Responsible Business: How can HR Drive the Agenda?
Responsible Business – and related topics such as sustainability and ethics – has become a significant area of interest for organisations. Organisations’ approaches to developing business responsibly have become more structured and sophisticated, and it is increasingly seen as an important element of corporate strategy.
Dr. Carmen von Rohr is a sociologist with extensive research and learning design experience. She began her career as a digital learning designer in higher education at Cengage Learning before joining CRF in 2018 to contribute to research and learning content.
Professor David Grayson CBE is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranﬁeld School of Management. From 2007-2017, David was Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranﬁeld. He was Managing Director of Business in the Community, one of the ﬁrst Corporate Responsibility Coalitions, and has chaired several UK Government bodies, charities and social enterprises. He currently chairs Carers UK.
Karen is a CRF Associate. She has worked extensively across all sectors on the issue of organisation effectiveness, particularly developing sustainable strategic capability. She has also published books on the global aspects of effectiveness – ‘Leading International Teams’ & ‘Globalisation: The internal dynamic’.
Karen has extensive experience working with high potential leaders globally and in the last nine years has conducted targeted research into the challenges of attracting and retaining the talent needed to lead organisations healthily in times of complexity and ambiguity. Recent clients include Tesco, G4S, UK & UAE Civil Service, AB Foods, a global humanitarian agency, Lloyds, John Lewis, Zentiva and Marketform.
Karen is an accredited Power & Systems facilitator and finds this approach to be transformational particularly for leaders in mature organisations, freeing their energy for change and creating healthy and human workplaces. She is an effective keynote speaker as she brings practical depth and breadth to her contributions.
Catherine Dolton was appointed IHG’s Vice President Global Corporate Responsibility in November 2018 to lead the group’s CR strategy and activities across its 5,700+ hotels around the world.
Prior to this she headed up IHG’s Investor Relations function, where she was responsible for all activities and communication with investors and sell side analysts globally.
Catherine joined IHG in 2001 in its internal audit function where she led the global hotel audit and Europe Middle East and Africa corporate audit teams. Before coming to IHG, Catherine spent three years with EY in their Consumer Products external audit division.
Catherine has a Natural Sciences degree from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England and Wales. She lives in London and is married with two young sons.
Siena Parker is Head of Creative Responsibility at Penguin Books, the UK’s largest publisher.
While other companies talk about corporate responsibility, Penguin has coined the term Creative Responsibility – putting creativity at the heart of their approach. Siena joined Penguin in 2015 from brewer Heineken as the publisher’s first ever dedicated CR hire. She established a ‘Creative Responsibility manifesto’ for the company which set out a series of goals to the year 2020 across four priority areas: Reading, Community, Inclusion and Sustainability.
Since then key achievements have included: establishing an award-winning programme to discover and publish new writers from under-represented communities; piloting an innovative approach to the primary school library crisis; and Penguin Talks which takes authors into secondary schools to talk to young people about issues which matter to them, including Michelle Obama on the power of education.