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Renewi opens trading at London Stock Exchange - news

By EP Staff — Renewi, a waste-to-product business, opened the London Stock Exchange on March 20 to celebrate its creation as the result of last month’s merger of Shanks Group plc and...

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...

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

By James Pitcher — Whitbread is the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospitality company and we have ambitious plans for our two leading brands, Premier Inn and Costa. By 2020, we...

Chocolate and cocoa companies commit to sustainable supply chains at meeting with Prince Charles - news

By EP staff — The Prince of Wales has hosted senior executives of the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies to discuss ending deforestation in the cocoa supply chain. ...

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....

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

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

Capgemini UK launches ambitious carbon reduction targets - news

By Brian Collett — The UK arm of Capgemini, the global consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider, has set itself two demanding targets for reducing its present annual carbon...

Coca-Cola Great Britain launches deposit return scheme in Scotland - news

Coca-Cola Great Britain is initiating a trial of what it describes as a “well-designed” deposit return scheme (DRS) in Scotland. The plan builds upon over twenty years of work by the...

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

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

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

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

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

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

2017 awards entry deadline extended - news

There's still time to enter this year's National CSR Awards 2017. Entries to this year’s awards, sponsored by Revive , will now be accepted up to and including Friday 10th...

Corporate sustainability helps improve employee engagement - news

By Vikas Vij — Employee engagement is the psychological engine that drives corporate performance. While employee engagement worldwide is on a decline, some companies are managing to beat...

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

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

The renewable revolution  - news

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

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

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

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

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

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

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

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...

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

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

Government support for sustainability is “utterly pathetic”  - news

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

Refreshing the business contract with society - news

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

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

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

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

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

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

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

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

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

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

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

Sharing values and engagement opportunities - news

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

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...

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

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

The future of power, death & money - news

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

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

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

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

More companies getting involved in social issues - news

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

New ideas for a new economy - news

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

Minister calls for action, business says yes! - news

by Adam Woodhall —  Nick Hurd, the new Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry at BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), recently called for...

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

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

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

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

Slavery is still with us - news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

by Brian Collett — Nike, the multinational footwear and apparel group, has opened an expanded distribution hub at its European centre with the claim that it has taken 14,000 annual lorry...

Sustainable packaging regulation for Singapore companies - news

by Vikas Vij —  As urban populations grow and become more densely packed, major cities around the world struggle to manage packaging waste. Reducing packaging waste is a part of a...

Is now the time to go green? - news

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

Beer-making without impact, the Heineken way - news

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

Standish Mellon joins climate bond partnership intensifying ‘sustainable investing’ commitment - news

by Roger Aitken—Standish Mellon Asset Management (‘Standish’), a BNY Mellon investment boutique with around $158 billion (£121bn, €143bn) of assets under management,...

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

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

Creating eco-friendly airport systems of the future - news

by Vikas Vij — Airports have traditionally been viewed as a prime source of anti-environmental activity. Whether it is the high amount of air pollution from the airplanes, the high-energy...

What Brexit means for UK business - news

by Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for...

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

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

Business & Climate Summit: inspiring a social movement - news

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

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

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

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

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

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

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

Brexit means a world of uncertainty. But in CRS, we can handle it. - news

by Claudine Blamey, ICRS Chair, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate —Watching the UK’s EU referendum results come in provided more tension, anxiety and delight...

Local is everything - news

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

Adapting to market changes in the utilities sector - news

by Koen Bas — The emergence of new technologies in smart energy, coupled with customer behavioural changes and demands, is reshaping the utility industry. The energy and utilities...

Discover the "Blue Economy" - news

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

The environmental impact of Brexit cannot be overlooked - news

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

Singapore Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Indices - news

by Vikas Vij - Investors increasingly want access to information on ESG factors in order to evaluate listed companies. Leading global stock exchanges now recognize that corporate disclosure on...

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

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

What a waste of business resource! - news

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

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 ,...

Partnerships, localism and circularity help businesses scoop National CSR awards - news

By Tom Idle - Presiding over the 2016 National CSR Awards  – now enjoying its second year as an useful addition to the  initiatives that recognise best practice in...

Is CSR Dead? A Challenge at the National CSR and Sustainability Conference - news

By Adam Woodhall At the first National CSR & Sustainability Conference , held in London last month, the provocative question "Is CSR dead?" was posed. The question was...

Sustainable finance at the core of European economic recovery - news

By Vikas Vij — Capital infusion into sustainable infrastructure and innovation has emerged as an important strategy to drive job creation globally. The direction provided by governments to...

UK businesses need a long-term growth agenda: report - news

by Vikas Vij — Over the past few decades, British business has made significant progress in many areas – from better governance to leading in major industries. However, there are a...

Coca-Cola UK invests £56mn to build sustainable food systems - news

By Vikas Vij —The food and drink industry can take a number of actions to achieve its vision of building sustainable food systems. These include identifying the flow of materials and...

83% of environment and sustainability professionals say UK benefits from EU membership: IEMA survey - news

A new survey of environmental and sustainability professionals by the Institute of Environmental and Management Assessment shows that an overwhelming majority—83%—believe that...

Motivating models for 21st century employee engagement - news

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

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...

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability announces first working fellows - news

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability has announced its first group of working Fellows. The six Fellows were chosen by a detailed review of their achievements to evaluate...

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

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

"High sustainability" companies are better businesses - news

“High sustainability” businesses significantly outperform “low sustainability” companies in two ways: lower volatility on the stock market and by a six percent...

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...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

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

A force for good - news

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

"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...

A toast to responsibility - news

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

A measurable impact - news

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

National CSR & Sustainability Conference - news

Join the ‘sustainable business” debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! 12 May The Crystal, London World record-breaking adventure rower, Roz Savage MBE , the...

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...

Why every business should volunteer - news

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

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...

The Body Shop speaks up - news

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

Award entries booming for National CSR Awards 2016 - news

“With the extended entry deadline of March 18 just days away, the National CSR Awards (NCSRA) are heading for a record number of entries,” reports NCSRA CEO Karen Sutton. “The...

Morningstar launches new sustainability rating for sustainable investors - news

Morningstar has introduced a new sustainable investing initiative, the Morningstar Sustainability Rating for funds. This rating will help investors evaluate mutual and ETF funds that invest in...

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

Webinar Alert : Today, Mar 1, 3 pm (GMT) a free live webinar with Timberland’ s Sustainability Director and Maersk ’s Head of Responsible Procurement will discuss building a...

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

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

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to address GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit - news

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is scheduled to give the opening address at the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit to be held in Vancouver, from 2 March to 4 March. More than 2,000 thought...

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...

East Capital’s China environmental strategy whets ‘clean-tech’ appetite - news

East Capital, an emerging and frontier markets specialist headquartered in Stockholm that actively manages €2.1bn of assets in public and private equity as well as real estate, transitioned...

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

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

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

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

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

A step change to quieter, smoother flights - news

All of us expect our airplane landings to be as smooth as possible, but what about being as quiet as possible? ask Ian Jopson, Head of Environmental and Community Affairs NATS, the UK’s...

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...

Japan to help develop smart cities in India - news

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

BMW comes top in global sustainability rankings - news

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

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...

New commission to help business engage with SDGs - news

A new commission of business, labour and civil society leaders, has been set up to help businesses engage in achieving the SDGs. Established by Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United...

BLOG: Businesses must unite to protect wildlife - news

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

BLOG: Post-COP21 business needs to step up - news

Businesses need to look beyond their own boundaries in the post-Paris climate era, blogs Chris Cook, AkzoNobel Planet Possible Programme Director. Global leaders will meet this week at the...

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

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

Mars to collaborate with Tata Trusts on food safety in India - news

Food giant Mars and Tata Trusts, the philanthropic coalition, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to advance agriculture development, address malnutrition, and...

National CSR Awards 2016 now open for entries - news

Entries are now open for the 2016 National CSR Awards (NCSRA), which will celebrate the very best in CSR and sustainability in a high-profile ceremony and accompanying seminar programme, at The...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

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...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

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

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

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

All in good time? - news

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

Post COP21, what’s our professional role now? - news

COP21 – 190 nations gathering in Paris to find a new global agreement on climate change. Were they the success everyone hoped they would be? asks Claudine Blamey. Or did the final...

Costa scoops three wins for energy management - news

Costa, the UK’s favourite coffee shop, has recently received three awards for its outstanding work in energy management and sustainable building. At the 2016 Energy Awards, Costa, in...

UK food business pledges to make a difference in Malawi - news

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has launched an initiative to help provide food security to a farming community in Malawi, Africa. Owners of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s,...

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

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

Greeting card sellers under fire over poor sustainability disclosure - news

More than half (52%) of UK adults assume well-known businesses that sell greetings cards offer sustainable products made from well managed forests, a YouGov poll for WWF has revealed. The...

Shaw's Murray makes The Circulars final - news

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

Shine like a diamond - news

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

The newfound power of responsible advertising - news

Recently, Europe has been witnessing major changes in terms of mass media consumption. This has led to a significant transformation in the purchasing behaviour of consumers, writes Andrea...

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,...

GAR ramps up environmental protection in Indonesia - news

Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the world’s second largest palm oil producer, has launched a Peat Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project in one of its operating areas in West Kalimantan in...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

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

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...

Unilever aims to become carbon positive by 2030 - news

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

Teachers call for climate change to be taught to under 11s - news

New research has shown that over 90% of primary school teachers in England believe they should be teaching children about the effects of climate change, despite sustainability no longer being a...

EIB-backed initiative boosts climate conscious investing - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB), BNP Paribas and Vigeo have launched Tera Neva, a sustainable investment initiative which allows investors to align their financial objectives with their...

CSR Services Directory to aid corporations tackling new UN SDGs - news

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals now formally adopted, Ethical Performance is updating and expanding its international CSR Services Directory to showcase the work and services...

Conservation and fishery management project pays off - news

Fishermen in the UK ports of Lyme Bay on the Dorset and Devon border are making a better living from their fish by practising conservation, thanks to a new scheme launched by the charity, Blue...

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...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

Expectations high for business to take lead post-COP21 - news

Experts predict that business will be key to the success of climate change action post-COP21 Summit in Paris next month, according to the findings from a new study exploring leadership on...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

With only 58 days to go before entries open for next year’s National CSR Awards (NCSRA), its organisers have announced new and expanded categories. With the introduction of three...

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

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

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

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

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

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

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...

Can corporate volunteering really advance the SDGs? - news

The ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals in September was a pinnacle moment for the engagement of the private sector with the development community, writes Louise Erskine , head...

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

Catch me on a bad day and I’m likely to be as critical as anyone of current formulations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Ironic, then, that I was invited to champion the...

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

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

Quieter arrivals trends continues at Heathrow - news

Airlines are putting more effort into noise reduction at Heathrow according to the results of the just published ‘Fly Quiet League’ which tracked the noise performance of aircraft...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

Bank of England’s Carney challenges business over climate change risk - news

The world will suffer financial crises and falling living standards unless economically strong countries ensure that companies admit their present and future carbon emissions, the Bank of...

McDonald's makes sustainable packaging breakthrough - news

Cartons, cups and bags at McDonald's are now made from wood fibre coming from recycled sources or sustainably-managed forests. Indeed, all centrally-sourced packaging for the burger...

IKEA reaches sustainable cotton milestone - news

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

Forum calls for greater leadership for sustainable beauty industry - news

Sustainability non-profit, Forum for the Future, has invited members of the beauty and personal care industry to become part of a new leadership group that will steer the sector toward producing...

Nissan and Ecotricity call for charging point road signs - news

Nissan, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV), the Nissan LEAF, and Ecotricity, which operates Europe’s biggest and most comprehensive rapid charging...

Food giants unite to tackle European food waste - news

With a value chain wide approach, from the field to the plate, Ardo, McCain, PepsiCo, SCA, Sodexo, Unilever Food Solutions and WWF have joined forces and their expertise to fight against food...

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...

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

As more and more corporates team up with environmental and social campaign groups to help drive improvements in sustainability performance, what impact is the changing landscape of partnerships...

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

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

Britain’s supermarkets step up to save forests - news

Asda has become the latest grocer to sign up to WWF’s Save Forests campaign, completing the line-up of major supermarkets lending their support, all pledging to ensure their timber and...

Konica Minolta looks to develop greener credentials - news

Konica Minolta, Inc, the Japanese technology company headquartered in Tokyo, is looking to reduce CO2 emissions over product lifecycles by 80% by 2050 (compared with 2005). One key way...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

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

Adidas kicks off plans for zero-waste sporting goods - news

Adidas is kicking off a new research project to develop a new type of sporting goods that will never be thrown away. Through Sport Infinity, a European Commission funded research project...

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...

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

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

ICRS marks anniversary with first honorary fellows - news

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

IKEA makes global commitment to serve sustainable seafood - news

IKEA has become the biggest food service provider of certified seafood worldwide. With a commitment for seafood sold and served in its stores to be both ASC1 and MSC2 certified, the Swedish...

Heathrow to trial steeper approaches in noise reduction effort - news

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

P&G raises bar on greenhouse gas emissions reductions - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has set a new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 30% by 2020. The goal was developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund...

National CSR Awards 2016 set to sparkle at The Crystal - news

The Crystal , the world’s most sustainable events space, is to host next year's National CSR Awards in London “The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable building design...

Investors call on UK government for greater support of renewables - news

Thirteen investors have sent a letter, coordinated by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), to the George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor, to highlight investor...

UPS drives electric delivery vehicles further with TEVVA - news

Delivery giant UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology...

DJSI 2015 recognises world's top sustainability performers - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has been named in the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the first time the company has been listed. The DJSI, reviewed annually by the S&P Dow...

Diageo joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development - news

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

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

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

Lise Kingo assumes role at UN Global Compact - news

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

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

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

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

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

Ensuring a new crop of farmers - news

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

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

This green and pleasant land? - news

Smart technology and low emissions cities are emerging across the globe. Elisabeth Jeffries reports on how businesses large and small are defining their roles and driving local government...

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

The global economy depends on the preservation of natural resources. Yet the majority of businesses have not traditionally placed a high enough financial value on natural capital - the...

Learning the power of persuasion - news

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

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

Japan’s Subaru helps waste management in US national parks - news

Three national parks in the US are getting help in waste management practices from Subaru, Japan’s 7th largest automaker. Subaru is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), an...

APP pledge to restore peatlands sets important benchmark - news

One of the world’s largest paper producers is to clear and restore 7,000 hectares of its plantations in Indonesia to protect carbon-rich peatlands. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) hopes...

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

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

APP exits plantations to protect tropical peatlands - news

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is committing to retire around 7,000 hectares of commercial plantation areas to protect threatened carbon-rich peatlands, the first time that plantations on...

CGF drives zero deforestation goals with new palm oil guidelines - news

A new set of guidelines to help companies source palm oil more responsibly has been published by the Consumer Goods Forum. It's the Forum's first foray into the palm oil debate and...

IKEA first global retailer to offer LED only lighting - news

Swedish home furnishing retailer IKEA will become the first major global retailer to offer a 100% LED lighting range when the brand’s LED roll-out completes this September. Steve...

FSC certification pays, finds WWF analysis - news

A new WWF cost-benefit analysis of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification on a cross-section of forest operators finds that tropical and small or medium producers, regardless of...

Slàinte to sustainability at John Dewar & Sons - news

John Dewar & Sons has achieved a 34% reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 and a 46% reduction in water use since 2009 through its partnership with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)....

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

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

Crime busting drama makes arresting production progress - news

BBC One’s new primetime drama The Interceptor has been awarded full marks for its efforts in sustainable production, having received a three star rating by industry certification scheme...

Zero-waste brewery opens in Japan - news

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

South Korea’s LG Electronics holds first CSR meeting in China - news

Early July, South Korea’s LG Electronics held a meeting of advisers on corporate social responsibility in Beijing as part of a renewed commitment to more socially responsible activities at...

Underground farm takes root beneath city streets - news

A farm has been created to grow food with only minimal effects on the environment – below the streets of London. The enterprise, the world’s first underground farm, is at Clapham,...

Festival fever cools off with The Ice Shed - news

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

BLOG: Is tide turning in effort to tackle climate change? - news

Chris Cook, AkzoNobel's Planet Possible programme director, writes about the importance of partnerships in driving down carbon emissions President Barack Obama’s  Clean...

Pirelli revs up sustainability rating - news

Pirelli has been named as the leading automotive supplier in an assessment for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Based on the DVFA's (Deutscher Verband der Finanzanalysten) published...

Nespresso makes progress in improving lives of coffee farmers - news

Nestlé Nespresso says it has made significant progress towards improving the lives of thousands of coffee farmers in countries ranging from South Sudan to Colombia, as part of the...

Energy efficiency proves critical to sustainable shopping centres - news

New research shows that shopping centres that invest in energy efficient features boost their market value by up to, and over, 5%. The research from BCSC (British Council of Shopping...

Empowering sustainable change - making it happen - news

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

Chemical reactions - news

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

Key considerations to successful ‘long-term’ capital allocation highlighted by Generation Foundation - news

A white paper published from Generation Foundation (‘Foundation’), the advocacy initiative of Generation Investment Management (‘Generation IM’), a boutique investment...

Are sustainability ratings asking the right questions? - news

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

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...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

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

Sabic achieves significant emissions reductions - news

A reduction of 7% in water and energy use is recorded in the 2014 sustainability report of the Riyadh-based Sabic group, the world’s second largest diversified chemicals company and the...

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...

Newsweek names global green companies - news

Three healthcare companies top this year’s global green league table published by Newsweek, the US weekly current affairs magazine. The list is headed by Biogen, the group based in...

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

A reduction of 26% in energy emissions at UK sites was achieved last year by Interserve, the FTSE 250 support services and construction group. Interserve, an international company with...

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,...

RE100 drives call for renewable power priority at Formula E eprix - news

Renewable power is good for business and should be a priority for governments taking climate action, senior business executives and energy experts urged at the recent FIA Formula E eprix in...

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...

Starbucks steams ahead with extra shot for sustainable coffee farming - news

Coffee shop giant Starbucks has doubled the size of its Global Farmer Fund program to $50m (£31.5m), as part of the chain's ethical sourcing initiatives to help ensure the...

Sustainable seafood top of menu for British restaurant chains - news

Fish2Fork and the Marine Conservation Society have joined forces to assess the sustainability of seafood sold at some of the biggest restaurant chains in the UK. Using the only system that...

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,...

Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme - news

Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.  As...

Coca-Cola fizzes with sustainable packaging innovation - news

The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan.  PlantBottle packaging uses patented...

Boards need to drive sustainability, says Carbon Trust - news

Corporate boards are failing to recognize – and act on - the risks and opportunities of climate change, says new research from the Carbon Trust. The report, Titans or Titanics?...

John Elikington joins Positive Luxury - news

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

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...

SC Johnson wins WEC gold medal - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

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

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

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

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...

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

What makes a business responsible? A deceptively simple question which is often the source of complex debate, writes Stephen Howard. To mark Responsible Business Week 2015, we asked this...

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

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

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

US retailers are starting to ask their product suppliers for merchandise with packaging that is more sustainable, according to speakers at the recent LuxePack Conference in New York. Laura...

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

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

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

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

Sustainability professionals happier, survey finds - news

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

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....

W Hotels partners with Ekocycle to promote sustainability with style - news

Guests at W Hotels will soon be sleeping on sheets and pillow cases partially composed of recycled plastic. In a new partnership with the Ekocycle brand, the bedding will replace what is...

Unilever, Patagonia, WWF and Greenpeace viewed as most sustainable brands - news

In this year's GlobeScan/Sustainability Leaders Report over 800 experts were asked, unprompted, which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy, and...

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...

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

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

SC Johnson recognised for transparency efforts - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

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...

Convincing consumers value of sustainability: new guide - news

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and CR consultancy Futerra have launched a guide to help sustainability teams and marketers more effectively influence consumers to make better...

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

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

Environment must be 'at heart of new Government's thinking' - news

Crucial environment issues must be “at the heart of new Government’s thinking”, says a new survey from the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA). In a...

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

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

BP shareholder Resolution 25 passed at AGM in oil industry ‘game changer’ - news

Shareholders at oil giant’s BP annual general meeting (AGM) held on 16 April at London’s ExCel Centre passed by an overwhelming majority Resolution 25 - a special resolution...

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...

Agents of change recognised by Acre365 - news

London-based sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has announced the winners of its Acre365 recognition programme, honouring sustainability heroes who have excelled in their first...

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...

Making the gogglebox greener - news

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

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...

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

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

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...

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

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

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

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

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

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

McDonald's makes global commitment on deforestation - news

McDonald’s has announced a global commitment on deforestation across its expansive global supply chain. The commitment builds on the fast food giant's Global Sustainability...

Adidas to phase out plastic bags in retail stores - news

As a first move in its new commitment against ocean plastic pollution, Adidas is to phase out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores. The German sportswear giant has gone into...

New study identifies key drivers of authentic corporate purpose - news

A new study from IMD Business School and PR firm Burson-Marsteller has identified the key drivers of authentic corporate purpose and reveals a questionnaire that companies can use to assess...

Wake up and smell the coffee! - news

In an effort to reduce waste from the 158m disposable cups that are used daily in the United States, KillTheCup.com has launched a national campaign challenging Americans to make a pledge to...

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

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

Big fashion brands back new textile recycling technology - news

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

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

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

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

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

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

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

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

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

Walmart in push for women-owned businesses - news

Last month Walmart shoppers started to see a new logo featured on retail packaging of products from women-owned businesses, available both in-store and online. As part of its overall...

Procter & Gamble begins work on $200m biomass energy plant - news

Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing site in Albany, Georgia, one of the biggest facilities in its system, will soon be fueled by wood scraps and peanut shells, thanks to a biomass...

China lauds environmental milestone with first biofuel passenger flight - news

Boeing, Hainan Airlines and Sinopec have celebrated China's first passenger flight with sustainable aviation biofuel, a key environmental milestone for China's commercial aviation...

Unilever distribution centres hit zero waste target in North America - news

Ben & Jerry's ice cream maker Unilever has achieved 100% zero waste to landfill (ZLF) at all dedicated distribution centres in North America. The multi-national FMCG company reached its...

And the National CSR Awards 2015 winners are.... - news

Nine awards and two Special Recognitions were presented recently at the inaugural National CSR Awards with Marks and Spencer, Wyke Farms and Zurich Community Trust among the winners. The...

WWF publishes roadmap to a more sustainable Europe - news

A new report from WWF shows that resource efficiency alone could generate over €300bn a year for the EU economy. Entitled From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European...

EIC makes election call for step change in energy efficiency - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has published its manifesto calling on political parties of all colours to support the UK’s environmental technology and services sector in...

A word to the wise on sustainability - news

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

Making a stand for menswear - news

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

Two heads better than one - news

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

Ford drives sustainable fashion with recycled couture collection - news

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

Step change for remanufacturing will reap sustainability rewards - news

Leading experts from industry and academia have called for greater support for the UK's remanufacturing industry. According to a new joint report from the Carbon Trust, Knowledge...

Forum for the Future launches trends tracking digital platform - news

Forum for the Future is opening up access to its futures knowledge and expertise through a new digital platform, www.thefuturescentre.org . The sustainability non-profit believes the site...

New members join GRESB board - news

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

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

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

Going round in circles? - news

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

BASF to tackle social issues with Creator Space project - news

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

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

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

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

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

Unilever achieves zero waste to landfill across global factory network - news

Knorr stockcube maker, Unilever, has certainly shown it has the know-how when it comes to waste management with the annoucement today that it has achieved a key sustainability target of sending...

Food and drink manufacturers slash CO2 emissions - news

Members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) in the UK have reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by 35% - way ahead of the original target date of 2020. A report published today shows...

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...

Recruiter looks to reward emerging sustainability superstars - news

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

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...

GeSI announces 2015 board of directors - news

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

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

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

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...

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

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

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

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

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

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

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

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

“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...

Investors need clearer impact information, says SROI Network - news

The SROI Network, soon to be known as Social Value UK, is calling for a change in legislation to demand more assurance from businesses of their social and environmental impact information....

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...

SC Johnson cleans up greenhouse gas emissions - news

Household giant SC Johnson has cut its greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing sites more than 50% and reduced manufacturing waste by 71% since 2000, according to its 2014 Sustainability...

Howard Boyd to advisory role at Jupiter - news

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

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Alain Cadec succeeds Rosbach at WFO - news

French MEP Alain Cadec is to succeed Anna Rosbach as champion of the Waste Free Ocean foundation which is involved in the collection and recycling of marine waste. The foundation was set up...

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...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

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

IKEA makes largest wind farm investment to date - news

IKEA has purchased its second wind farm in the US. The site in Texas is the single largest renewable energy investment made by the Swedish furniture retailer to date. The wind farm will...

More support for farmers urged in renewable energy push - news

Farms could be a major player in the renewable energy market in the UK, according to a report issued by a new industry coalition, Farm Power. According to its research, there is at least...

New guide to sustainability communications – and it’s free! - news

An extensive but quick and easy-to-use guide to help businesses improve how they communicate their social and environmental credentials, has been launched by Clarity Sustainability. The...

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....

Is business doing enough to address global sustainability challenges? - news

The business landscape is very different now to when I started my career in the field of sustainability over 15 years ago, writes Joe Franses. Businesses today face significant pressure to...

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

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

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...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

Building a sustainable future - news

We, in the OECD countries, spend about 90% of our lives inside buildings so it should be pretty clear that healthy and comfortable indoor environments contribute significantly to overall health...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

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

UNIDO and Dell establish e-waste management partnership - news

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International LLC, the multinational technology solutions company, have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying...

Telecoms giants launch cross-industry sustainability ratings for mobile devices - news

Sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future has teamed up with telecoms giants O2 and Vodafone to launch a shared rating system to help customers compare mobile devices based on environmental...

Collectively.org aims to galvanise millenials - news

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

Tailoring old technology for sustainable fashion - news

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

IHG rolls out Green Engage programme across global estate - news

From January 2015, InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, will be rolling out its flagship IHG Green Engage programme across the company’s global...

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

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

National CSR Awards – join us for the CSR event of the year! - news

An impressive team of judges, supporters and contributors have been lined up to join Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP at the inaugural awards and showcase on 6 March 2015 at...

Kering snaps into action with ITC crocodile collaboration - news

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

Garneau joins Canada’s Clean50 - news

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

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  ...

Does behaviour change offer the key to sustainability? - news

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

The race for sustainability needs to shift a gear...or two - news

Listening to the dentist drill-like drone of the very first Formula E grand prix recently, it struck me that its aim to be about much more than just a new motor sport, “to help develop...

Clorox dives into Safe Water Project in Peru - news

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

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....

Five new board trustees for Forum - news

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

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

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

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

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

Tech giants still failing on environment, says Greenpeace - news

While Apple is leading the consumer electronics sector in addressing its environmental footprint, the tech industry still has a long way to go, according to a new report from Greenpeace...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

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)...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

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

P&G steps up palm oil pledge - news

Separating sustainable sources from non-sustainable sources in the production of palm oil and palm kernel oil is highly complicated, but Procter & Gamble (P&G) is stepping up to address...

Why join the new CR professional institute? - news

Claudine Blamey is Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and Head of Stewardship at The Crown Estate.  I started my career in Corporate...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

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

APP will meet pulp targets, say independent experts - news

An independent study has confirmed that Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has sufficient plantation resource to meet the pulp requirements of its existing mills as well as its future mill in OKI,...

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...

Kellogg announces new goals to reduce energy, water and waste - news

Cornflakes-maker Kellogg is to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020, and validate compliance across all direct suppliers by 2015. The move is part of a new tranche of...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

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

Unilever brews up new sustainable tea crop study - news

Unilever is initiating a major scientific study to evaluate the environmental and economic feasibility of applying biological or non-pesticide methods for plant protection of tea crops in India....

IBM and Dow to collaborate in Ethiopia sanitation programme - news

Five employees from chemicals giant Dow and three from technology colossus IBM are to participate in a joint global pro bono project with International Medical Corps (IMC) that will promote and...

Freezer market hots up with Unilever’s energy efficient cabinets - news

Figures just out demonstrate how significant advances in refrigeration technology have resulted in a new generation of ice cream freezer cabinets capable of a 70% energy reduction. Unilever...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

New chief at GRI - news

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

2degrees recognises innovation - news

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

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

Staking your reputation on the digital age - news

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

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...

Henkel-developed enzyme to help reduce CO2 emissions - news

Henkel Research has succeeded in combining surfactants and enzymes within a liquid hand-dishwashing product - a chemical first - which means not just a better cleaning performance but a...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

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

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

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

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

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

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...

Co-operative Energy powers up community energy campaign - news

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

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

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

Anthesis expands sustainability team - news

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

Clark makes UPS delivery - news

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

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,...

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

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

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...

Speaking up for sustainability - news

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

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

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

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...

Consumers willing to pay more for socially responsible brands - news

Over 50% of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental...

