A Key and Strategic part of the Joshua Community Vision is Partnership and Alliance with Businesses both within the Joshua Community areas and Nationally. These relationships are developed under the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.
Under the Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) agenda and since both Joshua and Corporate businesses are engaged with impacting and helping communities, the Joshua Social Enterprises provide unique and innovative opportunities for corporates to fulfil their Social Responsibility Policies and Agenda. This is achieved through these businesses engaging some of the Joshua Enterprise to provide products and services thereby providing opportunity for Joshua to employ those students who have come through the New Beginnings program and enjoy a Fresh Start in their lives.
We would love to hear from you if you would like to explore opportunities for your company. We have already developed several creative and effective initiatives that we believe would have significant impact in your local communities.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined by the European Commission as “the responsibility of enterprises for their impacts on society”. To fully meet this responsibility, the Commission states that, in addition to respect for applicable legislation and collective agreements between social partners, enterprises “should have in place a process to integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into their business operations and core strategy in close collaboration with their stakeholders, with the aim of maximising the creation of shared value for their owners/shareholders, other stakeholders and society at large, and identifying, preventing and mitigating their possible adverse impacts”.
Corporate social responsibility practices can impact and influence many areas of a business and revolves around five pillars:
The Community pillar relates to how businesses interact with community and voluntary organisations in their local communities. Building trust and developing strategic partnerships in the communities businesses operate in is essential to secure long-term sustainability. It can increase staff loyalty, attract new talent whilst making a positive impact on society.
The Workplace pillar is concerned with how a business supports, engages and motivates their employees. It looks at issues such as work-life balance, employee health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, organisational culture and volunteering. Motivated and engaged employees are more productive and people prefer to work for employers they can trust.
The Marketplace pillar relates to how an organisation manages its relationship with its customers and suppliers. Buying and selling products or services is intrinsic to business – ensuring this is done in an ethical and sustainable manner is key to a company’s reputation and long-term viability.
Governance & Communications
The governance and communication pillar relates to how businesses support, manage and communicate their responsible and sustainable business practices within their organisations. A fundamental aspect is the involvement of stakeholders in identifying the most material areas that responsible/sustainable activities should address.
The Environment pillar relates to the management of a company’s impact on the environment. Leading businesses know that they have a role to play in managing the world’s resources efficiently and in combating climate change. Sound environmental strategies are essential to the sustainability of a business and can also reduce costs.