INSEAD Sustainable Development Goals Week
The world is waking up to the values of environmental and social responsibility. Over the summer, the Financial Times reported that sustainable investments outperformed the wider global stock index including during the market downturn. This strengthens the case for exploring how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in business models and investment decisions.
This November, INSEAD will discuss how to capture these opportunities during SDG Week - a three-day virtual event co-organised by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, and our INSEAD Student Clubs. In partnership with Accenture Strategy, SDG Week connects experts and leaders with the INSEAD community - students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners. Each day will feature virtual 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 8 student clubs, the 2020 edition will explore impact investing; careers in sustainability; impact entrepreneurship; and equity, diversity and inclusion. It will also present student-led initiatives contributing to the SDGs.
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.
Ready to find out more? Then register now! We look forward to seeing you there.
Early November will also mark the launch of our second INSEAD Community Impact Challenge, Register Now!
Detailed Online Program
Tuesday 3 November 1300 – 1400 CET
Impact: Reshaping Capitalism
Dean of INSEAD
Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment
Executive Director, Hoffmann Institute Business & Society
President of the INDEVOR Student Club for Impact
Technology now enables us to measure and cost the impact on people and planet that companies create through their products, employment and operations. Bringing impact measurement to the heart of the $30+ trillion ESG & impact investment flows would help finance the achievement of the UN SDGs by 2030.
Mandating transparency would bring impact, alongside profit, to the centre of our economic system by motivating companies, entrepreneurs and investors to bring solutions to our great social and environmental challenges – in effect reshaping capitalism to create a fairer and more sustainable world.
Join the conversation with Sir Ronald Cohen, whose new book Impact shows how impact investment and entrepreneurship are reshaping capitalism, to explore how you can get actively involved!
Co-organised with INDEVOR, INSEAD Student Club for Impact and INSEAD LifeLong Learning
Tuesday 3 November 1500 – 1545 CET
INSEAD Investing for Impact: launch of INSEAD's first Student Impact Investing Club
Founding Partner, Loyal VC (INSEAD MBA93)
Join us for an intimate presentation and panel discussion to mark the official launch of INSEAD's Impact Investing Club. Conceived from a collaboration between IPEC and INDEVOR, the INSEAD Student Impact Fund offers MBA students the opportunity to invest for impact and gain first-hand experience of VC investing at every stage of the investment cycle. Thanks to a partnership with Loyal VC, a Canada based and INSEAD alumni founded VC fund, students will work on real investment deals across 5 teams: from Deal Sourcing, due diligence and impact assessment through to portfolio management and fundraising. Join us to meet the team, meet Loyal and to learn more about this exciting new initiative!
Wednesday 4 November 0900 – 1000 CET
Developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as organizational leaders and as individuals
Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz (MBA94)
CEO and Managing Director, Mirvac, and Member of the INSEAD Board
Marlon Bowman (MBA’15J)
Product Head, Employee Benefits, FNB South Africa
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour
Managing Director and the Chief Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Officer for Tech, Operations and Firm Resilience & Head of Change Leadership in Technology Transformation, Morgan Stanley
Felicia Henderson (INSEAD alum - EMCCC 17)
Leadership Consultant, Founder Henderson Advising
This discussion will focus on understanding how business leaders handle the issue of DEI imbalance in their workplace and in their personal lives – the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them.
Wednesday 4 November 1400 - 1500 CET
Careers for Sustainability and Climate Action
Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Creator of Accenture Sustainability Practice
Senior Specialist, SDGs at Principles for Responsible Investment
Senior Affiliate Professor of Finance at INSEAD
Not wanting to understand how the climate crisis will impact one’s industry is similar to being alive during the internet revolution and not understanding the paradigm shifts taking place. On that note, this panel discussion will focus on how individuals can work on climate action without necessarily 'quitting their day jobs' and instead how people can bring climate action into their traditional careers.
Thursday 5 November 1230 - 1330 CET
Project Shine On: INSEAD Initiative Addressing SDGs in Asia
Founder, PeoplePods Philippines
General Manager, JJ-LAPP
Head Third Party Manufacturing, APAC, Henkel
President of INSEAD's Energy Club in Singapore
INSEAD Career Development Centre
Project Shine On is a homegrown INSEAD initiative that aims to address multiple SDGs. PSO was conceived in 2018 between the INSEAD Energy Club and INSEAD’s Career Development Centre. The first project was delivered in the rural village of Sapang Palay in 2019 with the installation of solar panels and lights at the Assumption Development Foundation, a school that is fighting to end the cycle of poverty in one of the Philippines' poorest regions. The ultimate goal is to take Project Shine On all over Asia, but they are excited to return to Manila for the second time to work with alumni Daniel Layug’s organization PeoplePods, which provides clean, safe and affordable housing for women across the Philippines.
Thursday 5 November 1400 - 1500 CET
Humanitarian Entrepreneurship: The NaTakallam Story
Professor of Strategy, The Paul Dubrule Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development, INSEAD
Co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam
Language Instructor and Translator at NaTakallam
NaTakallam ("We Speak" in Arabic) is an award-winning social enterprise that connects refugees, displaced people and host communities with remote work opportunities in the language sector, providing them with economic empowerment, purpose, and dignity. By leveraging the digital economy and accessible technology, NaTakallam offers high-quality one-on-one language tutoring for all levels of Arabic, French, Persian and Spanish, cultural exchange sessions, school and university programs, and professional translation and interpretation services worldwide.
This event will introduce you to the NaTakallam story in conversation with the CEO and Cofounder, Aline Sara, and Syrian guest speaker, Ghaith.
Thursday 5 November 1800 - 1900 CET
Fireside chat with the Young Leader for the SDGs recognized by the United Nations
Young Leader SDG 2020
Co-president, LATAM Club
MIM ambassador of the LATAM Club
In this session, the Young Leader for the SDGs and Forbes 30Under30 Ralf Toenjes will share his journey as a social entrepreneur. This fireside chat will be hosted by 20D MBA Student Viviane Lazard Sobral and she will invite representatives of the future generation of INSEAD leaders to contribute with questions.