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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...

ESG factors drive stronger performance in emerging markets equities - news

By Roger Aitken— Investing in emerging markets (EM) equities with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings leads to “better performance” when adjusted for...

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....

Rolex, Lego, and Disney top Reputation Institute’s 2017 Global Reptrak® 100 - news

Reputation Institute (RI), a provider of stakeholder measurement, membership and management services, has announced the company’s annual Global RepTrak® 100 rankings.  ...

Sky educates UK consumers about marine trash - news

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

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

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...

Long-term strategy improves business performance - news

By Vikas Vij — Having the ability to envision the company’s future is a critical element of successful corporate leadership. Setting bold, long-term goals allows a company to move...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

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

Honest dialogue: the key to a sustainable future  - news

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

How HR capacity planning can help you survive Brexit  - news

by Rita Treharn — The votes have been cast, and the majority has spoken: Britain is leaving the EU, and all hell has been let loose. While Sterling sinks and the country tries to figure...

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,...

High performing business: the what & why of purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall—“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” Mark Twain. Can business be purposeful and successful? That...

International Tourism Partnership launches Hotel Water Measure Initiative to set industry standards - news

by Brian Collett —Thousands of hotels throughout the world are expected to combine in a drive to cut water consumption.      Along with conservation measures, they...

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

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

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....

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...

French labour law reforms spark controversy - news

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

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

Business in the Community launches National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey - news

Business in the Community has launched a landmark National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey to gain a comprehensive understanding of the UK workforce’s mental wellbeing, and identify...

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...

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

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

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

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

EU project turns textile waste into consumer products - news

By Vikas Vij — The global textile industry is valued at over $1 trillion, ranking as the second largest industry in terms of intensity of trade. Textiles are also the fastest growing...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

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

Motivating models for 21st century employee engagement - news

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

Corporate world moves forward with human rights transparency - news

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

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...

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...

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...

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

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

European market for renewable energy continues to grow - news

EP Journal By RP Siegel Market demand for renewable energy in Europe as documen-ted by Guarantees of Origin, grew by 8% over the previous year, extending an extraordinary growth streak....

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...

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

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the most recent MorningStar data - news

Among UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2016, the £124.97m Kempen (Lux) Sustainable Eur Small Cap I fund ranked top out of a sector universe of 253 funds with a...

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...

BMW comes top in global sustainability rankings - news

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

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

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

Hauliers to drive new campaign to get more women into logistics - news

The Road Haulage Association is launching a campaign called She’s RHA, designed to address the shortage of women in road transport. The industry has a workforce of 2.2m of which just...

Animal welfare grows in importance to food companies worldwide - news

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

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

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

British consumers making more ethical choices, finds report - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the December 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered funds over the past one year to 30 November 2015, the £2,343.66m Pictet-Water USD fund was top ranked in Morningstar’s analysis of 251 sector funds with a...

European SRI retail funds market expands €9bn in 2015 - news

The latest annual report on ethical, green and social funds at the retail level across Europe from Vigeo, the leading European rating agency evaluating corporate responsibility, reveals that 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....

Legal & General to stop quarterly reporting - news

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

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

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

CSR commitments do pay off finds new study - news

A new study has identified three common factors that ensure CSR adds to a company’s bottom line. Academics reviewed 163 research papers from top-tier journals published from 2000 to...

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the November 2015 data - news

In the UK registered funds sector Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund I, a £120.38m fund, top ranked over the past one year to 31 October 2015 with a cumulative return of...

Gender equality: running to stand still? - news

2015 was the year Hillary Clinton declared she was running for president in the US; it was also the year that the US fell to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap list...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

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

Collaboration to yield ‘transformational’ platform for reporting - news

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

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

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

Better disclosure improves link between pay and performance - news

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

Kia maps out five-year ambition for green car leadership - news

Korea’s Kia Motors is looking to drive the market for more environmentally-friendly cars by giving investment into fuel-efficient technologies a significant boost. The brand’s...

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...

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...

Ethical Performance journalist wins State Street Press Award - news

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

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...

Business at risk from weak speak up provision, says IBE - news

Around half of employees aware of misconduct do not ‘speak up’ about their concerns, evidence from the IBE Ethics at Work Survey shows. And that’s putting businesses in...

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...

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...

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

Successful shareholder engagement on environmental and social issues helps companies improve both their financial performance and governance, showing that involvement that is “less...

'Critical disconnect' between IFAs and responsible investment revealed - news

A survey of 400 global Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) has shown that many fail to even discuss responsible investment with their clients. Research from Alquity, the responsible...

Clear-cut link found between ESG disclosure and business performance - news

New research has found a definitive link between ESG disclosure and business performance. The analysis by responsible investment manager Alquity and Cass Business School of over 4,400 listed...

African Fairtrade gold to bolster commercial opportunities - news

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

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

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered Funds, the £544.95m AXA Framlington Health R Inc fund once again top ranked overall out of 255 funds in the sector over the past one year to the end of August 2015 with...

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

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

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

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

Developing a new mindset - news

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

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...

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...

BT tops carbon reporting league for second year - news

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

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...

China launches first carbon efficient financial index - news

The Shanghai Stock Exchange and China Securities Index have launched China’s first index of carbon efficient companies. Powered by data from Trucost, the new index aims to identify...

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...

SRI Fund Spotlight: CLI Framlington Health A - news

CLI Framlington Health A, an OEIC fund that seeks capital growth by investing in healthcare and medical services and products companies globally (including pharmaceutical producers, biotech...

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...

We’re talking serious CSR here, aren’t we? - news

Why is CSR sometimes considered a dirty word in business circles? I’ve mentioned in this column before the sniffy attitude I’ve received at mainstream business events when I’ve...

Business shifts attitude over importance of employee well-being - news

Fewer than half of the UK businesses surveyed for a staff policies report believed they had a duty of care for employee health. The researchers found that 46% saw staff health as a...

OECD countries fail to combat bribery - news

Major exporting countries are failing to combat cross-border bribery, according to anti-corruption group Transparency International’s (TI) latest report. TI has found that 22 of the...

Companies shirking responsibility for employee wellbeing - news

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

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...

Robeco Chinese Equities Class D EUR fund performance examined by Roger Aitken - news

The £1,035.13 million (€1,461.09m) Robeco Chinese Equities Class D EUR Acc fund top ranked the UK Registered Fund sector out of 251 funds over the past one year to 30 June 2015 with...

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...

Large businesses told to report average male and female salaries - news

Proposals to compel larger companies to publish average salaries for their male and female employees in an effort to close the gender pay gap are to be debated by business leaders with Nicky...

Korean ad agency Cheil fine tunes CSR - news

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

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

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

UK to press ahead with gender pay gap disclosure legislation - news

The British government is to press ahead with plans to force large firms to disclose data on the gender pay gap among its workforce. Writing in The Times newspaper ahead of a speech to...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

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

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...

Eventide Gilead scores ‘Triple First’ in rankings - news

In the US mutual funds sector Eventide Gilead N, a $1,784.56m fund ranked top over the past one, three and five years to date out of 191 funds. With a cumulative performance of +27.60% over the...

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  ...

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...

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...

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

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

British business at risk from 'diversity deficit' finds report - news

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

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...

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

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

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

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

REC solar panels now certified for floating installations - news

REC, a leading global provider of solar energy solutions, has completed tests to confirm that its solar panels can be deployed in floating solar installations to the same standards of...

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...

Chinese funds storm up rankings as Roger Aitken examines the latest data - news

China’s offshore and onshore equity markets have certainly been in extremely robust health over the past year and outperformed other major markets. Evidencing rising Chinese share...

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...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

Roger Aitken examines AXA Framlington Health R Inc - news

AXA Framlington Health R Inc., a £563.52m fund, topped ranked the UK funds sector over the past year to 31 March 2015 with a robust performance of +44.42%. It followed superlative...

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...

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...

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

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc fund again top ranked amongst UK Registered Funds over the past year to 28 February 2015 with a cumulative return of +58.58% versus +47.47%/36th rank over the...

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...

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

Lenovo takes CSR strategy into new markets - news

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

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

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

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...

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...

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...

Roger Aitken interprets the February 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £28.12m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 January 2015 with a cumulative return of +62.18% versus +57.05%/14th...

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...

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

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

Investor coalition backs new human rights reporting push - news

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

SGS wins BS 11000 accreditation approval - news

Certification company SGS United Kingdom Ltd has been approved by the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) as a certification body for BS 11000 – the world’s first standard for...

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

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

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...

Roger Aitken interprets the January 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, continued its good run and again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2014 with a cumulative return of...

Finding the inspiration for change - news

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

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...

Volunteering can boost business as well as community links - news

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

‘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...

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...

BITC launches 3-year action plan to tackle water management - news

Business leaders are calling on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

Fairtrade Foundation turns spotlight on 'clean gold' - news

Following its success with tea, coffee and bananas, the Fairtrade Foundation is looking to further its engagement with the gold industry.  "Not enough people know about Fairtrade...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets December 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 November 2014 with an improved cumulative return of +49.31% versus...

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...

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

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

Investment industry urged to address lack of female execs - news

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

UPS and DHL awarded European label for sustainable transport - news

Green Freight Europe (GFE) has awarded UPS and Deutsche Post DHL with their ‘first leaf’ - an award given to companies that have shared CO2 data and information on policies,...

New benchmark to gauge corporate performance in human rights - news

A group of investors, an NGO, a think tank and an investor research agency, have launched a project to rank companies on their human rights performance. A total of 500 of the top global...

ESG factors now integral to investment process, says Aviva - news

In its second biennial survey of global asset managers on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, Aviva Investors’ multi-manager research team has found that there is widespread...

Plaza wins equality honour - news

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

Greene praised for leadership impact - news

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

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...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the November 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £19.64m fund, top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 October 2014 with a cumulative return of +36.51% versus +38.19%/73rd rank...

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

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

Standard Chartered under investigation in South Korea - news

South Korea’s financial regulator, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), is investigating Standard Chartered Bank (SC) Korea for allegedly sending excessive dividends of KRW 1.1...

Culture change in banks may take a generation - news

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

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...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the October 2014 data - news

The £404.55m AXA Framlington Health R Inc fund top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 September 2014 with a cumulative return of +24.41% - with double-first...

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

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

Equality frozen in time with latest employee benefit? - news

When I heard about Facebook and Apple’s practice of offering female employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs (in order to retain and attract more female talent), my first thoughts...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

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

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

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...

Reward employees for how they do business, says IBE - news

Reward employees who uphold company values, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE).  Knowing that they will be appraised on how they do business as well as what...

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...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

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  ...

Friends with shared benefits - news

NGOs no longer view corporates just as benevolent cash machines, they recognise they can offer a whole lot more than money. Similarly companies are viewing NGOs not simply as some kind of...

Astellas extends Kenyan care initiative - news

Astellas Pharma Europe announced its backing of a new €1.5m programme to tackle obstetric fistula in May. Ken Jones, ceo and president, gives Ethical Performance an update The...

Big business starts to show pay moderation - news

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

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  ...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the data - news

The £31m DNB ECO AR retail A (EUR) fund topped ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 July 2014 with a cumulative return of +16.88% versus +8.44%/`153rd over the past...

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

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

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...

HP targets executives in UK fraud allegation - news

The US computer multinational Hewlett-Packard (HP), which is mounting a fraud action against a successful UK business it acquired three years ago, is now targeting two of its bosses. HP...

Japan to set up sports corruption unit for Tokyo 2020 Olympics - news

The Japanese government has announced plans to set up a special policing unit to monitor and investigate corruption threats to the nation’s sporting bodies. Government officials say...

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...

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...

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

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the July 2014 data - news

The £6.31m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund yet again surpassed its peers in the UK Registered funds sector in the year to 30 June 2014 with a +28.34% cumulative return versus a less...

EY finds worrying levels of fraud, bribery and corruption worldwide - news

EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey, Overcoming compliance fatigue: reinforcing the commitment to ethical growth, has found concerning levels of perceived fraud, bribery and corruption across...

North Korea joins OECD anti-money laundering group - news

North Korea has joined the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) as an observer. The APG aims to prevent the funding of terrorism or for the development of nuclear weapons. APG is...

Perion in CR push following merger - news

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

Directors need to be active in setting company’s values, says IBE - news

Boards need to set and maintain company values, says a new report from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). Ethics, Risk &Governance: a board briefing paper aims to help directors...

EHRC issues guidance to help boost number of women on boards - news

New guidance published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) advises companies, search firms and recruitment agencies about positive steps that can be taken to improve the...

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...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

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

Making room for CSR - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the June 2014 data: - news

The £6.19m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund surpassed its peers in the UK Registered funds sector in the year to 31 May 2014 with a +22.07% cumulative return versus less than spectacular...

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...

Allergan tops Newsweek's Green Rankings - news

The 2014 Newsweek Green Rankings show improvement in environmental performance disclosure by global firms. The top-ranked company on the US 500 was Allergan, the California-based pharma...

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...

Initiative launched to improve supply chain environmental performance - news

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched the Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), a new business-driven service aimed at supporting retailers and importers to improve...

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

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

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...

Pay workers fairly or lose customers, warns KPMG - news

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

Audi dealers exposed over false safety claims - news

The Audi car manufacturer and many of its dealers have been exposed making false safety claims. Nine out of 10 Audi dealers around Britain were found by under-cover BBC researchers to be...

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...

Dell takes up closed-loop plastics supply chain - news

Technology giant Dell has become the first organisation to use the UL-Environment certified closed-loop recycled plastics in computer manufacturing. In partnership with Wistron GreenTech,...

Company values drive success for UK’s Best Workplaces - news

This year’s record number of Best Workplaces attribute their business success to their organisational values. They say their values help build the culture essential for driving individual...

Carbon spotlight falls on Kellogg and General Mills - news

The 'Big 10' food and drink companies together emit more greenhouse gases than Scandinavia and, if they were an individual country, would rank as the 25th most polluting, a new report...

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

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

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...

Ecotricity saves British wind firm - news

Britain’s green energy company Ecotricity has bought small wind firm Evance out of administration. Evance have pioneered an innovative new windmill design which is 90% of the way...

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

US telecoms giant Sprint is to be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas. The materia,l manufactured by California-based...

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...

Promote those who volunteer most, think tank tells bosses - news

British business should award promotions or pay rises to employees who have done the most volunteering, according to a new Demos report. With BITC's Give and Gain Day coming up this...

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...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April 2014 data - news

The £6.17m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund yet again outpaced peers in the UK Registered funds sector over the past year to 31 March 2014 with a cumulative +54.37% return albeit that...

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

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

Helping hands - news

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

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...

Olympic athletes quit after abuse - news

For South Korea, one of the highlights of the Sochi Winter Olympics was the performance of their women’s curling team. Though they just missed the podium, their performance impressed....

Brands still failing Rana Plaza survivors & victim’s families - news

As events take place around the world to remember those who died and were injured in the Rana Plaza building collapse a year ago, campaigners are demanding brands pay up. According to the...

ESG factors gaining momentum with investors says AXA - news

Clients are increasingly asking for the monitoring and assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios according to a report published by AXA Investment...

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...

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...

Nadeshiko equality label boosts company performance - news

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

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...

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

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

Global project to build investment metrics for greener construction - news

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

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the February 2014 data - news

The £5.94m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 January 2014 with a cumulative +50.46% return versus past...

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...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

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

Recycling rates on increase in UK - news

Serco, one of the UK’s leading environmental service providers has published new research investigating the impact of recycling incentives. The study shows that authorities with...

Procter & Gamble comes under fire over palm oil use - news

Greenpeace has called on household products titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) to commit to an immediate “no-deforestation” policy after linking the company to palm oil suppliers...

Mondi makes environmental stewardship move with WWF - news

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

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

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

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...

High levels of unauthorised absence ring supply chain alarm bells - news

A high level of unauthorised absence should ring alarm bells for retailers when assessing their suppliers as it can often indicate poor working conditions says new research from Responsible...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the January data: - news

The £5.69m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2013 with a cumulative +67.62% performance. It...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

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

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....

UK boasts highest paid CEOs in Europe - news

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

Westpac ranked world's most sustainable company - news

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

Roger Aitken interprets the January data - news

The £6.92m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 November 2013 with a cumulative +92.68% performance. This...

New BlackRock fund screens out tobacco stocks - news

Global investment manager BlackRock has launched the BlackRock Developed World ex Tobacco Index Fund to meet demand from organisations in the healthcare sector, charities, medical foundations...

Something new under the sun roof at Ford Motors - news

Global car manufacturer Ford has unveiled a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle. Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept harnesses...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Korean executives evade new laws on disclosure of earnings - news

New regulations require listed companies in South Korea to report exactly how much individual executives earning over KRW 500 million received the previous year. The rule applies to...

Human rights violations rise 70%, says Maplecroft survey - news

A striking 70% rise in the number of countries where the risk of human rights violations is extreme is recorded in a survey by Maplecroft, a UK-based risk research consultancy. The...

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...

Arriva to invest £4.5m in rail eco-technology - news

European transport group Arriva is to invest £4.5m in eco-technology at its UK rail operations. More than 580 train cabs from 15 different train fleets at the group's Arriva Trains...

GSK shakes up sales process to improve transparency - news

Pharmaceutical giant GSK is radically altering its global sales process in order to build greater trust and transparency. Gone are individual sales targets with sales professionals, who work...

Companies in Middle East can no longer turn blind eye on human rights - news

Companies operating across the Middle East must uphold human rights according to a new report by an international human rights organisation. The new report, released in Arabic, English and...

Ethics embedded at board level but not training, says IBE - news

More companies than ever before are investing in ethics programmes, according to the latest survey from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), citing seven out of 10 respondents investing...

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...

International shoe brands come under child labour spotlight - news

A new report from Stop Child Labour (SCL) raises questions about big brand shoe labels and their track records in addressing the issue of child labour in their supply chains. SCL says that...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the November 2013 data: - news

The £6.58m Guinness Alternative Energy C fund continued its top ranking amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 October 2013 with an improving cumulative +94.44% performance...

Ceo role under the spotlight - news

Companies are more likely to hire prior ceos because they are increasingly unwilling to take the risk of hiring executives with no previous job-specific experience. But according to a new study...

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...

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...

South Korea investigates Samsung’s labour practices - news

South Korea’s labour ministry is to examine allegations that the Samsung Group instructed subsidiaries to foil attempts by workers to organize labour unions. The move comes after an...

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...

Nestlé addresses youth unemployment with 20,000 job pledge - news

Nestlé has pledged to create 20,000 positions for young people across Europe over the next three years. The Nestlé needs YOUth Initiative will offer jobs to 10,000 people...

WCD board members $8 trillion market cap - news

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) – a global community of more than 2,500 directors – recently aggregated the market capitalization of the public companies on whose boards their...

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...

Female representation on FTSE100 boards rises - news

Latest figures for women on boards show that female representation in the top FTSE100 companies’ boards continues to increase.? The statistics suggest that the UK is making good...

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...

People Profiles: Manny Amadi, C&E Advisory - news

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

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...

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...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

Female quotas make no difference to board's effectiveness: study - news

Positive discrimination towards women at board level fails to improve bottom-line business performance, maintains an expert in business ethics. Professor Nada Kakabadse, a global authority...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the October data: - news

Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £2.8m fund, came top amongst UK Registered funds over the past one year to 31 August with a cumulative +64.51% return – versus -21.51%/149th peer...

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,...

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...

Partnering with NGOs boosts corporate reputation, finds C&E report - news

Businesses see the enhancing of brand, reputation and credibility as the most important reason for partnering with NGOs, reports the 2013 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. This benefit...

inbrief - news

Step on it… A new start-up has been launched that aims to tackle obesity and promote fitness by labelling the stairs of the world for calorie burn. The idea is grounded in...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

Sandra Kerr, OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, the race equality campaign from Business in the Community, tells Ethical Performance why diversity is key to the responsible business...

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...

P&G builds on partnership with Habitat for Humanity - news

American FMCG titan Procter & Gamble (P&G) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction, repair, and cleaning of homes in 12 countries around the world. The...

BITC’s Workwell benchmark opens up to all businesses - news

Business in the Community (BITC) is opening up its Workwell benchmark to all companies, regardless of size. The move follows a successful trial of the process with companies listed on the FTSE...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

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

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...

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...

Eco packaging high on consumer agenda, says Tetra Pak study - news

More consumers than ever are looking for environmentally-friendly logos on packaging finds a new global report by packaging giant Tetra Pak. The survey reveals that it’s a top concern for...

AkzoNobel looks to paint brighter recycling future - 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...

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...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September data: - news

Among UK Registered funds Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £2.46m fund, produced a stunning +80.95% over the past one year to 31 July 2013. However, this must be put in context with a...

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

? Stroud success... CalPERS, the largest public pension fund in the US, has named Sabrina Stroud as the division chief for the fund’s Enterprise Strategy and Performance Division.

Investors see risk of climate change but struggle on gauging green assets - news

Institutional investors may be sophisticated enough to model the effect that accelerating global warming has on their portfolios, but generally struggle to assess which green investments work...

Ethical funds outperform non-ethical rivals - news

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

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...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

Tiffany sparkles with 100% diamond traceability - news

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

Global uptick in consumer willingness to back ethical brands - news

The number of consumers willing to pay more for goods and services from ethical companies is on the rise globally, according to a new survey by market research organisation Nielsen. The...

Women losing out in gender bonus battle - news

New salary figures show the existing gender pay gap in the UK is being aggravated by a 50 per cent bonus pay gap. The data, published annually by CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and...

Younger people shoulder more ethical dilemmas at work - news

Younger workers are more susceptible to experiencing ethical dilemmas on the job, according to a new study from the Ethics Resource Center. “Generational Differences in Workplace...

Mobile industry to tackle Indonesia tin mining problems - news

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

Ethical funds outperform non-ethical rivals - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the August data: - news

Among UK Funds it was Guinness Alternative Energy C, a £1.96m fund, which secured the yellow jersey over the last one year to 30 June 2013 with a cumulative return of +39.76%. However, it...

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...

Ethics & economics are stacking up against fossil-fuel investment - news

“Coal is a dead man walkin’,” Deutsche Bank global head of asset management Kevin Parker told The Washington Post in January 2011. “Banks won’t finance them....

Heat and coal… - news

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

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

As a group of 17 US retailers, including Wal-Mart and Gap, have agreed a five-year pact to improve conditions at clothing factories in Bangladesh, controversy still rages around the European...

The challenge of making a stand for change - news

When Shakespeare’s Juliet poses the question, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” she is alluding to the fact that what matters is what...

ArcelorMittal abandons plans to build new plant in India - news

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

Values-driven shoppers replace ‘green’ consumers in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

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....

Europeans believe buying green can make a difference - news

A new European Commission survey indicates that more than three-quarters of EU consumers are willing to pay more for environmentally-friendly products if they were confident that the products...

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...

Call for definitive standards for human rights reporting - news

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

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...

A framework for maximising employee engagement - news

The UK is ranked ninth amongst the world’s twelve largest economies for employee engagement levels (Kenexa 2009). Productivity statistics also paint a worrying picture with a recent ONS...

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...

Corporate diversity still lacking in top European firms - news

Large European companies may have gone global, but this is not yet reflected in their leadership according to a study by AXA Investment Managers. The report, Future-proofing company...

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...

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

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

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...

Boeing flying high as CO2 emissions fall by 26% - news

Dreamliner maker Boeing has made significant improvements in its environmental performance, despite a 50% increase in airplane production over recent years (2007 to 2012). According to its...

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...

UK catering industry makes meal of energy savings - news

The Carbon Trust has developed a Cut Cost & Carbon Calculator specifically for the catering industry. According to the Trust, UK catering operations account for almost 2% of all business and...

Lord Heseltine to receive environmental fellowship - news

Former British deputy prime minister and Conservative MP Lord Heseltine is to receive an honorary fellowship from the Society for the Environment for his contribution to environmental concerns....

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...

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...

Environmental investing comes of age - news

FTSE Group, the global index provider, has launched the FTSE ET100 index, adding to its FTSE Environmental Markets Series. Jupiter (one of the UK’s leading fund groups) is adopting the new...

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...

Former FT mandate,Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the Fundwatch data: - news

Ethical funds across five sectors analysed by Morningstar in the latest one-year period to 30 April 2013 posted reasonably healthy peer group average returns ranging between +10.97% for European...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

New ways of measuring company performance - news

Written by Jeffrey Harrison &  Andy Wicks, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, US Firm performance is a fundamental issue for scholars and practitioners alike. We...

New index... - news

Pharma companies are failing to adequately disclose the impacts of their social contributions according to a new index. The VV-Good index compares the Top 10 pharmaceutical companies...

Institutional integrity... - news

Three quarters of companies targeted in an investor engagement aimed at improving disclosure and understanding of companies’ anti-corruption risk management have significantly improved...

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....

GSK & Save the Children ramp up collaboration - news

Save the Children and pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are ramping up their collaborative efforts with an ambitious new partnership to save the lives of a million of the poorest children in...

Park life... - news

?Holiday park company Center Parcs has been recertified to the Carbon Trust Standard for all UK operations, including its four villages - spanning 1,600 acres of forest - and says it remains on...

Baby milk manufacturers come under ethical spotlight again - news

Infant feeding brands are under the ethical cosh again following an American pressure group’s assertion that some are using genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and therefore exposing...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

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

Squeaky clean... - news

Colgate-Palmolive has been named to Fortune Magazine’s 2013 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” an annual ranking of the world’s most admired and respected...

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...

European & US retailers clash over response to Bangladesh tragedy - news

US retailers Sears, Gap Inc and, the world’s biggest, Walmart have no plans to sign the fire and building safety agreement backed by some of Europe’s biggest clothing brands -...

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...

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

BASF has achieved gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, making it the first chemical company to do so....

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...

Investors encourage participation in UN’s ‘PRI for Rio’ global initiative - news

As investors across the globe are increasingly evaluating companies’ ability to address environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges, a coalition of 34...

All in a good day's work - news

The positive effects of employee volunteering on the community sector have long been recognised but there is less understanding of the benefits that volunteering can bring to a business and...

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...

Disney takes more transparent approach to reporting - news

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

Amadeus technology flies high for UNICEF - news

“This has the potential to be the biggest global CSR programme ever,” Tomás Lopez Fernebrand, senior vp, general counsel & corporate secretary, Amadeus told Ethical...

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,...

Opower in bid to change consumer behaviour in Europe - news

Leading US cleantech company, Opower is launching into the European market in a bid to repeat its success in the US.    Sitting at the apex of ‘big data’ and...

Blowing the final whistle on corruption in sport? - news

One of my father’s favourite sporting photographs – and mine, actually, if you don’t count the one capturing John McEnroe’s first Wimbledon win in 1981 – shows him...

Aviva, HSBC & Tesco team to back Street Children day - news

Financial institutions are not well known for working in partnership but this year global insurance brand Aviva has teamed with HSBC, together with supermarket giant Tesco, to back International...

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...

Mother knows best... - news

Mother knows best... Working Mother magazine has named Sodexo one of the “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Sodexo has...

Shale up... - news

Shale up... Oil and gas companies have partnered with environmental groups to develop performance standards for the industry. Instigated by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, an...

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

Access to Nutrition Index launched - news

The world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers must do more to increase access to nutritious products and positively exercise their influence on consumer choice and behaviour, says...

Vigeo publishes corruption study - news

Demonstrating that preventing corporate corruption is a performance issue at the heart of corporate responsibility, a new study from Vigeo identifies and compares the corruption prevention...

Closing the credibility gap in reporting - news

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

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

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

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

Currently, women in Europe have to work 59 extra days to get to the same salary as their male counterparts, but the ‘Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed...

Laos dam project goes ahead despite Asia outcry - news

The Laos government and the company it commissioned to build a huge hydroelectric dam on the Mekong river are under renewed attack for breaching their agreement to halt the work.   A...

