HR & CSR Breakfast a sellout

CSR Breakfast flyerMore than sixty people attended the HR & Corporate Social Responsibility Breakfast by Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce and Ryde Business Forum at MGSM on 9 September.

Speakers included:

  • The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Member for Ryde and Minister or Innovation and Better Regulation, who opened the event
  • Mark Byers of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers who spoke about pro bono activities his company undertakes and pro bono in the legal profession
  • Elizabeth Still of Bupa who spoke about how building trust with employees and clients/customers is critical for a brand to be loved, and that CSR has to align with the objectives of your business, not be a side offering
  • Iain Crossing of Inspirational Workplaces, who spoke about the rise of CSR from simply being a case of companies choosing a charity for their employees to donate to, to becoming an integral part of business and affecting how employees work, interact and build a strong sense of organisational identity.
  • Heather Pinto of Christian Community Aid, who spoke about the programs CCA, North Ryde Community Aid and Ryde Hunters Hill Community Services work with the community and businesses who support them
  • Prof. Debbie Haski-Levanthal of MGSM who spoke about who CSR creates brand loyalty, and the successful rise of social enterprises started by Gen Ys. MGSM has a CSR network in which more than 35 organisations take part. Ask for more information:
  • Gina Crowden, District Governor of Rotary District 9685, who presented, on behalf of Ryde Rotary Satellite E-Club, an award in the Ethics In Business Rotary awards. The Award for Corporate Social Responsibility winner was Johnson & Johnson

Stefan Sojka, President of Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce, was the MC for the event and also filmed the event. We hope to present Stefan’s video here soon so you can see and hear for yourself what the presenters had to say.

Big thanks go to all sponsors of this event; without their assistance such a successful CSR breakfast wouldn’t have been possible. Kudos to Hope Media, Inspirational Workplaces, Rotary and Hunt & Hunt for their assistance.