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“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR & SRI) in Africa: A Form of Soft Power?”

(Public Panel Discussion, Wednesday, July 29th, 2009)

Submitted by: Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Categories: Events, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Jul 07, 2009 – 06:46 AM EST

 

Jul. 07 /CSRwire/ - Amerika Haus Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 22-24 10623, Berlin - The ICD is pleased to announce a forthcoming discussion as part of the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, 27th – 31st July 2009 (www.icd-internationalsymposium.org )

“Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa (CSR+SRI): A Form of Soft Power?” will explore the relationship between CSR and soft power, and evaluate the extent to which companies operating internationally help to generate positive political capital for the country in which they are incorporated through their corporate social responsibility profiles.

The following issues will be under particular focus:

  • Best practices of corporate social responsibility in Africa
  • The extent to which corporate social responsibility profiles in Africa involve local communities
    and other actors in civil society, the private sector, and the political sector
  • Who has a larger influence on a country’s image abroad: companies or states?
    The panel of speakers will include:
    • President Joaquim Chissano
      Former President of Mozambique (1986-2005) and Director and Founder of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation
    • Professor Joachim Schwalbach
      Professor of International Management, Humboldt-University Berlin
    • Dr. Gerhard Prätorius
      Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    • Matthias Stausberg
      Public Affairs Manager, United Nations - Global Compact
    • Dr Kenneth Amaeshi
      Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University
    • Pascal Agboyibor
      Orrick's Financial Markets Group - Office Leader Paris, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
    • Teresa Fogelberg
      Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative
      The moderator will be Nick Tolhurst (Managing Director, Institute for Corporate Culture Affairs).
    Beginning at 17:45 the panel discussion will be moderated and will have duration of 90 minutes,
    following which there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

    If you would like to attend the discussion please contact us under
    symposium@culturaldiplomacy.org

For more information, please contact:

Mark Donfried Director
Phone: +49/(0)30 2360 768 14
Fax: +49/(0)30 2360 768 11

 

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