Event: Can Scotland’s business leaders and investors rewire our economy?

12th October 2017

Rewiring the economy

Can Scotland's business leaders and investors rewire the economy?

Date: Monday 27 November

Time: 13:00 - 13:30

Venue: World Forum on Natural Capital, Carrick Suite, Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Register: Contact ldundon@naturalcapitalforum.com / 0131 285 4952

Join the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital at the World Forum on Natural Capital on Monday 27 November to give your views and help shape a round-table discussion on how Scotland can pioneer business-led implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This 30-minute lunchtime carousel introduced by Scottish Forum Steering Group member Andrew Cave Head of Corporate Governance at Baillie Gifford and Fran van Dijk SEPA Board Member and Partner at One Stone Advisors.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Scotland means big opportunities for new and existing businesses. However, despite growing interest in the SDGs there is a gap between those who want to invest in sustainable businesses (both private investment managers and government-backed funds) and businesses bringing forward commercially attractive projects.

Rewiring the economy  to enable business in Scotland to prosper within the resources of one planet, rather than relying on the resources of three, requires joined up action by business, government and finance.  How can we achieve this in Scotland?  

This short session, organised with input from Scottish Forum members including SEPA, IoD Scotland, ICAS and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, will bring public and private sector, investors, innovative business leaders and regulators together to ask you what is needed to successfully rewire the Scottish economy. We will capture your views on the action that is needed, for example to:  

  • Improve access to finance by small and medium size businesses
  • Support innovation to improve resource efficiency
  • Incorporate natural capital evaluation as part of credit risk scoring by banks
  • Increase private investment in land management that restores and enhances the natural assets that businesses rely on for their success
  • Reward sustainable businesses through taxation and other fiscal policy

The session is open to Scottish delegates attending the World Forum on Natural Capital. The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital will then shape a future round-table discussion based on your views to move this agenda forward in Scotland.

About the World Forum on Natural Capital

The third World Forum on Natural Capital will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 27-28 November 2017. Bringing together business leaders, government representatives and environmental experts from around the globe, the event will once again be at the forefront of developments in this rapidly evolving field.

The World Forum is a paid-for event but Scottish Forum on Natural Capital members can benefit from a 30% discount by contacting Laura Dundon at ldundon@naturalcapitalforum.com / 0131 285 4952. Please contact Laura to reserve your place at this session.