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The Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society


SDG Week 2022

Co-organized with INSEAD student clubs, the MIM Students and Accenture Strategy as the main Sponsor, the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society will be hosting conversations on how business can address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year we will kickoff of this 4th edition with a keynote by Pierre-Francois Thaler (MBA 99D) co-founder of EcoVadis. We will be hosting the launch of the 2022 INSEAD Global Talent Competitive Index (GTCI), and meeting the authors of The Systems Work of Social Change. SDGWeek 2022 will also feature a series of panel discussions on the impact of climate change in Africa, new business models for a sustainable economy, investing in inclusion, as well as conversations on the impact of EdTech in underserved communities. Tech Companies will give presentations on how they are fighting climate change, women will be in focus in a session where business leaders with share their challenges and successes, and finally students will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities working for the UN.


Wednesday 2 November 12:40 - 13:40 CET / 19:40 - 20:40 SGT 


Kick-off SDG Week / Keynote Address

This session with kick-off our 2022 INSEAD SDG week. Dean Ilian Mihov will recall why we have the SDG week and present the programme of the 2022 edition. EcoVadis Co-Founder and Co-CEO Pierre-Francois Thaler (MBA99D) will show how we can leverage the power of global supply chains to drive big scale change on sustainability. He will also share lessons and advice on how MBAs can lead change in their organisations as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs.

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Wednesday 2 November 14:00 - 15:30 CET / 21:00 - 22:30 SGT


Climate Run: Tech Companies Fighting Climate Change - Europe Campus

In today’s dynamic world, tech companies play a vital role in net-zero transformation by minimizing impacts on climate and biodiversity from their own operations and by developing tools and technologies that help organizations in other sectors do the same. Join us in discovering how they undertake these roles and implement minimization strategies in the business eco-system. Learn from the biggest names in tech, how to develop instruments to solve climate change predicaments!

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Wednesday 2 November 19:00 - 20:00 CET 


Workshop and Book signing: The Systems Work of Social Change: How to harness connection, context & power to cultivate deep and enduring social change - Europe campus

The issues of poverty, inequality, racial justice, and climate change have never been more pressing or paralyzing. Current approaches to social change, which rely on industrial models of production and power, are not helping. In fact, they are designed to entrench the status quo. The Systems Work of Social Change draws on two hundred years of history and a treasure trove of stories of committed social change-makers to uncover principles and practices for social change that radically depart from industrial approaches. In this session, Cynthia Rayner and Dr François Bonnici will dive into the principles and practices of 'systems work', approaches which harness connection, context, and power, while ensuring broader agency for people and communities to create social systems that are responsive and representative in a rapidly changing world. Meet the authors and have your copy of the books signed! 

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Thursday 3 November 12:30 - 13:30 SGT


Leadership Has No Gender - Asia Campus

Join us for an insightful panel featuring leaders from luxury retail, finance, consulting, and tech. The speakers will share exciting stories of challenges on their leadership journeys, the influence of allies and mentors (and how to find them), as well as advice they wish they got years ago.

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Thursday 3 November 17:30 - 20:00 SGT


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel: Investing in Inclusion - Asia Campus (Panel discussion and networking reception)

We aim to foster a conversation about ways in which organisations can take steps to move beyond pledging a commitment to diversity to making significant investments in programmes and initiatives that support diverse communities, both within their companies and impacting the local communities in which they operate.  As an academic community, INSEAD business school can provide a unique space to bring a range of Diversity & Inclusion professionals and other business leaders together to share best practices.  We will also invite members of the audience to share their learnings and progress so that all participants can benefit from the collective wisdom of efforts that have been launched in business communities. 

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Thursday 3 November 12:00 - 13:30 CET / 19:00 - 20:30 SGT


Can talent inequalities be a roadblock for SDGs ? Discussing the lessons of GTCI 2022 - Europe Campus

Titled ‘The Tectonics of Talent: is the world drifting towards more talent inequalities ?’ the 9th edition of the GTCI report covers 133 countries and 175 cities. Talent performance is now seen as a critical factor to growth and prosperity. If current talent inequalities are allowed to grow, some may become irreversible, and significantly reduce our ability to reach SDGs. This high-level panel (combining the experiences and views of governments, business, civil society and academia) will discuss the extent of current ‘talent divides’, and what needs to be done to address them.

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Thursday 3 November 13:00 - 14:00 CET / 20:00 - 21:00 SGT


Climate Change – Impact on Africa 

Climate change is having a devastating impact on the African continent. It is creating food insecurity, stressing water resources, depleting human health, causing population displacement and negatively impacting socio-economic development in Africa.  Like elsewhere on the planet, its consequences are felt most by those that can afford it the least. The panel will discuss the impact of climate change on Africa and the possible solutions to reduce or counter the same.

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Thursday 3 November 19:00 - 20:00 CET


Careers at the UN 

Curious about working at the UN? We invite you to a session with Katell Le Goulven, Executive Director INSEAD Hoffmann Institute for Business & Society and former Founding, Chief, Policy, Planning Unit, UNICEF and Toby Wicks (MBA’08D) Chief Executive at RE:ACT Disaster Response,  and former Chief Data & Analytics, UNICEF.

- What roles and skills are currently in demand
- Tips for standing out during the application process
- How to make an impact no matter your background
- How to best position yourself for the future of work

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Friday 4 November 12:00 - 13:00 CET / 19:00 - 20:00 SGT


Edtech in Europe - how the industry can bridge the gap in education for underserved communities 

Technology has solved many problems in society and provided easy access to things we didn’t even know we needed or existed. Why hasn’t technology made the same great impact in education? Why are there still areas of education unreachable to certain students that seem to be so easy to produce and scale through technology? Why hasn't education evolved as much as other areas of our lives? How can we create financial incentives for founders to introduce revolutionary technology to an industry that is so strongly tied to public institutions? These are all questions that edtech founders and investors are trying to solve and address in their pursuit to create change to the industry as we know it. The panelists of this session will explain how they approach these problems and how their work is helping change education as we know it.

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Friday 4 November 13:15 - 14:15 CET / 20:15 - 21:15 SGT


Exploring New Business Models for a Sustainable Economy

We know our economies need to change to become more sustainable. The question is how. Is it possible to reach carbon neutrality objectives by making growth green? Or is the absolute focus on growth the root of the problem? Can businesses thrive in a degrowth economy or do they just need to reduce the environmental impact while continuing to focus on profit maximisation? Which alternative business models are companies investigating, and can they work 

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