PhD student Ona Akemu and Professor Gail Whiteman from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) won first prize in the social entrepreneurship track of the 12th annual oikos Case Writing Competition for their case Fairphone: Organising for Sustained Social Impact.
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in association with the Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) are pleased to announce a Symposium on business measurement, valuation and reporting of environmental and social capital impacts and performance. This unique event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 1st and 2nd October 2015.
2 July, the Eco-Transformation Centre at RSM organised a one-day workshop to discuss and set the research agenda for meaningful action to flourish within Planetary Boundaries.
Marcello Palazzi is a serial entrepreneur in ventures and initiatives that enhance the common good. Since his 20s, he has led or co-led over 300 projects (ventures, events, talks, publications, partnerships) in 30 countries, pursuing “civic capitalism”, a term he coined in 1989 and led to the launch of Progressio Foundation, his main vehicle since.
The seafloor off the coast of Northern Siberia is releasing more than twice the amount of methane as previously estimated, according to new research results published in the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.
How the lessons learnt from a rural anti-mining protest in India enhance our understanding of the dynamics of resistance movements.
Climate change has rapidly emerged as a major threat to our future. Indeed the increasingly dire projections of increasing global temperatures and escalating extreme weather events highlight the existential challenge that climate change presents for humanity.
It was co-authored by WPI School of Business professor Michael B. Elmes, and Scott Jiusto, and Robert Hersh of the Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division, along with Gail Whiteman of Erasmus University and Greig Tor Guthey of California State University–San Marcos.
Researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Erasmus and Penn State reveal the mechanisms that can lead to the collective governance of transnational commons – even in the absence of an overarching authority.
As most of you know the past few days tensions have been rising in Istanbul. These past few days were the scene for unprecedented state and police violence against the Turkish citizens. What started as a sit-in against plans to build a shopping mall in place of Gezi parki, the only green space left in central Istanbul, eventually turned into something much bigger.
Ça?lar Keyder wrote an excellent piece on what's going on. It can be found here.
Traditional models of transnational advocacy networks (TANs) and stakeholder management do not capture the nuance and dynamics of (counter-)organizing processes around anti-corporate mobilization. Based on the case of a resistance movement against a planned bauxite mine on tribal land in India, we develop a process theory of interactions between local, national and international actors within transnational advocacy networks. These encounters are not always friendly and are often characterized by conflict between actors with disparate goals and interests.
When does it pay to be green? An academic working to identify opportunities to add value and sustainability to business, Professor Renato J. Orsato recently presented a research seminar for students of business strategy and entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).
How much pressure can we put on the world before we pass a point of no return? At a time when we are pushing our planet to the brink of its natural resources, are we at risk of breaching a set of invisible boundaries from which there will be no way back?
In a recent online survey, conducted by Bloomberg Businessweek, MBA students from the Class of 2012 across the world expressed their thoughts about specific aspects of their overall business school experience.
"We are living in an economic world where disconnectivity between man and nature has become the norm. The need to reconnect with nature will be our utmost challenge and will lead us to a sustainable economy."
To celebrate the 12.5 year anniversary of the Earth Charter, an international declaration of fundamental values and principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society on planet Earth in the 21st century, the Erasmus University...
The CSR 10+ conference will depict what the Centre has learned the past 10 years and delineate the future of Corporate Social Responsibility, from a practitioner’s as well as academic perspective.
A unique gathering of sustainable business pioneers, innovators and entrepreneurs will take place in the afternoon / evening on Monday, November 19th at Nyenrode Business University.
More than 600 members of the business and academic communities, plus RSM alumni and students, explored how business is creating value with advanced technology at last week’s fourth annual RSM Leadership Summit at the Beurs-World Trade Center in Rotterdam, organised by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The keynote presentations, from four of the world’s most successful companies, were remarkable for their depth of insight and the extent to which sustainability was viewed as an integrated part of strategy.
The Sustainability Affinity group met for the first time on the morning of the RSM Leadership Summit on Friday 5 October, bringing together RSM alumni, staff and faculty all with a shared concern and professional expertise in Sustainability.
As of 1 September 2012, Willem Ferwerda is appointed Executive Fellow Business & Ecosystems at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). Ferwerda will focus on the important role that ecosystems play in the economy and society, taking The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity as a starting point.
The first master class to focus on a business framework for developing sustainability took place at Erasmus University recently, in co-operation with the ‘Leaders for Nature’ Academy programme for businesses run by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The master class at RSM featured presentations from Professor Gail Whiteman and Professor Patrick Reinmoeller.
Gail Whiteman was one of eight finalists of the 2011 Faculty Pioneer Awards organised by the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education.
In the current edition of Nature, Gail Whiteman, Professor of Sustainability and Climate Change, reviews the book Climate Capitalism: Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change by L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen.
The celebrations surrounding the Inaugural Address of Prof. Dr. Gail Whiteman as the first Professor of Sustainability and Climate Change at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University unsurprisingly set a high standard when it came to sustainable sources.
“If we want to save the world, we have to reinvent business education.” This is the recommendation of an Engaged Business Leaders’ Forum held on Friday 1 April, an invitation-only event attended by 17 distinguished guests. The event was organised by Professor Gail Whiteman. The group of senior executives of leading companies, environmental organisations and foundations, included H.R.H. Princess Irene of the Netherlands, chair of the Lippe-Biesterfeld Natuurcollege, and H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, director of the Institute for Sustainable Innovation and Development (INSID).
On Friday 1 April 2011 Gail Whiteman presented her inaugural address entitled ‘Making Sense of Climate Change: How to Avoid the Next Big Flood -- Management Lessons for the 21st Century’. The focus of this lecture was how to make better sense of climate change. Professor Whiteman argued that it is essential for managers and academics to take a more systemic approach and collaborate with the natural sciences and local people. She ended with management lessons for the 21st Century.
For her inaugural address on 1 April 2011, Professor Gail Whiteman, Ecorys NEI Chair in Sustainability & Climate Change, will wear an Eco-Toga made of Returnity fabric. This fabric is Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certified, produced with a low environmental and social impact and is, after use, totally recyclable.
Professor dr. Gail Whiteman, ECORYS Chair in Sustainability and Climate Change, has been invited to participate in a prestigious scientific journey through the North West Passage of the Arctic on the ship Louis St. Laurent. Her blog is available below.
Renowned Sustainability and Climate management scholar Gail Whiteman has been appointed as the holder of the newly established Sustainability and Climate Change endowed chair at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. The new chair is sponsored by ECORYS Nederland and will be in the department of Business-Society Management, where social and environmental issues in business are a core part of research and education.
Part of the 'Towards Sustainable Product Design' series of conferences Sustainable Innovation 2010 will provide a platform to discuss the future opportunities and challenges related to the design, development and commercialisation of sustainable products, services, technologies and new business models. Sustainable Innovation 2010 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, technology providers, designers, sustainability, environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) managers as well as other business functions. The event will be a unique learning experience, networking space and an opportunity to think! Delegates will come globally from large companies, entrepreneurs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board. </p> <p>This conference will take place from November 8 to 9, 2010, RDM Campus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
From September 29 to October 1, 2010, the “Deltas in Times of Climate Change” conference will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The conference is the joint initiative of two Dutch research programmes on climate change and spatial planning: Climate changes Spatial Planning and Knowledge for Climate. The City of Rotterdam has offered to be the host for the conference. Scientists, politicians, policymakers and practitioners are invited to share their experience.
This Harvard Business School conference seeks to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives interested in advancing research on corporate sustainability. This is the second annual conference of the Alliance for research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), a consortium of universities that provides data, tools, and networking opportunities to researchers who are developing a greater understanding of the opportunities and limits of policies and strategies to create sustainable businesses. This conference builds on the successful inaugural ARCS conference at the University of Michigan last spring.
April 22, 2010 is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year, the pivotal theme of Earth Day is climate change.
September 9, 2009 is the “Dag van de Duurzaamheid” (Sustainability Day). Erasmus University will host lectures and launch the new student association GreenEUR. The initiative has a video on YouTube.
On April 24th, MIT will host the first ever MIT Sustainability Summit: Discovering New Dimensions for Growth. The summit aims to bring together students, academics, business leaders, engineers, environmental activists and public servants to discuss how we can most effectively support each other as we face the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to a sustainable world.Keynote speakers will be Arthur Holcombe (President Tibet Poverty Alleviation Fund), Michael Shellenberger (Breakthrough Institute), Ted Nordhaus (Breakthrough Institute) and Donovan Rypkema (Placeeconomics).For more information, please go to the MIT Sustainability Summit website.
