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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

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
Collaboration Keynote: Delivering the Global Goals through ambitious coalitions

A lack of national leadership on the Paris Accord and SDGs has led to local & state Government, businesses, investors and NGOS to step in and drive change. Impact-driven coalitions will become the norm. How can your company take the lead?

Moderator: The Climate Group Amy Davidsen Executive Director The Climate Group

Mars Andy Pharoah Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability Mars

Unilever North America Jostein Solheim Executive Vice President, Foods and Refreshments Unilever North America

08:30 - 09:00
SDG Keynote: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a blueprint for national development. However, companies and investors are increasingly investing in new products, portfolios and partnerships that will help deliver the SDGs. Hear how leading corporates and investors are re-shaping strategies and investments around the SDGs.

JP Morgan Marilyn Ceci Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds JP Morgan

BNP Paribas Hervé P. Duteil Managing Director, Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas BNP Paribas

Moderator: BNP Paribas Susan McPherson Founder and CEO McPherson Strategies

08:30 - 09:00
International Paper and World Wildlife Fund: Working Together to Save the World’s Forests

Learn about this groundbreaking collaboration to help create the world’s first science-based targets for forests, as well as innovative actions corporations, governments and others can take to meet the targets

International Paper Sophie Beckham Senior Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship International Paper Company

WWF US Kerry Cesareo Vice President, Forests WWF US

08:30 - 09:00
Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Realize 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

Medtronic Carol Surface Chief Human Resources Officer Medtronic

Moderator: American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) Hammad Atassi CEO American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

08:30 - 09:00
Closing Keynote: Moving from risk to opportunity

Businesses are increasingly looking towards sustainable innovations to change ESG risks into opportunities for prosperity and growth. Hear how companies are demonstrating leadership and taking hold of the opportunity that sustainable innovation provides.

Cummins Tom Linebarger Chairman & CEO Cummins

Shift Caroline Rees President and Co-Founder Shift

TerraCycle Tom Szaky CEO TerraCycle

08:30 - 09:00
Think like a start-up: Disrupt industry norms through sustainable innovation

To deliver the required changes requires bold, ambitious strategies that will go against years and even decades of industry norms. Learn how your company can embrace such a new approach and pursue new paths of sustainable growth.

Solarcoin Nick Gogerty CEO Solarcoin

Oracle Corporation Rich Kroes Senior Director of Global Sustainability Oracle Corporation

Braskem Jorge Soto Sustainable Development Director Braskem

ClimateLink Ravi Mikkelsen CEO ClimateLink

Avery Denninson RBIS Michael Colarossi Vice President, Product Line Management, Innovation and Sustainability Avery Denninson RBIS

08:30 - 09:00
SDG Partnership Workshop – Identifying new partnerships to tackle the SDGs

Tackling the SDGs takes a holistic approach – from start-ups, NGOs, companies, Governments and investors. Hear you can identify and launch new cross-industry partnerships that help tackle the SDGs and deliver ambitious impacts.

The New York Academy of Sciences Jennifer Costley Director, Physical Sciences, Sustainability & Engineering The New York Academy of Sciences

IBM Jeff West Corporate Responsibility Leader IBM

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


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