CSR as Strategic and Transformative: A presentation by Joanne Lawrence

  • November 21, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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As corporate responsibility becomes further and further embedded into companies, some enlightened firms are using their resources, skills and ability to cross national boundaries to go the next step. They are changing the playing field, moving the needle from CSR as not just strategic, but to being truly transformative. Joanne Lawrence will talk about ‘social intrapreneurship’ and what some companies are doing in emerging markets that are helping to improve lives as well as the company’s competitive position, creating true win-win-wins.  

Joanne is Global Professor, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Innovation at Hult International Business School (Boston-Dubai-London-San Francisco-Shanghai) and is an academic advisor to the UN Global Compact.  She has worked for and with multinational companies and global organizations such as Smith Kline Beecham (today GSK)  BP, IBM and the World Bank as well as smaller, socially-focused enterprises and start-ups, such as Tom’s of Maine and Economic Development Imports.  Professor Lawrence is co-author of From Promise to Performance: The Journey of Transformation at SmithKline Beecham (Harvard Business School Press, 1997). Her latest work is  Globally Responsible Leadership: Managing According to the UN Global Compact Principles,  co-edited with Paul Beamish of the Richard Ivey School of Business (Sage Publishing, 2012).

After the presentation and discussion there will also be the usual opportunity for networking. Furthermore, as always, for those attendees that might not have been to this venue before, please do not confuse it with Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street! A cash bar will be available on the ground floor of the venue, so please come a little before time if you want to purchase drinks so that we can start promptly. Usually, food is also available at this venue if ordered before 8pm. Space is limited, so if you are interested in coming to this Meetup please sign up early and if your plans change subsequently please amend your RSVP so that others can take your place if it turns out that you can't make it on the night.

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  • Ivor H.

    A clear and focussed presentation, that was very informative. It was good to have someone with a positive mindset outlining the need for collective responsibility. The questions and comments from the floor, especially about ethics in a pluralistic society, were of a high quality (as ever).

    November 23, 2012

  • Julia

    Interesting update on Global compact in practice, a friendly and interesting debate on the topic.

    November 22, 2012

  • Sunny

    Joanne was a very effective speaker and gave a good overview of strategic approaches to CSR.

    November 22, 2012

  • Adrian P.

    Joanne was effusive about the role that companies could play in moving society forward through ‘systems thinking’ and 'market–based' approaches. Problems that the world faced
    were opportunities to create economic value in new ways. Through ‘Social Intrapreneurship’ the purpose of a company could be redefined as creating ‘shared value'. The Millennium Development Goals could be addressed by new thinking in terms of management skills and innovation. Transformative strategies could provide clear ‘win-wins’ for both corporates and society. Joanne's conclusion was that transformative corporations have the potential to change lives and create enduring value for society and for themselves. However it was clear from subsequent questions that there were still uncertainties about whether corporates could be trusted to adopt such a role themselves or if more regulation was needed to force them to do so. Many thanks to Joanne for taking time out from her busy schedule to come and present!

    November 22, 2012

  • Romy C.

    Thanks for last night, it was really interesting. Just an article looking at sustainable development indicators, and touching on some of the points raised last night.

    http://phys.org/news/2012-11-indicators-methods-sustainable-one-sided.html

    1 · November 22, 2012

  • neasha

    Can we bring anyone?

    November 18, 2012

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