London-based readers, an invitation to a discussion on social licence and corporate legitimacy (29th September)

“SOCIAL LICENCE” - a way of keeping your organisation legitimate?

An invitation to a panel discussion (and book signing)

On 29 September 2014, Amnesty International UK will host an evening discussion for the Institute for Human Rights and Business and Palgrave Macmillan publishers. 

The occasion is the publication of John Morrison’s new book on the “Social Licence” and the chance for some critical discussion of the concept and its applications. 

In particular, is it a better way of understanding corporate responsibility than traditional CSR approaches, and does it align with human rights approaches, including the social contract that binds our society? 

As well as Gulf of Mexico, Myanmar (Burma) and Nigeria, the author will also draw examples from the current gas fracking and internet privacy debates in the UK. A lively panel will include Peter Frankental from Amnesty International and Ramanie Kunanayagam from British Gas Group, as well as the author.

Arrivals at 6.30pm at Amnesty International UK’s auditorium (near Old Street tube in London - logistical information will be supplied). 

The event is free but spaces are limited so please book at giving your name and organisational affiliation. A drink will be available as will copies of the book for those wishing to get a copy. The event will end no later than 8.30pm.

What people have said about the book so far:

“Provocative and challenging The Social License makes a compelling case for why companies must look to increase their positive social impact as an integral part of their core business strategies.”    - Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever plc

 "John Morrison has led significant initiatives on business and human rights over recent years.  Now his book takes some of that collective experience and orders it conceptually in a way that is accessible and makes an important point about the social licence of corporations to operate." - Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change

“In this provocative book, John Morrison takes us beyond CSR into the realm of ‘the social license’ and how it is earned, and then all the way to the social contract on which any sustainable societal order ultimately must rest. The intellectual journey is well worth the while.” - John G. Ruggie, Professor of Human Rights and International Affairs, Harvard University; former United Nations Special Representative for Business and Human Rights

 "The Social License is fundamentally about accountability to people and not just powerful interests. John Morrison's book reminds all organizations - governments, business and civil society - to focus on the legitimacy of their own actions.”  - Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

 "John Morrison has written a thought provoking, path-finding book that should be essential reading for any corporate executive seeking to achieve a growing, sustainable business.  It sets out a textured, multi-layered, challenging framework that is foundational to maintaining a social license in a social media world of increasing and rising expectations.”  -  Ed Potter, Director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Company

"My three words to describe John Morrison's book: Timely ­– because what used to be acceptable behaviour by business a few decades ago is no longer the case today and because social license is much more than CSR; Targeted – because it reaches out not only to business but also governments and civil society; Trustworthy – because with his vast experience and knowledge John Morrison, convinces us both theoretically and practically. A book to be read, discussed, and used!”  - Margot Wallstrom, former Vice President of the European Commission; former UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict  [ISBN] 9781137370716
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