The MNEmerge team presented the research results of the project at a panel titled MNEs corporate social responsibility as complementary to national development at the European International Business Academy (EIBA) Annual Conference held in Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria on the 4th of December, 2016. The objectives of the panel, chaired by Professor Juha Väätänen from Lappeenranta University of Technology, included the following questions:
- How far have we come in accomplishing the MDGs/SDGs?
- What has been the role of MNEs in achieving UN Sustainable Development Agenda objectives?
- How can we improve the impact of the collaboration between MNEs and local stakeholders?
The panel included presentations from the MNEmerge partners. After Professor Väätänen’s introduction on the MNEmerge project, Professor Pervez Ghauri from the University of Birmingham presented the impact of multinational enterprises on sustainable development and poverty reduction. George Essegbey from the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute held a presentation titled MNEs and capabilities building: emerging market perspective for sustainable industrial development: case Ghana. Aashna Mehta from the Public Health Foundation of India spoke about MNEs contribution to the Indian pharmaceutical sector and Suraksha Gupta from the University of Kent about returns from strategies adopted by MNEs to improve access to medicines. Finally, Hanna Mäkinen from the University of Turku told about the dissemination of MNEmerge project results. The presentations provoked many questions and lively discussion about the role of MNEs in sustainable development, and in particular about the practical implementation of the policy recommendations given by the MNEmerge project.