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11th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Theme

  • Rights Holders at the Centre: Strengthening Accountability to Advance Business Respect for People and Planet in the Next Decade.
  • Taking Stock of Efforts at Securing Accountability and Access to Remedy, to Focus on how the Implementation of the UNGPs can be Accelerated from a Rights Holder Perspective.

The 2022 UN Forum

The United Nations hosts its Forum for the world’s largest annual gathering on Business and Human Rights with 2,000+ participants. Registrants will partake in panel discussions regarding guiding principles as well as current business-related human rights issues.

Date & Location

Monday-Wednesday, 28-30 November, 2022

Virtual and In Person

Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland)

Participating in the 2022 Forum

The Forum will take place in a hybrid format, which will include in person and virtual participation, as the situation allows. Information about the agenda, registration process, and any other relevant information will be posted on the Forum dedicated webpage in due course.

Registration & Program Information Coming Soon

Global Partnership for Poverty & Entrepreneurship Webinar: Understanding the Unique Challenges Faced by Low-Income and Disadvantaged Female Entrepreneurs

There is an emerging body of research on poverty and entrepreneurship, and a considerable amount of attention has been devoted to issues surrounding women and entrepreneurship. However, the unique challenges of women entrepreneurs who live in poverty and experience highly adverse circumstances are not as well understood. Yet, women are responsible for a significant proportion of the ventures started by those in poverty. In addition to a severe lack of resources to support their ventures, they can struggle with entrenched gender norms and institutional barriers, overt and subliminal discrimination from a range of different stakeholders, complex family pressures and dynamics, difficulties in achieving some sort of work-life balance, and constraints in establishing business legitimacy, among other issues. This panel of distinguished global researchers will share leading edge perspectives regarding these challenges and how they can be overcome. Differences between a developing and developed economy context will be explored. Priorities will be established for ongoing research needs at the interface between poverty, entrepreneurship and gender.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 26 | 11:00am-12:15pm ET via Zoom

Panelists

  • Dr. Sucheta Agarwal, GLA University, Mathura (India)
  • Dr. Aleksandra Gawel, Poznań University of Economics and Business (Poland)
  • Dr. Lois Shelton, California State University, Northridge (USA)
  • Dr. Lavlu Mozumdar, Bangladesh Agricultural Unviersity (Bangladesh)
  • Dr. Said Muhammad, Zhengzhou University (China)

eLearning Africa 2022- 15th International Conference & Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development

General Information

Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and exhibition on ICT for Education, Training & Skills Development. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Over 14 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted more than 18,000 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 80% coming from the African continent. More than 3,830 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology supported learning, training and skills development.

Join us from May 11 – 13, 2022 in Kigali and make connections with the key people shaping the future of education and training on the African continent. Network with top educational decision makers and professionals, investors, experts, policy makers and practitioners from governments and inter-governmental organisations, public and private education and corporate learning and development.

Robert H. Smith School of Business-Maryland Business Adapts

As the global economy continues to grapple with the impact of COVID-19, business still carries on across borders. In Maryland, five companies have found innovative ways to weather the storm. Now, they’re sharing their learnings with others.

On Friday, June 3rd, join us for Maryland Business Adapts, an event of the Center for Global Business. This event will offer opportunities to hear from esteemed guest speakers, develop a plan to innovate in your workplace, learn from case studies featuring recognized honorees, and network with peers as you tackle today’s business challenges.

The Event

The Maryland Business Adapts event will take place on Friday, June 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Baltimore and offers opportunities to hear from esteemed guest speakers, learn from case studies of the recognized honorees, participate in executive education sessions, and network with Maryland’s international business ecosystem and industry peers. Participants will also be connected to resources and programs to help them compete in the global marketplace.

