John Elkington and Paul Gilding to headline at March conference

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced two of its key speakers for its Annual Conference that will take place March 19-20 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2001 (PRNewswire) — The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) today announced two of its key speakers for its Annual Conference that will take place March 19-20, 2001 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

"We are very pleased that 'GEMI 2001: An Odyssey to Environmental Excellence' will be headlined by two globally recognized leaders known for their ability to identify effective approaches to sustainability and environmental excellence," said Jack Stein, Director, Strategic Environmental Initiatives, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chair of GEMI's Annual Conference.

John Elkington, Chairman of SustainAbility, and Paul Gilding of ECOS Corporation, former head of Greenpeace International and winner of Tomorrow Magazine's Environmental Leadership Award will each make key plenary presentations that will highlight how leading companies can pursue their own journeys toward environmental excellence.

"In addition to the presentations by Mr. Elkington and Mr. Gilding, the GEMI Conference Committee has organized a truly outstanding array of other presentations and workshops that will provide value and "take-a-ways" for conference attendees," said Stein.

GEMI conference attendees will hear directly from global leaders that are key players in setting the sustainability agendas for the world and learn from leading companies about the daily decisions they are making to reach their sustainable development goals.

The attendees will also have the opportunity to be active participants in workshops addressing a wide range of issues including: the integration of EH&S activities with information management systems; working with suppliers and contractors to improve the environment while providing value to their company; addressing water sustainability challenges and opportunities; sharing EH&S leadership practices; setting and reaching sustainable development goals and objectives; discussing and better understanding global codes of conduct; and looking at how EH&S activities add value to the top-lines of companies around the world.

"Jack Stein and GEMI's Conference Committee have designed a conference that is packed with information and opportunities to interact with global and company leaders. This conference offers opportunities for all attendees to participate in workshops and discussions that will focus on areas of EH&S development that need to be addressed daily while at the same time providing top and bottom line value," said GEMI's Chair, Rich Guimond, Vice President, EH&S, Motorola, Inc.

"Companies, governments, academics and NGOs must all learn from each other and share with each other. GEMI's mission has always been business helping business achieve environmental, health and safety excellence and this conference has been organized to help us meet our mission," Guimond concluded.

For more information about GEMI and the conference including an agenda of speakers and presentations visit GEMI's website at http://www.gemi.org .

SOURCE: Global Environmental Management Initiative

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