INSEAD Sustainable Development Goals Week
A three-day event, organised by the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, SDG Week will bring leaders working on the SDGs together with INSEAD students, staff and faculty. Together, we can create positive social impact in the world. The week will feature talks, workshops and exhibitions that focus on sustainable development solutions that protect the Earth’s biosphere and open business opportunities. SDG Week will focus on four of the UN SDGs:
Did you know that 80 percent of wastewater enters waterways without sufficient treatment? If action is taken to battle climate change, there is an untapped economic benefit of an estimated US$ 26 trillion by 2030. Globally, the market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is estimated at US$ 3 trillion per year. And the number of people directly dependent on agriculture to earn a livelihood? 2.6 billion.
By convening thought leaders and individuals that care about the future to discuss solutions that take us closer to achieving the SDGs, we can explore smart new ways of doing business that are good for people and the planet.
Ready to find out more? Then register now! We look forward to seeing you there.
End November will also mark the launch of our first INSEAD Community Impact Challenge, stay tuned for more information soon.
Owls, sheep and dodos: understanding the circular economy
In this session, we will explore the fundamentals of the circular economy movement, with the intention to create a broader understanding of similar environmental movements and their implications in the business world.
Visiting Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
Keynote session: measuring to manage sdg impacts and dependencies of a business: framework and methodology examples
Opening by Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean, Dean of Innovation, INSEAD
It is widely understood that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met unless all segments of society - policy makers, businesses, communities and citizens - pull in the same direction. But what direction is that for a company? Are the SDGs a menu to choose from, or a set that works together or not at all? How does a company make a difference? And how can it measure and value how well it has done in promoting the SDGs? Pavan Sukhdev will explore these and more questions related to measuring and valuing the impacts and dependencies of a business on the SDGs. To prepare for the session, participants may watch this webinar from Pavan Sukhdev on Rethinking Performance.
Unfortunately, due to a last minute request to participate in the Heads of State Roundtable to open the COP25 in Madrid on 2 December, Laurence Tubiana is no longer available for this session. We will bring her back on campus soon!
Climate change – fire side chat with Laurence Tubiana
Co-organiser: The Environment and Business Club
With wildfires raging, temperature records shattering, seas rising, and citizens out on the street, it is clear that climate change is impacting us here and now, not in a distant future. The world is not on track – but there is a plan, and it requires all actors, including businesses, to participate in the low-carbon economy shift. The net-zero economy provides major opportunities for those businesses and countries that move first, and develop the cutting-edge low-carbon technologies that will transform our future economies. Laurence Tubiana, the architect of the Paris Agreement and CEO of the European Climate Foundation, will discuss the current state of climate change and the Paris Agreement, and what the business community can do to lead on this vital issue of our time.
Andre Calmon (Moderator)
Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
Dirty innovation: can creativity save the world?
Co-organiser: Innovation and Design Club
Climate change! Limited resources! Piles of garbage! What if there were products and businesses that could change these issues and turn the challenges into opportunities? We will talk about "dirty innovation" - taking garbage, waste, or materials seen as "off limits" and turning them into new products. What does it take to create these products? What are the secrets to making them work? How do they apply to business more generally?
Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
Entrepreneur food tech
Afternoon (Optional Session)
First come first served (60 seats)
Launch of the INSEAD case study on “enel’s innovability: global open innovation and sustainability”
Co-organiser: Energy Club
In this session, Professor Felipe Monteiro will launch a brand new INSEAD case study on “ENEL’s Innovability: Global Open Innovation and Sustainability” with the presence of the case protagonists Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability (the blend of Innovation and Sustainability) Officer, and Fabio Tentori (MBA’10), Head of Innovation Hubs, Startups and Business Incubation.
ENEL is one the largest power utilities in the world with €75 billion revenues in 2018 and which has been emphasising the role of technology and business model innovation as a key driver in creating a more sustainable world through the increase of renewable energy production. The case shows how a large multinational corporation embraces sustainability and takes open innovation to a global level by opening innovation hubs in different parts of the world.
