Corporate social responsibility on the menu at Chamber annual dinner

March 28, 2012

Bath area firms are being urged to take a fresh look at corporate responsibility to society and social change by attending Bristol Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner  tomorrow evening.

Responsibility will be the main topic with guest speaker Big Issue joint founder John Bird MBE unlikely to pull any punches.

Mr Bird was born into poverty, brought up in care and, at various stages of his life, been a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and president of The Big Issue Foundation Board of Trustees, he is the force behind the world’s most successful street magazine.

The Big Issue has sold more than 50m copies, employed more than 15,000 homeless people in the UK alone and generating £25m-plus in payments to vendors.

With an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change, Mr Bird will offer some original perspectives on the interaction of business and society.

The event will also act as a platform for an appreciation of how firms can help young people and those on the fringes of society by being good corporate citizens.

The Chamber annual dinner is a highlight of the region’s business calendar, celebrating enterprise in the city and across the wider region. It takes place tomorrow at The Grand Hotel, Broad Street.

Tickets cost £75 for Chamber members and £110 for non-members and are available individually or in tables of 8, 10 or 12.

To book contact Amie Vaughan on 01275 370 850 or email


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