Friday, 21 October 2011

UN/UNIDO role’s in this year’s EABIS colloquium to focus on the changing role of business in developing countries

FONTAINEBLEAU, France, 21 October 2011 – “A new era of development: the changing role and responsibilities of business in developing countries” is the theme of the 10th Annual Colloquium of the Academy of Business in Society scheduled (EABIS) which will take place from 26 to 28 October in Fontainebleau.

U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Coordinator of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson, will take stock of the last 50 years of development while former U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Sir John Holmes, will speak about leadership for sustainability in a new era for development. UNIDO Representative to the EU and Head of the UNIDO Brussels Office, Christophe Yvetot, will speak about the economic environment in developing countries and creating platforms for growth and value creation.

The relevance of development for business is increasingly clear. According to the World Bank developing countries will be engines of growth and could carry the world economy in the future, provided they have a clear strategy. Companies which integrate development concerns into their business model will be ideally placed to secure long-term licenses to operate, develop loyal new consumer bases, and innovate in new market segments. A different role for business in development will certainly emerge.

The EABIS colloquium is an international Forum that brings together policy-makers and senior officials from industry, academia, as well as civil society. Its focus is to identify new business-relevant, interdisciplinary knowledge and learning priorities within key dimensions of the global debate on the changing role of business in society.

Founded in 2002, EABIS has over 120 institutional members situated on all five continents, and an established reputation for collaborative thought leadership.
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Christophe Yvetot
UNIDO Representative
tel: +32 2 511 16 90

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