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Three quarters of companies worldwide yet to acknowledge climate change as a financial risk - news

By Ethical Performance — Almost three quarters (72 percent) of large and mid-cap companies worldwide do not acknowledge the financial risks of climate change in their annual financial...

Seafood industry takes big steps toward sustainability - news

By Brian Collett — The tuna company Thai Union has joined forces with the environmental NGO Greenpeace to improve labour practices, expand sustainable operations and minimise destructive...

Swedish food company Oumph! launches in UK, bringing environmental and sustainable values - news

By Roger Aitken — To Oumph! or not to Oumph! — that is the question. And so it was, down at the UK launch event convened at Whole Food Market’s flagship store in Kensington...

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...

The important business of ocean conservation - news

By Tom Birbeck, ARC Marine—According to a WWF report, our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, so how can we afford not to protect and invest in it like any other business?  ...

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...

The Economist Intelligence Unit global business survey finds ‘strategic CSR’ - news

By Brian Collett — A small proportion of global businesses approached by a leading survey agency addresses climate change issues and child labour in their supply chains, though their...

Britain joins the green wave in swearing off combustion engines - news

By RP Siegel — A surprising announcement has come out of London—to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and vans, beginning in the year 2040. The plan was announced...

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...

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...

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...

Mars, Tesco, Vinci and GE Join Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment - news

By Brian Collett — Four large companies have signed up to the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, an international business alliance campaigning to eliminate fees imposed on...

 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...

Vitae London: the watch brand with heart - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Will Adoasi, the entrepreneur behind the philanthropic watch brand Vitae London, is set to launch his Season IV, a unisex range of watches that is backed by Sir...

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...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights has been given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited corporate...

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...

What types of businesses benefit from using a cardboard baler? - news

Guest column by QCR  — Essentially, any business that produces waste cardboard could be in a position to warrant a cardboard baler. Balers are manufactured in different sizes and...

AkzoNobel is committed to zero harm and positive impact from products - news

Guest blog by André Veneman, AkzoNobel — What happens if you ask your friends what they think about chemicals?    Will they mention the risks, the possibility of...

Sedentary lifestyle costs UK £1.2bn annually - news

By Sangeeta Waldron —  The British Heart Foundation (BHF) warns that lack of exercise across the UK is costing the nation’s health system £1.2 billion a year.  ...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

Fashion For Good program starts up with grant from the C&A Foundation - news

By Brian Collett — Brands, retailers, and manufacturers have been invited to join a programme encouraging good practice by the C&A Foundation.   The Foundation,...

A nuclear reactor above our heads: embracing solar energy is key to working sustainably - news

By Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World — The sun produces enough light every hour to match worldwide energy needs for a year. Our bodies are solar factories...

Britain’s hairdressing sector has potential to drive sustainability in communities - news

By Sangeeta Waldron — Hairdressing is a sector that talks to more people than any other occupation. With over 40,000 hairdressings, barbering and beauty salons in the UK generating over...

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...

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

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

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

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...

Long-term strategy improves business performance - news

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

Corporate sustainability helps improve employee engagement - news

By Vikas Vij — Employee engagement is the psychological engine that drives corporate performance. While employee engagement worldwide is on a decline, some companies are managing to beat...

Top 10 business and human rights issues for 2017 - news

By Brian Collett — A priority for employers must be to rectify social inequality, now clearly highlighted by the wealth gap, reports the London-based Institute for Human Rights and...

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

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

Subway signs on to responsible tuna sourcing - news

By Brian Collett — Subway, regarded as the world’s largest fast food company, has joined the global organisation that promotes responsible tuna fishing.    The...

UK Millennials buy responsible brands this holiday - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — A UK survey reveals that 55 percent of 18-34 year olds, known as Millennials, are switching brand loyalty, which should be a focus for businesses this holiday season...

"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...

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

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

Salmon fisherman take action to protect stocks against environmental contamination - news

By Brian Collett — Hundreds of Alaskan fishermen have taken action to safeguard their salmon grounds against environmental contamination. Altogether 93 per cent of 513 interviewed...

Value chain approach: a focus on food waste - news

By Michael Grosse—Each year an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted globally. This mountain of food would be over eight Eiffel Towers tall and includes about 45% of fruit...

New call for sustainable sourcing of palm oil - news

By Brian Collett — An international group of scientists, food manufacturers, nutritionists, NGOs and policymakers has urged all farmers to produce palm oil in an environmentally...

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...

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...

M&S wants us to get active for 30 minutes a day to help cut the risks of breast cancer - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), and high-street retailer M&S has launched a campaign  to help get customers active to prevent the disease....

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

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

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...

Many UK families find it tough to afford a standard of living - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — The Prince’s Charity In Kind Direct, an organisation dedicated to redistributing donated goods to thousands of charities across the UK, is reporting a sharp...

Food labelling transparency links supply chain and consumer - news

by Elisabeth Jeffries — A social media campaign swept across the planet in 2010, clamouring for a halt to the use of palm oil in Kit Kats. Six years on, manufacturer Nestlé now...

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...

Developing great behaviour change campaigns - news

by Adam Woodhall - Influencing behaviour positively and successfully is accepted both as fantastic opportunity to make a difference and as often very challenging. So it didn’t come as a...

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...

Wind power: less noise, happier neighbors - news

by Antonio Pasolini — Wind power is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to renewable energy. It currently accounts for 41.1 percent of all energy produced in Denmark (2015 data)...

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...

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...

Tech can have a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions: BT report - news

by RP Siegel — We hear a lot about smart technology these days: smart cars, smart cities, smart grid, etc., with an implied promise that these smart things will be far more efficient than...

BBC journalist Mishal Husain to honour 2016 Ashden International Award winners - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — Forward thinking organisations championing solar energy in India, East Africa and beyond; businesses improving the health of citizens through sustainable buildings and...

From farmers to financiers: investors have begun to see farm animal welfare as a significant risk - news

By Leah Garces, USA Executive Director for Compassion in World Farming — Earlier last month in New York, a meeting took place that would have seemed implausible only a few years ago....

UK workforce leads Europe, US in sick days - news

The UK workforce has more sick days than any other European country, and twice as many as the US, notes Gerry Brennan, CEO of Cloudbooking, a space management software company that works with...

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...

'Behind the Smile' Exhibition helps break the stigma of mental health - news

By Sangeeta Haindl — It is predicted that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness within a year. Though the effects are as real as a broken arm, it is an invisible and silent...

UK businesses need a long-term growth agenda: report - news

by Vikas Vij — Over the past few decades, British business has made significant progress in many areas – from better governance to leading in major industries. However, there are a...

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,...

UK and US studies issue warnings about impacts of climate change - news

by Sangeeta Haindle - A new study by the London School of Economics (LSE), published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change , says climate change could cut the value of...

A force for good - news

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

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...

Britain's New Sugar Tax - news

by Sangeeta Haindl A new sugar tax on the soft drinks industry has been announced, to be introduced in April 2018. This move has been hailed by campaigners as a significant step in the...

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...

European market for renewable energy continues to grow - news

EP Journal By RP Siegel Market demand for renewable energy in Europe as documen-ted by Guarantees of Origin, grew by 8% over the previous year, extending an extraordinary growth streak....

New report outlines how to identify weak corporate culture - news

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

Global coalition comes together to change the future of protein - news

A group of international businesses and NGOs have joined to form The Protein Challenge 2040, a first collaboration across the protein system. Facilitated by Forum for the Future, a...

M&S and Selfridges recognised for marine conservation efforts - news

Media group Boat International recently held the inaugural Ocean Awards, in partnership with leading marine charity, Blue Marine Foundation. The Ocean Awards were created to celebrate...

Increasing the rate of exchange - news

With 40% of its carbon impact found along the supply chain, GSK has found a novel way to engage and encourage its suppliers to cut energy, water and waste. Tom Idle speaks to the...

Future Perfect? - news

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

Food and drink giants urged to do more on nutrition - news

The world’s largest food and beverage companies have made some progress towards improving consumers’ diets but they still have a long way to go if they are to play their full part in...

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

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

Corporates pledge to help tackle mental health stigma - news

Unilever, Rolls Royce, Standard Life, HSBC and Network Rail are just some of the 350+ businesses in the UK which have signed the Time to Change pledge, a commitment to take action to tackle the...

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)...

BLOG: Businesses must unite to protect wildlife - news

HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World, shares his thoughts on why business needs to unite to tackle the international problem of illegal poaching and trafficking. Many of the...

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...

Primark commits to improve working conditions for garment workers - news

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

Business’ social licence to innovate - news

To shape tomorrow’s sustainable economy business’ innovative capacity is essential. However the public trust in business innovations is dwindling and that is a problem for all....

Big brands failing to honour Bangladesh compensation claims - news

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

Unicef report highlights importance of post-COP21 action for children - news

As COP21 draws to a close, international children's charity Unicef has called for ambitious action on climate change. “The future of today’s children, particularly the most...

Novartis reaches antimalarial treatment milestone - news

Pharma company Novartis has supplied 300m antimalarial treatments without profit to treat children suffering from malaria. The Swiss drugs giant has been delivering treatments since 2009,...

Kendall and Goodchild to share role at BDF - news

Nils Kendall and David Goodchild have been appointed as joint interim chief executive officers at the Business Disability Forum (BDF). Goodchild takes on the role after serving as the...

Roger Aitken, analyst, examines the November 2015 data - news

In the UK registered funds sector Kempen (Lux) Sustainable European Small-Cap Fund I, a £120.38m fund, top ranked over the past one year to 31 October 2015 with a cumulative return of...

Changing behaviour bottom up, not just top down - news

Tackling air pollution isn’t solely a legislative issue, people have to be encouraged into new behaviours, argues Lord Drayson Air pollution is getting a lot of air-time. In the last...

Helping today for a brighter tomorrow? - news

How have the world’s corporates responded to the refugee crisis in Europe? And what role can business play anyway? Sangeeta Haindl reports One topic has dominated headlines this year...

Sodexo and WWF push for more sustainable school meals - news

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

Sodexo partners with WWF to pilot sustainable school meals programme - news

Green & Lean is the name of a new range of sustainable school meals from Sodexo. The line is part of a pilot project through Sodexo’s partnership with WWF on LiveWell,...

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...

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

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

The importance of creating a healthy business culture - news

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

Taking a long, hard look at leadership - news

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

Former OSHA employee claims WPP double standards - news

An investigator with the US government’s Whistleblower Protection Programme (WPP) claims he has been fired – for whistleblowing. Darrell Whitman says the agency failed to defend...

Two-thirds of UK investors ignorant of ESG performance of their investments - news

A new study reveals that almost two-thirds of investors don’t know whether the activities of industries or companies they are investing in are ethical or not. According to the survey...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September 2015 data - news

Among UK Registered Funds, the £544.95m AXA Framlington Health R Inc fund once again top ranked overall out of 255 funds in the sector over the past one year to the end of August 2015 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...

Driving a wedge between consumers and green debate - news

As if it wasn’t hard enough convincing consumers to become greener drivers – stop that idling engine while you close the garage doors, slow down using your gears only fool! –...

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,...

Responsibility agenda driving consortia-based alliances - news

Consortia-based partnerships between companies and NGOs are set to become more common, as organisations look for greater impact and reach, according to a report by C&E Advisory....

Jaguar Land Rover to drive new water safety project - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new project in Africa as part of its global CSR programme. In its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and operations, the...

Soft drinks industry urged to set sugar reduction targets - news

New research by Action on Sugar has revealed the shockingly high levels of free sugars found globally in sugar-sweetened soft drinks. With sugar-sweetened soft drinks being inked to the...

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 –...

London Luton joins select few with energy standard accreditation - news

London Luton Airport (LLA) has joined a handful of airports in the world to be accredited with the internationally recognised Energy Management Standard (ISO50001) by BSI. The...

Wyke Farms wins international campaign to find greenest company - news

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

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...

SRI Fund Spotlight: CLI Framlington Health A - news

CLI Framlington Health A, an OEIC fund that seeks capital growth by investing in healthcare and medical services and products companies globally (including pharmaceutical producers, biotech...

UK to fast-track fracking applications - news

The UK government is attempting to fast-track fracking applications through the planning system. It says the plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of...

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

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

South Korea partners to grow sustainable tourism - news

South Korea has ambitious plans for the development of inbound tourism. The country plans to attract 17 million foreign tourists by 2018, up from 13 million currently. Achieving the goals will...

Consumers want more businesses to engage with social causes - news

A new annual survey highlights the growing appetite for business to play a greater role in tackling social and environmental issues. The inaugural Business to Society Survey, commissioned...

EIC calls for extension of construction emissions policy - news

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has welcomed a new London scheme to improve air quality in the capital, and calls for it to be implemented in other UK cities. From September,...

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...

Companies shirking responsibility for employee wellbeing - news

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

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...

Robeco Chinese Equities Class D EUR fund performance examined by Roger Aitken - news

The £1,035.13 million (€1,461.09m) Robeco Chinese Equities Class D EUR Acc fund top ranked the UK Registered Fund sector out of 251 funds over the past one year to 30 June 2015 with...

Sweetening the deal for sustainability? - news

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

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

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

Clean Clothes Campaign pushes for further Rana Plaza disclosure - news

Labour rights groups have made official complaints that safety practices and inspections were seriously flawed at Rana Plaza, the Bangladeshi garment factory building that collapsed in 2013...

Large businesses told to report average male and female salaries - news

Proposals to compel larger companies to publish average salaries for their male and female employees in an effort to close the gender pay gap are to be debated by business leaders with Nicky...

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

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

Howzat! EHRC teams with ECB to boost diversity in cricket - news

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has teamed up with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to get thousands of women, girls and people from ethnic minority backgrounds involved in...

Reward clean energy drivers and save lives, urges Autogas - news

The re-introduction of the London congestion charge exemption for vehicles powered by LPG and incentives to convert to vehicles to the alternative fuel, could help to save the lives and improve...

Change your diet and save the planet! - news

Climates , a start-up social network, is calling on people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and the planet.  Switching to a climatarian diet can save a tonne of CO2 a year-...

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...

UK to press ahead with gender pay gap disclosure legislation - news

The British government is to press ahead with plans to force large firms to disclose data on the gender pay gap among its workforce. Writing in The Times newspaper ahead of a speech to...

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...

OECD warns of true cost of fossil fuel dependence - news

Governments should conduct a more rigorous evaluation of the true costs of coal, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has warned. With prices failing to fully account for the...

Alakija to lead Oando Foundation - news

Oando Foundation, the independent charity launched by one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy providers Oando Plc in 2011, has appointed Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija as its new...

Chemical reactions - news

Neil Hawkins, corporate vp environment and sustainability, Dow Chemical spoke to Ethical Performance about his love of nature and the US company’s latest 2025 sustainability targets...

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...

Newsweek names global green companies - news

Three healthcare companies top this year’s global green league table published by Newsweek, the US weekly current affairs magazine. The list is headed by Biogen, the group based in...

Shanks urges governments to act on sustainable waste management - news

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

Unilever pioneers with inaugural Human Rights Report - news

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

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...

SC Johnson wins WEC gold medal - news

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

Chinese funds storm up rankings as Roger Aitken examines the latest data - news

China’s offshore and onshore equity markets have certainly been in extremely robust health over the past year and outperformed other major markets. Evidencing rising Chinese share...

Fighting supply chain corruption - news

With many companies having tens of thousands of suppliers, it is not surprising that managing corruption risks is proving problematic. Miranda Ingram reports The Bribery Act 2010 was...

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...

Innovation in sustainable packaging continues despite scarcity of data - news

US retailers are starting to ask their product suppliers for merchandise with packaging that is more sustainable, according to speakers at the recent LuxePack Conference in New York. Laura...

Gates charity challenged to divest fossil fuel stocks - news

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

SC Johnson recognised for transparency efforts - news

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

Unilever hits new carbon saving milestone - news

Reporting only two weeks ago that its 'sustainable' brands like Dove are growing twice as fast as its 'regular' brands, Unilever has now revealed that it has reached a new...

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

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

Unilever's 'sustainable brands' growing twice as fast as regular ones - news

At the London launch of its Sustainable Living Plan progress report, Unilever has revealed that its sustainable living brands such as Dove and Lifebuoy, are growing faster than regular brands....

Roger Aitken examines AXA Framlington Health R Inc - news

AXA Framlington Health R Inc., a £563.52m fund, topped ranked the UK funds sector over the past year to 31 March 2015 with a robust performance of +44.42%. It followed superlative...

Putting a price on your corporate reputation - news

A good reputation is more valuable than money, they say. Yet you wouldn’t think so these days with so many businesses still loathe to pay the Living Wage and happily keeping staff on zero...

US arm of Novartis tops diversity league table - news

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in succession. According to...

DfID faces accusations of pushing private firms over public services - news

The UK’s overseas aid ministry has been accused of using funds to establish private healthcare and education in Africa and Asia, bringing benefits to British and American companies....

Coca-Cola puts fizz into physical fitness campaign - news

Coca-Cola, frequently accused of endangering young people’s health with sugar-laden drinks, has become a corporate supporter of a fitness campaign throughout the US. Those taking part...

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%...

Novartis named top company for diversity for second year - news

Novartis has been named the top company for diversity in the US in DiversityInc’s annual league table for the second year in a row. The American arm of the Swiss pharma giant also...

Oysters set to be new pearl of The Solent - news

Native oysters are to return to the Solent, once the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. A coalition led by the BLUE Marine Foundation has announced its intention of restoring a healthy...

Mars to drive food safety in Africa with WFP - news

Mars, Incorporated and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to partner in a move which will improve the provision of safe, locally-sourced food to those in need in Africa. The...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the April data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc fund again top ranked amongst UK Registered Funds over the past year to 28 February 2015 with a cumulative return of +58.58% versus +47.47%/36th rank over the...

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...

Getting the thumbs up for your sustainability comms? - news

As more and more corporates take to social media to engage with consumers around sustainability issues, do they really know what they are doing? Tom Idle explores what current best practice...

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”,...

Novartis Japan ordered to halt sales for failure to report drug side effects - news

Health authorities ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG to shut down most operations for 15 days in March, saying the drug maker failed to report side effects from its products in a timely...

RB and Save The Children partner to stop children dying of diarrhoea - news

Consumer goods giant RB (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser) is partnering with international children's charity, Save The Children, in an effort to help eradicate child deaths from...

Pearson partners to support education for Syrian refugees - news

The world’s biggest education company Pearson is partnering with Save The Children to tackle the educational needs of Syrian refugees. Millions of Syrian children have been deprived of...

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...

EU air pollution rules weaker than China’s, says Greenpeace - news

Europe’s coal plants will be allowed to emit more deadly pollutants than their Chinese counterparts under EU proposals for new air quality rules, according to Greenpeace. A Greenpeace...

A word to the wise on sustainability - news

Rudyard Kipling once described words as “the most powerful drug used by mankind”. In these days when we’re bombarded on a daily basis – a staggering 100bn work emails are...

Roger Aitken interprets the February 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £28.12m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 January 2015 with a cumulative return of +62.18% versus +57.05%/14th...

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...

Forum for the Future launches trends tracking digital platform - news

Forum for the Future is opening up access to its futures knowledge and expertise through a new digital platform, www.thefuturescentre.org . The sustainability non-profit believes the site...

Chamberlain joins ETI as new chair - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has welcomed Philip Chamberlain as its new chair. Chamberlain brings a wealth of retail experience to the role, gained working with prominent European...

RepRisk releases latest Most Controversial Companies report - news

RepRisk, the provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released the fifth edition of its Most Controversial Companies (MCC) Report. The data...

Roger Aitken interprets the January 2015 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, continued its good run and again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 December 2014 with a cumulative return of...

Carlsberg takes action on responsibility pledge - news

The potent lager Special Brew, created by the Danish Carlsberg company in 1950 in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, may be watered down to comply with guidelines agreed by the industry and the UK...

‘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...

Companies turning blind eye to supply chains - news

A majority of companies don’t perform anti-bribery and corruption audits on their suppliers, an area of business operations that’s proved prone to bribery risk in recent years,...

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,...

Joined-up action urged over healthy food promotion - news

Government and retailers must do more to help consumers choose healthy food from sustainable sources, and waste less say MPs. In a new report,   Food security: demand, consumption and...

Jaguar Land Rover makes safety leap with 'Bike Sense' research - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is developing a range of new technologies that will use colours, sounds and touch inside cars to alert drivers to potential hazards and prevent accidents involving...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets December 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £22.78m fund, again top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 November 2014 with an improved cumulative return of +49.31% versus...

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

Quarter of Japanese workers trapped at ‘black firms’, says trade union - news

A quarter of Japan’s workers believe they are working at “black companies” — firms that resemble sweatshops and systematically flout labour laws by - among other things -...

Korean pharma giant caught paying doctors to prescribe its drugs - news

Dongwha Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug companies in Korea, has been indicted for paying rebates to doctors in exchange for agreeing to give prescriptions of its own drugs. This is the...

Going to extremes: weird weather forecast to continue - news

Extreme weather events are becoming more common according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA). It is widely known that the Earth’s average temperature has been...

Celebs, health agencies and corporations partner to tackle Ebola - news

At the Official Draw for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) joined football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and...

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...

Bank of America cooks up a storm - news

Bank of America is to partner with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) to raise $100m to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households in the developing world....

Getting to grips with gambling controls - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the November 2014 data - news

Robeco Indian Equities D EUR Acc, a £19.64m fund, top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 October 2014 with a cumulative return of +36.51% versus +38.19%/73rd rank...

BSR puts transformation and transparency in the spotlight - news

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

Oil and gas production threatens US air quality - news

Extremely high air pollution is being reported in the US from unconventional oil and gas production, during which extraction companies use aggressive means to tap reserves that do not readily...

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...

Unilever food hits certified palm oil target in Europe - news

Unilever has reached its certified palm oil target for its European food business. A new report published by the Anglo Dutch conglomerate/food brand maker shows that all palm oil directly...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the October 2014 data - news

The £404.55m AXA Framlington Health R Inc fund top ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 30 September 2014 with a cumulative return of +24.41% - with double-first...

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...

Equality frozen in time with latest employee benefit? - news

When I heard about Facebook and Apple’s practice of offering female employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs (in order to retain and attract more female talent), my first thoughts...

Walmart to address four pillars for sustainable food - news

Walmart has outlined the four pillars of its new commitment to a sustainable food system:how to address the food needs of a growing population while reducing environmental impact; meeting an...

Most employees hide mental health conditions over stigma - news

The truth about mental health in the workplace has been revealed by research from pensions and insurance provider Friends Life. The new survey shows that huge numbers of employees in the UK...

M&S boosts supply chain monitoring through Labor Link - news

British high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) has scaled up its use of mobile technology in the supply chain to poll 64,230 workers across 46 manufacturing locations in 5 countries...

SSE trailblazes with Fair Tax Mark accreditation - news

SSE plc, the UK's second largest energy supplier, has become the first FTSE 100 company to be awarded the Fair Tax Mark. Launched in February 2014, the Fair Tax Mark is the world's...

Knorr cooks up support for World Food Day - news

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

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the September data - news

The £76.63m Triodos Sustainable Pioneer K Retail Distribution fund top ranked over the past year to 31 August 2014 amongst UK Registered funds with cumulative return of +25.28% from the...

Friends with shared benefits - news

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

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...

Korea’s POSCO E&C caught in bid rigging - news

POSCO E&C, Korea’s third largest engineering and construction company, has been caught in four different cases of bid rigging this year, and has had to pay fines of KRW 28 billion. The...

Big business starts to show pay moderation - news

More than three-quarters of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have responded in the past 12 months to shareholders’ expectations and the government’s new disclosure and voting rules...

Clorox dives into Safe Water Project in Peru - news

American cleaning and home care giant The Clorox Company is expanding its Safe Water Project, a public health programme that provides public bleach dispensers and health education in rural Peru....

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

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

Unilever far from bog standard over toilet provision pledge - news

Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever has pledged to to help 25m people gain improved access to toilets by 2020. This commitment is part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan –...

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

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

Bee decline could signal threat to global nutrition - news

Declines in populations of pollinators such as bees and wasps may be a key threat to nutrition in some of the most poorly fed parts of the globe, according to new research. A major study,...

EAC calls for creation of 'Office for Environmental Responsibility' - news

The UK government has been given a ‘red card’ for its efforts to reduce health-damaging air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding in a scorecard assessment of its...

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...

Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the data - news

The £31m DNB ECO AR retail A (EUR) fund topped ranked amongst UK Registered funds over the past year to 31 July 2014 with a cumulative return of +16.88% versus +8.44%/`153rd over the past...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

Hitting the paper trail at SCA - news

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

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...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

Qatar World Cup in slave labour spotlight - news

More than 100 migrant workers building the al-Wakrah stadium, one of Qatar’s 2022 football World Cup venues, have been receiving only 45p an hour or £4.90 ($8.20, €6.20) a day....

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...

Supply chain sea change at Hyatt Hotels Corp - news

Mega US hotel chain, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, has launched a global initiative to increase procurement of responsibly sourced seafood at its hotels, starting with an initial goal of responsibly...

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...

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...

Authorities explore credit ratings ‘for sale’ in South Korea - news

An investigation into the failure of South Korea’s Tongyang Group, a large conglomerate, last autumn led to unexpected discoveries. Some 50,000 individual investors lost heavily because...

Rights violations ‘systematic’ in Indonesia’s garment industry - news

Overwhelming evidence of “systematic violation” of the right to human dignity suffered by Indonesian garment workers was found by a jury at a two-day public hearing in Jakarta....

Banks turn corner on public trust, says new survey - news

After years of reputational issues and costly scandals, banks are finally winning back the public's trust, according to new research from uSwitch.com. The 2014 uSwitch Current Account...

Plastics Scorecard heralds new era of safer plastics use - news

By switching the plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals - the equivalent in weight of a Boeing 747 airplane -- out of the...

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...

Syngenta pulls plug on banned pesticide bid - news

Syngenta has  withdrawn an ‘emergency’ application to allow a bee-harming pesticide, banned by the EU, to be used on British crops. The news follows campaigning earlier...

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...

Car safety agenda comes to fore in India - news

Five small cars in India, accounting for 20% of all sales in the country, have failed crash tests. The examiners warned that fatalities or serious injuries could result if these cars were in...

Coca Cola under new pressure over sugar content levels - news

Coca-Cola is under renewed pressure after announcing a new version of its popular Coke drink with a third less sugar and a third fewer calories. The company says the new product is in line...

EC to investigate tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat - news

The tax affairs of Apple, Starbucks and Fiat are now to be formally investigated by the European Commission. All have been accused of avoidance, largely by switching to more favourable tax...

Food and amenity giants take up herbicide-free weed control challenge - news

Weedingtech, the herbicide-free weed management company, is challenging five major industry partners to test out its MW-Series and Foamstream weed control system to prove its performance against...

Coca-Cola and partners to expand Project Last Mile in Africa - news

The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates...

OECD launches interactive website on regional well-being - news

The OECD has launched a regional well-being website based on an interactive map covering the organisation’s 34 member countries. It rates 362 sub-national regions with a relative score out...

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...

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

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

‘Two ticks’ symbol not living up to disability promise - news

Thousands of firms awarded the UK Government’s ‘two ticks’ symbol for ensuring equality for disabled workers have been found to be no better than companies who have not...

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...

IBM develops supply chain pilot in Zambia - news

Technology and consultancy giant IBM is working in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 lifesaving drugs. Supported by the World...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

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...

OECD urges action to reduce road traffic pollution - news

Air pollution is costing advanced economies plus China and India an estimated $3.5 trillion a year in premature deaths and ill health and the costs will rise without government action to limit...

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...

GSK faces corruption charges in Poland - news

The UK multinational GlaxoSmithKline has been accused of bribing doctors in Poland to prescribe one of its drugs, the asthma inhalant Serevent. As the Polish police pursued a corruption...

Bonded labour afflicts many in Tamil Nadu garment district - news

Most companies importing garments from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu refuse to disclose whether or how they tackle bonded labour abuses at their supplying factories. Many of the...

FTSE Group develops fossil fuel excluding index - news

FTSE Group has developed indices which will omit companes linked to ownership and/or extraction of carbon based fossil fuel reserves.  It claims that the move is ground-breaking and...

Unilever steps up sustainability plans - news

Anglo-Dutch fmcg giant Unilever is stepping up several of its sustainability commitments in the areas of deforestation, food security and public health. Commenting on progress it has made...

Apple faces protests over worker welfare in China - news

Apple's New York flagship store was a scene of protest at the weekend. Protesters gathered to participate in a demonstration calling on the smartphone giant to stop the poisoning of workers...

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...

Unilever's Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results - news

Incidences of diarrhoea have dropped from 36% to just 5% in the Indian village of Thesgora as a direct result of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’...

Anderson takes up reins at UNEP FI - news

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

CSR hits the catwalk - news

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

Food glorious food? - news

So how much has food security improved since Romanian horse meat was found in beef ready meals, prompting financial and reputational damage across the food industry? Miranda Ingram reports...

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

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

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

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

SC Johnson expands crusade against dengue and malaria - news

SC Johnson says it is expanding its dengue and malaria prevention initiatives in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Mexico, Costa Rica and Vietnam. The household products...

Jaguar Land Rover extends collaboration with ClimateCare - news

Jaguar Land Rover aims to create a range of humanitarian, conservation, environmental and educational initiatives as part of its new Environmental Innovation Strategy. In collaboration with...

#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...

Global project to build investment metrics for greener construction - news

A major global project which will help to define the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings has been launched by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). While...

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....

Ongoing building collapses raise safety issues in Korea - news

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

Korea gives off mixed signals over ethical business practice - news

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

Philippines in spotlight over workplace safety regulations - news

Employers in the Philippines have been urged to observe strictly the country’s work health and safety standards after a report that the annual number of occupational injuries had risen to...

Environmental management budgets set to escalate - news

More than 62% of corporations worldwide will increase spending on environmental management initiatives in 2014 and 31% will increase spend in the double-digits according to a new report from...

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...

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...

Novartis suffers set back in Japan - news

The New Year has brought major problems for pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG in Japan. The company is facing claims that its employees intentionally violated the strict protocols for clinical...

Cannibals on a health kick eating only vegetarians - news

I really wish I could take credit for that headline but I can’t. It belongs to one of my favourite British poets, Roger McGough. The first line goes like this: “There are fascists...

Qatar downgraded to ‘extreme risk’ for working conditions - news

Qatar, the 2022 World Cup host, is among 11 countries to be downgraded to ‘extreme risk’ for working conditions, due to the multiple deaths of migrant workers on construction sites...

Global campaign targets food industry over high sugar levels - news

A group of medical and nutrition specialists is working via official channels to persuade UK manufacturers to add less sugar to food. Action on Sugar will press the government and its...

New BlackRock fund screens out tobacco stocks - news

Global investment manager BlackRock has launched the BlackRock Developed World ex Tobacco Index Fund to meet demand from organisations in the healthcare sector, charities, medical foundations...

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...

Resolute proves not so for FSC - news

Logging off... Three of Resolute Forest Products’ Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificates have been suspended. The suspensions prohibits Resolute – Canada’s biggest...

Looking good on more than paper - news

$21bn paper product and nappy maker Kimberly-Clark began setting five year sustainability goals in 1994. The latest, Sustainability 2015, is a 10-point agenda that ranges from social programmes...

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...

The challenge of transformational change - news

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

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...

Panasonic boosts solar lanterns CR initiative - news

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic is boosting its  aim to donate a total of 100 thousand solar lanterns to locations without electricity by 2018, with a new initiative called “Cut...

Human rights violations rise 70%, says Maplecroft survey - news

A striking 70% rise in the number of countries where the risk of human rights violations is extreme is recorded in a survey by Maplecroft, a UK-based risk research consultancy. The...

A very CSR festive favourite… - news

I recently revisited an old DVD festive favourite, A Miracle on 34th Street (the original starring Edmund Gwenn, not the horrendous Nineties remake with Sir Richard Attenborough) and was...

GSK shakes up sales process to improve transparency - news

Pharmaceutical giant GSK is radically altering its global sales process in order to build greater trust and transparency. Gone are individual sales targets with sales professionals, who work...

Companies in Middle East can no longer turn blind eye on human rights - news

Companies operating across the Middle East must uphold human rights according to a new report by an international human rights organisation. The new report, released in Arabic, English and...

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

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

Novartis honoured with Global Corporate Citizenship Award - news

In recognition of its significant on-going contributions to malaria control and elimination, Novartis has been honoured with the Global Corporate Citizenship Award at the Malaria No More...

Mighty oaks from little acorns... - news

Bengt Brunberg, sustainability manager at BillerudKorsnäs, the Swedish packaging material manufacturer, tells Ethical Performance about why he believes it is important to take a broad...

Wages come to fore in Bangaldesh supply chain - news

A 77% increase in minimum salary for Bangladeshi garment workers has been proposed by the national wages board. This would fix the monthly minimum at 5,300 takas ($68, £42, €51)....

Tax avoidance tops public poll of business concerns - news

On the day campaigners have filed a complaint with the OECD about Alliance Boots and alleged tax discrepancies, a new poll from the Institute of Business Ethics shows that worries about tax...

JPMorgan Chase makes neurological diversity move - news

US investment bank JPMorgan Chase & Co is adding autism benefits for employees participating in the company’s health plan. Effective from January, intensive behaviour therapy for...

Health bodies unite to tackle pharma fraud - news

Ten global health organizations have joined together in a worldwide campaign to protect consumers from the dangers of fake medicines. According to the Fight the Fakes campaign, in some...

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

The Turkish stock exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, is to partner with EIRIS, the global responsible investment research provider, to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be...

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...

Oil and gas engineering firm named as one of America’s Safest Companies - news

Valdes Engineering Company, an oil and gas engineering firm, has been named as one of America’s Safest Companies. To be considered as one of America’s Safest Companies(ASC) by EHS...

ICU Eyewear becomes corporate sponsor of the Seva Foundation - news

ICU Eyewear has become a corporate sponsor of the blindness and visual impairment charity the Seva Foundation. As part of its support the company will provide 600 pairs of eyeglasses and...

GSK unveils potential malaria vaccine - news

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has unveiled possibly the world’s first malaria vaccine following “significant” results from an ongoing clinical trial....

British Safety Council launches 2014 International Safety Awards - news

The British Safety Council has launched its 2014 International Safety Awards, which are designed to recognise an organisation’s commitment to good health and safety management during the...

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...

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...

Pressure mounts on World Bank to stop private water firm investments - news

A month in SRI with Roger Aitken... Nestlé’s former ceo Peter Brabeck-Letmathe once sparked controversy after declaring that access to water was “not a public...

Supply chain security never goes out of style - news

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

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...

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...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices in North America - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Mich.-based division of Russian OAO Severstal steel...

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of city dwellers in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes from the...

Chevron fights on over $19bn pollution judgement - news

A former Ecuadorian judge has testified that he and a colleague were bribed to award $19bn (£11.7bn, €13.7bn) to villagers who claimed Texaco oil operations polluted the Amazon...

Alliance Boots maintains clean bill of health in face of tax accusations - news

Alliance Boots, parent group of the Boots pharmacies and shops prominent in UK high streets for generations, is now accused of using a legal loophole to dodge £1.1bn ($1.78bn, €1.3bn)...

Severstal steps up sustainability practices - news

Steel maker Severstal North America is asking its suppliers to step up their sustainability practices, as it does the same. The Dearborn, Michigan-based division of Russian OAO Severstal...

L’Oréal’s looking good with latest sustainability commitment - news

French beauty giant L’Oréal is sitting pretty with its rebranded sustainability commitment, Sharing Beauty With All , which maintains the company will ensure 100% of its products...

Unilever tops Two Tomorrows' sustainability chart - news

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

Air pollution still poses health hazard in Europe - news

Around 90% of people who live in cities in the European Union (EU) are exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The result comes...

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...

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...

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

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

inbrief - news

Biting back... Swiss pharma giant Novartis is backing a new campaign in its long-term commitment to fighting malaria. The Power of One campaign (www.Po1.org) aims to address the treatment...

inbrief - news

Neat peat… A new tool setting out guidance and quality standards for sustainable business investment in peatlands has been launched by the UK’s Environment Minister Richard Benyon....

inbrief - news

Step on it… A new start-up has been launched that aims to tackle obesity and promote fitness by labelling the stairs of the world for calorie burn. The idea is grounded in...

UPS delivers for Dow Jones index inclusion - news

UPS delivered, Bank of America earned its dividend and UBS banked a win, as all three landed inclusion into the 2013/2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The three biggest...

inbrief - news

Good old M&S… Marks & Spencer (M&S) has signed a one year deal to work with social enterprise technology provider Good World Solutions to facilitate direct communications...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

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

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...

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...

Novartis extends pledge to fight childhood malaria in Africa - news

Swiss pharma giant Novartis is backing a new campaign in its long-term commitment to fighting malaria. The Power of One campaign (www.Po1.org) aims to address the treatment gap –...

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...

TUC urges public to press high street brands on Bangladesh Accord - news

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the British public to back a new email campaign pressing major high street brands to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh....

Fletcher welcomes BUPA's Carbon Trust certification - news

International healthcare group Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification. The Carbon Trust assessed and...

Impax exec appointed to NERC - news

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

Putting bribery under the cosh - news

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

Church of England to take on high-interest payday lenders - news

The Church of England is to investigate how it broke its own ethical rules and invested indirectly in a high-interest payday lender. At the same time the church will go through its books...

Biotech companies unite to combat GMO opposition - news

A group of biotech companies have launched an online forum to combat mounting opposition to genetically modified foods. GMO Answers.com is funded by the members of The Council for...

Unilever backs sustainability innovation programme - news

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

Samsung under fire for alleged labour law violations in Brazil - news

Public prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against the South Korean electronics giant Samsung, alleging that it has been infringing labour laws at one of its factories. According...

Pharma giants pledge greater drug transparency - news

The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) have strengthened their commitment to enhancing...

CRS is the real thing at CCE - news

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

Jon Lukomnik wins top award - news

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

Here be dragons? - news

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

Toy story... - news

Leading American toy manufacturer, Hasbro Inc, has won an Environmental Merit Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The award acknowledges Hasbro’s environmental...

Fashion fails workers in sandblasting scandal - news

Activists have demanded urgent action from governments and companies to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans....

GSK China executives "appear to have broken" law - news

CHINA: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Britain’s largest pharmaceuticals company, admitted some of its executives appeared to have broken the law, as bribery investigations were conducted....

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...

Call for global ban on deadly sandblasting in garment industry - news

Activists are demanding urgent action from governments and companies to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans....

GM & Honda to collaborate on next-generation fuel cell technologies - news

Automotive giants General Motors and Honda are to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

Getting the green light to tell your ethical story - news

How about this for the ultimate in greenwashing? Michinoku, a Japanese company which was - up until recently - making pampered pooch treats from one of the rarer species of whale, described...

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...

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...

Chemical contamination still issue for Environment Agency - news

New chemicals used by manufacturers, along with their products, are bringing fresh health risks, even though European environmental policies have reduced contamination in air, water and food,...

Selfridges swims with sharks to raise conservation awareness - news

London department store Selfridges is ramping up its retail activism in promoting marine conservation by backing a new concept, Shark Parks, areas of the ocean dedicated to the conservation of...

Chrysler sees vroom for improvement - news

Chrysler Group LLC in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) are working together to bring greater...

Puma signs Bangladesh safety agreement - news

German sport & lifestyle brand Puma has signed the Bangladesh Fire and Safety Agreement set up by global trade union IndustryAll to ensure that the company’s six supplier factories in...

“Days of making a return or a difference now over” - news

“The days of making a return or making a difference are over,” Justine Greening, Britain’s secretary of state for international development, told delegates at the recent FT/IFC...

GSK & Save the Children launch Healthcare Innovation Award - news

In its first joint initiative since it announced its ambitious new partnership aiming to save the lives of 1 million children over the next five years, drugs giant GSK and international...

Food retailers wary over push for GM crops - news

The strongest call yet has gone to UK farmers to grow genetically modified crops but the response of food retailers reflects a continuing public wariness. One supermarket chain is so...

Boeing flying high as CO2 emissions fall by 26% - news

Dreamliner maker Boeing has made significant improvements in its environmental performance, despite a 50% increase in airplane production over recent years (2007 to 2012). According to its...

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

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

Dell upgrades to waste-free packaging - news

Global IT company Dell is stepping up its environmental efforts by setting itself a 100% waste-free packaging stream by 2020. “Packaging is often the first part of our products that...

P&G clean water commitment hits milestone - news

American FMCG giant Procter and Gamble (P&G) has delivered its 6 billionth litre of clean drinking water as part of its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment to save one life every...

Former FT mandate,Roger Aitken, analyst, interprets the Fundwatch data: - news

Ethical funds across five sectors analysed by Morningstar in the latest one-year period to 30 April 2013 posted reasonably healthy peer group average returns ranging between +10.97% for European...

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...

New ways of measuring company performance - news

Written by Jeffrey Harrison &  Andy Wicks, Darden Business School, University of Virginia, US Firm performance is a fundamental issue for scholars and practitioners alike. We...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

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...

GSK & Save the Children ramp up collaboration - news

Save the Children and pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are ramping up their collaborative efforts with an ambitious new partnership to save the lives of a million of the poorest children in...

Baby milk manufacturers come under ethical spotlight again - news

Infant feeding brands are under the ethical cosh again following an American pressure group’s assertion that some are using genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) and therefore exposing...

Sustainability stars... - news

The top 100 sustainable Chinese companies were unveiled recently and include Alibaba, the Lenovo Group, Vanke, Huawei, TSMC and the TCL Corporation. Twelve of the China Top 100 Green Companies...

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...

BASF gains gold-level certification in Spain - news

BASF has achieved gold-level certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, making it the first chemical company to do so....

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...

Financial services grow in developing nations - news

Financial services will be available to hundreds of thousands more low-income people under new commitments to Business Call to Action (BCtA), the UN anti-poverty programme. The projects will...

Panasonic lantern programme lights way in developing countries - news

Japan’s Panasonic Corporation has instigated a project to donate a total of 100,000 solar lanterns to people in regions of the world without electricity, by 2018.    As...

App appreciation… - news

App appreciation… YumvY, has won the People’s Choice award in Microsoft’s Windows 8 Apps for Social Good contest in the US. It is a cooking companion to help users prepare...

Social impact portal… - news

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

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...

Water quality standards slip across Europe - news

Water in over 6,000 towns and cities across Europe is failing EU environmental standards, putting the health of millions of people at risk and rendering taxpayers liable for fines of over...

CIEH welcomes Edwards - news

David Edwards, executive director at global public health and safety organisation NSF International and consumer safety specialist, has been appointed to the board of the trading arm of the...

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...

Small-scale mining needs sustainability focus too - news

A sustainability research body has started a campaign to raise awareness of artisanal and small-scale mining and to ensure that the industry improves lives and safeguards local environments....

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...

ClimateCare & BioCarbon launch cookstove project in Ghana - news

Climate and development organisation ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is looking to improve health and reduce carbon emissions with the registration of its Clean...

US manufacturer debuts 'Goodness Report' - news

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Inspirational media in a post-water cooler world - news

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

Shutting, stable, bolting. There’s a message in there - news

There’s nothing like a good scandal to stoke the appetite, I find. And the horsemeat saga that’s set to rumble on across Europe for the next few months is no exception. All this talk...

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to require EU businesses to introduce non-financial disclosure as part of a wider emphasis on using CSR as a driver of economic recovery....

Pharma R&D spend increases by 40% - news

Pharmaceutical industry-led R&D on developing new and improved vaccines to tackle neglected diseases have increased in number by 40%, according to the International Federation of...

Could Coca-Cola be letting the genie out of the can? - news

Selling your product can be a difficult enough process without drawing attention to its failings in your own marketing. Whether questions of usefulness or quality, or allusions to any...

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...

Levi Strauss pledges to cut all use of toxic chemicals - news

Jeans maker Levi Strauss has committed itself to removing all hazardous chemicals from its entire clothing manufacturing processes by 2020, in a growing list of successes for environment...

Sodexo ups Sedex ante - news

On-site solutions provider Sodexo has enhanced its membership of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, to improve supply chain transparency and ensure its ethical and sustainable standards...

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,...

Financial institutions ‘playing CSR catch-up’ - news

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

Genetics company criticised for withholding breast cancer research data - news

Medical academics are protesting that the US healthcare company Myriad Genetics is concealing vital cancer discoveries for its own commercial reasons. Myriad has devised a test determining...

AngloAmerican in silicosis scare - news

AngloAmerican is being taken to the high court by nearly 3,000 African gold miners, who claim they have developed silicosis, a scarring of the lungs, for which there is no cure, because of poor...

Fury over 'supersize' drinks ban - news

The US drinks industry is suing  New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration over its ban on the sale of ‘supersized’ cartons of sodas and sugary drinks. The...

Living wage: ethics and economics converge - news

No global supply chains consistently pay a living wage. While food prices and energy costs escalate, the issue of a living wage has become more important – and challenging – than...

Socially responsible building begins at home - news

There’s a housing crisis in the UK. We must build more homes to relieve the shortage and to kickstart the economy. So investment in housing must be socially responsible, right? Well,...

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...

Ghaus to head NQA - news

Mo Ghaus has been appointed head of assessment, verification and certification provider NQA. Mo had been acting head of NQA for six months and formally succeeds Catherine Golds in the role after...

Britain's got the stress factor - news

Stress in the UK is landing people in hospital with the number of hospital admissions for the year to May 2012 up on the previous 12 months by 47%, according to the Health & Social Care...

UN issues health warning over chemical misuse - news

Increased chemical misuse is causing health and environmental damage, especially in emerging economies, and governments must do more to carry out a promised clean-up by 2020, a UN report claims....

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,...

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

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

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...

Builders face court action over blacklisting claims - news

Blacklisted UK construction industry workers have launched a high court claim against the builder of the Olympic Stadium, Sir Robert McAlpine, for conspiring with other firms over three decades...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

Companies either headquartered in France and which operate there will be required to comply with a CSR reporting mandate.   Article 225 of the Grenelle II Act is one of the most...

Indian MPs debate law requiring companies to spend 2% of profits on CSR initiatives - news

Companies based in India are to be required to spend 2% of their net profit on CSR initiatives, under a law before Indian MPs.   And the parliamentary committee, headed by former...

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

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

The state is redrawing its battle lines with business - news

Everywhere, there are signs that ‘the state’ is tightening the screw on companies which, in its collective view, are acting unethically, or generally against its interests or that of...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

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

EPA wins backing to limit power plant emissions - news

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been given ‘unambiguous’ backing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite opposition from corporations and trade...

Shareholders target political spending curbs - news

The two main candidates in this year’s US presidential election stand to gain from large corporations who are attempting to influence their campaigns by pouring money into independent...

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,...

Glynwood appoints Frith as president - news

Kathleen Frith has been appointed president of Glynwood, one of the leading sustainable agriculture and food organisations in the US. Glynwood’s aim is to save farming by strengthening...

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...

Reckitt cleans up its act eight years early by concentrating on packaging and propellant - news

Reckitt Benckiser, a leading producer of household cleaning and consumer healthcare products, has exceeded its 2020 target of cutting carbon emissions by a fifth – eight years early....

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...

NGOs slam UN for giving into business ‘bluewash’ - news

The UN has been forced to defend itself against an accusation of corporate capture made by civil society bodies worldwide. The UN, which presides over many significant international CSR...

Remuneration packages spark shareholder revolts - news

Shareholders have finally challenged and changed company decisions after weeks of high-profile campaigning over pay deals and executive elections in the UK. Now further rebellions are...

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...

Brazilian court throws doubt on ‘economic harm’ actions - news

A court in Brazil has ruled that economic concerns cannot override environmental factors, as part of a decision to ban the burning of sugar cane stalks. In a move that could set a...

Cisco to pilot healthcare project in India - news

Computer networking firm Cisco has launched an initiative in India to improve access to healthcare for the country’s rural population. The US-based multinational is to pilot a remote...

Tobacco saga finally comes to court - news

A 14-year-old lawsuit seeking C$27bn (£16.9bn, €20.7bn) in damages against three tobacco firms in Canada is to come to trial. The class action alleges that Imperial Tobacco,...

US companies blazing CSR path in India - news

A thriving CSR movement among US-based multinationals in India has been revealed in the most detailed catalogue yet of initiatives in the country. The ‘compendium’ of 60...

Pharma firm Merck to subsidise clean water in India to help fight disease - news

The pharmaceuticals giant Merck has joined forces with an NGO to improve access to water and reduce the impact of water-borne disease in India. Merck, which is tackling a CSR issue not...

Foxconn found wanting, but focus still on Apple - news

The keenly-awaited results of an investigation into Apple supplier Foxconn’s labour practices has confirmed ‘serious and pressing’ abuses, though the Chinese company has...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

Barrick Gold sets up advisory board - news

Barrick Gold has set up a CSR advisory board to guide it on social responsibility, with John Ruggie appointed as special consultant to the board. The rest of the Canadian gold mining...

IFPMA pharma code expands - news

The international pharmaceuticals industry’s code of conduct has been expanded. The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) code, which will now...

Growing pains and CSR in the People's Republic - news

China's rise to industrial powerhouse has not been painless, with pollution, freedom of speech and workers' rights regularly hitting the news. But CSR could play a critical role in...

Brands desert Limbaugh's US show after 'slut' jibe - news

Sponsor boycotts of the Rush Limbaugh Show, whose eponymous presenter branded a women's rights activist a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' because she campaigns for contraception,...

Energy extractives industry sees guidelines updated in wake of BP disaster - news

New non-financial reporting guidance for the oil and gas industry has been produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Designed for companies at various stages of the oil, gas and...

AstraZeneca makes US pharma donation - news

Pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca has announced a donation of $4m-worth (€3m, £2.5m) of prescription medicines for poor and uninsured patients in the US. One of the largest donations...

The best democracy that money can buy - news

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

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

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

New SRI index launched in Mexico - news

The world’s third large-scale, dedicated SRI index has been launched in Mexico. The Mexican stock exchange, the second-largest in Latin America, has set requirements for companies on...

Obesity 'a ticking time bomb' says SAM - news

Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) has outlined the investment opportunities created by solutions to obesity. The Zurich-based firm lists the possible returns for the private sector in a range...

South African construction industry unites to address health and safety weaknesses - news

Companies in South Africa’s construction industry have collaboratively introduced a non-profit organisation to improve the sector’s health and safety practices. BuildSafe South...

US environment agency launches cross-sector greenhouse gas database - news

Details of the highest-emitting US business facilities have been revealed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The information, based on the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, which...

Milk toxin scandal hits China CSR star - news

Public outcry and a debate about the meaning of Chinese CSR have been triggered by an award given to a dairy company that had just produced contaminated milk for the second time in four years....

Kraft wins stewardship award - news

Kraft Foods, Pfizer, UnitedHealth and Grainger have received the top honours at the US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Citizenship Awards. With the focus of this year’s winners on...

Social Value bill to pass through Lords - news

A bill making its way through the UK parliament will obligate public sector purchasers to consider ‘social value’ in awarding contracts. The Public Services (Social Value) Bill,...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

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

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

Firms disclosing political spend after law abolished - news

A growing number of US companies are voluntarily disclosing their political spending and putting restrictions on the political use of their money, according to a new report ahead of the 2012...

Hundreds of companies at risk of violating European harmful chemicals laws - news

A list of companies at risk of violating incoming European legislation on dangerous chemicals has been published by a Swedish NGO. The SIN Producers List, a catalogue of 389 companies using...

CSR for HR - news

This guide brings together a range of issues central to the responsibility of business, one being the way it treats its workers. Covering complex ground that ranges from diversity to...

In search of the producers from among the predators - news

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

US leads growth in chief sustainability positions - news

The number of chief sustainability officers (CSOs) in the US is accelerating, though it may be difficult for outsiders and new talent aspiring to the role to get a foot on the ladder....

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

Shell’s activities in Nigeria are once again in the spotlight after the simultaneous release of secret court documents, an NGO report on its operations and a UN environmental assessment....

Apple faces internal opposition in China - news

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

McDonald’s counts the calories in CSR deal - news

McDonald’s has agreed to introduce calorie information to all of its UK menus in collaboration with the Department of Health, the most significant of the Conservative Party’s...

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Johnson & Johnson has set itself a series of five-year goals in a miniature version of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A. The detailed targets include launching 100 health education...

Topshop drops ‘anorexic’ girl from ad - news

A British clothing retailer has been forced to withdraw a fashion advertisement amid accusations that it promotes anorexia in young women. The online advertisement, marketing...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Carlsberg subsidiary set to introduce five-point ‘discipline pact’ for suppliers - news

A Ukrainian brewer has become one of the first eastern European companies to establish a code of conduct for its suppliers. Slavutich, part of the Carlsberg Group, has made compulsory...

Rwanda secures cervical cancer prevention deal - news

Pharmaceutical giant Merck is to donate millions of vaccines and testing resources for the prevention of cervical cancer in Africa. Under the terms of a partnership with Dutch diagnostics...

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...

Safety lapses costing UK businesses £22bn a year - news

British businesses are ‘losing their competitive edge’ due to health and safety failures. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the UK’s professional...

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Inge Huijbrechts has been appointed as Rezidor’s new responsible business director. Hujibrechts, who succeeds Sarah Rooney, will have the job of implementing and improving the hotel...

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A guide on ethical purchasing standards for the UK National Health Service (NHS) has been launched, outlining best practice for procurement staff. The online toolkit, developed in collaboration...

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GlaxoSmithKline  has formed a partnership with three NGOs to try to address the shortage of frontline healthcare workers in the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). The...

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...

Denim makers told: stop sandblasting - news

Retailers and brand companies have been told by their membership organization to remove all sandblasted denim products from their supply chains.   The Brussels-based Business Social...

Levi Strauss revamps supply chain strategy - news

Levi Strauss is to adopt new terms of engagement for its global supply chain in an effort to ‘move beyond compliance’ and ensure it has a more positive impact on the lives of workers...

Daimler sets out ten-year way ahead - news

Daimler has announced ten-year sustainability targets in its latest CSR report. The German car manufacturer has made 51 pledges, from traffic safety to gender equality, in an effort to sharpen...

Puma unveils new-style profit and loss accounts - news

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

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...

tobacco giant tries to haul Uruguay before court over smoking ban - news

The Uruguayan government has is being sued in a tribunal by a tobacco company after it instituted a smoking ban. The US-based Philip Morris has taken legal action seeking to bring Uruguay, which...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

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

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

Heineken tackles HIV/Aids - news

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturers has initiated three HIV and Aids prevention projects in Africa. Heineken will support the expansion of three existing programmes to help...

Shell makes flaring pledge - news

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

Sport needs to tackle high reputational risks - news

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

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...

Legislation’s first fine is issued - news

The first sentencing under the UK’s Corporate Manslaughter Act has been imposed in the form of a £385,000 ($630,000, €438,000) fine on an engineering company for an...

FTSE4Good resets rules on breast milk substitutes - news

The marketing of breast milk substitutes is to be subject to external verification assessments commissioned by the FTSE4Good index. In its latest bi-annual review the index announced new...

Chesapeake hit by $2m divestment - news

Nearly $2million (£1.2m, €1.4m) has been divested from Chesapeake Energy over concerns about the company’s alleged irresponsibility on home soil in the US. Harrington...

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...

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...

Chevron states intentions on record environmental fine in Ecuador - news

Chevron says it has no plans to pay the $8.6billion (£5.3bn, €6.2bn) fine passed down by a court in Ecuador in what is thought to be the highest damage award ever issued in an environmental...

Moving in on the board: the lowdown on CSOs - news

Ben Cartland, an associate at recruitment agency Acre Resources, answers questions on the rise of a new beast in the CSR field: the chief sustainability officer Why are chief...

Micro-credit ‘hurts poor’ as much as it helps them - news

Microfinance projects in the developing world make many people poorer, not richer, a major academic study has concluded. The study by two universities cautions that microfinance should not...

Unilever ends animal tests - news

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

First Lady backs Walmart obesity move - news

Michelle Obama has joined forces with Walmart for a five-year healthy food campaign in a rare corporate endorsement by a US First Lady. President Obama’s wife has helped to draft a...

Big goals and a backlash: how 2011 might shape up - news

Aron Cramer, president and CEO of Business for Social Responsibility, outlines the corporate responsibility trends he believes we should look out for this year   Sustainability...

Regulation is inevitable – so nano firms must act regulation is inevitable - news

The nanotechnology sector has been warned that it will soon face regulatory, liability, reputational and operational risks as the industry’s safety and environmental issues become clearer...

Fire safety tops the agenda - news

An initiative to promote better fire prevention measures in Bangladesh clothing factories has been set up by Social Accountability International (SAI) and the International Textile, Garment and...

Food firms still don't have a grip on sourcing - news

The weak point of the food industry remains working conditions and problems in sourcing raw materials, according to a new sustainability study by Bank Sarasin. The bank, which is a large...

Amnesty makes its mark with debut social report - news

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

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...

Europeans pool resources in new partnership scheme - news

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

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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...

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...

Time to apply first aid to your corporate strategy - news

Society will benefit if firms give emergency medical training to all of their employees, argues Sue Killen Official statistics show that every year, in England and Wales alone, up to...

Cenovus makes an early start on CSR - news

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

UK ministry establishes first ‘responsibility deal’ - news

Britain’s health secretary has told companies they will not face legislation on ‘unhealthy’ food, provided they support a forthcoming anti-obesity drive. Businesses...

Patchy safety record still dogs mining sector - news

UK-listed mining companies are failing to improve their overall health and safety performance even though many are implementing policies aimed at reducing employee fatalities to zero. A...

Emerging market CEOs ready to commit to CSR - news

There’s good reason to believe emerging market countries will be in the vanguard of future CSR initiatives, according to an analysis of chief executive opinions in such nations. A new...

GSK goes global on access - news

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has created an overseas department dedicated to expanding access to medicine (ATM) in the world’s poorest countries. As part of its commitment to ATM for...

Nike works with unions - news

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

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

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

Obama compels oil & gas firms to reveal revenues - news

Legislation requiring extractives industry companies to report the payments they make to governments in return for permission to extract resources has been passed in the US. The Dodd-Frank Wall...

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...

BP spill spurs investors to ask questions - news

Improved disclosure and risk management has been demanded of oil and gas firms by a coalition of investors in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A group of 58 investors...

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Kaiser Permanente, the largest US non-profit healthcare provider, has introduced a sustainability scorecard for medical suppliers that evaluates the environmental and health impacts of their...

BP's travails in the Gulf are a sign of things to come - news

Oil firms are beginning to fall foul of working in increasingly hostile environments, says Seb Beloe Who would have thought when the original accident happened on BP's Deepwater Horizon...

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

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

Stone sector bedevilled by bogus ethical claims - news

A clampdown has begun on companies in the stone industry that are making misleading claims about their 'ethical' sourcing, including suggestions that they are members of the Ethical...

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...

Tyre firm moves on health - news

The world's seventh largest tyre manufacturer is to open a hospital for employees in what is being seen as a response to allegations that it has neglected occupational health concerns....

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

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

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

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

Smoothie company pledges ethical future - news

Innocent, the British maker of the Smoothie drink, has tried to assure consumers that its ethical stance will continue, after Coca-Cola bought a majority share in the company. Coca-Cola's move...

Katie Price falls foul of sweatshop allegations - news

The UK retailer Superdrug has boycotted perfume under the Katie Price brand after allegations that the product's bottles were manufactured in a factory guilty of labour abuses.   The Stunning...

World Cup organisers reject HIV criticism - news

The world football federation FIFA has rejected criticism that it has done too little to use the World Cup in South Africa to raise awareness about HIV and Aids prevention. A statement from South...

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A group of telecoms network operators is researching the health impacts of mobile phones in the first study of its kind. The Cohort Study on Mobile Communications (Cosmos) will look into the...

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...

Ethical business oath goes global with UN backing - news

A Hippocratic-style oath for business managers is to go global after being backed by the United Nations Global Compact. The oath, which has been designed as a ‘guiding compass’...

World Bank throws the book at publisher with Sudan bribery links - news

The World Bank has blacklisted the UK-based publishing giant Macmillan after details emerged of the company’s business dealings in Sudan. It has banned the company from any potentially...

Asda sparks access to medicine price war - news

UK retail giant Asda has agreed to sell certain drugs that are too expensive for the National Health Service to provide for free. Asda, which is owned by Wal-Mart, will sell a number of drugs for...

Wal-Mart extends female empowerment programme - news

Walmart has announced plans to expand its women’s development programme in the third world, extending a one-year partnership with the poverty charity Care and pledging a further $2million to its...

Money-making investments in altruism - news

The Altru Fund claims to be overturning the notion of a conflict between social and commercial returns by treating social enterprises like normal businesses. Mike Scott speaks to managing...

Netherlands leads the way as CSR goals influence pay - news

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

US firms missing emissions targets - news

Carbon emissions among the largest companies in the US are on course to rise by almost four per cent over the next ten years, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In research into...

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Cadbury has announced the details of how it will spend a £500,000 ‘social premium’ for Ghanaian cocoa farmers as part of its Fairtrade certification. The money is the first...

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Telecommunications group Orange has joined the United Nations ‘mHealth Alliance’ as part of an effort to improve public health through mobile technology in West Africa. Orange will...

NGOs to get their own reporting requirements - news

Non-governmental organizations will shortly be given their own version of the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines on sustainability reporting. A draft NGO supplement to the guidelines...

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

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

‘Social stock exchange’ could be 18 months away - news

Money is being raised to start a global stock exchange that will allow investors to trade exclusively in companies with social and environmental goals. The Social Stock Exchange, to be...

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Britain has launched its first prosecution of a company executive for alleged corruption overseas. The move, which follows global pressure on the UK government to tighten up on corruption by...

Sustainable business 'could be worth $10tn' - news

Almost five per cent of the world's economic output could be accounted for by sustainability-related business by 2050. That's the prediction of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which says in...

A look at CSR’s continental shift - news

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

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

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

Deaths increase despite setting of ‘zero’ targets - news

Fatalities among employees of UK-based mining companies have risen sharply during the past five years. A Financial Times study shows that with the exception of Anglo-American, which still...

GSK opens up its patents - news

The world’s second-largest pharmaceuticals company is to offer free global access to potential malaria cures. GlaxoSmithKline has placed thousands of drugs in the public domain that...

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...

Coca-Cola expands water initiative - news

A village in South Africa is to be given access to clean drinking water as part of a collaborative project between Coca-Cola and the US Agency for International Development. The move is part of...

Now Kit Kats go down fairtrade route - news

Nestle has become the latest chocolate confectioner to sign up for a sustainability certification mark.   The world’s biggest food company will pay its Ivory Coast cocoa suppliers...

Swedes back HER project - news

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

Ethical shopping guide notes big gulf in best and worst practice - news

There’s a wide disparity between best and worst performers on CSR standards in the UK, according to the latest edition of The Good Shopping Guide, which rates products from banks to washing...

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Energy giant BP has been fined $87million (£51m, €58m) for safety violations at a Texas refinery. The record fine was imposed by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

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

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

SRI fund sets sights on women-friendly firms - news

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

Abbott saves 5 billion gallons - news

A multinational healthcare company has saved a billion gallons of water annually since introducing a programme to reduce water use five years ago. US-based Abbott says it has reached its...

Chevron and ExxonMobil court controversy - news

Chevron, ExxonMobil, Nestlé, Shell and Vedanta were among the world's most criticized companies during September and October. The reputational risk index RepRisk said the five were 'severely...

IBM breaks new ground on employee healthcare - news

IBM is to become one of the first US companies to cover all the costs of primary healthcare for its staff. The technology multinational has pledged ‘100 per cent primary healthcare coverage’ to...

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Healthcare company Abbott Ireland has won the main prize at the Chambers Ireland President’s Awards for CSR, held in Dublin last month. Abbott won the Outstanding Achievement in CSR award...

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...

Retailers tackle obesity - news

A coalition of retailers, non-governmental organizations and food manufactures has launched a foundation to combat obesity in the US. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) aims to help...

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A pilot project to improve safety among chemical companies in China has been launched by the Chinese government, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Dow Chemicals. Dow’s...

Google gives Ugandan poor access to data - news

Internet company Google is to offer free access to health advice, farming tips and other services by mobile phone to people in one of the world’s poorest nations. The AppLab project...

Metro gets praise for factory improvements - news

German retailer Metro Group has received plaudits for its response to labour standards problems in a Bangladeshi supplier factory, which has involved actions against beatings of female...

Sustainable mail service attracts plenty of takers - news

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

Walmart sticks to its word by backing Obama reforms - news

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

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A project to establish health watchdogs near uranium mining sites has been started by the French mining group Areva. An agreement between the company, non-governmental organization Sherpa and...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

Sri Lankan conflict prompts business action - news

A clothing group and a leading bank are backing the relief effort to help 660,000 internal refugees in the wake of the Sri Lankan conflict. Brandix Lanka, the large apparel company, which...

Food firms fortify products - news

A number of food companies are to collaborate on providing products fortified with vitamins and other nutrients for developing countries. Businesses including Unilever, PepsiCo, and 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...

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

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

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...

Kerala IT firms sign Aids pact - news

Information technology businesses in India’s Kerala state are joining the fight against Aids and HIV. Companies on the Technopark industrial estate at Thiruvananthapuram are combining...

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...

Firms getting better at dealing with ESG risks - news

Companies worldwide have improved their performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management over the past three years, according to new research. A study of more than...

Car giant sets target of zero road deaths by 2020 - news

Volvo has set itself the unusual goal of ensuring that nobody is seriously injured or killed in accidents involving any of its new cars within 11 years. The Swedish multinational thinks the...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

One of the world’s main socially responsible investment indices is to introduce criteria on health and safety that companies will have to meet for inclusion. The new health and safety...

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...

Singapore hosts social stock exchange - news

Asia’s first social stock exchange is to open in Singapore. The Social Stock Exchange Asia (SSXA) will provide a trading platform and a capital trading mechanism for non-profit and...

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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A soft drinks producer has become the first US company to make a juice with certified sustainably grown bananas. Naked Juice has announced the certification by the Rainforest Alliance, the...

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...

Tobacco firm pledges to tackle field worker sickness - news

The cigarette company Philip Morris International is taking steps to counter a condition called green tobacco sickness, which affects workers in supplier tobacco fields. The...

Drugs sector ‘must help poor’ - news

Investors have told pharmaceuticals companies they need to focus far more on emerging economies and the poor if they are to become more sustainable. A new study produced as the result of a...

New company emerges to fight malnourishment in Bangladesh - news

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

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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...

Fabric mills get new audit - news

A global auditing company is offering a new ethical qualification for fabric factories. Intertek’s Mill Qualification Programme enables fabric mills, which produce materials for the...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

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...

Coca-Cola pumps millions into water - news

The Coca-Cola Company has committed $30million (£21m) to provide access to safe drinking water for communities throughout Africa. The funding, spread over the next six years, will be...

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Healthcare multinational Baxter has updated its code of conduct to make it more user-friendly with a question and answer section, guides on making ethical decisions and links to further...

‘Black holes’ undermine supply chain progress - news

Many manufacturing and retail companies still have huge gaps in their ethical supply chain management programmes, according to a leading global asset management firm. F&C...

Private equity giants sign up to code - news

Some of the world’s best-known private equity companies have agreed responsible investment guidelines. The companies, all members of the US-based Private Equity Council (PEC), will...

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

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

Ikea spends $48m to help Indian poor - news

Ikea, the Swedish retailer, is giving $48million (£34m) to Unicef to improve the health and living conditions of children in some of India’s poorest areas. Some of the money...

Jupiter moves into China - news

Jupiter, the UK fund management consultancy, has set up an investment company to cover China. Jupiter China Sustainable Growth, to be managed by Jupiter’s China fund manager Philip...

Diversity progress wins Asia Pacific award for Baxter - news

Baxter International, the US healthcare products company, has been honoured for its Building Talent Edge programme aimed at developing an equal male-female balance in company management and...

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British gaming firms are to be forced to contribute funding for gambling helplines and treatment centres. A statutory levy will be imposed on companies from 1 April with the aim of raising more...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

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

Jeans maker’s health project aims for return on investment - news

Levi Strauss has established a programme in Egypt to improve health education among women in the country’s fast-growing garment industry. The clothing company has joined forces with...

Big spenders set out their ethical purchasing goals - news

Two arms of the British state that together spend more than £50billion ($73bn) a year – the Ministry of Defence and the National Health Service – have begun to adopt...

Powerful retailers unveil a code for all seasons - news

A group of multinational retailers has produced the first part of what it hopes will become a single global standard for ethical supply chain management. The companies, including Carrefour,...

Yamana Gold makes it into social index - news

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

Fairtrade Foundation denies failings in sub-continent - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has strongly denied accusations in The Times newspaper that its system is failing many tea workers in the Indian sub-continent. The Times claimed that the...

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...

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...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

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

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...

Body Shop raises Aids awareness - news

Body Shop has collaborated with the Brunei Darussalam Aids Council at a shopping mall in Gadong to raise awareness of the disease. People were encouraged to wear anything red to show their...

Why SRI could be propelled into the spotlight - news

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

Balfour Beatty makes strides on accident rates - news

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

Mobile firm aims to be catalyst on poverty goals - news

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

Firms agree to look at new HIV/Aids action - news

Seventeen large pharmaceuticals companies are to invest more in producing treatments for HIV/Aids in poor countries. Their decision follows a meeting with the United Nations...

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...

Pharmaceuticals sector guidelines pass the UN test - news

A set of human rights guidelines for pharmaceuticals companies has been accepted by the United Nations. The guidelines, which have a strong focus on how the sector can improve access to the...

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...

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

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

69 Chinese resource firms in Burma - news

EarthRights International claims to have found 69 Chinese multinational corporations involved in at least 90 hydropower, oil, natural gas and mining projects in Burma. It reports that China...

Dow helps China with safety goals - news

An agreement to collaborate on promoting safety and emergency precautions in China’s chemical industry has been reached by the Beijing government, the United Nations Environment Programme...

Healthcare company backs Indian dialysis - news

A dialysis clinic has been opened in India by Bridge of Life – DaVita Medical Missions, a non-profit organization set up by DaVita, a US provider of kidney care products and services....

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...

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Helen Turner has joined RWE npower as a fundraising co-ordinator for its Health through Warmth scheme, set up to raise funds to provide vulnerable people with heating and insulation in their...

HIV/Aids drugs go to families - news

Anglo American is extending its HIV and Aids drugs programme in South Africa to family members of its 75,000 workers there. Brian Brink, Anglo’s medical senior vice-president in South...

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...

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

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

League tables cannot make sense of a complex picture - news

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

Cross-sector coalition will target obesity - news

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

‘Sustainable’ Korean companies fare well - news

Sustainable companies on the Korean stock exchange have outperformed the index by more than 110 per cent since 2007, and by 220 per cent since 2002, reports SolAbility in its second yearly...

Satyam sets up Indian healthcare initiative - news

A programme to deliver ‘world-class’ healthcare to remote villages in India has been set up by Satyam Computer Services, a global consulting and information technology company....

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...

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Microsoft and Google have come first and second in a new ranking of Europe's 50 best workplaces. They finished ahead of Cisco, 3M and the German health insurance company impuls...

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Xstrata Coal South Africa has won the Business Excellence Award, presented annually by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, TB and Malaria. The company won the award for a public-private...

Nanotechnology businesses agree ethical guidelines - news

Companies in the developing area of nanotechnology are to be invited to adopt seven responsible practice principles that have been agreed by a working group. The Responsible NanoCode has...

KPMG introduces code of conduct for suppliers - news

KPMG in Europe is claiming to have become the first large accountancy group to produce a supplier code of conduct. The business, a limited liability partnership, has asked all its main...

Spanish law brings ethics into public contracts - news

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

Steel giant signs safety deal - news

The world's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has signed a deal with trade unions to improve the company's health and safety standards. Under the agreement, said to be a steel...

General Motors gives with both hands to disaster relief - news

The General Motors Foundation and GM China have donated more than $1million (£505,000) to support relief work in China and Burma. The biggest part of the contribution has come from GM...

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...

Ministers seek holy grail of social return measure - news

The UK government is to develop a standard way of calculating social return on investment. The Cabinet Office has set up a £350,000 ($690,000) three-year project to produce a measure, and...

Good employer? Then AXA will invest in your shares - news

A French asset manager has created the first socially responsible fund to target for investment European companies with best-in-class employment and working practices. Paris-based Axa...

BSR publishes Asian supply chain results - news

A website has been set up by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to promote its HERproject, which aims to meet the general and reproductive health needs of millions of women employees in...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

Legislation came into effect last month making it easier to prosecute British companies for manslaughter if their negligence leads to a worker’s death. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate...

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...

when an exclusionary approach is not an option - news

I nsight Investment has developed an approach to SRI investing that takes account of its requirement to hold stocks right across the market. Mike Scott talks to Rory Sullivan. The investment...

pension fund points the way ahead on microfinance - news

A large Dutch pension fund has provided the clearest sign yet of the growing interest in microfinance by starting a €200million ($314m, £158m) global investment programme in the sector. PGGM, an...

European food firms on top - news

Danone, Nestlé and Unilever are the best large food companies at addressing health concerns. An analysis of ten of the world’s largest listed food businesses by the JPMorgan bank and the asset...

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...

mutual funds under fire - news

Shareholder activists in the US have begun to target mutual funds over their ethical investment policies by filing resolutions for consideration at annual meetings. Shareholders in two Fidelity...

L&G UK Ethical Trust has its strong points, but they come at a cost that may be unpalatable to some - news

L&G Ethical Trust is an ethical tracker, and there aren't many of those about. Ideally, such a fund would provide investors with low-cost exposure to a basket of ethical companies from...

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Dow Chemical Company and humanitarian healthcare agency International Aid have announced a partnership to provide safer water. Dow will supply 300,000 filters for a lightweight water...

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...

Royal Mail offers health training to staff - news

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

Smart card aims to curb tobacco use - news

A smart card that contains personal details such as date of birth and will have to be used for buying cigarettes from vending machines is expected to curb under-age smoking in Japan. The...

Responsible business in Micronesia gets blog - news

A blog section on socially responsible business in Micronesia has been added to a website run by Catalyst, a London company that takes business people to other countries to study social...

HP suppliers still failing to adopt proactive mindset - news

Most of Hewlett Packard’s central European suppliers still have a ‘reactive’ approach to social and environmental responsibility despite the company’s best efforts,...

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...

Aastra lays out standards for major suppliers - news

Canadian telecoms business Aastra has created an ethical policy for its suppliers that sets out guidelines on areas such as health and safety, treatment of staff and the environment....

inbrief - news

Pharmaceuticals company Merck aims to raise $50million (£25.5m) with the World Bank to fight river blindness, a leading cause of preventable sight loss in 28 African countries. Merck has...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

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

Coca-Cola plants ‘do not cause water shortages’ - news

Coca-Cola is claiming vindication in its battle with campaigners over its role in water scarcities near bottling plants in India. An 18-month investigation by an independent scientific body...

Drug firms to be ranked on access to medicines - news

Institutional investors are to formally assess pharmaceuticals companies on the extent to which they improve access to medicines worldwide. The top 20 pharma companies by market...

Alcan rewards poverty group - news

The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation in northern India has been awarded the 2007 $1million (£503,000) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize, given...

Chinese companies respond on human rights - news

Chinese companies are making an effort to respond to allegations that they are violating human rights, according to the East Asia researcher of the Hong Kong Business and Human Rights Resource...

ethical tea initiative meets in China - news

Health and safety in China’s tea industry were the themes of the country’s first seminar run by the Ethical Tea Partnership, a non-profit alliance of companies that monitors conditions in the...

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...

corporate responsibility and the Millennium Development Goals - news

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

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...

more retailers decide to share audit data - news

In a further sign that businesses are increasingly pooling their efforts on ethical supply chain monitoring, more than a dozen multinational clothing companies have agreed to share the results of...

small agencies join forces - news

Nineteen British 'boutique' consultancies have joined forces to market their corporate social responsibility services. The firms, none of which has more than 10 staff, have come together in an...

inbrief - news

Russian extractives company Rusal has announced a social investment programme in Nigeria. It will support education, healthcare, water treatment and electricity projects in the state of Akwa Ibom...

Puma enlists journalist to enhance its auditing - news

Puma has taken the unusual step of asking a journalist to join some of its ethical supply chain inspections and then write about them in its annual sustainability report. The sports clothing...

nanotechnology sector moves closer to agreeing code - news

Seven principles of responsible practice for companies in the developing area of nanotechnology are being finalized. The Responsible NanoCode has been drafted by a working group established by...

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...

more support needed to reach millennium goals - news

Many of the less developed economies in the Asia Pacific region need global support to plug the biggest gaps, even though governments and business there have generally made progress towards the...

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...

Deutsche Post signs up to child mortality programme - news

Deutsche Post has entered into a global partnership with the United Nations’ Children’s Fund (Unicef) to reduce child mortality. The Berlin-based postal and logistics multinational will offer the...

pharmaceuticals firms cogitate on human rights guidance - news

Human rights guidelines have been drafted for pharmaceuticals companies by a United Nations expert. The guidelines on how the industry can improve access to the two billion people in developing...

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...

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...

awards focus shifts to views of report readers - news

A new set of sustainability reporting awards will be introduced next year based on the decisions of report readers, not a judging panel. The Readers’ Choice Awards are co-ordinated by the Global...

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

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

building firms ready to sign procurement deal - news

An unusual alliance between government and industry has led to the creation of a Strategy for Sustainable Construction in England and Wales that outlines voluntary commitments on the part of...

managing risk across a range of asset classes - news

PGGM, one of the biggest pension funds in Europe, applies both exclusionary and engagement policies to its huge portfolio of equities and other investments in an effort to minimize social and...

firms face tougher law on corporate manslaughter - news

British companies whose negligence leads to the death of individuals will face prosecution for manslaughter under legislation that now has royal assent. The Corporate Manslaughter Act,...

Brown told to get moving on ethical buying regime - news

Oxfam has urged UK prime minister Gordon Brown to create a more ‘enabling environment for ethical trade’ in public procurement. The UK public sector spends £125billion ($250bn) annually on...

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....

Olympics suppliers targeted - news

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

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...

Nike goes back into Sialkot - news

Nike, the official supplier of hand-stitched soccer balls to the English Premier Football League, is to buy again from Pakistan. Last year the company withdrew orders from the manufacturer...

Temasek Holdings sets up development fund - news

Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government’s investment arm, has set up a S$500million ($330m, £163m) trust to boost Asian development. Four per cent of the trust’s endowment funds will go...

publisher quits arms fairs - news

Reed Elsevier is to stop hosting arms fairs over ethical concerns about its involvement with the defence industry. The Anglo-Dutch multinational publishing group made the announcement in the...

export credit agencies asked to extend remit - news

Some of the world’s largest economies have agreed that their government-backed export credit agencies should look at a wider range of social factors when considering whether to provide financial...

68 per cent growth in complaints at BP - news

Employee complaints about possible legal infractions at BP rose by two-thirds last year in the wake of some major health and safety incidents. The oil multinational’s latest sustainability report...

food sector put on regulation alert - news

The food and drink industry has been warned by the European Commission that it could face new regulations within three years if it is judged to be doing too little to tackle obesity. EC health...

Unilever begins switch to ‘ethical’ tea sourcing - news

Unilever, the world’s largest buyer of black tea, is to source its entire tea supply using Rainforest Alliance standards, starting with the certification of producers in east Africa. The...

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...

Rio Tinto looks to make more safety gains - news

Rio Tinto is to introduce new measures to improve its safety culture despite big drops in the rate of occupational illnesses and accidents in recent years. The mining group has reduced...

inbrief - news

Insight Investment had 400 formal engagements with companies on corporate responsibility topics last year. Most of the discussions were on two issues – health and safety (154) and climate change...

keeping it simple: exclusion pays off for Old Mutual - news

Old Mutual Asset Managers’ Ethical Fund has outperformed the main index for the last three calendar years, despite having only around 400 UK companies in its investable universe with the...

two new entrants test size of CSR jobs market - news

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

market at the base of the pyramid put at $5trillion - news

Companies developing products for sale to some of the world’s poorest people are opening up a market worth as much as $5trillion (£2.5tn) a year. The figure appears in the first study to...

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...

female health ‘neglected’ in supply chain efforts - news

Businesses have been urged to pay more attention to promoting reproductive health for women working in their supply chains in developing countries. The US-based Business for Social...

inbrief - news

Chemicals company Bayer is teaming up with the World Health Organization to provide free drugs to combat chagas disease in Latin America for the next five years. Chagas is a potentially fatal...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

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

Nestlé ombudsman system ‘does exist’ - news

Nestlé has denied suggestions that a whistleblowing system it was supposed to set up five years ago to root out examples of unethical baby milk formula marketing does not actually exist. The...

Hershey targets suppliers - news

An American snack food company is to develop an ethical supply chain monitoring programme that goes beyond recent efforts by chocolate manufacturers to tackle child labour and poor workplace...

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...

Indian local government office goes down SA8000 route - news

A local government office in the Medak district of Andhra Pradesh State, India, has gained SA8000 certification, the standard that assesses organizations on labour conditions, union rights and...

Abbott Laboratories offers cheap drugs in Thailand - news

The price of the antiretroviral drug Kaletra, used in HIV and Aids treatment, has been reduced in Thailand after negotiations between the US manufacturer Abbott Laboratories and the Thai...

Asian Development Bank backs enterprise - news

A grant of $1million (£520,000) has been promised by the Asian Development Bank’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to improve the livelihood of poor farmers and disadvantaged groups in eastern...

Indian gagging order upsets unions - news

A court has issued an order silencing five Indian labour organizations that have protested about work conditions imposed by a company producing garments for large European and US labels. The...

Afghan company wins plaudits - news

Special recognition for excellence in corporate philanthropy has been paid to Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecoms operator, and the Aga Khan Development Network. The prize was created to mark...

food firms are falling short - news

No leading food company has yet produced a comprehensive social responsibility programme on health and obesity, according to a new study. The analysis of 25 multinationals by Insight...

Danone asks shareholders to back social fund - news

The French food group Danone is to invite its shareholders to use their dividends to create a business development fund for social causes. Danone will present the proposal for shareholder...

tyre firms look at their risk factors - news

The world’s ten main tyre manufacturers are to collaborate on a research programme to assess the social, health and environmental impacts of the manufacturing and use of their products. The...

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...

Deloitte sets up safe water project - news

A 12-month corporate-backed programme to bring safe water to neglected communities will target Bangladesh, China, India and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The programme...

Toyota shuns CSR scheme - news

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

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...

M&S sets the pace in the supermarket sector - news

Marks & Spencer has produced an ambitious 100-point five-year plan on social and environmental issues that, among other things, aims to 'set new standards' in ethical trading and promote a...

inbrief - news

German pharmaceuticals company Merck is to work with the World Health Organization to provide drugs at half price for treating the tropical disease bilharzia, which is caused by parasitic worms....

HP offers management tools to small firms - news

Central European small businesses are to be encouraged to become more socially responsible through a new programme funded by the technology company Hewlett-Packard. HP has created the...

market for consultancy services is in rude health - news

The extent of CSR professional service provision has been laid bare in the first printed international directory of organizations offering advisory and other services in the field....

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...

Nike drops football stitcher - news

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

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...

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...

India makes show in Alcan prize - news

An Indian organization, the Barefoot College, has won this year's $1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability. The prize annually recognizes NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations...

inbrief - news

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

inbrief - news

HSBC's Global Education Trust has announced a £1million ($1.9m) partnership with the UK's Department for Education and Skills to provide a year's private tuition for children in care. The...

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...

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....

'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...

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,...

ethical trading flagship has had limited impact - news

One of the world’s longest-running ethical supply chain management initiatives has generally led to only minor improvements in workplace standards – or none at all – during its first decade....

Brandix makes progress on water project - news

Water is to be laid on within three years by Brandix Lanka, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel exporter, to villages where its workers live. Brandix surveyed its 18,000 employees and found 900 were...

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...

NEC puts main suppliers under ethical microscope - news

The Japanese information technology giant NEC has begun for the first time to formally assess the social and environmental performance of its suppliers. NEC began extending its social and...

China gets business-led Aids scheme - news

A ground-breaking scheme has been started in China to unite businesses and the government in tackling health problems. The China Health Alliance has been formed by the Global Health Initiative of...

IBLF head praises Indonesian progress on CSR - news

Indonesian businesses have been congratulated for their progress in introducing corporate responsibility policies by Robert Davies, chief executive of the International Business Leaders' Forum...

Standard Chartered targets call centres for Aids advice - news

Classroom-based Aids education is being directed at about 6000 call centre staff in Chennai, India, by Standard Chartered Bank. The lessons will be followed by HIV prevention messages popping up...

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...

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...

clothes chain throws its hat into the ethical trading ring - news

One of the UK’s largest high street clothes retailers, Primark, has shown an increased commitment to corporate responsibility by joining the Ethical Trading Initiative. By signing up, Primark, a...

Methodists soften stance on Nestlé - news

Methodists in Britain have backed a decision by their church’s ethical investment committee to end its long-standing ban on investing in Nestlé over concerns about the company’s marketing of breast...

inbrief - news

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...

Centrica posts its principles - news

Centrica is to send a set of revised business principles to 10,000 of its suppliers by the end of the year. The UK energy conglomerate will target its strategic suppliers in a preliminary mailing...

L’Oreal enlists hairdressers in fight against Aids - news

Cosmetics company L’Oreal has won acclaim for an initiative that trains employees to serve as HIV/Aids ‘educators’ in regions hard-hit by the disease. L’Oreal picked up the Award for Business...

tougher factory audits reveal European failings - news

An upgraded ethical supply chain auditing process now in use by the clothing retailer H&M has uncovered more serious breaches of workplace standards than its old methods – especially in...

hours and pay are key non-compliance areas - news

Poor control over long working hours, inadequate pay levels and a lack of proper documentation have emerged as the main areas of concern during the first three years of an ethical supply chain...

property developers band together to work with suppliers - news

UK property development and construction companies hope a pilot programme to reduce supply chain risk will shortly be taken up across their sector. More than 20 such businesses met in late June...

ABB fights back on Sudan - news

ABB has hit back at investors and critics concerned at the multinational engineering group’s involvement in business operations in Sudan. The Zurich-based company has taken the unusual step of...

Asian firms look at ethical alcohol selling - news

Alcoholic drinks producers in Asia are meeting to decide how best to self-regulate their advertising and marketing in a responsible fashion. Dr Marcus Grant, president of the International...

new standards for paper group - news

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

Tesco counters criticism with a ten-point plan - news

One of the world's largest supermarket chains has unveiled a ten-point corporate responsibility plan. The series of measures, which were announced by Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy...

