Is Corporate Social Responsibility the key to competitiveness? 52% of a some 400-strong audience seem to think so. They together with a panel of distinguished judges gave the thumbs up to the winning proposition team debating for the motion “CSR is the key to a competitive European Union”. The audience voted for the winners via e-counters strapped to their seats immediately after the debate. The judges later chose the propositon as well to be the winning team.
‘For’ team anchor Marcus Lim, NUS Business School, together with Jonathan Koh, Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKSCB), SMU, and Hendrik Clüver, Nanyang Business School, were awarded S$1200 by the EU Centre in Singapore. The opposition team, led by anchor Caroline Ng, NUS Business School, with Marcus Kuhn, Nanyang Business School, and Shane Ng, LKCSCB, SMU, was awarded $300 in book vouchers. The two best speakers were also from the proposition. Marcus and Jonathan each made off with a S$1,500 stipend and an internship at Banyan Tree Holdings resorts, generously sponsored by the group.
Moderator Ms Claire Chiang, President, Banyan Tree Global Foundation, opened the debate by asking if a search for “moral capitalism” was needed. She also provided an overview of varied systems of corporate social responsibility practiced in different regions.
The EU Centre, together with Eurocham and the EC Delegation in Singapore, co-organised the Discover Europe 2009 cultural and career pavillion, which the debate was a part of.
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