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UK citizens among WEF’s “Young Global Leaders” - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The World Economic Forum is now in its 47th year. It’s famous for its annual summit in Davos attended by luminaries in multiple industries. But It is also known...

Communities thrive when corporations thrive  - news

Interview with Henry Stoever, CMO, NACD by Tom Idle   According to the National Association of Corporate Directors – whose 17,000 members represent around 98% of the Fortune...

The importance of UN Sustainable Goals in corporate strategies and reporting  - news

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulate an agenda for the next 15 years (to 2030) with a view to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The agenda requires...

Shopping for a purpose  - news

By Adam Woodhall — There are many gathering storms our society is facing, but having a purpose is increasingly seen as a way to navigate these uncharted and often rough waters. Many...

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....

Rolex, Lego, and Disney top Reputation Institute’s 2017 Global Reptrak® 100 - news

Reputation Institute (RI), a provider of stakeholder measurement, membership and management services, has announced the company’s annual Global RepTrak® 100 rankings.  ...

Should the UK private sector align its strategies with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals? - news

By Rachel Whale, Founder and CEO, Koreo — The Women’s Marches which took place around the world on January 21st were a reminder of the power of international narratives for social...

Investing in sustainable cities to spur economic growth - news

By Vikas Vij — In the next 15 years, more than two-thirds of total investment infrastructure will be made in cities. By 2050, about 66 percent of the global population will live in urban...

Long-term strategy improves business performance - news

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

"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...

Provocation and innovation at XEnergy - news

By Adam Woodhall — Practical provocation and tangible innovation were the motivational themes explored by some of    the best minds in the UK energy industry at the recent...

“Partnership, Purpose and Productivity”—RSA panel outlines strategies for the changing workplace - news

By Andy Hix—To quote recent Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan, the times they are a-changing, and more rapidly than ever. Technology is developing at break-neck speed and threatening to...

National CSR Awards now accepting entries - news

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

Inspiring sustainability the Interserve way  - news

Interview with Tim Haywood, Interserve   By Adam Woodhall   I recently had a conversation with Tim Haywood, Group Finance Director and Head of Sustainability at...

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

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

The Institute of Business Ethics reports on best business practices for the next 30 years - news

The Institute of Business Ethics is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a report that looks at how trust in business can be regained.    “The Institute of Business...

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...

Honest dialogue: the key to a sustainable future  - news

By Sarah Rozenthuler   From my experience of running dialogue programmes for numerous global corporations, I’ve discovered that the key to creating sustainable organisations...

Entrepreneur Awards finalists announced - news

The presenters of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards have announced over 100 finalists who are competing for recognition at its Gala Final, which takes place 22 November in London. The...

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

by Vikas Vij — The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector,...

High performing business: the what & why of purpose - news

by Adam Woodhall—“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” Mark Twain. Can business be purposeful and successful? That...

£735m Waltham Forest Pension Fund ‘commits’ first to divest from fossil fuels - news

by Roger Aitken — Waltham Forest became the first local government pension fund in the UK to “commit to divest” from all fossil fuels following a meeting convened by its...

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

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

Carbon Trust reports on progress: 180 companies on board - news

by Adam Woodhall — The overwhelming scientific consensus is that climate change must be kept under 2, preferably 1.5, degrees. At COP21 in Paris last year, political leaders from around...

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...

Nike expands sustainable distribution centre in Belgium - news

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

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

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

What Brexit means for UK business - news

by Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — The referendum vote in favour of the UK leaving the EU raises significant questions for...

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

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

Sustainability critical to future business: IEMA Report - news

By Vikas Vij — Leading companies increasingly recognize the importance of embedding sustainability into their business models. However, professionals seeking sustainability outcomes face...

Partnerships, localism and circularity help businesses scoop National CSR awards - news

By Tom Idle - Presiding over the 2016 National CSR Awards  – now enjoying its second year as an useful addition to the  initiatives that recognise best practice in...

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

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

Diversity on FTSE 100 falls dramatically - news

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

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...

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...

COP 21 agreement spurs East Capital to review "high climate change"- related investing risk - news

by Roger Aitken The climate agreement sealed at the COP21 summit in Paris on 12 December 2015 underscores, once and for all, that climate change is a common issue that needs to be addressed...

Why every business should volunteer - news

EP Journal by Mohammed Sharaf, DP World Businesses are perfectly placed to use their reach to bring about considerable benefits to the communities in which they operate. This is...

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...

New report outlines how to identify weak corporate culture - news

Good governance is critical, but there should be a broader definition of what it means. Governance is not just a matter for boards of directors, but should be integrated into all areas of a...

National Schools Partnership appoints Stephen Howard LVO as new Chairman - news

Stephen Howard has been appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the National Schools Partnership, a social marketing agency responsible for the creation of learning programmes in partnership...

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, to address GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit - news

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is scheduled to give the opening address at the GLOBE 2016 Leadership Summit to be held in Vancouver, from 2 March to 4 March. More than 2,000 thought...

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...

BLOG: Why diversity matters to capacity-driven success - news

Diversity tends to be a very hot topic on the web and in the news. It has been for decades. You would think there would be more movement in this direction, and while we gain inches here and...

Animal welfare grows in importance to food companies worldwide - news

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

New commission to help business engage with SDGs - news

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

CEOs recognise value of 'corporate purpose' in business success - news

CEOs acknowledge that purpose – a clear reason to exist beyond making money – has become a key part of business strategy, according to PwC’s annual survey of global CEOs....

National CSR Awards shines spotlight on UK sustainable business - news

With previous sponsors and supporters like Mercedes-Benz, Natwest and Carillion, the 2016 National CSR Awards will celebrate business excellence and innovation in corporate social responsibility...

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...

Getting up a thirst for sustainability - news

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

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...

When it comes to CSR, can you teach an old dog new tricks? - news

The necessity to engage everyone in the CSR agenda isn’t always an easy path to tread, writes William Buist . Generational divides in the workplace seem to be getting wider down to the...

Building bridges to ensure greater impact - news

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

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...

Greeting card sellers under fire over poor sustainability disclosure - news

More than half (52%) of UK adults assume well-known businesses that sell greetings cards offer sustainable products made from well managed forests, a YouGov poll for WWF has revealed. The...

Ethical retail funds see rapid growth through 2015 - news

European SRI retail funds have continued to show good growth over the course of 2015, according to the yearly report produced by CR evaluation agency Vigeo Italy in partnership with data...

Business group maintains offsetting key to global emissions reduction - news

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

Gender equality: running to stand still? - news

2015 was the year Hillary Clinton declared she was running for president in the US; it was also the year that the US fell to 28th place in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap list...

Kia maps out five-year ambition for green car leadership - news

Korea’s Kia Motors is looking to drive the market for more environmentally-friendly cars by giving investment into fuel-efficient technologies a significant boost. The brand’s...

Richer nations less concerned about climate change: poll - news

Global public concern about climate change has declined over the past six years, especially in industrialized countries, finds a new 21-country poll from GlobeScan. Less than half (48%) of...

Expectations high for business to take lead post-COP21 - news

Experts predict that business will be key to the success of climate change action post-COP21 Summit in Paris next month, according to the findings from a new study exploring leadership on...

National CSR Awards expands categories for 2016 - news

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

The importance of creating a healthy business culture - news

The unfolding scandals surrounding Volkswagen and FIFA reveal they have much in common, not only with each other but with many corporate scandals that have gone before. The fall-out follows a...

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

With the recent wrongdoings of the CEO of VW and numerous other tales of executive bad behaviour splashed across our screens and our broadsheets, it’s pretty clear that a business’s...

Forum calls for greater leadership for sustainable beauty industry - news

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

BLOG - Easy transportation only way to sustain city well-being - news

Yesterday, Sunday 27 September was a good day to be in Paris, writes AkzoNobel 's Johan Widheden , Sustainability Specialist.  Earmarked as La Journeé sans Voiture –...

ICRS marks anniversary with first honorary fellows - news

To mark its first anniversary, the Institute of Corporate Responsibiity and Sustainability (ICRS) has announced its first honorary fellows. They are: Philippa Foster Back, director of the...

IKEA makes global commitment to serve sustainable seafood - news

IKEA has become the biggest food service provider of certified seafood worldwide. With a commitment for seafood sold and served in its stores to be both ASC1 and MSC2 certified, the Swedish...

P&G raises bar on greenhouse gas emissions reductions - news

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has set a new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 30% by 2020. The goal was developed in partnership with World Wildlife Fund...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’...

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

This green and pleasant land? - news

Smart technology and low emissions cities are emerging across the globe. Elisabeth Jeffries reports on how businesses large and small are defining their roles and driving local government...

Business shifts attitude over importance of employee well-being - news

Fewer than half of the UK businesses surveyed for a staff policies report believed they had a duty of care for employee health. The researchers found that 46% saw staff health as a...

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

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

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...

Not such a simple case of follow my leader... - news

The Chinese saying that a fish rots from the head down has long been bandied about in business circles to reinforce the importance of strong leadership. Now new research from the Rotterdam...

Putting skills at the heart of the development agenda - news

Private sector investment in developing countries dwarfs aid budgets several times over, writes Matt Foster, director of strategies and programme effectiveness, VSO. Large institutional...

IKEA to go beyond National Living Wage rate - news

Swedish firm Ikea will become the first national retailer in the UK to pay staff above the government’s new National Living Wage from next year. Ikea, well known for its flatpack ,...

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...

Research highlights new approach to tackling unethical behaviour - news

Middle managers will mirror top management’s bad behaviours, regardless of how ethical they are as an individual, new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University...

It’s the end of reporting season – what now? - news

And so another reporting season staggers to a close. Having worked with many clients to help them through this sometimes painful time, I know that this season is not always the easiest. From...

British business at risk of widening ‘diversity deficit’ - news

New research into the top 10,000 executives in Britain’s most important firms reveals a widening “diversity deficit” which risks putting UK companies at a serious disadvantage...

RE100 drives call for renewable power priority at Formula E eprix - news

Renewable power is good for business and should be a priority for governments taking climate action, senior business executives and energy experts urged at the recent FIA Formula E eprix in...

Collaboration key to 'sustainability crunch' says BIFM report - news

Businesses are finding it increasingly more difficult to implement and manage sustainability policies, according to research by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The...

British business at risk from 'diversity deficit' finds report - news

New research into the top 10,000 executives in Britain’s most important firms reveals a widening “diversity deficit” which, it maintains, risks putting UK companies at a...

19 corporates score top points in US disability inclusion index - news

Sprint, AT&T, Starbucks and Procter & Gamble are among the 19 companies to receive the top score of 100 points in the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM) survey results, announced...

Barker joins board at The Climate Group - news

The Right Honourable Gregory Barker, former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and longest serving UK energy minister in a generation, has joined the Board of Trustees at The...

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

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

Gates charity challenged to divest fossil fuel stocks - news

Bill Gates, founder of one of the world’s biggest corporations, has been asked to lead the fight against climate change. Gates, who set up Microsoft in 1975, could set an example by...

Unilever, Patagonia, WWF and Greenpeace viewed as most sustainable brands - news

In this year's GlobeScan/Sustainability Leaders Report over 800 experts were asked, unprompted, which companies are leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy, and...

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...

