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Building a More Sustainable Future: The Pandemic as a Catalyst for Progress

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Speakers include:
Robert Youngman

Robert Youngman

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Suzanne  Wise

Suzanne Wise

JTI

Roberto  Suárez Santos

Roberto Suárez Santos

International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Overview

This FT Digital Dialogue, organised in partnership with JTI and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), will discuss critical issues around sustainability after COVID-19. Speakers will share perspectives on how business, government and civil society can work together to use the pandemic as a catalyst for progress towards a more sustainable future. 

Covid-19 has tested business sustainability and public policy in ways the world has never seen. The mass transition to working from home has accelerated reliance on digital platforms. Supply chains have been stretched to the limit due to increased demand for certain products. At the same time, governments have been forced to make decisions resulting in entire industries being effectively shut down. 

Now is the time for both business and government to rethink strategies for sustainability beyond the pandemic. How can companies capitalise on the behavioural shifts we have seen to benefit both consumers and investors? Could the impact of Covid-19 be a catalyst to tackle climate change? Where can business and government work together to build a more inclusive society?  

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/14/2020 09:45:0009/14/2020 11:05:00falseBuilding a More Sustainable Future: The Pandemic as a Catalyst for ProgressThis FT Digital Dialogue, organised in partnership with JTI and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), will discuss critical issues around sustainability after COVID-19. Speakers will share perspectives on how business, government and civil society can work together to use the pandemic as a catalyst for progress towards a more sustainable future. Covid-19 has tested business sustainability and public policy in ways the world has never seen. The mass transition to working from home has accelerated reliance on digital platforms. Supply chains have been stretched to the limit due to increased demand for certain products. At the same time, governments have been forced to make decisions resulting in entire industries being effectively shut down. Now is the time for both business and government to rethink strategies for sustainability beyond the pandemic. How can companies capitalise on the behavioural shifts we have seen to benefit both consumers and investors? Could the impact of Covid-19 be a catalyst to tackle climate change? Where can business and government work together to build a more inclusive society?  Building-a-More-Sustainable-Future:-The-Pandemic-as-a-Catalyst-for-Progress83b2f7958bb65edf522531db4a180902MM/DD/YYYY

Speakers (3)

Robert Youngman

Robert Youngman

Team Leader for Green Finance and Investment, Environment Directorate
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Robert Youngman is Team Leader for Green Finance and Investment (GFI) in the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  He manages the development of the OECD Centre on Green Finance and Investment, a major platform to engage private actors and governments to accelerate green investment.  The GFI team leads the organisation of the Centre’s flagship event, the annual OECD Forum on Green Finance and Investment.  The team has developed qualitative and quantitative analysis on topics ranging from investment-grade policy frameworks, green investment banks, green bonds and other channels for green investment, project pipelines, institutional investment in sustainable infrastructure and sustainable finance taxonomies, among others.  Prior to joining the OECD, Robert was Director of Economic Analysis at Natsource LLC, a leading asset manager in global carbon markets, from 2000-2011.  He holds a master’s degree in international and public affairs from Princeton University.

Suzanne  Wise

Suzanne Wise

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications
JTI

Suzanne Wise is Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, JTI

Suzanne is a British national, appointed to JTI’s Executive Committee as Senior Vice President Corporate Development in June 2017.

In her current position, Suzanne’s responsibilities include Corporate Communications, Fiscal Affairs & Anti-Illicit Trade, Corporate Sustainability, and Public Affairs.

Suzanne’s experience in the tobacco sector goes back to 1989 when she joined Gallaher Group Plc, and then went on to become Group Head of Legal in 2001.

After leaving Gallaher in 2007, Suzanne held the position of General Counsel & Company Secretary at Premier Foods Plc. She later extended her responsibilities to include Communications, Internal Audit and CSR. Suzanne was a member of the group’s Executive Board, sitting on the CSR Steering Committee and chairing the Risk Review Group and Policy Steering Group.

In 2012, she joined Network Rail Plc as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. As an Executive Committee member, Suzanne was also responsible for Legal Services, Transparency & Business Ethics, Freedom of Information, Business Change and Information Governance.

Roberto  Suárez Santos

Roberto Suárez Santos

Secretary-General
International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Roberto Suárez Santos was appointed Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) on 26 October 2018, having held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012. Prior to joining the IOE, Roberto was ILO Programme Director for the promotion of youth employment in the Maghreb region. He previously worked at the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations in areas ranging from comparative labour policies and labour relations to youth unemployment and social and employment policy. He was BUSINESSEUROPE’s Vice President for Labour Affairs for several years. He also was Vice-President of Business at OECD’s Employment and Labour Affairs Committee, and a member of various follow-up committees for the European Social Fund and the EU Economic and Social Committee. Roberto’s experience extends to academia, having served as associate professor of European Social Law at both the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Spain. Roberto is a lawyer with experience in European and international labour law, as well as in international relations. IOE is the largest private sector network in the world. With 159 business and employer organisation members in 150 countries, IOE is the powerful and balanced voice of business at the international level.

Moderated by: (1)

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.

Key talking points:

• As governments consider longer-term economic recovery and rebuilding, what policy trajectories should be prioritised towards achieving a broad agenda of environmental and societal positive outcomes?

• How are companies maintaining sustainability efforts as they shift from survival to medium- and long-term planning? Should priorities change and if so, how?

• How are corporations shaping and exploiting potential opportunities of changes in consumer behaviours and business models that might be part of the new normal after the emergency? How can they best anticipate sustainable-driven opportunities?

• What are the most effective strategies for government, business and civil society to work together to confront the enormous collective challenge posed by the pandemic? As we navigate the transition and develop long-terms plans for recovery, how can business best play its societal role?

• In which key ways will the COVID-19 crisis provide opportunities for corporations to take practical action and make the statement that their purpose goes beyond the benefit of shareholders a reality?

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Agenda - 14th Sep

  • 9:45am
    Access to webinar opens
  • 10:00am
    Introduction from the FT
  • 10:05am
    Discussion begins
  • 10:50am
    Audience Q&A
  • 11:00am
    Discussion closes

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