La Trobe Business School hosted the 2014 CR3+ Conference, 'CSR Expanding Horizons', at the City Campus on 26 - 28 March.
The conference drew over 70 delegates representing more than 30 organisations from 10 countries.
The session streams covered a broad range of highly topical issues, with papers on themes including:
- CSR and financialisation
- business, spirituality and ethics
- relational ethics and indigenous partnerships
- stakeholder engagement
- education and gender equality.
Keynote speakers, representing the private, academic, community education and intergovernmental sectors, included:
- Janette O'Neill, Head of Corporate Responsibility at National Australia Bank, who spoke about how companies address their commitments to society while still delivering sustainable value to shareholders
- Professor Suzanne Benn, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)'s Business School, on the integration of materials and energy flows with principles around sharing, sustainability and collaboration
- Professor Mark Rose, Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy and Education at La Trobe University, regarding the historical context, challenges and opportunities around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities accessing education
- Dr Deanna Kemp from the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland, on needing to radically rethink how CSR can engage with the great development challenges that the mining industry is currently facing
- Merrill Csuri, Manager of the PRME Secretariat, who shared the work being done worldwide between business schools and the United Nations, through the UN Global Compact strategic policy initiative.
You can download presentations for several of the papers and keynote speeches from the Learning and Teaching Sustainability website.
This was the third iteration of this international conference, which is a collaborative effort between La Trobe Business School, Audencia School of Management in France, Hanken School of Economics in Finland and ISAE/FGV in Brazil.
All four of these institutions are champions of, and signatory business schools to, the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UNPRME). They have been working together since 2008 to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, ideas, pedagogy, curriculum and research in corporate social responsibility.