Q1 2020-2021 activity update

Published by Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society on 10 Dec 2020

The rollercoaster of 2020 is drawing to an end! As we look forward to a healthier and hopeful 2021, we’d like to share our progress for the first quarter of this academic year in 60 seconds!

We turned Two! Check out our annual report here.

We celebrated our second anniversary in October 2020, and released our annual report for 2019-2020. Among other achievements, we financed 31 research projects across 9 academic areas, engaged with 180,000 people in 90 countries for the first Community Impact Challenge, and rallied the community for the second and ongoing sustainable food habits challenge. We also fostered academic partnerships with the World Economic Forum, ChangeNOW International Summit, Cartier Women’s Initiative, Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, and Les Echos Club Engagement Responsible – all which will continue into 2021.

We held our second SDG Week. Virtually. With 2500 registrants from 70 countries.

We outdid ourselves in spite of the pandemic, and saw 2,500 registrants from 70 countries for 7 online conversations in this student-led event! We also doubled our social media engagement rates during this period, and discussed sustainable impact investment, climate action, diversity and inclusion, and impact entrepreneurship. Read our full story, and watch the recorded sessions.

We created ‘The Robb Case Fund for Business and Society.’ Thanks to the support of Kate and Andrew Robb!

With this philanthropic support from Andrew Robb (MBA’07J) and his wife Kate, the Hoffmann Institute will support the writing of cases on business and society with a particular focus on diversity and inclusion, sustainable models and social impact.

We organized two conversations on diversity and inclusion.

We co-organised a conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Ouided Bouchamaoui who spoke to INSEAD Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation, Peter Zemsky on the culture of dialogue for peace, diversity and inclusion. Watch the session.

In a session with INSEAD Professor Zoe Kinias, and Wharton Professor Stephanie Creary, we highlighted how we can become better allies for Black colleagues. Professor Creary introduced her LEAP Framework for ally ship, and provided attendees with concrete strategies. Watch the session.

…and co-hosted two online events on climate change through our academic partnerships with ChangeNOW and TEDXTiESG Countdown.

Appointed by President Emmanuel Macron to France’s High Council for Climate Action, Laurence Tubiana spoke to our Executive Director Katell Le Goulven, and ChangeNOW’s Kevin Tayebaly to speak about creating a change maker mind-set at all levels of an organisation. Read the story and watch the recorded session.

As the Knowledge partner for the TEDXTiESG Countdown, we supported this global initiative to champion solutions for climate change. The event saw a total of 17 speakers for 6 sessions, including INSEAD Professor Phanish Puranam’s session on ‘Transforming the Corporation,’ and the Community Impact Challenge spreading their message on sustainable food habits.

We celebrated Professor Gianpiero Petriglieri’s Aspen Institute award for value-based leadership

Awarded by the Business and Society division of the Aspen Institute, Professor Gianpiero Petriglieri’s Ethics: Value-based leadership for cosmopolitans became a recipient of a 2020 Ideas Worth Teaching Award. The Aspen Institute selects 9 courses worldwide that advance the cause of business as a positive social force. Find out more here.

We boosted our online content and engagement to count more than 13,000 followers

We published 6 new stories on Driving Global Goals Online with SDG Week, Harnessing Solar Energy in Rwanda, a Summer of Impact Investment, Hands-On Consulting for Social Enterprises, A Boost in Realistic Hope, and Business Education with a Vision.

Our online community expanded to over 13,200 followers on our LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages, and we are continuing to grow our online presence!

We supported the new INSEAD Procurement Policy so that it aligns with the SDGs

To improve how we work together and ensure robust processes at INSEAD, the new policy focuses on six new components of Value, Partnership and Performance, Compliance Risk Financial Visibility, Contract Management, Ethics and SDGs. Click here 

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