ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum 2018
This year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum is an answer to the call from the business community to academia to facilitate and provide best practices through research and knowledge development on business models for driving sustainability.
Building on the 16th ABIS Colloquium, this year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum is an answer to the call from the business community to academia to help develop competitive and innovative business models for the UN SDGs through research and knowledge development.
We therefore aim to answer how businesses can integrate the SDGs into their corporate strategy, how to define KPIs and how to measure progress. If these questions are not answered, new business models cannot be developed and there is a risk of undermining the implementation and achievement of the goals.
The Knowledge Into Action Forum will therefore give the opportunity for interactive discussions around creating innovative business models for the SDG era. In addition, it will give space for our Participants to disseminate research results, case studies and initiatives, as well as the opportunity to start new and innovative research projects.
Within the SDG framework, the ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum is designed to:
- Understand emerging trends and state of the art research for business model innovation
- Offer a space to our network to disseminate knowledge, research and results
- Enable partnerships between business and academia
- Raise awareness of funding opportunities for international research consortia
Call for Proposals
As in previous years, we are hosting an interactive Market Place during our Knowledge Into Action Forum. This year’s Market Place will not only focus on potential Research Projects but also give a space to showcase initiatives your Institution is taking forward to research, explore or implement with regards to Sustainability-Driven Business Model Innovation.
The Market Place is also designed to be a forum to make dynamic project pitches to the broader communities of science, business, policy and civil society. This aims in part to solicit feedback and additional ideas from the network, but primarily to identify partners willing to engage in a collaborative development process.
Annual General Assembly
ABIS Members, please make sure to also join this year's ABIS Annual General Assembly in Brussels on the evening prior to our Knowledge Into Action Forum from 5-7pm on 27 March!
We would kindly ask everyone who intends to attend to register for the General Assembly here.
(All times local)
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Coffee
09:30 – 09:45 Opening Keynote: Emmanuel Verhoosel - Head of Wholesale Banking, ING Belgium
09:45 – 10:00 Introduction: Alfons Sauquet - Chair of the Board, ABIS
10:00 – 10:15 Keynote: Wayne Visser - Chair in Sustainable Transformation and Professor of Integrated Value, Antwerp Management School
10:15 - 10:30 Keynote: Frans Timmermans - First Vice-President, European Commission (TBC)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Roundtables: SDGs beyond the rhetoric - The need for innovative business models
|Lending Portfolio and Impact Measurement for Climate Change||Circular Economy: Optimise Operations and meet Market Needs||SDGs and Business Performance: The Role of Professional Services Firms||Plastics in the Circular Economy – The role of chemical recycling to close the loop|
|Chair: Nynke Haardt-Bloys van Treslong - Director, Wholesale Banking - Capital Structuring & Advisory, ING||Chair: Dominique Debecker - Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Solvay||Chair: Anthony Carey - Partner, Mazars||Chair: Patricia Vangheluwe - Director Consumer & Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope|
|Concerns about climate change are rapidly altering the way companies and investors consider risk and opportunity. Investors have thus far limited their analysis of climate-related issues to sectors and activities with a direct connection to fossil fuels and carbon emissions, such as Energy and Utilities. But Banks are tied to every market sector through their lending practices, making them uniquely vulnerable to climate-related risk. This makes the topic crucial and transversal to all sectors. Hence the need to develop innovative sound impact measurement methodologies to measure business performance and align lending portfolio with the 2 degree goals.||By taking a circular approach to design, manufacturing and reuse, circular business models keep resources in play for as long as possible and recover and reuse spent materials and products. Circular Economy is the main focus of SDG 12, but with ramification to SDG 6, 9 and impact on SDG 13, 14 and 15. Circular economy is key for Chemical Industry, however Chemical MNCs cannot move forward alone and need to include all actors of the sector and beyond. The roundtable wants to focus on Business Model Innovation all along the Chemical Industry Supply Chain, as well as the limits and gaps that are hindering the implementation of the SDGs.||According to the Better Business Better World report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, achieving the Global Goals is estimated to open up more than US$12 trillion in market opportunities. This leads to strategic considerations on how professional services firms can apply the SDGs internally as well as in the support they provide to their clients to seek these opportunities. In particular, a deeper understanding of how the SDGs could be best integrated in how they manage the firm and in their service offerings is needed. Professional services firms can in fact have a significant contribution towards the SDGs by improving the performance of a wide range of clients and maximizing their positive impacts in a way which benefits stakeholders and wider society.||A circular economy (SDG 12) aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible while minimizing waste generation. Plastics have a unique role to play in this context. Society enjoys an enhanced quality of life as a result of highly innovative products which rely on plastics. Products produced with plastics contribute significantly to resource savings and greenhouse gas reductions over their full life cycle. At the end of its useful life, 27% of post-consumer plastic waste are however still landfilled in Europe, 42% is energy recovered and only 31% is recycled. The roundtable wants to focus on how to stimulate plastics recycling (mechanical and chemical) at micro and macro level and its subsequent barriers & opportunities in terms of business model.|
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:45 Panel: Driving business model innovation: The role of knowledge & research
- Nancy Bocken - Professor at Lund University, IIIEE in Sustainable Business Management and Practice and Associate Professor at TU Delft
- Florian Lüdeke-Freund - Professor, ESCP Europe and Research Fellow, Copenhagen Business School and Leuphana University of Lüneburg
- Léon Wijnands - Global Head of Sustainability, ING
13:45 – 14:15 Coffee Break
14:15 – 15:45 Project Marketplace
15:45 – 16:15 Closing Keynote
16:15 – 16:30 Closing Remarks: Rudi Plettinx - CEO, ABIS
16:30 – 17:30 Cocktail
Should you still need accommodation for your trip, we can offer you the hotel deals ING has secured for our participants. You can directly contact the three hotels below, which will offer you reduced rates when mentioning our event and asking for ING-specific rates: