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 Resonance’s social impact mission to invest in ‘Dismantling Poverty’ In Bristol raises £2.1m - news

By Roger Aitken — Social impact investment company Resonance that has pursued a mission over the last fifteen years to “connect capital with social enterprise”, has published...

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...

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...

Praxis Mutual commits to impact bonds from India, Starbucks, and European Investment Bank - news

By Roger Aitken — Following a number of positive impact bond purchases, Praxis Mutual Funds, a leading faith-based and socially responsible family of mutual funds advised by Everence...

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,...

New ideas for a new economy - news

by Adam Woodhall — The British are historically world leaders at creating solutions to problems. For example, when in the UK we started running out of wood to build ships and burn for...

Business vs. The State: new roles for social action - news

by Tom idle — We live in politically fascinating times. A coup attempt in Turkey; recurrent terrorist attacks on the streets of Europe’s cities; forthcoming bitter presidential...

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Ontario unveils plan to promote social enterprises - news

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact. While generating revenues from the sale of goods and services, social enterprises also expressly intend to...

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...

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...

CSR Services Directory to aid corporations tackling new UN SDGs - news

With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals now formally adopted, Ethical Performance is updating and expanding its international CSR Services Directory to showcase the work and services...

BlackRock launches Impact World Equity Fund fusing ‘social and financial’ goals - news

The launch mid this October of the BlackRock Strategic Funds’ (BSF) Impact World Equity Fund, a liquid UCITS fund that aims to invest in “measurable” social and environmental...

Korea’s LG Chem generates energy for social projects - news

LG Chem, South Korea’s leading chemical and materials manufacturer, says it will develop new social responsibility activities in co-operation with local governments and social welfare...

Why channeling the energy of youth is key to sustainability - news

In recent years, as we’ve thought about social movements and the millennial generation, many have conjured up images of protesters, from the “Indignados” in Madrid to those who...

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...

Applying natural capital valuation in mainstream business practices - news

The global economy depends on the preservation of natural resources. Yet the majority of businesses have not traditionally placed a high enough financial value on natural capital - the...

BLOG: Is tide turning in effort to tackle climate change? - news

Chris Cook, AkzoNobel's Planet Possible programme director, writes about the importance of partnerships in driving down carbon emissions President Barack Obama’s  Clean...

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

Global consumer goods giant Unilever is leading the reporting way yet again with the publication of a first-of-its-kind Human Rights Report. The report outlines Unilever’s goal not...

The significance of measuring sustainable impact - news

Last month Acre announced the winners of the first Acre365 recognition programme, writes Andy Carltand. There are other award schemes in the sustainability field, but Acre365 is different as it...

Agents of change recognised by Acre365 - news

London-based sustainability recruitment consultancy Acre has announced the winners of its Acre365 recognition programme, honouring sustainability heroes who have excelled in their first...

Unilever accelerates sustainable packaging target for 2015 - news

Magnum and Walls ice cream maker Unilever has brought its sustainable paper and board packaging use target forward. The multinational FMCG giant will now source all of its paper and board...

inside investment Time shortening between ESG issues emerging and market reaction - MSCI - news

A report from MSCI ESG Research, a provider of research and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) business practices of companies globally, has suggested that that...

Finding the inspiration for change - news

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just concluded in Davos. It’s one of those gargantuan, international, annual events that while attracting heads of state, fails to engage heads on the...

BASF to tackle social issues with Creator Space project - news

The chemicals multinational BASF, whose products range from plastics to crop treatments, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a programme to tackle social issues, including energy sourcing,...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

Knorr cooks up support for World Food Day - news

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

Unilever and DFID join forces to help world’s poor - news

Unilever and the Department for International Development (DFID) have formed a new partnership to create jobs, improve water and sanitation and develop sustainable supply chains in developing...

The new breed of social worker - news

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

Call for beauty industry to take greener steps - news

The cosmetics industry needs to take greater steps if it is to become more sustainable. This was one of the key messages from Sustainable Cosmetics Summit North America, hosted in New York...

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...

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...

CSR hits the catwalk - news

Jeannette Ferran Astorga, vice president of social responsibility at Ann Inc., gives Ethical Performance a glimpse into some of the fashion house’s latest sustainability program...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

The market for breast milk substitutes is a highly contentious ethical area, especially for investors. The FTSE4Good criteria for the category – launched last year – is an attempt...

