UNIAPAC and MA’AM are holding a conference on corporate social responsibility this month aimed at bringing together Christian and Muslim business leaders to discuss how companies and the economy can better benefit their local communities.
The first annual Beirut Conference, to be held 25 to 26 March at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel under the patronage of President Michel Sleiman, will include discussions on business leader’s roles in shaping their companies’ culture and workforce conduct and corporate duties to society. Representatives from IBM, the WTO, the Vatican and the King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies are among the speakers on the panels. More than 500 business leaders are expected to attend.
The conference’s key objectives are to encourage the establishment of businesses that apply corporate social responsibility; promote equality, a fair distribution of income and diverse workforce; and contribute to building a global economy that better balances the free market and the common good.
"The world is shaken by an economic crisis, which is at its core a lack of social ethics," said Pierre Lecocq, president and chairman of UNIAPAC. "For this purpose, 500 business leaders who are fully immersed in the daily events of the free market, while maintaining the values of the world’s two largest religions, will come together with a common purpose: to inform the world that an economy serving mankind is the only path toward sustainable growth."