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EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify critical...

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

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

Women-owned businesses supported by UN Women - news

By Brian Collett — Companies are being encouraged by the UN to trade with women-owned businesses and integrate them into their supply networks.           The...

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Europe conference Europe highlights partnerships - news

By Brian Collett — The importance of strength in numbers in encouraging responsible practice was emphasised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil at its Europe conference.  ...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights has been given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited corporate...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

The National CSR Awards 2017, sponsored by Revive and now in their third year, were held at the impressive Lord’s Cricket Ground last night (18 May) and saw businesses of all sizes...

  Innovations to make fuel, packaging, and products from waste - news

By Brian Collett — A sustainable fuel from wastewater is being developed by the SEAT S.A. car maker and the Spanish water management company Aqualia.        ...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

Premier Inn and Lidl support sustainable seafood - news

By Brian Collett — Premier Inn has become the world’s largest national hotel chain to gain the certification of the Marine Stewardship Council, the NGO better known as the MSC, that...

Mars and Nestlé take steps to clean up their seafood supply - news

By Gina-Marie Cheeseman — Mars and Nestlé recently announced that they will take steps to ensure their pet food supply chains are free of illegally caught seafood and human rights...

Fashion For Good program starts up with grant from the C&A Foundation - news

By Brian Collett — Brands, retailers, and manufacturers have been invited to join a programme encouraging good practice by the C&A Foundation.   The Foundation,...

A nuclear reactor above our heads: embracing solar energy is key to working sustainably - news

By Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World — The sun produces enough light every hour to match worldwide energy needs for a year. Our bodies are solar factories...

Responsible Business Week: showcasing companies that make a positive impact - news

By Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community — Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a...

Tech innovation tracks cotton sourcing through supply chain - news

By Brian Collett — Pinpointing the source of cotton goods in today’s complex market has been made possible through technology devised by growers and scientists working in...

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

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

Hellmann’s hits egg-free target three years early - news

By Brian Collett — The Hellmann’s food company has hit its target of using only eggs from cage-free hens in all its mayonnaise and other dressings sold in the US – three years...

Olam International and NGO Mighty agree to “re-set terms for responsible development - news

By Brian Collett — A project to create the world’s largest palm oil plantation that could involve heavy deforestation in the West African country of Gabon has been set on...

Call to companies to eliminate forced labour in textile industry - news

By Brian Collett — An appeal for close collaboration between businesses in the textile industry to eliminate forced labour has been made by a group led by Humanity United , an NGO that...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

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

Top 10 business and human rights issues for 2017 - news

By Brian Collett — A priority for employers must be to rectify social inequality, now clearly highlighted by the wealth gap, reports the London-based Institute for Human Rights and...

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...

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

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

Stop Slavery Network formed by hotel industry - news

By Brian Collett — Hoteliers in the UK have combined to stamp out modern slavery throughout their industry. The Stop Slavery Hotel Industry Network has been formed to tackle the risks...

National CSR Awards now accepting entries - news

  The National CSR Awards are open for entries for the third annual edition.   The Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from small independents to large plcs, with...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

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

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

By Adam Woodhall — Business accepts that slavery is unacceptable, so how is the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA) raising the bar in holding companies to account?  Following in the...

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

By Michael Grosse—Each year an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted globally. This mountain of food would be over eight Eiffel Towers tall and includes about 45% of fruit...

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

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

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

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

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

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

Taking the lead in stormy times - news

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

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

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

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

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

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

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

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...

New ideas for a new economy - news

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

250 core business changes, 2.5 million workers treated better— Ethical Trading Initiative - news

by Brian Collett — Credit for pay increases to 353,000 garment workers in Cambodia and Myanmar during the past five years is claimed by the London-based Ethical Trading Initiative...

Slavery is still with us - news

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

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...

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

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

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...

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

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

A sustainable supply chain offers many benefits - news

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

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

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

Food labelling transparency links supply chain and consumer - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — A social media campaign swept across the planet in 2010, clamouring for a halt to the use of palm oil in Kit Kats. Six years on, manufacturer Nestlé now...

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

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

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

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

Tech can have a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions: BT report - news

by RP Siegel — We hear a lot about smart technology these days: smart cars, smart cities, smart grid, etc., with an implied promise that these smart things will be far more efficient than...

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...

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

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

Helping companies understand their value chain - news

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

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

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

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...

A force for good - news

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

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

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

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

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

Business in the Community Ireland offers Business Working Responsibly Mark - news

BITC Ireland has launched the Business Working Responsibly Mark, a standard that certifies responsible and sustainable business practices. The Mark is the only CSR standard in Ireland that...

Chelsea Reinhardt joins Standards Division at GRI - news

As GRI begins its transition from sustainability reporting guidelines to Sustainability Reporting Standards, the Standards Division at GRI is expanding with the appointment of Chelsea Reinhardt...

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,...

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

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

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

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

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

Future Perfect? - news

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

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

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

Supplier non disclosure hindering climate risk management - news

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

Animal welfare grows in importance to food companies worldwide - news

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

BLOG: Businesses must unite to protect wildlife - news

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

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...

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

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

Primark commits to improve working conditions for garment workers - news

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

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

Fairtrade gold activist awarded MBE in Queen's New Year Honours - news

Greg Valerio, jeweller, activist and Fairtrade campaigner has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Years’ Honour list 2016 for his work in Fairtrade...

Electronics firms urged to address child labour in supply chains - news

Globally, more than one million children are working in the gold mining industry, according to new estimates. The gold mined is used by electronics manufacturers who use it to make mobile...

Turn deforestation pledges into action, urges CDP - news

Corporate momentum on tackling deforestation is at risk of stalling warns new analysis from CDP, the global non-profit which collates environmental data on behalf of investors. While seven...

Young designers get Kering recognition for ‘positive fashion’ - news

Luxury fashion house Kering and the Centre For Sustainable Fashion have awarded the very first Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion to Neliana Fuenmayor (pictured far right) and Ingrid...

Shine like a diamond - news

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

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

Around the globe, desperate and poor people are still being sold or forced into slavery. Whether in fishing, agriculture, construction or other work, these men, women and children are ending up...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

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

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

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

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

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

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

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

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

As part of its ongoing Journey to Sustainable Luxury project, Chopard, the Swiss luxury watch, jewellery and accessories company, recently teamed up with Eco Age, a brand consultancy that helps...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

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

McDonald's makes sustainable packaging breakthrough - news

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

Forum calls for greater leadership for sustainable beauty industry - news

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

Unilever becomes zero landfill company in Europe - news

Nine months after achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill across its global network of 242 factories – believed to be a world first - Unilever has now become a zero landfill company...

Food giants unite to tackle European food waste - news

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

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...

WWF calls for business to work towards sustainable food security - news

A new report from WWF-UK finds that businesses want to see government taking bold actions to create a food system that serves citizens, the economy and planet alike. Businesses must also...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

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

Mars UK joins Fairtrade's Cocoa Sourcing Program - news

It may help consumers work, rest and play but the iconic Mars bar is also now helping to improve the lives of West African cocoa farmers. From today, the first bars featuring...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

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

Amnesty warns over abuses in diamond supply chain - news

The Central African Republic’s (CAR) biggest traders have purchased diamonds worth several million dollars without properly investigating whether they financed armed groups, Amnesty...

BAT, AB InBev and Schneider Electric join latest supply chain top table - news

Schneider Electric, British American Tobacco and AB InBev have joined the top 15 European supply chains in Gartner Inc's annual ranking. Gartner identified the top 15 performers, based...

Fashion giant H&M addresses animal welfare in supply chain - news

Swedish fashion retailer H&M is partnering with Humane Society International (HSI) in a bid to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain. HSI is one of the largest global...

China launches first carbon efficient financial index - news

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

Ensuring a new crop of farmers - news

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

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

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

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

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

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

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

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

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

Tales of the riverbank: WWF-UK, Coke and CCE in eco-partnership - news

WWF-UK, Coca-Coca Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) are partnering to help ensure a thriving future for England’s rivers. The partnership will see the three...

Aldi challenged over supply chain treatment of Bangladeshi workers - news

The Bangladesh government and the German low-cost retailer, Aldi, are being urged to take action to ensure over 1000 workers employed at the Swan Garment and Swan Jeans factories are provided...

Chemical reactions - news

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

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

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

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

Global consumer goods giant Unilever is leading the reporting way yet again with the publication of a first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report. The report outlines Unilever’s goal not...

Darrell Doren made md of BSCI - news

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA), the leading business association of European and international commerce promoting free trade and sustainable supply chains, has appointed Darrell Doren as...

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

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

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...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

Amazon takes top spot in Gartner supply chain ranking - news

Information technology research and advisory company, Gartner has issued its annual Supply Chain Top 25. The top five include three from last year — Amazon, McDonald’s and...

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

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

CEOs share positive climate change actions to inspire others - news

Chief executives of some of the world's largest companies have shared how they are successfully tackling climate change in a new booklet from the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF). The booklet...

Unilever hits new carbon saving milestone - news

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

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

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

Human rights now on menu for institutional investors - news

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

Just how transparent is your data? - news

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

Construction firms failing to address carbon footprint - news

Many British construction firms are failing to take basic steps to decrease their carbon emissions and energy use, new research has found. In a market survey by Achilles the supply chain...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

Fair and respectful treatment of employees is the most important sign of a responsible business in the eyes of the public, reports a Business in the Community (BITC) survey. Altogether 92%...

McDonald's makes global commitment on deforestation - news

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

Mars to drive food safety in Africa with WFP - news

Mars, Incorporated and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to partner in a move which will improve the provision of safe, locally-sourced food to those in need in Africa. The...

Unilever accelerates sustainable packaging target for 2015 - news

Magnum and Walls ice cream maker Unilever has brought its sustainable paper and board packaging use target forward. The multinational FMCG giant will now source all of its paper and board...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

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

Supply chain transparency urged on anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster - news

Later this month, on 24 April 2015, people in 66 countries around the world will challenge global fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain....

Tronie Foundation sets up new anti-slavery seal - news

A Washington-based non-profit organisation dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery has devised 'The Freedom Seal', a new visual marker of...

Zara, Puma and Valentino join Benetton in leading 'detox' efforts - news

Greenpeace East Asia has published an update of its Detox Catwalk, the online platform which assesses how effectively major fashion brands are removing toxic chemicals from their supply chains...

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

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

Making a stand for menswear - news

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

Apple bans bonded labour practices - news

Apple, the US technology multinational regarded as the world’s biggest company, has banned bonded labour and servitude, under which new employees are charged fees on recruitment. The...

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....

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

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

Adidas races ahead on sustainable cotton target - news

German sportswear giant  Adidas has sourced more than 30% of all its cotton sustainably, exceeding the originally planned 25% target. This marks the highest volume in sustainable cotton...

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

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

‘Forest 500’ rates top players in race against deforestation - news

FMCG giants Danone, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benkiser, Kao and Unilever are among the top players tackling the problem of deforestation, according to a new ranking from charity...

British public want government action over business ethics, survey says - news

The majority of the British public believes that policy to promote ethical practices among big businesses should be prioritised by the next government, a new poll shows. The ComRes poll,...

Chamberlain joins ETI as new chair - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has welcomed Philip Chamberlain as its new chair. Chamberlain brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with prominent European...

RepRisk releases latest Most Controversial Companies report - news

RepRisk, the provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released the fifth edition of its Most Controversial Companies (MCC) Report. The data...

Going round in circles? - news

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

Brewing up a ground-breaking partnership - news

UNICEF and The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) has launched a landmark new partnership that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in the tea communities of...

Volunteering can boost business as well as community links - news

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

Fairtrade in new push for ‘clean gold’ - news

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

Unregulated fishing jeopardising food security in US - news

Importers and the US government are being urged to halt the trade in which more than a billion dollars’ worth of illegally caught fish and seafood are shipped into the country every year....

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,...

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

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

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

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

IBM and Mars partner to drive advances in global food safety - news

Scientists from IBM Research and Mars are to work together to establish a food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further understanding of what makes food safe. In...

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

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

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

Government and retailers must do more to help consumers choose healthy food from sustainable sources, and waste less say MPs. In a new report,   Food security: demand, consumption and...

Davos 2015: World needs new business model - news

The global economic system isn't working for six billion people, labour leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, have warned. Mass unemployment, mistrust in institutions,...

Expelliarmus! Harry Potter chocolate goes Fair Trade - news

Warner Bros, the studio behind the “Harry Potter” movies, is moving forward with plans to make all Harry Potter chocolate sold at Warner Bros outlets and through their licensed...

Electronics industry reinforces commitment to tackling forced labour - news

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) is to conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat the issue of forced labour....

Ensuring sustainability delivers - news

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

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

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

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

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

UPS and DHL awarded European label for sustainable transport - news

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

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

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

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

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

Imports of illegal timber fall in five key countries - news

Estimated imports of illegal wood-based products into France, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US have declined since 2010, research by Chatham House has found. The downward trend has...

Unilever food hits certified palm oil target in Europe - news

Unilever has reached its certified palm oil target for its European food business. A new report published by the Anglo Dutch conglomerate/food brand maker shows that all palm oil directly...

Sustainability leaders growing in executive influence, says Verdantix - news

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

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

Having been inspired by a former KPMG partner who lectured on corporate responsibility while doing his MBA, Mark Parker, CSR Programme Manager at Whitbread, tells Ethical Performance how he...

Building a sustainable future - news

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

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

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

McDonald’s Japan sales drop after problems with Chinese supplier - news

McDonald’s Japan expects a 2014 loss of US$157m owing to a scandal at a Chinese chicken supplier. The company says that, this year, it will lose money for the first time in 11 years due to...

M&S boosts supply chain monitoring through Labor Link - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has scaled up its use of mobile technology in the supply chain to poll 64,230 workers across 46 manufacturing locations in 5 countries...

Kering snaps into action with ITC crocodile collaboration - news

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

Winner of 2014 Nestlé CSV Prize announced - news

Today, Honey Care Africa (HCA) was announced as the overall winner of the 2014 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize during the global Creating Shared Value Forum, co-organised by...

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  ...

US govt turning blind eye to supply chain human rights - news

The US government – the largest single purchaser in the global economy – is turning a blind eye to harms caused by its procurement laws and practices, including human rights...

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  ...

Partnership aims to tackle abuse in Indian tea communities - news

A ground-breaking new partnership between Unicef and the Ethical Tea Partnership aims to improve opportunities for tens of thousands of children in communities growing some of the world’s...

Unilever and DFID join forces to help world’s poor - news

Unilever and the Department for International Development (DFID) have formed a new partnership to create jobs, improve water and sanitation and develop sustainable supply chains in developing...

No change at the top as Unilever leads supply chain league - news

The top three companies in this year’s Gartner European supply chain ranking are unchanged from 2013. PG Tips maker Unilever comes in at no1, followed by Inditex (the Spanish fashion...

Tech giants still failing on environment, says Greenpeace - news

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

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

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

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...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

West Side Story - news

Why are so many human beings still being bought and sold? And why is ‘the land of opportunity’ not immune? Indeed, the problem is rife in the sunshine state of California. Andrew...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

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

P&G steps up palm oil pledge - news

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

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

Last week, I went surfing for the first time with my 10-year-old son Evan. Not wanting to be outshined or embarrassed, I spent more time then I care to admit reading up on websites proclaiming...

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

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

Demand for CSPO grows faster than supply for first time - news

For the first time demand for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) has grown faster than supply, driven by a 64.7% leap in the sales of physical CSPO, according to new figures from the...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

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

Tobacco plant biofuel takes off with Boeing and SAA - news

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. SkyNRG is expanding production of the hybrid plant...

2degrees recognises innovation - news

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

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

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

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...

Supply chain tops global business challenge list - news

The supply chain was rated by consumer goods and retail executives as the number one challenge for their companies in the latest Global Top of Mind Survey by the Consumer Goods Forum and KPMG...

Innovation and collaboration celebrated at Champions Awards - news

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

Anthesis expands sustainability team - news

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

Taking steps to curb the fossil fuel habit - news

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

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

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

Guardian exposes Thai slave trade - news

Slaves are being forced to work on ships off the Thai coast to produce seafood for US and European supermarket companies. Men bought and sold like animals work unpaid on the ships to catch...

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...

Coca-Cola and partners to expand Project Last Mile in Africa - news

The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates...

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

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

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

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

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...

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

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

Carbon spotlight falls on food giants - news

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

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...

IBM develops supply chain pilot in Zambia - news

Technology and consultancy giant IBM is working in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 lifesaving drugs. Supported by the World...

Dell takes up closed-loop plastics supply chain - news

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

Carbon spotlight falls on Kellogg and General Mills - news

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

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

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

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

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

New co-chair of OWIC takes seat - news

DONG Energy Wind Power’s country manager, Benj Sykes, is the new co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) by Business and Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon Michael Fallon MP, who...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

Mary Rose Burke, director of business representation with Ibec and James Winters, plant manager for the DePuy Synthes Ireland Manufacturing Operation have been appointed board members of BITC...

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

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

Time to take a look at your data supply chain footprint - news

There’s a large elephant in your server room (data centre), writes Eiríkur Hrafnsson, co-founder and coo of GreenQloud. It’s something you’re not thinking about as...

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

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

Bonded labour afflicts many in Tamil Nadu garment district - news

Most companies importing garments from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to disclose whether or how they tackle bonded labour abuses at their supplying factories. Many of the...

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

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

Sedex and Verité tackle supply chain slavery risk - news

Sedex Global has partnered with the training, consulting and research NGO, Verité, to publish a new briefing tackling modern day slavery risks in global supply chains. The Modern Day...

Unilever makes major strides on zero waste - news

Unilever’s factories across Europe have joined those in North America in achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill. With similar achievements in countries from Argentina to...

Procter & Gamble commits to no deforestation policy - news

American FMCG giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has committed to a new no deforestation policy that will provide full traceability for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses. The...

Air leak detection helps Nissan win environmental award - news

Combing through miles of tubing in the compressed air system in Nissan’s manufacturing facilities and repairing enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year, has helped...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of social responsibility at Ann Inc., gives Ethical Performance a glimpse into some of the fashion house’s latest sustainability program...

Investment in soft commodity trading ‘problematic’ says report - news

The most recent quarterly ‘Amity Insight’ report from Ecclesiastical Investment Management, which has been at the forefront of socially responsible ethical investments since 1988,...

Food glorious food? - news

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

Responsible sourcing unearths unseen benefits - news

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

Facebook rules on illegal gun sales ‘not enough’ - news

Two influential gun control groups in the US are negotiating for a ban on firearms sales via the Facebook and Instagram social network sites. Facebook’s lawyers are in talks with Moms...

H&M signs up to BCtA as unions push for Rana Plaza fund donations - news

The Swedish multinational clothes retailer H&M has reinforced its campaign for improvements in Bangladesh’s garment industry by joining the UN-based Business Call to Action (BCtA)....

Luxury leather brands investigate viability of farmed snake skin - news

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

RPC packs some punch for Save Food campaign - news

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

Balfour Beatty signs up to Disability Confident campaign - news

Balfour Beatty's UK and Ireland construction business has become the first in its sector to sign up to the Disability Confident campaign. The Department for Work and Pensions'...

Vote for your sustainability champions! - news

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

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...

Jaguar Land Rover extends collaboration with ClimateCare - news

Jaguar Land Rover aims to create a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives as part of its new Environmental Innovation Strategy. In collaboration with...

A case of rum and reason - news

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

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

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

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

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

Primark pledges to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

British retail giant Primark is the latest global clothing company to commit to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its clothing supply chain. In a statement on its website it says: "We...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

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

Sea freight supply chain partnership - news

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

Confectionery giants make significant palm oil progress - news

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

Burberry to remove hazardous chemicals from supply chain - news

British luxury brand Burberry has made a commitment to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals from its supply chain by 2020. Burberry’s move comes after two weeks of people-powered...

Unilever, Symrise and GIZ partner to support vanilla farmers - news

Unilever, its ingredient supplier Symrise and GIZ, a German federal enterprise in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development have partnered to improve the...

Mondelez hits sustainable palm oil target two years early - news

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

Intel takes affirmative acton on conflict minerals - news

Intel, the world’s largest electronic chip maker, is now excluding all minerals mined in conflict zones from its products. Much of the gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum used in...

Cambodia in fashion supply chain spotlight after violent protests - news

Lawsuits are piling up against the Cambodian trade unions that called garment workers out on strike over low wages. Tens of thousands of union members had downed tools on 24 December 2013....

Slàinte! New verification scheme protects Scotch Whisky supply chain - news

Consumers of Scotch Whisky are being given even greater reassurance that what they buy is the genuine article, thanks to a new verification regime. The Spirit Drinks Verification Scheme...

Barra to lead General Motors - news

Mary Barra, executive vice president for global product development and purchasing and supply chain, has been named new ceo of US car manufacturer General Motors from 15 January. Barra...

RSPO strengthens international team - news

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

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

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

Responsible cotton supply chain boosted by Cotton Leads - news

Cotton Leads is a new joint programme initiated by the Australian and American cotton industries to promote awareness among retailers, brands and manufacturers of responsible cotton production...

Taking a systems-based approach to sustainability - news

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

Corruption fears grow in wake of Typhoon Haiyan emergency - news

Rights workers fear that irresponsible businesses will be drawn into the corruption that is already weakening typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. There were reports after typhoon...

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

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

The importance of learning from each other - news

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

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

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

International shoe brands come under child labour spotlight - news

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

Low carbon technology not understood by consumers - news

Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low and zero carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, new research by the NHBC Foundation has shown. All...

DHL shifts up a gear - news

Deutsche Post DHL has expanded its fleet of about 8,500 vehicles with alternative drive systems and aerodynamic modifications. In the UK, DHL introduced 63 new dual-fuel trucks that run on...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

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

Wages come to fore in Bangaldesh supply chain - news

A 77% increase in minimum salary for Bangladeshi garment workers has been proposed by the national wages board. This would fix the monthly minimum at 5,300 takas ($68, £42, €51)....

Levi Strauss makes strides in sustainable fashion - news

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

Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers - news

Supermarket titan Tesco has launched the Future Farm Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers. Tesco says the rationale behind the move is to help bright, talented,...

Sainsbury's opens first 'Triple Zero' supermarkets - news

Sainsbury's new supermarket in Leicester is one of two 'Triple Zero' stores the retailer has just opened. It is the high street chain's most environmentally friendly store to...

Unilever to transform market for sustainable palm oil - news

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

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC achieves Chain of Custody Certification - news

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC, a subsidiary of RJC Member Rio Tinto, has achieved Chain of Custody Certification meeting the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards as established...

IATA and GFE to collaborate on carbon footprint programme - news

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Green Freight Europe (GFE) are to collaborate on a carbon footprint programme. IATA, as the trade association for some 240 airlines, is in...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

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

Watkins takes up BRE role - news

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

Two new directors for Two Tomorrows - news

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

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

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

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon - news

The supermarket chain Tesco has also introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting. The Buying Club, which has been developed in...

Tesco takes on waste revealing 68% of bagged salad gets binned - news

British supermarket giant Tesco has become the first major UK retailer to publish its own food waste figures. Its figures show that 68% of bagged salad is wasted as is 40% of apples. Just...

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

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

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

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

Boeing & South African Airways collaborate for sustainable biofuel - news

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

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon and energy use - news

British supermarket chain Tesco has introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations by offering substantial...

Jonathan Dutton joins ACCSR - news

Corporate social responsibility advisory and training firm, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He...

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

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

inbrief - news

Top ranking... Gartner Inc has published its annual ranking of the top performing supply chain organizations headquartered in Asia Pacific. The goal of Gartner’s annual Supply Chain Top...

inbrief - news

Jewel in the crown.. . CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will work to further...

General Mills makes strides in sustainable sourcing - news

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

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...

inbrief - news

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

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Pig in a poke… Supermarket giant Tesco has recently expressed its disappointment that one of its ‘British’ pork chop proved to be sourced from Holland. Dr Mark Johnson,...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

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

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Good old M&S… Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a one year deal to work with social enterprise technology provider Good World Solutions to facilitate direct communications...

Putting materiality to the test - news

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

Big companies making little headway on climate change - news

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

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

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

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

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

MillerCoors raises glass to decreased water usage - news

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

Big 5 mobile companies to review Indonesian mining - news

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

Unilever scoops first LEED certified ice cream factory - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever has opened its first LEED certified ice cream factory. The site in Konya, Turkey reuses rain and surface water, recovers heat, and is...

Samsung under fire for alleged labour law violations in Brazil - news

Public prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against the South Korean electronics giant Samsung, alleging that it has been infringing labour laws at one of its factories. According...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

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

Heat and coal… - news

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

Fashion retailers disunited over approach to Bangladesh - news

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

ETI launches guide to supply chains & trade unions - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has launched a guide to support companies uphold the right to freedom of association within their supply chains. Freedom of association is the right for...

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

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

Getting the green light to tell your ethical story - news

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

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...

Banking on a powerful phase of CSR - news

Nick Wright, managing director of CR and Community Affairs, EMEA at UBS, talks about the changes he’s seen during his 10-year tenure at the Swiss bank Q CSR impacts broadly on a...

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

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

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

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

Toyota drives eco agenda - news

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

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...

Puma signs Bangladesh safety agreement - news

German sport & lifestyle brand Puma has signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement set up by global trade union IndustryAll to ensure that the company’s six supplier factories in...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

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

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

Anglo Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020. With...

McDonald’s opens up supply chain - news

In the wake of recent horse meat scares and supply chain scandals in Europe, McDonald’s is opening up its supply chain to public scrutiny in the UK. The US burger chain giant has...

Humane kindness... - news

?Sodexo, Inc., the quality of life service company, has been awarded the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for its work to end the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates...

Waitrose wades into CSR - news

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

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

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

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

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

Financial services grow in developing nations - news

Financial services will be available to hundreds of thousands more low-income people under new commitments to Business Call to Action (BCtA), the UN anti-poverty programme. The projects will...

Whole Foods Market to develop first rooftop farm - news

It sounded like an April Fool (and the news release was issued on 1 April) but Whole Foods Market and Gotham Greens is to build America’s first commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse above a...

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

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

Social impact portal… - news

Social impact portal… The Social Hotspots Database is a new web portal for use by corporate directors, investors, product designers, supply chain managers and policymakers to help...

Sedex issues supply chain workbook - news

Sedex has issued a new supply chain workbook offering tools for building controls into business processes including helping companies meet their social and environmental responsibility...

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

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

The challenge of big business in the social enterprise sector - news

In 2013, social enterprises are facing numerous challenges. For those working in public sector markets, there is a growing fear that the services they deliver across the UK will shrink, and many...

CIEH welcomes Edwards - news

David Edwards, executive director at global public health and safety organisation NSF International and consumer safety specialist, has been appointed to the board of the trading arm of the...

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

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

Indian textiles industry comes under human rights spotlight - news

Garment and textile companies in India have been asked to provide details of their activities by campaigners intent on stamping out labour rights abuses. The demands for greater openness...

Nike races ahead in sustainable materials & chemistries - news

Global sports brand Nike is accelerating the supply of more sustainable materials and chemistries through a new partnership with Switzerland’s Bluesign Technologies. Bluesign will...

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

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

New UK nuclear power station gets green light - news

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EU ban on illegal wood products - news

An EU ban on illegal wood and wood products from entering the market comes into force this month as part of moves to tackle illegal deforestation. The ban brings EU policy into line with that of...

Sustainable coconut oil certification launched - news

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

Good companies keep good company - news

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

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

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

NGOs hail Asia Pulp & Paper volte-face - news

One of the world’s largest paper and packaging producers has pledged to end its role in the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforest. Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has published a...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

The controversy over horsemeat in Europe has brought a key corporate responsibility principle to the fore – supply chain management. The horsemeat found in some processed beef...

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

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

Electronic brand benchmark study: results - news

Apple, Dell and HP perform well on disclosing environmental and social supply chain issues compared with some of their Asia-headquartered competitors, according to Sustainable Supply Chain...

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...

Levi Strauss pledges to cut all use of toxic chemicals - news

Jeans maker Levi Strauss has committed itself to removing all hazardous chemicals from its entire clothing manufacturing processes by 2020, in a growing list of successes for environment...

Walmart in sustainable supply chain push - news

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

Sodexo ups Sedex ante - news

On-site solutions provider Sodexo has enhanced its membership of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, to improve supply chain transparency and ensure its ethical and sustainable standards...

US trade group attacks conflict minerals rule - news

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

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

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

World Gold Council launches conflict-free standard - news

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

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

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

Businesses urged to prepare for catastrophic climate impacts - news

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

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

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

Sourcing standard gives artesanal gold producers path to formal markets - news

Gold produced by artesanal miners certified as meeting the Fairtrade & Fairmined Standard (F&F) can now be considered ‘eligible material’ for chain-of-custody sourcing after...

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...

Safe factory claims burn in Karachi - news

German clothing retailer KIK has been accused by campaigners and trade unions of failing to ensure the safety of a supplier factory in Karachi where a fire killed 289 workers in September....

Bettercoal appoints Christie - news

Dr Martin Christie has been appointed executive director of Bettercoal, and will lead its global initiative to promote corporate responsibility in the international coal supply chain. Bettercoal...

BHRRC response to Global Witness expected - news

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

Firms still failing to report anti-corruption activities - news

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

The search for value among the numbers - news

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

Higg Index gives apparel firms sustainability measure - news

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

Animal management under BB spotlight - news

Concerns about farm animal welfare have prompted the Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare to start an evaluation of animal management. A previous lack of agreement on ways to manage farm...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

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

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

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

Proposals welcomed for law to end supermarkets’ exploitation of suppliers - news

Proposals for a UK law preventing supermarkets from exploiting their suppliers have been endorsed by anti-poverty groups and premium supermarket brand Waitrose. The government has published...

Adidas targeted by sweatshop protest - news

The NGO War on Want has begun a campaign on the eve of the London Olympics to persuade Adidas, one of the most prominent sportswear brands in athletics, to end sweatshop conditions at its Asian...

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...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

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

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

General Electric tops Climate Innovation Indexes as US business engagement grows - news

General Electric has been named as the leader of US clean-tech innovation and carbon management in the third cycle of investment risk research company Maplecroft’s Climate Innovation...

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

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

BP to overhaul supply chain management - news

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

Foxconn found wanting, but focus still on Apple - news

The keenly-awaited results of an investigation into Apple supplier Foxconn’s labour practices has confirmed ‘serious and pressing’ abuses, though the Chinese company has...

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

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

EPA dishes out enviro awards - news

Awards for environmental management given by the US Environment Protection Agency have gone to firms including Ford, Gap and Hasbro. The inaugural prizes went to 16 companies for greenhouse gas...

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

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

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

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

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

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

London Olympics races to neutralise sweatshop row - news

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

Hershey's to buy Rainforest Alliance cocoa - news

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

EU announces intention to bolster efforts on supply chain due diligence - news

The European Union has pledged to bolster the transparency requirements for multinational supply chains in a bid to prevent regional conflicts over natural resources. Conceding that...

O2 commits to 40-point sustainability programme - news

UK telecoms giant O2 has introduced an ambitious three-year strategy for expanding its CSR operations, outlining 40 targets on issues from carbon emissions to flexible working. O2’s...

Banks and funds develop KPIs on human rights - news

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

Nike endorses settlement on supplier’s unpaid overtime - news

A Nike supplier has agreed to pay Indonesian workers $1m (£630,000, €750,000) in compensation for unpaid overtime after a decision that could have implications for other...

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

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

Best Foot Forward to reduce supply chain complexities - news

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

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

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

Nestlé uses FLA to find child labour in cocoa chain - news

Nestlé is to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate its Ivory Coast cocoa supply chain for the presence of child labour. The Swiss multinational has taken the unusual...

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....

Sedex issues new risk assessment tool - news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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...

Nestlé reinstates Sinar Mas - news

Nestlé has become one of the first companies to reinstate Sinar Mas into its supply chain after dropping the group over environmental concerns last year. The food multinational has begun...

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...

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

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

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...

John West launches can tracker fish sourcing tool - news

A British company has created a tracking tool with which customers can trace the source of its fish. By simply entering a barcode into a dedicated John West website, consumers can discover...

Zimbabwe diamonds row legacy leaves monitoring process in crisis - news

The future of the Kimberley Process (KP) now hangs in the balance as civil society groups consider leaving the organisation, as disagreements over the Zimbabwean diamonds crisis threaten to...

inbrief - news

A consumer website claiming to answer the question, “How many slaves work on your behalf?” has been launched to raise awareness of forced labour in supply chains. Based on a survey...

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

Apple continues to draw criticism for its operations in China, as those from within the country become increasingly vocal about the company’s supply chain management. Multinationals...

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

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

‘Map’ of supply chain issues due in new project - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is to map key global supply chains to tackle the basic causes of the abuse and exploitation of poor and vulnerable workers. It will include all...

inbrief - news

Nike scored a publicity victory over rivals Adidas when the two were challenged by Greenpeace to detox by committing to eliminating releases of all hazardous chemicals across its entire supply...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

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

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

Motorola pilots conflict-free supply in Congo - news

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

sportswear giants sign new deal on unions - news

A group of clothing multinationals have signed a deal with unions in Indonesia guaranteeing the rights to form a union and to bargain collectively in their supply chains in the country’s textile...

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...

EU needs to act faster - news

Aaron Hall argues that Europe must grab with two hands the opportunity to build on US legislation aimed at curbing the trade in conflict minerals The European Union is finally starting to...

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...

Molson Coors goes all out for ‘zero landfill’ objective - news

The UK’s biggest brewer has set a goal of zero production landfill waste by the end of next year, among its environmental objectives. Molson Coors, a multinational whose products...

ETI stands by Asda over ‘poverty wages’ allegations - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative has ruled out suspending Asda’s as one of its members, despite allegations of poverty wages in the UK retailer’s supply chain.   Asda has...

inbrief - news

A guide on ethical purchasing standards for the UK National Health Service (NHS) has been launched, outlining best practice for procurement staff. The online toolkit, developed in collaboration...

Denim makers told: stop sandblasting - news

Retailers and brand companies have been told by their membership organization to remove all sandblasted denim products from their supply chains.   The Brussels-based Business Social...

Levi Strauss revamps supply chain strategy - news

Levi Strauss is to adopt new terms of engagement for its global supply chain in an effort to ‘move beyond compliance’ and ensure it has a more positive impact on the lives of workers...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

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

Tesco sets up dialogue - news

Tesco has initiated a supplier dialogue programme to meet a 30 per cent reduction target on its supply chain carbon footprint, to be achieved by 2020. In partnership with the 2degrees...

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

A coalition of institutional investors has sent a statement to 25 companies asking them to give top priority to the eradication of human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ in their...

ethics training for employees falls - news

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

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

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

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

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

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

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

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

Kellogg’s plumps for palm oil offsetting - news

The world’s largest cereal manufacturer has bought offset certificates in a new ‘palm oil trading’ scheme, citing the present unavailability of sustainable palm oil for use in...

New regime aims to block conflict minerals by 2012 - news

A system has been introduced by the electronics industry to ensure that minerals sourced from conflict zones no longer find their way into devices such as mobile phones. The voluntary...

UK Bribery Act will see light of day this summer - news

Guidance published by the UK government on its delayed Bribery Act has been welcomed by businesses and other organizations as an interpretation and clarification of the legislation, allowing...