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

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

Sustainability: how far are companies willing to go? - news

Deepa Mirchandani, responsible business specialist, believes the circular econonmy is the basis for corporate survival The days of “sustainability” being about...

Semrau cleans up at SC Johnson - news

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

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...

Impact investment comes of age - news

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

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...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

Top choc companies seal sweet deal - news

The world’s largest chocolate companies have signed a joint agreement to improve sustainability in key cocoa-producing countries, starting with Ivory Coast and Ghana. The companies,...

Unilever to develop new tea varieties to 'future proof' supply - news

PG Tips maker Unilever is embarking on a tea research and development programme aimed at 'future proofing' the supply of the world's most popular beverage.  Using advanced...

UTZ upgrades code to enable greater farmer uptake - news

UTZ Certified, the sustainable farming programme and label, has published a new code of conduct, which it says is stronger in content and simpler in structure. The company maintains that the...

WBI and Sedex team to tackle responsible supply chain data - news

An online platform where buyers will be able to browse the sustainability credentials of suppliers is under development by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and Sedex. The free-of-charge Open...

UK businesses urged to get ready for new energy regulations - news

British business is being advised to get ready for the implementation of the UK’s response to the energy efficiency directive from the EU.  The Department of Energy and Climate...

Building blocks for green design - news

Wood for Good, the timber industry promotion and sustainability campaign, has launched the largest online life-cycle assessment (LCA) database of any UK construction material. ?? The...

ClimateCare wins Queen’s award - news

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

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

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

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...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards more secure supply chain - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

Walmart to create online sustainability store - news

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, has previewed plans to create a sustainability store on walmart.com. The shopping portal, expected to launch by the end of 2014, will allow customers...

‘Net Positive’ approach can help towards supply chain security - news

Taking a ‘Net Positive’ approach in business helps an organisation build a more secure supply chain, says a new report from Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and WWF-UK....

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...

MBA Polymers wins 'Nobel Prize of Sustainability' - news

MBA Polymers, the world-leading multinational plastics recycling and technology company, has been announced as the winner of the 2013 Katerva Award. The Katerva Awards recognise innovations...

Norris to direct ASP - news

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

RobecoSAM expands SI expertise - news

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

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

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

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...

Food glorious food? - news

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

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

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

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...

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

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

Big business making too little progress on sustainability - news

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

Recycling remains challenge for many domestic households - news

Scepticism is still rife among French and UK households when it comes to where their recycling lands up and the aesthetics of recycling bins also leave a lot to be desired. These are just...

Luxury leather brands investigate viability of farmed snake skin - news

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

Winners of inaugural Value Network Awards honoured in Vienna - news

The first international awards recognising collaborative value creation have taken place in Vienna. The inaugural winners were Teach for Austria, the Virtual Vehicle Research Center and Hofer....

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

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

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...

Driving culture change is key to ensuring gender equality - news

Single initiatives to promote gender diversity are unlikely to succeed without achieving cultural change, according to a new report by Tomorrow’s Company, the London based business think...

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

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

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...

Adobe wins eco accolade - news

Adobe has been named the Natural Efficiency Capital Leader of the technology industry by Trucost, a worldwide analyst firm focused on assessing corporate environmental impact. After...

Vote for your sustainability champions! - news

Voting is now open for this year's 2degrees Champions Awards . There are 14 categories to vote on which highlight a variety of innovative projects, solutions, organizations and...

Mars commits to fully sustainable palm oil by year-end - news

American candy giant Mars is to develop a fully traceable pipeline back to known palm oil processing mills by year-end 2014. The policy is at the forefront of the business' strengthened...

SC Johnson expands crusade against dengue and malaria - news

SC Johnson says it is expanding its dengue and malaria prevention initiatives in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica and Vietnam. The household products...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first retailer to receive the triple award of certification for achievements in carbon, water and waste reduction from the Carbon Trust. Tom...

Shuman joins Council Fire - news

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

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

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

GRI’s Wallace joins BrownFlynn - news

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

Tesco in trouble over sales of unsustainable tuna - news

Britain’s biggest supermarket, Tesco, has been accused of selling unsustainable tuna by stocking a cut-price brand called Oriental & Pacific (O&P). O&P tuna is caught...

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...

A case of rum and reason - news

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

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

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

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

The year 2014 is “unlikely to see the spectacular equity returns” enjoyed during 2013, but it will be a year in which assets in a logical manner can be managed, according to Amy...

Willmott Dixon to help build UK's first eco town - news

Willmott Dixon's credentials as one of the most prolific constructors of sustainable developments have been further strengthened with its appointment for the initial stage of the UK's...

Mondi makes environmental stewardship move with WWF - news

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

Call for tea industry to collaborate for sustainable future - news

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

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...

How do you use an awards scheme to engage your stakeholders? - news

The online community 2degrees is all about engagement. For the past six years it has been helping companies large and small solve their sustainability challenges by facilitating...

Bacardi aims for zero waste to landfill by 2022 - news

The world’s largest privately-held spirits company Bacardi has unveiled a new environmental initiative called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future. The campaign details...

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...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

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

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....

Confectionery giants make significant palm oil progress - news

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

Comedy programmes top TV’s carbon footprint output - news

Television programmes may still be emitting 7.7 tonnes of CO2 per hour – a slight increase on 2012 – but the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) says it is encouraged...

Westpac ranked world's most sustainable company - news

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

Mondelez hits sustainable palm oil target two years early - news

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

Winning partners - news

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

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...

DHL receives eco-seal - news

Seal of approval… Deutsche Post DHL has become the first logistics company to receive the ‘Green Brands’ eco-seal for its Group-wide environmental protection programme...

Alcoa builds up sustainability - news

Greener by design… Pillars of Sustainable Education, a new $1.5m cross-sector programme created by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity to explore the use of sustainable...

Resolute proves not so for FSC - news

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

RSPO strengthens international team - news

As the debate on sustainable palm oil gains more and more traction globally, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has looked to strengthen its team in key markets. It has appointed...

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...

The challenge of transformational change - news

The start of a New Year generally means a rash of New Year resolutions. I have to admit that I’ve not made my own yet. I always get stuck between setting myself easily achievable (so...

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

A quarter of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on...

Many top companies still emitting unsustainable levels of CO2 - news

While big names like Unilever and Eli Lilly have earned top spots in a new sustainability ranking, on the flip side 51% of companies were found to be emitting unsustainable levels of CO2....

Taking a systems-based approach to sustainability - news

Everyone knows it. Some of us pretend we don’t, others bury their heads in the sand and ignore it, and some even deny it and say that everything is fine. But really, when push comes to...

P&G reports absolute reductions in waste, water, CO2 and energy - news

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has reported making significant progress in meeting its sustainability in its 15th sustainability report. Len Sauers, vp of sustainability at...

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

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

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...

Moving towards the tipping point of change - news

Martin Chilcott, ceo, 2Degrees, says that after celebrating best practice, organizations of all sizes need to see these case studies as a clarion call for more - and faster - action I was...

The importance of learning from each other - news

Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, explains why robust CSR award schemes are powerful mechanisms for sharing best practice The CSR agenda faces a frustrating...

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...

Lego to build on environmental ambitions - news

Lego is augmenting the building blocks of its carbon emissions reduction programme with a new WWF partnership. The Danish toy manufacturer has pledged to improve performance on a range of...

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...

Volvo pioneers ‘sustainable mobility’ with self-driving cars - news

Sweden is to pilot the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

Bengt Brunberg, sustainability manager at BillerudKorsnäs, the Swedish packaging material manufacturer, tells Ethical Performance about why he believes it is important to take a broad...

New kids on the block at Global Child Forum - news

Inger Ashing has joined Global Child Forum as executive director. She was previously deputy head of the government agency Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and serves as chairman of the...

Polman in pole position at WBCSD - news

The member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unanimously approved significant changes to the organization’s governance and supervisory body....

European SRI retail mutual funds see further growth in 2013 - news

European SRI retail funds’ assets reached an historic peak of €108 billion (c.£90bn) at the end of June 2013 and represented a 14% increase over the preceding year according to...

Time to realise the power of renewables? - news

This year Ofgem announced that Britain will face an energy drought by 2015, as our ageing coal fired power stations are systematically decommissioned. Whilst the materialization of Hinkley Point...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

P&G to use in-house technology to fuel future - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is taking the greening of plastic packaging into its own hands. Using internally-developed new technology that is said to reduce resin usage, cut down energy...

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

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

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

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

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...

M&S branches out to keep 1m trees standing - news

British high street retail chain Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a partnership with UK-based rainforest protection charity Cool Earth to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest. Through...

Unilever to transform market for sustainable palm oil - news

Anglo Dutch conglomerate Unilever says that all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources by the end of next year. The fmcg giant says the pledge is a significant...

Blamey becomes chair at CRG - news

Claudine Blamey, sustainability manager at The Crown Estate is to become the new chair of the voluntary board of directors for the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG). Blamey will replace...

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...

Morgan Stanley sets up Institute for Sustainable Investing - news

American investment bank Morgan Stanley is to set up an institute for sustainable investing.  The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing claims three main focus areas:...

AT&T reaches halfway mark to investment commitment - news

Telecoms giant AT&T has reached the halfway mark of its commitment to invest up to $565m to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a 10-year period up to...

ESG analyst Vigeo new sustainability focuses - news

ESG analyst Vigeo has published two new sustainability focuses; one on the extractive industries – Extractive industries and the challenges of implementing the Voluntary Principles in Weak...

L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty for All nominates expert panel - news

L’Oréal’s latest sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty for All, is being monitored by a panel of experts headed by José Maria Figueres, former president of Costa...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

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

Watkins takes up BRE role - news

Dr Miles Watkins has joined BRE to take up the key new position of group business development director. Watkins will lead on formulating commercial strategies for the organisation that will...

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

Two Tomorrows, the international sustainability adviser and part of the DNV GL Group, has further strengthened its advisory team with the appointment of three senior sustainability consultants....

Tiltnes elected chair of BREEAM - news

The new BREEAM Europe Board has elected Sverre Tiltnes, ceo of Norwegian Green Building Council (NGBC), as its first chair. Tiltnes is a leading innovator in the Norwegian building and real...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

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

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...

30,000+ farmers benefit from GrowCocoa - news

GrowCocoa, the independent joint venture representing the sustainability interests of Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International, says that 31,600 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and...

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

Some of the biggest names in the food and drink industry are not doing enough to stop poor people from being forced from their land to make way to grow crops, according to a new report from...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

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

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

The case for Business Improvement Districts - news

Tass Mavrogordato, ceo of inmidtown, a Business Improvement District, explains how the organisation contributes to the sustainable business model  At inmidtown we’re striving to...

Consumer study shows powerful shift in sustainable consumption - news

One third of consumers now regard the sustainability proposition as the ‘cool thing to do’ rather than just the ‘right thing to do’. So says a new global consumer study...

Senior leadership key to sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business, finds a new report. Nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most...

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

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

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...

Ethical investment takes spiritual turn with new website - news

A new website offers consumers a new resource to make ethical and spiritual decisions about the use of money. The ‘ your faith your finance’ website contains facts, links and...

Unilever tops Two Tomorrows' sustainability chart - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever tops the annual sustainability ratings chart from advisory firm Two Tomorrows. Now in its tenth year, the Tomorrow’s Value Rating 2013 (TVR) assesses...

Boeing & South African Airways collaborate for sustainable biofuel - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

Green beauty industry held back by sustainability issues - news

Although the palette of green ingredients has widened in recent years, beauty product manufacturers still face many technical and sustainability issues when using naturals, warns research agency...

Senior leadership key to driving sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business and nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most important factor...

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...

Hans Wegner recognised by SFI - news

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has recognised Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society, with the annual SFI President’s Award. The SFI notes...

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...

UN proves sustainability pays as Church calls for fossil free policy - news

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has long been criticised for promoting a loose definition of corporate sustainability, keeping it simple by asking compact signatories to “embrace,...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

AkzoNobel looks to close paint recycling loophole - news

Global paints and coatings giant AkzoNobel has collaborated on a UK project looking at the viability of recycling household paint. In the UK alone, over 300m litres of paint are bought each...

General Mills makes strides in sustainable sourcing - news

American food company General Mills is continuing to make strides in sustainable sourcing with a new $1.1m programme aimed at helping smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru. The Betty...

Top down commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

inbrief - news

Winning ways... The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Europe and Project ICARUS have announced the winners of the first European Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Awards. The...

Chinese cities failing to find sustainability balance - news

Around 80% of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy...

inbrief - news

On fire… Sedex is partnering with labour standards NGO, Verite, on a briefing series exploring sustainability issues in global supply chains. The first in the series of issue-led...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

UPS delivered, Bank of America earned its dividend and UBS banked a win, as all three landed inclusion into the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The three biggest...

inbrief - news

I n a spin… British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

Taking executive decisions about ethical behaviour - news

New IBE research has shown an apparent lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance. There is limited requirement, or indeed encouragement,...

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...

inbrief - news

Build up… The World Green Building Council has awarded its highest accolade, the Business Leadership in Sustainability to British Land as part of its Europe Region Leadership Awards....

Business low down pecking order for effecting environmental change - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

Big companies making little headway on climate change - news

The world’s largest listed companies are failing to reduce their environmental impacts despite increasing stakeholder, political and scientific pressure, reports the CDP, the international...

UNICEF launches business toolkit on children’s rights - news

UNICEF has launched a toolkit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations. The new tools recommend ways for businesses to incorporate children’s rights into...

Lack of consensus on climate change damages UN energy targets - news

The global energy industry must play a greater role in the transition to sustainable energy systems if UN goals are to be met, warns a report from the World Energy Council (WEC). The...

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...

CEO commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

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

Marks & Spencer takes sustainability most seriously says consumer poll - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer proved top of most consumers’ minds when asked to name a company that took environmental sustainability seriously in their daily business...

Chinese cities fail to achieve growth/sustainability balance - news

Eighty per cent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese...

John Lewis trials new energy efficiency labelling - news

British department store chain John Lewis is trialling a new energy efficiency label that tells consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on washing machines, washer dryers and tumble...

Green Giant makes strides in sustainable sourcing - news

American food company General Mills is continuing to make strides in sustainable sourcing with a new $1.1m programme aimed at helping smallholder artichoke farmers in Peru. The Green Giant...

MillerCoors raises glass to decreased water usage - news

MillerCoors is using less and less water to brew its beers, according to its 2013 sustainability report. America’s second-largest brewer decreased water use by 6.1% to a record low 3.82...

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

inbrief - news

? Aviva appointment... Aviva Investors has appointed Abigail Herron as head of engagement in the global responsible investment Team. She reports to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment...

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...

Sustainability Consortium moves into China - news

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) has appointed its first China director, following the inauguration of its partnership with Nanjing University. Wei Dong Zhou will be responsible for...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

Daniella Vega is head of responsibility at BSkyB’s CSR department, aka The Bigger Picture, and is also this year’s recipient of 2Degree’s Sustainability Champion of the Year...

inbrief - news

Starring roll...SCA-owned tissue brand, Velvet, has won two awards for its ‘Three Trees’ promise in this year’s International CSR Excellence Awards for corporate social...

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...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

Practising what you preach? Survey to explore employment practices in CSR and sustainability sector - news

Given the recent media discussion about the prevalence of unpaid internships and zero hours contracts, CSR consultancy Terrafiniti is exploring the issue via an online survey. Keen to hear...

Pharma giants back blister pack carbon footprint tool - news

A new spreadsheet-based tool to enable pharma companies to estimate the carbon footprint of tablet medicines in blister packs has been unveiled. The tool, a first of its kind for the...

Sweden proves world's most sustainable country - news

RobecoSAM’s new study has found Sweden to be the most sustainable country in the world. The study, which evaluates 59 countries (21 from developed and 38 from emerging markets) on a...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He tells Ethical Performance how he works across the business’s network of experts...

Uren takes top spot at Forum for the Future - news

Sally Uren has stepped up as chief executive of Forum for the Future, the sustainability non-profit organisation where she was previously deputy chief executive. The Forum says Uren will...

Starring sustainability role... - news

George Clooney has joined Nestlé’s first Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board. The Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board (NSAB)was established to solicit views and provide...

Toy story... - news

Leading American toy manufacturer, Hasbro Inc, has won an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award acknowledges Hasbro’s environmental...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

Jaguar Land Rover has been crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year, taking over the mantle from British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer. The...

Plastic bags still scourge of environmentalists in UK - news

Plastic carrier bag use in Britain rose slightly last year despite environmental appeals to reduce the practice. The overall number of bags issued to customers by the main supermarkets...

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

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

KLM on a high with environmental award win - news

Dutch airline KLM has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability by scooping the Environment Award at the Airline Strategy Awards. Taking home the accolade for the second time -...

Asda & Leeds University team to shape sustainable products - news

British supermarket giant Asda and the University of Leeds are working together on a study that aims to create more affordable, sustainable products as well as help shape consumer behaviour....

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

2degrees, the online network for sustainability professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, earlier this week. The awards selected and voted...

Coca-Cola ramps up environmental goals with WWF - news

American drinks giant Coca-Cola is looking improve its water efficiency by 25% by 2020 as part of a new set of global environmental goals and an expanded global parternship with World Wildlife...

Business warned over human rights violations following data breaches - news

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

Getting the green light to tell your ethical story - news

How about this for the ultimate in greenwashing? Michinoku, a Japanese company which was - up until recently - making pampered pooch treats from one of the rarer species of whale, described...

Carbon Trust to tackle waste management - news

The Carbon Trust is to launch the world’s first international business standard to certify the management and reduction of waste. While it is estimated that around 11.2bn tonnes of...

Tetra Pak packs a punch - news

Tetra Pak, the food processing and packaging giant, has launched a global marketing campaign to shed more light on renewable materials and the role they can play in helping to protect the...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

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

Jaguar Land Rover drives into top spot at BITC business awards - news

Jaguar Land Rover was crowned Business in the Community’s 2013 Responsible Business of the Year at a gala dinner in London earlier this week, taking over the mantle from British high...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

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

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled a new social pledge campaign called Commit To Thrive, which asked employees, guests, and local residents to take an online...

M&S on track with Plan A - news

Stalwart of the British high street Marks & Spencer (M&S) says it is making good progress against its Plan A Report 180 sustainability commitments. The company says that 139 of the...

Toyota drives eco agenda - news

Toyota tops this year’s Best Global Green Brands list issued by Interbrand, the New York-based international brand consultancy. The Japanese vehicle maker leads the green table of 50...

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...

£100bn gain if sustainability put at heart of British business - news

UK business could secure £100bn in annual productivity gains generated by innovations designed to address environmental and social challenges, according to a new report by Accenture,...

CalPERS launches sustainability factor SRI database - news

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and its academic partners have launched a searchable database of more than 700 academic studies on sustainability...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

Europe celebrates inaugural CSR awards - news

The 60 winners of the inaugural European Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award Scheme have celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony in Brussels. This pan-European award...

London 2012 sustainability guru awarded OBE - news

Shaun McCarthy, the man behind the greenest Games ever, has been awarded an OBE for services to sustainability and to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. As the chair of the...

Sustainability ratings boost business commitment to CR - news

Sustainable investments and sustainability ratings have been proved to be an important lever for motivating companies to make a greater commitment to sustainable development, according to a new...

AT&T debuts solar mobile charging stations - news

US telecoms giant AT&T has launched a pilot project which provides free solar mobile charging stations in locations across New York City. Called Street Charge, the public can charge their...

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...

Toyota tops Best Green Brand report - news

Car brands dominate this year’s Best Global Green Brands Report from brand consultancy Interbrand. Toyota comes top – for the third year running – with Ford second and...

Budweiser brewer extends environmental goals - news

Stella Artois and Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is ramping up its environmental commitment with seven new global goals that aim to reduce water risks and improve its water...

Coca Cola Enterprises looks to transform at-home recycling habits - news

Given that it is responsible for the production and distribution of over 2bn litres of soft drinks a year (and that’s just in the UK), it’s no wonder that Coca Cola Enterprises...

Sony & Nokia join O2’s sustainability push - news

Global audio, visual and IT giant Sony has joined O2’s sustainability campaign that the network hopes will see all mobile phones sold without chargers by 2015. The Japanese firm is...

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR), is the toast of the town following its win in the Veolia Environmental Services Recycling Awards for its performance diverting waste...

Supermarket chain ups CO2 savings - news

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has extended its Dual-Fuel fleet to 51 vehicles saving up to 25 per cent in carbon emissions. The environmentally friendly fleet is now one of the...

Carbon Trust appoints advisory panel - news

The Carbon Trust has appointed a new international advisory panel. The panel brings together a number of top experts from around the world to provide advice on the global low carbon economy to...

Award winner... - news

Phil Angelides has been awarded the fifth-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. Angelides is currently President of Riverview Capital Investments, a...

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....

Driving sustainability... - news

The Hertz Corporation is to partner with Minddrive, a non-profit educational programme, to educate local communities in the US about sustainable mobility via a cross country road trip in an...

Green workplaces lead to behavioural changes at home, says new report - news

Green practices in the workplace appear to influence the actions of employees in their private lives. A total of 73% of US adults participating in environmental and social responsibility...

Sustainability stars... - news

The top 100 sustainable Chinese companies were unveiled recently and include Alibaba, the Lenovo Group, Vanke, Huawei, TSMC and the TCL Corporation. Twelve of the China Top 100 Green Companies...

US tops KPMG’s first ever Green Tax Index - news

The US heads the first KPMG Green Tax Index, which assesses 21 of the world’s largest economies for their use of tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieve...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

Making 100% of its fish independently certified as sustainable and halving the amount of packaging it uses (based on 2005 levels) – all by 2016 – are just two of 12 pledges being...

Back to the future for CSR professionals? - news

For nearly two decades I have been privileged to lead many of The Co-operative Group’s excellent ethical and environmental programmes. The Co-operative Bank’s charismatic md, Terry...

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

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

BBC trailblazes towards sustainable production - news

The aim to get the ethos of sustainability embedded into the production of all TV programmes is behind the launch of Albert +, a new sustainability tool from the BBC. Nick Leslie, who...

Ethical Performance Relaunches Online - news

Market leading CSR and sustainability newsletter Ethical Performance has relaunched its website with a new look as well as offering additional content. Users of the site will find a greater...

Chopard makes sustainability move - news

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

RobecoSAM kicks off CSA research - news

RobecoSAM, the asset manager focused exclusively on sustainability investing, has invited the 2,500 largest companies (in terms of free float market capitalization) from all industries to...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

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

SolAbility launches second competitiveness index - news

Going up against the World Economic Forum’s competitive index, Swiss-Korean sustainability consultancy SolAbility has issued its second Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranking 176...

Employment provides “much more than just wage packet” in rural communities - news

Independence was the greatest benefit from employment stated by working women surveyed in Africa and Asia. Altogether 36% said independence accompanied by choices was the most valued aspect,...

Dow tests waters with new digital platform - news

The Dow Chemical Company has developed a new digital platform to promote increased understanding of water use and expanded its work to implement clean water technologies.  ...

Bombay Sapphire revives old mill - news

An old English paper mill, referenced as far back as the Domesday Book, is set to become one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries. The Bombay Sapphire site in Laverstoke,...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Points to Ponder - news

Points to Ponder... On sustainable behaviour (1): “More people are asking: “Is ‘sustainability’ good enough?” It’s not, of course. As Michael Braungart observes: “If somebody asked you how...

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...

New Horizons... - news

New Horizons... The Technology Strategy Board, the global sustainability non-profit organisation, has launched ‘Horizons’ (beta), a free digital tool designed to help businesses...

Impact assessment… - news

Impact assessment… The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched an Eco4Biz toolkit to better manage ‘natural capital’. “Assessing...

Sweet deal… - news

Sweet deal… American candy company Hershey is expanding its sustainability initiatives with an aim of achieving 100% certified cocoa by 2020. As part of this, the company has issued a...

Power play... - news

Power play... Unilever says it has achieved a CO2 reduction of more than one million tonnes from its manufacturing and logistics operations. The one million tonnes CO2 reduction is a...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

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...

Eden Project in Masters initiative - news

Anglia Ruskin University has launched a Masters course, MSc Sustainability: Working for Positive Change, in partnership with the Eden Project and Change Agents UK.  The new course is the...

British business failing to integrate CR strategy - news

The latest results of Grayling Pulse, the quarterly global survey of in-house communications professionals, shows that almost two thirds of businesses in the UK are not integrating their...

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...

Fishing for compliments... & the way forward - news

Given that I live very close to the sea and take regular beach walks, I am only too aware of the amount of plastic detritus that washes up on a daily basis. It wasn’t that long ago that I...

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

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

Brazil’s biggest beauty company makes anti-poverty pledge - news

Natura, Brazil’s biggest beauty company – and a green one at that - has pledged to provide new skills training to low-income sales representatives in Mexico. The initiative is part...

Starbucks expands $70m ethical sourcing programme in Costa Rica - news

American coffee shop titan Starbucks is ramping up its ethical sourcing programme with a new farming research and development centre in Costa Rica. The move forms part of the company’s...

Sustainable coconut oil certification launched - news

A program to develop a certified coconut oil supply chain to enhance sustainability and improve the livelihoods of 2,500 coconut growers in the Philippines has been launched by Deutsche...

Antipodes doubt native CSR leadership - news

Australian and New Zealand CSR practitioners doubt the CSR leadership in their own companies compared with that within other organisations, according to research by the Australian Centre for...

UKSIF in drive to convince investors of long-term benefits of active ownership - news

While fund managers have often been the focus of those looking for more sustainable investment approaches, UKSIF chief executive Penny Shepherd tells Mike Scott how their attention is moving to...

Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

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

Good companies keep good company - news

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

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

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

Cemex takes lead as water use tops corporate agenda - news

Building materials group Cemex is standardising how it calculates and cuts water consumption throughout the company. Cemex plans to introduce the system at plants in all 50 countries where...

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

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

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

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

New board members for Sustainability Consortium - news

The Sustainability Consortium’s membership has elected four new corporate members to its board of directors: Charlene Wall-Warren, of BASF; Karen Hamilton, of Unilever; Kim Marotta, of...

Bacardi appoints Kraus - news

Bacardi has appointed Eric Kraus to the newly-created role of senior vice president, chief communications and corporate affairs. Eric will lead all facets of Bacardi’s corporate...

ESG ‘increasingly decisive’ in private equity purchases - news

Many businesses have halted mergers and acquisitions because of their target companies’ poor ESG performance, a new report reveals. And the study, commissioned by the UN-backed...

Mahnovski takes sustainability reins in NYC - news

Sergej Mahnovski has been appointed director of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability. A former energy policy director for the mayor, he...

Walmart in sustainable supply chain push - news

Meanwhile, Walmart has also announced a series of measures to help make its worldwide supply chain more sustainable. The company used an event in Beijing, the Chinese capital to announce that it...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

Creative thinking: the key to a sustainable future - news

The days of CSR are over. Today’s leading businesses commit to big sustainability ambitions that radically reshape why they exist, what they do and how they do it. The key challenge is to...

KFC sends ‘strong message to business’ over rainforest-unfriendly packaging - news

The UK’s third-largest fast-food retailer KFC has officially ditched suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. The UK arm of KFC, part of the Kentucky-based Yum! Brands,...

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...

Businesses urged to prepare for catastrophic climate impacts - news

A major report on business and climate change impacts has warned companies to begin thinking through how to protect their operations in a much warmer planet, because the chances of restricting...

Nugent joins Parsons Brinckerhoff - news

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

Drucker moves to Powell Tate - news

Cindy Drucker has joined PR firm Weber Shandwick division Powell Tate as an executive vice president in its Washington DC-based global social impact practice, where she is strategic counsellor...

Asda to expand Sustain & Save programme - news

UK retailer Asda is to expand its Sustain & Save Exchange Programme for suppliers, after it saved the company £13m through sustainability innovations since it was launched earlier this...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

Move to cloud computing promises major CO2 cuts - news

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

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...

Ecoislands movement launches with signing of ten-point sustainable communities accord - news

More than 30 regional and island communities from around the world have signed up to a new ten-point accord to help drive the grassroots deployment of clean technologies and sustainable business...

Sophisticated strategies underpin surging growth of European SRI market - news

Europe’s SRI growth is outperforming the market, with investors adopting a wider and more sophisticated array of investment strategies, says the European Forum for Sustainable Investment...

Diageo in carbon-reduction project - news

Global drinks company Diageo is set to make annual savings of £1.4m as the result of a two-year carbon-reduction project at a distillery in Scotland. And the company behind the Smirnoff,...

CFOs say sustainability key driver of financial performance - news

Nearly half of chief financial officers (CFOs) say sustainability is a key driver of financial performance, and two-thirds are involved in driving strategies in their organisations, according to...

The world is becoming an increasingly complex place for investors - news

Fund managers need to look beyond short-term gains and become more aware of long-term risks, such as climate change, because, Emma Hunt of Towers Watson tells Mike Scott, there will be much...

This is not about growing up. It's about growing stronger - news

As the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) – the development network for CSR and sustainability practitioners – enters its 25th year, it is taking the first steps to establishing a...

