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Pope, Paris and the SDGs: What’s driving business to act on climate change now?

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Wednesday September 23, 2015, 4:15 p.m. — 5:45 p.m.
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street

From the Pope’s Encyclical to the SDGs – join us as we discuss the major drivers that are compelling businesses to act on climate change and sustainability now. Just two years ago, when a nearly identical panel convened at the opening of Evans Hall, the conversation was narrower and mainstream businesses were not yet leading climate change solutions. Today, the Pope’s Encyclical on climate change has brought a moral dimension to the conversation. The UN’s new global sustainable development agenda is giving businesses an architecture with they can shape their sustainability strategies. And, with COP 21 just two months away, companies are announcing cutting-edge climate change commitments, changing how the private sector engages in these international negotiations.

What has shifted in relation to business sustainability leadership and what is compelling companies to act now? In this interactive dialogue facilitated by Brad Gentry, panelists will discuss these questions among others, bringing to light new opportunities for business to mitigate climate change and contribute to the global sustainable development priorities.

Our panel features:

  • Peter Bakker (President & CEO, WBCSD)
  • Frances Beinecke (Former President, NRDC; Scholar, Yale)
  • Pavan Sukhdev (Founder & CEO, GIST Advisory; Author)
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker (Scholar of Religion and the Environment, Yale)
  • Moderated by Brad Gentry (Associate Dean for Professional Practice, Yale; Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment)

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