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The key issues shaping the future of sustainable business

Strategy, Innovation and Impact

Businesses must change. Companies need to invest and innovate in new strategies and products that will help lead to a clean, sustainable future. Learn how to lead this transformation. Identify new business models and future opportunities

09:30 - 10:00
Climate Action Keynote: Transform the business to a Net-Positive strategy

The nature of all businesses is to grow but, under current models, this growth comes at the expense of the environment. Companies must transform to a restorative growth strategy. Approach carbon, waste, water in a manner that delivers a net-positive impact on the environment

IKEA Foundation Per Heggenes Chief Executive Officer IKEA Foundation

UNFCCC Ovais Sarmad The Deputy Executive Secretary UNFCCC

Chair: British Antarctic Survey Dr. Emily Shuckburgh Head of Open Oceans British Antarctic Survey

08:30 - 09:00
Government Keynote: Working with companies to tackle climate change

The UK is investing £5.8 billion over the next five years to help poorer countries with climate change as well as supporting international work to build climate resilience. However, there is more to do and the Government cannot tackle this challenge alone. Hear from the RT Hon Penny Mordaunt on how we can work together to tackle climate change and its impacts

UK Goverment Speaker TBC UK Government

08:30 - 09:00
Leadership Keynote: Innovate and drive systemic change

Hear from leaders who are transforming their business to leverage current disruptions and address increasing social and environmental challenges through innovation and leadership

Siemens UK Jürgen Maier CEO Siemens UK

Iceland Richard Walker Managing Director Iceland

Chair: We Mean Business Nigel Topping CEO We Mean Business

08:30 - 09:00
Leadership Keynote: Leading “Inclusive Capitalism”

Hear from Gilbert Ghostine on how he is shaping inclusive capitalism, delivering sustainable growth for his customers and communities, while innovating for society, from nutrition, sanitation and climate change to diversity and inclusion.

Firmenich Gilbert Ghostine CEO Firmenich

CHAIR: CDP Paul Simpson Chief Executive Officer CDP

09:00 - 09:30
SDG Keynote: Integrating the SDGs as the driver for future strategy

The SDGs have created a focus of impact that’s widely understood by investors, NGOs, academics and Governments. Hear from leading organizations and businesses on how they’re using the SDGs as a central starting point for their future business strategies.

Mars Petcare Europe Myriam Cohen-Welgryn President Mars Petcare Europe

UKSIF Simon Howard Chief Executive UKSIF

GSK Clare Griffin VP Corporate Responsibility GSK

Chair: Cranfield School of Management David Grayson Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility Cranfield School of Management

09:30 - 10:00
Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Realise the benefits of a progressive approach to D&I

Diversity and Inclusion is of paramount importance in ensuring your business is fulfilling its duties to society. Learn how to show leadership on D&I and understand how this can deliver a competitive advantage for the business

Chair: UN Women Simone Ellis Oluoch-Olunya Policy Adviser UN Women

DSM Resins & Functional Materials Helen Mets President DSM Resins & Functional Materials

Fineco Enrique Saez CEO Fineco

09:30 - 10:00
Tech Keynote: Ensuring AI and new-tech benefits all

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will represent a profound change in business and society. How can companies make the most of AI whilst ensuring ethics and societal impacts are a central considering? Should companies be responsible for developing safe and ethical AI? What are the opportunities of AI and Tech to help tackle key issues?

American AI Association Al Naqvi President American AI Association

CHAIR: Martin Wright Chair Positive News

09:30 - 10:00
Purpose Keynote: How leading companies embrace purpose for a sustainable future

Today, society expects business to serve more than just shareholders and deliver more than just short-term profits. Business is expected to play a positive social role and serve a broad range of stakeholders, from employees and customers to communities and the environment. In many ways, this evolution is simply a return to the original role of business in society. Micael Johnstone and Adam Lowenstein of the EY Beacon Institute, EY’s global purpose strategy hub, will discuss the state of ‘purpose-driven business’ and share new findings from EY Beacon’s year-long research with Oxford Saïd Business School.

__company Adam Lowenstein Trends & Emerging Issues Analyst EY Beacon Institute

__company Micael Johnstone Global Markets and Purpose Strategy EY Beacon Institute

09:30 - 10:00
Closing Keynote: Are we really doing enough?

For all the momentum and developments within the industry, are we really making progress on engaging the public on climate risks and the SDGs? Many companies will fall short of their 2020 targets. Should companies be more ambitious with their commitments and communications?

WBCSD Filippo Veglio Managing Director WBCSD

International Integrated Reporting Council Richard Howitt CEO International Integrated Reporting Council

Aviva Marte Borhaug Head of ESG Strategic Projects Aviva

Chair: wwf Fanny Calder Director of Campaigns and Public Affairs WWF

08:30 - 09:00
Circular innovations across all areas of the business

Companies must drive new thinking across all areas of the business to close the loop on the product cycle. Hear how new systems, technologies, finance and innovations can help accelerate this change

ING Joost van Dun Circular Economy Lead ING

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Daniel Locke Global Sustainability Product & Packaging Leader Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Moderator: Forum for the Future Sally Uren CEO Forum for the Future

08:30 - 09:00
The Disruptor Pitch: Future technologies and innovations

For many businesses the big transformations and impacts will come from external innovations and technologies. In this interactive session new start-ups and entrepreneurs will pitch their latest innovations and technologies. Then it’s over to you, to ask questions and identify which technology could help accelerate your climate and social goals

08:30 - 09:00

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Workshop sponsored by: cruelty_free_international
SDGs workshop - Integrate and deliver the SDGs through ambitious partnerships

In this 90-120 minute, Chatham-House rules workshop discussions will focus on:

  • Identify new partnerships to tackle the SDGs
  • Map against your impacts on local and national levels
  • Measure your contribution to the SDGs
  • Communicate SDG impacts to key stakeholder groups

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) James Gomme Director, Sustainable Development Goals World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Richard Ellis Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility Walgreens Boots Alliance

Anglian Water Andy Brown Group Head of Sustainability Anglian Water

Anglian Water Carol Urton Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Experian, North America

Anglian Water Michelle Thew Chief Executive Cruelty Free International

Anglian Water Anna Lucuk VP Corporate Responsibility Coty Inc

Chairman: Ethical Corporation Liam Dowd Managing Director Ethical Corporation

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