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Re-Igniting the Challenges of Sustainability: Should We Be Afraid?

Mr Sam Walsh AO
Sam Walsh AO, Executive Director & Chief Executive - Iron Ore & Australia, Rio Tinto.

The Credit Suisse - Asia Society Sustainability Series

Business luncheon with guest speaker Sam Walsh AO, Executive Director & Chief Executive - Iron Ore & Australia, Rio Tinto

Sustainability can have wildly different meanings, depending on who is talking.  A resources sector perspective on why there is a need to engage with sustainability in all its forms.

Sam Walsh was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s extensive Iron Ore group in 2004.  His responsibilities cover operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Guinea and India, as well as Dampier Salt and Rio Tinto Marine.  He has overseen the rapid expansion of this group, with more than US$24 billion committed to mine expansions and major infrastructure developments since 2004.  In 2011 net earnings were close to US$13 billion.

In June 2009, Sam was appointed as an executive director to the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited, and in November 2009, chief executive of Rio Tinto Australia.

Sam’s other appointments include non-executive director of Seven West Media, a vice president of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee, chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, chair of the WA Chapter of the Australian Business Arts Foundation, president of Scouts Australia (WA branch) and chair of Chamber of Arts and Culture WA Inc.

This program is part of the Credit Suisse - Asia Society Sustainability Series, which has been held in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York.

The series seeks to address sustainability issues in the Asian region and aims to promote environmental awareness and provoke dialogue in the public sphere.


Sponsorship Amount $2,450* - Members
Sponsorship Amount $2,950* - Non-members
  • 1 table of 10 with preferential positioning
  • Invitation for 1 senior representative to attend VIP reception.
  • Acknowledgement in programme
  • Company signage on table
Sponsorship Amount $1,500* – Members
Sponsorship Amount Non-Members $1,950


  • 1 table of 10
  • Company signage on table
*All prices are inclusive of GST
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS - Amount $150* Asia Society members / Non-members $195*

Bookings are essential:

Please telephone (02) 8199 9402 or email [email protected]


Event Details

Thu 24 May 2012
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Ballroom 2, The Four Seasons Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney