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EABIS 11th Annual Colloquium 2012

Strategic Innovation for Sustainability

2-4 July, 2012

  EABIS 11th Annual Colloquium

Strategic Innovation for Sustainability

Program Details

In 2012, there is cause for a double celebration. First, the EABIS 11th Annual Colloquium will feature perspectives from global business, thought leaders and world-leading academics to expand the knowledge horizon in the field of sustainability and innovation. Research, case studies and conceptual work from corporate, academic, policy and independent experts around the world will be presented to address six major topics:  

  • Global Trends – current and emerging macro issues influencing innovation for sustainability in the context of the socio/politic/economic landscape, long-term futures and solutions;
  • Markets & Systems – structures, financing, incentives, behaviours, examples of strategic innovation for sustainability that are changing the "rules of the game";
  • Business Models & Processes – strategic innovation for sustainability in operational excellence, product leadership, customer intimacy, social innovation, entrepreneurship, creating, capturing and distributing value;
  • Strategy – corporate strategic innovations as a result of sustainability in scenarios, resilience, stewardship, resources, stakeholder involvement, networks;  
  • Organisational Capabilities – Corporate strategic innovation prompted by sustainability in corporate culture, structures, processes, skills, technology, quality assurance, performance and impact assessment, intrapreneurship;
  • Capacity Building – Strategic innovation driven by sustainability in individual and organisational leadership, talent development cycle collaboration, and partnerships with others.  

Second, EABIS will launch a new mission and mandate for its next decade, and celebrate its 10th birthday. Reflecting the process that gave EABIS its original direction, Chief Executives of EABIS member companies will deliver a new challenge - and an invitation to collaborate - to business schools, related to the talent, skills and competencies needed to manage sustainable and profitable businesses in the 21st century.
EABIS 1th Annual Colloquium conference program being held at IMD.

Speakers and moderators

Senior keynote speakers, guest speakers, faculty and moderators have been invited from:
Global companies such as Nestlé, Syngenta, Unilever, BMW, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Holcim, DuPont, Solvay, Rabobank, Tata, Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge
Business schools/universities such as IMD, INSEAD, LBS, University of Pretoria, Cranfield School of Management
International organizations/NGOs such as IATA, ILO, the European Council, International Center for Trade and Sustainability, WWF, WBCSD amongst others.


The 2012 Annual Colloquium invites research, analysis, case studies and conceptual work from corporate, academic, policy and independent experts from around the world. Papers submitted must focus on topics related to the theme of the conference - Strategic innovation for sustainability - and be submitted by 20 April 2012. Download here the full call for contributions.
Please send your contributions and any questions you might have to

Registration and fees

Registration for EABIS 11th Annual Colloquium 2012
Click here to register

Early bird price from 1 March - 15 May 2012

 Event fee CHF 900
 PhD Students  CHF 500

Regular price from 16 May - 30 June 2012

Event fee CHF 1,100
PhD Students  CHF  500

Once you have registered you will receive:

  1. Instructions on how to pay the fee,
  2. Special access to the IMD program portal, where more details can be found i.e. academic papers, speakers, bios, logistic info,
  3. Hotel accommodation info and booking procedure.

Note: EABIS members are entitled to one free place, EABIS partners to two free places. If you are not sure that you are entitled to a free place, please check within your institution or email to If the free member place has been taken, you will be charged the normal fee.

General information

The IMD campus is located in the heart of Europe, on the shores of one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes, in one of the world's most international regions. It is situated about 40 minutes by road or rail from Geneva, its intercontinental airport, and the home of many international organizations and global corporations.

IMD's purpose-built campus provides the best possible learning facilities, including auditoriums, study group rooms and meeting rooms equipped with advanced audio-visual and computer equipment. It also includes a restaurant, coffee bar, shops and sports facilities. IMD is a non-residential campus, but you can stay in one of several first-class hotels located within easy walking distance.

Group reservations have been made in selected hotels close to IMD. However, to benefit from the group reservation, you must register first using the online registration tool, state if you require a hotel or not and then you will be contacted by IMD to ascertain which hotel and the number of nights you require.
Please note: Participants are required to pay for their accommodation directly. 

Look up Lausanne tourisme office for more local information.


IMD - Institute for Management Development
IMD is a world pioneer in executive education. More than a business school, it collaborates with individuals, teams and organizations to resolve real business issues, build capabilities and prepare for the future. It does so through a unique Real World, Real Learning approach, which stems from ongoing partnerships with leading international companies. Delivered from the IMD campus on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and key locations worldwide, its top-ranking programs and services combine practical experience, thought leadership and a global mindset. (
IMD has had a dedicated research initiative focused on corporate sustainability since 1993. IMD's long standing Corporate Sustainability Management (CSM) Platform ( is a dynamic membership driven research, knowledge and learning platform. At the beginning of 2012, the CSM Platform integrated to IMD's newly launched Global Center for Leadership & Sustainability.

EABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
The Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) is a global alliance of companies, business schools and academic institutions, committed to integrating business in society issues into the heart of management practice, education and development. Founded in 2002, EABIS has grown beyond its 15 founding partners to more than 130 organizations today, situated on all five continents.

Since its launch, EABIS has invested around 7mio € in more than 50 collaborative research and learning initiatives, including over half of the EU's research projects focused on corporate responsibility. (


Kay Richiger
IMD Colloquium Coordinator
Tel: +41 21 618 0612, Email:

Raquel Lopes
EABIS Colloquium Coordinator
Tel: +32 2 539 1118, Email:


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