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Broadcast Schedule


Sustainability 24 will take place from 07h00 UTC to 19h00 UTC. Take a look at the sessions below that will be broadcasted live on June 4th, 2014.


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Cities and the Digital Revolution


How and to what extent is the digital revolution transforming city landscapes, infrastructure and services? How will digital help cities accelerate sustainable growth in the coming years? And how will all of this be financed? Hear lessons and examples from leading cities around the world that are embracing the transformative power of digital technology.

Live from Singapore

 

Circular Economy: How Technology Enables Disruptive Business Models


Circular Economies as a topic continues to intrigue, as does the idea of achieving growth while also reducing and eliminating wastage of natural resources. Once raw materials are viewed as an investment (rather than a consumable) and customers as users (rather than consumers), innovation in business models can begin. But what do Circular Economy business models look like? What type of models are successful in what industries and why? What role does technology play to accelerate change and maximize profitability? What lessons can we learn from early adopters? Join the debate to find out more.

Live from Stockholm

 

Supplier Sustainability Performance: Driving Value For You & Your Suppliers


Imagine being splashed across the front page of a newspaper due to challenges in your supply chain. Does how you procure really impact your business and brand reputation? What does a sustainable supplier management program look like? What are the governance, tools, processes and approaches that deliver value to both you and your suppliers? Join the discussion on these key questions.

Live from Barcelona

 

Learning from Transformational Leaders


With CEOs worldwide expressing concern at the pace and scale of change on sustainability, how can we unlock the potential of the private sector in setting the world on a pathway towards a sustainable economy? What can individual companies do to secure competitive advantage through sustainability? Hear inspiring stories from transformational business leaders and expert.

Live from London Studio

 

Disruptive Innovations Delivering Sustainable Value


Join a panel of entrepreneurs as they share some exciting new innovations, tools and technologies that are shaping the future of sustainability.

Live from Amsterdam

 

The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Developing Smart Cities


Rapid urbanization is straining resources in Indian cities. The government plans to build seven new smart cities, each with a population of two million. City leaders are grappling with identifying what kind of public-private partnership will foster effective collaboration for the intelligent city? What incentives will be economically viable and effectively align the goals of city leaders and private partners? What new business and operating models will contribute to the success of such partnerships? Be a part of this thought-provoking session.

Live from New Delhi

 

Learning from Transformational Leaders


With CEOs worldwide expressing concern at the pace and scale of change on sustainability, how can we unlock the potential of the private sector in setting the world on a pathway towards a sustainable economy? What can individual companies do to secure competitive advantage through sustainability? Hear inspiring stories from transformational business leaders and experts.

Live from London Studio

 

The Future of Work


How can organizations adapt in order to capitalize on the expectations of a new generation of workers/talent that is flexible, digital, transparent, globally connected and ethically-minded? How can the old learn from the new, and the new from the old? What is the role of digital in enabling new ways of working, and what kind of impact will collaboration have? How will these changes influence hierarchy and decision making within organizations? Join the panellists as they debate these challenges.

Live from London

 

Value: A New Definition for Business?


Business value has traditionally been based on direct economic factors such as profit and growth. In recent years, leading organizations have challenged and evolved their core business strategy to address fundamental environmental and societal issues. They have identified new, scalable sources of competitive advantage that not only drive innovation and generate measurable profit, but also address some of the most important sustainability risks and challenges facing communities and nations across the world.

However, is it really possible to measure the true business value and impact on society? Will ‘Sustainable Valuation’ ever be fully embedded in a company’s core business and into mainstream investment analysis? What approaches can be taken to quantify the benefits from being a truly sustainable company? Join this exciting debate.

Live from London

 

Learning from Transformational Leaders


With CEOs worldwide expressing concern at the pace and scale of change on sustainability, how can we unlock the potential of the private sector in setting the world on a pathway towards a sustainable economy? What can individual companies do to secure competitive advantage through sustainability? Hear inspiring stories from transformational business leaders and experts.

Live from London Studio

 

Collaboration for Impact in Africa


In this session, business, government and NGO leaders will debate how, in the coming years, new collaborative business models are likely to evolve given the rising prominence of cross-sector convergence as a key priority and growth opportunity for Africa. What are the disruptors (new financing models, technology, etc.) that are driving convergence? What leading collaborative practices can help achieve impact? What lessons can be learnt from early adopters of these models?

Live from Johannesburg

 

"Energiewende": A Blueprint for Future Competitiveness?


Germany, Europe’s largest economy, wants to be a front-runner in transitioning to a sustainable Economy, "Energiewende". Through this change, Germany seeks to abandon nuclear energy in just 10 years while reducing carbon emissions, expanding renewable usage and improving energy efficiency. Like all good things, these changes don’t come for free.

Are these investments making the industrial base uncompetitive due to high energy prices? Or are these investments the foundation of a smart and green industry capturing new value opportunities? These questions will be addressed by our panel of experts. Join the debate.

Live from Berlin

 

Learning from Transformational Leaders


With CEOs worldwide expressing concern at the pace and scale of change on sustainability, how can we unlock the potential of the private sector in setting the world on a pathway towards a sustainable economy? What can individual companies do to secure competitive advantage through sustainability? Hear inspiring stories from transformational business leaders and experts.

Live from London Studio

 

What Next for Energy Cost Reduction?


Cost management continues to remain high on the C-suite agenda. With rising energy costs in many markets globally, what can organizations do to effectively address energy cost reduction?

While many ‘low hanging fruit’ related to cost efficiencies have already been targeted, energy procurement and demand reduction have previously been approached without an overarching strategy. Does this present an opportunity for further savings and a new wave of energy efficiency initiatives? What are the next areas of focus to ensure a highly efficient, resilient and financially lean organization? What are leaders in this space doing?

In this session we discuss global experiences and challenges in energy management, procurement and efficiency programs—what works and what doesn’t?

Live from London/Seattle

 

Sustainable Growth in a Digital World


Two disruptive shifts are currently underway; the world is increasingly turning digital and sustainability is quickly becoming a significant driver of change and innovation for organizations. As a result, there are a number of fundamental questions that business leaders need to consider: How will digital technology deliver growth? How can businesses use new digital opportunities to complement their business sustainability goals and objectives?

Join this panel discussion to learn how leading organizations have evolved their business models and driven growth by aligning these two disruptive trends.

Live from New York

 

Learning from Transformational Leaders


With CEOs worldwide expressing concern at the pace and scale of change on sustainability, how can we unlock the potential of the private sector in setting the world on a pathway towards a sustainable economy? What can individual companies do to secure competitive advantage through sustainability? Hear inspiring stories from transformational business leaders and experts.

Live from London Studio

 

Creating a Sustainable Future for Healthcare


How are new technology, innovations and business models driving transformation within the healthcare industry? Is there really a way to improve quality of care, increase service efficiency, and operate more sustainably while expanding access to healthcare? What are leading organizations doing to prepare and shape the future of healthcare? Join this distinguished panel of experts as they discuss how the revolution in healthcare in the US is transforming the industry and creating a more sustainable future.

Live from Washington

 

Sustainability in 2015 and Beyond


Join our panel in the London studio as they review the innovations that are helping shape the future of sustainability, and discuss inputs from Sustainability 24 viewers on their perspective of ‘Sustainability in 2015 and beyond’.

Live from London Studio

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