Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:19:19 +0000
PalmĂ¶l aus Malaysia: Ein Besuch in den Plantagen auf Borneo
Edrin Moss sitzt am Steuer seines GelĂ€ndewagens und fĂ€hrt durch scheinbar endlose PalmĂ¶lplantagen. Neben ihm liegt sein iPad, auf dem sich der âHiluxâ als Punkt ĂŒber eine Landkarte bewegt, in der jede Farm mit ihren Grenzen verzeichnet ist. Der RSPO hat das GPS-Tracking nach Malaysia gebracht. Kontrolle aber ist nicht alles.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:50:51 +0000
Existenzsichernde LĂ¶hne: Auf der Suche nach der Zauberformel
Wer arbeitet, soll genug verdienen, um davon leben zu kĂ¶nnen. Dieser Aussage wĂŒrde wohl jeder zustimmen. Dennoch werden in vielen LĂ€ndern - nicht nur in Asien - HungerlĂ¶hne gezahlt. Die Einkommen decken die Kosten fĂŒr Nahrung, Wohnung und Bildung nicht. Wie kann das geĂ€ndert werden? Neue Erhebungsmethoden und AnsĂ€tze von Unternehmen treiben die Diskussion voran.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:36:00 +0000
Germanwings 4U9525: The art of asking the right questions
Â The crash of the Germanwings flight earlier this week is still dominating much of the (Western) news media. It is not just the fact that it happened with a well known Airline with a good safety record (Germanwings is a part of Lufthansa) right in the middle of Europe â in fact one of […]
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:05:21 +0000
PalmĂ¶lplantagen in Malaysia: Ein Bildbericht zur Recherchereise fĂŒr das aktuelle CSR MAGAZIN
Unter welchen Bedingungen wird in Malaysia PalmĂ¶l erzeugt? Was bedeutet der Anbau fĂŒr Menschen und Umwelt? Und wie wirkt sich der RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) aus? FĂŒr die aktuelle Ausgabe des CSR MAGAZIN hat sich CSR NEWS-Redakteur Achim Halfmann Anfang MĂ€rz im malaysischen Teil der Insel Borneo umgeschaut. Der Bildbericht zum Magazinbeitrag.
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:58:06 +0000
CEO-Reputation â Verhalten der Chefs beeinflusst Unternehmensimage
Wenn Unternehmen und ihre Lenker immer Ă¶fter in den Blickpunkt der Ăffentlichkeit geraten, dann wird Reputation zur wertvollen WĂ€hrung. Der Ruf des CEOs steht dabei im direkten Zusammenhang mit dem Erfolg des Unternehmens, mit allen damit verbundenen Risiken. Die neue CEO-Reputation-Studie der PR-Agentur WeberShandwick verdeutlicht das Zusammenspiel von der Ă¶ffentlichen Wahrnehmung des CEO und deren Einfluss auf das Ansehen des Unternehmens. 81 Prozent der befragten FĂŒhrungskrĂ€fte weltweit sind davon ĂŒberzeugt, dass Ruf und Sichtbarkeit der GeschĂ€ftsfĂŒhrung auf die Reputation des Unternehmens einzahlen.
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:34:27 +0000
CSRbriefly am Mittwoch
HĂŒckeswagen (csr-news) â Heute mit den Themen: Teilzeit darf keine Karrierebremse sein, Bericht zur Barrierefreiheit, Deutschlandweiter Sozialtag fĂŒr Unternehmen, Bananen auf StĂ€dtereise, Mit klimaneutralen Rechenzentren Vorreiter bei nachhaltiger IT, Strafzahlung wegen Umweltverschmutzung, LeuchttĂŒrme der Stadtentwicklung, Ăsterreichs Sachstandsbericht zum Klimawandel, der WeltRisikoBericht 2014, Keine Mehrheit fĂŒr E-Mail-Verbot nach Feierabend, Landesweite … [visit site to read more]
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:44:34 +0000
Verbotene Delikatessen: Chinas Gesetze zum Schutz gefĂ€hrdeter Arten greifen kaum
In KĂ€fige gesperrte Stachelschweine, SchildkrĂ¶ten in Eimern, Schlangen in Stofftaschen: Ein GroĂteil der auf dem Xingfu-GroĂmarkt im sĂŒdchinesischen Congua feilgebotenen Wildtiere steht auf der Roten Liste der Welt-Naturschutzunion (IUCN). Zwar kĂ¶nnen Verkauf oder Verzehr gefĂ€hrdeter Arten seit April mit bis zu zehn Jahren Haft geahndet werden, doch in der Provinz Guangdong werden die Gesetze kaum angewandt.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:34:29 +0000
Existenzsichernde LĂ¶hne in der Bekleidungsindustrie?
