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Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
The Aspen Institute has just released their “Where Will They Lead? 2008” survey of more than 1,900 MBA student’s attitudes about business and society. It is interesting when compared with the same surveys they’ve realized several years ago, which show interesting trends and a promising growth on the conversation, although it proves that we still have a long way to go in order to provide proper content in order to make the case in “value terms” in regards to business and society.
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 Some key findings that deserve to be highlighted are that MBA programs definitively influence the way students think about the role of business and its relationship to society once they become managers and leaders.
 Business students in 2007 are thinking more broadly about the primary responsibilities of a company, considering “creating value for the communities in which they operate” as a primary business responsibility.
 MBA students express more interest in finding work that offers the potential of making a contribution to society. 26% of respondents say it is an important factor in their job selection compared with 15% in 2002.
 Yet, business schools and companies have not convinced them that environmental and social responsibility contribute to corporate financial success.
As Clear Admit Blog states, “In a broader sense, the most important finding is that students seem to be taking a more holistic view of the role of business in society,” Nancy McGaw, deputy director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, said in a statement announcing the report’s release. “But the findings also suggest that while students may have these values, many of them sense those beliefs are not valued by employers or linked to career opportunities.”
Here you can see the evolution of the survey, which proves a very positive evolution, but still, a long way to go.
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Where Will They Lead? 2008 Survey
Where Will They Lead? 2003 Survey
Where Will They Lead? 2001 Survey.


Más petróleo, ¿a qué precio?

Written on April 25, 2008 by Javier Carrillo in Environment

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Dr. Javier Carrillo Hermosilla, Executive Director of the Centre for Eco-Intelligent Management
El pasado martes concluyó el 11th International Energy Forum, una iniciativa constituida en 1991 con el fin de impulsar el diálogo entre países productores y consumidores de petróleo y gas. El evento reunió en Roma durante dos días en torno a 60 ministros de la energía, 50 representantes de organizaciones internacionales (FMI, OPEP e IEA –Agencia Internacional de la Energía–, entre otras) y directivos de 40 grupos del sector energético mundial.
Las conclusiones alcanzadas fueron las previsibles. El problema, a corto plazo y con visos de quedarse: nada garantiza que el precio del petróleo detenga su escalada, ante una demanda imparable de energía que pone en riesgo el crecimiento, el medio ambiente e incluso el suministro de alimentos; la oferta (OPEP) se lavó una vez más las manos, responsabilizando a la especulación, impulsada por el debilitamiento del dólar. La solución, a largo plazo y con perspectivas poco halagüeñas: en palabras del director ejecutivo de la Agencia Internacional de la Energía, Nabuo Tanaka, una “revolución energética”. La IEA hará pública su perspectiva de esa revolución, y las acciones necesarias para reducir las emisiones de CO2 en un 50 por ciento hasta el año 2050, en un informe que será presentado el próximo mes de julio en la cumbre del G8 en Hokkaido (Japón). Tanaka adelantó que su propuesta exigirá “enormes cantidades” de inversión.

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Waya Quiviger, Director of Special Projects, Social Impact Management
For the fifth year in a row, John Forgach who Chairs the Boards of the Equator Group, in New York, The Timber Group, in São Paulo, and Forestre Holdings UK Ltd, in London came to IE on March 10th in the context of the Global Affairs Forum. Like every year his session was a smash hit. The reasons for his lecture’s success are twofold. On the one hand is the topic itself: the business of green or “how to make money from the environment” is today an incredible business opportunity. Indeed, possibilities seem endless: from carbon trading, to reinsuring large plots of wooded areas, to trading specific animal species, the environment is a multibillion dollar market and the sooner one gets in, the larger the profits. And what could be more rewarding than protecting the planet and making money? The other reason for the session’s popularity of course is John Forgach’s charisma and uncanny persuasiveness.
As usual, students swarmed around John after he finished his talk. They kept him for an extra hour with questions. Already then, I had a sense that this year’s session had been particularly successful. This was later confirmed by John himself in the following email excerpt: “The lecture seems to really have touched a cord with the students at IE. There has always been positive feedback but this time I am somewhat overwhelmed. Following my Mar 10 lecture, we have received 82 CVs and 18 direct meeting requests, 12 internship requests and 7 employment requests! 4 students have asked for assistance in their business plans. “
This GAF lecture could not have made a more significant impact. My only regret is that only half of the International MBA class had the privilege to hear John Forgach speak. Next year, I will ask him to give his lecture twice.


El tren de Bali a Copenhague parte desde Bangkok

Written on April 14, 2008 by Javier Carrillo in Environment

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Dr. Javier Carrillo Hermosilla, Executive Director of the Centre for Eco-Intelligent Management
Hace unos días se celebró en Bangkok la primera de las cuatro rondas de negociación internacional sobre cambio climático que tendrán lugar durante 2008, arrancando así el programa de trabajo que se acordó el pasado mes de diciembre en Bali. “The train to Copenhagen has left the station”, exclamó a su conclusión Yvo de Boer, secretario ejecutivo del United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, curiosamente en línea con el título del post publicado en diciembre en este blog [1].
La siguiente ronda tendrá lugar en junio en Bonn, y en ella se discutirá el establecimiento de medidas para la adaptación al cambio climático, el desarrollo y transferencia de tecnologías limpias, y el establecimiento de esquemas de financiación e inversión en apoyo de las anteriores medidas. En Ghana, durante el mes de agosto, se abordará el problema de la deforestación. Finalmente en diciembre, durante la Conferencia de las Partes (COP) que tendrá lugar en Poznan (Polonia), se ofrecerá un informe sobre los progresos alcanzados durante 2008. El próximo año será aún más intenso, también con cuatro reuniones programadas, pero de mayor duración. Todo ello con el objetivo final de alcanzar un acuerdo en Copenhague en diciembre de 2009 entre las 192 partes de la UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sobre el plan de acción a partir del 2012, fecha en la que expira el actual Protocolo de Kioto.

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EcologIE welcomes Oceana

Written on April 11, 2008 by Max Oliva in Environment

This Tuesday, 15 April, IE and ecologIE welcome three representatives from Oceana International:
• Concha Martinez, Director of Development
• Rebecca Greenberg, Marine Scientist
• Silvia Garcia, Marine Scientist
For those of you who are not already familiar with the organization, Oceana is a leading international organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans. They have offices in North America, Europe, and South America.
This ecologIE event will be the first installment of our film series and one of several “awareness and action” evenings. Not only does ecologIE seek to promote environmental awareness, but also to communicate how young professionals can take action and be part of the solution. The event will last for approximately one hour and will include a brief introduction from our guest speakers and the screening of four short Oceana documentary videos.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening to explore this interesting and important topic as we continue to learn how we as professionals can incorporate environmental awareness and action into our everyday professional and personal lives.
“ecologIE welcomes Oceana”, Tuesday April 15, 2008
Serrano 105, IE Business School, 6pm – 7pm


Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
On February 21st we will have at IE Business School a conversation which brings together a Sustainable Perspective.
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Arthur Dahl, Coordinator of the UNEP/University of Geneva Programme of Advanced Studies in Environmental Diplomacy will talk in regards to “The limits and potentials of planetary sustainability”, using an environmental systems perspective to set the context within which business must evolve in the decades ahead.
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Augusto Lopez Claros, Former Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum will base his contribution on “Why good policies matter” The meaning of sustainability from a global economic perspective.
The session will be moderated by Daniel Truran, Secretary General of EBBF.
It will take place February 21st, at 18.00-20.00 at Serrano 105, IE Business School.
To reserve your seat send an email to


Sustainability Vs. Competitiveness

Written on January 21, 2008 by Javier Carrillo in Environment

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Dr. Javier Carrillo Hermosilla, Executive Director of the Centre for Eco-Intelligent Management
Environmental sustainability and its subsequent social benefits have long been regarded by many businesses as necessary evil that translates directly into fewer profits. The conventional approach to protecting natural resources from industrial activity comprises a raft of restrictive regulations, taxes and fines aimed at steering firms in the most “environmentally appropriate” direction. Hence, the environment has often been perceived by the corporate world as a source of costs and risks that need to be minimised, or, in the worst cases, as a reason to cover up certain practices. The resulting showdown between public and private interests is markedly influenced by the way their somewhat static and unidimensional respective visions of the problem have been formed.

