At Breslin we believe that the need to build a new responsibility culture is crucial if we are to renew our communities, our society and the way we do business. Against the backdrop of the parliamentary expenses scandal, the financial crash, the debate over bankers’ bonuses and the revelations about phone tapping amongst tabloid journalists, the trust deficit in our society has never been greater, the need for a responsibility culture never more acute.
Critical to such a project is a strong and independent civil society, a public sector that embraces engagement and a business community that sees Corporate Responsibility as a central to its activities, rather than as an add-on or after-thought. To this end, and drawing on extensive experience in third sector leadership and Corporate Responsibility, we work with charities, social enterprises and for profit businesses to enhance their effectiveness in working with each other and in influencing public policy.
Responsibility, though, is not just a corporate issue; it is both personal and public. At the heart of debates about the nature of our welfare state, about how we care for an ageing population, about how we fund further and higher education, about the place of philanthropy and volunteering in our society and about how much tax we pay, and how we pay it, are deeply moral questions.
These are questions that we are keen to capture in projects such as Use Your Vote, the political engagement programme that we intend to launch in the build up to the next general election, and Give Five, the volunteering and philanthropy project that we are currently seeking investors for. Social impact is about taking responsibility and taking responsibility builds trust – values and objectives that sit at the heart of all that we do.