Looking forward to see you #WBCSD 2017 Liaison Delegate Meeting in Montreux

With more than 7 billion people spread over 195 nations we all share one thing – our beautiful planet earth!

To save our and future generations’ habitat from climate change there is not much time left to make a positive impact before it is too late.
Educating people, companies and governments can make a huge difference. It is time to start talking, spreading ideas and innovating – the World Business Council of Sustainable Development offers firms a great possibility to do so.

My name is Annika Klesen and I am thrilled to have been chosen to represent the Lancaster University Management School (#LUMS) at the Annual Liaison Delegate Meeting of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (#WBCSD) in Montreux, Switzerland.

As a BBA International Business Management Double Degree student, studying in the UK and Germany I am extremely interested in economics, politics and cultural differences regarding any topic. Being the Social Secretary of the Model United Nations Society (where the work of the UN is simulated at student conferences), I like to interact and debate with people from all cultural backgrounds. Besides that, I love to explore new places or go to the gym with friends.

Growing up in a country (Germany) where every household has about 100 different dustbins for paper, plastic, organic waste and so on I was confronted with a sustainable lifestyle from early childhood. Nevertheless, I have always separated profit from sustainability; it seemed natural for me that companies can only make profit by not respecting that one thing – our planet earth. Being an ambitious, creative and critical-thinking student I did not believe that it is possible for companies to combine both: respecting our planet and creating profit. Coming to Lancaster University nearly two years ago, and choosing the module: ‘OWT.230 Management and the Natural Environment: Ethics and Sustainability’, I have learnt that it is possible for companies to make billions of pounds by including sustainability. Isn’t that great? Saving our planet, in order for future generations to enjoy its’ beauty and making money simultaneously?

I would love to be part of this development and I am looking forward to hear how industry leaders pave the way of sustainable business development at the WBCSD Liaison Delegate Meeting 2017 in Montreux, Switzerland.

As Henry David Thoreau once said: 

 ‘As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.’



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