Are the biggest necessarily the best?

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I have done a small survey of the top ten employers in Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland) to look for evidence that these companies are also engaging in CSR activities. My question was if the nordic companies subscribe to the UN Global Compact and if so what CSR system do they use for reporting?

 

Company

Country

Number Employees

Member of Global Compact

Using a normative reporting tool like GRI, ISO26000, Etc.

Comments

1.

ISS Holding A/S

Denmark

482.531

Yes

None

Cleaning and Facilities services

 

2.

 

Sweden

236.713

No

None

Security

Securitas AB

3.

Nokia OY

Finland

123.171

Yes

GRI

Telecommunication

4.

A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

Denmark

115.386

Yes

GRI

Transportation and Retail

5.

Volvo, AB

Denmark

94.250

Yes

GRI

Automobile

6.

Ericsson

Sweden

91.825

Yes

GRI

Telecommunication

7.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Sweden

59.440

Yes

GRI

Textile retail

8.

Helse Sør Øst RHF

Norway

54.979

No

None

Governmental Health institution

9.

Skanska AB

Sweden

51.645

Yes

None

Building and Construction

10.

Electrolux, AB

Sweden

51.544

Yes

GRI

Electronics

 

It does seem like that the big companies have a tendency to use Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as their preferred reporting platform. The ISO26000 haven’t found its way into the large corporations at this point but it’s still early days for the standard and I would not expect anything solid until next year.

Another interesting finding is that companies that have products that are relative close to the consumers like clothing, mobile phones or cars are more likely to have implemented a normative reporting system. On the other hand are companies and organisations like ISS and Securitas that does provide a service but who are not perceived as being close to the end consumer not as likely to have adopted a system which would is perceived as communicating transparency.

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