Business School Educators’ Technical Workshop on Forced Labor in Fishing


The University of Geneva (UNIGE) School for Economics and Management (GSEM) is hosting a technical  workshop for business school educators to develop a standard teaching tool on forced labour in fishing. This  activity is organized with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Global Business School Network (GBSN). It is the first concrete output of the newly signed Memorandum of Understanding between ILO-GBSN 

GSEM, designed to further integrate labour rights and human rights in business education.  

The activity draws on the expertise of all three partners and notably: 

– The technical expertise of ILO on the fisheries sector, fundamental principles and rights at work including forced labour. 

– The participation of several business school lecturers coming from the GBSN for Business and Human Rights  impact community. 

– The experience of the Geneva Centre for Business and Human Rights, hosted by GSEM, in developing  standard case studies and pedagogic material on pressing business and human rights issues. 

Why focus on forced labor in fishing?

The activity is organized with support from the 8.7 Accelerator Lab, an initiative of the ILO designed to  accelerate progress in the fight against forced labour and child labour, key elements of the United Nations SDG  Target 8.7. 

Forced labour and child labour are two of the five ILO Fundamental principles and rights at work and the 187 ILO  member states are bound to respect, promote and realize these principles and rights, whether they have ratified  the related conventions or not. However, despite the centrality of fundamental rights, recent estimates on forced  labour and child labour illustrate that we are not making the needed progress to achieve our global targets as per  the 2030 Agenda: the elimination of child labour by 2025 and the elimination of forced labour by 2030. 

With regards to forced labour, the latest estimates published by the ILO in September 2022 suggest that there  are currently 27.6 million workers currently entrapped in forced labour situations, a rise of 2.7 million since  2016. Forced labour in fishing has been singled out as a persistent and underestimated problem. 

Concomitantly, it appears that the fishing industry, including the working and living conditions of fishers, is  rarely used in business school education as a topic to be discussed in the classroom. This is surprising  considering the economic size of the fishing industry and how important fish and fish-based products are  globally. According to the FAO 2022 edition of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, an estimated 600  million people rely on the fisheries and aquaculture sector for their livelihoods.  

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 GenĂšve – 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.


Monday 28 – Tuesday 29 November 2022  

Arrival of participants. Some participants might wish to combine the activity with a participation in the 11th UN  Forum on Business and Human Rights which will be taking place on 28-30 November in Geneva. 

Wednesday 30 November 2022 – Room M 3250  

9:00-9:30 Introduction  

9:30-10:30 Key information on labour in capture fisheries  

Presentation by Brandt Wagner, Head of Maritime and Transport Unit of ILO + discussion 10:30-11:00 Coffee-break 

11:00-12:30 Collective work on the teaching material 

12:30-13:30 Lunch 

13:30-14:30 Linkages between labour challenges and other fisheries issues: biodiversity, IUU, climate change Presentation by Philippe Cacaud, Independent fisheries expert (remotely) + discussion 14:30-15:30 Collective work on the teaching material 

15:30-16:00 Coffee-break 

16:00-17:30 Collective work on the teaching material 

18:00- 20:00 Social event in the evening with participants of the UN forum on BHR, Le Scandale restaurant 

Thursday 1 December 2022 – Room M5250  

9:00-10:00 Forced labour in commercial fishing: key data, indicators, and challenges  Presentation by MichaĂ«lle de Cock, Head of Research Unit on Fundamental Rights of ILO and Alix Nasri, 8.7 Accelerator Lab Global Coordinator + discussion 

10:00-10:30 Coffee-break 

10:30-12:30 Collective work on the teaching material  

12:30-13:30 Lunch 

13:30-14:30 Focus on finance: how can investors take into consideration human rights and social issues? Presentation by RĂ©mi Fernandez, Social issues specialist at PRI (remotely) + discussion 14:30-15:30 Collective work on the teaching material 

15:30-16:00 Coffee-break 

16:00-17:30 Collective work on the teaching material  

Friday 2 December 2022 – Room M3250 

9:00-12:00 Finalization of the teaching material and conclusion of the technical workshop 12:00-15:00 Light lunch, networking and GBSN for BHR 6th annual meeting  

Saturday 3 December 2022  

Departure of participants from Geneva. 

