IntroductionThe ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) was established by the Economic and Social Research Council in October 2001. It is based at Cardiff University and has an interdisciplinary nature combining expertise from the Business School, the Law School and the School of City and Regional Planning.
The BRASS Centre exists to understand and promote the key issues of sustainability, accountability and social responsiveness, through research into key business relationships. The Centre pursues a research agenda based on academic excellence, relevance to key user groups and accessibility in dissemination.
Our ApproachThe Centre approaches its research mission by making a significant contribution locally through involvement in the Welsh economy and policy community, nationally as a centre of excellence, and globally through research on transnational companies and other firms with international supply chains.
AimsThrough its research work, partnerships with businesses and their stakeholders, and communications activities BRASS aims to contribute significantly to:
- The development and dissemination of new knowledge and understanding about the significant changes occurring in the relationships among firms, their customers and suppliers, investors, communities, government and a range of non-governmental organisations (NGOs);
- The creation of a better understanding of corporate accountability and governance based on an integrative, systems perspective;
- The development and promotion of new tools, models and business methods which will help practitioners, policy makers and researchers to better understand and manage the implications of business activity in relation to the pursuit of sustainability;
- The fostering of a more holistic and inter-disciplinary approach to the understanding of the interaction between businesses and their social and physical environment.