Directory of Standards and CSR-Related Organizations as Compiled by The Future 500 AA 1,000

The Institute of Social and Ethical AccountAbility, Unit A, 137 Shepherdess Walk, London, N1 7RQ, United Kingdom Tel: 144 (0)20 7549 0400 Fax: 144 (0)20 7253 7440

The AA 1,000 is designed by the Institute for Social and Ethical Accountability (also known as AccountAbility) located in Britain. The goal of the standard is to secure the quality of social accounting, auditing, and reporting with an emphasis on stakeholder engagement. The standard advocates a corporate reporting process based on engaging with stakeholders, responding to their input, and embedding new practices into their operations.

Special Features: The first global standard for measurement and reporting of social and ethical performance. AA 1,000 is a widely used standard for corporate social reporting in the UK. Users: Stakeholder groups apply this standard as a tool to audit and rank the quality of social and sustainability reports.


Baldrige Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program, NIST 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020,

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020, United States Tel: 301 975 2036 Fax: 301 948 3716

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1987. Its annual Quality Award is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Award recognizes performance excellence and quality achievement among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, and health care providers.

Special Features: Quality Management. The award criteria provide a similar but more comprehensive system than ISO 9000 series. The Baldrige application and review process is considered the leading audit of corporate quality and health, inside and outside the United States. Users: Used widely by researchers, investors, media, and competitors as the benchmark for performance excellence.


The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College (BCCCC),

Community Involvement Index,

Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship,

55 Lee Road,

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3942, United States Tel: 617 552 0117 Fax: 617 552 8499

The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College (BCCCC) issues an annual Community Involvement Index. It provides a series of annual snapshots of issues and trends based on surveys of leading U.S. corporations regarding their contribution allocations, management support, budgets, and staffing for community involvement programs.

Special Features: Community programs. This index is the leading resource on community involvement practices that enable both firms and community partners to benchmark their performance. Users: Researchers, corporations, and the media.


Business in the Community (BITC), Corporate Responsibility Index, Business in the Community, 137 Shepherdess Walk, London N1 7RQ, United Kingdom Tel: 0870 600 2482

Business in the Community (BITC) is a UK-based business membership organization, which publishes the Corporate Responsibility Index that annually surveys and ranks the CSR performance of participating companies.

Special Features: Comprehensive CSR management and performance assessment. The BITC index is a unique voluntary CSR initiative, business-led, that engages with companies from all sectors. The index publicly ranks a company's CSR activity, while consolidating information demands made on companies.

Users: More than half of the FTSE 100 companies participated in the survey and the ranking attracts great attention within and outside Britain.


Calvert Group Social Criteria, Calvert Group,

4550 Montgomery Avenue Bethesda, Maryland 20814, United States Tel: 800 368 2748

Calvert Group is known for offering the largest family of socially screened mutual funds as well as award-winning tax-free investment products. Calvert has approximately $8.5 billion in assets under management. Calvert uses Social Criteria and the analysis of firms' financial performance to identify eligible investment opportunities.

Special Features: Human rights, product safety, environment, community relations, and corporate governance. This is one of the best-known socially responsible investment funds in the United States.

Users: Inclusion in its portfolio is considered a sign of excellent CSR performance by socially responsible investors and other stakeholder groups.


Caux Round Table Principles for Business, Caux,

47835-201 Avenue,

Waterville, MN 56096, United States

Tel: 507 362 4916

The Caux Round Table, an international network of business leaders, developed Principles for Business in 1994 to advance a world standard in corporate citizenship against which business behavior can be measured.

Special Features: Corporate citizenship, rooted in two basic ethical ideals: kyosei (living together) and human dignity. The Caux standard encompasses CSR practices comprehensively.

Users: One of the leading business-led, peer-to-peer CSR initiatives, with worldwide recognition.

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