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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI - in a time of urgency and uncertainty, in the indeterminate state between extinction and hope, what is essential? What is important now?

As I scroll through newsletters and announcements from various networks and initiatives focused on addressing global responsibility in business and education, there appears to be no shortage of solutions on offer. Sustainability reporting playbooks, step-by-step guides for sustainability leaders and a constant stream of online learning hubs, community platforms, tools and frameworks either being launched or already on offer.

It may well be that all these answers and solutions add up to the type of progress we need. Respectfully, the GRLI does not have the answer. My sense is that we have enough of these things. What we don't always have, and which the GRLI would invite others to work on with us, is the questions we should be asking ourselves.

In holding questions such as "What is Global Responsibility?", "How might we develop it?", and in exploring those through co-inquiry and collaboration, we open the possibility for relational innovations that meet the urgency of our time.

We're encouraged by the momentum of the Climate Emergency Movement - with the support of the global higher education community - and the questions it raises for how we live, learn, and lead in a time of disruption. We take note of how questions about systemic change in Higher Education were represented at the July UN High Level Political Forum in New York City. (Please see below for more on both of those)

We're also looking ahead four short months until our 2019 AGM (Lisbon, 7-9 November). This year’s All Gathering Momentum (AGM) event is designed to allow participation in the complementary GBSN Conference, particularly the 8 November panel on Rethinking Business School Rankings. Join us from noon on the 7th (including all activities and meals with GBSN until lunch on the 8th). We then convene at ISCTE for a GRLI Getting Up to Speed (GUTS) session on the afternoon and evening of the 8th and a full-day Council of Partners meeting on the 9th. Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI are very welcome.

Please let us know if you are planning to join us by responding to this Doodle poll: 2019 GRLI AGM (incuding GBSN Conference) 7-9 November. The theme for the 2019 AGM: "What's Important Now?". We will take stock of the wider context, GRLI's evolving role and our individual actions and contributions towards Global Responsibility as we approach 2024.

With this update it is also my pleasure to share:

Please be sure to check our Events page for upcoming dates and registration links, including the 6th Responsible Management Education Research Conference on 29 September – 3 October 2019 in Jönköping, Sweden.

Finally, we have a limited number of Partner and Associate opportunities available, to complete a purposefully small complement of active participants. If you are not yet engaged in our work and interested to Partner or Associate with GRLI, then please book a convenient slot for us to meet on zoom.

Warm regards,

John North

Higher Education Responds to #ClimateEmergency

In advance of the Secretary General’s Climate Summit on September 23, Higher Education networks and institutions are coming together to add their support to a Climate Emergency declaration letter that will be shared with key government officials and the media in advance of this event.

The call for declaring a Climate Emergency by Higher Education institutions and networks has been signed by 118 institutions representing more than 1,900,000 students and 37 networks representing over 7925 institutions (as of 30 July). See our blog for updates.

As well as the GRLI, signers include the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)Global Alliance, and EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education.

On July 10, this effort was covered by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and others.

As of this writing, there are climate emergency declarations in 888 jurisdictions and local governments covering 160 million citizens. At the national level, these include the Welsh Government, the First Minister of Scotland, the Irish government, a non-binding declaration from the British House of Commons, the Parliament of Portugal, and the Canadian House of Commons.

Opportunity: Sponsored participation in the Whole Person Facilitating Course 

Our colleagues at the Oasis School of Human Relations are generously offering two sponsored seats for an upcoming Whole Person Facilitating course in Leeds, United Kingdom.

This offer is open to everyone in the GRLI community, and especially for individuals with a deep commitment to developing as a facilitator.

The GRLI Board would like to thank the Trustees and the School Directors for their commitment to expanding whole person facilitating capacity in the GRLI community, and their support support for our ongoing inquiry into relational innovation for Global Responsibility. Learn more about this offer here.
Global Responsibility was well represented at this year's United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which ran from 9-18 July in New York City, where stakeholders met to discuss progress towards the SDGs.

Several members of the GRLI community attended and presented initiative updates, including JC Carteron from Kedge Business School, Global Business School Network (GBSN) CEO Dan LeClair, and warm congratulations to Florencia Librizzi for her new role as Head of Program and Partnerships for the SDG Academy at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Read more on the Global Responsibility blog.

Thought Leadership on Our Blog

John and Niall surfing in County Mayo - 2009
Q&A with Niall Dunne at ABIS KIAF:
Valuing Collaboration and Integrity for Change

In the spirit of building stronger alliances for global responsibility GRLI participated at the 2019 ABIS Knowledge into Action Forum hosted by Unilever at the Four Acres leadership center in London. During the event John North facilitated a workshop on sustainable reporting and auditing models to address societal needs beyond 2020.

The opening keynote was delivered by Polymateria CEO Niall Dunne. Niall is the former CSO at BT and co-founder (with John North) of the Accenture Ireland Sustainability practice in 2007.

Hear more about Polymateria and Niall's experiences in this Q&A with him and John.

From the Archives: Journal of Global Responsibility

With thanks to our Emerald Insights colleagues, we're pleased to share complimentary access to a Journal of Global Responsibility article from the archives each month.
Integrating corporate responsibility and sustainable development
Rüdiger Hahn
Journal of Global Responsibility
ISSN: 2041-2568
Publication date: 10 May 2011
Vol 2 Issue 1
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