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The Rapidly Emerging Green Economy: opportunities to improve your bottom line

October 3, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Sustainability is a global issue not only impacting on our economic success but also essential for business. It is a business strategy that drives long-term corporate growth and profitability by including environmental and local issues in business practice. Managing and properly valuing our natural resources is as important as managing budgets and bottom lines. Most importantly, a change in mind set is imperative to change the nature of our companies. Join us as we discuss how improving the resource efficiency and carbon footprint of your organisation already makes business sense with Evan Rice, CEO of GreenCape. We also hear from Justin Smith, of Woolworths, on what their experience has been in making sustainability make commercial sense for their business and what role the Good Business Journey has played in that.

About the Speakers

Evan Rice, CEO, GreenCape

Evan Rice is the newly appointed CEO of GreenCape, a sector development agency set up by the Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town to accelerate the development of the green economy and help position the region as the green economic hub of the continent. Evan was previously a partner at Spinnaker Growth Partners and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Evan is passionate about developing and driving sustainable solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges.

Justin Smith, Head of Sustainability, Woolworths

Justin Smith is head of the Woolworths Good Business Journey (Sustainability Programme) and is responsible for the strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver its over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change. Justin was previously employed at the Nedbank Group, as head of Governance and Sustainability as well as Operational head of Enterprise Governance and Compliance within Nedbank’s Enterprise Governance and Compliance cluster; as an associate in Edward Nathan and Friedland (Pty) Ltd Environmental Law and Sustainability Services department; and as a risk manager at Standard Bank Group Risk Management. He is previous Co-chair of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives Africa, a member of the National Business Initiative Western Cape Board and a trustee on the Table Mountain Fund.


October 3, 2014
8:00 am - 10:00 pm