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Day Date of publication
Informal Informals
3 21th March 2012

The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility and the opportunity Rio+20 provides

Over the past two decades, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement has grown from something marginal – restricted to a select group of academics, NGOs and businesses – to a media frenzy; and most recently has consolidated itself as an important subject, but not leading news, writes Gustavo Ferroni,Instituto Vitae CivilisMore


Trends in Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure: How are countries incorporating sustainability reporting?

The importance of the private sector as a key actor within green economy talks has been highlighted in many places, including the Zero Draft, and industries have been keen to have their voice heard in the discussions and to demonstrate how they are committing to sustainability issues and incorporating them in their policies and operations, writes Jeannet Lingan, Stakeholder ForumMore


How can markets, governments and companies together make the needed transition to a sustainable global economy?

This is one of the key questions to be discussed during the last phase of the preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The negotiations should aim for a bold and innovative decision – one that will be vital to the success of the Conference, and contribute to the future the world needs,writes Pietro Bertazzi, Global Reporting InitiativeMore


Delivering an investment-grade outcome at Rio+20

One of the key tests of Rio+20 is whether it can convince investors of the value of the green economy, writes Nick Robins, HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence. The draft outcome for the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development – The Future We Want – has valiantly tried to squeeze 2,298 pages of submissions into a 19-page set of priorities. The text is a mixed bag containing the hopeful, the vague and the promising… More


An International Framework for Corporate Social Responsibility: Moving to action

Following recent discussions on an International Framework for Corporate Sustainability, this event will bring together a panel, from a diversity of sectors, to give add views and experiences on this agenda. The objective is to inform governments and other stakeholders of current work and initiatives around this agenda, drawing on evidence and examples from governments, international organizations, stock exchanges and a number of private initiatives… More

Aviva Investors and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition

Sustainability is of course a central concept for Rio+20. For many, it’s shorthand for ‘environmentalism’ but for Aviva Investors it’s much more than that. It means looking to the future and thinking about the long term consequences of all our actions, writes Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors. More

Water, Human Rights and the Future We Want

In the midst of very complex negotiations related to political commitments to sustainable development, the meaning of green economy and renewing institutional frameworks; a very significant conflict has emerged at the Rio+20 Informal Informals, writes Anil Naidoo, Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians. More

Podcasts from the Rio+20 Informal Informals

Podcasts from the Rio+20 Informal Informal discussions are available here.

Quote of the day

We knew the problems, we knew most of the answers – but we failed to scale them up to deliver what was needed.

Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at Rio+20 Intersessional and Preparatory Meetings. The articles written are intended to reflect those of the authors alone or where indicated a coalition’s opinion. An individual’s article is the opinion of that author alone, and does not reflect the opinions of all stakeholders.

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What propted your early interest in the environment?

About ten years ago, I read a book called Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming by Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer. It’s a short accessible summary of the science of climate change, and the scale of the challenge. I defy anyone to read it and not feel the urgent need to do something about climate change.

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