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CSR and Sustainable Development

All organizations -- be they from the public sector, private sector, or civil society (e.g., non-governmental organizations, or NGOs) --  can make significant contributions to sustainable development (SD).  As defined by the Brundtland Commission, SD is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  In 2010, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the international standard ISO 26000, which reaffirms the point that all organizations can make contributions to SD by defining a socially responsible organization (any type of organization) as the responsibility of an organization for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that: contributes to sustainable development, health and the welfare of society; takes into account the expectations of stakeholders; is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour; and is integrated throughout the organization and practiced in its relationships.  The Government of Canada, working with a cross section of other Canadian public sector, private sector and civil society stakeholders, approved ISO 26000 in its final form.  Including Canada’s support, ISO 26000 was approved by 93% of the participating national member bodies of ISO (66 of 71).

As used by the Ryerson University Institute for the Study of CSR, and consistent with the above discussion, corporate social responsibility is regarded as the private sector contribution to sustainable development, with explicit recognition that for there to be effective, multi-generational and global sustainability, all three of government, the private sector, and civil society must play important roles. The Institute has been established to understand the roles and interplay of government, the private sector and civil society in contributing to sustainable development. The Institute is dedicated to becoming a Centre of Excellence on social responsibility issues, producing and disseminating high quality SR research, holding events that explore how SR can be effectively implemented and the challenges associated with such implementation, and to bringing together actors from government, private sector, and civil society (including academia) for constructive learning on social responsibility. The Institute is inter-disciplinary in nature, involving research associates from across the many faculties of Ryerson University. 

The Institute is located in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.      


Ryerson CSR Institute videos

Ryerson CSR Institute Talk: Law’s Sponsorship of Corporate Irresponsibility - October 27, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute Talk: Canada’s Experience with the OECD MNE Guidelines and National Contact Point - October 11, 2017 (Part1Part 2)

Ryerson CSR Institute Talk: Why CSR Reporting Matters - October 4, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute Talk - CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth - August 18, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk:Mining Conflicts & the Catholic Church: Exploring the Connections -July 7, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: Revenue Transparency, Corruption and the
Extractive Sector: Panel Discussion
- May. 19, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: "Good Faith, Honesty and the Bhasin v. Hrynew Decision:  Where to From Here?"- April. 28, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict - March. 8, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk:The Resource Curse & What Firms Can Do About It  March. 7, 2017

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: The Rise in Mining Conflict: What Lies Beneath? December 13, 2016 

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: Whistleblowing Systems: A Canadian Guide,
Nov. 21, 2016

Ryerson CSR Institute talk: Sustainable Procurement-2 New Initiatives,
Nov. 14, 2016

Ryerson CSR Institute: A Human Rights Primer for Mining Personnel - July 5, 2016
Prepared for and in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for
Excellence in CSR for the Extractive Sector


Ryerson CSR Institute Seeks Your Support

The Ryerson Institute for the Study of CSR seeks financial and other support so that it can continue to engage in leading edge impartial and objective research and hold high quality events bringing together academics, the private sector, government and civil society in an environment conducive to constructive learning.  Please contact:  

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Ryerson CSR Institute Events


October 27: Law’s Sponsorship of Corporate Irresponsibility

October 11: Ryerson University CSR Institute Talk: Canada's Experience with the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines and National Contact Point

October 4: Corporate Sustainability Reporting: An Evolving Story

September 29: Human Rights Defenders (HRDs): Multistakeholder Statement of Support for HRDs – Invitation to Participate

August 18:  CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth: a Multi-Level Analysis

July 7:  Mining Conflicts & the Catholic Church: Exploring the Connections

May 19: Revenue Transparency, Corruption and the Extractive Sector: Panel Discussion

April 28: Good Faith, Honesty and the Bhasin v. Hrynew Decision: Where to From Here?

March 8: State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict

March 7: The Resource Curse & What Firms Can Do About It


December 13: The Rise in Mining Conflict: What Lies Beneath?

November 21: Whistleblowing Systems: A New Canadian Guide

November 14:  Sustainable Procurement -- Two New Initiatives

June 28:  Social Licence to Operate: Revisiting the Concept

June 9:  ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard:  Where to from here?

May 6: The 'Legalization' of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience

April 15: Latin American Mining-Community Agreements: Case Study

March 18: Legislating CSR? Learning from India


Dec 11: Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context: Learning from the Voisey's Bay Institute

Nov 12: Retail Pharmacies as Social Enterprise Health Care Providers: Lessons from USA?

Oct 26: CSR Institute Talk: Canadian Universal Investors: A Force for Socially Responsible Investing?

Oct 8: CSR Institute Talk: What does Drake have to do with CSR?

Sep 30: Forestry sustainability and APP take centre stage at Ryerson CSR Institute

Sept 18: CSR Institute Panel Discussion: From CSR Pariah to Good Performer? The Asia Pulp & Paper Turnaround Story

June 7 - 11: International Symposium on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable

March 2: Panel discussion on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Jan 29: CSR, Corp Lobbying & Transparency: Panel Discussion, moderated by Jeff Gray  

Jan 19: Unpacking the Peru-BHP Billiton Tintaya Dialogue Table, with Paul Warner


Nov 20: CSR in the Mining Boardroom: A Panel Discussion with CEOs/Board Members

Nov 14: Understanding Community Investment:  A Panel Discussion with Five Private Sector Leaders

Oct 22: Mining & CSR in Africa: from Pressure to Impacts, with Tomas Frederiksen

Oct 20: Managing Community and Environmental Impacts During the Mining Construction Phase, with John Kielty

Oct 9: Procurement as a Means for Mining Firms to Secure their Social License to Operate, with Jeff Geipel and Kevin D'Souza

Sept 22: Aboriginals, Recent Supreme Court Decisions & Sustainable Economic Development, with Bernd Christmas

Sept 8: Corporate Diplomacy: Building the External Stakeholder-Reputation Relationship, with Witold Henisz

June 27: workshop on new development NGO-business platform

May 27: "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" with Dante Pesce

May 8: Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights? Visit the conference web page for details.

April 30: Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate? A corporate view, with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

April 14: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage

April 7: Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach

April 4: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

March 24: rePlan’s Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America

March 17: UNICEF Canada, CSR, & the Canadian Extractive Industry

March 3: "Senate Reform 2014:  What can we Learn from the Constitutional Repatriation Activity of 1982?"

Feb 13: "Addressing Homelessness:  Exploring Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Roles"

Jan 20: "Confessions of a Corporate Responsibility mining executive:  What Contributes to CR Success in the Mining Sector?"

Jan 16-17: Conference: Business, Human Rights and Law in Transnational Context

Jan 10: "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime: the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface"