Orange Business Services, a global telecommunications provider present in 220 countries and territories, has joined Sustainability Summit ‘09 as the conference’s inaugural Global Event Sponsor. Sustainability Summit ’09, which will be held July 14-15, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, will bring together corporate visionaries, policy makers, environmental advocacy groups and leading experts to discuss financially viable strategies that address and mitigate corporate impact on the long-term health of the earth. A significant aspect of this leading-edge conference will be its use of telepresence and collaborative conferencing technologies to facilitate carbon-efficient interaction among live presenters and delegates from around the globe. As a Global Event Sponsor, Orange Business Services will support the Santa Clara event, as well as future Sustainability Summits in Paris (Nov 9-10, 2009) and Shanghai (Spring 2010).
Orange Business Services has a long history of corporate and environmental responsibility and is a major supporter of the “Factor 4 Objective,” a set of environmental strategies formulated by France’s Working Group on “Achieving a fourfold reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in France by 2050.” In December of 2007, Orange Business Services launched its “Green IT” campaign designed to “raise corporate awareness about communications solutions that will reduce the environmental impact of their activities and contribute to our collective well-being.”
Barbara Dalibard, President and CEO of Orange Business Services, will deliver the keynote address on Day 2 of Sustainability Summit ’09, July 15, 2009.
According to Axel Haentjens, Vice President Marketing, Brand & External Communications of Orange Business Services, “Sustainable development is a long term commitment. As a global telecommunications provider, we have a key role to play in helping our customers meet the challenge of environmental responsibility. Orange’s global sponsorship of the Sustainability Summit Conference series is an opportunity for us to help other businesses, both large and small, develop ecologically sound strategies for themselves and their clients.”
Mark Barounos, President of conference organizer Hemisphere Expo Services, said, “We are very excited to welcome Orange Business Services and Barbara Dalibard as Global Event Sponsors of Sustainability Summit ’09. Orange is a major force in the telecommunications industry around the world. Their participation in the Sustainability Summit series sets a great example for other multinational companies to get involved in issues that affect the entire planet.”
Sustainability Summit ‘09 will be a telepresence and collaborative conferencing-enabled event. Carbon efficiency will be achieved through use of these technologies, as well as carbon offsets. Network sponsor Masergy, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), CSRwire, the Carbon Free Meeting Coalition, Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GESI), the Green Computing Impact Organization (GCIO), the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, the Interactive Multimedia Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, TelepresenceWorld.net, and Terrapass are among the initial supporting organizations of the conference.
About Orange Business Services
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. France Telecom serves close to 174 million customers in five continents as of June 30, 2008, of which two thirds are Orange customers. The Group had consolidated sales of 52.9 billion euros in 2007 (26.3 billion euros for the first half 2008). As of June 30, 2008, the Group had 113.8 million mobile customers and 12.2 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers.
Launched in June 2005, the NExT program (New Experience in Telecommunications) will enable the Group to pursue its transformation as an integrated operator and make France Telecom the benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. In 2006, Orange became the Group's single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates, and Orange Business Services the banner for services offered to businesses worldwide. France Telecom is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
France Telecom (NYSE: FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartiment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
Orange, and any other Orange product or service names included in this material, are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.
About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements.