After lunch, from 13:15 Brand & Sustainability Consultant Dr. Sirikul Nui Laukaikul, Managing Partner Sustainable Brands / The Brandbeing Consultant Co. Ltd. gave a keynote address on ‘Why Sustainability is at the Heart of Future Successful Brands’. This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Naoki Adachi, CEO, Response Ability, Inc. entitled ‘What is a Successful Brand? How Should Enterprise Take Action?’ Panelists included Dr. Nui Laukaikul, Professor Aoki, and Mr. Peter David Pedersen, Co-founder, E-Square Inc. / Co-founder, NELIS - Next Leaders' Initiative for Sustainability.
This was followed by a special keynote on ‘Enhancing Corporate Quality and Brand by Sustainability’ given by Mr. Toshio Arima, Board Member, United Nations Global Compact / Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Network Japan / Chairperson, Japan Platform /Executive Advisor, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. At the beginning of his presentation Mr. Aruma showed the audience a TV commercial produced in 1970 by Fuji Xerox, called ‘From Grind to Beauty’. He pointed out how Fuji Xerox’s definition of beauty and the ideas of sustainability currently under discussion are one and the same.
From 16:45, under the theme ‘Sustainable Brands: Case Studies of Japanese Enterprises’, three corporations gave presentations following a keynote presentation by the Navigator of this session, Professor Shinichi Takemura of Kyoto University of Art and Design, on ‘Tangible Earth’. The presenters included Mr. Kenzaburo Takahashi, Corporate Fellow, General Manager, Public Communications Dept, Ajinomoto Co. Inc.;Ms. Mina Kanda, Group Manager, Kaiteki Group, Corporate Strategy Office (General & Chemical), Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation; and Ms. Terumi Hanagata, Executive Manager, Social Enterprise Office, Recruit Holdings Co. Ltd.