DAY 1 - 1 March 2023

8:15 am - 9:00 am

Registration and refreshments

9:00 am - 9:10 am

Welcome to edie 23

1. STRATEGY STAGE Leadership, purpose & the emergency response
9:10 am - 9:30 am

OPENING KEYNOTE: What the climate crisis now looks like, and how we can overcome it

1. STRATEGY STAGE Leadership, purpose & the emergency response
The evidence is clear: the time for climate action is now. But what must that action look like, at both a policy and a business level? Setting the scene for edie 23, this powerful opening keynote will provide an honest assessment of the state of the climate emergency, and a much-needed call to action for…Read more
9:30 am - 9:40 am

KEYNOTE: Business and the Breakthroughs Agenda

1. STRATEGY STAGE Leadership, purpose & the emergency response
Achieving the breakthroughs required to shift to a net-zero, resilient and just economy is only possible when governments and businesses converge on a common set of clear, simple goals. In this keynote talk, former COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping, reflects on three years in the role and provides a powerful call to action…Read more
9:40 am - 10:30 am

KEYNOTE PANEL: Our next giant leap: How business leadership is being redefined in the age of great uncertainty

1. STRATEGY STAGE Leadership, purpose & the emergency response
With the right business leadership, the seeds of transformative climate action can flourish. Join this keynote panel of visionary sustainability leaders for an exploration of the “giant leaps” we must all now make to reverse the trajectory of climate change and achieve the future we want. Talking points: Climate chaos, cost of living, perverse inequality:…Read more
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment & networking break

Break
11:00 am - 11:05 am

Chair’s opening remarks & audience polling

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions
11:00 am - 11:15 am

KEYNOTE: Green finance and investment: Seizing the business opportunity

1. STRATEGY STAGE Climate finance, sustainable investment & ESG
Talking points:  The impact of global crises on sustainable investment The areas most in need of climate finance to achieve a just transition How businesses can drive sustainable growth through ESG standards Chaired by Ryan Jude, Programme Director, Green Finance InstituteRead more

PRESENTATION: The collective leadership and skills required to drive transformation in business

3. ACTION THEATRE Business models & system redesign
Talking points: Driving systemic change: sending market signals, advocating for policy and regulation and raising the bar for standards and norms The net impact of actions: stopping inadvertent greenwash and encouraging true transformation We aren’t leaders if we don’t have followers: how to address the leadership deficit Chaired by Richard Johnson, Head of Impact, DAMERead more
11:05 am - 11:20 am

KEYNOTE: Delivering net-zero in a time of crisis

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions
Talking points: The UK’s “unlawful” net-zero strategy: A progress update Why net-zero is the solution, not the cause, of the energy crisis Policy priorities for 2023 Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System CatapultRead more
11:15 am - 12:00 pm

PANEL: Navigating the Wild West of ESG

1. STRATEGY STAGE Climate finance, sustainable investment & ESG
Talking points: Are investors really getting it? How can we create more consistency in corporate ESG data, across companies, sectors and borders? Avoiding greenwashing amidst the growth in sustainable investing Horizon-scanning: What’s next for climate finance and ESG? Chaired by Ryan Jude, Programme Director, Green Finance InstituteRead more
11:15 am - 11:30 am

PRESENTATION: A toolkit for finding your purpose and outshining the competition

3. ACTION THEATRE Business models & system redesign
Talking points: Shifting your mission to regenerate nature or “do more with less” Real-world examples: How a new generation of business leaders are finding, refining and enacting their purpose How to be “lit up” by your organisation’s mission to gain a competitive advantageRead more
11:20 am - 11:35 am

KEYNOTE: What is net-zero? Towards a common definition for industry

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions
Talking points: Carbon neutral, carbon negative, carbon positive and net-zero – what are we aiming for? What makes a credible, ambitious decarbonisation commitment? Key considerations when setting out your net-zero strategy Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System CatapultRead more
11:35 am - 12:30 pm

The Net-Zero Debate: Your decarbonisation questions, answered

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions
Talking points:   What will it take to tackle the energy crisis? What is the role of oil & gas in reaching net-zero? Preparing for mandatory net-zero transition plans Why a unified voice around net-zero is more critical than ever Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System CatapultRead more
11:40 am - 12:00 pm

PRESENTATION: Lifting the lid on edie’s b corp journey

3. ACTION THEATRE Business models & system redesign
Talking points: Why edie’s publisher Faversham House decided to become b corp certified What to consider before starting your b corp journey Challenges faced and lessons learned on our b corp journey so far Chaired by Richard Johnson, Head of Impact, DAMERead more
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

FIRESIDE CHAT: Global CFOs – Ask us anything…

1. STRATEGY STAGE Climate finance, sustainable investment & ESG
Talking points:   Investing in sustainability during a financial crisis: The CFO’s view How you can get your CFO to “push the green button” amidst squeezed-budgets and high-inflation Using TCFD, TNFD and other non-financial reporting frameworks to your advantage Should the sustainability function sit within corporate finance teams? Chaired by Ryan Jude, Programme Director, Green Finance…Read more
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

PRESENTATION: How to embed Climate adaptation measures into your sustainability strategy

3. ACTION THEATRE Business models & system redesign
Talking points: Analysing projections and assessing the growing risks from climate change How to integrate adaptation into your policy, rather than as an afterthought to development Embedding climate adaptation measures in long planning and investment cycles Chaired by Richard Johnson, Head of Impact, DAMERead more
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

PRESENTATIONS: How to achieve regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems

3. ACTION THEATRE Business models & system redesign
Talking points: The problem with our current food and agricultural system, and how to fix it The role of business in achieving regenerative, sustainable systems Why collaboration is key to scaling regenerative alternatives Chaired by Richard Johnson, Head of Impact, DAMERead more
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Break
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

PANEL: Transition plans: Getting on the right path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Strategising, embedding & transition planning
Talking points:   What makes a winning net-zero strategy, from target-setting to implementation Striking the balance between short-term business goals versus long term net-zero aspirations Using energy data and emissions calculations to underpin your net-zero transition planning Chaired by Sarah George, Senior Reporter, edieRead more
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop A: Shifting to sustainable supply chains

Workshop
Chaired by Sophie Bidwell, Director, Springwise Sponsored by JRP Solutions     Read more

Workshop B: Communication and behaviour change strategies for net-zero

Workshop
Chaired by Emma Mckenna, Head of Net Zero, Innovate UKRead more

Workshop C: Tackling single-use plastics

Workshop
Chaired by Paula Chin, Senior Policy Advisor, WWFRead more

Workshop D: Net-zero transport and sustainable mobility

Workshop
Chaired by Claire Haigh, Founder & CEO, Greener VisionRead more
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

QUICKFIRE CASE STUDIES: Each phase of your net-zero journey, covered

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Strategising, embedding & transition planning
Hear from speakers at 3 different stages of their net-zero transitions. Talking points:  Starting points: Formulating a plan and building out your net-zero strategy Once the target is set: immediate priorities and planned milestones Driving engagement across the business and with investors to ensure continual progress Chaired by Sarah George, Senior Reporter, edieRead more
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment & networking break

Break
3:30 pm - 3:55 pm

KEYNOTE: The fundamental importance of an Earth competent Board

1. STRATEGY STAGE Governance, team & culture
Chaired by Sarah Mukherjee, CEO, IEMARead more
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

PANEL: The big carbon offsetting debate: where do we go from here?

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Carbon offsetting
With thousands of companies now having established net-zero targets, the role of carbon offsets in reaching decarbonisation goals is firmly in the spotlight. When (if at all) should offsetting be considered? What practices and standards can be utilised to determine high-quality, credible offsetting methods? And is the whole concept of carbon offsetting just another form…Read more
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

BRIEFING: Unscrambling the alphabet soup of ESG reporting

3. ACTION THEATRE Measurement & reporting
Talking points:   Which reporting framework(s) should you be using, and why? Key ESG reporting developments and changes to be aware of in 2023 Why we need a single set of ESG reporting standards  Chaired by Richard Howitt, former Chief Executive, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)Read more
3:55 pm - 4:45 pm

PANEL: Building a culture of sustainability leadership

1. STRATEGY STAGE Governance, team & culture
Talking points:   Building a winning sustainability team Attracting and retaining sustainability talent during The Great Resignation The secret sauce for creating a sustainable company culture Chaired by Sarah Mukherjee, CEO, IEMARead more
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

CASE STUDY: The new age of sustainability reporting

3. ACTION THEATRE Measurement & reporting
Talking points:  Seventh Generation’s ”Climate fingerprints” approach to tracking their financed emissions Transparency and accountability: What it looks like in practice How to drive tangible change through your data and reporting Chaired by Richard Howitt, former Chief Executive, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)Read more
4:20 pm - 4:45 pm

PRESENTATIONS: How to create a winning sustainability report

3. ACTION THEATRE Measurement & reporting
Talking points:  The importance of setting a climate transition plan Elements you need to develop a climate transition plan How to disclose/report on your climate transition plan Chaired by Richard Howitt, former Chief Executive, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)Read more
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

edie’s 25th Birthday Drinks

1. STRATEGY STAGE
As a packed first day of edie 23 draws to a close, we’ll be celebrating edie’s 25th anniversary as the industry-leading sustainable business media brand in style – an exclusive networking drinks reception for s a packed first day of edie 23 draws to a close, we’ll be celebrating edie’s 25th anniversary as the industry-leading…Read more
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Mess-up Night: Celebrate your sustainability failures

