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CSR360 Global Partner Network is a global network of not-for-profit organisations working with businesses to improve their positive impact on society.
Business in the Community (BITC), a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, convenes CSR360 GPN as part of its vision to create a sustainable future for people and the planet.
The network offers an infrastructure of local expertise and support through which companies and partners can implement successful campaigns and programmes. The main focus is to promote Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Community Investment and the wider framework of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The network complements global organisations such as the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and initiatives such as the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and the UN Millennium Development Goals which address global issues but need a network of intermediaries to make an impact at local level.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the term given to business aiming to maximise their positive impact on society and minimising any potential negative effects. The term came into widespread use in the 1970s and has since developed along with globalisation and stakeholder interests in the transparency and accountability of companies. Over the years, CSR has witnessed a transition from Philanthropic activity, i.e. monetary donations to charity, towards a more integrated approach, incorporating every element of a business’s operations.
In parallel, the terms have evolved over the years including Corporate Responsibility, Ethical Business, Corporate Ethics and Sustainable Business to name but a few. The key areas open to scrutiny are a company’s general ethical behaviour, their respect for stakeholder interests, recognition of human rights and management of their environmental sustainability.