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May 07, 2019

Philips Global Head of Sustainability Robert Metzke speaks at European Business Summit 

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The Challenge of Sustainable Business Transformation

Europe is facing multiple challenges – fierce global competition, shifting internal demographics, increased societal demands, and the urgent need to act on climate change by moving to more sustainable energy and supply chain solutions. So how do you combine sustainability with competitiveness and economic growth?


Speaking at the European Business Summit on May 7 in Brussels, Robert Metzke, Global Head of Sustainability at Philips, will demonstrate that sustainability is first and foremost an opportunity for growth rather than an impediment, and is therefore a critical element in any business transformation, not just the energy transition.


In the face of increased public pressure to act on climate change, it is inevitable that governments will instigate procurement policies, strategies and practices that drive the shift towards more inclusive, green economies. It is industries that transform and respond innovatively to those demands that will both fuel Europe’s future growth and deliver societal benefit to its citizens.


Robert will be speaking in the ‘Challenge of Sustainable Business Transformation’ session, which takes place between 16.00 – 17.15 hours on May 7 at the Egmont Palace in central Brussels.


The European Business Summit organization creates and supports networking and debating events in Brussels. Its principal goal is to bring business and politics together and stimulate thinking on the most challenging European issues.


Name event: European Business Summit (EBS) 2019

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Date: May 7, 2019


Social Hashtag: #EBS2019


Speaker: Robert Metzke 

Chief of Global Head of Sustainability at l Philips


As Global Head of Sustainability at Philips, Robert leads the company’s ‘Healthy people, sustainable planet’ program, which runs from 2016 to 2020. The program reflects Philips’ commitment to the universally agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG #3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. It also reflects the company’s commitment to sustainable consumption and production patterns. 

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