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Modern slavery addressed with new laws, new technology - news

By Brian Collett — India has set itself a goal of eliminating child slavery by ratifying two global agreements on the employment of minors.          ...

Leading companies strengthen sustainability reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — The corporate reporting landscape is increasingly complex, as different countries and organizations move to introduce new standards and revised frameworks. Companies with...

Is the corporate responsibility and sustainability profession just another elite?  - news

By Tom Idle — The recent EU referendum demonstrates the national divides we have in the UK – and  plenty of evidence  shows that we have one of the lowest social...

Tracking reward matters in interesting times - news

By Peter Brown —  We first ran the Paydata UK Reward Management Survey back in January 2009 in response to the global financial crisis and because our customers kept asking us what...

Long-term strategy improves business performance - news

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

Compensation awarded to Bangladeshi apparel workers - news

by Brian Collett — Compensation has finally been paid to all the workers injured and the dependants of those killed in the Tazreen Fashions fire in Bangladesh four years after the...

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

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

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

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

Diversity on FTSE 100 falls dramatically - news

By Sangeeta Haindl - There is growing concern about the levels of diversity in major companies, revealing that there is still a mountain to climb when it comes to ethnicity in the U.K....

Future Perfect? - news

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

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

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

Big brands failing to honour Bangladesh compensation claims - news

International brands, including Walmart and El Corte Ingles, are being urged to contribute to a fund for the families of 112 workers killed and those permanently injured in the 2012 fire at the...

BNP Paribas commits to ‘doubling’ renewable energy financing by 2020 - news

BNP Paribas, the French multinational bank with a presence in 75 countries, is to take a further significant step in financing the transition to a low carbon economy by “more than...

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

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

Rana Plaza victims to receive full compensation as fund reaches $30m - news

Victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse are finally to receive full compensation following the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund reaching its $30m target. According to the Clean Clothes...

Legal bills will cost banks £19bn - news

Compensation payouts and legal bills will cost the big four UK banks £19bn ($29.83bn, €26.55bn) during this year and next, reports the credit ratings agency Standard &...

No such thing as bad publicity? - news

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

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

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

Tesco faces legal action in UK - news

Legal action is being prepared claiming that Tesco’s profits overstatement last year caused a “permanent destruction of value to shareholders”. The Connecticut-based law...

Trading bodies unite to call for urgent Rana Plaza contributions - news

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Social Accountability...

Ugandan farmers in court over land grab - news

More than 100 Ugandan farmers evicted to make way for palm oil plantations have filed a lawsuit claiming damages and the return of their land. The smallholders received little, if any,...

Benetton urged to contribute $5m to Rana Plaza fund - news

As Milan Fashion Week kicks off, campaigners are calling on Benetton to contribute at least $5m into the Rana Plaza Donors Trust Fund following the fashion brand's long-awaited commitment to...

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

Biogen beat fellow American pharmaceutical company Allergan to top spot in this year's Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. German sportswear company Adidas...

Women failing to aim for top City firms - news

New data on City bonuses from salary benchmarking site, Emoulment.com , shows that women are not aiming for employment at top firms at the outset of their careers. Fresh out of university,...

Benetton targeted over non Rana payment - news

Labour rights campaigners in Europe and the US have again urged the Italian fashion house Benetton to contribute to the compensation fund for workers injured and the families of those killed in...

Agreement reached over Tazreen disaster compensation - news

Two years after over 120 people lost their lives in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an agreement has been reached between IndustriALL Global Union and their local affiliates,...

Colombian farmers unite to sue oil giant BP in London’s High Court - news

A group of 109 Colombian farmers is suing the British oil multinational BP over a pipeline that they claim harmed their land, crops and animals. The farmers protest that BP caused severe...

Big brands still failing to contribute to Rana recovery - news

The compensation fund for victims’ families and survivors of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh is still about $20m (£12.4m, €15.7m) short 18 months after the event. The...

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

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

Banks hit headlines again for failing to maintain standards - news

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

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

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

Wonga forced to pay up over ‘unfair’ practices - news

Wonga, Britain’s biggest payday lender, has been ordered to pay more than £2.2m ($3.76m, €2.78m) in compensation to defaulters to whom it sent threatening letters appearing to...

