CR3+ Conference: CSR Expanding Horizons

Suzanne Young

27-28 March 2014 – Melbourne, Australia

Working in conjunction with Audencia Nantes School of Management (France), Hanken School of Economics (Finland) and the ISAE/FGV (Brazil); The La Trobe Business School is hosting a two day conference of the topic CSR Expanding Horizons from the 27th to 28th March 2014. 

‘The conference will provide a forum for international academics, business, not-for-profit organisations and governments to meet together and continue a dialogue on how society can benefit by partnering’ said Associate Professor Suzanne Young. 

Having established a working relationship from 2008, the four schools are working together as signatories and official ‘champions’ to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (UNPRME). The schools have been working on pedagogy, curriculum and research in the area of corporate responsibility.

This event will be facilitated by Associate Professor Suzanne Young with an organising team from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law from La Trobe University. 

‘The conference will hold discussions centred on the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of business, as a new form of governance; both internal to the organisation but also externally. User norms and soft law will be utilised to entice improved corporate practice and ensure that businesses are answerable to a broad range of stakeholders’ said Associate Professor Young. 

Associate Professor Young cites the recent garment factory collapse in Bangladesh as evidence of illegal practices and a deficiency of CSR. 

‘Government agencies and regulation have failed to make business accountable in regards to poor and in some cases illegal business practices’ said Associate Professor Young. 

‘Non-Government associations are partnering with business and government to provide impetus and assistance for companies to re-prioritise their business activities, as well as monitor their supply chains whilst boosting customer confidence’ said Associate Professor Young. 

Associate Professor Young draws attention the Asia-Pacific region, where she says we are witnessing business actively partnering with indigenous populations to demonstrate respect for the traditional owners of the lands on which their businesses operate. 

‘We are witnessing the introduction of new programs to benefit both parties’ said Associate Professor Young.
Associate Professor Young comments on how CSR links business to the wider community. 

‘It can also be used by businesses to strengthen support for community groups, volunteer organisations and sporting groups’ said Associate Professor Young.  

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