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

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

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

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

Imperial’s new climate finance centre to ‘recalibrate’ investors’ understanding of risk - news

By Roger Aitken —  A new centre designed to help businesses make more informed green investment decisions has been launched at Imperial College Business School in London. The centre...

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.  ...

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

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

Subway signs on to responsible tuna sourcing - news

By Brian Collett — Subway, regarded as the world’s largest fast food company, has joined the global organisation that promotes responsible tuna fishing.    The...

UK Millennials buy responsible brands this holiday - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — A UK survey reveals that 55 percent of 18-34 year olds, known as Millennials, are switching brand loyalty, which should be a focus for businesses this holiday season...

Companies may have to reveal pay gap between executives and employees - news

By Brian Collett — Britain’s biggest companies may have to reveal the gap between their senior executives’ remuneration and the average pay of their employees.   ...

Online reviews preferred by majority of UK consumers for purchases - news

By Brian Collett — A total of 84 percent of consumers trust online reviews as readily as personal recommendations for businesses, products and services, reports a UK survey consultancy....

Business leaders split on effect of Brexit on ethical governance - news

By Brian Collett — The ways in which Brexit will change the ethical conduct of businesses in the UK are as uncertain as the issues that will affect their trading.    The...

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...

Companies alerted to human trafficking by RepRisk report - news

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

COP21: Getting down to business - news

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

COP21: Getting down to business - news

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

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....

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

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

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

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

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...

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...

Grocery companies switching to cage-free eggs - news

by Brian Collett Three large US grocery companies are to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025. Their decisions follow similar recent announcements from about 100 retailers, restaurants,...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

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

Heineken bolsters responsible consumption with new campaign - news

Beer giant Heineken is tapping into the changing attitude to drinking among younger consumers with its latest marketing campaign. New research, conducted by trend-analysts, Canvas8, on...

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...

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...

Business urged to take a more responsible approach to tax - news

Corporate tax campaigners are taking a new tack. Rather than highlighting what companies should stop doing, they are drawing attention to what companies could be doing. A new report from...

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...

Breathing new life into the CSR debate? - news

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

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,...

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...

IBE updates guidance on human rights - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has updated its guidance on the promotion and protection of human rights in business practice. The new IBE Briefing builds on the 2012 IBE Briefing,...

Investors warned over risk exposure in backing extractives companies - news

Almost a third of all natural World Heritage Sites has the threat of oil, gas and mining exploration hanging over it, according to a new report. The threat rises to 61% in Africa. Natural...

British dispel ‘nimby’ reputation over green energy - news

More than half (53%) of UK households would support the construction of a wind turbine within two miles of their home, dispelling the general perception that Britain is a nation of...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns - news

As a nation renowned for its love of animals, it comes as no surprise that animal welfare is the top ethical concern for consumers when it comes to food and drink companies, trumping...

Animal welfare tops consumer concerns with food companies - news

When it comes to ethical claims made by food and drink companies, new research from Mintel finds that concerns over animal welfare top the list, trumping environmental concerns and concerns over...

Many happy returns - news

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

IBE tackles ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

IBE addresses ethics challenge of intergenerational workforce - news

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials have all developed their own ethical standards and understanding of what is right and wrong in the workplace, according to a new briefing...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

Allegations of corporate wrongdoing over the past 15 years have almost never resulted in companies being held accountable, a new analysis of cases has found. OECD Watch's Remedy...

Fighting supply chain corruption - news

With many companies having tens of thousands of suppliers, it is not surprising that managing corruption risks is proving problematic. Miranda Ingram reports The Bribery Act 2010 was...

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

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

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

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

No such thing as bad publicity? - news

I’ve always wondered the validity of that oft quoted phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Surely, particularly in these social media savvy days (should that...

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...

BMW tops world's largest survey of corporate reputations - news

German automobile brand BMW has topped this year's Reputation Institute’s Global RepTrak 100 league table which reports the world’s most reputable companies on innovation,...

Putting a price on your corporate reputation - news

A good reputation is more valuable than money, they say. Yet you wouldn’t think so these days with so many businesses still loathe to pay the Living Wage and happily keeping staff on zero...

Korea reaches out to explain and share anti-corruption policies - news

South Korea is reaching out to other countries both to explain its own anti-corruption policies, and to enlist support in enforcing these. Talks also include areas of co-operation and the...

Deutsche Bank hit by record $2.5bn penalty - news

Deutsche Bank (DB) has been fined $2.5bn (£1.66bn) by US and UK regulators for trying to manipulate the Libor and Euribor inter-bank rates. The record penalty - $2.1bn by US...

Banks warned over ESG risks of palm oil investments - news

Environmental and human rights groups have sent a global alert to several banks over their investment in Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of the world's largest palm oil companies....

New study identifies key drivers of authentic corporate purpose - news

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

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

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

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

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

McDonald’s Japan launches complaint app - news

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

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

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

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...

City of London's Dragon Awards fire up for 2015 - news

The City of London Corporation has opened entries for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards  and is especially keen to attract SMEs. Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow, said:...

Canada’s Bombardier under fire in Korea - news

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

Amazon Japan in child porn investigation - news

Amazon Japan is under investigation by authorities in Japan who suspect that it may have allowed child pornography to be sold on its Japanese website. Police raided Amazon facilities this...

Tesco hits spotlight again over supply chain practices - news

The grocery chain Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, is being investigated by its trade watchdog over claims of unethical bullying treatment of suppliers, including late payment....

HSBC under investigation over tax evasion allegations - news

HSBC, the UK-based bank accused of helping clients to evade tax, is now being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA joins the Serious Fraud Office, the Bank of...

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...

Companies turning blind eye to supply chains - news

A majority of companies don’t perform anti-bribery and corruption audits on their suppliers, an area of business operations that’s proved prone to bribery risk in recent years,...

Businesses can drive low carbon without sacrificing growth - news

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

Premier Foods reviews ‘pay and stay’ practice after outcry - news

The UK company Premier Foods, producer of the popular brands Mr Kipling, Oxo and Bisto, has been accused of operating a policy to ditch suppliers that refuse its request for investment. The...

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

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

Banks face tougher scrutiny following record FCA fines - news

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

Record fines hit banking giants over forex failings - news

HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss bank UBS and US banks JP Morgan Chase and Citibank have all been fined heavily by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to control business practices in...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

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

Ireland to phase out ‘double Irish’ tax scheme - news

The “double Irish” scheme enabling multinationals such as Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to minimise their tax bills is to be phased out over four years.  The...

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...

Lego ends 50-year link with Shell - news

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

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  ...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

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

Tesco launches investigation following £250m profit shortfall - news

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

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

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

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

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

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  ...

Carillion wins integrity chartermark - news

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

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

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

Staking your reputation on the digital age - news

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

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

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

SFO launches FOREX price rigging probe - news

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of price rigging in the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. The inquiry will...

Banks turn corner on public trust, says new survey - news

After years of reputational issues and costly scandals, banks are finally winning back the public's trust, according to new research from uSwitch.com. The 2014 uSwitch Current Account...

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

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

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...

Credit Suisse and Yorkshire Building Society face multi-million fine - news

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined both Credit Suisse International (CSI) and Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) for failing to ensure financial promotions for CSI's Cliquet...

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

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

Big brands top new global responsible business league - news

Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Samsung, Tata, Unilever and Nestlé top the list of the world’s most responsible companies based on a new global survey of Aspirational consumers by BBMG and...

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

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

Credit Suisse pleads guilty to conspiracy charge - news

Credit Suisse is to pay more than $2.5bn (£1.5bn, €1.8bn) for helping at least 22,000 US clients to evade taxes by hiding assets offshore in an “extensive and wide-ranging...

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...

Korean financial firms shamed for poor service - news

South Korea’s financial watchdog, The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), has ordered 17 financial firms and their 3,000 branches to post an embarrassing “red notice” at their...

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

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

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

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

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...

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,...

Adobe wins eco accolade - news

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

Vroom for improvement at Porsche - news

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the German car manufacturer, and fellow board member Ferdinand Piech are being sued by seven hedge funds alleging dishonesty over the company’s failed bid for...

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...

Paddy Power reprimanded over Pistorius promo - news

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK has told Paddy Power to pull its Oscar Pistorius promo following the highest number of complaints it has ever received. "We consider...

Marks & Spencer wins Carbon Trust triple award - news

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

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

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

Companies must grasp third party risks - news

Michael Boag, md, Stroz Friedberg, an intelligence and risk management company, discusses the need for business to grasp the nettle of third party risk The failure to conduct appropriate...

Barclays under fire over executive pay - news

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

Lloyds to bolster number of women in senior roles - news

Lloyds, the UK banking group, has promised that within six years 40% of its 8,000 senior employees will be women, up from the present 28%. It is the first UK FTSE 100 company to set a...

