International Symposium, January 7-8, 2010

Social Responsibility Entrepreneurship and the Common Good

International Symposium, January 7-8, 2010

organized by the Centre for Responsible Business at ESC Rennes School of Business (Brittany, France) in cooperation with the European SPES Forum and the European Business Ethics Network – EBEN France

The world is facing an economic crisis that is likely to change business relationships all over the world. In times of crisis, the care for the common good often focuses on the needs of those who are close to us. However, in an economy shaped by globalization, the common good can no longer be sustained in small islands of happiness. It needs the mutual effort of people from all over the world. Business can contribute to this aim by creating employment in responsibly managed enterprises, by offering opportunities to the most destitute in social enterprises and by creating innovative approaches that harmonize societal and business interests.
The aim of the conference is to explore how corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship can contribute to the common good and provide answers to the challenges posed by the current economic crisis.

We invite contributions from a wide range of academic and professional perspectives. Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Corporate responsibility in today’s world
  • Responsible leadership in the economic crisis
  • Entrepreneurship in developing economies
  • Social enterprises and empowerment
  • Enterprises and the common good.

Proposals should be sent in Word or PDF format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than September 30, 2009. Participants are asked to provide a detailed abstract of their planned presentation (about 500 words) accompanied by a short biographical note (100 words) and full mailing and e-mail address of the author presenting the paper. Notification of acceptance for presentation will be given by October 30, 2009.

Please note: Acceptance of papers will not be final until at least one author has registered for the conference. The deadline for early registration is November 30, 2009.

The conference language is English.