Awaken by environmental, energy, financial, and political challenges the global economy is transforming fast, from short-term thinking and a systemic reliance on non-renewable resources, to building an innovative, just, sustainable and prosperous future, manifested in sustainable assets, healthy communities and social equity.
Since 2008 The Liechtenstein Congress provides an international platform for practical research and informed practice in Sustainable Development and Responsible Investing, guided by effective policy and enlightened by a deep sense of responsibility. This year we will present and discuss a) the role of foundations in the larger frame of financial institutions and their responsible investment paths, b) economically viable urban and landscape systems and buildings designed for a small ecological footprint, and c) sustainability oriented business models and process systems.
Responsible investing for foundations, institutions & individuals - 2 May 2012
The Liechtenstein Congress offers a global forum for new insights and best practices. The role of foundations and their responsible investment policy, accountability and legal discretion in sustainable action are in the spotlight. Foundations control large volumes of financial assets, beyond the realm of corporate decision-making, public policy and civic accounting frameworks. Herein lie great opportunities in the making of choices for the common good, while securing investments for foundation sponsors, contributors, investors and foundation boards.
Today most foundations keep their mission and their investment strategy apart. But they increasingly face criticism that some investments create conflicts with their missions, for example when health organisations invest in tobacco companies or coal production. Yet a number of pioneering foundations have come to the understanding that investments in line with their mission are not only possible, but also profitable and a perfect tool to finance development activities supported by grants..
The congress explores encouraging examples and discusses barriers for a broader implementation of mission based investments. Overriding challenges are posed by a global shift in resource policies, taking account of a decline in energy risks, climate change and broad natural resource depletion. Rising gaps between the wealthy and a growing worldwide class of poor, malnutrition and infant mortality are but some of the many equity challenges addressed by an increasing number of responsible foundations.
Renewable City: architecture, property and infrastructure - 3 May 2012
The architecture of our cities and regions faces a great transformation, worldwide. In many cities and communities this change is already manifest, in the search for buildings and property investments fit for future generations. New projects thrive without coal or nuclear power, conserve water and resources, respond to local history, culture and social aspirations. Such qualities ensure the highest expectations for efficiency, profitability and investment security.
Tomorrow’s property and wider development investments literally come alive: they are resource minimising and bio-climatic, generate renewable energy locally and secure both income and value. Biodiversity and local food security are a priority in today’s search for sustainable settlement design and development. The aesthetics of our architectural and urban projects follows these principles – articulation the true meaning of a New Modern. The conference is dedicated to successful international initiatives in sustainable urban and regional design, from Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland to the United States.
Responsible business and information systems - 4 May 2012
Advanced businesses and business processes pursue sustainable development through intelligent entrepreneurship and the imaginative but practical application of information technology (IT). They have become cornerstones of business innovations world-wide. On 4 May 2012 thought leaders and successful entrepreneurs meet at the Liechtenstein Congress to present and discuss their findings, showcasing the best of responsible business innovation and green IT
«Business as usual» is at odds with rapidly changing conditions. The imaginative anticipation of tomorrow’s challenges is trump. Today’s innovative business changes go well beyond yesterday’s corporate social responsibility programs. Today, companies and institutions discover profitable business models and management processes founded on the new prosperity that lies in a global business move towards zero-waste, zero-emission development, renewable energy, environmental innovation and social inclusion.
Ecopreneurial principles and the pervasive application of green IT solutions support private and public organisational strategies in the global quest for competitiveness, while working to sustain the existential base of the planet - sustainability governance, policy and individual action can only be aided by entrepreneurial spirit and the smart deployment of advanced information technology.
Andreas Jaeger, MSc
Liechtenstein Congress 2012 Secretariat
Institute of Architecture and Planning
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