January 28, 2016, by ICCSR

Putting CSR on the big screen

Our annual Doing the Business Film Series is back in early February, with two films about social and ethical issues in business to be screened at the independent Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.

The series has been running since 2004, and aims to screen movies that raise business responsibility topics in an imaginative and thought-provoking way.

This year’s offerings kick off at 6pm on 4 February with The True Cost, a film that reveals the often negative social and environmental impacts that lie behind the glamorous multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. Then on 18 February (also at 6pm) comes Ice And The Sky, a look at Antarctica through the eyes of the French explorer Claude Lorius, who argues that we need a radical re-think of our relationship with the earth.

Doing the Business was designed by the ICCSR more than a decade ago as an engaging and entertaining way to introduce business ethics topics both to students and the general public. Often the films are preceded or followed by a lecture that highlights the film’s main themes, and may also be accompanied by a general discussion

All students on ICCSR modules or programmes are given a free pass to attend showings, and they are also open to the general public, ensuring a wider airing for the issues raised in the films. Many of the movies have been shown to packed houses. Among past films aired during the programme has been Fight club, starring Brad Pitt, which is in many parts an anti-consumerist rant.

On the basis that a picture can speak a thousand words, sometimes a film can illustrate the outcomes of corporate actions much better than the printed page. So it’s little wonder that the series has been such a success over the years.

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