GPoT with the assistance of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada organized a conference on “The Private Sector’s Role in the Area of Corporate Social Responsibility".
The event was part of the Forum for the Future, i.e. a joint initiative by the G8 and Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) launched with the aim to enhance dialogue between governments and civil society.
The workshop held at the premises of Istanbul Kültür University between October 8-9, 2010 brought together leading civil society activists, opinion leaders, private sector representatives, experts and figures working in the area of business and industry as well as government representatives from the BMENA region, Turkey, Canada and the US.
After H. E. Mr. Mehmet Şimşek, Minister of Finance of Turkey delivered his keynote speech, the participants broke down to four parallel workshops to discuss specific examples of best practices in the field of corporate social responsibility, cooperation between civil society and business, women’s economic participation, involvement of youth and the capacity building of civil society organizations.
The participants came up with a list of recommendations, which will be presented to foreign Ministers, private sector and civil society with the aim to increase the corporate social responsibility at the regional level.
This workshop was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.
Check the following links to see the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's position on the importance of corporate social responsibility in the Middle East as delivered during the Ministerial Meeting of the Forum for the Future in Doha on January 13, 2011.Clinton Bluntly Presses Arab Leaders on Reform
January 13, 2011 | The New York Times | By Mark LandlerClinton Talks Tough to "Stagnant" Mideast Allies
January 13, 2011 | ReutersClinton Says Mideast Faces Disaster Without Reform
January 13, 2011 | The Washington Times | By Matthew LeeClinton Urges Arab Reform to Foil Extremism
January 13, 2011 | gulfnews.comClinton'dan Arap liderlere reform çağrısı
January 13, 2011 | Hürriyet