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CSR and Sustainable Development

All organizations -- be they from the public sector, private sector, or civil society (e.g., non-governmental organizations, or NGOs) --  can make significant contributions to sustainable development (SD).  As defined by the Brundtland Commission, SD is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  In 2010, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the international standard ISO 26000, which reaffirms the point that all organizations can make contributions to SD by defining a socially responsible organization (any type of organization) as the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that: contributes to sustainable development, health and the welfare of society; takes into account the expectations of stakeholders; is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships.  The Government of Canada, working with a cross section of other Canadian public sector, private sector and civil society stakeholders, approved ISO 26000 in its final form.  Including Canada’s support, ISO 26000 was approved by 93% of the participating national member bodies of ISO (66 of 71).

As used by the Ryerson University Institute for the Study of CSR, and consistent with the above discussion, corporate social responsibility is regarded as the private sector contribution to sustainable development, with explicit recognition that for there to be effective, multi-generational and global sustainability, all three of government, the private sector, and civil society must play important roles. The Institute has been established to understand the roles and interplay of government, the private sector and civil society in contributing to sustainable development. The Institute is dedicated to becoming a Centre of Excellence on social responsibility issues, producing and disseminating high quality SR research, holding events that explore how SR can be effectively implemented and the challenges associated with such implementation, and to bringing together actors from government, private sector, and civil society (including academia) for constructive learning on social responsibility. The Institute is inter-disciplinary in nature, involving research associates from across the many faculties of Ryerson University. 

The Institute is located in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.      


Ryerson CSR Institute Seeks Your Support

The Ryerson Institute for the Study of CSR seeks financial and other support so that it can continue to engage in leading edge impartial and objective research and hold high quality events bringing together academics, the private sector, government and civil society in an environment conducive to constructive learning.  Please contact: Kernaghan.webb@ryerson.ca  
 

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Ryerson CSR Institute Events

 2014

Jan 10: "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime: the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface"

Jan 16-17: Conference: Business, Human Rights and Law in Transnational Context

Jan 20:"Confessions of a Corporate Responsibility mining executive:  What Contributes to CR Success in the Mining Sector?"

Feb 13: "Addressing Homelessness:  Exploring Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Roles"

March 3: "Senate Reform 2014:  What can we Learn from the Constitutional Repatriation Activity of 1982?"

March 17: UNICEF Canada, CSR, & the Canadian Extractive Industry

March 24: rePlan’s Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America

April 4: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

April 7: Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach

April 14: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage

April 30: Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate? A corporate view, with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

May 8: Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights? Visit the conference web page for details.

May 27: "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" with Dante Pesce

June 27: workshop on new development NGO-business platform