Seminar for instilling more awareness on business and human rights in your companyCategory: Engagement
Client: Amnesty International Japan and Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center
Photo: Hurights Osaka
On June 15, 2018 in Tokyo, Amnesty International Japan and Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information Center (Hurights Osaka) co-sponsored the “Seminar for instilling more awareness on business and human rights in your company.” Twenty three people who were responsible for corporate social responsibility and human rights joined the seminar. Takeshi Nozawa, our CEO and Managing Director, facilitated the workshop for participants from companies to share their own issues with their participants and categorize them for finding solutions.
The goals of this seminar were as follows:
· Share issues in their own companies with others to categorize them;
· Create visions on how to solve their issues while discussing with others from different companies, participants;
· Learn from the practices of Casio Computer Co. about how to raise and instill awareness on human rights in the company and their human rights training program;
· Have clearer perspectives on business and human rights and on how to implement human rights due diligence in their daily work.
The questionnaire after the seminar received positive answers, including “It was straightforward and helpful,” and “I could get some hints from in-depth workshop and presentation on what other companies are doing. I think we will be able to start actions quickly.” We are delighted to know that the workshop also gave an opportunity for participants to get concrete tips from the cases and real circumstances of other companies.
Designing a SDGs lunch seminar for corporate in-house CSR trainingCategory: Engagement
Client: Energy company
Background: Bringing life to CSR seminars
One client holds annual seminars to raise employee awareness about corporate social responsibility (CSR) topics.
It came to EcoNetworks for help, and raised two issues:
– The seminar was voluntary but participation was dropping. What could be done to boost participation?
– The client wanted to talk about the UN Sustainable Development Goals. What be done to make the SDGs meaningful personally and help employees understand the concepts?
Our approach: Making social issues your own
We decided to offer a seminar during the regular lunch hour. Using lunchboxes provided to participants, we introduced tasks that would make them think personally about social issues.
Before talking about the SDGs, we got them interested by making them a little more aware that people are suffering with issues in society.
To help them understand the SDGs, we used display cards. People would read the SDG goals, and then think about how they are connected with their company.
With 17 SDG goals and 169 targets, it is a challenge for a group to read them all with conviction. And if we tried to explain everything in detail, participants would probably forget a lot of it.
So we created an environment that made it fun to read out the goals, and we designed the materials to be easy to read.
Outcomes: Creating opportunities for every participant go home more aware
The power of lunchbox as a teaching tool is big. In the follow-up survey, all the participants indicated high satisfaction levels, and said they had learned something new.
We believe that in return for using their valuable lunch time, participants were able to gain a lot of value from the seminar. And we hope that they will be able to make connections between what they learned and their future actions at work.
Workshop for better reporting for global audienceCategory: Language
Client: Japanese companies
In December 2016, EcoNetworks held a workshop in Tokyo on the subject of Five Things You Can Do for Better English Reporting. This was intended for Japanese companies to discuss how they should structure their reports, not about what they should report.
Participants picked up several reports written in English and compared the contents in terms of the design, volume of text per page, and overall balance in layout.
Practical know-how that we built through many translation projects was introduced as Five Things You Can Do, a list of things that companies should keep in mind when working with a translation company.
Five Things You Can Do for Better English Reporting
- Be simple
- Make titles short to convey just the essence
- Check from different viewpoints
- Agree in advance on writing styles
- Fine-tune for readers from different backgrounds
The fifth point, especially, attracted participants’ attention. We talked about what to be careful about when expressing something in a different language, and how to adjust translation for readers with different cultural backgrounds.
The small-group workshop encouraged open discussion. Participants actively exchanged information; for example, how to get internal buy-in for the content and how to effectively express key messages in English.