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Why you should join the world’s leading sustainability event

The Responsible Business Summit Europe is the world’s preeminent sustainability event. It is the global event where business leaders 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 500+ 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 and Impact

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Climate Action and Investment

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Responsible Supply Chains

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Investor Focus

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Measure, Evidence and Report

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Communicate and Engage

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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

Some key sessions:

  • Leadership Keynote: Innovate and drive systemic change
  • SDG Keynote: Integrating the SDGs as the driver for future strategy
  • SDGs Workshop - Integrate and deliver the SDGs through ambitious partnerships
  • Circular innovations across all areas of the business
  • Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Realise the benefits of a progressive approach to D&I

Featured speakers:

Gilbert Ghostine
Firmenich

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO

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Myriam Cohen-Welgryn
Mars Petcare Europe

Myriam Cohen-Welgryn

President

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Helen Mets
DSM Resins & Functional Materials

Helen Mets

President

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Helen Mets is truly a leader for today’s globalized business landscape. Her international experience has seen her actively involved in many of the major global business themes and issues of our time – including sustainability, innovation, and diversity.

A lifelong innovator, Helen has built an exceptional track record of accomplishment in growing start-ups, engineering business turnaround, and developing opportunities in emerging markets. Now, as President of DSM Resins & Functional Materials, she is playing a key role in the growth of this innovative DSM business, and its drive toward creating sustainable, futureproof solutions that serve both customers and our wider communities.

As a member of the DSM leadership team, she remains committed to promoting “diversity of thought, diversity of cultures and diversity in teams.” For Helen, “it's connecting these ‘differences’ that enables the highest performance.”

Daniel Locke
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Daniel Locke

Global Sustainability Product & Packaging Leader,

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Filippo Veglio
WBCSD

Filippo Veglio

Managing Director

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Marte Borhaug
Aviva

Marte Borhaug

Head of ESG Strategic Projects

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Main responsibilities

Marte is responsible for driving forward Aviva Investor’s responsible investment strategy process and supporting commercial development in the area of responsible investment. She leads a number of projects focused on improving client communication and using digital technology to bring people closer to where their money is going. With a background in public policy and regulatory development, she also supports Aviva Investors’ public policy work at a UK, EU and Global level.

Experience and qualifications

Marte previously led the global communication strategy for Aviva’s digital business, including its strategic venture capital fund and as Head of EU public policy she led the company’s public policy work in Brussels on sustainable finance, financial reform and Brexit. She joined Aviva from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where she was Head of Financial Services and Corporate Governance. During her time in Brussels she also worked at the EU public affairs consultancy The Brussels Office and the Mission of Norway to the EU. Marte holds an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics.

Richard Ellis
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility

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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

Some key sessions:

  • Climate Action Keynote: Transform the business to a Net-Positive strategy
  • De-carbonising the supply chain through new technology and innovations
  • Plastics Workshop – Reduction, Recycle and Replace
  • Empower suppliers to help deliver the new climate goals
  • A Focus on Cities: Public and Private collaborations that are delivering impact

Featured speakers:

Ovais Sarmad
UNFCCC

Ovais Sarmad

The Deputy Executive Secretary

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Mr. Ovais Sarmad joined the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) on 1 September 2017.

Mr. Sarmad supports the Executive Secretary in managing the operations of UNFCCC secretariat and its staff and organizational development, advising on a range of issues relating to the inter-governmental affairs and strategic planning.

Previously he served as Chief of Staff/Chef de Cabinet at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Mr. Sarmad worked in several management and policy capacities in IOM over a period of 27 years. Prior to IOM, he worked in the private and public sectors in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (GCMA). He graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, as a Bachelor of Commerce.

He is married to a Spanish national and has two boys.

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh
British Antarctic Survey

Dr. Emily Shuckburgh

Head of Open Oceans

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Dr. Emily Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and co-leads the Polar Oceans division at British Antarctic Survey, which is focused on understanding the role of the polar oceans in the global climate system.

Anirban Ghosh
Mahindra

Anirban Ghosh

CSO

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Sally Uren
Forum for the Future

Sally Uren

CEO

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Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to aaccelerate a big shift towards a sustainable future by catalysing transformational change in global systems. This involves working with leading global organisations, including businesses such as Unilever and Kingfisher, and Foundations, such as the C&A Foundation, both in one to one partnerships, and also as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address complex challenges in systems as diverse as food, energy, apparel and shipping.

