International Forum of Socially Responsible Small and Medium Enterprises
Hosted by Expo Guadalajara, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi), held the Second International Forum for Socially Responsible Small and Medium Enterprises, on October 3 and 4, in Guadalajara, Jalisco and brought together Mexican and Latin American companies.
The theme of the meeting was “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Strategic Synergy”. During the conferences, attendees reflected upon the role of the private sector in the achievement of the SDGs promoted by the United Nations for its fulfillment in 2030.
In addition, the Forum program offered participants workshops on corporate governance, options to prevent business risks, and innovation, among other topics. It was a true training space on issues related to social responsibility.
One of the speakers was José Medina Mora Icaza, Vice President of the Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex), who spoke about the pillars of CSR in México. He called the fight against corruption the challenge of the decade, and emphasized the ethics that should exist in the way companies behave. "If we act together, we can close the door to corruption," he said.
Vania Pérez Morales, of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), spoke about the construction of integrity from the private sector. She said that the UNDP has developed a tool for companies, called Corporate Integrity, which is a program to help companies implement the measures required by international regulations and manage risks in this area.
Delivery of the Socially Responsible Enterprise Badge
Within the framework of the event, the Cemefi and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (AliaRSE) delivered the Socially Responsible Enterprise Distinctive (SRE) 2018 to 811 micro, small and medium-sized companies that satisfactorily comply with corporate social responsibility standards.
Jalisco is one of the two states with the most Socially Responsible Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), with 104; placing second in the country, only behind México City, which has 219 SMEs with the SRE Distinctive. In third place is Sinaloa, with 98 SMEs. This year, companies from 29 states of the Republic participated in the process to obtain this recognition.
Of the 811 SMEs that obtained the SRE Distinctive, 417 belong to the service industry, 157 to the manufacturing industry, 96 to the commerce industry, 82 to the construction industry, 24 to agriculture, 21 to transport and communications, and 14 to the mining and extractive sector, according to Jorge Villalobos Grzybowicz, CEO of Cemefi, during his speach at the opening ceremony.
Jorge Familiar Haro, President of the Board of Directors of Cemefi, said that the SRE Distinctive delivered in 2018 to 811 SMEs, is the highest number that Cemefi has registered in the history of this recognition. He noted that this is the first time that the recognized SMEs almost reached the number of the large companies that received their Distinctive in May, in México City.
Recognition of Best Practices of Socially Responsible Enterprises 2018
The agenda of the event also included the presentation of Best Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility 2018. These are corporate practices that have been considered exemplary, because they can be replicated and for their results, which have shown a positive impact on all its related audiences and, at the same time, contribute to the success of the business, responding or resolving some social expectation in the following topics: Anti-corruption, Inter-sector or inter-company alliances, Quality of life in the company, Care and preservation of the environment, Business ethics, Promotion of responsible consumption, Link with the community and Corporate Volunteering. Those attending the Forum were able to hear about these best practices and know what the factors of their success were.
Prior to the closing of the Second SMEs Forum, Cemefi held the award ceremony for the Recognition of Best Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility 2018. Through this Award, Cemefi has sought to promote the culture of corporate social responsibility in the private sector. Over time, the Recognition has gained international relevance, and in its 19th edition, it had the participation of 73 companies, from eight countries, which in total postulated 104 practices; of which, the Cemefi awarded 27; 18 from México and 5 from Latin America. In addition, 38 honorable mentions were awarded.
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José Medina Mora, Vice President of Coparmex, gave a conference at the Forum of Socially Responsible SMEs, held in Guadalajara, Jal.
Compañía Minera Pitalla, which operates in the State of Sonora, was one of the 811 companies that received,at the event, the SRE Distinctive 2018.
The Executive President of Cemefi, Jorge Villalobos, shared the numbers that show the progress of social responsibility in México.
Telefónica México was one of the companies that operates in our country that obtained the Recognition of Best Practices of CSR in 2018.
For the first time, in 2018, the micro, medium and small companies that obtained the SRE Distinction matched the large companies in number.