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The Business Climate in the Wake of the Paris Conference, COP21
Start Date: 2/2/2016Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 2/2/2016End Time: 9:00 PM
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About the Program

The recent Paris COP 21 Climate Accord is widely hailed as a historic show of solidarity among nearly 200 nations.  The pact aims to curtail greenhouse gas emissions and keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. While scientists warn that the accord may be too late to prevent some effects of climate change, the negotiations and results are clear indications of a giant step in the right direction.

Among the most important points of progress was bringing business to the negotiating table, with corporate leaders of every stripe - including those from "Big Oil" - supporting drastic changes and pledging to overhaul operations to lower greenhouse gases.  The New York Times notes “the deal could be viewed as a signal to global financial and energy markets, triggering a fundamental shift away from investment in coal, oil and gas as primary energy sources toward zero-carbon energy sources like wind, solar and nuclear power.”  In this way, business could serve as the practical "grease” that helps put into motion the wheels to drive a new economy.

That’s a tall order, but not an impossible one. Indeed, as speakers on this panel will attest, the need for change has always inspired business and there is every reason to believe that the challenge of climate change will do the same.  Panelists will revisit COP conversations on new ways forward, including:  putting a price on carbon; divesting fossil fuels from portfolios; changing investment thinking from short-term profit to longer-term goals; and encouraging public-private partnerships that actually work to ensure everyone benefits fairly. The discussion will provide an insightful picture of the business climate post-Paris COP 21.


ANN GOODMAN, Ph.D., Baruch College; President, Telesys Advisory


DALE BRYK, Director of Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council

BERNHARD FREY, Manager, Environment & Climate, UN Global Compact

CHRIS WALKER, Director North America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New-York-based forum for professionals working with corporate responsibility and sustainability issues to build community based on learning, discussion, information and idea exchange. There are over one thousand members on our list-serve, representing practitioners from industry, academia, government and NGO's. For more information please visit:


6:00 pm - Registration and Networking
6:15 pm - Panel
7:30 pm - Q&A
8:00 pm - Networking


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at
Location Information:
Baruch College - Information & Technology Building (Library Building)  (View Map)
151 E. 25th St.
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Atrium, Rackow Room and Lounge - Rooms 750 and 760
Contact Information:
Name: Matthew LePere
Phone: 646-312-3231
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