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CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth: Multi-Level Analysis

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Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management

55 Dundas West

TRS 3-099 (Ninth Floor)

Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C5

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Ryerson University’s Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility is pleased to present a talk by Dr. Emily Gaynor Dick-Forde entitled “CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth: a Multi-Level Analysis” from 12 noon to 2 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas West, Toronto, in room TRS 3-099 (ninth floor).

Experience suggests that each region has unique economic, social and environmental characteristics, and these distinctive contextual attributes strongly influence the nature of CSR that is developed and practised in that region. And interestingly, the Canadian financial sector and other sectors have considerable presence in the area. We have much to learn from the Commonwealth Caribbean, and Dr. Dick-Forde is well positioned to guide us in this learning.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ryerson CSR Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association. This event is supported by the Canadian Standards Association and the Trade Commissioner Service of Global Affairs Canada.

Although there is no cost for attending the talk, seating is limited, and you must register to attend. Register here: http://ryerson-univ-csr-institute-caribbean-csr-talk.eventbrite.com


About the Talk

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be characterized as a movement for social change in so far as it promotes responsible leadership, good governance and comprehensive accountability for a firm’s social, economic and environmental impacts on society (local community and nation). Additionally, a socially responsible corporation pursuing CSR is likely to strategically assess and mitigate for risks, including risk from climate change and to support the achievement of sustainable development in the nations where it conducts business. The investigation of such a broadly defined CSR requires a context sensitive approach to uncover the enabling and hindering variables to authentic approaches to CSR. This talk is intended to provide insights and theoretical advances drawing on a novel and appropriate philosophical approach to guide CSR research as practiced in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The Caribbean economy has distinctive economic activities spanning such subjects as food and beverage production, tourism, and resource extraction, all of which have significant economic, social and environmental impacts, on local communities and beyond. The methodology of Prophetic Pragmatism developed by Cornel West (1989, 1993) is employed given its emphasis on context and on multiple levels of investigations, intended to inform the critical and contextual analysis on social and environmental issues that is undertaken for this talk. For both comparative and methodological insights, this talk should be of interest to CSR researchers and practitioners in Canada and to the Ryerson University CSR Institute’s international audience (who can participate by livecast). Additionally, government officials, civil society organizations and the academic community should find the study thought-provoking.

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Dr. Emily Gaynor Dick-Forde is an accounting and governance expert, with over 24 years experience as an accounting academic. Emily was appointed a Government Senator and Minister of Planning, Housing & the Environment in the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2007-2010) under the leadership of Mr. Patrick Manning. In this role she was appointed Governor for Trinidad and Tobago to the InterAmerican Development Bank and to the Caribbean Development Bank. Emily has delivered conferences and seminars on, inter alia, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Corporate Governance and Financial Crises, Ethical Leadership, Climate Change and Education in the Caribbean, Sustainable Development Goals and Social Security, Strategic Management Accounting and Environmental issues at events such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Business Forum, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting 2009, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conferences 2006 and 2012, and at numerous other academic and professional conferences. Emily is currently the Manager of Special Initiatives in the Office of the Principal, at the University of the West Indies Open Campus. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Accounting (CSR) from the University of Dundee, Scotland, a Masters degree in Finance from the University of Cambridge England and a BSc Accounting (with First Class Honours) from The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. Emily is a Certified Management Accountant with the Society of Management Accountants of Canada, now the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. She has published journal articles and a book chapter on corporate social and environmental responsibility, Climate Change, Management Accounting, and management and culture. Her research in progress includes a paper on Responsible Governance of Credit Unions, Internal Controls and Internal Audit in the Caribbean Public Sector and a book on true governance. Emily is a scholarship winner with the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the University of Dundee, Scotland (International Student Scholarship). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Emily is married and has three children.

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Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management

55 Dundas West

TRS 3-099 (Ninth Floor)

Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C5

Canada

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