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WEC is a platform for global companies to share strategic insights and competencies.
By facilitating high quality Executive Roundtables designed for peer-to-peer discussions on practical solutions for sustainability challenges, WEC provides companies with the opportunity to learn from the top thought leaders.

Our Roundtables are designed to enable strategic discussions among vice presidents of various industries, generally from the sustainability, operations, procurement, and marketing divisions.  Key aspects of the format are the relatively small number of selected participants, few presentations with more room for interactive discussions and a focus on strategies and practices to implement sustainability goals. While company representatives typically make up 80% of our roundtable participants we always provide some space for NGOs, academia and government representatives.

WEC typically plans 4-5 roundtables a year, with two each in Europe and North America and one in Asia, and also holds the prestigious annual Gold Medal Colloquium as part of its Gold Medal Award event. Previously known as the International Environment Forum (IEF), these events have been held over 180 times since 1977.

Recent speakers

     Senior company representatives   

     Senior academia/NGO/government representatives

Partners

Roundtable and Gold Medal Colloquium Summaries



Recent speakers   

              

Senior company representatives

Bayer, Ursula Mathar
Boehringer Ingelheim, Thomas Zimmer
Cisco Systems, Bas Boorsma
Coca-Cola, Jeff Seabright
Dow Chemical, Neil Hawkins
DuPont, Linda Fisher
FEMSA, Francisco Suarez
F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Peter Schnurrenberger
Glaxo SmithKline, Allan Pamba
IBM, Wayne Balta
McDonald’s, Bob Langert
Marks & Spencer, Mike Barry
Merck, Martin Hostalek
Nestlé, Claus Conzelmann
Philips, Henk de Bruin
Ricoh, Ike Kakegawa
Rio Tinto, Elaine Dorward-King
Shell, Allard Castelein
Unilever, Gavin Neath
Veolia Environnement, Geneviève Ferone
Volkswagen, Gerhard Prätorius

Senior academia/NGO/government representatives

Ecologic Institute, R. Andreas Kramer
Ethical Trading Initiative, Peter McAlister
Five Winds International, James Fava
Forum for the Future, Peter Madden
FSG, Marc Pfitzer
Harvard University, Jane Nelson
IMD International, Francisco Szekely
Institute for Human Rights and Business, John Morrison
Stanford University, Pamela Matson
The Natural Step, Karl-Henrik Robèrt
The Nature Conservancy, Mark Tercek
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Leena Srivastava
Trucost, Richard Mattison
University of Augsburg, Armin Reller
University of Michigan, Andrew Hoffman
University of Rotterdam, Michael Braungart
University of Texas, David Allen
Volans, John Elkington
World Economic Forum, Bernice Lee
WWF, Jason Clay

Partners           

WEC facilitates Executive Roundtables in cooperation with its member companies and strategic partners. In the last five years these events have been hosted by AECOM, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Boeing, CH2MHILL, Chevron, Dow Chemical, IMD International, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Merck, Novartis, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, SC Johnson, Shell, and Volkswagen.

Roundtable and Gold Medal Colloquium Summaries

Roundtable topics have included sustainable corporate governance structures, sustainable supply chains, climate change, water challenges, natural resources constraints, greener products, and social innovation.

Summaries as follows:

2014  Transformational Collaboration in Sustainable Supply Chain Management [pdf]
2014  Innovations for Managing Business Risks from Natural and Material Resource Availability [pdf]
2014  The New Leader: Transforming Sustainability Challenges into Core Business Opportunities

2013  Creating Shared Value Through New Forms of Collaboration
2013  Building a Sustainability Roadmap for Engineering Education

2012  21st Century Megatrends and their Impacts on Business Strategy and Innovation Opportunities [pdf]
2012  Systemic Solutions for innovation in sustainability [pdf]

2011  Managing Social Responsibility Challenges to Business in Less Developed Nations [pdf]

2010  Strategies to Ignite Broad Based Market Demand for Energy Efficiency [pdf]
2010  Scaling Up Sustainability Management in Global Companies [pdf]
2010  Water as a strategic Issue for business and society [pdf]

2009  Verifying Green Product Design and Marketing [pdf]
2009  Creating Solutions for Greenhouse Gas Reductions with Business and Government [pdf]

2008  Effective Integration of Sustainability Issues into the Supply Chain [pdf]


In addition to roundtables WEC also designs events and workshops to enable the implementation of best practices. Participants are small groups from several companies or from one company alone.

Interested companies should contact:

gdavidow@wec.org (for the Americas and Asia)
fwerner@wec.org (for Europe, Africa and Asia)

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