The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2015

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This publication gives a global overview of the achievements of the Global Compact. It offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. It helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of best-practices, and gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative. It includes good practice examples of corporate participants and showcases different approaches to the implementation of the ten principles. It highlights major trends and issues, placing the activities of Global Compact participants in a broader context.



The State of CSR in 2015 and beyond

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), in its modern formulation, has been most active since the 1960s – for more than half a century now. CSR has been defined in many ways. In my own framework, CSR embraces the economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic expectations and responsibilities placed on businesses by society. Though CSR’s growth in the 2000s may appear to be moderate in light of pressing financial exigencies, it also is vying with competing and complementary frameworks and socially conscious semantics. Corporate citizenship, business ethics, stakeholder management, and sustainability are the primary variants of CSR contending for worldwide attention and acceptance. The concept of “creating shared value” has also entered the discussion. All these frameworks are interrelated and overlapping and are integral to CSR.


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