22 July 2004 | Anna Blackburn
Purchasers looking to set up corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies in their supply chains can now seek help from an advisory body.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Academy has been set up by the Department of Trade and Industry and the private sector as a central source of information for the training and development of staff. The intention is to help companies and organisations integrate CSR into their day-to-day business practices.
At the launch of the academy, the minister for CSR, Stephen Timms, said the academy would enable businesses to embed CSR principles into the education, training and development of their staff.
"I am confident the academy will go a long way towards helping companies put the core principles of CSR into practice and make it a reality."
The academy's main tool is a "competency framework", which sets out six key areas in which companies relate to their surroundings: understanding society, building capacity, questioning business as usual, stakeholder relations, the strategic view and harnessing diversity.