Financial institutions urged to halt ‘explosives’ investments - news

According to the latest report from Cluster Munition Coalition member and Nether lands-based IKV Pax Christi a total of 139 financial institutions globally - mainly from the US (67...

Novartis suffers set back in Japan - news

The New Year has brought major problems for pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG in Japan. The company is facing claims that its employees intentionally violated the strict protocols for clinical...

Cannibals on a health kick eating only vegetarians - news

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

RBS in bonus spotlight - news

Bonuses of twice annual salary may continue to be paid at the UK government-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). EU rules permit bonuses equivalent to a year’s salary but larger...

Apple to refund $32.5m to beleaguered parents - news

Apple, the world’s most valuable information technology company, is to refund $32.5m (£19.9m, €23.9m) to parents whose children were able to buy from its App Store without...

Starbucks pays back £15m to UK government - news

Starbucks, the US coffee house chain, has now paid £15m ($24.6m, €18m) of the £20m it offered to the UK tax authorities after revelations of tax avoidance by several large...

Centre for Compliance and Trust opens - news

School of thought… Cambridge Judge Business School has launched a new Centre for Compliance and Trust to lead thinking and work with organisations in the financial sector to explore how...

Strategic software combines reporting platforms - news

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

Janina Gray becomes chair of Water Group - news

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

Massive irregularities at South Korea’s largest bank - news

Financial authorities and prosecutors are looking into allegations that employees of South Korea's largest lender, Kookmin Bank, faked government bonds and embezzled the money from their...

Moving towards the tipping point of change - news

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

The importance of learning from each other - news

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

A very CSR festive favourite… - news

I recently revisited an old DVD festive favourite, A Miracle on 34th Street (the original starring Edmund Gwenn, not the horrendous Nineties remake with Sir Richard Attenborough) and was...

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...

The growing cult of the ceo - news

A survey of some of Europe’s top communication leaders shows how strong the cult of the business ceo is becoming. With company news, successes and failure now so frequently attributed to...

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

On the day campaigners have filed a complaint with the OECD about Alliance Boots and alleged tax discrepancies, a new poll from the Institute of Business Ethics shows that worries about tax...

ESG analyst Vigeo new sustainability focuses - news

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

Pressure mounts on World Bank to stop private water firm investments - news

A month in SRI with Roger Aitken... Nestlé’s former ceo Peter Brabeck-Letmathe once sparked controversy after declaring that access to water was “not a public...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

Why online safety isn't child's play any more - news

Online safety is a big headline grabber at present, in an era when many children are more internet-savvy than their parents. Issues such as bullying, grooming by paedophiles and online...

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

Ethical enlightenment… The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has produced an ethical scenario tool to help people comply with ethical standards in a volatile and...

Japanese firms to appoint more outside directors to improve governance - news

Western investors have long criticized Japanese corporations for weaknesses in governance. The lack of outside directors on many boards is one of the issues. Two major corporate scandals in...

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...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

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

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...

US to investigate market irregularities at JP Morgan Chase - news

New inquiries are now being conducted by the Department of Justice, the US criminal investigation agency, into allegations that JPMorgan Chase manipulated energy markets. JPMorgan Chase,...

ICT companies need to take human rights seriously - news

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

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...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

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

Changing behaviour over children’s rights - news

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

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....

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...

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...

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...

Why volunteering works wonders for workers - news

The benefits of volunteering for Lloyds Banking Group go well beyond our brand reputation. In reality, the greatest value we see is the effect it has on colleagues who take part. ...

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...

British business failing to integrate CR strategy - news

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

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:...

Good companies keep good company - news

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

‘Golden handcuffs’ deal for Novartis chairman dropped - news

Swiss drugs company Novartis has ditched a proposal to pay its outgoing chairman Daniel Vasella 72m francs ($77m, £50m, €59m) after widespread criticism. The payment, dropped by...

Corporates against corruption - news

Bribery and corruption used to be seen as part of the reality of doing business in certain parts of the world. But, writes Leo Martin, business is leading the international charge for change...

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...

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...

Hunt for value in recession drives NGO partnerships - news

The recession has boosted partnership deals between corporates and NGOs, reports the annual survey from C&E, the UK consultancy specialising in business-society links. The links were...

Tighter regulation likely of ‘immoral’ tax practices - news

The tax regime for large corporations operating in Europe is likely to be tightened up following a furore in the UK over alleged practices by Amazon, Starbucks and Google that minimise their tax...

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,...

Fury over 'supersize' drinks ban - news

The US drinks industry is suing  New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration over its ban on the sale of ‘supersized’ cartons of sodas and sugary drinks. The...

Supply chain labour issues ‘a reputational timebomb’ - news

More than a third of companies appear uninterested in supply chain labour conditions, despite the increasing risk the issue poses to corporate reputation and the threat of boycotts and other...

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,...

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...

Standard Chartered’s Iranian links spark ‘rogue institution’ attack - news

Standard Chartered’s $340m (£216m, €272m) settlement of allegations of sanctions busting, brought by Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York’s Department for Financial...

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...

Hopes for robust arms trade treaty survive stalled UN negotiations - news

Agreement on the first ever global arms trade treaty (ATT) could be within sight, despite the failure of month-long talks involving more than 170 UN member states in New York.   A...

Top sports brands lobby Guatemalan government - news

A group of multinationals and NGOs have published a joint open letter to the newly-elected Guatemalan government to support its pursuit of a strong workers’ rights legal framework. The...

A Short Guide To Reputational Risk - news

This is precise, explicit and jargon-free – no small compliment for a book dealing with a field that, as its author outlines with some clarity, is sometimes the victim of – and...

Taking accountability back to where it belongs: at the top of the value chain - news

The newly-formed Asset Owners Disclosure Project seeks to build on the work of the Carbon Disclosure Project to see if emissions data can better drive change. Its executive director, Julian...

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....

Time to welcome Trafigura into CSR fold - news

Oil trader Trafigura has been held up as displaying the worst of corporate irresponsibility. Oil might be a dirty business, but it is lazy to write such companies off as mere heartless...

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...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

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...

Social media & reputational risk seminar in NYC - news

A group of some of the largest companies in the US are gathering in New York this month to discuss the implications of social media for reputational risk. Firms including Gap,  Virgin...

Trading abroad pushes US businesses onto the sustainability agenda - news

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

The best democracy that money can buy - news

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

Technology giant faces up to its China syndrome - news

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

French funds follow lead on exclusion - news

French asset managers are joining other European companies in the application of negative ‘normative exclusion’ screening to their investments. Few companies stand consistently...

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...

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...

Downturn brings greater risk of child exploitation - news

Child labour is on the increase thanks to the global economic crisis and deteriorating security worldwide. Countries such as Brazil and Russia are now considered at ‘extreme risk’ to...

Chevron faces ‘disruptive’ battle over Ecuadorian damages award - news

A court judgment in Ecuador awarding $18bn (£11.7bn, €14.1bn) damages against the oil multinational Chevron, the largest fine after the BP Gulf of Mexico settlement, has been upheld....

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?...

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....

‘Broader action’ needed on water stewardship - news

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

Search engine firm to offer reputation services - news

A UK search engine firm is to offer company reputation management services. In a sign that the prevalence of online shopping is impacting upon CSR communications, SEO Positive will show how...

Iran, China & Burma top oppressive regime listing - news

Iran, China and Burma have been named as the world’s most oppressive regimes by Ethical Consumer magazine. The research, which examined a wide range of human rights abuses in 196...

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...

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...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

The 2008 crash hit trust in the banking sector, particularly in the US and UK. But can responsible business practices and increased regulation repair the damage? Mark Leftly reports The...

Cheating companies may not see out the downturn - news

Since the 2008 crash, banks, businesses and politicians have talked of the need for greater responsibility, yet there has been little changed behaviour to match the rhetoric. Complaints in the...

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...

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...

Growth in corporate-NGO alliances driven by cash and credibility - news

UK corporations intend to increase their investment in NGO partnerships during the next three years, despite the weak economic outlook. And the credibility of such collaborations, from...

Good tax planning set to become a CSR target - news

Tax avoidance is ‘as big an issue as sweatshops’, and could become the main target for CSR activity, a global charity has said. The international poverty NGO ActionAid has...

investors warn Italian oil firm in Libya - news

Investors are keeping the pressure on companies still operating in Libya by calling on firms to publicly ensure their products are not reaching the country’s dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, or face...

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...

Major guidelines get a wash and brush up - news

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

Don’t just play it safe – try something creative - news

Supply chain ethics is not solely about managing risk, it’s about seeking opportunities, says Daniel Hsu Recent headlines from China have included a deadly accident at Foxconn, a...

BBC child labour footage ‘was probably faked’ - news

The BBC Trust has admitted that footage purporting to show clothing retailer Primark using child labour was faked. The BBC’s apology refers to a Panorama programme broadcast in June...

Framework should help firms - news

Corporate ‘preparedness’ on human rights risks is growing, but companies are in need of a clear and robust framework on the issue of business and human rights. That’s...

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...

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

Bribery, supply chain issues and pay differentials have been identified as key ethical risk areas in the global sports industry. A briefing by the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics...

CDP turns attention to emissions cost savings - news

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

Compact under the cosh from its own inspectors - news

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

‘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,...

Accommodation is key to a faith-friendly future - news

How can companies act responsibly when it comes to the religious practices of their employees? EP looks at new advice from the Institute of Business Ethics If you need to know how corporate...

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

The controversial Indonesia-based paper business, APP, has pledged to certify all its pulpwood as sustainable by 2020 and has stated the milestones it aims to achieve along the way....

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

Introducing transparency on boardroom pay comes bottom of the list of urgent corporate responsibility tasks compiled by most companies, new research has shown. A study from the...

Business rallies to help Japan - news

Companies around the world have donated millions of dollars to the Japanese relief effort after last month’s earthquake. Cash and in-kind donations, many of more than 100million yen...

Aussies reap rewards from uptake of CSR strategies - news

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

inbrief - news

Ogilvy PR has appointed Stuart Smith as managing director of its global corporate practice in London. Smith, who joins from Hill & Knowlton, will cover reputation and branding.

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...

Regulation is inevitable – so nano firms must act regulation is inevitable - news

The nanotechnology sector has been warned that it will soon face regulatory, liability, reputational and operational risks as the industry’s safety and environmental issues become clearer...

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...

Firms need to speak to the weak, not the strong - news

Researchers are studying the idea that multinationals spend too much stakeholder engagement time talking to large, loud NGOs rather than weaker-voiced community organizations that can give them...

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...

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

Businesses in the Irish Republic have been urged to resist the temptation to cut back on CSR programmes despite the country's dire economic crisis. Many speakers and delegates at this...

Compact has 'limited effect' in India - news

The influence of the United Nations Global Compact is 'weak' in India, mainly because its local network is ineffective, according to newly published research. A study by Tatjana...

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...

Mining bill bites the dust after corporate lobbying - news

Proposed legislation that would have made Canadian mining companies accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations has been narrowly defeated in...

CSR ‘should start with the recruitment process’ - news

Businesses that are serious about corporate responsibility ought to be carrying out ‘ethical due diligence’ of prospective employees during recruitment. That’s the view of...

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...

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...

Time to apply first aid to your corporate strategy - news

Society will benefit if firms give emergency medical training to all of their employees, argues Sue Killen Official statistics show that every year, in England and Wales alone, up to...

good reputation attracts spending - news

A consultancy claims to have proof that improved reputation directly increases consumer spending on a company’s products and services. APCO Worldwide says its retail survey shows that for every...

China still risky for electronics companies - news

Labour standards in the Chinese electronics industry are reported to be still a critical risk for manufacturers with operations in the country, while a group of investors has urged stricter supply...

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...

Vigeo measures lobbying - news

The increasing importance of corporate lobbying as a CSR issue has been recognised by the Vigeo ratings agency, which will now include an assessment of 'the transparency and integrity of...

Small firms 'should get more credit' for their CSR work - news

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often unfairly characterised as being uninterested in corporate responsibility, says a new CSR guide. An updated edition of the A-Z of...

Resisting the offshoring trend is the socially responsible thing to do - news

Call centres have been the subject of much debate recently, with the media highlighting high levels of customer dissatisfaction regarding the service they receive from internationally outsourced...

Inspirational pro-poor champion Prahalad dies at 69 - news

One of the chief proponents of ‘pro-poor’ capitalism, C.K. Prahalad, died last month aged 69.   Prahalad was an influential voice in corporate responsibility thanks to his...

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...

Pension funds ask for bribery data from companies - news

A $1.7trillion (£1.1tn, €1.3tn) coalition of investors is trying to force companies to come clean on their bribery and corruption management policies following a string of bribery scandals among...

A short guide to reputational risk - news

Garry Honey. Paperback. 120 pages. Gower Press. £25/$50. This is precise, explicit and jargon-free – no small compliment for a book dealing with a field that, as its author...

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...

Climate change resolutions go through the roof - news

A record number of shareholder resolutions on the issue of climatechange have been filed over the past year in the US. The 2010 proxy voting season’s 95 climate change resolutions posted with 82...

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...

Another warning on water - news

New SRI research has warned of the increasing regulatory and reputational risks associated with water, and suggests treating the topic in the same way as carbon emissions. Canadian indexing...

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,...

Law partners put ethics first - news

New ethical procedures at a global law firm have led to an increase in the number of partners discussing reputational issues before taking on new business. UK-based Linklaters says the rise...

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...

142 investors target Shell over tar sands - news

An investor coalition in the UK has filed a resolution at Shell over the firm’s oil extraction from tar sands. 142 institutional and individual investors have tabled a request that Shell reports...

The way forward: integration, foresight, and a path to the top - news

As we enter a new decade, our thoughts turn to how the CSR profession ought to develop over the next ten years and where we should be in 2019. The ‘Noughties’ have been an...

Boom time for SRI consultancy as market grows - news

Institutional investors are increasingly turning to specialist consultancy firms for advice on how they should invest responsibly, according to new research by the European Sustainable...

The corporate world must be ready to accentuate the negative - news

Sometimes what you leave out says more than what you put in. So it is with sustainability reports. A new analysis commissioned by the Global Reporting Initiative, the steward of the most...

Bourse heads look at SRI - news

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

Interest in ethical shopping falls as recession bites - news

Support for ethical consumerism has declined in the UK since the start of the recession, according to new market research conducted by Ipsos MORI.   The figures show interest in ethical...

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...

Chevron and ExxonMobil court controversy - news

Chevron, ExxonMobil, Nestlé, Shell and Vedanta were among the world's most criticized companies during September and October. The reputational risk index RepRisk said the five were 'severely...

inbrief - news

Citizen journalism on the web is becoming increasingly important to CSR reputations, says a new report on corporate responsibility and the media. The study, by David Grayson of the Doughty...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Getting to grips with executive pay: a litmus test for the CSR profession - news

Many people were caught with their pants down when the global financial crisis erupted a year ago – and CSR practitioners were among them. A key role of a corporate responsibility...

Charities are adopting SRI - news

More than half of large British charities now have an ethical investment policy, according to a new survey. The study of 164 organizations indicated that 60 per cent of charities with...

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...

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

The British energy company Centrica has taken the unusual step of holding a live ‘web chat’ to discuss issues in its latest corporate responsibility report. Centrica invited...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

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

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

Fruit company replies in latest Alien Tort case - news

Chiquita is facing lawsuits in the US over payments made in the 1990s to Colombian paramilitaries. Now it has produced a report on the issue. EP looks at its findings What’s the...

Three important lessons from the MPs’ expenses scandal - news

At first glance, the furore in Britain over the expenses claims of members of parliament has little to do with corporate responsibility. But there are lessons to be learned for companies...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Don’t make staff redundant – lend them out to society - news

Secondment programmes can be a useful corporate tool in a recession, say Matthew Farmer and Ed Williams At a time when major companies are announcing redundancies and the jobless toll is...

‘Black holes’ undermine supply chain progress - news

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

Investors hit internet providers over privacy concerns - news

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

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

Some of the world’s best-known private equity companies have agreed responsible investment guidelines. The companies, all members of the US-based Private Equity Council (PEC), will...

SRI grows in Australia - news

Responsible investment grew by eight per cent in Australia during 2007-08 from A$52.8billion to A$57.1bn ($33.2bn-$36bn, £23.8bn-£25.7bn), reports the Responsible Investment...

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....

PetroChina under fire over Darfur - news

A multi-signature open letter formally complaining that PetroChina is supporting genocide by the Sudan government in Darfur has been delivered to the United Nations Global Compact. The...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

Wal-Mart is most improved - news

Wal-Mart made the best progress on corporate responsibility issues in the retail industry last year, according the annual industry report from the Geneva-based reputational research company...

Henderson risks criticism over tax move to Ireland - news

One of the UK’s leading asset management companies is changing its tax domicile from Britain to the Irish Republic to save money, even though it has warned other companies to take a more...

‘Philanthropy fatigue’ cuts into drug sector reputation - news

Public attitudes are hardening against the pharmaceutical industry, a study by a Geneva-based agency suggests. Research by Covalence has found the industry has dropped from first to third...

UK moves on bribery as OECD pressure mounts - news

Signs are emerging that the UK government is beginning to adopt a tougher stance on the behaviour of British companies abroad, partly as a result of sustained pressure from the Organisation for...

Good conduct at the very top sets the tone for the rest of us - news

Only business leaders with self-restraint can steer companies along the right path, says the Dalai Lama In Buddhism we believe that the reputation of a company depends on whether it...

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

Pension funds are increasingly seeking to reflect long term sustainability considerations in their investment strategies, Jane Goodland tells Mike Scott The Watson Wyatt consultancy,...

KPMG introduces code of conduct for suppliers - news

KPMG in Europe is claiming to have become the first large accountancy group to produce a supplier code of conduct. The business, a limited liability partnership, has asked all its main...

Big four clothes firms fare best on sustainability issues - news

Adidas, Nike, Puma and Timberland have been identified as leaders in sustainability among clothing manufacturers. A study by Switzerland-based Bank Sarasin found the four have 'above...

IMF creates standards for sovereign wealth funds - news

A code of conduct for sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is being drawn up by one of the world's most powerful economic institutions. The final document, which the International Monetary...

‘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...

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

Stakeholder relations need to move on to another level if they are to be truly effective, says Jeremy Moon Most of us are by now aware that stakeholder relations are important to companies, but...

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...

Yahoo looks for US help on China dissidents - news

The internet provider Yahoo has asked the US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice for assistance in freeing two Chinese journalists jailed after it complied with investigators and revealed the...

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...

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

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

Asian CSR 'will go mainstream soon' - news

Social innovation will bring CSR into mainstream corporate culture in Asia this year, Jude Mannion, chief executive of Robin Hood Asia, has predicted. Businesses are finally appreciating...

Chinese companies respond on human rights - news

Chinese companies are making an effort to respond to allegations that they are violating human rights, according to the East Asia researcher of the Hong Kong Business and Human Rights Resource...

how to put your case in the YouTube era - news

With some social networking websites becoming more influential than traditional media, how can companies respond when their reputations are attacked online? If there's one key feature of the...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

When the countries of the world agreed ambitious targets for combating extreme poverty, hunger and disease at the UN Millennium Summit, 2015 sounded a long way off. Now, with just seven years to...

China cuts loans to polluters - news

Twelve Chinese businesses out of 30 accused of pollution this year have had loans blocked or withdrawn by the state authorities. The companies, which were considered to have flouted China’s...

we need a force of partisans to create sustainable business - news

Committed staff working as agents of change can make a big difference, argues Malcolm McIntosh Those who openly question company policy in areas affecting costs, profitability and traditional...

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

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

Facebook generation puts firms in the dock - news

The increasing use of internet chat groups to challenge the behaviour of companies was highlighted last month when campaigning against potato crisp manufacturer Kettle Foods flared up on the...

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,...

3i aims to be more open on ethical due diligence - news

One of the world’s best-known private equity companies, 3i, is examining how further to improve transparency in its due diligence to identify social, environmental and ethical risks. The decision...

68 per cent growth in complaints at BP - news

Employee complaints about possible legal infractions at BP rose by two-thirds last year in the wake of some major health and safety incidents. The oil multinational’s latest sustainability report...

Chinese executives not doing enough on global warming - news

Most Chinese senior executives appear to be looking at the impact of global warming on their businesses but 77 per cent to lack a defined energy policy to deal with it, according to a new survey....

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...

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...

technology companies offered guiding hand - news

A British asset management company has produced a good practice framework to help internet and technology companies improve the way they manage online content, privacy and data use. F&C,...

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...

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...

beleaguered Siemens opts to quit Sudan - news

A second European engineering company has decided to quit the troubled African state of Sudan for humanitarian reasons. Siemens, Europe’s largest electronics and electrical engineering group,...

Cambodia project under fire - news

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

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

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

Spanish focus on MDGs - news

Eleven Spanish multinationals have established a campaign to support the United Nations' millennium development goals, which set targets on issues such as poverty and HIV/Aids. The companies,...

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...

inbrief - news

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...

halt of Saudi bribery probe does capitalism an ill turn - news

When the public gets to hear of a brown envelope having been handed over, it is usually the recipient of the bribe who attracts the most opprobrium, as the beneficiary from ill-gotten gains. But...

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...

Hong Kong firms lack transparency - news

Most of Hong Kong’s large garment companies have refused to disclose their employment policies, including their attitudes to child labour, to an Oxfam survey. The survey on labour...

football clubs need to reassess gambling links - news

Sponsorship deals with online gambling sites are putting teams at reputational risk, argues Lisa Buchan Britons wager close to £50billion ($97bn) a year, and online betting...

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,...

hair-raising tales have no basis in fact, say retailers - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online chat...

China cracks down on corporate bribery - news

Attempts are being made to stamp out corruption by businesses trying to bribe their way into China's military procurement. Companies are being accused of corrupt methods of selling military...

firms deny 'unethical' hair sourcing - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online rooms...

inbrief - news

Yell, the search engine company, has won the 2006 Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The award is given for an outstanding communications...

Wal-Mart has made a good start but there’s still a long way to go - news

Has the leopard changed its spots? Last autumn Wal-Mart announced a dramatic conversion to corporate social responsibility, following the positive public response to the company’s efforts to help...

G3 attracts record interest - news

The response to the Global Reporting Initiative’s call for comments on its sustainability reporting guidelines has been ‘overwhelming’, the Amsterdam-based body says. The GRI has received 275...

HP fares best in ethics study of IT companies - news

Hewlett-Packard has been judged best performer in an analysis of how multinational IT companies tackle ethical challenges. Geneva-based consultancy Covalence placed the US company top of 29...

bird flu moves on to CSR managers’ radar - news

CSR managers around the world are being invited to answer questions about their companies’ preparedness to tackle the effects of a possible bird flu pandemic. The US-based Center for Corporate...

eight firms reported over ‘breaches’ of UN Compact - news

Eight official complaints about alleged breaches of United Nations Global Compact principles by signatory companies have been registered in the six months since a review procedure was introduced,...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

row brews over Starbucks’ Guantánamo presence - news

Starbucks has been accused of failing to show a proper commitment to human rights by siting a coffee store at the controversial Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, where suspected terrorists...

integrated reports bring mainly intangible gains - news

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

Commerzbank puts flesh on commitment - news

Commerzbank has formed a reputation and sustainability management team as part of efforts to improve its social and environmental performance. The three-person team will be responsible for CSR...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

Pakistan awaits CSR inquiry results - news

Full details of an inquiry into CSR in Pakistan are to be published soon. The inquiry has been set up and run by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan as part of an initiative on...

tougher corruption rules will hit companies in July - news

UK companies will have to operate under a significantly tougher anti-corruption regime from 1 July as a result of new rules published last month by the Export Credits Guarantee Department, which...

Asian CSR managers targeted by new training - news

One of the first intensive training courses for CSR managers in Asian companies is being held in Beijing on May 26 and 27. The main theme will be building better business in China through CSR,...

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...

in search of answers on Google’s China venture - news

Google’s decision to censor search results in China on behalf of the authorities has left the company vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy and spurning human rights What’s all this about...

don’t throw the PR baby out with the bath water - news

It’s sensible to be wary of public relations in CSR, but naïve to think you can do without it, says Kate Nicholas ‘It’s just a public relations tactic’ must be one of the most disheartening...

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...

a cynic’s view of the Tories’ embrace of corporate social responsibility - news

Imagine, for a moment, that the Conservative Party is a business – a listed company. It has not been performing well since its period of greatness a couple of decades ago, when it dominated the...

US firms hit by ‘trust deficit’ away from home - news

US-based multinationals are less trusted abroad than at home, reports the seventh annual Trust Barometer. The barometer, a survey of nearly 2000 opinion leaders in 11 countries by public...

HP looks to lead on ethics of personal data storage - news

Hewlett-Packard is hoping to assemble a group of companies to create a protocol on the ethical use of personal information on customers and employees. The IT giant believes it has ‘leading...

gas rush brings more firms into Burma orbit - news

The lure of gas reserves in Burma has led to a growth in the number of natural resources companies operating there over the past year, despite the reputational and financial risks of doing...

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...

CSR school goes to Hong Kong - news

A field trip to look at practical stakeholder engagement is on the programme for this month’s CSR Asia winter school in Hong Kong. The subjects for the workshops at the school include human...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

investors warn internet firms over web content censorship - news

Internet companies have been warned by a group of socially responsible investment funds against helping governments in countries with repressive regimes to censor web content. The 25 mainly...

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...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

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...

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...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a corporate responsibility issue for Shell, which has scaled down operations at a fuel depot in the Philippines due to fears from nearby residents that it...

‘big box’ retailers get tips on reducing impact - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have produced guidelines advising large retailers on reducing the undesirable social and environmental effects of ‘big box’ megastores. The...

in brief - news

Christopher Foss has become corporate services and communications director at Social Accountability International, the US body that administers the SA8000 ethical workplace standard. Foss was...

