Aligning with the theme of Working Together, Restoring Trust for Davos 2022, INSEAD will once again be alongside the World Economic Forum thanks to our partnership with InTent, sponsor for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Tent from 22-26 May. Hosted by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, we will convene faculty, distinguished speakers and experts to speak at two sessions – Renewable Energy, Scarcity and Circularity: A Path to Net Zero and Good for Business, Business for Good.
Our aim at Davos as a management education research leader is to leverage upon this research and knowledge to inform business world efforts.
Join us as we aim to bring people together across cultures to support responsible leaders and organisations in their efforts to have informed conversations and share innovative solutions in creating a sustainable future for all.
Panel & Lunch (this session will also be broadcast live)
The path to Net Zero heavily relies on a successful transition to renewable energy. Scaling up renewable energy technologies to achieve this goal, however, largely depends on critical materials, that are scarce in our planet. This scarcity not only limits the adoption potential of these technologies, but also implies intensified competition for access to these materials in the near future. These problems can be fixed by circularity, that is, keeping critical materials in circulation in the economy they serve, and away from leakage into the environment or competing economies. This, however, requires bringing renewable energy experts, circularity proponents and governments together for actionable plans for sustainable futures.
What is the role of scarce materials in the renewable energy transition towards the Net Zero objective?
How can we overcome such resource limitations within and across industries? What is the role of an industrial circular economy transition?
How can governments and policymakers help?
Join this panel conversation and engage with a large business community around this critical topic.
INSEAD Professor of Technology and Operations Management, the Bianca and James Pitt Chair in Environmental Sustainability
Journalist and documentary maker
Chair of the Board of Directors and of the Corporate Governance and Sustainability Committee at Enel
Sustainability Director Paris 2024
Lawyer and politician, member of the Green Party, elected at the Council of State for the canton of Geneva
Panel (this session will also be broadcast live)
This panel session addressing “Good for Business. Business for Good” will be hosted by the INSEAD Hoffmann Institute for Business and Society in partnership with the INSEAD Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise.
The environmental, social and governance paradigms of modern businesses have shifted dramatically over the last few years as we experience unprecedented threats coming from multiple sources such as climate change, ecosystem degradation, geopolitical uncertainties, and digital disruption. Against this backdrop, family-owned businesses are increasingly taking the lead in meeting the challenges of today, from addressing societal issues such as the well-being of their employees and local communities, to reducing their environmental footprint and creating value for all stakeholders.
As WEF founder and chairman Klaus Schwab forecasts, "In the new world, it is not the big fish which eats the small fish, it's the fast fish which eats the slow fish." - and family businesses, given their unique characteristics, are in the pole position.
How can family businesses transform themselves and be catalysts for change to drive business as a force for good, serving not only the business’s prosperity but also people and the planet?
Commitment is the fundamental fuel that drives family businesses towards purpose for greater good. How can family businesses build their “journey from aspirations to actions” and translate the vision and the agenda of doing good into a clear road map and deliverable actions for positive impact?
In todays’ paradigm shifts, with increased tensions, scrutiny and pressure from different stakeholders, how can family businesses ensure value creation for generations in the long term and be part of the solutions for society and the planet?
Join us for this special dialogue as we focus on how family businesses can be a driving force for good to translate good intentions into practical actions for the progress of society and planet.
Professor of Decision Sciences and Technology Management
INSEAD Professor of Economics, the Andre and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise, and Academic Director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise
President UBS Asset Management
UBS Group Executive Board Lead
for Sustainability & Impact
Executive Director, INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business & Society
Panel & Workshop Discussion
Business schools have an extraordinary opportunity to undertake a critical reflection of their own practices to ensure that they contribute effectively to the education of socially responsible leaders. Moreover, they are coming under growing pressure from students, employers, and faculty alike to enhance their focus on responsible business education in their teaching, research, and their own operations. For example, schools are being criticised for curriculum content that is still based around the ‘shareholder primacy’ model and the pursuit of short-term returns rather than the long-term strategies needed to address issues such as inequality or climate change.
As a follow-up of the recent Financial Times and InTent webinar on “The growing case for responsible business education”, InTent will host a discussion between schools, leading businesses, and key networks to identify the key levers to make business education the new norm.
What are the main implementation challenges to fully integrate responsible business into core curriculums?
What makes the business sector consider business schools important and how do they seek to incentivize them to do more? What metrics should they rely on?
What efforts are being deployed to create platforms for business schools to share resources and experiences to make responsible business education the new norm?
Global Education Editor, Financial Times
Deputy Dean, INSEAD
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Associate, SystemiQ ltd., Netherlands; Financial Times Change Maker Award 2022
President, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Created in 2019, the InTent is an umbrella organisation, coordinating and connecting projects in which Mr André Hoffmann is involved, specifically at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in January each year. Daily management of these projects is overseen by InTent' various partners, such as the Luc Hoffmann Institute, UHCS, and INSEAD’s Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.