DISCOVER THE WBSCSB
Launching the WBSCSB in Montreal (August 2010) During the 2010 annual Conference of the Academy of Management Annual
Meeting in Montreal ‐ under the fitting theme of "Dare to care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and
Research" ‐ a small group of concerned deans and professors dared to take a first step to launch the World Business
School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB).
While there have been
many valuable contributions by individual business scholars addressing the pressing sustainability issues of our times, business
schools on an institutional level have not yet assumed their responsibility.
And while there are a number of organizations
pushing the sustainability agenda that include business schools as members or participants (EABIS, CEMS, GRLI, APABIS, PRME),
there is no organization of the business schools providing leadership and support for a change towards sustainability on a
To know more:
- download the WBSCSB brochure
- download the WBSCSB foundation paper
We are preparing
for the launch of our radically new vision of management education for the world at the RIO+20 conference on June 14-19, 2012
in Rio. More than 100 participants have helped to develop and write
our 50+20 vision in a number of retreats and intense work sessions:
- The New York retreat focused on
visioning what needs to happen in management education to ensure that we contribute to a world worth living in (26 participants,
including business school deans, directors and professors, artists, consultants, innovation and educational experts and thought
- A Global Stakeholder Survey
clarified expectations and inspired the vision (140 participants from 36 countries, including management scholars,
students, business professionals, NGO’s and not-for-profit employees, educational experts and coaches, artists, opinion
leaders and concerned citizens).
- The St
Gallen Retreat discussed first drafts the vision team had put together (35 participants, including (in addition
to New York) students and representatives of student organizations, NGOs and not-for-profit organizations).
- The Stuttgart
GRLI-General Assembly served to critically evaluate the work’s preliminary vision and scope (40 international
participants, including thought leaders in responsible leadership from business and academia).
- The Global Challenge: Future Student Competition demonstrated how
concerned and engaged young adults saw the future of management education, helping sharpen our vision (1091 students from
- The Munich WBCSD-conference
tested the preliminary vision and gathered feedback from the business community on the vision (15 participants, including
corporate sustainability directors from around the globe).
- The Lausanne Retreat was a steering committee and editorial session, assessing the results
of an intense collaborative vision writing exercise involving 22 writers and opinion leaders over a period of 2 months. It was the first time the vision took on a clearly recognizable shape
(7 participants from 3 continents).
- The Brussels
Retreat created alignment behind the vision and evaluated actions to engage different stakeholders (25 participants
from New York, St Gallen and Stuttgart).
For more information about RIO+20, our vision and our growing community, please visit: www.50plus20.org (a joint effort of the WBSCSB, GRLI and PRME).