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

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

Green hotel award winners announced - news

By Brian Collett — Employees at the Landgut Stober hotel at Nauen, near Berlin, including a number of refugees, have become a “nurturing family”, said the judges of the Green...

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

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

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...

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

By James Pitcher — Whitbread is the UK’s largest and fastest growing hospitality company and we have ambitious plans for our two leading brands, Premier Inn and Costa. By 2020, we...

Business chooses long term planning for sustainability - news

By Adam Woodhall — Creating a truly sustainable organisation isn’t something that can realistically be achieved in the average tenure of a FTSE CEO, which is currently 4.6 years....

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

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

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...

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

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

Gender pay gap closing, according to sustainability salary survey - news

By Adam Woodhall — The findings from the latest Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS) salary survey run by Acre , Flag  and Carnstone are certainly thought...

International Tourism Partnership launches Hotel Water Measure Initiative to set industry standards - news

by Brian Collett —Thousands of hotels throughout the world are expected to combine in a drive to cut water consumption.      Along with conservation measures, they...

Online database brings transparency to mutual funds’ holdings in palm oil - news

by Brian Collett — An online database has been set up to show the global mutual funds with holdings in palm oil agriculture, today’s fastest-growing cause of rainforest destruction....

Royal Mail doing business in a responsible way - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The UK postal service, the Royal Mail, is celebrating its 500th birthday of connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities, including...

Brexit means a world of uncertainty. But in CRS, we can handle it. - news

by Claudine Blamey, ICRS Chair, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship, The Crown Estate —Watching the UK’s EU referendum results come in provided more tension, anxiety and delight...

The Prince of Wales' responsible business network announces new Chief Executive - news

Business in the Community, whose president is HRH The Prince of Wales, has appointed Amanda Mackenzie as the fourth Chief Executive in its 34-year history. Mackenzie has worked at a senior...

What a waste of business resource! - news

By Mike Tuffrey, co-founder, Corporate Citizenship — Corporations spend billions every year on causes and in communities around the world. But a shocking new survey shows they...

Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability announces first working fellows - news

The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability has announced its first group of working Fellows. The six Fellows were chosen by a detailed review of their achievements to evaluate...

John Lewis partnership leads with employee-owned business model - news

by Vikas Vij - Employee ownership business models have increasingly attracted attention since the financial crisis of 2008 when corporate governance came to be recognized as a critical...

The (surprising) power of benchmarking - news

How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

Join in with this fascinating debate as a dynamic group of innovators share their ideas and challenge ‘business as usual’ approaches at the Social Responsibility and Sustainability...

A force for good - news

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

A toast to responsibility - news

Alexandre Ricard  is CEO of drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Currently the world’s No2 wines and spirits business, he is keen to make it to the No1 slot and believes that his...

The Body Shop speaks up - news

EP Journal The Body Shop’s new CSR strategy is designed to make consumers realize why they fell in love with the brand in the first place. by Tom Idle The influential...

Plant-based package proves commercial success - news

Tetra Pak will deliver more than 100m packs of its Tetra Rex® Bio-based pack this year, reflecting strong demand for the package since its launch in January 2015. The world’s first...

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

Future Perfect? - news

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

Hong Kong’s Hang Lung Properties clinches top reporting award - news

Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong clinched Asia's Sustainability Reporting of the Year Award at the inaugural event in Singapore this week. The company also won the Best Sustainability Report...

APCRG launches Responsible Business Champions 2016 - news

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) in the UK has launched its 2016 National Responsible Business Champions award. The Co-Chairs of the Group Baroness (Sally)...

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

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

European SRI retail funds market expands €9bn in 2015 - news

The latest annual report on ethical, green and social funds at the retail level across Europe from Vigeo, the leading European rating agency evaluating corporate responsibility, reveals that the...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

This year the first directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures is due to take effect across the EU which breaks new ground in corporate reporting requirements. Elisabeth Jeffries...

Post COP21, what’s our professional role now? - news

COP21 – 190 nations gathering in Paris to find a new global agreement on climate change. Were they the success everyone hoped they would be? asks Claudine Blamey. Or did the final...

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...

IHRB outlines top 10 corporate responsibility issues for 2016 - news

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a global think tank, has published its annual Top 10 list of business and human rights issues for 2016. This year’s list includes...

Shine like a diamond - news

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

The newfound power of responsible advertising - news

Recently, Europe has been witnessing major changes in terms of mass media consumption. This has led to a significant transformation in the purchasing behaviour of consumers, writes Andrea...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

Sodexo has teamed up with conservation charity WWF to develop and pilot a set of 10 sustainable meals. The project is part of Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell, WWF-UK’s...

Hasbro stars with Best Corporate Citizen award win - news

Hasbro has been named the Best Corporate Citizen in the consumer items industry in the US, according to the 10 Best Corporate Citizens List by Industry for 2015, compiled by Corporate...

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...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

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

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

‘Big data’ has been one of the buzz phrases of the last five years and has already spawned an analytics industry worth $125bn. But is it all hype or does it have the power to...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has appointed Victoria Moorhouse as Corporate Responsibility (CR) Programme Manager. Kerry Parkin, head of CSR and Communications at Costa,...

Learning the power of persuasion - news

It’s 8am on a damp Monday morning and I’m locked in a tough negotiation. I’m trying to persuade my five-year-old daughter to put on her clothes so that we can head off to...

Hotel group shows no reservations over water stewardship - news

Leading hotel company InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to partner with the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme. IHG says the partnership will...

Companies shirking responsibility for employee wellbeing - news

Less than half of businesses believe they have a duty of care to employee health, according to a new report from leadership training organisation Morgan Redwood, with only 46% of firms regarding...

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...

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

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

BLOG: Why does health get forgotten in health and safety? - news

You can easily spot the colleagues wearing a personal activity monitor, writes CSC's CR lead Paula Sullivan . Whether they’re a Fitbit fanatic or a devotee of another brand of device,...

Renewable energy pioneer appointed to Natural Environment Research Council - news

Juliet Davenport OBE, founder and ceo of the 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy has been appointed to the Council of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is...

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

A second set of five-year corporate responsibility targets, including further development of sustainability as a primary principle, has been introduced by the waste-to-product Shanks Group,...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

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

John Elikington joins Positive Luxury - news

John Elkington, a world authority on corporate responsibility, has joined the sustainability advisory council of Positive Luxury, the company behind the interactive Trust Mark, which uses...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

Costa's commitment to sustainability acknowledged by SRA - news

Costa, the Whitbread-owned coffee shop chain, has become the first café brand to win a two star sustainability rating by the   Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Costa...

Whitbread to set sugar and salt reduction targets - news

Setting 'relevant' sugar and salt reductions across its menus is one of Whitbread's new CR commitments.  The owner of the Premier Inn franchise and the Costa coffee chain...

Human rights now on menu for institutional investors - news

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

New York jeweller Tiffany appoints first chief sustainability officer - news

Prestigious New York jeweler Tiffany & Co has appointed the company’s first-ever chief sustainability officer with its stated aim “to elevate the company’s sustainability...

Why financial education is key to all our sustainable futures - news

Nick Jones, head of digital comms & corporate responsibility, Visa Europe, explains why they're backing the launch of the Entrepreneurship Skills Pass   ...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

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

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Costa to extend literacy skills pilot in UK - news

Whitbread-owned Costa is to extend its partnership with Save The Children and its Born to Read programme. The coffee chain hooked up with the children’s charity last year, operating...

McDonald’s Japan launches complaint app - news

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

South Korea tries to clean up home shopping industry - news

South Korea’s home shopping industry is moving to clean up its act under the threat of a punitive government crackdown. The move follows a warning by three government bodies —...

Investor coalition backs new human rights reporting push - news

A group of over 60 investors from Europe, North America and Australia, collectively managing $3.9 trillion of assets, have urged leading companies to use new guidance to help them “know...

CR reporting becoming more widespread, finds Vigeo - news

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

Corporate responsibility features high on millenials' radar - news

Business should focus on people and purpose, not just products and profits according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's (Deloitte Global) fourth annual Millennial survey.  ...

Jacques Maire joins Vigeo executive committee - news

Former executive at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jacques Maire has joined CSR rating agency Vigeo's corporate executive committee as director of...

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

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

Do we need more CR and sustainability mentors? - news

Claudine Blamey, chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and head of stewardship at The Crown Estate, explains the institute's new mentoring scheme...

BSR puts transformation and transparency in the spotlight - news

Creating more uniform methods of reporting KPIs, fostering collaborations between corporations and NGOs and looking at what companies can do to improve living conditions for workers, were among...

Is business doing enough to address global sustainability challenges? - news

The business landscape is very different now to when I started my career in the field of sustainability over 15 years ago, writes Joe Franses. Businesses today face significant pressure to...

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

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

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

Why join the new CR professional institute? - news

Claudine Blamey is Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) and Head of Stewardship at The Crown Estate.  I started my career in Corporate...

Lobbying – the ‘next big thing’ in CSR - news

In July, it was widely reported that the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been “defeated” in his attempts to water down the UK’s carbon budget - which sets...

The new breed of social worker - news

After earning an MBA at Yale, Christine Bader spent nine years with BP as manager of policy development creating social programmes to aid workers and local residents as the energy giant built...

CSR comes of age with launch of first professional institute - news

Fiona Woolf, Lord Mayor of London, hailed the recent launch of the Institute of Corporate Resposibility and Sustainability (ICRS) as "a giant step forward for CSR from being 'nice to...

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...

Research proves link between CR reporting and stock price uptick - news

New research offers proof that investment in, and subsequent reporting of, corporate social responsibility (CSR) improves a firm’s stock price. Professor CB Bhattacharya, E.ON Chair...

ITV gets match fit for volunteering programme - news

ITV and sports charity Join In are partnering for the launch of a new campaign to encourage volunteering in local sport. It has set a target of generating interest in 100,000 new volunteers....

Employee performance boosted by CSR involvement - news

Employee engagement in CSR activities can demonstrably improve job performance, new research from ESMT European School of Management and Technology maintains. The study, published in the...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

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

Achieving sustainability goals through Corporate Impact Venturing - news

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

Women losing out in CSR salary stakes - news

The 5th instalment of the biennial CR and Sustainability Salary Survey produced by Acre, Carnstone & Flag, reveals that average salaries have risen in Europe and North America, but have...

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

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

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...

When it comes to integrated reporting, first think ‘integrated thinking’ - news

Wiebke Flach, head of advisory services at Business in the Community, explains the integrated approach to reporting. In the simplest terms, integrated reporting is when a company...

Big business making too little progress on sustainability - news

Big business is doing too little and making too little progress on sustainability according to oekom’s latest Corporate Responsibility Review 2014. Over the last year, there has been...

Recycling remains challenge for many domestic households - news

Scepticism is still rife among French and UK households when it comes to where their recycling lands up and the aesthetics of recycling bins also leave a lot to be desired. These are just...

Adobe wins eco accolade - news

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

GRI’s Wallace joins BrownFlynn - news

Mike Wallace, former director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) North American operations, has joined BrownFlynn as managing director. In his new role in Los Angeles,...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

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

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's...

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on chief executives to reward responsible behaviour in the same way that they incentivise staff to meet financial targets and generate...

Bacardi aims for zero waste to landfill by 2022 - news

The world’s largest privately-held spirits company Bacardi has unveiled a new environmental initiative called Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future. The campaign details...

Barcardi to ramp up responsible drinking efforts - news

The world’s largest privately owned drinks company, Bacardi Limited, has announced plans to strengthen and expand its responsible drinking and responsible marketing efforts globally....

London businesses urged to plug volunteering gaps - news

The City of London Corporation is urging businesses to ‘gift their skills’ as 2014 company-giving-gestures and are being asked to focus on particular charities. Homelessness...

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

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

Lenzi wins ERC Carol R Marshall Award - news

John C. (Jack) Lenzi, vice president, corporate responsibility & chief ethics officer of ITT Corporation, has been selected as the Ethics Resource Center’s 2013 recipient of the Carol...

New kids on the block at Global Child Forum - news

Inger Ashing has joined Global Child Forum as executive director. She was previously deputy head of the government agency Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and serves as chairman of the...

Dell powers up youth programme - news

IT giant Dell is to provide nearly $2.4m to 26 American. organizations as part of its Powering the Possible for Communities Youth Learning Initiative. The initiative aims to close the...

Blamey becomes chair at CRG - news

Claudine Blamey, sustainability manager at The Crown Estate is to become the new chair of the voluntary board of directors for the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG). Blamey will replace...

IBE call for post/under grad essays - news

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) is calling for essays on business ethics from postgraduates and under-graduates to encourage ethical sensitivity and new approaches to corporate...

Sprint finish for Hesse - news

CR Magazine and the COMMIT!Forum have named Dan Hesse, the chief executive officer of Sprint as the recipient of the 2013 Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award. Beginning in...

Kids say thanks a latte for online tool - news

Costa for Schools (costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about communities in coffee growing countries. Developed in conjunction...

People Profiles: Manny Amadi, C&E Advisory - news

MANNY AMADI Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, and termed a 'corporate raider' by Third Sector magazine, Manny is a trusted adviser to some...

Ethical investment takes spiritual turn with new website - news

A new website offers consumers a new resource to make ethical and spiritual decisions about the use of money. The ‘ your faith your finance’ website contains facts, links and...

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

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

inbrief - news

Build up… The World Green Building Council has awarded its highest accolade, the Business Leadership in Sustainability to British Land as part of its Europe Region Leadership Awards....

Costa coffee chain brews up online teaching platform - news

Whitbread-owned coffee chain Costa is heading back to the classroom. Costa for Schools (www.costaforschools.com), is a new online tool to support teachers and help students understand more about...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

Ian Simm, chief executive of Impax Asset Management, has been appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a member of the UK’s Natural Environment...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

Joe Franses is director of corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) at Coca-Cola Enterprises. He tells Ethical Performance how he works across the business’s network of experts...

Jon Lukomnik wins top award - news

Jon Lukomnik, executive director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRCi), has won the 2013 International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Award for Excellence in...

Here be dragons? - news

An unexplored territory to many, Keith Crane looks at how foreign companies are approaching CSR programmes in China and discovering that businesses need to ‘reverse the support...

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

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

Heat and coal… - news

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

ICT companies need to take human rights seriously - news

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

Business warned over human rights violations following data breaches - news

Following PRISMgate where companies such as Apple, Google and Microsoft were accused of allowing intelligence services to access their servers to retrieve data about users, Vigeo has warned of...

Banking on a powerful phase of CSR - news

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

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

Global hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently unveiled a new social pledge campaign called Commit To Thrive, which asked employees, guests, and local residents to take an online...

Talking the talk... - news

US business consultancy BrownFlynn has put together an online glossary of ‘sustainable speak’. From ‘Accountability’ to ‘Zero Waste’, the terminology of...

Whitbread toasts recycling win - news

Premier Inn owner, Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants (WHR), is the toast of the town following its win in the Veolia Environmental Services Recycling Awards for its performance diverting waste...

All in a good day's work - news

The positive effects of employee volunteering on the community sector have long been recognised but there is less understanding of the benefits that volunteering can bring to a business and...

Aviva, HSBC & Tesco team to back Street Children day - news

Financial institutions are not well known for working in partnership but this year global insurance brand Aviva has teamed with HSBC, together with supermarket giant Tesco, to back International...

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

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

Bloomberg & Dow Chemical ranked highest for sustainability reporting - news

A new research report conducted by BPA Worldwide, the global audit organisation, and Integrated Reporting & Assurance Services (IRAS) has ranked Dow Chemical highest among Fortune 100...

Vigeo publishes corruption study - news

Demonstrating that preventing corporate corruption is a performance issue at the heart of corporate responsibility, a new study from Vigeo identifies and compares the corruption prevention...

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

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

UN delivers approval for DHL project - news

Mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has gained UN approval for a climate project in Lesotho. The company has provided thousands of efficient wood-burning cooking stoves that reduce...

Meat debate turns towards traceability and regulation - news

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

Bacardi appoints Kraus - news

Bacardi has appointed Eric Kraus to the newly-created role of senior vice president, chief communications and corporate affairs. Eric will lead all facets of Bacardi’s corporate...

Kemp to head development at IBE - news

Harriet Kemp has been appointed head of development at the Institute of Business Ethics following her departure from Belron, where she was head of corporate responsibility.

Arnold leaves Fairtrade for ECCR - news

John Arnold has joined the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) as executive director. John moves to the ECCR from the Fairtrade Foundation, where he led partnerships and...

Business and the witness to unwelcome truths - news

In March 2008, Richard Falk was appointed UN special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories. He is professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and...

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...

Bettercoal appoints Christie - news

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

inbrief - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Group has organised an event in London on 19 November to set out its plans for the new professional body for CSR practitioners it is launching, to be...

This is not about growing up. It's about growing stronger - news

As the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) – the development network for CSR and sustainability practitioners – enters its 25th year, it is taking the first steps to establishing a...

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...

Cranfield on Corporate Responsibility - news

Connected by the authors’ mutual place of work, the short advisory essays in this book form something of a disjointed and sprawling collective at odds with its aim to be ‘a manifesto...

Why the CSR ‘profession’ shouldn’t grow up - news

As the sustainability profession matures, it is becoming another essential department in every organisation. The next phase, proposed by CRG (Corporate Responsibility Group), is to create a...

Cohen joins UL Responsible Sourcing - news

UL Responsible Sourcing, a global provider of corporate responsibility auditing and ethical sourcing consulting services, this month announced that Dennis Cohen has joined the company as vice...

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...

Five stock exchanges to promote corporate responsibility - news

Nasdaq is among five stock exchanges that have committed to promoting CSR principles among the nearly 5,000 companies collectively listed on their markets.    The US technology...

Scheiwiller leaves PwC for AccountAbility - news

Provider of corporate responsibility and sustainable development solutions, AccountAbility, has appointed Dr Thomas Scheiwiller as Director & Global Head of Clients & Industries....

CRGPro to set up soon - news

Work is continuing on establishing the UK professional body for CSR practitioners ( EP, November 2011, p8 ), with its launch now pencilled in for the autumn. The Corporate Responsibility Group...

The Quest for Sustainable Business - news

The Quest for Sustainable Business is two things: the most important and, in certain respects the only, historical account of corporate responsibility to date, and a bloody good read....

AccountAbility hires new research director - news

Ted Grant has become the new director of global research and development for AccountAbility. The US-based corporate responsibility consultancy says Grant, formerly of the Rockefeller Foundation,...

Companies turn to certification statements to enforce codes of ethics - news

Companies are increasingly using certification statements to ensure staff comply with their codes of ethics, and also as a governance tool, research by the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) has...

Heineken looks to take development role in earthquake-stricken Haiti - news

Heineken is planning to build schools and hospitals in Haiti in the latest sign of private-sector expansion into international development and public services. The brewer looks set to...

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

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

New French regulations in force - news

The disclosure of CSR policy is now mandatory for asset managers in France. Companies will now have to mention the corporate responsibility issues they take or do not take into account in...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

An ambitious green economy drive announced by the German government emphasises principles in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. The policy recommendations of the...

Sherwin to head sustainability at Seymourpowell - news

The London-based design consultancy Seymourpowell has appointed Chris Sherwin as head of sustainability. Sherwin, who joins from designers Dragon Rouge, will work to embed sustainability into...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

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

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...

Kettis set to fizz at Coca-Cola - news

Magdalena Kettis is Coca-Cola’s new sustainability manager for its Sweden and Norway operations. Kettis joins from Norges Bank to lead the company’s integrated corporate...

Siemens asked to quite US Chamber of Commerce - news

An electronics multinational has been urged to withdraw from the US Chamber of Commerce following a perceived disconnect between its corporate responsibility policies and the Chamber’s...

Czech Republic sets CSR strategy - news

The Czech Republic will set its course for the coming years in the wake of the European Commission’s new strategy on CSR. The Czech Business for Society organisation will consult with...

The Future of Value - news

The Future of Value is one of the best books ever written on CSR. In perhaps the most persuasive book-length argument yet for sustainability’s business case, Eric Lowitt’s brief...

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

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

EU to launch practical guide for SMEs on guiding principles - news

The European Union, having established a new corporate responsibility strategy, is to compile the first international human rights guide for small companies.   The EU produced its...

How by Dov Seidman - news

Perhaps the closest thing yet to a philosophical justification of CSR, Dov Seidman’s book is, apparently, a ‘how’ rather than a ‘how-to’ book. By this he means the...

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

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

US companies doing little to back up big CSR claims - news

KPMG has concluded that US companies are favouring style over substance in their CSR priorities, with a national corporate emphasis on ‘communication’ rather than actual performance....

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...

CSR: a profession that’s coming of age - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group has decided to create a formal body for CSR professionals. Is this a natural progression for the new generation of CSR practitioners?    ...

In search of the producers from among the predators - news

So, there’s a rip-roaring debate going on about the nature and future of capitalism. New York’s Occupy Wall Street campaign continues, inspiring similar protests in towns and cities...

Foundations’ $25m to boost agricultural performance in drought-hit east Africa - news

A group of US ‘impact investors’ have pledged $25m to develop sustainable agribusinesses in east Africa in response to drought and famine in the region. Foundations including JP...

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Vicky Bullivant has joined Rolls-Royce as the company’s new global head of sustainability. Bullivant, previously head of corporate responsibility at E.ON, will be based at the firm’s...

In search of sustainable, low-carbon growth - news

While governments dither on sustainability, businesses increasingly see SRI as value-driven. But, HSBC’s Nick Robins tells Mike Scott, investment is being hampered by the harsh world...

Cheating companies may not see out the downturn - news

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

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

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

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Paul Snyder has been named InterContinental Hotels’ new corporate responsibility head. Snyder, an internal appointment, will lead the implementation of sustainability and community efforts...

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Campaigner Jonathon Porritt has slammed most companies’ interpretation of corporate responsibility as “completely vacuous – and one of the principal reasons why so many people...

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JP Morgan has appointed Peter Scher as its new head of corporate responsibility. Scher, who ran the bank’s lobbying in Washington, replaces William Daley, who left to join the White House....

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A CSR network has been established in Kosovo. The network, founded with the American Chambers of Commerce, Coca-Cola Hellenic, ProCredit Bank and others, aims to promote corporate responsibility...

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...

India’s 2% quota is not the way to spread ethics - news

Aman Singh argues that regulation to require set spending on CSR is likely to achieve very little Can the intangibilities of corporate social responsibility be quantified and regulated?...

Listed status can be a liberation - but it can also act as a straitjacket - news

The flotation of the global commodities trader Glencore hasn’t just raised tens of billions of pounds. It has also brought up uncomfortable questions about the company’s record on...

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...

CSO role gains ground as Coca-Cola appoints Perez - news

Coca-Cola has become one of a growing group of companies to create a post of chief sustainability officer (CSO) to oversee corporate responsibility matters close to board level. The...

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Delta Airways has signed the code of conduct for Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The international airline joins 947 other tourism companies worldwide...

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The CSR advisory service Acona has become a limited liability partnership (LLP) after six of the company’s senior partners led a buyout from the London-based consultancy’s Norwegian...

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’....

Can investors create a sustainable economy? - news

SRI has a role in the transition to a green economy, but its value should not be overstated, argues Rory Sullivan While there is a substantial body of evidence that investor engagement...

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

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

Sir Geoffrey: a CSR champion - news

Corporate responsibility proponent Sir Geoffrey Chandler has died aged 88. Sir Geoffrey, a former senior Shell executive, was responsible for drawing up the company’s first Statement...

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Pharmaceutical firm Shire has appointed Brooke Clarke to lead its corporate responsibility strategy. Brooke was previously managing director of the corporate practice of MHP consultancy.

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

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

British Isles banks have too many CSR blind spots on human trafficking - news

British and Irish banks should consider a far broader range of CSR issues than the present focus on financial stability permits, says a report by the Ecumenical Council for Corporate...

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Peter Hughes has filled the new post of head of corporate responsibility at the international media business Pearson. He was previously a director at the Corporate Citizenship consultancy.

‘Scrooge’ firms deny anti-union stance - news

Three of the world’s largest food multinationals have vehemently denied accusations of violations of workers’ rights of association. Chiquita, Dole Foods and Del Monte were...

90% now have a budget for CSR - news

The proportion of companies with a dedicated CSR budget is continuing to increase. A survey of members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group carried out late last year found that...

Drive to encourage XBRL proves to be a global flop - news

Hopes that companies will begin adopting eXtensible Business Reporting Language, or XBRL, in their corporate responsibility reports appear to be fading, with fewer than a handful having done so...

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UK-based marketing consultancy Black Sun has added a dedicated corporate responsibility section to its website. The new area describes the company’s communications work in CSR and its own...

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...

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...

Warning: don’t drop CSR marketing - news

Too many businesses are ignoring the important role of marketing in communicating their corporate responsibility successes, says a UK white paper on the future of branding and sustainability....

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...

In shops now: CSR on a barcode - news

A mobile phone application allowing consumers to check the corporate responsibility credentials of products while they shop has been introduced in the UK and France. Barcoo, a free...

Investors set sights on tax dodgers - news

A financial reporting standard to counter corporate tax avoidance has been demanded by a group of asset managers and civil society organizations. A statement signed by organizations...

Bloc resignation exposes row over AA1000’s future - news

A major conflict over future stewardship of the widely-used AA1000 corporate responsibility standards has erupted with the resignation of the entire standards board that oversees them. The...

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Kathryn Barker has left her job as head of corporate responsibility at Severn Trent to work as an associate with The Commitment Company, a consultancy founded by Frank Rose, former ICI...

In a year of turmoil, what were CSR's key events? - news

EP asked a selection of senior people in CSR and SRI to identify the most significant thing to happen in the world of responsible business during 2010 Jon Woodhead, director , Two...

Was 2010 a watershed year for women in business? - news

One 2010 trend that could easily have been identified by our CSR experts on page nine of this issue was the striking rise up the business and political agenda of the idea that we need more women...

