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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.

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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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If You Think You Can’t be Ethically Compromised at Work, You’re Wrong
It’s a bad week for corporate bosses. Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned this week in light of revelations that the

How companies can stop making their best employees miserable
The New York Times recently carried a provocative thought piece by Arthur C. Brooks called Rising to Your Level of

The Ashley Madison Hack: A Sleazy Attack on a Sleazy Business
Several weeks ago, hacker group The Impact Team threatened that they would release the identities and credit card numbers of

Cecil the Lion shows how reputational risk has gone global
As of this week, Walter J. Palmer of Minnesota, is pretty much obviously the worlds least-popular dentist. Palmer recently shot

Ethics of Extended Warranties
Shopping this weekend, I was twice offered the “opportunity” to buy an extended warranty on a consumer good. Both times


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IWF-Chefin: Es ist Zeit für eine CO2-Emissionssteuer
Lima (afp) > Die Chefin des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF), Christine Lagarde, hat die Einführung einer CO2-Emissionssteuer gefordert. Es sei "der richtige Moment" für die Besteuerung der Klimagase, sagte Lagarde am Mittwoch bei der Jahrestagung von IWF und Weltbank in Lima. Neben dem Umweltaspekt habe eine solche Steuer den positiven Effekt,

DCTI-Studie zum Onlinehandel – Beim Thema CO2 Transparenz schaffen
Hamburg (csr-news) > Trotz hoher Retourenquote und teilweise mehrmaliger Anfahrt durch den Paketzusteller können Kunden guten Gewissens online einkaufen. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine Studie des Deutschen Clean Tech Instituts (DCTI) im Auftrag der Otto Group und Hermes. Demnach würden online bestellte Artikel sogar weniger CO2-Emissionen verursachen als der Erwerb

Fraunhofer-Studie: Recycling gewinnt immer
Berlin (csr-news) > Der internationale Rohstoffbedarf steigt stetig, parallel sinkt die Menge der verfügbaren Primärressourcen. Es ist daher umso wichtiger, die Rohstoffe, die bereits im Umlauf sind, effizient zu nutzen. Klima und Umwelt durch nachhaltiges Wirtschaften mit Ressourcen zu schonen, ist eine globale Herausforderung. Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und

Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller zu Besuch in Bangladesch
Dhaka (csr-news) > Kurz vor dem Jahrestag der Gründung des Textilbündnisses ist Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller nach Bangladesch gereist und hat dort unter anderem eine der Textilfabriken besucht, die Mitglied im Textilbündnis ist und in der auch für zahlreiche deutsche Marken produziert wird. Neben weiteren Gesprächen mit Vertretern aus Politik und

Die Serversklaven
Berlin (csr-news) > "Wir stehen den ganzen Tag am Fließband und wiederholen die gleiche Aufgabe, wieder und wieder. Das hat überhaupt nichts mit meiner Ausbildung zu tun. Niemand von uns will hier sein, aber wir haben keine Wahl. Die Universität hat uns gesagt, dass wir unser Diplom nicht bekommen werden,

Vergütung der DAX-Aufsichtsratschefs um 2,1 Prozent gestiegen
Frankfurt (afp) > Die Vergütung der Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden der 30 Dax-Konzerne ist in diesem Jahr um 2,1 Prozent gestiegen. Damit erhalten die Chefaufseher der größten deutschen Aktienunternehmen im Durchschnitt 350.800 Euro, wie eine am Mittwoch in Frankfurt am Main veröffentlichte Studie der Unternehmensberatung Towers Watson ergab. In der Auflistung fehlt der

Best Practice – Soziale Faktoren nachhaltiger Architektur
Bonn (csr-news) > Ob ein Wohnungsbau sozial nachhaltig ist, galt bislang als nicht hinreichend bewertbar. Es fehlte ein Weg, um soziale Qualitäten wie Komfort, Gemeinschaft, wohnliche Flexibilität, Nutzerbeteiligung oder Belegungspolitik objektiv einzuschätzen und in die Planungen einzubeziehen. Um solche Planungsparameter zu definieren, untersuchten Forscher der Technischen Universität Darmstadt bundesweit Wohnungsbauten,

Kalifornien beschließt neues Gesetz zu gleichen Löhnen für Frauen
Los Angeles (afp) > Mit einem neuen Gesetz treibt der US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien der Gleichbehandlung von Frauen und Männern bei der Entlohnung voran. Das am Dienstag beschlossene Gesetz ist landesweit eines der schärfsten mit Blick auf die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter auf dem Arbeitsmarkt. Der California Fair Pay Act baut auf dem

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