For the last six years, the Responsible Business team at Northumbria University (@NBNSU) has hosted monthly public seminars and events. Speakers have included former Unilever CEO Paul Polman (@PaulPolman) and Northumbrian Water’s CEO Heidi Mottram (@heidmottram11) alongside researchers, professional bodies, the CBI, the FSB, and many others.

I am pleased to announce that our seminars will continue online from September. Some things won’t change, we will still meet from 5.00pm on a Tuesday with speakers leading us for 30-45 minutes followed by a similar time for discussion. We hope that new people will join our regular attendees from local businesses, the University and the excellent economics students from Emmanuel College in Gateshead (@G_Conomics).

So what do we have to look forward to? In September, Dr Owen Boyle will be talking about businesses responsibility for human rights, a subject on which he has researched and consulted widely. To celebrate World Ethics Day in October we will launch the North East Business Ethics Pledge and discuss how to promote the North East as a region renowned for ethical business. As the nights draw November sees Di Gates (@digates) from marketing consultancy Stick Theory talking about what ethical businesses should learn from the slow movement. In December, Northumbria’s new Professor of Economics, Mary Silles will talk about her research about women migrants and the labour market. January sees Tom Harrison, formerly of Turner and Townsend, talking about his new book on the Ethics of being a Director. In February Dr Marta Rocchi from Dublin City University will join Northumbria’s Dr Angus Robson will discuss their research on AI and Ethics and finally, March sees senior colleagues from Shared Interest (@SharedInterest) talk about the lessons they have learned from their thirty years as an ethical bank.

We hope you can join us.

Professor Ron Beadle – Director of NIBE