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Another record-breaking year for renewable energy: more capacity for less money - news

By Adam Woodhall — Just prior to the launch of their Renewables 2017 Global Status Report , which found there was a record of 161 GW added to global power capacity, for 23% less...

London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice 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. ...

The Ladybird Book on Climate Change, by HRH Prince Charles, Tony Juniper, and Emily Shuckburgh - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Prince Charles and his special adviser to his International Sustainability Unit, Tony Juniper , have joined forces with Dr. Emily Shuckburgh , OBE, a leading polar...

Slovak’s EU presidency focuses on transition to low carbon economy - news

By Roger Aitken — The Environment Council agenda under the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) has been focusing on creating conditions for a “gradual...

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...

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...

CDL adopts UN's sustainability agenda - news

by Vikas Vij — The building and construction industry has traditionally had a large environmental footprint. From reducing the energy consumed by buildings and minimizing construction...

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 ,...

Sustainable finance at the core of European economic recovery - news

By Vikas Vij — Capital infusion into sustainable infrastructure and innovation has emerged as an important strategy to drive job creation globally. The direction provided by governments to...

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...

Primark extends partnership to support 10,000 women smallholders in India - news

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Primark is announcing a six-year extension of the Primark Sustainable Cotton Programme. The initiative is a partnership with CottonConnect and...

New commission to help business engage with SDGs - news

A new commission of business, labour and civil society leaders, has been set up to help businesses engage in achieving the SDGs. Established by Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

Recent events in Paris brought to mind children’s author Natalie Lloyds’ description of the Eiffel Tower, the city’s instantly recognizable landmark, which she admired because...

Unicef report highlights importance of post-COP21 action for children - news

As COP21 draws to a close, international children's charity Unicef has called for ambitious action on climate change. “The future of today’s children, particularly the most...

Business group maintains offsetting key to global emissions reduction - news

Nine businesses, including Aviva, Sky, Fuji Xerox and DPD, have joined the UN’s Christiana Figueres to speak out about the benefits of offsetting carbon emissions, at this week’s...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

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

Refreshing the art of good story telling - news

Sustainability teams must work more closely with marketing if they are to realise the value of corporate social responsibility for their brands, says Michael Dickstein , director of global...

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...

Iggesund Paperboard highlights responsible forestry practice - news

Sweden’s Iggesund Paperboard is drawing its clients attention to its responsible forestry practice with a new venture called Adopt a Tree. The Swedish paper and card giant has been...

New effort to reshape fossil fuel firms approach to climate change - news

The heat is on for fossil fuel companies in more ways than one with the launch of a major new initiative to build stronger leadership by oil, gas and coal companies on climate change. The...

Alakija to lead Oando Foundation - news

Oando Foundation, the independent charity launched by one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy providers Oando Plc in 2011, has appointed Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija as its new...

Madsen joins UN Global Compact board - news

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Dr Henrik O. Madsen, group president and ceo of DNV GL, as a new board member to the UN Global Compact board, the world’s largest...

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...

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

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

Oil and gas giants unite for unprecedented CO2 initiative - news

Major oil and gas companies - BG Group plc, BP plc, Eni SpA, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Statoil ASA and Total SA - have called on governments around the world and to the United Nations Framework...

Unilever scales up ambition to make sustainable living commonplace - news

Unilever is furthering its ambition to make sustainable living commonplace by partnering with global sustainability movements Global Citizen and Live Earth. This is the first time that the...

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...

Scoring an own goal for celebrity sustainability? - news

I was temporarily impressed by footballer’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 50 new tattoos. Not so long ago, the PSG star hoisted off his shirt after scoring against Caen to reveal the names of...

‘Transformational’ volunteering to replace ‘transactional’ in US - news

The days of counting employee volunteer hours as an indicator of valuable community service are on the wane. Corporate volunteer programs in the US and globally are moving in the direction...

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...

EHRC launches new online resources for young people - news

A new online resource to enable children and young people to contribute to a review of how the UK complies with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is being launched...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

Jupiter reorganises investment team - news

Environmental and sustainable investment specialist Jupiter is changing the organisational structure of its Environmental and Sustainable Strategy team to provide an enhanced central source of...

Norway’s KLP boosts renewables investment and cuts coal exposure - news

KLP, Kommunal Landspensjons-kasse, Norway’s largest life insurer that was formed in 1949, announced late this November that intended to further increase its investment by NKr500 million...

UNIDO and Dell establish e-waste management partnership - news

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International LLC, the multinational technology solutions company, have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying...

Knorr cooks up support for World Food Day - news

Tomorrow on World Food Day (16th October 2014), stock cube brand Knorr is partnering with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) rallying people globally to pledge their support for...

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...

Astellas extends Kenyan care initiative - news

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

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...

Brazil declines to sign UN deforestation pledge - news

The launch of the UN’s new pledge to slow global deforestation at this week’s Climate Summit in New York was overshadowed yesterday by Brazil’s failure to sign up to it....

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group is to partner with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, joining nine other exchanges in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia to...

Astellas backs new women’s health programme in Kenya - news

The European arm of Japanese pharma giant Astellas is backing a new health programme in Kenya which aims to transform the lives of more than 1,200 women living with obstetric fistula. Action...

Steiner re-elected at UNEP - news

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously re-elected Achim Steiner for a third term as executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a two-year period...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

Charles Anderson is the new director to head the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The UNEP FI platform brings together the United Nations and the global...

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...

Bloomberg becomes UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change - news

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. In this role, Bloomberg...

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever’s soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children under 5...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Mich.-based division of Russian OAO Severstal steel...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Michigan-based division of Russian OAO Severstal...

UN proves sustainability pays as Church calls for fossil free policy - news

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) has long been criticised for promoting a loose definition of corporate sustainability, keeping it simple by asking compact signatories to “embrace,...

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...

Fast food giant teams with US pop singer for hunger relief project - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

Top down commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

CEO commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

Aguilera lights up the sky with KFC for world hunger relief effort - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

OECD Action Plan on tax fails developing countries, says NGO trio - news

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Action Plan tackling multinationals’ tax dodging is a step forward but fails developing countries, the Global...

Time to step up divestment in ‘man’s most evil creation’ - news

Not mincing his words, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu said in a 2012 International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) report: “Nuclear...

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...

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

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

Amadeus technology flies high for UNICEF - news

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

Firms urged to end links with Israeli ‘war crimes’ as G4S is accused of ‘complicity’ - news

Companies with business interests with Israel on occupied Palestinian land have been urged to terminate their activities there by a UN human rights fact-finding mission. Describing the...

Aviation trade war fears recede as UN looks to broker emissions deal - news

UN-backed meetings are being held to produce a global agreement on curbing airline emissions. They follow a US decision to reject Brussels’ ruling to apply its emissions trading...

UN launches Water Action Hub - news

The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has launched a global Water Action Hub, which it describes as the world’s first online platform to unite companies, governments,...

Boycott urged on firms that assist Israel’s occupation - news

A UN human rights expert has called for a boycott of multinational companies that are investing to further Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Addressing the UN General...

UN issues health warning over chemical misuse - news

Increased chemical misuse is causing health and environmental damage, especially in emerging economies, and governments must do more to carry out a promised clean-up by 2020, a UN report claims....

CO2 value collapse hits trading scheme - news

Governments must act to save the clean development mechanism (CDM), a UN panel has reported. Under the CDM projects such as wind farms and the distribution of efficient cookers and lights,...

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...

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

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

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

Lack of access to data thwarts war on corruption - news

Information about worldwide corruption is being withheld by governments, including the UK administration, campaigners have claimed after an investigation. In November 2009, the UN...

UK announces carbon reporting move as Rio+20 fails to impress - news

Amid low expectations, political divisions and economic uncertainties, last month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development saw $513bn (£328bn, €410bn) in funding committed to...

UN Global Compact appoints 14 new board members - news

The United Nations Global Compact has appointed 14 new members to its board. The following have been newly appointed to serve three-year terms: Jorge Abrahão (Ethos Institute), Kurt Bock...

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

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

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

A new UN report says a lack of targeted research on transgender people in the Asia-Pacific region is significantly hindering their access to health services and blocking effective responses to...

UN endorses ‘historic breakthrough’ on land access rights - news

The UN’s food security working group has endorsed landmark global guidelines to safeguard access-to-land rights for people in developing countries. The Voluntary Guidelines on the...

Barrick Gold sets up advisory board - news

Barrick Gold has set up a CSR advisory board to guide it on social responsibility, with John Ruggie appointed as special consultant to the board. The rest of the Canadian gold mining...

Seven years on, Compact sees 3,000th expulsion - news

The number of companies expelled from the UN Global Compact has now passed 3,000, and the organisation says CSR has reached 'a major crossroads' worldwide. For failing to...

Children take CSR centre stage in new UN business principles - news

New UN principles specifically covering children's rights have been published for the use and guidance of businesses worldwide. The Children's Rights & Business Principles,...

Clements-Hunt leaves UNEP FI - news

Paul Clements-Hunt has resigned as head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) to pursue a career in SRI within the private sector. Clements-Hunt, who has...

Rio+20 agenda topics - news

Discussions on 15 priority areas, which could lead to commitments or international agreements, are on the agenda hinted at by the UN for its June Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20....

Fashion industry launches SME sustainability drive - news

A programme to drive sustainability co-operation and innovation in the fashion industry has been set up by the UN Global Compact. In the Compact’s first sector-specific project, it...

Global Compact told to rethink its relation to the private sector and UN objectives - news

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his organisation’s commitment to exploiting the private sector to advance international development, and demanded an expansion of the Global...

Nelson digs deep for Newmont Mining board - news

Jane Nelson, the founding director the Harvard Kennedy School’s CSR Initiative, has been appointed to the Newmont Mining board of directors. Once of the United Nations Global Compact,...

WindMade label flies high - news

Companies that source their power from wind energy can now proclaim it by attaching the WindMade label to their products. Under criteria published in October, the label can be used by companies...

