Directors' Briefing: Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative

Tue 13 Aug 2019
12.30pm to 2.00pm

(Arrival time: 12.00pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


AICD Training Room Brisbane
Level 9
123 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD


Single Members: A$55.00 Non-members: A$65.00

Dr Belinda Wade

Dr Belinda Wade

Lecturer in Strategy, UQ Business School
Belinda is a lecturer within the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Discipline of the Business School and co-leader of the interdisciplinary school research theme - Business Sustainability Initiative: Building Resilience and Adapting to Change. Co-ordinating courses such as Corporate Sustainability and Strategies for Business Sustainability and Innovation Belinda's teaching closely follows her research agenda which examines organisational capabilities for an accelerated transformation to a sustainable future. Recent research has highlighted decarbonising actions taken within contrasting Australian industry sectors and the dynamic capabilities which can promote greater adaptation to market changes related to the growing pressure to decarbonise the Australian economy. On a professional level Belinda has worked extensively within the marketing and trading areas of major energy providers, in a mix of commercial analytical, trading and managerial roles in both traditional energy and environmental product markets.

Elizabeth Rose

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services

Elizabeth leads EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice in Queensland. Elizabeth specialises in providing advice to Queensland’s leading corporates and government entities in relation to sustainability strategy, reporting, compliance and certification. She works with clients across a range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, finance, real estate and agriculture.

Over the past few years, innovative financial solutions, green finance and social finance have played an increasingly important role in the sustainability strategies of a range of organisations. Elizabeth has worked with these organisations to understand the options available, and to develop strategies and plans for implementing these financing mechanisms.

Paul Klymenko MAICD

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Planet Ark

Paul has been in the environmental field for over 30 years as an environmental innovator, educator and socially responsible investor. He became the CEO of Planet Ark in 2010 after being one of the original co-founders in 1992. He is one of the instigators of Planet Ark’s new National Circular Economy Hub.

Previously, Paul spent 11 years in research and advising roles within the financial services industry. In 1986, Paul co-founded Australian Ethical Investment Ltd: Australia's first socially responsible investment manager which now has over $3 billion funds under management.

Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative.

A key responsibility of directors is to ensure the long term sustainability of a business – not just in financial terms but taking into account social and environmental factors. There is growing demand among consumers, investors and employees for organisations to transition from traditional linear business models to become part of the ‘circular economy’, where resources are repurposed and waste is minimised. Building a sustainable business is becoming a strategic imperative to create a competitive advantage and respond to these growing demands.

In this panel session, sustainability experts and directors will explore how boards can identify and act on opportunities to create sustainable business futures.


University of Queensland

Contact details

Alexandra Slater
Programs Coordinator
T. 07 3222 5500