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Social Entrepreneurs Worry Big Banks Could Ruin Benefits of Responsible Investing

25 March 2014 | News | Finance

Without any need for introduction, people knew who these men were. They were well-dressed, well-connected and accomplished, and they had far more than a few billion dollars behind them, an amount representing the resources of some of the world’s largest financial institutions. When these big banks decided to become involved in impact investing, they brought recognition, credibility and scale to an industry that had previously been niche. “These smaller actors were pioneers, but we as bigger actors can be very complementary because we can bring a larger scale,” says Emmanuel de Lutzel, vice president of social business at BNP Paribas. “When I talk to customers, they say, ‘Oh, that’s very good that BNP Paribas is willing to enter... »

Be a Student Reporter for Coverage on “Organic Solutions in Global Food Affairs”

26 February 2014 | News

Today, complex problems like the food crisis is not just an environmental issue, but concerns business, politics and economics as well. Through journalistic content and a multidisciplinary angle, we want to report on the economics and politics of global food production and consumption, with a focus on organic solutions. You’ll be joining a global team of 10 student reporters to be led by two editors: Jori Lewis, an award-winning journalist currently based in Senegal and specializing in environment, agriculture and global development, and Athena Tacet, a Montreal-based data journalist and reporter specializing in foreign affairs, social, political, economic, and human rights issues. They’ll push you outside your “academic comfort zone” through teaching basics of journalism and helping you research and produce... »

oikos Pune Inaugurates Sustainability & Innovation Incubation Center

05 February 2014 | News

In a step forward, oikos Pune chapter established a “Sustainability and Innovation Incubation Center” at the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), a school at Symbiosis International University. The Sustainability and Innovation Incubation Center, the first center of its kind in India, will help students to research sustainability opportunities in businesses. Sustainability and Innovation Incubation Center is formed with an aim to serve and incubate new product/service developments and promote new entrepreneurs in the field of sustainability and Innovation. SIVIC will also assist and mentor the students with networking, knowledge, and technical support. Students will be able to interact with the new entrepreneurs and discover new motivation and influence. Student at the center can gain and learn from... »

2013′s Best Writing and Ringing in the New Year as an Agent for the Press

03 January 2014 | News

Looking back at 2013: What made us what we are today 2013 started with a challenging assignment: Among the many conventional institutions around the world, the World Economic Forum opened up to youth. Our reporters created the first media footprint of young people covering the Open Forum of the WEF in Davos, Switzerland. Even though we were struggling to position our reporting among the WEF’s extensive media coverage, we studied the WEF media team closely, played around with different formats and developed an angle for looking at what we call fringe stories while Davos turned into a car park featuring German luxury cars. Watch for our upcoming coverage in 2014, when we expand our footprint to coverage of... »

Time for a Renaissance in the Business Schools?

06 December 2013 | News | Leadership

Time for a Renaissance in the Business Schools? — Off we go! The alarm rang early in the morning and a special day for me had begun. I packed my laptop, a notebook, and a pen to begin my first experience as a reporter to attend the oikos FutureLab 2013. As a student studying Economics at the University of St. Gallen, I was eager to be part of the process of changing the paradigm of the education system in business schools. In two days, the participants of the Futurelab would be introduced to many concepts about how the current education in Business schools may be better adapted to sustainability. They would also get the chance to engage each... »