of sourcing...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

Hydro-Quebec publishes Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Hydro-Québec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world’s largest hydropower producers.

Sustainability Forum 2014 - calendar

The Forum Global Sustain once more is taking a step forward in an attempt to make this issue emerge and explore the future of sustainable business, by preparing a unique event for...

Bayer Publishes Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

“Innovation & sustainability are the driving force behind our business success.” Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer AG

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2011-12 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s business and corporate responsibility strategies share the same objective: to ensure a sound and sustainable universal service for everyone in the UK.

Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead in Communications - reports

SGS invites you to register for the complimentary webinar "Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead in Communications" on February 21, 2013.

Danske Bank Group publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Responsible Sourcing: Taking Control of Your Supply Chain - calendar

OBJECTIVE The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to support organizations as they look to challenge their supply chains to be more sustainable. It will...

Nestlé report sets out forward-looking commitments - reports

SGS leads its sector in Sustainability Reporting by achieving A+ Level - reports

Certified CR Training - calendar

Delivered by industry professionals Flexible course options Early bird discount rates apply Certified CR Training Stay ahead of the curve by attending our...

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2012 - reports

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Full 2012 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report - reports

Full 2012 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published Report  prepared according to GRI Guidelines, at Application Level A+.

UBS publishes its 2012 Corporate Responsibility reporting - reports

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

The only UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. The Sustainable Purchasing and...

Royal Dutch Shell plc releases its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2012 at:  www.shell.com/sustainabilityreport The report shows how Shell delivers energy to meet the world’s...

Heineken N.V. publishes 2012 Sustainability Report and sets new 2015 target - reports

The report focuses on the Company’s efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its business in the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2012 - reports

Sulzer received the highest Application Level A+ (G3) from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its online Sustainability Report 2012

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

The first  Bel Group CSR report  demonstrates how Bel is responding to the social and environmental challenges it is facing, through the 5 pillars of its CSR program called...

G4S publishes its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions group - has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

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

Centrica's Corporate Responsibility Performance Reporting 2012 Launched - reports

Find out how Centrica is progressing against their ambition to be the most trusted energy company.

adidas Group presents its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group published its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, reiterating its commitment to transparency in sustainability performance reporting.

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2011 - reports

Sulzer is committed to building its business success on responsible action and grow sustainably. In its Online Sustainability Report 2011, the company reports on its sustainability efforts to...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2013 - calendar

In existence for over 15 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to network and...

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

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

E.ON UK publishes its Cleaner and Better Energy report - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its Cleaner & Better Energy report, entitled Re-setting relationships in 2012

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Freeport-McMoRan issues its 2011 Sustainable Development Report - reports

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

Smarter Sustainability Reporting - calendar

  Smarter Sustainability Reporting is a must attend event for anyone looking to improve upon the quality and communication of their sustainability report.     Key...

Johnson & Johnson publishes its ninth Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson Our Responsibility 2011 Sustainability Report is now available. The report discusses the Company’s sustainability activities and progress as of December 2011. It is...

Fiat Industrial Group has published its first sustainability report - reports

This year Fiat Industrial Group – which was created on 1 January 2011 through the demerger of Fiat Group’s capital goods activities – published its first Sustainability Report.

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Orange publishes its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

The report describes over 140 achievements and performance indicators covering the Group’s 4 CSR commitments: recognising and supporting its employees; ensuring transparency, quality, security...

Autogrill Group publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, this year’s Sustainability Report shows the Sustainability Roadmap for the 2012-2015 three-year time span.

OTE publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

OTE, one of the leading telecommunications service providers in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report on 15 June 2012 at the company’s Annual...

Holcim its releases 2011 Corporate Sustainable Development report - reports

Holcim, the worldwide producer of cement and aggregates today released its 2011 Sustainability Report.

RSB event - calendar

Responsible today, Sustainable tomorrow Driving Innovation & Value through Responsible and Sustainable Business(RSB Event for short) is centred on business and value, focused on...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 - reports

Managing environmental, economic and social impacts is central to the way British Land does business and to delivering value for its shareholders. This year, more than ever, the company has...

BT publishes its annual Better Future report - reports

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

Marks and Spencer publishes 2012 How We Do Business report - reports

Marking the fifth anniversary of its Plan A, Marks & Spencer today publishes its 2012 How We Do Business Report.

Sberbank of Russia publishes its Annual Report for 2011 - reports

OJSC Sberbank of Russia has issued its Annual Report for 2011, which combines the bank’s financial results with those from its Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Click here to access...

Morrisons publishes its sixth Corporate Responsibility review - reports

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, the UK's fourth largest supermarket, has published its sixth Corporate responsibility review.

Hydro-Quebec Publishes its Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Hydro-Quebec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers. The company has just published its Sustainability Report 2011.

How to Prepare a Best Practice Sustainability Report - calendar

How to Prepare a Best Practice Sustainability Report empowers participants to begin or improve their sustainability reporting using the world’s leading sustainability reporting framework. The...

Adidas publishes its 12th sustainability progress report - reports

With its ‘2011 Sustainability Progress Report – Performance Counts’, the adidas Group publicly reports for the 12th consecutive time about its efforts to be a sustainable business.

ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management - calendar

SGS invites you to the 45-minute complimentary webinar entitled “ ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management ” on May 24, 2012. The objective of this webinar is to provide an initial overview of...

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

Certified Carbon Strategy Practitioner Training, IEMA Approved - calendar

A 2-day certified course aimed at businesses that need to adopt innovative and cost- effective ways to limit their adverse effects regarding climate change, support their sustainability...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

A 2-day certified, specialized, detailed and highly focused training that enables participants to acquire skills and competencies required to become Certified CSR Practitioners. Upon completion of...

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

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

IBE Training Courses 2013 - calendar

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

Building a sustainable RBS - reports

RBS is changing for the better. The launch of RBS’s annual Sustainability Report is an important milestone – it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to being open and transparent...

Citi has published its 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 12th annual Global Citizenship Report today. The report covers the bank's performance in its social and environmental priority areas, informed by two centuries of experience in...

Mondi Sustainable Development Report 2011 - reports

Mondi, the international paper and packaging group, is pleased to announce its 2011 sustainable development report.  The report highlights the progress that the Group has made in 2011...

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

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

Shell releases its Sustainability Report for 2011 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2011

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

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

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

Bacardi Limited Publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Family-owned Bacardi Limited released its fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Report today. The report focuses on the Company's efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its...

Corporate Sustainability Management: A Context-Based Approach - calendar

A 2-day workshop with two main objectives: 1) to introduce a compelling new approach to corporate sustainability management (CSM) known as context-based sustainability, and 2) to provide a...

Umicore's Annual Report 2011 goes on-line - reports

The report offers a fully integrated view of Umicore's economic, environmental and social performance. A new on-line reporting centre enables readers to create their own customized report and...

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

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

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

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

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in CSR/sustainability - calendar

This course adds to our existing long-running diploma course with two brand new modules. It is geared to participants willing to grasp the practical essentials of Corporate Social Responsibility...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

The Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training , is approved by the leading UK Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA) entails a global perspective on Corporate...

Chrysler releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Chrysler Group LLC has released its 2010 Sustainability Report, representing the first time the Company has presented its vision for creating a sustainable enterprise, including strategies,...

Walt Disney releases second Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

The Walt Disney Company has released its second Corporate Citizenship Report, detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts.

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - designing and implementing effective CSR strategies and reports - calendar

CSE’s Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner workshop entails a global perspective on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability enabling professionals to gain an international...

Baxter International releases its 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Baxter International Inc. released its 2010 Sustainability Report, marking the 12th consecutive year the company has released a report about its social, economic and environmental performance....

Mosaic Company publishes Sustainability Report - reports

The Mosaic Company has completed its second company-wide sustainability assessment and published a sustainability report summarizing progress on key initiatives in the areas of food, water,...

Reporting practitioners - have your say! - reports

As an expert practitioner, Corporate Citizenship would like you to join our global conversation on the direction of sustainability by taking part in our survey on the future of sustainability...

CSR Practitioner Training - calendar

A challenging 2-day course that enables participants to become Certified CSR Practitioners and qualifies them to work as independent CSR consultants and in-house CSR Managers. The Centre for...

Philips publishes its Annual Report 2011 - reports

Philips has published data on its 2011 sustainability activities as part of its fourth integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Outokumpu publishes 2011 Sustainability Summary - reports

Outokumpu, the international stainless steel company, on 17 February 2012 published an integrated annual and sustainability report.

Danske Bank Group publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Sustainability Reporting, held from 29 – 30 June 2010 will take a hands-on approach to guiding you through the whys and hows of sustainability reporting. It will approach the topic both from...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Corporate Responsibility and Accountability in Practice: A One-Day Training Course - calendar

At Two Tomorrows, we help companies perform better and create value by doing business more sustainably. Our in-person training courses are designed to help corporate responsibility (CR)...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Certified Global Reporting Initiative Training Course - calendar

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

Sustainability reporting enters a new phase, say experts - reports

Reporting corporate economic, environmental and social performance is entering a new phase, moving from a pioneering and experimental practice to become standard practice, say sustainability...

Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This programme is meant for companies that are willing to develop, innovate and generate added value in their CSR journey. The programme will lay the foundation to understand the concept,...

Reporting and Communications - calendar

Course Overview: Stakeholders are increasingly holding companies accountable for their activities and demand information that is consistent, material, comparable, credible and well structured....

Sky's Bigger Picture Review 2011 - reports

Today, Sky has published its Bigger Picture Review 2011. The new-look, online review outlines the achievements, challenges and progress for the year ending 30 June 2011.

New Training Course for 2010 - Corporate Responsibility Training - calendar

SGS is pleased to announce a new 5 day training course for Corporate Responsibility. The purpose of this 5-day course is to gain knowledge and skills in best practice corporate responsibility...

Merck launches 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

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

BHP Billiton publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton reduced the greenhouse gas intensity of its global operations by 18 per cent and has exceeded its $300 million commitment to supporting energy efficiency and low GHG emission...

CSR Reporting and Communications - reports

Foundations in Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Suitable for beginners and for those working in non-CSR roles who need to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of CSR. Participants will be introduced to the elements of a good social report...

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2011 - reports

NEC Corporation has published its NEC CSR Report 2011, which outlines its work in pursuit of its CSR objectives during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011.

UPS publishes new Sustainability Report - reports

In 2010, UPS reduced fuel use per package 3.3 percent and avoided driving 3.5 million miles, but increased package volume by 1.8 percent. The shipping giant attributed its accomplishments in...

GE release seventh annual Citizenship Report - reports

The report covers GE's worldwide operations for the 2010 fiscal year and is structured around discussions of GE's long-term value creation in addressing the world's most pressing problems

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2011 CSR Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, 'A clear view', launches today. The Partnership - the largest employee-owned company in the UK with 76,500 permanent...

Climate Change Leader (IEMA) Approved - calendar

In a world rapidly warming up, and as a response to legal and social pressures, businesses need to adopt innovative and cost- effective ways to limit their adverse effects regarding climate change....

CSR Practitioner Workshop IEMA Approved - calendar

CSR refers to a whole range of fundamentals that organisations are expected to acknowledge and to reflect in their actions. It includes respecting human rights, fair treatment of the workforce,...

Enel publishes ninth Sustainability Report - reports

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

GRI Sustainability Reporting Training - calendar

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most widely used framework. LEAD's GRI training courses, for which...

IBE Masterclass 2: Building a Speak Up Culture - calendar

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

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

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

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

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

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

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of corporate responsibility.  The course...

Coca-Cola Enterprises Publishes its Sixth CRS Report and Seeks Continued Stakeholder Input on 2020 Commitments - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/NYSE Euronext Paris: CCE) released today its sixth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, Committed to 2020: Shaping a Sustainable...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

6th Annual CR Report and Communications Conference - calendar

Ethical Corporation are pleased to invite you to the 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference.   Ethical Corporation have been working hard to put together a...

Freeport-McMoRan announce 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) announces its 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

Redefining Value: The New Metrics of Sustainable Business - calendar

In 2012, the meaning and measure of value is being redefined by both individuals and society. As a result, the demand for business to demonstrate its ability to create value of various forms for...

5th International Conference on CSR - - calendar

The 5th International CSR-Conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organized and hosted by the Institute of Management. The 600+ participants include representatives from science,...

Experian launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Experian's Corporate Responsibility report website was launched on Friday 10 June, alongside its Annual Report, which also contains a considerable section on its social, ethical and...

Vodafone Group publishes Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2011. The report provides an overview of Vodafone's strategy and performance across 24 markets, and how it is performing against its...

Sustainability Evolved: Embedding ESG Performance in Corporate Valuation - calendar

Short-term profits at the expense of long-term sustainability is one of the main drivers of the recession, the occupy Wall Street movement, and the subject of political debate on Capitol Hill....

STMicroelectronics publishes its 14th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world major semiconductor companies has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies...

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

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

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

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

Deutsche Börse has released its 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

Deutsche Börse Group happily presents its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2010. The report presents detailed information on how Deutsche Börse meets its group-wide entrepreneurial...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

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

New report from Ethical Corporation - reports

Ethical Corporation have released a new report: Social and Economic Impact: Measurement, Evaluation and Reporting.

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

Hydro-Québec has published its Sustainability Report 2010. For its Sustainability Report 2010, Hydro-Québec produced a self-declaration, checked by the GRI, corresponding to Application Level B...

Corporate Sustainability Management: A Context-Based Approach - calendar

A 2-day workshop with two main objectives: 1) to introduce a compelling new approach to corporate sustainability management (CSM) known as context-based sustainability, and 2) to provide a detailed...

Lafarge launches its tenth Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. Published annually, the report has reached the A+ GRI level for the third consecutive year. This tenth issue provides an accurate and...

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

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

G4S publishes third Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

G4S – the world’s leading international security solutions provider – has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas of...

Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report - reports

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

RBS publishes eigth annual Sustainability Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its eighth annual Sustainability Report - Building a sustainable RBS. For RBS, sustainability means focusing on our customers' needs, operating...

Royal Dutch Shell releases Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2010. The report describes how Shell is helping to meet the world’s growing energy demand in a responsible way.

Adidas Publishes its 11th Report on Sustainable Business - reports

For the 11th year running the adidas Group has published a report on its efforts to be a sustainable business. This year the report runs on the theme of 'In the real world performance counts'....

Mondi publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

The Mondi Group has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report.

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit - calendar

If you work in CSR and sustainability, then you already know how critical your CSR report is, right? And that the right communication strategy to get across your sustainability efforts is...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2010 Responsible Business Report - reports

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its 2010 Responsible Business Report. The report describes the company's Responsible Business programme, in place since 2001, and encompassing social,...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

Outokumpu releases integrated report - reports

Outokumpu, international stainless steel company, has published an integrated annual and corporate responsibility report

Some interesting reading for a Tuesday - reports

Virgin Media's digital approach to sustainability reporting goes live - reports

Virgin Media, the entertainment and communications company, is taking an exclusively digital approach to its sustainability reporting, through HD video, news stories and social media

Linklaters has published its 2010 CR Report - reports

Global law firm Linklaters has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. This is the third year the firm has publicly reported on its corporate responsibilities and has had the report...

Measuring Corporate Sustainability Conference - calendar

How is your company evaluated, measured and ranked on sustainability performance? Understanding this process is a challenge to all parties involved as corporate leaders are tasked to keep up with...

LEGO's VP of Sustainability on CSR Reporting - reports

The way that companies report and communicate sustainability is rapidly changing. The traditional one-way, annual printed CR reporting model appears to be creaking at the seams.

Sompo CSR Communication 2010 released - reports

Sompo Japan Insurance has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. The report, which uses the phrase 'Looking One Step Ahead' as a keyword throughout, focuses again on the...

Alliance Boots Publishes 2009/10 CSR Report - reports

Alliance Boots has published its 2009/10 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the year ended 31 March 2010.

Diageo Publishes 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report Online - reports

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

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2011 - calendar

In existence for over 13 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

Enel publishes its Sustainability Report - reports

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

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

This week sees the publication of the John Lewis Partnership's 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

New CR Report Telefónica 09 - Transforming reporting - reports

Telefónica has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides comprehensive information comparable between companies and sectors, runs through relevant issues for the...

Sainsbury's publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Sainsbury's has published its Corporate Responsibility Review Report 2010. Following feedback from stakeholders, this year's full report is only available online and is supported by a...

New Model for KPIs Unveiled - reports

A model system for developing key performance indicators (KPIs) relevant to mandatory sustainability reporting has been put forward in a new research report.

How to Advance your Sustainability Reporting to the next level of stakeholder engagement - calendar

Hear from Vodafone, L’Oreal, SONY, M&S, Anglo American, BP, De Beers. Discover why a static annual CR report isn’t enough anymore, and what more needs to be done. Get key facts on:   the...

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

Report shows savings convince businesses to dive into water stewardship - reports

Ethical Corporation's new report 'Unlocking the Profit in Water Savings, 2nd Edition' reveals how leading companies have designed their water management strategy, and how water security...

InterfaceFLOR's new era in sustainability reporting: full product transparency - reports

InterfaceFLOR has announced moves towards full product transparency and has achieved a European first with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for carpet tiles

STMicroelectronics publishes its 13th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 13th Corporate Responsibility Report, for 2009. The report illustrates how ST creates value for its stakeholders through its culture of Sustainable...

Danisco publishes sustainability report - reports

Danisco has released its ninth annual sustainability report. The report, which marks a significant transformation of Danisco's sustainability strategy, highlights the company's achievements in 2009.

Freeport-McMoRan announce Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. announces its 2009 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

CSR and the Sustainability Scorecard - calendar

The Annual Performance Management Event for Corporate Social Responsibility Executives Expertise CSR and the Sustainability Scorecard is the most comprehensive CSR management event of the year!...

Sulzer publishes its Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

The Swiss multinational engineering company Sulzer has released its Sustainability Report 2009

Green IT Expo 2010 - calendar

Spiralling energy prices, new reporting requirements, increasing political pressure and growing consumer awareness are rapidly becoming key factors in the changing socio-economic landscape....

ESG Europe 2010: Investor-Corporate summit - Bridging the gap between investor ESG requirements and CSR reporting - calendar

The crucial relationship between investors and corporations is changing. The new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and CSR reporting are creating new and testing...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, titled 'We take responsibility', claims that Deutsche Telekom is well on the way to adopting an international...

TBLI Conference - calendar

In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

Ford Motor Company produces sustainability report - reports

Ford Motor Company has published its 11th annual non-financial report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - The Future at Work

World Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

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

Titan publishes 2009 CSR report - reports

Greek cement company Titan has published its annual corporate social responsibility report.

Holcim launches Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim has launched its Corporate Sustainable Development Report 2009

Deutsche Börse Group publishes its 2009 CR Report - reports

The report presents detailed information on how Deutsche Börse meets its group-wide entrepreneurial responsibility in the fields of economy, employees, environment and corporate citizenship. In...

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

Hydro-Quebec publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Hydro-Quebec has published its Sustainability Report 2009 on the company's website

Lafarge launches its ninth Sustainability Report - reports

Construction materials company Lafarge has produced its ninth Sustainability Report

Shell releases its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2009. The report describes how the company is meeting energy demand through technology and innovation applied in the right way:...

E.ON AG launches 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The world's energy appetite is expected to rise by 40 per cent between now and 2030, and meeting this added demand without supply interruptions will be a big challenge. It will drive up the...

GBASE2010 - calendar

Happening at the same time with the Nairobi Green Week, the Green Business Africa Summit & Expo is Africa’s first flagship event that brings to the mainstream issues around sustainability in...

Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency - calendar

Rethink.  Rebuild.  Report. If you are interested in helping shape the sustainable development agenda for the next decade, or just interested in understanding what some of the leading...

New CSV Report released by Nestlé - reports

Nestlé has published its new Creating Shared Value (CSV) Report 2009, which this year highlights the company's achievements on nutrition, water and environmental sustainability and rural...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2010 - calendar

In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

Ericsson publishes 2009 Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson has published its 2009 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report which looks at ways in which telecommunication forms the basis of a 21st century information-based infrastructure.

Heineken: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Heineken, one of the world's great brewers, has published its 11th sustainability report, outlining the company's performance in building a sustainable future.

BP's 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2009

Imperial Tobacco Publishes its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review. The Review reinforces Imperial Tobacco's ongoing commitment to 'Operating Responsibly' to the high standards...

UTC Publishes Second Integrated Report - reports

United Technologies Corporation Publishes Second Integrated Annual and Corporate Responsibility Report.

adidas Group Sustainability Review 2009 - reports

For the tenth year running the sporting goods company adidas Group has published a report on its efforts to be a sustainable business.

Outokumpu's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Outokumpu has published its 2009 corporate responsibility report.

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2009 CR report - reports

The Danske Bank Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility report. The 2009 report is prepared in accordance with the G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, GRI level B. For 2009 the...

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit - calendar

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit is the largest and most comprehensive conference on CSR and sustainability communications and reporting in Europe. With over 30 expert speakers,...

GRI Sustainability Reporting Short Course - calendar

LEAD, Deloitte and Intertek Sustainability Solutions will present 2-day short courses on the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in...

UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable 'Financing change, Changing finance' - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. From 22-23...

Action for a Sustainable America - calendar

Action for a Sustainable America takes place June 10-11 in Seattle and will bring together leaders in corporate sustainability to examine how they are using sustainability to redefine corporate...

Camelot publishes its 10th Stakeholder Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has published its 10th Stakeholder Report which details how the company has had a positive effect on those impacted by its work –  and has...

Sustainability Reporting Short Course (GRI-certified) - calendar

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the world’s most widely used reporting framework developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Participants of...

Alliance Boots Publishes 2008/09 CSR Report - reports

The document outlines progress and achievements in the group's main areas of corporate social responsibility activity, including the development of a unified approach across the various...

Merck launches 2008 global corporate responsibility report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc. have launched their 2008 global corporate responsibility report in which they emphasize that the fundamentals of good corporate governance and accountability, ethical business...

Foundations in Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Learn the essentials of sustainability reporting. This one-day workshop is ideal for first-time reporters and covers the emerging architecture for reporting, including the Global Reporting...

