Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
Organized by Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED)
And Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
In cooperation with: UNEP and WBCSD
Under the patronage of:
H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
WHY AN ARAB CORPORATE ENVIRONMETNAL
How can the business community in the Arab region respond to environmental challenges? Are Arab corporations ready to function in an era where the quality of their footprint has become a determining factor to gain the consent of the society?
The Arab Corporate Environmental Responsibility Summit will attempt to answer these questions, and draw an indigenous plan for appropriate action.
Hosted by HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the regional event will convene in the capital of the UAE, not only a hub of bustling business activity, but also a center of serious environmental initiatives.
The meeting will provide a platform for business leaders from Arab countries to share views and experiences about corporate environmental policies and programmes. A high-level round table will discuss and adopt a declaration on Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) and Cleaner Production (CP). Beyond discussing the concept, necessity and plans, the Summit will debate successful regional experiences and set guidelines for future action.
To enhance the debate, leading global organizations active in the field will also be participating, including the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The event is organized by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED), in cooperation with the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. It launches AFED’s activities aiming at building strong Corporate Environmental Responsibility and Cleaner Production programmes among corporations active in the Arab region, harmonizing environmental measures and promoting a common market for environmentally-friendly products.
A one-day Summit grouping business leaders and experts, to debate best corporate environmental policies and practices. Expert insight from: Mostafa Kamal Tolba father of sustainable development, AFED President and former Executive Director of UNEP, Shafqat Kakakhel UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, Jürg Gerber COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), coordinating environmental action of the world’s top 170 corporations, Sylvie Lemmet Director of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, a pioneering world centre on cleaner production, Ahmed Al Noaimi CEO of Alba Bahrain, the largest aluminium smelter in the world, and more. Also: Best in-class case studies from: Aramco, Etisalat, Adnoc, ALDAR Real Estate, Juhayna Food Industries, Petrofac.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CLEANER PRODUCTION
Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) and Cleaner Production (CP) are part of the overall Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). CER is generally defined as the duty to cover the environmental implications of the company’s operations, products and facilities, eliminate waste and emissions, maximize the efficiency and productivity of its resources, and minimize practices that might adversely affect future generations.
A growing number of companies have discovered concrete value and competitive advantages of taking environmental initiatives, for example in areas such as pollution prevention, energy efficiency, environmentally oriented design, supply-chain management and industrial ecology. These trends have largely been driven by increasing demand for transparency from stakeholders, and perceived consumer demand for environmental quality
THE VENUE: EMIRATES PALACE
International Conference Centre of Abu Dhabi
The Summit convenes at the Emirates Palace, a landmark that's a wonder to behold. Emirates Palace Conference Centre is the most luxurious and technologically advanced meeting facility in the region. The conference facilities include an auditorium, a ballroom and an extensive range of over 40 meeting rooms, a Media Centre and Business Centre.
HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Shafqat Kakakhel, UN Assistant Secretary General,
09:00 - 10:00 Registration, get-together
10:00 - 10:30 Opening
Deputy Executive Director, UNEPMostafa Kamal Tolba, President, AFED
10:30 - 10:45 Business Response to Environmental Challenges
10:45 - 11:00 Cleaner Production: The Way Forward
Dr. Basel Al-Yousfi, D. Regional Director, UNEP
11:00 - 11:15 International Experience in Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Jürg Gerber, COO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
11:15 - 11:30 Discussion
11:30 - 12:00 Regional Corporate Environmental Outlook:
Ahmad S. Al Noaimi, CEO, Alba, Bahrain
Ahmad Ali Al-Sayegh, CEO, Dolphin Energy, UAE
Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib, Senior V.P., Saudi Aramco
12:00 - 12:15 Coffee Break
12:15 -12:45 Experiences in Corporate Environmental Responsibility
Angus Gavin, Head Urban Development, Solidere, Lebanon
Ahmad Bin Ali, Vice President, Etisalat Telecom, UAE
Ali R. Al-Jarwan, General Manager, ADMA / ADNOC, UAE
12:45 - 13:00 Discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Topical Round-Table Discussions / Group Debates:
Energy Efficiency and climate
facilitator: Mr. Robin Pinchbeck, Chief Executive, Operations Services, PetrofacNo water no business
facilitator:Dr. Habib El-Habr, Director and Regional Representative, UNEPRole of international standards in increasing business performance
facilitator: Mr. Juerg Gerber, COO WBCSDInteraction between business, government and society
facilitator: Mr. Shafqat KakakhelASG, UN and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
14:00 - 15:00 Lunch hosted by HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
15:00 - 16:30
Presentation by Facilitators of Round Table Discussions
Discussion and Adoption of Declaration
Follow-up Action Group
For additional information please contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please complete the form in block letters and send it by fax to AFED Corporate Summit Secretariat: +961 1 321900 or +971 2 6817359.
You can also book online on www.afedonline.org
For registration form click here
Participation in the Summit is for free for those who are invited, and executives whose applications are accepted. The Secretariat will send confirmation upon receiving the registration form.
Please note that the invitation is limited to participation in the Summit and its associated activities.
Registration is only for the meetings.
Booking arrangements for travel and accommodation, if needed, should be made directly by the participant, at his own expense.
Arrangements for accomodation, if needed, should directly be made by the participants. For convinience, the Secretariat has made agreements with some hotels in Abu Dhabi for the Summit participants, as per the list below.
We strongly urge you to make your booking soonest in order to secure a room, as hotels in Abu Dhabi are usually very busy during that period.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi - Mr. Chadi Melhem
Tel: +971-2-681 1888, +971-2-690 7925
E-mail:email@example.com, Web: www.emiratespalace.com
Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers - Mr. Sathis Aravinda
Tel: +971-2-644 3000
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.rotana.com
Hilton Abu Dhabi - Mr. Iskandar
Tel: +971-2-681 1900
E-mail: reservation.AbuDhabi@hilton.com, Web: www.hilton.com
Sheraton Abu Dhabi - Mr. Hani Ahmed
Tel: +971-2-677 3333
E-mail: email@example.com, Web: sheraton.com/abudhabi
Inter-Continental Abu Dhabi - Mr. Sebastien Scheeg
Tel: +971-2-6666 888
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ichotelgroup.com
Shangri-La Hotel - Ms. Paramita Bhowmick
Tel: +971-2-509 8888
E-mail: email@example.com, Web: shangri-la.com
Le Royal Meridien Abu Ahabi - Ms. Rania Rahme
Tel: +971-2-674 2020
For information about the summit contact
Arab Forum For Environment and Development
Ms. Ghada Kalash
Tel: 961- 1- 321800 Fax:961-1--321900
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org website:www.afedonline.org.lb
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Ms. Nayla Swaidi
Tel: 971-2-6934768 Fax: 971-2-6817359
For registration form click here