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PDIB Scandinavia—Sustainability and CSR

Stockhom, Sweden & Copenhagen, Denmark

PDIB Scandinavia 2014

The University of Minnesota CIBER and Robert Strand of the Center for Responsible Business at Haas School of Business hosted the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program in June 2014, showcasing sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Scandinavia. Travel destinations were Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Program Description

Program Description

Why Scandinavia?

  • Scandinavian countries have demonstrated the strongest and most balanced macro economic, environmental, and societal performances in the world.
  • Scandinavian corporations are disproportionately well represented in the major sustainability and CSR performance indicators.
  • Scandinavian scholars have made significant contributions to the concepts of sustainability, CSR, and stakeholder theories. The Copenhagen Business School is ranked as one of the Top 10 research universities in the world for Sustainability and CSR by the Aspen Institute Beyond Grey Pinstripes.
  • The "Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage" offers a model for shifting mind-sets toward the cooperative strategic posture necessary for creating shared value.

What will I gain from the program?

  • Access to world-leading Scandinavian corporations and practitioners to discuss progressive sustainability and CSR strategies.
  • Exposure to contemporary research on sustainability in a Scandinavian context.
  • Awareness of sustainability and CSR practices in Scandinavia through visits with companies, governments, NGOs, and academics.
  • Insight into Scandinavian culture through city tours and cultural excursions.

Audience

  • Professionals interested in or engaged in sustainability and CSR efforts who wish to draw best practices from a leading region.
  • Higher education faculty from U.S. institutions—especially if you seek to internationalize your curricula and deepen your exposure to current sustainability and CSR practices.
  • Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) professionals who wish to collaborate with industry and academia to address pressing environmental and social issues.

Travel Locations and Dates

Travel Locations and Dates

  • Copenhagen, Denmark and Stockholm, Sweden
  • June 9-20, 2014

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

June 9 - Arrival at group hotel in Stockholm, orientation, informal welcome dinner.

June 10 - Business site visits.

June 11 - Business site visit in morning; city tour in the afternoon.

June 12 - Business site visits, reflection session.

June 13 - Business site visit in morning; travel by train to Copenhagen.

June 14 - Canal tour, free time.

June 15 - Free day.

June 16 - Conference at Copenhagen Business School.

June 17 - Conference at Copenhagen Business School.

June 18 - Business site visit in morning; panel discussion in afternoon.

June 19 - Business site visit in morning; wrapup discussion in afternoon; farewell dinner.

June 20 - Program ends.

Program Fee

Program Fee

  • Program fee is $4,200 USD per participant.
  • Fee includes hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation, breakfast, select lunches and dinners, site visits, city tours of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and CISI International Travel Health and Security Insurance. Participants are responsible for international airfare, most lunches and dinners, incidentals, and any passport and visa fees.
  • Single room requests will be accommodated based on availability, and charged directly to the participant.
  • We are not able to accommodate travel companions or spouses.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Application and Deadlines

Application and Deadlines

Before you apply

Prepare a 200-250 word statement describing your interest in PDIB Scandinavia and how it might contribute to your teaching, research, or work within your organization.
Have an abbreviated CV or Resume (PDF, DOC, DOCX) ready to upload to the online application form.

Questions?

Contact CIBER at ciber@umn.edu or 612-626-4423.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and Refund Policy

How to cancel

Cancellation from PDIB Scandinavia must be done in writing by email or mail. Official notification needs to provide the reasons for cancellation from the program and notification must be provided by the participant, not a designated Power of Attorney. Cancellation is effective from the date the official notification is received by the University of Minnesota CIBER.
Questions and cancellation notification should be sent to: Abby Pinto, apinto@umn.edu
Participants may not defer placement to a future PDIB program.

Refunds

The $500 program fee deposit is non-refundable.

Trip cancellation insurance for individually purchased airfare is strongly recommended.

If the U.S. Department of State issues a travel warning advising U.S. citizens not to travel to a particular country or, if in a country, to leave, CIBER will suspend the program if it has not already started.

The University of Minnesota CIBER reserves the right to cancel this program for insufficient enrollment or safety reasons. If our office cancels the program, deposits and program fees will be refunded in full. The information contained in this Cancellation Policy supersedes any verbal or other written information that anyone may receive regarding this policy. This policy only pertains to the PDIB Scandinavia program.

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Gothenburg Cityscape

Gothenburg Cityscape

Gothenburg Cityscape

Train Travel

Taking over the Volvo Museum

Lunch Outdoors

Copenhagen Boat Cruise

Instructor

Instructor

Robert StrandRobert Strand

Executive Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability, Copenhagen Business School
e-mail: rstrand@berkeley.edu
bio

"The Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Its Presence in Top Management Teams"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Corporate Responsibility in Scandinavian Supply Chains"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning" (PDF)
Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability 

Børsen Series on CSR—Culture & CSR Danish and English versions (PDF)

"A Plea to Business Schools: Tear Down Your Walls" (PDF)

"There simply is no better place on the planet to learn about effective sustainability and CSR than Scandinavia. I first came to Scandinavia in 2005 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and was amazed at the progressive practices I saw. In the time since then I have worked to bring U.S. practitioners, academics, and students to Scandinavia to explore these topics first hand. If you are looking to explore the concepts related to "Creating Shared Value" (Porter & Kramer, 2011), "Stakeholder Engagement" (Freeman et al., 2010), and the formation of innovative partnerships that cross the traditional lines of industry, government, and NGO to tackle social and environmental challenges- Scandinavia is the place to do it." -Robert Strand

Visa Information

Visa Information

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Sweden or Denmark and staying less than 90 days.
Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passport and visa (if applicable).
For questions about whether you need a visa to enter Sweden or Denmark, please visit the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Denmark.

Thank you CIBER co-sponsors of PDIB Scandinavia 2014

Thank you CIBER co-sponsors of PDIB Scandinavia 2014

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