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.