Session 2 - Transparent Supply Chains and Resource Efficiency

Wednesday, 18th April 2012

This session focuses on the indirect impacts of a company on the environment. This impact is often much larger than the direct impact and has a clear link to the financial bottom line.

Sebastian Winkler, Global Footprint Network

Sebastian Winkler, a Mexican-French-German national who grew up in French-speaking Africa, is currently working as Senior European Advisor to the Global Footprint Network and he also advises Rosia Montana Gold Corporation on sustainability and strategy. In 2010 he was leading a number of international biodiversity negotiations for the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. Until recently he worked as the head of the countdown 2010 secretariat and as a senior advisor European Policy at IUCN. Before, he held several other functions at IUCN and worked at UNEP's Economics, Environment and Trade Unit in Geneva. 


Chris Boyd, Biodiversity Unit, DG Environment, European Commission

Christopher Boyd works on Business and Biodiversity in the European Commission, DG Environment. He has experience in environment and sustainability issues, both in the private sector in large as well as small companies operating in various European countries and as an official at the European Commission. He spent over two years in charge of negotiating and setting up a wind energy joint venture for Airtricity. Before that he was CEO of Lafarge’s cement business in Italy for four years. Previously Chris was in Paris as Senior Vice-President Environment and Public Affairs at Lafarge and worked for three years in the cabinet of President Jacques Delors as his economic advisor.

Derek Whatling BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, CBiol, FSB
Biodiversity supply chain project (TABS) Manager – Middlemarch Environmental Ltd.
I have over ten years experience as a Biodiversity Consultant responsible for delivering a range of commercial biodiversity projects, including biodiversity and environmental impact assessments. Prior to this I worked within the leisure industry before operating my own company within the sector. My PhD worked with corporate biodiversity management with a focus on developing a process to assess biodiversity performance in the supply chain.


Cornis van der Lugt is a Geneva-based consultant with over twenty years’ experience in international diplomacy, business and research. He worked with the UN Environment Programme from 2000-2010 in the field of CSR and represented the UN Global Compact in the ISO 26000 process. He served in expert working groups of the Global Reporting Initiative
(GRI) and worked closely with the London-based think tanks SustainAbility and AccountAbility. He is a contributing author to the ‘TEEB for Business’ (Earthscan 2011) and ‘Green Economy’ (UNEP 2011) reports. He holds a PhD in International Relations and Executive MBA from HEC, Paris, and is Senior Associate at Stellenbosch University Business School (Cape Town) and Utopies Consulting (Paris).


17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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