DAY 1 - Ambition into action

8:15 am

Event opens

8:55 am

Welcome and introduction


9:00 am

Chair’s welcome


9:10 am

Keynote: Ukraine and the climate emergency: Fuelling peace, not war

  • The link between the climate crisis and the Russia-Ukraine conflict
  • Inspiring business action to support conflict prevention and resolution   
  • The role you can play achieving a more peaceful and sustainable world


9:25 am

Keynote: Our COP26 legacy: Shaping the future of climate leadership

  • Four months on: Assessing the impacts of COP26 on sustainable business   
  • Accelerating climate action: The business catalysts and policy enablers 
  • Seizing the opportunities for private, public and industry collaboration in 2022 


9:35 am

Keynote: Influencing green policy

  • Runaway climate change: What the science now tells us
  • The UK’s COP Presidency: What happens next?
  • Pathways to zero: Which technologies and systems should be prioritised by Government?


  • Sir David King

    Sir David King
    Founder and chair - Centre for Climate Repair (Virtual)

9:55 am

Plenary: Our just transition: Building a fairer, socially sustainable net-zero carbon economy 

Runaway climate change and rampant inequality are ravaging the world and costing a fortune. Businesses must step up. This high-level panel of corporate leaders and sustainability practitioners discuss global inequalities and the role that you can play in fixing the world’s problems and leading us to a better future.

  • Climate and racial justice: Leading the fight 
  • Social justice: moving from acknowledgement into action
  • Mechanisms and frameworks to support your just transition 


10:45 am

Networking break and refreshments

11:30 am


Delegates have the opportunity to choose between two panel discussions (also available to watch and contribute questions online).

STREAM A:  Winning the race to zero

“To net-zero and beyond: Strategies for effective climate leadership”  

The world has finally woken up to the impacts of climate change, and decarbonisation goals have duly been set. Now, it’s time to move from the ‘what’ to the ‘how’. This panel of business leaders will discuss the steps required to make net-zero happen across all industries and sectors.   

  • Top-down and bottom-up: Engaging leadership and building a net-zero culture
  • Aligning net zero carbon strategies with core business purpose
  • SMEs and net-zero: Decarbonisation pathways and opportunities

CHAIR: Ana Musat, Head of Policy, Aldersgate Group
Damien Field, Co-founder, Say Do
Paul Irwin-Rhodes, Head of sustainability and SHE, Greggs
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy mayor for environment and energy, London
Richard Hagan, Founder, Crystal Doors 
Natalia Agathou, Sustainability director, L’Oréal UKI


STREAM B:  Becoming a net-positive business

“Biodiversity and nature-based solutions: A business call to action”  

Mounting resource pressures and rapidly shrinking biodiversity threaten our very existence. But there remains an opportunity; to take ownership of our environmental impacts, scale-up nature-based solutions, and become a truly ‘net-positive’ organisation. This panel of climate experts discuss what it takes to seize that opportunity.

  • Giving more than you take: Best-practice examples
  • Measuring, managing and mitigating our impacts on nature
  • The role of innovation in scaling up nature-based solutions and biomimicry

CHAIR: Solitaire Townsend, Co-founder, Futerra,
Akanksha Khatri, Head of Nature Action Agenda, World Economic Forum (Virtual)
Dr Darren Moorcroft, CEO, Woodland Trust
David Saddington, Head of the COP26 nature campaign, BEIS 
Laura D’Arcy, Head of Trillion Trees, WWF
Mike Morecroft, Principal specialist in climate change, Natural England

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm


Professionally facilitated and purpose-driven, our co-creation workshops offer delegates the opportunity to collaborate, share inspiring stories and identify fresh opportunities on the path to a sustainable future. Each session will feature a panel of industry experts and an array of workshop activities which spark new ideas and actions. Workshop outputs will be tangible and translatable outside of the event – offering meaningful solutions to those attending live in London and tuning in remotely.

Live delegates can choose from Workshops A-D, and virtual delegates take part in a digital roundtable. Both live and virtual delegates have the option to take place in the Sustainable Futures Game, hosted by Cranfield University.


“Making your sustainability reports impactful, transparent and meaningful for all stakeholders”


“Accelerating the pace of plastic reduction and scaling up packaging innovations”


“Establishing meaningful partnerships to drive systemic change”

“De-bunking net-zero: Translating global goals into business actions”


“Minimalising value chain emissions in the fight against climate change”

  • Setting credible targets, measuring and managing Scope 3 emissions
  • Identifying emission hotspots and opportunities to improve efficiencies
  • Positively engage with employees, investors, regulators and other stakeholders
    Active participants:

    Evelyne Saelens, Senior sustainability consultant, UL


2:40 pm

Networking and refreshments

3:15 pm

The role of voluntary carbon markets in reaching net-zero

  • Where does offsetting fit in the global race to net-zero emissions?
  • Assessing the impacts of COP26 and the current state of voluntary carbon markets, globally and in the UK


3:25 pm

The Big Debate: Carbon offsetting to reach net-zero emissions – who’s right, who’s wrong? (CHATHAM HOUSE RULES APPLY*) Live pass holders only

There are two schools of thought: Some say carbon offsetting should be an integral part of decarbonisation strategies and a force for good; others say offsets can be something of a ‘Band-Aid’ for climate action and distract from operational emissions reductions. In this special closing discussion, we bring together a selection of climate experts to discuss where carbon offsetting fits in the global transition to net-zero emissions.

* Chatham House Rules will apply for this panel discussion. Under these rules, participants are free to use the information from the panel discussion, but neither the identity, nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed outside of the session.

  • What are the carbon offsetting fundamentals?
  • What are the opportunities and can carbon offsetting be a power for good?
  • How to build offsetting into your net zero strategy
  • Assessing the need for conditions and limits on offsetting and insetting


4:10 pm

Science & stories: Netflix sustainability journey

Emma Stewart, Netflix’s Sustainability Officer walks through entertainment’s responsibility around climate change, and the promise of climate stories like Don’t Look Up and Breaking Boundaries. 


4:20 pm

Plenary panel: How courageous companies can lead with purpose

  • Purpose versus profit? Embracing socially conscious capitalism
  • Supporting communities, protecting the environment and accelerating change
  • Turning courage and principled action into business success

CHAIR: Solitaire Townsend, Co-founder, Futerra
Charmian Love, Co-founder and Activist in residence, B Lab UK
Richard Hall, VP general secretary, Danone UK & Ireland
Lysander Bickham, CEO, Leo’s Box
Mark Cuddigan, CEO, Ellas Kitchen
Amy Bourbeau, Co-founder and chief impact officer, Seismic


5:05 pm

Chair’s closing comments


5:15 pm

SLF Exclusive Networking Drinks

Delegates can choose between networking drinks reception in the exhibition hall or the Sustainable Futures Game in the auditorium.

SUSTAINABLE FUTURES GAME:  hosted by Cranfield University

Cranfield’s Exploring Sustainable Futures Game is a role-playing learning experience designed to engage participants in system-thinking with a long-term perspective.

In this session, you will get a taste of this interactive and immersive journey to 2050. Your participation will shape the decisions of actors representing businesses, entrepreneurs, policy makers and civil society as they react to changes in environment, economy, technology, and society along pathways towards a more sustainable future.

Together, we will reflect on the world their actions have created and consider how visiting the future with curiosity can inspire and empower people to take action in the present.

Rosina Watson, Senior lecturer in sustainability, Cranfield School of Management
Gemma Adams, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management