Barcardi to ramp up responsible drinking efforts - news

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

Unilever to transform market for sustainable palm oil - news

Anglo Dutch conglomerate Unilever says that all of the palm oil it buys globally will be traceable to known sources by the end of next year. The fmcg giant says the pledge is a significant...

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:...

New initiative to improve lives of African girls - news

Discovery Communications, the non-fiction media company, has teamed up with the Department for International Development to improve the lives of young girls living in Africa. The company is...

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

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

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...

Consumers worldwide willing to pay more for ethical goods - news

The number of consumers willing to pay more for goods and services from ethical companies is on the rise globally, according to a new survey by market research organisation Nielsen. The...

EcoHouse goes back to school in Brazil to help combat illiteracy - news

International property developer EcoHouse Group has struck a partnership with SESI, Brazil’s Rio Grande do Norte state government’s education body, to set up a school to help its...

Wrigley backs India mint farm education drive - news

US chewing gum giant, Wrigley has launched a three-year educational partnership with Pratham, the largest non-governmental education organisation in India, working to provide quality education...

BMW in youth employment scheme - news

BMW is recruiting a small number of unemployed young Spaniards to work in Germany in a pilot programme to “give something back” to its customer countries, Reuters reports....

Advent of SSE puts UK "at heart of social investment" - news

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has officially launched the Social Stock Exchange (SSE), a new initiative designed to connect the public financial markets with social impact...

UKSIF calls for G8 to address barriers to responsible investment - news

As the G8 Summit kicks off in North Ireland, the UK’s Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has called for attendees to use the event to make progress in breaking down...

Unilever makes sustainable sourcing headway - news

Anglo Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is now sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress towards its target of 100% by 2020. With...

New index... - news

Pharma companies are failing to adequately disclose the impacts of their social contributions according to a new index. The VV-Good index compares the Top 10 pharmaceutical companies...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Principles don’t pull against profit - news

Paul Ellis , chief executive of Ecology Building Society, believes that a long-term approach is essential for the future of the UK’s financial sector and that finance can be...

Employment provides “much more than just wage packet” in rural communities - news

Independence was the greatest benefit from employment stated by working women surveyed in Africa and Asia. Altogether 36% said independence accompanied by choices was the most valued aspect,...

Poor performance... - news

Poor performance... A damning new survey declares that four out of 10 European companies are paying less attention to their impacts on society than they did a decade ago. This puts the EU at...

Social impact portal… - news

Social impact portal… The Social Hotspots Database is a new web portal for use by corporate directors, investors, product designers, supply chain managers and policymakers to help...

Ethical investment hub launches online - news

The first online marketplace for positive ethical investments has gone live at ethex.org.uk Individuals can now buy and sell investments in leading social businesses online through Ethex,...

India takes off as impact investment lure - news

India has become the world’s second largest market for impact investing, through which funds deliver benefits to society as well as financial returns, reports the Rockefeller Foundation,...

Allia launches social impact bond to public investment - news

The first social impact bond open to public investment has been introduced in the UK to help children aged between 11 and 16 to avoid going into care. The Future for Children Bond, offered...

Drucker moves to Powell Tate - news

Cindy Drucker has joined PR firm Weber Shandwick division Powell Tate as an executive vice president in its Washington DC-based global social impact practice, where she is strategic counsellor...

London's moves to lead the responsible finance world - news

Next month, Big Society Capital (BSC) opens its doors for business in London's financial centre. It will be part-funded by and sit alongside some of the banks that Lord Turner, the UK...

Integrated reporting framework sets out stall on clarity and simplicity - news

An international framework for integrated reporting that will see firms providing more comprehensive, long-term and user-friendly information has been proposed. The International Integrated...

Don’t just play it safe – try something creative - news

Supply chain ethics is not solely about managing risk, it’s about seeking opportunities, says Daniel Hsu Recent headlines from China have included a deadly accident at Foxconn, a...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

Clothing giant Puma has published the first results of an innovative environmental profit and loss account, revealing heavy impacts from emissions and water externalities at the bottom of its...

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

Bribery, supply chain issues and pay differentials have been identified as key ethical risk areas in the global sports industry. A briefing by the UK-based Institute of Business Ethics...

