Sustainability has climbed up the corporate agenda in recent years. From a business perspective, companies must now do more than just pay lip service to the notion of being green. The combined pressure from investors, consumers and regulators has accelerated the priority given to sustainability. If you put the ethical debate aside for a moment, it’s becoming clear that prioritising sustainability can and does make good business sense. From reducing the environmental impact of transport to cost savings through closed loop recycling, being sustainable does pay. And when you add the positive impact of technology to the mix, the potential for ethical business decisions that buoy the bottom line is even greater.
December 5 - Thursday
Registration and Networking Breakfast
The Business Case For Sustainability
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to avoid some of the most devastating impacts of global warming, we need to slash carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and completely decarbonise by 2050. That lays a stark challenge to everyone, including the business community. On purely sustainable grounds, companies need to drastically change how they operate. Implementing environmentally friendly measures can have clear financial benefits. How are businesses successfully making the case for sustainability and what’s the positive impact on their bottom line?
Chief Supply Chain Officer, Unilever
Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Landsec
Managing Director, Europe, Allbirds
Reporter, Bloomberg Television
Disclosing Climate Risk
Communicating what businesses are doing on sustainability to investors has become a requirement. Disclosure is becoming big. But consistent, comparable and widespread disclosure on climate related issues is still not widely discussed. The Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures is addressing that by creating a framework for more effective climate related reporting and informed investment decisions. Hear both sides of the coin: how are organisations improving the way they make climate related financial disclosures and what information are investors seeking from disclosures.
Global Head of Sustainable Finance for Financial Institutions, BNP Paribas
Sir Roger Gifford
Chairman, Green Finance Institute, Senior Banker, SEB
Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Head of Business Development, BloombergNEF
Does the Concept of Corporate Purpose Need an Update?
Corporations are redefining their purpose to focus not just on shareholders, but on all stakeholders – including customers, employees, suppliers, communities. In this discussion we’ll question if business can champion corporate purpose in a meaningful way, and ask, does responsible capitalism pay off?
Team Leader, Consumer & Health News, Bloomberg
Sustainable Technology Solutions
Most companies’ direct impact on the environment comes from them having to power themselves, make things and move them around. Hear from BloombergNEF how the disruptive technologies changing our world can be harnessed to make these activities cleaner, more reliable and more efficient.
Head of Corporate Sustainability Research, BloombergNEF
Putting Sustainability on the Menu
Hear from LEON Co-Founder and CEO John Vincent on how he was inspired to remake fast food as “if God made it in heaven” and the journey to make healthy food into a sustainable, global business.
Co-founder & CEO, LEON
Chief Food Critic, Bloomberg