GBS and Yunus Social Business begin pivotal relationship

Professor Muhammad Yunus will present his theory of Three Zeroes at the Griffith Lecture.

The head of Griffith Business School (GBS) has called theGriffith Lecture a once in a lifetime experience to absorb the teachings of one the world’s most insightful minds.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant said the April 11 event featuring Professor Muhammad Yunus was the start of a pivotal relationship between Griffith University and the microcredit pioneer.

“There is no-one better placed than Professor Yunus to articulate the necessity for business leaders and their organisations to practise social responsibility and facilitate social entrepreneurship.

“He has been instrumental in ushering in a new approach to business, one which has had such a significant impact of some of the world’s most vulnerable,”he said.

“Sustainable business practices, responsible leadership, respect for others, and a global orientation. These are the very foundations on which Griffith Business School isbuilt.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant

“We are committed to deliveringoutstanding business education and research through engagement with industry, government and the social communities we serve, and to ways that contribute to a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future,” he said.

“Entering into a partnership with Professor Yunus through the Yunus Social Business Centre (YSBC) is a natural extension of our commitment to producing the next generation of responsible leaders.”

During his Queenslandvisit where his only public speaking engagement is at The Griffith Lecture, Professor Yunus will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoM) to establish the Yunus Social Business Centre Griffith University based at the Nathan campus.

“This is a wonderful initiative which will help students gain a deeper insight into responsible and sustainable business practices and social entrepreneurship values which are perfectly aligned with our core values,” Professor Grant said.

“Growth and expansion are tenets of most business models but we should also keep a focus on social responsibility.”

Since 1983, the Yunus-founded Grameen Bank in Bangladesh has helped millions of people rise up from poverty through micro-loans while helping construct a new era of social enterprise dominated by innovative business models.

Professor Yunus, a Nobel Peace prize recipient, will present the Griffith Lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music on April 11.

This event is atfullcapacity, but you can still join the waitlist.