Impact on Business & Society

"If we are not ashamed to think it, we should not be ashamed to say it"  Cicero

Dear Alumni,

Sometimes we fiddle with the following question: should we, as Alumni, publicly express our opinions on "softer" and often more controversial issues such as for example business ethics, sustainability, civil rights or government social policy.

The answer is: YES WE SHOULD!

It is our individual moral responsibility to take the stand on things we believe are important and defend our ideas in a world that we believe could benefit from them.  Nothing can or should shield us from our responsibility as a citizen.  To the contrary, being a Solvay Alumni compels us to voice our opinion.  The education we have received comes with an obligation: contribute back to the community by sharing ideas and opinions.  What is the point of educating people if they just shut up?

Let's not be shy or ashamed of our opinions, let's put them in the open, let's share them and hope it will contribute to transforming the world into a better place.

Our Alumni organization and the Schools have taken a few initiatives to both to help voice their opinion and contribute to the public debate, but also expose you and the students to the challenges that we are facing in this increasingly complex world.

We would like to give you an overview of what has been done by the Alumni and the Schools in these matters.  We hope you will be able to benefit from this in order to become a better-informed and more active citizen.

Big conferences

Every two years, Solvay Alumni organizes a high level conference on a hot business topic and/or a society-related issue

2012: Flexibility and the future of work in Europe

2010: Crisis 2007-20XX - what have we learned?

2008: Leadership to win

2006: Multiculturality & Business in global groups

Solvay in the Press

Faculty and famous Alumni regularly express their opinion on key issues in the press.  You can follow them hereunder:

Business Voice Series

Throughout the year, the school organises a serie of seminars and workshops with high-profile guest speakers. Entirely open to our participants and alumni these seminars constitute a great way to keep track of the latest development in the business world. Participants interact and learn from professionals in a large range of topics. Past seminars have covered Change Management, Effective Networking, Presentation Skills, Effective Business Writing, What it takes to be an Entrepreneur and many more.

Executive Programme en "Management et Philosophie"

This Executive Education program helps us challenge our viewpoints and our management practices in order to make better decisions.  It uses new tools and concepts to better understand the professional world but also develop a personal approach to problems and approach it with a new angle.


This programme empowers leaders to break through new habits of leadership, explore new possibilities and evolve new ideas that over time will transform their organisations and themselves as innovators in these evolving times.  Its approach will combine expertise from academics and soft skills from practioners. This new vision will bring latest analysis from the experts with the accute feedback from the field.  It is also the first complete offer from the three business schools of the Wallonia Brussels Federation.

The Oath Project

The Alumni are moving forward on a (non compulsory) oath to be take by the students


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 A few external links to websites that should help you enlarge you view of the world and the way we, as business leaders, can transform it:


The TED conferences bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives. makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free, offering free knowledge and inspiration from the world's most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.


Bruegel is a European think tank working in the field of international economics. Established in 2005, Bruegel  is independent and non-doctrinal. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.

Itinera Institute

Our mission: To show, to defend and to build roads for policy reform towards sustained economic growth and social protection, for Belgium and its regions.