Don’t Miss Out on the DG&DW Conference

Student-run event celebrates 10th anniversary

05/02/2013 Barcelona

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On February 22-23, IESE will once again be hosting the largest student-run conference in Europe. Since its establishment 10 years ago, Doing Good & Doing Well has become on of the biggest annual events on the IESE campus, and one that you can't afford to miss out on.

DGDW is a forum for exploring the opportunities that lie in doing business in a better, more sustainable and more profitable way. As such, the conference takes an engaging, holistic approach that offers insight and inspiration for people from every professional background. While there will certainly be non-profits represented at the conference, leaders and innovators from high-profile for-profit organizations will also be there. There will be opportunities to engage with people from FMCG, fashion, energy, outreach, public/private strategy and private equity - to name just a few.

The theme this year is "The Power of Collaborative Advantage." The aim is take the focus away from NGOs and CSR in order to demonstrate that it’s about every party working to create value by doing what they do in the right way. Words such as sustainability and social responsibility are starting to look overused and the conference is oriented towards a more global perspective in which you don't have to sacrifice your professional career in order to do good for society.

The ticket gets you access to two days of engaging, relevant, and inspiring discussion around some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities with which you will be faced in business and society. It also includes breakfast and lunch on both days.

The theme of the conference emphasizes how much value could be added if there were more collaboration as well as competition. "We have created our own framework of competitive advantage with a 4Cs framework. (Change, Challenges, Community and Creativity)," says one of the organizers.

This year’s keynote speakers include Marc Pfitzer, managing director of FSG Social Impact Investors, Douglas Tompkins, environmentalist & founder of The North Face & Esprit brands and Laurent Freixe, executive VP of Nestlé and director of Zone Europe.

Panel topics include "Overcoming the barriers to sustainable and responsible investing" and "Can new technologies solve our largest energy and natural resource challenges?"

There are also three competitions: the social investment competition, the Cleantech Forum and the collaborative fashion competition. In the 2nd Social Investment Competition five MBA teams from top worldwide business schools (among them, CBS, Oxford, Esade, IESE) will act as social venture capital firms and decide to invest in one of the five entrepreneurs on the basis on their business plan, pitch and due diligence under the scrutiny of partners from Social VC organizations. More details about the competition.

The Cleantech Forum brings together world-class entrepreneurs and investors for a day of pitches showcasing the latest technologies and business models in cleantech. Venture Capitalists from around the globe investing in cleantech will ask probing questions and provide feedback as judges for the forum.

The Collaborative Fashion Competition is IESE’s first competition on sustainable fashion. Teams of students of different schools will help Juanjo Martínez, a manager at Intermon- Oxfam to decide the destiny of the Veraluna Collection, an ethical fashion collection developed by HOSS INTROPIA and Intermon-Oxfam-.