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BCC Leadership Forum 2021: Building a Sustainable Future -13 October

October 13 2021 at 18:00
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BCC Leadership Forum 2021: Final In-Person Event

The British Chamber of Commerce is pleased to invite you to the closing event of the Leadership Forum week with an in-person event and Networking Cocktails to follow, organised by the People & Leadership group.  This will take place on Wednesday 13 October at 18:00 at the Chambre de Commerce, 7 rue Alcide de Gasperi, L-1615 Luxembourg-Kirchberg.  

The evening will begin at 18:00 with registration.  The conference is scheduled to begin at 18:30. To close the evening drinks and canapés will be provided and, as always, the opportunity to meet and discuss with your fellow Chamber Members and the panellists.

PLEASE NOTE: the event will take place under the covid-check regime and only members with valid vaccination certificates or a valid negative test result can attend. No on-site tests will take place.

There are many events focused on climate change and our aim is to add to the conversation and bring to the forefront of everyone’s mind ‘what more can I do?’. Before the event, ponder on these questions:

• What do you and or your organisation know about the existential threat of climate change?
            • What action are you taking?
            • Will it be enough and will it be on time?

In past years we have chosen a topic for the Leadership Forum that is on the lips of many; 2019 – Power, Cash and Conscience and 2020 - Charting the future in an unpredictable world.  This year is no exception as we listen to the words heard in every quarter: CLIMATE CHANGE!

We chose this for many reasons, not least because the UK is hosting COP26 in November which will bring together government heads who need to decide how to stay within the climate targets agreed in Paris in 2015.

This will be an in-person panel discussion organised by the People & Leadership (P&L) Group and we will hear from experts who will talk about this issue from the 3 perspectives; People, Profit and Planet.  This follows four virtual events run by other BCC Committees;  Tax, Business & Innovation, Financial Services and Legal from 7-12 October.

A perspective that may be controversial is that of the Extinction Rebellion.  We interviewed one of their spokespeople and the video will be shown in the run up to the Forum. Although some may disagree with their tactics, few can show other activities by the general public which are trying to hold governments to account for what they signed up to. Despite many words spoken about the importance of the situation, $186 bn has been invested in fossil fuels since the Paris agreement. As our topic in 2018 stated, it is important that actions match words.

This is your chance to listen to the panel discussion facilitated by Lene Pedersen, chair of the BCC P&L group and consultant with Mindforest and Jill Saville, a former chair and leadership coach and ask your questions.

SPEAKERS

Petra Besson Fencikova-SGPB    

Petra is the Head of ESG Investments and in her LinkedIn profile, she describes herself as ‘a strong Socially Responsible Investments advocate. I am convinced that sustainable finance and sustainable investing are the essential elements in our transition to the sustainable future.’ One of her key interests is Gender Lens Investing

Julie Castiaux-KPMG

Julie is the Sustainable Finance Director. She has worked in sustainability – ESG - for over 15 years and advises firms on how to reduce their footprints for both emissions and water. The recent pandemic has changed the ways of working in many firms which has possibly impacted climate change and the ‘s’ in ESG.

Nancy Saich - EIB

Nancy is the Chief Climate Change Expert at the EIB and her work includes leading the work on the Carbon Footprint of EIB Projects. She is passionate about this subject and how we can protect future generations. As she says ‘This is all about people. The planet will be just fine…’ She was interviewed at COP25 and plans to be in Scotland for COP26.

Tomas Sercovich-IMS

Tomas is over from Ireland, briefly, so we have taken advantage of his presence! He has ‘over 15 years advising companies on corporate responsibility and sustainability. [His] ambition is to drive forward the transformational power of business for a more inclusive and sustainable society working alongside values-driven change makers.

Filip Westerlund-OurChoice

Filip is the CEO of OUR CHOICE, part of a sustainable fashion movement and a sustainable producer of circular trainers/sneakers. In the WORT, he said ‘I am the annoying guy with one million ideas’ and he recently recorded a short ‘elevator’ pitch in a real elevator for RTL. He is a recent graduate in Psychology from the University of Luxembourg.

More Info - Key Reading

There has been a critical report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC– a United Nations body) saying that the 1.5-degree limit will be breached by early 2030s. We are already seeing catastrophes, floods, wildfires, famine around the world and it is harder for people to deny there is a problem.  A shorter read can be found in the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) report ‘The Final Warning Bell’ or their news summary.

 

The evening will begin at 18:00 with registration.  The conference is scheduled to begin at 18:30. To close the evening drinks and canapés will be provided and, as always, the opportunity to meet and discuss with your fellow Chamber Members and the panellists.

PLEASE NOTE: the event will take place under the covid-check regime and only members with valid vaccination certificates or a valid negative test result can attend. No on-site tests will take place.

The British Chamber wishes to thank Alter Domus for their generosity in sponsoring this event.

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Wednesday 13 October 2021 18:00
Chambre de Commerce, 7, rue Alcide de Gasperi, Kirchberg, L-2981 Luxembourg
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