2019 Agenda Overview


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2:00 PM
OPENING CEREMONIES AND YUNNAN OVERVIEW

Alan Murray, CEO, FORTUNE
Li Ruigang, Chairman, China Media Capital
Additional speakers to be announced

3:00 PM
OPENING PLENARY SESSION

SETTING THE AGENDA
FORTUNE Editors outline the Forum’s key themes.

THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVE
The former chairman of one of China’s largest state-owned energy companies explains why environmental issues should be a top priority for leaders of any major enterprise doing business in China.
Fu Chengyu, Former Chairman, CNOOC and Sinopec

SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: CEO INTERVIEW
CLEANER CHEMICALS
Jim Fitterling, CEO, Dow

TROUBLED WATERS: A CASE STUDY OF CHINA’S ICONIC YANGTZE RIVER
The Yangtze, originating on the Tibetan plateau and flowing 6,300 km to Shanghai, where it empties into the East China Sea, is China’s longest river. The river has played a major role in China’s history, culture, and economic development. Its drainage basin is home to nearly a third of China’s population and the world’s largest hydroelectric power station. But it is also one of the world’s most polluted rivers. The urgency of government efforts to save the Yangtze may catch foreign and domestic producers by surprise.
Debra Tan, Founder and Executive Director, China Water Risk
Additional speaker to be announced

ASSET SWAP: INVESTING AWAY FROM CLIMATE RISK
Institutional investors—including sovereign-wealth and pension funds as well as major asset managers—have long judged their portfolio managers on financial returns. Now some of these investors are also evaluating their managers on carbon-reduction targets. How is sustainable investing shifting from morality to reality?
Priscilla Lu, Managing Director, Sustainable Investment Alternatives, DWS
Theodore Roosevelt, Managing Director; Chairman, Clean Tech Initiative, Barclays

EXPERT DIALOGUE: SOLUTIONS TO THE PLASTIC CHALLENGES
Two world-renowned designers with deep knowledge of materials make the case for finding lasting solutions to the global plastics crisis.
Tony Fadell, Principal, Future Shape
William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation

SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: CEO INTERVIEW–THE END OF MEAT?
Meat substitutes are surging in popularity as an environmentalist backlash against meat intensifies and as the taste of meat substitutes improves. How will these new alternatives transform the way we feed the world? What are the implications for global land and water resources—and the meat industry? A discussion with the founder and chief executive of one of the world’s fastest-growing meat-substitute makers, which was founded in Silicon Valley and has high hopes for prospects in China.
Pat Brown, Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods

6:00 PM
WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER

Hosted by FORTUNE

9:00 PM
ADJOURN

Thursday, September 5, 2019

8:30 AM
FUTURE FORUMS

Focused discussions to explore opportunities for innovation and growth in four key sectors (choose 1 of 4):

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY

Global energy is undergoing an epic transformation. In much of the world, economic forces are prompting a move from coal to natural gas and renewable energy. Electric cars, though still a tiny slice of the auto market, are starting to give internal combustion-powered autos a run for their money. A shift from centralized to decentralized energy sources is gathering steam. All these changes are creating new winners and losers–among countries, industries, companies, and investors. And yet, for all this change, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. What the global energy shift is and isn’t doing–and why.

John Creyts, Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute
Fu Chengyu, Former Chairman, CNOOC and Sinopec
Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation
Li Junfeng, Founding Director and Chairman, Academic Committee, National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and Int’l Cooperation (NCSC); President, Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA)
Li Zhenguo, Founder and President, LONGi Group
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University


THE FUTURE OF FOOD

The world’s population is expected to grow to almost 10 billion people by 2050. With billions more mouths to feed and a growing appetite for protein among those in developing countries, global food demand is taxing the environment. As the effects of climate change decimate crops, urgent and effective solutions are required to secure enough good food for the future and ensure it is distributed properly to the world’s most vulnerable people.

Pat Brown, Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods
Patrick Bultema, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, FoodMaven
Cameron Clayton, General Manager, IBM Watson Media and Weather
Jens Hartmann, Head, Region Asia Pacific, Crop Science Division, Bayer
Rosemary Ripley, Managing Director, NGEN
David Rosenberg, Co-founder and CEO, AeroFarms
Stanlake Samkange, Director, Policy and Program, UN World Food Program
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, Senior Editor and Co-chair, Fortune Global Sustainability Forum, FORTUNE


THE FUTURE OF WATER

Globally, more than a billion people lack access to safe and clean water. Trends in Asia highlight three fundamental challenges to water supplies: scarcity, pollution, and climate change. That’s a problem not just for the drinking water but also for the security of food and energy. How to rethink economic development through a “water-nomic” lens.

