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Introductory Training for BSCI Participants: Request for Qualifications

In the new BSCI COC greater emphasis is placed on ownership and initiative, and less so on compliance and audits. The introductory training for participants is a highly important step in engendering a culture shift or change of emphasis.

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Continental presents Sustainability FactSheet

Sustainable management and corporate social responsibility are among Continental’s fundamental values. Both reinforce the culture of solidarity while simultaneously contributing to forward-looking and values-based corporate management. As a signatory of the Global Compact of the United Nations, we support its ten principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. Click here for the Sustainability FactSheet.

Business Training Course “Advancing your Due Diligence Approach through Stakeholder Engagement”

This training course equips participants with skills to advance their human rights due diligence approach through stakeholder engagement. Participants learn how to identify affected groups and stakeholder representatives, how to find an appropriate approach for their consultation and how to establish this complex and sensitive process in the company.

Coaching “Respecting Human Rights … But how?”

The two day course provides hands on information for companies on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It enables participants to identify potential impacts of business on human rights and to successfully integrate the due diligence approach into company`s management system.

Call for Papers: EBEN Annual Conference 2014

The German Network for Business Ethics (DNWE) is organising the annual conference for its European umbrella organisation (The European Business Ethics Network – EBEN). The conference will take place in Berlin from 12-14 June 2014; at the same time the DNWE will hold its annual meeting. Cooperation partner and venue of the event is ESMT European School of Management and Technology, located in the former headquarters of State Council of the GDR.

MARKS & SPENCER cooperates with CSR Company International

CSR Company International takes the lead in implementing MARKS & SPENCER’s 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.

Corporate Responsibility in Europe: Government Involvement in Sector-specific Initiatives

The sector-specific approach to Corporate Responsibility (CR) has attracted little attention so far, although the industrial sector is a key variable in any company’s economic environment. Therefore, this book introduces sector-specific CR as a way to increase the success and impact of business engagement.

Social Marketplaces go international – New website launched

Berlin (csr-service) - Cross sector cooperations of business-, civil society and government increasingly proof to be promising pathways towards innovative solutions to solve social challenges and to shape sustainable communities. As a breeding ground to spread shared responsibility Social Marketplaces provide an easy to step

Better Storytelling Means More Value

Greenwashing is a big problem in CSR. But so is boring communication.

Scaling up to global levels employer-led CO2 and energy reduction measures by employees

The ultimate goal of the European Climate-KIC innovation project 'Off4Firms' is to scale up efforts in individual companies to global corporations as well as SMEs across Europe. For this a new business unit is being created at South Pole Carbon.

New Study of the Bertelsmann Stiftung: Fostering Corporate Responsibility through Self- and Co-regulation

The study introduces sector-specific corporate responsibility initiatives with government involvement as forms of self- and co-regulation and complements to traditional governance. It highlights sector-specific initiatives as an appropriate response to the governance challenges to sustainable development and presents five success factors for good performance for setting-up and managing of such initiatives.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? This video clip tries to give competent but also entertaining answers to this question. The video is part of series "in a little green bag" at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

The future of CSR? 5th International Conference in Berlin

What is the future of Corporate Social Responsibility? More than 500 CSR practitioners, scholars, business executives, consultants, students, politicians and NGO representatives from 50 countries gathered at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin last weekend to discuss this open question at the 5th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility – and came up with a wide range of answers, but no single solution.

‘A Strategy for the Commons’ – New publication by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the UN Global Compact

The Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Global Compact Office of the UN collaborated on a study entitled 'A Strategy for the Commons. Business-driven Networks for Collective Action and Policy Dialogue – the Example of the Global Compact Local Networks'

Rio+20: Business Models for Small-Scale Farmers and Solutions for Big Cities among the Innovations Put Forward at Private Sector Track to Rio+20

(Rio de Janeiro) – New ways to bring energy, light and water to the world´s rapidly expanding cities, and possibilities for small-scale farmers to emerge from poverty and feed the world´s growing population, emerged from the third day of the private sector track to the Rio

Rio+20: UN Global Compact and The Rockefeller Foundation Announce A Framework for Action on Social Enterprise and Impact Investing

New Model Designed to Scale Up Global Social Enterprise Movement  Across Key Sectors – Food, Water, Energy, Health  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – A new Framework for Action launched today offers investors, large corporations and Governments a valuable resource for engaging with and supporting an escalating global

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Siemens Sustainability Report 2009


General Assembly Reaffirms Critical Role of Private Sector in Advancing the Millennium Development Goals
Siemens published its new Sustainability Report 2009 here. The report makes it clear: For Siemens, sustainability is the path to profitable growth and long-term value creation. To achieve these goals, the company is intensifying its efforts in various areas: innovation,

csr-reporting.net closing a gap on sustainability information >>
The future of green >>
CR expert and author, Deborah Leipziger, to lead Human Rights Solutions Forum research in the Americas >>
The Concept and Business Case of Sustainability >>
Siemens Sustainability Report 2008 published >>
(New York) – At the conclusion of its High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit), the UN General Assembly stressed the critical role of the private sector for development and called on businesses everywhere to contribute to

UN Secretary-General Urges Business to Embrace “Development Compact” for the Millennium Development Goals >>
CEO Water Mandate Convenes Special Session in Stockholm >>
Emerging Markets Take the Lead in Promoting Sustainable Stock Exchanges >>
Governments Renew Support for the Global Compact >>
Global Compact Encourages Business Contribution to Humanitarian Efforts in Pakistan >>

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Report Urges New Approach to Valuing Businesses

Barcelona, 22 Sept – For many years there have been inconclusive attempts to prove that improved environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance positively affects overall business performance. Now a new report from a European research team proposes that companies

Hewitt Best Employers in Canada Study 2010 >>
How aware do you live your life? >>
EABIS Annual Colloquium – CR and Sustainability: Leadership and Organisational Change >>
BSR 2006 Conference >>


New Issue of Business & Society Review (115/4)


Business Training Course “Advancing your Due Diligence Approach through Stakeholder Engagement”

The recent issue of Business & Society Review (115/4) contains: The World Guide to CSR: A Country-by-Country Analysis of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility - Edited by Wayne Visser and Nick Tolhurst, by Moskowitz, M. , in: Business & Society Review, volume

New issue of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship (volume 38) >>
New Issue of Business Ethics Quarterly (20/4) >>
New issue of Business & Society Review (volume 115/3) >>
Global Standards: Between Regulation, Normativity, and Rhetoric (Call for Papers) >>
This training course equips participants with skills to advance their human rights due diligence approach through stakeholder engagement. Participants learn how to identify affected groups and stakeholder representatives, how to find an appropriate approach for their consultation and how to establish this complex and sensitive process in the company.
Coaching “Respecting Human Rights … But how?” >>
Call for Papers: EBEN Annual Conference 2014 >>
Congress on Experiential Learning >>
Workshop: Academy of Management Meeting in Montreal >>
Workshop on CSR Regulation and Global Governance >>

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Why Neil Young is wrong about genetically modified food labelling
Neil Young is urging you not to buy coffee at Starbucks anymore. He’s upset that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, of which

Canada doesn’t need to be an economic superpower to lead the world
Canada’s place in the world has been in the news lately, for a variety of reasons. For starters, Canadian jets have

Canadians trust CEOs more than politicians—but not much more
Canadians mistrust politicians at about twice the rate at which they mistrust CEOs. Is that good news or bad news

Fame produces ethical blind spots we must be aware of
Canadians were caught off-guard recently when Jian Ghomeshi, the popular host of Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s radio show “Q” was fired

How Apple and Facebook have taken gender discrimination to a new level
Over the last week or so we have seen a vibrant debate unfolding after the announcement of Apple and Facebook’s


