Special anniversary issue: Global Voice magazine

The Council on Business & Society celebrates its 7th year of existence with a special anniversary issue of its quarterly magazine Global Voice

June 21st is a symbolic date – summer solstice and the year’s longest day of light – and it is no surprise that the Council’s magazine Global Voice will see a special anniversary issue published in web and print format on this day to celebrate the alliance’s seventh year of existence. Offering a podium for all those who believe that business can have a positive role to play in society, Global Voice puts the spotlight on the Council’s faculty, students and corporate partners.  

Founded in 2011, the Council – or CoBS as it is known – now counts five schools across four continents, each recognised leaders in higher and executive education: ESSEC Business School, France, Asia-Pacific and Africa; FGV-EAESP, Brazil; School of Management Fudan University, China; Keio Business School, Japan; and special guest school Warwick Business School in the UK.  The end of the year will likely see a further two to three schools joining the alliance.

The Council’s mission is to promote responsible leadership and business practices internally and externally to the alliance for the benefit of tomorrow’s future managers, leaders and practitioners, typically from a CSR and CSV perspective.

Originally created to provide a forum for academics, business leaders and policy-makers to debate on issues at the crossroads of business and society, in 2017 the alliance widened its scope and re-oriented its activities to launch a number of in-the-field projects and initiatives.  These include faculty exchanges between the schools for CSR-oriented teaching and research assignments with a CoBS Responsible Leadership Certificate delivered to students at the host school, practical insights from business leaders on sustainable business practices, a shared learning repository gathering research-driven output as well as case studies, videos, articles and white papers with a CSR dimension, and a Young Leaders Impact Index (YLII) that plots the careers and viewpoints of graduates over a period of ten years. The CoBS, via its magazine and blog are open to contributions from faculty, students and practitioners alike and 2019 will see the launch of inter-school projects to bring students together in mixed teams to tackle a business and society issue.

An alliance with a purpose, the road for the CoBS is long but the cause good. Reaching out to a quarter of a million people in 2017, the Council’s visibility looks set to reach nearly a million by end-2018. Enough to make a winter’s day shine for those at the crossroads of business and society.

Tom Gamble, Editor Global Voice magazine
  • Download the June 21st special issue of Global Voice magazine
  • Discover the Council on Business & Society website
  • Want to take part in the Council’s initiatives? Drop a line to gamble@essec.edu
  • If you are a school or corporate partner interested in joining or contributing to the alliance, please contact Executive Director Prof. Christian Koenig @ koenig@essec.edu


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The Council on Business & Society Global Alliance is an international alliance between four of the world’s leading business schools and an organiser of Forums focusing on issues at the crossroads of business and society – The Council Community helps bring together business leaders, academics, policy-makers, students and journalists from around the world. Follow us on Twitter #The_CoBS . Visit the Council’s website for a host of information, learning opportunities, and free downloads.  

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