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Dear Partners, Associates and friends of GRLI

Taking into account the fragile state of our global systems - environmental, social, economical & technological - the GRLI recognizes the need for efficient ways of navigating varying terrain and uncertain conditions. While each of us will have a preference for how we travel and what role we can play in making globally responsible progress real, I like to think of the GRLI's work through the lens of cycling. Whether you are commuting or riding for recreational purposes or exercising - cycling requires both human effort and technological innovation. It is at once an ethical and efficient mode of transport - not speak of the health benefits to the rider!

Last week's two AGM annual meeting sessions gathered more than 60 representatives of the GRLI Partners and Associates community across continents and time zones to consider the GRLI's "vehicle" and our shared journey of making globally responsible progress real. 

The AGM meeting not only ensures our legal compliance (Foundations for Public Benefit are required to call an “Annual General Meeting”) but is also the one opportunity we have to discuss forward looking changes to our engagement model, review progress made to date, and to welcome our new Guardians Elect (see below). The full recording of our AGM along with the slides will be shared with Partners & Associates in a follow-up email shortly.

It is also my pleasure to share in this newsletter a number of "Read, Listen, Respond" opportunities (scroll for more) and to highlight immediately upcoming events as well as new initiative focused on embedding sustainability in courses. Some of the highlights include:
  • The virtual 7th RME (Responsible Management Education) Research Conference on 19-21 October, hosted by the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons in Chur, Switzerland. The GRLI will co-present a plenary session with others on the theme of coalition building.
  • GRLI will also be part of the innovative GSBN Beyond annual conference taking place online through October and culminating 9-13 November.
  • 23-24 November GRLI Deans & Senior Business Leaders Roundtable co-hosted by GRLI and Antwerp Management School. See below for details.
  • EFMD Job Fair for PhDs in Business and Management takes place 14-16 October virtually. This platform for job-seeking graduates allows them to present themselves and their research to faculty and recruiters from international business schools and universities.

Even with continuing uncertainty, there is an undeniable sense of strength to be gained from deepening relationships though virtual connection with our colleagues across the globe. If you or your organisation wishes to contribute to our ongoing and collaborative work I invite you to join the GRLI today.  

With warm regards,

John North
Executive Director

Welcoming the GRLI Guardians Elect

Photo of 5 new GRLI Guardians Elect
After a deliberative nomination and review process, the GRLI is delighted to announce five new Guardians Elect. In the Partner category, we welcome Ana Simaens of ISCTE Business School and Adrian Zicari of ESSEC Business School. In the "by invite" category, we welcome Florencia Librizzi, Nicola Pless, and Simon Rey. The Guardians Elect will take up the two-year term in Q2 2021 following an "elect" period starting October. Join us in welcoming them and wishing them well!

AGM Message from Claire Maxwell

A message from the Chair of Foundation Claire Maxwell shared at our 6 & 8 October AGM events, where she calls for turning the GRLI "inside out" and expanding the reach, breadth and depth of our core work.

23-24 November GRLI Deans & Senior Business Leaders Roundtable

The GRLI Deans & Senior Business Leaders Roundtable will be held 23 November from 15:00-17:30 CET followed by debrief and deepening sessions on the 24th. Co-hosted by GRLI and Antwerp Management School, the event will promote constructive dialogue between Deans and Senior Business Leaders on the question ‘What does business expect from management schools to help build responsible, resilient and regenerative organizations and economies?’

Antwerp Management School AMS has already invited several of the CEO's working with their school. Deans are encouraged to invite senior business leaders linked to their own institution to join the meeting with them in learning partnership. Please ask your business leader counterparts to mark the date ASAP.

Calendar invites will go out shortly to Cohort participants and Partners. There will be no cost for registration.

Report for Q3 GRLI Deans Cohort Check-In

We're pleased to share the report synthesizing two days of conversation held via zoom on 27-28 August 2020 as a “connect and collaborate” check-in meeting of the GRLI Deans & Directors Cohort. Read the report.

Read, Listen, Respond

Decolonizing the Business School Graphic
Why Creating Responsible Leadership Requires Decolonization
Read Professor Alison Kemper's blog on her thoughts following the summer 2020 “Decolonizing the Business School” online workshop.
Global Challenges as Opportunity to Transform Business for Good

A new journal article in Sustainability by Chris Laszlo, David Cooperrider, and Ron Fry, all at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. .
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