The industry shaping agenda


CEO-Lead Keynote Discussions

11:00am–11:15am

Purpose Keynote: The Dawn of Stakeholder Capitalism and the Real Economy

The current capitalist model, and market economy, of tracking and pursuing shareholder return isn’t fit for the 21st Century. There’s an increasing realisation that we need redefine what a healthy business and economy is. Covid-19 has shown that without a healthy society and natural environment there is no business or economy. Hear how companies are starting to realise a new purpose – one that delivers both profit and positive impact

Alison Martin CEO EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) and Bank Distribution Zurich

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

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

If we are to realise 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

Natural Capital Keynote: Building A Nature-Positive Economic Recovery

One of the consequences of Covid-19 is the increased acceptance that we need to radically transform our relationship with the natural world. Learn how companies are putting a Nature-Based approach at the heart of future strategies, and the business benefits of doing so

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

Coalition Keynote: Taking a Collaborative Approach in Driving Systemic Change

For decades business has adopted the combative approach, ‘there can only be one winner’. To deliver a clean and just future, a new approach is required – collaborative. In tackling societal ills and environmental risks – we either all lose, or all win. Learn how to move and engage the business on the need to help drive such ambitious collaborations. Hear how to engage key stakeholders – employees, suppliers, investors, NGOs and industry peers – on taking such transformative action

11:00am–11:15am

D&I Keynote: How Business can Help Drive to a More Equal 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

Closing Keynote: The Future of Work – Identifying the New Normal

This year has seen a global pandemic impact all forms of business and society – beyond recognition. Will we see a future where a large proportion of the workforce remains at home? What has the current crisis shown us with regards to employee health and wellbeing? Hear from business leaders on what they see as the future for their business in 3-5 years’ time

Theme 1: Business Strategy

11:00am–11:15am

Proving Sustainability as THE Recovery Strategy

The value of sustainability is far greater than a cost centre, but how do you prove to the board and investors to ensure YOUR strategy is deemed as the most desirable, offering new opportunities, as you start your recovery efforts

11:00am–11:15am

Develop Agile Strategies for a Decade of Disruption

To meet the Global Goals companies are tasked with setting long-term targets. However, over the coming months and years the global world will face significant disruptions. Hear how businesses are rebuilding their business behind a sustainable mission – without impacting current recovery efforts – whilst having the ability to evolve and remain consistent during uncertain times

11:00am–11:15am

Putting Sustainability at the Heart of ERM

Whilst the issues of risk will differ from one industry to another, top-line environmental and social issues impact all industries. Learn why it’s imperative that businesses put sustainability at the heart of their risk assessments, decision making and corporate governance – and what that looks like in practice

11:00am–11:15am

Rebuilding a Resilient Supply Chain Through Support and Collaboration

For decades global supply chains were built around cost, quality and speed of delivery. Covid-19 exposed how fragile our global supply chains are. Learn how companies can work together to support, empower their suppliers and in turn deliver greater 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

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 catalyse the transition towards a net-zero economy

Theme 2: Finance & 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 companies?

11:00am–11:15am

Building a New Relationship with Investors – Long-Term ESG Focussed

Learn how to bridge the gap with investors and hear practical ideas on how to communicate progress and impact on key ESG information

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

Theme 3: Climate Action

11:00am–11:15am

Nature Based Solutions: Accelerating Partnerships and Investments

In the wake of Covid-19 it’s even more 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

Using Technology to Put Packaging & Waste Behind a Circular Model

Reusable packaging is forecast as a $10+ billion opportunity that awaits us. Companies are now taking fast and radical action at every point in their packaging & waste cycle. In this session discover the latest technologies are helping companies realign their packaging systems behind a circular approach – benefitting both the business and the environment

11:00am–11:15am

Redesigning Products Through a Circular Lens

Companies must drive new thinking across all areas of supply chain management to close the loop on the product cycle – starting in product design and ending with collection and reuse. Learn how companies are seeing circular transformation as the key to their business recovery

11:00am–11:15am

Empower Communities & Smallholders to Take Climate Action

Companies cannot drive transformative change without the support of local communities and smallholders. Hear how companies are empowering local communities & smallholders to drive initiatives that help the development of restorative practices and deliver scalable change

Theme 4: Social Purpose and Impact

11:00am–11:15am

Building a D&I Strategy that has Integrity

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: It’s 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

Successfully Engaging Customers on Purpose and Impact

Forward-thinking companies are starting to realise that demonstrating the true value of the business – its impacts and outcomes – are just as important, if not more to its long-term success. Learn how to engage customers on complex issues, demonstrate impact and drive change.