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SDGs Roundtables

 

#BrusselsSDGSummit

Experts, practitioners, and policymakers will discuss a specific SDG related challenge and elaborate possible collaborative actions to tackle the issue:

 

  • 15 Roundtables dedicated to a specific SDG related challenge

  • Participants choose 1 table and will have 90 minutes to discuss  a specific SDG challenge

  • Each roundtable will be introduced by speakers that will share their practical experience on the topic 

  • Roundtables will be set according to the CSR Europe's new 2030 Strategy to focus on People, Materials, and Markets.

Youth Inclusion & Education

Speaker:  Manoelle Lepoutre, Senior Vice President Civil and Society Engagement, Total 

Even in the most developed countries in Europe, there are still disadvantaged groups of young people that don't have access to good education and opportunities, putting them at risk of falling behind at the labour market. Youth inclusion and education is, therefore, a key focus of Total. They support youth, especially the disadvantaged groups, through internships, training, entrepreneurship and other activities

Girls in STEM

Speaker: Maryna Saprykina, Executive Director, CSR Ukraine 

                  Nataliia Koshovska, Programme Analyst, United Nations Population Fund (UNPF)

The need for talents in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) is increasing, but the number of students in those areas remains low, especially among girls. CSR Ukraine has actively taken up this challenge and is driving local action to empower girls in STEM through business collaboration. 

Long-term Stakeholder Engagement to Inform Business Strategy

Speaker: Yves Nissim, VP Head of Transformation and Operation in CSR, Orange

                 

Companies need to open up and reach out to the increasingly connected world around them because their business will only grow, endure and earn acceptance if they know how to listen to and talk to the stakeholders in their ecosystem. That is why Orange has set up structured channels for conversations inside and outside the Group. These conversations help the company zero in on the issues that each of their stakeholders really cares about on an individual and collective level and direct their decisions and commitments accordingly.

Skills for the 21st Century Jobs

Speaker: Dominic Nolan, Education Programme Manager, IBM

                 Lisa Neddam, Digital Skills Offering Manager, IBM

                 Linda Tahiri Rukiqi, Executive Director, Kosovo CSR Network                   

                 

The world of work is changing fast and formal education is not always keeping up with the pace, leaving students unprepared for the 21st-century jobs. Therefore, IBM has launched P-TECH, a non-selective and innovative high school model that gives young people the technical and professional skills to progress to 21st-century jobs or further study. CSR Kosovo has a mentorship programme between business & youth to promote inclusion and employability to help students in the transition from education to work. 

Social Innovation Partnerships

Speaker: Rudo Mutambiranwa, Regional Head of Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA

                 and APAC, Moody's

                 Kiersten Regelin, Social Entrepreneur, HERE Technologies

NGOs are a big driver of social impact, however, their resources are generally limited. These two companies, Moody's and HERE Technologies, are partnering with NGOs, non-profits and governments to drive social innovation and to help improve the NGO performance and impact. They offer their technology, expertise and resources to help these organisation. 

Disability Hub

Speaker: Alicia Goya de Anca, Technical Secretariat, DHUB

People with disabilities are currently excluded from the labour market, even though they represent a source of talent and diversity for companies. Disability Hub Europe for sustainable growth and social innovation, an initiative led by Fundación ONCE and co-funded by the European Social Fund, focus on the potential of the binomial disability and sustainability to foster social and labour inclusion of people with disabilities in Europe while promoting inclusive and sustainable businesses. Among other topics, DHub works on how companies can report on disability.

Sustainable Finance & Impact Investment

Speaker: Steven Serneels, CEO, EVPA

                  Yoichi Mearashi, General Manager, Itochu

According to BlackRock, sustainable investments are more successful than traditional investments. They generate a higher return on investment, they drive social value creation, they are purpose-driven and create stronger connections between investors and clients. As such, sustainable and impact investments are good for business and a key enabler for a sustainable society. The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) is working with businesses to help them set up impact funds and drive sustainable investments. Itochu, an investment company, is actively working on their own sustainable investment strategy.

Responsible Banking

Speaker: Burcak Inel Martenczuk, Head of Financing Growth, European Banking Federation

Given the crucial role played by banks in financing the European economy, they are critical to meeting the objectives of the Paris agreement and the UN SDGs. The Principles for Responsible Banking are an important accelerator of the banking sector efforts to meet these objectives.  An initiative of UNEP FI, developed in cooperation with leading banks from around the globe, including nine from Europe, the Principles represent a comprehensive global framework for the integration of sustainability across all business areas of banks. Banks adopting the final Principles will commit themselves to using products, services and relationships to support and accelerate the fundamental changes in economies and lifestyles necessary to achieve shared prosperity for current and future generations. In this session, the European Banking Federation, representing more than 3,000 universal private banks, will describe its efforts to promote the Principles as a regional partner of the UNEP FI and one of the first endorsers of the Principles

Social Impact measurement 

Speaker: Marisa Parmigiani, Sustainability Manager, Unipol 

                  

How do you measure the value of your company to society? Putting a monetary value on social impact and non-financial activities helps to drive sustainability forward within the business and connects you to your environment. Unipol has created a model to do just that. On various indicators their now measure the value of their social impact in Italy. 

Sustainable Supply Chain

Speaker: Ilka Baert, Senior Sustainability Advisors, Corporate Vattenfall 

                Arjan Pouw, Sustainability Advisors, Corporate Vattenfall

                  

How to organize sustainability basics in your supply chain? How to go beyond the basics and deliver more impact? During this roundtable session, Vattenfall’s two-step approach will be presented focusing on materiality and change management and if collaboration can support pushing the bar. Vattenfall will discuss ‘What did (not) work and why? Vattenfall – and you - will share learnings around the table and work towards takeaways for your future work.

Circular Procurement

Speaker:  Luca Meini, Head of Circular Economy and Environmental Strategies, Enel 

Moving from a linear to circular economy is a key way to change the economic system towards sustainability, using waste as a resource. An important way to drive this change forward is to include principles of circularity in the procurement process. Enel is working on sustainable procurement to reduce their environmental impact and shift towards circularity.

Education for Sustainability

Speaker: Henning Ohlsson, Managing Director, Epson

                 Guillermo Denaux, Senior Specialist Environmental Affairs & Corporate Citizenship,

                 Toyota

Educating the next generation about sustainability is a good way to drive long-term changes. Epson uses its technology and expertise to improve sustainability education. They have various initiatives aimed at promoting e.g. resource efficiency in fashion design; making materials from plastic waste, entrepreneurial beehive projects and various others in which they work together with schools to promote a sustainable mindset and teach children the skills for the future. 

Combatting Plastic Waste in Tourism

Speaker: Tessa Groenen, Project Manager, MVO Nederland
                 Solène Padeletti, Project Manager Zero Single Use
Plastic, ​IMS Luxembourg

Plastic waste is polluting our oceans and environment, an issue that has gained increasing attention in recent years. This waste is turning paradise locations into plastic soup, affecting not only the natural environment but also the tourism industry. MVO Netherlands and IMS Luxembourg are taking action with a zero single-use plastic manifesto and tackling plastic waste in the tourism industry through cross-sector collaboration

Sustainable Water Management

Speaker: Therese Noorlander, Sustainability Director Europe, Coca Cola
                 David Martin, Vice President Government Relations, Ecolab

Only 2% of the world's water is drinkable and climate change, urbanisation, lifestyle changes, and industrial activity are putting pressure on our freshwater reserves. Safeguarding clean water through reduction, increased efficiency, conservation, etc. is thus essential for life on earth. Ecolab has recently developed its Smart Water Navigator tool to help companies address water management. Coca Cola has made significant progress on reducing water use in the production process and improving their water stewardship. 

Climate Change and Sustainable Cities

Speaker: Carine Thomas, Senior Manager, Foretica
                 Adam Hirny, Director of International Financial Institutions and

                 Sustainable Growth Programmes Bureau, BNP Paribas Poland

                 Maria Krawczynska, CSR Manager, BNP Paribas Poland

Climate Change is arguably one of the most pressing issues of our time as it will impact everyone, everywhere. Forectica has set up a business platform, the Climate Change Cluster, that brings together 60 companies in Spain to collaborate and give advice on specific climate issues. RBF Poland and their member BNP Paribas are actively involved in financing the solutions for climate change.