The three Ministers will be speaking at the Assembly Government-led Sustainable Business Summit and will address representatives from more than 90 Welsh businesses and organisations interested in doing business in a much more sustainable way.
The delegates will also hear from leading sustainable business figures, including IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Steve Howard; Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Regional Manager, Robert Lewis; and Wales’ Sustainable Development Commissioner, Peter Davies.
The summit will showcase the range of leading companies who are already making a tangible contribution to Wales’ sustainable future, and will demonstrate how sustainable decision making can lead to long term business benefits including bottom-line cost savings and market growth.
Speaking about the event, First Minister, Carwyn Jones said:
“I am proud that Wales is one of only three countries in the world with a statutory duty relating to sustainable development. As a result of this commitment all the Assembly Government’s key strategies now reflect sustainable development principles.
“Sustainable Development is all about making decisions that support the long term wellbeing of the people of Wales. Today’s event highlights the crucial role that businesses have to play in this. But it is also about showcasing innovation and entrepreneurship from a range of leading-edge companies who are already contributing to Wales’ growing green economy.”
Environment Minister, Jane Davidson said:
“Businesses are key to helping Wales achieve its sustainable development ambitions.
“Through promoting resource efficiency, reducing waste and producing new low carbon goods and services, businesses are already making a vital contribution to the reduction of Wales ecological footprint.
“But sustainable development is about much more than protecting the environment. Today’s event will demonstrate that sustainable decision making encourages sustainable growth and makes good business sense. “
The Deputy First Minster, Ieuan Wyn Jones said:
“We want businesses to be equipped to face the future with confidence and to recognise that developing green jobs can help increase competitiveness.
“Our commitment to green jobs- as reflected in “Economic Renewal: a new direction” - is helping us to deliver on two objectives. It is strengthening our commitment to tackling climate change whilst also stimulating recovery from the current economic downturn.
“To succeed in this endeavour we must stay fully engaged with industry and indeed with all key players, and today’s event is just one of the ways we are working to achieve this.”
The Sustainable Business Summit will include break out groups so that delegates can feed in their views on future business issues and challenges, and presentations from representatives of Legal & General, British Gas, UPM-Kymmene and Orange Box, who will speak about their efforts to operate much more sustainably.