Italy makes progress but still faces ‘numerous challenges’ - news

Fifteen of the 30 European cities with the worst air pollution are in Italy, reports the OECD in its environmental performance review of the country. The review concedes that Italy has...

AXA develops ESG framework - news

AXA Investment Managers has developed a framework for analysing sovereign debt portfolios according to ESG criteria. Following publication of its own research study, Sovereign debt investing:...

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...

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....

EuroCharity teams with VRS to launch ESG report - news

EuroCharity has partnered with Valuation & Research Specialists (VRS) to launch an ESG Metrics Report service for its corporate members. The service will offer stakeholder briefings on...

Could Coca-Cola be letting the genie out of the can? - news

Selling your product can be a difficult enough process without drawing attention to its failings in your own marketing. Whether questions of usefulness or quality, or allusions to any...

Barclays CEO breaks with bank’s scandal-hit past - news

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has told the bank’s staff that they must adopt five new core values – respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship – or leave...

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...

Management must become more inclusive to resolve ‘crisis of trust’, claims Edelman - news

The legacy of scandals involving big corporations and public figures is a continuing crisis of public trust in leadership, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer. Fewer than one...

Governments urged to target lobbying and political funding to increase transparency - news

Corruption remains a serious threat facing humanity, Transparency International (TI) declares in a new report. In its 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index, TI speaks of poor families being...

Shell’s Niger Delta acquittals fail to deter campaigners - news

A Dutch court has acquitted oil giant Shell of four of the five charges it faced in connection with pollution in the Niger Delta. On the fifth charge, Shell has been ordered to pay...

Deepwater rig owners to pay $1.4bn over role in disaster - news

Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded three years ago causing 11 deaths and pollution of the Gulf of Mexico and the US coast, has agreed to pay $400m (£253m,...

Walmart extends security investigation - news

Walmart’s internal investigation into violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been extended from its operation in Mexico ( EP, July 2012, p16 ) to also cover Brazil, India,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

Creative thinking: the key to a sustainable future - news

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

The old news agenda and today’s drivers of change - news

Reading through the blizzard of reports and utterances from the great CSR news community is not one of the most positive experiences right now. There are so many stories knocking around about...

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

Two US business organisations are seeking to overturn a law compelling companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals. The rule was adopted by the Securities & Exchange Commission...

World Gold Council launches conflict-free standard - news

The World Gold Council has developed the Conflict-Free Gold Standard, an industry-led approach to combat the potential misuse of mined gold to fund armed conflict. The council hopes the...

HSBC faces $1.5bn laundering fine - news

UK-headquartered bank HSBC expects to pay a fine of at least $1.5bn (£940m, €1.18bn) to the US authorities for breaches of money laundering rules. This follows a Senate report,...

Mathur joins CalPERS - news

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board member Priya Sara Mathur has joined the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Association board. PRI is the...

News Corp remains Murdoch stronghold - news

Three shareholder proposals to reduce the Murdoch family’s control of News Corp ( EP, October 2012, page 3 ) were defeated by a majority of voting shares at the company’s AGM in Los...

Once bitten, twice shy: how unexpected risks are concentrating investors’ minds - news

Data is the unglamorous foundation on which investment decisions are built. And the increasing availability of reliable ESG data is giving investors more powerful risk-assessment tools,...

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...

Business and the witness to unwelcome truths - news

In March 2008, Richard Falk was appointed UN special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories. He is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and...

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...

US Supreme Court leaves Chevron to $19bn Ecuador claim - news

The US Supreme Court has declined to block an Ecuadorian court’s judgement that oil company Chevron pay $19bn (£11.8bn, €14.5bn) in damages for polluting the oil-rich Amazonian...

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...

A big conversation with the chattering classes - news

The internet and its burgeoning social networks has given consumers and communities unprecedented power to publish and organise action. But is it just a passing fad? As you read this,...

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

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

Walk the walk, but ensure you also talk the talk - news

As markets become increasingly competitive, every company knows it's vital to recruit and retain the best staff. What some may not realise, however, is that implementing a clear CSR strategy...

Firms still failing to report anti-corruption activities - news

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

RBS faces shareholder lawsuit over frailties 'hidden' during £12bn rights issue - news

Shareholders are preparing to sue British bank Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and its former CEO Fred Goodwin over a £12bn ($19.4bn, €15bn) rights issue of six billion shares offered in...

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...

Alien Tort Act hearing revisits Shell's Nigerian connection - news

The US Alien Tort Act comes under renewed scrutiny this month as the Supreme Court hears allegations that the Shell oil company conspired with and abetted crimes against humanity in 1990s...

Oil industry ‘hiding risks' as BP faces $21bn Deepwater fines - news

BP has been accused of ‘gross negligence or wilful misconduct' over its Deepwater Horizon accident, which spilled nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010....

The search for value among the numbers - news

We will continue to consume and trade as the climate changes. But in a world where production and supply chains come under increasing strain, how far down the path is it right to exploit...

Oil sands producers join to tackle environment issues - news

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

The state is redrawing its battle lines with business - news

Everywhere, there are signs that ‘the state’ is tightening the screw on companies which, in its collective view, are acting unethically, or generally against its interests or that of...

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...

Libor rate-riggers could face jail as investigations continue - news

Bankers found guilty in the Libor rate-rigging scandal could face jail terms after the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed that existing legislation gives them the power to bring...

IKEA invests in wind farm - news

IKEA’s plans to fill all its energy needs from renewable sources ( EP, July 2012, p5 ) are taking another step with investment in a 30-turbine wind farm on Glötesvålen, a...

FTSE 100 should aim for more women at board level - news

A proposal by Lord Davies of Abersoch that at least 25% of the directors of FTSE 100 companies should be women by 2015 ( EP, April 2011, p3 ) is on track, according to a recent review of British...

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...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

Margaret Thatcher loved to talk up the shareholder democracy – particularly when she was selling off one of the UK’s publicly-owned industries. Which was, as it turned out, quite...

Disillusioned customers punish UK big five banks - news

Customers disillusioned with Britain’s bigger banks are switching to smaller alternatives believing they operate more responsibly.    The campaign group Move Your Money...

UK guidelines for business environmental sustainability reporting unveiled - news

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

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

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

Murdoch withdraws as hacking scandal continues - news

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has fuelled speculation about an impending exit from the troubled media giant after resigning as a director of the three UK subsidiaries behind the...

Aerospace industry plans for carbon tax - news

Leaders of some of the most influential aerospace companies on both sides of the Atlantic have met to assess the effects of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).   ...

Shareholders target political spending curbs - news

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

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

US corporations ‘hiding behind lobby groups’ to influence climate policy - news

The row over US corporations’ support for anti-climate change activities has been escalated by an environment science advocacy group that has published a study of companies which are...

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...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

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....

NGOs slam UN for giving into business ‘bluewash’ - news

The UN has been forced to defend itself against an accusation of corporate capture made by civil society bodies worldwide. The UN, which presides over many significant international CSR...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

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...

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

BP to overhaul supply chain management - news

BP is to introduce measures strengthening its supply chain management in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster. As a result of a review launched after the spill in 2010, the oil multinational...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, a two-­day gathering of senior CSR practitioners to learn and share experiences with their peers, will be held on 17-18 July at Bore Place in...

Heineken looks to take development role in earthquake-stricken Haiti - news

Heineken is planning to build schools and hospitals in Haiti in the latest sign of private-sector expansion into international development and public services. The brewer looks set to...

Chiquita faces Alien Tort case over role in Colombia - news

The fruit multinational Chiquita will face a US court over its role in funding paramilitaries in Colombia, in what may be the most significant Alien Tort case of recent years.   The...

US consumers unconvinced by corporate claims of their products’ greenness - news

US consumers are not persuaded by corporate environmental claims, and the vast majority say they would boycott a product if they found they had been misled on the issue. Research by PR...

‘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...

Big pension funds failing on SRI disclosure, says study - news

The UK’s largest pension providers are letting down their eight million clients on social and governance issues, says a new study. FairPensions, which surveyed the ten largest...

Brazil imposes travel ban on oil chiefs awaiting spill trial - news

Seventeen executives from two oil companies have been banned from leaving Brazil after criminal charges were brought against them for a spill in Rio de Janeiro. Managers at Chevron and...

Henderson SRI team move to Wheb - news

The former Henderson SRI team, sacked by the firm at the end of last year ( EP, February 2012, p2 ), has been appointed by the UK-based sustainable investment boutique Wheb Asset Management,...

Trafigura clarification - news

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

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...

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...

London Olympics races to neutralise sweatshop row - news

The London Olympics organising committee is introducing measures to protect workers in its supply chain after evidence of sweatshop labour at its Chinese suppliers' factories. In a...

Canada in tar sands trade spat with EU - news

The EU looks likely to encounter more problems with its climate change efforts as Canada becomes the latest country to threaten a trade war over proposals on the import of fuel derived from tar...

Coalition resists social duty call on UK regulator - news

Coalition MPs have defeated an amendment to a bill that would have placed a 'duty' on the UK's planned Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote social and responsible investment....

Growing awareness in China sparks demands for corporate transparency - news

Chinese civil society is becoming increasingly environmentally aware, with indications of meaningful pressure on the government and companies operating in China, says a new report. Giving...

Hershey's to buy Rainforest Alliance cocoa - news

US confectioner Hershey’s has announced it will start buying Rainforest Alliance cocoa, apparently bowing to popular pressure on the issue. At the end of last year, the company was lobbied...

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...

Technology giant faces up to its China syndrome - news

I still remember the first time I used an Apple Mac computer, back in the early stages of my career, nearly 25 years ago. The experience was a significant moment and must have been replicated...

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...

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...

Kimberley Process restarts dialogue with Global Witness in bid for reconciliation - news

The diamond-monitoring Kimberley Process is attempting to rebuild bridges after a clash which saw its main NGO partner leave the scheme.   Gillian Milovanovic, Kimberley’s...

Banks and funds develop KPIs on human rights - news

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

Trafigura director could be ‘personally liable’ for toxic dumping - news

Correction: Trafigura: This article reported that oil trading company Trafigura had been convicted by a Dutch court of illegally dumping toxic waste in the Ivory Coast. It also reported that...

Foxconn factory first in Apple’s supplier labour practices review - news

Apple has bowed to pressure over alleged labour abuses in its factories and taken one of the most significant CSR steps in its chequered history on the issue by appointing an NGO to inspect all...

Azerbaijan joins UN Global Compact - news

Azerbaijan has become the latest developing country to join the UN Global Compact. Supported by Statoil and made up of representatives from businesses, civil society, business associations and...

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...

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...

Hasbro commits to high principles as it publishes first CSR report - news

Toy and game maker Hasbro has emphasised its commitment to “being a highly principled, trustworthy and transparent company” with the release of its first ever CSR report. Hasbro...

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

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

EU to launch practical guide for SMEs on guiding principles - news

The European Union, having established a new corporate responsibility strategy, is to compile the first international human rights guide for small companies.   The EU produced its...

Shipping to be included in carbon targets - news

UK government climate change advisors have said that emissions from shipping should be included in the UK’s carbon targets, and have already drawn up plans for the industry to reduce its...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

Time to focus on the ‘health’ of global supply chains - news

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is an integral part of sustainability, fitting well into the social dimension of the triple bottom line. It features in all the key global reporting...

Bridging the credibility gap on reporting - news

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

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

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

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

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...

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

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

Equality Works sets up diversity accreditation - news

A diversity accreditation scheme has been launched in the UK to help businesses improve people management and enhance business performance in the process. Equality Works, a London-based...

Kleenex wins FSC certification - news

Kleenex has become the first paper tissue brand to achieve Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification in the US. The facial tissue, owned by paper and pulp giant Kimberley-Clark, now sports...

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?    ...

Online campaigners make it tricky for one chocolate Halloween treat - news

More than 50,000 consumers have signed an online petition urging a US chocolate maker to buy certified child labour-free cocoa in time for Halloween. In one of the largest ever petitions...

Foundations’ $25m to boost agricultural performance in drought-hit east Africa - news

A group of US ‘impact investors’ have pledged $25m to develop sustainable agribusinesses in east Africa in response to drought and famine in the region. Foundations including JP...

CO2 standards focus on business case for cuts - news

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

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

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

Fiduciary duty and long-termism drives SRI among European pension funds - news

More than half of European corporate pension funds have an SRI policy, and a further quarter expect to implement one within a year, according to the first comprehensive study of funds in...

inbrief - news

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...

The business climate’s not changing quickly enough - news

As humans, we’re in the lucky position of being able to rationalise. We can weigh up facts and make sophisticated, balanced decisions in pursuit of a defined outcome. But though we can and...

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

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...

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

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

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

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

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

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

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

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

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

Global investment in renewable energy has passed the $200bn (£122bn, €140bn) mark, having risen by a third in 2010, thanks partly to China’s booming renewables market. The...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

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

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...

Exxon ruling reinstates corporate liability case - news

The US Alien Tort Act appears to have been resurrected after its apparent death last year. A potentially landmark decision in July could open up new avenues for complaints and compel...

Scandal sparks News Corp investor backlash - news

A spate of divestments and shareholder lawsuits has added to widespread public criticism of News Corporation in the wake of the UK phone-hacking scandal. The company faces calls to overhaul...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - 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...

AA1000 standards get new seven-strong board - news

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

GRI takes another shot at producing XBRL guide - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

Earthwatch and Rio Tinto – celebrating 20 years - news

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

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

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

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...

More nuanced approach may end the stalemate in baby milk debate - news

FTSE’s decision to adjust the way it assesses company performance on the marketing of breast milk substitutes has to be a welcome step forward ( see page four ). The fact that no...

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...

‘Silence sullies the reputation of good and bad alike’ - news

In April 2005, Sir Geoffrey Chandler wrote a guest column for Ethical Performance entitled ‘Why business has to end its vow of silence’. Here is an edited version of that article,...

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

Corporate responsibility proponent Sir Geoffrey Chandler has died aged 88. Sir Geoffrey, a former senior Shell executive, was responsible for drawing up the company’s first Statement...

Interim AA1000 board to be appointed for one year - news

An open invitation has been issued to ‘interested stakeholders’ who might want to serve on an Interim Standards Board for the AA1000 series of standards.   The new...

inbrief - news

An appeals court in the US has upheld last year’s ruling that Shell cannot be liable for violations of international human rights law in Nigeria in the 1990s. However, the judges’...

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...

Unfortunately, Ruggie hasn’t told us anything we don’t already know - news

It’s hard not to be disappointed by the end-product of John Ruggie’s six-year investigation into human rights and business ( see page one ). There’s no doubt that the process...

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...

Public doesn’t believe corporate carbon claims - news

UK businesses risk facing a ‘costly backlash’ from consumers due to mistrust of their environmental claims and performance, according to the climate change standard organization,...

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....

inbrief - news

In our story headed ‘warning: don’t drop CSR marketing’ in the February issue ( EP12, issue 9, p7 ) we should have said the report in question was published by The...

inbrief - news

The online version of the 2011 Ethical Performance CSR Professional Services Directory is now live.

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...

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...

Micro-credit ‘hurts poor’ as much as it helps them - news

Microfinance projects in the developing world make many people poorer, not richer, a major academic study has concluded. The study by two universities cautions that microfinance should not...

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...

Brewers pledge to cut carbon use by 2020 - news

Targets for cuts in carbon emissions and water use have been set by Britain’s brewing industry. The aims and deadlines are stated in a document signed by 61 companies belonging to the...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

The online version of the 2011 Ethical Performance CSR Professional Services Directory, which lists 530 organizations, is now live.

inbrief - news

Case studies in the latest issue of Ethical Performance Best Practice can now be accessed online on the EP website.

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...

Atmosphere of mistrust led to public showdown - news

EP looks at how the collapse of the body that oversees the AA1000 standards is rooted in a wider conflict – and at what might happen now it has disappeared The dramatic collective...

Key to getting the NGOs onside lies in producing concrete plans - news

Aron Cramer is surely correct, on page two of this issue , to predict that the long-awaited final report of John Ruggie, due this summer, will be among the most important features of the CSR...

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...

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...

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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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Case studies in the latest issue of Ethical Performance Best Practice can now be accessed online on the EP website.

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

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...

'Halo effect' can distort consumer view of CSR - news

A company acting responsibly in one part of its business is likely be regarded by consumers as doing so in other connected areas - even if it isn't. Researchers at the Insead...

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

Ireland now has a benchmark for measuring CSR performance in companies and organizations.   The Business Working Responsibly Mark created by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci)...

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...

Core backs idea of state intervention - news

The state should intervene to resolve human rights disputes between people and corporations, and should fill other gaps in existing frameworks, says a submission to the United Nations...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

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

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Case studies in the latest issue of Ethical Performance Best Practice can now be accessed online on the EP website.

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...

Firms take up water agenda - news

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

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

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

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...

Coming soon: a fourth revamp of GRI guidelines - news

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

CDP issues first water report - news

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Project finance guidance to get a major overhaul - news

The Equator Principles on ethical project financing are to be updated. A ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the newly created Equator Principles Association, which is run by an...

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...

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UK mobile phones have been given an eco rating to help consumers. The rating system, from the O2 network, scores companies on operational environmental impact, overall CSR performance and effect...

The new fund in the market for sustainable farms - news

While the stability of agricultural products comes evermore into question, Agro-Ecological is already treating sustainable farming as an asset class. Mike Scott speaks to the fund’s...

Three strikes and you’re out for the European Commission - news

We have been less than impressed in these pages by the European Commission’s past efforts to stamp its mark on corporate responsibility. Two insipid white papers in 2002 and 2006 –...

Security code is finalized - news

An international code of conduct for private security firms has been agreed and preparations are being made to implement it.   The code is built on the United Nations Respect, Protect,...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

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

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

Patchy safety record still dogs mining sector - news

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

New criteria open way for nuclear firms - news

The FTSE4Good index will no longer automatically exclude nuclear power companies from its socially responsible investment indexes after announcing new criteria for businesses in the industry....

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...

Rapid growth puts BSCI in pole position - news

The Belgium-based Business for Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has proclaimed itself the world’s largest ethical supply chain programme, having recruited more than 200 members since...

Eastern European CSR reporting makes big strides - news

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

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The hotel chain Hyatt has appointed Brigitta Witt as CSR vice-president. Witt, previously Hyatt’s environmental affairs vice-president, will be responsible for community engagement, social...

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Next year’s Ethical Performance Retreat will be held from  12-13 July at Bore Place in the UK.

OFR is back on the table - news

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

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...

racing teams reveal their emissions – and plan ahead - news

The businesses that run Formula One motor racing teams have published their collective greenhouse emissions and scheduled how they will be reduced over the next two years. The Formula One Teams...

no silver bullet for getting your message across - news

Integrated reporting is no cure-all for the problems of CSR communications, says Roger Cowe What’s so great about annual reports? The proper kind, I mean, not corporate responsibility reports –...

effect of European CSR to be measured - news

A three-year quest to measure the impact of corporate social responsibility programmes has begun in Europe. A consortium of 16 leading research institutions will complete the Impact Measurement...

Compact eyes two-tier system for signatories - news

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

Eastern Europe gets CSR monitoring - news

A CSR ‘national monitoring system’ is to be set up by the United Nations Development Programme and the UK-based consultancy Acona in Eastern Europe. The monitoring tool, which will measure CSR...

Jobs go at CSR research firm - news

The business index company MSCI has announced that it will cut up to 80 jobs following its acquisition of the risk management and CSR research firm RiskMetrics. The move is in accordance with...

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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Energy Australia has won the best performance category in the seventh Corporate Responsibility Index awards for Australia and New Zealand, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia) taking the best...

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Europe's largest frozen fish business has announced that it will certify all its brands as sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council  scheme. Birds Eye has pledged to label all...

Spearheading the fight against complacency - news

Mike Scott speaks to Catherine Howarth of FairPensions about her organization's ongoing campaign, which calls on institutional investors to place more demands on the companies in which they...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

BP's travails in the Gulf are a sign of things to come - news

Oil firms are beginning to fall foul of working in increasingly hostile environments, says Seb Beloe Who would have thought when the original accident happened on BP's Deepwater Horizon...

US leads way on medicine access amid global progress - news

US pharmaceutical companies have improved in the latest Access to Medicine (ATM) index, and now lead an industry showing encouraging signs internationally of providing affordable drugs to the...

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...

OFR revival is welcomed - news

Plans by the UK coalition government to require large companies to produce an annual Operating and Financial Review (OFR) have received a favourable reception from business.   The...

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...

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

A clampdown has begun on companies in the stone industry that are making misleading claims about their 'ethical' sourcing, including suggestions that they are members of the Ethical...

FTSE nuclear rules delayed - news

Criteria enabling nuclear power companies to qualify for the FTSE4Good indexes are unlikely to be produced until at least the end of this year, EP understands. Businesses in the nuclear...

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,...

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...

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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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A revised version of the Good Corporation standard, due for its triennial review, is now out for consultation. Proposed changes include additional points on redundancy procedures and political...

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EP subscribers are invited to take part in our online readers’ survey, which should take five minutes to complete.  

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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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Booking for this year’s EP Retreat (12-13 July) in the UK ends this month. Only company CSR practitioners may attend.

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

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

The head gardener may have gone, but the CSR plot still needs tending - news

Now that the UK’s CSR minister post has been swept away by the new coalition government ( see page one ), it’s time to admit that the job was on its last legs anyway. It suited the...

Thumbs up for skills map - news

A new ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners would generally be welcomed by the profession, says the CR Academy, which is to produce such a document. Doubts...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

Nestle is to stop using products from sources that contribute to rainforest destruction, after a campaign against its use of palm oil linked to deforestation. The food giant will identify...

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...

Lidl withdraws ad campaign - news

The supermarket multinational Lidl has been forced to put an end to advertisements claiming it supports fair working conditions among its suppliers. A complaint filed in Germany by the...

Dexia sees massive drop in sustainable fund sales - news

Socially responsible investment sales at Dexia Asset Management dropped 120 per cent last year, with assets under management falling by €99million (£85m, $122m).   The...

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

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’...

P&G scorecard will keep tabs on suppliers - news

A suppliers’ environmental scorecard has been introduced by the world’s largest household goods company, which hopes it will be the first step towards an industry standard....

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...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

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A study of CSR practices in the new European Union member states of Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia has been initiated by the United Nations Development Programme. The...

300 firms asked for water data - news

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

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...

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

Rising salaries, bigger budgets and greater job security: that’s the general portrait of the corporate responsibility profession painted in the results of the latest CR Salary Survey ....

Due soon: professional body for practitioners? - news

One of Europe’s most influential corporate responsibility networks is to consider changing its structure to become a membership body of individual practitioners rather than companies....

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...

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

Corporate failure to prevent bribery has been made an offence under UK law, putting the onus on businesses to deal with dishonesty rather than turn a blind eye. The Bribery Act, which...

New type of firm aims for greater societal benefit - news

Legislation creating the conditions for benefit corporations, a new class of business required to benefit society as well as shareholders, has been passed in the US state of Maryland. In...

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...

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...

New technique is useful, but needs careful handling - news

Rory Sullivan warns that ‘enhanced analysis’ is no panacea in the responsible investment field I’ve recently become involved in Oxfam’s Better Returns in a...

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...

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...

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Kate Niblock-Siddle has returned to the UK to open the London office of Net Balance Management Group, an Australian consultancy that specializes in reporting, assurance, climate change,...

Offset ban works for Nike - news

The sportswear multinational Nike managed to reduce its carbon emissions last year after deciding to stop carbon offsetting. Nike's latest CSR report says its total greenhouse gas...

Human rights concerns prompt big divestments - news

The Church of England has sold its shares in the mining multinational Vedanta over worries about the company's community relations in India. The church's Ethical Investment Advisory...

Deloitte comes up with non-financial KPIs for the future - news

A breakdown of what are expected to be the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) on corporate responsibility over the next five years has been produced for every industry sector....

Progress on ethical gold is tarnished by laggards - news

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

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

Anti-bribery law toughens the stance on corruption - news

Jerry Hagelberg sees a global culture change reflected in new UK legislation against bribery Business ethics will receive a significant boost early in the new decade with the enactment,...

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...

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The French pensions reserve fund (FRR) has fired an asset manager from a €100million SRI mandate following poor performance. FRR terminated the deal with Belgium-based Dexia Asset...

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Data is now being collected for the 2010 CR Salary Survey, which looks at salaries and role functions in the corporate responsibility sector. The online survey, run by EP in conjunction with...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

Facts and figures will never tell the whole story - news

We must go beyond classic reporting rules when dealing with sustainability, argues Beckie Herbert ‘Tell me a story’ – the phrase conjures up thoughts of wizards and...

Lords call for nano action - news

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

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)....

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

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

Primark escapes censure as ETI offers its support - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has decided after a year-long investigation not to take action against the clothing retailer Primark over allegations of workers’ rights abuses at some of...

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...

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,...

US business admits bribery - news

US telecoms company UTStarcom has paid $3million in fines after admitting to bribing Chinese officials to win business. The firm was accused of spending around $7m on bribes between 2002 and...

Coca-Cola expands water initiative - news

A village in South Africa is to be given access to clean drinking water as part of a collaborative project between Coca-Cola and the US Agency for International Development. The move is part of...

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A sportswear firm accused of sacking 1800 workers in Honduras because of their union activities has rehired most of the workforce in the wake of a university-based boycott campaign. Russell...

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Readers may notice a new, space-saving style of ‘further information’ point at the end of EP articles. These web addresses can be used as they are – in other words without an...

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You can now follow Ethical Performance on Twitter, which will provide updates on stories, EP activities and other interesting CSR snippets.

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The UK Environment Agency is terminating business with European Credit Management, the bond manager of its pension fund, after poor financial performance and its failure to sign up to the UN...

Building a sustainable property sector - news

As huge carbon emitters with a low stock turnover, those who manage buildings face challenges that are underestimated by investors. Mike Scott talks to Paul McNamara of Prupim about the future...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

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

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...

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

Canadian extractive companies have mounted a campaign against proposed legislation that would make them accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations....

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

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

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...

India flirts with plans for mandatory CSR law - news

The Indian government is looking at requiring companies to set aside a percentage of their turnover or profits to be spent on corporate responsibility initiatives. The idea, which is being...

Nokia stands out - news

Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson have been named as the ‘greenest’ electronics firms in a Greenpeace index. The companies were rated the most responsible on the basis of toxics...

Ethical shopping guide notes big gulf in best and worst practice - news

There’s a wide disparity between best and worst performers on CSR standards in the UK, according to the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, which rates products from banks to washing...

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Sustainalytics has recruited Darragh Gallant, former head of client services and marketing at KLD Research and Analytics, to head its expansion into the US. The Dutch firm, which recently merged...

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The latest issue of Ethical Performance Best Practice , which features case studies of responsible business practice, can be seen online. Every case study is available in pdf format.

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You can now follow Ethical Performance on Twitter, which will provide updates on stories, EP activities and other interesting CSR snippets.

‘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...

Anger over diamond stance - news

The Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, has been criticized after backing down on its threatened suspension of Zimbabwe. The...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

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

UK aims for lead role in OECD guideline reforms - news

The UK government has opened a consultation on possible changes to the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises. In a process lasting until 25 January, the Business Innovation...

Missions told to keep an eye on business - news

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

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

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

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

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...

BBC firm steps up auditing - news

The BBC’s commercial arm is to intensify its ethical supply chain measures by extending its focus to secondary suppliers in high-risk countries and primary suppliers in lower-risk...

Conservatives unveil sustainable consumption moves - news

A Conservative government in Britain would form a cross-sector group to work with companies to ensure that all new appliances and electronic devices sold in the country have their economy modes as...

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Multinational insurance company Aviva has made Marie Sigsworth its corporate responsibility director. Sigsworth, an internal appointment, will run diversity, environmental performance and...

