In parallel with the Universal Exhibition in Milan, HEC Paris organised a round table on June 27th 2015 on the subject of: "Feeding the Planet. Inclusive Economy and Corporations: Next steps?"
Corinne Bazina (danone.communities), Andrea Golstein (OCDE), Maurizio Zollo (Bocconi University) and Bénédicte Faivre-Tavignot (HEC Paris Professor, SnO Center) explore the possibility for corporations to move towards new inclusive business models.
The discussion is based on the Grameen Danone Foods Ltd. case, presented by Corinne Bazina, and jointly launched by Mohammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace prize laureate, and Frank Riboud, Chairman of the Board of Danone. GDFL reflects the inherent challenges of creating a new local value chain, where they include as much of the local population as possible, so as to have a positive impact on the country itself.
The round table tackles the issue at the heart of the debate: have social business initiatives carried out by NGO and some large companies finally convinced managers and CEOs to go towards new business models? How can we replicate these hybrid business models in a larger scale?