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International Sustainability Summit

Mon 1st October 2012 - Sun 14th October 2012


Inaugural ESA Sustainability Summit at the newly opened, beautiful and ecological, European Sustainability Academy, management teaching and research centre in Crete. ESA is delighted that EuroCharity is the official media partner for this inaugural International Sustainability Summit.


Professor John Elkington — Founder and Director SustainAbility and Volans
Professor David Grayson — Director of Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of ManagementSimon Hamilton — CEO Hamilton Group UK
Thomas Greco — Founder, Beyond Money, USA
Professor Jem Bendell — Professor of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cumbria, Founder and Director LifeWorth, Geneva.
Matthew Slater — Co-founder and director, NGO Community Forge Geneva
Laurent Abadie — CEO Panasonic Europe
Masako Hiraki — Corporate Citizenship, Panasonic Europe
Dr Chris Tuppen — recent past CSO British Telecom
Asha Kayla — Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager at Alliance Boots UK
Jennie Galbraith — International Sustainability Manager British American Tobacco (BAT) UK
Laurent Abadie — CEO Panasonic Europe
John Maleganos — Business and Industry Engagement Manager WWF Greece

  • Sustainable Construction

The aim of this segment is to provide useful information and practical advice on the design and construction of a building made of raw, natural materials in Greece today. This is a two day workshop: the first day is devoted to theory and participatory planning and the second to an action learning workshop in the beautiful olive groves of ESA.

  • Enacting sustainability in organisations

How to embed sustainability into daily business operations: A practical approach to CSR.
This segment focuses on tools and techniques for driving change for CSR and changing behaviours through engaging employees. The learning process is split into 1.5 days of theory and management models followed by 1.5 days of ’theory in to practice’ with an interactive workshop and examples from leading international organisations.
Participants will learn: new knowledge of CSR, new tried and tested tools and practical techniques to embed responsible and sustainable practices in your organisation.

  • Strategic organisational shifts towards sustainability

Strategic and systemic shift towards sustainability is about the role of business in socio– eco-economic reform and the need for courage (leadership at any level) to be brave and bold about doing things differently.
Monday 8th adopts a large corporate focus and an ‘intrapreneur’ (change agent in large organisation) view. This day will have a strong focus on energy and technology sectors.
In comparison, Tuesday 9th focuses on the role of smaller enterprise, tri-party collaboration initiatives and socio-eco-entrepreneurs in necessary reforms towards sustainability.

  • Strategic shifts in prevailing systems

Community Exchange Systems and Alternative currency systems for Sustainable Communities
These 1.5 interactive days will explore the contemporary difficulties of managing cash flow in business, high levels of unemployment and multiple needs going unmet. These issues are leading to more people swapping goods and services with each other.
This workshop will demonstrate systems which include bartering and using alternative exchange systems and community-issued currencies.

John Elkington

Professor John Elkington

is an undisputed world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. His current roles include Co-founder & Executive Chairman at Volans Member, International Board at Instituto Ethos, Board Member at Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Chairman at Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development. He is known globally as the Co-Founder, Past Chairman (1995-2005) and now Non-Executive Director at SustainAbility. He has written or co-authored 17 books, including 1988’s million-selling Green Consumer Guide, 1997’s Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business, the book which brought his triple bottom line concept to an international audience. His most recent publication Zeronauts show cases a new breed of innovator, people who are determined to drive problems such as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty to zero

David Grayson

Professor David Grayson, C.B.E.

is director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at the Cranfield School of Management. He joined after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community. He has been a visiting Senior Fellow at the CSR Initiative of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard for several years; and variously a Visiting Fellow at several UK and American business schools. His books include: "Corporate Social Opportunity: Seven Steps to make Corporate Social Responsibility work for your business" and "Everybody's Business" (2001) - both co-authored with Adrian Hodges. He has also contributed to several other books including "The Accountable Corporation" and "What if?"

Laurent Abadie

Laurent Abadie

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Europe Limited since 2009. Laurent first joined Panasonic France as Managing Director in 2004. In his role today he is spearheading Panasonic’s pioneering and inspirational strategic business journey to become "No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry" by 2018. This involves a transition to becoming a global renewable energy solutions provider. He started his career at Sony France in 1981 in the marketing department. In 1999 he became Managing Director of Sony France, and European Sales Manager covering mass distribution. Laurent is a graduate of ISTEC (the Institute of Higher Education in Marketing and Commerce) and of the IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne.

Thomas H. Greco

Thomas H. Greco, Jr. BSc, MBA

the Founder/Director of the non-profit Community Information Resource Center (CIRC), is an economist, educator, writer, researcher, and consultant, who, for the past 30 years, has been working at the leading edge of transformational restructuring. He is widely regarded as a leading authority on cashless exchange systems, community currencies, and community economic development, and is a sought after speaker internationally. He travels widely in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, lecturing, teaching, and advising. His websites provide a unique resource for anyone concerned about the prospects for our civilization and looking for practical solutions to our global predicament (Beyond Money).

Jem Bendell

Professor Jem Bendell, PhD

Professor of Sustainability Leadership, University of Cumbria. Adjunct Professor at Griffith Business School (Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at IE Business School. Founder and director of Lifeworth, (Geneva) the first responsible enterprise jobs portal (2001) which is now the largest such portal.
Professor Jem Bendell was announced as one of the 2012 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. He has a PhD in international policy, over 100 publications (including four books and five UN reports). Dr Bendell is an award-winning international authority on business-society relations, lecturing in fifteen countries. His first book on strategic cross-sector partnering, inspired the then head of the UN Secretary General's office to launch what became the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world. Past achievements include developing the original concept for the Marine Stewardship Council, for WWF.

Matthew Slater

Matthew Slater

co- founder and director of Geneva based NGO Community Forge, a monetary activist and software engineer. The association designs, develops and distributes free, open-source software for building communities with currencies. The underpinning belief of Community Forge is that the developed world is unable to respond to the present challenges largely because the money system, designed to nurture the industrial revolution, necessitates economic growth and rewards short-term profit which takes over long term (sustainable) asset management.

Asha Kayla

Asha Kayla

Energy Reduction Manager Alliance Boots (UK). Responsible for energy management across the UK portfolio of 2500 buildings. Her role is about defining and implementing the group property energy and carbon strategy and acting as a reduction ‘Champion’. A key part of her role is engaging with diverse stakeholders to reduce the carbon footprint from energy use in buildings, and working to embed energy efficiency thinking into daily processes, management decisions and putting in place targets for reduction. Asha is also accountable for the development and deployment of policy and strategy to ensure compliance with energy legislation, and all energy reporting requirements. She also works closely with the wider CSR teams to ensure integration and alignment, and with external suppliers and stakeholders to manage and reduce the estates carbon emissions.
Alliance Boots Social Responsibilities
Boots Corporate_Social_Responsibility

Chris Tuppen

Dr Chris Tuppen PhD

Founder and Senior Partner Advancing Sustainability LLP . Visiting Professor of Smart Technologies School of Science, Technology and Health University Campus Suffolk and Honorary Professor at Keel University. Chris has been involved in sustainability for over twenty years and has experience in developing company strategy, reporting, metrics, target setting, climate change, risk assessment, governance, thought leadership, stakeholder dialogue, media, public affairs and international industry collaboration. He has authored over 50 published papers, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Institute of Physics. He currently sits on the BBC Sustainability Advisory Group, the NHS Sustainable Development National Advisory Group and the Boards of the Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability project He is most well known for his role as Chief Sustainability Officer until 2010. His remit covered all aspects of BT’s approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility issues. I He was directly responsible for BT's Environmental Performance Reports, winning the 1992, 1993 and 1997 Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) awards for corporate environmental reporting, and also winning the European Reporting Award in 1997

Masako Hiraki

Masako Hiraki

Manager of European CSR Promotion Team and CEO Office, Panasonic Europe Ltd. (UK Office).
One of Masako’s key roles is promoting Panasonic's corporate citizenship activities in Europe. This includes environmental education programmes in Europe.
Panasonic Sustainability.

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton

founder and chair at The Hamilton Group , a UK based organisation which helps other organisations, businesses and communities to understand and embed the importance of Natural Capital alongside the other four Capitals, financial, human, social and manufactured in their thinking and actions. He is also founder of Three Hands, expert consultancy in creating high impact, real-life projects and partnerships that address business needs and benefit communities. Initiatives include helping companies to develop leaders, attract and retain talent, reward high performance, engage employees, build teams and develop graduates – all through real-life, challenging and inspiring projects and partnerships that deliver tangible benefits to charities, social enterprises, schools and other types of community organisation. Also under the Sustainable Business Agenda, Three hands we help companies to maximise the effectiveness of engaging in society. Simon has a wealth of experience and knowledge about community programme design and strategy, business charity partnerships, measurement and evaluation, and innovation between businesses and charities.

Jennie Galbraith

Jennie Galbraith

International Sustainability Manager British American Tobacco (BAT) London
For information on BAT CSR Governance
For information on BAT Sustainability

Ian Doyle

Ian Doyle

CSR consultant with the Lifeworth network and lecturer in Business Ethics and CSR at Grenoble Ecole de Management. Ian’s specialties include: Ethical sourcing of precious metals and gemstones. Social engagement and impact measurement processes for mining companies.

Toby Webb

Toby Webb

Founder and chairman of Ethical Corporation which produces:
The leading Business Magazine on corporate responsibility
A daily website hosting articles and research stats on CSR
The leading global conferences on corp. Sustainability
Independent research reports on ethics and business
Lecturer on Corporate Responsibility at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Founder of Stakeholder Intelligence (SI) an advisory, training, facilitation, and research company based in London, with a global network of experts. SI designs and runs training and engagement programmes for business.
Trustee of the Boxing Academy, a London charity focusing on education through sport, and Advance Aid, a charity creating new solutions for disaster relief.
From 2006-8 he co-chaired the Conservative Party's Working Group on Corporate Responsibility, which outlined policy the current UK Government is now implementing.

Sean Ansett

Sean Ansett MSc, MSBA

Founder and Managing Partner ‘At Stake Advisors’ has 15 years experience as a sustainability professional and consults corporations, UN agencies and Non-profit organizations on environmental and social sustainability. Previously Sean was the Director of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry in London and Director of Global Partnerships at Gap Inc. At Gap he was the chief architect behind the company’s stakeholder engagement strategy that significantly enhanced the company’s reputation. He has published in numerous academic journals. Sean has served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in micro-enterprise development based in the Dominican Republic and former World Food Program volunteer.

Host your event at ESA     

Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happen at ESA. A perfect setting for:

Leading sustainable enterprise

Our passion is contributing towards co-created sustainable enterprise for positive impact on communities and the natural environment on a global scale. Leadership and entrepreneur issues of adaptation, resilience, authenticity, sustainable-self, values connected sense-making and the continued emancipation of women (WISE) to take up more leadership roles in the world are at the core of the ESA sustainability experience.

Make sense of sustainability

Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.

Home of the Minoans, one of the earliest civilisations on earth, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Crete is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art and agriculture. You can have your own authentic experience of a sustainable lifestyle and feel first-hand the strong connection between nature and community.