On July 5-9, 2009, 15th Annual International Sustainability Development Research Conference will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Organized by the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS), the Conference motto is "Taking up the Global Challenge: Analysing the implementation of innovations and governance for sustainable development". It focuses on five themes; Sustainability Science: determining the need for transitions & assessing progress and trends, Climate Change and Energy, Sustainable Land Use, Innovation for Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Governance for Sustainable Development.
Will governments negotiate a global deal on mitigating climate change? Listen to three prominent Europeans sharing their views on this increasingly important issue, as Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conference 2009 draws closer and solutions are needed.
In recent years we have increasingly heard that eating fish twice per week is good for our health. Is that true? According to Dos Winkel this is all a complete fallacy.
Carien de Jonge, PhD candidate at EUR presents her paper at a scientific congress on climate change on 10-12 March 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The congress took place in the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in November-December 2009.Note: In line with the overall aim of securing a climate friendly Climate Conference, the Danish Government has decided not to give any gifts or conference-kits for COP15 participants. The resources saved is instead used to create the 'COP15 Climate Scholarship', which gives a number of international students the opportunity to pursue a masters degree within climate change studies at a university in Denmark. ( Well, it is always a good to know that even in tough economic times, efforts are made to save and spend in a useful manner).To emphasise the importance of sustainable climate solutions, the Danish government is now launching the 'COP15 Climate Scholarship' for highly qualified students. The scholarships, which cover both tuition fees and living expenses, are made available for a range of excellent two-years Master's programmes, including MSc programmes in wind energy, environmental engineering or sustainable energy planning. Please note the deadline at the beginning of March 2009! Click here for more information!
Both Gail Whiteman, Associate Professor of Business-Society Management and visiting professor Noreena Hertz are featured in this week’s issue of the reputable magazine Nature. The issue is talking about the global economic downturn that brings both predicament and promise. How will science fare and what role should scientists play on the long road back to recovery and growth? Ten of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners, amongst which Gail and Noreena, provide analysis, experience and advice.
The 24th EGOS colloquium sub-theme 'Climate Change: Challenging Business, Transforming Politics' call for papers has produced outstanding results. No less than 54 high quality abstracts were submitted to this stream, ranking it 3rd out of 48 sub-themes.
Bettina Wittneben has won the 2007 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the 'Management and Governance' category with her dissertation, entitled 'Institutional Change in the Transfer of Climate-Friendly Technology.'
RSM Erasmus University has demonstrated significant leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into its MBA programme, according to the Aspen Institute’s 2007-2008 Beyond Grey Pinstripes.
On November 8, the RSM Erasmus University, together with Studium Generale hosted the Cradle-to-Cradle symposium. The message; remake things in such a way, that they are biodegradable so that their waste will serve as food for other organisms. This revolutionary idea of Michael Braungart and William McDonough is not only good for the environment, but also extremely profitable!
On 14 November 2007, Adam Borison (Stratelytics, Stanford University) will be the second lecturer in the ERIM speaker series on Sustainability and Climate Research. He will discuss the various forms that green business stratgies take in practice.
The event concentrated on the outcome of The Stern Review 2006: The Economics of Climate Change, which claims that scientific evidence is overwhelming; climate change presents very serious global risks, and it demands an urgent global response.
The annual ETH-Zürich PhD-academy aims to promote excellent research in the area of sustainability and technology and to develop responsible leaders for tomorrow. The 2008 academy (January 28-February 1) focuses on climate change, since it is a major issue facing the world in the 21st century.
The 2008 Berlin conference (22-23 February) on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change will bring together research on socio-ecolological change to discuss current challenges, research tasks, practical solutions and possible strategies for long-term policies.
On July 3rd 2007, Greig Guthey from Berkeley hosted a workshop on Globalization, Geography and Climate Change at the RSM Erasmus University.
Every year the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management awards a Best Dissertation Award. This year, Bettina Wittneben is one of the three finalists.
EGOS is a scholarly association which aims to further the theoretical and/or empirical advancement of knowledge about organizations, organizing and the contexts in which organizations operate. It holds an annual conference in July. The 2008 theme is 'Upsetting Organizations.' It contains 48 sub-themes, one of which is 'Climate Change: Challenging Business, Transforming Politics.'