UN publishes environmental engagement report - news

The United Nations has published a report outlining the key contribution employee engagement can make to achieving environmental targets. Making Environmental Employee Engagement Happen,...

War-torn Iraq becomes latest member of the Global Compact family - news

Iraq has become the latest country to launch a local UN Global Compact network, just as US troops are set to leave the country at the end of the month. Last month, representatives of...

UN backs core values on commodity markets - news

UN-backed principles for commodities-related investments have been established to help institutional investors navigate the sector’s CSR implications. Responsible Investment in...

Security & Human Rights toolkit launched - news

A toolkit for implementing the UN Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights has been launched, as John Ruggie’s “norms” become more and more established in the business...

inbrief - news

An information resource on carbon offsetting has been launched by a UK-based media company. REDDcarbonCredits, the first corporate tool based on the United Nations initiative on Reducing...

inbrief - news

Political scientist John Ruggie has announced his plans following his six-year tenure as UN special representative on business and human rights, and will join Foley Hoag. Ruggie will work to...

China leads renewables boom as West flags - news

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

Exxon ruling reinstates corporate liability case - news

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

inbrief - news

Corporate progress on CSR has been labelled tangible but insufficient by the United Nations Global Compact, especially in human rights and anti-corruption areas. The Compact’s latest...

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...

Disease plan is drawn up - news

Pharmaceuticals researchers have introduced a plan of action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The research-based sector of the pharmaceuticals industry has created a ten-point...

UN approves Ruggie’s work - news

John Ruggie’s principles on business and human rights have been adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The principles, the product of six years of work on the issue,...

Framework should help firms - news

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

Wealth funds get ethics tips - news

Principles establishing clear ethical responsibilities for borrowers and lenders of sovereign debt have been proposed by the United Nations.   Work on the standards began at the height...

Forestry sector gets climate change tips - news

A guide to investment in forest-based climate change mitigation has been produced by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (Unepfi). The document outlines the...

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...

Firms want investors to tackle poverty - news

More than 650 companies have called for ‘substantial private investment’ in the world’s poorest countries, seeking a bigger role for business in third world development....

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...

inbrief - news

Rob Lake has been appointed as the new director of strategic development at the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. Lake, previously head of sustainability at APG Asset...

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’....

Compact under the cosh from its own inspectors - news

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

inbrief - news

The United Nations has appointed six more people to to the Global Compact board, which now has 22 members. They are: Monica De Greiff, chief executive of the Colombian Grupo Energia de Bogota;...

Principles for Responsible Investment: the way ahead - news

The UN PRI has been expanding its operations, membership and global influence in recent years. Mike Scott speaks to the organization’s new chairman, Wolfgang Engshuber, to find out his...

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

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

Legal aid move ‘may hit corporate victims’ - news

NGOs have reacted angrily to the UK government’s proposed scrapping of legal aid, which they say will enable companies to avoid legal redress from victims of irresponsible behaviour....

Pulp and paper group sets sustainability goals - news

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

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

Multinational power company Enel is to focus its efforts on bridging the ‘energy divide’ that prevents poor people around the world from accessing electricity. The Italian...

Bourses urged to improve disclosure - news

The world’s largest stock exchanges have been urged by investors representing $1.6trillion (£1tn, €1.15tn) to deal with their constituents’ inadequate sustainability...

Ruggie: ‘build your own complaints mechanisms’ - news

Companies and industry sectors should consider setting up their own grievance mechanisms to look into complaints that they are breaching human rights, according to the final report of John...

inbrief - news

Andy Szyman has been appointed co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s property working group, replacing Paul McNamara, head of research at Prupim. Szyman...

inbrief - news

The UK government has requested that certain legal references be removed from the draft United Nations guidelines on business and human rights. In a response to the draft principles for the...

New principles to help poor - news

A group of 40 investors has produced a set of principles to help improve access to financial services among the world’s poorest people. The Principles for Investors in Inclusive...

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

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

Compact opts for new tiered reporting regime - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact will in future have to comply with one of three levels of reporting on how they are observing its ten principles. A new...

50 corporations will give help to ‘lower rungs’ mainstream - news

A new CSR leadership programme has been set up by the United Nations, under which more than 50 large companies will work on a ‘sustainability roadmap’. Project Lead, announced...

Engshuber takes over PRI reins - news

Wolfgang Engshuber has been appointed as the new chair for the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Engshuber, who will retire from his role as chief administrative officer of Munich Re’s...

inbrief - news

A local network of the United Nations Global Compact has been set up in Montenegro at a meeting addressed by deputy prime minister Vujica Lazovic. So far 21 companies have expressed an interest...

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...

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

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

Wind energy gets new label - news

The first consumer label identifying companies using products made with wind energy has been created by a group of NGOs and businesses. Windmade will offer consumers a way to test leading...

Setback for Ruggie vision - news

An alliance of NGOs has severely criticised the proposed United Nations framework on business and human rights – damaging hopes that a consensus on its final shape may soon emerge. In...

Asian SRI could catch up with West in five years - news

Socially responsible investment now has a ‘strong foothold’ in Asia and could soon match SRI levels in the West. A paper by Geoffrey Williams, chief executive of OWW Consulting...

Finance sector suffering from lack of climate data - news

Investors and financial institutions urgently need more developed information services to provide them with data on global warming and changing weather patterns. That’s the conclusion...

PRI may impose stricter requirements - news

Signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) may have to report in more detail – and in public – on how they observe the principles. The...

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...

Corporate bill reaches $2tn - news

The world's largest 3000 companies caused about a third of all environmental damage attributed to human activity in 2008, the cost of which was estimated at $2.15trillion (£1.36tn,...

Chinese bank comes to Europe to seek advice - news

The China Development Bank, which is the largest Chinese financial institution engaged in overseas investment, has sent a delegation of senior executives on a two-week study tour to Europe to...

Core backs idea of state intervention - news

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

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

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

Compact has 'limited effect' in India - news

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

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...

Business ‘must lobby more’ - news

Companies have been told to put more time and effort into positive lobbying on climate change in the wake of this month’s United Nations summit in Cancun, Mexico. The Carbon...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

A woman who took up a senior post as a human rights advisor with the Norwegian oil company Statoil has filed a lawsuit claiming the position was a sham and that she was merely expected to fulfil...

Compact offers a template - news

Developing world companies have been provided with a ready-made document that should help them publicly report on how they are living up to the United Nations Global Compact. The template...

Mexico to get its own sustainability index - news

The Mexican Stock Exchange, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, (BMV) is to launch a sustainability index. BMV’s new index will assess Mexico-based listed companies according to data gathered...

inbrief - news

The global insurance industry has outlined its intention to help combat climate change in the developing world. The Geneva Association, the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative and ClimateWise,...

Security code is finalized - news

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

Investors want action on human rights - news

Investors have urged the US government to back the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Undrip), as a review of the country’s 2007 decision to withhold support...

Emerging market CEOs ready to commit to CSR - news

There’s good reason to believe emerging market countries will be in the vanguard of future CSR initiatives, according to an analysis of chief executive opinions in such nations. A new...

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...

Hotels drag their heels on human trafficking - news

Hotel multinationals have been attacked over their performance on human trafficking by a faith-based investment adviser. Having analysed a survey asking hotel chains about child protection...

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...

US law requires new disclosure on conflict minerals - news

The US has passed legislation requiring companies involved in the sale of minerals to show their products are not fuelling conflict or human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

Colombia gets broad coalition on human rights - news

Businesses have become involved in a project to promote human rights and humanitarian law in Colombia. Guias Colombia is a coalition of companies, NGOs and the Colombian government that...

South Africa to get SRI code - news

A draft responsible investment code has been presented to South Africa’s institutional investors by a Committee on Responsible Investing by Institutional Investors, which has the support of major...

stone business to assess its rights impacts - news

An international human rights impact assessment programme is to be set up by the landscaping materials company Marshalls. UK-based Marshalls, which manufactures paving, walling and other...

Compact eyes two-tier system for signatories - news

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

Eastern Europe gets CSR monitoring - news

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

IFC urged to place human rights at heart of standards - news

One of the world's largest non-governmental organizations has said the review of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) sustainability framework must incorporate human rights issues into its...

The recession has done CSR a favour, say CEOs - news

Eight out of ten corporate leaders believe the economic downturn has raised the importance of sustainability, suggests a study.  The survey of 766 chief executives worldwide found 80...

European SRI hegemony 'may put off Americans' - news

European dominance of the responsible investment sphere may be dissuading some US investment managers from adopting SRI policies, a think tank has suggested. A study by the Corporate...

Corporate MDG role is greater than thought - news

The private sector is playing a vital and 'under-appreciated' role in contributing to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). That's the conclusion reached from...

World Cup nations agree to offset idea - news

More than half of the national football teams participating in this month’s World Cup have pledged to offset their carbon emissions through an organic compost initiative in South Africa, the...

Carlson puts training at heart of new CSR drive - news

All employees at one of the world’s largest hotel groups are to undergo compulsory corporate social responsibility training of two and half hours, starting this year. Carlson Hotels,...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

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

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...

Tribunal would punish errant companies - news

A world tribunal that would punish corporate ‘climate crimes’ has been demanded by a group of governments, non-governmental organizations and prominent individuals.   The idea of a Climate...

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The United Nations should establish a permanent advisory office on human rights and business, the UN special representative on the subject has said. In a progress report to the UN Human Rights...

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

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The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is to lobby governments on socially responsible investment through a new public policy network. The PRI, which represents...

Compact offenders are given one-year reprieve - news

Developing world companies that fail to report properly on their adherence to the United Nations Global Compact principles will escape punishment for 12 months. The Compact board has...

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Telecommunications group Orange has joined the United Nations ‘mHealth Alliance’ as part of an effort to improve public health through mobile technology in West Africa. Orange will...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

The UK government has clarified areas of corporate responsibility covered by its departments. In a statement to EP last month, the Labour administration said that while the Department for...

