Australasia's longest-running study of CSR practices commends LexisNexis in the 2017 State of CSR
Melbourne, 4 May 2017: Leading legal service provider LexisNexis® has been named in the CSR Top 10 by the Australian Centre of Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) for its policies and commitment to embed corporate social responsibility (CSR) throughout the organisation.
The ACCSR’s Annual Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand is an ongoing annual research study of CSR capabilities, practices and trends in the region. The initiative is in its ninth year and recognises organisations that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to aligning business strategies to corporate responsibility and sustainability, along with those who lead the industry in terms of stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and values alignment.
TJ Viljoen, CEO at LexisNexis Asia Pacific, said he was proud to be recognised in an area that is integral to the organisation’s culture and vision.
“The ACCSR’s acclaim is significant as it reflects our pledge to making a difference, which for us is centred on our corporate vision to advance the rule of law globally,” he said. “Key corporate social responsibility measures are closely tied with our rule of law initiatives, as we believe that the rule of law is a cornerstone of sustainable global development.”
“Our success in creating a positive impact on advancing the rule of law across Asia Pacific has largely come about through embedding CSR with our core business strategy to achieve desired outcomes,” said Mr Viljoen.
The theme of the 2017 report is Re-imagining Sustainable Value. It expands on previous research into the adoption of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), and explores the changing landscape for corporate reporting.
There were 1,215 respondents to the 2017 study, which found that mandatory sustainability reporting for all organisations is supported by 53 per cent of businesses across ANZ. The report also found that companies are increasingly using SDGs to inform business and sustainability strategy, predominantly in terms of Gender Equality and Good Health and Well-Being.
“At LexisNexis, thinking about our societal contributions, achieving the SDGs and progressing them is a key strategic priority for us and holds us to the highest ethical standards,” Mr Viljoen said. “We are pleased with our progress but not complacent. Our vision for 2020 is to achieve more, including to use our unique contributions to society to advance the SDGs.”
As a signatory for the United Nation’s Global Compact, LexisNexis embeds the 10 principles in its Code of Ethics and Business Conduct and Supplier Code, as well as participates in driving forward responsible business initiatives such as the Business for the Rule of Law Framework (B4RoL) and the LexisNexis Rule of Law Impact Tracker.
A free SDG Resource Centre, developed by RELX Group, is set to be published in June 2017, and a beta version was presented by LexisNexis at the 2017 National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference. LexisNexis is also a corporate partner for the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies (SDG 16).
The Award has been presented to LexisNexis at the launch of the ninth Annual Review of the State of CSR at a private event hosted by La Trobe Business School in Melbourne.