Sustainability, no longer a marketing hype but an integral part of every major business and industry, supported by metrics, new ESG standards and the UN Sustainability Goals. A lot of initiatives, investments and innovative actions are being taken by both smaller and larger enterprises. However, driving so called “radical sustainability” across multiple dimensions and getting the results is a much more difficult task, especially when it comes down to the actions taken and communication towards your customers and suppliers.
Join industry experts Cope Willis and Bill Weil for their insights and thoughts on how to drive true sustainability across domains and dimensions and what this really means for organizations and their customers in terms of profits loss and how to navigate through this fairly new and unknown field with confidence. Under the guidance of prof. Craig Smith, INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility, who has done extensive research on this topic resulting in numerous case studies, they will deep dive and discuss the bottlenecks, pitfalls and opportunities for driving radical sustainability in your organization. Sven Fischer, founder of INDEVOR’s US Alumni Club will introduce the panel, and INSEAD Women In Business (WiB) Global Club co-president Liana Slater will moderate questions.
Liana Slater, co-president, INSEAD Women in Business Global Club
Sven Fischer, founder, INDEVOR Alumni U.S. Club
About the speakers:
Cope Willis is Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Solutions at Harsco Corporation and has over 17 years experience in sustainability, business strategy and operations. He is leading the global sustainability and environmental program for Harsco Corporation, a global leader in environmental solutions operating in more than 30 countries. Before his current role, Cope worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) advising Fortune 500 companies on how to leverage sustainability to minimize operating costs, mitigate risks, increase revenue and enhance reputations. His clients have included some of the world leaders in financial services, industrial products, energy, healthcare and consumer goods industries.
Bill Weil is focused on catalyzing market-based solutions to climate change. His experience spans Private Equity investing and working with major multinational corporations on renewable energy, recycling and energy efficiency. He has served as an active director on more than a dozen boards, led teams of investment professionals, worked on operational turnarounds and been directly responsible for hundreds of million of dollars invested to date. Amongst others, he has served as lead funder for the Climate Action 100+ initiative to bring together companies and investors to drive investment in and reporting on climate reduction initiatives.
Professor N. Craig Smith has been on the INSEAD faculty for the past ten years as the INSEAD Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is also the Academic Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility & Ethics Research Group in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, with a focus on Radical Sustainability. Prof. Smith’s research is at the intersection of business and society, encompassing business/marketing ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability strategies. He is the author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books and numerous academic articles in journals such as, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review, a regular public speaker, and serves on the Scientific Committee of Vigeo, the corporate social responsibility rating agency.