Corporate

Customized Program for Corporate Representatives

If you're a CEO, VP, Director, or involved with sustainability and/or CSR within your organization, then these sessions may be of interest to you.

The Big Picture: Megatrends, Innovation and Collaboration for a Prosperous Planet

Dynamic leaders share their personal insights and expertise around the power of innovation and collaboration and chart the course on business, environment and development trends.  

Valuing Nature: The Business Case and Innovative Methods for Eco-Asset Management

A growing group of business, community, and organizational leaders now recognize that protecting, enhancing, and restoring natural capital is essential to business success, sustainable economies, and high quality of life. This session will showcase leading strategies for optimizing the value of natural capital, and will spotlight how business decisions impact natural capital assets and, in turn, organizations and stakeholders. Emerge with a compelling, up-to-date understanding of the links between natural capital protection and the bottom line. 

Food Security and Innovation: Scaling up to Meet the Challenge

By 2050, the world’s population will crest nine billion—a 34 percent increase over today’s total. Five years ago, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization predicted that humans will by then need to produce 70 percent more food than we do today. This past year alone, investors moved some USD $2.06 billion into agricultural technology start-ups. These numbers will continue to grow. This session will explore the role of emerging agricultural technologies and small scale start-ups in scaling up food solutions to feed the world.

Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation

This session brings a solutions-oriented outlook on water security trends to ensure access to water and catalyze economic growth. Join leading experts to learn how investment, emerging models of delegated water governance, innovation and technology deployment are scaling solutions and addressing water scarcity.  Take away key insights on how cross sector partnerships create opportunities for sustainable business and effectively conserve, manage, and distribute this vital resource. 

 

Purpose and Profit: 21st Century Business Models Driving Sustainability

Caring for people and the planet no longer needs to be at the expense of profit.  We have witnessed firsthand how stewardship of people and planet can, in fact, support the bottom line.  This session will explore social purpose business models as drivers of innovation and highlight leading companies with a clearly defined social mission. Experts will share practical insights on strategy, marketing, innovation, and how they have successfully generated value and social impact while increasing profits.  Get access to the latest inside knowledge required to stay ahead of the curve and successfully integrate purpose and profit into your business model.

 

Culture Capital: Empowering Employees to Drive Change

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Brand leaders are investing in cultural capital by connecting purpose and strategy for their competitive advantage. But you can’t have an effective corporate sustainability strategy unless bring your employees into the picture. They’re in the best position to identify inefficiencies and propose solutions. In this session, you’ll hear from leading brands on how they have effectively empowered, incentivized, engaged, and invested in their people to help them more effectively compete in the global solutions economy.

Supply Chain Innovation & the Value of Collaboration

Supply chain disruptions can really ding performance. How are leaders collaborating with upstream suppliers to implement solutions across the full value chain? Explore how risk management processes and innovation can create competitive advantage and boost profits. The session will address global supply chain risks, such as resource-commodity scarcity, energy and fuel price fluctuations, and human rights issues. Join thought leaders as we map out the evolution of supply chain management maturity cycles and explore leading strategies in traceability, supply cost reduction, and collaboration.

How High-Powered Corporate Boards are Integrating Sustainability into Corporate Strategy

The license to operate for many companies is under pressure. A public call for transparency, accountability, and better governance is impacting how companies operate and the oversight they require to successfully navigate opportunities, risks, and returns. Boards of Directors are increasingly embracing sustainable business principles and strategies that can simultaneously protect nature, people, and financial value creation. Find out the optimum strategies for structuring and incentivizing a high-powered board in order to embed sustainability as core to your corporate strategy.

Quantum Leaps in Natural Resource Efficiency

Natural resources, including minerals, water, energy, and land, form a basis for human society.The availability of critical resources at a competitive price is understandably a fast-growing concern for business, industry and government worldwide. This session will address these pressing concerns and the subsequent call for wiser resource use and improved patterns of production and consumption. Hear from the experts on the future of a bio-based economy, innovations in mining, and forestry.

The Future is Transparency: The Democratization of Business and the Environment

This session will look at how big, open data, crowdsourcing platforms, and social media are changing the transparency and reporting landscape.  In this interactive session, speakers will showcase how their emerging business tools and platforms are capturing a multi-dimensional view of material issues and closing the gaps between regulators, companies, and the public.

Disruptive Innovation & Technology: What will it Really Take to Move the Needle on Climate?

Research has shown that our current approach to today’s climate change challenges isn’t moving the dial far enough or fast enough. Game changing innovation and investments in disruptive new businesses hold invaluable potential to help reverse climate change and the associated ominous impacts. How can we accelerate innovation to bend down the carbon curve? 

