Sustainability Forum

Sustainability Forum

Building a Foundation for Sustainable Operations

For future success, you must ensure that you are running a sustainable business – for people, planet and profit. Sustainability is not simply a check box in the annual report. It is something that affects your business – and creates opportunities. Many AmCham companies are at forefront of their respective industries and have been on the journey for some time, while others are trying to find their way to a sustainable future.

AmCham therefore inaugurated the cross-industry Sustainability Forum to facilitate member companies’ integration of sustainable practices into their day-to-day operations. Through collaborative, roundtable sessions, participants share best practices, discuss common challenges, sound out new initiatives – and determine how they can play a role in the Norwegian sustainability agenda going forward.

The systematic, long-term management and coordination of environmental, social, and economic principles to ensure responsible, ethical, and lasting business success.

Corporate Sustainability

as defined by AmCham Norway’s sustainability working group

Sustainability Forum Series by the Numbers

4

quarterly forums

20

participants per forum

1-2

presenters per forum

Cross-Industry Perspective - Industry Leading Expertise

Since the inauguration of the forum in mid-2018, member companies have deliberated upon how to better implement sustainable business practices across their diverse industries. These dialogues have centered upon:

  • Educating clients, partners and public officials.
  • The importance of communicating openly on corporate sustainability challenges.
  • The implementation of new technologies.
  • Assessing how sustainable business practices can contribute to financial performance.

Strengthening Public-Private Collaboration

Where it concerns sustainability, public-private collaboration is a dynamic, evolving, and complex issue. AmCham’s Sustainability Forums are designed to facilitate dialogue between member company leaders and government officials, sparking avenues for cooperation amongst companies within different industries experiencing similar problems. Public-private collaboration issues addressed have included:

  • Implementing country-wide sustainability initiatives across Norway’s patchwork regulatory framework of over 400 municipalities.
  • Innovation, technology, and regulation – addressing the technology-regulatory gap.
  • Developing a pro-sustainability agenda.
  • Predictable sustainability frameworks.

Format

AmCham’s Sustainability Forums are hosted on a quarterly, rotating basis by AmCham’s member companies, featuring twenty participants and a program that runs approximately two hours.

The host of each forum typically gives a presentation on an agreed forum related topic during the first 15 minutes of the forum. From that point, participants engage in a moderated roundtable discussion for the remainder of the session.

Previous Forums

On February 26th, AmCham member representatives convened at McDonald’s downtown Oslo training center for this year’s first AmCham Sustainability Forum.

Combining a wide range of industries and backgrounds, forum participants engaged in a rapidly evolving discussion around the challenges and opportunities of sustainable operations in Norway, focusing particularly on regulatory complexities, innovation, and communications strategies. Read more HERE.

“The carrot works better than the stick when motivating companies to develop a pro-sustainability agenda,” guest speaker Jens Frølich Holte from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told participants during AmCham’s recent Sustainability Forum.

Highlighting the importance of collaboration with the private sector, State Secretary Frølich Holte shared insights into the Norwegian Government’s efforts toward reaching the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with senior representatives from AmCham members Coca-Cola, DNV GL, InterimLeder, Fast Solutions, Gelato, McDonald’s, Umoe Restaurants, Radisson and Roche. Read more HERE.

Joined by senior representatives of Coca-Cola, Fast Solutions, Gelato, McDonald’s, Philip Morris, Radisson Hotel Group and Roche, Gambit Hill+Knowlton presented key findings from their 2018 Business Sustainability Study of 26 of Norway’s largest companies as AmCham hosted the first meeting of our new cross-sectoral Sustainability Forum.

The focus of the initial meeting was for invited participants to openly discuss opportunities and challenges, share best practices and determine how AmCham companies can best play a role in the Norwegian sustainability agenda going forward. Read more HERE.

"Sustainability is all about culture, which needs to be successfully embedded into the company. The term is not merely about environmental issues, but rather it encompasses a broader perspective of doing business, as represented by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals."

Bjørn Haugland – November 2018 Sustainability forum

Contact us

For interest in participating

  • +47 22 41 50 1
  • amcham@amcham.no