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Business Respect launches worldwide CSR Events calendar - Monday 16th March 2009

A new resource for people promoting corporate social responsibility across the world has been launched today. The Business Respect website at www.businessrespect.net provides a free CSR Events calendar to help promote the positive role of business in society. It provides a new home for the longest running email newsletter on CSR Business Respect, which recently reached a worldwide readership of over 10,000, and the news and commentary resource that underpins it.

The website also provides special features on topical areas of interest. On launch, it is particularly focusing on the issue of hard manual child labour in the production of Indian Sandstone, with a video interview with the Group Marketing Director of Marshalls, Chris Harrop, talking about what he saw on his investigations at Indian sandstone quarries, and what his company has done on the issue.

For busy practitioners, the website provides easy ways to keep up to date with the most relevant information, with a customisable RSS feed to provide to-the-minute alerts on news and event items that fit the reader's interests.

The Founding Director of Business Respect is Mallen Baker, a commentator, writer and speaker on CSR issues for many years. On launch, he said: "The big question on many people's lips at the moment is whether this thing called 'corporate social responsibility' can survive a deep recession. Business Respect has been launched on the premise that, not only can it survive, it will be essential to creating the new modes of doing business that will be expected by governments and citizens across the world.

"CSR needs to grow up - it needs to move beyond the 'nice to have' world of 'giving something back' to a serious re-examination of how companies make money in the era of climate change, crumbling trust in CEOs, and financial crisis."

Contact: press@businessrespect.net


Notes:

1: The Business Respect email newsletter on corporate social responsibility has been produced since April 2001. It was formerly based at the website http://www.mallenbaker.net. An archive of past issues is available at the Business Respect website.

2: Mallen Baker is Founding Director of Business Respect. He is a regular columnist with Ethical Corporation, as well as being a member of the Ethical Corporation Advisory Board. Mallen was formerly the development director with Business in the Community, where he was responsible for developing BITC's approach to marketplace issues, which includes how companies manage issues that arise around their core products and services. He chairs Kingfisher plc's Stakeholder Advisory Panel, and was a board member of CSR Europe 2006 - 2008.

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