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Businesses are increasingly expected to scrutinise their social and environmental impact, their supply chain and their place in wider society, and here’s why. A series of images that illustrate the UN Global Compact’s ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. This gallery shines a light on the importance of companies adopting effective approaches to preventing human rights violations.
You can view the gallery on the guardian.co.uk webpage, which is the source of this article.
The newest clients of the company Andritz, Borealis, ADNOC are with annual turnover of billions euros
The ANDRITZ GROUP is the world largest producer of Hydroelectrical power turbines and generator with an annual turn over of around 6 billion euros with controversial engagements in projects like Belo Monte in Brazil.
Borealis is a leading, innovative provider of plastics solutions based on polyethylene and polypropylene. It is the second largest chemical industry with an annual turnover of around 2,5 billion euros. The management of the organization is structuring its newly CSR agenda based on ISO 26000 with the support of CSR Company International.
ADNOC, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, one of the largest producers in the world with 2,7 Million barrels of oil per day implementing CSR in a structured manner using the CSR Company know-how and ISO 26000.
The CEO of CSR Company International took part in ISO 26000 week in Geneva, Switzerland organized by the Development and Training Services of ISO. 300 participants from about 70 countries were exchanging their experience on ISO 26000:2010, Guidance on social responsibility.
The ISO 26000 forum, attended from representatives of the private and public sectors, including national standards bodies, was an opportunity to share experience, best practice and lessons learned, as well as to highlight areas for improvement.
As the ISO 26000 guidance standard on social responsibility reaches its second anniversary, ISO Secretary-General, Rob Steele, challenged participants at the open forum in Geneva, Switzerland, to consider what has been done so far, and where the road should take us next, by asking, “So what?”.
The objective of the forum was not to decide amendments to ISO 26000, or new work, but to provide ideas to the former joint secretariat of the ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility, comprising ISO members SIS (Sweden) and ABNT (Brazil), and through them to the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization (PPO) for advice.
Master Course “CSR and ethical management” started at University of Applied Science Vienna with 16 students while the students from the previous year finalised the exams and are now Master of Science in CSR.
At the same time CSR Company International managed to export the course to Mumbai where the Indian Centre for CSR is now the official partner of the Vienna University and will start the course in autumn 2013. The Center will offer two programs – for fulltime students in one year and for others in two years.
President Mursi, the first democratically elected President of Egypt asks CSR Company International to develop courses for newly structure state training centers on Corporate Social Responsibility and on Carbon Footprinting.
Just days before Eid the local partner of the international company in Cairo was invited by the Egyptian expert in charge of restructuring the many state own training centers to provide a training program on Corporate Social Responsibility and Carbon Footprinting. These centers currently exist but need more CSR expertise to work on these topics which the government regards as key after the Arab Spring Revolution.
The CSR Company International proposal is developed and presented to President Mursi and the expectations are the project to start at the beginning of 2013.
Big Marble Consulting is the CSR Company International partner in Portugal and applies and contributes to the shared specialized knowledge and experience of the network.
After working 12 years for several national and multinational companies, such as IBM or Hewlett-Packard, Ricardo Ribeiro de Oliveira founded and manages the company which delivers specialized Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy and capacity building services – to respond to the pressing need of companies and other organizations to deeply analyze and re-define their strategies, business models and operations, in order to face the global Sustainability challenge.
Creating and maintaining competitive advantages in today’s global economy, increasingly tense and volatile, is more difficult and complex than ever before. And for companies it is imperative that they succeed at it, while contributing to ensure the overall sustainability of human society. Big Marble Consulting helps clients to become more adaptable, resilient and innovative, and as such, more sustainable and viable in the long term, while contributing to the challenge of global Sustainability.
The consultancy projects of the company are based on some international standards – ISO 26000 as the backbone for performance assessment and implementation, AccountAbility AA1000 SES for stakeholder engagement, and GRI for reporting.
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The first office of the CSR Company International in Africa opened in Cairo in November 2012. This is the 14th branch of the company all over the world and opens the third continent in which the CSR Company International is represented after Europe and Asia. Now the company negotiates with possible partners in Nigeria.
