• "We are very much against the concept of an EU superstate, but even more so are we against the concept of an EU superstate that uses the principle of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a fig leaf for extra-territorial and crypto-imperialist pretentions and aspirations," UKIP MEP William Dartmouth told Euro-Parliamentarians at the 1 June sitting of the International Trade committee in Brussels.
Given that the UK has no representation at the World Trade Organisation apart from the EU Commissioner, we don't want British trade to be handicapped by someone else's political agenda, said Lord Dartmouth, who was speaking on the Désir Report, 'Corporate social responsibility in international trade agreements' (INI/2009/2201), now in its first (and single) reading stage in the European Parliament.
"Of course we're in favour of corporate social responsibility. Of course we want companies to be socially responsible," Lord Dartmouth pointed out.
"But corporate social responsibility can mean almost anything that anybody says it is. We've had about three definitions already," he said, referring to the definitions proposed by the rapporteur, Harlem Désir, and MEPs Catherine Bearder and Joe Higgins.
"These are all different definitions... and simply, as we see it, there is a significant danger of trade being handicapped by other people's political agendas."
"We are very much against the concept of an EU superstate, but even more so are we against the concept of an EU superstate that uses the principle of corporate social responsibility as a fig leaf for extra territorial and crypto imperialist pretentions and aspirations."