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News - 22 October 2015

FIA Brazil Students Declared Winners of $25,000 Grand Prize in PRME supported Cornerstone Capital Inc.’s “Sustainable Games” Challenge

(New York, October 22, 2015) – In the culmination of a year-long Cornerstone Capital Group initiative called “Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge,” a team of students from Fundação Instituto de Administração (FIA) in Sao Paulo Brazil was named the winner of the  $25,000 Grand Prize.  The business idea presented is a program to facilitate employment opportunities for disabled young adults while seeking market rate returns.

Team “Life Hunters,” working with the domain name “ExcitingJourney.net,” was recognized as having the best concept and business plan during final pitches before a panel of judges and mentors in the inaugural competition held by Cornerstone Capital Group together with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), RobecoSAM and the UN Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME).

Other finalists included two teams from FIA, Team Coconuts (“SupplyCircle.net”) and Team Rio Tiete (“SustainableCities.com”), along with Team Anirudh (“ClimateBankers.com”) from the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin and Team Lions (“SharedEconomy.biz”) from the Columbia Business School in New York. 

“The winning idea demonstrated vision, creativity and a thoughtful approach to addressing an urgent societal need in partnership with employers and training resources,” said Erika Karp, Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. “We were very impressed with the tremendous level of energy and optimism that went into developing this innovative project.”

Aside from the cash award and ownership of the “ExcitingJourney.net” domain name, the winning team members Larissa Majerowicz, Aline Oliveira Simão and Gustavo Abrahão Allioni also will have their idea highlighted in an upcoming edition of Cornerstone’s Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking” (JSFB) and access to additional mentoring opportunities. 

Thirty-seven teams from around the world representing 185 participants competed in the Challenge, the goal of which was to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges in scalable and profitable ways. Of the five finalists, three focused on social ideas, while two were more focused on environmental issues. The finalists were paired with a mentor from Cornerstone Capital’s Global Advisory Council and industry representatives who worked during Summer 2015 to assist in the professional development and viability of their business models.

“It has been an honor to sponsor The Sustainable Games, a project that supports the next generation of sustainability leaders,” said Michael Baldinger, CEO of RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, whose data powers the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. “The spirit of the Challenge closely aligns with RobecoSAM’s belief that companies with sustainable business practices are better equipped to face future challenges. Congratulations to Team Life Hunters!”

“Sustainable Games: The Business Model Challenge” was declared as a Cornerstone “Commitment to Action” at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 Annual Meeting to accelerate market-ready solutions that reflect a value inherent in the systematic understanding of today’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) imperatives. 

Students formed teams of three-to-five members to compete and selected a Domain from Cornerstone Capital’s “Sustainable Domain Bank” designated for use in the contest. Cornerstone worked with PRME Chapters from across the globe to support the Challenge by reaching out to students on more than 600 university campuses in 12 regions.

“On behalf of the UN Global Compact's PRME Secretariat, I congratulate the winning team as well as the runner-up teams for their innovative ideas and proposals. It is a great to see how business school students identify business solutions to solving concrete social challenges. We are proud to have sponsored this competition,” said Jonas Haertle, Head PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office.   

Congratulations to our student winners, the other finalists and to all the teams who submitted an entry to the 2015 Challenge.  For more information, visit: www.sustainablegames.com

More About Cornerstone Capital Group

Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a woman-owned financial services firm based in New York whose mission is to bring the discipline of sustainable finance to the mainstream of the capital markets. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for companies around the world engaged in sustainable business practices. Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with organizations including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards collaboration and transparency in the global capital markets.

More About Our Sponsors

Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing. It offers asset management, indices, engagement, voting, impact analysis, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. Together with S&P Dow Jones Indices, RobecoSAM publishes the globally recognized Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Approximately 130 professionals work for RobecoSAM, which is headquartered in Zurich.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations Global Compact sponsored initiative with the mission to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. The Six Principles of PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values and provide an engagement structure for academic institutions to incorporate sustainability into curricula and research. Beyond the Principles, this “network of networks” is a vibrant learning community that supports continuous improvement at the global and local level. At the regional level, the PRME Chapters are platforms that advance the Six Principles of PRME within a particular geographic context, performing an important role in rooting PRME within different national, regional, cultural and linguistic contexts, and facilitating the growth and engagement of PRME with respect to implementing the Six Principles.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Benezra

karen.benezra@cornerstonecapinc.com

(o) 212-874-7400

(m) 917-532-7732

Cornerstone Capital Group

22 Oct 2015

PRME Chapter Latin America and Caribbean renews commitments and identify further activities at the 4th PRME Regional Meeting (LAC) [in Spanish and Portuguese as well]

 (Bogota, Colombia, 22 October 2015) – The established PRME Chapter LAC, met again at the 4th PRME Regional Meeting Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at Externado University, Colombia that took place on 20-22 October, 2015.
With the keynote by Prof. Stuart L. Hart, the 4th PRME Regional Meeting LAC, entitled the “Role and contribution of the academia to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” brought together close to one hundred participants from ten countries, with the support of the Global Compact Network Colombia. Prominent speakers from UNDP, PRME, Global Compact Network Colombia, GRI, business schools, the business sector, and government gave an overview of the current challenges, opportunities, and role of academia regarding the implementation of the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, it was discussed how to leverage engagement through the UN Global Compact and PRME, including Local Networks and Chapters, to scale the impact of contributions to the SDGs. The PRME community in the region was able to reflect, share experiences, and learn from each other.

The PRME Chapter LAC session provided a space for discussion on the present and future of the Chapter, including strengthening their community, deciding on activities and projects, future PRME Regional Meetings, governance, and representation on the PRME Advisory Committee, among others. From the conversations, the importance of strengthening the connection between the PRME Chapter and the Global Compact Local Networks was clear, including to using the Architecture: Bottom Up Methodology to align global and local priorities towards achievement of the SDGs, to produce more applied and interdisciplinary research and experiential teaching, and increasing dialogue and partnership.

Main concrete activities and core value proposition of the PRME Chapter LAC:

  • Continue to engage and recruit new PRME signatories in the region
  • Continue to convene an Annual Meeting for the region
  • Strengthen the connection with the Global Compact Local Networks
  • Continue to improve the website of the PRME Chapter LAC
  • Continue to develop the Research Network for LAC
  • Conduct a survey of students regarding their interest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenges of sustainability.
  • Produce a short document with recommendations on the SDGs for academia, based on an analysis of the SDG Compass

Governance structure and coordination, as decided at the meeting:

  • PRME Chapter LAC Advisory Committee: Composed by previous host of PRME Regional Meetings
  • PRME Chapter LAC President and main contact: Hosted at Externado University by Prof. Gustavo Yepes
  • PRME Chapter representatives at the PRME Advisory Committee: Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (January 2016-December 2017) and Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE/FGV (January 2018-December 2019)

Future PRME Regional Meetings
The 5th PRME Regional Meeting LAC will take place at Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2016; the 6th PRME Regional Meeting at ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brazil, in 2017, and the 7th PRME Regional Meeting at Universidad de Lima, Peru, in 2018.

For more information on the PRME Chapter LAC, please contact Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Universidad Externado de Colombia at gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

If you would like to contact the host of the 5th PRME Regional Meeting LAC, please write to Prof. Gabriel Boero, UNSAM at gboero@unsam.edu.ar

For more information on PRME Chapters, please contact Florencia Librizzi, Senior Manager Chapters, Legal & Policy, PRME Secretariat, UN Global Compact Office at librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

****In spanish**** 

El Capítulo de PRME de Latinoamérica y Caribe (LAC) renueva compromisos e identifica nuevas actividades durante la 4ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC

Bogotá, Colombia, 22 de octubre 2015 – El  Capítulo establecido de PRME LAC, se reunió nuevamente en la 4ta Reunión Regional de PRME Latinoamérica y el Caribe (LAC) en la Universidad Externado, Colombia, los días 20 al 22 octubre 2015.

