Global Responsibility

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Foundation for
Supported by
The efmd President’s Task Force
An open invitation by Eric Cornuel and Anders Aspling
Chapter I
Prospects for future action
Chapter II
What has efmd done so far
in relation to the Global Responsibility initiative?
Chapter III
The efmd President’s Task Force Response to
the Bangkok Manifesto:
A position paper as real commitment
Addendum (1)
The efmd Bangkok Manifesto
Addendum (2)
The Survey
Addendum (3)
The Digital Library
Addendum (4)
The Articles Collection
Addendum (5)
A brief introduction to related work conducted by
- The Bernheim Foundation
- The Corporate Social Responsibility Europe
- The European Academy on CSR
Table of Contents
The world of today is getting smaller, the interdependence between people, nations, organisations, businesses and regions is more apparent than ever, and the responsibility for sustainable long-term development is recognised by many.

A key word for long-term socio-economic and environmental sustainable development is trust. Trust between stakeholders is needed to ensure such development. Without the trust factor, in the long run transactions and communication between the different stakeholders will neither be smooth nor efficient and will lead to social chaos, economic and environmental disaster combined with political disturbances.

What if representatives from the leading Business Schools, Management Centres and Companies in Europe, - together with colleagues from other parts of the world - gather with regard to a long-term responsible action? A number of leading organisations are addressing issues related to Global Responsibility; sustainable development based on economic growth, social responsibility and environmental concern. The UN – with its Global Compact initiative today embracing more than 100 leading companies from all over the world, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, a large number of NGOs, proactive enterprises, etc…, are all clear in their strivings, although the way forward is complex and also disputed.

efmd has the ambition to contribute as a catalyst with its specific resources and competencies and by that, support and complement the many activities that others are conducting around the world. Gathering different stakeholders to develop a deeper understanding, a stronger involvement, relevant activities and learning for each of us, and as a community, with regard to long-term responsible action, is a challenging, but also a much needed initiative. Now is the time to investigate what activities are a priority, what impact we can expect from those activities and how we can be pro-active in this respect.

An Open Invitation
January 2003
efmd’s ability to contribute to the further development of responsible action is based on its unique qualities as a European organisation bridging the academic world and the business community, and its mission to continuously support the development of its stakeholders concerning the quality of education, learning and research on management and business development. The education, training and development of managers and leaders are crucial to the practice we believe should prevail in the organisations of the future.

efmd’s engagement is underpinned by the initiative of a Manifesto on Global Responsibility taken by its General Assembly in June 2002. This paper is a confirmation of the will to pursue this initiative, and clarifies the efmd position regarding issues addressed under the label of Global Responsibility.

This position paper invites all Members and Stakeholders to come forward with their experience and knowledge in developing their own
operations in line with long-term responsibility, and to join a...
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