National Business Leader's Forum

The 10th National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra.


The theme of this year's Forum is Redesigning the Global Economy: turning risks into sustainable business opportunities and will showcase the best current thinking and practice in sustainable development from prominent global leaders in business, government, science and academe.


The Forum will create a vibrant platform to profile exceptional business leadership and will provide corporate executives in Australia with the opportunity to discuss important emerging sustainability issues including the opportunities to 're-power' Australia using renewable energies, a green recovery from the current global financial crisis, business leadership in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the importance of complementary measures as part of Australia's carbon solutions.


The Forum Dinner will be held on Thursday 28 May 2009 in the Great Hall, Parliament House and will afford the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of companies that have performed well in the Corporate Responsibility Index with the presentation of the CRI Awards.




Redesigning the Global Economy: turning risks into sustainable business opportunities

Globally some US$430 billion of economic stimulus packages have been directed to carbon reduction programs.  Korea is spending 81% of its economic stimulus package on climate change projects; the US has committed US$112billion to provide renewable energy and green jobs; China has invested 38% of stimulus funds in green infrastructure projects and Australia, having delayed the commencement of the Emissions Trading Scheme, has a commitment of less than 10% of its global financial crisis (GFC) response.


A new green economic order is emerging globally and the way in which Australian business responds to these new market conditions is not only critical for the sustainable growth of our industries but also for the sustainability of the Australian environment.


The National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development, now in its 10th year, provides Australian business leaders with an unparalleled opportunity to engage with the issues that will shape decision making for the next decade and beyond.
The National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development involves leading thinkers from around the globe in conversation - celebrating the high achievers, pushing government boundaries and innovating for change.


This year, with an international climate that involves the challenges of the GFC and a fast changing business landscape, the discussion and interaction that the Forum offers will be pivotal in deciding the way forward. We invite you to be part of this crucial dialogue.
The theme of the 10th anniversary of the Forum centres around Redesigning the Global Economy: turning risks into sustainable business opportunities. Many exciting speakers will be participating, including Georg Kell (Executive Director UN Global Compact), David Vidal (Director of Research, The Conference Board), The Hon Peter Garrett MP (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts), Lenore Taylor (National Correspondent The Australian) and Rev Tim Costello (CEO World Vision) in conversation at the Forum.


The Forum dinner to be held on Thursday 28 May, will include a joint keynote address by Andrew Forrest, (CEO Fortescue Metals Group Ltd) and Noel Pearson (leading Aboriginal thinker) as well as announcing the winners of the 6th Corporate Responsibility Index and the inaugural A & K Hill Green Agriculture Innovation Award (GAIA). 
For more information please contact EcoFutures on 02 6236 8437 or visit

When:  28 May 2009 - 29 May 2009



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