Cypriots press on with CSR - news

Half of companies in the Greek part of Cyprus claim they will be increasing corporate responsibility activities despite the island's economic problems. Research by Marlen Martoudi,...

'Halo effect' can distort consumer view of CSR - news

A company acting responsibly in one part of its business is likely be regarded by consumers as doing so in other connected areas - even if it isn't. Researchers at the Insead...

Religious groups stay away from SRI mainstream - news

Faith-based institutional investors have limited contact with other responsible investors, even though the two have much in common, a study has found. The global survey of 103 mainly...

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Ethical Investment Research Services (Eiris) has appointed Carlota Garcia-Manas to the role of head of research, replacing the outgoing Stephanie Maier. Garcia-Manas, an internal appointment,...

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group is toying with the idea of changing itself into an association for individual CSR practitioners. Is there a need for such a thing? When the CRG...

Prepare for the arrival of the social intrapreneur - news

Internal activists are emerging within some companies – and we need to encourage them,  says David Grayson You may not have noticed it yet, but a new breed of corporate animal...

Time to rethink knee-jerk resistance to regulation - news

The vexed issue of lobbying is raising its head once again. On the one hand, the Carbon Disclosure Project reports that large companies are not putting enough pressure on governments to promote...

Firms take up water agenda - news

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

Levi Strauss, Walmart are best on supply chain - news

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

Training course moves to Spain - news

A CSR training programme run by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows is to be offered in Spain for the first time. The programme, which is certified by the International Register of...

Welsh SMEs get advice - news

Online CSR guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been launched in Wales by the devolved government’s environment and sustainability minister. The ABC of CSR for...

CSR ‘should start with the recruitment process’ - news

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

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

Amnesty International UK has become one of the few NGOs to produce a sustainability report. The group first looked at producing such a document in 2004, but has taken six years to get to...

India outlines ‘2% of profit’ target for CSR spending - news

The Indian government has announced plans to require companies to spend two per cent of profits on corporate responsibility projects. In proposed new regulations that have been in...

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

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

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The corporate responsibility department of the US-based international law firm Foley Hoag has created a blog to discuss developments in corporate responsibility and the law.

New man for a new era: all change under Misser - news

EP talks to the recently appointed head of AccountAbility about his controversial vision of how the organization should be re-inventing itself and altering its ethos They wear sober...

Board-level CSR is now the US norm - news

Around two thirds of large US companies now have a corporate responsibility-related board committee to oversee the social and environmental impacts of their business. A new analysis of...

New map sets out skills required in the CSR world - news

A ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners has been produced by Business in the Community (Bitc). The map lists the knowledge and behaviours required for a...

Web is under-used by leaders - news

Every company on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is failing to exploit the internet to engage with stakeholders on CSR issues. That’s the conclusion reached in a new study...

Corporate community involvement - news

Nick Lakin & Veronica Scheubel, Greenleaf Publishing, hardback, 260 pages. £18.36 Published against a backdrop of changing expectations of community involvement by...

Events: ten ideas to make them better - news

As the corporate responsibility conference season moves into full swing, EP suggests ways that event organisers could improve the overall experience Make more use of the ‘chat...

Three strikes and you’re out for the European Commission - news

We have been less than impressed in these pages by the European Commission’s past efforts to stamp its mark on corporate responsibility. Two insipid white papers in 2002 and 2006 –...

Attack on ‘flawed’ CSR provokes global response - news

CSR practitioners from around the world have rallied to defend the concept of corporate responsibility in the wake of a prominent Wall Street Journal article attacking it as...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

A newly-formed Canadian oil company has established corporate responsibility performance measures against which it will produce all its reporting and track its progress. Cenovus, which was...

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...

Eastern European CSR reporting makes big strides - news

Eastern European corporate responsibility reporting is fast approaching the level of Western Europe, with significant improvements in countries such as Poland bringing them up to par with some of...

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Tyrone Jones has become head of values and corporate responsibility at the UK law firm DWF, which has more than 1000 employees. Jones joins from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was group head of...

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A corporate responsibility forum for law firms is being formed in Australia. The Australian Legal Sector Alliance will be based on a similar UK body that has run for nearly two years. The...

integration is the holy grail – but its seekers must tread carefully - news

The new plans to draw up a global framework for the integration of non-financial and financial reporting are certainly interesting. But where will they lead us? Among those involved are big...

Indian state asks firms to file details of CSR projects - news

The Indian government has invited all companies to provide reports on their CSR activities directly to its corporate affairs ministry. The ministry has created an area on its website where...

China still risky for electronics companies - news

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

SDC abolition leaves a hole in CSR thinking - news

Business interests have expressed concerns about the potential impact on corporate responsibility initiatives of a UK government decision to scrap its sustainability watchdog, the Sustainable...

CSRTV spreads word for power firm - news

An energy company has featured its latest corporate responsibility report on its own television station dedicated to CSR issues. UK-based ScottishPower has placed its CSR Annual Review on the...

hotel giant tackles child sex after brothel scandal - news

The Hilton hotel group is to publish a global code of conduct for staff that covers child prostitution, after one of its establishments was found to be harbouring a brothel that may have been using...

biscuit king CSR pioneer dies - news

One of the high-profile movers behind the early growth of corporate responsibility in the UK has died aged 87. Hector Laing, later Lord Laing of Dunphail, was an influential figure in the...

no silver bullet for getting your message across - news

Integrated reporting is no cure-all for the problems of CSR communications, says Roger Cowe What’s so great about annual reports? The proper kind, I mean, not corporate responsibility reports –...

big names to set scene for ‘holy grail’ reporting - news

A mission to create a globally recognized framework for integrated corporate responsibility and financial reporting has been launched by a wide coalition of companies, accountancy bodies,...

effect of European CSR to be measured - news

A three-year quest to measure the impact of corporate social responsibility programmes has begun in Europe. A consortium of 16 leading research institutions will complete the Impact Measurement...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

The multinational dairy business FrieslandCampina is reinforcing its CSR commitments with a code of conduct based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The code pledges the company, among...

Co-op gets plaudits for bee campaign - news

A three-year project that has helped fight the decline in the UK bee population has won the Co-operative Group the annual Corporate Responsibility Excellence Award, given by the Chartered Institute...

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The new post of corporate responsibility vice-president at the Oslo-based insurance company KLP has been filled by Eli Munkelien. She was previously global manager for corporate responsibility...

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Ed Mitchell, former corporate responsibility director at RWE Thames Water, has been appointed environment and business director at the UK's Environment Agency. He replaces Tricia Henton, who...

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Energy Australia has won the best performance category in the seventh Corporate Responsibility Index awards for Australia and New Zealand, with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia) taking the best...

Bad ideas? An arresting history of our inventions - news

Robert Winston. Bantam Press. 432 pages. Hardback. £20. This is a whirlwind tour of human history that explores the negative, usually unintended, consequences of the drive to...

Spearheading the fight against complacency - news

Mike Scott speaks to Catherine Howarth of FairPensions about her organization's ongoing campaign, which calls on institutional investors to place more demands on the companies in which they...

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...

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

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

Insurer gives investors a say on its reporting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has become one of the first companies to put its annual corporate responsibility report to a shareholder vote. Shareholders endorsed Aviva's CSR report in one of...

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...

New wind blows as Zadek is replaced - news

An era has drawn to a close at the UK-based AccountAbility organization as its long-term head, Simon Zadek, has been officially replaced by Sunil Misser. Misser, who began as chief...

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

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

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

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

How corporate responsibility made it into a Malaysian power ballad - news

Struggling to embed corporate responsibility into your organization's daily life? Finding it difficult to engage employees on the ins and outs of corporate citizenship? Then how about a...

New senior roles will take CSR closer to the board - news

Many companies will soon create a high-level post of chief sustainability officer to take the corporate responsibility agenda forward. Sector observers and recruitment specialists say the...

Who judges the CSR judges? - news

Barely a day goes by without the announcement of a CSR or sustainability award, quickly followed by a glamorous ceremony and prizes. I’m not in principle against the giving of awards when they...

Pro-poor initiatives can’t work in isolation - news

Much of the current debate about corporate social responsibility is aimed at persuading businesses that there are sound financial reasons to look beyond the bottom line and to consider social and...

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A new right-of-centre environment think tank has enrolled two corporate responsibility specialists to help shape its thinking. The UK-based Conservative Environmental Network, formed as a...

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

Financial woes can help firms focus on what’s really important if they are to have a bright future. EP looks at the experiences of one company that’s been up against it When...

The head gardener may have gone, but the CSR plot still needs tending - news

Now that the UK’s CSR minister post has been swept away by the new coalition government ( see page one ), it’s time to admit that the job was on its last legs anyway. It suited the...

Thumbs up for skills map - news

A new ‘competency map’ for corporate responsibility practitioners would generally be welcomed by the profession, says the CR Academy, which is to produce such a document. Doubts...

Korea improves record on pervasive ethics problems - news

South Korea has begun to improve its business ethics, but the issue remains one of the biggest affecting the country’s corporate climate. That’s the conclusion of research from...

The recipe for success: board-level champions - news

New guidance on how to embed corporate responsibility throughout an organization has stressed the importance of having CSR subcommittees and ‘board-level champions’ to underpin such...

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

India looks set to get legislation that will require mining companies to put aside specific sums of money for corporate responsibility programmes. A draft Mines and Minerals (Development...

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...

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Helen Ford took over as corporate responsibility director at the clothing group Pentland Brands last month, replacing Lesley Roberts, who has left to pursue other interests. Ford previously...

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The new chair of the UK’s Global Compact Network is Andrew Cave, head of sustainability at RBS. Cave succeeds Michael Spenley, head of corporate responsibility at Shop Direct Group, who...

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South Africa’s largest pension fund is to integrate CSR issues into investment decisions and ownership practices. The Government Employees Pension Fund, which has $87billion...

Ethical marketing and the new consumer - news

Chris Arnold. Wiley. 272 pages. Hardback. £14.99. As a marketing professional, Chris Arnold has delivered both ethical and traditional marketing campaigns.  His book therefore...

Plotting a way forward on a matter of principle - news

The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) has produced a code of conduct for CSR professionals. EP talks to Yogesh Chauhan, CRG deputy chair, about how it will work Where did the idea for...

Communicators must take a more engaging approach - news

Non-financial reports are virtually useless if no one actually reads them, says Simon Hodgson What if you gave a party and no-one came? You’ve cooked all day, laid the table,...

Inspirational pro-poor champion Prahalad dies at 69 - news

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

Home Retail decides to talk CSR to employees - news

Home Retail Group is to ‘refocus’ its corporate responsibility strategy on employees, and put more effort into communicating what it is doing. The UK-based corporation, which...

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

Rising salaries, bigger budgets and greater job security: that’s the general portrait of the corporate responsibility profession painted in the results of the latest CR Salary Survey ....

Due soon: professional body for practitioners? - news

One of Europe’s most influential corporate responsibility networks is to consider changing its structure to become a membership body of individual practitioners rather than companies....

10% have known only CSR - news

This year’s CR Salary Survey has highlighted an emerging phenomenon – a generation of corporate responsibility professionals who have only ever worked in the field. The...

Indian mining firms get compulsory CSR - news

CSR activities and reporting are to be made obligatory for mining companies in India following new legislation drawn up after concerns about pollution and rebel violence. A draft Mines and...

mobile app puts CSR data at shoppers' fingertips - news

A new mobile phone application is allowing consumers to find out the corporate responsibility credentials of a firm by scanning the barcodes of products as they shop. Barcoo, which is compatible...

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Adrian Hodges has joined GlaxoSmithKline as head of corporate responsibility and community partnerships. Hodges, who spent 12 years at the International Business Leaders’ Forum, replaces...

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A volunteering project that will allow students to visit companies and learn about their corporate responsibility activities is under way in Dubai. The project, started by Dubai University,...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

With voting on a new government imminent in the UK, what do the main political parties have to say on the issue of corporate responsibility? EP looks at their plans Britain’s three...

New technique is useful, but needs careful handling - news

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

We must make the business case – even if it’s a messy, tiresome task - news

John Elkington has been working with distinction in the corporate responsibility field for so long that he’s perhaps entitled to feel a little jaded with the continuing debate about how to...

Delta and Virgin are best airlines of a ‘sorry’ bunch - news

Delta Airlines has been ranked top of a recycling league of the world’s largest airline businesses, against the background of an industry in a ‘sorry state’ on the issue....

Future looks bright, say most CSR practitioners - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners appear generally positive about their job prospects despite the recession. The latest CR Salary Survey shows eight out of ten people working in CSR...

MSCI in largest deal yet - news

RiskMetrics has announced that it is being acquired by investment consultants MSCI in what is the biggest development yet in the consolidation of the sustainability research industry. MSCI...

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

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

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...

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

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

Big firms adopt new voice - news

Large mainstream companies are beginning to use the bright and breezy language of ‘alternative’ businesses when talking about their corporate responsibility programmes, reports a...

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Two Tomorrows consultancy has expanded its corporate responsibility training services into South-East Asia. The UK-based company will offer professional courses in Singapore as part of a...

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Middle East companies have little room for CSR in their budgets, reports a survey of the region’s business leaders. Responding to questions put by the United Arab Emirates-based Sustainability...

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Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. Dudok van Heel, who worked as a strategy consultant with Arthur D. Little,...

This code of conduct is a good start, but it needs more clarity all round - news

Publication of a code of conduct for CSR practitioners (see page one) should be cause for celebration. Certainly it ought to be seen as a pioneering effort to set standards for a profession that...

Ready for some catch-up - news

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

BBVA boosts CSR team to 60 - news

Spanish bank BBVA has bucked the recessionary trend by appointing six new corporate responsibility practitioners across its operations. While some companies have cut back on CSR staff over...

Deloitte comes up with non-financial KPIs for the future - news

A breakdown of what are expected to be the most important key performance indicators (KPIs) on corporate responsibility over the next five years has been produced for every industry sector....

Another warning on water - news

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

ArcelorMittal steps in to push Liberian CSR - news

A Corporate Responsibility Forum has been formed in Liberia by the steel multinational ArcelorMittal and the German sustainable development company GTZ. The forum, which hopes to have 75...

AA1000 revampers named - news

The heads of CSR at a lottery operator and an Australian bank have been drafted on to a technical committee that will oversee a remake of the most commonly used standard on stakeholder...

CSR heads take seat at mayor's table - news

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

Law partners put ethics first - news

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

Code of conduct sets out rules for CSR profession - news

The first ever code of conduct for corporate responsibility practitioners was unveiled last month. The voluntary code, which can be used by CSR professionals across the globe, has been...

Coca-Cola and Sony put CSR into sport - news

Two of the world’s best-known brands are to use two prestigious international sporting events to push through corporate responsibility initiatives. Electronics multinational Sony has embarked on...

Dudok van Heel fills key role - news

Communications consultancy Radley Yeldar has appointed Oliver Dudok van Heel as head of corporate responsibility. He will lead the UK business’s team of CSR consultants, which serves companies such...

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Data is now being collected for the 2010 CR Salary Survey, which looks at salaries and role functions in the corporate responsibility sector. The online survey, run by EP in conjunction with...

The top 50 sustainability books - news

Wayne Visser. Greenleaf Publishing. 256 pages. Paperback. £25/$45. This is not only an excellent idea but, more importantly, well executed. Taking the 50 best books on...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

Kraft may have good intentions, but its buyout raises questions - news

Will Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury damage the British company’s corporate responsibility profile? Who can be sure?   It would be naive to accept Kraft’s early assurances...

Bank crisis has hit trust in all firms - news

Banking failures have severely dented trust in all British business – especially among younger people, says an Ipsos Mori poll.   The survey found the proportion of 16 – 34...

Indian firms urged to take official CSR advice - news

The Indian government has published corporate responsibility guidelines that it wants companies to adopt as soon as possible. The official advice, contained in a 16-page document produced...

Sainsbury’s jumps into quarterly reporting mode - news

Sainsbury’s has begun to produce a quarterly corporate responsibility report alongside its financial trading updates. The UK supermarket chain says the unusual step is intended...

IT sector sets bold target - news

A consortium of information technology companies has launched an ambitious bid to make communications networks 1000 times more energy-efficient. The businesses, which include AT&T,...

The Elk, Zadek and Roddick make top 50 - news

Works by corporate responsibility gurus John Elkington, Simon Zadek and Anita Roddick have been voted among the top 50 ‘sustainability books’ of the past 60 years. In books voted for by the...

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Government officials and senior business executives from around the British Commonwealth have issued a communique stressing the importance of corporate responsibility. The document, issued at...

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The website of utilities firm Centrica has come out top in an audit of CSR communications among the FTSE 100’s 30 largest firms. The site won the UK CSR Online Awards, based on research by...

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

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

China forges ahead on CSR - news

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

Reuters sets up action units to provide disaster aid - news

A major media company is to donate the services of its journalists to help gather information when natural disasters strike. Thomson Reuters says ‘action units’ of journalists...

India flirts with plans for mandatory CSR law - news

The Indian government is looking at requiring companies to set aside a percentage of their turnover or profits to be spent on corporate responsibility initiatives. The idea, which is being...

Swedes back HER project - news

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

‘I was obstructed from doing my job properly’ - news

In the aftermath of a potentially groundbreaking legal decision on discrimination and climate change beliefs, EP talks to Tim Nicholson, the CSR head at the centre of the case Tim...

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

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

Interest in ethical shopping falls as recession bites - news

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

Revealed: favoured NGO partners of CSR heads - news

WWF and Forum for the Future are the partners of choice for British CSR directors when they want corporate responsibility advice from non-governmental organizations, a new analysis has...

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

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

‘Deluge’ of CSR chatter fills up annual reports - news

Too much CSR information is cluttering up corporate annual reports, says the body that oversees reporting in the UK. The Accounting Standards Board has become dismayed at the increasing...

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

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

CDP turns its attentions to corporate water use - news

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

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed environmental affairs manager for J. Sainsbury following Alison Austin’s departure. Cunningham joins from ITV, where he was head of corporate...

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Multinational insurance company Aviva has made Marie Sigsworth its corporate responsibility director. Sigsworth, an internal appointment, will run diversity, environmental performance and...

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

Are companies taking their eyes off the prize? - news

There are more awards in the CSR field than ever before, yet there’s a sense that interest in them is waning. EP examines whether their heyday is coming to an end Buy a bag of...

Brandix helps out in camps - news

Sri Lanka’s largest clothing exporter is to help people displaced by the government’s war against the Tamil Tigers. The Brandix group, which has made water and sanitation the...

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...

Major CSR event is revived - news

An ambitious corporate responsibility conference postponed because of the financial crisis has been rescheduled for next March. The international Business and a Sustainable Environment...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

Four in ten of China’s leading companies are not publicly engaged in corporate responsibility, says the country’s first national CSR report card. The newly published 2009 CSR...

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

Corporate responsibility functions in many organizations appear to be coming through the recession relatively unscathed. Various indicators, including a new survey of global CSR...

Singapore encourages corporate responsibility improvements - news

The Singapore government has called on companies to implement CSR strategies as a way of strengthening the country’s economy. Labour minister Gan Kim Yong said at Singapore’s inaugural...

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Former Corporate Responsibility Coalition head Deborah Doane has moved from WWF-UK, where she was head of sustainable consumption, to become director of the World Development Movement.

50 lessons on corporate responsibility and sustainability - news

Doughty Centre/50 Lessons. www.50lessons.com/collections This set of short films offers the opinions and experiences of academics, business executives and practitioners on various...

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...

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...

Mandatory stance ‘may gain ground’ - news

Tougher regulation on corporate responsibility is likely to follow in the wake of the financial crisis, a new analysis has concluded. A study of the CSR regulatory environment in eight...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

More than 60 organizations have qualified to use a new ‘Sustainable Mail’ service provided by the UK’s Royal Mail. To use the bulk mail service, customers must prove they...

Walmart sticks to its word by backing Obama reforms - news

US supermarket giant Walmart has taken the unusual step of providing public backing for the White House’s proposed healthcare reforms as part of a pledge to align the company’s...

A step in the right direction - news

Has Sweden’s regulation on the sustainability reporting duties of state-owned firms been effective? The GRI’s Teresa Fogelberg offers her considered assessment When...

CSR head’s tribunal win sparks debate on ‘beliefs’ - news

A corporate responsibility practitioner has aroused attention in Britain after a ruling that he was unfairly sacked because of his evangelical stance on sustainability. Tim Nicholson,...

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Welcome to Ethical Performance's new free news service, offering you the latest information on corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment from our renowned editorial team. Each...

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

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

MillerCoors develops inclusion plan for Hispanics - news

One of the largest alcoholic beverage manufacturers in the US has pledged to increase economic opportunities for Hispanics through a joint five-year agreement with a Hispanic CSR association....

Funky titles catch on as reporters try to engage - news

Almost half of CSR reports no longer use the phrase ‘corporate responsibility’ in their title, new research has revealed. A study by communications consultancy Radley Yeldar...

First objections are raised to rights commission idea - news

Signs of opposition to a proposed UK commission for business and human rights have emerged in new evidence given to the House of Commons joint committee on human rights. Figures including...

CSR heads require nous, not technical knowledge - news

The ideal head of corporate responsibility must have excellent communication and networking skills, the ability to influence people, a certain gravitas and plenty of commercial acumen –...

Obama moves to promote social innovation - news

First signs of what the US presidency of Barack Obama may mean for corporate responsibility have emerged with the creation of two new government offices in his administration. The Office of...

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There were 722 CSR and corporate governance-related shareholder resolutions in the recent US proxy voting season, reports the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), an association of...

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Shannon Houde has joined the communications consultancy Corporate Culture as corporate responsibility director. She formerly worked at Deloitte as senior manager for corporate responsibility and...

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Sarah Roberts is the new executive director at the Ethical Tea Partnership. Roberts formerly led corporate responsibility projects at Arup, the National Centre for Business and Sustainability...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

After a business partner’s billboard appeared to show Burger King denying climate change, the firm was forced onto the defensive. EP considers the CSR pitfalls of corporate franchises...

Long-running cause celebre draws to an end at last - news

One of the controversies often cited as a key catalyst for the growth of corporate responsibility finally drew to a conclusion last month when the oil company Shell agreed an out of...

New-look CSR Academy emerges from shadows - news

Britain’s once-defunct CSR Academy has stuttered back to life to provide a small number of training courses for this summer and autumn. The former UK government CSR flagship –...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

Seven elite CSR performers have been put into a new category by Business in the Community in its latest annual corporate responsibility index. The eighth CR Index has a Platinum Plus band for...

Centrica uses web chat to create more dialogue - news

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

Sceptical charity softens its stance - news

Christian Aid, an anti-poverty charity with a track record of scepticism on corporate responsibility, has commissioned CSR research from a European rating agency. The charity, which...

Big M&S push on CSR becomes ‘cost positive’ - news

Marks & Spencer’s five-year social and environmental programme has paid for itself after two years and is now making money for the company. The UK-based high street retailer...

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The UK government has produced its first corporate responsibility report in four years. The 37-page document, with a foreword by the CSR minister Ian Pearson, details the government’s...

Three important lessons from the MPs’ expenses scandal - news

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

CSR grows fast in Australia - news

The number of people employed in corporate responsibility in Australia is expected to increase significantly in the next year, reports the country’s largest ever CSR survey. The State...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

The Arab world stands ahead of Eastern Europe and Central Asia when it comes to corporate responsibility, according to the first responsible  competitiveness ranking of the region....

New commission would punish errant companies - news

Proposals for the creation of a powerful UK commission on business and human rights have been announced by an alliance of prominent non-governmental organizations. The Corporate...

CSR managers warned: don’t preach to the board - news

CSR practitioners have been warned against becoming too evangelical when talking to board members about corporate responsibility. Arnaud Cohen Stuart, ING Group’s business ethics...

Firms’ sustainability information moves a step closer to home - news

Corporate responsibility data is now only a couple of mouse clicks away from most large companies’ home pages. New research by the consultancy Radley Yeldar shows that a third of...

CSR profession set to get its own code of practice - news

Work has begun on the first ever code of practice for corporate responsibility practitioners. The Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), a network of 300 CSR professionals working for 104...

Garment firms need to improve - news

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

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CorporateRegister.com has asked us to point out that, contrary to the assertion in our article on opinion statements last month ( EP10, issue 11, p9 ), it does not believe the opinions of civil...

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Bridge Partners, a US executive recruitment company, has launched CSR Insights, a corporate responsibility recruitment agency.

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Vodafone has again been judged the world’s best corporate responsibility reporter by report-readers. The mobile phone company has taken the second annual Corporate Register Reporting...

Core is back in town – and ready for a new challenge - news

The Corporate Responsibility Coalition has returned to focus on a new campaign for a UK government commission on business and human rights. EP talks to its coordinator When the CSR world...

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

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

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

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

Joe Public gets say in new online rankings - news

A new online ratings system will assess companies’ ethical performance using a combination of expert analysis and the views of the public. The consumer-focused Scryve website gives...

Dutch insert CSR into their governance code - news

The Netherlands government is to bring new requirements on corporate responsibility into the Tabaksblat, the country’s corporate governance code. Parliament has accepted the...

London police take up CSR - news

London’s Metropolitan Police, the largest police service in the UK, is to appoint a CSR manager for the first time. The service, which employs more than 50,000 frontline officers and...

More diligence needed - news

Corporate responsibility reports by law firms are still uncommon, so a debut from a UK-based legal company has caught the eye. Oliver Balch reviews its contents Lawyer and US president...

EP: from humble past to news-filled present - news

In this ‘basement’ slot of Ethical Performance ten years ago, the late Alistair Townley set out his aims as EP ’s publisher. That first issue, May 1999, promised...

New company emerges to fight malnourishment in Bangladesh - news

Improved health and business opportunities among the poor of Bangladesh are the aims of a new joint social business venture established by BASF, the chemicals group, and the Grameen Healthcare...

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Just over a third of US directors believe corporate responsibility should be overseen directly by their company’s main board, a study has shown. The Deloitte survey of 220 directors at US...

Just good business - news

Kellie A. McElhaney. Paperback. 272 pages. Berrett-Koehler £14.44/ $29.95 This do-it-yourself offering on corporate responsibility and branding works well as an easy introduction...

Are opinion statements really the way forward? - news

The use of independent experts to provide commentaries in sustainability reports is becoming increasingly popular. EP looks at the arguments for and against Deutsche Telekom can do a lot...

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

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

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

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

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

John Elkington has emerged in a new poll as the world’s number one corporate responsibility ‘thought leader’. Elkington, founder of the SustainAbility consultancy and...

Food sector CSR feels the pinch - news

The global recession has pushed corporate responsibility down the priority list of the food industry. A survey of 600 decision-makers in the in 54 countries shows that CSR, placed at number...

China banks get guidance - news

A further sign that corporate responsibility is taking hold in China has emerged with the publication of CSR guidelines for the country’s financial institutions. The recommendations,...

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McDonald’s UK has appointed the communications agency Futerra to focus on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. Futerra’s specific task will be to engage with the...

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

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

Why the executive pay experience gives useful pointers on taxation - news

The worldwide backlash against ‘fat cat’ pay, particularly in the part-nationalised financial sector ( see page one ), offers a salutary lesson for those who have tried to locate...

Verheugen rules out change - news

Corporate responsibility regulations will not be imposed by the European Commission despite waning public faith in business as a result of the recession. Gunter Verheugen, who holds the CSR...

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

Suggestions of a gender divide in the corporate responsibility profession appear to have been confirmed by the second annual CSR salary survey, published last month.   The 2008/9 study,...

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...

‘Choice editing’ is better than changing behaviour - news

High street retailers should offer less choice so that consumers are forced to buy goods that are more socially and environmentally responsible, a leading sustainability expert has said....

Duke will keep Wal-Mart faith - news

Wal-Mart’s new chief executive Mike Duke has assured stakeholders that the company’s corporate responsibility efforts will continue on his watch. Duke, who succeeded Lee Scott...

Co-op to spend £70m on ethics drive in the slump - news

The UK’s Co-operative Group has set aside £70million ($100m) for the next financial year to advertise and promote its ethical credentials during the recession. The British...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

Further signs of the high expectations of a change in attitude to corporate responsibility at the White House have emerged in an open letter to Barack Obama urging the  president to create...

Visser sets up global body - news

CSR International, a networking body for corporate responsibility practitioners, was created last month. The new association, set up as a community interest company in the UK by the...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

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

Stress levels increase as CSR professionals fight their corner - news

CSR practitioners are feeling more stressed than they did three years ago. A survey of individual members of the UK-based Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG) found the proportion who...

Australian government to advise GRI - news

A senior Australian Treasury official is to be appointed to the governmental advisory group of the Global Reporting Initiative, the non-profit Amsterdam-based organization that promotes CSR...

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The US-based Corporate Responsibility Officer Association, formed in October to represent CSR practitioners in North America, has created a board of governors. Members include Stanley Litow,...

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

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Legislation requiring Denmark’s 1000 largest companies to report on corporate responsibility in annual business reviews came into force last month. Affected businesses must report publicly...

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Companies have a social responsibility to pay more attention to workforce skills gaps, the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Responsibility has said. A new report by the...

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One of the Middle East’s biggest oil producers, Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), has announced a three-year corporate responsibility programme. Over the three year period, KNPC...

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Listed companies in Taiwan could soon be required to make annual public disclosures on corporate responsibility. The country’s Financial Supervisory Commission is reviewing its listing...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

Why ISO 26000’s ugly duckling may eventually turn into a swan - news

It would be easy to adopt a sceptical position on the potential value of the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard, not least because there are so many other apparently similar guidelines and...

Clinton initiative reined in - news

The activities of the Clinton Global Initiative, which supports companies in making new corporate responsibility commitments, have been restricted after last month’s appointment of Hillary...

ETI takes tough stance as Primark upsets members - news

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

Bremer warns of Obama restrictions - news

The financial crisis could severely curtail new US president Barack Obama’s efforts to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, an American commentator has warned....

Multinationals pledge to be ethical leaders - news

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

CSR staff feel content and secure in their jobs - news

At the beginning of last year EP announced the findings from its first ever CSR salary survey , carried out jointly with recruitment agency Acre Resources and the consultancy Acona. This...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

The Canadian mining company Yamana Gold was brought in to the Jantzi Social Index last month on the grounds of its performance on corporate responsibility issues. Jantzi Research, which...

Firms told: ‘lobby for good’ - news

Too few companies use their lobbying powers to push for beneficial social change, says a new paper. Authors Kyle Peterson and Marc Pfitzer, directors at the US-based consultancy ESG Social...

A picture of happiness: CSR practitioners in their place of work - news

People working in corporate responsibility appear to be ‘overwhelmingly happy’ with their lot, according to the latest annual CSR salary survey. The study, to be released at the...

Australia gets first degree-level CSR course - news

Australia’s first graduate level qualification in corporate responsibility is now being offered at La Trobe University, Victoria. The qualification has been produced by the...

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This year’s Ethical Performance Retreat – the seventh – will take place on 14-15 July at Bore Place in Kent, UK. The event is restricted to corporate responsibility...

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British corporate responsibility recruitment consultancy Ruston Wheb has joined forces with Hobbs & Towne, a North American business in the same field. The companies have entered a...

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International corporate responsibility consultancy Apco Worldwide is to contribute pro bono support for a new US presidential effort on HIV and Aids. The agency, which has several offices in the...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

The next 12 months are not likely to be easy for anyone. EP asked a selection of people in the CSR world for some new year’s resolutions in the troubled times ahead. Anthony Perret,...

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

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

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...

Recessionary winds will blow hard, but they’ll also help us concentrate - news

There’s little doubt that 2009 will be a tough year on many fronts. But how will it be for socially responsible business? Although there’s been a mood of relative optimism in...

Wal-Mart is most improved - news

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

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

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

Silence on ownership structure ‘hampers CSR debate’ - news

A call has been made for more debate about how company ownership structures should be changed to encourage responsible business practices. Members of a panel at the recent annual Business...

Internet giants sign up to fight online censorship - news

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have signed up to principles whereby they agree to offer better protection for online freedom of speech. The voluntary Global Network Initiative principles,...

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...

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...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

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...

Workers hotline expands to five more Asian territories - news

Clear Voice, a workers’ confidential communication hotline on employees’ rights, which has just completed its first year of operations in China, is expanding to five more Asian...

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John Turner, formally group head of corporate responsibility for British Nuclear Fuels, has set up Constructive Interactions, a consultancy that helps organizations build and maintain trust.

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Lois Williams has joined the broadcaster Sky as a corporate responsibility advisor from the UK property company Capital & Regional, where she was responsible business manager.

How Scrooge’s partner cut through business humbug - news

Dickens’s Christmas classic shows the way to be a successful CSR change agent, says John Turner At this time of year I’d like to bring to your attention a forgotten champion...

Obama has a golden opportunity to alter America’s CSR landscape - news

Sometimes it’s wise to be careful what you wish for. Supporters of Barack Obama now have ‘change’ not only in the White House but also in the financial markets, which have...

CSR should be ‘weaved in’ - news

Companies have been urged to think more about using existing communication channels to get corporate responsibility messages to employees, rather than looking for special ways to do so....

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...

Tribute: ‘dedicated, authentic, generous and engaging’ - news

More than 350 tributes were sent to EP in the few days after its founder Alistair Townley’s death. Here, just a few of them give a sense of the affection and respect he inspired...

Study links CR Index firms to better share returns - news

Companies that regularly take part in the UK’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index appear to show a better return for their shareholders than those that do not, according to new...

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

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

Work begins on global social auditing standard - news

A step towards developing international social auditor standards has been taken in the US, with the backing of the Department of State’s Office of International Labour Affairs. The...

Balfour Beatty makes strides on accident rates - news

The engineering and construction multinational Balfour Beatty reduced its accident frequency rate by 16 per cent last year. The latest corporate responsibility report of the...

Hold the front page: T-Mobile tells all - news

A mobile phone company has taken the unusual step of producing an in-store newsletter on corporate responsibility aimed specifically at its customers. T-Mobile UK has placed the publication...

Could latest merger be sign of things to come? - news

Two prominent corporate responsibility consultancies – Csrnetwork and Sd3 – are to merge on 1 January amid suggestions that a period of consolidation in the consultancy market could...

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...

Vodafone consistency brings ranking reward - news

Vodafone has regained the top spot in the annual Accountability rating of the world’s 100 largest corporations. It was previously placed first in 2006. The 2008 rating was compiled...

Alistair Townley: loveable pioneer who spread the green gospel - news

As many readers will already know, Alistair Townley, co-founder and publisher of Ethical Performance , died on 30 October of a heart attack, aged 51. He leaves behind his partner, Jane, and...

Obama factor lifts hopes of new era in American CSR - news

Guarded optimism has taken hold of US corporate responsibility proponents as they prepare for what they hope will be a CSR-friendly administration under president-elect Barack Obama. Few...

The buying game - news

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

The financial crisis: will CSR survive the fallout? - news

Could recent events in financial markets be the death of corporate responsibility and responsible investment, or the making of it? Seven commentators give EP their views. Mark Goyder,...

Right now, business needs more walk and less talk - news

The financial crisis has shown that reporting is no substitute for firm action on ethics, says Leo Martin The rise and rise of corporate responsibility reports might make the casual...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Danish bank embraces SRI - news

Denmark’s largest banking group, Danske Bank, has adopted an SRI policy in the belief that it will improve the long-term performance of its investments. The policy, covering about...

Henderson risks criticism over tax move to Ireland - news

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

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...

Big event falls victim to global financial woes - news

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

AA1000 takes on a new, more detailed, look - news

A new version of the AA1000 Assurance Standard was unveiled last month. The standard, used by assurers as a guide to verifying sustainability reports and by companies to guide their...

Brown’s reshuffle gives minister a joined-up brief - news

A former climate change minister has taken over the UK government’s corporate responsibility brief. Ian Pearson has been given the portfolio as part of prime minister Gordon...

CSR executives put brave face on the financial crisis - news

The consequences for corporate responsibility of an impending recession remain unclear, but many in the field are taking an optimistic view as business begins to grapple with redundancies and...

GRI gets base in Australia - news

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), creator of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting guidelines, is establishing an Australian base at the St James Ethics Centre in...

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Weber Shandwick has made Chad Boettcher senior vice-president of corporate responsibility in its New York office. He was previously with Nike, where he was corporate responsibility global...

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Nili Safavi has become corporate responsibility consultant at DNV, specializing in the assurance and verification of CSR reports.

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Global vehicle glass repair and replacement company Belron has appointed Jason van Zuydam as environment manager. He joins from Avis-Europe where he was corporate responsibility manager, and...

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Bill Eyres has joined the mobile phone company O2 as head of corporate responsibility after seven years at The Body Shop, where he was in the same role. He replaces Charlotte Wolff, who left to...

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US-based Campbell Soup Company has appointed David Stangis as vice-president of corporate social responsibility, a new position for the business ( EP10, issue 2, p5 ). Stangis joins from Intel,...

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Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ulster) has won the 2008 Chartered Institute of Public Relations Corporate Responsibility Excellence Award for an anti-drink driving campaign in Northern Ireland last...

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Daimler has created a sustainability board within its top management. The board, which will meet at least four times a year, consists of senior executives from various departments....

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London-based film production company Film38 has formed a unit to create digital video content for companies in the corporate responsibility field. The new business, called entertaining:tv, will...

Corporate social responsibility and the global financial crisis - news

The credit crunch has exposed one of the greatest pieces of corporate social irresponsibility ever. It has revealed flaws not only in the banks, regulators and other actors directly involved,...

Laboratories swap ideas - news

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

Accountants ‘must do CSR’ - news

Accountants should have compulsory modules about corporate responsibility in their professional training, one of the world’s most influential accountancy bodies has said. The...

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

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

Bid starts to get suppliers into CSR reporting mode - news

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

Chouinard is 2008 leader - news

Yvon Chouinard, co-founder of the US-based outdoor clothing company Patagonia, has won this year’s Sustainability Leadership Award for his work on corporate responsibility in the textile...

UK moves on bribery as OECD pressure mounts - news

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

NHS gets CSR bug as trust creates a health service first - news

The corporate responsibility profession has gained a foothold within one of the world’s largest employers, the UK’s National Health Service. Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust,...

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Examples of corporate responsibility best practice in the banking sector have been collated by the European Banking Federation. The federation of banking associations embraces 5000 financial...

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Sally Britton has left the consultancy TwentyFifty to start a new company, Sally Britton Consulting, providing corporate responsibility consultancy and training.

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US-based Business for Social Responsibility has appointed a leadership team for its Europe office in Paris. Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen became managing director in Europe this month,...

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Cereal company Weetabix has produced its first corporate social responsibility policy. The 12-page public document, developed with the Carbon Trust, commits the UK-based business to reducing its...

League tables cannot make sense of a complex picture - news

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

The Difference Makers - news

Sandra Waddock. Paperback. 320 pages. Greenleaf Publishing. £21.95 . Who makes a difference? And how do they do it? This book is Sandra Waddock’s answer to these questions....

Foreign policy needs to support responsible business practice - news

Ethical investors maintain lists of countries flouting human rights in order to avoid putting money into companies with operations there. Democratic governments keep similar lists and, on...

MPs and Lords prepare inquiry conclusions - news

A group of UK parliamentarians is expected to publish the conclusions of an inquiry into corporate responsibility by the end of the year. Before the summer recess members of the inquiry...

BAE sets out plans to put its house in order - news

Defence giant BAE Systems has set out how it intends to implement the 23 recommendations made by an independent committee that looked at how to improve the company’s ethical standards....

Cross-sector coalition will target obesity - news

British companies for whom obesity is a corporate responsibility issue have come together to help the government promote healthier lifestyles. Food and beverage, retail, advertising, fitness...

IBM enters the market - news

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

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

Norway’s largest institutional investors are making efforts to promote responsible business practice among companies listed on the Oslo bourse. The project, called Sustainable Value...

Novozymes joins Wal-Mart’s bid for progress - news

Wal-Mart has taken the unusual step of inviting another company to give sustainability presentations at its annual supplier conference. The world’s largest retailer recruited the...

EU feels child labour heat - news

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

Foreign Office ditches CSR unit as its interest wanes - news

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

MBA student values pose problem for Chinese firms - news

Chinese companies have been told to take note of a survey of MBA students that shows they are taking more account of business responsibility issues when taking on jobs. Researchers from the...

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Ramon Arratia has been appointed European sustainability director at carpet manufacturer InterfaceFlor, based in London. Arratia was previously senior corporate responsibility manager at...

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London-based recruitment consultancy Consegna has formed a corporate responsibility and sustainability division. The year-old business hires for management consultancies and technology and...

Bitc index gets more backers this year - news

The number of companies taking part in the UK's annual Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index rose this year, arresting the recent trend of falling participation rates....

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...

McCain and Obama on corporate responsibility - news

EP examines the policy plans on corporate responsibility that have been revealed by the two US presidential contenders in the early days of their race to the White House Barring the...

Advising pension funds on sustainability issues - news

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

Arab world gets CSR body - news

Queen Rania of Jordan has formed an Arab Sustainability Leadership Group to promote corporate responsibility across the Middle East. She has already chaired the first meeting of the body, which...

CSR's trail-blazer needs to get out of the thicket and back on track - news

The UK government has been instrumental in the development of corporate social responsibility over the last decade. Listed companies must now produce annual forward-looking business reviews that...

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

Denmark is to introduce legislation that will require the country's 1000 largest businesses to report on corporate responsibility in annual reviews. The legislation, coming into effect...

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

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

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

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

Bottom-up approach may improve factory conditions - news

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

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

The Australian government has established an ambitious three-year project to expand responsible business practice across the country. The treasury will provide Aus$2million ($1.9m,...

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Jack Cunningham has been appointed head of group corporate responsibility and environment at ITV, the UK’s largest advertising funded broadcaster. He was previously group environment...

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A ‘fair trade’ agency has been founded for developing world photographers. Majority World, which will specialize in selling pictures taken by people born and working in Africa, Asia...

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Newly-elected London mayor Boris Johnson has pledged to promote corporate responsibility. Johnson told a University of East London Business School conference: ‘We need to make it easier...

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

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

Corporate responsibility: a critical introduction - news

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

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

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

Morrisons plays catch-up - news

UK supermarket chain Morrisons has started a campaign to communicate its corporate responsibility programme to customers. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest food retailer, has engaged...

Advisers not easy to please - news

Executives working within companies have a more positive view of how successful their corporate responsibility programmes are than the consultants who advise them, reports a new study. The...

‘Courageous’ BAE agrees root and branch reform - news

One of the world’s largest defence companies has been praised for having the ‘courage’ to adopt 23 recommendations from an independent committee on how to improve its ethical...

CSR is toughing out the slowdown – for now - news

The corporate responsibility recruitment market appears to be largely unaffected by the growing economic difficulties worldwide, although the picture is mixed. With some recruitment areas,...

Higgs praised for vital role in Bitc’s early days - news

Business in the Community has paid tribute to Sir Derek Higgs, who has died aged 64, for the ‘pivotal’ role he played in establishing the organization. Sir Derek is better known...

Rio Tinto expands sustainability data in its annual report - news

Rio Tinto has devoted an unusually large section of its latest annual report to information on corporate responsibility. The mining group has set aside 12 pages under the heading of...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

Campbell Soup Company, the US convenience food manufacturer, is to make corporate responsibility part of its overall business strategy. The New Jersey-based Fortune 500 business, which has...

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...

SA8000 standard gets new look - news

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

Australia gets CSR qualification - news

An agreement to expand business responsibility education has been signed by the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility and the graduate management school of the Melbourne-based La Trobe...

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Richard Taylor is the Morrison supermarket chain’s new director of corporate affairs, charged with leading the UK company’s corporate responsibility programmes. Taylor, who has been a Labour Party...

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Health and safety and the environment appear to be the most important corporate responsibility issues for companies in the United Arab Emirates. A poll of 310 respondents by the Dubai Chamber of...

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

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

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

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

institutional investors offered rating service - news

A corporate responsibility rating service focusing on business risks has been created by Pirc. The GovernancePlus Rating Service extends the UK-based governance adviser’s existing analysis to...

water mandate lowers its recruitment horizons - news

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

Patagonia customers see real cost of buying a shirt - news

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

Japanese firms take different tack on CSR - news

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

a decade ago: when GRI was just a twinkle in the eye - news

Welcome to the 100th issue of Ethical Performance – and to the much changed world of socially responsible business. The first issue of this newsletter back in the last century – May 1999, to be...

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Vodafone has been judged by report readers to have produced the best corporate responsibility report for the year ended 31 March 2007. The mobile phone company took the inaugural Corporate...

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Two global consultancies, Aravo Solutions and WSP, have combined to provide a corporate responsibility software and advisory service. WSP, which has 65 offices worldwide, offers mainly...

What can we expect from Howard’s way? - news

EP talks to the new chief executive of Business in the Community about expansion, putting pressure on members – and working more closely with other organizations Expect a significant...

Societal benefits of sport are ‘too often overlooked’ - news

Too many businesses are failing to include sporting activities in their social responsibility programmes, according to the International Business Leaders’ Forum. The not-for-profit...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

Ethics training catches on in a big way - news

The proportion of British companies training staff in business ethics has increased dramatically over the past three years. A new study shows 71 per cent of FTSE 350 businesses now provide...

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

A Conservative government in the UK would amend the combined code on corporate governance to require boards to ‘seriously consider their ethical standards’. The report of the...

City of 13 million legislates on mandatory reporting - news

One of the world’s most populous cities has passed legislation requiring companies based there to publish annual sustainability reports. The Argentine capital Buenos Aires will apply...

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

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

Royal Mail offers health training to staff - news

The UK’s largest postal company is to give its 180,000 employees access to health assessments and lifestyle coaching. In an effort to improve their wellbeing, Royal Mail Group...

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

A head of corporate responsibility at a UK company can expect to earn more than £85,000 ($171,000) a year. The first ever CSR salary survey, conducted by Ethical Performance , the...

Businesses fail to get message across to graduates - news

Many companies are throwing away the chance to hire quality staff because they fail to mention their business’s ethical credentials. Communications consultancy Edelman says companies...

EITI begins to take flak over ‘free rider’ concerns - news

Pressure is growing on the secretariat of one of corporate responsibility’s flagship global programmes to take action against ‘free rider’ companies.   Civil society...

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...

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John Elkington and Gilbert Lenssen have been appointed visiting professors at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. Elkington is...

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Amnesty International UK has appointed its first transparency and accountability manager. Simone Pereira will be responsible for the pressure group’s in-house corporate responsibility...

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In the February 2008 issue we said that Charlotte Wolff would be in charge of Arcelor Mittal’s corporate responsibility team, but the four strong unit is actually headed by vice president...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

EP looks at facts and figures on salary levels that are drawn from the first detailed study of the remuneration of corporate responsibility practitioners Given that there’s now in...

Business in the Community’s new CEO needs to be a change agent - news

The 25th anniversary of Business in the Community is a cause for celebration. It is also an appropriate milestone to review where the UK-based membership organization is heading, particularly at...

Communication assumes a much greater priority - news

CSR practitioners expect to spend more time in the future on communication rather than programme development and monitoring. Latest research carried out by the UK’s Ashridge Centre...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

The Irish Republic’s first accredited education programme on CSR for junior and middle ranking managers has been set up by a leading training body. The five-day course is being run by...

Stakeholder views gaining ground against specialists - news

A system using stakeholders rather than SRI specialists to rate companies on social and environmental performance has been created by an offshoot of the consultancy Intertek. The web-based...

Small firms look to trade bodies - news

Small firms are most likely to seek advice on corporate responsibility from trade associations, a poll suggests. Of 100 director-level decision makers in small and medium-sized enterprises,...

Hedge funds react to critics by agreeing to standards - news

Fourteen large hedge funds have signed up to a set of standards requiring greater transparency and disclosure. The funds, including Brevan Howard, GLG Partners, Lansdowne Partners, Man...

Bitc prepares for new era as Cleverdon steps aside - news

Julia Cleverdon, one of the UK’s most prominent figures in corporate social responsibility, stepped down this month from her post as head of Business in the Community. Cleverdon was...

Employees exert most influence on responsible practice - news

Pressure from employees is the most significant influence on corporate responsibility in companies, a survey reports. A poll of 150 US and British CSR practitioners, mainly working within...

Consultants and women lose out on salaries - news

Corporate responsibility practitioners in the UK are likely to earn more money working for a company than for a consultancy, according to the first comprehensive survey of salaries in the field....

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....

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Gareth Llewellyn has left the UK-based utility group National Grid, where he was global corporate responsibility director. He has not been directly replaced but Joseph Kwasnik has been appointed...

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Charlotte Wolff has been appointed to the new post of corporate responsibility manager at Arcelor Mittal. She will be part of a four-strong team, headed by vice president Remi Boyer, at the...

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UK CSR minister Stephen Timms has asked his civil servants to consider how government departments can better advance corporate responsibility. Timms said: ‘Too often it can seem as if...

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British consultancy csrnetwork has teamed up with the media agency Naked Communications to offer companies a new advisory service on communicating their corporate policies and programmes....

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

State-owned businesses in China have been advised by the government to create corporate responsibility departments and policies.   Guidelines issued last month to China’s 152...

CSR Academy stirs again as Shillito takes leading role - news

Signs of new life at the CSR Academy have emerged with the appointment of a former corporate responsibility consultant to head the organization. Toby Shillito will lead the academy in its...

Enthusiastic delegates create alumni group - news

An alumni group is to be started this month for executives who have completed a new training course on how to make ‘dramatic progress’ on sustainability. Delegates who have been...

Smaller firms ‘don’t listen to big hitters’ - news

Policymakers and business associations have been urged to avoid the use of politicians or executives from large companies to promote responsible business practice among smaller firms. A new...

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...

Two big UK consultancies emerge as one - news

Two of Britain’s biggest corporate responsibility consultancies have merged to create a new company called Corporate Citizenship. The new business has been formed by bringing together...

Intel leaves laptop project - news

One of the world’s largest information technology companies has withdrawn from an initiative to spread the use of computers in poor countries after only six months involvement in the...

Australian government offered responsible road map - news

Greater concentration on sustainability reporting and better co-ordination of government corporate responsibility projects are the two areas in which Australia’s new administration will...

China gets CSR index - news

Forty companies have been listed in China’s first corporate responsibility index, which focuses mainly on businesses in the environment field. Experts who have participated in...

Telstra leads pack on community donations - news

Telstra, the Australian telecoms company, gave A$18.8million ($16.5m, £8.4m) in 2006-07 to enable Australians to live and work in their local communities, making it one of the country’s leading...

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Vodafone has appointed Chris Burgess as corporate responsibility director to succeed Charlotte Grezo, who has taken up the post of global head of sustainability at Lehman Brothers. Burgess moves...

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European local authorities are to be provided with guidance on how to promote corporate responsibility among businesses in their regions. The guidance will be published in the next couple of months...

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Businesses have been warned not to allow the current preoccupation with climate change to overshadow other pressing environmental and social issues. Writing in Business for Social Responsibility's...

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Ninety-one of the FTSE 100 posted a report on corporate responsibility issues online last year, compared with 59 in 2006. There was also a rise in the proportion that published in print format,...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

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

data exchange filings fall - news

The number of companies filing non-financial performance data through the UK's online Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE) has fallen since it left the control of the London Stock Exchange in...

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

Difficulties have emerged with the drafting of background regulations for a new law in Indonesia that will require companies to set up corporate responsibility programmes. Parliament passed the...

MBA activists extend their reach to Europe - news

An American initiative that encourages MBA students to see themselves as protagonists for corporate social responsibility has set up a permanent base in Europe. Net Impact, a 15-year old...

private equity moves into social reporting sphere - news

Large unlisted companies owned by private equity firms in the UK will soon be expected to produce annual business reviews that consider their social and environmental impacts. A new voluntary code...

Wal-Mart makes debut - news

Wal-Mart has fulfilled one of its corporate responsibility pledges by producing its first sustainability report. However, it said it does not intend to produce the document annually, although it...

Sweden introduces state sector reporting regulation - news

All state-owned companies in Sweden will be required to produce annual sustainability reports from 31 March 2009. In the first move of its kind in the world, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and...

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A new company has entered the corporate responsibility recruitment agency market. UK-based Recluta Search & Selection has been founded by Jacqueline Rodgers, who has previously worked in the...

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Andy Wales has become head of sustainable development at the world’s second largest brewery company, SAB Miller. Wales, who was previously Severn Trent Water’s head of environment and corporate...

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UK construction company HBG has stepped up its corporate responsibility commitment by appointing Caroline Cook to the new role of head of CSR. Cook has joined from Business in the Community, where...

don’t let the moralists lead you into a philosophical quagmire - news

Arriving at a socially responsible position is what matters, not how we get there, says Gerry Hagelberg I don’t beat my wife. Is that because: (a) I love her? (b) I abhor violence? (c) She’d...

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

What would you wish for in the corporate responsibility field in 2008? EP asked some of its subscribers for their views. This is what they said. Martin Blake, head of sustainability, Royal...

boom time US tempts Brits to venture abroad - news

Rapidly increasing interest in responsible business practice in America has prompted two UK-based specialist consultancies to establish operations across the Atlantic. London-based Context, which...

CSR makes its TV debut on the internet - news

Corporate responsibility now has its own dedicated television channel. Internet-based CSR.TV has been established in the UK as an offshoot of the Italian web channel Responsibility.TV, which...

courses are on the rise but levels still ‘too low’ - news

The number of elective courses with social and environmental content at business schools has increased by a fifth in two years. Figures in the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey show that the...

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...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

The US government has made a rare direct foray into the world of corporate responsibility by providing $2million (£960,000) to improve labour standards and practices in Latin America. The grant,...

Irish companies to be offered kitemark - news

A corporate responsibility kitemark for companies in Ireland will be produced next year. The ‘CR standard’ will be awarded to businesses that meet best practice criteria. Business in the Community...

business looks at how to be a good sport - news

Sport may soon become the new hot topic in corporate responsibility, thanks to an initiative between the international bank Standard Chartered, sportswear manufacturer Nike, the International...

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...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

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

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Matt Loose has joined the US-based Stratos consultancy to work on its corporate responsibility projects. Loose previously worked for SustainAbility in the UK, where he led the Global Reporters...

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Graham Baxter, BP’s former corporate responsibility vice-president, has become responsible business solutions director at the International Business Leaders’ Forum. Baxter will oversee the IBLF’s...

For the common good: the ethics of leadership in the 21st century - news

John C Knapp (ed). Hardback. 174 pages. Praeger. £25.95/$44.95 It may be relatively slim, but this examination of ‘the ethical requirements of leadership’ is a heavyweight tome in terms of the...

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

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

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

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

Chime makes further acquisition - news

One of Britain’s oldest corporate responsibility consultancies has been acquired by a global public relations group. The Corporate Citizenship Company (TCCC), founded in 1997, has been bought for...

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...

good governance 'is key to meaningful change' - news

The mining industry needs to extend its corporate responsibility efforts beyond well-trodden areas such as community support and do more to improve governance at national and local levels. That’s...

pension funds keep their SRI lights under a bushel - news

The pension funds of some of Britain’s most socially responsible companies have been criticized for lacking transparency on their social and environmental stances. Of 278 funds run on behalf of...

CSR diploma targets execs - news

Geneva University is introducing a CSR diploma for business leaders in January. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Corporate Social Responsibility is for executives wishing to ‘improve and...

Greenpeace director accentuates the positive - news

The head of one of the world’s most influential pressure groups has declared that he now recognizes the worth of corporate responsibility. Gerd Leipold, executive director of Greenpeace...

new directory set for launch - news

The third edition of the Ethical Performance Professional Services Directory will be published in January 2008, featuring more than 600 providers of professional services in the corporate...

product recalls prompt Mattel to restructure - news

The world’s largest toy company, Mattel, has created an internal ‘corporate responsibility organization’ with sweeping powers as part of its response to a series of damaging product recalls. The...

‘conservative’ managers told to change their ways - news

Findings from one of the largest ever corporate responsibility research projects suggest that executives with social and environmental responsibilities are too cautious in their aims. The European...

Sino-European pact is sealed - news

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

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Deborah Doane has taken up a position with the environment network WWF (UK) as head of sustainable consumption. Doane will co-ordinate business, education and community programmes. She was...

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Shannon Houde has joined the consultancy Deloitte as senior corporate responsibility manager, working on assurance and advisory services at its London base. Houde has moved from the Corporate...

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A guide to implementing corporate responsibility programmes has been produced by the UK-based Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, a non-profit membership organization that...

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An online network has been set up for Danish people working in corporate responsibility. CSR Denmark is similar to the CSR Chicks/Blokes networks.

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Barclays has merged its public policy and corporate responsibility activities into a single team aimed at ‘driving Barclays’ business sustainability agenda aligned with public policy issues...

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

You can’t overlook bad practices when identifying responsible companies, argues Rory Murphy As a professional with nearly 30 years’ experience of representing finance sector workers, including...

Isdell acts on human rights - news

The Coca-Cola Company has joined the Business Leaders’ Initiative on Human Rights (Blihr). The move by the owner of one of the world’s most recognized brands is a coup for the membership body,...

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

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

Flag closes down its US base - news

The communications consultancy Flag has closed its US office and will service clients from Britain. Flag, which has Chevron, Ford and Wal-Mart among its North American clients, said that closure...

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

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

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...

O2 offers consumers advice in its non-financial report - news

Mobile phone company O2 has taken the unusual step in its latest CSR report of advising readers how to be more socially responsible in their own lives. Each section of the 40-page hard-copy...

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Warehousing company Gazeley has stepped up its corporate responsibility effort by appointing Jonathan Fenton-Jones to the new role of global director of procurement and sustainability....

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

The advance of corporate social responsibility is causing some companies to review whether their corporate foundations need to change to reflect new priorities In the public mind, there is...

retailer moves on palm oil - news

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

BSR reads last rites for monitoring approach - news

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

T-Mobile gives CSR a direct line into the board - news

The T-Mobile telecoms company is setting up a board-level corporate responsibility steering group to develop a more coherent strategy on responsible business. The group, which should be in...

new kitemark for companies comes at a cost - news

Companies of all sizes will soon be able to qualify for a new corporate responsibility kitemark. The SEE Stamp, which should be available within the next couple of months, has been devised by...

BBC switches from CSR to ‘outreach’ - news

The BBC has replaced its in-house CSR Centre with a department called BBC Outreach. The change reflects the corporation’s decision to avoid regular use of the term CSR, which had been...

Irish companies sign charter - news

More than 40 Irish businesses have signed up to a new corporate responsibility charter. The document, drawn up by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci), was signed by the chief executives...

second stint for Timms may revive profile of CSR - news

Stephen Timms has become the UK’s CSR minister for a second time, raising hopes that the post will regain some of the importance it has lost in the past three years. Timms, who resumed the...

corporate responsibility sets fire service alight - news

Further evidence that corporate responsibility is no longer the preserve of commercial enterprises has emerged with the news that a fire brigade in the UK is appointing a CSR officer....

Indonesia blazes trail on mandatory approach - news

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

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Entertainment and communications business Virgin Media has appointed Stuart Poore to the new role of corporate responsibility director. Poore, who joins from the defence technology and security...

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Mike Kelly, head of CSR at KPMG, has been appointed chair of the Corporate Responsibility Group, a networking organization of 95 UK companies. Yogesh Chauhan, the BBC’s chief corporate...

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CSR managers will increasingly be driven by an internal ‘pull’ rather than an external ‘push’, according to a new study on the future of CSR communications. In Taking Shape, Radley Yeldar...

realism and openness is Baker’s recipe for success - news

Kingfisher’s head of corporate responsibility tells EP how a pragmatic and transparent approach has helped bring the group up to a leadership position in the CSR field When a new ranking...

£6bn worth of British SRI funds get the star treatment - news

A star rating system for UK ethical investment funds has been announced by Ethical Investment Research Services. The ratings, which cover the 90 retail ethical funds domiciled in the UK, are...

‘time for leaders to back CSR laws’, says inquiry - news

Leading companies in the CSR field should begin pushing governments to introduce national regulation on corporate responsibility that will bring laggards up to standard, according to the findings...

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...

act of transparency pays dividends for shoe giant - news

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

Ernst & Young increases CSR numbers - news

Ernst & Young is to expand its in-house corporate responsibility programme in the UK by creating a new full-time post within each of its four UK business units. The new recruits will work...

brevity on bribery puts BAE in verifier’s firing line - news

BAE Systems has been criticized by its external assurers for failing to provide enough information in its corporate responsibility report on allegations of bribery and corruption within the...

mobile phone giant goes for reasonable assurance - news

Vodafone is claiming to have become the first Fortune 100 company to have had its corporate responsibility report assured to a higher standard than is the norm for such reports. The mobile phone...

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

The Belgo-Dutch banking and insurance group Fortis has deepened its commitment to corporate responsibility by setting out CSR goals for the next two years under the title of ‘Agenda 2009’....

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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...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

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

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

Two more recruitment agencies have entered the increasingly crowded UK market. Arc Vision and Dangerfield Executive Search join eight other agencies in the UK alone that offer CSR executive...

Corporate Responsibility Index may change again - news

More changes are likely in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index after another drop in the number of companies taking part this year. A total of 123 UK-based...

moves afoot to bridge Atlantic divide on CSR - news

A bid to close the gap between the way European and domestic arms of US multinationals approach corporate responsibility is being made by a group of CSR practitioners. Executives based in...

Coca-Cola signs water partnership - news

Coca-Cola has signed an agreement with the Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) to collaborate on projects to improve community access to water and sanitation in India and Nepal....

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WWF has established a training programme on corporate responsibility for senior managers in international businesses. The One Planet Leaders programme uses a mix of online training and...

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...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

EP talks to the Conservative party’s Jonathan Djanogly about the state of his party’s policies on corporate responsibility – and why the CSR minister post may be old hat It’s not often the...

east European business ‘is still ignoring CSR’ - news

Companies in central and eastern Europe have been accused of making little progress on corporate responsibility in the 17 years that have elapsed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. A study...

online access to chief exec proves a hit - news

British Land says it has stimulated greater interest in its annual CSR report by giving stakeholders the opportunity to question its chief executive directly. The UK-based property company...

investors call for ‘radical’ rethink on short-termism - news

A group of institutional investors that manage combined assets of £170billion ($340bn) has issued a guidance note calling for an end to the present preoccupation with short-term financial...

UK Foreign Office stakes claim to CSR territory - news

The British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced a CSR strategy that commits it to a greater say on corporate responsibility in the UK and around the world. The ministry...

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

Canadian body calls for better disclosure - news

Canadian financial regulators have been urged by a government-appointed body to produce guidelines that would require enhanced disclosure by companies on their social and environmental impacts....

MEPs challenge the EC to deliver the goods - news

The European Commission’s big idea on corporate responsibility – the creation of a Europe-wide federation of companies called the European Alliance for CSR – has been attacked by members of the...

Banks get help to hand out unclaimed cash - news

UK financial institutions returning unclaimed assets to their customers are being offered a new service. In recent years the UK government has increased the pressure on financial institutions...

National Grid supports Indian schooling - news

An education centre for underprivileged girls has been opened in Pune, near Mumbai, by National Grid, Britain’s biggest utility company, and its three main information technology suppliers in...

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Ernst & Young has added three people to its corporate responsibility team. They are Simon Abrams (manager), who has previously worked for Jupiter Asset Management, Business in the Community...

good government is about more than just regulation - news

Politicians have a role to play in CSR that extends far beyond introducing regulation, says Eric Biel In discussions on the role of government in CSR, government is all too often...

marketing execs urged to climb aboard CSR train - news

Marketing executives are being urged to take much greater account of corporate responsibility. The marketing specialists’ professional body, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, has told...

big names follow Nike lead on China labour reform plans - news

More multinationals have broken ranks with their industry associations by backing Chinese labour law reforms largely opposed by the associations. Several companies, including Ericsson,...

future of CSR Academy hangs in the balance - news

The UK government looks set to offload or even abandon its flagship corporate responsibility organization, the CSR Academy, which has been in cold storage for six months. The academy,...

Toyota shuns CSR scheme - news

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

Nike rift with AmCham reveals growing tensions - news

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

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Three-quarters of the UK’s senior CSR managers say corporate responsibility is now seen as a mainstream business issue in their organizations. A poll of members of the UK-based Corporate...

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About one in eight of the largest companies in central and eastern Europe now produce an online corporate responsibility report in English. Latest data from the New York-based East West...

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Most company heads believe businesses with strong records on corporate responsibility recover their reputations faster after a crisis than those with weaker performance. A Weber Shandwick poll...

ISO 26000 takes shape - news

Corporate responsibility specialists will gather in Australia at the end of this month to examine the second draft of a global standard on CSR. The latest version of the standard – known as...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

EC panned over ‘weak’ stance on CSR policies - news

The European Parliament’s most active political commentator on CSR has tabled a resolution highly critical of the European Commission’s corporate responsibility policy. Richard Howitt, a UK...

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

Western companies in China have been warned they are failing to get their CSR policies across to Chinese partners and suppliers because they take too little account of cultural differences....

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

Diageo asks assurers for more comment - news

Diageo has asked the assurers of its annual corporate citizenship report to provide more commentary on the document’s strengths and weaknesses rather than just on the accuracy of the information...

chastened Coca-Cola seeks to rebuild trust - news

Coca-Cola is to consult more fully with local communities around its facilities after having suffered bad publicity about the effects of its operations worldwide on the alleged depletion of local...

principles seek to promote ‘economic responsibility’ - news

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

sustainability plans move onto the runway - news

Virgin Atlantic is to work with the think-tank and consultancy Forum for the Future in an effort to improve its sustainability performance. The airline is the first in its sector to become a...

Latin American business gets reporting bug - news

A third of Latin America’s 250 largest companies disclose sustainability information, a US study has found. The survey was conducted by Monica Araya, director of the Empresa Informa Forum at...

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...

Nike drops football stitcher - news

Nike, the international sports apparel and equipment manufacturer, has stopped buying hand-stitched soccer balls from Saga Sports in Sialkot, Pakistan. Nike complains that the supplier has failed...

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UK-based consultancy WSP Environmental has hired Beverley Parrish as associate director to provide corporate responsibility advice to food industry companies. Parrish joins from Enviros...

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Communications consultancy Munro & Forster, which specializes in healthcare and the public sector, has established a corporate responsibility practice headed by Jayanti Durai, former head of...

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...

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

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

jargon-ridden statements confuse social report users - news

Opaque language and jargon are widely believed to undermine the assurance of corporate responsibility reports, a leading reporter in the field has warned. Mobile phone company Vodafone says...

mainstreaming is top target - news

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

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UK law firm Wragge & Co has appointed Lorna Gavin as its new head of corporate responsibility. Gavin, a partner since 2001, replaces Steve Butts, now at a firm in Leeds.

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Paul Burke has joined the London-based corporate responsibility consultancy Acona as a senior partner. Burke, a former head of social accountability at the Co-operative Insurance Society and...

CSR software package taps into email to coach staff - news

The UK compliance specialist CODA has developed software for companies managing their corporate responsibility programmes. The CODA-Control Manager gives employees management instructions...

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

The Companies Bill, which will introduce a limited range of light-touch measures to encourage corporate responsibility in the UK, will finally receive royal assent this month. The Bill,...

frustrated German NGOs want to force pace on CSR - news

Thirty civil society organizations in Germany have created a new CSR group to persuade companies to do more on corporate responsibility. The Berlin-based German Network for Corporate...

firms ‘too defensive’ on CSR - news

Companies engaged by investors on corporate responsibility issues can become too defensive and bogged down in debating specific allegations about their performance rather than looking at the...

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Budapest-based CSR consultancy Braun & Partners is working on a corporate responsibility rating of 30 companies based in Hungary and its neighbours. The ratings are being compiled in...

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Two British corporate responsibility consultancies have formed an alliance to provide joint services to clients. Credit360, which offers web-based data collation and management systems for CSR...

shadowy private equity threatens accountability - news

Private consortia takeovers of public companies pose a threat to corporate responsibility, argues Roger Cowe FTSE4Good is in danger of becoming FTSE4Gone as leading companies such as BAA,...

CBI chief begins to talk CSR - news

The new head of the Confederation of British Industries, the UK employers' organization, has indicated he will take a forward-looking stance on sustainability and climate change....

investors search for blueprint to counter short-termism - news

A 'blueprint' for long-term investment is to be produced by the end of the year in an attempt to move businesses and investors away from a preoccupation with short-term monetary goals. The...

moves begin to turn EITI into a permanent fixture - news

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative looks likely to be put on a more concrete footing with a board and a secretariat funded largely by its corporate and government supporters. The...

IBLF head praises Indonesian progress on CSR - news

Indonesian businesses have been congratulated for their progress in introducing corporate responsibility policies by Robert Davies, chief executive of the International Business Leaders' Forum...

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London-based corporate responsibility consultancy Acona has joined forces with Shared View, whose founder Hilary Sutcliffe has moved to Acona as a senior partner. The Shared View brand will be...

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Cement company Holcim spent SFr32million ($26m, £13.7m) on corporate responsibility projects last year, according to latest figures. The Swiss company spent half the money on charitable donations...

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A new membership organization for CSR executives has been created in the US. The Corporate Responsibility Officer (CRO) body has been set up by the publisher of the US-based Business Ethics...

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German companies should take more account of the guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on multinational corporations’ responsibilities, the government has said. A...

let’s not mire ourselves in definitional confusion - news

Should it be CSR or CR? It’s better to change behaviour than the phrases we use, says Sir Geoffrey Chandler The responsibility of companies to society lies in the provision of goods and...

honesty and directness are key to media hearts - news

How best to communicate corporate responsibility initiatives to journalists has become a hot topic over the past year. EP offers some practical advice on what to do Not so long ago few...

Wal-Mart makes ground on its bold CSR pledges - news

Wal-Mart appears to be making early progress on its promise to embrace corporate responsibility, despite scepticism from investors and pressure groups. The huge and much-criticized US-based...

M&S is top dog for second time as awards grow in scope - news

Marks & Spencer has become the first company to win the top accolade for a second time in Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence. The high street retailer won the prestigious...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

building societies make progress - news

British building societies have dramatically increased their CSR activity over the past three years, a study has shown. A review of the corporate responsibility programmes of 42 of the UK’s 62...

business is missing CSR marketing trick - news

Too few companies with a solid track record of corporate responsibility use it as a marketing tool, says a new study. The report from the global consultancy Acona says that many companies assume...

US reporters beginning to make up for lost time - news

The largest publicly owned companies in the US have grown more willing to disclose details of their social and environmental performance, a study by the investment researcher KLD has found. More...

tax incentives ‘could help first-time social reporters’ - news

Tax breaks encouraging companies to produce annual sustainability reports are to be considered by the Australian government after a recommendation from a parliamentary inquiry into CSR. The...

clothes chain throws its hat into the ethical trading ring - news

One of the UK’s largest high street clothes retailers, Primark, has shown an increased commitment to corporate responsibility by joining the Ethical Trading Initiative. By signing up, Primark, a...

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The Programme on Corporate Responsibility run by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development has been renamed the Business and Sustainable Development Programme to...

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Cranfield School of Management is seeking to appoint a chair of its Centre for Corporate Responsibility, which is being funded by a £3million ($5.5m) donation from alumnus Nigel Doughty, who is...

the London Stock Exchange must not let the CRE quietly fade away - news

When the Corporate Responsibility Exchange was launched by the London Stock Exchange in September 2004, it was said to be an important part of the solution to the questionnaire fatigue afflicting...

CEOs have accepted a new responsibility - news

Peter Erskine, who became chief executive of mobile phone company O2 in 2001, talks to EP about corporate responsibility as seen from a CEO’s perspective In many ways, O2’s Peter Erskine is...

corporates and academics must pull in one direction - news

CSR will make more progress when business schools and companies work better together, says Peter Lacy Business schools sit on an uncomfortable fault line between the academic and business...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

sustainability goals set for government spending - news

Corporate responsibility is set to receive a significant boost in the UK as the result of a government-commissioned inquiry urging ministers to introduce a sustainable procurement plan covering...

property developers band together to work with suppliers - news

UK property development and construction companies hope a pilot programme to reduce supply chain risk will shortly be taken up across their sector. More than 20 such businesses met in late June...

LSE investor service is put on the backburner - news

Efforts by the London Stock Exchange to establish a central database of information on companies’ social and environmental performance look to have run into trouble. Weaker than anticipated...

‘bored’ Wicks remains in post despite rumblings - news

Malcolm Wicks, the UK’s CSR minister, has retained his corporate responsibility brief in the recent government reshuffle despite some discontent about the amount of time he spends on that part of...

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

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...

bird flu moves on to CSR managers’ radar - news

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

Tories set up CSR group - news

The UK Conservative Party has formed a steering group to develop a formal corporate responsibility policy. The five-strong group, chaired by Alan Duncan, shadow trade and industry secretary,...

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KPMG International has appointed Michael Hastings to the newly-created post of global head of CSR. Lord Hastings, who joins from the BBC, where he had been head of CSR since 2003, will...

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Nelmara Arbex, corporate responsibility manager at Natura Cosmetics in Brazil, is to take up the post of learning and services director at the Global Reporting Initiative’s international...

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

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

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

don’t allow CSR to become a state-led leftist agenda - news

The UK Conservative Party must reclaim corporate responsibility for the centre-right, says David Cameron Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been speaking about responsible business...

Chinese city looks at CSR certification - news

Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are considering the introduction of some kind of CSR certification scheme for local companies after concluding that corporate responsibility...

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Nine out of ten people in Britain support the idea of mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies, according to a new poll. The ICM survey of 1001 members of the public found 89 per...

Responsible investment - news

Rory Sullivan and Craig Mackenzie (editors). Greenleaf Publishing. 382 pages. £45. Hardback. This is a book that no professional, academic, or student with an interest in the emerging field...

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...

Rabobank is top in Europe - news

Rabobank has won this year’s award for Europe’s best CSR report. The Dutch bank came top in the European Sustainability Reporting Awards with a 2005 web-based document that judges said was...

Commerzbank puts flesh on commitment - news

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

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...

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Gareth Llewellyn, group corporate responsibility director at National Grid, has joined the board of the Corporate Responsibility Group, a company network. Seven organizations – Aviva, Cameron...

working in CSR? expect to earn £39,700 a year - news

People in management CSR jobs in companies can expect to earn an average of £39,700 ($69,400) a year, an Ethical Performance survey suggests. Data on externally advertised vacancies collected...

firms urged to view tax as ‘social contract’ - news

The SustainAbility consultancy has added its voice to growing calls for companies to treat tax avoidance as a corporate responsibility matter. In a new report, SustainAbility argues that...

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In a further sign that companies are taking notice of shareholder resolutions relating to social and environmental matters, resolutions filed by the US-based Interfaith Center on Corporate...

DHL delivers skills to voluntary sector - news

Logistics company DHL has started a community initiative in the UK that allows its employees to share their expertise and skills with partner charities. The Skills in Motion programme is going...

Diageo promotes drink awareness - news

Drinks company Diageo has placed two responsible drinking advertisements on UK television. The advertisements, which will run until mid-April and are expected to reach more than eight million...

German government told to stop ‘plodding’ on CSR - news

An inquiry into the state of CSR in Germany has suggested that the government must significantly increase its commitment to responsible business practice and stop ‘plodding’ along....

EDF asks stakeholders to assure its CSR report - news

One of the UK’s largest energy companies has taken the unusual step of asking a group of stakeholders to assure its annual CSR report. EDF Energy, which generates seven per cent of the UK’s...

bank gives integration tool to all staff - news

Banco Real has become the first company to use an online tutorial package to introduce corporate responsibility to all employees. The Brazilian bank, an ABN Amro subsidiary, has required all its...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

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The film museum in Munich, Germany, has hosted what is believed to be the first film week dedicated to corporate responsibility themes. The programme consisted of seven full-length films from...

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

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

was 1950s economist the father of corporate responsibility? - news

Ever wondered who was the father of modern-day corporate social responsibility? Step forward the 1950s American economist Howard Bowen, who has just been given the title by the CSR historian...

DLA Piper thinks European - news

International law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has introduced measures to co-ordinate its in-house CSR activities across continental Europe. The global partnership, which has offices in...

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Harry Hummels has become professor of ethics, organization and society at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Hummels was previously SRI professor at Nyenrode University, also in the...

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A weekly radio show on responsible business practices has started in the US. The one-hour Good Company programme will be broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and will feature interviews with...

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Market research consultancy Ipsos-Reid has been hired by the Toronto-based CSR membership organization Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) to conduct research on corporate...

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HBOS and HSBC have emerged as the two best-performing British high street banks in a review by Henderson Global Investors. Henderson studied the overall strategy, corporate governance, ethical...

O2 generates feedback - news

Thousands of people have provided feedback on mobile phone company O2’s latest corporate responsibility report after it offered to donate £10 ($17.68) to charity for each response it got. O2...

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

Shell heading for more trouble over Nigeria oil - news

Religious and pressure groups are continuing their attack on Shell over its actions in Nigeria in advance of the company’s annual meeting. The oil giant’s troubles in the volatile West...

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...

activists still playing it tough with Wal-Mart - news

Socially responsible investors appear in no mood to ease the pressure on retail giant Wal-Mart, despite its dramatic recent announcement that it will adopt a range of CSR measures. Members...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

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BT has launched a game that introduces corporate responsibility dilemmas to business school students, company employees and charity workers. The Better Business Game requires players to take on...

Mott MacDonald’s way is slow but sure - news

One of the UK’s largest consultancies is to begin CSR reporting this year, but may not initially go public with the results. Mott MacDonald, which has 7000 consultants working in 100 countries...

get rewards right ‘and CSR success will follow’ - news

The most important thing company boards can do to promote corporate responsibility is to redesign executive pay incentives to take greater account of long-term performance, according to findings...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

coalition attacks ‘abject failure’ - news

The European finance sector has been ‘largely ineffectual’ in its attempts to address its social and environmental responsibilities over the past few years, according to a coalition of ten...

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

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

parent concerns prompt Sky to beef up controls - news

Broadcasting company Sky is stepping up its work on product responsibility in its television and online services. The UK-based business has brought in new technology that has increased the scope...

anti-CSR lobby sets up annual event - news

American free enterprise groups have stepped up their campaign against corporate social responsibility by holding a ‘counter-event’ to the biggest annual CSR conference in the US. Three...

explorers discover at least 147 different species of CSR - news

There are almost 150 separate types of activity that can be filed under the heading of corporate responsibility, according to the first systematic categorization of the field. A Catalogue of...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

The UK government’s decision to abolish the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) has seriously damaged its already shaky relationship with non-governmental organizations active in the corporate...

Asia Pacific countries make show in new index - news

Three Asia Pacific countries appear in the top half of a league table drawn up in a competitiveness and responsibility report by the international think-tank AccountAbility. The Responsible...

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The Conference Board has appointed Robin Aram as director of its European Council on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, a cross-industry forum of senior executives. Aram recently...

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Todd Cort has joined corporate responsibility consultancy csrnetwork as principal consultant. Cort, who previously worked as senior project manager with csrnetwork’s North American partner...

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Edelman’s corporate responsibility management consultancy, First&42nd, has appointed Peter de Graaf as managing director. He moves from FTSE Group, where he was partly responsible for the...

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The executive appointed by Russian aluminium company Rusal to head its corporate responsibility programme has stepped down after only three months in the job. The business said sustainability...

US colleges come top on CSR - news

North American business schools provide the best MBA coverage of corporate responsibility, according to the latest Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey. The survey, carried out every two years by...

world is Academy's oyster - news

The CSR Academy began an international programme of training last month in conjunction with its newly-appointed global training partner, BSI Management Systems. The training company has...

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

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

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

loud voices skew priorities - news

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

central CSR departments lose out at two big firms - news

Evidence that centralized CSR departments can be among the first casualties of corporate restructuring has emerged from drinks company Allied Domecq and hospitality group Whitbread. Allied...

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Former HBOS corporate responsibility manager Martin Batt has joined The Virtuous Circle, a UK-based business risk consultancy. Batt will be managing consultant responsible for the consultancy’s...

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The Global Leadership Network, a self-help corporate responsibility group set up last year so that businesses could share their experiences, is to invite other companies to become involved. The...

chief executives are finding that CSR can help build the business - news

Judging by their preambles to corporate non-financial reports, many chief executives are strongly committed to socially responsible business practice. Too often, however, their companies' past...

high-profile laggards making little progress - news

Fourteen of the world's 100 largest businesses have scored less than ten out of 100 in the second annual AccountAbility Rating of their social and environmental performance. The companies,...

Vodafone finds health fears are top issue - news

The possible negative health effects of mobile phones and their networks have been the main corporate responsibility concern raised by investors with Vodafone in the past year. The mobile...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

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

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

Business for Development: business solutions in support of the Millennium Development Goals - news

Edited by Lloyd Timberlake. WBCSD, 90 pages. Electronic. Free. Business for development is the latest online publication from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development,...

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Sport is the poor relation of corporate responsibility programmes, reports the International Business Leaders Forum. In a paper on sport and business, the forum says only a handful of companies...

sleeping continent needs kick-start to get CSR going - news

Inactivity is the norm in South America when it comes to corporate responsibility, says Oliver Balch When you talk about corporate social responsibility in Europe, people think you're...

new tack for CSR training - news

CSR practitioners are to be offered a new training programme that concentrates on improving their ability to communicate with and influence people. Ashridge business school's Centre for...

CSR reports fail to meet financial sector’s needs - news

The financial sector is not getting enough of what it wants from sustainability reports, says a new international survey. The Global Stakeholder Report 2005, a study of 500 readers 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...

Centrica uses diversity to open up new supplies - news

Utilities business Centrica is intensifying its efforts on diversity to help it open up new natural gas supplies in remote regions. The group believes that recruiting a more diverse...

PruPIM puts CSR ball in senior executives’ court - news

One of the UK’s largest property investment management companies has asked senior executives to lead progress on eight different aspects of corporate responsibility. Prudential Property...

BAT wants end to prohibition of ‘healthier’ tobacco product - news

The world’s second largest tobacco group is to push the European Union to end its ban on an alternative to smoking cigarettes. British American Tobacco believes its tobacco snuff, marketed as...

Sky offers cash for feedback - news

Broadcasting company Sky is seeking to improve feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility Review by making a donation to charity for each person that leaves a comment on its website....

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Magazine publisher Future has appointed Terri Davey to the new post of corporate responsibility manager. Davey, who will oversee CSR policy across Future’s four operating territories in France,...

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Liza Vizard has been appointed to the new post of head of CSR and public affairs at HBOS bank. Vizard, who was previously head of corporate responsibility at Prudential, will oversee a review of...

Australian companies offered benchmarking tool - news

An organization has been formed to enable Australian companies to measure the effects of their community investments. The group, LBG Australia, part of London Benchmarking Group International,...

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 A dissertation on corporate responsibility in Mexico has won the annual prize for the best master's thesis on international development, which is awarded by the World Bank and the Amsterdam...

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A CSR reporting guide for company directors has been produced by Business in the Community in collaboration with Arthur D. Little, Camelot and HBOS. The director's guide to corporate...

consolidation of SRI rating agencies benefits the market - news

A few years ago, specialist agencies rating companies' social, environmental and ethical record were popping up all over the place. Now the talk is of consolidation. Ethibel and Vigeo have...

why US companies are a blot on FTSE4Good's landscape - news

Many US companies are failing to meet the criteria necessary for inclusion in one of the world's best-known SRI indexes. EP looks at the reasons - and the excuses It has its critics, but...

don't blame the messenger - sharpen the message - news

CSR proponents need to be more open and honest with business journalists, argues Roger Cowe An eminent left-wing writer once said that journalists belong in the gutter because that is where...

Royal Mail nurtures big revamp of CSR regime - news

Royal Mail Group is restructuring its social responsibility programme as the UK government considers the future of the state-owned postal service. The revised strategy has five themes:...

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

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

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

Japanese lead on CSR reporting - news

Large companies in Japan lead the world in producing standalone corporate responsibility reports, says the KPMG international survey of the biggest corporations. Altogether 80 per cent of large...

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Rob Frederick has taken up a new post as assistant vice-president with responsibility for corporate sustainability at the US drinks company Brown-Forman, which owns the Jack Daniels and Southern...

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A CSR alliance of some of Scandinavia's largest companies has shut down after four years. The Nordic Partnership, set up with 16 members, including Novo, Swedish Meats and Volvo, closed its...

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...

Corporate responsibility in context: a pocket guide - news

Context. 44 pages, paperback. Free. For details of how to obtain a copy, please email the address shown below. The Context consultancy has long been one of the more refreshing and down-to-earth...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

Starbucks customers get CSR with their coffee - news

Starbucks is to host meetings in its UK coffee houses for local people to discuss corporate responsibility issues. The global chain has been training dozens of employees this summer to help with...

non-financial report audits slow to increase, but give more detail - news

The percentage of major global companies to have their corporate responsibility reports independently assured has barely risen in the last three years. According to KPMG's annual International...

£300,000 funding gives Academy fresh impetus - news

The CSR Academy is to expand its activities after being given £300,000 ($547,000) by the UK government for another year. The Academy, set up in 2004 to promote corporate responsibility...

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

Coca-Cola firm gets dedicated CSR manager - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises has created its first dedicated corporate social responsibility role in the UK as it prepares to raise its profile in the field. The post of CSR manager has been filled by...

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

China gets CSR research programme - news

A one-year CSR research programme is to be carried out by the China Pudong Cadre College in Shanghai and the UK foreign ministry at a cost of £100,000 ($185,000). The research is expected...

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A new organization is to promote corporate responsibility in the legal profession. Lawyers for Change has been founded by Maitland Kalton, a senior partner at the London law firm Kaltons. It will...

BAE takes committee route - news

A board committee on corporate responsibility is to be established by the defence company BAE Systems. The multinational is finalizing terms of reference for the committee, which will be headed by...

FoE uses CSR as recruiting sergeant - news

Friends of the Earth is using a tough line on corporate social responsibility as part of its latest membership recruitment and fundraising drive in the UK. Inserts titled ‘Get your filthy hands...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

Accor extends initiative to combat sex tourism - news

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

Tsunami thanks, by Robert Morton - news

On behalf of Redeem, the mobile phone and printer cartridge recycling company, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given their support to our recent Tsunami Recycling...

Nike uncovers Asian abuses - news

Nike has found abusive treatment in more than a quarter of the South Asia plants producing its branded goods. Between a quarter and a half of the factories in the region restrict access to...

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Tom Fox has joined the UN Development Programme’s Growing Sustainable Business initiative, which fosters private-public partnerships to alleviate poverty. Previously corporate responsibility...

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The Corporate Responsibility Group, a UK organization of 60 companies, has four new board members – Felicity Hartnett, corporate responsibility manager at British Airways; Bruce Learner, community...

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Arun Sarin, chief executive of Vodafone Group, has won this year’s Channing Corporate Citizenship Award for his leadership role on corporate responsibility. Sarin received the accolade for...

EU research boosted - news

A three-year initiative to develop CSR teaching materials and curriculum ideas for mainstream degree and MBA courses has kicked off as part of a series of European research projects launched last...

Williams to leave Marks & Spencer - news

Ed Williams, the head of CSR at Marks & Spencer, is leaving after 25 years with the UK retailer. Under his watch, Marks and Spencer was named Company of the Year in 2004 by Business in the...

BP tries to attract lay audience - news

BP has produced two versions of its sustainability report in an effort to communicate it to lay people as well as CSR specialists. The UK-based oil company says an ‘audience research dialogue’ last...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

Nike’s post-Kasky report is more candid than expected - news

Fears that Nike’s long-awaited second corporate responsibility report would be guarded and uninformative in the wake of the Kasky v Nike legal case have proved unfounded, according to an...

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

Evidence that companies are becoming better at integrating CSR within their operating units has emerged in the latest Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community. The index,...

ChevronTexaco courts trouble over Burma link - news

ChevronTexaco has been warned that its proposed $18billion (£9.6bn) takeover of Unocal could make it a focus for human rights campaigns because of Unocal’s involvement in the Yadana project in...

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

board CSR apparatus to go under microscope - news

An inquiry has begun into the role of company boards in fulfilling the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses. The Boards and Corporate Responsibility Project, set up by...

CSR index asks tougher questions - news

More detailed and specific evidence of ethical practice has been demanded in questions to companies participating in Australia’s second Corporate Responsibility Index. The scoring system has also...

Australian study claims CSR pays - news

Strong financial performance is linked in a new Australian report to good corporate responsibility. Research by AMP Capital Investors shows that over four-year and ten-year periods companies with...

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David Gallacher has become Whitbread’s new corporate responsibility director. Gallacher, previously director of food innovation at the brewing and food company, replaces Jerry Marston.

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Victoria Secretan , head of corporate responsibility at insurer UnumProvident, moves this month to become programme adviser at the Corporate Responsibility Group, a UK membership organization of...

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Cutbacks of £355million ($678m) at the BBC during the next three years will lead to savings in its corporate responsibility programme – but there will be no job losses in the team of eight,...

rummaging in the attic - news

John Elkington has had a big influence on the development of more sustainable business practices. His online journal offers an inside track for outsiders. Most weblogs that cover corporate...

British framework aims to define role of government - news

The UK has formally established the parameters of its corporate social responsibilities. EP considers the implications for companies Although the UK government has been acknowledged as a...

CSR in Russia is ‘disorganized’ - news

Corporate responsibility in Russia is generally ‘disorganized and chaotic’, according to the first national assessment of the social impact of business. The Report on social investments in...

BNFL hands CSR plans over to business units - news

One of the world’s largest nuclear energy groups is to devolve its corporate responsibility planning to four new businesses within the organization. The four divisions at British Nuclear Fuels...

hedge fund homes in on boycott casualties - news

Activists have set up a hedge fund betting on the possibility that the market value of a company will fall due to reputational damage related to corporate responsibility issues. The London-based...

PR standards in the offing - news

The UK’s public relations industry is to formulate CSR standards in the coming year. A CSR network set up by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations two years ago is now ready to set formal...

90 firms sign up to LSE data exchange - news

Ninety companies – 40 of them in the FTSE100 – have now agreed to post social and environmental performance data on the Corporate Responsibility Exchange, an online database set up by the London...

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Jeremy Baskin , head of research at the Ethical Investment Research Service, moves this month to become development director at the Cambridge Programme for Industry. Baskin will also carry out a...

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Companies that provide social and environmental data for indices run by FTSE4Good and Business in the Community will eventually have to answer only one set of streamlined questions, thanks to a...

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A UK centre for CSR research is holding a competition to find a racier name. The International Research Group for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility says it has tired of its...

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A programme that seeks to interest business leaders in corporate responsibility by taking them on visits to prisons, homelessness centres and other social projects is to be exported to Canada...

videoCorporate social responsibility: from principles to profits - news

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

CSR commitment kept ailing company alive - news

The head of the shoe and clothing multinational Timberland has said his group’s commitment to community involvement helped to restore its fortunes after a financial crisis in the mid-1990s. Chief...

editorial standards are the key issue for media sector - news

Media companies can show their corporate responsibility best through transparent and responsible editorial policies, a consultation with the sector’s stakeholders has found. A long dialogue with...

firms told to watch out for ‘half-truths’ of CSR - news

Some of the most widely accepted tenets of corporate responsibility, such as the need for social reporting and codes of conduct, are being challenged by a leading CSR institution on the grounds...

CSR performance helps radio groups’ merger bid - news

One of the UK’s largest commercial radio stations believes that its corporate responsibility record has helped it overcome regulatory hurdles in a £700million ($1.3bn) merger. GWR, which owns 35...

Wilson lined up for The Retreat - news

Veteran campaigner and corporate responsibility proponent Des Wilson will be keynote speaker at The Retreat, which is being held at Bore Place in the UK by Ethical Performance on 7-8 June in...

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...

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

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The BBC has put a 50-minute corporate responsibility video on general release. Corporate social responsibility: from principles to profit is accompanied by a 76-page booklet written by Good...

the public face that prefers to work behind the scenes - news

Should Business in the Community take a tougher line with its members by challenging them in public? EP talks to the UK organization’s chief executive Julia Cleverdon does a nice line in...

McDonald’s suppliers get the message - news

McDonald’s has now trained two-thirds of its global suppliers in social responsibility. The fast food group, which has 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries, had put 1813 of its 2670...

UK could lead drive for international CSR forum - news

UK ministers are considering a proposal for an international forum on CSR that would try to galvanize governments to do more to promote corporate responsibility. The suggestion has been made in a...

KPMG looks for guiding hand across the globe - news

One of the big four professional services firms is developing a common framework for its in-house corporate responsibility programmes across almost 150 countries. KPMG, which has largely...

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Hannah Jones has become vice-president of corporate responsibility at Nike’s world headquarters in Beaverton, US. Jones, who was based in Brussels as corporate responsibility director for Nike’s...

Stakeholder Engagement Planning Overview - news

written and produced by Altria. 20 pages Obtainable from Ralph Rogers, director, corporate responsibility planning Ralph.Rogers@Altria.com Engaging with stakeholders, we often hear, can lead...

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...

growth in litigation ‘could endanger CSR’ - news

A global trend towards litigation could be threatening progress on corporate responsibility, according to John Elkington, who heads the SustainAbility consultancy. Elkington says the growing...

Griffiths tries to bring NGOs back into the fold - news

The UK’s CSR minister, in his first significant action since taking office last year, is forming a group to advise the government on policy, partly as a response to criticism from non-governmental...

CSR leaders must back regulation, says Nobel Prize winner - news

A Nobel Prize-winning economist has called on companies that are corporate responsibility leaders to press for regulation in the field. Joseph Stiglitz, former adviser to US president Bill...

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...

Review of the UK party conferences - news

CSR not part of the political vocabulary No one expects the outcome of the next UK general election to hinge on CSR, yet it was something of a surprise to see the subject so far from the...

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Socially responsible investment rating agency CoreRatings has been bought by the Norwegian risk management and certification foundation Det Norske Veritas. DNV, which is best known in the CSR...

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Corporate responsibility is to feature in a new £1.7million ($3.1m) global leadership and governance research programme being undertaken by the UK’s Cranfield School of Management. The five-year...

Thames Water comes clean on lowlights - news

A water company has taken the unusual step of giving as much prominence to the deficiencies in its social and environmental performance as to the achievements. Thames Water’s latest corporate...

Sky goes for the personal touch - news

Broadcasting company Sky has split its latest CSR report into sections specifically addressing different interest groups. The 48-page unverified document has six sections headed Dear Customer,...

Reuters asks employees to guide its CSR policies - news

The global media company Reuters has set up four employee working groups to inform the development of its policies on corporate responsibility. Reuters established the groups last month as a way of...

CSR academy targets human resources staff - news

The UK’s new CSR academy is to run a series of social responsibility roadshows for human resources managers in large companies. The regional roadshows, which will offer ideas on how human...

new site rails against ‘anti-business’ CSR proponents - news

An anti-corporate responsibility activist has set up a website accusing CSR proponents of damaging business. CSR Watch has been established by the right-wing Free Enterprise Education Institute, a...

database takes some flak - news

The London Stock Exchange is experiencing teething problems over the establishment of its Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), which it hopes will become a central database of information on...

‘Disillusionment with CSR’ by Professor Michael Hopkins - news

Disillusionment with CSR sets in. Just as CEOs have only two or three years to make their mark so it seems do concepts in the business world. It is almost tiresome to read your March 2004 piece...

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd - news

From Katherine Howard and Graham Young directors of Corporate Responsibility Framework Ltd Tomorrow’s Company director Mark Goyder has done us all a service by re-opening the debate about...

Making Corporate Responsibility Work: lessons from real business - news

By Leon Olsen Ashridge Centre for Business and Society in association with the British Quality Foundation. 36 pages £40. www.ashridge.com/acbas Business...

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top of an inaugural Australian Corporate Responsibility Index. The bank was closely followed by BHP Billiton, BP, Rio Tinto and Toyota Motor Corporation...

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Canadian Jennifer Barsky has become a senior adviser at the SustainAbility consultancy’s Washington DC office. Barsky was previously an independent consultant...

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The Co-operative Group has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The UK-based group says that although some of its companies, including the Co-operative...

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The website of the Corporate Responsibility Group of practitioners within UK companies has moved to www.crguk.org

CSR ‘must be allied to political lobbying’ - news

Companies have been told that they must start working more closely with governments and policymakers if corporate social responsibility is to make further advances....

LSE sets up data repository - news

A central database of information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to be set up this month by the London Stock Exchange. The service,...

mm02 makes sure CSR gets executive treatment - news

A UK company has taken the unusual step of disbanding its corporate social responsibility committee and handing the work to executive directors. While many firms...

academy draws picture of perfect CSR manager - news

A list of the skills and attributes of the ideal CSR manager has been drawn up by the UK’s new CSR academy, in what it claims is the first set of ‘core...

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BSkyB’s group head of corporate affairs Ben Stimson is the new chair of the Corporate Responsibility Group, which has 71 UK-based corporate members. Stimson takes...

training and education: the current picture for CSR - news

As the UK government’s CSR Academy begins to take shape, EP looks at the fragmented state of education and training in the corporate responsibility field Pity the corporate...

Hastings heads for EP retreat - news

The BBC’s head of CSR, Michael Hastings, will be among presenters at this year’s retreat run by Ethical Performance with Ashridge and the Corporate...

angry critics run boycott over ‘slow’ CSR progress - news

More than 20 signatories have shown their discontent with the rate of progress on corporate responsibility by refusing to participate in consultation on the UK...

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Matt Taylor has joined BP as corporate responsibility manager. Taylor was previously sustainable development manager with BHP Billiton at its London offices.

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The Investor Responsibility Research Center is seeking to increase shareholder activism on corporate responsibility issues in Asia. The 30-year-old US-based shareholder activist...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

US companies start to bite bullet on climate change - news

Energy sector companies in the US are beginning to respond to investor pressure on climate change as the annual meeting season moves into full swing. Two...

Gulf companies search for Arab strain of CSR - news

Companies in the Arab world are preparing to embrace CSR – but on their own terms. About half a dozen large businesses have agreed to become founding members...

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...

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Letters to the editor are at www.ethicalperformance.com. Most recently, Michael Hopkins, a professor at the International Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Business...

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Nicky Amos , former head of corporate responsibility at The Body Shop International, has joined the UK-based CSR communications consultancy Corporate Culture as a project...

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Building materials group RMC has released its first corporate responsibility publication. The report reveals that its rate of lost-time accidents fell for the second year...

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Oliver Dudok van Heel has joined Enviros Consulting as a commercial director working in its sustainable business unit. He will develop corporate responsibility...

companies can choose how many questionnaires to answer - news

Corporate managers no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the London Stock Exchange is likely to act as a clearing house for information on their...

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

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

CSR practitioners told to prepare for new era - news

CSR has come to the ‘end of the beginning’ and must now mature into a fully fledged business model integrated throughout companies, says the UK-based Work...

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Deborah Doane has left the New Economics Foundation, where she was head of corporate accountability, to become a freelance consultant. She will also chair the...

US libel suit aims at silencing shareholder - news

Cintas Corp, North America’s largest uniform maker, is bringing a libel action against an investor who at the annual shareholders’ meeting accused the company...

CSR divides politicians - news

The extent of party political division on corporate responsibility in the UK has been highlighted by a MORI poll. When the pollster asked a representative sample of 119...

Sodexho gives suppliers some food for thought - news

The US division of one of the world’s biggest catering and facilities management companies has sent a code of conduct to suppliers as part of its campaign to become a CSR...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

Bitc links up with colleges - news

Business schools have been offered ‘special membership status’ of Business in the Community, which until now has had only corporate members. Bitc said...

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...

short-termism and corporate responsibility - news

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

cold shoulder for tobacco client - news

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

Finland tops league table of CSR promoters - news

Finland has been judged the best performer on corporate responsibility in a newly-devised measure of how much companies and governments in 51 countries have done to promote...

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...

September date for 2004 Retreat - news

The second Ethical Performance Retreat will take place this year from 27-28 September at Ashridge business school. The gathering, which brings together senior CSR...

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Risk management consultancy Det Norske Veritas has recruited a corporate responsibility team to advise companies in the field. The new team, based in London, but offering...

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Gail Rebuck has been appointed chair of BSkyB's corporate responsibility forum, which helps to shape the UK broadcasting company’s CSR policies. Rebuck is chair and...

companies can’t hide from the moral debate - news

Transparency in social reporting requires companies to acknowledge the bad as well as the good, argues Adrian Henriques At a conference just before the invasion of Iraq I...

Irish sign up to CSR charter - news

Twenty-three businesses operating in the Irish Republic have signed a Corporate Responsibility Charter. The one-page charter, devised by Business in the Community...

Chevron sets out principles - news

Oil and petroleum multinational ChevronTexaco is to issue its 53,000 staff with corporate responsibility guiding principles. The principles, developed as part of a...

SRI results enthuse bank - news

Morgan Stanley has decided to deepen its involvement in SRI after studying the share prices of companies with a good corporate social responsibility record....

most of public can’t name an ethical firm - news

Seven out of ten members of the UK public are unable to name a single company they consider to be particularly socially, environmentally or ethically responsible, says a...

preserving reputation is the main driving force - news

The progress made by US companies in the field of CSR is largely the result of an overriding need to manage reputation, not of government prodding The aftermath of the state visit...

Imperial to report in 2004 - news

A second international tobacco company is to compile a social report. Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest, expects to publish its first CSR document early next...

winning entries generate innovative approaches to SRI - news

A competition established to stimulate new thinking on how to encourage institutional investors to take a long-term view of investment has sparked a host of innovative SRI...

cement firms join sustainability bandwagon - news

Three more large companies have joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative, an international project to improve the cement industry’s social and environmental performance....

time to give clear lead on CSR, Bush is told - news

The US government has been urged to clarify its position on CSR to show companies what it expects from them. A working group of 27 senior corporate responsibility...

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

inbrief - news

Executive pay is the most urgent corporate responsibility issue that business needs to address, according to a poll of the British public. The Mori survey, carried out...

Aussie firms slow to disclose - news

Only one in ten of Australia’s biggest firms have so far entered details of their corporate responsibility programmes on a new free-access database. The...

Russian companies start push for integrity - news

Three of Russia’s largest companies have helped establish a forum to promote business responsibility there. Alfa Group (financial and industrial), Interros...

the legal context of corporate responsibility - news

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

BSkyB spreads the news - news

BSkyB is to employ journalistic techniques to explain the company’s social responsibility strategy to staff. The UK-based broadcaster, which has just published its first...

index to broaden focus - news

Companies are to be given more credit for being proactive on corporate responsibility in the second year of the new Corporate Responsibility Index. Business in the...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

Nike report bites the dust despite Kasky settlement - news

Nike has abandoned publication of its corporate responsibility report, despite reaching an out-of-court settlement to bring the long-running Kasky v Nike legal case to an end....

warning on opportunistic NGOs - news

Companies have been warned to beware of non-governmental organizations that engage in private stakeholder dialogue and then use the information they have gathered for public...

inbrief - news

Two UK academics have published books on CSR. Malcolm McIntosh, visiting professor of corporate citizenship at the University of Bath, argues in Raising a ladder to the moon...

lift-off for SRI transparency guidelines - news

Fund managers in Europe have begun using guidelines intended to give the investing public – and companies – a clearer idea of how SRI funds decide which firms to...

inbrief - news

Bennett Freeman is to head a new corporate responsibility unit set up by the US public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Freeman, former US deputy assistant secretary of...

inbrief - news

Three religious groups have updated corporate social responsibility principles first unveiled in 1999. The Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility, which are...

boards lack experience of CSR matters, investor argues - news

One of the UK’s biggest fund managers has suggested more companies should appoint non-executive directors with hands-on experience of corporate social responsibility....

