Smaller businesses are the lifeblood of any vibrant economy. Small is not only beautiful, it’s essential.
Last week at Coethica we created a new CSR for SMEs LinkedIn group. The main reason for this was an overdue project to better facilitate discussion for a too often overlooked sector when considering responsible business. There was also an ulterior second reason.
Coethica recently lead an application by a consortium bid (with partners Liverpool Vision and Appreciating People) to a EU tender asking to address “Networking for better CSR advice to SMEs”. An engaged LinkedIn group was a perfect opportunity to begin crowd sourcing the widest possible understanding of the biggest challenges and opportunities for CSR in smaller businesses.
With nearly 100 members and over 60 high quality comments within a week the group is already looking like a valuable resource for anybody participating in the small business space.
Current hot discussions include:
- What are the biggest CSR issues / opportunities for small businesses?
- In your experience can you think of can you give an example of the best CSR work you have seen or undertaken?
- From the perspective of a SME how would you want to work with a charity?
- What would you call CSR for small businesses?
The vision that created Coethica was to stimulate scalable CSR advantages across a huge potential audience for hopefully significant overall improvements in social and environmental impact. We hope that by working together with Liverpool Vision and leaders of Open Space Technology and World Cafe techniques, Appreciating People, and combining our individual strengths with the exciting upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress heading to Liverpool in March 2012 we get the chance to deliver something uniquely innovative.
Here’s a few previous SME posts to whet your appetite and stimulate your suggestions:
- Small Business CSR Mistakes
- 10 Top CSR Tips for Smaller Businesses
- 5 Reasons Against CSR from Smaller Business
If you’re a European based CSR adviser to SMEs watch this space. We find out in December if we were successful and we’ll be looking to invite 100 advisers to Liverpool for a fantastic knowledge sharing event.
Regardless of EU application success, we hope that we can all use this group to further develop a deeper awareness, appreciation and active engagement throughout the millions of SMEs across the world.
Head over to the group (below) to check the latest discussions from a rapidly growing community of active leading practitioners and small business themselves.