Appendix 2

Corporate social responsibility organizations

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility

Founded in 1995, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is a non-profit, business-led, national membership organization of Canadian companies that have made a commitment to operate in a socially, environmentally and financially responsible manner, while recognizing the interests of their stakeholders. CBSR's member companies are among Canada's leaders across all major sectors of the economy and, as such, are committed to developing, sharing and implementing corporate social responsibility best practices. CBSR is the only Canadian organization that focuses exclusively on corporate social responsibility. CBSR advances corporate social responsibility through research, educational programs, collaborative projects, business tools (including assessments, strategies, workshops, frameworks and programs for small and medium-sized enterprises) and advisory services.

Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy

Founded in 1988, the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy is a registered charity dedicated to promoting and maintaining an ethical orientation and culture in Canadian organizations. The Centre's mission is to champion the application of ethical values in the decision-making process of businesses and other organizations. It operates in a non-judgmental and inclusive way to explore and promote the positive role of ethical decision making. The Centre serves as a forum and catalyst for constructive discussion and debate. The Centre offers a variety of resources on ethics and corporate responsibility, including access to speakers on corporate ethical issues, seminars, conferences, CEO roundtables, and publications on timely ethical issues.

Conference Board of Canada

Formed in 1954, the Conference Board of Canada is a non-profit and independent applied research organization devoted to building leadership capacity by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy issues and organizational performance. The Conference Board forges relationships and delivers knowledge through learning events, networks, research products and customized information services. Conference Board of Canada members include a broad range of Canadian organizations from the public and private sectors. The Conference Board of Canada is affiliated with The Conference Board, Inc., which serves some 3000 companies in 67 nations. Working with Imagine Canada (see below), the Conference Board has developed the Corporate Responsibility Assessment Tool. The Conference Board also publishes occasional papers on corporate social responsibility, holds conferences and issues an annual corporate social responsibility report.

Imagine Canada

Started in 1988, Imagine is Canada's national program to promote public and corporate giving, volunteering and support for the community. Imagine sets benchmarks for business leadership and works to encourage and promote collaborative partnerships between the corporate and charitable sectors. Many companies have signed on to the Imagine Corporate Citizenship Commitment (a set of principles and practices that companies agree to that includes a commitment to give a minimum of one percent of pre-tax profit to charity) and a number of Canadian CEOs have become signatories to the Corporate Citizenship Leadership Challenge for CEOs and Boards, which commits CEOs to be champions in their companies and with peers. Imagine has also advanced and showcased more than 100 innovative partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations. Using innovation to address social challenges, companies and communities across Canada are benefiting from positive change. Imagine teamed up with the Conference Board of Canada to develop the Corporate Responsibility Assessment Tool.

Business for Social Responsibility

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a U.S.-based organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment. BSR provides information, tools, training and advisory services to make corporate social responsibility an integral part of business operations and strategies. A non-profit organization, BSR promotes cross-sector collaboration and contributes to global efforts to advance the field of corporate social responsibility.

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies

The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies is a U.S.-based network of investment funds, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of business. In 2002, CERES launched the Sustainable Governance Project to raise global climate change and the other sustainability issues as significant risks to be addressed by corporate brands and investment fiduciaries.

Fair Labor Association

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a U.S.-based non-profit organization combining the efforts of industry, non-governmental organizations, colleges and universities to promote adherence to international labour standards and to improve working conditions worldwide. The FLA was established as an independent monitoring body that holds participating companies accountable for the conditions under which their products are produced. To advance fair, decent and humane working conditions, the FLA enforces the Workplace Code of Conduct, which is based on the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization.

Social Accountability International

Social Accountability International (SAI) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization dedicated to developing, implementing and overseeing voluntary and verifiable social accountability standards. SAI works to improve workplaces and combat sweatshops through the expansion and further development of its workplace standard, SA8000, and its associated verification system. SAI is committed to ensuring that standards and the systems for verifying compliance with such standards are highly reputable and publicly accessible. To accomplish this, SAI:

  • convenes key stakeholders to develop consensus-based voluntary standards
  • accredits qualified organizations to verify compliance
  • promotes understanding and encourages implementation of such standards worldwide

SAI's social accountability system is based on transparency, credibility and verification.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community is a unique movement in the United Kingdom of 700 member companies, with a further 1600 participating in its programs and campaigns. It operates through a network of 98 local business-led partnerships, and has 45 global partners. Its purpose is to inspire, challenge, engage and support business to continually improve its positive impact on society. Business in the Community is the largest and longest established organization of its kind -- an independent, business-led charity with more than 20 years' experience.

Ethical Trading Initiative

The Ethical Trading Initiative is a non-profit, United Kingdom-based alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and trade unions. It exists to promote and improve the implementation of corporate codes of practice that cover supply chain working conditions. Its ultimate goal is to ensure that the working conditions of employees producing goods for the U.K. market meet or exceed international labour standards.

The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum

The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum is an international educational charity set up in 1990 to promote responsible business practices that benefit business and society, and which help to achieve social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, particularly in new and emerging market economies. The Forum:

  • encourages continuous improvement in responsible business practices in all aspects of company operations
  • develops geographic or issue-based partnerships to take effective action on social, economic and environmental issues
  • helps to create an “enabling environment” to provide the conditions for these practices and partnerships to flourish.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of 170 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development via the three pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress. The Council's members are drawn from more than 35 countries and 20 major industrial sectors. The organization also benefits from a global network of 45 national and regional business councils and partner organizations located in 40 countries, involving some 1000 business leaders. The Council's activities reflect its belief that the pursuit of sustainable development is good for business and that business is good for sustainable development.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent, international, non-profit organization that strives to promote greater awareness and informed discussion of important issues related to business and human rights. Its online library covers more than 1800 companies, 160 countries and 150 topics, and includes a large section on the Draft Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights.

Corporate Engagement Project

Launched in 2000 by the non-profit CDA-Collaborative Learning Projects, the Corporate Engagement Project (CEP), is a collaborative effort involving multinational corporations that operate in areas of conflict or socio-political tension. Its purpose is to help managers to better understand the impacts of the companies'; activities on the context within which they work. Through the development of a range of practical options and management tools, the CEP helps companies to respond to local challenges and to address stakeholder concerns.