Government launches corporate social responsibility website

Minister
for corporate social responsibility (CSR), Stephen Timms, today launched a new
government CSR website that will provide a single port of call for information
on how the Government is supporting the development and spread of CSR.

He  also announced the publication of a report –
Corporate Social Responsibility: a Government update – which outlines progress
towards meeting the Government’s goal to see CSR become part of mainstream
business practice.

In
a speech at the Business in the Community Awards for Excellence 2004, Timms
said: "Since I became minister for CSR in May 2002, we have seen huge
interest in the contribution of CSR to meeting some of the toughest challenges
we face in an increasingly globalised world.

"There
are many great examples of how companies are making CSR part of the way they do
business for the good of the business and society. We in Government have a role
to play in setting the right framework to encourage the spread of responsible
business practice."

The
report provides an illustrative summary of progress against the priorities set
in the Government’s 2002 report Business and Society.

The
website replaces the former Society and Business website, and aims to
illustrate the breadth of interest across Government of the CSR agenda, and key
projects and initiatives that the Government is supporting.

It
also signposts other organisations and key resources on CSR.

www.societyandbusiness.gov.uk

By Quentin Reade

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