CSR Meetup London - Terrorism and Sustainability

by Net Impact


Mon, 24 Apr 2017

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

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26 Sussex Pl, Marylebone, London, NW1 4SA, United Kingdom

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Terrorism, its causes and how to tackle it have been hotly debated since 9/11. But the business and sustainability communities have been almost silent on this important but controversial topic.

Toby Webb, founder of the Innovation Forum and Ethical Corporation, witnessed terrorism at first hand in his adopted home of Nice, prompting him to write a powerful case -  It’s time to rethink the role of business in social cohesion and domestic terrorism  - for better business engagement in vulnerable societies, in communities where poverty, a sense of humiliation and disenfranchisement can justify the desire in a tiny minority to use radical ideology as an excuse to ‘strike back’.

Toby will talk about how and why business should engage with his communities, not just to tackle terrorism but to help prevent the rise of fractured societies where a breakdown in law and order and social cohesion can undermine economic growth and the institutions and social capital that are essential for sustainable and inclusive growth. 

He will also say how companies, especially in the media and tech sectors, should balance demands for free speech with demands to curtail hate speech, at a time when Twitter and Facebook and others have been criticised for censorship and banning certain users or posts on the basis of little transparent or consistent criteria. 

How should sustainability practitioners address these issues with colleagues and clients? How should community investment programmes, inclusive growth and human rights initiatives be revised to help address these issues? Should companies give greater priority and investment to disenfranchised communities with terrorism risks,  in the face of potential populist pressures to invest in other disenfranchised communities? What's the responsible approach to media coverage of terrorism and providing platforms for people who might condone terrorist acts, groups or causes? 

Please join us for a stimulating and forthright discussion of these issues. We look forward to hearing your views. We will go to the Windsor Castle Pub round the corner from 8.30

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26 Sussex Pl, Marylebone, London, NW1 4SA, United Kingdom


Martin Summers

Organizer / Event Host

CSR Meetup London

Martin is a Sustainability and External Affairs Senior Manager and consultant with over 15 years’ experience designing and embedding strategies that enable companies to manage their biggest risks in the energy, FMCG and materials sectors.

Martin possesses diverse skills in programme and supply chain management, communications strategy and shaping policy. He advises C-suite executives on sustainable development, communications, human rights, and carbon emissions.

Toby Webb


Innovation Forum

Toby Webb is a recognized global leader in Sustainability. He founded Innovation Forum, an events, analysis and publishing business, in 2014. IF works on areas of sustainable and responsible business where innovation is paramount. Prior to founding Innovation Forum, Tobias founded, and ran Ethical Corporation from 2001-2014. He’s been responsible for more than 100 conferences around the world on sustainable business since 2001, he has published 1500 blog posts and more than 9000 articles on the topic, alongside more than 20 research reports. He’s worked with many of the world’s largest companies and most influential NGOs as a journalist, commentator, facilitator, trainer and consultant. Tobias teaches Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Birkbeck, University of London and Kings College London to both MSc and undergraduate students. From 2006-9 he created and co-chaired the Independent Working Group on Corporate Responsibility, which reported to David Cameron with policy suggestions now being implemented. He blogs regularly at http://tobiaswebb.blogspot.com / Twitter: @webb_tobias

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