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Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal, MGSM and Matthew Tukaki, CEO, Sustain Group, 8 November 2012


Debbie and Matthew addressed a Young Business Forum reception attended by 50 professionals where they discussed “Business, Society & Peace - Shifting the Paradigm on Business Responsibility”. This event was proudly hosted by Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Analysis has proven that peace is a key factor in determining wealth creation. Peace advances the economic development of society by fostering conditions that are conducive to business and investment. Business can play a decisive role in building and strengthening peace through job and wealth creation.

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal, the MGSM Faculty Lead on Global Citizenship, addressed the issue of business responsibilities. As we shifted away from Milton Friedman’s paradigm that the only social responsibility of a business is to make profit, businesses still struggle to define their relationship with society, local communities and even the planet.

Dr Haski-Leventhal presented some cutting edge ideas such as moving from CSR to CSV (Creating Shared Value) implying that businesses should not act as charities but rather as businesses to address social problems. Dr Haski-Leventhal discussed the Corporate Peace Framework developed with the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Matthew Tukaki is Executive Chairman and CEO Sustain Group. Matthew’s business focusses on climate change strategies, social investment mapping and sustainability across the Southern Hemisphere. Matthew is also Australia’s Representative to the United Nations Global Compact where he represents business and industry when it comes to Human Rights, Anti-Corruption, the Environment and Labour.

MGSM is a proud signatory school of the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) based on the Global Compact. MGSM is working to advance the Principles through several high profile initiatives including this joint event.

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