Prof. Asit Biswas, Chief Executive, Third World Center for Water Management
Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute
Arnaud Penverne, Senior Vice President, China, Veolia Group
Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group
Moderator: Debra Tan, Founder and Executive Director, China Water Risk

THE FUTURE OF CITIES
More than half the global population lives in urban areas. And the number of megacities–those with populations greater than 10 million–has risen from three in 1975 to around 30 today. These population hubs have become hotspots for smog-causing greenhouse gas emissions. And they’re straining natural resources and imperiling human health. Cities aren’t going to stop growing. A look at how to make them livable.
Peter Grubstein, Founder and Managing Director, NGEN
Jack Hurd, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy
Li Ruigang, Chairman, China Media Capital
Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (China)
Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
Zhang Yue, Chairman and President, Broad Group
Moderator: Clay Chandler, Asia Editor, FORTUNE

10:00 AM
COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK
10:30 AM
MORNING PLENARY SESSION

SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: CEO INTERVIEW
Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric

FARMING FOR TOMORROW
Vertical farming, genetic engineering, precision agriculture—what are the tools that will feed a growing global population using less land, fewer resources, and the threat of climate change?
Cameron Clayton, General Manager, IBM Watson Media and Weather
Jens Hartmann, Head, Region Asia Pacific, Crop Science Division, Bayer
David Rosenberg, Co-founder and CEO, AeroFarms

IN FOCUS: RETHINKING THE PLASTIC ECONOMY
Single-use plastics are the bane of environmentalists everywhere. Growing public awareness of plastics’ hazards has spooked corporations and governments into banning plastic bottles, bags and straws. It’s a start, but a prohibition on production doesn’t address the plastic waste still piled up in landfills or drifting out to sea. Is it time to rethink the economic models that led to the rise of single-use products and redesign how we manage waste?

Sessions to include:

A CRADLE-TO-CRADLE SOLUTION
Author, architect, and advocate Bill McDonough shows how to tackle environmental challenges through intelligent design.
William McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation

DESIGNING IN CIRCLES
One of Silicon Valley’s most influential designers and investors showcases some bold new ideas for kicking our addiction to plastic.
Tony Fadell, Principal, Future Shape

TRASHED
Last year China stopped importing nearly all forms of plastic waste, exposing the shortcomings of global “recycling” schemes. Now, with nowhere to ship their plastic trash, cities around the world are struggling to dispose of it themselves—often with environmentally disastrous results. A deep dive into the global garbage mess.
Ron Gonen, Co-founder and CEO, Closed Loop Partners
Eric Kawabata, General Manager, Asia-Pacific Region, TerraCycle
Vanessa Wright, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Responsibility, Pernod Ricard Headquarters

GRAPPLING WITH THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
Craig Leeson, producer of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean,” reports on the battle to save the ocean from plastic waste.
Craig Leeson, Advocate, Director, and Screenwriter, A Plastic Ocean

12:45 PM
SWITCH BREAK
1:00 PM
LUNCH
2:00 PM
SWITCH BREAK
2:15 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS: BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

Choose 1 of 4

GREEN GROWS UP
A decade into the corporate focus on sustainability, how to discern what’s real, dispense with what’s not, and profit in the process.
Jane Anders, Senior Vice President, APAC R&D; Head of Innovation, Estée Lauder
Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (China)
Ronnie Tham, Director, Global Sourcing, Walmart

WASTE NOT
Billions of people mean mountains of garbage. Despite recycling, these mountains are growing. What are some of the most innovative ways to dispose of the world’s refuse?
Ron Gonen, Co-founder and CEO, Closed Loop Partners
Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital
Eric Kawabata, General Manager, Asia-Pacific Region, TerraCycle
Zhang Yue, Chairman and President, Broad Group

SMART TRANSPORTATION: WHO’S LEADING THE CHARGE?
What’s the potential, and what are the pitfalls, on the road from the gasoline-powered present to an electric-car future? How can the broad transportation system accommodate and encourage the pump-to-plug shift? A discussion with executives trying to speed the transition.
Michael Dunne, CEO, ZoZo Go
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder and CEO, Cadenza Innovation
Freeman Shen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, WM Motor

RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Can they co-exist? Not everyone is moving to the city. In China and globally, how do we continue to alleviate poverty and boost rural development without further destruction of the planet?
Song Jun, Co-founder and Founding Vice Chair, Alashan SEE
Mei Zhang, Founder, WildChina
Additional speakers to be announced

3:15 PM
NETWORKING BREAK
3:40 PM
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSIONS

THE GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY
One of the world’s pre-eminent experts on energy offers a global energy outlook and shares his thoughts on the environmental implications of key energy trends.
Nobuo Tanaka, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency

THE CLIMATE IMPERATIVE
The global push to slash emissions is transforming business, creating new winners and losers. But it isn’t yet doing much about global warming. Though scientists say emissions must fall nearly to zero by mid-century to avoid particularly dangerous effects on climate change, emissions are still rising. What’s going on? What’s to be done?
Hal Harvey, CEO, Energy Innovation

POLICY AND THE PLANET: TOWARD A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CONSENSUS
There’s mounting global agreement about the need to tackle environmental problems, particularly climate change. But there’s no actionable consensus on how to do it at meaningful scale. Despite the 2015 Paris climate agreement, fights among countries over what to do about climate change appear to be rising, not falling. Is there a policy path that would be good for individual countries and also good for the planet?
Speakers to be announced

