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The key issues shaping the future of sustainable business

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

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

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

Moderator: 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

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

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

09:30 - 10:00
Circular Economy Keynote: Transitioning from a Linear to a Circular industrial strategy

With increasing pressure on natural and man-made resources, innovative companies are taking a Life-Cycle-Analysis approach to product development and realising the commercial benefits

Moderator: London Waste And Recycling Board Natalia Agathou Business Advice Manager London Waste And Recycling Board

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

Mahindra Anirban Ghosh CSO Mahindra

London Waste And Recycling Board Wayne Hubbard CEO London Waste And Recycling Board

CDP Paul Simpson Chief Executive Officer CDP

09:30 - 10:00
Investor Keynote: Dichotomy of short-term & long-term value

Past finance models have rewarded companies that delivered quarterly growth and profits. Hear how companies and investors are changing strategies to reward more innovative, transformational, long-term strategies. How can we accelerate this approach across mainstream investors?

Hermes Saker Nusseibeh CEO Hermes

Alecta Magnus Billing CEO Alecta

Chair: ShareAction Catherine Howarth CEO ShareAction

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

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

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
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 Lisa Morden Vice President, Safety and Sustainability Kimberly Clark

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

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
De-carbonising the supply chain through new technology and innovations

To meet the 1.5-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations in technologies, strategies and clean energy. But to make a carbon intensive business sustainable, you’re always aiming at a moving target. How do you successfully navigate this shift? Discover some of the leading innovations, smart technologies and renewables that are accelerating the move to a low-carbon supply chain.

Enel Giulia Genuardi Head of Sustainability Finance & Innovability (Innovation & Sustainability) Enel

Syngenta Alexandra Brand Chief Sustainability Officer Syngenta

08:30 - 09:00
A Focus on Cities: Public and Private collaborations that are delivering impact

It is critical that Cities take bold climate action to deliver a clean, healthy and sustainable future. Hear how companies are working with cities to deliver the Clean and Smart city of the future. Key areas of focus include:

  • Partnerships that are transforming cities to a Net-Zero Carbon environment through renewables and building renovations
  • Technologies and systems that are enabling improved mobility, inclusion and impact

Woodland Trust Beccy Speight CEO Woodland Trust

RaboResearch Tara Janssen Sustainability Economist RaboResearch

Nissan Energy Francisco Carranza Managing Director Nissan Energy

Nissan Energy Harry Verhaar Head of Global Public & Government Affairs Signify

Moderator: London Waste And Recycling Board Natalia Agathou Business Advice Manager London Waste And Recycling Board

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

Bacardi Rodolfo Nervi VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability Bacardi

PepsiCo Yolanda Malone Vice President of Global Foods Packaging PepsiCo

The Dow Chemical Company Lorraine Francourt Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy The Dow Chemical Company

Dell Louise Koch Corporate Sustainability Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa Dell

Moderator: Lonely Whale Dune Ives Chief Executive Officer Lonely Whale

Responsible Supply Chains

The majority of environmental and societal pressures fall within the supply chain. Discover new emerging innovations, technologies, and collaborations critical to sustainable, cost-effective supply chain strategies

08:30 - 09:00
Traceability and Transparency – Improve your visibility across all Tiers

To accurately measure impact, companies must have a multi-tier transparency of their value chain. Learn how to develop effective strategies incorporating data & technology to assess risk, improve compliance and increase productivity

Arla Foods Sami Naffakh EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer Arla Foods

Fairtrade Cheryl McGechie Director of Public Engagement Fairtrade

ArcelorMittal Alan Knight General Manager- Corporate Responsibility ArcelorMittal

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

Microsoft Ruptesh Pattanayak Director Industry Solutions Microsoft

WWF Raphaele Deau, LFL Market Lead WWF

Maersk Annette Stube Head of Group Sustainability Maersk

Danske Bank Jeanette Fangel Head of Group Societal Impact & Sustainability Danske Bank

08:30 - 09:00
Empower suppliers to help deliver new climate goals

New goals and ambitions will add increasing pressure on suppliers. Hear how new systems, technologies and collaborations are helping companies address GHG emissions, water resilience and other climate impacts

Circular Economy Club Hari Sundaresan Group Chief Procurement Officer BT

Moderator: Circular Economy Club David Greenfield CEC European External Affairs Circular Economy Club

08:30 - 09:00
Going beyond audits – New approaches, collaborations and technologies that address human rights risks

Whilst audits serve an important purpose in managing risks through the tiers of the supply chain, added layers are required to identify slavery and other human rights violations. Hear how companies have developed innovative strategies and approaches to go beyond the auditing process to address human rights risks

Co-op Paul Gerrard Campaigns and Public Affairs Director Co-op

NEXT PLC Christopher Grayer Head of Supplier Ethical Compliance NEXT PLC

Unicef Charlotte Williams Head of Children’s Rights and Business Unicef

08:30 - 09:00
Modern Slavery – The investor perspective

Investors will share how they are making investments and moving funds based on Modern Slavery risks. Most of the session will then be devoted to Q&A where investors will be asked; what are their expectations on companies with regards to Modern Slavery? What’s the level of importance in investment decisions and how companies can engage them better on Modern Slavery mitigation?

Nordea Sasja Beslik Head of Group Sustainable Finance Nordea

Investor Focus

Investors are critical to helping accelerate the responsible business agenda. But what do investors really want? Learn how your company can improve its disclosure and engagement on ESG information?

08:30 - 09:00
The investment process: How do investors analyse, compare and make investment decisions?

What do investors want? In this interactive session investors will share how they make their investment decisions and how corporates can improve their communications and disclosures.

BlackRock Ryan O’Keeffe Managing Director BlackRock

ING Leon Wijnands Global Head of Sustainability ING

Church Commissioners for England Edward Mason Head of Responsible Investment/span> Church Commissioners for England

PIMCO Niamh Whooley Senior Vice President, ESG Strategies PIMCO

Moderator: Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) Daryl Brewster CEO Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)

08:30 - 09:00
Building a new relationship with investors – responding to mutual expectations
  • Quantify ESG data that meets investors requirements
  • What is the best way to communicate your progress to different stakeholders on your ESG information?
  • Impact investment - Engaging Institutional Investors to think long-term
  • Examples of Successful Engagement and Sustainability Reporting [Case Studies]

M&G Prudential Ben Constable Maxwell Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing M&G Prudential

AXA Investment Managers Yo Takatsuki Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership AXA Investment Managers

Man Jason Mitchell Co-Head of Responsible Investment Man

08:30 - 09:00
TCFD Workshop

Sponsored by:

Workshop sponsored by: EcoAct

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

  • Implementing the TCFD recommendations into your business
  • Monetising your climate impacts to transition to the low-carbon economy
  • Conducting a scenario analysis of your climate risks

CDSB Nadine Robinson Technical Director CDSB

Measure, Evidence and Report

The increased risk to the business of ESG issues has led to a focus on the disclosure and ultimately data behind impacts. Learn how to accurately report impact and disclose future risks and opportunities

08:30 - 09:00
Evidencing impact: Going beyond outputs - is your business really contributing to make the issue better?

In today’s digital world transparency is a given, but evidence is now critical. Learn how to identify meaningful data, evaluate progress and demonstrate accurate impacts. Understand the importance of more just data – purpose, culture, strategic alignment with the SDGs and climate action

Merian Global Investors Freddie Woolfe Head Of Responsible Investment and Stewardship Merian Global Investors

HSBC Jon Wright Sustainable Finance Reporting Manager HSBC

HSBC Gerbrand Haverkamp Managing Director World Benchmarks Alliance.

Moderator:  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Phil Bloomer Executive Director Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

08:30 - 09:00
Technology-driven scenario mapping: From risk to opportunity

Take a business-wide approach to materiality assessment that goes well beyond stakeholder engagement to forecast future risks and identify future business opportunities

08:30 - 09:00
Quantify success: Measure & Monetise your impacts

Data-driven impacts. In this interactive session share ideas on how to accurately quantify social and environmental impacts, attribute accounting values to investments and impacts and benchmark against your peers.

Zurich Linda Freiner Group Head of Sustainability Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

Kering Michael Beutler Director of Sustainability Operations Kering

Moderator: Natural Capital Coalition Martin Lok Deputy Director Natural Capital Coalition

Communicate and Engage

Transparent, holistic communications is now more important than ever. Hear how you company can demonstrate leadership and purpose among key stakeholder groups

08:30 - 09:00
Demonstrate leadership and become a trusted voice on material issues

Companies can no longer stay silent on the key issues impacting society and environment. However, communicating on complex issues can be a challenge. How can communication teams communicate the key facts and issues in a coherent way?

Telefonica Geert Paemen Director for Sustainability and Non-Financial KPI’s Telefonica

Rubies in the Rubble Jenny Costa (nee Dawson) Founder Rubies in the Rubble

Moderator: Nokia Christine Diamente Head of Brand Nokia

08:30 - 09:00
Engaging customers and communities on your purpose vision

Communicating your impact-driven purpose and value proposition is critical – both to future success and inspiring customers and communities to tack action. Learn how to engage customers on key social and environmental impacts. Help and inspire them to be part of the solution

AstraZeneca Helen Seibel Associate Director, Global Community Investment AstraZeneca

Lloyds Banking Group Leigh Smyth Responsible Transformation Lead Lloyds Banking Group


ONE HUNDRED Emily Harrison Head of Asda Foundation Asda Foundation

Moderator: UKSIF Charlene Cranny Communications and Campaigns Director UKSIF

08:30 - 09:00
Educate the whole business on this positive impact-driven strategy

A change strategy focussed on delivering total positive impacts will affect all business functions. Hear successful engagement strategies that are convincing the Board and activating employees on the new transformational strategy

M&S Carmel McQuaid Head of Sustainable Business M&S

Tesco PLC David Page UK & ROI Communications Director Tesco Plc

HSBC Private Banking Sophie Haas Head of Sustainable Investment Offering HSBC Private Banking

Moderator: EarthWatch Institute Maria Pontes Corporate Programmes Lead EarthWatch Institute

08:30 - 09:00

Sponsored by:

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

Chairman: University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Aris Vrettos Open Programmes & International Markets University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


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