“Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good Outweighs the Costs”

ConferenceCorporate Social Responsibility: The Good Outweighs the Costs”– 24th April, 2014 / Ljubljana

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ICPE and long standing excellent cooperation with the Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (Department of Public Enterprises) and Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana partners jointly organize the first annual conference in the series titled: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good Outweighs the Costs” on 24th April in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Conference will consist of one day panel discussion and workshops.

1. Topic

The issue of whether companies should consider their corporate social responsibility or the impacts of their activities on their stakeholders is no longer up for discussion. On the contrary, these issues have become a central part of the management of both global and local enterprises. The question facing most senior general managers and most CSR, community affairs, and EH&S managers, however, is how to do it successfully. The challenge is how to measure CSR performance, how to manage it, and how to report it. A particular challenge is how to integrate CSR impacts and financial performance into day-to-day management decision-making because of the various tensions between these goals, such as short-term competition and inconsistencies and long-term benefits. The tensions evolve further as managers often have significant incentive pressures to increase short-term earnings. It is also often unclear how stakeholders will respond. But this can be done. Best practice, innovative companies show that the good outweighs the costs.

2. Conference

Organized under a partnership between the Indian Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises (Department of Public Enterprises), Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana and ICPE.

International speakers will explore, among others, the following crucial themes:

  • The global role of CSR and different approaches to it;
  • The various stimuli for CSR including the CSR business case;
  • The role of innovations in improving CSR and financial performance;
  • Measuring and reporting CSR impacts;
  • Evaluation and reward systems can align individual and company CSR goals;
  • CSR programs as a competitive advantage in workforce recruitment;
  • Engaging with stakeholders to improve CSR performance.

3.      Programme

09.00  Welcome and Keynote Addresses 
09.00 – 09.10 Welcome:Dr. Metka Tekavčič, FELU Dean, and Janez Podobnik, ICPE       Acting Director General
09.10 – 09.20 Address by Guest of Honor: Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu, Secretary, DPE
09.20 – 09.40 Keynote Address:Mr. A. Pavadia, Joint Secretary, DPE
09.40 – 10.00

Keynote Address: Mr. Prasad P. Meharunkar, TATA Consultancy Services  Italia srl: “Impact Through Empowerment - Corporate Social Responsibility”

10.00 – 10.20 Keynote Address: Dr. Adriana Rejc Buhovac, Associate Professor, FELU:   “World's leading practices in implementing sustainability”
10.20 Coffee Break
10.40 Panel Discussion

Chairperson: doc. Dr. Aleksandar Kešeljević, FELU

Dr. Jože Damijan, Associate Professor, FELU:"Introducing a system of corporate integrity in Slovenia"

Dr. Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen, BI Norwegian Business School: “CSR trends - where will we be in 2030?”

Dr. Matjaž Mulej, Institute for the Development of Social Responsibility: “What is the cheaper and more efficient version: social responsibility or strikes etc.”

Mr. Jože Kaligaro, Representative of Gorenje d.d. (TBC)

Ms. Tamara Valenčič, PR and HR director at Si.mobil d.d: “Re.misli - Re.think: from Corporate Social Responsibility to Sustainable Business”

Mr. Andrej Drapal, Consensus: “CSR value chain integration”

12.15 Buffet Lunch Break (working lunch will be prepared by Indian chef Mr.Kapoorfrom Chandigarh)

Workshops on CSR implementation:
Chairperson:Dr.Adriana Rejc Buhovac, Associate Professor, FELU
- Workshop 1: Integrating CSR risks in capital investment decisions
- Workshop 2: Developing CSR performance metrics
- Workshop 3: Measuring social, environmental, and economic impacts
- Workshop 4: Aligning compensation with CSR performance

14.45  Conclusions from the Workshops and Concluding Remarks


4.Organizational Issues

Venue: Sejna soba senata at Faculty of Economics, Ljubljana (Mobitel Hall in case of increased number of participants). 

Registration to attend this event is possible at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attendance at the event is free of charge. Participants of the workshops who desire to receive the confirmation of attendance shall pay the fee of EUR 150 and will receive an official certificate of participation.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Lunch and coffee during the event are sponsored by the FELU. Practical information about the bookings and directions will be published at the web sides of ICPE and FELU.

Relevant background and proficiency in English are required for participation. The language of the event is English.

Participants: the event will bring together CSR experts, practitioners, business executives, students, politicians and NGO representatives. Organizers expect around 50 participants. Both FELU and ICPE will invite participants from their lists. Students of International FELU ICPE MBA Programme are expected to attend the event. 

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