Within the last few years, Corporate Social Responsibility has gained more acceptance globally and in Africa, more businesses are beginning to embrace the concept. This is partly because of the possibility of using it as a business strategy on one hand and its ability to improve the lives of the people in a country, on the other hand.
In providing a platform for companies to touch base on responsible best practices, Zimbabwe is organising its first CSR conference. Holding under the theme “Corporate Social Investment — Towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals”, the event is scheduled for the 27th of July, 2017 in Harare.
According to the organiser, Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zimbabwe (CSRNZ), “the purpose of this conference is to explore how effective if well-strategised and supported through mutually beneficial partnerships, corporate social investments can contribute to meaningful sustained economic development and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.” In addition, the conference also seeks to measure the contribution of public and private companies involved in CSR initiatives towards the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Hence, local and international experts have been lined up to speak at the event on topics ranging from the state of corporate social investment (CSI) in Zimbabwe and the fundamentals of philanthropy, State-owned enterprises’ commitment to economic development, how employee community involvement can enhance CSI in Zimbabwe, to aligning CSI initiatives towards the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.