Management School hosts Business Breakfast: Doing Business for People and Planet

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The Management School hosted its latest Business Breakfast on 10 November.  The event, Doing Business for People and Planet, was run to coincide with the COP26 Conference and focussed on changes in business sustainability policies and practices as well as the drivers for those changes.

Dr Sardar Ahmad, Lecturer in Accounting at the Management School, delivered a presentation on company Corporate Social Responsibility and the motivations of companies to assure their CSR policies for truly ethical reasons or more for so-called ‘greenwashing’ opportunistic reasons.

Bill Kingdon and Esrin Graham, MD and Marketing & Communications Officer from the International Cotton Association respectively, gave their insights into the cotton industry and how consumer behaviour is driving the need for transparency in what is an incredibly complex and long supply chain.

A lively Q&A session followed, with comments around demand for sustainable business practices and whether those drivers for change should come from consumers, investors, government policy or the businesses themselves.

Bill Kingdon said, “We were delighted to be involved in the Business Breakfast and very much enjoyed the range of comments and questions that followed the presentations.”

Hazel Kennedy, Business Development Officer at the Management School said, “It was great to be able to host this event face-to-face and provide the opportunity for people to meet and network.  We always enjoy connecting with members of the local business community and being able to share details of some of our academic research as well as gaining the industry perspective from our guest speakers.”


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