Global business leader to give lessons from the front line

25 Apr 2014 12:49:06.253


High-profile businessman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart is to give a public lecture on responsible leadership, sustainability and ethics at Nottingham University Business School next week.

The event is being hosted by the school’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ICCSR) at 6pm on Friday 2 May 2014 in Lecture Theatre 1 of the Exchange Building on the university’s Jubilee campus.

Sir Mark is well-qualified to discuss the realities, dilemmas and lessons to be learnt from the past 20 years of corporate engagement with sustainability, ethics and responsibility. He will be sharing his insights highlighted in his new and unique book ‘Responsible Leadership: Lessons from the front line of Sustainability and Ethics’ which is part memoir, part confessional, part manifesto for leadership.

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Global business journey

The talk promises to be a fascinating journey through Sir Mark’s own dealings with dictators and prime ministers, colleagues and NGOs, rivals and friends. He travels from Syria to Nigeria; Iraq to Downing Street; and from the machinations of the United Nations to those inside the boardroom of Shell where he was MD and Chairman.

Sir Mark will present an insider’s view of Shell’s annus horribilis in 1995 and how Brent Spar and the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa sent shockwaves through the company, resulting in a complete reappraisal of its mission and principles. Lessons learned from his own experience during a career spent living in ten different countries conclude that, for corporations, trying to do the right thing can sometimes be almost impossible.

'Truly inspirational'

Director of the University’s International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Professor Jeremy Moon said: “Mark Moody-Stuart brings rare insights into responsible leadership. He has led major companies; engaged with civil society and government about corporate responsibility; and reflected critically on these experiences. This event promises to be truly inspirational for anyone with an interest in the research and practice of corporate social responsibility.”

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing. The event is free to attend and open to the public but registration is essential to secure your place. For more information and to register please visit the ICCSR website.

Biography: Sir Mark served as a Managing Director of Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1991-2001 and as Chairman from 1998-2001. He was Chairman of Anglo American plc from 2002-2009. He has been lead Director of Accenture Plc since November 2002 and a Director of Saudi Aramco since 2007, and on the board of HSBC from 2001-2010. Sir Mark serves as Chairman of Hermes EOS, Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact, and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium. He was appointed a Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 2000.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university among graduate employers, the world’s greenest university, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World's Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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More information is available from Karen Maltby Projects & Events ICCSR, Nottingham University Business School on +44 (0)115 846 7845

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