Issues such as climate change, the depletion of natural resources, the impact of economic growth, and the ethical behavior of organizational leaders are frequently debated issues and the focus of recent conferences hosted by the Center.
Business & Society Conference
The Center supports the annual student-led Business & Society Conference that brings together leaders from a wide range of fields to discuss the important role that business leaders can play in creating a more sustainable world. Students develop the theme and bring together an array of corporate leaders, industry experts, and academic scholars to explore current practices and future opportunities as businesses engage in vexing global challenges.
The theme for 2014's conference was: "Business as a Lever for Social Change." Paul Carttar of The Bridgespan Group started off the conference with his keynote address. The conference concluded with a keynote panel featuring Jeff Dykstra of Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), together with representatives of General Mills and Cargill, both members of the PFS consortium. Students blogged about their thoughts, reactions and inspirations throughout the day.
Prior years’ themes include "Building a New Model: Resource Constraints on the Path to Prosperity" (2010), "Can We Innovate Our Way Out? The Collective Role of the Public and Private Sectors in Driving Long-term Growth (2011), "Trading Off: Impactful Business Strategy in Uncertain Times" (2012) and "Carrots or Sticks: Using Incentives to Drive Positive Change" (2013).
Read the Summary Reports of past BSC conferences in our Knowledge Center.
Council on Business & Society
The Council on Business and Society is an international partnership between six of the world’s leading business schools—Tuck, Essec Business School, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Keio Business School, University of Mannheim Business School, and Fudan University’s School of Management. The Council is based upon the recognition of the role that businesses can play in helping solve large-scale problems. Working with a different theme each year, the Council's annual forum brings together expertise and research around the fundamental questions of how companies are governed and led, and how that governance and leadership can better serve society, today and in the future. Students chosen as Council Fellows conduct research with a faculty member and attend the Forum.
2014's Forum in Yokohama, Japan, focused on health care. The conference for the 2014-2015 academic year will be held in the US, and will focus on the environment.
The annual Ariel Halpern Lecture on Ethics and Social Responsibility is a speech given by a prominent leader about the significant ways in which business knowledge and skills can be used for positive social benefit. The 2014 Halpern Lecture was given by Gregory Page, Executive Chairman of the Board of Cargill. Mr. Page told the students that it is possible to end world hunger, and discussed the global cooperation that is necessary to do it. Read about Page's talk here.
Executive Environmental Sustainability Forum
Our annual, invitation-only Forum brings together 20-30 sustainability executives from top corporations for two days of intimate, closed-door learning and open dialogue around current issues in corporate sustainability. Topics are chosen by participants, and sessions are led by Tuck faculty. The Forum is held on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, New Hampshire, typically in the fall.
In 2012, the forum explored the relationship between corporate environmental sustainability initiatives, and corporations' interactions and relationships with customers. Read the 2014 Executive Environmental Sustainability Forum Report or visit the Knowledge Center for past years’ reports.