BALANCED ENTERPRISE RESEARCH NETWORK NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2014

Symposium offers new insights into the concept of 'creating shared value'

On February 14, BERN hosted an afternoon Symposium titled 'Corporate Social Responsibility: New Challenges, New Concepts'. It included presentations from leading academics and business practitioners on the emerging challenges in CSR with a specific focus on the concept of 'shared value'. The presentations can be viewed on the BERN website.

On February 14, BERN hosted an afternoon Symposium titled 'Corporate Social Responsibility: New Challenges, New Concepts'. It included presentations from leading academics and business practitioners on the emerging challenges in CSR with a specific focus on the concept of 'shared value'. The presentations can be viewed on the BERN website.

The presentations generated much discussion amongst attendees and provided thought-provoking angles from both the academic and business worlds.

The speakers and the titles of their presentations are listed below. The videos of the full presentations can be accessed by clicking on the presentation titles.

Dirk Matten
Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
Contesting the Value of the ‘Shared Value’ Concept

Stewart Jones
Professor of Accounting, University of Sydney Business School
Fashion or Future? Exploring the Empirical Basis for Creating Shared Value

Catherine Bremner
Head of Environmental Sustainability, ANZ Bank
Delivering a Value Proposition for Environmental Sustainability

Melinda Leth
Senior Sustainability Consultant, Net Balance
The Potential for Creating Shared Value in Australia: How Australian Companies Co-create Long-term Commercial and Social Value

Dan Cass
Principal, Dan Cass & Co.
Organisational Renewables Campaigns: Potential for a Shared Value Transformation?

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SYDNEY IDEAS LECTURES

 LECTURE  | Sydney Ideas: Dirk Matten

The Balanced Enterprise Research Network co-hosted a Sydney Ideas lecture titled ‘The Enigma of the Responsible Corporation’ by Professor Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Schulich School of Business. In his talk Dirk discussed the history of CSR and the implications for the contemporary political role of the corporation. To hear a podcast of Dirk's presentation click here.

 LECTURE  | Sydney Ideas: Tom Szaky

The Balanced Enterprise Research Network co-hosted a Sydney Ideas lecture titled ‘Eliminating the Idea of Waste’ by Mr Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of Terracycle. In his talk Tom spoke about starting his company by selling an organic plant fertiliser made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles. Today his company collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of products that were considered 'non-recyclable' garbage, in over 24 countries. To hear a podcast of Tom's presentation click here.

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UPCOMING BERN EVENTS

 SYMPOSIUM  | Biodiversity Symposium

Later this year, the Balanced Enterprise Research Network will host a symposium on business and biodiversity in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI). We are planning on featuring a range of speakers from research, business and NGOs to discuss this critical issue. Stay tuned for details.

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OTHER NEWS

 PARTNERSHIP  | Partnership with Sydney Environment Institute

The Balanced Enterprise Research Network was confirmed as one of the seven nodes of the Sydney Environment Institute. With a common focus on sustainability, they plan to explore this partnership throughout 2014 by collaborating on various events, visiting academics and research projects.

 GRANT APPLICATIONS  | Submission of major grant applications

Indicative of its building research profile, the Balanced Enterprise Research Network submitted two Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery applications in the latest round. These included  applications on ‘Managing the Business Risks of Climate Change’ (sole investigator) and ‘Managing for Energy Security via Positive Managerial Decisions and Actions’ (with Jane Le and Paula Jarzabkowski).

 BLOG  | Christopher Wright's Blog

Christopher's blog explores the social, organisational and political implications of climate change. Read his thoughts here.

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