The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group Announces its Sustainable Business Leadership Forum 2016

Feb 09, 2016, 00:00 ET from The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG)

ABU DHABI, UAE, February 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

  • The ADSG, a public-private partnership for the benefit of sustainable development, to convene the second annual Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum in the capital 
  • The Forum is launched with a theme of Innovation for Sustainable Business Leadership 
  • Organisations need to proactively support and drive innovation in order to be competitive in the anticipated globally constrained environments of the future. 

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) announces the upcoming Sustainable Business Leadership Forum. Following the successful launch of the Forum in 2015, the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum fosters sustainable development, innovation, and responsible business growth. The Forum offers an ideal platform for sustainability practitioners from every sector to share their sustainability practices. The Forum will also provide opportunities to learn from regional sustainability leaders and be exposed to some of the latest sustainability approaches from global thought-leaders.

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The Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum will take place from: 17-18 February 2016, in Abu Dhabi. The event is supported by the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and generously sponsored by Dolphin Energy and Etihad Airways as the official airline for the event.

At the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, over 200 thought leaders, sustainability professionals and business pioneers are expected to gather to debate topics and issues that are critical to sustainability. A key thread will be how innovative sustainability practices can contribute to a more resilient, diverse, global economy.

The Forum has been designed to benefit everyone from the private sector to government entities and not-for-profit sector.

H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) commented: We are experiencing unprecedented levels of change in our economies, our societies and of course our environment. There is a genuine national and international commitment to respond to these changes which has been reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitments made at COP21. Honouring these commitments also requires the government and the private sector to radically change their approach to development. This can only be done through creation and adoption of invocative practices. It is therefore fitting that the theme behind this ADSG Forum has innovation at its core.

Commenting on the company's sponsorship of the Forum, Mr. Adel Ahmed Albuainain, Chief Executive Officer, Dolphin Energy Limited said, "We are delighted to sponsor this important initiative once again and take a leading role in helping highlight the importance of pursuing sustainability strategies aimed at driving future prosperity. As a key player in the energy sector we have a responsibility to look at ways in which we address the soaring energy demand and the need to use less. We look forward to sharing our thoughts on this issue and others over the course of the Forum."

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are pleased once again to demonstrate our support to the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group and its second Leadership Forum. This is an important event to share, inform and educate and we look forward to active and productive participation."

Speaking ahead of the event, Huda Al Houqani, ADSG Director, said, "It is the ADSG members and sponsors that facilitate and foster collaboration to tackle sustainability issues - every one of them makes a contribution to ensure the success of events such as this. We are particularly grateful to our members Dolphin Energy and Etihad Airways as sponsors of this event and for the continued support and guidance of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi."

"We have leading edge speakers joining us and an exciting agenda covering the biggest issues in sustainability. We look forward to welcoming our partners and members to join us to enrich the debate and help our attendees with moving from sustainability theory to practice by learning from speakers and each other" she added.

Professor Miguel Lobo - Director of INSEAD Middle East Campus in Abu Dhabi, said, "We are delighted to be the knowledge partner of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Business Leadership Forum, which provides a unique learning platform and a lively knowledge-sharing opportunity for government and private entities along with NGOs."

"Stemming from the belief that innovation is at the heart of sustainable business leadership, this forum provides a dynamic platform to inspire innovative and thought-provoking solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges."

This two day event boasts an excellent line up of keynote speakers and panel discussions, helping to highlight key issues in sustainability, innovation and showcasing best practices in responsible business operations across the region. The final event agenda and full line-up of speakers can be downloaded from the ADSG website:

The ADSG, which is a voluntary membership organisation, is built on a foundation of partnership and transparency. Representing organisations across multiple disciplines and sectors, the ADSG has the overarching objective of integrating sustainability governance to support the delivery of UAE Government Visions by raising awareness regarding all aspects of sustainability management, promoting sustainability practices and capacity for the benefit of the Group members and more widely within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The ADSG is proud to hold the second Forum in the Emirate, as well as hosting and supporting many other activities and events throughout the year that promote sustainability integration and sustainable development. 

The Group works collectively towards building a more sustainable future in Abu Dhabi, to support members, stakeholders and strategic partners in successfully integrating sustainability aspirations and visions into everyday business life by achieving tangible and measurable improvement across the three aspects of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. 

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About the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) 

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) is a membership organisation whose mission is to promote sustainability management in Abu Dhabi by providing learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for government, private companies and not for profit organisations in a spirit of cooperation and open dialogue. The ADSG was set up by EAD in 2008, as a forum of members who have signed the ADSG Declaration, committing to adopt best practices of sustainability management and reporting and to actively participate in ADSG activities. The ADSG is open to new members willing to practice and champion sustainability in Abu Dhabi in a spirit of cooperation and open dialogue

For more information, please contact: 

The ADSG Communications Office  
Tel: +971-2-693-4644

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