Sally is currently directly involved in a number of projects including Net Positive, a coalition of seventeen leading businesses, all working to define the next wave of corporate sustainability; Cotton 2040, a multi-stakeholder collaboration designed to accelerate the mainstreaming of sustainable cotton, and Tea 2030, a global project focusing on a number of innovation platforms intended to deliver a sustainable global tea industry.

A key part of Sally’s role is inspiring and equipping people and organisations to deliver systemic change for sustainability through regularly speaking at international and national conferences and also writing for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today.  Sally is also helping build Forum’s new School of System Change where we are building a global community of change agents to accelerate our progress towards a sustainable future.

Sally acts an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several global businesses, including Kimberly Clark and Burberry. She is also Chair of the Advisory Board overseeing Forum for the Future’s growing operations in the US and an Advisory Board member for Sustainable Brands. She also acts as a judge for a number of sustainability award schemes, including the Queens Award for Sustainable Development. In the 2018 New Year's Honours, Sally was awarded an OBE for services to sustainability.

Alexandra Brand
Syngenta

Alexandra Brand

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Alexandra Brand was appointed Syngenta’s Chief Sustainability Officer in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, Alexandra was Regional Director of Syngenta’s crop protection and seed operations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – a region with sales of 3.8 billion dollars and approximately 3,000 employees. Alexandra joined Syngenta in late 2015. Before joining Syngenta, Alexandra held various positions in the BASF Group, including senior vice president of its global Animal Nutrition business unit, vice president of the Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients unit as well as chief of staff for BASF’s chief executive officer. Alexandra gained international experience through her role as director of BASF’s Sub Regional Operating Manager Intermediates in South Asia, with its headquarters in Mumbai, India. She began her professional career in global research at BASF. Alexandra studied chemistry at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany, from 1990 to 1998 and completed her studies with a doctorate.

Beccy Speight
Woodland Trust

Beccy Speight

CEO

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In 2014, Beccy joined the Woodland Trust as its Chief Executive Officer after working for the National Trust for 14 years, initially as the General Manager of the Stourhead Estate, then as the Director for their East Midlands and then Midlands regions from 2005.

From 2009, Beccy was responsible for leading and championing the National Trust’s work on its sustainable food agenda and she chaired the Food for Life Catering Mark Standards Committee for the Soil Association.  She also contributed to national steering groups on contemporary art in the National Trust, its work in the outdoors and engaging urban communities.

Prior to joining the National Trust, Beccy worked in local government in Scotland and was a company director at management consultants Smythe Dorward Lambert.

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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

Some key sessions:

  • De-carbonising the supply chain through new technology and innovations
  • Traceability and Transparency – Improve your visibility across all Tiers
  • The scalability challenge: How new systems and technology can help
  • Going beyond audits – New approaches, collaborations and technologies that address human rights risks
  • Empower suppliers to help deliver the new climate goals

Featured speakers:

Hari Sundaresan
BT

Hari Sundaresan

Group Chief Procurement Officer

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Hari Sundaresan was appointed BT Chief Procurement Officer in September 2010 and is responsible for a global spend of over £12Bn. Throughout his career in BT Hari has held a number of varied roles, starting out as a Graduate research scientist in BT’s Adastral Park where he pioneered the development of the tuneable lasers that have become essential components of BT's optical networks. He then moved into Strategic Consultancy and IT Programme Management. Subsequent moves took Hari into Business and Contract Management where he took responsibility for the business planning for BT Global Services' finance, government and wholesale sectors and was Chief Operations Officer for BT Global Services in the UK, responsible for contracts and delivery across the business, before moving into Procurement. Hari holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. At a Senior Executive level Hari has been appointed as the BT-wide disability sponsor across c.90k people within BT. Over many years Hari has been an active volunteer, acting as a judge in the Debating Matters Finals for schools in England and India, and was appointed as Non-Executive, NHS London Procurement Partnership from 2013 to date. Hari is married with two children and lives in Buckinghamshire. His passion is cricket and the futile pursuit of trying to improve his golf handicap!

