Bishop of Birmingham talk on social responsibility

Bishop of Birmingham

7 February 2014

The Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart was invited to talk to Aston students on the importance of business, ethics and social responsibility.  

Bishop David gave two talks in which he outlined the role businesses can play in improving the life experiences and opportunities for less privileged groups in society. He outlined how Midlands based businesses are making a difference through their social responsibility and social inclusion policies and encouraged students to think about how their own enterprises might do similar in the future. 

Bishop David, who has a commercial background working for BP, is engaged with a number of groups and organisations in connection with ethics and responsibility looking at social issues within Birmingham and the West Midlands. The speeches were part of an Aston module on personal, professional and academic effectiveness lead by Kathy Daniels. 

Bishop David said:There are many examples of leading businesses involved in CSR. Smurfit Kappa is donating a book a month for every child in Nechells for a year while Jaguar Land Rover is helping young people to acquire the skills, requirements and confidence they need to help people find jobs. This talk is designed to highlight these and other initiatives and inspire the next potential generation of leaders."

Bishop David's talk is part of the University strategy to enable all students to be social responsibility and sustainability literate as we prepare them to be global citizens of the 21st century

Carole Parkes, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School, who organised the visit, said: “Bishop David's talk is part of the University strategy to enable all students to be social responsibility and sustainability literate as we prepare them to be global citizens of the 21st century. This is a first year class taken by all students in the business school, not just those specialising in this area because these are issues of vital importance for everyone.”

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For further media information contact Alex Earnshaw, University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk