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Workshop - Consumers or Politicians: who are the key drivers of change?


Credit cards, the pope and climate march

Saving the world is an audacious goal, and our society is increasingly putting that responsibility on consumers. BUY organic, BUY fair trade, HOLD companies accountable – but should you even be allowed to purchase unsustainable products? What responsibility do we have as consumers, as companies, as politicians and as voters? Does more power equal more responsibility? And how do we hold those responsible accountable if they break their promises and divert from the path set out by the global goals?

As we approach the Swedish elections, we must ask ourselves whether the potential for change is in what we put on the ballot or what we put in our shopping carts! With us to dig into these issues are: 


Magdalena Bexell is an Associate Professor at the department of Political Science whose research centres on the concept of responsibility, legitimacy and cooperation. She is currently leading a research project titled "Realising the Post-2015 Development Goals - Whose Responsibility?" and will be moderating the session.

Johan Jansson is an Associate Professor at the department of Business Administration whose research focuses on Sustainable Consumption, "greening" the textile industry and Marketing Ethics. 

Liang Xiaohui has been working in China to advance human rights both in teaching at Peking University and in practice. Through his work with the China National Textile and Apparel Council, Xiaohui has helped more than a dozen sectors in China develop their sustainability initiatives, making this the established model for all sectors in the region and driving business action on the global goals across China. 

Songul Can is the head of business development for Individuell Människohjälp. She started her career at H&M, moving on to IKEA to work with suppliers in Istanbul and has since worked for JC, Mexx and Vekem.

Parul Sharma was the head of Sweden's Agenda 2030 delegation, she is the principal at the Academy for Human Rights in Business and has previously worked as the sustainability director of the law firm Vinge.

Malin Oud is head of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm office and Team Leader, Economic Globalisation and Human Rights. She has more than 15 years’ experience in policy dialogue, development cooperation and engagement with the business sector on human rights. 


15.00 to 17.00, 24 April 2018


Palaestra, Paradisgatan, Lundagård, Lund


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The participation is for free, but if you have registered but are forced to cancel your participation, please send us an e-mail: ludwig [dot] bengtsson_sonesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

Kind regards,
Lund University Sustainaiblity Forum

Lunds universitets Hållbarhetsforum
Sölvegatan 37
223 62 Lund

contact [at] sustainability [dot] lu [dot] se

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