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Housing and the Social Economy

Housing

Housing construction is the most blatant example of how social engagement can be an onerous duty for some businesses. The 35% affordable housing debate is still raging and it’s obvious that property developers would do without it all together. Some go as far as preferring to make multi-million in-lieu payments instead of providing affordable housing.

Just this week, we’ve heard about negotiations between Newham Council and Galliard Homes where “Just 51 units — six per cent — will be “affordable”, […] but there is no mention of social housing in the application.” Says the Standard.

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Feeling Social?

feeling social

CSO not CSR. Corporate Social Opportunity not Corporate Social Responsibility. I heard this at a recent conference I attended in east London and it struck me as a powerful concept. CSO is about changing the mind set of people and organisations and the way we view our existence. It’s about understanding how we contribute to society and realise the causes and effects of our actions on the world around us. It’s about seeing the opportunity to improve our impact and support our businesses long-term.

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