Academy of CSR is recommended by consultation body

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

The working group, chaired by former Camelot director of external relations Sue Slipman and set up last December by the Department of Trade and Industry and CSR body Corporate Responsibility Group, concluded unanimously that there should be a dedicated CSR academy to help further the practice.

Over 500 professionals - including communications and CSR specialists - were involved in the study, aimed at helping instil 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.

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

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