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.
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.”
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.”
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 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 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.”
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 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.”
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.”
“People-powered democracy, not corporate rule, will create a sustainable and just society.”
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
This new site, established by the Securities and Exchange Commission, contains a section on investor fraud, with alerts and updates on specific scams
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.
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
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”