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What's happening at MSC:

MSC participates in second, Velux-funded, ‘Making Oceans Count’ initiative


A new collaborative project between the Green Digital Finance Alliance (GDFA), HUB Ocean, and CBS has recently been launched. Funded by the Velux Foundation, "Making Oceans Count II " (MOC2) will develop much-needed blue indicators and metrics for measuring impacts and dependencies from human activities on nature. Ocean assets metrics are parameters or measurements used to assess the health, productivity, and sustainability of ocean resources. Through a systematic data-driven process, MOC2 will address the needs from future regulatory frameworks and ESG standards geared specifically towards the finance sector. With a primary focus on Denmark and the Nordics, the program is poised to generate insights with global relevance for a well-supported, sustainable blue economy.

The consortium has outlined five strategic work packages to pursue a healthier marine environment in Danish and European waters. The work packages will address the needs of the sustainable blue economy and finance actors, expand the use of asset-level data for ocean activities, unlock scientific marine and environmental data, research key platforms for sharing metrics, and ensure that ESG and finance professionals are equipped to prioritize ocean health.

Associate Professor Kristjan Jespersen, along with Postdoctoral Researcher Kedar Uttam, represent Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in the MOC2 project. Building on their previous involvement in MOC1, the researchers will focus on scoping and addressing the needs of the sustainable blue economy and finance. Their goal is to ensure that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) professionals, as well as those in the financial sector, are well-prepared to integrate ocean health considerations into financial services and blue economy activities.

The long-term objective of the project is to harness the potential of ocean-related data to develop insightful blue metrics for investors and industries affected by ocean conditions. These metrics aim to produce positive impacts on the marine environment and assist these stakeholders in adapting to changes in environmental conditions and regulatory frameworks. The project seeks to bridge the current divide between environmental and climate data, public data platforms, regulatory developments, and the actual practices of the financial and private sectors. This integration is intended to enhance the effective use of data in financing a sustainable blue economy and maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.

The Green Digital Finance Alliance, HUB Oceans, and Copenhagen Business School invite industry and science community stakeholders to join this ambitious journey. By developing and leveraging insightful blue metrics, "Making Oceans Count II" aims to make a tangible, positive impact on the marine environment, enabling adaptation to the evolving environmental and regulatory landscape.


For further information about Making Oceans Count II, contact GDFA at or Kristjan Jespersen at

Eric Pedersen, Head of Responsible Investment, Nordea, becomes Adjunct Professor

On 25 April, MSC officially welcomed Eric Pedersen as Adjunct Professor at his inauguration where Eric Pedersen gave a lecture titled “Beyond the Headlines: The Resilience and Evolution of Sustainable Finance”.


The lecture was followed by a panel debate on the same topic with Eric Pedersen, MSC Professor Andreas Rasche, Centre for Sustainability, Susanne Stormer, Partner, ESG & Sustainability Services Leader, PwC Danmark, and Frances Iris Lu, Vice President, Head of Corporate Sustainability & ESG, Danfoss. MSC Associate Professor Kristjan Jespersen facilitated the debate. Read more about the inaugural lecture on CBS’ website here and on Nordea’s website here.


Eric Pedersen has been Head of Responsible Investment at Nordea since 2020, following positions as Head of Business Strategy in Nordea Asset Management and Life Insurance, Branch manager in Singapore, and CEO of Nordea Invest. Eric Pedersen

Eric Pedersen Inauguration

has served on the Danish Committee on Corporate Governance, is the vice chair of DanSIF and a member of the ISSB Investors Advisory Group, as well as being a member of the Advisory Board of IMAP - the Boston University Impact Management and Allocation Program.


At MSC, Eric Pedersen will leverage his extensive insight and practical experience in sustainable finance to significantly enhance student understanding within CBS’s ESG Minor, HD Program, and visiting MBA programs. With his profound expertise and commitment, Eric is set to become an integral component of our educational offerings, enriching the curriculum and providing invaluable perspectives that bridge theoretical knowledge with real-world applications. His involvement is expected to inspire and motivate students to excel in their studies and pursue innovative solutions in the field of sustainable finance.


For further information, please contact Kristjan Jespersen,


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MSC in the media:

A selection of MSC appearances in the (mostly Danish) media (many more references can be found in the left-hand menu under 'In the Media'):


Introducing MSC:

The Department of Management, Society and Communication


The department came into existence on 1 January 2017 as a result of the merger of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management and the Department of International Business Communication. Read about MSC's research profile here and about it's research-based education here.


MSC is located in the Dalgas Have part of the CBS campus. As one of CBS' largest departments, it occupies most of the second floor of the building.

Dalgas Have

MSC is home to a number of Centres and research initiatives:
Centre for Sustainability
Centre for Business and Development Studies (CBDS)
The BHRights Initiative - teaching and research on Business and Human Rights
The ESG Academic & Practitioner Network
CogLab - MSC’s facility for experimental research
The Critical Digital Methods Lab.

Further information about MSC

Please contact the MSC Head of Department, Dorte Salskov-Iversen, or the MSC Head of Secretariat, Annika Dilling.

The page was last edited by: Department of Management, Society and Communication // 05/17/2024


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