5 September 2011

On 12 September 2011 we organised a discussion hosted by our UK Chair Lord Paddy Ashdown on the relevance of humanitarian emergencies to the private sector.

Here are some exerpts from the event:

Robin O’Kelly, Director of Corporate Communication at Everything Everywhere, explained the benefits of their partnership with UNICEF:

 

Jo Confino, Executive Editor of The Guardian and chair of Guardian Sustainable Business, argued that the term 'corporate social responsibility' should be a thing of the past:

 

Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, suggested six ways in which businesses can support humanitarian emergencies:

 

Malcolm Norman, Chief Security Officer at Aon, talked of the need for companies to work with communities in the countries they operate, as partners.

"When companies are properly integrated into the communities within which they work they become a partner rather than a target", he said.

"Genuine security is achieved only when an organisation’s work is accepted by the local community. Achieving this relies on a long-term, sustainable business strategy underpinned by changed business practices and a set of sound operational values. It is at odds with short-term market plunder approaches to doing business."

To find out about other events like this, email hannahb@unicef.org.uk

 
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, addresses the recent UNICEF business and emergencies event  © UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews
Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, addresses the recent UNICEF business and emergencies event © UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews
Jo Confino of The Guardian takes questions during the recent business and emergencies event © UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews
Jo Confino of The Guardian takes questions during the recent business and emergencies event© UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews
Malcolm Norman of Aon challenged international companies to work with their communities as partners. © UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews
Malcolm Norman of Aon challenged international companies to work with their communities as partners.© UNICEF UK/2011/Isabelle Andrews