The first Sustainability Day, which takes place on February 8 at the
Enel Auditorium in Rome, will be entitled "Business as Unusual"
or business seen in an unusual perspective. The initiative is aimed at sharing
and promoting a culture of accountability that supports the creation of new
ideas and the establishment of best practices in the field of sustainability at
a global level.
The definition of the theme of the Sustainability Day was guided by the work
of the Preparatory Workshop, which took place on October 30th., with the
participation of over thirty experts and practitioners, who carried out debates
in four parallel sessions in order to develop a shared agenda to transition to
a low carbon economy.
The Sustainability Day aims at becoming an annual platform, which will
facilitate a dialogue between key sustainability stakeholders, capable of
promoting the creation and development of an effective network for the
collection, comparison and dissemination of proposals to address the
challenges of sustainability through policies and innovative practices.
Enel intends to renew its commitment over the years, so that this event will
become a coherent and consistent element of its growth strategy, which
is based on financial solidity and profitability of the 2009-2013 industrial
plan, while fully respecting its stakeholders and the equilibrium between the
three variables that make up the CSR: economic, environmental and social.
Important actors of the global debate on sustainability will attend the
event on February 8th. Among them, Mervyn King, Professor at the
University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, chairman of the Global
Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and member of the private sector advisory
group for the World Bank on Corporate Governance; Lord Anthony Giddens,
former director London School of Economics and adviser to Tony Blair, today
associate of the think-tank Policy Network and a member of the House of Lords;
Wim Bartels, head of the World Network of KPMG Sustainability Services,
a former member of the Council of AccountAbility; Amy Domini, founder
and AD of Domini Social Investments, a leading voice of socially responsible
investing, Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the International Energy
Agency (IEA), supervisor of the reports of the World Energy Outlook; Enrico
Giovannini, President of Istat, former Chief Statistician and head of
Statistics Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD) in Paris; Jessy Tolkan, executive director of Energy
Action Coalition, which brings together 50 major youth organizations in the USA
and Canada, and finally, Changu Wu, Director of the Climate Group in
During the event, the Economist Intelligence Unit will present the
results of the research "The Business of Sustainability", which
examines how companies are globally integrating sustainability objectives into
their business strategies.