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How a Culture of Innovation Drives Sustainability at BASF

Volker Schaedler

Dr. Volker Schaedler

How a Culture of Innovation Drives Sustainability at BASF
A rare opportunity to hear directly from the VP of Innovation and Technology at a company that has successfully turned sustainability into a profit engine.  Learn how the world’s leading chemical company focuses its innovation machine to solve some of society’s most pressing needs.  Hear the story of a company that deeply understands how it’s not only the science of chemistry that it uses to solve problems, but perhaps even more so, it’s the chemistry among people.

DATE: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (registration closes June 9th)
TIME: 4:30-7:30 EST (snacks & networking from 6:30-7:30)
LOCATION: Bennett Jones, 1st Can. Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto
FREE LIVE WEBCAST & TWITTERCHAT #tssschat from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EST
(Tickets for both the live event and the webcast must be purchased in advance)

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It is estimated that by 2050, more than nine billion people will live on our planet.   This growth, coupled with resource scarcity and the impacts of climate change willbasf4 bring enormous global challenges.  But with challenge comes opportunity and this is where companies like BASF play a vital role.  The current and future demands of our growing population are the basis of BASF’s strategy which focuses on 3 main areas: energy and resources, food and nutrition and quality of life.

On June 12th Dr. Volker Schaedler, Vice President, Innovation and Technology, BASF Corporation, will join the Toronto Sustainability Speakers Series (TSSS) where he will discuss the ways that the company nurtures an innovative culture as a means of addressing some of the biggest challenges of our time.  Enjoy an open discussion about how BASF encourages employees to think outside the box and to explore new opportunities for collaboration both internally and externally.

During the event you will learn:

  • How BASF culture rises to the challenge of  resource scarcity and climate change with innovative solutions
  • How BASF engages employees to think outside the box
  • Several exciting success stories and how innovative solutions evolved
  • How supply chain collaboration opens the door to new opportunities

Lead Media Partner
Aman Singh (Editorial Director, CSRwire) will be our twitterchat facilitator. Sign up for our LIVE FREE WEBCAST today.


Capitalism 2.0 Strategic Advisor
Michael Townsend (Founder and CEO Earthshine Solutions) will co-host our twitterchat from London, UK

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Even for Unilever…changing consumer behaviour is an uphill struggle

The consumer goods multinational is making progress in its own operations but calls for deeper collaborations across society if transformational change is going to be achieved.

One challenge highlighted in Unilever's 2012 progress report is the uphill struggle to change consumer behaviour. Photograph: Alamy

One challenge highlighted in Unilever’s 2012 progress report is the uphill struggle to change consumer behaviour. Photograph: Alamy

Unilever CEO, Paul Polman, is recognized as the standard bearer for the corporate sustainability movement but do the actions of the multinational company he leads match his calls for radical action?

The consumer goods giant has just published its second annual sustainability progress report and it’s a story of both highs and lows.

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Video: Bob Willard shares his thoughts while at the Ethical Sourcing Forum

While at the Ethical Sourcing Forum (March 29-30 2012), International Sustainability Expert Bob Willard, takes a few minutes to talk about the need for stakeholder pressure to move companies towards greater sustainability.

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Sustaining Tourism – one hotel at a time!

The tourism industry is often ignored when the world thinks of the big polluters in industry. Visions of smokestacks billowing black smoke tend to come to mind but the industry which includes cruising, accommodations, attractions, tour operators, casinos and airlines does its fair share to hurt the planet.

Accommodations collect a large piece of the tourism pie and are located pretty much everywhere. From a sustainability point of view, however, they have the highest environmental impact after hospitals – as they operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  Hotels use an incredible amount of water, energy and produce large quantities of waste. The average hotel guest creates approximately 2-3 kg of waste per person per night. They also use approximately 350 litres of water per guest per night. A luxury hotel uses up to 1800 litres per guest per night. Putting this into perspective – a medium size hotel uses the same amount of water in one day as a small village of 100 families would use in one year. And the hotel pays for their water twice – once to bring it in and once to dispose it.  Socially, and depending on where in the world the hotel is located, numerous other issues arise. Low wages, insufficient breaks, community injustices and disregard of planning legislations can name a few!

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