IE hosts the first extension in Europe of the Sustainable, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Academic Conference

This week, during the 12th and 13th of June, the first extension of the Sustainability, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Conference was held in Madrid, at IE University. The European Union Horizon 2020, Colorado State University, University of Wyoming College of Business, Texas Tech University and IE Business School sponsored the conference. This conference is an international event for the top scholars who work in this topical area. The selected theme was “Social Business Hybrids; or how for-profit and nonprofit firms use blended logic to pursue social and economic goals”. The objective of the conference is to advance SEE-related research and practice by addressing diverse topics related to the sustainability of companies, ventures, broader society; what are the social and environmental values when measure in monetary units and how do social, environmental and economic value interact with each other; or how does market completion affect the fabric of trust.

The SEE attracts diverse topics including but not limited to social, environmental & sustainable entrepreneurship, cause-based enterprises, B-Corps, impact investing, firm-community ties, prosocial action, activism, etc. Thus, sustainability, ethics, and entrepreneurship triangulate ecological consideration, social value creation, and economic opportunity. As Salvador Carmona and Santiago Íñiguez highlighted at the opening and closing of the event, respectively, the topic of this conference could not be more aligned with the values IE stands for. Madrid’s SEE Extension counted on the presence of international speakers such us Marc Gruber, Professor of Entrepreneurship, EPFL or Simon C. Parker Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ivey Business School. During the two day conference, IE faculty chaired each of the eight workshops that were held, in which more than 30 academic papers were discussed.

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