Global 500 companies lag behind emissions targets - news

Few companies are setting the targets or investments needed for long-term resilience to climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the non-profit body that advises business on...

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...

EU presses to have ESG profile of retail investment products published - news

An EC proposal for retail investors to be informed about how ESG concerns are taken into account in their investment has been welcomed.   Eurosif believes that the EC’s...

Why the CSR ‘profession’ shouldn’t grow up - news

As the sustainability profession matures, it is becoming another essential department in every organisation. The next phase, proposed by CRG (Corporate Responsibility Group), is to create a...

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

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

Fenton appoints Hertz as UK chair - news

Public interest communications firm Fenton has appointed Noreena Hertz as its UK chairman. Hertz, a professor of globalisation, sustainability and finance at Duisenberg School of Finance in...

Non-renewables running out fast, says new research - news

The world’s non-renewable resources are running out, causing problems in a number of production processes in the near future, according to research by Miriam Quick on behalf of HRH the...

Fishing fleets to keep within sustainable limits by 2020 - news

At the latest meeting of the EU’s Agriculture & Fisheries Council, it was decided that member states’ fishing fleets should aim to keep catches within sustainable limits by 2020...

Sainsbury's opts for renewable energy - news

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is tapping renewable energy by installing geo-thermal heat pump technology, initially at 100 of its stores. After testing the technology at its Crayford...

What is Sustainable Technology? - news

A book for specialists in the area, What is Sustainable Technology? nonetheless gets down to fundamentals in its much-needed revaluation of the problems and paradoxes of a once uncritically...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

Harvard professor John Ruggie has been toiling on behalf of the UN since 2005 to devise a framework for ways in which businesses should manage their interactions with the lives they affect. Are...

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

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

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...

Climate bonds ‘are the ideal financial tool to tackle climate change’ - news

Bond investors are not comfortable with the risks of developing projects. But once schemes are up and running, they are happy to provide refinancing, Sean Kidney, co-founder and chair of the...

EPA wins backing to limit power plant emissions - news

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given ‘unambiguous’ backing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite opposition from corporations and trade...

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...

Fizzy drink manufacturers using CSR to establish ‘innocence by association’ - news

Fizzy drink manufacturers are employing elaborate, expensive, multinational CSR campaigns to ‘mislead’ and mask the contribution they are making to the global obesity crisis,...

Five stock exchanges to promote corporate responsibility - news

Nasdaq is among five stock exchanges that have committed to promoting CSR principles among the nearly 5,000 companies collectively listed on their markets.    The US technology...

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, has been rewarding companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society. The Awards for...

Scheiwiller leaves PwC for AccountAbility - news

Provider of corporate responsibility and sustainable development solutions, AccountAbility, has appointed Dr Thomas Scheiwiller as Director & Global Head of Clients & Industries....

Executive pay increasingly linked to sustainability performance - news

Executive remuneration is increasingly being linked to companies’ sustainability performance, with shareholder interest in the issues strengthening, according to a study by business...

Mutuals failing to address sustainability - news

An analysis by Ceres and Fund Votes of 2011 proxy voting patterns indicates that mutual funds, with almost $12tn (£7.6tn, e9.5tn) under management, are failing to address sustainability....

CRGPro to set up soon - news

Work is continuing on establishing the UK professional body for CSR practitioners ( EP, November 2011, p8 ), with its launch now pencilled in for the autumn. The Corporate Responsibility Group...

The Quest for Sustainable Business - news

The Quest for Sustainable Business is two things: the most important and, in certain respects the only, historical account of corporate responsibility to date, and a bloody good read....

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...

Piling new expectations on already-stressed managers - news

Imagine you are the manager of a busy supermarket. You face daily pressure to ensure that your store is performing well. Your staff work in shifts and it is a struggle to find time to bring them...

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...

Bank of America’s $50bn to green global economy - news

Bank of America has announced a ten-year $50bn (£32bn, €40bn) environmental business project to deal with climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon...

Reckitt cleans up its act eight years early by concentrating on packaging and propellant - news

Reckitt Benckiser, a leading producer of household cleaning and consumer healthcare products, has exceeded its 2020 target of cutting carbon emissions by a fifth – eight years early....

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...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

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...

Carr to drive sustainability at WSP - news

The environmental consultancy WSP has appointed Robert Carr as its new director for sustainability and energy, in its Middle East, India and Africa operations. Carr – who joins from Buro...

Murray moves to Sustainability Consortium - news

The Sustainability Consortium has appointed Euan Murray as its new director of strategic initiatives. Murray, who joins the US-based membership organisation from the Carbon Trust, will be...

Rio+20: time to change the narrative on sustainability - news

This month, world leaders will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, to define a sustainable development pathway. How can the global population enjoy a...

When ‘fessing up’ is by far the better option - news

Walmart is the eighth-largest company in the US. It employs two million staff worldwide, and they serve customers more than 200 million times per week in 10,130 retail outlets in 27 countries....

AdvisorShares launches sustainability fund - news

A leading US sponsor of actively managed exchange traded funds (EFTs) has launched an investment vehicle that, it believes, could help bring impact investment into the mainstream....

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

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

Apple and Amazon rapped over ‘dirty’ cloud computing - news

A new cloud computing report has deemed Amazon, Apple and Microsoft to be failing on climate change criteria through reliance on coal-to-power data centres, provoking the release of sensitive...

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

Denmark tops sustainable development league - news

Research ranking sustainable development potential worldwide has listed the Scandinavians as the most competitive nations and Asian nations as the most innovative. The Sustainable...

‘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....

Colman flies in at Gatwick - news

James Colman has joined Gatwick Airport as director of corporate affairs and sustainability. Sitting on the executive management team, Colman joins from British Gas, where he was head of...

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

The Dutch business travel and events multinational Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has appointed Françoise Grumberg to lead its global CSR activities. Grumberg will prioritise CWT’s...

The Three Levels of Sustainability - news

As an introduction to and road map for sustainability aimed at the uninitiated, The Three Levels of Sustainability 'aims to provide the missing link in current debates around...

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...

Enter the fray and rules will emerge ... eventually - news

It seems like only yesterday that 'globalisation' was the hot topic among economics and documentary journalists. By the late 1990s, as developed countries watched swathes of their...

Ikea seeks suppliers' compliance with sustainability code by end of year - news

The furniture multinational Ikea will remove suppliers from its supply chain if they depart from its code of conduct as it pushes for full compliance this year. This action, meeting part of...

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...

Efficiency savings success prompts BASF to double its 2020 emissions reduction target - news

BASF has announced new emissions targets after going well beyond its 2020 targets nearly a decade ahead of schedule. Since 2002, the German chemicals multinational has achieved a 35%...

Sherwin to head sustainability at Seymourpowell - news

The London-based design consultancy Seymourpowell has appointed Chris Sherwin as head of sustainability. Sherwin, who joins from designers Dragon Rouge, will work to embed sustainability into...

Royce rolls into Weber Shandwick - news

Weber Shandwick has appointed Bill Royce as its new head of sustainability for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Royce, who joins from Burson-Marsteller, will be responsible for building the...

European countries lead way in sustainability - news

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

Miami hotel checks in Greenlight - news

A hotel in Miami has become one of the largest so far to use 100% renewable energy. The luxury InterContinental hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase over 15 million kWh of wind...

Rio+20 agenda topics - news

Discussions on 15 priority areas, which could lead to commitments or international agreements, are on the agenda hinted at by the UN for its June Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20....

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...

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

Context set up in London in 1997: now it has a US office and offers sustainability services around the world. Mike Scott catches up with Peter Knight, the company’s co-founder, to see how...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

The trust between US consumers, investors and corporations has suffered ever since companies were allowed to spend on election campaigns without cap, regulation or disclosure. But, reports...

New technologies and punctuated equilibriums - news

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

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...

Fashion industry launches SME sustainability drive - news

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

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...

Tesco looks set to drop ‘anachronistic’ Carbon Trust product footprinting process - news

The UK retailing giant Tesco is set to abandon its partnership with the Carbon Trust certification label, saying expense, time and poor uptake by other retailers have made the scheme unworkable....

New members join Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in US - news

Four new members have been appointed to the US Forum for Sustainable & Responsible Investment board of directors. The membership association has elected: Darragh Gallant,...

Sundström joins Dometic - news

Sweden-based multinational leisure company Dometic has appointed Åsa Portnoff Sundström as its new director of sustainability and regulatory affairs. Replacing Kristin Sjöblom,...

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

Kettis set to fizz at Coca-Cola - news

Magdalena Kettis is Coca-Cola’s new sustainability manager for its Sweden and Norway operations. Kettis joins from Norges Bank to lead the company’s integrated corporate...

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

The world’s third large-scale, dedicated SRI index has been launched in Mexico. The Mexican stock exchange, the second-largest in Latin America, has set requirements for companies on...

CSR efforts recognised in Turkey - news

CSR Turkey has awarded a series of awards to companies deemed to be contributing to the country’s sustainability strategy leading up to 2023, Turkey’s centenary. At its Enterprise...

Best Foot Forward to reduce supply chain complexities - news

Best Foot Forward has launched a ‘Product Portfolio Footprinting’ service that aims to analyse quickly and comprehensively complex supply chains across thousands of different...

The Future of Value - news

The Future of Value is one of the best books ever written on CSR. In perhaps the most persuasive book-length argument yet for sustainability’s business case, Eric Lowitt’s brief...

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

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...

Governments given guide to low-carbon investing - news

Some of the world’s largest investors have set out a list of demands on how governments and companies should move ‘beyond disclosure’ in their response to climate change, with...

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....

Kraft wins stewardship award - news

Kraft Foods, Pfizer, UnitedHealth and Grainger have received the top honours at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. With the focus of this year’s winners on...

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...

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...

Smart move at Vigeo - news

Lindsay Smart will head up Vigeo’s newly-opened UK offices. Smart, previously sustainability initiatives manager at Citi Global Transaction Services, will spearhead business development in...

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...

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

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

Time to see if CSR can give business its moral compass - news

There is a strong connection between the Occupy Wall Street movement – which is said to have spread to more than 900 cities worldwide – and what I call ‘transformative...

US leads growth in chief sustainability positions - news

The number of chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the US is accelerating, though it may be difficult for outsiders and new talent aspiring to the role to get a foot on the ladder....

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Vicky Bullivant has joined Rolls-Royce as the company’s new global head of sustainability. Bullivant, previously head of corporate responsibility at E.ON, will be based at the firm’s...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has announced that the eco-business writer Andrew Winston will be advising the company on its sustainability strategy. The consultant will join PwC as a one-off,...

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Nestlé coffee brand Nescafé has joined forces with coffee producers in Columbia to support farmers in the country. The company’s UK operation will provide four million coffee...

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Chinese SRI indexes are set to expand, with the introduction of two new benchmark indexes to the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index series. Only itself launched around a year ago, the...

In search of sustainable, low-carbon growth - news

While governments dither on sustainability, businesses increasingly see SRI as value-driven. But, HSBC’s Nick Robins tells Mike Scott, investment is being hampered by the harsh world...

Telecoms multinational keeps tabs on the suppliers to its suppliers - news

Telecommunications firm Telefonica has become the latest company to demand ethical supply chain credentials from its own potential suppliers. The Spanish multinational, detailing new...

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...

Cocoa buyers join forces on African child labour - news

A $2m (£1.3m, €1.5m) public-private partnership to combat ‘the worst forms’ of child labour in Africa’s cocoa-growing industry has been formed by a multinational...

Rising bonuses spark anger but little action - news

A storm is brewing around UK executive salaries and bonuses as top pay levels outstrip performance and political lines are drawn on the issue of irresponsible remuneration. Independent...

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...

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Paul Snyder has been named InterContinental Hotels’ new corporate responsibility head. Snyder, an internal appointment, will lead the implementation of sustainability and community efforts...

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Tarmac has appointed Andy Swain as its new sustainability manager. Swain, who joins the from the Environment Agency, will be responsible for the UK-based materials firm’s sustainability...

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Thomas DiNapoli has joined the Ceres board for a three-year term as the non-profit network’s investment director. As the trustee of the third largest public pension fund in the US, the New...

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

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The CSR pioneer Ray Anderson has died, aged 77. Anderson, the founder and chairman of the flooring company Interface, was famous for his impassioned promotion of business ethics and the...

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Taylor Wimpey, the UK home-builder, is working with Carbon Trust Advisory Services to help it develop a low-carbon business strategy. Aims include reducing carbon from its core operations and...

The Sustainable MBA - news

Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things – a simple, accessible and comprehensive account of corporate sustainability. The book is organized...

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

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

Bank of America responds to financial crisis with first responsibility report - news

The largest US bank has pledged in its first CSR report to put its financial house in order. Bank of America has promised to build a ‘fortress balance sheet’ through...

Motorola pilots conflict-free supply in Congo - news

One of the world’s largest telecommunications groups has announced a project to source conflict-free materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Motorola’s pilot...

new energy standard set for implementation - news

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a new energy management standard to help organizations cut their carbon emissions and improve profitability. ISO 50001, aimed at businesses of...

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Zoe Arden will head a new sustainability unit within the public relations company MSLGroup. Arden was previously CSR director at BT Retail.

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BT has appointed Niall Dunne as its new chief sustainability officer to head its sustainable development strategy. Dunne joins from the advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi, where he was...

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Jenny Pidgeon is to take over Henderson Global Investor’s newly created responsible property investment (RPI) directorship. Pidgeon, who joins from Upstream Sustainability Services, will...

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Julia King has been announced as Context’s new managing director. The former GlaxosmithKline CSR head will assume responsibility for running the sustainability consultancy’s UK...

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

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

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UK sustainability consultancy Corporate Culture has appointed Amanda Long as its new chief executive. Long, who joins from Anglian Water, has been tasked with raising the firm’s profile...

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Trewin Restorick has been appointed to the advisory panel of the ‘eco-gift’ company Green Rewards. Restorick, chief executive of the Global Action Plan environmental charity, will be...

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Lexis PR has appointed Michael Hoevel to the newly created head of sustainability post. Hoevel is an internal appointment.

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...

We now have the proof: SRI is at least as good any other strategy - news

Barely a week now goes by without the unveiling of a new piece of research showing that investment in socially responsible companies is likely to bring greater returns. Last month, Pictet Asset...

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....

Avon makes new pledge on palm oil - news

The beauty group Avon has become the latest company to commit to sustainable palm oil. The multinational joins Boots, Cadbury and Kraft Foods in a commitment to purchase GreenPalm...

Coffee maker optimistic that it will reach targets - news

Global coffee business Nespresso has announced ‘strong progress’ towards its 2013 sustainability targets, two years after launching an ‘ecolaboration’ programme that aims...

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...

DZ Bank comes up with new ethics rating - news

A new sustainability rating system that includes an ‘economic perspective’ metric, has been created by Germany’s DZ Bank. The rating brings together data on 150 CSR issues...

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...

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Phil Berry has joined the WSP engineering consultancy as sustainability strategy vice-president. Berry, who joins from Nike, where he was sustainability director, will be responsible for the...

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Simon Zadek is to serve as a senior visiting fellow at the Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation. Zadek, who last year left his post as head of AccountAbility, which he...

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The idea of a universal charger for personal electronic devices has come a step closer after the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) adopted a new international standard on the issue....

C-Suite is impressed with returns from CSR - news

A new survey shows that many companies feel their sustainability initiatives produce benefits that have exceeded expectations. EP looks at  the findings The majority of businesses say...

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

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

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...

Wealth funds get ethics tips - news

Principles establishing clear ethical responsibilities for borrowers and lenders of sovereign debt have been proposed by the United Nations.   Work on the standards began at the height...

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...

Daimler sets out ten-year way ahead - news

Daimler has announced ten-year sustainability targets in its latest CSR report. The German car manufacturer has made 51 pledges, from traffic safety to gender equality, in an effort to sharpen...

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...

Tesco sets up dialogue - news

Tesco has initiated a supplier dialogue programme to meet a 30 per cent reduction target on its supply chain carbon footprint, to be achieved by 2020. In partnership with the 2degrees...

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...

Labelling of fish products is ‘confusing’ - news

Fish labelling in UK supermarkets is failing to help consumers to make sustainable choices, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has said, while introducing its own online seafood advice guide....

Big business ethical claims to be tested - news

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

Nuclear power ‘will survive’ - news

Japan’s nuclear power crisis will not derail the industry’s expansion worldwide, but will have lasting implications for power generation everywhere, a leading research and...

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...

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Michael Eckhart is to fill the newly-created role of head of environmental markets and sustainability at the international financial conglomerate Citigroup. Eckhart was previously president of...

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Rob Lake has been appointed as the new director of strategic development at the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Lake, previously head of sustainability at APG Asset...

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Michael Washburn has become director of sustainability at Nestle Waters North America. He was previously a senior director at the US-based Wilderness Society.

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The European PVC industry has met a series of targets on sustainable development set ten years ago. The industry’s Vinyl 2010 report claims the sector has gone beyond goals on waste...

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Co-operative Group has launched an online educational resource for UK schools wanting to find out about sustainability. The organization’s ‘Green Schools Revolution’ offers...

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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...

Can investors create a sustainable economy? - news

SRI has a role in the transition to a green economy, but its value should not be overstated, argues Rory Sullivan While there is a substantial body of evidence that investor engagement...

Heineken tackles HIV/Aids - news

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturers has initiated three HIV and Aids prevention projects in Africa. Heineken will support the expansion of three existing programmes to help...

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...

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

Bribery, supply chain issues and pay differentials have been identified as key ethical risk areas in the global sports industry. A briefing by the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

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

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...

New regime aims to block conflict minerals by 2012 - news

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

Unveiled: antidote to ‘soulless’ MBAs - news

An MBA course that hopes to highlight corporate ‘lies, deceit and hype’ has been introduced in Spain. Marbella University’s Green MBA teaches students that blind pursuit...

brewer takes action on HIV - news

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturers has initiated three new HIV/Aids prevention projects in Africa. Heineken has pledged support to expand three existing programmes to help communities...

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Prupim, the international real estate fund manager, has appointed Nina Jackson as head of its sustainability and environment department. Jackson joins from Upstream Sustainability Services,...

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Matt Christensen has joined AXA Investment Managers as global head of responsible investment, having resigned as head of the sustainability network Eurosif. Christensen will be based at the...

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Manufacturing multinational Rockwell Automation has appointed Michael Loke as its new sustainability manager. Loke is an internal appointment.

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Aled Jones has become the inaugural director of Anglia Ruskin University’s new Global Sustainability Institute. Jones was previously deputy director for sustainability leadership at...

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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...

Global certification tools: do they help or hinder? - news

Global standards are important, but too many of them just muddies the water, argues Liz Wilkes The road to environmental certification is fraught with complexity and confusion. The...

Co-op unveils ‘radical’ plan - news

The UK-based Co-operative Group is claiming to have produced the ‘toughest’ and ‘most radical’ ethical business plan yet, with new targets due to be implemented across...

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

The controversial Indonesia-based paper business, APP, has pledged to certify all its pulpwood as sustainable by 2020 and has stated the milestones it aims to achieve along the way....

Mining firms begin to disclose more information - news

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

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

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

Apparel sector establishes coalition - news

A worldwide Sustainable Apparel Coalition has been formed by clothing companies, NGOs and other industry stakeholders. The coalition, whose founding members include Adidas, Gap, Levi, Marks...

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

Multinational power company Enel is to focus its efforts on bridging the ‘energy divide’ that prevents poor people around the world from accessing electricity. The Italian...

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...

Study pinpoints seven leaders in property advice field - news

Seven companies are about to ‘dominate’ the UK’s sustainability advisory services market in the real estate industry, reports the global research consultancy Verdantix....

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....

Green & Black's meets Fairtrade pledge - news

Organic chocolate firm Green and Black’s has met its target for full Fairtrade certification across its chocolate bars and drinks range in the UK, nine months ahead of schedule. The company, which...

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Andy Szyman has been appointed co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s property working group, replacing Paul McNamara, head of research at Prupim. Szyman...

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

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Consultancy on timber issues is being offered by ReThink, a new UK company. ReThink will provide advice on integrating timber sustainability into design and construction, supply chain matters...

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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,...

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

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

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...

Egypt move helps Google - news

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

Firm makes forest pledges - news

The world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has announced a forest conservation policy aimed at ensuring it has a ‘no deforestation footprint’. Golden...

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...

Etihad Airways joins UK body - news

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways has become a member of the UK-based Business in the Community (Bitc) organization. Anne Tullis, Etihad’s head of CSR and sustainability, said:...

Unilever ends animal tests - news

The company that makes PG Tips has announced an end to testing of its teas on animals. Unilever has made the decision partly in response to an emerging campaign by People for the Ethical...

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...

Bank educates Jordanian girls - news

Standard Chartered bank is to give financial education to 6900 teenage girls in Jordan through its global community investment programme, ‘Goal’. The programme will target...

50 corporations will give help to ‘lower rungs’ mainstream - news

A new CSR leadership programme has been set up by the United Nations, under which more than 50 large companies will work on a ‘sustainability roadmap’. Project Lead, announced...

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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The SustainAbility consultancy has formed a council of ‘experts and influencers’ from business, civil society and academia to provide it with advice and ideas. The 19 members include...

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Peter Johnson has become managing director of the office of sustainability at the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Johnson, a registered professional forester, moves from PricewaterhouseCoopers,...

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Helena Barton has left as global manager of CR services at DNV to form her own sustainability consultancy, Corporate Context, based in Cambridge in the UK. Corporate Context will concentrate on...

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A local network of the United Nations Global Compact has been set up in Montenegro at a meeting addressed by deputy prime minister Vujica Lazovic. So far 21 companies have expressed an interest...

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Two UK-based bodies have agreed to work together to help sustainability practitioners. The Schumacher Institute and the Association of Sustainability Practitioners (ASP) will run joint events...

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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...

Business risk management handbook - news

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

One report: one plan for future financial stability - news

Efforts to establish integrated reporting have been stepped up in recent months. Mike Scott speaks to Michael Krzus, an accountant at Grant Thornton and crusader for the cause In the...

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

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

APP supports eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an ‘eco-tourism’ village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi...

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...

Warning: don’t drop CSR marketing - news

Too many businesses are ignoring the important role of marketing in communicating their corporate responsibility successes, says a UK white paper on the future of branding and sustainability....

In shops now: CSR on a barcode - news

A mobile phone application allowing consumers to check the corporate responsibility credentials of products while they shop has been introduced in the UK and France. Barcoo, a free...

Bloc resignation exposes row over AA1000’s future - news

A major conflict over future stewardship of the widely-used AA1000 corporate responsibility standards has erupted with the resignation of the entire standards board that oversees them. The...

APP backs Indonesian eco-village - news

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has entered a partnership with Habitat for Humanity to create an 'eco-tourism' village in Indonesia. The settlement in Soran near the Mount Merapi volcano...

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Kathryn Barker has left her job as head of corporate responsibility at Severn Trent to work as an associate with The Commitment Company, a consultancy founded by Frank Rose, former ICI...

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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...

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Businesses wishing to be sustainable have to throw off their ‘addiction’ to growth, says Roger Steare, corporate philosopher in residence at London’s Cass Business School....

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

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

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

In the wake of the latest underwhelming climate change summit, Geoff Lye, executive chairman of SustainAbility, argues that business leaders should stop looking for a governmental lead on...

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,...

Finnish index earmarks top 40 - news

Finland now has its own sustainability index for use by investors. The OMX GES Sustainability Finland Index was launched last month by the Nasdaq OMX trading exchange group and the...

Bankers alliance begins to grow - news

The Global Alliance for Banking on Values has signed up four new members to add to its nine founders. The grouping of alternative banks, whose founders include Triodos, aims to build 'a...

Hospitality sector ready to up its game - news

A group of UK hospitality companies has come up with a sector-wide plan to recognize consumers' ethical demands and the power of the 'green pound'. The ten-point plan has been...

Vodafone cuts travelling - news

The UK arm of the telecoms giant Vodafone has reduced its carbon emissions and travel costs by a quarter over one year through 'mobile working'. The firms says it has cut 617 tonnes...

Food firms still don't have a grip on sourcing - news

The weak point of the food industry remains working conditions and problems in sourcing raw materials, according to a new sustainability study by Bank Sarasin. The bank, which is a large...

'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,...

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

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

Unilever decides to go for sustainability and growth - news

Unilever has announced plans to 'decouple' its growth from its environmental impact. The global consumer goods company believes it can continue growing while halving its greenhouse gas...

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Darrel Webber is the new secretary general of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. Webber moves from his previous post as senior associate of Global Sustainability Associates, a subsidiary of...

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Finland-based packaging multinational Stora Enso Oyj has appointed Terhi Koipijarvi to head its newly created global responsibility unit. Koipijarvi, previously senior vice-president for...

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The US-based multinational industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has joined the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development, an alliance of 200 companies working to...

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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...

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AccountAbility, the think tank and standards body, is to develop a guide to help organizations better understand the linkages between the new ISO 26000 social responsibility standard and the...

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group is toying with the idea of changing itself into an association for individual CSR practitioners. Is there a need for such a thing? When the CRG...

Prepare for the arrival of the social intrapreneur - news

Internal activists are emerging within some companies – and we need to encourage them,  says David Grayson You may not have noticed it yet, but a new breed of corporate animal...

Time to rethink knee-jerk resistance to regulation - news

The vexed issue of lobbying is raising its head once again. On the one hand, the Carbon Disclosure Project reports that large companies are not putting enough pressure on governments to promote...

Business ‘must lobby more’ - news

Companies have been told to put more time and effort into positive lobbying on climate change in the wake of this month’s United Nations summit in Cancun, Mexico. The Carbon...

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...

Welsh SMEs get advice - news

Online CSR guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

Investors form property alliance - news

A group of property investors has created a body to help them manage their real estate more sustainably. Founding members of the International Sustainability Alliance, formally established...

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...

NHS trusts urged to start appointing CSR directors - news

A far greater number of National Health Service foundation trusts in England should be employing sustainability directors, research has suggested. A report from the Foundation Trust...

Food giant raises it sights - news

One of the world’s largest food companies has announced ‘more aggressive’ sustainability goals up to 2015, despite having failed to achieve some of its recent targets....

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,...

Wales government gives CSR advice to SMEs - news

Online CSR guidance specifically for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

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Mike Wallace has left his post as director of sustainability reporting framework at the Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative to return to the US, where he will set up a GRI office in New...

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Three new members have joined the Kimberly-Clark sustainability advisory board, which provides the US multinational with guidance on social and environmental issues. They are Malini Mehra,...

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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...

The Sustainable MBA: the manager’s guide to green business - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback,  260 pages. £18.36 Aside from its confusing title, The Sustainable MBA is that rarest of things: a simple,...

The large investment bank with big SRI ideas - news

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

New man for a new era: all change under Misser - news

EP talks to the recently appointed head of AccountAbility about his controversial vision of how the organization should be re-inventing itself and altering its ethos They wear sober...

Responsiveness should never be a substitute for performance - news

On the face of it, the conclusion from recent research that sustainability ratings favour companies that are most responsive to data information requests, rather than those that are actually the...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

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

CSR ratings are ‘skewed’ - news

Sustainability ratings generally favour companies most responsive to data information requests, rather than those that are necessarily the best performers, new research suggests. Results...

Travel firms set off on sustainability trip - news

Two holiday companies have joined forces to create a new brand that will focus on ‘sustainable tourism’. The tour operators, Thomson and First Choice, which are both owned by...

Software error could lead to DJSI changes - news

Company scores that feed into the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) could be adjusted next month after the discovery of a software glitch. SAM, the Switzerland-based investment...

Confirmed: ethical goods will usually cost you more - news

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

Alliance aims to ‘accelerate’ progress - news

A coalition from the research, pension fund and business sectors is to urge companies to give priority to improving their sustainability performance. The group’s members – the...

Corporates warn that green bank will need £4-6bn - news

UK government plans to set up a Green Investment Bank will need to be backed up with at least £4billion (€4.5bn, $6.3bn) over the next four years, a group of big businesses, NGOs and...

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...

Mexico to get its own sustainability index - news

The Mexican Stock Exchange, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, (BMV) is to launch a sustainability index. BMV’s new index will assess Mexico-based listed companies according to data gathered...

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Paul McNeillis has left Achilles to become director of sustainable solutions at PE International NW Europe. McNeillis will build up the sustainability consultancy’s London office.

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Andrea Thomas has been named Walmart’s new senior vice president of sustainability. She replaces Matt Kistler, who moves into a new management role in marketing. Thomas joined Walmart in...

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The recession has led to ‘resounding indecision and confusion’ in boardrooms on the issue of sustainability, according to a UK study conducted by the Future Laboratory think tank for...

Corporate community involvement - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback, 260 pages. £18.36 Published against a backdrop of changing expectations of community involvement by...

Study will chart integration - news

A global project investigating the integration of CSR management has been started by a group of sustainability research organizations from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The Global...

