Refections on 2017 G7 Environment Week – A GOLDEN Live Event

June 12th, Monday – G7 Environment Week Conclusion

INTERVIEWS – live on

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




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

 - 05/02/2017

UNISG New Partner of GOLDEN

It is a please to announce that the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy, has joined the GOLDEN network. With its strong focus on the organic relationships between food and cultures UNISG fits very well into the GOLDEN sustainability landscape. This connection with a leading institution in hospitality studies opens new possibilities in sustainability research in the gastronomy and hospitality sector.

 - 10/21/2016

Workshop on Experimentation in Milan

Experimental Designs in Strategic Management Research This SMS Conference Extension event took place at Bocconi University on September 23rd, 2016 and was designed to provide a discussion on the use and the benefits of experimental methodologies in strategic management research - an area that is most important for GOLDEN's research activities. During the day the basis and prerequisites for experimental research in strategic management were discussed. Several papers on experimental research in strategy highlighted the opportunities and challenges of this type of experimental research settings. The presentation of the potential of the use of virtual reality technology in experimental research opened another important line of discussion.
 - 07/05/2016

Cooperation between GOLDEN and ISVC


The International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC) and GOLDEN agreed to engage in a closer cooperation in research on global value chains. Since many MNEs and governments put an increasing focus on sustainability aspects in supply chains, ISVC and GOLDEN decided to join hands in grant applications and project development to leverage the complimentary strengths of both networks. This research aims at introducing and accelerating changes in international procurement practices.

 - 07/05/2016

Call for Participation – OECD and GOLDEN Exploring Ways to Cooperate

In an internal workshop at the OECD headquarters in Paris at the end of September the potential for cooperative actions between OECD and GOLDEN was discussed. Ultimately three areas were identified where GOLDEN expertise could be particularly useful:

1. Building Resiliency Through Greater Adaptability To Long-Term Challenges

This project aims to explore how communities can best tackle long-term challenges like the transition to a green economy and the emergence of demographic changes. The overall goal will be to provide recommendations on how flexibility of local policies can be enhanced to enable collaboration of the local actors to build resilience in different economic and geographical contexts.

Areas to be addressed in this project will be the adaptability of local employment and training systems to build resilience, the development of sector specific responses to long term labor market challenges and local strategies to reinforce productivity in “shrinking” areas.

The project could offer opportunities to run pilot studies in the logic of GOLDEN’s field experimental designs with rigorous randomized controlled trials to test the relative effectiveness of different learning approaches to the problem of raising the resilience skills of individuals, especially in relation to the transition towards sustainable organizations and (local) economies.

2. Project proposals in the context of environmental sustainability in 2017

The preparation process for projects in the area of Environmental Sustainability directly funded by OECD for 2017 has started. This offers the opportunity to develop project suggestions in the environmental context. Project proposals from the GOLDEN group focusing on specific aspects of innovation can be discussed with the Environment Directorate or the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.  Since a substantial amount of experience in the energy sector is represented in GOLDEN through prior projects, suggestions could be focused in that area. Ideas focusing on other areas of environmental sustainability are of course more than welcome.

3. Research support for the OECD guidelines group

The OECD guidelines group has the specific task to develop sustainability standards and recommendations in cooperation with governments and businesses (e.g. Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises).  Research in this context could focus on how the introduction of standards can stimulate and initiate a learning process that would turn into experimentation and innovation in organizations geared towards sustainable business and enterprise models.

We invite all members of the GOLDEN network to send expressions of interest for the participation in the development of projects in any of the three areas above to Frank Brueck. We will organize meetings for each of the three potential project areas in the coming weeks.

GOLDEN Cooperating with UNEP

UNEP has invited GOLDEN to develop a position paper aimed at positioning its Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network (RECP net) within the new 2030 Development Agenda recently launched by the UN. An introductory presentation of the pillars of the 2030 development Agenda was given by GOLDEN at the yearly RECPnet meeting in Davos. That was also the occasion to start interviewing a sample of RECPnet members to hear what their position on the SDGs is and how they envisage future challenges deriving from the 2030 Agenda. A further focus of this work will be to explain the opportunities for cooperation with all kinds of stakeholders provided by the new agenda. This includes an assessment on which goals have the most immediate effects for the private sector. Ultimately the paper should help to position the RECP network members within the new agenda and to allow an alignment of the RECP net activities with the SDGs, COP21 and other global multi-stakeholder processes.

GOLDEN’s contribution in this project is lead by Nicoletta Ferro. For any questions in this context please contact her directly at Nicoletta Ferro.

 - 11/11/2015

Major Grant Proposal at WU Vienna

A proposal for a major grant, provided by the Austrian Science foundation FWF (8 million Euro) was submitted, by Günter Stahl (WU Vienna) as the principal investigator. The proposed research program would bring together an interdisciplinary network of scholars to investigate what drives and hinders the transition to more sustainable and responsible patterns of managerial decision-making and behavior and, concomitantly, the evolution towards more sustainable business models, corporate practices and ways of organizing in multinational corporations. Researchers connected with GOLDEN contributed to the development of the proposal by leveraging some of the GOLDEN ideas on studying organisational evolution towards sustainability through field and lab experiments at the individual and organisational levels, and will lead one of the nine subprojects (entitled: “Integrating sustainability in strategic decision-making and core business processes”), if funds will be provided.

 - 11/11/2015

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