Global certification tools: do they help or hinder? - news

Global standards are important, but too many of them just muddies the water, argues Liz Wilkes The road to environmental certification is fraught with complexity and confusion. The...

inbrief - news

Consultancy on timber issues is being offered by ReThink, a new UK company. ReThink will provide advice on integrating timber sustainability into design and construction, supply chain matters...

Moving in on the board: the lowdown on CSOs - news

Ben Cartland, an associate at recruitment agency Acre Resources, answers questions on the rise of a new beast in the CSR field: the chief sustainability officer Why are chief...

Supply chain carbon cuts begin to deliver rewards - news

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

Anvil strikes out with Europeans - news

A programme helping African nations to produce and sell sustainable cotton has recruited its first US-based apparel manufacturer. Anvil Knitwear has joined Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA), a...

Shell faces another case over OECD breach claims - news

Shell has become the subject of an official complaint to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines in its Nigerian...

Brewers pledge to cut carbon use by 2020 - news

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

Briefing: why the UK’s Bribery Act will be good for business - news

Michael Littlechild, chief executive of GoodCorporation, argues that corporate concerns about negative implications of the new legislation are unjustified In the final hours of the...

Big goals and a backlash: how 2011 might shape up - news

Aron Cramer, president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, outlines the corporate responsibility trends he believes we should look out for this year   Sustainability...

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

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

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

In the wake of the latest underwhelming climate change summit, Geoff Lye, executive chairman of SustainAbility, argues that business leaders should stop looking for a governmental lead on...

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...

Why Nordic investment is in the vanguard of SRI - news

Socially responsible investors have long looked to the Scandinavian region as a model. Mike Scott speaks to Ulrika Hasselgren to find out what’s so special about the area’s ethical...

Firms take up water agenda - news

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

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

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

Revealed: child labour’s dirty dozen - news

Bangladesh, India, Nigeria and Pakistan have been assessed as being among the 12 most problematic countries on the issue of child labour. The Child Labour Index and map, produced by the...

State-sponsored body promotes ethical buying - news

An influential inter-governmental organization with 127 member states has begun a ‘buy responsibly’ campaign to persuade global consumers to think more about the ethics behind the...

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

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

Europeans pool resources in new partnership scheme - news

A CSR partnership-broking forum has been launched in Europe to bring together companies, government and civil society. CSR Europe’s Enterprise 2020 project, announced in Brussels last...

CDP issues first water report - news

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

inbrief - news

Updated advice for companies on how to deal with homeworkers in the supply chain has been issued by the Ethical Trading Initiative. The guidance has been posted on a new homeworker...

Body Shop drops supplier - news

The Body Shop has ditched a major palm oil supplier for failing to deal adequately with allegations that it evicted peasants in Colombia to develop a new plantation. Daabon Organic provided...

Confirmed: ethical goods will usually cost you more - news

The widespread belief that buying ‘ethical’ consumer goods is nearly always the more costly option has been confirmed by a new study. An analysis of the prices of white goods,...

Alliance aims to ‘accelerate’ progress - news

A coalition from the research, pension fund and business sectors is to urge companies to give priority to improving their sustainability performance. The group’s members – the...

inbrief - news

Andrea Thomas has been named Walmart’s new senior vice president of sustainability. She replaces Matt Kistler, who moves into a new management role in marketing. Thomas joined Walmart in...

inbrief - news

A new standard for cattle farms has been set by the Rainforest Alliance to enable them to be certified by the organization. The Standard for Sustainable Cattle Production Systems, the first of...

Jean makers set up ban on sandblasting - news

Clothes firms Levi Strauss and H&M have announced a global moratorium on sandblasting for all future product lines. The process, a finishing technique used to create a worn or stressed...

EC calls for supplier cuts - news

Construction industry companies need to limit the number of subcontractors they use in order to gain more control of their supply chain ethics, according to new European Commission guidelines....

EC decides to produce another white paper - news

A third communication on corporate responsibility is to be produced by the European Commission next summer. The commission, which has already published two such white papers to generally...

Rapid growth puts BSCI in pole position - news

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

Food giant repudiates rainforest violation claims - news

Cargill, the US-based food group, has vehemently denied violating palm oil standards to which it has signed up. A report by the international non-profit Rainforest Action Network (RAN) says...

Nucor tackles iron slavery - news

US-based social investors Domini have persuaded a steel company to combat slavery in Brazil’s pig iron industry. Nucor, the largest US steel producer, agreed to a three-year plan after exposés on...

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...

fish firm eyes up targets - news

One of Europe’s largest food brands has set out a five-year sustainability plan in partnership with a group of NGOs. The Birds Eye Forever Food project lists targets on sourcing, packaging and...

Puma suppliers to get more help - news

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

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

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

Partners attempt to 'scale-up' Indian CSR - news

A mission to boost corporate responsibility in India has been set up by three western bodies. US-based Social Accountability International has joined forces with Brussels-based Business...

Dr Pepper puts sourcing at heart of its new plan - news

The US soft drinks group Dr Pepper Snapple has included an ethical sourcing strategy in a new five-year CSR plan throughout its operations. The company, which owns the Dr Pepper, 7UP and...

McDonalds rewards green suppliers - news

The fast food giant McDonald’s has announced the best examples of green projects in its restaurants, franchises and supply chain worldwide, highlighting wind power and waste reduction innovations....

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More than 1000 supplier factories to the electronics industry have now submitted social and environmental information to E-TASC, a sectoral database created by the Global e-Sustainability...

NGOs get own guidelines - news

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

British government says it wants clearer Guidelines - news

The UK government has said the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises need to be clearer, more practical and expanded to cover areas such as climate change. Responding to the results...

Nestle bows to pressure on rainforest products - news

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

School for buyers launched - news

Training courses in ethical purchasing have been introduced by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) to help companies’ individual employees with buying decisions and practices. The...

Hong Kong yet to integrate CSR - news

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

P&G scorecard will keep tabs on suppliers - news

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

Car firms making strides - news

Car manufacturers are finally coming to terms with the demands of corporate responsibility, reports new research from the Munich-based oekom rating agency. The study of the world’s 15...

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Sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows has announced a partnership with the environmental data company Trucost. Under the deal, Two Tomorrows clients will receive Trucost data on their direct...

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...

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Professional services giant Deloitte has expanded its environmental arm with the acquisition of the dcarbon8 sustainability consultancy, which specialises in carbon management within products...

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Two of the world’s biggest fair trade organizations are to collaborate on improving working conditions and sustainability in the tea industry. The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) and the...

New technique is useful, but needs careful handling - news

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

Walmart targets emissions - news

Walmart has announced a plan to eliminate 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by 2015 – one and a half times its estimated carbon footprint growth...

Agribusiness firms are over-reliant on auditing - news

Companies involved in agribusiness have been told to stop relying on audit results for ‘off-site issues’ in managing their supply chains. A paper on increasing the contribution...

M&S reaches for the sky with update of its Plan A - news

Marks & Spencer has launched a bid to become ‘the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015’ by announcing that it will roll out its Plan A sustainability programme to all...

Car makers ‘ignore abuses’ at their peril - news

The world’s largest ten car manufacturers are ignoring the human rights impacts of the metals they use – and therefore risk being linked to abuses in countries such as the Democratic...

Lawyers urge OECD changes - news

A global lawyers' organization has said the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development should put new advice on ethical supply chain management, human rights and climate change...

Ready for some catch-up - news

Interest in responsible business behaviour has been growing in Latin America – and there are signs that it may increase further. EP looks at the state of CSR in the region Some...

Progress on ethical gold is tarnished by laggards - news

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

CSR heads take seat at mayor's table - news

Corporate responsibility experts are among nine new commissioners appointed to the London Sustainable Development Commission, which has the job of advising the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on...

Retailers take leadership role by boycotting oil sands products - news

Two large US retailers are to stop using fuel sourced from Canadian oil sands. The organic grocery chain Whole Foods and the household goods group Bed Bath and Beyond have announced measures to...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

60 firms test new standards - news

Two new greenhouse gas standards are being tested by 60 corporations to measure the emissions of their products and their supply chains. The Product Life Cycle and the Scope 3 Corporate...

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...

Brewer offers HIV training to farmers - news

HIV and Aids testing is being provided to Ugandan supplier farmers by one of the world’s largest brewers. SABMiller, which makes Peroni, Grolsch and Eagle beers, has provided...

WWF agrees to give CSR advice to global insurer - news

WWF has signed a three-year deal with the UK’s largest commercial insurer, the global company RSA, to advise it on becoming a more sustainable business. The non-governmental...

Apple rejects CSR reporting - again - news

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

China forges ahead on CSR - news

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

Swedes back HER project - news

The Swedish government has stepped in with $1million to expand a global corporate programme that helps factories in the developing world provide healthcare advice and facilities for female...

Five big firms put $1m into supply chain initiative - news

A labour standards programme for factories in poorer countries has been given a boost by five of the largest companies in the US. Gap, Levi Strauss, Nike, Wal-Mart and Walt Disney have...

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A European ethical supply chain body has strengthened its Asian presence with a second office in Delhi. The Brussels-based Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), whose members include 400...

An SRI outlook that aims for mutual benefit - news

Mike Scott talks to Andrew Gay of UIA, an insurer to trade union members that tailors its investments to the social and environmental concerns of some of Britain’s most politicized...

Obama calls on business to press ‘reset’ button on CSR - news

Barack Obama has challenged US companies to ‘transform’ their corporate responsibility programmes to make them more effective and wide-ranging. The American president has...

Jaffa Cakes get sustainability makeover - news

United Biscuits, the UK manufacturer of brands such as McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin, has pledged to procure two-thirds of its palm oil from certified sustainable sources by the...

BBC firm steps up auditing - news

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

Neil Kearney: CSR-focused union leader who sought consensus - news

Neil Kearney, a key figure behind the Ethical Trading Initiative and the SA8000 workplace standard, has died aged 59 of a heart attack. Kearney, who was general secretary of the...

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

A huge alliance of institutional investors is to ask 300 of the world’s largest corporations for data on their water use. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which has hitherto...

Electronics sector offered guidance - news

Freedom of association and female labour issues have been set as priorities in new CSR guidance for the electronics sector set out by two NGOs. CSR in the Global Electronics Supply Chain,...

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A new US certification mark has been introduced by a CSR consultancy. The Good Company Seal will aim to recognize American companies that ‘demonstrate a commitment to being a socially...

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An off-the-shelf carbon labelling kit is being offered to companies by the Danish supply chain management consultancy Damco. The ‘supply chain carbon dashboard’ is a graphical...

Supermarket takes the biscuit on palm oil - news

J. Sainsbury is to use certified sustainable palm oil in its two best-selling biscuit ranges – digestives and rich tea. The British supermarket chain, which sells 300 million such...

Businesses agree to report on their forest footprints - news

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

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

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

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An off-the-shelf carbon labelling kit is being offered to companies by the Danish supply chain management consultancy Damco. The ‘supply chain carbon dashboard’ is a graphical...

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

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

Metro gets praise for factory improvements - news

German retailer Metro Group has received plaudits for its response to labour standards problems in a Bangladeshi supplier factory, which has involved actions against beatings of female...

Gap unveils water mark - news

A new brand of denim trousers will promote the manufacturer’s sustainable use of water. Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans will be  the first product from the US clothing company to carry such a...

Telecomms firms ‘taking a risk’ - news

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

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

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

Huge wealth fund will press business on water - news

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

Footwear businesses crack down on Amazon rainforest suppliers - news

Some of world’s largest footwear brands have demanded an immediate stop to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest from their Brazilian leather suppliers. The move follows three...

Guest Column: Are sustainable products more saleable? - news

The jury may still be out but companies are seeking more rigorous sustainability information and more effective customer dialogue to support the sales process, says Simon Aumonier, ERM’s...

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Pharmacy and consumer goods retailer Boots has left the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies, NGOs and trade unions that works on improving ethical supply chain management....

‘Forest disclosure’ is next on the agenda - news

A project has been set up to help investors understand the financial hazards of deforestation. The Forest Footprint Disclosure Project (FFD) is modelled on the Carbon Disclosure Project,...

Chiquita goes for ethical pineapples - news

Chiquita has announced that all its pineapples will soon become Rainforest Alliance-certified. The fruit multinational, which sources pineapples from Panama and Costa Rica, will certify 90...

Seed sector has another tilt at child labour - news

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

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

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

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

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

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

Government puts pressure on big business to pay up - news

Listed businesses in the UK are to be urged by the government to endorse a new code on the responsible payment of invoices. Thirty companies have already signed up to the UK...

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...

Garment firms need to improve - news

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

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Nick Martell-Bundock has joined tea producers Twinings as international ethical supply chain manager, leaving Whitbread, where he was previously head of food procurement.

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Bureau Veritas consumer products services has appointed Brian Whitters as director of supply chain solutions. Whitters was previously managing director at ethical trading firm Auchinglen...

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A US-based ethical supply chain consultancy is to expand into Europe. Level Works, which has headquarters in San Francisco and offices in Asia and Latin America, will seek clients among European...

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

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

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...

Russell counts cost of Honduras allegations - news

Michigan University has become the 12th US higher education institution to stop sourcing sports clothing from the Russell Corporation over the company’s decision to close a unionized...

Leaders to go abroad for corporate peace of mind - news

Two hundred of IBM’s ‘future leaders’ from nearly 40 countries will participate in projects in emerging markets this year as part of the company’s Corporate Service Corps...

Hong Kong firms failing on CSR - news

Most of Hong Kong’s leading listed companies fail to adopt sound CSR policies, particularly those associated with supply chain, the environment and the workplace, says an Oxfam study....

Asia Pacific gets two new indices - news

Two new financial indices for the Far East have been created by SAM, the sustainability investing specialist, and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the global index provider. The...

China’s embrace of CSR could usher in the Wal-Mart effect - news

In itself, the fact that the China Banking Association has issued guidelines on corporate responsibility is significant ( see page two ), especially since the recommendations are ambitious. But...

Third world companies match western peers - news

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

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

The head of corporate responsibility at US packaging company Meadwestvaco has been made redundant, apparently as a result of recession-related cutbacks. Barbara McCutchan, director of...

Climate change request receives muted response - news

Only a quarter of companies that supply goods to multinationals have responded to a request for climate change data on their activities. The companies, including many small- and...

Levi Strauss puts stress on buying habit changes - news

Levi Strauss is reporting early signs of success for a new approach to ethical supply chain monitoring that entails adjusting buying habits. The multinational clothing brand has introduced...

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Impactt consultancy, which advises companies on labour standards in their supply chains, will open an office covering the Middle East and North Africa next month. The office, in Dubai, will be...

UTZ agrees global tea code - news

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

‘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...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

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

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Gideon Middleton has been appointed interim corporate responsibility manager for the home improvement retail group Kingfisher. Middleton joins Kingfisher from Wincanton, the UK supply chain...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

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

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

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

Multinationals pledge to be ethical leaders - news

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

Powerful retailers unveil a code for all seasons - news

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

Zimbabwe could fall off Kimberley’s approved list - news

Calls are growing for Zimbabwe to be withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds. Diamonds from Zimbabwe, which...

Hong Kong firms lagging on CSR - news

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

Acer puts suppliers on notice - news

Suppliers to the Taiwanese electronics company Acer have been told they must maintain social and environmental standards if they are to continue working with the group. The warning was...

Rag-picker business is recognised - news

A young businessman from Hyderabad in India who specializes in plastic bag recycling has become the Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 in the UK’s prestigious Prince’s Youth Business...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

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

New initiative helps companies provide disaster relief - news

A website has been set up to help non-governmental organizations in Asia obtain corporate help for disaster relief efforts. The Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN was introduced in...

Indian business makes progress on climate change disclosure - news

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

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A number of large companies have posted information about their ethical supply management experiences on a new website. The Responsible Supply Chain Management site features guidance and case...

Recommended actions to foster the adoption of CSR practices in SMEs - news

Carlo Cici & Federica Ranghieri. Free download. Inter-American Development Bank. www.iadb.org Since wading into Latin America’s corporate responsibility arena some six years...

22 OECD cases in pipeline - news

More than 20 alleged breaches of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational corporations are being investigated by governments around the...

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

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

New service helps companies tackle disasters - news

A supply chain management website has made finding corporate sponsorship easier for non-governmental organizations that are working with victims of this year’s Bihar floods in northern...

Brewer to cut its water use - news

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

Chinese agree ‘capacity-building’ on factory conditions - news

A trade body in China has endorsed an agreement that could improve working conditions in Chinese textile and garment factories that supply European companies. The deal has been signed by...

Call for new ethical label to cover third world - news

Companies should be offered a new way of labelling ‘ethical’ goods that benefit people in the developing world, a think tank has recommended. The London-based Overseas...

The buying game - news

Traidcraft/Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. Free at www.thebuyinggame.org This online game has been created to raise awareness of ethical supply chain issues by taking...

Pace of change ‘too slow’ on fashion sector wages - news

Most British fashion chains are making only ‘glacial’ progress on improving wages in their supply chains, according to a new analysis by a group of non-governmental organizations and...

Supermarket leads way on penny-a-pound deal - news

A US supermarket chain has broken new ground by signing an agreement with a workers’ organization to improve wages for Florida’s tomato pickers. Texas-based Whole Foods Market,...

Big event falls victim to global financial woes - news

One of the largest and most ambitious corporate responsibility events ever planned has had to be postponed because of the financial crisis, say its organizers. The international Business...

Corporate clout leads to Uzbek ban on child labour - news

Wal-Mart is claiming dramatic progress on eliminating child labour in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan by using its purchasing and lobbying power against the country’s government....

IFC aims to improve conditions in Vietnam - news

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

Cotton Traders pulls out of Burma - news

Cotton Traders is to stop sourcing clothes from Burma after the Burma Campaign UK organized a public boycott of the company’s goods. Paul Hawkins, product director of the UK apparel...

