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Global Forum 2009

The three-day interactive summit “Business as an Agent of World Benefit – “Manage by Designing in an Era of Massive Innovation” was held from June 25, 2009, at the Case Western Reserve Univer-sity, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

The summit hosted interactive change methods, breakout sessions, and expert-led discussions. The purpose of the confe-rence was “to unite design thin-king with sustainable business practice and education”.

The attendees included more than 600 executives, academic experts and policy makers, and companies such as Ford, Cisco, Patagonia, Herman Miller, Wal Mart, Procter & Gamble, Dow Chemical, and more. The following business schools also participated: Weatherhead, Wharton, Kellogg, Rotman, Copenhagen, Haas, Said, Rotterdam, McGill, and more.

The conference was facilitated by David Cooperrider, the Fair-mount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Manage-ment, Faculty Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, and co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry.

The conference hosted special sessions: A one-day Executive Sustainable Value workshop with Sustainable Value author Chris Laszlo and also an evening session designed by McGill’s Professor Nancy Adler.

In this conference, people could also participate in the virtual community by visiting the following link: http://bawbglobalforum. ning.com/

The major output of the 2006 Global Forum was The United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in July 2007 and signed by more than 200 organizations worldwide.

Furthermore, one could also participate in an on-going way and experience AI online, the iCohere collaborative platform and link up with amazing people attending the 2009 Global Forum.

This collaborative space will remain open for 6 months(www.flourishingdestiny.org)

8th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility

This International Conference will be held from September 8 – 10 , 2009 at Cape Town, UNISA (University of South Africa), South Africa and is hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA). It will be organised by UNISA in conjunction with the Social Responsibility Research Network.

The conference is intended to be interdisciplinary and welcomes contributions from anyone who has a perspective on this important issue. This time there will be a focus on the theme of NGOs and CSR.

Although much work has focused upon corporations there is a growing interest in the relationship between business and NGOs and how this relates to CSR. The conference will feature papers on topics including:

  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Corporate Accountability Social and Environmental Auditing
  • Social and Environmental marketing
  • Globalisation and Corporate Activity
  • Protests Concerning Corporate Activity
  • Regulation of Corporate Social and Environmental Behaviour
  • Governmental Influences on Corporate Accountability
  • CSR and Corporate Governance
  • CSR and Stakeholders
  • CSR and Corporate Risk
  • Corporate Responsibility and Triple Bottom Line
  • Socially Responsible Investment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business, NGOs and CSR
  • Case Studies and Practical Experiences
  • Microfinance

The conference will publish proceedings and selected papers will be collected for publication.

This year, a doctoral colloquium will be held on the final day of the conference. The aim will be to give detailed feedback to doctoral researchers concerning their papers. Feedback will be specific to each person and their research, and will be given by an expe-rienced academic in the field.

The colloquium will be an integral part of the conference and all delegates will be expected to participate fully in the conference but the sessions will give extra time to presenters – to allow for discussion and formal feedback. This colloquium will be organised by Professor Dr G├╝ler Aras.

Following on from the precedent set at previous conferences, a Young Academician award will be made during this colloquium. Full and updated details can be found at the following website http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=19551

Brownfields 2009 Conference

The National Brownfields Conference, which will held from November 16 – 18, 2009, is the largest, most comprehensive conference focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially contaminated properties in the nation.

The Brownfields Conference will feature 150 educational and lear-ning oppor-tunities, outstanding plenarysessions, 200 exhibitors, scores of networking events, special training sessions, film screenings, book signings, and much, much more.

Brownfields are rural or urban industrial commercial sites that are abandoned or underused because of real or perceived contamination.

Communities across the country face the challenge of putting these idle sites back to work, from old industrial cities with thousands of acres of abandoned factories to rural villages built around derelict mines or timber mills.

Brownfields are a valuable community resource that through redevelopment and reuse could easily bring important benefits to many economically depressed communities or serve as the centerpiece in comprehensive redevelopment strategies.

There are plenty of ways that individuals and organizations can take advantage of all the educational and networking opportu-nities that Brownfields 2009 will present.

The target attendees for this Conference include

  • Local, state, and federal government leaders
  • Federal and state contractors
  • Financial and insurance providers and risk management practitioners
  • Economic development officials and community development organizations
  • Environmental and civil engineers, planners and public works officials
  • Information technology professionals
  • Academic institutions and students
  • Real estate developers and investors
  • Attorneys

With nearly 6,000 registrations the U.S. EPA and ICMA co-sponsored National Brownfields Conference is the premier event of its kind.

To create an exceptional edu-cational experience, perspectives are welcomed on the most important issues facing brownfields practitioners, policy makers, communities and companies.

People can send in their abstracts, proposals for complete sessions, or simply an idea that they think ought to be considered for this year’s conference.

This conference also features a dynamic exhibit hall and lively trade show. If your organization is a product or service provider, government agency, or just an organization looking to connect with thousands of decision makers, then the National Brownfields Conference is the premier business development marketplace for you.

For more information, visit:

http://www.brownfieldsconference.org//en/Page.Overview.2009.aspx

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