Innospec and Trafigura pay millions to settle poisoning cases - news

Two multinational companies agreed last month to massive payouts relating to the dumping of poisonous chemicals in the developing world. US-based chemicals manufacturer Innospec admitted to...

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Shell Nigeria and the US-based vehicle manufacturer Visteon are among 859 companies recently de-listed from the United Nations Global Compact for failing to communicate on their progress. The...

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...

Negative corporate impacts cost the earth $2.2trillion - news

The environmental damage caused by the world's 3000 largest companies has been estimated at $2.2trillion (£1.4tn, €1.6tn) by the United Nations. If large companies, including...

Investors offer emissions carrot - news

Some of the world’s largest investors have said they will reward countries with strong climate change policies by investing within their boundaries. A statement released at the United...

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

The business world has rallied to pledge relief to Haiti following the earthquake there that has killed more than 100,000 people.      Dozens of firms have donated money and...

World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts - news

The global postal industry has set itself a 20  per cent carbon emissions reduction target by 2020.   The International Post Corporation (IPC), an industry partnership of the...

Eni test human rights draft - news

Italian energy giant Eni is the latest company set to road-test human rights guidelines backed by the United Nations and the private sector arm of the World Bank. Eni, which operates in 70...

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The Levi Strauss Foundation is this year’s biggest contributor to the United Nations Global Compact with a donation of more than $10,000 (£6110, €6860). The consultancy...

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

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

SRI team bites the dust as takeover leaves void - news

One of the best-known British socially responsible investment teams has been disbanded due to a corporate shake-up that has left it with no future role. The three-strong unit at...

UN links contracts to Compact support - news

Businesses that fail to commit to the Global Compact could find themselves frozen out of contracts and partnerships with the United Nations. Revised guidelines on co-operation between the...

Copenhagen outcome ‘is no barrier to progress' - news

CSR practitioners have been urged to shrug off the uncertainty created by last month’s failed Copenhagen summit and push on with better and more ambitious climate change strategies....

Bourse heads look at SRI - news

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

African SRI fund breaks new ground - news

Africa’s first sustainable investment fund outside South Africa has been established. The Africa Sustainability Fund, created by Sustainable Capital, a Mauritius-based asset manager,...

UK aims for lead role in OECD guideline reforms - news

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

OECD snuggles up to Global Compact - news

The OECD has agreed to develop closer links with the United Nations Global Compact. The two organizations will particularly seek to join forces in countries where there are both Global Compact...

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Meagan Thompson-Mann has become special adviser on corporate governance to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative. She has previously worked as corporate...

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

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

Insurance principles floated - news

Work could soon begin on United Nations-backed ‘principles for sustainable insurance’ created for the global insurance industry. The idea for the principles has been floated by...

Airlines sector makes pre-Copenhagen commitment - news

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

UN puts focus on tax issues - news

The importance of tax avoidance as a CSR issue moved up a notch last month with a decision by the United Nations Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to dedicate a section of its website to...

Global ‘ethic of doing business’ proposed by public figures - news

A manifesto outlining a new ‘economic ethic’ has been launched by the United Nations and public figures from NGOs across the world. The document, detailing ‘basic values’ in need of retrenching...

Global Compact announces 1000 removals for the year - news

More than 1000 companies have now been de-listed from the Global Compact by the United Nations for failing to meet mandatory reporting requirements. The Compact Office has released a full listing...

Airlines pledge 50 per cent emissions cut by 2050 - news

Airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturers have made a commitment to halve the aviation industry’s carbon emissions by 2050. British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh announced the agreement...

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A pilot project to improve safety among chemical companies in China has been launched by the Chinese government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dow Chemicals. Dow’s...

Yes, let’s have a professional code – but it needs teeth from the outset - news

One of the issues raised by the bizarre unfair dismissal case brought by CSR practitioner Tim Nicholson against his former employers (see page one), is whether a code of practice for the...

PetroChina allowed to remain in Compact club - news

PetroChina has been absolved of complicity in human rights abuses in Sudan by the United Nations Global Compact after long consideration of complaints made by a host of non-governmental...

Slovakia CSR plan withers - news

Plans for a national strategy on corporate responsibility in Slovakia have been put on hold. The government of the central European republic drew up a strategy last year with a view to...

Ruggie tests complaints idea - news

A pilot to test out grievance procedures on alleged human rights abuses by companies has been set up by the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, John Ruggie....

Ruggie deliberations go online - news

An online portal for materials relating to the work of John Ruggie, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative on business and human rights, has been set up by the United Nations Business...

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...

Compact heals rift with ISO - news

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

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

Five signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have been de-listed for not complying with its annual reporting and assessment process. The...

Firm is put on ethics watch - news

British bridge-building company Mabey & Johnson is to be monitored by an independent auditor approved by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after admitting to paying bribes to win...

Sri Lankan conflict prompts business action - news

A clothing group and a leading bank are backing the relief effort to help 660,000 internal refugees in the wake of the Sri Lankan conflict. Brandix Lanka, the large apparel company, which...

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

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

OECD guidelines ‘must get tougher back-up’ - news

Governments should get tougher with companies that breach the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, a UK inquiry has been told. Parliamentarians at the first two sessions of the...

BLIHR leaves legacy of essential steps on rights - news

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

Merger of SRI institutions needs careful managing - news

The UN’s takeover of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative raises many issues, says Steve Waygood As you may have read in EP at the back end of last year, the Enhanced Analytics...

Pro-poor model pays off - news

A ‘pro-poor’ initiative by Coca-Cola in East Africa has generated 12,000 jobs while increasing the company’s competitiveness in the region. The soft drinks giant, along...

Compact snubs ISO 26000 draft - news

The United Nations has asked that all mention of the Global Compact be removed from ISO 26000, the forthcoming international CSR standard. The UN says the Compact has not been referenced in the...

Australia gets Compact network - news

An Australian network of the United Nations Global Compact has been established. The network was set up at the tenth National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development in Canberra...

inbrief - news

John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, is to look into the feasibility of developing guidance on ‘responsible contracting’ for...

UK to draw up new code on control of security firms - news

The UK government is to come up with a code of conduct on business use of private military and security companies (PMSCs) which it hopes could be applied internationally. Foreign secretary...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

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

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

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

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

Global Compact agrees further rule-tightening - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact will soon have to meet more stringent standards just announced by its board. From 1 July new business participants will be given one year,...

World’s first higher-education SRI school announced in Australia - news

The Australian government is providing A$2.5million ($1.75m, £1.2m) over three years to establish the world’s first academic centre for responsible investment education, training and...

MPs to look at business impact on human rights - news

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

Major airlines push for emissions targets - news

The aviation industry’s carbon dioxide emissions must top the agenda at this year’s meeting of governments on climate change, a group of leading airlines has said. The Aviation...

inbrief - news

A total of 403 companies were de-listed by the United Nations Global Compact last year for failing to submit ‘communications on progress’ (COPs) detailing their efforts to observe...

Norway makes bid for global leadership role - news

The Norwegian government has published a white paper on corporate responsibility that signals a greater future role for the country in promoting CSR around the world. The 100-page...

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

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

Legal firms will study influence of law on CSR - news

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

Ikea spends $48m to help Indian poor - news

Ikea, the Swedish retailer, is giving $48million (£34m) to Unicef to improve the health and living conditions of children in some of India’s poorest areas. Some of the money...

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

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

Ethics code is proposed for security companies - news

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

PetroChina under fire over Darfur - news

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

inbrief - news

One of Europe’s biggest state pension funds has chosen the Ethical Investment Research Service (Eiris) to provide extra-financial risk analysis services for its global equity portfolio....

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

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

Good reporting depends on keeping your focus - news

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

UN to establish non-financial database - news

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

Brazil reporters come close to highest grades - news

An analysis of sustainability reporting in Brazil has suggested that companies there are among the top performers in emerging economies – and are close behind international leaders in the...

Sodexo pleases investors with group-wide policy - news

The facilities management multinational Sodexo has adopted a group-wide human rights policy after an investors’ engagement campaign. The Paris-based company, which has 342,000...

Compact gets research base - news

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

CSR makes big strides as Russia sees global benefit - news

Corporate responsibility has finally taken a firm hold in Russia, according to a new analysis. The study indicates that 90 per cent of large Russian companies now have a CSR or...

Finance sector gets its own GRI supplement - news

Guidance for financial services institutions on what to include in annual sustainability reports has been finalized by the Global Reporting Initiative. The Financial Services Supplement...

Tourism gets global code - news

A coalition of 32 tourism trade organizations and companies has announced criteria to guide members on reviewing their social and environmental impacts. The bodies and businesses, which...

Institutional investors call on big firms to give more thought to water - news

A $1500 billion (£1001bn) alliance of investors, all signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, is asking 100 of the world’s biggest companies to...

Tata heads new Indian sustainability index - news

Indian companies are said in a report from BT, the international communications provider, to be taking positive steps towards sustainable development, though the corporate sector’s overall...

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...

Mobile firm aims to be catalyst on poverty goals - news

Ericsson has pledged to play a leading role in raising awareness of the millennium development goals (MDGs) in the worldwide telecommunications industry. The Swedish mobile phone company...

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

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

Firms agree to look at new HIV/Aids action - news

Seventeen large pharmaceuticals companies are to invest more in producing treatments for HIV/Aids in poor countries. Their decision follows a meeting with the United Nations...

inbrief - news

An online network of academics dedicated to the advancement of responsible investment has been set up by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative.

Pharmaceuticals sector guidelines pass the UN test - news

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

Trio accused of failing indigenous people - news

Survival International has picked out Perenco, Samling and Vedanta as three of the worst companies for ‘abusing tribal people’s rights’. The influential non-governmental...

