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The Responsible Business Summit Europe 2020 26-28 May, 2020 · London, UK

Why you should join the world’s leading sustainability event

The Responsible Business Summit Europe is the world’s leading sustainability event. It is the only global event where CEOs, heads of business and ESG investors, from across the globe, meet to share new ideas, investments and collaborations that will shape the future of sustainable business.

3 reasons why you have to attend #RBSEU

1Critical Insight from CEOs and Business Leaders: Understand what it takes to drive transformational change in your business and industry. Hear exclusive insights from CEOs and Leaders from the world’s most innovative brands on how to drive action and take the lead on key social and environmental challenges.


2A Cutting-Edge Agenda: The event is focused on delivering you practical, actionable ideas which will help accelerate your ambitions. Whether your focus is Strategic Innovation, Climate Action, Responsible Supply Chains, Sustainable Finance or Reporting and Communications our five conference tracks will tailor both days to your specific needs


3Learn From and Benchmark Against 750+ Corporate Peers: We know that the best person to give you advice is someone that has direct, ‘tried-and-trusted’ experience. #RBSEU features corporate speakers, with a total focus on corporate priorities and sustainability learning. Get over 16 hours of best practice and future strategy planning at Europe’s most senior sustainability conference.


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Strategy & Innovation

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Climate Action and Circular Innovation

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Operations and Supply Chain

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ESG Disclosure and Investor Engagement

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Purpose-Driven Communication

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Strategy & Innovation

Business is tasked with delivering these new business models – strategies that work both in the long and short term – whilst sustaining business success. Use data, science and the latest trends to determine a full impact analysis of current business impacts and future opportunities.

Some key sessions:

  • The Future of Business Keynote: The Leaders Disrupting and Driving Change
  • SDG Impact Keynote: Accelerating Action to Achieve Global Goals
  • Develop Agile Strategies: The Long and Short-Term Quandary
  • 2030 Roadmaps: Use Evidence and Backcasting Techniques to Identify Impending Disruptions
  • Prove the ROI of Sustainability to the Board & Investors
  • Addressing Inequalities across Business Operations

Featured speakers:

Nigel Stansfield
Interface

Nigel Stansfield

President interface, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia (EAAA)

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Helen Mets
DSM

Helen Mets

President of Resins & Functional Materials

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Mark Barnett
Mastercard

Mark Barnett

President UK, Ireland, Nordics, Baltics

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Dame Julia Cleverdon
CBE

Dame Julia Cleverdon

DCVO

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Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘connecting the unconnected’, inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good in the most challenged communities.

During her tenure as Chief Executive of Business in the Community from 1991 to 2007, Julia worked closely with the President HRH The Prince of Wales in building a movement of 850 member companies. Julia later served as Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities and focused efforts on disadvantaged communities.

Julia chairs Transform – an alliance of Teach First, Police Now, Unlocked, Think Ahead and Frontline to collaborate on the many common issues facing public service leadership, and inspire a whole new generation to take up critical community impact professional roles.

Julia co-founded Step Up To Serve (#iwill), which aims to make meaningful social action a part of life for young people across the UK. As Chair of Teach First from 2007 to 2014, and now Vice Patron, Julia has pioneered efforts to address educational disadvantage. She serves on the National Citizen Service, Careers and Enterprise Company and Youth Futures Foundation boards, is Deputy Chair of the Fair Education Alliance, and Chair of the National Literacy Trust.

Michelle Cirocco
Televerde

Michelle Cirocco

Chief Social Responsibility Officer

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Michelle Cirocco is Televerde’s Chief Social Responsibility Officer. Michelle joined Televerde in 1999 and has held several leadership positions including Chief Marketing Officer. Michelle is a strong customer champion with a tireless commitment to demand generation excellence and best practices.

Michelle earned her MBA from Arizona State University where she also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Services Leadership. She holds multiple certifications from SiriusDecisions. Michelle is an avid TED fan and organized and hosted TEDxPerryvilleCorrectional, the first TEDx to be held in an Arizona prison, which looked behind the curtain of incarceration to show the potential that exists in giving second chances.

In her role as Televerde’s Chief Social Responsibility Officer, Michelle is excited to further expand Televerde’s social footprint to create even more opportunities that transform lives.

Michelle dedicates a significant amount of her free time giving back to her local community by volunteering for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Athena International and the Arouet Foundation.

Christian Leitz
UBS

Christian Leitz

Secretary, Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee

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Education: Oxford University, D.Phil., Modern History; University of the West of England, BA (Hons) Humanities

  • As Secretary to the UBS Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee (CCRC), one of the five Board of Directors committees of UBS Group AG, Christian assists the Committee's Chair in putting together the agenda for the Committee and prepares the accompanying documentation. The CCRC supports the firm's Board in fulfilling its duty to safeguard and advance the Group’s reputation for responsible corporate conduct and to assess developments in stakeholder expectations and their possible consequences for UBS.
  • Heading Corporate Responsibility Management, a function within the bank's UBS in society organization, Christian coordinates UBS's corporate responsibility & sustainability reporting and has particular responsibilities in the area of stakeholder management.
  • Christian is also head of the UBS Long-Term Archives and the firm's corporate historian, acting as a center of competence for all questions pertaining to historical issues at the firm.
  • Christian has worked on a large range of corporate responsibility topics and regularly gives workshops and presentations on corporate responsibility in general and at UBS, and on particular topics and issues.
  • Prior to joining UBS in 2003 Christian taught history at universities in the UK and New Zealand. He has written and edited six books and a very substantial number of articles and essays.
  • https://ch.linkedin.com/in/christian-leitz-8974a74
Caroline Laurie
KingFisher

Caroline Laurie

Head of Sustainability

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A CIMA qualified accountant, Caroline joined Kingfisher 13 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q UK. In 2012 she was asked to join the company’s new energy saving proposition as a business development manager – designed to help customers reduce their home’s energy use through intelligent product developments and installed solutions. It was then a natural step for Caroline into her current role as Head of Sustainability at Kingfisher. Caroline has a passion for sailing and in her spare time you’ll often find her cruising and racing on the Solent.

Gabrielle Ginér
BT

Gabrielle Ginér

Head of Environmental Sustainability

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Meet senior executives from the following companies:

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Logo of Hilton
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Logo of Nokia
Logo of Walmart
Logo of WBCSD
Logo of Next
Logo of coca_cola
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Logo of DOW
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Logo of ING
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Climate Action and Circular Innovation

Driving a decade of action starts with transforming your whole operations and supply chain model. From energy efficiency and sustainable R&D to supplier empowerment and Scope 3, deep dive on how companies build resilience across their entire operations.

Some key sessions:

  • The Future of Procurement Keynote: Putting Purpose and Impact at the Heart
  • Build a Resilient Supply Chain Through New Tools and Technologies
  • The 21st Century Supply Chain: Combining Sustainability and Procurement KPIs
  • Packaging Workshop: Identifying and Scaling New Solutions
  • Traceability & Visibility: Successfully Map and Monitor Across the Tiers
  • Workshop: Net-Zero Value Chains – Addressing Scope 3 Emissions

Featured speakers:

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz
IPCC

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Vice Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU). She serves as Vice Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley). She served as the Director for the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at CEU between 2007 and 2017, as the Acting Head of Department in 2002-2003 and directed the PhD program in 2003 – 2004.

Diana Urge-Vorsatz was a Coordinating Lead Author in two Assessment Reports of the IPCC. She served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. She serves as associate editor of the journal “Energy Efficiency”, and is a member of the Editorial Board of “Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources”. She was a Visiting Professor at the International Christian University of Tokyo and a Research Scholar at IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis). She has been serving on the Governing and Advisory boards of several organizations, including Innogy (formerly RWE), the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), and the Hungarian Energy-Efficiency Cofinancing Program (HEECP), and the Club of Budapest. She is regularly invited to high-level review panels, such as that evaluating the work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the EU’s Joint Research Centre. She is regularly invited as a keynote or plenary speaker worldwide. She has over 200 scientific publications, in outlets including PNAS, Nature, Nature Climate Change. She has over 100 media appearances per year on climate and energy issues. She received the Hungarian Republic’s Presidential Award “Medium Cross” in 2008, as well as the “Role Model” award in 2009 and was invited as a member of Academia Europaea in 2017.

