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Company-charity partnerships grow as fears over Brexit wane - news

By Vikas Vij — Companies and non-governmental organisations traditionally play divergent roles in an economy. While the primary goal of companies is to maximize shareholder wealth, NGOs...

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...

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

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

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

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

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...

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...

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

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

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

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...

GSK and Burberry sign up to Living Wage accreditation - news

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and British fashion house Burberry have signed up to the LIving Wage pledge, bringing the number of FTSE 100 companies who have applied for accreditation with the...

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

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

GSK fined $490m for bribing Chinese doctors - news

The UK pharmaceuticals group GlaxoSmithKline has been fined $490m (£300m,€381m) for bribing Chinese doctors, hospitals and government officials to push its products. The penalty,...

Further woes for GSK in China - news

A British private investigator and his wife, hired to help the pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) after it was accused of corruption in China, have been charged with illegally...

SFO instigates criminal investigation into GSK - news

A formal criminal investigation has been begun into corruption accusations against GlaxoSmithKline by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office. The former general manager of GSK’s Chinese...

Mental health needs to move up wellbeing agenda, says BITC - news

While the results from the second Business in the Community (BITC) Workwell FTSE100 benchmark showed the average company score on the up, the provision of mental health support continues to be a...

GSK faces corruption charges in Poland - news

The UK multinational GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of bribing doctors in Poland to prescribe one of its drugs, the asthma inhalant Serevent. As the Polish police pursued a corruption...

GSK to create world's first R&D Open Lab in Africa - news

Pharma giant GSK is to invest £25m to create the world's first R&D Open Lab for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. The centre will see GSK scientists collaborate with...

China’s austerity regime sets way for new business model - news

China’s new era of austerity could lead to a new way of global corporate governance, a Beijing forum has been told. Its still-growing economy will set the tone for a new world way of doing...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

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

Starbucks pays back £15m to UK government - news

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

The challenge of transformational change - news

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

GSK shakes up sales process to improve transparency - news

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

Life-saving ‘bubble’ wins GSK and Save the Children funding - news

A simple, low-cost device that helps newborn babies to breathe and has the potential to transform the life chances for thousands of African babies has been awarded the highest fund in the first...

GSK unveils potential malaria vaccine - news

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has unveiled possibly the world’s first malaria vaccine following “significant” results from an ongoing clinical trial....

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

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

GSK China executives "appear to have broken" law - news

CHINA: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Britain’s largest pharmaceuticals company, admitted some of its executives appeared to have broken the law, as bribery investigations were conducted....

GSK & Save the Children launch Healthcare Innovation Award - news

In its first joint initiative since it announced its ambitious new partnership aiming to save the lives of 1 million children over the next five years, drugs giant GSK and international...

GSK & Save the Children ramp up collaboration - news

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

Glaxo cleans up illegal practices after $3bn fine - news

Sir Andrew Witty, chief executive of Britain’s largest pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, has expressed regret for ‘unacceptable’ marketing practices that resulted in a...

GSK goes global on access - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has created an overseas department dedicated to expanding access to medicine (ATM) in the world’s poorest countries. As part of its commitment to ATM for...

GSK and Pfizer agree drugs deal for poor - news

A deal between the world’s two largest pharmaceuticals companies is to provide 600 million doses of pneumonia vaccines at a 90 per cent discount for the 74 poorest countries in the world. Pfizer...

Don’t obsess about business case, says Elk - news

CSR proponents should avoid focusing too much on developing the business case for socially responsible behaviour, the leading CSR thinker John Elkington has warned. Elkington told last...

GSK opens up its patents - news

The world’s second-largest pharmaceuticals company is to offer free global access to potential malaria cures. GlaxoSmithKline has placed thousands of drugs in the public domain that...

Major index goes missing as firms hit by data overload - news

A high-profile annual social responsibility index of pharmaceuticals companies has failed to appear because of wranglings over the ‘extraordinary’ amounts of data the businesses have...

inbrief - news

A pharmaceuticals multinational is to give a South African company the rights to manufacture an HIV drug royalty-free. GlaxoSmithKline’s  ‘donation’ of the drug abacavir...

GSK backs disability programmes - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceuticals group, is putting 39million Sri Lankan rupees ($340,000, £210,000) into a project to empower disabled people in southern Sri Lanka that...

It may be uncomfortable, but we must hide nothing - news

Exposing your company to relentless public scrutiny is sometimes painful – but it’s worth it, says Julia King Corporate responsibility proponents have always talked about the...

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

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

League tables cannot make sense of a complex picture - news

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

Multinationals in their communities - news

Ian W. Jones, Michael G. Pollitt and David Bek . Hardback. 359 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £57/$80. At a time when it’s fashionable to dismiss philanthropic approaches to corporate social...

