8 February 2011 09:00 - 17:00
According to Sir Stuart Rose, Immediate Past Chairman of Marks and Spencer, “In today’s climate, more so than ever, putting sustainability at the very heart of your business is not just the right thing to do ethically, it makes commercial sense too. A sustainable business means a business that can thrive in the long term - it forces us to look over the horizon, accelerate innovation and respond to the challenges that lie ahead.”
Importantly, the changing business landscape especially with the compelling need for organisations to imbibe a business unusual stance around sustainability has informed the urgent need for environmental sustainability to be the foundation for enduring financial performance. In order to ginger competitive advantage through a change in paradigm, important themes such as managing; innovation in sustainability, risks involved and aligning this with the bigger picture while harnessing these opportunities will be discussed at Sustainable Revolution at the London School of Economics. This event will be hosted by These Young Minds at the East Theatre London School of Economics, LSE on the 8th of February during which all these issues and more will be addressed.
Speakers at this event will include Mark Williams Associate Partner, Deloitte, Sue Riddlestone, Co-Founder/CEO Bio Regional,) Nick Heller Google, and Martin Chilcott CEO 2degreesnetwork.com.
Caroline McGill and Mark Williams, part of Deloitte’s multidisciplinary green agenda in the public sector team, will provide perspectives on how the UK Government could structure investment in this area principally from a financial standpoint, and what opportunities this might afford. They will draw on a range of experience, including with respect to social infrastructure investment.
Dimitri Zenghelis Senior Research Fellow at the Graham Institute at the London School of Economics who is Chair of the event says “that the theme Sustainable Revolution is topical”. “In fact, my recent policy paper which is available on the Grantham Research Institute website reveals that as a result of reduced spending and investment, private sector financial balances (net borrowing or saving minus investment) have reached record, or near-record, post-war surpluses in the United Kingdom and United States.” This provides a bountiful source of available funds for investment in green technologies and addressing market failures.
Alim Abubakre Founding Director of These Young Minds says “At this critical time when the conventional business model appears to be failing coupled with the finite nature of scarce resources available to humankind and the huge human induced challenges looming large ( such as biodiversity and change in climate threatening our generation and those to come, ) there is certainly a business case for a sustainable revolution”.
This event is sponsored by Manpower Inc and the Environment Office of the London School of Economics Student Union. Media sponsors include CSRWire USA, Policy Review TV, EAUC, Lowcarbon.com and Start Your Business.
Registration of this event could be made at http://www.theseyoungminds.co.uk/events/viewevent.php?view=4 for media enquiries please contact Alim Abubakre on firstname.lastname@example.org
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