White papers addressing key issues at the crossroads of business and society 

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High-impact analyses of key issues affecting business and society

The Council on Business & Society Global Forums bring together leading academics, business leaders, policy-makers, students, NGOs and international bodies. From their combined debate and analysis of key issues affecting business and society, the Council has published a series of white papers, executive summaries and proceedings, freely available online to all those concerned by the field of responsible leadership, CSR and the common good.  

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Corporate governance and leadership

In a context of unprecedented change that has seen the economic shift of balance from West to East, financial crises and the impact of instant global communication, corporate governance and leadership have risen to the forefront in providing business and society with a compass setting offering clear direction towards stable haven. 


Eroded trust, the pressures of short-term performance, limited resources and stretched productivity are only a few of the challenges ahead. We explore the wider context and provide an overview of developing not only business but also society in a positive way through making effective business decisions, strengthening the role of the leader and implementing effective governance.

Health and healthcare

Overwhelming evidence shows that corporations that take a proactive approach to employee health and wellness achieve better financial results, decreased employee turnover, and enhanced employee engagement and performance.


New healthcare policy initiatives must correct the world’s current lack of sufficient attention to the merging of information and medical technologies. It must balance openness and personal privacy, New management innovations must acknowledge mental health issues and demographic changes such as graying populations, women’s empowerment, a global workforce, and globally mobile populations. The question is not: “Do healthcare systems need reform?” The question is: “How should everyone constantly re-examine health concepts and implement systems to create the best outcomes in sustainable ways?”

Energy, business and society

Nowhere are the pace of change and the intersection of business and societal interests more evident than in the electric-power industry, where “the way electricity is produced, distributed, stored, marketed, and regulated is being transformed and a top-down, centralized system is devolving into one that is much more distributed and interactive. Power consumers now have options for how the power they use is produced, delivered, stored, and managed. 

The energy sector is undergoing enormous change, transforming itself from a top-down, centralised system into one that is much more distributed and interactive. This new paradigm necessarily calls for a whole new set of capabilities for the future manager-leaders in the sector, bolstering technical skills with creative thinking, people skills, and a sense of purpose for the wider community and its environment.

Our speaker institutions
CSR, leadership, social enterprise, management, philanthropy, diversity, gender equity, healthcare, sustainability, ethics, industrial relations, healthcare, responsible innovation, CSR reporting, employee wellbeing, Council on Business & Society, Global Voice magazine, ESSEC Business School, ESSEC Asia-Pacific, FGV-EAESP, Trinity College Dublin Business School, IE Business School, Keio Business School, Warwick Business School, School of Management Fudan University, Tom Gamble, Global Voice magazine

Academic participants

Corporate and institutional partners

University of Mannheim
University of Tokyo
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Technische Universitat Darmstadt
McKinsey & Co
Japanese Ministry of Health
Wilhelm Müller Foundation
Irving Oil
Crédit Suisse
Citizens Energy Corporation
Peugeot SA
World Energy Council
Legal Momentum
Standard and Poor's
Spencer Stuart
Concordia University
University of Tsukuba
Caisse des Dépôts
Goodwin Proctor
New Energy Capital
Norwegian School of Economics
University of Nanzan
John Deere
Parker Ranch
Perceva Capital
AXA Private Equity

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