Ryerson Business and Human Rights Conference
Oakham House, Ryerson University
January 16-17, 2014
High-profile corporate infringements of human rights –notably in the developing world-- have initiated discourses about how to better regulate transnational business activities. Through the collaborative efforts of a range of stakeholders, including governments, business leaders, and civil society, we have developed a series of important global standards, including the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. There remain outstanding questions, however, including what are the respective roles of government, business, local communities, and civil society in operationalizing these and related human rights norms.
Set against the backdrop of recent global and domestic legal initiatives, this conference explores how we can use national, transnational, and international law to prevent human rights abuses in areas of special significance to Canadian business, including: mining and resource extraction, Indigenous and environmental rights, labour and worker safety, anti-corruption and bribery, and international trade and development. Speakers include world-renowned scholars and representatives from:
- The Canadian Chapter of the UN Global Compact
- Parliament of Canada
- Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
- MiningWatch Canada
- The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project
- The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety
- Sears Canada
- Bennett Jones LLP
- Baker & McKenzie LLP
Blog: Endowment Evolution: An Assessment of the Coalition Universities on Responsible Investment
Today, more than ever, interest in sustainability and responsible investment has picked up at a dizzying speed across Canadian civil society in tandem with global efforts to bring the principles of corporate social responsibility, ethical business, and good governance to bear. While much of the discourse around sustainability and responsible investment is tied to the activities of the corporate world, efforts to bring other crucial non-corporate stakeholders into the fold of ethical business have resulted in the inception of advocacy groups like the Coalition of Universities for Responsible Investing (CURI).
As the brainchild of Canadian graduate students who first met in Ottawa in 2009 at the 2nd Academic Conference of the UN PRI
, the CURI was launched in order to promote the incorporation of responsible investment practices at Canadian universities, which lagged behind their American counterparts. The mission of the CURI – “increasing awareness and integration of social, environmental, and governance issues as part of a responsible approach to investing by universities in Canada” – is informed by the founders’ guiding vision, as they strive to attain a future “where the investment decisions taken by universities contribute to the long-term sustainability of communities, the environment, and the economy.”
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CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting 2014
The PhD Winter Research Meeting will bring members of the PhD Cluster working in different disciplines together at York University, along with faculty and non-faculty discussants, to develop works-in-progress. CBERN aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. An important aim of CBERN is to support the next generation of researchers and practitioner-scholars from across Canada. This annual meeting features professional development workshops, networking, and opportunities for research development post event. Accommodations will be provided at the Executive Learning Centre Hotel at the Schulich School of Business, York University.
New PhD Course on Business, Society and Global Governance
The business and society field is a broad one. It addresses social, ethical, environmental and political dimensions of business, and draws from, and contributes to, a range of theoretical and empirical traditions. This course provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the richness of scholarly research in business and society, with a particular emphasis on its relationship to global governance. Students taking the course will also develop insights into how one can make a theoretical, methodological, and practical contribution to the management literature through business, society and global governance research. Specifically, by the end of this course you should be able to:
- Understand, recall, and explain core texts in the field of business, society and global governance.
- Evaluate and critique research in the field.
- Recognize and contribute to leading edge theory and research in the field.
Student's Guide to Writing Critical Essays in Business Ethics
The Business Ethics Journal Review provides good examples of how to write a critical essay. Each of the Commentaries they publish is a short critical essay aimed at a single paper published in another scholarly journal. In each of the Responses they publish, the author whose work was critiqued in one of their Commentaries gets a chance to defend or clarify his or her thinking. If you read a Commentary and Response, you will see accomplished scholars (professors and occasionally PhD students) in the field of business ethics applying their expertise. And remember: such scholars got to where they are today not just by being smart, and by knowing a lot about business ethics, but by being good at writing clearly and convincingly. You can learn a lot from them!
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New Publication: Ethics Education of Business Leaders: Emotional Intelligence, Virtues, and Contemplative Learning
In this book, Thomas Culham cites neurological findings showing that unconscious processes and emotions play a much more significant role than reason in making ethical decisions. Culham urges business schools to teach a modified form of emotional intelligence, linked with research-supported contemplative practices from the great meditative traditions. This book details the author's ethics curriculum and explains its successful application at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. This fascinating, interdisciplinary, and highly practical curriculum integrates philosophy (virtue ethics), Daoist thinking, psychology, and neuroscience. This curriculum intends to transform the way business schools teach decision making. Such an effort might just transform the way we do business.
Upcoming Publication: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage
This book explores the persistence of the governance gap with respect to the human rights-impacting conduct of transnational extractive corporations operating in zones of weak governance.
The authors launch their account with a fascinating case study of Talisman Energy’s experience in Sudan, informed by their own experience as members of the 1999 Canadian Assessment Mission to Sudan (Harker Mission). Drawing on new governance, reflexive law and responsive law theories, the authors assess legal and other non-binding governance mechanisms that have emerged since that time, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. They conclude that such mechanisms are incapable of systematically preventing human rights violating behaviour by transnational corporations, or of assuring accountability of these actors or recompense for victims of such violations. The authors contend that home state regulation, while not a silver bullet, has a crucial role to play in regulating such conduct. They pick up where UN Special Representative John Ruggie’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights left off, and propose an innovative, robust and adaptable template for strengthening the regulatory framework of home states. Their model draws insights from the theoretical literature, leverages existing public, private, transnational, national, ‘soft’ and hard regulatory tools, and harnesses the specific strengths of state-based governance.
MITACS Internships & Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Mitacs-Accelerate connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise. Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
The program is open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, and projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.
Complete details at: http://www.mitacs.ca/accelerate
CBERN to Organize “Mining, Ethics and Sustainability Stream” at World Mining Congress 2013
The “Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" program stream is being organized and administered by CBERN, as part of the World Mining Congress
. The purpose of the “Mining, Ethics and Sustainability Stream” of the World Mining Congress is to assess the character and the boundaries of the emerging economic, social and environmental responsibilities of mining in the 21st century required to obtain a social license to operate.
The “Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" program stream will be the core conference event for CBERN’s 6th Annual Conference
, to be held in Montreal in August, 2013.
A call for papers and case studies will be issued by late spring 2012. The call for papers will seek contributions for the “Mining, Ethics and Sustainability" program stream that will explore the ethical responsibilities of mining and the capacity of mining to contribute to sustainable development.
New Publication: Benjamin J. Richardson: Fiduciary Law and Responsible Investing: In Nature's Trust
This book is about fiduciary law’s influence on the financial economy’s environmental performance, focusing on the way law affects responsible investing and considering possible legal reforms to shift financial markets closer towards sustainability. Fiduciary law governs how trustees, fund managers or other custodians administer the investment portfolios owned by beneficiaries. Written for a diverse audience, not just legal scholars, the book examines in a multi-jurisdictional context an array of philosophical, institutional and economic issues that have shaped the movement for responsible investing and its legal framework.
Finshastra: New Issue
The Finance Cell of the Delhi School of Economics has released the new issue of Finshastra. The journal carries interviews, opinion pieces and substantive papers dealing with both Indian and international affairs.
Coordinator & Manager
- Priyanka Singla
- Nupur Garg
- Abhishek Taparia
- Manish Agrawal
- Nikhil Bhatia
- Kamal Manshani
- Durgesh Pardhi
- Ranjana Chakravorty
Design & Layout
- Abhishek Taparia
- Manish Agrawal
CBSR-CBERN Research Directions Webinar Series
The Research Directions Webinar Series features research from three PhD students - research that was presented at the CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting in March, 2013. During the 50 minute webinars, the PhD student will present their research and will receive feedback from a panel of respondents from academia and industry. The webinars will conclude with a facilitated dialogue session amongst the webinar participants and the presenter.
There is a registration fee for non-CBSR members. However, a limited number of complimentary registrations are available for CBERN and EthicsCentreCA members. Please email Michael Windle at firstname.lastname@example.org for your complimentary registration code.
Blog: Profile: Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business
Globethics.net National Contact for Canada
Globethics.net is a worldwide ethics network based in Geneva, with an international Board of Foundation of eminent persons. It provides an electronic platform for ethical reflection and action. Its central instrument is the internet site www.globethics.net
The aim of Globethics.net is to ensure that people in all regions of the world are empowered to reflect and act on ethical issues.
Globethics.net has regional programmes in China, India, Indonesia, Eastern Africa and Francophone Africa. In many other countries, thousands of participants are registered and regularly ask for more contact within the country. If you are a registered participants of Globethics.net, you can also become a national contact persons to promote and coordinate Globethics.net activities in your country.
, CBERN Research Assistant and former PhD Cluster member, is the Globethics.net National Contact for Canada. One of the most significant aspects of his activity is to identify, select, submit, review and classify content for two of Globethics.net’s online library collections
: CBERN Collection (institutional) and Business Ethics (thematic). Besides ensuring that these collections are updated with the most relevant publications available, Nicolae’s role is also to motivate persons to register as Globethics.net participants and to promote its valuable e-library resources.
More details regarding Nicolae’s ongoing involvement with the CBERN-Globethics.net project can be found here: http://cbernblog.ca/2012/08/globethics-net-interview-overview/
Blog: Profile: Réseau d’Éthique Organisationnelle du Québec
In the past decade, Quebec has become a focal point of business ethics research and networking, reflected by the appearance of sectoral research centres and consultancies springing up around the province, and the Réseau d’Éthique Organisationnelle du Québec
(RÉOQ, or Quebec Organizational Ethics Network) is illustrative of this trend. It should be noted that while the RÉOQ emerged fairly recently as an independent actor on the business ethics “scene” in Canada, this organization is actually the offspring of the Quebec branch of the Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada (EPAC/APEC) which was founded in 1996
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Blog: New Sources of Finance Boost Urban Revitalization
There is a lot to be said about emerging trends in responsible investing, and fortunately for the socially responsible investing community, Dr. Tessa Hebb
and her team at Carleton’s Community Centre for Innovation (3ci)
are doing much of the talking these days. Dr. Hebb
is a leading advocate of SRI and social finance projects, and is responsible for developing the most cutting-edge research on the innovations in and implications of the responsible investing sector. A forthcoming journal article in the academic period Regional Studies, co-authored by Dr. Hebb
and recent Oxford University graduate Dr. Rajiv Sharma
, discusses the role of new sources of financing that are driving major infrastructural overhauls and urban revitalization in the United States.
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Blog: Profile: The European Academy of Business in Society
The European Academy of Business in Society – also known by its acronym EABIS – is a major hub of international business ethics research located in Brussels, Belgium. Originally launched in 2002 by a conglomeration of multinational companies including IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Shell, and Unilever, as well as a number of top-tier European business schools along with the assistance of INSEAD
, the central aim of the Academy
is to stimulate and promote “sustainable business practices through partnership, learning, and research.” The creation of EABIS was predicated on a shared concern among European corporate bosses and academics for upholding the principles of corporate social responsibility in business and society. The organization receives much of its funding
from the European Commission, and additional funding may be provided by national governments in the European Union, as well as private foundations.
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Blog: Profile: Robin Cosgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance
The Robin Cozgrove Prize for Ethics in Finance is an independent non-profit organization which was established in 2006 to honour the memory of young investment banker Robin Cosgrove
, whose international travels and experiences led him to believe that “the finance sector should serve the common good as well as making profits.” In particular, Robin had worried that young fellow finance professionals were losing sight of important guiding principles of socially responsibility and ethical practice, and he therefore committed himself to promoting “better understanding of the critical importance of trust, ethics, and personal and corporate integrity” as his life mission. Since 2006, the prize has been awarded to the winners of an annual competition established in Robin’s memory, and it strives
to “stimulate innovative ideas for promoting ethics and integrity in the finance sector.”
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Blog: Event Snapshot: Responsible Investing Webinar at 3Ci
Carleton University’s Centre for Community Innovation (3Ci) was recently featured at our blog
and cited for the notable contributions that its members have made to research in social finance since the mid-1990s. 3Ci is definitely a major node for Canadian knowledge mobilization in the responsible investment sector, and it is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Tessa Hebb
, the Director of 3Ci
, discussed her new work on the organization’s Responsible Investing Initiative on March 26th. Joining Dr. Hebb
was former 3Ci research assistant and Carleton graduate Heather Hachigian
, who is now a PhD candidate in Economic Geography
at the University of Oxford working on responsible investing with funding from the SSHRC’s Community University Research Alliance Award.
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PhD Winter Research Meeting 2013
CBERN aims to promote knowledge-sharing and partnerships within the field of business ethics and across private, governmental, voluntary and academic sectors. An important mandate of CBERN is to support the next generation of researchers and practitioner-scholars from across Canada who participate in its PhD Cluster. The upcoming CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting will bring members of the PhD Cluster together at York University. Accommodations will be provided at the Executive Learning Centre Hotel at the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Hevina Keynote & Panel
March 22, 2013
York University, Room 519, York Research Tower
Please save the date
for a Keynote presentation by Hevina Dashwood
on her book “The Rise of Global Corporate Social Responsibility: Mining and the Spread of Global Norms
” (2012, Cambridge UP).
