Japan and Germany aim to become GHG-neutral by 2045 and 2050 respectively. Both are committed to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including efforts for efficient use of resources and sustainable production methods.
Especially for energy-intensive industries (steel, cement, chemicals), complete decarbonization is a major challenge. On the one hand, large quantities of “green” electricity are needed, while on the other hand, material cycles must be closed. While “old” businesses vanish, new markets are to be developed. In this transformation process, industries need ambitious strategies, but also political roadmaps and a reliable as well as transparent framework.
An increasing number of investors base their decisions on aspects of sustainability and efforts towards decarbonization. Benchmarks and guidelines for ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) reports by companies already exist. However, ecological, and social values and contributions are not reflected in the actual figures (accounting and balance sheet) of the companies, thus making it rather difficult to assess the company’s contribution for a carbon free future.
We are honored to welcome four outstanding experts on this topic to jointly discuss transforming industries for our sustainable future: Ms. Saori Dubourg, Mr. Yoshihiro Ikegawa, Mr. Christian Heller, and Mr. Gerhard Wiesheu.
In Partnership With
Words of Greetings and Introductions
Keynote "ESG Performances and Green Investments"
- Gerhard Wiesheu, Chairman, DJW
Podium "People – Planet – Profit: Transforming Industry towards a Sustainable Future"
- Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, BASF SE / Member of the German Council for Sustainable Development
- Yoshihiro Ikegawa, Executive Vice President, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation
- Christian Heller, CEO, Value Balancing Alliance
Saori Dubourg, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE
Ms. Dubourg is responsible for BASF’s global businesses in Monomers, Performance Materials, Petrochemicals, and Intermediates. Furthermore, she oversees the region Europe, the startup trinamiX, and the BASF Corporate Sustainability Board. Saori Dubourg is also member of the German Council for Sustainable Development, which advises the Federal Government on the implementation of the sustainability strategy. Since July 2021, Saori has been a member of the steering committee of the G7 Impact Taskforce, which was founded under the elected G7 presidency in 2021.
Yoshihiro Ikegawa, Executive Vice President and Head of Petrochemical & Coal business of Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation
Yoshihiro Ikegawa began his carrier at Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and has more than 30-year experience in Petrochemicals industry, especially in Terephthalic Acid and Polyester business. In his early career, he was involved in creating new businesses and experienced the business in Indonesia and India. Later, he contributed to the development of Asian-wide businesses as Managing Director of Mitsubishi Chemical Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Mitsubishi Chemical Thailand Co., Ltd. From 2018 to 2021, his capacity was Managing Corporate Executive Officer, and Chief Sustainability Officer, additionally, he assumed Director of the Board of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation from 2019 to Now. Yoshihiro Ikegawa was born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 1983. He is also a PSAG member of The Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Christian Heller, CEO of Value Balancing Alliance
Christian Heller is Vice President at BASF and seconded as CEO to the Value Balancing Alliance e. V. Furthermore, he is a member of the Sustainable Finance Platform of the EU, a member of the International Advisory Group of the Shift’s Valuing Respect Project, member of the Natural Capital Coalitions Advisory Panel and member of the practitioner council of Harvard Business School’s Impact Weighted Accounts Initiative and supports the G7 Impact Task Force. Before his current position, Christian Heller was leading BASF’s Value-to-Society program and had various roles in communications, sustainability and human resources such as leading the human rights program. Christian Heller received his high school diploma from the Kolleg St. Blasien. After a civil year in Israel, working with handicapped people, he moved to Munich for studying philosophy, macroeconomics, psychology, and politics. Christian holds a master’s degree in philosophy.
Timeline (CET | JST)
10:00 Start Registration Onsite
10:30 | 18:30 Opening and Start of Livestream
10:35 | 18:35 Keynote
10:45 | 18:45 Panel Discussion
12:00 | 20:00 Closing and End of Livestream
12:00 Flying Buffet
13:30 Closing of Onsite Event
Frankfurt: Haus Metzler (Alt Bonames 6, 60437 Frankfurt am Main)
Livestream: via YouTube Channel of DJW