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16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business Transformation

Breakout / Sustainability Transformations
in englischer Sprache

Scarce resources, exponential technical growth, and the climate crisis change the way we do business. The challenge remains how to best integrate sustainability into a successful business model. What are best practices? How can politics facilitate this transformation? Business and sustainability experts discuss.

Director Sustainable Development Goals, WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva
Group Social Sustainability Manager, Mondi, Vienna
Programme Director, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge
Managing Director and Sustainability Communication Expert, Salter Baxter, London Chair


Director Sustainable Development Goals, WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva

 James leads WBCSD’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals, supporting companies in their efforts to integrate the SDGs into strategic considerations, and working with broader industry groups to develop sector roadmaps on how to maximize contributions to realizing the SDGs on the road to 2030.

M.St. Arnavaz SCHATTEN

Group Social Sustainability Manager, Mondi, Vienna

 Arnavaz Schatten is Group Social Sustainability Manager at Mondi, an international FTSE 100 packaging and paper manufacturer with a global supply chain. A chemical engineer and sustainability professional by training, Arnavaz is passionate about the link between business and development, and the power of business in bringing about positive change. For the past 10 years, her sustainability work has ranged from sustainability risk management and supply chain sustainability, to business and human rights, policy development, and cross-sector and cross-value chain partnerships. She has championed and contributed to Mondi's sustainability agenda during this time. Most recently she's co-managed the Mondi-led Pioneer Project 'Proof' under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative. She hold a Masters' degree in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University, as well as an MBA and a degree in Chemical Engineering.


Programme Director, Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge

 Alice Spencer is Programme Director of Executive Education at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a globally influential Institute developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. With a background in natural resource management and stakeholder engagement, Alice has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in Corporate, Not-for-Profit and Government roles engaging with national and corporate strategies and social and environmental impact projects. At CISL, Alice develops and delivers customised executive education programmes for senior leaders.

Kathleen ENRIGHT

Managing Director and Sustainability Communication Expert, Salter Baxter, London

 Kathleen Enright is a sustainable change maker and Managing Director of Salterbaxter, a leading international sustainability consultancy.
 Kathleen is known for her unique ability to bring together the various facets of sustainability that ultimately drive positive business transformation; in-depth expertise, a big picture view, creative understanding and a challenger mindset. She has sat on both sides of the fence, as both a technical sustainability specialist and a sustainability communications leader. Prior to joining Salterbaxter in June 2016, she set up and ran the OgilvyEarth EMEA practice.

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable


17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary