Innovative Sustainability

Date and Time: 
07 Jun 2017
18:00 to 20:00
INSEAD, 1 Ayer Rajah Avenue, 138676
Registration Dates: 
14 May 2017
06 Jun 2017

How can companies find innovative ways to be sustainable and responsible?


Sustainability is the challenge of the 21st century. Public and private organizations all over the world are unveiling plans to tackle climate change, transforming constraints into business opportunities, reinventing their organisations and business solutions.


Our keynote speaker, Peter White, is the COO of the World Business Council for Sustainable investment [WBCSD]. WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world targeting sustainable impact, value for companies and efficiency for their businesses.


His presentation will then be followed by both corporate, Pascal de Petrini - VP Cycles and Operations at Danone, and academics, Jasjit Singh - Academic Director at INSEAD Social Impact Initiatives, who will share their own innovative views and actions.


This Talk also sees the successful conclusion of the Sustainable Investment and Best Practices Project piloted by the French Chamber Sustainability Committee. Gathering 12 companies committed to CSR and sustainability, the project facilitated sharing of best practices among companies and with Singapore governmental agencies. You can find some of these showcases on the Sustainability Committee webpage.

About the Speakers:

  • Peter White, Vice President and COO at WBCSD

Peter White is Chief Operating Officer at the WBCSD. In this role, he is responsible for all WBCSD work programs, Global Policy Affairs and the Global Network.

Peter has been with WBCSD since 2013, and joined after 22 years developing the sustainability program at Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer goods company. From 2006 – 2013 Peter was P&G’s Director for Global Sustainability, creator and Chair of the Sustainability Leadership Council and a key architect of the company’s long term sustainability vision and 2020 goals.  During that time, he was the WBCSD Liaison Delegate for P&G, having been involved in the work of WBCSD since 1997.

Peter is also a Visiting Professor at the Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability. Prior to joining P&G, he held teaching and research positions at the Universities of Oxford, California (Berkeley) and Arizona, and taught in Nigeria with the UK development charity Voluntary Service Overseas.

A biologist at heart and by training, Peter holds a doctorate in Chemical Ecology from Oxford University, and Masters degrees in Zoology (Oxford) and Applied Hydrobiology (London).

  • Pascal de Petrini, Vice-President Cycles & Operations at Danone

Pascal De Petrini started his career in 1984 as Industrial Engineer at Danone Dairy France. In 1995, he was appointed Supply Chain Director of LU France and then, in 1998, General Manager of the Biscuit activity in China. In 2002, he was appointed General Manager of ERP THEMIS and, in 2004, General Manager of Aqua Indonesia and subsequently Regional Vice-President Waters Asia-Pacific. In 2008, Pascal De Petrini was appointed Regional Vice-President Early Life Nutrition Asia Pacific in addition to his Waters responsibilities. He joined Fraser & Neave in 2011 as CEO Food & Beverage, prior to become, within Fonterra, Managing Director Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa in 2013. He is currently Vice-President for Cycles & Operations since June 2015.

  • Jasjit Singh, Academic Director, INSEAD Social Impact Initiative

Jasjit Singh has been an INSEAD professor since 2004. His interests include Strategy, Inclusive Business, Sustainable Development, Social Innovation and Impact Evaluation. He is particularly passionate about how business tools can be used as a force for good. He regularly advises companies, social enterprises, non-profits and impact investors on how to systematically think about their societal impact.

Jasjit obtained his Ph.D. in Business Economics (Strategy) and M.A. in Economics at Harvard. He also holds M.S. in Management & Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and B.Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from IIT Delhi. He is the author of numerous journal articles and case studies, many of which have won prestigious awards. He has also been involved in editorial and reviewing roles for leading academic journals like Strategic Management Journal, Management Science and Organization Science.

Master of Ceremony:

  • Luke Disney, Executive Director of the INSEAD Centre for Social Innovation.

Prior to joining INSEAD Luke spent 13 years as a social intra/ entrepreneur, first as part of the ground-breaking partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme and TNT Express which focused on fighting global hunger. Later he became the Founding Executive Director of North Star Alliance, an award-winning social enterprise uniting more than 180 governments, businesses and civil society actors in an innovative approach to reaching highly mobile populations in Sub-Saharan Africa with essential healthcare services to help stop the spread of HIV and other communicable diseases across the continent.

Luke is Co-Founder of WorkPact, advisor to the World Healthcare Forum, a member of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Business and Economics, and a member of the steering committee for Stadsklooster Utrecht.

Luke has an MSc. in European and International Politics from the University of Edinburgh (UK) and a BA in politics and economics from Dalhousie University (Canada).

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