WBCSD at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

21- 24 January 2020, Davos-Klosters

No company, institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges of a complex, interdependent world. Under the theme of Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World, the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum will seek to engage public and private actors in supporting global, regional and national initiatives that generate positive impact for all stakeholders. Within this framework, the Forum will focus on four key issues: climate change and ecosystems loss; sustainable and inclusive business models; governing technology and its impacts; and adaptation to demographic, social and technological trends.

As in previous years, WBCSD will be contributing to the Forum’s Annual Meeting through a series of engaging events across the week. We look forward to welcoming our members, partners and guests in Davos.

We are updating our list of events regularly, so please stay tuned for news on additional events.

Tuesday 21 January 2020
Business leadership for a sustainable world: accelerating systems transformation in line with WBCSD’s Vision 2050

Time: 09:30 – 11:00
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

Over three dozen WBCSD member companies are driving a collective, business-led effort to revisit its Vision 2050, a landmark report issued a decade ago and focused on the opportunity for business to help unlock the transformations that are needed to allow over 9 billion people to live well, within the boundaries of the planet by mid-century.

The final Vision 2050 output, to be completed by October of 2020, will provide business with the positive, opportunity-based, action agenda it needs for the decade to come, in support of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and further progress beyond these.

The session provides an opportunity for a peer-to-peer exchange on the back of insights about the challenges and opportunities for business to catalyze transformation of major economic systems (food, energy, mobility, etc.) and trends that will most likely shape the operating environment over the next ten years.

RSVP via Uta Jungermann at jungermann@wbcsd.org – please note: attendance at this session is reserved for Council Members of Vision 2050 Project members only.

This is not a drill – leveraging the TCFD recommendations in response to the global climate emergency

Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

This lunch session will look at how companies and investors can enhance and use climate-related financial information in response to the global climate emergency. Sharing learnings from TCFD implementation to date, the session will discuss ways of accelerating climate-related financial disclosure and harnessing the power of the fourth industrial revolution in support of TCFD’s objectives.

If you are interested to attend, please register here. For inquiries, contact events@wbcsd.org.

Healthy People & Healthy Planet: the protein revolution from fork to farm

Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

This dinner session aims at mobilizing business action to shift diets and, diversifying protein production and consumption to transform our food system and deliver healthy people and a healthy planet. Providing insights into the most recent research, the session will launch unique new protein-specific findings and discuss the main levers to accelerate the necessary dietary shifts by 2030.

If you are interested to attend, please register here. For inquiries, contact events@wbcsd.org.

Circular economy dinner

Time: 20:00 – 22:00
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

After the success of the inaugural event in 2019, the Circular economy dinner will convene leaders from pioneering companies, governments and organizations in the circular economy. Co-hosted by Circle Economy, SITRA and WBCSD and supported by PACE, the Circular Economy Dinner will include networking drinks and dinner, major announcements and short talks by high-level representatives.

If you are interested to attend, please register here. For inquiries, contact Brendon at edgerton@wbcsd.org.


Wednesday 22 January 2020
Alliance to End Plastic Waste breakfast

Time: 07:00 – 09:00
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

To help address the challenge of plastic waste, a group of global companies from across the plastics value chain – companies that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics – formed a new alliance with a clear mission: to help end plastic waste in the environment. Celebrating one year since its launch, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) will host a briefing breakfast to update the Davos community on activities to date, and what to anticipate as the AEPW begins its second year of existence. Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, joined by Member companies will present the first anniversary progress report and share insights into its strategic direction.

If you are interested to attend, please register here. For inquiries, contact Grant at mckibbin@wbcsd.org.

Investing in food systems transformation on the road to the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Time: 11:00 – 14:30
Venue: House of Switzerland (Restaurant Nordside)

The challenges our global food systems face call for a profound and swift transformation of how we produce, process, retail and consume food. This High-Level Dialogue will offer leaders from business, governments, international organizations and civil society an opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. The event will focus not only on the key challenges, but also discuss who should do what, focusing on investments as a key driver of change. Mr. Guy Parmelin, Federal Councillor, Switzerland will open the High-Level Dialogue, followed by a high-level panel. In the second part of the event, the discussions will continue in the form of a Food Systems Dialogue.

To attend either one or both sessions, please contact info@foodsystemsdialogues.org.


Towards a better understanding of food system value and risk

Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Venue: SDG Tent, Promenade 139, Davos

WBCSD provides guidance to help companies understand and manage the vulnerabilities associated with the transition towards a sustainable food system.

This session will examine the role of innovative new systems for understanding key business risks and opportunities with the potential to radically alter our perception of risk and value; triggering the adoption of new practices to protect value and stimulate sustainable food and agriculture outcomes.

If you are interested to attend, please register here. For inquiries, contact Matthew at watkins@wbcsd.org.

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