SC Johnson recognised for transparency efforts - news

The World Environment Center (WEC) has awarded its 31st Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to household cleaning giant SC Johnson. The...

Company culture needs to celebrate ethical behaviour, says IBE - news

Businesses need to celebrate ethical behaviour if they are to succeed in embedding a valued ethical culture, says a new guide from the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE). The IBE maintains...

Environment must be 'at heart of new Government's thinking' - news

Crucial environment issues must be “at the heart of new Government’s thinking”, says a new survey from the Institute of Environmental Management Assessment (IEMA). In a...

BP shareholder Resolution 25 passed at AGM in oil industry ‘game changer’ - news

Shareholders at oil giant’s BP annual general meeting (AGM) held on 16 April at London’s ExCel Centre passed by an overwhelming majority Resolution 25 - a special resolution...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

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

Craig Bennett to take helm at Friends of the Earth - news

Craig Bennett, former deputy director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, is to replace Andy Atkins as ceo of environmental organisation Friends of the Earth...

New study identifies key drivers of authentic corporate purpose - news

A new study from IMD Business School and PR firm Burson-Marsteller has identified the key drivers of authentic corporate purpose and reveals a questionnaire that companies can use to assess...

ICRS puts research on the agenda - news

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

Back to school for a more effective collaborative approach - news

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

Winning ways: National CSR Awards celebrates best practice - news

The inaugural National CSR Awards took place last month and saw winners both large and small, celebrating the best of ethical governance and good business practice.   Individual...

China to tighten NGO supervision - news

Human rights and labour rights groups are to face a new challenge, finds Keith Crane reporting last month’s forum, “The new normal in China Communications and CSR”,...

Lobby groups in climate change spotlight - news

Investors need to ask questions of companies to ensure that their public positions on climate change aren’t being undercut by their membership of controversial European lobby groups, says...

Global carbon emissions stall, finds IEA data - news

Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a...

And the National CSR Awards 2015 winners are.... - news

Nine awards and two Special Recognitions were presented recently at the inaugural National CSR Awards with Marks and Spencer, Wyke Farms and Zurich Community Trust among the winners. The...

WWF publishes roadmap to a more sustainable Europe - news

A new report from WWF shows that resource efficiency alone could generate over €300bn a year for the EU economy. Entitled From crisis to opportunity: Five steps to sustainable European...

World's most ethical league table for 2015 published - news

Ethisphere.com has published its annual 'most ethical company'  league table.  “The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical...

Two heads better than one - news

As sustainability issues become increasingly complex, companies are realizing that they can’t make the necessary impact acting alone.   In the 2014 Sustainability Report, new...

Barclays’ Jenkins takes chair at Business in the Community - news

In his first speech as chairman of Business in the Community, Barclays group chief executive Antony Jenkins, spoke about the need for a network of responsible businesses to come together to...

Japanese car brands lead way in emissions reductions - news

Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan tops a new league ranking car brands on their emissions reductions. The research has been compiled by climate change organisation CDP to rank auto...

Atkins steps down at Friends of the Earth - news

Andy Atkins, ceo of Friends of the Earth(FoE), will be stepping down from his role in the summer of 2015. Atkins has led FoE since July 2008. The organisation is one of the UK’s...

New members join GRESB board - news

Mie Holstad, chief administrative officer at Norges Bank Investment Management, and Steven A. Wechsler, ceo and president of NAREIT (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts), have...

Business needs to focus on people and purpose, says Deloitte Global - 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. Deloitte...

Volunteering can boost business as well as community links - news

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

Too few women board directors in Japan - news

Among the world’s 20 leading economies, Japan is worst at getting women on company boards. Women hold only 3 % of seats on the boards of directors at Japan’s largest companies,...

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

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

American pharma companies lead Global Sustainability Index - news

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

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.  ...

GeSI announces 2015 board of directors - news

The new Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) board of directors has taken office. Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, and ETNO representatives were elected Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer...

AOL furthers commitment to diversity and inclusion - news

American media technology giant AOL is bolstering its commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion with the creation of a nonprofit private foundation which will be focused on creating...

Lima discussions patch together compromise to pave way for Paris - news

Developed countries, which have caused most of the world’s pollution, should help to finance “vulnerable” developing nations to combat climate change, UN members agreed last...

O2 wins triple certification for carbon, water and waste - news

O2 has become the first mobile telecoms company in the world to be awarded triple certification to the Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste. The Standard is an independent...

Alain Cadec succeeds Rosbach at WFO - news

French MEP Alain Cadec is to succeed Anna Rosbach as champion of the Waste Free Ocean foundation which is involved in the collection and recycling of marine waste. The foundation was set up...

Greene praised for leadership impact - news

Moya Greene, ceo of Royal Mail, has been named the Ashridge Business School Leader of the Year at the 2014 National Business Awards. Recognising the personal impact of the UK’s most high...

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...

Sea change as Gustavsson moves to Oceana - news

Oceana has appointed Lars Gustavsson as its new Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s operations in Europe. Gustavsson succeeds Xavier Pastor,...

National CSR Awards – join us for the CSR event of the year! - news

An impressive team of judges, supporters and contributors have been lined up to join Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP at the inaugural awards and showcase on 6 March 2015 at...

EC climate deal falls short on renewables targets - news

While the European Council has just agreed a new climate and energy deal that sets a binding domestic Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) target of “at least” 40%, it has failed to agree...

Friends with shared benefits - news

NGOs no longer view corporates just as benevolent cash machines, they recognise they can offer a whole lot more than money. Similarly companies are viewing NGOs not simply as some kind of...

World's largest aluminium recycling centre opens in Germany - news

Novelis, the  aluminum rolling and recycling giant, has opened the world's largest aluminium recycling centre. Located adjacent to the company's rolling mill in Nachterstedt,...

Rolls-Royce set to power up science teaching in UK - news

Power systems company Rolls-Royce has entered into a three-year partnership with UK education charity Teach First, to help provide inspirational science teaching to young people from...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

Walmart and Target talk sustainability - news

In a highly unusual alliance, rival retailers Walmart and Target have agreed to co-host an industry summit to address sustainability issues in the personal care products market. The Beauty...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

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

IBM and Dow to collaborate in Ethiopia sanitation programme - news

Five employees from chemicals giant Dow and three from technology colossus IBM are to participate in a joint global pro bono project with International Medical Corps (IMC) that will promote and...

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...

New chief at GRI - news

 Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Intitative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

Meehan moves to GRI - news

Michael Meehan, a veteran sustainability CEO and entrepreneur, has been appointed as the new chief executive of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Meehan has built and managed several...

Creating and sustaining value-adding partnerships can mean serious business - news

Manny Amadi explains the secrets to successful, sustainable collaborations   We all collaborate and partner in different ways, whether with colleagues or informally within our...

Prudential reaffirms commitment to impact investment - news

Prudential Financial, Inc. is to build a $1bn impact investment portfolio by 2020 in its continuing effort to direct investments to companies, projects and funds that create positive social...

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

Environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals from 27 countries have sent a letter to Apple vp of environmental...

Australian business lags behind in CR stakes - news

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

Cross-sectoral cooperation key to managing water risk - news

Cooperation between businesses, water companies and the government will be key to managing scarce water resources and securing future supplies, according to a new report from the Cambridge...

Sustainability: how far are companies willing to go? - news

Deepa Mirchandani, responsible business specialist, believes the circular econonmy is the basis for corporate survival The days of “sustainability” being about...

Leading investment institutions make case for responsibility - news

There is significant untapped potential for investors to exert a positive influence on the economy, environment and society, by practising responsible investment, according to a new report...

Natural capital depletion is ‘elephant in boardroom’ says CIMA - news

Business leaders continue to focus on short-term pressures and treat natural resources as if they’re infinite, warns a new report by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants...

Dell takes up closed-loop plastics supply chain - news

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

Promote those who volunteer most, think tank tells bosses - news

British business should award promotions or pay rises to employees who have done the most volunteering, according to a new Demos report. With BITC's Give and Gain Day coming up this...

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

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

Novartis ranks at no1 in US diversity league - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the leading company in DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity listing. The rankings are determined by an objective...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

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

Why women’s work for equality is far from done - news

On becoming a parent one of the vows I made was to never, ever tell my kids off for ‘showing off’. Growing up, I found being told to ‘stop showing off’ hugely...

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

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

Balfour Beatty signs up to Disability Confident campaign - news

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

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...

Pinsent Masons takes up gender balance challenge - news

International law firm Pinsent Masons has launched 'Project Sky', a programme aimed at achieving an improved gender balance in the firm's partnership and senior leadership team by...

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

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

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,...

GRI vs IIRC vs SASB: no synergy, no leadership - news

Elaine Cohen, ceo of Beyond Business Ltd, discusses the current state of play in reporting frameworks   We are witnessing a leadership battle for ownership of sustainability...

Korea gives off mixed signals over ethical business practice - news

Despite Korea taking a stand in recent years over ethical business practices, doubts are now being raised as to whether anything has really changed. Korea’s regeneration as a modern...

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...

Banknote business trailblazes industry-wide code of ethical conduct - news

Crane Currency, De La Rue plc and Innovia Security have become the first companies to be accredited under the Banknote Ethics Initiative (BnEI). The BnEI was launched last year at the...

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...

Unilever extends sustainable deo format - news

FMCG giant Unilever has extended its compressed deodorant aerosol format to its four male deo brands. Just one year after the launch of the award-winning technology, Unilever has sold...

Because we’re worth it... - news

Ethical Performance talks to Alexandra Palt, CSR and sustainability director of French beauty giant L’Oréal What does sustainability mean to you? In order to prepare for a...

Director move at SustainAbility - news

Zoë Arden has joined business consultancy SustainAbility as a director. Arden specialises in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and storytelling. With over 20 years of advisory...

Westpac ranked world's most sustainable company - news

Australia's first bank Westpac has been ranked number one in ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ...

The importance of learning from each other - news

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

M&S signs up to UNICEF carbon offset project - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become the first major company to sign up to UNICEF’s new carbon offset project. This initiative is aimed at improving...

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...

Polman in pole position at WBCSD - news

The member companies of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have unanimously approved significant changes to the organization’s governance and supervisory body....

Tesco set to cultivate new generation of farmers - news

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

European companies set to fall behind on sustainability disclosure - news

European companies are set to fall behind emerging markets-based companies on sustainability disclosure according to new report from Aviva Investors.  The study carried out by CK...

Morgan Stanley sets up Institute for Sustainable Investing - news

American investment bank Morgan Stanley is to set up an institute for sustainable investing.  The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing claims three main focus areas:...

Dell ramps up CSR strategy with Legacy of Good plan - news

ITC giant Dell is incorporating a 2020 Legacy of Good plan into its current ‘Powering the Possible’ CSR strategy. The computer company says that the plan is designed to...

Alcoa bolsters manufacturing sector with internship programme - news

American aluminium giant Alcoa’s corporate foundation has instigated a $1.25m internship programme for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The programme is a...

Senior leadership key to sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business, finds a new report. Nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most...

Samsung wins first ever electronics recycling award - news

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has won the inaugural eCycling Leadership Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) in the US its recycling efforts in the electronics...

Unilever tops Two Tomorrows' sustainability chart - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever tops the annual sustainability ratings chart from advisory firm Two Tomorrows. Now in its tenth year, the Tomorrow’s Value Rating 2013 (TVR) assesses...

Volkswagen moves up a gear with Ecotricity energy offer - news

In the first crossover partnership of its kind in the UK between a car manufacturer and an energy company, Volkswagen Group is to provide a 100% green electricity offer on its electric vehicles....

Senior leadership key to driving sustainable business model - news

Senior leadership is the most critical driver of sustainability within a business and nearly half of businesses (44%) believe engagement with business leaders will be the most important factor...

Hans Wegner recognised by SFI - news

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has recognised Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society, with the annual SFI President’s Award. The SFI notes...

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

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

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...

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

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for urban sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

Taking executive decisions about ethical behaviour - news

New IBE research has shown an apparent lack of explicit engagement at EU level with ethical principles in corporate governance guidance. There is limited requirement, or indeed encouragement,...

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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....

Big companies making little headway on climate change - news

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

City Climate Leadership Awards honour 10 cities for sustainability - news

Bogota, Rio and Mexico City are three of the 10 cities recognised for excellence in urban sustainability by Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) in their inaugural City...

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? Aviva appointment... Aviva Investors has appointed Abigail Herron as head of engagement in the global responsible investment Team. She reports to Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment...

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? Deloitte decision... Dr Helena Barton joined Deloitte as a partner in its Danish Governance Risk & Compliance section last month. Barton’s responsibility will include expanding...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

Daniella Vega is head of responsibility at BSkyB’s CSR department, aka The Bigger Picture, and is also this year’s recipient of 2Degree’s Sustainability Champion of the Year...

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

Bribery and corruption remain ongoing issues for businesses worldwide, especially for companies that are doing business in developing economies, where corruption is more commonplace than it is...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

Global FMCG giant Unilever is backing a new international awards programme designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. In partnership...

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...

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...

Governments need to heed call for action over bribery - news

More than half the 114,000 people in 107 countries interviewed in a Transparency International survey believed corruption had spread during the past two years. At the same time participants...

Girl power musters to protect planet - news

The Alcoa Foundation in the US is sponsoring nearly 700 girl scouts and girl guides from 12 countries within the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) to "twin"...

Corruption still widespread reveals worldwide poll - news

More than one person in two thinks corruption has worsened in the last two years, according to the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption from Transparency International....

New OECD working party chair - news

Dr Roel Nieuwenkamp has started as chair of the new OECD working party on Responsible Business Conduct. This unique intergovernmental working party is dedicated to corporate responsibilty...

IBE appoints associate director - news

Peter Montagnon, currently senior investment adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, is to join the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) in the new role of associate director. The IBE,...

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

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

Corporate diversity still lacking in top European firms - news

Large European companies may have gone global, but this is not yet reflected in their leadership according to a study by AXA Investment Managers. The report, Future-proofing company...

UK's Impax named Sustainable Investor of the Year - news

The Financial Times (FT) and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group announced the winners of the 2013 FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards recently, with M-KOPA of Kenya winning the Award for...

Unethical practice ‘common in UK workplaces’ finds ILM/BITC study - news

Three out of five managers have felt pressured to behave unethically at work, according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Business in the Community...

BITC benchmark shows companies reporting on engagement perform better - news

Leading British business charity, Business in the Community (BITC) has published the results of its first Workwell FTSE 100 benchmark, which scored the level of publicly available information...

Biofuels fuelling world hunger, says new ActionAid report - news

The crops used as biofuel for vehicles in G8 countries would feed half the world’s 870 million hungry people, ActionAid estimates in a new report. The anti-poverty charity says...

RobecoSAM kicks off CSA research - news

RobecoSAM, the asset manager focused exclusively on sustainability investing, has invited the 2,500 largest companies (in terms of free float market capitalization) from all industries to...

Best Buy’s Edmond wins corporate ethics award - news

Kathleen Edmond, chief ethics officer for Best Buy, is the recipient of this year’s Carol R. Marshall Award.     Established last year as a posthumous honour to former...

Morrisons wins first European CSR Award - news

Supermarket chain WM Morrison and product development contractor Pera Innovation have been named as UK winners of the inaugural European CSR Award recognising responsible and sustainable...

Points to Ponder - news

Points to Ponder... On sustainable behaviour (1): “More people are asking: “Is ‘sustainability’ good enough?” It’s not, of course. As Michael Braungart observes: “If somebody asked you how...

Closing the credibility gap in reporting - news

Daniel Jones, sustainability consultant at Radley Yeldar, shares some of the insight gained through the company’s How Does It Stack Up?  publication, exploring best practice...

Cracking the glass ceiling in the boardroom - news

Currently, women in Europe have to work 59 extra days to get to the same salary as their male counterparts, but the ‘Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed...

Tristan Forster honoured for human rights leadership - news

The first-ever global award to recognise business leaders engaged in combating human trafficking has been awarded to Tristan Forster, ceo of FSI Worldwide. “The main purpose of the...

Antipodes doubt native CSR leadership - news

Australian and New Zealand CSR practitioners doubt the CSR leadership in their own companies compared with that within other organisations, according to research by the Australian Centre for...

Diversity advice: sold like snake oil in the Wild West - news

To propose the ‘business case’ for diversity is misleading. To me, a business case is meant to introduce something, yet to happen to an organisation, balancing reasons for and...

Barclays CEO breaks with bank’s scandal-hit past - news

Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins has told the bank’s staff that they must adopt five new core values – respect, integrity, service, excellence and stewardship – or leave...

Coca-Cola acknowledges unhealthy drink facts with ‘140 happy calories’ advert - news

Coca-Cola has entered the obesity debate in the US with TV commercials that are seen as an admission that too much of its iconic drink is bad for you. One prime-time ad features activities...

Management must become more inclusive to resolve ‘crisis of trust’, claims Edelman - news

The legacy of scandals involving big corporations and public figures is a continuing crisis of public trust in leadership, according to the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer. Fewer than one...

Global 500 companies lag behind emissions targets - news

Few companies are setting the targets or investments needed for long-term resilience to climate change, reports the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the non-profit body that advises business on...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

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

Alliance calls for standard on sustainability reporting - news

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

Murdoch withdraws as hacking scandal continues - news

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has fuelled speculation about an impending exit from the troubled media giant after resigning as a director of the three UK subsidiaries behind the...

It’s all down to business ... as usual - news

Leaf through the pages of this edition of Ethical Performance and you could be forgiven for thinking that this is our sustainability issue. Since the date was set for the UN Conference on...

Hotels agree emissions measurement standard - news

A partnership of prominent global hospitality companies has created a system to ensure a consistent approach to measuring and reporting on carbon emissions. The Hotel Carbon Measurement...

Buying into a world without fashion victims - news

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

Ukraine looks for CSR leadership excellence - news

A project aimed at finding the most responsible top-level leader in the Ukraine has been launched by the country’s national CSR organisation. The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility...

Trust deficit means business must prove its ethics - news

There was once a time when business leaders could just tell society ‘trust me to do the right thing’ and the general public would do so. Then, with increased regulation and pressures...

Reporting delay under fire as UK government risks CSR reputation - news

The UK government has been accused of betraying commitments to enforce compulsory corporate emissions reporting and of introducing a ‘polluters’ charter’ in its latest budget....

EPA dishes out enviro awards - news

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

The Three Levels of Sustainability - news

As an introduction to and road map for sustainability aimed at the uninitiated, The Three Levels of Sustainability 'aims to provide the missing link in current debates around...

Miami hotel checks in Greenlight - news

A hotel in Miami has become one of the largest so far to use 100% renewable energy. The luxury InterContinental hotel has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase over 15 million kWh of wind...

Nike endorses settlement on supplier’s unpaid overtime - news

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

Business awaits the sustainable generation - news

Today’s generation of budding business leaders are much more likely to see sustainability as a cornerstone of their management agenda. Their real challenge will be promoting it in the...

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

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

Equality Works sets up diversity accreditation - news

A diversity accreditation scheme has been launched in the UK to help businesses improve people management and enhance business performance in the process. Equality Works, a London-based...

Murdochs ride out shareholder revolt - news

Pressure mounts on News Corp as a shareholder-led campaign seeking the removal of key board members prompted a huge protest vote at the company’s AGM. Head of News International James...

Shepherd and Wigley in as green bank makes first board appointments - news

Appointments to the newly-formed advisory board of the UK government’s Green Investment Bank (GIB) have been made. Chaired by Adrian Montague to advise ministers on the development...

Corporate America ‘acts on carbon emissions’ - news

US companies are accelerating their action on climate change, with more than half of the country’s 500 largest firms now putting the issue at the centre of business strategy. The...

Avon makes new pledge on palm oil - news

The beauty group Avon has become the latest company to commit to sustainable palm oil. The multinational joins Boots, Cadbury and Kraft Foods in a commitment to purchase GreenPalm...

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...

Firms produce poor data on workplace strategies - news

Business in the Community has come up with a set of ‘draft metrics’ to help UK businesses improve reporting on employee wellbeing and engagement. The metrics have been produced...

Shell makes flaring pledge - news

The oil giant Shell has announced that it will put an end to its controversial gas flaring in Nigeria by commissioning a pipeline system that will allow excess gas vapours to be used on the...

‘Silence sullies the reputation of good and bad alike’ - news

In April 2005, Sir Geoffrey Chandler wrote a guest column for Ethical Performance entitled ‘Why business has to end its vow of silence’. Here is an edited version of that article,...

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Aled Jones has become the inaugural director of Anglia Ruskin University’s new Global Sustainability Institute. Jones was previously deputy director for sustainability leadership at...

Enel proposes to tackle third world energy gap - news

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

Unilever ends animal tests - news

The company that makes PG Tips has announced an end to testing of its teas on animals. Unilever has made the decision partly in response to an emerging campaign by People for the Ethical...

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

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

Atmosphere of mistrust led to public showdown - news

EP looks at how the collapse of the body that oversees the AA1000 standards is rooted in a wider conflict – and at what might happen now it has disappeared The dramatic collective...

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...

Let’s not worry too much about a race to the bottom - news

As long as we have strong governance initiatives,China’s move into Africa may well be benign, says Jonas Moberg There is a growing consensus that companies from the East, in...

Innovative IT trio leave their rivals ‘far behind’ - news

Deloitte, IBM and Logica lead the global market in providing sustainable technology services, according to a new analysis. A study by the analyst firm Verdantix has found that the three...

Canadian investor dumps Vedanta - news

One of Canada’s largest SRI asset managers is divesting from Vedanta over its human rights and environmental record. Northwest and Ethical Investments, which manages assets of...

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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Jeffrey Hollender has taken up the position of chair of the American Sustainable Business Council’s business leadership council. Hollender, chief executive of the eco-cleaning products...

Forget Cancun: we need unreasonable CEOs - news

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

Europeans pool resources in new partnership scheme - news

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

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...

reports need to stop boring people with ‘dull’ data - news

Sustainability reports need to contain more storytelling, a communications expert has said. US-based consultant Michael Margolis argues that most reports are too dull for their readers because of...

Will China and friends drive standards to the bottom? - news

If it’s true that companies from non-western nations such as China are gaining an upper hand in the race to control Africa’s oil and minerals, does this come at a price with a race to the bottom of...

There's no room for smugness: BP's latest failings touch us all - news

We're far from seeing the end of the great BP Gulf of Mexico debacle; indeed the gushing oil has not yet been fully contained. It's therefore impossible to gauge all its costs and...

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...

Code aims to put more women on boards - news

UK companies with all-male boards have been told to re-evaluate their selection methods by the country’s governance and reporting regulator, in a move that has been welcomed by investors....

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...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

The CSR minister is no more in UK government. The Conservatives, who in opposition had indicated they would do without the role in power, have ditched it in agreement with their Liberal Democrat...

Human rights principles suffer from ten-year itch - news

Adherents to the business-focused Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights have celebrated the tenth anniversary of their foundation by agreeing a ‘vision statement’...

Netherlands leads the way as CSR goals influence pay - news

Two Dutch companies are to link senior executive pay to social and environmental performance. Life sciences group DSM and mail business TNT will join a growing band of companies that have...

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Two-thirds of the UK’s business leaders have said they expect a more responsible economy to emerge from the recession. In a Business in the Community poll of 330 of its...

Retailers take leadership role by boycotting oil sands products - news

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

Businesses in vanguard of Haiti quake response - news

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

World’s postal companies agree 20% cuts - news

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

Apple rejects CSR reporting - again - news

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

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...

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...

US Chamber of Commerce announces top CSR performers for 2009 - news

UPS and Chevron were among this year’s winners of Corporate Citizenship Awards from the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Centre. In the tenth annual awards, companies were...

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...

SRI fund sets sights on women-friendly firms - news

A new avenue has opened up in the socially responsible investment field with the creation of a fund investing in companies with a high number of women in senior roles. The Women’s...

Japanese minister wants more CSR - news

Japan’s new financial services minister has declared his government’s commitment to CSR, attacking the country’s existing corporate ethics and promising there will be ‘no...

Kimberly-Clark signs up with former tormentors - news

An unusual alliance has been struck-up between the tissue products giant Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace, which will see a turnaround on the company’s policies towards the protection of...

Plans unveiled for carbon index - news

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is to launch a series of investment indices for companies with strong carbon management strategies. The index family, which will be launched in partnership with...

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....

Chinese bank wins through - news

The Industrial Bank, China, has emerged as the Asia regional winner in the emerging markets section of the 2009 FT Sustainable Banking Awards for its social and environmental policies. The...

Pepsi puts CSR into new plant - news

PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China. The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the...

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Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive of cosmetics company L’Oreal, has received the latest Stanley Pace Leadership in Ethics Award. The award, established in 1999, honours individuals and...

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Achilles consultancy has renewed its financial backing for a CSR working group at Oxford University’s Said Business School in the UK. The working group’s output has included regular...

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A postgraduate CSR-related degree has been launched by Lancaster University Management School in the UK. The MA in Leadership for Sustainability will explore theories and practices relevant to...

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...

Galaxy bars get certified - news

The world’s largest chocolate company has become the latest confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark. Mars has announced that its Galaxy chocolate will become...

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A programme has been established to develop responsible business leadership and dialogue in the Arab world. The Middle East Leadership Initiative has been set up by the US-based non-profit Aspen...

Steel sector changes gear - news

The European steel industry is to step up its efforts to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its operations. The European Steel Technology Platform (Estep) has said it will adopt new...

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...

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...

‘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....

Making sustainability work - news

Marc J. Epstein. Hardback. 288 pages. Greenleaf. £17.50 In his foreword, John Elkington draws parallels between this book and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the art of motorcycle...

To make real progress we need better leaders - news

Technology can help us transform the world, but commitment is lacking at the top, says Mark Lee Not so long ago I was at the miraculous green space that is The Eden Project – an...

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...

Rag-picker business is recognised - news

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

Dole and Freeport expand scholarship programme - news

The Dole Food Company in the Philippines and PT Freeport Indonesia have formed partnerships with the US Department of State to expand the department’s English Access Microscholarship...

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...

Alcoa chairman gets Asia award - news

Alain Belda, chairman of the aluminium company Alcoa, has been given an environmental award by the Asia Society, the US institution dedicated to educating Americans about Asia and fostering...

Mobile firm aims to be catalyst on poverty goals - news

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

Business leaders assist Ruggie with his ongoing deliberations - news

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

Telstra in volunteering push - news

The social foundation of the Australian communications group Telstra is to give A$400,000 ($248,000, £159,000) in grants to community organizations. Under its Community Connection...

Tennant changes direction to pursue credit card idea - news

A leading SRI figure of the past two decades has left the sector to head a credit card loyalty scheme to combat climate change. Tessa Tennant has become executive chair of the International...

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...

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

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

inbrief - news

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,...

Business not trusted on climate change - news

Barely a fifth of Australian consumers trust international companies, local businesses or their government to give accurate global warming information. However, 68 per cent trust scientists and...

YES bank comes up trumps - news

India's YES Bank has gained one of the main prizes in this year's FT Sustainable Banking Awards. YES, which has taken the Emerging Markets Regional Leadership title for Asia, was...

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...

Big four clothes firms fare best on sustainability issues - news

Adidas, Nike, Puma and Timberland have been identified as leaders in sustainability among clothing manufacturers. A study by Switzerland-based Bank Sarasin found the four have 'above...

Asian banks recognized for sustainability - news

Six Asian financial institutions have reached the short list for this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, the leading global awards for triple bottom line banking. ASA, of...

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...

IBM high-fliers get an exclusive volunteering scheme - news

IBM has set up a programme that it likens to an in-house version of the US Peace Corps, through which ‘high-potential’ employees will use their skills to aid emerging nations....

Asian firms feature in FT shortlist - news

Six Asian entrants were chosen for the short lists in this year’s FT Sustainable Banking Awards, given by the Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s funding...

Chinese federation promotes services - news

An agreement has been concluded that will promote the education and advisory services of the Chinese Federation for Corporate Social Responsibility. Professor He Zhiyi, of Beijing University,...

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...

high fliers given CSR role - news

An international bank has asked some of its high-flying executives to come up with views on the key social and environmental issues the company is likely to face in the future. Standard...

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...

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...

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...

sustainable business? not without women at the top - news

The gender imbalance at board level is weakening corporate leadership, argues Alison Maitland A sense of crisis again surrounds business leadership, with a substantial number of chief...

inbrief - news

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

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...

inspirational Deveshwar scoops award - news

An industrialist who joined the Indian company ITC from college and became its chairman and chief executive has won the seventh annual SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award for personal...

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...

leadership role is ‘asking too much’ - news

A leading figure at Amnesty International has suggested that multinationals are being asked to take on too much responsibility for advancing human rights. Chris Marsden, chair of the Amnesty...

tobacco firm in line for recognition - news

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

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,...

BT judged to have best societal impact - news

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

inbrief - news

ABN Amro has won this year’s Financial Times Sustainable Bank of the Year award. The Dutch bank’s Indian operation, ABN Amro India, was winner in the global emerging markets category. Now in...

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...

‘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...

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...

academy changes hands but future still unclear - news

The UK government has handed over the running of its flagship corporate responsibility organization, the CSR Academy, to Business in the Community.   The academy, established in 2004 to...

inbrief - news

Andrew Wilson, founding director of the Ashridge Centre for Business and Society, is moving to work for The Corporate Citizenship Company as a director this month. Wilson, who joined Ashridge in...

inbrief - news

Aviva Insurance group has appointed the UK-based consultancy Enable to run a further year of programmes with its Leadership Academy, in which employees become involved in social projects across...

ASB takes responsible investment line - news

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

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...

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...

response to disasters 'must be longer term' - news

Companies involved in disaster relief have been advised to put their efforts into long-term recovery rather than providing immediate assistance. The suggestion comes from the Center for...

US bank takes world view on CSR policies - news

Bank of America is to extend its CSR programmes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The bank is creating a new senior post of CSR project officer to cover the three regions. The appointee,...

electricity sector starts talking about climate - news

Eight of the world's largest electric utility companies have released an 'agenda for concerted action' on greenhouse gas emissions. The eight companies, representing about a tenth of the...

firms swap ideas on energy management - news

A shipping company, an energy business and two consultancies have combined forces to exchange ideas on improving their environmental performance through technological innovation. Norwegian...

Apac targeted by Sustainable Banking Awards - news

Applications from Asia Pacific are being sought for the second FT Sustainable Banking Awards, which recognize banks that have shown leadership and innovation in integrating social, environmental...

inbrief - news

Travis Engen, chairman of the International Business Leaders' Forum, has won the 2006 Sustainability Leadership Award run by SAM, the Swiss sustainability index provider.

climate change action lags behind awareness - news

Nine in ten of the world's major companies now fully accept the commercial risks posed by climate change, but less than half have yet taken any significant action to reduce emissions. Results...

inbrief - news

The Prince of Wales has two new ambassadors for 2006–7 to help him in his role as president of Business in the Community. They are Allan Leighton, chairman of Royal Mail Group, ‘for his leadership...

HSBC takes sustainable banking award - news

HSBC has been named Sustainable Bank of the Year in a new awards programme recognizing financial institutions that have shown ‘leadership and innovation’ on social, environmental and corporate...

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...

Sweetening bitter sugar - news

Clem Seecharan. Ian Randle Publishers. 696 pages. Paperback. £25.95 This lengthy but illuminating book is not likely to be on any recognized CSR reading list, but it probably should be. The...

Corporate leadership missing on diversity - news

The biggest barrier to addressing workplace diversity in Asia is a lack of leadership commitment from the top of companies, according to a newly-released poll. The survey of 121 mainly...

‘pro-poor’ alliance kicks off - news

The Netherlands development organization SNV and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development are to co-operate on promoting ‘pro-poor’ business ventures in the developing world....

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...

Philips trains its managers to carry out basic ethical audits - news

An internal training programme at Philips Electronics has equipped more than 500 managers to carry out basic ethical supplier audits during the past 12 months. The training sessions...

inbrief - news

Nokia and Pfizer have joined the Global Leadership Network, a self-help group of businesses that share their experiences on corporate responsibility ( EP7, issue 6, p5 ). Set up three years ago...

Asian Development Bank under pressure on Burma - news

Sixteen pressure groups, including Earthrights International, have raised human rights concerns with the Asian Development Bank over the projects in Burma in which it is indirectly involved. The...

BT and Anglo American share honours - news

Anglo American and BT have shared this year’s award for being the best UK sustainability reporters, breaking the stranglehold of Co-operative Financial Services and the Co-operative Bank, which...

a cynic’s view of the Tories’ embrace of corporate social responsibility - news

Imagine, for a moment, that the Conservative Party is a business – a listed company. It has not been performing well since its period of greatness a couple of decades ago, when it dominated the...

time for business to have its say on local priorities - news

Companies must play a bigger role in the economic renewal of deprived areas, says Sir Stuart Hampson It wasn’t so long ago that I viewed LSPs as just one more part of the great public...

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...

inbrief - news

Intel has won the first-ever CSR Management Award from Business Ethics magazine in the US. The computer chip company, which has 90,000 employees and a turnover of $34billion (£19.61bn), received...

Chinese project gets Holcim award - news

The first prize of $100,000 (£56,000) in the Asia Pacific Holcim awards competition for sustainable construction has gone to a design project for the regeneration of a clan settlement at...

CSR charter for Hong Kong - news

Businesses in Hong Kong now have their own CSR charter. The Community Business Leadership Team, a Hong Kong charity comprising senior executives from 23 companies, drew up the charter to...

inbrief - news

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...

pension fund executive wins sustainability award - news

Bob Welsh, chief executive of the Australian pension fund VicSuper has been recognized in the SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Awards, which mark personal excellence in implementing corporate...

inbrief - news

The chief executive of Danish pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk has won this year's Sustainability Leadership Award. Lars Rebien Sorensen was singled out by the judges of the annual award for...

inbrief - news

Sir Stuart Hampson,  chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, is the new chair of the national regeneration leadership team at Business in the Community. He replaces John Spence, Lloyds TSB's...

the United Nations deserves some credit - news

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

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...

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...

transparency initiative gets ready to expand - news

An international advisory group has been formed to expand the scope of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and to work out how to monitor its effectiveness. The EITI, a...

inbrief - news

Bill Roedy, president of MTV Networks International, has been appointed chair of the Global Media Aids Initiative Leadership Committee, a newly-created UN-backed group of senior executives that...

three-year haul brings dividends for six retail pioneers - news

Six companies broke new ground last month by completing a three-year programme of ethical supply chain monitoring in conjunction with the US-based Fair Labor Association. The FLA says...

Chinese companies back ethical behaviour - news

Most of the large Chinese companies participating in a survey by WWF, the international environmental network, have said they favour higher ethical standards. WWF polled 182 companies and...

Korean company's CSR activities reach students - news

BAT Korea has set up a professional leadership training programme for college students as one of its CSR activities. The BAT Leadership Academy will include trips to the company's...

Motorola scoops CSR awards - news

The technology company Motorola has won two CSR awards for its activities in China. The company's donations of RMB30million ($3.7m, £1.9m) to the Hope Project, which supports the education of...

inbrief - news

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...

firms ‘need each other’ to raise supplier performance - news

More and more companies are realizing they cannot tackle supply chain issues on their own and will have to work on them with their commercial rivals, a leading auditing firm has concluded....

Indonesia ‘slack’ on CSR - news

CSR observance is still slack in Indonesia, delegates were told at a seminar held by the non-profit group Leadership for Environment and Development Indonesia. Countries are ignoring their own...

why business has to end its vow of silence - news

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

forestry firm under pressure from Citigroup - news

A large Malaysian forestry company has been warned by its bank that it must meet better environmental standards or face being dropped as a customer. Chuck Prince, chief executive of Citigroup,...

Singapore pinpoints future CSR leaders - news

Singapore Management University is to hand-pick about 50 of its 1000 undergraduates every year to be trained as ‘socially conscious business leaders’. The students will follow a scholars’...

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...

the UK’s presidency of the G8 is a chance
to show leadership on CSR - news

For corporate social responsibility buffs, the UK presidency of the G8 has come at a propitious time. Africa and climate change – the themes of the presidency – have obvious links with socially...

companies need to show real leadership - news

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

CSR guru tells SRI funds: ‘heal thyself’ - news

A leading CSR proponent has accused socially responsible investment specialists in the US of failing to practise in their own organizations what they preach. Paul Hawken, executive director and...

inbrief - news

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...

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...

Omron sets up CSR centre - news

The Japanese Omron Corporation, a global leader in automation, sensing and control technology, has established a CSR management headquarters at its base in Kyoto. Omron, which adopted the motto...

inbrief - news

A ‘Nobel prize’ for business ethics leaders is to be awarded by a new organization. The Laureate Award will honour a leader ‘who best exemplifies...

inbrief - news

Unilever chairman Antony Burgmans has won the annual Sustainability Leadership Award for his work as a ‘champion of sustainability’. A total of 51 candidates...

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...

‘world class’ network to show how it’s done - news

Nine multinationals have formed a CSR-focused alliance called the Global Leadership Network. 3M, Cargill, Diageo, FedEx, General Electric, General Motors, IBM,...

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...

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...

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...

CSR train begins journey - news

The social responsibility message is being taken this month to firms and their stakeholders in central and east European countries. Starting on 4 April, a team of...

inbrief - news

US researchers have begun an attempt to define what makes companies ‘world-class performers’ in the CSR field. Boston College’s Center for Corporate...

reporting stakes raised - news

The Canadian government has urged all listed companies to report on their social and environmental performance. Four ministers, David Anderson (environment), Bill Graham...

central Europe receives assistance - news

Companies in Hungary are being offered support on CSR matters by an organization formed with British help. The Central European Institute for Leadership and Ethics has...

inbrief - news

Jeff Salters has joined the US-based Ethics Resource Center as a senior consultant. Salters previously worked for consultancies including Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture....

big firms outdo Asian locals - news

Opinion-formers in Asia think that western pharmaceuticals and healthcare companies are considerably more transparent and more trustworthy than their local counterparts, a...

chemical firms to set goals - news

The UK chemical industry has taken a step towards greater transparency by declaring it will publish social and environmental goals this summer. The Chemical...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible investment pioneer Tessa Tennant has won the third annual Sustainability Leadership Award. Tennant co-founded the UK’s first sustainability...

how companies can call off the resource curse - news

Oil and mining companies should exercise leadership to ensure host countries benefit from their operations, argues Daniel Litvin One senior manager in a western oil...

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...

Body Shop tries radical new reporting approach - news

The Body Shop has reclaimed its position as an innovator in non-financial reporting by issuing three separate social reports aimed at different stakeholder groups....

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...

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

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

Carillion rewarded for its impact on society - news

Carillion has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK construction company won the award for its...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

Thinkers in the field of corporate social responsibility have hit back at claims that CSR is in danger of losing its soul in a welter of box-ticking and compliance....

CEOs rate social credibility - news

Chief executives expect a good reputation on social issues to be as important to a company’s overall standing as financial credibility, a global survey suggests. The...

Kingfisher manages risks - news

The majority of companies in the Kingfisher retail group are adequately managing social and environmental risks in most areas, according to an in-house assessment begun last...

KFC hits back against animal welfare claims - news

Fast food corporation KFC has said it will resist an international campaign by animal welfare activists over alleged cruelty to chickens in its supply chain. KFC...

warning on partnerships - news

A warning on the dangers of the partnership approach to corporate social responsibility has come from a senior representative of a non-governmental organization active in the...

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...

French embrace ethical investment - news

Socially responsible investment in France has grown dramatically in the past two years, according to an analyst who has been studying SRI funds there. Nicolas Manoni, of...

BHP moves on aborigines - news

Mining group BHP Billiton is to increase the proportion of aborigines in its workforce in Western Australia. The Melbourne-based multinational has set a target to increase...

Canadians ponder concept of national CSR branding - news

Plans to ‘brand’ Canada as a leader in the field of corporate social responsibility are being investigated by academics there. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research...

inbrief - news

A web-based ‘outreach programme’ on corporate social responsibility in Asia has been launched by the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum....

drinks firm gives alcohol warning - news

Responsible drinking messages have been introduced on some alcoholic drinks produced by Allied Domecq as part of the drinks company’s strategy to demonstrate that it is a...

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...

UK forum undertakes strategic review - news

Two corporate social responsibility research projects have been commissioned by Business in the Community as part of a major review of its future direction. The...

BP and Shell come top of oil companies - news

BP and Shell have fared best in an analysis of the social and environmental performance of eight large oil and gas companies carried out by the Co-operative Insurance Society...

flak for Alexander over CSR ‘inaction’ - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Douglas Alexander has come under attack for an alleged ‘lack of vision’ in the post. The criticism, from the London-based New...

Israeli firms take leadership role - news

Ten companies in Israel have agreed to act as a ‘leadership group’ on corporate social responsibility. The firms, which include First International Bank and Cellcom,...

ethics unit moves on - news

A UK body that has championed discussion of corporate ethics has decided to change direction. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and...

UN to review global compact - news

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

inbrief - news

The Conference Board is running a ‘Leadership conference on global corporate citizenship’ in New York from 11-12 February. Speakers include Kathy Bushkin, president...

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

The engineering and aerospace group GKN has released employees in Brazil to build a bakery for a children’s home in Sao Paulo. The move, which is part of the...

European companies respond to atrocities - news

Businesses across Europe have responded to the World Trade Center attack and its aftermath with an unprecedented wave of corporate giving that has generated hundreds of...

Anderson wins leader award - news

The first Sustainability Leadership Award has been won by Ray Anderson, founder and chief executive of Interface, the world’s largest commercial carpet manufacturer....

Europe prepares big CSR drive - news

A huge drive to push corporate social responsibility into the mainstream in Europe will be unveiled this month with plans for a European Academy on CSR, ten national...

women put company ethics top of the list - news

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

‘inspirational’ Co-op Bank takes third major award - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for Excellence for its ‘inspirational’ commitment to corporate social...

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....

Asian firms are ethics target - news

Asian-run businesses in the UK are to be urged to show greater social, ethical and environmental responsibility as part of a new initiative to be set up this month....

Co-op Bank and Camelot vie for award - news

Co-operative Bank and Camelot have been shortlisted for the annual Impact on Society Award to be announced this month. The award, which recognizes UK-based companies deemed...

GSK leads way on cheap drugs for poor countries - news

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

inbrief - news

Twenty companies have joined forces with Business in the Community to promote corporate social responsibility in the east of England. Arthur D Little, Ford and Lloyds...

Levi Strauss gives support to Romany communities - news

Levi Strauss has stepped up its support for Gypsy communities in eastern Europe by supporting the first Romany radio station in the region. The jeans and clothing...

water company ready to go global on volunteering - news

The water company AWG is drawing up plans to extend its employee volunteering scheme worldwide. AWG – formerly Anglian Water – provides water for almost 12 million...

US firms will take up Kyoto baton - news

Signs are emerging that some big US companies are willing to take a lead on global warming by working towards Kyoto Protocol targets – despite president George...

inbrief - news

Sir John Browne’s stance on corporate social responsibility issues has helped him to win the UK-based Institute of Management’s highest award. The BP chief executive...

drug companies extend help on Aids - news

Two of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have announced measures to provide cheaper Aids drugs to the developing world, prior to an important court case on drug...

companies get help on regeneration plan - news

Businesses are to be offered advice this month on how they are expected to contribute to the UK government’s latest plans to regenerate deprived neighbourhoods. Free...

chemical firms outline sustainability strategy - news

The UK chemicals industry has taken what it describes as its ‘first step’ towards a strategy for sustainable development by publishing a draft ‘leadership statement’...

warning on pitfalls of over zealous approach to CSR - news

A warning of the dangers of senior managers imposing ethical policies on their staff by dictat has come from the chief executive of a US-based company that has set out to be...

Henkel signals expansion of CSR measures - news

The German chemical group Henkel has said it wants to add a more socially responsible dimension to its activities. The company says it has been particularly influenced by its...

inbrief - news

A bibliography of writing on business ethics has been produced by the Foundation for Business Responsibilities. The purpose and values of business by Richard Higginson, a...

award recognises United Utilities' impact on society - news

United Utilities has won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community awards for excellence for its ‘clearly defined approach to managing and accounting for its...

Foreign Office reconsiders its ethics manual project - news

UK government plans to launch an ethics manual for companies working abroad have been put back until at least the beginning of 2001 after problems with final drafts of the...

new advice for partners - news

European businesses have been offered a ten-point plan to help them develop ‘social partnerships’ with community organizations and governments. The plan, put forward...

businesses 'can help to end conflict' - news

Large companies operating in countries where wars are taking place can – and should – make every effort to foster peace, a forthcoming report will claim....

