FIDH welcomes new EU report on corporate responsibility, encourages European Parliament to adopt it - says it puts debate "back on track"
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Author: International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) welcomes the report of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament on Corporate social responsibility: a new partnership (A6-999/2006) to be voted by the European Parliament during its plenary session from 12 to 15 March 2007.
Author: European Coalition for Corporate Justice
Left severely disappointed after the botched consultation process and the resulting Communication, we see the Parliament’s Report as a pragmatic step forward...It must be said that Report does not succeed in addressing some of our significant reservations with the Communication. In many areas it keeps the spotlight on competitiveness...Nevertheless...Importantly, it advocates integrated social and environmental reporting...It also calls on both the Commission and Member State governments to use already existing legislation to apply social and environmental clauses into public procurement contracts...
[PDF] Report on corporate social responsibility: a new partnership - Motion for a European Parliament Resolution
Author: EU Committee on Employment and Social Affairs - Rapporteur: Richard Howitt
Motion for a European Parliament Resolution:...The European Parliament...Calls for the CSR debate at the European level to be 'depolarised' by neither supporting exclusively voluntary nor mandatory approaches...Believes that the credibility of voluntary CSR initiatives is further dependent on a commitment to incorporating existing internationally agreed standards and principles...Supports calls for mandatory disclosure for corporate and other lobbyists...Recommends that the Commission extends the responsibility of directors of companies with more than 1000 employees to encompass the duty for the directors themselves to minimise any harmful social and environmental impact of companies' activities...