NBS Expands Global Reach to Chile
The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) has just opened its first affiliate in Chile, which inaugurates the organization’s presence in South America. Their first meeting will take place in April 2014 at the UAI campus in Viña del Mar, Chile.
NBS: Chile’s Leadership Council will convene Chilean business leaders across key sectors annually to identify their sustainability challenges as an input to research.
“Chile is a country with pressing sustainability challenges. While our resource-intensive economy progresses, growing social movements express their discontent regarding education, inequality and concentration of power,” said Pablo Muñoz, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (UAI) Business School. As per the Memorandum of Understanding between UAI’s Centre for Business Sustainability and NBS, Muñoz also serves as Academic Director of NBS: Chile.
This is the second expansion move in 2013. Earlier this year, NBS signed a MoU for its first-ever international affiliate in South Africa. Named NBS: SA, it has launched its Leadership Council, a group of South African business leaders, and identified the top sustainability challenges facing South African business in 2013.
“NBS believes in the power of creating innovative and sustainable models through sourcing local knowledge and sharing it worldwide,” said Tima Bansal, Executive Director of NBS.
The role of regional affiliates is to facilitate collaboration between research and practice to implement sustainable business practices. They are managed independently but have to meet rigorous content and good governance standards. The global expansion started in 2013 will fulfill a critical role in convening and co-creating knowledge in a growing number of languages and contexts, NBS said in a press statement.
Image credit: NBS