UN corporate social responsibility program to be Melbourne-based

The United Nations has chosen Melbourne to be the worldwide headquarters for its corporate social responsibility program.

The initiative will establish a co-operative network for 7700 corporates from around the world to share expertise on community investment and philanthropy. A memorandum of understanding between the UN Global Compact Office and a group of Melbourne business and ethics leaders paved the way for the soon to be established secretariat.

Andrew MacLeod, Chairman of the interim Principles for Social Investment secretariat and chief executive of the Committee For Melbourne, and St James Ethics Centre executive director Simon Longstaff negotiated the deal with the UN.

The new secretariat’s interim board includes Mr Longstaff and representatives from Ernst & Young, Clayton Utz, ANZ and National Australia Bank, and is advised by Sid Myer, Gareth Evans, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

Read more on the Committee for Melbourne’s website

Nov. 15, 2010

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