Announcing The Global Innovation Value Summit (GIVS2022)

ESG-IREC, Value Research Center, IAFOR Research CentreAs climate change affects people around the world, concepts like the UN’s SDGs and ESG frameworks have been pushed to the forefront of global discussion. Join IAFOR on November 18, 2022, as we host The Global Innovation Value Summit (GIVS2022), a symposium on the future of ESG and Value in collaboration with the IAFOR Research Centre (IRC) at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, and the Value Research Center (VRC).

Adding another layer to this intricate topic, the GIVS2022 symposium focuses on the concept of “value” and how it will affect the assessment of companies and organisations across the globe. As a featured speaker, Philip Sugai will share his new Value Model, and how it can serve as an alternative to current ESG evaluation frameworks to measure, manage, and create value for a variety of stakeholders.

Friday, November 18, 2022
13:00-17:00 (JST) Online

All times are in Japan time (UTC+9)
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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
Haruko Satoh, Co-Director, IAFOR Research Centre, OSIPP, Osaka University (Moderator)

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

To participate in this symposium, please sign up below.

Why ESG Now?

As the 2030 SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) deadline year approaches, pessimistic forecasts abound in attaining them by then, including curbing carbon emissions. The war in Ukraine has derailed many global efforts and initiatives to this end. But that is all the more reason that ESG in the private sector must be embraced and promoted more rigorously, as the game changer in the global endeavour to bring about systemic change in the way we value and manage our lives and the planet. In this session, experts consider tough questions concerning existing ESG measurements and evaluation, and what could/should be done about them.

Speaker Biographies

Toshiya Hoshino

Toshiya Hoshino ESG-IREC & IAFOR, JapanProfessor of the Osaka School of International Public Policy and Director of the ESG Integration Research and Education Center (ESG-IREC), Osaka University, Japan, Dr. Hoshino served as an Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations in New York for three years until July 2020. There, he was in charge of socio-economic and budgetary affairs. His previous positions have included: Vice-President (Global Engagement) of Osaka University; Minister-Counsellor in charge of political affairs at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN; Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs; Guest Scholar at Columbia University; Visiting Fellow, Princeton University; and Special Assistant (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Japan to the United States. He graduated from Sophia University, Japan, and completed his Master's at the University of Tokyo. He also received his PhD from Osaka University.

Haruko Satoh
Osaka University, Japan

Haruko Satoh, OSIPP, Osaka University, JapanHaruko Satoh is Co-Director of the IAFOR Research Centre set up with the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where she also teaches. She currently runs the international collaboration project, “Peace and Human Security in Asia: Toward a Meaningful Japan-Korea Partnership” supported by the Korea Foundation. She is also a member of the ESG-Integration Research and Education Center at OSIPP. She previously ran the OSIPP student exchange project, “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities. She is also the President of the The Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA). She has worked at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Chatham House, and Gaiko Forum. She -studied at Mount Holyoke College, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – Bologna Center, and University of Cambridge. Her interests are primarily in state theory, Japanese nationalism and identity politics. Recent publications include: “Rethinking Human Security: Securing Safe International Cruises Through A Human Security Lens”, Asian International Studies Review, Vol. 22, No. 1 (July 2021); “Much Ado about a Constitution” in Lam Peng Er & Purnendra Jain (eds), Japan’s Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century: Continuity and Change (Lexington Book, 2020); and, “China in Japan’s Nation-state Identity” in Brown & Kingston (eds), Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia (Routledge, 2018). She is on the international advisory board of the Leiden AsiaCentre, member of the Executive Council of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA) and on the board of the International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Flocy Joseph
Singapore Management University, Singapore

Flocy Joseph, Singapore Management University, SingaporeFlocy joined the Singapore Management University in 2012 with the Human Capital Leadership Institute as the country lead for India, servicing the Indian MNCs. Subsequently, she became a Secretariat member of the Asian Human Capital Awards set up by the Ministry of Manpower to honour innovative human capital practices emerging from Asia. Today, Flocy’s role in SMU encompasses designing, delivering and facilitating executive development programs for industry specific programs and customised programs for the university’s tier corporate clients. She is also a certified trainer in delivering the Global Mindset Inventory and the Facet 5 personality tools.

Prior to joining SMU, Flocy worked in India. She has a blend of academic and professional experience to her credit. She commenced her career as a merchandiser for a Swiss Multinational company in India and moved on to head their International Marketing Division, working with global brands like Nike, Walmart, Itochu, Marks & Spencer, Gap, Calvin Klein etc. Flocy also worked as a consultant for a short while specialising in joint venture collaborations for Indian apparel companies.

In mid-2005 she took a career switch to academics and moved on to head the Postgraduate Wing of the KC College of Management of Studies in South Mumbai as its Academic Head where she spearheaded student exchange programs and tie-ups with overseas universities. During this period, she was also a faculty on Ethics, CSR and International Marketing and served as a visiting faculty at the Indian Merchant Chamber, Mumbai and at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai.

