The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption, SusCon 2012, will take place under the theme “Green Economy – from intention to action”, from 27 – 28 November in Bonn, Germany. Bringing together decision-makers from businesses, NGOs, governments and UN organisations, the SusCon 2012 event will emphasize the importance of business and what, in practice, constitutes a “green economy”. The main focus of the event will be to investigate solution-oriented approaches to foster long-term sustainable development.
The SusCon organizing team reports that there is an expanding network of supporting organizations, each of them a trend-setter in the development of a greener economy.
Several prestigious organizations including the CSCP – UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Rainforest Alliance, and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), have joined the conference network. CSCP is an internationally active think-tank and “do-tank” for research, outreach and transfer activities in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). One of its priority targets is to change individual and institutional patterns of consumption. This is one of the key topics to be discussed at SusCon 2012.
These collaborators will be working alongside Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Keynote speakers at this years’ SusCon event include Dr. Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, author of “Corporation 2020” and leader of the TEEB-Study (“The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity”) who will deliver concrete suggestions on how businesses should be transformed in view of the Green Economy by the end of this decade.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate, will also provide a keynote speech on the social dimension of sustainable business; Alain Caparros, chief executive of the REWE Group, who is calling for a new way of thinking within the economy will give a keynote address; and Helmy Abouleish, CEO of Sekem (bio-dynamic agriculture enterprise based in Egypt) will speak about whether the green economy provides the whole answer in a business setting.
“Only sustainably thinking and acting companies will survive in an increasingly competitive environment. In future, the protection of the environment as well as fair dealings with partners along the entire supply chain are significant distinguishing features for winning and retaining consumer loyalty,” Says Caparrros.
“We would like not only to talk about possible solutions during SusCon, but also already to develop attempts at concrete solutions and to initiate cooperation and pilot projects”, says Fritz Lietsch, co-organiser of the event and publisher of forum CSR international. “Enough talk. We need action”.