Effective Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs

​This 1/2 day workshop covers the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the reasons for having a CSR policy.

Introduces a framework for examining the effectiveness of the CSR strategies employed and encourages delegates to embrace alternative perspectives and motivations behind social responsibility. Also examine ways of improving and effectively promoting an organisations socially responsible credentials and how it can help increase competitive advantage.

Benefits to the organisation:

Customers are increasingly demanding higher environmental and ethical standards from a product or service provider. Aspects of social responsibility are becoming increasingly important to ensure supply chain integrity, simultaneously minimizing reputational, regulatory and financial risk. Larger companies are now frequently insisting on verification of sustainable resourcing and other CSR credentials from potential suppliers as a condition of successful tendering.

Intregrating an effective and visible CSR policy into how an organisation operates can help make the best use of available resources, evidence supply chain sustainability, reduce waste and further differentiate a business from it competitors. Including how it treats its staff, suppliers, and customers, aids to increase its competitive edge, which means it can also be more sustainable and profitable long term.

Who is the course for?

This 1/2 day workshop will benefit anybody engaged with aspects of supply chain management, marketers, quality practitioners, managers, board members and business owners, as well as those interested in business sustainability, ethics and corporate governance.

Topics covered:

  • The trust gap
  • What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and types of
  • What’s the point? Motivating factors and benefits, financial, reputation and other risks
  • Complying with regulations and the law, ISO standards
  • Writing /reviewing a CSR policy, avoiding green wash
  • Managing performance and communicating internally & externally
  • CSR annual reports and accounts
  • The role of ethics and corporate governance
  • Integrating CSR into business systems & risk management
  • Evaluating CSR: effective and/or profitable?

By the end of this workshop delegates will be able to:

Examine the principles of CSR and how to write / review and develop a more effective policy. Will be able to identify examples of successful CSR compared to likes of “greenwash”. Ways to incorporate social responsibility into day-to-day organisations operations and communicate with stakeholders. Appraise methods for compliance, risk assessment and performance management for financial and social impact on CSR.

This workshop is available as a bespoke training delivery, please call the training team for details 01604 490490

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