The Group provides members with guidance, case studies and
presentations - see
under 'Previous Events') to help them set-up and run their own CSR
programme, as well as volunteering and fundraising opportunities in
the local community.
MBC & CSR - Social Capital
The Club's CSR support to Members continues at our event on
30th January. The Club's Report into Members' CSR programmes is now
What is CSR?
The CBI defines CSR
as'the acknowledgement by
companies that they should be accountable not only for their
financial performance, but for the impact of their activities on
society and/or the environment. Example policy and strategy
documents are available by becoming a member of the Heart of
the City programme, free to Midtown
A coordinated CSR strategy will bring better benefits but better
fit with your business needs and encompass four key areas:
1. Clients or Marketplace (e.g. procurement / products &
2. Your people or workplace (e.g. diversity and work-life
3. Environmental responsibility
4. Support for the community (e.g. charity partnerships,
Get internal support first
It is important to get support from the most senior person in
your business. Focus on the needs of your employees and the
business benefits. Consultation with colleagues at all levels to
gain ideas and enthusiasm for the proposal is also useful.
Heart of the City have produced a useful
Start by undertaking a staff survey and bringing
together a CSR committee with representatives from across the
business able to help deliver the programme and engage others.
Elect individual project champions to spread the workload. Example.
Gathering project ideas
Look both inside and outside your business.The following
organisations can help.
Business in the Community
(BITC) mobilises business for good purposes. They work with
businesses to build a sustainable future for people and planet.
Community Foundation The Foundation is dedicated to improving
the lives of London's most disadvantaged. Child poverty,
unemployment, isolation, homelessness, domestic violence and gang
crime are just some of the issues we are tackling through its grant
CSR promotes a non-judgmental, non-partisan,
Legal Network links CSR professionals in law
Responsibility Group (CRG) provides learning and development
tools for CSR.
CSR chicks and CSR blokes provides insight into
wider issues.To join e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of the
City is a 700-strong powerhouse of responsible business
leaders, Corporate Responsibility practitioners and change agents
committed to sharing their experiences and their time with others
in order to measurably improve our society.
How to engage your colleagues
Meet their personal and practical needs. Identify their goals,
their stresses, what excites them and how they define success. Many
will already be engaged in some of the aims of your collective
programme, but make sure they have everything they need to support
any activity suggested by them or proposed. Teams focused on one
project will emerge. Engage and the ideas will flow. Remember
employees' needs can change. Communicate well and often. Be clear
about what is expected. Organise training where required. Be clear
about an individual's role and its place in the overall programme.
Celebrate measurable success.
Where can I find out about volunteering opportunities for
CSV 'Make a
Difference' - the UK's leading volunteering and training
Do-it - a
national database of volunteering opportunities, part of
Volunteering London 2012 - 70,000 volunteers are
required to ensure that the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games run
smoothly and successfully.
Talk to your local authority
Each Council has short and long-term educational volunteering
opportunities, some which can be delivered at your office. Contact
your local Education Business Partnership (EBP).
Do all colleagues need to be checked with the Criminal
Record Bureau (CRB)? If so how do they go about it?
Not all volunteers require a CRB check. Those working with
children and vulnerable adults may be required to do so. The
process, which isn't complicated, can take up to about 6 weeks.
Checks can be done through the organisation you are volunteering
with or if you were setting something up separate, you can use an
umbrella body to help you at a small cost.
Keep the programme running
Measure and report on progress.Reward to recognise employees in
ways that are meaningful to them. Be consistent and ensure long
Task Group Contacts
Robert Bond - Speechly Bircham
DL: 020 7427 6660
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