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Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN) CSR in Latin America. Gerardo Lozano, PhD American University, Washington, DC, 19/06/06. SEKN.

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social enterprise knowledge network sekn csr in latin america

Social Enterprise Knowledge Network(SEKN)CSR in Latin America

Gerardo Lozano, PhD

American University,

Washington, DC, 19/06/06

  • A collaboration formed to address the need for generating social enterprise intellectual capital developed in the region itself, came about in the year 2001 through the participation of a group of leading Latin American business schools and the Harvard Business School in partnership with the AVINA Foundation.
  • SEKN has two particularly distinctive characteristics.
    • Emphasizes inter-institutional collaboration. It is based on the premise that there is great power in carrying out closely coordinated research and in engaging in lateral learning.
    • the research has a field-based orientation and the teaching has a strong focus on case studies and discussion-based learning.
how does sekn create value
How Does SEKN Create Value?
  • When you think of how to improve the lives of the poor in Latin America, you might first think of food, education, and health. However, one of the most pressing needs—even if not as obvious—is to teach leaders of non-governmental organizations, and business leaders how to be more effective managers. After all, those leaders are the movers and shakers for socioeconomic change and betterment.
who are the members
Academic Members

Universidad San Andrés, Argentina

Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil

INCAE, Costa Rica

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

EGADEMonterrey, México

Harvard Business School, USA

ESADE, Spain

Universidad del Pacífico, Perú

IESA, Venezuela

Strategic Partners

AVINA Foundation


Who are the Members?
our therory of change

Greater social value

Superior social enterprise management

Attitudinal change &

capability enhancement

Knowledge dissemination



Economies of scale and scope

Social capital creation

Our Therory of Change
knowledge generation
Knowledge Generation

Cycle I

  • Master Book: Social Partnering in Latin America
  • 7 Derivative Books
  • 13 Chapters
  • 41 Articles
  • 24 Cases with Teaching Notes

Cycle II

  • Master Book: Effective Management of Social Enterprises
  • 40 Cases with Teaching Notes
  • 50+ Articles
  • The jangling telephone awoke Alberto Vollmer, CEO of Venezuela’s largest rum producer. The news was disturbing: 400 homeless families had invaded the company’s sugar estate. Rather than calling in the police to evict the invaders, Alberto converted the crisis into an opportunity to open a new dialogue with the neighboring community and to shift the company’s strategy toward creating a strategic constructive alliance with these external stakeholders.
  • Maver Laboratory, Chile’s leading over-the-counter medications marketer, launched a social investment program that would go beyond simply generating goodwill. It aimed to be an innovative form of brand building for its major product in which the company would through deeds and words project itself in the community as deeply committed to social betterment.
  • A leading food company Alpina decided to go beyond its traditional philanthropic giving and to develop corporate social responsibility as one of its core competencies. In a similar vein, the country’s most profitable company in 2003, Hocol, set itself the goal of generating wellbeing and development in the communities where it operated its petroleum business by collaborating intensively with community groups and governments.
  • Orsa Group, a major paper products company, destined 1% of its revenues to fund its social investments. That distinctive dimension of its strategy enabled it to out compete a Canadian multinational in bidding for government assets.
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Cemex cerca de ti,

Patrimonio Hoy


Piso firme


Construyamos sus Sueños






Comité Pro-Desarrollo de …


Centros Florece

Evita que el menor fume


Bancos de Alimentos

  • What is CSR?
  • Why CSR?
    • Are there real benefits
      • For firms
      • For Society
  • Does it pay to be responsible?
  • How to implement CSR?