The ESG NXT 2022 conference provides valuable insights on businesses’ actions needed to accelerate the system transformations necessary for a net-zero, nature-positive, and more equitable future. The conference features prominent international and local thought leaders and experts. It aims to foster meaningful discussions that provide a multi-dimensional perspective on sustainability’s critical issues and “how-to” solutions. This conference has been skillfully designed around 4 tracks covering:
These tracks have been strategically chosen as they encapsulate the critical areas where systems transformation is most needed and ESG ambitions and metrics need to be adequately set.
The conference wishes to raise the bar and move away from just pondering over theoretical perspectives. Instead, it places emphasis on the action points and solutions needed by business and coming from business. Most importantly, we rally behind the notion that achieving good ESG performance requires moving away from greenwashing and inward looking alone. It requires like-minded sustainability business and policy leaders to embrace collaborative efforts and work together towards common goals.
This is also in line with Vision 2050, the strategic sustainability framework created by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) which outlines a comprehensive and relevant plan to enable 9 billion people* to live well within planetary boundaries by mid-century. Now more than ever, there is an imminent need for the global business community to turn this vision into a reality. Businesses need to move away from a ‘business-as-usual’ mindset to a more proactive stance.
Around 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050. Along with climate change and other challenges, we urgently need more sustainable and resilient urban planning to ensure the quality of life. This track explores how industries can contribute to the system transformations required for more sustainable living spaces.
In the coming decades, the energy sector will undergo a complete metamorphosis. Energy efficiency needs to improve exponentially across all sectors, including transport, buildings, and industries. This track discusses diverse solutions for different actors to pursue to accelerate their decarbonization journey.
More than half of the global economy depends on the prosperity of the natural world. From the water we drink, to the food we grow, and the resources we use in manufacturing, biodiversity and ecosystem services support our daily lives and many of our products and services. This track explores how food and agriculture industries can transform to achieve a regenerative and equitable food system producing healthy, safe and nourishing food for all.
Now, more than ever, the opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we transform every element of our linear, ‘take-make-waste’ system is vast. It is a must for all sectors to discover efficient ways of handling the products and materials as we are moving towards mainstreaming sustainability practices. This track highlights entry points for businesses to contribute to accelerating the circular transition.
Understand and acknowledge transformations as profound changes in the systems that have created the social and environmental challenges we face.
Focus on the main areas of transformation (4 tracks) and on critical cross-cutting issues that act as transformation enablers, such as sustainable finance, policies and regulations that are conducive, technology, norms, and values.
Develop and nurture new ways of thinking and acting based on fundamentally new premises and sources of value.
Identify salient touch points between businesses and opportunities for collaboration and synergies.