UK gets closer to creating CSR academy

LONDON: The launch of the UK's first CSR academy moved a step closer this week, following recommendations from a Government-led consultation group.

LONDON: The launch of the UK's first CSR academy moved a step closer this week, following recommendations from a Government-led consultation group.

The working group is chaired by Sue Slipman, former director of external relations for lottery operator Camelot, and was set up last December by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and CSR body Corp-orate Responsibility Group. It concluded unanimously that there should be a dedicated CSR institution in order to help further the practice.

More than 500 professionals - including communications and CSR specialists - were involved in the study, aimed at helping instill CSR practice at the heart of UK businesses. DTI Minister of State for E-Commerce and Competitiveness Stephen Timms now hopes to make a final decision on the academy by the summer.

"The report makes clear that many of the skills needed in the practice of CSR will be relevant to wider management disciplines," he said. "Everybody in business should understand and practice CSR."

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