Business and Sustainability Program
Below is a description of past events sponsored by
CEF’s Business and Sustainability Program.
IE 2003 Profitable Sustainability Retreat
This 2003 landmark retreat was organized jointly by the
and the Collins Family Foundation (predecessor of CEF) to
provide a venue for bringing profitable sustainability
opportunities into better focus. This conference co-sponsor,
the Future 500, has sponsored several major conferences,
retreats, and summits on Industrial Ecology. The “IE” series
of conferences has brought together a diverse network of
hundreds of corporate executives, managers, technologists,
and environmental advocates.
The objective of this retreat was to present and discuss the
many facets of profitable sustainability. Retreat
participants were invited from the Future 500 membership and
other interested parties around the world representing
industry, small business, venture capital and non-profit
organizations, academia, and government. The retreat
emphasized industrial manufacturing and distribution—the
supply chain—and its relationship with human and
environmental sustainability. Case studies of
profitable-sustainability-at-work were presented and the key
ingredients of success were shared. Techniques, tools, and
supporting analytic methods for locating and optimizing
profitably sustainable win-win opportunities were discussed.
Developments in the integration of sustainability concepts
into new and existing MBA programs were presented.
IE 2004 — Profitable Sustainability: The Future of Business
The Sept. 2004 Seattle conference jointly organized by
and the Collins Family Foundation, offered a three-day
intensive learning and demonstration experience with over
140 speakers and over 350 attendees. It provided valuable
tools with which a company can work to become sustainable
relative to dollar profits, social impact, and impact on the
natural environment, all considered simultaneously.
The conference served as
· An expo of best practices and new technologies
· A think tank for innovative strategies and new
· A capacity-building conference giving attendees
access to new products, new cost and waste
reduction opportunities, brand enhancement strategies, new marketing
opportunities and value-
driven financing resources
· An exhibition of companies who are demonstrating
that Good Business is Smart Business.