The event will feature:

Welcome remarks by: 

  • Mike Gill, Secretary of Commerce, State of Maryland
  • Prabhudev Konana, Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Rebecca L. Bellinger, Executive Director, Center for Global Business, Robert H. Smith School of Business

A Maryland Keynote

  • Julius Robinson, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, US & Canada at Marriott International

Recognition Ceremony and Presentation of Honorees

  • Hear about how Maryland small businesses have adapted in the global pandemic.

Executive Education Workshops 

  • Building Resilience Where It Matters Most
    Facilitator: Oliver Schlake, Clinical Professor and Entrepreneur,
    Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • Blockchain and Digitization to Enable Resilient Global Supply Chains            Facilitator: Tejwansh Anand, Clinical Professor of Practice and the Academic Director, MS in Information Systems, Robert H. Smith School of Business

The Dunning Africa Centre (DAC) – What Really Matters for African Business: A Pressing New Focus

The Dunning Africa Centre (DAC) at Henley Business School Africa is launching a new webinar series in May for leaders in Africa, which will tap the continent into an international research agenda and aims to unlock more global opportunities for African business. Their inaugural virtual event will tackle the question of how Africa became marginalized and how we can begin to fix this. Join their monthly event, which will take place every month on the first Thursday.

African Marginalization: Mobilizing to Mainstream the African Continent

Despite the optimism felt at the turn of the new millennium, the 21st century has not (yet) turned out to be Africa’s major growth point.

The Facts

  • Most African economies remain dependent on exporting low-value added goods, mainly in mining and agriculture.
  • There has been an overall decline in manufacturing activities, with movement towards a knowledge economy limited and patchy across Africa.
  • Intra-African trade and investment remains low.
  • With a handful of significant exceptions, there are few African multinational firms that are globally
    competitive.

Debate Agenda

  • Are there reasons to remain optimistic?
  • What are the causes of the malaise?
  • Have we addressed the initial conditions necessary for sustained economic growth?
  • From a policy perspective: have we addressed the challenges for good governance and infrastructure, or is the expectation that we should have already achieved this?
  • What can the private sector do to build partnership and unification across sectors?

Date & Time

Thursday, May 5th 2022

5:00pm to 7:00pm SAST

11:00am to 1:00pm EST

The Dunning Africa Webinar Series

The DAC isn’t a place, it’s a continent-wide conversation for leaders. This series allows Africa’s top business minds and global experts to debate and discuss contemporary issues affecting African business. More than this, it allows you to join-in the conversation.

The Dunning Africa Centre, which is affiliated to the prestigious John H. Dunning Centre for International Business in the UK, will energise collaboration between top African scholars, business leaders and other experts. Together, this will drive enquiry into the impact of globalisation on international business from an African perspective. It will also seek to reposition African business as a significant and dynamic global player.

It is time for Africa to reclaim its identity and make authentic, assertive inroads into the global business market. Africans do business like no-one else. We have a unique outlook and hard-won experience in one of the most challenging and complex business environments on the planet.

Our topics have been sourced from African business people across the continent, and cover the pressing questions facing African businesses today:

● How should African businesses establish their identity in international markets?
● What are the challenges and opportunities we face when securing investments overseas?
● How should African businesses engage with large, inward investors?

An essential element of the DAC webinar is that business people from across Africa can offer their unique insights and perspectives. We have designed the platform so that the conversation can expand across industries and provide a unified path forward. Every voice counts.

Creating a Better World Together: 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management

Date & Location

August 5-9, 2022 | Seattle, Washington, USA

AOM 2022 Theme: Creating a Better World Together

As we anticipate the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, many organizations and the world’s social structures have been vastly challenged, and, in some cases devastated, by the COVID-19 global pandemic and the broad social unrest of the last couple of years. The resulting uncertainty has stunned and shaken us all. Governments became polarized as millions of people lost their lives during the COVID 19 pandemic while riots over social inequity swept the world. The events that have shaken the world make it clear that if it affects one of us, it affects all of us. While governments have played a key role in responding to these world events, business organizations have been important in leading the world from darkness to better days. As the world emerges from the dark days of the recent past and a new normal takes place, collaboration and cooperation between business organizations, managers, and stakeholders will be of utmost importance.

