Better together: Why collaboration is more important than ever
Chair of the ICRS, Claudine Blamey, explains why the Institute has opened its doors to organisational members.
Division appears to be dominating the headlines of late. The political parties are all working hard to differentiate themselves ahead of the May general election. Religious conflict is rarely out of the news and even the Six Nations rugby tournament is causing a temporary fracturing of the UK into its constituent parts.
In the search for a more sustainable future however, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone suggesting that it’s something that can be achieved alone. Never has the sharing of ideas been more important which is why, when the idea of a professional body was first suggested it was clear that it would have to be inclusive. That would mean creating an organisation that could support both individuals and organisations that cared about making a difference.
An inclusive approach
The ICRS was the brainchild of the Corporate Responsibility Group (CRG), which had been supporting and challenging member companies for more than twenty-five years. But membership was restricted by certain criteria and it was clear that under the ICRS banner, a new, more inclusive approach would be needed.
The ICRS launched to individuals in July last year. Then, in the second phase of our launch strategy, we announced in January that we would be welcoming organisations, including those from small and medium enterprises (SMEs), charities, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
We already have a committed and growing group of organisational members including: Accenture; BBC; GlaxoSmithKline; IBM; O2; Marks and Spencer; and Nestle to name just a few and we’ve just welcomed our first SME member in Flag, a CR reporting and marketing consultancy. We hope to welcome many more organisations in the coming months as we create a diverse, collaborative space for people to come together to learn, share ideas and find inspiration and support.ICRS