Nigel Griffiths meets with NGOs for talks on the future of CSR

The new minister for corporate social responsibility, Nigel Griffiths, met NGOs, charities and businesses last Thursday to discuss the future for CSR.

Griffiths took over the portfolio from Stephen Timms in September's cabinet reshuffle.

Friends of the Earth spokesman Brian Sharpe said the meeting came about as a result of pressure from NGOs, which included a letter sent several months ago to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt. The letter was signed by 23 NGOs and outlined their concerns on the Government's external consultation on CSR.

Representatives from Diageo, Shell, Barclays, and Oxfam were among those in attendance.

"He comes with a lot of enthusiasm, which bodes well," said Traidcraft's Fiona Gooch.

Sharpe added: "My understanding is that he's looking to make something of this post."

But Griffiths did not give any indications on the direction of the Government's revised framework for CSR, and sources expect he will release details in another speech on 22 November.

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