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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...

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Europe conference Europe highlights partnerships - news

By Brian Collett — The importance of strength in numbers in encouraging responsible practice was emphasised by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil at its Europe conference.  ...

Global apparel industry takes steps toward better performance - news

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

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

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

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

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

Green hotel award winners announced - news

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

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

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

Carbon tax adopted by Singapore - news

By Brian Collett — Singapore is to become the first nation in south-east Asia to introduce a carbon tax. The decision represents a reversal of the policy of a few years ago when the...

Is the corporate responsibility and sustainability profession just another elite?  - news

By Tom Idle — The recent EU referendum demonstrates the national divides we have in the UK – and  plenty of evidence  shows that we have one of the lowest social...

Whitbread's Environmental Leadership - news

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

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

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

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...

National CSR Awards now accepting entries - news

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

Refreshing the business contract with society - news

By Adam Woodhall   “Can business refresh its contract with society before it’s too late?” was the stimulating question with which the CEO of The Crowd , Jim...

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

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

Beer-making without impact, the Heineken way - news

by Tom Idle —   For the past six years, Heineken’s approach to environmental and social issues has been informed by its structured Brewing a Better world strategy. And it is...

Veolia wins BITC Responsible Business 2016 award - news

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

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

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

What a waste of business resource! - news

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

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,...

Join the sustainable business debate of the year - news

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

A force for good - news

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

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

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

Lloyds Bank Publishes "Helping Britain Prosper" Plan - news

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

Webinar today to discuss risk-free supply chain - news

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

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

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

Do reports make a good stakeholder engagement tool? - news

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

A step change to quieter, smoother flights - news

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

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...

APCRG launches Responsible Business Champions 2016 - news

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

Business needs to do more to build greener Scotland - news

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

IHRB outlines top 10 corporate responsibility issues for 2016 - news

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

Why transparency is the clear way forward - news

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

Holidaymakers show growing appetite for responsible tourism - news

Travel companies with a good environmental record are increasingly gaining a commercial advantage, finds new research from ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents.  The survey...

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

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

Developing a new mindset - news

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

Piecing together profitable partnerships - news

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

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....

Learning the power of persuasion - news

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

We’re talking serious CSR here, aren’t we? - news

Why is CSR sometimes considered a dirty word in business circles? I’ve mentioned in this column before the sniffy attitude I’ve received at mainstream business events when I’ve...

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...

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

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

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...

Grievance system fails to hold corporates to account - news

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

BITC award shortlisters putting responsibility at heart of business - news

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

The importance of authenticity and values in leadership - news

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

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...

60+ firms make final stage of BITC awards - news

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

Wildlife takes off at London Heathrow - news

Heathrow Airport has been awarded the Wildlife Trust’s Biodiversity Benchmark for the seventh year running. The award is the only national award recognising responsible land management....

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....

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%...

Banks warned over ESG risks of palm oil investments - news

Environmental and human rights groups have sent a global alert to several banks over their investment in Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of the world's largest palm oil companies....

Trust between big business and communities remains fragile - news

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

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

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

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

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

Reform that would be worth its weight in gold - news

As the Three Wise Men didn’t arrive until 6th January, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to keep a quasi festive theme in this issue, the first edition of 2015 (particularly as I am...

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...

Rising to the challenge of the ethical consumer - news

Ethical trading is now a well recognised part of the wider sustainable business agenda, but there’s still a long way to go. Miranda Ingram reports Twenty years ago there were three...

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...

BITC Responsible Business Awards now open for entries - news

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

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

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

Staking your reputation on the digital age - news

In these days of increasingly sophisticated social media it only takes one off-message supplier and a backpacker with a phone camera, to bring corporate reputations crashing down. So what steps...

New platform matches community projects with corporate sponsors - news

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

National Grid named Responsible Business of the Year 2014 - news

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

Mark Carney appointed co-president of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that puts Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of business....

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...

Carney takes on co-presidency of Heart of the City - news

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed as co-president of Heart of the City, the charity that aims to put Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the heart of...

Big brands top new global responsible business league - news

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

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

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

Newlight sprints ahead with AirCarbon technology - news

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

Burke and Winters join BITC Ireland - news

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

#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...

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

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

British business makes move towards greater tax transparency - news

Birmingham-based Unity Trust Bank, Midcounties Co-operative and The Phone Co-op have become the first businesses to be accredited by the new Fair Tax Mark, the world's first independent...

In the CSR spotlight...Manny Amadi - news

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

BITC calls for business to incentivise responsible behaviour - news

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

Corruption fears grow in wake of Typhoon Haiyan emergency - news

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

The importance of learning from each other - news

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

BiTC Responsible Business Awards 2014 open for entries - news

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

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...

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

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

Jonathan Dutton joins ACCSR - news

Corporate social responsibility advisory and training firm, the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), has appointed Jonathan Dutton as a non-executive director. He...

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Jewel in the crown.. . CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will work to further...

Top down commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

Why inclusive business = responsible business - news

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

CEO commitment to sustainability thwarted by economic climate - news

Despite a top down approach to sustainability, more than two thirds of chief executives (67%) believe that business is not doing enough to address global sustainability challenges, according to...

Sky’s the limit at The Bigger Picture - news

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

Awards celebrate corporate responsibility & sustainability - news

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

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...

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...

New OECD working party chair - news

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

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

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

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...

Why volunteering works wonders for workers - news

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

Poor performance... - news

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

The challenge of big business in the social enterprise sector - news

In 2013, social enterprises are facing numerous challenges. For those working in public sector markets, there is a growing fear that the services they deliver across the UK will shrink, and many...

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....

Grumberg travels to Carlson Wagonlit - news

Francoise Grumberg has been appointed the new position of senior director for global responsible business at the business travel specialists Carlson Wagonlit Travel. Francoise will lead the...

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

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

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

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

Excellence Recognised by BITC - news

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

Ukraine looks for CSR leadership excellence - news

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

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

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

Majority of Asian companies ‘failing to recognise basic employee rights’ - news

Nine-tenths of Asian companies have no human rights policies covering their operations in sensitive countries, and are failing to consider the International Labour Organization’s basic...

