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Corporate Social Responsibility Summit

Event Information:

Venue: University of Derby - Chesterfield Campus, Derbyshire

Date: Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Time: 8:00am - 10:00am

Available To: Members Only

Member Price: FREE

If you wish to be added to the waiting list for this event, please email your full contact details to the Policy Team via the following link:

This is the second Corporate Social Responsibility Summit the Chamber has held and the intention is two-fold:

As a Chamber we want to provide thought leadership in this space around how we can support businesses – particularly SMEs – to engage in community activity in a way that provides impact for both them and the community they’re working in and to understand the benefits of doing so.

The Chamber wants to create more opportunities for businesses to engage in CSR activity and we see ourselves as having a role in linking businesses with communities.

This work doesn’t exist in a vacuum and is a direct response to our Board’s decision earlier this year to update our organisational Vision to: To Enhance East Midlands Businesses and Communities.

In pursuit of this vision we have a new organisational Goal: To demonstrate and develop the links between successful businesses and thriving local communities.

To support the Chambers work, we conducted some survey activity to understand businesses current approach to CSR - the findings of which will be shared at the Summit


7.30am - 8am  

Registration, teas and coffees




  Welcome and introduction to the Summit - Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)






Government’s approach to Responsible Business - Lizzy Hawkins, Senior Policy Adviser for Responsible Business, Government Inclusive Economy Unit

This presentation will outline the Government’s approach to responsible business and highlight the work that is taking place centrally on this agenda.









Panel Discussion: Understanding the value of CSR and what it can do for business – Chaired by Scott Knowles

  1. Todd McQuilkin, Chief Executive, Air IT
  2. Stephen Slack, People Manager, Flowerworld (WM Morrisons)
  3. Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive, Morningside Pharmaceuticals
  4. James Knox, Community Investment Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Ricoh
  5. Russ Langley, Director of Corporate Planning and Performance, University of Derby.






Developing meaningful relationships: the charity perspective - Emma Hallam, Founder and Director, Alex’s Wish and Maria Hanson, Founder and CEO, Me & Dee

The aim is to give the business audience a fuller sense of what good CSR looks like from the charity perspective, including the importance of meaningful relationships with private sector partners and how this can maximise the impact for all parties.







Giving impactfully: the work of Community Foundations - Nina Daubin, Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Foundation, David Ryley, Chief Executive, Ryley Wealth, Paul Broadhead, Head of Community Investment and Education Outreach, Rolls-Royce

This slot aims to give the audience an understanding of what Community Foundations are and how they can support businesses wanting to give financially into their local community but unsure of how to best approach this.
10am   Next steps - Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber
10.05am   Close and networking


Delegates will learn and experience from other successful organisations and multinationals that have implemented and participated in great CSR activities including the challenges they faced in achieving their ultimate goals.


The CSR Summit attracts a mix of delegates from government, academia and sector specific organisations and is the go-to regional event for anyone interested in reviewing company policies.  


Anyone interested in attending should 'register their interest' via the 'Book your place' section below. 

Please note that until a confirmation email has been received, your delegate place is not guaranteed.  

Due to limited places this event is offered only to Chamber members - one delegate place per organisation; all other bookings will be politely declined. 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact the Policy Team on: 0333 320 0333 xtn. 2231.