PRESS RELEASE 10 September 2014
Corporate social responsibility is spreading among Muslim-majority countries
An international conference to be held in Istanbul in November 2014 will look at corporate social responsibility within the Islamic economic model.
Corporate social responsibility, defined as the ability of businesses to incorporate environmental, ethical and human rights issues into their business strategies, is not only expanding in the West, but also in Muslim-majority countries. What does CSR look like in the Islamic economic model?
To answer this question, the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey (CSR Turkey), The Hollings Center for International Dialogue and the Center for International and European Studies (CIES) at Kadir Has University will be organizing an international conference on 17 November 2014 entitled CSR in Islam (Corporate Social Responsibility in Islam). The public event will include a panel discussion entitled “the Islamic Economic Model and Corporate Social Responsibility” and a “Corporate Social Responsibility Marketplace.” The Marketplace will be an opportunity for local and international companies to share their CSR practices with the public. The conference organizers aim to promote different viewpoints on sustainable development by creating a strong network among different countries, cultures and religions.
CSR Turkey president, Serdar Dinler, states that they have observed an increase in corporate social responsibility practices in Muslim-majority countries. Dinler further notes that “corporate social responsibility is rapidly expanding in these countries and if we share these practices among these countries and other regions we believe that we can generate more creative and sustainable CSR practices. The CSR in Islam event will bring together stakeholders such as businesspeople, civil society representatives, academics, government representatives, journalists and others from the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Europe and the United States. Our goal is to discuss CSR issues in Muslim-majority countries, to share best practices and to create a network among different regions and stakeholders.”
For detailed information about CSR in Islam please visit www.csrinislam.org.