What will business organizations look like in the new normal? While the spreading uncertainty challenged many organizations and social structures, several lessons were nonetheless learned. The innovative strides made during these last couple of years illustrate that business has the capacity to address world problems at a pace and scale that few would have predicted. During these last two years, disparities around the world and within countries were laid bare. However this period also led to a new awareness for organizations and managers as well as scholars of management; this could be an opportunity to reset organizational practices that enable the creation of new future organizational arrangements.

Business organizations, managers, and stakeholders will be challenged by society as perhaps never before in history. So too will scholars of management be challenged. In many parts of the world, society increasingly expects business organizations to help solve problems of environmental degradation, inequality, and poverty. There seems to be a growing awareness of the vital role of business organizations, managers, and stakeholders in tackling societal challenges including environmental sustainability; inter-generational trade-offs where future generations cannot make their voices heard today; and issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. And business organizations and their managers are beginning to respond. Still, many challenges lie ahead for business and for us the scholars who study and inform management. This transition from the past two years to a better future leads to the following questions:

  1. To what extent is there a need to create future institutions, relationships, systems, and processes that are different from the past? To what extent do these structures in some way already exist and thus merely need to be improved upon?
  2. What skills will business organizations and managers of the future need?
  3. How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders deal with prevailing uncertainty while responding to predictable situations in what might be ongoing transitions from one to the other?
  4. How can business organizations, managers, and stakeholders develop and enhance capabilities to anticipate and agilely respond to pandemics, other world-wide concerns, and new challenges?
  5. Will business organizations and governments need to work more closely together in the future?
  6. What will the future of work look like?

These and many more questions will need to be examined as we move towards a new normal. What, where, how, when, and why will business organizations, managers, and stakeholders seek to adapt to what exists or create a world in which we will all be better off together? That is the task set for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2022 program.

Map the System 2022 – Launch Event

#MaptheSystem is back! Save the date and join us for the launch of MTS 2022 with a very special Keynote speech from Professor Yunus.

About the Event

Welcome to Map the System 2022! This workshop will welcome all of our partners and participants to this year’s competition.

Save the date and join us for the launch of ´Map the System 2022 with a very special Keynote Speech from Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on 25th January 2022 at 2pm GMT (check your local time here).

Map the System is organised by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. This workshop has been designed with and will be delivered by our partners at The Grameen Creative Lab.

Join us as we cover the below areas in the workshop.

  • Keynote Speech from Professor Yunus and time for Q&A.
  • What is systems thinking? Why do we need it?
  • Who applies systems thinking? Examples from organisations who use systems thinking.
  • How to apply systems thinking? Problem definition and an overview of systems mapping techniques and tools.
  • Key learnings of the workshop and next steps for the Map the System competition.

Student Registration for Map the System is open until 31st January 2022.

Date & Time

Tuesday, 25 January 2022
9:00am – 10:30am EST

Registration

Please note:
– Attendance is free but you must register in advance via Eventbrite.
– The link to access the online event will be emailed to you approximately 24 hours before the event, and a reminder on the day of the event.
– The session will be recorded.

For more information, please email mapthesystem@sbs.ox.ac.uk or visit our website at www.mapthesystem.sbs.ox.ac.uk

About Map the System

Map the System is a global competition of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with educational institutions across the world.

Map the System asks participants to use ‘systems thinking’ as a guiding approach to understanding complex social and environmental challenges. Participants are evaluated based not on a ‘solution’ to a problem, but rather on the depth of understanding of the problem, including an analysis of existing solution efforts, impact gaps and opportunities for positive change. Participants create systems maps as a means to articulate their findings in a way that people can meaningfully understand, share, and learn from – key skill sets for those interested in creating systemic social or environmental change.

