Business #2030 Conference: Leading the way to a sustainable future for Albanian companies
30 May 2023
Tirana, Albania - The United Nations and the Embassy of Sweden in Albania are organizing the Business #2030 Conference. This event will introduce traditional and innovative sustainability practices to Albanian companies in a dynamic setting, forging the path towards a resilient and sustainable future.
As Albanian companies face a myriad of challenges in the coming years, including sustainability, digitalization, higher safety and quality standards, and European Union integration, the Business #2030 Conference will provide them with the necessary tools and insights to confront these issues head-on.
“Everyone must be engaged to create a sustainable future! With less than a decade remaining until the global Sustainable Development Goals are to be fulfilled, the work of businesses to become more sustainable is more important than ever. Albania and Albanian businesses are part of Europe and European value chains, and we want to strengthen their sustainable development. During the conference you will hear about and be inspired by Swedish sustainable businesses and their sustainable production, from small scale to large scale companies. We want to support Albanian companies in the EU accession process by reaching EU standards and contribute to a smooth and fair transition towards a climate-neutral economy which improves the quality of life, create better conditions for democratic and inclusive development and which leaves no one behind.” - said Elsa Håstad, Swedish Ambassador in Albania.
Speaking about the context in which the conference is held, the UN Resident Coordinator in Albania, Fiona McCluney said:
“The world now realizes that carbon emissions are not slowing, we may not be able to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degree centigrade. As temperature rises go beyond, we will see crop yields suffer, widespread species loss and an estimated 40 percent of the global population will be exposed to extreme temperatures. We will also reach tipping points, break up of Greenland ice sheet, change in convection currents in north Atlantic, leading to more extreme weather and big temperature changes. The stakes grow and constituencies for change widen. Not only from global agreements – such as Paris – or regulations but also from investors, investments funds who want to help build ‘green businesses’ in the private sector itself and from civil society and especially young people, those who will be most affected. Business #2030 Conference has been designed, through joint UN work, (including UNDP, UNIDO, ILO and FAO) and with a special link to Swedish advocacy, business and technology, to listen to and network with experts in business sustainability, to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and to start to lay a foundation for a resilient future for all.”
The conference will showcase an array of speakers, renowned for their expertise and contributions in their respective fields, including representatives from well-known Swedish companies and business leaders. Notably, the conference will host the famous sustainable fashion designer, Louise Xin, who will share her expertise and insights on sustainable practices within the fashion industry.
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from these industry experts and engage in thought-provoking discussions. The conference will focus on a variety of crucial topics that set the foundation for a more resilient future for Albanian businesses. Themes to be discussed include:
- Balancing profitability and responsibility towards a sustainable future
This session will explore the critical interplay between sustainable practices, balancing business costs and benefits, and setting the foundation for a more resilient future for Albanian businesses. Key topics include business sustainability, cost analysis, resilience, EU standards, and sustainability in key sectors such as the textile/footwear and agro-processing industries.
- Driving Sustainable Business Practices in Albania the role of CSR, ESG and SDGs
This session will highlight the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR), environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in guiding businesses towards sustainable practices. Key topics include CSR as a driver of profitability, social development goals, competitive advantage, business climate, responsible investments, and corporate values.
- Circular Economy: A model of sustainable and competitive business?
This panel session will explore the opportunities and challenges of implementing sustainable practices in the Albanian business world, with a focus on the circular economy. Key topics include sustainable business practices, efficient use of resources, ethics, and avoiding greenwashing.
- Changemakers for a Better World: The launch of SDG Pioneers in Albania
This session will mark the official launch of the SDG Pioneers Award in Albania. The award recognizes individuals and companies making significant contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Innovation – Sustainable business in the age of digital revolution
This session will explore how innovation and the digital revolution will impact and shape business sustainability in Albania in the next few years. Participants will have the chance to hear from local and international companies, civil society, and young Albanian entrepreneurs who have achieved success in sustainable and innovative products.
In addition to these insightful sessions, the conference will provide collaborative opportunities and insights from Swedish businesses that are leaders in sustainability practices. Participants will engage in dynamic and candid conversations about conducting business in a sustainable way in Albania.