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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 12, 2011

 Meeting Professionals International has released the initial findings of the first phase of a three-year study on industry corporate social responsibility practices that will provide guidance to meeting professionals on benchmarks and effective practices to consider in their event design. The study was conducted by academic researchers from the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, the International Centre for Responsible Tourism and the Centre for Hospitality. Researchers reviewed more than 200 articles, case studies and websites on CSR. They found a very fragmented definition of CSR, resulting in various methods of implementation globally. Regulatory codes of practice vary regionally, with up to 300 different codes adding to the clutter surrounding industry CSR. The research suggests that for overarching best practice and to remove barriers to implementation, businesses and professionals should avoid a one-size-fits-all approach when considering resource allocation and tying CSR initiatives to business drivers. Phase two of the study is slated for release in mid-2012.