Presentations

Leuven

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).

Presentation in Bodo

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.

NNH Bergen

On January 25, 2005, Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims gave a joint lecture at the Norwegian School of Economic & Business Administration (NHH) in Bergen, Norway. They presented the main points of their book Business within Limits: Deep Ecology and Buddhist Economics.

Lecture at CNAM, Paris

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.