March 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.