10th Annual ARCS Research Conference

The 10th Annual ARCS Research Conference will be held June 11-13, 2018 at MIT Sloan School of Management. The Conference Chair is John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management, and the current director of the MIT System Dynamics Group. This year’s conference will be held on the MIT campus, in the heart of the Kendall Square innovation district, with a magnificent view of the  Charles River and the Boston skyline. MIT is proud to host ARCS, whose purpose is aligned with the mission of the MIT Sloan SustainabilityInitiative: To deliver the best education, apply academic rigor to real world challenges, and empower leaders everywhere to take action, professionally and personally, so that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come. CALL FOR PAPERS The paper submission link will be provided as soon as it becomes available. For all conference questions, please email: arcs2018@mit.edu

Refections on 2017 G7 Environment Week – A GOLDEN Live Event

June 12th, Monday – G7 Environment Week Conclusion

INTERVIEWS – live on Facebook.com/Connect4Climate

10:00 am –  Conclusion and Next Steps: Luca Brivio, CONAI

10:30 am –  Conclusions and Future Commitments: Giuseppe Spanto, Founder and CEO, Is Tech

11:00 am –  Future Commitments:

         Maurizio Zollo, Università Bocconi

11:30 am – Conclusions and Next Steps:

          Nick Robbins, Co-Director, UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

          Hazhir Rahmandad, Professor, MIT

          Francesco La Camera, Director General for Sustainable Dev., Italian Ministry of Environment

12:00 pm – Our 21st Century Strategy: Oscar di Montigny, Head of Marketing, Communications and Innovation, Banca Mediolanum


Live PODIUM DISCUSSION – live on Facebook.com/Connect4Climate


June 12, 2017, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm   (download Program G7 Event_Rev2)

@ Bologna Business School – Villa Guastavillani, Via degli Scalini 18 (Bologna)

The goal of this discussion is to offer a moment of reflection, analysis and discussion on the results of the 2017 G7 Environment events. The speakers will be engaged in an open debate based on the outcomes of the summit of the G7 ministries. They will discuss the implications for environmental policy and the implementation of the UN SDGs as well as for business conduct and education. A special focus will be given to the need for change in the role of the private sector, and the consequent transition towards sustainable enterprise models, including new leadership mindsets and related organizational cultures. In particular, the challenge of designing and realizing a sustainable financial system as a prerequisite for the transformation of business will be discussed.


  • Massimo Bergami Dean – Bologna Business School

Introductory Remarks

  • Francesco La Camera General Director – Italian Ministry for the Environment

Panel Discussion

  • Pedro Faria Technical Director – CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Lucia Grenna Program Manager – World Bank Connect 4 Climate
  • Oscar di Montigny CEO – Banca Mediolanum
  • Hazhir Rahmandad Professor – Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Nick Robins Co-Director of the Design for Sustainable Financial System – UNEP FI
  • Giuseppe Spanto CEO – IstechPotFrancesco Ubertini Rector – Bologna University
  • Fabrizio Zago CEO – Building Energy
  • Maurizio Zollo Professor – Bocconi University and Academic Director – GOLDEN

Closing remarks

  • Gian Luca Galletti – Minister – Italian Ministry for the Environment

Interviews and Moderation:

  • Massimiliano Falcone Communication Strategist – World Bank Connect 4 Climate

Organized by:

Connect 4 Climate; GOLDEN for Sustainability; Bologna Business School; World  Bank Group

Review GOLDEN SnO Workshop 2015

GOLDEN SnO Workshop Paris, May 2015

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For the first time GOLDEN  and the Center for research on Society and Organization at HEC Paris co-organised a workshop.The event with about 90 participants was designed to stimulate intensive discussions between business, academia and institutions involved in the change process of business towards sustainable enterprise models.

Business-Academia Dialogues


Presentation by Agata Ramallo, Nike Inc., USA

In these dialogues business representatives and academics reflected on the integration of sustainability in specific areas of business. It turned out that the perception of the state of the art and  the necessary next actions to accelerated sustainable developments did not differ greatly between the two groups.