Flocy earned her Master’s degree in Business Management from the Madras University in India with Marketing and Foreign Trade as her specialisation. Years later, she pursued her doctorate from the Singapore Management University. Her doctoral thesis was on ‘Responsible Leadership: A Behavioural Perspective’ as an alternative form of leadership for leaders in the twenty-first century.

Outside of her professional endeavours, she cherishes time with her close-knit family while enjoying lending support as a caregiver to senior citizens in a retirement home. Her passion includes social service and fusion cooking and observing leadership styles. She is also fluent in 5 Indian languages.

Paul Beddie
SAP, Japan

Paul is a global business development executive with 30 years of experience living and working in Asia. As International Ambassador for SAP Japan, he works with CXO and Board level members of Japan headquartered companies in their globalisation initiatives, leveraging the entire suite of SAP solutions, services, and global partner ecosystem. Paul also has a strong passion for sustainability and helping companies move towards zero emissions, zero waste and zero inequality in their global operations. To that end he is deeply involved in SAP’s sustainability enabling efforts as a strategic advisor for Asian headquartered companies to achieve their ESG goals. Paul began his global business career with Chiyoda Corporation in Tokyo in the Environmental Business Development Dept. of the Global Business Development Division, from the early 1990s. From 1998 he spent over 15 years in the management consulting sector with Deloitte Consulting, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Headstrong Capital and Genpact, scaling up multiple business units providing IT, project management, business process improvement, and business transformation services to the power generation, energy, telecommunications, banking & insurance, automotive, manufacturing and consumer sectors. In the 5 years prior to joining SAP, he founded and sold his own smart building and energy efficiency solutions integration company, servicing industrial real estate & waste-to-energy projects across China. He returned to Tokyo for the 3rd time in his career in 2020 to join SAP.

Introducing the Value Model

The climate crisis is now a tangible existential threat to the planet and humanity. Putting words into action now to attain the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is critical. This includes actions in the economic sphere, where the private sector plays a decisive role for securing our common future. Business leaders face the twin challenge of generating profit and delivering real, tangible value to a variety of stakeholders, including employees, society at large and the environment at the same time. Corporations need to answer to them as a matter of global interest, and various types of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) evaluation are there to assist in their efforts to address this challenge to achieve sustainable growth. This symposium showcases the Value Model as a powerful alternative to the currently available ESG evaluation systems like MSCI, Bloomberg and FTSE4Good, with a new framework for measuring, managing and creating value for diverse groups of stakeholders not yet found in existing ones.

Philip Sugai
Doshisha University, Japan

Philip Sugai, Doshisha University, JapanPhilip is the Director of the Value Research Center (VRC) and a Professor of Marketing at Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business. He is the author of Building Value through Marketing, a Step-by-Step Guide, published by Routledge and multiple case studies available through Harvard Business Publishing on value creation and innovation in Japan and globally. He teaches classes on “Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research” and “Sustainable & Responsible Marketing” to global MBA students from more than 30 countries around the world. Philip also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015 - 2017, where he taught “Innovation in Japan” at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto.

Kumar Iyer
Doshisha University, Japan

Kumar Iyer, Doshisha University, JapanKumar Lyer is a versatile business professional with over 30+ years of experience in Sustainable Business Operations, Business Development, Sustainability & LCA, Project Planning, Change Management, Risk Management, Resource Management & Strategy Planning. As a sustainability leader, he has initiated endeavours for creating value and good business sense, promising to deliver revenue gains, cost savings, and other benefits that lift enterprise value & promote sustainable development. Kumar Iyer has also notably proposed the Quadruple Bottom Line (QBL) as a Double Materiality paradigm for sustainability, and has expertise in identifying, developing, and leading engagements with Enterprise clients — working with line-of-business and C-level executives to qualify opportunities and facilitate sustainability engagements.

Seitaro Owada
EcoRing, Japan

Seitaro Owada is the Compliance and Corporate Sustainability Manager at EcoRing Co., Ltd. EcoRing has established a new reuse business that sells products purchased at stores through Internet auctions, inter-dealer transactions, and overseas stores, rather than over-the-counter sales. EcoRing continues to propose ecology that anyone can easily participate in and plays a role in connecting individuals and developing business with the idea of ​​expanding the circle of ecology. We named our company EcoRing with the idea of ​​expanding the circle of ecology.

Setsu Mori
Alterna Magazine, Japan

Setsu Mori, Alterna Magazine, JapanGraduating from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Setsu Mori has a rich background in media, working for the editorial bureau and the environmental agency to cover Japan’s first “sustainability” article titled “Our Common Future” at the United Nations Brundtland Committee’s Tokyo Conference. Seth Mori also served as the bureau chief for Nikkei from 1998 to 2001 and established the NPO Overseas Journalists Association in 2002 and still serves as its president. Since then, Seth mori has also launched the sustainable business magazine Alterna and is currently serving as the editor-in-chief.

Additionally, Setsu Mori also acts as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Science at Musashino University, the representative director for the CSR Management Forum, as a committee member of the “Expert Meeting for the Platform of Creating a Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere" program by the Ministry of the Environment, an executive committee member of the Good Life Award, and as a selection committee member of the Automobile Business Association of Japan’s "Automotive, Social and Partnership Award".

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