Business leaders invited to celebrate Responsible Business Week

Business leaders in the Portsmouth area are invited to an event celebrating Responsible Business Week on Thursday 27 April, organised by Business in the Community (BITC) and the University of Portsmouth. Key note speaker Mark Smith, CEO of The Southern Co-operative, will share his thoughts on how to lead a responsible business.

Mark, who is a member of BITC’s Advisory Board for the South East, has been actively involved in driving the agenda for companies to engage with education in the region.  He said: “As South East Ambassador, I will focus on using responsible business to engage with young people from challenging backgrounds, to encourage aspiration and the achievement of personal potential irrespective of their circumstances.

“Responsible business is not about how a company spends its money, on philanthropy or good causes. It’s about how it treats the planet, employees, suppliers and the communities that give them their license to operate fairly and inclusively for all.”

Professor James McCalman

Professor James McCalman

As part of Responsible Business Week 2017, the University’s Portsmouth Business School will be working with Business in the Community to provide local employers with an opportunity to explore latest thinking, share best practice, and find solutions to some of the challenges currently facing business and society.

Event organiser Professor James McCalman, Director of the Centre for Strategy and Leadership at University of Portsmouth, said: “We feel very proud to be able to host this event as we feel that universities are great places for responsible business practice to begin. Some of our students have been shadowing business leaders this year which has provided them with crucial insight into the world of work, providing inspiration about how they will approach their future careers.”

Marnie Bourne, Head of Membership at Business in the Community said: “Business leaders have a crucial role to play in helping society to tackle our world’s major environmental and social challenges. This conference provides an exciting opportunity to hear from Mark Smith, CEO and The Prince’s Ambassador for the South East, who will share his experience of leading a successful business that has put corporate responsibility at its heart.”

Both business leaders and students will be in present at the event and attendees will hear University of Portsmouth students’ first-hand experience of shadowing local sustainable businesses, including one student who shadowed Gemma Lacey, Director Sustainability and Communications at The Southern Co-operative. There will also be a live Q & A session to learn about latest trends that will impact on the fairness, sustainability and wellbeing of business and society.

The event takes place from 4.30 to 8pm in the Richmond Building, Portland St, Portsmouth, P01 3DE. Places are free and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Car parking is available nearby for a fee of £2 after 5 pm. For more details, maps and direction to the venue, please see the University’s website http://www.port.ac.uk/

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