Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims were keynote speakers in the Sustainable Consumption Conference on October 8, 2008, at the Corvinus University of Budapest. They presented the ecological, ethical and economic case for frugality, and argued that downsizing the present scale of the economy is necessary for achieving ecological sustainability.

Just War - Just Business

The Fifth TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference entitled “Business Ethics and Corporate Sustainability” was held at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan from October 3-4, 2008, in Milan. During the conference Laszlo Zsolnai presented his book project on “Just War – Just Business (An Inquiry into the Conditions of Legitimacy of Companies).”

The Collaborative Enterprise

Antonio Tencati and Laszlo Zsolnai presented their paper “The Collaborative Enterprise” at the international workshop entitled “The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World” at Bocconi University Milan in 5-6, 2008. The workshop aimed at exploring alternative ways of organizing and doing business to the currently prevailing competitive model. The current management mainstream seems incapable of facing the challenges related to more sustainable patterns of development.


From September 20-22, 2007, Laszlo Zsolnai participated in both the Annual Conference of European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) and the Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum in Leuven, Belgium. In the EBEN conference he presented a paper on “Buddhist Economics for Business” while in the European SPES conference he presented the book Frugality: Rebalancing Spiritual and Material Values in Economic Life (edited by Luk Bouckaert, Hendrick Opdebeeck and Laszlo Zsolnai, 2008, Peter Lang, Oxford).

Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference at The Wharton School

The Fourth  Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference  was organized by Thomas Dunfee and Thomas Donaldson at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and held from October 5-7, 2006. A joint paper by Antonio Tencati and Laszlo Zsolnai on “The Collaborative Enterprise” was presented during the conference.

INSEAD Workshop

From September 17-18, 2006, Henri-Claude de Bettignies and Francois Lépinux offered an international workshop on “Globalization and the Common Good” at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. Laszlo Zsolnai lectured on “Nature, Society and Future Generations.”

On Responsible Competitiveness

From June 22-23, 2006,  the  Eni Enrico Matei Foundation held its conference on  “The Potential of CSR to Support the Implementation of the EU Lisbon Strategy” in Milan. As one of the keynote speakers, Laszlo Zsolnai presented his paper on “Responsible Competitiveness.” He argued that the key to sustainable competitive advantage of companies is the “fittingness” in the ecological, social and cultural context in which they operate and their ability to serve multiple stakeholders in a nonsubstitutable way.

Green Economics in Oxford

On April 8 2006 the First International Green Economics conference was held in Oxford at Mansfield College.  As invited speaker, Laszlo Zsolnai presented a paper on “Redefining Economic Reason,” in which he argued for the reinterpretation of economic rationality in the light of ecological, social and future generations values.

Globalization from Christian and Buddhist Perspectives

On March 24, 2006, UCSIA organized  an open debate at the University of Antwerpon Globalization from Christian and Buddhist Perspectives. Johan Verstraeten from the Theology Department of the Catholic University of Leuven presented the Christian view, while Laszlo Zsolnai presented a Buddhist approach. There was a consensus that globalization needs ethical and environmental constraints for a more human and sustainable future.

On the Limits of Business in Gent

On March 15, 2006, the Flemish Business Ethics Network held an open debate at the University of Gent on the book Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics (edited by Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims, 2006. Peter Lang, Oxford). Laszlo Zsolnai’s presentation was followed with reflections by Frans de Clerck (Triodos Bank), and  Win Vandekerckhove (University of Gent) and Professor Balu (University of Gent).