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Business Critical Sessions from Sustainability Leaders Delivering the Clean, Inclusive Future 

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Business Leadership Keynotes
08:30 - 09:00
Leadership Keynote: Leading a sustainable future

With environmental measures encountering regulatory roll-back almost daily it’s up to others to fill the void left by national leadership. Hear how business, cities & investors are driving systematic change within business and delivering the blueprint for innovations that will create a global economy fit for purpose.

08:30 - 09:00
Circularity Keynote: Closing the loop to shape a new economy

Increasing pressure on natural resources are forcing companies to take a Life-Cycle-Analysis approach from as early on as product development. But the increased pressure and the lack of national leadership provides a unique opportunity for business to innovate and collaborate to close the loop. How can your company take the lead and showcase the commercial benefits of circularity

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Christopher Wellise Chief Sustainability Officer Hewlett Packard Enterprise

08:30 - 09:00
Environment Keynote: Role of technology & innovation in solving environmental challenges

To meet the 1.5-Degree target and reverse environmental impacts investments in innovation and technology are required. The advancements in technology alone present themselves as a solution to the environmental issues we face. Hear how technology can accelerate the move to a sustainable economy and conserve the natural environment.

Fedex Mitch Jackson Vice President of Environmental Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Fedex

08:30 - 09:00
Cities Keynote: Building the city of the future

Collaboration, technological innovation and investment are essential to build the smart city of the future which is fit for purpose. Hear how local Government, cities, investors and companies are working together to build decarbonized urban spaces.

08:30 - 09:00
Tech for Good Keynote: Ensuring technology benefits the many, not the few

Technology is advancing at an ever-increasing pace with its potential knowing no bounds. But with its advancement brings questions around its purpose, ethical use and the role of IT in society. Hear how technology and innovation can tackle societal issues and improve the world around us.

08:30 - 09:00
Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Leading the way

Increasing external pressure from investors and society is pushing business to do more to address their internal inequalities, especially within male dominated industries. Learn how to show leadership on D&I, how it can deliver a competitive advantage and the role technology has to play in levelling the field.

08:30 - 09:00
ESG Disclosure Keynote: Transparent, Investor Driven

The interest from the investment community in ESG disclosures is growing at a rapid pace, with no sign of slowing down. The shift is requiring more parts of the organization to be involved, with levels of transparency being asked that simply wasn’t before. What do investors expect and how do all stakeholders push ESG disclosure forward?

MetLife Tim Ring Chief Sustainability Officer MetLife

08:30 - 09:00
Closing Keynote: Delivering business success through social purpose

Doing something is no longer good enough. Businesses are increasingly aligning core strategies to societal issues and realizing the business benefits. Hear how companies are demonstrating leadership and taking hold of the opportunity that social purpose and impact provides

State of California Lenny Mendonca Chief Economic and Business Advisor State of California

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Supply Chain Innovation
08:30 - 09:00
Workshop: Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular Economy

Innovative companies are tackling circularity from as early as product development, with the goal of reaping the reputational and commercial benefits. In this workshop session learn:

  • Implement circularity principles from product development
  • Role of Artificial Intelligence in enabling circular solutions
  • Cross-industry & regulatory collaboration: delivering successful programmes through partnerships
  • Closing the loop to shape a new economy. Is it possible by 2030?

California Air Resources Board Emily Wimberger Chief Economist California Air Resources Board

Pirelli Tire North America Maureen Kline Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability Pirelli Tire North America

08:30 - 09:00
Traceability and Transparency – Tier 1 and Beyond

Ever increasingly complex supply chains lead to traceability and transparency issues. Both internal and external stakeholders expect visibility and transparency beyond Tier 1 within your supply chain. In this session learn:

  • Technological solutions to traceability and transparency problems
  • Get deeper in your supply chain to manage and measure your operational risks
  • Develop strategies and systems that deliver accurate metrics and oversight to monitor performance

Home Depot Ron Jarvis VP Merchandising/Sustainability Home Depot

CDP Betty Cremmins Director, CDP West CDP

08:30 - 09:00
Sustainable Procurement Integration

The demands on procurement often don’t match the demands of a sustainable company. It’s hard to make sustainability the focus within the procurement team when they have spent decades focusing on quality, price and lead-time. Hear how to navigate the sustainable procurement challenge and integrate social and environmental impacts into your buying processes.

