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ABIS Annual Colloquium 2014 — Transforming Tomorrow: Leadership for a Sustainable Future

PRME Steering Committee member, ABIS (the Academy of Business in Society) invites you to save the date and invite your colleagues to join the ABIS Annual Colloquium 2014 — Transforming Tomorrow: Leadership for a Sustainable Future, which will convene at the University of Cambridge from 9-11 December 2014.

As a unique thought leadership forum connecting the corporate and academic worlds, the 2014 Colloquium will focus on new insights and approaches to leadership and organisational development which are required to accelerate progress towards a more sustainable future.

Profound systemic change will be needed, inspired and delivered by individuals who understand and can navigate the complex opportunities and challenges inherent in this change. The forum will address three fundamental issues:

  1. What can we learn from corporate sustainability pioneers who have embarked on long-term systemic transformation processes in and with their organisations?
  2. What needs to change in the current environment for the leaders of sustainability-driven transformation to develop and emerge?
  3. How can such transformational leadership be facilitated and strengthened, across industries and between private, public and civic sectors, in pursuit of long-term change?
  4. Are Business Schools adequately equipped to deliver on such a long-term transformative agenda?

We will explore these essential questions through a wide range of dialogues between business pioneers and academic leaders, as well as a selection of new insights and case studies from in-company practice and global scholarship.

View the indicative programme and registration info here


As in previous years, the ABIS Colloquium will feature a diverse group of sustainability leaders and thinkers to challenge and inform in equal measure. Among the confirmed and invited speakers are:

  • Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson
  • Peter Senge, Founding Chair, Society for Organizational Learning and Senior Lecturer, MIT
  • Sir Mark Moody Stuart, Vice-Chair, UN Global Compact Board
  • Douglas Baillie, Chief HR Officer, Unilever
  • Polly Courtice, Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • Peter Lacy, Managing Director, Strategy & Sustainability Services Asia Pacific, Accenture
  • Prof. Abby Ghobadian, Henley Business School
  • Dr. Xiang Bing, Dean, Chuan Keung Graduate School of Business
  • Prof. Christoph Loch, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. George Njenga, Vice Chancellor and Dean, Strathmore Business School
  • Della Bradshaw, Editor - Business Education Section, Financial Times

Additionally, participants can expect inputs from a wide range of leading companies, business schools and others, including: IBM, Saint-Gobain, HSBC, Lloyds, Tesco, Walmart, Kingfisher, SAB Miller, London Business School, INSEAD, IMD, WWF, and more!


The Colloquium offers various opportunities to participants to access, present, discuss and network around new sustainability insights and knowledge. These include:

Doctoral session – 9 December (from 14:00 GMT)

Interactive exchanges between a group of young researchers, senior managers and renowned professors on new themes and career development in sustainability-driven research and innovation. Doctoral students are encouraged to submit their contributions on the theme of transformative leadership.

A host of parallel sessions will be on offer for the broad interests of business practitioners and academia:

Day One: 10 December (from 09:15 GMT)

Capacity-Building Workshops

Presentation and in-depth dialogue around select case studies of transformative leadership for sustainability in practice. Each will be designed with an emphasis on high value tools and approaches for attendees to apply in their own organisation.

Research & Knowledge Sessions

Small-group paper presentation and discussion of leading research, grouped by theme. The most impressive and innovative ideas from the contributions will showcased in a plenary session on Day Two.


Online registration begins in early September.

ABIS Members: Each member organisation receives one free place at the Colloquium, whereas partner organisations receive two free places!

View the indicative programme and registration info here.