After the storm: reining in the bankers - news

The 2008 crash hit trust in the banking sector, particularly in the US and UK. But can responsible business practices and increased regulation repair the damage? Mark Leftly reports The...

Cheating companies may not see out the downturn - news

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

inbrief - news

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

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

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

Ireland gets new CSR benchmark - news

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

Irish business leaders told to keep CSR faith - news

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

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A CSR recruitment business, Professionals for Social Good, has been started in New York. Established 'to address the growing needs of the socially responsible business sector', it is a...

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...

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

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

How hard times have proved a boon for CSR - news

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

Carlson puts training at heart of new CSR drive - news

All employees at one of the world’s largest hotel groups are to undergo compulsory corporate social responsibility training of two and half hours, starting this year. Carlson Hotels,...

CSR minister disappears as coalition shifts ground - news

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

We’ve found the phrase we need, so let’s stick with what we’ve got - news

The CSR Study Group at the UK’s University of Leeds has changed its name to the Business and Development Study Group. Hardly a major story, and one that hasn’t merited even a line in...

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

Corporate failure to prevent bribery has been made an offence under UK law, putting the onus on businesses to deal with dishonesty rather than turn a blind eye. The Bribery Act, which...

10% have known only CSR - news

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

CSR election promises are thin on the ground - news

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

Ready for some catch-up - news

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

China forges ahead on CSR - news

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

Corporate backlash hits plans for CSR legislation - news

Canadian extractive companies have mounted a campaign against proposed legislation that would make them accountable for the negative social and environmental impacts of their foreign operations....

Utilities must work harder - news

Utilities companies are failing to translate their CSR policies into responsible practice, and most businesses in the sector are neglecting even to set targets for the majority of their main...

Fair treatment regime ‘not properly policed’ - news

The UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) has been attacked for failing to properly audit the behaviour of banks towards their customers. Since 2006 the FSA has been responsible for...

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The latest issue of Ethical Performance Best Practice , which features case studies of responsible business practice, can be seen online. Every case study is available in pdf format.

Dealing with the tough stuff - news

Margot Fraser & Lisa Lorimer (eds). Berrett-Koehler.   192 pages. Paperback. $16.95/£12.99 On the face of it, this is a godsend for social entrepreneurs: a collection...

Missions told to keep an eye on business - news

The UK government has issued a Business and Human Rights Toolkit for its overseas missions. The 21-page document, published last month, contains guidance for UK embassies and other...

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

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

OECD snuggles up to Global Compact - news

The OECD has agreed to develop closer links with the United Nations Global Compact. The two organizations will particularly seek to join forces in countries where there are both Global Compact...

Chinese CSR still ‘nascent’ among big firms - news

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

CSR rides out recession despite some casualties - news

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

OECD guidelines ‘must get tougher back-up’ - news

Governments should get tougher with companies that breach the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises, a UK inquiry has been told. Parliamentarians at the first two sessions of the...

Canada offers mediation to extractive sector firms - news

The Canadian government is recruiting a ‘CSR counsellor’ this month to advise the country’s mining, oil and gas companies. The C$150,000-a-year ($130,000, £78,000),...

Australia gets Compact network - news

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

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...

Government puts pressure on big business to pay up - news

Listed businesses in the UK are to be urged by the government to endorse a new code on the responsible payment of invoices. Thirty companies have already signed up to the UK...

Arab countries reveal plenty of CSR potential - news

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

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

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

Corporate social responsibility: a legal analysis - news

Michael Kerr, Richard Janda, Chip Pitts. Hardback. 650 pages. LexisNexis. Can$150 Written by a group of North Americans but with a perspective that goes further afield than their...

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

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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...

Can you be sure you won’t go the way of the banks? - news

The ethical recklessness of the financial sector has lessons for all people in business, says Danielle Cohen The recent revelations of former HBOS head of regulatory risk Paul Moore that...

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

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

The Elk: world’s leading CSR thinker - news

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

China banks get guidance - news

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

Verheugen rules out change - news

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

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...

Saudi firms ‘on right track’ - news

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

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

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

Silence on ownership structure ‘hampers CSR debate’ - news

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

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 –...

inbrief - news

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

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

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

CSR should be ‘weaved in’ - news

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

Responsible business world loses two visionaries - news

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

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

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

GRI gets base in Australia - news

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

inbrief - news

Gillian Foster has been appointed manager of the Centre for Responsible Business of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Before moving to Dubai, Foster was the sustainable development...

Foreign policy needs to support responsible business practice - news

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

Norwegian investors launch SRI initiative - news

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

EU feels child labour heat - news

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

Foreign Office ditches CSR unit as its interest wanes - news

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

Arab world gets CSR body - news

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

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

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

Danish firms face new disclosure requirements - news

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

OECD acts to address criticism of its guidelines - news

The OECD is examining ways to extend the reach of its guidelines for multinationals into China. Forty countries - among them 10 non-OECD countries - have now established National Contact...

Australia unveils CSR plan - news

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

Corporate responsibility: a critical introduction - news

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

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...

listening and learning is key to making progress - news

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

Conservatives back responsibility deals - news

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

Saudi Arabia decides to praise virtues of CSR - news

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

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...

Vigeo teams up with Asian partner - news

Vigeo, the leading European CSR ratings agency, is extending its coverage into the Asia Pacific area by forming a partnership with OWW Consulting, a Malaysia-based specialist in responsible...

Activist fund manager dies - news

Alastair Ross Goobey, a prominent British fund manager who consistently campaigned for greater corporate accountability, has died aged 62. Ross Goobey started his career at Kleinwort Benson...

Employees exert most influence on responsible practice - news

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

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

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

Asian CSR 'will go mainstream soon' - news

Social innovation will bring CSR into mainstream corporate culture in Asia this year, Jude Mannion, chief executive of Robin Hood Asia, has predicted. Businesses are finally appreciating...

Indonesian regulation runs into early problems - news

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

nine aspirations for the coming new year - news

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

boom time US tempts Brits to venture abroad - news

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

CSR makes its TV debut on the internet - news

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

multinationals show the way in emerging Europe - news

Businesses in central and eastern European countries that have recently joined or applied to join the European Union generally practise corporate responsibility on their own initiative, not as a...

