Centre for Sustainable and Responsible Organisations Events

CSaRO Industry Seminar and Forum - Carbon Risk Management - Do Australian Companies Still Care?

Wednesday 20 August 2014
12.30-3.30pm at
123 Queens Street
Melbourne CBD

The seminar will include presentations from Professor Nava Subramaniam, Deakin University, as well as Mr. Peter Castellas, CEO of the Carbon Market Institute (CMI) and Mr. Tim Kirby, Managing Director of Environmental Risk Science and Audit (ERSA). Download the seminar program [258KB PDF] for more details.

Stakeholder theory, value and firm performance [118KB PDF]

Seminar presented by visiting academic Professor Andrew Wicks, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. 17 June 2014.

International Association for Business and Society Conference

The 25th Anniversary International Association for Business and Society (IABS) Conference is scheduled be held in Sydney, Australia, from 19-22 June 2014. Reclaiming the Societal Dimension: New Perspectives on Society and Business is the theme for the 2014 IABS conference with participants invited to consider the broader societal, normative and political objectives of business organisations.

For further information regarding the IABS Conference and the submission of presentation papers please refer to the Call for Papers [285KB PDF].

Creating Shared Value: Revolution or Clever Con?

According to Harvard professor Michael Porter and management consultant Mark Kramer 'The capitalist system is under siege. In recent years business has increasingly been viewed as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems.' Their solution is 'creating shared value' or CSV, which they suggest 'is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or even sustainability, but a new way to achieve economic success.' But is CSV new? And is it as transformational as Porter and Kramer suggest?

Guest Speaker: Dr Wayne Visser, Director of Kaleidoscope Futures and Founder of CSR International gave a presentation and participated in a round table discussion on 14 May 2014 at Deakin's Melbourne City Centre.

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Dr Visser is Senior Associate at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and Visiting Professor at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in South Africa.

Dr Visser has authored 18 books and is a guest columnist for The Guardian newspaper. He is ranked among the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour, Top 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders and Top 100 CSR Leaders. He has also received the Global CSR Excellence & Leadership Award.

Colloquium on Green Marketing

23 April 2014
Organised by Deakin Thinker in Residence, Professor Walter Wymer and Professor Michael Polonsky at the Melbourne Burwood Campus.

Mr Matthew Tukaki (CEO, Sustain Group)International Symposium on CSR: Sustainability, Governance and Effective Outcomes

12-13 December 2013
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, Bangalore, India

In December 2013, CSaRO researchers Professor Nava Subramaniam, Dr Colin Higgins and Dr Fara Azmat along with School of AEF colleague Dr Monika Kansal and PhD Student Mr Arun Krishnapillai travelled to Bangalore, India to co-host the 2013 International Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility (ISCSR) in partnership with the Amrita School of Business at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, India. The 2-day symposium, Professor Nava Subramaniam (CSaRO Director, Deakin University)themed 'Sustainability, Governance and Effective Outcomes' provided an opportunity for researchers from academic institutions including Deakin University, Amrita University and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI - India), to collaborate with expert managers and leaders in the area of CSR and Sustainability from Business, Government and not-for-profit organisations. As part of the symposium proceedings, 9 academic papers were presented and several corporate CSR practitioners entered the CSR Case Presentation competition. The presentation delivered by Oil India Ltd was judged as the exemplary project.

A Roundtable session focusing on building a Roadmap for CSR in India was also held the day prior to the symposium.

Keynote speakers and experts addressing the Round table session and symposium included Dr Wayne Visser Dr Wayne Visser (Founder of Kaleidoscope Futures and Honorary Professor, Deakin University)(Head of Kaleidoscope Futures and Honorary Professor, Deakin University), Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee (CEO and Director, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs), Mr Ashok Pavadia (Joint-secretary, Department of Public Enterprises), Mr Chad Kymal (Founder of Omnex), Mr Bibhuti Pradhan (Chief HR manager, IOC), Mr Matthew Tukaki (CEO, Sustain Group), and Dr Bimal Arora (CEO, Centre for Responsible Business), Dr. Annapurna Vancheswaran (Director, Sustainable Development Outreach -The Energy and Resources Institute) and Professor Svetha Venkatesh (Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University).

Sustainable governance in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) in partnership with the School of Accounting Economics and Finance and the Centre of Sustainability and Responsible Organisations (CSaRO) are hosting a conference on Sustainable Governance in Small and Medium Enterprises

The conference will be held on 14-15 October 2013 at
Deakin's Melbourne City Centre
Level 3, 550 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Australia.

The one-and-a-half day conference will provide an opportunity for participants to hear presentations from practitioners and fellow academic researchers on a number of pertinent topics related to SMEs, including how to achieve sustainable performance, regulator engagement with the small business sector, and sustainable management practices in Australian small firms.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Professor Robert Blackburn, SME Centre Director at the University of Kingston, UK
  • Dr Warren Mundy, Australian Productivity Commissioner
  • Professor Beth Walker, Small and Medium Enterprise Research Centre at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

In addition, a roundtable discussion Identifying topics for future research in SMEs will also be held on the first day of the conference.

For further information regarding the Small and Medium Enterprises Conference and the submission of presentation papers please refer to the Call for Papers [347KB PDF].

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