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Climate change and global corporations: Five sources of responsibility failure by Dr Cristina Neesham

Dr Cristina Neesham, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Tuesday 23 November 2021, 5.30pm

Venue: This is an online event

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Global corporations are increasingly perceived as major social actors in responding to climate change challenges. But willingness to act is not enough, structural barriers systematically prevent them from undertaking impactful action. Following COP26, Dr Neesham argues that even the most effective organisations fail to assume adequate levels of responsibility for mitigating global climate change risks. She examines five structural reasons for this failure and suggests ways to manage change.


Dr Cristina Neesham is a Reader in Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne (Australia). Her research and scholarship interests focus on business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social philosophy of management and organising. Cristina uses philosophical methods to inform the strategic management of global-systemic social and environmental problems such as climate change. In particular, she investigates interdependencies between individual and group behaviours, social norms and institutional-regulatory regimes and their role in creating (as well as alleviating) impacts of climate change. She also uses these findings to develop feminist perspectives on biosemiotics and the philosophy of science.

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