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2017 CR3+ Conference feedback

04 May 2017
Three of Audencia’s faculty members presented their research work

On April 28_29, 2017, the fifth CR3+ conference took place at Hanken in Helsinki. The conference was co-organized by four PRME Champion schools: Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland), Audencia Business School (Nantes, France), ISAE/FGV (Curitiba, Brazil) and La Trobe University Business School (Melbourne, Australia). For more information, visit the conference website.

During those two days, more than 80 international scholars have discussed, built ideas and shared knowledge & experiences around the key theme of the conference ‘Making Corporate Responsibility useful’.

Day one started with a stimulating plenary session. The high level speakers representing different stakeholders of society -- academia with Jean-Pascal Gond from Cass Business School; companies with Guillaume Lefebvre from the Credit Agricle; civil society with Sonja Vartiala from Finnwatch; consulting with Susanna Saikkonen from Miltton, and legal aspects with Anne Vanhala from Castrén & Snellman—debated the central question of the conference that is Making Corporate Responsibility (CR)useful. They came back on the meaning and definition of CR but also addressed the how to question. Pragmatic, realist but also philosophic, the discussion offered an excellent opening of the conference.

Throughout the two days 58 papers organized in 10 tracks were presented and discussed to stimulate reflections and research on making CR useful not only for business (and not only in a narrow financial sense) but also from the perspectives of (1) society as a whole, (2) non-business actors, and (3) research. You can find more information on the tracks here.

Three of Audencia’s faculty members presented at the conference:

  • Camilla Quental and Umesh Mukhi: ‘Sustainable Leadership: A New Archetype for Business Education’
  • Emma Avetisyan (together with Jean-Pascal Gond, Cass), ‘How standard-setters manage paradoxical tensions? The case of environmental, social and governance rating agencies’
  • Céline Louche, Emma Avetisyan (together with Christel Dumas from ICHEC), ‘ESG Data as a valuation device: exploring its coordinating and mediating mechanisms’

The closing panel chaired by Nikodemus Solitander (Hanken) and involving Suzanne Young (La Trobe), Celine Louche (Audencia), and Norman Arruda Filho (ISAE), debated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implementation. The SGDs was adopted in September 2015 by the 193 Member States of the United Nations and comprising 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. The panel discussed the state of the art with regard to the SDGs in the different countries represented and then focused 1) on the role of education, 2) possible actions and 2) the capacity of the SDGs to be transformational.

The next CR3+ conference will be held by Audencia Business School! Please stay informed

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