December 5, 2019 | London

Delivering on Sustainability

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

8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Opening Remarks


9:10 am

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?



9:40 am

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.



10:10 am

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?



10:40 am

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.


  • Jonas Rooze

    Head of Corporate Sustainability Research, BloombergNEF

10:50 am

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.



11:20 am

Closing Remarks


Alexandra Basirov

Global Head of Sustainable Finance for Financial Institutions BNP Paribas

Philippe Chainieux


Marc Engel

Chief Supply Chain Officer Unilever

Sir Roger Gifford

Chairman, Green Finance Institute, Senior Banker, SEB

Caroline Hill

Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Landsec

Naomi Kerbel

Reporter Bloomberg Television

Dana Perkins

Head of Business Development BloombergNEF

Jonas Rooze

Head of Corporate Sustainability Research BloombergNEF

Sandeep Verma

Managing Director, Europe Allbirds

John Vincent

Co-founder & CEO LEON

Richard Vines

Chief Food Critic Bloomberg

Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer Aviva Investors

Simon Mulcahy

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer Salesforce

Eric Pfanner

Team Leader, Consumer & Health News Bloomberg


Salesforce is the global leader in customer relationship management (CRM), bringing companies closer to their customers in the digital age. Founded in 1999, Salesforce enables companies of every size and industry to take advantage of powerful technologies—cloud, mobile, social, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—to connect with their customers in a whole new way. The Salesforce Customer Success Platform includes industry-leading services spanning sales, service, marketing, commerce, communities, collaboration and industries, all on a single trusted cloud platform. The company is ranked #1 on Fortune’s World’s Best Workplaces list, and Forbes has ranked the company one of the world’s most innovative companies for seven years in a row.