Otto Group publishes sustainability report - reports

Otto Group has published a sustainability report covering all ten companies within the group. The 98-page report for the first time includes information on the individual company OTTO as well...

Diageo publishes Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Diageo, the global premium drinks business, has published its seventh corporate citizenship report, detailing what it is doing to build a sustainable business.

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

Danisco publishes its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco has published its eighth annual sustainability report, entitled "Responsibility in life and in business"

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2009 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2009 is the largest global SRI and ESG learning and networking conference. Join the world’s leaders on sustainability to network, exchange information and ideas on the latest...

Deutsche Telekom publish 2009 CR Report - reports

For more than ten years Deutsche Telekom has been reporting on its social and environmental commitment. Under the title "We take responsibility," Deutsche Telekom introduces in its 2009 CR Report...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme - calendar

The Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme has been specifically designed to meet the real world continuing professional development needs of Corporate Responsibility and...

Sainsbury's launches CR Report 2009 - reports

Sainsbury’s today publishes its CR Report 2009, entitled ‘140 years of making a difference’.

Ethical Corporation's Global CR Reporting Summit - calendar

Corporate Responsibility Reporting has entered the business mainstream, so it’s no longer a question of whether you should report, but rather how. How do you make sure your report:   a)...

Telefónica S.A. publishes its CR Report 2008 - reports

The online version of Telefónica's seventh Corporate Responsibility Annual Report outlines the company's five-step strategy on sustainability.

EDF Energy launches 2008 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

EDF Energy has published its Sustainability Performance Report for 2008.

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This event runs from 28 September to 02 October 2009. This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This IRCA-certified, interactive course delivered by Sd3, part of Two Tomorrows Group, enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

Broaden your understanding of sustainable business practices currently transforming global supply chain practices by attending the Ethical Sourcing Forum and learn about models that are being...

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

IABC Communicating Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

The storm in the financial markets is challenging corporations to demonstrate responsible behaviour to internal and external stakeholders. How does the economic turmoil impact a company’s...

Johnson & Johnson 2008 Sustainability Report Available - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2008 Sustainability Report is now available.

L'Oreal publishes its 2008 report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2008 Sustainable Development Report.

Abbott releases 2008 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The global health care company Abbott has released its 2008 Global Citizenship Report, entitled "Advancing Innovation" .

Xstrata Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

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

Clear profit 08 - calendar

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

Making it happen: implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment - calendar

Just over two years after the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were launched by the UN Secretary-General in New York, the initiative has garnered the support of over 360...

CR reporting and communications summit - calendar

In the last 15 years, the number of CR reports produced per year has increased by 10,000%. So it’s no longer a question of whether you should report, but rather how. Yes, how do you make sure your...

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

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

SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

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

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Standard Life Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

Standard Life plc today published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2008 Report outlines the asset managing group’s progress over the last 12 months towards its stated goal of being...

Shell: Helping build responsible energy future - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its 12th Sustainability Report.

Lafarge launches its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge has produced its eighth Sustainability Report.

SCCEs compliance and ethics academy - calendar

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

E.ON publishes its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2008 corporate responsibility report. For the first time, E.ON's CR report is fully integrated into the company's Group website - stressing that CR is an integrated part of...

Barclays has released its 2008 Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Barclays has released its 2008 Corporate Sustainability Report which is focused on sustainability performance, with reporting centred around five strategic themes.

H&M releases Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish clothing retailer, has published its Sustainability Report for 2008.

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value report – ‘Nutritional Needs and Quality Diets’ - has just been published. 

Outokumpu publishes 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

Finnish stainless steel business Outokumpu has titled its 2008 corporate responsibility report Outokumpu and our environment .

Ethical sourcing forum Europe - calendar

This leadership forum will deliver new strategies and practices to address the latest social and environmental challenges facing global supply chain professionals and stakeholders. With its core...

International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

This three-day event will be the meeting place for local and international companies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and fund managers. The primary reason for selecting Malaysia as venue for...

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2008 - reports

BP has published its Sustainability Review 2008.

Hydro-Quebec's Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

Hydro-Québec is pleased to present its Sustainability Report 2008 entitled "Our Commitment to the Future."

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered 2008 Sustainability Review is now available.

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

Globalising Your Ethics & Compliance Programme - calendar

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

Co-operative Financial Services Publishes 2004 Sustainability Report - reports

The 2004 Sustainability Report of Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) – the holding company for CIS (Co-operative Insurance Society) and The Co-operative Bank – is now available.

Co-operative Financial Services Sustainability Report launched today - reports

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) - the holding company for Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS), The Co-operative Bank and smile, its internet bank - has now launched its third...

The Co-operative Financial Services Sustainability Report - reports

The first Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) Sustainability Report is now available

3rd Annual Best Practice Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Among the Global Fortune Top 250 companies, 52 per cent of them publish sustainability reports, and 64 per cent include sustainability information in their financial reports. The number of...

The Procter & Gamble Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Procter & Gamble's newly-published Sustainability Report describes the company's work around the world over the past year in three areas - environmental protection, social responsibility, and...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report provides discussion and examples of the tangible value of its company-wide commitment to sustainability.

Rio Tinto's 2003 Social and Environmental Review - reports

Global mining group Rio Tinto has for the first time structured its Social and Environment Review to be consistent with the nine corporate policies of its statement of business practice.

Rio Tinto publishes Sustainable Development Review - reports

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

The Rio Tinto Sustainable Development Review - reports

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

Rio Tinto's Sustainable Development Review - reports

Rio Tinto has published its latest Sustainable development review

Holcim's Sustainability Report 2004/2005 - reports

Swiss global cement producer Holcim Ltd has published its sustainability report for 2004/2005. The Group is well on track to achieving its sustainability targets and has set further targets in...

