Family Business for Sustainable Development

Date: Thursday 25 February 2021

Time: 14:00 to16:00 Geneva Time (CET, GMT+1)

To deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, an ambitious global effort is required over the next decade to accelerate sustainable solutions to the economic, environmental, social and governance challenges at the speed and scale required. All sectors of society, including business, are called upon to demonstrate leadership towards a transformative and sustainable future

The WIF Family Business Conference features keynote addresses by eminent thought-leaders, followed by an interactive dialogue with family business representatives, practitioners, academia, and United Nations experts on how family business can be galvanized to align the sustainability agenda with corporate strategy. UNCTAD and FBN are formally launching their joint global Family Business for Sustainable Development (FBSD) Initiative and family business representatives will share their first experiences.

The full video recording is now available

Programme and statements

14:00 MOC Welcome and format

14:03 -14:10 Opening remarks
> James Zhan, Senior Director, Senior Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
(FBSD Executive Board Co-chair)
> Alfonso Libano, CEO, Cobega, Spain and Chairman FBN Polaris   statement

14:11-14:25 Segment 1: MOC introduction of keynote speakers
> Professor Jeffery D. Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University (FBSD Advisory Council Co-chair)
> Dame Polly Courtice, Founder Director, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) (FBSD Advisory Council Co-chair)

14:25-15:15 Interactive panel dialogue (moderated by Alexis du Roy de Blicquy, CEO, FBN)
> Barbara Kux, Supervisory Board member, Grosvenor Group & Henkel, Vice Chairman Firmenich
> André Hoffmann, Vice Chairman, Roche Holding
> Farhad Forbes, Chairman, Forbes Marshall, India, FBN President
> Nicolas Fleury, Deputy Secretary-General, ISO

15:15 -15:25 Q&A opportunity and sum-up (moderator)

15:25-16:00 Segment 2: MOC Launch of the joint global UNCTAD-FBN Initiative: “Family Business for Sustainable Development” (FBSD)
> Presentation of FBSD – Objectives and framework by James Zhan, Senior Director, UNCTAD and Chair, World Investment Forum
> Testimonials, Günseli Ünlütürk, Co-founder, Sun TekstilA.Ş., Turkey and Sumitra Aswani, Executive Director, Ishk Tolaram Foundation, Singapore
> Call to Action – Sustainability pledge by Alfonso Libano (FBN), CEO, Cobega, Spain and Chairman FBN Polaris Cobega, Spain and Chairman FBN Polaris   statement
> Next steps (Visual presentation of website and pledge page)

16:00 MOC close-out

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MODERATOR: Alexis du Roy de Blicquy, CEO of The Family Business Network (FBN)


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