In the 21st century the world faces social, environmental, and financial challenges of unprecedented magnitude and complexity. No one actor can resolve these issues single-handedly. Governments and civil society are increasingly calling business to the table. Government and society as a whole are struggling to deal with a wide range of intractable social issues such as rising levels of recidivism and antisocial behaviour, rising numbers of youth unemployment, widening gap between the poorest and richest in society to name a few.
So with these many and varied social issues that need addressed, does this mean that businesses should exist to serve society? Many would argue that “there is only one social responsibility of business, to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits” or more simply “the business of business is business”.
This causal breakfast discussion aims to “start the conversation” within a Northern Ireland context and link this current thinking into the new Programme for Government as a possible solution to solving some of Northern Ireland's most pressing social and environmental issues and encourage local SME’s to think more differently as a “successful business needs a healthy, productive and well-functioning community not only to create demand for its services or products, but also to have a supportive environment and economic stability. The other way around a society needs business to create employment, raise social standards and create wealth.
Speakers include: Dr Bryan Keating (Chair of MATRIX), Rob Hardeman ( HRH The Prince of Wales – Responsible Business Ambassador (NI) and MATRIX Panel Member), Roger Warnock (Social Indigo - Author)
About the Unusual Suspects Festival: After the success of two festivals in London and in Glasgow, we are hosting the Unusual Suspects Festival again this year in Northern Ireland on October 12- 14, 2016. 3 days, 2 cities, 15+ events, 40+ organisations all exploring what happens when social innovation meets collaboration and how together we can meet some of society's most pressing challenges. The Festival brings together the 'unusual suspects' from across Northern Ireland and the world, people who wouldn't normally cross paths, to explore how we can work together in new and different ways to create real social change. To find out more and to sign up to more events.