Keys to the Common Good

Global Voice eMagazine, special end-of-2018 issue

As 2018 draws to a close, the Council on Business & Society has the great pleasure of welcoming you to our crowning issue of Global Voice magazine, December 2018. It’s a good moment to pause and look back both at our own achievements and also at the events that have marked the year. Before we do, we’d like to thank you for reading this post, downloading the issue of Global Voice and keeping up to date with our articles – be they those drawn from our schools’ leading research, our faculty and students’ opinion pieces on issues affecting the world, or news of our events: you are among the now three-quarters of a million people worldwide we have reached in 2018 through our website, blog and various social networks!

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A tipping point?

Looking back, 2018 seems to have been a tumultuous year and we may be forgiven to conclude that the relative international stability of the past decade or two seems to be on a tipping point. Our year has been marked by a shift towards the more extreme of expression and standpoint. Trade war, armed conflict, anti-globalisation, diplomatic crises, stand offs and populism have been in the news almost every day, submerging the positive that has happened throughout the world, and sometimes in our daily lives too.

Our balancing act

One small though significant part, that both the Council and you – as our readers and often doers – have played, is to focus on the positive contribution that institutions, education, research, students, entrepreneurs, mission-led companies, policies and non-profits have brought to society through our work and determination for the common good. We could indeed consider that we together also serve as part of the counter-balance in the bigger picture of things: a level-headed objectivity, an informed opinion, a desire to offer knowledge, and decision shaped by goodwill, open-mindedness towards other cultures, positive values and empirical facts.

2018 has been a good year for the Council: Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, officially became our fifth member in June. The Council also entered into knowledge partnership with the Center for Sustainability GVces in Brazil and we also very recently tied links of deepening cooperation with the OECD. 2019 will see the Council on Business & Society endeavouring to enlarge its membership to 10 leading educational institutions across the 5 continents to increase its impact and strengthen its global voice. Several student and faculty projects will be launched with a business-for-society aim and these will be announced early in the New Year. The Council will also continue to offer a voice to student contributors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and policy-makers if they so wish – and this includes you, our readers.

In the meantime, we invite you to keep up to date with our articles, news and insights by following us on Twitter @The_CoBS returning to our Council Community blog or discovering our website www.council-business-society.org where you can download a host of publications on business at the crossroads of society.

On behalf of the Council schools: ESSEC Business School, FGV-EAESP, School of Management at Fudan University, Keio Business School and Warwick Business School – enjoy your reading and wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Kind regards,

The CoBS Editorial and Media team: Tom Gamble, Tales Andreassi, Elsa Huang, Hiroshi Takagi, Warren Manger, Afifeh Fakori, Kunal Ganorkar, Melissa Guillou (graphic designer), and of course, the Council’s Exec Director., Prof. Christian Koenig.

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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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