's Sustainable Business Summits bring together C-suite executives, influential investors, and innovative thought leaders to discuss how companies are using sustainability as a driver of business value. The summits leverage ’s unrivaled business and markets expertise to convene conversations on the risks and opportunities around sustainability for corporate executives and innovative investors.
In 2018, ’s second annual Sustainable Business Summit: London will explore critical issues, including:
14:00 Opening Remarks
14:10 Sustainability + Investor Relations = A Powerful Combination
Building a connection between a company’s sustainability and investor relations teams is a critical step in allowing companies and their investors to make decisions that drive value and improve sustainability outcomes. Corporate leaders who have worked to build a sustainability/investor relations partnership discuss the benefits and challenges they have experienced.
Moderated by: Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, News
14:35 Investing in Nature
Funding beyond traditional philanthropy has become increasingly critical in scaling up conservation efforts. The Nature Conservancy shares how they are unlocking and mobilizing private sector capital. What are the opportunities, risks and rewards for investors and how are they proving that protecting nature is a good investment?
14:50 Financing the SDGs
The financial markets play a critical role in the world’s ability to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, $1.4 trillion is invested annually in projects related to the achievement of the SDGs, leaving a gap of $2.5 trillion between current investments and estimates for what is needed to achieve the goals. From green bonds to climate bonds to social impact bonds, we examine the mechanisms financing the goals and how investors are monitoring and evaluating them.
Moderated by: Lauren Kiel, Director, Sustainable Business Summits
15:20 Understanding SASB: Introducing the Standards to Europe
What is SASB? The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board will share an overview of how they work with businesses and investors to identify financially material sustainability topics and how SASB standards can add value to European businesses and investors.
15:30 Unlocking the Benefits of Scenario Analysis
The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD) has created a framework for more effective climate-related reporting, promoting informed investment decisions. In this session, executives will share how they are implementing recommendations and how the disclosures have informed investment strategies.
Moderated by: Arlene McCarthy, Special Advisor to the Chairman, L.P.
16:30 Sustainability Survey Results Presentation
16:40 Keynote Interview
17:00 Pensions Driving Change
Pension funds across Europe are at the forefront of responsible investing, helping to drive change. In this session the Church of England Pensions Board and Anglo American share how they have worked together to incorporate ESG elements into their corporate reporting and track financial trends in the mining industry, achieving both financial and ethical returns.
17:25 Green Muni Bonds: Financing Local Solutions
With more than half of the world's population living in cities, urban centers are the laboratories where new sustainable solutions can tackle their first real-world tests. City leaders and investors share how they are working together to implement sustainable solutions in cities worldwide.
17:55 Closing Remarks
18:00 Networking Reception
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 UN Delivers Goals, Business Delivers Success
In 2015 the United Nations adopted the most ambitious set of goals in its history: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the achievement of these goals to be a possibility, the business community must step up to the challenge. Former Ikea CSO Steve Howard shares his insights on how to develop sustainable business models that prioritize integrating the SDG's and how to respond to the challenges faced along the way.
9:20 Integrating the SDGs into your Business Model
Top corporate executives share their experiences embedding the SDG's into their corporate strategies in ways that make a unique contribution to achieving these goals.
Moderated by: James Gomme, Director, Sustainable Development Goals, WBCSD
9:50 Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
A business is only as sustainable as its supply chain—downstream, upstream and post-consumer. Heads of supply chains from leading businesses discuss how they enforce supplier requirements to assess the lifecycle of products and commit to downstream recycling and, if necessary, non-impactful disposal.
10:10 SDG Spotlight: How Diversity Sparks Innovation
With the fight for gender equality reaching a fever pitch in the U.K. and beyond, companies are prioritizing diversity more than ever. But can diversity be more than something to comply with? Can it be a real competitive advantage?
10:25 SDG Spotlight: Advancing Net Zero
Advancing Net Zero is the World Green Building Council's global project which aims to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings to 100% by 2050. WorldGBC's CEO Terri Wills and their top corporate partners share how they are working to accomplish this ambitious goal, the important role that corporations play, and the benefits they can reap today and in the future.
11:15 Driving Impact Beyond Business
What does it mean to be a leader in corporate sustainability? While many companies commit to making positive impacts on the world around them, the true pioneers build their business models around it. How do these companies drive their sustainable operations to new heights and influence change outside of their own four walls?
Moderated by: Lauren Kiel, Director, Sustainable Business Summits
11:45 Designing a Circular Economy
Building strong partnerships is crucial to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Top executives from Burberry, H&M and Ellen MacArthur Foundation discuss their new Make Fashion Circular collaboration and how they are working together to transition to a circular textiles economy.
12:15 Building a Sustainable Brand
Building a credible brand starts with laying a strong foundation. Co-founders of online ethical fashion retailer Maison de Mode share their experiences of building a brand based on sustainability.
12:35 SDG Spotlight: Food Waste
Food waste is a global challenge, with one third of all food produced globally ending either in food loss or food waste. What can be done to fix it?
12:55 Closing Remarks
13:00 Event Concludes
Pam Batty is the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry, a global luxury brand with a distinctive British identity. Pam joined Burberry in 2012 and has 20 years of experience in corporate responsibility. This includes serving on the board of the Ethical Trading Initiative for 6 years, a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.
While at Burberry, Pam has built a global team of sustainability specialists focused on Burberry’s own operations and supply chain, ensuring responsible and sustainable business management. Last year, Burberry launched a new five-year responsibility strategy for both its corporate and philanthropic activities. The new strategy is designed to drive positive change and build a more sustainable future with goals for 2022 that sit across Burberry’s entire footprint. Burberry is a principle partner of the Living Wage Foundation, and Pam sits on the Foundation’s Advisory Council.
Burberry is a core partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Make Fashion Circular initiative, championing the conversation about circularity through collaboration and innovation with industry partners.
Charles is a Partner at ERM focused on the provision of environmental and social (‘E&S’) advisory and due diligence services to the Financial Services sector. He leads strategy and implementation programmes associated with TCFD’s recommendations, due diligence and advisory projects in the evolving sustainable finance market and M&A due diligence for financial investors.
He has over 25 years’ E&S banking and consulting experience. Charles has held a number of roles over the last five years associated with E&S and reputational risk management within investment banking sector, with Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. Prior to this, he was in management consulting as a Director in Deloitte’s Sustainability Services function and, prior to that, with Arthur Anderson.
Over recent years, Charles has served on the Equator Principles Steering Committee and a Climate Bonds Initiative Industry Working Group.
A CIMA qualified accountant, Caroline joined Kingfisher 10 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was instrumental in the decision to remove all gas patio heaters from B&Q UK. In 2012 she was asked to join the company’s new energy saving proposition as a business development manager – designed to help customers reduce their home’s energy use through intelligent product developments and installed solutions. It was then a natural step for Caroline into her current role as Head of Sustainability at Kingfisher where she is responsible for helping turn the restorative Net Positive vision into practical action. Caroline has a passion for sailing and in her spare time you’ll often find her cruising and racing on the Solent.
Andrew McConville is the Global Head of External Affairs and Communications for Syngenta, one of the world’s largest agricultural technology companies with 28,000 employees across 90 countries. Syngenta is committed to helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources, rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
As Head of External Affairs and Communication, Andrew leads a team across the world responsible for public affairs and public policy, developing effective NGO policy partnerships, driving media relations through traditional and new media channels, building the corporate brand through thought leadership, events and stakeholder outreach and protecting the company’s reputation through effective issues and crisis management. Prior to his current role, for more than a decade Andrew held senior regional roles in Syngenta as Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region.
In April 2016 he was described by Britain’s ‘The Guardian’ as one of sustainable agriculture’s ‘people to follow globally’ on Twitter @sententia_ag and with his regular blog post www.agrimatters.org
Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University.
Meryam is responsible for engaging on sustainability themes globally and development of responsible investment product solutions. She leads on the project to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector/theme specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy. Meryam has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies, starting her career as a business proposal writer for fixed income funds. She joined LGIM in 2008 to set up a business proposal team and project managed various marketing and sales initiatives across a wide range of products and capabilities. After completing an MSc in Environmental Decision Making, she joined the Corporate Governance team in 2010 to establish the engagement programme on environmental and social topics as LGIM signed up to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UK Stewardship Code.
The past three years have seen Francois work with the Foundation’s Global Partners such as Google and H&M to help drive circular economy innovation. Since 2018, Francois has led Make Fashion Circular, shaping the programme to be a truly disruptive force within the industry.
Having studied in Paris and Melbourne, and worked around the globe, he now finds himself on the Isle of Wight driving this circular economy redesign for the fashion industry; an industry where clothes are made to be made again, from safe and renewable materials and worn for longer.
Peter Wheeler joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as a London-based Executive Vice President in September 2013. He has a long and distinguished career as an investment banker having served as Head of Wholesale Banking at EMEA and Americas for Standard Chartered and as a partner at Goldman Sachs, working initially in New York, then based in Hong Kong, where he established the firm's Investment Banking business for Asia outside of Japan. He was the firm’s first Chief Representative in Beijing.
