'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 explored critical issues, including:
14:00 – 18:00
Networking reception to follow.
9:00 – 13:00
3 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4N 4TQ, UK
14:00 Opening Remarks
14:10 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?
14:25 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
14:50 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: Dr. Nazia M. Habib, Founder and Director, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme, University of Cambridge
15:20 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.
16:15 Sustainable Business and Finance Survey Results
16:35 Keynote Interview
Moderated by: Jonas Rooze, Head of Sustainability Research, NEF
16:55 Tackling Climate Change One Building at a Time
Are green properties the key to reducing global warming? They’re a smart bet for investors—green properties have lower credit risks and hold value longer. The World Green Building Council is also betting that they can help to increase the chances of keeping global warming to below 2 degrees. WorldGBC's CEO and a leading green investor discuss how corporates and investors can partner to work toward achieving the ambitious goal of 100 percent net zero carbon buildings by 2050.
Moderated by: Mathew Carr, Natural Gas, Energy, Climate-Markets Reporter, News
17:25 Setting the Standard: Introducing the Corporate Reporting Dialogue
The Corporate Reporting Dialogue brings together the major international corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers in the corporate reporting field. Together, they are focused on bringing about visible improvements in the coherence, consistency and comparability amongst corporate reporting frameworks and standards. During this session, participants of the Dialogue will announce details of a major new project focused on driving better alignment and discuss why such a project is so important for long-term efficient allocation of capital.
Moderated by: Wim Bartels, Program Lead, Corporate Reporting Dialogue
17:55 Closing Remarks
18:00 Networking Reception
9:00 Opening Remarks
9:10 UN Delivers Goals, Can Business Deliver 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. We Mean Business Coalition Chair 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.
9:30 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
10:00 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.
Moderated by: Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, News
10:25 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?
10:35 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.
Moderated by: Angus McCrone, Chief Editor, NEF
11:20 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
11:50 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.
Moderated by: Lauren Kiel, Director, Sustainable Business Summits
12:10 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.
Moderated by: Anna Edwards, Co-Anchor, Daybreak Europe, Television
12:40 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
Mr. Amey is a managing director and portfolio manager in the London office. He is responsible for sterling portfolios and is head of PIMCO’s ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategies. He is also responsible for the European insurance (ex Germany) and the European LDI (liability-driven investing) portfolio management groups. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2003, he was head of U.K. fixed income at Rothschild Asset Management and after their merger, at Insight Investment. Prior to joining Rothschild in 1994, Mr. Amey spent two years tutoring in the Department of Economics at the University of Durham. He has 25 years of investment experience and holds undergraduate and master's degrees in corporate and international finance from the University of Durham. Mr. Amey is also a member of the U.K. Society of Investment Professionals.
Ezgi is responsible for the development and execution of the AB InBev’s 2025 sustainability vision and strategy. Her team focuses on agricultural development, climate action, water stewardship, packaging sustainability and responsible sourcing. She works closely with the global brand teams on cause marketing campaigns and with the Investor Relations team on Socially Responsible Investor (SRI) outreach.
She has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical & Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an Environmental Health Master’s from Harvard School of Public Health, and an MBA from Chicago-Booth.
Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten is Environmental Sustainability Manager for the H&M group.
Cecilia has worked within the H&M group since 2004 and the past 7 years within the area of environmental sustainability, circular economy and sustainable materials. She is leading the global environment team working on the H&M group´s 100% circular and renewable strategy including the goals of having a circular approach to how products are made and used, only using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 and having a climate positive value chain by 2040.
Cecilia has previously worked as the Circular Economy Lead for the H&M group and is also responsible for the partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Make Fashion Circular Initiative.
Froydis Cameron has been involved in the sustainability and the extractives sector for 20 years.
Working across both technical and sustainability fields, Froydis has over a decade of experience across the oil and gas business including working in Nigeria, Russia, Middle East and the US.
She joined Anglo American to lead integrated planning for 'mega projects' -in Alaska, Brazil and Peru. After that she return to geology roots and become Head of Safety, Sustainability, Corporate Affairs and Compliance for the global Exploration team. In her current position as Group Head of International and Government Relations she is responsible for country risk, stakeholder engagement and public policy areas such as climate change and human rights, as well as advising the executive committee and Board on global geo-politics.
On a personal note, Froydis is an active mother of two and is happiest when out in nature with her family. She has always supported women in industry and mentored a number of women throughout the years and is actively involved in a number of education and women's charities.
Emily Chasan is the Sustainable Finance Editor at News. She writes about trends in sustainable and impact investing, as well as corporate responsibility and governance. She edits 's weekly Sustainable Finance Brief which provides actionable insights for investors on sustainable and impact strategies.
She was previously a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal, and a senior correspondent at Reuters where she covered accounting, law, hedge funds, manufacturing, and the U.S. stock market. She led the wire service's team of bankruptcy reporters during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.
She has won two Front Page Awards from the Newswomen's Club of New York and in 2012 was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors' "Directorship 100" list of people most influential on corporate boards of directors.
Emily graduated from Tufts University cum laude with a degree in Economics and International Relations. You can follow her on twitter @echasan.
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.
Anna Edwards is the co-anchor of “ Daybreak Europe” on Television and a frequent host of “ Daybreak Europe” on Radio.
Anna has more than ten years of experience in business news having previously worked at CNBC Europe and freelanced for CNN in London. Before working in TV Anna was an equity analyst at UBS and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Anna has interviewed business leaders, politicians and key economy figures including Bob Diamond, Sir Richard Branson, Justin King, Paul Walsh, Michael O’Leary, Ben Verwaayen, Alistair Darling, Lord Digby Jones, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gross, Jim Rogers, Paul Krugman, Steven Roach, Nouriel Roubini and many more.
James Gomme is Director of Sustainable Development Goals at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a business membership organization comprised of some 200 multinational corporations that come together to coordinate and scale up solutions to create a sustainable future.
James heads up the organization’s work on engaging members around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, supporting companies’ efforts to integrate the SDGs into their strategic considerations, and working with individual industry sectors to develop detailed roadmaps exploring how they can maximize contributions to the SDGs on the road to 2030.
James is seconded to WBCSD as of March 2016 from long-standing WBCSD member company Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan’s largest trading and investment company. During more than 10 years at Mitsubishi Corporation James has led teams across a variety of corporate sustainability, public affairs and investor relations roles in both Europe and Japan. He has an undergraduate degree from Durham University, an MBA from Madrid’s IE Business School, and a Certificate in Investor Relations.
Nazia M Habib is the Founder and the Director for the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP), at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Manufacturing (IfM), Department of Engineering. Trained in financial accounting, political economy, and sustainability science, her work focuses on how to scale system resilience and sustainable development through multistakeholder engagement in the context of climate change, globalisation and inequality. Dr Habib regularly presents and writes on how to scale up the complex global value chain of primary commodities, primarily in the agriculture and energy sector in emerging markets. Prior to setting up the RSDP, Dr Habib was a Lecturer of Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cambridge, she was a Sustainability Science Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she focused on identifying multiple pathways to improve sustainable development agenda. Along with her academic role, Dr Habib leads multi-stakeholder engagement to develop a collective framework for action. One such leadership role she held in 2015 where she authored the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda for the United Nations (2015), which set out regional policy options for the Syrian refugees' integration. Among other advisory roles, she advises the Bangladesh Small Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF). She consults for multilateral agencies, including the United Nations, World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has engaged with over twenty countries senior leadership of emerging market countries on issues related to policy innovation in good governance, climate adaptability and livelihoods strategies. Originally from Bangladesh, she attended Oxford University and received a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge for which she received the best thesis award.
Mr Kabureck is a prominent and highly respected financial reporting practitioner. Commencing in 2001, he served as the Chief Accounting Officer for Xerox Corporation – a Fortune Global 500 constituent, $22 billion technology and services company operating in more than 160 countries. With global responsibility for both IFRS and US GAAP accounting processes and a team of more than 1,200 accountants worldwide, he has oversight of Xerox’s accounting policy development, implementation of new accounting procedures, internal and external financial reporting, as well as internal controls. Prior to becoming Chief Accounting Officer, Mr Kabureck held various senior accounting positions at Xerox, beginning in 1985. His professional career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1975, where he worked for ten years.
In addition to his practical experience, Mr Kabureck is recognized as a leader in the accounting profession worldwide. He is an active member of Financial Executives International (“FEI”) – a leading association for senior level finance executives. From 2006-2013, he participated in FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting and for many years was the lead liaison between accounting standard-setters and FEI members regarding technical matters. Mr Kabureck also served on a range of other advisory boards, including those to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and previously the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He is a frequently sought speaker on a wide variety of professional accounting and auditing matters.
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.
Thomas Miller is the Strategy Lead, Sustainable Business and Finance, with Next. Based in ’s New York headquarters, he created and oversees the Sustainable Business Summit series, the Sustainable Business and Finance Surveys, and other sustainable business and finance events and services.
Prior to assuming this role at Next, Tom was the Diplomatic and Global Business Lead at the Bureau of National Affairs where he oversaw client relations with the international diplomatic community. Prior to this, he spent four years with Government (BGOV), where he was responsible for launching the new BGOV service to diplomatic officials in the political, economic, defense and communications sections at the foreign embassies in Washington DC.
Before joining , Tom was a founding Board Member of Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA), a non-profit organization launched by major American corporations after the 9/11 attacks to work with the U.S. Department of State on public diplomacy programs around the world. Before BDA, he was Managing Director with the Roper Organization, one of the world’s leading market and public opinion research firms, where he managed all of the company’s global marketing, branding, consumer trend and public opinion/public affairs insight services. Tom began his career at Hudson Research Europe, a Paris-based political, economic and social risk forecasting firm where he managed global consulting and conference services for American, European and Asian multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.
Tom is an honors graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.). He lives with his wife and children in Manhattan.
Ashling began her career in FMCG working on P&L and managing a cross-functional team. She then gained experience in the finance industry, with roles as a Business Manager and also working with Prestige Car dealerships to support them with stocking facilities.
She joined the pharmaceutical industry 18 years ago with SmithKlineBeecham (now GSK) where she held various roles, all with a strong focus on Market Access, across numerous disease areas including mental health, diabetes and respiratory. During her time with GSK, Ashling was promoted from Primary Care Sales, through to Secondary Care Sales and finally to the position of Integrated Healthcare Manager.
She joined AstraZeneca in 2008, focusing on Market Access within specialist care in the UKMC and moved to Strategic Account Management, covering all UK promoted brands, within the complex payer environment of the UK.
Ashling is now senior director for Healthy Heart Africa. Using her strong leadership experience Ashling will continue the journey in reaching our strong ambition with Healthy Heart Africa that was officially launched in 2014 in Kenya and expanded into Ethiopia in 2016. The ultimate goal of HHA is to reach 10 million hypertensive patients across Africa by 2025, in support of the World Health Organization’s global hypertension target of a 25% relative reduction in the prevalence of raised blood pressure also by 2025.
Ed was appointed as Head of the Green Investment Group on its purchase by Macquarie. He was previously the Head of Investment Banking where he led the group's investment origination and execution activities.
Ed has been involved in the global renewable energy industry for almost 25 years and during that time has developed and financed more than 90 renewable energy projects globally. In his early career Ed acted as a legal adviser to public and private organisations engaged in the power sector, before working in industry in various project and corporate development and fundraising roles. Prior to joining Green Investment Bank, he spent ten years as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of an Australian based clean energy investment fund.
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.
Jonas is responsible for BNEF’s sustainability business, advising corporations and investors about the real-world technologies and sustainability solutions companies can employ to improve their environmental performance and reduce their climate risk. This leverages BNEF’s research on transformational topics ranging from clean energy and electric mobility to digitalization and advanced materials. Before this, Jonas lead BNEF’s research on the impact of the energy transition on the European power sector and what that means for utility and investor strategies. He also authored BNEF’s New Energy Outlook for Europe. Jonas joined the company from sustainable energy consultancy Carbon Descent and holds an MSc in sustainable energy from Imperial College London and a MEng from Cambridge University.
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.
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.
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.
David Cutter was appointed President, Global Supply & Procurement in July 2014. He is based at the Global Supply headquarters in Edinburgh and responsible for a world class supply chain delivering Diageo’s brands to 180 markets around the world from over 100 production facilities located in more than 3O countries.
Previously David was Supply Director of Diageo’s International Supply Centre (ISC) where he was responsible for Diageo’s spirit, beer and wine production operations in Europe, which included production of global brands such as Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Baileys, Smirnoff, Gordon’s and Tanqueray.
Before taking up his role in the ISC, David was President, Diageo, Americas Supply, overseeing the company’s end-to-end supply operations for the Americas, which include the North America and Latin America & Caribbean markets.
During this time David also led the creation of a new distillery in the US Virgin Islands.
Prior to this role, David led Diageo's Asia Pacific Supply business based in Singapore.
He has worked in manufacturing, supply and product management for more than 20 years and prior to joining Diageo held leadership roles at other leading consumer goods companies including Frito-Lay and SC Johnson.
Justin Dye is a Partner at ERM leading our Sustainability Operational Excellence across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Justin has over 30 years’ experience advising the world’s leading businesses on sustainability strategy, governance and assurance processes, management systems development and implementation, compliance as well as leadership development. His focus is on the assessment and integration of people, plant and process programmes to deliver real change on the ground and improved sustainability performance. He has worked in over 40 countries across the world in the Chemical, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Finance, Consumer Products and Tech sectors.
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.
Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she leads outreach to investors to support demand for standardized disclosure of material sustainability factors. Ms. Guillot has more than 25 years of experience in operating, strategy, risk management and finance roles in financial services. Janine served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where she was responsible for CalPERS investment office business and operational management, CalPERS affiliate funds and CalPERS defined contribution plans. Ms. Guillot also oversaw the CalPERS corporate governance program, including integration of sustainability and governance factors into investment decision-making. Janine has held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors, Bank of America and Incapture LP. At Barclays Global Investors, she served as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses. She began her career in public accounting.
Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Equilibrium Capital and Community Initiatives. She serves on the Senior Advisory Board at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, on B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets’ Advisory Council, and on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.
Steve Howard is a leading sustainable business professional and is a recognised authority on sustainability and climate change. Steve was Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at IKEA Group and served on IKEA’s Executive Group Management from 2011-2017. At IKEA, Steve led the development and implementation of the People and Planet Positive strategy, and put in place strategies that lead to more than 3 billion euros of investments from wind power to recycling at the same time as creating a sustainable products category that more than tripled in revenue to a 2-billion-euro business. Steve also supported the role out of a comprehensive approach on diversity, inclusion and fair pay. In 2015, Steve co-founded We Mean Business, a leading climate change coalition of organizations and businesses which helped support the Paris Agreement and has led to more than 500 businesses making more than 1000 commitments on climate action. Prior to IKEA Steve was Founder and CEO of The Climate Group, an independent global non-profit organization which has built extensive networks of cities, states, regions, businesses and entrepreneurs committed to a net-zero carbon world. Before the Climate Group, Steve consulted on sustainability for major corporations and institutions, working as a partner at ERM Group in London and URS Corporation. He has worked with various NGOs and UN bodies on a wide range of global sustainability topics. Earlier in his career he worked in WWF, chaired the UK Forest Stewardship Council and helped launch and chair The Forest Trust. Originally, he is trained as an ecologist and has a PhD in Ecophysiology and Environmental Physics based on research in Kenya.
Jennifer is responsible for the overall financial performance delivery of $2.5b for the North America region. She brings broad knowledge of finance business partnering and operations to this role from both a global and North America perspective. In the 15 years she has been with Syngenta, Jennifer has held a variety of finance roles in commercial, marketing, global supply and finance services throughout the US and at Syngenta global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.
Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Rocío Lorenzo is a Partner at BCG. For the last decade, Rocío has advised senior executives in telecommunications and media on growth programs and large scale digital transformation. Additionally, Rocío leads the program ‚[email protected]‘ in Munich and is the author of several leading studies on diversity, like "Innovation through Diversity: The Mix that Matters". This study was featured in Rocio's TED talk 'how diversity makes teams more innovative'.
Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, as well as Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, (IIGCC).
Adam founded and now Co-Chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which identifies companies’ preparedness for the transition to the low carbon economy.
Adam is also the lead for the Church of England on the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative (MFRI) a forum that convenes mining company CEO’s.
Adam also serves as a member of the Royal College of Physicians Investment Advisory Board and on the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) Stewardship Advisory Group.
Arlene McCarthy OBE is the Executive Director of AMC Strategy. She is Special Advisor to the Chairman of and a Non-Executive Director for TFL and TRL. Arlene advises on a broad range of EU Financial services regulation and policymaking, including Capital markets Union and Sustainable Finance.