The dialogues started with Agata Ramallo, Global Sustainability CoE, of NIKE Inc. providing insights into the integration of sustainability in strategic decision making processes at Nike. Ms. Ramallo discussed the implications on business and the next important steps towards deeper integration of sustainability in business processes with Lucca Berchicci, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Maurizio Zollo, Academic Director GOLDEN.

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Presentation by J.-C. Laugee, Danone, France

Jean-Christophe Laugee, Director Ecosystem Fund, DANONE and Frederic Dalsace, HEC Paris, reflected on the difficult assessment of social impact of sustainability initiatives. M. Laugee reported of his experiences with such assessments in sustainability initiatives of Danone and the complexity of the approaches used.


Presentation by Geraldine Vallejo, Kering

The session on the integration of sustainability in the supply chain was split two. One pair consisting of Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Head of Group Strategy Unit at Santam and Franz Wohlgezogen, Bocconi University Italy, reviewed a research project currently ongoing with Santam, a South African insurance company, to introduce sustainable principles in the Motor Body Repair supply chain. Afterwards Geraldine Vallejo, Sustainability Program Director at KERING discussed the Environmental Profit and Loss Account system Kering developed for Puma together with Anthony Goerzen from the Queens School of Business in Kingston, Canada.

The dialogue sessions were followed by parallel group discussion working on the development of a common agenda between business and academia in the discussed areas.

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Anthony Goerzen, Queens School of Business, Canada

After a poster session where researchers from GOLDEN and SnO presented their latest projects in the context of business and sustainability (list of presentations) the business-academia dialogues were continued with Ralph Pfitzner, VP Sustainability, SIEMENS AG and Tomasz Obloj, HEC Paris, presenting their views on strategies to integrate sustainability into the governance of a company.

On the topic of HR and employment Tamera Campbell, yellowwoods, South Africa presented valuable insights in an employment initiative called Harambee generating employment for disadvantaged South African youths. Michael Müller-Camen, WU Vienna, reflected on the general links between HR and sustainability.

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Plenary discussions

The last dialogue focussed on integrated reporting – a topic rapidly gaining importance both in business and academia – with contributions by Patrick d’Humières, Institut RSE, France and Paolo Perego, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Intensive discussions in small groups and the plenary dealt with the learnings and resulting actions from these dialogues.

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The second day of the workshop was organized around two panel discussions on the sustainability issue of renewable energy on the one hand and the integration of the work of international institution, national governments, business and academia on the other hand.

SnO Research Center & G.O.L.D.E.N for Sustainability. Towards a sustainable economy. In the presence of Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France.

Panel Discussion

The first panel on The Challenges to 100% Renewable Energy – Realistic Target or Just Wishful Thinking moderated by Andrea Masini, HEC Paris, provided insights into the topic from three different positions: Fabio Mondini de Focatiis, Senior VP Solar Business, SOITEC presented the dynamic development of technological solutions, Julien Perez, Project Director, Climate/Energy at TOTAL highlighted the strong existing focus on renewables in a traditional energy company, and Christophe Poline, Energy Access Capital Fund, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, introduced the efforts currently applied to provide access to electricity on the African Continent by use of solar power.

SnO Research Center & G.O.L.D.E.N for Sustainability. Towards a sustainable economy. In the presence of Ambassador Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France.

Giandomenico Magliano, Italian Ambassador to France

The second panel moderated by Betrand Quelin, HEC Paris, on the Collaboration Among Business, Academia and Institutions Towards the Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals took place under the hospices and with the participation of the Italian Ambassador to France, Giandomenico Magliano and the French Ambassador-at-large for Bioethics and CSR, Marine de Carné-Trécesson. The Ambassadors and the other panel participants from UNEP (Elisa Tonda, Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch), OECD (Hilkka Komulainen, Investment Division), and the French Treasury Ministry (Frederic Bobay, Private-Public Partnerships) agreed that it would be most relevant to engage more closely with academia particularly in the area of measurements and in the development of the business case for sustainable business. Mustapha Mokass, Founder, BEYA CAPITAL, presented the funding landscape and existing opportunities to support initiatives on sustainable business in developing countries.

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Download area for workshop presentations:

Supply Chain Paris Goerzen

Supply Chains Wohlgezogen

Governance Thomas Streiff


Tonda Elisa UNEP slide presentation

Funding Sustainability Projects Mokass Mustapha


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