Shmooze

Ever wonder about big money shmoozes … You know those International affairs that most of us will never have?

Ever wonder if there is ever any follow-up to determine whether they are worth all the money that goes around?

Check out what was going on back in ’99

Back then did anyone talk about social responsibility?

Then there are the big alumni shmoozes. Does your alma mater matter more than your social responsibility when it comes to making your way up that job ladder?

And what exactly is social responsibility? Is it the same as Corporate Social Responsibility as the Government of Canada defines it:
“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as the voluntary activities undertaken by a company to operate in an economic, social and environmentally sustainable manner.

The Government of Canada understands that responsible corporate behaviour by Canadian companies operating internationally not only enhances their chances for business success but can also contribute to broad-based economic benefits for the countries in which they are active and for Canada. Investing and operating responsibly also plays an important role in promoting Canadian values internationally and contributes to the sustainable development of communities. The Government of Canada is therefore committed to promoting responsible business practices; and expects and encourages Canadian companies working internationally to respect all applicable laws and international standards, to operate transparently and in consultation with host governments and local communities, and to conduct their activities in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.” SOURCE:http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/topics-domaines/other-autre/csr-rse.aspx?lang=eng

Hmmmmm well what about international companies operating in Canada? Bathurst is still trying to get someone to clean up the mess left behind by a non-Canadian company named Smurfit-Stone. Where are all those folks who were shmoozing Bahurst some years back? Where are the Canadian government officials who were passing out our tax-dollars then?

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