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CSR Print Media Database

NOW AVAILABLE!

In recent years, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a focal point for businesses, interest groups and news agencies alike. Stories of both corruption and benevolence in the corporate and political world have become well known to the public, from Enron’s fiscal dishonesties to The Body Shop’s assiduous efforts towards social activism. Lobbyists promote social responsibility as beneficial to both businesses and communities, while sceptics argue that it is simply a marketing ploy, or that it detracts from a corporation’s true responsibility: profit.

The CSR Print Media Database is a searchable reference tool covering a collection of over 1000 newspaper and journal articles collected by Dr. Kernaghan Webb between 2000 and 2008, all of which relate to CSR. It is designed to direct users to articles of interest, which may be obtained via resources such as academic research libraries. Articles included in the database cover a wide range of issues, from healthcare privatization to money laundering to liability charges. The majority of articles have been extracted from major Canadian newspapers, such as the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star,  and the Ottawa Citizen.

The database provides researchers with a general overview of each article, including: title, date, author, publisher, page number, subject area, approach to CSR, target group, geographic area, economic sector, organizations listed, people listed, publications listed and legislation listed. Users are able to search for articles using single or multiple terms in these categories, and to digitally store or print the resulting reports.  A users’ manual provides step-by-step loading and search instructions, as well advice on locating full-text versions of the articles returned by searches.

To Use the Database:

While use of the database is primarily intended for those able to visit the Institute, in some cases, searches can be conducted for researchers unable to visit in person.  Researchers interested in using the database should contact the Institute (see link at left). 

 

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Ryerson CSR Institute Events


2017

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
Minerals

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

2016

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

2015

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
Development

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

2014

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"