Coinciding with the launch of global Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations this month, Professor Jem Bendell of the University of Cumbria has been recognised as one of the world’s foremost thinkers on collaboration for sustainable development.
The accolade comes from the awards committee of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships. This international publication chronicles the latest developments in collaborations between business, government and the voluntary sector that seek to promote the common good.
Professor Bendell was recognised for his work in helping build this field of practice and inquiry over the past twenty years. Other honourees include Professor James Austin (Harvard University), Professor Andrew Crane (Schulich School of Business), Professor Sonia Ospina (New York University), Professor Sandra Waddock (Boston College), Professor Klaus Schwab (World Economic Forum) and the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
Jem, who is founder of the university’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), explained:
“Collaborations between sectors that seek to achieve social or environmental solutions have been around for decades, so there is much experience of success and failure from which we can learn.
“I’m pleased we can now share some of these insights through our sustainability-themed MBA programmes with the Robert Kennedy College, the PGC in Sustainable Leadership, and courses on the MSc in Strategic Policing.”
Professor Bendell was invited by the editors of the Annual Review to give his reflections on the last 20 years of collaboration, which are also available on the IFLAS blog.
The Institute’s research in this field is continued with the Deputy Director of the Institute, Dr David Murphy, in his role as Editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship.