Monday, 2 September 2013

UN official's open lecture on sustainability of enterprise & investment. Tuesday 1 October 2013, Ambleside

How do countries compare in the ethical and environmental practices of their largest firms? How are stock markets responding to the challenge of climate change, corruption, poverty and human rights abuses? What is the United Nations’ view on the future of voluntary corporate responsibility efforts? How can governments help? What kind of international leadership is needed?

In the first IFLAS open lecture of the academic year, we host a senior United Nations official to address these questions. Dr Anthony Miller is Economic Affairs Officer with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is UNCTAD’s focal point on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and a coordinator of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for signatory stock exchanges to encourage responsible investment Dr Miller served as an expert in the ISO Working Group on Social Responsibility and is a regular participant in the ICC and the OECD working groups on CSR. His on-going work includes research projects on corporate governance disclosure in emerging markets, the CSR practices of transnational corporations, and the responsible investment practices of institutional investors. Prior to joining UNCTAD, Dr Miller was an executive in the automotive industry with postings in India, Singapore and China. An American citizen based in Geneva, Dr Miller holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, UK. He will become the co-chair of the new Advisory Board for the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria. His most recent reports can be found at

The open lecture is on October 1st from 5pm to 7pm,. at the Charlotte Mason Building, Rydal Road, Ambleside. Attendees of the open lecture will include the Institute’s international students that study the MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, offered in partnership with the Robert Kennedy College. Forthcoming open lectures include James Gifford, Founder Director of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (22nd October) and Jonathan Robinson, Founder of The Hub, a global network of social enterprise offices and incubators (12th November). The full programme of open lectures will be announced later this month, and will all be between 5pm and 7pm at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside Campus in the Lake District on: 15th & 22nd October and 12th & 26th November.

There is no charge for these lectures. Register via