The Cambridge Responsibility Forum was launched last Monday 18 October, kick starting the largest conversation about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Cambridge. With an A-list of speakers representing businesses like HSBC, Marks & Spencer and the International Business Leaders Forum, the morning session introduced delegates to the broad scope of CSR and how global business approach their responsibilities. Academia and the charitable perspective were presented prior to the lunch break, where delegates also had the opportunity to network, contribute their thoughts on ‘the 4 pillars’ (Environment, Community, Marketplace and Workplace) by writing on meter high letters representing each pillar, and to speak to a range of charities on hand to demonstrate the broad variety of organisations a business can work with when building their CSR strategy.
The afternoon sessions provided delegates with the opportunity to hear about how CSR is implemented from local Cambridge companies, including the events main sponsor, ARM Ltd. Delegates were encouraged to debate points and workshop sessions provided for more detailed discussion illuminating some of the brakes and accelerators that are putting pressure on implementation of good CSR. The day was wrapped up by a panel session where delegates could closely question panellists representing local companies from a wide variety of sectors including Red Gate, 2Cs, NW Brown, Taylor Vinters and ARM.
The four Founder Partners, Hugh Parnell from NW Brown, Kathie Neal from SOS Children, Bill Parsons from ARM and Cara Hanman from 2Cs Communications were delighted with how well the day went. Bill Parsons concluded “Overall, we had a good number and mix of attendees and some very good speakers, including Warren East, CEO of ARM. The debates were lively and, I think there will be a very good core group to take the CRF forward” Kathie Neal commented “I've rarely worked with a more amenable and willing group with such enthusiasm and optimism - it has been very refreshing. All the comments have been really good on how well organised and interesting it was.”
Information on the Cambridge Responsibility Forum can be found on the website, www.cambridgeresponsibilityforum.co.uk where details of the next event will be posted.