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Sunday, January 24, 2010

ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard - A Sneakpeek

I have had an opportunity to examine a draft of the not yet finalized Social Responsibility standard of the International Standards Organization ("ISO"), ISO 26000. If the standard could be summed up in a formula, it would be: social responsibility = compliance with international and domestic law + stakeholder engagement + effective monitoring, review and corporate governance.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Globe & Mail: First Nations, CEOs signal new era - Bay Street leaders and AFN National Chief meet to exchange ideas

Important example of constructive engagement between Canada's business community and First Nations representatives...

Globe & Mail: Native Group Calls for Pipeline Boycott

Interesting article with social sustainability implications affecting the Canadian oil and gas industry to keep an eye on...

The Wheel Already Exists, Use It! A Response to the Work of John G. Ruggie on Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms for Business and Human Rights

This essay is from September 2008 and provides some of my early thoughts on the concept of "non-judicial grievance mechanisms" that could serve to adjudicate disputes regarding the human rights practices of business.  It was submitted as part of an open forum for John G. Ruggie, Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Business and Human Rights.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Google China and the Existential Question of CSR

Public deliberations by Google Inc. regarding its operations in China bring to the fore an important and very difficult topic in the field of CSR - what should be done when it becomes impossible to do business in a socially responsible way?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Banker Bonus Benchwarmers Beware! Financial Crisis CSR Lessons

Compensation practices in the financial industry remain a highly contentious topic outstanding from the 2008 financial crisis. For those interested in the concept of CSR, the current debate on what to do, if anything, presents a case study for considering the pros and cons of proactive stakeholder engagement and consensus building by corporations.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Second Consultation on Sustainability Reporting Held - Final Report Pending

On December 7, 2009 a consultation meeting was held in Toronto on the topic of Sustainability Reporting (in particular corporate "Social" performance reporting) for the Government of Ontario.

Social Disclosure Consultation - Ontario Securities Commission

The findings of the Ontario Securities Commission (the "OSC") on enhanced Sustainability Reporting have been released to the Government of Ontario...