Emerging market CEOs ready to commit to CSR - news

There’s good reason to believe emerging market countries will be in the vanguard of future CSR initiatives, according to an analysis of chief executive opinions in such nations. A new...

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...

FTSE4Good invents new expulsion category for BP - news

BP has become the first company ever to be suspended from the FTSE4Good indexes. The oil giant was one of eight businesses to be taken out of the index last month in the wake of the...

Food labels cause confusion - news

Environmental food labelling has become confusing and too complex for UK shoppers and is hindering rather than facilitating ethical buying, according to a survey from the consumer watchdog Which....

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A corporate responsibility forum for law firms is being formed in Australia. The Australian Legal Sector Alliance will be based on a similar UK body that has run for nearly two years. The...

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...

fish firm eyes up targets - news

One of Europe’s largest food brands has set out a five-year sustainability plan in partnership with a group of NGOs. The Birds Eye Forever Food project lists targets on sourcing, packaging and...

SDC abolition leaves a hole in CSR thinking - news

Business interests have expressed concerns about the potential impact on corporate responsibility initiatives of a UK government decision to scrap its sustainability watchdog, the Sustainable...

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...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

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

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

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

China among riskiest places to do business - news

China is one of the developing world's riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

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Anand Punja has been appointed to the new role of sustainability executive at the UK-based Timber Trade Federation. Punja joins from Jones Lang LaSalle, where he was a senior sustainability...

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

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Kaiser Permanente, the largest US non-profit healthcare provider, has introduced a sustainability scorecard for medical suppliers that evaluates the environmental and health impacts of their...

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

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

Ethics go into a barcode - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the CSR credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible with a range of...

Small firms 'should get more credit' for their CSR work - news

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often unfairly characterised as being uninterested in corporate responsibility, says a new CSR guide. An updated edition of the A-Z of...

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...

MoD installs sustainable supply regime - news

The UK defence ministry is aiming to make its armed forces more sustainable through a new procurement strategy. The ministry says it will conduct sustainability appraisals and integrate...

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...

The recession has done CSR a favour, say CEOs - news

Eight out of ten corporate leaders believe the economic downturn has raised the importance of sustainability, suggests a study.  The survey of 766 chief executives worldwide found 80...

New wind blows as Zadek is replaced - news

An era has drawn to a close at the UK-based AccountAbility organization as its long-term head, Simon Zadek, has been officially replaced by Sunil Misser. Misser, who began as chief...

Corporate MDG role is greater than thought - news

The private sector is playing a vital and 'under-appreciated' role in contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That's the conclusion reached from...

Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSR - news

A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies. US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business...

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

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

New senior roles will take CSR closer to the board - news

Many companies will soon create a high-level post of chief sustainability officer to take the corporate responsibility agenda forward. Sector observers and recruitment specialists say the...

China still poor on CSR, says Eiris - news

China is one of the developing world’s riskiest economies for investors because of its poor performance on environmental, social and governance issues, reports new research from Eiris. This...

McDonalds rewards green suppliers - news

The fast food giant McDonald’s has announced the best examples of green projects in its restaurants, franchises and supply chain worldwide, highlighting wind power and waste reduction innovations....

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...

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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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Tim Nicholson, the former sustainability officer suing UK property investment business Grainger for unfair dismissal on the grounds that he had been sacked for holding ‘philosophical...

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Farmers from Brazil, Vietnam and elsewhere have sold record volumes of sustainably sourced coffee under the Utz Certified sustainability scheme. More than 32,000 tons were purchased by coffee...

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More than 1000 supplier factories to the electronics industry have now submitted social and environmental information to E-TASC, a sectoral database created by the Global e-Sustainability...

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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...

Advising on SRI change and growing complexity - news

Pension fund advisor Towers Watson has stepped into the breach created by some of the structural shifts occurring in responsible investing. Mike Scott speaks to Emma Hunt, head of sustainable...

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

Financial woes can help firms focus on what’s really important if they are to have a bright future. EP looks at the experiences of one company that’s been up against it When...

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...

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...

Carlson puts training at heart of new CSR drive - news

All employees at one of the world’s largest hotel groups are to undergo compulsory corporate social responsibility training of two and half hours, starting this year. Carlson Hotels,...

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

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

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

Transport group aims to slash emissions - news

Stagecoach has announced an £11million ($16.8m, €12.7m) carbon investment as part of a five-year sustainability strategy aimed at cutting 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from its...

Car firms making strides - news

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

Interface takes up lobbying position - news

A European carpet manufacturer has begun lobbying for changes to waste legislation. Interface, one of the first commercial enterprises to push for tighter environmental regulation, has initiated a...

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The new chair of the UK’s Global Compact Network is Andrew Cave, head of sustainability at RBS. Cave succeeds Michael Spenley, head of corporate responsibility at Shop Direct Group, who...

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Sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows has announced a partnership with the environmental data company Trucost. Under the deal, Two Tomorrows clients will receive Trucost data on their direct...

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Technology giant Intel is to create a board committee on sustainability after a shareholder resolution. The company announced its decision after talks with Harrington Investments, a niche SRI...

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,...

We’ve found the phrase we need, so let’s stick with what we’ve got - news

The CSR Study Group at the UK’s University of Leeds has changed its name to the Business and Development Study Group. Hardly a major story, and one that hasn’t merited even a line in...

Inspirational pro-poor champion Prahalad dies at 69 - news

One of the chief proponents of ‘pro-poor’ capitalism, C.K. Prahalad, died last month aged 69.   Prahalad was an influential voice in corporate responsibility thanks to his...

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’...

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....

Puma unveils ambitious five-year plan - news

Puma has set out targets to cut carbon emissions, energy, water and waste by a quarter over the next five years via a packaging and distribution overhaul. By reducing the use of traditional...

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....

Netherlands leads the way as CSR goals influence pay - news

Two Dutch companies are to link senior executive pay to social and environmental performance. Life sciences group DSM and mail business TNT will join a growing band of companies that have...

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...

10% have known only CSR - news

This year’s CR Salary Survey has highlighted an emerging phenomenon – a generation of corporate responsibility professionals who have only ever worked in the field. The...

Global home furnishings group begins to tell a never ending story - news

Ikea has hit on the novel idea of compiling a ‘never ending list’ of its social and environmental improvements. The Scandinavian furnishings group has placed the list on its...

mobile app puts CSR data at shoppers' fingertips - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the corporate responsibility credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible...

Football teams adopt a CSR message - news

The English Football League has teamed up with the Prince’s Trust and the Environment Agency to highlight the environmental and community work being undertaken by clubs, and to encourage...

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Professional services giant Deloitte has expanded its environmental arm with the acquisition of the dcarbon8 sustainability consultancy, which specialises in carbon management within products...

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Two of the world’s biggest fair trade organizations are to collaborate on improving working conditions and sustainability in the tea industry. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and the...

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Victoria Hands, who is environmental and sustainability manager at the London School of Economics, has been named one of 15 ‘London leaders’ for 2010 by the London Sustainable...

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...

We must make the business case – even if it’s a messy, tiresome task - news

John Elkington has been working with distinction in the corporate responsibility field for so long that he’s perhaps entitled to feel a little jaded with the continuing debate about how to...

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...

Big companies to spend £3.5bn on new projects - news

This year’s spending on sustainability projects by large UK companies is expected to grow to £3.5billion ($5.3bn, €3.9bn) and increase further in the near future, reports the...

MSCI in largest deal yet - news

RiskMetrics has announced that it is being acquired by investment consultants MSCI in what is the biggest development yet in the consolidation of the sustainability research industry. MSCI...

American CSR jobs market grows strongly - news

The CSR jobs market in the US is showing signs of recovery after a decline between the third quarters of 2008 and 2009. Research conducted by US-based Sustainability Recruiting shows that,...

Don’t obsess about business case, says Elk - news

CSR proponents should avoid focusing too much on developing the business case for socially responsible behaviour, the leading CSR thinker John Elkington has warned. Elkington told last...

Air Liquide shows the way - news

The chemicals industry is potentially missing out on €1billion ($1.4bn, £909million) per company by failing to improve its sustainability performance, says a new report. Research...

M&S reaches for the sky with update of its Plan A - news

Marks & Spencer has launched a bid to become ‘the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015’ by announcing that it will roll out its Plan A sustainability programme to all...

Big firms adopt new voice - news

Large mainstream companies are beginning to use the bright and breezy language of ‘alternative’ businesses when talking about their corporate responsibility programmes, reports a...

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A labelling system that will help consumers to discover the social and environmental impact of electronics products is being devised by a retailers’ and manufacturers’ group....

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Middle East companies have little room for CSR in their budgets, reports a survey of the region’s business leaders. Responding to questions put by the United Arab Emirates-based Sustainability...

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Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. Dudok van Heel, who worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little,...

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Myriam Galopin has joined the UK consultancy Corporate Citzenship as a consultant advising on sustainability strategy and community projects. Galopin was previously with the Body Shop, where she...

Sustainable event management - news

Meegan Jones. Earthscan. 384 pages. Paperback. £29.95. What does ‘event’ mean to you? Trade show? Exhibition? Conference? Convention? Festival? If the latter, then...

Ready for some catch-up - news

Interest in responsible business behaviour has been growing in Latin America – and there are signs that it may increase further. EP looks at the state of CSR in the region Some...

Business schools get ethics guide - news

Ethical guidance for UK business schools has been produced by a group of management associations and academics. The draft guide says, among other things, that business schools should...

Another warning on water - news

New SRI research has warned of the increasing regulatory and reputational risks associated with water, and suggests treating the topic in the same way as carbon emissions. Canadian indexing...

Sustainable business 'could be worth $10tn' - news

Almost five per cent of the world's economic output could be accounted for by sustainability-related business by 2050. That's the prediction of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which says in...

ArcelorMittal steps in to push Liberian CSR - news

A Corporate Responsibility Forum has been formed in Liberia by the steel multinational ArcelorMittal and the German sustainable development company GTZ. The forum, which hopes to have 75...

AA1000 revampers named - news

The heads of CSR at a lottery operator and an Australian bank have been drafted on to a technical committee that will oversee a remake of the most commonly used standard on stakeholder...

CSR heads take seat at mayor's table - news

Corporate responsibility experts are among nine new commissioners appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission, which has the job of advising the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on...

executive pay frozen and bonuses linked to sustainability at Shell - news

Oil giant Shell has announced that it will limit executive pay and consider sustainability performance in its future bonuses. Shell will link 20 per cent of performance measurements to the...

Dudok van Heel fills key role - news

Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. He will lead the UK business’s team of CSR consultants, which serves companies such...

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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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Almost three-quarters of corporate executives say their company has not developed a clear business case for sustainability. A global study by The Boston Consulting Group found just over 70 per...

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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...

The top 50 sustainability books - news

Wayne Visser. Greenleaf Publishing. 256 pages. Paperback. £25/$45. This is not only an excellent idea but, more importantly, well executed. Taking the 50 best books on...

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...

Kraft tries to curb fears over Cadbury’s future - news

US food giant Kraft has pledged to maintain social responsibility programmes at the UK confectionery business Cadbury, which it will be buying for £11.9billion ($19.2bn, €13.7bn)....

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...

World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts - news

The global postal industry has set itself a 20  per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2020.   The International Post Corporation (IPC), an industry partnership of the...

IT sector sets bold target - news

A consortium of information technology companies has launched an ambitious bid to make communications networks 1000 times more energy-efficient. The businesses, which include AT&T,...

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...

The Elk, Zadek and Roddick make top 50 - news

Works by corporate responsibility gurus John Elkington, Simon Zadek and Anita Roddick have been voted among the top 50 ‘sustainability books’ of the past 60 years. In books voted for by the...

Korean business making CSR progress - news

Over half of Korean corporations have now implemented sustainability practices, according to a survey of business professionals in the country. Fifty five per cent of respondents to the CSR...

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The Global Reporting Initiative has appointed Aditi Haldar as country director for its new ‘focal point’ in India, which will promote sustainability reporting there.

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Anne Augustine to head its new UK-based sustainability department, which will provide sustainability advice. The practice will also include Jules...

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Titan Cement has topped the annual Accountability Rating in Greece for the second year running, ahead of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Vodafone. The rating, conducted by the Institute...

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...

Chinese join cement initiative – at last - news

A global cement industry sustainability initiative has taken a significant step forward by finally managing to bring some Chinese cement companies into its ranks. The three Chinese firms...

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...

Gucci pledges to avoid deforestation - news

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

Utilities must work harder - news

Utilities companies are failing to translate their CSR policies into responsible practice, and most businesses in the sector are neglecting even to set targets for the majority of their main...

Chemicals sector criticised for making little progress - news

Sustainability performance is ‘at a standstill’ in the chemicals industry despite technological advances, says an investment research provider. In a sectoral analysis assessing...

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

Nestle has become the latest chocolate confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark.   The world’s biggest food company will pay its Ivory Coast cocoa suppliers...

Copenhagen outcome ‘is no barrier to progress' - news

CSR practitioners have been urged to shrug off the uncertainty created by last month’s failed Copenhagen summit and push on with better and more ambitious climate change strategies....

RBC bucks banks backlash - news

Royal Bank of Canada has registered a rare recent success for the banking sector by being admitted to the Nasdaq Global Sustainability 50 Index. The Toronto-based bank’s naming on the index means...

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Kanal Consulting has set up a sustainability practice. The six-year-old Californian management consultancy includes Alcatel and Symantec among its clients.

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

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...

Revealed: favoured NGO partners of CSR heads - news

WWF and Forum for the Future are the partners of choice for British CSR directors when they want corporate responsibility advice from non-governmental organizations, a new analysis has...

African SRI fund breaks new ground - news

Africa’s first sustainable investment fund outside South Africa has been established. The Africa Sustainability Fund, created by Sustainable Capital, a Mauritius-based asset manager,...

Two more mergers in research sector - news

Two new mergers of sustainability rating agencies have been announced as consolidation in the CSR research market continues apace. The first merger involves two Swiss companies, Centre Info...

Jaffa Cakes get sustainability makeover - news

United Biscuits, the UK manufacturer of brands such as McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin, has pledged to procure two-thirds of its palm oil from certified sustainable sources by the...

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Matthew Kiernan is to leave the CSR consultancy RiskMetrics, eight months after the company acquired Innovest, which Kiernan founded and managed. When Innovest was taken over Kiernan became...

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A South Korean SRI section has been added to the Dow Jones Asian sustainability index. The DJSI Korea will track sustainability leaders among South Korea’s 200 largest companies. Its first...

Are companies taking their eyes off the prize? - news

There are more awards in the CSR field than ever before, yet there’s a sense that interest in them is waning. EP examines whether their heyday is coming to an end Buy a bag of...

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...

New ratings will place spotlight on all sectors - news

New CSR ratings for industry sectors are to be published six times a year by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows. The consultancy’s Value Ratings will benchmark companies on...

Anderson says mission is 60% accomplished - news

The flooring company Interface is more than halfway to its goal of becoming fully sustainable, claims its founder Ray Anderson. Anderson, who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his...

Kimberly-Clark signs up with former tormentors - news

An unusual alliance has been struck-up between the tissue products giant Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace, which will see a turnaround on the company’s policies towards the protection of...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

Four in ten of China’s leading companies are not publicly engaged in corporate responsibility, says the country’s first national CSR report card. The newly published 2009 CSR...

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...

North American colleges are on report - news

A ‘report card’ has been published detailing the sustainability performance of US and Canadian colleges. The fourth annual College Sustainability Report Card analyses the 332 colleges and...

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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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Businesses are better than governments at pushing the sustainability agenda forward, according to a poll of experts in the field. The inaugural Sustainability Survey, which polled 1600 experts...

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High school students from Germany and the US have attended a two-week ‘summer sustainability camp’, funded by Germany-based chemicals company Bayer. The camp, held in Pittsburgh, was...

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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,...

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Switzerland-based Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) and the global index provider Dow Jones have formed the Dow Jones Sustainability Japan 40 Index. The index measures the performance of...

50 lessons on corporate responsibility and sustainability - news

Doughty Centre/50 Lessons. www.50lessons.com/collections This set of short films offers the opinions and experiences of academics, business executives and practitioners on various...

Taking an ethical oath is fine, but we need more than words - news

Student pledges need to be backed by a formula for teaching CSR in business schools, says Jeremy Moon Periodically, when corporate irresponsibility has reached a new pitch, the spotlight...

Yes, let’s have a professional code – but it needs teeth from the outset - news

One of the issues raised by the bizarre unfair dismissal case brought by CSR practitioner Tim Nicholson against his former employers (see page one), is whether a code of practice for the...

Property is given SRI focus - news

An SRI strategy on commercial and residential property, including carbon emission cuts, has been announced by one of the world’s largest asset management companies. Henderson Global,...

SRI researchers merge operations - news

Two of the world’s largest responsible investment research companies, Sustainalytics and Jantzi Research,  have merged. The new entity, which will operate as Sustainalytics...

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...

Circumspect firms may fall victim to ‘greenhush’ - news

Some companies are now so afraid of being accused of greenwash that they are avoiding all communication on sustainability matters, it has been claimed. The new phenomenon –...

Cocoa farmers pass the test - news

Two cocoa producing farmer co-operatives in the Ivory Coast have become the first to be certified under a cocoa sustainability programme created by UTZ Certified, a Dutch body that also runs...

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...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

Cement sector outlines future plans - news

The cement industry has outlined how concrete recycling can be increased and is pushing for an ultimate goal of ‘zero landfill’ for the product. In its report the Cement Sustainability Initiative...

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...

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The Canadian sustainability consultancy Stratos has appointed two new directors. Sven Riemer and Matt Loose will head Stratos’s public sector management and corporate sustainability...

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James Anderson has been appointed head of strategic and sustainability services at UK-based engineering consultancy Amec. He joins Amec from Montgomery Watson, where he was strategic advisory...

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Alexander Barkawi, managing director of Zurich-based SAM Indexes, is to leave the company at the end of September ‘to pursue interests in the political arena on sustainability...

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Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Gill James as head of sustainability and operations. James, who has been at the bank for 15 years, mainly as an economist, replaces Debbie Whitaker.

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Will Day is to take over from Jonathon Porritt as chair of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. Day has worked with various NGOs, including Care International, Save the...

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US-based engineering company Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Lynne Ceeney as head of sustainability for Europe and Africa. Ceeney joins from the UK’s Building Research Establishment,...

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Ed Blamey has joined the UK-based communications agency Origin as associate sustainability director. He had previously spent four years at Interface Flor, where he was European sustainability...

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...

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...

Walmart unveils plan for social labels on goods - news

The world’s largest retailer has announced plans to develop a sustainability labelling system for all the products it sells. Walmart is undecided what form the labelling will take,...

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...

Guest Column: Are sustainable products more saleable? - news

The jury may still be out but companies are seeking more rigorous sustainability information and more effective customer dialogue to support the sales process, says Simon Aumonier, ERM’s...

Tata makes energy a priority - news

This year’s main social project of the Tata Power private utility is to make a million people in India aware of energy conservation. The Tata Power Energy Club (TPEC), which gives...

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China. The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the...

Nestle goes for sustainability in India - news

Indian coffee farms will be among Nestlé suppliers to be certified to Rainforest Alliance standards under a newly introduced sustainability system. Nestlé Nespresso has set up Ecolaboration, a...

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...

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Societe General has been named as the leading brokerage for sustainability research in the annual Extel survey. Oddo Securities was ranked first for corporate governance research and UBS in the...

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Shannon Houde has joined the communications consultancy Corporate Culture as corporate responsibility director. She formerly worked at Deloitte as senior manager for corporate responsibility and...

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Sarah Roberts is the new executive director at the Ethical Tea Partnership. Roberts formerly led corporate responsibility projects at Arup, the National Centre for Business and Sustainability...

Night at movies prompts action at Pret A Manger - news

A film has convinced the British sandwich chain Pret A Manger to switch to a more sustainable variety of tuna – even at the risk of reduced sales. Julian Metcalf, the company’s...

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...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

IBLF sets up Asia Pacific office - news

An Asia Pacific office of the International Business Leaders’ Forum has been set up in Hong Kong. The new base will enable the forum to become more involved in its corporate...

Asian Centre for CSR is launched - news

An Asian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has been established to encourage ethical practices in the region. The centre is a joint venture between the Asian Institute of Technology and...

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Public relations group Edelman has appointed Jane Madden to the new position of senior vice-president for CSR and sustainability in its Chicago office. Madden was most recently president of...

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US-based software provider SAP has created the post of chief sustainability officer. Peter Graf is an internal appointee who has worked in various SAP positions for 13 years.

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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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Two Tomorrows has been appointed to work on new projects in the US and Asia, extending the sustainability consultancy’s global reach. It will help Atlantic LNG, the world’s fifth...

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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...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

Car giant sets target of zero road deaths by 2020 - news

Volvo has set itself the unusual goal of ensuring that nobody is seriously injured or killed in accidents involving any of its new cars within 11 years. The Swedish multinational thinks the...

Orange usurps BT in rankings - news

BT has lost its position of pre-eminence on CSR in the telecoms sector, according to a new analysis.   UK-based research consultancy Verdantix claims Orange is now the sustainability...

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...

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...

Property managers prepared to pay green premium - news

Property management executives in Asia Pacific are more willing than their global counterparts to invest in sustainability, according to a specialist in the field. A survey conducted by...

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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PricewaterhouseCoopers has appointed Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network. Schofield has been a tax partner with PwC in London since 2000.

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Sue Chan has joined RCM, an equity investment management company that is part of Allianz Global Investors, as a senior portfolio manager with responsibility for sustainability. She was...

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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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Achilles consultancy has renewed its financial backing for a CSR working group at Oxford University’s Said Business School in the UK. The working group’s output has included regular...

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A postgraduate CSR-related degree has been launched by Lancaster University Management School in the UK. The MA in Leadership for Sustainability will explore theories and practices relevant to...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

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...

Galaxy bars get certified - news

The world’s largest chocolate company has become the latest confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark. Mars has announced that its Galaxy chocolate will become...

Seven research firms qualify for new certificate - news

Scandinavia’s GES Investment Services and the UK-based responsible investment specialist Eiris are among the first SRI research providers to be certified against a new European Voluntary...

Joe Public gets say in new online rankings - news

A new online ratings system will assess companies’ ethical performance using a combination of expert analysis and the views of the public. The consumer-focused Scryve website gives...

Dutch insert CSR into their governance code - news

The Netherlands government is to bring new requirements on corporate responsibility into the Tabaksblat, the country’s corporate governance code. Parliament has accepted the...

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...

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

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PricewaterhouseCoopers has recruited Mark Schofield to lead its global sustainability and climate change tax network as part of its global strategy of bringing together tax and human resources...

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London 2012, the organization planning Britain’s Olympic Games, has published the first edition of its sustainability guidelines for corporate and public events. The guidelines have been...

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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...

China’s embrace of CSR could usher in the Wal-Mart effect - news

In itself, the fact that the China Banking Association has issued guidelines on corporate responsibility is significant ( see page two ), especially since the recommendations are ambitious. But...

Fabric mills get new audit - news

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

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,...

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

The head of corporate responsibility at US packaging company Meadwestvaco has been made redundant, apparently as a result of recession-related cutbacks. Barbara McCutchan, director of...

RiskMetrics buys Innovest - news

RiskMetrics Group, the US-based provider of corporate governance services to global financial markets, has acquired Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. RiskMetrics said its purchase of the...

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

John Elkington has emerged in a new poll as the world’s number one corporate responsibility ‘thought leader’. Elkington, founder of the SustainAbility consultancy and...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

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

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

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Betsy Atkins has joined the board of the US sustainability consultancy Clear Standards. Atkins is also a board member of the Nasdaq stock exchange.  

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Ian Buckland has moved to Flag, the CSR communications agency, as associate director. He leaves a position as principal sustainability adviser at the consultancy Sd3, which recently merged with...

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Laura Spence is to head the relaunched Centre for Research into Sustainability, based at London University’s Royal Holloway College. The centre, established in 2004, was previously headed...

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McDonald’s UK has appointed the communications agency Futerra to focus on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Futerra’s specific task will be to engage with the...

Why the executive pay experience gives useful pointers on taxation - news

The worldwide backlash against ‘fat cat’ pay, particularly in the part-nationalised financial sector ( see page one ), offers a salutary lesson for those who have tried to locate...

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...

Oil and gas sector starts work on GRI guidance - news

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

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

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

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

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

Cocoa firms agree sustainability guidance - news

Sustainability principles for the cocoa industry have been unveiled by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). The principles, produced after two years of discussions with governments and cocoa...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Duke will keep Wal-Mart faith - news

Wal-Mart’s new chief executive Mike Duke has assured stakeholders that the company’s corporate responsibility efforts will continue on his watch. Duke, who succeeded Lee Scott...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

Australian government to advise GRI - news

A senior Australian Treasury official is to be appointed to the governmental advisory group of the Global Reporting Initiative, the non-profit Amsterdam-based organization that promotes CSR...

Call for ban on new Philippines mining - news

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

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Kathrin Bohr has joined the US-based sustainability consultancy Intertek as its new sustainability advisory services director. Bohr spent five years in Toronto as managing director of Canadian...

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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...

To make real progress we need better leaders - news

Technology can help us transform the world, but commitment is lacking at the top, says Mark Lee Not so long ago I was at the miraculous green space that is The Eden Project – an...

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...

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...

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...

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

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Sander van Eijkern has become the new chief executive of Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), which provides research for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Van Eijkern succeeds SAM founder...

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Printing and media giant Axel Springer triumphed in the ‘most sustainable purchasing’ category of last month’s 2008 German Sustainability Awards. The Berlin-based company was...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

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

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

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...

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

CSR makes big strides as Russia sees global benefit - news

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

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...

Tourism gets global code - news

A coalition of 32 tourism trade organizations and companies has announced criteria to guide members on reviewing their social and environmental impacts. The bodies and businesses, which...

Institutional investors call on big firms to give more thought to water - news

A $1500 billion (£1001bn) alliance of investors, all signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, is asking 100 of the world’s biggest companies to...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

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Pamela Zielinski has become head of sustainability in the business services division of construction company Carillion. She moves from Ethitas CSR Solutions consultancy.

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Richard Foulerton has joined Allianz Insurance UK as corporate social responsibility manager, working on the development of Alianz’s CSR agenda and strategy. He was previously in the...

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A body has been created in the UK to provide sustainability advice and research to private and public organizations. The Association for Sustainable Change has been established by former...

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

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

Could latest merger be sign of things to come? - news

Two prominent corporate responsibility consultancies – Csrnetwork and Sd3 – are to merge on 1 January amid suggestions that a period of consolidation in the consultancy market could...

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...

Carbon standard unveiled - news

A government-backed standard has been created to show businesses how to consistently measure the carbon footprint of their products. PAS 2050, drawn up by BSI British Standards, the Carbon...

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A members’ club for individuals working in the field of sustainability has opened in London. Initial honorary members of The Hub Kings Cross include John Elkington, founder of...

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

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

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

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Big event falls victim to global financial woes - news

One of the largest and most ambitious corporate responsibility events ever planned has had to be postponed because of the financial crisis, say its organizers. The international Business...

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...

iPod lure reels in readers - news

A global bank is testing some novel ways to increase readership of its annual sustainability review, including a prize draw for staff to win iPod players. Standard Chartered, with 75,000...

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...

Dow helps China with safety goals - news

An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme...

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...

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Nick Bell has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as an assistant director in its sustainability and climate change team. He was previously a senior manager at GoodCorporation.

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The UK government has intensified its efforts on sustainable procurement by appointing a minister to oversee the process in all departments. Cabinet Office minister Tom Watson has been given the...

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Daimler has created a sustainability board within its top management. The board, which will meet at least four times a year, consists of senior executives from various departments....

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

Bank Sarasin has put sustainability close to the heart of its investment approach. The Swiss private bank is using the investment theme in a effort to differentiate itself from the competition,...

Accountants ‘must do CSR’ - news

Accountants should have compulsory modules about corporate responsibility in their professional training, one of the world’s most influential accountancy bodies has said. The...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

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...

Peace breaks out as truce agreed in Wikipedia spat - news

A wrangle over the definition of the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ on Wikipedia has finally been resolved. Contributors to the internet reference site, which allows...

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...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

Chouinard is 2008 leader - news

Yvon Chouinard, co-founder of the US-based outdoor clothing company Patagonia, has won this year’s Sustainability Leadership Award for his work on corporate responsibility in the textile...

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

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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....

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The Lancashire Business School at Central Lancashire University claims to have become the first British business school to offer sustainability programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate...

The Difference Makers - news

Sandra Waddock. Paperback. 320 pages. Greenleaf Publishing. £21.95 . Who makes a difference? And how do they do it? This book is Sandra Waddock’s answer to these questions....

Shell pulls advert as greenwash gripes rise - news

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

CFS judged to have best impact on society - news

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) has won the overall Impact on Society award in this year’s Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. The group, which includes...

