A Call for Papers: Interactive Working Paper Series for Research on (B·A·W·B)
Posted 11.22.05The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (B·A·W·B) announces the launch of an Interactive Working Paper Series for research on, or regarding issues in the area of, business as an agent of world benefit. The inaugural edition will be published during mid-February 2006. Potential papers for this edition will be accepted until January 15, 2006.
B·A·W·B Innovation Bank Sees Rapid Increase in Stories
Posted 11.22.05The Innovation Bank launched this summer with an impressive array of 60 diverse stories. Covering 17 areas of the globe, the Bank profiles innovative ways to address such global issues as human health, ecological sustainability, community development, human rights protection and peace making.
Positive Design Conference at Weatherhead
Posted 11.12.05Over 60 people from places as far flung as Australia and Denmark converged on Weatherhead on November 11 and 12 for a two-day Positive Design workshop on “Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens”.
Design Workshop To Bring Together Important Idea Exchange
Posted 11.11.05"Designing Information and Organizations with a Positive Lens”, a workshop to be held November 11-12 in Case’s Weatherhead School of Management and co-sponsored by The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit and Weatherhead’s Information Design Studio, will bring together some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of industrial, graphic, organizational and information systems to exchange ideas and explore positive approaches for improving the way they work.
Annual Net Impact Conference Inspires Weatherhead Students
Posted 11.11.05Net Impact hosted their 13th Annual National Conference at the Stanford Graduate School of Business November 11-13th. Jennifer Taylor, president of Weatherhead's Net Impact chapter, and other chapter members attended, joining 1,200 Net Impact members from across the globe to learn how different industries and companies are combining business skills to make a positive social impact. This year’s theme, “Bridging the Gap: Leading Social Innovation Across Sectors”, emphasized the need for collaboration with government, business and non-profits in order to achieve the greatest impact.
Stuart Hart, Professor and Author, Kicks Off B·A·W·B Colloquium Series
Posted 11.8.05Capitalism at the crossroads and fortune at the bottom of the pyramid will be the topics of the first 2005-2006 B·A·W·B Colloquium Series as Stuart Hart, the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management and author of "Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World’s Most Difficult Problems," speaks on November 8th at 4:30 p.m. at Case Weatherhead’s George S. Dively Building.
For Stuart Hart the Answer is Business - At The Bottom of the Pyramid
Posted 11.8.05Stuart Hart, the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University's Johnson School of Management, and author of "Capitalism at the Crossroads: The Unlimited Business Opportunities in Solving the World’s Most Difficult Problems", stressed the importance of juxtaposing the two elements in the book's title when speaking to attendees of the first 2005-2006 B·A·W·B Colloquium Series event. Hart told an audience of about 60 people "It is not about more philanthropy and shaming people into doing things because it is the right thing to do - it is about creating a new level of commerce".
Many BSR Breakout Sessions Focus on Role of Corporation
Posted 11.2.05The number of interesting breakout sessions available to participants in the 2005 annual BSR conference in Washington, D.C., this month were too numerous to choose from easily. With two breakout sessions a day during the first two days of the conference and one on the last day, each packed with six to seven fascinating topic areas, people struggled to decide which session to attend. Three sessions regarding the corporation are covered here: “When the Multinational Corporation is Chinese,” “What is the Purpose of the Corporation?”and “Strategies for Identifying True Stakeholders”.
El Salvador Uses CSR to Rebuild After Years of Civil War
Posted 11.2.05Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has been involved in a year-long project to develop a coherent national CSR framework regarding the development of the private sector in El Salvador. At its annual conference in Washington, D.C. this month, BSR featured a case study on CSR development in El Salvador, inviting Armando Arias, president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador; Amy Luinstra, operations officer for social protection with the World Bank; and Ernesto Samayoa, advisor to the Minister of Economy for the Republic of El Salvador to discuss this issue.
McDonald's CEO Challenges "McJobs" Stereotype
Posted 11.2.05Jim Skinner, Vice Chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, likes to challenge what he sees as commonly held perceptions and stereotypes about his company. Number one on that list is the stereotype of "McJobs" - listed in Webster's Dictionary as a low paying job that requires little skill and provides little opportunity for advancement - which Skinner sees as a slap in the face for 12 million men and women working at McDonald's in the U.S.
NatureWorks CEO Says Leaders Must Aspire, Inspire and Perspire
Posted 11.2.05Quoting T.S. Elliot “only those who risk going too far will ever know how far they can go”, Katherine Bader, chairman, president and CEO of NatureWorks, LLC, told participants at the 2005 BSR Conference she believes the act of questioning core assumptions and paradigms to be the agents of change. Bader’s motto “Think Big or Don’t Bother” fits well for a woman running the company that invented the corn-based resin technology used in packaging by companies seeking the benefits of plastics from an annually renewable resource.
Pfizer Exec: U.S. Focused on “Sick Care” not “Health Care”
Posted 11.2.05Senior Fortune Magazine writer, Marc Gunther interviewed Jeffrey B. Kindler, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate compliance officer at Pfizer, Inc., regarding ethics, trust and competitiveness in the pharmaceutical industry during the recent BSR conference. Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the country, earned $52 billion in revenues last year and generated 10 new products.
Weatherhead Faculty Member Finds BSR Conference Enriching
Posted 11.2.05For the fourth year in a row Jean E. Kilgore, a senior lecturer of Marketing and Policy Studies at Case’s Weatherhead School of Management, attended the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) annual conference, an event she eagerly anticipates each year. Kilgore see the conference, designed largely for practitioners from publicly-held corporations and attracting well over 1,000 participants, as an enormously rich source of information on emerging issues in business. This offers her a unique perspective on challenging areas with great research potential.
Wolfowitz Speech Opens 2005 Annual BSR Conference
Posted 11.2.05Paul Wolfowitz, the 10th President of the World Bank Group, whose appointment to that position from Deputy Secretary of Defense was as controversial as many of the bank’s activities themselves, spoke to 1,100 attendees from 42 countries as the opening keynote speaker at the 2005 annual Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) conference. In his new position, Wolfowitz is at the top of the list of those who could be most influential in eradicating poverty and dealing with other important BSR issues.
BRAC Makes Difference for Millions Living in Poverty
Posted 11.2.05A former corporate executive at Shell Oil, Fazle Abed is now the founder and chairperson of BRAC, formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, an organization he started when he returned to his country at the end of the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. One of world’s leading social entrepreneurs and change makers, Abed told BSR conference attendees he believes he is making the difference between hope and despair for millions of people living in dehumanizing conditions.
"Profits with Principles: Seven Strategies for Delivering Value with Values"
Posted 10.25.05In today’s trust-starved world of business scandals and collapses, global capitalism is put to a new test. Is it possible to operate an enterprise with elevated purpose, integrity and transparency, while still delivering financial results? Ira Jackson and Jane Nelson offer an unequivocally affirmative answer to this question in their 2004 Profits with Principles: Seven Strategies for Delivering Value with Values published by Currency Doubleday.
Video Gives Shaktii Project Global Exposure
Posted 10.25.05While filming the tsunami efforts of Care International in India, producer Linda Gerber agreed to interview the head of Hindustan Lever's Shakti Project in Mumbai for The Center for B·A·W·B. She was so intrigued that her interview developed into a full-fledged video of the Shaktii women and the villagers they service.
B·A·W·B Summit Seeks to Transform Management Curriculum
Posted 10.19.05The Center for B·A·W·B in conjunction with the Aspen Institute's Teaching Innovation Project (TIP) will host a summit, entitled The Future of Management Education at the Intersection of Business and Society, to change the face of management curriculum at Weatherhead October 19-21, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Case's Thwing Student Center. Read more for information on how to sign up for this exciting event!
Summit Joins Business Leaders and Educators in Transforming Management Education
Posted 10.19.05Is it possible for businesses to act for the greater good while building the bottom line? Isn't management education a matter of world affairs? The Center for B·A·W·B in conjunction with the Aspen Institute's Teaching Innovation Project (TIP) will host a summit to change the face of management curriculum at Weatherhead October 19-21, 2005, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Case's Thwing Student Center.
Interface Climbs The 7 Faces of Mount Sustainability
Posted 10.19.05Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, one of the world's largest commercial carpeting manufacturers, told 140 B·A·W·B Summit participants that his company is climbing the Seven Faces of Mount Sustainability one face at a time and they are 40% of the way to the top.
Panelist, Jim Walsh, Provides Insights on Management Education's Future
Posted 10.19.05Jim Walsh, the Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Management in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, participated in an October 20th panel discussion at the Center for B·A·W·B’s recent summit, The Future of Management Education at the Intersection of Business and Society: Designing a School within the School for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. Walsh lent his thoughts to a crowd of 140 attendees on the direction management education must look to in the future.
Successful B·A·W·B Summit Energizes Participants
Posted 10.19.05"The Future of Management Education at the Intersection of Business and Society:Designing the School Within the School for Business as an Agent of World Benefit", a three day summit hosted by B·A·W·B, was held October 19-21 using the Appreciative Inquiry technique to rethink and recreate management education to include corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues.
Business as an Agent of World Benefit - A Call of Our Time
Posted 10.17.05"Business as an Agent of World Benefit: A Call of Our Time" is the first event in a series of breakfasts at the Weatherhead School of Management. Dr. David Cooperrider, Professor of Organizational Behavior, co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry and founder of The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, will raise important questions about the role of business in society.
Research Cafe Sparks New Thinking on Business and Society
Posted 10.12.05Designed to spark new thinking around business and society research areas, the Center for B·A·W·B kicked off its Green Mountain Research Cafe series on Wednesday, September 14th in the Center's new space in Room 208 of the Peter B. Lewis Building. The first Research Cafe on "Profits and World Benefit: What is the Role and Opportunity for Business in Society" was hosted by doctoral student Nadya Zhexembayeva.
Research Cafe on Sustainable Entrepreneurship A Big Success
Posted 10.12.05It was standing room only for the October 12th B•A•W•B Green Mountain Research Café as the crowd of Case faculty and students focused on a lively panel presentation and discussion about “Innovative Strategies in Global Sustainability Entrepreneurship” facilitated by Dr. David Bright, a research fellow with The Center for B•A•W•B.
Coffee Tasting Draws Large Case Crowd
Posted 10.7.05As part of Fair Trade Month, B·A·W·B partnered with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, International Paper, and Net Impact to host a taste test for a new line of biodegradable products in development at International Paper. The event, held at the Key Café in the Peter B. Lewis building, drew an exceptionally large crowd.
B•A•W•B Brazil Conference
Posted 10.6.05Eight hundred people gathered on October 6th in the exhibition hall of the Federation of Industry for the State of Parana (F.I.E.P.) in Brazil for the third B·A·W·B -- Brazil conference. This year the conference broadened beyond the state of Parana to include all of Brazil. F.I.E.P. president Rodrigo Loures, opened the conference and introduced Judy Rodgers, Executive Director of The Center for B·A·W·B. F.I.E.P. is the oldest B·A·W·B partner, beginning in the pilot period of the World Inquiry in 2002. This year, over 150 stories of business-and-society innovation poured in from all over Brazil.
Net Impact Hosts a Fair Trade Farmer, Jovanny Coronel
Posted 10.6.05Supporting Fair Trade month, Net Impact hosted an October 6th presentation featuring keynote speaker, Jovanny Coronel, a farmer from Ecuador. Mr. Coronel is the Treasureer of the Asociacion de Perquenos Productores Bananeros “El Guabo,” a 350-member association of small-scale banana producers in southern Ecuador.
B·A·W·B Brazil Planning Dynamic Annual Conference
Posted 10.5.05Curitiba, Brazil, the capital of the state of Parana in Southern Brazil, will once again host the annual B·A·W·B conference, October 5-7, 2005. This third annual conference is entitled "Partnerships for Regional, Federal and Global Development". B·A·W·B Brazil's 3rd annual conference has big footsteps to follow coming in the wake of two very successful prior annual conference events.
Annual Academy of Management Meeting Provides an Opportunity to Explore Business and Society Issues
Posted 9.23.05What is the new vision of management in the 21st Century? This question helped bring together over 6,000 people, representing 62 countries, for the 65th Annual Academy of Management Meeting. Lindsey Godwin, a Case Ph.D. candidate working with the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, attended the annual Academy of Management Meeting and gives an interesting recap of some of the business and society discussions that took place there.
Presenting the Business Case to E4S
Posted 9.23.05The debate over the business case for socially responsible and sustainable business models has been surrounding the business-in-society field for quite some time. Nadya Zhexembayeva, a Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior working with The Center for B·A·W·B, discusses this issue in a recap of her recent presentation to Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) regarding the business case.
We're A School within the School at Weatherhead
Posted 9.23.05The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit (B·A·W·B) is one of the four newly created "Schools within the School" at Weatherhead. This means it is a cross-disciplinary center that is responsible for research and curriculum innovation at the intersection of business and society.
Cornell Hosts 11th Annual Bell Conference
Posted 9.22.05Business leaders, academics, and members of the public and non-profit sectors came together in July 2005 for the 11th annual BELL (Business* Environment* Learning* Leadership) Conference, hosted by the Johnson Graduate School of Management and the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University together with World Resources Institute (WRI). Linda Robson, Ph.D. candidate in Organizational Behavior at Weatherhead, attended and gives a first person account.
Capitalism at the Crossroads: From Obligation to Opportunity
Posted 9.22.05This month we review Stuart Hart's new book "Capitalism at the Crossroads: From Obligation to Opportunity". Taking the view that business is uniquely equipped at this point in history to lead us toward a sustainable world in the years ahead, Hart argues that corporations are the only entities in the world today with the technology, resources, capacity, and global reach required. The book's optimistic message is that, properly focused, the profit motive can accelerate the transformation toward global sustainability with nonprofits, governments, and multilateral agencies all playing crucial roles as collaborators.
Come Visit Us in Our New Space!
Posted 9.22.05The Center for B·A·W·B has moved to a newly renovated, central location in Room 208 of the Weatherhead School of Management. As an innovative, global center it is appropriate that we are housed in a unique section of the Peter B. Lewis building, designed by world reknowned architect, Frank Gehry, to reflect Weatherhead's international reputation for innovative management education.
Wal-Mart's Emergency Plan Shines During Hurricane Katrina Disaster
Posted 9.19.05The Wall Street Journal suggested FEMA could learn some things from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. about emergency management and preparation. Twenty-four hours before the storm actually made landfall on the Gulf Coast, Wal-Mart had ordered its warehouses to deliver a variety of emergency supplies to designated staging areas so company stores would be able to reopen quickly.
Fairmount Minerals Works To Create A More Sustainable Company
Posted 9.19.05Fairmount Minerals Company held a three-day Appreciative Inquiry summit with Dr. David Cooperrider, founder of The Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit, to build on its core strengths and become a more sustainable company. The largest producer of industrial sand in the United States, Fairmount wants to lead the industry in becoming a sustainable development company.