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Developing CSR: The Challenges and Opportunities

Developing CSR: The Challenges and Opportunities.
Technological University Dublin - Tallaght Campus is pleased to announce the hosting of a joint seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility with the British Academy of Management (BAM), Special Interest Group (SIG) on Sustainable and Responsible Behaviour.

BAM is the leading authority on the academic field of management in the UK, supporting and representing the community of scholars and engaging with international peers. BAM’s Vision is to be a pluralistic learned society, contributing to the development of management knowledge and practice internationally. 

Title of Seminar: Developing CSR: The Challenges and Opportunities.
The purpose of this, Special Interest Group (SIG) event is to bring academics and practitioners of CSR together to discuss and debate current issues in relation to the development of CSR going forward. The first half of this afternoon session will commence with a talk by two academics, followed by a member of the CSR National Stakeholder Forum, driving the National CSR plan at a National level in Ireland and then two practitioners will tell their CSR story. The programme will then involve breakout sessions of groups of approximately six participants representing academia and industry to discuss different core questions in the development of CSR. The session will end with a general discussion on the outputs of the smaller groups and will open up new areas of debate and networks perhaps to develop these discussions further, with inputs from academics and industry participants.

When: This event will take place on 22 March 2019, 1pm-4.30pm

Who Should Attend
Academics in the area of CSR 
Members of South Dublin County Council (includes industry representatives)
Local businesses
Members of Business in the Community Ireland
Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
Members of the National Stakeholder Forum (includes academics and industry participant)

Benefits of Attendance
• Gain insights into the key issues in developing CSR in the future
• Bringing academics and industry participants together to discuss pertinent issues in relation to CSR
• Increased understanding of the development of CSR at the macro level of the economy
• Developing an understanding of CSR at the micro level of the firm
• Discovering areas of collaboration in the development of CSR among participants
Location: Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus, Synergy Centre, Old Blessington Rd, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Brief outline of the seminar:
The seminar will start with a light lunch and will consist of a number of sessions as follows:

Opening address:
Mr. Thomas Stone, Principal, Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus
Two academic speakers: 
The necessity of CSR for companies of the 21st Century
Dr. Konstantina Skritsovali, BAM, joint chair of SIG Sustainable and Responsible Business.
The Challenges of CSR for SMEs
Dr. Lorraine Sweeney, Technological University Dublin, City Campus.
Speaker from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
The development of the National Plan on CSR its development and direction to date.
Ms. Deborah Dignam, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Two practitioners from industry
Speaking on their CSR story, within their organisation:
Mr Neil Mencies, CSR Manager, Transdev
Mr. James McManus, CEO, Earth’s Edge

Discussion groups
The next session would entail the larger group of participants breaking up into possibly four syndicate groups consisting of a mix of academics, practitioners and Department personnel discussing four different questions, one posed to each group and after 30 minutes discussing the question posed reporting back to the bigger group.
After a discussion on the outputs of these smaller groups and summing up the points made overall the seminar will be brought to a close.

Closing address:
Speaker to be confirmed
Possible length of time overall: 1 - 4.30pm
Proposed date: Friday 22nd March 2019
Venue: Synergy Centre, Technological University Dublin, Tallaght Campus, Synergy Centre, Dublin 24.

1.00pm: Registration and lunch
1.30pm: Opening address
1.40 pm: Academic speakers and Q&A 
2.30pm: Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation presentation 
2.45pm: Presentation from Industry: Transdev
3.00pm: Presentation from Industry: Earth’s Edge
3.15pm: Tea/coffee break
3.30pm: Breakout sessions
4.00pm: Reporting back to the larger group and overall summing up
4.20pm: Closing address
4.30pm: Finish

Cost to attend: €15 for members, €20 for non-members,

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