BCSD Uruguay (DERES)

  • About

    DERES is a nonprofit business organisation that promotes CSR in Uruguay. With 15 years of activity, DERES is the only CSR-specific organisation in the country.


    • 110 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (14) L’Oreal, Akzo Nobel, KPMG, Unilever, Stora Enso, Nestlé, Petrobras, Deloitte, Ernst&Young, Kimberly-Clark, Pepsico, PWC, SC Johnson, Coca-Cola.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • Activities are centered on CSR-related topics. include training and workshops, CSR topics working groups, Seminars and Conferences and publication of toolkits.
    • Carries out CSR best practice and knowledge-sharing workshops.
    • Carries out an annual ‘Recognition Program for CSR Best Practices’.
    • Offers CSR-related seminars and conferences.
    • Offers training on ‘Corporate Volunteerism’, ‘CSR Communication’, ‘Implementation of Code of Ethics’, and ‘Implementation of CSR in SMEs’.
    • Deals with ‘alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace’ through one of the DERES working groups.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Climate Change

    • DERES climate change related activities link to green economy, sustainable investments, and carbon footprint measurement.

    Basic Needs and Rights

    • Works in the field of inclusive business, and participated in a WBCSD e-learning program on the topic.

    Redefining Value

    • Offers GRI courses in Uruguay (in partnership with GRI certified training institutions from Chile).
    • Implements an annual ‘CSR self-assessment program’ for companies (in collaboration with ACDE).

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    DERES has active partnerships with:

    • The Forum Empresa network and the CSR360GPN.
    • UN Global Compact, where DERES takes part of the Board of the local network.
    • The Organization of American States (OAS), most notably within the work program on ‘Implementation of CSR programs for SMEs’, as well as within a program on CSR for parliamentarians.

    DERES is member of:

    • The Civil Society Advisory Board of the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) Uruguay.
    • The Business Advisory Board for UNICEF (Uruguay).

    DERES has signed MOUs for collaboration on CSR issues with:

    • The Chamber of Commerce.
    • The Industrial Chamber of Uruguay.
    • The Accountants Association.
    • Catholic University of Uruguay.
    • ACDE (Christian Business Executives Association).

    Public sector:

    • The majority of the state owned companies are members of DERES. DERES has in its Board a VP from the main state owned bank.
    • Regular interaction with parliamentarians on CSR issues.
    • Partners in projects with the AVINA Foundation.


    • DERES has defined as one of its strategic lines for next year to work on ‘Public Policies for Sustainability’. There have been some initial contacts with public authorities, and during DERES’s annual conference high-level governmental representatives were present to discuss sustainability issues and public policies.

  • Collaboration with Global Network Partners

    • CEADS Argentina has supported DERES in presenting Action2020 and Vision 2050 to members and the business community in the DERES Annual Conference.
    • Collaborates with Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Brazil in developing a CEO survey to collect business’ perspective on various sustainability-related topics. The 2014 survey and following publication is focused on Climate Change.
    • Within the Forum Empresa, DERES interacts mainly on CSR issues with several of the other Latin American GN Partners.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement