UP! 2023 Sustainable Business Forum: "Sustainability in Partnership"
Forum UP! 2023 is the largest and the most diverse forum of companies, employers and professional institutions in the framework of responsible and sustainable business in the Czech Republic! This year's UP! 2023 title will be Sustainability in Partnership. The UP! 2023 Forum is an international event, it will be interpreted simultaneously into Czech and English, and participation is possible not only in person but also online. We invited VIP speakers in their professions and fields to all parts of the program. The Agenda of the Forum will focus on current and trending topics of sustainable and responsible business, such as:
Innovative and partnership projects of responsible companies, possibilities and opportunities for supporting partnerships and innovative projects within the framework of European Union policies and strategies. How can responsible companies support the community power engineering initiatives including decentralization of resources and its sharing? How do responsible companies approach or can approach an inclusive and fair green transformation. How are responsible companies engaged in these topics, how their best practice contributes to the successful implementation? Opportunities and new challenges, plans and strategies in sustainable and responsible business.
"Sustainable Business Forum UP!2023 - Sustainability in Partnership" is organized in cooperation with CSR Europe - European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility.
A partner of the UP Forum! 2023 is the company VELUX CZ/SK.
9:30 – 10:00
Arrival of participants and morning "networking café"
10:00 – 10:15
Welcome and introduction speech
H.E. Fredrik Jörgensen - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the Czech Republic
Monika Ladmanová – Head of the European Commission representation in the Czech Republic
Pavel Štern – Director, Business for Society
10:15 – 10:55
Panel: Sustainability, Partnership and Innovation
Supporting strategic investments and innovation for ICT and sustainable projects with a positive impact on the environment, climate and the society – Invest EU Programme. Scandinavian experience and best practice trends in sustainable business. Opportunities for responsible companies. Innovative projects and partnerships of responsible companies – potential, opportunities and benefits for companies, for the labour market, the society and communities.
H.E. Søren Kelstrup - Ambassador od the Kingdom of Denmark to the Czech Republic
Katja Mader - Director People & Organisation, CSR Europe, European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
Katarina Kleinwege - Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission
10:55 – 11:45
Sustainability in partnership
Presentation of the innovative partnership in the project "Pro Chmel – “For Hops". The Project is an inter-company and interdisciplinary best practice of collaboration and innovation. Plzeňský Prazdroj & Microsoft, Agritecture, representatives of hop growers. The interdisciplinary partnership of responsible companies enables this unique and innovative project has a significant positive impact on the environment and the business. The project “For Hops” is an activity of companies and experts from the Czech Republic and abroad that cooperate together to help to preserve the quality and the quantity of grown hops, and save water resources and agricultural land.
Ivan Tučník – Manager for sustainable development, Plzeňský Prazdroj
Pavel Donner – Researcher, Hop Institute
Otakar Školoud - Client Technology Lead, Microsoft Czech republic
11:45 – 12:10
12:10 – 13:05
Panel: Sustainable communities and current sustainability challenges: community power engineering, inclusive green transformation, potential of responsible business and its contribution.
The moderated discussion of business leaders on the current topics of sustainable business and its challenges. Innovative approach via community partnerships to address (not only) todays power industry challenges. Decentralization of power resources, opportunities and potential of community power engineering. An inclusive and equitable green transformation. How can be responsible companies engaged in these topics and how can they contribute via their best practice? What are their plans and strategies in this field?
Michal Putna – Sustainability Officer, Raiffeisenbank
Tomáš Sarnovský – City councillor of Litoměřice, Representative of the city in the European networking "Energy Cities"
Ondřej Boreš - Public Affairs, Sustainability, Velux Czech Republic and Slovakia
Jan Fencl - Manager of sustainable business and program manager at Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation
13:05 – 13:10
Summary and conclusions
13:10 – 13:45
Refreshments and networking
Date: 23. 3. 2023
Time: 9:30 – 13:10
Form: Personal participation and online stream
Place: HubHub Palác ARA
In case of any questions, you can contact:
CSR and Sustainability Manager, Business for Society
Phone: +420 605 512 120
Recording of the conference in Czech
Recording of the conference in English
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