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The Government's sustainable development strategy, 'Securing The Future' sets out the goal of enabling "people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations". The Department of Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) works with others to meet that goal by encouraging innovative, enterprising and internationally competitive business solutions to the challenges of sustainable development. Our plans and a report back on previous activity are set out in our Sustainable Development Action Plan
What is CSR? The Government sees CSR as the business contribution to our sustainable development goals. Essentially it is about how business takes account of its economic, social and environmental impacts in the way it operates - maximising the benefits and minimising the downsides.
Specifically, we see CSR as the voluntary actions that business can take, over and above compliance with minimum legal requirements, to address both its own competitive interests and the interests of wider society.