Louise Koch
Dell

Louise Koch

Corporate Sustainability Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa

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Yolanda Malone
PepsiCo

Yolanda Malone

Vice President of Global Foods Packaging

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Yolanda A. Malone is Vice President of Global Foods Packaging for PepsiCo. In her current role, Yolanda has responsibility for setting the packaging strategy for PepsiCo’s global food brands. She leads a team responsible for implementing packaging solutions globally for PepsiCo’s Snacks and Food divisions

Yolanda has more than 29 years of packaging experience within the CPG industry. Since joining PepsiCo in 2010, she has had the responsibility for launching innovation across PepsiCo’s carbonated beverage business, our joint-venture partnerships with Starbucks and Lipton and Food service equipment platforms.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Yolanda worked for various CPG companies: ConAgra Foods, Nabisco Foods, and Johnson and Johnson company (J&J) on OTC and prescription pharmacutical products.

Yolanda is a Graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Packaging Engineering. She has several patents and multiple industry awards for Packaging Innovation.

Lorraine Francourt
The Dow Chemical Company

Lorraine Francourt

Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy

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Lorraine Francourt, Director Chemicals Management and Circular Economy, is a member of the Dow’s global Corporate Sustainability Leadership team. She leads Dow’s corporate 2025 Sustainability Goal “Advancing a Circular Economy”. 

Taking a global strategic view of chemicals management policy and circular economy, Lorraine facilitates Dow’s business collaborations and partnerships that seek to optimize the use of resources, reduce waste and advance circular solutions.

With extensive international experience in Sustainability, Supply Chain, Customer Service and Technical Service, Lorraine has held assignments in Germany, the USA and Saudi Arabia. She is currently based in Dow Europe’s Headquarters in Switzerland.

opean Chemical Industry Program Council on Product Stewardship (CEFIC). She is in on the Board of the European Center for Eco-toxicology and Toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) and is Dow’s corporate liaison with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for Circular Economy.

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Engineering and a Masters in Environmental Management.

Joost van Dun
ING

Joost van Dun

Circular Economy Lead

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B2B Marketing and Innovation in the financial industry are the two main pillars of my professional career. I have gained my experience at Pon and ING where I’ve held several (product) marketing and Innovation positions in mainly the SME and Mid- Corporate market, with a focus on lending and leasing.

Developing business opportunities, new business models and useful propositions energize me. While using the opportunities which new technology offers, I like to develop new initiatives in co-creation with our clients and partners in order to develop business, products and services that help our clients reaching their goals. Especially initiatives which drive the transition towards the Circular Economy have my specific interest.

As Circular Economy Lead at ING Sustainable Finance I support our clients in their transition journey towards the Circular Economy and within ING I enable collaboration across business lines and business units, structuring efforts and creating focus on the Circular Economy.

Alexandra Brand
Syngenta

Alexandra Brand

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Alexandra Brand was appointed Syngenta’s Chief Sustainability Officer in January 2018. Prior to this appointment, Alexandra was Regional Director of Syngenta’s crop protection and seed operations across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – a region with sales of 3.8 billion dollars and approximately 3,000 employees. Alexandra joined Syngenta in late 2015. Before joining Syngenta, Alexandra held various positions in the BASF Group, including senior vice president of its global Animal Nutrition business unit, vice president of the Global Marketing Pharma Ingredients unit as well as chief of staff for BASF’s chief executive officer. Alexandra gained international experience through her role as director of BASF’s Sub Regional Operating Manager Intermediates in South Asia, with its headquarters in Mumbai, India. She began her professional career in global research at BASF. Alexandra studied chemistry at the Technische Universität in Darmstadt, Germany, from 1990 to 1998 and completed her studies with a doctorate.

Sami Naffakh
Arla Food

Sami Naffakh

EVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer

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A COO with 25 years of comprehensive international leadership experience within Supply Chain in the FMCG sector, Sami Naffakh aims to secure competitive operations to meet the increasing global demand for safe, affordable and sustainable dairy at a time where the world’s population is growing faster than ever before.

Heading 70 dairies, packaging sites and distribution centres across five continents and a multi- national supply chain organisation of 13,000 colleagues, Sami is overall responsible for pro- cessing Arla’s 14 billion kilos of milk annually into high quality dairy products to consumers all over the world.

He shares his insights on Arla’s efforts to create a cutting edge dairy supply chain that is agile, efficient and sustainable. Since January 2018, he has been Executive Vice President for Supply Chain and Member of the Executive Management Group at the farmer-owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods, a global business with sales in more than 120 markets and the world’s largest pro- ducer of organic dairy products.

Sami has initiated a significant transformation of Supply Chain that will happen gradually across the 70 Arla sites. The goal is to increase performance, competitiveness and agility to quickly adapt to evolving consumer trends and customer requirements.

