The industry shaping agenda

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9:00am – 9:20am (BST)

Reuters Keynote - Leadership keynote: The Role of Business to Restore Trust and Take a Stand on Key Issues

Businesses have changed the way they think about stewardship - of their business, their employees and the communities they serve - in the face of pressure from all stakeholders, including investors. Thomson Reuters CEO Steve Hasker believes this includes businesses activating their customers in a collective pursuit of a more transparent, accountable and inclusive future. In this opening keynote discussion Steve Hasker will discuss how Thomson Reuters and its customers are restoring trust in the foundations of society plus the need, and challenges, that face CEOs when taking a stand on key issues.

Steve Hasker CEO Thomson Reuters

Chair: Axel Threlfall Editor-at-Large Reuters

9:20am – 9:50am (BST)

Purpose Keynote: The Dawn of Stakeholder Capitalism and the Real Economy

The current capitalist model, and market economy, of tracking and pursuing shareholder return isn’t fit for the 21st Century. There’s an increasing realisation that we need redefine what a healthy business and economy is. Covid-19 has shown that without a healthy society and natural environment there is no business or economy. Hear how companies are starting to realise a new purpose – one that delivers both profit and positive impact

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

Catherine Howarth CEO ShareAction

Chair: Natalie Chan Managing Director PIE Strategy Limited


9:50am – 10:10am (BST)

Reuters Keynote: Finance and Net Zero - Moving Capital Markets Behind a Clean Recovery

If we are to realise the Net-Zero ambition it’s imperative that we reset finance behind a more long-term, ESG-driven setting. Hear how the UK Government is supporting the move of Capital Markets behind a Net Zero future

John Glen, MP Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister UK Government

Simon Jessop Chief Correspondent, Sustainable Finance Thomson Reuters

10:10am – 10:55am (BST)

The Race to Zero Keynote: How Companies can Lead the Way

The momentum around net-zero target setting is accelerating across cities, regions and companies in every continent. Launching the latest report from NewClimate Institute and Data-Driven EnviroLab on the health of net-zero commitments to date, this event will scrutinize the climate ambitions of non-state actors and explore the successes of companies already walking the walk. Hear from experts and leaders how strategic implementation and clear targets are key to ensuring long-term goals for decarbonisation are met.

Magnus Billing CEO Alecta

Nigel Topping UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion UNFCCC

Thomas Day Partner NewClimate Institute

Angel Hsu Assistant Professor Yale-NUS College Director Data-Driven EnviroLab

Camilla Sylvest Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy and Corporate Affairs Novo Nordisk

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

10:55am – 11:15am (BST)

The Investors Keynote: Funding the Green Recovery

The world is being rapidly reset and rewired behind a sustainable transition. This will be the decade for change, and action is needed now. Discover how investors are realigning funds behind new clean innovations and ambitions, and where they see future opportunities

Euan Munro CEO Aviva Investors

11:15am – 11:45am (BST)

Building a New Relationship with Investors – Long-Term ESG Focussed

Learn how to bridge the gap with investors and hear practical ideas on how to communicate progress and impact on key ESG information

Christian Leitz Secretary, Corporate Culture and Responsibility Committee UBS

Sören Stober Director of Business Development ESG & Sustainability for Trucost S&P Global

Gareth Francis Director of Treasury and Corporate Finance Clarion Housing Group

Moderator: Richard Howitt Senior Associate Frank Bold LLP Former Chief Executive International Integrated Reporting Council and Member of the European Parliament

11:45am – 12:00pm (BST)

Executive Discussion: How Moody’s is Leveraging ESG Expertise for Internal and External Stakeholders

Over the past 18-24 months there’s been an intensified focus by stakeholders on the ESG profiles of corporations and the impact on long term value. Investor appetite for ESG risk/opportunity data and insights continues to increase and developments in the sustainable finance market are accelerating. Hear how Moody’s is leveraging its expertise to help companies and investors asses ESG risk, plus also learn how they’re using these same insights to help shape internal strategies and ambitions.

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe Global Head of CSR Moody’s Corporation

Chair: Liam Dowd Managing Director - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

12:00pm – 12:45pm (BST)

The Window to Act Is Now! Advancing Responsible Beauty in Europe

In partnership with:
P and G

The window for making sustainability at home possible for everyone is now, because the world can’t wait. Join a panel of world leading experts; P&G leaders and sustainability partners to witness the unveiling of P&G Beauty’s latest responsible beauty innovations, set to help change the way we recycle, reduce and reuse for a better future.

Artur Litarowicz Senior Vice President Hair Care Europe Procter & Gamble

Virginie Helias Chief Sustainability Officer Procter & Gamble

Tom Szaky CEO and Founder TerraCycle

Clover Hogan Climate Activist; Founder Force of Nature

Lydia Amoah TV Presenter and leading authority on diversity and cultural inclusion

Erin Simon Head of Plastic Waste and Business WWF

12:45pm – 1:15pm (BST)

Net Zero: The Vital Role of the Value Chain

Every company is different but getting to net zero invariably means tackling value chain emissions. As organisations face increasing pressure to look beyond their traditional operational boundaries, they are realising the benefits of improved understanding, engagement and innovation. Learn how to unlock the opportunities that exist across our value chains.

Martin Sedgwick Commercial Director EcoAct

Add Day 2 to your calendar

9:00am – 9:30am (BST)

Coalition Keynote: Taking a Collaborative Approach in Driving Systemic Change

For decades business has adopted the combative approach, ‘there can only be one winner’. To deliver a clean and just future, a new approach is required – collaborative. In tackling societal ills and environmental risks – we either all lose, or all win. Learn how to move and engage the business on the need to help drive such ambitious collaborations. Hear how to engage key stakeholders – employees, suppliers, investors, NGOs and industry peers – on taking such transformative action

Geoff Skingsley Chairman L'Oréal UK and Ireland

Paul Dickinson Executive Chair CDP

Chair: Hannah Pathak Director of UK and Europe Forum for the Future

9:30am – 9:45am (BST)

Leadership Keynote: Path to Become Lifetime Carbon Neutral

Business has a critical role to play in limiting global warming to 1.5°C and reversing nature loss. That is why the VELUX Group has committed to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral by 2041 - this means taking responsibility for both past and future carbon emissions. The Group is working together with WWF to capture its historical carbon emissions - since its foundation in 1941 - through forest conservation, and will at the same time dramatically reduce its future carbon emissions (operations and value chain) in line with science. The proposed model, capturing historical and reducing future carbon emissions, initiated by the VELUX Group and developed in collaboration with WWF International, will help halt habitat loss and preserve biodiversity, which is crucial to achieve a sustainable future. Join in and learn more about the path to become Lifetime Carbon Neutral.

Ingrid Reumert VP External Relations and Sustainability VELUX Group

9:45am – 10:30am (BST)

Natural Capital Keynote: Investing and Delivering a Nature-Positive Recovery

In partnership with:

We need to radically transform our relationship with the natural world. Companies, Governments, Public Bodies and Investors will be central in delivering a clean recovery – through ambitious, long-term investments. Hear how key stakeholders are putting climate resilience and biodiversity regeneration strategies at the heart of future investments and collaborations.

Youssef Nassef Director, Adaptation and Acting Director, Intergovernmental Support and Collective Progress UNFCCC

Marco Lambertini Director General WWF International

Afke Schaart Senior Vice President Global Government Affairs Huawei

Chair: Liam Dowd Managing Director - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

10:30am – 10:45am (BST)

Circularity Keynote: Putting Circularity at The Heart of The Recovery Strategy

Delivering a circular economy and eliminating waste is a huge global challenge. And the Covid-19 pandemic has compounded this challenge – increasing waste, falling revenues… Hear how innovative businesses are using the recovery as an opportunity to put circularity at the heart of their business

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

10:45am – 11:30am (BST)

Climate Keynote: Addressing Climate Change through Strategic Sport Partnerships

In partnership with:
DOW Chemical

Building strong partnerships, that offer complementary skills and values, can help companies achieve their own objectives while delivering scalable solutions to global challenges. In this case study keynote, learn what Dow and the IOC have achieved together through their Carbon Partnership and how to find and cultivate strong partnerships that can drive change

Sergey Belyavskiy, Ph.D. Dow Technology & Sustainability Leader, Olympics and Sports Solutions Dow

Lise Van Long Corporate Sustainability Manager International Olympic Committee

Roberto Rigobello Director of Sustainability for Industrial Solutions Dow

Matthew Campelli Founder and Editor Sustainability Report

11:30am – 11:45am (BST)

Biodiversity Keynote: Putting Nature at the Heart of Business Strategy

In this 15-minute presentation Professor Sir Bob Watson, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity Ecosystem Services (IPBES), will outline the current situation that the world - and our natural environment - finds itself. Sir Bob Watson will outline what is required from companies to help us mitigate the climate crisis that we face, both now and in the coming years

