Conference Dates: Thursday, April 14 - Friday, April 15, 2011 (1½ days)
Location: Institute of Asian Research, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Registration: email Simon Handelsman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the tentative Agenda
Co-Organized by: CBERN Pacific Region Hub
Following discussions at the 2010 Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN) Annual Conference about how to best explore emerging CSR research and activities in China, CBERN Pacific Region Hub
is exploring the more fruitful connections for building relationships with China and other countries in the Pacific Rim.
As in Canada, CSR is attracting research initiatives in many Asian countries including inter alia China, Japan, Indonesia, and India. An effort is being made to develop a link between CBERN Pacific Region Hub
and a SSHRC MCRI project (Coordinated Compliance with International Trade and Human Rights Standards) with a focus on CSR issues- given inherent difficulties leading to trade offs to reconcile tension between human rights and business / trade. The National Centre for Business Law (NCBL), the MCRI project and CBERN had positive initial responses to a proposal for jointly organizing a conference on the theme CSR in the Pacific Rim.
CBERN Pacific is co-organizing a conference featuring panels and papers that will examine options for collaboration and ways to address institutional capacity and ineffective/weak regulatory frameworks, i.e., with a focus on how CSR program can complement or even strengthen existing regulatory systems. The results of this conference most likely will feed into a second event expected to be held in China.
The programme will commence with a luncheon address by a keynote speaker, a plenary session and a panel, followed by dinner with a keynote speaker. The second day will feature panel sessions and conclude with a plenary session followed by a reception and dinner.
In addition to plenary sessions, there will be panels organized by each of the coordinating groups. The conference will have four consecutive panels with no parallel sessions. The conference will be international in scope. Outcomes from the conference could result in publishing a volume, bilateral initiatives, training sessions, etc.
CSR and Regulatory Regimes: Prof Janis Sarra, NCBL, email@example.com
CSR and Coordinated Compliance: Prof Pitman Potter, MCRI, firstname.lastname@example.org
and Business Ethics-Human Rights and/or the Extractives Sector: Simon Handelsman, CBERN, email@example.com
Graduate Student/Post Doctoral Panel: Robert Hanlon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Presenters and Expression of Interest for Participation
Recommendations and expressions of interest for presentations and participation are being sought from a wide range of stakeholders (Government, NGOs, academics, businesses, etc.).
Those individuals interested in presenting in the CBERN panel are asked to submit their abstracts by January 15, 2011. Early submissions are encouraged. An initial selection will be made from those received early at a December 6, 2010 planning meeting.
All potential participants from CBERN should send expressions of interest and CVs to email@example.com