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...

inbrief - news

A corporate campaign to promote walking as a means of improving fitness has won broadcasting company ITV this year's Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Award for Corporate Social...

legal bodies 'need to bring lawyers more into CSR arena' - news

Lawyers' associations have been urged to play a more active role in persuading corporate lawyers to become involved in socially responsible business practice. A new study from the...

global firms make steady progress on lobbying disclosure - news

Many of the world's largest multinational companies are now providing more information on their lobbying practices, according to new research. An analysis of the Standard & Poor's...

retailers cut landmark deal on labour standards - news

Large retailers have struck a deal with Bangladesh textiles and clothing manufacturers, promising to maintain their orders and the prices they pay in return for improvements in labour standards....

funds challenge Aussie businesses on ethics - news

Five superannuation funds have urged the directors of Australia’s largest companies to encourage good business ethics to protect themselves against regulation, litigation and reputation risks. They...

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...

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...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

inbrief - news

Six companies have been shortlisted in this year’s corporate social responsibility category in the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. They are: Blue Rubicon,...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

Accor extends initiative to combat sex tourism - news

A corporate responsibility programme on sex tourism adopted by one of the world’s largest hotel chains is to be extended to parts of South America and Eastern Europe. The French-owned Accor group...

Compact unveils plan to get tough on ‘free riders’ - news

Signatory companies to the United Nations’ Global Compact that fail to deal with allegations that they are not observing its principles could effectively be removed under plans for a complaints...

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

The woman who has been given the job of leading UK government efforts to promote sustainable development in developing countries in Asia and elsewhere has criticized both the private and the...

gang labour law aids retailers - news

A regulatory body formed by the UK government is expected to allay retailers’ worries about risks to their reputation resulting from the use of unregulated gang labour by suppliers. The...

charities to reveal SRI policy - news

Large charities in England and Wales will now have to state their policy on socially responsible investment when they file their annual reports. A regulation brought into effect last month...

inbrief - news

CSR proponent John Williams is the new chairman of the UK business think-tank Tomorrow’s Company. Williams, a board member of the organization since January 2003, is a co-founder and former...

inbrief - news

Examples of innovative work by companies on workplace equality are being sought by the European Commission for a compendium of good practice. The commission’s Community Action Programme on...

why business has to end its vow of silence - news

To win back some of the trust it has lost, business must start voicing opinions on moral matters, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler Trust in business has rarely been lower. In a recent poll only...

lack of training hampers ethics code progress - news

Too few companies are providing training for staff on their ethical codes of conduct, says a new report. A study by the Institute of Business Ethics and corporate reputation consultancy Fishburn...

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...

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...

oil firm tie-ups with NGOs are condemned - news

Links between conservation bodies and oil companies were condemned by the Oilwatch South East Asia Network as the two met in Kuala Lumpur on 8 and 9 March. Oilwatch protested that oil companies...

CEOs see value of good behaviour - news

Nearly all chief executives in Asia were found in a survey to believe that effective governance, risk management and compliance enhance the value of their companies and give a competitive...

Henderson targets tax matters - news

A UK fund manager has signalled that it considers the way companies manage their tax affairs to fall within the remit of corporate social responsibility. Henderson Global Investors argues it is...

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...

videoCorporate social responsibility: from principles to profits - news

BBC Business Learning video training pack, 50 mins, £495. www.businesslearning.com Despite the rather ominous warning on the packaging that this BBC video is not intended ‘for entertainment...

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...

inbrief - news

Britain’s top companies appear to be making little effort to improve their online communication of CSR to stakeholders, according to a survey of the websites of all FTSE 100 and 250 companies....

corporate initiatives on the rise - news

Nearly four in five large businesses have begun new social responsibility initiatives in the last two years, a poll suggests. Ninety per cent of the executives questioned as part of the latest...

‘Ethics policies must be based on core values’ by Simon Webley - news

From Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply suggested that more than eight out of ten corporate boards...

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...

'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...

Singapore 'should lead way on CSR' - news

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

Study highlights at-risk Hong Kong firms - news

Cheung Kong, the property and telecoms company, and HSBC, the banking group, are among businesses highlighted in a Hong Kong University report as trading in countries guilty of human rights...

forget the CSR theory – just give to charity - news

We should drop the business case for CSR and get back to corporate philanthropy that is based on doing the ‘right thing’, argues Philip Collins Responsible companies will make more...

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...

Smart Alliance: How a global corporation and environmental activists transformed a tarnished brand - news

By J. Gary Taylor and Patricia J. Scharlin Yale University Press. 278 pages $30 hardback There have been some brief accounts of partnerships between companies and...

how the OECD’s fine principles are getting bogged down in detail - news

Procedures in the UK for handling complaints brought against companies for allegedly breaching OECD guidelines on responsible corporate behaviour do not appear to be working to the...

Vodafone sets up new ‘social benefit’ team - news

One of the world’s biggest mobile phone companies has decided to create a dedicated marketing team to focus on developing products and services that deliver social...

Chinese business leaders see merit in CSR - news

Nearly nine in every ten Chinese business leaders value corporate social responsibility, reports The Corporate Reputation Watch (China) survey. The survey, by the...

T-shirt firm put on probation - news

Canadian T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear could be ejected from the US-based Fair Labor Association over allegations that it has infringed workers’ rights in...

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...

time to be transparent with journalists too - news

Companies with the best CSR programmes don’t need to bombard journalists with PR, says Alison Maitland of the Financial Times The media are often...

global flower trade set to adopt social labelling - news

An industry-wide social labelling scheme is to be introduced in Europe by international flower producers and sellers. The organizers of the scheme, called Fair Flowers...

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...

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...

firms offered responsible route to ‘offshoring’ their workload   - news

Companies moving call centre work from developed to developing countries have been offered 12 steps for managing the corporate responsibility implications. A new...

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...

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...

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...

Allen & Overy picks its causes - news

The law firm Allen & Overy Hong Kong is to focus its community work on a tighter range of causes. The firm, which employs 240 people in the Chinese territory,...

short-termism and corporate responsibility - news

Good CSR practice is built on sound corporate governance, says Craig Mackenzie Good corporate governance is a prerequisite for truly effective corporate...

corporate social responsibility needs to begin in the boardroom - news

CSR, we’re often told, is a useful business tool for managing reputational risks. It can encourage stakeholder engagement, allow companies to keep a finger on the...

P Diddy on sweatshop rap - news

Sweatshop allegations are threatening the reputation of the US hip-hop artist P Diddy. The singer, otherwise known as Sean Combs, has promised to investigate claims...

cold shoulder for tobacco client - news

A sustainability consultancy has decided not to advise a tobacco firm on responsible business practices after its other clients said they would not be happy for it to do...

food firms act on obesity - news

Food and drinks companies are likely to face further reputational pressure next month when the World Health Organization announces its plans to tackle the spread of...

P&G takes stand on bribery - news

Procter & Gamble has revealed that it closed a manufacturing plant in the developing world for four months after taking a stand on bribery. The company, known for...

facilities managers get ready for some CSR action - news

Managers of company premises in the UK are being encouraged to take a greater interest in CSR by the body that represents them. The British Institute of Facilities...

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...

business leaders prefer the carrot, not the stick - news

Chief executives and chairpersons cannot be frightened into adopting CSR programmes, according to the organizers of Aspen Institute’s Business Leaders Dialogues,...

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...

how companies can call off the resource curse - news

Oil and mining companies should exercise leadership to ensure host countries benefit from their operations, argues Daniel Litvin One senior manager in a western oil...

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...

BAT says Burma pull-out was ‘not the best way’ - news

British American Tobacco has said it still does not agree that businesses should pull out of Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the country’s human rights record, even...

UN Norms offer firms a template for change - news

Companies now have a powerful international framework that will help them to address their social impacts, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler The recent unanimous adoption...

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...

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...

the legal context of corporate responsibility - news

Social responsibility is often thought of as something companies can choose to practise if they wish. Even voluntary actions, however, have a legal context. In the UK companies can...

UN human rights norms will benefit responsible companies - news

Ask for a lot and hope to end up with a little. That seems to be the negotiating stance taken by the United Nations working group that last month put forward human rights...

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...

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,...

UN proposes human rights 'norms' for firms - news

The United Nations has put forward guidelines on human rights that will apply to companies operating in more than one country. The guidelines for ‘transnational...

investors can help companies to win the licence to operate - news

At first glance, some people might think the silly season has started early. Mainstream investors are lining up to support initiatives to make the world a better place. Ten...

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...

Pfizer given poor rating - news

The world’s largest pharmaceutical group has fared poorly in a rating of how the top 11 drugs companies perform on social issues in developing countries. Pfizer, which...

