- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
More and more businesses are discovering that making sustainability central to their operations is the key to improved efficiency, profitability, and long-term success. They also are learning that transparent and honest reporting on efforts to reduce environmental impacts and risks is crucial if they want to retain investor and customer support. In this theme, corporate leaders and business executives will share their insights and explain how they are maintaining profitable business operations while adapting to evolving social, shareholder, consumer, and government expectations and requirements.
Opening Plenary: Building a Greener Economy through Innovation
It has been said that innovation will be one of the most important drivers of a greener economy. Innovation in the 21st century requires a new blueprint - one that topples the top-down approach and engenders collaboration among companies, governments, and communities. The GLOBE 2012 Opening Plenary will focus on innovation and its role in driving sustainability. Join an elite roster of business and government leaders at the Opening Plenary which will set the stage for GLOBE 2012.
Christy Clark, Premier, Province of British Columbia, Canada (Welcoming Remarks)
Christine Gregoire, Governor, State of Washington, USA (Welcoming Remarks)
Jim Weigand, President, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
Steve Williams, President & Chief Operating Officer, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada
John Kitzhaber, Governor, State of Oregon, USA
Reporting that Matters: Emerging Best Practices for the Future of Corporate Reporting
If it is true that we manage what we measure, then it is vital that we measure what matters. Focusing on economic value alone is increasingly unlikely to be the best guide to achieving superior risk-adjusted returns over the long-term. Find out how leading businesses are now also taking full account of social, environmental, governance, and cultural drivers of tomorrow's value; and learn about the outcomes of new research which takes a systems view of how to reform corporate reporting.
Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project & Board Director, The International Integrated Reporting Council
Edward Madzy, Director of Product Regulations & Product Stewardship, BASF Corp., USA
Alan McGill, Partner Sustainability & Climate Change, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, UK
Mary O'Malley, Vice President of Environment & Sustainability, Prudential Financial Inc., USA
Corporate Responsibility in the Digital Age: Leveraging New Media to Advance Sustainability and Reputation
More and more, digital and social media tools are being leveraged as platforms for innovation and information sharing as a means to advance creative products, services, practices, and technologies, as well as to inform customers and stakeholders about current sustainability initiatives. In fact, Gallup reports that organizations who have optimized their online engagement have outperformed competitors by 26% in gross margin and 85% in sales growth. This session will discuss the impact that new media is having on the way companies engage with their customers and how corporate leadership on transparency, responsibility, and sustainability directly impact both reputation and the bottom line. Learn how digital and social media tools can advance your sustainability initiatives and deliver positive results for both your business and the environment.
In Cooperation with Weber Shandwick Canada
Craig Applegath, Principal, DIALOG Architecture & Design, Canada
Josh Henretig, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Corporation, USA
Matthew McDermott, Editor - Business, Politics & Energy, TreeHugger.com, USA
Driving the Corporate Sustainability Agenda
Who's driving your sustainability agenda forward? Implementing sustainability across an entire organization requires an extensive skill set: a deep understanding of environmental issues, an ability to develop longer-term, innovative strategies, and an ability to implement "green" solutions that span the length, breadth, and depth of the company. Hear from the "Chief Sustainability Officers" of some of the world's largest organizations as they discuss the diverse strategies and tactics required for driving their corporate sustainability agendas forward.
Tony Manwaring, CEO, Tomorrow's Company, UK (Moderator)
Kevin Anton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa, USA
Judy Fairburn, Executive Vice President, Environment & Strategic Planning, Cenovus Energy Inc., Canada
Linda Fisher, Vice President of Safety, Health & Environment & Chief Sustainability Officer, DuPont, USA
Scott Wicker, Vice President of Corporate Plant Engineering & Chief Sustainability Officer, UPS Inc., USA
Supply Chains in the 21st Century: Transparency, Standards & Responsible Sourcing
More than ever, organizations are integrating social and environmental considerations into their purchase decisions in order to address increasing costs, reduce risk factors, adapt to changing regulations and new industry standards, and align corporate values with business practices. Find out how organizations are considering product life cycles across the entire supply chain in order to plan, design, and implement sustainable procurement practices and policies that meet or exceed the evolving expectations for social and environmental performance, responsibility, and transparency.
Carlo Dal Monte, Director of Energy, Catalyst Paper Corp., Canada
Jim Hartzfeld, Managing Director, InterfaceRAISE, USA
Jan Spencer, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Procurement & Continuous Improvement, Kimberley-Clark Corp., USA
Bob Willard, Sustainability Author & Speaker, Sustainability Advantage, Canada
People Power: Improving Performance through a Corporate Culture of Sustainability Leadership
Are you making the most of your most important asset? Leaders and managers who inspire and engage their employees are more likely to realize the full potential of their workforce, unlocking hidden talent and maximizing business performance. Hear from companies who are successfully using their leadership in sustainability initiatives to attract, motivate, and retain talent, and as a result, are improving company sales and overall performance.
Simon Herriott, Vice President of Global Consulting Solutions, DuPont Sustainable Solutions, USA
Erin Meezan, Vice President of Sustainability, Interface Inc., USA
Jean Oelwang, CEO, Virgin Unite, UK
Brigitta Witt, Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, USA
Responsible Mining: Does Sustainability Performance Pay?
The global mining industry has made substantial strides in the last decade to address environmental and social issues and to internalize sustainability efforts into operations. Getting ahead of regulation, mining companies have often worked together to put in place sustainability programs that demonstrate they are managing concerns, with the added benefit of improving reputations. But do these programs really add tangible value to the companies who participate and to the environment? This session assembles mining industry leaders to address the fundamental question: Does sustainability performance pay off?
George Greene, Chair, Stratos Inc., Canada (Moderator)
Dina Aloi, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Goldcorp Inc., Canada
Craig Ford, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Inmet Mining Corporation, Canada
David Parker, Vice President of Sustainability, Teck Resources Ltd., Canada
Robert Walker, Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance Services & Ethical Funds, NEI Investments, Canada
Alan Young, Executive Director, Canadian Boreal Initiative, Canada