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With Olympic fever settling down, we’re left wondering how to apply the ‘go for gold’ mindset to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Our next GivingForum event is coming up in September, kindly hosted by EY. We’re looking forward to discussing what it takes to create a leading CSR programme on an individual, team and employee level. We’re inviting CSR professionals to join the discussion, come and join us to find out whether you’re set to ‘go for gold’.

Have we become obsessed by reaching for the gold medal? It seems many of us want to establish our leadership in the field of CSR, whether that’s as an individual, organisation, team or employee. This GivingForum event aims to break down those levels and challenge you to reflect on your own experiences. Our speakers will take you through their experiences and challenge you to compare your own experiences with your peers. We’re making this gathering another unique opportunity for a variety of corporates to talk in a friendly environment about the real challenges facing them.

Beth Knight, EY EMEIA Financial Services Head of Corporate Sustainability, will lead the first part of our discussion. She’s spent time conducting research to understand the key competencies required to be an effective sustainability leader, as part of her Master’s thesis at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. But how do we see these competencies come to play in the workplace? Beth has spent time working with leaders in sustainability to test her concepts, but will importantly be asking the audience to share their own experiences in the workplace. We’ll gather some thoughts on how your company can grow effective sustainability leaders.

Isabel Kelly will help us aim towards a gold medal worthy CSR team, with the help of her experience establishing the Foundation teams of Salesforce and Sage. Isabel Kelly is the Founder of Profit with Purpose and a Practitioner in Residence at the Skoll Centre, Oxford University. She started her career at Oxfam, spent 11 years at Amnesty International, then over 12 years set up and ran the international team of the Salesforce Foundation – making it self-funding through earned income. An interesting discussion point she raised to me when we spoke was about bringing in team members from varying corporate and non-profit backgrounds. I’m looking forward to seeing what discussion points might make us think differently about what makes a leading CSR team.

The role of an employee in cultivating corporate purpose is obviously something we discuss a lot at GivingForce. How can you lead your employees towards responsible behaviour in the workplace, and is this the true key to unlocking purpose in your organisation? Guest speakers from Barclays’ Citizenship team will talk about employee participation within their global workforce. Discover whether you’re encouraging your employees to go for gold when it comes to getting involved with the community.

We have no doubt the expertise in the room will allow us to take away some tools and guidance for making sure we’re on the right track to go for gold. However we need the insights of more pioneers in CSR. We already have some great minds from Corporate Responsibility professionals signed up to attend, who also came along to our previous GivingForum at RBS. The variety of industries attending will make for a really interesting debate, so we look forward to sharing the results with you.

To find out more about our September GivingForum at EY and to register for your place, please click here for our eventbrite page.

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GivingForum summary: Going for Gold in CSR                                                              

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