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Launch of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise

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What is the responsibility of business in addressing the challenge of sustainability?

Thursday 5th June, 6-8pm, Cass Business School

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Introduced by: Professor Paul Curran

Speakers: Sir Mark Moody-Stuart and John Gapper

The world faces significant issues of social, environmental and economic sustainability. Should business play a role in addressing these challenges? How could this happen? What are the potential opportunities and pitfalls for business taking on issues of sustainability?

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the launch of our new research centre, ETHOS – The Centre for Responsible Enterprise at Cass Business School. ETHOS brings together world class scholars who conduct cutting edge research in the areas of corporate social responsibility, governance and sustainability. As key engines of economic growth business firms have a significant responsibility to ensure that wealth creation occurs in environmentally and socially sustainable ways. The broader social impacts of business have not received much attention in management research. Addressing the challenges of sustainability requires a multi-level approach focusing on the broader political economy and the institutions that govern the global economy. At ETHOS our research focuses on these issues. We aim to do the following:

1. Develop an integrated and interdisciplinary research program that provides a ‘big picture’ view of sustainability

2. To conduct research on the social and environmental issues facing business and their implications for governance.

3. To educate and develop business leaders by integrating corporate responsibility and sustainability into the curriculum

4. To engage with industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors with a view to develop socially and environmentally responsible practice

The formal launch of ETHOS will take place on June 5, 2014 between 6-8pm. It will take place at Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row EC1Y 8TZ.

About the Speakers:

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart was the chair of Royal Dutch Shell and the UN Global Compact. Recently he authored the book ‘Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the frontline of sustainability and ethics’.

John Gapper is the Business and Society columnist at the Financial Times.

Professor Paul Curran is the Vice Chancellor of the City University London.


Robert Phillips sits on the ETHOS group at Cass, and Cass Consulting is part of the Progressive Communication Network

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