Ethical Business Strategies Boardroom Discussion

(Lord Mayor's Conference Room)

Hello, everyone, welcome to our discussion on Ethical Business Strategies. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land.

And it's a great pleasure to welcome His Excellency Jeff Bleich, Ambassador of the United States who'll give us an international perspective gained from his experience as chair of the American Bar Association subcommittee on Corporate Social Responsibility.

A warm welcome also to our keynote speaker, Michael Hiscox, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University. Michael will present us with his ground-breaking research on ethical business strategies and has travelled from Harvard to help us progress this very important discussion with business, government and NGOs.

Finally, I also welcome our facilitator, Sam Mostyn, Company Director and Sustainability Advisor. I would also like to thank Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of the St James Ethics Centre who helped us plan these discussions and to Geoff Garrett, CEO of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, our co-sponsors for this event.

Today's discussion will build on our Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy. We are all committed to taking action and leading the way in areas of of environment and social sustainability and at this forum we will discuss how government the private sector and NGOs could collaborate, act and advocate on these important issues.

There is a lot of ground to cover and we are all keen to hear from our guest speakers, so once again, thank you for being here, welcome to this discussion, and I would like to introduce the Ambassador of the United States Jeff Bleich.