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Archive for December, 2007

CRS Geneva Talks & Drinks on January 9th with Michael Hopkins

On Wednesday, JANUARY 9, 2008, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm
First floor of the ETHNO BAR at Plainpalais, 1 rue Bovy-Lysberg , 1204 Geneva, Tel. 022/ 310 25 21 – www.ethnobar.ch
CSR Geneva New Year Talks & Drinks will host Dr. Michael Hopkins – Managing Director of MHCi and is an economist specialising in socio-economic issues. He is Professor of Corporate Responsibility and Business Performance at Middlesex University, London, UK.

Dr. Michael Hopkins will speak about his latest book


Dr. Michael Hopkins will make the case that governments and their international agencies, grouped under the umbrella of the United Nations, have failed in their attempts to rid the planet of underdevelopment and poverty. If development is the objective then it seems that the solution and the responsibility lies with the private sector – particularly through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes of large corporations, with their tremendous power and economic strength.

Dr. Michael Hopkins explicitly links CSR with development and he will spell out with examples what corporations are doing on development, what more they could do and how CSR can be a useful tool to promote economic development and dynamic way to kick-start the eradication of poverty.

Copies of his book will be available for sale at a discounted price for CSR Geneva members.

We look forward to seeing you in 2008.

In the meantime Happy Holidays to all our members.


CSR Geneva Breakfast on December 5th

CSR Geneva breakfast is back!

What knowledge and skills can the NGO world bring to the private sector? How can NGOs support companies in becoming active leaders in their own industries or sector, whilst incorporating their own environmental work?  How can NGOs promote ambitious thinking for transformational change within the private sector? 

As NGOs and business work ever closer together, how can we ensure that both sectors gain from the engagement and can both take a leadership role in their own work, benefited by partnering together?

At CSR Geneva’s next breakfast, Mandy Thomas from WWF’s One Planet Leaders programme (see www.panda.org/business/training) and Caroline Redrup from IUCN’s Leaders for Nature initiative will share their experiences on their work in environmental leadership with the private sector and would love to hear your thoughts on your own experience. It’s an informal occassion to catch up, share, learn, and eat good food with like-minded contacts – we hope to see you there!

Breakfast is on Wednesday 5th December, from 8 to 9.30am and there’s a minimum charge of chf10 per person (which buys you the continental breakfast of tea, coffee, all different sorts of interesting bread with jam, honey and chocolate spread, orange juice – it’s delicious and a bargain!). We’ll be in Le Pain Quotidien, 21 Boulevard Helvétique in Rive (1205 Genève), and we’ll be in a room on the right-hand side of the café as you look from the street – come in through its own glass door there.

Any queries please contact Mandy on 022 364 9231 or Caroline on 022 999 0118, otherwise we hope to see you there!

Caroline Redrup