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An online game has been devised to clarify the problems of ethical supply chain management. The Buying Game, introduced last month by the fair trade company Traidcraft and the Chartered...

Laboratories swap ideas - news

Twenty corporate responsibility discussion groups have been formed under the umbrella of the European Alliance for CSR since it started two years ago. The groups, called...

‘Mob’ campaign will use carrot rather than stick - news

A network of US consumers is seeking to reward responsible companies with extra business. The fledgling online community, called Carrotmob, will reward ‘socially progressive...

Bid starts to get suppliers into CSR reporting mode - news

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

TV programme fuels Dutch SRI fever - news

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

SRI investing finds foothold in Central and Eastern Europe - news

The first SRI fund concentrating on central and eastern European equities has been established by Limestone Investment Management, which has headquarters in Estonia. The New Europe Socially...

League tables cannot make sense of a complex picture - news

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

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

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

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

A two-year research project is to consider how multinationals can limit the exploitation of migrant workers in their supply chains. It will be led by US-based Business for Social...

CFS judged to have best impact on society - news

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) has won the overall Impact on Society award in this year’s Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. The group, which includes...

IBM enters the market - news

IBM has diversified into corporate responsibility consultancy. The group’s Global Business Services division, which previously concentrated on mainstream strategy advice, is to offer...

EU feels child labour heat - news

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

Foreign Office ditches CSR unit as its interest wanes - news

Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has shut down its section that has been dealing specifically with corporate responsibility. The move suggests the Foreign Office has...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

Two-thirds of Chinese Coca-Cola suppliers are non-compliant - news

Coca-Cola, a main sponsor of the Beijing Olympics, has reported that two-thirds of its 371 Chinese suppliers did not comply last year with its ethical policies on matters such as workers’...

Helveta wins ethical timber contract in Indonesia - news

Helveta, the information technology company that developed the CI WorldTM software for tracking timber assets in supply chains, has won the contract to enforce ethical principles in...

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...

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

Public sector procurement of products and services in Spain must now take account of corporate responsibility factors, thanks to a regulation effective from May. Under the regulation,...

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

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

Primark problems show audits cannot reveal all - news

The retailer Primark has blamed the presence of child labour in its supply chain on 'wholesale deception' by three suppliers and the difficulty it has in auditing subcontractors....

Bottom-up approach may improve factory conditions - news

A collaborative approach to ethical supply chain management can lead to 'substantive' improvements in factory working conditions, according to the experience of two high-profile western...

£9bn Olympic budget will have ethical basis - news

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

Numbers are nice, but words are always our best friends - news

The use of statistics and numerical data is no substitute for a written explanation, says Roger Cowe A picture is supposedly worth a thousand words (although as a former journalist I...

Corporate responsibility: a critical introduction - news

Michael Blowfield and Alan Murray. Paperback. 452 pages. Oxford University Press. £29.99. Aimed at the burgeoning number of undergraduate and graduate students now taking modules...

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

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

Pressure mounts on ‘slow’ chocolate sector - news

A group of Fairtrade companies, faith groups and non-governmental organizations has produced basic principles on the sourcing of cocoa to spur the chocolate industry into doing more to improve...

SA8000 standard gets new look - news

One of the most widely used corporate responsibility standards has been made more explicit after a two-year revision. The SA8000 workplace standard, used by major brands to improve...

Ericsson takes China award - news

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

GM greens supply chain in Australia - news

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

BSR publishes Asian supply chain results - news

A website has been set up by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to promote its HERproject, which aims to meet the general and reproductive health needs of millions of women employees in...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

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

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

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

beverage sector agrees action - news

A programme to provide beverage companies with a way of measuring and managing their carbon footprints was started last month. Companies participating in the Carbon Action Plan will get...

coffee business opts for ethical bean supply - news

Costa Coffee, the UK’s largest coffee shop chain, is to convert its entire coffee supply to ‘sustainably grown’ beans sourced from Rainforest Alliance-certified farms by 2010. The company will...

water mandate lowers its recruitment horizons - news

A programme that encourages the chief executives of large companies to manage their water resources more effectively is scaling down its push for signatories. The UN Global Compact says it is...

Patagonia customers see real cost of buying a shirt - news

A clothing retailer is offering its customers user-friendly information online about the social and environmental impacts of its products. California-based Patagonia, which specializes in outdoor...

Japanese firms take different tack on CSR - news

Japanese companies are doing relatively well on addressing employee and environmental issues but are struggling with human rights and ethical supply chain management. A survey of 107 Japanese...

Buyers need incentives to take an ethical view - news

Retail companies have been urged to train buyers on labour standards – and to link their pay to supply chain improvements. The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) says the progress...

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

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

Wal-Mart targets Chinese suppliers - news

Wal-Mart Stores, the world’s biggest retailer, has decided to meet thousands of its Chinese suppliers as part of a campaign to reduce waste and emissions at the factories that make its...

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Neil Willings has joined the UK supply chain management consultancy Achilles as managing director of its newly established assessment services business. Willings moves from SGS Group, where he...

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In the January 2008 issue ( EP9, issue 8, p 6) we referred to the supply chain data-sharing project Sedex as being run by the Impactt consultancy. In fact, for some time Sedex has been a...

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The Business Social Compliance Initiative has signed up its 100th member – German retail group Rewe. The Brussels-based organization, whose members seek to improve conditions in their...

Newton advances the science of investment - news

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

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

‘Living wage’ levels for 400 employees have been written into contracts issued to private sector companies by the Greater London Authority Group. The GLA, which includes the...

HP suppliers still failing to adopt proactive mindset - news

Most of Hewlett Packard’s central European suppliers still have a ‘reactive’ approach to social and environmental responsibility despite the company’s best efforts,...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

Wal-Mart has published its long-awaited first sustainability report. US-based reporting specialist Kathee Rebernak provides some thoughts on its scope and value Wal-Mart’s inaugural...

‘Aggregated reporting’makes its first show - news

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

Tesco bows to pressure over Uzbekistani cotton - news

Tesco has asked its suppliers to stop sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan over concerns about state-sponsored child labour. The supermarket chain has made its decision after a three-year campaign by...

Kenyan conflict disrupts supply chain inspections - news

Civil and political unrest in Kenya has led to the suspension of some social auditing programmes in the country until further notice. Kenya, which is the location for several ethical supply...

Cocoa board will monitor child labour - news

An independent body has been formed to curb child labour in the West African cocoa sector. The Cocoa Verification Board, set up by the US non-profit organization Verite with the support of...

Adidas opens its supplier list to public scrutiny - news

Adidas has become the latest major clothing retailer to disclose the names of all its supplier factories. The German footwear manufacturer said that a review of data management systems...

From Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 - news

The news that the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Business Network will help companies across the UK compete for London 2012 business opportunities is a welcome announcement. In my position as Chair...

European suppliers fare no better than those in Asia - news

High-risk European suppliers to Ford are just as likely to violate the company's code of practice on working conditions as those in Asia, the motor manufacturer has revealed. Figures from Ford's...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

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

CBI issues 'call to arms' on climate change crisis - news

The chief lobbying organization for large businesses in the UK has for the first time pledged itself unequivocally to playing a major role in mitigating climate change. The Confederation of...

more retailers decide to share audit data - news

In a further sign that businesses are increasingly pooling their efforts on ethical supply chain monitoring, more than a dozen multinational clothing companies have agreed to share the results of...

small agencies join forces - news

Nineteen British 'boutique' consultancies have joined forces to market their corporate social responsibility services. The firms, none of which has more than 10 staff, have come together in an...

inbrief - news

Six multinationals  have agreed to put pressure on their suppliers to report publicly on their carbon footprints. Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and...

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

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

IT firms share audit data in bid to end duplication - news

Some of the world’s largest telecoms and information technology companies have begun sharing information on the results of their ethical supply chain audits. The 24 businesses, which are all...

Puma enlists journalist to enhance its auditing - news

Puma has taken the unusual step of asking a journalist to join some of its ethical supply chain inspections and then write about them in its annual sustainability report. The sports clothing...

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

CSR organizations are attempting to turn the current fashion for social networking websites to their commercial advantage. At least four sites providing a forum for discussion of responsible...

garment companies ‘ignorant of CSR’ - news

A study of the Australian garment industry, in which outworkers are used extensively, has shown that employers have been slow to observe mandatory and voluntary rules for protecting labour rights...

Chinese CSR debates get under way - news

The China Supply Chain Council, a community of 20,000 business professionals, has kicked off a new season of formal discussions on CSR in supply chain management and ethical sourcing. The...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

inbrief - news

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

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

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

the fault lines in corporate social responsibility have been revealed - news

The crisis at Northern Rock is an exposure of corporate social responsibility. The UK’s fifth largest mortgage provider had to be bailed out by the Bank of England in order to fulfil its most...

supply chain watchdog is proposed - news

Supermarkets in Britain should be required to answer to an independent watchdog set up to protect workers in developing countries, a leading poverty charity has proposed. ActionAid makes the...

Sino-European pact is sealed - news

The first Sino-European co-operation agreement on CSR has been signed to strengthen strategic ties between Chinese textile suppliers and European retailers. The pact, between the China National...

inbrief - news

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

Corporate social responsibility and the shaping of global public policy - news

Matthew J. Hirschland Hardback. 202 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £42.50/$69.95 Companies and civil society are increasingly assuming the role of responsible governments to protect the...

Russian firms make strides on CSR agenda - news

Russian companies are making progress on corporate social responsibility, according to a study on the country’s business standards. The report, from the International Business Leaders’ Forum,...

UK firms now spending up to 20% of turnover on CSR - news

British businesses may be allocating more resources to corporate responsibility than is generally realized, with more than half claiming to spend between five and ten per cent of their turnover on...

apparel sector monitor moves into new fields - news

One of the most prominent ethical supply chain monitoring bodies in the garment industry is expanding its remit. US-based Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (Wrap) will extend its...

business readies itself as China agrees reforms - news

Companies operating in China have been given until the end of this year to prepare for a new legislative regime designed to extend the protection of workers rights. The recently passed Labour...

retailer moves on palm oil - news

The Body Shop is claiming to be the first cosmetics retailer to have introduced ‘sustainable’ palm oil across its supply chain. The UK-based multinational has switched all sourcing to Daabon,...

BSR reads last rites for monitoring approach - news

The most influential corporate responsibility body in the US says the tide has turned against the audit-led approach to ethical supply chain monitoring. BSR argues that the widespread...

Argos baulks at signing up to ‘dirty gold’ rules - news

The UK’s biggest jewellery retailer has refused to sign up to 12 ‘golden rules’ for sourcing gold because it says that it cannot guarantee to observe them. Argos says that in principle it...

BT judged to have best societal impact - news

BT has won the prestigious Impact on Society award in the 2007 Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. It is only the second business to have received the award twice, after...

firms told to involve staff - news

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

Indonesia blazes trail on mandatory approach - news

Indonesia has taken the unprecedented step of passing legislation that will require companies to spend money on corporate responsibility programmes. The controversial law was passed last...

employees the focus of new CSR campaign - news

A pilot project is to be started in Shenzhen with the aim of bringing employees into a campaign to improve social and environmental conditions in China’s information and communications technology...

ANZ exonerated over logging links - news

An accusation that Australia’s ANZ Bank has supported unsustainable logging in Papua New Guinea has been rejected. The complaint was that the bank had breached guidelines for multinationals...

Euro-China CSR pact signed - news

The first Sino-European co-operation agreement on corporate social responsibility has been signed with the aim of strengthening ties between Chinese textile suppliers and European retailers....

inbrief - news

UK-based consultancy csrnetwork has expanded its team with two new appointments. Louise Hawson, a former head of CSR at WSP Environmental, has joined as senior consultant, while Judith Murphy has...

act of transparency pays dividends for shoe giant - news

The world’s largest sports shoe and clothing brand has claimed that a decision to publicly disclose the names of all its supplier factories has led to greater co-operation with competitor companies...

Unilever begins switch to ‘ethical’ tea sourcing - news

Unilever, the world’s largest buyer of black tea, is to source its entire tea supply using Rainforest Alliance standards, starting with the certification of producers in east Africa. The...

diamond sales ‘need auditing’ say detractors - news

Diamond retailers have been urged to introduce more third-party audits of their systems for eliminating ‘blood diamonds’ from their supply chains. Two pressure groups, Global Witness and Amnesty...

big players will mentor SMEs on business responsibility - news

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

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

More than 1000 businesses in England signed a commitment last month to act on climate change. Most of the companies, mainly small- and medium-sized enterprises, will appoint a board-level...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

Enlightened self-interest should spur business support for migrants, argue Mary Robinson and Aron Cramer For the business community, labour migration has become a pressing question that...

female health ‘neglected’ in supply chain efforts - news

Businesses have been urged to pay more attention to promoting reproductive health for women working in their supply chains in developing countries. The US-based Business for Social...

inbrief - news

The Marine Stewardship Council has become one of ten organizations to receive $1million (£500,000) from the Skoll Foundation to further its work in ‘social entrepreneurship’. The council, which...

UK trio try labelling idea - news

Three British companies have begun using a labelling scheme that recognizes their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. The retailer Alliance Boots, drinks group Innocent...

inbrief - news

TNT Post is to develop a corporate responsibility programme this year. The four year old postal services company said it would initially focus on ethical supply chain management using the SA8000...

Hershey targets suppliers - news

An American snack food company is to develop an ethical supply chain monitoring programme that goes beyond recent efforts by chocolate manufacturers to tackle child labour and poor workplace...

strategy advice in demand - news

Consultancies advising companies on their strategic direction have commanded the highest number of searches by visitors to a new online directory of CSR service providers. In the first six...

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...

ethical trade auditing: money for old rope? - news

Companies are starting to complain that supply chain auditors are failing to drive improvements. EP looks at a sobering assessment by the Ethical Trading Initiative As an assessment of the...

suppliers give support to end of nit-picking era - news

A ‘progressive’ new ethical supply chain monitoring regime that allows auditors to overlook minor legal infringements in order to concentrate on welfare concerns has been well received by the tea...

Levi Strauss resigns over living wage spat - news

Levi Strauss has left the Ethical Trading Initiative after refusing to adopt the ‘living wage’ provision of the ETI’s base code. The clothing manufacturer was suspended from membership in...

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...

businesses blast ‘ineffective’ social auditing firms - news

Companies have been urged to stop using third party social auditing firms to do their ethical supply chain monitoring because many of them are not up to the job. The hard-hitting advice...

Toyota shuns CSR scheme - news

The difficulty of raising international standards in an intensely competitive industry sector has been highlighted by the efforts of a group of vehicle manufacturers to improve workplace...

Nike rift with AmCham reveals growing tensions - news

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

big retailers aim to create standard to suit everyone - news

A group of multinational retailers is to attempt to develop a single global standard for ethical supply chain management that would replace existing models and be used by all sectors. The...

Hong Kong companies rate poorly on transparency - news

Sixteen Hong Kong clothing companies producing well-known brands were found in an Oxfam survey to provide only sketchy information on their supply chains – or no information at all. Esprit...

ETI trio urged to examine factory claims - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has asked three of its members to investigate accusations that workers in their supply chain are regularly working 80 hours a week for only 5p (9.8 cents) an...

HP offers management tools to small firms - news

Central European small businesses are to be encouraged to become more socially responsible through a new programme funded by the technology company Hewlett-Packard. HP has created the...

advice offered on how to behave - news

Business in the Community has created a set of practical principles that provide simple pointers to how companies can behave in a responsible fashion in their chosen markets. The Marketplace...

principles seek to promote ‘economic responsibility’ - news

A leading consultancy is advancing the debate about the responsibilities of multinationals with a set of principles that enjoins the companies to use their position as ‘economic actors’ to the...

see NGOs as allies, not enemies, firms told - news

American companies have been urged to regard campaigns by non-governmental organizations as ‘early warning systems’ of trouble ahead rather than as a thorn in their side. Rachel Thompson,...

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...

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

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

alliance aims to raise the quality of debate - news

An attempt to counteract 'lazy thinking' on CSR among academics and business people is to be made by a UK business school and a global supply chain management company. The Saïd Business...

Gap brings trade unions into the picture - news

A leading US clothing retailer has turned to the unions for help in improving workplace conditions in its supply chain. Gap and the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers'...

mainstreaming is top target - news

Encouraging companies to integrate corporate responsibility throughout their operations rather than confining it to a single department is the most common preoccupation of national CSR networks...

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

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

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

frustrated German NGOs want to force pace on CSR - news

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

big guns set up supply chain programme - news

Two large international organizations have created an initiative to help companies improve labour standards in their global supply chains. The International Finance Corporation and the...

Group set up to tackle Indian quarrying abuses - news

A project has been started in the Netherlands to eliminate inhuman and environmentally undesirable policies among Indian companies supplying natural stone to Dutch businesses.     ...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

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

inbrief - news

Ethical supply chain work by the UK National Lottery operator Camelot has helped it to win Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) certification in recognition of 'excellence in its...

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

inbrief - news

Time Warner is to develop a code of conduct for suppliers. The global media and entertainment company, which employs about 87,000 people and had a $44billion (£24bn) turnover last year, has formed...

M&S is top dog for second time as awards grow in scope - news

Marks & Spencer has become the first company to win the top accolade for a second time in Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence. The high street retailer won the prestigious...

FTSE4Good index unveils criteria on climate change - news

FTSE4Good, the equity index provider, has outlined climate change measures that it will soon expect companies to adopt if they are to be included in the FTSE4Good index. Draft FTSE4Good...

clothes chain throws its hat into the ethical trading ring - news

One of the UK’s largest high street clothes retailers, Primark, has shown an increased commitment to corporate responsibility by joining the Ethical Trading Initiative. By signing up, Primark, a...

inbrief - news

Rutledge Tufts, executive director of the US-based Fair Labor Association since 2003, has died at the age of 59 after sustaining injuries in a fall at his home in Washington DC. Tufts joined the...

inbrief - news

csrnetwork has begun advising Guardian Newspapers on its social and environmental management strategy. The consultancy is already working with the business on environmental audits of its printing...

A decent factory - news

Thomas Balmes (director). DVD. 79 mins. Produced by Making Movies (see web link below). €150 ($190, £105) The blurb on the case of this newly-available DVD says it is a ‘subtle, classic...

GeSI project makes strides - news

An initiative intended to help telecoms companies share information on ethical supply chain audits has appointed the supplier management company Achilles to develop an online system for collating...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

L’Oreal enlists hairdressers in fight against Aids - news

Cosmetics company L’Oreal has won acclaim for an initiative that trains employees to serve as HIV/Aids ‘educators’ in regions hard-hit by the disease. L’Oreal picked up the Award for Business...

procurement teams ‘need ethics codes’ to make progress - news

Companies should provide their procurement teams with ethical codes of practice that they can work by, the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) argues in a new paper on supply chain management....

tougher factory audits reveal European failings - news

An upgraded ethical supply chain auditing process now in use by the clothing retailer H&M has uncovered more serious breaches of workplace standards than its old methods – especially in...

hours and pay are key non-compliance areas - news

Poor control over long working hours, inadequate pay levels and a lack of proper documentation have emerged as the main areas of concern during the first three years of an ethical supply chain...

property developers band together to work with suppliers - news

UK property development and construction companies hope a pilot programme to reduce supply chain risk will shortly be taken up across their sector. More than 20 such businesses met in late June...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

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...

Asia tea producers ‘fall short on CSR’ - news

The tea sector in Asia still has a ‘grim’ record on observing accepted workplace standards, according to a new study. The survey, by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), found a ‘sad...

inbrief - news

A 79-minute documentary on ethical supply chain management at Nokia, the Finnish electronics company, has been released on DVD. A decent factory, made by New York-based First Run/Icarus Films,...

inbrief - news

A large UK-based consultancy has established a CSR division. RSK ENSR will operate the division from its new Manchester office, with a particular focus on supply chain management, sustainable...

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

Peugeot Citroen has reached a landmark agreement with 85 trade unions by committing itself to new global workplace and supply chain standards. The multinational French car manufacturer,...

SA8000 to get major revamp - news

A workplace standard used at more than 800 factories worldwide is to be revised this summer. Social Accountability International, which devised the SA8000 ethical standard in 1997, is...

Philips trains its managers to carry out basic ethical audits - news

An internal training programme at Philips Electronics has equipped more than 500 managers to carry out basic ethical supplier audits during the past 12 months. The training sessions...

trade groups drawn into industry-wide CSR initiative - news

The UK government has contracted six industry trade bodies to draw up sustainable development plans for their sectors. The British Property Federation, the Chartered Institute of Marketing,...

Fair trade label looks to China - news

Social Accountability International (SAI) and Solidaridad, a Dutch organization that fights poverty through fair trade, have started to seek out ethical suppliers in China's textile sector....

Asia-specific CSR guidelines are published - news

New advice for investors on what they should be requiring from companies on CSR issues has been published by the Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA). A...

Euro blueprint sets out softly-softly approach - news

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

Camelot calls in a third party assessor - news

Camelot has brought in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply to analyse its supply chain practices as part of the UK National Lottery operator’s efforts to improve the social and...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

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

tea partnership widens its reach into South America - news

A global alliance of tea-packing companies has expanded its ethical supply chain monitoring into Argentina and Brazil. The London-based Ethical Tea Partnership, which checks workers’...

responsible business practice is not only a company concern - news

Has a battleship invaded corporate social responsibility’s pond? CSR is usually regarded as a private sector concern, mainly engaging large listed companies. The public sector has hardly figured...

inbrief - news

The Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices, which promotes business ethics in the industry’s supply chain, has named Michael Rae chief executive and Santiago Porto programme director. Both...

Australian bank focuses on CSR procurement - news

Human rights and environmental considerations will be combined in a new overall CSR procurement policy being announced this year by the National Australia Bank. The bank says in...

allegations show confusion on suppliers - news

The difficulty of determining the degree to which multinationals are responsible for what happens in their supply chains has been highlighted by a Dutch campaign group’s accusations against two...

M&S ready to extend dairy farm deal - news

Marks & Spencer is likely to extend a fair trade-style arrangement with UK dairy farmers to insulate them from extreme price fluctuations while ensuring a more sustainable milk supply for the...

inbrief - news

The Ethical Tea Partnership has expanded its London team with the appointment of two new managers. Julia Kilbourne, who has experience of ethical supply chain management in African horticulture,...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

Inditex moves to help factory collapse victims - news

Spanish clothing company Inditex is leading a move to set up a ‘solidarity fund’ for victims and families affected by the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh last year. Inditex was...

Levi Strauss heads the pack in Canada - news

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

explorers discover at least 147 different species of CSR - news

There are almost 150 separate types of activity that can be filed under the heading of corporate responsibility, according to the first systematic categorization of the field. A Catalogue of...

palm oil principles agreed - news

Eight principles and nine criteria drawn up in Singapore by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) have now been adopted. The standards cover many aspects of sustainability to ensure...

inbrief - news

Intel has won the first-ever CSR Management Award from Business Ethics magazine in the US. The computer chip company, which has 90,000 employees and a turnover of $34billion (£19.61bn), received...

Ford will train suppliers on workplace standards - news

Motor manufacturing giant Ford is to provide training on social and environmental matters to all its suppliers worldwide. The US-based multinational said the training would supplement a...

ethical retailers will rely less on auditing supply chains - news

The audit-dominated era of ethical supply chain management has been declared dead by one of the most influential bodies in the field. The Ethical Trading Initiative, a 17-year old alliance of...

inbrief - news

The top European companies are twice as likely to publish social reports as their US counterparts, a study has revealed. The survey by UK consultancy Context has found that 84 of the 100 largest...

inbrief - news

Levi Strauss has published the names and locations of its suppliers for the first time. The US-based clothing company has put the details on the corporate citizenship area of its website in a bid...

let’s recognize employees who go beyond call of duty - news

The time is ripe for cross-industry awards that acknowledge staff volunteering, says Scott Keiller Recently I sat on a panel judging the final six nominees for Starbucks UK’s community...

two sectors agree to pool their resources - news

Electronics companies are linking up with telecoms businesses to examine ways of working together on ethical supply chain management. Signatories to the recently developed Electronics...

retailers 'need patience' - news

Food retailers need to persevere with sourcing from small farmers in developing countries even if the farmers are not complying with ethical guidelines, the Ethical Trading Initiative has said....

Vodafone finds health fears are top issue - news

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

Puma discloses details of ethical supplier audits - news

Sports clothing giant Puma has publicly released the results of its ethical auditing of supplier factories for the first time. The German-based multinational has audited all its suppliers...

NGOs test credibility of OECD guidelines - news

One of the three mechanisms of calling multinational companies to account, outside the courts, has come under criticism. The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises have drawn fire...

O2’s ethical lead inspires others - news

Ethical auditing of suppliers by the mobile phone group O2 has encouraged two of them to introduce their own ethical procurement policies. O2 issued self-assessment questionnaires to 20...

social auditing tools are simply not enough - news

Companies, NGOs and auditors alike need to broaden their approach to ethical supply chain management, argues Lisa Kantor For nearly a decade, factory monitoring has been the main focus of...

data collection demands get Disney animated - news

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

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

retail companies ponder response to factory disaster - news

A CSR consultant has been called in to advise European retailers that have sourced goods from a Bangladeshi clothing factory which recently collapsed at the cost of around 100 lives. The...

Taiwan gets first CSR website - news

The CSR in Taiwan website is now live after almost a year of preparation by the Industrial Development and Investment Centre. It is the first web portal promoting CSR among Taiwan companies....

third sector should take leaf from business book - news

Companies have a lot to teach charities about social responsibility, argues Jon Duschinsky A while back, I was a reluctant participant at a conference given by the head of corporate social...

retail companies ponder response to factory disaster - news

A CSR consultant has been called in to advise European retailers that have sourced goods from a Bangladeshi clothing factory which recently collapsed at the cost of around 100 lives. The garment...

three-year haul brings dividends for six retail pioneers - news

Six companies broke new ground last month by completing a three-year programme of ethical supply chain monitoring in conjunction with the US-based Fair Labor Association. The FLA says...

Ikea targets child labour - news

Ikea has begun discussions with Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency, on countering child labour in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The talks are connected to the Swedish-based...

China venue for supply chain talks - news

Supply chain representatives and other interested parties, rather than corporate executives, will speak on CSR and related issues at CSR Asia's first conference at Shekou, Shenzhen, China, on 21...

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

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

food giant throws down pay gauntlet to its rivals - news

A division of the world’s second-largest restaurant company has challenged others in the fast food sector to follow its lead after directly intervening in its supply chain to almost double the...

firms ‘need each other’ to raise supplier performance - news

More and more companies are realizing they cannot tackle supply chain issues on their own and will have to work on them with their commercial rivals, a leading auditing firm has concluded....

HP’s efforts win plaudits from judges - news

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

Chinese firms to share thoughts on ethical supply chain work - news

The attitudes of Chinese corporations will be studied and discussed at a forum in Shanghai on 1 and 2 June. Delegates will consider the relevance of in-house training for suppliers and the...

breathing new life into ethical supply chain management - news

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

Ikea targets child labour - news

Ikea has begun discussions with Unicef, the United Nations children’s agency, on countering child labour in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The talks are connected to the Swedish-based...

15 targeted on labour rights - news

Fifteen companies are facing shareholder resolutions in the US urging them to adopt human rights policies on workplace conditions in their supply chains. The resolutions, filed by New York City...

‘fatigue’ in supply chains needs government tonic - news

The World Bank has become so concerned at the slowing momentum of ethical supply chain monitoring that it is urging governments to become involved. The bank feels many companies’ supply chain...

sportswear sector makes good progress - news

The sports footwear industry, often accused of violating fundamental labour standards, has made greater progress in implementing worker-friendly codes of conduct than the apparel and retail...

five year initiative makes inroads - news

Factory employees and managers have paid tribute to the work of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, a five-year initiative that ended in December. The alliance was created at the...

data overload hits chain - news

Somerfield, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is to set up a system to store information gathered in ethical checks on its suppliers. Somerfield began assessing the practices of more...

editorial standards are the key issue for media sector - news

Media companies can show their corporate responsibility best through transparent and responsible editorial policies, a consultation with the sector’s stakeholders has found. A long dialogue with...

Turkey to be test-bed for new code approach - news

Garment factories in Turkey are to be used as a test-bed for developing a common approach to implementing different codes on ethical labour practices. The factories will participate in trials this...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

business needs to open new frontier for the poor - news

The corporate response to the tsunami disaster was heartening, but it highlighted the need for concerted action to help developing nations, says Jem Bendell The Indian Ocean tsunami was...

CSR performance helps radio groups’ merger bid - news

One of the UK’s largest commercial radio stations believes that its corporate responsibility record has helped it overcome regulatory hurdles in a £700million ($1.3bn) merger. GWR, which owns 35...

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

marketplace group begins three year trip - news

Members of a senior working group on product responsibility, marketing and supply chain management met for the first time in the UK last month to discuss what they hope to achieve. The Marketplace...

sustainable palm-oil guidelines advance - news

Two public forums to publicize policy and seek suggestions have been held by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, set up to produce responsible guidelines for the industry in the Asia Pacific...

inbrief - news

Gildan Activewear has been allowed to remain a member of the Fair Labor Association after finally satisfying the FLA board that it is getting to grips with its ethical supply chain management....

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

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

OECD cases revealed - news

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time publicly listed ‘specific instances’ of alleged non-compliance with its guidelines for multinational enterprises....

opinions split on effect of end of multi-fibre pact - news

Opinions are divided on whether a shake-up in the rules governing world trade in textiles and clothing will help multinationals to improve their supply chains’ social and environmental performance,...

Novo extends its reach to second tier suppliers - news

Novo Nordisk is intensifying its efforts to promote socially responsible business practices in its supply chain by encouraging its main suppliers to spread good practice among the companies that in...

clothing firm finds monitoring is no panacea - news

Clothing company Gap has decided to place less emphasis on ethical monitoring of its supply chain because the approach has had only limited success. Gap says that monitoring of supplier factories...

Novartis takes plunge by setting living wage - news

A Swiss multinational has broken new ground by setting ‘living wage’ levels for staff and contract workers at its sites around the world. Novartis, the third-largest pharmaceuticals group, has...

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

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

electronics sector tries to spark code into life - news

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

Gildan on brink of FLA removal - news

Canadian T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear will be ejected from the US-based Fair Labor Association if it fails to show sufficient progress on ethical supply chain monitoring. Gildan had...

FTSE4Good sets bar on labour standards - news

Sixty-eight of the 900 companies in the FTSE4Good index family will be required to meet new criteria on supply chain labour standards by July 2005 if they want to remain as constituents. The new...

Nike ready to come out of reporting purdah - news

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

coffee giants sign up to industry agreement - news

Four of the world’s largest coffee companies have signed an agreement to improve the industry’s social and environmental standards. Kraft, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo have agreed to follow a new...

‘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...

'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...

Tata gets tough on supply chain ethics - news

A policy of doing business only with companies showing a commitment to CSR is to be developed before the end of this year by India's Tata Iron and Steel Company, often known simply as Tisco. B....

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

BT to set up advisory panel - news

BT is to form a panel of trade unionists and NGO representatives to advise it on how to improve its ethical supply chain monitoring. The telecommunications group says the...

Japanese firms take FTSE4Good by storm - news

Japan has been given its own FTSE4Good index in recognition of the growing importance of CSR to Japanese companies. It is only the third country with a domestic...

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

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...

supply chain audits begin to lose favour - news

Some companies are reducing their emphasis on auditing to improve ethical supply chain standards because it can do more harm than good, the Institute of Business Ethics has...

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...

inbrief - news

Ethnic minority businesses will be helped to increase their trade with large companies under a new initiative from the UK’s De Montfort University in Leicester....

Amnesty social report could lead way for NGOs - news

Amnesty International UK is to become one of the few non-governmental organizations to produce a social report. The move, which could put pressure on some of...

verification analysis suggests size doesn’t matter - news

Small companies seem just as capable of developing and implementing CSR policies as large businesses, an analysis by the standard-setting GoodCorporation suggests....

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

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...

workers would rather complain by post - news

Employees of Reebok’s suppliers in developing countries prefer to use the mail for anonymous complaints about their working conditions, the clothing company has...

‘best practice’ firms are not so hot - news

Only six out of 30 Hong Kong companies that put themselves forward as examples of best practice on CSR explicitly allow trade union membership. A survey carried out by...

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

There is growing business opposition to United Nations norms that set out the basic human rights responsibilities of companies operating in more than one country....

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

computer trio in line of fire - news

Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have become the targets of a campaign against unacceptable working conditions in supply chains. As part of its ‘Clean up your...

ethical trading squeezed by purchasing practices - news

Companies with ethical supply chain codes have been told that their own purchasing practices are often one of the biggest obstacles to the implementation of their codes...

retailers ‘over-stress auditing’ at expense of training - news

Companies running ethical supply chain initiatives have been warned not to spend too much time on monitoring and inspections at the expense of training suppliers and their...

give us human rights data, say social report readers - news

Human rights is the single most important issue for readers of CSR reports, according to a survey by two European communication consultancies. The first-ever global poll...

FTSE4Good gets tough on supply chain criteria - news

Companies without clearly defined policies and programmes on labour standards in their supply chains could soon be excluded from the FTSE4Good family of ethical indices....

time to give clear lead on CSR, Bush is told - news

The US government has been urged to clarify its position on CSR to show companies what it expects from them. A working group of 27 senior corporate responsibility...

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

Ethical supply chain management could hit the buffers because too few stakeholders are involved, a worldwide study has warned. A survey of more than 200 supply chain...

lawyers bid for CSR role - news

The European legal profession is asking corporate lawyers to play a greater part in responsible business practice. The Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the...

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...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

Kesko leading Finnish retailers - news

Only one of Finland’s large retailers is showing a firm public commitment to corporate social responsibility, a study suggests. Kesko, which sells mainly food and clothes,...

internal auditors 'should champion CSR' - news

Internal company auditors have been urged by their professional body to keep a watchful eye on their boards of directors to see if they are taking adequate account of CSR...

now’s the time to make these standards work - news

Companies need to press national governments to show more commitment to basic international standards, says Craig Mackenzie Last year in this column I suggested that...

clothing firms go public with their supplier audits - news

Seven of the world’s largest clothing and footwear companies have allowed details of independent supplier factory audits to be published for the first time, in what is...

48% of retailers have no code - news

Half of UK retailers still do not have a code of conduct for their suppliers, a study has found. Of 417 retailing brands operated by 223 parent companies studied by...

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...

inbrief - news

Two high street retailers have joined the Ethical Trading Initiative, which brings together companies, non-governmental bodies and unions to set up supply chain monitoring...

Christian Aid to investigate Littlewoods suppliers - news

A major UK charity is to investigate factories that supply Littlewoods as a direct result of the retail group’s decision to disband its ethical trading team. Christian...

Insight reveals statistics behind engagement - news

Insight Investment has begun publishing quarterly updates of its engagement activities with companies on social and environmental issues. The first such report shows...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

new index is a promising start but it will have to get stronger - news

Now the Corporate Responsibility Index is off the ground (see page three), where will Business in the Community go with it? The UK industry campaign body has made a good start....

supply chain managers struggle against ‘isolation’ - news

Company managers working on ethical supply chain initiatives too often operate in isolation with little support, money or understanding from other parts of the business,...

new body will monitor supply chain ethics - news

A new organization has been set up to help multinationals monitor the degree to which suppliers comply with codes of conduct. The International Center for Corporate...

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...

confident ETI begins to expand its horizons - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative is to expand its membership beyond its traditional base of food and clothing companies as part of wider plans to engage more with the outside...