Core Bill reappears for first reading in the House - news

One of the few remaining European initiatives to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting has been put before the UK’s lower house of parliament. The...

inbrief - news

An initiative to encourage marketing managers to take more notice of corporate social responsibility and sustainability is being set up by Forum for the Future. The...

corporate conduct in the aftermath of war - news

Intervention in Iraq has raised important issues of corporate responsibility, argues Gerry Hagelberg The US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath will keep ethics wonks...

call for right to see CSR data - news

Legislators in Europe have been urged to consider giving the public a right of access to information held by companies on their social and environmental performance. A...

end is nigh for ‘simplistic’ SRI questionnaire culture - news

Over-reliance on ‘naive’ questionnaires that gather information about the ethical performance of companies is undermining the credibility of the socially...

inbrief - news

Trevor Phillips , the newly-appointed chairman of the UK’s Commission for Racial Equality, has said one of his priorities will be to bring equal opportunity to the...

new index is a promising start but it will have to get stronger - news

Now the Corporate Responsibility Index is off the ground (see page three), where will Business in the Community go with it? The UK industry campaign body has made a good start....

May Day date for Core bill - news

Originators of a bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting in the UK hope to table it on 1 May in the House of Commons. The Corporate Responsibility...

BBC sets up in-house centre to boost CSR performance - news

The BBC has set up an in-house Corporate Social Responsibility Centre to deliver its CSR programme over the next few years. Headed by Michael Hastings, former head of...

interest in new index is greater than expected - news

The arrival of the first national index that publicly benchmarks the responsible business practices of companies in different industry sectors has aroused much more interest...

Aegon maps out CSR path - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is setting out a long-term plan to improve its corporate social responsibility. Netherlands-based Aegon, which is among the top...

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...

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...

CSR academy idea under study in UK - news

A corporate social responsibility academy to train practitioners and award qualifications is being considered by the UK government. A working group has been set up by the...

inbrief - news

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

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

Fresh food firm Chiquita has detected a marked increase in worker satisfaction and commitment to the company since it began a programme of social and environmental improvement...

HBOS backs global principles - news

A major UK asset manager has said it wants to see the companies it invests in comply with internationally recognized standards of behaviour such as the OECD Guidelines for...

regulatory prospects recede in the UK - news

A revised bill on mandatory social reporting is to be put forward in the UK’s House of Commons early next year after the first version ran out of parliamentary time last...

inbrief - news

The role of governments in promoting responsible business behaviour is examined in a book published by the US-based National Policy Association. Corporate responsibility in...

inbrief - news

BSkyB has published a 16-page Corporate responsibility update outlining its community initiatives. The broadcasting company produced its first environmental report this year.

why CSR is a corporate governance challenge - news

A wave of human rights lawsuits against multinationals demonstrates the need for board oversight of CSR risks, says Elliot Schrage American courts are redefining...

Perham’s bill due in House - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons on 15 October. The Ten Minute Rule Bill,...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

A worldwide standard on corporate social responsibility, administered by the International Organization for Standardization, is ‘both desirable and feasible’, an ISO...

ScottishPower is top dog - news

The breadth and depth of Scottish Power’s corporate social responsibility programme have won it the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for...

ministers opt for OFRs - news

The UK government has said it will require large companies to publish annual operating and financial reviews (OFR) that should include an assessment of their social and...

inbrief - news

A research centre on corporate responsibility has been set up in Wales. The Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society will be based at...

shoe firms set to expand China experiment - news

Three multinational footwear companies are planning to expand a pilot project that has increased worker participation and improved health and safety in Chinese supplier...

don’t bother analysts with your CSR stories - news

Companies should stop complaining that financial analysts are ignoring their corporate responsibility initiatives, argues Roger Cowe I am beginning to tire of...

new bill ups the stakes on mandatory reporting - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons this autumn. The Ten Minute Rule Bill, put forward...

tobacco firm enters CSR arena - news

British American Tobacco will begin the process of publishing no fewer than 13 different social reports this month as it becomes the first cigarette manufacturer to enter the...

inbrief - news

Two separate papers looking at the effect on corporate responsibility of the 11 September terrorist attacks have been published. The first, September 11th and beyond:...

new wave of CSR will focus on big picture, says Derber - news

Corporate responsibility will soon enter a new wave of activity that will involve companies challenging the whole basis of the world economy, a US professor has said....

Novo rated top drugs group - news

Novo Group has come top in an analysis of the ethical performance of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies. The Munich-based rating agency oekom research assessed the...

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

Senior company executives are in danger of concentrating on corporate social responsibility to the detriment of their core business, a former UK government minister has...

Bush plan offers little for CSR fans - news

A ‘ten point plan on corporate responsibility’ unveiled by US president George W. Bush in the wake of the Enron scandal has disappointed CSR practitioners by avoiding any...

Tuck puts CSR into curriculum - news

A US business school has decided to give all its students tuition in corporate social responsibility at some stage in their studies. The Tuck School of Business in...

CSR dialogues are open to all - news

A series of ‘CSR dialogues’ open to all businesses is to be held in London over the next few months. The dialogues are being organized by Business in the Community...

Austria lags behind on social responsibility - news

Corporate social responsibility is proving slow to catch on in Austria, according to an analysis of European attitudes to CSR. The study by the US-based National Policy...

chief execs sign new pledge - news

Heads of almost 40 major global companies have put their names to a statement that personally commits them to place ‘corporate citizenship at the core of business strategy’,...

inbrief - news

‘Communicating corporate responsibility’ is the title of a a one-day conference, chaired by Gill Coleman, director of the New Academy of Business, in London on 23...

energy sector wins plaudits - news

The energy industry has been praised for its ‘above-average’ performance on workforce pay and conditions. Analysis of the social and environmental performance of 19...

Allianz sets up CSR group - news

One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has formed a sustainability strategy group. The German banking and insurance firm Allianz has formed the group...

Finns must move on suppliers - news

Finnish firms need to improve their supply chain monitoring procedures if they are to make significant progress on corporate responsibility, a Helsinki University of...

inbrief - news

A call for papers has been made for a one-day conference on corporate social responsibility to be held in London in April next year. The event is being run by...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

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

UK chemicals industry gears up for CSR assault - news

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is holding its first-ever session on corporate social responsibility at next month’s annual conference. The hour-long...

inbrief - news

A one-day conference on the ‘Legal dimensions of corporate responsibility’ is to be held in London on 23 November, organized by the Royal Institute of International...

inbrief - news

An account of how the clothing company Gap has worked with independent monitors to improve workplace conditions in supplier factories in El Salvador has been published...

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

Fresh food company Chiquita has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The 100-page document commits the company, which produces roughly 25 per cent of...

Nike makes reporting debut - news

Nike has released its first corporate responsibility report. The document, which uses Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, concentrates mainly on labour standards and...

corporate responsibility and investment strategy - news

Investment strategy trends are driving the growth of interest among investors in the environmental and social performance of companies, says Rob Lake The terrible...

IIED looks into impact of audits - news

A London-based think tank is to examine how social audits carried out by multinationals affect businesses in the developing world. The study is to be carried out by the...

companies slow to act on environment policies - news

Three-quarters of European companies operating in more polluting sectors have now published policies on the environment, but less than half have put in place the systems...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

the EC green paper on corporate responsibility - news

The recent green paper is a first step towards the creation of ‘an overall European framework’ for corporate social responsibility. EP interviewed the official in Brussels...

we’re off to a great start – so don’t relax now - news

Ken Rushton believes the past two years have seen substantial progress on corporate responsibility, but warns that business must not rest on its laurels I would...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

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....

inbrief - news

The oil company Unocal has posted an update of its corporate responsibility initiatives on its web site. The update includes details of Unocal projects to rebuild...

Nike finds new auditors as PwC unit moves out - news

The company that monitors Nike’s labour standards throughout the world has shut its US-based auditing unit that carries out much of the work. PricewaterhouseCoopers...

inbrief - news

A list of more than 150 shareholder activist resolutions filed with US companies this year is available on the web, produced by the Interfaith Center on Corporate...

Indian firms warm to western ideas - news

Indian companies are building on their traditional enthusiasm for corporate giving by embracing western notions of corporate responsibility, according to a new study....

business coalition looks at taking on social issues - news

A US coalition of investors, companies and non-governmental organizations that works to improve companies’ environmental performance is considering whether to take greater...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

ExxonMobil faces activist resolution - news

ExxonMobil has been told it must allow its shareholders to vote on a resolution at its annual meeting this month that calls on its directors to consider social and...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

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

centre will look at business case for CSR - news

An International Centre for Business Performance and Corporate Responsibility has been set up at the University of Middlesex’s business school. The centre will focus...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

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

legal cases could spur outbreak of CSR - news

A new wave of 'foreign direct liability' legal cases against multinationals could become an important influence on the future direction of corporate social responsibility, a...

oil companies back human rights code - news

Seven leading oil and mining companies have signed up to a voluntary code of conduct on human rights issued jointly by the UK Foreign Office and the US State Department....

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...

Sita group focuses on the triple bottom line

The world’s third largest waste management company has introduced a triple bottom line strategy that will map out economic, environmental and social goals for its UK...

inbrief - news

A new newsletter about socially responsible investment in Europe, SRI in Progress, has been launched by Terra Nova Conseil, a Paris-based management consulting firm...

lottery money funds push on investment - news

Two charities have been given £140,000 from the UK’s National Lottery to help persuade pension funds to invest their money more ethically. War On Want and Traidcraft...

inbrief - news

Norman Bowie, Dixons professor of business ethics at the London Business School, has taken a year’s leave from his post to be chair in corporate responsibility at the...

company law review will bury legal reporting idea - news

Any prospects of a new UK law requiring mandatory social and environmental reporting by companies are likely to fizzle out at the end of this month when the penultimate...

agency ready for push on CSR - news

The UK’s Environment Agency has said it will push the government to adopt a more forceful position on corporate responsibility. In a consultation document on the quango’s ‘direction...

WBCSD targets finance sector - news

One of the leading business organizations involved in furthering corporate social responsibility has deepened its involvement in the area by planning a new initiative in...

corporate killing offence to put pressure on firms - news

A new offence of corporate killing has been proposed by the UK government in an attempt to make companies take greater responsibility for failings that lead to deaths or...

editorial: corporate social responsibility is a response to market demands - news

The publication of the latest stage of the UK company law review and the appointment in the UK of a government minister with a specific corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief,...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

guest column: CSR: the contribution government can make - news

The UK government has a vital role to play in building momentum for corporate social responsibility, particularly by fostering partnerships and helping to produce guidance, says...

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....

World Bank places CSR studies on the internet - news

The World Bank and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unveiled a joint initiative which they claim will put business ethics at the heart of a new...

action network is a success - news

Organisers of the Sustainability Action Network, a new UK group designed to find practical solutions to corporate responsibility problems, say the venture has generated considerable...

inbrief - news

A new book has been published on human rights and corporate responsibility. Human rights standards and the responsibility of transnational corporations is edited by Michael...

speculation mounts over CSR minister idea - news

The UK government has sought to play down suggestions that it is poised to appoint a minister for corporate responsibility. A spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry said...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

Dutch group sends new code around the globe - news

A Dutch financial group is sending out its first code of business principles to 85,000 staff worldwide. The initiative isbeing presented as one of the biggest ever operations...

inbrief - news

Nike will produce its first 'corporate responsibility report' in the first half of the year. The report will draw on a recent 'external stakeholder dialogue' which the sports...

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...

retailers fall short on foreign labour codes - news

Two-thirds of UK-listed retailers have yet to adopt any formal code of conduct on overseas labour standards, according to a new survey by the Local Authority Pension Fund...

Body Shop diaspora - news

Former Body Shop adviser David Wheeler has joined the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto as director of its business and sustainability programme. Wheeler was...

disability remains a 'Cinderella issue' for UK companies - news

A leading UK employers’ group is to urge businesses to pay more attention to disability issues in their corporate responsibility initiatives. The Employers Forum for Disability – which...

Premier lays down guiding principles - news

Premier Oil has launched a set of guiding principles that lay out policies on human rights and stakeholder dialogue. The UK-based oil exploration and production company,...

Unocal defends record in Asian trouble spots - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has defended its presence in some of the world’s human rights hotspots with a corporate responsibility report that claims it is making a positive...

campaigners get new voice on company law committee - news

Corporate responsibility supporters have been given a significant new voice on the UK government’s company law review with the appointment to one of its key working groups of Rob...

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...

Severn Trent prepares to widen its ethical agenda - news

Severn Trent may soon widen the remit of its external environmental advisory panel to cover social and ethical issues. The UK’s second largest water and waste management group is...

Hanson gets ready to report - news

Building materials group Hanson is planning to report on corporate responsibility matters for the first time next year. The UK-based company, which has engaged the consultancy firm...

corporate reputation and stakeholders - news

A number of software packages have appeared in recent months, designed to help companies manage their reputation by assessing and monitoring their relationships with stakeholders –...

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

Arthur Andersen has become the latest business consultancy to make a major pitch for advisory work in the corporate responsibility field. The consultancy and accountancy firm, which...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

inbrief - news

A seminar on the corporate responsibility implications of the government-commissioned company law review is to be held on 11 October in London. Promoting Transparency and...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

Co-operative Bank sets out bold agenda on corporate behaviour - news

The Co-operative Bank has outlined ambitious new plans to become a world leader in corporate responsibility by measuring its indirect impact on society rather than just its...

Diageo maps an ethical way forward for its staff - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has produced corporate citizenship guidelines for its 77,000 employees around the world. The guidelines, which are being distributed to...

Eastern begins work on new social action plan - news

The energy group Eastern has stepped up its commitment to social responsibility by producing its first sustainability report and promising to devise a ‘social action plan’....

Queen’s Award will take ethical agenda on board - news

Sustainability is to become a key factor in the judging of the annual Queen’s Award for Industry. Judges will in future take account of ‘all forms of outstanding performance’ by...

Railtrack tackles suicides - news

Railtrack is to help fund a £300,000 project to reduce suicide attempts on railway lines. The UK track and station operator says that more than 160 suicides – or four per cent of...

Premier Oil to ponder human rights agenda - news

Premier Oil intends to improve its ethical performance by launching a set of guiding principles this winter and a social audit in 2000. The UK-based oil exploration and production...

ethical policies are thin on the ground - news

Less than one in 10 of the UK’s largest companies have an ethical policy, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown that only eight have...

new pensions regulation boosts ethical investors - news

P ensions experts are predicting a surge in ethical investment and corporate responsibility measures in the wake of a new government regulation that will require pension...

inbrief - news

Outgoing ICI chairman Sir Ronald Hampel has claimed the 'box ticking' mentality surrounding corporate responsibility is becoming excessive. In his final speech as chairman,...

responding to the challenge - news

Ethical Performance has invited KPMG, the global consultancy business, to outline a programme of practical advice for companies wishing to quantify, manage and improve their ethical...

looking to the future - news

In June the Company Law Review steering group begins the next stage of its deliberations on how the balance of power between shareholders and stakeholders should be changed....

social reporting gathers pace - news

Most of the UK’s leading listed companies are now issuing social reports in some form, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown the...

new bonds will help unemployed - news

Bradford & Bingley and the Midland Bank have lent their backing to a new ‘employment bond’ scheme designed to tackle joblessness in deprived areas of Sheffield. The bonds,...

OECD comes fire over corporate governance guidelines - news

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

event surprises organisers - news

Organisers of a London conference on sustainability reporting say they have been taken aback by the level of interest shown in the event. More than 350 delegates from 16 countries –...

Foreign Office guide will stick to the ethical basics - news

The man responsible for drawing up a new Foreign Office manual to help companies invest ethically overseas has said the guide will take a tough stance on child labour, the...

'push us' say business leaders - news

Some of the most powerful multinational heads have invited institutional investors to push them on corporate governance. In ‘a remarkable accord’, the Global Corporate...

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Context - companies

Context are a consultancy advising on corporate responsibility (CR) strategy and communications. Context develop and write CR reports for leading companies in Europe, North America and Africa....

Ashridge Business School - directory

Consistently ranked as a world leader in executive education, Ashridge is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA and combines the best of a business school with an innovative organisation...

IHS Inc - directory

IHS is the global leader in critical business information, solutions and expertise for managing and reporting data across a full spectrum of Environmental, Health &  Safety (EHS) and...

Scholz & Friends Reputation - directory

Scholz & Friends Reputation is a specialized CR consultancy, embedded in the worldwide communication network of the Scholz & Friends Group. Our core services comprise the development of...

Aston Business School - directory

Aston Business School is a triple accredited business school based in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham, UK . Our MSc portfolio has been designed in close partnership with business and...

Collins McHugh - directory

Collins McHugh is a solutions focused CR consultancy. We believe that well targeted, business focused Corporate Responsibility still remains one of the most under utilized business tools...

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Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

ICRS (Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability) - directory

OneReport® - directory

OneReport®, a unique online platform, simplifies corporate responsibility (CR) query and response management, reporting and publishing. OneReport integrates the metrics sought by corporate...

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure UK Limited - directory

Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure UK Limited (part of Amec Foster Wheeler) is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consultancy with enviable customer relationships...

David Gardiner & Associates, LLC - directory

David Gardiner & Associates: Forging Solutions to Climate and Energy Challenges David Gardiner & Associates helps solve the energy and climate challenges facing today’s...

TwentyFifty Ltd - directory

twentyfifty builds the capacity of companies to understand and address their impacts and lead change that serves both business and society.  We have over a decades experience of business...

Taylor Bennett - directory

Established in 1982, Taylor Bennett Executive Search focuses on corporate communications assignments across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with a growing interest in the developing market for...

Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

ACCSR helps organisations create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships. We are Australia’s leading management consultancy wholly...

Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility - directory

The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, made possible in 2007 by a personal donation from Cranfield alumni Nigel Doughty, aims to be a leading European academic centre for Responsible...

The Reassurance Network Ltd - directory

The Reassurance Network specialises in ethical supply chain support, corporate responsibility management and assurance, and business integrity. Our services include auditing and assurance,...

GoodCorporation Ltd - directory

GoodCorporation is recognised worldwide as one of the leading organisations working in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics.  With unparalleled expertise in checking...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2016-17 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. Against a backdrop of significant change, innovation and diversification, Royal Mail has...

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...

Amgen launches 2016 Responsibility Highlights Report - reports

Our mission to serve patients is at the heart of everything we do at Amgen. Our positive contribution to the world also extends beyond making vital medicines. Each year, Amgen dedicates...

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) releases annual Corporate Responsibility report for 2016 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available.

State Street Achieves Its Environmental Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule and Details Corporate Responsibility Practices in Annual Report - reports

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced the release of its 2016 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, which highlights the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and...

ArcelorMittal publishes its 2016 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal USA is proud to announce the publication of its annual 2016 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported on its corporate responsibility and...

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

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.

BAE Systems publishes 2016 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

At BAE Systems we are proud not just of what we do, but how we do it – from developing innovative products and services and investing in our people and future workforce, to giving our...

Olam International combines financial and sustainability reporting to highlight importance of creating holistic value - reports

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and...

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

In its  Corporate Responsibility Report , published in concert with its 2016  Annual Report , Verizon detailed the progress it has made over the past year toward reaching its corporate...

Unilever, Siemens and IKEA drive Europe’s leading sustainability and social impact event - reports

The  Responsible Business Summit Europe  (London, 7-8 June), has the most impressive (CEO-led!) speaker line-up and agenda to date - all designed to uncover the FACTUAL potential...

Rockwell Automation Named a World’s Most Ethical Company By the Ethisphere Institute for the Ninth Year - reports

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as a  2017 World’s Most...

Yorkshire Building Society’s First CR Report Does UK Financial Services Proud - reports

Yorkshire Building Society Group has outlined how it is making a lasting and positive impact on society in the first annual review of its corporate responsibility performance.

Kesko’s Annual Report tells about Kesko’s strategy implementation and renewal - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2016 describes the recent steps that Kesko has taken to strengthen the customer experience for consumers and businesses, both in-store and in digital channels....

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2016. This year’s report provides even more context on the company’s CR performance, as well as views...

CSL Publishes 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Starting a century ago, CSL was driven by its promise to save lives and protect the health of people. In 2016, CSL continues to deliver on that promise through its corporate responsibility...

American Express Publishes The Service Effect: 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Today American Express published its first  comprehensive nbsp; Corporate Social Responsibility Report since 2008. The report highlights the company’s efforts to create social,...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft cares deeply about achieving that mission and creating a lasting impact...

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

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

2015 Provident Financial Group corporate responsibility report published - reports

Provident Financial Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of responsible personal credit products to the non-standard lending market, has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility...

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...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Launches Opportunity Initiatives - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recently launched its new corporate responsibility plan, Opportunity Initiatives. “Opportunity Initiatives demonstrates our intent to create more...

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kinross Gold Corporation released its  Corporate Responsibility Report , a comprehensive account of the Company’s commitment to sustainable mining and transparency in 2014 and...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

Hess Corporation’s 2015 Sustainability Report Shows Commitment to Safety and Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has released its 19 th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive look at the company’s strategy and performance on safety,...

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...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2015 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available at BCE.ca. The report addresses key initiatives that are most relevant to the company’s stakeholders...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2015-16 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

Experian demonstrates how it is creating shared value in its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the world’s largest credit bureaux operator, Experian is helping millions of people make the most of their data to get fair and affordable access to essential, everyday services.

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...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

Hormel Foods Shares Food Journey in 10th Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As the company celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced the launch of its 10th annual corporate responsibility report. The report is...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7 billion people around...

1st Global Sustainability Report Details Progress of Ambitious Corporate Initiative - reports

C&A announces the publication of its first Global Sustainability Report. The launch of the Report details C&A’s 2015 progress toward the 2020 goals, launched last year. The 2020...

Improving Business Impacts: New Research - reports

‘Impact for Change’ is a programme of work by Corporate Citizenship which helps companies around the world to measure, improve and effectively communicate their impacts on society.

Coca-Cola Enterprises releases 11th Annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/ Euronext Paris: CCE) has today launched its 11th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report, providing an opportunity to reflect on CCE’s...

Sustainability in a Connected World: ARM Delivers its Biggest Corporate Responsibility Program - reports

In 2015 ARM delivered its biggest corporate responsibility (CR) program ever to provide positive change to over 300,000 people around the world. Its 2015 CR report ‘Sustainability in a...

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 .

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Free White Paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Social Responsibility 2016 - reports

Ethical Corporation recently released a new white paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Responsibility Sustainability 2016 – complimentary to download here.

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

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...

BAE Systems Publishes 2015 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

BAE Systems attaches great importance to the way it does business, as well as the financial results it achieves. The company continues to build on its position as one of the world’s...

Rockwell Automation Publishes 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Rockwell Automation 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report provides updates on the company’s environmental, employee safety and culture, community relations performance and efforts....

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

Kesko’s Integrated Annual Report tells about the progress of the new strategy - reports

Kesko’s Annual Report 2015 describes how people and society benefit from the operations of the K-Group. In addition to the progress of Kesko’s strategy and corporate responsibility...

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at...

Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2015 - reports

The 2015 CR Report concludes the implementation of Woolworths Sustainability Strategy 2007-2015. Woolworths successfully completed 31 out of its 34 key targets and commitments in the Strategy.

CSL Publishes 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Key achievements and challenges across CSL’s six corporate responsibility priority areas for the period 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 include:

Provident Financial plc Publishes its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Provident Financial recently published its 2014 corporate responsibility (CR) report; the company’s fourteenth such report. The report sets out the CR performance in relation to Provident...

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

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...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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...

ICL publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL has been publishing full Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reports since 2010. This fifth report takes a major step forward in its process of building a strong tradition of CSR activities...

RZB Group publishes Sustainability Report 2014 – “Fit for the future through sustainability” - reports

The fifth edition of RZB’s Sustainability Report highlights the importance of the sustainable aspects of business, the environment, employees and society for the Group. Furthermore the...

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report,...

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions 2014 report - reports

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2014 Better Energy Ambitions report detailing its progress towards becoming a more responsible business.

Calor Gas publishes 2014 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LGP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has today published its 2014 Sustainability Review.

OTE and COSMOTE launch joint 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

OTE Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Greece and one of the pre-eminent providers in South East Europe, offering its customers excellent quality products and services. ...

Coca-Cola Enterprises announces most ambitious sustainability targets yet - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) has launched its 10th annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability report today, including new stretch targets on social and environmental...

Royal Mail plc publishes its 2014-15 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail is the designated provider of the Universal Service in the UK, connecting millions of customers, businesses, organisations and communities – including those in the most remote...

Novartis releases 2014 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2014.

How is Gas Natural Fenosa addressing its commitments to stakeholders? - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa’s 2014 results, and the progress it has made in integrating its environmental, social and financial performances, are published today in its Corporate Responsibility...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 13th CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report for 2014 concentrates on the most important topics for Deutsche Telekom and its stakeholders, including privacy, the supply chain and...

Ericsson creates positive impact in the Networked Society - reports

Today Ericsson is launching its 22nd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report. By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will be covered by mobile broadband networks. This...

Global Corporate Citizenship: The Heart of Verizon - reports

  A global leader in broadband and other wireless and wireline communication services, Verizon's 2014 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement demonstrate how...

