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February 04, 2015
Sustainable Luxury Forum 2015 »
Wharton | Geneva, Switzerland

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Following its debut in 2010, the Sustainable Luxury Forum (SLF) has consistently addressed cutting-edge sustainability issues affecting the luxury industry, including “Beyond compliance: towards Sustainable Excellence” in 2010, “How to drive change in your supply chain to secure your reputation?” in 2011 and “How to balance business opportunities with social change and impact?” in 2013.

Generating a multi-stakeholder dialogue among an array of progressive luxury brands, suppliers, NGOs, international organizations, governments and the academic community, the SLF will return in 2015 to continue exploring the long-term social, economic and environmental challenges facing the prestige and luxury industry at large.

The Sustainable Luxury Forum, a pioneering platform in sustainable luxury management, will return for its 4th edition in 2015 under the theme “Luxury in a VUCA* World: How to Address Soaring Inequalities, Scarcities and Complexities?”. Attracting a wide range of luxury brand executives and suppliers, as well as NGOs, IOs and the academic community, SLF2015 will address the long-term social, economic and environmental challenges facing the luxury industry.

The Forum, exclusively limited to 100 participants, will present a unique opportunity to :
Learn from experts and leading professionals in the luxury and prestige sectors, civil societies and academics.
Network, exchange and share in a stimulating and co-operative learning environment, with distinguished speakers.
Engage with CEOs, Directors, Risk, Foresight and Chief Sustainability Officers, CSR Managers and other eminent professionals in a highly interactive combination of interventions, panels, workshops and break-out sessions.
Anticipate, benchmark and explore during a forward-thinking event that empowers a new generation of luxury leaders.

*VUCA: Volatile. Uncertain. Complex. Ambiguous.

February 24, 2015
12:00 to 13:15
The History & Future of Drinking Water »
Wharton | Philadelphia, PA

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The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Presents

The History & Future of Drinking Water

A Lunch Seminar with guest speaker Professor James Salzman, Duke University.

Professor Salzman will discuss how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time-from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change and how humans have been wresting with these problems for centuries.

February 24, 2015
12:00-1:15 PM
245 Jon M. Huntsman Hall

April 22, 2015
08:30 to 19:30
8th Annual Wharton/IGEL Conference-Workshop »
Wharton | Philadelphia, PA

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8th Annual Conference-Workshop

Celebrating Earth Day


Business Takes the Lead:  How Innovation Allows us to Mitigate and Adapt to our Climate Change Challenges.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wharton School, University ofPennsylvania

JonM. HuntsmanHall, 8thFloor

3730 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA


Conference-Workshop Objective:Recent reports by leading international and U.S. organizations indicate that climate change is not simply a long-term risk to business and society, but its effects are impacting us today.  Business is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in responding to this challenge.  This conference will examine how business is driving innovations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and how multiple stakeholders including academia, government (including the military), and nonprofit organizations all play a role.  The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (Wharton IGEL) will partner with Knowledge@Wharton to produce a special report about the conference proceedings.



Wednesday, April 22, 8:30am

8:30 – 9:00                  Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15                   Welcome Remarks & Introduction:  Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL and Gary Survis, Conference Moderator

9:15 – 9:45                  Opening Keynote:

9:45 – 10:00                 Questions & Audience Participation

10:00 – 10:40               Discussion Keynote: 

10:40 – 10:50               Questions & Audience Participation

10:50 – 11:00               Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 – 12:15              Panel 1: Investing in Climate Innovation: Lessons from Venture                                                               Capital and Cleantech

Moderator: Wharton Faculty

12:15 – 12:30               Questions & Audience Participation

12:30 – 1:15                Lunch & Networking

1:15 – 1:45                  Lunch Discussion Keynote:

1:45 – 2:00                  Questions & Audience Participation

2:00 – 3:15                   Panel 2:  Climate Innovation as the “new normal” of National and Military Security

Moderator: Wharton Faculty

3:15 – 3:30                  Questions & Audience Participation

3:30 – 3:45                  Break & Networking

3:45 – 5:00                  Panel 3:  Nexus Thinking Driving Innovation in Water, Food, and Energy Solutions                                    Moderator: Wharton Faculty

5:00 – 5:30                              Questions & Audience Participation – Key Conference Takeaways

5:30 – 6:00                  Closing Keynote:

6:00 – 7:30                  Networking Reception