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.
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.
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 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).
On October 13, 2005, the opening conference of the Center for Ecological Economics and Ethics at the Bodø Graduate School of Business took place in Bodo, Norway. Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims were invited to present their book Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics. They reflected on the legacy of Norwegian eco-philosopher Arne Naess for renewing economics on the basis of ecology and ethics.
Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture for a symposium devoted to the normative aspects of stakeholder theory, organized by Yvon Pesqueux at the Conservatoire National des Arts and Métiers (C.N.A.M.), on November 26, 2004, in Paris. Other speakers were Pierre Kletz (I.A.E. Tours), Jacob Dahl Rendtorff (Rosdilke's University) and François Lepineux (INSEAD). Laszlo Zsolnai argued that nature, society and future generations should be included among the stakeholders of business. The extended stakeholder framework calls for a radical transformation of business into a sustainable, prosocial, and future-enhancing endeavor. In this way, business can regain its legitimacy in a world of ecological degradation and human disintegration.
Invited by the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Gent and the Flemish Business Ethics Network, Laszlo Zsolnai gave a public lecture on Buddhist economics on October 20, 2004, in Leuven, Belgium. The lecture was opened by Professor M.Vervenne, vice-rector of the Catholic University of Leuven. In his lecture, Laszlo Zsolnai argued that the principles of Buddhist economics could be applied in any economic setting. As an alternative to mainstream Western economics, Buddhist economics is superbly rational, ethical, and ecological. It is an authentic way to reach happiness, peace and permanence.
The Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference Series was initiated by the Business Ethics Center in 2000. The first Transatlantic Summit was organized in Budapest in September 2000, while the second was held in September 2002 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The third one, entitled “Redefining Success in Business,” was held at ESADE Business School in Barcelona from October 1-3, 2004. Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation entitled “Succeeding Together: Business Performance in Multiple Value Perspective”.