Novozymes joins Wal-Mart’s bid for progress - news

Wal-Mart has taken the unusual step of inviting another company to give sustainability presentations at its annual supplier conference. The world’s largest retailer recruited the...

Business resists pressure over its Zimbabwe links - news

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

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Two-thirds of Chinese Coca-Cola suppliers are non-compliant - news

Coca-Cola, a main sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, has reported that two-thirds of its 371 Chinese suppliers did not comply last year with its ethical policies on matters such as workers’...

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...

Jupiter engaged for Taiwan fund - news

Prudential Corporation Asia has retained the UK consultancy Jupiter Asset Management to advise on its PCA Global Green Solutions Fund, a new climate change fund authorized by the Taiwan...

MBA student values pose problem for Chinese firms - news

Chinese companies have been told to take note of a survey of MBA students that shows they are taking more account of business responsibility issues when taking on jobs. Researchers from the...

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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Ramon Arratia has been appointed European sustainability director at carpet manufacturer InterfaceFlor, based in London. Arratia was previously senior corporate responsibility manager at...

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London-based recruitment consultancy Consegna has formed a corporate responsibility and sustainability division. The year-old business hires for management consultancies and technology and...

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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...

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

Pension funds are increasingly seeking to reflect long term sustainability considerations in their investment strategies, Jane Goodland tells Mike Scott The Watson Wyatt consultancy,...

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...

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

Public sector procurement of products and services in Spain must now take account of corporate responsibility factors, thanks to a regulation effective from May. Under the regulation,...

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...

BT sets pace as business gets serious about carbon - news

BT has set aggressive corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets by aiming to cut its total carbon emissions by 80 per cent within 12 years. The goal is a further sign that business is now...

Big four clothes firms fare best on sustainability issues - news

Adidas, Nike, Puma and Timberland have been identified as leaders in sustainability among clothing manufacturers. A study by Switzerland-based Bank Sarasin found the four have 'above...

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

The Australian government has established an ambitious three-year project to expand responsible business practice across the country. The treasury will provide Aus$2million ($1.9m,...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

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Doughty Hanson, one of Europe’s largest independent private equity companies, has given Adam Black responsibility for internal sustainability issues. Black, who joins from KPMG, where he...

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

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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?...

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....

CSR is toughing out the slowdown – for now - news

The corporate responsibility recruitment market appears to be largely unaffected by the growing economic difficulties worldwide, although the picture is mixed. With some recruitment areas,...

Rio Tinto expands sustainability data in its annual report - news

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

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...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

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....

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...

Malaysian stock exchange promotes CSR - news

Public limited companies have been urged by the Bursa Malaysia stock exchange to improve their CSR practices and integrate them into mainstream activities. This, says Bursa Malaysia, would show...

Australia gets CSR qualification - news

An agreement to expand business responsibility education has been signed by the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility and the graduate management school of the Melbourne-based La Trobe...

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Rachel Butler has been appointed to the new post of sustainability manager at the UK-based Timber Trade Federation. Butler, who joins the federation on a part-time contract, previously worked for...

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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...

high fliers given CSR role - news

An international bank has asked some of its high-flying executives to come up with views on the key social and environmental issues the company is likely to face in the future. Standard...

water mandate lowers its recruitment horizons - news

A programme that encourages the chief executives of large companies to manage their water resources more effectively is scaling down its push for signatories. The UN Global Compact says it is...

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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Liz Edwards has been hired as corporate programmes director at the European Academy of Business in Society. The new role will focus on improving member services and acting as a bridge between...

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Two global consultancies, Aravo Solutions and WSP, have combined to provide a corporate responsibility software and advisory service. WSP, which has 65 offices worldwide, offers mainly...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

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

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...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of 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...

Businesses fail to get message across to graduates - news

Many companies are throwing away the chance to hire quality staff because they fail to mention their business’s ethical credentials. Communications consultancy Edelman says companies...

Wal-Mart targets Chinese suppliers - news

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, has decided to meet thousands of its Chinese suppliers as part of a campaign to reduce waste and emissions at the factories that make its...

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John Elkington and Gilbert Lenssen have been appointed visiting professors at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. Elkington is...

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Ryoichi Ueda has been appointed chief sustainability officer for Mitsubishi Corporation’s North America operations. The role is added to his position as the region’s chief executive.

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Ed Blamey has moved from his post as European sustainability director at the flooring company Interface to become socially responsible investment research manager for Jupiter Asset Management....

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...

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

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

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...

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...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

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Peter Lacy has become head of the sustainability practice at Accenture for Europe, Africa and Latin America. Lacy will spend a tenth of his time working for the European Academy of Business in...

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Only three per cent of UK employees think businesses are ‘fully open and honest’ about their efforts to work in a sustainable manner and a third think companies exaggerate their...

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Shenzhen Water, Cemex and Marks & Spencer are among companies featured as examples of innovators in A new mindset for corporate sustainability , a research paper sponsored by Cisco and BT.

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...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

A bright future is in prospect for ethical investment indices - news

Another day, another ethical investment index. Last month, three big equity index providers added to their already extensive offerings. Standard & Poor’s launched the ESG Index of 50...

Studies present business case - news

Examples of emerging market businesses that have gained a commercial advantage by taking account of their social and environmental impacts have been collected by the private sector arm of the...

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

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

‘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...

Enthusiastic delegates create alumni group - news

An alumni group is to be started this month for executives who have completed a new training course on how to make ‘dramatic progress’ on sustainability. Delegates who have been...

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...

Alcan rewards poverty group - news

The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in northern India has been awarded the 2007 $1million (£503,000) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize, given...

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...

VicSuper is best Aussie fund - news

The VicSuper superannuation fund has been named Sustainable Super Fund of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The fund won the title for integrating environmental, social and...

From Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 - news

The news that the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Business Network will help companies across the UK compete for London 2012 business opportunities is a welcome announcement. In my position as Chair...

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...

Northport wins Malaysia CSR award - news

A Malaysian company and a businessman have been commended at the first CSR Ambassadorship Certification Programme presentation of the Ansted Social Responsibility International Awards, which were...

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Seb Beloe has been appointed head of SRI research at Henderson Global Investors in the UK-based asset management company's SRI unit. Beloe, who moves from the SustainAbility consultancy, where he...

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Vodafone has appointed Chris Burgess as corporate responsibility director to succeed Charlotte Grezo, who has taken up the post of global head of sustainability at Lehman Brothers. Burgess moves...

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

how to put your case in the YouTube era - news

With some social networking websites becoming more influential than traditional media, how can companies respond when their reputations are attacked online? If there's one key feature of the...

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

A long track record of assessing companies on sustainability criteria has enabled Swiss bank ZKB to win new institutional business, Robert Hauser tells Mike Scott SRI and Swiss banks do not, at...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

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

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...

European suppliers fare no better than those in Asia - news

High-risk European suppliers to Ford are just as likely to violate the company's code of practice on working conditions as those in Asia, the motor manufacturer has revealed. Figures from Ford's...

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...

more retailers decide to share audit data - news

In a further sign that businesses are increasingly pooling their efforts on ethical supply chain monitoring, more than a dozen multinational clothing companies have agreed to share the results 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...

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...

Wal-Mart makes debut - news

Wal-Mart has fulfilled one of its corporate responsibility pledges by producing its first sustainability report. However, it said it does not intend to produce the document annually, although it...

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...

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The Berkeley Group, the UK house-builder with a £1billion ($2.1bn) turnover, will observe seven ‘sustainability commitments’ from next year, including to cut carbon emissions from all its newly...

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Merrill Lynch has taken a minority stake in Asset4, the Switzerland-based environmental, social and corporate governance research provider. As part of the deal, the investment bank will incorporate...

don’t let the moralists lead you into a philosophical quagmire - news

Arriving at a socially responsible position is what matters, not how we get there, says Gerry Hagelberg I don’t beat my wife. Is that because: (a) I love her? (b) I abhor violence? (c) She’d...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

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

BHP Billiton 2007 sustainability report - news

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

hunting for value among the European small caps - news

The lack of research into the sustainability performance of companies with a market capitalization below €10billion has created an opportunity for the Dutch bank Kempen, says Mike Scott Kempen,...

boom time US tempts Brits to venture abroad - news

Rapidly increasing interest in responsible business practice in America has prompted two UK-based specialist consultancies to establish operations across the Atlantic. London-based Context, which...

IT firms share audit data in bid to end duplication - news

Some of the world’s largest telecoms and information technology companies have begun sharing information on the results of their ethical supply chain audits. The 24 businesses, which are all...

Puma enlists journalist to enhance its auditing - news

Puma has taken the unusual step of asking a journalist to join some of its ethical supply chain inspections and then write about them in its annual sustainability report. The sports clothing...

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

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

inspirational Deveshwar scoops award - news

An industrialist who joined the Indian company ITC from college and became its chairman and chief executive has won the seventh annual SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award for personal...

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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Matt Loose has joined the US-based Stratos consultancy to work on its corporate responsibility projects. Loose previously worked for SustainAbility in the UK, where he led the Global Reporters...

we need a force of partisans to create sustainable business - news

Committed staff working as agents of change can make a big difference, argues Malcolm McIntosh Those who openly question company policy in areas affecting costs, profitability and traditional...

For the common good: the ethics of leadership in the 21st century - news

John C Knapp (ed). Hardback. 174 pages. Praeger. £25.95/$44.95 It may be relatively slim, but this examination of ‘the ethical requirements of leadership’ is a heavyweight tome in terms of the...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

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

new centre provides help in Middle East - news

A Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development has been established to encourage socially responsible business development in Dubai and other rapidly growing regional centres. The centre, set up...

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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Barclays has merged its public policy and corporate responsibility activities into a single team aimed at ‘driving Barclays’ business sustainability agenda aligned with public policy issues...

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

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

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

Co-op goes to the polls - news

Shoppers at Co-operative supermarkets are being polled to identify the ethical issues on which they think the retailer should concentrate. The polling, believed to be the first by a food retailer...

British Land takes sustainability message on the road - news

The property company British Land is using a roadshow to bring sustainability advice to shoppers and office workers at its UK developments. The touring exhibition seeks to raise awareness of...

awards focus shifts to views of report readers - news

A new set of sustainability reporting awards will be introduced next year based on the decisions of report readers, not a judging panel. The Readers’ Choice Awards are co-ordinated by the Global...

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

Wal-Mart begins to move away from numbers game - news

Wal-Mart is claiming to have conducted more ethical audits of its supplier factories last year than any other company – but has signalled that it intends to take a different approach to monitoring...

Flag closes down its US base - news

The communications consultancy Flag has closed its US office and will service clients from Britain. Flag, which has Chevron, Ford and Wal-Mart among its North American clients, said that closure...

Motorola acts to stamp out child labour - news

Motorola has revealed that it found evidence of child labour at two of its suppliers last year. The US multinational, which makes mainly mobile phones, found three workers under 16 at two sites...

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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Anne Tallontire joins Leeds University’s Sustainability Research Institute this month as lecturer in business, environment and corporate responsibility. She moves from the Natural Resources...

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Warehousing company Gazeley has stepped up its corporate responsibility effort by appointing Jonathan Fenton-Jones to the new role of global director of procurement and sustainability....

transparency would expose speculators’ ill-gotten gains - news

Public disclosure of fund managers’ bonuses would help counter short-termism, says Simon Zadek The recent turmoil in the financial markets spells disaster for the real owners of capital,...

AA1000 to get new coat of paint - news

The AA1000 Assurance Standard, used by assurers as a guide to verifying sustainability reports, is being revised. The standard, introduced by the UK-based think-tank AccountAbility in March...

T-Mobile gives CSR a direct line into the board - news

The T-Mobile telecoms company is setting up a board-level corporate responsibility steering group to develop a more coherent strategy on responsible business. The group, which should be in...

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...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

Oxfam has urged UK prime minister Gordon Brown to create a more ‘enabling environment for ethical trade’ in public procurement. The UK public sector spends £125billion ($250bn) annually on...

new firm provides Aussie SRI services - news

A specialist governance research and engagement service called Regnan has been set up in Australia by eight institutional investors and the country’s largest university. Erik Mather, managing...

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...

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

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

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,...

Aussie investors create research arm - news

Eight large institutional investors have combined with Monash University in Melbourne to set up a specialist service provider in governance research and engagement. The founding companies –...

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US-based sustainability consultant Andrew Zolli has been named Business and Society Fellow by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. The fellowship, funded by the financial services...

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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...

‘time for leaders to back CSR laws’, says inquiry - news

Leading companies in the CSR field should begin pushing governments to introduce national regulation on corporate responsibility that will bring laggards up to standard, according to the findings...

68 per cent growth in complaints at BP - news

Employee complaints about possible legal infractions at BP rose by two-thirds last year in the wake of some major health and safety incidents. The oil multinational’s latest sustainability report...

companies warned against headlong rush into biofuels - news

A leading socially responsible investor has warned that companies are rushing to bring biofuels to market without giving proper consideration to the full range of social and environmental risks...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

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

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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Birgitta Kramer has become principal consultant at URS Corporate Responsibility Services in the Netherlands. Kramer switches from URS’s London office, where she was a senior consultant. She...

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SRI and climate specialist Rolf Hassler has moved to the Munich-based rating agency oekom research as business development director with responsibility for climate change issues and product and...

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Jonathan Halperin has joined SustainAbility’s US arm as its head of research and advocacy in Washington DC. Halperin, who has been a consultant for Fortune 50 clients in the former Soviet Union,...

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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...

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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...

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...

City leaders try to allay fears on private equity - news

Two senior City figures have predicted that private equity will soon embrace CSR. Stephen Haddrill and Alain Grisay told delegates at Business in the Community’s annual conference in London...

US insurers fail to make the CSR grade - news

American businesses are conspicuous by their absence from the upper reaches of a new sustainability ranking of the world’s 43 largest insurance companies. Most of the top places in the...

Corporate Responsibility Index may change again - news

More changes are likely in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index after another drop in the number of companies taking part this year. A total of 123 UK-based...

Dutch bank sets up Indian SRI fund - news

The Dutch bank ABN Amro has started the Indian Sustainable Development Fund. This follows the introduction of its SRI funds covering two other emerging markets in China and Brazil. The bank...

Shanghai banks get CSR framework - news

Guidelines have been issued to establish ethical standards for financial institutions in Shanghai. The aim is to guarantee stakeholders’ rights and enhance social and environmental...

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...

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

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An organization has been formed to assist London restaurants assessing their social and environmental impacts. Ethical Eats was set up by London Food Link, whose members work towards ‘the...

Ban Ki-moon gesture eases Compact fears - news

The United Nations’ new secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has eased fears about the level of his commitment to the UN’s Global Compact by chairing the second meeting of the Compact Board, a newly...

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...

building companies pool their resources on sustainability - news

Property management and construction companies have created the UK Green Building Council as an umbrella organization to unite their sustainability programmes over the next decade....

activist ‘wolves’ throw investors into confusion - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have been warned about SRI-like resolutions being proposed for company meetings that reprehend the board for approving CSR measures. An email alert...

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....

private equity firms begin to respond - news

Private equity firms have acted to counter suggestions that their increasing influence poses a threat to corporate social responsibility. Two heads of private equity firms last month publicly...

business challenged on fixation with technology - news

Heads of dozens of international companies have come under fire from a prominent institutional investor for drawing up a statement on climate change that largely confines itself to discussion of...

social issues to the fore as annual meeting votes draw near - news

This year’s proxy voting season  in the US looks like being one of the liveliest yet. Activist investors, buoyed by recent successes, sense that on key issues such as executive pay, climate...

stand-alone green reports appear to have had their day - news

New figures indicate that annual stand-alone corporate environment reports in the UK are on the way out. Statistics released last month by CorporateRegister.com show that environment reports...

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...

strategy advice in demand - news

Consultancies advising companies on their strategic direction have commanded the highest number of searches by visitors to a new online directory of CSR service providers. In the first six...

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Andy Hughes has joined non-governmental organization Earthwatch Institute as head of corporate partnerships. Hughes, formerly research fellow in corporate sustainability at London University,...

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

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Two key SRI figures who lost their jobs in the recent shake-up at Henderson Global Investors ( EP8, issue6 ) have taken up posts elsewhere. Rob Lake, former head of corporate engagement, has...

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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...

bank makes conscious effort to avoid ‘SRI’ - news

A leading ethical bank is trying to distinguish itself from the socially responsible investment herd by eschewing the terms ‘SRI’ and ‘ethical investment’. Triodos Bank says both have been...

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...

marketing execs urged to climb aboard CSR train - news

Marketing executives are being urged to take much greater account of corporate responsibility. The marketing specialists’ professional body, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, has told...

Japanese sustainability course proves popular - news

More than 100 students have enrolled on a lecture programme started by the non-governmental organization Japan for Sustainability. The programme, which will be run for four years by Japan for...

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The pension fund of the UK’s Environment Agency voted on 49 shareholder resolutions relating to sustainability in the US last year, according to latest figures. The agency said this represented an...

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Maria Sillanpaa has joined the Smart Company as a director. Sillanpaa moves to the UK-based advisory firm from AccountAbility, where she worked on assurance and stakeholder engagement. Before...

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....

analysts witness birth of new SRI approach - news

A new investment style has emerged during recent months, say two leading analysts. Meg Brown and Mike Tyrrell, sustainable investment analysts at Citigroup, say they have observed more...

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...

Nokia upgrades tsunami work - news

The mobile phone maker Nokia has introduced training projects to assist young people in finding jobs or setting up small businesses in areas of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka that were devastated...

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Piet Sprengers has moved to become head of sustainability policy at ASN Bank, the largest Dutch ‘ethical’ bank. Sprengers was formerly managing director of the Dutch social investment forum VBDO.

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SAM Group, the Swiss business that manages the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, has been taken over by Robeco, the Rotterdam-based asset manager. Robeco has acquired a 64 per cent stake in SAM,...

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DaimlerChrysler has published its first integrated sustainability report. The 74-page document brings together the car manufacturer’s social and environmental reports.

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...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

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

royal help offered on social accounting techniques - news

The Prince of Wales has set in train work to make it easier for businesses to formally calculate the social costs of their activities. He has instructed six of the staff in his Charities Office...

market for consultancy services is in rude health - news

The extent of CSR professional service provision has been laid bare in the first printed international directory of organizations offering advisory and other services in the field....

principles seek to promote ‘economic responsibility’ - news

A leading consultancy is advancing the debate about the responsibilities of multinationals with a set of principles that enjoins the companies to use their position as ‘economic actors’ to the...

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...

sustainability plans move onto the runway - news

Virgin Atlantic is to work with the think-tank and consultancy Forum for the Future in an effort to improve its sustainability performance. The airline is the first in its sector to become a...

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...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

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

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

Europeans take 'moral' line - news

US companies tend to use economic terms and arguments in their CSR communications while European companies concentrate more on issues of 'morality', new research has indicated. Researchers...

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...

'lively' rating sector begins to reach maturity - news

Nearly 60 organizations now formally assess the social and environmental performance of companies. The Bertelsmann Foundation, a German social welfare research organization, has identified 58...

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...

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UK-based CSR consultancy Sd3 has expanded its services into climate change advice by appointing James Anderson to its team. Anderson was formerly director of business sustainability and climate...

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Kraft Foods has won a Clarion Award for the way it has publicized its partnership with the Rainforest Alliance and for introducing its Kenco Sustainable Development coffee brand in the UK. The...

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Dutch Sustainability Research has published a report containing best practice guidelines for commercial banks to mitigate climate change.

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...

glass is half full for upbeat SRI evangelist - news

EP talks to Robert Rubinstein, founder of this month’s Triple Bottom Line Investing conference, about the progress of socially responsible investment There are very few must-attend...

Group set up to tackle Indian quarrying abuses - news

A project has been started in the Netherlands to eliminate inhuman and environmentally undesirable policies among Indian companies supplying natural stone to Dutch businesses.     ...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

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...

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Marcel Jeucken has been appointed head of responsible investments at the Dutch pension fund PGGM. He was head of institutional relations at Dutch Sustainability Research and was previously sales...

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Travis Engen, chairman of the International Business Leaders' Forum, has won the 2006 Sustainability Leadership Award run by SAM, the Swiss sustainability index provider.

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...

CBI chief begins to talk CSR - news

The new head of the Confederation of British Industries, the UK employers' organization, has indicated he will take a forward-looking stance on sustainability and climate change....

inquiry will tackle the big questions - news

An inquiry into the future role of business in society has been set up by the UK-based Tomorrow's Company think-tank. The inquiry, which is now taking submissions, will consider the 'role and...

US trips up in DJSI review - news

American businesses have fared badly in last month's annual review of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, partly due to the removal of a number of financial services companies. The review has led...

South Korea gets new SRI fund - news

The South Korean company Nonghyup CA Asset Management has set up a new socially responsible investment vehicle - the Nonghyup CA New Honours SRI Fund. The rating information will be provided by...

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...

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Four consultancies have been chosen by the International Finance Corporation to provide briefings and training to stakeholders on its new performance standards on social and environmental...

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...

Wal-Mart has made a good start but there’s still a long way to go - news

Has the leopard changed its spots? Last autumn Wal-Mart announced a dramatic conversion to corporate social responsibility, following the positive public response to the company’s efforts to help...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

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...

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...

Coca-Cola bridles at exclusion from index - news

Coca-Cola has expressed surprise and disappointment at being dropped from one of the leading SRI indexes in the US. The KLD Broad Market Social Index has removed the multinational drinks company...

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...

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Geoffrey Martin-Henry, corporate sustainability director at UK transport company TNT Express, has been elected to the advisory board of Social Accountability International, which runs the SA8000...

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csrnetwork has begun advising Guardian Newspapers on its social and environmental management strategy. The consultancy is already working with the business on environmental audits of its printing...

GeSI project makes strides - news

An initiative intended to help telecoms companies share information on ethical supply chain audits has appointed the supplier management company Achilles to develop an online system for collating...

sustainability goals set for government spending - news

Corporate responsibility is set to receive a significant boost in the UK as the result of a government-commissioned inquiry urging ministers to introduce a sustainable procurement plan covering...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

China gets first SRI fund - news

The Bank of China has set up the country's first fund applying SRI criteria. The fund, under the bank's International Investment Managers, will refer to governance and social responsibility...

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...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

chemicals sector is slow to act - news

The world’s largest chemical companies are making only limited progress on managing safety and sustainability risks, according to a study by Ethical Investment Research Services. Eiris found...

Elkington to lead social enterprise initiative - news

John Elkington, one of the best known proponents of responsible business practice, is to head a three-year project looking at what lessons large companies can learn from social entrepreneurs....

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KPMG International has appointed Michael Hastings to the newly-created post of global head of CSR. Lord Hastings, who joins from the BBC, where he had been head of CSR since 2003, will...

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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...

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A Nigerian financial services group has become one of the few African companies to join the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Rowet Group, which manages $50million (£27m)...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

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...

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Tauni Brooker has been appointed as a director in the sustainable solutions team at the UK-based consultancy URS. Brooker has previously worked for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the World...

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One-time Body Shop sustainability head David Wheeler has been appointed dean of the faculty of management at Dalhousie University in Canada. Wheeler, who worked for The Body Shop as executive...

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Spanish sustainability rating agency AIS has become a partner and shareholder in the SiRi Company, an alliance of rating agencies offering SRI research to asset managers. AIS – Analistas...

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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...

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...

Commerzbank puts flesh on commitment - news

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

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

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

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...

Philips trains its managers to carry out basic ethical audits - news

An internal training programme at Philips Electronics has equipped more than 500 managers to carry out basic ethical supplier audits during the past 12 months. The training sessions...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

trade groups drawn into industry-wide CSR initiative - news

The UK government has contracted six industry trade bodies to draw up sustainable development plans for their sectors. The British Property Federation, the Chartered Institute of Marketing,...

Indian bank joins sustainability initiative - news

India's new-age Yes Bank has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose corporate members work together to reduce social and environmental impacts through their...

More Asian help needed on palm oil - news

Organizations and individuals throughout Asia are being invited to join working groups formed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil to follow through on the initiative's attempts to reduce...

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...

UK gets sustainability group - news

A Business Taskforce on Sustainable Consumption and Production has been set up by the UK government. The business-led group is to provide policy guidance to ministers and will ‘foster debate on...

firms urged to view tax as ‘social contract’ - news

The SustainAbility consultancy has added its voice to growing calls for companies to treat tax avoidance as a corporate responsibility matter. In a new report, SustainAbility argues that...

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

NHS puts sustainability into its purchasing mix - news

Companies tendering for supply contracts from the National Health Service in England will have to provide information on their sustainability performance under new procurement guidelines. The...

Alcoa makes strides on safety - news

Alcoa has reported dramatic reductions in workplace injuries in its European operations. The aluminium company – which has 28,500 employees in Europe and 131,000 in 43 countries worldwide – says...

responsible business practice is not only a company concern - news

Has a battleship invaded corporate social responsibility’s pond? CSR is usually regarded as a private sector concern, mainly engaging large listed companies. The public sector has hardly figured...

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A network has been formed so that CSR practitioners and others can pool information on communicating their organizations’ sustainability work. The Compass Network is run by the London-based...

UK institution to launch sustainability standard - news

Final touches are being put to the UK’s first sustainability management standard, due to be published in May by the British Standards Institution. The BS8900 standard, intended for...

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...

drinks firms sign up to revive rural services - news

Pub groups and drinks companies are to step up their involvement in a UK initiative that encourages rural pubs to strengthen local communities by offering post office, grocery and even laundry...

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The Brazilian stock exchange, Bovespa, has started a corporate sustainability index of 28 companies judged to be among the country’s most socially responsible. The index has been developed with...

India ‘will play key CSR role’ - news

India, which is soon likely to have the world’s largest population, will play a vital role in the sustainability of the planet, believes Björn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for...

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...

Australian bank focuses on CSR procurement - news

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

Westpac is most sustainable company - news

Westpac bank has won the Australian Sustainable Company of the Year title in the 2005 Australian Sustainability Awards. The Insurance Australia Group received the award for the company with...

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...

emissions software reaches Japan and Korea - news

Software to help businesses manage their emissions is being made available in Japan and Korea thanks to an alliance formed between a Japanese environmental consultancy and an American information...

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Alice Chapple has joined Forum for the Future to work with the financial sector on sustainability issues. Chapple, an economist and chartered accountant, joins from Actis, a UK-based private...

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John Elkington, chair and founder of the SustainAbility consultancy, has switched to a roving, business development role with the title of chief entrepreneur. As a result, Sophia Tickell has...

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...

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...

Capitalism as if the world matters - news

Jonathon Porritt. Earthscan, £18.99. www.earthscan.co.uk Bleak and inspiring by turns, Jonathon Porritt’s latest book offers reasons for despair and grounds for hope in roughly equal...

ABN Amro scales up SRI - news

A large European bank is to triple the money it manages along socially responsible lines.The asset management division of Amsterdam-based ABN Amro plans to increase assets under SRI management...

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...

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...

palm oil principles agreed - news

Eight principles and nine criteria drawn up in Singapore by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have now been adopted. The standards cover many aspects of sustainability to ensure...

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The Conference Board has appointed Robin Aram as director of its European Council on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a cross-industry forum of senior executives. Aram recently...

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The executive appointed by Russian aluminium company Rusal to head its corporate responsibility programme has stepped down after only three months in the job. The business said sustainability...

companies get UN goals tool - news

A Dutch organization has come up with a way of measuring the progress companies are making towards the United Nations' eight millennium development goals. The Dutch National Committee for...

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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...

McDonald's makes key shift into CSR heartland - news

McDonald's has enhanced its status as an increasingly bona fide member of the CSR community by being accepted as a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, the US-based...

social matters move onto chief executives' radar screens - news

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

two sectors agree to pool their resources - news

Electronics companies are linking up with telecoms businesses to examine ways of working together on ethical supply chain management. Signatories to the recently developed Electronics...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

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Transport services provider Arriva, house builder Barratt Developments and Natexis Banques Populaires, the French commercial lender, are among holdings in a new SRI fund established by US-based...

chief executives are finding that CSR can help build the business - news

Judging by their preambles to corporate non-financial reports, many chief executives are strongly committed to socially responsible business practice. Too often, however, their companies' past...

Clinton project brings business on board - news

Business is to play a central role in the Clinton Global Initiative, which aims to generate concerted worldwide action in four areas - poverty reduction, conflict resolution, climate change and...

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

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

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

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

export agency joins Unep - news

The Export-Import Bank of Korea, an official export credit agency serving the country's international traders, has joined the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose objective is the...

pension fund executive wins sustainability award - news

Bob Welsh, chief executive of the Australian pension fund VicSuper has been recognized in the SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Awards, which mark personal excellence in implementing corporate...

The sustainability record of Japanese companies takes knock - news

Sustainability performance by business has been estimated to have fallen by 19 per cent in Japan since 1990. The environmental organization Japan for Sustainability (JFS) analysed more than 200...

India's record finds favour - news

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

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...

