The purpose of the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) is to promote debate and understanding of corporate social responsibility within Parliament. It seeks to achieve this by promoting an exchange of views between Parliamentarians and people with an active interest in corporate responsibility.
The Group was founded in 2001 by a handful of committed Parliamentarians led by Baroness Greengross and supported by Business in the Community. Over the year since then it has become more active and grown in size. In March 2009 the Officers decided that the Group should welcome Associate (non-Parliamentary) members. The Group has over a hundred Parliamentary members and nearly a hundred Associate and Subscriber members. Our Associate members represent a wide range of businesses and other organisations from all sectors and of varying sizes. Group membership subscriptions fund the services provided by the APCRG.
The Group meets half a dozen times a year in Parliament to discuss a wide range of topical corporate responsibility issues. Minutes of all meetings are sent to Members, who also receive monthly reports updating them on relevant issues arising in Parliament, Government, the Devolved Administrations and Europe. They also receive an annual report about the Group's activities. Organisations who do not wish to join the Group as Associate members, can take out a discounted subscription in order to receive our papers and thereby keep in touch with the Group's activities.
From time to time the Group holds inquiries when it looks in more detail at issues of interests to members. In 2007 we held an inquiry which looked at how businesses respond to the needs of vulnerable customers; in 2008 we investigated the talent and skills challenge facing the UK.
At the end of January 2015 the Group launched its new Responsible Business Champions scheme. The Group's Co-Chairs, Sally Greengross and Jonathan Djanogly, have written to all MPs about it and the scheme's sponsor (National Grid) was announced. You can find out more about the scheme here.