At the same time the CEO of the company Martin Neureiter takes part in ISO/GIZ East Africa Project covering Kenia, Tanzania and Uganda. The main aim of the one year project is to encourage the use if ISO 26000 and to build capacity in the organizations to implement best practices. The team of international consultants chose 10 pilot organizations to participate in the project plus will be training 10 national experts per country to continue the work after the end of the project. The first country visit will take place mid January including a 5 day training for the national experts on the content of ISO 26000. A similar project is happening currently in the MENA region (Middle East – North Africa) were also the CSR Company is heavily engaged.
CSR enters a more mature stage in 2012
Business attitudes towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) will undergo a metamorphosis in 2012 and PR activities will become mainly strategic. Not less important will be whether companies are spending money for charity, but more important will be the way they earn them. These are only some of the predictions of Martin Neureiter, CEO of CSR Company International published in leading Bulgarian newspaper Capital Daily.
CSR is becoming more strategic activitiy, which means that we finally begin to move away from mere charity and to adopt a more sophisticated approach to how we actually do business and how it affects the stakeholders, the environment and society “said as one of the founders of the international standard ISO 26000 Martin Neureiter.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) will become increasingly essential part of business in 2012. Unilever is has alreary closed the CSR department because it is in the process of integrating socially responsible practices in every department of the organization. According to the company duty of every manager and employee is to incorporate CSR into daily work, said also Mr. Neureiter.
According to him the standard ISO 26000 will become the preferred tool for companies and organizations worldwide to help them in implementing CSR and to show the world and stakeholders that operates in a socially responsible manner.
This is in line with the European Commission Communication, which clearly shows that CSR is not something voluntary, and what companies should do if they want to secure sustainable profit in the long run.
Finally, CSR will become more measurable. What is not measured, and can be managed, so we need to assess how much money is spent on CSR and what effect is achieved with them.
Bulgarian team presented ISO 26000 to the business
Nikolay Georgiev, Regional Manager of CSR Company Int. for Bulgaria and Srebrina Efremova, Managing Director presented ISO 26 000 – Guidance for social responsibility in front of representatives of the Bulgarian business with the support of the Bulgarian Industrial Association. In the training participated managers from leading Bulgarian companies in the sphere of mining, insurance and ISO consultants. There was a great interest of the Bulgarian municipalities.
ISO 26 000 is not like the other ISO managing standards and is not an upgrade of older managing systems, said Mr. Georgiev and explained the three verification approaches in ISO 26 000 – by self declaration, declaration of the stakeholders and by third independent part. Participants were interested in the Austrian standard for social responsibility ONR 192500 which is certifiable.
Mrs. Efremova presented CSR Company Int. and the basic terminology and principles in social responsibility. She made a brief description of CSR Toolkit – software based on ISO 26000 for managing and reporting the social responsibility activities of the organizations.
The presentation was a part of training in which participated Bulgarian CSR and PR experts. In 2012 Bulgarian Industrial Association will organise other trainings for its members.
CSR Company International writes the sustainability report of Teranga Gold Corporation
The CSR Company International was commissioned by Teranga Gold Corporation, a Canadian-based gold company, to write the first sustainability report for the Sabodala gold mine, a large regional exploration land package, located in Senegal, West Africa. The report is based on ISO 26000 with a framework on the basis of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It is a supplement to the annual report and sets out the achievements for sustainability and corporate responsibility issues of Teranga Gold. The Sustainability Report describes the main developments and presents results in the areas of education, health and agriculture revitalization, environmental protection, water treatment and water protection.
With the acquisition of Sabodala Gold Operation (SGO) in 2010, one of the largest land positions in the West African Birimian geological belt in Senegal, Teranga Gold Corporation has taken a great responsibility for the development of the region and the conservation, protection and regeneration of the environment, which is affected by their actions. Currently, there are already implemented many social and environmental projects that are developed hand in hand with the local community, concerned organizations and government departments.
A special attention is given to the Organizational Health and Safety and the workforce. The goal is to achieve a high percentage of local and national staff. Currently, the proportion of Senegalese is at 90%, 40% of which are positioned in the middle management. Over the next few years their major goals will be to adapt their actions and business practices to ISO 26000. With the help of external experts, a new Region Development Strategy (RDS) will be developed in 2012, a fully integrated, proactive social plan to implement the plans and actions of national and regional, departmental and local governments in accordance with the mine plan. Also the Sabodala gold mine aims to get according to ISO 14000 certified by the end of 2012.