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...

communicate your achievements but be prepared for some knocks - news

Nothing excites like a new market, or failing that, a new angle on an old market. So it is with corporate social responsibility and public relations, where on both sides of the...

CEOs rate social credibility - news

Chief executives expect a good reputation on social issues to be as important to a company’s overall standing as financial credibility, a global survey suggests. The...

GRI looks for major growth in use of reporting guidelines - news

The Global Reporting Initiative is seeking to triple the number of companies using its sustainability reporting guidelines within two years. The Amsterdam-based...

majority of UK charities have no SRI policy - news

The UK’s biggest charities routinely risk investing in companies whose activities may conflict with the charities’ aims, a survey strongly suggests....

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...

PR officers get in on CSR act - news

Public relations officers in the US are being invited to join a new corporate social responsibility interest group. The Strategic Social Responsibility section of the Public...

the next step in SRI for pension fund trustees - news

Pension funds need to disclose not just their SRI policy, but also how they are putting it into practice, says Emma Howard Boyd Despite miserable stock markets, the...

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

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....

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...

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...

Bhopal still haunts Dow - news

Dow Chemicals has found itself at the centre of a debate on the limits of corporate accountability as non-governmental organizations and social investors increase pressure on...

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...

societies ‘need to do more’ - news

UK building societies need to progress from community giving to addressing the specific problems of financial exclusion, according to the sector’s trade body. A...

inbrief - news

Three former employees of the public relations firm Edelman have set up a UK-based reputation management consultancy called ReputationInc. Nigel Whittaker, Tari Hibbitt and John...

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...

Talisman’s Sudan sale fails to appease its critics - news

Canadian oil company Talisman has responded to persistent criticism of its presence in Sudan by pulling out of the country – but the decision has failed to satisfy all its...

inbrief - news

B&Q’s sustainable development policies have won it a 2002 European Business Award for the Environment. The UK-based DIY chain was among ten companies to win awards...

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...

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...

firms disregard green risks - news

Most large corporations think sustainability is important to their business, but few take account of the issue when making long-term business decisions or assessing risk,...

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...

good reputation leads to rise in profitability - news

Half of senior business managers in Europe and North America believe the most important effect of better corporate reputation is an increase in sales. A study of 850...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

The legal accountability of companies for acts outside their home base is unclear. But cases are being brought against companies for human rights violations abroad...

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...

cause-related marketing ‘can backfire’ - news

Cause-related marketing strategies can actually be damaging to a company’s reputation, a group of corporate social responsibility practitioners has warned....

investors demand better disclosure - news

Thirty institutional investors have significantly stepped up the pressure on companies to improve disclosure on their social and environmental impacts by jointly demanding...

chewing over whether a tobacco firm can be socially responsible - news

The first company in the UK to produce a social report was The Body Shop. The latest is British American Tobacco. What is happening? For some, this will show that values have...

engineers look at sustainability - news

A strategy document aimed at promoting sustainable construction for the UK’s civil engineering sector has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers. The...

Balfour Beatty talks to FoE in wake of Ilisu - news

Balfour Beatty has begun talks with Friends of the Earth on social responsibility issues in the wake of its decision to pull out of the Ilisu dam project in Turkey....

let’s not fool each other with the business case - news

The moral argument for doing good should be reason enough for companies to behave responsibly, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler The ‘business case’ for ethical...

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...

reshaping the political influence of companies - news

The ethics of corporate giving to political causes face a new test as changes in the UK law bring new opportunities for political influence BP’s announcement at the...

global law firm engineers big rise in community work - news

The legal firm Allen & Overy has more than doubled the number of staff hours devoted to its pro bono and community affairs programme over the past year. The...

call for compact violators to face trial - news

The United Nations is facing calls from non-governmental organizations for corporate signatories to its Global Compact to be held accountable for any violations. A...

companies shy of tying ethics codes to contracts - news

Almost half of UK companies with an ethical code of conduct have not tied them to their employees’ contracts of employment, a study has shown. An Institute of...

a solid contribution to the CSR business case - news

When a company spends money on corporate social responsibility measures, does this benefit shareholders? Companies, investors and consultants are working on this intriguing...

Ketchum offers CSR service - news

One of the world’s largest public relations agencies has launched a corporate social responsibility arm. New York-based Ketchum says the unit will act as ‘a global...

BBC aims to be a top CSR performer by 2005 - news

The BBC is to draw up a corporate social responsibility framework as part of a drive to become a leader in the field over the next few years. The corporation has...

inbrief - news

Senior company executives think BP is the world’s best when it comes to managing environmental resources, according to the annual FT survey of the world’s most respected...

challenging the banks on their lending policies - news

Commercial and investment banks need to broaden the range of risks they consider when assessing asset finance deals, says Alan Banks We all know that, despite the...

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...

financial institutions warn against Burma links - news

Eight institutional investors have issued a joint statement expressing their ‘grave concerns’ about foreign companies working in Burma. The statement’s signatories –...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

The downturn poses a challenge to proponents of corporate responsibility, which has prospered in the long boom. How will it fare in recessionary times? The standard...

thirty-somethings emerge as key ethical consumers - news

Two-thirds of UK consumers in their thirties and forties – with a spending power of £4.5billion ($6.3bn) a week – are thought to have boycotted brands because of ‘unethical...

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...

inbrief - news

British American Tobacco’s head of corporate social responsibility, Adrian Marshall is to speak at an Institute of Public Relations event on ‘Winning the battle for...

Phillips reaps rewards from community strategy - news

An oil and gas company facing a vociferous campaign over alleged health hazards at one of its terminals has allayed the fears of the local community with a series of measures...

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....

defining the qualities of the coming ‘citizen CEOs’ - news

Multinational companies are increasingly being forced to respond to challenges to the way they operate around the globe. EP talks to John Elkington about the measures...

inbrief - news

Harish Bhayani , who helped establish Andersen’s ethics, reputation and risk management practice, has left the professional services organization to lead a consultancy...

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...

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...

‘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...

inbrief - news

Corporate environmental reputation will be the subject of a one-day Environment Council conference in London on 13 September. Speakers include Stephen Tindale,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

responding to attacks on corporate reputation - news

Companies should make greater use of their web sites to respond to attacks by campaigners, argue Peter Knight and Simon Propper Should a company respond to the agendas of...

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...

Marsh to give ethics advice - news

One of the world’s biggest risk and reputation management consultancies is to expand its services to advise companies on social and ethical issues. Marsh Risk...

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...

warning: too much jargon can damage the CSR agenda - news

Proponents of corporate social responsibility have been cautioned against using too much jargon when they present their case to work colleagues. The warning has come...

reporters are told: ‘don’t gloss over your failings’ - news

Too many companies are glossing over thorny issues in their social and environmental reports, a social accounting expert has said. Carol Adams, professor at Glasgow...

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....

Canada gets social responsibility qualification - news

A Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being offered to business executives in Canada. The qualification, which is the first of its kind in the country,...

inbrief - news

Business leaders are to discuss ways of measuring a company’s reputational capital at a conference in London. The one-day event, hosted by the Institute of...

keep codes of practice in proper perspective - news

Codes are a useful management tool, but managers should be careful not to rely on them too heavily , says Katherine Howard Codes of practice, both national and international,...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

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...

drug companies extend help on Aids - news

Two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have announced measures to provide cheaper Aids drugs to the developing world, prior to an important court case on drug...

inbrief - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has produced a free brochure on risk management. Risky Business includes articles on corporate reputation, corporate governance and measuring...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

business case for CSR will take years to prove - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility will take many years to prove beyond doubt, a leading consultancy has said. In a new report examining the business case...

GRI takes first step to becoming permanent fixture - news

The Global Reporting Initiative has begun a search for people to serve on a new board of directors that will strive to put its work on a more formal footing. The GRI,...

Monsanto pledges ‘transparency and respect’ - news

The world’s largest biotechnology company has produced its first ethical code of conduct. US-based Monsanto produced the code, which stresses the need for greater...

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....

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....

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...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

mixed signals from poll - news

A MORI poll of European consumers has found that 70 per cent of respondents claimed a company’s commitment to social responsibility was important when buying a product or...

new bid to quantify reputation - news

Business leaders will discuss new ways of measuring a company’s reputational capital at a conference in London this spring. The initiative, which is being led by the...

how a state of readiness can stave off corruption - news

Careful planning can avoid the difficulties that accompany bribery requests – as can an understanding of local cultures, says John Bray Corporate codes forbidding the...

2005 is designated European year of CSR - news

The European Commission has agreed to hold a European year on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The decision was announced last month at the launch of a business-led...

  UK-based food and drug retailer The Boots group has developed a community investment intranet site to encourage staff members to get involved in the company’s...

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...

Labour Party gets message - news

Tesco marketing director Tim Mason and corporate social responsibility minister Kim Howells spoke on cause-related marketing in a fringe meeting of more than 200 delegates at...

