The parties behind the initiative
The CSR Compass website is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Business and Growth Denmark and the Confederation of Danish Industry.
The the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth seeks to create optimal growth conditions for citizens and companies in an ever more globalised world. The Ministry works to improve the conditions for growth in Denmark so that it is an attractive place to live, work and do business. The Ministry supports companies in their efforts to integrate social responsibility into their business strategy and core competencies, and promotes awareness of strategic social responsibility in companies.
The Confederation of Danish Industry is the trade organisation and employers’ association for approx. 10,000 committed Danish companies. The confederation’s members include production, service, knowledge and IT companies of varying sizes. All the companies share a common desire to develop their company for the benefit of employment and welfare in Denmark through social commitment and innovation. The aim of the Confederation of Danish Industry is to ensure that individual companies are given the best possible conditions for growth in sustainable cooperation with employees and society.
In 2010, the Ministry of Business and Growth Denmark and the Confederation of Danish Industry received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers to further develop the CSR Compass and to translate the tool into Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish. The Nordic Council of Ministers is an inter-parliamentary forum for co-operation between the Nordic countries.
The Danish Institute for Human Rights (IMR) is a strategic partner for the CSR Compass. The Danish Institute for Human Rights was established as a Danish centre for gathering, developing and disseminating information on human rights related to Danish, European and international conditions. The Institute cooperates with organisations and public authorities in Denmark, with the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, OSCE, the EU and the UN.
In 2005, several organisations contributed to developing the CSR Compass tool. These organisations all possess relevant knowledge regarding the global requirements on companies to deal with social and environmental conditions, rules and regulations within the corporate sector. Among the contributors are:
- The National Labour Market Authority
- The Danish Working Environment Authority
- Denmark's Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries - IFU
- LCA Center Denmark
- Ecolabelling Denmark
- Danish Ministry of the Environment
- Save the Children Denmark
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
In connection with the latest revision of the CSR Compass, the Ministry of Business and Growth Denmark and the Confederation of Danish Industry have been in constant dialogue with the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) regarding the tool content and form. In addition, the following players in the Nordic region have given their input to revising the tool:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
- Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, Norway
- The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO)
- The Swedish Environmental Management Council
- International Chamber of Commerce, Sweden
- Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland
- SA-Confederation of Icelandic Employers, Iceland
The images used for the CSR Compass are from Colourbox which is a Danish image bank and stock photo company with royalty-free images, videos and illustrations.