2ND NOV AIB Sustainability Conference Investing in a Resilient Future

Investing in a Resilient Future.

AIB is delighted to host its 4th annual Sustainability Conference. Given the challenging times that this year has presented us with, the focus will be on highlighting the importance of investing in a sustainable business strategy in order to respond to the challenge of climate change and build resilience in our society and economy.

Join us virtually for our annual conversation around sustainability with global and local experts.

Agenda

9.30am

MC

Opening & Overview of Day

9.35am

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group plc

AIB Sustainability Conference Welcome Address

9.45am

Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE

The imperative of a consumer-centric Sustainability strategy

10.30am

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation

The Circular Economy – one planet with finite resources

11.15am

AIB Panel Discussion

Living Sustainability in business & with customers

12.00pm

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (former)

A tipping point – where we all have a role to play

1.00pm

MC

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Speakers

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (former)

Ms. Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC Ms. Figueres brought together national and subnational governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to below 2C. The agreement entered into force in less than a year, breaking the record of the UN. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.
Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to accelerate the global response to climate change. Today she is the co-founder of Global Optimism, co-host of the podcast “Outrage & Optimism” and is the co-author of the recently published book, “The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis.

Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder of the Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation

Dame Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. She remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum, and finished second in the Vendée Globe. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Having become acutely aware of the finite nature of the resources on which our linear economy relies, she retired from professional sailing to launch the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010. The Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, establishing the concept on the agenda of decision makers around the world. Since the publication of its first economic report in 2012, the Foundation has launched global initiatives on plastics, fashion, food and finance, developed innovation networks with educators, businesses, cities and governments, and published more than 20 reports and books. Dame Ellen is a World Economic Forum Global Agenda Trustee for Environment and Natural Resource Security and Board Member of its Platform for accelerating the Circular Economy and she sat on the European Commission’s Resource Efficiency Platform between 2012 and 2014.

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group plc

In March 2019, Colin Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.

Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE

Paul Polman is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a new social venture which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. Paul is the Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of The B Team and Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as "a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance and created Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.

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