Dresden (csr-news) > Rund 60 Millionen Menschen arbeiten weltweit in der Kleider-, Schuh- und Textilindustrie fĂŒr groĂe Markenfirmen. HĂ€ufig ohne eine existenzsichernde Entlohnung und das ist gerade in den EntwicklungslĂ€ndern ein groĂes Problem. Die Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) hat sich die LĂ¶hne der BeschĂ€ftigten einmal genauer angeschaut und zieht das klare Fazit: Nur wenige Unternehmen […]
Fri, 09 May 2014 16:50:31 +0000
Unternehmen-NGO-Kooperationen: Probleme vorher ausmachen
Wo liegen die Chancen und Herausforderungen einer internationalen Partnerschaft zwischen einem Unternehmen und einer NGO? Mit dieser Frage beschĂ€ftigten sich Vertreter von Unternehmen und Hilfsorganisationen in einer Fachsession des CSR-Forums am Donnerstag in Ludwigsburg. Anhand von zwei Best-Practice-Beispielen schilderten die Referenten Besonderheiten, aber auch HĂŒrden einer solchen Partnerschaft.
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:23:44 +0000
MARKS & SPENCER cooperates with CSR Company International
CSR Company International takes the lead in implementing MARKS & SPENCERâs Sustainability Management Framework Project. ISO 26000 is their tool of choice to achieve the goals for sustainable supply chain management as set in Plan A.
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 06:25:00 +0000
Rob Ford should stay
Toronto, that once sleepy capital of Canadian business, ‘New York run by the swiss’, a city widely seen as boring and ugly (esp. compared to its once-competitor Montréal) – has made global news: A crack smoking mayor
! Match that, London, New York or Berlin! All the mainstream media here (and globally) are pretty unanimous in their call for Rob Ford’s resignation, or at least for him taking a break.
That in itself is a reason for suspicion. In my business ethics course this week I had a vivid exchange with my students. We were discussing discrimination and how it is unethical to apply criteria such as race, gender, sexual orientation, recreational habits etc. to job qualifications and hiring. On that note, calls for Ford’s resignation are not very convincing. After all, on many accounts, he has done a good job as Toronto’s major. The city’s finances are healthy; public services are running smoothly, key infrastructure projects, such as the construction of new subway lines have finally taken off; and the major successfully tamed the beast of an otherwise dysfunctional federal/provincial/municipal layered bureaucracy to get even more public infrastructure projects off the ground. This alone, in a city whose infrastructure
is stuck somewhere in the 1970s, is reasonable ground to consider him a success on his job.
Of course, there were other things
in the past, where arguably Ford violated the terms of his job. Toronto Star investigative reporter Daniel Dale
– a former student of us - digged out a number of occasions where the mayor took advantage of his role for personal issues. But nothing really stuck.
As much as some
have made an ethical case here against the mayor, I do not think these arguments really touch the heart of the controversy.
Two things spring to mind to any reflective observer. First, much of the vitriol directed at Ford in my view is just based on the persistent WASPy (as in White Anglo Saxon Protestant) subculture of North America. Ford likes to use recreational drugs, has all the wrong, politically incorrect friends and, yes, is probably an alcoholic. Mind you, at least it was not about sex. But in some ways his fate resembles the one of Bill Clinton or Elliot Spitzer: Ford does not live up to the public morality and style, which is deemed politically correct in Canada. It is worth noting that consuming crack is not illegal in Canada. And the fact that he admits to it in public and simply continues with his job just infuriates all those who either have succumbed to this pubic consensus of stuffy morality or otherwise suppress it and live it out in private. After all, Canada’s alcohol consumption
is twice the global average and him talking about his ‘drunken stupors’ as a regular occurrence probably just represents an average recreational practice in this country.
Little surprise of course, that much of the hunt on Ford – representing the right wing Progressive Conservative Party – is coming from the ‘liberal’ press here. It not only shows how small ‘c’ conservative even Canada’s liberal elites are but also reveals that all those who hated Ford as a mayor to begin with now take whatever moral resource as their disposal to finally finish him off.
This points to a second observation. Rob Ford epitomizes the aches and tensions of a country which has been the most relaxed and forward looking in terms of immigration. His constituency are the ‘905ers’ based on the area code of Toronto’s suburbia. That is also where he is from. These are mostly people with a first generation immigrant background coming from south and east asia. The other lot, who hate him and are currently fanning the flames of ousting Rob Ford are the ‘416ers’, those who live in the core downtown of Toronto. None of them voted for Ford and they never felt represented by a fat, white, uneducated, loud bloke from the suburbs.
