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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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What is the true purpose of corporations?
Illustration: Susan MacDonaldWhat’s the purpose of a corporation? Or, somewhat more abstractly, what’s the purpose of corporations in general? That

American Apparel’s New Code of Ethics: A Good Start
Illustration: Susan MacDonald Retailer American Apparel has announced a new code of ethics. The move comes, not coincidentally, just a month

Uber is built on trust. Now it needs to maintain it: Chris MacDonald
Uber isn’t in the taxi business. It’s not even in the tech business. It’s in the “trust” business. That is,

Cops Who Kill and the Limits of Self-Regulation
The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael

Making ethical decisions at work is easy. Speaking up is harder
Speaking up is hard. Going against the grain when the team’s mind is made up is harder. And ‘speaking truth


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Höhere CO2-Emissionen durch internationalen Frachtverkehr
Berlin/Paris (csr-news) > Mit der Verschiebung globaler Handelsströme wird sich das internationale Frachtvolumen bis 2050 mehr als vervierfachen, dies erwartet das International Transport Forum der OECD (ITF). Weil die Entfernungen die Frachtgut durchschnittlich zurücklegt, werden auch die CO2-Emissionen signifikant steigen. Nach Berechnungen des aktuellen „ITF Transport Outlook 2015“ ist mit

GLS-Bank profitiert von Niedrigzinsphase
Bochum (csr-news) > „Wenn schon keine Zinsen mehr, dann wenigstens eine sinnstiftende Geldanlage“, so ticken nach Auffassung von Thomas Jorberg, Vorstandssprecher der GLS-Bank, immer mehr Menschen. Das alternative Modell der GLS-Bank scheint davon zu profitieren, wie die heute präsentierten Geschäftszahlen für 2014 belegen. Demnach ist die Bilanzsumme der sozial-ökologisch ausgerichteten

Praktikant (m/w) im Programm „Unternehmen in der Gesellschaft“
Wir über uns: Die Bertelsmann Stiftung ist eine der größten operativen Stiftungen in Europa. Sie ist eine gemeinnützige Organisation, die sich in der Tradition ihres Gründers Reinhard Mohn für eine zukunftsfähige Gesellschaft engagiert. Zentrales Ziel des Programms „Unternehmen in der Gesellschaft“ ist es, Bewusstsein für Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Historical Responsibility: Zyklon B und die Verantwortung heutiger Unternehmen
Berlin (csr-news) - „Unternehmen, die sich ernsthaft mit CSR beschäftigen, sollten auch einen Blick zurück werfen“, sagt Prof. Annette Kleinfeld, stellvertretende Vorsitzende des Deutschen Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE). Das gilt umso mehr für Unternehmen, die selbst oder deren Vorläufer in Tötungen und Menschenrechtsverletzungen verstrickt waren – wie der Spezialchemieproduzent Degussa, aus

Wenn der Computer lenkt: Selbstfahrende Autos werfen rechtliche und ethische Fragen auf
Hamburg (afp) - Das selbstfahrende Auto rückt in greifbare Nähe. Computergestützte Einparkhilfen und Stauassistenten, die bei niedrigeren Geschwindigkeiten automatisch Abstand und Kurs halten, sind wohl nur ein Übergangsmodell. Mit dem Fortschritt aber stellen sich grundsätzliche Fragen, nicht nur für die Ingenieure bei Daimler, VW, Toyota oder Google. Auch Juristen sehen

Neue Transparenzvorschriften für Brüssels Lobbyisten
Brüssel (csr-news) > Ab heute ist das EU-Transparenzregister für Lobbyisten in einer neuen Version verfügbar. Damit wird eine Vereinbarung zwischen dem Europäischen Parlament und der Europäischen Kommission von April 2014 umgesetzt. Zukünftig sind alle registrierten Organisationen und Einzelpersonen verpflichtet, die geschätzten Kosten ihrer Lobbying-Aktivitäten anzugeben. Zudem müssen erweiterte Angaben zu

Verbraucher wünschen sich einen transparenteren Umgang mit Lebensmitteln
Frankfurt (csr-news) > Seit einigen Wochen ist die neue Lebensmittelinformationsverordnung (LMIV) in Kraft, die durch zusätzliche Hinweise auf den Lebensmittelverpackungen mehr Aufklärung bieten soll. Doch welche Rolle spielen Informationen auf Verpackungen überhaupt für die Verbraucher? Fühlen sie sich damit tatsächlich in die Lage versetzt, die Qualität von Lebensmitteln kompetent zu

Allianz aus Umweltorganisationen verklagt Bundesregierung
Berlin (csr-news) > Nach Auffassung einer Allianz der Umweltorganisationen Greenpeace, WWF, BUND, NABU, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, WDC (Whale und Dolphin Conservation) und dem Deutschen Naturschutzring (DNR) findet Meeresschutz in Deutschland nur auf dem Papier statt. So sollen in den zehn Offshore-Schutzgebieten in Nord- und Ostsee keinerlei Schutzmaßnahmen in Kraft seien. Aus

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