Stamp out “spin” in CSR reporting says leading charity

by Rachael Singh

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25 Sep 2013

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THE GOVERNMENT must act to stamp out "spin" in company corporate responsibility reporting, a charity for the voluntary sector has said.

In response to a BIS consultation, Directory of Social Change (DSC) has argued that a set of recommended practices should be introduced to help improve the quality, transparency and consistency of corporate social responsibility reporting.

According to DSC, the voluntary approach advocated by the government will fail to deliver fundamental improvements. Instead, one standard set of practices should be developed to eliminate the spin that distorts company reports.

The DSC argues that, rather than being burdensome red tape, the measures would provide more clarity, and be in the interests of shareholders and charities that want to work with organisations on social projects.

Earlier this year, the government axed incoming regulations that would have required companies to list their charitable donations.

The DSC previously wrote to the business secretary Vince Cable and BIS minister Jo Swinson [pictured], arguing that these changes were regressive and effectively pre-empted outcomes of the current BIS consultation.

Swinson responded that the decision to remove charitable donation information, from corporate reporting was based upon a consultation that closed in 2011.

The current consultation "Corporate responsibility: a call for views" closes on 27 September and is aimed at making companies more accountable to shareholders and the public.

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