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27th-29th April 2020: 2nd World Symposium on Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Curitiba, Brazil

Social responsibility and sustainable development are two different concepts, whose integration over the years has led to significant progress in the way enterprises see and perceive their operations. It is not only about policies or steps taken to meet legal requirements, but it also about social equality and environmental accountability, also bearing in mind the links with eco-efficiency, innovation, local communities and the health and well-being of workers.

It is against this background that the “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” is being organized  by Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies and private companies, undertaking research and/or executing projects focusing on social responsibility and sustainability from across the world.

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fold faq BACKGROUND

Social responsibility and sustainable development are two different concepts, whose integration over the years has led to significant progress in the way enterprises see and perceive their operations. It is not only about policies or steps taken to meet legal requirements, but it also about social equality and environmental accountability, also bearing in mind the links with eco-efficiency, innovation, local communities and the health and well-being of workers.

According to ISO 26000, Social Responsibility is defined as the responsibility of an organisation for the impacts of its decisions and activities on society and the environment, through transparent and ethical behaviour that:

  • contributes to sustainable development, including health and the welfare of society
  • takes into account the expectations of stakeholders
  • is in compliance with applicable law and consistent with international norms of behaviour
  • is integrated throughout the organisation and practised in its relationships.

But even though the relations between social responsibility and sustainability are strong, it is still necessary to encourage organisations to ideally adhere to, or at least follow the principles of sustainable development in their operations, giving something back to the community. 

There is thus a perceived need for a better understanding of how social responsibility is related to sustainable development, and for the identification of processes, methods, and tools which may help the integration of these two important elements. There is also a real need to showcase successful examples of how to structure behaviour and institutional practice in line with the sustainability challenges we face today. 

It is against this background that the “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” is being organized  by Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba, Brazil, the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies and private companies, undertaking research and/or executing projects focusing on social responsibility and sustainability from across the world.

The “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY”   will focus on  "how businesses and organizations can operate in a sustainable, responsible and socially inclusive way",  meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster social responsibility and sustainability, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.

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Consistent with the need for more cross-sectorial interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of social responsibility and sustainability, the aims of the 2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” are as follows:

  • I. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, government agencies and enterprises from the region with an opportunity to  display and present their works in the field of social responsibility and sustainability;
  • II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas, and experiences acquired in the execution of social responsibility and sustainability projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the globe;
  • III. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects,
    which aim to show how  social responsibility and sustainability may be enhanced in practice;
  • IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

Last but not least, a further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences available today. To this purpose, the book “Social Responsibility and Sustainability: addressing challenges and creating opportunities” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning World Sustainable Development book series published by Springer, which since its creation in 2015 has become the world´s leading book series on applied sustainable development. The decision of the editors as to which papers may be selected and undergo peer review for the book is final.

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Co-Chairs

  • Prof. Walter Leal, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • Prof. Ubiratã Tortato, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil)
  • Fernanda Frankenberger Silva, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná and Positivo University (Brazil) 


Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Abul Quasem Al-Amin, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia
  • Dr. Nelson Amaro, Galileo University, Guatemala
  • Prof. Ulisses Azeiteiro, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Prof. Adriano Ciani, University of Perugia, Italy
  • Prof. Sadiq Hussain, Ibri College of Applied Sciences, Sultanate of Oman
  • Prof. Dzintra Ilisco, Daugavpils University, Latvia
  • Prof. Charbel Jabbour, University of Sterling, UK
  • Prof. Maris Klavins, University of Latvia, Latvia
  • Prof. Linas Kliucininkas, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Prof. Johannes Platje, Wroslaw, Poland
  • Prof. Violeta Loric, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Prof. Johannes Platje, Wroslaw, Poland
  • Prof. Diana-Mihaela Pociovalisteanu, Constantin Brancusi University, Romania
  • Prof. Osvaldo Quelhas, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
  • Prof. Luis Vargas, University of Chile, Chile
  • Prof. Luis Velazquez, University of Sonora, Mexico
  • Prof. Bruno Henrique Rocha Fernandes - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
  • Prof. Roberto Gregório da Silva – Universidade Federal do Paraná, Brazil
  • Prof. Salvatore Monni, Universitá Roma Tre, Italy
  • Prof. Massimiliano Mazzanti, Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara, Italy 
  • Prof. Rodrigo Lozano, University of Gävle, Sweden


