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The Financial Sustainability Symposium

30 September, 2015

This week ifs University College hosts a financial sustainability symposium, underlining its commitment to education for sustainable development, and its five core themes:

  • The role of financial services in society
  • How sustainability affects business practice
  • Strategic management of sustainability
  • The changing global context
  • Being a good corporate citizen

The day will begin with a welcome and introductions from Darran Messem, Managing Director, Carbon Trust Certification and Director, International, The Carbon Trust, and features key speakers throughout the day.

Talks include Sustainability - A new business plan and Green Investment for London. For full details <a forthcomingevents.aspx?eventid="8991&utm_source=homepage%20banner&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=AWptr%20banner''">have a look here. There are also a couple of round-table discussions at the end of the day hosted by our own Sustainability Subject Leaders, and featuring experts in the field. One of the topics under debate will be the UN’s Partnerships engagement for the Sustainable Development Goals, which features 17 goals and at the time of writing, 1,757 initiatives. For an overview of goals, see <a un-sd-goals---handrails.pdf?sfvrsn="2''">this document, and for more information, read this: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships

The concept of this symposium is to engender understanding of the subject and provide resources for interested parties. Of course, KnowledgeBank provides resources in abundance. We have the Sustainability Toolkit, which is populated by resource type (glossary, e-books, video lessons, briefings, etc.) and by subject (Financial environment, Investment and risk management, Law, lending and insurance, and Marketing and management). It is well worth looking through these resources, whether you’re new to the subject or require some deeper understanding. Of course, our regular resources prove to be fruitful too, if you’re looking to expand your knowledge. For example, EBSCO’s Business Source Corporate Plus database of e-journals has more than 38,000 full text articles if you search for ""sustainable development"", while Henry Stewart Talks has a seminar from the influential John Elkington: <a ?t="MM1172785''">Sustainability and corporate environmental management, amongst others. If you need any assistance with the KB resources, you can always drop us a line, or visit our help desk if you’re in Lovat Lane on these dates: http://kb.ifslearning.ac.uk/library-support/KnowledgeBank-help-desk

If you’re attending, we hope you enjoy the day, challenge your own thinking and learn something new. If you’re not, follow the conference on social media with #SustSym and check out our resources.