Call for abstracts

Corporate Responsibility Research Conference 2012
Beyond the limits – below potential

BEM Management School (Bordeaux/France) and Euromed Management School (Marseille/France) in association with the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds (UK) organise the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Research Conference (CRRC)

from 12th – 14th September 2012
at BEM Management School in Bordeaux

Society must stay within given limits of environmental and social boundaries to be sustainable. There is a growing realisation that society has passed these limits and that businesses are responsible for a large share of the burden that is inflicted on society. Critics and optimists point to the potential that businesses can and should contribute to solving these problems. There is a growing realisation that society will continue living beyond its limits as long as businesses stay below their problem solving potential.
New and better tools are as much required as are analyses why businesses do not tap their full potential for contributing to a more sustainable society. Competition between market actors for better solutions is needed as much as cooperation with competitors and stakeholders. The ease of simple solutions is as necessary as the breadth of answers to complex challenges.
The tradition of the CRRC is to focus on the participants and the debate. We aim to create an environment that is welcoming and friendly yet challenges the existing knowledge base and drives the debate around corporate responsibility forward. We are keen to invite a wide variety of participants from across disciplinary backgrounds and from a variety of academic departments.
CRRC is the ideal place to test new ideas and to experiment with new formats. Therefore we also welcome suggestions for special workshop streams and innovative ideas.

Topics include but are not limited to:


Sustainability and supply chain Education for sustainable development
Corporations and climate change Sustainability and the retail sector
Resource extraction, energy and sustainable development Approaching sustainability through action research
Standards for the future Organisational change and sustainability
Critical approaches to business & development Employee behaviour change towards sustainability
Business at the base of the pyramid CSR and Intellectual Capital
Multinationals and CSR Sport, sustainability and CSR
Consumer information and marketing Responsible investment
Responsible leadership CSR and the recession
Sustainable Strategies and Strategies for Sustainability Sustainable assessment and valuation


Initial abstracts of a maximum of 300 words should be emailed to by 15 June 2012 (extended deadline). Files should be sent in MS Word format, and the file name should be first author’s surname. Please include names, affiliations and contact details of all authors. Abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the scientific committee of the conference. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 22nd June 2011.


The conference papers of a maximum of 6,000 words including references should be emailed to no later than 15th August 2012. Please note that papers will not be accepted unless speaker(s) have registered in full for the conference.

PhD Workshop

Our popular pre-conference PhD Workshop will be held on the afternoon of 12 September. It will appeal to first-time attendees as well as those who have attended throughout their PhD career. This annual workshop provides a relaxed environment to allow lively exchange and discussion between PhD students as well as the opportunity to gain helpful advice and feedback from a panel of experienced PhD supervisors in the field. We’ve expanded the PhD workshop last year and we want to continue talking about Post PhD opportunities and we will of course cover needs of PhD students throughout their studies. Be sure to join us and have your voice heard in setting a course for the future of CSR research.

Best Paper Awards

The scientific committee of the conference will review all papers presented and award two prizes for the CRRC best overall paper and the CRRC best PhD paper at the conference dinner. Criteria for the selection process are contribution to the research field, quality of the research, innovativeness, and diversity of views.

Important dates

Date Event
16 March 2012 Call for abstracts opens
31 May 2012 Deadline for abstract submission
22 June 2012 Notification of accepted abstracts & Conference registration opens
29 July 2012 Deadline for registration
15 August 2012 Deadline for full papers
12 September 2012 CRRC PhD Workshop
13-14 September 2012 Corporate Responsibility Research Conference

Conference fee

The conference fees can be found here.

More detailed information on the conference, registration and payment, the venue and logistics can be found at or from the conference organising committee at

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