Scientific Support

  • Dr. Mihaela Sima, Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Romania


Local Scientific and Executive Committee

  • Daniel Santos, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná and Positivo University, Brazil
  • Manoela Maria Caron Moura - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
  • Carlos Valdivia - Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
  • Pablo Lucas Carpejani Farias de Lima, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil
  • Dr. Norman de Paula Arruda Filho – ISAE, Brazil 

    Cooperating Organisations

    • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    • Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme
    fold faq PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

    Delegates attending the “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” will come from a cross-sectorial range of areas. These are:

    • 1. members of NGOs;
    • 2. researchers at universities and research centres;
    • 3. representatives from companies;
    • 4. members of social movements;
    • 5. project officers and consultants;
    • 6. other people interested in the topic.

    The participation of doctoral students is warmly encouraged and supervisors/advisers are kindly requested to facilitate their participation. The sort of international exposure and the rich content of this Symposium will be beneficial to their training and to their future careers.

    It is believed that this wide range of participants will help to outline the need for and the usefulness of integrated approaches towards social responsibility and sustainability, and hence contribute to the further consolidation of this thematic area.

    fold faq STRUCTURE OF THE EVENT

    The “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” will be organised in two main strands:

    Strand 1: the posters
    Participating and organisations will be able to put-up posters describing their works and projects and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will be the backbone of the event and will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

    Strand 2: the presentations
    A set of presentations, divided into four main themes will be organised, distributed over parallel sessions dealing with some of the issues of strategic value in the field of cl social responsibility and sustainability. These are:

    • 1. Institutional organisation, structures, and corporate policies;
    • 2. Approaches towards resource efficiency (e.g. energy, water, wastes, materials);
    • 3. Community and Stakeholder relations;
    • 4. Information, Communication, Education, and Training.

    The plenary and parallel sessions, as well as the social events, will provide participants with an outstanding opportunity to interact, network and learn about the latest ideas, projects, and practices.

    fold faq TIME-TABLE

    The “2nd WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY” will be held on 27th-29th April 2020 on the Campus of PUCPR in Curitiba, Brazil.

    The schedule is as follows:

    27th April 2020 (afternoon)

    28th April 2020 (all day)

    Afternoon:

    Arrival and set-up of displays

    Key note speeches

    Evening:

    Reception and informal chats and networking

    All day:

    Plenary Sessions

    Exhibition and visit to displays

    Evening:

    Dinner

    29th April 2020  (morning)

    29th April 2020 (afternoon)

    Morning:

    Plenary Sessions

    Exhibition and visit to displays

    Conclusions with the handover of the awards for the best papers

    Afternoon:

    Excursions and Technical visits

    In order to ensure an efficient use of the time, delegates are kindly asked to organise their travel in a way that allows them to fully take part in the Symposium.

    fold faq TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION IN CURITIBA

    Curitiba (ca. 1,7 million inhabitants) is the capital city of the State of Paraná in the south of Brazil. Its airport hosts many national and international flights. It is a modern, vibrant city. In 2010 the Global Sustainable City Award was given to Curitiba. The award was introduced to recognize those cities that excel in sustainable urban development. Details of the city can be seen here: http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/idioma/ingles. Details on accommodation will be sent to registered delegates.

    fold faq DEADLINES
    • Deadline for abstracts: 30th September 2019
    • Deadline for papers: 20th December 2019
    • Deadline for all reviews: 30th January 2020
    • Deadline for registrations: 30th January 2020


    Since the conference book is expected to be launched shortly after the event, the deadlines need to be followed.

    fold faq FEES AND CHARGES

    A discounted fee of Euro 250 / Euro 100 (students) / Euro 70 (listener - no paper submission!) will be charged to those who register until 30th November 2019 (early bird registration). After that, delegates will need to pay the full fee of Euro 300 / Euro 150 / Euro 90 respectively. The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks during the event, as well as the evening reception on 27th April and dinner on 28th April 2020. Furthermore, the fee includes an on-line copy of the book “Social Responsibility and Sustainability: addressing challenges and creating opportunities” to be made available to those authors whose papers have been peer-reviewed and accepted.

