51 Great Sites For Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
A nice list of sites, blogs, and other web resources.
Advocacy and Public Policy Program (Social Investment Forum)
The Advocacy and Public Policy Program implements its goals by providing information, recommending action and creating opportunities to collaborate for socially responsible investing professionals, and by conducting media and public education campaigns on issues relevant to socially responsible investing.
Agilent Technologies Environment and Social Responsibility Report
Alliance for Environmental Innovation
This organization, a project of Environmental Defense, works in partnership with companies to address a variety of environmental issues facing business. Examples include a delivery truck of the future, developed with FedEx, as well as a catalog paper project with Norm Thomson Outfitters.
American Civil Liberties Union Privacy and Technology page
The ACLU’s Privacy and Technology page states, “The tremendous explosion in surveillance-enabling technologies, combined with the ongoing weakening in legal restraints that protect our privacy mean that we are drifting toward a surveillance society. The page contains links to issues of consumer, medical, and workplace privacy, as well as internet anonymity.
American Marketing Association – Statement of Ethics
Amnesty International USA’s Business and Human Rights Program
“All companies have a direct responsibility to respect human rights in their own operations. Amnesty International believes that the business community also has a wider responsibility — moral and legal — to use its influence to promote respect for human rights.”
“The Apollo Alliance is a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs. Inspired by the Apollo space program, we promote investments in energy efficiency, clean power, mass transit, next-generation vehicles, and emerging technology, as well as in education and training. Working together, we will reduce carbon emissions and oil imports, spur domestic job growth, and position America to thrive in the 21st century economy.”
Applied Ethics resources on the WWW
Ariel Mutual Funds
As You Sow
The mission of As You Sow is to “promote progressive social and environmental policies at companies through the Corporate Social Responsibility Program. At CSRP, we represent the interests of socially concerned investors in dialogue with some of the largest and most prominent U.S. corporations. “
Aspen Institute – Business & Society Program
“The Business and Society Program is an independently funded policy program at the Aspen Institute, dedicated to helping business executives integrate financial success and social and environmental progress.”
Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Beard Center for Leadership & Ethics
Ben and Jerry’s Social Mission Page
Certainly among the best known of companies espousing a social mission, the Ben and Jerry’s page includes their Mission Statement, a list of causes and campaigns supported by the company, and a copy of their most recent Social Audit Report.
Bentley College – Center for Business Ethics
Beyond Grey Pinstripes
This report includes a survey of MBA programs with a socially and environmentally responsible content.
BNFL – International nuclear energy business
Can a nuclear energy company be socially responsible? You decide.
Brown-Forman Corporate Responsibility Report
Owners of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Fetzer Wines, and Korbel California Champagnes http://www.brown-forman.com/responsibility/
Burt’s Bees – 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Business Ethics Magazine
Now a web-based magazine, Business Ethics “works at the intersection of business and society. It reports on the fields of business ethics and corporate governance, tracking major regulatory changes and their impact on corporate behavior. It also examines the broader social role of companies and their accountability to multiple stakeholders – shareholders, employees, customers and the communities where companies do business.”
Business Ethics Training Blog
Interesting blog, with a focus on business ethics as an academic discipline.
From the blog:
This blog is a result of my experience as both a business owner and as an employee during which I came across a wide variety of ethical and moral issues.
During a long career in international business including a number of e-commerce ventures – I’ve realized the importance of proper business ethics training to meet the growing challenges in the 21st century workplace.
Not only are these issues complex – many haven’t been seen before due to the rise of the internet, technology and the sweeping changes made to the way we work.
Globalization and the necessity to deal across cultures – what may be okay and permissible in one culture being taboo in another. Today even many small businesses outsource – and there are issues in that as well.
Hopefully this blog will seek to address many of these issues and more.
Business for Social Responsibility
“Business for Social Responsibility is an alliance of businesses that defines, supports and promotes responsible business policies and practices that benefit not only our companies, but also our employees and communities, our economy and the environment. BSR seeks to reshape the way business does business so that members and other companies can best address the many problems and opportunities that face both business and society.”
Business for Social Responsibility – CSR Jobs Page
Business in the Community
Headquartered in the UK, Business in the Community “is a unique movement of 700 member companies committed to continually improving their positive impact on society. We are an independent charity with 20 years experience of achieving our charitable purpose to create a public benefit by working with companies to improve the positive impact of business in society.”
The Canadian source for business ethics issues.
Calvert Mutual Funds
Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators
The Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators examine our social, economic and environmental condition. They provide a “contribution to the worldwide effort to develop comprehensive statistics of national well-being that go beyond traditional macroeconomic indicators.” Areas included in the study consist of education, employment, energy, environment, health, human rights, income, infrastructure, national security, public safety, re-creation and shelter.
Capital Ownership Group
“The Capital Ownership Group (COG), a non-profit network of professionals, business, labor and government leaders and staff, academics and activists on six continents, works to broaden ownership to deal with the negative effects of globalization.”
CBSR – Canadian Business for Social Responsibility
CBSR is a “non-profit membership network of innovative companies working to improve their social, environmental and financial performance.”
Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
Center for Ethics at Emory University
Center for Public Integrity
Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest. Interested in issues of ethics and politics? (They do go together, by the way.) Founded in 1989, The Center for Public Integrity “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world.”
“Through thoughtful and objective analyses, the Center hopes to serve as an honest broker of information – and to inspire a better-informed citizenry to demand a higher level of accountability from its government and elected leaders.”
Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions
This listing, a project of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois Institute of Technology lists over 850 codes of ethics available on the Web, from sources such as corporations, academic institutions, professional organizations, and government. In addition, the site also includes resources for writing a code of ethics, a bibliography, and information as to how the codes might be used.
CERES – Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies
CERES is a “U.S. coalition of environmental, investor, and advocacy groups working together for a sustainable future. Companies have committed to continuous environmental improvement by endorsing the CERES Principles, a ten-point code of environmental conduct.”
CharityChannel’s CAREER SEARCH ONLINE System
“People-powered democracy, not corporate rule, will create a sustainable and just society.”
Coca-Cola Company 2008/2009 Sustainability Review
“Live Positively is our commitment to make a positive difference in the world by redesigning the way we work and live so sustainability is part of everything we do.”
College Sustainability Report Card 2010
Provides sustainability profiles for colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Careers
The University of Edinburgh
A very good resource with information about how to find a job and get training in CSR careers.
Council for Ethical Leadership at Capital University
Council of Ethics-Based Organizations Associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations
This site contains links to U.N. documents, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Convention on the rights of the child. Links are also provided to member organizations. In addition to sections on Human Rights, Sustainable Development, and Peace & Conflict, there is a section on Corporate Ethics, covering “Ethics in corporations and government: accountability, fiscal transparency, greenwashing, bluewashing, best practices and abuses.”
CSRwire.com — Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire Homepage
Dell Computer 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report
DePaul University – Institute for Business and Professional Ethics
DevNetJobs.org International Development Jobs HomePage
Domini Social Investments
E-Ethics Center – Colorado State University
EcoEmploy.Com: Environmental Jobs and Careers
Lists jobs in the environmental sector.
Ecological Footprint – How Big is Yours?
This is a joint project of the Earth Day Network and Redefining Progress. The Ecological Footprint page includes a link to a quick test of your consumption of the world’s resources. In addition, there is an Excel spreadsheet available for downloading that helps you to measure your consumption, recycling and energy use.
Educators for Social Responsibility
Entrepreneurs for Sustainability
Entrepreneurs for Sustainability is an organization whose mission is to support a community of entrepreneurs who will implement sustainability principles in their new or existing businesses and encourage new ventures, which will capitalize on emerging opportunities in a sustainable economy in Northeastern Ohio. This group meets every month in Cleveland, Ohio and meeting information is available at their website.
Environmental Career Opportunities
Environmental Careers Organization
Environmental Integrity Project
The Environmental Integrity Project “is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to more effective enforcement of existing federal and state environmental laws and to the prevention of political interference with those laws. EIP’s research and reports sheds light on how enforcement and rulemaking affect the public health. EIP also works closely with local communities seeking the enforcement of environmental laws.”
Environmental Justice Center
Located at Clark Atlanta University, the Center “was formed in 1994 to serve as a research, policy, and information clearinghouse on issues related to environmental justice, race and the environment, civil rights, facility siting, land use planning, brownfields, transportation equity, suburban sprawl, and Smart Growth. The overall goal of the center is to assist, support, train, and educate people of color students, professionals, and grassroots community leaders with the goal of facilitating their inclusion into the mainstream of environmental decision-making. The center is multi-disciplinary in its focus and approach. It serves as a bridge among the social and behavioral sciences, natural and physical sciences, engineering, management, and legal disciplines to solve environmental problems.”
