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Can business become a force for good in the future? Top international psychologist Jonathan Haidt will be speaking to this question in his keynote address at the APEC CEO Summit 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, in November.

Considered one of the top 25 international psychologists in the world, Professor Haidt has agreed to speak at the summit which will feature some of the world’s most influential CEOs.

The New York University Professor, who has been named one of the ‘top global thinkers’ by Foreign Policy magazine and Prospect magazine, is the author behind The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

Other bestselling books written by Professor Haidt on psychology and politics include The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.
Jonathan Haidt has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers at the APEC CEO Summit 2021.
Professor Haidt’s research examines the foundations of morality.

“By understanding more about our moral psychology and its biases we can design better institutions (including companies, universities and democracy itself), and learn to be more civil and open minded toward those who are not on our team,” he says.

Professor Haidt will speak about using what we know about moral psychology and behavioural science to create organisations and businesses that function as ethical systems that are more sustainable.

He will also discuss the need for businesses to demonstrate how they operate, treat employees and customers, and whether they are engaged ethically with their global supply chains.

Professor Haidt joins Dr David Suzuki, Amber Mac and Tony Fernandes as keynote speakers at the summit. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
For the first time ever, this year’s APEC CEO Summit is a hybrid gathering of the world’s most powerful CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, prime ministers and presidents of APEC economies. Delegates can attend online or in person at the Summit which is being hosted and broadcast from the Aotea Centre in central Auckland on 11 and 12 November 2021 (NZT).
The APEC CEO Summit 2021 will focus on five themes:

The state of the world with and post Covid: economic recovery, trade and protectionism.

The Digital Disruption Opportunity: digital transformation, technology and innovation, and the importance of digital equity.

The Primacy of Trust: ESG (environmental, social, governance) – the next focus for business, and business as a force for good.

The Future of Energy: clean technology, renewable energy, and energy transition including hydrogen.

The Sustainability Imperative: sustainable growth, climate change, food sustainability and provenance.
The Summit is being supported by premier partners: PwC (Knowledge Partner), Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft, and Westpac NZ.

Visit the APEC CEO Summit 2021 website for the latest news and information on the programme, speakers and registration.

About the APEC CEO Summit

The APEC CEO Summit is the most influential meeting of business and government in the Asia Pacific. The forum provides opportunities for governance, chief executives and world business leaders to engage with each other and with the leaders of the APEC economies. Each year, the CEO Summit draws the region’s business leaders, intellectuals, and media personalities for interactive discussions with APEC Leaders on key trade and economic issues facing the Asia-Pacific. The summit in November will address the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time, providing a forum to develop solutions for the region’s future. It will be a hybrid event – live in Auckland, New Zealand and broadcast across the Asia-Pacific online. It will provide a unique opportunity to connect with other business leaders around the region. PwC has retained their long association as Knowledge Partner of the 2021 APEC CEO Summit. They are joined by additional Premier Partners Contact Energy, Fonterra, Microsoft and Westpac NZ. Barbara Chapman is the Chair of the APEC CEO Summit 2021.