The Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin l LEIZ expands its global network. In order to advance our partnership with Fairleigh Dickinson University l FDU, Isabel Jandeisek is about to be a visiting research scholar during the fall semester 2016. Isabel Jandeisek – doctorand and research associate at LEIZ – conducts research on how firms can conduce to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations-Agenda 2030. The FDU´s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise l ISE, located at Silberman College of Business, addresses topics such as Sustainablity & Leadership. Furthermore, Jandeisek will be supported by FDU´s Office of Global Learning, which upholds a long-term United Nations partnership within its UN Pathways program.
Starting point was Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland´s conference speech on “Leadership and Organization - Transcultural Norms of Good Corporate Behavior of the Twenty-First Century” at the premises of the FDU in New York in late October 2015. His presentation of the LEIZ´ research – regarding Global Standards such as UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines, SDGs and ISO 26000 in respect to Corporate Responsibility and Transcultural Leadership Excellence – aroused interest on the part of the FDU.
Leadership and Organization - Transcultural Norms of Good Corporate Behavior of the Twenty First Century Over the last decades several global norms emerged that govern the ethical and risk-based due diligence dimensions of management practice. These standards relate to different aspects of the global value chain: Integrity & Compliance Management, Human Rights, Corporate Social Responsibility, Millennium & Sustainable Development Goals – to name but a few. The UN Global Compact and other voluntary and extraterritorial regulations determined the principles for the economic and ethical design of the global value chain. These principles must be implemented in leadership processes, risk management and almost all intra-company management systems. This presentation discusses the essential social and ethical standards of global corporate leadership as well as their implementation in corporate practice. Consequences for corporate management and the need for a transcultural corporate culture are at the core of the discussion.
On these grounds we are pleased with a significant opportunity to move the LEIZ´ internationalization forward. A partnership with the FDU opens an excellent chance for manifold cooperation projects. Research on sustainability in terms of the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN´s Global Compact initiative which in sum encourage enterprises worldwide to implement sustainable and socially responsible procedures might be of mutual benefit. Moreover the very urban setting offers a highly attractive opportunity for field studies since urbanism is considered to be an important driver of economic development. We appreciate the opportunity to gain joint insights into the current practice of doing intersectoral management in the USA.
What is the UN Agenda all about:
In December 2014, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon circulated his draft of a post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. The agenda itself, along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined within it, was approved in the following September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. Once accepted by all UN states, it is applicable to all countries – in spite of, yet also precisely because of, the different realities, capacities and stages of development around the world at present. Hence the wired-ranging nature of the social, ecological and economic development and sustainability goals, to which 169 sub-goals can be assigned. The aspiration of a universal agenda implies nothing less than a common understanding of the problems we face and furthermore a collaborative, collective operational framework which brings together all the relevant players. The Development Goals as a response to global challenges focus accordingly on shared responsibilities and effective solutions. In this way, a significant contribution towards solving the challenges articulated by the SDGs is also expected of globally active companies, their management and their leaders: “Business is a vital partner in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Companies contribute through their core activities, and we ask companies everywhere to assess their impact, set ambitious goals and communicate transparently their results.” (Ban Ki-moon 2015). In light of this, our research at the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ and the Chair of Institutional Economics focuses on questions concerning the role and contributions of businesses within the SDG process.
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