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

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

Firms urged to strengthen their rights reporting - news

Three organizations with links to the United Nations are making efforts to encourage more in-depth coverage of human rights in sustainability reports. The project, Human Rights: A Call to...

Business leaders assist Ruggie with his ongoing deliberations - news

A leadership group has been set up by the United Nations to advise John Ruggie, its special representative for business and human rights. The 15-strong body will include former United...

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...

Dow helps China with safety goals - news

An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme...

Standard Chartered combats Aids in Bangladesh - news

Representatives from Standard Chartered Bank and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAids) in Bangladesh have signed an agreement to create a business coalition on HIV/AIDS in the...

Firms are offered KPIs for conflict zones code - news

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

Failure to sign principles leads to loss of business - news

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

Danes lead bid to fund ‘practical’ research - news

Investors, company executives, government officials and academics are to meet in the US next month to establish an international fund for sponsoring SRI research. A roundtable of about 30...

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...

Compact may raise the bar - news

Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact may soon have to meet a minimum standard for the content of their annual ‘communications on progress’ (COPs), which are public...

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...

Legal action opens new front for anti-Israel lobbyists - news

Further signs have emerged in recent weeks that companies operating in or sourcing from the occupied West Bank of Palestine are coming under increasing pressure from pro-Palestinian campaigners...

Japanese companies accept carbon labelling - news

Carbon footprint labels will appear on food packaging and other products in Japan under a voluntary scheme to persuade companies and consumers to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The labels,...

PetroChina plea turned down - news

The United Nations Global Compact has rejected a demand that it use its influence to persuade oil company PetroChina to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. Eighty civil society...

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...

BT sets pace as business gets serious about carbon - news

BT has set aggressive corporate greenhouse gas reduction targets by aiming to cut its total carbon emissions by 80 per cent within 12 years. The goal is a further sign that business is now...

Ruggie wins more time - news

The United Nations Human Rights Council last month extended the mandate of John Ruggie, its special representative on business and human rights, for three years. Among other things, Ruggie has...

Allegations of unfair play in production of Euro 2008 footballs - news

Crédit Suisse is donating a million Swiss francs ($1million, £490,000) to the United Nations children’s fund after reports that child labour in Pakistan was used to make Euro...

General Motors gives with both hands to disaster relief - news

The General Motors Foundation and GM China have donated more than $1million (£505,000) to support relief work in China and Burma. The biggest part of the contribution has come from GM...

inbrief - news

Access to a website critical of the United Nations Global Compact has been reopened to staff at UN headquarters in New York after complaints that they were blocked from viewing it. The UN said...

SRI backers fail to change pensions Bill - news

The UK government has defeated a parliamentary move to introduce socially responsible investment principles into its future plans for national pensions. The shadow pensions minister...

New mandate for Ruggie? - news

A new mandate is expected to be handed to John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, allowing him to explore further how the UN can encourage companies...

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

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

death knell for UN norms as Ruggie delivers verdict - news

Any realistic prospect of a binding set of United Nations ‘norms’ governing the human rights responsibilities of multinationals was ended last month by the final report of John Ruggie, the UN...

Avon signs deal to stop violence against women - news

The cosmetics company Avon has created a partnership with the United Nations to address the issue of violence against women. The US-based group, which brands itself globally as ‘the...

Former ambassador becomes Japanese CSR head at JP Morgan - news

The financial services group JPMorgan has appointed Christopher J. LaFleur, the former US ambassador to Malaysia, as its head of corporate responsibility for Japan. LaFleur has previously...

Legal battle over labour rights ends - news

Defamation actions brought against labour rights campaigners by two clothing manufacturers in Bangalore, India, have been called off. An agreement was reached by all parties involved after...

Trio team up on disasters - news

Three logistics companies are to work alongside the United Nations on emergency responses to large-scale natural disasters. Agility Logistics, TNT and UPS will collaborate with the UN...

Food and drink firms make water their new priority - news

Leading food and drink makers have signed a collective agreement to cut their water use in the UK, providing further evidence that the issue is now a key corporate responsibility concern....

inbrief - news

Rob Tacon, Standard Chartered’s head of group risk management, is the new chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative for two years. He succeeds Martin...

UN’s human rights chief says norms are a long way off - news

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights has warned that it is unrealistic to think the UN will produce binding norms on corporate responsibility in the near future – and says...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

Work will start soon on specific indicators to improve the quality of information in food companies' sustainability reports. The indicators will be developed by a Global Reporting Initiative...

now big name companies begin to fail Compact test - news

Prominent companies in the developed world are now falling foul of the United Nations Global Compact's tougher demands on signatories. High-profile European businesses such as Severn Trent and...

inbrief - news

Most studies that have considered the effect of incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance factors into investment decisions have found there is a positive or at least neutral...

business itching to start talks on social goals for 2015 - news

The world’s third largest mining company has urged the United Nations to bring together companies, governments and civil society for an urgent review of progress towards the UN millennium...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

Commercial investors can achieve greater returns on their property investments by considering and acting on social and environmental issues than by ignoring them, a new study reports. Research by...

multinationals show the way in emerging Europe - news

Businesses in central and eastern European countries that have recently joined or applied to join the European Union generally practise corporate responsibility on their own initiative, not as a...

company payments to Burma ‘should be blocked by governments’ - news

New investment in Burma’s oil and gas fields should be banned by the United Nations Security Council and company payments that sustain the country’s military rule should be blocked, says a...

Vietnam network pushes transparency - news

The founders of a new United Nations Global Compact network in Vietnam have pledged to make increased corporate transparency one of their main objectives. Doan Duy Khuong, deputy executive...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

Many of the less developed economies in the Asia Pacific region need global support to plug the biggest gaps, even though governments and business there have generally made progress towards the...

Korea gets Compact network - news

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

Deutsche Post signs up to child mortality programme - news

Deutsche Post has entered into a global partnership with the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (Unicef) to reduce child mortality. The Berlin-based postal and logistics multinational will offer the...

pharmaceuticals firms cogitate on human rights guidance - news

Human rights guidelines have been drafted for pharmaceuticals companies by a United Nations expert. The guidelines on how the industry can improve access to the two billion people in developing...

Cranfield moves to bring CSR into its MBA programmes - news

One of the world’s top business management schools is to integrate corporate responsibility topics into all its MBA courses. Cranfield School of Management has asked its own Doughty Centre for...

Compact detractors create their own space - news

Critics of the United Nations Global Compact have started their own website where they can raise concerns. The Global Compact Critics site is to be a conduit for complaints about how the Compact...

tobacco firm in line for recognition - news

Philip Morris, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has been shortlisted for recognition for its educational work in the Philippines. The company is in line for the International...

Asia-wide bank scheme to boost SRI - news

A bank programme promoting best practice and sustainable investment in the pensions industry in the Far East is to be headed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

senior trio take over at IBLF in wake of founder’s death - news

Three senior managers are to jointly lead the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) after the death of founder and chief executive Robert Davies. Adrian Hodges, Mike Patterson and Ros...

Motorola acts to stamp out child labour - news

Motorola has revealed that it found evidence of child labour at two of its suppliers last year. The US multinational, which makes mainly mobile phones, found three workers under 16 at two sites...

UN issues a rallying call to business schools - news

The United Nations has called on business schools to make much greater efforts to advance the principles of corporate social responsibility. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has made the...

‘Ethical’ becomes ‘Responsible’ for EIA - news

The Ethical Investment Association is to change its name to the Responsible Investment Association Australasia. More than 85 per cent of members at a special general meeting voted for the...

G8 shows new enthusiasm for CSR agenda - news

The G8 nations are to encourage developing countries to embrace corporate responsibility by holding a ‘high level dialogue’ on the topic. No date or venue has yet been set for the event, but it...

insurers enter the fray - news

Some of the biggest companies in the world’s largest industry sector – insurance – have begun to develop a set of sustainability guidelines. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance will offer...

UN gives Ruggie an extra year to review norms - news

John Ruggie, the United Nations secretary-general’s special representative on business and human rights, has been granted his wish for an extra year to complete his deliberations on how the UN...

forty firms sign up to Compact - news

More than 40 Singapore-based companies have signed up to the Global Compact Local Network. The network has now become the hub for the United Nations Global Compact in the region. The...

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...

landmark decision gives security principles teeth - news

Corporate signatories to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights will now have to report annually on their progress against them, and will face disciplinary action if they have...

Compact companies fare better on key yardsticks - news

Companies that are signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have stronger policy frameworks on aspects of CSR than those that are not. In the first statistical analysis of the...

ADB urged to adopt sustainable approach - news

A panel of experts has advised the Asian Development Bank to switch its emphasis from supporting economic growth to supporting environmentally sustainable growth. In a new paper, the panel...

building a consensus on human rights and business - news

Normative principles are an essential step towards legally defined standards, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler John Ruggie’s recently submitted final report to the United Nations’ Human Rights...

Ban Ki-moon gesture eases Compact fears - news

The United Nations’ new secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has eased fears about the level of his commitment to the UN’s Global Compact by chairing the second meeting of the Compact Board, a newly...

tea firms put Compact on packets - news

Two Sri Lankan companies have begun to promote the principles of the United Nations Global Compact inside packets of a new brand of tea. Leaflets listing the ten principles have been added to...

UN mulls over Ruggie’s request for more time - news

The United Nations Human Rights Council will wait until next month to decide whether to extend for another year the mandate of John Ruggie, the UN secretary-general’s special representative on...

inbrief - news

Colombia has been chosen as the Latin America and Caribbean centre for the United Nations Global Compact. The base in Bogota will be ‘a regional platform for outreach to countries where the...

inbrief - news

Netherlands-based SiRi Company has set up a service showing which companies it considers to be failing to comply with any of the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact. SiRi says its...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

Five years ago, at the height of the furore about Enron, some within the SRI community sought to present CSR as the first cousin of corporate governance, then a prime business concern. Corporate...

inquiry into UN norms moves into extra time - news

The man tasked with finding a way ahead for the United Nations on business and human rights has asked for an extra year to finish his work. John Ruggie, special representative of the...

