Guest Speakers 2017/2018
17/01/18 – Simon Webley
Guest Presentation: The presentation will provide a rare overview of the evolution of CSR from a pioneer in the field who lived through the changes in the business world.
Simon Webley: Simon took up his present post in 1998 having been a consultant to the Institute since its founding in 1986. He has so far written eighteen studies for the Institute, his latest is: Codes of Business Ethics: a guide to developing and implementing an effective code (2016). In addition, he has contributed to numerous journals and books and regularly speaks at conferences in different parts of the world on applied business ethics. Simon also assists large international companies with advice, training and workshops. In the 1950s, Simon obtained an honours degree in economics and political science at Trinity College, Dublin. After military service as an education officer in the Royal Air Force, he joined the economic research department of Reed International (now Reed Elsevier), a major paper and publishing organisation. In 1962 he was appointed Group Information Officer (economics) in the public affairs department of the same company. From 1969-98, he was the founding director of the British-North American Research Association and UK Director of the British-North America Committee. Simon is a member of the ICC’s Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anticorruption and the BSI’s Anti Bribery Standard Panel.
24/01/18 – Dan Johnson
Guest Presentation: Companies do not exist in isolation; therefore they need to maintain their ‘licence to operate’, which is critical for their longterm success. This presentation will focus on how companies attempt to manage their stakeholder relationships, in particular how they engage employees through a code of ethics, to interact ethically with all stakeholders. Real life examples will be discussed with a focus on the BAE Systems global code of conduct
Dan Johnson: Dan Johnson is the Research Hub Manager at the Institute of Business Ethics. He researches and writes on a number of business ethics topics for the IBE, manages its programme of public and corporate surveys and engages in training and public speaking to raise awareness of the subject. He was the author of the 2015 IBE Ethics at Work Survey, a series of seven reports which give an overview of the business ethics landscape in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. He holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the ICCSR at Nottingham University.
07/02/18 – Andrea du Rietz
Guest Presentation: This presentation will look at decision making with a purpose. Simon Mainwaring said “Brands are facing a new competitive landscape in which self-definition, core values and purpose will increasingly define their ability to reach customers that only allow what is meaningful in their lives to pass through their filter.” It is becoming increasingly important to consumers that they trust brands from which they purchase goods and services from. This conscious consumer cares about a company’s values and purpose, which affects how companies today are shaped and how they make decisions. But how does this interact with the commercial purpose of a firm? The presentation will look at the Corporate Responsibility agenda at the LEGO Group, and what values influence decision making.
Andrea du Rietz: Andrea is part of the Environmental Responsibility team at the LEGO Group. She is responsible for evaluating and reporting the LEGO Group’s climate impact, ambitions and actions – to ensure compliance and drive opportunities. Andrea also leads the work on exploring global shifts with companies’ climate strategies and target setting. In her previous role, Andrea worked as a Carbon Markets and Climate Policy analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
21/02/18 – Roisin Robertson
Guest Presentation: The presentation will look at a civil society organisation, namely Greenpeace, and its tactics that aim to inform and engage on environmental social issues through direct non-violent action. It will briefly present several campaigns looking at the type of actions, level of involvement and their outcomes on different levels: for the environment, business and activists.
Roisin Robertson: Roisin Robertson has been a Greenpeace volunteer and activist for over 25 years, currently the Network Coordinator for Bromley. As SE London contact, she helped set up the SW and Southwark groups while chairing Greenwich. Arrested in Belgium for an action outside the EU about fishing quotas, active as an Orang-Utan in various campaigns against forest destruction, is a regular member of the Greenpeace festival team and is a GreenSpeaker presenting issues to schools, Colleges and Universities.
28/02/18 – Chris Daniels
Guest Presentation: The presentation will focus on financial inclusion: what is financial inclusion, what makes you at risk of financial exclusion, what are the implications of being excluded and what are the benefits of being included? What can a bank do to help people be financial included? I would like the group to focus on the specific case study of Universal Credit. Universal Credit is digital by default, requires everyone to have a bank account, pays benefits monthly and in arrears (previously benefits would be paid fortnightly), and to a single person in each household (previously each claimant received their own benefits patient). The intention of Universal Credit is that everyone should be better off working than on welfare. However, there have been some teething problems: there may be a gap of several weeks between applying for Universal Credit and receiving it which means people without access to savings may need to borrow money to tide them over. Early research points to the fact that this can drive people further into poverty – increasing rent arrears, increasing evictions and dependence on food banks.
Chris Daniels: Chris has worked in Lloyds Banking Group’s Responsible Business team for the past two years, focusing on financial inclusion and education. Chris leads Group programmes on credit unions, identification and verification and thought leadership. The purpose of this role is to increase access to financial services and to build the Group’s reputation as leaders in financial inclusion to help Britain prosper. Prior to this role, Chris worked in Group Corporate Affair’s Consultancy & Operations team, delivering Group-wide communication projects.
07/03/18 – Jeremy Glover
Guest Presentation: Employee Rights & Obligations
Jeremy Glover: Jeremy has headed up employee incentives and corporate departments in US and UK law firms and was head of entrepreneurial services at Ernst & Young in London previously. He advises companies, their employees and their investors on structuring their business to align their interests most effectively.
14/03/18 – Gary Knight
Guest Presentation: The presentation will discuss the work CK Prahalad on how companies can support poverty at the bottom of the pyramid and will look at the case study on Child and Family Wellness in Kenya and scaling-up challenges in serving the bottom of the pyramid when addressing complex social issues in developing countries.
Gary Knight: Gary Knight is Professor of Global Management and the Helen Jackson Chair in International Management at Willamette University in Salem and Portland, Oregon, USA. Prior to joining academia, he was an executive in international business, with a focus in Europe, Japan, and Mexico. Gary has co-authored six books, including two textbooks on international business and a book on international marketing research, as well as more than 100 refereed articles in academic journals and conference proceedings, such as International Business Review and Journal of World Business. Along with Professor S. Tamer Cavusgil, he won the 2014 Decade Award at the Journal of International Business Studies for their article on born global firms. Gary earned his MBA at the University of Washington and PhD at Michigan State University, in international business. He also attended the University of Paris in France and Sophia University in Japan.
21/03/18 – Debbie Coulter
Guest Presentation: the presentation will discuss the role of the Ethical Trading Initiative as a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations. The lecture will question whether workplace based social audits have helped or hindered improvements in labour conditions in global supply chains. Two significant case-studies will be presented to demonstrate how improved worker dialogue can deliver positive benefits for all industry stakeholders.
Debbie Coulter: Debbie Coulter joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) as Head of Programmes in 2011. Bringing together company, trade union and NGO members, ETI’s programmes seek to drive long-term, sustainable change for workers in global supply chains. Debbie has vast experience of working with the clothing industry and considerable knowledge of workers’ rights within the sector, locally and globally. Her association with the garment sector began in the early eighties when, based in Barnsley, she worked for S R Gent Manufacturers, then major suppliers to Marks & Spencer. In 1987 she began working for the National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers in Leeds and with the local industry for more than 15 years.
28/03/18 – Gavin Milligan
Guest Presentation: The presentation will discuss the Sustainability strategy of William Jackson Group focusing on the role and importance of consumers within the strategy.
Gavin Milligan: Dr Gavin Milligan holds a PhD from the University of London and worked for 9 years in the chemical industry before moving to the food sector. He has worked for a number of businesses ranging from SMEs to blue chip corporates in supply chain, operations and commercial roles and is currently ESG Director for the William Jackson Food Group where he oversees the company’s social and environmental programmes. He is a Member Director of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, chairs the Management Committee of FoodWasteNet, is a member of the Food Sector Knowledge Transfer Network, which he represents on the European Food Technology Platform, is a committee member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s agriculture sector group and chairs the Agri-food member interest group at Campden BRI. He sits on the Industrial Advisory Boards at Sheffield Hallam University’s centre for excellence in food engineering and Lincoln University’s MSc programme in Agri-food Technology, the Commercial Advisory Board of the Industrial Biotechnology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow and the Advisory Board for New Food Magazine. He also runs his own business, Green Knight Sustainability Consulting Ltd, providing support on social and environmental strategies for agri-food businesses.