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Professor Ian Vandewalle's Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Professor Ian Vandewalle Friday 19 May 2017

Professor Ian Vandewalle, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Head of the Liverpool Hope Business School, will deliver his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Wednesday 31st May.

The free public lecture will discuss Corporate Social Responsibility… for good, or profit?, tracing the origins and the moral questions it poses for businesses.

Professor Vandewalle said: “This lecture explores the origins of social responsibility and how this behaviour translates into corporate social responsibility (CSR). It takes a historical perspective from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present day, and tracks the development and evolution of CSR. At the same time, it will seek to explore some of the moral and ethical dilemmas that underpin it. The lecture will attempt to integrate theoretical constructs alongside CSR in practice and asks the question, is CSR for good…or profit?”

The lecture will then focus on organisations that take a moral approach as socially responsible businesses, and discuss how we might assess the socio-economic impacts of these organisations, using Everton Football Club’s charity, Everton in the Community, as an example. 

Professor Vandewalle is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Head of the Liverpool Hope Business School, which he established in 2000. He began his career as a lecturer in Health Sciences, before moving into business and development. As Everton Chair in Social Responsibility, he will support the new five-year research partnership between Everton Football Club and the University’s researchers. 

‘Corporate Social Responsibility…for good, or profit?’ Wednesday 31st May, 5pm for 5.30pm in the Senate Room, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD. Refreshments will be served on arrival to the Senate Room at 5pm. To confirm your attendance, please email: events@hope.ac.uk

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