Sustainability Workshop with Dr Rodney Irwin

Background On Friday 22nd April, the ‘LUMS at WBCSD’ student team was invited to attend a sustainability workshop ran by Dr Rodney Irwin, who is Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Rodney has a substantial amount of experience in the field of Finance and he is…

Refugees – risk to a working economy or force for development?

There are two current risk drivers worrying our community : climate change and the evolving nature of conflict and insecurity. Each by itself has serious consequences for development, but their convergence has got to the attention of this years panel meeting at the WBCSD liaison delegates meeting. Watching the news and following the newest happenings…

Reflecting on the student experience from a skills perspective

Our LUMS student representatives supported the running of the WBCSD event over four days. During this time they developed and demonstrated a variety of skills that they can add to their CV and refer to in application forms and at interview. Some of the skills that I observed include: Organisation and time management: Assisted with…

Reflections on gender inequality in the UK graduate labour market

One of the key business sustainability goals identified by WBCSD is to address gender equality which has led me to reflect on this issue specifically in relation to university graduates in the UK. It is no longer the case that women are less likely than men to attend university in the UK. In fact, the…

Sustainable Finance – The Devil Wears Green

When Vogues newest flashy magazine tells you that green is the new red, you go and buy greens. The dictating voice that incinerates the inner need to follow the trend is how the fashion industry works, creating artificial demand for its newest ridiculous creations. Finance’s continuously self-renewing investment product range does not settle far from…

From impressive Visions to convincing Implementation Strategies

When we went to our first trip to the WBCSD meeting in Paris in 2015, all of us were stunned by the presence of highly ranked celebrities, CEO’s, politicians and WBCSD members. It definitively was a great and impressive experience for all of us and we took a lot from this meeting – not just the motivation from…

Lessons Learnt

Before attending the WBCSD Liaison Delegate Meeting in Montreux, I had been told by many that this would be a life changing experience. However, I thought it to be an overstatement, something people use to get you to be productive and excited. Now that this experience has come to an end, I can say that…

Is This the Right Place?

Switzerland has the world’s nineteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and the thirty-sixth largest by purchasing power parity. Credit Suisse Group identified Switzerland as the country with the highest average wealth per adult in 2013. Not to mention the fact, that a regular cheeseburger in Swiss McDonald’s costs twice as much as the same cheeseburger…

From Action to Implementation

Attending the WBCSD Liaison Delegate Meeting in Montreux, has provided me with the incredible opportunity to gain insights into sustainable businesses solutions developed by companies worldwide. Moreover, I had the chance to connect with likeminded people that are working in the field where I see my future career. It was very interesting to hear about…

Hope for the future

Day after day in Montreux I have gained new insight. My opinion and knowledge regarding management and sustainability has grown and so has my interest. I started off this trip already having taken a module on sustainability in relation to management, which included further exploration and analysis of among other WBCSD’s Vision 2050 policy document….

The Role of Business(es) in Doing ‘Good’

I will admit I have my doubts whether business(es) can be a force of good or not. The power and resources of businesses must not be forgotten, neither should it be forgotten as an incentive to drive a sustainable future. Simultaneously I ask myself whether action is taking place for the right reasons. It seems…

Reflecting our actions

The picturesque lake, mirroring the mountains around the beautiful Montreux offered an amazing venue for the annual WBCSD Workshop meeting. The setting of the conference venue just at the waterline, overlooking the busy promenade displayed the context of the meeting: How can we provide people with all needs and pleasures but assure that it still…