17 Jan 2018 18:44 IST

FORE hosts international conference on sustainable development

The theme of the conference was ‘Business and society in emerging economies’

FORE School of Management (FSM) and the International Association for Business and Society (IABS) organised the FORE International Sustainable Development (FISD) conference from January 11-13.

The conference started on a rousing note attended by dignitaries from the industry and academia. The keynote speaker, Jennifer J Griffin (Loyola University Chicago, USA), stressed on the importance of CSR and congratulated FORE: “To hear about CSR being a compulsory MBA course for the very first time in a post-graduate school in India is really phenomenal.”

Some of the major topics of the conference included: what emerging economies can learn from CSR/business sustainability lessons in the West; inclusive and equitable economic growth; green marketing and responsible consumerism; human values, ethics and corporate social responsibility; and the role of public policy in CSR, ethics and sustainable development.

Productive time

‘Business and society in emerging economies’ was the theme of the conference and it generated wide interest and led to the submission of a staggering 72 research papers. With Shalini Taneja (Associate Professor) as convener, the inaugural session was led by Jitendra Das (Director, FORE School of Management) and Vinayshil Gautam (founder Director, IIM-K) shared his experience on various issues and stressed on green marketing to save the environment.

Of the 72 academic papers submitted from across the world, 52 were shortlisted for presenting at the conference. The Best Paper Award and the Best Case Study Award included a cash prize of $500 along with certificates.

The participating doctoral students also had a productive pre-conference talk on January 11 focusing on workshops and mentoring on publishing in Business & Society journal.