An announcement from Lloyds TSB - reports

Lloyds TSB, the banking and insurance group, continues its multi-channel reporting to ensure it meets the differing needs of its audiences.

ABN Amro Real releases its third Sustainability Report - reports

Brazilian bank ABN AMRO Real has just released the third edition of its Sustainability Report. Presented in magazine format, the report describes how ABN AMRO Real is incorporating sustainability...

The ABN AMRO Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, plans to speed up and extend integration of sustainability into its mainstream business, according to its third sustainability report,...

ABN Amro produces its fourth sustainability report - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, is mainstreaming and integrating sustainability into its core business, according to its fourth sustainability report, published today

Proventia to launch new sustainability software versions including new GRI G3 guidelines - reports

Proventia Solutions, the software and consultancy provider, is to launch new versions of its sustainability software.

An announcement from Proventia Solutions & Hyperion - reports

Proventia Solutions and Hyperion introduce tool for combined financial and sustainability management

An announcement from Proventia Solutions - reports

New tool for corporate sustainability management and reporting now availabl

The British Land Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has used its latest Corporate Responsibility Report to outline a number of 'next steps' the property company intends to take.

BHP Billiton 2005 Sustainability Report - reports

The world’s largest diversified resources company BHP Billiton has released its 2005 Sustainability Report.

BHP Billiton's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton today released its 2006 Sustainability Report.  This year's report focuses on the company's key sustainability challenges; issues that have the potential to have a material...

The BHP Billiton 2004 Sustainability Report - reports

Resource company BHP Billiton releases its 2004 Sustainability Report

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been...

Kesko's seventh corporate responsibility report - reports

Finnish retailer Kesko's seventh Corporate Responsibility Report, published today shows the group's carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 15 per cent since 2001, a period during which the group...

The Kesko Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Finland's largest retailer reports widely on its economic impacts and contributions to stakeholders both in Finland and in the Baltic Countries.  Kesko's fifth Corporate Responsibility...

STMicroelectronic's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

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

The Corporate Responsibility & Communications Conference - calendar

Find out how to deliver a powerful Corporate Responsibility message that your customers sit up and listen to. Discover how to produce a CR report that is relevant, engaging and ultimately...

Marks & Spencer's third CSR report - reports

Marks & Spencer, one of the UK's leading retailers of clothing, clothing, home and beauty products, has today published its 2006 Corporate Social responsibility Report.

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

H&M produces 2004 CSR report - reports

Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has given an account of its successes and challenges in respect of its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

Middle East Corporate Social Responsiblity Conference - calendar

The Corporate Social Responsibility Forum is a discourse on the fundamentals of CSR: choosing the right platform and partners, creating effective sustainability reporting and using it as a...

Henkel produces Sustainability Report - reports

Latest figures released by Henkel suggests that it is possible to grow a business successfully while simultaneously improving its social and environmental performance.

2007 BSR Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Future” - calendar

The BSR Conference is the largest global gathering dedicated to corporate responsibility, providing three days of rich dialogue and debate on matters that are shaping our future. This year’s...

Online library of good practice in mining and metals launched - reports

An online library for all those working to improve the sustainable development performance of the mining and metals sector was recently launched.

New ICMM Publication - ICMM Annual Review Released - reports

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

The ScottishPower Environmental and Social Impact Report 2003/4 - reports

International energy group ScottishPower has this year extended its established record in CSR reporting with its second Environmental and Social Impact Report for 2003/4.

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2007 Global Roundtable - calendar

‘Awareness to Action’: Sustainable finance for today's global markets The UNEP FI 2007 Global Roundtable, the event that sets the sustainable finance agenda for the coming years, is heading...

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

The BP Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Global energy group BP has launched its Sustainability Report 2005 which covers BP's business approach, environmental record and role in society. This year's report is entitled 'Making energy...

BP Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

BP publishes its Sustainability Report 2006, covering the company's approach to the broad theme of corporate responsibility, responsible operations, environmental performance and its role in...

Sustainability Reporting - Challenge or Opportunity? - calendar

A free half-day seminar on sustainability reporting with the Global Reporting Initiative is being held on 31 May in London. The event, co-organized by the Enterprise Performance Management...

BP launches Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Global energy group BP has launched its Sustainability Report 2004 which covers BP’s business approach, environmental record and role in society. This year’s report is entitled ‘Making the right...

L'Oreal's 2005 Sustainable Development Report - reports

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

L'Oréal publishes its 2006 Sustainable Development Report - reports

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

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

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

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Camelot's 7th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has just published its 7th Corporate Responsibility Report

The Institute on Corporate Citizenship - calendar

How are leadership companies responding to and managing these issues? How can your company use corporate citizenship as a tool to create new value for both society and the company? In this...

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 - reports

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

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

Titan Cement's latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report - reports

Greek cement group Titan has just issued its latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, which has been produced according to Global Reporting Initiative principles and...

BNFL's final Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BNFL has published its final Corporate Responsibility Report at Group level, since the businesses in the Group are being repositioned to new homes outside BNFL.

The BNFL Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international nuclear services business BNFL has published its second corporate responsibility report.

BBVA Corporate Social Responsibility Report, 2004 - reports

Spain's second largest bank, BBVA, has published its 2004 CSR report.

The BBVA Corporate Social Responsibility Report, 2005 - reports

Spain's second-largest bank, BBVA, has just published its latest Corporate Responsibility report.

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America 2007 is an international interactive forum and exhibition dedicated to promoting practical solutions for corporate responsibility and sustainability in...

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

ENDS Corporate Carbon Footprinting - calendar

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

The Swisscom Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Swisscom, the largest telecom operator in Switzerland, has published a sustainability report that is fully integrated in its Annual Report.

