The Sustainability Through the Value Chain (SGVC) hub centers on the role of value chains in achieving sustainability across borders. The concept of value chains describes the full range of activities carried out by firms and workers across industries to produce goods and services. The global value chain perspective provides a useful framework to analyze multiple dimensions and interconnected complexities pertaining to sustainability.
The focus of the MNEs, SDGs & CSR (MSC) hub is on theory advancement in sustainable and responsible IB-focused organizations and the relationship between MNEs, global organizations and sustainability. Given the significant development role MNEs have played in economic development and are expected to play in sustainable development, IB scholars have underscored the need for firms to behave ethically, responsibly and sustainably.
The Teaching/Learning/Research (TLR) hub emphasizes that teaching and learning about, and research on, sustainable development in the IB community is evolving and often affected by developments outside traditional IB pedagogy or research. It is increasingly observed that sustainability as a subject area is integrated into IB programs across universities worldwide.
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 sustainability topic is relevant and appealing to researchers of all academic standing, there is a continuing, growing interest among PhD and early-career researchers. The Sustainability SIG has organized the 2nd annual symposium for current PhD and early career (within 5 years) researchers to provide a platform for discussion, exchange, and feedback for the doctoral student community interested in sustainability and IB.