Ryerson CSR: Ex-Insider's View on Corporate Sustainability Transformations

Fri Feb 04 2022 at 01:00 pm to 02:30 pm

Online Webinar: Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto, Canada | Toronto

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Ryerson CSR: Ex-Insider's View on Corporate Sustainability Transformations
Ryerson Univ CSR Institute Zoom Session: Chat with Jim Cooney - An Ex-Insider's Perspective on Corporate Sustainability Transformations
About this Event

The at Ryerson University* is pleased to present an online interactive zoom session, In conversation with Jim Cooney - An Ex-Insider's Perspective on Transforming a Multinational Corporation to a Sustainability/Responsibility Orientation (details below), on Friday, February 4, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Toronto time).

Among other things, Jim Cooney is known to many involved in corporate responsibility as the mining executive who in 1997 coined the phrase "social licence to operate'" (SLO) as applied in a resource extraction context, to convey the fact that, in addition to mining companies needing to secure legal and regulatory approvals from governments, the companies also were finding it necessary to directly win the support of particularly affected communities and interests. The SLO phrase has since then taken on a life of its own in government circles, in private sector communications, in scholarly literature, as well as the popular press and beyond. While over the years, the concept of SLO continues to attract attention (including in previous Ryerson CSR Institute sessions, and elsewhere), there are equally interesting "inside the business" CSR stories that have perhaps attracted less widespread attention, but nevertheless are very valuable in the sense that they can tell us much about the characteristics, capabilities and limitations of corporate governance when addressing corporate responsibility transitions. As an ex-corporate insider, Jim Cooney is well positioned to share his story and insights on these sort of issues, based on his experiences (see below).

Jim Cooney retired as Vice President, International Government Affairs for Placer Dome Inc. on May 1, 2006, following that Company's acquisition by Barrick Gold. He held positions at Placer Dome from 1982 to 2006 in the areas of social and political risk management, government relations, sustainable development and strategic planning. With Placer Dome he was involved in exploration and mining projects in many countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. He has lived and worked for extended periods in North Africa and South and East Asia. He is a past Director of the North South Institute, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He holds a BA in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University, an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, and an M.T.S. from the Vancouver School of Theology, for which he wrote a thesis on Christian Ethics and Corporations.

Moderating the session will be Dr. Kernaghan Webb, Director of the Ryerson CSR Institute and a Law and Business professor in Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management who is also cross appointed to the Law Faculty.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Ryerson Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association, the Ryerson Commerce and Government Association, and the Ryerson Law and Business Student Association.  Although everyone is welcome to attend the zoom session and there is no cost for patching in, to attend you must first register by clicking , and then pressing the green "register" button.

On Friday, February 4 at 1 pm (Toronto time) click to patch in for the zoom session. Note the 1 pm start time.

Information will be provided during the session re: how to submit questions.  

Ryerson University's MBA program is ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek as in the Top 25 Internationally and the Top 5 in Canada. According to the Corporate Knights 2021 Better World Ranking, the Ryerson University Ted Rogers MBA ranked #3 in Canada and ranked eleventh globally for integrating sustainability.

Based on their Better World Ranking, Corporate Knights has ranked Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management as being first overall in Canada for its Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) program.

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