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....

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...

KFC hits back against animal welfare claims - news

Fast food corporation KFC has said it will resist an international campaign by animal welfare activists over alleged cruelty to chickens in its supply chain. KFC...

Littlewoods raises ire of NGOs and unions - news

One of the UK’s leading retailers is to scrap its entire ethical trading department and curtail its corporate social responsibility activity after a takeover....

warning on partnerships - news

A warning on the dangers of the partnership approach to corporate social responsibility has come from a senior representative of a non-governmental organization active in the...

inbrief - news

Oxford University is to begin reviewing the social and environmental performance of companies in which it invests. The university’s investment committee is adopting an...

Novo elevates ethics in new supply chain regime - news

Life sciences company Novo is to assess its suppliers using a new evaluation system that puts their social and environmental performance on a par with quality and price...

firms offered benchmark on labour issues - news

Some of the best-known organizations in the CSR field have developed a web-based tool to help companies benchmark their labour standards against other firms. The...

Dixons under fire over supply chain ‘secrecy’ - news

Electrical retailer Dixons has been criticized by a group of UK local authority pension funds for failing to disclose its policies on ethical supply chain management....

inbrief - news

Tokiwa Corporation’s Tokyo factory is the first facility in Japan to be certified against the SA8000 ethical supply chain standard. Tokiwa, which makes cosmetics for...

inbrief - news

Belinda Howell has moved from her post as director of Business in the Environment to head the sustainability solutions team at the international URS consultancy. Based...

DLH and Greenpeace split - news

An alliance on responsible timber production between Danish multinational DLH and Greenpeace has broken down over allegations by the firm that the non-governmental...

firms offered help with questionnaire fatigue - news

A novel way of tackling questionnaire fatigue has been developed by an Australian social and environmental investment research body. The Sustainability Reporter web site,...

Unilever ready for sea change - news

A quarter of all fish in Unilever’s food products will be from a source certified as sustainable by the end of this year, the group has said. Only five per cent of...

ABB spends $55m on CSR - news

Engineering and power group ABB says the cost of its sustainability programme has ‘stabilized’ at $55million (£36m) after rising steadily for three years. The...

UK retailers form CSR group - news

A corporate social responsibility group has been formed by the trade body representing UK retailers. The 210,000-member British Retail Consortium has set up the group...

inbrief - news

An online database designed to help companies improve the ethical performance of their supply chains has been set up by US-based Business for Social Responsibility. The...

inbrief - news

Supply chain management is the theme of a one-day ‘Buying into sustainability’ conference to be held by Business in the Community on 20 June in London. Speakers...

UK rejects compulsory social labels - news

Mandatory social labelling for products has been rejected by the UK government. A ministerial working group set up to study the concept – which would involve...

‘foot photo’ works wonders - news

Providing simple but stark photographic evidence of poor working conditions in supplier factories is often the best way to make senior executives aware of problems in the...

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

The world’s second-largest mining company has begun to implement a worldwide strategy to improve its ethical performance. Anglo American is introducing a set of ‘global...

timber firm opens supply chain to NGO scrutiny - news

A multinational timber company has agreed to allow Greenpeace to visit its suppliers in Liberia to verify that they are not involved in illegal logging or connected with arms...

SA8000 passes 100-factory landmark - news

The number of factories certified to the SA8000 ethical workplace standard has now passed 100, according to figures from Social Accountability International, the organization...

MEPs ready to back Euro reporting law - news

Mandatory social and environmental reporting across Europe may move a step closer this month if, as expected, the European Parliament formally requests that a commitment to...

Chinese government boosts CSR hopes - news

Corporate social responsibility in China entered a new phase of development last month when the government agreed to the formation of a business council for sustainable...

the first law of corporate social responsibility - news

The honeymoon period for voluntary self-regulation on CSR may be beginning to draw to a close, says Adrian Henriques Should corporate social responsibility be...

ETI companies extend reach to more suppliers - news

Member companies of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have significantly increased the percentage of suppliers they monitor for compliance against the...

inbrief - news

Auret van Heerden has been named executive director of the US-based Fair Labor Association (FLA). He joins from the International Labour Organization, where he was...

use of indicators still ‘sporadic’ - news

Most FTSE100 companies are not yet using meaningful indicators to illustrate any progress they may be making on key social issues, according to a study. Research by...

motor industry shifts up a gear on CSR - news

The UK motor industry is to develop best practice guidelines on sustainability principles for its supply chain. The industry’s trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers...

inbrief - news

Alan Roberts , group business standards director of the retail group Littlewoods, has been appointed chair of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Roberts will step up from ETI vice...

inbrief - news

Work has begun to revise the SA8000 ethical trading standard, which provides guidance for retailers trying to monitor their supply chains. Social Accountability...

ministry will back fair trade - news

The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said it will favour fair trade suppliers over others, but only if they provide value for money. Kim Howells told...

Finns must move on suppliers - news

Finnish firms need to improve their supply chain monitoring procedures if they are to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, a Helsinki University of...

BBC makes its reporting debut on the internet - news

The BBC has launched its first environment report with a warning that it ‘contains more anecdotes than measured impacts’. The web-based report, Environment Matters ,...

firms to be rated on labour standards - news

Plans for a ratings system to assess companies’ performance on labour standards have been announced by the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability. Gradient,...

inbrief - news

Two UK-based consultancies have joined forces to offer a ‘risk identification’ service for companies. Casella Stanger, part of Casella Consulting, and Merchant...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

inbrief - news

Former US secretary of agriculture Daniel Glickman is to chair the Fair Labor Association, the non-profit body which provides social auditing services for companies monitoring...

call for local auditors - news

Companies should switch to using local non-governmental organizations and workers’ groups to carry out supply chain monitoring in developing nations rather than western...

BT invites key suppliers to sign up to ethical code - news

BT has begun meeting its major suppliers to encourage participation in a supply chain initiative that commits them to meet standards on working conditions, health and safety,...

ethical standards ‘are affordable’ - news

The cost of complying with ethical codes of conduct appears to be affordable to most emerging economy companies, according to a UK government-funded study. Figures on...

researchers form worldwide SRI service - news

Socially responsible investment (SRI) research bodies from 12 countries have joined forces to provide data on companies’ social and environmental performance for...

retailer’s supply chain work wins plaudits - news

The food retailer Coop Italia received the Humane Workplace Award at this year’s Corporate Conscience Awards for its work to improve conditions for workers in its supply...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

Severn Trent overhauls business code - news

Severn Trent has published its first code of business principles and conduct. The 12-page document aims to give ‘ethical direction’ to the utility company’s 15,000...

Adidas turns up heat on labour standards - news

One of the world’s largest sports clothing companies has stepped up the monitoring of labour standards in its supply chain. Adidas-Salomon will carry out an internal audit...

lottery operator will curb its profit margin - news

Camelot has promised to cut its profit margin by half as one of a series of pledges made in its second social report. The UK National Lottery operator says it will attempt...

funds will target four UK retailers - news

Four UK retailers are to be targeted by a group of major local authority pension funds over their policies on overseas labour standards. The Local Authority Pension Fund...

water company ready to go global on volunteering - news

The water company AWG is drawing up plans to extend its employee volunteering scheme worldwide. AWG – formerly Anglian Water – provides water for almost 12 million...

NGOs pick ‘soft’ targets - news

Non-governmental organizations have been accused of too often choosing softer corporate targets for their campaigning rather than companies that are doing little to improve...

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

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

Shell has come top of Business in the Environment’s (BiE) fifth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index. The oil company, which has been under fire in the UK...

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...

thinking locally can reduce human rights risks in China - news

Companies have been told they can reduce the ethical risks of using suppliers in China by making sure they are locally-owned, employ at least some local workers and are in...

chemical firms outline sustainability strategy - news

The UK chemicals industry has taken what it describes as its ‘first step’ towards a strategy for sustainable development by publishing a draft ‘leadership statement’...

legal approach is key to monitoring in China - news

Progress can be made on supply chain monitoring in China if companies portray themselves as wishing to tackle breaches of the law, rather than looking for human rights...

CWS unveils social report - news

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has published its first social report. The 60-page document covers the co-operative’s food retailing business, and is largely...

fund seeks child labour talks - news

Four UK high street retailers have been approached by pension fund representatives to discuss their policies on child labour. WH Smith, Signet, Boots, and JJB Sports...

new package offers aid on supply chain ethics - news

A new CD-ROM package has been developed to help companies benchmark suppliers when managing the environmental impact of their supply chains. The package, which costs...

EIRIS begins rights study - news

A major survey into European companies' human rights policies is to be carried out by the London-based Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS). Around 1000 UK...

hotline could aid audits - news

Companies trying to gauge working conditions in third world supplier factories may find a telephone hotline is one of the best ways of getting workers to report their concerns,...

Sigma project takes off - news

An ambitious project to devise national sustainability standards for business begins in earnest this month. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for Sustainability: Integrated...

supply chain monitoring proves to be a long haul - news

Pioneering retailers have established that it is possible to audit the social and environmental performance of their suppliers in developing countries, but an industry consensus on...

C&A expands audits to include homeworkers - news

The supply-chain auditing arm of C&A is extending inspections to cover homeworkers in the 31 countries where the European retailer sources its goods. The...

supply chain consensus a long way off, warns IBE - news

Companies trying to address ethical issues in their supply chains have been warned it may take up to 15 years to reach a consensus on how to carry out efficient monitoring A new...

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...

companies support UN compact - news

The United Nations has made its biggest intervention yet in the debate over corporate social responsibility (CSR) by persuading 44 companies, including a large number of...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

Nike reveals audits to the world - news

Nike has posted social audits of 53 suppliers in North America and Mexico on its web site as part of a new commitment to openness over working conditions at its 700 contract factories...

B&Q to move its ethical approach into China - news

The home improvement company B&Q is to extend its work on ethical trading to China, where it buys goods from more than 300 factories. The move is likely to be watched closely by...

Novo Nordisk to go social - news

Novo Nordisk is looking at ways to expand its supply chain monitoring to include ‘social considerations’. The Denmark-based biotechnology and healthcare company currently uses...

inbrief - news

New supply chain tracking guidelines from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) are expected to be issued within the next month. The guidelines will provide...

inbrief - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative hopes to produce a 'monitoring handbook' later this year outlining the lessons it has learned form its various inspection and monitoring...

banana companies agree to ethical trading pilot - news

Three of the world’s largest banana companies have agreed to take part in a pilot project aimed at improving labour standards on their estates in central America. Dole, Chiquita and...

auditors to focus on gender - news

Companies monitoring their supply chains for labour standards must use auditors who are the same gender and race as the workers they are talking to, a forthcoming study will...

retailers fall short on foreign labour codes - news

Two-thirds of UK-listed retailers have yet to adopt any formal code of conduct on overseas labour standards, according to a new survey by the Local Authority Pension Fund...

New Look starts supplier audits - news

Ladies fashion retailer New Look has begun supply chain audits in a number of countries, including Turkey and Cambodia. This follows the company’s decision last year to send all...

Indian child labour project targets football stitchers - news

A new scheme to eliminate child labour in the football stitching industry of northern India has begun under the supervision of the Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS) consultancy....

government told to take the lead - news

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

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...

pressure mounts on clothing retailers - news

High street clothes shops are having to pay increasing attention to regular and thorough monitoring of suppliers, as journalists and campaigners join forces to turn the spotlight on...

Waitrose prepares report on ethical trading - news

The Waitrose supermarket chain is to publish its first ethical trading report early next year. The report, which will outline progress the UK food retailer has made...

purchasers to look at supply chain guidance - news

New guidelines on how to tackle supply chain issues such as child labour are to be drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The institute, which has...

warning for business on equal opps - news

An influential quango has warned businesses they have two years to improve their performance on equal opportunities before it reconsiders the threat of tougher legislation....

business help sought on sustainability standard - news

Leading UK companies will shortly be invited to help devise a national sustainability standard that could be copied around the world. The Sigma project – Sigma stands for...

Boots asks its suppliers some ethical questions - news

Social and ethical issues are to be incorporated into supply chain auditing at the UK’s largest retail chemist. Boots the Chemists, which sells around 27,000...

New Look states its aims - news

Ladies fashion retailer New Look is to send copies of a new ethical aims statement to suppliers of accessories such as lingerie, hats, bags and shoes. The high street clothes...

PVC makers get ready for impact study - news

The UK’s two main PVC manufacturers have agreed to produce partnership reports looking at the impact of their products on society. The Dutch-owned European Vinyl Corporation (EVC),...

inbrief - news

European perfume makers Chanel and Guerlain have been urged to check their supply chains to avoid the use of wild musk in their products. A new report from the World Wildlife Fund...

directors’ duties and the company law review - news

The best way of ensuring that directors’ decisions take stakeholder interests fully into account is to introduce legal minimum standards for social and environmental reporting, argues...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

new forestry code agreed - news

UK and US retailers have welcomed the creation of agreed standards for the production of sustainable timber in the UK. The standards are expected to be accepted by other countries,...

C&A prepares to target east Europe suppliers - news

C&A’s social auditing arm is to step up visits to the company’s suppliers in eastern Europe to tighten up on working conditions. SOCAM, an independent entity that...

business ready for change - news

More than half of the UK’s business leaders expect to spend much greater sums on developing socially responsible strategies over the next five years, according to a survey by...

Cadbury asks suppliers for green credentials - news

Cadbury Schweppes suppliers have been told to report back on their environmental performance as part of a drive to improve the food and drinks conglomerate’s ecological...

responding to the challenge - news

Ethical Performance has invited KPMG, the global consultancy business, to outline a programme of practical advice for companies wishing to quantify, manage and improve their ethical...

Iceland food policy reaps dividends - news

Frozen food retailer Iceland has been swamped with calls from firms wanting to copy its policy on genetically modified foods. The group says its pioneering ban on GM foods – brought...

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Business Environmental Performance Initiative - directory

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI) is a business-driven initiative that enables companies to manage and improve the environmental performance of their global supply chain...

Business Social Compliance Initiative - directory

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in...

Sustainserv, Inc. - directory

Sustainserv is a global sustainability consultancy that provides comprehensive strategic advisory, analytics and communications services for companies seeking innovative and pragmatic approaches...

thinkstep Ltd - directory

PE INTERNATIONAL brings over 20 years experience in product and corporate sustainability. We are leading contributors to the development of new standards such as the GHG protocol and the CDP and...

Clearstream Solutions - directory

Clearstream Solutions provides global carbon management and sustainability services. We assist organisations to measure and implement best-in-class environmental and sustainable practice in...

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply - directory

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the leading international body representing purchasing and supply management professionals.  It is the worldwide centre of...

Social Compliance Service Asia Limited - (SCSA) - directory

Social Compliance Service Asia (SCSA) is a professional compliance services firm operated by a group of experienced compliance experts who have a strong passion and belief in fair labor and...

Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

BSD Consulting - directory

BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

Centre for Sustainability and Excellence - directory

CSE is a  leading strategic advisory and training organization, offering integrated sustainability consulting services in Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia. CSE...

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited - directory

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure UK Limited (part of Amec Foster Wheeler) is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consultancy with enviable customer relationships...

TwentyFifty Ltd - directory

twentyfifty builds the capacity of companies to understand and address their impacts and lead change that serves both business and society.  We have over a decades experience of business...

Just Solutions Network - directory

The Just Solutions Network is united around a holistic vision of the balanced organisation as a driver of stable socio-economic development with benefits being shared equitably along the supply...

RPS Group Plc - directory

RPS is an award winning international consultancy that has been advising its clients on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability challenges and their solutions for over forty years....

The Reassurance Network Ltd - directory

The Reassurance Network specialises in ethical supply chain support, corporate responsibility management and assurance, and business integrity. Our services include auditing and assurance,...

ACI Sustainability Report: “Bold Collective Actions” Needed for Transformational Change - reports

American Cleaning Institute Report, “Foundations for Transformation,” Showcases Steps Industry is Taking to Tackle Most Critical Issues

Marshalls plc: 8th Annual UNGC Communication on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls knows that sustainability counts and that it can be levered for competitive advantage by those organisations which are innovative, fully engaged, trustworthy and there for the long...

Pearson Releases 2016 Sustainability Report Showing Progress Towards 2020 Plan - reports

Pearson, the world’s learning company, today published its  2016 Sustainability Report , which highlights the progress made in implementing its 2020 Sustainability Plan and a...

Free Webinar: Supplier engagement and motivation - Proving the business case - reports

Moving beyond mandate and control, eradicate box-ticking ‘compliance’ and shift mindsets across your supply chain might be the hardest task but truly engaging suppliers is key to the...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

The  Edmond de Rothschild Group’s  third  Sustainability report , for reporting year 2016, gives a complete overview of its performance and progress versus its 2020...

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today published its 2016 sustainability report. The company’s 11th annual report, themed It All Adds Up, documents the actions and efforts driving its global...

Foreign Trade Association Becoming Amfori in 2018 to Be the Voice of Global Responsible Trade - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) announced yesterday, 15 June, during its annual conference that the association will change its corporate name to ‘Amfori’ as of January 2018. The...

Abbott Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Today, Abbott released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, reinforcing its dedication to helping people live fuller, healthier lives around the world. The report details the company's...

HP announces new social and environmental goals with release of the HP 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Sustainability serves as a guiding principle for how HP does business, fueling the company’s innovation and growth. It supports HP’s vision of creating technology that makes life...

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2017 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainable Business Report 2017, the second report under its sustainable business strategy that was launched in 2016.

SABIC has recently launched its 2016 Sustainability Report, Transforming Together - reports

SABIC’s 2016 Sustainability Report, the sixth published by one of the world’s largest suppliers of chemicals, is an enormous achievement. For the first time, SABIC handed the report...

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

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

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2017...

