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Event Summary

On Monday, October 18, 2021, nearly 100 guests from both the public and private sectors across various industry groups gathered for the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s (BABCPHL) second of a series of three 30th anniversary programs. We were honored to partner with the renowned World Affairs Council of Philadelphia (WAC) to present Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach. Read more here.

About the Event

In lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presented a joint climate change discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global approach race to net zero. Presenters addressed the sub-national level of engagement in both the public and private domains; connections between human and environmental health in relation to delivering an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (green recovery); the important role of innovation; and corporate, investor and employee responsibility with respect to competitive advantage and business transition models.

Keynote speakers answered questions posed by the moderator, Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia, about how the US and the UK are collaborating on the multilateral global approach race to net zero. They addressed how the US and the UK are leading the charge within both the public and private sectors, and how entities throughout the globe are collaborating across borders, working with multinational governments in support of climate change.

After the government envoys provided the current, general context for this major global issue, just a few weeks before the world unites in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26, a select group of business leaders from the private sector engaged in the conversation. Professionals from various industry sectors addressed the important role of innovation, and corporate, investor, and employee responsibility with respect to competitive advantage and business transition models. They discussed the connections between human and environmental health in relation to delivering an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (green recovery). Philadelphia and the surrounding region were used as an example of how the public and private sectors are collaborating to make the world a more comfortable habitat for all.

About the Presenters

  • Moderator: Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia

 

  • Public Sector Panel
    • Elliot Diringer, Senior Policy Advisor in the office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
    • Kate Robinson, Head of the Energy & Environment Team, British Embassy, Washington, D.C.
  • Private Sector Panel
    • Ron Becker, SVP, Operations and Sustainability, Brandywine Realty Trust
    • Mark Hillhouse, SVP, Head of Sustainable Finance, US Commercial Banking, HSBC Bank USA
    • Michael Hughes, Director, Sustainability & Responsible Business, Accenture
    • Jonathan Tench, International Partnerships & Networks Changemaker, Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales