Relevant Websites

Global Guidelines

United Nations Global Compact
The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Global Reporting Index
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organization that has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide.

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, has decided to launch the development of an International Standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR). The guidance standard will be published in 2010 as ISO 26000 and be voluntary to use. It will not include requirements and will thus not be a certification standard.

Fair Labor Association
The Fair Labor Association (FLA) is a collaborative effort of socially responsible companies, colleges and universities, and civil society organizations to improve working conditions in factories around the world. The FLA has developed a Workplace Code of Conduct, based on ILO standards, and created a practical monitoring, remediation and verification process to achieve those standards.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC provides internationally recognized standard-setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services to companies, organizations, and communities interested in responsible forestry.

Consumer Help

The Good Guide
GoodGuide provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products.

NSW Government

Energy Efficiency for Small Business
The Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program has been developed by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW to help small businesses save money by reducing power consumption.

Green Skills Tools and Calculators
The Green Skills Business Guide is designed for small to medium companies that want to find out why a green workforce makes good business sense, what other businesses are doing, where to get help, how to stay up to date and how to find training for your workforce.

Web Magazines

Sloan Review (MIT)
MIT Sloan Management Review aims to be the most trusted source of useful and innovative ideas for business leaders, in print and online. Our print business journal bridges the gap between management research and practice, evaluating and reporting on new research to help readers identify and understand significant trends in management.

Triple Bottom Line reporting Our mission is to disseminate triple bottom-line knowledge to a diversified group including corporate, social development and general business groups primarily through a specialised journal, expanding in accordance with organisational capacity and market readiness.

CSR News
CSR NEWS is one of the worldwide leading internet platforms about Corporate Social Responsibility. On CSR NEWS you will find all that is done, thought and planned in the field of “social responsibility of companies”. The company CSR NEWS GmbH is fully owned by the non-profit-making “Corporate Responsibility Foundation”. CSR NEWS is neutral and independent.

Ethical Investor Ethical Investor is owned and published by Lifecraft Pty Ltd. Our mission is to set the agenda, facilitate thought-leadership and build audiences for Australian business and investors in the sustainability arena. Lifecraft incorporates philanthropy research and publishing unit Givewell. Operating as one business, the relationship between both units improves the depth of our knowledge and contacts across the two dimensions of corporate - community involvement and responsible investment.

International Sites

CSR International
CSR International is a community interest company promoting a new, evolved concept of CSR, which we call CSR 2.0. CSR 2.0 moves beyond CSR as public relations, philanthropy or incremental improvement to CSR as a transformative concept based on connectedness, scalability and responsiveness.

WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
The WBCSD is a CEO-led, global association of some 200 companies dealing exclusively with business and sustainable development. Our mission is to provide business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and to support the business license to operate, innovate and grow in a world increasingly shaped by sustainable development issues.

IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
IISD champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.

Transparency International
Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

Just Means
Justmeans helps companies engage with people on issues of social responsibility using our simple technology tools.

European Commission
The Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy Action Plan aims at turning current environmental challenge into economic opportunities for the EU. A concrete set of actions is proposed to improve EU industry's competitiveness while raising its overall environmental performance. Where possible, the Commission encourages voluntary approaches to develop Environmental Agreements between parties which want to tackle specific environmental problems.

The Small Business Consortium
The Small Business Consortium was established in March 2002 in response to feedback from small and medium size business (SME) owner-managers who asked for a collaborative approach to corporate social responsibility by the main SME stakeholder organisations.

Ethical Performance
Ethical Performance Online was created to provide news and analysis on issues and trends in corporate social responsibility. Originally established in the UK market, it now provides information on CSR and SRI for companies, investors, consultancies and institutions worldwide. It is an independent company.

Ethical Reputation Index
The latest ERI reports consumer perceptions of how companies treat the environment, employees, suppliers, customers and consumer data. The ERI shows the ethical issues that concern consumers most, the communications channels they trust, and how this affects purchasing decisions.

Eco label Index
Ecolabel Index is the largest global database of ecolabels, currently tracking 328 ecolabels in 207 countries, and 40 industry sectors.

Ethisphere Institute
The research-based Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. The Institute’s associated membership group, the Ethisphere Council, is a forum for business ethics that includes over 200 leading corporations, universities and institutions.

World Resources Institute
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

Australian Sites

Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission works to promote and protect the rights set out in a number of international treaties. In addition, the Commission has specific functions with respect to a number of other international treaties and declarations.

The Corporate Sustainability Project
The Corporate Sustainability Project aims to generate a cross-disciplinary understanding of how corporations can develop the skills, approaches and tools needed to better integrate environmental and social performance with key business objectives, and how to design and lead the change programs needed to make these shifts.

ACCSR (Australian Centre for CSR)
ACCSR helps organisations create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships.

Grow me the Money
Grow Me The Money is a 12 month online program designed to help small-to-medium sized businesses become more sustainable and save money.

Australian Forestry Standard
Australian Forestry Standard Limited is a not-for-profit public company. The company owns the standard development functions and manages the elements of the Australian Forest Certification Scheme.