Walsh becomes CSR consultant - news

British Telecommunication’s head of reputation and social policy, Jan Walsh, has left the company to set up a consultancy specialising in corporate social responsibility...

'ethical' consumers all talk and little action - news

There is a strong undercurrent of interest in ethical issues among British consumers, according to new research published by The Co-operative Bank. But the latent...

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...

companies sluggish on risks strategy - news

UK listed companies appear to be acting slowly on a new stock exchange requirement to take account of ethical and environmental risks when developing company policy. A stock...

water company to school 'challenging' youngsters - news

North West Water is helping the UK’s Department of Education and Employment with a project to help truant children improve their school attendance record. The company is...

guest column: human rights and the role of companies - news

Companies need to consider the human rights implications of overseas projects at the earliest possible stage, argues Frances House  Many senior executives have argued that it is...

De Beers leads bid to shun ‘conflict diamonds’ - news

The world’s largest diamond supplier will try this month to broker an industry-wide agreement to end the trade in stones from areas of armed conflict in Africa. De Beers, which...

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...

a sensible business response to child labour - news

New guidelines on how to tackle child labour suggest that the debate about the corporate social responsibility of retailers is now becoming more sophisticated The guidelines,...

inbrief - news

Derek Higgs, director of Prudential and chairman of Business in the Environment, has written to all FTSE 350 chairmen with a check list to help them implement the new ethical...

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...

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...

AstraZeneca and Glaxo in social partnerships - news

Two leading companies working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have announced private-public partnerships intended to improve public health in the third world....

inbrief - news

In a move to pre-empt reputational challenges of the type faced by several continental banks, the British Bankers Association (BBA) has published the names of 10,000 dormant...

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)....

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...

businesses 'can help to end conflict' - news

Large companies operating in countries where wars are taking place can – and should – make every effort to foster peace, a forthcoming report will claim....

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....

Bertelsmann joins fund - news

The German media company Bertelsmann has agreed to join a $5billion compensation fund for Nazi-era concentration camp victims and slave labourers. Although 65 German companies,...

large companies heed human rights agenda - news

More than a third of the world’s largest 500 companies have decided not to proceed with a proposed investment project because of human rights concerns – and one in five...

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...

inbrief - news

Reputation management specialist Shandwick International has appointed former Prince's Trust communications director Jo Naughton as a director of the company's corporate...

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

BT aims for global values - news

Multinationals must work sensitively with different cultures around the world or face potentially dire consequences for themselves and society, according to a new analysis of...

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...

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...

foreign liability to be investigated - news

A new research project is to look at the growing number of legal cases taken against multinationals for harm they have allegedly caused to communities outside their home base....

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...

BAT tackles poor image with 2000 social audit - news

One of the world’s leading tobacco manufacturers has committed itself to producing a social report in 2001. British American Tobacco (BAT) will publish the document from a social...

BT examines its global impact - news

BT is to produce a document looking at the potentially negative impact of global communications technology on indigenous cultures. Jan Walsh, BT’s head of corporate reputation and...

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...

third world worker conditions and equal opps need watching - news

So many fronts moved forward in the corporate social responsibility debate during the past month that it is hard to pick out one as of overriding significance. Corporate governance...

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 –...

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...

business told: prepare for new era - news

The London Stock Exchange has told company boards they will have to begin taking social, ethical and environmental matters into account when assessing risks. Paul Geradine, the...

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...

consumers are still the toughest nut to crack - news

Employees are far more appreciative of their company’s community efforts than consumers, according to a new study. Research by corporate reputation specialist Chris Genasi,...

green light from Turnbull - news

The draft report of the Turnbull committee on corporate governance is to be largely unaltered when published in its final form at the end of September. Committee chair Nigel...

sustainable firms are 5% better off - news

UK companies that have sustainability strategies are performing up to five per cent better in financial terms than those that do not, according to new research. A study by Dr...

MORI to gauge public stance on ethics - news

The polling organization MORI is to launch a new study of the UK public’s attitude to corporate social responsibility. MORI will set up a series of all-day sustainability...

inbrief - news

Computer software that claims to quantify the reputational risks to companies of various policies and actions has been developed by the London-based reputation consultancy...

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...

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,...

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....

Abbey returns to first principles - news

Abbey National, the UK’s fifth largest bank, is to send every employee a statement of principles and a guide to whistleblowing. The bank will mail the new documents to staff within...

Turnbull focuses on risk - news

UK companies are likely to have to take social, environmental and ethical matters into account when they assess business risks and report on them more fully in annual...

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...

OECD comes fire over corporate governance guidelines - news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has been attacked for producing new policy guidelines on corporate responsibility that are ‘behind the...

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Scholz & Friends Reputation - directory

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Safestainable Ltd - directory

SAFESTAINABLE is a consultancy specialised in sustainable human rights and security risk management. Our field-experienced consultants create sustainable solutions enabling our clients to manage...

ZOOiD - directory

ZOOiD provides clients with a clear direction of how to effectively report on, evaluate and market and communicate sustainability driven activities within and outside the organisation. ...

Collins McHugh - directory

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Radley Yeldar - directory

We are a creative communications agency that helps organisations tell their story in a compelling way.  RY works with its clients in six key areas: brand, corporate reporting, digital,...

Foley Hoag LLP - directory

Foley Hoag, the first U.S.-based law firm to create a Corporate Social Responsibility Practice, provides clients with the tools they need to turn the challenges of globalization into a...

Oakdene Hollins Limited - directory

Oakdene Hollins is a consultancy and research business that advises on sustainable products and services, resource efficiency and clean technologies. We offer sound and evidenced strategic...

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GoodCorporation Ltd - directory

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BASF, Philips Lighting and Crown Estate on true value impact reporting - reports

With the increased requirement from stakeholders for companies to portray the  value  of their impact and the added scrutiny on sustainability data - accurate sustainability reporting...

Landsec publishes 2017 Sustainability Report - reports

Landsec’s purpose is to provide the right space for its customers and communities – helping businesses to succeed, the economy to grow and people to thrive.

WBCSD, Unilever, eBay, GSK, United Nations Global Compact, European Commission join Responsible Business Summit - reports

We’re excited to announce that Ethical Corporation has now surpassed the largest number of C-Suite speakers and attendees ever in its 16-year history at The Responsible Business Summit...

Calor Publishes 2016 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) has today published its 2016 Sustainability Review.

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Build trust in a digital world - complimentary briefing - reports

With digital and data transforming industries and empowering audiences, companies are battling to find new ways to build trust and reputation, engage and influence stakeholders while protecting...

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

Firm Focuses on Creating Meaningful Stories through Citizenship Edelman launched today its sixth Citizenship Report, “The Stories We Love to Tell.” The report highlights the...

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – has today published its 2015 Sustainability Review.

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

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...

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....

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

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Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2013-14 - reports

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New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

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Friends Life publishes its 2013 CR Report 'Aligning practice and purpose' - reports

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Corporate Bootcamp - calendar

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Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

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Create successful partnerships with key stakeholders - calendar

Timberland to Share Partnership Strategy   Timberland will be joined by Starwood Hotels and Resorts and William Jackson Food Group on 1st December to share their strategy around...

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

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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

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Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

The New Sustainability Math for Business / Developing a world-class reputation risk management approach - calendar

GTQ Presents 2 unique executive training courses for Europe QUANTIFYING SUSTAINABILITY (ESG) PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS The New Sustainability Math for Business London 21 October 2014...

Creating a Value Chain Risk Management System to Safeguard Reputation - calendar

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Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

CSR Asia Summit 2014 - calendar

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Responsible Sourcing: Taking Control of Your Supply Chain - calendar

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Key Issues in Responsible Sourcing - Migrant Labour - calendar

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Webinar - Responsible Sourcing In Higher Risk Countries - calendar

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ESG CONFERENCE EUROPE: ‘INVESTING IN RESPONSIBILITY 2013’ - calendar

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CSR Asia Summit 2013 - calendar

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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.

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...

Your Path to Greener Working - calendar

The course provides clear strategies for financial savings through effective greener working by:   return on investment - generating significant financial savings and income;  ...

Reputation Management Training & Certification program - calendar

Take part in Reputation Institute’s Reputation Management Training & Certification program which will begin on September 15, 2010 and run through December 2, 2010 . Registrants participate in...

Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This programme is meant for companies that are willing to develop, innovate and generate added value in their CSR journey. The programme will lay the foundation to understand the concept,...

6th Annual CR Report and Communications Conference - calendar

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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...

Standard Chartered 2010 Sustainability Review - reports

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How to Embed Sustainability into your Bank- A passport to long-term viability and success - calendar

Attend our practical 2 day conference delivering all the facts, best practice examples, case studies and insights you need to fully embed sustainability into your company. Hear from senior level...

