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UCD In Conversation: Building a Sustainable Future with Business
The role of business in sustainability is key for real environmental change to occur. It is essential that all businesses consider their impact on society and the environment over profits. Increasingly organisations are obliged to incorporate sustainability into their business strategies. As companies come under increased pressure to meet their Environmental, Social & Governance goals, how can we know they are truly complying?

In this episode, we will discuss the shift successful organisations have made and the challenges of corporate citizenship. We will also discuss how industry leaders can embrace sustainability to ensure the longevity of the planet; the practice of greenwashing and sustainability lip-service and how to combat it. Join our host, UCD Earth Institute Director, Professor Tasman Crowe with Ali Sheridan Senior Sustainability and Climate Advisor and Laura Costello, Strategy Director; Thinkhouse. This conversation will be led by UCD Vice-Principal for Research & Innovation - College of Business, Professor Donna Marshall.

In November 2019, UCD adopted UCD’s Strategy 2020-2024 ‘Rising to the Future’ within which the first of four strategic themes is ‘Creating a Sustainable Global Society’. As with all four strategic themes, this theme will operate and challenge the University community across all activities, including research, education, operations and engagement.

Hosted on Zoom, these lively, virtual discussions focus on critical global challenges and offer insights for uncertain times. UCD alumni are invited to tune in from home and submit questions for a Q&A session at the end of each interview. Our community of nearly 300,000 alumni is more connected than ever and there is no better time for us to rise to the future and inspire transformational change.

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Jan 13, 2022 01:00 PM in Dublin

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Laura Costello
Senior Strategist @Thinkhouse, The Youth Marketing Company.
Laura Costello is Senior Strategist at Thinkhouse, The Youth Marketing Company. She is the Thinkhouse lead on purpose and sustainability-driven projects, including RTÉ on Climate, MyImpact App, The Rediscovery Centre, the Repeal the 8th referendum, Freethought FM, the Marriage Equality referendum and suicide prevention campaigns, working to cement efforts to help change the course of history for the betterment of youth. Her passion is to see businesses do the right thing in tackling some of the biggest issues of our time. To accelerate a sustainable future, she advises brands on how to embrace and communicate purposeful action that inspires positive cultural shifts for business, people & the planet. Her mission has seen her take the stage with the Environmental Protection Agency and ‘She Is Sustainable’
Ali Sheridan
Senior Sustainability and Climate Advisor @Sheridan Consulting
A committed sustainability advocate, Ali is passionate about driving the transition towards a zero-carbon world. Ali is a sustainability and climate adviser and lecturer. She has worked as a sustainability practitioner across the private, public and NGO sectors in Ireland, the UK and Netherlands, providing expertise including net-zero strategy development, policy support, natural capital solutions, circular design, reporting, stakeholder engagement, climate risk analysis, and sustainability communications. Ali has held a range of sustainability roles including at IKEA, Bord Bia, PepsiCo, and the Sustainability Agricultural Initiative. Ali lectures and design modules for a number of universities in Ireland, sits on a wide range of sustainability working groups and is a frequent speaker, panel member and media contributor. She holds MSc in Business Sustainability (UCD Smurfit School), MSc in Management for Sustainable Development (DCU), and a BSc in Environmental Management (TU Dublin).
Donna Marshall
Professor of Supply Chain Management @University College Dublin
Professor Donna Marshall researches and teaches in the supply chain management field at University College Dublin. She has written many papers on supply chain management topics such as sustainability, outsourcing, relationship management, and organisational culture in international journals in FT50 and ABS4 journals such as Sloan Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, as well as many other notable journals such as Journal of Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Management: International Journal and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. She has also written multiple book chapters, international conference papers and professional reports. She has received many large corporate and research grants and leads multiple international research teams.