Can Business be Green? CRES Day 17th November 2018

Can Business be Green? CRES Day 17th November 2018

Saturday 17th November 2018 – Can Business be Green? CRES Day at Ripon College Cuddesdon with Ian Brooks and Chet Henderson

We have now fixed the programme for our CRES Day in November. We are very pleased to welcome Ian Brooks (University of the West of England) and Chet Henderson (Unilever) as our guest speakers. Ian will speak on “Green Business: Reality or Greenwash? The pressures on business to be dirty” in the morning, and then Chet will speak after lunch on “Can doing good drive business?” We will also have a distinct ethical flavour to the day and will consider the ethical implications of being a green business.

The themes explored will be highly relevant to those on the CRES course, but could be taken as a stand-alone day for all interested in the environment (and business).

Places are limited so book soon!

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10.00-10.30 Arrive and Coffee.

10.30-10.45 Welcome and Introduction to CRES (Martin Hodson)

10.45-11.30 Ian Brooks Lecture and Discussion: Green Business: Reality or Greenwash? The pressures on business to be dirty.

11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-12.15 An Introduction to Environmental Ethics (Margot Hodson)

12.15-12.30 Discussion

12.30-12.45 CRES News

12.45-13.00 Break

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Chet Henderson Lecture and Discussion: Can doing good drive business?

15.00-15.30 Business, Environment and Ethics Panel (Ian, Chet and Margot)

15.30-15.45 Short Reflection (Margot Hodson)

15.45-16.00 Tea and depart.


Ian Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainable IT at the University of the West of England and a Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. He teaches and supervises student research at the intersections of Sustainability, Technology and Business. He is undertaking his PhD research into the use of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as requirements in Systems Engineering. He has over 20 years management consultancy and shareholder value management experience for multi-national companies with Price Waterhouse, PwC and IBM. He is also a tutor on the Christian Rural and Environmental Studies course.

Chet Henderson is Vice President Consumer & Market Insight for the HomeCare Division & Innovation for Unilever. He leads the insight team in the mission to ‘inspire, provoke and drive transformation action/growth’ through predicting the future, the identification and translation of consumer needs, insights and behaviours to guide portfolio strategy, brand strategy, brand performance, communication and innovation marketing initiatives. Unilever’s vision is about a new way of doing business – one that delivers growth by serving society and the planet.


If you borrowed books from the Principal Tutor travelling collection last time, please bring them back! You can only borrow further books if you do so! The Hodsons will be bringing along some of their books for sale. There will also be a variety of other relevant literature for sale.


a) By Car

Ripon College Cuddesdon (RCC) is located in the small village of Cuddesdon about 4 miles East of Oxford. The postcode is OX44 9EX, for those of you who use on-line maps. Full directions are given on the RCC web site

We want to use as little carbon as possible, so sharing cars seems sensible! If you can offer a lift, or would like one, let us know and we will see if it is possible. Students and Local Tutors might benefit from travelling together – lots of time to chat!

b) By Train to Oxford Station.

We will arrange lifts from the station, but allow at least 30 minutes to get out of Oxford and over to Cuddesdon. So aim to arrive before 9.30 a.m. Let us know time of arrival.

c) Both the Oxford Tube and Oxford Bus Company run many coaches out of London from Victoria station stopping at a few places in London on the way. You need to get off at the Thornhill Park and Ride just East of Oxford. We will arrange lifts if you tell us a time. Aim to be there before 9.45 a.m.

We are in the Harriet Monsell Room, which is the room used for the residential. If you are coming from Oxford this is off the lower car parking area.


This day is FREE (included in fees) for the speakers, present CRES students, tutors and members of the CRES steering group and is £30 for everyone else.

Lunch and refreshments are included. Persons with special diets should let us know so that we can inform RCC. Please note that ALL who intend to come to Cuddesdon must book by 7th November 2018 (this means CRES students, tutors and steering group must book even though they will not pay). Bookings will be dealt with by the CRES administrator, Lynda McKeown.

If you do need to pay then please email (or write) to Lynda saying that you will be coming and then pay in one of these ways:

1) By bank transfer into the JRI account using the following account details:

Sort code: 40-52-40; Account: 00098437; Reference: CRES and your surname;

Bank details: CAF Bank Ltd, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4JQ

2) Please send a cheque made out to THE JOHN RAY INITIATIVE to our address:

The CRES Administrator, THE JOHN RAY INITIATIVE (JRI), City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester, GL1 4DF, UK  NB This postal address is not valid after June 2023


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