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Corporate social responsibility - good for business and society

Concern Worldwide says Irish business can play a positive part in development.

Concern Worldwide, in association with the British Embassy and Business in the Community Ireland, have hosted a seminar on corporate social responsibility at the Irish Aid Centre.

The seminar brought together leading members of the business community and development sector in Ireland. Noel White, Director of Irish Aid, opened the seminar by speaking about Ireland’s commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goals. These goals range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV and AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.

Caroline Hickson, Concern’s Director of Public Affairs, said business can play an important role in the development sector: “Corporate social responsibility is much more than giving money. It is about businesses having a deeper level of engagement with the developing world. By engaging with the corporate world, the development community worldwide can harness the innovation that the business community is renowned for. This can be applied to our development practices, finding novel ways to end hunger and extreme poverty.”

  • To read a full report of the seminar, click here
  • Click here to watch a video of Mr. Jim Murphy, UK Minister for Europe, speaking about corporate responsibility

Click on the links below to view the presentations of some of the event's guest speakers:

Mr. Peter Gaynor, Executive Director, Fairtrade Mark Ireland Mr. Stuart Purdy, Group Chief Executive, Hibernian Group Bewleys CSR John Curran Musgrave Tina Roche