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TOWARDS GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY... Corporate Accountability
Through Transparency


16 - 18 November 2000, Cap d'Ail & Monaco

 

Thursday, 16 November

Friday, 17 November

Saturday, 18 November

 

On Friday, 17 November, participants met in Plenary and engaged in six thematic panel discussions. Anders Wijkman, Member of the European Parliament, identified obstacles to pursuing sustainable development, underscored the central role of business and stressed that efficiency is a central element that must be brought to the fore to alleviate problems. Doug Miller, President of Environics International, highlighted the results and global implications for business of a “Millennium Poll on Corporate Social Responsibility.”

At the panel sessions, participants heard presentations on and discussed: (1) The evolution of corporate sustainability reporting: past, present and future; (2) How corporate communications can fulfill the expectations of civil society; (3) How corporate commitment to sustainability translates into stakeholder engagement; (4) Raising awareness of sustainability challenges: the media’s role; (5) Investor relations: trends in the age of sustainability; and (6) The Global Responsibility Principles: the launch of a world-wide consultation through the Internet.

In the evening, Paul Tebo, DuPont’s Vice-President of Safety, Health and Environment, was presented with the Tomorrow Magazine Leadership Award for: integrating the concept of “sustainable growth” into the core strategic planning process across the company’s global business units; efforts to link added shareholder value with improved social and environmental performance, backed up with measurable targets; and working to enhance DuPont’s societal value in the South through new business models, innovative metrics and stakeholder partnerships.

 


Anders Wijkman, Member of the European Parliament.

 

Anders Wijkman identifies obstacles to pursuing sustainable development, underscores the central role of business and stresses that efficiency is a central element that must be brought to the fore to alleviate problems.

Doug Miller highlights results and global implications for business of a “Millennium Poll on Corporate Social Responsibility” surveying public opinion in 23 countries and encompassing 25 000 interviews worldwide.


Doug Miller, President Environics International Ltd.

 

 
From left to right: Rolf Henriksson, Environment Manager, Sydkraft, Lars-Olle Larsson, Director, KPMG, Magnus Enell, Global Reporting Initiative Steering Committee & Corporate Environment Manager, ITT Flygt, Chris Ryan, Director of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics and Ulrika Wennberg, Business Development Director of Global Responsibility.

 


Magnus Enell, Global Reporting Initiative Steering Committee & Corporate Environment Manager, ITT Flygt.

 

Magnus Enell says that sustainability work in a company is, inter alia: more than following laws and regulations; having an anticipatory management style; working together with stakeholders; continuous technology innovation; and adoption of the precautionary principle.
Rolf Henriksson, Environment Manager, Sydkraft, outlines the history of environmental reporting in Sydkraft and why the Global Responsibility Communication Platform will help.


Lars-Olle Larsson, Director, KPMG.

 


From left to right: Claude Füssler, Director Stakeholder Relations, World Business Council of Sustainable Development, Paul Tebo  Vice-President of Safety, Health and Environment, DuPont, Anna Lise Mortensen, Director of Sustainability Issues, Hartman, Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Director, Interface Inc. and Ingrid Schullström, Quality and Environment Manager, Hennes & Mauritz.

 


Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Director, Interface Inc. (left) with Ingrid Schullström, Quality and Environment Manager, Hennes & Mauritz.

 

Ingrid Schullström describes H&M's involvement in the Clean Clothes Campaign, which establishes an internal system for monitoring factories to ensure proper salaries, good working hours, and no child labor.


A slide outlining corporate progress towards sustainability over time.

 


Claude F�ssler, Director Stakeholder Relations, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. 

 

Claude F�ssler stresses that businesses must embrace eco-efficiency and social responsibility and that governments must create an enabling environment for this.


From left to right: Raymond van Ermen, Director, European Partners for Environment, Claude F�ssler, Director Stakeholder Relations, World Business Council of Sustainable Development, Marcello Palazzi, President, Progressio Foundation, Kay Sexton, Executive Director, AccountAbility and Michael Stewart, Director of Communication and Membership, Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum.

 

Kay Sexton stresses the accountability of both corporations and NGOs, communication through dialogue, helping companies to frame expectations in ways that allow them to be met, and civil society needing to recognize its contributing as well as criticizing role.


Kay Sexton, Executive Director, AccountAbility.

 

Michael Stewart expands on how corporate communications can fulfill the expectations of civil society.


Michael Stewart, Director of Communication and Membership, Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum. 

 


Martin Wright, Editor of Green Futures Magazine.

Paul Tebo,� Vice-President of Safety, Health and Environment, DuPont, outlines his company's ambition to become a sustainable growth company, which means increasing shareholder value while decreasing DuPont's environmental footprint.


Claes Sj�berg, Publisher, Tomorrow Magazine.

 

 

Participants collecting information from various organizations.

One of the slides shown during the discussion on the Global Responsibility Principles.

Mark Halle suggests an approach to the Global Responsibility Principles that shows understanding of the context in which corporate social responsibility and sustainability is being pursued, articulates the shared goals, recognizes the common principles emerging in human rights, development and environmental thinking, and focuses on building dialogue among these sectors.


Mark Halle, Regional Director for Europe, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Paul Tebo (right), DuPont�s Vice-President of Safety, Health and Environment, is presented with the Tomorrow Magazine Leadership Award for: integrating the concept of �sustainable growth� into the core strategic planning process across the company�s global business units; efforts to link added shareholder value with improved social and environmental performance, backed up with measurable targets; and working to enhance DuPont�s societal value in the South through new business models, innovative metrics and stakeholder partnerships.

Links

bullet The Global Responsibility Founding Forum bullet World Business Council for Sustainable Development
bullet The Global Responsibility Communication Platform bullet The Foundation for Business and Sustainable Development
bullet Global Compact

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