The Dark Side: critical cases on the downside of business - news

Emmanuel Raufflet and Albert J Mills (eds). Greenleaf.  294 pages. Hardback. £24.95 CSR dominates the landscape of thinking about business and society, and in this landscape...

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...

Corporate world needs to act now, regardless of Copenhagen 2009 - news

There are clearly hopes in business circles that next month’s United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen will provide the catalyst for companies to cut their greenhouse gas...

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...

Airlines sector makes pre-Copenhagen commitment - news

Airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers have said they will halve the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 2050.      British Airways chief executive Willie...

Major CSR event is revived - news

An ambitious corporate responsibility conference postponed because of the financial crisis has been rescheduled for next March. The international Business and a Sustainable Environment...

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...

Climate change causes rift in US lobbying body - news

A utilities company has left the US Chamber of Commerce, accusing it of ignoring the truth on climate change.   PG&E, a California-based natural gas and electricity utility with a...

Privacy guidelines set for use in wider spheres - news

Guidelines on freedom of expression and privacy issues for internet companies could be modified to a wider selection of technology businesses. The guidance, from the Global Network...

Wealth funds ignoring their own principles - news

The world’s largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) have been accused of failing on CSR principles agreed one year ago. The most important signatories to the Santiago Principles, a...

Banking reputations take a pounding - news

US banks and financial services are now regarded as the country’s least ethical companies, according to the results of an annual CSR index. Financial sector companies tumbled to the...

Food giant paves way for higher pay in the fields - news

The world’s largest catering business has become the latest company to agree new labour standards with Florida’s tomato pickers in a deal that could increase wages by two-thirds....

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...

Transparency improvements continue among UK-based companies - news

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

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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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...

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

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

Britain’s CRC regime: beginning of a new era - news

UK business will have to deal with the requirements of a new Carbon Reduction Commitment from next April. EP takes a quick look at how it is likely to work What is it? The Carbon...

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,...

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...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

More than 60 organizations have qualified to use a new ‘Sustainable Mail’ service provided by the UK’s Royal Mail. To use the bulk mail service, customers must prove they...

Americans begin to move into target-setting mode - news

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

New framework helps firms tackle bribery - news

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

Telecomms firms ‘taking a risk’ - news

The telecommunications sector has been warned that it is running risks by publishing so little on CSR issues. Research by Covalence says telecoms companies provide a small volume of ethical...

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...

Our new free news service - news

Welcome to Ethical Performance's new free news service, offering you the latest information on corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment from our renowned editorial team. Each...

inbrief - news

UK football clubs have been ranked according to their boards’ social performance. A new ‘stewardship scorecard’, drawn up by the think tank Tomorrow’s Company, rates...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

Investment opportunities for a low carbon world - news

Will Oulton (ed). Hardback. 365 pages. GMB. £35.63 Based on the premise that much of the movement towards a low carbon world will need to be driven by investors, this...

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

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

Good communication means both listening and learning - news

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

Compact heals rift with ISO - news

A disagreement between the United Nations and the body drawing up the new ISO standard on social responsibility has been patched up after diplomatic maneouvering. The spat arose when the UN...

ISO2600 makes progress towards 2010 launch date - news

Work on the development of an ISO standard on social responsibility will move another key step forward next month with the publication of an international draft version. The emergence of...

Banking sector reputation hits rock bottom - news

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

Tort doubts ‘need to go to highest court' - news

Only a Supreme Court ruling will provide real clarity on whether the US’s Alien Tort law can successfully be used to convict American companies for human rights abuses abroad, a legal...

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...

Zimbabwe ban gets nearer - news

An international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds has recommended a six-month suspension on the importing and exporting of Zimbabwean rough diamonds. The...

First objections are raised to rights commission idea - news

Signs of opposition to a proposed UK commission for business and human rights have emerged in new evidence given to the House of Commons joint committee on human rights. Figures including...

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

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

Business is 39 years shy of climate targets - news

The world’s largest companies will reach recommended levels of greenhouse gas cuts 39 years too late to avoid dangerous climate change, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The...

Security sector to work on code - news

Three major private security industry associations have agreed to help develop an international code of conduct for private military security companies. The Pan-African Security...

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...

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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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...

Listed firms to get SRI data - news

The world’s largest stock exchange group, New York Stock Exchange Euronext, has formed a partnership with an SRI research consultancy to provide companies listed on its exchange with...

Fine-tuning, rather than reinvention, is what we need on human rights - news

A lot of noise is being generated about how developed countries should hold multinational businesses to account for their involvement in human rights abuses across the world. In Britain, there...

Why an SRI pioneer feels that ‘the time is right’ - news

Mike Scott talks to Walden Asset Management’s Tim Smith, who’s in bullish mood about changing attitudes to to risk and, more specifically, issues such as excessive executive pay and...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

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...

BLIHR leaves legacy of essential steps on rights - news

Fourteen multinationals have published a set of ‘essential steps’ that businesses must take to improve human rights. The companies, which include Areva, Coca-Cola, Ericsson,...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

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

Car firms must face claims as Alien Tort cases proceed - news

Charges against three global car companies alleging human rights abuses in South Africa have been allowed to proceed. A New York judge has ruled that Daimler, Ford and General Motors should...

Seed sector has another tilt at child labour - news

A global coalition of seed manufacturers has outlined a new strategy for preventing child labour in their sector. CropLife International, a plant science association, in collaboration with...

Wragge’s first report: was our verdict too harsh? - news

A critical review of Wragge & Co’s first CSR report appeared in EP this May. This month Tom Peyton of Enact Consulting gives an alternative view I have long championed the...

End to Uzbek child labour is not all it seems - news

Child labour is still widely used in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry, contrary to claims that corporate influence is putting an end to it, says a new report. Despite pressure from large...

Sceptical charity softens its stance - news

Christian Aid, an anti-poverty charity with a track record of scepticism on corporate responsibility, has commissioned CSR research from a European rating agency. The charity, which...

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...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

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...

Stakeholder politics - news

Robert Boutilier. Greenleaf. 248 pages. Hardback. £24.95 At last, a book that gets to the heart of stakeholder issues: the dynamics of power. At least that’s what I expected...

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

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

The vices and vanities of sustainability reporting - news

Firms are exploiting a lack of reporting standards to distort their achievements, says Bill D’Allesandro Sustainability reporting is becoming a vice. Most reports serve up enough...

CSR grows fast in Australia - news

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

Firms getting better at dealing with ESG risks - news

Companies worldwide have improved their performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management over the past three years, according to new research. A study of more than...

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....

New commission would punish errant companies - news

Proposals for the creation of a powerful UK commission on business and human rights have been announced by an alliance of prominent non-governmental organizations. The Corporate...

Dutch staff unimpressed - news

A Dutch survey of corporate employees suggests they are unconvinced by their companies’ CSR performance. The research, by the Netherlands-based consultancy Krauthammer with Amsterdam...

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...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

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

Pension funds still out of touch on SRI issues - news

A watchdog has warned that UK pension funds’ risk management and accountability performance shows dangerous gaps, and has raised questions about the fund management industry’s...

North America report quality is on the rise - news

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

Caution on data ‘hot air’ - news

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

Garment firms need to improve - news

Some leading companies in Hong Kong’s garment industry have shown progress in reporting on their supply chain labour standards, but the performance of many is poor by international...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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...

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...

Axa gives SRI data to its managers ‘as standard’ - news

One of the world’s biggest investment management consultancies has taken the unusual step of providing its portfolio managers with a detailed database on 1800 companies’ social and...

Under-fire Primark starts to put its house in order - news

The cut-price clothing retailer Primark has responded to continuing bad publicity about conditions in its supply chain by creating the post of ethical trading director. At the same time the...

Eurosif calls for mandatory disclosure - news

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

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

An Italian investment bank is to create an index based on water-related risk exposure. EPCI, a rating and index company that is part of Mittel bank, has designed the Global Blue Gold Equity...

EP: from humble past to news-filled present - news

In this ‘basement’ slot of Ethical Performance ten years ago, the late Alistair Townley set out his aims as EP ’s publisher. That first issue, May 1999, promised...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

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

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...

Are opinion statements really the way forward? - news

The use of independent experts to provide commentaries in sustainability reports is becoming increasingly popular. EP looks at the arguments for and against Deutsche Telekom can do a lot...

Can short selling ever be ethical? - news

Mike Scott asks investors, both in the mainstream and SRI fields, whether the practice of selling short on stocks is always a bad thing – or might actually serve as a responsible...

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...

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,...

Vanguard comes up with criteria on human rights - news

Vanguard, one of the largest mutual funds in the US, has developed criteria to determine whether the companies in which it invests meet human rights standards. The policy is intended to...

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...

MPs to look at business impact on human rights - news

A UK parliamentary committee has opened an inquiry into business and human rights. The 12-member joint committee on human rights will investigate various issues, including what the...

Coca-Cola pumps millions into water - news

The Coca-Cola Company has committed $30million (£21m) to provide access to safe drinking water for communities throughout Africa. The funding, spread over the next six years, will be...

China banks get guidance - news

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

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

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

inbrief - news

The CSR Professional Services Directory 2009, published by Ethical Performance and sponsored by Achilles, is now online.  

Sustainable investing: the art of long-term performance - news

Cary Krosinsky & Nick Robins (Eds). Hardback. 272 pages. Earthscan. £19.99 Although it was largely written before the recent market turmoil, this is a most useful book, summarizing...

How to act responsibly when jobs are on the line? - news

As the recession leads to significant cutbacks in all business sectors around the world, EP looks at some recommended good practice on ‘downsizing’ in an ethical manner...

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...

UTZ agrees global tea code - news

A tea producers’ ethical code has been created by a body that runs one of the largest certification programmes for coffee. The Dutch-based UTZ Certified has put the Code of Conduct...

Law firms plump for synchronised carbon reporting - news

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

‘Black holes’ undermine supply chain progress - news

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

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

Legal firms will study influence of law on CSR - news

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

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...

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...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

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

inbrief - news

Two Tomorrows has been unveiled as the name for the CSR consultancy formed by the merger of Csrnetwork and Sd3 ( EP 10, issue 7, p6 ). The group holding company, Two Tomorrows Group, will be...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

‘Now, more than ever, firms need to report’ - news

EP talks to Global Reporting Initiative chief executive Ernst Ligteringen about sustainability reporting in an economic downturn – and other pressing matters. EP: How might...

Why ISO 26000’s ugly duckling may eventually turn into a swan - news

It would be easy to adopt a sceptical position on the potential value of the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard, not least because there are so many other apparently similar guidelines and...

Ethics code is proposed for security companies - news

An outline of a proposed international code of conduct for private military and security companies has been produced by an influential Swiss think tank. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has gained its members’ backing to consider sanctions against the UK clothing retailer Primark over claims of poor labour standards among suppliers....

Bremer warns of Obama restrictions - news

The financial crisis could severely curtail new US president Barack Obama’s efforts to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, an American commentator has warned....

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...

Powerful retailers unveil a code for all seasons - news

A group of multinational retailers has produced the first part of what it hopes will become a single global standard for ethical supply chain management. The companies, including Carrefour,...

UK hits Aon with bribery fine - news

The UK broking arm of Aon, the US insurance broker, was fined £5.25million ($7.5m) for bribery last month, providing further evidence that the British authorities are adopting a stronger...

CSR staff feel content and secure in their jobs - news

At the beginning of last year EP announced the findings from its first ever CSR salary survey , carried out jointly with recruitment agency Acre Resources and the consultancy Acona. This...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

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

A picture of happiness: CSR practitioners in their place of work - news

People working in corporate responsibility appear to be ‘overwhelmingly happy’ with their lot, according to the latest annual CSR salary survey. The study, to be released at the...

ISO 26000 takes shape as consensus takes hold - news

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

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...

inbrief - news

This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat – the seventh – will take place on 14-15 July at Bore Place in Kent, UK. The event is restricted to corporate responsibility...

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,...

Good reporting depends on keeping your focus - news

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

Recessionary winds will blow hard, but they’ll also help us concentrate - news

There’s little doubt that 2009 will be a tough year on many fronts. But how will it be for socially responsible business? Although there’s been a mood of relative optimism in...

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

British companies have been offered a voluntary code of practice on employing migrant workers. The eight-page document comes from Business in the Community, which wants all employers of migrant...

Chevron cleared of abuse - but cases still pile up - news

The huge oil group Chevron has been cleared by a US jury of complicity in violence that erupted on one of its platforms in Nigeria in May 1998. The charges related to disturbances in which...

Marshalls gives all its products carbon labels - news

A building materials company has become the first business to adopt a new carbon labelling scheme for all products. Marshalls, which employs 3000 staff at 67 sites in Britain, has used the...

UN to establish non-financial database - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is creating a global database of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research. The database will be its...

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...

Compact gets research base - news

An international research unit will be set up to support the work of the United Nations Global Compact.   The Research Center for the Global Compact, being established by the UN in New...

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...

Unilever denies ethical basis for Israel sale - news

Unilever is selling its stake in a factory in an illegal Israeli settlement on the West Bank – but has denied the decision results from ethical considerations.   The...

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...

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...

Obama has a golden opportunity to alter America’s CSR landscape - news

Sometimes it’s wise to be careful what you wish for. Supporters of Barack Obama now have ‘change’ not only in the White House but also in the financial markets, which have...

Brewer to cut its water use - news

One of the world’s largest beer makers has promised to reduce its water consumption throughout its global operations. SABMiller has said it will cut water use by a quarter per litre...

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

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

Fund managers making progress on the SRI front - news

Leading UK fund managers have shown a marked improvement in their performance and disclosure on SRI issues during the past year. The latest FairPensions analysis of asset managers...

Study links CR Index firms to better share returns - news

Companies that regularly take part in the UK’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index appear to show a better return for their shareholders than those that do not, according to new...

Work begins on global social auditing standard - news

A step towards developing international social auditor standards has been taken in the US, with the backing of the Department of State’s Office of International Labour Affairs. The...

Hold the front page: T-Mobile tells all - news

A mobile phone company has taken the unusual step of producing an in-store newsletter on corporate responsibility aimed specifically at its customers. T-Mobile UK has placed the publication...

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...

Funds attack ‘fat cat’ pay at largest five Swiss firms - news

Institutional investors in Switzerland are to make a rare foray into shareholder activism next year in an effort to curb irresponsible levels of executive pay at some of the country’s...

Aviva’s SRI clause gives strong signal to clients - news

One of the world’s leading fund management companies has broken new ground by inserting an SRI clause into all its investment management contracts, regardless of whether clients have asked...

Vodafone consistency brings ranking reward - news

Vodafone has regained the top spot in the annual Accountability rating of the world’s 100 largest corporations. It was previously placed first in 2006. The 2008 rating was compiled...

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...

Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospel - news

As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance , died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and...

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

inbrief - news

A second tranche of hedge fund management companies signed up to industry standards of best practice last month. The new signatories, which include Arrowgrass, BlackRock, Concordia Advisors, New...

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 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...

Costa beats coffee target - news

Costa, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, announced last month that all coffee sold in its 785 British stores is now made from beans ‘sustainably grown’ on farms certified by...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

Pharmaceuticals sector guidelines pass the UN test - news

A set of human rights guidelines for pharmaceuticals companies has been accepted by the United Nations. The guidelines, which have a strong focus on how the sector can improve access to the...

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...

SRI reach grows as Africa gets its own pair of indices - news

Two SRI indexes have been set up to cover listed companies in Africa. The Africa investor SRI 50 and Africa investor SRI 30 indexes, which are the first pan-African indices of their kind, have...

Merger aims to create ‘powerful voice’ on SRI - news

The Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), which aims to improve the quality of investment research into extra-financial issues, is to be subsumed into the UN Principles for Responsible Investment...

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...

IFC aims to improve conditions in Vietnam - news

A project has been introduced by two international organizations to improve conditions for more than 700,000 workers in the Vietnam apparel industry. The Better Work Vietnam programme is...

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...

Carbon trading could benefit Australasian pension funds - news

Australian superannuation funds could continue to be successful with carbon-efficient investment policies under a carbon emissions trading scheme, a new report has suggested. The report...

inbrief - news

US-based Campbell Soup Company has appointed David Stangis as vice-president of corporate social responsibility, a new position for the business ( EP10, issue 2, p5 ). Stangis joins from Intel,...

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,...

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...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

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

TV programme fuels Dutch SRI fever - news

A television documentary has been credited with prompting an eightfold increase in the value of assets managed along socially responsible lines over a two-year period in the Netherlands....

Failure to sign principles leads to loss of business - news

Three investment management companies have lost contracts to manage £185million ($332m) of global equities because they are not signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible...

More patents are donated - news

Three more companies – Bosch, DuPont and Xerox – have released patents so as to encourage the development of new products with social and environmental benefits. The businesses...

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

League tables cannot make sense of a complex picture - news

By all means compare company behaviour, but we must avoid over-simplified rankings, says Julia King. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company I work for, recently came top in a new...

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....

Samsung tops ranking of controversy - news

Samsung was the world’s most environmentally and socially controversial company in the first half of 2008, according to a new analysis. Monitoring of news from thousands of sources,...

EU feels child labour heat - news

The European Union has been urged to ensure that its support for any European company through trade missions and subsidies be withdrawn if the business is found to be using child labour in its...

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Bitc index gets more backers this year - news

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

inbrief - news

Investment risk consultancy Style Research and the environmental research company Trucost have formed an alliance to guide asset managers in analysing the carbon performance of their equity...

Corpocracy - news

Robert A G Monks . Hardback. 252 pages. Wiley. £15.99/$29.95 This book is a call for action to restore fiduciary responsibility and expunge lip-service accountability from US...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

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,...

Analysts agree KPIs - news

Key performance indicators covering environmental, social and governance matters for use by investment analysts and others have passed the first major hurdle towards their wide adoption....

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

Suppliers of products and services for the 2012 Olympic Games in London will have to follow sustainable procurement guidelines. In autumn the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic...

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?...

‘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...

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...

BMW and Toyota stand out - news

A new ranking names BMW and Toyota as the best car-makers in the efficient use of social and environmental resources in production. An analysis of the 16 largest automobile manufacturers...

IBM high-fliers get an exclusive volunteering scheme - news

IBM has set up a programme that it likens to an in-house version of the US Peace Corps, through which ‘high-potential’ employees will use their skills to aid emerging nations....

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...

automotive firm recognized for its human rights performance - news

The Mazda Motor Corporation has received the Human Rights Merit Award from Japan’s justice ministry and the National Federation of Consultative Assemblies of Civil Liberties Commissioners....

Ericsson takes China award - news

The Ericsson telecoms group has been given the China Green Company award. The title was awarded to Ericsson by the China Entrepreneur magazine, the Daonong Enterprise Institute and the Guanghua...

GM greens supply chain in Australia - news

An Australian subsidiary of the vehicle maker GM is partnering the World Environment Center to make its supply chain more sustainable. So far 17 of GM Holden’s suppliers have joined the...

inbrief - news

The publishers of Ethical Performance have launched a news wire service featuring up to date CSR announcements.

inbrief - news

Health and safety and the environment appear to be the most important corporate responsibility issues for companies in the United Arab Emirates. A poll of 310 respondents by the Dubai Chamber of...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

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

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

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

‘little to choose’ between assurance firm services - news

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

institutional investors offered rating service - news

A corporate responsibility rating service focusing on business risks has been created by Pirc. The GovernancePlus Rating Service extends the UK-based governance adviser’s existing analysis to...

Spanish firms opt for LBG - news

Nine large Spanish companies are to adopt the London Benchmarking Group model when measuring the level of their community investments. The companies, which will assess their performance under the...

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

Costa Coffee, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, is to convert its entire coffee supply to ‘sustainably grown’ beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms by 2010. The company will...

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...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

Counting companies in is preferable to shutting them out - news

Ethical investment is going back to the past. The earliest ethical funds, such as the Friends Provident family of Stewardship funds in the UK and the Pax World fund family in the US, grew out of...

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...

Buyers need incentives to take an ethical view - news

Retail companies have been urged to train buyers on labour standards – and to link their pay to supply chain improvements. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) says the progress...

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...

Utilities firms squeeze suppliers to cut emissions - news

Six utilities companies are to submit their British suppliers to a scheme that monitors their progress on cutting carbon emissions. The companies – Anglian Water, EDF, National Grid,...

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...

HBOS and Lloyds TSB lead the pack on business travel - news

HBOS and Lloyds TSB are the FTSE 100 banks that most effectively limit the carbon footprint of their business travel. The two fared best in an analysis of the seven FTSE 100 banks carried...

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

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

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

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

Asian firms are more carbon intensive - news

Asian listed companies are more carbon-intensive than their peers elsewhere in the world – with the result that investors in Asian equity funds are more exposed to carbon risks. A new...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

Newton advances the science of investment - news

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

HP suppliers still failing to adopt proactive mindset - news

Most of Hewlett Packard’s central European suppliers still have a ‘reactive’ approach to social and environmental responsibility despite the company’s best efforts,...

CSR factors largely ignored in salary sums - news

Fewer than ten per cent of the UK’s biggest companies use non-financial measures to determine senior executives’ performance pay, new research has found. A study by the Local...

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...

Hedge funds react to critics by agreeing to standards - news

Fourteen large hedge funds have signed up to a set of standards requiring greater transparency and disclosure. The funds, including Brevan Howard, GLG Partners, Lansdowne Partners, Man...

Bitc prepares for new era as Cleverdon steps aside - news

Julia Cleverdon, one of the UK’s most prominent figures in corporate social responsibility, stepped down this month from her post as head of Business in the Community. Cleverdon was...

Consultants and women lose out on salaries - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners in the UK are likely to earn more money working for a company than for a consultancy, according to the first comprehensive survey of salaries in the field....

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...

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...

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...

Coca-Cola plants ‘do not cause water shortages’ - news

Coca-Cola is claiming vindication in its battle with campaigners over its role in water scarcities near bottling plants in India. An 18-month investigation by an independent scientific body...

‘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...

European banks lead pack on climate change - news

HSBC and ABN Amro are ahead of their peers in responding to climate change, according to a survey of 40 retail and investment banks. The five best performers were all based in Europe, with...

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

Responsible Malaysian stocks outperform the benchmark - news

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

China gets CSR index - news

Forty companies have been listed in China’s first corporate responsibility index, which focuses mainly on businesses in the environment field. Experts who have participated in...

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...

inbrief - news

The 2008 edition of the CSR professional services directory will be published by Ethical Performance in January. All subscribers will receive a complimentary copy.

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...

data exchange filings fall - news

The number of companies filing non-financial performance data through the UK's online Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE) has fallen since it left the control of the London Stock Exchange in...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

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

CBI issues 'call to arms' on climate change crisis - news

The chief lobbying organization for large businesses in the UK has for the first time pledged itself unequivocally to playing a major role in mitigating climate change. The Confederation of...

listening approach improves performance - news

Corporate community investment programmes are becoming more effective because companies are now listening to the people who are intended to benefit from them. The Charities Aid Foundation, which...

inbrief - news

Most studies that have considered the effect of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into investment decisions have found there is a positive or at least neutral...

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,...

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

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

business reviews are unaffected - news

Recently announced delays to the implementation of the Companies Act in the UK will not alter the timetable for listed companies to produce annual forward-looking business reviews that cover social...

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...

Irish companies to be offered kitemark - news

A corporate responsibility kitemark for companies in Ireland will be produced next year. The ‘CR standard’ will be awarded to businesses that meet best practice criteria. Business in the Community...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

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...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

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...

inbrief - news

CSR practitioners are being invited to record their annual salaries in a confidential survey by the recruitment agency Acre Resources, the Acona consultancy and Ethical Performance. The five-minute...

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...

pension funds keep their SRI lights under a bushel - news

The pension funds of some of Britain’s most socially responsible companies have been criticized for lacking transparency on their social and environmental stances. Of 278 funds run on behalf of...

Flybe achieves labelling first - news

Flybe has become the first airline to introduce an aircraft eco-labelling scheme for passengers. Under the scheme, devised by the consultancy Entec and assured by Deloitte, passengers will...

new directory set for launch - news

The third edition of the Ethical Performance Professional Services Directory will be published in January 2008, featuring more than 600 providers of professional services in the corporate...

tobacco firm in line for recognition - news

Philip Morris, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has been shortlisted for recognition for its educational work in the Philippines. The company is in line for the International...

Asia-wide bank scheme to boost SRI - news

A bank programme promoting best practice and sustainable investment in the pensions industry in the Far East is to be headed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia...

Chinese ‘trade unions’ pledge to push business - news

China’s officially recognized trade unions have said they will begin a campaign to persuade businesses to improve their performance on workers’ rights – but critics are claiming the announcement...

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,...

UK firms now spending up to 20% of turnover on CSR - news

British businesses may be allocating more resources to corporate responsibility than is generally realized, with more than half claiming to spend between five and ten per cent of their turnover on...

Anglo rejects allegations - news

A row between Anglo American and War on Want over human rights accusations has again raised the thorny issue of the accountability of non-governmental organizations. The world’s second largest...

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...

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...

now Volvo is targeted over Israeli use of bulldozers - news

Volvo has hit back at campaigners who are trying to engineer a boycott of the company over the use of its bulldozers in Israel to destroy Palestinian homes. The boycott calls, made by...

Norton Rose is top of big London law firms on diversity - news

Norton Rose has emerged as the top-rated City firm in a diversity performance table for legal practices. The international law firm, with 1000 lawyers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, had...

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...

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 –...

inbrief - news

The GoodCorporation standard has been revised to cover additional points on lobbying, bribery and corruption, transparency on political payments, and employee privacy. The standard, which is used...

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

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

realism and openness is Baker’s recipe for success - news

Kingfisher’s head of corporate responsibility tells EP how a pragmatic and transparent approach has helped bring the group up to a leadership position in the CSR field When a new ranking...

better to work with the tools to hand than pin hopes on regulation - news

Is there such a thing as international law governing company behaviour? The question is not purely academic. Much is made of the emerging framework of international initiatives in this area. The...

fundraisers to go on CSR tours - news

Fundraisers in the not-for-profit sector who set up corporate partnerships are to be taken on site visits to two European clothes companies this autumn so they can gain a greater understanding of...

£6bn worth of British SRI funds get the star treatment - news

A star rating system for UK ethical investment funds has been announced by Ethical Investment Research Services. The ratings, which cover the 90 retail ethical funds domiciled in the UK, are...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

Fidelity sells shares as Sudan campaign bites - news

Pressure from US activists appears to have prompted Fidelity Investments, the world’s largest mutual fund company, to sell a sizeable chunk of its stake in PetroChina, which has significant...

act of transparency pays dividends for shoe giant - news

The world’s largest sports shoe and clothing brand has claimed that a decision to publicly disclose the names of all its supplier factories has led to greater co-operation with competitor companies...

Unilever begins switch to ‘ethical’ tea sourcing - news

Unilever, the world’s largest buyer of black tea, is to source its entire tea supply using Rainforest Alliance standards, starting with the certification of producers in east Africa. The...

Amnesty ready to put its own house in order - news

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

UN gives Ruggie an extra year to review norms - news

John Ruggie, the United Nations secretary-general’s special representative on business and human rights, has been granted his wish for an extra year to complete his deliberations on how the UN...

Rio Tinto looks to make more safety gains - news

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

an ISO standard on CSR is slowly taking shape - news

Work on an international standard on social responsibility is progressing well, but the large number of interested parties involved remains a concern What is an ISO standard? ISO...

keeping it simple: exclusion pays off for Old Mutual - news

Old Mutual Asset Managers’ Ethical Fund has outperformed the main index for the last three calendar years, despite having only around 400 UK companies in its investable universe with the...

ski town offers glimpse of reports to come - news

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

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

female health ‘neglected’ in supply chain efforts - news

Businesses have been urged to pay more attention to promoting reproductive health for women working in their supply chains in developing countries. The US-based Business for Social...

landmark decision gives security principles teeth - news

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

Compact companies fare better on key yardsticks - news

Companies that are signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have stronger policy frameworks on aspects of CSR than those that are not. In the first statistical analysis of the...

inbrief - news

The Marine Stewardship Council has become one of ten organizations to receive $1million (£500,000) from the Skoll Foundation to further its work in ‘social entrepreneurship’. The council, which...

building a consensus on human rights and business - news

Normative principles are an essential step towards legally defined standards, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler John Ruggie’s recently submitted final report to the United Nations’ Human Rights...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

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

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

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

Deloitte comes up with top KPIs - news

Deloitte and the German government have jointly set down what they consider to be the principal non-financial key performance indicators (KPIs) for ten industry sectors. The global...

