Day 1

5 February 2019

8:45 am

Register and meet someone new

9:20 am

Chair’s welcome

9:25 am


9:25 am

Mission Possible: Realising a new role for business in society

• The need for speed: Why we must accelerate climate action NOW
• How businesses can become co-creators of sustainable wealth
• Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: a golden opportunity

9:40 am

The role of business in building peace, prosperity and economic development

9:55 am

Our circular economy mission: Where are we now?

• What we can learn from the plastics debate
• Disrupt or die: paths to business model innovation
• The role of the Sustainable Development Goals in driving resource efficiency

10:10 am

Mission Possible: E.ON a year on

10:20 am

Snap poll, questions and answers

10:40 am

Co-creating a sustainable future: an introduction to the Leadership Labs (NEW FOR 2019!)

This new session will introduce you to the content that will be explored through the labs themselves giving you a feel for what to expect from your session.

10:50 am

Refuel, mingle and discover innovation

11:20 am

LEADERSHIP LABS (Choose your own adventure)

Choose your leadership lab for an interactive, immersive and deep dive into your preferred topic. This unique session provides you with an opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and co-create a sustainable future by working through tailored activities together. Alternatively, choose to attend a live edie podcast for a more casual delve into the pressing topics from the day.

  • “Telling your story of the fierce urgency of NOW”
  • “Solving the single-use plastics problem”
  • “Making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality”
  • “Creating an innovation mindset”
  • Live edie podcast (NEW FOR 2019!)
12:35 pm

Refuel, mingle and discover innovation

1:35 pm


1:35 pm

Recap of the key learnings from the day’s Leadership Labs

1:50 pm

Achieving sustainable growth: The Government’s approach

• UK green policy: What’s changed?
• The Clean Growth Strategy: Moving from ambition to business ACTION
• How Brexit will shape Britain’s low-carbon future

2:05 pm

Urgent leadership needed from the boardroom

2:20 pm

Ask us anything: How BT, Carlsberg & Tesco are driving climate action

• Adopting science-based targets and committing to a 1.5C world
• Reducing emissions in your supply chain – the 3:1 approach
• Why going it alone to tackle climate change is not an option

3:00 pm

Refuel, mingle and discover innovation

3:30 pm


3:30 pm

Carrots, sticks & capes: what’s motivating your colleagues to take action – or not?

  • What moves employees from sustainability sceptics to superheroes
  • Tapping into motivations at work: learnings from behavioural psychology
  • Strategies and tactics for inspiring people to climb the participation ladder
3:45 pm

Making purpose pay: How to give your business growth a new meaning

• Dispelling sustainability myths
• Minding the ‘say-do’ gap
• The golden rules to connect with consumers

4:00 pm

The foundation for ambition is purpose: setting big goals to engineer global change

• Committing to a huge target is the start of the journey
• Why creating a climate fit for life is not something you can do alone
• How to support your people, customers, suppliers and partners to find their connection
• Ensuring success through shared learnings and experience

4:15 pm

Snap poll, questions and answers

4:35 pm

Panel discussion: Inspiring the next generation of business leaders

• The millennial generation view on business sustainability
• The skills of a sustainability superhero
• Understanding the power of effective storytelling

5:15 pm

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day one