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Sky Group Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch announced as the new Business in the Community Chair - news

Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, has announced that it will appoint Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky as its new Chair on January 1 2018....

Call to game-changing businesses shaping the future to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2018 - news

Business in the Community is inviting game-changing companies that are embedding responsible business innovation and best practice to enter the Responsible Business Awards 2018.  ...

UK grocery chains focus on responsible initiatives - news

By Brian Collett — Waitrose, one of Britain’s largest supermarket chains, has taken another step towards its target of making all own-label packaging reusable or home-compostable by...

IMF tells rich countries to do more to help poor nations deal with climate change - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Last month, then-Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, dismissed complaints that the UK's response to the devastation of the British Virgin Islands by Hurricane...

Sustainable Brands to present 70+ brand and sustainability experts at SB’17 Copenhagen conference - news

Speakers from H&M, IDEO, Forum for the Future, TerraCycle, Harvard University, and many more will present insights at SB’17 Copenhagen, a conference to be held 30 October 30 –...

Danish seminar to focus on ethical conduct in business - news

By Brian Collett — A mixing of Italian and Danish cultures as a means of reinforcing ethical conduct in business, education and training will be on the agenda at a seminar in Denmark this...

Board level volunteering is bringing CSR to life - news

By Ian Joseph, CEO, Trustees Unlimited and Managing Director, Russam GMS — CAF’s latest UK giving report found that people donated £9.7 billion to charities last year, with...

Cities pushing beyond climate change - news

By David Connor, UK Regional Voice Lead — As the world conversely becomes better connected in an increasingly uncertain future, we are seeing the roles of cities and governments fluctuate...

Half Of UK workers say ‘no need’ to sacrifice profits for higher ESG - news

By Roger Aitken —  Around half (47%) of UK workers believe that companies can achieve higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards “without sacrificing...

Big Oil urged to report financials in view of climate-related risk - news

By Elisabeth Jeffries — Had Exxon Mobil reported its reserves differently in 2016, investors might have taken a different view of the company’s future. It reported its Kearl oil...

Corporate responsibility gains traction in Nigeria - news

By Vikas Vij — The concept of corporate social responsibility is now being embraced by a large number of organizations in Nigeria across different sectors. In the past, CSR was considered...

FTSE 100 companies asked to detail diversity policies for UK gov’t by Lady McGregor-Smith - news

By Brian Collett — The UK government has been asked to compel fund managers to request the FTSE 100 companies in which they invest to detail their diversity policies and to say how they...

Green & Black’s chocolate launches products with new “Cocoa Life” label - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Green & Black's, the brand which pioneered organic Fairtrade chocolate, is now launching its first UK product without the familiar Fairtrade label. Instead,...

UK's big utilities must adapt: new energy report - news

By Antonio Pasolini — Two sustainability non-profits have compiled a report claiming the main energy suppliers, or the "Big Six" of the UK market, need to change their business...

Inventshift showcases social enterprises for global good - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Social enterprises are a new way of doing business, where, by selling goods and services in the open market, the social enterprises reinvest the money they make back...

Lloyds hackathon challenge inspires collective citizen impact - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Our societies need thriving young people - children and young adults who want and are able to positively shape the world around them. They need opportunities to...

Al Gore at Ashden Awards: “Must, can, will we change?” - news

By Adam Woodhall — Al Gore started out giving speeches about the environment in 1989, first with flip charts, then slides, then a mix of digital imagery, animation and high-tech stagecraft...

GSK reduces supply chain emissions with help from Schneider Electric - news

By Vikas Vij — A PLoS ONE study published last year showed that if the US healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest carbon emitter, more than...

Trust in an era of ‘alternative' facts - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — The Global Thinkers Forum is a social purpose organisation that launched in 2012 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. It works for change by...

Housing crisis offers an opportunity to implement electricity demand management - news

By Simon Anderson, Chief Strategy Officer, geo — In my last article for Ethical Performance I outlined what the near future will look like if our demands for electricity outstrip supply...

Action or belief?  - news

By Adam Woodhall — I’ve asked hundreds of people this question: which comes first, action or belief? The large majority pause, and then say, “Belief”. The reality is,...

Winners of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2017 announced - news

Anglian Water have been named one of the most responsible businesses in the UK, along with 16 other companies at the 2017 Responsible Business Awards.   [Pictured: Mark...

NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards recognise the power of family businesses - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Some of the UK’s largest and most successful businesses are family-owned, including some of the country’s most recognisable and well-loved brands. Two...

The future of energy is disruptive - news

By Adam Woodhall — The aim of the recent event ‘Energy Live Future’ was to highlight the cutting edge innovation that is surging through the energy industry. The organisers,...

 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...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

By Brian Collett — The global apparel industry is making changes to promote better practices.   A pact to improve garment factory working conditions worldwide has been signed...

M&S to tackle unemployment, skills shortage, and poverty around the UK - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to tackle unemployment, skills shortages and poverty in 10 areas around the UK, as part of a new community...

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

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

Say hello to the Global Good Awards! - news

For 2018, the National CSR Awards is rebranding as the Global Good Awards. Karen Sutton, CEO and Founder of the Awards (pictured above), explains: “These awards were originally born...

Green hotel award winners announced - news

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

National CSR Awards 2017 winners revealed - news

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

Responsible Business Week: showcasing companies that make a positive impact - news

By Amanda MacKenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community — Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a...

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...

A conversation with Sandy Boundy, Communications and CSR Manager at Heineken Ireland - news

From "In Conversation," Business in the Community Ireland —    Please describe your role and responsibilities and how many years you have been in the...

Australian solar power customers support community solar projects - news

By Brian Collett — A green Australian electricity company has given customers the option of paying slightly higher rates to finance community solar projects.  Powershop, which...

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...

Businesses must support financial education in schools - news

By Vikas Vij — The World Economic Forum includes financial literacy as one of six core ‘foundational literacies’ essential for students to thrive in the 21st century economy....

Veolia, BITC Responsible Business of the Year 2016, buys into the circular economy - news

By Tom Idle — Talking about the so-called circular economy and all the potential economic and environmental benefits it might bring is not to speak of a distant future, says the woman...

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...

2017 awards entry deadline extended - news

There's still time to enter this year's National CSR Awards 2017. Entries to this year’s awards, sponsored by Revive , will now be accepted up to and including Friday 10th...

The renewable revolution  - news

By Adam Woodhall — In Britain and beyond, businesses large and small are getting on with a rapid transition to renewables, despite mixed messages coming from the UK government.  ...

"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...

The good purpose guide – 9 ways to turn purpose into action within your business - news

By Charlotte West — Business is increasingly required to play a role in society which goes beyond maximising stakeholder profit. So it’s perhaps no surprise that 'purpose’...

Business leaders split on effect of Brexit on ethical governance - news

By Brian Collett — The ways in which Brexit will change the ethical conduct of businesses in the UK are as uncertain as the issues that will affect their trading.    The...

Science-based targets guide business in setting carbon reduction goals - news

By Tom Idle — As we prepare for the cold days of winter, we might fondly recall the hot days of summer – some of the warmest on record for the season. The warning signs were...

Surprising findings for corporate sustainability in Silicon Valley - news

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

Future generations prepare for work with DP World Education Programme - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — In our fast-paced, technology-driven and globalised world, consumers expect just about anything from anywhere delivered promptly to their door. International logistics...

Riversimple adopts circular economy to create a cutting edge eco-auto  - news

By Adam Woodhall — A passion for racing cars and environmentalism aren't usual bedfellows. Hugo Spowers is not an usual entrepreneur though, and the business he has created,...

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...

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...

Sharing values and engagement opportunities - news

by Adam Woodhall - Three engagement specialists recently launched a White Paper at an event in the shadow of London’s Tate Modern which highlighted the challenges and opportunities for...

Assessing the landscape of corporate-NGO partnerships  - news

by Tom Idle — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched at the beginning of this year as a concrete set of 17 global ambitions, offers a quick guide to...

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

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

Past and future of sustainability with the RSA - news

by Adam Woodhall — The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, or RSA for short, was founded in 1754, and has an impressive history.   ...

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

£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...

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...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

by RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared ambition to head off accelerating climate...

CDL partners to launch sustainability academy to achieve climate goals - news

by Antonio Pasolini—The city-state of Singapore is making a pioneering move towards meeting its climate mitigation goals. A joint effort by City Developments Limited (CDL) and the...

Women's Equality Day: interview with Shelley Zalis - news

Interview by Sangeeta Haindl   Equality in the workplace and gender pay is a stubborn issue, one which hit the UK headlines on 23 August, when research from the Institute of Fiscal...

COP21: Getting down to business - news

COP21: Getting down to business By RP Siegel — COP21 has been hailed as a historic event because of the way it facilitated 196 countries to come together in support of a shared...

UK food charities face real challenges in feeding the most vulnerable - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Neighbourly, the social network for social good reveals in its latest survey that 218 UK food charities face real challenges in helping to feed society’s most...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

By Reynard Loki — A new report by Sustainalytics, a sustainability research and analysis firm, suggests that Brexit could prompt British companies to slack off on green schemes, which...

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...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

Business in the Community has announced the winner of its flagship award, Responsible Business of the Year 2016: Veolia, the global resource management company. Presented at a Gala Dinner...

Reflections on CSR in India - news

by Deepak Arora, CEO, Essar Foundation — The Companies Act, 2013 is considered to be one of the most significant legal reforms in India, having introduced several new provisions, among...

UK food charities struggle to feed people in need - news

Neighbourly, the social network for social good, has published the results of a survey of charities and volunteer organisations across the UK which regularly distribute surplus food to those in...

M&S makes progress on customer-centric eco and ethical goals - news

by Vikas Vij — Year 2015 was an important milestone in the evolution of sustainable business. The COP21 climate agreement and the launch of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals...

Local is everything - news

Midcounties Co-operative’s social responsibility manager Mike Pickering explains how a focus on localism can lead to business success  Interview by Tom Idle — ...

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...

Chiswick Park’s “Enjoy-Work” offices and Minds @ Work program support wellbeing - news

by Adam Woodhall — Workplace wellbeing is rapidly moving up the agenda of business, government and civic society.  It is now seen as not only the right thing to do, but it also has a...

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

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

What a waste of business resource! - news

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

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...

Is volunteering right for senior managers? - news

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

Motivating models for 21st century employee engagement - news

By Adam Woodhall - Employee engagement is a buzzword that has been around for a long time, but what does it actually mean, and what are the benefits to organisations?  There are many...

Federation of small businesses exposes untapped potential of women enterprises for UK economy - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — What would you say, if you knew that only one in five U.K. small businesses are majority-woman owned and yet contribute over £75 billion to the...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

PYXERA Global executives to present at 15th Responsible Business Summit - news

Top PYXERA Global executives will be among the 55+ speakers at the 15 th Responsible Business Summit, presented by Ethical Corporation, to be held in London June 7-8. Deirdre White,...

Grocery chains innovate to reduce food waste - news

By Brian Collett - Tesco, Britain’s biggest supermarket group, has become the latest retailer to offer leftover food from its stores to charity. Its aim is that by the end of next year,...

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

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

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...

"Buy Social": £1bn challenge to big business - news

Responsible Business Week, sponsored by Business in the Community, kicked off at 11 Downing Street with the launch of the £1bn Buy Social Corporate Challenge, an effort to encourage big...

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

by Sangeeta Haindl When the U.K.’s Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne, announced his very controversial 2016 Budget  last month, he said, “We know that those who...

The new CSR equation: transparency = brand credibility - news

EP Journal Trust in business today goes hand in hand with increased transparency by Miranda Ingram Corporate reputation is hard to gain and easy to lose, but any company that...

Forging a positive future for ethnic diversity in business - news

EP Journal by Brian Collett Black women now comprise the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the US. A new study from Digitalundivided, a New York-based company whose aim...

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...

Award entries booming for National CSR Awards 2016 - news

“With the extended entry deadline of March 18 just days away, the National CSR Awards (NCSRA) are heading for a record number of entries,” reports NCSRA CEO Karen Sutton. “The...

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

Webinar Alert : Today, Mar 1, 3 pm (GMT) a free live webinar with Timberland’ s Sustainability Director and Maersk ’s Head of Responsible Procurement will discuss building 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...

Business in the Community Ireland offers Business Working Responsibly Mark - news

BITC Ireland has launched the Business Working Responsibly Mark, a standard that certifies responsible and sustainable business practices. The Mark is the only CSR standard in Ireland that...

Nelson moves to RSF Social Finance - news

Deb Nelson, formerly the executive director of Social Venture Network (SVN), has joined RSF Social Finance as the new Vice President of Client and Community Engagement. Nelson expanded the...

Chelsea Reinhardt joins Standards Division at GRI - news

As GRI begins its transition from sustainability reporting guidelines to Sustainability Reporting Standards, the Standards Division at GRI is expanding with the appointment of Chelsea Reinhardt...

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?...

A step change to quieter, smoother flights - news

All of us expect our airplane landings to be as smooth as possible, but what about being as quiet as possible? ask Ian Jopson, Head of Environmental and Community Affairs NATS, the UK’s...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

Korea’s largest steel maker expands community investment programme - news

POSCO, South Korea’s largest steel maker, has expanded its corporate social responsibility activities with its “For a Better World” vision, focusing on raising funds and...

BLOG: After COP21, what next for rainforests? - news

COP21 may be over, but on the rainforest front the work is just beginning, writes Claire Raisin, Director Size of Wales Rainforests are vital when it comes to preventing, and...

APCRG launches Responsible Business Champions 2016 - news

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

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

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

BASF argan initiative proves economic and social success - news

As BASF's Argan Programme reaches its 10th anniversary, statistics show that the initiative now benefits 1,000 women in rural Southern Morocco. The initiative was originally designed to...

Africa hails world's first carbon neutral national park - news

Zambia is home to the world's first carbon neutral national park. The achievement in Lower Zambezi National Park is the result of a partnership with BioCarbon Partners (BCP), supported...

Travel company books Fair Trade holiday of a lifetime - news

Sumak Travel, the UK based social enterprise that specialises in Latin American ecotourism, has partnered with the Cafédirect Producers’ Foundation (CPF) to launch a range of Fair...

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...

National CSR Awards 2016 now open for entries - news

Entries are now open for the 2016 National CSR Awards (NCSRA), which will celebrate the very best in CSR and sustainability in a high-profile ceremony and accompanying seminar programme, at The...

Korean study suggests two contrasting faces of CSR - news

The interests of employees can take a back seat when firms mobilize resources for CSR, write two leading Korean academics in Seoul, Heung-Jun Jung and Dong-One Kim. Dong-One Kim is dean and...

UK food business pledges to make a difference in Malawi - news

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has launched an initiative to help provide food security to a farming community in Malawi, Africa. Owners of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s,...

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

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

Why transparency is the clear way forward - news

Last year, Land Rover shared how pioneering technology could be used to develop a ‘transparent’ bonnet, writes Laura Vickery , global CSR manager at the car maker. A...

Racial harassment in the workplace on the rise - news

The largest ever survey published on race equality in the UK has revealed that 30% of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial harassment...

Kangwon turns abandoned mines into modern resorts - news

Kangwon Land, a South Korean company that redevelops abandoned mines into resorts, casinos, and conference centres has been recognised as one of Korea’s most sustainable enterprises for...

Caterpillar launches pilot phase of free e-learning in Africa - news

American heavy equipment giant Caterpillar has launched the pilot-phase of its Technicians for Africa Project , an e-learning website for people who aspire to become a technician in...

BITC calls for ‘race’ to be added to UK Corporate Governance Code - news

While Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people have greater ambition than their white colleagues and enjoy their work more, 30% of employees in the UK have witnessed or experienced racial...

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...

Putting people at the centre of the SDGs - news

Stakeholders from across the spectrum are looking to find better ways to work together to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Phillip Goodwin , ceo of VSO , the...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

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

Can corporate volunteering really advance the SDGs? - news

The ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals in September was a pinnacle moment for the engagement of the private sector with the development community, writes Louise Erskine , head...

Enter your company into BITC’s Responsible Business Awards 2016 - news

HRH The Prince of Wales’ charity, Business in the Community (BITC), is calling on British companies to showcase how they are taking practical action to address pressing issues, as the 2016...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

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...

London recycler brews up novel energy source - news

A recycling company now scaling up its processing of left-over coffee grounds aims to provide the fuel to heat thousands of London homes and power many of the city’s buses. Every week...

Developing a new mindset - news

At this year’s BITC Responsible Business Awards , Lloyds Banking Group won the building stronger communities award for its work increasing access to financial services for people with...

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

As more and more corporates team up with environmental and social campaign groups to help drive improvements in sustainability performance, what impact is the changing landscape of partnerships...

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...

Korean pharma company forges artisanal legacy preservation path - news

Until the early 1950s South Korea was a traditional agricultural society. That way of life was largely swept away by the Korean War and the rapid industrialization that followed. Today,...

New sustainability reporting awards launch in Asia - news

Entries are now open for the inaugural Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards, the first such awards for the region. An independent panel of judges including Alex Mavro (coo, Centre for...

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 –...

B Corp movement launches in UK - news

B Corp, the movement seeking to change the role of business in society, has launched in the UK. While regular companies exist for the interests of their shareholders, B Corps are companies...

British dispel ‘nimby’ reputation over green energy - news

More than half (53%) of UK households would support the construction of a wind turbine within two miles of their home, dispelling the general perception that Britain is a nation of...

Victoria Moorhouse brews up at Costa - news

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

The circular economy : why it’s a global sustainability priority - news

In the past few years, rising global sustainability developments have paved the way for surging numbers of corporate commitments and more decisive action by national governments. Even if...

Ensuring a new crop of farmers - news

Continuing to create shared value for those along its supply chain, premium coffee business Nespresso has developed the one thing it knows a particular group of farmers need if they are to...

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...

Coca-Cola on track to meet water target - news

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola says it is on well on track to meet its 2020 water replenishment target by the end of this year. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s global water replenishment...

Coca-Cola claims significant progress on way to becoming 'water neutral' - news

The Coca-Cola Company says it's on track to meet its 2020 water replenishment goal by the end of 2015. Based on the Coca-Cola system’s - its bottling partners - global water...

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu picked up the most prestigious award at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards winning the title of overall Responsible...

Korean ad agency Cheil fine tunes CSR - news

South Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of its 1945 liberation from Japanese colonial rule by creating an unusual grand piano to generate interest in the reunification of South and...

Business ethics no longer just compliance issue, says CIMA - news

Nearly a third of UK-based finance professionals feel under pressure to compromise their ethical standards, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA)....

Surfers develop clean water initiative to combat sewage strewn beaches - news

With raw sewage polluting 40 British beaches following heavy downpours recently, the charity Surfers Against Sewage's launch of a new Cleaner Coastal Catchment initiative for two areas in...

IBE issues guidance on new role for internal audit - news

A new Board Briefing, published by the Institute of Business Ethics, sets out the role of internal audit in advising boards on whether a company is living up to its ethical values. The...

Jumping jellyfish! TV channel pushes kids empowerment project - news

Nickelodeon, the TV channel behind Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer, has instigated a new social campaign to empower kids to make positive changes in the world around them. Called...

Fujitsu scoops Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at BITC awards - news

Global technology giant Fujitsu scooped the title of Responsible Business of the Year 2015 at this year’s Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Taking over the...

Nespresso makes progress in improving lives of coffee farmers - news

Nestlé Nespresso says it has made significant progress towards improving the lives of thousands of coffee farmers in countries ranging from South Sudan to Colombia, as part of the...

Key considerations to successful ‘long-term’ capital allocation highlighted by Generation Foundation - news

A white paper published from Generation Foundation (‘Foundation’), the advocacy initiative of Generation Investment Management (‘Generation IM’), a boutique investment...

The trust, the whole trust and nothing but the trust... - news

I’ve heard a lot about trust in business so far this year. I have been heartened by the ever wise words of Business in the Community’s Stephen Howard – “authentic...

Biodiversity takes off at London's Heathrow airport - news

George Davies, head of environmental strategy and assessment, Heathrow, talks to Ethical Performance about the crucial role he and his team play in keeping the airport safe  ...

Starbucks brews up $30m more loan aid - news

American coffee chain giant Starbucks is more than doubling the size of a loan program for farmers that it started seven years ago to help maintain its supply of ethically sourced coffee....

Japan Tobacco makes progress with sustainability initiatives and reporting - news

Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has published a report outlining its sustainability initiatives and performance for 2014. JT began developing its sustainability strategy in 2012, initially focussing on...

Interserve sets ambitious targets for reducing global environmental impact - news

A reduction of 26% in energy emissions at UK sites was achieved last year by Interserve, the FTSE 250 support services and construction group. Interserve, an international company with...

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...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

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

ICI makes significant progress in children's access to education - news

As a direct result of International Cocoa Initiative's (ICI) efforts to promote education last year, 4 000 children now have improved access to quality education and are less likely to be...

GRI sets strategy to help business learn more from sustainability data - news

GRI, the international CR and sustainability reporting organisation, is responding to the changing reporting landscape with a new four-pillar strategy. Speaking to Ethical Performance,...

Mars to expand coral reef rehabilitation programme - news

Food giant Mars is embarking on a new phase of its Indonesian coral reef restoration project, one of the largest single coral reef rehabilitation projects anywhere in the world.  As...

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

A broad range of organisations, from well-known high street names to independent traders have been recognised as finalists across the 14 award categories of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards,...

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...

What do you need to succeed in CR? - news

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

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

Sixty three companies from the UK and abroad have reached the final stage of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by the charity Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible...

Oil and gas giants unite for unprecedented CO2 initiative - news

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

Korea reaches out to explain and share anti-corruption policies - news

South Korea is reaching out to other countries both to explain its own anti-corruption policies, and to enlist support in enforcing these. Talks also include areas of co-operation and the...

Construction firms failing to address carbon footprint - news

Many British construction firms are failing to take basic steps to decrease their carbon emissions and energy use, new research has found. In a market survey by Achilles the supply chain...

Drive trust through authenticity and values, says BITC - news

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

Barclays reviews MTR coal mining investment stance - news

Following years of pressure and protests from campaigners, Barclays has released a policy position statement on Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining in which it states: “Provision of...

Pearson demonstrates commitment to equal opportunities in education - news

The world’s largest learning company is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to equal opportunities in education by joining an online resource for students who need help to read standard...

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”,...

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

New research commissioned by one of the UK’s largest employers reveals a significant lack of public trust in business. Indeed, 80% of those polled could not name one large business which...

City of London's Dragon Awards fire up for 2015 - news

The City of London Corporation has opened entries for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards  and is especially keen to attract SMEs. Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow, said:...

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...

Experts call for new ministerial role to promote financial inclusion - news

An independent body of experts and parliamentarians have called for financial inclusion to be a high public policy priority, going as far as urging the appointment of a Minister for Financial...

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...

Golden opportunity for jewellery industry to take a stand - news

Harriet Kelsall, designer and leading figure in the jewellery industry, explains why 'clean gold' should be the definition of modern luxury jewellery We believe the best approach...

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...

Jaguar Land Rover sees workforce volunteering rate jump 36% - news

Workforce volunteering has leapt 36% at automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover with more than 9,600 employees donating over 115,000 hours (or 14,400 working days) to support their local communities....

Schools turn up the heat to win solar competition - news

Twenty two schools from across the UK are being given the chance to win up to £5,000 towards buying their own solar panels thanks to Good Energy, the renewable electricity supplier and...

British public want government action over business ethics, survey says - news

The majority of the British public believes that policy to promote ethical practices among big businesses should be prioritised by the next government, a new poll shows. The ComRes poll,...

BITC in water stewardship push - news

Business leaders have called on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the Government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

The US SIF Foun-dation’s latest biennial trends survey titled ‘Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014’, marks the tenth edition of the report...

Seeing the beer glass half-full - news

Debbie Read, head of CR at Molson Coors, has worked for the international brewer for seven years. Best known for its brands Coors, Carling, Cobra and Miller, the brewer has changed a lot in the...

Brewing up a ground-breaking partnership - news

UNICEF and The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) has launched a landmark new partnership that will improve the lives of thousands of children and young people living in the tea communities of...

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...

‘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...

Astellas broadens commitment to clinical trial data transparency - news

Japanese pharma giant Astellas is to make trial data available through www.clinicalstudydatarequest.com , an independent web site that enables researchers to request and access clinical trial...

‘Nice to Have’ versus ‘Must Have’ - news

David Picton, chief sustainability officer, Carillion explains why now, more than ever, sustainability is not a nice-to-have but a 'must have' Sustainability is critical for...

Poor countries fight back against toxic pollution - news

Some developing nations are making real progress in the battle against toxic pollution which kills nearly 9m people every year. A new report from the Blacksmith Institute For A Pure Earth,...

BITC launches 3-year action plan to tackle water management - news

Business leaders are calling on business to tackle water issues in the UK. With the backing of the government, Business in the Community (BITC) has brought together water companies, other...

2degrees unveils top 25 under 25s working in sustainable business - news

2degrees, the online collaboration platform and service for sustainable business, has unveiled its list of the Top 25 Under 25s for 2014. Among those that made the cut are professionals...

Making the leap into a sustainable new year? - news

A new year, a fresh start... but how many organisations will boast new resolutions? Ethical Performance talks to key industry players about what they believe will be the prime sustainability...

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...

And I would walk 500 miles… actually make that 39,397! - news

The Proclaimers don't know the half of it! When posed with the challenge – can you walk to Seoul, South Korea in 14 weeks? Over one hundred staff at Kia Motors UK head office...

Febreze and Tesco to trial new recycling programme - news

The recycling of trigger top and flip cap-bottles is the goal of a new cross-sector trial in the UK, funded by WRAP and Procter & Gamble (P&G) as part of the Courtauld Commitment 3....

Working together towards an AIDS-free generation - news

This World AIDS Day, Dr Brian Brink, chief medical officer for Anglo American explains why it’s going to require teamwork, partnership and dedication to beat HIV/AIDS. The...

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...

Cheers to a sustainable future - news

As we enter the season of over-indulgence, Roland Pirmez, president of Heineken Asia Pacfic tells Ethical Performance why responsible consumption is one of the most important issues on the...

Controversy dogs Ineos’s fracking operation - news

A company that is planning a fracking operation in Scotland has been accused of bribing the local community to accept a hazardous operation. The Swiss chemicals multinational Ineos intends...

Walgreens and Staples earn perfect score in Corporate Equality Index - news

America's largest drugstore chain Walgreens and office supplies giant Staples have received perfect scores of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national US benchmarking...

Merck bolsters diabetes awareness campaign in Africa and India - news

Coinciding with World Diabetes Day and dubbed ‘Get Informed- Get Active- Get Healthier’, pharma giant Merck is running a series of awareness camps in India, Kenya and Ghana in...

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on inspirational businesses across the UK and abroad to enter the 2015 Responsible Business Awards.  Now in its 18th year, the...

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

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

Serving up CSR at Whitbread - news

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

Building a sustainable future - news

We, in the OECD countries, spend about 90% of our lives inside buildings so it should be pretty clear that healthy and comfortable indoor environments contribute significantly to overall health...

Cooking up employment opportunities for the homeless - news

A London restaurant that serves up fine dining to the likes of David Cameron, Boris Johnson and Prince Andrew is also cooking up a storm in the homeless community with its award winning...

Good CSR becoming increasingly good for business - news

Sustainability is undoubtedly a buzzword at the moment, writes Paul Raleigh. Whether business leader or consumer, we cannot escape from being told to consider the long-term implications of our...

Duracell powers up emergency relief aid - news

Procter & Gamble’s Duracell Power Forward programme, known for donating batteries to those affected by natural disaster since 2011, is expanding its fleet and joining forces with The...

BITC urges more to get onboard for Ban The Box - news

Business in the Community is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign. Currently...

Kimberly Clark's Andrex acts on sanitation in Angola - news

A special on-pack promotion aims to raise £250,000 to help thousands of children in Angola to have clean and safe toilets. Toilet tissue brand, Andrex (owned by Kimberly Clark), has...

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...

Low take-up of Ban the Box blamed on ‘exaggerated fear’ - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on more UK employers to remove the criminal record disclosure tick box from application forms – as part of its Ban the Box campaign,...

Astellas extends Kenyan care initiative - news

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

Cenex becomes KIC affiliate partner - news

Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies, has been approved as an Affiliate Partner for the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC). As its partner,...

Tesco partners with UK charities to tackle unhealthy habits - news

Supermarket giant Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation are to join forces early next year in a joint initiative to promote healthy living. The partnership aims to reduce...

West Side Story - news

Why are so many human beings still being bought and sold? And why is ‘the land of opportunity’ not immune? Indeed, the problem is rife in the sunshine state of California. Andrew...

Ford extends community links with free training programme - news

Car maker Ford's Driving Skills for Life, a free training programme for inexperienced drivers who have recently passed their driving test, gets into gear in the UK later this month,...

Dr Pepper prescribes healthy lifestyle with Let's Play initiative - news

Video games and TV may take a backseat for many kids this summer if US soft drinks giant Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) Let's Play initiative takes off. The programme aims to address the...

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...

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...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

Incorrect emissions and energy data wrong foots Timberland - news

Timberland, of Stratham, New Hampshire, creator of the famed yellow leather work boot, is in the midst of rectifying a self-inflicted CSR public relations problem. In mid-July the $1.6bn...

Perion in CR push following merger - news

Following its reverse merger with Conduit’s Client Connect, app monetization and software company Perion is ramping up its CR efforts with a $1.5m volunteering initiative. Simone...

New platform matches community projects with corporate sponsors - news

A new platform has launched to help matchmake community projects with relevant corporate sponsors and volunteers. Neighbourly.com is the brainchild of Nick Davies, the online social...

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

National Grid has taken the mantle of Responsible Business of the Year from Jaguar LandRover following last night's Business in the Community's (BITC's) Awards. National Grid was...

Co-operative Energy powers up community energy campaign - news

Co-operative Energy is this year’s lead sponsor of Community Energy Fortnight, the world’s biggest community energy campaign. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC) -...

Conversation and collaboration – the key to reducing alcohol-related harm? - news

Roland Pirmez, president, HEINEKEN, Asia Pacific explains why the promotion of responsible drinking is key to the beer giant's sustainable future One of the most common...

Bowman joins Emerging World team - news

Amanda Bowman has joined Emerging World’s team as partnerships and business development director. Prior to joining, she worked as director at the International Business Leaders Forum...

Making room for CSR - news

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) may be an internationally recognised hotel brand but its business model is actually asset light in that it only directly owns 9 hotels worldwide. However,...

Speaking up for sustainability - news

I’ve worked in this ‘space’ - as so many in ‘the sustainability space’ like to call it - for almost 18 months now. Like all new jobs, it often takes a while to get...

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

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

BITC highlights need for ‘and race’ to be added to governance code - news

New research shows that no progress is being made on tackling race inequality in management. The organisation behind the report, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign Race for...

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...

ITV gets match fit for volunteering programme - news

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

Big brands top new global responsible business league - news

Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Samsung, Tata, Unilever and Nestlé top the list of the world’s most responsible companies based on a new global survey of Aspirational consumers by BBMG and...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

Charity bosses urged to shun ‘workfare’ programme - news

The chief executives of the 200,000 registered charities in the UK have been urged not to take part in the government’s new ‘workfare’ programme. The new mandatory...

Top choc companies seal sweet deal - news

The world’s largest chocolate companies have signed a joint agreement to improve sustainability in key cocoa-producing countries, starting with Ivory Coast and Ghana. The companies,...

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

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

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

US telecoms giant Sprint is to be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas. The materia,l manufactured by California-based...

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...

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

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

Not so many rivers to cross - news

There is a saying in Russia that ‘good people do not suffer any losses when they are helping others’, writes Vera Kurochkina , UC RUSAL’s director of corporate communications....

Helping hands - news

An innovative charity has helped to create hundreds of jobs in Africa through virtual volunteer mentoring, helping to transform the lives of thousands through a simple phone call. Liz Jones...

C of E retains stake in payday lender company - news

The Church of England still has a stake in the payday loans company Wonga, even though it announced almost a year ago that it was withdrawing the money. The reason is that disinvesting is...

GSK to create world's first R&D Open Lab in Africa - news

Pharma giant GSK is to invest £25m to create the world's first R&D Open Lab for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. The centre will see GSK scientists collaborate with...

Get a grip on your environmental reporting - news

By Tom Cumberlege, a consultant at The Carbon Trust   It’s time to get your environmental story straight. The signals from the UK government are clear, from October 2013...

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

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

Recycling remains challenge for many domestic households - news

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

Viva Las Vegas as lights go out for Earth Hour - news

On 29 March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time), all Caesars Entertainment's resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to the environmental...

#FF for BITC’s responsible business Twitter campaign - news

Business in the Community (BITC), the charity which promotes responsible business, is asking employees across the UK to tweet why they are #Proudtoworkfor their organizations. The campaign...

Shuman joins Council Fire - news

Michael H. Shuman has joined Council Fire’s team of sustainability consultants. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts...

Giardini elected at SFI - news

Business executive, author and community leader Anne Giardini has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Board of Directors as a member of the Economic Sector....

Paying your way: taking a principled approach to tax - news

Tax evasion and avoidance may be different in law, but in the eyes of the general public, they often amount to the same thing, which means there is a strong corporate reputation and governance...

Taking a gamble on greater responsibility - news

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

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

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

Citigroup flies rainbow flag with Community Capital project - news

While Citigroup’s corporate social responsibility programmes lend a generous hand to LGBT and anti-violence groups, its business operations do too. Laura Klepacki reports from the US...

High levels of unauthorised absence ring supply chain alarm bells - news

A high level of unauthorised absence should ring alarm bells for retailers when assessing their suppliers as it can often indicate poor working conditions says new research from Responsible...

How do you use an awards scheme to engage your stakeholders? - news

The online community 2degrees is all about engagement. For the past six years it has been helping companies large and small solve their sustainability challenges by facilitating...

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...

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...

Rardin takes care of Care2 - news

Care2, the largest online social action community, has promoted Eric Rardin to Vice President of Business Development. Rardin has been a key contributor and leader in Care2’s business...

Eversheds backs diversity programme in France - news

The Paris office of global law firm Eversheds is partnering with Club XXIe Siècle and the European Professional Women Network (EPWN) to sponsor a mentoring programme aimed at helping...

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...

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. ...

