Global Opportunities Conference

Featuring Speakers from Sustainable Amazon Foundation

The 9th annual Global Opportunities Conference: Balancing People, Planet, & Profit was held on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Plemmons Student Union on the campus of Appalachian State University.  This year’s conference highlighted the importance of sustainable practices in the Brazilian Amazon while raising the broader question of how business can balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit in environments throughout the globe.

"Its mission is to promote sustainability, environmental conservation and quality of life for the communities..."

People, Planet, Profit = Sustainability

During the morning session, speakers Victor Salviati and Gabriel Ribenboim of the Sustainable Amazon Foundation(FAS) shared innovative entrepreneurial solutions that balance the needs of people and planet in this region of ecological importance. The Sustainable Amazon Foundation is a Brazilian NGO headquartered in Manaus, Brazil and funded by Bradesco Bank, Coca Cola, and Samsung, among other partners. Its mission is to promote sustainability, environmental conservation and quality of life for the communities within the Brazilian Amazon. Student participants in the 2016 Walker College of Business faculty-led program Business and Society in the Brazilian Amazon will share stories of sustainable thinking from their experiences abroad during the morning session also.

 During the luncheon panel People, Planet, Profit: Can business find the balance?, Salviati and Ribemboin were joined by Michael Chenard, Former Corporate Sustainability Director for Lowes Companies, Gretchen Digby, Director of Global Sustainability Programs in Ingersoll Rand's Center for Energy Effieciency and Sustainability, Rajat Panwar, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business Management and John Whitehead, Economics Department Chair to discuss how business can balance the triple bottom line.  

 This event is hosted by the Walker College of Business with additional support from Appalachian’s Office of the QEP and James E. Holshouser Ethics.