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Workshop on Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility

Session One – What is the Definition of Sustainable Development? Why haven’t we been developing for over half a century planning for development?

A series of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility workshops has been developed to enhance students’ operational knowledge.

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 Venue: Amirkabir University of Technology, Farabi Building, Floor -1 (Basement), Dr. Salimi Hall, Time: Saturday 15 March 2015 15:30 – 17:00

Workshop lecturer: Dr. Ali Abdolali Zadeh

He was born in Orumiyeh in 1333 and has many managerial backgrounds, including Parliament, East Azarbaijan Governor and Minister of Housing and Urban Development. One of his compilations is a book entitled “Mr. Governor”, which is the result of several discussions about his time in East Azerbaijan, a period that Dr. Abdolali Zadeh talks passionately about. He currently holds the post of High Adviser to the Minister of Interior on Development Affairs in the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Eleventh Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?

CSR as defined by UNIDO is:

A management concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations and interactions with their stakeholders. CSR is generally understood as being the way through which a company achieves a balance of economic, environmental and social imperatives (“Triple-Bottom-Line- Approach”), while at the same time addressing the expectations of shareholders and stakeholders.

Responsible Companies in the age of globalization

How a company perceives its societal responsibility depends on various factors such as the markets in which it operates, its business line and its size.

In recent years CSR has become a fundamental business practice and has gained much attention from the management of large international companies. They understand that a strong CSR program is an essential element in achieving good business practices and effective leadership. Companies have explored that their impact on the economic, social and environmental sector directly affects their relationships with investors, employees and customers.

Photo taken from: www.opal-rt.com

De La Rue, for instance, is a UK-based commercial banknote printer and security paper maker with over 200 years of history. They understand CSR well and are reporting their performance since 2011. You can visit their website for additional information at: http://www.delarue.com/corporate-responsibility.aspx

Sources:

http://www.unido.org/en/what-we-do/trade/csr/what-is-csr.html

http://en.reset.org/knowledge/corporate-social-responsibility-csr-%E2%80…

http://www.delarue.com

www.totalcustomer.org (Main photo)

Further Reading:

http://www.mallenbaker.net/csr/definition.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_social_responsibility

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4679-corporate-social-responsibility.html