Doing Good and Doing Well
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
• 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
1st Conference - 2004
The conference (DGDW-2004), was founded in 2004 by Heather Blahnik and Emma Coles. 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.
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.
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.
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
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
The conference consists of 2 days of panel based discussion with major speaker addresses throughout the two days.
Other Specific Conference Events
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.
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