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GRI, Integrated Reporting: Workshops and Trainings on Trends in Sustainability Reporting

GRI-certified trainings on sustainability reporting, and a workshop on reporting integration in Zurich in English language.

Further News

Karin Huber: Company Blogs and Good News in the Papers

How can companies place good news in the media? Are company blogs a good choice for communication on sustainability issues? CSR NEWS spoke with Karin Huber, Senior Consultant and Board Member at The CSR Company. "The description of a win-win situation, strategic motives and verifiable facts, create an audience and at the same time understanding for economic decisions that involve social and environmental criteria," says the communications expert.

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.

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'


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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 >>

Research Institutes

Business Councils

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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Is it Ethical to Watch the Super Bowl?
Is it unethical to watch the Super Bowl? As evidence mounts that professional football is essentially a highly-organized mechanism for inducing

Top 10 Business Ethics Stories of 2015
In addition to blogging here, I also co-edit a news & commentary website called BusinessEthicsHighlights.com. Below is a list my co-editor,

Loblaws selling homeopathy is junk science and bad corporate ethics
Photo: Chris MacDonald Imagine you walked into your local bank, and saw a sign that read: “Lottery tickets have the potential to

How design can help companies make better ethical choices
What does it take to design an ethical plan of action? What would you do if you were head of

Do we really want Amazon policing authors?
Should a bookseller help a convicted murderer and rapist earn a living? In brief: yes. It’s not an appealing conclusion,


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CSRbriefly für die 6. Kw.
Norden (csr-news) > Weitere Ereignisse und Themen rund um die gesellschaftliche Unternehmensverantwortung in dieser Woche: Italiens größte Textilregion produziert zukünftig giftfrei 20 Unternehmen der toskanischen Textilregion Prato schließen sich gemeinsam der Detox-Kampagne von Greenpeace an. Prato ist mit einem jährlichen Auftragsvolumen von 2,5 Milliarden Euro der größte Textilstandort Europas. Die italienischen Textilhersteller

Klimafonds als Hebel für CO2-Preisverhandlungen
Berlin (csr-news) > Der Weltklimavertrag droht zu scheitern, falls die Staaten sich nicht auf gegenseitige Verpflichtungen und Sanktionen verständigen. Derzeit ist die Gefahr groß, dass sich Staaten als Trittbrettfahrer verhalten, wenn nationale Klimapolitik nicht international belohnt wird. Durch koordinierte CO2-Preise könnte das Pariser Abkommen zum Erfolg werden. Dem Green Climate

Nachhaltige Entwicklung in den Kommunen – Fehlende Konzepte, wenig Bürgerbeteiligung
Stuttgart (csr-news) > Die drei Säulen der Nachhaltigkeit – gesunde Umwelt, sozialer Ausgleich und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung – spielen auch bei der Kommunalentwicklung zunehmend eine Rolle. Dennoch fehlt es häufig an einer Gesamtkonzeption und auch die Beteiligung der Bürger bleibt hinter den Möglichkeiten zurück. „Insbesondere kleinere Gemeinden hätten hier noch Nachholbedarf“,

Katar meldet sechs Verletzte bei Arbeitsunfällen auf WM-Baustellen
Doha (afp) > Auf den Baustellen für die Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft in Katar sind nach offiziellen Angaben im vergangenen Jahr sechs Arbeiter bei Arbeitsunfällen verletzt worden. In den vergangenen Monaten seien zwei Arbeiter gestorben, ihre Todesfälle stünden aber nicht im Zusammenhang mit ihrer Arbeit, hieß es in einem am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Bericht

Klimawandel spielt Rolle bei Entstehen von Konflikten und Migration
Berlin (afp) > Der Klimawandel wird zunehmend als globales Sicherheitsrisiko und auch als eine treibende Kraft für Fluchtbewegungen in unterschiedlichen Teilen der Welt wahrgenommen. Vor voreiligen Schlussfolgerungen warnten Wissenschaftler allerdings am Donnerstag in Berlin: So seien die Ursachen für Migration und das Entstehen von Konflikten oft sehr komplex und bislang

“Wir-Zusammen“ – Integrations-Initiative der deutschen Wirtschaft
Düsseldorf (csr-news) > Unter dem Motto „Wir zusammen“ haben sich 36 namhafte Unternehmen zu einer gleichnamigen Initiative zusammengeschlossen. Ihr Ziel ist es, die Integration von Flüchtlingen in Deutschland voranzubringen. Mit praktischen Beispielen sollen weitere Unternehmen ermutigt werden, sich dem Netzwerk anzuschließen. „Erfolgreiche und vor allem nachhaltige Integration braucht Zeit und Geduld

Praxis-Seminar Neue Normen und Gesetze: Eine Chance für mehr Nachhaltigkeit
am 12. April 2016 von 13.30 bis 18:00 Uhr in Hamburg, zu Gast bei TUI Cruises Hamburg (csr-partner) – In 2016 stehen drei wesentliche Änderungen bei Gesetzgebung, Normen und Standards auf dem Programm, die für Unternehmen sinnvolle und gleichzeitig herausfordernde Neuerungen bringen. die Revision der ISO Normen zum Qualitäts- (DIN EN ISO

Teachtoday startet Wettbewerb „Medien, aber sicher.“
Deutsche Telekom sucht die besten Projekte zur sicheren Mediennutzung Bonn (csr-partner) > Mit den scheinbar unendlichen Möglichkeiten der digitalen Welt geht eine neue Form der Verantwortung einher – für sich selbst und für andere. Das Verständnis darüber, wie das Internet funktioniert und die Reflexion des eigenen Medienverhaltens sind eine wichtige Voraussetzung,

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