MNEmerge Newsletter December 2016

Research findings of MNEmerge presented at the EIBA Conference

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.

Policy implications of the MNEmerge project discussed

The MNEmerge team has presented the policy implications that have arisen from the project’s research results in two policy briefings. The first briefing was organised at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on the 27th of October, 2016. The second briefing, the panel MNE’s impact on global Development challenges in emerging markets, was organized at the UNIDO’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Vienna on the 24th of November, 2016. The policy briefings consisted of presentations and discussions on the research framework and methodology of the MNEmerge project, as well as on policy recommendations resulting from studies on capability building and poverty reduction in different sectors, such as sanitation and healthcare in India, energy and healthcare in Brazil and industry in Ghana. All in all, both policy briefings included lively and fruitful discussions among the project team and the audience, resulting in useful suggestions on how to proceed with policy recommendations, and inspiring further research.


Rural electrification policy and the importance of FDI in developing countries

Workshop on Rural electrification policy and the importance of FDI in developing countries took place on the 21st of November, 2016 at the Technological Center of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. The workshop aimed to discuss the results and impact of rural electrification programmes as well as the role of MNEs in such initiatives.


The workshop was opened by Professor Mauro Rosa from INESC Brazil, after which presentations were held by local stakeholders and MNEmerge partners. First, Professor Juha Väätänen from Lappeenranta University of Technology presented the MNEmerge project and described the key findings and implications regarding MNEs involvement in host country development and contribution to local economy. Next, Dr. Airton Spies from State Secretariat for Agriculture and Fisheries (EPAGRI-SAR) discussed the agricultural development of the region and emphasized the role of electrification. Godfred Frempong from CSIR-STEPRI presented Ghanaian experience from agriculture and industrial sectors. And finally, Carlos Augusto Hoffmann from Ministry of Mining and Energy presented the results of Light for All programme implementation and outlined further development paths.

The second part of the workshop was devoted to joint discussion facilitated by Professor Rosa. Topics emphasized in the discussion were energy ladder, project framework capturing interconnections between MNEs and local economy, as well as the role of government.

A report summarising the MNEmerge project findings and policy recommendations published

Read Mira Tuominen’s report How multinational enterprises can impact global development? – MNEmerge project findings and policy recommendations here.

The MNEmerge team wishes everyone Happy Holidays and all the best for the year 2017!