    Interested people and organisations are requested to register by completing the online application form, available in the website of the event. This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. They are however happy to issue letters of invitation to support delegates to request funding for their participation. 

    For registrations cancelled up to 30 days before the event, a 50% refund may be provided. For cancellations made less than 30 days no refund are possible, since all arrangements have been made and a seat cannot be resold. Thank you for your understanding.

    fold faq REGISTRATION AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION


    Registrations are now open and are possible until the 30th of January 2020. Regrettably, logistical limitations mean that registrations after the deadline will not be possible. Since the space for posters and the time for presentations is limited, delegates are advised to register as soon as possible. The organisers will notify any interested delegate or organisation in case there are any limitations with time for presentations or space for displays. Registered delegates will then receive further details on the payment of the fees and updated information on the preparations for the event. The decision as to which papers will be accepted for presentation will be taken by the Chairpersons, following consultation with the organising committee. Participants registering to the event will do so under the condition that they will cover their own travel, accommodation and incidental costs (e.g. visa fees) related to their trip to Curitiba.

    This is a self-funded event and the organisers are unable to pay any travel or accommodation costs of any kind. Letters of invitation can only be sent to bona fide, registered delegates, who have paid their fees and need a document to show their employers. For cancellations of registrations up to 45 days before the event, a 50% refund may be made. For cancellations afterward, no refunds will be possible.

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    fold faq CONTACT POINTS FOR SCIENTIFIC INPUTS AND STRATEGIC COOPERATION

    All questions related to scientific inputs and strategic partnerships, as well as the book, should be sent to:

    Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
    iusdrp(@)ls.haw-hamburg.de

    fold faq REGISTRATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION DETAILS

    All questions related to abstracts, abstracts submissions and registrations should be sent to:

    Dr. Mihaela Sima
    Institute of Geography
    Romanian Academy

    simamik(@)yahoo.com

    fold faq LOCAL OFFICE AND INFORMATION ON INVITATIONS AND LOCAL LOGISTICS

    MSc. Fernanda FrankenbergerBusiness School-PUCPR

    ferfrank1(@)hotmail.com

    fold faq HOW TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT

    An abstract should be up to 200 words, it should describe the rationale and aims of the paper, and some of its results. General descriptions of broad contexts should be avoided.  The full contact details about the author(s) need to be provided. Abstracts should be written in the third person and not in the first or second one (e.g. I, me, or my paper). Please see below a sample abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive further details about how to submit their full papers and further logistical information.

    SAMPLE ABSTRACT

    (PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACT EXACTLY WITH THE FORMAT BELOW TO:

    Dr. Mihaela Sima
    Institute of Geography
    Romanian Academy

    simamik(@)yahoo.com

    Integrating Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Universities

    Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DLitt, FSB, FRGS, FLS)
    School of Science and the Environment
    Manchester Metropolitan University
    Chester Street
    Manchester, M1 5GD
    United Kingdom
    iusdrp(@)ls.haw-hamburg.de


    Abstract
    The impacts of universities to the environment, and the consumption of natural resources as part of their activities and in support of their infra-structure, is significant. This means that the implementation of the principles of social responsibility as part of their sustainability efforts has become a pressing issue.  Among other factors, the integration of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives at many universities is made difficult by the general lack of awareness and spread misconceptions about the meaning of social responsibility which, in turn, slows down the process of integration of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. This paper presents an analysis about the misconceptions related to the implementation of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives at universities, describes the most widespread ones, as well as their implications. A special emphasis is given to the problems and barriers caused by misinformation, which – in turn- prevent the promotion of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives at the institutional level in an integrated manner. Finally, some concrete steps which may be taken in order to break the misconceptions and foster a closer integration of social responsibility and sustainability initiatives at universities, are outlined.

    Letzte Änderung: 07.05.19

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    Dr. Mihaela Sima
    Institute of Geography
    Romanian Academy

    simamik(@)yahoo.com

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