Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20, organized in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, provided business and policy leaders with an important forum to identify and prioritize key sustainability issues.
The summit was opened by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General and featured senior business leaders from many of the world's major corporations, along with key policymakers. KPMG International hosted the event, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Speakers included UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former US President Bill Clinton, KPMG International Chairman Michael Andrew, and John B. Veihmeyer, chairman of KPMG's Americas region and Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP (US), as well as 50 top CEOs and prominent business and policy voices including: Alstom, the European Climate Action Commission, General Motors, International Finance Corporation, Novozymes, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Philips Electronics North America, Tetra Pak, Unilever and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Outcomes of the summit, will be shared with the upcoming UN Rio+20 Conference held in June where world leaders plan to take stock of where we stand on the sustainability challenge. Both events aim to craft a forward looking agenda to focus on global green growth.