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Latin America committed to RIO +20

Posted: Monday 9 July 12, 1.19pm GMT

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO +20, took place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders came together with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups to discuss how to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection to get to a sustainable future. The experience of Rio +20 revealed the low commitment of States and the urgent need for civil society and companies to build the road to sustainable development. Here is a roundup of actions and news from CSR360 GPN partner Forum Empresa.

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During the days leading up to Rio +20, the Ethos Institute in Brazil held its International Conference, which attracted over a thousand attendees.

Also, the VII Central American Conference on CSR, ConvertiRSE, was succesfully developed on 7th and 8th of June in El Salvador.

For its part, UniRSE convened National CSR Award 2012 in Nicaragua, of which applications are due on July 6th.

In Chile, AcciónRSE announced that the deadline for registration in the Best Sustainability Report Award 2012 has been set between 2 July and 24 August.

In Argentina, Compromiso Foundation launched the call for the Articular Futuro Award, which can be accessed by civic, state and educational organisations and companies until 1 August 1st 2012.

In the same vein of actions, Cemefi invited latinamerican companies to be part of the 2012 CSR Best Practices Recognition. The call included a webinar where 15 companies took part in.

From Spain, Codespa Foundation announced the opening of nominations for its annual awards to recognize those initiatives which are involved in the fight against poverty.

The Spanish international network of corporate volunteering, Voluntare, organized a series of business breakfasts and announced the holding of its first anniversary on July 10th.

Forum Empresa keeps on supporting Global Reporting Initiative’s Report or Explain Campaign, which is about promoting sustainability reporting among latinamerican companies.

Meanwhile, Cemex reached an agreement with Banamex to train entrepreneurs in Mexico.

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