The transformation includes more digitalisation and automation as well as optimised processes and investments. Due to the speed of development in technologies as well as the volatility in commodity prices and milk volumes, Sami underlines the growing need for reliable analyses, strong foresight and bold leadership to make the right investment decisions.

Sami has a demonstrated history in the FMCG supply chain. He has held leadership roles within global businesses such as Unilever, RB, Danone and Estee Lauder as has been based in locations across the world. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from Hautes Etudes d'Ingénieur in Lille.

Annette Stube
Maersk

Annette Stube

Head of Sustainability

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Annette Stube is Head of Sustainability in A.P. Moller - Maersk. Maersk is a global conglomerate with businesses within global transport and energy, employing 85,000 people in 130 countries.

In 2008, Annette established a new sustainability unit at the Maersk headquarters in Copenhagen. A main pursuit has been to integrate sustainability into daily business and strategic decision making. In later years, key deliveries have also been Shared Value programs in emerging markets, aiming at eliminating trade barriers to allow SMEs to enter international supply chains, as well as on-the-ground development of the ship recycling sector in Alang, India.

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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?

Some key sessions:

  • Investor Keynote: Dichotomy of short-term & long-term value
  • The investment process: How do investors analyse, compare and make investment decisions?
  • Building a new relationship with investors – responding to mutual expectations
  • TCFD Workshop: Conducting a scenario analysis of your climate risks
  • Modern Slavery – The investor perspective

Featured speakers:

Catherine Howarth
ShareAction

Catherine Howarth

CEO

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Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She also serves on HM Treasury’s Asset Management Taskforce. She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Sasja Beslik
Nordea

Sasja Beslik

Head of Group Sustainable Finance

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Magnus Billing
Alecta

Magnus Billing

CEO

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Edward Mason
Church Commissioners for England

Edward Mason

Head of Responsible Investment

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Edward is Head of Responsible Investment at the Church Commissioners for England whose £8.3bn endowment supports the ministry of the Church of England. Edward is responsible for the implementation of the Commissioners’ ethical and responsible investment commitments. He took up his position in 2014 having previously served for five years as Secretary of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group which advises the Commissioners and the other national investing bodies of the Church on ethical investment. Edward sits on the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF) Policy Committee, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Policy Group, the advisory committee for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment hedge funds work stream and the Oxford University Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee. Prior to working at the Church of England, Edward served for 15 years as a British diplomat, leaving in 2005 to help establish the diplomatic advisory group Independent Diplomat. He holds a degree in History from Oxford University.

Niamh Whooley
PIMCO

Niamh Whooley

Senior Vice President, ESG Strategies

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Yo Takatsuki
AXA Investment Managers

Yo Takatsuki

Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership

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Yo joined AXA Investment Managers in November 2018 as Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership. He oversees the delivery of in-depth global sustainability thematic research. Yo also is responsible for the engagement programme with investee companies. He is an expert on ESG issues in the pharmaceutical sector and governance at Japanese corporations. He is a member of the Access to Medicine Foundation’s Expert Review Committee.

Prior to this, he spent seven years working as Director, Governance and Sustainable Investment at BMO Global Asset Management where he led the ESG engagement overlay service and established the listed impact investment practice. He also has previous experiences as a business journalist for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg News and Asahi Shimbun.

Yo holds a MBA (distinction) from Cass Business School and a MA / BA (hons) undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge

Nadine Robinson
CDSB

Nadine Robinson

Technical Director

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Measure, Evidence and Impact

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

Some key sessions:

  • Evidencing impact: Going beyond outputs - is your business really contributing to make the issue better?
  • Quantify success: Measure & Monetise your impacts
  • TCFD Workshop: Conducting a scenario analysis of your climate risks
  • SDGs workshop - Integrate and deliver the SDGs through ambitious partnerships

Featured speakers:

Gerbrand Haverkamp
World Benchmarks Alliance.

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Managing Director

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Michael Beutler
Kering

Michael Beutler

Director of Sustainability Operations

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Michael Beutler joined Kering as the Director of Sustainability Operations in September 2011. Prior to Kering, Michael served 6 years at SAP in Senior Management positions including his last role as Global Director of Sustainability and Strategy for 3 years, and has worked at international corporations DHL, PWC and Ford over the last 20 years in Finance and Operations.

