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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Social Enterprises in 2010: the relationship between government, business and civil society

March 2010

Beth Brewis, Managing Director, and Fraser Millar, Senior Consultant with FSD visited Shanghai at the invitation of the British Embassy to take part in its Shanghai Expo Civil Society Week: Speaking at a Symposium in association with the Central Executive Leadership Academy Pudong and sponsored by Barclays, FSD was asked to contribute to the event to generate discussion and share expertise on the relationship between government, business and civil society on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social enterprises in 2010 in the UK and China.  The focus provided by FSD was based on its extensive work with The Scottish Government with the main topics being around the benefits to civil society of social enterprises as service providers and how we measure the impact we make. We were asked to comment on how the role of the Scottish Government has facilitated social enterprises as service providers and how it enables public sector purchasers to procure these services.

The Symposium, with presentations from representatives from experts from the private sector and civil society was attended by representatives from the government, the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce, the media and civil society. 

A reception, held at the United Kingdom pavilion at Shanghai Expo was hosted by Carma Elliot, British Consul-General Shanghai, to bring together the Civil Society Week's participants. These included senior representatives from Civil Society Organisations engaged in work on volunteering, people with disabilities, elderly care and lesbian gay bisexual and transsexual rights. As well as FSD representing social enterprise,  other attendants were experts from the private sector on corporate social responsibility (Barclays, DLA Piper), CELAP representatives and officials from MoCA, Chevening Alumni Scholars and participants on the Nottingham University/All China Youth Federation Programme which is taking place over the summer. This was a great opportunity for people from government, business, civil society and academia, to come together and share their expertise and experiences whilst celebrating the contributions they made to the week and in larger society.

Scottish Government's Public Social Partnership Project.
Lead Funder draft guidance.

Lead Funder draft guidance has been published by the Scottish Government Third Sector Division, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP and Forth Sector Development, as part of the Scottish Government's Public Social Partnership Project. The guidance is primarily focused on public sector funding but is also applicable to other funding streams. Third Sector organisations and individuals were consulted during the production of this document.Download pdf here.            
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