Responsible Business

Academia partnering with business, investigating, developing and co-creating robust and innovative solutions to achieve responsible business success. Building the foundations for a more responsible and sustainable future.

Responsible business means business that considers society, economy and environment. These businesses are not only driven by profit, but also by a desire to improve life around the world by providing environmentally safe, ethical and equal working conditions and products.

The Business School’s research, particularly the dedicated Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, aims to find pioneering ways to secure a future where business benefits all.

We are committed to promoting curiosity and thought leadership in national and international debates about responsible business. 

Through our research, we aim to focus upon the key challenges around responsible business that face our economy and our society both regionally and globally. 

Our research is diverse and it includes:

  • Equal Parenting With the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in 2015, why are so few taking advantage of a policy designed to encourage equal parenting? The Equal Parenting project aims to understand why SPL does not seem to be appealing to families and what can be done to best improve awareness and increase uptake.
  • Aesthetic Diversity This research suggests that while increased diversity in the workplace is still viewed as greatly important on both economic and social grounds, the representation of diversity relied on instantly recognisable visible differences. 
  • Responsible Finance This project is investigating the sustainability of financial infrastructures around Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFls). 
  • Sustainable Agriculture Research into sustainable agriculture is raising numerous questions and is challenging many strongly held assumptions, such as the implications of the consumer's 'right to cheap' food. 
  • Zero Emission Vehicles This research is using a range of different methods to understand how electric vehicle Global Value Chains can become responsible and contribute to Sustainable Transportation in the global low-carbon economy.

"Everyday businesses have to make decisions that impact their many stake holders. We recognise the many contradictions in the choices we all have to make but through our thought leadership we aim to address them, raise other issues and strive toward creating a responsible future through our research, for our students and the organisations we engage with."

Professor Isabelle Szmigin

Professor Isabelle Szmigin

Deputy Dean of Birmingham Business School

Key Staff

  • Professor Karen Rowlingson

    Karen Rowlingson is Professor of Social Policy and Deputy Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM).

  • Professor Ian Thomson

    Professor Ian Thomson is Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business