18.05.2010 “It is necessary to achieve publicly acceptable (common) understanding of corporate social responsibility” – A. Bim, Project Director on UN Global Compact Sustainable Development in Russia.
Alexander Bim, Project Director on UN Global Compact Sustainable Development in Russia, delivered a presentation ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Problems and Perspectives’ at the Sixth International Scientific and Applied Conference ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics’. The conference took place on May 18, 2010 in Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation.
The conference united more than 100 representatives of business, academic community, NGOs and students, who discussed important questions of CSR. Among them are: CSR role in policy implementation on social cohesion of society; experience of Russian and foreign companies in the field of CSR, foreign and Russian experience on CSR state regulation; measures for CSR popularization; institutions’ role in forming favorable infrastructure for companies’ social activity; correlation of concepts of social responsibility and sustainable development.
Alexander Bim, speaking on CSR as an economic category, noted “It is necessary to have a distinct and convincing inter-compliance and distinction of social responsibility among major stakeholders – the state, civil society, business, local communities. It is also necessary to achieve publicly acceptable (common) understanding of corporate social responsibility. Confusion in handling and definitions decreases constructive potential of CSR”.
Besides plenary session, a number of round tables were held. During Roundtables the following topics were discussed: the state role in CSR popularization; ecological issues of corporate social responsibility; CSR in the sphere of social and labour relations (work safety, industrial democracy, etc.); as well as implementation tools of CSR (CSR management and marketing).
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