Can business be a force for good in international development?

This talk, presented by Mr David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, will explore how companies make a positive contribution to the wellbeing and livelihood of a growing global population within the constraints of a changing environment.

Three key questions for development - equity, sustainability and the role of the private sector - will be explored through the talk, and it will be argued that businesses can apply their core business skills and interests in support of sustainable and equity-based development.

Mr Bull said: “How can companies support the equitable achievement of sustainable development goals when poorest communities are not normally profitable customers, and may be victims of climate change, environmental impacts or human rights abuses arising from business activities?”

The lecture will discuss the Children's Rights and Business Principles recently launched by UNICEF and its partners.

Mr Bull joined the United Nations Children’s Fund as Executive Director of the UK Committee in September 1999. Since joining UNICEF UK, Mr Bull has visited UNICEF development and emergency programmes in countries throughout the world. Mr Bull holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Bath.

The talk has been organised by the Centre for Development Studies, and will take place on Friday 19 October, from 2:15 - 4:05pm in room 8W3.22. This seminar is open to all, there is no need to book, just come along.

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