Makati City, Philippines (17 August 2016) – “Global concerns like water shortage, poverty and wealth inequality have the potential to radically change the environment and social context in which businesses operate. As bankers, it is important that you understand the drivers of environmental and societal change,” ADEC Innovations CEO and Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA) Chairman Mr. James Donovan said during Green Talk, a corporate sustainability lecture organized by Citi Green Team Philippines on August 17, 2016, at Citi Tower in Makati City.

Mr. Donovan was invited by Citigroup’s sustainability strategy team to be the event’s keynote speaker for his thought leadership in sustainability and his expertise on UN-led global sustainable development initiatives.

He further challenged the Citi managers and leaders who attended to make sure sustainability is in all their processes. “That way we increase our capability to create positive lasting impact,” he explained.

Citigroup’s Chief Country Officer Aftab Ahmed reinforced Mr. Donovan’s call. He said, “Our customers care about sustainability. As bankers, we are in a unique position to help them take initiatives for the larger good of the community.”

Mr. Donovan talked about impact investing, corporate leadership in sustainability and the results of the COP21 climate change conference in Paris earlier this year. He also shared insights from his own experiences as CEO of ADEC Innovations and invited Citigroup’s leadership to join the Global CEO Alliance.

Mr. Donovan’s participation in Green Talk is part of his advocacy and long-term efforts to reach out, educate and partner with other business leaders in addressing the urgency and opportunities for growth in sustainable development.

ADEC Innovations is an impact investing company that designs, develops and delivers a diverse data management and technology portfolio of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions. The Global CEO Alliance, also chaired by Mr. Donovan, is a platform for multi-stakeholder partnership among chief executives, governments and individuals towards a programmatic approach in addressing the challenges of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.