DuPont had a strong presence at the recent GLOBE 2012 in Vancouver, Canada, with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) as partner-level sponsor and company executives delivering keynote speeches and serving as featured panelists.
“This event represents the most important forum for exchanging knowledge and forming relationships that serve as the foundation for innovation and sustainable growth,” said Jim Weigand, president, DuPont Sustainable Solutions. “It provided a fantastic opportunity for DSS to raise awareness about the breadth of our offerings and for DuPont to share our experience and commitment to sustainable growth.”
The program for the biennial conference featured distinguished speakers and expert panel discussions on the themes of corporate sustainability, the economics of energy, responsible finance and investment, emissions management, sustainable cities, water and sustainable consumption, supply and retail. Representing DuPont were:
- Jim Weigand: opening plenary address, speaking on “Forging a Path to Sustainability Through Innovation and Collaboration”
- Linda Fisher, DuPont vice president, Safety, Health & Environment and chief sustainability officer: featured panelist addressing “Driving the Corporate Sustainability Agenda.”
- Jim Collins, president, DuPont Industrial Biosciences: featured panelist addressing “Next Generation Biofuels: Driving the Development of a Low Carbon Economy.”
- Simon Herriott, managing director, Global Consulting, DSS: featured panelist addressing “People Power: Improving Performance Through a Corporate Culture of Sustainability Leadership.”
- Christopher Smith, global practice director, Energy Efficiency, DSS: featured panelist addressing “Energy Efficiency and Alternative Power: Innovative Approaches for Business.”
- Dawn Rittenhouse, DuPont director, Sustainable Development: featured panelist for “Women’s Perspective on Sustainability” at the Women’s Networking Lunch.
DSS also sponsored a Leaders Forum prior to the conference opening. Speaking before the group were Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, known for the successful emergency landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in New York City’s Hudson River in 2009, and Dr. Daniel Ariely, professor of behavioral economics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and author of “Predictably Irrational” and “The Upside of Irrationality.”
The GLOBE series is held every two years in Vancouver for three days of thought leadership presented by world-renowned sustainability experts. This year’s event was the 12th biennial conference and trade fair on business and the environment.