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Glasgow Talks ... Moral Sentiment with David Blanchflower CBE and Paul Polman

Glasgow Talks ... with David Blanchflower CBE

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2023

Time: 8.00 am - 10.00 am

Venue: CitizenM Hotel, 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3BW

Member Rate: £15.00 + VAT

Non Member Rate: £30.00 + VAT

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support Adam Smith Business School at University of Glasgow in celebrating the tercentenary of Adam Smith in 2023 as part of our regular Glasgow Talks series.

This event will provide a platform for individuals to learn about the ideas and theories that Adam Smith developed, which have had a profound impact on economics and modern society. Earlier this year we explored the key themes of The Wealth of Nations, however Smith’s work on Moral Sentiment and the nature of morality was a major work of enlightenment reasoning, and an example of the intellectual ‘mapping’ of the world which occupied the minds of eighteenth-century philosophers, lexicographers and encyclopaedists. Smith set out to show that morality and how it governs our actions is a product of the social nature of human society

To discuss this theme further we are delighted to welcome British-American labour economist and previous Member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England, David Blanchflower CBE to join us as a speaker at this special Glasgow Talks session. Much of Blanchflower's work has focused on the economics of happiness. He has posited a correlation between age and happiness, declining through the 20s, 30s, and 40s before increasing in retirement.  He was an external member of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from June 2006 to May 2009. While on the MPC David voted consistently for low interest rates well ahead of the other members of the committee. David received the Princeton University’s Richard A. Lester Prize for “the most outstanding book in Industrial Relations and Labour Economics published in 1994”, and was named the “Business person of the year” by the Daily Telegraph, in their Great Britons of 2008 awards. He was also made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009, for “services to the Monetary Policy Committee and economics”.  He recently published a Princeton University Press book on the labour market – Not Working: Where Have all the Good Jobs Gone?

Join David and other Glasgow business leaders for a discussion around why Moral Sentiment is as relevant today as when Smith published in 1759.



Glasgow Talks ... Moral Sentiment with Paul Polman

Date: Monday 12 June 2023

Time: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Venue: University of Glasgow, Senate Room, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Member Rate: £30.00 + VAT

Non Member Rate: £45.00 + VAT

We are delighted to invite you to an exclusive talk by Paul Polman as part of our Glasgow Talks series supported by Adam Smith Business School.  Paul Polman is a prominent business leader and sustainability advocate, publishing the aclaimed Net Positive: how ourageous companies thrive by giving more than they take. Paul is widely recognized for his contributions to the global economy. and laccelerating action by business to tackle climate and inequality. 

During this talk, Paul will share his insights on how businesses can achieve long-term sustainable growth by integrating social and environmental values into their operations. The event will be followed by a Q&A session where you will have the opportunity to ask Paul your burning questions.

To conclude the evening, we will host a drinks reception where you can network with senior business leaders and expand your professional circle.

Paul Polman

Business leader, campaigner, co-author of “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take”, a Financial Times Business Book of the Year.

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to tackle climate change and inequality.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), Paul demonstrated that business can profit through purpose, marrying a long-term, multi-stakeholder model with excellent financial performance. During Paul’s tenure, shareholders saw their returns increase by 290% while the company consistently ranked 1st in the world for sustainability.
Today Paul works across a range of organisations to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which he helped develop. This includes his work to drive systems change with Systemiq and bold new industry coalitions, including in fashion and food. He leads the UN Global Compact, is an Ambassador for the Race to Zero, and works to develop our next generation of leaders, through the Oxford University Saïd Business School, INSEAD, One Young World and others.  Paul’s actively campaigns on a range of human rights issues, including promoting disability inclusion through the Valuable 500 and the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which he set up with his wife Kim. Follow him on twitter and sign up to receive his newsletter here.

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