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....

the UK leads Europe in appointing a minister with CSR responsibilities - news

The decision by UK prime minister Tony Blair to appoint a minister for corporate social responsibility is good news for all those within UK companies with a CSR brief. It is...

community involvement within small companies - news

When members of the UK committee of inquiry into corporate social responsibility (CSR) delivered their report to prime minister Tony Blair at the end of last year, they warned there was...

top 100 could do much better on diversity - news

The UK’s leading companies are still not putting enough effort into diversity policies, according to new research by the London-based corporate governance consultancy...

Hutton floats de-listing idea - news

One of the UK’s most influential political commentators has suggested that major companies should face de-listing from the Stock Exchange if they fail to produce adequate performance...

inbrief - news

The European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) is holding its 13th annual conference in Cambridge 12-14 September with the theme of Ethics: Leadership and Accountability. EBEN is...

government told to take the lead - news

A major inquiry led by eight of the prime corporate movers on social responsibility has told the UK government it must significantly step up its efforts to promote ethical...

move to boost corporate volunteering - news

A major new initiative has been launched to encourage more UK companies to involve employees in community projects. The Cares InCorporated programme, imported from the US by Business...

business leaders fight shy of race challenge - news

Chief executives and company chairmen are lagging behind public sector bodies and trade unions in making a public commitment to improving equal opportunities, a new study claims...

creating the context for sustainable development - news

How can an organization begin relating the principle of sustainable development to working business practice? John Holt of consultants KPMG offers advice The context for...

Rio Tinto acts on its safety record - news

Rio Tinto has begun an overhaul of its safety procedures after admitting to an ‘unacceptable deterioration’ in workplace accidents last year. The third environmental...

inbrief - news

Entries for the second annual Business in the Community Awards for excellence are now being judged for presentation in June. This year's awards place a special emphasis on...

Responsible Leadership Forum - companies

Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership - companies

Leadership Challenges - companies

the Institute of Leadership and Management - companies

Green Park Leadership - companies

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - companies

Corporate Leadership Council - companies

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) - companies

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership - companies

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group - companies

Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership - companies

Arab Sustainability Leadership Group - companies

Business Ethics Leadership Alliance - companies

Middle East Leadership Initiative - companies

Women's Leadership Fund - companies

Civic Leadership Centre - companies

Business Leadership Review - companies

Center for Creative Leadership - companies

Schumacher College - directory

Schumacher College focuses on transformative education for sustainable living. We offer a number of short courses, certificate programmes and Masters courses including an MA in Economics for...

Clearstream Solutions - directory

Clearstream Solutions provides global carbon management and sustainability services. We assist organisations to measure and implement best-in-class environmental and sustainable practice in...

Fifth Capital - directory

Fifth Capital is established as a Think Tank & Leadership Counsel addressing wealth creation, its governance and sustainability. Fifth Capital integrates thought leadership in Decision...

Garthson Leadership Centre - directory

Three Hands Ltd - directory

At Three Hands we believe in creating business value and social value hand in hand.  We work with business to develop their people, partnership and products in ways that benefit society....

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...

Future Considerations - directory

We are a global leadership development and organisational change consultancy that specialises in embedding corporate sustainability in organisations. Our team of experienced international...

BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) - directory

BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe,...

Oakdene Hollins Limited - directory

Oakdene Hollins is a consultancy and research business that advises on sustainable products and services, resource efficiency and clean technologies. We offer sound and evidenced strategic...

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

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

Aetna Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

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

Thinking globally, acting locally - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, today released its 2016 reporting suite including its full online Sustainable development report, its  Global Thinking, Local Action...

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...

The Rezidor Hotel Group sustainability report shows forward thinking in Responsible Business - reports

Green leader and hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

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...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

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

Cisco’s 2016 CSR Report Highlights Ambitious Long-Term Goals to Positively Impact People, Society and the Planet - reports

Today, Cisco released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights Cisco’s progress delivering on the company’s CSR mission  to accelerate...

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,...

Westpac Group continues strong sustainability track record in 2016 - reports

For almost 200 years, one enduring principle has always guided Westpac Group as it has grown and adapted with the Australian nation:  the Bank can only do well if its customers and...

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

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...

New report shows accelerated growth in the sustainable seafood supply chain as MSC certified catch nears 10 million tonnes - reports

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) today published its 2015-16 Annual Report, highlighting market engagement and growth in MSC certified fisheries and supply chain. The report, From...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2016 - reports

“Sustainability goes hand in hand with the Tetra Pak brand promise – PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™ – and the three pillars on which it stands: food, people and futures. Our...

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...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

Today California-based Jackson Family Wines shared its first sustainability report, supported by a list of comprehensive 5-year goals. The family-owned wine company, known for its portfolio of...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes CSR Communication Report 2016 - reports

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

Telstra Releases Bigger Picture 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

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

UPS Drives 1 Billion Cleaner Miles, Achieves Goal One Year Early - reports

UPS’s 14th annual Sustainability Report provides a comprehensive update on the company’s sustainability efforts, including an announcement that the company has achieved its goal of...

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...

Sustainability Report 2015: Building the Future - reports

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

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Unveils New Sustainability Strategy and Goals - reports

Kimberly-Clark Corporation recently published its annual report on sustainability, providing a comprehensive update on the company's efforts and introducing new sustainability priorities...

TransCanada Releases 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada officially released its  2015 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which highlights the company’s commitment to operating safely and in an economically,...

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...

OTE Group of Companies publishes its 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

At OTE Group, sustainable growth is what drives its’ strategy and actions. The growth is valued through each and every one of the Groups’ stakeholders, and you are invited to join...

LafargeHolcim publishes first Sustainability Report for merged Group - reports

LafargeHolcim this week released its Sustainability Report 2015 that outlines the Group’s economic, environmental and social performance and presents LafargeHolcim’s ambitious...

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,...

GM Strengthens Business, Communities Through Mobility - reports

Sustainability Report outlines company’s efforts and results The rules of vehicle use and ownership are changing rapidly, according to GM’s latest Sustainability Report...

The De Beers Group of Companies Publishes 10th Annual Report to Society - reports

The De Beers Group of Companies today published its 10th annual Report to Society. The report outlines the company’s ongoing efforts to ensure diamond revenues drive social and...

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...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2015 Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included since 2010 in Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies List, Rezidor is...

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2015 Annual Report detailing the company’s year-end performance. The report highlights the company’s progression towards long-term targets...

Stories of Change-Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

Stories of Change - Mirvac's 2015 Sustainability Report Stories change us, stories are changing our world, read how stories are changing Mirvac and then create your own story....

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

Tetra Pak has launched its 2015 sustainability report, which highlights the company’s achievements in environmental performance, social responsibility and good governance over the past...

Westpac Group Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

The 2015 financial year marked the mid-point of Westpac Group’s five-year Sustainability Strategy.   This strategy recognises that for Westpac Group to prosper over the long term,...

CN issues Delivering Responsibly sustainability report - reports

CN today issued its fifth sustainability report, Delivering Responsibly, outlining the company’s programs and achievements in safety, corporate governance, community involvement, human...

Help us Reimagine Responsible Sourcing in Hong Kong (October 20) and London (November 12) - reports

Join Responsible Sourcing leaders at the ELEVATE Leadership Series to help envision the future of responsible sourcing. The 2015 Leadership Series, Reimagining Responsible Sourcing, will provide...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Corporate Citizenship Report covering 2014 through the first half of 2015. Entitled...

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...

ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14004:2015 Update: Final Versions Issued - reports

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS...

New Sustainability Webinar Series from SGS - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of webinars which are designed to help organizations succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

Diageo reports 2015 sustainability and responsibility progress as company looks ahead to new 2020 targets - reports

London, 13th August 2015: Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks business, this week reported strong progress against its 2015 sustainability and responsibility targets with the...

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...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

“Understanding our contribution to our local and national economies, building positive relationships with our community and protecting the environments we impact, at developments or via...

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here.

Advancing Free Trade and Sustainable Supply Chains at the Highest Political Level - reports

The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has launched its 2014 - 2015 Annual Report, showcasing the key achievements in a landmark year for the organisation, as it continued to consolidate its...

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...

Kingfisher’s Net Positive Report continues to tell strong story in year two - reports

Net Positive is Kingfisher’s sustainability ambition. It means transforming its business to have a restorative impact on the environment; innovating in products and services to enable...

RBS launches 2014 Sustainability Report: Earning our customers’ trust - reports

In this report, RBS aims to establish clear recognition as a leader in sustainability.

Diageo unveils ambitious Water Blueprint - reports

Water stewardship strategy supports company’s expansion in emerging markets. Extends targets to broader supply chain for first time to reduce overall impact on water resources  ...

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...

AkzoNobel and The Economist Intelligence Unit publish future cities report - reports

A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by AkzoNobel explores how cities can create optimal environments for citizens.

SGS invites you to join its Sustainability Webinar Series - reports

The webinars are designed to help organizations develop winning sustainability strategies and to support them step-by-step during their implementation.

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

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

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...

Henkel reaches first sustainability targets ahead of schedule - reports

Henkel’s Sustainability Report details the environmental and social advancements made by the company in 2014. It highlights the active involvement of employees worldwide and the...

SGS Sustainability & Social Responsibility Webinar Series - reports

The Webinar Series is composed of four webinars which are designed to help organizations to succeed in developing winning sustainability strategies and to support them in every step during the...

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

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

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 8th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Download the report here to find out how Thomas Cook is transforming for a better future.

Diageo commits to new ambitious sustainability and responsibility targets for 2020 - reports

Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, today announces 20 new sustainability and responsibility targets, to be achieved by 2020, in three core areas – leadership in alcohol in...

New Webinar Series on Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain - reports

SGS invites you to the Responsible Sourcing & Value Chain Webinar Series.

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

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

Mars, Incorporated Publishes 2013 Principles in Action Summary - reports

Mars, Incorporated publishes its fourth annual Principles in Action Summary on mars.com , which details the company’s approach to business – the challenges it shares with society,...

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online - reports

CISL launches an engaging new online programme to meet the needs of organisations to build capacity on sustainability at scale within their organisations.

GM Outlines Efforts to Transform Transportation - reports

Sustainability report shares progress toward a more sustainable industry.

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...

Colgate-Palmolive releases 2013 sustainability report and progress on sustainability strategy - reports

NEW YORK, NY – Colgate-Palmolive has released its 2013 Sustainability Report titled, Giving the World Reasons to Smile. This annual report details Colgate’s long-standing...

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...

Old Mutual 2013 Responsible Business Report Published - reports

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

Leading Across Generations - calendar

Companies that successfully unlock the potential of all generations within their business will not only attract and retain future talent, but will also create unique opportunities for...

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...

BSR Conference 2016 - calendar

The BSR Conference is one of the most important global gatherings dedicated to sustainable business. This November, a global audience of close to 1,000 senior business executives and...

5th GRI Global Conference - Empowering Sustainable Decisions - calendar

NOT REGISTERED YET?  The 5th GRI Global Conference is just 5 weeks away.  REGISTER  by 15 April to secure your reduced rate and join up to 1,200 sustainability leaders from...

