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The Path to Resilient Prosperity

January 10, 2014 | 2:00PM
Online webinar
GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership

This panel of global thought leaders will explore the private sector’s role in protecting and enhancing the human and natural systems that provide the energy, water, food, land, and wide range of other goods and services upon which we all rely.

Areas of discussion include:

  • What are new business models that can profitably address the world’s most significant environmental and social issues? 
  • How can the private sector’s stated aspirations for sustainable resource management become actions that are integrated into everyday business decisions? 
  • How can society accelerate an understanding of our collective reliance on the world’s natural wealth and transform our ability to sustainably manage resources for a new era of resilient prosperity?

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 The Yale School of Management


About the speakers:

Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker joined the WBCSD in January 2012 after having been involved as a member for a number of years in his role as CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Peter is a respected leader in corporate responsibility.  He is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 and the SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and is a UN WFP Ambassador Against Hunger. In addition to his role at the WBCSD, Peter is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands; a Co-Chair in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN-LN); Council member for China Council for International Cooperation (CCICED); and Deputy Chairman for International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).


Frances Beinecke ('71 B.A., '74 MFS) President, Natural Resources Defense Council
Under Ms. Beinecke's leadership, NDRC has launched a new strategic campaign that sharply focuses efforts on establishing a clean energy future that curbs climate change, reviving the world's oceans, defending endangered wildlife and wild places, protecting our health by preventing pollution, fostering sustainable communities, and ensuring safe and sufficient water.
Ms. Beinecke has worked with NRDC for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming the president in 2006, Ms. Beinecke served as the organization's executive director for eight years. Under her years of leadership, NRDC's membership has doubled and the staff has grown to more than 400. She also worked as a member of NRDC's Water & Coastal Program, fighting to protect marine ecosystems from offshore oil and gas development and advocating for sound coastal land use.


Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO, GIST Advisory

Pavan Sukhdev is Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, a consulting firm specializing in evaluating externalities at the micro an macro levels, and a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where he was awarded their 2011 McCluskey Fellowship and wrote his book “Corporation 2020”. The book and associated campaign “Corporation 2020” envisions the corporation of the future – one with positive rather than negative externalities, and presents action plans for rapid reforms in performance reporting, advertising rules, leverage controls and resource taxation to transform business for tomorrow’s world. 


Sir Peter Crane, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Dean Crane’s work focuses on the diversity of plant life: its origin and fossil history, current status, and conservation and use. From 1992 to 1999 he was director of the Field Museum in Chicago with overall responsibility for the museum’s scientific programs. During this time he established the Office of Environmental and Conservation Programs and the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, which today make up the Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo). From 1999 to 2006 he was director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, one of the largest and most influential botanical gardens in the world. His tenure at Kew saw strengthening and expansion of the gardens’ scientific, conservation, and public programs.

Brad Gentry, Professor in Practice, F&ES and SOM, Faculty Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Brad Gentry’s work explores the opportunities for using private investment to improve environmental performance. He works both across and within particular sectors/problems. The cross-sectoral work focuses on the steps policy makers can take to help develop opportunities for sustainable investments, including market frameworks, information systems, and shared investments/ partnerships.


The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) provides a focal point for research, education, and outreach to advance business solutions to global environmental problems. The Center joins the strengths of two world-renowned graduate schools - the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies - together with a network of internal and external thought leaders at the business-environment interface.The event is free and open to the public.