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Intel constructs powerful agenda for new initiatives
Despite lofty positions on various best-of corporate responsibility and sustainability rankings, including the No. 1 slot on CRO’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens 2008 list, chip maker Intel—led in its CR efforts by Dave Stangis, its Director of Corporate Responsibility—believes its efforts are still a work in progress.
These planned improvements come at a time when various antitrust lawsuits against the company and an anti-competition investigation recently launched by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reach critical mass.
Russian businesses offer some Soviet-era employee services as well as sound environmental programs as they globalize
If you ask American experts what they know about Russian CSR activities, the majority would probably answer “nothing.” This is not particularly surprising. And if the same question is asked in the European Union, which is geographically closer to Russia, the answer would still be the same. This is unsatisfactory and the following discussion is one of the steps toward informing people about Russia’s CSR expertise and how the country’s businesses are integrating into the global process of developing new CSR standards and practices.
Report finds many countries made "significant improvement" in governance practices.
The World Bank Institute released its annual “Worldwide Governance Indicators,” which measures governance practices across six categories in 212 countries.
The second Global Compact Leaders Summit revealed strides in responsible business performance and introduced new environmental mandates.
Responsible business practices—with an emphasis on environmental issues—were at the forefront of the second U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit June 5-6 in Geneva Switzerland, as embodied in both new initiatives and recent study findings.
Recent federal inquiries and discussions at the Australian Stock Exchange are raising the profile of corporate social responsibility in Australia.
Australia has recently experienced an upsurge of interest in corporate social responsibility. Many of the biggest Australian corporations (including banks such as Westpac, mining houses such as BHP Billiton and construction and development companies like Lend Lease) are already at the global forefront of corporate responsibility in their industry sectors. An increasing number of companies are publishing sustainability reports and, of those that are publishing, many are using the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) new G3 Guidelines as a template.
Sweatshops and online freedom are among the issues.
China, host of the 2008 Olympics and a market of enormous importance to many multinational corporations, is also shaping up to be an Olympic battleground on another front: corporate responsibility and law.