Workshop: Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility

As part of Sustainability Contested, the Essex Sustainability Institute and Essex Business School are hosting a free half-day workshop focused on corporate approaches to sustainability and responsibility on Monday 19 November.

The concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability have become mainstream issues in business and management, but some critics wonder whether these have become hollow concepts or simply marketing exercises. Two high-profile speakers with extensive experience in the corporate world will share their reflections on whether small, medium-sized and big companies can contribute to solving the environmental and social challenges the planet now faces. The main speakers are Will Sambrook from UK environmental charity the Green Light Trust and Albert Low from My Duc Ceramics in Vietnam, which has pioneered environmentally friendly production processes in the Far East.

The workshop will be held at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus from 2pm to 5pm, in room 5N.3.2. Attendance is free, but prior registration is required. To register, please click through to:

If you have any queries, please contact Steffen Boehm by e-mail at: steffen at

Essex Sustainability Institute Seminars: Autumn 2012 Schedule

We’re excited to be able to share the final seminar programme for the Essex Sustainability Institute seminars scheduled for Autumn 2012. The seminars are free to attend, and are open to staff and students at the University of Essex as well as members of the public from outside the University.  Just turn up! If you would like to meet with the speakers, please contact Zareen Bharucha at zpbhar at Attached to this post is a flier you can download and print if you would like!  A guide to campus room numbering can be found here.

26th October 2012 / 12:30 – 14:00 / Room 5S.4.11: Sarah White, University of Bath: Wellbeing and Poverty in Marginalised Communities: Zambia and India Compared. 

6th November 2012 / 12:30 – 14:00 / Room 5N.3.2: Idlan Zakaria, University of Essex: Corporate Environmental Reporting: What We Know, What We Don’t Know and What We Want to Know

13th November2012 / 12:30 – 14:00 / Room 5N.3.2: John Burton, World Land Trust: The World Land Trust: International conservation and the human element.

19th November 2012 / 13:30 – 17:00 / Room 5N.3.2: Joint seminar with the Essex Business School: Corporate approaches to sustainability and responsibility: Cases, Challenges, Contradictions

 29th November 2012 / 12:30 – 14:00 / Room TC2.10: Alison Acton, (alum, University of Essex): The Lies of the Land? Foxhunting, Landscape Policy and the Cultural Appropriation of Space

4th December 2012 / 12:30 – 14:00 / Room 5N.3.2: Antonio Ioris (University of Edinburgh) with Rafael Kruter Flores (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul): Neoliberalism, Socionature and WaMain Programme – Autumn 2012ter Problems: The Multiple Scarcities of Lima, Peru