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The key issues shaping the future of sustainable business

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

09:00 - 09:30
Collaboration and SDGs Keynote: Coming together to create a single unified force base

Companies are increasingly investing in new products, portfolios and partnerships that will help deliver the SDGs. Hear how leading corporates, Investors, Governments and NGOs are coming together to force change

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

Syngenta Erik Fyrwald CEO Syngenta

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

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

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
Human Rights Keynote: Going beyond compliance through ambitious collaborations

There’s increasing evidence that there’s a business case for businesses to go beyond compliance. To do that requires bold ambition and collaborations that address issues at source on a large-scale

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

09:30 - 10:00
AI Keynote: Building trust in AI through responsible leadership

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will represent a profound change in business and society. How can companies make the most of AI whilst negating possible negative impacts? Should companies be responsible for developing safe and ethical AI? How do we prevent gender or racial bias and social exclusion?

American AI Association Al Naqvi President American AI Association

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

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
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

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 Vice President of Sustainable Finance ING

C&A Jeff Hogue Chief Sustainability Of cer C&A

Forum for the Future Sally Uren CEO Forum for the Future

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. Learn how you can identify and launch new cross-industry partnerships that help tackle the SDGs and deliver ambitious impacts

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
Decarbonisation at scale: Accelerating the adoption of renewables

To achieve the 1.5-Degree Target requires ambitious investments across the whole value chain. From transportation to buildings, hear how companies are investing to accelerate the adoption of renewables

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, healthier and sustainable future. Hear how Cities and companies are collaborating to accelerate this ambition

  • Part a: Circular Cities – innovative partnerships that are tackling waste and leveraging new circular systems
  • Part b: Clean Cities – partnerships that are transforming cities to a Net-Zero Carbon environment through renewables and building renovations
  • Part c: SMART cities – Technologies and systems that are enabling improved mobility, inclusion and impact
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

CDP Paul Simpson Chief Executive Officer CDP

Mars Petcare Europe Myriam Cohen-Welgryn President Mars Petcare Europe

Nokia Mairit Hollsten-Väinölä VP Customer Support , Mobile Networks Nokia

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
2020 Workshop: Targets, Collaborations and Investments

The 2020 Target line is in sight and companies across multiple industries are under increasing pressure to deliver. In this 90-minute Chatham House rules workshop key areas of discussion include:

  • 2020 targets – where are we and what’s next?
  • How can we deliver great collaboration and more holistic cross-sector thinking?
  • How can we accelerate investments in new technologies?
  • Are zero-deforestation supply chains attainable, and if so, when?
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 Of cer Arla Foods

Fairtrade Cheryl McGechie Director of Public Engagement Fairtrade

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 Dea Market Lead WWF

Maersk Annette Stube Head of Group Sustainability Maersk

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

New goals and ambitions will add increasing pressure on suppliers. Hear practical ideas on how to overcome the investment, collaboration, skills and technology hurdles and deliver impact

08:30 - 09:00
Beyond audits – Systems, 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. How can companies implement new effective technologies and collaborations to identify and solve these risks at the source

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?

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

08:30 - 09:00
Communicate rigorous and accurate ESG data

What is the best way to communicate your progress to different stakeholders on your ESG information?

  • Quantify ESG data that meets investors requirements
  • Tailor your communications to meet different internal and external requirements

Man Jason Mitchell Co-Head of Responsible Investment Man

08:30 - 09:00
Building a new relationship with investors – responding to mutual expectations
  • What do Responsible Investors want from sustainable companies?
  • 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

08:30 - 09:00
TCFD Workshop

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
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

ING Leon Wijnands Global Head of Sustainability ING

HSBC Jon Wright Sustainable Finance Reporting Manager HSBC

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.

08:30 - 09:00
SDG reporting workshop – mapping, measuring and communicating

In this 90-120 minute, Chatham-House rules workshop discussions will focus on:

  • Identify what’s relevant and to be reported
  • Map against your impacts on local and national levels
  • Measure your contribution to the SDGs
  • Communicate SDG impacts to key stakeholder groups
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?

08:30 - 09:00
Proactive not reactive – Prepare for the unforeseen with smart systems and engagement

In today’s fast-moving, digitalised-world companies have just minutes to define and communicate their stance on issues. Learn how new strategies and systems enable companies and its employees to have the necessary information within seconds

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

08:30 - 09:00
Take a stand; The dawn of brand activism

Staying silent is no longer an option. Employees, customers, investors and other key stakeholders expect companies to advocate and lead on key society and environmental issues. How is this achieved without negatively impacting the business?

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

ArcelorMittal Alan Knight General Manager- Corporate Responsibility ArcelorMittal

Lloyds Banking Group Leigh Smyth Responsible Transformation Lead Lloyds Banking Group

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 bringing activating the Board and employees on the new transformational strategy

Moderator: EarthWatch Institute Maria Pontes Corporate Programmes Lead EarthWatch Institute

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

 Tesco Plc David Page UK & ROI Communications Director Tesco Plc


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