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Conference Expo - calendar

7th Smart Grids & Cleanpower IIOT Cambridge UK 27-28 June 2016 Day 1 Tech Corp Exec Briefing & MasterClass Day & Dinner Evening Day 2 Business Conference & Demo...

Corporate Bootcamp - calendar

CORPORATE BOOTCAMP Masterclass | LEARN | CONNECT | LEAD   Our guest speaker is one of the few female corporate speakers Lynda King Taylor. Lynda gave two interviews...

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...

Value Chain Risk Management: Understanding, Auditing & Managing Issues in Contract Labour Agency Workforce Providers - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to reinforce the business case for organizations to understand the Value Chain Risks for their organisations in using Contract Labour Agencies ....

ELEVATE Leadership Series – Reimagining Responsible Sourcing - calendar

How can responsible sourcing help create adaptive supply chains and better risk management? What transitions are necessary to achieve this? Effective responsible sourcing requires long term,...

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

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'.

Bank of America Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Bank of America today released its annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report to provide an overview of the environmental, social and economic impact of its businesses as well as...

SGS Webinar: Value Chain Risk Management: Emerging Approaches to Global Risk Management in Sustainability - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We begin by defining why a value...

Upmanship: Enhancing the Science of CSR - calendar

As part of National CSR Week in Canada, 1-5 June, 2015 , professional corporate responsibility practitioners, officers and consultants are meeting in Toronto for a two-day " Upmanship:...

City Developments Limited's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

“We aspire to be a responsible global corporate citizen. We believe that sustainability is integral to business excellence and challenge ourselves to conduct best practices and conserve...

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its first Integrated Report and tenth GRI report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC – the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca-Cola Company with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 581m people – has published its...

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

Robert Brown, Ford’s Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering (SESE) states, “I have headed up Ford Motor Company’s Sustainability function for...

Citi Publishes 2012 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 13th annual Global Citizenship Report today.

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint - reports

Reckitt Benckiser's 2012 Sustainability Report unveils water impact footprint.

Creating a Value Chain Risk Management System to Safeguard Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to guide organizations that seek to control and understand the ethical and risk-based issues in their value chain. We develop a risk based management...

"The Ruggie Principles" - The UN's Principles on Business & Human Rights - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the “Ruggie Principles” and how organizations are considering them in their implementation of good practice in sustainability...

Responsible Sourcing from Emerging Nations - Focus on Africa & Middle East - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to consider the issues and risks in responsible sourcing practices across Africa and the Middle East. As organizations increase their scope of sourcing...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

Lloyds Banking Group - Doing More to help Britain Prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the launch of its 2012 Responsible Business report that outlines the Group progress and challenges to its responsible business approach. 

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...

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) launches the Business & Sustainability Programme Online CISL launches a new online programme to...

Sustainable Development Conference 2014 - calendar

Welcome to Sustainable Development Conference 2014: Green technology, Renewable energy and Environmental protection We are proud to invite you to join us at Sustainable Development...

Responsible Sourcing: Taking Control of Your Supply Chain - calendar

OBJECTIVE The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to support organizations as they look to challenge their supply chains to be more sustainable. It will...

Key Issues in Responsible Sourcing - Migrant Labour - calendar

OBJECTIVE The objective of this webinar (45-minute presentation / 15-minute Q&A) is to support organizations as they look to challenge their supply chains to be more sustainable. It...

SGS leads its sector in Sustainability Reporting by achieving A+ Level - reports

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report. 

Skanska - reports

Skanska is one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, with expertise in construction, development of commercial and residential projects as well as...

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

The only UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. The Sustainable Purchasing and...

Leading for sustainability programme - calendar

Lead International: Are you ready to make your mark? Are you looking to take your career to the next level? Our Leading for sustainability programme will give you the confidence and...

Climate Leadership Conference - calendar

The Climate Leadership Conference is dedicated to professionals addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. This event gathers forward-thinking leaders...

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...

International Corporate Citizenship Conference 2014 - calendar

Adaptable Leadership This year’s conference theme, Adaptable Leadership, focuses on the need for corporate citizenship professionals to adapt to new and changing situations and...

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...

Sustainability Applied 2013 - calendar

Sustainability Applied 2013 is all about challenging the status quo, re-thinking what is possible, and unlocking hidden value. The conference will incorporate a dynamic and interactive mix...

Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition 2013 - calendar

The Australian Sustainability Conference brings together leading practitioners and strategic leaders in this growing industry to explore and share ideas to spearhead sound sustainable business...

The 2nd International CSR Communication Conference - calendar

The second international CSR Communication Conference discusses concepts, theories and methodological approaches to CSR communication together with the following topics: Internal aspects...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. The report sets out how the Group is delivering on its economic, environmental and social activities and how it is...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on Safety - reports

Heathrow has released the latest in its series of briefings 'Towards a sustainable Heathrow'.  This new issue provides ‘a focus on Safety’.

National Bank of Abu Dhabi publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the ‘Safest Bank in the UAE’, has released its 2011 Sustainability Report, entitled ‘Catalysing Change'

Ford's 13th Sustainability Report is now available - reports

Ford Motor Company's 13th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

Holcim its releases 2011 Corporate Sustainable Development report - reports

Holcim, the worldwide producer of cement and aggregates today released its 2011 Sustainability Report.

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...

LEAD Fellowship Programme - calendar

Building on 20 years delivering world class sustainability leadership programmes, LEAD Europe is launching a brand new Fellowship Programme for 2012/13. Combining the best of virtual learning...

Business Sustainability Leadership - calendar

Sustainability practices represent some of the most compelling opportunities for strengthening your brand, reducing costs, decreasing risk, and improving your bottom line. And yet many...

Citi has published its 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Citi published its 12th annual Global Citizenship Report today. The report covers the bank's performance in its social and environmental priority areas, informed by two centuries of experience in...

SEGRO publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

The 2011 SEGRO Sustainability Report provides an update on performance against targets set out in 2009 as part of the company's five-year sustainability strategy.

Complexity and Collaboration: Applying Complexity Theory to Organisational Transformation - calendar

Successful organisations no longer operate in a “top-down” fashion, and benefit from empowering their employees to work collaboratively. Yet many organisations are stuck in hierarchical ways of...

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+...

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

A two-day executive training seminar for CSR, Risk, and Investor Relations professionals who want to better engage SRI analysts and, most importantly, mainstream investors with a long term...

Constellation Energy issues its annual CSR Report - reports

Constellation Energy has issued its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report, detailing the company’s 2010 sustainability initiatives, performance and goals. It focuses on Constellation’s...

The Art of Feminine Leadership: Values, Vision and Success - calendar

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Sustainability for Leaders Level 1 Foundations Certificate Course - calendar

This course draws upon 20 years of experience and result in coaching sustainability champions who are leading their organizations toward sustainability. It is an intensive 2-day practical...

Outokumpu publishes 2011 Sustainability Summary - reports

Outokumpu, the international stainless steel company, on 17 February 2012 published an integrated annual and sustainability report.

Leadership in Times of Chaos: Exploring Old and New Wisdom - calendar

Teacher: Margaret Wheatley This course is an inquiry into how we, as leaders, can understand the deep and conflicting dynamics of our role and make choices about who we choose to be for this...

Responsible Business Convention 2012 - reports

Make sure that you attend BITC's Responsible Business Convention 2012 to ensure that you are abreast of all the strategies and practical solutions that will enable your business to create...

Workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility - calendar

This programme is meant for companies that are willing to develop, innovate and generate added value in their CSR journey. The programme will lay the foundation to understand the concept,...

Climate Change and Carbon Footprinting - calendar

Course Overview: True climate leadership is indicated by companies rethinking their business strategy; engaging with their stakeholders; and developing products and services that will thrive in,...

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...

Leading a Sustainable Business - The Business Leaders Programme - calendar

You want a sustainable future for your business, you need to reduce your environmental impact and achieve competitive advantage.     This two day residential programme will develop your...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2011 CSR Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, 'A clear view', launches today. The Partnership - the largest employee-owned company in the UK with 76,500 permanent...

Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - GTQ - reports

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference is a two day practical conference for practitioners.  It is designed to explore how the industry is applying ESG criteria to augment current...

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...

International Green Awards - calendar

The International Green Awards™ is the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation, has now launched for the 7th year. This year, the awards are...

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 -...

5th International Conference on CSR - - calendar

The 5th International CSR-Conference at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is organized and hosted by the Institute of Management. The 600+ participants include representatives from science,...

France Telecom-Orange publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

France Telecom-Orange has just published its 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (CSR report) in which the Group describes how, as a major player in the digital world, it is ensuring...

Ford publish their 12th sustainability report - reports

Ford's 12th sustainability report, "Blueprint for Sustainability," is now available.

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...

Impactt Conference 2012 - calendar

Finding the Sweet Spot: Smarter ethical trade that delivers more for all An inspired and pragmatic one-day conference focused on making sustainable, worker-led and business-focused changes...

Accenture launch UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study - reports

Accenture invite you to the launch of the UNGC-Accenture Industry CEO Study, the world's largest industry-specific study on CEOs and Sustainability to date on 25th May.

Barclays publishes Citizenship Report 2010 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report 2010. The Report has been independently assured by Ernst & Young and meets the requirements of a Type 2 assurance engagement as defined by...

ICCSR 10th Anniversary Conference - CSR Futures: Knowledge and Practice - calendar

In recent years CSR has emerged as both a sub-field of business and management studies and as a basic management concept.  In essence it refers to business responsibility to and for society...

‘Learning from nature – the new agenda for business success: A Tomorrow’s Natural Business Conference’ - calendar

Tomorrow’s Company is the agenda setting ‘think and do’ tank which looks at the role of business and how to achieve enduring business success.  We focus on strong relationships, clear purpose...

Outokumpu releases integrated report - reports

Outokumpu, international stainless steel company, has published an integrated annual and corporate responsibility 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...

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011 - calendar

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011 will convene the key players in the nation’s energy innovation community to spur the networks that will bring about the next Industrial Revolution in clean...

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,...

World Biofuels Market (WBM) - calendar

Europe’s Largest Bioenergy Congress & Exhibition Registration is now open for World Biofuels Markets: The leading annual industry networking event where leaders of the bioenergy world meet...

Nexen Inc. publishes its 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc., a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2009 Sustainability Report, titled “Responsible Energy Development.”

QS TopMBA Careers Conference - calendar

Developing Responsible Leaders – Who’s Responsible? The QS TopMBA Careers Conference provides a platform for the world's leading business schools and the world's leading recruiters to build...

CSR Europe's Enterprise 2020 Marketplace Event - calendar

Enterprise 2020 is about addressing global, regional and national socio-economic challenges crucial in driving transformation towards a smart, sustainable and inclusive society. On 28 October...

Accenture release findings of largest CEO study on corporate sustainability - reports

An overwhelming majority of corporate CEOs - 93 per cent - say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, in spite of the recent economic downturn....

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...

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...

TBLI Conference - calendar

In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

7th International Responsible Investment Conference - calendar

Climate change, an ageing and growing population, affordable and accessible healthcare and increasing competition for scarce natural resources - these are just a few of the challenges facing us in...

The 2nd International Worldly Leadership Summit - calendar

‘Leading with Responsibility and Conviction’ The Leadership Trust is delighted to announce that  Peter Marks, Group CEO of The Cooperative Group, and Philippe De Woot, Professor Emeritus...

