FDIB ScandinaviaSustainability and CSR

3rd Annual

PDIB Scandinavia—Sustainability and CSR
Denmark and Sweden

June 9 – 20, 2014
Stockhom, Sweden & Copenhagen, Denmark

The University of Minnesota CIBER and Robert Strand of the Copenhagen Business School and the Nordic Centre for Sustainability will host the third annual Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) program showcasing sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices in Scandinavia. Travel destinations include Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Program Description

Why Scandinavia?

  • Scandinavian countries have demonstrated the strongest and most balanced macro economic, environmental, and societal performances in the world.
  • Scandinavian corporations are disproportionately well represented in the major sustainability and CSR performance indicators.
  • Scandinavian scholars have made significant contributions to the concepts of sustainability, CSR, and stakeholder theories. The Copenhagen Business School is ranked as one of the Top 10 research universities in the world for Sustainability and CSR by the Aspen Institute Beyond Grey Pinstripes.
  • The "Scandinavian Cooperative Advantage" offers a model for shifting strategic mind-sets toward the cooperative strategic posture necessary for creating shared value.

What will I gain from the program?

  • Access to world-leading Scandinavian corporations and practitioners to discuss progressive sustainability and CSR strategies.
  • Exposure to contemporary research on sustainability in a Scandinavian context.
  • Awareness of sustainability and CSR practices in Scandinavia through visits with companies, governments, NGOs, and academics.
  • Insight into Scandinavian culture through city tours and cultural excursions.


  • Professionals interested in or engaged in sustainability and CSR efforts who wish to draw best practices from a leading region.
  • Higher education faculty from U.S. institutions—especially if you seek to internationalize your curricula and deepen your exposure to current sustainability and CSR practices.
  • Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) professionals who wish to collaborate with industry and academia to address pressing environmental and social issues.

Travel Locations and Dates

  • Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark
  • June 9 - 20, 2014
  • These dates do not include travel time to and from the U.S. and assume arrival in Stockholm by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9 and departure from Copenhagen anytime on Friday, June 20.

Sample Itinerary

June 9- Arrival at group hotel in Stockholm.

June 10 - Orientation, Stockholm city tour, welcome dinner.

June 11-12 - Full days of business site visits.

June 13 - Business site visit in morning; afternoon train to Copenhagen.

June 14-15 - Optional Copenhagen city tour and free weekend time.

June 16-18 - Full days of business site visits; potential academic sessions at the Copenhagen Business School.

June 19 - Business site visit in the morning; afternoon program debrief, closing dinner.

June 20 - Program ends.

Program Fee

  • Program fee is $4,000 USD per participant.
  • Fee includes hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), ground transportation, breakfast, select lunches and dinners, site visits, city tours of Stockholm and Copenhagen, and CISI International Travel Health and Security Insurance. Participants are responsible for international airfare, most lunches and dinners, incidentals, and any passport and visa fees.
  • Single room requests will be accommodated based on availability. The cost to upgrade to a single room for the entire program is $1345 (11 nights).
  • We are not able to accommodate travel companions or spouses.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

Application, Deadlines, and Fellowships


  • Program full for 2014.
  • You will be notified of your status as soon as possible after the application is received, and will have two weeks after notification of acceptance to confirm participation and submit a $500 deposit.
  • Space is limited to a maximum of 20 people.

CIBER fellowships

  • CIBER is offering a limited number of fellowships of $1,000-2,000 to support faculty from U.S. education institutions. You can apply for a fellowship within the application form.

Before you apply

  • Prepare a 200-250 word statement describing your interest in PDIB Scandinavia and how it might contribute to your teaching, research, or work within your organization.
  • Have an abbreviated CV or Resume (PDF, DOC, DOCX) ready to upload to the online application form.

Applications closed for 2014

  • The application must be completed in one session.


Contact CIBER at ciber@umn.edu or 612-625-9225.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

How to cancel

  • Cancellation from 2014 PDIB Scandinavia must be done in writing by email or mail. Official notification needs to provide the reasons for cancellation from the program and notification must be provided by the participant, not a designated Power of Attorney. Cancellation is effective from the date the official notification is received by the University of Minnesota CIBER.
  • Questions and cancellation notification should be sent to: Abby Pinto, apinto@umn.edu
  • Participants may not defer placement to a future PDIB program.

Refund of program fee

  • The $500 program fee deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancel on or before April 7, 2014: refund of 100% of program fee less the $500 deposit.
  • Cancel on or after April 8, 2014: no refund due to contractual obligations with our logistics provider in Scandinavia.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • If the U.S. Department of State issues a travel warning advising U.S. citizens not to travel to a particular country or, if in a country, to leave, CIBER will suspend the program if it has not already started.

The University of Minnesota CIBER reserves the right to cancel this program for insufficient enrollment or safety reasons. If our office cancels the program, deposits and program fees will be refunded in full.
The information contained in this Cancellation Policy supersedes any verbal or other written information that anyone may receive regarding this policy. This policy only pertains to the PDIB Scandinavia program.

Photo Gallery

Gothenburg cityscape Partnership Conference 2012
2012 Group Copenhagen canals
Train travel Discussing sustainability
Lunch outside Copenhagen boat cruise


Robert StrandRobert Strand
Assistant Professor of Leadership & Sustainability
Director, Nordic Centre for Sustainability
Copenhagen Business School
phone: +45 3815 3222
e-mail: rs.ikl@cbs.dk

Instructor, Carlson School of Management

"The Chief Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Study of Its Presence in Top Management Teams"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Corporate Responsibility in Scandinavian Supply Chains"
Journal of Business Ethics

"Toward Sustainable Sustainability Learning" (PDF)
Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability

Børsen Series on CSR—Culture & CSR Danish and English versions (PDF)

"A Plea to Business Schools: Tear Down Your Walls" (PDF)

"There simply is no better place on the planet to learn about effective sustainability and CSR than Scandinavia. I first came to Scandinavia in 2005 as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and was amazed at the progressive practices I saw. In the time since then I have worked to bring U.S. practitioners, academics, and students to Scandinavia to explore these topics first hand. If you are looking to explore the concepts related to "Creating Shared Value" (Porter & Kramer, 2011), "Stakeholder Engagement" (Freeman et al., 2010), and the formation of innovative partnerships that cross the traditional lines of industry, government, and NGO to tackle social and environmental challenges- Scandinavia is the place to do it." -Robert Strand


Visa Information

  • Visas are not required for U.S. citizens entering Sweden or Denmark and staying less than 90 days.
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passport and visa (if applicable).
  • For questions about whether you need a visa to enter Sweden or Denmark, please visit the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Denmark.

Thank you CIBER co-sponsors as of November 2013!

Florida International UniversityIndiana UniversityUniversity of Florida CIBER

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