New Everton Chair to deliver inaugural professorial lecture

PROFESSOR Ian Vandewalle, Liverpool Hope University’s newly-appointed Everton Chair in Social Responsibility, will give a free public lecture tracing the origins of Corporate Social Responsibility and the moral questions it poses for businesses. Professor Vandewalle is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Head of the Liverpool Hope Business School, which he established in 2000. He began his career as a lecturer in Health Sciences, before moving into business and development. As Everton Chair in Social Responsibility, he will support the new five-year research partnership between Everton Football Club and the University’s researchers. Professor Vandewalle says: “This lecture explores the origins of social responsibility and how this behaviour translates into corporate social responsibility (CSR). It takes a historical perspective from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present day, and tracks the development and evolution of CSR. At the same time, it will seek to explore some of the moral and ethical dilemmas that underpin it. The lecture will attempt to integrate theoretical constructs alongside CSR in practice and asks the question, is CSR for good…or profit?” The lecture will then focus on organisations that take a moral approach as socially responsible businesses, and discuss how we might assess the socio-economic impacts of these organisations, using Everton Football Club’s charity, Everton in the Community, as an example. Professor Vandewalle’s appointment as Everton Chair in Social Responsibility follows that of Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE, Executive Chair of Everton in the Community and Director at Everton Football Club, as an Honorary Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope. One of his first jobs as Everton Chair in Social Responsibility is to oversee the first research project of the new partnership between Everton and Liverpool Hope. University researchers will work with Everton in the Community staff to quantify and provide detailed evidence of the social impact the Club’s Charity makes within the City of Liverpool. The findings will provide insight, which will enable improvements by focusing resource in areas that achieve the greatest social impact. His role will also involve sharing findings with other football clubs and cities, and promoting best practice among football clubs with regard to social responsibility. ‘Corporate Social Responsibility…for good, or profit?’ Wednesday 31st May, 5pm for 5.30pm in the Senate Room, Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD. Refreshments will be served on arrival to the Senate Room at 5pm. To confirm your attendance, email: events@hope.ac.uk