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Seminar: Introduction to the ILO-GBSN-UNIGE Teaching Resources

Thursday, 25th January 2024, 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 9am EST via Zoom. Joint initiative by the International Labour Organization, the GBSN for BHR impact community and the University of Geneva. 

Increasing consumer awareness on human and labor rights, investment requirements on ESG performance, and a growing number of due diligence laws, require human rights expertise and new management skills. Students are demanding that business schools adapt to these developments.

The International Labor Organization, GBSN for BHR, and the University of Geneva joined forces to create teaching resources that integrate human rights in management education and equip students with the skills to navigate complex supply chains and operating environments responsibly.

The teaching resources are ready-to-use modules that include presentation slides and accompanying teaching notes, background readings, and teaching experiences from lecturers who have discussed the topic from different perspectives. They are available open source and require no prerequisites from lecturers or students. The resources can be adapted for different regions and class levels.

In the seminar, we will go through one of the teaching resources together to show how the resources are structured and how human rights connect to different management disciplines. We will address questions such as how to get started if you are new to human and labor rights, how to adapt the module to fit into your course, and practical concerns such as options to co-teach or using video-material from the experts who created the resources, as well as other questions you may have.

Speakers

  • Charles Autheman

    Consultant and Professor | Modern Slavery & Supply Chains Cluster Lead
    HEC Paris
    France
  • Dorothée Baumann-Pauly

    Director, Center for Business and Human Rights
    Geneva School of Economics and Management; NYU Stern School of Business
    Switzerland
  • Berit Knaak

    Senior Research Associate | Agriculture Cluster Lead
    Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights, Université de Genève
    Switzerland
  • Alix Nasri

    Forced Labour Specialist
    International Labour Organization
    Switzerland

Watch the Recording

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • Introduction to the teaching resource and its components
  • Context on why forced labor in the fishing industry?
  • Experiences with using the teaching resources in class
  • Questions & Answers

If you’re looking for teaching resources that link academic insights and current challenges in management practice, this might be for you!

Contact

For more information about the seminar, please contact Julianna LaBelle.

Solari Lecture 2023 by Professor Esther Duflo (Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences 2019)

The Solari Lecture 2023 will welcome Professor Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019. She will address the topic: Good Economics for Warmer Times.

Climate change is not just about getting the right technology. It is also about changing behavior and policies. And it is not (only) about the end of the world: it is also about the damage it does, today, mainly to poor people around the world. In this lecture, Professor Duflo will discuss some of what we know about the impact of climate change on poor countries, and what we know and what we do not know about changing behavior and policies.

Professor Duflo was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for her experimental approach to alleviating global poverty. In her research, she seeks to understand the economic lives of the poor, with the aim to help design and evaluate social policies. She has worked on health, education, financial inclusion, environment, and governance.

The Solari Lecture welcomes distinguished guests specialized in economics and econometrics, in memory of Luigi Solari, professor at the University of Geneva and pioneer in introducing research in econometrics in Switzerland. Since its first edition in 1979, this conference has featured several notable guest speakers, e.g., Jan Tinbergen, Richard Stone, Robert Engle, Bengt Holmstrom, and Jean Tirole.

10th Responsible Management Education Research Conference

The 10th RMER Conference hosted by Iscte Business School is a forum intended to engage multiple stakeholders in a dialogue around Agenda 2030 and beyond and enhance further collaborations in responsible management education and research, and sustainable business practices to advance the SDGs.

This year marks the 10thJubilee anniversary of RMER Conferences.  Across a decade of achievement, RMER Conferences have explored the complexities and global challenges involved in the transition to more sustainable production and consumption patterns. Different agents, including companies, nonprofits, governmental entities, organizations, consumers, and society at large, need to work together to effectively advance the 2030 Agenda and beyond. Through multidimensional and multidisciplinary dialogue and knowledge sharing among management educators in conversation with other stakeholders have advanced responsible management education and learning. As the challenge remains, further dialogue on how economic restructuring and social transformation on the journey to a more sustainable world is still needed.

The Responsible Management Education Research (RMER) Conference will be held at Iscte Business School from 26th to 28th of September 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference theme is “Sustainable and Responsible Management: A decade of Integrating Knowledge and Creating Societal Impact through Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” Deadline registration for authors is June 30th and early bird registration is up to August 18th.

Business School Educator’s Technical Workshop on Fair Recruitment of Migrant Workers

11/30 – 12/03/2022 

Geneva School of Economics and Management 

Background

On December 2 nd 2022 in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva (GSEM/UNIGE) signed a memorandum of understanding to increase the inclusion of labour rights in business education. The MoU was signed during the annual meeting of the GBSN for Business and Human Rights impact community, held in Geneva during the week of the 11th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.

One of the objectives of the MoU is to develop teaching resources for business school practitioners on pressing human and labour rights related issues. The first workshop was hosted by the GSEM/UNIGE during the week of the MoU signing and was dedicated to the topic of forced labour in the fishing industry. 

The workshop brought together nine business school lecturers from Asia-Pacific (Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand), Africa (Ghana, South Africa), Europe (France, Switzerland) and Latin America (Ecuador/USA), ILO technical specialists working on forced labour and fishing as well as legal and business and human rights experts.

The second workshop will focus on the fair recruitment of migrant workers, a topic which the ILO and its partners have developed significant knowledge and operational experience under the framework of the Fair Recruitment Initiative, launched in 2014 and currently in its second phase. Fair recruitment is also an area which has a number of entry points within business schools’ curricula, including supply chain management, due diligence and business accountability, and human resource management. 

Practical Information

The workshop will take place at UNIGE, in the premises of the Geneva School of Economics and Management. 

Uni Mail – Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40, 1205 Genève – Switzerland 

Coffee-breaks will be organized in the meeting room and covered by the organizers. Lunches will be taken near the university and will be at the expense of each participant. 

Agenda

Wednesday June 21st 

Arrival of participants in Geneva

Thursday June 22nd 

9:00-9:30 Introduction and presentation of participants

Brief introduction by ILO, UNIGE, GBSN partners. Participants will then be asked to briefly present their areas of expertise and interest as they relate to the topic of fair recruitment

9:30-10:00 Setting the scene: Why is fair recruitment of migrant workers a key issue in the world of work?

Presentations by Maria Gallotti, ILO Labour Migration Branch (MIGRANT) and Emily Sims, Manager, ILO Helpdesk for Business

10:00-10:30 Overview of draft teaching materials

Presentation by Charles Autheman, Independent Consultant

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Eliminating or reducing recruitment fees and related costs: lessons from the construction sector

An interview with Henriette McCool, Social Innovation & Human Rights Manager, Vinci

moderated by Alix Nasri, Forced Labour Specialist, ILO Fundamental principles and rights at work Branch (Fundamentals) and discussion

11:45-12:30 Overview of case study methodology

Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Collective work on teaching material

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:00 Collective work on teaching material

17:00-17:45 Conducting due diligence along supply chains: lessons from the electronics sector

Intervention by Vidhi Aggarwal, Environment & Supply Chain Innovation (ESCI), Apple

Friday June 23rd 

9:00-9:30 Pitch of the day: why fair recruitment matters – perspectives from Samsung

Intervention by Mattias Thorns Global Labour Relations and Human Rights Director

9:30-10:30 Collective work on the teaching material

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

11:00-11:30 Access to company level grievance mechanisms

Interview with QICC-Nexans Qatar moderated by Marie-Josée Taya, Technical Specialist, Social Dialogue, ILO Arab States

11:30-12:30 Collective work on the teaching material

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Collective work on teaching material

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:30-17:30 Collective work on teaching material and wrap up

Just Transition: Embedding Justice in Low-Carbon Futures Conference

A half-day conference to understand the implications and challenges of a Just Transition in Ireland

Wednesday, June 7, 9am-2pm IST. In-person and virtual participation options.

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy requires transformative changes in technology, society, human behaviour, and institutional practices. During this conference, we facilitate a cross-disciplinary dialogue to encourage integrated and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of how a Just Transition to a low-carbon future can be achieved. We will explore questions such as:

  • How can research on Just Transition contribute to the decarbonisation of our socio-economic systems?
  • How can we produce knowledge that can ensure social justice is not compromised during the transition process?
  • How can integrated and interdisciplinary research contribute to solving complex societal problems?

John Barry: Just(ice) Transformations in the Anthropocene: Conflict Transformation and the Role and Responsibility of Academia in Democratically Navigating Pathways to Post-Carbon and Post-Growth Futures

John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy in the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action at Queens University Belfast, will give his presentation on the need to bring together the literature on conflict transformation and energy transitions and examine the role and responsibility of academia during times of a planetary crisis.

Niamh Moore-Cherry: Place-based approaches to sustainable and just urban and regional development: Lessons for policy and practice

Drawing on two recent projects, Prof. Niamh Moore-Cherry, UCD School of Geography and College of Social Sciences and Law, will give an account of how urban and regional policies and programmes must not exacerbate existing inequalities

Donna Marshall: Just Transition in Fashion: Can it happen?

Prof. Donna Marshall’s presentation will explore the tensions between economic, social and environmental demands of a fast fashion giant and the impact on its supply chain and specifically its workers.

Patrick Brodie: Just Transitions and Irelands Postcolonial Ecological Regime

Lecturer and Assistant Professor Patrick Brodie, UCD School of Information and Communication Studies, will present on his work with Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, Maynooth University, about anti-extractivism and environmental justice movements in Ireland against multinationals.

Kate Flood: Just Transition and Irish peatlands: fostering transformative ecological, economic, and socio-cultural relationships with peatland landscapes

Dr. Kate Flood, EPA researcher, the cultural context and experiences of communities in the midlands regions of Ireland as they transition from extracting peat systems to more regenerative models. These transitions require ‘social-ecological’ investment and resourcing, both for the scientific aspects of peatland restoration, rewetting and conservation and the relational networks that are crucial to building the collaborative communities, cultures and economies of the future.

GBSN for Business and Human Rights Impact Community 7th Annual Meeting

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the Alliance Business School at the University of Manchester, the Geneva School of Economics and Management at the University of Geneva, and the Global Business School Network invite individuals at business schools interested in integrating human rights in business school curriculum to the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights Impact Community (GBSN for BHR) 7th Annual Meeting.

The meeting will encompass an in-person session in Geneva, Switzerland, and a hybrid online session both scheduled on Thursday, November 30th. We hope to discuss new initiatives and issues pertaining to business and human rights and discuss updates, activities, and collective action within the research clusters.

General Information

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023

Time of the in-person meeting: 11:00am – 3:00 pm CET (including lunch)

Time of the hybrid meeting: 2:00 – 3:00pm (CET)

Location: Uni Dufour, 24 Rue du Général Dufour, Genève, Room 260/Online

A buffet lunch will be provided for attendees during the break between the in-person and hybrid sessions (12:30pm – 2:00pm)

Agenda – In-Person Meeting (11:00am – 12:30pm)

11 :00 – 11 :05 – Welcome by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Director, GCBHR) & Mike Posner (Director,  NYU Stern Center for BHR) 

11 :05 – 11 :10 – Opening remarks by Stéphane Berthet (Vice-rector, University of Geneva) 11:10 – 11: 25 – Round of introductions from participants 

11:25 – 11:45 – Keynote remarks by Yann Wyss (Global Head – Social Impact & Human Rights,  Nestlé) 

11:45 – 12:25 – Highlights of the community’s activities 

  • Integrating human rights in teaching
    • Overview of ILO-GBSN-UNIGE Memorandum of Understanding 
    • Teaching resources 
  • Illustration of collaborations
    • Interdisciplinary collaborations: Research clusters
    • Regional collaborations: Qatar University
  • Our Community – Outlook
    • Integrating human rights into sub-disciplines of management
    • Geographical expansion
    • Pubic advocacy initiatives

12:25 – 12:30 – Closing remarks by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly & Mike Posner 

Agenda – Hybrid Meeting (2:00 – 3:00pm)

2:00 – 2:05 – Welcoming address by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly (Director, GCBHR) & Mike Posner (Director, NYU Stern Center for BHR)

2:05 – 2:25 – Highlights of the Community’s activities & briefing from the in-person meeting

2:25 – 2:55 – Open discussion

2:55 – 3:00 – Closing remarks by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly & Mike Posner

EFMD Strategic Leadership Program for Deans

October 17-20, Brussels, Belgium

The focus of the Strategic Leadership Program for Deans is to discuss central themes that any dean and director faces in one or another form, and with priorities that may vary between business schools and over time.

Target group: Newly appointed Deans or Director General of the entire institution with overall school management responsibility.

Please note that the program will be limited to 20 participants.

2023 EFMD Executive Development Conference

October 4-6 2023, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

We all know how important the link between business schools and the corporate world is for management education. As a result, we want to make this conference a one-of-a-kind forum for discussion and networking among L&D experts from both the supplier and client sides.

Engage with the authors of the EiP – Excellence in Practice award winners in intimate discussion corners, share overall sector trends in interactive panels with learning professionals, and network at the EiP Award Ceremony dinner.

This event attracts a diverse range of learning professionals from corporations and L&D providers such as business schools, executive development centers, and executive education consultancies.

