International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (IN-CSR) is an international team of Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility (CS&R) Consultants and Corporate Human Rights Advocates working to promote best practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Registered as a non-Governmental Organisation in Nigeria (No 99264), we have a network of Sustainability Experts – Social Responsibility, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Business Continuity among others – who are industry experts in sustainability strategies – implementation and auditing, using both national and international platforms in compliance with different Environmental Laws such as the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) in South Africa and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act No. 86 in Nigeria; Banking Regulations including the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP), Principles on Social and Environmental Risk Management and Regulatory Frameworks like the King IV Code of Corporate Governance.
We are experts in a number of other guidelines such as the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), the G20 High Level Principles, International Finance Corporation (IFC) Guidelines, the World Bank Good Practice Guidelines, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC Guidelines), the Consumer Protection Framework, the Governance Code, the Nigerian Stock Exchange Sustainability Disclosure Guidelines, as well as international standards – ISO Standards, SAI Standards, IEMA and SA 8000 Platforms, etc.
Our management audits are benchmarked on world’s most accepted sustainability auditing platforms – SA 8000, ISO 14001 and 45001 while sustainability reports are usually based on GRI Standards except when specifically required on other platforms. We provide businesses and governmental agencies with globally certified management standards and due diligence studies including ESG, ESIA, ESMP, HSSE-IA & MP.
IN-CSR is the host of the International Conferences on Business and Human Rights and has worked with leading organisations such as Dangote Group Plc., the Central Bank of Nigeria, AIICO Insurance Plc., Zenith Bank Plc., Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI) Canada, Green Energy International, the Federal House of Representatives Abuja, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC), the Government of Tanzania, among others on a wide range of sustainability projects.
Our experts have collectively completed over a hundred environmental and social due diligence projects globally and hundreds of management audits. We’ve also worked on key developmental projects and made several representations to the international community including the United Nations (U.N), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria on a range of environmental and social impact issues.
IN-CSR was recently appointed by the National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria to lead the review of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights working in partnership with the senior management of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), key stakeholders of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and Judges from the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).
Key Milestone in 2018
We have successfully advocated for the introduction of a new reporting guidelines by the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Special thanks to the Centre for International Governance (CIGI), Canada and Zenith Bank PLC for their support.
Our Impact in 2019
IN-CSR co-sponsored and reviewed the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in partnership with National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). We have also continued to participate at the annual Conference of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), held at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, contributing to global public governance and was recognised by Prof Louis Meuleman of the United Nations in his book titled “Public Management and the Metagovernance of Hierarchies, Networks and Markets for this.
We now certify products, processes, systems, organisations etc. as PECB accredited Management Systems (MS) Auditors in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/IEC 17065. We also trained a record number of practitioners, consulted for some of Africa’s biggest companies in Dangote Group and a number of Oil and Gas companies; arguably setting new standards for an Integrated Health, Safety, Social and Environmental Safeguards for Agency Banking in Nigeria.
Recently, we have as well been certified by the Federal Ministry of Environment after a number of presentations and assessment of previous Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP), Environmental and Social Audits and other Environmental and Social projects completed in recent years, to provide Environmental Consultancy Services including Baseline/Post Impact Studies & Compliance Monitoring and Audit, Waste Management Technology, Engineering Oil & Gas Pollution Control & Remediation.
We have continued to provide industry leading consulting and training programmes to support our various advocacy campaigns and more importantly to support the private sector in building sustainable businesses. The implementation of the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP) has helped institute global best practices in the banking sector. We await further developments with the introduction of the global banking principles which will further help align the sector with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. We have been very active in this space since 2018 and have recently helped to train high level delegates from the Government of Tanzania on a programme themed – Towards the Consumer Financial Protection Framework for Tanzania – Benchmarking Nigeria’s CFPF. We also provide a number of other corporate sustainability and responsibility (CSR) courses aimed at redefining sustainability practice in line with global best practices. Our previous clients include delegates (company or privately sponsored) from Central Bank of Nigeria, Green Energy International, Zenith Bank PLC, ECO Bank PLC, OGFZA, Nigerian Breweries PLC, NIMASA, Maritime Institute, UNILAG, AIICO Insurance, Save the Child Foundation and a number of other public and private sector as well as civil society organisations.
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IN-CSR is a member of the United Nations major group on Business and Industry
We acknowledge that the implementation of sustainable development will depend on the active engagement of both the public and the private sectors. We recognize that the active participation of the private sector can contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, including through the important tool of public-private partnerships. We support national regulatory and policy frameworks that enable business and industry to advance sustainable development initiatives, taking into account the importance of corporate social responsibility. We call on the private sector to engage in responsible business practices, such as those promoted by the United Nations Global Compact.
We acknowledge the importance of corporate sustainability reporting and encourage companies, where appropriate, especially publicly listed and large companies, to consider integrating sustainability information into their reporting cycle. We encourage industry, interested governments and relevant stakeholders with the support of the United Nations system, as appropriate, to develop models for best practice and facilitate action for the integration of sustainability reporting, taking into account experiences from already existing frameworks and paying particular attention to the needs of developing countries, including for capacity building.