9:00 – 9:20 | Opening
George Ciamba - Minister-Delegate for European Affairs of Romania
9:20 – 10:30 | Discussion panel: SDGs as a strategic lens for European Industry.
...Accelerating the pace and scale of action to support businesses involvement in 2030 Global Agenda
The SDGs provide a comprehensive framework for identifying and understanding material sustainability topics. The alignment of business goals with sustainability holds enormous potential for European industries and may become their competitive advantage on the global marketplace. Taken together, environmental and social responsibility are core drivers of growth. This panel discussion will explore measures that should be taken to increase the pace and scale of private sector involvement in the SDGs and implications for European industries.
- László Borbély – State Councillor on Sustainable Development to the Prime Minister of Romania
- Isabella Pirolo, Policy Assistant to the Director for Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW
- Daniele Gelz, Aid for Trade Project Manager, United Nations Development Programme Istanbul Regional Hub
- Anne-Marie Gestin, Chief Financial Officer, ENGIE Romania
- Robert Uzuna, Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Ursus Breweries and Vice President of the Romanian Association for Packaging and Environment (ARAM)
Panel moderator: Agnieszka Gajewska, PwC CEE Public Sector and Infrastructure Leader
10:30-11:00 | Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 | Presentation: Business Reporting on the SDGs: PwC SDG Reporting Challenge 2018
Speakers from PwC will present results of this year PwC SDG Reporting Challenge. In 2018 edition, PwC sought to determine how many companies have moved beyond simply offering support for the SDGs and actually embedded the Goals into the core strategy of their entire business. PwC studied both the corporate reporting of more than 700 global companies, analysing their commitments to individual Goals and how their reporting reflected on integration into business strategy. The results show that there remains plenty of work to be done if business really wants to help meet the goals and benefit from them.
- Louise Scott, Global Sustainability Director, PwC UK;
- Andreea Giovani, Sustainability Manager, PwC Romania
12:00-13:00 | Panel discussion: Sustainable Consumption and Production: supporting transition from linear to circular economy.
For decades, global consumption has been built on a 'take-make-dispose' model. Now, innovative businesses are adopting 'circular' solutions, reducing material, water and carbon impacts. Circular approach extends the product’s life, through reuse, reassembly, refurbishment or recycling.
This transition, from linear to circular economy, requires profound transformations in how companies do business. This transition requires a combination of both rules and incentives for companies. The panel discussion is aimed to define key enablers of the circular economy at both production and consumption side and how governments, businesses and civil society could contribute.
- State Secretary, Ministry of Economy (TBC)
- Alina Oberdörfer, Senior Waste Engineer, JASPERS Office Bucharest
- Alina Vlădoianu, Vice President Legal Affairs, Mega Image, Vice President of The Association of Large Retailers in Romania (AMRCR)
- Alice Nichita, Government Relations Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and President of The Romanian Association for Packaging and Environment (ARAM)
Panel moderator: Daniel Anghel, Tax and Legal Services Leader, PwC Romania
13:00-13:15 | Closing remarks
- Agnieszka Gajewska, PwC CEE Public Sector and Infrastructure Leader