• Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 2/29/2012

Prominent Global Leaders Address First KPMG Sustainability Summit 

KPMG Sustainability Summit
Global Chairman Michael Andrew presided over KPMG’s first three-day global summit designed to address one of the fundamental challenges of our time: driving sustainable business growth in a resource-constrained world. Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20 provided business and policy leaders with an important forum to identify and prioritize key sustainability issues.

During the summit, Andrew hosted key internal and external thought leaders such as former United States President Bill Clinton, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, KPMG Special Global Adviser on CC&S Yvo de Boer, KPMG LLP and Americas Chairman John Veihmeyer, and more.

 “By bringing together hundreds of senior people from the worlds of business, government and civil society, we assembled an impressive pool of wisdom, energy and ideas,” Andrew said. “We hope that the clear recommendations that have emerged will feed in to the Rio+20 process. We know that governments alone cannot address these challenges. Business must take a leadership role in the development of solutions that will help to create a more sustainable future.”

 Andrew also made the connection between the global economic implications of sustainability and what KPMG does for clients. “Climate change and sustainability sit at the core of our traditional professional services of tax, audit and advisory,” Andrew said. “For example, governments are now using tax as a means to achieve sustainability policy objectives. And we can expect to see more tax incentives to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. When it comes to audit, most major companies are now reporting on their sustainability performance. The more progressive are integrating their sustainability information into financial reports.”


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