Business leaders from international companies including Dell, AMEC, Fedex, Barrick Gold and Interface will join NGO directors, government and intergovernmental officials and thousands of delegates for three days of engaging and topical conference sessions on business and the environment.
GLOBE 2010 confirmed speakers include Samir Brikho, Chief Executive Officer of AMEC plc, Ray Anderson, Chairman of Interface Inc., Paul Clements-Hunt, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive Officer of Tomorrows Company, Tod Arbogast, Director of Sustainable Business of Dell Inc., Suzanne Stormer, Vice-President and Chief of Staff at Novo Nordisk, Caroline Waters, director of people and policy at BT Group, Liesbeth van der Pol, Chief Government Architect of the Government of the Netherlands, Jim Prentice, Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Canada, and Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Samir Brikho, Chief Executive Officer, AMEC plc, has led the London-based engineering company into the prestigious FTSE 100 index while promoting environmental sustainability. In March, the Times of London reported that AMEC seemed to be defying the recession and had reported a 66-per-cent increase in profits. Mr. Brikho has used business to promote peace in the Middle East and is a recipient of the Medal of Honour for Industrial Service from South Korean President Myung-bak Lee.
Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman, Interface Inc., pledged his company to sustainability long before environmentalism became trendy. In 1994, Mr. Anderson dedicated his Interface, which manufactures carpet, to completely eliminating its environmental impact by 2020. The company has since remade its corporate structure and drastically reduced its waste output. Interface, which in 2008 won a Queens Awards for Enterprise Sustainable Development, has gone so far as to study geckos to learn how to adhere carpets to floors without using glue.
Paul Clements-Hunt, Head of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, (UNEP FI), oversees a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and the global financial sector. UNEP FI works with more than 170 financial institutions to develop links between the environment and business. Mr. Clements-Hunt founded Thailands first environmental consultancy. He also directed the International Chamber of Commerces energy, environmental and sustainable development policy work.
Tod Arbogast, Director, Sustainable Business, Dell Inc., is responsible for matching Dells growth strategies with sustainable development practices. Mr. Arbogast aims to minimize Dells environmental impact while sustaining its robust growth and status as a leading technological innovator. By creating more energy efficient products, Dell hopes to save customers operating costs while reducing the environmental impact of the companys products.
Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive Officer, Tomorrows Company, aims to improve the relationship between business, employees and society at large. The London-based research and education non-profit advocates holistic thinking that can promote decisions to enable sustainable business success. Mr. Manwaring previously worked as head of The General Secretarys Office for the Labour Party as it transformed into Tony Blairs New Labour.
Jim Prentice, Minister of Environment, Government of Canada, was first elected to Parliament in 2006. He has also served as Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. As a lawyer, Mr. Prentice specialized in property rights and served as a commissioner on the Indian Specific Claims Commission.
Caroline Waters, Director of People and Policy, BT Group, was named HR director of the year by HR magazine. Ms. Waters has been an outspoken advocate of work-life balance and a strong employee-employer relationship for BT Group, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. She has provided advice to government and serves on a number of boards.
Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, was elected in 2008 and will speak just weeks after his city hosts the world during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Mr. Robertson has also served in the British Columbia legislature as the New Democratic small business critic. He is co-founder of Happy Planet, an organic juice producer that received the Ethics in Action Award in 2004.
2010 Conference Themes
Water: Potential Impacts + Issues for Business NEW
Clean(er) Technology: Changing the World of Business NEW
Corporate Sustainability Toolkit
Climate Change + Carbon Management
Energy and the Future
Financing the Green Economy
The Urban Infrastructure Revolution
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GLOBE 2010 is produced by the GLOBE Foundation, an international consultancy organization in the business of the environment. GLOBEs expertise lies in project management, event development, and management and consulting in the fields of environment and energy, urban development, and corporate responsibility. The GLOBE Foundation is North Americas longest operating producer of environmental events, having produced the GLOBE series since 1993.