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About Us

The Dialogue on a Convention on Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability is a joint initiative of Stakeholder Forum and Vitae Civilis aiming to secure commitment for a Convention on Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) by engaging representatives of the North and South.

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to promote sustainable development and contribute to democracy at a global level.  Our work aims to enhance open, participatory and accountable international decision-making on sustainable development by facilitating the involvement of stakeholders in intergovernmental processes.

Stakeholder Forum is a not-for-profit organisation with offices in London and New York and receives funding from governments, UN agencies, foundations and international financial institutions, working with consultants from across the world.  It has a central role in global stakeholder engagement and outreach in the run up to Earth Summit 2012, and leads the world in developing and facilitating global multi-stakeholder processes on sustainable development.

Vitae Civilis (VC) is an international organisation based in Brazil focused on building a vibrant civil society in the governance of social and environmental sustainability at the local, national and global levels.

VC became active in 1990, and took a leading role in facilitating the mass participation of civil society groups in Earth Summit 1992.  Since then, VC has sought to strengthen civil society participation in sustainable development processes by emphasising hard work, consistent quality and a commitment to democracy, inclusiveness and respect for difference.

From early 2010, VC has been in dialogue with groups from Brazil and across the world on how to make Rio+20 a major milestone on the road to sustainable development, and attended the first Rio+20 United Nations PrepCom in May 2010 in order to help the Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for Sustainable Development (FBOMS) to build an umbrella alliance for the conference.  Groups involved include the Green Economy Coalition, the Global Union for Sustainability, the Global Campaign for Climate Action, the ISO26000 working group, LEAD, the World Social Forum, and the Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee Group to Rio+20.

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Background

The role of corporations and multi-national business in sustainable development is much contested, with opinion polarised since the Brundtland Commission in 1983.