About the summit

Accelerating the sustainable development progress, AfrAsia Bank Sustainability Summit embraces its second edition alongside partners IBL and United Nations.

This year’s theme is “Driving the SDGs to the next level” and will look at where we need to be and what efforts we need to put to make a positive impact. The aim is to map the opportunities, challenges and practical steps that will help shape a sustainable future as topics relating to the environment, social issues and the economy are being debated.

The summit aims to communicate with a broad group of stakeholders about how we influence economies, societies and the environment in which we operate and establish the urgency for action. AfrAsia Bank seeks to incorporate responsible business actions among the local and international organisations by bringing them together to present sustainable solutions.

SDGs’ Goal 17 “Partnership for the goals”, which attempts to strengthen the means of
implementation and revitalising the global partnership for sustainable development, remains the tape for “AfrAsia Bank Sustainability Summit 2019”.

AfrAsia Bank believes that, through the sharing of knowledge, analysis of innovative approaches towards critical issues and spearheading lasting relationships among corporations and other key stakeholders, a virtuous circle is created that benefits to all.

This edition is looking forward to welcome a high-level panel of sustainability experts discussing over topics, which directly and indirectly influence the corporate environment. World citizen Gunter Pauli is this year’s keynote speaker; an entrepreneur and a prolific author whose approach towards sustainability is refreshingly modern and visionary.

Participants will include over 200 professionals from around the globe.

Attendees are expected to gain and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships and actions, namely by:

  • Sharing experiences and lessons learned on sustainability issues with other
    professionals.
  • Exploring implementation of SDGs in businesses.
  • Establishing new and strengthen existing networks with various sustainability
    practitioners and
    communities.
  • Exploring new opportunities in terms of developing initiatives between the private sector and the government.

2018 Overview

Last year’s Summit was a success and convened 250 participants from over 10 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, including senior executives, sustainability experts, entrepreneurs, NGOs and government. More than 10 industries/ economic sectors were represented and more than 30% of the participants were from the C-suite. It’s worth underlining that more than 10% of the TOP 100 companies attended the conference. Now the challenge is to scale this up.
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