Business Responsibility and Social justice: The role of media
Mar 22, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM
|Contact Name||Ashok Kumar|
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New Delhi: Whether it is the issue of business responsibility or social justice, media organisations have been covering stories as each of them would report on similar themes. A few media agencies have been traditionally covering more development stories. Others have lesser focus on development angles. While business responsibility is covered more by business press, social justice is covered more by mainstream media.
It is not surprising that stories linking business responsibility with social justice are rare. A journalist follows his/her beat and avoids intruding into a colleague’s beat. Linkages are pursued, singularly or jointly, if there is a big story.
After promulgation of the Companies Act - 2013, the media has kept the spotlight mostly on the discourse triggered by policies of the government or practices of companies. Today most of the business responsibility initiatives in India seek to attend to obvious problems, but the real structural causes of underdevelopment remain largely neglected. While even large scale welfare measures are being taken up under business responsibility initiatives, redressal of root causes of social, economic and environmental challenges get largely ignored by businesses and consequently media reporting is missing.
Given this backdrop, a media round table of eminent journalists, ‘Business Responsibility and Social Justice: The Role of Media’, is being organised to take stock of the media landscape on the subject and have an informed discussion on coverage of stories that are at the intersection of business responsibility and social justice.
The round table is being organised by National Foundation for India and OneWorld Foundation India. It follows a recent panel discussion on ‘Social Justice Philanthropy: Old Challenges, New Opportunities’, organised by National Foundation of India and OneWorld Foundation India, which saw eminent corporate and civil society leaders flag the challenges and point to the emerging opportunities.
Besides, National Foundation of India and OneWorld Foundation India have also partnered to produce and broadcast a series of radio programmes on social justice philanthropy on AIR FM Rainbow.
Venue: Conference Room-I, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller MargNew Delhi – 110003