Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been a buzzword for companies since the turn of the 21st century, particularly from 2010 onwards. However, the dynamics of CSR have changed during this period, due to the growth of new communication tools and new areas of operation. This has resulted in CSR developing a new set of parameters.
Many businesses talk a good game on sustainability, while others admit they are still behind the curve and need to do more. But it continues to be equally important for organisations to pay great heed to how sustainable practice will translate to - and be supported by - their consumers and the public at large.
For those firms which misstep, fallout can be very damaging, both for the financial bottom-line and reputationally. However, for those which are pro-active and invest in their capability, the prizes -- both in terms of mitigating risk and seizing opportunity -- are potentially ever more significant.
Noushin Arefadib is a 29-year-old Iranian Australian who works for Centre for Social Research (CSR), a Delhi-based NGO seeking to eradicate female foeticide, facilitate social justice and empower women through their Gender Training Institute (GTI). Here, she talks about the nature of the work carried out by CSR, and her broader view of feminism around the world.
What is clear is that emerging factors have combined to expose big business and its place in society to increasingly intense and critical scrutiny. A very selective list might include the banking crisis and corporate tax scandals, the shrinking state, climate change and other environmental impacts, and the inequities and injustices in value chains, so horribly highlighted at the Dhaka garment factory.
Cambridge Consultants took a high-performance road bike with an electronic gear changer and cut the wires between the controls and the gears, adding a CSR Bluetooth Smart Ready module to connect the gears to buttons on the handle bars. The important thing here is that the wireless connection enables you to bring in the intelligence of your smartphone or media player.
In my new political incarceration as a 'striver' I am angry. I got out of bed this morning knowing that there is nothing that my company, the people I work with or many of our clients can do. I feel stupid in the knowledge that the decks are stacked against us, we are not on a level playing field and their is nothing we can do.
Once again British banks are in the bad books, with the recent antics at Barclays prompting the Prime Minister to announce a review of the entire industry.
'Welcome', our gracious host said as I arrived at the 11th Annual Responsible Business Summit in London earlier this month, 'would you like a Coke? They are sponsoring the conference'.
If what we buy is what we are, then we might just be getting better, according to Duncan Goose, the creator of the philanthropic consumer brand One. G...