Doing Good and Doing Well

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The Doing Good and Doing Well Conference (DGDW) is Europe's leading student-run event on responsible business. The conference is a two-day event with interactive panel discussions on key topics related to responsible business and organisations that attracts both professionals and students from around the globe. Solely run by students at IESE Business School, Doing Good and Doing Well has served a vital role not only in the IESE community but in the MBA community as a whole since 2004.

Aims of the conference[edit]

Create general awareness about the potential for socially responsible businesses and organisations

Challenge student ideas on responsible business

Share experiences and insights of socially responsible endeavours

Encourage students to consider career options in responsible business in the short and longer term

Foster relationships between industry professionals and MBA students from around the world

Conference History[edit]

1st Conference - 2004

The conference (DGDW-2004), was founded in 2004 by Heather Blahnik and Emma Coles.[1] It was founded to show MBA students that business can be a power for positive impact in the world. The keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Albion, who is one of the founding members of Net Impact.

2nd Conference - 2005

The 2005 year’s conference (DGDW-2005) had the theme: Bottom of the Pyramid Businesses . The keynote speaker was Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder and Managing Director of Grameen Bank. Dr. Yunus recently won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to help eradicate poverty through microfinance.

3rd Conference - 2006

The conference was opened by Mark Goyder, Director of Tomorrow’s Company who gave his keynote speech on “The Modern Company and Social Responsibility” (DGDW-2006). The conference was organized around five broad themes: Bottom of the Pyramid, Social Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Role of Business in Development, and the Environment. More than fifty speakers from around the world came to share their ideas on these issues in the two-day conference. Interactive panel discussions were held on topics ranging from fuel cell development to running your business for high social impact.

4th Conference - 2007


5th Conference - 2008

The 2008 conference (DGDW-2008) attempted explore how businesses are increasingly linking the opportunities to make profits closer to the global quest for a more sustainable and equitable society.

6th Conference - 2009

The 2009 conference (DGDW-2009) had a special focus on how the current economic downturn is impacting social and environmental efforts driven by business. Speakers shed light on both the effects and the prognosis for responsible business in their sectors including finance, healthcare and energy. They also shared their advice on how to continue to make progress and perhaps even create new business models and approaches better suited to sustainable development in all market conditions.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Albion, Founder and Author, Making a Life

Matthew Bishop - US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief for The Economist

Stewart J. Paperin – President, Soros Economic Development Fund and Executive Vice President, Open Society Institute

Anil Soni – CEO, Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative

Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi – Global Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi Global Transaction Services

7th Conference - 2010

The 2010 DGDW Conference (DGDW-2010)explored how socially responsible organizations and companies can go from “Niche to Mass Market.” More than 100 speakers shared their perspectives on how businesses can scale their organizations successfully and the challenges they face in growing their operations.

Keynote Speakers

Zein Abdalla – CEO, PepsiCo Europe

Michel Camdessus – Managing Director of the IMF (1987-2000)

Vicky Colbert – Founder and Executive Director, Escuela Nueva

Rodney Schwartz – Founder, ClearlySo

8th Conference - 2011

The 2011 DGDW Conference (DGDW-2011) had the theme “The New Bottom Line”. This year, there were interesting keynote speeches by prominent personalities from various sectors including social entrepreneurship, CSR, sustainability research and non-profit. It had 36 panel discussions featuring more than 130 speakers in fields ranging from Venture Philanthropy Technological Innovation, Social Challenges and more.

Keynote Speakers

Pamela Hartigan, Director, Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford University’s Said Business School

Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG

Felix Oldenburg, European Leader, German Director, Ashoka

Maurice van Sabben, President, National Geographic Television International & President, National Geographic Ventures International

Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, Board Member & Co-founder, Center for a New American Dream

9th Conference - 2012

The 2012 DGDW Conference (DGDW-2012) brought together over 100 professionals to discuss the most critical issues around “Achieving Sustainability in Business and Society”. This year’s Panel Discussions was organized around four tracks:

Innovation: The way to achieve sustainability

Growth: A precondition for sustainability

Collaboration: A new way of interaction for sustainability

Impact: How we measure sustainability

Keynote Speakers

Gavin Neath, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Unilever

Jeffrey Spector, Chief of Staff, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mark Drewell, CEO, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative

Jacques Pieraerts, President & CEO, Toyota Spain

10th Conference - 2013

DGDW 2013 Conference

22–23 February 2013



Conference Format[edit]

The conference consists of 2 days of panel based discussion with major speaker addresses throughout the two days.

Other Specific Conference Events[edit]

Career Forum

The conference includes a career forum where companies and organizations can meet with participants interested in career opportunities. The companies will have access to students from top MBA schools across Europe.

CleanTech Venture Seminar

The DGDW conference's first Cleantech Venture Seminar was held in 2008. The aim was to facilitate the investment process of worthwhile start-up companies which have developed disruptive solutions to improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources in the field of energy, water, transport, air & the environment. The 2008 event proved to be a major success with 16 venture capital funds and 8 pitching companies in attendance.

See also[edit]

DGDW Facebook Page [1]

DGDW 2012 Promo [2]

DGDW YouTube [3]


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