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02/11/2014
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.


Further News

02/03/2014
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.

04/16/2013
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.

04/12/2013
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



04/09/2013
Better Storytelling Means More Value


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

03/26/2013
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.

03/15/2013
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.

11/12/2012
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.

10/08/2012
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.

08/18/2012
‘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'

06/27/2012
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



06/27/2012
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



06/27/2012
Rio+20: 300 Leading Business School and University Representatives Worldwide Agree on a Roadmap for Responsible Management Education


(Rio de Janeiro) – A series of measures to inject sustainability principles into management and business school curricula were announced today at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Outcomes of the Third Global Forum for Responsible Management Education include: Comprehensive Anti-Corruption Guidelines for Curriculum



06/27/2012
Rio+20: Business Leaders in Rio Respond to UN Secretary-General’s Call for “Tipping Point” in Corporate Sustainability


(Rio de Janeiro) –The first full day of the private sector track to Rio +20 opened with business schools stepping up sustainable development curricula, investment firms backing natural capital accounting, and corporate action on biodiversity. “Corporate sustainability is an idea whose time has come”, UN Secretary-General Ban



06/27/2012
Rio+20: Business Leaders to Deliver on Strategies for Sustainability at 15-18 June Forum, Ahead of the Rio+20 Summit


(Rio de Janeiro) – “Innovation and collaboration are driving a bottom-up change process across many critical areas of contemporary life,” UN Global Compact Executive Director Georg Kell said at the opening of a business forum that precedes the United Nations sustainable development conference in Rio de



06/27/2012
Toward Rio: Global Compact LEAD Launches Guide to Social Investment and Philanthropy


(New York) – A new report from Global Compact LEAD released today takes a close-up look at various approaches to social investment practices in the context of corporate responsibility. The good practice guide, titled New Paths to Performance, was developed by the Global Compact LEAD Taskforce on




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Businesses & Consultants

06/29/2010
Siemens Sustainability Report 2009

NGOs

09/22/2010
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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09/22/2009
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? >>
CSR EMERGING AS A GOVERNANCE ISSUE FOR BOARDS >>
EABIS Annual Colloquium – CR and Sustainability: Leadership and Organisational Change >>
BSR 2006 Conference >>


Journals

12/09/2010
New Issue of Business & Society Review (115/4)



Events

02/11/2014
Call for Papers: EBEN Annual Conference 2014

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) >>
Call for Papers: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: EUROPEAN AND TRANSATLANTIC PERSPECTIVES >>
New issue of Business & Society Review (volume 115/3) >>
Global Standards: Between Regulation, Normativity, and Rhetoric (Call for Papers) >>
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.
Congress on Experiential Learning >>
Workshop: Academy of Management Meeting in Montreal >>
Workshop on CSR Regulation and Global Governance >>
Symposium: “The Future of Economics and Management” >>
Ethics in Crisis: A Call for Alternatives (EBEN Conference) >>



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Newsflash

04/09/2014
Can Corporations Have Religion?
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an important pair of cases, namely Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby

04/03/2014
Japan’s loophole flouting is bad for business
In government, as in business, it’s important to think not just about the direct effects of your actions, but also

03/28/2014
A practitioner’s reflections on the problems of shared value
After our article on shared value came out in the California Management Review, and we published our last blog piece

03/27/2014
Bribery is Still a Challenge for International Business
Bribery and other forms of corruption continue to pose a challenge to international business. Bribery is a problem because it

03/13/2014
Baseless Accusations Aimed at Lady Gaga’s Charity Foundation
Accusations recently arose that Lady Gaga’s charitable foundation, the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), was spending its money in what


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04/16/2014
Verantwortung global agierender Unternehmen
Berlin (csr-news) > Die Bundesregierung will die UN-Leitprinzipien über Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte innerhalb der zweijährigen Frist auf nationaler Ebene umsetzen. Wie sie in ihrer Antwort (18/1044) auf eine Kleine Anfrage der Fraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (18/833) schreibt, sei die Frage der Erstellung eines entsprechenden Nationalen Aktionsplans und die Frage der

04/16/2014
Start der bundesweiten Initiative “Bienen füttern”
Berlin (csr-news) > "Wir brauchen mehr bienenfreundliche Pflanzen in unseren Gärten und auf den Balkonen. Wir alle können etwas tun für den Schutz der Bienen", sagte Bundeslandwirtschaftsminister Schmidt bei der Präsentation der Initiative „Bienen füttern“ in Meckenheim bei Bonn. Ziel der neuen Initiative ist es, die Bevölkerung für die Bedeutung

04/16/2014
Don Bosco expandiert in Indien: Berufliche Bildung im Kampf gegen Armut
Bonn (csr-partner) - Genug menschenwürdige Arbeitsplätze für junge Menschen zu schaffen, stellt eine der größten Herausforderungen weltweit dar. Noch immer versperren Armut und der fehlende Zugang zu Bildung Millionen jungen Menschen in Indien den Weg zu einem zukunftsfähigen Arbeitsplatz. Wenngleich sich der Schulbesuch im Land mit der größten Jugendpopulation

04/16/2014
Grünen-Studie warnt vor steigendem Ölpest-Risiko in der Nordsee
Berlin (afp) - In der Nordsee steigt einer Studie zufolge das Risiko einer großen Ölkatastrophe. Viele Offshore-Förderanlagen vor allem im Norden und Süden seien veraltet, heißt es in einer am Dienstag veröffentlichten Untersuchung des Hamburger Beratungsbüros EnergyComment im Auftrag der Grünen-Bundestagsfraktion. Aufgrund der Strömungsverhältnisse sei auch die deutsche Küste gefährdet,

04/15/2014
Umwelt- und Sozialangaben werden Pflicht in Geschäftsberichten großer Unternehmen
Brüssel (csr-news) > Das Europäische Parlament hat heute einem entsprechenden Vorschlag der EU-Kommission zugestimmt. Firmen mit mehr als 500 Mitarbeitern müssen künftig ihre Grundsätze, Risiken und Ergebnisse bei Umwelt-, Sozial- und Arbeitnehmerbelangen, der Bekämpfung von Korruption sowie zur Vielfalt in den Leitungs- und Kontrollorganen offenlegen. Der für Binnenmarkt und Dienstleistungen zuständige

04/15/2014
Ökoinstitut dringt auf mehr Energieeffizienz
Berlin (afp) - Das Freiburger Öko-Institut hält die Steigerung der Energieeffizienz für eine vorrangige Aufgabe für den Klimaschutz in Deutschland in den kommenden Jahren. Dies gelte für alle Bereiche, also neben dem Energiesektor auch für Landwirtschaft, Verkehr, Gebäude, Industrie und Gewerbe, heißt es in der Studie "Klimaschutzszenario 2050", deren zentrale

04/15/2014
Aid by Trade Foundation veröffentlicht Verifizierungsergebnisse
Hamburg (csr-news) > Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe ist das Prinzip der Initiative Cotton made in Africa (CmiA). Dabei wird nach unternehmerischen Prinzipien gehandelt, um die Lebensbedingungen der afrikanischen Baumwollbauern zu verbessern. Ob das funktioniert, darüber soll der jährliche Verifizierungsbericht informieren. Die unabhängigen Zertifizierungsgesellschaften AfriCert und EcoCert haben dafür die sechs CmiA-Partnerländer

04/15/2014
Maria Krautzberger übernimmt Leitung des Umweltbundesamts
Dessau (afp) - Die SPD-Politikerin Maria Krautzberger soll neue Präsidentin des Umweltbundesamts (UBA) werden. Das teilte die Behörde am Dienstag in Dessau mit. Krautzberger soll im Mai die Nachfolge von Jochen Flasbarth übernehmen, der inzwischen Staatssekretär im Bundesumweltministerium ist. Die 60-Jährige gebürtige Bayerin war von 1999 bis 2011 Staatssekretärin in





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