Wednesday 21 April, 17:15 – 18:00 CEST (11:15 – 12:00 EDT)

Sustainable Business in a transforming North America and regional impacts

Systems transformation cannot be achieved without the region of North America and the United States in particular. Sustainability is gaining ground with leading businesses and investors bolstered by supportive governmental leaders. A progressive acknowledgment of the importance of environmental, social, and governance issues (ESG) is taking place, increasing the understanding of the relevance of sustainability to business success, its license to operate, and its long-term survival. However, the evolution in corporate thinking, as it relates to building sustainability into business strategy, is not uniform. A lack of a robust policy framework is also hampering efforts to achieve systemic change.

But in a changing landscape, what does this mean? While there is an evolution in corporate thinking, progress is not uniform, particularly when it comes to going beyond company operations and integrating sustainability across supply chains. Furthermore, the lack of a robust policy framework creates unevenness globally and is hampering efforts to achieve systemic change.

This session will seek to untangle the business landscape in North America as it relates to climate plans. We will discuss the need for ambitious and effective policy and business strategies that translate into action.


  • Ezgi Barcenas, Global VP, Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev)
  • Alyson Genovese, Senior Director and Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, S&P Global
  • Johanna Jobin, Global Head Corporate Reputation & Responsibility, Biogen
  • Leor Rotchild, Executive Director, CBSR – Canada