GBSN for Business and Human Rights Impact Community 6th 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, PRME and GBSN invite you to participate in the 6th annual meeting focused on the advancement of human rights research and teaching at business schools.

The meeting will take place in-person in Geneva, Switzerland and online, Friday, 2 December. We hope to talk about new initiatives and issues pertaining to business and human rights and discuss updates, activities, and collective action within the research clusters. 


Uni-Mail, 40 Boulevard du Pont d’Arve, GenĂšve, Room M 3250

12.00 – 13.00 – Light lunch and networking
13.00 – 13.05 – Opening of the meeting
Michael Posner, Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights & Dorothée
Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

13.05 – 13.15 – Video: why should labour rights be mainstreamed into business education?
Testimonies from various stakeholders

13.15 – 13.20 – ILO-UNIGE-GBSN partnership: presentation of the MoU
Manuela Tomei, Assistant Director-General on Governance, Rights and Dialogue, ILO
Stéphane Berthet, Vice-rector, UNIGE
Dan LeClair, CEO, GBSN

13.20 – 13.30 – First Technical workshop, with lecturers on forced labour in fishing: illustrating
the work of the Global Supply Chains & Modern Slavery research cluster in collaboration with
Charles Autheman, Lead of the cluster
Alix Nasri, Accelerator Lab 8.7 Programme Coordinator, ILO

13.30 – 14.15 – Updates from all other research clusters 

14.15 – 14.25 – Mainstreaming sustainable business with human rights in business school
Nicholas Igneri, Global chief product officer, AACSB

14.25 – 14.50 – Discussion and planning of future work: what does it take to grow the network
and advance mainstreaming BHR in business education?

14.50 – 14.55 – Closing remarks
Yves FlĂŒckiger, Rector, UNIGE

14.55 – 15.00 – Closing
Michael Posner, Director, NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights & Dorothée
Baumann-Pauly, Director, Geneva Center for Business and Human Rights

*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change.

Interested in joining the GBSN for BHR Impact Community?

Individuals interested in joining the Global Business School Network for Business and Human Rights should complete the online sign-up form below. To attend the 5th Annual Meeting, please sign up for the Impact community.

Skills & Talent Development in FinTech


Wednesday, 20 July, 2022

8:00 – 9:00am EDT


Hosted on Zoom.


Julie LaBelle,


The digital transformation of finance is coming down in history. In this rapidly transforming environment, it is imperative to keep acquiring new skills and knowledge to stay competitive.

That is why we are pleased to partner with Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship on the GBSN-CFTE Center for Excellence in FinTech.

As a way to launch this new initiative, we are hosting an informational session to begin discussions around incorporating FinTech education into university programming. During this discussion we will introduce CFTE’s Fintech 360 Program, which is a 6 week program that will give you the skill-set and knowledge to stay at the centre of the digital transformation of finance. Curated with leaders in the Digital Finance scene, this online program will give you the skill-set and knowledge to stay at the centre of the digital transformation of finance.

The goal of this informational session is not only to introduce the new GBSN-CFTE Center for Excellence in FinTech, but also to dissect and diversify digital technological changes impacting banking, insurance, and other sectors of the finance industry. The focus is to identify the challenges that developing countries face going from their traditional financial infrastructures, to a revolutionized one.

As a way to launch this new GBSN IMPACT Community, we invite academic faculty, administrators from institutions to join practitioners across the world to join us for this informational session on July 20th, 2022.

Date & Time

Wednesday, 20 July

  • Singapore: 8:00 PM
  • Beijing: 8:00 PM
  • Sao Paolo: 9:00 AM
  • Washington DC: 8:00 AM
  • Lagos: 1:00 PM
  • Cape Town: 2:00 PM
  • Dubai: 4:00 PM
  • Mumbai: 5:30 PM


This virtual informational session is free of charge, but seats are limited. Please secure your participation by registering using the button below.


About GBSN Impact Communities

GBSN Impact Communities bring together scholars and business practitioners to address management and entrepreneurship challenges relevant to emerging economies. This creates knowledge, experiences, and relationships. Interest in forming learning communities is growing, with new ones emerging in human rights, sustainable energy, healthcare, and community-engaged learning.

Webinar: The Impact of Covid-19 on Staff in UK Higher EducationïżŒ

Date & Time

Thursday, July 28, 2022 – 10:00 to 13:00 BST/ 5:00am EST

General Info

During this webinar, we will present the findings of a recently funded research study by The Open University exploring the impact of COVID-19 on professional and academic staff in UK Higher Education. The research covers and conducts a comparative analysis across the four UK nations and provides recommendations to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on staff in HE.

The webinar will be hosted via MS Teams.

We would like to engage participation throughout, with plenty of time for discussion and feedback. If you have any colleagues that you think might also be interested in attending, please share this information with them and we hope to see them online.

Principal Investigator:
Dr Rasha Kassem, Senior Lecturer, School of Business & Law, The Open University


  • Dr Shraddha Verma, Head of Accounting & Finance Department, School of Business & Law, The Open University
  • Dr Kerry Jones, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies, The Open University
  • Dr Soraya Kouadri Mostefaoui, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, The Open University
  • Ms Ruth Whitney, Access, Participation & Success Manager, The OU in Scotland

30th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Date & Location

Come and celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEEMAN with us! The 30th CEEMAN Annual Conference is taking place on 21-23 September 2022 in Bled, Slovenia.


Let’s meet in person to mark the 30 years of CEEMAN and try to understand the big picture surrounding the future of management education. Geopolitics, environment and sustainability, multiple social issues – all add up to unprecedented challenges we face on business and society level. How can management education support the new leadership that is needed to navigate successfully in these new times? How the management education curriculum and processes should be changed? And what can we do – together?

CEEMAN Annual Conference traditionally includes a series of events in order to get to know the business, political and social realities of the host country and to discuss implications, best practices and collaboration in the area of management development through keynotes, international panels, roundtable discussions and workshops. Several side events are also organized, such as CEEMAN IQA Quick-Scan Session, poster session for faculty and researchers, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.

The CEEMAN’s extensive programs provide an excellent platform for discussions and thinking about how the improved quality of management and management schools can be the catalyst to drive urgently needed changes, innovation and creativity.
Matej Potokar,
General Manager, Microsoft Services CEE

FinTech Week | London | The Flagship Conference 2022

The Big Picture: City to City with FinTech at its Heart

Fintech Week London 2021 shined a light on the most interesting topics in financial technology, with a 2-day conference at its core. Traditional financial institutions came together with fintechs and other financial services companies, in one of the world’s oldest leading financial districts: London. From high-street banks to challengers, technology giants to disruptors, this five-day event showcased some of the best that London and global fintech has to offer. We would like to thank our partners, speakers, hosts and attendees for making Fintech Week London 2021 a huge success. Mark your calendars for the second edition on July 11-15, 2022. 


Registration closes 10 July, 2022 at 11:59pm

Key Topics

Open Banking / Banking as a Service
Explore the momentum and future potential of open banking in the UK and beyond as it hits its 4-year milestone in the UK, as well as understand what Banking as a Service and embedded finance can enable for your customer journeys

Digital Sovereignty
In a world that is ever more digital and data orientated, explore the importance of cybersecurity, privacy and fraud prevention in the quest for digital sovereignty. Understand how digital identity and biometrics can keep you, your customers and your businesses secure.

Big Tech and Big Banks: Coopetition
With so many mergers, acquisitions and partnerships taking place, the “coopetition” (collaboration vs competition) between big tech and big banks has never been more relevant as the fintech industry comes of age. Understand the rise in neobanks and the potential for new fintech communities as tech giants work to keep up and break new ground in the world of finance.

Trending in Fintech
From Buy Now Pay Later to Web 3.0, explore the hot topics in fintech to understand how now is the time of innovation and the levelling up of the fintech world. 

Dive into the world of cryptocurrency to explore crypto and payments, as well as the ever-popular NFTs that show no signs of slowing down. Analyse the arguments for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) and examine the opportunities and challenges a UK CBDC would bring.

