The Malta Independent 16 December 2019, Monday

Top international sustainability and CSR strategist Ioannis Ioannou to give keynote speech

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 11:33 Last update: about 3 months ago

Prof Ioannou will address the Malta Sustainability Forum extent to which modern business organisations contributes towards building a sustainable future

Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the next APS Talk. The event co-organised with C Malta is taking place on 14 November at the Westin Dragonara Resort, as part of the Malta Sustainability Forum.

Ioannou will discuss the emergence of the 'sustainable organisation'; a new type of the modern business organisation that genuinely and effectively integrates environmental and social issues into its business model, strategy, organisational structure and conduct.

Known as a global influencer on sustainability leadership and corporate responsibility, Prof Ioannou will focus his talk on the challenges and opportunities that a transition to sustainability leadership generates for companies and investors. Based on rigorous academic evidence regarding the significant long-term outperformance of this type of organisation compared to the traditional corporate form, both in terms of operating as well as stock market performance, Prof Ioannou will discuss the fundamental innovations that are needed in order for an organisation to become a sustainable one.

"I will also discuss the links between corporate sustainability and capital markets, as they pertain to investment analyst recommendations and, more broadly, as they relate to the realisation of value in public equity markets through a commitment to sustainability," Prof Ioannou says.

He says he was thrilled to find out about the upcoming first-of-its-kind Malta Sustainability Forum, and to be invited to be part of it. "Raising awareness about sustainability is critical, especially given the current rate and magnitude of change towards a sustainable future is insufficient," the Professor continues. "It is important to carry this message across all corners of the world and to all stakeholders, including companies, governments, NGOs and citizens. I believe this Forum will be a vital influencer in this message for Malta, and a unique opportunity for people to come together to share in a common goal."

This special edition of APS Talks will take place at 6.30pm on 14 November, as part of the wider Malta Sustainability Forum - a day-long event that will raise awareness about sustainability and empower citizens to make conscious decisions that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Tickets to the APS Talk are €20, including a networking reception. To view the full agenda and register for the Forum or Talk, please visit www.maltasustainabilityforum.com 


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