CSR Europe has engaged in dialogue, and established links with, various constituents beyond Europe. Examples include the following:
The Academy of Business and Society
In 2002, CSR Europe and The Copenhagen Centre teamed up with universities and business schools to found The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS). Today, the organisation's mission is to be a world-class reference point for the integration of CSR into the mainstream of business practice, theory and education, and to enhance models for sustainable business success.
United Nations Global Compact
CSR Europe participated in several meetings during the initial creation of the UN Global Compact. Today we are one of the official Business Associations supporting the Global Compact through our private-sector expertise on critical issues related to sustainable development and corporate citizenship. Many of CSR Europe's member companies are closely engaged with this global initiative.
In 2010, CSR Europe and the UN Global Compact set up a joint website on sustainable supply chains. The purpose of the website is to raise awareness and disseminate information about initiatives and resources related to responsible supply chain management. The objective is to assist companies in developing more sustainable supply chain practices. The website should allow companies, organizations and other actors to search for, identify and profile sustainable supply chain initiatives and resources. Companies can submit their contributions by filling out this form. To find out more information, or to submit a contribution, please contact Liesbeth Reynders at firstname.lastname@example.org
Historically, CSR Europe has established a close relationship with Business and Social Responsibility (BSR), ensuring that on both sides of the Atlantic CSR could mature in accordance with the respective expectations of businesses and stakeholders operating in these two important regions.
In September 2005, CSR Europe and WTO China co-hosted the first Sino-European International Conference on CSR in Beijing, at which European Commissioner Vladimir Spidla was also present.
One year later, CSR Europe and ORSE, CSR Europe's French national partner organisation, released a joint publication on CSR in China to support those organisations wishing to invest in China to find good sources of information, dialogue and partnership with entities in China that are striving for a more sustainable and competitive enterprise.
Currently CSR Europe continues to cooperate with WTO China and regularly hosts Chinese delegations at our offices and major events.
In 2002, CSR Europe embarked on a close cooperation with the Japan Research Institute, in particular to support the Institute in setting up the first Japanese resource centre on CSR. Today, thanks to strong involvement of Japanese member companies in CSR Europe, a strategic partnership is being developed with the Japan Business Council in Europe.
Within the framework of an EU-India partnership, Indian governmental officials have asked the European Commission to include CSR in their dialogue with the EU. It is in this context that CSR Europe, in 2007, hosted a tri-partite delegation including representatives of Indian government and social partners at our offices in Brussels.
CSR Europe welcomed the initiative of the European Commission and the African Commission of the African Union to establish an EU-Africa business forum. CSR Europe is currently exploring how it can best contribute practically to this new initiative, in particular through the Collaborative Project on Base of the Pyramid and through member companies - Unilever and Microsoft - who have a facilitation role in this forum.