Sustainability challenges

Greening of logistical activities

Sanda Soucie, PhD

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Workshop goals

As a term widely used to describe transportation activities, storage and handling of products as they move from raw material source, through the production system to the point of sale or consumption, logistics used to be focused on maximizing profitability. However, the calculation of profitability included only the economic costs that companies directly incur, while environmental and social costs have been largely ignored. This workshop is dealing with completely new approach to logistics, trying to investigate not only environmental effects of all the activities involved in the transport, storage and handling of physical products as they move through supply chains, but also their economic and social implications. This is a concept of a rapidly evolving term of „greening“ of logistics. The issues covered with this course are topical, important and currently engaging the attention of company managers, public policy makers and consumers in many countries, and many examples of companies ‘greening’ their logistics will be analyzed and discussed during lectures.


Lecturer's short biography

Sanda Soucie is Full Professor in the Department of Trade and International Business, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia. She has carried out research on retailing and wholesaling, logistics, fashion retailing, channels of distribution, etc. She is the editor of the following books: Green Economy in the Western Balkans: Towards a Sustainable Future, and Challenges for the Trade in CE and SE, both published by Emerald; Supply Chain Management – New Perspectives, published by IntechOpen; she is a guest editor in The British Food Journal, Journal of Food Products Marketing, World Journal of Retail Business Management. She is involved in many scientific projects, such as FP7 EU Focus Balkans, Evaluating CSR at the point of sale from the new parents` perspective, Proactivity in fostering environmental sustainability between trade and tourism, etc.


Sustainable company for sustainable society - challenges in 21st century

Hana Horak, PhD

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Workshop goals

Climate change provides a powerful example to illustrate broader challenges in promoting corporate environmental responsibility. Companies focusing on climate change can provide a catalyst for wider corporate engagement with the environment and also have a positive effect on the social dimension of sustainable development. As confirmed by many researches, environmental sustainability in the operation of companies cannot be effectively achieved unless the objective is properly integrated into company law and thereby into the internal workings of the company. The goal of the workshop is to give participants a broad perspective on how an interdisciplinary approach, through legal and economic analysis and effective regulatory framework can build sustainable companies, in line with 25 UN goals on sustainability. Moreover, standards and procedures to be implemented so that they could be effectively applied and operationalized in order to achieve Environmental, Social and Governance factors will be considered.


Lecturer's short biography

Professor Hana Horak, PhD, is tenured professor of commercial and company law at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, and Jean Monnet Chair holder. She teaches courses in Commercial and Company law, European Company Law, EU Internal Market Law, Corporate Governance, Law of International Trade. For a number of years she has been the head of Specialized Master Study Programme “Legal and Economic Framework of Doing Business in the EU” where she teaches European Company Law, European Business Law and E commerce. She is a member in several national and international professional associations: European Law Institute (ELI) academic fellow and Member of Special Interest Group (SIG) for Banking and Financial Law, European Association of Law and Economics (EALE), European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).


International trade and sustainable development

Maja Bašić, PhD

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Workshop goals

The aim of the workshop is to enable students to independently master the knowledge of sustainable development in the context of international trade and trade policy with existing environmental externalities. The workshop analyses key assumptions, theories, models and trends in international economy in relation to sustainable development.


Lecturer's short biography

Maja Bašić, PhD, is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Business University of Zagreb. She acquired her PhD degree (2015) at the Faculty of Economics and Business University of Zagreb. Maja participated in many international and national conferences, and published as author and co-author a number of papers in international journals such as International Journal of Business and Globalisation, Journal of the Knowledge Economy, International Journal of Innovation Studies and Central European Business Review. Her research interests are International Economics, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.


Sustainable migration management

Nadan Petrovic, PhD

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Workshop goals

According to the World Bank, international migrations present one of the major issues of the 21st century. The European Union will in the coming decades inevitably continue to face strong migratory flows. Serious and continuing instability in many areas bordering the Union's southern, south-eastern and as of recently eastern borders, along with structural economic, social and demographic imbalances between the Middle East, the Maghreb and sub-Saharan regions and the European Union, will continue to have migratory consequences in the medium and long term. Apart from the current challenges represented by the management of forced migration from Ukraine, every year tens of thousands of people try to reach the EU through various channels, both regular than irregular, such as illegal crossings across the Mediterranean (including the Aegean) or increasingly along the Western Balkans. The purpose of this workshop is to offer in-depth historical, juridical, economic, and sociologic analyses of main trends and features of international migrations (both forced and voluntary) as well as main challenges and opportunities they represent for European societies. Course description: Migrations and asylum across centuries; International instruments for the protection of the right of asylum; The distinction between asylum and immigration; The Geneva Convention of 1951 and the New York Protocol of 1967; The instruments of regional protection (Convention of the Organization of African Unity, Cartagena Declaration); Global Compact on Refugees and Migration; The harmonization of immigration and asylum policies in European Union; Multilevel governance policies of migration management in some EU Member States; Community funds aimed at immigration and integration policies.


