Corporate social responsibility on agenda

The new cabinet is to ask its social and economic policy advisory unit SER to make a string of recommendations on boosting corporate social responsibility.

Junior economic affairs minister Frank Heemskerk told MPs on Tuesday that companies with operations abroad will be expected to work in an environment-friendly way and to explain publicly how they deal with child labour and human rights issues.
In particular, Heemskerk wants the SER to look at the chain of responsibility for products from abroad, where more than one supplier was involved.
But Heemskerk did not say companies would be required by law to produce an annual report on their social responsibilities, as campaigned for by Labour (PvdA) and GroenLinks. Instead, companies should have to explain their vision to shareholders and works councils, he said. Consumers, in turn, could also have an impact by adjusting their spending patterns.
Earlier this week, 38 housing corporations announced that they would make the switch to approved wood for the construction of 100,000 new homes over the next five years.
Pension funds have also come under pressure after it emerged they were investing in cluster bomb and land mine manufacturers

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