Business & Community – Can they Work Together For Social Change?

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Join us in this meeting where we discuss how businesses can work with the voluntary and community organisations in our local areas and what is the best way to do that.

How can large and small businesses work with community groups and voluntary organisations to bring about social change? Is that possible and how can it be done?

This is the topic of this meeting where we will look at

• the current state of business (big and small) and its relationships with local communities, charitable and other organisations and debate if language and practices of CSR is enough. (presentation by LVSC – Matt / Ikra based on recent research)

• the changing and evolving perspectives and practices of micro and SME business and what does this suggest in terms of strengthening social responsibility expressed through cultivating good will with VC organisations/social groups in civil society (Hament Patel input).

• Explore ways of overcoming challenges, possibilities/prospects for future action.

This will be a collaborative meeting with presentations and workshop activity offering Event Space, Advisory input, making connections and contacts to bring to event and sourcing possible speakers.

We hope to have lead contributions from Matt Scott of LSVCV, Hament Patel and others.