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The Centre has offices in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and has an associate in Hong Kong. The Centre’s team manages activities, research and peer-to-peer networks across the Asia Pacific region

The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs is the only entity of its type internationally, connecting, via corporate membership, the corporate public affairs function in Australia, Asia, New Zealand and across the world. We work in the Asia Pacific to assist our member organisations embrace best practice public affairs structures, strategies, approaches and modus operandi.

Our research, professional development programs, events and international thought leadership opens doors to help organisations and practitioners build and apply corporate public affairs as a core management tool and function.

The Centre is the organisation for professionals working in corporate environments in government affairs, media and stakeholder relations, corporate social responsibility/corporate citizenship, issues management, internal communications and reputation management. We are also developing a Chapter of the Centre for public sector organisations and agencies with public affairs management functions.

Our regular professional development offerings and connection events to bring the profession together have been cited as best practice internationally.

Life in reports yetND


Fiona Buffini, Australian Financial Review, 2 June 2006

A recent survey conducted by the Australasian Investor Relations Association found that 24% of Australian listed companies would continue to mail hard copies of annual reports to shareholders even if the government allowed them to instead post reports online. The government is still working out the details of a new law on this issue which is expected to be completed by year-end. The move to allow just online reporting is expected to result in significant savings for companies. For more information, see www.afr.com.au

Read reports online: 21,000 trees can’t be wrongND


Fiona Buffini, Australian Financial Review (weekend edition), 8-9 April 2006

More companies are posting annual reports on the internet and sending printed versions to shareholders who specifically request them. Data from Computershare and coverservatree.com shows that Australian companies would save 21, 601 trees if they moved from paper to electronic delivery of all shareholder information. Other research indicates that up to 70 per cent of annual reports in Australia are not read and discarded. A move to online reports could result in significant cost savings and less paper usage. Shareholders appear to be supportive of plans to review reports online as long as companies provide user-friendly formats. For more information, see www.afr.com.au

Investors may not want this hotlineND


Amy Borrus and Mike McNamee, BusinessWeek, 5 December 2005

According to Automatic Data Processing, 80% of shareholders in the US hold their shares in “street names” (ie. buy shares through a brokerage or asset management account which are then registered in the name of a brokerage). Companies are now pushing to be able to communicate with shareholders directly and the SEC supports more openness in shareholder communications. However brokers and institutions say this will compromise investor privacy. For more information, see www.businessweek.com

Code of conduct: living our values around the worldL


Colgate-Palmolive (Colgate Palmolive, New York, 2000)
A copy of the revised Colgate-Palmolive code of conduct which sets forth the principles that governs their relationship with fellow employees, the Company, outside business, consumers, governments, local communities and shareholders. Headings include:- Our Relationships With Employees - Our Relationships with the Company - Our Relationships with Business Entities - Our Relationships with Consumers - Our Relationships with Government and the Law - Our Relationships with Society - Our Relationships with the Environment - Our Relationships with Shareholders - Responsibility for Compliance

Australian Shareholders AssociationI


The Association works for improvements in transparency and accountability in relation to company performance, executive remuneration, treatment of minority shareholders, risk management and dividend policy.
Category: Shareholder Relations
www.asa.asn.au/

Social FundsI


SocialFunds.com features over 10,000 pages of information on SRI mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news.
Category: Shareholder Relations
www.socialfunds.com/sa/index.cgi

Social Investment ForumI


Advancing socially and environmentally responsible investing
Category: Shareholder Relations
www.socialinvest.org/

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About The Centre

The Centre for Corporate Public Affairs is the only entity of its type internationally, connecting, via corporate membership, the corporate public affairs and communication function across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We assist our members embrace best practice public affairs structure and strategies.

Our research, professional development programs, events and international thought leadership opens doors to help organisations and practitioners build and apply corporate public affairs as a core management tool and function.

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