Lunch with Steve Burt, CEO of EQ-squared
As the world's economy struggles to avoid a double dip recession amidst fears of a depression, do sustainable practices and management methods have any relevance? Steve Burt, CEO of EQ-squared (www.eq2.us.com), a sustainability economics business, will inform and initiate this invitation-only discussion, bringing a perspective from his recent work in Europe and the USA. Some questions we will consider are:
1) What is sustainability and where does it fit into business?
2) Can sustainable actions deliver short term profits or will they just increase costs when business needs to be lean?
3) How are businesses using sustainability to improve their operations and end product offerings?
4) Could it be that the biggest challenge facing businesses today is to produce products and services in a manner that reduces emissions and environmental impacts while improving returns against capital employed?
Steve is an experienced executive working with organizations such as Dun & Bradstreet and British Petroleum and on change management projects with leading consultancies.
He has proven leadership, business development and board level skills, with experience in both private and public organizations working with politicians and NGOs. He has managed complex global contracts and advised on health, safety, environmental cost and risk management in a number of industries. He launched retail stores in over 200 health club locations in the UK, USA and Europe and co-authored the operating standards for those establishments, becoming the first person to implement ISO 9001 in the industry.
More recently he has been retained by technology, manufacturing, oil, mining, brewing and property organizations advising on sustainability economic strategies and planning. He designed and led one of the first global environmental measuring, reporting and costing projects for the largest independent global airline provisions company. This involved some 250 airline customers at over a 110 locations and was the key sustainability and CSR advisor for a £1.8B contract submission.
Steve is a specialist in data, risk and cost management systems, sustainability economics and abatement strategies. He co-developed Granular Resource Economics and one of the first businesses approaches to addressing the Economics of Sustainability.
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