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  • andrea 11:52 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accountability, , , , , SDG16, ,   

    Responsible Business Practice key to SDG16 

    Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are vital for sustainable development and core to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs). Indeed a specific focus of Goal 16 is addressing transparency, #bribery and #corruption. For companies, this means making sure the right framework and signals are in place to drive responsible business practice and move beyond compliance to foster a culture of integrity. sdg16-peaceandjustice

    To help deliver the SDGs, Greenleaf Publishing has produced a handy resource list of key publications for every goal—and our book Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century is included as a key SDG16 resource.

    Whether you’re just starting out with the SDGs or well on your way, Greenleaf’s list of eCollections to support the SDGs is a fantastic tool. Grouped by goal and focused on implementation, it’s a go-to for practitioners. Download it free here.


  • andrea 2:21 am on November 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accountability, Apple, Big Data, , , ICT industry, Privacy, , , US government   

    Big Apple takes on Big Data: Apple champions consumers’ Right to Know 

    First Wikileaks, then Edward Snowdon now Apple? With its recent Report on Government Information Requests, 2013’s most valuable brand is turning the transparency tables – on governments.

    On November 5th, Apple Inc issued a short 7-page pdf report. Its focus: the growing number of requests the company is receiving from governments to disclose information on customer accounts and specific devices. Covering the period January 1st-June 30th 2013, the report is Apple’s first in an industry increasingly in the spotlight over privacy and personal data issues following global uproar over data mining.

    apple_logo“We believe,” Apple writes, “that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available.”

    The report is interesting in two regards. First, because it puts customer interests front and centre – drawing attention to the way personal data is used by third parties without consent. In the first half of this year alone, Apple received 719 requests from countries as diverse as Belarus and Brazil. With the growing trend towards data retention legislation, this is an issue that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

    Second is the way Apple uses the report to take a strong advocacy stand against US government restrictions that prevent it disclosing details of these requests. The restrictions’ impact is clear from the first of the report’s two charts, where the US is both the country with the highest number of information requests and the only country for which exact figures cannot be given, since Apple is obliged to print a consolidated range in increments of 1000. Apple doesn’t mince its words on the US stance: “We strongly oppose this gag order [and have] made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the US Attorney General, congressional leaders and the courts.”

    After years of companies being in the firing line of demands for greater transparency, this time it’s the turn of the state. Rather than go the legal route, Apple hopes to change US policy through dialogue and advocacy; “We will continue to aggressively pursue our ability to be more transparent.”

    With over 700m IOS devices in the market, striking the right balance between matters of national security and crime prevention on the one hand, and personal freedom and human rights on the other is a huge societal challenge. Some great suggestions include allowing personal data to be collected – but in  an encrypted form – which authorities could access via a ‘digital search warrant’ if the need arose.

    By publishing this report, Apple takes a first step towards finding a better balance.

  • andrea 10:30 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: accountability, , , IIRC, , , , UNPRI   

    Global Compact Network Australia: a welcome powerhouse for responsible business downunder 

    Last week, the UN Global Compact Network Australia held its first ‘Welcome Event’ in Sydney. Launched in May 2009, and hosted by the St James Ethics Centre, the Australian Network aims to become Australia’s strongest corporate citizenship initiative – its first year has already seen an increase in signatories of 50%.

    Hosted by KPMG, the event marked an opportunity for signatory companies and stakeholders to hear about the 10th Anniversary and Leaders Summit in New York, and discuss major trends likely to shape the future direction of corporate responsibility.

    Among those highlighted were:

    • The launch of the UNGC Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership, which calls for the fuller integration of the 10 principles into corporate strategy, support of wider UN goals and issues, and more local engagement by signatories.
    • The memorandum of understanding signed between the Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), aiming to provide an integrated roadmap to sustainable business practice and accountability.
    • Momentum for both mandatory and integrated reporting, mirrored in the establishment of the International Integrated Reporting Committee, whose remit is to “create a globally accepted framework for accounting for sustainability” by 2020.
    • Growing demand for, and integration of, ESG (environmental, social, governance) information by the investment community, led by signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) which has seen over US$20 trillion of assets signed to the principles in just four years.

    Together, these developments show a convergence and mainstreaming of sustainability – a tipping point where corporate responsibility moves from ‘nice’ to have, to ‘need’ to have. But there remains plenty of room for leadership, experimentation and differentiation.

    The Australian UNGC Network offers signatories both a platform and learning forum for such leadership. As well as being a clearinghouse for new corporate responsibility resources,
    it aims to stimulate thinking and stretch boundaries in corporate responsibility.

    Another great opportunity for this will be Thursday 14th October, when, together with the GRI Focal Point Australia, the Network will host an exclusive event, “In conversation with John Elkington.” On the agenda – directions in accountability, the role of the C-suite and the alchemy of corporate transformation. One Stone has been instrumental in organizing the event, and will also play a key role moderating. For more information, contact Rosemary Sainty, Head, Secretariat Global Compact Network Australia: rsain@ethics.org.au

    • Manda 8:19 am on February 13, 2012 Permalink

      Great post Marcy. For the rocerd, when Tony “dismissed” the ranking, he knew nothing about methodology and underlying data. That would be like “dismissing” a candidate for office when knowing of their policies, character, or vision. You might want to think about motive of sources when citing them.

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