Combining insights from international relations theory with institutional approaches from organization theory and public policy, this presentation will address Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) adoption in the global mining sector, highlighting CSR adoption on the part of individual mining companies, and global collaboration to promote global standards for the mining industry. The author will discuss attributes internal to the firm, including the critical role of leadership, and the way in which management responds to the institutional context and operational challenges faced in different countries and how this influences CSR adoption.
The keynote will be webcast on the CBERN website at http://www.cbern.ca/webcast
CSR PHD Seminar
The “CSR PhD seminar” is a great opportunity for doctoral students and researchers to improve their research and publishing abilities. The seminar aims at bringing together scholars from various fields of the social sciences: management, law, sociology, philosophy, economics, political science, social psychology, and sharing a common interest for CSR and business & society issues.
In addition, an academic writing and publishing workshop will be organized, bringing together prominent scholars/editors who will share their experience with respect to the academic publishing process. This session will be of particular interest to early career researchers in the broad CSR and business & society field of research.
Participation is free of charge, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. The CSR Research Seminar will take place at Vlerick Business School, in Brussels, Belgium (www.vlerick.com
In case of questions and difficulties please contact: email@example.com
oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy 'Creating Hybrid Ventures'
August 25-30, 2013
The fourth oikos Young Scholars Entrepreneurship Academy provides a unique platform to develop scholars in the early stages of their careers. Exceptional PhD candidates, post docs and young faculty are at the center of the program. The academy aims at advancing academic research, at building networks and at preparing the ground for research relevant for theory and practice. The event includes paper development workshops, professional development roundtables, research talks and outdoor activities in the picturesque Swiss Alps. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply their insights and skills in a HUB Challenge Lab in collaboration with The Hub Zurich (http://zurich.the-hub.net/
) and Ashoka Switzerland.
Participants will benefit from presenting and discussing their work in progress with leading academics who provide feedback on their work and share advice about academic career and personal development. Feedback will be given by fellow students and three international researchers:
- Anne-Claire Pache Assistant Professor, Holder of the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair, ESSEC Business School, France
- Filipe Santos Associate Professor, Director, Maag International Centre for Entrepreneurship, INSEAD, France
- Claus Jacobs SNF Professor of Strategy and Organization, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Save the Date: 2013 Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network Conference
The 2013 Principles for Responsible Investment Academic Network Conference will take place in Paris on the 13th - 15th November. It will be hosted by Caisse des Depots
, the French public financial institution and signatory to the PRI.
A Call for Papers and further details will be issued soon.
Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize 2012-2013
The mission of the Ethics in Finance - Robin Cosgrove Prize is to stimulate a global reflection on ethics in finance. Through the website, the Prize creates an international conversation on the sustainable future of the finance sector and insurance based on strong ethical awareness and commitment to integrity.
The Prize makes awards for creative, unpublished papers setting out innovative ideas for promoting ethics in finance. By encouraging young professionals to examine their attitudes, ideas and behaviour, the Prize has achieved a truly global presence and is a remarkable instrument for promoting sustainable measures for ethics in all aspects of finance.
New Academic Journal: Business Ethics Journal Review
The Business Ethics Journal Review is a new, peer-reviewed academic journal, aiming to combine the best of old-world scholarly publishing with the best of Web 2.0.
BEJR will publish short, peer-reviewed Commentaries on business ethics articles published in the standard, hard-copy academic journals. Every Commentary will be published on , in high-quality PDF format. And every Commentary will be followed by a Comments section, to allow the broadest possible participation in discussion.
TADA Conference 2013: New Directions in Business
Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA) organized by Thomas Beschorner, University of St.Gallen and Sareh Pouryousefi, University of Toronto
Joseph Heath, Jeffery Smith, Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten, Chris MacDonald, & Wayne Norman
Joseph Heath, University of Toronto:
“Business Ethics: The Market Failures Approach”
Commentary by Thorsten Busch, St.Gallen University/ HEC Montréal
Jeffery Smith, University of Redlands:
“Corporate Responsibility and the Exercise of Authority”
Commentary by Florian Krause, University of Hanover, Germany
Wayne Norman, Duke University:
“Whither Business Ethics?”