Con la apertura del Prof. Stuart L. Hart, este evento titulado "El papel y la contribución de la academia para los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS)," reunió cerca de un centenar de participantes procedentes de diez países, con apoyo de la Red del Pacto Global Colombia. Destacados ponentes del PNUD, PRME, Pacto Mundial Red Colombia, GRI, escuelas de negocios, el sector empresarial y el gobierno dio una visión general de los actuales desafíos, oportunidades, y el papel de la academia en relación con la aplicación de los recientemente lanzados Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS). Además, se discutió la forma de aprovechar la participación a través del Pacto Mundial de Naciones Unidas y PRME, incluidas las redes y los capítulos locales, para escalar el impacto de las contribuciones a los ODS. La comunidad PRME en la región fue capaz de reflexionar, compartir experiencias y aprender unos de otros.

La sesión del Capítulo de PRME  LAC proporcionó un espacio para el debate sobre el presente y futuro del Capítulo, incluyendo el fortalecimiento de su comunidad, de decidir sobre las actividades y proyectos, futuras reuniones regionales de PRME, gobernanza y representación en el Comité Consultivo de PRME, entre otros. De las conversaciones quedó clara la importancia de fortalecer la conexión entre el Capítulo de PRME LAC y las Redes Locales del Pacto Mundial, incluyendo a la utilización de la Arquitectura: Metodología de abajo hacia arriba para alinear las prioridades globales y locales en la consecución de los ODS; producir más investigación aplicada e interdisciplinaria; enseñanza vivencial e incrementar el diálogo y la colaboración.

Actividades concretas y proposición de valor del Capítulo de PRME LAC:

  • Seguir trabajando y reclutar nuevos signatarios PRME en la región
  • Continuar convocar una reunión anual para la región
  • Fortalecer la relación con las Redes Locales del Pacto Mundial
  • Seguir mejorando la página web de la PRME Capítulo LAC
  • Continuar desarrollando la Red de Investigación para LAC
  • Llevar a cabo una encuesta de los estudiantes con respecto a su interés en los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) y los retos de la sostenibilidad
  • Producir un breve documento con recomendaciones sobre los ODS para el mundo académico, basado en un análisis de los ODS Brújula (SDG Compass)

La estructura de gobierno y de coordinación, tal como se decidió en la reunión:

  • Comité Asesor del Capítulo de PRME LAC: Compuesta por los anfitriones previos de las Reuniones Regionales de PRME LAC
  • Presidente del Capítulo de PRME LAC y el contacto principal:  Prof. Gustavo Yepes de la Universidad Externado
  • Representantes Capítulo de PRME LAC en el Comité Consultivo PRME (PRME Advisory Committee): Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (enero de 2016 a diciembre de 2017) y el Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE / FGV (enero 2018-diciembre 2019)

Las futuras Reuniones Regionales de PRME LAC

La 5ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC se llevará a cabo en la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) en Buenos Aires, Argentina, en 2016; la 6ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC en ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brasil, en 2017, y la 7ma Reunión Regional de PRME LAC en la Universidad de Lima, Perú, en 2018.

Para obtener más información sobre el Capítulo de PRME LAC, por favor póngase en contacto con el Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Universidad Externado de Colombia en gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

Si desea ponerse en contacto con el anfitrión de la 5ta Reunión Regional de PRME LAC, por favor escriba al Prof. Gabriel Boero, UNSAM en gboero@unsam.edu.ar

Para obtener más información sobre los Capítulos de PRME, por favor póngase en contacto con Florencia Librizzi, Gerente Senior, Capítulos, Legal y Política, Secretaría PRME, Oficina del Pacto Mundial de la ONU en librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

****In Portugese****

O capítulo do PRME da América Latina e Caribe (LAC) renova compromissos e identifica novas atividades durante a 4ª Reunião Regional do PRME LAC.

