Takeshi Shimotaya is working with Japan Foundation London and Links Japan to provide CSR seminar series as a CSR project adviser

These CSR seminar series are sponsored by Japan Foundation and jointly sponsored Links Japan, and supported by Embassy of Japan in the UK, JETRO London, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, Japan and Europe Entrepreneurs Forum. Detail information is below.
The Japan Foundation London and Links Japan would like to announce the launch of a seminar series on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which will inform Japanese and other interested corporate sector professionals and researches about recent CSR thinking and trend in the UK. Key speakers involved with devising, implementing, measuring, and researching corporate community social investment strategy will introduce and discuss good practice and innovation in the sector.

Previous surveys by the Japan Foundation have documented the philanthropic activities of Japanese companies through the world, and these have included a report, produced with the help of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry the UK, focusing on the UK, France and Germany. This series aims to build on previous and continuing achievement in the area of philanthropic and charitable contributions by exploring new thinking in the corporate social responsibility.

Sponsor:  The Japan Foundation London
Joint Sponsor: Liniks Japan
Supporters: Embassy of Japan in the UK, JETRO London, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, Japan and Europe Entrepreneurs Forum
Seminar series advisors:  Phillida Purvis, Links Japan and Takeshi Shimotaya, Sustainavision ltd

This series is led by Phillida Purvis MBE, who is Founder and Director of Links Japan, which was established in 1998 to promote sharing between civil society organisations in the EU and Japan. Having been a speaker at its first event, Takeshi Shimotaya, founder and Managing Director of Sustainavision Ltd, will also take the role of Series Advisor whilst helping to facilitate the events for Japanese participants.

First event

• From Philanthropy to Essential Business Investment – the evolution of CSR in the UK
http://www.jpf.org.uk/whatson.php#358
http://www.uk.emb-japan.go.jp/japanuk150/events/academia/JPF_From_Philanthropy.html
• 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
• Chair:    Phillida Purvis, Links Japan

This seminar will introduce the background to Corporate Social Responsibility in the UK and, through the story of one of this country’s most  famous  companies,  explain  why  and  how corporate  good  practice  has  changed  from  being  a  reactive  response  into  a  strategic investment for sustainable business success. The speakers will first look back at the origins of CSR and question the extent to which, in its current form, it can genuinely help companies, across the board, realize their corporate strategic objectives. This seminar is the inaugural event in a new series which will inform Japanese and other interested corporate sector professionals
and researchers about recent CSR thinking and trends in the UK.

Further events
Following further events will be provided once every other month until March in 2012.

• Seminar 2: Shining the Light on Corporate Ethics – codifying and measuring responsible behaviour
• Seminar 3: Corporate Governance and the Challenge of creating ‘risk intelligent’ cultures in the Boardroom
• Seminar 4: How can managers balance the demands of the market place with those of social responsibility?
• Seminar 5: How do social impact businesses and social enterprise fundamentally differ from socially responsible business?