Commentary by Sareh Pouryousefi, University of Toronto
Dirk Matten, York University:
“The embrace of institutional theory by CSR scholarship: The kiss of death or happy-ever-after?”
Commentary by Laurence Vigneau, University of Nottingham, UK
Chris MacDonald, Ryerson University:
"What Does Heath's 'Market Failures' Model Require of Managers?"
Commentary by Thomas Hajduk, University of St.Gallen
Andrew Crane, York University:
“Modern slavery as a management practice: lots of business,
not too much ethics”
Commentary by Matthias Schmidt, Beuth Hochschule Berlin, Germany
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Teaching business ethics: "more than just words"
The latest business school to take up the challenge is Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, with a new program of education and research on “ethical leadership.” The program, to be offered through the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at the Toronto-based management school, will have its official unveiling on Jan. 30.
The notion of business ethics as akin to mom and apple pie is not lost on Chris MacDonald, a philosopher who joined the school last fall and has been named the first director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research Program. “Leadership is great and ethical leadership is even better,” he comments. “It is easy to get people to line up and nod their heads and say it is really important.”
Read more at Theglobeandmail.com
New Ryerson program to help business students become "ethical leaders"
What does it mean to lead responsibly? To lead ethically?
A new Ryerson University initiative hopes to help students, faculty, and the wider business community tackle these tough questions directly.
Thanks to a gift from Canadian business leader Jim Pattison, Ryerson University recently established The Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Education and Research Program. The program, hosted by Ryerson's Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, will begin its ethical leadership programming as early at this fall.
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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position, University of Pittsburgh School of Business
The University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) School of Business and the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow based in Pittsburgh to serve as a key member of our corporate social responsibility and ethical leadership research team.
The fellowship is a two-year appointment and is funded by the Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership via a grant from the Berg Foundation. The overarching goal of the project is to advance the understanding of corporate social responsibility, ethics and leadership within complex organizational environments. Specific models will be tested using a variety of empirical methodologies and sophisticated statistical techniques.
Review of applications will begin January 30th, 2013 and continue until position filled or search closed.
“Time” and Responsible Investing Symposium
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together finance industry practitioners, academics, graduate students and other stakeholders to critically investigate the temporal dimensions of responsible investing — the future, the past, timing and the pace of time — in order to understand obstacles to and better directions for SRI. A long-term approach is increasingly hailed as the foremost benchmark for SRI, with many commentators calling for investors to emphasize long-term value preservation and creation. Another key temporal dimension is the past, and investors sometimes have failed to appreciate it or, more precisely, failed to learn from its lessons. For example, the Global Financial Crisis, although of unprecedented scale, was preceded by a history of market jolts. Another relevant temporal perspective is the pace of time, and its impact on wise and precautionary decision-making. From individual to system-level decision-making, human beings can be impatient, and this can be harmful to a sustainable financial economy. The “Slow Money” movement (like the “Slow Food” movement) is one response to this concern.
Overall, this interdisciplinary symposium will feature a range of presentations and debate that explores the temporal dimensions of the financial economy and the SRI sector, and particularly welcomes presentations on:
- The impacts and costs associated with short-termism and other temporal flaws in SRI and the financial economy more generally.
- The cultural, organizational, legal and psychological impediments to long-term and patient financial markets.
- Existing best practices in the financial sector and lessons to learn.
- Recommendations of relevant studies, such as the 2012 Kay Review.
- Role of ESG research in address the temporal impediments to SRI.
- Legal and policy mechanisms to foster behavioural change.
2013 International Business Ethics Case Competition
Teams of 3-5 students participate in a variety of competitions (20-to-30 minute presentation followed by Q&A; 10-minute presentation; 90-second presentation), all of which are judged by practicing ethics and compliance professionals. Each team selects a topic from any area of business ethics and describes both the problem and a proposed solution. Approximately $12,000 in prize money will be awarded to overall winners, runners-up, and divisional winners.
Please contact Kirsten Nordblom
(Knordblom@lmu.edu or 310.338.2321) or Thomas White
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.338.4523) to reserve a spot in the event as soon as possible.
