There are a growing number of businesses whose contribution to the community is significant compared to their core business activity. But is it the job of business and are they doing enough?
With funding cuts affecting public sector organisations and reducing support services, and the same cuts hitting charities and the community sector, it is more important than ever to find ways to fill these gaps. We know a lot of businesses are giving back and many more are thinking about it. How can we support these businesses who, together, make an important and vital contribution to the city?
Most people who think about corporate and social responsibility (CSR) normally think “big business”. These days, however, the concept of CSR is breaking out beyond the walls of big corporates.
Whether it’s being a governor at their kids’ school, fundraising for a close-to-their-heart charity, mentoring other businesses, volunteering expertise or providing work experience opportunities – it all counts towards creating a huge bank of support which benefits our economy in so many ways.
So, what is driving this movement? How do business owners and their employees get involved in these non-cash making activities? What are the results of this social conscience and desire to share skills and experience for good? Does it help the businesses who are doing it and make for happier employees? Can we map what’s happening and work out how to build on? Indeed, can we even quantify its impact?
Brighton Chamber of Commerce’s Big Debate will be chaired by always possible.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
4.30-7pm, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College