Nestlé ombudsman system ‘does exist’ - news

Nestlé has denied suggestions that a whistleblowing system it was supposed to set up five years ago to root out examples of unethical baby milk formula marketing does not actually exist. The...

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

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

inbrief - news

Italian asset management firm Etica Sgr has engaged UK-based Ethical Investment Research Services to provide non-financial performance data on companies. Etica Sgr is a subsidiary of Banca Etica.

inbrief - news

GoodCorporation has introduced a new version of its CSR assessment package that is tailored for small companies. Information on 62 areas of responsible business practice is gathered via an online...

European companies fall short on dialogue with unions - news

One in ten multinationals based in Europe has a strategic commitment to constructive consultation with trade unions, according to a study of more than 500 European companies by the ratings agency...

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....

Aflac tries to set voting trend on fat cat pay - news

The insurance company Aflac has become the first big US company to offer its shareholders a vote on executive pay. The Fortune 200 corporation made the announcement shortly after...

online surfers invited to make a judgement call - news

Internet users are being given the chance to evaluate the social and environmental performance of companies on a new website that features examples of good and bad things companies are doing in...

inquiry into UN norms moves into extra time - news

The man tasked with finding a way ahead for the United Nations on business and human rights has asked for an extra year to finish his work. John Ruggie, special representative of the...

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...

FTSE4Good sorts the sheep from the goats - news

European oil and gas companies have consistently outperformed their US counterparts on social and environmental issues for at least the last 12 months, FTSE data suggests. US oil and gas majors...

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...

Taiwan companies level pegging with foreigners on CSR - news

Foreign companies operating in Taiwan score only marginally better when it comes to CSR than local ones, according to a new survey. The study by the Chinese-language Taiwan magazine Global...

From the Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School - news

Corporate Social Responsibility as a ‘business tool’ Thank you for sending me a copy of your new publication Ethical Performance Best Practice. I have some critical comments which I submit to...

inbrief - news

Pressure on the UK private equity industry to open itself up to scrutiny by interested parties rose sharply last month ( EP8, issue 9 ), sparked by comments from Paul Myners, who headed the 2001...

bringing audits in-house is not the answer to supply chain woes - news

Reading the latest report on ethical trade auditing from the Ethical Trade Initiative (see analysis ) companies might be forgiven for throwing their hands up in despair. A bleak picture emerges...

investors press Securities and Exchange Commission on pay - news

Institutional investors have urged the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow shareholder advisory votes on executive remuneration. Thirteen investment groups from five...

food firms are falling short - news

No leading food company has yet produced a comprehensive social responsibility programme on health and obesity, according to a new study. The analysis of 25 multinationals by Insight...

sustainable investment fund tops performance charts - news

SRI supporters celebrated a landmark last month when an SRI fund became the UK’s top-performing unit trust for the first time. Of the 324 unit trusts in the UK All Companies sector, the...

Swedish pension funds present a united research front - news

Four of Sweden’s state pension funds are to pool their research resources to assess the social and environmental performance of overseas companies in which they have holdings. The...

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...

make more use of KPIs, reporters are told - news

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

bank loans threat to irresponsible companies - news

Companies with poor environmental records in China now risk being rejected for bank loans. Banks are to adopt a more selective policy, being encouraged by China’s central bank and the...

ASB takes responsible investment line - news

ASB Community Trust, Australasia’s biggest philanthropic body, is to use the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact as the basis for a new socially responsible approach to its...

inbrief - news

The world’s first printed international corporate social responsibility directory has now gone online. The web version of the CSR Professional Services Directory 2007, published by Ethical...

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

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

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

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...

firms make new year resolutions on carbon - news

2007 is already shaping up to become a year of action on climate change for business, with a plethora of carbon reduction schemes announced in January. Among new projects unveiled last month...

small is beautiful in the world of responsible business - news

Giants have much to learn from the minnows when it comes to corporate social responsibility, new statistics suggest. An analysis of 200 independent assessments of 90 organizations against the...

Nissan unveils carbon reduction plan - news

Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is the main theme of the newly announced Nissan Green Programme 2010, which is intended to achieve the Japanese car maker’s ideals of ‘symbiosis of people,...

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Emma Howard Boyd, Jupiter Asset Management’s head of SRI, will serve on the UK government’s Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance which was recently set up to investigate...

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Vigeo has been selected by the French Pensions Reserve Fund to report on the environmental, social and governance performance of its €13.7billion ($18bn, £9.2bn) European equity fund. The...

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

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Most company heads believe businesses with strong records on corporate responsibility recover their reputations faster after a crisis than those with weaker performance. A Weber Shandwick poll...

ISO 26000 takes shape - news

Corporate responsibility specialists will gather in Australia at the end of this month to examine the second draft of a global standard on CSR. The latest version of the standard – known as...

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

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....

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...

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

Latin American business gets reporting bug - news

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

ABI to upgrade guidelines - news

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

Malaysia gets CSR Index - news

Malaysia’s first CSR index has been set up by OWW Consulting, a specialist research company based in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. OWW’s offering is an index series covering initially Malaysia...

China looks at sweatshop law - news

China has proposed a new labour law that would crack down on sweatshops and protect workers’ rights by allowing state-owned unions a bigger say on workplace standards. The new law, now at...

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Rising interest rates will put increasingly put the spotlight on how banks keep their customers informed of the risks of borrowing in the housing market, says a new report from Innovest...

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General Electric has joined the Business Leaders' Initiative on Human Rights, a business-led project to improve its members' performance on human rights. The body now has 14 members.

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Socially responsible investors would prefer their investment managers to impose a long cooling-off period before investing in a company that was previously deemed unacceptable but has since...

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Vodafone Group heads this year's global Accountability Rating, which assesses the world's largest companies against six social and environmental measures. Companies performed better overall than...

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

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

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

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

'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...

support for UN principles is past 100 mark - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment has passed 120. The principles were originally backed by 18 institutional investors and 32 asset owners,...

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

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

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Unilever has come top in an analysis of the ethical performance of food and beverage companies. Research into 18 companies in the sector by Geneva-based research consultancy Covalence ranked...

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...

code overhaul outlaws ‘greenwash’ advertising - news

The global advertising industry has revised its code of ethics to highlight the dangers of making claims about a company’s social and environmental credentials. The code, produced for the...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

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

number of advertised CSR jobs rises - news

An analysis of full-time CSR jobs on two online corporate responsibility recruitment sites has found that listings in total increased by 48 per cent between 2004 and 2005. The survey,...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

firms swap ideas on energy management - news

A shipping company, an energy business and two consultancies have combined forces to exchange ideas on improving their environmental performance through technological innovation. Norwegian...

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

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

supermarkets perform patchily - news

The UK’s eight biggest supermarkets are making headway on corporate responsibility but their overall performance is patchy, says the National Consumer Council. The council’s first...

firms ‘too defensive’ on CSR - news

Companies engaged by investors on corporate responsibility issues can become too defensive and bogged down in debating specific allegations about their performance rather than looking at the...

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

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

Indian agency wins IFC grant - news

The Indian CSR consultancy Crisil has become one of five organizations around the world to win the Capturing Value research competition run by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The...

inbrief - news

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

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

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

shadowy private equity threatens accountability - news

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

Marathon Club puts accent on staying power to win the race - news

The average length of time that a stock is held is five months. More often than not, to align managers' interests with shareholders', management incentives are directly linked to short-term...

investors search for blueprint to counter short-termism - news

A 'blueprint' for long-term investment is to be produced by the end of the year in an attempt to move businesses and investors away from a preoccupation with short-term monetary goals. The...

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

Barclays offers fair wage package across the board - news

Barclays has extended a fair wage deal for cleaners of its 2000 UK branches. The bank has signed the deal with its three cleaning contractors - Aim Hygiene, Lancaster and Mitie Cleaning &...

mining sector gets close to global ethics standard - news

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

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...

Malaysia to get code of ethics - news

The Malaysian government will introduce a code of ethics and a performance appraisal system for contractors next year to prevent abuse when they undertake work on infrastructure projects. The...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

let’s not mire ourselves in definitional confusion - news

Should it be CSR or CR? It’s better to change behaviour than the phrases we use, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler The responsibility of companies to society lies in the provision of goods and...

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...

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

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Ethical Performance does not publish in August. The next issue will be in September.

the London Stock Exchange must not let the CRE quietly fade away - news

When the Corporate Responsibility Exchange was launched by the London Stock Exchange in September 2004, it was said to be an important part of the solution to the questionnaire fatigue afflicting...

asset managers ‘lack clarity’ on SRI strategy - news

A French state pension fund has complained that many of the asset management companies which recently bid for mandates to manage €600million ($760m, £410m) of its funds along socially responsible...

tougher factory audits reveal European failings - news

An upgraded ethical supply chain auditing process now in use by the clothing retailer H&M has uncovered more serious breaches of workplace standards than its old methods – especially in...

Accenture reorganizes its worldwide pro bono work - news

International management consultancy Accenture is to expand its pro bono activities. The company’s business units in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK will be among the first to adopt a...

stakeholder dialogue often fuels more demand - news

Talking to your stakeholders often fails to reduce their expectations and may actually increase them, a study has found. A UK survey of almost 100 businesses, non-governmental organizations and...

LSE investor service is put on the backburner - news

Efforts by the London Stock Exchange to establish a central database of information on companies’ social and environmental performance look to have run into trouble. Weaker than anticipated...

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...

Japanese endorse new SRI principles - news

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

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...

shareholder activists take heart at Shell AGM vote - news

Shareholder activists in the UK have been encouraged by the level of support shown at Shell’s annual meeting for a resolution criticizing the oil giant’s social and environmental performance....

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...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

OFR successor unveiled as Bill reaches Commons - news

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

leading bank turns down loans on ethical grounds - news

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

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Most of the world’s large sporting goods manufacturers now have ‘sound and responsible’ policies for managing social and environmental risks, Bank Sarasin has reported ahead of this month’s...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

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

Sweetening bitter sugar - news

Clem Seecharan. Ian Randle Publishers. 696 pages. Paperback. £25.95 This lengthy but illuminating book is not likely to be on any recognized CSR reading list, but it probably should be. The...

Chinese city looks at CSR certification - news

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering the introduction of some kind of CSR certification scheme for local companies after concluding that corporate responsibility...

Asia tea producers ‘fall short on CSR’ - news

The tea sector in Asia still has a ‘grim’ record on observing accepted workplace standards, according to a new study. The survey, by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), found a ‘sad...

Taiwan firms getting better - news

The ethical performance of listed Taiwanese companies improved markedly last year, according to a second national analysis of CSR in the country. The latest annual survey of Taiwanese...

Responsible investment - news

Rory Sullivan and Craig Mackenzie (editors). Greenleaf Publishing. 382 pages. £45. Hardback. This is a book that no professional, academic, or student with an interest in the emerging field...

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

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

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...

too much talk and not enough action from food companies - news

Most of the world’s largest food companies are still not getting to grips with the potential harm in the goods they produce and sell, a study has found. An analysis of the biggest 25 food...

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

Peugeot Citroen has reached a landmark agreement with 85 trade unions by committing itself to new global workplace and supply chain standards. The multinational French car manufacturer,...

French regulation prompts firms to act - news

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

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...

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,...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

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

sliding ingloriously down the pole of excellence - news

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

Camelot calls in a third party assessor - news

Camelot has brought in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply to analyse its supply chain practices as part of the UK National Lottery operator’s efforts to improve the social and...

Pfizer joins band of companies rejecting short-termism - news

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

working in CSR? expect to earn £39,700 a year - news

People in management CSR jobs in companies can expect to earn an average of £39,700 ($69,400) a year, an Ethical Performance survey suggests. Data on externally advertised vacancies collected...

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...

DHL delivers skills to voluntary sector - news

Logistics company DHL has started a community initiative in the UK that allows its employees to share their expertise and skills with partner charities. The Skills in Motion programme is going...

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...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

no short cuts when it comes to tackling climate change - news

Planting millions of trees is no morning-after pill for industry’s carbon excesses , argues Jutta Kill Can tree-planting ‘neutralize’ the climate damage caused by the emissions of an...

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Nokia and Pfizer have joined the Global Leadership Network, a self-help group of businesses that share their experiences on corporate responsibility ( EP7, issue 6, p5 ). Set up three years ago...

tea partnership widens its reach into South America - news

A global alliance of tea-packing companies has expanded its ethical supply chain monitoring into Argentina and Brazil. The London-based Ethical Tea Partnership, which checks workers’...

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...

FTSE4Good tackles bribery - news

Companies at high risk of becoming involved in bribery have been given until next July to comply with criteria that will determine whether they are eligible for the FTSE4Good index. The...

media ‘not hostile’ to CSR - news

Journalists are more amenable to writing positive articles about CSR than is generally thought, reports new research. A study of the opinions of 75 senior UK journalists found two-thirds...

M&S uses fair trade to underline CSR campaign - news

Marks & Spencer hopes to steal a march on its competitors this month by becoming the first large UK retailer to sell clothing made from 100 per cent Fairtrade cotton. UK arrangements to...

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...

ANZ prepares to apply ethical screen to suppliers - news

One of the largest Antipodean banks is to flesh out a ‘sustainable procurement’ policy for its suppliers this year. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, which spends A$2.2billion...

work-life schemes are ‘neutral’ - news

Providing good work-life balance for employees is not linked to better corporate performance, according to new research from the London School of Economics. The study of more than 700...

soft drinks firms sign code aimed at fighting obesity - news

European soft drinks manufacturers have for the first time jointly agreed voluntary measures to tackle obesity among young people. Members of the Union of European Beverages Associations...

lending to consumers comes under scrutiny - news

An index is being drawn up to benchmark UK financial institutions on how responsible they are when lending to consumers. The Responsible Lending Index will assess banks and finance companies...

BAT and Kumba invite observations - news

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

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

DLA Piper thinks European - news

International law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has introduced measures to co-ordinate its in-house CSR activities across continental Europe. The global partnership, which has offices in...

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...

Indonesian bank joins UN initiative - news

Bank Negara Indonesia, which was restructured in 2004 in an effort to reclaim its position as the country's first bank, has joined the United Nations Environment Programme's Finance Initiative...

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...

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ABN Amro has come top of a league table of Dutch companies on social and environmental performance. The Transparency Benchmark, commissioned by the Dutch economic affairs ministry and applied by...

Goldman Sachs joins fray - news

US-based investment bank Goldman Sachs has moved to improve its social and environmental performance by agreeing to report publicly on the greenhouse gas emissions of power plants that it...

a brief anatomy of the consultancy market - news

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

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

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

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

Chinese companies can now use the country’s first cross-industry corporate responsibility benchmark. The benchmark, unveiled at a United Nations Global Compact summit in Shanghai, is...

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...

inbrief - news

Two huge pension funds have joined the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, an international collaboration in which asset owners and managers encourage brokers to produce research that considers how...

get rewards right ‘and CSR success will follow’ - news

The most important thing company boards can do to promote corporate responsibility is to redesign executive pay incentives to take greater account of long-term performance, according to findings...

Levi Strauss heads the pack in Canada - news

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

Unilever health scheme raises productivity - news

Companies investing in health promotion can obtain almost a fourfold return on their outlay thanks to increased staff productivity, the results of a Unilever exercise indicate. The consumer...

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...

Morocco embraces CSR - news

The Moroccan government says it wants to ‘differentiate’ the country from other emerging markets by gaining a reputation for high workplace standards in human rights, environmental impact and...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

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

Samsung is China’s best CSR performer - news

Samsung China leads Chinese Fortune 500 companies on overall CSR performance according to a new list compiled by Nanfang Weekend, a newspaper in Guangdong, China. Samsung’s score of 69.4 is well...

US colleges come top on CSR - news

North American business schools provide the best MBA coverage of corporate responsibility, according to the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The survey, carried out every two years by...

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...

inbrief - news

Five companies appear for the first time on a list of stocks most commonly found in the portfolios of European SRI fund managers. Foerenings-Sparbanken, ING, Sanofi-Synthelabo, TeliaSonera and...

abolition of OFR met by across-the-board anger - news

Surprise and anger have greeted news that the UK government has scrapped its requirement on large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews (OFRs) just as it was about to come...

inbrief - news

The top European companies are twice as likely to publish social reports as their US counterparts, a study has revealed. The survey by UK consultancy Context has found that 84 of the 100 largest...

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...

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

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...

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

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

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

From Alan Knight, Head of Standards, AccountAbility - news

In reviewing the recently published exposure draft of AccountAbility’s Stakeholder Engagement Standard ( EP7, issue 6, p10 ), Hilary Sutcliffe makes some useful points. She describes it as...

Chinese project gets Holcim award - news

The first prize of $100,000 (£56,000) in the Asia Pacific Holcim awards competition for sustainable construction has gone to a design project for the regeneration of a clan settlement at...

CSR charter for Hong Kong - news

Businesses in Hong Kong now have their own CSR charter. The Community Business Leadership Team, a Hong Kong charity comprising senior executives from 23 companies, drew up the charter to...

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...

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

ScottishPower begins review of fuel suppliers - news

International energy generation group ScottishPower has begun assessing the social and environmental performance of its coal and natural gas suppliers. The UK-based group has been reviewing...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

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

'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....

Puma discloses details of ethical supplier audits - news

Sports clothing giant Puma has publicly released the results of its ethical auditing of supplier factories for the first time. The German-based multinational has audited all its suppliers...

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...

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

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

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

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

inbrief - news

Unilever is to merge its separate social and environmental reports by 2007. The consumer goods multinational is also to increase the amount of social and environmental performance data it makes...

inbrief - news

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...

the United Nations deserves some credit - news

The United Nations has come in for a lot of stick lately, not least for its failure to agree on substantial reform at last month's World Summit in New York. But it can justifiably claim credit...

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...

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...

Centrica uses diversity to open up new supplies - news

Utilities business Centrica is intensifying its efforts on diversity to help it open up new natural gas supplies in remote regions. The group believes that recruiting a more diverse...

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...

PruPIM puts CSR ball in senior executives’ court - news

One of the UK’s largest property investment management companies has asked senior executives to lead progress on eight different aspects of corporate responsibility. Prudential Property...

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...

companies put on notice as UN Compact gets teeth - news

The United Nations has finally agreed a complaints procedure to deal with any allegations that corporate signatories to its Global Compact might be breaching its underlying principles. The...

Australia's first national SRI index opens for business - news

The rating agency RepuTex has started its RepuTex SRI Index, Australia's first SRI barometer. The index measures the share market performance of a portfolio of public companies on the Australian...

Indonesian companies scoop awards - news

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

inbrief - news

 Two more large pension fund managers have joined the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, a consortium founded by institutional investors to stimulate research houses to produce better SRI...

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...

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...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

high street store dips toe into 'pro-poor' waters - news

Marks & Spencer is to provide business advice and expertise to entrepreneurs in an effort to improve wealth generation in developing countries. The 'pro-poor' initiative will be carried...

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

jewellery firms to agree set of ethical guidelines - news

The international jewellery industry is to establish the first global responsibility guidelines for its products. Influential businesses in the gold and diamond market have begun a six-month...

HP managers given diversity plans - news

Hewlett-Packard has asked its national managers in 23 European countries to draw up action plans on diversity. The US multinational, which is the largest IT employer in Europe with 46,000...

funds seek pay link to ethics - news

Some of the UK's largest companies are to be encouraged by two large investors to link their senior executives' pay to aspects of social and environmental performance. The Universities...

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

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

social auditing tools are simply not enough - news

Companies, NGOs and auditors alike need to broaden their approach to ethical supply chain management, argues Lisa Kantor For nearly a decade, factory monitoring has been the main focus of...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

hedge fund for ethical investors - news

UK-based Armajaro Asset Management introduces the first pan-European SRI hedge fund this month. The fund, named Coolum Strategus, will short companies it regards as overvalued and performing...

eight more join South African SRI crowd - news

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

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

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

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

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

General Electric checks supplier compliance - news

The world’s most respected company has identified almost 18,000 possible instances of its suppliers failing to comply with its core environmental, health and labour standards since it began...

OFR regime is now complete - news

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

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...

Asian investment managers think SRI will go mainstream - news

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

technology aids energy moves - news

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

inbrief - news

Details of the two-day Ethical Performance Retreat held with Ashridge on 7-8 June are at www.ethicalperformance.com/theretreat

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

Two-thirds of the top 100 UK companies do not set clear targets in their environmental reports that state how they will improve their impact on the global environment, a study concludes. The...

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....

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...

defining the limits of investor responsibilities - news

CSR lies in the realm of investment, and not governance, analysis, argues Christine Farnish Some people argue that institutional investors should take account of social, environmental and...

US is sceptical on SRI future - news

US investment managers remain broadly unconvinced of the merits of incorporating non-financial measures when deciding which companies to include in portfolios. Thirty-one of 49 large US-based...

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

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

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

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

UBS walks on the sell side - news

One of the world’s biggest investment banks has taken the unusual step of creating a sell-side research team on socially responsible investment. UBS says it has set up the two-person unit in...

firms ‘need each other’ to raise supplier performance - news

More and more companies are realizing they cannot tackle supply chain issues on their own and will have to work on them with their commercial rivals, a leading auditing firm has concluded....

trade body embraces CSR - news

A global trade association representing companies in direct marketing is to form a CSR committee. The New York-based Direct Marketing Association says that its Committee on Social Responsibility...

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...

CSR index asks tougher questions - news

More detailed and specific evidence of ethical practice has been demanded in questions to companies participating in Australia’s second Corporate Responsibility Index. The scoring system has also...

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...

inbrief - news

Asia Pacific news stories are now available on the Ethical Performance website, which has been redesigned and expanded. Among additions, financial data on more than 380 ethical and ecological...

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...

BNFL hands CSR plans over to business units - news

One of the world’s largest nuclear energy groups is to devolve its corporate responsibility planning to four new businesses within the organization. The four divisions at British Nuclear Fuels...

hedge fund homes in on boycott casualties - news

Activists have set up a hedge fund betting on the possibility that the market value of a company will fall due to reputational damage related to corporate responsibility issues. The London-based...

places on offer at CSR gathering - news

Bookings are now being taken for this year’s Ethical Performance Retreat, which is to be held from 7-8 June at Bore Place, a country house in Kent, southern England. The two-day gathering – now in...

class action scope is tightened - news

One of the legal devices used by US campaigners to challenge companies on their social and environmental performance has been weakened. The Class Action Fairness Act, which passed swiftly...

ethical champions take strain at Allied Domecq - news

The UK spirits and wines distributor Allied Domecq has brought together a group of ‘ethical champions’ inside the company as part of its effort to embed ethical trading principles throughout the...

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...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

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...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

A UK centre for CSR research is holding a competition to find a racier name. The International Research Group for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility says it has tired of its...

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...

CSR commitment kept ailing company alive - news

The head of the shoe and clothing multinational Timberland has said his group’s commitment to community involvement helped to restore its fortunes after a financial crisis in the mid-1990s. Chief...

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

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

Hewitt idea fails to find favour - news

Companies and investors have given a lukewarm response to a UK government call for them jointly to develop best practice guidelines on executive pay. The UK’s trade and industry secretary Patricia...

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...

SRI adopted by exchange traded funds - news

SRI is moving into the world of exchange traded funds. Two new such funds, which take the form of an investment company holding securities of companies in a selected market index, have been set...

Corporate Critic gets overhaul - news

An online database that contains details of the social and environmental performance of more than 15,000 companies has been revamped in an attempt to increase the number of people that use it....

CSR performance helps radio groups’ merger bid - news

One of the UK’s largest commercial radio stations believes that its corporate responsibility record has helped it overcome regulatory hurdles in a £700million ($1.3bn) merger. GWR, which owns 35...

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

investors pick brokers for SRI bonuses - news

Seven brokerage houses have now been chosen by a mainstream institutional investors’ group to receive a financial incentive for providing research on companies’ social and environmental...

Abbey takes new lead on disfigurement - news

Abbey National is helping companies improve employment opportunities and customer service for people with severe disfigurements to their face, hands or body. The UK’s second-largest mortgage...

Wilson lined up for The Retreat - news

Veteran campaigner and corporate responsibility proponent Des Wilson will be keynote speaker at The Retreat, which is being held at Bore Place in the UK by Ethical Performance on 7-8 June in...

the public face that prefers to work behind the scenes - news

Should Business in the Community take a tougher line with its members by challenging them in public? EP talks to the UK organization’s chief executive Julia Cleverdon does a nice line in...

McDonald’s suppliers get the message - news

McDonald’s has now trained two-thirds of its global suppliers in social responsibility. The fast food group, which has 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries, had put 1813 of its 2670...

logistics firms prepare to measure progress - news

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

‘opaque legalese’ may threaten value of OFRs - news

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

social reporters guilty of ‘portrayal gap’ - news

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

analysts ‘not to blame’ for lack of interest in SRI - news

Investment managers and pension fund trustees, rather than analysts, are largely responsible for the relative lack of interest from institutional investors in the social and environmental...

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...

inbrief - news

Unilever has been judged by its peers to be the best performing company on community and environmental responsibility. In a poll to decide the UK’s most admired company for 2004 the food giant...

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...

companies need to show real leadership - news

Business leaders must begin to set their own CSR agendas, not just respond to the latest bout of campaigning, argues Roger Cowe Leadership is a recurrent theme in CSR, but it’s time it was seen...

Stakeholder Engagement Planning Overview - news

written and produced by Altria. 20 pages Obtainable from Ralph Rogers, director, corporate responsibility planning Ralph.Rogers@Altria.com Engaging with stakeholders, we often hear, can lead...

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...

opinions split on effect of end of multi-fibre pact - news

Opinions are divided on whether a shake-up in the rules governing world trade in textiles and clothing will help multinationals to improve their supply chains’ social and environmental performance,...

Cintas will come clean on compliance details - news

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

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...

Novo extends its reach to second tier suppliers - news

Novo Nordisk is intensifying its efforts to promote socially responsible business practices in its supply chain by encouraging its main suppliers to spread good practice among the companies that in...

CSR leaders must back regulation, says Nobel Prize winner - news

A Nobel Prize-winning economist has called on companies that are corporate responsibility leaders to press for regulation in the field. Joseph Stiglitz, former adviser to US president Bill...

men dominate in CSR jobs - news

Two-thirds of company CSR executives are men. A review of 3564 Ethical Performance records of individuals with CSR managerial responsibilities in companies shows 67 per cent are male. This is...

clothing firm finds monitoring is no panacea - news

Clothing company Gap has decided to place less emphasis on ethical monitoring of its supply chain because the approach has had only limited success. Gap says that monitoring of supplier factories...

inbrief - news

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...

getting consultation right is what counts, not meeting the deadline - news

Timetables for bringing in new policies slip for lots of reasons – good and bad. Recently, the schedules for two important elements in the framework of voluntary initiatives that seek to promote...

look closer to home for a guiding hand on CSR - news

Employees are your most important stakeholders, so why not base your responsibility strategies around their own values, says John Drummond Sometimes you have to go round the world to get an...

Camelot focuses on suppliers - news

The UK’s National Lottery operator is to introduce minimum standards for suppliers based on their social and environmental performance as well as their business record. During the coming year...

ethical funds still represent tiny portion of retail market - news

Socially responsible investment funds account for less than half of one per cent by value of all European retail funds, according to a study of green, social and ethical funds in Europe. The...

more time given to look at Equator Principles - news

The International Finance Corporation has decided to extend the period of consultation on the Equator Principles, in the face of criticism from industry and pressure groups that it has not allowed...

electronics sector tries to spark code into life - news

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

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

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

Gildan on brink of FLA removal - news

Canadian T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear will be ejected from the US-based Fair Labor Association if it fails to show sufficient progress on ethical supply chain monitoring. Gildan had...

ethics screening moves into derivatives field - news

The rapidly-expanding credit derivatives market now has its own ethical index. The Ecpi-Credix ethical index is composed of 125 credit derivatives whose underlying assets have satisfied 200...

EIRIS strengthens its overseas presence - news

Europe’s largest provider of investor information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to open offices in New York and Tokyo. Ethical Investment Research Services, which...

Nike ready to come out of reporting purdah - news

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

inbrief - news

Corporate responsibility is to feature in a new £1.7million ($3.1m) global leadership and governance research programme being undertaken by the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. The five-year...

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....

new SRI tack for Dexia - news

A new socially responsible investment approach concentrating only on labour standards has been established by the Belgian insurance group Dexia. The approach, named Portfolio 21, will screen out...

child labour initiative shows signs of strain - news

Strains have emerged in an alliance of companies and non-governmental organizations attempting to tackle child labour in India’s cotton seed industry. The main NGO in the Child Labour Eradication...

Thames Water comes clean on lowlights - news

A water company has taken the unusual step of giving as much prominence to the deficiencies in its social and environmental performance as to the achievements. Thames Water’s latest corporate...

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...

database takes some flak - news

The London Stock Exchange is experiencing teething problems over the establishment of its Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), which it hopes will become a central database of information on...

‘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...

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd - news

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd Tomorrow’s Company director Mark Goyder has done us all a service by re-opening the debate about...

'The business case for corporate social responsibility' by Peter D. Kinder - news

From the President, KLD Research & Analytics Inc. In response to your News Alert on the subject of the European Commission white paper's avoidance of regulation, I would say that the...

'Corporate code of conduct' by Arthur J. Zaccanti - news

From Arthur J. Zaccanti Every rational United State's taxpayer knows that the current Security and Exchange Commission investigation, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Criminal...

'Ethical standards are affordable' by Chris Collinson - news

From the Principal Scientist of the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme at the Natural Resources Institute As the author of the reports that provided most of the material for Ethical...

'Problems of an ethical ISO' by Jem Bendell - news

From the editor of 'Terms for Endearment: Business, NGOs and Sustainable Development' The proposal for an ISO standard on business conduct (Vol. 3, issue 5) will not be hailed as an entirely...

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

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

'GoodCorporation standards' by Leo Martin - news

From the Director of GoodCorporation I am writing in response to the concerns expressed about ‘code overload’ which were raised in last month’s issue (Vol. 2, issue 9). Both companies and...

Most responsible Australasian firms identified - news

A list of Australia's 100 most socially responsible companies and New Zealand's top 20 has been published by RepuTex, the Melbourne-based ratings organization. In Australia the highest AAA...

CSR 'spreads wealth' - news

CSR is a mechanism by which wealth is distributed within society, the Joint UK-Malaysian CSR conference was told in Kuala Lumpur in June. Enterprises making significant contributions to their...

Nokia upgrades educational programme - news

The number of Philippines schools receiving a Nokia interactive educational programme is to be more than doubled. The programme, called Bridgeit, provides professional development training and...

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

BP, Norsk Hydro , Royal Dutch Shell and Suncor head a new ranking of the ethical performance of oil and gas companies by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. Marathon,...

more on the issues and less on the mechanics, please - news

EP talks to Alan Knight about his belief that CSR practitioners have lost sight of the pressing global problems that should dictate their agenda Few individuals have had more...

Japanese firms take FTSE4Good by storm - news

Japan has been given its own FTSE4Good index in recognition of the growing importance of CSR to Japanese companies. It is only the third country with a domestic...

‘world class’ network to show how it’s done - news

Nine multinationals have formed a CSR-focused alliance called the Global Leadership Network. 3M, Cargill, Diageo, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, IBM,...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

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

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

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

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Group has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The UK-based group says that although some of its companies, including the Co-operative...

time to make a virtue of legislative necessity - news

The voluntary approach has its limits. Mandatory corporate disclosure would help markets, not hinder them, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler ‘You can’t legislate...

Nokia takes team approach - news

Nokia is trying to increase awareness of its code of conduct through small discussion groups of employees in Europe, the US, Latin America and China. The groups,...

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...

LSE sets up data repository - news

A central database of information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to be set up this month by the London Stock Exchange. The service,...

investors begin work on global principles - news

Major institutional investors around the world are to develop a set of global principles for responsible investment. The investors will refer to the principles when...

mm02 makes sure CSR gets executive treatment - news

A UK company has taken the unusual step of disbanding its corporate social responsibility committee and handing the work to executive directors. While many firms...

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...

Hastings heads for EP retreat - news

The BBC’s head of CSR, Michael Hastings, will be among presenters at this year’s retreat run by Ethical Performance with Ashridge and the Corporate...

Canadian firms told to perform better on human rights - news

Canadian companies need to spend more time on human rights issues as part of their CSR programmes, says the country’s first National Corporate Social Responsibility...

consumer products sector comes out top - news

Consumer products companies have scored more highly than other businesses in a newly-devised rating of the world’s 100 largest companies. Firms in the sector, led...

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...

verification analysis suggests size doesn’t matter - news

Small companies seem just as capable of developing and implementing CSR policies as large businesses, an analysis by the standard-setting GoodCorporation suggests....

CSR factors cut M&A valuations - news

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

inbrief - news

Volkswagen is the highest-ranked automobile company for sustainability policies and practice, according to US-based rating agency Innovest. The German company was the...

inbrief - news

A South African socially responsible investment index was launched last month by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The index has a universe of the...

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...

CSR library helps Kidde - news

The fire and safety products group Kidde is building an intranet ‘CSR library’ to inform its 7800 employees about its social and environmental performance. The...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

French bank creates CSR unit - news

The state-owned French investment bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations is to create a sustainable development division. The bank, which employs more than 41,000...

firms offered reporting tool - news

Companies suffering from questionnaire fatigue are being offered a reporting system that collates data on their social and environmental performance for electronic...

firms post ‘poor’ results on supply chain efforts - news

Only a fifth of large UK companies with a significant reputational risk from supply chains in developing countries have a manager whose main job is monitoring labour...

Dutch firms targeted by engaging investors - news

Most large Dutch listed companies have been questioned by investors on their social and environmental performance, a study has found. Nine out of ten firms listed on the...

FTSE index ‘has led to change’ - news

Figures published by FTSE suggest that the index provider’s FTSE4Good series has directly led to improvements in companies’ social and environmental...

new OFR regime will start in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance, according to a draft...

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...

inbrief - news

Letters to the editor are at www.ethicalperformance.com. Most recently, Michael Hopkins, a professor at the International Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Business...

inbrief - news

Fortis Investments has said it will vote down the reports and accounts of any European companies that do not fulfil its CSR disclosure standards. The Dutch-Belgian...

our role is to question, not merely observe - news

Alan MacDougall takes issue with Peter Knight’s recent attack on ‘tick-box political correctness’ A response is needed to Peter Knight’s claim in last month’s...

companies can choose how many questionnaires to answer - news

Corporate managers no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the London Stock Exchange is likely to act as a clearing house for information on their...

the future of assurance – will it be cosy or cautious? - news

In the third of our series on trends in corporate social responsibility, EP considers the verification of corporate non-financial reports The single biggest challenge...

OFRs will take effect in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance from next year, according to a...

investors and boards agree uneasy truce - news

Peace talks aimed at soothing the strained relationship between UK investors and companies over CSR and corporate governance issues have concluded with an agreement to hold...

CSR practitioners told to prepare for new era - news

CSR has come to the ‘end of the beginning’ and must now mature into a fully fledged business model integrated throughout companies, says the UK-based Work...

huge French fund applies SRI to €3bn of its assets - news

Socially responsible investment in Europe has received a major shot in the arm with news that the French state pension fund will take an SRI approach to about a fifth of...

logo offers firms ‘ethical’ endorsement - news

UK companies are being offered a logo for use on product packaging and publicity materials that recognizes their socially responsible practice. The logo – a...

EP looks ahead to the next five years - news

Welcome to the sixth year of Ethical Performance. The CSR field has matured considerably, and at a pace few envisaged, since our first issue appeared in May 1999. To...

firms in Pakistan aim to improve - news

Some of Pakistan’s leading businesses have launched a private sector initiative aimed at improving the social performance of the country’s exporters....

stock exchange will act on questionnaire fatigue - news

The London Stock Exchange is preparing to create a centralized database on the social and environmental performance of companies as a way of tackling questionnaire fatigue...

inbrief - news

Academics have developed a way of modelling corporate reputational risk that they say could be more accurate than traditional analyses. The Centre for Stakeholding and...

auditors of non-financial reports face their own ethical challenges - news

With all but one of the FTSE 100 now producing some kind of public information on their social and environmental performance, and the UK government expected to publish...

CSR divides politicians - news

The extent of party political division on corporate responsibility in the UK has been highlighted by a MORI poll. When the pollster asked a representative sample of 119...

why Timms believes the best is still to come - news

The world’s only corporate social responsibility minister tells EP how two new government measures will have a ‘significant’ impact on the spread of CSR Stephen Timms may have...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

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...

ETI members warned against complacency - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has expressed concern that a handful of its 36 corporate members have still not brought their company codes of conduct into line with its...

extractives are a mixed bag on biodiversity - news

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

inbrief - news

Two companies last month gave qualified support to the latest attempt to raise the topic of mandatory social reporting in the UK parliament. While stressing that they...

how a trust fund could end partnership angst - news

The business world should create a mechanism to distribute grants to non-governmental organizations, suggests Roger Cowe Engagement and dialogue are watchwords...

annual resolutions target diversity - news

Thirty-three companies are in the firing line for this year’s round of social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed by Calvert, one of the more active...

firms lose marks through poor public disclosure - news

Companies are failing to give enough favourable detail when they make public their social and environmental performance, an investor-sponsored study of UK housebuilders...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

The world’s fourth largest tobacco group has set out the corporate responsibility standards that it hopes to meet during the next few years. Imperial Tobacco says...

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...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

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...

the challenges ahead for reporting companies - news

In the second of our series on the future of corporate social responsibility, EP looks at the forces that are shaping non-financial reporting Apart from France, no...

reporting stakes raised - news

The Canadian government has urged all listed companies to report on their social and environmental performance. Four ministers, David Anderson (environment), Bill Graham...

new business group hints at support for regulation - news

An international group of business leaders is to consider backing the case for more regulation of companies on human rights issues. Until now, most business organizations...

Anglo American offers CSR kit to all divisions - news

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

Finland tops league table of CSR promoters - news

Finland has been judged the best performer on corporate responsibility in a newly-devised measure of how much companies and governments in 51 countries have done to promote...

Unep merges CSR finance initiatives - news

Two corporate responsibility initiatives run for the financial sector by the United Nations have merged. The United Nations Environment Programme Financial...

September date for 2004 Retreat - news

The second Ethical Performance Retreat will take place this year from 27-28 September at Ashridge business school. The gathering, which brings together senior CSR...

inbrief - news

The environmental performance of UK high street banks is better overall than it was two years ago, an Eiris study suggests. Eight of 13 banks studied now have...

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...

why the Race to the Top failed to reach a finish - news

A scheme to help major retailers compare and improve their social and environmental performance has ended in failure. Where did it all go wrong? Three years ago we...

Chevron sets out principles - news

Oil and petroleum multinational ChevronTexaco is to issue its 53,000 staff with corporate responsibility guiding principles. The principles, developed as part of a...

press coverage booms as CSR hits media radar - news

Mainstream press coverage of corporate social responsibility issues has increased significantly around the world during the past three years – and most of it is still...

SRI results enthuse bank - news

Morgan Stanley has decided to deepen its involvement in SRI after studying the share prices of companies with a good corporate social responsibility record....

analysts think positive on risk management - news

More than three-quarters of European fund managers and analysts believe management of social and environmental risks is good for business. A Deloitte study found 79 per...

Danisco discovers room for improvement on CSR - news

Three-quarters of the production sites owned by the sugar and food ingredients group Danisco now comply with the company’s CSR policy, according to an internal assessment....

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...

OFRs could be in force by as early as next year - news

UK companies are likely to have to produce a written statement of their social and environmental performance from next year, now that the government has formally announced...

socially responsible investors are barking up the wrong tree - news

Do good companies do well? A lot hangs on this beguilingly simple question. If it could be shown that socially responsible companies perform better over time than those...

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...

Imperial to report in 2004 - news

A second international tobacco company is to compile a social report. Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest, expects to publish its first CSR document early next...

winning entries generate innovative approaches to SRI - news

A competition established to stimulate new thinking on how to encourage institutional investors to take a long-term view of investment has sparked a host of innovative SRI...

work starts on forestry code - news

The World Bank is to help write guidelines for businesses on sustainable forest management. The guidelines, to be produced with the international conservation body...

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....

Camelot ready for supplier audit regime - news

The company that operates the UK national lottery is to establish a supplier approval system that will take social, ethical and environmental performance into account....

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

institutional SRI investment in France to rise - news

Some 60 per cent of French institutional investors expect to make socially responsible investments during the next three years, a study suggests. A survey of 41...

French win first big CSR award - news

Carrefour, the world’s second largest retailer, has become the first French company to win a Corporate Conscience Award. The company took the award in the...

analysts perform better with social data to hand - news

Analysts with access to data on a company’s social and environmental performance make more confident judgments about its economic prospects than those who...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

A major institutional investor has said the pharmaceutical industry needs to significantly improve its performance on corporate social responsibility over the next two...

all staff must be sent ethics codes, firms told - news

Companies that produce codes of business ethics have been told they must always send a hard copy to every staff member, regardless of the cost. The Institute of...

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...

smaller firms in Europe get SRI index - news

An index of socially responsible smaller companies has been launched by Kempen Capital Management of the UK and SNS Asset Management of the Netherlands. The...

CSR in Asia ‘not due to wealth’ - news

Cultural factors and a willingness to embrace international trade are the best indicators of a country’s overall level of CSR activity, and not its wealth or...

inbrief - news

A project to benchmark UK housebuilders’ management and performance on sustainability has been launched by Insight Investment. The investor has written to UK...

inbrief - news

The winning paper in an MBA essay competition on corporate citizenship is now on the website of the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Jessica Brinkman from the...

inbrief - news

Financial information company Morningstar Japan has created a socially responsible investment index. The Morningstar SRI Index, which is the first index to benchmark...

try the talking cure for your supply chain ills - news

Companies should be talking to a much wider range of interested parties when they audit their supply chains, says Sarah Selby Social auditing may have a lot to learn...

Kasky v Nike and the implications for corporate social reporting - news

Nike has done well to settle with the environmental campaigner Marc Kasky. Having taken its case to the highest court in the land, and not getting the outcome it had hoped, the...

Adidas wins praise for CSR - news

Adidas-Salomon is the best-performing company in the global sports shoe industry, according to a Belgian socially responsible investment analyst firm. A six-month long...

hard copy reports drop as internet gains favour - news

The number of companies publishing hard copies of their social and environmental reports has fallen for the first time, as electronic reporting gathers momentum....

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...

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

The world’s largest music publishing company has unveiled a social responsibility policy. EMI Group, which has a roster of 1000 recording artists and a turnover of...

Nike report bites the dust despite Kasky settlement - news

Nike has abandoned publication of its corporate responsibility report, despite reaching an out-of-court settlement to bring the long-running Kasky v Nike legal case to an end....

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...

inbrief - news

Two UK academics have published books on CSR. Malcolm McIntosh, visiting professor of corporate citizenship at the University of Bath, argues in Raising a ladder to the moon...

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...

Nordic giant takes CSR policy on board - news

The largest financial services group in the Scandinavian and Baltic Sea region is developing a corporate social responsibility programme. Nordea, which operates in...

Canada to get annual CSR health check - news

A snapshot of how different industry sectors in Canada, the world’s seventh-largest economy, are performing on social and environmental issues is expected to be published...

three picked out as leaders - news

Cadbury Schweppes, Unilever and Danone have emerged as leaders on corporate social responsibility issues in an assessment of the global food products industry. The...

BAT finds stakeholders more prepared to talk - news

Stakeholders of British American Tobacco appear to have become more willing to talk to the group since it published its first social report last year (EP4, issue...

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

firms told: 'don't be bashful with mainstream investors' - news

Companies will have to be bolder about raising CSR issues in meetings with mainstream investor analysts if they are to get the business case across to the financial community,...

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...

investors join forces to strengthen their engagement - news

Eight large institutional investors have decided to combine forces to engage with companies on their social and environmental performance. They have agreed to share...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

Thinkers in the field of corporate social responsibility have hit back at claims that CSR is in danger of losing its soul in a welter of box-ticking and compliance....

mining companies are 'among best' - news

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

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

Johnson Matthey has published its first CSR review on the web. The review of the UK speciality chemical company’s environmental and social performance over the...

now’s the time to make these standards work - news

Companies need to press national governments to show more commitment to basic international standards, says Craig Mackenzie Last year in this column I suggested that...

Fast tracking for Operating and Financial Reviews - news

The UK government is to fast track the introduction of a requirement for large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews. Trade and industry...

clothing firms go public with their supplier audits - news

Seven of the world’s largest clothing and footwear companies have allowed details of independent supplier factory audits to be published for the first time, in what is...

boards lack experience of CSR matters, investor argues - news

One of the UK’s biggest fund managers has suggested more companies should appoint non-executive directors with hands-on experience of corporate social responsibility....

Core Bill reappears for first reading in the House - news

One of the few remaining European initiatives to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting has been put before the UK’s lower house of parliament. The...

assurance gaining ground with big company reporters - news

More of the world’s largest companies are now having their social and environmental reports verified by third parties, a study has found. Of the 48 companies in...

human capital studied - news

Suggestions on how companies can improve the way they measure their investment in ‘human capital’ are to be made by a government task force this autumn. The...

CSR future looks bright as Orange shows intent - news

Orange has set out how it will implement its corporate social responsibility strategy. In a ‘statement of intent’, the mobile phone group says its...

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...

200 analysts hear firms’ stories on CSR - news

Sixteen large European companies gathered in Paris last month to present details of their ethical performance to 200 investment analysts. The gathering was hailed as a...

coffee traders offer assistance - news

The world’s two largest coffee trading groups are to work with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social and environmental performance of their suppliers. Neumann...

consumers grow more sensitive - news

Consumers are now more likely to boycott companies for weak ethical performance, says the fourth annual Corporate Social Responsibility Monitor survey. The Environics...

inbrief - news

A second volume of essays on stakeholder engagement has been produced by Greenleaf Publishing. Unfolding stakeholder thinking 2 presents the thoughts of researchers on...

inbrief - news

Life sciences company Agilent has for the first time published information on its social and environmental performance in its annual report. Agilent already produces a...

stock exchange calls for codes of ethics - news

Australian companies have been told by their national stock exchange to ‘actively promote ethical and responsible decision-making’ as part of their day-to-day...

Co-op Bank ethics begin to rub off on its suppliers - news

Almost half of The Co-operative Bank’s suppliers now claim its ethical policies have changed the way they run their businesses. The bank says there has been a ‘significant’...

Christian Aid to investigate Littlewoods suppliers - news

A major UK charity is to investigate factories that supply Littlewoods as a direct result of the retail group’s decision to disband its ethical trading team. Christian...

Dutch pension funds ready to embrace SRI approach - news

Three-quarters of Dutch pension funds expect to take the social, environmental or ethical performance of companies into account when making investment decisions in the future....

analyst meetings spread to the continent - news

A UK initiative that brings together investment analysts and corporate executives to discuss their company’s ethical performance has expanded its horizons to continental...

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....

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

Barclays Bank has launched a CSR section on its website outlining its social and environmental performance, and for the first time has 12 pages on CSR in its annual...

inbrief - news

TotalFinaElf is using the UK-based GoodCorporation organization to help improve its ethical performance. The French oil company, which has struggled with reputational problems...

executive pay and the social responsibilities of investors - news

Executive pay has always occupied an odd position in the debate about the social responsibilities of companies. In the past, it has tended to fall within the realm of corporate...

how to downsize and be socially responsible - news

The European Commission and the International Labour Organization are encouraging companies to downsize responsibly. How can this be done? Last month’s conference in Athens on...

Exchange head is a CSR fan - news

Hopes are rising that the next chairman of the London Stock Exchange could use his tenure in office to bring corporate social responsibility issues to the fore. Chris...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

study finds firms with ethical codes are wealthier, more stable and better value - news

Another brick has been added to the foundations of the business case for corporate social responsibility. Large companies with a published ethical code of practice appear...

call for right to see CSR data - news

Legislators in Europe have been urged to consider giving the public a right of access to information held by companies on their social and environmental performance. A...

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...

almost all FTSE 100 companies are now reporting - news

Ninety FTSE 100 companies now publicly report on their social or environmental performance, a study has revealed. Seventy-two of the 90 are producing a stand-alone social,...

inbrief - news

Three European asset management companies are to use the Ethical Investment Research Service to monitor the social and environmental performance of companies. Credit...

inbrief - news

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...

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....

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

How does a mainstream investor take account of social and environmental considerations within its investment process? EP asked Standard Life Analyzing the...

big challenge is to convince middle management to act - news

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

Spain is ready for SRI disclosure regulation - news

Spain is likely to become the latest country to introduce a regulation requiring investment funds to declare their position on socially responsible investment. Members...

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,...

Rio Tinto woos the analysts - news

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

BBC sets up in-house centre to boost CSR performance - news

The BBC has set up an in-house Corporate Social Responsibility Centre to deliver its CSR programme over the next few years. Headed by Michael Hastings, former head of...

interest in new index is greater than expected - news

The arrival of the first national index that publicly benchmarks the responsible business practices of companies in different industry sectors has aroused much more interest...

Swedes show ‘surprising’ lack of progress - news

Swedish companies are proving to be slow at developing policies on corporate social responsibility and reporting on their progress to put them into practice, a survey suggests....

TUC aims to turn trustees - news

The Trades Union Congress is to encourage greater shareholder activism by making UK pension fund trustees more aware of corporate social responsibility matters. The TUC...

Aegon maps out CSR path - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is setting out a long-term plan to improve its corporate social responsibility. Netherlands-based Aegon, which is among the top...

inbrief - news

In-depth articles on CSRand SRI are at ‘Viewpoints’ on www.ethicalperformance.com

WWF says BP is ‘resting on its laurels’ - news

A leading UK charity is to disinvest from BP over concerns about the oil company’s ethical performance in the past year. In a symbolic gesture, the UK arm of WWF will sell...

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....

trustees pinpoint social issues - news

Over a third of UK pension fund trustees believe the social and environmental performance of companies will have a significant impact on the market value of the FTSE 100 in...

push us to behave responsibly, construction firms tell clients - news

Some of the UK’s largest construction companies are to take the unusual step of urging their clients to push them harder on social responsibility matters. The...

FTSE 100 firms respond well to ABI guidelines - news

Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies have made either a ‘full’ or ‘adequate’ response to the Association of British Insurers’ socially responsible...

Littlewoods raises ire of NGOs and unions - news

One of the UK’s leading retailers is to scrap its entire ethical trading department and curtail its corporate social responsibility activity after a takeover....

Turks set up ethics centre for companies - news

A business ethics centre has been launched in Turkey to help companies draw up codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility programmes. The Turkish Ethical...

Alcoa steps up its reporting - news

Aluminium giant Alcoa is to publish a combined environmental and community report alongside its financial annual report this year. The world’s largest aluminium...

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

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

inbrief - news

Applications for the UK’s Awards for Excellence 2003, which are run by Business in the Community and recognize outstanding CSR performance, close on 21 March.

inbrief - news

Pressure on US-listed companies to take greater account of their social and environmental performance is expected to increase following a landmark decision by the Securities and...

how do social reporters decide what is material? - news

The test of materiality will make life harder for CSR reporters, Adrian Henriques argues The UK government white paper Modernising company law suggests that all...

cleaning up corporate America finally pays a CSR dividend - news

The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to require US mutual funds to disclose their proxy voting policies and voting records ends a long-standing anomaly....

KLP bans 27 big names - news

One of Norway’s largest institutional investors has excluded 27 companies from its portfolio after setting a ‘minimum ethical standard’ for all its...

why Bitc wants more from its members - news

One of the world’s oldest business responsibility bodies is asking its members to make much greater efforts on CSR. EP talks to Business in the Community’s chairman, David Varney, about...

new group to gauge diversity - news

A benchmarking group has been set up to help companies compare their equality initiatives with their peers in similar sectors. The Diversity Benchmarking Group has been...

OFR content will be fleshed out - news

A nine-strong independent advisory group has been set up by the UK government to consider what information companies should disclose in the mandatory operating and financial...

CSR forum meetings begin - news

The roundtable of the European Commission’s multi-stakeholder CSR forum will hold its first meeting this month in Brussels. The event on 12 February will look at...

Asian SRI scene shows signs of marked growth - news

Socially responsible investment is finally beginning to take hold in the Far East, according to the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia....

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....

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...

do-it-yourself approach no longer good enough - news

It’s time for investors who engage with companies to agree core ethical standards, says Craig Mackenzie Large institutional shareholders are discovering a new willingness to...

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

chemicals firm goes for TBL - news

Dutch chemicals firm DSM is to produce its first triple bottom line annual report. The document will be published early this year alongside the company’s annual report...

French embrace ethical investment - news

Socially responsible investment in France has grown dramatically in the past two years, according to an analyst who has been studying SRI funds there. Nicolas Manoni, of...

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

Fresh food firm Chiquita has detected a marked increase in worker satisfaction and commitment to the company since it began a programme of social and environmental improvement...

Go-Ahead reveals social data - news

The UK transport services group Go-Ahead has published its first combined social and environmental report. The 64-page document, which is verified by the Smart Company...

Unep finance initiatives will weed out ‘free-riders’ - news

The United Nations is to tighten membership requirements for its two finance industry sustainability initiatives in an attempt to discourage ‘free-riders’ who sign...

companies urged to focus on local impact - news

Guidelines for companies on reporting the social and environmental performance of their facilities are to be drawn up by two US organizations. The Coalition for...

inbrief - news

Electrolux will include information on its social performance in its annual report for the first time next year, according to Henrik Sundstrom, the Swedish firm’s vice president...

inbrief - news

Oxford University is to begin reviewing the social and environmental performance of companies in which it invests. The university’s investment committee is adopting an...

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,...

common standards are needed for engagement to be effective - news

More companies are facing questions from investors about their social, environmental and ethical performance than ever before. Gone are the days when only a few companies,...

GRI comes up with Aids guide - news

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

pledge comes to Europe - news

European countries are likely to adopt a North American initiative that encourages students to consider the ethical performance of employers before they take up a job....

Co-op heads down new reporting path - news

The Co-operative Group is to make a major change to its social reporting regime. Until now the UK group has reported on the main aspects of its business in a rolling...

UK investors signal fresh era in activism - news

A body that represents virtually all UK institutional investors has said its members will adopt a more vigorous approach when voting at annual company meetings on resolutions...

steer clear of Turkey, firms told - news

Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey have been identified as among the world’s most oppressive regimes in a new list of countries published by a UK non-profit consumer body that...

Novo elevates ethics in new supply chain regime - news

Life sciences company Novo is to assess its suppliers using a new evaluation system that puts their social and environmental performance on a par with quality and price...

Westpac heads Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top in an annual index of corporate reputation in Australia. The bank, which recently produced its first social report (EP4, issue 5), headed the...

