MESD Conferences : 2006 - Atlanta, US • 2009 - Nancy, France •  2012 - New Delhi, India • 2015 - Lisbone, Portugal • 2017 - Atlanta, US  • 2023 - Delhi, India  •  Contact us to host the next MESD Conference


MESD Conferences


The first conference of MESD was hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta (USA) and co-organized by the ICN Business School (Nancy, France) and the CEREFIGE laboratory (Nancy, France)

The main themes were:

  • Multinational Practices on Sustainable Development: The conference explored the ideas that multinationals have concerning sustainable development and reaffirmed their strategies and organizational practices (human resources, marketing, technology, communications, etc). It also dealt with the understanding of the factors that motivate these decisions as well as the specifics that determine them. Examples, case studies and concrete experiences helped to expose these processes.
  • The conditions of emergence, diffusion and continuity in sustainable development: Here, we dealt with the roles that the macroeconomic environment (political, social, legal, institutional and cultural) have on the emergence and diffusion of multinational practices. The symposium will dealt with the question of the impact of the positions taken by the ONG and the international organizations, (ILO, UN, etc) as well as the study of institutional and cultural specificities. It also highlighted the influence of the micro-economic environment (market, competition, stakeholders, activity sectors, etc.) as well as organizational (size, hierarchy, top management teams, etc) and decisional specificities.
  • The role of multinationals in the development of politics and/or global strategies on sustainable development: The involved examining the role of multinationals in the implementation and diffusion of regional and international initiatives (political, social or legal).

For more information: mesd2006



The second Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development International Conference (MESD 2009) was co-organized by the ICN Business School (Nancy, France), the CEREFIGE (Nancy-Metz, France) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA). The 2009 MESD Conference focused on the issue of Strategies for Sustainable Technologies and Innovations. This event -an excellent opportunity to discuss and address questions at the core of sustainable strategic management- was designed for management scholars, economists, lawyers, sociologists and those in relevant engineering fields. We encouraged participants to consider and share potential answers to questions such as why, when and how innovative and strategic technological choices will be made and deployed.

For more information: mesd2009



The third Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development International Conference (MESD'12) was held on December 12-14 in New Delhi, India . The conference was jointly organized by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Evening College of the University of Delhi (India) which also hosts the conference this year, the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. It was a great success with 285 participants from 10 countries and numerous personalities from the academic and political world, including the Chief Minister of the State of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit.

The MESD'12 raised the key question of the role multinational enterprises plays in the dynamic sustainable business environment. Contrasting U.S., European and Indian based multinational enterprises, roadmaps yielded innovative solutions for one of the central issues of our era.

Several multinational companies had the opportunity to share their "best practices." The main sponsor of the conference was "The Indian Council of Social Science Research."

Toutes les informations sur : MESD'12



The fourth Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development International Conference (MESD’15) was jointly organized by the AUDAX - Entrepreneurship Center of ISCTE-IUL which hosts the conference this year, the ICN Business School (France), the CEREFIGE of the Université de Lorraine (France), and the Center for International Business Education and Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.

MESD’15 mainly focused on the ways MNEs can address sustainability in general with a focus on climate change issues. Considering the magnitude of the global warming issues, MESD’15 expands its target to any enterprise concerned by climate change issues. The conference seeked to identify any new feature of MNEs that is compatible with sustainable development in general and with the climate change issues in particular. The topics of this conference ranged from Sustainable Development Strategies of Multinational Enterprises, Sustainability reporting, Implementation of Green Business Models, Committing consumers to sustainability, evaluating CSR to the influence of Rating Agencies in Organization´s Sustainability, Climate Change Impacting the Investors Income, Sustainable Technologies, Assessment of Corporate Response to Climate Change to mention just a few of them. MESD'15 attracted 120 scholars of which 68 males and 53 females from 33 different worldwide Universities of from 15 countries.  Seven multinational enterprises shared their best practices with the particpant of MESD'15.

Two important publications followed this conference : A special Issue of the Journal of Cleaner Production and a book CSR and Climate Change Implications for Multinational Enterprises.



The fifth international research conference MESD’17 was held December 7, 8, and 9, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the Georgia Tech Academy of Medicine Conference Center and the Scheller College of Business on the Atlanta Campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The event had participants and registrants from over 20 countries, and some 85 attendees over the course of the three-day.  The Fifth MESD focused on the unique unfolding role played by the private sector, with particular reference to multinational enterprises, in implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Occurring in the immediate wake of the COP23 annual meetings held in Bonn, Germany and a few days prior to the global climate summit   held in France December 12-14, 2017,    MESD’17 selected thirty five papers for presentation in competitive or roundtable  format and two key note addresses to frame this year’s event.

Best  corporate and industry practices presentations by leading global firms were built into the conference featuring, this year,  The Coca-Cola Company, Solvay,  Novelis and Toto, each representing   different key industry segments, in various countries of operations and  with significant presence in the United States.  Titled  “What Can MNEs Do to Implement the UN SDGs,”  the conference was hosted by the Georgia Tech Center for International Business Education and Research in alliance with the Ray Anderson Center for Business Sustainability, both of the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Tech, and in partnership with ICN Business School-ARTEM in France,  the CEREFIGE consortium in France, Aalborg Universitet,  Denmark and our colleagues at the University of Delhi.   The event was supported by the Ivan Allen College of  Liberal Arts, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Initiatives, the Trade Advisors of France (Southeast USA Chapter), Aalborg Universitet.