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Knowledge Series: How Sustainable Development Goals Make Strategic Business Sense

About the event

DMCC is pleased to present a new Knowledge Series on Sustainability in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact Network UAE to inspire more companies about the business case of integrating corporate responsibility into their strategy.

In this respect, the first Sustainability Knowledge Series event was held on the topic of “How Sustainable Development Goals Make Strategic Business Sense”.

The event covered the following topics:

  • How do the 17 Sustainable Development Goals offer a framework against which organisation can build its sustainability journey and create impact throughout the value chain?
  • Why is sustainability leadership vital for successful organisations worldwide and in the UAE?
  • Building on Global Goal 17, how can your organisation revitalise partnerships and cooperation to create value for both business and society?
  • How can you build your company's reputation and brand equity through integrating sustainability?
  • How does sustainability reporting* serve as a management tool to identify operational efficiency improvements, innovate products and services, build stronger relationships with stakeholders, enhance reputational value and increasingly attract investors?

A United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies and report on their implementation.

Event details


Almas Conference Centre


09:00am - 11:00am, 15 Apr 2018


Free for DMCC Members

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Additional Information


0930 - 0940

Welcome Remarks

Mr. Gautam Sashittal, CEO, DMCC

0940 - 0950

Building Sustainability Impact: Global Goals – Local Actions

Mr. Mahmoud Hesham El Burai, Chairman, UNGC

0950 - 1020

The Business Case for Sustainability

Mr. Aris Vrettos, Director of Open Programmes and International Markets, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

1020 - 1045

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Ms. Iris Van Der Veken, Director of Public Affairs and Policy International, DMCC


Amer Afifi, General Manager, Duracell Middle East

Giulio Minagra, Retail Director, Bulgari

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