Fintech for good
Explore the advancements in climate and ethical finance in an ESG focused world, as well as understand the need for further change. With the potential to make a better future with tech and finance, ask the question: what does real transformation look like? Rest assured, it won’t be a one-sided story, with a panel battle between the good and the bad 


Microlearning Instructional Design Level 1 Certification Workshop

MID Live Workshop

Wednesday June 1, 2022

12PM – 3 PM

Join the MID Live Workshop to be certified in Microlearning Instructional Design Level 1 for free!

While the program is self-guided and can be completed in an average of 2-3 hours, Gnowbe’s goal is to help you set aside a three-hour block of time to sit down and complete it in one sitting, with Gnowbe facilitators available to help you along the way with any questions you may have.

Don’t put it off another day – sign up now to join a community of content creators from around the world and complete the certification together!


Make a free Gnowbe account before jumping on, then you will receive a link to Gnowbe’s FREE MID Level 1 Scholarship at the beginning of the workshop on June 1st. Be sure to get there on time!

The 2022 Gothenburg International Research Workshop on Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for AllïżŒ

Event Information


Thursday 25 August – Friday 26 August, 2022


The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg

Event Type

Academic Workshop

The 2022 Gothenburg International Research Workshop on Sustainable Economic Growth and Decent Work for All will take place on August 25-26, 2022. Researchers from around the world are invited to present, discuss and network related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 in Agenda 2030.

At the core of SDG 8, is the great challenge of obtaining economic growth without compromising the environment while also ensuring full employment and respect for labor rights. Economic progress must be inclusive and in harmony with the planetary boundaries. The COVID pandemic has put enormous pressure on development, the geopolitical landscape has severely deteriorated with imminent risks of escalation of conflicts, we are nowhere near the reductions needed to avoid a climate collapse, and the great majority of indicators of ecosystems and biodiversity are showing a rapid decline. The existing economic system is unsustainable and the need to pursue further research in areas such as sustainable economic growth, resource efficiency, full employment, occupational health and safety, and policies for just and well-functioning labor markets is critical. For the same reasons, it is critical to synthesize existing research and urgently transfer that knowledge to society.

There will be keynote presentations by among others: Jan Steckel and E. Somanathan.

The deadline for abstracts is June 15th. 


Climate Change, Land, Policy Design

AACSB Annual Accreditation Conference: Europe, Middle East and Africa

Event Overview

Discover new ways to create a lasting, positive impact through interactive discussions and valuable keynote sessions with a focus on continuous growth. Schools across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa lead change and innovate to overcome today’s challenges—both anticipated and unforeseen. 

How can heads of business schools create environments where societal impact is planned and accounted for? How can our assurance of learning systems be utilized to shape the influential leaders of tomorrow? How can the process of continuous improvement help in navigating change? AACSB International invites you to the EMEA Annual Accreditation Conference at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway where you will find a blend of learning and networking opportunities in a three-day event. Explore the 2020 AACSB Accreditation Standards and network with forward-thinking business school leaders focused on quality improvement.

Gain insight into regional trends, connect with experienced quality assurance managers and accreditation experts, and discuss best practices with thought leaders and change-makers. Whether you are preparing for your initial accreditation visit, your continuous improvement review is coming up, or you simply would like to learn about our consultative accreditation process, the opportunity is awaiting you at this conference.

Registration Information

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How Can Politicians Contribute Towards Reducing Gender-Based Violence? – The Open University Business School

Gender-based violence has been referred to as the ‘shadow pandemic’ as, worldwide, one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence – in the UK, a woman is killed every three days by domestic violence.

This webinar, co-chaired by OUBS Policing academic Dr Anna Hopkins and OU Professor SImon Usherwood, will hear the views of politicians across a variety of political parties of what they can do to contribute towards a reduction in gender-based violence.

During the webinar, lasting an hour, the audience will hear a personal account from Julie Aunger, who lost her daughter to a domestic homicide. Panel members will take questions from the Chair and there also will be an opportunity to ask your own questions to the panel relating to gender-based violence.


Tuesday, November 30m 2021 – 19:30 to 20:30 GMT (14:30-15:30 EST)




OUBS Events Team