UN acts to raise standards at tourism and travel firms - news

The tourism and travel industry is to receive United Nations help to improve its performance on human rights. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a UN specialist agency, is creating a...

bird flu moves on to CSR managers’ radar - news

CSR managers around the world are being invited to answer questions about their companies’ preparedness to tackle the effects of a possible bird flu pandemic. The US-based Center for Corporate...

inbrief - news

The Specsavers optical services chain has been shortlisted in the CSR category of this year’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards. Specsavers is named for its cause-related...

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...

don’t allow CSR to become a state-led leftist agenda - news

The UK Conservative Party must reclaim corporate responsibility for the centre-right, says David Cameron Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been speaking about responsible business...

Asia tea producers ‘fall short on CSR’ - news

The tea sector in Asia still has a ‘grim’ record on observing accepted workplace standards, according to a new study. The survey, by the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN), found a ‘sad...

inbrief - news

The pharmaceuticals sector has donated vaccines, equipment, health education and manpower worth at least $4.38billion (£2.5bn) during the past five years, reports the London School of Economics....

too much talk and not enough action from food companies - news

Most of the world’s largest food companies are still not getting to grips with the potential harm in the goods they produce and sell, a study has found. An analysis of the biggest 25 food...

French motor giant signs CSR deal with trade unions - news

Peugeot Citroen has reached a landmark agreement with 85 trade unions by committing itself to new global workplace and supply chain standards. The multinational French car manufacturer,...

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,...

SA8000 to get major revamp - news

A workplace standard used at more than 800 factories worldwide is to be revised this summer. Social Accountability International, which devised the SA8000 ethical standard in 1997, is...

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

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

Alcoa makes reporting debut - news

Alcoa, the international aluminium company, has released its first China Sustainability Report, detailing its environmental, social and economic activities in the country last year and the...

Euro blueprint sets out softly-softly approach - news

The European Commission’s second white paper on CSR draws a line under more than five years of deliberation by officials. EP examines what it says What is the purpose of an EC white paper? To...

NHS puts sustainability into its purchasing mix - news

Companies tendering for supply contracts from the National Health Service in England will have to provide information on their sustainability performance under new procurement guidelines. The...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

Alcoa makes strides on safety - news

Alcoa has reported dramatic reductions in workplace injuries in its European operations. The aluminium company – which has 28,500 employees in Europe and 131,000 in 43 countries worldwide – says...

Diageo promotes responsible drinking in Korea - news

A healthy drinking campaign aimed at university students has been started by Diageo Korea, the alcoholic drinks company behind popular brands such as Windsor and Johnnie Walker. A booklet...

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...

tea partnership widens its reach into South America - news

A global alliance of tea-packing companies has expanded its ethical supply chain monitoring into Argentina and Brazil. The London-based Ethical Tea Partnership, which checks workers’...

UN rapporteur to examine role of drugs firms - news

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to health is to investigate how pharmaceutical companies can improve the health of the world’s poor, beyond the commercial sale of products....

responsible business practice is not only a company concern - news

Has a battleship invaded corporate social responsibility’s pond? CSR is usually regarded as a private sector concern, mainly engaging large listed companies. The public sector has hardly figured...

Sakhalin II decision could be big test for Equator Principles - news

One of the biggest tests yet is looming for the Equator Principles on ethical project finance lending, following a decision by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to conduct a...

ANZ prepares to apply ethical screen to suppliers - news

One of the largest Antipodean banks is to flesh out a ‘sustainable procurement’ policy for its suppliers this year. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, which spends A$2.2billion...

soft drinks firms sign code aimed at fighting obesity - news

European soft drinks manufacturers have for the first time jointly agreed voluntary measures to tackle obesity among young people. Members of the Union of European Beverages Associations...

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...

Singapore reaches milestone on older workers - news

About 25 Singapore companies have committed themselves to the Advantage! scheme since it was introduced in October 2005 to help 4,000 mature employees to continue working. A paint company...

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...

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...

Unilever shows Oxfam it can be a force for good - news

Unilever has emerged with a relatively clean bill of health after opening up its books to the anti-poverty group Oxfam for a two-year investigation of the socio-economic impacts of the company’s...

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

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

allegations show confusion on suppliers - news

The difficulty of determining the degree to which multinationals are responsible for what happens in their supply chains has been highlighted by a Dutch campaign group’s accusations against two...

activists still playing it tough with Wal-Mart - news

Socially responsible investors appear in no mood to ease the pressure on retail giant Wal-Mart, despite its dramatic recent announcement that it will adopt a range of CSR measures. Members...

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...

a shift in business practices does not require a change of heart - news

When the history of corporate social responsibility is written, 2005 may be remembered not for the furore over the abolition of the Operating and Financial Review, but for the entry of two of the...

Mott MacDonald’s way is slow but sure - news

One of the UK’s largest consultancies is to begin CSR reporting this year, but may not initially go public with the results. Mott MacDonald, which has 7000 consultants working in 100 countries...

Severn Trent takes two-tier tack on supply audits - news

Severn Trent, the UK-based environmental services company with a procurement budget of £1billion ($1.75bn) a year, is aiming to ensure that two-thirds of its supply chain is covered by ‘basic’...

gas rush brings more firms into Burma orbit - news

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

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...

parent concerns prompt Sky to beef up controls - news

Broadcasting company Sky is stepping up its work on product responsibility in its television and online services. The UK-based business has brought in new technology that has increased the scope...

corporate lobbying set to hit spotlight - news

Behind-the-scenes lobbying activities of UK companies look set to come under intense scrutiny over the next year as pressure groups gear up to take advantage of new freedom of information...

Vietnamese CSR project set for big expansion - news

The Vietnam Business Links Initiative, which encourages companies to set up CSR projects on various issues and has so far covered 60 per cent of the country’s footwear and leather factories, is...

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...

companies get UN goals tool - news

A Dutch organization has come up with a way of measuring the progress companies are making towards the United Nations' eight millennium development goals. The Dutch National Committee for...

inbrief - news

The National Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency has been shortlisted for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards along with Anglo American, BHP Billiton, BP, BT Group,...

Ford will train suppliers on workplace standards - news

Motor manufacturing giant Ford is to provide training on social and environmental matters to all its suppliers worldwide. The US-based multinational said the training would supplement a...

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...

Wal-Mart finally ties its flag to the CSR mast - news

Corporate responsibility may have won its highest profile convert so far with a dramatic announcement by the much criticized Wal-Mart group that it will step up its efforts to improve its social...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

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,...

Singapore businesses form Aids alliance - news

Business leaders in Singapore have teamed up with the health ministry to persuade companies to combat discrimination against employees with HIV and Aids. The main job of the Aids Business...

Novartis extends leprosy programme to 2010 - news

Leprosy patients in India and Nepal will continue to be treated with medicines supplied free by the pharmaceuticals company Novartis. The free drugs agreement between the company and the...

inbrief - news

ExxonMobil has committed $1.5million (£857,000) to fight malaria in Africa, where it has large gas exploration and production operations. The cash for vaccines and prevention programmes will be...

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...

CSR's first lady looks to business for a lead - news

EP talks to former president of Ireland Mary Robinson about the role companies can play in galvanizing governments and society into action on key global issues There are few globally...

key guidelines emerge in new, tougher guise - news

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

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...

ScottishPower begins review of fuel suppliers - news

International energy generation group ScottishPower has begun assessing the social and environmental performance of its coal and natural gas suppliers. The UK-based group has been reviewing...

Vodafone finds health fears are top issue - news

The possible negative health effects of mobile phones and their networks have been the main corporate responsibility concern raised by investors with Vodafone in the past year. The mobile...

terrorism threat emerges as CSR issue for Shell - news

The threat of terrorism has emerged as a corporate responsibility issue for Shell, which has scaled down operations at a fuel depot in the Philippines due to fears from nearby residents that it...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

business in Asia now doing more to curb HIV/Aids in the workforce - news

More Asian employers are now making efforts to prevent HIV and Aids, reports a new survey from the World Economic Forum's Global Health Initiative. Of the companies covered, 24 per cent said they...

nuance is new key to ranking - news

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

BAT wants end to prohibition of ‘healthier’ tobacco product - news

The world’s second largest tobacco group is to push the European Union to end its ban on an alternative to smoking cigarettes. British American Tobacco believes its tobacco snuff, marketed as...

house builders make headway - news

UK-listed house builders have significantly improved their social and environmental performance over the past year. The second annual assessment of the 12 UK house builders in the FTSE All...

mining group offers support to local businesses - news

Newmont, the mining group previously accused of causing environmental damage, is helping an Indonesian fishery company to build a processing plant and an ice factory providing cheaper and better...

third of bond issuers fail ethical health check - news

A third of the financial institutions that issue increasingly popular 'covered bonds' to investors fail to do so in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, reports a leading Swiss...

energy sector to collect more CSR data - news

Procurement managers in the utility sector are putting the final touches to an initiative that will require their suppliers to disclose details of performance on issues such as human rights and...

retailers cut landmark deal on labour standards - news

Large retailers have struck a deal with Bangladesh textiles and clothing manufacturers, promising to maintain their orders and the prices they pay in return for improvements in labour standards....

bank takes green route - news

Staff at the Asian Development Bank have been urged to economize on paper, water and electricity and to reduce the solid waste they produce at the headquarters in Manila. The call was made by...

US businesses 'need to help on tsunami' - news

The resources of US businesses should be pooled and directed through public-private partnerships to improve their assistance to the devastated areas of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, a...

new textile standard unveiled - news

A new standard has been established for the Chinese textile industry, the country's first socially responsible auditing benchmark for the sector. The areas covered by the standard, drawn up by...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

health programmes 'are key part of social responsibility' - news

UK companies are to be urged by Business in the Community to introduce more healthy-living programmes for their employees as part of their general corporate responsibility efforts. A new Bitc...

Starbucks customers get CSR with their coffee - news

Starbucks is to host meetings in its UK coffee houses for local people to discuss corporate responsibility issues. The global chain has been training dozens of employees this summer to help with...

Pfizer lags in EIRIS ranking - news

Two newly released research briefings on how companies are managing their responsibilities in respect of public health clearly illustrate the sector-specific nature of non-financial risk. One...

Eurosif targets institutions - news

Transparency guidelines for institutional SRI funds are to be developed by the European Social Investment Forum (Eurosif) in the wake of the successful introduction of its guidelines for retail SRI...

Chinese companies make pledge on Aids - news

Commitments have been made by 26 companies operating in China to tackle HIV/Aids in their workplaces and their communities. Their decision follows an appeal by Wu Yi, China's vice-premier, to...

General Electric checks supplier compliance - news

The world’s most respected company has identified almost 18,000 possible instances of its suppliers failing to comply with its core environmental, health and labour standards since it began...

Anglo American reaps benefit of Aids strategy - news

An international mining company’s decision to provide free Aids treatment to its employees has begun to show a clear business benefit. Anglo American says preliminary analysis has already shown...

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

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

sympathetic Asian employers outperform others - news

The 13 best employers in Asia in the Hewitt Associates 2005 study were found to outperform other companies. Research by Hewitt, the international human resources consultancy, showed they...

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...

Newmont vote scuppered - news

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

China venue for supply chain talks - news

Supply chain representatives and other interested parties, rather than corporate executives, will speak on CSR and related issues at CSR Asia's first conference at Shekou, Shenzhen, China, on 21...

climate change action fends off US activists - news

Shareholder activists in the US have agreed to drop climate change resolutions tabled at five oil and gas businesses now that the companies have announced new measures on the issue. In a sign...

Chinese firms to share thoughts on ethical supply chain work - news

The attitudes of Chinese corporations will be studied and discussed at a forum in Shanghai on 1 and 2 June. Delegates will consider the relevance of in-house training for suppliers and the...

Pfizer hands out free medicines - news

Pfizer, the international pharmaceuticals company, has donated $11million (£5.85m) to relief organizations and has provided medicines and other health products valued at $46m in the tsunami-hit...

Thai brewer hit by anti-alcohol protests - news

Public pressure over the social consequences of alcohol has forced the Bangkok stock exchange to postpone indefinitely the listing of Thai Beverages, Thailand’s largest brewer and the maker of...

Cambodia factories pass child labour scrutiny - news

Forced and child labour were not found in Cambodia when the International Labour Organization conducted its latest regular investigation into the country’s garment industry. ILO investigators...

Samsung sets up ethics code - news

The Samsung Group, Korea’s leading industrial organization, has established new principles to foster company-wide ethical and transparent management. The code is apparently a response to a...

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...

De Beers adds ethical conditions to contracts - news

The marketing arm of the world’s largest diamond company is now including specific ethical provisions in contracts with companies that supply it with stones. The Diamond Trading Company (DTC),...

church keeps hard line on alcohol sector - news

The Church of England is to maintain its policy of not investing in brewers, distillers and operators of bars and pubs. The church’s main investing bodies – the Church Commissioners, the Central...

five year initiative makes inroads - news

Factory employees and managers have paid tribute to the work of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, a five-year initiative that ended in December. The alliance was created at the...

Chinese leaders show way - news

The China Business Leaders Forum, a corporate-led initiative, will be set up in March by the International Business Leaders Forum. Its aim will be to ensure continuous improvement in business...

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...

reporting practices are beginning to sort the sheep from the goats - news

With the annual CSR reporting season nearly upon us, now is an appropriate time to ask where social and sustainability reporting is heading. The World Bank’s first sustainability review, reported...

videoCorporate social responsibility: from principles to profits - news

BBC Business Learning video training pack, 50 mins, £495. www.businesslearning.com Despite the rather ominous warning on the packaging that this BBC video is not intended ‘for entertainment...

Turkey to be test-bed for new code approach - news

Garment factories in Turkey are to be used as a test-bed for developing a common approach to implementing different codes on ethical labour practices. The factories will participate in trials this...

Dixons steps up pace with human rights code - news

Dixons, the UK’s biggest electrical goods retailer, is developing a human rights charter. The policy, which the FTSE 100 company will begin to implement in May, will seek to establish clear...

Burma companies pinpointed - news

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) has listed 440 multinational companies trading with Burma, including more than 40 new names, in its latest report on business in the...

tsunami prompts best practice advice - news

Advice to corporates on best practice response to disasters is being developed by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) as a result of the Boxing Day tsunami....

Tomorrow’s History - news

Selected writings of Simon Zadek 1993-2003 Co-edited by Peter Raynard. Greenleaf Publishing 2004. 360 pages. £40 hardback, £19.95 paperback There are very few philosophers working in...

time to stop chanting the mantra of growth - news

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

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

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

drugs firms urged to forge closer relationships with NGOs - news

A United Nations health specialist has suggested pharmaceutical companies and human rights workers co-operate more closely to find ways of improving the health of the world’s poor. Paul Hunt, who...

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...

Novo extends its reach to second tier suppliers - news

Novo Nordisk is intensifying its efforts to promote socially responsible business practices in its supply chain by encouraging its main suppliers to spread good practice among the companies that in...

tea body turns over new leaf in China - news

Ethical monitoring of tea estates in China will begin this autumn as part of increased activity by a socially responsible tea body. Members of the Ethical Tea Partnership, among them Gold Crown...

food firms begin to move on obesity - news

United Biscuits, the UK group with a £1.3billion ($2.4bn) turnover, is to encourage its European staff to tackle obesity. The company, which is owned by an international consortium called...

banks will try harder to reach poorer customers - news

British banks and building societies have formally committed themselves to widen financial inclusion. The commitment, made in adjustments to two industry codes – the Banking Code and the Business...

electronics sector tries to spark code into life - news

An ethical supply chain working group for the electronics sector has been formed by four US companies. The working group was set up by Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft last...

Inditex takes long look at its impact on society - news

A Spanish multinational has produced one of the longest sustainability reports so far, totalling 172 pages. The report from Inditex, a clothing retail group with 2000 stores worldwide, dwarfs...

FTSE4Good sets bar on labour standards - news

Sixty-eight of the 900 companies in the FTSE4Good index family will be required to meet new criteria on supply chain labour standards by July 2005 if they want to remain as constituents. The new...

Review of the UK party conferences - news

CSR not part of the political vocabulary No one expects the outcome of the next UK general election to hinge on CSR, yet it was something of a surprise to see the subject so far from the...

inbrief - news

General Electric has embarked on a five-year, $20million (£11.1m) project to improve healthcare provision and infrastructure in Africa, starting with support for clinics in Ghana. As well as...

Henderson Global turns away from ‘best in class’ - news

One of the world’s leading SRI fund management companies is to place less reliance on the ‘best in class’ investment approach and instead put more money into sustainable companies regardless of...

‘Ethics policies must be based on core values’ by Simon Webley - news

From Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply suggested that more than eight out of ten corporate boards...

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

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

'European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility' by Brigid Benson - news

From the Senior Partner, The Gæia Partnership With reference to the Guest Column by Martin Le Jeune responding to the European Commission's Green Paper on Corporate Social Responsibility, I...

'Marketing breastmilk substitutes' by Anna Taylor - news

From the Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children The article about Nestle (Vol. 2, issue 3) contains several misconceptions concerning Nestle’s recent audit conducted in Pakistan. We welcome...

NGOs comment on April's sustainability - news

The second annual sustainability report from Asia Pacific Resources International - known as April - the plantation fibre producer with one of the world's biggest pulp and paper mills, contains...

China and US team-up on workplace rights - news

Agreements have been made by Beijing and Washington to consider employment rights and workplace safety in China. The agreements, in the form of letters of understanding, commit the two nations...

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...

trawl of factories finds no use of child labour - news

No cases of child or forced labour were found by the Fair Labor Association during its monitoring of 110 factories used by brand clothing companies last year. The...

Bayer halves its site injuries - news

An in-house campaign on health and safety measures has helped the chemical multinational Bayer to record its lowest ever number of industrial injuries. The...

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...

time to make a virtue of legislative necessity - news

The voluntary approach has its limits. Mandatory corporate disclosure would help markets, not hinder them, argues Sir Geoffrey Chandler ‘You can’t legislate...

GSK warning over Aids drug problems - news

GlaxoSmithKline increased its supply of low-cost anti-Aids drugs to developing countries by three-quarters last year, but says it is concerned that many of the tablets are...

Vodafone sets up new ‘social benefit’ team - news

One of the world’s biggest mobile phone companies has decided to create a dedicated marketing team to focus on developing products and services that deliver social...

Wellcome opts for engagement - news

The UK’s largest charity by asset size has appointed Insight Investment to provide a shareholder engagement service on corporate responsibility and governance issues...

mm02 makes sure CSR gets executive treatment - news

A UK company has taken the unusual step of disbanding its corporate social responsibility committee and handing the work to executive directors. While many firms...

T-shirt firm put on probation - news

Canadian T-shirt manufacturer Gildan Activewear could be ejected from the US-based Fair Labor Association over allegations that it has infringed workers’ rights in...

tobacco firm stakeholders step up to the plate - news

Non-governmental organizations appear to have become more willing to talk to British American Tobacco about CSR. The company’s third social report, which was...

inbrief - news

Holcim spent about CHF44million, ($35.2m, £19.36m) on CSR last year. The figure, which includes personnel costs, is given in the global Swiss cement group’s latest...

inbrief - news

The largest Aids organization in the US has formed a subsidiary to lobby companies to do more to tackle the disease. The Aids Healthcare Foundation says the new...

inbrief - news

Only half the companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes cover human rights in their standards for suppliers. A study of DJSI companies by Zurich-based...

Aids move brings swift benefit - news

Anti-Aids drugs given free to employees of Anglo American may already have saved the lives of about 500 staff in South Africa, the company has announced. The...

Gulf companies search for Arab strain of CSR - news

Companies in the Arab world are preparing to embrace CSR – but on their own terms. About half a dozen large businesses have agreed to become founding members...

pharma forum to map out the future - news

Pharmaceuticals companies, investors and stakeholders are being brought together to consider long term challenges to the industry, including how it can provide greater...

retailers begin project in China - news

The first phase of a project to improve labour conditions at Chinese factories supplying UK companies will concentrate on health and safety. The China Project, run...

huge French fund applies SRI to €3bn of its assets - news

Socially responsible investment in Europe has received a major shot in the arm with news that the French state pension fund will take an SRI approach to about a fifth of...

four firms spearhead initiative on workplace bullying - news

Four major UK companies have become involved in a new initiative on workplace bullying. BAE Systems, BT, Legal and General, and Royal Mail, say the project, which...

inbrief - news

UK culture secretary Tessa Jowell has decided against introducing measures to curb ‘junk food’ advertising to children – or to force food and drinks companies to use fewer...

Sodexho gives suppliers some food for thought - news

The US division of one of the world’s biggest catering and facilities management companies has sent a code of conduct to suppliers as part of its campaign to become a CSR...

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...

newspaper publisher starts to practise what it preaches - news

The company that produces The Guardian and The Observer has become the first UK newspaper publisher to issue a detailed social report. Guardian Newspapers Ltd...

inbrief - news

Putting an end to child labour in the developing world would produce economic benefits of $5100billion (£2700bn), the International Labour Organization...

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...

French sustainability funds grow rapidly - news

The value of French funds managed along socially responsible investment lines more than doubled in 2003 and is now above €2.8bn ($3.5bn, £1.9bn), according to...

inbrief - news

Johnson & Johnson , the healthcare products group, has created a website bringing together information on its European corporate social responsibility initiatives.

palm oil users in the dark on origins - news

Most companies using palm oil in their products do not appear to know whether it comes from sustainable sources, according to the UK investment company Isis Asset...

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...

food firms act on obesity - news

Food and drinks companies are likely to face further reputational pressure next month when the World Health Organization announces its plans to tackle the spread of...

inbrief - news

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

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....

big firms outdo Asian locals - news

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

chemical firms to set goals - news

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

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....

cement firms join sustainability bandwagon - news

Three more large companies have joined the Cement Sustainability Initiative, an international project to improve the cement industry’s social and environmental performance....

