November 30th, 2012
London, UK— Last week Robert Swan returned back to his home base in the UK. At the Groucho Club in London, Rob presented for Sky’s Environment Dinner, an event dedicated to seeing the bigger picture for sustainable business. Predominately, Sky’s Environmental Campaign is focused on Rainforest Rescue in the Amazon, one of the most important regions in the world. Launched in 2009, Sky’s collaboration with WWF is helping the preservation of one billion trees in the Amazon.
Discussing the importance of climate change, Rob’s reflections from his Antarctic expeditions drew motivation for a plan of action and collaboration amongst UK organizations and senior leaders. Founder & CEO of Global Action tweeted, “Went to inspiring talk at Groucho club by Robert Swan first person to walk to both poles. First slide was just white!” Overall, Sky’s Environment Dinner highlighted the importance of living within the limits of our planet and how reducing our carbon footprint is crucial for today.
November 1st, 2012
Robert Swan was recently in Sri Lanka where he had a productive time in spreading the message towards positive change. While there, he visted a SABCO plant, where he inspired the employees and in turn, they gave him an very warm welcome. Following, he visited the Yabaraluwa school where 102 very deserving primary school students got a pair of school shoes each. For some, this was the first time these children had received shoes in their life. One coordinator stated that what was “even greater was to see the students enthusiastically give Rob a two thumbs up after his visit.” He also had an opportunity to spend the day with an amazing 160 school children (ages 14-16) who joined together to collect 488.5KG of PET rubbish! Robert also had the opportunity to connect with 2010 Alumni Member Imalka.
October 15th, 2012
This week in Ethiopia, Robert Swan ran the Coca-Cola Road Race to promote a healthy lifestyle under the theme of “Active Healthy Living.” With the race being 7k and at 2500 metres altitude, it was a struggle for Robert but he finished the race in a time of 48 mins. While there, he met the Olympic legend Haile Gebrselassie who Robert is a huge fan of and he said that it was an honour to share the road with him. Robert also said that there was a great spirit in the 7000 people and they were ALL FAST!
September 26th, 2012
Robert Swan was in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 20-23 with Coca Cola promoting sustainability. He visited facilities and discussed the value of sustainability with employees, inspiring them to undertake sustainable actions at work and at home. He suggested that educating and inspiring employees will help companies grow, and emphasized the importance of inspiration, leadership and teamwork. At the ‘Coca Cola Live Positively’ event, Robert suggested to the mountaineers “Please do not litter the mountains and keep them clean to save earth.”
Robert joined Coca Cola to visit the Indreni Children’s Home, an international foundation that sponsors children in Nepal. While visiting the children of Indreni, Robert taught them about land stewardship by picking up litter on a walk into the mountains. Afterwards a small luncheon and party was had with the kids at the orphanage.
While in Kathmandu Robert reunited with IAE Alumni Member, Kripa Shrestha.