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Since 1997, the WEC has convened over 200 thought leadership events in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  Our events provide executive leaders with a platform to share strategic insights, learnings and best practices.  WEC’s Thought Leadership agenda is member driven, providing companies with the opportunities to learn about current topics that are of greatest importance.  Our events offer leading perspectives and include stakeholders from industry, NGOs, academia and the government.

Recent Events Highlights   

SDGBusiness Workshop on Implementing the UN SDGs

The World Environment Center, DNV GL and nine global companies met on February 6, 2019 in a workshop in Munich/Germany to explore trends in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to share best practices. While global trends are showing that the large majority of large corporations have prioritized the SDGs for their organization and find value in them, meaningful engagement on target-level is hardly established. This is concerning as none of the SDGs are on track to being met. The workshop revealed that companies have now understood that the SDGs provide an opportunity to take additional action beyond established corporate sustainability goals and that it is more promising to focus action on target-level than addressing one of the 17 Goals without differentiation. The discussion helped to share practical ideas about how business can best start the process of working with the SDGs and how focused collaboration can be achieved. 

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Event Summary: Business Workshop on Implementing the UN SDGs

PharmaInEnvironmentPharmaceuticals in the Environment
Environmental Pollution caused by human and veterinary pharmaceutical substances is an emerging environmental concern.  The multi-stakeholder group below met to share insights and discuss responsible business practices.  Roundtable participants agreed that industry’s best option to tackle the issue is a collaborative approach to increase data transparency, share knowledge, and educate the public about a responsible use of pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with all stakeholders involved in their product stewardship. Learn more from thought leaders from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer, ERM, Merck, Travers Smith, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, F. Hoffman-La Roche, Health Care without Harm, Merck Group, Ministry of the Netherlands, Novartis and University of Gothenberg. (November 2018, Munich, Germany).

Event Summary:  Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

TCFDRecent Event: How Climate-related Financial Disclosure
We were delighted by the high level of interest in the topic of our webinar: How Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are effecting the business world? At this webinar Lori Michelin (President and CEO of the WEC), Andre Jakobs (Senior Advisor of ABN Amro Bank), Lothar Rieth (Group Expert Sustainability of EnBW), and Wolfgang Berger (Strategy Expert of DFGE– Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy) exploring how the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are affecting the business world and how leading companies are approaching the implementation of TCFD recommendations. (October 2018, Webinar)

Event Recording:  TCFD Webinar

Prior Events


Disclosure & Reporting

Circular Economy

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Social Responsibility & Human Rights

Water Stewardship

Climate & Energy


Transforming Sustainability into Business Strategy


WEC would like to thank our partners and member companies who have hosted events in the last several years: Boehringer Ingelheim, Boeing, Dow Chemical, Erb Institute at Michigan University, ERM, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson Controls, Marks and Spencer, Merck Germany, Hoffmann-La Roche, Sanofi, SC Johnson, Shell, Stanford University and Volkswagen.

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