In his post-banking business life, Peter was a seed investor and Board member of Climate Change Capital until it was sold to Bunge in 2012. He is an active angel investor and sits on the Board of Rift Valley Corporation, a dynamic African agro-industrial enterprise which owns and operates a diversified portfolio of subsidiary companies across seven operating platforms in three countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Peter is a co-founder and trustee of New Philanthropy Capital, a charity that works as a consultancy and think tank, dedicated to helping charities and funders achieve the greatest impact so the lives of the people they serve are improved. He is a Board member of Social Finance, a social enterprise dedicated to the transformation of the third sector’s capabilities by developing access to a range of innovative financing methods. He has recently served on the Board of the Young Foundation (as Chair) and Virgin Unite.
Peter is also a conservation fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
Lee Ballin is the Head of Sustainable Business Programs at within the Global Sustainable Business and Finance group. Reporting to the Chairman's Office, the team aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and co-develops products and services for the Terminal and Media, enabling our clients to evaluate sustainability market risks and opportunities.
Lee works closely with media teams at to help forward-thinking brands showcase their sustainability efforts to the financial and business communities through a wide range of Media opportunities. His communications team develops best-in-class employee engagement programs and 's ─ award winning ─ GRI-based Sustainability Report, published annually. He is a frequent panelist at sustainability conferences and events speaking on a wide range of topics.
Lee is a Fellow within the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Programs First Mover Fellowship. He holds a bachelor's degree in business logistics from Pennsylvania State University and a MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business with a focus on finance and sustainability. Finally, he is a faculty member at the NYU School of Professional Studies teaching a course on Corporate Social Responsibility and a member of multiple industry advisory boards.
Emma has spent her 25 year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields.
Emma is currently Chair of the Environment Agency and serves on various boards and advisory committees including, Green Finance Taskforce (Member), ShareAction (Chair of Trustees), Menhaden Capital PLC, the Aldersgate Group, the 30% Club and the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project.
Dan Domeracki is Vice President, Government, Industry and Corporate Stewardship for Schlumberger Limited. In this position, Domeracki has expanded Schlumberger’s government affairs program, establishing non-lobbying, non-political, interactive working relationships with governments in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Domeracki also founded Schlumberger’s first fully integrated social and environmental corporate responsibility function, called Schlumberger Global Stewardship, which defines and manages the company’s global sustainability activities. Before this role Domeracki served as Vice President, Global Accounts and Industry Affairs (NA) for Schlumberger where he was responsible for leading Schlumberger’s global account program and dedicated Global Account teams. During 2008 – 2011, Domeracki was Global Account Director for ConocoPhillips managing the executive level corporate relationship between ConocoPhillips and Schlumberger. From 2006 – 2008, Domeracki was based in London where he served as Vice President, Marketing & Technology for the Schlumberger Reservoir Management Group.
Amanda Hearst is an activist and co-founder of the hybrid luxury ethical fashion retailer, MAISON-DE-MODE. The concept, born in 2012, fuses pop-up brick & mortar experiences alongside a seamless online boutique, specializing in unique ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, accessories and home goods. She is also the founder of Friends of Finn, a group dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills as well as on the Advisory Board of NEST, a non-profit committed to the advancement of global artisans. Hearst is also a Contributing Editor at Town & Country magazine.
Amanda Hearst is an activist and co-founder of the hybrid luxury ethical fashion retailer, MAISON-DE-MODE. She is also the founder of Friends of Finn, a group dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills as well as on the Advisory Board of NEST, a non-profit committed to the advancement of global artisans. Hearst previously worked as a market editor at Marie Claire and is currently Contributing Editor at Town & Country magazine.
Lauren Kiel leads the editorial and programming strategy for Next’s annual marquee conferences, including the Sustainable Business Summits. She previously managed editorial for Government events. Prior to joining , she was a producer at The Atlantic. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard College and a master’s degree in Issues in Modern Culture from University College London.
Jose is accountable for setting and driving strategy across Nuveen’s investment affiliates.
Jose previously served as president of TIAA Global Real Assets, where he was responsible for building businesses, including real estate, agriculture, timber, infrastructure, energy and alternative credit. Jose joined TIAA in 2004 and has more than 23 years of investment experience at firms including AIG, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan.
Jose serves on the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, an organization that fosters career advancement and increased leadership of underrepresented talent. Jose co-chairs the TIAA Military/Veteran’s Employee Resource Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business.