‘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...

The China Social Compliance Leadership Series - calendar

Many of the most transparent retailers and brands disclose in their Corporate Social Responsibility Reports that 40-50% of their factories are either in remediation or considered medium...

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...

2009 Governance Summit - calendar

Join twelve speakers including two of TIME magazine’s Persons of the Year, Sherron Watkins, former VP of Enron and Cynthia Cooper, former VP of WorldCom at the 2009 Governance Summit. 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...

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...

CSR Asia Summit 2009 - calendar

Asia-Pacific’s most innovative and challenging conference on CSR will take place 27-28 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the theme “Sustainable Business as the Road to Recovery” , the event...

Diageo publishes Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Diageo, the global premium drinks business, has published its seventh corporate citizenship report, detailing what it is doing to build a sustainable business.

CSR International's CSR Networking Meetings - calendar

Evening events run on the first Wednesday of every month in London. CSR International is a community interest company for thought-leadership, benchmarking and shared knowledge on corporate...

CSR International's CSR webinars - calendar

Online, interactive dialogues with CSR thought-leaders and leaders in practice (e.g. John Elkington, David Korten, James Lovelock & Stuart Hart) Run every Tuesday, alternating between 9 am and...

CSR International's CSR Masterclasses - calendar

Presented by: Dr Wayne Visser, Professor of CSR and author/editor of five books on CSR, including "The A to Z of Corporate Social Responsibility" and "Making a Difference". Build your knowledge on...

Land Securities Group PLC publishes its CR Report 2009 - reports

Corporate responsibility (CR) underpins everything we do at Land Securities.

Economist Conference's Sustainability Summit 2009 - calendar

With sustainability still dominating boardroom issues, staying ahead of the curve requires dynamic leadership and systemic solutions that deliver solid financial, social and environmental results....

L'Oreal publishes its 2008 report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2008 Sustainable Development Report.

Nexen Inc's 2008 Sustainability Report - reports

Nexen Inc, a Canadian-based global energy company, has released its 2008 Sustainability Report, titled “Balance.”

Tesco publishes latest CR Report - reports

The Report sets out Tesco’s policies on social, environmental and ethical issues and performance across the Tesco Group over the past year.

Sustainability and leadership: the personal challenge - calendar

An experiential Mythodrama seminar for senior executives committed to engaging the big issue of our time. Participants will benefit from a unique form of experiential learning that combines...

Sustainability and leadership: the organizational challenge - calendar

Participants will develop practical, innovative ideas and strategies for sustainable leadership within their own organization, within an exceptionally rich educational environment, with the...

SEGRO publishes Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

SEGRO publishes its Sustainability Report 2008.

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 .

Ethical sourcing forum Europe - calendar

This leadership forum will deliver new strategies and practices to address the latest social and environmental challenges facing global supply chain professionals and stakeholders. With its core...

Social Responsibility Summit - calendar

Join today's top marketing, media and entertainment leaders at the inaugural Social Responsibility Summit in New Orleans, to learn how to reach value-driven consumers through socially responsible...

SC Johnson receives US Presidential Award for Corporate Leadership - reports

The household products company SC Johnson has received the US Presidential Award for Corporate Leadership.

Sustainability, The Communications Challenge - calendar

A morning event at which leading experts from a range of sectors provide their insights into how they have placed sustainability at the centre of their communications and messaging. Ipsos MORI ,...

Rio Tinto's Sustainable Development Review - reports

Rio Tinto has published its latest Sustainable development review

The ABN AMRO REAL Sustainability Report - reports

Brazil's ABN AMRO REAL has outlined an ambitious programme in its second Sustainability Report that aims to 'influence capitalism to become more humane and inclusive'. ABN AMRO REAL is working to...

UPEACE CSR Workshop - calendar

Ideal Media and the UN affiliated UPEACE Centre for Executive and Professional Education have teamed up to deliver a 2 day workshop on CSR. The course will give CSR professionals practical...

Developing a culture of socially responsible leadership - calendar

CSR issues are now firmly established in the business mainstream. There is an emerging emphasis on the people skills and organisational culture that are needed for companies to live their espoused...

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...

Responsible Business Masterclass For Board-Level Influencers - calendar

Attitudes towards corporate social responsibility are directly affecting business value as shareholders examine standards of corporate governance more closely. So the question is no longer...

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...

One Planet Leaders - calendar

WWF International and Exeter University Centre for Leadership Studies bring you an exciting new sustainability programme for business managers. The programme is a three-month programme Explore...

Launch of the Tomorrow’s Global Company inquiry findings - calendar

On 18 June Tomorrow's Company invites you to join us in the next steps of the journey based on the findings from our latest inquiry - Tomorrow's Global Company. The inquiry, conducted by a...

8th International Sustainability Leadership Symposium - calendar

Demographic Change and Financial Services: a short List of Threats – a long List of Opportunities? Business Leaders, Policy Makers and Researchers in Dialogue Experts expect...

B4E - Global Business Summit for the Environment - calendar

The world environment is at a tipping point. After years of debate it is now clear and agreed that mankind, rapid economic growth and industry are the major contributing factors to global warming...

The Institute on Corporate Citizenship - calendar

How are leadership companies responding to and managing these issues? How can your company use corporate citizenship as a tool to create new value for both society and the company? In this...

Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability - calendar

The Stanford Center for Social Innovation offers a pioneering new executive program for leaders in business, government, nonprofit, and political action organizations. Drawing from a...

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum North America 2007 is an international interactive forum and exhibition dedicated to promoting practical solutions for corporate responsibility and sustainability in...

The European identity in business and social ethics - calendar

Celebrating both its own 20th anniversary as well as the one from the European Business Ethics Network the Centre for Economics and Ethics is pleased to host the 2007 Annual EBEN Conference in...

International Congress on Ethics 2007 - calendar

Join leading ethics experts from around the world to help shape solutions to today’s ethical and integrity challenges The International Congress on Ethics 2007 provides an international...

The Institute on Business and Society - calendar

As globalization drives the demand for a new social contract, key stakeholders expect business to provide support and leadership on global issues such as poverty, AIDS, and development. How...

SABIC finds profit in good practice - bestpractice

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

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...

Using the power of communications for social impact  - bestpractice

Dentsu Aegis directs its employees’ skills toward community-based charities. Adam Woodhall reports . . .   “Over the past five years, the agency has helped more than 2,500...

Using the power of communications for social impact  - bestpractice

D entsu Aegis directs its employees’ skills toward community-based charities. Adam Woodhall reports . . .     On an average day in the Western world, people see between...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

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

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

Banking came into its own in the first industrial revolution. Banks were the intermediaries between the people with money and the ideas and opportunities of the community they served. Now,...

The Sustainability Forum 7th international sustainability leadership symposium - calendar

From Short- to Long-Term: Who Cares? Institutional Investors, Beneficiaries and Investees in Dialogue This year’s symposium, a two-day event, seeks to investigate approaches for long-term...

Matching CSR programmes with business goals - bestpractice

Headquartered in the U.S., Booz Allen Hamilton provides strategy and technology consulting services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits employing more than...

Raising the bar for community impact - bestpractice

Founded in 1976 by royal decree and 70% government owned, Riyadh based SABIC is already one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturers with over 40,000 employees working in 50...

Sustainable supply-chain management for public works and transportation infrastructure - calendar

The UO Sustainability Leadership Program offers professional development seminars on sustainability practices. Each seminar is designed to give practitioners a theoretical foundation and...

How to create board-level volunteering opportunities - bestpractice

There is a lot of wall painting and tree planting going on in employer supported volunteering. This is good for team building, for immediate (and visual!) impact. It is not so good if a lasting...

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 –...

Gaining Ground Sustainable Urban Development Leadership Summit - calendar

The conference for land use practitioners, consultants, policymakers and advocates committed to regeneration and restoration strategies. These three days will provide an opportunity for...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

The origins of financial services were good. Banks, insurance companies and investment houses used the power of the collective to pool and manage money, offering the customer a better deal than...

Reporting: a measure of sustainability - calendar

The global conference on transparency and sustainability, featuring the launch of GRI's G3 Guidelines. The conference will draw an array of over 120 speakers, including former US...

Making a splash in water stewardship - bestpractice

It’s a good ten years since Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe joined those who believe that, if nothing is done, we are likely to run out of water before we run out of oil....

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

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...

Banking on change for the better - bestpractice

In an ideal world, companies change in anticipation of the future, rather than having change forced upon them by events. However, the events following the financial crisis raised profound...

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...

Ensuring business measures up responsibly - bestpractice

Lloyds Banking Group has recently unveiled its Helping Britain Prosper Plan which represents several firsts. As part of the British banking institution’s 2013 Responsible Business report,...

Arthur D. Little: Delivering Sustainable Performance through Integrity and Innovation - reports

Arthur D. Little have published a new study entitled Sustainability Value Formula: Integrity + Innovation = Sustainable Performance'.

Sulzer releases sustainability summary - reports

Sulzer has published its Sustainability Summary 2008, which has achieved the highest Global Reporting Initiative Application Level .

Ethical Sourcing Forum: driving social and environmental Impact - calendar

The Ethical Sourcing Forum 2006 is a multistakeholder, accelerated learning and benchmarking platform dedicated to exploring new methods for driving social and environmental impact in global...

accessing all areas - bestpractice

GSK is recognised for its efforts in the access to medicine (ATM) field. It came out comfortably on top of the global ATM index in 2008 and again in 2010 - and has won numerous other awards for its...

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,’...

Europe Summit – leading from the top: how to embed ethical values - calendar

This two day conference running 31 May to 1 June is now in its sixth year and will in 2006 cover two of the biggest internal management issues companies face in the corporate responsibility...

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...

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report - reports

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report.

L'Oréal releases its 2007 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2007 Sustainable Development Report.

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...

Titan's fifth CSR & Sustainability Report - reports

Titan, the Greek-owned cement manufacturer, has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Report.

putting the customer first - bestpractice

As an integrated energy group, Centrica – owner of British Gas and operator of gas and electricity assets – knows that global warming is a huge challenge to its business. But as an energy...

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...

SC Johnson publishes its 2007 Public Report - reports

SC Johnson, the US-based consumer goods manufacturer of products such as Windex®, Shout® and Scrubbing Bubbles®, has published its 2007 Public Report.

Strategies for the green economy - books

Businesses are entering the green marketplace at breakneck speed to keep pace with customer and societal demands to reduce their environmental impacts. But greening one's business is no small...

mending fences in the outback - bestpractice

Rio Tinto’s efforts to improve relations with the indigenous community near one of its operations in a remote part of Western Australia have brought a number of...

Sustainability in Practice - books

As a leader today you are expected to integrate sustainable practices into the everyday operation of your organization.   Your team, your customers, the politicians, the share holders, your...

LEARNING ON THE JOB - bestpractice

A partnership between four companies, the voluntary sector and one of Europe’s leading business schools is helping to tackle social exclusion while training young...

BUILDING A LASTING RELATIONSHIP - bestpractice

Powergen has developed a free educational resource for use in UK primary schools. The Changing Climates programme encourages teachers to introduce core...

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT - bestpractice

By listening to its stakeholders and responding to their needs, an educational college in southern England has boosted student numbers and increased the...

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