Harvard University Professor to speak at USQ

Harvard's Professor Michael Hiscox at USQ. Pictured with Professor Allan Layton and Professor Julie Cotter.
Harvard University academic, Professor Michael Hiscox will present two seminars at USQ on Wednesday, 25 July in Toowoomba and Friday, 27 July in Springfield as part of a two week visit to the university.

The corporate sustainability expert is a Distinguished Visitor in the Faculty of Business and Law and will be hosted by the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD) while at Springfield campus.

Acting Director of the ACSBD, Professor Julie Cotter said Professor Hiscox is a co-leader of the Harvard-MIT Private Governance Research Group.

‘The research group is currently conducting studies in partnership with several large companies and government and non-government organisations operating in a variety of industries and countries,’ Professor Cotter said.

‘Their partners include Whole Foods Market, eBay, Gap Inc., Knights Apparel, Nike, ASICs, Cadbury (Kraft Foods), Mars Inc., Starbucks, Fair Trade USQ, FLO-Cert, Oxfam, World Vision, CARE, Social Accountability International, and the Ghana Cocoa Board.’

Professor Hiscox’s research focuses on international trade and global supply chains.

‘He has written two books and numerous articles for leading scholarly journals, has been a consultant for several major corporations and non-governmental organisations,’ Professor Cotter said.

‘He has also designed and implemented large-scale clinical trials to evaluate supply-chain management programs, certification systems and demand for ethically labelled goods.

‘Professor Hiscox is highly regarded in business and government circles internationally for his work and we are very excited to have him join us.

‘His world-changing research into corporate sustainability initiatives is closely aligned with some of the work being undertaken by members of the ACSBD.

‘We are exploring joint project opportunities with several Australian organisations.’

For more information or to RSVP to attend the seminars, please contact Nicci Poole .
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