Lecturer's short biography

Nadan Petrovic is the professor of Strategies of International Cooperation as well as Coordinator of the Center for migration and refugee studies at La Sapienza University of Rome. He is also Co-Director of the training course "Managing migration: training of local Public administration", promoted by La Sapienza University in collaboration with Unitelma Sapienza, and a senior lecturer at several Master and PhD courses at both La Sapienza and other Italian Universities. During his professional career he has held several high ranking positions, including Director of the Central Service of the Italian National System for Protection of Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Senior Specialist for Integration of Migrants/Head of Sid Unit at International Organization for Migration, Head of UNOPS/UNHCR Implementing Unit c/o National Asylum Program, Advisor to the Italian Undersecretary of State for Internal Affairs in charge for Immigration, to the Head Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Italian Ministry of Interior, to the Director General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Parliamentary commission of inquiry into the reception system for migrants. He was a manager and expert of the Presidency of the Council of Minister (Ministry of Integration and National Office on racial antidiscrimination) and Rapporteur of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (on Migration flows in South Eastern Europe). In addition, he has worked as senior consultant for European Commission on several countries. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on migration issues.


Social innovation through organizational hybrids

Hagai Katz , PhD

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Workshop goals

This workshop aims to expose students to the question of why organizational hybrids between business and non-profit organizations are best positioned to identify, legitimate, and generate sustainable solutions for social problems. For this purpose, students will be first introduced to the concept of wicked social problems and to the roots and causes for the emergence of hybrid social-business organizations. Then, through case studies and simulations, they will be familiarised, using a critical perspective, to the tensions involved in the running of such organizations and to the unique strategies they use to tackle social problems and address social and environmental sustainability concerns. These include models such social-business or social enterprise, social impact bonds, intersectoral collaboration for social impact, impact investing and more. Cases will demonstrate such strategies in various industries such as tourism, social services, hi-tech and more, as well as from different global regions, including developed and developing contexts.


Lecturer's short biography

Hagai Katz (PhD, UCLA Social Welfare, 2005, MA, Organizational Sociology and BA, Behavioral Science at BGU) has been researching the third sector, civil society and philanthropy since 1996. His current work focuses on three main issues: (1) the management of non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations, and social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs, with a particular interest in the blurring boundaries between business and non-profit organizations; (2) civil society, especially social change organizations in governance, policy and democracy; (3) social engagement, and particularly giving and volunteering, by looking at the interrelations between different manifestations of social engagement and pro-social behavior. He was director of the Israeli Center for Third Sector research and board member of the International Society for Third-Sector Research.


Sustainable start-ups and entrepreneurship

Milena Valeva , PhD

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Workshop goals

The third sector is often used as an umbrella term for those organizations that cannot be classified as either public or private. This distinction is also often accompanied by an eclectic understanding in terms of terminology, methods, structures and concepts of the third sector. An overview of the potential of third sector organizations - non-profit organizations and nongovernmental organizations – emphasizes the return to the conceptual beginnings of this field (Etzioni coined the term as early as the 1970s) - non-profit organizations are based on the principle of solidarity and breaking new ground in doing so. No other direction is currently more debatable than the direction towards sustainability. Sustainable Entrepreneurship is an innovative niche between the traditionally divided public and third sector of national states. Therefore, an exploration of the spectrum of sustainable business models and the potential of the third sector for boosting sustainability within the entrepreneurship arena are the main topics of this workshop.


Lecturer's short biography

Prof Milena Valeva, PhD, has been in charge of the teaching area of NPO- and NGO-Management and Sustainable Regional Development at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld at Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany) as full professor since 2020. Her professorship is devoted to the regional commitment of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld. She does research on the innovative area of the third sector (non-profit organizations and civil society movements). She completed her PhD thesis on the topic of Business Ethics as a Joint PhD project at the International Graduate School Zittau (Germany) and the Leuven Catholic University Belgium). She is also a co-founder and member of the board of directors of Odyssey NGO, a non-profit organization for regionally focused social development in Bulgaria.