During his tenure at Kering, Michael has been integral to developing an operationalizing Kering’s comprehensive sustainability strategy. He oversees and manages a team to implement cross-cutting innovative approaches to help manage and reduce the environmental impacts from Kering’s Luxury brands. This includes being responsible for implementing the brand’s individual Environmental Profit & Loss Accounts (E P&L) which was consolidated as a Group E P&L, and as a core part of the E P&L methodology development which was open-sourced in May of 2015. In addition, Kering was the first in its sector to implement a Science based target and is looking to expand beyond climate change to set SBTs across other impact areas keeping the principles of planetary boundaries in mind. His team has been instrumental in embedding sustainability across all of the Group's brands and making it a key part of their business activities, as well as for being recognized by external rating agencies and publications for Kering’s sustainability program excellence.

Freddie Woolfe
Merian Global Investors

Freddie Woolfe

Head of Responsible Investment and Stewardship

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Phil Bloomer
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer

Executive Director

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Phil Bloomer is the Executive Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a digital action platform in eight languages that empowers human rights advocates in business, government, and civil society; tracks the human rights performance of over 7,000 companies around the world; and seeks corporate accountability for around 400 allegations of abuse each year. Programmes are refocused on the promotion of labour rights – from preventing modern slavery and trafficking, to advocating for a living wage; responsible use of natural resources, with emphasis on energy and a just transition to zero carbon economies; and the protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.

Phil is a director of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) that works with investors, and ranks the largest companies in high risk sectors regarding their human rights policy, practice and performance. The CHRB will integrate with the World Benchmarking Alliance in the next two years. Phil also helps lead the Business Network for the Protection of Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders.

Phil was previously the Director of Campaigns and Policy at Oxfam, where he led global campaigns on climate justice, trade and investment for development, access to medicines, universal primary education, and major humanitarian crises. Previously, Phil worked for 11 years in Central America and Colombia working on human rights, especially indigenous rights, and broader economic justice.

Nadine Robinson
CDSB

Nadine Robinson

Technical Director

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James Gomme
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

James Gomme

Director, Sustainable Development Goals

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James Gomme is Director of Sustainable Development Goals at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a business membership organization comprised of some 200 multinational corporations that come together to coordinate and scale up solutions to create a sustainable future.

James heads up the organization’s work on engaging members around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, supporting companies’ efforts to integrate the SDGs into their strategic considerations, and working with individual industry sectors to develop detailed roadmaps exploring how they can maximize contributions to the SDGs on the road to 2030. 

James joined WBCSD in March 2016 from long-standing WBCSD member company Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading and investment company.  During more than 10 years at Mitsubishi Corporation James led teams across a variety of corporate sustainability, public affairs and investor relations roles in both Europe and Japan. He has an undergraduate degree from Durham University, an MBA from Madrid’s IE Business School, and a Certificate in Investor Relations.

Martin Lok
Natural Capital Coalition

Martin Lok

Deputy Director

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Martin Lok is the Deputy Director of the Natural Capital Coalition. With more than 25 years of experience as policy maker for the Netherland’s government, Martin has worked in several policy domains, including environmental policy, international nature policy and green growth policy. He is co-author of several national policy documents and has lead public-private collaborative actions on natural capital in the Netherlands from 2014. In 2018 Martin initiated and lead the global Government Dialogue on Natural Capital. Martin has a master’s degree in forestry and a master’s degree in history of arts.

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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

Some key sessions:

  • Demonstrate leadership and become a trusted voice on material issues
  • Engaging customers and communities on your purpose vision
  • Educate the whole business on this positive impact-driven strategy

Featured speakers:

Helen Seibel
AstraZeneca

Helen Seibel

Associate Director, Global Community Investment

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Leigh Smyth
Lloyds Banking Group

Leigh Smyth

Responsible Transformation Lead

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Leigh has a passion for tech and data for good and has pioneered a new function for the UKs largest Bank, Lloyds Banking Group (LBG), Responsible Transformation. Leigh currently leads the LBG Transformation approach to all inclusion and diversity as well as running multiple programmes using tech and data for good for the banks Customers, Communities, Colleagues and Cross sector Partnerships.

Leigh joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2012 as Head of Digital Inclusion, establishing and leading the digital inclusion agenda on behalf of the Group. In this role she built Europes largest digital advocacy network of over 24,000 Digital Champions and also leads the development of the UK’s only behavioural analysis into the digital capability of SMEs, Charities and 1 million Consumers– the Lloyds Bank Digital Index’s. These annual reports are now used by both central and local Government as the UK benchmark for digital capability. 

