CSR

The Importance of Knowledge Transfer Between Social Enterprises and Communities

Knowledge transfer has always been somewhat of a challenge for organisations, and is more visible when continuity is necessary with new members joining. It is particularly important in the space of social enterprises that do development work in communities, as will be discussed in this article.

Company Extends its CSR to NGOs

Mosele Legal Services has extended its legal work to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
 
The beneficiaries, Childline Botswana, Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter (KSWS) and the Youth Health Organisation (YOHO) would enjoy free legal advice from Mosele legal team as and when they need it.
 
The legal advice would be on a one-year renewable period and the help would also be extended to the employees of the three organisations on matters not related to work commitments.
 

Chinese NGOs Target African Countries

China's assistance to Tanzania is heading to a new era that will centre on the people to- people activities that provides direct aid to the vulnerable groups through non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Beijing, despite providing assistance to Dar es Salaam in the last five decades, uses only government- to-government mode but now envisages to be blended further using NGOs.

Business Schools Urged to Promote CSR Beyond Legal and Profit Motives

"Most business schools do not equip potential leaders with the awareness and tools to internalise the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). In many instances, these business schools will address CSR in relation to good corporate governance and as an opportunity to increase profit margins."

When provided with an opportunity to work in the CSR sector, one is forced to reflect on the perceptions created and experience gained around CSR.

Corporate Social Investment - Part One: Rules of Engagement

Before the advent of the welfare state in Great Britain, extreme family poverty was dealt with through the philanthropy of rich persons to whom such human misery was unbearable.

This charity was given only to those whom they regarded as the 'deserving poor'.  In practice, this meant that charity was given only to those whom the feudal lords regarded as having demonstrated an acceptance of the indignity of their social and economic status.

Ending Poverty is Everybody’s Business

The Sunday Times (4th September 2011) listed the richest people in South Africa. The 20 wealthiest, we were told, have seen their income jump by nearly 60 percent in two years and now have a combined wealth that is at least the size of Zambia’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Earlier this month we watched as residents of Themb'elihle took to the streets in protests that soon turned violent with rocks being hurled by residents and rubber bullets being fired by police. The protestors’ demanded basic housing, electricity and proper sanitation.

From South Africa With Love Exporting Corporate Social Investment

From 1994 to 2008, the trade of South Africa with the rest of Africa experienced a rapid and major growth, but little is known about the extent of the social responsibilities and investments of large South African companies in host African countries. Human Sciences Research Council’s Diana Sanchez reports on some preliminary research on the social investment approach of five large South African companies operating in Swaziland and other countries in the Southern African Development Community region.

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