|20-22 June 2012 – Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
October 3, 2011 – New European strategy
June 2011CSR Europe outlines new strategy, leadership and action plan
September 2010 - Enterprise 2020
In the context of the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, Enterprise 2020 highlights the contribution that businesses can make to achieve the EU goals for building a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy delivering high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion by 2020.
March 2010 – the European Commission made a commitment to "renew the EU strategy to promote Corporate Social Responsibility as a key element in ensuring long term employee and consumer trust".
February 2009 – February 2010 : European Toolbox Road Show. This RoadShow aims to disseminate the tools developed by the CSR Laboratories and equip companies and stakeholders with relevant, useful and practical CSR tools
2008 - The European Toolbox for a Competitive and Responsible Europe. The Toolbox includes information, ideas and advice designed to help companies and their stakeholders address socio-economic and environmental challenges and integrate CSR into mainstream business practice.
November 2007 - The third European MarketPlace The third European MarketPlace on CSR, hosted by CSR Europe, took place in Brussels on 29 November 2007. A record number of 650 participants from companies, NGOs, national governments, media and the European Commission attended the event.
2006 - Second European Commission Communication on CSR and the European Alliance for CSR. The European Commission renews its policy on CSR through a communication entitled "Implementing the partnership for growth and jobs: making Europe a pole of excellence on corporate social responsibility on CSR" to the European Parliament, the Council and the European Economic and Social Committee.
2006 – European Alliance for CSR. The European Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility is an open partnership for enterprises to promote and encourage CSR. The Alliance was launched in 2006 as a joint initiative of the European Commission and the business community
2006 – Global Reporting Guidelines. The G3 Guidelines are the cornerstone of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework. In line with the GRI vision, it is recommended they be used as the basis for all of an organization's annual reporting.
June 2006 - The second European MarketPlace and the European Cartography on CSR
March 2005 – First European MarketPlace on CSR. The MarketPlace introduced a new format of sharing experience and good practice on CSR among business practitioners and brought together more than 200 business managers from around 80 multinational companies across Europe. The event also marked the launch of the European Roadmap for Businesses: Towards a Sustainable and Competitive Enterprise. The roadmap outlines a framework from the business community on how to improve companies' economic, social and environmental performance.
2004 – Final report of The European Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR, including common principles and values; a base line understanding on CSR; nine recommendations for future CSR knowledge and capacity building in and beyond Europe.
2002 – Creation of the European Multi-stakeholder Forum on CSR. The European Commission hosts plenary meetings approximately every 2 years and provides a space for dialogue between European stakeholders about developments in CSR and European policy towards it.
August 2002 – World Summit on Sustainable Development. Johannesburg, South Africa - the Johannesburg Summit has laid the groundwork and paved the way for action. In fact, there was no magic and no miracle— only the realization that practical and sustained steps were needed to address many of the world's most pressing problems.
June 2002 – First European Commission Communication on CSR
July 2001 – European Commission Green Paper "Promoting a European framework for corporate social responsibility". This 35-page document sets out the principles underlying CSR and introduces some of the sustainability tools at the disposal of companies and governments.
July 2000 – UN GLOBAL COMPACT. The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
March 2000 - The Lisbon Summit Conclusions encourage voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility action by businesses.15 Heads of State and Governments make an appeal on the business case for responsibility, placing CSR at the heart of the Lisbon Strategy 2010: "To make Europe the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion by 2010."
1999 – OECD Principles of Corporate Governance. First released in May 1999 and revised in 2004, the OECD Principles are one of the 12 key standards for international financial stability of the Financial Stability Forum (FSF) and form the basis for the corporate governance component of the Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes of the World Bank Group.
1999 – The AA1000 Standards. AccountAbility's AA1000 series are principles-based standards to help organisations become more accountable, responsible and sustainable. They address issues affecting governance, business models and organizational strategy, as well as providing operational guidance on sustainability assurance and stakeholder engagement. The AA1000 standards are designed for the integrated thinking required by the low carbon and green economy, and support integrated reporting and assurance.
1999 – The SIGMA Project Quidelines (Sustainability Integrated Guidelines for Management)- launched in 1999 by the British Standards Institution, the leading standards body; Forum for the Future, a leading sustainability charity and think-tank; and AccountAbility, the international professional body for accountability, with the support of the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
1998 – Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions .These amount to an average of five per cent against 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008-2012. The major distinction between the Protocol and the Convention is that while the Convention encouraged industrialised countries to stabilize GHG emissions, the Protocol commits them to do so.
Recognizing that developed countries are principally responsible for the current high levels of GHG emissions in the atmosphere as a result of more than 150 years of industrial activity, the Protocol places a heavier burden on developed nations under the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities".
January 1995 - European Commission President Jacques Delors followed by 20 business leaders adopt and announce the European Business Declaration against Social Exclusion. Signatories call for the development of a European network for the exchange of information and experience.
June 1993 - Former Commission President Jacques Delors makes an appeal to businesses to contribute to public authorities' efforts in combating unemployment and social exclusion. He invites enterprises to adopt a European Declaration against Social Exclusion.
1992 – World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The WBCSD was founded on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to involve business in sustainability issues and give it a voice in the forum.
June 1992 – UN Conference on Environment and Development - The Earth Summit. The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was unprecedented for a UN conference, in terms of both its size and the scope of its concerns. Twenty years after the first global environment conference, the UN sought to help Governments rethink economic development and find ways to halt the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources and pollution of the planet. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life were drawn into the Rio process. They persuaded their leaders to go to Rio and join other nations in making the difficult decisions needed to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.
1991 - ICC Business Charter on Sustainable Development. The 16 principles make up ICC's Business Charter for Sustainable Development. They provide businesses worldwide with a basis for sound environmental management
1989 – Creation of the CERES Principles, a ten-point code of corporate environmental conduct to be publicly endorsed by companies as an environmental mission statement or ethic. Imbedded in that code of conduct was the mandate to report periodically on environmental management structures and results.