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Environment & Sustainability

Rethinking Business Series - Sustainability and Finance

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Speakers include:
Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Financial Times

Overview

Exploring the Opportunity and Barriers to Financing Sustainability

As companies have responded to pressure to address Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in recent years, tensions have emerged between the potentially conflicting priorities of profit versus social purpose. These tensions often come to a head in the finance function as it carries out its range of responsibilities - from identifying and investing in opportunities for value creation through to managing risk.

It is clear that greater investment from business is required if we are to address societal challenges and move towards a low carbon world, and finance functions have a critical role to play in supporting this transition. However in order for meaningful change to occur, the financial benefits of incorporating sustainability concerns into core business strategy must be more widely understood and the barriers to integrating this understanding into strategic financial decision-making must be overcome. Failure to address these challenges, and to engage finance leaders whilst doing so, will impact long-term business performance.
 
With a range of finance stakeholders from across the value chain we aim to explore the question of what it will take to fully integrate sustainability into business strategy and investment decisions. In doing so we will consider how can the various associated risks be managed and, crucially, where does the business value really lie?

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Rethinking Business: Sustainability and Finance Report

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Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017. Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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Mosimann's
11B West Halkin St
City of Westminster
London SW1X 8JL

United Kingdom

Tel: 020 7235 9625
Email: dining@mosimann.com

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The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) is the leading Western European marketer, producer, and distributor of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages and one of the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers. CCE is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. We operate with a local focus and have 17 manufacturing sites across Europe, where we manufacture nearly 90 percent of our products in the markets in which they are consumed. Corporate responsibility and sustainability is core to our business, and we have been recognised by leading organizations in North America and Europe for our progress in water use reduction, carbon footprint reduction, and recycling initiatives.

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