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Experts to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility

Business leaders, CEOs, academia and the development community from across the country will meet in Kampala today for the second CSR Dialogue aimed at deliberating on the best practices for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
The dialogue comes on the heels of the continued debates on the relevance and viability of various corporate social responsibility initiatives to improve lives and nurture development.

The dialogue organized by CSR Consultative Group, Uganda Chapter for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives (UCCSRI), and German Development Service (DED) Uganda is the second of its kind following the inaugural one in July last year. The one day event, to be held at Hotel Africana, is organized under the theme, Why CSR?

“We need improved approaches to CSR to make CSR a strategic business and development tool in Uganda, so that there is a win-win situation for both companies and beneficiaries,” David Katamba, the Chairman UCCSRI, is quoted in a press statement.

According to Katamba, most companies and beneficiaries don’t get the best results from social responsibility initiatives due to undefined strategies. In the process, a lot of money has been spent and lost on initiatives that show lack of continuity, knowledge and relevance to the beneficiaries or the companies.

Dr. Christoph Zipfel, the CSR and Public Private Partnership Promoter German Development Service (Ded) said the dialogue will improve the quality of CSR in Uganda which is relevant for private sector development and its contribution to poverty eradication.

“We expect to increase and strengthen awareness of CSR, share and learn the best CSR practices and to make strategies that will ensure that CSR is a win- win for both companies and the communities,” he said.

smusasizi@observer.ug

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