“The landscape of learning & development is evolving so fast, it’s good to reflect with peers and world leading business schools on what we are contributing. EFMD facilitates that in an excellent way and provokes in using the collective brain of corporate learning & executive education. Learning and development is the most powerful way forward to contribute in a sustainable future for organisations and the individual.” – Renate Deken, Randstad, NL

Iscte 10th Responsible Management Education Research Conference

Sustainable and Responsible Management: A decade of Integrating Knowledge and Creating Societal Impact through Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The 10th RMER Conference hosted by Iscte Business School is a forum intended to engage multiple stakeholders in a dialogue around Agenda 2030 and beyond and enhance further collaborations in responsible management education and research, and sustainable business practices to advance the SDGs.

This year marks the 10thJubilee anniversary of RMER Conferences.  Across a decade of achievement, RMER Conferences have explored the complexities and global challenges involved in the transition to more sustainable production and consumption patterns. Different agents, including companies, nonprofits, governmental entities, organizations, consumers, and society at large, need to work together to effectively advance the 2030 Agenda and beyond. Through multidimensional and multidisciplinary dialogue and knowledge sharing among management educators in conversation with other stakeholders have advanced responsible management education and learning. As the challenge remains, further dialogue on how economic restructuring and social transformation on the journey to a more sustainable world is still needed.

The main goal of the global 10th RMER Conference is to bring together the responsible management education community and its stakeholders to drive societal impact through innovative and entrepreneurial ways that are grounded in the six PRME principles of purpose, values, method, research, dialogue and partnerships.

This continues the RMER tradition of holding inspirational, multidisciplinary and multicultural events that contribute to mutual sharing and learning among management educators and other stakeholders – all in service of creating positive societal impact through innovation and entrepreneurship.

Questions of Interest

  • What have we accomplished in the last decade of responsible management education? Where should we be heading?
  • What are the implications of developing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial capabilities for sustainable businesses, economic restructuring and societal transformation?
  • How can management education and learning in social, economic and environmental responsibility transform and innovate organizations?
  • How can we integrate knowledge and create impact through innovation and entrepreneurship?
  • What strategies can be used for advancing responsible management education, research and learning?
  • How can innovation and responsible entrepreneurship, including social entrepreneurship, be encouraged?
  • How to help management educators and students cross disciplinary boundaries and engage with non-managerial disciplines to effectively deal with complex issues and challenges?
  • How to foster dialogue and partnership with other individuals, groups, organizations and other stakeholders towards creating positive societal impact?
  • How do business schools need to adapt educational approaches to tackle sustainability related business challenges?

We cordially invite you to participate in the debate about how diverse stakeholders can successfully engage, collaborate and partner towards achieving a more responsible management education for a better world.

Conference Dates

26 September – PRME-Related Meetings and Workshops and Conference Opening

27 September – Conference and Social Dinner

28 September – Conference and Closing Ceremony

Registration Dates

02 March – Call for contributions (extended abstract) (will be available soon)

02 May – Deadline for authors’ submissions

02 June – Notification of submission acceptance

30 June – Deadline for early-bird registration and author registration

04 September – Deadline for regular registration

Rotterdam 2023: 33rd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition

Save the date for the 33rd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, taking place 26–29 September in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 2023 conference theme is ‘Connecting currents’.

The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition is a forum for networking and exchanging ideas between peers. 

The 2023 EAIE Conference theme ‘Connecting currents’ celebrates the maritime history of Rotterdam and embodies the importance of water to the city, providing economic opportunities as well as existential threats. Rotterdam is the gateway to Europe, a place where river meets sea, ships reach the shore and people from all walks of life come together. In similar ways, international education actively connects ‘currents’ of thought, areas of expertise, disciplines and cultures. From virtual learning to climate action, multilingualism to geopolitics, the currents we navigate as international educators are fast-moving and unpredictable, exciting and important. ‘Connecting currents’ is about making sense of the complex world around us and drawing energy and insight from our diverse and vibrant community.

About the Program

The Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition will include:

Sessions

  • Sessions give participants a quick overview – 30 or 60 minutes – of a particular subject. As well as knowledge-sharing, sessions should offer enough room for discussion.

Ignite© sessions

  • Ignite© sessions are a fast-paced first glance at different topics, intended to fire up discussions. Speakers have just five exciting minutes in which to present an idea.

Poster sessions

  • Poster sessions combine graphic and text elements into a poster to display a specific topic. Presenters are allocated a 90-minute slot in which to discuss their work with participants.

Workshops

  • Workshops are a training experience available to conference participants at an additional fee. They should be highly interactive and provide networking opportunities.

Important Dates

31 March – Exhibition early-bird discount ends

1 May – Registration opens

26-29 September – Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition

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