Survey shows UK leads Europe in corporate social responsibility

LONDON - The UK is the European leader on corporate social responsibility but too many businesses are still failing to see the issue as the responsibility of all departments, according to research released this week.

The research, published by Business In The Community and based on the views of 200 CEOs and chairmen, found more than half of UK firms see responsibility for CSR resting with human resources and marketing teams only.

On mainland Europe just one in 10 firms sees CSR in company-wide terms.

The research, presented by BITC chief executive Julia Cleverdon, revealed that three-quarters of UK firms see green issues as important, compared with just half of mainland European firms.

BITC director of research and information Charlotte Hines said: 'The UK is ahead but there's work to do driving CSR into the business.'

The research comes just a week after a private member's bill was launched in the House of Commons calling for mandatory social, financial and environmental reporting.

The bill, tabled by Labour MP Linda Perham, also calls for a right of redress for those badly hit by business activity and the establishment of a regulatory CSR body.

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