On Tuesday 19th July 2011, Japan Foundation London was delighted to launch their new Corporate Social Responsibility Seminar Series organised in partnership with Phillida Purvis of Links Japan. This first event took the topic of From Philanthropy to Essential Business Investment – the evolution of CSR in the UK. Following Phillida’s introduction, the first speaker, Takeshi Shimotaya, Managing Director of Sustainavision Ltd, gave a broad outline of the concept of CSR including the differences between approaches in the UK and Japan. Then the second speaker, Ian Blythe, Head of CSR for Boots UK, built upon this background by giving an account of the development of CSR within the historical story of the Boots company before looking at how these priorities are put into practice today. These lectures were followed by an engaging Q&A session and then a drinks reception throughout which these discussions continued.
This series is also supported by the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) in the UK, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO, London and the Japan Europe Entrepreneurs Forum.
From Philanthropy to Essential Business Investment – the evolution of CSR in the UK
Date: Tuesday 19
Time: from 6:30pm
Venue: The Japan Foundation, London
Speakers：Ian Blythe, Head of CSR for Boots UK, a member of Alliance Boots
Takeshi Shimotaya, Managing Director, Sustainavision Ltd
Chair: Phillida Purvis, Links Japan