RBUSA Agenda: Leading the New World Order


Keynotes

11:00am–11:15am

Purpose Keynote: Business Leadership in the New World Order

Covid-19 has exposed our fragility to global disruptions, yet the threats that lie ahead from climate change and human encroachment on natural ecosystems could produce shocks of even greater magnitude, spanning even longer time frames. Coupled with the present-day social injustices magnified by the death of George Floyd, this is a generational moment for change. We’re on the verge of a new awakening. How will your business lead in the new world order?

11:00am–11:15am

Social Justice Keynote: Ensuring an Inclusive Recovery

Systemic racism and climate change are not separate issues, and they will not abide separate solutions. We have a generational opportunity to help build a greener and more just economy. To ensure this happens we must not make the mistakes of the past, there cannot be a green divide. Understand how to create an inclusive solution that connects the dots on social and environmental justice

11:00am–11:15am

Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Building a More Civil and Just Society

Companies need to draw long-term plans for social inclusion and racial equality that go beyond announcements and new initiatives. Businesses must ask themselves tough questions and be open and honest about what they find – only then can we start to deliver real change

11:00am–11:15am

ESG Keynote: Reaching the Mainstream

ESG was already reaching the mainstream, but the pandemic and subsequent social unrest has only accelerated that trajectory. Investors want to invest in resilient companies, with the current crisis throwing into focus the social contract of a business. Hear from leading investors on how the pandemic and protests over racism have reshaped investment decisions

11:00am–11:15am

Finance and Net Zero Keynote: Moving Capital Markets Behind a Clean Recovery

If we are to realize the Net-Zero ambition it’s imperative that we reset finance behind a more long-term, ESG-driven setting. Hear how leading investment institutions are putting ESG at the heart of their future investment strategies, and what it could mean for corporations

11:00am–11:15am

The Race to Zero Keynote: How Companies can Lead the Way

With the UN’s launch of the ‘Race to Zero’ pledge companies, investors & governments are tasked with setting more ambitious targets to accelerate the delivery of a net-zero economy. Hear how innovative companies are embracing this challenge and looking to lead to a clean, low-carbon future

11:00am–11:15am

Supply Chain Keynote: Delivering a Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chain

With empty shelves and stalled production lines across the world, the Covid-19 crisis has brought attention to the critical role of global supply chains and both their strengths and weaknesses. As companies have the challenge of rethinking their supply chains, what lessons can they take in re-strategizing their business and being better prepared for the risks posed by climate change?

11:00am–11:15am

Circularity Keynote: Putting Circularity at The Heart of The Recovery Strategy

Delivering a circular economy and eliminating waste is a huge global challenge. And the Covid-19 pandemic has compounded this challenge – increasing waste, falling revenues… Hear how innovative businesses are using the recovery as an opportunity to put circularity at the heart of their business

11:00am–11:15am

Politics Keynote: The Role of Business in Democratic Process

The 2020 US election is a monumental moment in the country’s history. With misinformation campaigns and concerns of voter suppression, business must recognize and use its political clout to ensure a fair and democratic election. What role can and should businesses play in the November election?

Finance and Investor Engagement

11:00am–11:15am

Investors Funding the Green Recovery

The world is being rapidly reset and rewired behind a sustainable transition. This will be the decade for change, and action is needed now. Discover how investors are realigning funds behind new clean innovations and ambitions, and where they see future opportunities

11:00am–11:15am

The Active Investor – What it Means for Business

Investors are increasingly taking a more active, impact-driven approach to key investment holdings. This will help accelerate change behind a clean and sustainable footing, but what does it mean for sustainability professionals?

11:00am–11:15am

Putting a Value on the S in ESG

The social metrics have always been the most challenging for companies, and investors, to measure and value. Hear how both are putting a true value on their impact to society, the return to the business of this investment and how that can be benchmarked against peers

11:00am–11:15am

How do Investors Analyze, Compare and Make Investment Decisions?

