Lundquist CSR Online Awards Global Leaders 2009 - James Osborne Presentation, 4 November 2009


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Lundquist CSR Online Awards Global Leaders 2009 - James Osborne Presentation, 4 November 2009

  1. 1. Online CSR Awards ‘Global Leaders’ 2009 Milan - 4 November 2009
  2. 2. The rationale behind the research • Corporate website has emerged as most important vehicle for CSR communications • But public distrust has been generated by too much ‘greenwash’ and exploitation of CSR for purely PR goals • Need for a communications model that goes beyond the CSR report and a way to measure the efficacy of messages on the corporate website • Importance of reputation as intangible value of CSR • The “leaders’ dilemma”: how do I distinguish my genuine, integrated and committed CSR programme from those who are just making empty proclamations?
  3. 3. CSR communications from global leaders • We studied the best companies in CSR globally to assess the quality of their online CSR communications, discover strengths and weaknesses and gather a database of best practice examples • The study evaluated how well 91 members of the DJSI use their corporate websites as a platform for CSR communication • Also country rankings in Italy, Switzerland, UK and Germany • A total of 76 criteria were used, divided into 18 sections and giving a total of 100 points • The analysis included both CSR content and online presentation • The criteria were developed on the basis of a survey of CSR professionals and sector experts
  4. 4. Criteria founded on users’ point of view • 184 people answered the online survey • 30 nationalities were represented • A wide range of professional categories included • Respondents had many years of experience in CSR • They said they regularly search for information about CSR online – seven out of 10 at least several times a week
  5. 5. Main findings of the user survey • CSR is seen to have gained public attention during the financial crisis • Corporate websites considered a key source of information • Priority content includes • CSR report • Code of ethics • Environmental data • Corporate governance viewed as core component of CSR- related information
  6. 6. Methodology • 91 companies chosen on the basis of membership of the Dow Jones Sustainability World 80 Index, plus 2008-09 supersector leaders • 100 points maximum from 76 criteria, divided into 18 sections • The analysis included both CSR content (10 sections totalling 61.5 points) and online presentation (seven sections totalling 37.5 points) • English language version of corporate websites assessed by Lundquist in April-July 2009 • Assessments restricted to the CSR (or equivalent) section of the website and to content directly linked from section • Contents of CSR reports excluded except whenever a direct, specific link was provided to the relevant page or pages
  7. 7. Top-performing sections related to disclosure and reporting % on maximum score (CSR Online Awards 'Global leaders') 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Overview 39% CSR policy 45% Reporting 60% Environment 68% Community 58% SRI 30% Human resources 59% Conventions & awards 56% News & events 22% CSR resources 18% Staff and contacts 18% WEB 60%
  8. 8. Industries with environmental impact lead
  9. 9. Europe outperforms US • Result may be explained by the attention European companies give to corporate websites, while US focus is more commercial • US companies more oriented to communication of community commitment, providing news releases and integrating technological features • In Europe, and especially the UK, the approach is more rounded with companies focusing in an integrated way on the various aspects of CSR
  10. 10. Most companies provide key information •Average score of • 60% for reporting section • 60% for report format • 83% for report archives • 89% for code of ethics • 68% for environmental data • 53% for environmental management system but…
  11. 11. Still in offline mode of communications Average score for 12% was the average score for 44% of companies the interactivity providing details of a don’t define their section was 20% profile from an SRI stakeholders ratings company Only half of 13% was scored on Average score of companies average for showing 18% for staff and publishes CSR- how CSR staff fit into contact information related news the organisation chart 62% don’t 91% don’t publish 55% don’t give present CSR CSR events CSR targets of hot topics for any kind the company
  12. 12. Practical test unveils dead-end of feedback
  13. 13. Assumptions and recommendations of the research 1 Comprehensive 2 Integrated 3 Open 4 User friendly 5 Engaging 6 Concrete
  14. 14. Thank you James Osborne