Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility -
The following sites will help you find background information about how specific companies operate within the general realm of business ethics. For more management related background and issues, see the course guide titled, How to Find Information about Companies
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
An independent, international nonprofit organization - in partnership with Amnesty International and academic institutions - working to promote greater awareness of issues relating to business and human rights. The site has information on thousands of companies, more than 160 countries, and 150 issues. It links to thousands of publications, reports, and guides, including reports of corporate misconduct and examples of "best practice." It also has extensive annotated lists of related sites.
CorporateRegister.com describes itself as "an independent, privately held & self-funded organisation based in the UK." Create a free account to access corporate responsibility reports.
Corporate Social Research Center
The Center is featured in SocialFunds.com, which calls itself the "largest personal finance site devoted to socially responsible investing." It provides news and profiles (some for free, others for a fee) for most public companies.
Profiles large companies, industry sectors and lobby groups. Company profiles include details of a company's personnel, office locations, industry areas, lobbying activities, corporate crimes and links to further information.
Reports on hundreds of companies. Profiles may include one or more of the following areas: workplace conditions, employee diversity, executive compensation, environmental initiatives, community involvement, corporate ethics, and charitable giving. You can also compare companies in selected industries.
Sustainability Disclosure Database
A free database from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) of self-reported sustainability, corporate responsibility, and integrated reports. Includes sustainability reports since 1999 for over 3,500 organizations.
CSRwire is the leading global source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news. Companies can use this site to post reports about their "green" efforts with the expectation that this site will spread the news.
Carbon Disclosure Project
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization which holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. Since its formation in 2000, CDP has become the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process, providing primary climate change data to the global market place.
Each year, Computerworld sets out to identify organizations that are implementing smart, efficient strategies to achieve "green IT."
EPA Climate Leaders
Climate Leaders is an EPA (U.S.Environmental Protection Agency) industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals, and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.
Global 100 Index: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World
Collected by an organization called Corporate Knights, this index claims to be “the most transparent and objective corporate sustainability assessment in existence.”
U.S.Green Buildings Council
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. You can search under Resources and get images of project profiles as well as LEED Project Case Studies. Try searching for U.S., then Kansas, to see all the approved projects in our state.
American Customer Satisfaction Index
Based at the University of Michigan, this site was established in 1994 to provide a new economic indicator tracking the quality of products and services from the perspective of the customer. The ACSI is the only measure of the quality of economic output nationwide.
Better Business Bureau
A private, nonprofit membership organization created in 1912 to monitor and influence business ethics in the marketplace. Users can search for more than 2.5 million companies or national charities and receive the “BBB Reliability Report,” a brief report on a company’s record in dealing with customer complaints and government actions against the company, or the “Charity Report,” which shows whether a charity meets the BBB standards for accountability and provides details on the charity’s programs, governance, etc. Complaints against companies and charities can also be filed online.
Codes of Ethics Online
A searchable and browsable collection of more than 850 codes of ethics of professional organizations, corporations, governments, and academic institutions. Indexed by categories such as agriculture, animal breeding, arts, computing, construction, education, finance, fraternal organizations, health care, law, media, religion, science, sports, and travel. From the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Profession (CSEP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on nearly 10,000 companies. Also aggregates data from multiple sources to provide ratings of community, employee, environment, governance, and overall ratings. Free registration is required to see basic data. Monthly subscriptions provide access to finer rating categories.
Each issue of Ethical Consumer magazine contains 4 new buyer's guides, examining common consumer products from an ethical angle. Covers mainly British firms.
The annual Global RepTrak Pulse is the world's largest reputation study. It is designed to undersand what it takes to build trust and support with the general public around the world. Measuring more than 2000 companies from 25 industries across 40 countries.
Developed jointly by Harris Interactive and the Reputation Institute. Lists 60 companies and their reputation ranking.
Since 1999, RobecoSAM has been assessing and documenting the sustainability performance of over 2,000 corporations on a yearly basis. In the process, RobecoSAM has compiled one of the largest global databases on corporate sustainability.
A company's web site can provide a wealth of information including press releases, products and services, company officers, company history, stock quotes, annual reports, and more. It can also be used to verify print information, which can go out of date. In addition, you can often find information about corporate citizenship activities.
On a company web site, corporate citizenship activities are frequently located under "Investor Relations". Other alternatives may include (but are not limited to) "Company Information," "Company Profiles," or "About Us".
For example, take a look at THE GAP to see information about its social responsibility programs.