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Sustainability Forum 2017 Completed Successfully

For the 6th consecutive year the ” Sustainability Forum 2017, a training, networking and professional development event” by Global Sustain, was completed with great success on October 5, at the Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship “Excelixi” premises, in Athens.

Participations exceeded expectations, with guest speakers of international prestige and profile, but also high-level attendees representing almost all sectors of economic activity. Participants had the opportunity to attend specialised workshops and listen to internationally renowned speakers and experts in sustainability issues, acquiring knowledge about major issues and international trends, interacting with each other in a continuous, all-day networking.

In the opening session, Mrs. Marialuisa Tamborra, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Research Innovation, I1 Strategy – Directorate Climate Action &Resource Efficiency, European Commission, Belgium, spoke about the climate and sustainability targets through Public Policy, and more specifically, about decarbonization, circular economy and post COP21.

Mr. Neil Stevenson, Managing Director, Global Implementation, International Integrated Reporting Council, UK, referred to integrated reporting as the solution to global business challenges.

Mrs. Georgina Goff, Senior Director of Marketing, Communication and Corporate Citizenship, EMEA – Flex, Ireland, explained how technology enables sustainability.

Mr. Toby Crewe, International Solutions Director, Energy &Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric, UK, spoke about the importance of redefining energy with innovation and sustainability.

Mrs. Eila Kreivi, Director, Head of Capital Markets Department, European Investment Bank, Luxembourg described how the Green Bonds add value, and she referred to latest developments in this market.

Mrs. Giulia Ferrati, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Walgreens Boots Alliance, UK, talked about the UN – Award Winning case study of Walgreens Boots Alliance and how this company has successfully integrated SDGs into business operations.

Dr. Tim Lindsey, President and CEO, Highlander Innovation, USA, referred to the sustainability innovation and the importance of walking the talk.

Mrs. Sharon Jackson, Founder &Director, European Sustainability Academy (ESA), described the capacity building ‘magic’ for sustainable enterprises.

Mr. Makis Tzeis, Managing Director, Atradius Credit Insurance, talked about the relevance and importance of credit risk to sustainability.

Mrs. Francesca Palamidessi, Coordinator Corporate and Stakeholder Relations, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Netherlands, addressed sustainability reporting through the new GRI Standards.

Mr. Matthew Patsky, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management, USA, analysed Trillium Asset Management’s approach to responsible investing.

At the end of the Forum, participants received certificates of attendance and had the opportunity to network with each other at a cocktail reception.

  • The next Sustainability Forum is scheduled for October 5, 2018.
  • Further information about the Sustainability Forum is available at

Supporters and Sponsors

Gold Sponsor: Alpha Bank

Silver Sponsor: ICAP Group

Supporters: AHC Group, CAPITALS Circle Group, ELBISCO, European Reliance, Gilead Sciences, INTERAMERICAN, KPMG, KYVERNITIS Travel, PHILIPS, Schneider Electric

Venue Sponsor: Center of Sustainable Entrepreneurship “Excelixi”

Coffee Sponsor: Nespresso

Beer Sponsor: Athenian Brewery

Graphic Designer Partner: Greenmind

Printing Partner: Pressious Arvanitidis

Carbon Offset Partner: Green Evolution

Conference Experience Partner: Conferience

Web &Social Media Partner: Think Plus

Institutional Supporters: Alliance for Greece, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, CEO Clubs International, Greek Association of Environmental Protection Companies (PASEPPE), Hellenic Advertisers Association (SDE), The Hellenic-Dutch Association of Commerce and Industry, Union of Listed Companies

Communication Supporters: Asian NGO, Business Wire, CSRindex,, Re:CSR CSRweek, Insurance Marketing, Insurance Daily News, Marketing Week, Plant,





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