BALANCED ENTERPRISE RESEARCH NETWORK NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 2013

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Dear Friends,

This the first newsletter of the Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) and provides an opportunity to update you on recent events. It’s been a busy month with the formal launch of BERN on August 29th featuring guest speaker Greg Bourne, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), company director Sam Mostyn, and Dr. Matthew Bell, leader of climate change and sustainability services at Ernst & Young. It was an exciting night with discussion focused on the need for longer-term strategic thinking within business, the problems of valuing ‘externalities’ in business activities, and the challenges faced by sustainability professionals in the creation of ‘shared value’. You can view a short promo video of the launch here, as well as full video of the presentations and Greg’s excellent slide presentation here.

BERN is also one of the seven nodes in the new Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney which also launched recently. SEI is a cross-Faculty research institute which explores the relationship between human communities and the natural world and asks how people and societies can adapt to environmental change? BERN will contribute through its expertise in business and organisational contributions to environmental sustainability.

We are planning a range of exciting BERN events for next year. These include a symposium on the future of corporate social responsibility and shared value in February, featuring Professor Dirk Matten, Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and Professor Daniel Nyberg from the International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Nottingham. We are also organising a symposium in collaboration with SEI on biodiversity and business for May next year – so stay tuned for more details.

Finally, if you are a Twitter user don’t forget to follow BERN @BalancedEnterp re news and activities.

Look forward to seeing you at the next BERN event.

Professor Christopher Wright
Leader, Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN)

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BERN LAUNCH PRESENTATIONS

Greg Bourne - Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Board Chair

Greg Bourne studied chemistry at the University of Western Australia under a scholarship from BP Refinery, Kwinana. After graduating with honours in 1971, he carried out research into refinery processes before joining BP Exploration as a Drilling Engineer in Abu Dhabi. His Exploration activities saw him living and working in the United Kingdom, Middle East, USA, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, China, Venezuela and Australia.

Greg was seconded to the Prime Minister's Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street in 1988, he was the Special Adviser on Energy and Transport. He returned to Australia in October 1992 in charge of BP Exploration's activities in Australia's North West Shelf and Papua New Guinea. After working overseas as Director BP Scotland and then Regional Director-Latin America based in Caracas; he returned to Australia in January 1999 to become Regional President-BP Australasia the position from which he retired from BP in September 2003.

Greg was appointed CEO WWF-Australia in October 2004 the position he held until June 2010.Greg is on a number of commonwealth and state advisory groups primarily concerned with climate change, energy and sustainability. He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the environment and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia for services to international business.

You can view Greg Bourne's presentation here.

Sam Mostyn - Company Director

Sam Mostyn sits on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban Group, and Citibank Australia, and has previously held senior executive roles at IAG, Optus and Cable & Wireless plc. Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.

In 2005 she was the first woman appointed the AFL Commission, and she continues to advocate for the Respect & Responsibility Policy for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL industry. Sam is also a member of the Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and a board member of Australian Volunteers International and the Sydney Theatre Company. She is a member of the advisory boards of ClimateWorks Australia, and the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU, and is the Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. She chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship.

You can view Sam Mostyn's presentation here.

Matthew Bell - Leader of Climate Change and Sustainability Services at Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young's Sydney leader for Sustainability and Climate Change, and a director in the firm's audit practice, and leads on Property and Real Estate Sustainability for the group nationally.

Matthew brings his experience of climate change policy from Europe, having been the head of the project office for Climate and Energy in the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). While there he led and developed UK strategy on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, specifically the negotiations for a post-2012 agreement, as well as domestic policy on the Carbon Reduction Commitment - which was targeted at the property sector. Matthew also sits on the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association's sustainability committee.

You can view Matthew Bell's presentation here.



UPCOMING BERN EVENTS

25 November 2013; 12.00 - 2.00pm

Corporate citizenship: Implications for business, citizens and governments

Guest Speaker:
Professor Jeremy Moon, 2013 Gourlay Professor for Ethics in Business, University of Nottingham, UK
Venue: Darlington Centre Boardroom
Guest Speaker: Professor Jeremy Moon, 2013 Gourlay Professor for Ethics in Business, University of Nottingham, UK
Venue: Darlington Centre Boardroom

Topic:
Corporate citizenship: Implications for business, citizens and governments
Is citizenship an appropriate or useful model for considering the responsibilities of business? If so, what are the implications for business, for human citizens and governments? This paper extends on Professor Moon’s key work on corporate citizenship and applies it in the context of current debates about the role of corporations in civil society.

RSVP: business.researchnetworks@sydney.edu.au

10 December 2013; 2.00 - 5.00pm

Qualitative research: Balancing empirics and theory

Guest Speaker: Associate Professor David Oliver, HEC Montreal
Venue: Darlington Centre Meeting Room 11
Guest Speaker: Associate Professor David Oliver, HEC Montreal
Venue: Darlington Centre Meeting Room 11

Topic: Qualitative research: Balancing empirics and theory
A half-day symposium for researchers on qualitative research and balancing theory and empirics. This will feature visiting academic Associate Professor David Oliver from HEC Montreal, who is working with Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher on researching indigenous communities and workers.

This event will be followed by drinks and canapes on the lawn area outside the Darlington Centre Restaurant.

12 December 2013; 12.00 - 2.00pm

Employee Engagement - Manipulation or Voice?

Guest Speaker: Professor David Guest from Kings College
Venue: Business School CBD Campus
Guest Speaker: Professor David Guest from Kings College
Venue: Business School CBD Campus

Topic:
Employee Engagement - Manipulation or Voice?
The concept of employee engagement is attracting considerable attention in a number of countries. Improving employee engagement has been identified as the top priority in surveys of UK HR managers and engagement has been the focus of a UK government enquiry, endorsed by Prime Minister Cameron.  Academics have been studying work engagement for the past two decades but employers have been more interested in organizational engagement.  The meaning of this and the associated policies and practices remain unclear but it appears to promote a normative view of employee commitment to the organization.  It raises a number of questions that are addressed in this seminar.  Why has engagement come to the fore?  Why should anyone want to be engaged?  What are the implications for, and threats to collective voice?  And is employee engagement likely to end up as another unsuccessful HR management fad?
RSVP: wos.admin@sydney.edu.au

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