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The GRLI 14th General Assembly - The EFMD- AACSB Responsible Management Education Forum

The GOLDEN for Sustainability partner meeting - The UN Global Compact France

5-8 June Paris, France


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Responsible Leadership, Sustainable Business, Societal transformation.
Join us for three days of thinking and doing around the deep transformation agenda.

Full programme here

  • Explore business responses to the deep transformation agenda beyond the triple bottom line with business leaders who walk the talk
  • Learn how to lead change through responsible management education and leadership development
  • Engage in action to implement the 50+20 Agenda – “Management Education for the world”
  • Participate in "big science" with GOLDEN for Sustainability
  • Discover how to leverage change through the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Management Education
  • Engage with 100 students and young managers from across the world - the GRLI Ambassadors - more info

This is not a typical conference. It utilises the bespoke GRLI approach of creating space to work on issues that are of interest and importance

to you - in partnership with others from across the world and from business, learning organisations and civil society.


The opening session will facilitate exploration of all the various elements on offer at SUN ESSEC and give you the opportunity

to plan your time and a chance to prepare and to create your own spaces in collaboration with others.


By the end of the programme you will be able to take away planned actions for yourself and your organisation and to work in

collaboration with others going forward.


This will be achieved through a combination of:

- plenary dialogues with world-leading thinkers and practitioners

- learning and doing through skill-building and project sessions

- exploration journeys to local business and social enterprise


Full programme here

SUN ESSEC 2013 programme overview

Keynote Dialogues

Plenary discussions with leading practitioners and thinkers including
  • Bertrand Collomb, Honorary Chairman, Lafarge and a European senior business statesman and pioneer of business sustainability

  • Marie-Pierre de Bailliencourt, Deputy General manager, Bull (Big data analysis and fight against social fraud) – France

  • Robert Djellal, Director of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Veolia Eau

  • Polly Higgins, Barrister and global advocate of making Ecocide a crime

  • Wendy Luhabe, African business powerhouse, social entrepreneur and member of the Club of Rome

  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Senior Research Engineer/Climatologist at the CEA (French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) and notably at the LSCE (Laboratory of climate and environmental sciences - CEA-CNRS-UVSQ

  • Roberto Savio, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Inter Press Service news agency

  • Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and creator of Theory-U

  • Raj Sisodia, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Conscious Capital

Learning And Doing

Around the plenaries you choose your own path to learning and action through a selection of opportunities to address your own challenges, build knowledge, engage in projects, and connect with others. The programme offers a blend of briefings and discussions, interactive workshops and in-depth project meetings allowing you to personalise your own learning experience and maximise the value-added for yourself and your organisation.


The opportunities include:

  • Transformative processes for businesses and business schools – the Collaboratory, experiences from Whole Person Learning in practice, applying The GRID, a prototype competency test for sustainability
  • Ecosystem laboratories – GOLDEN for Sustainability in-depth sessions to understand this critical tool; application project sessions on financial services, food/agriculture/nutrition, energy, extractive industries and management education
  • 50+20 Agenda – a briefing on this radical vision of management education; working sessions on key implementation programmes including Programme Directors Innovation Cohort, Global Doctoral Alliance, Pioneering Schools Initiative, Emerging Benchmarks, the One Planet MBA and opportunities for business school accreditation systems as levers of change
  • Mobilising the leaders of tomorrow – creating, facilitating and supporting activism thorugh the next generation of globally responsible leaders
  • ESSEC Experiences – six sessions with local expertise and action from innovation leaders from ESSEC Business School
  • The GRLI way – insights and learning from driving change for a decade and planning for a second decade
  • Utilising the United Nations (Global Compact/PRME) and their reporting frameworks (COP/SIP) to create sustainability momentum
  • Case studies on walking the sustainability walk including Go-Green at Anglia Ruskin and ESSEC’s “Pourquoi Pas Moi?”
  • Project 70 –kick-starting a rapid imagineering of the blueprint for business in the 21st century
  • Consultancies collaboratory – establishing a Community of Responsible Action amongst corporate advisors to accelerate change
  • Learning Journeys - A programme of visits to local business and social enterprise to explore what and how they are driving change towards a sustainable future. Opportunities that are replicable and scalable
  • Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
    Learn from leading PRME signatory business schools and the PRME Secretariat how PRME serves as a framework for transforming a business school.

 Learning journeys

A pre-meeting optional programme of visits to local businesses and social enterprises inspired by what is happening in and around Paris. These journeys are open to all SUN ESSEC participants and opportunities will be available on a first-come-first-served basis (we will contact all registered participants to ask you to choose a learning journey)

Learning journeys under development include:

  • Explore the factory of a world class innovator in stationery products and see their deep commitment to sustainability
  • Participate in a life-changing social enterprise where horses empower people with disabilities
  • Discover where the preservation of biodiversity meets the expansion of human dignity
  • Experience the power of sport to lift the next generation out of urban misery
  • Take part in a social enterprise which converts bottle caps into wheelchairs
  • Delight in the authentic world cuisine non-profit business which affords immigrant women employment
  • Step aboard boats which provide food, clothing and shelter to the those in need
  • See the power of dogs assisting in giving back independence and dignity to persons with disabilities

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SUN ESSEC 2013 Programme Outline

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