Council on Business & Society

Panel at the Japan International Forum, March 2014.

Recognizing the enormous role that businesses can play in helping solve large-scale problems, six of the world’s leading business schools, including Tuck, have forged a unique international partnership: The Council on Business & Society.

The partnering schools — ESSEC Business School (France); Keio Business School (Japan); School of Management, Fudan University (China); Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (USA); the University of Mannheim, Business School (Germany), and Fundação Getulio Vargas — FGV-EAESP (Brazil) — were selectively chosen for their stature in the international community and the common vision they share of fostering academic excellence and the importance of a broad view of the role of business in society. Their goal: To marshal their substantial intellectual and professional resources in the pursuit of knowledge and ideas that will make an impact both in the world of management education and in the messy, complex world of daily life and to focus an international lens on issues at the critical intersection between business and society.

Their collective impact and reach are impressive. Together, they represent countries generating 50% of the world’s GDP. In addition to broad institutional and corporate partnerships, the schools are connected globally through the joined resources of some 600 full-time faculty, 20,000 students, and a network of 90,000 alumni.

International Forums

The Council on Business & Society convenes international forums that combine the expertise of faculty members from each of the partner schools with that of representatives of business, government, and non-governmental organizations from around the world. The inaugural forum, held in Paris in November 2012, focused on Corporate Governance and Leadership and resulted in a whitepaper and iTunesU course on the topic.

The 2014 Japan Forum focused on Health and Health Care. The multi-faceted, multi-cultural events introduce a new, collective voice to the global conversation — and inevitably leading to new insights and unique initiatives.

The 2015 International Forum will take place September 24-25 in Boston, MA. It is entitled: Succeeding Throughout The Global Energy Transition: Essential strategic, organizational, and managerial capabilities.

The Council Community

Changing the world starts with changing the way we think. That means sharing ideas, debating controversial topics, and bridging international divides — every day!

To complement its international forums, the Council on Business & Society is starting an ongoing dialogue and academics, students, business practitioners, policy makers, and journalists around the world.  As a member of the Council Community you can:

  • Access content including in-depth articles, comment columns and video interviews.
  • Share ideas and converse with academics, students, business practitioners, policy makers, and journalists from around the world.
  • Help change the way we think about business — 360 days of the year.