Ford’s approval ratings have soared
in the aftermath of him admitting his drug use. This is no surprise. He represents people who struggle to make ends meet; who are sick and tired of commuting to work in a city with the longest commuting time
by far; who get little kick out of taxes being spent on things that do not relate to their everyday struggles; and who know from their own experience that fighting your way out of, say, Bangladesh to Brampton (a 905 suburb) – yes – takes determination, hard work and not too much concern for what their then constituency back home thought of them. Rob Ford, the small time entrepreneur, in his stubbornness just represents them.
So what does this amount to? On day one of his election I thought Rob Ford was a disaster. Mostly because I believe in Toronto’s potential as a great global city that deserves a mayor of a different stature and outlook. But at the same time I also believe that a mayor has to represent the city that voted him in. And boy, Rob Ford fits that bill. So rather than trying to get this ugly representation of what Toronto actually looks like out of sight, the real smart reaction to this scandal would be to say that Rob Ford – with all his preposterous faults – is the one that the people of Toronto chose to represent them. So lets allow him to continue to represent us. And if we don’t like what we see - until we can vote him out - maybe we find the courage to address the underlying issues. Rather than killing the poor guy who currently just displays them.
Photo by Eric Parker, reproduced under the Creative Commons license.
Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:22:47 +0000
Aktionswoche âLohn zum Lebenâ
Wuppertal (csr-news) – Die Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC – Kampagne fĂŒr Saubere Kleidung) will Druck auf Handels- und TextilverbĂ€nde ausĂŒben, sich fĂŒr faire LĂ¶hne in der globalen Bekleidungsindustrie einzusetzen. Die noch bis zum 25. Oktober laufende Aktionswoche soll darauf aufmerksam machen, dass Textilarbeiterinnen von den aktuellen LĂ¶hnen hĂ€ufig nicht ihre Familien ernĂ€hren, ihre Mieten bezahlen […]
Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:42:00 +0000
Top 10 tips for teaching CSR and business ethics
It's time again for the start of the new school year in universities across much of the globe. For us, this typically means updating course outlines, refreshing our teaching materials and getting ready to hopefully engage and excite a new cohort of students looking to learn about corporate responsibility.
There are many ways to teach courses on CSR or business ethics. Some approaches suit particular professors or groups of students better. But over the years, we've discovered that, as far as teaching in business schools is concerned, there are some fairly common do's and don'ts that can make teaching in this field more effective. Not everyone will agree with all of these, but here's our list of the 10 best ways to ensure a positive learning experience in ethics and CSR.1. Be clear and realistic about what you can achieve.
All good courses start with a clear set of learning objectives. This is particularly important in corporate responsibility courses because there are so many different types of outcome that an instructor might be aiming for. Do you want to make your students more ethical managers? Do you want to improve their decision making? Do you want them to be able to practice CSR, or to have a more critical perspective on it? Think about not only what is most important to you, but, most importantly, what you think your students hope t learn. But beware of expecting too much - you're never going to change your students' values in a couple of months of teaching.2. Use current events to engage students.
Teaching ethics and CSR isn't easy, but one thing we do have an advantage in is that there is hardly a day that goes by without our subject being in the news. This is a golden opportunity to demonstrate to students that what they are learning in the classroom has immediate relevance in the real world. Don't waste it! 3. Start with a problem or issue, not with a theory
In our experience, business school students respond best when they recognize there's a problem to be fixed and then you give them some theories or concepts to help them do so. So start with a problem - whether a case study, a news story, or your own experience - and then use this to hook them on why theory matters - not the other way round! Starting with the theory and then showing how it applies runs the risk of losing the students' interest too early. It might work for some, but it's a risky strategy.4. Students’ own experience is valuable class material – don’t waste it!
We are constantly surprised by the rich variety of experience and opinion that our students have had in corporate responsibility, even without ever having a formal CR position. This is a real treasure chest for teachable moments, when you can flip what you're teaching in the classroom to help students make sense of their own past or current experience. And the rest of the class can learn so much from this too. It brings everything into such clear focus about the here and now rather than some abstract case in a textbook.5. Don't preach.
In our opinion it is important to avoid imposing a single theoretical position or set of values on students, regardless of what your own perspective on corporate responsibility might be. There are few unequivocal right or wrong answers in this field. So the goal should be to help students understand the breadth of perspectives on the issues at hand and enable them to find their own position not to impose one on them. The professor's job should be more like that of a coach than a preacher. 6. Don’t confuse ‘there are no right and wrong answers’ with ‘there are no better and worse answers’.
