The 10th day of Nova SBE Sustainability Journey - a collection of educational programmes, events and conferences, cultural activities dedicated to sustainability - gathered more than 150 participants, this Wednesday, at the Carcavelos campus. The event featured more than 10 moments, all with a simple message: we must act today to ensure a more sustainable tomorrow.

We leave you with some highliths from today's sessions:

 

The role of sustainability at Nova SBE: "No one is left behind

The kick-off of a day full of conferences and debates on sustainability was given by Lu├şs Veiga Martins, Associate Dean for Community Engagement & Sustainable Impact at Nova SBE. The head of the Sustainability area explained how the school is implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations in all Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) programs, from undergraduate to executive programs.

"Right now, [the SDGs] are part of our daily lives and the daily lives of companies. We, as a university, also have our role to play", explained Lu├şs Veiga Martins, while presenting the Role to Play platform, built with the aim of creating a community dedicated to the development of talent and knowledge that can impact the world.

This mission of creating a positive impact also extends to the research done by knowledges centres of Nova SBE, which in turn can have a direct impact on public policies, helping to create a fairer and more sustainable society.

 

"We are working for our children and our grandchildren"

One of the best ways to find inspiration is to learn from the experiences of others. For this reason, it is not surprising that the session Just prove it: Real cases in Sustainable Development Businesses, promoted by Nova SBE Innovation Ecosystem, had no sits left to fill. In this session, nine company representatives told how their organisations have found innovative ways to contribute to a more sustainable future, in sectors as diverse as health, education, environment or agriculture.

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"Beware of miracle solutions," advised Fernando Teixeira, CEO of Fapil, an SME dedicated to producing cleaning and storage materials made from used fishing nets, which would end up in the ocean or soils, warning that some materials like plastic, which has gained a bad reputation over the years, can actually be a sustainable option. "We are giving these materials a second life. We are working for our children and our grandchildren."

In the same perspective of environmental sustainability, Beatriz Guimar├úes, Sustainability Leader at Nestl├ę recalled: "we all have a role to play. If we change something small, it can have a big impact". The food company admitted that 72% of its environmental impact is related to ingredients and that it has modified its offer to embrace more sustainable choices, such as the creation of net zero farms or brands like Gourmet Garden, which offers vegan alternatives.

But, since sustainability goes far beyond the environment, there were also presented other cases that demonstrate how innovation can leverage emotional and physical well-being, such as the projects launched by Nevaro or Stop Colon Cancer organisations.

"For us sustainability is a question of survival," began Andr├ę Soares Campos, Head of Strategy & Acceleration at Sogrape, who, of the many sustainable development projects the company is working on, focused on an initiative to support the re-skilling of workers by creating a programme with IEFP, since, with the advance of technology, "in the next ten years, a large part of the population will not have the necessary skills to do their jobs."

 

"How will people in the future relate to work?"

This was the theme of the masterclass given by Nova SBE Professor Milton de Sousa, who focused on the sustainability of companies and work models - challenges that are especially relevant for Human Resources departments.

"Technology is providing opportunities for us to make choices. Power is transitioning to people," explained the Leadership expert, stressing that the constant state of emergency has made the idea of purpose increasingly relevant to workers, as well as the flexibility to maintain work-life balance.

"Workplaces need to be rethought" if companies are to be able to retain and attract talent and the hybrid model may even be the solution to tackling the crisis that "great resignation" is bringing to the corporate world.

 

"We need to move from a linear model to a circular model"

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The panel consisting of Rui Coutinho, from Nova SBE Innovation Ecosystem, Ant├│nio Nogueira Leite, Professor at Nova SBE and Chairman of the Board of Sociedade Ponto Verde, and Pedro Lagos, from SONAE, filled the Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute, to talk about circular economy.

To ensure the success of this transition it is necessary to have "a strong leadership and purpose", as guaranteed by Pedro Lagos, but also that the consumer realizes the importance of acquiring products that follow this life cycle, as emphasized the Professor of Nova SBE.

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Nova SBE Sustainability Journey
Published in 
29/6/2022
 in the area of 
Sustainable Business

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