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Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

Date: 04/26/2012 Description: On April 26, 2012, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Foreign Service Institute hosted a forum on ''Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility'' (CSR). A group of panelists discusses overarching CSR themes, programs, principles and practices.   - State Dept Image

On April 26, 2012, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB) and the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) hosted a forum on “Promoting a Comprehensive Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility.” This was the first time the State Department introduced its comprehensive approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) to a broader audience made up of interagency and private sector representatives. This event made a key contribution to the Department’s goal of building momentum for raising awareness and engaging with other stakeholders on CSR. EB Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Deborah McCarthy, who chairs Department-wide meetings of key bureaus and offices to coordinate efforts on CSR, and FSI Director Dr. Ruth Whiteside welcomed participants and set the stage for discussions. This full-day event, featuring 30 panelists, attracted over 100 participants. Topics ranged from CSR themes and trends, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and corporate environmental sustainability strategies to the State Department’s programs on energy, conflict diamonds, human rights and labor, disability rights, gender equity, human trafficking, PEPFAR, and numerous examples of specific public-private partnerships.


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