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9:10am – 9:15am (BST)

Exclusive Opening Keynote – Terra Carta: Putting Nature, People and Planet at the heart of value creation

Earlier this year HRH The Prince of Wales launched the Terra Carta that seeks voluntary commitments from CEOs and organisations around the globe to support action and international agreements on climate, biodiversity, desertification and help lead the global sustainability transition. Hear from HRH how business can commit to taking bold action on climate and biodiversity.

HRH The Prince of Wales Sustainable Markets Initiative

9:15am – 9:35am (BST)

Exclusive Interview with the President of Costa Rica

Carlos Alvarado President Costa Rica

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

9:35am – 9:50am (BST)

In partnership with: IBM - Logo

The Roadmap to Cop26 and Beyond - Taking Action Now to Accelerate the Global Sustainable Era

The technology sector has a vital role in delivering a net zero world. Ambitious targets have been set which present opportunities for innovation, investment and leadership. In this fireside chat hear from Jim Whitehurst, President, IBM on how they're driving a sense of urgency for business to act, how they're going to reach their targets and the vital role of a carbon price on going beyond the Paris Agreement.

Jim Whitehurst President IBM

Liam Dowd Managing Director Reuters Events Sustainable Business

9:50am – 10:35am (BST)

The Race to Zero Keynote: Identifying the Short-Term Actions, and Long-Term Investments

The global economy emits 38 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. With the society pressuring governments and corporates to adapt net zero has become the ultimate goal. Hear how companies and governments can collaborate to find the sources and tech need it to reach zero carbon footprint while improving their bottom line.

Louis Taylor Chief Executive UK Export Finance

Niclas Svenningsen Manager, Global Climate Action UNFCCC

Fiona Reynolds CEO PRI

Roelfien Kuijpers Global ESG Client Officer and Head of the Client Coverage Division for Ireland, Scandinavia and the UK DWS

Moderator: Eileen Gallagher Associate Director, Hong Kong BSR

10:35am – 10:50am (BST)

Build Financial Markets that are Fit for the Future

Pierre Gramegna Minister of Finance Luxemburg

Moderator: George F Hay Financial Editor Reuters

10:50am – 11:35am (BST)

Empowering Action: Ensuring all Departments can Help Drive the Business from Ambition to Action

To get the culture right, the strategy needs to align with your purpose. And in this era of change, every department plays a vital role. All departments need to understand the difference they are making. Discover how businesses are reshaping the transformational message so that it aligns with differing business units and their respective priorities. All employees need to feel ownership and input to this change agenda.

Rebecca Marmot Chief Sustainability Officer Unilever

John Blood Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer & Corporate Secretary AB INBEV

Wayne S. Balta Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety
Chief Sustainability Officer
IBM Corporation

Gilberto Tomazoni CEO JBS

Moderator: Carmel Giblin CEO Ethical Toy

11:35am – 11:40am (BST)

COP 26 – taking action now to accelerate the sustainability transition

Jochen Flasbarth State Secretary at Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Germany

11:40am – 12:00pm (BST)

Smallholders and Climate Change: Is There a Business Case?

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations there are 500 million smallholder farmers globally, producing up to 34% of the world’s food. In Indonesia, smallholders are set to manage 60% of Indonesia's oil palm areas by 2030. They are notoriously difficult to engage, are susceptible to climate shocks, but they are also in a position to mitigate climate change by practicing good agricultural practices. What role do businesses, governments, and consumers play in encouraging and guiding smallholders to make a living in a sustainable way?

Olivier Tichit Director of Sustainable Supply Chain Musim Mas Group

Mike Scott Environmental and Business Writer Carbon Copy Communications

12:00pm – 2:00pm (BST)

Lunch Break – Bespoke webinar and roundtable opportunities available.

Contact matt.buckingham@thomsonreuters.com for more information

2:00pm – 2:07pm (BST)

In partnership with: Huawei - Logo

Presentation - Sustainability Transition Keynote: Rethink Business Through a 2050 Lens

Catherine Chen Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board Huawei

2:07pm – 2:45pm (BST)

Sustainability Transition Keynote: Rethink Business Through a 2050 Lens

Rt Hon Chow Kon Yeow Chief Minister of Penang Malaysia

Emma Howard Chair Environmental Agency UK

Hilde Hardeman Head - Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) European Commission

Moderator: Ben Kellard Director of Business Strategy CISL

2:45pm – 3:00pm (BST)

Climate Change: Creating the Roadmap and Action for Delivery

Rt Hon Lord Deben Chairman The Committee on Climate Change

Tim Nixon CEO Signal Climate Analytics

3:00pm – 3:30pm (BST)

DE&I Integrity Keynote: The Business Imperative of Delivering an Equal Society

It’s time we think about gender and ethnicity and what the real meaning of equality is. Business need to include the women into the conversations and draw long-term plans for social inclusion whilst asking themselves the tough questions and be open and honest about what they find – only then can we start to deliver real change

Sanda Ojiambo Executive Director UN Global Compact

Moderator: Michael Hajilou Editor Sustain Europe

3:30pm – 3:45pm (BST)

Setting a Carbon Price: Generating an Approach that Helps Deliver Competitive Advantage

Sheldon Whitehouse United States Senator for Rhode Island

Moderator: Axel Threlfall Editor at Large Reuters

3:45pm – 4:00am (BST)

15 minutes Break - Case study available

4:00pm – 4:30pm (BST)

Building a Finance System Fit for a Clean, Resilient and Just Future

Central banks are becoming increasingly involved in the global fight against climate change, both through their supervisory powers over the financial services industry and their own buying of bonds issued by corporates. The governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, delivers a keynote speech on how Britain’s central bank is facing up to the challenge, followed by a Q&A session.

Andrew Bailey Governor Bank of England

Moderator: William Schomberg Chief Economics Correspondent UK Reuters

4:30pm – 4:45pm (BST)

Circular by Design: Redesigning Products with a Circular-First Approach

Companies must drive new thinking across all areas starting in product design and ending with collection and reuse, but there is also a cost vs value to be considered. Learn how companies are seeing circular transformation as the key to their sustainability transition

Virginijus Sinkevičius Commissioner Environment, Oceans and Fisheries European Commission

Kristen Lang Senior Program Director, Company Network Ceres

4:45pm – 5:15pm (BST)

Nature Based Solutions: Taking a Strategic Approach that Benefits both Nature & Business

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.

Suzanne DiBianca Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Chief Impact Officer Salesforce

Moderator: Euan Murray CEO Sustainability Consortium

8:15am – 8:45am (BST)

Empowering Action: Ensuring all Departments can Help Drive the Business from Ambition to Action

To get the culture right, the strategy needs to align with your purpose. And in this era of change, every department plays a vital role. All departments need to understand the difference they are making. Discover how businesses are reshaping the transformational message so that it aligns with differing business units and their respective priorities. All employees need to feel ownership and input to this change agenda.

Kinya Seto CEO Lixil Group

Moderator: Hannah Pathak Director Forum for the Future

8:45am – 9:00am (BST)

Financing Net Zero Keynote: Resetting Finance to Accelerate the Decarbonisation of Society and Business

Delivering a Net-Zero future will impact every aspect of the global economy. The financial sector will play a critical role in delivering the investment and infrastructure for a decarbonised world, but they can’t do it alone. Hear how companies, investors and governments can collaborate to replace incumbent systems and reach net zero goals.

Ahmed Saeed Vice-President, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Asia Development Bank

Moderator: Nina Seega Research Director for Sustainable Finance CISL

9:00am – 9:15am (BST)

Bridging the Net Zero Innovation Gap: Nuclear Energy

George Borovas Partner Hunton AK

Kevin O’Donovan Technology Evangelist

9:15am – 9:50am (BST)

Financing Net Zero Keynote: Resetting Finance to Accelerate the Decarbonisation of Society and Business

Mark Versey CEO Aviva Investors

Moderator: Hannah Pathak Director Forum for the Future

9:50am – 10:00am (BST)

15 minutes Break - Case study available

10:00am – 10:30am (BST)

Circular Keynote: Building a Thriving and Resilient Economy that Reach Climate Targets

With GHG emissions not falling quickly enough to achieve climate targets, the Green Deal has highlighted zero carbon as its main priority. But switching to renewable energy sources will cut emissions by a projected 55%. Building a Circular Economy will also play an essential role in us meeting the Net Zero target. Learn how companies are already designing out waste, keeping materials in use, and regenerating farmland to accelerate the move to a Circular Economy.

Andrew Morlet CEO Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

10:30am – 10:45am (BST)

Stakeholder Capitalism Keynote: Closing the Gap Between Sustainable and Economic Growth

Stakeholders' demands are forcing executives and decision-makers to rethink their organisations' goals. Serving to a better society will increase the shareholders long-term return but this will require a new governance approach. Discover innovative ways in which companies can adopt collaborative models and build transparency to show results towards climate and social issues.

Robert Metzke Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy, Global Head Sustainability Philips

Virginia Villar Arribas Deputy Director, Private Partnerships and Fundraising WFP

10:45am – 11:30am (BST)

Transition Keynote: Rethink Business Through a 2050 Lens

Business leaders have a unique opportunity to seize the opportunity that awaits and transform their companies for the future. With sustainability becoming the business itself and not a separate agenda, corporations need to re-think all part of the business through a sustainable lens. Discover how to achieve alignment around a clear purpose and strategy, creating a new structure, a new model to assess new opportunities.

Tak Niinami Chief Executive Officer Suntory Holdings

Adrian Hallmark CEO Bentley Motors

Denise Le Gal Chair Brunel Pension Partnership

Andrew Charlton Managing Director Accenture

Moderator: Lourdes Gant Managing Director Manatee Holdings Ltd

11:30am – 11:45am (BST)

Achieving and Surpassing Net Zero - Scaling Global Carbon Removal Solutions

Sanjeev Khagram Director General & Dean Thunderbird School of Global Management

11:45am – 2:00pm (BST)

Lunch Break – Bespoke webinar and roundtable opportunities available.

Contact matt.buckingham@thomsonreuters.com for more information

2:00pm – 2:45pm (BST)

Bridging the Net Zero Innovation Gap: Leading the Push for Greater Collaboration’

The challenge with meeting the Net Zero Target is it relies on investments and innovations not seen in a number of decades.. 2020 showed it is possible to decrease emissions but shutting down economies isn’t the answer. Hear how governments, investors and business can join force to identify and scale new breakthrough technologies and create a unified approach to hitting Net Zero.

Andy Wales Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer BT Group

Vance Merolla Worldwide Director, Global Sustainability Colgate-Palmolive

Moderator: Isabel Munilla Director, US Financial Regulation Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets

2:45pm – 3:00pm (BST)

Creating a Value-Driven Approach: Moving from Short-Term Profits to Long-Term Value

Building an honest and open relationship with investors is key to business growth. We need total transparency. Learn how to bridge the gap with investors and hear practical ideas on how to communicate progress and impact.

Nancy Pfund Founder and Managing Partner DBL Partners

Moderator: Erik Wohlgemuth COO Future 500

3:00pm – 3:30pm (BST)

Finance Keynote: Build Financial Markets that are Fit for the Future

The financial system should help deliver climate and social goals, but market failures and inefficiencies prevent finance from being directed where it will make the most positive impact. Discover how policymakers, investors and regulators can shape financial markets to deliver the positive outcomes of the agreements to which the world has signed up.

