By Jeanne Pengelly, Axiom News
Attention will be on Presidio Graduate School when leaders from around the world gather for the second International Symposium on Corporate Responsibility & Sustainable Development April 9-12.
Presidio core faculty member Cynthia Scott will present with Florida businesswoman Cathy Hansell on the kinds of leaders it takes now that organizations are moving into sustainability as an opportunity to engage employees and customers.
Using a model of a repeatable sequence — scan, scout, synthesize and steer — the duo says the new role of environmental health-and-safety professional requires a unique toolbox of change leadership skills.
“We are combining our years of working with leaders and culture change to talk about how environmental health-and-safety professionals can expand their leadership skills to support greater change. This session is based on the curriculum in sustainable leadership that is taught at PGS,” Scott says.
Hansell will present individually on the linkage of safety, health and environmental culture and sustainability and about what is needed to accomplish a sustainability culture. Scott will present immediately following with a detailed session on leadership skills.
The conference is being held at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. Notably, China’s new president and general secretary, Xi Jinping, has endorsed sustainable development strongly in recent months.
“China is hungry to learn the best ways and fast, especially from the West,” Hansell says, adding that the Symposium offers a “unique forum for everyone to openly discuss and quickly learn new best practices in this growing field from practitioners and experts across the globe.”
Other speakers include pharmaceutical company Bayer’s former vice-president of corporate social responsibility China Bill Valentino, who is now deputy director of the China Institute for Social Responsibility at Beijing Normal University.
As well, leading author Alan Murray (Corporate Responsibility: a critical introduction and Corporate Responsibility: a research handbook), Breakthrough Results president Cathy Hansell, and Howard Lin, who chairs the Canadian Chapter of the Academy of International Business and is vice-president of research for the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship, will speak.