Leonardo Sustainability and Innovation Report 2016, a commitment to a responsible business conduct - reports

Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, top player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, releases the 2016 Sustainability and Innovation Report, the first with the new brand.

Barilla 2017 “Good for You, Good for the Planet” Sustainability Report - reports

The Barilla Group has released  its 2017 Sustainability Report. Highlights include Barilla actions to contribute to  people’s and communities’ wellbeing  and...

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

Walmart Highlights Progress in Creating Shared Value in Tenth Annual Global Responsibility Report - reports

Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity,...

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments and Programs - reports

General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates.

Making a Difference: Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report Features Progress on Skills Training, Sustainability and Closing the Gender Gap - reports

Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “ Making a Difference ,” details its commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world. 

Thinking globally, acting locally - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, today released its 2016 reporting suite including its full online Sustainable development report, its  Global Thinking, Local Action...

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...

Observations for a better world – Purposeful work with valuable impacts for societies - reports

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, published today its renewed sustainability report, “Observations for a Better World 2016”. The publication...

Pfizer Launches 2016 Annual Review Highlighting Commitment to UN SDGs - reports

Today, Pfizer launched its 2016 Annual Review, which provides an in-depth look at all of the ways Pfizer is accelerating patient impact and fulfilling its purpose: to make innovative medicines...

Twinings demonstrates how it is improving the quality of life in tea communities in its 2016 Social Impact Report - reports

UK-based international tea brand Twinings publishes its 2016 Social Impact Report which brings to life the stories of the people behind a cup of tea, from Chrissy, a smallholder tea farmer in...

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

Sealed Air Publishes Annual Sustainability Report, Provides First Glimpse Into Progress to Achieve 2020 Sustainability Goals - reports

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced recently the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report.  This year’s report chronicles the Company’s journey to achieve its...

New report shows accelerated growth in the sustainable seafood supply chain as MSC certified catch nears 10 million tonnes - reports

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today published its 2015-16 Annual Report, highlighting market engagement and growth in MSC certified fisheries and supply chain. The report, From...

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

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

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

FTA SUSTAINABILITY - Chemical Specialist - recruitment

  The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) is the leading business association of European and international commerce that promotes the values of free trade and sustainable supply chains. FTA...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

FTA Promotes Stronger Links Between International Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) today published its 2015-2016 Annual Report. This publication outlines the association’s successful activities and collaborative efforts focused on...

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

The latest Sustainability Report from communications group WPP shows the business making progress on sustainability issues with its clients and in its own operations.

HP Releases 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

HP released its 2015 Sustainability Report today illustrating the progress it is making to support its vision of creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

Sustainability: it's personal at Kingfisher - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement company, has published its Sustainability Report 2015/16 showing progress towards becoming a restorative Net Positive business.

AMD Publishes 21st Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 21st corporate responsibility (CR) report and summary magazine, detailing the company’s progress towards its social and environmental goals, as well as...

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2015-16 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its first report under its new sustainable business strategy , which sets out to ensure an even closer alignment between the organisation’s core...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

GM Strengthens Business, Communities Through Mobility - reports

Sustainability Report outlines company’s efforts and results The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - reports

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

CBRE Publishes Eighth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of...

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets - reports

London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the...

2014 Sustainability Report Demonstrates Dedication to Transparency - reports

Shaw Industries’ 2014 Sustainability Report marks a pivotal year in the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability.

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report,...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

“Understanding our contribution to our local and national economies, building positive relationships with our community and protecting the environments we impact, at developments or via...

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here.

Calor Gas publishes 2014 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LGP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has today published its 2014 Sustainability Review.

Advancing Free Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains at the Highest Political Level - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched its 2014 - 2015 Annual Report, showcasing the key achievements in a landmark year for the organisation, as it continued to consolidate its...

M&S publishes its first update on Plan A 2020 and how it creates sustainable value - reports

The 2015 M&S Plan A Report is the international retailer’s first update on its Plan A 2020 targets launched last year.

Deutsche Telekom publishes 13th CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report for 2014 concentrates on the most important topics for Deutsche Telekom and its stakeholders, including privacy, the supply chain and...

adidas Group presents 2014 Sustainability Progress Report 'Make a Difference' - reports

The adidas Group has published its 2014 Sustainability Progress Report.

Diageo unveils ambitious Water Blueprint - reports

Water stewardship strategy supports company’s expansion in emerging markets. Extends targets to broader supply chain for first time to reduce overall impact on water resources  ...

The Maersk Group publishes its Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Having launched a new sustainability strategy in 2014, Maersk continues to address sustainability challenges in a way that creates value for society and for its business.

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 8th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Download the report here to find out how Thomas Cook is transforming for a better future.

Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020 - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in...

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

BSCI Annual Conference 2014 Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

Winner of 2014 Nestlé CSV Prize announced - reports

Today, Honey Care Africa (HCA) was announced as the overall winner of the 2014 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize during the global Creating Shared Value Forum, co-organised by...

Nestlé SA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite you to the live webcast of the 2014 Shared Value Global Forum: - reports

“Changing Role of Business in Society” Thursday, 9 October 2014 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. (CEST)   Join the webcast!

Stockland launches FY14 Reports - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the launch of its online FY14 Sustainability Reporting. This supports the Annual Review 2014, the...

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL’s tradition of reporting, which began in 2006, continues to develop and improve every year, demonstrating the comprehensive operational strategy for sustainability and corporate...

Network Rail releases 2013/14 Sustainability Update - reports

Investment in Britain’s railway is at a level not seen since Victorian times.

Mars, Incorporated Publishes 2013 Principles in Action Summary - reports

Mars, Incorporated publishes its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary on mars.com , which details the company’s approach to business – the challenges it shares with society,...

Sonoco summarizes Sustainability Progress in its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report, Principle, People and Progress, outlining the Company’s...

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report uses the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation.

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

Orange, a committed operator in a changing world, publishes its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

As a leading telecoms operator in over 30 countries serving 236m customers, Orange is at the heart of society’s digital transformation. This privileged position gives the Group the...

BSCI’s 2013 Annual Report: A Decade of Progress Towards Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has launched its 2013 Annual Report. The publication echoes the initiative’s 10-year anniversary highlighting its substantial efforts and...

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

Today, Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports.  The Annual Report makes significant progress towards the principles of the IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework and the...

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

GM Outlines Efforts to Transform Transportation - reports

Sustainability report shares progress toward a more sustainable industry.

Colgate-Palmolive releases 2013 sustainability report and progress on sustainability strategy - reports

NEW YORK, NY – Colgate-Palmolive has released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled, Giving the World Reasons to Smile. This annual report details Colgate’s long-standing...

Vaisala's Corporate Responsibility Report Launched - reports

Vaisala has taken a strong step into the renewable energies industry.  It is now a leading provider of reliable observation technologies and science-based weather modelling, improving...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

edie Sustainability Skills Workshop - calendar

A unique edie workshop designed to arm you with the essential tools and inspiration to become a sustainability leader of tomorrow. The edie Sustainability Skills Workshop brings...

SGS sets out its contribution to sustainability - reports

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With more than 80,000 employees, the company operates a network of more than 1,650 offices and...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

GRI/G4 REPORTING: CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING TRAINING - calendar

Are you creating your first sustainability report and don’t know how to begin? Are you currently reporting but aren’t sure your company is up to par? As a certified Global Reporting...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

Purpose & Progress -- 2016 Corporate Citizenship Conference - calendar

On a daily basis, businesses serve as powerful forces for good around the world. From job creation to corporate citizenship initiatives, the private sector’s impact on society is enormous....

G&A Invites You: Global ESG Investment Forum: Just Two Weeks Away (Oct 26-27 | London) - calendar

G&A Institute invites you: Hi,     With only 2 weeks away from the Global ESG Investment Forum being held in London on the 26-27th of October 2016, we have included...

Report highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on coca farming - reports

Zurich, November 12, 2013 – Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today announced its 2012/13 Sustainability...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

John Lewis Partnership Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Sustainability Report 2013 has now launched, detailing the retailer's progress in corporate social responsibility during 2012/13, including achievements,...

edie Sustainability Communications Conference - calendar

How can you turn consumer interest in sustainability into action? How do you create a strategy to influence supply chain behaviour and how can you engage your employees through competition and...

The Blockchain Revolution - calendar

MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2016 18:00 - 21:15 What is the blockchain, and what does it mean for the relationship between business and society? These are two questions we’ll be addressing on...

BSCI's Annual Report 2012 - reports

Brussels, 4 July 2013. Today, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) publishes its Annual Report 2012, highlighting the ongoing need for effective collaboration to raise the bar and...

Alcatel-Lucent's 2012 Sustainability Performance - A Year of Continued Achievement - reports

In 2012, Alcatel-Lucent executed on its three core sustainability priorities: Green, People and Digital Inclusion. We also put our sustainability values at the core of our day-to-day...

BSCI Annual Conference 2015 - The Power of Collaboration - calendar

The BSCI Annual Conference 2015 will return this November under the theme 'The Power of Collaboration'. This conference will unite hundreds of large and small companies with NGOs,...

Supply Chain Transparency: A Key Driver to Consumer Buying Behaviour - calendar

The objective of this webinar is to present the results of a recent study on the Impact of Supply Chain Transparency on Consumer Trust and new innovative technology solutions to manage supply...

ELEVATE Leadership Series – Reimagining Responsible Sourcing - calendar

How can responsible sourcing help create adaptive supply chains and better risk management? What transitions are necessary to achieve this? Effective responsible sourcing requires long term,...

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

SGS Webinar: Value Chain Risk Management: Emerging Approaches to Global Risk Management in Sustainability - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We begin by defining why a value...

Upmanship: Enhancing the Science of CSR - calendar

As part of National CSR Week in Canada, 1-5 June, 2015 , professional corporate responsibility practitioners, officers and consultants are meeting in Toronto for a two-day " Upmanship:...

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility - E156 - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

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

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainable Global Supply Chains - calendar

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the leading business-driven initiative supporting companies committed to improve working conditions in their global supply chains, is pleased to...

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

Robert Brown, Ford’s Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SESE) states, “I have headed up Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability function for...

Creating Shared Value Global Forum 2014 - calendar

How can governments and civil society work with business to accelerate sustainable development? What could these partnerships look like? Join us on Thursday 9 October to discuss the...

CSR Asia Summit 2014 - calendar

The CSR Asia Summit is recognised as the most innovative and thought-provoking conference on corporate social responsibility in the region. The Summit is: the leading platform for...

Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead in Communications - reports

SGS invites you to register for the complimentary webinar "Sustainability Communications & Reporting: Getting Ahead in Communications" on February 21, 2013.

Responsible Sourcing: Taking Control of Your Supply Chain - calendar

OBJECTIVE The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to support organizations as they look to challenge their supply chains to be more sustainable. It will...

Key Issues in Responsible Sourcing - Migrant Labour - calendar

OBJECTIVE The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to support organizations as they look to challenge their supply chains to be more sustainable. It...

Certificate - Corporate Social Responsibility (E156) - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

Skanska - reports

Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects as well as...

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Responsible Supply Chains Conference - calendar

Presented by the Forum in partnership with the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, this one-day conference brings together corporate executives, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and academics...

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

The only UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. The Sustainable Purchasing and...

Ceres Conference 2014 - calendar

Sea levels are rising. Severe droughts are hitting many regions of the world, while floods are drowning others. And hurricanes and other storms are more costly and destructive than ever....

adidas Group presents its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group published its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, reiterating its commitment to transparency in sustainability performance reporting.

Kesko's Work to Combat Climate Change Produces Results - reports

The theme of Kesko's 13th Corporate Responsibility Report is Let's do good. Together. The 2012 report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko's...

Crest Nicholson's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

In Crest Nicholson's 50th anniversary year, the Group is continually inspired by new ideas. The Group's 2012 Sustainability Report:  Innovation that Inspires details how the...

Course E15613: Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This certificate course jointly organised by HREA and the Human Rights Centre of the UN-mandated University for Peace engages participants in the contemporary debates surrounding the benefits...

RSPO European Summit - calendar

“Sustainable palm oil in Europe – Taking the market transformation to the next level”, RSPO European Summit, September 3rd, Berlin, Germany The production and...

3rd China Green Textile Summit 2013 - calendar

Greenpeace, the international environmentalist group, has pointed out in a report that a number of major textile brands and clothing retailers acted serious violations of environment, which...

Supply chain strategy – 3 things worth a look - reports

Three things worth looking at if you’re following the latest on sustainable supply chain

Corporate Social Impact Conference - calendar

In today’s world corporate philanthropy is broadening to include a wide range of stakeholders – effective partnerships can accelerate impact and lead to longer term social change....

Thales 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report has just been published - reports

This yearly report addresses the 10 Global Compact Principles of Responsibility with a focus on 6 of Group’s CR priorities.

Johnson & Johnson publishes its ninth Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson Our Responsibility 2011 Sustainability Report is now available. The report discusses the Company’s sustainability activities and progress as of December 2011. It is...

BSCI publishes its Annual Report - reports

Today, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) publishes its 2011 Annual Report, ‘Towards improved working conditions of factories and farms worldwide’. The report shows that...

Pearson publishes its 2011 corporate responsibility report - reports

Pearson one of the world’s leading learning companies has published its latest corporate responsibility report, Our Impact on Society 2011. The report sets out the commitments made by Pearson...

Ford's 13th Sustainability Report is now available - reports

Ford Motor Company's 13th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

BT publishes its annual Better Future report - reports

BTs Better Future 2012 report highlights progress made, and challenges, in its goal to be a responsible and sustainable business leader.

Deutsche Telekom AG announces its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom AG today announced the release of its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights how Deutsche Telekomis pursuing its goal of taking a leading role internationally...

ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management - calendar

SGS invites you to the 45-minute complimentary webinar entitled “ ISO 20121 Sustainability Event Management ” on May 24, 2012. The objective of this webinar is to provide an initial overview of...

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

Abbott release 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott today released its 2011 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how the company applies its business acumen, scientific expertise, resources and...

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...

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

Medtronic releases 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update - reports

Global medical technology company Medtronic, Inc. has released the company’s 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update, “Innovating for a Better World”

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

Caesars Entertainment’s 2010-2011 Sustainability Report covers calendar 2010 and the first half of 2011. It is both the company’s and the casino-entertainment and hospitality industry’s second...

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

Intel Corporation has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001.

Hasbro publishes first CSR report - reports

Hasbro Announces Commitment to Eliminate PVC from Core Product Packaging in the Company’s First Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop - calendar

Drawing on two decades’ experience working with companies such as Syngenta, Cadbury and Starbucks, this innovative one day training workshop will improve your understanding of biodiversity and...

Walt Disney releases second Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

The Walt Disney Company has released its second Corporate Citizenship Report, detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts.

Avery Dennison releases first Sustainability Report - reports

Avery Dennison Corporation released its first Sustainability Report, Together We’re Stronger, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals.

Social Accountability International (SAI) 2011 Courses - calendar

SAI’s training is designed to encourage proficiency in social compliance issues and emphasize the implementation of management systems.   Learn about a management-system approach to social...

Sustainability briefing - reports

Ethical Corporation have compiled a 12-page management briefing on some of the key sustainability issues for 2012. This in-depth briefing looks at the ever-changing world of sustainable business.

Social Accountability International (SAI) 2010 Training Courses - calendar

SAI’s training is designed to encourage proficiency in social compliance issues and emphasize the implementation of management systems.   Learn about a management-system approach to social...

Warburtons publishes first Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Leading British bakery brand Warburtons has published its first Corporate Responsibility Review. The review explains how the company's values inform its approach to sustainability, guides its...

Ethical Corporation Awards - for your diary - reports

Something definitely worth noting regarding ethical best practice: Ethical Corp just launched their 3rd Responsible Business Awards. The big night will take place mid-June 2012 in central London.

Supply chain CSR briefing - reports

As a member of the Ethical Performance community, you are no doubt aware that your supply chain represents a large CSR risk for your company. What you may not know is how to mitigate against...

CSR Asia Responsible Supply Chains in China: tools and strategies for continuous improvement - reports

Building from our ongoing training on a broad range of CSR topics within Asia, this is a tailor made course to help companies and other organisations better understand and manage their supply...

Article on supplier engagement you may find interesting, from Ethical Corporation - reports

Ethical Corporation recently published an article on Nestlé’s decision to re-instate a previously banned supplier. The supplier was previously banned based on sustainability grounds, but after...

Human Rights Training for Companies - calendar

Please Note: this training is in Dutch, but can be conducted in English upon request. www.aimforhumanrights.nl/mensenrechtentraining www.amnesty.nl/mensenrechtentraining Child labour,...

Introduction to Sustainable and Ethical Procurement - calendar

Introduction to Sustainable and Ethical with Mallen Baker This course will: Identify the key social and environmental issues in the supply chain. Resolve dilemmas in the supply chain Build...

E-Learning Programme on Corporate Eco-Efficiency for Financial Institutions (CEFI) - calendar

1.5 million euros saved after five years by reducing the use of paper, water, and energy. $15 million saved in three years by implementing measures of eco-efficiency in printing. How much could...

GE release seventh annual Citizenship Report - reports

The report covers GE's worldwide operations for the 2010 fiscal year and is structured around discussions of GE's long-term value creation in addressing the world's most pressing problems

BSCI publishes its 2010 annual report - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) an initiative of the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) published today its 2010 annual report, "Tackling the challenges of responsible sourcing"

International Green Awards - calendar

The International Green Awards™ is the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation, has now launched for the 7th year. This year, the awards are...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Vodafone Group publishes Sustainability Report 2011 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2011. The report provides an overview of Vodafone's strategy and performance across 24 markets, and how it is performing against its...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 14th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world major semiconductor companies has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies...

Ethical Sourcing Forum - calendar

Driving Change, Supplying Value   For over 10 years the Ethical Sourcing Forum - the premier industry event for building sustainable supply chains - has been bringing you incisive...

