The eight biggest issues in European CSR

We’ve been on the phone recently, talking to customers to work out what to cover at the Responsible Business Summit 2011, on May 3-4 in London.

The second annual Ethical Corporation awards will be on the evening of May 3. Some dates for your diary there.

From our research, which involves around thirty in-depth calls with customers, these are the top issues for heads of CR and responsible business managers right now:

1. Supply chain management
2. Reporting
3. Embedding CR
4. Measurement
5. Making the business case
6. Socio-economic impact
7. Climate change + environment
8. Communications

No great surprises. There’s an element of “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” here. But I thought I’d share the findings with you.

Already confirmed to speak are Zein Abdalla, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Europe and Stefano Pessina, the billionare half-owner and Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots. Not a bad start.

More heavyweight CEO speakers and others will soon be revealed on the conference website.

2011’s focus will be on maximising the opportunities of sustainability, managing better performance, and engaging with key stakeholders, including NGOs and the media.

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