Department Title DFID and CSR: Responsible business for poverty reduction Jillian Popkins Business Alliances Team 24th April 2007 1 Palace Street, London SW1E 5HE Abercrombie House, Eaglesham Road, East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 8EA
Department Title Contents • Introduction to DFID • CSR and poverty elimination • Initiatives and approaches
DFID – A brief introduction • part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries • headed by a Cabinet minister, one of the senior ministers in the Government • halving world poverty by the year 2015 • DFID aid will increase to £5.3 billion by 2007/08 • In 2004 UK set a clear timetable to meet, by 2013, the UN target of 0.7% of national income going to aid.
DFID and CSR • Why CSR? • Role of responsible business to deliver the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) • Growth, driven by the private sector, is a necessary condition for poverty reduction…. • However, where business acts irresponsibly can also contribute to poverty and vulnerability, e.g. child labour
CSR on a spectrum • At one end - elimination of harmful and abusive practices which underlie poverty and vulnerability (e.g. ‘the working poor’, child labour) • At the other end – business practice which has poverty reduction and sustainable development at its core makes a positive contribution to poverty elimination. • What makes a difference?
Some examples…. • Labour Rights - ILO anti-trafficking programme + Partnership Framework with the ILO • Ethical Trading Initiative • Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative + new accountability and transparency initiatives in access to medicines, defence and construction • Micro-credit and remittances • Food Industry & Africa • + our own procurement practices
Some links…. • DFID: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/ • ETI: http://www.ethicaltrade.org/ • EITI: http://www.eitransparency.org/