Bimal Arora

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    Phone: +44(0)121 204 3663
    Room: SW8007

    Research Interests

    Bimal is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Management, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability at Work and Organisational Department in Aston Business School (ABS). He serves as Honorary Chairperson of Centre for Responsible Business, a global think tank on CSR and sustainability based in India. Before joining as full-time lecturer at ABS in August 2017, he held a research position at Alliance Manchester Business School. 

    Bimal’s active teaching and research interests are in the areas of political economy of CSR and sustainability, global governance, ethical trade, sustainability standards, multi-stakeholder initiatives, and collaborative sustainability partnerships and initiatives. Bimal has experience of over 28 years working in policy, industry and research across diverse sectors and has undertaken consultancy work with governments, large and small business, and civil society organisations. To contribute to the contemporary global debates and facilitate participation of emerging economy actors in voluntary global governance, Bimal conceptualized an international Multi-stakeholder Dialogues Platform and Conference 'India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference' in 2013, which attracts partnerships from over 60 international organizations, high profile international speakers and participation of over 700 delegates every year in November. He has been the Chair for the dialogue platform and the conference since 2014, and was the founding Director and CEO of the Centre for Responsible Business, which was incubated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Social Accountability International and Business Social Compliance Initiative/Foreign Trade Association between 2010-2013, as part of a German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development supported Public-Private Partnership project. CRB has since evolved into an independent international centre of excellence, facilitating social and environmental impacts and organizational behaviour change towards incorporating responsible business strategies, polices and practices.


    Research Grants

    Principal Investigator- Promoting Responsible Value Chains in India for an Effective Contribution of the Private Sector to the SDGs (PROGRESS Project). Research grant for three years (2018-2021) by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada (value: £390,500).


    Principal Investigator - Multi-stakeholder Sustainability Initiative to Pursue the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India through Collaborative Governance. Research grant for one year (2018-19) by ESRC/GCRF (value: £80,055).


    Principal Investigator - Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in Value Chains of MNCs. Aston Academy for Research in Management (AARM), Aston Business School Seed Corn Funding (2018) (value: £1,000).


    Investigator and Academic Steering Group Member - Low-Carbon SMEs Project, funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (2018-2021).

    External positions

    Honorary Chairperson

    1 Jan 2015 → …


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