International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility

iccsr-bThe ICCSR was founded in 2002 with the aim of leading CSR research and teaching. These core activities have grown in scope and scale over the years and the ICCSR now provides two highly regarded specialist taught programmes in CSR (an MA in CSR and an MBA in CSR) in addition to supervising specialist research degrees in CSR.

ICCSR staff teach lead or contribute to six specialist MBA modules, six specialist MA modules and an Undergraduate module in subject areas as diverse as Business Ethics, Ethical Finance, Corporate Governance and Social Accountability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Management, Economics and Social Entrepreneurship.

ICCSR staff have led a wide range of research activities and projects and ICCSR publications have made a significant contribution to the academic literature in this area and to the current understanding of CSR. Currently staff research interests include Socially Responsible Investment, Corporate Community Involvement, Social Reporting, CSR Reporting and Diversity, CSR Education and CSR in Asia.

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise

logo_griffithThe Asia-Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise is a new centre at Griffith University. The Centre is a highly collaborative entity with strong national and international connections to industry, academe, government and relevant non-government organisations. Launched in May 2009, it will develop workable solutions to a growing range of sustainability-related challenges. Its director is Professor Malcolm McIntosh, a leading international figure in the movement towards recognition of the broader social responsibilities of business, as well as in the contemporary sustainability agenda.

Griffith University is an innovative university committed to multidisciplinary teaching and research, and the creation and communication of knowledge.It has five campuses in three cities across the Brisbane-Gold Coast corridor. With more than 33000 students and 3500 staff, it is one of Queensland’s largest universities. The Griffith community comprises students from more than 80 countries and academic staff who set a rigorous pace in the achievement of research and teaching excellence. This academic approach is founded in the sharing of knowledge across traditional boundaries. This interdisciplinary framework seeks to address and solve real world problems in the 21st century.


eirislogoEIRIS is the leading global provider of independent research into the social, environmental and ethical performance of companies. EIRIS, a UK based organisation with an office in the USA and a representative office in Japan, and its international research partners together have a wealth of experience in the field of socially responsible investment (SRI) research. EIRIS provides comprehensive research of more than 2,800 companies in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. We have over 70 institutional clients including pension and retail fund managers, banks, private client brokers, charities and religious institutions across Europe, the USA and Asia. Click here for a list of a selection of EIRIS clients. EIRIS is the market leader in the UK with over 60% of UK ethical funds managed by our clients.

A not-for-profit organisation, EIRIS does not investigate companies’ financial status but looks at their social, environmental and ethical policies and practices. Increasing interest in socially responsible investment since 1983 has seen us expand our range of clients and our organisation grow from 2 employees to a staff of over 40 people.


logo_covalenceCovalence tracks the ethical reputation of multinationals by sourcing information from the media, civil society, and companies. Covalence SA was founded in Geneva (Switzerland, 2001) as a limited company by six people with various backgrounds: political science, finance, NGOs, and law.

The purpose of Covalence is to increase the density of information about sustainable development. For this we have developed EthicalQuote, a system measuring the ethical reputation of multinational companies. Inspired by stock quotes, EthicalQuote measures the historical evolution of multinational enterprises’ ethical performance as it is perceived and communicated in society. Thousands of documents from various sources are gathered on the Internet and through an open network of correspondents among civil society organizations, enterprises, researchers, consultants and other stakeholders. The data is coded, quantified and synthesized into curves and volumes.

This ethical quotation system allows stakeholders to raise companies awareness by transmitting information within the public and financial markets: interested parties can communicate using the online form, thus feeding the database and influencing the “ethical quote” of companies. EthicalQuote is a base for offering news, rankings, research and management tools tracking the reputation of multinationals globally. Covalence has clients and readers among multinationals, investors, SMEs, governments, international organisations, NGOs and throughout the media.


partners_logo_greenleaf-publishingGreenleaf Publishing is a fully independent publisher specialising in corporate responsibility, business ethics, environmental policy and management, future business strategy and practice, and sustainable development. It provides an unparalleled selection of cutting-edge work focusing on responsible business practice and action, offering sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. It published the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, from which this publication draws.