The first statement is largely true. The second one is not. One of our most important jobs is to enable students to make better decisions, and to come up with better answers than just simple moral relativism : "my opinion is just as valid as anyone else's". A valid opinion, or a good answer, is one supported by fact, reason, evidence and logic. This may not mean that the answer is right from any universal moral perspective, but is should mean that it gets an A when you're doing your grading - even if you don't agree with the answer!7. Use (but do not abuse) the business case
Rightly or wrongly, the business case is the most powerful tool for any corporate responsibility advocate in the workplace. If you can show how a CR initiative will create business opportunities or reduce risks, it has a much better chance of getting approved. So teaching the business case is a crucial part of any course. But there is more to responsibility than only the business case. A good course needs to consider other social and ethical arguments for corporate responsibility beyond the business case so that students do not get trapped inside a purely self-interested mindset.8. Be mindful of the limits posed by particular forms of business and business system.
Not all companies are publicly-held corporations, and not all systems of governance work like the US where the shareholder is king. When teaching corporate responsibility it is essential to help students recognize this, especially if they are using a US textbook. Small firms, privately held companies, co-ops, mutuals, B Corps, social enterprises, etc - these all operate by different rules that give rise to different limits and opportunities for social responsibility. Likewise, the governance of large companies in continental Europe, Asia and and Latin America is quite different from in the Anglo-American system. Corporate responsibility is best understood as a practice than happens within particular constraints - and students need to know exactly what those constraints are in different parts of the world and in different parts of the economy.9. Provide a good structure for learning.
This is true for any course, but its easy to forget how important good structure is for good learning when there are so many juicy issues to get your teeth into in our field. An effective course will use a clear relevant organizing framework (such as themes, stakeholders, theories), not just a list of issues. Think about a course as series of building blocks - what's the foundation and what are you aiming at reaching at the pinnacle?10. Remember to link with other business subjects and courses
Corporate responsibility is not an island. It needs to be linked and embedded with the other subjects that students are taking. Hopefully some of this will be happening in those other courses, but our job as a corporate responsibility professor is also to make those links clear for our students so that they don;t see ethics and social responsibility as add-ons separate from "real" business. So bring in elements of strategy, or marketing, supply chain management, accounting, finance - whatever it is that makes sense in the context of what you are teaching. A joined-up curriculum leads to joined-up thinkers - and one way or another we need a whole lot more of them out there.Photo ©Schulich School of Business
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:30:13 +0000
âFire Action Planâ in Bangladesch: Das sagen deutsche Experten
Vertreter der TextilverbĂ€nde, der Regierung und der Gewerkschaft haben am 24. MĂ€rz den "National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh" unterzeichnet. Er ist eine Reaktion auf mehrere verheerende BrĂ€nde in Bangladeschs Textilfabriken, bei denen seit 2006 etwa 700 Menschen starben. Lesen Sie hier, was der Aktionsplan vorsieht und wie Unternehmen, VerbĂ€nde und NGOs die Vereinbarung beurteilen.
Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:30:02 +0000
Asiatische Textilarbeiter verdienen hĂ¶here LĂ¶hne â Forderungen an Textilmarken reichen dazu nicht
Um Konsumenten wirklich glaubhaft Mode mit einem reinen Gewissen anbieten zu kĂ¶nnen, mĂŒsste H&M sich zur Zahlung des Existenzlohns verpflichten, zitiert Zeit Online die deutsche CCC-Aktivistin Bettina Musiolek. Die Clean Clothes Campaign fĂ€hrt gerade eine englischsprachige Kampagne gegen H&M sowie andere Modelabel. Sie sollen ihre Zulieferer in Kambodscha zur Zahlung eines Lohns von mindestens 150 USD verpflichten. Doch die Forderung an die Textilkonzerne greift zu kurz. Ein Kommentar.
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:10:24 +0000
Google unterstĂŒtzt Hilfsorganisationen gegen Menschenhandel
Washington (afp) – Der US-Internetriese Google will den Kampf gegen Menschenhandel durch eine bessere Datenanalyse stĂ€rken. Das Unternehmen kĂŒndigte am Dienstag eine Spende von drei Millionen Dollar (2,3 Millionen Euro) an drei Hilfsorganisationen an, die auf diesem Gebiet tĂ€tig sind. Die NGO sollen dadurch die Ergebnisse ihrer Arbeit besser untereinander austauschen und vernetzen kĂ¶nnen, um […]
Fri, 08 Feb 2013 21:06:00 +0000
The beautiful game? You bet!
Ethics in sports has become a big talking point. In North America, we are just at the end of a humongous news cycle on Lance Armstrongâs âconfessionsâ on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Armstrongâs story very much turned â as many ethical issues tend...