UN Global Compact-Accenture report challenge for EABIS and its members

June 29, 2010

News from EABIS…

Global company CEOs say the economic crisis has raised not reduced the importance of sustainability issues; education, above climate change, is the most important development issue affecting the future success of their business; and training management, employees and the next generation of leaders to deal with sustainability issues is a key challenge.

These are just some of the findings in the most extensive survey of CEOs on sustainability.  The UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO study 2010 A New Era of Sustainability was published today in New York at the UN Leaders’ Summit.  It is based on a survey of 766 CEOs, 50 one-to-one CEO interviews and a further 50 interviews with additional business leaders and stakeholders. From the CEO survey:

  • 93% say that sustainability will  be critical to the future success of their companies;
  • 80% say the downturn has raised the importance of sustainability with 83% recognising that it had elevated the role of sustainability and ethics in building business trust;
  • 81% say that sustainability issues have  become part of their company strategy and operations;
  • 86% say companies should invest in enhanced training of managers to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations;
  • 72% cited education and 66% climate change as the ‘big issues’ they face.

The role of education was viewed in three ways: as a fundamental for economic development; as a basis for the continuing supply of talent to renew workforce capabilities; and to equip current and future leaders with the ability to manage sustainability issues as part of core business.

The need for a new generation of leadership development was a common theme amongst CEOs.  It applies to both academic institutions and the way companies think about their own training programmes.  They recognise the influence of models and approaches learned in colleges and business schools with 88% saying that education systems and business schools’ development of mindsets and skills needed for future leaders to address sustainability is important or very important.

The survey reveals a strong positive shift in attitudes from the comparable 2007 survey:

  • 96% of CEOs agree or strongly agree sustainability should be embedded into strategy and operations, up from 72% in 2007;
  • 93% of CEOs agree or strongly agree that Boards should discuss and act on these issues, up from 69% in 2007;
  • 88% of CEOs agree or strongly agree that companies should embed these issues through their global supply chains, up from 59% in 2007;
  • 72% of CEOs agree or strongly agree that companies should incorporate these issues into discussions with financial analysts, up from 51% in 2007.

But some familiar blockages exist.  When asked what barriers keep them from implementing integrated and strategic companywide approaches to sustainability issues, CEOs top three factors include:

  • Complexity of implementing strategy across functions – 49%
  • Competing strategic priorities – 48%
  • Lack of recognition from the financial markets – 34%

Commenting on the study, Peter Lacy, Managing Director, Accenture Sustainability Services Europe, Africa & Latin America, who lead the company’s work said:

“One of the resounding messages is that CEOs around the world believe leadership development and business education is a top priority.  They see a new generation of leadership capabilities as a critical ‘tipping point’ in the transition to a sustainable economy.  This is a clear call to action for EABIS and its members. The UN and Accenture teams would like to thank EABIS President Gilbert Lenssen for acting as academic advisor on this landmark study and I know he and the EABIS team are already confronting this challenge.”

The results of the survey based on evidence from and for European companies will be presented to a joint Accenture-EABIS event in London in September. The results from and implications for emerging markets will feature in a presentation by Accenture at the EABIS 2010 Colloquium in St Petersburg.

To see the CNBC live interview with George Kell and Peter Lacy click here


EFMD Annual Case Writing Competition

June 24, 2010

Potential 2,000 Euro prize for writing a CSR case study…


The third PhD Sustainability Academy

June 10, 2010

The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario will convene the third PhD Sustainability Academy in London, Ontario on November 4-9, 2010. The PhD Sustainability Academy is an annual event of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) and features:

Interactive paper development workshops with four guest faculty:

Jay Barney, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University
Tom Lawrence, Simon Fraser University
Wes Sine, The Johnson School, Cornell University
Klaus Weber, Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University

Fire-side chats hosted by ARCS faculty Tima Bansal and Andy King.

Seminars, panels, site visits, and open dialogue with leading practitioners to help increase the timeliness and relevance of participants’ research agendas.

Oana Branzei is the Ivey faculty host.

The 2010 theme is Markets and Movements for Sustainability. We will explore the intersection of social movements and market creation for more socially and environmentally responsible products and services; governance and leadership topics that bridge the social and organizational domains; and capabilities for leveraging positive social change. We also welcome submissions on sustainability issues in strategy and policy, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, environmental studies, and international business and international development. Different theoretical lenses, including economics, psychology, arts, philosophy, political studies, geography and sociology are encouraged, as are novel methodologies.

The alumni of prior PhD Sustainability Academies enjoyed an intense learning journey with a like-minded community:

“The PhD Sustainability Academy was an incredible experience […] outstanding faculty working hard to push us forward with our research topics. […] What was also remarkable was the genuine commitment made by the faculty to provide support beyond the days we spent together […] to see us succeed in the years to come.”

Lára Jóhannsdóttir, University of Iceland

“It was definitely one of the best academic experiences of my life. I therefore can only encourage you to experience it yourself.”

Christoph Beuttler, University of London

“Thanks to everything I learned in the Academy I’ve published my first article. I just wanted to say thank you, all of you inspired and challenged me, and this is the outcome.”

Lillian Ortiz, Universidad del Turabo

The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2010. Submission can take one of two formats – full manuscripts or extended abstracts. Full manuscripts should follow the AMJ style guide for empirical manuscripts or the AMR style guide for theoretical manuscripts. Extended abstracts should outline the intended research contribution, context, method and preliminary findings and include references and exhibits (theoretical model and/or preliminary findings). The extended abstract format is designed for doctoral students working on their proposals who have not yet completed the data collection. Please include a 150 word abstract, a 150 word bio, and a recent photo. Email your full submission to Oana Branzei, obranzei@ivey.uwo.ca, and Marlene J. Le Ber, mleber@ivey.uwo.ca.

The Network for Business Sustainability will sponsor a Best Paper Award and $500 cash prize.

Invitations will be sent out by September 15th, 2009. Participants will be invited based on a double-blind selection process. Reviewers include ARCS members and PhD Sustainability Academy faculty and alumni.

IVEY will sponsor all the local expenses. Invited participants are responsible for their own travel.

For more information please visit http://www.ivey.uwo.ca/centres/building/outreach/PhDAcademy.

Call for Papers…

June 3, 2010

(From the AIB mailing…)

Doctoral Workshop on September 21st, 2010 Preceding the 4th International CSR Conference at the Humboldt-University of Berlin

Inaugurated in 2004 as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue, the Humboldt-University CSR conference series has established itself as the world’s premier international forum for exploring the global themes of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability in all their various dimensions.

This year’s doctoral workshop will particularly address interdisciplinary research in the fields of sustainability and CSR in a globalized context. We are inviting PhD candidates from social sciences, law, business sciences and economics as well as from natural sciences and engineering to engage in a dialogue on solutions for global challenges of sustainability and CSR.

Proposals may address the scientific topics listed below but do not necessarily have to be limited to these. Rather they should investigate subjects representing cutting edge fields of research. Particularly appreciated will be projects which incorporate cooperation with non-academic actors or institutions from the business or the NGO sector as well as the political sphere. Related research areas include:

  • Sustainable supply chain management,
  • Sustainable energies, climate change and carbon footprint strategies,
  • New forms of multi-stakeholder governance and the legitimacy and effectiveness of global CSR standards,
  • Sustainable production technologies in developing countries and countries of transition,
  • Social entrepreneurship and social business,
  • Sustainable urban planning and the responsible metropolis,
  • Responsible leadership.

The workshop offers PhD candidates a unique possibility to present and discuss their research projects in an inspiring academic community of both fellow PhD students and experienced researchers. The friendly and supportive atmosphere will allow students to improve their academic skills and abilities as well as to connect with international PhD colleagues and faculty members.

As a special honour the best paper presentation will be granted an award of 500 Euros at the conference gala dinner.

An additional highlight of the workshop will be a session on publishing strategies, held by Timothy Devinney, former chair of the International Management Division of the Academy of Management, associate editor of Academy of Management Perspectives, and co-editor of the Advances in International Management series.


Participants of the doctoral workshop will be selected by a scientific committee based on submitted abstracts of maximum 500 words. Proposals should indicate the stage of the PhD process, the research question, central propositions, and the methodological design.

Applications should further include a current CV, the name(s) of their supervisor(s), and a confirmation that they are currently registered as PhD students.

Participants chosen to present their research should be prepared to submit a full proposal of 3000 words. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with additional 30 minutes for discussion.

  • Abstract submissions should be sent in PDF format to Sarah Jastram (Sarah.jastram@hu-berlin.de) until July 15th, 2010.
  • Notifications of admission will be sent by email on August 2nd, 2010.
  • Full papers should be sent to Sarah Jastram until September 6th, 2010.

We offer a limited number of non-presenting students to attend the workshop as guests and discussants. Applications should also be sent to Sarah Jastram.

Cost and Fees:

Participants of the doctoral workshop will have to register at the normal conference fee for students which is 40 €. It allows participants to attend the workshop as well as all conference sessions. Accommodation and travel will be at the participants’ own expenses.


For any further information regarding the doctoral workshop please contact:

Sarah Jastram

Institute of Management

Humboldt-University of Berlin


Scientific Committee:

  • C.B. Bhattacharya (ESMT, Berlin)
  • Timothy Devinney (University of Technology, Sydney/Humboldt-University of Berlin)
  • Geoffrey Heal (Columbia University Business School)
  • Wanjun Jiang (Peking University)
  • Johanna Mair (IESE Business School, Barcelona)
  • Robert A. Phillips (University of Richmond)
  • Joachim Schwalbach (Humboldt-University of Berlin), chairman
  • Kanji Tanimoto (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo)

All conference information can be found under:  www.csr-hu-berlin.org

EJIM special issue on CSR

June 2, 2010

European Journal of International Management (EJIM)

Volume 4 – Issue 3 – 2010

Special Issue on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global Economy
Guest Editors: David Atkinson and Gabriele Suder


Call for contributions – EABIS Colloquium

June 1, 2010

9th Annual EABIS Colloquium

20-21 September 2010


St. Petersburg University Graduate School of Management

Call for Contributions – Deadline extended – 18 June 2010

26 May 2010 – Following the interest shown in the Colloquium in recent weeks and the many requests we have received, we are hereby extending the submission deadline to Friday, 18 June 2010.

Download the call for contributions