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Transform Business. Create long-term impact for industry and society

We are currently pulling together the agenda and speaker list for 2018. If you would like to be part of the research or join the speaking list, please put forward your suggestions to krina.amin@ethicalcorp.com

Keynote Sessions
08:30 - 09:00

In the current geopolitical climate, the need for bold progressive business leadership to create long term impact on their industry is paramount to achieving a more sustainable future for all. Understand how business can be a central catalyst that drives the new future business models and industry alliances.

08:30 - 09:00
Transformational Change Keynote: Drive industry transformation through collaboration

It’s no longer enough to view sustainability as a siloed business issue and view it as the possibility to gain an advantage over your competitor. To create real change, businesses must work together on the difficult common goals. Hear how to drive transformational change within your industry through collaboration with government, NGOs and your rivals.

09:00 - 09:30
Progressive Business Leadership Keynote

What does progressive business leadership look like with the current geopolitical agenda? Hear from progressive leaders who are going over and beyond what is expected of business to meet long term social and environmental issues.

Speaker Logo Brian Kelley Vice Chairman Keurig Green Mountain, Inc

09:30 - 10:00
Business and Natural Disasters Keynote: The need for business to revolutionize its strategy

Large-scale disasters are becoming increasingly common, both in the US and around the globe. How can business work together to create a global plan? One that increases resilience, improves response and ensures better recovery.

Speaker Logo Richard Ellis Group Head of CSR Walgreen Boots Alliance

09:30 - 10:00
Climate Change and Business Keynote: Time to take the lead

With budget cuts to the EPA, the likely departure from the Paris Agreement and removal of incentives, how can business take a lead? what is expected of business leaders on the climate agenda? Is taking a public stand against President Trump the correct approach?

Speaker Logo Jennifer Holmgren CEO LanzaTech

09:30 - 10:00
Climate Finance Keynote: Financing the economy of the future

A seismic change is required for us to get where we need to be. Both companies and investors need to invest in future innovations that will deliver the clean and sustainable future economy. What is the investment community doing to finance the economy of the future? If the financial system is not addressing these needs, what needs to be done?

Speaker Logo Ashley Schulten Head of Responsible Investing, Global Fixed Income BlackRock

09:30 - 10:00
Supply Chain Keynote: Drive large-scale change through collaboration in value chains

NGOs, companies, cities, customers, suppliers, competitors – the collaboration opportunities are endless. Address large scale social needs through a variety of partners to create long term impact in your value chain.

Speaker Logo Ronald den Elzen President and CEO HEINEKEN USA, Inc

Speaker Logo Barry Parkin Chief Procurement Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer Mars

09:30 - 10:00
Wall Street Keynote: Engaging institutional investors to think long-term

Even with the rise of SRI most investments are still driven by short-term wins and goals. Publicly listed businesses need to engage institutional investors to invest for 5-10 years. How can this be achieved?

09:30 - 10:00
Diversity Keynote: Empower diversity and inclusion for future leadership

Now more than ever the issue of diversity and inclusion is paramount to achieving a transformational sustainability strategy. Learn how to approach the diversity challenge to build a solid pipeline, show the benefits of this approach and demonstrate leadership

09:30 - 10:00
AI Keynote: Impact of AI on business and society

With AI moving at a rapid pace, does your business understand how and where it’ll impact its systems and operations? How can business ensure the impending large-scale change has a positive impact on society?

09:30 - 10:00
Roadmap Keynote: The Sustainable Development Goals and 2 Degree targets

What progress have we seen in adopting sustainability strategies to deliver on the SDGs and 2 Degree targets? Ambitious targets have been set, but what is the roadmap to get there? Where’s the commercial justification?

09:30 - 10:00
Framework Keynote: Collaboration within reporting frameworks

With so many options available to reporters from the IIRC, GRI to SASB, CDP, SDGs... is further collaboration between frameworks required, what impact are the SDGs having on how the existing frameworks are viewed - are we seeing a shift in accreditation and a move towards a global standard?

