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Forum delegates enjoyed a lively workshop session

Business School Forum focuses on sustainability

On the day that WWF announced that the Earth's population is using the equivalent of 1.5 planets' worth of natural resources, the Business School annual forum was debating the same issue.

In attendance was the first ‘innovation’ cohort of students of the new One Planet MBA programme, developed jointly with WWF, who played a vocal part in getting the morning’s workshops off to a lively start.

The keynote speakers in the afternoon all had a clear message on the subject. Dr Richard Ward, CEO of Lloyds of London made the point that many business leaders still haven’t factored climate change into their risk analysis.

Professor Alan Knight OBE, independent advisor to the Virgin Group, called for a  strategy of ‘choice editing’ through the supply chain. This is based on the simple theory that if certain goods and services aren’t offered for sale, consumers aren’t able to buy them. The aim would clearly be to filter out the most environmentally unfriendly products.

The final speaker of the day was Lord Puttnam.

Professor Richard Lamming, Dean of the Business School, commented ‘The University of Exeter is fast becoming known for its expertise in climate change and sustainable development - the same is true of the Business School. With the launch of the new One Planet MBA in 2011, we are leading the way in management education by working together with WWF and other partners to drive sustainable business transformation. This years Forum provided the ideal platform to share some of the latest thinking and challenges amongst a broad audience.’

Date: 14 October 2010

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