Important note to participants:
It is important to arrive at least 5 minutes prior the session and stay until the end as the session will be professionally video recorded.
Unleash Your Creativity for Sustainability
Co-organiser: Innovation & Design Club France
All hands on deck for UN Sustainable Development Goals!
INSEAD Innovation & Design Club is organizing a unique SDG innovation workshop leveraging UNLEASH framework to tackle the most critical step in creative problem solving: Problem Framing. UNLEASH is an innovation lab that brings together people from over 129 countries to transform thousands of personal insights into hundreds of ideas around the SDGs. The workshop will be facilitated by members of the I&D Club with insights from Professor Jackie Stenson, who is also the UNLEASH Innovation Lead.
Cinema │ in French
Cinema Ermitage Fontainebleau
First come first served
Movie projection ‘Natura’ followed by panel discussion
Co-organiser: Les Conférences de L'INSEAD
We intuitively know that our sense of well-being is heightened when in contact with nature, but until now, there has been a lack of scientific evidence to confirm this…
NATURA tells the wonderful story of these pioneering researchers who are demonstrating that "experiencing nature" stimulates unsuspected biological and psychic resources and represents an inexhaustible source of physical and mental well-being. Taking part in this immersive experience, the viewer will become an active participant, feeling as the documentary unfolds the soothing benefits of nature, how it calms us, regulates our pulse, reduces anxiety, and can even make us happier human beings!
Journalist & Director
Henri-Claude de Bettignies (Moderator)
Emeritus Professor of Asian Business, INSEAD
Deep-dive session: Are we, chocolate eaters, really SDG smart?
Since the early 2000s, civil society awareness-raising campaigns on the issue of child labor and deforestation, along with legal proceedings against leading chocolate brands, have shed light on living and working conditions on cocoa farms. Most of the “Big Choco” companies, like Barry Callebaut, Nestle and Mars, increasingly acknowledge these issues and launch programmes to deal with some of them. Yet, farmers are still poor, child labor has not been eradicated, gender inequality remains the rule rather than the exception, and environmental degradation is a daily reality. What does it take to bring about real, sustainable change in an industry? How can you be SDG smart as a leader of tomorrow?
Emeritus Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Humanitarian Research Group
Research Associate, Humanitarian Research Group
Careers with Purpose
How can INSEAD students become a force for good after graduation? Jean-Marc Bally from Aster Capital and Fanny Auger from Nature & Decouvertes will talk about how they transformed the future of industries through their commitment to sustainability. They will share their success stories in unconventional career paths, their experiences in disrupting markets and in bringing their business models to life. Moreover, they will discuss sustainability and social impact trends they have seen in the private sector.
Park Sol (Moderator)
President of the MBA Impact Club
Address: Boulevard de Constance, Fontainebelau, 77300, France
By Public Transport from Paris: Transilien Ligne R from Paris Gare De Lyon to Fontainebleau-Avon station, then Bus Line 1 direction Les Lilas, bus stop Dunant
Media, filming and photography
INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. Some sessions will be filmed. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact us prior to the event.
Future of buildings: smart construction and living
The world population is expected to increase and stabilise at 11 billion people in the next 50-100 year, with the vast majority of that growth happening in cities. How can our urban areas accommodate this influx in a resource-efficient manner? This panel discussion will focus on smart buildings, energy management systems, appropriate financing mechanisms, and other necessary measures to achieve the creation of sustainable communities and cities.
INSEAD MBA'06D, CEO of Total Solar
Business innovation to address sdg6: clean water and sanitation — opportunities, barriers to scale, and the role of development finance
Water and sanitation are vital for a healthy population, but over 785 million people still lack a basic lack drinking water service, and around 700 million still practice open defecation. Country governments, UN agencies and NGOs are involved in creating programmes that help reduce open defecation and improve the availability of basic handwashing facilities and clean drinking water services. However, we also need to design new business models that can serve the needs of populations which currently lack such services. Social impact bonds, guarantees, and other forms of financial instruments have been used successfully in health and education. This talk explores how business models and novel financing instruments could be better leveraged for SDG6
Affiliate Professor of Technology and Operations Management, INSEAD
Future of Packaging: Going Circular and Zero Waste
Packaging is everywhere in our lives - from the food we buy at the grocery store and takeaway boxes at restaurants, to the multi-layered packages that contain products purchased on Amazon and other e-commerce sites. Materials used for packaging, including plastics, paper, and cardboard, are typically manufactured for single-use and come with a host of negative environmental impacts. Notably, packaging makes up one third of total waste generated: half of this is plastic and only <5% of plastic is recycled - 95% of plastic packaging material value ($80-120B p.a. globally) is lost after 1st use. This panel will explore key sustainability issues around packaging and plastic use, the growing zero waste movement, and how businesses (and consumers) can tap into innovations and principles of circularity to close the loop on waste generation. We will also discuss how companies can improve on sustainability metrics while continuing to distribute goods to their customers in a safe and efficient manner.
Senior Manager operations and campus services, INSEAD
Social Impact and the SDGs: The Best Time to Take Action is NOW.
Co-organiser: Career Development Centre
We have discussed Social Impact and the SDGs – what it is about and why it is important. This time, we do hope that you are asking yourselves: How can I take part? This session is about how the INSEAD community can be a force for good through volunteer and project opportunities. Hear about these opportunities straight from our Social Impact organisation partners! Because, the best time to take action is NOW.
Jason Chuei (Opening Remarks)
ex-Head of Community Impact, APAC, Expedia Group
Co-founder, Jumanji Studio
Co-founder, Jumanji Studio
Mark John Joven
Chief Operating Officer WWF
Programme Director, Conjunct Consulting
Co-Founder & MD, ECOSOFTT (ECO Solutions for Tomorrow Today)
Founder & MD, ECOSOFTT (ECO Solutions for Tomorrow Today)
Neha Thakkar (Moderator)
Associate Director for Social Impact Initiative Asia/Gender Diversity – Hoffmann Global Institute, INSEAD Asia Campus
Rainforest gold: from NGO to social enterprise
Forest Wise makes two original products from the Borneo rainforest, palm sugar and illipe butter, while protecting the rainforest and saving the environment for the orangutans. The case authors discuss this rare business that contributes to 15 sustainable development goals in a highly challenging institutional eco-system.
Distinguished Executive Fellow, INSEAD EMI
The Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing
Karen Fawcett (MBA’88)
Non-executive Director, INSEAD
Building impact ventures: lessons from the field
The SDG week coincides with the annual INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme, a one-week executive programme that brings to campus impact entrepreneurs building cutting-edge ventures around the world. Some of these entrepreneurs will join us for an evening panel to share their first-hand experience in achieving sustainable and scalable impact. The panel will be moderated by INSEAD’s Prof. Jasjit Singh, whose research and teaching focuses on this topic.
Our chief guests will be Debbie Aung Din and Jim Taylor, co-founders of Proximity Designs. Proximity is a leading social business operating in the agriculture sector in Myanmar since 2004. Its unique platform has three units – financing, farm technologies and agronomic advice – delivering affordable products and services to smallholder farmers. Proximity has so far served 3.2 million people in over 10,000 villages in rural Myanmar.
Jasjit Singh (Moderator)
Professor of Strategy, INSEAD
Address: 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue, 138676, Singapore
Media, filming and photography
INSEAD may engage professional photographers for this event. Some sessions may be filmed. We reserve the right to use any film and/or photography from the event in our print and digital marketing collateral. Delegates who do not wish to be filmed or recorded should contact us prior to the event.