2015 will be a historic year for the world with a new treaty to be agreed in Paris that will limit greenhouse gas emissions and prevent global warming beyond two degrees, and the launch of new post-2015 sustainable development goals to ensure prosperity and environmental protection for future generations.
Innovation and mindset shifts are critical for the systemic change we need to achieve these goals. While there may have been a gradual move from business-as-usual to change-as-usual, some organisations have embraced transformational changes such as new closed-loop and circular business models. At the same time, banks and asset managers are increasing their focus on sustainable finance. Are we at the tipping point for meaningful change?
The 4th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development will gather more than 500 business leaders, investors, NGOs and policy-makers from around the world to share innovations and agree on practical solutions for climate action and delivering the sustainable development goals. Speakers include former Vice President Al Gore, Singapore’s Minister of Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon; and leaders from global companies such as Rolls Royce, BMW, Maersk, Google, Aviva Investors, ANZ and Kimberly-Clark.