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...

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...

drugs sector given two years to improve performance - news

A major institutional investor has said the pharmaceutical industry needs to significantly improve its performance on corporate social responsibility over the next two...

Russian companies start push for integrity - news

Three of Russia’s largest companies have helped establish a forum to promote business responsibility there. Alfa Group (financial and industrial), Interros...

telecoms sector given extra advice on GRI requirements - news

Telecoms companies now have their own supplement to the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting guidelines. The supplement, which companies are expected to...

inbrief - news

More than 2,500 employees of the US-based forestry firm Weyerhaeuser have enrolled in the company’s Tobacco Cessation Programme. Weyerhaeuser, which has operations in...

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...

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...

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...

BAT finds stakeholders more prepared to talk - news

Stakeholders of British American Tobacco appear to have become more willing to talk to the group since it published its first social report last year (EP4, issue...

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...

admit to your mistakes, social reporters are told - news

Companies need to show more humility when they report on their social and environmental performance, a leading business school has said. The UK-based Ashridge Centre...

Pfizer given poor rating - news

The world’s largest pharmaceutical group has fared poorly in a rating of how the top 11 drugs companies perform on social issues in developing countries. Pfizer, which...

FTSE4Good proposes to tighten criteria on the marketing of infant formula milk - news

Companies that sell infant formula milk and wish to qualify as members of the FTSE4Good indexes are likely to have to show in future that they are strongly committed to...

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...

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

Cadbury Schweppes has defended itself against criticism of a cause-related marketing campaign in which chocolate wrappers can be redeemed for sports equipment. Health...

ISIS claims a first on transparency - news

A leading socially responsible investment fund manager is claiming to have become the first European fund management company to disclose its entire voting record at corporate...

mobile firms assuage fears - news

One of the UK’s leading socially responsible investment fund managers says it has been ‘reassured’ by mobile phone operators over safety fears relating to the use of both...

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...

Adidas gets tough on laggard suppliers - news

Fourteen supplier factories of the sports clothing company Adidas-Salomon had their contracts severed last year due to poor workplace conditions. Nine of the factories were...

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....

supply chain managers struggle against ‘isolation’ - news

Company managers working on ethical supply chain initiatives too often operate in isolation with little support, money or understanding from other parts of the business,...

toy suppliers score poorly - news

Up to three-quarters of toy factories in China perform poorly on workplace conditions, a study by the Hong Kong Coalition for the Charter on the Safe Production of Toys...

inbrief - news

Bob Massie has stepped down as executive director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies on health grounds. Massie, who held the post for seven years,...

the CSR trinity: morality, self-interest & regulation - news

There are three main ways to encourage directors and shareholders to take greater account of CSR, says Roger Cowe CSR has come a long way in the past few years, but it is...

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...

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

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

KLP bans 27 big names - news

One of Norway’s largest institutional investors has excluded 27 companies from its portfolio after setting a ‘minimum ethical standard’ for all its...

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...

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...

P&G turns CSR into CSO - news

Procter & Gamble is adopting a new approach to corporate social responsibility that places as much emphasis on developing socially beneficial products as on trying to...

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...

fund targets social sector - news

A socially responsible venture fund has been launched by the UK-based fund manager Catalyst. The ‘social sector fund’ will be run in conjunction with The Big...

as Accor quits Burma, more companies move in - news

The world’s largest hotel chain has become the latest company to withdraw from Burma. Accor, which runs more than 3700 hotels in 90 countries, has announced that...

‘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....

Daimler signs CSR code - news

One of the world’s largest vehicle manufacturers has agreed a set of corporate social responsibility principles with staff representatives and an international trade union....

inbrief - news

Severn Trent’s latest Stewardship Report shows that while the utility company is ‘on track’ to meet all but four of its 23 social and environmental targets, it...

FTSE4Good expands again – but ousts 17 firms - news

Fifty-nine companies have been added to the four main FTSE4Good indices and 17 removed in the latest review of constituents. BHP Billiton, Ford, Tate & Lyle and Telecom...

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...

inbrief - news

Universities and health and funding organizations are being asked for their views on accepting academic grants from tobacco companies. Cancer Research UK, Britain’s...

corporate accountability and human rights law - news

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

standards help investors rate drug firms - news

An ‘industry standard’ for assessing the corporate social responsibility of drugs firms has been drawn up by three global non-governmental organizations. Oxfam, Save...

inbrief - news

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...

inbrief - news

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...

the changing debate ten years on from Rio - news

Business will play a major role in the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, with partnership and accountability emerging as key themes At the 1992...

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...

Japanese lead pack - news

Japan has the highest proportion of major companies publishing some kind of standalone corporate social responsibility report, according to a study. The survey by...

shoe firms set to expand China experiment - news

Three multinational footwear companies are planning to expand a pilot project that has increased worker participation and improved health and safety in Chinese supplier...

chewing over whether a tobacco firm can be socially responsible - news

The first company in the UK to produce a social report was The Body Shop. The latest is British American Tobacco. What is happening? For some, this will show that values have...

engineers look at sustainability - news

A strategy document aimed at promoting sustainable construction for the UK’s civil engineering sector has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers. 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...

tobacco firm enters CSR arena - news

British American Tobacco will begin the process of publishing no fewer than 13 different social reports this month as it becomes the first cigarette manufacturer to enter the...

ideas man maps out global future for Isea - news

EP talks to Simon Zadek about his plans for international growth as the new head of the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability When environmental responsibility became a...

Nestle creates ombudsmen - news

Nestle is to appoint a number of ombudsmen charged with the task of uncovering unethical marketing of its baby milk formula by employees. The Swiss food group is...

inbrief - news

A booklet looking at how companies can improve their health and safety record by reducing conflict in the workplace, titled Practical assistance for employees , has...

inbrief - news

US facilities management firm Sodexho has become the latest company to sign up to the Global Sullivan Principles, which commit signatories to a code of conduct on wage levels,...

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...

ETI companies extend reach to more suppliers - news

Member companies of the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have significantly increased the percentage of suppliers they monitor for compliance against the...

inbrief - news

Pavilion Asset Management has launched a socially responsible investment fund. The Pavilion SRI Fund will assess companies on issues including the quality of their...

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...

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...

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...

UN to back 48-hour week throughout the world - news

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights looks set to call on companies not to require all employees to work more than 48 hours in a week. The draft Fundamental...

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...

UK dominates SRI holdings - news

UK companies dominate the upper echelons of a league table of stocks most commonly held by European socially responsible investment retail funds, according to research by the...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

retailers begin to measure up - news

Nine UK supermarket chains have agreed to help develop common benchmarks for measuring their social, environmental and ethical performance. The companies –...

BASF makes progress with tailor-made codes - news

The world’s largest chemical group has said it will have established individual codes of conduct within all its divisions by the end of the year. BASF says its 78...

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...

Balfour Beatty looks at green indicators - news

Key performance indicators on the environment are to be drawn up next year by the construction firm Balfour Beatty, which hopes to use some of them in its first group-wide...

UK chemicals industry gears up for CSR assault - news

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is holding its first-ever session on corporate social responsibility at next month’s annual conference. The hour-long...

GSK cuts price of drugs in US - news

GlaxoSmithKline is to cut the price of its drugs for elderly people on low incomes in the US. GSK’s Orange Card programme will allow elderly people with annual...

firms urged to offer staff more flexi-work options - news

Only a third of UK companies have flexible working policies, according to the Industrial Society. A questionnaire answered by 516 human resource specialists drawn...

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...

stress idea works wonders - news

A programme set up by one of the world’s biggest pharmaceuticals and life sciences companies to help its employees talk through their personal problems is saving the business...

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...

BT invites key suppliers to sign up to ethical code - news

BT has begun meeting its major suppliers to encourage participation in a supply chain initiative that commits them to meet standards on working conditions, health and safety,...

AA1000 gets major overhaul - news

Moves to revise the AA1000 standard on social auditing have begun with the publication of a consultation document on how it should be updated. The document, produced...

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...

call centres begin drive on standards - news

UK companies that run call centres to sell products or answer customer queries are to begin assessing their workplace standards against a new voluntary code. The...

GSK leads way on cheap drugs for poor countries - news

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

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...

oil companies unveil social reports - news

Two international oil companies have produced their first social reports in a bid to counter calls for them to withdraw from areas of conflict. UK-based Premier Oil,...

Oxfam ‘walks the talk’ on supply chain ethics - news

Oxfam has sent its 1500 UK suppliers a self-assessment questionnaire in a bid to gauge the ethical performance of the companies from which it buys goods and services....

bank gives away 5% of profits - news

Northern Rock bank gave five per cent of its pre-tax profits to its charity arm last year, according to the bank’s second annual environmental statement. The Northern...

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...

inbrief - news

The 2000 largest companies in the world are to be invited to donate $500,000 (£345,000), each to a planned trust fund that will help meet healthcare needs in developing...

inbrief - news

Storebrand is to survey the level of healthcare provided by multinationals for their employees in the developing world. Sarita Bartlett, head of socially responsible...

retailers sign up to labour code - news

Two more clothing companies – Phillips-Van Heusen and Eddie Bauer – have become members of the US-based Fair Labor Association’s monitoring programme. Businesses that...

Shell shares ethical data with shareholders - news

Shell is to mail a summary of its latest social and environmental report to all shareholders for the first time. The slimmed-down version of the fourth People, planet and...

Statoil makes labour pledges - news

The Norwegian state oil company Statoil has signed an agreement with unions that binds it to various commitments on labour standards. The agreement, which covers...

business ethics course is aimed at UK schoolchildren - news

An educational charity has launched the first business ethics course for UK schoolchildren in an attempt to inculcate socially responsible attitudes into the next generation...

corporate responsibility and the next UK election - news

The last four years of Labour rule have helped to advance the corporate social responsibility agenda. The involvement of business in regenerating rundown areas is emerging...

drug companies extend help on Aids - news

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

clothing company backs ethical trading - news

The Swiss clothing retailer Charles Vogele has agreed to become a ‘marketing partner’ of the fair trade company Amana, which runs the Link label. The...

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...

Unilever enters the fray with its first social review - news

One of the world’s largest multinationals, Unilever, has entered the social reporting arena by publishing its first international Social Review. The 20-page...

legal cases could spur outbreak of CSR - news

A new wave of 'foreign direct liability' legal cases against multinationals could become an important influence on the future direction of corporate social responsibility, a...

Chiquita ends marathon certification programme - news

Fresh food giant Chiquita has finally met an independently verified social and environmental standard for all the banana farms it owns in Latin America after eight years of...

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...

Dutch fund moves toward SRI approach - news

The Dutch pension fund PGGM looks set to adopt socially responsible investment (SRI) principles across its entire portfolio. PGGM, which manages €50billion (£30bn) on...

Nike releases Latin American audits - news

Nike has posted social audits of 22 suppliers in South and Central America on the internet as part of its new commitment to openness about working conditions at 700 contract...

chemical firms outline sustainability strategy - news

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

new human rights law may affect many firms - news

The new Human Rights Act could be used by members of the public to challenge the behaviour of UK companies, legal experts have warned. The Act, which came into force on 2...

AIDS ‘an ethical business issue’ - news

AIDS has become a serious business risk as well as a humanitarian tragedy, according to the international security consultants Control Risks Group. In its annual...

retailers’ performance studied - news

A new study of eight UK supermarkets has cast doubt on the view that there is a positive relationship between social responsibility measures and financial returns....

legal approach is key to monitoring in China - news

Progress can be made on supply chain monitoring in China if companies portray themselves as wishing to tackle breaches of the law, rather than looking for human rights...

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...

Credit Suisse downgraded over Nigeria involvement - news

Credit Suisse Group has said it is ‘astonished’ at a decision by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) to reduce its rating because of concerns about past dealings...

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...

inbrief - news

Robert Beckett has left the Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability, where he has spent the past three years as development director. He was involved in establishing...

BASF opts for big culture change - news

Staff at one of the world’s largest chemical companies are to be given training on a statement of ‘values and principles’ which it hopes will become an integral part of the...

editorial: the petrol crisis holds important lessons for stakeholder dialogue - news

The recent UK petrol crisis holds important lessons for corporate social responsibility. It is still too soon to review the full implications of what has happened, but here...

SA8000 boost for food supplier - news

A Spanish subsidiary of the Dole food company has become the first agricultural business to obtain SA8000 certification. Pascual Hermanos, which is one of the largest fruit...

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...

inbrief - news

The health and safety record of the UK chemical industry worsened slightly last year, according to figures collected for the Chemical Industries Association's Responsible...

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...

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,...

Abbey National outlines investment code - news

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

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...

drugs company helps staff with mental health toolkit - news

International pharmaceutical company GlaxoWellcome will do more to reduce work-related mental health problems among its staff, amid fears that its proposed merger with SmithKline...

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...

inbrief - news

Consultation on a European Union white paper on environmental liability ended on 1 July. The paper proposes that companies operating in Europe should become liable for...

PowerGen ponders CSR - news

Energy and utility company PowerGen has begun an internal review of how it can expand its reporting to cover corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues. The group, which...

Nestlé acts on marketing of breast milk substitutes - news

Nestlé is to strengthen its procedures on the marketing of breast milk substitutes after commissioning an independent audit of its operations in a major third world market....

Nike reveals audits to the world - news

Nike has posted social audits of 53 suppliers in North America and Mexico on its web site as part of a new commitment to openness over working conditions at its 700 contract factories...

editorial: social partnership projects bring benefits to all parties involved - news

The European corporate social responsibility agenda took an important step forward in May, when two large companies announced their involvement in unconnected partnership...

B&Q to move its ethical approach into China - news

The home improvement company B&Q is to extend its work on ethical trading to China, where it buys goods from more than 300 factories. The move is likely to be watched closely by...

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....

Novo Nordisk to go social - news

Novo Nordisk is looking at ways to expand its supply chain monitoring to include ‘social considerations’. The Denmark-based biotechnology and healthcare company currently uses...

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...

service group gets SA8000 - news

The Validium Group has become the first services company to be registered under the SA8000 international standard for ethical and social accountability. The UK group’s registration...

businesses 'can help to end conflict' - news

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

retail sector leading the way forward in Germany - news

The German retail sector has begun to develop policies on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Seven large German clothing and textile retailers have signed up to...

Pfizer to give away drugs - news

The pharmaceutical company Pfizer is to give away its expensive meningitis drug Difulcan to thousands of South Africans suffering from AIDS. The company has been under pressure...

new ethics training offer for business executives - news

Three consultancies are coming together to offer business people a vocational training programme linked to the new AA1000 standard on the ethical performance of companies....

inbrief - news

A foundation set up by Bill Gates has given $750million to a new body dedicated to widening the global availability of vaccines. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the...

inbrief - news

New supply chain tracking guidelines from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) are expected to be issued within the next month. The guidelines will provide...

Diageo will talk to Thalidomide Trust - news

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

De Beers responds to worries over diamond business - news

Mining company De Beers has given qualified support to a bill in the United States Congress that would give consumers the right to know the country of origin of diamonds they buy....

tough new EU approach is signalled on pollution - news

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

inbrief - news

The world's second largest tobacco manufacturer, British American Tobacco (BAT), has called on the UK government, public health bodies and the tobacco industry to work...

United Utilities on top - news

United Utilities has been judged overall winner of the 1999 UK Environment Reporting Awards. The group’s report was praised by judges of the Association of Chartered...

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...

inbrief - news

Pharmaceutical company Celtipharm has become the first French business to be awarded SA8000 certification. Celtipharm – only the third to be awarded the ethical trading...

inbrief - news

The pharmaceutical industry is to link up with the World Health organization (WHO) in a joint venture designed to develop malaria drugs that would otherwise not be brought...

green firms 'fare better' - news

Further evidence of a positive link between shareholder value and sound environmental performance has been furnished by a new study from the international conservation organization WWF....

government urged to get tough on company safety lapses - news

The UK government should consider billing companies for the cost of treating victims of work-related accidents, according to the Institute of Employment Rights. These...

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...

follow-up planned for company behaviour poll - news

The largest ever international survey of public opinion on company behaviour is to be followed up with another worldwide study later this year. The Millennium Poll on corporate...

foreign liability to be investigated - news

A new research project is to look at the growing number of legal cases taken against multinationals for harm they have allegedly caused to communities outside their home base....

Northern Foods briefs stakeholders - news

Northern Foods has set up a new forum that allows a wide range of employees to discuss ‘company- wide transnational issues’ such as business strategy, mergers, health and safety,...

inbrief - news

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...

Premier lays down guiding principles - news

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

Waitrose prepares report on ethical trading - news

The Waitrose supermarket chain is to publish its first ethical trading report early next year. The report, which will outline progress the UK food retailer has made...

Unocal defends record in Asian trouble spots - news

Multinational oil company Unocal has defended its presence in some of the world’s human rights hotspots with a corporate responsibility report that claims it is making a positive...

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...

corporate reputation and stakeholders - news

A number of software packages have appeared in recent months, designed to help companies manage their reputation by assessing and monitoring their relationships with stakeholders –...

purchasers to look at supply chain guidance - news

New guidelines on how to tackle supply chain issues such as child labour are to be drawn up by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). The institute, which has...

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...

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...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

New Look states its aims - news

Ladies fashion retailer New Look is to send copies of a new ethical aims statement to suppliers of accessories such as lingerie, hats, bags and shoes. The high street clothes...

Eastern begins work on new social action plan - news

The energy group Eastern has stepped up its commitment to social responsibility by producing its first sustainability report and promising to devise a ‘social action plan’....

reporting is catching on - news

A third of the world’s 250 largest companies now publish a standalone environment report, according to the latest research. The third KPMG International Survey of...

bank looks at mental health - news

The Co-operative Bank is to begin a series of meetings with its stakeholders to develop new policies on mental health in the workplace. Working groups of mental health service users,...

Railtrack tackles suicides - news

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

new index to assess UK corporate performance - news

Companies in the north west of England are to be told next month how they have fared under a new system that measures levels of social and environmental performance. Conclusions from...

new ethical fund writes to excluded companies - news

Legal & General, one of the UK’s largest life assurance and pensions groups, has written to more than 80 of the largest FTSE companies to tell them why they have been...

three more join ethical trading standard - news

Three more European companies have signed up to the worldwide SA8000 standard, which commits them to making sure their suppliers trade ethically. The new signatories – Kesko, a...

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...

food manufacturers move away from GM ingredients - news

Almost all of the UK’s leading food manufacturers have removed or are removing genetically modified ingredients from their food products, according to a new survey. A Friends of...

chemicals industry revamps Responsible Care regime - news

The £33bn UK chemicals industry has widened the principles guiding its Responsible Care programme to include social and economic issues. The new guiding principles, produced...

Shell to begin work on social audit indicators - news

Shell is to draw up its own sustainability indicators as part of an attempt to improve its social and environmental reporting. The oil giant, which recently sent out 100,000 copies...

high profile prompts better safety record for big business - news

People who work for large UK manufacturing companies are half as likely to be killed or lose a limb doing their job compared with those in smaller manufacturing firms, according to...

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...

Shell extends commitment to stakeholder consultation - news

Shell has launched a global corporate communications campaign aimed at backing up its commitment to sustainable development. The Shell group says the $25 million campaign will...

Marks & Spencer boosts trading initiative - news

Marks & Spencer has joined the Ethical Trading Initiative. Britain’s biggest clothing chain had previously resisted calls to join the government-backed project, a coalition of...

ICI takes a fresh look at its business code - news

ICI is to update its statement of business ethics as part of a drive to improve its ethical performance. The statement will be upgraded ‘with training for employees to ensure...

Littlewoods steps up pressure on suppliers - news

Littlewoods is to use ethical criteria to help it decide which clothing suppliers to drop as part of a major rationalisation of its trading partners. The retail and...

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AMAR Int'l Charitable Foundation in the United States - directory

AMAR U.S. is a registered 501(c)3, affiliated with the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, a British charity working since 1991 to deliver health and education services on a sustained and...

Cambridge-Hitachi - directory

Cambridge-Hitachi, a Cambridge University Press company, delivers digital learning resources to help you implement your CSR objectives within the education sector – from Primary to Further...

IHS Inc - directory

IHS is the global leader in critical business information, solutions and expertise for managing and reporting data across a full spectrum of Environmental, Health &  Safety (EHS) and...

Vectra International - directory

VECTRA International provides creation and innovative implementation of sustainability or Corporate Responsibility strategies to public, civil society and private organisations to achieve a...

BSD Consulting - directory

BSD Consulting – business.sustainability.development – is, with presence in Brazil, China, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland a leading international...

Landsec leads the way with science-based targets - reports

The UK’s largest commercial property company creates energy efficiency programmes using the best available science. Tom Idle reports…

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.

Aurora Organic Dairy’s 2017 Corporate Citizenship Report demonstrates its passion for Organic, and how its commitment to Animals, People and the Planet drives its cow-to-carton model - reports

With its support of more than 75,000 acres of organic farmland operated by 100 independent farmers, and 12,000 organic pasture acres surrounding its dairy farms, the leading producer of organic...

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...

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...

Caesars Entertainment Publishes 2017 Citizenship Report with New Strategic Framework - reports

In 2016, Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) introduced the gaming and entertainment industry’s most aggressive carbon reduction targets, secured Triple A scores in three CDP...

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...

Marathon Oil Corporation Releases 2016 Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) today published its 2016  Living Our Values Corporate Sustainability Report . The report is available in a digital format, with the capability to create...

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...

ACI Sustainability Report: “Bold Collective Actions” Needed for Transformational Change - reports

American Cleaning Institute Report, “Foundations for Transformation,” Showcases Steps Industry is Taking to Tackle Most Critical Issues

Experian unlocks the power of data to help create a better tomorrow - reports

Using its extensive data and analytical expertise, Experian is helping people get the essentials they need to make their lives better – whether that is paying for healthcare and education,...

