This November, SDG Week returns for a third year in a row. Organised by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society and INSEAD Student Clubs, with support from Accenture Strategy, the 3-day annual event will convene bright minds and changemakers to better understand how business can help achieve the SDGs around a series of hybrid conversations across campuses.

SDG Week connects experts and leaders with the INSEAD community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners. Each day will feature conversations on specific solutions to understand how businesses and societies can create a positive impact in the world, while contributing to the success of the SDGs. Co-designed with 5 student MBA clubs and MiM students, the 2021 edition will explore how to get started on the sustainability journey, redefining capitalism to catalyse systemic change to various other session on Africa, gender equality, impact investment and more.

This SDG Week will bring to light an exceptional Art Exhibition entitled The Sahara and Human Adaptability to Climate Changes exhibition booklet and video. The exhibition will address how humans have managed to adapt to climatic upheavals such as the desertification of the Sahara, and visitors will be able to learn more through guided tours. A panel discussion in French will wrap up this edition of the SDG Week. 

 We want our community to truly understand that achieving the SDGs opens smart new ways of doing business that are good for people and the planet. Together, we can take the world closer to achieving our global goals.

 We look forward to seeing you there. Register now!

Detailed Programme

 

Tuesday 2 November 14:30 - 15:30 CET  

Impact Management & Measurement in Investing

Webinar co-organized with the INSEAD Student Impact Fund. Impact management is becoming increasingly sophisticated as impact investing grows, driven by consensus-building conventions and new tools. Join this session to learn more about the hottest topic in impact investing today. Moderated by renowned INSEAD Professor Claudia Zeisberger, this session will feature: Mike McCreless from Impact Frontiers, a global initiative of the Impact Management Project, supporting investors in pioneering new ways to quantitatively and holistically integrate impact alongside financial considerations; Sunita Grote (INSEAD Alum 13D) from UNICEF Ventures, investing in open source technologies in emerging markets to develop and implement solutions for vulnerable children; and Unmesh Sheth from SoPact, an innovative platform for investor impact measurement.

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Tuesday 2 November 19:00 - 20:00 CET 

Benefits of gender diversity in business & why and how you should be an ally

How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the next revolution in business – an interactive talk about how it can impact businesses, their markets and their communities

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Event rescheduled to a later date

Countering Climate Change in Africa: Focus on Sustainable Energy

Webinar co-organized with the Africa Initiative and the Africa Club. As Africa’s population continues to grow and the need for reliable infrastructures increases, achieving universal access to affordable, sustainable, and modern energy services in Africa (SDG GOAL 7) is crucial to support economic growth. With the abundance of renewable energy sources in Africa, access to and usage of Sustainable Energy would provide its economies with opportunities for sustainable development. Given the looming issue of global climate change, with Africa being among the worst affected, the INSEAD Africa Club and Africa Initiative (IAI) are committed to prioritizing Sustainable Energy in Africa.

Wednesday 3 November 11:00 - 12:00 CET 

How science helps inform sustainable policies and decisions in climate and biodiversity

Webinar co-organized with the Environment & Business student club. Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement target will require countries to implement changes to policy and practices in agriculture, forestry and other land use activities, in addition to rapid decarbonisation. An integral part of achieving this is nature-based solutions (NBS), which include the conservation, restoration and improved management of forests, wetlands and agricultural lands to increase carbon sequestration, reduce CO2 emissions, and enhance climate resilience. In this talk, Prof. Koh Lian Pin will discuss the promises and pitfalls of nature-based solutions and the important role that science plays to inform sustainable policies and decisions in nature-based solutions.

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Wednesday 3 November 13:00 - 14:00 CET

Ask Paul: Sustainability for non-sustainability professionals

Webinar co-organized with the Environment & Business student club. Want to advance sustainability at your organisation, but don’t know how? Find out from former Unilever CEO and author of forthcoming “Net Positive: how courageous companies thrive by giving more than they take” Paul Polman. The INSEAD Environment & Business Club hosts a practical session exploring the real problems and tough trade-offs that come with putting your business in service of people and planet.

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Wednesday 3 November 19:00 - 20:00 CET

 

Reimagining Capitalism: How business can catalyse systemic change and save the planet

In person session on our Europe campus (Amphi Rubeli) co-organized with the INDEVOR club for social impact. It’s the most successful economic system to have ever existed, but capitalism is in danger of destroying itself and our world. Prof. Rebecca Henderson will walk us to the heart of what’s wrong with modern capitalism and lay out a pragmatic roadmap for how business can help to catalyse the systemic change we need to build a capitalism that works for everyone. A book signing with Prof. Rebecca Henderson is planned at the end of the session. 

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Thursday 4 November 10:00 - 11:15 CET

 

Panel & workshop: The journey to becoming a sustainable business.

Joint session in partnership with Accenture and the INDEVOR student club.Companies know they need to transform their business models but are often unsure where to start and what this transformation actually looks like. Join experts from Accenture Strategy for an interactive panel & workshop where we will map out the journey a company takes to become sustainable. We'll then roll up our sleeves with the newly launched Sustainable Organizations Diagnostic tool — an easy-to-use online platform developed by Accenture and the World Economic Forum to assess and benchmark a company's management practices, systems and processes that shape the behaviors and decision-making capabilities needed to operate sustainably.
 

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Thursday 4 November 12:00 - 13:00 CET

 

Panel discussion: Gender-lens investing

Webinar co-organized with the INDEVOR club for social impact. “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.” – United Nation SDG 5: Gender Equality
Despite some progress on gender equality over the last few decades, there are still many challenges remaining. Discrimination, underrepresentation, and domestic or sexual abuse remain pervasive, and women continue to lack access to healthcare, education, and other vital public goods. Likewise, the United Nations and other organizations have cited frequent underinvestment in women across sectors as a primary barrier to closing the gender gap.
Gender Lens Investing (GLI) is an investment strategy or approach that takes into consideration gender-based factors, investing to promote gender-equity and better informing the investment process. In the post-COVID world, the GLI approach will be more important than ever, as the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities and threatens to undo decades of progress. Join us on this panel discussion as we bring leaders across the Gender Lens investing and entrepreneurship space who have embodied this ideal, building platforms, opportunities, and funds to invest in women across the world.

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Thursday 4 November 18:00 - 19:00 CET

 

The future of Afghan women's education: NPO's response to new challenges

Webinar co-organized with Funds for Good, a MiM initiative. The Afghan crisis is a crisis of education. Millions of Afghan women fear that the Taliban will upend the progress made in women’s rights since 2001. The current state under the Islamist regime imposes significant challenges to the operation of NPOs who have been on the ground for decades.

At the SDG week session, we will have the honour to hear from panelists who lead NPOs that thrive to empower women via ensuring access to primary education and resettlement training in the space.

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Thursday 4 November 20:00 - 22:00 CET

 

Panel discussion: The Sahara and human adaptability to climate changes

In person session on our Europe campus in French. By learning from the First Peoples, through the intermediary of their art, their techniques from yesterday and today, we can broaden the frontiers of our reflexions and inspire possible solutions to contemporary issues. We learn to innovate by thinking differently, by allowing us to be surprised by a past we had not even imagined.
This exhibition, especially curated for the SDG week 2021 at INSEAD, from the Becker collection of the Association Arts Premiers de Peuples Minoritaires based in Saignon, aims to opening our eyes towards the future and increase the range of possibilities to help us progress sustainably. The exhibition will be displayed on our Europe Campus on November 2, 3 & 4 (Main building, Upper Gallery). Feel free to visit and meet with the art collector. On the last day of the exibition, there will be a guided visit of the exhibition followed by a panel discussion open to the local community. Please note that all visitors must have their mandatory health pass to access the INSEAD campus. 

Exhibition booklet   Exhibition video

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