The fifth annual Birmingham corporate social responsibility (CSR) summit has been announced, with the big question “Is CSR working for Birmingham?”

The organisers at Aston Business School are calling for the public and more community organisations to participate in a bid to ensure that the efforts of the business community are truly meeting the aspirations of the city.

Keynote speaker at the event Dr Nick Venning, a well-known figure in Birmingham's professional services community and a former director at PwC, said: “As an increasing number of businesses get involved in CSR programmes, it is important that there are tangible benefits for the wider community, as well as for the businesses themselves.

“The summit features businesses talking about their CSR programmes, but this time we want to invite more interaction, contribution and challenge from the communities they are looking to benefit, which is why it is open to the public.

“We hope that wider engagement will result in programmes that deliver exactly what communities need, at the same time as providing all of the usual benefits for corporate participants.”

The agenda will include speakers from Aston University, ACIVICO, CSR City, Gowling WLG, Beatfreeks and PwC, and will examine issues ranging from support for social enterprise to education, health and wellbeing.

The full day event is being hosted at Birmingham Council House on Friday 30th September and is sponsored by Birmingham City Council, ACIVICO and Clive Reeves Public Relations. The summit is free to attend, but delegates must pre-register.

PR by Clive Reeves PR Birmingham