Christian Economy and Enterprise Forum
Christian Enterprise? Christian Economy?
There is an expanding circle of Christian entrepreneurs and directors that increasingly feels the need to assert their worldview and set of values in everyday business – however, they might not be sure what mental support they can draw from the social teachings of the Church and the economics rooted therein.
Christian economists publish more and more remarkable studies and exciting theories – however, they might not receive proper feedback on the feasibility and usefulness of their findings in everyday business practice.
Also, it is an important issue for entrepreneurs as well as economists whether a Christian model of economics – if it exists in the first place – can put a stop to the destruction of creation and offer a real alternative to the pressure of economic growth based on consumption…
These are the challenges and issues that the Christian Economy and Enterprise Forum aims to tackle, calling the representatives of economics and the business world to an innovative dialogue.
The forum on 3 February will include papers by renowned representatives of the Hungarian and international academic world on the hot topics of Christian teachings on economy, such as the protection of creation, the sustainability of economic growth, the problems of poverty and distribution. Representatives of Hungarian family enterprises will also give talks on challenges of everyday business, ethical dilemmas, observing traditions, all based on their personal experiences.
Scroll down for a detailed programme.
- Main patron of the conference is János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary
- 09:00-09:20Welcomes and keynote speeches
- 09:20-10:00Msgr. Martin Schlag, Professor - University of St. Thomas (USA), Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome)
Topic: Business and Spirituality.
The Social Teachings of the Church in Business
- 10:00-10:40Luigino Bruni, Professor - Lumsa University
Title of paper: Critique to the managerial reason (online presentation)
- 10:40-11:10Paul Dembinski, Professor - University of Fribourg and UNICATT, Director - Observatoire de la Finance
Topic: Ethics in Finances (online presentation)
- 11:10-11:30Coffee break
- 11:30-12:00Klára Katona, Habilitated Associate Professor - Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Title of paper: What is the Goal of a Business Enterprise?
- 12:00-12:30Sister Laura Baritz, Assistant Professor - Christian Social Principles in Economy (KETEG), Sapientia College of Theology of Religious Orders
Title of paper: The Economics of Happiness
- 12:30-1:00Norbert Fogarasi, Managing Director - Morgan Stanley
Title of paper: Artificial Intelligence in Finances – a Risk or an Opportunity?
- 1:00-2:00Lunch - Networking
- 2:00-2:40Bruno Bobone/József Tóth, Entrepreneurs - UNIAPAC - ÉrMe Business Network
Title of paper: We Have a Message! – UNIAPAC, an International Network of Christian Entrepreneurs
- 2:40-3:00Marcell Béres - Béres family, Board Member of Béres Zrt.
Topic: Our Values – Past and Present
- 3:00-3:40Jeffrey Sachs, Professor - Columbia University
Topic: Global Challenges for Enterprises, or Globalisation as an Enterprise Challenge (online presentation)
- 3:40-4:40IESE PANEL
Topic of the round-table discussion: About the IESE Advanced Management Program – Discussion about the programme with IESE Alumni members
Heinrich Liechtenstein, Professor - IESE Business School
Szabolcs Varga, Partner and Hungarian Office Director - Bank Gutmann AG, IESE Alumni
András Scharle, CSO - Dome Group, IESE Alumni
Noémi Gyergyay, Project Manager - Boston Consulting Group, IESE Alumni
- 4:50-6:00Mix and mingle, standing reception
- Host: Gergő Süveges
Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Science
1088 Budapest, Szentkirályi u. 28-30.
Main patron of the conference
The conference is organised by ÉrMe Business Network (ÉrtékMegőrző, that is, Value Preservation). Cooperation partners: Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Makovecz Campus Foundation, Magyar Vezetőképző Alapítvány (Hungarian Executive Training Foundation).
ÉrMe (Value Preservation) Business Network is an expanding network of local clubs offering an opportunity for Christian entrepreneurs and directors to keep in touch. At club nights and other events, network members can expand their knowledge and exchange experiences on how to work in economy as Christians and how to keep faith and business activity in harmony. On the other hand, these informal meetings give rise to business cooperations based on a shared set of values as well as personal trust and friendship. The purpose of ÉrMe also includes social responsibility, as it regularly supports those in need as well as valuable community initiatives.
“Business is more than profit” – the philosophy of ÉrMe formulates the belief of its members that the aim of economic activity is not only material profit but also the service of the general good. At the same time, it conveys that the members of ÉrMe value business activity and want to work in profitable, successful enterprises.
Click here for an information brochure on the efforts and results of the network in the last twenty years >>
ÉrMe Business Network Website >>
If you have any questions, please contact the organisers via e-mail: rendezveny[kukac]ermehalo.hu
Magyar Vezetőképző Alapítvány
Makovecz Campus Alapítvány
For registration please contact József Tóth.