National program establishment and research in corporate responsibility/sustainability and corporate governance.
From 2008 Rosemary Sainty established the National Responsible Business Practice Project funded by the Australian Federal Government (through Treasury), based at St James Ethics Centre, building a world first ‘HUB’ of international initiatives and local resources. These included the Australian focal points for the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most widely used sustainability reporting framework. The Project received endorsement from the Federal Treasurer, Business Council of Australia and HRH the Prince of Wales. As the elected Secretariat, Rosemary then grew the UN Global Compact Australian Network to become the strongest corporate citizenship movement in Australia, incorporating leading Australian businesses across banking and finance, extractives, retail and professional services. Rosemary has recently completed a PhD at UTS Business School. Her doctoral research examined corporate sustainability and responsibility leadership at board level. She is co-currently teaching on the UTS Business School MBA program. Rosemary has published research articles and resources and spoken widely on corporate responsibility and business ethics, both locally and internationally.
Fellow, Governance Institute Australia
Member, Academy of Management
Member, Eurpoean Group of Organisational Scholars
Member, International Assoc'n of Business & Society
Member, Australian Psychological Society
Member, Career Development Assoc’n Australia
Member, Australian Assoc'n of Applied & Professional Ethics
Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Responsible Business Practice and Work Integrated Learning, Organisational Psychology, Business Ethics.
Corporate Responsibility/Responsible Busines Practice
Governance, Management and Sustainability
Positive Organisational Scholarship, Positive Psychology and Organisational Behaviour
This article reports on research exploring how directors describe the tensions as they navigate emerging social and environmental issues, and broadening stakeholder responsibilities. Underpinning these tensions is the importance of maintaining corporate legitimacy. Corporations need both pragmatic and moral legitimacy strategies to navigate an increasingly contested operating environment.
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Rosemary Sainty outlines some global initiatives aimed at creating long-term value and explains why Australian directors should jump on board
The article discusses the findings of a national research project exploring responsible business practice in small to medium enterprises (SMEs). It highlights the potential contribution of SMEs and their role in to responsible business practice and corporate social responsibility (CSR)