Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 18 April 2008



(2008), "Diary", Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/sd.2008.05624fac.001



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Article Type: Diary From: Strategic Direction, Volume 24, Issue 6.

The 7th Annual Responsible Business Summit

13-14 May 2008, The Park Plaza Hotel, London. This summit is organized by Ethical Corporation.

Responsible Business is in the spotlight more than ever before. Climate Change is never off the news, ethical supply chain awareness has filtered down to the general public, anti-corruption is seen as one of the most pressing corporate concerns of the day.

The Responsible Business Summit is a seventh-time event, and brings all the benefits such an established event offers:

  • Excellent networking opportunities from an engaged and active CR community.

  • Unrivalled speakers, from CEOs of multi-national corporations to thought leaders in the field of CR. Current keynote speakers include the European Presidents of DuPont and Starbucks, the European Chairman of Microsoft, the Executive Editor of the Economist, and CEOs from Wilhelmsen, Kraft (UK), Citi Global Transaction Services and Lockheed Martin (UK).

  • The most insightful and challenging topics and sessions available the Responsible Business Summit is the longest-running CR conference around, and Ethical Corporation have the most expertise in running events like this. We are well used to creating conferences on this topic, and have lent our considerable expertise to making this the best ever CR conference.

Expert speakers include:

  • Ian Hudson, President, Europe, DuPont;

  • Cliff Burrows, President, Europe, Starbucks;

  • Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman, Europe, Microsoft;

  • Patricia O’Hayer, VP Communications & Corporate Responsibility, Unilever;

  • Janet Blake, Global Head of CSR, BT;

  • Jeffrey Sturchio, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Merck;

  • Emmanuel Lulin, Director of Ethics, General Counsel, L’Oreal;

  • Hilary Parsons, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestle; and

  • Simon Henderson, Director of Corporate Reputation, Centrica.

Contact: Nick Johnson, Conference Director. Tel: +44 (0)20 7375 7209; Web site: www.ethicalcorp.com/rbs

Corporate Climate Response

20-22 May 2008, London. The 4th annual Corporate Climate Response event takes an in-depth, detailed look at two of the most pressing topics in climate response: the UK’s new mandatory carbon trading system and climate change’s impact on the food sector.

Day One, May 20, is dedicated to helping corporates understand the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). This is the new mandatory carbon trading scheme affecting over 5,000 organisations operating in the UK. The CRC puts more pressure on companies to reduce their carbon emissions since participants’ performance will be compared in a publicly disclosed league table. This day will cover all the basics companies need to know to prepare for the scheme as well as answer any lingering questions about its operation.

Day Two, May 21, focuses on Climate Change and the Food Industry.

While not the highest emitting sector, the food industry is highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and responding to its risks is becoming part of the mission of most food companies. This day will look at the top climate change issues affecting food retailers, processors, and manufacturers. Topics to be covered include carbon labeling, food miles vs. sustainability, consumer and producer response, packaging, food sourcing, product life-cycle analysis, and the impact of climate change on food supply.

Contact: Yahya Al Barishi. Tel: 009714 214 9602 or 0044 207 801 6333; E-mail: mathew.edassery@greenpowerconferences.com

Low Carbon Strategies ’08

5 June, London. Whether and how to go beyond neutrality:

  • emissions reduction targets and methods;

  • neutrality and a role for off-setting; and

  • how to go beyond neutrality.

The main aim of this event is to help corporations extend their influence in reducing CO2e emissions. This will initially involve discussions around measurement and traditional reduction efforts (Energy Procurement, Transport, Efficiency and Process Production). The conference will then aim to uncover the innovative ways corporations are extending their influence and the ambitious plans that look beyond neutrality. A necessary part of this discussion will be offsetting, what constitutes good practice and the alternatives.

The event will clarify the role of corporations in formulating and executing carbon reduction programs, the new methods for engaging stakeholders, how such efforts might be verified and the correct use of the various tools at their disposal.

Confirmed participants include Man Group Plc, The Guardian, BP, The Body Shop, The CarbonNeutral Company, Good Business, The Climate Group, Converging World, Carbon Sense, IIED, Jules Peck.

Contact: Ben Patten, Green Business Events, 2nd Floor, 9-10 Charterhouse Buildings, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 7AN. Tel: 020 7733 8826; Fax: 020 7657 4941; E-mail: info@greenbizevents.co.uk; Web site: www.greenbizevents.co.uk

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