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    Draft ISO Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility Published

    Monday, September 14th, 2009

    From the International Organization for Standardization (ISO):
    Future ISO 26000 standard on social responsibility published as Draft International Standard
    The future International Standard ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, has reached an important phase in its development with its publication as a Draft International Standard (DIS).
    A five-month balloting period (from 14 September 2009 to 14 February 2010) […]

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    OAS Roundtable: CSR Makes Business Sense in the Americas / Mesa Redonda de la OEA: la RSE es buen sentido empresarial en las Américas

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

    From the Organization of American States (OAS):
    EXPERTS AGREE CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MAKES SOUND BUSINESS SENSE
    Corporate social responsibility is inherent to an individual’s responsibility as a citizen, but also makes sound business sense since those businesses that fail to pay attention to the social and environmental realities of their consumers run the risk of becoming irrelevant. […]

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    What the Other Guy Blogs About: ISO 26000 on CSR

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Consumers International’s (CI) blog has an interesting take — surprisingly positive — on the negotiations in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for an international standard on corporate social responsibility (CSR), which will be known as ISO 26000.  I heartily recommend reading the blog post and browsing through CI’s materials on the negotiations history for […]

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    Checking on the Green Protocol

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    At a ceremony today in which Brazil’s Central Bank joined public and private banks in signing the “Green Protocol” of environmental commitments, Environment Minister Carlos Minc announced that an upcoming meeting with public banks and the Brazilian Federation of Banks (Febraban) will the rules for reporting how banks are meeting their Protocol commitments.  Proper reporting, […]

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    Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in LAC

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    I am in New York attending the Seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17). This Session is focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As is the case with the opening day of most such international fora, today all too many opening […]

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    Brazilian Banks Assume Environmental Commitment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Brazilian businesses depending on bank financing for their economic activities will have to prove from now on that they are committed to developing socio-environmental policies, such as those regarding respect for human and workers’ rights, conservation of biodiversity, valuing the diversity of local cultures, reduction of poverty and income distribution inequality. This is the […]

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    Making Argentine Mining Sustainable

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Homero Bibiloni, recently met with the Mining Secretary, Jorge Mayoral, to discuss joint efforts to make mining in that country more environmentally sustainable.
    As well they should: in recent months the environmental reputation of the nation’s mining sector has taken a pounding.  Recently the provinces of Chubut, […]

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    LAC Legislators Lay Out Common Position on Climate Change / Legisladores de ALC establecen posición común sobre el cambio climático

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

    Seventy senior legislators from across the Americas, meeting last week in Mexico City under the aegis of GLOBE International, agreed on a number of key points about climate change that they will take back to their respective legislatures and promote in the context of international negotiations for a post-2012 global climate change regime.
    Among other things, […]

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    IDB to Host LAC Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility / BID celebrará conferencia regional sobre responsabilidad social empresarial

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB to hold regional conference on corporate social responsibility
    In Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, December 4-5
    The Inter-American Development Bank will host December 4-5 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, the 6th Inter-American Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
    The event organized by the IDB’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and Colombia’s National Industry Association […]

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    New Alliance to Promote Corporate Social Responsibility in LAC

    Thursday, October 30th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB and Mitsubishi Corporation to promote social corporate social responsibility
    Agreement marks Bank’s first strategic alliance with an Asian corporation
    The Inter-American Development Bank and Mitsubishi Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote corporate social responsibility efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno and Masatoshi Nishizawa, […]

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