The Business Leadership in Society Resource and Data Center is a comprehensive platform for tracking and assessing the impact of industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives working on promoting and supporting business leadership and responsibility in society. The goal of this platform is to explore perspectives and insights into the current state of play, trends and best practices in the evolution of business leadership and responsibility initiatives to assess their relative reach and impact. It can be used as a resource for businesses and business leaders looking for opportunities to collaborate with others to increase their impact in terms of responsible business practices and leadership in society.

Business Leadership in Society Database

The Business Leadership in Society Database profiles leading industry and civil initiatives working to set standards for responsible business and address Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. The database is designed to provide investors, business leaders and academics with easy access to information on initiatives relevant to their industry or interests. By increasing the access to these initiatives, High Meadows Institute and its partners seek to advance the work undertaken by each initiative individually and collectively.

The database currently contains over 200 initiatives, operating at both a country level and globally, and is based on publicly available information. It includes two types of initiatives: Industry Associations and Partnerships.

Industry Associations encompass coalitions where the industry leaders themselves have taken collective action within the industry or with other stakeholders to set voluntary standards around ESG issues.

Partnerships are collaborations that bring together a variety of stakeholders to work on sustainability issues, including but not limited to governments, civil society, NGOs, academia and business.

Together with basic background information on each initiative, we provide a summary assessment of key elements based on a 9-point assessment framework. The database can be searched by initiative or company and highlights the top initiatives across all sectors. Working with our research partners, KKS Advisors, our objective is to continuously improve the database by collecting additional data, refining the assessment methodology and inviting initiatives to verify the information we have collected for them.

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Business Leadership in Society Resources

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The Role of Industry Associations and Civil Partnerships in Corporate Responsibility: Preliminary Findings (2020)

Building on research from the Business Leadership in Society Database, this paper examines the role and impact of industry associations and partnerships in creating a sustainable society, exploring trends, best practices, factors driving success and challenges through analysis and case studies.

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UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

A review of how businesses, governments and initiatives have incorporated and implemented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework

Sustainability initiative involvement and lobbying activities in Oil & Gas

How does the involvement of major oil and gas companies in sustainability-focused initiatives contrast with their links to ‘traditional’ industry associations that lobby against sustainability objectives?

Diversity and Inclusion – The role of industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives

How are initiatives with a purpose to improve issues related to Employee Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion driving change and how can they create even more positive impact?

How are initiatives responding to COVID-19?

With companies’ health & safety and labor practices under scrutiny amidst the pandemic, how are initiatives responding to COVID-19 and what resources and guidance do they offer?


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