LUMS students attend Paris during climate talks

18th January 2016

Lancaster University students have visited Paris to take part in a high-level environmental business event held to coincide with global climate negotiations.

A team of eight students were taken to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) by Professor Gail Whiteman, the Director of the Pentland Centre and part-time Professor in Residence for the WBCSD after winning a competition.
The WBCSD is a CEO-led organisation aimed at galvanising the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

The students listened to keynote speeches from former US Vice President Al Gore and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and rubbed shoulders with around 100 CEOs from leading global companies such as Unilever, BT, Siemens, Toyota and Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Victoria Wood, who studies Law at Lancaster University, said: “The calibre of people we have been surrounded with is just amazing. Though for me it isn’t about who they are and that they may be an important CEO. For me it is all about what they do, what they use their position for and what they are implementing in their company to move towards a low-carbon future.”

Xiaoyu Chen, who is studying Organisation and Management HRM at Lancaster, said: “This experience means I can connect my knowledge with practice, listening to different international ideas and cultures and collect first-hand information from CEOs of big companies.”

“Being able to hear industry leaders discuss real action and engage in sustainable practices, and the most effective way to implement them, has been an immensely valuable experience. I believe I speak all of our minds when saying that we feel as inspired as ever to make a change in the business world,” said Celia Iordache, who is studying European Management.

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