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...

Sanofi publishes its first Integrated Report - reports

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, just released its very first Integrated Report. This evolution in Sanofi’s reporting is designed to provide a holistic view of the company’s...

Johnson & Johnson Releases 2016 Health for Humanity Report - reports

Johnson & Johnson has released its  2016 Health for Humanity Report  sharing progress on environmental, social and governance measures, which advance the Company’s mission to...

Royal Mail Group publishes its 2016-17 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Royal Mail’s vision is to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe. Against a backdrop of significant change, innovation and diversification, Royal Mail has...

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...

200 Years of Inspiring Science at Johnson Matthey - reports

Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100, celebrates its  200th anniversary  this year. A global leader in science and technology, the company was founded...

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...

Abbott Releases 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Today, Abbott released its 2016 Global Sustainability Report, reinforcing its dedication to helping people live fuller, healthier lives around the world. The report details the company's...

Amgen launches 2016 Responsibility Highlights Report - reports

Our mission to serve patients is at the heart of everything we do at Amgen. Our positive contribution to the world also extends beyond making vital medicines. Each year, Amgen dedicates...

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.

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2017 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainable Business Report 2017, the second report under its sustainable business strategy that was launched in 2016.

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...

Just issued: Saipem Sustainability 2016 - Creating long-term shared value - reports

Saipem’s 11th Sustainability Report highlights the company’s constant effort to create value while detailing its efforts to go beyond expectations and, in particular, its...

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...

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...

Caterpillar Highlights Company's Focus on Building Better and Making Sustainable Progress Possible Around the World - reports

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has released its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s focus for more than 90 years on building better – better lives, better...

Leonardo Sustainability and Innovation Report 2016, a commitment to a responsible business conduct - reports

Leonardo, formerly known as Finmeccanica, top player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, releases the 2016 Sustainability and Innovation Report, the first with the new brand.

Barilla 2017 “Good for You, Good for the Planet” Sustainability Report - reports

The Barilla Group has released  its 2017 Sustainability Report. Highlights include Barilla actions to contribute to  people’s and communities’ wellbeing  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.

AB InBev 2016 Better World Report; Bringing People Together for a Better World - reports

Anheuser-Busch InBev has published its 2016 Better World Report, which reports on progress against its Better World strategy, which was updated last October following its combination with...

WBCSD, Unilever, eBay, GSK, United Nations Global Compact, European Commission join Responsible Business Summit - reports

We’re excited to announce that Ethical Corporation has now surpassed the largest number of C-Suite speakers and attendees ever in its 16-year history at The Responsible Business Summit...

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...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2016 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its eighth Corporate Responsibility Report, covering the years 2015 and 2016. It is available online at www.emdgroup.com/cr-report.

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...

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...

G4S Publishes 2016 CSR Report - reports

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

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...

Special Announcement – 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments full report now available - reports

Today Nestlé published the 2016 edition of its annual  Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value full report . It follows the summary version published on 7 March...

RB Publishes Sustainability Report Showing Good Progress on Targets and Commitment to UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals - reports

RB, the world’s leading consumer health and hygiene company, today launched both its 2016 Sustainability Report and its Annual Report and Financial Statements.

GSK publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2016 - reports

By being commercially successful and operating responsibly, we will improve people’s health and benefit society, as well as create value for shareholders.

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.

NN Group publishes its 2016 Annual Report - reports

NN Group is pleased to announce the publication of its 2016 Annual Report. It consists of two distinct sections – Annual Review and Financial Report – providing an overview of our...

Pfizer Launches 2016 Annual Review Highlighting Commitment to UN SDGs - reports

Today, Pfizer launched its 2016 Annual Review, which provides an in-depth look at all of the ways Pfizer is accelerating patient impact and fulfilling its purpose: to make innovative medicines...

Publication of the 2016 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

Nestlé S.A., today released its annual Nestlé in society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report for 2016.  The report demonstrates how the company...

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...

Novartis releases 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

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

CSL Publishes 2015-2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Starting a century ago, CSL was driven by its promise to save lives and protect the health of people. In 2016, CSL continues to deliver on that promise through its corporate responsibility...

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.

Sealed Air Publishes Annual Sustainability Report, Provides First Glimpse Into Progress to Achieve 2020 Sustainability Goals - reports

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) announced recently the publishing of its annual Sustainability Report.  This year’s report chronicles the Company’s journey to achieve its...

Microsoft Releases 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft cares deeply about achieving that mission and creating a lasting impact...

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...

Tetra Pak Sustainability Update 2016 - reports

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

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.

CBRE Group, Inc. Releases Ninth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc., a leader in responsible business practices within the commercial real estate industry, has released its ninth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which provides an overview...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA Publishes 2015/2016 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA recently issued its 2015/2016 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report provides an overview of the company’s corporate responsibility...

Amgen’s 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report is Key Element of Company’s Broad Commitment to Social Responsibility - reports

Amgen has launched its 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s environmental sustainability progress. The 2015 Environmental Sustainability Report documents...

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...

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,...

Gilead Publishes 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Gilead Sciences, Inc. has issued its first Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which provides an overview of the work the company is doing around the world to improve the lives of people...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Johnson & Johnson Continues Its Commitment to Health With New Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals - reports

Johnson & Johnson aspires to improve health in everything they do, and everywhere they go. With the announcement of their Citizenship & Sustainability 2020 Goals, Johnson & Johnson...

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...

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,...

Marshalls plc: 7th Annual UNGC Communications on Progress Report - reports

Marshalls is the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer supplying superior natural stone and innovative concrete products to the construction, home improvement and...

WPP publishes its Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

The latest Sustainability Report from communications group WPP shows the business making progress on sustainability issues with its clients and in its own operations.

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...

HP Releases 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

HP released its 2015 Sustainability Report today illustrating the progress it is making to support its vision of creating technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere.

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...

3M’s 2016 Sustainability Report - reports

Every day, 3M innovation aims to tackle some of the world’s most pressing areas of concern. The 2016 Sustainability Report outlines 3M’s progress and commitments toward improving...

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.

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...

Johnson Matthey Publishes 2016 Annual Report - reports

Johnson Matthey has published its 2016 Annual Report which is an integrated report covering all aspects of the company’s financial and non-financial performance.  It is available...

Vodafone Group Plc Sustainable Business Report 2015-16 - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its first report under its new sustainable business strategy , which sets out to ensure an even closer alignment between the organisation’s core...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

Sanofi releases its new Corporate Social Responsibility report - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7 billion people around...

Flowserve Announces Availability of 2014-2015 Sustainability Report: Company Celebrates Record-Setting Sustainability Metrics - reports

The 2014-2015 Flowserve Sustainability Report provides general information regarding Flowserve Corporation, including a statement from the CEO, an overview of the Flowserve approach to...

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...

SABIC Launches its Fifth Sustainability Report, Enabling Tomorrow’s Solutions - reports

SABIC announced its fifth Sustainability Report, Enabling Tomorrow’s Solutions. The report is a summary of the successes SABIC achieved in many areas of its business in 2015 on the...

Sustainability in a Connected World: ARM Delivers its Biggest Corporate Responsibility Program - reports

In 2015 ARM delivered its biggest corporate responsibility (CR) program ever to provide positive change to over 300,000 people around the world. Its 2015 CR report ‘Sustainability in a...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Publishes Corporate Responsibility Update 2015 - reports

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has published its Corporate Responsibility Update, covering the year 2015. It is available online at http://reports.emdgroup.com/2015/cr-report .

"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.

Delhaize Group Releases 2015 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Company on the way to achieving Supergood Sustainability Ambition International food retailer Delhaize Group announced the publication of its 2015 Sustainability Progress Report online at...

Panalpina Reports on Sustainability Progress During 2015 - reports

Panalpina has published its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting its approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility and the actions it took during 2015 to provide...

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

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

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...

NN Group's 2015 Annual Report: Accelerating Change - reports

The 2015 Annual Report provides an integrated review of the performance of NN Group. It consists of three distinct sections – Annual Review, Financial Report and Sustainability Supplement...

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...

GSK Publishes Annual Report and Responsible Business Supplement 2015 - reports

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

Publication of the 2015 Nestlé in society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments report - reports

How many farmers worldwide supply directly to Nestlé?  Did the company meet its target for zero waste in factories?  The 2015 report by Nestlé continues the practice of...

Benchmark against the industry leaders in the North America region - reports

Experts say that 2015 was the year sustainability measures and CSR activities went mainstream in North American companies. Review some of the key achievements, developments and obstacles with...

Novo Nordisk Publishes Integrated 2015 Annual Report - reports

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

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,...

Novartis Releases 2015 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published its 2015 Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report. The report is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, with disclosure at...

IKEA Group Reports Strong Sustainability Progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2015 shows progress towards its People & Planet Positive sustainability strategy including commitments to tackling climate change.

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....

Tetra Pak Launches 2015 Sustainability Update - reports

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

ACWA Power - Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ACWA Power has published a standalone Sustainability Report covering its management and performance during 2014 which accompanies this Report as Volume 2. The Sustainability Report complies with...

Workday Publishes its 2015 Global Impact Report - reports

Workday, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, recently published its 2015 Global Impact Report. The report details Workday’s sustainable...

Chemical Safety, Transparency, Climate Change Among Top “Critical Issues” Ranked in Cleaning Product Industry Sustainability Report - reports

The American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) 2015 Sustainability Report showcases the cleaning products industry’s progress toward sustainable development and unveils ACI’s...

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,...

A Better Way for Life: Sealed Air Releases 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

“At Sealed Air, sustainability is a business imperative and a business driver. It is critical to the long-term success of our company to consider the full life cycle of each and every...

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...

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

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

BHP Billiton publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - Taking the long view - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2015 Sustainability Report.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2015, its new report on the Group's initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., USA, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, recently issued its 2014 global corporate responsibility report. The report provides an...

Liberty Global Publishes 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB, LBTYK, LILA and LILAK) today announced the publication of its 2014 Corporate Responsibility (“CR”) Report,...

CANARY WHARF GROUP PUBLISHES ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT - reports

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

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2014 Citizenship & Sustainability Report - reports

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

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.

OTE and COSMOTE launch joint 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

OTE Group is the leading telecommunications provider in Greece and one of the pre-eminent providers in South East Europe, offering its customers excellent quality products and services. ...

Vodafone publishes annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone - one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies - which provides a wide range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications, has published its...

Discover Sanofi's latest CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect the health, improve the quality of life and provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7billion people...

Holcim releases 2014 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies and has a presence on all continents. With its innovative products and services and a commitment to sustainable...

Novartis releases 2014 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has published its Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2014.

How is Gas Natural Fenosa addressing its commitments to stakeholders? - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa’s 2014 results, and the progress it has made in integrating its environmental, social and financial performances, are published today in its Corporate Responsibility...

Bel Group publishes first GRI G4 "Core" Sustainability Report - reports

The 2014 CSR Report covers all Bel’s material aspects identified after its first materiality analysis conducted in 2014.

RB announces progress towards environmental and social goals in 2014 Sustainability Report - reports

RB’s 2014 Sustainability Report, “A global force in health & hygiene”, published today, highlights the key achievements of its betterbusiness strategy. 

G4S publishes 2014 CSR Report - reports

G S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and more than 623,000 employees.

Global Corporate Citizenship: The Heart of Verizon - reports

  A global leader in broadband and other wireless and wireline communication services, Verizon's 2014 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement demonstrate how...

NN Group publishes first Annual Report as listed company - reports

Insurance and investment management company NN Group has a combined reporting approach and its 2014 Annual Report consists of three distinct sections - Annual Review, Financial Report and...

Nestlé publishes its Creating Shared Value report 2014 - reports

With sales of CHF 91bn in 2014, Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company employs more than 339,000 people, and...

GSK Publishes Responsible Business Supplement 2014 - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops innovative pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

Wessanen, 250 years on, our journey to a green future - reports

Healthier food, healthier people, healthier planet     Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. It achieved revenue from...

Bayer publishes second integrated Annual Report - reports

Bayer has published its Annual Report 2014. For the second time, since 2013, the Germany-based multinational with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech...

IKEA Group announces strong sustainability progress - reports

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year (FY) 2014, released today, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. Sustainability...

Abbott Publishes Global Citizenship Highlights Update - reports

Abbott is a diversified, global science-based company dedicated to fulfilling the promise of human potential through better health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has continually transformed to...

Nestlé SA and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) invite you to the live webcast of the 2014 Shared Value Global Forum: - reports

“Changing Role of Business in Society” Thursday, 9 October 2014 9:00 A.M.- 6:00 P.M. (CEST)   Join the webcast!

Leading corporate responsibility in a global marketplace - reports

Alliance Boots is a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group delivering a range of products and services to customers. Working in close partnership with manufacturers and...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

PepsiCo Releases 2013 Sustainability and GRI Reports - reports

PepsiCo, the global food and beverage company with brands like Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana, has released its 2013 Corporate Sustainability and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)...

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...

Merck & Co., Inc. publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the US and Canada, recently issued its 2013 global corporate responsibility report.

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,...

Sonoco summarizes Sustainability Progress in its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its 2013-14 Corporate Responsibility Report, Principle, People and Progress, outlining the Company’s...

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report - reports

Novartis has published a Corporate Responsibility (CR) Performance Report for 2013. The report uses the new Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, one year ahead of required implementation.

Orange, a committed operator in a changing world, publishes its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

As a leading telecoms operator in over 30 countries serving 236m customers, Orange is at the heart of society’s digital transformation. This privileged position gives the Group the...

BSCI’s 2013 Annual Report: A Decade of Progress Towards Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains - reports

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has launched its 2013 Annual Report. The publication echoes the initiative’s 10-year anniversary highlighting its substantial efforts and...

Vodafone publishes in-depth insight into law enforcement disclosure as part of annual Group Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone has published its first Law Enforcement Disclosure report offering a detailed insight into the legal frameworks, governance principles and operating procedures associated with...

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.

Holcim publishes 2013 Corporate Sustainable Development Report - reports

Holcim is one of the world’s leading building materials companies with a presence on all continents.

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

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

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

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

Discover Sanofi's new CSR tools - reports

As a leading healthcare company, Sanofi's mission is to protect health, improve the quality of life, provide hope and respond to the potential healthcare needs of 7bn people around the world.

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...

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...

Legal & General Group's Sustainability Report 2013 - reports

What’s Material? -  Access to Housing, Health and Income in Later Life

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

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

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.

Reckitt Benckiser plc (‘RB’) publishes 2013 Sustainability Report - reports

RB, the global leader in consumer health and hygiene, reveals that the company has achieved a 9% reduction in lifecycle water impact and 7% reduction in carbon footprint per dose of product in...

G4S publishes sixth CSR Report - reports

G4S is the world’s leading global integrated security company, with operations across six continents and over 618,000 employees, G4S is one of the world’s largest private employers.

Smiles for the Future Bel Group publishes second CSR report - reports

“Our CSR program is specific to us: firstly, because it addresses the issues that directly affect our growth strategy and, secondly, because it draws on our nature as a global operator in...

Full 2013 “Nestlé in Society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” report published - reports

Nestlé has published its full 2013 report. “Nestlé in Society:  Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments” has been prepared according to GRI’s...

The World’s Biggest Challenges Deserve Even Bigger Solutions - reports

Verizon’s 2013 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Supplement shows how the company’s mobile and broadband technologies are providing powerful answers to the big challenges of...

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...

GSK Publishes its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative products. The company has three primary areas of business: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and...

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...

Bayer publishes first integrated report: Sustainability part of corporate strategy - reports

“We are convinced that we can only achieve lasting commercial success if we balance economic growth with ecological and social responsibility.” Dr Marijn Dekkers, ceo

Philips publishes 2013 sustainability update, beating green sales target two years ahead of schedule - reports

Philips has published data on its 2013 sustainability activities as part of its integrated annual report, covering its financial, social and environmental performance.

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...

Nestlé Creating Shared Value Global Forum 2013 live on 28 October - reports

Join our live discussion on Monday 28 October on Creating Shared Value: The changing role of business in development

Launch of Alliance Boots CSR report 2012/13 - reports

Alliance Boots has published its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report 2012/13 for the year ended 31 March 2013.

Sustainable Retail Summit - calendar

We know we need to run better businesses in support of better lives and a better planet, but how to do this in a manner that is good for business too?  Find the answer at a new industry...

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,...

Business Disability Forum Conference 2016 - calendar

Business Disability Forum (BDF) is pleased to announce that Claire Harvey, British Paralympian and Senior Consultant at BDF Partner KPMG will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 BDF conference:...

edie Energy Management conference - calendar

Senior energy and sustainability leaders from Land Securities , SmartestEnergy , Thomas Cook and Heathrow Airport will share cutting-edge examples of technology & innovation in...

Merck publishes 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has released its 2012 Global Corporate Responsibility Report. The report, available at www.merckresponsibility.com, focuses on...

M.A.G's Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2012/13 - reports

One year after announcing carbon neutral ground operations at East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports and with the acquisition of London Stansted Airport now complete, M.A.G has outlined its key...

UPS releases its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme 'More of What Matters' - reports

Today, UPS released its annual 2012 Sustainability Report with the theme “More of What Matters.” Environmental achievements included ground and air fuel savings, increased...

Discover the new Sanofi CSR tools - reports

Corporate Social Responsibility at Sanofi places the patient at the heart of the way we conduct business. To better showcase our approach and to lead our image and reputation, the CSR Excellence...

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. 

Taking integrated reporting to another level - reports

KLP release their 2011 Sustainability Report.

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Merck launches 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Enel publishes its 2011 Sustainability Report.

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....

MTR Corporation (MTR) has published its latest Sustainability Report - reports

MTR publishes its latest Sustainability Report.

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...

Johnson & Johnson publishes 2012 annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2012 full-length annual report on Citizenship & Sustainability is now available.

MTR Corporation publishes its Sustainability Report 2012 - reports

Hong Kong-based rail and property service provider MTR Corporation Ltd (MTR) has published its latest Sustainability Report 2012. The report describes how the company manages sustainability...

Vodafone Publishes its 2012/13 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group Plc has published its Sustainability Report 2012/13 in which they outline their social and economic contribution across their 30 operating countries.

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group releases 2012 Sustainability Progress Report and confirms its commitment to sustainability through the launch of a bold new sustainability strategy “2020 Ambition –...

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

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

Ford Motor Company's annual Sustainability Report - reports

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

Creating Shared Value Global Forum 2014 - calendar

How can governments and civil society work with business to accelerate sustainable development? What could these partnerships look like? Join us on Thursday 9 October to discuss the...

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

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

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...

Corporate Social Responsibility Mozambique Conference and Exhibition (CSR MOZ) - calendar

The inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Mozambique Conference and Exhibition (CSR MOZ) will take place from 19 – 20 March 2015 at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference...

Sberbank of Russia issued its Report on Corporate Social Responsibility for 2012 - reports

Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank of Russia, has issued its Corporate Social Responsibility Report for 2012.

Bayer Publishes Sustainable Development Report 2012 - reports

“Innovation & sustainability are the driving force behind our business success.” Dr. Marijn Dekkers, Chairman of the Board of Management, Bayer AG

Procter & Gamble Company Releases Its' 14th Annual Sustainability Report - reports

Today the Procter & Gamble Company  released its' 14th annual Sustainability Report.

The Business & Sustainability Programme (BSP) Online - calendar

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

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...

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 .

Responsible Sourcing: Taking Control of Your Supply Chain - calendar

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

GlaxoSmithKline sets out commitments in 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new  Corporate Responsibility Report  reiterates its commitment to operate responsibly and transparently. 

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

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

Verizon's 2012 Annual Report - reports

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

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

Global Food Safety Initiative - calendar

The Global Food Safety Conference is one of the leading annual food safety events that brings together over 1000+ top food safety experts and decision makers from the food industry from over 60...

Ceres Conference 2014 - calendar

Sea levels are rising. Severe droughts are hitting many regions of the world, while floods are drowning others. And hurricanes and other storms are more costly and destructive than ever....

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2012 - reports

Sulzer received the highest Application Level A+ (G3) from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its online Sustainability Report 2012

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...

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy - reports

Colgate-Palmolive Releases 2012 Sustainability Report and Progress on Sustainability Strategy.

Sulzer Sustainability Reporting 2011 - reports

Sulzer is committed to building its business success on responsible action and grow sustainably. In its Online Sustainability Report 2011, the company reports on its sustainability efforts to...

Towards a sustainable Heathrow: a focus on Safety - reports

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

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...

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.

Smarter Sustainability Reporting - calendar

  Smarter Sustainability Reporting is a must attend event for anyone looking to improve upon the quality and communication of their sustainability report.     Key...

Johnson & Johnson publishes its ninth Sustainability Report - reports

The Johnson & Johnson Our Responsibility 2011 Sustainability Report is now available. The report discusses the Company’s sustainability activities and progress as of December 2011. It is...

OTE publishes its 2011 CR Report - reports

OTE, one of the leading telecommunications service providers in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report on 15 June 2012 at the company’s Annual...

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

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

Holcim its releases 2011 Corporate Sustainable Development report - reports

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

Bayer drives forward global sustainability commitments - new report published - reports

The Bayer Group has published its 2011 Sustainable Development Report. The Bayer Group is well on the way to implementing its comprehensive Sustainability Program. This is underlined by the...

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.

Delhaize Group presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer presents its fifth Sustainability Progress Report. The online report reflects on the Group’s sustainability performance over the period...

Reckitt Benckiser announces Carbon20 results and publishes 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

Reckitt Benckiser, a world leader in health, hygiene and home products, has achieved a remarkable 21% improvement in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions per dose since 2007 – beating its 2020...

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...

Abbott release 2011 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott today released its 2011 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how the company applies its business acumen, scientific expertise, resources and...

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...

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.

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.