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Generali-Versicherung will Daten zu Fitness und Ernährung sammeln
Köln (afp) - Joggen gehen mit dem Schrittmesser, hinterher einen Salat essen und diese Informationen in Echtzeit an den Versicherungskonzern weiterleiten: Die Versicherungsgruppe Generali plant für Deutschland ein "verhaltensbasiertes Versicherungsmodell", bei dem Daten zu Fitness, Ernährung und Lebensstil gesammelt werden und eine gesunde Lebensführung mit Gutscheinen oder Rabatten belohnt werden

Verbraucherschützer verteilen Mehrwegbecher für “Coffee to go”
Hamburg (afp) - Die Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg will eine Kampagne gegen den Trend zu Einwegbechern beim Kaffeetrinken starten. Am kommenden Dienstag werde sie Mehrwegbecher an Passanten in der zentralen Hamburger Einkaufsstraße verteilen, teilte die Verbraucherzentrale am Freitag in der Hansestadt mit. Die Verbraucher sollten dazu bewegt werden, beim beliebten "Coffee to

PAYBACK-Punkte für Handicap International
München (csr-partner) - Seit Anfang Oktober ist Handicap International Partner der Loyalty Partner GmbH und nun auch in der PAYBACK-Spendenwelt vertreten. Alle PAYBACK-Mitglieder können seither ihre gesammelten Punkte für Projekte von Handicap International einlösen. PAYBACK ist der größte deutsche Anbieter für Bonusprogramme. Die Punkte werden dabei ganz einfach in Euro

Unternehmenskultur in Banken begünstigt unehrliches Verhalten
Zürich (csr-news) > Bankangestellte sind nicht unehrlicher als Mitarbeitende anderer Branchen. Allerdings zeigt eine Studie der Universität Zürich, dass die Unternehmenskultur in der Bankenindustrie implizit unehrliches Verhalten begünstigt. Die Finanzkrise und zahlreiche Skandale der vergangenen Jahre haben zu einem erheblichen Imageverlust der Geldinstitute geführt. Für die Studie rekrutierten die Wissenschaftler

Aufsichtsrats-Score 2014 – wichtige Rolle in Krisensituationen
Duisburg (csr-news) > Insbesondere in Krisensituationen spielt der Aufsichtsrat in deutschen Aktiengesellschaften eine immer bedeutendere Rolle. „Es scheint eine Machtverlagerung vom Vorstand zum Aufsichtsrat zu erfolgen“, schreibt Prof. Peter Ruhwedel im diesjährigen Aufsichtsrat-Score. Insgesamt bewertet Ruhwedel die Arbeit der Aufsichtsräte sehr positiv, allerdings gibt es signifikante Unterschiede zwischen DAX- und

Bio-Fair übernachtet es sich besser: Dibella stattet Saarbrücker Hotel mit Bio-Ware aus
Aalten/Bocholt (csr-news) - Das Hotel am Triller in Saarbrücken ist das erste Hotel im Saarland, das seine Ausstattung vollständig auf biologische Baumwolle aus dem Fairtrade-Sortiment an Hoteltextilien von Dibella umstellt. Erstmals war das Hotel am Triller – Themenhotel im Grünen - mit Fairtrade Hoteltextilien in Berührung gekommen als der Vertrag

Jack&Jones und Vero Moda schließen sich Initiative gegen Echtfell an
Bonn (afp) - Der Trend zur Pelzkante an Winterjacken und zum flauschigen Fellbommel an der Mütze hält sich hartnäckig - doch echtes Tierfell soll dabei künftig noch stärker von Kunstfell verdrängt werden. Wie der deutsche Tierschutzbund am Freitag in Bonn mitteilte, hat sich eines der größten europäischen Modeunternehmen, „Bestseller“, dem

UPS: Nachhaltige Logistik durch Effektivität
Neuss (csr-news) - Mit seinen charakteristischen braunen Fahrzeugen ist UPS seit 1976 in Deutschland unterwegs. Weltweit stellt der United Parcel Service in 220 Ländern und Regionen täglich fast 17 Millionen Pakete und Dokumente zu. Über 3.600 Fahrzeuge und 17.000 Mitarbeiter sind hierzulande für UPS im Einsatz. „Wir sind überzeugt, dass

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