BOONE, N.C. — How can businesses make a difference by doing business for good? Will a company’s good deeds — including its environmental, social and corporate governance practices — always be rewarded with financial success?
These and other questions will be posed to Dr. Michael Hastings, Lord of Scarisbrick CBE and global head of corporate citizenship for KPMG International, as part of his talk “If Only I Had Planted a Tree: Distraction and the Billion Dollar Opportunity” — the 60th Boyles Lecture in Appalachian State University’s Boyles Distinguished Lecture Series.
During the lecture, which is sponsored by Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, Hastings will speak on leadership and global engagement for businesses, offering advice to faculty, staff, students, as well as community members on how to make a difference by doing business for good.
As global head of corporate citizenship for KPMG International, Hastings helps find solutions to global challenges such as poverty, environmental sustainability, education and equality. He began his career as a teacher before moving into government service where he served in various roles for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), including head of public affairs and the organization’s first head of corporate social responsibility.
Hastings was named Lord of Scarisbrick CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to crime reduction, and has been awarded an independent peerage to the House of Lords of the United Kingdom and a UNICEF Award for effecting solutions for Africa’s children.
He was conferred a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, in 2014 and was installed as the second chancellor of Regent’s University London in 2017.
The lecture and following reception are free and open to the public.
About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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