Contributions to external conferences and event partnerships

CSL makes significant contributions to international events and forums on sustainability

A pre-meeting roundtable at IMD leading up to the World Tourism Forum's event in Lucerne on April 17-19, 2013 entitled Tomorrow's Drivers: Green Growth, Talents and New Marketing.

Sustainable Sourcing of Agricultural Inputs - a Practitioner's Guide
Dr Aileen Ionescu-Somers made a considerable contribution to the development of a sustainable sourcing guide destined to practitioners throughout the various stages of implementation of a company's sustainable sourcing strategy. It is the result of collaboration between IMD's CSL Learning Platform, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH). With support from Business Social Responsibility (BSR), the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) and the Sustainable Food Laboratory (SFL).

Zermatt Summit - Towards the common good - Humanizing globalization
In June 2012, Dr Aileen Ionescu-Somers joined with Mark Drewell, CEO of the Global Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), and Wolfgang Hafenmeyer, Managing Partner of LGT Venture Philantrop to initiate a vigorous stakeholder discussion around the theme "Transforming Management Education" and also the related 50+20 radical vision initiative that was launched at the Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development conference.

ABIS - The Academy for Business in Society
IMD is a founding member of the academy and sits on its supervisory board. IMD also hosted the 11th Annual Colloquium of the Academy of Business in Society, which focused on "Strategic Innovation for Sustainability" July 2-4, 2012. There are also several on-going projects with ABIS.

As part of its citizenship in the Swiss community the CSL Learning Platform collaborates with the local NGO Nice Future and hosts G21 Swisstainability Forum each year. This conference focuses on highlighting innovation in Switzerland by Swiss based organizations (national and international), bringing together stakeholders on various levels (government. local authorities, companies, NGOs etc). It is a first step in the direction of creating a cutting edge integrated event on a national level - a "one stop shop" for sustainability innovation in Switzerland.

What participants say about us

I wish to convey my sincere thanks to CSL for the invitation to participate in the event on: Sustainability Leadership for a New Energy Future: Keeping up with the Climate. I learned a lot from my participation and can certainly state that it was a true "leadership" event. Much food for thought emerged from the roundtable's interactive design. I do hope that you plan to continue with this event in future and that this will help foster greater leadership in addressing this very important issue of energy and climate. Dr Mannava V.K. Sivakumar Climate Prediction and Adaptation Branch
World Meteorological Organization
Many thanks for a very interesting event; it was both rich in content and networking. Though I have been at IMD at several occasions in the past, this was my first academic experience. To be repeated! Preben Munch Director Corporate Customers
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to participate in this IMD event. The organization was perfect, and the support provided very efficient. It was very beneficial to meet the other participants, to share views and learn or confirm information. It was great to be able to present my experience and more, to show the enthusiasm and the commitment: I really enjoyed the discussions about the leadership, during and after my presentation. Pascal Gauthier Former CEO of Veolia Environmental Services
Veolia, France

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