28 November 2007 | Helen Gilbert
Three consultancies with supply chain and procurement expertise have helped found a corporate social responsibility service.
SaltaSustainable, Brian Daniels Consulting and Silverleaf are among 18 companies in the north of England that have launched The CSR Consortium.
The organisation will help firms make the link between responsible business practice and improved financial performance in areas such as environmental and supply chain management and socially responsible recruitment.
Consortium spokesman Mervin Straughan described the breadth of experience in the consortium as "probably unique".
He said: "The CSR Consortium draws on a vast array of private, public and voluntary sector experience to demystify CSR. We will help companies to integrate the relevant strands into their operations and culture."
Glen Collins, director of Silverleaf, which provides purchasing and supply chain advice for SMEs, said: "By engaging with suppliers, procurement can help identify emerging trends, risks and opportunities, allowing businesses to stay ahead of the competition."