BT Chief Sustainability Officer Niall Dunne

Sustainability leaders: who will history judge as winners?

Many would argue that businesses and sustainability advocates are caught in an inherently conflictual relationship. Not so, says Niall Dunne, BT’s Chief Sustainability Officer. According to Niall, large businesses and their brands are potentially the most powerful platforms for changing our world for the better.

To say that Niall is passionate about sustainability is an understatement. He’s spent his entire career helping companies define and execute on their sustainability goals. And he has global influence in that regard too; Niall is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader and he’s vice-chair of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. We asked Niall about the sustainability agenda in this era of global crises and new oil & gas booms. [Read more...]

Giner Gabrielle

Strengthening our sustainable growth together

By Gabrielle Giner– Net Good Programme Manager, BT

Here at BT, collaboration is a key part of our business strategy. We believe that we all have a lot to learn from each other, which is why we’re keen to forge partnerships with companies that can strengthen the value of our products and services. It’s also enabled us to evolve our Better Future sustainability programme. This is our promise to use the power of communication to improve lives and business processes — without it costing the earth.

Our products and services can only truly be sustainable if the complete supply chain is too — which is why we’ve invited suppliers to get involved with our Better Future Supplier Forum BFSF). The BFSF supports our collaboration with suppliers to identify, share, and implement best practise on sustainability at every point in the lifecycle of a product. This could run from sourcing the raw materials through to the delivery of the finished product to the customer and on to maximum recyclability when it reaches the end of its life. [Read more...]

C4ABF event

Everybody’s heard of Marco Polo, but what about Ibn Battuta?

Marco Polo is firmly a part of our collective general knowledge. We may not be able to say exactly when he lived or where precisely he went, but we do recall him as one of the early pioneers of globalisation — even if his long years of journeying were hardly ‘instant’. But, those of us in the West, be honest — Ibn Battuta? Ring any bells?

Starting in about 1325, he travelled epic journeys, rivaling those of Marco Polo. His explorations took him through the region we now know as the Gulf — even then, it was the home of some of the world’s greatest trading routes. So nearly 700 years later, what would he find had he been a guest at our Connecting for a Better Future Big Conversation in Dubai this October? [Read more...]

Dubai — ‘the energised economy’

Dubai — ‘the energised economy’

One of the world’s great commercial crossroads reflects on what it takes to Connect for a Better Future.

As the Connecting for a Better Future (C4ABF) Big Conversation moves to the Middle East, we observe a paradigm of growth away from oil sales dependence. Far from restricting the region’s horizons, the global megatrend of the end to limitless resources is actively driving success.

Back at the beginning of 2013, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos noted that the US energy market is transforming.  One estimate even predicted that US oil production could exceed Saudi Arabia’s by 2020! So has this salutary statistic undermined Dubai’s determination to thrive in a world of Instant Globalisation? Hardly. In the first half of this year alone, non-oil foreign trade grew by an enviable 16 per cent (like-for-like compared with 2012) to be worth US$185 billion. [Read more...]

Bas Burger

2013 Clinton Global Initiative – Mobilizing Faster Relief for Disaster Victims

By Bas Burger, President, US & Canada, Global Industry Verticals, BT Global Services

As we head into our third year participating at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting, I wanted to acknowledge all the brilliant minds and collaboration that happens at this annual meeting. CGI is a chance for us to think about how we can help move this world forward and collaborate together to solve key problems across society.

This year, CGI’s annual meeting is focused on “Mobilizing Impact” – which aims to explore ways that CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts. Mobilizing the right entities—and the right technologies, in our case—can go a long way in improving society as a whole. [Read more...]