260 participants, mainly from the private sector and government, took part in
the conference organized on behalf of the German government by the German Agency
for International Cooperation, in collaboration with the International Chamber
of Commerce (ICC) and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce.
event offered the opportunity for large companies to connect with SMEs and
discuss business models for a changing climate.
“Companies build a green future every day by delivering and
deploying their innovations, products and services,” said Andrea Bacher, Policy
Manager of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy, in her opening remarks.
“However, more effort is required to scale up and implement green solutions in
today’s globalized world.”
The guiding framework for the discussion was the ICC Green Economy
Roadmap, a widely acclaimed set of business recommendations outlining how
economic growth, environmental sustainability and social progress have to work
together in a mutually reinforcing fashion.
Martina Bianchini, Chair of the ICC Green Economy Task Force and
Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Environment and Energy, expanded on this
topic by moderating a high-level plenary session dealing with solutions for a
Aimed at strengthening the business response to economic, social and
environmental interdependence, the Roadmap provides guidelines for green business
strategies and policy development in a globalized world.
“We have to combine
short-term profit requirements with longer-term strategies for shared value,
bottom-up green growth and top-down green economy strategies – no one can do
this alone,” Ms Bianchini said.
need for business, government and academic collaboration was central to the forum.
with the Pretoria conference, ICC convened a meeting of its Commission on
Environment and Energy and the Green Economy Task Force. At the meeting, ICC Secretary
General Jean-Guy Carrier stressed the importance of ICC being present in all
parts of the world.
need to get out into the field to see what’s happening at the country level and
to spread the message that developing a green economy is essential in an
interdependent world,” Mr Carrier said.
outgoing Chairman of the commission, Laurent Corbier, then turned the reins
over to his successor, Kersten-Karl Barth, Sustainability Director at Siemens
AG, who has had a long and distinguished career at the company.
the ICC Green Economy Roadmap
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