The Annual Birmingham CSR Summit was a chance for the top C-Suite Executives and Corporate Social Responsibility Directors from the region’s leading businesses, to come together with key representatives from the Public and Voluntary Sectors, to examine critical issues affecting the future of business to community relations and agree key actions to take this forward in the 21st century.
This year BCBE at Aston Business School and Thrive presented "Beyond Philanthropy" as the summit theme. The focus was on on transition of corporate social responsibility from models based on corporate giving and staff volunteering to models based on active corporate participation in building sustainable community-based enterprise.
The opening keynote speaker was Professor Olinga Ta'eed, Professor of Social Enterprise at the University of Northampton and Impact Investment Advisor to The Big Society Network.
The programme included three “C Suite Perspectives” presented to the plenary session by Senior Executives from West Midlands business and, during our “Big Conversations” session, delegates had the opportunity to select two critical CSR issues for discussion in break-outs (on Sustainable Environmentalism, Responsible Procurement, Staff Engagement and Business & Market Benefit) led by Senior Business Executives.
The final keynote (and call to action) was given by Wade Lyn, CEO of Cleone Foods and Board Member of Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Beyond Philanthropy - Emily Davies and Richard Fryer
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