Benefiting clients and communities - UBS makes progress on integrating societal and financial performance - reports

For the 14th year in succession UBS has incorporated information on its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy and performance in its Annual Report. Key information is also...

Kesko’s first Integrated Annual Report provides compiled, material information - reports

Specialist retailer Kesko has published its first Integrated Annual Report online.

Piraeus Bank Group publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility remains a strategic investment for Piraeus Bank through which the Bank contributes to the development of the economy and society in every possible way. The Bank’s...

E.ON UK shows how it’s ‘Doing The Right Things Right’ - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its annual Corporate Responsibility report, entitled ‘Doing the right things right’. The full report, a two page summary of commitments and supporting...

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

Royal Mail makes a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. As the designated provider of the Universal Service, it plays a vital role in connecting millions of...

Leading corporate responsibility in a global marketplace - reports

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

ICL's 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ICL’s tradition of reporting, which began in 2006, continues to develop and improve every year, demonstrating the comprehensive operational strategy for sustainability and corporate...

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.

Liberty Global Announces Environmental Targets - reports

Liberty Global announces environmental targets as part of the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).

Sonoco summarizes Sustainability Progress in its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report, Principle, People and Progress, outlining the Company’s...

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report uses the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation.

Gas Natural Fenosa publishes first Annual Integrated Report and 12th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

For the first time, Gas Natural Fenosa has published an Annual Integrated Report as well as its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Land Securities shares city stories in latest CR Report - reports

As Land Securities moves increasingly towards an integrated approach to its annual reporting, this year’s Corporate Responsibility Report provides a brief update on its strategy, an...

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’.

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2013 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its Corporate Responsibility report for the twelfth time. With the title "We take responsibility," it provides information on the Group's challenges and...

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

Calor publishes 2013 Progress Report - reports

Calor has today published its online 2013 Sustainability Progress Report.

Stakeholders' voice is heard in Kesko's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kesko’s revised, online Corporate Responsibility Report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko’s responsibility programme and work according to the new...

Vaisala's Corporate Responsibility Report Launched - reports

Vaisala has taken a strong step into the renewable energies industry.  It is now a leading provider of reliable observation technologies and science-based weather modelling, improving...

UBS commits to holistic advancement of its societal activities - reports

As a globally active, client-centric and diversified financial firm, and the world’s largest wealth manager, UBS is in a unique position to help its clients address their societal concerns.

Ericsson launches its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2013 - reports

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Ericsson’s long-term relationships with every major telecom operator...

The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions - reports

Verizon’s 2013 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement shows how the company’s mobile and broadband technologies are providing powerful answers to the big challenges of...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2013 CR Report - reports

Intu Properties plc owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations, right across the country including 10 of the UK’s top 25.

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Danske Bank Group is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial institutions in northern Europe, with operations in 15 countries

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012-13 - reports

Royal Mail Group is one of the UK’s largest companies and one of its best known brands. A key part of the company’s business strategy and corporate responsibility strategy is to...

Building Sustainable Agri-Supply Chains - Olam's CR&S Report - reports

Building Sustainable Supply Chains - agri-business Olam International's Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report

ESB confirms that it has achieved and exceeded its 5 year target of reducing its carbon footprint by 30% - reports

ESB, Ireland’s leading energy company has released its 2012 Sustainability Report.  The report details the company’s sustainability performance in 2012 and confirms the...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

Merck publishes 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has released its 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, available at www.merckresponsibility.com, focuses on...

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

E.ON publishes its 'All together' report entitled 'Strengthening relationships, building trust' - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its ‘All together’ report, entitled ‘Strengthening relationships, building trust’. The full report, a two page summary and Q&A videos with...

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...

Symantec Corporation Highlights 2012 Sustainability Progress - reports

Software company Symantec Corporation has outlined its sustainability progress for 2012

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

Taking integrated reporting to another level - reports

KLP release their 2011 Sustainability Report.

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor has published its 2012 Sustainability Review which can be viewed and downloaded.

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'.

OTE & COSMOTE publish their 2012 CR Report - reports

OTE and COSMOTE, the leading fixed and mobile telecommunications services providers in Greece and South Eastern Europe, have published their 2012 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report on 26 June...

Upmanship: Enhancing the Science of CSR - calendar

As part of National CSR Week in Canada, 1-5 June, 2015 , professional corporate responsibility practitioners, officers and consultants are meeting in Toronto for a two-day " Upmanship:...

Deutsche Telekom's Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has provided information to the general public about its sustainability activities since 1996. Under the motto of "We take responsibility," the company now presents...

Experian releases three reports simultaneously and pledges to 'step up' - reports

Global information services company, Experian, released its Annual Report, Corporate Responsibility report and a publication ‘About Experian’ simultaneously on Friday 7 June.

The Power of Benchmarking: Webinar - calendar

Register for the first session here . 9am BST / 10am CEST / 4pm SGD Register for the second session here . 5pm BST / 12 midday EDT / 9am PDT In the world of corporate responsibility...

Sustainability Forum 2014 - calendar

The Forum Global Sustain once more is taking a step forward in an attempt to make this issue emerge and explore the future of sustainable business, by preparing a unique event for...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2011-12 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s business and corporate responsibility strategies share the same objective: to ensure a sound and sustainable universal service for everyone in the UK.

Danske Bank Group publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline sets out commitments in 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Certified CR Training - calendar

Delivered by industry professionals Flexible course options Early bird discount rates apply Certified CR Training Stay ahead of the curve by attending our...

Verizon's 2012 Annual Report - reports

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

UBS publishes its 2012 Corporate Responsibility reporting - reports

Ericsson's 2012 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Anglo American launches it Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

Anglo American today launches its Sustainable Development Report 2012,  “Creating Value with the Future in Mind” . The report details Anglo American’s sustainable...

Aviva's Contribution to Society - reports

Aviva aims to be trusted, respected, sustainable and recognised for making a real contribution to society.

Centrica's Corporate Responsibility Performance Reporting 2012 Launched - reports

Find out how Centrica is progressing against their ambition to be the most trusted energy company.

CR Foundations Programme - calendar

The CR Foundations programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and consists of six one day courses delivered over twelve months. It is designed to develop the skills...

Kesko's Work to Combat Climate Change Produces Results - reports

The theme of Kesko's 13th Corporate Responsibility Report is Let's do good. Together. The 2012 report provides information on the objectives, actions and results of Kesko's...

An introduction to CR and sustainability - calendar

An introduction to CR and sustainability This course looks at what CR and sustainability are and what their importance is for your company. It features a presentation from a business...

Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

  The Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) is the largest annual conference on corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the region. It was launched in 2002 by the...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: Sustainability Performance summary - reports

Heathrow has published its sustainability performance summary for 2011, providing a snapshot of performance against its commitment to enhancing the airport’s social and economic benefits...

Ethical Corp's 6th Annual CR reporting and communications conference - reports

I am pleased to invite you to Ethical Corporation's 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference in London, November 20-21.

E.ON UK publishes its Cleaner and Better Energy report - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its Cleaner & Better Energy report, entitled Re-setting relationships in 2012

Thales 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report has just been published - reports

This yearly report addresses the 10 Global Compact Principles of Responsibility with a focus on 6 of Group’s CR priorities.

Smarter Sustainability Reporting - calendar

  Smarter Sustainability Reporting is a must attend event for anyone looking to improve upon the quality and communication of their sustainability report.     Key...

Thomson Reuters launch first Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, recently launched its first company-wide global Corporate Responsibility Report.

Experian launches its Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Experian's Corporate Responsibility report website was launched on Friday 8 June, alongside its Annual Report, which also contains a considerable CR section and links through to the business...

Kingfisher publishes its 2012 corporate responsibility report - reports

Kingfisher plc published its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report on 25 June 2012. The report can be viewed online.

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Pearson publishes its 2011 corporate responsibility report - reports

Pearson one of the world’s leading learning companies has published its latest corporate responsibility report, Our Impact on Society 2011. The report sets out the commitments made by Pearson...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2012 - reports

Managing environmental, economic and social impacts is central to the way British Land does business and to delivering value for its shareholders. This year, more than ever, the company has...

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility - calendar

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility, 15 November   Join us in the City of London for the annual SRI-CSR event, bringing together the latest research and practice to...

Morrisons publishes its sixth Corporate Responsibility review - reports

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, the UK's fourth largest supermarket, has published its sixth Corporate responsibility review.

Deutsche Telekom AG announces its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom AG today announced the release of its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights how Deutsche Telekomis pursuing its goal of taking a leading role internationally...

Coca-Cola Enterprises has published its 2011/2012 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises released its seventh company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) report: “How can a drink build a more sustainable tomorrow?”

MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility - calendar

  A unique, innovative and exciting two-year, part-time programme for people who seek to address more deeply the question of how they or their organisation can operate in a genuinely...

Ericsson publishes Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Ericsson's 2011 Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report, entitled Technology for Good, released today, highlights the company's ongoing efforts to help create a more sustainable world.

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

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

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...

Medtronic releases 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update - reports

Global medical technology company Medtronic, Inc. has released the company’s 2011 Corporate Citizenship Update, “Innovating for a Better World”

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.

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

Vaisala releases its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Vaisala, the global environmental and industrial measurement company has published its third corporate responsibility report.

FedEx publishes its 2010 Global Citizenship Update - reports

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) moved closer to meeting its 2020 global citizenship goals with significant support from its 290,000 global team members and through a number of smart investments. The...

MSc Social Responsibility and Sustainability - calendar

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), ethics and sustainability are of growing concern to businesses locally, nationally and internationally and their importance to the global economy is set to...

Capital Shopping Centres publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As holders of the BitC CommunityMark everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business. Under the banner "Bringing People...

Outokumpu publishes 2011 Sustainability Summary - reports

Outokumpu, the international stainless steel company, on 17 February 2012 published an integrated annual and sustainability report.

Danske Bank Group publishes 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Corporate Responsibility and Accountability in Practice: A One-Day Training Course - calendar

At Two Tomorrows, we help companies perform better and create value by doing business more sustainably. Our in-person training courses are designed to help corporate responsibility (CR)...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Warburtons publishes first Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Leading British bakery brand Warburtons has published its first Corporate Responsibility Review. The review explains how the company's values inform its approach to sustainability, guides its...

IRCA Certified Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This course builds expertise in key elements of Corporate Responsibility. Two Tomorrows is a world-leading sustainability consultancy and was the first to offer public courses certified to the...

Linklaters launches fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Linklaters' fourth annual corporate responsibility (CR) report has revealed that the firm has helped social ventures generate £7.5m worth of investment, through the innovative use of structured...

Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme - calendar

The Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of individuals leading change around Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability....

Wolseley plc publishes 2011 CR Report - reports

Wolseley has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2011. Wolseley, a FTSE 100 company, is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing, heating and building products.

NKSJ Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 - reports

NKSJ Holdings Inc, a joint company of Sompo Japan and Nipponkoa founded in April 2010, has released its first CSR report. The purpose of the Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 is to...

International Coaching Program for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Managers - calendar

The topics linked to “sustainability” and “responsibility” are diverse and difficult to manage. Typically, decision makers and operational managers tasked with CR are focused on fragmented aspects...

New Training Course for 2010 - Corporate Responsibility Training - calendar

SGS is pleased to announce a new 5 day training course for Corporate Responsibility. The purpose of this 5-day course is to gain knowledge and skills in best practice corporate responsibility...

Article on supplier engagement you may find interesting, from Ethical Corporation - reports

Ethical Corporation recently published an article on Nestlé’s decision to re-instate a previously banned supplier. The supplier was previously banned based on sustainability grounds, but after...

Go-Ahead publishes eleventh Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Go-Ahead's new CR report reveals a significant fall in carbon emissions and a big increase in passenger numbers.

Merck launches 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

This week, the global healthcare leader Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, launched its 2010 global corporate responsibility report - the first report...

CSR Reporting and Communications - reports

Business Sustainability Programme - calendar

BSP is an e-learning programme designed to raise awareness of the business case for corporate responsibility (CR) developed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW),...

GRI Sustainability Reporting Training - calendar

The prevalence of sustainability reporting is growing and has converged around the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most widely used framework. LEAD's GRI training courses, for which...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of corporate responsibility.  The course...

Coca-Cola Enterprises Publishes its Sixth CRS Report and Seeks Continued Stakeholder Input on 2020 Commitments - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/NYSE Euronext Paris: CCE) released today its sixth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report, Committed to 2020: Shaping a Sustainable...

Deutsche Telekom announces 2010/2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom AG today announced the release of its 2010/2011 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights how Deutsche Telekom is proceeding on its way to take a leading role in...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

6th Annual CR Report and Communications Conference - calendar

Ethical Corporation are pleased to invite you to the 6th annual CR reporting and communications conference.   Ethical Corporation have been working hard to put together a...

OTE publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading telecommunications services provider in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report on 23 June 2011 at the company's Annual...

Delhaize publishes new Corporate Responsibility Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, presents its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Progress Report.

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. In 2010 Lloyds carried out extensive stakeholder research into how its many stakeholder audiences perceive the Group -...

Experian launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Experian's Corporate Responsibility report website was launched on Friday 10 June, alongside its Annual Report, which also contains a considerable section on its social, ethical and...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 - reports

This year, British Land carried out a thorough review of its corporate responsibility strategy and activities, commissioning independent stakeholder research, consulting experts, reviewing best...

11th Annual Responsible Business Summit - calendar

Europe's leading Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summit is back for its 11th year! The 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit, taking place on 8-9 May in London, has CEOs from Diageo,...

Kingfisher publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2010/11 - reports

Kingfisher has published its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The video introduction from the Group Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, outlines the company's new sustainability vision...

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

ITV plc launches Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

ITV has launched its new video-led Corporate Responsibility website which explores the influential role that ITV has on society.

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics Basic Compliance & Ethics Academy - calendar

This is a three-and-a-half-day intensive training program designed for participants with a general knowledge of compliance concepts and anyone working in a compliance function. Participants may...

Deutsche Post DHL publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Deutsche Post DHL has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2010. The report will appear online and is supplemented by a 16-page print brochure with highlights from the Group's CR...

Prudential release their 2010 CR Report - reports

Prudential plc announced today the publication online of its new, magazine-style Corporate Responsibility Report 2010. With articles featuring interviews with employees from across the business,...

Deutsche Börse has released its 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

Deutsche Börse Group happily presents its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2010. The report presents detailed information on how Deutsche Börse meets its group-wide entrepreneurial...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

Verizon's 7th annual corporate responsibility report shows how the company's innovative broadband and wireless technologies are tackling pressing issues such as education, domestic violence...

CIPD Corporate Responsibility for HR Professionals Conference - calendar

Corporate responsibility plays a vital part in driving revenue, improving business growth and profitability . This conference provides invaluable advice on how you can deliver ROI through a well...

Centrica publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Browse Centrica's 2010 corporate responsibility report Find out how Centrica is striving to become the most trusted energy company, leading the move to a low carbon future.

Responsible Business Exhibition 2012 - calendar

Now in its second year the Responsible Business Exhibition is a not-for-profit event that provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network...

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...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Corporate Responsibility Research Conference - calendar

The tradition of the Corporate Responsibility Research Conference (CRRC) is to focus on the participants and the debate, we aim to create an environment, which is welcoming and friendly yet...

Vaisala publishes its third corporate responsibility report - reports

Vaisala, the global environmental and industrial measurement company based in Finland, has published its third corporate responsibility report.

Capital Shopping Centres Group publishes its 2010 CR report - reports

As 2010 BitC CommunityMark winners everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business.  Our 2010 CR report illustrates...

Danske Bank Group publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Danske Bank Group, the largest financial services provider in Denmark and one of the leading players in the Nordic region with more than five million retail customers, has published its...

Outokumpu releases integrated report - reports

Outokumpu, international stainless steel company, has published an integrated annual and corporate responsibility report

Bacardi Limited publishes 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

Bacardi Limited, the world's largest privately-held spirits company, has highlighted progress made on its social and environmental impacts in its third Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - calendar

A pragmatic exploration of the integration of ESG factors into traditional investment analysis. The 2011 conference is an entirely practical event, providing the tools and skills necessary to...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on education, employment & skills - reports

The fourth in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on education, employment...

Linklaters has published its 2010 CR Report - reports

Global law firm Linklaters has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. This is the third year the firm has publicly reported on its corporate responsibilities and has had the report...

The Linde Group Publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report online

National Grid Publishes 09/10 CR Review - reports

Energy company National Grid has published its 2009/10 Corporate Responsibility Review, 'Shaping a Responsible Future'. The Review complements the company's online corporate responsibility report...

Your thoughts on water risk - reports

Given you work in corporate responsibility, I'm assuming that water stewardship is a huge issue for your business right now.

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on air quality - reports

The third in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on air quality.

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on noise - reports

The second in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on noise.

Ethical Corporation’s 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit 2011 - calendar

Now in its 10th year, the Responsible Business Summit is the biggest and most comprehensive 2-day event on leadership in corporate responsibility. The 60+ speaker roster has never looked so good,...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest CR report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest corporate responsibility report. It is the new Group's first CR report, setting out how it is delivering on its obligations to its key stakeholders,...

New CR Report Telefónica 09 - Transforming reporting - reports

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

Responsible Partnerships Exhibition 2011 - calendar

A new two day not-for-profit event for those involved in furthering their corporate responsibility activities in order to provide a more sustainable and equitable future. The exhibition will...

Sainsbury's publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Sainsbury's has published its Corporate Responsibility Review Report 2010. Following feedback from stakeholders, this year's full report is only available online and is supported by a...

MTR Corporation Publishes Latest Sustainability Report - reports

The Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation has published its latest Sustainability Repor.

Major Summit on Corporate Responsibility: Transforming to a Sustainable Business - calendar

This Major Summit on Corporate Responsibility is a one day event presenting leading edge and inspirational thinking from the world’s largest, most innovative companies and practical workshops on...

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...

EDF Energy UK plc publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2009 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'. The report provides an update on EDF Energy's sustainability performance in 2009 as well as some key...

British Land publishes its 2010 CR Report - reports

British Land has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The real estate investment company achieved new levels of transparency, with GRI Index B+, additional performance data...

Land Securities Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 - reports

Land Securities has outlined its approach to corporate responsibility, its progress against 2009/10 targets, and its key achievements in a new online repor

Coca-Cola publishes its fifth CRS Report - reports

Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE), the world's largest marketer, distributor and producer of Coca-Cola products, has published its fifth company-wide Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability...

EABIS 9th Annual Colloquium - calendar

The 2010 Colloquium will explore how Corporate Responsibility is understood and applied in Emerging Market contexts and cultures – by old and new multinationals – and its viability as a framework...

Deutsche Telekom publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

Deutsche Telekom has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, titled 'We take responsibility', claims that Deutsche Telekom is well on the way to adopting an international...

Ford Motor Company produces sustainability report - reports

Ford Motor Company has published its 11th annual non-financial report, entitled Blueprint for Sustainability - The Future at Work

OTE publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The Report details OTE’s contribution...

World Corporate Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

Creating a Virtuous Marketplace for a Sustainable Future Key Benefits:   Discovering the key success factors of an ideal CSR Strategy   Exploring practical methods to conduct...

Deutsche Börse Group publishes its 2009 CR Report - reports

The report presents detailed information on how Deutsche Börse meets its group-wide entrepreneurial responsibility in the fields of economy, employees, environment and corporate citizenship. In...

Kingfisher publishes its CR Report, Future Homes - reports

Kingfisher has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, Future Homes, for the financial year ending 30 January 2010

Delhaize Group presents third Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report.

ITV publishes latest Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ITV, the UK's biggest commercial investor in television content, and home to the most popular drama and entertainment on British TV last year, has published its latest Corporate Responsibility...

Verizon publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Verizon's 2009/2010 Corporate Responsibility Report has been published. The report looks at how the US-based telecommunications company's work in the community and with customers allows it to...

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships 2010 - calendar

The 4th in the series, the Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships Summit will be hosted in August 2010 in California, the nation’s top agricultural state. Senior executives from across the industry...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on climate change - reports

A series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week.  The first issue in the series will provide a focus on climate change

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability performance summary launched this week - reports

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability Performance Summary has been launched this week by the airport's owners, BAA

Corporate responsibility and emerging technologies - calendar

You are invited to the first major conference in the UK which focuses on a new agenda for corporate responsibility - the social and ethical dilemmas involved in the use of emerging...

‘Under the microscope’ – Centrica’s leadership quizzed by external expert - reports

Watch Mallen Baker, advisor, writer and commentator on corporate responsibility, ask Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw and CR Committee Chair Mary Francis, CBE, what it really means for Centrica to...

RWE npower publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its seventh full corporate responsibility report, available online

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...

Responsible Business Summit 2010 - calendar

Do you want to learn how to use CSR to drive innovation and opportunity? From 55 of the biggest and most successful corporate practitioners at work today? Then attend the Responsible Business...

Deutsche Post DHL publishes CR Report 2009/10 - reports

Deutsche Post DHL published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report 2009/10 on 26 April 2010

Motorola Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Motorola today published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, highlighting actions the company has taken on social, accountability and environmental initiatives to innovate for a smarter...

Friends Provident Launches its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Titled Growing Responsibly, the report outlines the main social and environmental issues facing the UK-based life and pensions group, which has 2.8m policyholders.

The first Enel Sustainability Day - calendar

The Sustainability Day is a new initiative to share and promote a ‘culture of common purpose’ leading toward new thinking and best practice in corporate responsibility at a global level....

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.

Imperial Tobacco Publishes its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Imperial Tobacco Group PLC has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review. The Review reinforces Imperial Tobacco's ongoing commitment to 'Operating Responsibly' to the high standards...

UTC Publishes Second Integrated Report - reports

United Technologies Corporation Publishes Second Integrated Annual and Corporate Responsibility Report.

GlaxoSmithKline Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme - calendar

The Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of individuals leading change around Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability....

Outokumpu's 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Outokumpu has published its 2009 corporate responsibility report.

ICCSR holds its 7th Annual Research Symposium - reports

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is to hold its seventh annual research symposium on Tuesday 27th April 2010.

Danske Bank Group publishes its 2009 CR report - reports

The Danske Bank Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility report. The 2009 report is prepared in accordance with the G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, GRI level B. For 2009 the...

ACCSR’s 4th Annual Conference “Meeting the Standard: the Post-GFC World of Responsible Business Practice” - calendar

Are you ready to meet the standard of responsible business practice in a post-GFC world? Find out what a new global ISO standard on social responsibility principles, topics and practices will mean...

The Third Annual Sustainability Summit - calendar

Facing the Climate Change Challenge —The Economist's Third Annual Sustainability Summit provides fresh thinking and thought-provoking commentary from top thinkers and policy makers. It will bring...

Verité’s 11th annual China Symposium - calendar

October 30, 2009 marks our 11th annual China Symposium. We will gather perspectives and input from a full range of businesses and organizations and explore various approaches to supplier...

EABIS 2009 Colloquium - calendar

"The Role of Business in Society: Challenges and Issues for Global and Corporate Governance” . The current financial crisis has highlighted deep flaws in past approaches to the governance of the...

Go-Ahead Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group has just published its web-based Corporate Responsibility report for 2009 – the eighth year the UK transport company has produced such a document and the fifth year it has done...

Camelot publishes its 10th Stakeholder Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has published its 10th Stakeholder Report which details how the company has had a positive effect on those impacted by its work –  and has...

Linde AG Publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

Procter & Gamble releases 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

The report outlines P&G's progress in improving the environmental profile of products and operations and delivery of several new, sustainable product innovations.

Merck launches 2008 global corporate responsibility report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc. have launched their 2008 global corporate responsibility report in which they emphasize that the fundamentals of good corporate governance and accountability, ethical business...

Nationwide releases CR report 'More Than Just Words' - reports

The Nationwide Corporate Responsibility Summary Report 'More than Just Words' is now available

Corporate Responsibility 2009: Building a New Corporate Agenda - calendar

Conference Overview Whether the issue is climate change, economic growth, or accountability, multinational companies today are under unprecedented pressure to play their part in solving the major...

Deutsche Telekom publish 2009 CR Report - reports

For more than ten years Deutsche Telekom has been reporting on its social and environmental commitment. Under the title "We take responsibility," Deutsche Telekom introduces in its 2009 CR Report...

Monsanto Releases 2008-09 CR and Sustainability Report - reports

Monsanto Company has released its 2008-2009 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report

Brown Forman publishes its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Brown-Forman, the alcoholic drinks company that produces brands such as Jack Daniel’s and Fetzer, has published its second corporate responsibility report – as a 26-page printed summary and in...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme - calendar

The Ashridge Integrating Corporate Responsibility programme has been specifically designed to meet the real world continuing professional development needs of Corporate Responsibility and...

Ethical Corporation's Global CR Reporting Summit - calendar

Corporate Responsibility Reporting has entered the business mainstream, so it’s no longer a question of whether you should report, but rather how. How do you make sure your report:   a)...

Telefónica S.A. publishes its CR Report 2008 - reports

The online version of Telefónica's seventh Corporate Responsibility Annual Report outlines the company's five-step strategy on sustainability.

Virgin Media launches its second CR Report - reports

Virgin Media has published its second Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

OTE publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Land Securities Group PLC publishes its CR Report 2009 - reports

Corporate responsibility (CR) underpins everything we do at Land Securities.

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This event runs from 28 September to 02 October 2009. This interactive IRCA-certified course enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key...

Corporate Responsibility Training Course - calendar

This IRCA-certified, interactive course delivered by Sd3, part of Two Tomorrows Group, enables companies, sustainability practitioners and assurance providers to build expertise in key aspects of...

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

IABC Communicating Social Responsibility Conference - calendar

The storm in the financial markets is challenging corporations to demonstrate responsible behaviour to internal and external stakeholders. How does the economic turmoil impact a company’s...