Research Snapshots and SRI Knowledge Mobilization
With the help of the PRI Academic Network and our partner Research Impact at York University, CBERN Research Assistants, Arun Vallapan and Pooja Vijayaraj at the Schulich School of Business are preparing snapshot summaries of academic research in responsible investment. Each snapshot will be available online through the CBERN website and on the Research Impact resource library
The snapshots are part of a knowledge mobilization program hosted by the CBERN SRI Cluster that aims to engage asset owners, investment managers, and professional service organizations that are global signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investment in advance of and during the PRI Academic Network Conference in October. The program will extend beyond this event through 2012-13 with a focus on Canadian research. To have your research considered for a snapshot, contact Hilary Martin at email@example.com
Society for Business Ethics Conference: Accepting Emerging Scholars Submissions
The Society for Business Ethics annual meeting provides an opportunity for members to present their own research results, to become acquainted with the latest developments in teaching and research, to engage in the discussion of emerging business ethics issues, and to enjoy the fellowship of other scholars and professionals in the field.
Ph.D. candidates may submit an abstract of between 750 and 1,000 words describing a research project in business ethics or related domains. Abstracts should include a short list of relevant citations and include a cover page with full contact information and affiliation. In addition to being able to present their ideas in a paper session, students whose papers are accepted will be invited to attend a half-day workshop with senior SBE mentors. Although a Ph.D. student may be an Emerging Scholar more than once, priority is given to those who have not previously been accepted into the SBE conference program as an Emerging Scholar.
Blog: Organizational Profile: EthicsCentre CA
The Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy (CCECP) – better known by its agnomen “EthicsCentre CA” since 2002 – is an organisation that has been a tireless promoter of “ethical orientation and culture in Canadian organisations” since its inception in 1988. The roots of this organisation are found in faith-based activities and can be traced back to the King Bay Chaplaincy
that was established by Rev. Graham Tucker in the 1980s. The Chaplaincy
was designed to be a spiritual centre in downtown Toronto specifically designed to give professionals at high-stress financial firms reprieve during major global financial turmoil during that decade. Building upon his experience as head of the Chaplaincy, Rev. Tucker and his colleagues decided in 1988 to establish a non-denominational organisation that would work to instill their visions of ethical business principles throughout Canadian civil society.
Today, EthicsCentre CA operates as a non-partisan body and registered Canadian charity, and it is a fully volunteer-staffed initiative. The penultimate mission of EthicsCentre CA is to “promote the positive role of ethical decision-making” by functioning as “a forum and catalyst for constructive discussion and debate” vis-à-vis Canadian business policies and practices, as well as those of other domestic actors. With its headquarters located in the heart of downtown Toronto – the financial capital of Canada – the EthicsCentre CA staff is within a stone’s throw of some of the most pivotal corporate offices in the country. The close proximity to Canada’s corporate heartland makes EthicsCentre CA uniquely positioned to work alongside major players in the world of Canadian business and finance
, such as partners like the BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Deloitte, Export Development Canada, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Sun Life Financial (just to name a few).
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Blog: PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference: Student Symposium Wrap-Up
The first day of the PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference
featured a student symposium
with participants from across the globe. Students presented their research to their peers with feedback provided on their work by moderators from both the academic and private sectors.
Topics at the Student Symposium covered disciplines such as law, sociology, physiology, business management, governance, institutional theory, finance, and economics on topics that included climate change, the retail industry, governance in Africa, investing in Asia, sustainability reports, benefit corporations, transparency and public policy. Student travel subsidies were provided by PRI.
PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference 2012
The UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment
and CBERN are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Academic Network Conference on Responsible Investment, October 1-3, 2012 at York University, Toronto, Ontario. The conference is a unique opportunity for researchers, students and investment professionals to present research, identify research opportunities and build partnerships to continue to enhance our knowledge of responsible investment.
The conference opens with a student research symposium on October 1 and will feature over 20 presentations by international student researchers. There are currently 2 spaces available for PhD students to present their work.
For details, contact Hilary Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog: 5th Annual PRI-CBERN Academic Network Conference
The week of October 1st was an exciting one for CBERN, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), York University, Schulich School of Business, and for those involved or interested in the concepts of business ethics, sustainability, and responsible investing. This year’s event was made possible by the gracious sponsorships endowed upon CBERN by the Schulich School of Business, York University, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Corporate Knights, Forum Pour L’Investissement Responsable, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Sustainalytics, and Bâtirente.