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The chief executive of Danish pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has won this year's Sustainability Leadership Award. Lars Rebien Sorensen was singled out by the judges of the annual award for...

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Swedish construction group Skanska has appointed Noel Morrin as senior vice-president of sustainability. He succeeds Axel Wenblad, who moved to become director-general of Sweden's national...

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Adecco has become the world's first large recruitment company to produce a group-wide sustainability report. The Swiss-based multinational's debut report covers its performance during 2003 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...

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...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

O2’s ethical lead inspires others - news

Ethical auditing of suppliers by the mobile phone group O2 has encouraged two of them to introduce their own ethical procurement policies. O2 issued self-assessment questionnaires to 20...

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...

draft standard to regularize process - news

The world’s first stakeholder engagement standard has been established by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability. The AA1000SES standard provides a set of benchmarks against which...

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...

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John Elkington, the CSR consultant and author, is the new chairman of the UK’s Export Guarantees Advisory Council, a statutory body advising the government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

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...

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 Dow Jones will make two additions to its family of sustainability indexes this month. The universe for the Dow Jones Sustainability North America and Dow Jones Sustainability United States...

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...

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...

third of bond issuers fail ethical health check - news

A third of the financial institutions that issue increasingly popular 'covered bonds' to investors fail to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, reports a leading Swiss...

BHP Billiton makes an Impact - news

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

global firms make steady progress on lobbying disclosure - news

Many of the world's largest multinational companies are now providing more information on their lobbying practices, according to new research. An analysis of the Standard & Poor's...

Nissan airs employee views - news

Japan’s Nissan motor company has published views of employees and management in its second annual sustainability report. To meet customers’ needs and expectations, sales people must learn to see...

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...

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Rob Frederick has taken up a new post as assistant vice-president with responsibility for corporate sustainability at the US drinks company Brown-Forman, which owns the Jack Daniels and Southern...

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Rotterdam's Erasmus University is to offer its first postgraduate course in sustainability management and sustainability auditing. The one-year programme, which starts in September, will...

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...

firms still only dabbling in sustainable products - news

About half the world's leading technology companies consider sustainability when designing new products and services, but only a few have yet begun to do anything significant. A study of 40 of...

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...

US flower sector starts work on eco-label idea - news

The $16billion (£8.8bn) flower industry in the US began to develop a domestic sustainability standard last month with the introduction of the country's first eco-label for floral products. The...

cement industry woos Chinese firms - news

Corporate members of a cement industry sustainability action group are to make efforts to recruit Chinese companies to take part in their programme of social and environmental improvements. The...

Eurosif targets institutions - news

Transparency guidelines for institutional SRI funds are to be developed by the European Social Investment Forum (Eurosif) in the wake of the successful introduction of its guidelines for retail SRI...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

the EC needs to stop worrying about its critics and get on with the job - news

Five years ago this month, the European Commission announced that corporate social responsibility would become one of the priority areas within its Social Policy Agenda, playing an important part...

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...

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Robert Allen-Turl is leaving TNT Express, the global provider of mail, express and logistics services. His replacement is Geoff Martin, who becomes director, corporate sustainability and...

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The New Academy of Business is to re-launch as the Association of Sustainability Practitioners on 7 June. The UK-based organization was set up in 1995 by Body Shop founder Anita Roddick to assist...

An investor’s guide to ethical and socially responsible investment funds - news

Consultant editor John Hancock. Kogan Page. 320 pages, £55 hardback Three well-known organizations in the socially responsible investment field in the UK have come together to produce this...

Atlantic drift may bring proxy voting transparency to UK - news

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

Wicks becomes Labour’s fifth CSR minister - news

The Labour Party’s UK election win last month has brought a new corporate social responsibility minister into office. Malcolm Wicks, the fifth CSR minister since the post was created in 2000,...

new fund targets Japan - news

A new fund has been set up to offer risk-limited exposure to a basket of Japanese companies belonging to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, universally known as DJSI World. Sustainable...

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

The woman who has been given the job of leading UK government efforts to promote sustainable development in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere has criticized both the private and the...

sympathetic Asian employers outperform others - news

The 13 best employers in Asia in the Hewitt Associates 2005 study were found to outperform other companies. Research by Hewitt, the international human resources consultancy, showed they...

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...

Asian investment managers think SRI will go mainstream - news

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

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Michele Sanders has moved to UK-based GoodCorporation as a verifier. Sanders previously worked in KPMG’s sustainability advisory services department as a specialist in the verification of...

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...

BP tries to attract lay audience - news

BP has produced two versions of its sustainability report in an effort to communicate it to lay people as well as CSR specialists. The UK-based oil company says an ‘audience research dialogue’ last...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

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...

board CSR apparatus to go under microscope - news

An inquiry has begun into the role of company boards in fulfilling the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses. The Boards and Corporate Responsibility Project, set up by...

Australian study claims CSR pays - news

Strong financial performance is linked in a new Australian report to good corporate responsibility. Research by AMP Capital Investors shows that over four-year and ten-year periods companies with...

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...

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Penny Shepherd is to return to head the UK Social Investment Forum as its next chief executive. Shepherd, who was Uksif’s first executive director between 1997 and 2001, has spent the intervening...

rummaging in the attic - news

John Elkington has had a big influence on the development of more sustainable business practices. His online journal offers an inside track for outsiders. Most weblogs that cover corporate...

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...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

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

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...

90 firms sign up to LSE data exchange - news

Ninety companies – 40 of them in the FTSE100 – have now agreed to post social and environmental performance data on the Corporate Responsibility Exchange, an online database set up by the London...

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...

two SRI indexes for Australia - news

Australian investors will soon have two options for selecting CSR performers. Australia’s first SRI index is being established by RepuTex, the social responsibility ratings agency, to track the...

banks agree ethical principles - news

South Korean banks have agreed on a set of principles for their industry including a commitment to act in a socially responsible manner. The official management principles, drawn up by the Korea...

sustainability network is formed - news

A network of companies and non-governmental organizations from across Asia and the Pacific has been formed to promote sustainable development, combat poverty and improve the quality of life. The...

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Christian Werner has been appointed head of the SAM Group’s team of sustainability and financial researchers. Before joining the Zurich-based SRI asset manager, Werner worked for Germany’s...

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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...

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...

World Bank takes up sustainability agenda - news

The World Bank has made an important advance in the evaluation of its operations and lending. In response to pressure from stakeholders, it has become the first multilateral development bank to...

companies still slow to act, former Australian minister says - news

Progress in corporate sustainability made by Australian businesses, non-governmental organizations and the media has won praise from Ros Kelly, the former federal environment minister. However,...

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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....

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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...

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...

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...

study to analyse CSR costs and benefits - news

Research has begun in Europe to assess the financial benefits to companies of adopting sustainability programmes. The Advance project, funded by the European Commission, will attempt to ‘make use...

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...

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

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

Monks adds ‘heavyweight’ presence - news

The veteran US corporate governance activist Bob Monks has taken a ‘substantial minority equity interest’ in the London-based social and environmental research company Trucost. Monks, who founded...

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A wine industry body in the US has issued a sustainability report on its members’ behalf. The California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance produced the report, using common performance indicators...

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

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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...

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...

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...

coffee giants sign up to industry agreement - news

Four of the world’s largest coffee companies have signed an agreement to improve the industry’s social and environmental standards. Kraft, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo have agreed to follow a new...

new body will raise research standards - news

An international trade association has been formed to promote higher professional standards in CSR research. The Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research...

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...

AWG pledges to give more precise data - news

AWG, the UK-based water and infrastructure services group, has been urged to be more precise when producing some of its sustainability indicators. In a verification statement accompanying AWG’s...

Henderson Global turns away from ‘best in class’ - news

One of the world’s leading SRI fund management companies is to place less reliance on the ‘best in class’ investment approach and instead put more money into sustainable companies regardless of...

‘Disillusionment with CSR’ by Professor Michael Hopkins - news

Disillusionment with CSR sets in. Just as CEOs have only two or three years to make their mark so it seems do concepts in the business world. It is almost tiresome to read your March 2004 piece...

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...

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

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US energy giant General Electric, which has long been an activists’ target for its nuclear power interests, has been included for the first time in the Dow Jones...

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

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Unilever chairman Antony Burgmans has won the annual Sustainability Leadership Award for his work as a ‘champion of sustainability’. A total of 51 candidates...

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,...

opinion formers impressed by partnerships - news

Opinion formers think a company can most effectively demonstrate its commitment to social responsibility by entering into partnerships, a poll suggests. In a survey...

Deutsche Telekom gears up to implement new strategy - news

Europe’s largest telephone company has assigned 60 full time staff to implement a sustainability strategy for its four main operating divisions. Deutsche Telekom...

SRI research to take in emerging markets - news

Two companies in the investment sector have jointly developed a socially responsible approach to emerging markets. Investment research and advisory firm Innovest and...

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....

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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...

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Canadian Jennifer Barsky has become a senior adviser at the SustainAbility consultancy’s Washington DC office. Barsky was previously an independent consultant...

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Swiss engineering company Sulzer has produced a social report after a gap of three years. The company, which employs 9000 people in 25 countries, suspended its...

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Interested parties are being invited to comment on the development of cement industry guidelines for the responsible use of fuels and raw materials. The guidelines are...

CSR ‘must be allied to political lobbying’ - news

Companies have been told that they must start working more closely with governments and policymakers if corporate social responsibility is to make further advances....

cleaning products firms scrub up nicely - news

Every one of the world’s leading producers of personal hygiene and cleaning products has been given a good ethical performance rating by the German socially...

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...

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Information on a new European Commission funded social responsibility framework for companies is now online. Administrators of the European Corporate Sustainability Framework...

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

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...

media sector needs to measure its ‘brainprint’ - news

Media companies have been urged to consider whether their print and broadcast output has a socially responsible impact on people’s thinking. A new discussion paper...

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...

angry critics run boycott over ‘slow’ CSR progress - news

More than 20 signatories have shown their discontent with the rate of progress on corporate responsibility by refusing to participate in consultation on the UK...

Nestlé welcomed into SRI investment fold - news

Nestlé has been admitted to a list of stocks approved as socially responsible by an investment research firm based in Sweden. Analysts at GES Investment Services decided...

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Volkswagen is the highest-ranked automobile company for sustainability policies and practice, according to US-based rating agency Innovest. The German company was 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...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

Branson to star in new Virgin CSR programme - news

Virgin Group will enter the CSR arena in earnest this autumn with a three-pronged programme involving its high-profile chairman Sir Richard Branson. The UK-based...

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...

Cisco adopts global CSR strategy - news

Internet network company Cisco Systems is to establish a global CSR strategy over the next 12 months as part of a dramatic move away from its traditional philanthropic...

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Sustainability reporters are being urged to submit their latest documents for an international benchmarking survey to be run jointly by the SustainAbility consultancy, the...

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The Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability has appointed Maria Sillanpaa as managing director. Sillanpaa joins Isea after five years working for KPMG’s...

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Oliver Dudok van Heel has joined Enviros Consulting as a commercial director working in its sustainable business unit. He will develop corporate responsibility...

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...

firms offered responsible route to ‘offshoring’ their workload   - news

Companies moving call centre work from developed to developing countries have been offered 12 steps for managing the corporate responsibility implications. A new...

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...

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Insulin manufacturer Novo Nordisk reduced the number of animals it uses in experiments by 73 per cent during the last decade, according to its latest sustainability...

rating agencies will submit to new standard - news

European socially responsible investment rating agencies have joined forces to create a quality standard in a bid to bolster confidence among investors and companies in...

newspaper publisher starts to practise what it preaches - news

The company that produces The Guardian and The Observer has become the first UK newspaper publisher to issue a detailed social report. Guardian Newspapers Ltd...

pulp firm’s plan upsets WWF - news

One of the world’s largest paper companies has fallen out with WWF, the global environmental network, over its new sustainability action plan, which the conservation group...

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Aluminium manufacturer Alcan has set up a $1million (£530,000) prize to reward outstanding contributions to the goal of sustainable development made by not-for-profit...

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Dan Holmes has been appointed a director of Sd3, the UK-based sustainability consultancy whose clients include General Motors, the Royal Mail, Vauxhall Motors and...

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German-based home care products company Henkel is preparing for its first series of social audits of suppliers. Michael Bahn, director of corporate sustainability...

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...

French sustainability funds grow rapidly - news

The value of French funds managed along socially responsible investment lines more than doubled in 2003 and is now above €2.8bn ($3.5bn, £1.9bn), according to...

China approves sustainable business group - news

Corporate responsibility in China has taken a significant step forward with the formation of an officially sanctioned business body to promote sustainable development....

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...

DJSI firms fail to turn talk into action - news

Only a third of companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index have any method of feeding the views of stakeholders into the way they do business. Of the 800...

CSR attacked from a new quarter - news

Further signs have emerged of disenchantment with corporate social responsibility among groups that until now have been generally supportive. Following Christian...

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Fifty fund management companies now hold licenses for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, which they use as a basis of investment. The 50th to sign was Canada’s...

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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...

cold shoulder for tobacco client - news

A sustainability consultancy has decided not to advise a tobacco firm on responsible business practices after its other clients said they would not be happy for it to do...

World Bank told to stop investing in oil projects - news

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

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...

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Mark Brownlie , former communications head at the Global Reporting Initiative, has set up a consultancy called Responsibility Matters. The consultancy, in Calgary,...

investors who think CSR is bad for firms are the contrarians now - news

Strange that the City of London, one of the strongholds of socially responsible investment, also contains the greatest proportion of investors who think that managing...

Irish sign up to CSR charter - news

Twenty-three businesses operating in the Irish Republic have signed a Corporate Responsibility Charter. The one-page charter, devised by Business in the Community...

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...

P&G takes stand on bribery - news

Procter & Gamble has revealed that it closed a manufacturing plant in the developing world for four months after taking a stand on bribery. The company, known for...

facilities managers get ready for some CSR action - news

Managers of company premises in the UK are being encouraged to take a greater interest in CSR by the body that represents them. The British Institute of Facilities...

strain tells as Sigma project reaches another crossroads - news

Suggestions have emerged of tensions between two of the three organizations that produced the government-backed Sigma guidelines on sustainability after the cancellation...

EC steps in to monitor sustainability of tourist sector - news

The European Commission is to draw up sustainability guidelines for tourism and holiday companies in an attempt to raise standards in the sector. In a policy...

chemical firms to set goals - news

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

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About 150 organizations have registered for a two-year consultation exercise on how the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting should be...

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Socially responsible investment pioneer Tessa Tennant has won the third annual Sustainability Leadership Award. Tennant co-founded the UK’s first sustainability...

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The managers of the UK’s largest pension fund have appointed Innovest Strategic Value Advisors to provide sustainability research on businesses and industry...

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Eight companies have been shortlisted in the sustainability reporting category of the 2003 UK Awards for Sustainability Reporting: BAA, BHP Billiton, BT, National Grid...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

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

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....

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

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

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...

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Copies of the Sigma guidelines on the management of business sustainability are available online. The British Standards Institution, AccountAbility and Forum for the...

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Andy Wales has joined the water services company Severn Trent as environment and sustainable development manager. Wales was previously at Interface, where he was...

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....

Aussie firms slow to disclose - news

Only one in ten of Australia’s biggest firms have so far entered details of their corporate responsibility programmes on a new free-access database. The...

telecoms sector given extra advice on GRI requirements - news

Telecoms companies now have their own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. The supplement, which companies are expected to...

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Asia Pulp & Paper has signed an agreement with the World Wide Fund for Nature on the management of forests in Sumatra. The Indonesian company, which has been...

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A project to benchmark UK housebuilders’ management and performance on sustainability has been launched by Insight Investment. The investor has written to UK...

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More than 300 companies now use Global Reporting Initiative guidelines to frame their sustainability reports – double the number a year ago. New GRI reporters...

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BG and Unilever are to test ways of taking more account of corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues in the way they market themselves. The two firms...

index to broaden focus - news

Companies are to be given more credit for being proactive on corporate responsibility in the second year of the new Corporate Responsibility Index. Business in the...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

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

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

pilots start on European framework - news

Dutch multinationals Akzo Nobel (chemicals) and Nuon (energy and water) will shortly begin testing a new social responsibility framework for companies that is funded by the...

warning on opportunistic NGOs - news

Companies have been warned to beware of non-governmental organizations that engage in private stakeholder dialogue and then use the information they have gathered for public...

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The Flag consultancy has been given a UK government grant to develop web-based software that collates environmental and social information for corporate reporters....

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Aggregate Industries has produced its first group sustainability report. The UK-based mineral extraction company, which operates 142 quarries in Europe and the US, says a...

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Dutch asset manager Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers has launched a socially responsible investment tracker fund based on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The firm,...

KPMG lays off staff in tight market conditions - news

Poor market conditions have led to eight redundancies at KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Services (SAS) group, which gives advice to companies on corporate social...

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...

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Associated British Foods , Hilton Group and MMo2 are among companies showing the most improved performance in a sustainability matrix that ranks the FTSE 100 according...

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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...

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Holly Mills has joined Standard Life Investment’s corporate governance team as SRI analyst. Mills, who will work with SRI research manager Julie McDowell, was...

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City West Water has won the Australian Sustainability Reporting Awards organized by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. The Melbourne-based...

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Sustainability Asset Management is reviewing the 2500 companies that constitute the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Members of the 2003/2004 index will be announced...

investors can help companies to win the licence to operate - news

At first glance, some people might think the silly season has started early. Mainstream investors are lining up to support initiatives to make the world a better place. Ten...

M&S publishes review - news

Marks & Spencer has produced its first document outlining a proposed corporate social responsibility programme. The own-brand retail chain’s CSR review has been...

downturn ‘has spurred CSR’ - news

Economic problems in Japan have stimulated companies there to become more socially responsible, a study claims. A review of corporate community investment in Japan argues...

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...

Sigma project nears final destination - news

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

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An initiative to encourage marketing managers to take more notice of corporate social responsibility and sustainability is being set up by Forum for the Future. The...

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Finnish investment management company Mandatum Asset Management has taken out a licence to use the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Mandatum, whose customers are mainly...

US investors on the move - news

The most successful resolution so far this year at the annual meeting of a US company on a social or environmental issue has been at Cooper Industries. The resolution...

Starbucks takes long view on coffee farmer contracts - news

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

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...

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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...

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Around €1.6billion ($1.8bn, £1.1bn) is now managed by funds based on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, according to latest statistics. The indices are used under licence...

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Fire and safety products firm Kidde has produced its first stand-alone corporate social responsibility report. The 10-page document reveals that the UK company’s top 40...

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BASF has won an award for the best sustainability report produced by a company in Germany. The award is run by the national Chamber of Certified Accountants.

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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...

Risks tied to dam projects prompt Skanska pull-out - news

Skanska has cited the lack of commitment shown by other construction companies to social and environmental guidelines on dam building as a reason for its decision to pull out...

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...

staff offered web lessons on sustainability - news

A web-based ‘tutorial’ package that teaches employees about sustainable development is being offered to companies around the world. The package, known as...

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Storebrand heads a sustainability assessment of the 70 largest insurance firms by rating agency oekom, which looked at 200 environmental and social criteria. The Norwegian...

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Tom Delfgaauw , who helped spearhead Shell’s move into corporate social responsibility, has joined Future Forests, a company that helps firms offset their carbon...

new index is a promising start but it will have to get stronger - news

Now the Corporate Responsibility Index is off the ground (see page three), where will Business in the Community go with it? The UK industry campaign body has made a good start....

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...

supply chain managers struggle against ‘isolation’ - news

Company managers working on ethical supply chain initiatives too often operate in isolation with little support, money or understanding from other parts of the business,...

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....

verifiers sign up to new audit standard - news

Eighteen auditing firms have already committed themselves to a new standard that will help them verify social and environmental reports. The Institute of Social and...

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...

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A web portal showcasing the sustainability reports of 43 companies has been set up by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The portal also provides a guide...

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An alliance of chief executives in Australia is to consider setting up a sustainability index based on the constituents of the Australian Stock Exchange. Members of the...

Desjardins joins the club - news

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

Beckett hints at sustainability regulation - news

The UK government’s environment secretary has joined the debate on the limits of the voluntary approach to corporate social responsibility. Announcing the development...

downturn will not hit CSR, say chief execs - news

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

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Environmental Governance consultancy has changed its name to reflect its increased involvement in corporate social responsibility work. The London-based firm, to be known...

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Stephanie Draper has left her post as head of CSR at the UK-based Work Foundation (formerly the Industrial Society) to become principal sustainability adviser at Forum for the...

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Ian Buckland has joined the sustainability consultancy Sd3 as senior sustainability adviser. Buckland, who until recently was research and communications adviser at the...

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...

Bhopal still haunts Dow - news

Dow Chemicals has found itself at the centre of a debate on the limits of corporate accountability as non-governmental organizations and social investors increase pressure on...

SRI approach ‘is worth 2%’ - news

Socially responsible investment can improve fund performance by more than two per cent a year, says a leading investment bank. WestLB Panmure says its research ‘clearly...

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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...

make funds report on SRI, says adviser - news

Pension fund trustees who have said they take social, ethical and environmental issues into account when they invest should be forced to report annually on how they are doing...

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...

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...

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Deutsche Telekom heads a sustainability rating of 24 large telecommunications companies. Oekom research gave the German firm a score of B+ on a scale from A+ to D–. In second...

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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.

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

‘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....

FTSE unveils ethical South African index - news

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

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Risk & Policy Analysts is to engage with its stakeholders via the web. The environmental consultancy, which has 11 staff, is gathering views on its second sustainability...

time for financial firms to lift the agency veil - news

Lenders need to apply social and environmental screens to the projects they finance to minimize reputational risk, says Alan Banks As SRI investment techniques...

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

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

Fimilac launches CSR ratings agency - news

A company that owns one of the world’s largest ratings agencies has set up a service focusing on corporate social responsibility. Fimilac, which owns the Fitch ratings...

Anheuser-Busch is Vice Fund’s top pick - news

Drinks company Anheuser-Busch has emerged as the biggest holding in a fund that champions ‘socially irresponsible investment’. The US-based Vice Fund holds six per cent of...

KPMG unit avoids job cutbacks - news

KPMG claims its CSR advisory service has emerged unscathed from recent cost-cutting measures at the firm. The company has made 700 redundancies across its UK operations,...

Canadians ponder concept of national CSR branding - news

Plans to ‘brand’ Canada as a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility are being investigated by academics there. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research...

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Belinda Howell has moved from her post as director of Business in the Environment to head the sustainability solutions team at the international URS consultancy. Based...

bringing CSR within a framework of ethical corporate governance - news

Corporate social responsibility has long been an idea in search of a home. Now it has found one. As the dust from Enron, Tyco and other cases of managerial misconduct begins...

DJ sustainability index springs some surprises - news

Some unexpected companies appear in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index following its annual review. EP looks at how they got there Three...

firms disregard green risks - news

Most large corporations think sustainability is important to their business, but few take account of the issue when making long-term business decisions or assessing risk,...

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,...

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...

FTSE4Good expands again – but ousts 17 firms - news

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

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The business case for corporate social responsibility is just as strong for companies in the developing world as it is elsewhere, a report argues. Developing value:...

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The final version of the Global Reporting Initiative’s revised guidelines on sustainability reporting is now available on its web site.

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Shell has established a Centre for Sustainability in the US. The centre, at Rice University in Houston, has been set up with $3.5million (£2.3m) from the Shell...

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...

Belgian agency sets up SRI index - news

Belgium-based ratings agency Ethibel has launched a sustainability index for use by institutional investors. The Ethibel Sustainability Index has been developed by Ethibel’s...

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Business and sustainability residential course 8-13 September Totnes, UK A week-long course at the Schumacher College led by Karl-Henrik Robert, founder of the Natural Step...

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Alex Cutler is moving from the UK-based SustainAbility consultancy to work in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global sustainability advisory team.

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A research centre on corporate responsibility has been set up in Wales. The Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society will be based at...

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...

new network goes online - news

A global ‘sustainable marketing knowledge network’ has been launched by three academic bodies and a consultancy. Smart:Know-Net aims to be ‘a virtual and physical network...

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...

Aveda gives geese the bird - news

A commitment to responsible behaviour at the Aveda beauty products company has extended to the thorny problem of how to reduce the amount of geese droppings around its US...

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...

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...

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Supply chain management is the theme of a one-day ‘Buying into sustainability’ conference to be held by Business in the Community on 20 June in London. Speakers...

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The Hong Kong based Mass Transit Railway Corporation has produced its first sustainability report. The document, verified by Environmental Resources Management,...

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...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

engineers look at sustainability - news

A strategy document aimed at promoting sustainable construction for the UK’s civil engineering sector has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers. The...

M&S maps out socially responsible future - news

Marks and Spencer will produce a corporate social responsibility report in the summer of 2003, the company has pledged. The own-brand retailer says it will produce a...

drug firms head SRI matrix - news

Two pharmaceuticals companies have been ranked as the most ethically desirable FTSE100 investments in a ‘sustainability matrix’ developed by a major fund management firm....

UK funds expect growing SRI demand - news

Most UK fund managers expect to become more involved in socially responsible investment in the near future, research suggests. Forty-nine of 65 fund managers surveyed by 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...

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....

Nestle creates ombudsmen - news

Nestle is to appoint a number of ombudsmen charged with the task of uncovering unethical marketing of its baby milk formula by employees. The Swiss food group is...

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...

sustainability targets linked to AWG bosses’ pay packets - news

Senior executives at the water and waste management company AWG are to have social and environmental performance targets written into their employment contracts. The...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

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CSR specialists are being invited to contribute to a new book. Teaching Sustainability will be edited by Chris Galea, a professor at the Gerald Schwartz business...

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This year’s Triple P Performance Centre conference on corporate sustainability is to be held at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, from 6-7 June. The event will focus on...

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A global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability is to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-15 March. The two-day event is organized by the United Nations...

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...

Brunel sets up ethics centre - news

A new research centre covering corporate social responsibility issues has been set up by the UK’s Brunel University. Brunel Research into Enterprise, Sustainability and...

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‘Sustaining sustainability – can business take the heat?’ is the title of an inaugural lecture to be given by Shobhana Madhavan, a professor at the Centre for...

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A seminar on ‘social verification and evaluation’ will be run on 25 February by Warwick Business School’s Corporate Citizenship Unit. Other events in the unit’s...

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Procter & Gamble’s purchases from ethnic minority businesses in the US grew by five per cent last year, according to the group’s latest sustainability report. The...

pioneer group for trade bodies - news

A forum to encourage trade associations to assess sustainability strategies has been set up by the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission. The Pioneers...

CSR gets the green light at UK transport group - news

The UK-based transport Go-Ahead group has announced plans to develop a social and ethical policy across all its operations. The group, which employs 14,500 people in the UK,...

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...

motor industry shifts up a gear on CSR - news

The UK motor industry is to develop best practice guidelines on sustainability principles for its supply chain. The industry’s trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers...

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The Global Reporting Initiative, which runs the GRI guidelines on sustainability reporting, has set up a working group to select 36 people to form the nucleus of a...

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The United Nations Environment Programme is to hold its annual global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 14-15 March.

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Too many companies are failing to use the internet as a way of increasing their engagement with stakeholders, according to a report from the SustainAbility...

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...

Allianz sets up CSR group - news

One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has formed a sustainability strategy group. The German banking and insurance firm Allianz has formed the group...

most business schools ‘could do better’ on CSR - news

Teaching of corporate social responsibility issues in postgraduate business courses is too ad hoc and poorly integrated with mainstream topics, according to a US study of MBA...

Ceres sticks to environment - news

A US coalition of investors, companies and non-governmental organizations has decided not to expand its remit to take greater account of labour practices and human rights....

Sony looks to bridge divide - news

Technology company Sony is jointly leading an initiative to look at how business can help bridge the ‘digital divide’ between developed and developing countries. The...

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...

firms to be rated on labour standards - news

Plans for a ratings system to assess companies’ performance on labour standards have been announced by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability. Gradient,...

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The French asset management firm AXA is to launch a new socially responsible investment fund next year. The fund, which will be set up using sustainability ratings...

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Two UK-based consultancies have joined forces to offer a ‘risk identification’ service for companies. Casella Stanger, part of Casella Consulting, and Merchant...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

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 –...

BASF makes progress with tailor-made codes - news

The world’s largest chemical group has said it will have established individual codes of conduct within all its divisions by the end of the year. BASF says its 78...

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...

UK chemicals industry gears up for CSR assault - news

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is holding its first-ever session on corporate social responsibility at next month’s annual conference. The hour-long...

Allen White, transition director of the Global Reporting Initiative - news

Although it’s not his ‘real’ job, Allen White has spent most of the last two years working on a master plan that will radically reshape the Global Reporting Initiative in the coming...

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Granada is the best performing media company in Europe on sustainability, according to an index that measures large European companies by economic, environmental and...

