Ritual will teach new students about responsibility

A ritual that teaches students to create both value and values, says Gregor Halff, Dean of Education, describing the Responsibility Day ceremony at CBS that will bring together 2,935 new students on their very first day. With the support of the sustainable fashion brand Carcel and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, new students will be made aware of their social responsibility. HRH The Crown Princess will also attend CBS Responsibility Day.



Responsibility Day 2017. Photographer: Bjarke MacCarthy.

On the first day of the semester new students from CBS' 19 bachelor programmes will gather together for the Responsibility Day ceremony under the motto 'responsible business'. With the help of public role models the students will be introduced to issues such as sustainability, equality and transparency.

Gregor Halff, Dean of Education at CBS, is looking forward to the ceremony, which is being held for the eighth year in a row:
"The purpose of Responsibility Day is to make all students go through a rite of passage toward becoming 'real' CBS students who can create both value and values," explains Halff, emphasising the key theme of the day:

"The main outcome of the day will be the simplest of questions: 'How will this business decision affect others?’ We hope that Responsibility Day will make this question stick and that students will keep asking it throughout their studies and in their careers. So, in a way, Responsibility Day at CBS is the world’s largest exercise in questioning and listening," says Halff.

Visit by HRH Crown Princess Mary and Vestager
The ceremony is taking place for the eighth consecutive year and will be held once more in Tivoli
Congress Centre, ensuring ample space for all new students to attend. The speakers include:

HRH Crown Princess Mary, who also attended Responsibility Day last year.

Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition, known for battling for fair competition and looking after the interests of consumers. Her most recent case resulted in the EU imposing a fine in the double digit billion range on a tech giant for competition distortion. 

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Case supplied by sustainable fashion brand
When the inspiration speakers have finished speaking, the new sustainable fashion brand Carcel will present a case for the students to solve in groups. Veronica D’Souza, who has a master's from CBS, is the brain behind Carcel, which helps Peruvian women prisoners into work. The women earn money by producing woollen jumpers knitted in the local luxury Alpaca wool. A large team of teaching staff from CBS have adapted the case question to the various degree programmes and the aim is to solve it as best as possible. The prize includes a day at the management consultancy company QVARTZ.   

Read more about the Carcel case

For further information contact CBS PRME, the organisers of Responsibility Day:

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