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The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has chosen Oslo for its permanent headquarters. The decision was taken at the first board meeting of the group, which has spent the last four...

China to train business leaders in ethics - news

Senior officials of the Chinese government and administrators from the country’s leading business schools have combined to create a far-reaching responsible business project. The aim of the...

ASB takes responsible investment line - news

ASB Community Trust, Australasia’s biggest philanthropic body, is to use the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact as the basis for a new socially responsible approach to its...

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The Vodafone Group Foundation has announced a $2million (£1.066m) five-year plan to fund the humanitarian NGO Telecoms Sans Frontieres so it can send rapid response teams with the latest telecoms...

Spanish focus on MDGs - news

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

another 200 'free-riders' are cast aside by Compact - news

A further 203 signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been de-listed for failing to issue an annual report on how they are implementing the Compact's ten principles. The...

SRI initiatives ready to join forces - news

The administrators of the Principles for Responsible Investment and the Enhanced Analytics Initiative have announced a 'formal alignment' which will involve both parties inviting signatories of...

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...

Sri Lanka targeted by Global Compact - news

Awareness of the United Nations Global Compact will be promoted among companies in Sri Lanka through a collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The two bodies...

Alcan helps provide solar cookers - news

Solar cookers and pans are being given to 1000 rural families in the Banda Aceh region of Indonesia by the international Alcan group in partnership with Klimaschutz, a German non-governmental...

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

Marriot takes action on sex tourism - news

The Marriott hotel group has revised its human rights policy specifically to tackle the sexual exploitation of children on its premises after shareholders filed a resolution on the subject and...

BT and Cisco help Indian farmers - news

A telephone-based service offering agricultural and veterinary information to farmers in India has been set up by BT, Cisco and the OneWorld charity as part of the United Nations’ Millennium...

ADB supports water projects - news

The Asian Development Bank is to double its annual investment in water provision and management to more than $2billion (£1.04bn). The decision follows an estimate from the Asia Water Watch 2015...

third of eurozone equities subject to engagement - news

The extent to which institutional investors in Europe raise social and environmental matters with companies has massively increased over the last two years, with the result that more than a third...

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...

support for UN principles is past 100 mark - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment has passed 120. The principles were originally backed by 18 institutional investors and 32 asset owners,...

Ruggie wary of UN norms - news

The man charged with finding a way forward for the United Nations on human rights and business has reiterated his deep reservations about the idea of multinationals having to comply with ‘UN...

Global Compact de-lists 335 laggard companies - news

The United Nations has taken its most decisive action yet on ‘free rider’ signatories to the Global Compact by de-listing from its ranks 335 businesses that have failed, for at least two years...

From Edward Potter, director, global labour relations & workplace accountability, Coca-Cola - news

In recent years, there has been considerable public interest in The Coca-Cola Company’s operations in Colombia. Allegations about our business there were the subject of a 2001 lawsuit filed...

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The BBC pension scheme is to abide by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, which lay down socially responsible investment guidelines for signatories. The move is being claimed...

Fortune 500 show willing on human rights agenda - news

Some of the world's largest companies have been praised by John Ruggie, the United Nations special representative on business and human rights, for their progress on tackling human rights issues....

Most Apac countries are tough on corporate abuse - news

Most countries in the Asia-Pacific region show a willingness to respond politically to human rights violations by corporations, says a report prepared for Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations...

Microsoft steps in to help Asia - news

Microsoft and the United Nations have teamed up to provide the technology to promote tourism in the emerging countries of Asia and Africa. The agreement, between the software...

pioneering firms explore human rights framework - news

A dozen international companies, including Barclays, Gap, Novartis and Statoil, have committed themselves to develop a ‘common framework’ on business and human rights. The companies, all members...

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...

new standards for paper group - news

Stora Enso, the huge Finnish-Swedish multinational paper products group, which has acquired 34,000 hectares of land in China's Guangxi province, is linking up with the United Nations Development...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

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

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

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A Nigerian financial services group has become one of the few African companies to join the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Rowet Group, which manages $50million (£27m)...

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Ideam, which is part of Credit Agricole Asset Management Group, has become the first European investor to use a new screening tool, Global Compact Plus, developed by Innovest Strategic Value...

John Ruggie: a man in search of the ‘sparkling grey zone’ - news

EP talks to former United Nations assistant secretary general John Ruggie about his tricky task of devising a way forward for the UN on business and human rights John Ruggie is clearly...

CBI stance may soften with Lambert at the helm - news

Corporate responsibility advocates are hoping the Confederation of British Industry may take a more sympathetic approach to CSR with the appointment of the former Financial Times editor Richard...

Pakistan awaits CSR inquiry results - news

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

Indian bank joins sustainability initiative - news

India's new-age Yes Bank has joined the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, whose corporate members work together to reduce social and environmental impacts through their...

Olympus wants suppliers to meet social standards - news

Olympus Group, the Japanese precision instrument maker, has brought in a procurement policy that will favour suppliers that show they take account of their impacts on human rights, labour...

sliding ingloriously down the pole of excellence - news

Five years ago the European Commission published a green paper that talked in grand terms of its desire to provide an overall European Union framework for corporate social responsibility. That...

criticism augurs end of ‘flawed’ human rights norms - news

The prospect of binding norms governing the behaviour of multinational corporations has been dealt a severe blow by the United Nations special representative appointed last year to look into the...

UN rapporteur to examine role of drugs firms - news

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to health is to investigate how pharmaceutical companies can improve the health of the world’s poor, beyond the commercial sale of products....

PNG firms get workplace Aids guidance - news

A guide has been drawn up by the United Nations Development Programme and the National Aids Secretariat of Papua New Guinea to help companies to develop a workplace policy on HIV and Aids....

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

Chinese companies can now use the country’s first cross-industry corporate responsibility benchmark. The benchmark, unveiled at a United Nations Global Compact summit in Shanghai, is...

inbrief - news

The Vigeo Group has become the latest rating agency to offer to identify for investors those companies that do not comply with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. Its...

lawyers find no legal basis for objections to SRI - news

A team of more than 25 lawyers from around the world has concluded that the prevailing belief among mainstream investors that it is unlawful to take environmental and social issues into account...

companies get UN goals tool - news

A Dutch organization has come up with a way of measuring the progress companies are making towards the United Nations' eight millennium development goals. The Dutch National Committee for...

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

human rights initiative gives itself three more years of life - news

Members of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights, which was to wind up in spring 2006, have agreed to extend its work until 2009. The initiative was founded in May 2003 by ABB,...

business in Asia now doing more to curb HIV/Aids in the workforce - news

More Asian employers are now making efforts to prevent HIV and Aids, reports a new survey from the World Economic Forum's Global Health Initiative. Of the companies covered, 24 per cent said they...

the United Nations deserves some credit - news

The United Nations has come in for a lot of stick lately, not least for its failure to agree on substantial reform at last month's World Summit in New York. But it can justifiably claim credit...

Ruggie takes on delicate task of considering UN norms - news

The vexed question of whether the United Nations should develop a set of binding ‘norms’ for the behaviour of multinational corporations has been passed to a man who is a firm proponent of...

Rusal makes play to become leader in Russia - news

Russia may at last have its first big corporate player in the corporate social responsibility field. Moscow-based Rusal, which produces a tenth of the world’s aluminium, has created the senior...

companies put on notice as UN Compact gets teeth - news

The United Nations has finally agreed a complaints procedure to deal with any allegations that corporate signatories to its Global Compact might be breaching its underlying principles. The...

Bangladesh looks at responsible production - news

An initiative has been started to help Bangladesh to develop its textile and garment sector as a competitive, profitable and responsible industry now that quotas have gone with the end of the...

IT companies go family friendly - news

Three Japanese information technology companies have introduced policies to make it easier for employees to work while raising a family, just as the government has brought in legislation to stem...

time is ripe for corruption and bribery to move into CSR's extended family - news

Are bribery and corruption the poor relations of corporate social responsibility? Their inclusion in responsible business practice guidelines often seems an afterthought. The United Nations...

Asian taskforce holds first meeting - news

The first meeting of the Asia Pacific Task Force Outreach Group was held by conference call in April. The group is an initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, a...

Anglo American reaps benefit of Aids strategy - news

An international mining company’s decision to provide free Aids treatment to its employees has begun to show a clear business benefit. Anglo American says preliminary analysis has already shown...

investors call for emission reports - news

Twenty-six institutional investors have released a ten-point action plan calling on US companies to provide ‘comprehensive analysis and disclosure’ about the financial risks they face from...

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

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

Mehra hits out at apathy - news

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

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...

city signs up to Global Compact - news

Jamshedpur, a city of 600,000 people in the Indian state of Bihar, has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact Pilot Cities Program, which brings the private and public sectors together to...

Bangkok meeting for Asia-Pacific forum - news

Co-operation between the public and private sectors to ensure economic and social development is carried out in a more sustainable fashion will be the principal theme of the second Asia-Pacific...

norms are kept alive as UN agrees compromise - news

Supporters of efforts to develop a set of ‘norms’ on acceptable behaviour by multinationals under the auspices of the United Nations were thrown a lifeline last month when the annual meeting of the...

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Signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been told they must not use the Compact logo in advertising or on corporate stationery. The instructions are in a policy on logo use issued...

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...

Toshiba targets suppliers - news

Toshiba has drawn up a procurement policy for its 400 companies establishing CSR standards it requires from suppliers. The Japanese corporation, whose products include telephone systems, office...

inbrief - news

David Murphy has joined the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, Italy, after seven years at the UK-based New Academy of Business. Murphy began working as senior researcher for the...

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The French bank Caisse des Depots et Consignations and the UK-based Universities Superannuation Scheme have joined the Responsible Investment Initiative, a project to develop global principles...

norms face long hard battle even to see the light of day - news

This month the United Nations reconsiders the future of a document that sets out accepted behaviour for multinationals. EP looks at what is likely to happen Agreement is rarely achieved in the...

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...

Singapore compact sets targets - news

Profitability and corporate responsibility were recommended as twin targets by a United Nations official at a ceremony held last month to mark the start of the Singapore Compact for CSR, which will...

inbrief - news

Christopher Wells of ABN AMRO-Banco Real in Brazil has been appointed chair of a Latin American Task Force run by the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. The nine-strong...

drugs firms urged to forge closer relationships with NGOs - news

A United Nations health specialist has suggested pharmaceutical companies and human rights workers co-operate more closely to find ways of improving the health of the world’s poor. Paul Hunt, who...

BBC to develop policy on oppressive regimes - news

The BBC is creating a human rights framework tailored to the specific needs of a media organization with operations in countries run by oppressive regimes. Initial work on the policy is being...

oil firms slip up on corruption - news

Ten of the world’s 23 largest oil and energy companies have been involved in serious corruption incidents during the past five years, says a new study by GES Investment Services, a Scandinavian CSR...

UN attempts to ‘re-energize’ global compact in Russia - news

Moves are to be made to revive the United Nations Global Compact in Russia, where corporate support for the initiative appears to have foundered. The UN is to host a meeting of ten company chief...

media firms join forces on Aids - news

More than 100 creative and programming directors from 35 media companies have met to exchange ideas on putting more HIV and Aids messages into their programming. The one-day meeting, at United...

reporting is getting better all the time - news

The standard of non-financial reporting is continuing to improve significantly, says a benchmarking survey by the SustainAbility consultancy. The Global Reporters 2004 survey, the sixth of its...

ethics screening moves into derivatives field - news

The rapidly-expanding credit derivatives market now has its own ethical index. The Ecpi-Credix ethical index is composed of 125 credit derivatives whose underlying assets have satisfied 200...

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...

DHL link to Burma snares Comic Relief - news

One of the UK’s most popular charities has become embroiled in a row over its renewed partnership with the global courier company DHL, which operates in Burma (Myanmar). Comic Relief, which was...

From Georg Kell, executive head, United Nations Global Compact Office - news

From Georg Kell, executive head, United Nations Global Compact Office In your April 2003 issue you report that the UN Global Compact has decided to introduce disciplinary procedures to address...

Compact targets China - news

China's business leaders have been urged by Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, to join the Global Compact. Annan, on an official visit to Beijing, warned that China's rapid...

Nokia upgrades educational programme - news

The number of Philippines schools receiving a Nokia interactive educational programme is to be more than doubled. The programme, called Bridgeit, provides professional development training and...

NGOs put the Global Compact on notice - news

Cross-sector support for the United Nations’ Global Compact appears be unravelling as an increasing number of non-governmental organizations begin to publicly...

investors begin work on global principles - news

Major institutional investors around the world are to develop a set of global principles for responsible investment. The investors will refer to the principles when...

Global Compact adds 10th principle to its list - news

The United Nations has added an extra principle, covering corruption and bribery, to its Global Compact. The one-sentence tenth principle, which commits signatories to...

UN norms face uncertain fate - news

Further progress on United Nations draft norms setting out companies’ basic human rights responsibilities is to be delayed for at least a year. At its annual...

inbrief - news

Sustainability reporters are being urged to submit their latest documents for an international benchmarking survey to be run jointly by the SustainAbility consultancy, the...

inbrief - news

Two African banks have signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative. Nedbank and the Development Bank of South Africa join about 200...

company cash for Harvard CSR - news

Harvard University has secured $2million (£1.23m) from business to research corporate social responsibility. ChevronTexaco, Coca-Cola, General Motors and Walter...

UK decides to become global CSR cheerleader - news

The UK government is to deepen its involvement in CSR by acting as an advocate on the international stage. A draft global framework published by CSR minister Stephen...

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 attacked from a new quarter - news

Further signs have emerged of disenchantment with corporate social responsibility among groups that until now have been generally supportive. Following Christian...

Unep merges CSR finance initiatives - news

Two corporate responsibility initiatives run for the financial sector by the United Nations have merged. The United Nations Environment Programme Financial...

Asia Pacific to get network of CSR centres - news

A network of corporate social responsibility centres will be formed in the Asia Pacific region this summer. The centres, in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the...

US funds weigh in on climate change - news

Investor pressure on companies to address climate change has risen to an unprecedented level with the release of a ten-point ‘call for action’ by ten of the...

UN says business failing to get to grips with Aids - news

Only a fifth of the world’s 100 largest companies appear to be helping to tackle the developing world’s HIV and Aids pandemic, the United Nations reports....

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Three asset management companies have won a new award recognizing outstanding examples of corporate activity in socially responsible investment. Rabobank Group...

UN Norms offer firms a template for change - news

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

10th principle for Global Compact? - news

A tenth principle could be added to the United Nations Global Compact. Compact officials are considering a new principle on transparency and corruption to complement the...

inbrief - news

Fifteen mining firms have agreed not to explore or mine in any of the 754 United Nations World Heritage sites. The companies, all members of the International Council...

Global Compact moves to address issue of violators - news

The United Nations is to set up a Global Compact task force to consider how best to deal with participants in major breach of the Compact’s nine guiding principles on...

UN human rights norms will benefit responsible companies - news

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

UN proposes human rights 'norms' for firms - news

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

Fast tracking for Operating and Financial Reviews - news

The UK government is to fast track the introduction of a requirement for large companies to produce annual Operating and Financial Reviews. Trade and industry...

inbrief - news

The office of the United Nations Global Compact has stressed it has made no firm decision on whether to introduce a complaints mechanism to deal with signatories that fail to...

inbrief - news

A human rights ‘checklist’ for business has been produced by Amnesty International. The six-page booklet, The human rights responsibilities of companies, summarizes...

FTSE4Good raises bar for oil, gas and mining firms - news

Oil, gas and mining companies must begin reporting publicly on their human rights records from September 2003 to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index family....

‘scruff of the neck’ approach mobilizes bosses at TV firm - news

Music Television (MTV), part of the global media company Viacom, is making its senior executives more aware of community issues by taking them away from their desks to see...

inbrief - news

CDC Capital has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s finance initiative on sustainable development. The UK-based group, which provides capital...

parliament set for CSR hearing - news

A European Parliament hearing on corporate social responsibility has been scheduled for 12 June. The hearing, organized by Labour MEP Richard Howitt, is likely to focus...

UN Global Compact hardens stance - news

Companies that have signed the United Nations Global Compact but fail to meet its terms could face the prospect of disciplinary action. Although the UN is unlikely to...

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Jan Pronk has been appointed chair of the International Institute for Environment and Development, the UK-based sustainable development research body. Pronk was United...

Desjardins joins the club - news

Desjardins Group, the sixth largest financial institution in Canada, has signed up to the United Nations Environment Programme’s finance initiative on sustainability....

UN links with business - news

The United Nations Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are to ‘co-operate more closely’ in the future. The WBCSD, a...

inbrief - news

More than 100 case studies of how businesses have worked with non-governmental organizations and governments to improve social conditions in Africa are collected in a report...

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ChevronTexaco has signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme to help bring $10million (£6m) of aid to Angola. The project, sanctioned by...

KLP bans 27 big names - news

One of Norway’s largest institutional investors has excluded 27 companies from its portfolio after setting a ‘minimum ethical standard’ for all its...

why Bitc wants more from its members - news

One of the world’s oldest business responsibility bodies is asking its members to make much greater efforts on CSR. EP talks to Business in the Community’s chairman, David Varney, about...

inbrief - news

As many as 3000 large companies now ‘systematically address corporate responsibility issues throughout their operations’, according to research by the business...

in the absence of regulation on CSR, who will act as policeman? - news

If in doubt, sign up. That seems to have been the thinking behind the decision by hundreds of companies to join one or more of the CSR initiatives that have sprung up in recent...

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

customers and staff exert the greatest influence - news

Pressure from staff and customers appears to be the most important reason why businesses decide to adopt more socially responsible policies, according to a survey of UK company...

firms told: ‘your social reports are too long’ - news

Thirty pages is the optimum length for a social and environmental report, a specialist in the field has suggested. Tobias Cottmann, director of the Bonn-based ECC Kohtes...

Greek bank to focus on financial exclusion - news

One of the largest high street banks in Greece is poised to embark on a two-year corporate social responsibility plan. The Commercial Bank of Greece envisages spending at...

Unep finance initiatives will weed out ‘free-riders’ - news

The United Nations is to tighten membership requirements for its two finance industry sustainability initiatives in an attempt to discourage ‘free-riders’ who sign...

UN will name Compact firms - news

The United Nations is to publish the names of all companies that have sent letters of commitment to its Global Compact. The identities of the several hundred firms that...

inbrief - news

Jonathan Cohen has joined the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability as programme manager. His main responsibility will be Isea’s AA1000 framework, a standard for...

Daimler signs CSR code - news

One of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers has agreed a set of corporate social responsibility principles with staff representatives and an international trade union....

Exxon shifts on climate change - news

ExxonMobil has softened its stance on global warming. In an advertisement in the New York Times the US oil company has conceded that ‘the risk of climate change...

UN guidelines to be released in 2003 - news

United Nations human rights guidelines for businesses are expected to be published next summer. There has been ‘significant progress’ on drafting the guidelines,...

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...

training call for accountants - news

Social and environmental reporting issues ‘should be integrated into the education and training regimes of professional accountancy bodies’, according to an influential...

Annan tells business: ‘don’t wait for governmental lead’ - news

United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan has urged business not to wait for governments to act on social and environmental issues – but to take action themselves....

new code for financial sector - news

Eleven European companies and investment institutions have signed a set of seven principles intended to clarify how financial markets can encourage sustainable development....

cement firms map out five-year plan of action - news

Ten of the world’s largest cement companies have formally committed themselves to a five-year plan of action to improve their social and environmental performance....

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

The United Nations Environment Programme has stepped in to urge tourism companies to improve their social and environmental performance, amid signs of growing frustration at...

Lebanon starts work on CSR - news

Four companies are to begin promoting corporate social responsibility in Lebanon, in conjunction with the United Nations. Schtroumpf, a Lebanese restaurant chain, Coca-Cola...

UN human rights code scrutinized - news

The United Nations business guidelines on human rights, Human rights principles and responsibilities for transnational corporations and other business enterprises –...

inbrief - news

Louisa Mitchell has been appointed to the newly-created post of executive director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (Asria)....

new group aims to help Africa - news

A new group has been set up to help companies make a greater social and environmental contribution to Africa. Business for Africa, which was launched at the recent United...

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...

Shell sets up impact study - news

A social impact study of a major proposed gas pipeline is to be carried out by Shell China Exploration and Production with help from the United Nations. The oil...

New York gets a CSR network - news

A socially responsible business network has been formed in New York. Members of the Socially Responsible Business Alliance of New York will be from the private,...

GRI becomes regular fixture - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is to be inaugurated as a permanent institution in a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on 4 April. The GRI, which runs...

call for compact violators to face trial - news

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

inbrief - news

Five Europeans are among 14 people to have been chosen to serve on the board of the Global Reporting Initiative. They are Roger Adams (UK), technical director at the...

inbrief - news

Storebrand’s Carlos Joy has been appointed chairman of the steering committee of the United Nations Environment Programme’s insurance initiative. The initiative...

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A global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability is to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 14-15 March. The two-day event is organized by the United Nations...

Ericsson puts phones at disposal of the UN - news

Swedish mobile phone group Ericsson has lent $5million (£3.5m) of equipment, free of charge, to the United Nations to help it with humanitarian operations in Afghanistan....

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An online inventory of sustainable energy funds has been published by the United Nations Environment Programme. The database covers funds offered by 125 financial...

paper giant begins to draw up social indicators - news

The world’s second largest paper company is to begin work on developing social performance indicators after putting in place a set of corporate social responsibility...

BP offers help to East Timor - news

A scheme to help raise living standards in East Timor has been launched by BP in conjunction with the Save the Children Fund and the United Nations Development Programme....

UN to review global compact - news

The United Nations has sent a clear signal that it intends to address weaknesses in its Global Compact on business behaviour by creating an advisory council to look at ways...

inbrief - news

The United Nations Environment Programme is to hold its annual global roundtable meeting on finance and sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 14-15 March.

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A number of leading Russian business people have met in Moscow, brought together by Louise Frechette, the United Nations deputy secretary general, to discuss the UN’s...

UN to back 48-hour week throughout the world - news

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights looks set to call on companies not to require all employees to work more than 48 hours in a week. The draft Fundamental...

inbrief - news

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has published a briefing paper on social responsibility as part of its Issues in International...

export agency looks at ethics - news

Canada’s Export Development Corporation (EDC) is to set up an advisory council to look at corporate social responsibility. The seven-strong council will meet twice a year...

Allen White, transition director of the Global Reporting Initiative - news

Although it’s not his ‘real’ job, Allen White has spent most of the last two years working on a master plan that will radically reshape the Global Reporting Initiative in the coming...

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European utility company Suez has signed an accord with the United Nations Volunteers programme to promote the use of its staff as volunteers in developing countries....

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Computer network company Cisco has signed a partnership with the government of Jamaica and the United Nations Development Programme to set up 11 training centres for poor...

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The Coca-Cola Foundation has begun a three-year partnership with the United Nations to help fight Aids. The foundation will support a number of projects including a...

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US internet equipment maker Cisco Systems is to help train students in the Republic of Congo to use computers and the internet. The recently-developed National Cisco...

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,...

inbrief - news

The former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Global Business Council on HIV and Aids. The...

oil executive rejects calls to intervene in conflict zones - news

Oil companies should not be expected to try to influence the way oil revenues are spent in war-torn areas where they operate, a leading expert in the field has said....

bank shows way for Japanese - news

The first Japanese bank has signed up to a United Nations statement on sustainable development. By signing the UN Environment Programme’s ‘Statement by financial...

UN defends global compact - news

The United Nations has hit back at critics of its Global Compact, one of the key elements in its strategy to encourage large companies to become more socially responsible....

telecom firms form alliance - news

Some of the world’s largest telecommunications companies have created an alliance to promote sustainable development within their industry. The new group, called the...

EC plans to promote CSR agenda at Rio+10 - news

The European Commission is expected to promote corporate social responsibility as an important element of the Johannesburg world summit on sustainable development next year....

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...

UN develops draft human rights code - news

United Nations officials will meet this month to put the final touches to a set of UN business guidelines on human rights. The guidelines, which have been drawn up under...

Statoil makes labour pledges - news

The Norwegian state oil company Statoil has signed an agreement with unions that binds it to various commitments on labour standards. The agreement, which covers...

FTSE4Good should reward best practice in all industry sectors - news

The launch of the FTSE4Good family of ethical indexes has symbolic as well as practical value. It shows that one of the world’s leading equity index managers thinks socially...

BP facing three AGM resolutions - news

BP will be faced with three shareholder resolutions on social and environmental issues at its London AGM on 19 April. The resolutions - on climate change strategy, policy...

inbrief - news

Some of the best-known corporate ethics codes are compared in a new guide from the BSR Resource Center. A comparison of selected corporate social...

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Government ministers from 36 countries have backed recent moves by the diamond industry to curb the sale of stones sourced from conflict zones. The ministers supported...

world’s best reporters are in Europe - news

The world’s six best sustainability reporters are all European companies – and five are from the UK – according to new rankings produced by an international...

Ericsson goes public on new disaster relief plan - news

The Swedish communications group Ericsson has launched a worldwide advertising campaign to publicise a social responsibility initiative that commits it to improving the third...

Premier to assist with human rights training - news

Premier Oil has secured the agreement of the Burmese government to provide human rights training for officials within key state departments. The training is to be...

NGOs ‘should adopt codes of conduct’ - news

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that push companies to behave more responsibly should begin practising what they preach by adopting codes of conduct that outline minimum...

editorial: international institutions have woken up to the challenge of CSR - news

The corporate social responsibility debate took an important step forward this summer. Large international institutions, which have so far paid little attention to the issues, began...

move to eliminate 'conflict diamonds' - news

Diamond companies across the world have agreed to devise a verification system that will attempt to end the trade in stones from areas where conflicts are taking place. The...

inbrief - news

The United Nations has given its formal backing to a new proposal to produce a code of business ethics that could be supported by the world's political, religious and...

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...

plans afoot for new global code - news

Work has begun on a code of business ethics, backed by the United Nations, that could be supported by the world’s political, religious and business leaders. The idea, which is...

De Beers responds to worries over diamond business - news

Mining company De Beers has given qualified support to a bill in the United States Congress that would give consumers the right to know the country of origin of diamonds they buy....

Mitsubishi leaves desert - news

Mitsubishi has decided to drop plans to build a massive salt works in the Mexican desert because of concerns about its environmental impact. The Japanese group, which consists of 42...

Foreign Office seeks UN talks - news

UK Foreign Office officials are expected to hold discussions with the United Nations this month to explore ways of pushing forward the business ethics agenda. A Foreign...

mining giants herald new dawn - news

The global mining industry is to launch an ambitious £3 million project next month to devise a sustainable business strategy for the sector by 2002. The Mining,...

inbrief - news

The Global Reporting Initiative has been given a £1.86 million grant by the United Nations Foundation. The GRI was set up in 1997 to design globally applicable guidelines for...

UN ready to help companies become ethical - news

The United Nations has offered to help businesses on corporate responsibility issues. UN secretary general Kofi Annan has said he will put the resources of UN agencies...

BP to push Angola on arms spending - news

BP Amoco has said it will push Angola to clarify how that country’s government spends money raised from oil companies operating within its borders. Peter Sutherland, chairman of...

Sullivan principles get world launch - news

Businesses around the world are being invited to sign up to a new set of corporate responsibility principles adapted from guidelines first set up for companies working under...

UK companies prepare CO2 trading scheme - news

Plans for a carbon dioxide emissions trading scheme are expected to be outlined by some of the UK’s largest industrial companies at the end of this month. The proposals, which...

sustainability fund will back innovators - news

Five of Europe’s largest insurers are to launch a $100 million venture capital fund that will invest in companies promoting sustainability. The Sustainability Fund, which will...

stakeholders act at Microsoft to aid refugees - news

Stakeholder initiatives by staff at US software giant Microsoft have prompted the company to build a database to help reunite families and friends separated by the recent war in...

UN challenges finance houses - news

A United Nations undersecretary has challenged all insurance companies to produce environmental reports as soon as possible. Klaus Topfler told the annual conference of the...

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Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2016 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report, global health service leader Cigna (NYSE:CI) shares the specific initiatives through which the company applies...

CapitaLand Limited publishes integrated Global Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

CapitaLand released its eighth Global Sustainability Report entitled “Building Sustainable Real Estate of the Future”. The report reaffirms CapitaLand’s commitment to...

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...

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...

Vancity publishes 7th integrated Annual Report - reports

Vancity’s latest integrated Annual Report, Vancity in 2016: building on our values, demonstrates how being firmly rooted in local communities can deliver strong financial returns. It can...

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...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the years 2015 and 2016. It is available online at www.emdgroup.com/cr-report.

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi today released its  2016 Global Citizenship Report , highlighting efforts made in the last year to responsibly provide financial services that enable growth and progress. The report is...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

G4S, the world’s leading global integrated security company, has published its corporate social responsibility report for 2016.

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...

Special Announcement – 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments full report now available - reports

Today Nestlé published the 2016 edition of its annual  Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report . It follows the summary version published on 7 March...

Panalpina publishes integrated management report - reports

Panalpina has published its first integrated management report, summarizing the company’s activities during 2016 in terms of business performance as well as sustainability.