Hassan Pierre is an entrepreneur and co-founder of the hybrid luxury ethical fashion retailer, MAISON-DE-MODE. The concept, which began in 2012, fuses pop-up brick & mortar experiences alongside a seamless online boutique, specializing in unique ready-to-wear, fine jewelry, accessories and home goods. Pierre attended the prestigious, Parsons School of Design where he studied Design & Management. After his inaugural year he launched the demi-couture label, Way It Should Be, which specialized in vintage couture fabrics and supported manufacturing in the United States. He has extended his experience and voice to numerous panel discussions including the 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations, was a judge for the Denim Challenge at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in 2016, has participated in numerous CFDA discussions and spoke at SXSW in March 2018. Pierre also sits on the Advisory Board for the 2018 CFDA + Lexus Fashion* Initiative 2.0.
Tristram Stuart is an international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. His style of engagement is deeply human, positive and energising. He has the ability to convey ideas in ways that inspire people to follow them.
His books, The Bloodless Revolution: a cultural history of vegetarianism from 1600 to the present (2006) and Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (2009), have been described as "a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times) and have been translated into several languages. His TED talk (2012) has been watched over 1.5 million times.
Tristram started publicly campaigning on food waste as a lone pioneer in 2002. He has been a principal protagonist in building the global movement that has mobilised hundreds of organisations, millions of individuals, achieved mass behaviour change, obtained commitments from the world’s biggest food companies and governments, and a Sustainable Development Goal (12.3) to halve food waste by 2030. Tristram is an official UN Champion of this Global Goal.
The environmental organisation he founded in 2009, Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org),
plays a pivotal role in catalysing and leading the global food waste movement. It advocates for a better food system; one that is circular, low-input and stable. Feedback has driven changes in supermarket policies and international legislation and consistently punches way above its weight at the highest level globally. Its campaigns and events include Feeding the 5000, the Pig Idea and the Gleaning Network (UK/EU).
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Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.
ERM (Environmental Resources Management) is the world’s largest sustainability-focused advisory firm. With more than 4,500 industry-renowned experts in 160 offices in over 40 countries, we work with the world’s leading organizations to deliver business value through identifying and managing sustainability related business risk and opportunity.
We play a central role in helping companies and investors achieve their objectives with an understanding of how environmental, social, health, safety and risk issues might impact their business, and the context in which they operate. We continue to build our contribution to the global dialogue on sustainability through sharing insights from our experiences and providing practical, technology enabled solutions.
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Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has $970 billion in assets under management as of 12/31/17 and operations in 16 countries. Its affiliates offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit .
PIMCO is one of the world’s premier fixed income investment managers. With our launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, PIMCO introduced investors to a total return approach to fixed income investing. In the 45+ years since, we have continued to bring innovation and expertise to our partnership with clients seeking the best investment solutions. Today, we have professionals in 14 offices around the globe united by a single purpose: creating opportunities for investors in every environment.
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Schlumberger is the world's leading provider of technology for reservoir characterization, drilling, production, and processing to the oil and gas industry. Working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities, Schlumberger supplies the industry's most comprehensive range of products and services, from exploration through production, and integrated pore-to-pipeline solutions that optimize hydrocarbon recovery to deliver reservoir performance.
Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston, London and The Hague, and reported revenues of $30.44 billion in 2017. For more information, visit .
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is an industry leading technology company that enables customers to go further, faster. With the industry's most comprehensive portfolio, spanning the cloud to the data center to workplace applications, our technology and services help customers around the world make IT more efficient, more productive and more secure. For information about our commitment and actions to advance social and environmental sustainability, follow and visit .
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Our heritage of trusted health care services through community pharmacy care and pharmaceutical wholesaling dates back more than 100 years. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.
Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the U.S. and Europe. Together with the companies in which we have equity method investments, we have a presence in more than 25 countries and employ more than 385,000 people. Our portfolio of brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots, Alliance Healthcare, No7 and others.
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance. Follow us
is a state of the art technology platform that helps companies measure the progress and impact of their Corporate Responsibility and Volunteering initiatives at the last mile on a real-time basis. Currently, 200+ corporates (24 in Fortune 500) including Reckitt Benckiser, P&G, Target, Dell, GAP, Abbott, Amazon are using the Goodera platform to track, monitor and measure the impact of $250mn of development capital deployed annually across 60+ countries, impacting 6mn+ beneficiaries. Goodera is backed by Omidyar Network and has a 150 strong team with offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, San Francisco and London.
GRI is an independent international organization that has pioneered sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest.
UKSIF (UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association) is a membership organisation for those in the finance industry committed to growing sustainable and responsible finance in the UK. Our vision is a fair, inclusive and sustainable financial system that works for the benefit of society and the environment. UKSIF was created in 1991 and has 240+ members and affiliates include financial advisers, institutional and retail fund managers, pension funds, banks, research providers, consultants and NGOs. For more information about UKSIF, please visit .
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