IS GREEN THE NEW BLACK?
Chemical treatment, toxic dyes, and even the growth of raw materials conspire to make the fashion industry a minefield for sustainability. How can outfitters make environmental action fashionable? Do consumers care?
Christine Goulay, Senior Manager, Sustainable Innovation, Kering
Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group

THE GREAT EXTINCTION
One million plant and animal species are on the edge of extinction, putting the entire balance of the planet at risk. A recent UN report sounding the alarm draws a direct line to human activity. What can be done to avert the crisis?
Speakers to be announced

FULL DISCLOSURE: ACCOUNTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Companies have long claimed to be green. But there’s a difference between frothy public relations and hard-nosed corporate disclosure. From China to the United States to Europe, market regulators, persuaded that climate change presents material financial risk, are pushing companies to disclose that risk in a specific and structured way—and to ramp up a bevy of new investment mechanisms, including “green bonds.”
Ma Jun, Director, Center for Finance and Development, Tsinghua University; Chairman, Finance Committee, China Society of Finance and Banking

6:00 PM
RECEPTION AND DINNER

Hosted by Government of Yunnan

9:00 PM
ADJOURN

Friday, September 6, 2019

8:30 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Choose one of four

CHAIN REACTION
Many companies’ environmental impact has more to do with their suppliers than with their own corporate policies. How big brands are squeezing their suppliers to get more sustainable, and how suppliers are responding.How can companies define realistic sustainability goals and make measurable impact with cooperation from suppliers?
Pamela Mar, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Futures; Director, Sustainability, Fung Group
Dee Poon, Managing Director, Brands and Distribution, Esquel Group
Christophe Roussel, Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing, Gap Inc.
Ronnie Tham, Director, Global Sourcing, Walmart

GOING WILD
Consumers the world over are paying big sums to see and feel nature, an adventure that has its ups and downs. The future of eco-tourism, in China and beyond.
Long Yongcheng, Honorary Chairman, China Primatology Society; Chief Scientist, Southwest China Center, Alashan Society of Entrepreneur Ecology
Qian Jin, President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton
Mei Zhang, Founder, WildChina

THE BELT, THE ROAD, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Railroads in Ethiopia; dams in Indonesia; ports in Sri Lanka. China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of the most ambitious infrastructure programs ever conceived. China has promised that the BRI will be green. What measures are in place to fulfill that pledge? How do corporate stakeholders ensure that the BRI will fulfill its environmental goals?
Speakers to be announced

SEEING THE FOREST
NASA satellite data shows the earth has become greener in the past two decades, in part due to ambitious tree planting programs in China and India as well as intensive agriculture in both countries. How do we ensure the trend will continue in these lands?
Song Jun, Co-founder and Founding Vice Chair, Alashan SEE
Additional speakers to be announced

9:30 AM
NETWORKING BREAK
10:00 AM
MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

IN FOCUS: THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
In an industrial revolution that appears likely to rival the advent of the gasoline-powered car more than a century ago, the world’s biggest automakers are racing to shift their production to electric vehicles. If they make good on their announced plans, a significant chunk of the world’s vehicles will be electric in less than a decade. But that’s a big “if.” Will it happen? If so, how will the shift play out? Who—among industries, companies, countries, and consumers—will win and who will lose?

Sessions to include:

CLEAN COAL
As the world’s biggest coal-burning country, China launched a nationwide program in 2015 to refit all coal-fired power plants with “ultra-low” emission technologies by 2020. The aim is to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides and improve air quality. How successful has this initiative been? Is cleaner coal in the pipeline or is it a pipe dream? A reality check on the country’s attempt to change coal from dirty to clean.
Speakers to be announced

NATURAL POWER
Renewable energy is plummeting in cost and surging in popularity. It’s no longer an environmental niche; now the world’s major multinationals are piling in and profiting big. Nowhere does the renewables revolution rage more fiercely than in China. How will the renewable-energy shift, in China and beyond, transform the world.
Eric Luo, Chairman and CEO, GCL System Integration Technology
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO, Statkraft

CHINA AS GREEN-TECH SUPERPOWER
Chinese innovation in low-carbon technologies is surging. What’s happening, who is leading it and what does it mean for the rest of the world?
Li Zhenguo, Founder and President, LONGi Group
Tom Werner, Chairman and CEO, SunPower

UNDER THE HOOD
Electric cars, though still a tiny slice of the global auto market, are surging as a business because of declining battery prices and juicy government support. Who, financially and geopolitically, is winning and losing from this transportation shift? What political, technological, and market potholes loom? And will electric cars really do much for the environment?
Michael Dunne, CEO, ZoZo Go
Freeman Shen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, WM Motor

SUSTAINABLE BY DESIGN
A visionary young designer shares his unique perspective on the role of design in creating a more sustainable—and beautiful—planet.
Daan Roosegaarde, Artist and Founder, Studio Roosegaarde

12:15 PM
ADJOURN