Based in London, Ethical Corporation produces reports, publishes a magazine, holds conferences, and acts as a resource for businesses on the issue of sustainability.
Ethics and Compliance Officer Association
Describes itself as “the only organization exclusively serving ethics and compliance practitioners.”
Ethics Training Compendium
“The Ethics Section of the American Society for Public Administration developed this comprehensive Ethics Training Compendium in furtherance of our mission to advance ethics in public administration. This collection of ethics training resources – materials, books, articles, and websites – provides information and knowledge in ethics.” This site has 3 main sections: Ethics Directory, Applied Ethics and Ethics Theory.
European Campaign for Corporate Social Responsibility
This organization has produced a “tool for Small and Medium Enterprises to evaluate their social and environmental performance,” available as a PDF file.
Executive Excess 2009: America’s Bailout Barons
Excerpt from the 16th annual report from the Institute for Policy Studies:
The 20 U.S. financial firms that have received the most bailout dollars from taxpayers awarded their top five executive officers, in the three years through 2008, pay packages worth a combined $3.2 billion. These 100 financial executives, on their way to driving the U.S. economy off a cliff, averaged $32 million each. One hundred U.S. workers making the 2008 annual average wage would have to labor over 1,000 years to make as much as these 100 executives made in three.
Fair Labor Association
Saying that “One sweatshop is too many,” the Fair Labor Association is a non-profit organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labor standards and improve working conditions worldwide. The website contains a Fair Labor Assessment portal, which offers a wide range of tools to assess the level of code compliance of companies and suppliers.
Fifth Third Bancorp – 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Gap Inc. Social Responsibility Report
This very comprehensive site covers all of the Gap companies and has a significant amount of data.
Global Corruption Report 2009: Corruption and the Private Sector
Excerpt from this report, newly released by Transparency International:
Bribery in business captures news headlines around the globe and leads to massive reputational and financial repercussions for the implicated companies. Bribery, though, represents only part of the picture when profit comes at the expense of integrity and sustainability. Other corrupt practices, such as corporate fraud, cartels and undue influence on public policy, work as destructive forces that undermine fair competition, stifle economic growth and ultimately undercut companies’ own existence.
Featuring analysis of more than 75 experts, Transparency International’s 2009 Global Corruption Report lays bare these and other corruption challenges that cut across countries and industries, exposes soft spots in existing corporate anti-corruption measures, and examines promising innovation in the sector.
Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility
“The Global Sullivan Principles are intended
to be a catalyst and compass for corporate responsibility and accountability. They are aspirational not apologetic…celebratory not punitive. The Global Sullivan Principles
advance a development framework that
enables businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to pursue their business objectives while being mindful and respectful of employees and the communities in which
Google’s Corporate Philosophy
“You can make money without doing evil.”
Green America’s Shareholder Activism page
For the past 20 years, Green America has played a leadership role in mobilizing people in their roles as investors to insist on corporate responsibility.
Green Century Funds
Green Dream Jobs: Business & Environmental Jobs with Sustainable Employers
Green Inc. – Energy, the Environment and the Bottom Line
This New York Times Energy & Environment section features news, analysis, content from ClimateWire and Greenwire, and a blog.
Green Money Online Guide
“From the stock market to the supermarket.”
Harvard University’s Online Course on Justice
I’m sure there’s a business ethics component to this. From the site:
What’s the right thing to do? Is torture ever justified? Would you steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much is one human life worth?
Heinz releases 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
“This 2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Report details our Company’s performance and progress in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 in critically important areas ranging from corporate governance and ethics to environmental initiatives and our positive economic and social contributions.”
HP Global Citizenship Report
Human Rights Jobs
Infographic: Apple’s Supply Chain
From OnlineMBAPrograms.org comes this infographic with labor, health, and safety conditions (with references) related to Apple and its supply chain.
Created by: OnlineMBAPrograms.org
Infographic: The Truth About Tech
From MastersDegree.net comes this infographic (footnoted) about the source of technology products, with particular attention to five manufacturing capitals.
Created by: MastersDegree.net
Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy
University of Maryland College Park
Publishes the Philosophy & Public Policy Quarterly journal
Investor’s Circle Net
This new site, established by the Securities and Exchange Commission, contains a section on investor fraud, with alerts and updates on specific scams
KLD Research & Analytics
KPMG’s Integrity Survey 2008-2009
“At a time when market confidence and trust are at a premium, KPMG ForensicSM’s Integrity Survey 2008-2009 takes an inside look at corporate fraud and misconduct based on firsthand experiences and perceptions of more than 5,000 employees nationally across 13 different industries. Learn what has changed over the years – and what has not.”
level – Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association – Sustainability Guidelines for Office Furniture Manufacturers and Suppliers
BIFMA International has “created a set of guidelines to serve as a roadmap for any office furniture manufacturer or supplier desiring to become a more sustainable company.” level is the multi-attribute, sustainability standard and third-party certification program for the furniture industry. It has been created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment.
Levi Strauss – Citizenship
This section of the Levi Strauss website has links to public policy, product sourcing, sustainability, and diversity.
Lifeworth – People for Changing Business
This UK organization offers information related to jobs in corporate social responsibility. You can sign up on their site to have job listings emailed directly to you. In addition to providing assistance to both job candidates and employers, Lifeworth hosts conferences and seminars, and also produces publications, including the Annual Review of Corporate Responsibility.
Loyola Marymount University
The Center for Ethics and Business
The Center’s mission “is to encourage the discussion of ethical issues in business by offering innovative programs that help bridge the gap between the academic and business worlds.”
Lubrizol, Inc. – 2009 Corporate Citizenship Brochure
Lubrizol, Inc. Ethics Guidelines
This Cleveland, Ohio based fluid technology company has a comprehensive set of ethics guidelines, downloadable as a PDF file, in twelve languages.
Manpower, Inc. – Corporate Social Responsibility Report
2009 Corporate Social Responsibility Update: People and Purpose
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
McDonald’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Merck’s 2008 Global Corporate Responsibility Report
Choosing as our theme “Advancing the dialogue toward a healthier future,” we have provided details on the challenges we face and our performance on key issues for Merck and our stakeholders.
Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship Page
Including sections on Diversity, Community Affairs, Education, Accessibility, and Standards of Business Conduct.
Monsanto Company 2008-2009 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report
I don’t know….
Monsanto’s 2011 Sustainability Report: Cognitive Dissonance?Triple Pundit | RP Siegel
From the article:
If we were to look at the 12 leverage points described by Donella Meadows as the places to intervene in a system to try and change it, I believe we would find Monsanto at #12, the first step in the journey. Item 12 is Numbers. It is concerned with measuring and setting targets. Monsanto’s CSR report is full of numbers and targets, primarily aimed at increasing agricultural yield, which is the part of the problem they have been working on. But most experts who have studied world hunger as a system problem, say that poverty, inequality and distribution are the root causes. There is enough food being produced right now, to feed everyone, if we could just get it distributed. In fact, we produce 17% more calories per person today than we did 30 years ago, despite the increase in population. Why then, do we need to double production when the population is only growing by somewhere around 28%?
National Whistleblowers Center
The National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) is the premier advocacy organization for whistleblowers. NWC’s staff is comprised of nationally recognized whistleblower advocates, experts in whistleblower protection law, and campaigners committed to facilitating improved protections for all workers to speak out about wrongdoing in the workplace.
New Economics Foundation
The NEF describes itself as “an independent think and do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.” Their website includes information about their annual publication Real World Economic Outlook, looks at the global economy from the perspectives of economic and environmental justice with a particular emphasis on the issue of globalization. The organization has also embarked on a project entitled “The Ethical Pioneers,” with the goal of coming to “a better understanding of what ethical businesses need in order to thrive in mainstream markets.”
Northeast Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council
Novo Nordisk Sustainability Report
NY Times – Finding Business Ethics on and About the Internet
OneWorld Global Jobs
Pax World Funds
PBS NOW – Corporate Rights Page
This page presents “some historical background on the legal and political issues related to corporate rights, and links to provide additional information.”
PepsiCo 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report
Progressive Business Leaders Network
The aim of the Progressive Business Leaders Network is “to help invent a more sustainable economy that fosters lasting and shared prosperity as well as social and environmental justice. This ambition requires business leaders to engage in a new way with each other and with shapers of public policy around the challenges of our times.”