Impactt Conference 2012 - calendar

Finding the Sweet Spot: Smarter ethical trade that delivers more for all An inspired and pragmatic one-day conference focused on making sustainable, worker-led and business-focused changes...

ACCSR's 5th Annual Conference The Innovation Imperative: Taking CSR from Risk Management to Value Creation - calendar

ACCSR’s 5th annual conference aims to inspire, explore and support the relationship between CSR and innovation. It will focus on how organisations shift their attention from risk management to...

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

The first UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. This unique one-day forum is organised...

How to Manage Supplier Social & Environmental Performance Conference - calendar

http://www.ethicalcorp.com/supplychain Senior speakers from HP, BT, ArcelorMittal, Nestle, Nokia, InterfaceFLOR, BBC, Ericsson, AkzoNobel, BASF, BSCI will show you how to deliver lasting...

IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2010 - reports

IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2010. The report looks at the steps IKEA took last year in key social and environmental areas, including the fight against climate change, the...

ESF North America 2011 – New York - calendar

The event continues on 01 April 2011 Maximizing Sustainability IMPACT and Business Value More than a Forum... The ESF offers a “deep-dive” into the latest advances in sustainability...

How to engage suppliers on sustainability - reports

Supply Chain Sustainability, or more specifically, how to engage your suppliers in sustainability, is one of the top priorities for CSR professionals right now.

Ethical Corporation’s 2nd Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation Conference 2011 - calendar

Following the resounding success of the inaugural conference one year ago, Ethical Corporation is pleased to announce the return of The Social & Environmental Risk Management and Implementation...

Your thoughts on water risk - reports

Given you work in corporate responsibility, I'm assuming that water stewardship is a huge issue for your business right now.

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2011 - calendar

Rewarding innovation in corporate sustainability Deadline for entries: 7 February 2011 Is your sustainability initiative leading the way? If so we want to hear from you! The Guardian Sustainable...

Sustainable Procurement: The New Era - calendar

Action sustainability brings you the first conference on sustainable procurement featuring international leaders 2011 will herald a new era in sustainable procurement and sustainability will...

Ethical Corporation’s 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit 2011 - calendar

Now in its 10th year, the Responsible Business Summit is the biggest and most comprehensive 2-day event on leadership in corporate responsibility. The 60+ speaker roster has never looked so good,...

Terna publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Terna spa has published its 2009 Sustainability Report. The report, prepared in accordance with the Electric Utilities Sector Supplement of the GRI-G3 guidelines, has been externally checked with...

Accenture release findings of largest CEO study on corporate sustainability - reports

An overwhelming majority of corporate CEOs - 93 per cent - say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, in spite of the recent economic downturn....

Delhaize Group presents third Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report.

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 - calendar

The 4th in the series, the Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit will be hosted in August 2010 in California, the nation’s top agricultural state. Senior executives from across the industry...

Corporate responsibility and emerging technologies - calendar

You are invited to the first major conference in the UK which focuses on a new agenda for corporate responsibility - the social and ethical dilemmas involved in the use of emerging...

Offshore Wind Supply Chain 2010 - calendar

Gaining Clarity On Regulatory Policies & Commercial Strategies For Enabling the Development of Offshore Wind Supply Chain   Bringing together decision-makers from Ofgem, DECC, DEFRA,...

LCA Sustainable Supply Chain Europe - calendar

A new line-up of CSR and Environment Directors, from leading companies including BASF, BT, CADBURY, SONY ERICSSON, DOLE, TWININGS and UNILEVER will discuss how Life Cycle Analysis can work as part...

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management - calendar

Corporate Water Scarcity Risk Management Summit brings together multi-national corporations, with complex international supply chains, to investigate new and innovative strategies to secure your...

Motorola Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Motorola today published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting actions the company has taken on social, accountability and environmental initiatives to innovate for a smarter...

LCA Sustainable Supply Chain USA - calendar

Introducing the 7th of our Sustainable Supply Chain Summits, the LCA Sustainable Supply Chain USA (‘ Addressing Environmental & Social Impacts Throughout The Entire Life Cycle & Supply...

Imperial Tobacco Publishes its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review. The Review reinforces Imperial Tobacco's ongoing commitment to 'Operating Responsibly' to the high standards...

Ethical Sourcing Forum – North America 2010 - calendar

Visualize. Rethink. Solve! These crucial elements of sustainability decision-making form the basis of the next Ethical Sourcing Forum in New York on March 18-19th, 2010. Join Intertek...

Water Footprinting & Availability Risk Management 2010 - calendar

The first event to focus on practical solutions for assessing and managing water availability risk, within regional contexts (US and global) and specific to either agriculture or industrial...

Verité India Supply Chain Symposium - calendar

On November 18, 2009, ASK and Verité will hold our inaugural India Symposium, examining social and environmental responsibility as a key part of sustainability in supply chains....

Sustainable Brands 2009 - calendar

Sustainable Brands 2009 - 31 May to 4 June - Join our 3rd annual gathering of business leaders focused on sustainability as the key driver of business opportunity and brand value.  ...

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...

Engaging in the Policy Process for Sustainability - reports

Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has produced a new report, 'Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy'.

BSkyB publishes 2009 Bigger Picture Review - reports

BSkyB, the entertainment and communications business present in more than one in three homes in the UK, has published its 2009 Bigger Picture Review. The review gives an overview of the...

Puma issues its fifth sustainability report - reports

Multinational sports clothing company Puma has taken the unusual step of issuing its fifth sustainability report in online format only – to reduce its environmental impact.

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the UK Chairman of Shell, the CEOs from IKEA, Timberland, Eurostar, BP Biofuels and Green and...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

Broaden your understanding of sustainable business practices currently transforming global supply chain practices by attending the Ethical Sourcing Forum and learn about models that are being...

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2008/9 Sustainability Report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - Our Future Works. Despite a challenging business and economic climate, Ford Motor Company...

L'Oreal publishes its 2008 report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2008 Sustainable Development Report.

Mobilising development: Vodafone's latest CSR Report - reports

Vodafone’s latest CR Report, published today, highlights how the company’s expansion in emerging markets is promoting economic development by increasing access to communications.

The 3rd annual ethical supply chain summit - calendar

Working toward an ethical – and sustainable - supply chain that makes good business sense The Ethical Supply Chain Summit 2008 is the largest in a long line of ethical procurement and sourcing...

The Green Media Show - calendar

The Green Media Show provides a diverse, balanced, fact-filled forum among key players engaged in the creation, production and distribution of communication media. The Show is a convening of...

Ethical sourcing forum Europe - calendar

This leadership forum will deliver new strategies and practices to address the latest social and environmental challenges facing global supply chain professionals and stakeholders. With its core...

Low Carbon Strategies: Innovative and business critical ways of effecting deep and credible CO2 reductions. - calendar

A new event designed to help companies understand the carbon cuts they are obliged to make, the additional cuts they can help facilitate, how to pay for it and make it pay for them. Speakers...

The UPS Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

The global package delivery company UPS has released its third annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America (ESF) is an action orientated continuous-learning industry initiative, open to those willing to play an active role in the development and successful...

UPEACE CSR Workshop - calendar

Ideal Media and the UN affiliated UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education have teamed up to deliver a 2 day workshop on CSR. The course will give CSR professionals practical...

The British Land Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has used its latest Corporate Responsibility Report to outline a number of 'next steps' the property company intends to take.

BHP Billiton's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton today released its 2006 Sustainability Report.  This year's report focuses on the company's key sustainability challenges; issues that have the potential to have a material...

Implementing REACH: Preparing for Registration - calendar

ENDS Europe Daily presents its 3rd REACH conference: Implementing REACH: Preparing For Registration Now that REACH has finally entered into force, explore the most challenging issues you...

Ethical Sourcing Forum Europe - calendar

Established annual industry favourite. Now offering even more with choice of mini forum topics and business training to get you thinking outside the box. ‘No problem can withstand...

H&M produces 2005 CSR report - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has outlined the successes and challenges relating to its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

H&M produces 2004 CSR report - reports

Hennes & Mauritz, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has given an account of its successes and challenges in respect of its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for...

Engaging in Corporate Responsibility - calendar

Engaging in Corporate Sustainability will bring together senior level CR professionals for two days of intriguing discussions and lively debate in order to: Access the latest data with Ipsos...

2007 BSR Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Future” - calendar

The BSR Conference is the largest global gathering dedicated to corporate responsibility, providing three days of rich dialogue and debate on matters that are shaping our future. This year’s...

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

Barclays has given an account of its efforts to improve its consumer and corporate lending practices in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2004, available from today in print and online.

Carbon Footprint Supply Chain Summit - calendar

The Carbon Footprint Supply Chain Summit is the very first carbon management forum specifically devised for the retail and FMCG industry and tackling the key supply chain issues unique to this...

Land Securities publishes its fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Land Securities has published its fourth annual corporate responsibility report.

Corporate Climate Response - calendar

Companies are taking the lead in responding to climate change because it makes good business sense. Whether it’s saving money through energy efficiency and waste minimization or capitalizing on...

Severn Trent Plc launches 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Severn Trent Plc, a leading provider of water, waste and environmental services, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability - calendar

The Stanford Center for Social Innovation offers a pioneering new executive program for leaders in business, government, nonprofit, and political action organizations. Drawing from a...

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America 2007 is an international interactive forum and exhibition dedicated to promoting practical solutions for corporate responsibility and sustainability in...

British American Tobacco Releases 2004/05 Social Report - reports

What does the world’s most international tobacco company consider to be its key material issues? What did its stakeholders tell them in dialogue? How will they respond?

ENDS Corporate Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Demonstrating the business case for reducing corporate carbon footprints to minimize the environmental impact across the supply chain The carbon footprint is an invaluable measure of your...

Legal & General's latest corporate social responsibility report - reports

Financial services company Legal & General has published its latest corporate social responsibility report

Fortis publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006 - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

The European identity in business and social ethics - calendar

Celebrating both its own 20th anniversary as well as the one from the European Business Ethics Network the Centre for Economics and Ethics is pleased to host the 2007 Annual EBEN Conference in...

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...

Countryside Properties plc's fifth environmental, social and ethical performance report - reports

Countryside Properties plc has produced its fifth environmental, social and ethical performance report.

The supply chain talks back - calendar

Capacity-building - rhetoric or reality? Last year we broke new ground by holding a different sort of CSR conference. Held in China, The Supply Chain Talks Back 2005 provided delegates with...

BT Social and Environment Report - reports

BT has just released its latest social and environment report.  The report details performance and progress achieved during the 2005 financial year.

Reaping the rewards of supporting dairy farmers - bestpractice

T here’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the...

Royal Philips Electronics Sustainability Annual Report 2006 - reports

Royal Philips Electronics published its Sustainability Annual Report 2006 on 19 February 2007

Barilla’s onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

Barilla's onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

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...

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

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...

The Volvo Cars Corporate Citizenship Report 2003 - reports

Volvo Car Corporation has issued its fourth Corporate Citizenship Report reflecting the Swedish company's economic, environmental and social performance for the year 2003.

Corporate Social Responsibility in China Forum 2006 - 中国企业社会责任论坛 - calendar

国内国际供应链: 发展进步 Domestic and International Supply Chain: Development, Progess, Impact

Reporting: a measure of sustainability - calendar

The global conference on transparency and sustainability, featuring the launch of GRI's G3 Guidelines. The conference will draw an array of over 120 speakers, including former US...

Making a splash in water stewardship - bestpractice

It’s a good ten years since Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe joined those who believe that, if nothing is done, we are likely to run out of water before we run out of oil....

Missing Links: next-generation sustainable supply chains - calendar

noon to 2pm Pfizer Inc. is hosting this luncheon panel in support of Women's Network for a Sustainable Future, with speakers from Pfizer Inc., Time Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers....

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...

Diageo Corporate Citizenship Report Released - reports

Diageo is looking for feedback on its third corporate citizenship report, which sets out the drinks company’s response to stakeholder concerns on issues such as the social aspects of alcohol, its...

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...

Advancing women in the global workplace: principles in action - calendar

This symposium organized by United Nations Development Fund for Women and Verite will explore how to implement the Calvert Women Principles in practice. This event is a unique opportunity to...

Taking a look on the BRIGHT side - bestpractice

If you are a giant food retailer, say, or clothing manufacturer, the route towards greater corporate responsibility – and mutually beneficial responsibility – is pretty clear: look...

Paving the way against child labour - bestpractice

An innovative three-year partnership between stone paving supplier Marshalls and UNICEF is all about tackling child labour in the stone quarries in Rajasthan, in India. Traditionally...

Arthur D Little produces its white paper - reports

Arthur D. Little's, "Green Purchasing Power" white paper, looks at how leading businesses are benefiting from a sustainable approach to procurement.

Swinging into top gear - bestpractice

Companies that buck the trend in today’s climate of cuts and austerity stand out in the crowd. The British vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has recorded growth while most businesses...

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

With building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with it...

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

W ith building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with...

Developing the co-operation concept - bestpractice

Employees like to work in companies that act with a social and environmental conscience and play a part in preserving the natural world around them. The mobile phone maker Nokia found in...

Cutting the carbon legacy - bestpractice

Altered environmental attitudes in the construction industry must be among the biggest changes seen in business. Today’s approach of the multinational Swedish construction company Skanska...

African business schools become new CSR frontier - bestpractice

How do you convince company executives, as well as government and other officials in developing countries, that suppliers should have the same commitment to sustainability and responsible...

Creating shared values - bestpractice

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has been involved in rural development in emerging countries since the 1920s. At that time, the Swiss giant built factories...

A driver of future value - bestpractice

Wearing Well: a struggling clothes and home-ware retailer; losing touch with customers; sales nose-diving; share price dropping. Add to that the question marks over its supply chain, low staff...

Arthur D. Little releases water management report - reports

A new report from global management consultancy Arthur D Little warns businesses that merely adopting a reactive response to water management can damage corporate performance.

A sustainable Olympic legacy for London - bestpractice

Promoting itself as the world’s first sustainable Olympics, the London Games organisers have had to think hard about their corporate partners, especially since 2012 will inevitably include...

Ethical Sourcing Forum: driving social and environmental Impact - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum 2006 is a multistakeholder, accelerated learning and benchmarking platform dedicated to exploring new methods for driving social and environmental impact in global...

incentivizing change - bestpractice

National Grid's vision statement leaves little room for ambiguity. The UK-based power company has set its sights on no lesser challenge than 'safeguarding our global environment for future...

giving youth a chance - bestpractice

Kawali is a village in central India similar to many others in the country's 'cotton belt'. But the small community has something few of its neighbours can boast: a 'village motivator' in the shape...

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...

UPS releases its 6th annual sustainability report - reports

UPS has released its sixth annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

PepsiCo UK and Ireland publishes Environmental Sustainability Report - reports

PepsiCo UK and Ireland (PIUK), the company behind brands such as Tropicana, Walkers and Quaker, has published its first Environmental Sustainability Report.

making inquiries - bestpractice

A decade ago, British American Tobacco found itself in a bind. Progress on key sustainability challenges was almost non-existent, the industry's image was faltering badly, and stakeholder trust in...

signing up for change - bestpractice

Despite tough economic conditions, climate change remains high on the agenda for most corporate boards. But the problem facing many companies is how to engage and involve suppliers in measuring,...

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

ready for a crisis - bestpractice

Brew a coffee. Log-on to the internet. Check your emails. Millions of employees go through the same routine every morning. But for Sue Ricketts, the process has an edge. She can never be quite sure...

RWE npower publishes fifth CR Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has published its fifth full corporate responsibility report.

Telefónica publishes sixth CR Annual Report - reports

Telefónica has just published its sixth Corporate Responsibility Annual Report.

promoting healthy diets - bestpractice

Morou and Claire are worlds apart. One lives in northern Ghana; the other in South Carolina. Together they represent the two faces of what health experts are now terming ‘nutrition security’....

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2007 Sustainable Development Report.

The BSCI has issued its 2007/2008 annual report - reports

The report reveals that after 5 years of existence, the BSCI has already reached over 1,85 million workers in the supply chains worldwide.

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...

Ford Motor Company releases its 2007/8 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2007/8 sustainability report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability.

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

Business and human rights - calendar

Businesses are expected to conduct operations with responsibility and accountability to wider society. A human rights framework provides a systematic and rigorous approach to identifying and...

H&M produces 2007 CSR report - reports

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, the Swedish-based clothing retailer, has outlined the successes and challenges relating to its social and environmental responsibilities in its CSR Report for 2007.

Titan's fifth CSR & Sustainability Report - reports

Titan, the Greek-owned cement manufacturer, has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report.

staying ahead of the game - bestpractice

It’s not immediately apparent what the world of electricity cables and gas pipes has to do with human rights. Yet National Grid, one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity utilities, has invested...

Legal & General's 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legal & General Group has published its 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Fortis next step in sustainable growth - reports

Fortis, an international provider of banking and insurance services with a presence in more than 50 countries, has published its fourth CSR Report.

STMicroelectronics announces the publication of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The report details Triple Bottom Line performance across all ST activities and sites in 2006.

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

growing together - bestpractice

Cafédirect puts great store on enabling its suppliers to build sustainable businesses and communities. So it invests eight per cent of gross profits on a programme...

nurturing biodiversity - bestpractice

British American Tobacco has teamed up with four conservation organizations to protect the richness of the natural world. In addition to funding conservation work, the...

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...

Responsible Investment - books

Most investment today is conducted by a relatively small number of institutional investors — pension funds and investment managers — who manage the pensions and saving funds of millions...

Social Accountability International: 7th annual conference - calendar

Beyond Compliance: Innovative Strategies for Responsible Sourcing This one-day conference offers participants the opportunity to engage in learning and debate on corporate social responsibility...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

Best Practice Marketing - pages

The next issue of Best Practice is due Autumn 2015. We'll be looking at the most innovative and exciting CSR & sustainability programmes of 2015 with comments from the...

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