Arlene is a strategic policy advisor to Philanthropies and to Michael ’s team engaged on the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, supporting ’s Head of Sustainability. She is a strategic policy advisor to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.
She was a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance from January 2017 – February 2018.
Arlene has over 20 years of European legislative & Policy experience as President of the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee and Vice-President of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She was the rapporteur and shadow rapporteur on key financial services dossiers MiFID II, MiFIR, Market Abuse, Benchmarks, CRD III, UCITS, Banking Reform and was Parliament's key negotiator on the EU directive on transparency and accounting standards.
Angus is chief editor of New Energy Finance. He has overall editing responsibility for the research company’s rich selection of newsletters and analysis on international clean energy developments.
Angus works closely with BNEF’s 120-strong team of analysts and researchers covering sectors such as wind, solar, biofuels, carbon and energy-smart technologies, also writes and presents on a wide range of topics including overall clean energy investment, project finance, public markets and policy-making.
Before joining New Energy Finance at the start of 2007, Angus was a financial journalist for UK national newspapers for 18 years, covering many business sectors but particularly economics, the financial markets and derivatives. He also worked part-time for many years as a senior economist for Centre for Economics and Business Research, a leading London based think tank, and as director of a start-up FSA authorised financial services firm.
Angus holds an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics, an MA in modern history and economics from the University of St Andrews, and a Certificate of Investment Management from the Securities Institute, UK.
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.
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.
Amit Puri is the Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered Bank.
Amit joined Standard Chartered in 2004 and has held roles in Group Tax and Corporate Finance, as well as the Head of the Group CEO’s office.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered Amit trained as a Tax Advisor at KPMG and is also admitted to the New York State Bar.
Cameron Saul Co-Founded BOTTLETOP in 2002; with a mission to empower artisans with livelihoods and young people with health education through sustainable luxury design and creative culture. BOTTLETOP began through a best selling design collaboration with the British luxury fashion house Mulberry, Founded by his father Roger Saul.
Saul launched the music side of BOTTLETOP through the ‘Sound Affects’ album series in 2005 and the contemporary art side through the ‘Full Circle’ program in 2009. BOTTLETOP has gone on to collaborate with brands including Narciso Rodriguez and DKNY and contemporary artists including Wangechi Mutu and Idris Khan. BOTTLETOP partnered with the Rio 2016 Olympics and BAFTA and is worn by fashion industry luminaries including Emma Watson, Anna Wintour, Candice Swanepoel and Gigi Hadid.
BOTTLETOP launched its first London flagship store on Regent St in December 2017; the world’s first zero waste 3D printed store made from waste and ocean plastic. Today it produces collections with artisans in Brazil, Kenya, Nepal and Bali.
The BOTTLETOP FOUNDATION supports young people with health education projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Brazil and the UK.
Mark Stride is the Global Head of Investor Relations at Standard Chartered Bank.
Mark joined Standard Chartered in 2006. Before taking on the IR role he was Head of Asia for the Corporate Development team, based in Singapore, carrying out various acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and alliances.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered Mark was at Tricorn Partners, a boutique investment bank based in London specialising in strategic M&A advice to FTSE100 companies, having earlier spent over 10 years with Dresdner Kleinwort in London and Australia where he focused on ECM and M&A Advisory. Mark is a solicitor by training, having spent 3 years with Freshfields in London.
Terri Wills is the CEO of the World Green Building Council. She is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for the organisation, and working with the Board of Directors, its various Committees, and the staff. Terri reports directly to the Chair of WorldGBC.
Previously, Terri was with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group where she spearheaded C40’s networks that have had a direct impact on policy in over half of C40 cities. Terri also served as the London City Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative, worked with the Government of Ontario on clean technology and creative industry development, and worked for the BBC as a Head of Strategy.
In March 2017, Terri was named as one of 10 women leading the global push towards climate action, gender equality and social justice for all by Eco-Business.
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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.
is the asset management business of the Lombard Odier Group, which has been wholly owned and funded by its partners since its establishment in 1796. Our independent structure and our partners’ involvement in the day-to-day management of the firm allows us to focus entirely on our clients’ needs, fostering trust and alignment of interest. We provide a range of bespoke investment solutions to a group of clients that are all focused on the long-term. Sustainability is absolutely central to our investment philosophy; we believe it is the founding principle of economic outcomes, and will drive investment returns in the long-run.
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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