GLOBE 2014 Theme: Responsible Resource Management


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Climate change impacts, growing concerns about environmental degradation, shifts in consumer attitudes and consumption patterns, and growing government oversight on the management of scarce natural resources are among the many challenges facing corporations today that are redefining corporate responsibility. These sessions will explore the growing importance of responsible resource management.
In today’s age of instant media reporting and civil oversight, the need for responsible resource management is an unavoidable reality. Many companies have proven their worth in this regard, but often through costly trial and error. Learn from those on the front lines of a new age of accountability.

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GLOBE 2014 Theme: Responsible Resource Management

  1. 1. Conference theme and Sessions RESPONSIBLE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Climate change impacts, growing concerns about environmental degradation, shifts in consumer attitudes and consumption patterns, and growing government oversight on the management of scarce natural resources are among the many challenges facing corporations today that are redefining corporate responsibility. The sessions in this theme will explore the growing importance of responsible resource management. ARCHITECTS OF A BETTER WORLD: CORPORATE NATURAL Capital: RESPONSIBILITY IN A NEW AGE OF TRANSPARENCY PAYING FOR WHAT WE TAKE FROM NATURE The United Nations Global Compact, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and other like-minded initiatives have teamed-up to drive business engagement on sustainable development worldwide. Highlighting the main building blocks central to effective corporate responsibility commitments and actions, this session will examine how these building blocks can be strengthened through a collective effort by business, government, investors, civil society, and consumers. Learn about their strategy – and how this will affect your business model. EARNING THE SOCIAL LICENSE TO OPERATE National and local governments in many parts of the world are demanding changes in long held relationships between resource developers and host communities. Learn from the successes and failures of companies who are dealing with the new realities of earning the social license to operate. Most industry sectors would be unprofitable if they paid the full price for what they take from nature, or for the environmental damage they cause. How will a true accounting for natural resource use affect the economy and corporate sustainability in the long-term? What tools have been developed around ecosystem services to maintain the value of the earth’s natural capital? CLIMATE ADAPTATION – DELAY IS NOT AN OPTION The impacts of global warming and the consequences of failing to adapt to these realities are well documented. But many governments and businesses are still slow to act. Some of the world’s top experts on climate change will lay it on the line. Act now or pay the price tomorrow.
  2. 2. Carbon Recycling: Turning Carbon from a Waste into an Asset After a century extracting carbon-based assets to power our economy, we urgently need to manage carbon emissions while ensuring affordable energy. Can we capture carbon and turn it into something of significant societal and economic value? This session will explore the emerging technological and economic pathways – many pioneered in Canada – to turn industrial CO2 emissions into fuels, fertilizers, feeds, chemicals, plastics, building materials, and other valuable products. THE BIO-ECONOMY – HOW SUSTAINABLE IS YOUR BIO-FUTURE? CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include Helle Bank Jorgensen CEO, B Accountability; UN Special Advisor, Global Compact in Canada; & Partner, World Climate Ltd. >> Canada The allure of a bio-based economy has drawn a great deal of attention, but is it the way of the future? From energy to materials, chemicals, and other innovative products, the opportunities and applications for bio-based feedstocks are growing. In this session, leaders of the emerging bio-economy will present their successes and answer your questions about your bio-future. Scott Vaughan THE CHANGING ARCTIC – MANAGING THE RISKS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES David Parker The decline of ice cover in Arctic waters has made shipping along the Arctic Sea Route an economic reality. But it exposes this vulnerable region to potential ecological disasters from transportation mishaps. Member nations of the Arctic Council are working together to manage these risks. Find out more in this special session on the Changing Arctic. IS SUSTAINABLE MINING POSSIBLE? Canada has been a world leader in greening the mining sector. New technologies for mineral production and improved management of mine wastes and water use have significantly reduced the environmental impacts of mining. Learn how the international mining sector is responding to demands for more environmentally sensitive processes and practices. Hear from the leaders who are making sustainable mining a reality. Global Food and Water Megatrends – Towards 2050 By 2050 the world’s population will reach 9 billion. Will everyone have fair access to enough food and water? Five Megatrends will affect food and water security: increases in overall population, urban concentrations, energy use, water scarcity, and lack of arable land. What policies, technologies, and investments can help achieve global food and water security? Are the solutions both fiscally and environmentally sustainable? The Competition for Water The competition for water is constant. Many sectors actively compete for secure access to dwindling supplies of clean water. What must companies and governments do to ensure there is enough water for all? Hear from competing water users about how they are securing their own water supplies while respecting the rights of others. 2  |  GLOBE 2014: MARCH 26-28, 2014 President & CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development >> CANADA Adjunct Professor & Executive in Residence, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering >> CANADA Blair Feltmate Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project, University of Waterloo >> CANADA Gordon Lambert Chair, Carbon Management Canada & Executive Advisor, Sustainability & Innovation, Suncor Energy Inc. >> CANADA Jacques Benoit Senior Vice President, Environment & Water, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. >> CANADA
  3. 3. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include Henrik Rosenberg Seiding Senior Director, Ramboll >> DENMARK Janet Peace Vice President, Markets and Business Strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions >> USA Alex Wood Senior Director, Policy and Markets, Sustainable Prosperity >> CANADA Nicholas Moore Eisenberger Managing Partner, Featured GLOBE 2014 Speaker Peter Bakker CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) >> Switzerland Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility. He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger. Peter will join a distinguished panel at GLOBE 2014 on “Architects of a Better World” to highlight the main building blocks central to effective corporate responsibility commitments and actions through a collective effort by business, government, investors, civil society, and consumers. Pure Energy Partners A SUSTAINABLE CHINA IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD Kathy Bardswick Repairing China’s damaged waterways, agricultural lands, and urban areas will cost over $400 billion, straining the resources of national and state authorities that might better be used to move China toward the more resilient and ecologically sensitive economy it desires. Learn why helping to green China is also a way to green the entire world. >> USA President & CEO, The Co-operators Group Limited >> CANADA COMMODITIES & CORRIDORS: INTEGRATING ABORIGINAL INTERESTS One of the more challenging issues resource development proponents face is ensuring that the economic, social, and environmental interests of First Nation and Metis communities are integral to any new infrastructure. This session explores go-forward agreements that meet both Aboriginal and business expectations. Private Public Policy for a Sustainable Economy Climate-related risks and sustainability issues are becoming increasingly important for today’s business. Can companies and governments work together to develop policies that tackle these growing challenges? Hear from the chief executives of some of Canada’s largest companies as they discuss the actions they are taking to grow a new class of clean capitalism. Emerging Drivers of the Circular Economy The traditional model of “take, make, dispose” is creating stress on the world’s finite reserves. Applying resource efficiency best practices in the marketplace is helping companies large and small seize new opportunities and is boosting productivity. Listen to those who are changing the world as we know it and learn about the emerging drivers of the circular economy.  | 3
  4. 4. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS include Christiana Figueres Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) >> GERMANY Featured GLOBE 2014 KEYNOTE Speaker David Labistour Christianna Wood Mountain Equipment Co-op Gore Creek Capital Ltd. & CEO, >> Canada CEO, Chairman, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) >> NETHERLANDS BRINGING SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURE INTO FOCUS Waste-to-Profit Strategies: New Tools and Best Practices Many companies work hard to reduce their environmental footprints by implementing waste minimization or zero waste strategies. But new tools can turn waste streams into profit centers. This session will showcase leading edge practices and provide new insights on transforming wastes into profits. Using the Cleanweb to Solve Critical Resource Challenges Revolutionary technologies in mobile communications, big data analytics, and other information technologies are creating powerful new tools to address the world’s critical resource challenges. This session will explore the emerging “cleanweb” marketplace - the new frontier for advancing sustainability, tackling resource challenges, and facilitating a more circular economy. Recent events – the economic recession and resulting Dodd-Frank Act, Hurricane Sandy, worker safety struggles in Bangladesh – all compel business to develop longerterm thinking and business strategies that transcend profit alone. This requires a reexamination of everything from strategic planning and corporate governance, to stakeholder engagement and supply chain management. Find out from GRI Chairperson Christy Wood about why embedding sustainability into core business strategy is no longer a fringe pursuit, and how GRI’s G4 Guidelines can help your company stay ahead of the game. SaveMarch 4, 2014 $300 Register by FOR MORE INFORMATION: GLOBE Foundation World Trade Centre 578 – 999 Canada Place Vancouver, BC, Canada V6C 3E1 Tel: +1 604-695-5001 Toll Free: +1 800-274-6097 Fax: +1 604-695-5019 Email:   To learn more about the event and register, visit: