Businesses that care - CSR in Scotland

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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iMultiply and Mazars welcome you to explore the significance of CSR in the Scottish market.

Corporate Social Responsibility is now becoming an emerging business practice, where it can bring benefits to your business but most importantly, to society.

This engaging event will be led by Josh Littlejohn, an entrepreneur and founder of Social Bite and Brewgooder as well as Tom Murray, a charity expert and Chair of Mercy Corps. This event is a great chance to hear about:

Tom Murray - Tom explores the deeper meaning and value behind good corporate responsibility and the benefits this has to business and the wider community. Tom will also discuss how charities can design CSR programmes that businesses are looking for.

Josh Littlejohn - Josh shares the SocialBite story and his plans to eradicate homelessnes in Scotland by 2022. Josh will also discuss how corporates can engage and shares details of his exciting "Sleep in the Park" and village project.


More about our speakers:

Josh Littlejohn

Josh Littlejohn is one of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs. Josh is the co-founder of Scottish social enterprise Social Bite, a national chain of sandwich and coffee shops which shot to global fame when Holywood A-lister George Clooney visited an outlet in 2015. Another Oscar winner Leonardo Di Caprio visited the social enterprise in 2016.

Social Bite competes in high street takeaway food, as well as the high end restaurant market, but does so for a social purpose. 100% of Social Bite’s profits are donated to good causes and 1 in 4 of their staff are people from homeless backgrounds. Social Bite also feed the homeless with food that their customers pre-pay for. The organisation is by far the largest distributor of free fresh food and hot drinks to the homeless in the UK - giving away over 100,000 items each year. Josh is also the founder of The Scottish Business Awards and as well as Clooney and Dicaprio, he has also enlisted the help of world leaders such as President Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson to support his social endeavours.

In 2016, Josh co-founded a Social Enterprise beer company called Brewgooder, where 100% of the profits go towards providing clean water. The brewery plans to provide clean drinking water for 1 million people in five years. At the age of 30, Josh has raised over £4 million for charity and made a significant impact on the issue of homelessness in Scotland. Josh is an originator of social businesses which not only tackle pressing issues but radically challenge how we think about doing business.


In 2017, Josh was given an MBE in the New Years Honours list, which he dedicated to the homeless and marginalised. He has recieved 2 honorary doctorates and he also made the Debrett’s list of 500 most influential people in the UK 2017.

Tom Murray

Tom Murray has been Chairman of the Mercy Corps Europe Board since November 2015. Leading lawyer and Chairman at Gillespie Macandrew LLP in Edinburgh, Tom’s special interests are charities & NGOs, trusts & tax. He is one of the few lawyers accredited as a specialist in Charity law by the Law Society of Scotland and serves on its Charity Law committee.

He is also chairman of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, which runs the Edinburgh Assay Office responsible for hallmarking precious metal and was formerly the Chairman of the British Hallmarking Council, the regulatory body responsible for advising the Government on hallmarking issues.

As well as his involvement with Mercy Corps, Tom is one of the Scottish Government appointed trustees of the Scottish National War Memorial, the Protector of one of the BIG Lottery’s trusts and also a trustee on a number of other charities.


Agenda:

6:00pm Arrival and drinks

6.30pm Speakers: Tom Murray and Josh Littlejohn

7.30pm Networking

8.30pm Finish

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