Speaker Logo Richard Howitt CEO International Integrated Reporting Council

Speaker Logo Matthew Welch President SASB

Speaker Logo Simon Messenger Managing Director CDSB

09:30 - 10:00
Closing Keynote: The end of partnerships and the dawn of coalitions

Long-term partnerships are driving significant impacts across industries, regions and continents. However, to meet the Goals required, businesses need to develop coalitions that have a 10-20-year vision – only then will we achieve the impacts and wholesale change that’s required. This visionary keynote will explore how this is achieved

New models for industry change
08:30 - 09:00

The first step in creating long term impact in your industry is to pilot a project to prove the concept and gain buy-in for wholesale change. You now need to build the operating model which ensures the pilot’s success, and you can’t do that alone. Find the right partnerships with governments, NGOs, institutions and competitors, collect and analyze the relevant data sets, quantify the projects’ impact and gain approval for your new operating model so you have the best chance of success.

08:30 - 09:00
Proof of Concept: Selecting the pilot scheme and strategy for wholesale change

Identifying your biggest risks and areas of impact may be straightforward, but how to meet them is not. That journey starts with selecting the right strategy for the business and industry. Identifying a risk adverse strategy that offers potential for large impacts is hard.

09:00 - 09:30
Data collection to drive wholesale change: What’s material?

Understand where to source the data and what the most material data is to build a foundation for this strategy to drive wholesale change. How do you isolate the most relevant, reliable and compelling sets?

09:00 - 09:30
Innovation from within or from outside

Many organizations struggle to promote conditions that allow Intrapreneurs to deliver large-scale internal change. To be fit for the future requires a change of approach in key outputs of the business.

  • Discover how to facilitate an intrapreneurial approach within your business
  • Get insights into how academic bodies and associations can help drive your transformational change
  • Learn how to identify start-ups that can help deliver innovative impacts and hear when to partner and when to acquire

Speaker Logo Amanda Gardiner VP of Global Sustainability and Social Innovation Pearson

09:00 - 09:30
Identifying partnerships that will enable your vision for large-scale change

NGOs, companies, cities, customers, suppliers, competitors – the collaboration opportunities are endless. Understand how you can identify the key players that you need to ensure this strategy succeeds both now and in future endeavors.

Speaker Logo Maria Ignacia Arcaya VP & Executive Director CSR CISNEROS

09:00 - 09:30
Pitching and securing approval for this new era of thinking

In some cases, you will be asking the business to go against decades of business thinking – i.e. collaborating with competitors to increase wages and sourcing of material costs. How to shape your pitch to ensure the right senior people get the right messages that prove the business benefit of this new vision and partnership opportunities.

09:00 - 09:30
Disclosure: traceability and transparency ahead of competitor advantage

To demonstrate leadership and a truly responsible approach requires full transparency. How do you achieve the right balance with the amount of quality data you share with stakeholders and competitors alike?

Working together to drive wholesale change
08:30 - 09:00

Increasingly businesses realize that both they and their industry will only be fully responsible and sustainable if ambitious partnerships are established that are built on sustainable and responsible vision and goals. We look at examples of wholesale change in practice; where companies, governments, NGOs and institutions have worked together in the search of a common goal.

08:30 - 09:00
Map and Strategize impacts beyond Tier 1

Most of a company’s environmental and social impact isn’t within its own operations or Tier 1 suppliers. You need systems and oversight of all your operations and importantly where and how to engage the key areas of impact.

  • Assess your total supply chain and discover where your most at risk of human rights violations
  • Identify where your greatest environmental impacts are
  • Source consistent and reliable data across your tiers
09:00 - 09:30
Revolutionizing global supply chains through partnerships

For most companies their greatest risks and impacts lie within their supply chains. To truly address areas such as; GHG emissions, Human Rights violations and Water usage companies need to work with a whole host of partners. Hear from businesses on how they are driving large scale change in partnership with suppliers, industry associations, NGOs, competitors. Learn of the technologies and software that are managing and facilitating these ambitious projects.

