Societal Impact Conference

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September 26​ – 27​
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Societal Impact Conference
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Today’s societal issues such as climate change and inequality are posing great challenges for business leaders. Business schools play a crucial role in preparing future leaders to address these challenges effectively by ensuring they have the right skills and competencies to navigate complex problems and contribute to a sustainable and equitable world. Panelists will explore how business schools can develop leaders who bring innovative solutions to the world’s challenges and create business models that operate within the Earth’s system boundaries while achieving financial goals.
Business schools are recognizing the need to incorporate climate change into their curriculum, research, and operations. In this session, panelists will share examples of business schools’ innovations in this space and discuss the critical role of partnerships in combating climate change.
Circular economy and doughnut economics are both concepts that aim to promote sustainable and equitable economic development. Join this session to gain an understanding of the principles behind doughnut economics and circular economy, and how you can incorporate these frameworks into your organization’s strategy to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future. Panelists will share examples of schools successfully incorporating these concepts and provide tools you can apply at your institution.
Hear from companies that were able to successfully transform their business models for positive societal impact. Panelists will also share what skills are needed from business school graduates to accelerate change.
Business schools play a key role in developing leaders who can drive positive change and contribute to a healthier planet. Join this session to learn how you can implement the sustainability mindset framework and develop leaders as changemakers at your institution.
The Nordic Nine, implemented by Copenhagen Business School (CBS), is a set of nine transformative capabilities that balance the advancement of the individual with responsibilities that stretch beyond business and into society. The purpose of The Nordic Nine initiative is that all graduates from CBS possess the transformative skills described in The Nordic Nine which are part of CBS’ strategy. The goal is that all graduates from CBS in 2024 have engaged in research-based learning processes that develop The Nordic Nine skills, including the special management skills that are characteristic of the Nordic model, and which is essential for leading the necessary transformations in business and society. Join this session to learn how you can incorporate teaching methods that support the Nordic Nine, and how implementing the Nordic Nine capabilities in its programs inspires CBS students to contribute to solving societal challenges with compassion for themselves, others and the planet.
Examples of schools making positive impact as identified in their mission, strategic plan, and beyond, including ways of measuring the impact.
In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the need for businesses to measure and report their impact beyond financial performance. This has led to the development of various reporting frameworks used to evaluate the sustainability and ethical impact of a company’s operations such as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). ESG has been the center of many debates and challenges – from concerns about greenwashing to lack of standardization related to metrics and reporting. There is a strong need for business leaders with tools to measure, assess, report and communicate societal impact. Join this session for a discussion on emerging reporting frameworks and the importance of educating future leaders to measure, evaluate, report, and communicate company’s sustainable efforts.