US intervenes to promote ethics in its own backyard - news

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

CSR sites ape Facebook - news

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

GRI brings in three Asian voices - news

Three Asia Pacific representatives have been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Aditi Haldar, of the Confederation of Indian Industry, has been appointed from the...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

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

inbrief - news

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

the Celtic Tiger is now coming of age - news

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

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

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

new centre provides help in Middle East - news

A Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development has been established to encourage socially responsible business development in Dubai and other rapidly growing regional centres. The centre, set up...

inbrief - news

The Junction, a British company that owns and manages 14 retail parks, has appointed Lois Williams to the new post of responsible business manager. Williams was previously a consultant at Smart...

Isdell acts on human rights - news

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

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

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

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

Anglo rejects allegations - news

A row between Anglo American and War on Want over human rights accusations has again raised the thorny issue of the accountability of non-governmental organizations. The world’s second largest...

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

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

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...

Indonesia blazes trail on mandatory approach - news

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

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

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

better to work with the tools to hand than pin hopes on regulation - news

Is there such a thing as international law governing company behaviour? The question is not purely academic. Much is made of the emerging framework of international initiatives in this area. The...

corporate world must adopt principled stance on migration - news

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

City leaders try to allay fears on private equity - news

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

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...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

new ethical foreign policy might repair UK’s damaged reputation - news

Companies, it’s often said, take more notice of corporate social responsibility once their reputations have taken a serious knock. So now that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has...

Delfgaauw rues ‘state of denial’ in reporting - news

Most companies are still not being open enough when disclosing their social and environmental impacts, a senior CSR figure has said. Tom Delfgaauw, a former Shell executive who with others...

UK Foreign Office stakes claim to CSR territory - news

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

inbrief - news

GoodCorporation has introduced a new version of its CSR assessment package that is tailored for small companies. Information on 62 areas of responsible business practice is gathered via an online...

good government is about more than just regulation - news

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

marketing execs urged to climb aboard CSR train - news

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

future of CSR Academy hangs in the balance - news

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

China to train business leaders in ethics - news

Senior officials of the Chinese government and administrators from the country’s leading business schools have combined to create a far-reaching responsible business project. The aim of the...

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...

another 200 'free-riders' are cast aside by Compact - news

A further 203 signatories to the United Nations Global Compact have been de-listed for failing to issue an annual report on how they are implementing the Compact's ten principles. The...

small is beautiful in the world of responsible business - news

Giants have much to learn from the minnows when it comes to corporate social responsibility, new statistics suggest. An analysis of 200 independent assessments of 90 organizations against the...

Tories look at new CSR deals - news

Proposals for government-brokered 'responsibility deals' committing companies to CSR measures in return for a lighter regulatory regime are being considered by the UK's Conservative Party....

Malaysian giant joins CSR forum - news

One of Malaysia’s largest companies, the infrastructure conglomerate YTL Corporation Berhad, has become a principal supporter of the International Business Leaders’ Forum and has committed itself...

halt of Saudi bribery probe does capitalism an ill turn - news

When the public gets to hear of a brown envelope having been handed over, it is usually the recipient of the bribe who attracts the most opprobrium, as the beneficiary from ill-gotten gains. But...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

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

‘prescriptive’ westerners fail to heed cultural factors - news

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

socially responsible investors set sights on real estate - news

The United Nations has established a working group to bring socially responsible business principles into the sphere of property investment. The Working Group on Responsible Property...

alliance aims to raise the quality of debate - news

An attempt to counteract 'lazy thinking' on CSR among academics and business people is to be made by a UK business school and a global supply chain management company. The Saïd Business...

mainstreaming is top target - news

Encouraging companies to integrate corporate responsibility throughout their operations rather than confining it to a single department is the most common preoccupation of national CSR networks...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

Americans want to be part of Europe alliance - news

Six American multinationals have expressed interest in supporting the new European Alliance for CSR, a loose network of businesses being created at the European Commission's suggestion....

honesty and directness are key to media hearts - news

How best to communicate corporate responsibility initiatives to journalists has become a hot topic over the past year. EP offers some practical advice on what to do Not so long ago few...

business is missing CSR marketing trick - news

Too few companies with a solid track record of corporate responsibility use it as a marketing tool, says a new study. The report from the global consultancy Acona says that many companies assume...

tax incentives ‘could help first-time social reporters’ - news

Tax breaks encouraging companies to produce annual sustainability reports are to be considered by the Australian government after a recommendation from a parliamentary inquiry into CSR. The...

corporates and academics must pull in one direction - news

CSR will make more progress when business schools and companies work better together, says Peter Lacy Business schools sit on an uncomfortable fault line between the academic and business...

Shenzhen may ask firms for CSR certificate - news

Authorities in Shenzhen are considering the introduction of a CSR standard for local companies, after concluding that business practices in the southern Chinese city are in urgent need of...

Tories set up CSR group - news

The UK Conservative Party has formed a steering group to develop a formal corporate responsibility policy. The five-strong group, chaired by Alan Duncan, shadow trade and industry secretary,...

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...

L’Oreal deal raises debate on ‘ethical’ firm takeovers - news

The recently agreed takeover of The Body Shop by French cosmetics company L’Oreal has sparked fresh discussion about whether a multinational can absorb a smaller company with an established...

freedom Bill puts further squeeze on internet firms - news

Pressure on internet businesses to tackle the human rights implications of online censorship has intensified with the publication of a Bill in the US that would allow prosecutions for censorship...

firms urged to view tax as ‘social contract’ - news

The SustainAbility consultancy has added its voice to growing calls for companies to treat tax avoidance as a corporate responsibility matter. In a new report, SustainAbility argues that...

German government told to stop ‘plodding’ on CSR - news

An inquiry into the state of CSR in Germany has suggested that the government must significantly increase its commitment to responsible business practice and stop ‘plodding’ along....

bank gives integration tool to all staff - news

Banco Real has become the first company to use an online tutorial package to introduce corporate responsibility to all employees. The Brazilian bank, an ABN Amro subsidiary, has required all its...

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...

business lobbying puts CSR clauses in jeopardy - news

A key clause on corporate social responsibility in the UK’s Company Law Reform Bill is under threat due to opposition from the business sector. The Confederation of British Industry is...

inbrief - news

A weekly radio show on responsible business practices has started in the US. The one-hour Good Company programme will be broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio and will feature interviews with...

