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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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Konfliktmanagement deutscher Unternehmen hat sich deutlich professionalisiert
Frankfurt (csr-news) > Zehn Jahre lang haben Wissenschaftler der Europa-Universität Viadrina gemeinsam mit der Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft PricewaterhouseCoopers die Entwicklungen im Konfliktmanagement deutscher Unternehmen begleitet und untersucht. Mit der nun veröffentlichten Studie „Konfliktmanagement in der deutschen Wirtschaft – Entwicklungen eines Jahrzehnts“ wird die bislang einzigartige Langzeituntersuchung abgeschlossen. Für die aktuelle Untersuchung wurden

Mars Austria startet zum Geburtstag die Initiative „People for the Planet“
Breitenbrunn (csr-news) > Seit 50 Jahren ist der Süßwarenhersteller Mars in Österreich aktiv und gehört heute mit 2 Fabriken, über 500 Mitarbeitern und rund 400 Mio. Euro Jahresumsatz zu den größten Nahrungsmittelanbietern im Land. Anlässlich des Jubiläums stellt das Unternehmen insgesamt 25.000 Euro für die Förderung gemeinnütziger Projekte zur Verfügung.

Chance für mehr Transparenz und Nachhaltigkeit vertan – Bundestag berät über CSR-Richtlinie
Berlin (csr-news) > Die Zeit wird knapp. Bis zum 6. Dezember muss die EU-Richtlinie (2014/95/EU) zur nichtfinanziellen Berichterstattung von Unternehmen in nationales Recht umgesetzt werden. Vor einigen Wochen hatte das Bundesjustizministerium einen Regierungsentwurf zur sogenannten CSR-Richtlinie vorgelegt, der dann vom Kabinett verabschiedet wurde. Heute wurde der Gesetzentwurf in erster Lesung

Bestseller meistens mit FSC-Siegel
Frankfurt (csr-news) > In diesen Tagen trifft sich in Frankfurt eine Branche die, bis auf wenige Ausnahmen, kaum mit den Themen Nachhaltigkeit und CSR in Verbindung gebracht wird. Und doch soll der Buchdruck eine Vorreiterbranche für nachhaltige Produkte sein. Festgestellt hat das der FSC Deutschland, die Organisation für eine verantwortungsvolle

Italienisches Parlament schiebt Ausbeutung von Saisonarbeitern Riegel vor
Rom (afp) > Das italienische Parlament hat ein Gesetz verabschiedet, das der Ausbeutung von Saisonarbeitern in der Landwirtschaft einen Riegel vorschieben soll. Das Abgeordnetenhaus in Rom nahm den Gesetzestext am Dienstagabend mit 346 Stimmen an. Es gab 25 Enthaltungen, aber keine Gegenstimme. Das Gesetz sieht Geldstrafen, Gefängnisstrafen oder die Beschlagnahme

Mikroplastik in Kosmetik – wirkungslose Selbstverpflichtungen
Berlin (csr-news) > In zahlreichen Kosmetikprodukten kommt Mikroplastik zum Einsatz. Diesen gelangen in großen Umfang über das Abwasser in die Weltmeere und sind dort eine große Gefahr für Fische und Umwelt. Alleine durch eine Tube Peeling können bis zu 2,8 Millionen Kunststoffteilchen in die Meere gelangen. Eigentlich wollte ein großer

Initiative Tierwohl wirbt um Fördermitglieder
Bonn (afp) > Die umstrittene Initiative Tierwohl von Fleischindustrie, Einzelhändlern und Bauernverband nimmt jetzt auch Fördermitglieder auf. Mit der neu eingerichteten Fördermitgliedschaft werde "dem vielfach geäußerten Wunsch" nachgekommen, "auch für bislang unbeteiligte Wirtschaftskreise eine Möglichkeit der Unterstützung zu schaffen", erklärte am Dienstag der Geschäftsträger der Initiative, Alexander Hinrichs. Zugleich solle

Müll aus der gelben Tonne wird oft verbrannt
Berlin (afp) > Ein großer Teil des Mülls aus der gelben Tonne wird nicht recycelt, sondern verbrannt. Im Jahr 2014 landeten rund 44,1 Prozent dieses Verpackungsmülls in Müllverbrennungsanlagen, wie aus Angaben des Bundesumweltministeriums auf eine Grünen-Anfrage hervorgeht, die am Dienstag der Nachrichtenagentur AFP vorlagen. Mit rund 55 Prozent wurde demnach

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