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The key issues shaping the future of sustainable business

Climate Action and Investment

To meet the 1.5-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations. Discover some of the latest innovations, collaborations and technologies that are accelerating the move to a low-carbon economy

08:30 - 09:00
Climate Action Keynote: Achieving growth through a Net-Positive ambition

The nature of all businesses is to grow but, under current models, this growth comes at the expense of the environment. Pioneering companies are changing cultures, systems, markets and strategies that mitigate impacts in areas such as; carbon emissions, plastic waste, deforestation and water to provide a net-positive impact on the environment while the company prospers financially.

Moderator: Forum for the Future Sandra Seru Director Forum for the Future

UN Environment Satya Tripathi Assistant Secretary-General UN Environment

Interface Jay Gould CEO Interface

08:30 - 09:00
Government Keynote: Climate change policy from the Mayor of Philadelphia

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city_of_philadelphia James F. Kenney Mayor Philadelphia

08:30 - 09:00
Cities Keynote: Collaborating to achieve the clean, smart city of the future

Public-Private collaborations will be critical to delivering a connected and clean city of the future. Hear how local Governments, cities, investors and companies are working together to build smart, circular cities that help to decarbonize the urban space.

Moderator: Circular Economy Club Stephanie Kersten-Johnston CEC New York Organiser Circular Economy Club

Hoboken Ravinder Bhalla Mayor, City of Hoboken Hoboken

New Bedford Jon Mitchell Mayor, New Bedford New Bedford

City of Chicago Kurt Summers Treasurer City of Chicago

08:30 - 09:00
Workshop: Embed circular-thinking across the business

Increasing pressure on natural resources are forcing companies take a Life-Cycle-Analysis approach to product development. How can you embed such an approach within R&D, innovation, procurement and marketing?

Moderator: NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Kevin Eckerle Director of Corporate Research & Engagement NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Closed Loop Partners Bridget Croke VP External Affairs Closed Loop Partners

Aquafil Giulio Bonazzi Chairman and CEO Aquafil

Seventh Generation Joey Bergstein CEO Seventh Generation

Unilever John Coyne Vice President and General Counsel Unilever

Tetra Pak Jason Pelz Circular Economy Director Tetra Pak

08:30 - 09:00
Decarbonization at scale: Collaborating across the value chain

To achieve the 1.5-Degree Target requires ambitious collaborations across industry value chains. From transportation to buildings, hear how companies are collaborating to accelerate the adoption of renewables across the value chain.

Moderator: Ethical Corporation Terry Slavin Editor Ethical Corporation

EDF Tom Murray Vice President EDF

American Forest Foundation Nathan Truitt Vice President of Strategic Partnerships American Forest Foundation

AT&T Tim Fleming Director of Enterprise Sustainability AT&T

08:30 - 09:00
Plastics Workshop – Reduction, Recycle and Replace

Plastic has been an invention that has been seen until recent years as the perfect material for product packaging.

However, its strengths are also its weakness. In this 90-120 minute Chatham-House rules workshop, learn how to:

  • Reducing your plastic use – sustainable alternatives
  • Educate communities on plastic waste and recycling
  • Closing the loop on plastics

Walgreen Boots Alliance John Kotlarczyk Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction Walgreen Boots Alliance

Chicobag Andy Keller CEO & President Chicobag

Greenpeace John Hocevar Oceans Campaign Director Greenpeace

Sodexo Judy Panayos Sr Director, Sustainability, Supply Management Sodexo

American Chemistry Council Keith Christman Managing Director, Plastics Markets American Chemistry Council

08:30 - 09:00
Removing deforestation from your supply chain

2020 deforestation targets are fast approaching, and many companies haven’t reached what they set out to.  What does leadership look like moving forward?  Learn how your company can take the lead on deforestation and drive change through partnerships on a national level.

RSPO Dan Strechay Interim Director of Outreach & Engagement and U.S. Representative RSPO


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