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JFBS 7th Annual Conference 2017 

"Sustainable Enterprise:
Revisiting an Enterprise Concept "

Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS)
Humboldt-University Berlin International CSR Conference (HU CSR)
Joint Conference

■Date: September 7th - September 8th, 2017 
■Venue: Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

■Theme: Sustainable Enterprise: Revisiting an Enterprise Concept
Recently business style is questioned how it can contribute to the sustainable development of local and global communities. A variety of initiatives have launched domestically and internationally to promote social or sustainable enterprises.

Many experts argue conscious enterprises which take stakeholders’ interests into account. For the last few years, new certification system or organization forms have been introduced. For example, B-corporation, in the USA, is a certification system for corporations which commit to benefits of not only shareholders but also customers, employees, suppliers, and the surrounding community. In the USA, new organization form “Benefit Corporation” has also been introduced in 30 states, and so was “gGmbH” in Germany. These movements have brought up fundamental questions for business style to create social impacts: What is the success for business?

We do not have such organization form in Japan. In terms of corporate sustainability, however, there are a number of companies in Japan surviving for several decades or longer with warm supports from local communities. It is important to study how these long-surviving companies accumulated wisdoms and established their sustainable competitive advantages.

Many of those companies, which have led and supported local economies, are family businesses. There are a lot of family businesses in Japan and the wisdoms for sustainable management thriving over generations are common among them. In the discussions on sustainable or good business, it is important to examine these long-surviving companies and family businesses in terms of sustainability or their relationship with stakeholders. It should be noted that big businesses have also engaged in extensive activities aiming for sustainable development through their business and brought some tangible results as well.

In the 7th Annual Conference of Japan Forum of Business and Society (JFBS), we will review the traditional business values and discuss various challenges and themes concerning business and society in both theoretical and practical manners. Themes include:

     Sustainable Enterprise, New Corporate System・Business Model,
     Long-surviving Companies, Family Business, Corporate Identity
     (Corporate Mission), Governance Style, Social Business,
     Stakeholder Management, Creation of Shared Values    
General topics on business and society are also welcome!

Call for Paper (Research/Case Study) 

Please submit a A4 one page proposal for a single paper and add three keywords (either in English or Japanese) to


Deadline for Submission
May 31, 2017
・An A4-size sheet (approximately 800 words) proposal with the theme and 3 keywords
・Please send the proposal to
Result Notification
June 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce that a Journal (IJCSR) will join the conference and will publish special issue as follows. Those who submit a successful proposal will be invited to submit a full paper after the conference to either:

1) The JFBS Annals by Chikura Publishing
 (Articles should be 8,000 words long).
  The deadline for a full paper submission is January 31, 2018.
  For more information, please visit here Notes for Contributors.
  Please send the paper to

2) A special issue of International Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility(IJCSR) by Springer

Doctoral Workshop

■Date: September 6th, 2017
■Venue: Waseda Campus, Waseda University
■Theme: Any themes related to Business and Society are welcome
■Technical Committee:

・Eweje, Gabriel (Associate Professor, Massey University, New Zealand)
・Jastram, Sarah (Professor, HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration, Germany)
・Kokubu, Katsuhiko (Professor, Kobe University, Japan)
・Moon, Jeremy (Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
・Schwalbach, Joachim (Professor, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany)
・Tanimoto, Kanji (Professor, Waseda University, Japan)

For details.