• Plenary Session 5
  • 24 November 2021
  • JST 16:45 – 17:15 (GMT+09:00)

How Can Business Lead the Transformation that the World Needs?

  • Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation)

In October, IGES, Sompo Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation and Fujitsu jointly published a Japanese translation of “Vision 2050: Time to Transform”, by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The vision aims to support business in leading the transformation toward “a world in which 9+ billion people can live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050”. It is hoped that companies, as key actors for change, will make use of this report in driving transformation. At the same time, it is strongly recommended that governments, local authorities, investors, researchers, civil society organisations and consumers also read this report. In this session, the main contents of Vision 2050 will be introduced, followed by discussions focusing on the role that business can play in leading essential and urgent transformations that the world needs.

Speakers

Research Manager, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES

ONODA Shinji

ONODA Shinji

Research Manager, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES

Shinji Onoda is a policy researcher at the Institute for Global Environmental Studies. He holds two masters degree; one in policy studies from Chiba University in Japan and the other in European Spatial Planning and Regional Development from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He has participated in SDGs-related international negotiations from the Rio+20 Preparatory Meeting onwards as an NGO member as well as a delegation of the Japanese government. He has served as a member of the SDGs Task Force of Global Compact Network Japan and a secretariat of SDGs Stakeholders’ Meeting hosted by the Ministry of the Environment Japan. Previously, he was a visiting researcher at Berlin Free University and Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society, as well as a part-time lecturer for different universities. His recent books and reports include “Mainstreaming the SDGs in Business” (coauthored 2019), “The Basics of the SDGs” (co-authored 2018), and “SDGs and Business for the Future” (co-authored 2018).

President, IGES

TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko

TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko

President, IGES

TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko graduated from the Department of Geography, the University of Tokyo in 1974. He obtained M.Agr. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo. He served as a Professor at the Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, and as Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science at the University of Tokyo from 1997 to 2012. He also served as a Vice-Rector and Senior Vice-Rector at the United Nations University from 2008 to 2016. From 2016, he has served as a Senior Visiting Professor at United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). He was Director and Professor/Project Professor of IR3S at the University of Tokyo from 2017 to 2019. He has served as President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) since July 2017. He took up the position as Project Professor of the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) at the University of Tokyo in April 2019. He has served, inter alia, as Chair of the Central Environmental Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainability Science (Springer Nature) and Distinguished Chair, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi.

He specialises in landscape ecology, landscape planning, and sustainability science.

President/CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker

Peter Bakker

President/CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Peter Bakker is President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). For a decade (since 2012), Peter has led WBCSD based in Geneva, Switzerland. WBCSD is the global, CEO-led community of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature positive, and equitable future.

Peter is a distinguished business leader who, until June 2011, served as CFO and then CEO of TNT NV, the global transport and logistics company. He has been recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009) and the Sustainability Leadership Award (2010). Peter serves as a member of several corporate sustainability advisory boards.”

Chair, Committee on Responsible Business Conduct & SDGs Promotion, Keidanren Director - Chairman, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

FUTAMIYA Masaya

FUTAMIYA Masaya

Chair, Committee on Responsible Business Conduct & SDGs Promotion, Keidanren Director - Chairman, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.

FUTAMIYA Masaya is Chairman of Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. which has been taking a leading role in CSR in Japan and was awarded “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” in 2009 and 2010. Sompo group is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 20 consecutive years and MSCI ESG Leaders Indexes ・MSCI SRI Indexes for 2019.

He joined Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. (then, Nippon Fire & Marine Insurance) in 1974 and was appointed as President from 2011 to 2016.

Also externally, he was appointed as Chairman, Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation since 2015, Chairman, Council for Better Corporate Citizenship (CBCC) since 2015, Chairman, Keidanren Committee on Responsible Business Conduct & SDGs Promotion, Board member of the Redefining Value for WBCSD since 2015, Committee Member, SDGs Promotion Roundtable Meeting since 2016,

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