The freedom and space for individuals and organisations to share ideas, promote social cohesion, and advance shared interests – civil society space – is vital to flourishing societies that value diverse voices. The rule of law and freedom of expression not only underpin human rights, they also underpin stable environments in which business and society thrive. In sharp contrast the closing space for civil society represents a clear threat to sustainable business success and those committed to the promotion of sustainable development.
Focused on collaboration and value creation in an era of cross-sector convergence this session on imperatives, barriers, enablers and shared experiences, will be led by Rogerio Ribeiro, Senior Vice President, Global Health at GSK* and moderated by C&E CEO, Manny Amadi.
Purpose is all the rage – and seemingly the ubiquitous topic du jour. As the business & society agenda continues to mature, the forces of value and values become more prominent drivers, and the SDG’s have emphasised business opportunities for enhancing shareholder value via private sector engagement in directly addressing development challenges, corporate and brand purpose has hit the spotlight across many businesses. Risk-based drivers, including the now famous Larry Fink annual letter to CEOs (2018) have added further impetus to the purpose agenda.
The next C&E Breakfast Dialogue is to be held on Wednesday, 10th May 2017 at The RSA in central London. The focus will be on exploring the past and the future of the shared value story and asking some key questions about its potential in theory and performance in practice. The session will be co-hosted by Manny Amadi CEO of C&E Advisory and Jackie Duff, Global Strategic Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Coca-Cola*.
The Pilot Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) is due for publication in November this year and will feature an initial 100 companies.
Those behind it (Aviva Investors, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Calvert Investments, EIRIS, Institute for Human Rights and Business and VBDO), together with supporters of the initiative, are confident that the CHRB has the potential to scrutinise, incentivise and recognise those companies doing the right thing in the arena of human rights, and penalise those that do not.
Lucy Carver, Director, The Bigger Picture, BSkyB
From strategic development of our CR agenda to supporting out charity partnership programmes, they have provided sound counsel, and added huge value.