2012 EABIS Sustainability Conference report
Submitted by Nadeem Khan, NBS Postgraduate Student.
The University of Northampton was represented at the EABIS Colloquium, held at IMD Lausanne and Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL), on 2–5 July 2012. The theme was Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Business. This forum brought together leading academics and Corporate leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Syngenta, Unilever) from across the globe, in dialogue on innovation for sustainability. Delegates from the European Commission and attendees of the Rio+20 Summit were also present.
Prof. Nada Korac-Kakabadse presented the paper: What makes Corporations More Sustainable? A Closer Look at the Impact of Global Climate Change on Corporate Emission Disclosure Strategy. This joint research with Dr. Jessica Yang analysed 24 UK Listed companies and 96 reports to assess the quality of Emission Disclosure. In another session, Nadeem Khan (NBS Postgraduate Student) and Ourada Dsouli (NBS Postgraduate Student) presented the paper: The Davos Dilemma: Towards A Co-evolutionary Framework for Global Sustainable Development. This paper identified the current sustainability crisis impacted by rising global population and depleting resources and called for improved collaboration at national level between Less Developed, Developing and Developed Countries towards Global Sustainability.
The final day of the Colloquium included a PhD day specifically designed for Early Career Researchers and PhD students. Students benefitted from the insight of experienced academics and representation from Emerald and Springer publishers. The day included student presentations, Skype conferencing and one-to-one sessions for guidance. Prof. Kakabadse was on the panel for career guidance, while UoN students, Nadeem Khan and Ourada Dsouli were among the students engaging in dialogue which included how to publish research; career advice and PhD project advice.