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The Rise of the Circular Economy

  • University of Sydney Business School Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (map)

Come and explore with us how circular economy initiatives are on the rise in Sydney and how they can serve as a model for other communities around the globe. 

As the global middle class population explodes, traditional economic models that begin with extraction and end with disposal are becoming increasingly associated with social and environmental risks. 

Many sustainability experts advocate for a "circular" economy, which is more adept at delivering goods and services to a larger population while avoiding scarcity and waste. To support the rise of the circular economy requires the boom of responsible investment. The more we invest in where positive change is active, the more that industry can thrive. 

Join us as we hear the truth from experts in the field:

- Pablo Berrutti (Head of Responsible Investment, Asia Pacific at Colonial First State Global Asset Management)

- Nicolette Boele (Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia) and

- James McWhinney (State Manager NSW\ACT at Interface Flor)

Learn about this paradigm shift in developing new ways to create value. 

You will explore the importance of systems thinking and innovation in transitioning to a circular economy as well as the intersection of Environmental and Social Governance.

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a stimulating and insightful panel event and you are warmly invited to continue the conversation and networking after the presentation. Bring your curious mind for the open floor discussion. 

Cost: This event is free of charge due to the generosity of the speakers and the University of Sydney Business School.

About the speakers: 

Pablo Berrutti is the Head of Responsible Investment Asia Pacific for Colonial First State Global Asset Management (‘CFSGAM’). Pablo is also the current chairman of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia, a member of the management committee for the Investor Group on Climate Change and chair of its disclosure working group, and a member of the Financial Services Council ESG Working Group. He is passionate about working with others to drive a real shift towards a sustainable, ethical and resilient financial system.

Nicolette Boele is the Executive Manager Policy, Research and Certification for Responsible Investment Association Australasia. She has worked at the Australian Conservation Foundation and Investor Group on Climate Change and has held executive roles at The Climate Institute, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Banarra and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority. Nicolette is the lead judge for NSW’s GREEN GLOBE Awards and Banksia Foundation’s Award for Circular Economy.  She is also an interim Board member on Brand Ethics, promoting ethical shopping choices through disclosures on product labels. 

James McWhinney is the State Manager NSW/ACT for Interface Flor. Interface are a global leader and manufacturer of commercial modular carpet tiles using materials and processes that take less from the environment. From repurposing fishing nets in Vietnam, to innovating industrial waste in their smart factory right here in Minto, Sydney; Interface are leading the industry on what it means to be zero waste, incorporating biophilic design and a full embodiment of the circular economy design for over 20 years. 

Thanks and appreciation to our key sponsors:

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