Down to earth 2008 - calendar

This two day conference, running Friday October 31 to Saturday November 1, builds on the success of the conversations started at our first conference – The next great transformation - with the Eden...

Abbott releases 2008 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The global health care company Abbott has released its 2008 Global Citizenship Report, entitled "Advancing Innovation" .

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report has been launched this week. The report says that with the ever-increasing scrutiny of the aviation industry's impact on society, BAA's license to...

Investing in the future: facing real challenges and making a true impact - calendar

With inspirational speakers from Barclays, Anglo American, BT, KPMG, Tata, Premier Rugby, RWE npower, and YouGov, this conference is a must attend event for professionals in Corporate...

ScottishPower publishes its online CSR Annual Review 2008 - reports

ScottishPower is using an innovative CSR TV site to outline its corporate social responsibility achievements. It includes first hand accounts from community groups as they tell their story about...

British Land Publishes 2008/09 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2008/09

RWE npower publishes sixth corporate responsibility Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its sixth full corporate responsibility report. The report describes how the company is responding to the challenge of delivering affordable and reliable...

ITV publishes latest corporate responsibility report - reports

ITV has published its latest corporate responsibility report

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Verizon publishes 2008/2009 CR Report - reports

Verizon has published its 2008/2009 corporate responsibility report, Doing the Work.

Standard Life Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

Standard Life plc today published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2008 Report outlines the asset managing group’s progress over the last 12 months towards its stated goal of being...

Central and Eastern Europe corporate responsibility summit - calendar

Designed to show you how to manage corporate responsibility issues across the region and beyond, this two-day business conference features senior executives from Shell, Nestle, Microsoft, RWE...

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...

7th Annual Colloquium of the European Academy of Business in Society - calendar

“Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability: Leadership and Organisational Change” Followed by: a PhD Conference at Ashridge Business School 13 September 2008 EABIS hereby invites...

Outokumpu publishes 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

Finnish stainless steel business Outokumpu has titled its 2008 corporate responsibility report Outokumpu and our environment .

Procter & Gamble Increases Sustainability Goals - reports

Procter & Gamble has increased its established set of corporate sustainability goals for 2012.

Low Carbon Strategies: Innovative and business critical ways of effecting deep and credible CO2 reductions. - calendar

A new event designed to help companies understand the carbon cuts they are obliged to make, the additional cuts they can help facilitate, how to pay for it and make it pay for them. Speakers...

Making Business Ethics Work - calendar

Why should companies have a code of business ethics? How might companies go about producing (or revising) a code? Which key issues should companies cover in their codes? How can you...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed to...

Corporate Responsibility 2008 - calendar

Sustaining Momentum and Responsible Growth At its 2007 Summit, the G8 nations signalled an unprecedented interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). Not only did they encourage the...

European Business Ethics Forum - calendar

The European Business Ethics Forum is now in its fifth year, and this year will be held in London from 16th - 18th January 2008. It is an invaluable opportunity to network with a broad European...

An announcement from Lloyds TSB - reports

Lloyds TSB, the banking and insurance group, continues its multi-channel reporting to ensure it meets the differing needs of its audiences.

The Lloyds TSB 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Keep it short and use more than one communications channel. This is the corporate responsibility communications strategy of Lloyds TSB, the financial services group. 

CAF Community Investment Debate Forum - calendar

Mirror mirror on the wall – is community investment simply about image? Stakeholders are demanding more accountability and transparency from companies in the area of corporate responsibility...

An announcement from Proventia Solutions & Hyperion - reports

Proventia Solutions and Hyperion introduce tool for combined financial and sustainability management

British Land launches online CR Report - reports

British Land launches its 2007 CR report online.

British Land Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

British Land has restructured its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report in the light of feedback from stakeholders.

Designing Your Corporate Responsibility Strategy For the New Companies Act - calendar

The UK Minister for Corporate Responsibility, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive of Chelsea Football Club and Lord Dick Newby share a platform with some of the most senior...

The British Land Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has used its latest Corporate Responsibility Report to outline a number of 'next steps' the property company intends to take.

Response Project Final Conference - calendar

“Understanding and Responding to Societal Demands on Corporate Responsibility" EABIS is pleased to invite you to the final conference of the RESPONSE Project, the world's largest research...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been...

Kesko's seventh corporate responsibility report - reports

Finnish retailer Kesko's seventh Corporate Responsibility Report, published today shows the group's carbon dioxide emissions have fallen by 15 per cent since 2001, a period during which the group...

The Kesko Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Finland's largest retailer reports widely on its economic impacts and contributions to stakeholders both in Finland and in the Baltic Countries.  Kesko's fifth Corporate Responsibility...

STMicroelectronic's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world's top semiconductor manufacturers, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report

The Corporate Responsibility & Communications Conference - calendar

Find out how to deliver a powerful Corporate Responsibility message that your customers sit up and listen to. Discover how to produce a CR report that is relevant, engaging and ultimately...

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

Engaging in Corporate Responsibility - calendar

Engaging in Corporate Sustainability will bring together senior level CR professionals for two days of intriguing discussions and lively debate in order to: Access the latest data with Ipsos...

The Go-Ahead Environmental and Social Report 2005 - reports

Go-Ahead, the UK-based transport operator, has had to weigh up some tough environmental and social choices in the last 12 months.

The Go-Ahead Group publishes its 2005/6 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Transport company The Go-Ahead Group has published its web based 2005/6 Corporate Responsibility report.

2007 BSR Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Future” - calendar

The BSR Conference is the largest global gathering dedicated to corporate responsibility, providing three days of rich dialogue and debate on matters that are shaping our future. This year’s...

ScottishPower launches web-only CR report - reports

ScottishPower has this year opted to use the internet as its sole method of communicating its 2005/06 Corporate Responsibility report.

ScottishPower publishes 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ScottishPower, the international energy company, has published its 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Corporate Responsibility Report 2004, published today in print and online, provides an insight into how the bank is trying to make sure its financial returns...

Third Corporate Responsibility Report for RBS - reports

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

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Barclays plc today publishes its seventh annual Corporate Responsibility report, available online and in pdf form

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

Barclays has given an account of its efforts to improve its consumer and corporate lending practices in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2004, available from today in print and online.

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

BP Sustainability Report 2006 - reports

BP publishes its Sustainability Report 2006, covering the company's approach to the broad theme of corporate responsibility, responsible operations, environmental performance and its role in...

BP launches Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Global energy group BP has launched its Sustainability Report 2004 which covers BP’s business approach, environmental record and role in society. This year’s report is entitled ‘Making the right...

Land Securities publishes its fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Land Securities has published its fourth annual corporate responsibility report.

Inspiring futures: creating and leading sustainable enterprises - calendar

The 10th Annual Impact Conference We live in a rapidly changing world, a world changing in ways most of us did not expect, one in which fundamental assumptions are being challenged and where...

Camelot's 7th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has just published its 7th Corporate Responsibility Report

Workshop on Multinationals and Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) works to promote corporate responsibility, economic justice and responsible stewardship through research and publishing, dialogue,...

The Camelot Social Report 2004 - reports

Camelot's newly-published fifth social report contains 44 new commitments aimed at improving its performance on social and environmental responsibility. These commitments have been developed to...

Camelot releases sixth Social Report - reports

Responsible gaming efforts are a key focus of the newly-released Social Report from Camelot, the UK National Lottery operator.

Severn Trent Plc launches 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Severn Trent Plc, a leading provider of water, waste and environmental services, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.

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.

EABIS 6th Annual Colloquium on 'The Emerging Global Governance Paradigm' - calendar

In partnership with host ESADE Business School and key supporter IESE Business School, EABIS is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Colloquium, the world's largest collaborative Business- Academic...

BNFL's final Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BNFL has published its final Corporate Responsibility Report at Group level, since the businesses in the Group are being repositioned to new homes outside BNFL.

The BNFL Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international nuclear services business BNFL has published its second corporate responsibility report.

The BBVA Corporate Social Responsibility Report, 2005 - reports

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

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America 2007 is an international interactive forum and exhibition dedicated to promoting practical solutions for corporate responsibility and sustainability in...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Tesco plc publishes its sixth Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Tesco plc has published its sixth Corporate Responsibility Review for the financial year 2006/2007

Legal & General's latest corporate social responsibility report - reports

Financial services company Legal & General has published its latest corporate social responsibility report

LM Ericsson's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Swedish telecommunications company LM Ericsson has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006.

SABMiller 2006 Sustainable Development Report - reports

The world's second largest brewer, SABMiller, has set out a new sustainable development strategy in its latest Sustainable Development Report.

Can you grow shareholder value while reducing your carbon emissions? - reports

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is committed to cutting its total greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent every year until 2010, independent of organic growth. Over the past decade UTC...

CR Reporting – ethics, profits & materiality - calendar

The revised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ask companies to focus on issues that are material to stakeholders. The UK Business Review legislation requires...

Vodafone publishes its CR Report 2007 - reports

Vodafone's seventh Corporate Responsibility report, out now, uses the company's signature 'we said, we have, we will' format to present its most recent performance against various social and...

Vodafone publishes its CR Report for the 2006 financial year - reports

Vodafone's latest Corporate Responsibility Report outlines the progress the mobile communications company has made towards achieving the objectives of its five-year corporate responsibility...

The Vodafone Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Can blind people read text messages? Are African economies really better off with mobile telecommunications? When will we know the results of major international studies on mobiles and health? How...

Kingfisher publishes its corporate responsibility report 2006/07 - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006/07.

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

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

Verizon's Second Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Verizon Communications recently published its second corporate responsibility report, Living Our Values.

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

The National Lottery operator takes proactive approach to player safety - bestpractice

Innovative software tracks data to identify online problem play. Miranda Ingram reports . . .    As operator of The National Lottery, Camelot’s mission is to change...

Corporate responsibility and democracy - calendar

Join the list of elite delegates attending the first ever event to take a detailed look at the governance challenges posed by corporate responsibility in the round. The programme will...

Visa supports financial education for youth - bestpractice

The global payments business partners with Junior Achievement Europe to create innovative e-commerce and personal finance programmes. Tom Idle reports…   The digitisation...

BAA publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BAA has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides stakeholders with a window on the airport company's performance on social and environmental issues.

BAA's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005/6 - reports

BAA has published its 2005/6 Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides stakeholders with a window on the airport company's performance on social, economic and environmental issues. BAA,...

Integrating corporate responsibility - calendar

The increasing integration of corporate responsibility (CR) into companies is changing the skills and knowledge that effective CR managers require. This programme has been specifically designed...

Sky publishes Corporate Responsibility Review 2004-05 - reports

Media company BSkyB has just published its Corporate Responsibility Review covering the period 2004-05.

The Nestlé Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006 - reports

Nestlé, the world's largest food and beverage company, has released its 2006 corporate social responsibility report, entitled The Nestlé concept of corporate responsibility as implemented in...

Sainsbury's CR Report 2007 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury's work in delivering its five core CR principles in 2006/07: being The best for food and health; Sourcing with integrity; Respect for our environment; Making a...

The Sainsbury Corporate Responsibility Report 2004/5 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury’s approach to corporate responsibility, its central role to the business, and some of the CR highlights from the last year of activity.

CBRE takes the lead in energy efficiency for commercial real estate buildings - bestpractice

The world’s biggest commercial real estate company, which manages a staggering five billion square feet of space worldwide, has been repeatedly honored for its sustainability achievements,...

Corporate responsibility and global business: implications for corporate and marketing strategy - calendar

Corporate responsibility has gone global, securing the attention of business leaders, governments and NGOs to an extent never seen before. The strategic significance of corporate responsibility...

Making the right partnership connections - bestpractice

It’s very much a case of chips with everything at ARM, the British semiconductor IP company. It patents and licenses chip technology to manufacturing giants that end up powering everything...

Eabis annual colloquium - calendar

“ Corporate Sustainability, Strategic Management and the Stakeholder View of the Firm” This Colloquium is hosted by the SDA Bocconi School of Management and the...

Acquiring a taste for the circular economy - bestpractice

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

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, has become the first of the 30 Dow Jones industrial companies to publ

Building a better future for children in Sierra Leone - bestpractice

Last year CBRE announced its partnership with Plan International, the international children’s development organisation, in a shared vision to transform a generation of children –...

The BG Group 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BG Group publishes its 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report today.

How to communicate your corporate values to consumers - calendar

The event unites corporate marketing and communication experts with leaders in corporate responsibility. Key areas of discussion will be; communication, brand values, socially aware consumers,...

Spending valuable time on financial education - bestpractice

Research by the Money Advice Service maintains that adult habits around money can be formed as early as the age of seven. And in this fast evolving technical age, where the whole, traditional...

The HBOS Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

HBOS, the UK's fourth largest bank, formed in 2001 by the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland, has published its second annual corporate responsibility report.

Cracking the secret to an effective code of conduct - bestpractice

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

Building a case for better child protection - bestpractice

Bangladesh has a child population of 65m and more than a million are homeless. Very young street children can be placed in jails without protection or representation. Children can encounter...

Switched on to volunteering - bestpractice

Since 2009 employee volunteers at Turner Broadcasting, have helped build schools and school buildings in Mali, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique. “Good schooling means...

Your CSR assurance strategy - reports

A new study from the research firm Verdantix should help you increase the credibility of your non-financial report and improve CSR management systems, saving you time and money.

What is driving the corporate responsibility agenda? - calendar

West London Business is pleased to invite you to the next Corporate Responsibility Network, focusing on CSR drivers, technology changes and bottom-line benefits. This event will provide guidance...

Switched on to volunteering - bestpractice

Since 2009 employee volunteers at Turner Broadcasting, have helped build schools and school buildings in Mali, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique. “Good schooling means...

An example of reporting best practice - bestpractice

Watch the video here . Energy plays a vital role in the lives of millions of individuals, families and businesses across the world. From sourcing and generating to supplying and servicing...

BBVA's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

The BBC's Corporate Responsibility & Partnership Review - reports

The BBC's latest online Corporate Responsibility & Partnerships Review has adopted what the corporation hopes is a new, more engaging approach to CR reporting.

The Thames Water Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Thames Water Utilities Ltd, which provides water services to over 13 million customers in the Thames Valley, including London, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report detailing the...

Coca-Cola produces its first Corporate Responsibility Review for Great Britain - reports

For the first time, Coca-Cola has produced a Corporate Responsibility Review covering its operations in Great Britain. The Review provides an overview of how the Coca-Cola system is run in Great...

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...

Sneak preview: transatlantic reporting trends - reports

Sneak preview: transatlantic reporting trends

Making the right connections - bestpractice

Last summer National Grid was named Responsible Business of the Year by business led charity Business in the Community (BITC). Taking over the mantle from Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid was...

World's first guide to carbon offset providers published by CR consultancy Context - reports

Corporate responsibility strategy and communications consultancy Context has published the world's first guide to carbon offset providers and advisers.

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

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

Business in the Community Annual Conference - calendar

In a fast paced, global economy, does corporate responsibility deliver value for business? And as corporate responsibility issues both emerge and change, what are the insights from key political...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

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

3i Group Corporate responsibility report 2007 - reports

3i's Corporate responsibility report 2007 covers the company's approach to corporate responsibility as an investor, as a corporate and as an employer.  It also contains information on audit...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

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

O2's CR Report 2006 Online Feedback Survey - reports

CR Report 2006 Online feedback survey - We value your feedback to help us continuiously improve the standard of our reporting, so we would be grateful if you could complete our short survey.

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

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

Telefónica O2 Europe plc publishes its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Telefónica O2 Europe plc's newly published 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report asks how communications technology is transforming our lives, changing society, and affecting the environment...

O2 Plc's Latest Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

O2 plc's latest Corporate Responsibility report, called Mobile matters, has been produced in tailored versions for the UK, Ireland and Germany.

An announcement from O2 - reports

Mobile phone company O2 is donating £10 ($17.70 equivalent) to charity for each person that provides it with feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility Report 2005.

O2's latest corporate responsibility report - reports

O2 plc's latest corporate responsibility report has taken a personalized approach to presenting information on the mobile phone group's social and environmental impacts - on the basis that most...

An announcement from O2 - reports

The mobile services company O2 is donating GBP10 to charity for each person that provides it with feedback on its latest Corporate Responsibility report.

Taking a look on the BRIGHT side - bestpractice

If you are a giant food retailer, say, or clothing manufacturer, the route towards greater corporate responsibility – and mutually beneficial responsibility – is pretty clear: look...

EBEN research conference 2006 - calendar

The theme of this conference organized by the European Business Ethics Network is 'Normative Foundations of Corporate Responsibility'.

Facing the challenges of an industry in the spotlight - reports

Airport operator BAA faces significant challenges.

3i launches dedicated Corporate Responsibility website - reports

3i has recently launched a dedicated corporate responsibility website.

Becoming the best financial services company - reports

Lloyds TSB was the 2007 Reader's Digest readers' most trusted UK bank, supported by a raft of corporate responsibility achievements.

Low Carbon Strategies 08: UNEP, BT Man Group, Unilever, BP, HP + more - 5 June, London - reports

Low Carbon Strategies 08 Thursday 5 June 2008, Excel, London

The changing role of government and corporate responsibility - calendar

This event will focus on the evolution of the Western societies from a 'welfare to a relational state' and its impacts on corporate responsibility policies. Government policies across the various...

Published today - Corporate Responsibility Communications in Context - reports

Captivate. Convince. Communicate. You have to do it all when talking about corporate responsibility (CR).

Sky's Bigger Picture Review for 2007 - reports

Sky's Bigger Picture Review for 2007, which covers the broadcasting company's corporate responsibility activities, has now been published.

Molson Coors makes online reporting debut - reports

Molson Coors Brewing Company, a leading global brewer with 350 years of brewing heritage, has launched a website communicating its corporate responsibility commitments round the world.

The Go-Ahead Group releases its 07/08 CR Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group has just published its web-based 2007/08 Corporate Responsibility report - the seventh year the UK transport company has produced such a document and the fourth year it has done so

Grow trust, keep it simple - bestpractice

Other than, perhaps, nuclear power stations and government arms depots, there can be few more regulated places to work than an airport. Everything from aircraft parking charges to incentives on...

tackling superstition - bestpractice

Pawni Devi, a 30-year-old mother from the remote Barmer district of Rajasthan in India, was once convinced that she was cursed. The elders in her village blamed her for various medical calamities...

incentivizing change - bestpractice

National Grid's vision statement leaves little room for ambiguity. The UK-based power company has set its sights on no lesser challenge than 'safeguarding our global environment for future...

Sompo The Japan Insurance Inc. CSR Report 2006 - reports

Insurance company Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. has published its latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2006.

France Telecom publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

France Telecom has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which covers measures undertaken in 2007.

Delhaize Group releases its 1st Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international food retailer, Delhaize Group, has published its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled 'A Healthy Approach to Life'.

a healthy outlook - bestpractice

As a catering company, Compass has decided it should not be content just with providing lunchtime food to millions of school pupils - it wants to educate them too. While it has wisely steered clear...

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...

Integrating Corporate Responsibility - calendar

Ashridge executive education programme for CR managers Ashridge is pleased to announce 2006 dates for its new executive education programme that has been specifically designed to meet the...

business ethics in paradise - bestpractice

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

ready for a crisis - bestpractice

Brew a coffee. Log-on to the internet. Check your emails. Millions of employees go through the same routine every morning. But for Sue Ricketts, the process has an edge. She can never be quite sure...

RWE npower publishes fifth CR Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has published its fifth full corporate responsibility report.

Thinking Big - bestpractice

Enel is huge. And growing. It wasn’t always the case. Italy’s largest electricity company used to be 100 per cent focused on its domestic market. What changed? One word: liberalisation. The...

Telefónica publishes sixth CR Annual Report - reports

Telefónica has just published its sixth Corporate Responsibility Annual Report.

RBS launch fifth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

ArcelorMittal publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

ArcelorMittal has announced the publication of its first Corporate Responsibility report 2007; Taking Responsibility for Transforming Tomorrow.

Land Securities Group PLC releases its fifth annual CR Report - reports

Land Securities Group PLC has published its fifth annual Corporate Responsibility report.

Vodafone's CR 2008 report is titled 'One Strategy'. Find out why. - reports

Can business strategy really be aligned with corporate responsibility strategy? This critical question is the theme of our 2008 CR Review.

a matter of principle - bestpractice

Most companies that take sustainability seriously strive to integrate responsible business principles right across their organization rather than allowing them to exist only within the confines of...

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,...

Virgin Media launches its first CR Report - reports

Virgin Media has launched its first Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

gaining a global perspective - bestpractice

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

taking centre stage - bestpractice

A baker’s dozen may be unlucky for some, but not, it seems, for the 13 Land Securities-owned shopping centres working with 13 theatres and 13 secondary schools on an innovative theatrical arts...

3i releases Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

3i's newly published Corporate responsibility report 2008 covers the company's approach to corporate responsibility as an investor, as a company and as an employer.

2007 Verizon Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Verizon has released its 2007 corporate responsibility report entitled Doing the Work.

framing the future - bestpractice

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

staging a dialogue - bestpractice

Stakeholder engagement and social reporting have been cornerstones of responsible business practice for more than a decade. A number of companies now hold informal discussions on their social and...

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

reaching for the sky - bestpractice

Whatever your take on modern urban architecture, you can’t help but be impressed with HSBC’s new headquarters in Mexico City. Four years in the making, its 36 floors of glistening steel and glass...

strength through unity - bestpractice

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

The Barclays Corporate Sustainability Review 2007 - reports

Barclays has released its eighth Corporate Sustainability Review online and is focusing on sustainability performance, rather than corporate responsibility as in previous years.

Tesco's Corporate Responsibility Review 2008 - reports

Tesco's 2008 Corporate Responsibility Review describes the company's position on these issues, as well as its progress during the year and plans for the future.

E.ON's 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

E.ON has published its 2007 corporate responsibility report Part of the problem or part of the solution? Addressing our energy challenges .

staying ahead of the game - bestpractice

It’s not immediately apparent what the world of electricity cables and gas pipes has to do with human rights. Yet National Grid, one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity utilities, has invested...

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

delivering skills - bestpractice

Text books will tell you that the middle of a merger is not the best time to launch any major new initiatives. Allison Murray begs to differ. When Deutsche Post announced plans to bring all its UK...

Ericsson publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2007 - reports

Ericsson, a world leading provider of telecommunication technology and services, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2007.

building a new approach - bestpractice

A smiling Christine Tona beams out from the front cover of British Land’s employee newsletter. An events manager at Broadgate Estates, one of its subsidiaries, she is the inaugural winner of the...

Standard Life publishes its 2007 CR Report - reports

It is Standard Life's aim to make corporate responsibility an integral part of how we do business and to become a leader in the financial services sector for our approach.

The best in sustainability reporting just got better! - reports

This year the adidas Group has changed its corporate responsibility reporting by producing a magazine-style review.

moving towards integration - bestpractice

Lloyds TSB has developed a way of embedding corporate responsibility throughout its management structure and across all business units. The bank is using an existing management framework that is...

RBS publishes CR Report - reports

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

CSR on the big screen - bestpractice

Academics at Nottingham University Business School have come up with an engaging and entertaining way to introduce business ethics topics both to their students and to the general public...

STMicroelectronics announces the publication of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The report details Triple Bottom Line performance across all ST activities and sites in 2006.

talking the talk - bestpractice

When BNFL took the decision to improve relationships with its stakeholders, the company embarked on a far-reaching dialogue with a wide range of interested parties. An independent third party...

getting online - bestpractice

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

sharing experiences - bestpractice

Orange has applied the latest management thinking to the challenge of implementing corporate responsibility policies in different countries. The mobile phone company has...

Tremblant forum 2005: corporate responsibility and sustainability - calendar

Some businesspeople feel, not without reason, they are navigating a turbulent sea of codes, indices, guidelines and networks of international organizations. Tremblant 2005 will provide useful...

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

keeping it local - bestpractice

As a group providing public transport, Go-Ahead has a significant opportunity to contribute to sustainable development. But it’s had to make sure it structures...

Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07 for Great Britain - reports

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) have released their joint Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07, covering the operations of both businesses within Great Britain.

Corporate Community Involvement - books

“We need to do Community Involvement better – we know we’re spending millions each year on charitable causes; how can we find out what is really effective and what people will appreciate...

Camelot's eighth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has just published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report.

Pfizer releases its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Pfizer yesterday released the online version of its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled "Strong Actions: Partnering for Positive Change."

helping credit unions - bestpractice

Barclays knows it cannot single-handedly tackle the problems of financial exclusion, so over the past three years it has been supporting an initiative that aims to...

The Otto Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The German retailer OTTO has published its latest sustainability report, entitled Corporate Responsibility - Report 2007.

Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility - videos

Corporate Responsibility at ArcelorMittal - videos

Responsible Investment - books

Most investment today is conducted by a relatively small number of institutional investors — pension funds and investment managers — who manage the pensions and saving funds of millions...

Our Behavior Matters - Verizon - videos

Kathryn C. Brown is senior vice president - Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility. She is responsible for Verizons corporate responsibility initiatives, policy development and...

The Shift in Corporate Responsibility - videos

Haas Adjunct Prof. Kellie McElhaney discusses the change in nature of corporate responsibility, and the unique position of UC Berkeley and Haas in the CR realm.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT - bestpractice

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

Sponsorship and Corporate Responsibility - videos

Recently sponsorship and corporate responsibility have become increasingly integrated.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

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

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE - bestpractice

AOL UK has formed an alliance with a charity that provides housing and residential care for disabled people. By supplying free computers, web access and training, it has...

Corporate Responsibility Through the Recession - videos

Professor David Grayson looks at how the recession is impacting on Corporate Responsibility. 

The Retreat - pages

The Retreat, 2013 Come and join a select number of senior CSR practitioners and business leaders at this year’s Retreat. Only a few places for our 2013 event remain....

Order your Copy - pages

Order your copy   The CSR Professional Services Directory 2012 is the only stand-alone international publication to list and catalogue in print the many organizations...

Stakeholder Communications & Announcements - pages

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

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