Bogotá, Colômbia, 22 de outubro 2015- O capítulo estabelecido do PRME LAC reuniu-se novamente na 4ª Reunião Regional do PRME da América Latina e Caribe (LAC), na universidade Externado, Colômbia, nos dias 20 a 22 de outubro de 2015.

Com a abertura do prof. Stuart L. Hart, este evento titulado “O Papel e a Contribuição da Academia para os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS),” reuniu cerca de cem participantes procedentes de dez países, com o apoio da rede do Pacto Global da Colômbia. PNUD, PRME, Rede do Pacto Global da Colômbia, GRI, escolas de negócios, setor empresarial e o governo deram uma visão geral dos atuais desafios, oportunidades, e o papel da academia em relação à aplicação dos recentemente lançados Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável (ODS). Ainda, discutiu-se a forma de aproveitar a participação do Pacto Global das Nações Unidas e do PRME, incluídas as redes e os capítulos locais, para escalar o impacto das contribuições aos ODS. A comunidade PRME na região foi capaz de refletir, compartilhar experiências e aprender uns com os outros.

A sessão do capítulo PRME LAC proporcionou um espaço para o debate sobre o presente e futuro do capítulo, incluindo o fortalecimento de sua comunidade, e o debate sobre futuras reuniões regionais do PRME, governança e representação no comitê consultivo, entre outros. De todas as conversas, ficou clara a importância de fortalecer a conexão entre o capítulo PRME LAC e a rede local do Pacto Global, incluindo a utilização da arquitetura: Metodologia de baixo para cima, para alinhar as prioridades globais e locais na implantação dos ODS; produzir mais investigação aplicada e interdisciplinar; ensino vivencial e incrementar o diálogo e a colaboração.

Atividades concretas e proposição de valor do Capítulo PRME LAC:

  • Seguir trabalhando e recrutando novos signatários PRME na região;
  • Continuar convocando uma reunião anual para a região;
  • Fortalecer a relação com as Redes locais do Pacto Global;
  • Seguir melhorando a página web do PRME Capítulo LAC;
  • Continuar desenvolvendo a Rede de Investigação;
  • Levar a cabo a votação dos estudantes com respeito a seus interesses (ODS) e os desafios da sustentabilidade;
  • Produzir um breve documento com recomendações sobre os ODS para o mundo acadêmico, baseado em uma análise dos ODS.

Estrutura de governo e de coordenação, tal como se decidiu na reunião:

  • Comitê Assessor do Capítulo de PRME LAC: Composto por anfitriões prévios das Reuniões Regionais do PRME LAC;
  • Presidente do Capítulo do PRME LAC e o contato principal: Prof. Gustavo Yepes, da Universidade Externado;
  • Representantes do Capítulo do PRME LAC no Comitê Consultivo do PRME (PRME Advisory Committee): Prof. Gustavo Yepes, Externado (janeiro de 2016 a dezembro de 2017) e o Prof. Norman Arruda Filho, ISAE/FGV (janeiro 2018-dezembro 2019).

As futuras Reuniões Regionais do PRME LAC

A 5ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC acontecerá na Universidade Nacional de São Martín (UNSAM) em Buenos Aires, Argentina, em 2016; a 6ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC em ISAE-FGV, Curitiba, Brasil, em 2017, e a 7ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC, na Universidade de Lima, Peru, em 2018.

Para obter mais informação sobre o Capítulo PRME LAC, por favor, entre em contato com o Prof. Gustavo Yepes, da Universidade Externado de Colômbia, em gustavo.yepes@uexternado.edu.co

Se desejar entrar em contato com o anfitrião da 5ta Reunião Regional do PRME LAC, por favor, escreva para o Prof. Gabriel Boero, da UNSAM, em gboero@unsam.edu.ar

Para obter mais informação sobre os Capítulos do PRME, por favor, entre em contato com Florência Librizzi, Gerente Sênior, Capítulos, Legal e Política, da Secretaria do PRME, em librizzi@unglobalcompact.org

 

 

 

22 Oct 2015

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