Leigh’s passion for digital for good started during her career in retail, where as innovation l as for pc world Leigh launched the first UK computing for children range with Dixon Stores Group. Following this Leigh then moved to the public sector, helping to lead and design the UK Government Home Access Scheme which Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced in 2010 and saw half a million low income families access the power of digital at home. Leigh then joined the UK Digital Champion Baroness Lane Fox in her challenge to remove the digital divide and was appointed as Managing Director for ‘Race Online 2012’. This involved running the organisation including the partnership campaign and the production of the Manifesto for a networked nation, launched with the Prime Minister David Cameron with over 1000 organisations signing the pledge.  Leigh is also an entrepreneur, successfully starting a company in her local town of Northampton and mentoring local talent to run their own local business.

Leigh has won several awards for her work and recently been recognised with an award for Outstanding Achievement by Women in Banking & Finance of which she is now an executive board member. Leigh is also a UK Top Ten Digital Leader and a considered thought leader for UK tech inclusion. 

John O’Brien MBE
ONE HUNDRED

John O’Brien MBE

Managing Partner, EMEA

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John O’Brien MBE, co-leads Omnicom’s ethical purpose consortium, ONE HUNDRED and is a respected advisor to Business, philanthropists, charities and government bodies.

After ten years as an army officer, John has spent the last twenty five in the interface of business and society. His roles including CEO, Chairman and MD of a wide range of business and charity initiatives covering twenty countries. For ten years he was MD of the Prince of Wales’s personal programmes at the responsible business charity BITC.  He has advised over half of the FTSE 100 in the UK and overseas and upon relinquishing The Prince of Wales’s programmes in 2010, created his own agency with The Prince of Wales as his first private client. In 2017 he sold his agency and moved to Omnicom to co-lead the global roll out of the ONE HUNDRED proposition across the EMEA region, whilst also collaborating and advising the USA ONE HUNDRED consortium and their clients.

John has received various recognition for his work, including being appointed a member of the most Excellent Order of The British Empire in recognition of his contribution to various initiatives.

He is a best selling writer in this space with his book ’The Power of Purpose’ being a UK shortlisted Business Book of the year 2018, placing it no10 in its category on Amazon, was no3 at WH Smith and listed on Forbes as one of 15 must read books for business leaders. It encapsulates his experience and that of others he has worked, providing practical advice for leaders.

John splits his time between his family home in Shropshire, his main office in London,

working as part of the New York based team and with clients across EMEA.

Geert Paemen
Telefonica

Geert Paemen

Director for Sustainability and Non-Financial KPI’s

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Carmel McQuaid
M&S

Carmel McQuaid

Head of Sustainable Business

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David Page
Tesco Plc

David Page

UK & ROI Communications Director

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Sophie Haas
HSBC Private Banking

Sophie Haas

Head of Sustainable Investment Offering

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Sophie is the Head of Sustainable Investment Offering at HSBC Private Banking. Her responsibilities span across all asset classes for advisory and discretionary purposes, and involve developing a full products and services offering in the sustainability space for Private Banking clients, in alignment with the UN Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sophie joined HSBC in 2011 and has held positions in New York, Hong Kong as well as London. Sophie holds a Masters from the London School of Economics in International Political Economy, a Masters from Sciences Po Lille in Politics, Economics & Finance, and a Bachelor in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Kent. Sophie is a CFA Charterholder.

Charlene Cranny
UKSIF

Charlene Cranny

Communications and Campaigns Director

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Charlene joined UKSIF in September 2013 and became Communications and Campaigns Director in 2017. Charlene helps identify opportunities for increasing uptake of ‘good’ finance and investment and collaborates with UKSIF members and industry stakeholders to educate and influence audiences in innovative and relevant ways. With a special interest in the UK retail sector, climate change, women’s’ issues and changing the way the finance industry communicates Charlene directs the annual consumer campaign, Good Money Week, and most recently launched the ‘Who fund the world?’ movement to attract more women to investment. Charlene is now a regular spokesperson for written and broadcast media, is often requested to judge industry awards and to speak at events. Before UKSIF, Charlene worked on cause and policy-led campaigns and marketing for charities, thinktanks and campaign groups such as Centre for London, IPPR and 38 Degrees. Charlene has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of York.

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