Sustaining Business and Peace

TitelSustaining Business and Peace
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelA Resource Pack on Corporate Responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises
Publikationsjahr2009
AutorInnenMendis, J, Hettiarachchi, R, Holdaway, L, Gündüz, C
Anzahl Seiten120 pp.
VerlagInternational Alert
ISBN-Nummer978-955-8085-02-8
UID1324
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As the world of business copes with global financial turmoil, survival mode is pervading every business. Budget cuts have impacted on corporate responsibility and sustainability work, as some companies view these as expendable in contrast to other 'core business' operations.
The question is, can an organisation afford to invest in corporate responsibility when it must first survive recession? We believe corporate responsibility, which includes a company's sustainable and ethical engagement with its environment, community and wider society, is not only desirable, but is essential for survival. As poverty, conflict and climate change dominate the global agenda, businesses now realise the need to combine profits with principles in bold and innovative ways.
Sustaining Business and Peace: A Resource Pack on Corporate Responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises is excellent for companies that want to make a change for the better. It primarily addresses Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and is based on experience from Sri Lanka. Considering how little space the international 'corporate responsibility debate' gives to SMEs, the authors felt, rightly, that this was a gap to fill. More importantly, given how seldom companies think about societal tensions and conflicts that surround them, its second focus is on contributing to peace, as well as sustainability. However, the relevance of this resource pack will be evident to businesses of any size, in peaceful and war-stricken countries alike.
This resource pack will give every business an opportunity to change its own sphere of influence. Irrespective of size, every business will have employees, operate in a community and depend upon it, impact on its surroundings and be impacted by them, in turn. This resource pack contains five sections which lead the reader through a three-step cycle of understanding and analysing, planning and doing, and checking and improving Corporate Responsibility (CR) activities.
It primarily addresses Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and is based on experience from Sri Lanka. The purpose of this resource pack is to introduce Sri Lankan SMEs to the concepts and approaches of CR. It presents a coherent framework that will help SMEs identify ways of adapting CR to their own context and purposes.

URLhttp://www.international-alert.org/pdf/Sustaining_Business_and_Peace.pdf
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