SRI funds ‘lacking courage’ - news

Managers of socially responsible investment funds have been accused of timidity because of their obsession with comparisons between their performance and that of mainstream...

regulatory prospects recede in the UK - news

A revised bill on mandatory social reporting is to be put forward in the UK’s House of Commons early next year after the first version ran out of parliamentary time last...

firms offered benchmark on labour issues - news

Some of the best-known organizations in the CSR field have developed a web-based tool to help companies benchmark their labour standards against other firms. The...

SRI funds to get European standard - news

A Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds is to be produced by spring 2003. Work on creating the voluntary standard has been approved by...

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An online service that helps consumers assess the ethical performance of companies has been set up by UK-based company ecotorch. From 2003, the service will be available to...

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...

pledges and commitments are storing up trouble for companies - news

Promises, promises, promises. Companies seem hell-bent on making them in their social and environmental reports. And why not? Pledges and commitments have a comforting ring....

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...

two-thirds now report in Europe - news

Two-thirds of large companies headquartered in western Europe now report on their social and environmental performance in some form, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers....

trust backs SRI standard - news

A think-tank is to back calls for the creation of a Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds. The London-based Federal Trust for...

9/11 boosts CSR awareness - news

Chief executives claim they are thinking more about corporate social responsibility but not many are devoting more money or resources to it, according to research in the US....

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Trucost has developed a tool for measuring corporate environmental performance. The London-based ratings agency, established in 2000, says the Trucost Environmental...

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An online recruitment service for organizations looking for staff in the fields of corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investment has been...

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Henderson Global Investors has published a guide on how it assesses the ethical performance of companies. The Henderson SRI research and engagement handbook outlines...

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...

Westpac in reporting first - news

Westpac has become the first Australian bank to publish a social report. The document uses social performance indicators created by Westpac with nine financial...

church ethics hit share returns - news

Church of England equity investments underperformed the FTSE All Share Index last year due to a policy of excluding certain companies on ethical grounds, according to the...

Hewlett-Packard is top of the pile - news

Hewlett-Packard heads a corporate social responsibility rating of the world’s seven largest computer companies. The US firm was the best performer in an analysis by...

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...

Lydenberg calls for global SRI think-tank - news

A senior figure in the socially responsible investment community has proposed that a global think-tank be created to review methods of assessing the non-financial performance...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

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

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One of the world’s biggest credit rating and analysis firms is to expand its research on the non-financial performance of companies. New York-based Moody’s Investors...

time to blow the froth off all this empty CSR talk - news

Good social reports clarify the impact companies have on society. But some fudge the difficult issues, say Peter Knight and Nigel Salter As noted in the...

business no longer needs to fear EC regulation on CSR - news

The European Commission’s communication on corporate social responsibility initially gives the impression that Brussels felt it had to do something, but was so overwhelmed by...

ABB spends $55m on CSR - news

Engineering and power group ABB says the cost of its sustainability programme has ‘stabilized’ at $55million (£36m) after rising steadily for three years. The...

ethics score low in CEO comments - news

An analysis of nearly 20,000 articles in the UK press suggests that chief executives of large companies spend around five per cent of their time making public pronouncements...

agency rises out of Arese ashes - news

A new ratings agency has been formed to analyse the social and environmental performance of companies around the world. Vigeo, which will be based in Bagnolet, France, has...

standards help investors rate drug firms - news

An ‘industry standard’ for assessing the corporate social responsibility of drugs firms has been drawn up by three global non-governmental organizations. Oxfam, Save...

cement firms map out five-year plan of action - news

Ten of the world’s largest cement companies have formally committed themselves to a five-year plan of action to improve their social and environmental performance....

Camelot goes for brevity - news

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has issued a short summary of its social report this year in response to criticism that its previous reports were confusing stakeholders....

mining sector ‘should listen to locals’ - news

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

‘remarkable’ increase in UK social reporters - news

Fifty of the UK’s 250 largest companies reported on their social and environmental performance for the first time in 2001-02, compared with 18 new reporters the previous...

ministers opt for OFRs - news

The UK government has said it will require large companies to publish annual operating and financial reviews (OFR) that should include an assessment of their social and...

UK retailers form CSR group - news

A corporate social responsibility group has been formed by the trade body representing UK retailers. The 210,000-member British Retail Consortium has set up the group...

white papers ease regulatory fears - news

Prospects of imminent regulation on CSR in Europe have receded with the publication of the European Commission’s communication on the subject and the UK government’s response...

inbrief - news

An online database designed to help companies improve the ethical performance of their supply chains has been set up by US-based Business for Social Responsibility. The...

how CSR is changing the rules of competition in the market place - news

Forty-five per cent of the 250 largest companies now produce a report of some kind on their social and environmental performance. This is good news. Or is it? Looked at the other way,...

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

European CEOs see benefits, but slow to act - news

Around three-quarters of European business leaders think that CSR measures can make their companies more competitive and ‘significantly improve profitability’, but only a...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

The United Nations Environment Programme has stepped in to urge tourism companies to improve their social and environmental performance, amid signs of growing frustration at...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

Nike works on factory grading - news

A grading system that rates supplier factories on their social and environmental performance is being developed by Nike. The sports clothing firm hopes the system will...

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...

French pull out of SiRi group - news

The French socially responsible investment analysts Arese have relinquished their role as one of 12 partners in a worldwide SRI research service that began operating last...

the man with no taste for regulation on CSR - news

EP talks to Douglas Alexander, UK minister for corporate social responsibility, on his year in office – and why he still believes regulation is not the way forward When the...

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Nationwide building society has won the private sector category in the UK’s annual Opportunity Now awards for its ‘exceptional’ performance on diversity. Opportunity Now is a...

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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,...

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Ford India has produced the first review of its combined social, economic and business performance. The ‘corporate assessment report’ follows the format of Ford’s...

Canadians get reporting guide - news

A set of social and environmental reporting guidelines has been produced for Canadian companies. Developed by the Vancouver-based Canadian Business for Social...

GRI won’t have its name taken in vain - news

Companies that draw up social and environmental reports using the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines will soon have to conform to tighter rules on how they are applied....

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

The world’s second-largest mining company has begun to implement a worldwide strategy to improve its ethical performance. Anglo American is introducing a set of ‘global...

new bill ups the stakes on mandatory reporting - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons this autumn. The Ten Minute Rule Bill, put forward...

cement industry told to take CSR on board - news

Cement companies should set up a dedicated body to improve the industry’s overall social and environmental performance, a study recommends. The report, Toward a...

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...

retailers start race to the top - news

Four UK supermarkets have signed up to a project that will benchmark their performance on a range of environmental, ethical and social indicators. The Co-op, Marks...

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....

why a McDonald’s CSR report needs to stand out from the herd - news

A company which has attracted the amount of flak that McDonald’s has over the years does not take the decision to publish a global social responsibility report lightly. This...

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...

SRI returns ‘same as norm’ - news

Returns from socially responsible investment are neither better nor worse than those from mainstream investment, an academic study in Canada has concluded. The study,...

Novo rated top drugs group - news

Novo Group has come top in an analysis of the ethical performance of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies. The Munich-based rating agency oekom research assessed the...

EasyJet takes green step - news

The low-cost airline EasyJet has decided to produce an environmental policy document after a major institutional investor used the lack of one as grounds for voting against...

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

Senior company executives are in danger of concentrating on corporate social responsibility to the detriment of their core business, a former UK government minister has...

Reuters becomes a GoodCorporation - news

Reuters has become the latest company to use the GoodCorporation social responsibility framework to help assess its ethical performance. The international news agency...

Nestle creates ombudsmen - news

Nestle is to appoint a number of ombudsmen charged with the task of uncovering unethical marketing of its baby milk formula by employees. The Swiss food group is...

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The Allchurches ‘Amity A’ fund has been awarded first place in the ethical investment sector of the annual Standard & Poor’s UK Fund Awards. During 2001 the fund...

how to keep down the costs of your CSR policies - news

The best way to keep down CSR costs is to get consultants to set up a management system and then run it yourself, advises Richard Jones The costs associated with corporate...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

The powerful Californian state pension fund, Calpers, has done socially responsible investment no favours with its decision to begin selling the equities it holds in some...

social audit idea gets off ground - news

An online social auditing service is being developed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), co-operatives and voluntary sector bodies. The Ethical Explorer...

Chinese government boosts CSR hopes - news

Corporate social responsibility in China entered a new phase of development last month when the government agreed to the formation of a business council for sustainable...

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...

Six Continents issues its first social report - news

Six Continents, the hotel and restaurant chain created following the sale of Bass Brewers in August 2000, has reported publicly on details of its social performance for the...

executives anticipate increased pressure - news

Most senior managers expect to face increased pressure from shareholders to improve their companies’ social and environmental performance, according to a survey by Ashridge...

new CSR index set for autumn launch - news

An index of corporate social responsibility for UK-listed companies is to be launched this autumn as a companion to the six-year-old Index of Corporate Environmental...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

inbrief - news

Only 23 of 101 SRI fund managers and analysts in Europe and the US are assessing the social and environmental performance of companies using ‘best practice’ methods,...

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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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Greater employee ownership of companies can have a ‘positive outcome on performance’ when combined with high levels of employee participation in decision making, a...

the first law of corporate social responsibility - news

The honeymoon period for voluntary self-regulation on CSR may be beginning to draw to a close, says Adrian Henriques Should corporate social responsibility be...

the time of year when companies’ dirty linen is given a public airing - news

The annual reporting season is coming round again. In recent years UK companies have faced a number of embarrassing questions about their social and environmental performance...

Lattice leaps into first place - news

Lattice Group has jumped straight into joint top place in Business in the Environment’s (BiE) sixth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index published at the end of...

BP and Shell come top of oil companies - news

BP and Shell have fared best in an analysis of the social and environmental performance of eight large oil and gas companies carried out by the Co-operative Insurance Society...

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...

Indian executives out of touch with public opinion - news

Company executives in India are well behind the public when it comes to their expectations of the social performance of businesses, a new poll has revealed. The...

chief execs sign new pledge - news

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

inbrief - news

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...

time to accentuate the positive benefits of CSR - news

Companies are not getting the most out of CSR if they focus solely on risk reduction and not productivity gains, says Stephanie Draper The most common business case made for...

lessons from the biggest bankruptcy in US history - news

The collapse of Enron gives new urgency to the corporate social responsibility debate. Managers like to stress the difficulties of implementing and monitoring a group-wide...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

use of indicators still ‘sporadic’ - news

Most FTSE100 companies are not yet using meaningful indicators to illustrate any progress they may be making on key social issues, according to a study. Research by...

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,...

government to get tough on directors’ pay - news

Details of new requirements proposed for reporting on directors’ remuneration have been outlined by the UK government. Draft regulations posted on the Department of Trade...

paper giant begins to draw up social indicators - news

The world’s second largest paper company is to begin work on developing social performance indicators after putting in place a set of corporate social responsibility...

Nestle tries to tackle questionnaire fatigue - news

One of the world’s largest food companies has become so fed up with processing questionnaires on its ethical performance that it may soon politely decline to complete them....

Bayer lays out social progress for first time - news

The health care and chemicals group Bayer has reported for the first time on aspects of its social performance. The German group’s first sustainable development report...

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...

inbrief - news

Recent letters to Ethical Performance can be viewed at ethicalperformance.com under the section ‘editorial’.

inbrief - news

Profiles of the ethical performance of seven European car companies have been compiled by the Brussels-based Stock at Stake research firm for use by analysts. The...

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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 must do something, but the question is, what? - news

As the most powerful policy maker in Europe, the European Commission has a unique chance to influence the future direction of corporate social responsibility. But what should it do? As...

the EC green paper: some early feedback - news

The green paper has prompted a large number of submissions from companies and other interested parties. EP reviews a selection of them The consultation period for...

energy sector wins plaudits - news

The energy industry has been praised for its ‘above-average’ performance on workforce pay and conditions. Analysis of the social and environmental performance of 19...

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...

Finns must move on suppliers - news

Finnish firms need to improve their supply chain monitoring procedures if they are to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, a Helsinki University of...

social reports put on the web - news

A database of social reports has been launched on the internet by Business in the Community (BitC). The Impact on Society web site features the social reports of 20...

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....

Canada takes middle ground - news

A quarter of Canada’s top 100 companies now produce an environmental or social report. New research from the Canadian consultancy Stratos shows that 26 of the largest...

PwC leads consultancies on in-house CSR policies - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has come out best in an analysis of the corporate social responsibility activities of consulting and professional services firms....

RMC deepens its community involvement - news

The building materials group RMC has said it will ensure all its UK operating companies are involved in at least one local education initiative and one community or...

AA1000 changes aim to turn talk into action - news

Proposals for a new-look AA1000 standard have suggested revisions that emphasize the importance of companies acting on what they learn when they talk to their stakeholders....

UK dominates SRI holdings - news

UK companies dominate the upper echelons of a league table of stocks most commonly held by European socially responsible investment retail funds, according to research by the...

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,...

inbrief - news

A call for papers has been made for a one-day conference on corporate social responsibility to be held in London in April next year. The event is being run by...

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The extent of racial discrimination in UK companies is to be examined by a government inquiry. The ‘strategic review’ will be conducted by the Cabinet Office’s...

Co-op focuses on equality - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group is strengthening its equal opportunities programme because it says progress in this area has been too slow. The group’s Social Accountability...

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 –...

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

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

Balfour Beatty looks at green indicators - news

Key performance indicators on the environment are to be drawn up next year by the construction firm Balfour Beatty, which hopes to use some of them in its first group-wide...

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

performance is not everything, says Kiernan - news

Investors and analysts should drop their ‘absurd’ preoccupation with whether socially responsible investment funds outperform or underperform mainstream funds, according to a...

auditors find fault with Railtrack reporting - news

Auditors have heavily criticized Railtrack’s Social Responsibility Report, which has been published on the company’s web site. In the report, the auditors, csr network, say...

firms keen to join FTSE4Good - news

More than 120 UK companies have approached FTSE to discuss their ethical performance since it launched the FTSE4Good index four months ago. FTSE says 122 businesses...

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

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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...

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...

major investment manager offers SRI to its clients - news

One of the world’s largest investment management firms, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), has formed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the London-based SRI specialists Friends...

green performers get credit this year - news

Companies which have improved their environmental performance over the last year have been highlighted for the first time in the annual ‘naming and shaming’ exercise carried...

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

Fresh food company Chiquita has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The 100-page document commits the company, which produces roughly 25 per cent of...

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....

BA gets wake-up call on social reporting - news

British Airways has been told it needs to improve the scope of its social and environmental reporting. The call has come from csr network, the consultancy that verified...

inbrief - news

Severn Trent has issued a smaller Stewardship Report this year as it moves more data on its social and environmental performance on to its web site. The utilities...

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Mary Nichols , secretary for resources for the state of California, and Leslie Fields, a lawyer and lobbyist, have been elected to the board of the US-based Coalition for...

corporate responsibility and investment strategy - news

Investment strategy trends are driving the growth of interest among investors in the environmental and social performance of companies, says Rob Lake The terrible...

companies and investors would benefit from a global benchmark - news

It was only a matter of time before the help of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) was sought in developing a global management standard for business...

cement firms consider CSR - news

Proposals on how the cement industry can improve its social and environmental performance are to be published next month. The plans are the result of a two-year project,...

government ‘should act as ethical ratings agency’ - news

The UK government should take on the task of rating the social and environmental performance of companies, a new manifesto from the Ethical Consumer Research Association...

GRI guidance review gains momentum - news

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

community work on the up at C&W - news

Seven out of ten Cable & Wireless business units have now appointed someone with specific responsibility for community involvement, according to the company’s first...

companies slow to act on environment policies - news

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

accountants covet new role - news

Europe’s largest accountancy body has pledged to increase its involvement in corporate social responsibility issues, chiefly by becoming more involved in the development of...

EMI heads up media rankings - news

EMI tops a league table of 25 global media companies ranked according to their social and environmental performance. German ratings agency oekom research, which carried out...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

Abbey issues community report - news

Abbey National has published its first corporate citizenship report. The 34-page document includes sections on the social impact of the UK bank’s products and...

‘world leader’ Novo gets tips on reporting - news

The Novo Group is considered a world leader in social and environmental reporting but could improve by giving more weight to ‘the voice of others’ in its reports, a study has...

‘new’ CSR buzz words turn out to be old hat - news

Phrases such as ‘corporate citizenship’ and ‘stakeholder dialogue’ are not quite as modern as most people think, an academic has discovered. Warwick Business School research...

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...

we’re off to a great start – so don’t relax now - news

Ken Rushton believes the past two years have seen substantial progress on corporate responsibility, but warns that business must not rest on its laurels I would...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

AA1000 gets major overhaul - news

Moves to revise the AA1000 standard on social auditing have begun with the publication of a consultation document on how it should be updated. The document, produced...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

Tobacco manufacturers, arms makers and nuclear power companies will eventually be allowed to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good indices. Six of the eight socially...

benefits of web-only reporting questioned - news

Companies that plan to move their social and environmental reports exclusively onto the web have been warned they could be going down the wrong route. Separate...

company law review outlines OFR regime - news

Detailed proposals to force UK companies to publish ‘operating and financial reviews’ (OFRs) that would include an assessment of their social and environmental performance...

researchers form worldwide SRI service - news

Socially responsible investment (SRI) research bodies from 12 countries have joined forces to provide data on companies’ social and environmental performance for...

fund manager engages with 57 companies - news

Jupiter Asset Management held 57 meetings with UK companies to discuss social and environmental issues in the six months to 31 March 2001. Figures from the...

UN defends global compact - news

The United Nations has hit back at critics of its Global Compact, one of the key elements in its strategy to encourage large companies to become more socially responsible....

shareholders back social responsibility - news

A majority of shareholders in one of the UK’s largest energy companies have said they consider the company’s environmental and social performance ‘as important as its...

green paper sets off EU debate - news

The European Commission has shown its strongest support yet for corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles by publishing a green paper as a ‘launch-pad for debate’ on...

inbrief - news

Investment institutions should draw up a charter for judging remuneration policies, according to a new ‘agenda for investment’ put forward by KPMG and the Tomorrow’s...

inbrief - news

BT has produced its first ‘triple bottom line’ report of its social, environmental and financial performance. However, it will continue to produce a separate report...

inbrief - news

Companies to be included in the FTSE4Good index series will be named on 10 July. The independent advisory committee, after some delay, has decided to exclude tobacco...

balancing profits and social responsibility - news

Critics charge that corporate social responsibility is a business distraction and distorts the market by deflecting companies from their primary role of making profits. But...

call centres begin drive on standards - news

UK companies that run call centres to sell products or answer customer queries are to begin assessing their workplace standards against a new voluntary code. The...

electricity sector best at reducing risk - news

Companies in the oil, gas and electricity sectors have been the most successful at reducing the social and environmental risks that affect their business, a new set of...

M&S taken off register over store closure plans - news

Marks & Spencer has been taken off the investment register of a European ethical investment research organization after being accused of failing to inform staff early...

CIS makes managers socially accountable - news

A leading UK insurer is to include a ‘social accountability dimension’ in the job descriptions of all its managers. The decision by Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS)...

City analysts slow on uptake - news

City analysts are slowly taking the social and environmental performance of companies into account when making investment decisions, according to a new study. The...

building the business case for corporate social responsibility - news

The Co-operative Bank’s decision to put a figure on how much of its profits can be attributed to ethical policies was a brave one. This is the first time a large UK company...

the Companies Act and the stakeholder question - news

The UK company law review will publish its final report next month. EP talked to the chairman of the sub-group that considered ways in which the balance of power between...

Agilent makes its debut - news

Agilent Technologies has reported for the first time on its environmental and social performance. The California-based technology company, formed in November 1999...

Vodafone is top ethical stock - news

Vodafone heads a league table of UK companies favoured by ethical fund managers, according to the Ethical Investment Research Service. The mobile phone company has...

oil companies unveil social reports - news

Two international oil companies have produced their first social reports in a bid to counter calls for them to withdraw from areas of conflict. UK-based Premier Oil,...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

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...

Adidas turns up heat on labour standards - news

One of the world’s largest sports clothing companies has stepped up the monitoring of labour standards in its supply chain. Adidas-Salomon will carry out an internal audit...

big business urges hotels to go green - news

A number of large US companies are to use their purchasing power to encourage hotel chains to adopt more environmentally responsible policies. The companies, which...

inbrief - news

The Ethical Investment Research Service will offer its clients social performance data on Japanese companies through a partnership deal with So-Tech Consulting. Eiris said that...

SRI is popular because the market demands it - news

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

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...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

investors pile on the pressure - news

Pressure on businesses to improve their environmental and social performance increased last month as the Association of British Insurers said it would adopt guidelines on...

retailers sign up to labour code - news

Two more clothing companies – Phillips-Van Heusen and Eddie Bauer – have become members of the US-based Fair Labor Association’s monitoring programme. Businesses that...

Shell shares ethical data with shareholders - news

Shell is to mail a summary of its latest social and environmental report to all shareholders for the first time. The slimmed-down version of the fourth People, planet and...

Powergen asks some questions - news

Energy company Powergen has sent a questionnaire to its shareholders asking them how much importance they place on social and environmental issues. The form,...

events scaled down as ‘hot air’ level rises - news

One of the leading bodies on corporate social responsibility is scaling down its conference programme amid fears that the field is now awash with competing events....

social links to directors’ pay gain credence - news

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

Co-operative businesses to ponder social goals - news

The UK’s co-operative businesses are meeting this month to discuss how best to ‘re-connect’ their financial and social goals. The 47 firms, which include the...

ports group answers stakeholder queries - news

The UK’s largest ports group has included questions from stakeholders about the social and environmental performance of the company in its new annual report....

Royal Bank of Scotland starts social audit - news

Royal Bank of Scotland has begun work on its first community and environment report. The UK bank, the third largest in Europe, is producing the document in-house...

ExxonMobil faces activist resolution - news

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

NGOs pick ‘soft’ targets - news

Non-governmental organizations have been accused of too often choosing softer corporate targets for their campaigning rather than companies that are doing little to improve...

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...

inbrief - news

The UK’s third largest pension fund is to appoint two more people to its social responsibility investment research team. The Universities Superannuation Scheme has been...

keep codes of practice in proper perspective - news

Codes are a useful management tool, but managers should be careful not to rely on them too heavily , says Katherine Howard Codes of practice, both national and international,...

FTSE4Good should reward best practice in all industry sectors - news

The launch of the FTSE4Good family of ethical indexes has symbolic as well as practical value. It shows that one of the world’s leading equity index managers thinks socially...

centre will look at business case for CSR - news

An International Centre for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility has been set up at the University of Middlesex’s business school. The centre will focus...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

investors urge top firms to vote on directors’ pay - news

Eight leading institutional investors have come together to write to 750 publicly quoted UK companies urging them to allow shareholders an annual vote on their...

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....

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

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...

Myners Review may boost SRI - news

The UK government is to ask institutional investors to become more active shareholders in order to improve the performance and behaviour of companies. The move will...

inbrief - news

Building materials group RMC now has a section on ‘social performance’ at its web site www.rmc-group.com

legal considerations for CSR managers - news

The practice of corporate social responsibility raises important legal issues for companies, says Mike Nash Corporate social responsibility is primarily a non-binding...

companies need help to tackle the challenge of global warming - news

At first sight, the most authoritative annual survey of UK companies’ environmental management and performance makes pretty depressing reading. When it comes to taking action...

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...

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...

UK non-reporters publicly named by minister - news

Reuters, Reed Elsevier, the Imperial Tobacco Group, United Business Media, Colt Telecom and the software company Sage have been named as ‘laggards’ on environmental reporting...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

More than 20 companies have signed up to a new initiative that will fight business corruption in Poland. The Manus Puris association, which was officially launched in...

Unilever enters the fray with its first social review - news

One of the world’s largest multinationals, Unilever, has entered the social reporting arena by publishing its first international Social Review. The 20-page...

GRM provides SRI analysis for insurance giant - news

A London-based firm of analysts is to carry out research into the social and environmental performance of European companies for the asset management arm of CGNU, the worldís...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

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

inbrief - news

The Ethical Investment Research Service has signed a deal with the German research body IMUG (Institut fur Markt Umwelt Gesellschaft) that will allow EIRIS' institutional...

inbrief - news

Government departments in Norway are to assess the environmental performance of companies they order goods and services from before signing any contracts. New legislation...

companies and investors need fewer ethical codes of conduct - news

As with reporting standards, so with ethical codes of conduct. There are simply too many of them. Broadly speaking, ethical codes come in two types: general declarations of...

glossy social reports damage reputation - news

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

bank takes new ethical path - news

Bank of Scotland has issued an interim statement on ethical matters while it works on producing a full corporate citizenship report that will be published later in the year....

Unibanco leads the way in Brazil with ethical research service - news

The sell-side equity research department of Brazilian bank Unibanco has launched a socially responsible investment (SRI) research service on Brazilian equities. The...

Chiquita ends marathon certification programme - news

Fresh food giant Chiquita has finally met an independently verified social and environmental standard for all the banana farms it owns in Latin America after eight years of...

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...

values underpin UK job market - news

The UK's tight labour market appears to be making employees more aware of the values of the company they work for, according to new research by the Industrial Society....

Nirex adopts CSR policy in drive for transparency - news

The company that advises the UK nuclear industry on how to dispose of radioactive waste has adopted a policy on corporate social responsibility. Oxfordshire-based Nirex has...

landlords get auditing guide - news

A guide that aims to show major UK landlords how to carry out social audits has been produced by the Housing Corporation. The report, Things that matter to people, sets out...

code overload causes concern - news

The global plethora of codes of conduct is hampering work by companies trying to improve the ethical performance of their suppliers, according to leading figures in the...

inbrief - news

An assessment of the performance of 46 major European companies on social and employment issues has been put together by CSR Europe (formerly the European Business...

measuring corporate reputation: the company law review will help - news

The news that companies and institutional investors will meet in London this spring to discuss ways of measuring reputational capital suggests that the business world is now...

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...

Dutch fund moves toward SRI approach - news

The Dutch pension fund PGGM looks set to adopt socially responsible investment (SRI) principles across its entire portfolio. PGGM, which manages €50billion (£30bn) on...

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’...

UK company law review bolsters planned OFRs - news

The UK company law review has dealt a final blow to any lingering hopes that it would require companies to produce mandatory social and environmental reports....

paper industry needs a social agenda - news

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

top firms edge forward - news

Corporate governance standards among UK companies have marginally improved in the past year, but a significant number of companies still have boards and remuneration...

new bid to quantify reputation - news

Business leaders will discuss new ways of measuring a company’s reputational capital at a conference in London this spring. The initiative, which is being led by the...

inbrief - news

Insurance and investment group Friends Provident has decided to produce a triple bottom line report on its activities next year. The group announced this summer that it...

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...

RMC maps out social agenda - news

Building materials group RMC has published details of its social performance for the first time. Statistics are provided in the group’s second environment report,...

retailers’ performance studied - news

A new study of eight UK supermarkets has cast doubt on the view that there is a positive relationship between social responsibility measures and financial returns....

2005 is designated European year of CSR - news

The European Commission has agreed to hold a European year on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The decision was announced last month at the launch of a business-led...

Henkel signals expansion of CSR measures - news

The German chemical group Henkel has said it wants to add a more socially responsible dimension to its activities. The company says it has been particularly influenced by its...

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...

CWS unveils social report - news

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has published its first social report. The 60-page document covers the co-operative’s food retailing business, and is largely...

this newsletter is now online - news

Ethical Performance is now available on the internet. ethicalperformance.com offers readers greater flexibility and will offer additional new services in 2001....

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...

how the dotcom world is lagging behind on CSR - news

Early indications from the UK government-backed Digital Futures inquiry into the ethics of e-businesses suggest that this new business sector is still at an early stage in developing...

Ford begins to make progress on race relations in European factories - news

Ford has appointed three senior diversity managers as part of ongoing work to improve race relations at its European car plants. The motor company, which was heavily...

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...

Shanks publishes indicators - news

UK-based waste management company Shanks has published its first environmental performance indicators report. The report uses a set of indicators devised by the company to...

company law review will bury legal reporting idea - news

Any prospects of a new UK law requiring mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies are likely to fizzle out at the end of this month when the penultimate...

guest column: the practice of social and environmental reporting - news

A combined report cannot measure all social and environmental impacts. The most important thing is for companies to make a start, says Jon Woodhead As a developer and...

taskforce launches new CSR blueprint - news

A comprehensive blueprint designed to help large and small businesses become more socially responsible has been produced by a UK taskforce that has worked for almost two...

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,...

stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in? - news

Companies that have begun to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about their social and environmental performance have been warned that 'stakeholder fatigue' is beginning to...

inbrief - news

A quarter of UK businesses and organizations are using social and environmental indicators, in addition to financial ones, to measure their performance, an Industrial Society...

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...

Suez Lyonnaise join the EBNSC - news

Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux of France, the utilities company, and US-based computer company Honeywell have joined the European Business Network for Social Cohesion, a group of...

BAA makes noise its number one priority - news

The airports operator BAA has made a major new commitment to help reduce aircraft noise at its facilities after identifying the issue as the biggest single concern among its...

inbrief - news

ethical performance.com, the online companion to this newsletter, will go live on 1 November. The cost of a subscription to Ethical Performance will include access to all...

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...

guest column: why the media is shy of corporate best practice - news

Journalists are not paid to peddle good publicity, but to produce stories that their readers are interested in, argues Roger Cowe   All publicity is supposed to be good...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

touchdown for BA’s first social report - news

British Airways (BA) has produced its first social and environmental report. The airline, which is the biggest in the world, has published standalone environment reports for ten...

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...

supply chain monitoring proves to be a long haul - news

Pioneering retailers have established that it is possible to audit the social and environmental performance of their suppliers in developing countries, but an industry consensus on...

inbrief - news

The first European Business Convention on Corporate Social Responsibility will take place in Brussels on 9-10 November. The event, which is expected to attract 400 delegates,...

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...

inbrief - news

Diageo's first environmental report has been published exclusively on the web. The report covers the environmental performance of its four businesses, UDV, Pillsbury,...

fund manager expands SRI unit to improve engagement - news

Friends Ivory & Sime (FIS) is expanding its socially responsible investment unit. FIS, the investment management arm of Friends Provident Group, will recruit two additional...

web site launch on 1 November - news

ethicalperformance.com, the online companion to this newsletter, will go live on 1 November. Subscribers will be able to access an electronic version of the latest issue at the...

editorial: publish and don’t be damned - news

Nike’s decision to begin publishing details of independent audits of its suppliers on the internet will stimulate enormous interest among other global corporations which are beginning...

McDonald’s begins audit - news

McDonald’s Restaurants is to carry out an internal social audit of its UK operations. The UK fast food chain, which is technically a separate entity from other McDonald’s...

investment review’s remit ignores SRI - news

A major review of institutional investment in the UK has failed to include any consideration of socially responsible investment (SRI) in its remit. The Myners review, which was...

fund managers ‘unmoved by direct action activists’ - news

Pressure groups and activists campaigning on social and ethical issues have little direct impact on City fund managers and analysts, a survey has shown. A poll of...

CORGI examines reputation - news

The Council of Registered Gas Installers (CORGI) has completed a review of its reputation management. The review, by the consultancy group Arthur D. Little, involved interviews...

Carillion adds social data to its reporting portfolio - news

The construction and engineering company Carillion has published its first environmental, community and social report. The 32-page document, which also contains financial statistics,...

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...

insurance giant asks ethical questions - news

Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) has sent questionnaires to 200 UK companies in which it invests, asking for information on their social, environmental and ethical...

inbrief - news

Jupiter Asset Management has held 60 meetings with companies in the past financial half year to discuss their social and environmental performance. Statistics from the fund...

late payers told to be more responsible - news

The UK’s largest companies have been urged to take a more responsible attitude to paying their bills after publication of statistics that reveal only a third of them are paying...

Vivendi opens its account on greenhouse gas - news

The French media, utilities and communications group Vivendi has published its first ‘greenhouse gas account’ outlining its total emissions to the atmosphere. The account...

Hanson makes green debut - news

Hanson has produced its first environment report. The heavy building materials group, which is one of the largest in the world, outlines various indicators of its environmental...

stock market now ‘rewards’ greener companies - news

New research has shed fresh light on the link between companies’ environmental performance and their ability to build long-term shareholder value. The work, by an Oxford University...

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

The UK is the first European country to have appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. Ethical Performance talked to Kim Howells about his early thoughts on the role of...

engaging FP puts pressure on the City - news

One of the UK’s major insurance and investment groups has announced it is to monitor the ethical performance of its entire portfolio of equity assets. In a move that...

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...

guest column: pioneering a new form of company reporting - news

What makes a good social report? Roger Adams, who recently helped judge the first UK Social Reporting Awards, offers advice to CSR directors   Ten years ago green reporting...

flexible working aids employee retention - news

Companies that develop a flexible working culture are not just practising social responsibility towards employees – they may also be better able to control labour costs,...

CSR's economic impact stressed - news

Companies are in danger of ignoring the social and environmental potential of financial reporting, according to a discussion document issued by British Telecommunications (BT)....

global guidelines ready for action - news

The final version of sustainability reporting guidelines designed to be used by companies throughout the world will be released this month. The guidelines, produced...

Coca-Cola moves on diversity - news

The world’s largest soft drinks manufacturer has announced new plans to improve its equal opportunities policies. Coca-Cola, which is engaged in a United States legal case filed by...

editorial: corporate social responsibility is a response to market demands - news

The publication of the latest stage of the UK company law review and the appointment in the UK of a government minister with a specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief,...

company law review sets a new agenda - news

As businesses begin to digest the 462 pages of the UK company law review’s latest consultation document, most are beginning to realise that important changes could be on the way...

retail sector leading the way forward in Germany - news

The German retail sector has begun to develop policies on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Seven large German clothing and textile retailers have signed up to...

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....

guest column: CSR: the contribution government can make - news

The UK government has a vital role to play in building momentum for corporate social responsibility, particularly by fostering partnerships and helping to produce guidance, says...

inbrief - news

Triodos Bank grew strongly in 1999, with the best performance shown by its UK operations. Its overall lending portfolio grew by 53 per cent, savings and deposits rose by 33 per cent, and...

Glasgow eyes engaging idea - news

The managers of one of Britain’s largest local authority pension funds have been advised to use an engagement approach if they decide to adopt a socially responsible investment...

new service to put business in spotlight - news

A new software package that analyses the ethical performance of nearly 2000 international companies is to be offered to investors. Jeff Rooker, the government’s pensions...

landlord publishes audit - news

A London housing association has become the first major ‘social landlord’ to produce a social report. The London and Quadrant (L&Q) group, which provides homes for...

business misses e-trick - news

UK companies are revealing very little via the internet about their policies on social, environmental and ethical issues such as child labour, climate change and genetically modified...

a first year of great progress - news

Welcome to the first anniversary issue of Ethical Performance. Since our launch in May 1999, corporate social responsibility issues have moved significantly up the political and...

European leaders back CSR move - news

European heads of government are to back a major business-led campaign aimed at persuading companies to take corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues more seriously....

inbrief - news

Norfolk county council has appointed Société Genérale Asset Management (SGAM) to manage a fifth of its pension fund along socially responsible lines, (see...

ethical investment seen from an IFA perspective - news

Companies wishing to attract ethical investors need to make information on their corporate social responsibility initiatives more readily available to independent financial advisors, says...

the UK leads Europe in appointing a minister with CSR responsibilities - news

The decision by UK prime minister Tony Blair to appoint a minister for corporate social responsibility is good news for all those within UK companies with a CSR brief. It is...

Hutton floats de-listing idea - news

One of the UK’s most influential political commentators has suggested that major companies should face de-listing from the Stock Exchange if they fail to produce adequate performance...

slow reporting progress brings ministerial threat - news

Ministerial warnings about the slow progress of environmental reporting have coincided with a new study that shows UK companies are taking a wide variety of approaches to disclosing...

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....

inbrief - news

Subscribers to Ethical Performance have the chance to attend one of Europe's leading conferences on corporate social responsibility at no cost. We are offering two free places...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

One fifth of FTSE 100 companies offer no commitment to improve performance in their environment reports, according to a new study. An analysis by Oxford-based Oxera...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Bank will publish its next Partnership Report in the spring, even though it only produced its last one in the second half of 1999. A spokesman said the...

credible information for sustainability reporting - news

This final article in a series offering practical advice on how to quantify, manage and improve corporate ethical performance, looks at reporting issues The internet provides...

now pressure groups are facing the challenge of accountability - news

Pressure groups are fond of challenging the social, environmental and ethical performance of companies. Now the spotlight is falling on the ethical performance of the groups...

intimidatory activists threaten CSR prospects - news

It would be easy to dismiss the recent row over the sale, by fund manager Phillips and Drew, of shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as an isolated event of no relevance to the...

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...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

WBCSD shares its experience - news

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has produced a final version of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. The report, which summarises ‘the...

NAPF goes down the engagement route - news

The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has decided to help pension fund managers engage companies on socially responsible investment (SRI) matters. The...

BA prepares social report - news

British Airways is to produce its first social report in July. The document will be combined with BA’s ninth environment report and should be published to coincide with its annual...

inbrief - news

KPMG is to produce a 'values report' this year looking at its ethical performance.

inbrief - news

Socially responsible investment in the pensions industry is the theme of a one-day conference in London on 25 February. The progress of UK pension funds in meeting the...

why communications is not the poor relation - news

A good communications strategy lies at the heart of any successful corporate social responsibility programme, argues Pauline Ryder Given the ever-widening spectrum of...

socially responsible companies need a pension fund to match - news

In recent weeks there have been clear signs that investors are finally waking up to the importance of corporate social, ethical and environmental risks. Two of the three largest UK...

the City's interest is growing, but slowly - news

Senior managers think there is a strong link between the environmental and financial performance of their companies, but the City has so far failed to make the connection. However there...

green firms 'fare better' - news

Further evidence of a positive link between shareholder value and sound environmental performance has been furnished by a new study from the international conservation organization WWF....

Barclays unveils first social review - news

Barclays has become the latest UK high street bank to produce a social report. The 30-page document, billed by Barclays as ‘the first comprehensive review of our approach...

follow-up planned for company behaviour poll - news

The largest ever international survey of public opinion on company behaviour is to be followed up with another worldwide study later this year. The Millennium Poll on corporate...

PPM evaluates UK companies - news

The fund management arm of the UK’s largest life insurer has begun evaluating the social and environmental performance of all the UK companies in which it has holdings....

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...

ethics database is launched - news

A new business ethics database has been launched on the internet. The Corporate Critic service, which claims to outline the ethical performance of more than 20,000 companies across...

business ethics activity grows within big firms - news

Almost half of the FTSE 350 companies which took part in a recent survey say they intend to improve their ethical policies within the next 12 months. A study by...

pension fund’s U-turn could herald new era - news

A decision by the UK’s third largest pension fund to invest more ethically has provided one of the strongest signs yet that many other funds could be ready to adopt a socially...

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

The UK's Environment Agency is to begin talks with banks and insurance companies aimed at persuading them to take more account of environmental performance when they loan money or...

inbrief - news

Jupiter Unit Trust Managers has launched a 'socially responsible' unit trust. The Jupiter Environmental Opportunities Fund will invest mainly in UK equities and will take a best...

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...

emerging global standards are now driving the debate forward - news

November saw the formal launch of two important new initiatives intended to help companies improve their ethical performance. The Global Sullivan Principles, first published...

City fails to make the link - news

Seven out of ten companies have never been questioned on their environmental performance during talks with financial institutions, even though the vast majority (74%) regard the link...

call for CSR minister - news

The UK government should create a minister for corporate social responsibility, a key Treasury policy report has recommended. The study, produced by the Treasury’s policy...

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...

executive pay levels add weight to minister's words - news

The UK government has been handed more ammunition in its campaign against high levels of executive pay by a study that shows financial rewards for directors in Britain bear...

Waitrose prepares report on ethical trading - news

The Waitrose supermarket chain is to publish its first ethical trading report early next year. The report, which will outline progress the UK food retailer has made...

new standard maps way forward - news

The first international standard designed to help companies improve their overall ethical performance has been launched by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability...

inbrief - news

European Members of Parliament (MEPs) have been urged to introduce measures to require companies to publish sustainability reports. Roger Adams, head of technical services at...

why it pays to look on the bright side of life - news

Investment analysts need to start taking more account of how the environmental performance of a listed company can have a positive impact on its financial performance, argues Phil Case...

corporate reputation and stakeholders - news

A number of software packages have appeared in recent months, designed to help companies manage their reputation by assessing and monitoring their relationships with stakeholders –...

BNFL ready for social audit - news

British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) has begun preparatory work on a social audit that could lead to publication of the group’s first social report by the end of 2000. The nuclear fuel...

survey finds ethical funds are less volatile - news

Ethical funds may be less risky than conventional investments, according to a new study by the Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS). The EIRIS survey, which tracked the...

warning for business on equal opps - news

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

Boots asks its suppliers some ethical questions - news

Social and ethical issues are to be incorporated into supply chain auditing at the UK’s largest retail chemist. Boots the Chemists, which sells around 27,000...

car makers will clean up act - news

UK car manufacturers have committed themselves to further investment in cleaner engine technology and to supporting new awareness campaigns on emissions. The pledge is made in a...

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...

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

Dow Chemical will send out a triple bottom line report in October. Heather Jackson, who has led the project for the US chemicals group, said the report would cover 'economic...

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...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

Prudential occupies middle ground - news

Prudential is to launch a ‘middle ground’ ethical fund in its pension range within the next couple of months. The UK’s largest life insurer says the Light Green Fund will be...

investors still hard to convince on sustainability - news

Mainstream institutional investors remain largely unconvinced that sustainability is beneficial to business, according to a new report. The study, from the...

Diageo maps an ethical way forward for its staff - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has produced corporate citizenship guidelines for its 77,000 employees around the world. The guidelines, which are being distributed to...

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 indicators plan from BAA - news

The company that owns Heathrow Airport has decided to develop a set of social performance indicators next year. BAA Heathrow has outlined the plan in its first combined environment...

government inquiry nearing the end - news

The long-awaited conclusions of a UK government-backed committee of inquiry on sustainable business are to be made public within a month. The committee, set up in 1997 with support...

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

Ethical Performance will in late spring produce an annual cumulative index of companies, issues and individuals featured. An interim six-monthly index will also be produced. The...

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...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

new indicators will assess strategies for engagement with companies - news

New indicators to assess how successful fund managers are at persuading companies to improve their social and environmental performance are being developed by the Ethical Investment...

Sainsbury’s scores a first - news

Sainsbury’s distribution centre has become the first of its type in the UK to achieve registration to the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). EMAS, which is designed to...

Premier Oil to ponder human rights agenda - news

Premier Oil intends to improve its ethical performance by launching a set of guiding principles this winter and a social audit in 2000. The UK-based oil exploration and production...

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...

insurers say transparency is crucial on executive pay - news

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has told UK companies they should tighten up on executive pay by making performance-related awards more transparent. In a statement of...

Cable & Wireless tells suppliers to think green - news

Cable & Wireless has pledged to build environmental criteria into the selection of its suppliers. The UK-listed telecoms giant, which operates in more than 70 countries...

MORI to gauge public stance on ethics - news

The polling organization MORI is to launch a new study of the UK public’s attitude to corporate social responsibility. MORI will set up a series of all-day sustainability...

new Boots Group environment report will complete the triple bottom line - news

The Boots Group will achieve triple bottom line reporting this month by adding an environment report to its community review and annual financial report. The UK’s largest...

inbrief - news

Ethical Performance will in late spring 2000 produce an annual cumulative index of companies, issues and individuals featured. An interim six-monthly index will also be produced....

groundswell of opinion favours pension ethics - news

As pension fund trustees prepare to make public their stances on ethical investment, a new opinion poll has shown that the general public, at least, is ready and willing for them to...

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....

Nottinghamshire council takes the ethical route with Henderson - news

Henderson Investors has won the investment mandate for a £150 million ethical fund for the UK’s Nottinghamshire County Council. The fund will initially work with £50...

new pensions regulation boosts ethical investors - news

P ensions experts are predicting a surge in ethical investment and corporate responsibility measures in the wake of a new government regulation that will require pension...

Iceland scoops conscience award for its ban on GMO food products - news

Iceland Frozen Foods has won an international Corporate Conscience Award for its pioneering stance on genetically modified organisms. The UK retailer has been awarded a...

Rio Tinto acts on its safety record - news

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

Nordisk eyes human rights - news

Pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has pledged to develop a human rights strategy for its worldwide operations. The Denmark-based group, which employs 15,000 people in 61 countries,...

Taylor Woodrow under fire - news

UK construction company Taylor Woodrow has been criticised for the quality of environmental information in its latest annual report. Analysts from PIRC (Pensions and Investment...

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...

UN challenges finance houses - news

A United Nations undersecretary has challenged all insurance companies to produce environmental reports as soon as possible. Klaus Topfler told the annual conference of the...

new first for NatWest - news

NatWest has produced its first ever combined social and environmental report. The Social Impact Review, believed to be the first of its kind by a UK high street bank, brings...

UK top 100 score on green issues - news

The UK’s biggest companies are making significant progress on environmental policies, according to the latest measure of the way they work on green issues. The third...

inbrief - news

Responsible companies should be going beyond the legal requirement to publish their equal opportunities policies by publicly declaring equal opportunities targets and details...

inbrief - news

An international conference on socially responsible investment is to be held in the Netherlands on 8 October. The Rotterdam School of Management event will feature sessions on...

Bank of Scotland’s experience holds lessons for all companies - news

The collapse of the joint venture between Bank of Scotland and Pat Robertson, the US TV evangelist, clearly illustrates the dangers of appraising a new business venture on financial...

new whistleblowers law puts reputation at stake - news

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which comes into force on 2 July, will put the corporate reputation of companies on the line as never before. Many businesses now realise they have...

Comment - news

Measuring the financial performance of the rapidly growing number of ethical funds against benchmarks appropriate to their investment sector will soon become a practical reality,...

high salaries anger Byers - news

UK trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers is threatening to force shareholder votes on director salary levels if companies fail to link performance and pay more closely....

BP aims to raise awareness - news

BP Amoco is to begin a major awareness raising campaign among staff in a bid to improve performance on its social policy commitments. The campaign is one of a number of new...

report verification is an absolute must, says awards judging panel - news

Environmental reports that are not externally verified ‘are simply not acceptable’, an influential panel of experts has said. Judges of this year’s European Environmental...

IoD introduces ethical qualification - news

Britain’s Institute of Directors has launched a new professional qualification which it believes will improve conduct on company boards. Candidates will be given the right to put the...

BAA adopts fresh stance on stakeholders - news

BAA has signalled a switch in its relations with communities living around its airports in a move designed to avoid damaging conflicts with the public over its expansion...

Cadbury asks suppliers for green credentials - news

Cadbury Schweppes suppliers have been told to report back on their environmental performance as part of a drive to improve the food and drinks conglomerate’s ecological...

PR spin is no substitute for real change - news

Too many European companies are relying on PR spin rather than genuine change to improve their corporate reputations, a leading consultancy firm has warned. Arthur D Little,...

green initiative pays for Tarmac - news

UK construction group Tarmac has claimed its profits rise of 14 per cent to £131 million last year was in part due to its improved environmental performance. Its new environment...

ethics plan for bank - news

Proposals for the creation of a stakeholder committee to monitor the Bank of Scotland’s ethical performance have been put forward in the wake of its decision to drop links with the US...

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

Business in the Environment is to launch its third Index of Corporate Environmental Engagement in London on 21 June. The Index, which measures the environmental performance of...

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...

looking to the future - news

In June the Company Law Review steering group begins the next stage of its deliberations on how the balance of power between shareholders and stakeholders should be changed....

first quarter brings relief - news

John Fleetwood of Ethical Investment Services reviews the financial performance of ethical unit trusts in the first quarter of 1999 Smaller companies in the UK have seen a marked...

M&S firms up its child labour guidelines - news

Britain’s best known retailer, Marks & Spencer has warned its suppliers around the world that they risk losing contracts if they employ workers below the age of 15 years....

EC edges ahead on multinationals code - news

The European Commission has approved funding for pilot schemes in four countries to test out the idea of a legally binding code of conduct for European multinationals...

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...

German companies open door on their Nazi past - news

Some of Germany’s biggest companies are to provide educational programmes to staff as part of a move to provide more information about their activities during the Nazi era. The...

investor views are sought on Kingfisher - news

Investors in Henderson’s Ethical Fund have been asked to give their views on plans to add the Kingfisher group to its list of approved companies. The fund says it will be consulting...

Rio Tinto expands audit - news

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

Welcome - news

Welcome to the latest issue of Ethical Performance, Europe’s only independent newsletter to cover what companies are doing now to improve and manage their ethical performance, and...

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...

inbrief - news

More research into the impact of ethical investment policies on the financial performance of pension funds is likely to be carried out within the next 12 months by the WM...

inbrief - news

Kirklees metropolitan council in the North of England has put its weight behind moves to push local authority pension funds towards ethical investment. It is backing the recently...

editorial comment - news

Welcome to Ethical Performance, Europe’s only independent newsletter to cover what companies are doing now to improve and manage their ethical performance, and also investing...

guest column: comment - news

Lee Coates, director of Ethical Investors Group, reviews the financial performance of ethical unit trusts in the last 12 months Applying ethical and ecological...

companies covet a place in NPI’s index - news

NPI Asset Management says it is being approached by growing numbers of top-ranking companies wanting to be included in its social index. The NPI Social Index tracks the performance...

ICI takes a fresh look at its business code - news

ICI is to update its statement of business ethics as part of a drive to improve its ethical performance. The statement will be upgraded ‘with training for employees to ensure...

Timms backs disclosure - news

UK pensions minister Stephen Timms has said he will look again at the proposed wording of the government’s draft regulations on the disclosure of ethical investment policies....

Littlewoods steps up pressure on suppliers - news

Littlewoods is to use ethical criteria to help it decide which clothing suppliers to drop as part of a major rationalisation of its trading partners. The retail and...

event surprises organisers - news

Organisers of a London conference on sustainability reporting say they have been taken aback by the level of interest shown in the event. More than 350 delegates from 16 countries –...

Foreign Office guide will stick to the ethical basics - news

The man responsible for drawing up a new Foreign Office manual to help companies invest ethically overseas has said the guide will take a tough stance on child labour, the...

coal fund opts for green audit - news

The UK’s second largest pension fund is to carry out an environmental assessment of its £20 billion investments in a bid to improve its financial performance. Trustees of the...

panel to monitor Camelot - news

UK national lottery operator Camelot has appointed a non-executive director backed by an independent panel of advisers to oversee the company’s ethical performance....

Ethical Performance - 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...

Verso Globe Ltd - directory

Responsible business just got a whole lot easier Verso PRO changes the game. Online digital CR consultant, collaborative management tool and communications interface – all brought...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Social Compliance Service Asia Limited - (SCSA) - directory

Social Compliance Service Asia (SCSA) is a professional compliance services firm operated by a group of experienced compliance experts who have a strong passion and belief in fair labor and...

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...

Fraser Communications Inc. - directory

Fraser Communications supports organizations worldwide in the writing, editing and project management of GRI-compliant CSR reports directed at multi-stakeholder audiences. Company President...

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...

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....

Good Business - directory

For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

The Reassurance Network Ltd - directory

The Reassurance Network specialises in ethical supply chain support, corporate responsibility management and assurance, and business integrity. Our services include auditing and assurance,...

Flag - directory

We help businesses be better through creative communications and reporting:   Communications strategy and stakeholder engagement: We help clients to build trust and engage varied...

GoodCorporation Ltd - directory

GoodCorporation is recognised worldwide as one of the leading organisations working in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics.  With unparalleled expertise in checking...

Centrica launches Responsible Business Update 2016 - reports

International energy and services company, Centrica plc, has launched its Responsible Business Update 2016, which shows how they are delivering their purpose: ‘to satisfy the changing...

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

Panalpina publishes integrated management report - reports

Panalpina has published its first integrated management report, summarizing the company’s activities during 2016 in terms of business performance as well as sustainability.

NN Group publishes its 2016 Annual Report - reports

NN Group is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 Annual Report. It consists of two distinct sections – Annual Review and Financial Report – providing an overview of our...

Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company By the Ethisphere Institute for the Ninth Year - reports

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a  2017 World’s Most...

Yorkshire Building Society’s First CR Report Does UK Financial Services Proud - reports

Yorkshire Building Society Group has outlined how it is making a lasting and positive impact on society in the first annual review of its corporate responsibility performance.

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.

Lloyds Banking Group reaffirms its commitment to helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group today publishes its latest  Helping Britain Prosper Plan  update. The Group recognises that people, businesses and communities are facing significant social and...

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

RBS takes first step on journey towards fully integrated reporting: We are building a more sustainable bank - reports

“We are committed to running the bank as a more sustainable and responsible business, serving today’s customers in a way that also helps future generations, generating long term...

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

VisionFund International, Microfinance Network – Social Performance Report - reports

VisionFund International, World Vision's network of over 30 microfinance institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, presents its 2016 Social Performance Report.

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2016. This year’s report provides even more context on the company’s CR performance, as well as views...

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

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 &...

CSL Publishes 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Starting a century ago, CSL was driven by its promise to save lives and protect the health of people. In 2016, CSL continues to deliver on that promise through its corporate responsibility...

Goodwill®, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box® this Cyber Monday - reports

Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

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...

2015 Provident Financial Group corporate responsibility report published - reports

Provident Financial Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of responsible personal credit products to the non-standard lending market, has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

Stockland 2016 Annual Review & Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its online Sustainability Reporting for the year ended 30 June 2016, supporting the 2016 Annual Review.

Canary Wharf Group Reports 8.5% Reduction in Emissions Over Last 3 Years - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

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...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Introducing Sky’s Bigger Picture Performance update - reports

Take a look at Sky’s 2015/16 Bigger Picture Performance update to see how we are making a positive contribution, acting responsibly and using our position as Europe’s leading...

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

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...

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).

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

FTA SUSTAINABILITY - Chemical Specialist - recruitment

  The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA...

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...

Orange publishes its first integrated annual report - reports

Orange has chosen to issue an “Integrated Annual Report” for the first time, which invites shareholders but also any stakeholder to consider the CSR aspect of its strategy. It aims...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

2015, is the tipping year for Publicis Groupe’s sustainability strategy. New steps have been taken including the unveiling of a materiality analysis to help guide our priorities towards...

SABMiller Sustainable Development Report 2016; embedding Prosper into the business - reports

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable development. Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement are in place, we are all turning our...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

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...

AMD Publishes 21st Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 21st corporate responsibility (CR) report and summary magazine, detailing the company’s progress towards its social and environmental goals, as well as...

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...

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...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

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...

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...

Vivendi Integrated Report Now Available: Focus on Value Creation and Human Rights - reports

For the third consecutive year, Vivendi has dedicated a section of its Annual Report to a summary report highlighting the company’s achievements in creating long-term value for all of its...

AEP Releases 2016 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has released its 2016 Corporate Accountability Report, an overview of the company’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

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.

The De Beers Group of Companies Publishes 10th Annual Report to Society - reports

The De Beers Group of Companies today published its 10th annual Report to Society. The report outlines the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure diamond revenues drive social and...

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

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

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.

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...

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...

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.

Accenture Releases 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report; Skills to Succeed Initiative Equips More than 1.2 Million People with Job Skills - reports

Accenture has released its 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report, “Making a Measureable Difference,” which explores the company’s progress, performance and goals across its global...

