The Diplomat Conferences

SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS
FORUM & AWARDS

Practice what you preach

3rd Edition • Grand Hotel Bucharest • 9 June 2022 15:00-20:00

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About the Event

In the past years, sustainability has become a big differentiator for companies across all industries.
Sustainability and the effective solutions implemented with the goal of meeting the environmental aspects made the agenda of most businesses in Romania and in global economy. Climate action, circular economy, commodity price volatility, resource security and environmental pollution are among the five key trends affecting the global sustainability agenda. .

In this context,THE DIPLOMAT – BUCHAREST organizes on June 9, THE SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS FORUM,followed by the SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA, the third edition dedicated to celebrating and acknowledging the performance of sustainable initiatives, projects and leaders in cross-sectors of Romanian economy in the past year.
The transformation landscape in terms of sustainable processes for all businesses and industry fields demand for a profound self-analysis, financial resources, implementation of digitalization and tech-based solutions. A sustainable company is the one whose purpose and actions are equally grounded in financial, environmental, and social concerns.
What is this year’s corporate VALUE PROPOSITION for SUSTAINABILITY, LEADERS’ APPROACH and ACTUAL ACTIONS to meet the targets?
Meet us in June and FIND VALUABLE INSIGHTS and ACKNOWLEDGE THE PERFORMANCE of leading experts, managers, key opinion leaders and companies in the strategic industries, ACTING in the most pressing aspects of today’s economy landscape. 

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AGENDA

15:00 - 15:30

Welcome Guests & Official Opening Address

15:30 - 17:45

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

LEADERS’ APPROACH ON MEETING THE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS 
Overview and status of current regulations and environmental-based compliances in the field of sustainability. The voice of authorities, policymakers, Governmental officials and top managers in cross-sectors, with the aim of an effective dialogue and proficient aligning and actions to international guidelines. Translating global sustainability goals into authorities’ efficient actions and transparent and clear guidelines for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) targets.
SUSTAINABLE ACTIONS IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR BUSINESSES
In April 2021, the European Commission announced a comprehensive package of measures intended to further promote sustainability, as part of the goal of making Europe climate neutral by 2050. Part of it, was the proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the aim of which would be to improve the flow of sustainability information in the corporate world. By this, the economy stakeholders such as investors, companies and general public can take informed decisions with the overall goal of meeting the sustainability targets. Also, the net-zero
approaches, decarbonization and the strategies for effective climate leadership is on the top of the agenda..
FINANCING THE TRANSITION TO CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE OUTCOMES
Sustainability is not cheap and easy to implement as a general goal. The EU regulations are stiff and not-negotiable. The easy way to make use of the traditional resources may be a short-term solution but it is not viable on a long run. Transition to a more sustainable future needs financing solutions for companies and investors that support both climate, company’s KPIs and society linked goals. For investors, tools that enable them to assess companies on their sustainability credentials are crucial to their
decision-making. And for companies, getting access to the right sustainable finance solutions helps them to meet their targets.
THE RESOURCE SECURITY
The present world and global economy are highly dependent on resources extracted in emerging and developing countries, eco-innovation and cross-sector collaboration is key to reducing costs of resource- and energy-efficient technologies.
Improving resource efficiency in these countries is required to achieve sustainable development and green growth.
Conserving the resources became one of the main targets on the agenda of companies reflected in the programs run by companies and the solutions to answer the environment-oriented targets, UE compliance and fiscal incentives.
ACTIVE CROSS-SECTORS PARTNERSHIPS TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
By translating effective innovation solutions into sustainability outcomes, companies can create products, services, and processes that prove to be good and useful for both communities, the company itself and cross-industries.
All the stakeholders, such as leaders, policymakers, investors, NGOs, private and state-owned companies, tech start-ups are innovators and have an active role in building a sustainable business ecosystem

17:45 - 18:00

Partner Presentation

18:00 - 18:30

Networking Cocktail & GALA DINNER

18:30 - 20:00

AWARDS CEREMONY

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM

SPEAKERS

LÁSZLÓ BORBÉLY

State Councilor, Department  of Sustainable Development 
Government of  Romania

GABRIEL IVAN

Country General Manager, 
CHEP  Romania

VALER HANCAS

Corporate Affairs &
Communication Director, 
Kaufland  Romania

BERNHARD GEHLERT

General Manager,
Bosch Automotive

ANDREEA NEGRU

Spokesperson,
Romgaz

ADINA FECLIST

Logistic & Continuous 
improvement  Specialist,
Schneider Electric

GAETANO CASALE

Sustainability Consultant, Founder 
& Managing Partner
INNOVA Project  Consulting

MIHAELA CROITORU

Managing Partner and Sustainability Consultant,
INNOVA Project Consulting 
(moderator)

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA

The SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA is dedicated to the performance and commitment proved to development of sustainable initiatives, projects and leaders in business sectors across Romanian economy in order to highlight even more the paramount importance of acting in sustainable way no matter the industry or region.
The SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA aims at pushing in a strong manner on the economic stage the need to promote the leading companies, managers and projects as FRONT-RUNNERS IN SUSTAINABILITY.

THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS have been designated to COMPANIES, LEADERS AND INITIATIVES that have met the criteria of:
• Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets
• The innovative and new approach of the project / initiative
• The commitment and perseverance of promoting and leading sustainable projects in the company and industry
• The scale up potential of the initiative / project at the level of company and industry

NOMINATION PROCEDURE

April 15. START OF All categories nominations entries. Companies and individuals can submit their nomination choices on the
online forms.
May 15. Deadline for nominations entries. The nominating procedure will be closed after this date and late entries will not be
considered for Sustainability Awards 2022 edition
May 16. All nominations entered in the competition will be submitted to Jury.
May 17 - May 31. Online voting open for the designated categories
June 9. The WINNERS’ announcement and Awarding Ceremony 

AWARDS CATEGORIES

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Judged by Jury Members

• GAME CHANGER IN SUSTAINABILITY
• SUSTAINABILITY FRONT-RUNNER IN THE INDUSTRY
• EDUCATIONAL PROJECT IN SUSTAINABILITY
• SMART SUSTAINABLE CONCEPT
• SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR
• SOCIAL VALUE INITIATIVE IN SUSTAINABILITY
• ESG INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
• CIRCULAR ECONOMY INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
• BEST SUSTAINABLE FINANCE SOLUTIONS PROVIDER
• WASTE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
• SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN OF THE YEAR
• TECHNOLOGY FOR GOOD AWARD
• SUSTAINABILITY AMBASSADOR
• LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY
• PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR IN CIRCULAR ECONOMY

02

Judged by Online Voting

• BRAND OF THE YEAR IN SUSTAINABILITY - Vote Now
• NET-ZERO CARBON STRATEGY OF THE YEAR - Vote Now
• SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING & COMMUNICATIONS - Vote Now

JURY

Applicants can be nominated or self-submitted. At the end of the submission period, the nominations are submitted to the JURY BOARD who will select the winners

RAMONA JURUBITA

Country Managing Partner,
 KPMG Romania & Moldova

ILINCA PANDELE

Senior Consultant,
Team Leader Econet Romania,
AHK Romania 

COLIN LOVERING

Co-Founder, Lovering & Partners Business Performance Consultants, Chairman of British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce

MIHAELA CROITORU

Founder,
INNOVA Project Consulting

MONICA MOVILEANU

Partner, ESG Leader,
PwC Romania

SORIN ELISEI

Director and Leader of Sustainability Practice, Deloitte Romania

ALEX. LAIBAR

Executive Director
at Circular Economy
Coalition CERC

Awards selection criteria:

- Sustainability strategy: Demonstration of forward-looking ESG/sustainability strategy integrated with business strategy by Integrating ESG considerations into the core corporate strategy and explain how they relate to their businesses and operations
- The commitment and perseverance of promoting and leading sustainable projects in the company and industry
- Corporate governance: Strong involvement and commitment from management in leading the organization to manage sustainability risks and opportunities and achieve its sustainability goals
- Identifying and engaging key stakeholders as well as address the material ESG issues concerned by stakeholders
- Creating value through social performance. Community contributions and development engage with local community to understand their needs and concerns with an aim to prevent and solve problems contribute (e.g., time, money and other resources) in the areas of environmental protection, employment opportunities, education, health, culture and heritage, sport and technology development & access
- Creating quantifiable value through environmental performance
(e.g.
• Climate Change: identify and mitigate significant climate-related issues; monitor and mitigate carbon emissions; finance environmental impact
• Pollution & Waste: monitor, manage and mitigate emissions (SOx, NOx and PM), hazardous and nonhazardous waste, spills and sewage
• Use of resources: promote sustainable and efficient use of energy, water and other raw materials
• Natural capital: protect, conserve and enhance biodiversity & land use, ecosystems and other natural resources
• Environmental opportunities: create opportunities in clean tech, green building, renewable energy)
- Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets.

- Setting out clearly its sustainability vision, strategy, management approach with action plans and initiatives to implement its strategy
-Setting sustainability targets or key performance indicators (KPIs)facilitating comparative information on economic, environmental and social performance, supported by reasonable length of explanations of the underlying changes * specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound
- Setting ambitious but realistic goals in relation to available resources.
- The project’s goals and outcomes having been clearly documented.
- The project/initiative serves as a good example for other institutions.
- The innovative and new approach of the project / initiative
- The scale up potential of the initiative / project at the level of company and industry
- Successfully meeting the sustainability objectives / targets

- The awardees must have made, and continue to make, a unique and outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular.
- Outstanding contribution in sustainability projects in the past 12 months. Disclosed actions taken with quantifiable results, scope of impact, targets and future plans of the initiatives
- Demonstrated innovation & value addition
- Testimonials

The awarded WINNERS of SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS GALA will be announced and celebrated on stage on June 9, during a prestigious Awards Gala.

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