Give & Gain campaign extends international reach - news

Volunteering initiative Give & Gain Day is extending its international reach with four new partnerships in Honduras, Panama, India and Kenya. Now in its sixth year, the annual Business...

Intel takes affirmative acton on conflict minerals - news

Intel, the world’s largest electronic chip maker, is now excluding all minerals mined in conflict zones from its products. Much of the gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum used in...

Healthcare bodies set up ethical collaboration framework - news

Five global healthcare organizations have established a Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration to support partnerships that aim to deliver greater patient benefits and support high...

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Alcoa builds up sustainability - news

Greener by design… Pillars of Sustainable Education, a new $1.5m cross-sector programme created by Alcoa Foundation and Architecture for Humanity to explore the use of sustainable...

Rumboll joins Company Shop - news

Company Shop, Britain’s largest commercial redistributor of surplus food and goods, has appointed Tom Rumboll its first director of business development. Rumboll joins Company Shop after...

BITC calls for ban on criminal-record tick box - news

The charity Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on UK employers to remove the default criminal-record disclosure tick box from job application forms – as part of its Ban the Box...

British small businesses rank sustainability top priority - news

A quarter of Britain's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) say sustainability is one of their top three priorities for 2014, reflecting a renewed confidence and a desire to focus on...

Whistleblower recognised in New Year honours - news

Two women who led the fight against one of the biggest scandals in Britain’s national health service have been recognised in the New Year honours list. Julie Bailey, who set up the...

Corruption fears grow in wake of Typhoon Haiyan emergency - news

Rights workers fear that irresponsible businesses will be drawn into the corruption that is already weakening typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines. There were reports after typhoon...

P&G reports absolute reductions in waste, water, CO2 and energy - news

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble has reported making significant progress in meeting its sustainability in its 15th sustainability report. Len Sauers, vp of sustainability at...

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...

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....

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

Dell powers up youth programme - news

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

Sainsbury's opens first 'Triple Zero' supermarkets - news

Sainsbury's new supermarket in Leicester is one of two 'Triple Zero' stores the retailer has just opened. It is the high street chain's most environmentally friendly store to...

Life-saving ‘bubble’ wins GSK and Save the Children funding - news

A simple, low-cost device that helps newborn babies to breathe and has the potential to transform the life chances for thousands of African babies has been awarded the highest fund in the first...

Voting open for L’Oréal community recognition awards - news

Voting is now open for L’Oréal’s annual community recognition awards in the US. The Women of Worth programme recognises women who embody the spirit of the French beauty...

BiTC Responsible Business Awards 2014 open for entries - news

The Business in the Community Responsible Business Awards 2014 are now open for entry (closing on 21 February 2014). The awards are designed for business, by business and are rigorously...

Make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD - news

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD. Releasing the report, Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies, OECD secretary-general Angel...

AT&T reaches halfway mark to investment commitment - news

Telecoms giant AT&T has reached the halfway mark of its commitment to invest up to $565m to deploy approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles over the course of a 10-year period up to...

Exide Technologies to upgrade battery recycling facility - news

Exide Technologies, the electric battery company, is to invest more than $7m over the next two years to upgrade its Vernon battery recycling facility as part of a comprehensive agreement with...

WCD board members $8 trillion market cap - news

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) – a global community of more than 2,500 directors – recently aggregated the market capitalization of the public companies on whose boards their...

Seeing the sustainability glass half full - news

  Sandra Seru, head of strategy & reporting, sustainability & responsibility at Diageo tells Ethical Performance how the drinks group is tackling the social problem of alcohol...

Community engagement wins back capital's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

The importance of integrating CR into risk management - news

Risk management is a cornerstone of running a good, responsible business, writes BITC's Stephen Gee . Investors want to know the level of risk they are committing to and wider...

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...

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon - news

The supermarket chain Tesco has also introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting. The Buying Club, which has been developed in...

30,000+ farmers benefit from GrowCocoa - news

GrowCocoa, the independent joint venture representing the sustainability interests of Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International, says that 31,600 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and...

Oxfam calls for food companies to ensure responsible sourcing - news

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

Kids say thanks a latte for online tool - news

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

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...

BNY Mellon employees rise to challenge of World Food Day - news

From filling 6,000 backpacks with weekend food for children in the US, to cooking at a homeless shelter in Poland to holding a food collection in Brazil, BNY Mellon employees are engaging in...

Capital One in the good books with latest literacy programme - news

American bank Capital One is ramping up its Book by Book programme with a new Facebook campaign. Up until 25 November,  the bank will donate a book for every new Like on its...

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

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

M&S clicks with care home residents in new Plan A programme - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has joined forces with Abbeyfield, a charity helping older people, to create a new volunteering initiative called ‘A Cup of...

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

Unilever 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 aged under 5 by...

OECD calls for coherent approach to carbon pricing - news

Countries should make carbon pricing the cornerstone of climate policy, says the OECD. Releasing the report Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies , OECD Secretary-General Angel...

Tesco to help supply chain cut carbon and energy use - news

British supermarket chain Tesco has introduced a collaborative buying club which will help its suppliers invest in energy efficient lighting equipment and installations by offering substantial...

Big business bucks economic trend on community front - news

Leading international companies are maintaining their investments in local communities and helping more people, despite the tough economic climate. New data on corporate community investment...

Dragon Award winners help recover London's 'lost apprentices' - news

London’s Lord Mayor Roger Gifford hailed this year’s winners of the annual Dragon Awards for their commitment to providing job prospects to people whose skills would otherwise remain...

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...

EIC appoints new director - news

EIC executive... The UK’s environmental technologies and services sector trade association – the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) – has appointed Matthew Farrow as...

GEPs: showing the way to a greener future? - news

With the global population heading towards nine billion and consumption at around three times the planet’s resources, there’s no doubt that action is needed for sustainable growth in...

inbrief - news

Back to school …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...

inbrief - news

Ethical enlightenment… The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has produced an ethical scenario tool to help people comply with ethical standards in a volatile and...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

Sandra Kerr, OBE, director of Race for Opportunity, the race equality campaign from Business in the Community, tells Ethical Performance why diversity is key to the responsible business...

UNICEF launches business toolkit on children’s rights - news

UNICEF has launched a toolkit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations. The new tools recommend ways for businesses to incorporate children’s rights into...

Coca-Cola bolsters clean water & sanitation programme in Africa - news

Coca-Cola is expanding its clean water and sanitation programme in African schools and health clinics together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The global soft drinks...

Costa coffee chain brews up online teaching platform - news

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

BITC’s Workwell benchmark opens up to all businesses - news

Business in the Community (BITC) is opening up its Workwell benchmark to all companies, regardless of size. The move follows a successful trial of the process with companies listed on the FTSE...

Land stewardship – the next big environmental issue? - news

Land stewardship is not a well-known term; however, for the mining industry it is becoming increasingly critical. The concept of land stewardship is intended to address what has been...

Aviva develops new way to measure carbon offsetting - news

Insurance giant Aviva has partnered with  ClimateCare to develop a new way to measure and report the full impact of offsetting carbon emissions. For the first time, Aviva has been able...

Man from the Pru... - news

Kevin Byrne, a vice president in group insurance at Prudential Financial, Inc. was recently honoured for Outstanding Community Volunteer Service at the annual Jefferson Awards in Washington, DC....

Values driven purchases drive new era of green consumerism in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

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...

Kyoto milestone… - news

The Kyoto Protocol’s clean development mechanism (CDM), the international market-based tool that incentivizes greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects in developing countries, has...

Workwell updated... - news

Business in the Community (BITC) has launched a new version of its public reporting guidelines on Employee Engagement and Wellbeing; reiterating its relevance to investor decision-making....

The challenge of making a stand for change - news

When Shakespeare’s Juliet poses the question, “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” she is alluding to the fact that what matters is what...

Volunteering trips removed from top travel website - news

Responsibletravel.com, the travel agent for responsible holidays, has removed 10 volunteering trips from its website that send volunteers to work in orphanages around the world. The trips...

Values-driven shoppers replace ‘green’ consumers in US - news

Results from Shelton Group’s sixth annual Eco Pulse study shows that ‘green’ consumers in the US have been replaced by values-driven shoppers which the marketing consultancy...

2degrees crowns first Sustainability Champions - news

2degrees, the online network for sustainability professionals, announced the winners of its inaugural Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, earlier this week. The awards selected and voted...

Coca-Cola ramps up environmental goals with WWF - news

American drinks giant Coca-Cola is looking improve its water efficiency by 25% by 2020 as part of a new set of global environmental goals and an expanded global parternship with World Wildlife...

A framework for maximising employee engagement - news

The UK is ranked ninth amongst the world’s twelve largest economies for employee engagement levels (Kenexa 2009). Productivity statistics also paint a worrying picture with a recent ONS...

Europe’s winning ways in CSR - news

Orchestrated by CSR Europe and BiTC, 31 national European networks and organisations in 30 countries joined forces to deliver the first ever pan-European CSR Award Scheme. The winners have just...

Hayday wins CBE - news

Malcolm Hayday, founding chief executive of Charity Bank, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to charities and Social Enterprise.” Hayday,...

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,...

Banking on a powerful phase of CSR - news

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

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...

The art of working in collaborative partnerships - news

Collaboration, either between different divisions of large corporates, or between companies and organisations in related fields, is not just a simple case of pooling expertise. There are lots...

Hyatt Hotels check out community engagement - news

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

Volunteering adds benefits that drive bottom line - news

Volunteering programmes in the workplace see added benefits that drive directly to their bottom line, according to a new study from UnitedHealthGroup and the Optum Institute. Doing Good is...

Ivory Coast cocoa producers in sweet deal with Mondelez - news

Milka maker Mondelez International is set to help farmers increase sustainable cocoa production in Ivory Coast following an agreement with the local Conseil du Café Cacao. The chocolate...

Changing behaviour over children’s rights - news

Companies interact with children on a daily basis, although often this is neither directly nor purposefully. Children are workers in their factories and fields, family members of their...

£100bn gain if sustainability put at heart of British business - news

UK business could secure £100bn in annual productivity gains generated by innovations designed to address environmental and social challenges, according to a new report by Accenture,...

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...

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...

Keeping Body Shop & soul together - news

Paul McGreevy is international values & r&d director at The Body Shop. He tells Ethical Performance about the role of CR within the ethical British beauty retailer that boasts over...

Casting the net further - news

We’re living in a fast-changing world where the make-up of our communities is evolving like never before. So how is business responding and what is “encouraging diversity “...

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...

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...

Barrick loses New Zealand fund investment - news

The world’s largest gold mining company has lost the investment of a sovereign wealth fund that handles billions of dollars. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund, whose portfolio is...

Coca-Cola makes pledge to stop advertising to under 12s - news

While the US drinks giant ended advertising to under 12s in the UK as far back as 2009, Coca-Cola is now making it a global initiative as part of its anti-obesity drive. The move comes amid a...

Chopard makes sustainability move - news

French jewellery house Chopard has joined Eco-Age creative director and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC), Livia Firth, to launch ’The...

All in a good day's work - news

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

Amadeus technology flies high for UNICEF - news

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

Why volunteering works wonders for workers - news

The benefits of volunteering for Lloyds Banking Group go well beyond our brand reputation. In reality, the greatest value we see is the effect it has on colleagues who take part. ...

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...

Blowing the final whistle on corruption in sport? - news

One of my father’s favourite sporting photographs – and mine, actually, if you don’t count the one capturing John McEnroe’s first Wimbledon win in 1981 – shows him...

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

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

Sweet deal… - news

Sweet deal… American candy company Hershey is expanding its sustainability initiatives with an aim of achieving 100% certified cocoa by 2020. As part of this, the company has issued a...

Pan-European CSR Award kicks off with UK winners - 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...

ISS UK supports LifeSkills - news

ISS UK has signed up to support LifeSkills, a major new programme launched by Barclays for business, schools and government to work together to remove the barriers young people face in moving...

US toiletries company issues Goodness Report - news

A US toiletries company has introduced a new format for sharing its environmental goals and progress with the public. The Tom’s of Maine Goodness Report details the company’s...

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,...

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

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

UN delivers approval for DHL project - news

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

RSPO makes commitment to smallholders - news

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the international multi-stakeholder organisation and certification scheme for sustainable palm oil, has set up a Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF)...

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.   According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, two...

US manufacturer debuts 'Goodness Report' - news

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RAPs take off in Australia - news

More than 300 major Australian businesses – including 11 of the country’s top corporations – government and community organisations have reconciliation action plans (RAPs)...

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...

New European CSR award launched - news

Business in the Community and CSR Europe are leading a 29- strong consortium that is launching pan-European CSR excellence awards. The European CSR Award Scheme for Partnership, Innovation &...

Corporates against corruption - news

Bribery and corruption used to be seen as part of the reality of doing business in certain parts of the world. But, writes Leo Martin, business is leading the international charge for change...

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...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

The old news agenda and today’s drivers of change - news

Reading through the blizzard of reports and utterances from the great CSR news community is not one of the most positive experiences right now. There are so many stories knocking around about...

KFC sends ‘strong message to business’ over rainforest-unfriendly packaging - news

The UK’s third-largest fast-food retailer KFC has officially ditched suppliers actively involved in rainforest clearance. The UK arm of KFC, part of the Kentucky-based Yum! Brands,...

UK bribery rules republished as SFO reaffirms commitment to enforcement - news

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO)has reaffirmed its commitment to enforce the Bribery Act when it last month republished guidance on enforcement. The move comes in the wake of the...

Hershey to meet 100% cocoa sourcing standard by 2020 - news

US chocolate maker Hershey has committed itself to sourcing all of its cocoa according to certified international labour, environmental and farming standards by 2020. Just over two-thirds...

A big conversation with the chattering classes - news

The internet and its burgeoning social networks has given consumers and communities unprecedented power to publish and organise action. But is it just a passing fad? As you read this,...

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

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

Walk the walk, but ensure you also talk the talk - news

As markets become increasingly competitive, every company knows it's vital to recruit and retain the best staff. What some may not realise, however, is that implementing a clear CSR strategy...

Salesforce backs down over trademark application - news

US software developer Salesforce has dropped attempts to trademark the term 'social enterprise' after its plans sparked opposition across the not-for-profit community. The company...

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

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

Miners’ strike shootings comes as tensions rise over pay claim - news

A week of national mourning was declared in South Africa after 34 striking miners were gunned down at a platinum mine operated by London-based Lonmin in Marikana, North West province.  ...

Think-tank scheme for local investment - news

 A social enterprise finance model of community infrastructure bonds  (Cibs), using multiple revenue streams and links to land and property values through a Special Purpose Vehicle...

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...

UK retailer offers in-store accommodation to partner community and arts groups - news

John Lewis is making rooms in its stores available to charities and community and arts groups – and in some cases staff, known as partners, are offering their time and skills to help local...

Fizzy drink manufacturers using CSR to establish ‘innocence by association’ - news

Fizzy drink manufacturers are employing elaborate, expensive, multinational CSR campaigns to ‘mislead’ and mask the contribution they are making to the global obesity crisis,...

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

Business in the Community (BITC), a charity that promotes responsible business practice, has been rewarding companies that have had a positive impact on the environment and society. The Awards for...

CRGPro to set up soon - news

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

CSR driving change at the heart of business - news

Economic challenges abound, but the CR Salary Survey 2012, published this month, shows a sector that’s not only enjoying continuing growth but also a place increasingly at the heart of...

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...

Rio+20: time to change the narrative on sustainability - news

This month, world leaders will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as Rio+20, to define a sustainable development pathway. How can the global population enjoy a...

UN spotlights Asia-Pacific transgender ‘crisis’ - news

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

AdvisorShares launches sustainability fund - news

A leading US sponsor of actively managed exchange traded funds (EFTs) has launched an investment vehicle that, it believes, could help bring impact investment into the mainstream....

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...

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...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

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

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

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

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

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

Technology giant faces up to its China syndrome - news

I still remember the first time I used an Apple Mac computer, back in the early stages of my career, nearly 25 years ago. The experience was a significant moment and must have been replicated...

US fairtrade body opts for volume over standards - news

The US branch of the world fairtrade organisation has split from its parent body as part of an effort to increase its influence by relaxing standards. Fair Trade USA broke with Fairtrade...

Games organisers turn to GRI guidelines to keep London Olympics green - news

The London 2012 Olympics has become one of the first organisations to announce it will use the newly-published event sustainability guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its...

Logistics companies pilot disaster strategies in Nigeria - news

Logistics companies have combined with humanitarian organisations to help countries prepare for disasters. AP Moller-Maersk and UPS, joining forces with the UN World Food Programme, have...

Knight joins BITC - news

Alan Knight joins Business in the Community (BITC) as its new environmental sustainability director. Joining the business-led charity next month, Knight will be responsible for BITC’s...

CSR efforts recognised in Turkey - news

CSR Turkey has awarded a series of awards to companies deemed to be contributing to the country’s sustainability strategy leading up to 2023, Turkey’s centenary. At its Enterprise...

Durban gives business a new focus on results - news

At this winter’s UN Climate Conference (COP17) in Durban, I was pleased to be a member of the largest private sector contingent to attend a COP to date. And there was a great deal for...

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

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

Etisalat sets up Ayaadi Fund - news

A Dubai-based CSR fund has been launched by a telecommunications company. Etisalat has set up the Ayaadi Fund to “support the United Arab Emirates community” by funding social...

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

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

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...

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

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

Cocoa buyers join forces on African child labour - news

A $2m (£1.3m, €1.5m) public-private partnership to combat ‘the worst forms’ of child labour in Africa’s cocoa-growing industry has been formed by a multinational...

inbrief - news

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

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...

Disease plan is drawn up - news

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

Goldcorp avoids censure as complaint is closed - news

The Canadian government has closed a complaint against mining company Goldcorp over alleged detrimental effects on indigenous communities of its Marlin mine in Guatemala. The complaint was...

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...

Merck donates its vaccine - news

A pharmaceuticals company and a humanitarian charity are to vaccinate almost a tenth of the population of Honduras. The programme, for 675,000 people, will be delivered jointly by the...

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

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

inbrief - news

IBM has awarded grants totalling $50million (£30m, €34m) to 100 municipalities in a programme to promote efficiency and make cities ‘more vibrant and livable places for their...

A clear way forward, but with wiggle room - news

John Ruggie’s final report on business and human rights, expected to be passed by the UN’s Human Rights Council next month, contains 27 pages of ‘guiding principles’....

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

‘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,...

brewer takes action on HIV - news

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturers has initiated three new HIV/Aids prevention projects in Africa. Heineken has pledged support to expand three existing programmes to help communities...

inbrief - news

Participation in Standard Chartered’s employee volunteering programme has increased by 315 per cent. The bank, which offers employees two days’ paid leave to volunteer every year,...

inbrief - news

The Global Compact has been introduced in Iran at the country’s first international CSR Congress. Participants agreed to build the capacity of business and civil society to advance...

Board pay is well down list of business priorities - news

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

Talisman commits to local consultation - news

The Canadian energy giant Talisman has formally recognized the principles of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and enshrined them in its indigenous communities policy. Talisman, which...

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...

Aussies reap rewards from uptake of CSR strategies - news

CSR is saving Australian companies money, strengthening reputations and enabling the creation of new products, though budgets have been cut in the past two years. The claim is made by...

Ruggie: ‘build your own complaints mechanisms’ - news

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

Firm makes forest pledges - news

The world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has announced a forest conservation policy aimed at ensuring it has a ‘no deforestation footprint’. Golden...

Etihad Airways joins UK body - news

Abu Dhabi airline Etihad Airways has become a member of the UK-based Business in the Community (Bitc) organization. Anne Tullis, Etihad’s head of CSR and sustainability, said:...

Bank educates Jordanian girls - news

Standard Chartered bank is to give financial education to 6900 teenage girls in Jordan through its global community investment programme, ‘Goal’. The programme will target...

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

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

Investor drops Cisco over human rights - news

The US sustainable asset manager Boston Common has divested from Cisco Systems over concerns about the IT company’s management of human rights risks. It also accuses Cisco of misleading...

Finance sector suffering from lack of climate data - news

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

investor divests from Cisco over reticence and 'deceipt' - news

US sustainable asset manager Boston Common has divested from Cisco Systems over concerns about its management of human rights risks, alleging also that the firm ‘deceived’ investors on proxy...

inbrief - news

Businesses wishing to be sustainable have to throw off their ‘addiction’ to growth, says Roger Steare, corporate philosopher in residence at London’s Cass Business School....

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

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

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

Firms need to speak to the weak, not the strong - news

Researchers are studying the idea that multinationals spend too much stakeholder engagement time talking to large, loud NGOs rather than weaker-voiced community organizations that can give them...

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

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

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

Ireland now has a benchmark for measuring CSR performance in companies and organizations.   The Business Working Responsibly Mark created by Business in the Community Ireland (Bitci)...

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

Businesses in the Irish Republic have been urged to resist the temptation to cut back on CSR programmes despite the country's dire economic crisis. Many speakers and delegates at this...

Religious groups stay away from SRI mainstream - news

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

inbrief - news

Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, has been chosen as the new chairman of Business in the Community. Price, who has chaired Bitc’s Rural Action Programme for two years, will...

inbrief - news

Morrisons has pledged to allocate one in ten of any new posts to homeless and vulnerable people over the next three years. The UK supermarket chain hopes to create more than 10,000 jobs over the...

Should CSR have a professional body? - news

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

Time to rethink knee-jerk resistance to regulation - news

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

Welsh SMEs get advice - news

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

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

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

NHS trusts urged to start appointing CSR directors - news

A far greater number of National Health Service foundation trusts in England should be employing sustainability directors, research has suggested. A report from the Foundation Trust...

Wales government gives CSR advice to SMEs - news

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

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Astellas Pharma has announced its first global volunteering programme for staff as part of a new five-year CSR plan. The Japan-based multinational pharmaceuticals company will focus volunteering on...

Statoil in suit over CSR job - news

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

Levi Strauss offers money for old jeans - news

Levi Strauss has created a $100,000 denim insulation fund to encourage the re-use of unwanted jean material as building insulation. The fund will provide grants to community organizations...

European SRI sector rises to €5trillion - news

The European SRI market has almost doubled in the past two years in spite of the financial crisis covering the period. According to Eurosif’s 2010 SRI Study, sustainable investment in...

Qatar unveils CSR index plans - news

Qatar is to establish a corporate social responsibility index for companies on its stock exchange. The Gulf emirate’s proposed index will require its listed companies, which together...

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

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

Bell makes mental health its new priority - news

The communications group Bell Canada has pledged C$50million ($49m, £31m, €35m) to Canadian mental health charities in one of the country’s largest corporate projects in the...

Corporate community involvement - news

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

Pakistan relief comes up short - news

Businesses have donated significantly less to the Pakistan flood relief effort than to other recent natural disasters, and have seen their contributions dwarfed by individuals and governments....

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The hotel chain Hyatt has appointed Brigitta Witt as CSR vice-president. Witt, previously Hyatt’s environmental affairs vice-president, will be responsible for community engagement, social...

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Unilever has taken the top gong in Business in the Community’s 13th Awards for Excellence. The food and consumer products giant won the 2010 Company of the Year title for its work on ‘enhancing the...

CSRTV spreads word for power firm - news

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

biscuit king CSR pioneer dies - news

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

dairy giant brings in new code - news

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

US leads way on medicine access amid global progress - news

US pharmaceutical companies have improved in the latest Access to Medicine (ATM) index, and now lead an industry showing encouraging signs internationally of providing affordable drugs to the...

Insurer gives investors a say on its reporting - news

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

European SRI hegemony 'may put off Americans' - news

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

Corporate MDG role is greater than thought - news

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

Luxury brand commits itself to 'eco-friendly' fashion - news

Gucci has become one of the first luxury fashion houses to tackle the sector's perceived environmental shortcomings by starting a worldwide sustainability programme. The decision,...

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

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

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

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

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

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

Having more data is great, but can we trust the figures? - news

Esther Rodriguez argues that carbon reporting is seriously undermined by a lack of assurance There’s no denying that carbon reporting is now an important element of sustainability...

Thumbs up for skills map - news

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

Hong Kong yet to integrate CSR - news

Hong Kong’s largest companies have ‘failed to embrace CSR in its totality’ despite scoring well on engaging stakeholders, a new survey says. Oxfam Hong Kong’s latest...

The recipe for success: board-level champions - news

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

Indian law would make firms set up CSR budgets - news

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

New reporting regime takes off at Heathrow - news

The company that runs the world’s busiest international airport has decided to switch from detailed annual CSR reporting to bi-monthly briefings on specific social and environmental...

Middle CSR ranks enjoy better pay and security - news

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

New type of firm aims for greater societal benefit - news

Legislation creating the conditions for benefit corporations, a new class of business required to benefit society as well as shareholders, has been passed in the US state of Maryland. In...

Football teams adopt a CSR message - news

The English Football League has teamed up with the Prince’s Trust and the Environment Agency to highlight the environmental and community work being undertaken by clubs, and to encourage...

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

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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...

Tax-free investment in the community - news

As CSR fights the image of a luxury in recessionary times, Community Development Finance Institutions claim to be the best value for money around. Mike Scott speaks to Mike Baker, head of one...

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

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

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

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

Future looks bright, say most CSR practitioners - news

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

Agribusiness firms are over-reliant on auditing - news

Companies involved in agribusiness have been told to stop relying on audit results for ‘off-site issues’ in managing their supply chains. A paper on increasing the contribution...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

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

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Myriam Galopin has joined the UK consultancy Corporate Citzenship as a consultant advising on sustainability strategy and community projects. Galopin was previously with the Body Shop, where she...

Trying to bring the Nordic region up to speed - news

Nordea's head of SRI, Sasja Beslik, believes responsible investment products in the Scandinavian region are 'ridiculous' and, in many cases, at least ten years behind the times....

Ready for some catch-up - news

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

Human rights concerns prompt big divestments - news

The Church of England has sold its shares in the mining multinational Vedanta over worries about the company's community relations in India. The church's Ethical Investment Advisory...

Card operator extends financial advice scheme - news

Mastercard is to expand its financial education programme for consumers to the whole of Latin America and the Caribbean, after successful schemes in Mexico and Brazil. The banking and...

Coca-Cola and Sony put CSR into sport - news

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

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

Eateries sit at the CSR table - news

A Sustainable Restaurant Association is to be set up in the UK this month to promote and audit CSR in the sector. The association will be a nationwide, membership-based body open to all...

Brewer offers HIV training to farmers - news

HIV and Aids testing is being provided to Ugandan supplier farmers by one of the world’s largest brewers. SABMiller, which makes Peroni, Grolsch and Eagle beers, has provided...

Ethics in public relations - news

Patricia Parsons. Kogan Page.  187 pages. Paperback. £19.95 Working in the world of public relations opens your eyes to both the power of communications and the daily ethical...

China forges ahead on CSR - news

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

Reuters sets up action units to provide disaster aid - news

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

Vast majority of UK firms fall short on carbon aims - news

Just one in five British brands are meeting the government’s carbon reduction targets. New research covering 600 of the UK’s largest brands shows that only 121 are reducing...

RBC bucks banks backlash - news

Royal Bank of Canada has registered a rare recent success for the banking sector by being admitted to the Nasdaq Global Sustainability 50 Index. The Toronto-based bank’s naming on the index means...

Mining firm loses licence to operate - news

A Norwegian mining firm has had its permit suspended in the Philippines after apparently failing to consult local communities about its operations. A nickel project of Intex Resources has had...

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...

Lack of reporting subtlety is starting to cost the earth - news

Craig Mackenzie argues that for comparable climate change data we need more detail, not less Over the last 15 years the CSR community has built a large international sustainability...

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...

All change for AA1000SES - news

The most commonly used standard on stakeholder engagement is to be revamped and republished next year. Consultations on changes to the AA1000 Stakeholder Engagement Standard, known as...

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

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

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

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

inbrief - news

A new US certification mark has been introduced by a CSR consultancy. The Good Company Seal will aim to recognize American companies that ‘demonstrate a commitment to being a socially...

The Dark Side: critical cases on the downside of business - news

Emmanuel Raufflet and Albert J Mills (eds). Greenleaf.  294 pages. Hardback. £24.95 CSR dominates the landscape of thinking about business and society, and in this landscape...

C of E: keeping faith in an ethical approach - news

The Church of England continues to punch above its weight in the responsible investment world – and is not just focussed on exclusion.  Mike Scott talks to Edward Mason about its...

Are companies taking their eyes off the prize? - news

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

Brandix helps out in camps - news

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

Irish CEOs form climate grouping - news

Twelve senior business executives have formed the Irish Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change. The new grouping will push for ‘a step-change in climate change policy’ in Ireland. It has...

New ratings will place spotlight on all sectors - news

New CSR ratings for industry sectors are to be published six times a year by the sustainability consultancy Two Tomorrows. The consultancy’s Value Ratings will benchmark companies on...

Anderson says mission is 60% accomplished - news

The flooring company Interface is more than halfway to its goal of becoming fully sustainable, claims its founder Ray Anderson. Anderson, who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of his...

GRI steps up diversity plea - news

Companies have been urged to ask their suppliers for more information on diversity performance, and to consider submitting such data to third-party audits. New guidance from the...

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

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

Keeping a watchful eye on business reputation - news

Covalence has ploughed an unusual furrow by giving companies ethical ratings based on often subjective media coverage. Mike Scott talks to Antoine Mach about its aims and methodology A...

Boots picks up with Bitc after leaving the ETI fold - news

Alliance Boots has turned to Business in the Community for advice on ethical supply chain management after its recent decision to leave the Ethical Trading Initiative. The UK-based high...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

Ruggie tests complaints idea - news

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

Energy firms beat social tariff goals - news

Britain’s big six energy suppliers spent £157million on social programmes in 2008-09, a 175 per cent increase on 2007-08, according to a report by energy industry regulator Ofgem....

Graduates take CSR to heart - news

UK graduate employees are showing increasing involvement in and support for their employers' CSR initiatives, despite a general lack of job satisfaction. A survey of 24,500 working graduates has...

inbrief - news

UK football clubs have been ranked according to their boards’ social performance. A new ‘stewardship scorecard’, drawn up by the think tank Tomorrow’s Company, rates...

Investment opportunities for a low carbon world - news

Will Oulton (ed). Hardback. 365 pages. GMB. £35.63 Based on the premise that much of the movement towards a low carbon world will need to be driven by investors, this...

UN shows displeasure with five PRI backsliders - news

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

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....

ISO2600 makes progress towards 2010 launch date - news

Work on the development of an ISO standard on social responsibility will move another key step forward next month with the publication of an international draft version. The emergence of...

Caja Navarra opts to go down XBRL route - news

A Spanish bank has become the world’s first company to publish its non-financial report in a special business reporting language. Caja Navarra has released its 2008 CSR report in XBRL...

Walmart unveils plan for social labels on goods - news

The world’s largest retailer has announced plans to develop a sustainability labelling system for all the products it sells. Walmart is undecided what form the labelling will take,...

Unilever helps left-behind children - news

Unilever China and the All-China Women’s Federation are to run a joint programme to care for children left behind by parents who have gone abroad to work. The programme is expected to...

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...

How to stop franchisees from talking baloney - news

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

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

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

New-look CSR Academy emerges from shadows - news

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

CSR reporting often of ‘no use’ says professor - news

Information in most large companies’ CSR reports is virtually useless, a business management academic has argued. In a stinging attack, Graham Hubbard, professor of strategic...

Platinum performers may act as buddies - news

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

Wragge’s first report: was our verdict too harsh? - news

A critical review of Wragge & Co’s first CSR report appeared in EP this May. This month Tom Peyton of Enact Consulting gives an alternative view I have long championed the...

GSK backs disability programmes - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceuticals group, is putting 39million Sri Lankan rupees ($340,000, £210,000) into a project to empower disabled people in southern Sri Lanka that...

Asian Centre for CSR is launched - news

An Asian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility has been established to encourage ethical practices in the region. The centre is a joint venture between the Asian Institute of Technology and...

Australia gets Compact network - news

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

The vices and vanities of sustainability reporting - news

Firms are exploiting a lack of reporting standards to distort their achievements, says Bill D’Allesandro Sustainability reporting is becoming a vice. Most reports serve up enough...

Three important lessons from the MPs’ expenses scandal - news

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

Kraft aims to reduce malnutrition rates - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

Kraft intervenes on malnutrition - news

Kraft Foods and the Save the Children charity have formed a partnership to relieve malnutrition among Indonesian and Filipino families. The three-year effort, financed with $3million...

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Claire Penny, IBM’s environmental affairs manager in Ireland, has joined the country’s government-funded Sustainable Development Council, known as Comhar, as the nominee of Business...

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

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

Joe Public gets say in new online rankings - news

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

Wal-Mart addresses skills in Punjab - news

A retail training unit has been established by an Indian subsidiary of Wal-Mart to improve the work-related skills of people living in the Indian Punjab. Bharti Wal-Mart Private has teamed...

Corporate giving may fall by one third in recession - news

UK companies’ donations to good causes are expected to fall by more than a third this year, reports a new poll. A survey of 450 business leaders, commissioned by The Social Investment...

London police take up CSR - news

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

More diligence needed - news

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

inbrief - news

An online index charting the impact of socially responsible business has been created by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The RBS SE100 Index will be run by Society Media in partnership with RBS...

Signs emerge of tougher times for stateside CSR - news

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

Sponsors begin to favour grass roots over the elite - news

Companies are increasingly putting chunks of their sponsorship budgets into projects that are community-based, reports a specialist consultancy. Montreal-based Sponsorium International,...

Newmont’s unprecedented review is placed in the public domain - news

A gold mining company has taken the unusual step of publishing an independent review of how it is managing relationships with communities near its sites. US-based Newmont Mining Corporation...

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T-Mobile is to bring together its UK employee volunteers with groups of young people to explore ways in which mobile phones can tackle social and environmental problems. The project, called The...

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

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

Law firms plump for synchronised carbon reporting - news

Eighteen law firms and the Law Society of England and Wales have simultaneously published reports revealing their individual carbon footprints. The firms and the society have published...

Female CSR practitioners earn less than the men - news

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

Kelloggs turns to actors to get its message across - news

The cereal manufacturer Kelloggs has taken the unusual step of using undercover actors to convey waste-cutting messages to employees.   The two female thespians, from the CragRats...

Visser sets up global body - news

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

Coalitions ‘are way forward’ for pro-poor ideas - news

Companies trying to implement ‘bottom of the pyramid’ schemes should pool their efforts, not work in isolation, the Ashridge business school has said. An Ashridge report says...

Hindustan Zinc helps 500,000 children - news

A prestigious annual award for rural and community development projects has gone to Hindustan Zinc, part of the Vedanta metals and power generation group. The 2007-08 award from the...

SRI grows in Australia - news

Responsible investment grew by eight per cent in Australia during 2007-08 from A$52.8billion to A$57.1bn ($33.2bn-$36bn, £23.8bn-£25.7bn), reports the Responsible Investment...

ISO 26000 takes shape as consensus takes hold - news

The long-awaited ISO standard on social responsibility has taken its most important step forward with the publication of a ‘committee draft’ that will form the backbone of the final...

Ford-backed Indonesia project hits 40 mark - news

More than 40 companies and non-governmental organizations have now joined the Health and Business Roundtable Indonesia, which has the backing of the Ford motor company and was formed with the aim...

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...

Starbucks helps Asian social entrepreneurs - news

A Philippines organization providing microfinance loans to unemployed young people and a programme in Pakistan that combats violence against women are to receive help from multinational coffee...

Nepal firms ‘need government support’ on inclusion - news

Business in Nepal, particularly small enterprises, will need significant help to support inclusive recruitment, delegates decided at a recent roundtable debate in Kathmandu. Inclusion, they...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

2009: a year to keep our collective resolve - news

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

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

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

22 OECD cases in pipeline - news

More than 20 alleged breaches of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational corporations are being investigated by governments around the...

New code tells firms how to treat migrant workers - news

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

Tata fares best in new Indian CSR ranking - news

Tata has been placed top of a new sustainability index based on the views of India’s opinion leaders. The index, created by BT and GlobeScan, a public opinion and stakeholder research...

Huge deal aims to change face of security industry - news

The world’s second largest private employer has signed an Ethical Employment Partnership with the biggest international grouping of trade unions. The security company G4S, which...

Barclays and Nike place new focus on girl power - news

The multinational companies Barclays and Nike have separately committed themselves to projects aimed at boosting the self-esteem and prospects of girls in the developing world. Barclays has...

Barclays supports Indian slum dwellers - news

Adolescent Indian girls in a Mumbai slum and in three districts of rural Maharashtra will benefit from a partnership between Barclays Bank and Unicef to give mentoring and provide microfinance...

DHL backs malnutrition project - news

DHL, the international express and logistics company, is giving $650,000 (£441,000) to support the efforts of Unicef and the Indian government to reduce malnutrition and infant mortality...

Holcim prize goes to village project - news

A rural planning design for a suburban village in Beijing has received the $100,000 (£67,900) top prize in the Asia Pacific Holcim Awards, an international competition run by the Holcim...

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The Co-operative Group is to involve consumers in a consultation to help determine its community spending. The group, which put £10million ($15m) into UK community activities last year, is...

Corporate social responsibility: readings and cases in a global context - news

A Crane, D Matten, L Spence (eds) Paperback. 544 pages. Routledge. £32.50. This collection of essays  drawn together under three headings (‘understanding’,...

Brewer to cut its water use - news

One of the world’s largest beer makers has promised to reduce its water consumption throughout its global operations. SABMiller has said it will cut water use by a quarter per litre...

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

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

Study links CR Index firms to better share returns - news

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

Kroger is ‘most generous’ US company - news

The groceries and supermarkets group Kroger has been declared the most generous corporation in the US by Forbes magazine. The Cincinnati-based retailer, which owns a string of retailers...

Responsible business world loses two visionaries - news

Two US pioneers of responsible business – Joan Bavaria and Ed Burke – have died. Bavaria, who died aged 65 after a long battle with cancer, was the co-founder of US-based...

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The Limelight Community consultancy has renamed itself Lumina. The London-based agency has nine consultants working in the areas of communications and project management

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

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

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

Supermarket leads way on penny-a-pound deal - news

A US supermarket chain has broken new ground by signing an agreement with a workers’ organization to improve wages for Florida’s tomato pickers. Texas-based Whole Foods Market,...

Gulf Air draws up three-pronged CSR strategy - news

Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, has announced a corporate social responsibility plan with three main themes: climate change and clean air, waste management, and community service....

World Bank pulls out of Chad project - news

The World Bank has withdrawn from a deal to fund an oil project with the government of Chad after politicians there failed to convince the institution that revenues would be contributed to...

Trio accused of failing indigenous people - news

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

CSR executives put brave face on the financial crisis - news

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

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...

GRI gets base in Australia - news

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

Standard Chartered combats Aids in Bangladesh - news

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

New help for humanitarian efforts - news

A body has been formed to enable businesses to become directly involved in development and humanitarian operations in strife-torn emerging countries. Corporates for Crisis will encourage...

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

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

Failure to sign principles leads to loss of business - news

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

SRI investing finds foothold in Central and Eastern Europe - news

The first SRI fund concentrating on central and eastern European equities has been established by Limestone Investment Management, which has headquarters in Estonia. The New Europe Socially...

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...

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Construction company HBG has strengthened its corporate social responsibility team with two appointments. Jesse Putzel has been recruited as climate change manager, while Kate Wilcox becomes...

Use of migrant workers is put under microscope - news

A two-year research project is to consider how multinationals can limit the exploitation of migrant workers in their supply chains. It will be led by US-based Business for Social...

CFS judged to have best impact on society - news

Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) has won the overall Impact on Society award in this year’s Business in the Community (Bitc) Awards for Excellence. The group, which includes...

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...

Bakrie Telecom supports Grameen project - news

Indonesia’s first village phone programme, providing affordable wireless telecommunications in rural communities, is being introduced through a co-operative effort between two telecoms...

Bitc index gets more backers this year - news

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

BT sets pace as business gets serious about carbon - news

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

XBRL: the new answer to questionnaire fatigue? - news

A new system for managing financial information should make it easier for readers of sustainability reports to extract the data they want. EP looks at how it will work What is XBRL?...

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

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

Mining company fights back over ActionAid claims - news

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

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...

Petrobras wins report accolade - news

The world’s best sustainability report is produced by Petrobras of Brazil, according to an online survey of 1700 report readers by the Global Reporting Initiative. Other winners of...

Soup business makes CSR a key ingredient - news

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

Australia gets CSR qualification - news

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

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

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

Multinationals in their communities - news

Ian W. Jones, Michael G. Pollitt and David Bek . Hardback. 359 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £57/$80. At a time when it’s fashionable to dismiss philanthropic approaches to corporate social...

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...

Spanish firms opt for LBG - news

Nine large Spanish companies are to adopt the London Benchmarking Group model when measuring the level of their community investments. The companies, which will assess their performance under the...

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...

social stock exchange could get 2009 launch - news

A ‘social stock exchange’ trading shares in responsible businesses could be set up next year if a feasibility study finds sufficient demand. The study is funded with £252,000 ($496,000) from the...

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

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

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

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

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

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

Directors earn £85,000+ - news

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

Grameen Bank gets Credit Agricole help - news

The Bangladesh-based Grameen Bank is to be partnered by Crédit Agricole in supporting microlenders around the world. Crédit Agricole, France’s largest retail banking...

Lawyers can do it, so why not other business professionals? - news

Legal firms are showing the way on pro bono work – and more of us should follow, says Aaron Hurst While it can sometimes be tempting to criticize lawyers, there’s one area in...

Salary survey paints picture of a profession - news

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

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

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

Suppliers pressed on wages - news

‘Living wage’ levels for 400 employees have been written into contracts issued to private sector companies by the Greater London Authority Group. The GLA, which includes the...

Ireland gets first accredited training scheme - news

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

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...

Chevron is first ‘corporate champion’ - news

The oil corporation Chevron is to give $30million (£15.4m) over three years to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. Chevron is making the donation through the...

Trio team up on disasters - news

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

Chinese officials issue guidelines - news

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

CSR Academy stirs again as Shillito takes leading role - news

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

Two big UK consultancies emerge as one - news

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

Dole Thailand takes CSR accolade - news

Dole Thailand, part of the huge Dole Food Company, the worldwide producer of fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, has received the 2007 Grand Winner Award and a 2007 Excellence Award from US...

Telstra leads pack on community donations - news

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

oil companies under fire in Pakistan - news

A campaign has been started in Pakistan to create an awareness of the social responsibilities of oil and gas companies accused of damaging communities. The campaign has resulted from a CSR...

inbrief - news

Food and catering giant Sodexho has brought in Arlin Wasserman as vice-president for corporate citizenship, covering North America. Wasserman formerly worked for the US-based consultancy Changing...

inbrief - news

Standard Life is to fund the appointment of a welfare rights officer for three years at the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland as part of the Edinburgh-based insurance company's...

attracting the interest of institutional investors - news

A long track record of assessing companies on sustainability criteria has enabled Swiss bank ZKB to win new institutional business, Robert Hauser tells Mike Scott SRI and Swiss banks do not, at...

food sector guidelines on the way - news

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

data exchange filings fall - news

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

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

The social and environmental performance of companies that produce luxury brands has been highlighted in a new ranking that suggests none of them are doing particularly well. The league table has...

CBI issues 'call to arms' on climate change crisis - news

The chief lobbying organization for large businesses in the UK has for the first time pledged itself unequivocally to playing a major role in mitigating climate change. The Confederation of...

private equity moves into social reporting sphere - news

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

Bill paves way for banks to give to charity - news

A Bill has been introduced in the UK parliament that will make it easier for banks and building societies to hand over money in dormant accounts to finance community projects. The Dormant Bank...

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...

inbrief - news

Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, is to become chairman of Business in the Community (Bitc) next month. Rose was recently awarded the Bitc Prince’s Ambassador Award for his role...

inbrief - news

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

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International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the inaugural Excellence in Social Responsibility Award from the Law Society of England and Wales. Freshfields, which has 27 offices in...

a battle for proxy access has been won, but the war is far from over - news

Last month, socially responsible investors in the US relaxed in the knowledge that the Securities and Exchange Commission was not, after all, going to kill off advisory resolutions and votes (see...

business reviews are unaffected - news

Recently announced delays to the implementation of the Companies Act in the UK will not alter the timetable for listed companies to produce annual forward-looking business reviews that cover social...

property firms can benefit from social concern - news

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

Irish companies to be offered kitemark - news

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

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

CSR organizations are attempting to turn the current fashion for social networking websites to their commercial advantage. At least four sites providing a forum for discussion of responsible...

pension fund disinvests from Vedanta - news

The Norwegian government pension fund has decided to disinvest from four Indian subsidiaries of a mining company over concerns about ‘systematic’ environmental and human rights violations. The...

Westpac is ‘best’ on volunteering - news

Westpac has won a new Australian award for employers that encourage their staff to volunteer. The bank has taken the Award for Excellence in Corporate Volunteering, given by Volunteering...

Chinese CSR debates get under way - news

The China Supply Chain Council, a community of 20,000 business professionals, has kicked off a new season of formal discussions on CSR in supply chain management and ethical sourcing. The...

inbrief - news

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has introduced a ‘community challenge month’ to increase staff participation in community and pro bono programmes. Employees were encouraged to...

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

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

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

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

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

Chime makes further acquisition - news

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

Barclay unveils new $150m global strategy - news

One of the world’s biggest banks has finalized its first global community investment strategy. Barclays, which operates in more than 50 countries and has more than 127,000 staff, is to invest...

good governance 'is key to meaningful change' - news

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

‘conservative’ managers told to change their ways - news

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

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...

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...

inbrief - news

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

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

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RWE npower is to increase the number of employees volunteering in the community this year to ten per cent of the total number. It will have to encourage 1236 employees to volunteer this year,...

platinum performers must shine all the way through - news

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

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

a brilliant blend of social activism and entrepreneurship - news

Some pioneers die unsung. Not Anita Roddick. The most remarkable thing about the reaction to her death was the focus not on what she did, but what she began. There are many campaigners in her...

Co-op goes to the polls - news

Shoppers at Co-operative supermarkets are being polled to identify the ethical issues on which they think the retailer should concentrate. The polling, believed to be the first by a food retailer...

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

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

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

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

inbrief - news

A group of Canadian companies will visit London this month to see how UK businesses manage their corporate community investment. CSR practitioners from ConocoPhillips, Enbridge, EnCana, Envision...

making foundations part of a CSR strategy - news

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

transparency would expose speculators’ ill-gotten gains - news

Public disclosure of fund managers’ bonuses would help counter short-termism, says Simon Zadek The recent turmoil in the financial markets spells disaster for the real owners of capital,...

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

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

new kitemark for companies comes at a cost - news

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

BBC switches from CSR to ‘outreach’ - news

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

Irish companies sign charter - news

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

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...

corporate responsibility sets fire service alight - news

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

Westpac uses CSR in marketing - news

Westpac bank is claiming to have become the first Australian company outside the energy sector to use its community and environmental programmes in its mass marketing. The company believes its...

VicSuper and Hesta join ethical alliance - news

Two Australian companies have become associate members of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), an international organization that gathers information from asset owners and asset managers to...

ANZ exonerated over logging links - news

An accusation that Australia’s ANZ Bank has supported unsustainable logging in Papua New Guinea has been rejected. The complaint was that the bank had breached guidelines for multinationals...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

fundraisers to go on CSR tours - news

Fundraisers in the not-for-profit sector who set up corporate partnerships are to be taken on site visits to two European clothes companies this autumn so they can gain a greater understanding of...

Ernst & Young increases CSR numbers - news

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

insurers enter the fray - news

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

Fortis links CSR to its ambitions for growth - news

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

inbrief - news

More than 1000 businesses in England signed a commitment last month to act on climate change. Most of the companies, mainly small- and medium-sized enterprises, will appoint a board-level...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

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

an ISO standard on CSR is slowly taking shape - news

Work on an international standard on social responsibility is progressing well, but the large number of interested parties involved remains a concern What is an ISO standard? ISO...

talk could plug data gap - news

A lack of communication between research teams in different parts of the investment industry appears to be an important factor in the reluctance of many institutional investors to take adequate...

City leaders try to allay fears on private equity - news

Two senior City figures have predicted that private equity will soon embrace CSR. Stephen Haddrill and Alain Grisay told delegates at Business in the Community’s annual conference in London...

ski town offers glimpse of reports to come - news

A Canadian ski resort has begun to show the way for corporates on ‘real-time’ web-based reporting of social and environmental indicators. The town of Whistler in British Columbia, which will...

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...

Malaysia gets its own CSR website - news

A website has been set up to keep stakeholders in Malaysia informed of companies’ ethical standards. The CSR Malaysia Community Portal is aimed at giving a clear understanding of CSR issues to...

Shanghai banks get CSR framework - news

Guidelines have been issued to establish ethical standards for financial institutions in Shanghai. The aim is to guarantee stakeholders’ rights and enhance social and environmental...

Coca-Cola signs water partnership - news

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

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Cranfield School of Management has appointed David Grayson as a director to lead its newly established Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. Grayson, who took up the position last month,...

sweet makers in a corner over child labour efforts - news

Pressure is growing on the global confectionery industry to show that its measures to bear down on child labour at cocoa farms in Africa are paying off. Amnesty International announced last...

tea firms put Compact on packets - news

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

football club scores a first as it enters reporting arena - news

Chelsea may not win the English Premiership title this year but it has become the first prominent football club to produce a stand-alone CSR report. The London club, owned by Russian...

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

Almost £200,000 ($385,000) has been set aside by the UK government for research into how to encourage private sector investment in social enterprise. Two organizations – the Charity Bank and...

making sense of where climate change fits into CSR - news

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

faith can add a new dimension to the responsible workplace - news

Business organizations should not be afraid of allowing religion into CSR, says David Miller Many in the corporate world would rather not bring religion into the boardroom. Fair enough,...

Colombia firms build code - news

Businesses are to draw up guidelines on how best to deal with human rights and security dilemmas in Colombia. Tipiel (construction), Interconexion Electrica (telecoms and energy) and Isagen...

high street store offers SRI fund to its customers - news

Marks & Spencer’s finance arm has launched its first ethical unit trust. The M&S Ethical Fund, which will be jointly managed by Jupiter Asset Management and Sinopia Asset Management,...

business challenged on fixation with technology - news

Heads of dozens of international companies have come under fire from a prominent institutional investor for drawing up a statement on climate change that largely confines itself to discussion of...

Kellogg’s makes cereal packets a ‘social marketing’ tool - news

The Kellogg’s food company is to use the space on packets of its breakfast cereals as a ‘social marketing’ vehicle to promote healthy living in Britain. The company, whose brands include...

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...

strategy advice in demand - news

Consultancies advising companies on their strategic direction have commanded the highest number of searches by visitors to a new online directory of CSR service providers. In the first six...

mining company hits back over Philippines claims - news

One of the main mining companies operating in the Philippines has rejected trenchant allegations made in an international report that the industry has brought environmental disaster and murder to...

US company begins Saipan community programme - news

A total of $49,000 (£25,000) has been donated by the US financial services company Bridge Capital to schools and community organizations on Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana...

From the Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School - news

Corporate Social Responsibility as a ‘business tool’ Thank you for sending me a copy of your new publication Ethical Performance Best Practice. I have some critical comments which I submit to...

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

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...

Telstra supports disadvantaged children - news

Grants worth Aus$1.8million (£723,000) over three years have been announced by the Telstra Foundation, a children’s aid group set up by the Australian telecoms company Telstra. The money...

private equity finds itself in the unwelcome glare of publicity - news

Private equity's success has invited greater scrutiny and the sector is now facing demands for disclosure of its record on social responsibility. This mirrors the experience of public companies...

Sainsbury's and Waitrose go bananas on Fairtrade - news

Two of the UK's biggest supermarket groups are to stock only Fairtrade-certified bananas. In separate announcements, Sainsbury's said it would make the change in June and Waitrose confirmed...

small is beautiful in the world of responsible business - news

Giants have much to learn from the minnows when it comes to corporate social responsibility, new statistics suggest. An analysis of 200 independent assessments of 90 organizations against the...

Tories look at new CSR deals - news

Proposals for government-brokered 'responsibility deals' committing companies to CSR measures in return for a lighter regulatory regime are being considered by the UK's Conservative Party....

Nokia upgrades tsunami work - news

The mobile phone maker Nokia has introduced training projects to assist young people in finding jobs or setting up small businesses in areas of India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka that were devastated...

Dutch city in reporting first - news

Amsterdam has become the first capital city in the world to produce a stand-alone sustainability report. The city authority has published the report online in Dutch and also as a hard copy...

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

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

chastened Coca-Cola seeks to rebuild trust - news

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

advice offered on how to behave - news

Business in the Community has created a set of practical principles that provide simple pointers to how companies can behave in a responsible fashion in their chosen markets. The Marketplace...

insurance company scoops top ethical award - news

The Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has taken the top spot in Ethical Investor’s 2006 Australian Sustainability Awards for its climate change policies. The organizers said that possibly no...

Globe Telecom takes CSR education award - news

The winner of the 2006 Asian CSR Award in the support and improvement of education category was Globe Telecom (Philippines). The award was for its Text2Teach project conducted in co-operation...

BT and Cisco help Indian farmers - news

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

ADB supports water projects - news

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

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Andrew Robinson has become a director of CCLA Investment Management, the London-based SRI specialist that looks after the investments of the Church of England and various charities and local...

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Office furniture company Steelcase has formed a partnership in the UK with Green-Works, a non-profit social enterprise that provides redundant office furniture for re-use by schools, charities...

UTC 2005 corporate responsibility report - news

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

Airbus UK seeks opinion on future CSR programme - news

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

recruitment company uses its skills to help refugees - news

Manpower is to use its internal training and education services to support schooling in refugee sites. The US-based employment services company announced at the end of October that it will...

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...

Alcan makes new pledges on indigenous peoples - news

Canadian aluminium multinational Alcan has introduced an indigenous peoples policy at its 440 sites worldwide. The document, covering just two pages, states principles rather than specifics,...

uncertainty shrouds business review regime - news

Concerns are growing that businesses will not know what they need to include in the annual business reviews required by the UK's new Companies Act, which received Royal Assent last month....

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,...

mainstreaming is top target - news

Encouraging companies to integrate corporate responsibility throughout their operations rather than confining it to a single department is the most common preoccupation of national CSR networks...

the new business benefit of CSR: large wads of cash - news

British electricity companies are to be given cash incentives by the national electricity and gas regulator Ofgem for implementing corporate responsibility programmes. In an unusually...

'big six' firms see new dawn for social auditing - news

Heads of the world's six largest accounting firms have called for a radical overhaul of the global financial accounting system to take greater account of social and environmental factors. In...

inbrief - news

UniSuper has become the first Australian institution to join the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, which promotes better non-financial analysis in the investment community. UniSuper, Australia’s...

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...

CSR software package taps into email to coach staff - news

The UK compliance specialist CODA has developed software for companies managing their corporate responsibility programmes. The CODA-Control Manager gives employees management instructions...

diamond giant to assist exploited small-scale miners - news

De Beers has announced a $2million (£1.05m) project to improve the lives of Tanzania’s ‘informal’ diamond miners. The multinational, which produces about 40 per cent of the world’s diamonds,...

number of advertised CSR jobs rises - news

An analysis of full-time CSR jobs on two online corporate responsibility recruitment sites has found that listings in total increased by 48 per cent between 2004 and 2005. The survey,...

neutered Companies Bill nears the statute book - news

The Companies Bill, which will introduce a limited range of light-touch measures to encourage corporate responsibility in the UK, will finally receive royal assent this month. The Bill,...

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

UK-based Henderson Global Investors, one of the most prominent firms in socially responsible investment, has moved to allay fears that its elimination last month of the post of head of corporate...

Malaysian stock exchange steps into CSR fray - news

The Malaysian stock exchange has published a CSR framework setting out guidelines for public listed companies on environmental, community, marketplace and workplace activities. Bursa Malaysia...

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

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

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Only one in five people in Ireland can name a company they consider to be a good all-round performer on social and environmental issues. An Ipsos Mori poll of 1002 people commissioned by Business...

bank sets out action plan on aborigines - news

A 'reconciliation action plan' to improve ANZ bank's relationship with Australian aboriginal people is to be drawn up by the end of this year. In a 'statement of commitment to reconciliation...

women working in CSR roles earn 30% less - news

Female CSR specialists in the US earn $30,000 (£16,000) a year less than their male counterparts, new statistics show. Women can expect to earn between $80,000 and $90,000 on average, compared...

hair-raising tales have no basis in fact, say retailers - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online chat...

firms deny 'unethical' hair sourcing - news

Companies that make and sell hair extensions and wigs have protested over allegations that the industry habitually uses unethically sourced human hair from Asia. Media reports and online rooms...

Mecu scoops sustainability reporting award - news

The Australian financial institution Mecu has taken first place for the best sustainability report in the 2005 Australia and New Zealand Awards for Sustainability Reporting. The judges...

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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...

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Yell, the search engine company, has won the 2006 Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. The award is given for an outstanding communications...

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Cement company Holcim spent SFr32million ($26m, £13.7m) on corporate responsibility projects last year, according to latest figures. The Swiss company spent half the money on charitable donations...

honesty and directness are key to media hearts - news

How best to communicate corporate responsibility initiatives to journalists has become a hot topic over the past year. EP offers some practical advice on what to do Not so long ago few...

Wal-Mart has made a good start but there’s still a long way to go - news

Has the leopard changed its spots? Last autumn Wal-Mart announced a dramatic conversion to corporate social responsibility, following the positive public response to the company’s efforts to help...

airing for social bank idea - news

British banks have given a non-committal response to a proposal that an independent Social Investment Bank be created to receive unclaimed assets in dormant bank accounts and spend them on social...

M&S is top dog for second time as awards grow in scope - news

Marks & Spencer has become the first company to win the top accolade for a second time in Business in the Community’s annual Awards for Excellence. The high street retailer won the prestigious...

fast food giant takes CSR into the blogosphere - news

McDonald’s has turned to internet ‘blogging’ to help it communicate its corporate responsibility messages. The global foodservice retailer has started a dedicated blogging site led by Bob...

‘Equator 2’ raises the bar - news

Financial institutions have welcomed an update of the Equator Principles, ethical guidelines for lending on large-scale project finance. However, they say the latest adjustments will lead to only...

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North American gold mining company Goldcorp has been admitted to the Jantzi Social Index. Jantzi Research, the Canadian social and environmental research company that runs the index, said...

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A social inclusion scheme that assists prisoners in the UK wishing to open a bank account before release has been introduced by the Co-operative Bank. Inmates at Forest Bank Prison near...

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Lloyds TSB has been judged top performer in the sixth annual benchmarking report on race in the workplace, produced by Business in the Community’s Race for Opportunity. Merrill Lynch was the most...

CEOs have accepted a new responsibility - news

Peter Erskine, who became chief executive of mobile phone company O2 in 2001, talks to EP about corporate responsibility as seen from a CEO’s perspective In many ways, O2’s Peter Erskine is...

ITV asks viewers to help shape its ethics strategy - news

Media company ITV is planning to introduce corporate responsibility questions into its future audience surveys as part of its wider efforts to give social and environmental issues more airtime on...

LSE investor service is put on the backburner - news

Efforts by the London Stock Exchange to establish a central database of information on companies’ social and environmental performance look to have run into trouble. Weaker than anticipated...

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

OFR successor unveiled as Bill reaches Commons - news

The UK government has settled details of its forthcoming requirement on listed companies to publish a forward-looking annual ‘Business Review’ that takes account of social and environmental...

six firms back new drive on volunteering - news

Half a dozen companies have become founding partners in a UK government initiative aimed at creating a million new community volunteers aged between 16 and 25. ITV, KPMG, MTV, Sky, Tesco and...

Tories set up CSR group - news

The UK Conservative Party has formed a steering group to develop a formal corporate responsibility policy. The five-strong group, chaired by Alan Duncan, shadow trade and industry secretary,...

meeting the challenge of winning a lifetime’s loyalty from customers - news

Reading Tesco’s latest corporate responsibility review, it is hard to imagine how anyone could have a bad word to say about the company. The UK’s biggest retailer is the best performer in its...

how CSR benchmark will move with the times - news

The UK’s Corporate Responsibility Index is being refreshed this summer in a bid to maintain its relevance and popularity. EP looks at how it will change for participants Five years is a long...

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...

Community involvement idea ready for lift-off - news

US-based CSR membership organization Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has formed a partnership with the Asian think tank Global Institute For Tomorrow (Gift) aimed at setting up a...

Taiwan firms getting better - news

The ethical performance of listed Taiwanese companies improved markedly last year, according to a second national analysis of CSR in the country. The latest annual survey of Taiwanese...

Tate & Lyle wins plaudits for school work - news

Tate & Lyle has won a gold award for its ‘outstanding community involvement’ from the UK-based Food and Drink Federation. The sugar company took the award for its community programme,...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

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...

City offers advice to newcomers - news

The Heart of the City group, formed in 2000 by the Bank of England, the City of London Corporation and the Financial Services Authority, has started a new community involvement programme for...

pension funds adopt investment principles - news

The pressure on companies to disclose social, environmental and governance risks has increased dramatically with a commitment by institutional investors controlling more than $2trillion (£1.1tn)...

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Barclays has introduced a third Financial Inclusion Fund for community finance organizations in some of the UK’s most deprived areas. Credit unions and other not-for-profit financial services...

DHL delivers skills to voluntary sector - news

Logistics company DHL has started a community initiative in the UK that allows its employees to share their expertise and skills with partner charities. The Skills in Motion programme is going...

businesses step up community efforts in Thailand - news

A partnership has been set up with the help of the International Business Leaders’ Forum (IBLF) to benefit communities in Thailand, as a direct result of relief efforts in the country’s...

Asian business leaders cross borders - news

Senior business executives are being brought face to face with community issues in Asian countries thanks to Crossing Borders, a new initiative from the International Business Leaders’ Forum...

media ‘not hostile’ to CSR - news

Journalists are more amenable to writing positive articles about CSR than is generally thought, reports new research. A study of the opinions of 75 senior UK journalists found two-thirds...

French navy makes waves with first CSR assessment - news

The French navy has shown there is life in CSR beyond the corporate sector by submitting itself to a social responsibility assessment. The Marine Nationale opened itself to scrutiny by...

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Hewlett Packard has opened a ‘digital community centre’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to improve access to technology for some of the city’s most disadvantaged people. HP already has 11 such...

drinks firms sign up to revive rural services - news

Pub groups and drinks companies are to step up their involvement in a UK initiative that encourages rural pubs to strengthen local communities by offering post office, grocery and even laundry...

Freshfields becomes first into the field - news

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is claiming to have become the first international law firm to publish a corporate social responsibility report. The document, which contains an external...

DLA Piper thinks European - news

International law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has introduced measures to co-ordinate its in-house CSR activities across continental Europe. The global partnership, which has offices in...

Chinese students scrutinise firms’ charitable and community records - news

University students in China who are considering future employers want to know primarily whether companies make donations and play a part in their communities, reports a new survey by AIESEC, the...

Bayer subsidiary gets tough on child labour - news

Proagro, a Bayer Cropsciences subsidiary, is penalizing 11 hybrid cottonseed farmers in Andhra Pradesh, India, and is cancelling its contracts with three more after finding they were employing...

Telekom Malaysia promotes 'respect' message - news

Telekom Malaysia is spending 600,000 ringgits ($160,000, £90,000) on a community service campaign to remind Muslim worshippers to respect one another and their mosques as places of worship....

business and peace programme moves into second stage - news

The second phase of the Business and Peace Programme has been started in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, a predominantly Muslim area that has been ravaged by community conflict. The...

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Amelia Fawcett, Morgan Stanley’s vice-chair, has joined the board of Business in the Community following the organization’s annual meeting. There are three other new board members: John Kelly,...

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Guidance on how to open, run and close mines in a socially responsible manner has been published by the International Council on Mining and Metals, along with good practice case studies. The 17...

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...

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...

firms in Russia target health - news

Businesses operating in Russia are to work together to improve the population’s health, in particular Russians’ eating habits. BP, Interros, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Unilever and...

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...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

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Barclays has promoted Alastair Camp to the post of corporate responsibility director, reporting to Stephen Whitehead, Barclays’ corporate affairs director. Camp was previously a managing director...

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Evan Hochberg has been appointed national director of community involvement at Deloitte & Touche USA. Hochberg, who joins from the consulting firm Community Wealth Ventures, where he was...

get rewards right ‘and CSR success will follow’ - news

The most important thing company boards can do to promote corporate responsibility is to redesign executive pay incentives to take greater account of long-term performance, according to findings...

banks and Treasury agree way forward on dormant money - news

UK banks and building societies have finally agreed in principle that unclaimed assets in dormant accounts be redistributed for community projects. The government had been pushing the...

Unilever health scheme raises productivity - news

Companies investing in health promotion can obtain almost a fourfold return on their outlay thanks to increased staff productivity, the results of a Unilever exercise indicate. The consumer...

lawyers find no legal basis for objections to SRI - news

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

explorers discover at least 147 different species of CSR - news

There are almost 150 separate types of activity that can be filed under the heading of corporate responsibility, according to the first systematic categorization of the field. A Catalogue of...

OFR repeal sours NGO relations with government - news

The UK government’s decision to abolish the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) has seriously damaged its already shaky relationship with non-governmental organizations active in the corporate...

community project linked to Beijing Olympics - news

A healthy communities programme is to be piloted by the International Business Leaders’ Forum and the International Life Sciences Institute Focal Point in China as the country prepares for the...

Bell decides to outsource its community giving - news

Canada's largest telecoms company, Bell Canada, is subcontracting parts of its community investment programme to other organizations. The company has engaged Ottawa-based Carleton University...

firms run into parent power - news

Parents are ready to 'punish' companies they feel are marketing to their children in an irresponsible way, according to research by Business in the Community. Bitc says a survey of 1000 UK...

best practice urged for Katrina rebuild - news

Companies helping to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been urged to commit themselves to guidelines on how they should do so in a socially responsible manner. The Katrina...

big business 'needs to move into aid agenda' - news

Efforts to reduce world poverty will not succeed until aid agencies and governments bring business into the equation, according to the Shell Foundation. Its director Kurt Hoffman, who 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...

Company Law Reform Bill seeks to foster ‘enlightened’ approach - news

The UK Company Law Reform Bill, published last month, upholds the primacy of shareholders, but says directors need to consider the interests of other parties What stage are we at with...

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

let’s recognize employees who go beyond call of duty - news

The time is ripe for cross-industry awards that acknowledge staff volunteering, says Scott Keiller Recently I sat on a panel judging the final six nominees for Starbucks UK’s community...

social matters move onto chief executives' radar screens - news

Chief executives of multinationals increasingly believe that the performance of their businesses on social issues such as community involvement and labour standards will soon be as critical as...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

Foreigners scoop China CSR awards - news

Four foreign companies have won inaugural CSR awards in China organized by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCham). Nu Skin (US, Pharmaceuticals) won the award for best community outreach,...

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...

BAT defends Burma position - news

British American Tobacco has defended its decision not to disclose in its annual accounts that it has operated a factory in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, for four years. Only 'principal...

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Transport services provider Arriva, house builder Barratt Developments and Natexis Banques Populaires, the French commercial lender, are among holdings in a new SRI fund established by US-based...

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Community investment of the UK’s Co-operative Group rose to 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profits last year, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003, despite a fall in annual profits of around £83million ($141m)....

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All but one of BHP Billiton’s 50 sites around the world now have a formal community relations plan. The mining company has developed pilot training programmes in support of the scheme with Oxfam...

chief executives are finding that CSR can help build the business - news

Judging by their preambles to corporate non-financial reports, many chief executives are strongly committed to socially responsible business practice. Too often, however, their companies' past...

brand launch by Nestlé boosts fair trade hopes - news

A further sign that fair trade products are entering mainstream UK business came last month as the food giant Nestlé launched its first Fairtrade certified coffee. The new instant coffee...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a corporate responsibility issue for Shell, which has scaled down operations at a fuel depot in the Philippines due to fears from nearby residents that it...

'write plain English' is the advice to corporate reporters - news

Too many non-financial corporate reports fail to hold their readers' attention because they use complicated language and jargon, the founder of the Plain English Commission has warned....

Google and eBay join dotcom philanthropists - news

Google is to pay more attention to its social responsibilities in the wake of its public flotation. The internet search engine company announced last month that it would give at least...

business leaders visit areas devastated by tsunami - news

Members of the Tsunami Business Task Force, led by the International Business Leaders' Forum, have visited tsunami-hit areas of India, Thailand and Sri Lanka to meet community and business...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

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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...

new tack for CSR training - news

CSR practitioners are to be offered a new training programme that concentrates on improving their ability to communicate with and influence people. Ashridge business school's Centre for...

‘big box’ retailers get tips on reducing impact - news

Socially responsible investors in the US have produced guidelines advising large retailers on reducing the undesirable social and environmental effects of ‘big box’ megastores. The...

CSR reports fail to meet financial sector’s needs - news

The financial sector is not getting enough of what it wants from sustainability reports, says a new international survey. The Global Stakeholder Report 2005, a study of 500 readers of...

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...

M&S scheme delivers positive results - news

A third of disadvantaged people who have been on a Marks & Spencer work placement scheme have since found jobs. Statistics in the retailer’s second CSR report show that of 2635 people...

Mahtani earns commendation - news

Shalini Mahtani, chief executive of Community Business, the organization she formed in 2003, has been given the Chief Executive's Commendation for Community Service by the Hong Kong government....

Australian companies offered benchmarking tool - news

An organization has been formed to enable Australian companies to measure the effects of their community investments. The group, LBG Australia, part of London Benchmarking Group International,...

Cisco offers know-how to indigenous groups - news

Cisco, the information technology group, has joined the founding partners of Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships to help the indigenous communities of Cape York, Queensland, Australia. In...

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A corporate campaign to promote walking as a means of improving fitness has won broadcasting company ITV this year's Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Award for Corporate Social...

¥10million on the table to curb greenhouse gases - news

Japan's environment ministry is to fund projects proposed by community groups to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The ministry insists it must be possible to calculate the reduction and says the...

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A CSR reporting guide for company directors has been produced by Business in the Community in collaboration with Arthur D. Little, Camelot and HBOS. The director's guide to corporate...

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 More than half of staff who give time to communities through employee volunteering feel more productive at work. A survey by Community Service Volunteers of 1000 staff at 11 companies,...

consolidation of SRI rating agencies benefits the market - news

A few years ago, specialist agencies rating companies' social, environmental and ethical record were popping up all over the place. Now the talk is of consolidation. Ethibel and Vigeo have...

Royal Mail nurtures big revamp of CSR regime - news

Royal Mail Group is restructuring its social responsibility programme as the UK government considers the future of the state-owned postal service. The revised strategy has five themes:...

BHP Billiton makes an Impact - news

Partnership work with non-governmental organizations and community groups has helped BHP Billiton win the top accolade in this year's Business in the Community Awards for Excellence. Bitc...

Bangladesh looks at responsible production - news

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

Japanese lead on CSR reporting - news

Large companies in Japan lead the world in producing standalone corporate responsibility reports, says the KPMG international survey of the biggest corporations. Altogether 80 per cent of large...

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

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

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

Starbucks customers get CSR with their coffee - news

Starbucks is to host meetings in its UK coffee houses for local people to discuss corporate responsibility issues. The global chain has been training dozens of employees this summer to help with...

eight more join South African SRI crowd - news

Eight more companies have joined the Johannesburg Stock Exchange's SRI index as a result of its first annual review of constituents. The eight - Brait (banking), Discovery Holdings (life...

Thames answers its stakeholders in public - news

The world's third-largest water company has found a novel way of engaging with its stakeholders on social and environmental issues. Thames Water invited 120 stakeholders to submit questions on its...

Coca-Cola firm gets dedicated CSR manager - news

Coca-Cola Enterprises has created its first dedicated corporate social responsibility role in the UK as it prepares to raise its profile in the field. The post of CSR manager has been filled by...

CSR heads drafted in to shape new policy - news

Three senior CSR practitioners at FTSE 100 companies are among members of a new task force set up by the UK government to make recommendations on sustainable procurement. Alison Ritchie, BT's...

'pariah' industries not as bad as they are painted - news

Some industries in Australia, notably mining, are more sustainable than generally assumed, says a new report. The study, by Sydney University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research...

Microsoft promotes digital inclusion in Philippines - news

Microsoft has opened two centres in the Philippines to add to the information technology teaching it already provides under its global programme. The company says its aim in establishing the...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

Australian firms praised for community efforts - news

The winners of the 2004 Australian Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships improved the lives of remote indigenous people, the poor, the homeless and vulnerable...

Japan firm to aid all-in-one reporting initiative - news

The Japanese consultancy Sunrise Advisers is to market and sell SRI World Group’s OneReport services in Japan under a newly signed agreement. The system offered by the US-based SRI World...

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Six companies have been shortlisted in this year’s corporate social responsibility category in the annual Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. They are: Blue Rubicon,...

stem cell research raises its head as an SRI issue - news

Shareholder activists in the US have signalled they believe stem cell research could become a hot topic for socially responsible investors. The Washington DC based Investor Responsibility...

Coca-Cola condemns ‘brand-jacking’ activists - news

Coca-Cola has hit back at campaigners in India whom it claims are causing the company undeserved reputational damage over its use of water supplies in the Kerala region. The company says...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

Canadians see SRI assets jump - news

Assets managed in Canada using a socially responsible investment approach have grown in value by more than a quarter in two years. According to the Social Investment Organization, assets rose 27...

water companies target young offenders - news

UK water companies Anglian and Thames have joined forces to launch a recruitment programme offering training and jobs for young offenders nearing the end of their prison sentences. The pilot...

OFR regime is now complete - news

The last element of the UK’s Operating and Financial Review regime was put in place last month with the publication of a reporting standard by which companies now have to abide. The final...

power company challenged on climate change - news

Activists from Greenpeace and communities in the Far East disrupted a meeting of China Light and Power (CLP) at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel to protest at the impacts of its coal-fired power...

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The Corporate Responsibility Group, a UK organization of 60 companies, has four new board members – Felicity Hartnett, corporate responsibility manager at British Airways; Bruce Learner, community...

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Northern Rock has written to its 20 largest shareholders inviting ‘comment and questions’ on its CSR performance and reporting. Their responses  ‘indicated that our CSR approach is not having...

taking the long view - news

Striking the balance 2004: Wessex Water’s annual sustainability report. 40 pages. ‘Our aim’, declares Wessex Water in its latest non-financial report, ‘is to be a genuinely sustainable company...

how a little togetherness may help firms fight poverty - news

EP talks to the head of the Shell Foundation about its plans to act as a catalyst for ‘pro-poor’ initiatives on the part of large companies in developing countries Like others in the corporate...

Williams to leave Marks & Spencer - news

Ed Williams, the head of CSR at Marks & Spencer, is leaving after 25 years with the UK retailer. Under his watch, Marks and Spencer was named Company of the Year in 2004 by Business in the...

BP tries to attract lay audience - news

BP has produced two versions of its sustainability report in an effort to communicate it to lay people as well as CSR specialists. The UK-based oil company says an ‘audience research dialogue’ last...

big firms gain ground on integration of CSR - news

Evidence that companies are becoming better at integrating CSR within their operating units has emerged in the latest Corporate Responsibility Index from Business in the Community. The index,...

HP’s efforts win plaudits from judges - news

Hewlett-Packard has taken first place in this year’s North American Sustainability Reporting Awards, which attracted a record 68 entries. The multinational information technology company won the...

Standard Chartered Bank beefs up its structure - news

One of the world’s leading international banks has stepped up its commitment to CSR by creating a board-level Corporate Responsibility and Community Partnership Committee to sit alongside its three...

board CSR apparatus to go under microscope - news

An inquiry has begun into the role of company boards in fulfilling the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses. The Boards and Corporate Responsibility Project, set up by...

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UK publishing company Trader Media Group, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Guardian Media Group, has appointed Michele Madden as its first community relations manager.

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CSR proponent John Williams is the new chairman of the UK business think-tank Tomorrow’s Company. Williams, a board member of the organization since January 2003, is a co-founder and former...

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Examples of innovative work by companies on workplace equality are being sought by the European Commission for a compendium of good practice. The commission’s Community Action Programme on...

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...

breathing new life into ethical supply chain management - news

Many CSR practitioners will have heard stories of supply chain auditors who visited a factory in a developing country only to discover that the underage workers they were looking for had slipped...

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...

index fever mounts as Brazil joins rising band - news

Brazil is to get its own sustainability index this summer. The benchmark, being set up by Bovespa, the Brazilian stock exchange, is expected to be introduced in July or August as the Brazilian...

BNFL hands CSR plans over to business units - news

One of the world’s largest nuclear energy groups is to devolve its corporate responsibility planning to four new businesses within the organization. The four divisions at British Nuclear Fuels...

90 firms sign up to LSE data exchange - news

Ninety companies – 40 of them in the FTSE100 – have now agreed to post social and environmental performance data on the Corporate Responsibility Exchange, an online database set up by the London...

assurers ‘need to say more’ - news

Too many assurance statements add little value to non-financial reports, a specialist group has warned. The panel of 22 judges for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards believes that...

good ethics wins it for Posco - news

Good management, in which the ethics of enterprise are given priority over profit, is one of the main factors that earned the steel group Posco the grand prize in Korea’s 2005 Most Respected...

Ford volunteers in tsunami mission - news

The first task of an employee volunteer group set up by Ford Motor Company will be to help to rebuild homes and other structures in areas devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami. The Ford...

sustainability network is formed - news

A network of companies and non-governmental organizations from across Asia and the Pacific has been formed to promote sustainable development, combat poverty and improve the quality of life. The...

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’...

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Bea Malleson has joined the London offices of the international law firm Herbert Smith as CSR and community action manager. She was previously head of community investment for Dresdner Kleinwort...

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Companies that provide social and environmental data for indices run by FTSE4Good and Business in the Community will eventually have to answer only one set of streamlined questions, thanks to a...

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A programme that seeks to interest business leaders in corporate responsibility by taking them on visits to prisons, homelessness centres and other social projects is to be exported to Canada...

data overload hits chain - news

Somerfield, the UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is to set up a system to store information gathered in ethical checks on its suppliers. Somerfield began assessing the practices of more...

CSR commitment kept ailing company alive - news

The head of the shoe and clothing multinational Timberland has said his group’s commitment to community involvement helped to restore its fortunes after a financial crisis in the mid-1990s. Chief...

editorial standards are the key issue for media sector - news

Media companies can show their corporate responsibility best through transparent and responsible editorial policies, a consultation with the sector’s stakeholders has found. A long dialogue with...

CSR performance helps radio groups’ merger bid - news

One of the UK’s largest commercial radio stations believes that its corporate responsibility record has helped it overcome regulatory hurdles in a £700million ($1.3bn) merger. GWR, which owns 35...

CSR Academy flexes its wings - news

The CSR Academy may extend its reach by licensing its training materials for use worldwide. The academy, established last year by the UK government to improve CSR education and training in...

marketplace group begins three year trip - news

Members of a senior working group on product responsibility, marketing and supply chain management met for the first time in the UK last month to discuss what they hope to achieve. The Marketplace...

companies still slow to act, former Australian minister says - news

Progress in corporate sustainability made by Australian businesses, non-governmental organizations and the media has won praise from Ros Kelly, the former federal environment minister. However,...

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Tim Mason , director of Tesco, is to spearhead a new Business in the Community initiative on cause-related marketing to increase corporate giving to charities . It will draw on best practice by UK...

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Ford is supporting a UK initiative aimed at encouraging employees to become trustees of voluntary organizations and school governors. The automotive company will take part in the Getting on Board...

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...

the public face that prefers to work behind the scenes - news

Should Business in the Community take a tougher line with its members by challenging them in public? EP talks to the UK organization’s chief executive Julia Cleverdon does a nice line in...

logistics firms prepare to measure progress - news

Seven global transport and logistics companies are to produce a set of social and environmental performance indicators for their sector by the end of next year. The multinationals – DHL, Ferrovie...

EC research cash up for grabs - news

Corporate social responsibility researchers are being urged to lobby the European Commission for a bigger slice of its research budget. Peter Lacy, executive director of the European Academy of...

KPMG looks for guiding hand across the globe - news

One of the big four professional services firms is developing a common framework for its in-house corporate responsibility programmes across almost 150 countries. KPMG, which has largely...

companies respond to tsunami disaster - news

Unprecedented levels of corporate giving in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami may have left less in the coffers for other corporate donations to charity this year. Robert Davies, chief...

Bitc challenged on ‘inclusive’ approach - news

The chairman of the UK brewing company Adnams, which has left Business in the Community on the grounds that the organization is failing to challenge its members, says other companies privately...

Calvert turns mirror on itself - news

One of the best-known SRI asset managers in the US has practised what it preaches by publishing its first sustainability report. Maryland-based Calvert has tabled 14 shareholder resolutions in...

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Mike Rake takes over this month as chairman of Business in the Community. Rake, who is chairman of KPMG International and a senior KPMG partner in the UK, replaces David Varney, former chairman...

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Unilever has been judged by its peers to be the best performing company on community and environmental responsibility. In a poll to decide the UK’s most admired company for 2004 the food giant...

standards board begins to put flesh on the bones of the OFR - news

Draft reporting guidelines issued by the UK’s Accounting Standards Board make it possible for the first time to get a reasonably clear idea of what the content of an Operating and Financial Review...

men dominate in CSR jobs - news

Two-thirds of company CSR executives are men. A review of 3564 Ethical Performance records of individuals with CSR managerial responsibilities in companies shows 67 per cent are male. This is...

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...

Hewitt has final word on OFR - news

The UK government has finally settled the details of the new operating and financial reviews that will require large public companies to report annually on their social and environmental impacts,...

Nike ready to come out of reporting purdah - news

Nike is to resume reporting on social and environmental matters after a two-year hiatus brought about by a legal challenge. It will produce its next report in spring 2005. The clothing...

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Severn Trent raised its community investment to 1.7 per cent of pre-tax profits in 2003/4, up from 1.5 per cent the previous year. The UK-based water and utility group gave £3.7m ($6.6m) compared...

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Deutsche Bank has won top prize in the first Corporate Community Investment awards run by the UK’s Charities Aid Foundation. The bank took the £25,000 ($46,000) award, which it will give to its...

inbrief - news

Mining company BHP Billiton has promised to ‘go back to the fundamentals of safety management’ in the wake of 17 work fatalities last year. Chief executive Chip Goodyear says in the company’s...

time for all those involved in CSR to get back to first principles - news

CSR feels up in the air. There is a sense of drift which, albeit hard to pin down, is real enough. Several possible reasons suggest themselves. The agents mainly responsible for pushing CSR...

CSR gongs can prove to be a liability as much as an asset - news

There are hundreds of awards open to companies and individuals to win but many are of doubtful value because it is often unclear what they measure As with codes of practice, so with CSR awards....

new SRI tack for Dexia - news

A new socially responsible investment approach concentrating only on labour standards has been established by the Belgian insurance group Dexia. The approach, named Portfolio 21, will screen out...

Sky goes for the personal touch - news

Broadcasting company Sky has split its latest CSR report into sections specifically addressing different interest groups. The 48-page unverified document has six sections headed Dear Customer,...

coffee giants sign up to industry agreement - news

Four of the world’s largest coffee companies have signed an agreement to improve the industry’s social and environmental standards. Kraft, Nestlé, Sara Lee and Tchibo have agreed to follow a new...

corporate initiatives on the rise - news

Nearly four in five large businesses have begun new social responsibility initiatives in the last two years, a poll suggests. Ninety per cent of the executives questioned as part of the latest...

‘cynicism’ undermines work in partnerships - news

Partnerships between companies and community organizations are being hampered by a ‘gulf of cynicism and misunderstanding’, a Charities Aid Foundation study carried out by the Smart Company...

Reuters asks employees to guide its CSR policies - news

The global media company Reuters has set up four employee working groups to inform the development of its policies on corporate responsibility. Reuters established the groups last month as a way of...

CSR academy targets human resources staff - news

The UK’s new CSR academy is to run a series of social responsibility roadshows for human resources managers in large companies. The regional roadshows, which will offer ideas on how human...

database takes some flak - news

The London Stock Exchange is experiencing teething problems over the establishment of its Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), which it hopes will become a central database of information on...

‘Disillusionment with CSR’ by Professor Michael Hopkins - news

Disillusionment with CSR sets in. Just as CEOs have only two or three years to make their mark so it seems do concepts in the business world. It is almost tiresome to read your March 2004 piece...

'Ethical standards are affordable' by Chris Collinson - news

From the Principal Scientist of the Natural Resources and Ethical Trade programme at the Natural Resources Institute As the author of the reports that provided most of the material for Ethical...

'Problems of an ethical ISO' by Jem Bendell - news

From the editor of 'Terms for Endearment: Business, NGOs and Sustainable Development' The proposal for an ISO standard on business conduct (Vol. 3, issue 5) will not be hailed as an entirely...

'GoodCorporation standards' by Leo Martin - news

From the Director of GoodCorporation I am writing in response to the concerns expressed about ‘code overload’ which were raised in last month’s issue (Vol. 2, issue 9). Both companies and...

HSBC backs SME initiative - news

Small and medium-sized businesses with caring policies towards individuals, the community and the environment will be rewarded in Hong Kong's first SME Living Business awards scheme. The...

New business group tackles human rights - news

An advisory group has been formed to help businesses in the Far East tackle human rights abuses, child labour, poverty, environmental degradation, legal compliance, corruption, regional conflicts...

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MTV Europe is to produce an Aids awareness-raising TV film that will be offered, rights free and at no cost, to broadcasters worldwide. The two-hour programme, which...

inbrief - news

Companies in Mexico have been criticized for failing to consult civil society on the shape of their community involvement programmes. A study of 27 Mexican and...

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,...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

tour operators pledge to produce CSR policies - news

Eight major tour operators are to draw up corporate responsibility policies within the next year. Cosmos, First Choice, Kosmar, Kuoni, My Travel, Thomas Cook, TUI...

Westpac tops Aussie index - news

Westpac has come top of an inaugural Australian Corporate Responsibility Index. The bank was closely followed by BHP Billiton, BP, Rio Tinto and Toyota Motor Corporation...

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A campaign to encourage business to help revive British market towns has been started by Business in the Community and the Countryside Agency. Mike Fairey, Lloyds TSB’s...

investors begin work on global principles - news

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

World Bank to adjust lending policy on extractives - news

The World Bank Group is to put more emphasis on the social benefits of projects it supports in the extractives sector and will increase its lending to renewable energy...

integrated CSR wins M&S major award - news

Marks & Spencer has won the Impact on Society Award at this year’s Business in the Community Awards For Excellence. Judges said the UK-based retailer deserved...

inbrief - news

Seventy law firms in England and Wales will give £100 ($180) to good causes for every personal injury claim case they take on as part of a new Community Claims...

inbrief - news

BSkyB’s group head of corporate affairs Ben Stimson is the new chair of the Corporate Responsibility Group, which has 71 UK-based corporate members. Stimson takes...

training and education: the current picture for CSR - news

As the UK government’s CSR Academy begins to take shape, EP looks at the fragmented state of education and training in the corporate responsibility field Pity the corporate...

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...

firms get facility reports help - news

Guidelines for companies on reporting the social and environmental performance of their individual facilities have been released by two US-based organizations. The...

bitesized comments are hit with reporters - news

An innovative approach taken by Ernst & Young to verifying one of the UK’s flagship social reports could be offered to other companies. The...

verification analysis suggests size doesn’t matter - news

Small companies seem just as capable of developing and implementing CSR policies as large businesses, an analysis by the standard-setting GoodCorporation suggests....

inbrief - news

Help with cause-related marketing is being offered to UK businesses by a new service started by Business in the Community. The CRM Premium Service will advise companies...

time to be transparent with journalists too - news

Companies with the best CSR programmes don’t need to bombard journalists with PR, says Alison Maitland of the Financial Times The media are often...

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...

Branson to star in new Virgin CSR programme - news

Virgin Group will enter the CSR arena in earnest this autumn with a three-pronged programme involving its high-profile chairman Sir Richard Branson. The UK-based...

Cisco adopts global CSR strategy - news

Internet network company Cisco Systems is to establish a global CSR strategy over the next 12 months as part of a dramatic move away from its traditional philanthropic...

inbrief - news

A business code of ethics has been officially introduced in Malaysia. The voluntary code, drawn up by the Business Ethics Institute of Malaysia, has already been...

companies can choose how many questionnaires to answer - news

Corporate managers no doubt breathed a sigh of relief at the news that the London Stock Exchange is likely to act as a clearing house for information on their...

OFRs will take effect in 2005 - news

Quoted UK companies will have to begin producing Operating and Financial Reviews that take account of their social and environmental performance from next year, according to a...

social entrepreneurs move centre stage - news

Almost seven per cent of the UK’s employed population is working as, or for, social entrepreneurs, according to the first report measuring such activity....

firms offered responsible route to ‘offshoring’ their workload   - news

Companies moving call centre work from developed to developing countries have been offered 12 steps for managing the corporate responsibility implications. A new...

mining firm helps locals plan ahead for closure - news

Rio Tinto has helped farmers near one of its mining sites in Indonesian Borneo to triple their harvest yields in advance of the mine’s closure, which begins this...

time for CSR Hobbits to get real on diversity - news

Tick-box political correctness is in danger of undermining CSR, argues Peter Knight There are five of us in the office, two men and three women – all pinkish-grey in...

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...

retailers to be drawn into regeneration - news

Large UK retail groups are to be invited to open stores and branches in deprived areas as part of a regeneration scheme. A government-backed initiative on ‘underserved...

M&S takes a lead on responsible relocation - news

Marks & Spencer is hoping its move to a new head office in the second half of 2004 could become a socially responsible model for other companies switching their...

electricity and gas delivery company tops expanded corporate responsibility index - news

National Grid Transco has come top of the second Corporate Responsibility Index, produced by Business in the Community. The index, which attracted 14 per cent more...

‘best practice’ firms are not so hot - news

Only six out of 30 Hong Kong companies that put themselves forward as examples of best practice on CSR explicitly allow trade union membership. A survey carried out by...

UK decides to become global CSR cheerleader - news

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

pulp firm’s plan upsets WWF - news

One of the world’s largest paper companies has fallen out with WWF, the global environmental network, over its new sustainability action plan, which the conservation group...

inbrief - news

The closing date for the ‘2004 Awards for Excellence’ in CSR is 12 March. The awards, run by Business in the Community and the Financial Times, will be in...

inbrief - news

CSR Europe has appointed Bernard Giraud as its new executive director. Giraud, a former board member of the corporate social responsibility network, has managed the...

criticism of CSR is necessary, but it needs to be constructive - news

Corporate social responsibility has had a pretty easy ride so far. A few free-market thinkers have taken potshots, but even sceptics have generally come round to the view that CSR is a...

Bitc links up with colleges - news

Business schools have been offered ‘special membership status’ of Business in the Community, which until now has had only corporate members. Bitc said...

Suncor makes headway on aboriginal relations - news

Suncor Energy, the Canadian oil and gas company, has more than doubled its proportion of aboriginal employees in five years. The company increased the number in Canada...

tobacco giant sets out long-term CSR plans - news

The world’s fourth largest tobacco group has set out the corporate responsibility standards that it hopes to meet during the next few years. Imperial Tobacco says...

Allen & Overy picks its causes - news

The law firm Allen & Overy Hong Kong is to focus its community work on a tighter range of causes. The firm, which employs 240 people in the Chinese territory,...

CSR ‘has no bearing on big corporate scandals’ - news

It is naive and unrealistic to expect that socially responsible companies should be less prone to internal fraud or accounting scandals, delegates at a Rome conference have...

inbrief - news

Furniture retailer MFI has appointed the UK-based Smart Company consultancy to help it to develop a CSR strategy. Smart Company director Andrew Carter says MFI will...

inbrief - news

Promoting workplace safety has been pinpointed by stakeholders of the Borax mining company as the Rio Tinto subsidiary’s single highest CSR priority. The 2003...

inbrief - news

Community programmes at Bilt, India’s largest paper company, have now helped 34,000 people in 46 villages and 97 urban slums. Bilt works with eight...

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...

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...

authorities target workplace - news

Local authority CSR initiatives appear to concentrate on workplace conditions, says a study of four European regions. The survey of local authority CSR projects in the...

French state pension fund calls for SRI tenders - news

The administrators of a new French state pension fund committed to a socially responsible investment approach have completed the second phase of a tendering process aimed...

give us human rights data, say social report readers - news

Human rights is the single most important issue for readers of CSR reports, according to a survey by two European communication consultancies. The first-ever global poll...

inbrief - news

A total of 137 companies joined Business in the Community in the year to November 2003. Membership now stands at more than 700, with a target of 1000 members in two...

inbrief - news

Barclays Bank is to help provide local sports facilities as part of its UK community investment programme. The £10million-a-year ($17m) Spaces for Sports scheme will...

inbrief - news

High street retailer Boots has won the Gold Hallmark award for the best internet reporting of its community and charitable activities. The judges of the awards,...

inbrief - news

A summary of the financial case for responsible business practice has been published by the Arthur D Little consultancy and Business in the Community. The business...

companies can’t hide from the moral debate - news

Transparency in social reporting requires companies to acknowledge the bad as well as the good, argues Adrian Henriques At a conference just before the invasion of Iraq I...

PhD students get study group - news

PhD candidates working on CSR issues in Europe are to have their own network. The European Research Network for PhD Candidates will organize research workshops and...

Irish sign up to CSR charter - news

Twenty-three businesses operating in the Irish Republic have signed a Corporate Responsibility Charter. The one-page charter, devised by Business in the Community...

Chevron sets out principles - news

Oil and petroleum multinational ChevronTexaco is to issue its 53,000 staff with corporate responsibility guiding principles. The principles, developed as part of a...

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

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

business leaders prefer the carrot, not the stick - news

Chief executives and chairpersons cannot be frightened into adopting CSR programmes, according to the organizers of Aspen Institute’s Business Leaders Dialogues,...

most of public can’t name an ethical firm - news

Seven out of ten members of the UK public are unable to name a single company they consider to be particularly socially, environmentally or ethically responsible, says a...

OFRs could be in force by as early as next year - news

UK companies are likely to have to produce a written statement of their social and environmental performance from next year, now that the government has formally announced...

inbrief - news

A non-profit business group has been formed to help western companies deal with ‘complex social issues’ in the Middle East and Africa. Ishtirak, meaning...

inbrief - news

Almost all large businesses in the City of London make community donations, a Mori study has shown. Mori found 97 per cent of City companies with more than 250 employees...

inbrief - news

Insurance company UnumProvident has appointed 23 staff from across the company as ‘community champions’ to encourage employees to become involved in community...

BHP Billiton assesses human rights risks - news

The world’s largest diversified resources company has taken a first step towards formally assessing the exposure of each of its sites to human rights-related risks....

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

supply chain measures are at a critical juncture - news

Ethical supply chain management could hit the buffers because too few stakeholders are involved, a worldwide study has warned. A survey of more than 200 supply chain...

analysts perform better with social data to hand - news

Analysts with access to data on a company’s social and environmental performance make more confident judgments about its economic prospects than those who...

inbrief - news

Royal Bank of Scotland has produced its first corporate social responsibility report. The unverified document concentrates on community investment and environmental protection,...

inbrief - news

Drinks company Diageo has committed itself to establish alcohol education initiatives in each of its country markets. The target is laid out in Diageo’s first full...

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Irish firms are to be targeted in a three-year programme encouraging them to bring in more employee volunteering. Business in the Community Ireland has received €105,000...

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...

future EU member firms weak on human rights - news

Companies in central and east European countries that will shortly join the European Union have a very poor record of disclosing whether they meet international human...

body to examine macro-level CSR - news

A new body is to look at how corporate social responsibility might make national economies, not just businesses, more competitive in world markets. The Responsible...

CSR in Asia ‘not due to wealth’ - news

Cultural factors and a willingness to embrace international trade are the best indicators of a country’s overall level of CSR activity, and not its wealth or...

try the talking cure for your supply chain ills - news

Companies should be talking to a much wider range of interested parties when they audit their supply chains, says Sarah Selby Social auditing may have a lot to learn...

the legal context of corporate responsibility - news

Social responsibility is often thought of as something companies can choose to practise if they wish. Even voluntary actions, however, have a legal context. In the UK companies can...

BSkyB spreads the news - news

BSkyB is to employ journalistic techniques to explain the company’s social responsibility strategy to staff. The UK-based broadcaster, which has just published its first...

index to broaden focus - news

Companies are to be given more credit for being proactive on corporate responsibility in the second year of the new Corporate Responsibility Index. Business in the...

supply chain moves prove to be long haul - news

The difficulties of managing supply chains in a sustainable manner have been highlighted by an admission from Unilever that it is ‘unlikely’ to meet its target of...

music industry giant reveals CSR songsheet - news

The world’s largest music publishing company has unveiled a social responsibility policy. EMI Group, which has a roster of 1000 recording artists and a turnover of...

Italian CSR ‘needs tax break stimulation’ - news

Socially responsible Italian companies should be rewarded with tax breaks, a government-funded report will recommend next month. The Bocconi University study of 91 Italian...

three-year-old CSR standard gets an update - news

The GoodCorporation standard is to be updated after three years in operation. The standard, which was launched in 2001, lays down criteria for companies on 65 issues...

inbrief - news

BHP Billiton will produce shorter community reports in future. The multinational mining company says stakeholders have indicated they want less detail but the chance...

Canada to get annual CSR health check - news

A snapshot of how different industry sectors in Canada, the world’s seventh-largest economy, are performing on social and environmental issues is expected to be published...

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...

firms told: 'don't be bashful with mainstream investors' - news

Companies will have to be bolder about raising CSR issues in meetings with mainstream investor analysts if they are to get the business case across to the financial community,...

KPMG lays off staff in tight market conditions - news

Poor market conditions have led to eight redundancies at KPMG’s Sustainability Advisory Services (SAS) group, which gives advice to companies on corporate social...

business offered key indicators - news

An influential industry body that campaigns on CSR has published 27 indicators that it believes all companies should be using in social and environmental reports. The...

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....

inbrief - news

Lee Clarke has been appointed head of social and corporate affairs at UK energy company Powergen. Other new CSR appointments at the firm include Nina Hughes, corporate...

inbrief - news

Three religious groups have updated corporate social responsibility principles first unveiled in 1999. The Principles for Global Corporate Responsibility, which are...

now’s the time to make these standards work - news

Companies need to press national governments to show more commitment to basic international standards, says Craig Mackenzie Last year in this column I suggested that...

Fast tracking for Operating and Financial Reviews - news

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

downturn ‘has spurred CSR’ - news

Economic problems in Japan have stimulated companies there to become more socially responsible, a study claims. A review of corporate community investment in Japan argues...

Carillion on awards short list - news

Carillion and National Grid Transco have been short-listed in the large company section of the UK’s annual Impact on Society Award, which acknowledges the commitment of...

CSR future looks bright as Orange shows intent - news

Orange has set out how it will implement its corporate social responsibility strategy. In a ‘statement of intent’, the mobile phone group says its...

coffee traders offer assistance - news

The world’s two largest coffee trading groups are to work with the Rainforest Alliance to improve the social and environmental performance of their suppliers. Neumann...

inbrief - news

professionals4free puts community groups in contact with lawyers, management consultants and other professionals prepared to do pro bono work. Launched by Business in the...

inbrief - news

An ‘e-learning’ programme on corporate social responsibility has been set up by a UK-based website. ExperiencePoint, a provider of web-based learning packages...

don’t give up on giving – charities need the money - news

Companies should follow the public’s example and not look too closely at what motivates their philanthropy, says Ian MacQuillin Bad, bad naughty big business. How dare...

CSR role usually stands alone - news

Half of UK CSR practitioners work in dedicated CSR departments, a survey suggests. The study of 68 CSR practitioners in the UK found that one in two work in such...

Anglo American makes move on local dialogue - news

Nine out of ten sites run by Anglo American are expected to have community engagement plans in place by the end of 2003. The world’s second-largest mining group says the...

US bank makes reporting debut - news

FleetBoston Financial has released its first annual sustainability report. The unverified report reveals that the seventh-largest financial holding company in the US...

inbrief - news

National Grid Transco has stepped in to provide financial support to the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility. The group, founded in 2001...

inbrief - news

Bank of Scotland is setting up a loan fund that will focus on regenerating deprived areas in the UK. BIGinvest will be one of the first funds to take advantage of the...

executive pay and the social responsibilities of investors - news

Executive pay has always occupied an odd position in the debate about the social responsibilities of companies. In the past, it has tended to fall within the realm of corporate...

how to downsize and be socially responsible - news

The European Commission and the International Labour Organization are encouraging companies to downsize responsibly. How can this be done? Last month’s conference in Athens on...

Italians are more social - news

Small and medium-sized companies in Italy are active in the social reporting field, talking to their stakeholders and often using third parties to verify the information they...

Risks tied to dam projects prompt Skanska pull-out - news

Skanska has cited the lack of commitment shown by other construction companies to social and environmental guidelines on dam building as a reason for its decision to pull out...

Austrian and Irish workplaces head 100 list - news

Companies in Austria and Ireland have done particularly well in the first-ever list of the 100 best workplaces in the European Union. Nine firms in Austria and nine in...

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

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

end is nigh for ‘simplistic’ SRI questionnaire culture - news

Over-reliance on ‘naive’ questionnaires that gather information about the ethical performance of companies is undermining the credibility of the socially...

inbrief - news

Companies that embark on ‘Charity of the Year’ partnerships with charities to raise money for good causes have been urged to make sure they give their partners...

inbrief - news

Marks & Spencer has begun trialling a new way to promote volunteering to customers and staff. The OneCommunity initiative launched in Liverpool last month provides an...

inbrief - news

Internet firm AOL has launched a national awards scheme to help UK community groups and charities make the most of being online. The AOL Innovation in the Community Awards...

new index is a promising start but it will have to get stronger - news

Now the Corporate Responsibility Index is off the ground (see page three), where will Business in the Community go with it? The UK industry campaign body has made a good start....

water firms tap into CSR - news

Some of the largest UK water companies have come together to commission research on how they can improve their ethical performance. The companies have ordered the work...

SRI practice within a mainstream investor - news

How does a mainstream investor take account of social and environmental considerations within its investment process? EP asked Standard Life Analyzing the...

big challenge is to convince middle management to act - news

Persuading middle managers that corporate social responsibility is not a waste of their company’s time is one of the biggest challenges facing practitioners, a London...

Spain is ready for SRI disclosure regulation - news

Spain is likely to become the latest country to introduce a regulation requiring investment funds to declare their position on socially responsible investment. Members...

McDonald’s serves up a first - news

McDonald’s Brazil has issued its first social report. The fast food chain, which has 36,000 employees in the country, spent a year drawing up the 54-page document....

Rio Tinto woos the analysts - news

Rio Tinto is to present its social and environmental report to mainstream analysts and brokers at special seminars in London and Sydney. The multinational mining...

BBC sets up in-house centre to boost CSR performance - news

The BBC has set up an in-house Corporate Social Responsibility Centre to deliver its CSR programme over the next few years. Headed by Michael Hastings, former head of...

interest in new index is greater than expected - news

The arrival of the first national index that publicly benchmarks the responsible business practices of companies in different industry sectors has aroused much more interest...

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Marc Saperstein has become vice president of corporate citizenship at General Electric in the US. He will oversee the company’s philanthropic and volunteer work, including...

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Business in the Community has produced six briefings for community affairs managers. The booklets, funded by Barclays Bank, cover topics such as how employees can develop...

companies need to manage risk in the good times and the bad - news

When one of the founder members of a club leaves unexpectedly, people are bound to start asking questions. So it is with Littlewoods, whose unheralded announcement that it is...

Pirc extends advice service - news

A service that advises institutional investors how to vote on corporate social responsibility matters has been launched by UK-based Pension Investment Research Consultants....

Prince raises bar for companies - news

The Prince of Wales has called on UK businesses to involve a quarter of their workforce in community volunteering. The Prince made his call at a London conference last month...

push us to behave responsibly, construction firms tell clients - news

Some of the UK’s largest construction companies are to take the unusual step of urging their clients to push them harder on social responsibility matters. The...

UN links with business - news

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

Alcoa steps up its reporting - news

Aluminium giant Alcoa is to publish a combined environmental and community report alongside its financial annual report this year. The world’s largest aluminium...

tax boost for investing in community - news

A tax break for companies that invest in disadvantaged communities has come into force in the UK. Corporate and individual investors who put their money into small...

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Applications for the UK’s Awards for Excellence 2003, which are run by Business in the Community and recognize outstanding CSR performance, close on 21 March.

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mmo2 will produce its first corporate social responsibility report this year. The mobile phone firm, which recently unveiled a new community investment programme (EP4, issue 8,...

cleaning up corporate America finally pays a CSR dividend - news

The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission to require US mutual funds to disclose their proxy voting policies and voting records ends a long-standing anomaly....

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...

social venture hands out cash - news

A disc-jockey management service and an energy advice business have become the first projects to receive funding from a new UK-based social venture capital company....

OFR content will be fleshed out - news

A nine-strong independent advisory group has been set up by the UK government to consider what information companies should disclose in the mandatory operating and financial...

report is first for AT&T - news

AT&T has produced its first corporate citizenship report. The unverified document covers what the telecoms giant believes are its main achievements in corporate citizenship...

Asian SRI scene shows signs of marked growth - news

Socially responsible investment is finally beginning to take hold in the Far East, according to the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia....

world’s toy industry to begin ethical audits - news

The global toy industry is to begin auditing manufacturing sites throughout the world against a set of ethical business principles. The work, which is being co-ordinated by...

Bhopal still haunts Dow - news

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

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HSBC bank is being targeted by community activists in the US over its $14.2billion (£9bn) acquisition of the Household International loan company, which they claim is a...

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mm02 , the mobile phone company, has launched a community investment programme that will initially concentrate on projects to tackle the causes of youth crime. Its ‘Can Do...

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

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

gifts in kind grow in popularity - news

Members of the PerCent Clubof companies – a UK grouping that monitors charitable giving – have morethandoubled their donations to non-profit bodiesin the past three years....

Chiquita’s CSR strategy improves staff outlook - news

Fresh food firm Chiquita has detected a marked increase in worker satisfaction and commitment to the company since it began a programme of social and environmental improvement...

Go-Ahead reveals social data - news

The UK transport services group Go-Ahead has published its first combined social and environmental report. The 64-page document, which is verified by the Smart Company...

Dow ready to listen and learn - news

Dow Chemicals is to begin a dialogue with the community leaders it has identified as key stakeholders near its largest sites. ‘The dialogue will involve asking people...

Holcim shows new year resolution on CSR policy - news

A group-wide corporate social responsibility programme is to be launched by the Swiss cement multinational Holcim this year. The group has told its 70 subsidiary companies...

societies ‘need to do more’ - news

UK building societies need to progress from community giving to addressing the specific problems of financial exclusion, according to the sector’s trade body. A...

GSK gives $1.5m to African projects - news

A $1.5million (£950,000) community development programme in Africa has been unveiled by GlaxoSmithKline. The pharmaceuticals firm is spending the money on micro-credit...

oil firms agree transparency pact - news

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

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Starbucks coffee chain contributed $275,000 (£174,170) and more than 35,000 volunteer hours to community programmes in North America in September. The month-long employee...

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Cadbury Schweppes has won the ‘corporate community involvement newcomer’ award in the annual Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards scheme, in recognition of its support for...

quantify performance and cut the waffle - news

Corporate social responsibility information belongs in the main company report, says Gerry Hagelberg With all the standards, codes, rules, guidelines, benchmarks,...

UK investors signal fresh era in activism - news

A body that represents virtually all UK institutional investors has said its members will adopt a more vigorous approach when voting at annual company meetings on resolutions...

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...

SRI funds ‘lacking courage’ - news

Managers of socially responsible investment funds have been accused of timidity because of their obsession with comparisons between their performance and that of mainstream...

Talisman’s Sudan sale fails to appease its critics - news

Canadian oil company Talisman has responded to persistent criticism of its presence in Sudan by pulling out of the country – but the decision has failed to satisfy all its...

‘naive’ Dow Jones compilers urged to drop BAT from index - news

The compilers of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index have been urged to rescind their recent decision to include British American Tobacco on the list of approved companies....

Nike says CSR ‘gag’ case is barrier to free speech - news

Nike expects to learn this month whether the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal against an unprecedented legal ruling by the Supreme Court of California that has prevented...

regulatory prospects recede in the UK - news

A revised bill on mandatory social reporting is to be put forward in the UK’s House of Commons early next year after the first version ran out of parliamentary time last...

BT identifies benefits of flexiworking - news

Flexible working at BT has benefited staff and the company, according to research by the University of Bradford. A survey of 1874 BT employees who work at home as...

Nokia tops SRI league table - news

Nokia is the stock most commonly held by socially responsible investment funds in Europe. The Finnish telecoms firm is now a more popular pick than the previous...

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The BBC , Cisco Systems, the law firm Eversheds and Microsoft are among companies involved in work that begins this autumn to help bridge the digital divide. Business in the...

IBLF engages on volunteers - news

A global campaign to promote employee volunteering has been launched by the International Business Leaders Forum. The ‘Engage’ campaign will encourage employee volunteering...

trust backs SRI standard - news

A think-tank is to back calls for the creation of a Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds. The London-based Federal Trust for...

Anglo American to speak up on human rights issues - news

The world’s second-largest mining group has decided to take a more interventionist approach with governments on human rights. Anglo American says it has ‘the right and the...

charities could be forced to disclose stance on SRI - news

Proposals to require charities to disclose whether they have a socially responsible investment policy have been unveiled by an influential policy unit set up by the UK prime...

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BSkyB has published a 16-page Corporate responsibility update outlining its community initiatives. The broadcasting company produced its first environmental report this year.

UK banks give £90million - news

Four banks were among the UK’s top ten corporate community contributors last year. Statistics from the Directory of Social Change show that Lloyds TSB and Barclays...

new category at standards body - news

A corporate social responsibility standards organization has introduced a new membership category. GoodCorporation now offers associate membership for organizations...

Bitc initiates CSR index survey - news

Web-based questionnaires for Business in the Community’s new Corporate Responsibility Index (EP3, issue 11) were sent to FTSE 350 companies on 23 September. The...

Perham’s bill due in House - news

A bill to introduce mandatory social and environmental reporting for UK companies is to be debated in the House of Commons on 15 October. The Ten Minute Rule Bill,...

Lydenberg calls for global SRI think-tank - news

A senior figure in the socially responsible investment community has proposed that a global think-tank be created to review methods of assessing the non-financial performance...

Nike gives away 3% of its profits - news

Nike gave away more than three per cent of its profits in the last financial year. The US-based sportswear multinational says it contributed $29million in cash,...

Morley targets the laggards - news

One of the UK’s largest fund managers has abstained or voted against the managements of 20 companies at annual meetings this year because they have failed to produce an...

ISO standard on CSR ‘feasible’ - news

A worldwide standard on corporate social responsibility, administered by the International Organization for Standardization, is ‘both desirable and feasible’, an ISO...

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The US-based energy company American Electric Power has issued its first community involvement report.

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The Ethical Property Company is to carry out a £4million ($6.2m) public share issue this month. The UK company, which offers properties at affordable rents to...

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Employee volunteering is the theme of a new web site hosted by the National Centre for Volunteering and funded by the Home Office’s active community unit.

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More than half of BHP Billiton’s sites now have a community relations plan in place, according to its latest global responsibility report. Thirty-one of the mining...

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Hotel group Six Continents has published a second quarterly supplement to its annual environmental and social report on its web site. The document, entitled Our...

time to blow the froth off all this empty CSR talk - news

Good social reports clarify the impact companies have on society. But some fudge the difficult issues, say Peter Knight and Nigel Salter As noted in the...

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...

reticent stakeholders frustrate BAT efforts - news

The world’s second-largest tobacco company has expressed frustration at the unwillingness of many of its stakeholders to take part in the dialogue that preceded its first...

child labour findings spur firms into action - news

Around 284,000 child labourers work in hazardous conditions on West African cocoa farms supplying western chocolate manufacturers, a study of the industry has found....

CSR managers branded dull and ‘time serving’ - news

Companies stand accused of giving their corporate social responsibility briefs to unimaginative ‘time serving’ executives with little taste for innovation. The...

ministers opt for OFRs - news

The UK government has said it will require large companies to publish annual operating and financial reviews (OFR) that should include an assessment of their social and...

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SRI in the Rockies 2002 17-20 October Colorado Springs, US Annual gathering of the US’s socially responsible investment community. The event is now in its 13th year.

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Water filter manufacturer Zenon Environmental has topped a list of ethical companies in Canada. Zenon was judged the most ethical Canadian company by Corporate Knights, a...

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Nestle is supporting a community health programme that aims to check the spread of HIV/Aids in Africa. The Swiss food group is giving CHF3million, ($1.9m, £1.3m) over three...

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Vodafone has brought the community investment work of its subsidiaries under a single umbrella. The newly-created Vodafone Group Foundation will receive £10million ($14.7m) this...

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Brahm , the UK public relations and advertising firm, has joined Business in the Community. Clive Rand, strategic director at Brahm, said the company had joined because it wanted...

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20th anniversary Business in the Community conference 11-12 July London, UK Speakers include Viscount Etienne Davignon, chair of CSR Europe, and Andrew Gowers, editor...

policy makers must not overuse the bully pulpit - news

There are lots of things government can do to encourage corporate social responsibility without resort to regulation, says David Grayson The underlying drivers for corporate...

European CEOs see benefits, but slow to act - news

Around three-quarters of European business leaders think that CSR measures can make their companies more competitive and ‘significantly improve profitability’, but only a...

CSR ‘bible’ hits the streets - news

An updatable manual for CSR professionals has been published in the UK. The Corporate social responsibility monitor contains hundreds of loose-leaf pages with...

three more make their social reporting debuts - news

Three FTSE100 companies have entered the ranks of social and environmental reporters with documents covering their operations in 2001. BAE Systems, Cadbury Schweppes and...

KPMG makes it onto shortlist - news

KPMG and ScottishPower have been shortlisted for the 2002 Impact on Society Award to be announced this month. The award, run by Business in the Community and now in its...

hopes are high as Timms becomes CSR minister - news

The business world has welcomed the appointment of Stephen Timms as the UK government’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Timms, who was appointed to replace...

the man with no taste for regulation on CSR - news

EP talks to Douglas Alexander, UK minister for corporate social responsibility, on his year in office – and why he still believes regulation is not the way forward When the...

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Organizations offering loans and other financial services to small businesses and community projects in poor parts of the UK now have their own trade association. The...

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A website has been established by Business in the Community (Northern Ireland) to provide firms with information on social issues.

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Lewis Karabatsos , director of corporate community relations at Compaq Computer Corporation, has been awarded the Innovation in Corporate Citizenship Award by Boston...

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A half-day seminar for businesses on cause-related marketing is being held in London on 11 July by Business in the Community.

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Supply chain management is the theme of a one-day ‘Buying into sustainability’ conference to be held by Business in the Community on 20 June in London. Speakers...

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Nationwide building society has won the private sector category in the UK’s annual Opportunity Now awards for its ‘exceptional’ performance on diversity. Opportunity Now is a...

Body Shop changes tack - news

The Body Shop is to modify its approach to social reporting by producing web-based documents aimed at specific stakeholder groups rather than a single print-based report for...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

‘foot photo’ works wonders - news

Providing simple but stark photographic evidence of poor working conditions in supplier factories is often the best way to make senior executives aware of problems in the...

mining giant embarks on new global CSR strategy - news

The world’s second-largest mining company has begun to implement a worldwide strategy to improve its ethical performance. Anglo American is introducing a set of ‘global...

cement industry told to take CSR on board - news

Cement companies should set up a dedicated body to improve the industry’s overall social and environmental performance, a study recommends. The report, Toward a...

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US researchers claim to have identified a trend among US companies away from charitable giving and towards community programmes that focus on ‘social investment’. A...

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Eighty businesses have already said they will take part in a new CSR index to be launched in September by Business in the Community (EP3, issue 11).

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A BT scheme that aims to reduce the digital divide has been extended for at least another year. Community Connections will make grants worth £1.2million ($1.7m) for...

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James Graham has started a two-year secondment at Business in the Community as education manager. He was previously head of social responsibility at McDonald’s.

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Two-thirds of companies in a study of corporate community involvement said they used advertising to publicize their programmes. The study, produced by the UK...

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Marks and Spencer has unveiled a programme to offer 600 work placements to homeless people at its UK stores. The £280,000 ($402,000) programme – part of Business in the...

benchmark goes west - news

A new version of a UK method for measuring the full extent of a company’s community contributions has been set up in the US. The Community Contributions Framework will be...

CSR leaders accused of ignoring bottom line - news

Senior company executives are in danger of concentrating on corporate social responsibility to the detriment of their core business, a former UK government minister has...

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...

BP toughens stance on ‘facilitation payments’ - news

Employees of a multinational oil company are to receive training on a new policy that forbids them to pay bribes to ease business deals. BP, which operates in 100...

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...

small businesses get new kite-mark - news

A CSR kite-mark for small and medium-sized businesses has been launched in the UK. CommunityMark has been developed by Business in the Community. Qualifying...

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...

Iberia scoops Spanish prize - news

Iberia airlines has been honoured in Spain’s first corporate social responsibility awards. The company won one of the three categories in the awards for ‘best...

CSR group grows rapidly - news

More than 130 parliamentarians have now joined the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, which was founded last year by 40 MPs and peers....

Bush plan offers little for CSR fans - news

A ‘ten point plan on corporate responsibility’ unveiled by US president George W. Bush in the wake of the Enron scandal has disappointed CSR practitioners by avoiding any...

global law firm engineers big rise in community work - news

The legal firm Allen & Overy has more than doubled the number of staff hours devoted to its pro bono and community affairs programme over the past year. The...

prince sets goal for executives - news

The Prince of Wales has made a plea for a thousand more UK businesses to become involved in an initiative that enables senior executives to witness the problems of social...

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...

FTSE4Good index brings 82 more firms into the fold - news

Another 82 companies have been added to the four FTSE4Good indices following a second review by its advisory committee. New constituents include Safeway, Rank Group, Egg,...

sustainability targets linked to AWG bosses’ pay packets - news

Senior executives at the water and waste management company AWG are to have social and environmental performance targets written into their employment contracts. The...

Six Continents issues its first social report - news

Six Continents, the hotel and restaurant chain created following the sale of Bass Brewers in August 2000, has reported publicly on details of its social performance for the...

10% say values affect job choice - news

One in ten of 342 women working in the private sector have told researchers that the opportunity ‘to find an organization whose values I admire’, would be one of their three...

Calpers exit creates storm - news

One of the world’s biggest pension funds has come under attack for deciding to stop investing in parts of Asia on largely ethical grounds. The California Public...

new CSR index set for autumn launch - news

An index of corporate social responsibility for UK-listed companies is to be launched this autumn as a companion to the six-year-old Index of Corporate Environmental...

French set the pace on reporting - news

The French government has outlined a series of social and environmental indicators that companies must legally report on from next year. In a decree implementing a new law...

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The community banking arm of the Bank of Scotland has agreed a four-year funding deal with a Glasgow-based organization that helps single parent families. Community...

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Mobile phone company Orange has set up a web site outlining its work in the community. Its corporate community investment manager Jacqueline Stokes said the site would...

the first law of corporate social responsibility - news

The honeymoon period for voluntary self-regulation on CSR may be beginning to draw to a close, says Adrian Henriques Should corporate social responsibility be...

CSR dialogues are open to all - news

A series of ‘CSR dialogues’ open to all businesses is to be held in London over the next few months. The dialogues are being organized by Business in the Community...

financial firms forge ahead - news

A consortium of five banks and insurance companies is to look at drawing up best practice guidelines on social responsibility for UK financial institutions....

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...

Reed Elsevier takes action on its social performance - news

One of the world’s largest publishing companies has signalled its intention to take greater account of its social and environmental performance by setting up a post of...

M&S opens up its stores to homeless job seekers - news

One of the UK’s largest retailers is to use its stores and staff to help young homeless people improve their chances of finding a job. In a major programme, Marks...

EC official drops heavy hint on responsible downsizing - news

A senior European commissioner has hinted that measures to encourage ‘responsible downsizing’ could feature in the EC’s communication on corporate social responsibility this...

BBC aims to be a top CSR performer by 2005 - news

The BBC is to draw up a corporate social responsibility framework as part of a drive to become a leader in the field over the next few years. The corporation has...

Austria lags behind on social responsibility - news

Corporate social responsibility is proving slow to catch on in Austria, according to an analysis of European attitudes to CSR. The study by the US-based National Policy...

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...

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A category recognizing companies that make an exceptional effort to help disabled people has been added to this year’s Awards for Excellence, run by Business in the...

lessons from the biggest bankruptcy in US history - news

The collapse of Enron gives new urgency to the corporate social responsibility debate. Managers like to stress the difficulties of implementing and monitoring a group-wide...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

public says CSR benefits are OK - news

Three out of five people in the UK believe it is fine for companies to be seen to benefit from social and community contributions, according to a poll by MORI. The...

use of indicators still ‘sporadic’ - news

Most FTSE100 companies are not yet using meaningful indicators to illustrate any progress they may be making on key social issues, according to a study. Research by...

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,...

electricity group to join ranks of social reporters - news

The London Electricity group is to launch its first corporate social responsibility report this spring. The group, which employs 4500 staff in the UK, hopes to publish...

CSR gets the green light at UK transport group - news

The UK-based transport Go-Ahead group has announced plans to develop a social and ethical policy across all its operations. The group, which employs 14,500 people in the UK,...

Bayer lays out social progress for first time - news

The health care and chemicals group Bayer has reported for the first time on aspects of its social performance. The German group’s first sustainable development report...

postal firms fall short on community work - news

Europe’s postal companies could do much more work on their community involvement, research has revealed. A year-long study of corporate social responsibility in Europe’s...

US SRI market tops $2trillion - news

Socially responsible investment continues to grow strongly in the US and has not been adversely affected by the recent market downturn. The value of total assets...

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Kiawah Island in South Carolina is the setting for a US conference on socially responsible investing between 14-17 March. The event, titled ‘Embracing values, money...

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The Broker Bank , a web directory of UK organizations that can help businesses and charities form partnerships, has been set up by Business Community Connections, a...

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The US-based copper and gold mining company Freeport-McMoRan is to set up a trust for tribal communities near its Grasberg mine in Indonesia. It will pay $500,000 a year to the...

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Entries for Business in the Community’s 2002 Awards for Excellence must be in by 22 March. Winners of the awards, which recognize outstanding CSR activities by UK and...

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Simon Abrams has joined the fund manager Jupiter as a senior researcher in its social and environmental research department. Abrams has moved from Business in the Community,...

the EC green paper: some early feedback - news

The green paper has prompted a large number of submissions from companies and other interested parties. EP reviews a selection of them The consultation period for...

social reports put on the web - news

A database of social reports has been launched on the internet by Business in the Community (BitC). The Impact on Society web site features the social reports of 20...

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 –...

Canada takes middle ground - news

A quarter of Canada’s top 100 companies now produce an environmental or social report. New research from the Canadian consultancy Stratos shows that 26 of the largest...

BP ‘should be doing more’ to help black South Africans - news

BP could do more to help post-apartheid black empowerment initiatives in South Africa, a stakeholder review has suggested. The review, based on dozens of detailed interviews...

PwC leads consultancies on in-house CSR policies - news

PricewaterhouseCoopers has come out best in an analysis of the corporate social responsibility activities of consulting and professional services firms....

RMC deepens its community involvement - news

The building materials group RMC has said it will ensure all its UK operating companies are involved in at least one local education initiative and one community or...

awards first for Spanish firms - news

Thirty-two companies have entered Spain’s first Community Involvement Awards, which have been organized by the non-profit organization Fundacion Empresa y Sociedad....

BBC makes its reporting debut on the internet - news

The BBC has launched its first environment report with a warning that it ‘contains more anecdotes than measured impacts’. The web-based report, Environment Matters ,...

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Charlotte Hines , head of the corporate social responsibility unit at the polling body MORI, is joining Business in the Community in the New Year as its head of research and...

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National Grid has published its first social and environmental report. The UK energy company has produced environment reports for the past five years, but has extended...

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A UK government unit has been set up to ‘promote and develop business with a social purpose’. The Social Enterprise Unit, launched by Douglas Alexander, minister for corporate...

corporate responsibility in an economic downturn - news

The downturn poses a challenge to proponents of corporate responsibility, which has prospered in the long boom. How will it fare in recessionary times? The standard...

Eni sets out its social contribution - news

Italian oil and gas company Eni has produced an inventory of its social responsibility projects around the world. In two documents on community relations and social...

thirty-somethings emerge as key ethical consumers - news

Two-thirds of UK consumers in their thirties and forties – with a spending power of £4.5billion ($6.3bn) a week – are thought to have boycotted brands because of ‘unethical...

Guardian takes mayor’s award - news

Guardian Newspapers has won the ‘corporate community involvement newcomer’ award for its work with schools in London under the Lord Mayor of London’s Dragon Awards scheme....

BSkyB begins upgrade of community projects - news

BSkyB has refined its social responsibility strategy to align its support for community initiatives more closely with the company’s core business objectives....

performance is not everything, says Kiernan - news

Investors and analysts should drop their ‘absurd’ preoccupation with whether socially responsible investment funds outperform or underperform mainstream funds, according to a...

Kingfisher unveils global CSR plans - news

The retail group Kingfisher has outlined plans to improve the social and environmental performance of its 16 operating companies. The group, which owns home improvement...

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

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

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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...

a response to the EC’s green paper on CSR - news

The EC is seeking views on whether it should become more involved in CSR. Proponents should resist the siren call, says Martin Le Jeune At the end of its comprehensive, if...

call for local auditors - news

Companies should switch to using local non-governmental organizations and workers’ groups to carry out supply chain monitoring in developing nations rather than western...

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....

Chiquita issues first CSR report - news

Fresh food company Chiquita has produced its first corporate responsibility report. The 100-page document commits the company, which produces roughly 25 per cent of...

Phillips reaps rewards from community strategy - news

An oil and gas company facing a vociferous campaign over alleged health hazards at one of its terminals has allayed the fears of the local community with a series of measures...

all party group sets up talks with minister - news

The UK’s all party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility will question the CSR minister about his role at its first meeting this month. The group,...

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...

GRI guidance review gains momentum - news

Thirty-one companies from ten countries have completed a six-month review of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. The companies volunteered to take part in the...

community work on the up at C&W - news

Seven out of ten Cable & Wireless business units have now appointed someone with specific responsibility for community involvement, according to the company’s first...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

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...

‘new’ CSR buzz words turn out to be old hat - news

Phrases such as ‘corporate citizenship’ and ‘stakeholder dialogue’ are not quite as modern as most people think, an academic has discovered. Warwick Business School research...

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‘CSR: an introduction for communicators’ is the title of an evening seminar being run by Flag Communication in London on 19 September. Speakers include Mallen Baker,...

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Diageo has launched a corporate citizenship section on its web site that includes case studies of community projects it has supported.

South African firms told to make a move on Aids - news

Companies listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa will have to take greater account of social and environmental issues, following an update of the influential...

Henkel profits from quality of life programme for its employees - news

A ‘quality of life’ programme devised by the German chemical company Henkel in Brazil has helped the company to reduce absenteeism at work. Henkel Loctite in Sao...

oil executive rejects calls to intervene in conflict zones - news

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

Ladbrokes is declared a ‘good corporation’ - news

Ladbrokes, the betting and gaming division of Hilton Group, and technology company ARM Holdings have become the first two large companies to be given the GoodCorporation...

‘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...

company law review outlines OFR regime - news

Detailed proposals to force UK companies to publish ‘operating and financial reviews’ (OFRs) that would include an assessment of their social and environmental performance...

researchers form worldwide SRI service - news

Socially responsible investment (SRI) research bodies from 12 countries have joined forces to provide data on companies’ social and environmental performance for...

retailer’s supply chain work wins plaudits - news

The food retailer Coop Italia received the Humane Workplace Award at this year’s Corporate Conscience Awards for its work to improve conditions for workers in its supply...

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....

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Anglo American has become a member of the UK-based Business in the Community group. Other recent new members include Northern Rock, Leyland Trucks, Motorola and...

Kelda opts for web route - news

The utility group Kelda has moved its environment and community affairs report exclusively onto the web to allow frequent updating throughout the year. Anthony...

Scottish businesses to get new voice on social responsibility - news

A new body that will promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Scotland is to be launched in September. Social Responsibility for Scotland – also known as...

companies warned of ‘law of unintended consequences’ - news

Businesses providing facilities for local communities in countries where there are regular human rights abuses have been advised to be especially wary of how those facilities...

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...

young Scot moves in as UK’s new CSR minister - news

Douglas Alexander has become the UK’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Alexander, who is the Labour MP for Paisley South, replaces Kim Howells at the...

CIS makes managers socially accountable - news

A leading UK insurer is to include a ‘social accountability dimension’ in the job descriptions of all its managers. The decision by Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS)...

legal group to expand community activities - news

The law firm Allen & Overy has expanded its pro bono and community programme. The ‘Values into community action’ programme is outlined in its latest community...

four big banks put money into new social fund - news

Four banks in Scotland will jointly launch a loan fund in September to tackle social exclusion. The Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Lloyds TSB, and Royal Bank of...

City analysts slow on uptake - news

City analysts are slowly taking the social and environmental performance of companies into account when making investment decisions, according to a new study. The...

UN develops draft human rights code - news

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

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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...

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Boots has launched a new web site providing information on its community investment programme. The 24-page site, which links to the company’s main web pages, includes...

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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.

Agilent makes its debut - news

Agilent Technologies has reported for the first time on its environmental and social performance. The California-based technology company, formed in November 1999...

universal bank idea gets £180m corporate backing - news

Eleven high street banks in the UK have now agreed to pay $257million (£180m) over five years to support plans for a ‘Universal Bank’ providing basic banking services for the...

Severn Trent overhauls business code - news

Severn Trent has published its first code of business principles and conduct. The 12-page document aims to give ‘ethical direction’ to the utility company’s 15,000...

Adidas turns up heat on labour standards - news

One of the world’s largest sports clothing companies has stepped up the monitoring of labour standards in its supply chain. Adidas-Salomon will carry out an internal audit...

companies invited to share best practice - news

Companies are being invited to take part in the second round of an initiative that helps them to measure their community involvement against best practice in the field....

Henderson embraces SRI - news

Asset management company Henderson Global Investors is expanding the corporate governance standards of its UK investment policy to include the environment, human rights,...

Transco sets up social unit - news

Gas pipeline operator Transco has formed a community affairs team. The four-strong team will be responsible for community initiatives undertaken by Transco and its...

bank claims ethics can pay - news

The Co-operative Bank has broken new ground in the field of corporate social responsibility by putting a figure on the business benefit of its ethical policies. The...

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Whitbread has appointed Jerry Marston as its new community investment director. Marston, who was previously head of social responsibility at Kingfisher, replaces Ian...

SRI is popular because the market demands it - news

People acknowledge the power of global business and want more say on the principles under which it operates, says The Rt. Hon John Gummer A secretary of state for the...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

Canada gets social responsibility qualification - news

A Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is being offered to business executives in Canada. The qualification, which is the first of its kind in the country,...

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...

business ‘needs five-year deadline’ on CSR - news

UK companies should be given a five-year deadline to adopt corporate social responsibility measures or face legal sanctions, a prominent political and economic commentator...

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...

Co-operative businesses to ponder social goals - news

The UK’s co-operative businesses are meeting this month to discuss how best to ‘re-connect’ their financial and social goals. The 47 firms, which include the...

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...

Comalco talks to aborigines - news

Australian mining company Comalco has signed an agreement promising to consult aboriginal people in Queensland’s Western Cape York peninsula before it expands bauxite...

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Internet company AOL UK has teamed up with Fairbridge, a youth development charity, to train disadvantaged young Londoners in web design and IT skills. AOL UK community...

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Chris Marsden took over from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty International’s UK Business Group at the end of last month. Marsden is a former head of BP’s community...

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This year’s UK Awards for Excellence are to be announced at a ceremony in London on 11 July. The awards, which are run by Business in the Community in association...

Belgians prepare to push CSR - news

The Belgian government is to promote corporate social responsibility during its six-month presidency of the European Union, which starts in June. The start of the...

web course offers CSR for managers - news

A web-based course on corporate social responsibility has been launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The course for middle...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

call for lower tax on responsible firms - news

Socially responsible companies should be rewarded with lower tax rates, the umbrella group for England’s charity sector has said. The call from the National...

troubled Iceland begins rethink on social issues - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to re-examine its social responsibility measures in the wake of a boardroom shake-up that has seen the company scrap its organics-only...

The Co-operative Bank is best social reporter - news

The Co-operative Bank has won the main prize in the UK’s second annual Social Reporting Awards. The bank was judged to have produced the best social report last year....

Irish business ready to launch new CSR group - news

An Irish body for socially responsible businesses is to be officially launched in Dublin this month. Business in the Community Ireland will have 20 founding members,...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

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...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

More than 20 companies have signed up to a new initiative that will fight business corruption in Poland. The Manus Puris association, which was officially launched in...

RBM’s caring approach wins plaudits - news

An international mining group has won a sustainability award for community work in a town near one if its mineral operations. The South African company RBM (Richards Bay...

parliament to get CSR group - news

A parliamentary committee on corporate social responsibility is to be launched in the UK after the next general election. The committee will hold hearings on CSR issues in...

Shell heads the BiE Index - news

Shell has come top of Business in the Environment’s (BiE) fifth annual Corporate Environmental Engagement Index. The oil company, which has been under fire in the UK...

advancing the business case for human rights - news

Chris Marsden confesses to being daunted by his latest role. The former head of BP's community affairs team is to take over this spring from Sir Geoffrey Chandler as chair of Amnesty...

lessons from my first year as CSR minister - news

Companies have a key role in regenerating deprived communities. Dr Kim Howells outlines some practical ways in which they can become involved Last March...

bank takes new ethical path - news

Bank of Scotland has issued an interim statement on ethical matters while it works on producing a full corporate citizenship report that will be published later in the year....

thinking locally can reduce human rights risks in China - news

Companies have been told they can reduce the ethical risks of using suppliers in China by making sure they are locally-owned, employ at least some local workers and are in...

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Entries for Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence 2001 – which recognise socially responsible businesses – are due in by 26 March. The awards...

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A total of 99 UK companies now invest one per cent or more of their pre-tax profits in the community, according to latest statistics from Business in the Community’s...

advancing sustainable investment strategies - news

Socially responsible investment funds have made it possible to define broader strategies for sustainable development, says Tessa Tennant Investors have a key...

making regeneration part of social responsibility - news

A new report, from a taskforce first announced by Gordon Brown, the chancellor, in February 2000, is likely to prompt businesses of all sizes and sectors to consider a review...

GKN ready to move on CSR - news

The engineering group GKN has begun considering how to take corporate social responsibility into account in its business practices. The UK-listed multinational will for the...

nine agree to measure impact - news

Nine companies have signed up to measure and report their impact on society against criteria outlined in the recent Winning with integrity report produced by the Business...

business offered new CSR framework - news

Business leaders are being offered a new ‘Framework for Action’ that outlines how they can make their companies more socially responsible. The four-page framework has been...

Procter & Gamble acts against national bias - news

Procter & Gamble has tried to tackle the problem of American bias in its sustainability reports by handing the control of their editorial content to offices outside the...

Grayson joins CSR practice - news

One of the leading figures in the development of corporate social responsibility in the UK has been appointed by the public policy consultancy firm EPPA to develop a...

social fund makes its first move - news

A $10million venture capital fund set up to invest in ‘environment-friendly’ Latin American and Caribbean businesses has made its first investment. The EcoEnterprises Fund,...

Coca-Cola to create race taskforce - news

Coca-Cola has agreed to set up a taskforce to look into its diversity policies over the next four years. The taskforce is to be created as part of an $188million settlement...

top firms edge forward - news

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

new bid to quantify reputation - news

Business leaders will discuss new ways of measuring a company’s reputational capital at a conference in London this spring. The initiative, which is being led by the...

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UBS Warburg has come top in this year's Dragon Awards for its work on community regeneration.The Dragon Awards, which are run by Business in the Community, recognize...

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Anglian Water’s latest environment and community report has been published on its web site. A summary of the report, which was verified by Enviros Aspinwall is...

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The 2001 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, run by the Boston College Center for Corporate Community Relations, will take place from 18-20 March in San...

how a state of readiness can stave off corruption - news

Careful planning can avoid the difficulties that accompany bribery requests – as can an understanding of local cultures, says John Bray Corporate codes forbidding the...

consistency is the key to a strong corporate culture - news

When the aircraft manufacturer Boeing sent female sales engineers to make presentations in the Middle East, it found itself with a challenge: local customs deemed it...

two-thirds back company causes - news

Two-thirds of UK consumers claim to have taken part in a cause-related marketing programme run by a company, a new survey has found. A poll of 2000 consumers carried out on...

RMC maps out social agenda - news

Building materials group RMC has published details of its social performance for the first time. Statistics are provided in the group’s second environment report,...

‘simple’ charter aims to outline main CSR tenets - news

Business people will meet this month to work out the details of a new charter that would commit companies of all sizes to corporate social responsibility measures....

  UK-based food and drug retailer The Boots group has developed a community investment intranet site to encourage staff members to get involved in the company’s...

CWS unveils social report - news

The Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) has published its first social report. The 60-page document covers the co-operative’s food retailing business, and is largely...

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...

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A conference on how business can help to bridge the digital divide is to be held on 28 November in London. Organised by Business in the Community, it will include...

BiE index criteria given tougher new emphasis - news

Criteria for Business in the Environment’s annual index of corporate environmental engagement have been made more stringent. Survey forms for the fifth BiE Index, which had...

Labour Party gets message - news

Tesco marketing director Tim Mason and corporate social responsibility minister Kim Howells spoke on cause-related marketing in a fringe meeting of more than 200 delegates at...

banks begin talks about tackling social exclusion - news

The Association of British Credit Unions (Abcul) is talking to banks and building societies about how best to expand the financial services its members receive. The...

'Don't take on too much' says Slipman - news

Businesses have been warned they need to map out limits on how far they will accept responsibility for social matters – in case they find themselves taking on too much....

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Annie Kirkpatrick has moved from Business in the Community to become a consultant specialising in corporate social responsibility with the London-based MXC Communications...

business gets more value from its corporate giving - news

Corporate giving is growing significantly in the UK, but companies are putting more of their money into specific community projects rather than giving it straight to charity....

guest column: the practice of social and environmental reporting - news

A combined report cannot measure all social and environmental impacts. The most important thing is for companies to make a start, says Jon Woodhead As a developer and...

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Peter Williams, former head of investor relations at the water company Hyder, has been appointed director of Business in the Community Cymru.  

chocolate makers monitor slavery claims - news

UK chocolate manufacturers have said they will look into allegations that they might be using cocoa produced by child slave labour in West Africa – but have said they are...

£1billion plan for community investment - news

Tax breaks for companies, banks and private individuals investing in businesses set up in deprived communities is one of the key recommendations in a report on social...

taskforce launches new CSR blueprint - news

A comprehensive blueprint designed to help large and small businesses become more socially responsible has been produced by a UK taskforce that has worked for almost two...

European rating for 2001 - news

Plans for a sustainability index that rates the social and environmental performance of European companies have been announced by a Dutch company. The Trilogy index,...

stakeholder dialogue: is fatigue setting in? - news

Companies that have begun to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about their social and environmental performance have been warned that 'stakeholder fatigue' is beginning to...

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A study on developing ways in which companies can measure the market benefits of their community involvement programmes has begun in the US. The Boston College Centre for...

Africa gets new voice on business ethics - news

A new business ethics body for African countries is to hold its founding convention in Kenya this month. The Business Ethics Network for Africa (BEN-Africa) will use the...

250 business people agree to be mentors - news

More than 250 individuals from established businesses have volunteered to act as mentors to new companies being set up in deprived parts of the UK. Under the project,...

agreement is a first for UK - news

A Scottish waste management company has signed what is believed to be the first 'good neighbour agreement' in the UK. The agreement, modelled on similar documents that are...

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NatWest's head of community development, Andrew Robinson, will deliver a talk on 'Changing company behaviour without changing company behaviour' at the next RSA Forum for...

BAA makes noise its number one priority - news

The airports operator BAA has made a major new commitment to help reduce aircraft noise at its facilities after identifying the issue as the biggest single concern among its...

CSR moves up the agenda for companies in Australia - news

Early signs that corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues are assuming greater prominence in Australia have come with the announcement by a Melbourne-based company that...

guest column: why the media is shy of corporate best practice - news

Journalists are not paid to peddle good publicity, but to produce stories that their readers are interested in, argues Roger Cowe   All publicity is supposed to be good...

United Utilities makes new move on diversity - news

Plans for new initiatives on diversity are to be presented to the board of the energy and water group United Utilities. The proposals will be put forward this month by the group’s...

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Adrian Hosford has been appointed director of group social policy at British Telecommunications. He will head a new department that brings together the community partnership...

McDonald's tightens up on animal welfare - news

McDonald’s in the US has given its suppliers until the end of the year to change their animal welfare practices. The fast food chain has told 27 supply companies they must...

hotline could aid audits - news

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

touchdown for BA’s first social report - news

British Airways (BA) has produced its first social and environmental report. The airline, which is the biggest in the world, has published standalone environment reports for ten...

Jaguar presents debut community report - news

Jaguar has become one of the first car companies to issue a community relations report. The document shows that Jaguar invested 2.3 per cent, or €804,000 (£490,000)...

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...

Boots makes green progress - news

The Boots Group cut its carbon dioxide emissions relative to turnover by four per cent in the last financial year. The retail group, which includes Halfords and Boots,...

water company to school 'challenging' youngsters - news

North West Water is helping the UK’s Department of Education and Employment with a project to help truant children improve their school attendance record. The company is...

guest column: human rights and the role of companies - news

Companies need to consider the human rights implications of overseas projects at the earliest possible stage, argues Frances House  Many senior executives have argued that it is...

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National Grid has decided to extend its Community 21 award scheme, which offers grants of up to €8200 (£5000) for community projects, for another year. The scheme began...

TXU looks at human rights - news

The energy group TXU Europe is to build human rights considerations into future company policy. The group, which operates in northern and central Europe, including the Czech...

companies support UN compact - news

The United Nations has made its biggest intervention yet in the debate over corporate social responsibility (CSR) by persuading 44 companies, including a large number of...

De Beers leads bid to shun ‘conflict diamonds’ - news

The world’s largest diamond supplier will try this month to broker an industry-wide agreement to end the trade in stones from areas of armed conflict in Africa. De Beers, which...

corporate killing offence to put pressure on firms - news

A new offence of corporate killing has been proposed by the UK government in an attempt to make companies take greater responsibility for failings that lead to deaths or...

investment review’s remit ignores SRI - news

A major review of institutional investment in the UK has failed to include any consideration of socially responsible investment (SRI) in its remit. The Myners review, which was...

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The Halifax has won an award from Business in the Community's Opportunity Now campaign for companies encouraging workplace equality for women. The UK's largest personal...

engineering firms get to grips with CSR agenda - news

UK engineering companies have designed a blueprint intended to make their businesses more socially responsible over the next five years. The new document, called...

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,...

late payers told to be more responsible - news

The UK’s largest companies have been urged to take a more responsible attitude to paying their bills after publication of statistics that reveal only a third of them are paying...

Shell backs sustainability - news

Shell has increased its social responsibility commitments by setting up a foundation that will channel millions of dollars into social investment and sustainable development...

Hanson makes green debut - news

Hanson has produced its first environment report. The heavy building materials group, which is one of the largest in the world, outlines various indicators of its environmental...

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...

CSR minister who backs the power of the market - news

The UK is the first European country to have appointed a minister for corporate social responsibility. Ethical Performance talked to Kim Howells about his early thoughts on the role of...

small firms operate informal ethics codes - news

Many small firms are informally committed to socially responsible business practices even if they have no formal policies on the matter, a study has concluded....

engaging FP puts pressure on the City - news

One of the UK’s major insurance and investment groups has announced it is to monitor the ethical performance of its entire portfolio of equity assets. In a move that...

IT firm to help small business - news

A US information technology company is helping people with low incomes to become ‘internet entrepreneurs’. Andalé, the online auction business management company, is working with...

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Amanda Bowman has joined food and drinks conglomerate Diageo as head of community involvement. Bowman was previously director of corporate community investment at Business in the...

AstraZeneca and Glaxo in social partnerships - news

Two leading companies working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields have announced private-public partnerships intended to improve public health in the third world....

Lloyds equality policies produce dramatic results - news

The UK’s second largest high street bank is claiming to have achieved a 14.5 per cent increase in the number of women in senior management positions last year. The...

Hain offers aid on conflict - news

A UK Foreign Office minister has pledged to help companies play a bigger role in preventing conflicts around the world. Peter Hain told a conflict prevention conference in London last...

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A short course titled Linking business and civil society for the common good takes place 15-17 June at the Schumacher College in Devon. Organised by the New Academy of...

green code signatories pass 50 mark - news

More than 50 companies have now endorsed a ten-point code of environmental conduct produced by the US-based Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES). Ford is...

social bank idea is floated - news

The Post Office is talking to leading UK high street banks about plans to launch a new ‘social bank’. The new bank, which would mainly serve the estimated two million adults in...

Sainsbury’s steps up role as food donor - news

Sainsbury’s is claiming to have become the first UK supermarket to appoint a community resources manager to co-ordinate policy on food donation. The company has appointed Martin...

company law review sets a new agenda - news

As businesses begin to digest the 462 pages of the UK company law review’s latest consultation document, most are beginning to realise that important changes could be on the way...

new minister expected to promote CSR among companies - news

Senior industry figures with a corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief have welcomed the appointment of the first CSR minister in a European country. Kim Howells became CSR...

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Prudential's recently created social responsibility unit is expected to reach a full staff complement of five, its head Claire Hitchcock has said. The unit, which is...

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...

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Chris Hoare has retired as BAA's community relations director after working for the airport operator since 1966. His replacement is Andrew Currie, who joined the company in 1994, and was...

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Energy company TXU Europe (formerly Eastern Group) has launched a £3million project to tackle fuel poverty in a former mining community. The project will offer home energy...

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...

e-trade under microscope - news

A year-long inquiry into the social and environmental impact of the growth in e-commerce has been launched by Patricia Hewitt, junior minister at the UK’s Department of Trade...

Cohen to lead new taskforce - news

The chairman of a venture capital company is to head a new search for ways to encourage greater social investment by businesses. Ronald Cohen of Apax Partners will lead the Social...

CSR remains on review agenda - news

Lobbying has begun to try to bolster proposals from the UK company law review on environmental and social reporting. The latest proposals from the review, which was set up...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

UK banks urged to share their branches - news

The UK’s high street banks have been urged to set up ‘multi-banks’ and agency arrangements with post offices to counteract financial exclusion caused by the increase in branch...

OECD prepares guidelines on social responsibility - news

New guidelines on the conduct of multinationals have been drawn up by the organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The draft guidelines have been extensively...

two new SRI funds will target niche markets - news

Two new socially responsible investment (SRI) funds have been launched. Both are aimed at niche markets. The Pavilion Eco Friendly Fund, launched by Pavilion Asset...

building group eyes community issues - news

Building materials group RMC has decided to give greater weight to community issues in its second UK environment report, which will appear later this year. RMC’s...

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Rio Tinto has decided to produce combined social and environmental reports for each of its 63 operating sites across the world. Corporate relations manager Robert Court said the...

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A Bill that would give tax relief to UK citizens who lend money to social investment funds has been put forward by Labour MP Tony Colman. The ten minute rule Bill, which has...

the City's interest is growing, but slowly - news

Senior managers think there is a strong link between the environmental and financial performance of their companies, but the City has so far failed to make the connection. However there...

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...

poor image for car makers - news

Car manufacturers, oil companies and the financial services industry are judged to be the worst corporate offenders when it comes to behaviour towards the communities in...

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...

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Eight out of ten UK consumers say they are more likely to buy a product that is associated with a cause they care about, according to new research by Business in the...

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Five mining companies have set up the World Alliance for Community Health, a not-for-profit initiative designed to help the World Health organization tackle disease in the...

City fails to make the link - news

Seven out of ten companies have never been questioned on their environmental performance during talks with financial institutions, even though the vast majority (74%) regard the link...

Camelot sets out new policy for disabled staff and lottery players - news

The UK national lottery operator Camelot has produced a disability policy that promises to ‘dismantle social and practical barriers’ for disabled lottery players and staff....

business to back rundown coalfields - news

Some of the UK’s largest companies look set to become involved in an initiative to help regenerate former mining communities. The ten year Network Space project, led by the...

BAT tackles poor image with 2000 social audit - news

One of the world’s leading tobacco manufacturers has committed itself to producing a social report in 2001. British American Tobacco (BAT) will publish the document from a social...

BT examines its global impact - news

BT is to produce a document looking at the potentially negative impact of global communications technology on indigenous cultures. Jan Walsh, BT’s head of corporate reputation and...

Hanson gets ready to report - news

Building materials group Hanson is planning to report on corporate responsibility matters for the first time next year. The UK-based company, which has engaged the consultancy firm...

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A new not-for-profit consultancy service is offering to help medium-sized businesses develop social responsibility strategies. Business Community Connections is funded by...

BNFL ready for social audit - news

British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) has begun preparatory work on a social audit that could lead to publication of the group’s first social report by the end of 2000. The nuclear fuel...

banks review options on financial exclusion - news

UK high street banks are moving towards support for shared branches as part of a programme to tackle social exclusion. The ‘multi-banks’ idea – under which banks club together to pay...

medical firm to report next year - news

Medical equipment manufacturer Nycomed-Amersham is to produce its first standalone environment report at the end of next year. The report will also cover community involvement and...

Boots asks its suppliers some ethical questions - news

Social and ethical issues are to be incorporated into supply chain auditing at the UK’s largest retail chemist. Boots the Chemists, which sells around 27,000...

CWS targets retail deserts - news

The world’s largest consumer co-operative has started a campaign to tackle what it describes as ‘retail deserts’ in the UK. The Co-operative Wholesale Society campaign, Co-operating...

US chemical giant opts for the triple bottom line - news

Dow Chemical Company has become one of the first businesses in the world to give ‘equal weight’ to economic, social and environmental responsibility by publishing a single...

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...

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NatWest is on target to sell £2 million worth of community bonds by the end of the year, according to Andrew Robinson, head of the bank's community enterprise unit. Interest...

how to develop effective performance indicators - news

Sustainability policies require transparent performance indicators that adequately reflect stakeholder interests, says Melanie Eddis Nowadays, televised football bombards you...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

Co-operative Bank sets out bold agenda on corporate behaviour - news

The Co-operative Bank has outlined ambitious new plans to become a world leader in corporate responsibility by measuring its indirect impact on society rather than just its...

Diageo maps an ethical way forward for its staff - news

Food and drinks conglomerate Diageo has produced corporate citizenship guidelines for its 77,000 employees around the world. The guidelines, which are being distributed to...

Queen’s Award will take ethical agenda on board - news

Sustainability is to become a key factor in the judging of the annual Queen’s Award for Industry. Judges will in future take account of ‘all forms of outstanding performance’ by...

new indicators plan from BAA - news

The company that owns Heathrow Airport has decided to develop a set of social performance indicators next year. BAA Heathrow has outlined the plan in its first combined environment...

impact on society award for BT - news

British Telecommunications won the Impact on Society Award at the annual Business in the Community Awards for Excellence for its ‘commitment to improving its overall impact on society’....

BiC draws up some fresher principles - news

Business in the Community (BiC) has updated its Principles of Corporate Community Investment. The BiC principles were launched in 1997 but have been reworked in conjunction with...

RMC tries out emissions guidelines - news

Building materials group RMC has become one of the first companies to adopt the government’s new greenhouse gas reporting guidelines by publishing estimates of how much...

consumers are still the toughest nut to crack - news

Employees are far more appreciative of their company’s community efforts than consumers, according to a new study. Research by corporate reputation specialist Chris Genasi,...

Premier Oil to ponder human rights agenda - news

Premier Oil intends to improve its ethical performance by launching a set of guiding principles this winter and a social audit in 2000. The UK-based oil exploration and production...

Cable & Wireless tells suppliers to think green - news

Cable & Wireless has pledged to build environmental criteria into the selection of its suppliers. The UK-listed telecoms giant, which operates in more than 70 countries...

sustainable firms are 5% better off - news

UK companies that have sustainability strategies are performing up to five per cent better in financial terms than those that do not, according to new research. A study by Dr...

community index will go international - news

A way of measuring community involvement by companies operating in different countries is being developed by a London management consultancy. Bruce Naughton Wade (BNW) already...

new Boots Group environment report will complete the triple bottom line - news

The Boots Group will achieve triple bottom line reporting this month by adding an environment report to its community review and annual financial report. The UK’s largest...

BT's image takes a turn for the better - news

Two thirds of the public now believe BT takes its responsibility to society seriously, according to the company’s first social report. The landmark 32-page document reveals that 65...

new forestry code agreed - news

UK and US retailers have welcomed the creation of agreed standards for the production of sustainable timber in the UK. The standards are expected to be accepted by other countries,...

consumers say honesty is always the best policy - news

European consumers prize honesty above all other characteristics when it comes to their perception of the ideal company, a new study has found. A survey of 2000...

Iceland scoops conscience award for its ban on GMO food products - news

Iceland Frozen Foods has won an international Corporate Conscience Award for its pioneering stance on genetically modified organisms. The UK retailer has been awarded a...

BCI to produce first environmental report - news

Blue Circle Industries is to produce its first ever standalone environmental report next spring. The international cement and heating equipment group is to show confidential first...

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...

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...

building brands through cause related marketing - news

Cause related marketing offers mutual benefits to both the charity and the company involved, argues Kathryn Cunningham Cause related marketing (CRM) represents the...

BP aims to raise awareness - news

BP Amoco is to begin a major awareness raising campaign among staff in a bid to improve performance on its social policy commitments. The campaign is one of a number of new...

market research will test validity of business values - news

Work has begun on a major market research exercise to measure how far public expectations of business behaviour exceed reality. The UK Institute of Directors project, called the...

BAA adopts fresh stance on stakeholders - news

BAA has signalled a switch in its relations with communities living around its airports in a move designed to avoid damaging conflicts with the public over its expansion...

banks told to listen to black customers - news

UK financial institutions should be doing more to help ethnic minority businesses, the Bank of England has said. A special investigation by the Bank has concluded that ethnic...

inbrief - news

Scottish Power's fourth environmental report, due out in June, will contain more information on the company's links with the community. Fred Dinning, Scottish Power's...

inbrief - news

A new website offering information on ethical investment has been set up by the UK Social Investment Forum. The site, at www.uksif.org , also covers social banking and...

dialogue begins on financial exclusion - news

UK ministers and regulators have begun talks with community organizations to find a way of tackling financial exclusion. The Financial Services and Markets Bill went into committee...

poor want high street banks to help out - news

Financially excluded communities in the UK want high street banks, not alternative organizations, to provide them with community banking facilities, a new study has found....

Lloyds TSB takes step towards full social audit - news

Lloyds TSB has produced its first community report. The four page document, produced by the group’s public affairs unit, is being seen as the first step on the way to a full...

Rio Tinto expands audit - news

Rio Tinto’s regular environment report will feature a greatly expanded community audit when it is unveiled in late June. The world’s biggest mining company has devoted much more time...

social reporting gathers pace - news

Most of the UK’s leading listed companies are now issuing social reports in some form, according to new research. A survey of 98 of the FTSE 100 companies has shown the...

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...

what to do with all those old computers? - news

Most of the unwanted computers that end up in landfill sites could be recycled into the community, says David Boyle The ethical impact of business has long been measured in the...

audit has got to be warts and all - news

The first ethical fitness check is under way at Camelot. Sue Slipman has overall responsibility for bringing the audit to completion Sue Slipman rarely aims low. Less than a year...

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...

NatWest thinks small - news

NatWest is to step up its community banking commitment by offering credit unions redundant high street branches as premises. Discussions are already underway with a credit union in...

new bonds will help unemployed - news

Bradford & Bingley and the Midland Bank have lent their backing to a new ‘employment bond’ scheme designed to tackle joblessness in deprived areas of Sheffield. The bonds,...

CEOs back social auditing - news

Almost three quarters of UK company directors have come out in favour of social reporting in a study by the Institute of Directors. The IoD survey of its members found that 46 per...

business sets up fresh link to community - news

A new panel of business leaders and top level councillors has been set up to foster links between businesses and local communities. The forum, which has not yet been named,...

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Marsh & McLennan Companies Releases 2015-2016 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Marsh & McLennan Companies is a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. This week, the company published its fifth Corporate...

ITV recognised as top community investor - reports

Leading a cohort of 25 companies who are pioneering best practice in Corporate Social Responsibility, ITV was crowned the inaugural top contributor in the GivX Community Value Award (the GivX...

Coca-Cola in Western Europe sets ambitious new sustainability commitments on drinks, packaging and society - reports

The Coca-Cola Company in Western Europe and Coca-Cola European Partners (ticker: CCE) are today launching their first ever joint Sustainability Action Plan for Western Europe, This is Forward,...

Marathon Petroleum Corp. Expands Safety and Greenhouse Gas Data Reporting - reports

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) has released its 2017 Citizenship Report, which includes expanded data on safety, greenhouse gas emissions, process safety events, waste generation and...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2016/2017 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its  2016/2017 Global Corporate Responsibility Report . The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate...

Walgreens Boots Alliance aligns its strategies, targets, and policies with UN SDGs - reports

Since the beginning of the year, the world’s businesses and governments have been rallying to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals....

The Home Depot Strengthens Forestry Protection and Improves Chemical Standards in 2017 Responsibility Report - reports

The Home Depot® is increasing its protection of High Conservation Value Forests and tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) by not accepting any wood products from The Amazon (South...

TransCanada Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

TransCanada has released its 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, providing a comprehensive update on the company’s performance on environmental, social and governance topics...

Stockland releases its 2017 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland has released its FY17 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting, which highlight its continued leadership and ongoing achievements in sustainability.

Looking to Drive Better Business Results? - reports

Sustainable Brands is home to the premier global community of brand leaders tapping environmental and social purpose to drive innovation and deliver new business and brand value.

Telstra releases Bigger Picture 2017 Sustainability Report - reports

Telstra’s Bigger Picture 2017 Sustainability Report details the evolution of its sustainability strategy, and highlights a series of ‘firsts’ for Australia’s leading...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia publishes its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week Commonwealth Bank of Australia released its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, which shows continuing progress across a range of initiatives focused on delivering the Group’s...

CBRE Releases Tenth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, has released its tenth annual Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2016 report – themed “Building...

Cargill boosts positive impact for customers and communities - reports

Building on strong earnings in fiscal 2017, Cargill is working to continue growing its business and corporate responsibility impact. The company’s 2017 annual report, launched today,...

AMD Demonstrates Corporate Citizenship in Action with 22nd Annual Corporate Responsibility Update - reports

AMD  (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 22nd annual update on corporate responsibility, reporting on the company’s progress and milestones in its environmental and social goals. The...

Singtel Group publishes its third Group Sustainability Report 2017 - reports

The  Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2017  is the company’s third Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance in relation to...

Doing Better Together: EDC releases its Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report for 2016 - reports

Export Development Canada  is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international...

Hess Corporation’s 2016 Sustainability Report Shows Continued Progress in Safe, Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess’ sustainability strategy is driven by its unwavering commitment to protect the health and safety of its people, safeguard the environment, and contribute to the sustainability of the...

Marshalls plc: 8th Annual UNGC Communication on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls knows that sustainability counts and that it can be levered for competitive advantage by those organisations which are innovative, fully engaged, trustworthy and there for the long...

U.S. Dairy Community Releases Sixth Sustainability Report - reports

From farm to table, transparency and ingenuity drive dairy forward, as demonstrated in the newly released  2016 U.S Dairy Sustainability Report , which updates stakeholders on the progress...

Canary Wharf Group focuses on the future for long term improvements - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in five key areas: making great places; pioneering innovation; promoting inclusive...

Owens Corning Publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today published its 2016 sustainability report. The company’s 11th annual report, themed It All Adds Up, documents the actions and efforts driving its global...

Cigna Releases Fourth Annual Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

Innovating for Balance People - Planet - Profit - reports

Innovating for Balance  covers sustainability management, responsible sourcing, efficient production with environmental key performance indicators, Lenzing’s innovations, key...

Landsec publishes 2017 Sustainability Report - reports

Landsec’s purpose is to provide the right space for its customers and communities – helping businesses to succeed, the economy to grow and people to thrive.

FMC Issues ‘Built for Progress’ Sustainability Report for 2016 - reports

FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) released its 2016 report on the company’s global sustainability performance, including progress toward its goals published in last year’s report as well as...

BD Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, today issued its 2016 Sustainability Report.

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) releases annual Corporate Responsibility report for 2016 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available.

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.

In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report. - reports

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what 3M accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 20th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the publication of the Company’s 2017...

ArcelorMittal publishes its 2016 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal USA is proud to announce the publication of its annual 2016 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported on its corporate responsibility and...

Eaton publishes a new online Sustainability Report for 2016. We make a healthy planet work. - reports

From our beginning more than 100 years ago, our products and solutions have helped people work more safely, use less energy and reduce emissions. This is what matters most for our employees and...

Vancity publishes 7th integrated Annual Report - reports

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

2016 Co-op Way Report - reports

The Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with over 4 million active members. Its purpose is ‘Championing a better way of doing business for you and your...

It’s Your Business - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched an online Corporate Responsibility report and Human Rights and Modern Slavery report to complement its 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.

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.

Teck Reports 2016 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) ("Teck”), has released its 16th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2016 and progress...

BAE Systems publishes 2016 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

At BAE Systems we are proud not just of what we do, but how we do it – from developing innovative products and services and investing in our people and future workforce, to giving our...

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...

Walmart Highlights Progress in Creating Shared Value in Tenth Annual Global Responsibility Report - reports

Walmart today released its tenth annual Global Responsibility Report, which looks back at the company’s progress during fiscal year 2017 in advancing the key areas of opportunity,...

EY EMEIA Financial Services Releases its 2016 Sustainability Report: 'Our Sustainability Journey' - reports

EY continues its sustainability journey with its latest report exploring the six material issues the financial services industry is facing, and reflects on their journey with their clients,...

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...

Olam International combines financial and sustainability reporting to highlight importance of creating holistic value - reports

Olam International has merged its Annual Report with its Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report for the first time, reflecting the interdependence of economic, social and...

Calor Publishes 2016 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) has today published its 2016 Sustainability Review.

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...

Shell Releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Each year, Shell releases the  Shell Sustainability Report  describing Shell’s progress to deliver energy in a responsible way and the company’s contribution to the energy...

General Mills Reports Progress on Global Responsibility Commitments and Programs - reports

General Mills released its 2017 Global Responsibility Report, outlining the company’s approach to creating environmental, social and economic value in the countries where it operates.

Scotiabank showcases progress on CSR strategy: Better Future, Better Off - reports

Scotiabank published its  2016 Corporate Social Responsibility report, Investing in Progress , as well as a  new CSR website  today. In this report Scotiabank...

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...

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2016 Integrated Annual Report, - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2017 its fifth integrated annual report, “Entering the growth era”, which demonstrates the progress made on all aspects of business,...

Responsible Business Trends 2017 - Complimentary Snapshot Report - reports

As part of Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report we reached out approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top...

CLP publishes its 15th Sustainability Report: Powering the changing world today for a better tomorrow - reports

CLP, one of the largest investor-operators of power assets in the Asia-Pacific region, has published its 2016 Sustainability Report showing a detailed picture of its performance on how it...

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...

Panalpina publishes integrated management report - reports

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

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...

Lloyds Banking Group reaffirms its commitment to helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group today publishes its latest  Helping Britain Prosper Plan  update. The Group recognises that people, businesses and communities are facing significant social and...

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

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

Monsanto 2016 Sustainability Report Marks Substantial Progress Against Goals - reports

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

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

CSL Publishes 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Starting a century ago, CSL was driven by its promise to save lives and protect the health of people. In 2016, CSL continues to deliver on that promise through its corporate responsibility...

Goodwill®, Partners Urge People to Donate Using the Give Back Box® this Cyber Monday - reports

Goodwill is partnering with leading retailers to make it easy for online shoppers to reuse, repurpose and recycle textiles and clothing this holiday season.

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...

Edelman Launches FY16 Citizenship Report - reports

Firm Focuses on Creating Meaningful Stories through Citizenship Edelman launched today its sixth Citizenship Report, “The Stories We Love to Tell.” The report highlights the...

VMware Releases Global Impact Report - reports

Through the collective impact of their employees, customers and partners, VMware strives to be a Force for Good in the world. Their shared mission is to leave ahead a better future – to...

Everything’s Connected: Mirvac’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

At Mirvac, sustainability is integral to creating customer and shareholder value. This year’s sustainability report, “Everything’s Connected”, showcases how integrating...

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...

Latest NAEM Benchmark Finds One-third of Companies Combine EHS with Sustainability at the Corporate Level - reports

Designing the optimal environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability organization is a complicated equation, but according to a new report by the National Association for Environmental...

Stockland 2016 Annual Review & Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its online Sustainability Reporting for the year ended 30 June 2016, supporting the 2016 Annual Review.

Canary Wharf Group Reports 8.5% Reduction in Emissions Over Last 3 Years - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in four key areas: Making Great Places; Pioneering Innovation; Promoting Inclusive...

BD Releases 2015 Sustainability Performance Update Report - reports

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Performance Update report.

Calor Publishes 2015 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas Ltd – Britain’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) – has today published its 2015 Sustainability Review.

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...

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...

Kinross Gold Releases Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Kinross Gold Corporation released its  Corporate Responsibility Report , a comprehensive account of the Company’s commitment to sustainable mining and transparency in 2014 and...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia this week issued its Corporate Responsibility Report 2016, which provides an overview of the long-term value created for its stakeholders during the 2016 financial...

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,...

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...

Owens Corning Shows Significant Progress with Reducing Footprint and Expanding Handprint - reports

Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) announced significant progress in reducing its environmental footprint and increasing the handprint efforts that advance its positive impact around the world. The...

Liberty Global committed to empowering positive change through digital - reports

Liberty Global today announced the publication of its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, which provides an overview of the company’s economic, social and environmental impacts and...

Hess Corporation’s 2015 Sustainability Report Shows Commitment to Safety and Responsible Business Practices - reports

Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) has released its 19 th annual Corporate Sustainability Report, providing a comprehensive look at the company’s strategy and performance on safety,...

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...

Gildan Releases its 2015 Genuine Gildan® CSR Report - reports

Gildan's 2015 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report was released on the Company’s CSR dedicated website genuinegildan.com.  Among other information,...

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...

Singtel Publishes Its Second Group Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

The Singtel Group Sustainability Report 2016 is the company’s second Group report which covers the sustainability strategies, initiatives and performance of its operations in Singapore and...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2015 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report. The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

Sustainability: it's personal at Kingfisher - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement company, has published its Sustainability Report 2015/16 showing progress towards becoming a restorative Net Positive business.

BCE Inc (Bell Canada) Releases Annual Corporate Responsibility Report for 2015 - reports

The BCE Inc (Bell Canada) annual Corporate Responsibility Report is now available at BCE.ca. The report addresses key initiatives that are most relevant to the company’s stakeholders...

Publicis Groupe publishes its 2015 CSR Report - reports

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

AMD Publishes 21st Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today released its 21st corporate responsibility (CR) report and summary magazine, detailing the company’s progress towards its social and environmental goals, as well as...

Land Securities publishes 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Land Securities has announced the release of its 2016 Sustainability Report. The report sets out how sustainability supports Land Securities’ vision to be the best property company in the...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

ArcelorMittal Publishes Its First Annual 2015 United States Integrated Report - reports

ArcelorMittal is proud to announce the publication of its first annual 2015 United States Integrated Report. Since 2009, ArcelorMittal has reported its corporate responsibility (CR) and...

TD Bank Group Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

This week TD released its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, Adapting to be the bank you need, showcasing the bank's commitment to serving the changing needs of its customers, employees,...

Kellogg Company Listens to Consumers, Helps Farmers, Relieves Hunger as Highlighted in New Report - reports

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5, Kellogg Company is pleased to share its ninth annual Global Corporate Responsibility Report, now available online at www.KelloggCompany.com. As a...

M&S publishes its 2016 Plan A, and connected Annual and Human Rights Reports - reports

UK-based retailer M&S publishes its most comprehensive suite of connected value reports.   The 2016 M&S Plan A Report is an annual update of progress against its Plan A...

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...

AEP Releases 2016 Corporate Accountability Report - reports

American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has released its 2016 Corporate Accountability Report, an overview of the company’s strategy, governance and financial performance.

Improving Business Impacts: New Research - reports

‘Impact for Change’ is a programme of work by Corporate Citizenship which helps companies around the world to measure, improve and effectively communicate their impacts on society.

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report Outlines How Strong Foundations Can Lead to a Sustainable Future - reports

Vancity’s 2015 Annual Report, Strong foundations for a sustainable future, documents the credit union’s sound financial position and unique relationships with local communities. The...

RBS Launches Sustainability Report 2015 How We Make a Difference - reports

“We’re building a bank where long term success will be determined by doing a great job for customers. By being strong, simple and fair, we will earn their trust, and live up to our...

Hydro-Québec Publishes Its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

Setting new sights with our clean energy. As a recognized leader in hydropower and large transmission systems, Hydro-Québec exports clean, renewable power and commercializes its unique...

One Step Further to a More Sustainable Business - reports

In 2015, Scentre Group has been focusing on ways to create a Sustainable Business in alignment with its business purpose to create extraordinary places connecting and enriching communities....

Teck Reports 2015 Sustainability Performance - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) has released its 15th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2015 and progress towards its short- and long-term...

Making Sustainability the Everyday Standard at UBS - reports

" UBS and Society is an integral part of our responsibilities towards all stakeholders. Across all client segments we see a growing interest in sustainable investing. I firmly believe our...

"It's Your Business" - John Lewis Partnership Launches 2016 Annual Report and Accounts - reports

John Lewis Partnership has launched its 2016 Annual Report and Accounts including a sustainability performance review, accompanied by a more detailed online sustainability report.

Free White Paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Social Responsibility 2016 - reports

Ethical Corporation recently released a new white paper – Europe’s State of Corporate Responsibility Sustainability 2016 – complimentary to download here.

Fibria 2015 Report: From the Forest to Consumers - reports

Fibria, a Brazilian forest company and the world´s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, publishes its 2015 Annual Report with the theme “From the forest to consumers” describing...

Shell Announces Publication of Sustainability Report for 2015 - reports

Shell is pleased to announce the publication of the Shell Sustainability Report for 2015. It describes Shell’s progress during 2015 to deliver energy in a responsible way and our...

