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Projects 1989- 1997

1 - " Towards the Civic Economy", and 2 - "The Quest for Utilization Value: Economics as the Good Ordering of Interests", draft versions in 1989/91, published in 1990 and 1992.

COLLOQUIUM on “Towards a Common Core Programme in European Management” in partnership with the Society and Enterprise Foundation SMO and the European Institute of Public Administration EIPA, Maastricht, 1990, led by Paul Kloppenborg.

ROUNDTABLE on “Public-Private-Partnerships” with the African Ministers of Finance and Development in cooperation with Euroconsult, Maastricht, 1991, organized by Paul Kloppenborg.

WORKSHOP & REPORT “The Use of the Information Superhighway as Catalyst for Small Business Activity”, Municipality of Groningen, 1992, led by Paul Kloppenborg.

LECTURE SERIES in "Public-Private Partnerships" at the Erasmus University, 1989- 93 and the Institute of Housing Studies, Rotterdam, 1995 by Paul Kloppenborg.

SOCIAL VENTURE NETWORK EUROPE, the first community of socially responsible business leaders in the European Union. In the USA, its associated organisations Business for Social Responsibility, the Investors' Circle and Students for Responsible Business have over 2.000 members. Progressio is a founding member and Marcello Palazzi acted as executive director in 1993-94, launching and growing the network in its initial phase, liaising with SVN in San Francisco and organising 2 successful conferences in Amsterdam in 1993 and in Zürich in 1994 (at the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute - Migros). Further involvement with creating PYMWYMIC (Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Company), a socially-responsible investment vehicle which, among other businesses, launched the Ben & Jerry’s brand in the Benelux countries.

MBA COURSE in "Corporate Social Responsibility", 1995, Rotterdam School of Management. Designed and delivered by Progressio.

RESEARCH AND EDITING of the Mandag Morgen Report "A New Partnership for Social Development", United Nations Social Summit, Copenhagen, 1995.



ROUNDTABLE with corporate leaders for Mandag Morgen/Danish Ministry of Social Affairs on "Best Practices of Socially Responsible Business", United Nations Social Summit, Copenhagen, 1995.


NAB 3NAB 2NEW ACADEMY OF BUSINESS, UK, founded by Anita Roddick of The Body Shop, as the first school to exclusively shape a socially-responsible business culture through its management programmes. Progressio, through Marcello Palazzi acting as ‘Head of Development’, has actively supported this initiative during 1995 and established strategic links with organisations such as AIESEC and Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, leading to the AIESEC Summer School, with programmes being offered each summer at Bristol University.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME in "Best Practices of Socially Responsible Business in Action" at New Academy of Business, September 18-22, 1995, UK. Attended by 25 owner/managers of own businesses, including The Cooperative Bank, Scott Bader, The Body Shop.


1996 - 1997

WORLD BUSINESS FORUM for the UNITED NATIONS Habitat II Conference, “Enterprise, the City and Sustainable Development”, Istanbul, May 30-June 1, 1996, the first global meeting of progressive enterprise, organised at the invitation of Dr. Wally N’Dow, Executive Director, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. The first UN Conference to include business as a full-fledged partner, it was attended by 320 top executives from businesses such as Volvo, Honeywell, Dow, ABB, Mitsubishi, Bankers Trust, Pfizer, Apple Computers, CH2M Hill, CNN, Coopers & Lybrand, Good Year, EDS, Repola, Emlak Bank & Pazarlama, US BIOTECH, Carl-Bro, Levi Strauss, Oticon, Merloni SPA, Skanska AB; international agencies such as the World Bank, I.L.O., UNDP, UNIDO, UNEP, Eco-Med, ICLEI, IULA; think-tanks such as Demos and COMEDIA; non-profits such as The Getty Conservation Institute, Common Purpose, and progressive business networks such as the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum, World Business Academy, Social Venture Network, International Network for Environmental Management INEM, European Baha’í Business Forum, Minnesota Center for Corporate Responsibility, European Business Network for Social Cohesion. The Forum’s resolution on responsible busi-ness made history by being incorporated into the UN documentation - the first time ever. It set the agenda for succeeding resolutions by other business bodies, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in its 1998 deliberations, the World Economic Forum in its 1997, 1998 and 1999 fora, and the International Chamber of Commerce in its joint statements with Kofi Annan’s office in 1998 and 1999. Progressio was responsible for the whole event, including funding.

MBA COURSE in "Enterprise in the Global Society", 1996, Rotterdam School of Management. Designed and delivered by Progressio.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME “Sustainable Business Strategies for the 21st Century” for Chief Executives and Directors, KVK Raju International Leadership Academy, September 16-17, 1996, Hyderabad, India.

UN HABITAT II PARTNERS' FORUM, United Nations, New York City, October 28th, 1996. Attended by 250 decision-makers from business, city administrations, NGOs and foundations. Progressio conceived, organised and secured funding for the event.

UN dinner

Volvo AwardCORPORATE BEST PRACTICES LUNCHEON, United Nations, New York City, October 28th 1996, to present 10 ‘Corporate Awards for Best Practices’ in Sustainable Business and the City.  Awards presented to Mitsubishi Electric USA, the Affordable Housing Design Corporation, Gündlach Hannover, Honeywell Europe, Volvo among others.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “Business and Municipality - New Partnerships for the 21st Century”, March 13-15, 1997, Bremen, Germany. Principal partner with the City of Bremen, ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives) and ECONTUR. With IULA, North-South Centre Europe, European Commission DG XI, UN Centre for Human Settlements, German and international organisations of city mayors and business executives.