Apparel sector establishes coalition - news

A worldwide Sustainable Apparel Coalition has been formed by clothing companies, NGOs and other industry stakeholders. The coalition, whose founding members include Adidas, Gap, Levi, Marks...

Top bank starts to look into its social footprint - news

An international bank is commissioning and publishing independent reports reviewing the social and economic impacts of its operations in various nations. Standard Chartered, which is asking...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

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

One in five businesses have social purpose - news

An estimated fifth of UK businesses want to make a ‘social difference’, according to new figures. They account for a turnover of nearly £100billion (£152bn, €110bn) and vastly outstrip government...

Eni test human rights draft - news

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

Finding value at the bottom of the pyramid - news

BlueOrchard is blazing a responsible investment trail in microfinance – and finding that institutional clients see its modus operandi as increasingly attractive. Mike Scott talks to...

Firms told: ‘lobby for good’ - news

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

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

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

inquiry will look at social impacts of alternative investment vehicles - news

The Tomorrow’s Company think-tank is to investigate the social and environmental ramifications of changing trends in company ownership. The inquiry will look at the effect of hedge funds, private...

listening approach improves performance - news

Corporate community investment programmes are becoming more effective because companies are now listening to the people who are intended to benefit from them. The Charities Aid Foundation, which...

venture fund delivers a social return - news

A venture capital company formed to support social projects has raised £75million ($150m) for its second community development venture fund. UK-based Bridges Ventures had hoped to reach £50m, but...

Amnesty ready to put its own house in order - news

Amnesty International UK is recruiting a CSR manager to manage its in-house ethical performance. The appointment, which is unusual for a non-governmental organization (NGO), is part of Amnesty’s...

sugar cane sector decides to lay down ground rules - news

Sugar cane growers, processors and food companies are to draw up social and environmental ‘principles and criteria’ with a view to reducing the industry’s impact. The move has partly been...

stand-alone green reports appear to have had their day - news

New figures indicate that annual stand-alone corporate environment reports in the UK are on the way out. Statistics released last month by CorporateRegister.com show that environment reports...

analysts witness birth of new SRI approach - news

A new investment style has emerged during recent months, say two leading analysts. Meg Brown and Mike Tyrrell, sustainable investment analysts at Citigroup, say they have observed more...

everything you need to know about G3 - news

EP sets out the key changes that will be brought in by the newly revamped Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting, introduced last month October’s enormous...

Social impact plans now needed in Philippines - news

Companies that want to mine in the Philippines will now have to submit their technical and social plans to a government panel of environment and mining officials. Angelo Reyes, the environment...

new standards for paper group - news

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

inbrief - news

A large UK-based consultancy has established a CSR division. RSK ENSR will operate the division from its new Manchester office, with a particular focus on supply chain management, sustainable...

Westpac is most sustainable company - news

Westpac bank has won the Australian Sustainable Company of the Year title in the 2005 Australian Sustainability Awards. The Insurance Australia Group received the award for the company with...

Coca-Cola units join forces to tackle health concerns - news

Two companies that make and market Coca-Cola in the UK are to work together more closely to try to reduce the ‘negative social impacts’ of sugar in their soft drinks. Coca-Cola Great...

Shell heading for more trouble over Nigeria oil - news

Religious and pressure groups are continuing their attack on Shell over its actions in Nigeria in advance of the company’s annual meeting. The oil giant’s troubles in the volatile West...

palm oil sector addresses social obligations - news

Social impacts of the palm oil industry have been given equal prominence with environmental problems in a set of principles for the sector agreed by dozens of companies around the world....

Chinese companies now have evaluation criteria - news

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

FTSE4Good index opens its doors to uranium miners - news

Three of the best-known companies in the CSR field will shortly become eligible to join FTSE4Good, following a review of the index’s policy on uranium mining. Anglo American, which has...

McDonald's makes key shift into CSR heartland - news

McDonald's has enhanced its status as an increasingly bona fide member of the CSR community by being accepted as a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, the US-based...

inbrief - news

Simon Rogerson, Europe’s first computer ethics professor, has won the Association for Computing Machinery’s Making a Difference award, given annually to mark ‘outstanding contributions to...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has issued a revised draft of changes to its social and environmental policies after allegations that it has been trying to water them down. The...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

The company that runs the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes has claimed so many businesses are now getting to grips with their social and environmental responsibilities that the difference between...

EC to target public on CSR - news

A campaign to make the public more aware of socially responsible business practice is to be run by the European Commission. Officials believe that greater public understanding of how some...

new protocol defines outer limits of reporting - news

Companies have at last been given guidance on the extent to which their sustainability reports should cover the outer reaches of their operations. A set of boundary protocols produced by the...

CSR in Russia is ‘disorganized’ - news

Corporate responsibility in Russia is generally ‘disorganized and chaotic’, according to the first national assessment of the social impact of business. The Report on social investments in...

steel sector makes joint effort to report on its impacts - news

Forty-two of the world’s major steel companies have brought out a joint sustainability report on their environmental and social impacts. Sustainability reports produced by an industry sector are...

World Bank takes up sustainability agenda - news

The World Bank has made an important advance in the evaluation of its operations and lending. In response to pressure from stakeholders, it has become the first multilateral development bank to...

Gallaher looks beyond tobacco - news

Tobacco multinational Gallaher is extending its ethical supply-chain monitoring efforts by assessing the social impact of the companies that furnish it with non-tobacco inputs. The new work by...

Most responsible Australasian firms identified - news

A list of Australia's 100 most socially responsible companies and New Zealand's top 20 has been published by RepuTex, the Melbourne-based ratings organization. In Australia the highest AAA...

assurance begins to make headway in Europe and Asia - news

A new analysis of reporting trends shows that about 40 per cent of all hard copy sustainability reports published in Europe last year were verified by a third party,...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

Corporate responsibility in Latin America and the Caribbean is still ‘relatively weak and unevenly distributed’ despite growing interest in the field, according...

media sector needs to measure its ‘brainprint’ - news

Media companies have been urged to consider whether their print and broadcast output has a socially responsible impact on people’s thinking. A new discussion paper...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

firms lose marks through poor public disclosure - news

Companies are failing to give enough favourable detail when they make public their social and environmental performance, an investor-sponsored study of UK housebuilders...

the challenges ahead for reporting companies - news

In the second of our series on the future of corporate social responsibility, EP looks at the forces that are shaping non-financial reporting Apart from France, no...

Anglo American offers CSR kit to all divisions - news

Anglo American is to offer its business units a socio-economic assessment kit to help them improve their ethical performance and give them indicators for judging progress...

UN Norms offer firms a template for change - news

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

Total defends role in Burma - news

Oil and gas company Total has used its first CSR report to defend its presence in Burma (Myanmar). The French multinational argues that its withdrawal from the...

internal auditors 'should champion CSR' - news

Internal company auditors have been urged by their professional body to keep a watchful eye on their boards of directors to see if they are taking adequate account of CSR...

Core Bill reappears for first reading in the House - news

One of the few remaining European initiatives to promote mandatory social and environmental reporting has been put before the UK’s lower house of parliament. The...

new push on responsible downsizing - news

The International Labour Organization and the European Commission have joined forces to encourage companies to take much greater account of the social impact of job losses when...

winegrowers draw up ethical code - news

The Californian wine industry has introduced a code of social and environmental conduct. The voluntary ‘code of sustainable wine-growing practices’ is accompanied by...

Westpac heads Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top in an annual index of corporate reputation in Australia. The bank, which recently produced its first social report (EP4, issue 5), headed the...

inbrief - news

B&Q’s sustainable development policies have won it a 2002 European Business Award for the Environment. The UK-based DIY chain was among ten companies to win awards...

financial firms ready to unveil ethical guidelines - news

More best practice guidance for the financial services sector is to be unveiled next month. The ‘Forge Two’ corporate social responsibility management and reporting...

inbrief - news

Aluminium firms in Germany have come together to produce a report on the social impact of their industry. Aluminium – social aspects focuses mainly on how aluminium benefits...

tourism laggards anger UN - news

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

Shell sets up impact study - news

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

how to keep down the costs of your CSR policies - news

The best way to keep down CSR costs is to get consultants to set up a management system and then run it yourself, advises Richard Jones The costs associated with corporate...

European first for Birmingham - news

Birmingham has become the first European city to have its own business charter for social responsibility. The UK city’s ‘Better Together’ charter commits signatory companies...

financial institutions warn against Burma links - news

Eight institutional investors have issued a joint statement expressing their ‘grave concerns’ about foreign companies working in Burma. The statement’s signatories –...

export agencies to study social impact of projects - news

Twenty-four major economic powers have agreed to commit their export credit agencies to look at social and environmental factors when underwriting business projects....

bank puts obsolete branches to good use - news

Moves to reduce the social impact of bank branch closures have begun at Barclays with three deals to sell or lease old premises to community groups at below market prices....

250 Brazilian firms report social impacts - news

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

Abbey issues community report - news

Abbey National has published its first corporate citizenship report. The 34-page document includes sections on the social impact of the UK bank’s products and...

M&S taken off register over store closure plans - news

Marks & Spencer has been taken off the investment register of a European ethical investment research organization after being accused of failing to inform staff early...

inbrief - news

The BBC will include a page on the corporation’s social impact in its annual report next month. The section will concentrate mainly on its community involvement work.

Royal Bank of Scotland starts social audit - news

Royal Bank of Scotland has begun work on its first community and environment report. The UK bank, the third largest in Europe, is producing the document in-house...

export credits given new ethical screen - news

A new regime to assess the social and environmental impact of British business projects abroad is being piloted by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department...

how the dotcom world is lagging behind on CSR - news

Early indications from the UK government-backed Digital Futures inquiry into the ethics of e-businesses suggest that this new business sector is still at an early stage in developing...

agency ready for push on CSR - news

The UK’s Environment Agency has said it will push the government to adopt a more forceful position on corporate responsibility. In a consultation document on the quango’s ‘direction...

export credits agency to heed future ethical risks - news

The UK government’s export credits agency has been given until the end of the year to produce a statement of principles that will commit it to considering the social and...

Abbey National outlines investment code - news

The UK’s fifth largest bank has issued a new set of ethical guidelines as a framework for its investment policies. The Abbey National Group guidelines say the bank should...

Carillion adds social data to its reporting portfolio - news

The construction and engineering company Carillion has published its first environmental, community and social report. The 32-page document, which also contains financial statistics,...

ethical web site proves a big hit - news

A web site set up by a task force on corporate social responsibility (CSR) is claiming to be attracting more than 60,000 hits per month. The site ( www.business-impact.org...

Barclays unveils first social review - news

Barclays has become the latest UK high street bank to produce a social report. The 30-page document, billed by Barclays as ‘the first comprehensive review of our approach...

Premier lays down guiding principles - news

Premier Oil has launched a set of guiding principles that lay out policies on human rights and stakeholder dialogue. The UK-based oil exploration and production company,...

banks are slow on responsible lending - news

Too many European banks are slow on the uptake when it comes to devising socially and environmentally responsible lending policies, according to a survey by the social responsibility...

resource centre set to fill global information vacuum - news

An international resource centre dedicated to socially responsible business is to open in London in the New Year. The Resource Centre for the Social Dimensions of Business Practice...

Railtrack tackles suicides - news

Railtrack is to help fund a £300,000 project to reduce suicide attempts on railway lines. The UK track and station operator says that more than 160 suicides – or four per cent of...

BA to introduce social and ethical sourcing for its suppliers - news

British Airways is to introduce a social dimension to its supplier guidelines as part of an update of its purchasing statement. The statement, which applies to all new and...

Nottinghamshire council takes the ethical route with Henderson - news

Henderson Investors has won the investment mandate for a £150 million ethical fund for the UK’s Nottinghamshire County Council. The fund will initially work with £50...

new first for NatWest - news

NatWest has produced its first ever combined social and environmental report. The Social Impact Review, believed to be the first of its kind by a UK high street bank, brings...

companies covet a place in NPI’s index - news

NPI Asset Management says it is being approached by growing numbers of top-ranking companies wanting to be included in its social index. The NPI Social Index tracks the performance...

ESG Social Impact Advisors - companies

ZOOiD - directory

ZOOiD provides clients with a clear direction of how to effectively report on, evaluate and market and communicate sustainability driven activities within and outside the organisation. ...

Collins McHugh - directory

Collins McHugh is a solutions focused CR consultancy. We believe that well targeted, business focused Corporate Responsibility still remains one of the most under utilized business tools...

TwentyFifty Ltd - directory

twentyfifty builds the capacity of companies to understand and address their impacts and lead change that serves both business and society.  We have over a decades experience of business...

Webinar: How 3M, Williams-Sonoma and SupplyShift leverage data to transform supply chains across all tiers - reports

Ethical Corporation is running a live webinar on how to transform data across every tier in your supply chain. Join the 60-minute webinar next  September 26th at 7am PST  (3pm UK/...

CA Technologies Releases Latest Sustainability Report - reports

CA Technologies (NASDAQ:CA) announced its commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, from a 2015 baseline, in its 8th annual Sustainability Report . The report...

Nestlé in the U.S. Releases 2016 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé in the U.S.’s 2016 Creating Shared Value Report highlights the company’s efforts and achievements in nutrition, health and wellness; environmental sustainability; rural...

AEP Releases 2017 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) issued its 2017 Corporate Accountability Report today, the 11th annual assessment of AEP’s stewardship as a public company and a community partner.

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

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...

80+ CEOs, Governmental and Business leaders quantify social impact at RBSEU - reports

With a 170% rise in attendance, the  16th Annual Responsible Business Summit Europe  is shaping to be the largest and most influential gathering  of 500+  in Business...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

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

Unilever, Siemens and IKEA drive Europe’s leading sustainability and social impact event - reports

The  Responsible Business Summit Europe  (London, 7-8 June), has the most impressive (CEO-led!) speaker line-up and agenda to date - all designed to uncover the FACTUAL potential...

Quantify Social Impact - Strategies from Siemens, Unilever, UBS, FedEx, WBCSD and Nestlé - reports

Measuring social impact is highly complex, but being able to prove how responsible social initiatives contribute to the business and to the national development goals is now crucial.

Twinings demonstrates how it is improving the quality of life in tea communities in its 2016 Social Impact Report - reports

UK-based international tea brand Twinings publishes its 2016 Social Impact Report which brings to life the stories of the people behind a cup of tea, from Chrissy, a smallholder tea farmer in...

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2016. This year’s report provides even more context on the company’s CR performance, as well as views...

Ball Corporation Releases 2016 Sustainability Report, Sets Clear Path for the Future - reports

Ball Corporation’s fifth biennial sustainability report details the company’s progress toward its updated priorities – product stewardship, operational excellence, talent...

Virgin Media announces world’s first along with sustainability performance progress - reports

Virgin Media has announced the first year results of its ‘Five in Five’ sustainability goals – the company’s pledge to do more good with digital while growing the...

CA Technologies Achieves Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule - reports

CA Technologies latest   Sustainability Report   marks a continued evolution of corporate social impact, from environmental stewardship to broader societal change. The report...

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...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 19th Sustainability Report - reports

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

RB Introduces New Integrated Approach to Sustainability and Corporate Reporting and Raises Key Sustainability Targets Following Early Successes - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, today launched its 2015 Sustainability Report alongside its 2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements.

Barclays concludes four year Citizenship Plan - reports

Barclays has published its annual Citizenship performance in the Barclays PLC Annual Report 2015. Fully integrated with Barclays’ Balanced Scorecard, the Citizenship Plan included 11...

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,...

TUI Group launches new ‘Better Holidays, Better World’ sustainability strategy - reports

TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business, has launched its new sustainability strategy, ‘Better Holidays, Better World’. The ambitious 2020 strategy is built around...

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

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

AkzoNobel’s digitally enhanced Report 2014 published online - reports

AkzoNobel today published its integrated Report 2014 online, which includes full details of the company's annual results and sustainability performance. Also available as an iPad app, the...

Gas Natural Fenosa publishes first Annual Integrated Report and 12th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

For the first time, Gas Natural Fenosa has published an Annual Integrated Report as well as its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Barclays publishes its Citizenship Report 2013 - reports

Barclays has published its Citizenship Report and Annual Report. In addition to our regulatory and corporate governance reporting requirements, both provide much information about...

Seeing the bigger picture - Sky's approach to building a sustainable business, Summary Report 2013 - reports

Sky has released its Seeing the bigger picture, Summary Report 2013. 

