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Responsible Business Symposium

online event
Tuesday 21 September (14:30) - Thursday 23 September 2021 (19:00)

Eva-Maria Lenz:

Grand challenges sparked by societal risks and problems of global magnitude continue to impact businesses of all sizes and sectors, and economies across the world. At the same time, global societal challenges highlight the responsibilities of businesses not only toward their shareholders, but also towards diverse stakeholder groups and particularly the environment.

We have had a year like no other. The pandemic continues to demand the world’s attention and significant business and societal action and resources. Concurrently, the tangible impacts of our climate crisis are already manifesting across the globe and negatively impacting communities at local levels. According to the United Nations (UN, 2021), 2019 was the second warmest year in recorded history; while reduced mobility during 2020 may have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by about 6%, this is still below the 7.6% annual reduction needed to limit the devastating impacts of global warming on nature and all life on Earth.

Global challenges such as our climate crisis cannot be addressed by single stakeholder groups and demand that businesses, governments and civil society work together to address our global climate emergency. As the UK prepares to co-host Cop26, the UN’s climate change conference seeking to stir urgent global climate action, we invite business researchers, responsible business practitioners, NGOs and scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to join us at our Second Responsible Business Symposium. The aim is to share cutting edge research and research-informed best practice in tackling the impacts of climate change on business and society, so that we can tackle the societal changes needed to develop more sustainable and resilient societies and economies going forward.

The symposium will include a keynote speaker, discussion panels, poster and practitioner video exhibitions, cross-disciplinary networking breakout rooms and research presentations.

Responsible Business Symposium Photography Exhibition - a call for contributions

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Keynote speaker

Professor Sir Dieter Helm
Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford. He was Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee, providing advice to the government on the sustainable use of natural capital, until the end of the second term of the Committee in November 2020.  In the New Year 2021 Honours List, Dieter was awarded a knighthood for services to the environment, energy and utilities policy.

He has written many books, most recently Net Zero (September 2020, William Collins) in which he addresses the action we all need to take to tackle the climate emergency. Dieter is also Chairman of Natural Capital Research, developing natural capital models and assessments for the better use of land, and Honorary Vice President of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.

Confirmed industry speakers

Belinda Miller 
Insight Director at Corporate Culture

Dr James Robey 
Global Head of Corporate Sustainability at Capgemini

Paul Jordan 
Business Leader, Innovator Support & International at the Energy Systems Catapult

Jonquil Hackenberg
Head of Sustainability, PA Consulting.

Confirmed academic speakers

Professor David Maddison
Professor of Economics

Dr Susanne Börner
Marie Curie Global Fellow, School of Geography

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski
Professor of Environmental Law 

Professor Ian Thomson
Director, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business.


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