Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) refers to business activity that benefits society. It is a phrase adopted by Government to promote social and environmental action that goes beyond statutory obligations. But how effective is the CSR agenda and what is its true potential?
This report considers the successes and failings of the Government's 'soft' interventions used to prompt voluntary support of its policies. It argues for a new business agenda for Government, driven by public values rather than private gain. Reforms must be put in place to mobilise pressure from investors and other stakeholders in order to align the interests of business and society.
This report is essential reading for CSR sceptics and believers alike. "Ella Joseph's report charts a new agenda for government in its relations with business and the citizen, and shows why companies should be required to report on their social and environmental performance in the public interest."
- Barbara Young, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.