North East businesses interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which lack the necessary skills and resources to implement an effective plan, can get effective tips and lessons learned from real life scenarios, thanks to a partnership between North East England Chamber of Commerce and Go North East.
As part of the initiative, the two organisations will release a guide to CSR and launch a roundtable discussion in late June, to identify what the key drivers are which encourage businesses to participate in CSR. It will also identify what CSR means in relation to a company’s values and proposition and what steps they can take to help their local community and charities close to their hearts, without negatively impacting company performance.
Tom Warnock, Chamber partnerships manager said: “We are confident this work with Go North East will encourage more North East businesses to support local initiatives and also see the advantage from their own point of view.Many CSR projects really develop the donor companies’ teams (as well as the beneficiaries), by improving staff skills and building team work.”
Stephen King, commercial director at Go North East, said: “We take our role in the local community very seriously and see the value in investing in initiatives which benefit local people, the regional economy and our team members. We hope through this partnership many other companies considering CSR, can be encouraged to see the value for their business too.”
This CSR awareness campaign also aims to encourage companies to recognise the practical, financial advantages of a well-defined CSR policy, which can make a difference when tendering for work for example.
Tom Warnock added: “There are innumerable CSR opportunities in our region, to suit any companies’ objectives, across a range of sectors and skill sets, including charitable work and collaborative initiatives where partnerships are set up for mutual benefit and environmental work.”
Any business interested in the roundtable can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.