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Mapping the Landscape - CSR issues for the media sector 2008

Media CSR Forum issues map

Date posted: 6 Apr 2009 - Category: report

Organisation: Media CSR Forum

Description: The Media CSR Forum is a group of media organisations developing CSR and sustainability practices and understanding for the UK media sector. In 2003 the forum commissioned a stakeholder engagement exercise in order to validate the focus areas for the group. Some of these areas have unique implications to the sector. These include: diversity of output, accessibility, security, privacy, freedom of expression, creative independence, transparency of process, impartiality and balance, and media literacy. This report is the result of a new stakeholder survey, which looked to identify the main CSR issues the media industry face.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilitythree stars
Overallfour stars

Our comments:  The CSR issues around the media sector are amongst the trickiest, because they can be so specific to the culture of the country, and so much based on societal expectations. This recent report is interesting because it adds several new issues to the map created in 2003 - including responsible advertising and climate change. It may seem surprising that climate change didn't make the list in 2003. Back then, the media companies saw themselves as having minimal environmental impact, focusing instead on the responsibilities of media content. Of course, everyone now understands that they have an important part to play in this area in 2009. The slightly lower rating on credibility comes because the survey had such small participation from industry participants, making it largely an outside view of the issues for the sector. Coming from the Media CSR Forum, you would have expected that this would be a legitimate place for the real media sector voice to be heard.

Tags: General CSR, Climate change, Responsible marketing

Link to resource:  Mapping the Landscape - CSR issues for the media sector 2008

Prosperity without growth?

Prosperity without growth

Date posted: 1 Apr 2009 - Category: report

Author: Prof Tim Jackson

Organisation: Sustainable Development Commission, UK

Description: Prosperity Without Growth? says that the current global recession should be the occasion to forge a new economic system equipped to avoid the shocks and negative impacts associated with our reliance on growth. Ahead of the G20 Summit in London, the report calls on leaders to adopt a 12-step plan to make the transition to a fair, sustainable, low-carbon economy.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfour stars
Originalitythree stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallthree stars

Our comments:  Disappointed to be giving such a miserly rating for this report, since it covers an absolutely key area and SDC chair Jonathon Porritt's description of it as the organisation's "Magnus Opus" raised expectations. On the plus side, it brings together some key themes that show that emerging from the other side of the financial crisis to resume 'business as normal' is not an option. It is part of an essential debate that needs to take place. On the negative side, it has a lot of rhetoric and not much clarity. Such statements as those made about GDP as a target of policy were being made 20 years ago in the emerging 'new economics' movement. Surely we have moved forward further than the feeble '12 steps to a sustainable economy'. Would have benefited from 50 fewer pages and a 'so what?' chapter. But make no mistake that the themes outlined here will be ones that will come back to bite.

Tags: Environment, Climate change, Marketplace

Link to resource:  Prosperity without growth?

Supply Chain Report 2009

Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Report 2009

Date posted: 12 Mar 2009 - Category: report

Organisation: Carbon Disclosure Project

Description: This CDP Supply Chain report looks for the first time at how businesses are responding to the call for action and transparency in managing carbon and climate change in their supply chain.

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Insightfive stars
Originalityfour stars
Credibilityfour stars
Overallfive stars

Our comments:  The need to manage climate change emissions is driving a whole new level of engagement with the supply chain. In this report, the Carbon Disclosure Project gives a well thought through, and well documents update on how this can work.

Tags: Climate change

Link to resource:  Supply Chain Report 2009

Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach

Date posted: 27 Apr 2008 - Category: report

Organisation: Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Document type:  pdf

Our ranking
Overallthree stars

Tags: Climate change

Link to resource:  Adapting to Climate Change: A Business Approach

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