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The CSR Meetup London Questionnaire Project – update and future direction

  • Mar 12, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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At this Meetup, Steve Mullins (a founder member) and Charlie Hamshaw-Thomas (also a long-standing member of CSR Meetup London) will present an update to the group of their work on developing a simple reporting tool to benchmark essential elements of the CSR performance of an organisation. The hope is that by virtue of its simplicity such a tool could provide a rapid measure of the strengths and weaknesses of an organisation’s management of CSR pending a more in-depth assessment, if so desired, using more comprehensive  indices of reporting on CSR performance which are more complex and thus more time consuming. The ongoing development of this simplified reporting tool forms a central part of the ‘activism’ track of the CSR Meetup London programme in seeking to assess, influence, and embed best practice CSR performance across a wider range of organisations than at present. As such, this Meetup provides a opportunity for members to help guide and shape the future direction of this project by voicing their own ideas and suggestions. By so doing, you can support the ultimate aspiration of the group in terms of having a tangible and lasting beneficial impact on CSR. So do please consider coming along and contributing to what promises to be a lively debate and discussion!    

Steve Mullins graduated from Liverpool University as an ecologist and started his career in the food industry; firstly in Research & Development (R&D) then Marketing where his business skills were honed to develop new markets and new businesses for Mars and then Gallaher before becoming self-employed in 1988. As an independent consultant Steve has used this business understanding to work with companies as diverse as HSBC, BT, Hexel and RHM as well as the Business Link, Train to Gain and a host of SMEs to challenge their management, strengthen their commercial offerings, develop strategies and grow their market presence.  Steve has won the Barclays Better Business Award and was runner-up in the Shell Making a Difference Award.

Charlie Hamshaw-Thomas has over 20 years business experience in the UK and overseas, across a range of sectors and in legal, business development, corporate affairs/CSR and environmental campaigning roles (for large multinationals and small entrepreneurial start-ups).  He is currently Principal of CSR Solutions and specializes on environmental campaigning and responsible business practices. His passion for social enterprise is based on a conviction that governments alone are not going to fix the economic, social and environmental issues we face, nor can businesses alone, but working together there's an enormous amount of good they can do. The time is ripe for what makes good 'business sense' to converge with what makes good 'environmental' or 'social sense'.

After the presentation and discussion there will also be the usual opportunity for networking. Furthermore, as always, for those attendees that might not have been to the venue before, please do not confuse it with Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street! A cash bar will be available on the ground floor of the venue, so please come a little before time if you want to purchase drinks so that we can start promptly. Normally, food is also available at this venue if ordered before 8pm. Space is limited, so if you definitely intend coming to this Meetup do sign up early to reserve your slot. If your plans change subsequently please amend your YES RSVP so that if there is a waiting list, others can take your place if it turns out that for whatever reason you can't make it to the Meetup yourself.

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  • Adrian P.

    Despite the wintry weather, 16 of us convened to hear an update on the CSR Questionnaire Project; the basic concept being to develop an analytical tool that might offer a simple way of assessing CSR performance. Use of this tool across organisations from Government, Business and Society might help identify a ‘Sweet Spot’ that would optimise their respective roles in driving the CSR agenda. Steve summarised progress so far and highlighted some of the questions that underpinned the generation of a ‘radar graph’ output schematic. Charlie led a discussion on the pros and cons of the tool. It was pointed out that much of the input data was derived from perceptions, but this could actually be beneficial. It was a little unfortunate that we ran out of time for more prolonged discussion. However the general consensus was that the project was certainly worthwhile pursuing further and was going in the right direction. We look forward to a further update from Steve and Charlie in due course.

    March 14, 2013

  • Michael S.

    ‘You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind’ Unknown. I saw this quote this morning and thought about what I heard last night. Charlie, Steve, well done on what you have achieved and thanks for presenting. I thought the feedback the group gave you was very good. But there is no substitute for getting out there and seeing what businesses make of your approach, and what sort of data you can generate.

    Thanks also to Adrian and Pamela.

    March 13, 2013

  • Marcia

    Really disappointed that I missed yesterday's event. Looking forward to meeting members at the next event.

    March 13, 2013

  • Alicia W

    sorry, got a bad cold :-(

    March 12, 2013

  • Ivor H.

    Stuck in the Antarctic!

    March 11, 2013

  • sally gaye r.

    Just got back from South America so looking forward to hearing how the CSR debate is progressing.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it, and to meeting with people doing innovative work in CSR.

    March 11, 2013

  • Ivor H.

    The CSR questionnaire has been some time in the making and I am l looking forward to the evening's result

    February 19, 2013

  • Nadine E.

    Sorry, am out of town

    February 19, 2013

  • marcus j.

    Looking forward to it Adrian and Pamela

    February 19, 2013

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