July, 2013

EU launches Better Self- and Co- Regulation Community of Practice

July 15th, 2013

There is growing evidence that self- and co-regulation can only be effective and efficient if they respect basic design principles, such as openness, inclusiveness and accountability. This calls for a new culture of relationships between civil society organisations, the business community and policy-makers.

In response the European Commission has consulted on a set of principles (to which The Cooperatition Incubator contributed) and launched a new Community of Practice to help build capacity amongst key actors.  Given the broader nature of The Cooperatition Incubator’s work we would also recommend reading the new EU Regulation on European Standardisation.

We would encourage you to join the community.

Marks & Spencer call for Government action on Competition Law flaws

July 15th, 2013

In Marks & Spencer’s response to the Department for Business consultation on Corporate Responsibility (7 July 2013) the company calls for action on Competition Law flaws saying:

“The Government should encourage all major sectors to adopt a common sustainability framework such as the one (A Better Retailing Climate) developed for the retail sector by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). This approach is particularly valuable where issues of competition (both legislation and corporate concerns) would otherwise prevent open collaboration. However, as with the BRC framework, reporting of progress is conducted by sector and not disaggregated by company…. UK competition law currently creates significant barriers to greater collaboration on supply chain management and should be reviewed.”


Government calls for renewed input on Corporate Responsibility

July 15th, 2013

“Corporate responsibility is sometimes known as corporate social responsibility. It is defined as the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions on society and the environment above and beyond its legal obligations, through transparent and ethical behaviour.”

This call for views seeks to gather your thoughts and ideas on aspects of corporate responsibility. It looks at what government, business and others should and could do in order to realise the full benefits that corporate responsibility can bring. It covers themes including:

  • voluntary reporting and disclosure of non-financial information
  • responsible supply chain management
  • corporate responsibility in small and medium sized enterprises

“Your comments will contribute to a framework for action on corporate responsibility. We intend to publish the framework by the end of 2013.”