Carole Parkes is Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston University. Since 2007, Carole has been key driver for Aston’s early and active involvement with the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education - (UNPRME) that aim to be a driver for change the education of future business leaders in creating an inclusive and sustainable global economy. This has included leading curriculum change across the Business School & now the University. She has developed and leads an MSc in Social Responsibility & Sustainability. The course has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2014, organised by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges. The Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.
Carole regularly speaks and participates on Responsibility and Sustainability, including the UN, AACSB Sustainability Conference, UN PRME Forums in New York, and the Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen. In June 2009 Aston hosted UK Universities event for the UN PRME supported by the British Academy of Management, the Association of Business Schools and AMBA.
In June 2012, Carole was a Discussion Leader at the PRME Global Forum at Rio+20 Earth Summit, contributed a case study on Aston for the ‘Inspirational Guide for Integrating Sustainability’ and co authored the Report on Fighting Poverty as a Challenge for Management Education. She has recently been appointed as the visiting Christopher Chair in Business Ethics for the Dominican University of Chicago USA 2012/13 to work with faculty on developing Responsible Management Education. Locally, Carole works with a range of community groups. She has published widely in Ethics, CSR & HRM and her research interests are in Ethics, CSR, Human Rights, Poverty and HRM.
Carole regularly contributes thought leadership articles in the media. These include an article on the Living Wage in Policy EU http://www.policyreview.eu/two-steps-we-can-take-to-boost-take-up-of-the-living-wage/ and in the New Statesman, entitled 'to change the banks, we must first change the business schools.