The CSR Thursday Lunches traditionally take place once a month. They begin with a presentation by a CSR practitioner, followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions and exchange point of views. They are a great learning and networking opportunity.

The CSR Thursday Lunches will resume in October 2017. Stay tuned for more information about the first luncheon of 2017-2018.

We wish to thank our partner, SGS, who hosts our events in their conference facilities located at their headquarters, 1 Place des Alpes, near Geneva’s Cornavin train station.

Places are limited: first come-first served. You must register at the latest 24 hours in advance.

Upcoming CSR Thursday Lunch:

23 November 2017
Gérer une caisse de pension avec des critères durables : l’exemple de Nest, avec Caroline Schum, Responsable pour la Suisse romande chez Nest, la caisse de pension écologique et éthique.

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Past dates:

8 June 2017
Entrepreneuriat social à Genève, état de lieux et perspectives, avec Pierre Coucourde, Directeur Général de la Fondation Clair Bois

18 May 2017
Sustainable sourcing in the City of Geneva, with Ms Carol Henchoz Meier, Purchaser and Project Manager, City of Geneva and additional considerations from Ms Liesbeth Casier, Project Officer, Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance, IISD.
City of Geneva Presentation & IISD Presentation

27 April 2017
From millions to billions— green infrastructure projects development and financing in Asia, with Ms Qiuping Li, Director for Asia, R20 Regions of Climate Action

30 March 2017
Making society more resilient: Swiss Re’s role in closing the protection gap, with Catherine Burger, Director, Growth Market Networks at Swiss Re  

9 February 2017
The Ethos Swiss Corporate Governance Index (ESCGI), with Vincent Kaufmann, CEO of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services.

19 January 2017
The sustainable approach of a large construction company, with Benoît Klein, Sustainability Manager at Implenia Suisse SA. Access the speaker’s presentation

8December 2016
Sustainability developments in the banking sector, with Dr Christian Leitz, Head of Corporate Responsibility Management at UBS AG. Read the summary

10 November 2016
Not just business : The challenges of embedding corporate responsibility in the international system, with Gerald Pachoud, former special advisor to John Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights.

13 October 2016
Sustainability in the aluminium industry: the case of Alcoa with Rosa M. García Piñeiro, Vice President, Global Sustainability at Alcoa. Read the summary

16 June 2016
Corporate Responsibility at Novartis: Expanding access to healthcare with Esther Bares, Senior Reporting Manager at Novartis.

19 May 2016
From theory to practice: The act of pillage in international humanitarian law with Alain Werner, Director of Civitas Maxima.

14 April 2016
SIG, acteur de la transition énergétique du territoire genevois with Gilles Garazi, directeur de la transition énergétique chez Services industriels de Genève (SIG).

17 March 2016
CSR in the shipping industry with Cdt. Dirk Vande Velde, Chief Sustainability Officer at MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.

25 February 2016
Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy: From Theory to Practice with David Rochat, associate CEO at Sofies. Read the summary

4 February 2016
Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN): a global and innovative multistakeholders platform with Shea Gopaul, Executive Director of the Global Apprenticeships Network (GAN). Read the summary

14 January 2016
What does CSR mean for privately owned companies? Exploring the advantages and differences in sustainability approaches with Milena Stoyanova,  Head of Sustainability at SICPA. Read the summary

10 December 2015
Should companies care about the Paris Climate Agreement (COP21)? with Othmar Hug, Deputy CEO at Swiss Climate. Read the summary

12 November 2015
The McDonaldization of Society with Dr. Tobias Gössling, assistant professor of organization studies and faculty of the Tilburg Sustainability Center, at Tilburg University.  Read the summary

28 May 2015
Business Ethics: “That’s how we do things here” with Martijn de Kiewit, Head of Ethics and Compliance Management at KPMG and Marsha Heinen, Senior Consultant in Ethics and Compliance at KPMG.

23 April 2015
Standards Map with Mathieu Lamolle, Market Analyst at the International Trade Centre (ITC).

19 March 2015
CSR: Where is it heading?
with Tracey Keys, Director at Strategy Dynamics Global SA and publisher of Read the summary

26 February 2015
How carbon offsetting enhances companies’ CSR policies 
with Natalia Gorina, Senior Key Account Manager at South Pole Group. Read the summary

29 January 2015
Sustainable development at Vale, a Brazilian mining company with Michael Tost, Head of External Affairs, Europe & North America at ValeRead the summary

8 January 2015
Harmonizing sustainability reporting standards with Dr Rodney Irwin, Managing Director, Financial Capital Focus Area, WBCSD.

18 December 2014
CSR in China with Prof. Yue Zhang of the School of Management of Jilin University, China.

30 October 2014
The Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative with Dr Anthony Miller, CSR Focal Point, Investment and Enterprise Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

12 June 2014
Sustainable Luxury: Piaget and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) with Charles Chaussepied, Corporate Affairs Director-Piaget, and Vice-Chair-RJC.

8 May 2014
Regulation and corporations: what effective advocacy has to take into account with Sanja Fabrio, Principal at Strategic Government Affairs, Partner at Visconti. Read the summary

10 April 2014
WWF — Engaging the Private Sector for One Planet Living
Experiences from the Americas, Europe and Asia with Jean-Paul Paddack, Director, International Business Development at WWF International
Read the summary

6 March 2014
Impact Investing, Delivering on the Promise? with Ximena Escobar de Nogales, Head of Social Performance Management at Bamboo Finance

13 February 2014
Labour Dimensions of CSR and the role of ILO’s Helpdesk
with Emily Sims, Senior Specialist in the ILO Programme on Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and Manager of the ILO Helpdesk for Business

9 January 2014
Leaving a lighter shoe print : Sustainability at Bata
With Nicole Voillat, Sustainability Director at Bata Brands

28 November 2013
Does negative public exposure help increase performance? An empirical study on environmental issues
With Dr Estefania Amer Maistriau is a researcher and a lecturer in CSR and Management Strategy at the University of Lausanne

19 September 2013
Responsibility in the electronics industry
With Dr Kate Cacciatore,Corporate Responsibility Director and Sustainability Strategies Director at ST Microelectronics from 2004 until July 2013 and board member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) from 2007 until 2013.
Read the summary

23 May 2013
Future energy mix: challenges and opportunities for business
With Maria Mendiluce, Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

2 May 2013
La conduite de la RSE dans le secteur du bâtiment: les cas de Bouygues
With Agnès Lostis, Consulting Manager sustainability, CSR & energy efficiency, Net QI and former head of CSR at Bouygues Immobilier

11 April 2013
Can bankers save the world? How environmental reporting will transform business
With Steven Tebbe, Managing Director Europe, The Carbon Disclosure Project

21 March 2013
Equal salary: why get certified? The case of the World Economic Forum
Panel with Véronique Goy, Founder & CEO, Equal Salary Foundation, Anouk Pache, HR Associate Director, Head of Learning and Development, World Economic Forum.

28 February 2013
CSR in pivate banking: the case of Pictet
With Marie-Laure Schaufelberger, Public affairs & Corporate responsibility, Pictet

7 February 2013
OECD Guidelines: are they relevant for Switzerland?
With Johannes Schneider,  National Contact Point of Switzerland for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Read the summary

10 January 2013
Gender Diversity at Thomson Reuters
With Faye Parry, Talent Development Manager, Human Resources, at Thomson Reuters
Read the summary