Government called to examine UK pension funds’ ‘land grab’ investments - news

UK pension funds and asset man-agement companies including British Airways Pension Fund, Legal & General, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Aviva Investors could potentially have...

UK pension fund investments linked to unethical land grabs - news

UK pension funds and asset management companies could potentially have £37bn invested in ‘land grabs’ worldwide, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth....

One year on and brands still failing victims of Rana Plaza disaster - news

According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, the voluntary Donor Trust Fund set up to take the donations as part of compensation programme remains woefully underfunded. A year after the collapse,...

General Motors appoints safety vp following vehicle recall - news

General Motors is investigating why it took a decade to recall cars found to have potentially lethal ignition switches. The Detroit-based multinational acknowledges the defective part was...

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

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

Filmmaker opens debate about health and safety in South Korea - news

South Korea’s headlong rush from an impoverished land of farmers at the end of the Korean War to today’s hi-tec industrial society has come at a cost. For decades, the sole...

Vroom for improvement at Porsche - news

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

Ongoing building collapses raise safety issues in Korea - news

Students from Busan University were killed and injured when the roof of the auditorium where they were attending a freshman orientation collapsed on 17 February 2014. Officials said the...

Barclays under fire over executive pay - news

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

Financial services customers suffer massive data breach in Korea - news

In early December last year, a District Prosecutors’ Office near Busan, Korea’s second city, announced there had been leaks of customer information from the Korean branches of...

UK boasts highest paid CEOs in Europe - news

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

The challenge of transformational change - news

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

Lloyds Bank pays price for 'champagne bonuses' - news

Lloyds, the UK banking group, has been fined £28m ($45.7m, €33.3m) for operating a bonus scheme that put pressure on staff to hit sales targets or risk demotions and pay cuts....

Korean executives evade new laws on disclosure of earnings - news

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

Chevron maintains Ecuador fine 'illegitimate' - news

A former judge in the Ecuadorian court that ordered the oil company Chevron to pay $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) pollution compensation has claimed he was given $1,000 a month to...

Hotels and stores admit food fraud in Japan - news

Japanese hoteliers have long prided themselves on elevating the meals in their traditional Japanese restaurants to works of art in appearance, content, and price. Nothing has been more important...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

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

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

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

BP sues US government over federal contracts - news

BP is returning to court in the US – this time as the plaintiff. The British multinational oil group is suing the government for barring it from gaining new federal contracts after its...

BP refused temporary halt to Deepwater pay-outs - news

BP has been refused a temporary halt to compensation payments to parties that suffered after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company complained that false claims were mounting and said...

‘Golden handcuffs’ deal for Novartis chairman dropped - news

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

US banks’ $20bn bill for subprime mortgage fiasco - news

Ten US banks are to pay more than $20bn (£12.6bn, €15bn) to the government mortgage agency Fannie Mae and mortgage holders who suffered when the subprime market collapsed. Fannie...

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

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

Lloyds ups compensation monies by £1bn - news

UK-based Lloyds Banking Group has added £1bn (€1.2bn, $1.6bn) to the £4.27bn already set aside to cover compensation to customers mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI). In...

Trafigura reaches out-of-court settlement over export of toxic waste - news

Oil trader Trafigura is to pay fines totalling €1.3m ($1.7m, £1.0m) in the Netherlands in an out-of-court settlement concerning the illegal export of toxic waste to the Ivory Coast in...

HSBC faces $1.5bn laundering fine - news

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

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

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

US proxy set to stay central to corporate engagement – despite better dialogue - news

Shareholder dialogue with US corporations is improving but Timothy Smith, of Boston-based Walden Asset Management, tells Robert Kropp that filing resolutions will remain a crucial element of...

Barclays, Standard Chartered challenged over Russian oil and gas complex pollution - news

Three British banks and the Shell oil company have come under attack from civil society groups for failing to address alleged environmental and human rights abuses by a giant integrated oil and...

Tobacco industry fears plain-pack ‘domino effect’ - news

In a move seen by tobacco companies as state appropriation of their brands and intellectual property, all cigarettes sold in Australia from 1 December must conform to strict ‘no...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

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

Disillusioned customers punish UK big five banks - news

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

Executive pay increasingly linked to sustainability performance - news

Executive remuneration is increasingly being linked to companies’ sustainability performance, with shareholder interest in the issues strengthening, according to a study by business...

Australia presses on with wide-ranging carbon tax - news

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

Nike endorses settlement on supplier’s unpaid overtime - news

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDF Energy fined for spying - news

EDF Energy has been fined €1.5m and two of its senior staff sent to prison for spying on environmental campaigners. A French court found that EDF employed a security firm, Kargus, to spy on...

UK legal aid cuts ‘may spell the end of multinational accountability overseas’ - news

A law firm has warned that the UK government’s proposed changes to legal aid could make claims against multinationals for human rights abuses committed abroad “all but...

Japan under post-Fukushima pressure to cut carbon goals - news

The Japanese government has been told by businesses that it needs to scrap its greenhouse gas emissions target and reconfigure its energy mix in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.  ...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

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

Rising bonuses spark anger but little action - news

A storm is brewing around UK executive salaries and bonuses as top pay levels outstrip performance and political lines are drawn on the issue of irresponsible remuneration. Independent...

inbrief - news

Compensation pay-outs from BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill have passed the $5bn mark. The figure, which accounts for around 360,000 claims, is less than expected, however, given that BP set...

Scandal sparks News Corp investor backlash - news

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

Pension fund pledges to take tougher stance human rights - news

One of the world’s largest institutional investors has said it will aim to be more ‘active’ and ‘robust’ on corporate governance in its dealings with companies....

inbrief - news

Rules requiring advisory votes on executive pay at US-listed companies have been adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in response to the recently passed Dodd-Frank Act on Wall...

Shell faces another case over OECD breach claims - news

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

Dow to make nature a business matter - news

Dow Chemical has entered a five-year partnership with a conservation charity to help it to place environmental protection at the heart of its business strategy and reduce its ecological...

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

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

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

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

Nike works with unions - news

Nike has teamed up with the Honduran trade union movement to support workers sacked by the sportswear firm’s suppliers after controversial factory closures. The CGT national trade union federation...

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...

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

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

Nike falls foul of university boycott - news

A large university in the US has cancelled a licensing agreement with Nike over concerns about the company’s treatment of workers in Honduras. The University of Wisconsin accuses Nike of failing...

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...

Inquiry backs calls for business and human rights body - news

A parliamentary inquiry has called for the setting up of a  permanent UK commission for business and human rights. The year-long inquiry into business and human rights, carried out by...

Goldman Sachs targeted on executive pay - news

Shareholders at the investment bank Goldman Sachs have moved to stop the payout of large bonuses at the company, which is preparing to award executives billions of dollars. Goldman Sachs, which...

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...

inbrief - news

Ebba Schmidt has been appointed as responsible investment manager at the UK Pension Protection Fund, which pays compensation to members of pension schemes that become insolvent. Schmidt was...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Executive pay emerges as full-blown CSR issue - news

Pressure on companies to tackle excessive executive pay has ratcheted up significantly in the past month as investors and politicians around the world have begun to force the issue into the...

Why SRI could be propelled into the spotlight - news

Mike Scott talks to pioneering ethical investment advocate Peter Kinder about his belief that the current financial turbulence could teach mainstream investors the wisdom of long-term thinking...

Corpocracy - news

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

inbrief - news

Insurance group Aflac has become the first big US company to hold a shareholder vote on executive pay. American companies are not required by law to have such votes, but Aflac’s decision...

Mining company fights back over ActionAid claims - news

Anglo American has taken the unusual step of issuing a 40-page report rebutting allegations of human rights abuses by its Anglo Platinum arm in South Africa. The international...

Villagers sue energy firms - news

A village in Alaska is suing 20 companies on the grounds that they have altered the climate, forcing residents to abandon their homes. The 400 people of the coastal village of Kivalina are...

A disappointing debut with too many gaps - news

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

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

investors fight off plan to curb voting rights – for now - news

Socially responsible investors around the world breathed a sigh of relief late last month when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) drew back from plans to curtail their ability to raise...

inbrief - news

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has written to 300 large US companies asking for more details on how they pay their most senior executives. Since this year companies have been required...

Posco offers resettlement deal - news

The Korean steel corporation Posco has offered an assured market for dried fish to about 140 fishing families who will be displaced if they sell their land for a new plant in the Jagatsinghpur...

Olympics suppliers targeted - news

The organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games have been urged to consider how they can improve the conditions of workers supplying goods and services for the event. The Beijing Olympics...

Aflac tries to set voting trend on fat cat pay - news

The insurance company Aflac has become the first big US company to offer its shareholders a vote on executive pay. The Fortune 200 corporation made the announcement shortly after...

social issues to the fore as annual meeting votes draw near - news

This year’s proxy voting season  in the US looks like being one of the liveliest yet. Activist investors, buoyed by recent successes, sense that on key issues such as executive pay, climate...

investors press Securities and Exchange Commission on pay - news

Institutional investors have urged the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to allow shareholder advisory votes on executive remuneration. Thirteen investment groups from five...

UTC 2005 corporate responsibility report - news

Available as hard copy and download at www.utc.com/responsibility/index.htm The centrepiece of United Technology Corporation's stand at last month's Business for Social Responsibility...

investors move on climate - news

Institutional investors managing assets worth more than £850billion ($1600bn) pledged last month to use their collective financial weight to encourage companies to reduce their greenhouse gas...

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...

gas rush brings more firms into Burma orbit - news

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

Asbestos fund to be set up - news

The Japanese government and companies that have used asbestos are to establish a fund to contribute to the medical expenses of people with asbestos-related diseases. The fund will cover...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

A resolution calling on the Newmont Mining Corp in the US to review its policies on toxic waste disposal in Indonesia could not be put to the vote at the annual shareholder meeting after the...

why business has to end its vow of silence - news

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

time to stop chanting the mantra of growth - news

Most companies want to get bigger and bigger. John Abrams’ is one that doesn’t – and prospers. It’s a cherished business doctrine that companies must grow or perish. But at South Mountain...

Unocal’s Burma deal short-circuits legal case - news

Human rights activists hoping for a precedent-setting legal judgement over allegations that oil company Unocal used forced labour in Burma (Myanmar) have had their hopes dashed by an out-of-court...

companies need to show real leadership - news

Business leaders must begin to set their own CSR agendas, not just respond to the latest bout of campaigning, argues Roger Cowe Leadership is a recurrent theme in CSR, but it’s time it was seen...

'Corporate code of conduct' by Arthur J. Zaccanti - news

From Arthur J. Zaccanti Every rational United State's taxpayer knows that the current Security and Exchange Commission investigation, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Criminal...

inbrief - news

Unlawful discrimination in the workplace cost UK organizations £4.2million ($7.6m) in compensation payouts last year, according to figures published in the Equal...

Canadian firms told to perform better on human rights - news

Canadian companies need to spend more time on human rights issues as part of their CSR programmes, says the country’s first National Corporate Social Responsibility...

annual resolutions target diversity - news

Thirty-three companies are in the firing line for this year’s round of social and environmental shareholder resolutions filed by Calvert, one of the more active...

inbrief - news

Dow Chemical will be asked at its annual meeting in May to detail its initiatives to deal with the health, environmental and social concerns of Bhopal survivors. The...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

oil firms are 'poles apart' on tackling climate change - news

There are huge differences in the approaches large oil companies are taking to climate change, according to an analysis of corporate responses to global warming. A...

inbrief - news

Seventy-two environmental and human rights groups from 29 countries have written to companies and investors asking them to withdraw from the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil...

Hewitt floats ‘fat cat’ ideas - news

The prospect of UK government intervention on excessive executive pay has been raised in a consultation paper unveiled by trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt....

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

Executive pay is emerging as a focus for shareholder action in the US. ‘Excessive’ executive compensation and linking the pay of directors in part to the...

Bhopal still haunts Dow - news

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

oil firms agree transparency pact - news

Eleven oil companies are to break new ground in transparency by declaring how much money they pay to three governments on a new oil project in theCaspian Sea. The...

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....

inbrief - news

Around 35 multinationals look set to be cited in a $50billion (£33bn) class action lawsuit over their alleged involvement in supporting the apartheid regime in South Africa. The...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

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

bank backs credit unions - news

Barclays Bank is spending an initial £700,000 ($998,000) to improve the financial stability and growth prospects of UK credit unions. The bank is sponsoring the Association...

Domini bags SRI deal in NY - news

Domini Social Investments has been selected to manage $190million (£134m) worth of City of New York investments along socially responsible investment lines. The...

Triumph leaves Burma with 1000 job losses - news

A ‘social plan’ to help reduce the impact of redundancies is being drawn up by Europe’s largest lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International, after an announcement that it...

government to get tough on directors’ pay - news

Details of new requirements proposed for reporting on directors’ remuneration have been outlined by the UK government. Draft regulations posted on the Department of Trade...

250 Brazilian firms report social impacts - news

Social reporting in Brazil is more developed than environment reporting, according to an analysis from Unibanco. Brazil’s fourth-largest private bank says that contrary to...

women put company ethics top of the list - news

The ethical behaviour of a company is a crucial factor for women executives when choosing a new employer, a Canadian study has found. When asked in interviews what factors...

inbrief - news

German businesses have finally come up with $2.3billion (£1.6bn) to be paid into a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave labourers. Companies which used slave labour during the...

inbrief - news

Relatives of the Nigerian playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa have been given permission by the US Supreme Court to pursue a civil action in New York for compensation against Shell over...

social links to directors’ pay gain credence - news

US companies are increasingly linking executive pay levels to the social and environmental performance of their businesses, according to a study from Business for Social...

top firms edge forward - news

Corporate governance standards among UK companies have marginally improved in the past year, but a significant number of companies still have boards and remuneration...

hotline could aid audits - news

Companies trying to gauge working conditions in third world supplier factories may find a telephone hotline is one of the best ways of getting workers to report their concerns,...

inbrief - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has decided to extend compensation payments to victims of the Thalidomide drug which one of its constituent companies – Distillers...

Bertelsmann joins fund - news

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

Diageo will talk to Thalidomide Trust - news

The consumer goods company Diageo has responded to a boycott campaign by saying it will consider increasing compensation for victims of the Thalidomide drug which one of its...

tough new EU approach is signalled on pollution - news

Companies operating in Europe that harm the health of communities or the environment could become liable for huge damages under new ‘polluter pays’ legislation being planned by the European...

inbrief - news

German companies will face 'boycotts and sanctions on their products across the US and in individual states', if there is no agreement on the level of compensation paid to the...

insurers say transparency is crucial on executive pay - news

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has told UK companies they should tighten up on executive pay by making performance-related awards more transparent. In a statement of...

new whistleblowers law puts reputation at stake - news

The Public Interest Disclosure Act, which comes into force on 2 July, will put the corporate reputation of companies on the line as never before. Many businesses now realise they have...

German companies open door on their Nazi past - news

Some of Germany’s biggest companies are to provide educational programmes to staff as part of a move to provide more information about their activities during the Nazi era. The...

Aetna Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Aetna, one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, today released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report. This year’s report provides an in-depth...

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

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

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

Intel Corporation has provided public reports on its environmental, health and safety performance since 1994 and produced an annual Corporate Responsibility Report since 2001.

Heathrow's Sustainability Policy and 2010 Sustainability Performance Report - reports

Heathrow has marked World Environment Day 2011 by launching its 2010 Sustainability Performance Summary.  Introduced by Heathrow's CEO, Colin Matthews, the Performance Summary provides a...

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics - Twenty-first Annual Meeting - calendar

The APPE Annual Meeting for 2012 offers a powerful line-up of programs and presentations covering the full-range of practical and professional ethics. Sessions include formal paper presentations,...

EU Emissions Trading 2009 - calendar

Attend this high-profile conference, produced by Environmental Finance Publications, to hear top emissions trading specialists share their knowledge of how to maximise opportunities in Phase II,...

Rabobank Group publishes Annual Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

The newly-published Rabobank Group Annual Sustainability Report 2006 focuses on climate change and the sustainability of production in food and agriculture.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. releases 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. has published its corporate sustainability report.

WORKING WITH CREDIT UNIONS - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is helping credit unions in the UK to improve their growth prospects in advance of regulation that will make it easier for the financially...

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