The University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication is one of the leading Austrian business schools and the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics is the leading national institution for these topics.
One purpose of our Center is the advancement of interdisciplinary discourse regarding economic and corporate ethics. Since 2012, we have been organizing the CGBE Lecture series on a regular basis. In this series, internationally renowned experts from the scientific and business communities present their perspectives on a variety of topics related to business ethics, corporate governance, CSR and sustainability.
The lectures are attended by our students and faculty as well as external guests from the private sector, policy-making bodies and the CSR community. In the past the speakers have included i.a. Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner (University of St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Andreas Georg Scherer (University of Zurich), Prof. Craig Smith (INSEAD) and Prof. Guido Palazzo (University of Lausanne) as well as numerous prominent practitioners.
The next CGBE Lectures take place at the University of Applied Sciences for Management and Communication, Währinger Gürtel 97, 1180 Vienna, Austria, 8pm to 9:45pm
Thursday, 05. October 2017
Sustainability: From Surviving to Thriving
In my research, I seek to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. In particular, my academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how investment analysts, and the public equity markets, perceive, evaluate and react to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple factors (e.g. institutional, regulatory, behavioural) that may affect, drive or hinder, the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.
In this talk, I will discuss some of my recent pioneering work in the domain of corporate sustainability that provides empirical evidence for the emergence of the “sustainable organization”; a new type of the modern business organization that genuinely and effectively integrates environmental and social issues into its business model, strategy, organizational structure and conduct. Importantly, I will present rigorous academic evidence regarding the significant long-term outperformance of this type of organization compared to the traditional corporate form, both in terms of operating as well as stock market performance and evidence regarding the fundamental innovations that are needed in order for an organization to become a sustainable one. Finally, I will discuss the links between corporate sustainability and capital markets as they pertain to investment analyst recommendations, and more broadly, as they relate to the realization of value in public equity markets through a commitment to sustainability.
Thursday, 12. October 2017
A conversation about Corporate Responsibility
Thursday, 19. October 2017
Understanding the business of modern slavery
Millions of people across the globe are working in conditions of modern slavery. Victims may be forced into working, subjected to violence and intimidation, be stripped of their documents, and coerced into accepting miserable working conditions for little or no pay. Such practices have been identified in virtually every country and have been shown to be present in the supply chains of products that we consume every day, including electronic goods, food, entertainment – and even the buildings we live and work in. According to the ILO, modern slavery is a $150bn a year global business. In this talk I will explore what this business of modern slavery looks like and show how we can use the tools and techniques of business analysis to understand modern slavery in important new ways that may prove critical in detecting and preventing the worst forms of abuse.
Thursday, 02. November 2017
Anti-Money Laundering Controls and promoting Financial Inclusion
Anti-Money Laundering controls are not only a core part of the fight against financial crime, they also play a significant role in promoting global security. AML Investigators spend much of their time working against terrorist finance, endemic corruption, human trafficking and many other heinous acts that threaten the development of our global society. Leaders in the AML community are proud to have dedicated themselves to work that contributes to the security of us all.
However, recent initiatives to crack down on terrorism and other illegal activity have brought a zeal to the application of controls that, if not applied sensitively, can lead to some of society’s most vulnerable people being locked out of the financial system entirely. Having no access to the financial system further disadvantages these people, restricting access to jobs, housing and finance and keeping them trapped in a circle of exclusion.
These issues have a high profile in developing countries but pose significant challenges to vulnerable communities in many territories of varying economic status. This session will look at the challenges experienced by the unbanked in different areas of the world and consider the various initiatives in place to lower barriers to the financial system posed by AML controls without unduly increasing the risk of money laundering and terrorist finance.