BAE Systems Publishes 2015 Annual Report and CR Summary - reports

BAE Systems attaches great importance to the way it does business, as well as the financial results it achieves. The company continues to build on its position as one of the world’s...

Ethical Corporation’s 7th Responsible Business Awards are Back! - reports

Ethical Corporation launches its 7th annual Responsible Business Awards today with the entry deadline on the 6th July 2016.

Coca-Cola HBC AG 2015 Integrated Annual Report Showcases Focus on Sustainable Growth - reports

Coca-Cola HBC AG published on March 17, 2016 its fourth integrated report, “Refreshing business”, which provides details on all aspects of business, governance and sustainability...

FedEx (NYSE:FDX) Publishes 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The FedEx 2016 Global Citizenship Report, "Deliver It Forward," is now available at csr.fedex.com. The report, in its eighth year of publication, highlights the FedEx commitment to...

Rockwell Automation Publishes 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Rockwell Automation 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report provides updates on the company’s environmental, employee safety and culture, community relations performance and efforts....

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

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...

Visa Europe and JA Europe launch new research to address the financial skills gap in young people - reports

Businesses across Europe are being invited to collaborate in new research which will help identify the financial skills needed by young people in today’s digital economy.

Lloyds Banking publishes its Helping Britain Prosper Plan update - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Helping Britain Prosper Plan update as part of its 2015 Responsible Business suite of communications. The Plan is the Group’s response to some...

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...

Standard Chartered launches its 2015 Annual Report - reports

The Bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded across the Annual Report, reinforcing the Bank’s commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Publishes First Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report - reports

Walgreens Boots Alliance has published its first Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report online to showcase the many ways its Company and businesses are supporting the community,...

CSL Publishes 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Key achievements and challenges across CSL’s six corporate responsibility priority areas for the period 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 include:

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....

Provident Financial plc Publishes its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Provident Financial recently published its 2014 corporate responsibility (CR) report; the company’s fourteenth such report. The report sets out the CR performance in relation to Provident...

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...

Wesfarmers Releases 18th Sustainability Report - reports

Wesfarmers has been creating value for more than 100 years, starting as a farmers’ cooperative and now holding a diversified portfolio of retail and industrial businesses, as one of...

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...

U.S. Dairy Industry Plays a Leading Role to Build a More Resilient, Sustainable Food System - reports

Through a shared commitment, U.S. dairy farmers, importers and businesses work together to provide people with the nutritious dairy products they want, in a way that is improving the social,...

Stockland releases 2015 Annual Review and Sustainability Reporting - reports

Stockland is proud to announce the launch of its FY15 Annual Review and online Sustainability Reporting.  It’s been another big year for sustainability at Stockland, with a refreshed...

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

Nationwide Building Society reports on year three of citizenship strategy - reports

Nationwide Building Society is three years into its five-year citizenship strategy and strong progress has been made against the targets it set.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Publicis Groupe Releases its 2014 CSR Report - reports

For the 6th year, Publicis Groupe, the third largest communication company, is publishing its CSR Report. Since 2009, Publicis Groupe has embraced 98% of the company scope in the CSR reporting...

Edmond de Rothschild Group publishes First Sustainability Report - reports

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

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...

Citi Releases 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Citi's 2014 Global Citizenship Report highlights efforts to enable economic progress in communities around the world.

Teck releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

Teck Resources Limited ("Teck”) today announced the release of its 2014 Sustainability Report – covering its performance and progress towards its sustainability goals.

EDF Energy publishes Better Energy Ambitions 2014 report - reports

EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, has published its 2014 Better Energy Ambitions report detailing its progress towards becoming a more responsible business.

Calor Gas publishes 2014 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of bulk and bottled LGP (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), has today published its 2014 Sustainability Review.

M&S publishes its first update on Plan A 2020 and how it creates sustainable value - reports

The 2015 M&S Plan A Report is the international retailer’s first update on its Plan A 2020 targets launched last year.

How is Gas Natural Fenosa addressing its commitments to stakeholders? - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa’s 2014 results, and the progress it has made in integrating its environmental, social and financial performances, are published today in its Corporate Responsibility...

Hydro-Québec publishes Sustainability Report 2014 - reports

Hydro-Québec’s 13th Sustainability Report draws on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines and Electric Utilities Sector Supplement, based on the “core”...

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  ...

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 - reports

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2014 at:  www.shell.com/sustainabilityreport

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...

Standard Chartered launches 2014 Annual Report - reports

The bank’s approach to sustainability is embedded throughout its Annual Report, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability as the foundation of its business in Asia, Africa and the...

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

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

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2014 CR Report - reports

Intu believes that the results set out in their 2014 Annual Report demonstrate that the company is well-positioned to benefit further from rising consumer confidence and strengthening demand...

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...

E.ON UK shows how it’s ‘Doing The Right Things Right’ - reports

Today E.ON UK has published its annual Corporate Responsibility report, entitled ‘Doing the right things right’. The full report, a two page summary of commitments and supporting...

Seeing the bigger picture - Sky’s approach to building a sustainable business, 2014 reporting - reports

Home entertainment and communications company Sky has released its 2014 Seeing the bigger picture reporting. On the company website, Sky gives details of its initiatives and progress in building...

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2013-14 - reports

Royal Mail makes a major contribution to the UK’s social and economic infrastructure. As the designated provider of the Universal Service, it plays a vital role in connecting millions of...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

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

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

New MAG CSR Report shows Airports are 'Skills & Jobs Hotbed' - reports

MAG’s four UK airports contibute £4bn to UK economy and give skills boost with new training & academy initiatives.

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,...

Liberty Global Announces Environmental Targets - reports

Liberty Global announces environmental targets as part of the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).

The Johnson & Johnson 2013 Citizenship & Sustainability Report is now available and can be found here - reports

The Company’s Citizenship & Sustainability priorities are to advance human health and well-being, help to safeguard the planet, and lead a dynamic and growing business responsibly.

EDF Energy publishes 2013 Annual Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy has today published its 2013 Sustainability Report, which outlines the progress the company has made in meeting a range of ambitions on tackling climate change, powering the country...

Experian publishes its 2014 CR Report - reports

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

British Land publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2014 - reports

British land is the leading UK Real Estate Investment Trust on several key corporate responsibility indices and the company is making good progress on its social and environmental commitments.

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports - reports

Today, Marks & Spencer publishes its 2014 Reports.  The Annual Report makes significant progress towards the principles of the IIRC's Integrated Reporting Framework and the...

Coca-Cola HBC, ranked among top three beverage companies in the world for sustainability publishes 2013 Integrated Report - reports

Coca-Cola HBC publishes its second Integrated Report which discusses the company's strategy and performance across a range of financial, economic, social and environmental indicators.

Friends Life publishes its 2013 CR Report 'Aligning practice and purpose' - reports

Friends Life is a company with just a three-year history, but a 200 year heritage. Its purpose is to protect customers and their loved ones should they fall ill or die and to make their money...

Heathrow Launches 2013 Sustainability Performance Summary - reports

Report shows Heathrow is making strong progress against its 2020 sustainability goals.

Singapore's Leading Eco-Developer CDL marks Jubilee Year with Triple Bottom Line Milestones - reports

City Developments Limited (CDL), a Singapore-listed international property and hospitality conglomerate, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. Located in 25 countries, CDL is aware of the...

Calor publishes 2013 Progress Report - reports

Calor has today published its online 2013 Sustainability Progress Report.

Britvic launches its 2013 Sustainable Business report - reports

In March, Britvic launched its Sustainable Business report, which provides information on its progress and achievements during 2013. 

Citi Issues 2013 Global Citizenship Report - reports

New York – Citi released its 14th Global Citizenship Report, an annual overview addressing the company’s social, environmental and governance achievements and challenges.

adidas Group presents ‘2013 Sustainability Progress Report – Fair Play’ - reports

The adidas Group published its 2013 Sustainability Progress Report, an annual overview of achievements and challenges as well as a progress update on its 2015 sustainability targets.

RBS remains leading lender to renewable energy projects - reports

RBS has released its 2013 Sustainability Review today. The Review details the progress the company has made during 2013 towards becoming a more responsible and sustainable bank, which includes...

Royal Dutch Shell plc has released its Sustainability Report for 2013 - reports

The report details Shell’s progress during 2013 to deliver energy in a responsible way to meet the world’s growing demand, as the global population increases and living standards...

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...

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2013 - reports

Building on last year’s suite of reports, Mondi has continued to develop and evolve its holistic approach to reporting, with three separate but interrelated components...

Is the idea of a tobacco company for the 21st century a contradiction? - reports

This question and many more regarding British American Tobacco’s products, activities and the future of its business are addressed in its latest Sustainability Summary Report: ‘Value...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

Leading green hotel chain the Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its Responsible Business Report. Included for the fifth time in this year’s Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical...

Companies v Climate Change - calendar

Along with our corporate advisory board, we are actively assembling an ideal group of business leaders who will develop their presentations as they see fit. We are not the experts. We are merely...

Better Together – Intu Properties plc publishes 2013 CR Report - reports

Intu Properties plc owns and operates some of the very best shopping centres, in the strongest locations, right across the country including 10 of the UK’s top 25.

Lloyds Banking Group helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group announces the publication of its 2013 Responsible Business report which, for the first time, and in line with industry best practice, is forward facing as well as backwards...

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability - calendar

Earn a professional, post graduate credential in CSR & Sustainability while you work, in this blended learning program. This 13 month, part-time program is delivered over 3 sessions in...

Royal Mail Group publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2012-13 - reports

Royal Mail Group is one of the UK’s largest companies and one of its best known brands. A key part of the company’s business strategy and corporate responsibility strategy is to...

Report highlights sustainability practices and accomplishments with focus on coca farming - reports

Zurich, November 12, 2013 – Barry Callebaut – the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – today announced its 2012/13 Sustainability...

Creating Shared Value, One Day Course - calendar

Course Overview: Creating Shared Value (CSV) compliments CSR, through implementing initiatives that enhance the competitiveness of a company while also advancing the economic and social...

Stockland releases its Annual Review 2013 and online sustainability reporting - reports

Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property group, is proud to announce the the release of the company’s second integrated report, the Annual Review 2013, providing a...

HRH The Duke of York, KG will visit Estonia to attend Latitude59 - calendar

The Duke of York will give an opening speech and present the Pitch@Palace initiative at Estonia's flagship tech conference Latitude59 to be held on May 31 - June 1, 2016 in Tallinn,...

Our Shares Values - BHP Billiton's 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

As part of BHP Billiton’s community commitment, they voluntarily invest one per cent of their pre-tax profit, calculated on the average of the previous three years’ pre-tax profit,...

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...

Brown-Forman Publishes Fourth Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman has published its fourth corporate responsibility report, covering the company’s global commitments to alcohol responsibility, environmental...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

Business & Climate Summit 2016 - calendar

London, February 16 – The world’s leading business organizations focused on climate action today announced that the 2016  Business & Climate Summit , the annual forum...

UNWTO and China organize First World Conference on Tourism for Development - calendar

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Government of the People’s Republic of China will organize the First World Conference on Tourism for Development in Beijing on 18-21 May...

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

Extractive Forum and Training - Social and Environmental Performance - calendar

CSR Asia and partners will host the Extractive Forum on 21-22 March 2016, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Forum will focus on social and environmental performance, reflecting on the management of...

GreenBiz 16 - calendar

GreenBiz 16 defines the greatest trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable business today. Presented in partnership with The Sustainability Consortium and the Walton Sustainability...

Nationwide Building Society's Citizenship Report 2013 is now launched - reports

One year in to Living on your side, Nationwide’s five year citizenship strategy, the report sets out key activities and achievements from 2012/13. It focuses on the difference the...

8th European Conference on Sustainable City & Towns - calendar

The flagship European conference on local sustainable development will bring together local and regional government representatives, European and international institutions, multilateral...

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

The John Lewis Partnership’s 2012 Sustainability Report has now launched.  

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

Alliance Boots launches its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011/12 - reports

Alliance Boots launches its Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2011/12.

BHP Billiton's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton’s first Charter value is ‘Sustainability’. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does. 

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....

Interface launches first bio-based nylon carpet tiles - reports

Global carpet tile maker Interface launch new commercial product.

Calor publishes 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

Calor has published its 2012 Sustainability Review which can be viewed and downloaded.

Wellness in the Workplace 2015 - calendar

The ICCSR and Nottingham University Business School is proud to host “Wellness in the Workplace” in partnership with Business in the Community (BitC).  This event, part of...

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'.

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2012 annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2012 full-length annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability is now available.

TBLI Conference Nordic 2015 - calendar

This second TBLI CONFERENCE focusing on the NORDIC region will be held in cooperation with Copenhagen Business School. TBLI CONFERENCES offer a wealth of opportunity for networking...

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...

Land Securities Group PLC publishes its CR Report 2013 - reports

Grouped around three main challenges; to deliver better environments, support stronger communities and maintain a sustainable business, the report focuses on those areas that have the most...

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:...

TBLI Conference Asia 2015 - calendar

We are excited to announce TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015, held in cooperation with  INSEAD in Singapore, 29-30 April. TBLI CONFERENCE offers a wealth of opportunity for networking with...

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...

Kingfisher plc publishes its report for 2012/13, Net Positive - The Start of our Journey - reports

Kingfisher plc, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, has committed to go beyond zero impact to become Net Positive in four areas - timber, energy, innovation and communities –...

BT's Better Future Report 2013 - reports

Find out how BT is paving the way for a Better Future in their annual sustainability report, which outlines their progress and achievements against seven key performance indicators over the past...

National CSR Awards - calendar

Sponsored by leading businesses such as Natwest and Carillion and supported by national charities and local community organisations. Foreign Secretart Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP will open the...

Experian releases three reports simultaneously and pledges to 'step up' - reports

Global information services company, Experian, released its Annual Report, Corporate Responsibility report and a publication ‘About Experian’ simultaneously on Friday 7 June.

Telefonica Publishes its 2012 Sustainability Report - The Future is Commitment - reports

Corporate sustainability is a clear source of competitiveness and progress.

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...

TBLI Conference Europe - calendar

We are very much looking forward to returning to The Netherlands for our 18th European event: TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2014 will take place on 28 & 29 October 2014 in Amsterdam,...

TBLI Conference Series 2015 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCES in 2015: 23 Jan (Chicago/USA @Kellog/Booth) 29/30 Apr (Singapore/Rep. of Singapore @Insead) 15/16 Jun (Copenhagen/Denmark @Copenhagen School of Business)...

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...

Sustainable Brands ’14 London - calendar

Sustainable Brands ’14 London – Successful brands today are expected to deliver deeper value to their customers – moving beyond ‘less bad’ toward becoming a new...

Marks & Spencer publishes its 2013 Plan A Report - reports

It is now six years since Marks & Spencer launched its Plan A sustainability programme. Its 2013 Plan A Report provides an update on progress with the achievement of 139 out of 180...

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...

A Winning formula built on trust and integrity - reports

  Ethical Performance  case study  - Sustainability and community engagement are central to the business approach of Hong Kong-based rail operator MTR Corporation,...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2011-12 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s business and corporate responsibility strategies share the same objective: to ensure a sound and sustainable universal service for everyone in the UK.

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 29-30 May hosted by Credit Suisse, 1 Madison Avenue, New York "Connecting The Dots" The program balances topics on both ESG...

17th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production - calendar

The ERSCP is one of Europe's most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption...

Carlsberg Group publishes its CSR Report 2012 - reports

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

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

Best Practices in Community Engagement - calendar

Two day conference in two locations: (10% discount for Existing Subscribers of Ethical Performance with code “EPCSR”) 21-22 April, Sheraton Towers, Singapore;...

The Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment - calendar

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

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

Mondi's Sustainable Development Reporting 2012 - reports

Standard Chartered launches its 2012 Sustainability Review - reports

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...

Bacardi Limited publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

UBS publishes its 2012 Corporate Responsibility reporting - reports

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...

G4S publishes its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions group - has published its fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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...

Johnson & Johnson Publishes its 2012 Citizenship & Sustainability Executive Summary Report - reports

As the world’s most broadly based health care company, Johnson & Johnson is committed to impacting the world socially, economically and environmentally. The company’s Credo...

World CSR Congress - calendar

The Objectives of World CSR Congress The World CSR Congress will be guided by Leaders.... Leaders who believe in the value of Sustainable CSR; that which is built in the fabric of business -...

Aviva's Contribution to Society - reports

Aviva aims to be trusted, respected, sustainable and recognised for making a real contribution to society.

adidas Group presents its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

The adidas Group published its 2012 Sustainability Progress Report, reiterating its commitment to transparency in sustainability performance reporting.

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...

An introduction to CR and sustainability - calendar

An introduction to CR and sustainability This course looks at what CR and sustainability are and what their importance is for your company. It features a presentation from a business...

Sustainability Forum 2013 - 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....

RSPO European Summit - calendar

“Sustainable palm oil in Europe – Taking the market transformation to the next level”, RSPO European Summit, September 3rd, Berlin, Germany The production and...

Retail Sustainability Conference 2013 - calendar

It's not every job that allows you to make a difference in your company, your community, and your industry. Working toward a more sustainable company -- and industry -- is one of them....

Sustainable Brands London Conference - calendar

Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role of brands in shaping a flourishing future. The Sustainable Brands...

Nationwide 2012 CR Report - reports

Nationwide Building Society’s 2012 Citizenship Report is now launched.

SROI Practitioner Training - calendar

There is growing recognition amongst businesses of the benefits of shared value, of value for both business and the wider community. There is also an increase in ideas of responsible business...

6th Making Cities Liveable Conference - calendar

6th Making Cities Liveable Conference will be held in conjunction with the Sustainability Conference "SustainableTransformation" bringing a new era of collaboration, information...

Corporate Community Investment Forum: Measuring Impact - calendar

The CSR Asia Corporate Community Investment Forum: Measuring Impact is CSR Asia’s first forum on Corporate Community Investment (CCI). With support from NVPC Singapore, the forum will...

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...

Sustainable Brands 2013 - calendar

Sustainable Brands 2013 – Discover what happens when brand strategists & designers connect with sustainability teams to drive purpose driven innovation that leads to business and brand...

Thales 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report has just been published - reports

This yearly report addresses the 10 Global Compact Principles of Responsibility with a focus on 6 of Group’s CR priorities.

City Development Ltd's 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

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

Vodafone publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) publishes its Sustainability Report 2012. The report comprises a summary PDF and an on-line report, giving an overview of performance across Vodafone’s markets.

Kingfisher publishes its 2012 corporate responsibility report - reports

Kingfisher plc published its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report on 25 June 2012. The report can be viewed online.

Land Securities publishes 2012 Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. Entitled ‘Making good progress’ the new report shows how Land Securities views corporate responsibility as being first and...

Pearson publishes its 2011 corporate responsibility report - reports

Pearson one of the world’s leading learning companies has published its latest corporate responsibility report, Our Impact on Society 2011. The report sets out the commitments made by Pearson...

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

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

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...

Marks and Spencer publishes 2012 How We Do Business report - reports

Marking the fifth anniversary of its Plan A, Marks & Spencer today publishes its 2012 How We Do Business Report.

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...

Shire Pharmaceuticals and Responsibility - reports

Shire is one of the world’s leading specialty biopharmaceutical companies. The unique and often pioneering products we develop help people with life-altering conditions to lead better...

Building a sustainable RBS - reports

RBS is changing for the better. The launch of RBS’s annual Sustainability Report is an important milestone – it allows the company to demonstrate its commitment to being open and transparent...

G4S publishes its fourth CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading international security solutions provider - has published its fourth Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas...

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...

Nestle's 2011 Creating Shared Value Report receives GRI A+ rating - reports

Nestle believes that for a business to be successful over the long-term it must create value for society alongside value for shareholders. The company calls this Creating Shared Value. Through...

GlaxoSmithKline publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) new Corporate Responsibility Report reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly, openly and transparently and sets out advances made on this agenda during 2011.

Engaging Communities on Climate Change - calendar

This course will teach you the skills and information needed to develop long-term engagement of civil society organisations, groups and individuals in work on climate change and low-carbon living....

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.

Facilitation Training - calendar

The need for good local engagement is becoming ever more important as work develops around empowerment and the ‘Big Society’. This interactive course will look closely at the roles a facilitator...

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its Responsible Business Report - reports

Recently included for the third time on the World's Most Ethical Companies list, the Rezidor Hotel Group today publishes its Responsible Business Report.

Umicore's Annual Report 2011 goes on-line - reports

The report offers a fully integrated view of Umicore's economic, environmental and social performance. A new on-line reporting centre enables readers to create their own customized report and...

Engaging Communities on Climate Change - calendar

The Localism Bill stresses the need for better community engagement: the question is how to make that engagement happen on this complex issue. While some groups are active on limiting and adapting...

Consensus Decision Making - calendar

This course will help you to take decisions: in a way that is constructive and collaborative; that reflect the values and knowledge of the employees, members or stakeholders; and which build a...

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

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

Facilitation Training Day - calendar

This interactive course will look closely at the roles a facilitator may play and how and when a facilitator’s role may link in to work on longer term community development. It will build the...

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...

Green Entrepreneurship in Action - calendar

Schumacher College is partnering with the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs to create a groundbreaking fortnight of courses around the theme of green enterprise. Week 1 - The Green...

FedEx publishes its 2010 Global Citizenship Update - reports

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) moved closer to meeting its 2020 global citizenship goals with significant support from its 290,000 global team members and through a number of smart investments. The...

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...

Capital Shopping Centres publishes its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

As holders of the BitC CommunityMark everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business. Under the banner "Bringing People...

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...

3 Cs to sustainability - reports

Community investment, capacity building, stakeholder engagement. Okay, so it's actually two Cs and one S. All three are essential to building relationships and delivering sustainable profit. Why?...

Responsible Business Exhibition - 14-15 March 2012 - London, UK - reports

Now in its second year, the Responsible Business Exhibition provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network with each other. The...

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...

Warburtons publishes first Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Leading British bakery brand Warburtons has published its first Corporate Responsibility Review. The review explains how the company's values inform its approach to sustainability, guides its...

Corporate Social Responsibility: Strategies to Create Business and Social Value - calendar

Emphasizing the alignment of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with business strategy, the CSR program offered by HBS Executive Education helps you define priorities, integrate social...

Linklaters launches fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Linklaters' fourth annual corporate responsibility (CR) report has revealed that the firm has helped social ventures generate £7.5m worth of investment, through the innovative use of structured...

Supply chain CSR briefing - reports

As a member of the Ethical Performance community, you are no doubt aware that your supply chain represents a large CSR risk for your company. What you may not know is how to mitigate against...

Wolseley plc publishes 2011 CR Report - reports

Wolseley has published its Corporate Responsibility Report 2011. Wolseley, a FTSE 100 company, is the world's largest specialist trade distributor of plumbing, heating and building products.

Reporting and Communications - calendar

Course Overview: Stakeholders are increasingly holding companies accountable for their activities and demand information that is consistent, material, comparable, credible and well structured....

ISO 26000 - calendar

Course Overview: The new ISO 26000 guideline aims to provide practical assistance related to operationalising social responsibility, identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and enhancing...

Sky's Bigger Picture Review 2011 - reports

Today, Sky has published its Bigger Picture Review 2011. The new-look, online review outlines the achievements, challenges and progress for the year ending 30 June 2011.

Facilitation Training Day - calendar

' Very interesting event. Learnt a lot of great techniques ' Helena Merriott (Westminster Council) ' Very engaging facilitator, a good example ' Stephen Davis (Natural England) ' Superb! '...

Climate Change: Effective Communication - calendar

‘ I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change. ’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘ Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you! ’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Working with Communities - calendar

The importance of working well with communities is now widely recognised. It is not just about working with local people, but with active communities and organisations within them. This course...

Go-Ahead publishes eleventh Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Go-Ahead's new CR report reveals a significant fall in carbon emissions and a big increase in passenger numbers.

Climate Change: Effective Communication (London) - calendar

‘I’d recommend this course to anyone wishing to engage people on climate change.’ Simon Mills (City of London) ‘Interesting and engaging on the topic…Thank you!’ Laurie Bennett (Futerra...

Climate Change - Engaging Diverse Communities - calendar

See website for details: www.capacity.org.uk or www.talkaction.org To book a place email: odiri@capacity.org.uk or call 0203 117 0102 The course will help you to: Gain a wider...

Growth and Consequence: Rethinking our economic future - calendar

This course takes a hard look at economic growth from international and global perspectives:  what drives it, who gains from it, who loses from it, and what are the alternatives? Visiting...

BHP Billiton publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton reduced the greenhouse gas intensity of its global operations by 18 per cent and has exceeded its $300 million commitment to supporting energy efficiency and low GHG emission...

E.ON UK publishes 'Our Responsibilities' report 2010 - reports

E.ON generate electricity for UK homes and businesses, supply power and gas to millions of people across the country, and are part of one of the world's largest investor-owned energy companies....

Summer Course on International aspects of CSR - calendar

The University of Geneva and MHCInternational Ltd, following the enormous success of their joint venture with their Advanced Certificate on CSR, have launched a new Residential Executive...

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...

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

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...

Land Securities Publishes Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Land Securities publishes its Corporate Responsibility report today. In addition, Land Securities has taken this opportunity to launch an updated Responsibility section of its corporate website.

Freeport-McMoRan announce 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (FCX) announces its 2010 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

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 -...

British Land publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2011 - reports

This year, British Land carried out a thorough review of its corporate responsibility strategy and activities, commissioning independent stakeholder research, consulting experts, reviewing best...

11th Annual Responsible Business Summit - calendar

Europe's leading Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summit is back for its 11th year! The 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit, taking place on 8-9 May in London, has CEOs from Diageo,...

AT&T Releases 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

AT&T today announced the release of its 2010 Sustainability Report, which highlights how AT&T is working on its own and in conjunction with others to have a positive impact on the...

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress - calendar

The Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress brings together the Mexican renewable energy community to drive forward this important sector at a time of unprecedented change in the market....

Sustainable Investing in Action - calendar

This event offers a unique opportunity to network with leaders of sustainable and responsible investing, to hear from leading investors, CEOs and policymakers, and to learn about new...

STMicroelectronics publishes its 14th Sustainability Report - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world major semiconductor companies has released its 2010 Sustainability Report. The report provides comprehensive details of ST's Sustainability strategy, policies...

Kingfisher publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report 2010/11 - reports

Kingfisher has published its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report. The video introduction from the Group Chief Executive, Ian Cheshire, outlines the company's new sustainability vision...

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

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

Prudential release their 2010 CR Report - reports

Prudential plc announced today the publication online of its new, magazine-style Corporate Responsibility Report 2010. With articles featuring interviews with employees from across the business,...

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...

Verizon publishes 7th corporate responsibility report - reports

Verizon's 7th annual corporate responsibility report shows how the company's innovative broadband and wireless technologies are tackling pressing issues such as education, domestic violence...

Unions and employers helping to build working communities - calendar

‘Unions and employers helping to build working communities’ conference - Monday March 12. Join us to find out more about how unions, employers, civil society and community organisations can join...

Responsible Business Exhibition 2012 - calendar

Now in its second year the Responsible Business Exhibition is a not-for-profit event that provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network...

G4S publishes third Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

G4S – the world’s leading international security solutions provider – has published its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report. This year G4S highlight the progress made across all areas of...

Important: CSR opportunity - reports

Not long to go now before the Responsible Business Summit kicks off in London on 3-4th May. Over 340 attendees are coming from all over Europe. Companies attending include Danone, Levi Strauss,...

Standard Chartered 2010 Sustainability Review - reports

In its fifth annual Sustainability Review, released today, Standard Chartered sets out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social...

Capital Shopping Centres Group publishes its 2010 CR report - reports

As 2010 BitC CommunityMark winners everyone at Capital Shopping Centres Group (CSC) proudly places 'corporate responsibility' at the heart of the business.  Our 2010 CR report illustrates...

CSR in mining, oil & gas - get your brochure now - reports

Social and environmental challenges are a major issue for the extractive industry. How do you maintain a social license to operate? Why are effective community relations so important? What is...

ClearlySo - Guardian Seminar - calendar

How can social and community enterprises access public sector assets? ClearlySo has joined forces with the Guardian to host a top notch half-day seminar to help social enterprises access...

Some interesting reading for a Tuesday - reports

Hear from over 50 business leaders at the responsible business conference - reports

The inaugural BITC Responsible Business Convention from 17-18 March, in London, is a two-day, not-for-profit event delivering practical solutions to help you, your team and your business create...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on education, employment & skills - reports

The fourth in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on education, employment...

Linklaters has published its 2010 CR Report - reports

Global law firm Linklaters has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report. This is the third year the firm has publicly reported on its corporate responsibilities and has had the report...

Measuring Corporate Sustainability Conference - calendar

How is your company evaluated, measured and ranked on sustainability performance? Understanding this process is a challenge to all parties involved as corporate leaders are tasked to keep up with...

ESF North America 2011 – New York - calendar

The event continues on 01 April 2011 Maximizing Sustainability IMPACT and Business Value More than a Forum... The ESF offers a “deep-dive” into the latest advances in sustainability...

National Grid Publishes 09/10 CR Review - reports

Energy company National Grid has published its 2009/10 Corporate Responsibility Review, 'Shaping a Responsible Future'. The Review complements the company's online corporate responsibility report...

Sompo CSR Communication 2010 released - reports

Sompo Japan Insurance has released its Corporate Social Responsibility Communication. The report, which uses the phrase 'Looking One Step Ahead' as a keyword throughout, focuses again on the...

Procter & Gamble unveils new sustainability vision - reports

Procter & Gamble has unveiled a long-term environmental sustainability vision to guide all sustainability decisions and goal-setting within the organization. As part of P&G's strategy...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on air quality - reports

The third in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on air quality.

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2011 - calendar

In existence for over 13 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...

Enel publishes its Sustainability Report - reports

For the eighth consecutive year, Enel has published its Sustainability Report - this year more closely connected than ever to its Annual Report.

The Bigger Picture Review 2010 - reports

Today, Sky has published its Bigger Picture Review 2010. The review provides an update on achievements and progress in the last financial year from July 2009 - June 2010.

John Lewis Partnership publishes 2010 CSR Report - reports

This week sees the publication of the John Lewis Partnership's 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

BITC Responsible Business Convention - calendar

The inaugural BITC Responsible Business Convention from 17-18 March, in London, is a two-day, not-for-profit event delivering practical solutions to help you, your team and your business create...

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...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on noise - reports

The second in a new series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week. The latest issue will provide a focus on noise.

Ethical Corporation’s 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit 2011 - calendar

Now in its 10th year, the Responsible Business Summit is the biggest and most comprehensive 2-day event on leadership in corporate responsibility. The 60+ speaker roster has never looked so good,...

Launch of ScottishPower's CSR Annual Review 2009 and CSR TV - reports

ScottishPower has published its CSR Annual Review 2009.

Good Deals - calendar

Taking place on the 15 and 16 November Good Deals ( www.good-dealsuk.com ) brings together the most inspiring social entrepreneurs with the most innovative investors to get good deals done. Its the...

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.”

WRAP 10th Anniversary Conference - calendar

Progress on labor and environmental issues over the past 15 years in facilities producing consumer goods for export has, by most accounts, been nothing short of impressive. More progress needs to...

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...

Land Securities Corporate Responsibility Report 2010 - reports

Land Securities has outlined its approach to corporate responsibility, its progress against 2009/10 targets, and its key achievements in a new online repor

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...

Holcim launches Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim has launched its Corporate Sustainable Development Report 2009

BT launches 2010 sustainability report - reports

BT's 2010 sustainability report is available online. The report reveals how BT is creating the framework for a low carbon future and embedding sustainability into its business.

A Climate for Change? NCVO Breakfast Seminar - calendar

Find out from leading figures from business and voluntary organisations how effective business/charity partnerships can address the key issues and develop successful practical approaches to...

ITV publishes latest Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ITV, the UK's biggest commercial investor in television content, and home to the most popular drama and entertainment on British TV last year, has published its latest Corporate Responsibility...

G4S publishes its second CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading secure solutions group - has published its second Corporate Social Responsibility Report

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2010 - calendar

This year's conference explores how innovation is changing the face of socially responsible investment, and how SRI is revolutionizing conventional investment. The sessions include...

Verizon publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Verizon's 2009/2010 Corporate Responsibility Report has been published. The report looks at how the US-based telecommunications company's work in the community and with customers allows it to...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on climate change - reports

A series of sustainability briefings entitled 'Towards a Sustainable Heathrow' is launched by BAA this week.  The first issue in the series will provide a focus on climate change

SRI in the Rockies - calendar

SRI in the Rockies 2010 - Responsible Investing in a Changing Financial Landscape The premier annual gathering of investment professionals in the sustainable and responsible investment (SRI)...

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability performance summary launched this week - reports

Heathrow's 2009 Sustainability Performance Summary has been launched this week by the airport's owners, BAA

RWE npower publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its seventh full corporate responsibility report, available online

Friends Provident Launches its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Review - reports

Titled Growing Responsibly, the report outlines the main social and environmental issues facing the UK-based life and pensions group, which has 2.8m policyholders.

BP's 2009 Sustainability Review - reports

BP launches its Sustainability Review 2009

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...

Ethical Sourcing Forum – North America 2010 - calendar

Visualize. Rethink. Solve! These crucial elements of sustainability decision-making form the basis of the next Ethical Sourcing Forum in New York on March 18-19th, 2010. Join Intertek...

ICCSR holds its 7th Annual Research Symposium - reports

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility is to hold its seventh annual research symposium on Tuesday 27th April 2010.

CSR'09 - calendar

The Fourth Edition of the International CSR Conference in Romania, CSR’09 Turning Innovation into Responsibility, organized by Saga Business & Community will take place on October 20 and 21 at...

Sustainable Roads 2009 - calendar

Sustainable Roads 2009 is being hosted by The Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, on 13 October 2009 to highlight the...

Summer Course on International aspects of CSR - calendar

The University of Geneva and MHCInternational Ltd, following the enormous success of their joint venture with their Advanced Certificate on CSR, have launched a new Residential Executive Education...

WWF One Planet Leaders - calendar

One Planet Leaders is a flexible training programme that enables companies to understand and exploit the opportunities of sustainability. By bringing together world experts, the latest thinking and...

