AIB Sustainability SIG Roundtable: The Circular Economy in an IB Context

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Hosts:  AIB Sustainability SIG

Time: 13 December 2022, 12:00 UTC (View Local Time)

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The Circular Economy in an IB Context (CEIBC) hub is informed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s definition of a circular economy as one that is based on three principles: designing out waste and pollution in economic activity; keeping products and materials in use; and regenerating natural systems. As a result, such a circular economy will redefine growth and focus on positive society-wide benefits.  While the idea of a circular economy has been gaining more interest (e.g., the European Union’s Circular Economy Package), much work still needs to be done to engage with the private sector, policy makers and civil society in determining just how to implement a circular economy, particularly in an IB context.  And because MNEs can act as change agents for their industries, understanding how they can leverage their power, networks and globally dispersed competencies to use processes and materials in a more sustainable, circular manner is valuable.

About This Event Series

These four themed roundtable sessions are intended to create a friendly and open space for like-minded colleagues to interact and network with each other by sharing their research topics, questions, challenges, and/or findings. Therefore, the sessions do not consist of invited speakers and are not structured in the form of a webinar or workshop; instead, the session moderators and attendees can propose topics for discussions. At the end of the sessions, attendees will have the option of having their details exchanged for post-event networking and possible research collaborations.

While sustainability can be considered the main theme of the Sustainability SIG and hence its name, there are four sub-themes (called  ‘knowledge exchange hubs’, or KEHs) underpinning the main theme of sustainability and its current scope, namely: Sustainability Through the Value Chain; MNEs/SDGs/CSR; Teaching/Learning/Research; and the Circular Economy in an IB Context. These hubs represent common areas of interest and expertise that were initially identified in a questionnaire sent to AIB members. The hubs are not formal organizations within the Sustainability SIG, nor are they driven or represented by certain members of the SIG. Instead, they exist to serve as exchange platforms that allow any member of the Sustainability-SIG to seek, learn, and share knowledge and experiences in the form of organizing relevant and useful activities for all members of the SIG. New hubs may emerge as research interest and agendas shift.