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

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...

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

Operating responsibly is fundamental to GSK’s strategic priorities. Our success depends on our ability to research and develop innovative products and make them accessible for more people...

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Lloyds Banking publishes its Helping Britain Prosper Plan update - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Helping Britain Prosper Plan update as part of its 2015 Responsible Business suite of communications. The Plan is the Group’s response to some...

Barclays concludes four year Citizenship Plan - reports

Barclays has published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2015. Fully integrated with Barclays’ Balanced Scorecard, the Citizenship Plan included 11...

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

Maersk Group Sustainability Report 2015 Released - reports

Activities in 2015 resulted in continued progress towards unlocking growth for the Maersk Group and for society as well as integrating sustainability in our operations, mitigating risks and...

Jaguar Land Rover Reports on Progress Towards 2020 Responsible Business Goals - reports

In 2009 Jaguar Land Rover set out its Responsible Business strategy and targets to 2020 and has made great progress to date, winning recognition both within and outside the automotive industry....

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at...

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.

CSL Publishes 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Key achievements and challenges across CSL’s six corporate responsibility priority areas for the period 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 include:

Kingspan Insulated Panels Releases its 2015 Divisional Sustainability Report - reports

Kingspan Insulated Panels today releases its 2015 Sustainability Report, which sets out the division’s environmental, social and economic performance for the period 2012 to 2014....

Provident Financial plc Publishes its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Provident Financial recently published its 2014 corporate responsibility (CR) report; the company’s fourteenth such report. The report sets out the CR performance in relation to Provident...

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

Westpac Group Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

The 2015 financial year marked the mid-point of Westpac Group’s five-year Sustainability Strategy.   This strategy recognises that for Westpac Group to prosper over the long term,...

CN issues Delivering Responsibly sustainability report - reports

CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14004:2015 Update: Final Versions Issued - reports

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

Nationwide Building Society reports on year three of citizenship strategy - reports

Nationwide Building Society is three years into its five-year citizenship strategy and strong progress has been made against the targets it set.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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...

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.

Interface EMEA Pioneers Biobased Materials for Carpet Tiles - reports

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has developed the first ever biobased backing for carpet tiles that has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low VOCs...

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...

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...

Novartis releases 2014 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2014.

CDL Adopts Integrated Reporting Approach for Sustainability Report 2015: Making Business Sense of its Sustainability Performance - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) is the first property developer in Singapore to adopt an Integrated Reporting (IR) approach for its latest sustainability report titled “Creating Value for...

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.

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. 

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...

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...

Lloyds Banking Group - Helping Britain Prosper - reports

Click here to access the 2014 Responsible Business Review and 2014/2015 Helping Britain Prosper Plan Update.

CLP Group publishes first GRI G4 “Core” Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.  It operates a vertically-integrated...

Benefiting clients and communities - UBS makes progress on integrating societal and financial performance - reports

For the 14th year in succession UBS has incorporated information on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and performance in its Annual Report. Key information is also...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

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...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

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...

Barclays on track to achieve Citizenship commitments - reports

Barclays has today published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2014. The Report shows that Barclays is a stronger business with better prospects than at any...

Bayer publishes second integrated Annual Report - reports

Bayer has published its Annual Report 2014. For the second time, since 2013, the Germany-based multinational with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech...

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.

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...

Discover the BNP Paribas CSR Report! - reports

This report contains numerous concrete examples of BNP Paribas’ commitments. For instance, in 2013, the Group invested €168m in social entrepreneurship; and enabled more than 230,000...

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...

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)...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

Diageo moves towards integrated reporting in its 2014 Annual Report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announces this week the publication of its 2014 Annual Report , which incorporates for the first time increased disclosure of...

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the US and Canada, recently issued its 2013 global corporate responsibility report.

UPS releases 2013 Sustainability Report, announces new carbon intensity goal - reports

UPS® has released its 12th annual  Sustainability Report  announcing that in addition to reducing overall carbon emissions in 2013, the company also met its 2016 goal of...

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.

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report uses the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation.

When Social Responsibility Leads to Growth: An Imperative for Consumer Companies to Go Green - reports

Socially Responsible Products Represent Major Growth Opportunity—and Challenge for Big Consumer Brands.

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...

Orange, a committed operator in a changing world, publishes its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

As a leading telecoms operator in over 30 countries serving 236m customers, Orange is at the heart of society’s digital transformation. This privileged position gives the Group the...

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...

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...

Experian publishes its 2014 CR Report - reports

Global information services company, Experian, publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report alongside its Annual Report and a new publication, ‘About Experian’.

Terna Transmits Energy with Responsibility - reports

The first Terna Group “Integrated Report” is now on line at www.terna.it. The Report was  prepared in accordance with the IIIRC – International Integrated Reporting...

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

Today, Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports.  The Annual Report makes significant progress towards the principles of the IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework and the...

Coca-Cola HBC, ranked among top three beverage companies in the world for sustainability publishes 2013 Integrated Report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its second Integrated Report which discusses the company's strategy and performance across a range of financial, economic, social and environmental indicators.

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...

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

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.

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

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...

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...

Leading Across Generations - calendar

Companies that successfully unlock the potential of all generations within their business will not only attract and retain future talent, but will also create unique opportunities for...

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...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included for the fifth time in this year’s Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products. The company has three primary areas of business: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With more than 80,000 employees, the company operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and...

CLP Group has published its 2013 Online Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

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.

Lloyds Banking Group helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the publication of its 2013 Responsible Business report which, for the first time, and in line with industry best practice, is forward facing as well as backwards...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2013 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report and Annual Report. In addition to our regulatory and corporate governance reporting requirements, both provide much information about...

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...

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.

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Danske Bank Group is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial institutions in northern Europe, with operations in 15 countries

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012-13 - reports

Royal Mail Group is one of the UK’s largest companies and one of its best known brands. A key part of the company’s business strategy and corporate responsibility strategy is to...

IFRS Update Course - calendar

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

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

Sustainable Performance Forum EMEA - calendar

  A Must Attend Event   With 250+ attendees, over 30 sessions and countless networking opportunities, the...

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.

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...

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...

HRH The Duke of York, KG will visit Estonia to attend Latitude59 - calendar

The Duke of York will give an opening speech and present the Pitch@Palace initiative at Estonia's flagship tech conference Latitude59 to be held on May 31 - June 1, 2016 in Tallinn,...

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...

Corporate Bootcamp - calendar

CORPORATE BOOTCAMP Masterclass | LEARN | CONNECT | LEAD   Our guest speaker is one of the few female corporate speakers Lynda King Taylor. Lynda gave two interviews...

Morningstar Institutional Conference - calendar

We invite you to join us at the  Morningstar Institutional Conference  on 17 th  and 18 th  March at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam. The conference will explore key...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

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 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...

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2012 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2012. It is available online and as a download for the Apple iPad at http://www.barclays.com/citizenshipreport  The Report marks the 13th year...

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...

BSCI's Annual Report 2012 - reports

Brussels, 4 July 2013. Today, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) publishes its Annual Report 2012, highlighting the ongoing need for effective collaboration to raise the bar and...

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...

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.

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. 

CSR Summit 2016 - calendar

The CSR Summit 2016 brings together CSR thought leaders from pioneering multinational organisations who put CSR at the centre of their strategic thinking. Hosted at the IMechE in Westminster on...

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.

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

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

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'.

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:...

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...

Big Donor Summit - calendar

Reaching, engaging and converting corporate and major donors with sustainable fundraising strategies. This new and exciting fundraising conference is the largest event within...

Experian releases three reports simultaneously and pledges to 'step up' - reports

Global information services company, Experian, released its Annual Report, Corporate Responsibility report and a publication ‘About Experian’ simultaneously on Friday 7 June.

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 –...

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...

L'Oréal publishes its 2012 Sustainable Development Report - reports

L'Oréal, world leader in Beauty, has published its 2012 Sustainable Development Report in the form of a printable summary on the corporate website. 

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...

Sberbank of Russia issued its Report on Corporate Social Responsibility for 2012 - reports

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank of Russia, has issued its Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2012.

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Orange publishes its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Orange emphasises the areas in which it has made significant progress. In a year marked by a deteriorating economic environment ...

Responsible Sourcing from Emerging Nations - Focus on Africa & Middle East - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the issues and risks in responsible sourcing practices across Africa and the Middle East. As organizations increase their scope of sourcing...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

Hydro-Quebec publishes Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Hydro-Québec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world’s largest hydropower producers.

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,...

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.

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 29-30 May hosted by Credit Suisse, 1 Madison Avenue, New York "Connecting The Dots" The program balances topics on both ESG...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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...

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

Today Carlsberg Group released its CSR Report 2012, consolidating its position as the most efficient global brewer on water, energy and CO 2 .

Nestlé report sets out forward-looking commitments - reports

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;...

GlaxoSmithKline sets out commitments in 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new  Corporate Responsibility Report  reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly and transparently. 

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report. 

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...

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+.

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...

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....

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

Bel Group publishes its first CSR Report - reports

The first  Bel Group CSR report  demonstrates how Bel is responding to the social and environmental challenges it is facing, through the 5 pillars of its CSR program called...

G4S publishes its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions group - has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

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

Aviva's Contribution to Society - reports

Aviva aims to be trusted, respected, sustainable and recognised for making a real contribution to society.

Centrica's Corporate Responsibility Performance Reporting 2012 Launched - reports

Find out how Centrica is progressing against their ambition to be the most trusted energy company.

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...

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.

Nationwide 2012 CR Report - reports

Nationwide Building Society’s 2012 Citizenship Report is now launched.

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...

The Retreat 2013 - calendar

  Come and join a select number of senior CSR practitioners and business leaders at this year’s Retreat. Only a few places for our 2013 event remain. The Retreat is a...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: Sustainability Performance summary - reports

Heathrow has published its sustainability performance summary for 2011, providing a snapshot of performance against its commitment to enhancing the airport’s social and economic benefits...

Quantifying ESG: A practical methodology for valuing non-financial performance - calendar

Quantifying ESG: A practical methodology for valuing non-financial performance (London, 1 July – Amsterdam, 3 July – Paris, 5 July) This unique course offers a practical...

Supply chain strategy – 3 things worth a look - reports

Three things worth looking at if you’re following the latest on sustainable supply chain

Business4Better UK - calendar

Are you ready for a conversation?   More and more businesses are realising the value of partnerships. Working with not-for-profits, social enterprises and charities not only can...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. The report sets out how the Group is delivering on its economic, environmental and social activities and how it is...

GRI's Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting - calendar

Growth and prosperity depend on our ability to meet today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Climate change, resource scarcity, financial corruption, human rights abuses: these...

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2011 - reports

Sulzer is committed to building its business success on responsible action and grow sustainably. In its Online Sustainability Report 2011, the company reports on its sustainability efforts to...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on Safety - reports

Heathrow has released the latest in its series of briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  This new issue provides ‘a focus on Safety’.

Ethical Corp's 6th Annual CR reporting and communications conference - reports

I am pleased to invite you to Ethical Corporation's 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference in London, November 20-21.

E.ON UK publishes its Cleaner and Better Energy report - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its Cleaner & Better Energy report, entitled Re-setting relationships in 2012

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Freeport-McMoRan issues its 2011 Sustainable Development Report - reports

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

Fiat Industrial Group has published its first sustainability report - reports

This year Fiat Industrial Group – which was created on 1 January 2011 through the demerger of Fiat Group’s capital goods activities – published its first Sustainability Report.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the ‘Safest Bank in the UAE’, has released its 2011 Sustainability Report, entitled ‘Catalysing Change'

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Orange publishes its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

The report describes over 140 achievements and performance indicators covering the Group’s 4 CSR commitments: recognising and supporting its employees; ensuring transparency, quality, security...

Autogrill Group publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, this year’s Sustainability Report shows the Sustainability Roadmap for the 2012-2015 three-year time span.

Ford's 13th Sustainability Report is now available - reports

Ford Motor Company's 13th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Holcim its releases 2011 Corporate Sustainable Development report - reports

Holcim, the worldwide producer of cement and aggregates today released its 2011 Sustainability Report.

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 - reports

Managing environmental, economic and social impacts is central to the way British Land does business and to delivering value for its shareholders. This year, more than ever, the company has...

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility - calendar

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility, 15 November   Join us in the City of London for the annual SRI-CSR event, bringing together the latest research and practice to...

Bayer drives forward global sustainability commitments - new report published - reports

The Bayer Group has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report. The Bayer Group is well on the way to implementing its comprehensive Sustainability Program. This is underlined by the...

Delhaize Group presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report. The online report reflects on the Group’s sustainability performance over the period...

Fiat S.p.A. publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Now in its eighth edition, this year’s Sustainability Report for the first time also reports on the results of the integration between Fiat and Chrysler, and the shared commitment between them...

Reckitt Benckiser announces Carbon20 results and publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Reckitt Benckiser, a world leader in health, hygiene and home products, has achieved a remarkable 21% improvement in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions per dose since 2007 – beating its 2020...

New Energy World Network’s Envirotech & Clean Energy Investor Summit - calendar

Following sold-out events in 2009, 2010 and 2011 New Energy World Network’s Envirotech & Clean Energy Investor Summit has established itself as the pre-eminent event for networking...

Morrisons publishes its sixth Corporate Responsibility review - reports

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, the UK's fourth largest supermarket, has published its sixth Corporate responsibility review.

Coca-Cola Enterprises has published its 2011/2012 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises released its seventh company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report: “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?”

Hydro-Quebec Publishes its Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Hydro-Quebec is one of the leading electric utilities in North America and ranks among the world's largest hydropower producers. The company has just published its Sustainability Report 2011.

Adidas publishes its 12th sustainability progress report - reports

With its ‘2011 Sustainability Progress Report – Performance Counts’, the adidas Group publicly reports for the 12th consecutive time about its efforts to be a sustainable business.

Ericsson publishes Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Ericsson's 2011 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report, entitled Technology for Good, released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to help create a more sustainable world.

ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management - calendar

SGS invites you to the 45-minute complimentary webinar entitled “ ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management ” on May 24, 2012. The objective of this webinar is to provide an initial overview of...

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

Abbott release 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott today released its 2011 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how the company applies its business acumen, scientific expertise, resources and...

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

A 2-day certified, specialized, detailed and highly focused training that enables participants to acquire skills and competencies required to become Certified CSR Practitioners. Upon completion of...

Barclays Citizenship Report 2011 - reports

Barclays today published its Citizenship Report 2011.

Responsible Business Summit 2012: Learning, networking and value for money - reports

I'm aware there are hundreds of CSR/sustainability events out there - but I am very confident that the Responsible Business Summit (8-9 May, London) represents the best value for money, the biggest...

L'Oreal's new sustainable development report - reports

L'Oreal, world leader in Beauty, has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report in the form of a printable summary in the corporate website.  This section presents the commitments...

IBE Training Courses 2013 - calendar

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

G4S publishes its fourth CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions provider - has published its fourth Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas...

Citi has published its 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 12th annual Global Citizenship Report today. The report covers the bank's performance in its social and environmental priority areas, informed by two centuries of experience in...

Mondi Sustainable Development Report 2011 - reports

Mondi, the international paper and packaging group, is pleased to announce its 2011 sustainable development report.  The report highlights the progress that the Group has made in 2011...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new Corporate Responsibility Report reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly, openly and transparently and sets out advances made on this agenda during 2011.

Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace - calendar

This thought provoking training day is designed to help you to gain a detailed understanding of the issues surrounding environmental sustainability and develop a meaningful action plan that will...

SEGRO publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The 2011 SEGRO Sustainability Report provides an update on performance against targets set out in 2009 as part of the company's five-year sustainability strategy.

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report - reports

Recently included for the third time on the World's Most Ethical Companies list, the Rezidor Hotel Group today publishes its Responsible Business Report.

Corporate Sustainability Management: A Context-Based Approach - calendar

A 2-day workshop with two main objectives: 1) to introduce a compelling new approach to corporate sustainability management (CSM) known as context-based sustainability, and 2) to provide a...

Umicore's Annual Report 2011 goes on-line - reports

The report offers a fully integrated view of Umicore's economic, environmental and social performance. A new on-line reporting centre enables readers to create their own customized report and...

Medtronic releases 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update - reports

Global medical technology company Medtronic, Inc. has released the company’s 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update, “Innovating for a Better World”

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

Caesars Entertainment’s 2010-2011 Sustainability Report covers calendar 2010 and the first half of 2011. It is both the company’s and the casino-entertainment and hospitality industry’s second...

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

Intel Corporation has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001.

Environmental Sustainability in the Workplace - calendar

This thought provoking training day is designed to help you to gain a detailed understanding of the issues surrounding environmental sustainability and develop a meaningful action plan that will...

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

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

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

Vaisala releases its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Vaisala, the global environmental and industrial measurement company has published its third corporate responsibility report.

Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training - calendar

The Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Training , is approved by the leading UK Institute of Environmental Management and assessment (IEMA) entails a global perspective on Corporate...

Boeing issues fourth annual Environmental Report - reports

Boeing has issued its fourth annual Environment Report. While increasing airplane production, Boeing generated year-over-year improvements in environmental performance.

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

Avery Dennison releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Avery Dennison Corporation released its first Sustainability Report, Together We’re Stronger, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals.

Baxter International releases its 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Baxter International Inc. released its 2010 Sustainability Report, marking the 12th consecutive year the company has released a report about its social, economic and environmental performance....

Mosaic Company publishes Sustainability Report - reports

The Mosaic Company has completed its second company-wide sustainability assessment and published a sustainability report summarizing progress on key initiatives in the areas of food, water,...

Institute of Business Ethics: Business Ethics Training - calendar

One-day courses exploring business ethics and good practice for corporate ethics programmes,  facilitated by senior IBE staff.  Using dilemma discussions, participants are encouraged to...

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...

Standard Chartered publishes its 2011 Sustainability Review - reports

Standard Chartered launches its sixth annual Sustainability Review, setting out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social and...

Henkel has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2011 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2011.

Capital Shopping Centres publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As holders of the BitC CommunityMark everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business. Under the banner "Bringing People...

The optimum degree of sustainability - reports

You can now receive some in-depth analysis on 'the optimum degree of sustainability'.

CSR Practitioner Training - calendar

A challenging 2-day course that enables participants to become Certified CSR Practitioners and qualifies them to work as independent CSR consultants and in-house CSR Managers. The Centre for...

Philips publishes its Annual Report 2011 - reports

Philips has published data on its 2011 sustainability activities as part of its fourth integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

Outokumpu publishes 2011 Sustainability Summary - reports

Outokumpu, the international stainless steel company, on 17 February 2012 published an integrated annual and sustainability report.

IKEA Group releases 2011 sustainability report - reports

The 2011 IKEA Sustainability Report, released today, outlines the sustainability work carried out on a global level by the IKEA Group during FY 2011*, including key performance indicators to...

3 Cs to sustainability - reports

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

Responsible Business Exhibition - 14-15 March 2012 - London, UK - reports

Now in its second year, the Responsible Business Exhibition provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network with each other. The...

free briefing on CSR risk management - reports

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

Certified Global Reporting Initiative Training Course - calendar

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

Sustainability reporting enters a new phase, say experts - reports

Reporting corporate economic, environmental and social performance is entering a new phase, moving from a pioneering and experimental practice to become standard practice, say sustainability...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on waste - reports

Heathrow has just released the latest in its series of briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'. This new issue provides 'a focus on waste'

Ethical Corporation Awards - for your diary - reports

Something definitely worth noting regarding ethical best practice: Ethical Corp just launched their 3rd Responsible Business Awards. The big night will take place mid-June 2012 in central London.

Supply chain CSR briefing - reports

As a member of the Ethical Performance community, you are no doubt aware that your supply chain represents a large CSR risk for your company. What you may not know is how to mitigate against...

Wolseley plc publishes 2011 CR Report - reports

Wolseley has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2011. Wolseley, a FTSE 100 company, is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing, heating and building products.

Sustainable Living: mainstream or pipedream? - reports

How can consumers be inspired to turn positive intentions into action? The question of how to drive sustainability into the heart of society is one of the most important of our time. As of...

ISO 26000 - calendar

Course Overview: The new ISO 26000 guideline aims to provide practical assistance related to operationalising social responsibility, identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and enhancing...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

Sky's Bigger Picture Review 2011 - reports

Today, Sky has published its Bigger Picture Review 2011. The new-look, online review outlines the achievements, challenges and progress for the year ending 30 June 2011.

Change of address for Ethical Performance - reports

Dunstans Publishing, which publishes Ethical Performance, the monthly business newsletter on corporate social responsibility and socially-responsible investment, has relocated to...

CSR Asia Responsible Supply Chains in China: tools and strategies for continuous improvement - reports

Building from our ongoing training on a broad range of CSR topics within Asia, this is a tailor made course to help companies and other organisations better understand and manage their supply...

Article on supplier engagement you may find interesting, from Ethical Corporation - reports

Ethical Corporation recently published an article on Nestlé’s decision to re-instate a previously banned supplier. The supplier was previously banned based on sustainability grounds, but after...

Leading a Sustainable Business - The Business Leaders Programme - calendar

You want a sustainable future for your business, you need to reduce your environmental impact and achieve competitive advantage.     This two day residential programme will develop your...

Go-Ahead publishes eleventh Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Go-Ahead's new CR report reveals a significant fall in carbon emissions and a big increase in passenger numbers.

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 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

This week, the global healthcare leader Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, launched its 2010 global corporate responsibility report - the first report...

BHP Billiton publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton reduced the greenhouse gas intensity of its global operations by 18 per cent and has exceeded its $300 million commitment to supporting energy efficiency and low GHG emission...

E.ON UK publishes 'Our Responsibilities' report 2010 - reports

E.ON generate electricity for UK homes and businesses, supply power and gas to millions of people across the country, and are part of one of the world's largest investor-owned energy companies....

CSR Reporting and Communications - reports

MTR Corporation Ltd publish latest sustainability report - reports

The Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation Ltd has published its latest Sustainability Report

UPS publishes new Sustainability Report - reports

In 2010, UPS reduced fuel use per package 3.3 percent and avoided driving 3.5 million miles, but increased package volume by 1.8 percent. The shipping giant attributed its accomplishments in...

GE release seventh annual Citizenship Report - reports

The report covers GE's worldwide operations for the 2010 fiscal year and is structured around discussions of GE's long-term value creation in addressing the world's most pressing problems

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2011 CSR Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, 'A clear view', launches today. The Partnership - the largest employee-owned company in the UK with 76,500 permanent...

Fiat SpA publishes its 2010 Sustainability report - reports

Now in its seventh edition, the Sustainability Report provides Fiat stakeholders a comprehensive picture of the company's economic, environmental and social activities, achievements and...

Enel publishes ninth Sustainability Report - reports

For the ninth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

Crest Nicholson publishes 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

UK developer Crest Nicholson has published its full 2010 Sustainability Report. This 9th annual Sustainability Report presents progress towards effectively balancing economic, environmental and...

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan News - reports

A news update from Unilever

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

Heathrow focuses on the economy - reports

Heathrow has just released the latest in a series of sustainability briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  'A focus on the economy' provides an insight into the local and national...

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

Course III: How To Know Your Ethics Programme Is Working - calendar

Course III looks at the monitoring, assurance and reporting of ethical performance, and what to do when an ethics programme fails to work. •    How can organisations be sure that...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of corporate responsibility.  The course...

Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - GTQ - reports

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference is a two day practical conference for practitioners.  It is designed to explore how the industry is applying ESG criteria to augment current...

Deutsche Telekom announces 2010/2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom AG today announced the release of its 2010/2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights how Deutsche Telekom is proceeding on its way to take a leading role in...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

OTE publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading telecommunications services provider in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report on 23 June 2011 at the company's Annual...

Delhaize publishes new Corporate Responsibility Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, presents its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Progress Report.

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. In 2010 Lloyds carried out extensive stakeholder research into how its many stakeholder audiences perceive the Group -...

France Telecom-Orange publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

France Telecom-Orange has just published its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR report) in which the Group describes how, as a major player in the digital world, it is ensuring...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Experian launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Experian's Corporate Responsibility report website was launched on Friday 10 June, alongside its Annual Report, which also contains a considerable section on its social, ethical and...

Impact Investing 2012 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact  investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), this...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 - reports

This year, British Land carried out a thorough review of its corporate responsibility strategy and activities, commissioning independent stakeholder research, consulting experts, reviewing best...

Vodafone Group publishes Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2011. The report provides an overview of Vodafone's strategy and performance across 24 markets, and how it is performing against its...

M&S publish their 2011 How We Do Business report - reports

Following the fourth year of Plan A, M&S today publishes its 2011 How We Do Business Report with progress updates on all 180 of its Plan A commitments. With a year to go until the...

Sustainability Evolved: Embedding ESG Performance in Corporate Valuation - calendar

Short-term profits at the expense of long-term sustainability is one of the main drivers of the recession, the occupy Wall Street movement, and the subject of political debate on Capitol Hill....

STMicroelectronics publishes its 14th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world major semiconductor companies has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies...

Kingfisher publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2010/11 - reports

Kingfisher has published its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The video introduction from the Group Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, outlines the company's new sustainability vision...

Heathrow's Sustainability Policy and 2010 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow has marked World Environment Day 2011 by launching its 2010 Sustainability Performance Summary.  Introduced by Heathrow's CEO, Colin Matthews, the Performance Summary provides a...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

ITV plc launches Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

ITV has launched its new video-led Corporate Responsibility website which explores the influential role that ITV has on society.

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has released its 2010 Sustainability Report.

Deutsche Post DHL publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Deutsche Post DHL has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2010. The report will appear online and is supplemented by a 16-page print brochure with highlights from the Group's CR...

Ethical Sourcing Forum - calendar

Driving Change, Supplying Value   For over 10 years the Ethical Sourcing Forum - the premier industry event for building sustainable supply chains - has been bringing you incisive...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

Verizon's 7th annual corporate responsibility report shows how the company's innovative broadband and wireless technologies are tackling pressing issues such as education, domestic violence...

Accenture launch UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study - reports

Accenture invite you to the launch of the UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study, the world's largest industry-specific study on CEOs and Sustainability to date on 25th May.

The Sustainable Venture Development Conference - calendar

The Sustainable Venture Development Conference, taking place in London on April 19, is an independent, one-day event bringing together investors, venture developers and industry leaders to focus...

Barclays publishes Citizenship Report 2010 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2010. The Report has been independently assured by Ernst & Young and meets the requirements of a Type 2 assurance engagement as defined by...

New report from Ethical Corporation - reports

Ethical Corporation have released a new report: Social and Economic Impact: Measurement, Evaluation and Reporting.

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

Hydro-Québec has published its Sustainability Report 2010. For its Sustainability Report 2010, Hydro-Québec produced a self-declaration, checked by the GRI, corresponding to Application Level B...

Corporate Sustainability Management: A Context-Based Approach - calendar

A 2-day workshop with two main objectives: 1) to introduce a compelling new approach to corporate sustainability management (CSM) known as context-based sustainability, and 2) to provide a detailed...

Abbott Publishes 2010 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2010 Global Citizenship Report

Lafarge launches its tenth Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. Published annually, the report has reached the A+ GRI level for the third consecutive year. This tenth issue provides an accurate and...

SEGRO publishes 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The report provides an update on 2010 performance of SEGRO’s five-year sustainability strategy. The company’s approach focuses on delivering value to the business and its customers.

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

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

Centrica publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Browse Centrica's 2010 corporate responsibility report Find out how Centrica is striving to become the most trusted energy company, leading the move to a low carbon future.

ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference - CSR Futures: Knowledge and Practice - calendar

In recent years CSR has emerged as both a sub-field of business and management studies and as a basic management concept.  In essence it refers to business responsibility to and for society...

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