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Penny Shepherd has left the UK Social Investment Forum, a network of organizations and individuals with an interest in socially responsible investment. The forum’s...

a response to the EC’s green paper on CSR - news

The EC is seeking views on whether it should become more involved in CSR. Proponents should resist the siren call, says Martin Le Jeune At the end of its comprehensive, if...

promoting socially responsible business practices in Europe - news

Why do we need a European campaign on corporate social responsibility? Anyone asking this question need look no further than the list of companies identified as...

Daimler gets top marks - news

DaimlerChrysler has come top in an assessment of the sustainability policies of ten large car manufacturers. The study, carried out by the SustainAbility consultancy, gave...

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...

Cambridge begins new course - news

Recruitment has begun for a course designed to help company executives work in partnership with the voluntary and statutory sectors on sustainability. The one-year...

Anderson wins leader award - news

The first Sustainability Leadership Award has been won by Ray Anderson, founder and chief executive of Interface, the world’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer....

Europe gets new umbrella group on ethical investment - news

A Europe-wide body to promote socially responsible investment (SRI) will be launched this month. The European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum – or...

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

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

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...

ISO standard proposed to cover business conduct - news

The first moves have been made to establish a management standard for business conduct applicable worldwide. The standard, which has been proposed by the US-based Ethics...

SRI disclosure law targets Australian pension funds - news

The Australian parliament has paved the way for a UK-style pensions disclosure regulation that will require fund managers to state their policy on socially responsible...

130 join Dow Jones index - news

More than 130 companies will be added this month to the list of businesses deemed acceptable for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSWI). The...

ethical standards ‘are affordable’ - news

The cost of complying with ethical codes of conduct appears to be affordable to most emerging economy companies, according to a UK government-funded study. Figures on...

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Energy company TXU Europe has published its latest sustainability report on the web with a summary printed version available on request. It has also produced a...

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The UK-based SustainAbility consultancy has opened an office in New York. The new office will be staffed by two co-directors, Seb Beloe and Virginia Terry, but is...

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The 6th annual Greenpeace Business conference will be held in London on 10 October with speakers including John Elkington, chairman of the SustainAbility consultancy,...

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...

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The closing date for nominations for members of the first board of directors of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is 31 July. The GRI is seeking nine people to...

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The Canadian oil and gas company Nexen and PricewaterhouseCoopers have joined the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a 150-member organization of...

telecom firms form alliance - news

Some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies have created an alliance to promote sustainable development within their industry. The new group, called the...

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...

Nike finds new auditors as PwC unit moves out - news

The company that monitors Nike’s labour standards throughout the world has shut its US-based auditing unit that carries out much of the work. PricewaterhouseCoopers...

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Hints on how to encourage board members to take up corporate social responsibility are contained in a new report from SustainAbility and the International Business...

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John Hill is to retire from his job as TXU Europe’s corporate sustainable business manager in September. His post will be split into two, with Steve Hyde moving internally from...

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Seven steps to socially responsible business are set out in a World Business Council for Sustainable Development report Sustainability through the market, which...

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’....

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Whitbread has appointed Jerry Marston as its new community investment director. Marston, who was previously head of social responsibility at Kingfisher, replaces Ian...

the temperature rises following Bush’s decision to reject Kyoto - news

There are at least four conclusions business can draw from the furore surrounding president George Bush’s decision not to back the Kyoto protocol. The first, and most...

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...

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...

US firms will take up Kyoto baton - news

Signs are emerging that some big US companies are willing to take a lead on global warming by working towards Kyoto Protocol targets – despite president George...

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

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A five-day residential programme on business and sustainability is being held from 22-27 April at the Schumacher College in Devon, UK. Three further five-day...

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Details of the Sigma project , which aims to create sustainability standards for the UK, are now at www.projectsigma.com

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...

troubled Iceland begins rethink on social issues - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to re-examine its social responsibility measures in the wake of a boardroom shake-up that has seen the company scrap its organics-only...

FTSE to launch four ethical indexes for fund managers - news

Around half of the UK’s largest listed companies are expected to qualify for four new socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes to be launched by FTSE in June....

auditing ‘costs too much’ - news

The ‘big five’ accountancy firms have been accused of charging too much for the verification of social and environmental reports. Complaints about the cost...

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A web-based biannual review of corporate sustainability has been launched by Euromoney, Dow Jones Indexes and SAM Sustainability Group. Sustainable business investor...

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Henderson Global Investors has appointed Gary Topp as the business development director of its socially responsible investment team. Topp was previously with Henderson’s UK...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

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

business case for CSR will take years to prove - news

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

France adopts SRI regulation - news

The French parliament has adopted new legislation that requires fund managers of employee savings plans to state their position on socially responsible investment (SRI)....

GRI takes first step to becoming permanent fixture - news

The Global Reporting Initiative has begun a search for people to serve on a new board of directors that will strive to put its work on a more formal footing. The GRI,...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

Upton is given a full-time post - news

The OECD has deepened its involvement in sustainable development by appointing a full-time chair to a group that brings together business leaders, environment ministers and...

new fund backs sustainability - news

The UK government has launched a fund to support research into ways of improving the sustainability of UK business. The Sustainable Technologies Initiative has been set up...

City begins to feel heat on ethical investment - news

Fund managers are feeling greater pressure to adopt socially responsible investment principles but are ill prepared to do so, a Deloitte & Touche study has concluded....

RBM’s caring approach wins plaudits - news

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

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...

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A one-day workshop explaining utility CSR policy for strategy, regulation and sustainability managers working in the electricity, water and regulated industries is to...

social audit model wins EC plaudits - news

The Danish company Br–drene Hartmann has won a European Commission award for its work in measuring its social and environmental impact on society. The packaging...

aviation sector 'needs a sustainability forum' - news

One of the most senior figures in the aviation industry has called on the UK government to create a 'national sustainable aviation forum' that could develop ways of improving...

Nikko launches sustainable fund - news

A Japanese fund manager has launched a new vehicle to invest in companies judged to perform well on sustainability. Nikko Asset Management’s Global Sustainability Fund has...

motor industry publishes triple bottom line report - news

The UK motor industry has produced its first triple bottom line report. Publication of the document, by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), is part...

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...

green awards data compiled - news

A database of environmental awards open to companies is to be launched in the UK during March. The database, which will cover awards all over the world, is being...

chemical firms outline sustainability strategy - news

The UK chemicals industry has taken what it describes as its ‘first step’ towards a strategy for sustainable development by publishing a draft ‘leadership statement’...

SustainAbility plans US move - news

The London-based SustainAbility consultancy is planning to open a US office. SustainAbility partner Virginia Terry has been sent to the US to investigate the move,...

talks start on creating Europe-wide SRI body - news

Plans for a Europe-wide body to promote socially responsible investment (SRI) are being developed by SRI practitioners from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the...

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The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has a new sustainability web site at www.sage-rsa.org.uk  

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The Novo Group (previously Novo Nordisk) has won an award for the best Danish sustainability report in 2000. The award was presented by the Danish financial newspaper...

Italians work on new standard - news

Seven companies with operations in Italy have agreed to pilot a new international quality standard on social and ethical responsibility. The standard, which is to be...

warning on pitfalls of over zealous approach to CSR - news

A warning of the dangers of senior managers imposing ethical policies on their staff by dictat has come from the chief executive of a US-based company that has set out to be...

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...

Knight joins new commission - news

B&Q’s head of environmental policy, Alan Knight, has been appointed a member of the UK government’s Sustainable Development Commission, which will advise business on how...

ING ponders advice service - news

ING Bank may establish a European consultancy to service the increasing number of companies that are being approached by fund managers to explain their social and...

Telekom looks to the future - news

Deutsche Telekom is to commit itself to becoming more socially responsible with a sustainability programme for the period 2001-4. Ignacio Campino, senior executive vice...

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...

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A collection of views on the implications for UK business of the Turnbull committee recommendations on risk has been produced by the social and environmental committee of the...

Credit Suisse downgraded over Nigeria involvement - news

Credit Suisse Group has said it is ‘astonished’ at a decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) to reduce its rating because of concerns about past dealings...

BiE index criteria given tougher new emphasis - news

Criteria for Business in the Environment’s annual index of corporate environmental engagement have been made more stringent. Survey forms for the fifth BiE Index, which had...

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The Global Reporting Initiative is holding an international symposium from 13-15 November in Washington DC to look at ‘Leveraging investment, corporate accountability, and...

new code for Severn Trent - news

Severn Trent has finalised a code of business conduct that will help guide its ethical policies over the next few years. The UK-based water company’s board recently approved...

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Every European Union country should create a ‘sustainability ombudsman’ as a link between businesses and public authorities, an EU working group has recommended. The European...

BASF opts for big culture change - news

Staff at one of the world’s largest chemical companies are to be given training on a statement of ‘values and principles’ which it hopes will become an integral part of the...

European rating for 2001 - news

Plans for a sustainability index that rates the social and environmental performance of European companies have been announced by a Dutch company. The Trilogy index,...

indicators finalised for construction firms - news

New sustainability indicators for the UK construction industry have been finalised and will be launched by the end of the year. The indicators, which have been...

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...

CSR moves up the agenda for companies in Australia - news

Early signs that corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues are assuming greater prominence in Australia have come with the announcement by a Melbourne-based company that...

WBCSD targets finance sector - news

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

Sigma project takes off - news

An ambitious project to devise national sustainability standards for business begins in earnest this month. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for Sustainability: Integrated...

pension funds embrace new regulation - news

The majority of the UK’s largest pension funds have decided to adopt some form of socially responsible investment (SRI) approach now that the government’s pension regulation...

export credits agency to heed future ethical risks - news

The UK government’s export credits agency has been given until the end of the year to produce a statement of principles that will commit it to considering the social and...

TXU looks at human rights - news

The energy group TXU Europe is to build human rights considerations into future company policy. The group, which operates in northern and central Europe, including the Czech...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

guest column: involving stakeholders in sustainability - news

In this edited extract from the BBC’s Reith Lectures 2000, Sir John Browne argues that companies can only further sustainable development if they work with their stakeholders...

Shell backs sustainability - news

Shell has increased its social responsibility commitments by setting up a foundation that will channel millions of dollars into social investment and sustainable development...

B&Q to move its ethical approach into China - news

The home improvement company B&Q is to extend its work on ethical trading to China, where it buys goods from more than 300 factories. The move is likely to be watched closely by...

SRI market gets a new image - news

A novel way of classifying socially responsible investment (SRI) funds has been developed by SustainAbility. In its report, A responsible investment, the management consultancy...

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A report looking at the sustainability policies of companies including Alcoa, Enron, Ford, Formosa Plastics and Royal Dutch/Shell has been published by the Center for Global...

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The National Centre for Business and Ecology has decided to change its name to reflect its greater focus on social auditing. It will now be known as the National Centre for...

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...

Swedish idea comes to the UK - news

A Swedish concept that introduces children to business sustainability issues is to be brought to the UK. The Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) Link brings together schools...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

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Names of companies that have agreed to take part in a project to devise a UK sustainability standard will be revealed at a seminar on 31 May. The event, which is likely to be...

action network is a success - news

Organisers of the Sustainability Action Network, a new UK group designed to find practical solutions to corporate responsibility problems, say the venture has generated considerable...

financial firms join forces on sustainability - news

A new group has been formed to help financial companies share information on sustainability issues. Financial Network for Sustainability (FiNS) has been created by the...

Severn Trent leads the pack - news

Severn Trent is the best performing company in the FTSE 350 in terms of environmental management and performance, according to the UK’s leading index of corporate environmental activity....

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A dozen investment management businesses have now signed up to use the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, launched last year to identify the top 200 global companies that...

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...

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...

new company looks forward - news

A company has been launched to help businesses improve their sustainability. Tomorrow’s Company Limited (TCL), an off-shoot of the Centre for Tomorrow’s Company, will provide...

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...

inbrief - news

Two London-based communications consultancies specialising in corporate ethical strategy have decided to merge. Edit and C21 will combine their resources under the C21 name to...

socially aware business 'will reap equity reward' - news

A Swiss bank has concluded that socially responsible European businesses will ‘inevitably’ reap benefits on the equity markets over the next few years, even though it failed to find a...

Body Shop diaspora - news

Former Body Shop adviser David Wheeler has joined the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto as director of its business and sustainability programme. Wheeler was...

inbrief - news

A conference on Socially Responsible Investment in the Pensions Industry is being held on 25 February in London. Speakers at the one-day conference include Frank Figge,...

managing sustainability issues in the supply chain - news

By working in partnership with suppliers to improve their social, ethical and environmental performance, companies can reduce business risks for both parties, says Melanie Eddis...

targets to be set for building firms - news

A set of sustainability indicators and targets is to be drawn up for the UK construction industry. In a project led by the Construction Industry Research and Information...

campaigners get new voice on company law committee - news

Corporate responsibility supporters have been given a significant new voice on the UK government’s company law review with the appointment to one of its key working groups of Rob...

Severn Trent prepares to widen its ethical agenda - news

Severn Trent may soon widen the remit of its external environmental advisory panel to cover social and ethical issues. The UK’s second largest water and waste management group is...

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...

business help sought on sustainability standard - news

Leading UK companies will shortly be invited to help devise a national sustainability standard that could be copied around the world. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for...

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

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

US chemical giant opts for the triple bottom line - news

Dow Chemical Company has become one of the first businesses in the world to give ‘equal weight’ to economic, social and environmental responsibility by publishing a single...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

inbrief - news

A new social and environmental committee has been formed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The 28-member committee will meet three times a year to...

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...

Dow Jones measures whether good companies do well - news

The decision by Dow Jones and SAM Sustainability Group to create a global index which tracks the share price of ‘sustainability companies’ is an important one. It means the world’s...

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...

companies lend staff to inquiry - news

Several companies have agreed to second some of their young engineering staff to an inquiry into sustainable development. Anglian Water, Balfour Beatty, London Underground, Railtrack...

PVC makers get ready for impact study - news

The UK’s two main PVC manufacturers have agreed to produce partnership reports looking at the impact of their products on society. The Dutch-owned European Vinyl Corporation (EVC),...

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’....

ethical fund is planned - news

Plans for a fund that will invest in socially responsible businesses have been unveiled by a Dutch company. Amsterdam-based Fair Ventures, which specialises in promoting...

Queen’s Award will take ethical agenda on board - news

Sustainability is to become a key factor in the judging of the annual Queen’s Award for Industry. Judges will in future take account of ‘all forms of outstanding performance’ by...

new index pushes sustainability - news

Multinationals have been given a further incentive to adopt sustainability policies with the unveiling of the first global index that tracks their ethical performance....

inbrief - news

The 8th International Greening of Industry Network Conference will be held at the University of North Carolina from 14-17 November. The theme is 'sustainability: ways of...

inbrief - news

Financial markets are failing to assess environmental and social risks adequately because they lack the necessary tools to analyse them, according to a new report from Forum...

inbrief - news

Consultants who devised a set of sustainability indicators for the Co-operative Bank have won a Sustainable Futures Award from the Social Venture Network Europe. The National...

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...

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...

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...

new index to assess UK corporate performance - news

Companies in the north west of England are to be told next month how they have fared under a new system that measures levels of social and environmental performance. Conclusions from...

sustainable firms are 5% better off - news

UK companies that have sustainability strategies are performing up to five per cent better in financial terms than those that do not, according to new research. A study by Dr...

MORI to gauge public stance on ethics - news

The polling organization MORI is to launch a new study of the UK public’s attitude to corporate social responsibility. MORI will set up a series of all-day sustainability...

inbrief - news

Understanding the Social in Sustainability is the title of a breakfast briefing held by The Environment Council on Thursday 23 September in London. Hosted by BP Amoco and with...

inbrief - news

KPMG's Sustainability Advisory Services group is expanding with the introduction of four more staff. However one of its key figures, former Body Shop adviser David Wheeler, is to...

creating the context for sustainable development - news

How can an organization begin relating the principle of sustainable development to working business practice? John Holt of consultants KPMG offers advice The context for...

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....

sustainability fund will back innovators - news

Five of Europe’s largest insurers are to launch a $100 million venture capital fund that will invest in companies promoting sustainability. The Sustainability Fund, which will...

business ready for change - news

More than half of the UK’s business leaders expect to spend much greater sums on developing socially responsible strategies over the next five years, according to a survey by...

BAA adopts fresh stance on stakeholders - news

BAA has signalled a switch in its relations with communities living around its airports in a move designed to avoid damaging conflicts with the public over its expansion...

CIS launches major new social audit programme - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is claiming to be the first major UK insurer to pledge a commitment to social accountability with the launch of a new programme of...

sustainability ‘raises share price’ - news

Sustainability strategies can boost the stock market value of companies by up to 15 per cent, according to the results of a two-year study by seven international companies....

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...

inbrief - news

A £20,000 research project into corporate ethical screening is to be carried out by the UK consultancy SustainAbility, which will analyse how information about the ethical...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Prince of Wales' International Sustainability Trade Unit - companies

ICLEI-Local governments for Sustainability - companies

Centre for Sustainability & Excellence - companies

Supply Chain Sustainability School - companies

EPSRC Centre for Industrial Sustainability - companies

National CSR & Sustainability Conference - companies

Local Governments for Sustainability - companies

Sustainability Consortium - companies

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - companies

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability - companies

Clarity Sustainability - companies

Institute for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability - companies

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) - companies

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - companies

The Bloom Centre for Sustainability - companies

European Sustainability Reporting Association - companies

Arab Sustainability Leadership Group - companies

Sustainability Forum Japan - companies

Sustainability Northwest - companies

Industrial Developers' Sustainability Forum - companies

Australian Sustainability Awards - companies

Centre for Resarch into Sustainability - companies

Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability - companies

Social Sustainability International - companies

Sustainability Excellence Arabia - companies

North American Awards for Sustainability Reporting - companies

National Centre for Business and Sustainability - companies

Sustainability Research - companies

Africa Sustainability Fund - companies

Sustainability Management Centre - companies

Sustainability Reporting - companies

Centre for Research into Sustainability - companies

Global Organizational Learning and Development Network for Sustainability - companies

Global Sustainability Associates - companies

International Sustainability Alliance - companies

OMX GES Sustainability Finland Index - companies

Association of Sustainability Practitioners - companies

Corporate Sustainability Reporting - companies

Accounting for Sustainability - companies

Global e-Sustainability Initiative - companies

Upstream Sustainability Services - companies

Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index - companies

Dow Jones Sustainability Index - companies

Global Centre for Safety & Health Sustainability - companies

Sustainability Task Force - companies

Sustainability Accounting Standards Board - companies

Global e-Sustainability Initiative - companies

The Sustainability Consortium - companies

Centre for Sustainability and Excellence - companies

SustainAbility - companies

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...

The Boston Consulting Group - directory

Sustainability revolves around capturing the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This presents not only challenges but also offers...

Business Social Compliance Initiative - directory

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in...

Integrated Sustainability Services Pty Ltd - directory

Global e-Sustainability Initiative - directory

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...

Cambridge-Hitachi - directory

Cambridge-Hitachi, a Cambridge University Press company, delivers digital learning resources to help you implement your CSR objectives within the education sector – from Primary to Further...

Ashridge Business School - directory

Consistently ranked as a world leader in executive education, Ashridge is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA and combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisation...

Schumacher College - directory

Schumacher College focuses on transformative education for sustainable living. We offer a number of short courses, certificate programmes and Masters courses including an MA in Economics for...

oekom research AG - directory

Since 1993 oekom research has been providing support for customers on developing investment strategies that combine sustainability with sound and secure returns. Our research includes:...

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...

Clarity Sustainability - directory

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...

thinkstep Ltd - directory

PE INTERNATIONAL brings over 20 years experience in product and corporate sustainability. We are leading contributors to the development of new standards such as the GHG protocol and the CDP and...

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...

RobecoSAM - directory

Through its long-standing commitment to Sustainability Investing, SAM has gained extensive expertise in evaluating corporate sustainability. SAM’s Sustainability Services division offers a...

Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants - directory

Principled Sustainability - directory

Futerra Sustainability Communications - directory

Solaron Sustainability Services Pvt. Ltd. - directory

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,...

Ideal Worldsmiths - directory

Ideal Worldsmiths offer services right around the word for organisations that put sustainability at the heart of their brand. We specialise in consultancy, writing and editing of CSR and...

Evergreen Resources - directory

Established in 1991, Evergreen Resources is the UK’s longest established environmental recruitment company. It has an enviable track record providing recruitment expertise to Candidates...

Centre for Research into Sustainability (CRIS) - directory

Aston Business School - directory

Aston Business School is a triple accredited business school based in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham, UK . Our MSc portfolio has been designed in close partnership with business and...

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. ...

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) is a leading centre based at Nottingham University Business School.  Our aim is to develop and disseminate responsible...

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson - directory

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson’s expertise lies within communications and investor relations. With good credentials in sustainability, this makes us a leading partner in developing and...

Fifth Capital - directory

Fifth Capital is established as a Think Tank & Leadership Counsel addressing wealth creation, its governance and sustainability. Fifth Capital integrates thought leadership in Decision...

EcoVadis – Supplier Sustainability Ratings - directory

EcoVadis operates the 1st SaaS collaborative platform helping major companies assess their suppliers’ environmental and social performance worldwide.?? EcoVadis combines an...

RINA SERVICES S.p.A - directory

RINA SERVICES S.p.A. is the RINA company that delivers services of classification, certification, testing and inspection (TIC Services) to guarantee excellence to organisations in the...

Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

SustainAbility - directory

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....

BSD Consulting - directory

BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

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,...

Institute for Managing Sustainability - directory

Strategic Sustainability Consulting - directory

ICRS (Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability) - directory

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...

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...

Three Hands Ltd - directory

At Three Hands we believe in creating business value and social value hand in hand.  We work with business to develop their people, partnership and products in ways that benefit society....

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited - directory

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure UK Limited (part of Amec Foster Wheeler) is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consultancy with enviable customer relationships...

Institute for Sustainability - Research and Consulting on CSR - directory

Taylor Bennett - directory

Established in 1982, Taylor Bennett Executive Search focuses on corporate communications assignments across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a growing interest in the developing market for...

Future Considerations - directory

We are a global leadership development and organisational change consultancy that specialises in embedding corporate sustainability in organisations. Our team of experienced international...

BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) - directory

BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe,...

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...

Solstice Sustainability Works Inc. - directory

Sustainability Advisory Group - directory

See Further - Think Wider - Do Better Sustainability Advisory Group is an international alliance of leading sustainability strategists and specialists. We excel at making the...

Oakdene Hollins Limited - directory

Oakdene Hollins is a consultancy and research business that advises on sustainable products and services, resource efficiency and clean technologies. We offer sound and evidenced strategic...

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....

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...

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.

Unilever, Siemens and IKEA drive Europe’s leading sustainability and social impact event - reports

The  Responsible Business Summit Europe  (London, 7-8 June), has the most impressive (CEO-led!) speaker line-up and agenda to date - all designed to uncover the FACTUAL potential...

Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company By the Ethisphere Institute for the Ninth Year - reports

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a  2017 World’s Most...

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

A.P. Moller-Maersk Sustainability Report 2016 Released - reports

The Sustainability Report 2016 follows A.P. Moller - Maersk’s continued work to unlock growth through their business, while operating responsibly and sustainably.

Get the recognition you deserve - reports

Back for the 8th year running, the  Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2017  is an event that celebrates responsible business excellence.

Quantify Social Impact - Strategies from Siemens, Unilever, UBS, FedEx, WBCSD and Nestlé - reports

Measuring social impact is highly complex, but being able to prove how responsible social initiatives contribute to the business and to the national development goals is now crucial.

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

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...

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2016 Sustainability Report,  Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through...

Parker 2016 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Local Impact of Global Commitment to Responsible Operations - reports

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, recently formalized a sustainability framework focused on three key areas where the company has an opportunity to maximize...

Twinings demonstrates how it is improving the quality of life in tea communities in its 2016 Social Impact Report - reports

UK-based international tea brand Twinings publishes its 2016 Social Impact Report which brings to life the stories of the people behind a cup of tea, from Chrissy, a smallholder tea farmer in...

DONG Energy to stop all use of coal by 2023 - reports

DONG Energy has decided that by 2023, coal will no longer be used as fuel at the company's power stations. The decision goes hand in hand with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions in power and...

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Macsween highlights commitment to sustainability and employee welfare with publication of 2014/2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Macsween’s approach to business is influenced by a three generation, 60 year tradition of growth, responsibility and innovation. Over the past 10 years, as Managing Directors, James &...

Going Beyond: SC Johnson Releases Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Company Aspires to be the Champion of Ingredient Transparency SC Johnson, maker of trusted consumer brands like Glade®, Raid®, Scrubbing Bubbles® and Ziploc®, today released...

IKEA Group reports strong sustainability progress during critical year for climate action - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2016 shows strong progress towards its People & Planet Positive strategy and continued long-term investments in sustainability. A...

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

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

Westpac Group continues strong sustainability track record in 2016 - reports

For almost 200 years, one enduring principle has always guided Westpac Group as it has grown and adapted with the Australian nation:  the Bank can only do well if its customers and...

Sealed Air Publishes Annual Sustainability Report, Provides First Glimpse Into Progress to Achieve 2020 Sustainability Goals - reports

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced recently the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report.  This year’s report chronicles the Company’s journey to achieve its...

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...

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

Firm Focuses on Creating Meaningful Stories through Citizenship Edelman launched today its sixth Citizenship Report, “The Stories We Love to Tell.” The report highlights the...

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...

VMware Releases Global Impact Report - reports

Through the collective impact of their employees, customers and partners, VMware strives to be a Force for Good in the world. Their shared mission is to leave ahead a better future – to...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

New report shows accelerated growth in the sustainable seafood supply chain as MSC certified catch nears 10 million tonnes - reports

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today published its 2015-16 Annual Report, highlighting market engagement and growth in MSC certified fisheries and supply chain. The report, From...

Latest NAEM Benchmark Finds One-third of Companies Combine EHS with Sustainability at the Corporate Level - reports

Designing the optimal environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability organization is a complicated equation, but according to a new report by the National Association for Environmental...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2016 - reports

“Sustainability goes hand in hand with the Tetra Pak brand promise – PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™ – and the three pillars on which it stands: food, people and futures. Our...

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...

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

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...

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...

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – has today published its 2015 Sustainability Review.

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

Today California-based Jackson Family Wines shared its first sustainability report, supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals. The family-owned wine company, known for its portfolio of...

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...

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.

FTS Sustainability - Auditing Operations Coordinator - recruitment

  The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA...

Diageo reports good first year progress against 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, this week reported strong progress against its 2020 sustainability and responsibility targets with the publication of the company's 2016 Annual...

Telstra Releases Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Telstra has released its Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress in embedding its three strategic sustainability priorities – Everyone Connected,...

Virgin Media announces world’s first along with sustainability performance progress - reports

Virgin Media has announced the first year results of its ‘Five in Five’ sustainability goals – the company’s pledge to do more good with digital while growing the...

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...

Johnson & Johnson Continues Its Commitment to Health With New Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals - reports

Johnson & Johnson aspires to improve health in everything they do, and everywhere they go. With the announcement of their Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, Johnson & Johnson...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

FTA Promotes Stronger Links Between International Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) today published its 2015-2016 Annual Report. This publication outlines the association’s successful activities and collaborative efforts focused on...

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,...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

The latest Sustainability Report from communications group WPP shows the business making progress on sustainability issues with its clients and in its own operations.

TransCanada Releases 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada officially released its  2015 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights the company’s commitment to operating safely and in an economically,...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

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.

Pearson launches 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Pearson, the world’s learning company, today launches its 2015 Sustainability Report, which aims to advance the conversation about what sustainability looks like in the education...

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...

OTE Group of Companies publishes its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

At OTE Group, sustainable growth is what drives its’ strategy and actions. The growth is valued through each and every one of the Groups’ stakeholders, and you are invited to join...

HP Releases 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

HP released its 2015 Sustainability Report today illustrating the progress it is making to support its vision of creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

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...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s new CEO confirms his strong commitment to Responsible Business - reports

Fourth annual sustainability report released. Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a confirmed responsible business leader in the travel industry, today released its fourth annual Responsible...

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

Parker Sustainability Report Demonstrates Local Impact of Global Commitment to Responsible Operation - reports

Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, recently formalized a sustainability framework focused on three key areas where the company has an opportunity to maximize...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

UniCredit Integrated Report details the Group’s sustainable value creation - reports

The Integrated Report details UniCredit’s commitment to generating value over time, illustrating its efforts to be an effective and efficient Group. The Report presents a comprehensive...

3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Every day, 3M innovation aims to tackle some of the world’s most pressing areas of concern. The 2016 Sustainability Report outlines 3M’s progress and commitments toward improving...

Sustainability: it's personal at Kingfisher - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement company, has published its Sustainability Report 2015/16 showing progress towards becoming a restorative Net Positive business.

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2015 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available at BCE.ca. The report addresses key initiatives that are most relevant to the company’s stakeholders...

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...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2015-16 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

Johnson Matthey Publishes 2016 Annual Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2016 Annual Report which is an integrated report covering all aspects of the company’s financial and non-financial performance.  It is available...

