What’s Corporate Finance got to do with Human Rights?

Dr Liz UmlasDr. Liz Umlas (see her bio below) came to Business School Lausanne to talk in the Corporate Finance MBA class about Business and Human Rights – a discussion very much centered in Switzerland right now. Dr. Umlas is a political scientist who has worked as a Human Rights specialist for a US socially responsible investment (SRI) research firm, for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and for Oxfam. She now lectures extensively on business and human rights in different universities, globally. Continue reading

Governments and business can and must work together!

UN Global Compact

Architects of a Better World – the United Nations Global Compact meeting in New York – September, 18-20, 2013

In September 2000, world leaders from governments came together at United Nations Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets – with a deadline of 2015 – that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).[1]

The MDGs aim was to half extreme poverty, to stop spread of HIV/AIDS and to provide universal primary education. The target date for the achievement of all these goals was 2015 and all the world’s countries and leading development institutions signed up. Continue reading

Planetary resilience. What is it and why does it matter?

Positive Impact Blog

When it comes to resilience, what good does it do a single business or industry to prevail if it does so at the expense of other sub-systems or even the bigger system itself? I’ve shared my views in Planetary Resilience on PwC’s Resilience site: http://pwc.to/12PscYV

What are your thoughts on that?

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