GSK sets up malaria alliance - news

GlaxoSmithKline and the non-profit group Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) are to collaborate on the production of new malaria drugs. Under the deal MMV will provide funding for...

paper reports get new life as web shows limitations - news

Signs are emerging that printed non-financial reports are making a comeback after a period of company experimentation with web-only publication. GlaxoSmithKline, BT and Hewlett Packard are...

advice lines would help in gift dilemmas, firms told - news

Companies developing socially responsible policies on the acceptance of gifts and hospitality should provide an advice line for employees who have dilemmas, the Institute of Business Ethics...

GSK fights back on Aids claims - news

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), whose offices in Thailand and India have been targeted by demonstrations against its attempts to patent a new anti-Aids drug, has said many...

drugs company moves on earthquake relief - news

A donation of $1million (£560,000) has been made by the GlaxoSmithKline multinational pharmaceuticals company to the South Asia Earthquake Relief Fund. The money is earmarked for...

corporate giving is tale of ups and downs - news

Corporate donations to charity by UK listed companies have shown their first rise for three years. However, although they have risen in absolute terms, they have fallen as a proportion of profit....

Pfizer lags in EIRIS ranking - news

Two newly released research briefings on how companies are managing their responsibilities in respect of public health clearly illustrate the sector-specific nature of non-financial risk. One...

inbrief - news

A group of investors has praised pharmaceutical companies for facilitating greater access to drugs in emerging markets. The Pharmaceutical Shareowners Group, a network...

GSK warning over Aids drug problems - news

GlaxoSmithKline increased its supply of low-cost anti-Aids drugs to developing countries by three-quarters last year, but says it is concerned that many of the tablets are...

Pfizer given poor rating - news

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

ISIS claims a first on transparency - news

A leading socially responsible investment fund manager is claiming to have become the first European fund management company to disclose its entire voting record at corporate...

UK investors mobilize votes on executive pay - news

Excessive director pay has dominated the UK’s spring annual general meeting season, with several companies reporting up to 30 per cent of shareholders voting against pay...

GSK gives $1.5m to African projects - news

A $1.5million (£950,000) community development programme in Africa has been unveiled by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceuticals firm is spending the money on micro-credit...

GSK cuts drug prices by third - news

GlaxoSmithKline is again cutting the price of its HIV/Aids and anti-malarial drugs in developing countries. The UK-based pharmaceuticals group said it will make cuts of 38...

GSK cuts price of drugs in US - news

GlaxoSmithKline is to cut the price of its drugs for elderly people on low incomes in the US. GSK’s Orange Card programme will allow elderly people with annual...

GSK leads way on cheap drugs for poor countries - news

One of the world’s leading pharmaceuticals companies has significantly extended its commitment to provide cheap drugs to developing nations. GlaxoSmithKline has said it will...

inbrief - news

Imperial Tobacco chairman Derek Bonham will not stand for re-election as a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline this month after GSK said ‘concern’ had been voiced by some...

inbrief - news

Thirty-nine drug companies that took the South African government to court over patents laws dropped their case last month. The decision by the companies, which include GSK and...

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Good Business - directory

For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

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

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

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

Get the recognition you deserve - reports

Back for the 8th year running, the  Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2017  is an event that celebrates responsible business excellence.

7 Tips: M&S, GSK, Ericsson and Pearsons on The SDGs and Reporting - reports

Ethical Corporation have just released their latest piece of complimentary analysis on how to integrate the sustainable development goals into your sustainability reporting and strategy.

"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.

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

Operating responsibly is fundamental to GSK’s strategic priorities. Our success depends on our ability to research and develop innovative products and make them accessible for more people...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products. The company has three primary areas of business: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and...

Responsible Business 2016 - calendar

Responsible Business 2016 Incentives, imperatives, implementation 21 November 2016 | London             Public interest in...

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...

GlaxoSmithKline sets out commitments in 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new  Corporate Responsibility Report  reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly and transparently. 

GlaxoSmithKline publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new Corporate Responsibility Report reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly, openly and transparently and sets out advances made on this agenda during 2011.

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report

The CR Reporting and Communications Summit - calendar

If you work in CSR and sustainability, then you already know how critical your CSR report is, right? And that the right communication strategy to get across your sustainability efforts is...

GlaxoSmithKline Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

GSK creates a new business model with innovative marketing and sales practices - bestpractice

The pharmaceutical company ranks first in both trust and customer value, according to a survey of 4,000 US healthcare professionals. Tom Idle reports…    It is...

Ambitious targets no flight of fancy for Heathrow - bestpractice

It may be Europe’s busiest airport – the second busiest two-runway airport in the world in fact – but Heathrow has some pretty ambitious targets when it comes to the...

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...

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...

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...

registering approval - bestpractice

A new strain of tuberculosis is set to break out across the world, and a multinational pharmaceutical company is desperate to get its drugs to market first. So it shortcuts its trials and hides...

stamping out disease - bestpractice

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

strength through unity - bestpractice

Diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries – such as malaria and tuberculosis – place pharmaceutical companies in a dilemma. To do nothing is to leave millions of people to die...

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