ESG Archive

Nov 29, 2010
With the after effects of the global financial crisis still being felt by many businesses and communities some companies are starting to evaluate their role in society and finding that integrating broad-based CSR and social media programs into everyday business practices may offer real opportunities for growth. According to a new report, ‘Just good business: Incorporating corporate social responsibility with social media,’ issued by Research and Markets, a resea...
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Nov 24, 2010
A new segment 'CSR for Investors,' courtesy of 3BL Media, a sustainability communications firm, was launched yesterday on Reuters Insider. It is geared towards tackling some of the toughest issues surrounding CSR in public companies. The video series provides an overview of corporate social responsibility while addressing the need for investors and traders to include CSR into their d...
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Nov 22, 2010
The charity organization, International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) recognized Campbell Soup with its prestigious Gold Medal Award for the company’s cogent contributions to corporate social responsibility (CSR), the foundation said.    The Gold Medal Award traditionally represents one of the industry’s highest honors that celebrates corporate achievement, according to Campbell. As part of Campbell’s ongoing social responsibility efforts, over ...
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Nov 18, 2010
Cisco, the owners of virtual workforce-technologies like TelePresence and WebEX, has managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 45 percent, according to the company’s sixth annual CSR report. The recently published study indicates that the company achieved its goal of  minimizing its environmental impact two years ear...
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Nov 18, 2010
Broker-dealer Buckingham Research Group (BRG) and its former chief compliance officer have reached an agreement with the SEC to pay a total of  $160,000 in charges for failing to set policies that prohibit misuse of nonpublic information, the SEC said. The settlement, which was announced on Wednesday, concludes the case where Buckingham and its investment-advisory operation, Buckingham Capital Management (BCM) were accused of replacing missing pre-approval forms f...
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Oct 28, 2010
On September 24, moviegoers attending the opening of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: money never sleeps in Manhattan may also have seen plaintiffs’ lawyer Stuart Meissner’s trailer announcing his new website, www.secsnitch.com. The site encourages whistleblowers to serve up evidence of corporate wrongdoing in the hope of receiving the new 10 percent to 30 percent bounty on SEC enforcement fines against companies committing serious f...
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Oct 20, 2010
The 11th Circuit Court has joined a number of other circuits in restricting the application of SOX whistleblower protections afforded to terminated employees of public companies. In its ruling on Gale v. US Department of Labor, the Court found that anti-retaliation protections as defined by SOX include both subjective and objective components. As Robert Reder, co-practice group leader of Mi...
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Aug 18, 2010
Hundreds of compliance and ethics officers will be descending on Chicago on September 12-15 for the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics’ (SCCE) annual Compliance & Ethics Institute (CEI). Billed as the primary education and networking event for all those working in the compliance and ethics profession around the world, it is going to be an extremely busy four days. If attendees are going to take full advantage of the outstanding program, some careful pl...
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Aug 01, 2010
It used to be that turning a profit and increasing share price were the only things a company had to worry about. Those days are long gone, however, and companies are increasingly being asked to act as good corporate citizens as well. As the trend has developed over the past few years, so too have disclosure requirements. In the US, many companies are now required to disclose environmental risk factors that are likely to have an impact on their business. In most other case...
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Jul 01, 2010
Charles Handy, co-founder of the London Business School and a respected social philosopher, uses an analogy about corporations and profits: a profit to corporations is like breathing oxygen to humans. You can’t live without it, but you don’t live for it. If corporations are to become sustainable, in that they outlive a generation, they need to focus on more than the bottom line. This does not mean the bottom line is not important. But if corporate leaders...
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