These are just some of the things that subscribers to the Ethical Corporation magazine will be reading about in the June edition.
In our EthicsWatch section we’ll be delving into what the new coalition government will mean for responsible business and whether they will be able to keep the promises they made during their election campaigns. In the second of four pieces they’ll be a review of how BP has handled the oil spill, whether the company can legitimately pass the blame to the oil rig service company, the knock-on effect the spill will have on BP’s brand reputation in the US and the potential long term consequences from the spill. The final two pieces will look at UK bribery bill implications and how the bill compares with legislation elsewhere and Uzbekistan’s problem of child labour harvesting cotton and what leading figures think needs to be done.
June’s Country Briefing will focus on India and how it is implementing CSR at all levels. The briefing will look at; the history of corporate responsibility in India, how an enlightened few companies are carrying the CSR flag and the success of both international and domestic NGOs. There will also be an analysis of how the government and politics influence sustainable business, the influence of international authorities and whether companies or the authorities are more progressive in terms of CSR.
The Special Briefing will look at how banks can regain trust. Firstly the briefing will review the problems that caused things to spiral out of control and how government intervention has worked, it will then consider the role of a bank and what an ethical investment bank is. Plus the briefing will review the effectiveness of stakeholders, the role regulation and accountability and what makes for good regulation.
Coming up in the Strategy and Management section next month will be a review on how the Bhopal disaster, recently passed its 25th anniversary, was a fundamental factor in the development of responsible care. They’ll also be an analysis of Wal-Mart’s recent supply chain shakeup; how achievable are its carbon emission reduction targets, what Wal-Mart is hoping to achieve through this and the affect this has on its suppliers, including the big suppliers Dean Foods and Kimberly-Clark.
There will also be a feature on Ethical Corporation’s recent Responsible Business Summit Awards 2010. The awards were a great success and received a high calibre of entrants. The feature will outline why the chosen companies were worthy winners, what the programmes they are undertaking say about where responsible business is going and there will also be an interview with Ray Anderson, Chairman of InterfaceFLOR, who won the lifetime achievement award. If you would like to see a full report of the meeting online please visit this part of the website
In addition there will be a review of BAE’s Corporate Responsibility Report 2009 and Barclay’s 2009 Responsible Banking Review plus all the usual comment and analysis from our regular columnists.
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