Go-Ahead Group has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Go-Ahead Group has just published its web-based Corporate Responsibility report for 2009 – the eighth year the UK transport company has produced such a document and the fifth year it has done...

Camelot publishes its 10th Stakeholder Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has published its 10th Stakeholder Report which details how the company has had a positive effect on those impacted by its work –  and has...

Making the difference - The sport and social responsibility summit 2009 - calendar

SportBusiness Group is proud to announce a groundbreaking new event focusing on the role of sport and CSR, Making the difference – the sport and social responsibility summit. Some of the world’s...

Dubai Responsible Business Dialogue 2009 - calendar

Join Dubai’s business leaders to galvanize a vision and action plan for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Dubai that is developed and led by the Business Community.   As Dubai...

Call for papers for Seventh Annual ICCSR Symposium - reports

A call for papers is being made for the Seventh Annual ICCSR Symposium at Nottingham University Business School in the UK.

Nationwide releases CR report 'More Than Just Words' - reports

The Nationwide Corporate Responsibility Summary Report 'More than Just Words' is now available

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...

CSR Manila Forum - calendar

This forum is aimed at companies interested in strategic CSR practices, with an emphasis on community investment measurement and communications, and building trust-based relationships with...

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...

Ashridge Managing Corporate Community Investment programme - calendar

This 3-day course from 30 March to 01 April is the only executive course in Community Investment in Europe. Learn how to develop strategic community programmes that support business objectives....

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the UK Chairman of Shell, the CEOs from IKEA, Timberland, Eurostar, BP Biofuels and Green and...

Green Retail 2009 - calendar

Green Retail UK 09’ returns with the definitive programme to help retailers tackle climate change. Once again, it will bring together the biggest environment-conscious retailers in the UK, and will...

Sustainable and responsible investments conference - calendar

ALFI and Eurosif have pulled together a programme of speakers from across the industry, including bankers and academics, providing an opportunity for the Luxembourg financial community to swap...

Land Securities Group PLC publishes its CR Report 2009 - reports

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

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report - reports

BAA's 2008 corporate responsibility report has been launched this week. The report says that with the ever-increasing scrutiny of the aviation industry's impact on society, BAA's license to...

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

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

BT launches 2009 sustainability report - reports

BT's 2009 sustainability report is now available online. Assured by LRQA, the report, 'Changing world: Sustained values' details BT's progress against key sustainability targets and outlines why,...

Investing in the future: facing real challenges and making a true impact - calendar

With inspirational speakers from Barclays, Anglo American, BT, KPMG, Tata, Premier Rugby, RWE npower, and YouGov, this conference is a must attend event for professionals in Corporate...

ScottishPower publishes its online CSR Annual Review 2008 - reports

ScottishPower is using an innovative CSR TV site to outline its corporate social responsibility achievements. It includes first hand accounts from community groups as they tell their story about...

The stakeholder engagement summit - calendar

The Stakeholder Engagement Summit is the first event of its kind. Designed to bring multiple stakeholder groups together in one place to discuss the best tools and practices for engagement in CSR,...

RWE npower publishes sixth corporate responsibility Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its sixth full corporate responsibility report. The report describes how the company is responding to the challenge of delivering affordable and reliable...

Managing corporate community investment - calendar

This course is about learning how to develop strategic community programmes that support business objectives. You will hear the latest thinking from leading practitioners and understand how you...

Standard Life Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

Standard Life plc today published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2008 Report outlines the asset managing group’s progress over the last 12 months towards its stated goal of being...

Central and Eastern Europe corporate responsibility summit - calendar

Designed to show you how to manage corporate responsibility issues across the region and beyond, this two-day business conference features senior executives from Shell, Nestle, Microsoft, RWE...

E.ON publishes its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

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

The Co-operative Group CSR Report - reports

The Group’s new Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2004 reveals that community investment stood at £7.3m ($12.9m), or 3.2 per cent of pre-tax profit, up from 2.5 per cent in 2003 despite a 26...

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.

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the President of Starbucks Europe, the European Chairman of Microsoft, the European President of...

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This course is about learning how to develop strategic community programmes that support business objectives. You will hear the latest thinking from leading practitioners and understand how you...

Rio Tinto publishes Sustainable Development Review - reports

Significant improvements in health and safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly-released Sustainable Development Review.

The Rio Tinto Sustainable Development Review - reports

For the sixth year in a row, significant improvements in safety performance are picked out in Rio Tinto's newly released Sustainable Development Review

Business in the Community's Annual Conference - calendar

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre In association with BT, Company of the Year 2007 Discover what businesses need to exist in tomorrow's marketplace. Keynote insights and predictions from:...

Holcim's Sustainability Report 2004/2005 - reports

Swiss global cement producer Holcim Ltd has published its sustainability report for 2004/2005. The Group is well on track to achieving its sustainability targets and has set further targets in...

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...

ExperienceCSR workshop - calendar

ExperienceCSR teaches best practice by challenging participants to work in teams to overcome the most pressing business challenges. It focuses on building management capability for effective CSR...

The ABN AMRO Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, plans to speed up and extend integration of sustainability into its mainstream business, according to its third sustainability report,...

ABN Amro produces its fourth sustainability report - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, is mainstreaming and integrating sustainability into its core business, according to its fourth sustainability report, published today

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

British Land Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

British Land has restructured its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report in the light of feedback from stakeholders.

Designing Your Corporate Responsibility Strategy For the New Companies Act - calendar

The UK Minister for Corporate Responsibility, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Timms MP, Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive of Chelsea Football Club and Lord Dick Newby share a platform with some of the most senior...

BHP Billiton 2005 Sustainability Report - reports

The world’s largest diversified resources company BHP Billiton has released its 2005 Sustainability Report.

BHP Billiton's 2006 Sustainability Report - reports

BHP Billiton today released its 2006 Sustainability Report.  This year's report focuses on the company's key sustainability challenges; issues that have the potential to have a material...

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This programme examines the key requirements for an effective corporate community investment (CCI) programme and its role within today’s company. In terms of running a programme day-to-day there...

The BHP Billiton 2004 Sustainability Report - reports

Resource company BHP Billiton releases its 2004 Sustainability Report

The Times Responsible Business Conference - calendar

How to succeed by placing social goals at the heart of corporate identity in the workplace and the community. With keynote addresses from Trevor Philips , Chair, Commission for Equality...

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

CSR Academy Seeks International Partners for CSR Competency Framework - reports

CSR Academy Seeks International Partners for CSR Competency Framework

The Go-Ahead Environmental and Social Report 2005 - reports

Go-Ahead, the UK-based transport operator, has had to weigh up some tough environmental and social choices in the last 12 months.

The Go-Ahead Group publishes its 2005/6 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Transport company The Go-Ahead Group has published its web based 2005/6 Corporate Responsibility report.

2007 BSR Conference: “Designing a Sustainable Future” - calendar

The BSR Conference is the largest global gathering dedicated to corporate responsibility, providing three days of rich dialogue and debate on matters that are shaping our future. This year’s...

Online library of good practice in mining and metals launched - reports

An online library for all those working to improve the sustainable development performance of the mining and metals sector was recently launched.

New ICMM Publication - ICMM Annual Review Released - reports

A year of 'significant progress' on sustainability matters has been recorded by the International Council on Mining and Metals in its newly published annual review.

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.

The Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Corporate Responsibility Report 2004, published today in print and online, provides an insight into how the bank is trying to make sure its financial returns...

A Model for Change: Upward Harmonisation of OECD Guidelines Procedures - calendar

OECD Watch, a network of 67 international NGOs working on Corporate Social Responsibility, is organising a multi-stakeholder roundtable aiming to discuss best practices in the implementation of...

The Barclays Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

Barclays has given an account of its efforts to improve its consumer and corporate lending practices in its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2004, available from today in print and online.

Barclays launches its eighth CR Report - reports

Barclays has launched its eighth CR Report entitled Corporate Responsibility Report 2006 (Sustainable Banking)

Building and branding a breakthrough signature program - calendar

A corporate community involvement signature program is one of the most powerful articulations of your corporate brand. Done well, it can genuinely express your company’s culture and values,...

Developing a strategic corporate community involvement program - calendar

What is the relationship between community involvement and corporate citizenship? If your role is community relations or community involvement, how can you assure that this is an integral...

Inspiring futures: creating and leading sustainable enterprises - calendar

The 10th Annual Impact Conference We live in a rapidly changing world, a world changing in ways most of us did not expect, one in which fundamental assumptions are being challenged and where...

Launch of European PhD Research Network - reports

How to position your company in societal and business fields in transition? How to handle new responsibilities? How to organize transparency, human capital or social engagement? In order to deal...

Workshop on Multinationals and Corporate Responsibility - calendar

The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) works to promote corporate responsibility, economic justice and responsible stewardship through research and publishing, dialogue,...

The Camelot Social Report 2004 - reports

Camelot's newly-published fifth social report contains 44 new commitments aimed at improving its performance on social and environmental responsibility. These commitments have been developed to...

Camelot releases sixth Social Report - reports

Responsible gaming efforts are a key focus of the newly-released Social Report from Camelot, the UK National Lottery operator.

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 - reports

The De Beers Report to Stakeholders 2005/6 “Living up to Diamonds” and summary are now available

Titan Cement's latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report - reports

Greek cement group Titan has just issued its latest Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Report, which has been produced according to Global Reporting Initiative principles and...

Leveraging your corporate-community partnerships - calendar

This program explores what it means to be part of a cross-sector partnership. The program looks at different partnership models, identifying appropriate partners, and developing a shared...

Creating a comprehensive corporate citizenship strategy - calendar

Do you have the knowledge and skills to design high impact corporate citizenship strategies and programs for your company? In this program you will use The Center’s own framework to explore...

BBVA Corporate Social Responsibility Report, 2004 - reports

Spain's second largest bank, BBVA, has published its 2004 CSR report.

The BBVA Corporate Social Responsibility Report, 2005 - reports

Spain's second-largest bank, BBVA, has just published its latest Corporate Responsibility report.

Managing Corporate Community Investment - calendar

This programme examines the key requirements for an effective corporate community investment (CCI) programme and its role within today’s company. In terms of running a programme day-to-day there...

TBLI Conference 2007 - calendar

TBLI is the world's largest annual international learning and networking event on sustainable investment. During the two-day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, SRI...

British American Tobacco Releases 2004/05 Social Report - reports

What does the world’s most international tobacco company consider to be its key material issues? What did its stakeholders tell them in dialogue? How will they respond?

Climate Change - calendar

This course will look at the whole picture and explore the causes and consequences of climate change. It will show how innovative political solutions at the global level must work hand in hand...

Legal & General's latest corporate social responsibility report - reports

Financial services company Legal & General has published its latest corporate social responsibility report

Evaluation and Measurement - calendar

If it has value, you can measure it. If you measure it, you can prove it has value. How can you create measurable evidence that your company’s community involvement programs contribute to...

Developing a Strategic Corporate Community Involvement Program - calendar

What is the relationship between community involvement and corporate citizenship? If your role is community relations or community involvement, how can you assure that this is an integral...

Friends Provident launches its CR Report - reports

Friends Provident has been reporting on its responsible business behaviour for five years. This year's report covers all the group's operations, including its asset management business F&C,...

Developing a Strategic Corporate Community Involvement Program - calendar

What is the relationship between community involvement and corporate citizenship? If your role is community relations or community involvement, how can you assure that this is an integral...

EMI's latest Social Responsibility Report - reports

EMI Group has published its latest Social Responsibility report, Sound Values 2006.

CR Reporting – ethics, profits & materiality - calendar

The revised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines ask companies to focus on issues that are material to stakeholders. The UK Business Review legislation requires...

CCI – from a flicker to a flame - calendar

CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) will launch cutting-edge research into the evolution and future of Corporate Community Investment (CCI) in the UK. The research, undertaken by ICCSR, Nottingham...

Serving Systemic Transformations: The Lifeworth Review of 2005 - reports

A new sense of urgency and confidence is sweeping through the corporate social responsibility community, according to an annual review of CSR trends in 2005.

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

HSBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2004 focuses on how the bank manages social, environmental and reputational issues through its core business of providing financial services.

‘Action Research’ method trains business leaders to make impact - bestpractice

The challenges facing us – population growth, migration, globalisation, shifting centres of economic power, increasing inequality of life and the deterioration of the environment –...

'And they all lived happily ever after...' Exploring the myths and stereotypes of corporate and voluntary sector partnerships - calendar

Do we truly understand each other, or do the stereotypes we harbour about each sector create barriers? Do sector myths, such as ‘companies are only interested in profits’ or ‘charities are...

The Singapore Sustainability Academy launches as training and networking hub - bestpractice

Singapore Sustainability Academy (SSA), a major training and networking hub dedicated to achieving a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, opened in June.   ...

Microsoft publishes 2005 Citizenship Report - reports

Microsoft's mission - 'to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realise their full potential' - is a key focus of the company's 2005 Citizenship Report, published this month.

Building an effective employee volunteer program - calendar

Is your company’s volunteer program a strategic investment? Is it structured to support employee and business interests as well as the community? This interactive program explores the...

Bringing resources to bear to improve global health - bestpractice

Pfizer believes its business and societal missions are the same: to ensure that all individuals everywhere have access to quality medicines, vaccines and healthcare, and the opportunity to lead...

Kingfisher publishes its corporate responsibility report 2006/07 - reports

Kingfisher, the home improvement retailer, has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006/07.

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...

Building and branding a breakthrough signature program - calendar

A corporate community involvement signature program is one of the most powerful articulations of your corporate brand. Done well, it can genuinely express your company’s culture and values,...

Evaluation and measurement - calendar

If it has value, you can measure it. If you measure it, you can prove it has value. How can you create measurable evidence that your company’s community involvement programs contribute to your...

Kellogg partners for progress  - bestpractice

Kellogg works with local charities and NGO’s to run breakfast programmes for children in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Russia, Denmark and Sweden. Tom Idle reports.  ...

Building an effective strategic philantropy program - calendar

How can you link philanthropy to both the company’s business interests and community needs, and be sure the philanthropy program brings added value to the company? In this program you will...

How sport helps business fulfil CSR obligations - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sports Sponsorship, a new report published by International Marketing Reports, explores how sport is increasingly being used by businesses to meet social...

BT Social and Environment Report - reports

BT has just released its latest social and environment report.  The report details performance and progress achieved during the 2005 financial year.

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...

BT releases new style CSR report for 2006 - reports

BT has just published its new society and environment report. The site contains the latest data on BT's CSR performance, including on community contributions, global warming CO2 emissions, waste...

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...

BT launches new Sustainability Report - reports

The sustainability challenges and opportunities facing BT during the rapid transformation of its business are explored in its newly released Sustainability report.

Visa supports financial education for youth - bestpractice

The global payments business partners with Junior Achievement Europe to create innovative e-commerce and personal finance programmes. Tom Idle reports…   The digitisation...

BT launches 2008 Sustainability report - reports

Innovation and implementation are the themes of BT's 2008 Sustainability report.  As the business powers ahead with its transformation, the report focuses on the company's commitment to...

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...

Managing corporate community investment - calendar

This programme examines the key requirements for an effective corporate community investment (CCI) programme and its role within today’s company. In terms of running a programme day-to-day there...

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,...

Sky publishes Corporate Responsibility Review 2004-05 - reports

Media company BSkyB has just published its Corporate Responsibility Review covering the period 2004-05.

Royal Mail delivers the post—and many community services, too - bestpractice

The company’s CR and community investment policies are geared towards maximizing its position as a national company with a local presence in every community.  Miranda Ingram...

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...

Sainsbury's CR Report 2007 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury's work in delivering its five core CR principles in 2006/07: being The best for food and health; Sourcing with integrity; Respect for our environment; Making a...

The Sainsbury Corporate Responsibility Report 2004/5 - reports

The report outlines Sainsbury’s approach to corporate responsibility, its central role to the business, and some of the CR highlights from the last year of activity.

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...

CBRE takes the lead in energy efficiency for commercial real estate buildings - bestpractice

The world’s biggest commercial real estate company, which manages a staggering five billion square feet of space worldwide, has been repeatedly honored for its sustainability achievements,...

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,...

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...

Sustainability Quest - calendar

Peakinsight LLC is pleased to announce its third annual “People Changing Their World” event. We want to impact the ideas, dialogue, and actions taken today to ensure a future that is both...

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...

Evolving the art and science of sustainability - calendar

50 sustainability veterans and pioneers will gather for a week of training, scholarship, practice, and self-inquiry. The purpose:...

4th Inter-American conference on CSR: good business for all - calendar

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with ETHOS Institute and the Federação das Indústrias do Estado da Bahia (FIEB), will be holding the 4th Inter-American Conference on...

UTC Integrates annual financial and corporate responsibility reporting - reports

United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries, has become the first of the 30 Dow Jones industrial companies to publ

Digging deep to ensure a greener legacy - bestpractice

We’ve adorned ourselves with it for thousands of years and its very existence made pirates dizzy with greed. Its applications range from micro-circuitry and medical products to the coating...

Taking a singular approach to CSR - bestpractice

Breakfasts for Better Days (BfBD) Kellogg’s hunger relief programme, started in 2013 with the clear intention of creating a single global focus for all of Kellogg’s CSR activities....

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 –...

Spending valuable time on financial education - bestpractice

Research by the Money Advice Service maintains that adult habits around money can be formed as early as the age of seven. And in this fast evolving technical age, where the whole, traditional...

The HBOS Corporate Responsibility Report 2004 - reports

HBOS, the UK's fourth largest bank, formed in 2001 by the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland, has published its second annual corporate responsibility report.

The 4th Annual BALLE conference - 'Creating Sustainable Communities' - calendar

Organised by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, this conference also brings together community leaders and business network leaders who to promote locally owned businesses, green...

Telecom Italia Mobile releases sustainability data - reports

TIM, the Italian leader in mobile telephony, has just posted a new Sustainability section on its website.

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

Building a case for better child protection - bestpractice

Bangladesh has a child population of 65m and more than a million are homeless. Very young street children can be placed in jails without protection or representation. Children can encounter...

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...

BBVA's 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Spain's second-largest bank, BBVA, has just published its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report.

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 - reports

The BBC's Corporate Social Responsibility Review for 2005 has taken on a fresh magazine style format, featuring stories on how the corporation is living up to its corporate citizenship...

The BBC's Corporate Responsibility & Partnership Review - reports

The BBC's latest online Corporate Responsibility & Partnerships Review has adopted what the corporation hopes is a new, more engaging approach to CR reporting.

Coca-Cola produces its first Corporate Responsibility Review for Great Britain - reports

For the first time, Coca-Cola has produced a Corporate Responsibility Review covering its operations in Great Britain. The Review provides an overview of how the Coca-Cola system is run in Great...

Northern Rock publishes Community Report - reports

Northern Rock gave a record  £21.6million ($41.4m) to its charitable foundation in 2004, according to the UK-based mortgage bank's new Community Report.

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...

Ambitious targets no flight of fancy for Heathrow - bestpractice

It may be Europe’s busiest airport – the second busiest two-runway airport in the world in fact – but Heathrow has some pretty ambitious targets when it comes to the...

Diageo Corporate Citizenship Report Released - reports

Diageo is looking for feedback on its third corporate citizenship report, which sets out the drinks company’s response to stakeholder concerns on issues such as the social aspects of alcohol, its...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Diageo's fourth Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

Diageo has published its fourth corporate citizenship report.

Business in the Community Annual Conference - calendar

In a fast paced, global economy, does corporate responsibility deliver value for business? And as corporate responsibility issues both emerge and change, what are the insights from key political...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

3i Group Corporate responsibility report 2007 - reports

3i's Corporate responsibility report 2007 covers the company's approach to corporate responsibility as an investor, as a corporate and as an employer.  It also contains information on audit...

Helping deliver multi-stakeholder social value - bestpractice

Whether you are a major financial institution or a well loved family food business, societal issues at a local, national and global level have an impact on your business. Societal, economic and...

Building up a greener real estate industry - bestpractice

The Republic of Singapore is a highly urbanised state and much of its original vegetation has disappeared, though it still harbours a wide range of biodiversity. So, to preserve and improve its...

O2 Plc's Latest Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

O2 plc's latest Corporate Responsibility report, called Mobile matters, has been produced in tailored versions for the UK, Ireland and Germany.

In the driving seat of change - bestpractice

Christian Leitz, Head of CR at Swiss bank UBS, convenes the Thun Group, an informal body of banking institutions, that first got together in 2011 to examine what the then just-published UN...

Advancing women in the global workplace: principles in action - calendar

This symposium organized by United Nations Development Fund for Women and Verite will explore how to implement the Calvert Women Principles in practice. This event is a unique opportunity to...

O2's latest corporate responsibility report - reports

O2 plc's latest corporate responsibility report has taken a personalized approach to presenting information on the mobile phone group's social and environmental impacts - on the basis that most...

14th Symposium on Ethics, Business and Society - calendar

The IESE Symposia on Ethics, Business and Society are intended to promote interdisciplinary discussion on some of the most vital ethical issues facing the international business community today....

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

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

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...

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Getting up a thirst for evolving partnerships - bestpractice

Like all water companies operating throughout the UK, Yorkshire Water knows the value of water. They supply around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water every day to the Yorkshire region, and...

Developing an appetite for work - bestpractice

Yum! Brands is the parent company of KFC, the restaurant chain that boasts over 40,000 outlets worldwide, making it the largest fast food franchise on the planet. In the UK, the company...

Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability now open for entries - reports

US$1million Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability now open for entries.

Winning partners - bestpractice

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

Making recycling child’s play - bestpractice

Eco-Rom Ambalaje is an organisation made up of 14 companies operating in Romania which first got together to implement the Green Dot European programme for integrated waste in the country. From...

Diageo launches Water of Life evaluation report - reports

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, has published a report detailing the impact of the water and sanitation projects it funds in Africa.

Making recycling child’s play - bestpractice

Eco-Rom Ambalaje is an organisation made up of 14 companies operating in Romania which first got together to implement the Green Dot European programme for integrated waste in the country. From...

Swinging into top gear - bestpractice

Companies that buck the trend in today’s climate of cuts and austerity stand out in the crowd. The British vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has recorded growth while most businesses...

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

With building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with it...

New online community on CSR from Nijmegen School of Management - reports

An online global community on corporate social responsibility has been established by the Nijmegen School of Management.

Building a case for work inclusion - bestpractice

W ith building projects in some of the more deprived areas of the UK, Wates is all too familiar with the problems of unemployment and the negative effects on the local community that come with...

Powering up the Pod - bestpractice

Launched in 2008, the idea behind the Pod, EDF Energy’s award winning sustainable schools initiative, was that it was to help young people understand energy and the wider issues associated...

Widening the Talent Pool, Recruitment Award - bestpractice

  Motivate The Army is committed to being an inclusive employer and to recruiting the highest calibre officers and soldiers from across British society.  A diverse range of...

CSR Center launches in September 07 - reports

CSR Center launches in September 07 as a new, global initiative aimed at creating a dynamic community.

Fair play ensures Lottery maintains nation’s trust - bestpractice

Brits might be being bombarded with enticements to gamble as never before, but Julian Price, Camelot’s head of CR, says: “Our business is about raising money for good causes in a...

A winning formula built on trust and integrity - bestpractice

We live in a carbon-constrained world. While international and domestic legislation may move slowly, cities can act more quickly, implementing tangible changes towards the goal of sustainable...

Australia's Inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Summit - calendar

New Hilton Hotel, Sydney Over 50 specialist speakers from the UK, US, Canada and Australia present the business case for CSR and give you the tools and resources you need to achieve greater...

Creating shared values - bestpractice

Nestlé, the world’s largest food and nutrition company, has been involved in rural development in emerging countries since the 1920s. At that time, the Swiss giant built factories...

A driver of future value - bestpractice

Wearing Well: a struggling clothes and home-ware retailer; losing touch with customers; sales nose-diving; share price dropping. Add to that the question marks over its supply chain, low staff...

Anheuser-Busch Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Global Leader in Responsibility Highlights Key Performance Data in Alcohol Awareness, Environment, People, Community, Accountability

Just five minutes - bestpractice

In keeping with almost everyone during a recession, UK charities are cautious about the future. According to a National Council for Voluntary Organisations survey published in September, a third...

A sustainable Olympic legacy for London - bestpractice

Promoting itself as the world’s first sustainable Olympics, the London Games organisers have had to think hard about their corporate partners, especially since 2012 will inevitably include...

Credit where it’s due - bestpractice

The economic growth of developing nations, and the associated improvement in the lives of their populations, is supported through financial inclusion in as much as it is held back by a lack of...

Strategic Philanthropy - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Design a contributions program that has a bottom-line impact and integrates with your community involvement strategy. Learn about...

Alliance Boots releases its 2007/08 CSR Report - reports

Alliance Boots has published its 2007/08 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for the year ended 31 March 2008.

The Institute on Corporate Community Involvement - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Learn a step-by-step strategic planning framework for community involvement, including building relationships of trust with...

giving youth a chance - bestpractice

Kawali is a village in central India similar to many others in the country's 'cotton belt'. But the small community has something few of its neighbours can boast: a 'village motivator' in the shape...

France Telecom publishes its Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

France Telecom has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, which covers measures undertaken in 2007.

The Institute on Corporate Community Involvement - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Learn a step-by-step strategic planning framework for community involvement, including building relationships of trust with...

a healthy outlook - bestpractice

As a catering company, Compass has decided it should not be content just with providing lunchtime food to millions of school pupils - it wants to educate them too. While it has wisely steered clear...

advancing sustainability - bestpractice

At Chagres, a settlement near the town of Llay Llay, 100km (63 miles) north of Santiago in Chile, huge machines feed more than half a million tonnes of concentrate into a smelter that turns out...

business ethics in paradise - bestpractice

In a comfortable, well-ventilated room in England’s east Midlands, two groups of students sit opposite each other. ‘I’m not having the media saying this bank invests in exploitation and drug use,’...

ready for a crisis - bestpractice

Brew a coffee. Log-on to the internet. Check your emails. Millions of employees go through the same routine every morning. But for Sue Ricketts, the process has an edge. She can never be quite sure...

RWE npower publishes fifth CR Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has published its fifth full corporate responsibility report.

British Energy publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2007/08 - reports

British Energy's fifth Corporate Social Responsibility Report focuses on the theme of commitment and how this is demonstrated across its operations.

Evaluation and Measurement - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Design and conduct evaluations that prove the value of community involvement and drive continuous improvement. Learn about...

Corporate Community Partnerships: What Makes Them Work, Why They Fail - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Identify and create partnerships that support the company’s business goals while meeting important community needs and...

Kimberly-Clark publishes 2007 Sustainability Report - reports

Kimberly-Clark has published its 2007 Sustainability Report.

financing the future - bestpractice

A stunning archipelago of white sandy beaches and sun-drenched countryside, SinAn County is one of South Korea’s best-known holiday destinations. But now the coastal community on the southwest tip...

promoting healthy diets - bestpractice

Morou and Claire are worlds apart. One lives in northern Ghana; the other in South Carolina. Together they represent the two faces of what health experts are now terming ‘nutrition security’....

ScottishPower publishes its online CR Report 2007 - reports

ScottishPower has published its CR Report 2007 online.

setting a standard - bestpractice

For most businesses, implementing a robust ethics policy in Northern Europe is one thing, but applying the same rigours to other regions is quite another. Swedish construction company Skanksa...

registering approval - bestpractice

A new strain of tuberculosis is set to break out across the world, and a multinational pharmaceutical company is desperate to get its drugs to market first. So it shortcuts its trials and hides...

raising the bar - bestpractice

If asked to name one of the world’s leading dairy farming nations, few westerners would think of Pakistan. Yet dairy farming in this huge country accounts for almost ten per cent of gross...

Building effective employee volunteer programs - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Structure a volunteer program that supports business strategy and employee and community interests. Highlights include a...

taking centre stage - bestpractice

A baker’s dozen may be unlucky for some, but not, it seems, for the 13 Land Securities-owned shopping centres working with 13 theatres and 13 secondary schools on an innovative theatrical arts...

3i releases Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

3i's newly published Corporate responsibility report 2008 covers the company's approach to corporate responsibility as an investor, as a company and as an employer.

Holcim Ltd releases Corporate Sustainable Develoment Report 2007 - reports

Holcim Ltd, one of the world's leading producers of cement and aggregates, has released its Corporate Sustainable Development report for 2007.

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...

building a better future - bestpractice

Ciudad Bolivar is a socially deprived area of Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and one of the most densely populated places in the world. Most of the 160,000 houses there have been poorly built by the...

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...

working together - bestpractice

Farah Shirwa came to Britain in 2000, fleeing civil war and oppression in Somalia and determined to create a better life for himself. He found employment in a factory and moved into a flat with a...

Identifying, adapting and adopting best practices in corporate community involvement - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Leverage the power of benchmarking to continuously improve your community involvement practices and programs. Learn to design...

making CSR pay - bestpractice

Traditional staff bonus schemes have usually paid employees in relation to their company’s financial results. But how would it be if end-of-year windfalls took into account non-financial factors...

Legal & General's 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legal & General Group has published its 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

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...

building a new approach - bestpractice

A smiling Christine Tona beams out from the front cover of British Land’s employee newsletter. An events manager at Broadgate Estates, one of its subsidiaries, she is the inaugural winner of the...

Standard Life publishes its 2007 CR Report - reports

It is Standard Life's aim to make corporate responsibility an integral part of how we do business and to become a leader in the financial services sector for our approach.

Building effective employee volunteer programs - calendar

Hosted by The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Structure a volunteer program that supports business strategy and employee and community interests. Highlights include a...

playing together - bestpractice

A partnership between a community college, a leisure business and a Premiership football club has enabled all those involved to benefit from improved sporting and educational facilities...

making science sexier - bestpractice

Rolls-Royce has put large amounts of time and money into helping schools, colleges and universities bring science education to life for students. It hopes the effort will also benefit...

RBS publishes CR Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report.

CSR on the big screen - bestpractice

Academics at Nottingham University Business School have come up with an engaging and entertaining way to introduce business ethics topics both to their students and to the general public...

STMicroelectronics announces the publication of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The report details Triple Bottom Line performance across all ST activities and sites in 2006.

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.

Chiquita - Partnerships and Co-operation - videos

Through our ‘Nature & Community’ projects we aim to preserve plant and animal species and promote local environmental awareness.

Freshfields launches first international CSR report - reports

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched the first international, externally assured corporate social responsibility (CSR) report produced by a law firm.

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...

sharing experiences - bestpractice

Orange has applied the latest management thinking to the challenge of implementing corporate responsibility policies in different countries. The mobile phone company has...

bridging the boredom gap - bestpractice

Nestlé UK is supporting programmes for teenagers that aim to tackle after-school restlessness that can lead to anti-social behaviour and even crime. At the same...

engaging with company boards - bestpractice

Insight Investment has been concerned for some time that the governance of corporate responsibility at board director level is falling short of what is required. So...

keeping it local - bestpractice

As a group providing public transport, Go-Ahead has a significant opportunity to contribute to sustainable development. But it’s had to make sure it structures...

Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study Approach - books

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an area of increasing global interest with companies taking CSR issues more seriously, devoting more resources to such issues and acknowledging the...

learning at the workplace - bestpractice

School visits to factories are hardly unusual, but Coca-Cola Enterprises has taken the concept a step further by establishing state-of the-art education centres...

Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07 for Great Britain - reports

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) and Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd (CCE) have released their joint Corporate Responsibility Report 2006/07, covering the operations of both businesses within Great Britain.

Corporate Community Involvement - books

“We need to do Community Involvement better – we know we’re spending millions each year on charitable causes; how can we find out what is really effective and what people will appreciate...

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...

PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS - bestpractice

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

RWE npower publishes its fourth CR Report - reports

RWE npower's fourth full CR report describes how the company has performed against its plans for 2007 and beyond.

MAKING THE WEB SAFER - bestpractice

Cable & Wireless has worked with a non-governmental organization to improve internet safety for the last six years. The partnership has provided a way for the...

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...

SETTING UP A CODE OF CONDUCT - bestpractice

The Severn Trent Group has developed a clear set of principles to guide the conduct of its business. The environmental services group has also put in place management...

ROLLING BACK MALARIA - bestpractice

National Grid has committed itself to tackling a disease that kills more than one million Africans every year and has the potential severely to affect the health of...

Capitalism as if the World Matters - books

When first published, Capitalism as if the World Matters, by one of the leading ‘eco-warriors’ of our time, shocked a generation of both environmentalists and business people. Jonathon...

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...

CREATING A GLOBAL CSR STRATEGY - bestpractice

Orange has spent more than a year developing a corporate social responsibility policy that will apply in the 20 countries where it operates. The process of...

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY - bestpractice

LE Group has set up an employee community involvement programme known as Helping Hands. This is benefiting the communities within which the company...

WORKING WITH CREDIT UNIONS - bestpractice

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

EMPOWERING STAFF - bestpractice

A medical insurance company based in central England has helped its business by paying close attention to the needs, welfare and development of its employees. This has...

Our Behavior Matters - Verizon - videos

Kathryn C. Brown is senior vice president - Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility. She is responsible for Verizons corporate responsibility initiatives, policy development and...

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...

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Whitbread is reinvigorating its community investment programme to achieve more impact for its partners and greater business benefit. The Whitbread Care programme...

SOCIAL EXCLUSION - bestpractice

The Lattice Group has developed an innovative way of encouraging school-age teenagers who play truant or are excluded from lessons back into education. Its...

THE DIGITAL DIVIDE - bestpractice

AOL UK has formed an alliance with a charity that provides housing and residential care for disabled people. By supplying free computers, web access and training, it has...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Transco has applied fresh thinking to long-standing concerns for health and safety with an initiative that has dramatically reduced accidents in the workplace, saved...

FINANCIAL EXCLUSION - bestpractice

Barclays Bank is supporting the creation of a microcredit scheme accessed through a bank account for people on low incomes in northern England. Salford Money Line...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

SOCIAL AUDITING - bestpractice

Camelot consulted a wide range of stakeholders to create two landmark social reports that analyze the impact of its business activities on different groups. Its...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Diageo's work with the Tomorrow’s People charity to help unemployed people find jobs – and to support them once they have found one – is a...

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Order your copy   The CSR Professional Services Directory 2012 is the only stand-alone international publication to list and catalogue in print the many organizations...

Stakeholder Communications & Announcements - pages

About this Service   Announce your report to key stakeholders and CR opinion formers with ReportAlert Stakeholder Communications service. Enhance your visibility...

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