Fortis publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006 - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

LM Ericsson's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Swedish telecommunications company LM Ericsson has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006.

Friends Provident launches its CR Report - reports

Friends Provident has been reporting on its responsible business behaviour for five years. This year's report covers all the group's operations, including its asset management business F&C,...

Rabobank Group publishes Annual Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The newly-published Rabobank Group Annual Sustainability Report 2006 focuses on climate change and the sustainability of production in food and agriculture.

CR Reporting – ethics, profits & materiality - calendar

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

General Electric releases its 2007 Citizenship and Ecomagination Reports - reports

General Electric (GE) has today released its 2007 citizenship report, highlighting the company's progress on its 2006 commitments and providing a view on its priorities for the coming year.

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2004 focuses on how the bank manages social, environmental and reputational issues through its core business of providing financial services.

Implementation of new GRI/G3 guidelines - calendar

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched the next generation of sustainability reporting guidelines (G3) in October 2006. Due to the great interest in CSR Value's first workshop in May...

Microsoft publishes 2005 Citizenship Report - reports

Microsoft's mission - 'to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realise their full potential' - is a key focus of the company's 2005 Citizenship Report, published this month.

Kingfisher publishes its corporate responsibility report 2006/07 - reports

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

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

BT Social and Environment Report - reports

BT has just released its latest social and environment report.  The report details performance and progress achieved during the 2005 financial year.

BT releases new style CSR report for 2006 - reports

BT has just published its new society and environment report. The site contains the latest data on BT's CSR performance, including on community contributions, global warming CO2 emissions, waste...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

CDL integrates sustainability into its business strategy to provide a holistic account of its value creation for stakeholders. Adam Woodhall reports...   Sustainability, when done...

Making the right partnership connections - bestpractice

It’s very much a case of chips with everything at ARM, the British semiconductor IP company. It patents and licenses chip technology to manufacturing giants that end up powering everything...

adidas Group Sustainability Performance Review for the Year 2008 - reports

For the eighth year running the sporting goods company adidas Group has published a report on its efforts to be a sustainable business. This year the report runs on the theme of 'Sport Matters',...

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

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

Mining and metals companies reaffirm commitment to sustainability - reports

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

The Philips Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

Europe's largest electronics company, Philips, has reported significant growth in sales of its 'Green Flagship' products, which doubled last year to euros 2 billion (US$2.34bn, £1.3bn).

The HBOS Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

HBOS, the UK's fourth largest bank, formed in 2001 by the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland, has published its second annual corporate responsibility report.

Online sustainability reporting and analysis tool launched - reports

A tool to help companies collect, report and analyze sustainability performance data has been launched online.

Globalising your ethics & compliance programme - calendar

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

Toyota's European Sustainability Report - reports

Toyota has just released its European Sustainability Report, which features data from the 2005 fiscal year.

The Volvo Cars Corporate Citizenship Report 2003 - reports

Volvo Car Corporation has issued its fourth Corporate Citizenship Report reflecting the Swedish company's economic, environmental and social performance for the year 2003.

An example of reporting best practice - bestpractice

Watch the video here . Energy plays a vital role in the lives of millions of individuals, families and businesses across the world. From sourcing and generating to supplying and servicing...

Ford releases first Sustainability Report - reports

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

Reporting: a measure of sustainability - calendar

The global conference on transparency and sustainability, featuring the launch of GRI's G3 Guidelines. The conference will draw an array of over 120 speakers, including former US...

BBVA's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spain's second-largest bank, BBVA, has just published its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 - reports

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 has taken on a fresh magazine style format, featuring stories on how the corporation is living up to its corporate citizenship...

The BBC's Corporate Responsibility & Partnership Review - reports

The BBC's latest online Corporate Responsibility & Partnerships Review has adopted what the corporation hopes is a new, more engaging approach to CR reporting.

Business and human rights: an introduction to good practice - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct their operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Coca-Cola produces its first Corporate Responsibility Review for Great Britain - reports

For the first time, Coca-Cola has produced a Corporate Responsibility Review covering its operations in Great Britain. The Review provides an overview of how the Coca-Cola system is run in Great...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

CSRValues runs G3 Guidelines Workshop - calendar

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

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Sneak preview: transatlantic reporting trends - reports

Sneak preview: transatlantic reporting trends

Business in the Community Annual Conference - calendar

In a fast paced, global economy, does corporate responsibility deliver value for business? And as corporate responsibility issues both emerge and change, what are the insights from key political...

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

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

Telefónica O2 Europe plc publishes its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Telefónica O2 Europe plc's newly published 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report asks how communications technology is transforming our lives, changing society, and affecting the environment...

Advancing women in the global workplace: principles in action - calendar

This symposium organized by United Nations Development Fund for Women and Verite will explore how to implement the Calvert Women Principles in practice. This event is a unique opportunity to...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

Paving the way against child labour - bestpractice

An innovative three-year partnership between stone paving supplier Marshalls and UNICEF is all about tackling child labour in the stone quarries in Rajasthan, in India. Traditionally...

3i launches dedicated Corporate Responsibility website - reports

3i has recently launched a dedicated corporate responsibility website.

Ensuring business measures up responsibly - bestpractice

Lloyds Banking Group has recently unveiled its Helping Britain Prosper Plan which represents several firsts. As part of the British banking institution’s 2013 Responsible Business report,...

Diageo launches Water of Life evaluation report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has published a report detailing the impact of the water and sanitation projects it funds in Africa.

The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report, including new figures on the impact of its business activities on the environment and society across the world.

Best practice in sustainability reporting - reports

The fully searchable online database Learn from the Leaders provides sustainability practitioners, analysts, and consultants with best-practice examples from world-leading reports.

Published today - Corporate Responsibility Communications in Context - reports

Captivate. Convince. Communicate. You have to do it all when talking about corporate responsibility (CR).

Molson Coors makes online reporting debut - reports

Molson Coors Brewing Company, a leading global brewer with 350 years of brewing heritage, has launched a website communicating its corporate responsibility commitments round the world.

Context spotlights corporate sustainability excellence - reports

News from Context: Corporate Sustainability Excellence in Context highlights examples of excellence that go beyond the "usual suspects".

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report - reports

Nestlé has launched the company's first Creating Shared Value report, including new figures on the impact of its business activities on the environment and society across the world.

Grow trust, keep it simple - bestpractice

Other than, perhaps, nuclear power stations and government arms depots, there can be few more regulated places to work than an airport. Everything from aircraft parking charges to incentives on...

Sulzer releases sustainability summary - reports

Sulzer has published its Sustainability Summary 2008, which has achieved the highest Global Reporting Initiative Application Level .

Alliance Boots releases its 2007/08 CSR Report - reports

Alliance Boots has published its 2007/08 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the year ended 31 March 2008.

incentivizing change - bestpractice

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

Delhaize Group releases its 1st Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international food retailer, Delhaize Group, has published its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled 'A Healthy Approach to Life'.

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

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

advancing sustainability - bestpractice

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

signing up for change - bestpractice

Despite tough economic conditions, climate change remains high on the agenda for most corporate boards. But the problem facing many companies is how to engage and involve suppliers in measuring,...

CRH 2007 CSR Report Announcement - reports

CRH, the international building materials group, has just published its fifth CSR Report.

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

Thinking Big - bestpractice

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

Telefónica publishes sixth CR Annual Report - reports

Telefónica has just published its sixth Corporate Responsibility Annual Report.

British Energy publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2007/08 - reports

British Energy's fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report focuses on the theme of commitment and how this is demonstrated across its operations.

a matter of principle - bestpractice

Most companies that take sustainability seriously strive to integrate responsible business principles right across their organization rather than allowing them to exist only within the confines of...

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report - reports

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report.

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

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

Ford Motor Company releases its 2007/8 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2007/8 sustainability report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability.

Marks & Spencer releases its fifth annual CR Report - reports

Leading UK retailer, Marks & Spencer has published its fifth annual CR Report- How We Do Business 2008.

framing the future - bestpractice

At the most extreme, critics of national lotteries see them as just another form of gambling that erodes ethical values and encourages irresponsible behaviour. Perhaps as a consequence, lottery...

Holcim Ltd releases Corporate Sustainable Develoment Report 2007 - reports

Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading producers of cement and aggregates, has released its Corporate Sustainable Development report for 2007.

staging a dialogue - bestpractice

Stakeholder engagement and social reporting have been cornerstones of responsible business practice for more than a decade. A number of companies now hold informal discussions on their social and...

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Titan's fifth CSR & Sustainability Report - reports

Titan, the Greek-owned cement manufacturer, has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report.

BP launches BP Sustainability Report 2007 - reports

The new BP Sustainability Report 2007 is available to download.

The Barclays Corporate Sustainability Review 2007 - reports

Barclays has released its eighth Corporate Sustainability Review online and is focusing on sustainability performance, rather than corporate responsibility as in previous years.

E.ON's 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2007 corporate responsibility report Part of the problem or part of the solution? Addressing our energy challenges .

Ericsson publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2007 - reports

Ericsson, a world leading provider of telecommunication technology and services, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2007.

Fortis next step in sustainable growth - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its fourth CSR Report.

The best in sustainability reporting just got better! - reports

This year the adidas Group has changed its corporate responsibility reporting by producing a magazine-style review.

talking the talk - bestpractice

When BNFL took the decision to improve relationships with its stakeholders, the company embarked on a far-reaching dialogue with a wide range of interested parties. An independent third party...

making reports more credible - bestpractice

ScottishPower has spent the last three years refining the way it assures its environmental and social reports. This has helped the company to improve the quality...

Freshfields launches first international CSR report - reports

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched the first international, externally assured corporate social responsibility (CSR) report produced by a law firm.

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07 for Great Britain - reports

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) have released their joint Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07, covering the operations of both businesses within Great Britain.

The Otto Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

The Co-operative Group Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The Co-operative Group Sustainability Report 2006 is now available online

Climate Change: A Guide for Corporates - books

‘ ...   What is needed is a straightforward guide that appeals to the career managers desire for structure, process and predictable outcomes.  This is what Dr. Hennie Stoffberg and...

CREATING A GLOBAL CSR STRATEGY - bestpractice

Orange has spent more than a year developing a corporate social responsibility policy that will apply in the 20 countries where it operates. The process of...

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY - bestpractice

LE Group has set up an employee community involvement programme known as Helping Hands. This is benefiting the communities within which the company...

UNEP FI 2005 global roundtable - calendar

The UNEP FI Global Roundtable is recognized as the principal event on sustainability in the finance sector, and attracts over 500 leading professionals each year. The 2005 Roundtable carries on a...

IBE Masterclass 2: Building a Speak Up Culture - calendar

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

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Transco has applied fresh thinking to long-standing concerns for health and safety with an initiative that has dramatically reduced accidents in the workplace, saved...

SOCIAL AUDITING - bestpractice

Camelot consulted a wide range of stakeholders to create two landmark social reports that analyze the impact of its business activities on different groups. Its...

Stakeholder Communications & Announcements - pages

About this Service   Announce your report to key stakeholders and CR opinion formers with ReportAlert Stakeholder Communications service. Enhance your visibility...

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