The Second Annual Conference on Gross National Happiness The Second International Conference on Gross National Happiness
Local Pathways to Global Wellbeing
St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
June 20 to June 24, 2005
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September, 2005 CSR Journal Business & Society, Thailand — SVN (Asia)

Gross National Happiness and Public Policy Development

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The case of Corporate Social Responsibility was presented by Lisangela Gnocchi da Costa Reis from Brazil, host country of the second international conference on ISO social responsibility standard. She described how in Brazil some business alliances are shaped towards poverty reduction. The next international ISO 26000 conference will take place in Thailand and this may become a milestone in business information.

In addition to interaction on the Economy pillar, speakers and participants debating Culture, Good Governance and Environment were equally outspoken and remarkable. In workshops people mixed and interacted from different perspectives analysing complex local and global topics.

An essential role played the native Canadians, representatives of a diversity of 'First Nations' or indigenous clans. Especially moving was the presentation of Cindy Blackstock on the fate of indigenous children who were as a matter of routine separated from their parents by the invaders of Canada — soon the majority — and put into compulsory boarding schools. This was the case until as recent as 1995. Up until the present day many children of native Canadians are uprooted and need the good care of social workers. Among the adult indigenous population unemployment is a serious challenge.

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