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Major conferences inevitably generate a plethora of documents. Corporate responsibility events seems particularly prone to this trend, so it should be no surprise that the gathering of around a thousand of the great and the good at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva earlier this month witnessed the launch of a daunting set of proclamations, new initiatives and reports.

Highlights include the Goldman Sachs report suggesting firms that are leaders on good environmental, social and governance policies have outperformed the stock market 25% over the past two years.

The State of Responsible Competitiveness 2007 report from the NGO AccountAbility lets you see how your country compares among the 108 analyzed in terms of their progress on boosting competitiveness through responsible practices. Ratings also feature in the Business guide to partnering with NGOs and the United Nations, but the novel twist is that it is the companies rating the NGOs, looking at their ability to partner effectively.

Finally, the Principles of Responsible Management Education attempt to offer a framework to guide education of the next generation of business leaders on CSR.


Michael Jarvis

Executive Director, Transparency and Accountability Initiative

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