Energy firms' CSR work is rewarded in first BITC index

Utility and energy firms have emerged as front runners in the development of corporate social responsibility, figures from Business in the Community revealed this week.

The body has for the first time created a league table of firms based on their commitment to CSR, taking into account environmental and community factors, as well as their role in the market and work place.

Five utility and energy firms are in the top quintile - BP, National Grid Transco, Rio Tinto, Scottish Power and Shell International. Retailers Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer and Tesco also made this group, as did telecoms firms BT Group and mm02 .

A total of 122 companies took part in the index, which also incorporates latest figures from the BITC's annual 'environmental engagement' index.

BITC's latest report on environmental issues shows firms involved in oil and gas had performed well as they had shown improvement in tackling global warming, but more needed to be done in terms of communicating with external stakeholders.

CSR Minister Stephen Timms was impressed that 122 companies participated in the index and called on more to take part in next year's study.

- Leader p8.

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