Pia Heidenmark Cook
IKEA Group

Pia Heidenmark Cook

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Pia Heidenmark Cook is, since February 2018, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Ingka Group (INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities), the largest IKEA franchisee with 377 stores in 30 markets. She leads a team of sustainability professionals in the global office, as well as sustainability experts integrated across the retail, shopping Centre and customer fulfilment business across 30 markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. During 2017, she was acting CSO, and before that head of Sustainability in IKEA Group Retail & Expansion, embedding sustainability in IKEAs retail operations and securing a more sustainable offer to IKEA customers. She was for several years (ended 2017) co-chair of REAP, Retailers Environmental Action Programme, together with a member of the EU Commission. Before joining IKEA in 2008, Pia worked as Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility at the Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of hotel brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn (300+ hotels in 50+ countries). During this period, Pia chaired the tourism branch of Prince of Wales Business Leader's Forum, a membership organization for all major international hotel brands. Pia holds both a Technical Licentiate degree and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management, from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has lived in France and Belgium, but now lives in southern Sweden, with Canadian husband and two daughters. Pia has worked with, lectured and studied CSR/sustainability related topics since 1996, both across academia, consultancy and business, mainly across tourism and retail sector.

Shawn Welch
Hi-Cone Worldwide

Shawn Welch

Vice President and General Manager

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Shawn Welch is Vice President and General Manager of Hi-Cone Worldwide, a leading manufacturer of beverage ring carrier multipacks.

Prior to joining Hi-Cone, Shawn served as Vice President and General Manager for the North American Beer Business Unit of Owens-Illinois (O-I). Before that, he spent over three years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America at O-I.

From 2008 to 2011, Shawn served as Senior Vice President of Customer Management for North American Retail for Sara Lee Corporation in Downers Grove, Illinois. 

His executive career began in 2000, when he re-joined Kellogg Company as Senior Director of Team Sales in their Morning Foods division, before later being promoted to serve as Vice President of Sales for their Frozen Foods division. Shawn began his career in sales in 1988 with Kellogg Company, serving for over 11 years in various sales and marketing roles at regional locations (Memphis, Atlanta, and Dallas) before transferring to the corporate office in Battle Creek, Michigan as Marketing Manager in 1997. He later acted as Customer Marketing Manager with Schering-Plough.

Shawn has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. 

Jan-Willem Vosmeer
HEINEKEN

Jan-Willem Vosmeer

Global Manager Corporate Social Responsibility

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Jan-Willem Vosmeer is Global Manager Corporate Social Responsibility at HEINEKEN, supporting and driving the company’s global sustainability strategy ‘Brewing a Better World’, involving 70 markets worldwide. He is responsible for stakeholder engagement with a specific eye for investors, NGOs, the UN and partnerships. Water Stewardship is one his focus areas, coordinating the development and launch of Every Drop, HEINEKEN’s 2030 water strategy. Other areas of work are related to Sustainable Sourcing, Responsible Consumption, Reducing CO2 emissions, Human Rights and Inclusion & Diversity. Jan-Willem managed HEINEKEN’s Global Sustainability Reporting for 7 years, including the integration into the financial report.

In previous positions within HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem was Group Crisis Manager – managing crisis issues and crisis preparedness -, interim Brand PR Manager for the Heineken brand and responsible for activating global internal communications programmes.

Before joining HEINEKEN, Jan-Willem worked at BBDO, one of the world’s leading creative communications agency networks, in Amsterdam and Brussels.

Jan-Willem has degrees in Communications and Organisational Anthropology, and completed executive courses at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Harvard Business School.

Ibrahim N. Al-Zu’bi
Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Ibrahim N. Al-Zu’bi

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim-Holding. In his current role, Ibrahim oversees the group-wide Sustainability strategy of Majid Al Futtaim and is in charge of raising the company’s Sustainability Profile in the Middle East and globally. One of Ibrahim’s top priorities is to develop and drive ‘Net positive’ sustainability strategy across the company’s different business units.

Ibrahim joined Majid Al Futtaim Properties in 2011 as the Head of Sustainability for Majid Al Futtaim Properties where he played a pivotal role in driving sustainable real-estate practices across the business, leading our properties business toward regional and international amongst both governing bodies and our industry peers.

Ibrahim brings over twenty years of experience in Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. He is currently a Board member of the Emirates Green Building Council, Corporate Advisory Board Member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), Member of the Advisory board of Dubai Real Estate Institute – Government of Dubai and UAE representative in the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction – a COP21 initiative. He also represents Majid Al Futtaim in the UNGC UAE network and the UAE Council of Climate Change and Environment launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - UAE’s Prime Minister. In addition, he represents Majid Al Futtaim in the Private Sector Advisory Council for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a member of the Global Council for SDG13. Ibrahim also served as the Senior Advisor –Sustainability for the Dubai Land Department, Government of Dubai.

Selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by Center for Sustainability and Excellence in the US, he has taken sustainability and CSR initiatives to another level in the Middle East and internationally through awareness campaigns for environmental issues, climate change and education programmes, as well as private sector engagement.

Ibrahim is an official ambassador and education representative for the Honourable Al Gore Climate Reality initiative. He is also the West Asia Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) UNESCO Youth Xchange Project.

Richard Batten
JLL

Richard Batten

Global Chief Sustainability Officer

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Richard is the Global Chief Sustainability Officer for JLL.

He has spent the last 35 years working in the real estate business. His work initially focussed on advising investor clients on commercial properties, sales and acquisitions. This developed into advising on government privatisations, funding provision of finance, acting as LPA receiver and advising commercial and residential companies moving from private to listed status or vice versa.

Richard became Joint Senior Partner of King Sturge in 2005 and led the company into the merger with JLL in 2011. He has subsequently been Chairman of the UK business, and in 2012 a Member of the EMEA Management Board with responsibility for CEE, the Middle East and Africa together with the industrial sector and sustainability. He took up his current role in January 2017.

Richard is a keen family man and a triathlete, gardener and choral singer.

Laurie Edwards
Eco-Act

Laurie Edwards

Consultant

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Wulf-Peter Schmidt
Ford

Wulf-Peter Schmidt

Director Sustainability, Advanced Regulations and Product Conformity

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Meet senior executives from the following companies:

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Logo of Patagonia
Logo of WWF
Logo of Hilton
Logo of aviva_investors
Logo of Nokia
Logo of Walmart
Logo of WBCSD
Logo of Next
Logo of coca_cola
Logo of m_and_g_investments
Logo of DOW
Logo of DSM
Logo of Bacardi
Logo of ING
Logo of Vodafone
Logo of HEINEKEN
Logo of kelloggs
Logo of BBVA
Logo of PepsiCo
Logo of UBS
Logo of BT
Logo of Hermes
Logo of un_wcmc

Operations and Supply Chain

Driving a decade of action starts with transforming your whole operations and supply chain model. From energy efficiency and sustainable R&D to supplier empowerment and Scope 3, deep dive on how companies build resilience across their entire operations.