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...

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...

Tory rethink on CSR raises hopes of new consensus - news

CSR has received a significant boost with a commitment by the UK’s second-largest political party to develop policies that promote responsible business practice for inclusion in its manifesto for...

East Europeans fare well - news

Estonia, Slovenia and Lithuania have been judged the best emerging-country performers in an index that ranks companies and governments on their efforts to promote and implement responsible...

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...

Morocco embraces CSR - news

The Moroccan government says it wants to ‘differentiate’ the country from other emerging markets by gaining a reputation for high workplace standards in human rights, environmental impact and...

Asia Pacific countries make show in new index - news

Three Asia Pacific countries appear in the top half of a league table drawn up in a competitiveness and responsibility report by the international think-tank AccountAbility. The Responsible...

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...

Brazil ranking turns up heat on local firms - news

Pressure on Brazilian companies to behave in a more socially responsible manner rose a notch last month with the introduction of a benchmarking tool that ranks them according to their business...

Indian government minister backs CSR - news

CSR activities in India must amount to more than writing cheques, donating to charity and having a good public relations image, Prem Chand Gupta, Indian company affairs minister, told a recent...

EC to target public on CSR - news

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

inbrief - news

The Brazilian government is considering whether two aluminium companies have failed to observe international guidelines on responsible business behaviour during the construction of the Barra Grande...

time is ripe for corruption and bribery to move into CSR's extended family - news

Are bribery and corruption the poor relations of corporate social responsibility? Their inclusion in responsible business practice guidelines often seems an afterthought. The United Nations...

the EC needs to stop worrying about its critics and get on with the job - news

Five years ago this month, the European Commission announced that corporate social responsibility would become one of the priority areas within its Social Policy Agenda, playing an important part...

FoE uses CSR as recruiting sergeant - news

Friends of the Earth is using a tough line on corporate social responsibility as part of its latest membership recruitment and fundraising drive in the UK. Inserts titled ‘Get your filthy hands...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

EU research boosted - news

A three-year initiative to develop CSR teaching materials and curriculum ideas for mainstream degree and MBA courses has kicked off as part of a series of European research projects launched last...

OECD contact points ‘need help’ - news

National contact points that pass judgement on companies alleged to have breached the OECD’s guidelines for multinational enterprises need advisory boards to help them reach their decisions,...

UK university founds research centre - news

A CSR research centre has been set up by Bath University in the UK. The Centre for Business, Organizations and Society aims to study ‘the relationship between corporations and the societies within...

China gets responsible business forum - news

The China Business Leaders' Forum (CBLF) has been formed with an emphasis on business transparency, guiding managers on transparent trading, exchanging knowledge and information, and helping the...

Japan makes headway in FTSE4Good - news

Japanese companies are prominent among the new entries to the FTSE4Good Index series, which list ethically responsible businesses. Of the 61 newcomers admitted after the latest six-monthly...

British framework aims to define role of government - news

The UK has formally established the parameters of its corporate social responsibilities. EP considers the implications for companies Although the UK government has been acknowledged as a...

ethical champions take strain at Allied Domecq - news

The UK spirits and wines distributor Allied Domecq has brought together a group of ‘ethical champions’ inside the company as part of its effort to embed ethical trading principles throughout the...

assurers ‘need to say more’ - news

Too many assurance statements add little value to non-financial reports, a specialist group has warned. The panel of 22 judges for this year’s UK Sustainability Reporting Awards believes that...

UK to set up international advisory group - news

An international CSR advisory group is to be established as part of efforts by the UK government to promote responsible business practice around the world. The government will make the move in...

World Bank takes up sustainability agenda - news

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

India gets its own CSR body - news

A group has been set up to promote corporate social responsibility on the Indian subcontinent. The initiative originated with discussions between Confederation of Indian Industry and the...

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

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

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...

OECD cases revealed - news

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has for the first time publicly listed ‘specific instances’ of alleged non-compliance with its guidelines for multinational enterprises....

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...

getting consultation right is what counts, not meeting the deadline - news

Timetables for bringing in new policies slip for lots of reasons – good and bad. Recently, the schedules for two important elements in the framework of voluntary initiatives that seek to promote...

look closer to home for a guiding hand on CSR - news

Employees are your most important stakeholders, so why not base your responsibility strategies around their own values, says John Drummond Sometimes you have to go round the world to get an...

Compact targets China - news

China's business leaders have been urged by Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, to join the Global Compact. Annan, on an official visit to Beijing, warned that China's rapid...

more on the issues and less on the mechanics, please - news

EP talks to Alan Knight about his belief that CSR practitioners have lost sight of the pressing global problems that should dictate their agenda Few individuals have had more...

Latin America ‘weak’ on business ethics - news

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

how the OECD’s fine principles are getting bogged down in detail - news

Procedures in the UK for handling complaints brought against companies for allegedly breaching OECD guidelines on responsible corporate behaviour do not appear to be working to 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...

Bitc links up with colleges - news

Business schools have been offered ‘special membership status’ of Business in the Community, which until now has had only corporate members. Bitc said...

Cohen warns on conflict between growth and values - news

One of the leading pioneers of socially responsible business has warned other entrepreneurs not to imperil their companies’ values in the search for rapid growth....

CSR attacked from a new quarter - news

Further signs have emerged of disenchantment with corporate social responsibility among groups that until now have been generally supportive. Following Christian...

cold shoulder for tobacco client - news

A sustainability consultancy has decided not to advise a tobacco firm on responsible business practices after its other clients said they would not be happy for it to do...

inbrief - news

A summary of the financial case for responsible business practice has been published by the Arthur D Little consultancy and Business in the Community. The business...

analysts think positive on risk management - news

More than three-quarters of European fund managers and analysts believe management of social and environmental risks is good for business. A Deloitte study found 79 per...