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Caesars Entertainment publish Sustainability report - reports

Caesars Entertainment’s 2010-2011 Sustainability Report covers calendar 2010 and the first half of 2011. It is both the company’s and the casino-entertainment and hospitality industry’s second...

Intel publishes latest CR Report - reports

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

Bell Canada publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Bell Canada, the largest communications company in Canada, has just published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report online. The report meets the Global Reporting Initiatives GRI–G3 A+...

TELUS releases its 2010 CSR Report - reports

TELUS’ 2010 CSR Report provides transparent, balanced and comprehensive disclosure of their combined economic, social and environmental triple-bottom-line performance.

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...

Baxter International releases its 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

Baxter International Inc. released its 2010 Sustainability Report, marking the 12th consecutive year the company has released a report about its social, economic and environmental performance....

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...

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.

Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - reports

A news update from Unilever

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...

Leading a Sustainable Business - The Business Leaders Programme - calendar

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

Alliance Boots publish 2010/11 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Alliance Boots' ambition is not simply to become the world's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty group, but also a world-leading sustainable business. Progress on Alliance Boots' targets is...

Merck launches 2010 corporate responsibility report - reports

This week, the global healthcare leader Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, launched its 2010 global corporate responsibility report - the first report...

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...

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

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

Danisco publishes 2010/11 Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco A/S, a world leader in food ingredients, enzymes and bio-based solutions, has published its 2010/2011 sustainability report, "Ingredients for a Changing World".  The report,...

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...

OTE publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading telecommunications services provider in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report on 23 June 2011 at the company's Annual...

2012 Global Compliance Summit - calendar

The 2012 Global Compliance Summit offers a unique opportunity for Manufacturing Brands and their respective Suppliers to come together, collaborate and share best practices. With the...

Delhaize publishes new Corporate Responsibility Progress Report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, presents its latest Corporate Responsibility (CR) Progress Report.

L'Oreal publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report. The report outlines the framework for the company's policies on corporate governance, environmental stewardship,...

Impact Investing 2012 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact  investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), this...

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...

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...

Abbott Publishes 2010 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2010 Global Citizenship Report

SEGRO publishes 2010 Sustainability Report - reports

The report provides an update on 2010 performance of SEGRO’s five-year sustainability strategy. The company’s approach focuses on delivering value to the business and its customers.

Fortum publishes 2010 sustainability report - reports

Energy generating company Fortum has published its Sustainability Report 2010

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has published its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report

Impact Investing 2011 - calendar

Investments for profit, people and the planet With some experts predicting a ten-fold increase in impact investments to $500 billion by 2014 (1% of all managed assets), Impact Investing 2011...

10th EABIS Colloquium - calendar

A new era of development: the changing role & responsibilities of business in developing countries What is the business perspective on development? How to adapt business strategy for and to...

Abbott Publishes 2009 Global Citizenship Report - reports

Global health care company Abbott has published its 2009 Global Citizenship Report. The report demonstrates how Abbott is applying its expertise in science, public health, technology and...

Does your company really care? - reports

The Linde Group Publishes 2010 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its fifth Corporate Responsibility Report online

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...

Sanofi-aventis publishes its 2009 CSR Report - reports

Multinational healthcare group sanofi-aventis has published its 2009 corporate social responsibility report

Sainsbury's publishes CR Report 2010 - reports

Sainsbury's has published its Corporate Responsibility Review Report 2010. Following feedback from stakeholders, this year's full report is only available online and is supported by a...

GE releases Annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its sixth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Renewing Responsibilities

L'Oreal publishes 2009 Sustainable Development Report - reports

Cosmetics company L'Oréal has published its 2009 Sustainable Development Report in the form of an integrated website.

STMicroelectronics publishes its 13th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 13th Corporate Responsibility Report, for 2009. The report illustrates how ST creates value for its stakeholders through its culture of Sustainable...

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...

Freeport-McMoRan announce Sustainable Development report - reports

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. announces its 2009 Working Toward Sustainable Development report. This report is in accordance with the GRI G3 reporting guidelines.

Mondi publishes 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Mondi, the international paper and packaging company, has released its 2009 sustainability report

OTE publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The Report details OTE’s contribution...

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...

Vodafone publishes its 09/10 Sustainability Report - reports

Vodafone Group plc has published its 2009/10 Sustainability Report online

Delhaize Group presents third Corporate Responsibility report - reports

Delhaize Group, the Belgian international food retailer, has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report.

ITV publishes latest Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ITV, the UK's biggest commercial investor in television content, and home to the most popular drama and entertainment on British TV last year, has published its latest Corporate Responsibility...

G4S publishes its second CSR report - reports

G4S - the world's leading secure solutions group - has published its second Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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...

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)...

RWE npower publishes Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has released its seventh full corporate responsibility report, available online

New CSV Report released by Nestlé - reports

Nestlé has published its new Creating Shared Value (CSV) Report 2009, which this year highlights the company's achievements on nutrition, water and environmental sustainability and rural...

Heineken: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Heineken, one of the world's great brewers, has published its 11th sustainability report, outlining the company's performance in building a sustainable future.

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...

SEGRO publishes Sustainability Update 2009 - reports

The newly-published SEGRO Sustainability Update 2009 focuses on how sustainability delivers value for the commercial property investment and development business and its customers.

GlaxoSmithKline Publishes 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report

Philips publishes latest sustainability performance - reports

Philips has published its latest information on sustainability performance.

3rd Gain Business Alliance Global Forum - calendar

Accelerate your commitment to the fight against malnutrition!   Join GAIN Business Alliance members, GAIN staff and more than 100 company and stakeholder participants in Amsterdam on 27 May...

Camelot publishes its 10th Stakeholder Report - reports

Camelot, operator of the UK National Lottery, has published its 10th Stakeholder Report which details how the company has had a positive effect on those impacted by its work –  and has...

Linde AG Publishes 2009 CR Report - reports

The Linde Group has published its latest Corporate Responsibility Report.

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...

Merck launches 2008 global corporate responsibility report - reports

Merck & Co., Inc. have launched their 2008 global corporate responsibility report in which they emphasize that the fundamentals of good corporate governance and accountability, ethical business...

Engaging in the Policy Process for Sustainability - reports

Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has produced a new report, 'Optimizing Involvement in the Development of Sustainability Related Public Policy'.

BSkyB publishes 2009 Bigger Picture Review - reports

BSkyB, the entertainment and communications business present in more than one in three homes in the UK, has published its 2009 Bigger Picture Review. The review gives an overview of the...

Danisco publishes its 8th Sustainability Report - reports

Danisco has published its eighth annual sustainability report, entitled "Responsibility in life and in business"

Delhaize Group publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

The report details how Delhaize's new CSR strategy focuses on three main themes (products, people and planet) and five focus areas: food safety, health and wellness, associate development, energy...

GE releases Fifth Annual Citizenship Report - reports

Today, GE released its fifth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Resetting Responsibilities.  The 2008 report covers GE’s worldwide operations for the 2008 fiscal year and reviews GE’s...

Sainsbury's launches CR Report 2009 - reports

Sainsbury’s today publishes its CR Report 2009, entitled ‘140 years of making a difference’.

The IKEA Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

The IKEA Sustainability Report 2008 is now available on the Swedish home furnishing company’s website.

OTE publishes 2008 CR Report - reports

OTE, the leading provider of telecommunications services in Greece and South Eastern Europe, has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report.

STMicroelectronics 12th CR Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 12th Corporate Responsibility Report.

Johnson & Johnson 2008 Sustainability Report Available - reports

The Johnson & Johnson 2008 Sustainability Report is now available.

Abbott releases 2008 Global Citizenship Report - reports

The global health care company Abbott has released its 2008 Global Citizenship Report, entitled "Advancing Innovation" .

International seminar on business and human rights - calendar

The Business and Human Rights International Seminar will be the largest business relevant event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event will be...

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...

Verizon publishes 2008/2009 CR Report - reports

Verizon has published its 2008/2009 corporate responsibility report, Doing the Work.

Standard Life Corporate Responsibility Report 2008 - reports

Standard Life plc today published its fourth Corporate Responsibility Report. The 2008 Report outlines the asset managing group’s progress over the last 12 months towards its stated goal of being...

SEGRO publishes Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

SEGRO publishes its Sustainability Report 2008.

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value Report - reports

Nestlé's 2008 Creating Shared Value report – ‘Nutritional Needs and Quality Diets’ - has just been published. 

Deutsche Post DHL's Sustainability Report - reports

Deutsche Post DHL, the global mail and logistics services group, has published "Changing Ways", its 2009 Sustainability Report.

Anti-Malaria Education Programme supported by SC Johnson - reports

Latest figures show that more than half a million South Africans living in malaria-affected areas have been reached by an anti-malaria education programme supported by SC Johnson and RTI...

Procter & Gamble Perspectives website launched - reports

One of the world's largest consumer products groups has begun posting online details of its policies on key aspects of corporate social responsibility. 

The Procter & Gamble Sustainability Report 2004 - reports

Procter & Gamble's newly-published Sustainability Report describes the company's work around the world over the past year in three areas - environmental protection, social responsibility, and...

Rio Tinto's 2003 Social and Environmental Review - reports

Global mining group Rio Tinto has for the first time structured its Social and Environment Review to be consistent with the nine corporate policies of its statement of business practice.

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

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...

The British Land Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

British Land has used its latest Corporate Responsibility Report to outline a number of 'next steps' the property company intends to take.

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...

The BHP Billiton 2004 Sustainability Report - reports

Resource company BHP Billiton releases its 2004 Sustainability Report

STMicroelectronic's Corporate Responsibility Report 2005 - reports

STMicroelectronics, one of the world's top semiconductor manufacturers, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report

Lafarge launches its Sustainability Report - reports

Building materials group Lafarge, which operates in more than 70 countries, has recorded its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest full Sustainability Report, which has a new...

Lafarge's latest Sustainability Report - reports

Lafarge, the building materials giant, has outlined its progress on social and environmental issues in its latest Sustainability Report.

The Marks & Spencer Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has just published its latest CSR Report covering performance during 2004/05. This is the high street retailer's second Report following its Review published in June 2003.

Marks & Spencer publishes fourth annual CR Report - reports

Marks & Spencer has published its fourth annual CR Report - How We Do Business 2007

Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) - calendar

The Alliance will host the inaugural Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition (EE Global) on November 11 – 14, 2007 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center. EE Global will serve as the...

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.

The ICMM Annual Review - reports

'Significant progress' is now being made on sustainability issues in the mining sector, according to the latest annual review from the International Council on Mining and Metals.

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.

ScottishPower publishes 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

ScottishPower, the international energy company, has published its 2004/05 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Motivate Internal And External Audiences With Engaging Environmental Messages - calendar

A one-day conference by The ENDS Report More companies then ever are realising the benefits of going ‘green’; not only as a social responsibility target but as a real way to engage their...

8th International Sustainability Leadership Symposium - calendar

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

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

Land Securities publishes its fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Land Securities has published its fourth annual corporate responsibility report.

The Novo Nordisk Annual Report 2005 - reports

Novo Nordisk has issued its second integrated Annual Report covering both financial and non-financial performance in 2005.

Novo Nordisk publishes integrated Annual Report - reports

Novo Nordisk's Annual Report, which has just been published, confirms the Danish pharmaceutical company's position as a global leader in voluntary corporate reporting.

Severn Trent Plc launches 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Severn Trent Plc, a leading provider of water, waste and environmental services, has published its 2005 Corporate Responsibility Report.

Severn Trent releases 2004 report on Stewardship - reports

To coincide with the release of its latest corporate responsibility report, Severn Trent has expanded its online coverage of this area of its work.

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...

Bayer partners with the United Nations Environment Programme - reports

Bayer has fostered its alliance with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

British American Tobacco publishes 2005 Social Report - reports

The British American Tobacco 2005 Social Report is now available online

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?

GlaxoSmithKline publishes 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Multinational pharmaceutical and healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has published its 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

Vodafone publishes its CR Report for the 2006 financial year - reports

Vodafone's latest Corporate Responsibility Report outlines the progress the mobile communications company has made towards achieving the objectives of its five-year corporate responsibility...

The Vodafone Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Can blind people read text messages? Are African economies really better off with mobile telecommunications? When will we know the results of major international studies on mobiles and health? How...

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...

GSK creates a new business model with innovative marketing and sales practices - bestpractice

The pharmaceutical company ranks first in both trust and customer value, according to a survey of 4,000 US healthcare professionals. Tom Idle reports…    It is...

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.  ...

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

The supply chain talks back - calendar

Capacity-building - rhetoric or reality? Last year we broke new ground by holding a different sort of CSR conference. Held in China, The Supply Chain Talks Back 2005 provided delegates with...

MSD lends its best employees to NGOs around the world - bestpractice

The Fellowship for Global Health programme matches skills to needs. Miranda Ingram reports…   As a global healthcare leader based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, MSD, known as...

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

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

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

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

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...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

Fyffes’ CR policies apply best practices that improve business performance — and support employees. Miranda Ingram reports…    It should be a given by now...

Valuing the Workforce to Improve Performance - bestpractice

It should be a given by now but is nevertheless worth repeating: good corporate social responsibility is win-win. It doesn’t just protect stakeholders but profits the company too, not...

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...

Making the right partnership connections - bestpractice

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

UBS invests in sustainability for financial and societal return - bestpractice

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

Reaping the rewards of supporting dairy farmers - bestpractice

T here’s a Polish proverb that goes: “If the farmer is poor, then so is the whole country”. It’s a problem that Tetra Pak is highly aware of – it recognizes the...

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...

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 –...

Royal Philips Electronics Sustainability Annual Report 2006 - reports

Royal Philips Electronics published its Sustainability Annual Report 2006 on 19 February 2007

Making a date for behaviour change - bestpractice

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

The BG Group 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

BG Group publishes its 2004 Corporate Responsibility Report today.

Barilla’s onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

Barilla's onto a good thing with sustainability strategy - bestpractice

Right from the start, the Italian food company Barilla has combined the achievement of economic goals with social commitments to the areas in which it operates. Knowledge of social and economic...

Online sustainability reporting and analysis tool launched - reports

A tool to help companies collect, report and analyze sustainability performance data has been launched online.

Upgrading citizenship to a whole new level - bestpractice

In order to build a truly sustainable organisation, global companies these days acknowledge that the umbrella of their stakeholders extends further than ever before. Chris Librie, senior...

The Taylor Woodrow Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Taylor Woodrow, the housing and development company, has published its second Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Keeping model behaviour in vogue - bestpractice

It is the Group’s purpose to establish a number of Model Companies, which cooperate in an exemplary manner. By Model Company we mean a company working with products useful to society,...

Making a splash in water stewardship - bestpractice

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

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

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

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...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

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

Getting streetwise about corporate responsibility - bestpractice

In Fahrenehit 451 author Ray Bradbury says the difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching: “The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

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

Undertaking a sustainability rebuild - bestpractice

The financial crisis of 2008 was quickly followed by a crisis in finance, with some serious incidents of misconduct within the sector coming to light. RBS has featured heavily in the reporting...

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.

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...

Paving the way against child labour - bestpractice

An innovative three-year partnership between stone paving supplier Marshalls and UNICEF is all about tackling child labour in the stone quarries in Rajasthan, in India. Traditionally...

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...

Acquiring a taste for shared value - bestpractice

Maggi bouillon cubes are big in West and Central Africa. Huge. Drive around and you can see cafes decorated with Maggi packaging and painted in the Maggi colours. The Maggi ‘cooking...

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...

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...

ICMM Annual Review 2007 - reports

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has been addressing industry challenges throughout 2007, according to the newly-published 2007 annual review.

Developing the co-operation concept - bestpractice

Employees like to work in companies that act with a social and environmental conscience and play a part in preserving the natural world around them. The mobile phone maker Nokia found in...

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

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

Ahead in the clouds - bestpractice

Cloud computing is part of Deutsche Telekom’s continuing drive to limit energy consumption and CO2 emissions. In fact, the company is promoting the use of cloud computing and believes the...

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...

African business schools become new CSR frontier - bestpractice

How do you convince company executives, as well as government and other officials in developing countries, that suppliers should have the same commitment to sustainability and responsible...

A job recipe that works - bestpractice

When it came to lunch on the go, college friends Julian Metcalfe and Sinclair Beecham were fed up with the usual fast-food fodder. They wanted what they saw as healthier, tastier options. And...

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...

Anheuser-Busch Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Global Leader in Responsibility Highlights Key Performance Data in Alcohol Awareness, Environment, People, Community, Accountability

tackling superstition - bestpractice

Pawni Devi, a 30-year-old mother from the remote Barmer district of Rajasthan in India, was once convinced that she was cursed. The elders in her village blamed her for various medical calamities...

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...

accessing all areas - bestpractice

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

Delhaize Group releases its 1st Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The international food retailer, Delhaize Group, has published its first Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled 'A Healthy Approach to Life'.

a healthy outlook - bestpractice

As a catering company, Compass has decided it should not be content just with providing lunchtime food to millions of school pupils - it wants to educate them too. While it has wisely steered clear...

making inquiries - bestpractice

A decade ago, British American Tobacco found itself in a bind. Progress on key sustainability challenges was almost non-existent, the industry's image was faltering badly, and stakeholder trust in...

GE releases fourth annual Citizenship Report - reports

GE today released its fourth annual Citizenship Report, entitled Investing and Delivering in Citizenship .

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...

2006 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship - calendar

Following on from last year's sell out event, the 2006 Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship will take place at Said Business School, Oxford University from 29-31 March. Titled; ‘...

Thinking Big - bestpractice

Enel is huge. And growing. It wasn’t always the case. Italy’s largest electricity company used to be 100 per cent focused on its domestic market. What changed? One word: liberalisation. The...

Sainsbury's launches new CR Report - reports

Today Sainsbury's is launching its new CR Report, 'Our Values Make Us Different'.

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...

ArcelorMittal publishes Corporate Responsibility report - reports

ArcelorMittal has announced the publication of its first Corporate Responsibility report 2007; Taking Responsibility for Transforming Tomorrow.

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’....

bearing fruit - bestpractice

Diners at the Bluewater retail park in Dartford, UK, could be forgiven for executing a double take as they eat. Beside the food court sits an unusual vending machine. Instead of dispensing bottled...

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...

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report - reports

Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report.

right tools for the job - bestpractice

Part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that people have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and wellbeing. Yet according to the World Health Organization,...

Deutsche Post release Sustainability Report 2008 - reports

Deutsche Post World Net, the logistics company that owns the DHL, Deutsche Post and Postbank brands, has published its Sustainability Report 2008.

Johnson & Johnson produce 5th Sustainability Report - reports

Health care products company Johnson & Johnson has produced its fifth annual Sustainability Report.

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...

fuelling change - bestpractice

More than three billion people, or almost half the world’s population, cook in their homes using traditional fires and stoves that use fuels such as wood, dung and crop waste. They spend much of...

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...

cutting to the chase - bestpractice

At the Vimax Beauty hairdressing salon in Curitiba in southern Brazil, Vicktor, like any self-respecting salon owner, spends his day interacting with his clients. Standing behind each chair and...

stamping out disease - bestpractice

When Mimoungou Haruna’s leg first started swelling, he was concerned. By the time it had swollen to well over twice its normal size, he was justifiably horrified. No longer able to work, he now...

promoting moderations - bestpractice

An Irishman walks into a bar. It may sound like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the beginning of a television advertisement about responsible drinking by beverage company Diageo Great...

STMicroelectronics 11th Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

STMicroelectronics has published its 11th Corporate Responsibility Report, in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 guidelines and principles to A+ standard.

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...

Arthur D Little's - reports

A new study from Arthur D. Little, "Sustainable Performance Delivered", provides an insight into the market drivers of sustainable performance.

strength through unity - bestpractice

Diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries – such as malaria and tuberculosis – place pharmaceutical companies in a dilemma. To do nothing is to leave millions of people to die...

The Barclays Corporate Sustainability Review 2007 - reports

Barclays has released its eighth Corporate Sustainability Review online and is focusing on sustainability performance, rather than corporate responsibility as in previous years.

taking a holistic view - bestpractice

Imagine, for a moment, a company that is the world’s biggest supplier of a product for which demand is steadily growing and upon which its customers depend. Imagine, too, that the company has a...

staying ahead of the game - bestpractice

It’s not immediately apparent what the world of electricity cables and gas pipes has to do with human rights. Yet National Grid, one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity utilities, has invested...

The Colgate-Palmolive online Sustainability Report - reports

Colgate-Palmolive has just published its online sustainability report.

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...

Philips announces 33 per cent increase in green product sales - reports

Royal Philips Electronics announced today that it achieved a 33 per cent increase in sales of 'green products'.

STMicroelectronics announces the publication of its 2006 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The report details Triple Bottom Line performance across all ST activities and sites in 2006.

talking the talk - bestpractice

When BNFL took the decision to improve relationships with its stakeholders, the company embarked on a far-reaching dialogue with a wide range of interested parties. An independent third party...

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...

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...

Pfizer releases its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Pfizer yesterday released the online version of its 2007 Corporate Responsibility Report, entitled "Strong Actions: Partnering for Positive Change."

nurturing biodiversity - bestpractice

British American Tobacco has teamed up with four conservation organizations to protect the richness of the natural world. In addition to funding conservation work, the...

The Otto Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The German retailer OTTO has published its latest sustainability report, entitled Corporate Responsibility - Report 2007.

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...

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...

WORKING WITH SUPPLIERS - bestpractice

Marks & Spencer is helping to spread best practice in factories run by its suppliers in Morocco by supporting an educational programme for garment...

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...

RAISING HEALTH AWARENESS - bestpractice

The food company Nestle’s work in Russian schools to make children more aware of the links between diet and health is a rare example of the use of western...

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - bestpractice

Chiquita, which produces a quarter of Latin American bananas, has spent eight years working to ensure all its banana farms in Latin America meet labour and...

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...

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