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Max_P.jpgMax Oliva, Associate Director, Social Impact Management
Check the economist of this week. A special report on CSR is included which has certainly evolved from that presented a couple of years ago and which clearly contributed to strengthen the conversation.
As one of the articles says, “Three years ago a special report in The Economist acknowledged, with regret, that the CSR movement had won the battle of ideas. In the survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit for this report, only 4% of respondents thought that CSR was “a waste of time and money”. Clearly CSR has arrived”.
The Economist now brings thoughts and insight into how once CSR was a do-gooding sideshow, and how it is now seen as mainstream. From ethics to consumers, going green and global, and most importantly how managers are trying to get it right and align it with their companies’ strategy and gain a competitive advantage. As they put it, CSR is just good business.


De Bali a Copenhague, pasando por Washington

Written on December 22, 2007 by Javier Carrillo in Environment

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Dr. Javier Carrillo Hermosilla, Executive Director of the Centre for Eco-Intelligent Management
Tras más de dos semanas de intenso trabajo, el pasado martes concluyó la Conferencia de las Partes (COP) de Bali, con resultados cuando menos agridulces. Tras Bali, permanece vigente buena parte de la incertidumbre que destacábamos en el estudio sobre los escenarios post-Kioto presentado el pasado verano en el IE.
En el lado positivo de la balanza, la conferencia de Bali ha cumplido su principal objetivo: lanzar negociaciones formales durante los próximos dos años entre las 192 partes de la UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) para concluir en un plan de acción a partir del 2012. Este resultado, que puede parecer una cuestión baladí dado que el actual esquema del Protocolo de Kioto “caduca” indefectiblemente en esa fecha, alcanza su relevancia si se tiene en cuenta que el propio Protocolo establecía que las negociaciones sobre los compromisos posteriores al 2012 deberían comenzar como muy tarde en 2005 y acabar en 2005. Las dos anteriores COPs, celebradas en Montreal en 2005 y Nairobi en 2006, tan sólo alcanzaron acuerdos genéricos con respecto la necesidad de una nueva revisión del Protocolo, en ambos casos en el marco de un diálogo informal entre las partes implicadas. Adicionalmente, la conferencia de Bali ha establecido el encuentro programado en Copenhague en el año 2009 como fecha límite para ese nuevo acuerdo global, junto a una “hoja de ruta” para guiar tales negociaciones formales durante los dos próximos años.

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La parada de metro de la calle 86

Written on December 18, 2007 by Max Oliva in Development, Environment

J.Pozuelo-Monfort, MPA candidate at Columbia University
Cada semana cuando tengo que partir hacia la Universidad de Columbia cojo el metro de la linea numero 1 en la parada de la calle 86 con Broadway. El numero 86 que en el anden de la estacion de metro adorna numerosas columnas me recuerda al ano 86 y me indica que las infraestructuras en la ciudad de los rascacielos y en Estados Unidos en general, se quedaron ancladas en el tiempo en la decada de los 80 y no han evolucionado, no se ha invertido en ellas desde tiempos inmemoriales.
Vayas donde vayas en Estados Unidos es difícil ver un nivel de inversión en infraestructuras similar al que se ve en los países mas avanzados de la Unión Europea con similar nivel de renta per capita. Sea en Los Ángeles, la caótica ciudad de los atascos de coches y grandes autovías que conforman la jungla de asfalto, pasando por Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta o Nueva York, no hay ciudad grande en Estados Unidos en la que he estado que me haga recordar el transporte publico europeo. San Francisco es la única excepción en una bahía que bien merece el apelativo de zona de mayor calidad de vida de Estados Unidos.
Veo fortalezas y debilidades a ambos lados del Atlantico. Cuando era pequeño miraba con admiracion en fotos el downtown de numerosas ciudades de Estados Unidos, que me parecian ciudades del futuro. Recuerdo preguntar a mi padre por una respuesta a mis numerosas preguntas que consiguiera explicar el porque de la ausencia de rascacielos en las ciudades espanolas que conocia. Mi padre me contestaba que Estados Unidos nos llevaba 20 anos de adelanto. No podia imaginar que esas ciudades que contemplaba en fotos guardaban un parecido con las ciudades espanolas a veinte años vista.

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