Some interesting reading for a Tuesday - reports

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit - calendar

The Mission Critical Water Virtual Summit will serve as a wake-up call that the era of cheap, easy access to water is ending.  In addition to raising awareness, the Mission Critical Water...

New CR Report Telefónica 09 - Transforming reporting - reports

Telefónica has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides comprehensive information comparable between companies and sectors, runs through relevant issues for the...

CRC Energy Efficiency Summit - calendar

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is the UK’s first mandatory energy savings and carbon trading scheme targeting emissions from public and private sector groups. Organisations with half-hourly...

Dubai Responsible Business Dialogue 2009 - calendar

Join Dubai’s business leaders to galvanize a vision and action plan for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Dubai that is developed and led by the Business Community.   As Dubai...

The Anti-corruption Summit USA - calendar

How to effectively manage compliance and ethics, globally At this conference you will gain cutting edge knowledge and information on: How to manage risk: find out about new emerging risks...

3rd Annual Best Practice Sustainability Reporting - calendar

Among the Global Fortune Top 250 companies, 52 per cent of them publish sustainability reports, and 64 per cent include sustainability information in their financial reports. The number of...

Sustainability, The Communications Challenge - calendar

A morning event at which leading experts from a range of sectors provide their insights into how they have placed sustainability at the centre of their communications and messaging. Ipsos MORI ,...

Green Business - calendar

The London Business Forum, presents Green Business: How companies can profit from customer demands for greener products. A morning with Karen Fraser, founder of the Ethical Reputation Index on...

2nd Sustainability Summit: Asia 2007 - calendar

Focus 2007 The Primary goal of the 2nd Sustainability Summit: Asia 2007 is to foster Partnerships for Action. Partnerships forged among business, civil society and governments during and after...

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

Anti-corruption Summit - calendar

Announcing Ethical Corporation’s 2007 Anti-corruption Summit, the most detailed, comprehensive event of its kind. Many recent corruption scandals involving the likes of Siemens, Faurecia...

ICMM releases its latest newsletter, Good Practice - reports

The International Council on Mining & Metals has released the latest issue of its newsletter, Good Practice, in which it examines progress since ICMM came into being in 2001 and attempts to...

Third Corporate Responsibility Report for RBS - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its third Corporate Responsibility Report

Motivate Internal And External Audiences With Engaging Environmental Messages - calendar

A one-day conference by The ENDS Report More companies then ever are realising the benefits of going ‘green’; not only as a social responsibility target but as a real way to engage their...

Building and branding a breakthrough signature program - calendar

A corporate community involvement signature program is one of the most powerful articulations of your corporate brand. Done well, it can genuinely express your company’s culture and values,...

ETI Training Course – Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders - calendar

Want to engage more effectively with external stakeholders, but not sure how? Frustrated by lack of buy-in to ethical trade within your organisation? This year's final training course...

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2004 focuses on how the bank manages social, environmental and reputational issues through its core business of providing financial services.

Building and branding a breakthrough signature program - calendar

A corporate community involvement signature program is one of the most powerful articulations of your corporate brand. Done well, it can genuinely express your company’s culture and values,...

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

The Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) cuts carbon emissions by recycle CO2. Miranda Ingram reports…    Global petrochemical giant SABIC is celebrating...

Acquiring a taste for the circular economy - bestpractice

Food waste is a growing scandal which now has the public’s full attention. In the United States and much of Western Europe, food scraps constitute around 19% of the waste dumped in...

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, the leading financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate, operates in 80 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East , Africa...

Upgrading citizenship to a whole new level - bestpractice

In order to build a truly sustainable organisation, global companies these days acknowledge that the umbrella of their stakeholders extends further than ever before. Chris Librie, senior...

BBVA's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spain's second-largest bank, BBVA, has just published its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

The financial crisis of 2008 was quickly followed by a crisis in finance, with some serious incidents of misconduct within the sector coming to light. RBS has featured heavily in the reporting...

Building up a greener real estate industry - bestpractice

The Republic of Singapore is a highly urbanised state and much of its original vegetation has disappeared, though it still harbours a wide range of biodiversity. So, to preserve and improve its...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

Ensuring business measures up responsibly - bestpractice

Lloyds Banking Group has recently unveiled its Helping Britain Prosper Plan which represents several firsts. As part of the British banking institution’s 2013 Responsible Business report,...

OpenSRI to launch collaborative web platform - reports

OpenSRI has announced the launch of the first collaborative web platform on SRI and CSR.

Fair play ensures Lottery maintains nation’s trust - bestpractice

Brits might be being bombarded with enticements to gamble as never before, but Julian Price, Camelot’s head of CR, says: “Our business is about raising money for good causes in a...

accessing all areas - bestpractice

GSK is recognised for its efforts in the access to medicine (ATM) field. It came out comfortably on top of the global ATM index in 2008 and again in 2010 - and has won numerous other awards for its...

business ethics in paradise - bestpractice

In a comfortable, well-ventilated room in England’s east Midlands, two groups of students sit opposite each other. ‘I’m not having the media saying this bank invests in exploitation and drug use,’...

gaining a global perspective - bestpractice

Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. In the global field of corporate responsibility there is still plenty of axe...

raising the bar - bestpractice

If asked to name one of the world’s leading dairy farming nations, few westerners would think of Pakistan. Yet dairy farming in this huge country accounts for almost ten per cent of gross...

stamping out disease - bestpractice

When Mimoungou Haruna’s leg first started swelling, he was concerned. By the time it had swollen to well over twice its normal size, he was justifiably horrified. No longer able to work, he now...

framing the future - bestpractice

At the most extreme, critics of national lotteries see them as just another form of gambling that erodes ethical values and encourages irresponsible behaviour. Perhaps as a consequence, lottery...

building a better future - bestpractice

Ciudad Bolivar is a socially deprived area of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and one of the most densely populated places in the world. Most of the 160,000 houses there have been poorly built by the...

making science sexier - bestpractice

Rolls-Royce has put large amounts of time and money into helping schools, colleges and universities bring science education to life for students. It hopes the effort will also benefit...

getting online - bestpractice

BT is working with a variety of charitable organizations in the UK to increase access to, and knowledge of, online services. The telecoms provider is focusing its efforts to narrow the digital...

tackling gambling risks - bestpractice

Camelot has taken steps to reduce the likelihood of its products leading to problem gambling among vulnerable customers. In partnership with others, the company...

Corporate social responsibility and the media - calendar

Why? The media suffers from a poor reputation for social responsibility both inside their establishments and in what they portray. Does what the media says reflect the key issues of the...

A Short Guide to Reputation Risk - books

Does your organisation have a good or bad reputation, and who takes responsibility for it? Whether viewed as an intangible asset or potential liability, damage to reputation can be costly. In...

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS - bestpractice

When a democratically-elected Venezuelan government began to encourage the country’s judges to take more account of human rights issues, Statoil supported...

MAKING THE WEB SAFER - bestpractice

Cable & Wireless has worked with a non-governmental organization to improve internet safety for the last six years. The partnership has provided a way for the...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

DOING THE RIGHT THING - bestpractice

RMC Group is giving a large area of quarry land near the Florida Everglades to a university with an international reputation for wetlands research. The site will become...

WORKING WITH SUPPLIERS - bestpractice

Marks & Spencer is helping to spread best practice in factories run by its suppliers in Morocco by supporting an educational programme for garment...

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY - bestpractice

LE Group has set up an employee community involvement programme known as Helping Hands. This is benefiting the communities within which the company...

EMPOWERING STAFF - bestpractice

A medical insurance company based in central England has helped its business by paying close attention to the needs, welfare and development of its employees. This has...

RAISING HEALTH AWARENESS - bestpractice

The food company Nestle’s work in Russian schools to make children more aware of the links between diet and health is a rare example of the use of western...

COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY - bestpractice

The UK telecoms company BT has reinforced its position as one of the leading proponents of corporate social responsibility by committing at least...

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Whitbread is reinvigorating its community investment programme to achieve more impact for its partners and greater business benefit. The Whitbread Care programme...

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

Chiquita, which produces a quarter of Latin American bananas, has spent eight years working to ensure all its banana farms in Latin America meet labour and...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Transco has applied fresh thinking to long-standing concerns for health and safety with an initiative that has dramatically reduced accidents in the workplace, saved...

FINANCIAL EXCLUSION - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is supporting the creation of a microcredit scheme accessed through a bank account for people on low incomes in northern England. Salford Money Line...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Diageo's work with the Tomorrow’s People charity to help unemployed people find jobs – and to support them once they have found one – is a...

Stakeholder Communications & Announcements - pages

About this Service   Announce your report to key stakeholders and CR opinion formers with ReportAlert Stakeholder Communications service. Enhance your visibility...

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