The Involvement of Small and Medium Size Business in Corporate Social Responsibility

Hearings and Transcripts

Representatives and clients of the following organisations presented evidence to the Committee at Public Hearings for the Inquiry.

Transcripts are listed in alphabetical order.

Ardoch Youth Foundation 55 Kb
Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility 64 Kb
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 182 Kb
Australian Retailers Association 154 Kb
Deakin University 59 Kb
Melbourne Cares 52 Kb
Monash Governance Research Unit, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University 60 Kb
Philanthropy Australia 59 Kb
Positive Outcomes 56 Kb
Ritchies Stores Pty Ltd 210 Kb
The Smith Family 65 Kb
Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry 203 Kb
World Vision Australia 56 Kb


The following organisations provided submissions to the Committee for the Inquiry.
Submissions are listed in alphabetical order.

Berry Street Victoria 962 Kb
State Government of Victoria 101 Kb

Report and Government Response

The Final Report was tabled on Tuesday 19th August 2008.

CSR Final Report

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The Government Response to the report was tabled on 26 February 2009.

Terms of Reference

To the Family and Community Development Committee for inquiry, consideration and report no later than 1 March 2008 on the involvement of small and medium size businesses in corporate social responsibility and, in conducting the inquiry, the Committee is to:

  1. investigate current Australian initiatives where small and medium size businesses have developed innovative ways of working with governments and community groups to support communities;
  2. examine the international context and emerging trends with overseas initiatives relevant to corporate social responsibility amongst small and medium size businesses aimed at tackling social disadvantage;
  3. investigate how small and medium size businesses could play a role in tackling disadvantage in local communities and making communities stronger, particularly how they can partner with government and community groups to work in the areas of most need;
  4. determine the barriers and the drivers for small and medium sized businesses to become involved in social responsibility initiatives and options for addressing those barriers and increasing the drivers;
  5. examine the barriers to sustainability of business and corporate social responsibility initiatives for small and medium sized businesses.