The IPAHP Human Rights Program
The Corporate Cultural Diplomacy Project
About the IPAHR Corporate Cultural Diplomacy Project
Multinational corporations have carved a significant public role in twenty-first-century daily life of us all. As this role becomes more and more prominent, private entities have capitalized on the opportunities presented by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. These programs are dedicated to activities that ensure the company is operating in a responsible way toward its local, national and global environments.
CSR is a key facilitator of cultural diplomacy, helping to building dialogue, understanding and trust between companies and their clients (and potential clients) all over the world through for example grants, exchange programs and sponsored community initiatives. The stronger the relationships between a company and its surrounding communities, the more trust will grow, and the easier it will be to foster both consumer activity and general goodwill toward a corporation.
Corporate cultural diplomacy helps present a more accurate and comprehensive picture of particular corporate environments and the ethical standards a company subscribes to. By initiating campaigns to counter misconceptions regarding its activities, a company can increase its credibility and legitimacy while simultaneously heightening its local, national and global profiles. This strategy can go a long way toward mitigating potential conflicts.
The IPAHP has designed the Corporate Cultural Diplomacy Project in order to draw attention to and further debate about the importance of these diplomatic efforts of the private sector for both corporates and communities.