Satya Tripathi Secretary-General Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet and former Assistant – Secretary General United Nations

Amit Bouri CEO and Co-Founder Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Moderator: Axel Threlfall Editor at Large Reuters

3:30pm – 3:45pm (BST)

New Industries, New Innovations, New Opportunities: Rethink Finance Through a 2050 Lens

The global financial system is currently at the service of an outdated economic paradigm. A new, sustainable finance system will be a core pillar of a new economy which serves both humanity and the planet. Hear how finance is moving away from the traditional backing system, what does this mean for businesses and how they're using trust-worthy data to re-align their investments.

Antoine Sire Director of the Company Engagement department BNP Paribas

Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

3:45pm – 4:15pm (BST)

30 minutes Break - Case study available

4:15pm – 4:45pm (BST)

Corporate Activism: Taking the Lead on Both National and Local Issues

Companies are doing good when the society is doing good – some brands have taken a stand on social, environmental, or political issues but it’s not enough. 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.

Ann Mukherjee Chairman & CEO Pernod Ricard North America

Celia Ouellette Founder & Chief Executive Officer Responsible Business Initiative

4:45pm – 5:00pm (BST)

Businesses and the Justice System: A fireside conversation with Jean Oelwang, CEO and President, Virgin Unite

Jean Oelwang CEO and President Virgin Unite

Moderator: Celia Ouellette Founder & Chief Executive Officer Responsible Business Initiative

5:00pm – 5:45pm (BST)

Diversity Equity & Inclusion: Tackling Systemic Barriers to Equality through Employment and Advocacy

There is a risk of companies not fully understanding systemic inequality as part of their diversity and inclusion strategy. Hear how businesses can use their operations and influence to tackle major barriers to employment and racial equity - including those imposed by the justice system.

Aaron Clark Founder & CEO Justice Reskill

Celia Ouellette Founder & Chief Executive Officer Responsible Business Initiative

8:30am – 8:45am (BST)

Building a New Economic Reality: Proving the Future Business Opportunities vs Immediate Short-Term Costs

Salma Okonkwo Founder Blue Power Energy

Moderator: Ursula Woodburn Programme Director CISL

8:45am – 9:15am (BST)

New Industries, New Innovations, New Opportunities: Rethink Finance Through a 2050 Lens

Ayaan Zeinab Adam CEO AFC

Steven WONG Weng Leong Chief Digital & Global Banking Strategist China Construction Bank (Malaysia)

Moderator: Sreenivas Narayanan Group Managing Director Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)

9:15am – 9:30am (BST)

Ensuring a timely transition: Are our Sustainability Actions Commensurate with the Need?

The Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle Chairman En+ Group

9:30am – 9:50am (BST)

Viewing Employees as an Asset Roundtable: Creating a Culture of Wellbeing and Support

Andy Poppink Markets EMEA CEO JLL

Moderator: Vicky Grinnell-Wright Director The Association of Sustainability Practitioners

9:50am – 10:00am (BST)

10 minutes Break - Case study available

10:00am – 10:30am (BST)

Roadmap to the green recovery and digital transformation

Nadia Calviño Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation Spain

Moderator: Liam Dowd Managing Director Reuters Events Sustainable Business

10:30am – 10:45am (BST)

Build Financial Markets that are Fit for the Future

Prashant Kumar MD and CEO YES BANK

Simon Rawson Director of Corporate Engagement ShareAction

10:45am – 11:30am (BST)

Transforming Finance Roundtable: Making Finance Work for the Many, Not the Few

Financial institutions will require more transparency on sustainability risks. But the transition to a sustainable, climate-friendly economy that affords basic human rights will take some time. Discover how to take on the root causes of poverty, inequality, and climate change, and not just their symptoms. Let’s help people around the world be more powerful and make their societies fairer - and in the process make our planet safer, more just and more sustainable.

Aubrey Hruby Senior Fellow and Co-Founder Atlantic Council & Africa Expert Network

Saker Nusseibeh, CBE CEO International Federated Hermes

Tariye Gbadegesi Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer ARM-Harith

Moderator: Michael Hajilou Editor Sustain Europe

11:30am – 2:00pm (BST)

Lunch Break – Bespoke webinar and roundtable opportunities available.

