The Failure of CSR in a Warming World

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SSB Lecture Theatre 200

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Science Road, University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

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Join a group of academics & practitioners to discuss how businesses might move beyond inadequate approaches to environmental sustainability

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Over the last several decades, a powerful discourse of business sustainability has promoted the vision that we can trust large corporations and the power of the market to lead in the fight to solve the climate crisis. However, despite decades of international negotiation, the promotion of market ‘solutions’ and voluntary corporate commitments to emissions mitigation, there is no tangible sign of the much needed decarbonization of our global economy. Indeed, 2019 marks an all-time high in the global fossil fuel burn, with over half of the world’s cumulative fossil fuel consumption occurring since 1990. As the catastrophic impacts of human-induced climate disruption become more and more apparent, there is an urgent need to challenge conventional understandings of corporate social responsibility and the role of business in environmental and social sustainability. How can we move beyond statements of sustainability intent and ensure businesses positively contribute to environmental and social outcomes? What role should governments play in regulating business activities which endanger human and natural well-being? How can citizens and communities be better involved in ensuring businesses deliver improved social and environmental results beyond simply consuming products and services? Is it possible for businesses to become true stewards of the planet rather than simply servants of shareholder value?

In this panel discussion, a group of academic experts and business practitioners will discuss how businesses might move beyond inadequate approaches to environmental and social sustainability, toward the transformations necessary to survive in a warming world.

The Speakers

  • Rachel Mason Nunn, Social Development Specialist 
  • Dr Tanya Fiedler, University of Sydney Business School
  • Kate Mackenzie, Independent Researcher & Consultant
  • Professor Christopher Wright (Chair), University of Sydney Business School

This event is run in partnership with the University of Sydney Waste Fighters Society. For more information, click here.

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SSB Lecture Theatre 200

Social Sciences Building

Science Road, University of Sydney

Camperdown, NSW 2006

Australia

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