Business and Development Study group
The Business and Development (formerly the CSR) study group welcomes all those with research, practitioner or policy interests that explore, illustrate or critique the impact of business and corporations on development, and/or the ways that development issues can impact back into corporations. We provide a forum for exploring a wide variety of issues ranging from corporate social responsibility to a broader understanding of the relationship between business and society. We aim to provoke open and stimulating debate in a spirit of mutual respect for differences of opinion. We therefore welcome all perspectives and encourage membership from outside academia and from across the world.
Peter Edward (University of Newcastle), Jason Hart (University of Bath), Beck Smith (Save the Children)
E: peter.edward(at)newcastle.ac.uk, J.Hart2(at)bath.ac.uk, B.Smith(at)savethechildren.org.uk
Moving past ‘business as usual’: What role for the private sector in development?10-16:30, 6th December 2016; 83 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5ES (new facility of the University of Bath)
The Business and Development Study Group welcomes all those interested in the changing role and impact of the private sector in development to this one day workshop. Through a variety of contributions from practitioners and researchers we aim to provoke open and stimulating debate in a spirit of mutual respect for differences of opinion.
10:00 Welcome and coffee
10:15 Introduction to the day, Peter Edward (Newcastle University Business School)
10:30 Panel One. Chair: Peter Edward
- Emma Mawdsley (University of Cambridge): "Deepening Development-Financialisation, or how to stop worrying about financial bombs and start loving sub-prime development"
- Jean Boulton (University of Bath): “Power, purpose and pragmatism – the pitfalls of partnership with the private sector and what can we do to make this work; thinking through a complexity lens.”
- Jason Hart (University of Bath): “The (child) rights-based approach and corporate involvement: an irresolvable opposition?”
12:00 Sandwich Lunch (provided)
12:45 Panel Two. Chair: Jason Hart
- Andrew Fyfe (United Nations Capital Development Fund) & James Copestake (University of Bath): “Public funding and private for-profit ‘additionality’ under the SDGs: ideology, expedience or evidence?”
- Phoebe Beedell (University of East London): ““Actually, it’s the same thing in different places”: Negotiating the dilemmas of development in Bangladesh while working to improve conditions in the garment sector.”
- Richard Heeks, Fareesa Malik, Sharon Morgan, & Brian Nicholson (University of Manchester): “Outsourcing to the Base-of-the-Pyramid: Hybridity and Conflict Between Commercial and Welfare Institutional Logics”
14:15 Tea break
14:30 Panel Three. Chair: Peter Edward
- Beck Smith (Save the Children): “Go first, Go fast, Go further. Leading business accountability in a new era”
- Matti Kohonen (Christian Aid): ”Getting to good – Towards Responsible Corporate Tax Behaviour”
16:00 Final discussion
Participation is free of charge. However, all participants must register by 29th November. To register, email with your name and institutional affiliation to Jason Hart at jh462(at)bath.ac.uk.
Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, June 2010
The 2010 study group event combined academic papers with a discussion of future group activities, plus plenty of opportunities to meet group members in the academic and practitioner communities.
Panel 1: Governance, engagement and impact
James Van Alstine (Leeds University): Curse or asset? Comparing 'new' oil governance in Ghana and Uganda
Natalia Ahbabovich (Leeds University): Transformation of the corporation as a result of engagement in CSR: restructuring of Shell and its performance in Niger Delta
Amanda Berlan (University of Manchester): Promoting sustainability in cocoa: a case study from the Caribbean
Panel 2: Working with different values
Alison Griffiths (Practical Action): Facilitating market system change: the case of dairy in South Asia (tbc)
Linda Shaw (Co-operative College Manchester) Co-operatives and development - time for a re-appraisal?
Anne Tallontire (Leeds University) Powerful participants and sidelined stakeholders: Private standards initiatives in agri-food chains
Forthcoming activities of the Business and Development Study Group, including:
Engaging with practitioners
The MaFI (Market Facilitation Initiative): Lucho Osorio, Practical
DSA2008, Panel 7: Business and Its Influence on Development
Organised by DSA CSR Study Group
Co-convenors: Anne Tallontire (a.m.tallontire(at)leeds.ac.uk) and Peter Edward (p.edward(at)jbs.cam.ac.uk)
Ndeye Salimata Fall: Donors Investing in Private Sector Enterprises to Boost Development-
Peter Edward and Anne Tallontire: Business and Development - towards re-politicisation
Discussants: Wolfgang Weinmann (Cafedirect) and Sharon McClenaghan (Christian Aid)
The panel aimed to build on and synthesise the presentations and discussions held in earlier study group's conferences:
June 2007: Business and Development: We're talking the same language, aren't we?
June 2008: Business and Development: Where have we got to?
At these conferences we have had a number of papers from academics and NGOs and several business people in the audience contributing to the discussion. Papers have covered macro level themes such as the business contribution to international development, a critique of the ‘business case' A number of papers in 2007 discussed ‘fortune at the bottom of the pyramid'; others highlighted the engagement between companies and industries and local communities or actors in the supply chain.
One of the papers presented in the panel by Peter Edward and Anne Tallontire is an attempt to start to think about many of the themes that came up in these discussions - less a synthesis (which would be impossible) but more a way of thinking about the tensions and issues that arise in thinking about the relationship between business and development: are we talking about CSR? Are we talking about standards? Or are we talking about something more fundamental in terms of what development means and what the nature of engagement is between business and development?
However, we start the panel with a new paper - Dr Fall adds a new dimension to this discussion - reflecting on how invest in private sector enterprises to boost development - what are the benefits and limitations of this approach? This discussion talks about the inter-relations between state, civil society and private sectors in the promotion of development.
We asked two long term participants in the study group these conferences to act as discussants. Wolfgang Weinmann from Cafedirect and Sharon McClenaghan. We've invited them to draw on our own experiences about the links between business and development and also to respond to some of the issues raised in the preceding papers.