Centre for Sustainable Business Summer Conference 2023

Centre for Sustainable Business Summer Conference 2023

Join us for the first in-person Centre for Sustainable Business Summer Conference, and discover the potential of a 'purpose-led' approach to tackle the climate emergency and social justice issues.

Date: 28 June 2023

Time: 0900 - 1600

Cost: free (refreshments and lunch included)

Place: Management School - Seminar Room 2 (First Floor)


Purposeful Business: navigating the challenges for a sustainable future

Our one-day interactive conference brings together the latest research evidence from the Centre for Sustainable Business (CSB), with practical experience from business leaders on the potential of a 'purpose-led' organisation model for addressing sustainability challenges successfully and realistically.

The conference is designed around action and the sharing of expertise, to inspire practical takeaways for businesses aspire to become a force for good in protecting our planet and its people.

If you are a business or sustainability leader, non-executive director, or you are engaged in developing purpose-led business approaches, you will find this event particularly useful.

The conference will not only give you the opportunity to network with academic experts and business leaders, you can also receive practical advice from our themed Business Clinics on the potential for implementing a purpose-led approach in your organisation. 



The conference will be hosted by the Centre’s Director, Professor Jo Meehan, followed by several keynotes by research experts and business leaders from organisations, such as John Lewis Partnership and Balfour Beatty Vinci, who will offer different perspectives on the ‘purpose-led’ approach to sustainability.

After the expert talks, you will have opportunity to attend our themes Business Clinics and roundtable discussions, led by the CSB’ Advisory Board representatives. During this time, you can also join the screening of a climate change documentary.

“Purpose-led Business”
Professor Jo Meehan, Director of Centre for Sustainable Business, University of Liverpool Management School 

"Finding Happier"
Debbie Fletcher, Deputy Branch Manager, John Lewis Partnership
Lora Johnson, Brand Experience Manager, John Lewis Partnership

“How non-financial reporting requirements can help drive business purpose”
Dr Bruce Pinnington, Associate Dean for External Engagement, “University of Liverpool Management School

"How environmental taxation affects corporate behaviours"
Dr Yaryna Samusevych, Sumy State University, Ukraine

“Innovating for sustainability in SMEs”
Yvonne Filler, Marketing Manager, Good Innovation
Ben Sanderson, Managing Director, Aviva Investments

“The real challenges to delivering social value”
Sara Lawton, Director, RISE Construction Framework
Jeremy Nicholls, SDG Assurance Lead, United Nations Development Programme

“Human side of production supply chains, looking beyond your perceived supply chain boundaries”
Paul Williams, Global Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability, Princes Ltd
Quintin Lake, Director, Fifty-Eight

“The sustainability challenges of HS2"
Iain Casson, Head of Sustainability, Balfour Beatty Vinci, HS2 North

"Business Reimagined"
Tenderfoot theatre 

Important information


During the event we will provide lunch, tea, coffee and water.

We will ask if there are any dietary requirements we should be aware of on the booking form.

We have also thought about other elements to make catering as sustainable as possible:

  • Locally sourced foods
  • No paper or plastic cups/cutlery
  • Water dispensers
  • Vegan and vegetarian options only
  • Whole fruits that will not be wasted after the event
  • Guests can take any left over food home
  • Feel free to bring your own food container, water bottle or cup!


The Management School is located in the heart of the University precinct, in Liverpool city centre, with plenty of options to travel to the event via public transport.

The building is fully DDA compliant, and exceeds current legislative requirements to ensure it is accessible and useable by all.

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