Performance based metrics are key to investment decisions, with an increased focus on social issues and D&I. Hear how investors make their investment decisions, what they want and how corporates can improve their communications and disclosures

Social Purpose and Impact

11:00am–11:15am

Diversity & Inclusion Part A: Building a Strategy that has Integrity

Diversity and Inclusion issues have reached a tipping point. The internal goals that companies set and communicate must translate into external societal change, that’s the only way business can make an impact when talking about social equity. Companies can’t just have a stance they must now act. Develop a strategy with integrity that focuses on diversity and true inclusion and belonging

11:00am–11:15am

Diversity & Inclusion Part B: Communicating your Strategy

There’s a risk that companies make D&I announcements but don’t truly understand the complexities, challenges and opportunities that awaits. Hear how companies can be honest, transparent and communicate a program that’s ambitious, realistic and has clear impacts and milestones. Only then will you show integrity and build trust among employees and key stakeholders

11:00am–11:15am

Corporate Activism: Time to Take a Stand

Businesses have been increasingly embracing what is known as brand activism – taking a stand on social, environmental, or political issues. Now is the time for businesses to take the lead on key issues and drive real change within communities and across borders. Hear how to navigate this challenging approach and the benefits of doing so

11:00am–11:15am

Developing Meaningful Community Projects

The impact of future crises such as climate change and food scarcity on vulnerable populations is often spoken of in an abstract way. It isn’t and won’t be abstract to the vulnerable now or in the future. How do we bring those communities together in new and meaningful ways?

11:00am–11:15am

Purpose Driven Communications: Empowering Communities

Companies cannot drive transformative change without the support of local communities. Hear how companies are empowering local communities to drive initiatives that are increasing talent pools, educating communities and ensuring communities grow with you

Value Chain Resilience

11:00am–11:15am

Purpose-Driven Procurement: Supporting the Most Vulnerable Suppliers

As the Covid-19 crisis took hold, the smaller suppliers were often been the hardest hit. Now is the time for companies to show real leadership and support their key, but vulnerable suppliers. Doing so will build trust and support among employees, customers and other suppliers

11:00am–11:15am

Shortening and Localizing Supply Chains

COVID-19, a negative environmental impact and the current geopolitical climate all point in one direction, the shortening and localization of supply chains. Businesses need to assess their role in long vulnerable supply chains, but how do you strike the right balance between localization and ensuring manufacturing regions don’t suffer?

11:00am–11:15am

Transitioning to Net Zero Value Chain

Businesses must move behind a green recovery. However, this is a challenge for companies that have supply chains that have 000s of suppliers across their Tiers. Hear from experts on how companies are reshaping their value chains to catalyze the transition towards a net-zero economy

11:00am–11:15am

Nature Based Solutions: Accelerating Partnerships and Investments

It’s now more than ever critical that businesses collaborate to help deliver transformative, restorative growth strategies. The long-term reality of nature-based solutions makes seeking investments and partnerships challenging. Learn how companies and investors can work together to implement nature-based solutions that deliver large-scale impacts

11:00am–11:15am

Implementing Science Based Targets – Aiming for a 1.5-degree Target

Companies are under increasing pressure to align their business model with a 1.5-degree Target. But what does this mean for your business? How can you prove the business case of aligning the business with a 1.5 Target? How to do this and potential pathways to achieve this target will all be discussed.

Workshops

11:00am–11:15am

A Joint Approach to ESG Engagement: Investor Relations and Sustainability

Non-financial performance has financial relevance to investors, meaning reporting professionals from two different worlds need to collaborate to understand what this ESG demand means and how to share non-financial data in a financial context. Get in front of the trend and understand the latest approaches to further collaboration between internal teams

11:00am–11:15am

TCFD Reporting: Accurately Reporting Future Risks, Impacts and Scenarios

Reporting, by its very nature, is a backwards looking exercise which makes the data collection and disclosure somewhat an easy task. Now companies are tasked with disclosing accurate future risks, impacts and scenarios. Hear how to improve the accuracy of future climate scenarios and social risks and get first-hand insight from investors as to what best-in-class looks like when it comes to TCFD reporting.

11:00am–11:15am

From Pilot to Scale – How can Companies Mainstream a Circular System

A circular approach will not only mitigate risk for businesses, it is also critical for many in their quest to deliver a Net-Zero business. However, implementing a circular system across your operations is no easy task. In this workshop, understand how to implement a circular strategy at the heart of your business

11:00am–11:15am

Embedding Resilience in your Business Strategy

Many companies around the world currently find themselves in full crisis mode. Covid-19 showed that unexpected crisis can happen. Companies need to be prepared for not only climate preparedness but for future pandemics, political, cultural or demographic crisis. Hear how companies are creating strategies and using the latest technology to develop agility to adapt to future risks and scenarios