We hear so much today about Corporate Social Responsibility and what large corporations are doing to support deserving causes. The most famous is the Gates Foundation worth an estimated $40BN, but there are many others and it’s estimated that large corporations gave over $17BN to charities last year alone and that over 90% of the world’s largest companies now have an annual CSR report. But it’s not just the big companies who see the value of CSR as part of their culture. Peter Logue, CEO of VA Business Solutions, a small Scottish Consultancy Company says, “Like many companies VA Business Solutions have a global outlook, but a local base. We are based in Greenock and see ourselves as a key part of the community, with all of the responsibilities that brings. As well as sourcing locally whenever possible, we see CSR as our way of giving something back to the community and doing our bit to help improve society. The most recent example being our sponsorship of the Ladies Day event at Kip Marina in Inverkip to raise funds for the Ardgowan Hospice. Hospices are unique places which hold a special place in people’s hearts and we all know friends, relatives and their families who have been helped by them. There were over 350 guests at the event and over £25K was raised, which could fund 500 home visits from a community nurse or provide 42 nights of specialist patient care. When we support events like these we see not just a benefit for the recipient charity but also a boost in employee engagement, loyalty and creativity”.