Agenda


Wednesday, 4 September, 2019

8:30
Fuxian Lake Scenic Walk

Enjoy a guided walk along China’s deepest freshwater lake and a diverse nature experience.

9:30
Fuxian Lake Bike Ride

Cycle along the shores of Lake Fuxian and take in the crystal clear waters and local village life.

10:00
Chen-style Tai Chi

Start your day with a Chen-style Tai Chi master class in the hotel’s lakeside garden.

11:10
Pre-Forum Lunch: Climate Risk

Hosted by McKinsey & Company

14:00
OPENING CEREMONIES

H.E. Chen Hao, Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Yunnan Provincial Committee
Alan Murray, Chief Executive Officer, FORTUNE
Li Ruigang, Chairman and CEO, CMC Capital Group and CMC Inc.

14:15
YUNNAN OVERVIEW

Performances by Local Artists
H.E. Ruan Chengfa, Governor of Yunnan Province

15:00
OPENING PLENARY SESSION

15:00
SETTING THE AGENDA
FORTUNE Editors outline the Forum’s key themes.
Clay Chandler, Executive Editor, Asia, FORTUNE; Co-chair, FORTUNE Global Sustainability Forum

15:05
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
Interviewer: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

15:25
SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP: CEO INTERVIEW
CLEANER CHEMICALS
Jim Fitterling, Chief Executive Officer, Dow
Interviewer: Alan Murray, FORTUNE

15:55
NETWORKING BREAK

16:20
REVIVING THE YANGTZE: THE CAMPAIGN TO CLEAN UP CHINA’S VITAL WATERWAY
The Yangtze, China’s longest river, has played a major role in the nation’s history and economic development. The Yangtze River basin covers 20% of China, sustains more than a third of China’s population, and serves an economic zone that accounts for more than 40% of China’s GDP. A series of new, high-profile government initiatives aim to protect and improve water quality along this mighty river, and have important implications for both domestic and global producers.
Ma Jun, Founding Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (China)
Debra Tan, Director and Head, CWR
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, Senior Editor FORTUNE and Co-chair, FORTUNE Global Sustainability Forum

16:45
MOVING MONEY: INVESTING IN SUSTAINABILITY IN CHINA AND AROUND THE GLOBE
A new global money flow is being created, a river of clean-technology investment between China and the West. In a financial shift that belies today’s geopolitical tensions, investors in both places are investing heavily in innovation. Two leading clean-technology investors analyze the realities and the future of the global flow of green investment.
Christopher Huang, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Priscilla Lu, Managing Director, Sustainable Investment Alternatives, DWS
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford University; Co-chair, FORTUNE Global Sustainability Forum

17:15
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, iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor, Nest founder and Future Shape Principal
Interviewer: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

17:35
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.
Patrick Brown, Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods
Interviewer: Beth Kowitt, FORTUNE

18:00
WELCOME RECEPTION AND DINNER

Hosted by Government of Yunnan

20:30
ADJOURN

Thursday, 5 September, 2019

8:30
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
Duan Wenquan, Chairman, Yunnan Provincial Energy Investment Group
Fu Chengyu, Former Chairman, CNOOC and Sinopec
Jiang Kejun, Research Professor, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission
Echo Shao, Chairman and CEO, Wanbang New Energy Investment Group
Yang Fuqiang, Senior Adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council
Andy Zheng, Founder, Aspiring Citizens Cleantech; Adjunct Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities
Zhong Baoshen, Co-founder and Chairman, LONGi Green Energy Technology
Zhou Jun, President and Executive Director, Shanghai Industrial Investment Holdings Co.
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, 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.

Patrick Brown, Founder and CEO, Impossible Foods
Audrey Cheung, Vice President, China Supply Chain Management, McDonald’s
Cameron Clayton, General Manager, IBM Watson Media and Weather
Jian Yi, Founder and President, Good Food Fund, CBCGDF
Dr. Klaus Kunz, Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship, Crop Science, Bayer AG
David Rosenberg, Co-founder and CEO, AeroFarms
Stanlake Samkange, Senior Director for Strategic Coordination and Support, UN World Food Program
Sheng Jun, President, Yunnan Agricultural University
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, Senior Editor and Co-chair, 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, Mexico
Aditi Mukherji, Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute
Arnaud Penverne, Senior Vice President, China, Veolia Group
Vishal Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nalco Water Asia Pacific
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, Director and Head, CWR