Some key sessions:

  • The Future of Procurement Keynote: Putting Purpose and Impact at the Heart
  • Build a Resilient Supply Chain Through New Tools and Technologies
  • The 21st Century Supply Chain: Combining Sustainability and Procurement KPIs
  • Packaging Workshop: Identifying and Scaling New Solutions
  • Traceability & Visibility: Successfully Map and Monitor Across the Tiers
  • Workshop: Net-Zero Value Chains – Addressing Scope 3 Emissions

Featured speakers:

Martin Frick
UNFCCC

Martin Frick

Senior Director of Policy and Programme Coordination

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Dirk Jan de With
Covestro

Dirk Jan de With

Chief Procurement Officer

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Dirk Jan de With joined Covestro in April 2015. He’s based at the company’s German headquarters in Leverkusen where he leads the procurement of all materials and services.

Prior to joining Covestro, he spent many years with Unilever in The Netherlands; Germany; Israel; Italy and Switzerland, holding senior management positions in all areas of the supply chain.

Dirk Jan is passionate about people development and making an impact in sustainable business. He was previously president of the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) platform and is currently a steering committee member of Together for Sustainability (TfS).

Dirk Jan has an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering / Operations Management plus an MBA.

Jacobine Das Gupta
DSM

Jacobine Das Gupta

Director Sustainability - Lead Nutrition

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Michael Alexander
Diageo

Michael Alexander

Head of Environment

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Michael is global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability for Diageo, a world leader in beverage alcohol with operations in over 30 countries and products sold in over 180 countries. With over 20 years of environmental experience, his principle responsibility is to drive the company’s environmental strategy and associated policies, communications, and stakeholder engagement, with particular focus on water stewardship and agricultural supply chains. Key to success is embedding the strategy across the whole business to ensure its long term growth while integrating the evolving and complex sustainability agenda and developing new partnerships. He joined Diageo in 2007 prior to which he was with Ericsson. A graduate of the universities of Edinburgh and London, Michael is a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Institute of Economic Development and the Chartered Institute for Public Relations.

Michael Cooke
ABB

Michael Cooke

Senior Vice President HSE and Sustainability

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BSc (Joint Hons) - University of Manchester

MSc - University of Manchester

MBA - Henley Management College

Michael has held senior HS&E positions in various industries ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals, Inks and Coatings to Engineering. In these roles he has lead the business to world class performance against industry peers and top centile when benchmarked against all industries. 

Michael has also held senior positions outside of HS&E – as business leader for a pharma division and Strategy, Mergers and Acquisition director for EMEA/Asia regions.

Currently Michael heads HSE and Sustainability for ABB globally, based at their Zurich HQ. In this role balancing the various functional activities from site and people Security, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, HSE and linking this to a clear and effective sustainability strategy is an excellent challenge.

Aiko Bode
Fenix Outdoor International

Aiko Bode

Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer

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Aiko Bode, historian and biologist, has worked for the UNEP, an international insurance company and TÜV Rheinland before joining Fenix Outdoor International as Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer. Aiko has a more than 20 years of experience in developing and promoting sustainability in various industries and advised several European governments on ethical investment and sustainable business development. Aiko is member of the Board of various Foundations and has been involved in European and international trade associations in various functions.

Yolanda Malone
Pepsico

Yolanda Malone

Vice President Global R&D Snacks PKG

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Carmel McQuaid
Marks and Spencer

Carmel McQuaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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Meet senior executives from the following companies:

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Logo of Patagonia
Logo of WWF
Logo of Hilton
Logo of aviva_investors
Logo of Nokia
Logo of Walmart
Logo of WBCSD
Logo of Next
Logo of coca_cola
Logo of m_and_g_investments
Logo of DOW
Logo of DSM
Logo of Bacardi
Logo of ING
Logo of Vodafone
Logo of HEINEKEN
Logo of kelloggs
Logo of BBVA
Logo of PepsiCo
Logo of UBS
Logo of BT
Logo of Hermes
Logo of un_wcmc

ESG Disclosure and Investor Engagement

Corporates and investors share best practice approaches around ESG-driven disclosure and how to bridge the gap between the two communities

Some key sessions:

  • The Future of Investment Keynote: Financing the Sustainable Future
  • Closing Keynote: From Shareholder Return to Stakeholder Return
  • Workshop: Climate Disclosures - Accurately reporting climate impacts, risks and future opportunities
  • A Joint Approach to ESG Engagement: Investor Relations and Sustainability
  • Transitioning to Net-Zero – The Investor Perspective
  • Investing in a Rewired, Sustainable World: How Investors are Shifting Their Approach

Featured speakers:

Magnus Billing
Alecta

Magnus Billing

CEO

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Steve Waywood
Aviva

Steve Waywood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer

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Rebecca Marmot
Unilever

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Pallavi Phartiyal
Rainforest Action Network

Pallavi Phartiyal

Executive Director

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Pallavi serves as the Acting Executive Director at RAN. She oversees the overall management of the organization and guides RAN’s racial equity and justice commitment in its operations, programs and campaigns.

Prior to joining RAN, Pallavi helped launch the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), where she advocated for science-based policy-making. Earlier, she was the project director and senior program associate at the Research Competitiveness Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she worked with research and policy professionals to provide review and guidance for academic institutions and federal agencies, including on diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education.

Pallavi holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in agronomy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.S. in agriculture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in India. Pallavi has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and spoken on issues concerning science policy and diversity in the environmental movement at national and international conferences. She serves on the board of American Rivers, and on the steering committees of Green Leadership Trust, and Center for Science and Democracy. Previously, she served on the board of Midwest Pesticide Action Network.

Hector Gorosabel
Asahi International

Hector Gorosabel

CEO

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Hector is the Chief Executive Officer of Asahi International Ltd, a position which he has held since October 2016.

From 2008 until his move to Asahi International Ltd, Hector was Managing Director for SABMiller Western and Central Europe. He joined the company in 2004 as Managing Director for SABMiller in Hungary.

Before SABMiller he held a number of senior management positions at The Coca-Cola Company as well as at Benevia and Searle Europe.

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Adam Matthews
The Church of England Pensions Board

Adam Matthews

Director of Ethics & Engagement

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Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC). He is also the co-lead, on behalf of CA100+, for engagement with Royal Dutch Shell that led to the 2018 joint statement on climate targets agreed between Shell and institutional investors.

Following the Brumadinho Tailings Dam disaster, Adam is co – lead of the Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative with John Howchin, from the Swedish Ethics Council. He also represents the Principles for Responsible Investment as a co – convenor of the Global Tailings Review.

Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which assess companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy (and publishes this through the London School of Economics). Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes dialogue between mining company CEO’s and Church leaders.

Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.

Ross Ciesla
Veritas Investment Management LLP

Ross Ciesla

chief investment officer

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With over 20 years of investment experience, Ross is the Chief Investment Office at Veritas Investment Management LLP. The investment team focus on generating long term real returns by identifying structural shifts across the global economy. This requires 360 degree thinking where ESG analysis sits comfortably alongside P&L analysis. Ross has an undergraduate degree in economics from Aberdeen University then went on to complete postgraduate studies at Johns Hopkins S.A.I.S.  

Catherine Howarth
ShareAction

Catherine Howarth

CEO

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Meet senior executives from the following companies:

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Logo of BlackRock
Logo of Patagonia
Logo of WWF
Logo of Hilton
Logo of aviva_investors
Logo of Nokia
Logo of Walmart
Logo of WBCSD
Logo of Next
Logo of coca_cola
Logo of m_and_g_investments
Logo of DOW
Logo of DSM
Logo of Bacardi
Logo of ING
Logo of Vodafone
Logo of HEINEKEN
Logo of kelloggs
Logo of BBVA
Logo of PepsiCo
Logo of UBS
Logo of BT
Logo of Hermes
Logo of un_wcmc

Purpose-Driven Communications

In-depth look at how business can successfully communicate its sustainable vision and impact-driven purpose that demonstrates integrity and leadership, whilst driving the required external action

Some key sessions:

  • Simplifying the Sustainability Message
  • Engaging Customers to be Part of the Solution
  • Purpose-driven communications Part A: Employee Engagement
  • Purpose-driven communications Part B: Customer Engagement
  • Communicating Leadership in Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Featured speakers:

Saker Nusseibeh
Hermes Investment

Saker Nusseibeh

CEO

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Saker is the Chief Executive Officer of Hermes. Saker was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2012, having been interim Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Saker joined Hermes in June 2009 as a main board director to drive, support and represent the investment capabilities of Hermes. In 2005, Saker joined Fortis Investments USA as CIO, Global Equities and moved on to become Global Head of Equities, responsible for managing the company’s 12 equity centres. Previously he was CIO, Global Equities and Head of Marketing at SGAM UK, where he re-orientated the company offering to include high-alpha UK strategies and a global offering, following on from the sale of Trust Company of the West (TCW) to SGAM, where he was Managing Director running various global and International strategies, as well as the London office. Saker started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.
In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards, and joined the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum in 2019. He was an inaugural member of the CFA UK’s Future of Finance Advisory Council between from 2013 until 2019. Saker sits on the advisory Board of NYO (National Youth Orchestra) and has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.

Hector Gorosabel
Asahi International

Hector Gorosabel

CEO

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Hector is the Chief Executive Officer of Asahi International Ltd, a position which he has held since October 2016.

From 2008 until his move to Asahi International Ltd, Hector was Managing Director for SABMiller Western and Central Europe. He joined the company in 2004 as Managing Director for SABMiller in Hungary.

Before SABMiller he held a number of senior management positions at The Coca-Cola Company as well as at Benevia and Searle Europe.

https://asahibeer.eu/

Rebecca Marmot
Unilever

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Rebecca is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever.
She is responsible for driving through advocacy and partnerships, transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan: climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture & smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women.
Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director at WSUP – Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.

Tuuli Kousa
OP Financial Group

Tuuli Kousa

Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer

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Katie Beirne Fallon
Hilton 

Katie Beirne Fallon

Executive Vice President, Global Communications & External Affairs

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Eva Zabey
Business For Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

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Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition aiming to unify the business voice to call for action to reverse nature loss. Previously, Eva was at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for nearly 15 years, where she led work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, namely the Natural and Social & Human Capital Protocols. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2012 on valuing nature in business. Eva has a BSc in Ecology from Imperial College London and a Masters in environmental management from EPFL, Switzerland.

Eva leads Business for Nature, a global coalition aiming to unify the business voice to call for action to reverse nature loss. Previously, Eva was at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) for nearly 15 years, where she led work on natural, social and human capital measurement and valuation for business decision-making, namely the Natural and Social & Human Capital Protocols. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2012 on valuing nature in business.

Bruce Learner
Kellogg Europe

Bruce Learner

Senior Manager CSR and Partnership

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Bruce is Senior CSR Manager at Kellogg Europe. He joined Kelloggs in 2000 having spent 12 years in the voluntary and public sector where his career was focused on environmental management and urban regeneration.

As Kellogg’s CSR lead in Europe, Bruce co-ordinates and delivers a range of sustainability initiatives across Kellogg Europe all of which form a part of Kellogg’s Better Days – a global sustainability programme helping to tackle the interconnected issues of climate change and food insecurity.

His roll at Kellogg includes programme delivery and ensuring consistent and engaging communications on issues such as food waste reduction, cause marketing, food insecurity, GHG reduction, packaging and responsible sourcing.

In recent years Bruce led the collaborative project with a brewery to make ale from “Just less than perfect” cereal.

Jukka Ahonen
Nordic Investment Bank

Jukka Ahonen

Senior Director, Head of Communications

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Jukka Ahonen has extensive experience in managing communications function both in the European and Nordic setting. At the Nordic Investment Bank he has the key responsibility for the external and internal communications. Reporting directly to the President he also works as a Secretary to the Executive Committee and has been heavily involved in strategy preparations for the Bank. Before NIB he worked for many years at the European Central Bank as a Senior Press Officer and Secretary to the External Communications Committee. He started his career as a financial journalist in Finland.

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