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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) FOR RESPONSIBLE AGRO INVESTMENTS (RAI)
Corporate social responsibility: concept and ...
CSR Concept
The CSR concept came into common use in the late
1960s and early 1970s, it encourages organizations
to conside...
What is CSR about
• An obligation beyond that required by
law and economics, for a company to
pursue long term goals that ...
Overall companies/businesses’ responsibilities
Discretionary
Responsibility
(CSR)
Legal Responsibility
(Attain to country ...
CSR responsibilities
Selected internal and external recipients
Internal
• Responsibility towards
owners
• Responsibility t...
Potential elements/activities that can be included in the CSR
guidelines for RAI
• Food and nutrition security
• Human rig...
CSR efforts diversifications
(snapshot analysis of past global interventions)
• PURPOSE - Providing funding and skills
• I...
Conclusions
CSR can play a vital role in detecting how business impacts labour
conditions, local communities and economies...
For more information please visit the FAO, WB, UNCTAD and IFAD
Knowledge exchange platform for Responsible Agro-Investment...
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Corporate social responsibility in agricultural investment

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This presentation introduces the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards responsible agro investments. Increasing investment in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty, particularly in rural areas. Yet, poorly conceived or executed investments could have unintended negative impacts in terms of social cohesion and human rights. Among others, social sustainability can be enhanced if the generation of quality employment and the provision of public goods and services are considered in the investment design.

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Corporate social responsibility in agricultural investment

  1. 1. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) FOR RESPONSIBLE AGRO INVESTMENTS (RAI) Corporate social responsibility: concept and scope Francesca Dalla Valle (francesca.dallavalle@fao.org) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  2. 2. CSR Concept The CSR concept came into common use in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it encourages organizations to consider the interests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of the organization's activities on consumers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in all aspects of its operations
  3. 3. What is CSR about • An obligation beyond that required by law and economics, for a company to pursue long term goals that are good for society • The continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of the workforce and their families as well as that of local communities and society at large • About how a company manages its business process to produce an overall impact on society CSR applied to responsible agro investments? Agriculture investments that respect: RIGHTS LIVELIHOODS RESOURCES
  4. 4. Overall companies/businesses’ responsibilities Discretionary Responsibility (CSR) Legal Responsibility (Attain to country laws and regulations) Economic Responsibility (Be profitable)
  5. 5. CSR responsibilities Selected internal and external recipients Internal • Responsibility towards owners • Responsibility towards suppliers • Responsibility towards employees • Responsibility towards investors External • Responsibility towards society • Responsibility towards competitors • Responsibility towards customers • Responsibility towards government
  6. 6. Potential elements/activities that can be included in the CSR guidelines for RAI • Food and nutrition security • Human rights (including labour rights) • Sustainable agricultural development • Conditions of work and occupational and health safety standards • Community involvement and development investing in human capital • Involvement of and respect for diverse culture and disadvantaged populations • Environmental preservation • Accountability and transparency • Etc. Corporate Social Responsibility Food and Nutrition Security Development of Communities Consumers’ Issues Fair Operating Practices Environment Human Rights Decent Labour Practices and Standards
  7. 7. CSR efforts diversifications (snapshot analysis of past global interventions) • PURPOSE - Providing funding and skills • IMPACT - Little strategic and operational impact • BENEFITS - Short-term benefits, impact is thinned because diluted to many charities, minimal results in national social programmes CSR as corporate philanthropy • PURPOSE - Compliance • IMPACT - Medium to high strategic and operational impact • BENEFITS - Mitigate operational business impacts, support external relationship etc CSR as risk management • PURPOSE - To promote sustainable business models • IMPACT - Fundamental strategic and operational impact • BENEFITS - Promotes sustainable models, integrates business into the communities, develop human capital, etc CSR as value creation
  8. 8. Conclusions CSR can play a vital role in detecting how business impacts labour conditions, local communities and economies, environmental issues etc Effective CSR policies and strategies, based on socio-economic sustainable development principles, must foster ownership and local involvement, clearly demonstrating commitment of the investor to partner with the communities in which business is conducted. Investments today cannot afford alienation/isolation, business needs a stable social environment that provides a predictable climate for investment and trade and therefore involving and protecting local communities (hence investing in human & social capital and local economic development) is vital to a company’s continued commercial success.
  9. 9. For more information please visit the FAO, WB, UNCTAD and IFAD Knowledge exchange platform for Responsible Agro-Investments (RAI) http://www.responsibleagroinvestment.org/rai/

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