ABIS Webinar Series 2017
Laurent Bontoux: Policy Analyst, JRC – Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Belgium
Marco Matrisciano: Project Coordinator, ABIS
The Scenario Exploration System – SES - provides a platform that engages participants in future-oriented systemic thinking. It makes participants take action to reach their long-term objectives in contrasting scenario-related contexts while interacting with other stakeholders.
ABIS and the JRC co-designed a version for the EU-Innovate project that has been tested and used as an educational tool in MBA and Master Classes. This webinar will be the opportunity to share the rationale of the SES methodology, explain the rule game and have a live demonstration.
In the morning of our 16th ABIS Colloquium, we will feature an interactive scenario exploration workshop on achieving sustainable lifestyles by European Commission representatives. This session is free to attend, also for people who do not attend the full two days of the Colloquium!
ABIS members will receive a free copy of the scenario exploration tool at the day of the event.
Date: 12 July 2017, 15:00 – 15:45 CET
Facilitator: Arno Kourula – Assistant Professor of Strategy and Director of the Sustainability Initiative at University of Amsterdam Business School (NL) and Decent at Aalto University School of Business (FI)
This webinar will provide participants with:
- An up to date overview of 500+ academic studies on international corporate responsibility.
- An assessment of the Sustainable Development Goals as an organizing framework for corporate responsibility/ sustainability.
Insights about opportunities for sustainability-related collaboration across disciplines and between universities and other key actors.
Business Models for Sustainability
Facilitator: Esben Pedersen: Professor of Management, Society and Communication - Copenhagen Business School
- The objective of this webinar is to introduce the participants to the fast growing literature on business models for sustainability. The webinar will also discuss how new business models for sustainability is related to broader discussions of circular economy, sustainable development goals, low-carbon economy. The webinar will end with a discussion of new business models for sustainability, which may be particularly relevant for the ABIS network. Prior to the webinar, participants are encouraged to provide ideas for new business models, which they consider as particularly relevant for ABIS members.
Shared Value Partnership: Good for Everyone?
Facilitator: Lisa Bonadonna: Global Head of GSK – Save the Children Partnership; Access Medicines Portfolio; Africa 2020 Investment in Academia
- Shared Value Partnerships are intended to facilitate the flow of benefits to flow to all parties engaged in the initiative. Typically such partnerships involve a private sector company in a bilateral collaboration with a third sector entity who have united to tackle a social or environmental issue. In this session Dr Lisa Bonadonna, Global Head of the GSK-Save the Children Partnership will share her reflections on this award winning collaboration which has the aspirational aim of helping to save the lives of 1 million children. As the current term of the this 5 year partnership enters t’s final phase Lisa will share the results achieved for the beneficiaries and the impact the collaboration has had on the partner organisations. And this will include a discussion of the lessons learned along the way for this now 120 person strong, circa £30M development investment.
How can inclusive business contribute to the achievement of the SDGs
Date: 21 March 2017, 16:00 – 16:45 CET
- Joan Fontrodona – Professor and Head of Business Ethics Department, IESE Business School
- Maria Jesus Perez – Deputy Manager Director for Research, Social Innovation and Consulting, Fundacion CODESPA
- The advancement towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is highlighting the need for a profound reflection of current society and its dynamics of action.
- Over the last few years, companies and civil society organizations have recognized inclusive business as a possibility to build bridges between the traditional interests of the private sector and the achievement of a more just and equitable society.
- Considering the most disadvantaged communities as active subjects and participants in business opportunities, with a focus on fairness and inclusion, is undoubtedly a way to generate wealth in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way. Moreover, inclusive businesses are an opportunity for people at the base of the pyramid to access products, technology and services that improve their quality of life and reduce their situation of poverty.
- In this session, we will reflect on both the business case for inclusive business -what basic pillars underpin the logic of inclusive business- and the moral case -what principles should be adopted to have a responsible and ethical attitude to dealing with the base of the pyramid.
Social Sustainability – The Impact of Digitalization
Date: 02 March 2017, 15:00 – 15:45 CET
Facilitator: Dr. Thomas Osburg, Professor Sustainable Marketing & Leadership at Fresenius Business School, Munich
- Digitalization is unavoidable and offers significant benefits, but also challenges. What developments are key to watch out for?
- Business will mostly be affected – how can firms include new approaches of Social Sustainability in their business?
- What is the impact of Digitalization at a national or global, societal level? How will it change the ways we live and work?
- What impact will there be for Business Schools? Does Sustainability Thinking and Teaching need to change? Or to evolve?