Training: Export and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
First workshop session (22 and 26 November)
Do you stay abreast of global challenges and worry about your social and ethical impact? Why not attend our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) training specifically intended for exporting companies?
Join us in our offices at 110, Chaussée de Charleroi in Brussels on 22 and 26 November or on 28 November and 5 December, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Values which supersede profits and the importance of the role of economic players for the environment and society are part of your DNA.
But how are they expressed in the daily life of your company? How can you turn them into a commercial strength and an innovative and competitive asset? How do you translate this commitment into practical terms, with a road map and an action plan for Belgium and internationally?
If these questions resonate with you, this training is for you!
Two days of participatory workshops to increase your awareness of your social responsibility in Belgium and elsewhere!
Using motivating examples over two days, we’ll provide you with concrete and practical tools that will enable you to integrate CSR in your company strategy and develop a road map and an action plan which can be implemented immediately, together with assessment criteria.
You’ll have all of the tools you need to:
- Strengthen your company’s competitive position in the global marketplace by implementing your CSR criteria;
- Carry out a CSR assessment of your company;
- Develop a strategy and define your goals and the actions to be implemented in your company;
- Measure the impact of your actions over the medium and long term.
- The workshops will be held in our offices in the “Lab” space.
- The workshops will be given in English.
Detailed schedule for the two days:
8:45 am to 10:30 am
1. Awaken, inspire, and validate the framework and fundamental principles of CSR
Using many concrete and inspiring examples, participants will identify the basic principles of CSR in order to awaken interest, motivation and a CSR spirit.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Accountability and definition of each participating company’s goal
Participants will identify their company’s social goal using visualisation techniques. We’ll share tools that will help to formalise it.
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Introduction to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Participants will quickly identify the areas in which their company can have an impact. We’ll also introduce the social and environmental performance indicators commonly used by SMEs and the guidelines inspired by the SDGs.
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Generate CSR ideas and initiatives
Generate actions and initiatives that can be implemented in the company using an open forum, a format that enhances brainstorming.
CSR initiatives can be very different from one company to another, from one sector and from one export zone to another. The value of this step will be expressed in the diversity of presentations, experiences and specific cases of each attendee.
Integrating the sustainable ecosystem concept.
08:45 am to 10:00 am
Validation of the “business” challenges of the participating companies and of exporting.
Based on a first participative tour, the discussion will be enriched and structured by a framework of acknowledged economic challenges – notably the areas included in the Brussels’ 2025 Strategy. The CSR actions identified will support and/or include the challenges as top priorities.
10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Integrating and developing strategies with stakeholders.
After motivating participants with examples of companies which are developing sustainable partnerships with their stakeholders, we will ask them map out their stakeholders using worksheets.
The group will then take some time to present a draft of a partnership they’ve identified.
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Prioritisation and development of CSR actions.
Based on steps 3 and 4 and our structuring work, we will suggest ten or so CSR actions or areas to prioritise. Companies can do the exercise again on their own using the shared worksheets. Five actions will be identified following a quick group consensus.
The end of the afternoon will be spent developing the actions as a group. The participants will move from one topic to another so that each can enrich the others with their point of view and each benefit from the experience of the others.
The five actions developed will be presented to the group.
Maïté Herkens, CSR Architect, coordination et coaching.
Maïté is in charge of a number of coaching programmes. She has been a CSR coach and consultant for the past 10 years. She developed the FIIT methodology used for this training session.
She has over 20 years of experience working with SMEs and multinationals, combined with start-up and VSE coaching. She is passionate about the role companies can play in a new economic model which is more respectful of the Earth and humans.
She has extensive multicultural experience and a proven international track record. She worked several years in Asia and has managed projects in a number of European countries and in the United States.
Anne-Kirstine de Caritat, scientific content, support.
Kirstine is an expert in science communication. She is motived by the conviction that science and research lead to action. Her presentation focuses on sustainability, the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems and on preventing the negative consequences of the climate crisis. Her expertise also includes translating sustainability via the SDG guidelines.
Her goal is to contribute to society’s transition to a live style compatible with the limitations of our planet. Kirstine has proven experience in project management, awareness-raising campaigns, education and editorial management. She trained in the Holistic Business approach at Schumacher College (UK).
Interested in CSR training?
Your application must be concise and include:
- The CSR actions already in place in your organisation
- Your reasons for attending the training (maximum 10 lines)
We’ll respond after 31 October.
Note: we’ll only select 12 companies
Send us your application by 25 October!
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