Human rights surpassed climate change as the top priority among companies concerned about corporate sustainability and businesses, according to new research released this week by consulting and research firm BSR.
The significance of water conservation and management issues also jumped dramatically from 2010 to 2011, the research reveals. The data, part of the BSR/GlobalScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2011, shows that there has been a gradual increase in the influence of human rights concerns as a business social responsibility priority since 2009...
During a briefing about the poll results during the BSR Conference 2011 here, BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer said the research shows that despite the stagnant economic recovery, businesses remain focused and committed to their corporate social responsibility programs.
However, the data also shows that these ideals still sit somewhat outside the full attention of senior management and still need to be more tightly integrated into core operations.
“Businesses’ role in society are going to be undermined if they aren’t taking sustainability and corporate responsibility seriously. … Businesses look around and say, ‘National governments aren’t going to solve this, we’ve got to get on with it,” he said.
Extracts from: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/business-brains/human-rights-trump-climate-change-as-sustainability-concern/19737