Speaker Logo Jim Gowen Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer Verizon

09:00 - 09:30
Partnerships that are delivering the clean, circular and mobile cities of the future

Urban cities aren’t fit for purpose. Pollution, waste, traffic, social immobility and outdated technologies are just some of the critical issues that cities across the States face. Across several case studies, we will showcase how local governments, cities, investors and companies are delivering social and environmental change through ambitious partnerships.

09:00 - 09:30
Making your customers part of the solution

How do you successfully engage customers to change behaviors, inform future innovations and advocate your ambitions and vision?

09:00 - 09:30
How systems and technology can add scalability to these impacts

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Learn what technologies are driving scalable impacts both now and what will be on the horizon for your business and industry.

Leverage communications to boost trust and lead industry change
08:30 - 09:00

Leverage a new communications strategy that responds to uncertain political times. Boost trust with consumers, promote transparency with investors and gain internal recognition across various business functions.

08:30 - 09:00
Communicate rigorous and accurate data that demonstrates success and future opportunities

Strategies and partnerships that deliver large-scale impacts is only the beginning. You now need to communicate these successes with the business and convince the board to back even more ambitious programs.

  • Quantify social and environmental data that meets the rigor of your financial department
  • Tailor your communications to meet different internal department needs to secure increased buy-in.
09:00 - 09:30
Communicating your successes to different key stakeholder groups

There isn't a "one size fits all" approach. You’ve achieved the desired impacts, now what is the best way to communicate these results to build trust and reputation among your customers, investors, NGOs, suppliers and international media

Speaker Logo Dave Stangis VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer Campbell Soup

09:00 - 09:30
Promote transparent reporting to engage investors

Investors demand more and more transparency and more thorough reporting. Engage both the SRI and mainstream investor community to buy into the industry transformation and create a long-term vision through transparent reporting

Speaker Logo Andrew Watterson Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability KeyBank

09:00 - 09:30
Defining success: Putting a value on your impacts and sustainability data

Many of your impacts will be hard to quantify in true accounting values but this is required to show the value of investment in sustainability projects. And with many parties investing in communities and projects, how do you accurately attribute your investments to the outcomes? How to find a common standardized approach to impact data.

In-depth breakout workshops
08:30 - 09:00

Join our 2-hour individual workshops tackling some of the critical issues. All workshops will be held in breakout rooms under Chatham House rules ensuring issues are tackled and solutions are discussed in an open and honest environment. Breakout workshops include:

08:30 - 09:00
Driving scalable clean technology innovations
  • How business and finance can facilitate and reward clean and sustainable innovations
  • Mindset shift: short-term results with a long-term adaptation
  • Engaging with government and investors to facilitate the change
09:00 - 09:30
Integrating and reporting against new TCFD recommendations
  • Provide investors with clear information on climate-related financial information
  • Increase disclosure and quality of reporting
  • Support and showcase the transition to a low-carbon economy
09:00 - 09:30
Partnership models
  • Identify the area of your business which requires external assistance
  • Find and engage the right partner for your business to deliver large-scale impacts
  • Develop a model which suits your goals
09:00 - 09:30
Circular economy - transform your supply chain
  • Move from the waste reduction/recycling mindset to exploring what product innovation means in the circular economy business model
  • Build relationships with your operations and innovation team to find circular economy solutions
  • Create coalitions with suppliers and competitors to drive your industry towards circularity
09:00 - 09:30
SDG Integration
  • How to fully integrate the SDGs into business operations and communications
  • Decide which method is most appropriate to your organization
  • Engage the business to fully integrate - senior management, employees, investors and suppliers

Speaker Logo Richard Ellis Group Head of CSR Walgreen Boots Alliance

09:00 - 09:30
Business case for science based targets
  • Map out your scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions to set realistic targets
  • Build a plan which will deliver the best possible business case for adaptation
  • Develop a clear, strong science based road map for your operations
Keynote Sessions
08:30 - 09:00

In the current geopolitical climate, the need for bold progressive business leadership to create long term impact on their industry is paramount to achieving a more sustainable future for all. Understand how business can be a central catalyst that drives the new future business models and industry alliances.

08:30 - 09:00
Transformational Change Keynote: Drive industry transformation through collaboration

It’s no longer enough to view sustainability as a siloed business issue and view it as the possibility to gain an advantage over your competitor. To create real change, businesses must work together on the difficult common goals. Hear how to drive transformational change within your industry through collaboration with government, NGOs and your rivals.

09:00 - 09:30
Progressive Business Leadership Keynote

What does progressive business leadership look like with the current geopolitical agenda? Hear from progressive leaders who are going over and beyond what is expected of business to meet long term social and environmental issues.

Speaker Logo Brian Kelley Vice Chairman Keurig Green Mountain, Inc

09:30 - 10:00
Business and Natural Disasters Keynote: The need for business to revolutionize its strategy

Large-scale disasters are becoming increasingly common, both in the US and around the globe. How can business work together to create a global plan? One that increases resilience, improves response and ensures better recovery.

Speaker Logo Richard Ellis Group Head of CSR Walgreen Boots Alliance

09:30 - 10:00
Climate Change and Business Keynote: Time to take the lead

With budget cuts to the EPA, the likely departure from the Paris Agreement and removal of incentives, how can business take a lead? what is expected of business leaders on the climate agenda? Is taking a public stand against President Trump the correct approach?

Speaker Logo Jennifer Holmgren CEO LanzaTech

09:30 - 10:00
Climate Finance Keynote: Financing the economy of the future

A seismic change is required for us to get where we need to be. Both companies and investors need to invest in future innovations that will deliver the clean and sustainable future economy. What is the investment community doing to finance the economy of the future? If the financial system is not addressing these needs, what needs to be done?

Speaker Logo Ashley Schulten Head of Responsible Investing, Global Fixed Income BlackRock

09:30 - 10:00
Supply Chain Keynote: Drive large-scale change through collaboration in value chains

NGOs, companies, cities, customers, suppliers, competitors – the collaboration opportunities are endless. Address large scale social needs through a variety of partners to create long term impact in your value chain.

Speaker Logo Ronald den Elzen President and CEO HEINEKEN USA, Inc

Speaker Logo Barry Parkin Chief Procurement Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer Mars

09:30 - 10:00
Wall Street Keynote: Engaging institutional investors to think long-term

Even with the rise of SRI most investments are still driven by short-term wins and goals. Publicly listed businesses need to engage institutional investors to invest for 5-10 years. How can this be achieved?

09:30 - 10:00
Diversity Keynote: Empower diversity and inclusion for future leadership

Now more than ever the issue of diversity and inclusion is paramount to achieving a transformational sustainability strategy. Learn how to approach the diversity challenge to build a solid pipeline, show the benefits of this approach and demonstrate leadership

09:30 - 10:00
AI Keynote: Impact of AI on business and society

With AI moving at a rapid pace, does your business understand how and where it’ll impact its systems and operations? How can business ensure the impending large-scale change has a positive impact on society?

09:30 - 10:00
Roadmap Keynote: The Sustainable Development Goals and 2 Degree targets

What progress have we seen in adopting sustainability strategies to deliver on the SDGs and 2 Degree targets? Ambitious targets have been set, but what is the roadmap to get there? Where’s the commercial justification?

09:30 - 10:00
Framework Keynote: Collaboration within reporting frameworks

With so many options available to reporters from the IIRC, GRI to SASB, CDP, SDGs... is further collaboration between frameworks required, what impact are the SDGs having on how the existing frameworks are viewed - are we seeing a shift in accreditation and a move towards a global standard?

Speaker Logo Richard Howitt CEO International Integrated Reporting Council

Speaker Logo Matthew Welch President SASB

Speaker Logo Simon Messenger Managing Director CDSB

09:30 - 10:00
Closing Keynote: The end of partnerships and the dawn of coalitions

Long-term partnerships are driving significant impacts across industries, regions and continents. However, to meet the Goals required, businesses need to develop coalitions that have a 10-20-year vision – only then will we achieve the impacts and wholesale change that’s required. This visionary keynote will explore how this is achieved

JUST LAUNCHED! Download the event brochure now

Complete speaker line-up | Program for all tracks & sessions | Audience breakdown

New models for industry change
08:30 - 09:00

The first step in creating long term impact in your industry is to pilot a project to prove the concept and gain buy-in for wholesale change. You now need to build the operating model which ensures the pilot’s success, and you can’t do that alone. Find the right partnerships with governments, NGOs, institutions and competitors, collect and analyze the relevant data sets, quantify the projects’ impact and gain approval for your new operating model so you have the best chance of success.

08:30 - 09:00
Proof of Concept: Selecting the pilot scheme and strategy for wholesale change

Identifying your biggest risks and areas of impact may be straightforward, but how to meet them is not. That journey starts with selecting the right strategy for the business and industry. Identifying a risk adverse strategy that offers potential for large impacts is hard.

09:00 - 09:30
Data collection to drive wholesale change: What’s material?

Understand where to source the data and what the most material data is to build a foundation for this strategy to drive wholesale change. How do you isolate the most relevant, reliable and compelling sets?

09:00 - 09:30
Innovation from within or from outside

Many organizations struggle to promote conditions that allow Intrapreneurs to deliver large-scale internal change. To be fit for the future requires a change of approach in key outputs of the business.

  • Discover how to facilitate an intrapreneurial approach within your business
  • Get insights into how academic bodies and associations can help drive your transformational change
  • Learn how to identify start-ups that can help deliver innovative impacts and hear when to partner and when to acquire

Speaker Logo Amanda Gardiner VP of Global Sustainability and Social Innovation Pearson

09:00 - 09:30
Identifying partnerships that will enable your vision for large-scale change

NGOs, companies, cities, customers, suppliers, competitors – the collaboration opportunities are endless. Understand how you can identify the key players that you need to ensure this strategy succeeds both now and in future endeavors.

Speaker Logo Maria Ignacia Arcaya VP & Executive Director CSR CISNEROS

09:00 - 09:30
Pitching and securing approval for this new era of thinking

In some cases, you will be asking the business to go against decades of business thinking – i.e. collaborating with competitors to increase wages and sourcing of material costs. How to shape your pitch to ensure the right senior people get the right messages that prove the business benefit of this new vision and partnership opportunities.

09:00 - 09:30
Disclosure: traceability and transparency ahead of competitor advantage

To demonstrate leadership and a truly responsible approach requires full transparency. How do you achieve the right balance with the amount of quality data you share with stakeholders and competitors alike?

JUST LAUNCHED! Download the event brochure now

Complete speaker line-up | Program for all tracks & sessions | Audience breakdown

Working together to drive wholesale change
08:30 - 09:00

Increasingly businesses realize that both they and their industry will only be fully responsible and sustainable if ambitious partnerships are established that are built on sustainable and responsible vision and goals. We look at examples of wholesale change in practice; where companies, governments, NGOs and institutions have worked together in the search of a common goal.

08:30 - 09:00
Map and Strategize impacts beyond Tier 1

Most of a company’s environmental and social impact isn’t within its own operations or Tier 1 suppliers. You need systems and oversight of all your operations and importantly where and how to engage the key areas of impact.

  • Assess your total supply chain and discover where your most at risk of human rights violations
  • Identify where your greatest environmental impacts are
  • Source consistent and reliable data across your tiers
09:00 - 09:30
Revolutionizing global supply chains through partnerships

For most companies their greatest risks and impacts lie within their supply chains. To truly address areas such as; GHG emissions, Human Rights violations and Water usage companies need to work with a whole host of partners. Hear from businesses on how they are driving large scale change in partnership with suppliers, industry associations, NGOs, competitors. Learn of the technologies and software that are managing and facilitating these ambitious projects.

Speaker Logo Jim Gowen Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer Verizon

09:00 - 09:30
Partnerships that are delivering the clean, circular and mobile cities of the future

Urban cities aren’t fit for purpose. Pollution, waste, traffic, social immobility and outdated technologies are just some of the critical issues that cities across the States face. Across several case studies, we will showcase how local governments, cities, investors and companies are delivering social and environmental change through ambitious partnerships.

09:00 - 09:30
Making your customers part of the solution

How do you successfully engage customers to change behaviors, inform future innovations and advocate your ambitions and vision?

09:00 - 09:30
How systems and technology can add scalability to these impacts

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Learn what technologies are driving scalable impacts both now and what will be on the horizon for your business and industry.

JUST LAUNCHED! Download the event brochure now

Complete speaker line-up | Program for all tracks & sessions | Audience breakdown

Leverage communications to boost trust and lead industry change
08:30 - 09:00

Leverage a new communications strategy that responds to uncertain political times. Boost trust with consumers, promote transparency with investors and gain internal recognition across various business functions.

08:30 - 09:00
Communicate rigorous and accurate data that demonstrates success and future opportunities

Strategies and partnerships that deliver large-scale impacts is only the beginning. You now need to communicate these successes with the business and convince the board to back even more ambitious programs.

  • Quantify social and environmental data that meets the rigor of your financial department
  • Tailor your communications to meet different internal department needs to secure increased buy-in.
09:00 - 09:30
Communicating your successes to different key stakeholder groups

There isn't a "one size fits all" approach. You’ve achieved the desired impacts, now what is the best way to communicate these results to build trust and reputation among your customers, investors, NGOs, suppliers and international media

Speaker Logo Dave Stangis VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer Campbell Soup

09:00 - 09:30
Promote transparent reporting to engage investors

Investors demand more and more transparency and more thorough reporting. Engage both the SRI and mainstream investor community to buy into the industry transformation and create a long-term vision through transparent reporting

Speaker Logo Andrew Watterson Senior Vice President and Head of Sustainability KeyBank

09:00 - 09:30
Defining success: Putting a value on your impacts and sustainability data

Many of your impacts will be hard to quantify in true accounting values but this is required to show the value of investment in sustainability projects. And with many parties investing in communities and projects, how do you accurately attribute your investments to the outcomes? How to find a common standardized approach to impact data.

JUST LAUNCHED! Download the event brochure now

Complete speaker line-up | Program for all tracks & sessions | Audience breakdown

In-depth breakout workshops
08:30 - 09:00

Join our 2-hour individual workshops tackling some of the critical issues. All workshops will be held in breakout rooms under Chatham House rules ensuring issues are tackled and solutions are discussed in an open and honest environment. Breakout workshops include:

08:30 - 09:00
Driving scalable clean technology innovations
  • How business and finance can facilitate and reward clean and sustainable innovations
  • Mindset shift: short-term results with a long-term adaptation
  • Engaging with government and investors to facilitate the change
09:00 - 09:30
Integrating and reporting against new TCFD recommendations
  • Provide investors with clear information on climate-related financial information
  • Increase disclosure and quality of reporting
  • Support and showcase the transition to a low-carbon economy
09:00 - 09:30
Partnership models
  • Identify the area of your business which requires external assistance
  • Find and engage the right partner for your business to deliver large-scale impacts
  • Develop a model which suits your goals
09:00 - 09:30
Circular economy - transform your supply chain
  • Move from the waste reduction/recycling mindset to exploring what product innovation means in the circular economy business model
  • Build relationships with your operations and innovation team to find circular economy solutions
  • Create coalitions with suppliers and competitors to drive your industry towards circularity
09:00 - 09:30
SDG Integration
  • How to fully integrate the SDGs into business operations and communications
  • Decide which method is most appropriate to your organization
  • Engage the business to fully integrate - senior management, employees, investors and suppliers

Speaker Logo Richard Ellis Group Head of CSR Walgreen Boots Alliance

09:00 - 09:30
Business case for science based targets
  • Map out your scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions to set realistic targets
  • Build a plan which will deliver the best possible business case for adaptation
  • Develop a clear, strong science based road map for your operations

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