It’s all about creating shared value amongst stakeholders.
At least that was the topic of today’s successful Corporate Social Responsibility breakfast event with almost 50 corporate attendees looking forward to listening to this hot-topic discussion.
The ACRF was lucky enough to secure Deloitte’s Non-for-profit special group National Director, Tharani Jegatheeswaran, as the keynote speaker; as well as a panel discussion of leaders in the field of corporate philanthropy, including: Wendy Mason, Head of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, Commonwealth Bank, Ro Coroneos, Manager, Community and Social Strategy, Barangaroo South, Lend Lease, Chris Drayton, Partner, Makinson & d’Apice Lawyers.
Ms Jegatheeswaran was an engaging speaker, captivating her audience with her great insight into the changing face of private and corporate philanthropy and the concept of ‘shared value’.
She touched on topics such as the increasingly complex social challenges that government and NFP sector alone cannot address in isolation.
She also provided the audience with great insight into what “shared value” actually means for an organisation. Explaining that shared value is all about “a change in mindset, that involves creating economic value in a way that also creates value for society by addressing its needs and challenges. It is not social responsibility, philanthropy or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success.”
Following this inspirational and perceptive speech was a panellist discussion touching on topics such as: What are the main motivations for an organisation’s CSR strategy? What are some of the challenges/pressures CSR faces (particularly, during times such as the GFC)? And what are some of the future trends in this space?
Our attendees then enjoyed a chance to mingle with other guests, with coffee, tea and breakfast provided, before heading off to work. We’d like to thank all of those who attended the event – making it the success that it was!
Also, a very big thank you to Makinson & d’Apice Lawyers for sponsoring the event and providing us with a great space to host the event!
Take a look at some of the pictures below from the morning.