Business4Better UK - calendar

Are you ready for a conversation?   More and more businesses are realising the value of partnerships. Working with not-for-profits, social enterprises and charities not only can...

Corporate Social Impact Conference - calendar

In today’s world corporate philanthropy is broadening to include a wide range of stakeholders – effective partnerships can accelerate impact and lead to longer term social change....

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...

Bacardi Limited Publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Walt Disney releases second Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

The Walt Disney Company has released its second Corporate Citizenship Report, detailing Disney’s progress on environmental and social impacts.

Social Accountability International (SAI) 2011 Courses - calendar

SAI’s training is designed to encourage proficiency in social compliance issues and emphasize the implementation of management systems.   Learn about a management-system approach to social...

Environmental & Social Risk Analysis (ESRA) E-Learning Programme - calendar

Contaminated land. Endangered species. Water scarcity. Health hazards. So many risks, so many potential losses. Learn to identify environmental and social risk and stay clear of the damage. The...

The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2011 - calendar

Rewarding innovation in corporate sustainability Deadline for entries: 7 February 2011 Is your sustainability initiative leading the way? If so we want to hear from you! The Guardian Sustainable...

LCA Sustainable Supply Chain USA - calendar

Introducing the 7th of our Sustainable Supply Chain Summits, the LCA Sustainable Supply Chain USA (‘ Addressing Environmental & Social Impacts Throughout The Entire Life Cycle & Supply...

Otto Group publishes sustainability report - reports

Otto Group has published a sustainability report covering all ten companies within the group. The 98-page report for the first time includes information on the individual company OTTO as well...

The Third Annual Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 - calendar

Think you've heard it all before and couldn't possibly gain anything from another conference? Well here's just four of the things that makes the Sustainable Finance Summit 2008 different -and...

CAF Community Investment Debate Forum - calendar

Mirror mirror on the wall – is community investment simply about image? Stakeholders are demanding more accountability and transparency from companies in the area of corporate responsibility...

ScottishPower launches web-only CR report - reports

ScottishPower has this year opted to use the internet as its sole method of communicating its 2005/06 Corporate Responsibility report.

The ScottishPower Environmental and Social Impact Report 2003/4 - reports

International energy group ScottishPower has this year extended its established record in CSR reporting with its second Environmental and Social Impact Report for 2003/4.

Barclays partners with Unreasonable Group to support entrepreneurs  - bestpractice

The bank’s joint programme is part of its Shared Growth Ambition strategy to improve lives while providing returns to shareholders. Tom Idle reports…    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...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Benevity innovates in corporate giving and volunteering with new technology - bestpractice

 “Spark” software program ensures simple, secure and easy giving so grassroots philanthropy can be part of everyday life. Miranda Ingram reports...   Some notable...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…   In 2014,...

Giving back the Aimia way to create real social value - bestpractice

A Data Philanthropy model pairs analytics experts with specific charities to drive greater social impact through new knowledge and insights. Tom Idle reports…     In...

Making the right partnership connections - bestpractice

It’s very much a case of chips with everything at ARM, the British semiconductor IP company. It patents and licenses chip technology to manufacturing giants that end up powering everything...

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,...

Making a date for behaviour change - bestpractice

Every year the National Health Service loses a staggering £950m because of missed appointments, or DNAs (did not attends) – no-shows who fail to cancel their appointments. Twelve...

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...

The Volvo Cars Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

The newly-published Sustainability Report from Volvo Cars outlines the steps the Swedish vehicle manufacturer is taking to improve, from a corporate social responsibility viewpoint. ...

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,...

BMW publishes first UK sustainable value report - reports

BMW Group in the UK has produced its first sustainable value report.

ScottishPower publishes its online CR Report 2007 - reports

ScottishPower has published its CR Report 2007 online.

digging deep - bestpractice

When Xstrata Copper won a concession to develop the Apurímac region of Peru, it secured what could turn out to be one of the country’s most important mining deposits. It also inherited what could...

making reports more credible - bestpractice

ScottishPower has spent the last three years refining the way it assures its environmental and social reports. This has helped the company to improve the quality...

helping credit unions - bestpractice

Barclays knows it cannot single-handedly tackle the problems of financial exclusion, so over the past three years it has been supporting an initiative that aims to...

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