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Danish seminar to focus on ethical conduct in business - news

By Brian Collett — A mixing of Italian and Danish cultures as a means of reinforcing ethical conduct in business, education and training will be on the agenda at a seminar in Denmark this...

Consumers prefer companies with ethical practices - news

By Brian Collett — Most customers want to know the policies of a business on issues such as tax, hygiene, staff morale and the environment before buying, says a survey by the York-based...

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

World's most ethical league table for 2015 published - news

Ethisphere.com has published its annual 'most ethical company'  league table.  “The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical...

‘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...

With great power comes great accountability? - news

Do you remember when getting a fine was considered a bad thing? A sign that you’d flouted the law in some way? It was definitely something to be ashamed of at any rate. It doesn’t...

Public trust in business remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

Public opinion of business improving, but trust remains fragile - news

Tax avoidance and executive pay are still firmly on the agenda as issues the British public thinks business needs to address, according to the latest survey of public opinion about business...

Carillion wins integrity chartermark - news

Carillion plc has achieved the Investing in Integrity (IiI) chartermark as a result of successful completion of the rigorous IiI accreditation process.? Investing in Integrity (IiI) is a...

Employee performance boosted by CSR involvement - news

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

Korea gives off mixed signals over ethical business practice - news

Despite Korea taking a stand in recent years over ethical business practices, doubts are now being raised as to whether anything has really changed. Korea’s regeneration as a modern...

Ethical principles in governance guidance lacking says IBE - news

Attention to ethics is increasingly a core feature of boardroom agendas but there is a lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance, finds a...

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...

Integrity accreditation launched to show how businesses ‘practice what they preach’ - news

A new ‘integrity’ accreditation system has been introduced in the UK to ‘reassure’ stakeholders of an organisation’s business ethics. The Investing in...

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...

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...

inbrief - news

Sedex, the ethical business membership organization, has appointed Carmel Giblin as its new general manager. Giblin, who joins from BSkyB, where she was head of CSR, will lead the group’s...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

A Hippocratic-style oath for business managers is to go global after being backed by the United Nations Global Compact. The oath, which has been designed as a ‘guiding compass’...

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

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...

CSR grows fast in Australia - news

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

inbrief - news

Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive of cosmetics company L’Oreal, has received the latest Stanley Pace Leadership in Ethics Award. The award, established in 1999, honours individuals and...

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...

Arms firms agree ethics swap - news

Some of the leading aerospace and defence exporters in Europe and the US have agreed to greater informal co-operation on ethics. Details of the ‘close collaboration on ethical...

BAE sets out plans to put its house in order - news

Defence giant BAE Systems has set out how it intends to implement the 23 recommendations made by an independent committee that looked at how to improve the company’s ethical standards....

‘Courageous’ BAE agrees root and branch reform - news

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

Korea gets Compact network - news

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

‘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,...

inbrief - news

An internet television channel has been set up to cover ethical business issues. London-based Frontier TV will broadcast ‘ethics, economics and social responsibility’ content, including profiles...

inbrief - news

Africa Now, a UK-based international development organization, is to offer social auditing services through its new Ethical Business Services wing. Among companies to have sought its help on...

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

Western companies in China have been warned they are failing to get their CSR policies across to Chinese partners and suppliers because they take too little account of cultural differences....

business urged to ally with NGOs to fight corruption - news

Companies have been urged to make greater efforts to work with non-governmental organizations on tackling corruption in countries with weak governance. Peter Eigen, head of Transparency...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

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

inbrief - news

 Job-seekers and graduates now have a website that offers them information on jobs ‘that don’t harm people or planet’. The site will feature case studies on CSR and ethical business practices...

Business ethics and the 21st century organization - news

Peter Whates (editor). BSI Business Information. 234 pages. £40. Paperback. Martin Luther King’s observation that ‘the law can’t make a man love me’ is a sage truth for the world of...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

inbrief - news

US drug companies are seen as less ethical than other businesses, according to a new poll.  A survey of 1000 US citizens by market research and advisory consultancy Opinion Research...

institutional investor interest in SRI at bottom rests on ethics, not risk - news

Financial markets may be faltering, but ethical or socially responsible investment continues to gain ground. The number of UK ethical investors in pooled funds now stands at a record 475,000....

toy firms make headway on factory certification - news

An ‘ethical manufacturing programme’ started by the global toy industry in 2002 appears to be on course to meet its monitoring targets.   Across China – where 75 per cent of the world’s toys...

Singapore 'should lead way on CSR' - news

Singapore should champion CSR in South-east Asia, an ethical business conference was told in July. Asian companies have no choice but to practise CSR - it is demanded by shareholders,...

Asia fares poorly in new index - news

Korea has taken 40th place among 50 countries in a CSR index rating by Danish research institute The Copenhagen Centre, and the UK-based CSR institute Accountability. Korea's was one of several...

angels market is under study - news

Potential demand for a service matching ethical businesses with potential investors is to be assessed by a new UK research project. The UK Social Investment...

toy industry auditing begins in earnest - news

The global toy industry has appointed five companies to check whether manufacturing sites adhere to ethical business principles. The five companies – Benchmarks,...

making the case for ethical business practice - news

A business that follows ethical principles should maximize long-term value, says Elaine Sternberg It is difficult to make a business case for business ethics or corporate...

world’s toy industry to begin ethical audits - news

The global toy industry is to begin auditing manufacturing sites throughout the world against a set of ethical business principles. The work, which is being co-ordinated by...

inbrief - news

‘The cost of ethical business’ is the title of a debate to be held in London on 8 November as part of the RSA Forum for Ethics in the Workplace autumn programme....

NGOs told to give firms benefit of doubt - news

Non-governmental organizations must give companies the benefit of the doubt when they make public statements about their aspirations on human rights, an expert in the field...

tests begin on charter for small companies - news

Auditors have begun testing an ethical business charter that will encourage social responsibility among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project, set up...

Adidas has agreed to send a senior manager to talk to members of the European Parliament about its ethical supply chain monitoring in Indonesia. The move follows...

purchasers get ethics guidance - news

A policy on ethical business practices has been issued to the 27,000 worldwide members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. The institute, whose...

inbrief - news

The first ever European Parliament hearing on ethical business took place in Brussels on 22 November. The one-day hearing, open to all members of the European Parliament...

AIDS ‘an ethical business issue’ - news

AIDS has become a serious business risk as well as a humanitarian tragedy, according to the international security consultants Control Risks Group. In its annual...

inbrief - news

The third issue of Visions of ethical business, a yearly publication on corporate social responsibility matters, will be launched on 20 November. This year’s issue, published...

Africa gets new voice on business ethics - news

A new business ethics body for African countries is to hold its founding convention in Kenya this month. The Business Ethics Network for Africa (BEN-Africa) will use the...

government told to take the lead - news

A major inquiry led by eight of the prime corporate movers on social responsibility has told the UK government it must significantly step up its efforts to promote ethical...

inbrief - news

Sir John Egan will take over from Sir Stuart Hampson this month as chairman of the Centre for Tomorrow's Company, a think tank that aims to encourage ethical business...

consultants scent a growing UK market - news

An international consultancy business has begun a UK trawl for experts in corporate social responsibility to cater for what it believes is a boom in demand for consultants in the...

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

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...

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...

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.

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Ethics and Employee Engagement - calendar

Do you want to know how to improve employee engagement in your organisation so that your ethical culture is strengthened? Do you want to understand how the way in which day-to-day jobs are designed...

Alliance Boots publish 2010/11 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Alliance Boots' ambition is not simply to become the world's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty group, but also a world-leading sustainable business. Progress on Alliance Boots' targets is...

Merck launches 2008 global corporate responsibility report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc. have launched their 2008 global corporate responsibility report in which they emphasize that the fundamentals of good corporate governance and accountability, ethical business...

IABC Communicating Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

The storm in the financial markets is challenging corporations to demonstrate responsible behaviour to internal and external stakeholders. How does the economic turmoil impact a company’s...

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

UKSIF provides free training for IFAs on SRI - calendar

UKSIF will be running free training events for independent financial advisers (IFAs) on responsible investment in mid-May 2006. The half-day seminars, which will be held throughout the...

Anheuser-Busch Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Global Leader in Responsibility Highlights Key Performance Data in Alcohol Awareness, Environment, People, Community, Accountability

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS - bestpractice

Corporate social responsibility is not practised only by large companies. A small hotel in southern England has developed innovative policies designed to improve the...

Public Relations Ethics: a contradiction in terms? - books

‘Indeed this book is for public relations practitioners and all those interested in public communication who seek an examination of the practical applications of ethical thinking. But, perhaps...

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