Corporate Social Responsibility and Stakeholder Engagement Conference Programme

    • November 3, 2015
      • 9:45 am - 10:00 amPatrick Paul Walsh - Chair of International Development Studies in UCD and Senior Adviser to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Earth Institute,  Columbia University, New York.Presentation Title: UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for Irish Based Partnerships. Presentation Synopsis: The aim of the talk is to identify how Irish Based Companies can partner with stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies and NGOs to create practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive global societies with a view to making a contribution to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
      • 10:00 am - 10:15 amVictor Branagan - Senior Sustainability Consultant, SustainEDPresentation Title: Models of Sustainable Business – why we need them, what they can do. Presentation Synopsis: The traditional business model is creaking at the seams trying to accommodate the big societal changes that are happening. New business models are needed that are fit for purpose in a more sustainable economy. Examples of working case studies show us how these models work in practice and give a real sense of how business can be part of the solution.
      • 10:15 am - 10:30 amRebecca Maughan - Lecturer in Accountancy, UCDPresentation Title: Building Legitimacy with Internal Stakeholders. Presentation Synopsis: Sustainability is a challenging concept for organisations to substantively engage with as it requires cognitive, strategic, structural and procedural changes. Internal stakeholders (owners, directors, managers and staff) play a crucial role in actively supporting or resisting new organizational sustainability practices. Based on a longitudinal case study of a leading Irish private company in the retail sector, this presentation explores how to build legitimacy with key internal stakeholders in order to embed sustainability practices within the organisation.
      • 10:30 am - 10:55 amBreak
      • 10:55 am - 11:10 amPaul Price - An Taisce Climate CommitteePresentation Title: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future: How We Get There Is Important. Synopsis: What does climate mitigation really mean for the world, or for the EU and Ireland? Climate change policy and media discussions are plagued by basic misunderstandings resulting in poor policy and ongoing confusion. This short presentation aims to clarify the surprisingly simple (if stark) implications of climate science and sustainable development for our part in a “global transition to a low-carbon future”. If we are serious about sustainability then continuing to delay substantial and sustained climate action is a very bad idea.
      • 11:10 am - 11:25 amJennifer Casey – CR Adviser, Business in the Community IrelandPresentation Title: Understanding the Business Case for Corporate Social Responsibility in Ireland. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation provides an overview of corporate responsibility in Ireland, the business case for being a responsible business and of the Business Working Responsibly mark certification for responsible and sustainable business. Based on ISO26000 and independently audited by the National Standards Authority of Ireland, 17 companies in Ireland are certified.
      • 11:25 am - 11:40 amMaria Flanagan and Michael Kelly - Engagement Associate, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland; GIY FounderPresentation Title: Adventures in Food: How food growing can create a healthier, happier and more sustainable world. Presentation Synopsis: In this engaging and inspiring talk, Michael Kelly will talk about the urgent need for mankind to reconnect with nutritious food grown in the living soil; how change begins with the decision to sow a seed, and how food growing can lead to more sustainable living, long-term dietary changes, a deeper understanding of nutrition and improved wellbeing.
      • 11:40 am - 11:55 amDeclan White - Environmental Executive, Enterprise IrelandPresentation Title: Enterprise Ireland Environmental Supports. Presentation Synopsis: Enterprise Ireland’s Green Offer supports companies in achieving increased competitiveness by enhancing business environmental sustainability. The Green Offer is focussed on improving capability in, and adoption of, Green Business principles.
      • 11:55 am - 12:15 pmRobert Moss- Green Communities Manager, An TaiscePresentation Title: Green Communities Programme. Presentation Synopsis: The presentation will cover the Green Communities Programme, what it does, why it works, and what is planned.
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch