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Corporate Social Responsibility


Guidance and Support for Responsible Business

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs leads the Department’s engagement with U.S. businesses in the promotion of responsible and ethical business practices. The mission of the CSR office is to:

  • Promote a holistic approach to CSR to complement the EB Bureau’s mission of building economic security and fostering sustainable development at home and abroad.
  • Provide guidance and support for American companies engaging in socially responsible, forward-thinking corporate activities that complement U.S. foreign policy and the principles of the Secretary’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) program.
  • Build on this synergy, working with multinational companies, civil society, labor groups, environmental advocates, and others to encourage the adoption of corporate policies that help companies "do well by doing good."

EB’s CSR team coordinates a cross-functional, intra-departmental, and interagency team to provide support and guidance on major areas of responsible corporate conduct, including:

  • Good Corporate Citizenship
  • Contribution to the Growth and Development of the Local Economy
  • Innovation
  • Employment and Industrial Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Protection
  • Natural Resources Governance, including the Kimberley Process
  • Transparency
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Trade and Supply Chain Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Women's Economic Empowerment

EB’s CSR team works with the U.S. National Contact Point (US NCP) to promote the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and manages the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) program.


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