5 events not to be missed at edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum 2019

Greenhouse will be attending edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum next week, renowned for its innovative content, inspiring speakers and networking opportunities.

We’re looking forward to hearing from pioneers such as Jonathon Porritt, Mike Barry and Gabrielle Giner and have pulled together our pick of the top events.

If you’re thinking of going but haven’t booked yet, take advantage of a 15% delegate discount by quoting GRPR15 when you book online.

Mission possible: realising a new role for business in society

Day one 09:30

Jonathon Porritt CBE, founder and director of Forum for the Future, will kick off the conference by emphasising the need for radical acceleration of climate action. Businesses can become co-creators of sustainable wealth but we need to speed up this collaboration to meet climate targets.

Porritt will call on businesses to recognise that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals provides them with a golden opportunity to drive change.

Achieving sustainable growth: the government’s approach

Day one 13:45

For the past two years the UK government has been engrossed in Brexit negotiations. Yet, just last week, while Brexit debates were taking place, the World Economic Forum declared climate change is (for the third year running) the greatest threat our world is facing. So, what is the Government’s strategy on equipping businesses to deal with this threat?

Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, will outline how UK environment policy has changed in recent years and how Brexit will shape Britain’s low-carbon future. She will also share the details of the new clean growth strategy and outline how business can and must mitigate climate change.

The plastics thinkathon

Day one: 11:00 – 13:30 Day two: 11:10 – 13:40

Single-use was named 2018 word of the year by the Collins English Dictionary. Since Blue Planet aired, the plastic problem has been the urgent issue that business has had to address.

This year’s edie thinkathon will bring together speakers and guests to help collectively solve the plastics problem. They will collectively ‘think’ about how to answer these questions:

  1. How can we change consumer behaviour to be less dependent on plastics?
  2. How can businesses play a leading role in eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics from society?

The session will aim to collectively identify at least one new plastic packaging solution and create a list of ‘quick wins’ that will encourage consumers to reuse, recycle and avoid single-use plastics.

The new era of climate-related financial disclosure

Day two: 13:40

Last year, Greenhouse supported Unfriend Coal to accelerate the transition to clean energy by demonstrating the risks to insurers of backing coal. This campaign resulted in AXA, the world’s third biggest insurer, announcing plans to end insurance for new coal projects and divest an additional $2.4 billion from coal, using our campaign benchmark.

So, it’s no surprise to us that 2019 has been named as the year of climate risk reporting.

Léon Wijnands, global head of sustainability at ING, will talk about how businesses can proudly communicate the ‘s’ word to investors without being worried about scaring them off. As the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures continue to gain support, Léonwill let edie delegates know how they can capitalise on this advice and manage climate related risks.

The urgent imperative to develop a new mindset

Day two: 14:45

What are the biggest blockers to positive environmental change? Mike Barry, director of sustainable business (Plan A) at Marks & Spencer, will share his thoughts on why the need to develop a new mindset is imperative for collaboration and systems change. The digital revolution is offering huge potential to drive change and it’s an opportunity that’s not to be taken lightly.

Mike will address edie delegates on the urgent need to supercharge collaboration and offer his advice on taking a systems approach to global consumption.

If you’re also going to the Sustainability Leaders Forum and would be interested in meeting the Greenhouse team, drop us a line at info@greenhousepr.co.uk.

You can read more interviews with leaders and pioneers who are transforming business for good in our Greenhouse Pioneers series.

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