While most major firms claim a commitment to CSR, few have convinced the public that they are making a positive contribution to society, according to the Hewlett Packard Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of York's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Professor Dirk Matten. Read more
Professor Christopher Wright is interviewed about the potential outcomes of changes to the carbon tax legislation.
Max Baker discusses the government's pending decision to allow the sale of our largest publicly listed agribusinesses, GrainCorp, to giant American company Archer Daniels Midland.
That the social debate around climate change is a 'culture war' should come as no surprise to anyone observing current political debate in Australia, the US, UK and Canada.
As the disconnect between political obfuscation and climate science continues, how might individuals respond to climate change?
A commitment to sustainability has become a typical component of any modern-day corporation's public face. Visit the homepages of major organisations in any sector, from coal-mining to cola-making, and you'll find "green" credentials front and centre.
BERN Newsletter - October 2013 15 Oct 2013
Balanced Enterprise Research Network
It's been a busy month with the formal launch of BERN on August 29th featuring guest speaker Greg Bourne, Chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), company director Sam Mostyn, and Dr. Matthew Bell, leader of climate change and sustainability services at Ernst & Young.
Climate change is often characterised as a 'crisis', but should it be more accurately understood as a 'catastrophe'.
Why We Argue About Climate Change, challenges conventional thinking on the power of disruptive technology 11 Sep 2013
The NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird, has launched a new book by Business School lecturer, Eric Knight. Titled Why We Argue About Climate Change, it has been described as "a challenging and exciting" new way of thinking about the most divisive issue in politics today. Read more
Identifying and harnessing the emotional levers that drive positive change in people is the key to the climate change debate, writes Chris Wright and Daniel Nyberg in the Conversation.
New Research Network focuses on balance in response to environmental, social, political and financial crises 03 Sep 2013
The University of Sydney Business School has now launched its Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN) in a search for insights into how business in particular, can better balance economic, environmental and social concerns while creating value for a wide range of stakeholders. Read more
The announcement by prime minister Kevin Rudd and minister for transport Anthony Albanese on high-speed rail suggests both men at least want to maintain the momentum of the debate on the project, writes Dr Rico Merkert from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies.
Business, government and society need an integrated, collaborative response to Climate Change challenges - sustainability project co-leader 14 Aug 2013
In too many countries, the challenges of climate change have been politicized to the point where debating minor issues appears more important than tackling global problems before they get worse, according the University of Sydney Business School's Professor Steve Elliot. Read more
Significant returns await Australian firms prepared to invest in the poor here and abroad, say organisers of a poverty alleviation roundtable at the University of Sydney. Read more
Lecturer Max Baker has published an article on Corporate Social Responsibility at The Conversation.
Two of the world's leading experts on impact investing are in Sydney this week as guests of the United States Studies Centre (USIS) and the University of Sydney Business. Read more
Professor Andy Hoffman has urged Australian business to take advantage of the opportunities offered by climate change. Read more
Despite the widespread scientific consensus regarding anthropogenic climate change, ideological rhetoric dominates the global political discourse. This is preventing the development of clear policy frameworks that companies need for long-term investments. In spite of this, there are signs of progress at the international, national and corporate levels, writes Christopher Wright and Andy Hoffman.
Tony Abbott is unlikely to have uniform support from business if he moves to repeal the Government's clean energy legislation, wrote Maurizio Floris and Christopher Wright. Read more