06 May 2010

The Social and Sustainable Business Conference is a particpant led two day international conference that brings together key corporate, not-for-profit and government decision makers, forefront philanthropists and the next generation of leaders from the international business school community: Resource Cultivation, Poverty Reduction and the Power of Consumers are key issues addressed.

We’ve asked September 2009 participant Christine Shepherd, about the 2010 conference:

With an organizing team of just around 15 students, planning for this year’s Social and Sustainable Business Conference (SSBC), which will take place on HEC’s campus, the 28 and 29 of May, is moving around the clock. Working since last November, our team has conceived a conference based on the theme, “The Challenge: Change, Measure, Sustain.” We evaluated the most pressing challenges facing our world today – a volatile financial system, rapidly changing climate, and growing imbalance in global resource distribution – and decided to structure our conference around these challenges, focusing on how to overcome them. By gathering a variety of speakers and expert panelists around these themes, we hope to spur discussion about how businesses, individuals, and organizations can respond to these challenges in a way that supports a sustainable and prosperous world for generations to come.

Now with the conference just one month away, as we are busy finalizing speakers, building awareness – through website and video – and mobilizing our own class to help, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. Our keynote line up on Friday, May 28, includes Clara Gaymard of GE France, Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel Lucent and Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. On day two, we’ll hear from Scott Beale of Atlas Service Corps, Simon Pickard of EABIS and Tim Turner of the African Development Bank. In between all of our key note speakers, we have organized a smattering of really interesting panels from “Social Investing” to “Resensing the Refined: The Look of Luxury in a Sustainable World” to “The Making of Generation Z: Profitable Education in a Youtubed World.” To give our conference goers that much needed networking, debriefing and down time, each day will have a blend of coffee breaks, lunch breaks and cocktail hours.

We hope that people come to this year’s HEC SSBC and not only walk away more informed about the topics discussed but more connected to a like minded community as well.

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