Summary Report 2013 Interagency Roundtable on CSR Promoting Responsible Investment 14 November 2013, ILO Geneva

The Interagency Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a joint initiative co-organized by UNCTAD, ILO and OECD. Initiated in 2011, the Roundtable seeks to bring together CSR experts from international organizations and their development partners to explore current topics in CSR, share experiences and identify opportunities for collaboration. Participants are members of United Nations agencies and other relevant international organizations, along with national development agencies, governments’ representatives and invited subject matter experts.

On November 14, 2013, ILO hosted the third annual Interagency Roundtable on CSR. Moderated by Mr. Are-Jostein Norheim, the Norwegian CSR Ambassador, the ad hoc meeting was attended by eleven international organisations, five representatives from national governments, two representatives from development agencies, one civil society participant, four governmental financial institutions representatives, one commercial investor, one financial research institution and representatives from industry and labour. The participants analysed current approaches and practices of CSR with regard to investment.

Special emphasis was put on the role that intergovernmental agencies and governments could play to support companies and their business partners in designing and implementing CSR practices.

The meeting took the form of an open discussion where all the participants had the opportunity to share their experiences, analysis and proposals on the topics discussed. The meeting started with participants briefly introducing themselves and their current work. The ad hoc meeting was divided into two sessions: the first addressing responsible investment in capital markets, and the second addressing issues of CSR in the area of foreign direct investment.