On 10th April 2013, Inogen Associate denkstatt hosted one of the most successful Inogen Worldview conferences yet in Vienna, Austria. The Ovalhalle at the MuseumsQuartier opened its doors to share best practice with an international audience on "Managing Sustainability issues in the Value Chain"Managing sustainability issues in the value chain has a long and ineffective history.
The conference attracted high numbers of delegates and high calibre speakers on the day including Christoph Neumayer, Director General of Federation of Austrian Industries as the Keynote, who presented and discussed "Industry as the driving force of change". Rudi Sueys, Group Environment Manager, Water & Sustainable Sourcing, Coca-Cola Europe, showed new ways of integrating suppliers' businesses into one's own sustainability strategy in his presentation on " Water sustainability in the supply chain of Coca-Cola". It was an impressive example of achieving higher targets by an integrated supply chain thinking in areas where the enterprise's own capabilities have reached their limits.
The difficulties in international project business were presented by Birgit Forstnig-Errath, Director Collective Action, Siemens AG. She has been responsible for regaining credibility for Siemens after the company was publicly affected by internal cases of bribe and corruption. It was interesting to hear about her personal experiences in the multi-billion infrastructure business and the very practical approaches she took, which were only feasible through collaboration with competitors and suppliers. "Creating a fair market due compliance and stakeholder dialogue" was the title of her presentation.
Other speakers at the event were as follows:-
Eugenio Longo, Manager Sustainability and EU Affairs, Borealis AG "Environmental and Sustainable Management in the supply chain"
Lucas Klooster, Sustainability and New Business, ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Stéphane LeGentil, Director Center of Excellence Energy Solutions EMEA, Johnson Controls, Inc. "Working with stakeholders to create shared value in energy and finance"
Ramon Arratia, European Sustainability Director, Interface Europe Ltd "Product Sustainability: Strategic product development to increase the sustainability value for the customer".
Patricia Vangheluwe, Consumer & Environmental Affairs Director, PlasticsEurope Brussels "Future Outlook: A sustainable world in 2030? The contributions of the plastics value chain".
Franz Hölzl, Sustainability Manager, SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG "Integration of Sustainability: What is the impact of sustainability in the supply chain of the European food retailer Spar AG?"
Paul Durkee, the new President and CEO of Inogen said "We were delighted to host Inogen's 21st WorldView Conference with our local Associate denkstatt in the beautiful and inspiring surroundings of the Museumsquartier Vienna. The topics of the presentations were really thought provoking and delegate feedback from the event extremely positive. We look forward to hosting the next WorldView in 2014.Apparently Vienna, recently elected as one of the leading Smart Cities, proved to be a suitable place for starting discussions on new ideas, cooperations and businesses.