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6th Honduran National CSR Conference: “Share Responsibility”

Posted: Friday 22 July 11, 12.49pm GMT

The Honduran Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility organized the 6th Honduran National CSR Conference in the city of San Pedro Sula.

Former president of Colombia and the OAS, Cesar Gaviria.

Former president of Colombia and the OAS, Cesar Gaviria.

This one day event covered a wide range of CSR issues: Public-Private Partnership, Corporate Citizenship, Media and CSR, Sustainability Report (GRI), Implementing Labour Standards through CSR: Success cases and Multi-sector approaches to CSR.

Around 300 participants from diverse industries attended the conference and 16 speakers shared CSR experience and challenges face by the companies.

The former president of Colombia and the OAS, Cesar Gaviria participated as speaker and guest of honor. His speech was about the importance of practicing good corporate citizenship. He said that to combat poverty, low income families should be subsidized.

Aristides R. Baraya, director of the Latin American Business and Development Initiative in Southeastern Louisiana, spoke about the Public-Private Partnership and how it can connect to corporate social responsibility.

A topic of great interest was the role of the media and CSR. The panel of experts were the executive director of the nationwide newspaper La Prensa, María Antonia Martínez de Fuentes; Annamaría Villeda de Kafati , producer and presenter of the television show aired nationally in Honduras, called “Porque Nos Importa” and the the president of Channel 10 (Educational Channel), Rodrigo Wong Arévalo, the panel was moderated by Mirna Rivera, Communication and Institutional Director of FUNDAHRSE.

Jacobo Kattan, president of the board FUNDAHRSE, gave the closing remarks and thanked the sponsors, special guests, speakers and audience. He announced that 2012 will be held the Seventh National Conference on CSR in Tegucigalpa.

Other news: FUNDAHRSE is Strengthening implementation of CSR among its member’s supply chain.

The Small & Medium Enterprises Unit of FUNDAHRSE is driving a program to implement CSR in the supply chain of company members of the foundation such as Cenosa Cement, Cervecería Hondureña (SabMiller Company) and Corporación Industrial del Norte (holds Pepsi franchises).

So far 100 Small and Medium size enterprises have been trained.

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