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CSRwire releases United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Communication on Progress

Submitted by: CSRwire

Categories: Research, Reports & Publications, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Oct 07, 2010 – 04:12 PM EST


SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 07 /CSRwire/ - The world's most comprehensive and widely-distributed news and information service on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability has announced the release of its first United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Communication on Progress.

CSRwire's Communication on Progress (COP) reports on the alignment of its business operations and strategies with the UNGC's 10 universally-accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor and workplace, environment and anti-corruption. The COP addresses all requirements of the UNGC's guidelines, including a commitment from the CEO, and targets for future work.

"CSRwire is proud to uphold the UNGC's principles," says Joe Sibilia, CEO of CSRwire. "Our COP is the most transparent document we have ever published about our business and reaffirms our leadership commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. We hope that other businesses will view our COP and gain inspiration from this example of how a small business can become more responsible and a transparent corporate citizen."

United Nation Global Compact

The UNGC is the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world. Launched in 2000, UNGC is a call to companies to voluntarily take actions in support of UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. The Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Endorsed by the world's chief business executives, UNGC helps to ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

"In its first 10 years, the Global Compact has become the world's largest and most ambitious initiative of its kind," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Global Compact Leadership Summit in June 2010. "Corporate sustainability is becoming a byword in companies across the world. At first, the Compact was driven solely by morality. We asked businesses to do the right thing. Morality is still a driving force. But today, the business community is coming to understand that principles and profits are two sides of the same coin. This realization could not be happening at a better time."

Half of the 6,000 UNGC business signatories in over 135 countries are small- to medium-sized enterprises (SME) with fewer than 250 employees. These smaller companies have a low 35% "active" status at UNGC in comparison with a higher active status of 64% for larger companies. CSRwire, which joined UNGC in 2007, is commended for submitting its first COP as an active small business.

About CSRwire

CSRwire is the leading global source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news. Founded in 1999 to advance the movement towards a more economically-just and environmentally-sustainable society and away from single bottom line capitalism, CSRwire has paved the way for new standards of corporate citizenship, earning the international respect of thought leaders, business leaders, academics, philanthropists, activists and the media community. Through innovative techniques and strategic partnerships, CSRwire continues to expand its content, communication technology and distribution channels exponentially.

CSRwire content reaches a broad and highly-engaged audience in the international CSR market through syndication partners, members, subscribers, visitors, mobile technology, databases, newsrooms, social media networks, search engines, financial portals, websites and online communities. As the exclusive distributor of CSR news and information for PR Newswire, CSRwire offers more visibility than any other newswire in the world.

Viewership includes 250,000 page views each month. In 2009, there were 1.4 million unique visitors from 224 countries and territories. Over 14,500 referral sites link to CSRwire.com and its news alerts reach nearly 50,000 subscribers - plus viral distribution. CSRwire is also distributed through a partnership network comprised of multiple leading organizations within the CSR and sustainability sector. The RSS feeds are packaged into two handy widgets making it possible for sites to display CSRwire news and information.

The service offers more than the traditional newswire service with its Daily Alerts, events calendar, thought-provoking editorials, popular Talkback blog, CSRlive, CSR book reviews, special report distribution, CSR directory, CSRwire Member Spotlights and searchable archives. For members distributing news, CSRwire offers analytics dashboards displaying headline impressions, content views, conversion rates, distribution, demographics, global reach and other features.

CSRwire special discounts for UNGC signatories

In support for UNGC, CSRwire is offering special discounts to UNGC business participants with under 250 employees who honor their commitment to an annual COP. For more information about the UNGC discount, please contact Natalie Thomas, CSRwire Director of Business Administration and Development, at (802) 251-0110 ext.1108 or Natalie@csrwire.com.

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Walking the Talk:
CSRwire is a Certified B Corp, United Nations Global Compact Signatory, member of Social Venture Network, and supporter of the Gasoline Alley Foundation. In 2009, CSRwire supported 135 non-profit organizations.

For more information, please contact:

Natalie Thomas Director of Business Administration and Development
Phone: (802) 251-0110 ext.1108

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