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December 12th, 2012

Robert Visits HCT Madinat Zayed Colleges

It is no doubt that climate change poses one of the most serious threats to the global environment. Recently, in the UAE, Robert Swan had the opportunity to engage with students at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Madinat Zayed about such issues. While at HCT, Robert asked for students to get involved and join the annual expedition to Antarctica. The responsiveness and enthusiasm of the female student body was apparent.

During the lecture, Robert highlighted the importance of taking action, as the biggest threat is waiting for someone else: “We need to act now, before it is too late. The ice is melting fast and seventy percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in it. The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

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December 4th, 2012

Change in China

It’s evident that collaboration plays a key role in sustainability. Corporations like Alstom recognize the importance of setting long term environmental goals. For instance, nearly 25% of the world’s power production capacity depends on Alstom technology and services; hence, why Alstom is continuously supporting renewable energy application (Alstom, 2012).

On Thursday, 29th November, 2012 Robert Swan presented for Alstom’s GM Briefing dinner event in Tianjin, Binhai at the Crowne Plaza. Upon arrival, Robert received a site tour of Alstom Hydro China: a hydro instillation base focused on hydro turbines and generators. Following Alstom’s events, Robert made his way to the International School of Tianjin where students, grades 3-12, faculty, and staff were able to enjoy a presentation by Robert. While at IST, Robert challenged students to develop ‘green classrooms’—an outlet for teaching green and living green.

Beijing, China—Robert met with YVI members, co-organizers of the Peking University lecture. Also working towards environmental protection, YVI, Youth Voice International, is an organization that strives to connect activism in young people’s lives. Through the use of technology, YVI collaborates regularly with individuals all over the globe. Their organization functions as a platform for developing partnerships between scholars, corporate companies, media outlets youth, and more.

1st, December 2012, Peking University: Robert had the opportunity to meet and present for students at Peking University in Beijing. As Peking University places an emphasis in applied sciences, social sciences, sciences of medicine, management, and education, University students were able to apply their academia and global experiences to Robert’s presentation and Antarctic experiences. Also at Peking University, Robert was reunited with fellow IAE Alumni. Here, he learned more about their current professional roles and how their skills will continuously support efforts for creating a sustainable world.

Chen Jiliang (2010 IAE), Wang Yueyue(2009 IAE), Yi Ru (2009, IAE), Rui Luo (2008, IAE)

Jiliang works for Antarctica Ocean Alliance, China coordinator, Yueyue works for MARS, Sustainability and fair trade products, Ru is rogram officer of Executive Education Program in School of Management, Peking University, Rui works for ICF International, on energy and low carbon strategy consulting

Also at the university, Robert collaborated with the student association, CDM. CDM—known as Clean Development Mechanism or Creative Decision Making—focuses on climate change and low-carbon energy, as well as any relativity in China. CDM Club also co-organized the Peking University lecture and similarly shares a goal of creating a more sustainable world. Additionally, CDM CLUB, 6E Plus strives to help develop a new breed of global green leaders by combining the academic resources and aptitude at Peking University.

Overall, China was an excellent collaborative link between business, academia, alumni, and the communities. Special thanks to Bruno Godin of Alstom and Rui Lou of ICF International for all your organizational efforts and consistent support.

Rob at Peking University in Beijing


August 26th, 2011

Green Growth for Greater Wealth in New Zealand

Please take a moment to check out an incredible initiative put into place by Pure Advantage of New Zealand which is about both action and opportunity for green growth. We ask that you sign up now and show your support here at Pure Advantage Campaign.

Pure Advantage has also been extremely generous and has offered to send one young New Zealander to join Robert Swan on his next expedition in February of 2012. To enter, you must be between the ages of 19-27, be a New Zealand resident and create a video to inspire all New Zealanders to commit to a greener, wealthier New Zealand through green growth. See all details here and be sure to stop by and cast your vote for the person you feel should attend IAE 2012!

Carry on…

July 27th, 2011

Inspired! Keep it Cool Antarctica

Cairns climbers Craig Roberts and Jay Finucane will be tackling an incredible feat starting in just 97 days by climbing Vinson Massif which peaks at 5,104 meters above sea level is the highest peak in Antarctica. With the support and encouragement of 2041’s founder, Robert Swan, “they will use this extreme challenge as a vehicle to highlight to the broader community the stunning beauty of Antarctica and the vital importance of preserving this pristine environment. Craig and Jay have been climbing and mountaineering together, in some of the Earth’s most beautiful and pristine environments, for over a decade. Over this time they have unfortunately witnessed firsthand the effects of global warming and climate change, mainly through the dwindling access to mountains and to rapidly receding glaciers. This has led to a feeling of responsibility to make people aware of just what our reliance on fossil fuels and our current unsustainable practices are doing to our precious and fragile planet and its ecosystems. With Swan as their mentor, the “Keep it Cool” team will embark on a mission that aims to build on Swan’s movement to underpin continued environmental protection of Antarctica.”- Keep it Cool 2011

We hope you will take a moment and see how Craig and Jay are turning their dream into a reality and help support them on this treacherous yet inspiring mission which you can follow here at Keep it Cool Antarctica 2011- The Expedition. Wishing you the best from everyone at 2041!

July 6th, 2011

2041 REE Alumni member, Erik Breen receives Corporate Governance Award from Yale

Per the press release at R.E.E. 2041 Team Member Erik Breen, Head Responsible Investing Robeco, has received the ‘Millstein Center Rising Star Governance’ award 2011.

“The award has been set up by the Millstein Center of Corporate Governance and Performance of Yale School of Management to stimulate young professionals in the field of Corporate Governance. Members of the governance community made their selection out of a large, with regards to both discipline and region, group of candidates based on their contribution to corporate governance, thought leadership, current projects and reputation.

The Millstein Center Rising Star of Corporate Governance was awarded to Erik Breen and ten other worldwide corporate governance professionals on 15 June 2011 (US) during the sixth annual Yale Governance Forum.

The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management is a leading global resource for testing, challenging and advancing the premise that corporations should and can serve society. The Center focuses on the inter-relationship of management, the board of directors, shareholders, and stakeholders in creating long-term corporate shareholder value in today’s complex and competitive economy, while at the same time meeting the heightened expectations of society.”

2041 and Robert Swan would like to congratulate Erik on this achievement and we look forward to your future accomplishments as we know we will see many to come.

Erik Breen takes in the beauty of Antarctica

Erik Breen takes in the beauty of Antarctica

  • Robert Visits HCT Madinat Zayed Colleges
  • Change in China
  • Green Growth for Greater Wealth in New Zealand
  • Inspired! Keep it Cool Antarctica
  • 2041 REE Alumni member, Erik Breen receives Corporate Governance Award from Yale