Contact matt.buckingham@thomsonreuters.com for more information

2:00pm – 2:45pm (BST)

Decarbonising the Supply Chain: Addressing Scope 3 Emissions Through Investment, Education and Empowerment

Scope 3 emissions often represent most of the organization GHG emissions. Engaging your suppliers is key to reach zero carbon, but how can you do this when there is a delay on the message? First, they need to understand the WHY. Hear how to incentivise your suppliers to sign-up and commit to zero carbon goals through new education programmes, injecting new technology and improving collaboration.

Roberto Marques CEO Natura Group

Maxfield Weiss Executive Director CDP Europe

Jan-Willem Bode Parter Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure Guidehouse

Moderator: Berkley A. Rothmeier Associate Director BSR

2:45pm – 3:00pm (BST)

Clean Energy Transition: Cutting the emissions, not the development

Tina Bru Minister of Petroleum and Energy Norway

Moderator: Eliot Whittington Director of Policy CISL

3:00pm – 3:30pm (BST)

The Resilience Imperative: building innovative, purpose-driven companies

Resilience is on everyone’s mind. It’s seen as indispensable for building innovative, purpose-driven companies, and for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. But what does it mean in practice? Hear how one of the world’s most well-known brands is pursuing its purpose to make a difference through its work in areas ranging from water stewardship to women’s empowerment to waste reduction.

Beatriz Perez Chief Communications, Sustainability and Strategic Partnerships Officer The Coca-Cola Company

Moderator: Aron Cramer CEO BSR

3:30pm – 3:45pm (BST)

Biodiversity Keynote: Transforming the Relationship Between Business & Biodiversity

The need to transform the relationship between business and nature has become even more urgent. We need clarity on what biodiversity means and how to put a price on it. Learn how companies can collaborate through multi-stakeholder partnerships and industry-driven initiatives to secure long-term business survival.

Nigel Sizer Chief Global Alliances Officer Rainforest Alliance

Moderator: Elizabeth Harrop Consultant in Human Rights and Environmental Protection Liberty and humanity

3:45pm – 4:00pm (BST)

4:00pm – 4:15pm (BST)

15 minutes Break - Case study available

4:15pm – 5:00pm (BST)

Corporate Governance Keynote: Re-Skilling the Board on ESG Risks and Opportunities to Lead in a Sustainable World

Whilst it’s clear that ESG will become a central guide to corporate strategy, the G [Governance] poses a big hurdle for many companies, mainly due to the lack of Sustainability expertise within the Corporate Board. There is an increasing need to re-skill board members on sustainability, as very little have the skill set required for this big change. Hear how companies can re-skill the board members to lead in a sustainable world.

Phil Redman Offering Manager, ESG OneTrust

Ray Cameron Head of Investment Stewardship for the Americas BlackRock

Joshua Ballard Chief Financial Officer Energy Recovery

Kenneth Urish Board Member BlackRock Multi-Asset Complex Fund Managing Partner Urish Popeck

Moderator: Helle Bank Jorgensen CEO & Founder Competent Boards Inc

5:00pm – 5:05pm (BST)

Roadmap to Cop26 and Beyond

The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP President COP26

5:05pm – 6:00pm (BST)

Closing Keynote: The Roadmap to Cop26 and Beyond – Taking Action Now to Accelerate the Global Transition

2021 is set to be a critical year in our space with the UN’s CBD COP 15 and COP26 creating two landmark dates. In the coming weeks, months, and years we are going to experience significant disruption to several industries – in just 9 years we have to half the annual global GHG emissions. Hear from innovative companies on how they’ve created a Roadmap for action that leads to COP26 and beyond.

Pia Heidenmark Cook CSO IKEA

Alexandra Palt Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer L’Oréal

Mindy Lubber CEO Ceres

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

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business