Robert Watson Professor Emeritus UEA, UK

11:45am – 12:15pm (BST)

Nature Based Solutions: Accelerating Partnerships and Investments

In the wake of Covid-19 it’s even more critical that businesses collaborate to help deliver transformative, restorative growth strategies. The long-term reality of Nature-Based Solutions makes seeking investments and partnerships challenging. Learn how companies and investors can work together to implement nature-based solutions that deliver large-scale impacts

Rodolfo Nervi VP Global Safety, Quality & Sustainability Bacardi & Company Ltd

Jan-Willem Vosmeer Manager Sustainable Development & Stakeholder Engagement HEINEKEN

Moderator: Martin Wright Chair Positive News

12:15pm – 12:30pm (BST)

Empower Communities & Smallholders to Take Climate Action

Companies cannot drive transformative change without the support of local communities and smallholders. Hear how companies are empowering local communities & smallholders to drive initiatives that help the development of restorative practices and deliver scalable change

Rt Hon Lord Deben Chairman on The Committee of Climate change Sancroft International

Chair: Tim Nixon Co-Founder, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships Constellation Research

12:30pm – 1:00pm (BST)

Redesigning Products Through a Circular Lens

Companies must drive new thinking across all areas of supply chain management to close the loop on the product cycle – starting in product design and ending with collection and reuse. Learn how companies are seeing circular transformation as the key to their business recovery

Shawn Welch Vice President and General Manager Hi-Cone Worldwide

Yolanda Malone Vice President Global R&D Snacks PKG Pepsico

Chair: David Greenfield European External Affairs Spokesperson Circular Economy Club

1:00pm – 1:15pm (BST)

Putting Sustainability at the Heart of the Recovery Strategy

The value of sustainability is far greater than a cost centre, but how do you prove to the board and investors to ensure YOUR strategy is deemed as the most desirable, offering new opportunities, as you start your recovery efforts

David Grayson Chairman Institute of Business Ethics

1:15pm – 1:30pm (BST)

Rebuilding a Resilient Supply Chain Through Support and Collaboration

For decades global supply chains were built around cost, quality and speed of delivery. Covid-19 exposed how fragile our global supply chains are. Learn how companies can work together to support, empower their suppliers and in turn deliver greater resilience

Keeran GWILLIAM-BEEHAREE Executive Director, Market Access Vigeo Eiris

Moderator: Carmel Giblin President & CEO ICTI Ethical Toy Program (IETP)

1:30pm – 1:45pm (BST)

Advancing Responsible Beauty in Europe

In partnership with:
Procter & Gamble

In this 15 minutes interview hear from P&G leaders how their latest responsible beauty innovations help change the way we recycle, reduce and reuse for a better future.

Artur Litarowicz Senior Vice President Hair Care Europe Procter & Gamble

Jasmin Akpak Senior Director Herbal Essences & Responsible Beauty Procter & Gamble

Chair: Liam Dowd Managing Director - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

1:45pm – 2:30pm (BST)

Transitioning to Net Zero Value Chain

Charlotte Bande Global Head of Climate Strategy Quantis

Michael Dickstein Group Sustainability Director Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Chair: David Grayson Chairman Institute of Business Ethics

Add Day 3 to your calendar

09:55am – 10:15am (GMT)

Business As a Force for Good: The Role Business Leaders Can Play in Tackling the World’s Most Challenging Issues

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic this year has further reinforced the urgent need for every business to step up and make the changes necessary to address the climate crisis, to protect nature and address the inequality we face in our society. Business need to become a force for good. Hear how leaders are creating systemic change that cannot be achieved by governments and non-profits – business, along with the science community, academia, and civil society must be a part of the solution.

Roberto Marques Executive Chairman – Board of Directors, and Group Chief Executive Officer Natura &Co

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

10:15am – 10:30am (GMT)

Putting Purpose at the Heart of the Business

In partnership with:
National Geographic

In today’s fragmented landscape, it is harder than ever for media brands to stand out from the pack. National Geographic Partners chairman Gary Knell will discuss why the iconic media organization’s purpose distinguishes it from others in the industry and how its unique business model creates a virtuous cycle that helps protect the planet.

Gary E. Knell Chairman National Geographic Partners

Moderator: Tom Rivett-Carnac Founder Global Optimism

10:30am – 11:00am (GMT)

Building a D&I Strategy that has Integrity

There’s a risk that companies make D&I announcements but don’t truly understand the complexities, challenges and opportunities that awaits. Hear how companies can be honest, transparent and communicate a program that’s ambitious, realistic and has clear impacts and milestones. Only then will you show integrity and build trust among employees and key stakeholders

Kimberley Lewis Director of Engagement Federated Hermes International

11:00am – 11:30am (GMT)

Embedding sustainability in the business - purpose-led innovations for sustainable food systems

Companies have a major role to play to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the emerging food system challenges. Doing good to society can go hand in hand with profitable business. How to embed ‘purpose’ ambitions, and translate this in meaningful innovations and business development?

Jacobine Das Gupta Director Sustainability - Lead Nutrition DSM

11:30am – 11:45am (GMT)

National Geographic: Delivering purpose driven partnerships

It is well documented that consumers are increasingly buying into brands that stand for more than just profit gains and that brands with an authentic, well communicated purpose consistently outperform others. The rise in ‘belief buying’ is a real consumer trend as is the expectation that brands have the opportunity to be a real force for good in the world. Clearly communicating your company’s efforts is more important than ever. In this session, National Geographic shares insights from the past year of how the brand leverages its media platforms to engage millions of consumers in its brand purpose; and will share examples of work from global partners delving into the devices & strategies that deliver results.

Nadine Heggie Vice President, Corporate Partnerships National Geographic, Europe & Africa

11:45am – 12:30pm (GMT)

Executive Discussion: Develop Agile Strategies for a Decade of Disruption

In partnership with:
National Grid

To meet the Global Goals companies are tasked with setting long-term targets. However, over the coming months and years the global world will face significant disruptions. Hear how businesses are driving change and rebuilding their business behind a sustainable mission – without impacting current recovery efforts.

Lord Barker Executive Chairman En+ Group former UK Minister for Energy & Climate Change UK Government

Nicola Shaw UK Executive Director National Grid

Chair: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

12:30pm – 12:45pm (GMT)

How CEOs and Boards Can Help Build A Better World

Sustainability has emerged as the defining issue of our time. With this, there is an urgent need for a new type of business leader—one who is willing to step up and make the long-term sustainability of our world a top strategic priority. Drawing on research carried out in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact, hear the specific traits leaders will need to make tangible progress toward the SDGs and deliver lasting value for all stakeholders.

Sarah Galloway Sustainability Co-Head Russell Reynolds Associates

12:45pm – 1:15pm (GMT)

Successfully Engaging Customers on Purpose and Impact

Forward-thinking companies are starting to realise that demonstrating the true value of the business – its impacts and outcomes – are just as important, if not more to its long-term success. Learn how to engage customers on complex issues, demonstrate impact and drive change.

Thomas Mueller-Kirschbaum Corp. Senior Vice President Innovation & Sustainability HENKEL AG

Steve Butterworth CEO Neighbourly

Chair: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief - Sustainable Business Reuters Events

1:15pm – 1:30pm (GMT)

Businesses taking a stand on ESG and driving change

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild Founding and Managing Partner Inclusive Capital Partners

Moderator: Oliver Balch Journalist, Independent

1:30pm – 2:00pm (GMT)

Corporate Activism: It’s Time to Take a Stand

Businesses have been increasingly embracing what is known as brand activism – taking a stand on social, environmental, or political issues. 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

Celia Ouellette Founder and CEO Responsible Business Initiative for Justice

Cemal Ezel CEO Change Please

Moderator: Juliana Lax Managing Director Giving Back Films

2:00pm – 2:15pm (GMT)

Corporate Activism through the lens of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights

While respect for human rights and corporate activism are often seen as distinct, Shift – the leading centre for expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights – make the case for companies to use their voice and influence as a key part of their responsibility to respect human rights

Francis West Business Engagement Director Shift Project

Moderator: Daniel Berezowsky Shift's communications and advocacy strategy Shift Project

2:15pm – 3:00pm (GMT)

Closing Keynote: Driving Transformational Change

Current patterns of consumption and production risk breaching planetary boundaries. Inequitable growth and increasing volatility due to economic crises, social unrest and natural disasters sustainable development. A profound transformation of our economies and societies is imperative, hear from experts how to drive transformational change to achieve a sustainable development

Rebecca Marmot Chief Sustainability Officer Unilever

Sally Uren CEO Forum for the Future

Antonio Zappulla CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation

Chair: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief - Sustainable Business Reuters Events