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Global Compact International Yearbook 2016 published

The idea of sustainability is based on the certitude that we have planetary boundaries. The WWF vividly illustrates this with “Earth Overshoot Day.” It describes the day of the year on which human demands on natural resources exceed the capacity of the earth to reproduce these resources. „We need new ways of living that will end the suffering, discrimination and lack of opportunity that define the lives of billions of people around the world, and that drive instability and conflict,“ says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary General in his note in the new „Global Compact International Yearbook“, edition 2016.

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Training: “How to do Business with Respect for Children’s Rights” | 19 – 20 October 2016 | Cologne

UNICEF, Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk and twentyfifty ltd. are pleased to invite you to attend the 2016 event of the forthcoming UNICEF global training package on the steps businesses can take to manage their impacts on children, and to integrate children’s rights into business processes.

Business Coaching: “Managing your Social Impact – Advanced Training in Human Rights Due Diligence” | 29 September 2016 | Vienna

This training will equip participants and their companies with tools to advance their human rights program by engaging appropriately and meaningfully with different stakeholders throughout the human rights due diligence process.

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.

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.


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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)


Training: “How to do Business with Respect for Children’s Rights” | 19 – 20 October 2016 | Cologne

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) >>
UNICEF, Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk and twentyfifty ltd. are pleased to invite you to attend the 2016 event of the forthcoming UNICEF global training package on the steps businesses can take to manage their impacts on children, and to integrate children’s rights into business processes.
Business Coaching: “Managing your Social Impact – Advanced Training in Human Rights Due Diligence” | 29 September 2016 | Vienna >>
Business Training Course “Advancing your Due Diligence Approach through Stakeholder Engagement” >>
Coaching “Respecting Human Rights … But how?” >>
Call for Papers: EBEN Annual Conference 2014 >>
Congress on Experiential Learning >>

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Business Needs to Let Government Lead on Education
“What can corporations do to help remedy the skills shortage that many see as limiting economic growth?” This was one of

When Should Apology Be Followed by a Change in Policy?
At a crucial October 4th home game, a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays (my home town team) threw a

The 2016 Rio Olympics were a great sporting event, and an ethical mess
So, the 2016 Olympics are over. And while the Olympics always seem to serve up their share of controversy, this

Why corporate diversity programs fail, and what to do about it
Diversity and equality of opportunity are good things. And discrimination, on the other hand, is both morally repugnant and economically

Zika Virus: Should the Rio Olympics Sponsors Back Out?
What should Olympic sponsors and ‘partners’ like Coke and General Electric and Visa do in light of expert recommendations that


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Erfolgreicher Klimaherbst-Talk bei Sparda-Bank München über Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie
Fünf Unternehmen der Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie berichteten aus der Praxis – Unter anderem Sparda-Bank München und VAUDE auf dem Podium München (csr-partner) > Großen Anklang fand die Talkrunde zum Thema „Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie: Das Wirtschaftsmodell mit Zukunft“ der Sparda-Bank München eG am 25. Oktober 2016 im Rahmen des Münchner Klimaherbstes. Rund 70 Unternehmer und Vertreter

Engagierte Hochschulen entwickeln
Kassel (csr-news) > Sich gesellschaftlich zu engagieren ist für viele Hochschulangehörige eine Selbstverständlichkeit – nicht erst seit es vermehrt Geflüchtete zu integrieren gilt. Immer häufiger wird Engagement neuerdings auch als Teil von Hochschulstrategien berücksichtigt. Die Tagung „Engagierte Hochschule“ will diese Entwicklung beleuchten und ihre Akteure unterstützen. Welches hochschulische Engagement für das

Entscheidung nach zähem Ringen – Textilbündnis beginnt 2017 mit der Umsetzung
Berlin (csr-news) > Zwei schwierige Jahre liegen hinter dem, von Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller initiierten, Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien. Der Steuerungskreis hat sich nun auf die nächsten Schritte zur Umsetzung der Bündnisziele geeinigt. Bis Ende Januar müssen alle Mitglieder ihre individuellen Ziele für das kommende Jahr vorlegen. Anfang 2018 sollen die

Caracas will bestreikte Betriebe durch Armee und Arbeiter besetzen lassen
Caracas (afp) > Die Regierung in Venezuela will dem von der rechtsgerichteten Opposition für Freitag einberufenen Generalstreik nicht tatenlos zusehen. Sie kündigte am Mittwoch (Ortszeit) an, dass Arbeiter und Soldaten die Kontrolle über bestreikte Betriebe übernehmen würden. Diosdado Cabello, der Abgeordnete und Vorsitzende der Vereinten Sozialistischen Partei(PSUV) von Staatschef Nicolás

Living Planet Report: Zahl der Wirbeltiere auf Erde seit 1970 um drei Fünftel gesunken
Paris (afp) > Die ungebremste Expansion des Menschen auf der Erde hat zerstörerische Folgen für die anderen Bewohner des Planeten: Einer am Donnerstag veröffentlichten Langzeitstudie zufolge ist die Zahl der Wirbeltiere auf der Erde seit 1970 um fast drei Fünftel zurückgegangen. Die Fauna des Planeten schwinde "in beispiellosem Tempo", sagte

FIFA weist Vorwürfe wegen Baustellen für WM 2022 in Katar zurück, Gewerkschaft klagt
Berlin (csr-news) > Der Weltfußballverband FIFA hat alle Vorwürfe des niederländischen Gewerkschaftsbundes FNV zurückgewiesen, nach denen die FIFA eine Mitschuld an den menschenunwürdigen Arbeitsbedingungen auf den WM-Baustellen in Katar trägt. "Bitte seien Sie schon zu diesem Zeitpunkt und um der Klarheit willen darüber informiert, dass die FIFA jedwede Anschuldigung in

Sozialunternehmen in Deutschland sind kollaborations- und innovationsstark
Berlin (csr-news) > Sozialunternehmen in Europa erbringen erheblichen wirtschaftlichen Nutzen. Obwohl fest in der Marktwirtschaft verankert, bleiben sie ihrem sozialen Zweck verpflichtet. Deutsche Sozialunternehmen zeichnet besonders ihre Kollaborations- und Innovationsstärke aus. Das sind Ergebnisse der internationalen, EU-geförderten SEFORÏS-Studie, in deren Rahmen die Geschäftsführer von 1.030 Sozialunternehmen in sieben europäischen Ländern

Klimaschutzranking – Übergang zu einer kohlenstoffarmen Welt eingeleitet
Berlin (csr-news) > CO2-Emissionen reduzieren und gleichzeitig die Gewinne im selben Umfang steigern. Dies gelingt immer mehr Unternehmen, wenn sie sich für eine intelligente Klimaschutzstrategie entscheiden. Ein Ergebnis aus dem diesjährigen Climate Change Report 2016 der globalen Umweltdatenplattform CDP. Dafür wurden die Emissions- und Umweltdaten von 1.089 Unternehmen analysiert. Zusammen

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