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Chapter name: Humanistic Management Network Swiss Chapter

Contact name: Ernst von Kimakowitz

Background information: In 2007 the humanistic management movement was institutionalized by founding a charitable Swiss association in the Canton of St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland, beautifully nestled between lake Constance and the Alps.

The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network works on the basis that a fundamental paradigm shift is needed in the way we define the purpose of business and its role in society. To this end the Swiss Chapter promotes the approach to humanistic management developed by the Humanistic Management Center that is based on the three pillars of 1) Respect for human dignity 2) Integration of ethical considerations in management decisions and 3) Engagement with stakeholders

More on this approach can be found under http://www.humanisticmanagement.org.

Chapter activities: The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network is undertaking three types of activities.

· Supporting the humanistic management movement globally by empowering and facilitating chapter activities worldwide

· Organizing and participating in events that aim to promote the ideas of humanistic management

· Providing input on further developing the foundations of humanistic management

The Swiss Chapter runs and channels its own activities mainly through the Humanistic Management Center (www.humanisticmanagement.org), an independent think–tank, learning institution and advisory firm in the corporate responsibility and business ethics arena. 

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The Social Innovation Summit community is about identifying social and environmental challenges and collectively working on projects and business models to address them.

The 2015 Social Innovation Summit in Zurich, Switzerland took place on the 31st of October at Toni Areal home of the Zurich University of the Arts. Aiming at the advancement of social innovation and entrepreneurship in order to meet pressing social and environmental needs it is the Summit's mission to create awareness on social challenges and inspire people with diverse backgrounds to collaboratively drive innovative endeavors that benefit society in various ways.

The Humanistic Management Center was glad to contribute to this event by leading a session on impact investing.

You can visit the Social Innovation Summit website here

You can view our presentation and an event gallery here

IGNITE is a student initiative embracing the positive power of business to make impact towards a more equitable and sustainable world. Aiming to inspire and learn from best practices a first conference will be held November 17th - 18th 2015 in St. Gallen Switzerland. The Humansitic Management Network is proud to be a Vision Partner of IGNITE.

The three pillars IGNITE is founded on are Company Culture, Leadership Values and Reinforcing Society through Business. With these three pillars  the initiative aims to inspire and provide learning opportunities for businesses and students alike on creating value and making positive impact on a wide swath of stakeholders. Learning about and learning from outstanding companies that are purpose driven and achieve the dual objective of generating a positive impact on the communities they operate in as well as earning healthy profits stands at the heart of IGNITE.

Please visit http://www.ignite-conf.ch for further information and to register.

What is the meaning of values for senior executives and how can values be communicated in a business organization? These are two of the questions addressed in this interview in the CSR Magazin, a leading publication for corporate responsibility practitioners.

Senior executives often live by strong values in their personal lives while the pressures under which they perform on the job can at times create conflict between personal values and managerial decision making. In this interview Jan Thomas Otte, who publishes the online magazine Karriere Einsichten, asked the Humanistic Management Center on the importance of values for senior executives and ways to communicate them.

You can download the interview under this link

Researchers of the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen are engaged in the academic and public discourse on business ethics for close to three decades.

It has always been and continues to be a significant characteristic of the St. Gallen Institute for Business Ethics to inquire in depth into underlying paradigms. Terms like justice, responsibility, sustainability, and an integrative notion of economic rationality are considered sincerely and seriously.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Institute this book has been brought out with unusually discursive elements providing a lively and interesting debate. What are the demands placed on business ethics as a research field and how can business ethicists contribute constructively to addressing the challenges we face today are the guiding questions of this volume.

Follow this link for more information on this book

Introduction to Humanistic Management


 
 

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