2012 Round-Table


On November 6, 2012, UNCTAD, ILO and OECD jointly hosted the second annual Interagency Round-table on CSR, “Sustainable Development: Bringing together the environmental and social aspects.” The ad hoc meeting was attended by 12 international organisations, three representatives from national governments, four civil society participants, and representatives from industry and labour. The participants analysed current approaches and practices of CSR in the light of the outcomes of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (a.k.a. “Rio+20”).


Special emphasis was put on the role that intergovernmental agencies could play in supporting the business community with the design, implementation and reporting of their CSR strategies. The event was moderated by Richard Howitt, Member of the European Parliament and Special Rapporteur on CSR to the European Commission. It took the form of an open discussion where all the participants had the opportunity to share their experiences. The meeting started with each participant briefly introducing themself and their current work. The ad hoc meeting was divided into three 90 minute sessions, each of which focused on a different paragraph of the Rio+20 outcome document, The Future We Want.