The theme of this year’s PRI Academic Network Conference was focused on the evolution of responsible investment, and how to navigate the complexities of this rather new, but rapidly expanding financial sector. Keynote speakers discussed the value of shareholder engagement, the role of business ethics in finance, and creating incentives in the long-term which align the interests of asset owners and managers.
"Corporate Governance Beyond Borders" With Philip Armstrong and Peter Dey
Event Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 12:30-2:30 PM
Location: ADR room 1014, Ignat Kaneff Building
Come to learn more about corporate governance, the challenges facing emerging markets, and the work of the Global Corporate Governance Forum (a multi-donor trust fund co-founded by the World Bank Group and the OECD).
Blog: An Ethics Database for the 21st Century – Globethics.NET
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview Nicolae Irina
, CBERN’s E-Librarian and contributor to Globethics.net to get some insight about the Globethics.net
library – an expansive, state-of-the-art, and totally free resource on all-things-ethical. As a PhD student in York University’s Philosophy Department, Nicolae’s work is focused on the relation between corporate social responsibility and human rights, the ongoing discussion of the UN Draft Norms and the subsequent debate over the Reports of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
The Principles for Responsible Investment: Addressing Investment Risks in the 21st Century
Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business, the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE), and the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are hosting an event on October 16, 2012 in Vancouver, BC, that will feature keynote speaker Dr. Wolfgang Engshuber, Chair of PRI. The event will feature panel presentations and discussion with the audience and will address the role of responsible investment in comprehensive risk management and building healthy, sustainable capital markets. The event will bring together a wide range of professionals, from investment fund decision makers to academics.
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative, is a partnership between the United Nations and global investors with the goal of promoting and main streaming responsible investment practice. The PRI Initiative has become the leading network for investors to learn and collaborate to fulfill their commitments to responsible ownership and long-term, sustainable returns.
Blog: Education and Business as the Basis for Sustainability: UN Principles for Responsible Management Education at Rio+20
Thanks to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME)
, a number of business schools all over the world are making headway in integrating sustainability issues in their teaching, research and operations. The potential impact of this activity was outlined in a closing forum of the Rio+20
talks last week by Norman Arruda, CEO of ISAE/FJV in Brazil.
Blog: More Flashlights; Better Vision: A snapshot view of the CBERN PhD Winter Research Meeting 2012
Clearly I was being privileged to get a sneak peek into this behind the scenes world that CBERN, these PhD students, and the advisors are all a part of. Right now there is a ton of CSR and ethic based projects, papers, and ideas floating about. However no one seems to really have a grasp on what this means for the world at large. These are the people who are grabbing some of these ideas and showing how they are useful or what the true natures behind these concepts are. These are the champions of ethics who are working to make the place a little better and a little clearer on how to make the best of this interconnected, uncertain and complex place we all call home.
Canadian Summit on Socially Responsible Investment
Registration for the annual conference on socially responsible investment hosted by the Social Investment Organization is open. PhD students are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced registration rate (until May 25, 2012) of $382.50 + GST/QST.
The conference is hosted in partnership this year with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative, and features intensive sessions on topics such as:
CBERN is an Academic Partner for the conference and will be supporting this event by featuring research and practitioner perspectives on conference topics through our SRI Cluster microsite on the CBERN website, and through cbernblog.ca. You can connect with SIO at www.socialinvestment.ca.
- ESG criteria, integration and performance,
- impact investing and mission-related investing,
- shareholder engagement on the issue of free, prior and informed consent in mining, shale gas and other resource projects in Quebec, and
- strategies for portfolio managers and analysts.
PRI-CBERN Academic Conference 2012 - Evolution of Responsible Investment: Navigating Complexity
The Principles for Responsible Investment and the Canadian Business and Ethics Research Network (CBERN) are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Academic Conference on Responsible Investment, October 1-3, 2012 at York University. The conference is a unique opportunity for researchers, students and investment professionals to present research, identify research opportunities and build partnerships to continue to enhance our knowledge of responsible investment.
The purpose of the 2012 Academic Conference is to develop our understanding of the complexity of institutions, organizations, strategies and processes that make up responsible investment. On October 1, a PhD Student workshop is scheduled. Further details will be announced in the summer.
Registration for the conference will open in June. If you are interested in registering for the PRI-CBERN Academic Conference 2012 please complete the “registration interest form" to ensure that you are notified when registration opens.