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Economic Peace Day: Reinventing ourselves to preserve nature

 La Journée de la Paix économique s’empare du développement durable et responsable
Publié le
11 Mai 2021

On June 3, 2021, the Economic Peace Research Chair at Grenoble Ecole de Management will take action on climate and social issues and organize the first completely virtual Economic Peace Day. Three plenary conferences and nine round tables will lead the way to a reconciliation between Man and Nature.

This day, dedicated to Economic Peace, focuses on major environmental and societal issues, and compares them to the models of society and organizations of today and tomorrow. This unique event, held by videoconference, is expected to involve around 50 speakers from all backgrounds.

The Economic Peace Day will focus on the central theme of global warming and the environmental emergency. The discussions will highlight the way in which all citizens, including the players in organizations, are already working on these issues: what initiatives, conducive to sustainable development, are being implemented in the field? What are the obstacles to overcome and the facilitating factors? How can future managers be trained to deal with the issue of transition? In short, how can humanity reinvent other models of growth, by choosing to be at peace with Nature?

Three plenary conferences and nine workshops

Organizations, students, teachers, and local and regional authorities will exchange remotely, to share new solutions, dedicated to economic peace – one of the five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoted in the framework of the French Law on the growth and transformation of companies (PACTE law). "In fact, the Economic Peace Day responds to the urgent need to inspire, reflect together and open up new concrete perspectives that will allow us to develop an economy at peace with Nature," emphasizes Odile Gruet, project manager in charge of organizing the event at GEM. In addition to the plenary sessions, the focus will be on collaboration workshops, centered on school/company testimonials. "  

Three plenary conferences will be held to mark the Economic Peace Day, including an opening conference attended by Eric Piolle, Mayor of Grenoble, Dominique Steiler, Director of the Research chair in Economic Peace, Loïck Roche, Dean and Director of Grenoble Ecole de Management, Camille Etienne, spokesperson for the "On Est Prêt" movement and Christophe Ferrari, President of Grenoble Alpes Metropole.

Throughout the day, nine workshops and round tables will bring together various experts, professors/researchers of Economic Peace, business leaders and managers, various student associations, and the general public around one central theme: sustainable and responsible development. Digital technologies, water, law, finance, responsible purchasing and CSR are some of the themes chosen for the day.

This day is supported by the City of Grenoble, Grenoble Alpes Métropole, L'Ecole de La Paix, la Fabrique Spinoza, Impact, RCF Radio, La France des Solutions and Chic Planètes.

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GEM makes a commitment

In order to achieve peace with its ecosystem, Grenoble Ecole de Management promotes its core purpose: "To provide answers, through training and research, to the major challenges of the ecological, societal and economic transition and to contribute to a more resilient, fairer, more peaceful and more responsible world". (See text box).

Indeed, lest we forget that on February 25, GEM made a commitment for the future, by becoming a société à mission, the new model created by the PACTE law. Its Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of this change in the articles of association, which confirms several years of commitment to society, notably through the creation of the Economic Peace Professorship. "Since 2012, in Grenoble, the research professor has based its work on economic peace, developing with organizations field alternatives to the model of hyper-competition within and between companies, against individualism and the strict pursuit of profit as the sole goal," emphasizes Odile Gruet. Since then, the work of the research professor, conducted in partnership with pioneering companies, has paved the way for respecting the individual in the company and its ecosystem, including the environment, through peaceful economic relations. " 

GEM is committed to being a société à mission

As a consular higher education institution, GEM is committed to becoming a société à mission, with a purpose and strategic objectives. The implementation of these objectives will be monitored by a Mission Committee and audited by an independent third-party organization (government list) every two years.

Five strategic objectives:

  • To act ethically and defend the physical and moral integrity of individuals: forbid any behavior or words that infringe on the rights, health or dignity of any individual. (SDG 3)
  • Defend the right to be different, encourage diversity and oppose all forms of discrimination, in particular by ensuring equality between men and women. (SDGs 5 and 10)
  • Promoting access to quality education for all, working for inclusion and equal opportunity.  (SDG 4)
  • Promote solidarity and the principles of economic peace and combat all forms of corruption and violence (SDGs 11, 16 and 17)
  • Recognize the environmental emergency by actively fighting global warming and preserving natural resources and biodiversity, notably through our Zero Waste initiative. (SDGs 12 and 13).

These objectives are derived from the GEM Manifesto for a Sustainable Future, the result of a joint effort by the school, its employees, students, and associations, as part of the Sustainability Committee, which defined these five causes to which the school is committed.

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