Rising Star Internships
Royal Philips Sustainability Report
S.C. Johnson’s Public Report
This page, part of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) contains the full text of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a summary of the act’s provisions, and a link to an SEC authored Frequently Asked Questions page.
Seventh Generation 2008 Corporate Consciousness Report
The 2008 report includes a cover letter from Jeffrey Hollander titled “Is CSR Dead?”
We haven’t reached the end of the road for corporate responsibility, but it’s my sense that we are nearing the outer reaches of its evolutionary arc. Moving forward, corporate responsibility will most likely become a baseline requirement in every company’s license to operate. A listing in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index or inclusion in the portfolio of a socially responsible mutual fund will be more about doing less harm than acting for the greater good. And that brings us to a crossroad…
Social Investment Forum
Social Venture Network – Job Listings
http://www.socialfunds.com/ This site has “over 10,000 pages of information on SRI mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news.”
Starbucks 2007 Corporate Social Responsibility Annual Report
Stonyfield Farm Yogurt – MAP – Mission Action Plan
“Once we have an understanding where our areas of greatest burden are, we need to reduce the emissions! We have taken a three-step approach to reductions: goal setting, efficiency and renewables.” Read more….
Target Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report
The “Awesome Library” – Business Ethics listings
This site contains a very comprehensive list of resources: lesson plans, lists, materials, news articles and essay
The Body Shop – Living Our Values Report 2009
The Body Shop’s annual CSR report.
Our five core Values are as relevant today as they were when Anita first set them out – we are always looking for new ways to bring them to life. We believe that our Values are at the heart of our commercial success and they are the key to growing our business. As we go forward we will be more creative in bringing our message to customers who are searching for brands with principles that they can trust. In doing this we will deliver more positive benefits to everyone that we touch.
The Career Network from the Chronicle of Higher Education
The Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility
“The Centre for Excellence on Corporate Social Responsibility is being developed by The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as one of the four pillars of the Canadian government’s action plan on CSR, Building the Canadian Advantage announced in March 2009. Over the coming year, this site will become the hub of knowledge on CSR-related practices and approaches as they apply to the extractive sector. The focus is to help Canadian companies doing business around the world, provide tools and information for all stakeholders, and to raise the bar for excellent CSR-related practices in the extractive industry.”
The Earth Charter Initiative
“The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all peoples a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world. It is an expression of hope and a call to help create a global partnership at a critical juncture in history.”
The NonProfitTimes – NPT Jobs
The U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Trillium Asset Management
UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills – CSR Site
Did you know that the UK has a Minister for Corporate Social Responsibility? This site, providing the mission and priorities of the department also links you to the UK government’s Report on Corporate Social Responsibility as well as the EU Green Paper on CSR. Government and business resources are also listed.
United Airlines – Every Action Counts – 2008-2009 Corporate Responsibility Report
Our corporate responsibility report focuses on the way we work as a team to improve our airline and better serve our customers—how we are stepping up to environmental challenges and addressing community needs, and how we work together to make every action count.
University of San Diego – Ethics Matters
This site “is intended to provide updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics.” It contains an online reference library, case studies, an ethics calendar with information about conferences, and a very good search feature.
UPS Sustainability Report
US Postal Service – 2008 Sustainability Report
The inaugural report is located at http://www.usps.com/green/report/2008/welcome.htm. The Postal Service also has a page with more information about their green efforts at http://www.usps.com/green/welcome.htm
W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics – Univ of British Columbia
WalMart’s Supplier Sustainability Assessment
From the GreenBiz site:
The Sustainability Assessment is the first of three phases of the Sustainability Index project Walmart announced in July 2009. This tool offers an in-depth look at the 15 questions the company is asking of all its suppliers.
Washington Post Corporate Ethics Page
You may have to register to get access, but it’s a good site.
Workers Rights Consortium
“The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) is a non-profit organization created by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts. The WRC’s purpose is to assist in the enforcement of manufacturing Codes of Conduct adopted by colleges and universities; these Codes are designed to ensure that factories producing clothing and other goods bearing college and university names respect the basic rights of workers. There are more than 100 colleges and universities affiliated with the WRC.”
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute engages in “policy research and analysis on global environmental and resource issues and their relationship to population and development goals.”