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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 10 May 2005

Doing Business With a Conscience

Heather Payton and her guests discuss what happens when companies take their responsibilities in the community ever more seriously.

These days more and more firms publicly do good works, whether it's helping a local school or sorting out the environment. In the jargon this is known as Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR. It's now big business - companies and careers are founded upon it and it's a major feature of most company reports.

Should we welcome CSR because even if the good deeds are performed for purely selfish motives, such as good company PR, at least they're performed? And in a society where the duty of a company's bosses is first and foremost to its shareholders can you really combine social conscience with capitalism?

The programme also looks at the growing sector of social enterprises - firms set up purely with a social purpose and asks how they can flourish in a commercial world and what the traditional corporate sector can learn from them.

We report on People Tree - a fair trade fashion company.

Guests:

Liam Black
Director, Fifteen Foundation

Rowena Young
Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, Oxford

Phil King
Finance Director, Café Direct

Julia Cleverdon
Chief Executive, Business in the Community

Deborah Doane
Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE)

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