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 3 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.
Per Boesgaard, Head of Nordic Region, International Health and Environmental Industries Association (IHEIA)
Natalie Chan, Managing Director, PIE Strategy
Dong Shenghao, Executive Director, Health Industry Research,
Green Health Industry Research Institute of Yunnan Metropolitan Construction Investment Group
Peter Grubstein, Founder and Managing Member, NGEN
Jack Hurd, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy
Sun Jiwei, Advisory Professor, Urban Planning Department, Tongji University
Wang Shouzhi, Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Creativity and Art, ShanghaiTech University
Moderator: Katrina Lv, Managing Partner, Shanghai, McKinsey & Company

9:45
COFFEE AND NETWORKING BREAK
10:10
MORNING PLENARY SESSION

10:10
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.
Ma Jun, Founder and Director, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (China)
Ronnie Tham, Director, Global Sourcing, Walmart Inc.
Yin Zheng, Executive Vice President, Schneider Electric; President, Schneider Electric China
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University

10:40
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
Klaus Kunz, Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship, Crop Science, Bayer AG
David Rosenberg, Co-founder and CEO, AeroFarms
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, FORTUNE

11:10
A CRADLE-TO-CRADLE SOLUTION
Author, architect, and advocate Bill McDonough shows how to tackle environmental challenges through intelligent design.
Bill McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation
Interviewer: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

11:35
TALKING TRASH
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.
Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital
Vanessa Wright, Vice President, Sustainability and Responsibility, Pernod Ricard
Moderator: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

12:05
GRAPPLING WITH THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH
Craig Leeson, Advocate, Director, and Screenwriter, A Plastic Ocean; Chief Executive Officer, Leeson Media International
Interviewer: Clifton Leaf, Editor-in-Chief, FORTUNE

12:30
SWITCH BREAK
12:45
LUNCH
13:45
SWITCH BREAK
14:00
CONCURRENT SESSIONS: BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAIN

Choose 1 of 4

Green Grows Up: Shaking Up the Status Quo
Changing economics, toughening regulations, and new consumer preferences — all focused on sustainability — are upending long-established industries. The new companies formed to capitalize on this shift are becoming major corporations; the old players they’re challenging are having to try to adapt. This session will dive deeper into the sustainability-driven shakeup in global industry that was the subject of the morning’s Green Grows Up panel.
Eric Luo, Chairman and CEO, GCL System Integration Technology Co.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO, Statkraft AS
Echo Shao, Chairman and CEO, Wanbang New Energy Investment Group
Tom Werner, Chairman and CEO, SunPower
Marjorie Yang, Chairman, Esquel Group
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University

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?
Chris Cui, Director, Asia Program, Closed Loop Partners
Rob Kaplan, Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital
Zhang Yue, Chairman and President, Broad Group
Moderator: Clifton Leaf, Editor-in-Chief, FORTUNE

SMART WHEELS: 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.
Meizhen Gao, Chief Engineer, Transport Planning and Research Institute, Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China
Jiang Kejun, Research Professor, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission
Claudia Liu, Vice President and Regional Compliance Officer, Daimler Greater China
Zhang Congming, General Manager and Vice Chairman, Yunnan Communications Investment & Construction Group Co.
Andy Zheng, Founder, Aspiring Citizens Cleantech; Adjunct Fellow, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities
Interviewer: Katherine Dunn, Associate Editor, FORTUNE

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?
Justin Gong, Co-Founder, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, XAG
Huang Yunbo, Director General, Yunnan Provincial Poverty Alleviation Office
Jack Hurd, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, The Nature Conservancy
Tang Ning, Founder and CEO, CreditEase
Mei Zhang, Founder, WildChina
Interviewer: Derek Zhang, Executive Editor, FORTUNE China

14:50
NETWORKING BREAK
15:15
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSIONS

15:15
BIODIVERSITY AND GREEN DEVELOPMENT
Over the past five decades, the world’s population has doubled and the size of the global economy has tripled. But in that same interval, earth lost 100 million hectares of tropical forests, and 90% of its wetlands, according to a United Nations global assessment. Nearly a tenth of the planet’s plants and animals face great danger. Next year, Kunming will host the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Can the international community agree on a plan for preserving global biodiversity? And what should that plan include?
Huang Runqiu, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, The People’s Republic of China
Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity; Assistant Secretary General, United Nations
Moderator: Claire Zillman, Editor, FORTUNE

15:40
PRESENTATION: 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, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency

15:50
PRESENTATION: 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 midcentury to avoid particularly dangerous effects on climate change, emissions are still rising. What’s going on? What’s to be done?
Hal Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Innovation

16:00
JOINT Q&A: ENERGY AND CLIMATE
Hal Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Innovation
Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Moderator: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

16:10
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?
Cai Jinqing, President – Greater China, Kering
Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike
Dee Poon, Managing Director, Brands and Distribution, Esquel Group
Moderator: Beth Kowitt, FORTUNE

16:35
GREEN FINANCE: ACCOUNTING FOR CLIMATE RISK
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 U.S. 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 greener investment mechanisms, including “green bonds.” Nowhere is the shift more potentially sweeping than in China.
Yang Fuqiang, Senior Adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council
Yin Hong, Deputy Head of Urban Finance Research Institute, ICBC
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University

A CONVERSATION WITH CHINA’S WITH CHIEF PLANNER OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Zhuang Shaoqin, Chief Planner, Ministry of Natural Resources, The People’s Republic of China
Interviewer: Alan Murray, FORTUNE

TOWNHALL: BUILDING A GLOBAL 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 path that would be good for individual countries and also good for the planet? These renowned globalists share their insights and experiences
Asit Biswas, Chief Executive, Third World Center for Water Management
Cai Jinyong, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners, Former CEO, International Finance Corporation
Hal Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Innovation
Cristiana Paşca-Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity and U.N. Assistant Secretary General
Nobuo Tanaka, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Moderator: Alan Murray, FORTUNE

18:00
RECEPTION AND DINNER

Hosted by FORTUNE and Hilton

21:00
ADJOURN

Friday, 6 September, 2019

8:30
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Choose 1 of 3

CHAIN REACTION
Many companies’ environmental impact has more to do with their suppliers than with their own corporate policies. How can companies define realistic sustainability goals and make measurable impact with cooperation from suppliers?
Audrey Cheung, Vice President, China Supply Chain Management, McDonald’s
Michael Guo, Chief Executive Officer, BESKE
Pamela Mar, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Futures; Director, Sustainability, Fung Group
Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, Asia Pacific, The Conference Board
Ronnie Tham, Director, Global Sourcing, Walmart
Moderator: Erika Fry, Editor, FORTUNE

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Tourism creates service jobs, opens eyes, and brings millions into contact with some form of nature and culture. It also consumes water and energy, emits carbon, and can reduce biodiversity. How to square these two sides of a burgeoning global industry? The future of sustainability in tourism, in China and beyond.
Feng Xincheng, Chairman, Dali Qiansu Cultural Tourism Development Co.
Long Yongcheng, Honorary Chairman, China Primatology Society
Qian Jin, President, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton
Zhang Dehua, Mayor, Yuxi City
Mei Zhang, Founder, WildChina
Moderator: Derek Zhang, FORTUNE China

THE BELT, THE ROAD, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Hosted by Refinitiv
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?
Jin-Yong Cai, Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners; Former CEO, International Finance Corporation
Nicole Chen, Managing Director, China, Refinitiv
Zhang Jianyu, Vice President and Chief China Representative, Environmental Defense Fund
Zhou Jinfeng, Secretary-General, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF)
Moderator: Eamon Barrett, Senior Writer, FORTUNE

9:30
NETWORKING BREAK
10:00
MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

10:00
DATA FOR DECARBONIZATION
Slashing carbon emissions isn’t all about inventing new technologies. It’s also about deploying existing technologies with radical new efficiency—with the help of big data. A look at how businesses and entrepreneurs are mustering data to try to revolutionize the world’s biggest transportation market—and to profit in the process.
Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer, Schneider Electric
Zhang Yue, Chairman and President, Broad Group
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University

10:30
BIG SUN
Renewable energy-solar in particular-is plummeting in cost and surging in popularity. It’s no longer an environmental niche; now it’s competing against fossil fuels, attracting multinational investment, and making major players out of the previously small companies that helped it grow. How will the solar shift, in China and beyond, play out?
Eric Luo, Chairman and CEO, GCL System Integration Technology Co.
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO, Statkraft
Tom Werner, Chairman and CEO, SunPower
Zhong Baoshen, Co-founder and Chairman, LONGi Group
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University

11:10
PRESENTATION: YUNNAN IN MY EYES
Mei Zhang, Founder, WildChina

11:20
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
Interviewer: Clay Chandler, FORTUNE

11.50
EXPERT DIALOGUE: MCDONOUGH AND ROOSEGAARDE
Bill McDonough, Chief Executive, McDonough Innovation
Daan Roosegaarde, Founder, Studio Roosegaarde
Moderator: Clay Chandler, Fortune

12:00
ADJOURN