CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY (CSR) 

Private sector with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes

We reach out to companies with CSR programmes and offer tailor-made programmes.

The renewal of markets, industries and societies is driven and developed through competing innovative ideas and initiatives from companies, scientific researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs. But, although researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in lower-income countries present amazing ideas, their solutions are often unrecognised and unsupported.  Consequently, locally developed and locally adapted solutions are not implemented and local enterprises that would address the needs of the local people are not started. Therefore, these societies lack access to locally relevant scientific findings and innovations, products, services, and employment opportunities that would otherwise have improved people’s lives. This also limits the tax income to the government, why these countries tend to lack advanced education structures, social security systems, and resourceful institutions.
HR&S supports young or small, innovative and gender-equal companies in Sub-Sahara African countries (SSA) that, with the help of our support package, can validate, verify and develop their business and the solution the business is based on. The goal is to create conditions for social enterprises to develop their operations at locations where other support is difficult to obtain.
In the short term, we want to contribute to:
• Increased ability of young companies in SSA to build a business by interacting with the market, verifying and validating offers and business models.
• Increased awareness among young companies to work with sustainability and gender equality as competitive factors in their business.
In the long term, we want to contribute to:
• More companies from SSA that have developed their business acumen, grow and are profitable in national and international competition.
• More companies from SSA whose innovation contributes to creating value for the customer, the society and the environment.
• Sustainable and equal entrepreneurship that strengthens SSA’s competitiveness through innovations that contribute to the sustainability goals in Agenda 2030.

Services offered to companies with CSR programmes

  1. Seminars, workshops & webinars

We offer tailor-made seminars, workshops & webinars addressing the business niche and interest of our partner. We present areas of our programme that have overlaps with the business niche of our partner. We also present areas for collaboration.

2. Knowledge-sharing on-line sessions

We offer on-line knowledge sharing sessions between the CSR company and HR&S in Sweden and in African countries. We offer cross-cultural learning and seek advice on topics that are the expertise of the company. The topics are often related to “Help entrepreneurs in Sub-Sahara African countries to overcome challenges in growing their businesses.”

  1. Win-win collaboration

We offer partners to support with products, services or financially, targeting a certain programme that has overlaps with CSR company business niche while also supporting the company´s own agenda, ensuring a win-win situation. We offer workshops where we discuss a win-win collaboration and we offer coaching for the implementation in SSA. Partners can be invited to a series of workshops/webinars where win-win strategies are developed. Companies with CSR programmes shall be promoted in a way that increases their sales.

We research companies carefully prior to approching the company to assess whether they can actually benefit very well from HR&S programme.

 

Visit.org

Visit.org offers to link HR&S with CSR company in 1-2 hour sessions, when the staff of the CSR company meets with representatives from HR&S Sweden and HR&S local branches in Sub-Sahara African countries.
https://visit.org/experience/help-entrepreneurs-overcome-challenges-in-growing-their-business_20c0

What you’ll do (message to the CSR company)

This experience will focus on cross-cultural learning and will present the organization’s social enterprising empowerment programs in Sub-Sahara African countries. After the presentations, you and your team will participate in a knowledge-sharing session with the organization’s local experts and
brainstorm possible solutions to challenges faced by the social entrepreneurs. We seek advice on topics that are the expertise of the
company.

During this experience, representatives from three or more Sub-Sahara African countries and from the organisation´s headquarters in
Stockholm will be present.

By sharing your expertise, you will help provide knowledge can can be added to the support packages that HR&S offers to local social entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan African countries.

Agenda (90 min):

Introduction by Visit.org (5 min)
Welcome and participant presentations (10 min)
Identify overlaps between HR&S and the CSR company that will constitute the brainstorming session (5 min)
Presentation of HR&S and its social entrepreneur empowerment programme in Sub-Sahara African countries (30 min)
Brainstorming (30 minutes)
Conclusion and proposed follow-ups (5 min)
Wrap up by Visit.Org (5min)

What else you should know (message to the CSR company)

  • This experience will be conducted over Zoom.
  • We are open for a discussion where the company individual representatives shares openly form their professional experience in relation to starting, scaling or running a business. It can be any topic within their profession; accounting, customer services, product development….And then our partners in Africa can ask questions about that, as well as sharing from their perspective. I think it can be interesting for both sides. It is important though that the company stays within their area of professional expertise and do not start to give advice outside their profession, if they do it will most likely be with a colonial attitude. The HR&S will guide the session to stay focused. mDoes this make sense to you?

How you’ll make an impact

Social Justice, Economic Empowerment
 
Your contribution will empower the support packages offered by HR&S Sweden and HR&S Country Branches to local social entrepreneurs.

Human Rights & Science (HR&S) is a social enterprise operating in Sub-Saharan African countries addressing scientific research, advanced laboratories, social enterprising and international development. Their vision is a world without extreme poverty and they argue they promote a shift of paradigm where aid dependency is replaced by international equal partnership for sustainable global development. Instead of aid driven and aid dependent NGOs does HR&S empower user-driven social enterprises to have sustainable operations and economy. The local social enterprises then reaches the under-served including the extremely poor communities.

ISO

ISO 26000

CSR is titled to aid an organization’s mission as well as serve as a guide to what the company represents for its consumers. Business ethics is the part of applied ethics that examines ethical principles and moral or ethical problems that can arise in a business environment. ISO 26000 is the recognized international standard for CSR. Public sector organizations (the United Nations for example) adhere to the triple bottom line (TBL). It is widely accepted that CSR adheres to similar principles, but with no formal act of legislation.

 

ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on social responsibility is an international standard providing guidelines for social responsibility (SR, often CSR – corporate social responsibility). It was released by the International Organization for Standardization on 1 November 2010 and its goal is to contribute to global sustainable development by encouraging business and other organizations to practice social responsibility to improve their impacts on their workers, their natural environments and their communities.

CSR Volunteering

It can be noted that HR&S does not engage in CSR volunteering.
 
Reason being:
  • To take on volunteers demands a lot of effort from HR&S. Thus, to do CSR work with volunteers, is in actual practice a significant cost.
  •  It will be very difficult for these volunteers, who are usually not professionals and usually only remains for a short period of time, to deliver in a way that generate impact and is actually useful for for HR&S.
  • This type of CSR does not generate anything sustainable for the company.