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June 2021

Elements of Sustainability Series – Climate Change: How to Tackle a Wicked Problem

June 13 @ 7:00 am

Dr. Daniel Vermeer Duke, Executive Director – Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment and Associate Professor of the Practice of Energy and Environment Wicked problems differ from conventional problems by virtue of their complexity, unboundedness, multiple stakeholders, and resistance to resolution. Wicked problems exist in many domains, including environmental degradation, global pandemics, inequality, and nuclear disarmament. Despite the world’s problems becoming increasingly wicked, we still rely heavily on frameworks and tools that were created to address more discrete…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – The Follies of Neoliberalism: A Sustainability-Oriented Approach to Business and Society

June 13 @ 7:00 am

Dr. Tima Bansal Ivey Business School, Professor, General Management, Sustainability & Strategy In this session, Dr. Tima Bansal outlines some of the key assumptions made in conventional business strategy, which is grounded in neoclassical economics. However, this worldview is being challenged across a number of fronts, including eroding firm profits. Business strategy is being disrupted by the principles that ground sustainable development. Dr. Bansal will describe the principles of sustainable development and their implications to business strategy, grounding the ideas…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – The Next Phase of Business Sustainability

June 13 @ 7:00 am

Dr. Andrew Hoffman University of Michigan, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan Business sustainability has come a long way. From the dawn of the modern environmental movement and the establishment of environmental regulations in the 1970s, it has now become a strategic concern driven by market forces. But problems such as climate change, water scarcity, species extinction, and many others continue to worsen. Sustainable business is reaching the limits of what it can accomplish in…

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Elements of Sustainability Series – Decision-Making for the Triple-Bottom-Line

June 13 @ 7:00 am

Dr. Joe Arvai University of Michigan, Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan Decision-making in service of the “triple-bottom-line” (TBL) refers to choices made by individuals and groups that balance social, economic, and environmental objectives. On the one hand, we are often told the story that “people, planet, and prosperity” ought to be treated as equally important, and that we should actively seek win-win-win alternatives when making business decisions. On the other, people…

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Prospective Student Webinar – Nov. 30th at 12:00 p.m.

June 13 @ 7:00 am

Curious about the Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability and the dual-degree program? Erb Institute Student & Alumni Manager, Emily Keeler and Coordinator, Noor Fahmy will be leading a webinar to take prospective students through the program, the application process, opportunities for funding, our Erb alumni network and career pathways.  Register at the link below!

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February 2021

Responding to Human Trafficking in Public and Private Social Impact Organizations

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

U.S. law defines human trafficking as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to compel a person into commercial sex acts or labor or services against their will. The one exception involves minors and commercial sex. Inducing a minor into commercial sex is considered human trafficking regardless of the presence of force, fraud or coercion. Although Social Impact Organizations typically are not the first place victims and survivors of human trafficking turn to for support, it is incumbent on organizations…

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Diversity and Innovation – Featuring Lisa D. Cook

February 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free and open to the public. Join us for a discussion between Lisa D. Cook and Betsey Stevenson on economics, development, diversity, and innovation. Professor Cook’s research on innovation and diversity has shown that while both women and underrepresented minorities have earned an increasing share of bachelor’s degrees and advanced degrees in fields most associated with invention, patent activity for these groups has not increased. What does this disparity reveal about our economy and how can we close the gap?…

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Future 500 CAN Briefing: Corporate Political Responsibility

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Future 500 CAN Briefing: Corporate Political ResponsibilityFri, Feb 26 @ 10AM PT | WebinarFuture 500 is partnering with the Erb Institute's Corporate Political Responsibility Taskforce, Business for America, and In This Together for a cross-sectoral, cross-functional exploration of corporate political responsibility and transparency in 2021 and beyond.

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March 2021

Corporate Political Responsibility in a World on Fire

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Corporate Political Responsibility in a World on Fire:Aligning on a Firm-wide Approach for Proactive & Principled EngagementWed, Mar 3 @ 1PM ET | Webinar Tom Lyon, Faculty Director of the Erb Institute, and lead author of CSR Needs CPR: Corporations, Politics and Sustainability (California Management Review's Best Article 2019)Rebecca Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard and author of Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2020)Bruce Freed, President & Cofounder, The…

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April 2021

Corporate Political Responsibility: What is business’ role in restoring trusted, well-functioning representative government?

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Corporate Political Responsibility: What is business’ role in restoring trusted, well-functioning representative government? | a conversation with Paul Polman, MaryAnne Howland & the Corporate Political Responsibility TaskforceWed, April 21 @ 10-11:15 EDT Paul Polman Co-founder and Co-Chair of IMAGINE, Vice-Chair UN Global Compact, and former CEO Unilever 2009-2018.MaryAnne Howland Chair of the Race and Equity Working Group of the American Sustainable Business Council (and Co-Chair of ASBC) Founder of the Global Diversity Leadership Exchange (hosting events with the U.N. Global Compact), and…

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