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How Compatible are Profits and Sustainability?

19 July 2017 - 18:30 to 19:30

Chatham House, London


Vicki Bakhshi, Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment Team, BMO Global Asset Management

David Schofield, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Aviva

Bernice Lee OBE, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy

Chair: Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford; Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School



This event is held under the Chatham House Rule and is open to corporate members only.

There are now at least nine companies that generate a billion dollars or more in annual revenue while putting sustainability at their core. By implementing changes like replacing their lighting range to energy-efficient LEDs and committing to achieving zero net deforestation by 2020, these so-called green giants like Ikea, Unilever and Tesla have set the bar high for other companies to follow.

Our panellists will discuss whether profits and sustainability are truly compatible. How can businesses positively impact the lives of customers, society and the environment? Which methods have proved to be successful across different sectors? Should sustainability be at the heart of modern business, leaving strong profits as a by-product of a well-run, sustainable company? How can businesses be mobilized to support the global goals for sustainable development and how achievable are these goals?

This event will be followed by a reception.