Executive Breakfast | Session 1: Purpose and Sustainability Transformation

When? 21 September 2023
What time? 8:00 CET
Where? Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI) Av. Louise 500, 1050 Brussels

About the Breakfast Series

The multiple crises we are confronted with today call for transformations towards more sustainable societies. Businesses, as major actors of, and in, society have a crucial role to play. In this context, the question of purpose becomes central. In a rapidly changing world, some companies have already started their sustainability journeys, others are considering strategic moves. Sybille van den Hove, together with a series of guest speakers, will explore why and how to place purpose and sustainability at the heart of business vision, mission and strategies.

Session 1: Purpose and Sustainability Transformation

General Outline

  • The sustainability Journey of a listed high tech company: IBA
  • “The best for the world” : how the B Corp framework helps companies transform towards sustainability
  • Sustainability and purpose: the role of the Board of Directors

Ion Beam Applications (IBA) is a listed Belgian company and a certified B Corporation. It is a world leader in particle accelerator technology. IBA designs, produces and markets innovative solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses, and for industrial applications such as the sterilization of medical devices. Since 2013 it has embarked on a sustainability journey, building on a multi-stakeholder approach.

Pierre will illustrate how this journey involves all actors in, and around, the company: employees, management, Board, clients, communities, suppliers, shareholders, financial institutions, public authorities,… He will discuss the specific role of the Board of Directors when it comes to placing focus at the heart.

About the Speakers

Host: Sybille van den Hove

Sybille van den Hove has been exploring sustainability issues for almost 3 decades, in science, at the science-policy interface, and with businesses. She builds bridges with the hope of fostering transformations. She is also an independent Director at IBA and co-founder of the 2030 CEO Alliance for Sustainability. 

Guest Speaker: Pierre Mottet, IBA, Chairman of the Board

Pierre Mottet is Chairman of the Board of IBA and President of Union Wallonne des Entreprises. He has been with IBA since the early days of the company and was instrumental in placing purpose at the heart of IBA’s way of doing business. He is the founder of the Se’nSe fund (Seed Equity & Sustainable Entrepreneurship)  and a co-founder of the 2030 CEO alliance for Sustainability.

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The Upcoming Breakfasts

During the 5 breakfast sessions that will take place between September 2023 and January 2024, interactions with speakers and between participants will help you embark on your sustainability journey or reinforce your existing plans. We aim to share with you intellectually rigorous and practically inspiring knowledge, ideas and tools.

The format will be highly interactive and the last breakfast will be a workshop dedicated to work on your business transformation ideas and plan.

Webinar: Purpose at the Heart – A rationale for business transformation Setting the Scene Sybille van den Hove15 June 2023
Session 1: Purpose and Sustainability Transformation Pierre Mottet, Chairman of the Board – Company: IBA 21 September 2023
Session 2: Sustainability at the heart Philippe Lovens, Co-founder and CEO – Company: Urbike 12 October 2023
Session 3: A rationale for business transformation  Sybille van den Hove – Company: Alliance for Sustainability 9 November 2023
Session 4: Views from the Future: bringing in the voice of the Youth Members of Corporate Re-generation 7 December 2023
Session 5: Let’s get started Workshop Interactive workshop and sharing of experience between participants 18 January 2024
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