In his 2018 annual letter to Standard & Poor’s 500 CEOs, Larry Fink CEO of BlackRock (the world’s largest asset owner), made a compelling case for sustainable value creation and corporate purpose:
“Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”
Interestingly, few months earlier Apple CEO Tim Cook used a remarkably similar language about the role of business in society. Aimed at discussing the urgent need for public and private organizations to align corporate purpose with sustainable strategy the objective of this Conference is to engage business organizations, investors, policymakers, NGOs, professional bodies, consultants, and academics in conversations around creating long-term value through integrated management of economic, environmental, social and governance factors.
Make Integrated Thinking happen is the series of annual conferences previously held in Rome (2016) and New York (2017) with the aim to further discuss how Responsible Leaders @ Purposeful Organizations™ endeavour to connect values and value through the implementation of inclusive business models and sustainable strategy fully endorsed by the Board of Directors.
The story of why and how value creation is pursued, achieved, and sustained is important, not only for company executives who are responsible for the successful stewardship of the business – but also for wider stakeholders.
The motivation, integrity and significance of the value creation story is essential to building trust in organizations. For these reasons the conference will continue to explore integrated thinking, management, and reporting, and will discuss the role of impact evaluation and measurement as managerial and social innovations designed to support boards and executives in fulfilling their aspiration of building prosperous businesses and societies also through the contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Cristiano Busco (LUISS University and Roehampton Business School) | Sabina Ratti (FEEM and UN-SDSN Italia) | Angelo Riccaboni (University of Siena and PRIMA)
Conference Organizing Committee
Maria Federica Izzo (LUISS University) | Fabrizio Granà (LUISS University) | Francesca Di Donato (LUISS University)
Andjela Pavlovic (LUISS University) | Giulia Achilli (LUISS University)
Irma Malafronte (Roehampton Business School) | Paolo Taticchi (Imperial College London)