MGM Resorts International Yalmaz Siddiqui Vice President, Corporate Sustainability MGM Resorts International

Saint Gobain Dennis Wilson Director of Sustainability & EHS Saint Gobain

HP Annukka Dickens Director Human Rights and Supply Chain HP

08:30 - 09:00
Diversity of suppliers: How systems and platforms can build a trusted view
There’s increasing pressure on companies to showcase diversity within their supplier-base. Hear how cross-industry systems and platforms help build a trusted and validated view of the supplier base
08:30 - 09:00
Integrating renewables across the supply chain – reducing costs and impacts

Renewable energy offers increasing opportunities to minimize costs and impacts within your supply chain. But it’s not as easy as just flicking a switch. Hear successful case studies on how to provide support and investment in key areas of impact within your supply chain.

08:30 - 09:00
The scalability challenge: How new systems and technology can help

A challenge for many companies is scaling their supply chain impacts. Hear innovative case studies on how forward thinking, technologies and systems are driving change

08:30 - 09:00
Transforming supply chains through ambitious collaborations

Start-ups, NGOs, companies, customers, suppliers, competitors, governments, employees or intrapreneurs – the collaboration opportunities are endless. How can your company scale its supply chain impacts through ambitious collaborations?

Ab Inbev Virginia Covo Director Climate Change Ab Inbev

08:30 - 09:00
Workshop: Plastic Waste - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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. Through in-depth discussions you’ll learn new ideas in the following areas:

  • Plastic packaging – innovative alternatives
  • Educate communities on plastic waste and recycling
  • Closing the loop on plastics through collaborations

Greenpeace John Hocevar Oceans Campaign Director Greenpeace

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Reporting & Communications
08:30 - 09:00
Measuring your Social Impact

The S in ESG is always the toughest to measure, coupled with the evolution of technology it’s even harder to understand the social implications of your impact. Discover how to navigate the data measurement challenge, understand what data is material and how the SDGs could be the key to framing your social impact.

Linde Riva Krut Global Head of Sustainable Development Linde

08:30 - 09:00
Getting the right data: What do investors want?

Data needs to be financially material, robust and comparable to be useful for investors. What data to investors want? What does this mean to the data that you collect and manage as a sustainability practitioner?

Goldman Sachs Derek Bingham VP Global Investment Research Goldman Sachs

Nomura Heather Grantham Head of Client Relations and Marketing Resources Nomura

JLL Cynthia Curtis Senior Vice President of Sustainability JLL

MSCI Samantha Sue Ping Vice President, Head of ESG Issuer Communications MSCI

08:30 - 09:00
Engaging ESG rating & rankings agencies

ESG reporting is becoming mainstream and a necessity. Companies and investors urge for standards, comparability and transparency. But where does the value of that lie? Will the interpretation of standardized ESG data sufficiently provide added value – or do we need to identify new, under-reported ESG issues in order to stay ahead of the curve?

08:30 - 09:00
TCFDs: Reporting the Financial Impacts of Climate Change

The TCFD recommendations will change sustainability reporting. It will add further pressure on companies to disclose ESG data – and thus enabling the market to arrive at a more informed view on how climate change will impact different businesses and sectors. Learn how companies are navigating the impending change.

The AES Corporation Leonardo Moreno Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy The AES Corporation

08:30 - 09:00
Human Rights Reporting Workshop
  • Focusing on the risk to people not the risk to business
  • Complying with new regulation and law – how will national and international laws affect your business
  • Finding the balance on Human Rights reporting
08:30 - 09:00
Purpose-driven communications: Employee Engagement

Employees can be your biggest advocates and most engaged stakeholder. Given the right message they can share your story for you. What are the latest strategies in engaging employees in sustainability and making them part of the movement?

08:30 - 09:00
Purpose-driven communications: Community Engagement

Hear from leading companies on community development projects that are increasing talent pools, educating communities and ensuring no one is left behind in the 4th industrial revolution

Covestro LLC Rebecca Lucore Head of Sustainability and CSR Covestro LLC

ManpowerGroup Ruth Harper Global Vice President of Communications ManpowerGroup

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Tech for Good
08:30 - 09:00
NEW for 2019

We will host several Chatham-House roundtable debates on how we as citizens, and businesses, can ensure that technology is a force for good. How can we avoid un-intended consequences of new technologies? How can we ensure technology delivers social impacts?

08:30 - 09:00
Social application of technology

Technology is a catalyst for social change, it gives power and a voice to people within the community. How can companies use technology to build solutions which supports and improves local communities?

08:30 - 09:00
Impact of Automation on the workforce

The discussion on the impact of automation in diminishing the traditional workforce is still on going and there is no resolution in sight. Displacement and shifts are always going to happen during an industrial revolution. How is this being equalized?

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