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Webcast of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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Klewel was mandated to webcast the WBCSD Council meeting in Munich. Germany, last week.


Since 2009, the WBCSD has been working with Klewel to broadcast recordings of its plenary sessions through its website. The intuitive system allows WBCSD members to watch and listen to the panelists in different languages. It also provide a simple and efficient way to search keywords in the presentations of the various sessions.

Nadja Crettol
Information Technology Manager World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

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As the world’s population reaches 7bn, WBCSD hosts a live panel discussion on the role business has in ensuring humanity lives within its resources

WBCSD and The Guardian hosted CEO Roundtable – Webcast on Business Sustainability and Rio+20

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and The Guardian convened a roundtable of prominentbusiness executives last week to discuss the growing importance of sustainable corporate practices and the business issues that will be addressed at Rio+20.

The panel tackled the increasingly important role of business in developing sustainable solutions, the role of business as a catalyst for positive change, and the obstacles posing the greatest challenges to sustainability that must be confronted.

The discussion was moderated by Jo Confino, Executive Editor, TheGuardian and included panelists Björn Stigson, WBCSD President; Peter Bakker, incoming WBCSD President; Charles O. Holliday, Jr., Chairman of Bank of America; Michael Morris Chairman and CEO of American Electric Power and Barbara Kux,Chief Sustainability Officer of Siemens.

The eventwill took place on Wednesday, November 2 at 17:45 CET during the WBCSD Annual Council Meeting in Munich, which brings together WBCSD Council Members (CEOs and equivalent), some 350 other senior executives from 200 member companies and 60 Regional Network partners from around the world. The live discussion was webcast by both WBCSD and The Guardian, powered by Klewel.

WHAT: CEO Roundtable Discussion Webcast


Jo Confino – Executive Editor, The Guardian; Chairman and Editorial Director, Guardian SustainableBusiness
Björn Stigson – President, WBCSD
Peter Bakker – Incoming President, WBCSD
Charles “Chad” O. Holliday – Chairman, Bank of America;
Michael Morris – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Electric Power; WBCSD Council Member
Barbara Kux – Head Member of the Managing Board, Chief Sustainability Officer, Siemens; WBCSD Council Member

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The maternity ward at the Memorial Hospital in Manila, Philippines sees an average of 60 births a day Photograph: Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters

With the world’s population increasing rapidly, the planetary resources we use cannot keep pace with the rate at which we consume them. At the end of this month the seven billionth child will be born and the UN predicts that the world will reach eight billion people by 2025.

The effects of rapid population growth on society and the environment will be vast, with fresh water shortages and increasing pressure on food supplies hitting the poorest nations hardest.

The stakes are high and business has a huge role to play in making the way we live more sustainable. Business leaders must look for ways to continue to operate profitably within increasing resource constraints, while satisfying the needs of an increasing population.

To address these issues, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development is hosting a live discussion in Munich, bringing together a panel of expert business leaders to share their thoughts on the role business has to play in managing population growth.

The panel discussion will be chaired by Jo Confino, chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business and an executive editor of the Guardian.

Panellists will draw from their own experiences to dissect the role business can play in helping us live within our resources. The panel will highlight examples of best practice, offer insights in to what their organisations are doing in terms of sustainability and debate the following questions:

• What are the necessary policy frameworks and rules that will allow businesses to flourish by doing what they do best: innovating, investing and implementing?

• What examples are there of concrete action being taken by companies towards creating a sustainable world?

• How is business working hand-in-hand with other stakeholders, namely government and civil society?

About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The WBCSD is a CEO-led, global coalition of some 200 companies advocating for progress on sustainable development. Its mission is to be a catalyst for innovation and sustainable growth in a world where resources are increasingly limited. The Council provides a platform for companies to share experiences and best practices on sustainable development issues and advocate for their implementation, working with governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations. The membership has annual revenues of USD 7 trillion, spans more than 35 countries and represents 20 major industrial sectors. The Council also benefits from a network of 60 national and regional business councils and partner organizations, a majority of which are based in developing countries.

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