The Future of Electricity & Grid Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century Economy

Grids are getting smarter, but so are customers. Thanks to the sharp drop in installed solar panel costs, in many parts of the world the model of a large, centralized—and typically fossil-fueled—utility is unraveling. How are enlightened power providers responding to this shift and the others that are currently roiling the energy landscape? How will grids grow more resilient and better adapted to tomorrow’s variable-output sources? Our experts weigh in.

Future Proof Strategies & the Energy Company Transformation

A tectonic shift in the global energy market is well underway. How are corporate executives addressing the risks and seizing the potential opportunities that come with this change? Learn about the future proof strategies being adopted by energy companies at the bleeding edge of the transformation.

The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: How fast will it happen?

 The transition to a clean energy economy is gaining significant momentum. At the same time, modelling and projections are often based on historical data making them poor predictors for the actual rate of future change. Gain insights based on three different clean economy transition trajectories on the key factors, policy actions, and indicators to watch.   

Impact Investment for Generations: Hitting the “Sweet Spot”

Impact investing is booming globally.  What’s the potential for social enterprises to deliver Profit while also generating People and Planet outcomes?  Join leading experts from the global impact investment community as they debate the current state of the global impact investment markets, prevailing challenges, and future agendas. Be inspired as leaders showcase the current geographical breakdown of both social and environmental investment projects and explore how we can increase the pipeline of ground-breaking projects and achieve durable impact for many generations to come.

Financial Inclusion & Fiscal Reform: A Global Perspective on Enhancing Sustainable Prosperity

Over the past two decades, economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty. Approaching related issues through a global lens, foremost speakers will look at how financial inclusion, the way we tax, regulate, and encourage fiscal reform can have a positive impact from a social and environmental perspective. This applicable session will also share a practical toolbox on the role of innovation in improving social, economic, and environmental prosperity.

The Carbon Bubble: Managing Financial Risks of Stranded Assets

Recent science suggests that the lion’s share of fossil reserves must stay in the ground if the earth is to keep below two degrees of warming. How are investors and pension fund managers responding to the potential for stranded assets? What is the balanced approach to risk analysis and capital management? How can we promote synergy between corporations, policymakers, technology companies, capital markets, investors, analysts and rating agencies?

Wild Weather Forecast: Tackling the 'New Abnormal’ in Canada’s Natural Resource Sector

More frequent and costly severe weather – from prolonged droughts to intense precipitation events – has become the “new normal” in Canada and beyond. Industry, governments and communities alike are grappling with this emergent source of risk for good reason. The cost of natural catastrophes worldwide is dramatically on the rise, introducing new and elevated risks to employee safety, infrastructure, supply chains, operational continuity and social license to operate.

Leading natural resource development companies, industry associations, academic institutions and government agencies are taking severe weather more seriously.  This interactive session provides a timely opportunity to learn, share ideas and collaborate on the latest developments in this area.  Come join us!

Spotlight on ASEAN

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and the Master Plan for ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) initiatives are helping establish Southeast Asia as a center for global trade by building stronger connectivity and modernizing infrastructure that includes intermodal transportation, information and communication technology (ICT), and energy networks. GLOBE 2016 will shine a spotlight on ASEAN and serve as an international platform to raise awareness for the sustainable infrastructure and technology business, investment and partnership opportunities throughout the region.

The Spotlight on ASEAN will feature conference program content specific to market needs and sustainable infrastructure financing, as ASEAN Pavilion on the GLOBE Innovation Expo floor, a business-to-business (B2B) match-making program, and relevant site visits for visiting delegations from Southeast Asia.

The Road from Paris & Climate Prosperity: How Carbon Action Can Re-Energize Economies

Hear from government and policy-makers on the commitments agreed to at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris and the actions required to move the agenda forward from both business and policy perspectives. The GLOBE Climate Plenary will highlight low carbon technology projects, climate change policy, and fair regulatory systems which encourage equality and ensure climate action. Emerge with the latest insights on how businesses, investors, and governments can take the next critical steps to advance climate action.

Transformational Companies: A Spotlight on Best Practices

Transformational companies act on emerging environmental, social, and economic risks and opportunities.  What are the qualities that best define a transformational company?  This session aims to inspire delegates to embed key qualities such as a sustainable purpose, ethical offerings, value chain influence, resource productivity, stakeholder accountability and transparency, and long-term vision into best practices. Dynamic business leaders will share the unique benefits of each quality as part of short Pecha Kucha presentations. The transformational business leaders will then host breakout roundtables to allow for dynamic peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Green Economic Development: Global Best Practices for Job Creation & Investment

With a global market for environmental products and services estimated at $5 trillion and expanding quickly, there is a growing appreciation for the significant business, investment, and employment opportunities that come from the transition to a lower-carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive green economy. At the same time, there is a lack of consistency in linking green growth policies, goals, and objectives with quantifiable economic impacts and outcomes. In addition, while traditional economic development measures such as job creation and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are used, it is becoming increasingly clear that these metrics are insufficient for capturing other key benefits, particularly related to environmental and social performance.