Hitotsubashi ICS, a founding member and the only member school in Japan of the Global Network for Advanced Management, launched Knowledge Week 2019 with a virtual speaker series on “Business Action towards the SDGs” (the UN Sustainable Development Goals). The aim was to introduce students to “many cases from many places”: speakers from across the Network, on four continents, shared cases of intentional initiatives from business actors to advance the SDGs in their countries and regions. ICS students actively participated and exchanged views with the speakers.
ICS Knowledge Week Knowledge Week (KW), a signature feature of the Hitotsubashi ICS MBA since the school’s founding, advances student’s integration of their leadership development with their awareness and understanding of social and economic issues looming large both currently, and in the future of Japan, Asia, and the world. The objective is to build competence as global leaders and managers, as big-picture thinkers who are prepared to understand a wide range of interests when making business decisions.
Designed by Hitotsubashi ICS faculty Jody Ono and Catherine Sibala, the three-day 2019 program devoted to “Business and the SDGs” featured group discussions, virtual sessions with experts from Global Network partner schools from all around the world, a simulation game, an in-person panel, and a film screening.
- Todd Cort, Yale SOM: The SDGS and the Global Business Student (New Haven; presenting preliminary results from the Global Network survey on SDGs)
- Sebastian Gatica, PUC Chile: Hybrid Organizations and the Emergence of B Corps in Latin America (Santiago)
- Murali Chandrashekaran, UBC Sauder: The UN Global Compact, Coca Cola and
SDG5: Gender equality (Vancouver)
- Rofikoh Rokhim, UI: Indonesia’s SDG advancement program (Depok)
- Felipe Calderon, AIM Phillippines: Sustainable Banking in the Philippines
- Kutlwano Ramaboa, UCT: UCT’s Local Initiative: Solution Space Philippi Hub (Cape Town)
- A. Damodaran, IIMB: Biodiversity Initiatives in India: A Public Sector Perspective
- Ijeoma Nwagwu, Lagos Business School (Lagos): The Role of Business in
Transforming Food and Agriculture
Speaker: Felipe Calderon, CPA, CMA, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Asian Institute of Management, and head of the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business, Philippines
Felipe Calderon reviewed the tenets of sustainable finance and discussed its feasibility in the Philippines market. He shared case studies on several banks that are members of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), focusing on local banks in Asia. Calderon also introduced Human Nature, a cosmetic company in the Philippines that offers local workers fair living wages. Dr. Calderon closed the session with an explanation of the impact of the SDGs on local economies.