EC steps in to monitor sustainability of tourist sector - news

The European Commission is to draw up sustainability guidelines for tourism and holiday companies in an attempt to raise standards in the sector. In a policy...

blind faith is simply not enough for socially responsible business - news

The entry of an intellectual heavyweight like Michael Porter into the debate on corporate social responsibility is a further sign that the subject is now part of mainstream business...

lawyers bid for CSR role - news

The European legal profession is asking corporate lawyers to play a greater part in responsible business practice. The Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the...

body to examine macro-level CSR - news

A new body is to look at how corporate social responsibility might make national economies, not just businesses, more competitive in world markets. The Responsible...

Italian CSR ‘needs tax break stimulation’ - news

Socially responsible Italian companies should be rewarded with tax breaks, a government-funded report will recommend next month. The Bocconi University study of 91 Italian...

tick-box CSR 'not all bad' - news

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

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...

inbrief - news

A Czech business organization has joined CSR Europe, the business-led group that campaigns on socially responsible business issues. The Business Leaders Forum of the Czech...

interest in new index is greater than expected - news

The arrival of the first national index that publicly benchmarks the responsible business practices of companies in different industry sectors has aroused much more interest...

inbrief - news

The role of governments in promoting responsible business behaviour is examined in a book published by the US-based National Policy Association. Corporate responsibility in...

European CEOs see benefits, but slow to act - news

Around three-quarters of European business leaders think that CSR measures can make their companies more competitive and ‘significantly improve profitability’, but only a...

development agencies pledge to spread CSR - news

Government development agencies have agreed they need to play a bigger role in promoting corporate social responsibility throughout the world. Conclusions from a...

Body Shop changes tack - news

The Body Shop is to modify its approach to social reporting by producing web-based documents aimed at specific stakeholder groups rather than a single print-based report for...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

Scots to collate case studies - news

Companies based in Scotland are being asked to provide examples of their socially responsible business activity so researchers can assess the degree to which CSR has taken...

BP toughens stance on ‘facilitation payments’ - news

Employees of a multinational oil company are to receive training on a new policy that forbids them to pay bribes to ease business deals. BP, which operates in 100...

New York gets a CSR network - news

A socially responsible business network has been formed in New York. Members of the Socially Responsible Business Alliance of New York will be from the private,...

small businesses get new kite-mark - news

A CSR kite-mark for small and medium-sized businesses has been launched in the UK. CommunityMark has been developed by Business in the Community. Qualifying...

Europeans set up ethics officers group - news

The equivalent of the US Ethics Officer Association (EOA) is being set up in Europe. The Ethics Practitioner Forum will act as a debating forum, training organization...

chief execs sign new pledge - news

Heads of almost 40 major global companies have put their names to a statement that personally commits them to place ‘corporate citizenship at the core of business strategy’,...

financial institutions warn against Burma links - news

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

a response to the EC’s green paper on CSR - news

The EC is seeking views on whether it should become more involved in CSR. Proponents should resist the siren call, says Martin Le Jeune At the end of its comprehensive, if...

promoting socially responsible business practices in Europe - news

Why do we need a European campaign on corporate social responsibility? Anyone asking this question need look no further than the list of companies identified as...

Europe prepares big CSR drive - news

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

inbrief - news

Seven steps to socially responsible business are set out in a World Business Council for Sustainable Development report Sustainability through the market, which...

deep green image ‘must not be taken for granted’ - news

Companies that consider themselves ‘deep green’ and socially responsible should not assume consumers see them in the same light, says a new study. A paper by Michela...

troubled Iceland begins rethink on social issues - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to re-examine its social responsibility measures in the wake of a boardroom shake-up that has seen the company scrap its organics-only...

Irish business ready to launch new CSR group - news

An Irish body for socially responsible businesses is to be officially launched in Dublin this month. Business in the Community Ireland will have 20 founding members,...

business case for CSR will take years to prove - news

The business case for corporate social responsibility will take many years to prove beyond doubt, a leading consultancy has said. In a new report examining the business case...

Polish companies take firm line on corruption - news

More than 20 companies have signed up to a new initiative that will fight business corruption in Poland. The Manus Puris association, which was officially launched in...

companies and investors need fewer ethical codes of conduct - news

As with reporting standards, so with ethical codes of conduct. There are simply too many of them. Broadly speaking, ethical codes come in two types: general declarations of...

inbrief - news

Entries for Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence 2001 – which recognise socially responsible businesses – are due in by 26 March. The awards...

business offered new CSR framework - news

Business leaders are being offered a new ‘Framework for Action’ that outlines how they can make their companies more socially responsible. The four-page framework has been...

inbrief - news

Recruiting has begun for applicants to take a part-time masters degree course in responsibility in business practice run by the New Academy of Business. Open days will be...

intimidatory activists threaten CSR prospects - news

It would be easy to dismiss the recent row over the sale, by fund manager Phillips and Drew, of shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as an isolated event of no relevance to the...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible business practices will have an impact as big as the industrial revolution, a new book is claiming. Natural Capitalism: the next industrial revolution by...

Arthur Andersen moves into ethics consultancy - news

Arthur Andersen has become the latest business consultancy to make a major pitch for advisory work in the corporate responsibility field. The consultancy and accountancy firm, which...

move to boost corporate volunteering - news

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

ethical fund is planned - news

Plans for a fund that will invest in socially responsible businesses have been unveiled by a Dutch company. Amsterdam-based Fair Ventures, which specialises in promoting...

resource centre set to fill global information vacuum - news

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

BT's image takes a turn for the better - news

Two thirds of the public now believe BT takes its responsibility to society seriously, according to the company’s first social report. The landmark 32-page document reveals that 65...

The Prince's Responsible Business Network - companies

Responsible Business Summit - companies

Verso Globe Ltd - directory

Responsible business just got a whole lot easier Verso PRO changes the game. Online digital CR consultant, collaborative management tool and communications interface – all brought...

International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) is a leading centre based at Nottingham University Business School.  Our aim is to develop and disseminate responsible...

Centre for Responsible Business - directory

Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility - directory

ACCSR helps organisations create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships. We are Australia’s leading management consultancy wholly...

Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility - directory

The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, made possible in 2007 by a personal donation from Cranfield alumni Nigel Doughty, aims to be a leading European academic centre for Responsible...

Good Business - directory

For over a decade, we have provided responsible business consultancy services to leading companies across the world (most recently including Barclays, Coca Cola, E.ON, Fiat, GSK, Innocent,...

