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About David Cooke

Dr David Cooke completed a study of Australian companies and their disposition toward social investment. His dissertation entitled "the philanthropic contract: building social capital through corporate social investment" was completed in 2008.The study deals with the field of corporate social responsibility and specifically focuses on the benefits for companies engaging in corporate social investment resulting in the building of social capital.Through in-depth interviews and case studies advice emerges for not-for-profit organisations that in order to maximise fund raising from the corporate sector a business case needs to be developed around the needs of the corporation, or potential partner, that focuses on their potential return on investment, rather than simply an appeal to altruism. This redefines the for-purpose and for-profit enagement and relationship.


2018 - Present Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney ‐ Business School

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Corporate social responsibility, ethical sourcing, human rights, anti human trafficking, and modern slavery

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Honors and Awards

  • Emerald Group Publishing Global Social Impact award 2011
  • SCU Business School - Top 20 Year Alumnus 2014
  • CEO Magazine finalist managing director of the year 2014
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Business Award 2018
  • Anti Slavery Australia Business Award 2017


2005 - 2008 Doctor of Business, Southern Cross University ‐ Graduate College of Management
1995 - 2000 Executive MBA, UNSW ‐ Australian Graduate School of Management

Contact Information
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Twitter: @drdavidcooke


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