GIVS Symposium 2022

Basic Information

Organised by: The International Academic Forum in collaboration with The Value Research Center, Doshisha University; The ESG-Integration Research and Education Center (ESG-IRC) and the IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) at the Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.

Date: Friday, November 18, 2022 (13:00-17:00)
Location: Online from Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Kyoto, Japan
Format: Online
Ticket Price: 5,000 JPY
Language: Japanese & English, with simultaneous interpretation

SDG, ESG, and Value

The IAFOR Global Innovation & Value Summit 2018 was held in Tokyo, one of the world’s greatest cities, and brought together some of the biggest names in Japanese businesses to consider and contextualised questions of innovation and value with a focus on innovation ecosystems in the global, regional and local ecosystem of Japan.

This year the Summit is in Kyoto, the world-famous ancient capital of Japan, and online, and returns to visit a crucial element of the global effort that two major international crises of late, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, threaten to derail: the private sector’s role in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through the adoption of the concept of ESG (environmental, social and governance) in their corporate strategies. ESG evaluations increasingly influence investor choices and decisions, as corporate activities are judged by their contribution to sustainability and ethical business practice. That said, there is already the problem of “greenwashing”, as various types of ESG evaluation are either flawed or prone to abuse. The underlying cause being that the transition to a greener, more ethical and sustainable business practice while remaining profitable is a difficult undertaking for the private sector. The exercise challenges traditional ways in which economic values have been accounted do not allow for proper appraisal of, or distinction between, value creation and value extraction in the process of the ESG evaluation.

This GIVS2022 Summit will showcase a new way of ESG evaluation through which value creation might be identified and measured beyond the purely profit-driven. In reference to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and given the understanding that many of the most pressing issues facing us today are both borderless and intersecting problems affecting human security, from climate change and demographic change, to privacy, security and governance, this GIVS 2022 Summit will address the current and future challenges that lie ahead for businesses as ESG evaluation becomes integral to assessing the value of companies. How to create value for companies will be a vital part in the global process of creating new value for society at large and the planet. If we do not properly value value, or work towards a reappraisal of how we choose to measure value, then in this age of artificial intelligence, as we move further towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are failing to respond responsibly to the interlocking duties that we owe to the planet, ourselves, and each other.
So, please us in what promises to be an informative, innovative and mind-changing discussion (with simultaneous Japanese and English interpretations).

We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium.

Joseph Haldane, The International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University, Japan
Philip Sugai, Doshisha University, Japan

Location & Venue

To lessen our carbon footprint, this symposium will be hybrid. Local guests and speakers will be at Doshisha University’s Imadegawa Campus.

Organising Committee

Dr Will Baber, Professor, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Management, Japan
Dr Grant Black, President, Black Inc. Consulting, Japan
Dr Joseph Haldane, Chairman and CEO, IAFOR
Dr Toshiya Hoshino, Professor & Director, ESG-Integration Research and Education Center, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University
Haruko Satoh, Professor & Co-Director, IAFOR Research Centre, Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan
Dr Philip Sugai, Professor & Director, Value Research Center, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business, Japan

Speakers and Conference Schedule

Session 1: Why ESG Now?

13:00-13:30: Keynote Address
Ambassador Prof. Toshiya Hoshino
Director, ESG Integration Research and Education Center, Osaka University; Former Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN

13:30-15:00 Panel discussion on Value Measurement & Sustainability
Dr Philip Sugai, Director, Value Research Center, Doshisha University
Dr Flocy Joseph, Head Commercial, SMU Executive Development, Singapore Management University
Paul Beddie, International Ambassador, SAP
Moderator: Haruko Satoh, Co-Director, IAFOR Research Centre, OSIPP, Osaka University

15:00-15:15 Break

Session 2: Introducing the Value Model

15:15-15:45: The Value Model and its Potential in Business
Dr Philip Sugai, Director, Value Research Center, Doshisha University
Seitaro Owada, EcoRing

15:45-16:45: Introducing the Value Model Certification Program
Dr Kumar Moorthy Iyer, Value Creation Exponent
Dr Philip Sugai, Director, Value Research Center, Doshisha University

16:45-17:00: Concluding Remarks
Setsu Mori, Editor, Alterna Magazine