The Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest and the ERENET - Entrepreneurship Research and Education Network of Central European Universities organized the 2012 Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum in September 21-23, 2012 in Visegrad, Hungary. The aim of the conference was disclosing the spiritual dimension in business ethics and sustainability management.
Issues addressed included (i) What are the spiritual orientations to nature in different cultural traditions (Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism etc.)? (ii) How can spirituality and ecology contribute to transforming contemporary management theory and praxis? (iii) How art can influence the commitment of people and organizations to sustainability and nature? (iv) Which are the promising sustainability business models in Europe and other parts of the world? (v) Which new leadership roles emerge for sustainability in business? and (vi) How entrepreneurship can be inspired by nature and spirituality in a meaningful way? Keynote speakers were
Paul Shrivastava, David O'Brien Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise,John Molson Schoolof Business,Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
János Vargha, Alternative Nobel Prize winner environmentalist, Founder of the Danube Circle, Budapest, Hungary.
The conference resulted in two main publications. One is the book « The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management » while the other is the "Spirituality and Sustainability Management" Special Issue of World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development.