GoodCorporation Ltd - directory

GoodCorporation is recognised worldwide as one of the leading organisations working in the field of corporate responsibility and business ethics.  With unparalleled expertise in checking...

Canary Wharf Group focuses on the future for long term improvements - reports

Canary Wharf Group’s latest Sustainability Report gives a snapshot of its activity and commitments in five key areas: making great places; pioneering innovation; promoting inclusive...

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.

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...

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

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

Citi Releases 2016 Global Citizenship Report - reports

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

Responsible Business Trends 2017 - Complimentary Snapshot Report - reports

As part of Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report we reached out approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top...

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

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

Centrica launches Responsible Business Update 2016 - reports

International energy and services company, Centrica plc, has launched its Responsible Business Update 2016, which shows how they are delivering their purpose: ‘to satisfy the changing...

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.

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

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

A.P. Moller-Maersk Sustainability Report 2016 Released - reports

The Sustainability Report 2016 follows A.P. Moller - Maersk’s continued work to unlock growth through their business, while operating responsibly and sustainably.

Get the recognition you deserve - reports

Back for the 8th year running, the  Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Awards 2017  is an event that celebrates responsible business excellence.

Lloyds Banking Group reaffirms its commitment to helping Britain prosper - reports

Lloyds Banking Group today publishes its latest  Helping Britain Prosper Plan  update. The Group recognises that people, businesses and communities are facing significant social and...

Ericsson’s Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, Technology for Good – Solutions to help meet the SDG's - reports

Ericsson publishes its 24th annual  Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report  , detailing the company’s progress toward connecting business and sustainability.

RBS takes first step on journey towards fully integrated reporting: We are building a more sustainable bank - reports

“We are committed to running the bank as a more sustainable and responsible business, serving today’s customers in a way that also helps future generations, generating long term...

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

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

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

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...

Introducing Sky’s Bigger Picture Performance update - reports

Take a look at Sky’s 2015/16 Bigger Picture Performance update to see how we are making a positive contribution, acting responsibly and using our position as Europe’s leading...

Jackson Family Wines Announces 2021 Sustainability Goals - reports

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

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...

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,...

Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s new CEO confirms his strong commitment to Responsible Business - reports

Fourth annual sustainability report released. Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a confirmed responsible business leader in the travel industry, today released its fourth annual Responsible...

BT report reveals how putting purpose first brings business benefits and helps customers, society and the environment - reports

The latest Delivering our Purpose report from BT shows how putting sustainability at the heart of the business is delivering against the company’s ambitious 2020 goals.  ...

Improving Business Impacts: New Research - reports

‘Impact for Change’ is a programme of work by Corporate Citizenship which helps companies around the world to measure, improve and effectively communicate their impacts on society.

RBS Launches Sustainability Report 2015 How We Make a Difference - reports

“We’re building a bank where long term success will be determined by doing a great job for customers. By being strong, simple and fair, we will earn their trust, and live up to our...

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

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

"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.

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

Ericsson Launches 23rd Sustainability and CR Report - reports

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has published its 23rd annual Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, which details the company’s performance in 2015 in three areas: responsible...

Ethical Corporation’s 7th Responsible Business Awards are Back! - reports

Ethical Corporation launches its 7th annual Responsible Business Awards today with the entry deadline on the 6th July 2016.

Rockwell Automation Publishes 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

The Rockwell Automation 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report provides updates on the company’s environmental, employee safety and culture, community relations performance and efforts....

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Publishes 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

Corporate Responsibility is the Heart of Verizon With publication of its 2015 Annual Report and Corporate Responsibility Report, Verizon today demonstrates how the company is leveraging...

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

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

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...

Lloyds Banking publishes its Helping Britain Prosper Plan update - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Helping Britain Prosper Plan update as part of its 2015 Responsible Business suite of communications. The Plan is the Group’s response to some...

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...

Case Study: Patagonia’s Circular Economy Strategy - reports

Ethical Corporation have launched an exclusive case study detailing comprehensively the circular economy work of industry-leader Patagonia.

Jaguar Land Rover Reports on Progress Towards 2020 Responsible Business Goals - reports

In 2009 Jaguar Land Rover set out its Responsible Business strategy and targets to 2020 and has made great progress to date, winning recognition both within and outside the automotive industry....

Caesars Entertainment Publishes Sixth Annual Corporate Citizenship Report - reports

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

CBRE Publishes Eighth Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of...

Sky releases latest sustainability report and summary video - reports

Europe’s leading entertainment company Sky has released its latest sustainability report, now exclusively online. Through its website, Sky outlines its overall vision, initiatives and...

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.

SGS invites you to join its Sustainability Webinar Series - reports

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

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...

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

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

Lloyds Banking Group - Helping Britain Prosper - reports

Click here to access the 2014 Responsible Business Review and 2014/2015 Helping Britain Prosper Plan Update.

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.

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

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

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...

Liberty Global Announces Environmental Targets - reports

Liberty Global announces environmental targets as part of the company's commitment to Corporate Responsibility (CR).

Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to responsible business innovation - reports

With the publication of its 2013 Sustainability performance, Alcatel-Lucent affirms its commitment to sustainability and responsible business innovation in making communications more...

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...

Heathrow Launches 2013 Sustainability Performance Summary - reports

Report shows Heathrow is making strong progress against its 2020 sustainability goals.

Ericsson launches its Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility report 2013 - reports

Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society - a world leader in communications technology and services. Ericsson’s long-term relationships with every major telecom operator...

Old Mutual 2013 Responsible Business Report Published - reports

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

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...

Thomas Cook Group plc launches its 7th annual Sustainability Report - reports

Thomas Cook reports on key sustainability issues and targets across 4 focus areas, identified and developed after consulting with stakeholder groups...

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...

Responsible Business 2016 - calendar

Responsible Business 2016 Incentives, imperatives, implementation 21 November 2016 | London             Public interest in...

Sustainable Extractives Forum: how to manage risk and navigate uncertainty - calendar

Innovation Forum will be hosting its first Sustainable Extractives Forum on the theme of ‘ how to manage risk and navigate uncertainty’ in London on April 27-28th 2016. As...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2012 Sustainability Report, 'Our Sustainability Journey Continues’  online at:...

Taking integrated reporting to another level - reports

KLP release their 2011 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...

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report - reports

EDF Energy UK plc has published its 2011 Sustainability Report, 'Leading the Energy Change'.

Bank of America Releases 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

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

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

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

The Innovative, Win-Win Corporate Charity Partnerships Conference - calendar

Is Your Partnership Win-Win & Is It Demonstrably Delivering Returns & Making An Impact? Innovation Beyond Charity Of The Year! Deliver long-lasting, mutual benefits with...

Rezidor Hotel Group Responsible Business Report - reports

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

Nordea releases its fifth CSR Report - reports

Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region has released its  fifth CSR Report.

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

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

Old Mutual publishes its 2012 Responsible Business Report - reports

Old Mutual has released its 2012 Responsible Business Report. The report is structured around its five focus areas of responsibility – investment, customers, employees, communities and...

CR Foundations Programme - calendar

The CR Foundations programme is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and consists of six one day courses delivered over twelve months. It is designed to develop the skills...

An introduction to CR and sustainability - calendar

An introduction to CR and sustainability This course looks at what CR and sustainability are and what their importance is for your company. It features a presentation from a business...

SROI Practitioner Training - calendar

There is growing recognition amongst businesses of the benefits of shared value, of value for both business and the wider community. There is also an increase in ideas of responsible business...

Gender and Responsible Business - ICCSR Annual Symposium - calendar

The marginalization of numerous voices from mainstream CSR discourse has been noted in particular with regard to voices from the South (Gilbert and Rasche, 2007; Nanz and Steffek, 2004),...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

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

Pearson publishes its 2011 corporate responsibility report - reports

Pearson one of the world’s leading learning companies has published its latest corporate responsibility report, Our Impact on Society 2011. The report sets out the commitments made by Pearson...

Sberbank of Russia publishes its Annual Report for 2011 - reports

OJSC Sberbank of Russia has issued its Annual Report for 2011, which combines the bank’s financial results with those from its Corporate Social Responsibility activities. Click here to access...

Centrica’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility performance reporting - reports

You can now find out how Centrica is progressing against its ambition to be the most trusted energy company by visiting the Centrica reporting hub.

Responsible Business Summit 2012: Learning, networking and value for money - reports

I'm aware there are hundreds of CSR/sustainability events out there - but I am very confident that the Responsible Business Summit (8-9 May, London) represents the best value for money, the biggest...

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...

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.

Responsible Business Exhibition - 14-15 March 2012 - London, UK - reports

Now in its second year, the Responsible Business Exhibition provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network with each other. The...

FYI ethical awards 2012 - reports

As a CSR/sustainability practitioner, I thought you'd appreciate being kept in the loop about the 2012 Ethical Corporation awards.

Responsible Business Convention 2012 - reports

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

Ethical Corporation Awards - for your diary - reports

Something definitely worth noting regarding ethical best practice: Ethical Corp just launched their 3rd Responsible Business Awards. The big night will take place mid-June 2012 in central London.

Linklaters launches fourth annual corporate responsibility report - reports

Linklaters' fourth annual corporate responsibility (CR) report has revealed that the firm has helped social ventures generate £7.5m worth of investment, through the innovative use of structured...

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.

ISO 26000 Training - calendar

ISO 26000 is the new guideline from the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) specifically focusing on social responsibility. ISO provides global standards used internationally as a...

Lloyds Banking Group publish latest Responsible Business Report - reports

Lloyds Banking Group has published its latest Responsible Business Report. In 2010 Lloyds carried out extensive stakeholder research into how its many stakeholder audiences perceive the Group -...

11th Annual Responsible Business Summit - calendar

Europe's leading Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Summit is back for its 11th year! The 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit, taking place on 8-9 May in London, has CEOs from Diageo,...

Responsible Business Exhibition 2012 - calendar

Now in its second year the Responsible Business Exhibition is a not-for-profit event that provides the ideal environment for businesses, charities and social enterprises to interact and network...

Sustainable Purchasing & Supply Summit - calendar

The first UK conference to present an holistic view of sustainable procurement and the role of the supply chain in more responsible business and government. This unique one-day forum is organised...

Important: CSR opportunity - reports

Not long to go now before the Responsible Business Summit kicks off in London on 3-4th May. Over 340 attendees are coming from all over Europe. Companies attending include Danone, Levi Strauss,...

The Rezidor Hotel Group publishes its 2010 Responsible Business Report - reports

The Rezidor Hotel Group has published its 2010 Responsible Business Report. The report describes the company's Responsible Business programme, in place since 2001, and encompassing social,...

Does your company really care? - reports

Some interesting reading for a Tuesday - reports

How to embed CSR in 2011 - reports

Hear from over 50 business leaders at the responsible business conference - reports

The inaugural BITC Responsible Business Convention from 17-18 March, in London, is a two-day, not-for-profit event delivering practical solutions to help you, your team and your business create...

BITC Responsible Business Convention - calendar

The inaugural BITC Responsible Business Convention from 17-18 March, in London, is a two-day, not-for-profit event delivering practical solutions to help you, your team and your business create...

Ethical Corporation’s 10th Annual Responsible Business Summit 2011 - calendar

Now in its 10th year, the Responsible Business Summit is the biggest and most comprehensive 2-day event on leadership in corporate responsibility. The 60+ speaker roster has never looked so good,...

Responsible Partnerships Exhibition 2011 - calendar

A new two day not-for-profit event for those involved in furthering their corporate responsibility activities in order to provide a more sustainable and equitable future. The exhibition will...

Report shows savings convince businesses to dive into water stewardship - reports

Ethical Corporation's new report 'Unlocking the Profit in Water Savings, 2nd Edition' reveals how leading companies have designed their water management strategy, and how water security...

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...

‘Under the microscope’ – Centrica’s leadership quizzed by external expert - reports

Watch Mallen Baker, advisor, writer and commentator on corporate responsibility, ask Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw and CR Committee Chair Mary Francis, CBE, what it really means for Centrica to...

Dubai Dialogue: Sustainability Matters - calendar

Dubai’s First Business Led Conference on Sustainability Sustainability is not a luxury, nor is it a burden on business. Sustainability is a comparative advantage and the future of civilizations....

Responsible Business Summit 2010 - calendar

Do you want to learn how to use CSR to drive innovation and opportunity? From 55 of the biggest and most successful corporate practitioners at work today? Then attend the Responsible Business...

The RBS group publishes 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its 7th annual report on the approach taken to responsible business.

Henkel: Sustainability Report 2009 published - reports

Henkel is today publishing its Sustainability Report 2009 simultaneously with its Annual Report at its Press Conference for Fiscal 2009.

ACCSR’s 4th Annual Conference “Meeting the Standard: the Post-GFC World of Responsible Business Practice” - calendar

Are you ready to meet the standard of responsible business practice in a post-GFC world? Find out what a new global ISO standard on social responsibility principles, topics and practices will mean...

Kaelo Responsible Business Summit - calendar

This year’s Kaelo Responsible Business Summit, proudly supported by Absa and MTN SA Foundation will take place from 8-9 September 2009 at the Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa....

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...

RBS publishes sixth Annual Report - reports

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group has published its sixth annual report on the approach taken to responsible business, under the new name of the RBS Sustainability Report. The report addresses the...

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the UK Chairman of Shell, the CEOs from IKEA, Timberland, Eurostar, BP Biofuels and Green and...

The Responsible Business Summit - calendar

The Responsible Business Summit is the largest CSR conference in Europe. Featuring insight from the President of Starbucks Europe, the European Chairman of Microsoft, the European President of...

Can the Earth survive Capitalism? Exploring sustainable economic models - calendar

A one or two week course This exciting course will give participants the opportunity to discuss in depth the structures needed to create a sustainable economy. These issues, pertinent to...

ICCSR 5th Annual Symposium - calendar

The purpose of the symposium is to contribute to the understanding of how businesses can learn about responsible business through their relationships with their stakeholders. Emphasis will be on...

The Times Responsible Business Conference - calendar

How to succeed by placing social goals at the heart of corporate identity in the workplace and the community. With keynote addresses from Trevor Philips , Chair, Commission for Equality...

Responsible Business Masterclass For Board-Level Influencers - calendar

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

A Model for Change: Upward Harmonisation of OECD Guidelines Procedures - calendar

OECD Watch, a network of 67 international NGOs working on Corporate Social Responsibility, is organising a multi-stakeholder roundtable aiming to discuss best practices in the implementation of...

The Novartis Corporate Citizenship Review - reports

Pharmaceutical company Novartis has released a Corporate Citizenship Review

Inspiring futures: creating and leading sustainable enterprises - calendar

The 10th Annual Impact Conference We live in a rapidly changing world, a world changing in ways most of us did not expect, one in which fundamental assumptions are being challenged and where...

Friends Provident launches its CR Report - reports

Friends Provident has been reporting on its responsible business behaviour for five years. This year's report covers all the group's operations, including its asset management business F&C,...

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...

BT launches 2008 Sustainability report - reports

Innovation and implementation are the themes of BT's 2008 Sustainability report.  As the business powers ahead with its transformation, the report focuses on the company's commitment to...

Working in partnership to make a real difference - bestpractice

When broadcast giant Sky teamed up with WWF back in 2009 it was one of the biggest corporate conservation partnerships going – and also one of the first. It all centred on tackling one of...

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 –...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

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

An example of reporting best practice - bestpractice

Watch the video here . Energy plays a vital role in the lives of millions of individuals, families and businesses across the world. From sourcing and generating to supplying and servicing...

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

The BBC's Corporate Responsibility & Partnership Review - reports

The BBC's latest online Corporate Responsibility & Partnerships Review has adopted what the corporation hopes is a new, more engaging approach to CR reporting.

Making the right connections - bestpractice

Last summer National Grid was named Responsible Business of the Year by business led charity Business in the Community (BITC). Taking over the mantle from Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid was...

Corporate social responsibility: agendas for Asia - calendar

As Asian business becomes increasingly central to the global marketplace, questions of social, ethical, and environmental responsibility have become more pressing than ever. What ethics and...

Ensuring business measures up responsibly - bestpractice

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

Swinging into top gear - bestpractice

Companies that buck the trend in today’s climate of cuts and austerity stand out in the crowd. The British vehicle maker Jaguar Land Rover has recorded growth while most businesses...

Cutting the carbon legacy - bestpractice

Altered environmental attitudes in the construction industry must be among the biggest changes seen in business. Today’s approach of the multinational Swedish construction company Skanska...

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...

Grow trust, keep it simple - bestpractice

Other than, perhaps, nuclear power stations and government arms depots, there can be few more regulated places to work than an airport. Everything from aircraft parking charges to incentives on...

RWE npower publishes fifth CR Report - reports

UK energy company RWE npower has published its fifth full corporate responsibility report.

a matter of principle - bestpractice

Most companies that take sustainability seriously strive to integrate responsible business principles right across their organization rather than allowing them to exist only within the confines of...

Virgin Media launches its first CR Report - reports

Virgin Media has launched its first Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report.

gaining a global perspective - bestpractice

Abraham Lincoln once said: ‘give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe’. In the global field of corporate responsibility there is still plenty of axe...

staging a dialogue - bestpractice

Stakeholder engagement and social reporting have been cornerstones of responsible business practice for more than a decade. A number of companies now hold informal discussions on their social and...

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...

Sustainable Learning Networks from the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry - calendar

Sustainable Learning Networks is a practical business programme that focuses on implementing the principles of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development in ways that allow...

moving towards integration - bestpractice

Lloyds TSB has developed a way of embedding corporate responsibility throughout its management structure and across all business units. The bank is using an existing management framework that is...

The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility - books

Should business strive to be socially responsible, and if so, how? The Debate over Corporate Social Responsibility updates and broadens the discussion of these questions by bringing together...

Freshfields launches first international CSR report - reports

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has launched the first international, externally assured corporate social responsibility (CSR) report produced by a law firm.

sharing experiences - bestpractice

Orange has applied the latest management thinking to the challenge of implementing corporate responsibility policies in different countries. The mobile phone company has...

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...

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT - bestpractice

Diageo's work with the Tomorrow’s People charity to help unemployed people find jobs – and to support them once they have found one – is a...

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