LafargeHolcim publishes first Sustainability Report for merged Group - reports

LafargeHolcim this week released its Sustainability Report 2015 that outlines the Group’s economic, environmental and social performance and presents LafargeHolcim’s ambitious...

Social enterprise from Cameroon wins Creating Shared Value Prize 2016 - reports

At the Creating Shared Value Global Forum in Abidjan, Nestlé announced the winner of the Creating Shared Value [CSV] Prize 2016: Agro-Hub from Cameroon is the new prize laureate and...

Land Securities publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Land Securities has announced the release of its 2016 Sustainability Report. The report sets out how sustainability supports Land Securities’ vision to be the best property company in the...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

Encouraging tomorrow – Allianz’ Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

“How can we ensure safety and progress in the midst of a transformation characterized by geopolitical tensions, our ageing societies, climate change, and digitalization? We can only do it...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

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...

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2015-16 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its first report under its new sustainable business strategy , which sets out to ensure an even closer alignment between the organisation’s core...

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...

Arcadis publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Arcadis (Euronext: arcad), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has published its first Sustainability Report. The report highlights a selection of the...

BT report reveals how putting purpose first brings business benefits and helps customers, society and the environment - reports

The latest Delivering our Purpose report from BT shows how putting sustainability at the heart of the business is delivering against the company’s ambitious 2020 goals.  ...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2015...

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...

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.

Improving Business Impacts: New Research - reports

‘Impact for Change’ is a programme of work by Corporate Citizenship which helps companies around the world to measure, improve and effectively communicate their impacts on society.

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...

Investors Care More About Sustainability Than Many Executives Believe - reports

Sustainability is increasingly important for investors, as evidence mounts that companies' environmental, social, and governance performance has an impact on long-term financial success.

2015 Citi Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi’s 2015 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. It provides many examples of how...

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report Outlines How Strong Foundations Can Lead to a Sustainable Future - reports

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report, Strong foundations for a sustainable future, documents the credit union’s sound financial position and unique relationships with local communities. The...

RBS Launches Sustainability Report 2015 How We Make a Difference - reports

“We’re building a bank where long term success will be determined by doing a great job for customers. By being strong, simple and fair, we will earn their trust, and live up to our...

SABIC Launches its Fifth Sustainability Report, Enabling Tomorrow’s Solutions - reports

SABIC announced its fifth Sustainability Report, Enabling Tomorrow’s Solutions. The report is a summary of the successes SABIC achieved in many areas of its business in 2015 on the...

GM Strengthens Business, Communities Through Mobility - reports

Sustainability Report outlines company’s efforts and results The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report...

Coca-Cola Enterprises releases 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/ Euronext Paris: CCE) has today launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, providing an opportunity to reflect on CCE’s...

Hydro-Québec Publishes Its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Setting new sights with our clean energy. As a recognized leader in hydropower and large transmission systems, Hydro-Québec exports clean, renewable power and commercializes its unique...

Sustainability in a Connected World: ARM Delivers its Biggest Corporate Responsibility Program - reports

In 2015 ARM delivered its biggest corporate responsibility (CR) program ever to provide positive change to over 300,000 people around the world. Its 2015 CR report ‘Sustainability in a...

The De Beers Group of Companies Publishes 10th Annual Report to Society - reports

The De Beers Group of Companies today published its 10th annual Report to Society. The report outlines the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure diamond revenues drive social and...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Publishes Corporate Responsibility Update 2015 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its Corporate Responsibility Update, covering the year 2015. It is available online at http://reports.emdgroup.com/2015/cr-report .

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

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

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Free White Paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Social Responsibility 2016 - reports

Ethical Corporation recently released a new white paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Responsibility Sustainability 2016 – complimentary to download here.

2015 Progress Report: L’Oréal’s Sustainability Program is Accelerating - reports

L’Oréal unveils the 2015 results of Sharing Beauty With All, the Group’s sustainability program that sets ambitious commitments for 2020. In 2015, the Group made important...

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...

Delhaize Group Releases 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Company on the way to achieving Supergood Sustainability Ambition International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the publication of its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report online at...

adidas Group Presents 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report. Titled “How we create responsibly”, the report provides an overview of achievements and challenges in 2015 and...

Shell Announces Publication of Sustainability Report for 2015 - reports

Shell is pleased to announce the publication of the Shell Sustainability Report for 2015. It describes Shell’s progress during 2015 to deliver energy in a responsible way and our...

Bloomberg Impact Report Update 2015 - reports

The 2015 Bloomberg Impact Report Update provides a detailed look at Bloomberg’s sustainability efforts and outcomes from the past year and details commitments for the future. The report...

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...

Ericsson Launches 23rd Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has published its 23rd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s performance in 2015 in three areas: responsible...

Inter-American Development Bank Publishes Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

IDB Invests $3.8 billion in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change projects

BAE Systems Publishes 2015 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

BAE Systems attaches great importance to the way it does business, as well as the financial results it achieves. The company continues to build on its position as one of the world’s...

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Mondi Group Shares New Growing Responsibly Model and Commitments - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, released its 2015 Sustainable development report today, together with its Integrated report and financial statements, and its Looking back,...

RB Introduces New Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Corporate Reporting and Raises Key Sustainability Targets Following Early Successes - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, today launched its 2015 Sustainability Report alongside its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

Ethical Corporation’s 7th Responsible Business Awards are Back! - reports

Ethical Corporation launches its 7th annual Responsible Business Awards today with the entry deadline on the 6th July 2016.

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...

Rockwell Automation Publishes 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Rockwell Automation 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report provides updates on the company’s environmental, employee safety and culture, community relations performance and efforts....

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

NN Group's 2015 Annual Report: Accelerating Change - reports

The 2015 Annual Report provides an integrated review of the performance of NN Group. It consists of three distinct sections – Annual Review, Financial Report and Sustainability Supplement...

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...

Henkel publishes 25th Sustainability Report - Sustainability targets 2011 to 2015 achieved - reports

Henkel reached the interim targets of its Sustainability Strategy for 2030, set new milestones for 2020 and published its 25th Sustainability Report. The first report was published nearly a...

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...

Benchmark against the industry leaders in the North America region - reports

Experts say that 2015 was the year sustainability measures and CSR activities went mainstream in North American companies. Review some of the key achievements, developments and obstacles with...

Standard Chartered launches its 2015 Annual Report - reports

The Bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded across the Annual Report, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business.

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

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...

Case Study: Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy - reports

Ethical Corporation have launched an exclusive case study detailing comprehensively the circular economy work of industry-leader Patagonia.

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at...

Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2015 - reports

The 2015 CR Report concludes the implementation of Woolworths Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015. Woolworths successfully completed 31 out of its 34 key targets and commitments in the Strategy.

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...

IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2015 shows progress towards its People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy including commitments to tackling climate change.

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....

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

Postal Sector Reaches 2020 Target of 20% CO2 emissions reduction six years ahead of schedule - reports

IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report announces that the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) programme reached its 2020 target of achieving a 20% reduction in...

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...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - reports

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

Wesfarmers Releases 18th Sustainability Report - reports

Wesfarmers has been creating value for more than 100 years, starting as a farmers’ cooperative and now holding a diversified portfolio of retail and industrial businesses, as one of...

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Publishes 2015 Citizenship Report - reports

This week Microsoft published its 2015 Citizenship Report, which covers the company’s commitments to ethical business conduct and governance, its people, empowering communities, human...

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...

U.S. Dairy Industry Plays a Leading Role to Build a More Resilient, Sustainable Food System - reports

Through a shared commitment, U.S. dairy farmers, importers and businesses work together to provide people with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is improving the social,...

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...

A Better Way for Life: Sealed Air Releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

“At Sealed Air, sustainability is a business imperative and a business driver. It is critical to the long-term success of our company to consider the full life cycle of each and every...

TUI Group launches new ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ sustainability strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays, Better World’. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around...

Stockland releases 2015 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its FY15 Annual Review and online Sustainability Reporting.  It’s been another big year for sustainability at Stockland, with a refreshed...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

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...

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.

WPP publishes Sustainability Report 2014/2015 - reports

WPP, the leading communications services group, has published its 13th Sustainability Report for 2014.

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here.

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions 2014 report - reports

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2014 Better Energy Ambitions report detailing its progress towards becoming a more responsible business.

Calor Gas publishes 2014 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LGP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has today published its 2014 Sustainability Review.

Advancing Free Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains at the Highest Political Level - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched its 2014 - 2015 Annual Report, showcasing the key achievements in a landmark year for the organisation, as it continued to consolidate its...

Land Securities publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Land Securities’ Sustainability Report provides a top-line summary of the group’s progress this year. Following a review of its sustainability activities Land Securities has moved...

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. ...

Coca-Cola Enterprises announces most ambitious sustainability targets yet - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) has launched its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report today, including new stretch targets on social and environmental...

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...

Vodafone publishes annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone - one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies - which provides a wide range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications, has published its...

Delhaize Group releases 2014 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, has published its 2014 Sustainability Progress Report today online at http://sustainabilityreport.delhaizegroup.com.

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...

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.

L’Oréal unveils first results of Sharing Beauty with All - reports

One year after the launch of L'Oréal's Sharing Beauty with All programme for sustainable development, with ambitious and quantified objectives, the Group has unveiled the first...

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.

Diageo unveils ambitious Water Blueprint - reports

Water stewardship strategy supports company’s expansion in emerging markets. Extends targets to broader supply chain for first time to reduce overall impact on water resources  ...

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...

AkzoNobel and The Economist Intelligence Unit publish future cities report - reports

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by AkzoNobel explores how cities can create optimal environments for citizens.

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

Global Corporate Citizenship: The Heart of Verizon - reports

  A global leader in broadband and other wireless and wireline communication services, Verizon's 2014 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement demonstrate how...

Enabling Positive Futures: Old Mutual publishes 2014 Responsible Business report - reports

The latest Old Mutual Responsible Business Report details the Group’s focus on where it can make the most material impact – financial wellbeing and responsible investment,...

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...

Standard Chartered launches 2014 Annual Report - reports

The bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded throughout its Annual Report, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business in Asia, Africa and the...

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...

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...

How does ING empower people to make smart financial decisions and create value for customers and society? Read about it in the 2014 Integrated Annual Report. - reports

  ING today published the 2014 Annual Report of ING Group. For the first time, the ING Annual Report is an integrated report, combining the financial and non-financial performance in...

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2014 CR Report - reports

Intu believes that the results set out in their 2014 Annual Report demonstrate that the company is well-positioned to benefit further from rising consumer confidence and strengthening demand...

Henkel reaches first sustainability targets ahead of schedule - reports

Henkel’s Sustainability Report details the environmental and social advancements made by the company in 2014. It highlights the active involvement of employees worldwide and the...

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...

The Maersk Group publishes its Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Having launched a new sustainability strategy in 2014, Maersk continues to address sustainability challenges in a way that creates value for society and for its business.

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...

IKEA Group announces strong sustainability progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2014, released today, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. Sustainability...

NEW SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH: Collaboration and Board Engagement Critical to Sustainability Success - reports

90% of Executives See Collaboration as Critical for Sustainability Success; 86% Feel Boards of Directors Must Play a Strong Role in Sustainability Governance

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 8th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Download the report here to find out how Thomas Cook is transforming for a better future.

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...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BSCI Annual Conference 2014 Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

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...

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2013-14 - reports

Royal Mail makes a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. As the designated provider of the Universal Service, it plays a vital role in connecting millions of...

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...

Celebrating 20 years of Mission Zero, Interface unveils “THE UNTOLD STORY OF MISSION ZERO IN EUROPE”, by John Elkington - reports

Global modular flooring experts, Interface, were one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability. In 1994, Interface, made a pledge to eliminate its impact on the environment by...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

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

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.

Network Rail releases 2013/14 Sustainability Update - reports

Investment in Britain’s railway is at a level not seen since Victorian times.

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...

Mars, Incorporated Publishes 2013 Principles in Action Summary - reports

Mars, Incorporated publishes its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary on mars.com , which details the company’s approach to business – the challenges it shares with society,...

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...

Telefónica publishes its Corporate Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

Telefónica is convinced that corporate sustainability and transparency are long-term sources of competitiveness and progress.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

Vodafone publishes in-depth insight into law enforcement disclosure as part of annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone has published its first Law Enforcement Disclosure report offering a detailed insight into the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures associated with...

The Johnson & Johnson 2013 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here - reports

The Company’s Citizenship & Sustainability priorities are to advance human health and well-being, help to safeguard the planet, and lead a dynamic and growing business responsibly.

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.

EDF Energy publishes 2013 Annual Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy has today published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the progress the company has made in meeting a range of ambitions on tackling climate change, powering the country...

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online - reports

CISL launches an engaging new online programme to meet the needs of organisations to build capacity on sustainability at scale within their organisations.

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.

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.

Heathrow Launches 2013 Sustainability Performance Summary - reports

Report shows Heathrow is making strong progress against its 2020 sustainability goals.

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

GM Outlines Efforts to Transform Transportation - reports

Sustainability report shares progress toward a more sustainable industry.

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.

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

Colgate-Palmolive releases 2013 sustainability report and progress on sustainability strategy - reports

NEW YORK, NY – Colgate-Palmolive has released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled, Giving the World Reasons to Smile. This annual report details Colgate’s long-standing...

Calor publishes 2013 Progress Report - reports

Calor has today published its online 2013 Sustainability Progress Report.

Vaisala's Corporate Responsibility Report Launched - reports

Vaisala has taken a strong step into the renewable energies industry.  It is now a leading provider of reliable observation technologies and science-based weather modelling, improving...

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.

Reckitt Benckiser plc (‘RB’) publishes 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, reveals that the company has achieved a 9% reduction in lifecycle water impact and 7% reduction in carbon footprint per dose of product in...

RBS remains leading lender to renewable energy projects - reports

RBS has released its 2013 Sustainability Review today. The Review details the progress the company has made during 2013 towards becoming a more responsible and sustainable bank, which includes...

UBS commits to holistic advancement of its societal activities - reports

As a globally active, client-centric and diversified financial firm, and the world’s largest wealth manager, UBS is in a unique position to help its clients address their societal concerns.

Ericsson launches its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2013 - reports

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Ericsson’s long-term relationships with every major telecom operator...

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...

Standard Chartered Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2013 Sustainability Review, highlighting the Bank’s commitment to promoting economic and social development across the markets where it operates in Asia,...

The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions - reports

Verizon’s 2013 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement shows how the company’s mobile and broadband technologies are providing powerful answers to the big challenges of...

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 7th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Thomas Cook reports on key sustainability issues and targets across 4 focus areas, identified and developed after consulting with stakeholder groups...

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...

edie Sustainability Skills Workshop - calendar

A unique edie workshop designed to arm you with the essential tools and inspiration to become a sustainability leader of tomorrow. The edie Sustainability Skills Workshop brings...

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...

BSR Conference 2016 - calendar

The BSR Conference is one of the most important global gatherings dedicated to sustainable business. This November, a global audience of close to 1,000 senior business executives 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...

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2013 CR Report - reports

Intu Properties plc owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations, right across the country including 10 of the UK’s top 25.

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...

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

AkzoNobel publishes Report 2013 - reports

AkzoNobel has today published its online Report 2013, which includes the company's annual and sustainability results.

New Metrics '16 - calendar

This 3-day Sustainable Brands event showcases the macro, corporate and investor landscapes to help your business succeed. Insightful business leaders will be sharing detailed research on macro...

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

A.P. Moller - Maersk publishes its Sustainability Report 2013  “We have come a long way integrating sustainability into business processes, setting minimum standards and...

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability - calendar

Earn a professional, post graduate credential in CSR & Sustainability while you work, in this blended learning program. This 13 month, part-time program is delivered over 3 sessions in...

Philips publishes 2013 sustainability update, beating green sales target two years ahead of schedule - reports

Philips has published data on its 2013 sustainability activities as part of its integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Interface Europe reaches sustainability milestones, achieving 90% carbon reduction - reports

World’s largest carpet tile manufacturer achieves 100% renewable energy, virtually zero water in manufacturing and zero waste to landfill at its European manufacturing facility in The...

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)...

Verge Conference - calendar

VERGE is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. VERGE brings together a...

Capturing Sustainable Value - calendar

Capturing Sustainable Value 7-8 July 2016 Share your passion for sustainability at our 5th annual conference on 7-8 July. Meet future collaborators, thought leaders, inventive...

IKEA Group reports on People & Planet Positive strategy progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY*) 2013 shows strong progress on its People & Planet Positive strategy, building on its long history of working with...

Preferential Access to Sustainable Brands Barcelona - calendar

The key event on sustainability and business takes place in Barcelona on 23 & 24 May. 50% discount for The Guardian readers. Register using the code GSB1650 . Shifting to a...

Network Rail publish 2013 Sustainability Update - reports

Network Rail is the owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations.

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...

New Sustainability Research by The Boston Consulting Group and MIT Sloan Management Review - reports

New Sustainability Research by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group Reveals a Troubling Gap

The Referendum - calendar

In ten week's time, British citizens will make the biggest political decision of a generation. We will determine whether Britain remains part of the EU, or pursues an independent future. The...

Sustainable Performance Forum EMEA - calendar

  A Must Attend Event   With 250+ attendees, over 30 sessions and countless networking opportunities, the...

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...

One Young World's Environmental Event - calendar

ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, PRESIDENT ALEJANDRO TOLEDO AND CNN’S JENNIFER GRAY CONFIRMED AS COUNSELORS TO ONE YOUNG WORLD’S ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT IN TUCSON THIS SPRING The Premier Forum...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

Calor publishes 2013 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Calor has published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report which can be viewed and downloaded at: www.calor.co.uk/sustainability.

The Sustainability Innovative Exchange - calendar

Sign up to The Sustainability Innovation Exchange: A virtual workshop on how policy can help us create more sustainable ways of living This virtual workshop will explore how policy can...

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...

Sustainable Extractives Forum: how to manage risk and navigate uncertainty - calendar

Innovation Forum will be hosting its first Sustainable Extractives Forum on the theme of ‘ how to manage risk and navigate uncertainty’ in London on April 27-28th 2016. As...

ESB confirms that it has achieved and exceeded its 5 year target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30% - reports

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company has released its 2012 Sustainability Report.  The report details the company’s sustainability performance in 2012 and confirms the...

The Rise of Science - Sustainability Business Seminar - calendar

Science moves centre stage Science has always been a part of sustainability solutions. Yet in recent years it’s been lurking in the background of the corporate sustainability debate,...

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...

Sustainable Retail Summit - calendar

We know we need to run better businesses in support of better lives and a better planet, but how to do this in a manner that is good for business too?  Find the answer at a new industry...

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...

Sustainable Cosmetics Summit - calendar

The  North American edition  of this executive summit will feature ethical labels, green formulations, food-based cosmetics, and sustainability metrics. What practical steps can be...

John Lewis Partnership Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Sustainability Report 2013 has now launched, detailing the retailer's progress in corporate social responsibility during 2012/13, including achievements,...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

edie Sustainability Communications Conference - calendar

How can you turn consumer interest in sustainability into action? How do you create a strategy to influence supply chain behaviour and how can you engage your employees through competition and...

edie Energy Management conference - calendar

Senior energy and sustainability leaders from Land Securities , SmartestEnergy , Thomas Cook and Heathrow Airport will share cutting-edge examples of technology & innovation in...

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...

2016 National CSR Awards and Sustainability Conference - calendar

Join the ‘sustainable business’ debate and leave your carbon footprint at the door! The National CSR Awards includes a full day CSR & Sustainability Conference which...

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...

The Blockchain Revolution - calendar

MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2016 18:00 - 21:15 What is the blockchain, and what does it mean for the relationship between business and society? These are two questions we’ll be addressing on...

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...

Thales's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Performance. A Year of Progress and Recognition - reports

Driven by a common vision of our business and its role in society, and by a strong commitment to ethical conduct, each Thales employee has been contributing directly to the long-term performance...

GreenBiz 16 - calendar

GreenBiz 16 defines the greatest trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium and the Walton Sustainability...

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...

8th European Conference on Sustainable City & Towns - calendar

The flagship European conference on local sustainable development will bring together local and regional government representatives, European and international institutions, multilateral...

Symantec Corporation Highlights 2012 Sustainability Progress - reports

Software company Symantec Corporation has outlined its sustainability progress for 2012

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2012 Sustainability Report has now launched.  

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - calendar

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

Alliance Boots launches its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011/12 - reports

Alliance Boots launches its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011/12.

Sky signals its new approach to sustainability reporting - reports

Sky signals its new approach to sustainability reporting.

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012 - reports

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012.

Value Chain Risk Management: Understanding, Auditing & Managing Issues in Contract Labour Agency Workforce Providers - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to reinforce the business case for organizations to understand the Value Chain Risks for their organisations in using Contract Labour Agencies ....

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.

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

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

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.

CSR Qatar 2015 - calendar

Following the great success of last year's inaugural event, CSR Qatar returns to gather key stakeholders across the sustainability value chain including corporations, government bodies,...

MTR Corporation (MTR) has published its latest Sustainability Report - reports

MTR publishes its latest Sustainability Report.

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

BSR Conference 2015 - calendar

  The BSR Conference brings together sustainability leaders and practitioners to build the business of a better world. Now entering its 23rd year, the BSR Conference is one of the...

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

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

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'.

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2012 annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2012 full-length annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability is now available.

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...

MTR Corporation publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation Ltd (MTR) has published its latest Sustainability Report 2012. The report describes how the company manages sustainability...

SGS Webinar: Boasting Performance Through ISO 20121 - calendar

It is now 3 years since the ISO 20121 sustainable events management system standard was launched, and hundreds of event organisers, venues and suppliers have implemented this International...

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...

SGS Webinar: IS0 26000 - 5 Years On - calendar

The objective of the one hour complimentary webinar is to explore the ISO 26000 Framework and its application since its launch in 2010. In late 2015 it is 5 years since the Guidance Framework...

BT's Better Future Report 2013 - reports

Find out how BT is paving the way for a Better Future in their annual sustainability report, which outlines their progress and achievements against seven key performance indicators over the past...

National CSR Awards - calendar

Sponsored by leading businesses such as Natwest and Carillion and supported by national charities and local community organisations. Foreign Secretart Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP will open the...

Vodafone Publishes its 2012/13 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainability Report 2012/13 in which they outline their social and economic contribution across their 30 operating countries.

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 –...

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - calendar

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

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...

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

Robert Brown, Ford’s Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SESE) states, “I have headed up Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability function for...

The Power of Benchmarking: Webinar - calendar

Register for the first session here . 9am BST / 10am CEST / 4pm SGD Register for the second session here . 5pm BST / 12 midday EDT / 9am PDT In the world of corporate responsibility...

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint - reports

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint.

The New Sustainability Math for Business / Developing a world-class reputation risk management approach - calendar

GTQ Presents 2 unique executive training courses for Europe QUANTIFYING SUSTAINABILITY (ESG) PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS The New Sustainability Math for Business London 21 October 2014...

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...

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...

CSR Asia Summit 2014 - calendar

The CSR Asia Summit is recognised as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on corporate social responsibility in the region. The Summit is: the leading platform for...

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

Procter & Gamble Company Releases Its' 14th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Today the Procter & Gamble Company  released its' 14th annual Sustainability Report.

Retail Sustainability Conference 2014 - calendar

Join us at RILA's 2014 Retail Sustainability Conference, held September 29 – October 2 in Minneapolis, MN, to identify how you can accelerate change in your organization. Hear from...

A Winning formula built on trust and integrity - reports

  Ethical Performance  case study  - Sustainability and community engagement are central to the business approach of Hong Kong-based rail operator MTR Corporation,...

Creating Resilient Strategies - calendar

Corporate Citizenship Webinar : Creating Resilient Strategies When company CEO’s are hauled before legislators, or investigated by the press to explain their tax affairs, employment...

IKEA Group reports strong progress on renewable energy, wood and cotton sourcing - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report FY12 shows progress towards the company’s sustainability goals - supporting business growth and benefiting people and the environment.

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

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

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

The Innovative, Win-Win Corporate Charity Partnerships Conference - calendar

Is Your Partnership Win-Win & Is It Demonstrably Delivering Returns & Making An Impact? Innovation Beyond Charity Of The Year! Deliver long-lasting, mutual benefits with...

Maersk publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

Maersk’s Sustainability Report 2012 focuses on the social and environmental impacts of the Group’s investments within trade, infrastructure and energy.

Philips' Annual Report 2012 - reports

Philips has published data on its 2012 sustainability activities as part of its integrated  annual report , covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Sustainable Development Conference 2014 - calendar

Welcome to Sustainable Development Conference 2014: Green technology, Renewable energy and Environmental protection We are proud to invite you to join us at Sustainable Development...

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

Key Issues in Responsible Sourcing - Migrant Labour - 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...

SGS leads its sector in Sustainability Reporting by achieving A+ Level - reports

Best Practices in Community Engagement - calendar

Two day conference in two locations: (10% discount for Existing Subscribers of Ethical Performance with code “EPCSR”) 21-22 April, Sheraton Towers, Singapore;...

The Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment - calendar

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global...

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...

Verizon's 2012 Annual Report - reports

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2012 - reports

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

Standard Chartered launches its 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Webinar - Responsible Sourcing In Higher Risk Countries - calendar

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING IN HIGHER RISK COUNTRIES   PROTECTING YOUR REPUTATION THROUGH ACTIVE MANAGEMENT   February 13, 2014, Thursday   This...

Skanska - reports

Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects as well as...

PE Symposium 2014 - calendar

The Maturing of Sustainability Management: From Compliance to Sustainable Success Best Practices in Corporate & Product Sustainability PE INTERNATIONAL is hosting its 5th...

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

Responsible Supply Chains Conference - calendar

Presented by the Forum in partnership with the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, this one-day conference brings together corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and academics...

Ericsson's 2012 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - 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...

Building a Sustainable RBS - reports

Ceres Conference 2014 - calendar

Sea levels are rising. Severe droughts are hitting many regions of the world, while floods are drowning others. And hurricanes and other storms are more costly and destructive than ever....

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

Sustainable Foods Summit - calendar

The Sustainable Foods Summit is a series of international summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair...

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

Unilever Sustainable Living Lab - 24 April 2013 - reports

The Unilever Sustainable Living Lab is a global online dialogue to co-create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. 

Leading for sustainability programme - calendar

Lead International: Are you ready to make your mark? Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Our Leading for sustainability programme will give you the confidence and...

Sustainability Live 2014 - calendar

Sustainability Live 2014 is made up of three interlinking and co-located events – NEMEX, IWEX and ENERGY RECOVERY; which together offer an innovative business environment for professionals...

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...

Johnson & Johnson Publishes its 2012 Citizenship & Sustainability Executive Summary Report - reports

As the world’s most broadly based health care company, Johnson & Johnson is committed to impacting the world socially, economically and environmentally. The company’s Credo...

World CSR Congress - calendar

The Objectives of World CSR Congress The World CSR Congress will be guided by Leaders.... Leaders who believe in the value of Sustainable CSR; that which is built in the fabric of business -...

ESG CONFERENCE EUROPE: ‘INVESTING IN RESPONSIBILITY 2013’ - calendar

ESG CONFERENCE EUROPE: ‘INVESTING IN RESPONSIBILITY 2013’ Enhanced ESG Communication, Analysis & Engagement for Public Corporations & Investors London, 13...

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.

CR Foundations Programme - calendar

The CR Foundations programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and consists of six one day courses delivered over twelve months. It is designed to develop the skills...

An introduction to CR and sustainability - calendar

An introduction to CR and sustainability This course looks at what CR and sustainability are and what their importance is for your company. It features a presentation from a business...

Crest Nicholson's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

In Crest Nicholson's 50th anniversary year, the Group is continually inspired by new ideas. The Group's 2012 Sustainability Report:  Innovation that Inspires details how the...

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy - reports

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy.

CSR Saudi Arabia 2013 - calendar

The Kingdom's premier event dedicated to building the effectiveness and positive impact of CSR – by ensuring that it not only supports economic development, social welfare and...

Sustainability Forum 2013 - 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....

RSPO European Summit - calendar

“Sustainable palm oil in Europe – Taking the market transformation to the next level”, RSPO European Summit, September 3rd, Berlin, Germany The production and...

Sustainability Applied 2013 - calendar

Sustainability Applied 2013 is all about challenging the status quo, re-thinking what is possible, and unlocking hidden value. The conference will incorporate a dynamic and interactive mix...

Retail Sustainability Conference 2013 - calendar

It's not every job that allows you to make a difference in your company, your community, and your industry. Working toward a more sustainable company -- and industry -- is one of them....

Sustainable Brands London Conference - calendar

Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role of brands in shaping a flourishing future. The Sustainable Brands...

SROI Practitioner Training - calendar

There is growing recognition amongst businesses of the benefits of shared value, of value for both business and the wider community. There is also an increase in ideas of responsible business...

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