Several weeks ago I was invited to come to the Lebanon and speak about CSR reporting. I wasn’t sure what to make of it a the beginning but after a few minutes into the conversation I realized that this man I was speaking to really knew what he was talking about. It all sounded really interesting, something that was absolutely necessary to support in my opinion and another great opportunity to promote CSR. I therefore confirmed my interest and I was on a plane to Beirut yesterday.
We had the first ever CSR Seminar here in Beirut today. I think it was a success and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the topics discussed, the regional input and the totally different culture.
More will follow in a proper post at a later stage but as I am a blogger I needed to share my immediate thoughts today and need some feedback if possible.
Here are my impressions from today:
- The audience was very receptive to the overall concept of CSR
- They even had several TV crews at the event. So you might even get the joy on seeing me on TV if you live the Middle East that is.
- Culturally I believe is CSR is a really good fit for businesses here in he Middle East. The sense of community and responsibility is really strong.
- Western best practice is really helping to frame the objective of what is needed for businesses to see their CSR objective
- People with CSR experience in this field are really in high demand.
- Lebanese people in particular are so hospitable. Just amazing how kind they are.
As I have written at the beginning, I will do a proper post later this or next week so stay tuned for more. In the meantime would I love to hear from you what your experiences with CSR and the Middle East are. No worries if you have none but maybe you could help me in sharing what you would expect to find in terms of CSR best practice, cultural sensitivity in relation to CSR, etc?
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