DuPont Sustainable Solutions Leadership Forum in Dubai

Sustainable Solutions Leadership Forum in Dubai

DuPont Sustainable Solutions [DSS] hosted a leadership forum in Dubai in late September, bringing together business executives, academics and government officials to focus on accelerating sustainable business growth through innovation and collaboration.

“We hosted the forum to give business leaders a chance to collaborate on ways to grow businesses sustainably, while balancing shareholder accountability with stakeholder concerns, and company success with social progress,” DSS President Jim Weigand said. “We heard about the challenges that business leaders are facing, the solutions they’ve found and shared some of our own insights too.  I’m pleased with the potential for additional business we’ve generated as a result.”

The event, held in late September, kicked off with a Safety & Sustainability Forum focused on how businesses can make improvements in health, safety and the environment that can lead to sustainable growth.

Delegates represented a broad cross section of industries from all over the world with a short poll of participants showing the majority ranking company culture and leadership as the primary challenges to mobilizing their businesses to address sustainability opportunities. They also pinpointed leadership role models as being the strongest motivator for employee engagement in sustainability. Participants cited access to resources — human, natural or financial — as the leading source of sustainability challenges, though regulation also plays a pivotal role.

The DSS Forum concluded with the 11th Annual DuPont Safety and Sustainability Awards ceremony, which recognized outstanding initiatives aimed at enhancing workplace safety and sustainability in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). DuPont announced the six recipients of the. The award recipients were selected by an independent jury comprised of leading experts in occupational safety and sustainability.

The 2013 recipients are:

  • Adana Cement for Safety Performance Improvement
  • Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company for Innovative Approach to Safety
  • AES Kyivoblenergo for Visible Management Commitment to Safety
  • Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8 Brand) for Sustainable Corporate Footprint
  • Arcelor Mittal Termirtau for Cultural Evolution in Safety or Sustainability
  • Engro Fertilizer for Stakeholder Engagement for Sustainability