Toward Successful Transitions – Economic Recovery and Democratic Renewal

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is pleased to invite you to join us for the inaugural, public conference of the Free Enterprise & Democracy Network (FEDN). This virtual, two-day conference will serve as a compliment to the World Movement for Democracy and convene leaders and advocates under the theme of “Towards Successful Transitions – Economic Recovery and Democratic Renewal”.

Registration is required to obtain access details.

About the Event

As economic recovery ticks up in certain countries, democracies remain under pressure. The pandemic has exposed weaknesses and disparities that challenge the credibility of democracy, while authoritarian tendencies continue to encroach on freedom. Democracies can adapt, but their prospects will look very different depending on the economic model that dominates crisis and recovery.
 
In its inaugural conference, which is open to the public, the Free Enterprise & Democracy Network will delve into the prospects for markets and private business to support democratic transition and resist autocracy. Can free markets create inclusive opportunity? Will business take new leadership roles in society?  And if it does, will it be trusted? FEDN members and guest speakers will explore priority policy choices to shape recovery and private sector solutions that will change the rules of the game.

To view the full conference schedule and speakers, visit the conference event page.

Dates & Time

Monday, June 28 – Tuesday, June 29 2021

Beginning at:

  • 8:00 AM Washington D.C.
  • 1:00 PM London
  • 2:00 PM Geneva
  • 2:00 PM Cape Town
  • 5:30 PM Mumbai
  • 8:00 PM Singapore

Online is Here to Stay: The 7 Benefits of Digital Transformation in Business Schools

Join CEEMAN for a free webinar with Nikos Mylonopoulos, EdTech Program Director and Associate Professor of Digital Business at ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece.

It is said that the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation. However, how did Business Schools transform in the past year and how should they move forward post-pandemic? It is time to take stock and reframe the agenda for the future, get your comments and questions ready!

CEEMAN has prepared a pop-up session with Nikos Mylonopoulos, EdTech Program Director, on digital disruption and the impact of the pandemic for Deans and their teams and everyone interested in the topic.

The digital transformation that will prepare Business Schools for the next wave of challenges can be outlined in 7 “battlefields” of priority for the agenda of every leader.

What are those 7 battlefields and when is the right time to act on these agenda items – to start the fight? Join the lecture and the debate!

Date & Time

Wednesday 26 June, 2021

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 1:00pm London
  • 2:00pm Geneva
  • 2:00pm Cape Town
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 8:00pm Singapore

Registration

Register below for the free webinar.

Chartered ABS Taskforce Launch: Business Schools and the Public Good

Event Details

CABS is proud to publish their Taskforce report on ‘Business Schools and the Public Good’. Join us for the launch event on 14 June.

The Taskforce was set up to consider how business schools understand and deliver ‘public good’, and sought to:

  • Map approaches to public good in UK business schools.
  • Suggest ways to develop and support the spread of promising practices.
  • Expand the public narrative on the purpose of business schools.

The Taskforce reviewed how business schools deliver public good through teaching, research, internal operations, and the ways in which they engage with the world around them. The final report of the Taskforce presents 20 case studies of promising practices from a diverse range of Chartered ABS member schools, and makes recommendations as to how business schools, together with students, policymakers and industry can can go further in delivering public good across society.

The launch event will discuss the contribution business schools make to public good, including the examples highlighted by the taskforce report, and hear perspectives from business schools and external stakeholders on what more business schools can do.

Registration is required for the event.

Speakers

  • Tom Levitt, Author and Co-Chair of Taskforce for business schools and the public good
  • Professor Martin Kitchener, Cardiff Business School and Co-Chair of Taskforce for business schools and the public good
  • Lisa McIlvenna, Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community, Northern Ireland
  • Professor Hongwei He, School Director for Social Responsibility, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • An additional panellist will be announced in due course

Date & Time

Monday, June 14th, 2021

  • 8:00am Washington D.C.
  • 1:00pm United Kingdom
  • 2:00pm Geneva
  • 2:00pm Cape Town
  • 5:30pm Mumbai
  • 8:00pm Singapore
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