5 February 2020

8:30 am

Register, refresh and meet someone new

9:00 am

Chair’s welcome


9:05 am



9:25 am



9:45 am



10:05 am

Building closed loop recycling programmes: the challenges and lessons learned


10:20 am

Session 1: The regenerative alternative: Accelerating the circular economy

In the 20th Century, global raw material use rose at twice the rate of population growth. The circular economy represents a transformational, disruptive and regenerative alternative that must be turned to across all major industries in order to tackle resource scarcity and mitigate climate risks.

Kicking off the second day of the Forum, this session explores how businesses are redefining purpose, scaling up alternative materials and engaging all levels of the value chain to deliver closed-loop, regenerative business models.

Gain insight into:

  • Single-use plastics and the ‘decade of transformation’
  • Transforming how we take, make and waste stuff
  • Redefining business purpose in favour of a regenerative economy


  • Paul Clark

    Paul Clark
    General manager, Cloud engineering and supply chain sustainability - Microsoft

  • Chris Daly

    Chris Daly
    Supply chain VP, Europe nutrition - PepsiCo

  • Kate Wylie

    Kate Wylie
    Global VP sustainability - Mars, Incorporated

11:00 am

Refuel, mingle and discover innovation

11:30 am

Choose your own adventure; pick the session of your choice

Session 2a: Sustainable cultures: Engaging, inspiring and empowering your colleagues

Creating a company culture that is truly motivated and geared towards environmental and social sustainability is much easier said than done – especially for those organisations with thousands of employees across multiple sites. It’s time for sustainability leaders to move the dial and take their engagement and behaviour change campaigns to the next level. So, in this session, we’ll be going beyond the sustainability echo-chamber to hear from behavioural scientists and engagement experts about everything from emotive storytelling to nudge-theory techniques.

Gain insight into:

  • Psychological perspectives: the science behind behaviour change in business
  • Cultural change vs. choice manipulation: choosing the best route to drive
  • permanent change
  • Practical examples of businesses building an army of influencers and advocates

Edwina Hughes
Head of engagement, Cool Food Pledge - WRI

Jes Rutter
Managing director - JRP Solutions

Claudia Candiotto
Corporate responsibility manager - Hilton Worldwide

Moderated by
Solitaire Townsend
Co-founder - Futerra

Session 2b: Human rights, equality, diversity and inclusion: identifying and managing business impacts on people

This session will bring together a selection of social sustainability experts and business leaders on how to proactively manage impacts on employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities.

Gain insight into:

  • Where companies have got stakeholder engagement right, and where they have got it wrong
  • Beyond the Modern Slavery Statement: what happens next?
  • How social sustainability is unlocking new markets and leading to innovation

Aaron Reid

Head of sustainable procurement - Balfour Beatty

Chris Harrop
Group marketing and sustainability director - Marshalls

Jennie Galbraith
Group head of sustainability - British American Tobacco

Moderated by
Michael Gidney
CEO - Fairtrade Foundation

Buffet lunch, mingle and discover innovation

1:30 pm
Session 3: Collaboration and Co-creation Workshops – interactive discussions that allow you to:

  • Solve your biggest challenges
  • Ask, and answer, critical questions
  • Learn from peers and meet new people
  • Collaboratively produce practical outputs


WORKSHOP 1: Unlocking innovation: How to transform business processes on the path to sustainability leadership
Crafting solutions and solving tomorrow’s problems often requires people to be brave and challenge the status quo. But all too often, businesses are bound by their current processes which stifle innovation. This workshop-style session provides you with character skills and techniques to transform your business from a slow-moving, habitual business into a fast-moving, dynamic, innovative leader on sustainability.

Workshop 1 themes include:

  • Motivating yourself and colleagues to think imaginatively or as though you were not bound by limitations
  • Getting from A to Z: slickening the process of innovation internally
  • Harnessing new ways of thinking and collaborating to unlock innovative solutions

Nidhi Baiswar

Head of sustainable design and construction - Bouygues UK

James Robey
Global head of corporate sustainability - Capgemini

Will Jenkins
Associate director - Carbon Intelligence

Mike Pitts
Deputy challenge director for transforming construction - Innovate UK

WORKSHOP 2: Consumer engagement: Turning negatives into positives and influencing choices
While consumer demand for more sustainable business continues to grow, the ‘ethical consumer’ remains the exception rather than the rule, and it can be extremely difficult for companies to track and influence the motivations of individuals.

This session brings together businesses that are harnessing the momentum of the growing climate action and anti-single-use plastics movements to influence and educate consumers to make more sustainable and ethical choices.

Workshop 2 themes include:

  • What a winning consumer engagement campaign looks like
  • The future of engagement in the digital era
  • Dealing with the negatives: what to do when it all goes wrong

Martin Gettings
Group head of sustainability - Canary Wharf Group

Fiona Ball
Head of responsible business and Sky ocean rescue - Sky Group

Kenny Jacobs
Chief marketing officer - Ryanair

Martha Silcott
Inventor and CEO - FabLittleBag

WORKSHOP 3: The art of great communication: How to engage stakeholders, build partnerships and deliver tangible results
Corporate sustainability progress is often stifled by internal challenges that arise due to incorrect judgement, fear, anger, false narrative, or a general lack of time. The keys to building internal commitment and creating a shared sense of responsibility around sustainability issues are good interaction and communication that opens the mind.

In this interactive workshop, business leaders will share what key interpersonal skills have proven vital to catalysing their organisation’s sustainability journey and provide practical advice on how you can utilise these skills to drive change in your own organisation.

Workshop 3 themes include:

  • Practical advice on how to lead meaningful conversations with colleagues
  • Top tips on how to get board room buy-in
  • Real-life case studies and lessons learnt on the enablers of collaboration

Lawrence Stubbings

Associate - Talik & Co

WORKSHOP 4: The Plastic Solutions Session: How to be a change maker in tackling plastics
Plastic is the most hotly debated sustainability topic of this decade. Whilst many companies are launching pledges, pacts and policies, the real pace of plastic reduction remains somewhat slow.

In this interactive session, participants are invited to rethink not just alternative materials and practices but to dig deep into a possible new way where we do not take, make and waste. The flow of the workshop will be: scene setting, creating teams, agreeing the plastics challenge to be solved by the teams, and then pitching each team’s output to the room for comments.

Questions that we will address include:

  • What will this new world look like?
  • How can you persuade all stakeholders to embrace essential change?
  • What is the legacy you will leave behind?

Siån Sutherland

Co-founder - A Plastic Planet

Nazanin Moradi
Sustainability transformation manager - Tetra Pak


Refuel, mingle and discover innovation

3:30 pm

Session 4: ASK US ANYTHING: What must the business of 2030 look like and how can we get there?

As businesses embark on a monumental decade of change, we must be prepared to redefine our roles – at both an organisational and individual level – to set ourselves up for sustainability success.

In this candid conversation – held under Chatham House Rules – we round off the Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020 by convening a panel of current and future business leaders to share their personal insights and inspirational visions for the sustainability profession.

Gain insight into:

  • How can automation and digitalisation positively impact the workforce and bring us closer to our sustainability goals?
  • How are social changes, such as greater work flexibility and increased mobility, affecting business and sustainability leadership?
  • What does 2020-2030 hold for the sustainability professional; will we still exist?

Moderated by
Solitaire Townsend
Co-founder – Futerra


4:30 pm

Close of conference