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...

A.P. Moller-Maersk Sustainability Report 2016 Released - reports

The Sustainability Report 2016 follows A.P. Moller - Maersk’s continued work to unlock growth through their business, while operating responsibly and sustainably.

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. today released its annual  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for fiscal 2016 , highlighting the company’s ongoing support for people in its...

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2016 Sustainability Report,  Growing Better Together . Highlights include Monsanto’s actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change through...

Symantec Releases its FY16 Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrating Its Commitment to Making the World a Better and Safer Place - reports

The company invites its stakeholders to review the report and complete a brief stakeholder feedback survey. As an incentive, survey respondents can vote for one of three nonprofits to receive a...

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...

NEC Releases Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

NEC Corporation announced today the release of its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. NEC has announced its CSR activities aiming...

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...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes CSR Communication Report 2016 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published CSR Communication Report 2016, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Telstra Releases Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Telstra has released its Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s progress in embedding its three strategic sustainability priorities – Everyone Connected,...

Sustainability Report 2015: Building the Future - reports

Our 2015 Sustainability Report entitled, “Building the Future” communicates our firm and ongoing commitment to addressing the difficult challenges facing our operating markets. We...

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...

Edmond de Rothschild Group Publishes Its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group  has set out its 2020 sustainability objectives and made them public in its second Sustainability Report.

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

2015, is the tipping year for Publicis Groupe’s sustainability strategy. New steps have been taken including the unveiling of a materiality analysis to help guide our priorities towards...

SABMiller Sustainable Development Report 2016; embedding Prosper into the business - reports

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable development. Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris climate agreement are in place, we are all turning our...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

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...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2015...

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Publishes Corporate Responsibility Update 2015 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its Corporate Responsibility Update, covering the year 2015. It is available online at http://reports.emdgroup.com/2015/cr-report .

Ericsson Launches 23rd Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has published its 23rd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s performance in 2015 in three areas: responsible...

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Mondi Group Shares New Growing Responsibly Model and Commitments - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, released its 2015 Sustainable development report today, together with its Integrated report and financial statements, and its Looking back,...

Postal Sector Reaches 2020 Target of 20% CO2 emissions reduction six years ahead of schedule - reports

IPC Postal Sector Sustainability Report announces that the IPC Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS) programme reached its 2020 target of achieving a 20% reduction in...

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...

NEC releases annual CSR report - reports

NEC Corporation has published its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015 on its NEC CSR website. NEC has issued the report to promote...

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, recently issued its 2014 global corporate responsibility report. The report provides an...

Edmond de Rothschild Group publishes First Sustainability Report - reports

The Edmond de Rothschild Group has set out its strategic sustainability ambitions for the first time at Group level.

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  ...

Enabling Positive Futures: Old Mutual publishes 2014 Responsible Business report - reports

The latest Old Mutual Responsible Business Report details the Group’s focus on where it can make the most material impact – financial wellbeing and responsible investment,...

Coca-Cola HBC Publishes Third Integrated Report 'It's Good to Share' on 2014 Performance - reports

Coca-Cola HBC has just published its third integrated annual report. This is the first time it is reporting on all aspects of business, including financial, governance and sustainability...

NEW SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH: Collaboration and Board Engagement Critical to Sustainability Success - reports

90% of Executives See Collaboration as Critical for Sustainability Success; 86% Feel Boards of Directors Must Play a Strong Role in Sustainability Governance

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...

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!

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

Diageo moves towards integrated reporting in its 2014 Annual Report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announces this week the publication of its 2014 Annual Report , which incorporates for the first time increased disclosure of...

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the US and Canada, recently issued its 2013 global corporate responsibility report.

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...

Experian publishes its 2014 CR Report - reports

Global information services company, Experian, publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report alongside its Annual Report and a new publication, ‘About Experian’.

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

Old Mutual 2013 Responsible Business Report Published - reports

The latest Old Mutual Responsible Business Report shares the evolution of the Group strategy to include responsible business (RB) and the Company’s progress across the five pillars of the...

Thales's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Performance. A Year of Progress and Recognition - reports

Driven by a common vision of our business and its role in society, and by a strong commitment to ethical conduct, each Thales employee has been contributing directly to the long-term performance...

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...

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

Today Carlsberg Group released its CSR Report 2012, consolidating its position as the most efficient global brewer on water, energy and CO 2 .

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GREEN LEADERS SUMMIT 2013 - calendar

Green Leaders Summit 2013 – A Chance of a Lifetime to Meet some of the most Influential Green Leaders of the World   Green World City, with the support of United Nations...

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL) has published its 5th edition Sustainability Report 2012 which is available online

Bacardi Limited Publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Family-owned Bacardi Limited released its fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Report today. The report focuses on the Company's efforts to manage the social and environmental impacts of its...

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

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...

Ericsson releases annual Sustainability and CR report - reports

Ericsson's annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report titled "Technology for Good", released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to apply innovation to market based...

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. More than 600...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 13th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 13th Corporate Responsibility Report, for 2009. The report illustrates how ST creates value for its stakeholders through its culture of Sustainable...

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....

Free live webcast of the Nestle Creating Shared Value Forum - reports

A free live webcast of the second annual Creating Shared Value Forum will take place this Thursday 27 May, from 9:45-18:00 (CET).

IKEA Publishes its Sustainability Report 2009 - reports

IKEA has published its Sustainability Report 2009. The 74-page document looks at the steps IKEA took last year to reinforce its efforts to fight climate change, including a decision to equip 150...

E.ON AG launches 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The world's energy appetite is expected to rise by 40 per cent between now and 2030, and meeting this added demand without supply interruptions will be a big challenge. It will drive up the...

Ericsson publishes 2009 Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson has published its 2009 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report which looks at ways in which telecommunication forms the basis of a 21st century information-based infrastructure.

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit - calendar

B4E, the Business for Environment Global Summit is the world's leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. The summit addresses the most urgent...

UNEP FI 2009 Global Roundtable 'Financing change, Changing finance' - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. From 22-23...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

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...

Making it happen: implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment - calendar

Just over two years after the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were launched by the UN Secretary-General in New York, the initiative has garnered the support of over 360...

E.ON publishes its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2008 corporate responsibility report. For the first time, E.ON's CR report is fully integrated into the company's Group website - stressing that CR is an integrated part of...

International Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

This three-day event will be the meeting place for local and international companies, non-governmental organizations (NGO) and fund managers. The primary reason for selecting Malaysia as venue for...

The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency - calendar

Conference highlights: Readers’ Choice Awards and Survey Around 800 sustainability reports were entered for the inaugural GRI Readers’ Choice Awards in 2007 and thousands of readers voted on...

The Procter & Gamble Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Procter & Gamble's newly-published Sustainability Report describes the company's work around the world over the past year in three areas - environmental protection, social responsibility, and...

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

Alcan's 2006 Sustainability Report provides discussion and examples of the tangible value of its company-wide commitment to sustainability.

ACCSR Annual Conference - calendar

Raising the Bar: Leading Sustainable Business in 2008 Hear from leaders of business, government and civil society...

United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) 2007 Global Roundtable - calendar

‘Awareness to Action’: Sustainable finance for today's global markets The UNEP FI 2007 Global Roundtable, the event that sets the sustainable finance agenda for the coming years, is heading...

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

Novo Nordisk has issued its second integrated Annual Report covering both financial and non-financial performance in 2005.

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

Bayer partners with the United Nations Environment Programme - reports

Bayer has fostered its alliance with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Holcim Forum 2007 - calendar

More than 200 international experts will meet in Shanghai at the Holcim Forum to be held from 19 to 21 April 2007 to advance concepts for the sustainable development of cities....

New Shell Foundation report: Aid industry must reform to deliver MDGs - reports

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

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

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.

The Nestlé Water Management Report - reports

Nestlé has produced a review of the company's thinking and initiatives on the sustainable use and protection of water resources worldwide.

Business as an agent of world benefit: management knowledge leading positive change - calendar

Virtual Forum Organised by the Academy of Management, the United Nations Global Compact, and Case Weatherhead School of Management, the purpose of the forum is to envision management...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

CDL integrates sustainability into its business strategy to provide a holistic account of its value creation for stakeholders. Adam Woodhall reports...   Sustainability, when done...

Public-private partnerships for sustainable development - calendar

When the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) holds its 15th session in New York in 2007, five years will have passed since the UN committed itself to promoting...

Getting streetwise about corporate responsibility - bestpractice

In Fahrenehit 451 author Ray Bradbury says the difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching: “The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been...

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...

Ensuring the environment doesn’t go up in smoke - bestpractice

How do you persuade your suppliers in 20 countries to respect their environment and live in peace with their neighbours? A business tool known as the Biodiversity Risk and Opportunity...

Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2006 - calendar

Among the speakers at this forum organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific that focuses on how the public and private sectors could work together to...

ICCSR to hold its sixth annual symposium - 7/11/08 - reports

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is to hold its sixth annual symposium on Friday 7 November.

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...

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...

CRH 2007 CSR Report Announcement - reports

CRH, the international building materials group, has just published its fifth CSR Report.

right tools for the job - bestpractice

Part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. Yet according to the World Health Organization,...

Deutsche Post release Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

Deutsche Post World Net, the logistics company that owns the DHL, Deutsche Post and Postbank brands, has published its Sustainability Report 2008.

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...

cutting to the chase - bestpractice

At the Vimax Beauty hairdressing salon in Curitiba in southern Brazil, Vicktor, like any self-respecting salon owner, spends his day interacting with his clients. Standing behind each chair and...

Ford Motor Company releases its 2007/8 Sustainability Report - reports

Ford Motor Company has released its 2007/8 sustainability report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability.

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.

Corporate Social Responsibility and International Development - books

The business of business is business. So why should corporations be involved in development? This groundbreaking new book makes the case that governments and their international agencies,...

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS - bestpractice

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

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