1st IE Social Responsibility Workshop

Escrito el 1 diciembre 2006 por Alumni en Functional Area

IE Business School promotes the debate on corporate responsibility, social enterprise and sustainability
Madrid, November 2006. On November 17, IE Business School brought together world experts in corporate responsibility, renewable energies and the development of social business projects to analyse challenges and opportunities in their respective fields.

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They all took part in the 1st IE Social Responsibility Workshop, an event organised by students currently undertaking the International MBA at IE, and sponsored by Sanitas and Acciona.
During the workshop the Social Entrepreneurship Award was announced, an award for the best social business plan designed by students from IE and partner schools of the Sumaq Alliance in Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil. The award, which came with a prize of €3000, is for projects that have social impact as a central component of the enterprise, while being both economically and socialy sustainable, as well as their potential to be implemented in other countries. In this first edition, the judges panel decided to share the prize and gave the award to the Help Argentina project drafted by students from the University of San Andrés (Argentina) and the Venezuela Option project developed by students from IESA (Venezuela).

Speakers at the 1st IE Social Responsibility Workshop included the following:
Jed Emerson, advisor to Al Gore on matters of sustainability, world expert in strategic philanthropy and sustainable investment and Senior Fellow of Generation Foundation. Founding director of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, has had faculty appointments at Stanford and Harvard Business Schools and twice been selected by the Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 Most Influential People in the Nonprofit Sector.

Daniel Lubetzky, President of PeaceWorks Holdings and promoter of the One Voice civic movement in which thousands of Israeli and Palestinian citizens work together to achieve peace in the Middle East, fighting against radicalism to reinforce their economic, business and social bonds. Since the year 2002, One Voice has managed to involve more than 200,000 Israeli and Palestinian citizens in projects involving the civil fight for peace and business development in the region. The movement has received the King Hussein Humanitarian Leadership Prize and has offices in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, New York, London and Ottawa, where it coordinates its activities.
Jeroo Billimoria, founder of Childhelpline, an NGO that helps children who live in the streets of India. Childhelpline helps the millions of disadvantaged children who live in the streets in India through a free 24-hour telephone line that puts them in contact with a broad network of social organisations. Thanks to the franchise growth model, Childhelpline has grown quickly in 31 cities in India and has already provided services for 4.5 million Indian children. For further information about the NGO, please log on to: http://www.childlineindia.org.in.

Cristóbal Colón, founder of La Fageda, a company that was created 24 years ago and which employs patients from psychiatric hospitals. La Fageda is a non-profit cooperative society whose main objective is the social and labour integration of the mentally ill and/or disabled through a work centre that enables the development of their personality and independence. The centre has four activities: a dairy products plant, a plant nursery, a gardening centre and a cattle farm. La Fageda is the third-largest manufacturer of yoghurts in Catalonia.

The 1st IE Social Responsibility Workshop was broadcast live over the Internet at www.ie.edu/netimpact, the official website of the event.


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