EURO ENVIRONMENT 2002

Venue: Aalborg Congress and Culture Centre

Location: Aalborg, Denmark

Event Date/Time: Oct 21, 2002 End Date/Time: Oct 23, 2002
Registration Date: Oct 20, 2002
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2002
Abstract Submission Date: May 09, 2002
Paper Submission Date: Sep 01, 2002
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BUSINESS, THE AGENT OF SUSTAINABILITY!
In the year of the Danish EU presidency and one month after the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, the third EURO ENVIRONMENT conference on Business and Sustainable Performance will explore the challenges made to business visions, strategies and actions.

The conference theme this year is an instigating statement. Can business be a driving agent of global governance and hold the keys to the goals of global sustainability? These goals encompass sustainable technological and organisational solutions for the external environment, supply-chain management, corporate social responsibility, ethical values and stakeholder relations, occupational health, green marketing, business branding and image. The EURO ENVIRONMENT 2002 conference will explore how business can seek solutions and be the engine of change towards a sustainable society.

Business is expected to act, but the means need to be explored and the modern corporate role redefined. The urgent call for immediate action promotes worldwide corporate leaders to address global sustainability challenges as intrinsic corporate values. Committed and responsible businesses enhance these values, set their priorities and create their sustainable visions, strategies and actions as a lead in combating global degradation. Sustainable visions, strategies and actions extend beyond the company boundaries, they include company stakeholders. A type of corporate citizenship is materialising.

On the first and third conference day invited speakers will present their views on topics such as Corporate Citizenship, Global Governance and Sustainable Business, Global Financing, Corporate Globalisation, Supply-Chain Management, Reflections after WSSD – for further details see www.euro-environment.dk.

The second conference day will be based on presentations selected through the Call for Abstracts.

SUSTAINABLE GLOBAL VALUE CHAINS

After investigating the understanding and dissemination of practical solutions in business throughout the global value chain of products and services, we have selected seven business sectors to illustrate the business case. Within each sector a product supply and value chain from cradle to grave exists, where all the links are dependent on each other and add value to the end product. Dissemination of demands for environmental and social solutions along the chains is one way of speeding up the process and also of ensuring that each link contributes to a sustainable development. Dividing the 7 sectors into 8 parallel sessions, we call for examples and solutions from business in the whole value chain to show how the sectors conform to the concept of sustainability. We have divided the value chain into five categories from primary production to recycling and during the session programmes we hope to have presentations that explain what is done at each link in the chain and how far each sector has progressed. Papers reflecting a triple bottom line approach (environmental, social and economic) will be preferred.

Food sector
The food sector, with its primary base in natural resources and direct contact to end consumers, is an important potential mover towards sustainable living. With its broad divide from organic suppliers to functional food and biogenetic manipulating businesses, sustainable strategies for the future differ. The sector is rapidly developing technologically, raising interesting ethical questions and is strongly challenged by consumer demands, famine and poverty.
We call for papers for this session from a broad range of contributors from food and beverage producers including agriculture, fisheries, distillers and brewers, producers of soft drinks, food products etc.

Healthcare sector
Many leaders in the healthcare sector have defined their path towards sustainable development and including a visible and transparent dialogue with stakeholders to help create the policies and actions that will shape the future sustainable development agenda. Human health and sustainability go hand in hand. The sector is developing very quickly, is growing rapidly and many international enterprises have been involved in mergers. The rising cost of health care in developed countries has caused a downward pressure on the industry’s revenue growth and raises interesting issues relating to the ethical obligations of the sector.
We invite papers on healthcare, medical products, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology etc.

Construction sector
The sector requires large volumes of natural resources. The construction sector is responsible for building the facilities and supportive infrastructure necessary for a nation to produce wealth and provide shelter for and deliver services to its citizens. In recent years, the sector has increasingly attended to issues of sustainability. The sector’s large number of subcontractors and suppliers means that it is often necessary to address the challenge of sustainability through a value chain approach. This sector session covers any enterprise producing building materials including concrete, steel, wood etc., it includes building contractors and constructors of heavy applications for industry.
We invite papers within this broad definition.

Energy sector
The application of the sustainable development agenda to the issue of climate change has brought energy into a strong focus. Production, transmission and use of energy are all crucial pillars in the effort to minimise the emission of substances which affect the climate. Industry has moved forward and there are a growing number of examples of substantial energy and emissions savings and reductions by industry. To create sustainable energy production and consumption, it is necessary to focus on key issues of accessibility of energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced fossil-fuel technologies etc.
This session is open for papers regarding oil and gas companies, renewable energy techniques, distribution systems, energy consumers, good examples of energy savings etc.

Telecommunications sector
The globalisation of telecommunications and the rapid development of new communication products and services have the potential to enhance the quality of life, help protect the environment, and to create a knowledge-based society more adaptable to the dynamic changes of the new century. New telecommunication services may result in significant sustainable benefits, such as a reduction in the need for the transportation of people, and, through the electronic transmission of information, improved efficiency in the consumption of valuable resources, easier access to education & training etc.
The telecommunications and electronics hardware businesses are achieving sustainable development through social responsibility, life-cycle perspectives, material and energy efficiency, recycling schemes etc.
We invite papers concerning telecommunications services and hardware products for both wired and wireless telecommunication.

Industrial goods sector
This sector session is very broad in scope and it covers every consumer-related product from cars to clothing and household products.
One unifying characteristic of this sector is the relation to the market. How can market mechanisms help the “greening” of products, what role do ecolabelling and environmental product declarations play, how is IPP (Integrated Product Policy) integrated in industry?
The session will also deal with stakeholder communication, corporate accountability, corporate management etc.
We invite papers on sustainable solutions integrated into products and processes.

The sector will be divided into two parallel sessions, according to sub-sectors and types of business.

Financial sector
As it covers all business supply chains, the financial sector is central in promoting sustainable development. As a key player in both short and long-term investments, the sector can set demands to combine financial and sustainability performance. Businesses have to document their performance to the sector in order to maintain financial credibility as well as the credibility of their products and image.
This session is open for contributions on financial sector strategies and actions which affecting industry, including banks (private and inter-governmental), insurance companies, savings and loan associations, pension funds, credit agencies etc.

Venue

Europa Plads 4
Aalborg
Denmark
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Additional Information

Registration fees: Early bird: 656 EUR Late: 722 EUR 1-day: 337 EUR Speakers: 590 EUR Students: 337 EUR

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