Tuesday 6
Resilience & industry Part 2
Timothy Smith
› 15:40 - 16:40 (1h)
Transitions for Corporate Sustainability
Timothy Smith  1, *@  
1 : University of Minnesota  (UMN)  -  Website
Northstar Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise 325 Learning & Environmental Sciences 1954 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 -  États-Unis
* : Corresponding author

Nearly any assessment of global megatrends notes the intertwined social, economic, and environmental impacts of the world's food and energy systems. Those impacts include, most notably, threats to food and energy security, biodiversity, water scarcity, climate, and human health. The next twenty years are expected to add an addition billion people to the planet, and they are likely to be accompanied by a fifty percent increase in demand for clean water and food and a forty percent increase in demand for energy. Yet, as daunting as these challenges may be, their magnitude is only part of the story. Relatively little energy production and few agricultural goods are consumed directly by people. The vast majority of the global economy's environmental impacts are the result of complex supply chains, strung together to produce value-added products and services. These burdens are created less by the energy to heat and cool spaces, and more by the materials, furnishings, and electronics within buildings; less by the fuels that power mobility, and more by vehicles, vessels, aircraft, and the infrastructure supporting them; less by the raw sugar or grains from agriculture, and more by the packaged foods, beverages, and restaurants that provide much of our diet.

In this panel, Dr. Smith will provide insight into transitions underway within corporate sustainability, from detached projects aimed at reducing and preventing direct impacts of waste or emissions to joint ventures across organizational and geographic boundaries of supply chains. Drawing upon self-reported organizational data from over 3000 global companies, Smith will identify where, within global supply chains, leading firms are exerting influence on supply networks and the implications of these efforts on risk, resiliency and development in the global south.

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