1. STRATEGY STAGE
Location: Chatham house – 17:15-18:00 – Engage Lounge “I’ve not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison. Following edie’s Birthday Drinks, head over to the Engage Lounge for an informal gathering of business leaders to discuss some of the times that things didn’t quite go to plan… This intimate and…Read more

Day 2 - 2 March 2023

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Welcome to Day 2

1. STRATEGY STAGE COP27, the Global Goals & our just transition

Chair’s opening remarks & audience polling

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change
9:05 am - 9:20 am

KEYNOTE: Business and the Global Goals: The reality check

1. STRATEGY STAGE COP27, the Global Goals & our just transition
Against a backdrop of multiple systemic, interconnected crises, the Sustainable Development Goals offer a roadmap for businesses to achieve a more peaceful, equitable and prosperous future. But we’re off track. Our opening keynote will provide a much-needed SDG progress update, outlining the key steps that every business and employee can make to achieve the Global…Read more

CASE STUDY: What a winning internal communications & behaviour change strategy looks like

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change
Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, HubbubRead more
9:20 am - 9:30 am

KEYNOTE: How we can achieve systemic change through collective action

1. STRATEGY STAGE COP27, the Global Goals & our just transition
Kenyan climate activist Elizabeth Wathuti’s powerful words at COP26 were watched by hundreds of thousands across the globe. Fresh from COP27, Wathuti will take to the edie 23 stage with a message for business and sustainability leaders as to how we can win hearts and minds outside of this event, and ultimately put the people…Read more
9:20 am - 9:45 am

FIRESIDE CHAT: Engaging employees on the path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change
Talking points: What makes a great staff engagement campaign Communicating urgency without doom Tools and techniques to change behaviours and measure success Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, HubbubRead more
9:30 am - 9:45 am

Paul Polman and Elizabeth Wathuti in conversation

COP27, the Global Goals & our just transition
Chaired by Luke Nicholls, Content Director, edieRead more
9:45 am - 10:30 am

CASE STUDIES & FIRESIDE CHAT: The just transition, in action: Learning from the leaders

1. STRATEGY STAGE COP27, the Global Goals & our just transition
We know the people-and-planet-first future we want achieve, but how are we going to get there? This hybrid session will kick off with an industry-leading example of social and environmental sustainability going hand-in-hand, followed by an audience-led fireside chat about the drivers, challenges and opportunities of re-positioning business as a genuine force for good. Talking…Read more
9:45 am - 10:00 am

CASE STUDY: What a winning external communications & behaviour change strategy looks like

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change
Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, HubbubRead more
10:00 am - 10:30 am

FIRESIDE CHAT: Engaging the public on the path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change
Talking points: What’s the problem with public engagement? The key ingredients for an effective public awareness and consumer engagement campaign Taking a collaborative approach to engagement and behaviour change Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, HubbubRead more
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment & networking break

Break
11:00 am - 11:20 am

KEYNOTE: The Global Biodiversity Deal: Our new 2030 nature goals

1. STRATEGY STAGE Biodiversity & nature-based solutions
Talking points: COP15 reflections: Turning global ambitions into business actions Protecting and restoring nature: What are the sticking points? Expanding net-zero strategies beyond GHG emissions to encompass deforestation, water, and biodiversity Chaired by Nadine McCormick, Manager, Climate Action, WBCSDRead more
11:00 am - 11:30 am

BRIEFING AND Q&A: Calculating and cutting your Scope 3 emissions

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Scope 3, data & supply chain collaboration
Talking points:   Collecting and managing your Scope 3 emissions data: The do’s and don’ts Supplier hubs and forums: Examples of effective supplier engagement to reduce Scope 3 emissions The Scope 3 tools and frameworks you need to know about Chaired by Matt Mace, Content Editor, edieRead more

BRIEFING & Q&A: Greenwash vs Greenhush: Striking the right balance with your sustainability comms

3. ACTION THEATRE Communications, partnerships & avoiding greenwash
Talking points: Weeding out the fake movers in the golden age of greenwash Why going silent isn’t the right response How to ensure your commitments are ambitious yet robust and credible Chaired by Charmian Love, Global Director of Advocacy, Natura & CoRead more
11:20 am - 12:10 pm

PANEL: Business actions for a nature-positive planet

1. STRATEGY STAGE Biodiversity & nature-based solutions
Talking points: Measuring, managing and mitigating impacts on nature What Biodiversity Net Gain looks like in practice Financing biodiversity: How can we bridge the gap? Chaired by Nadine McCormick, Manager, Climate Action, WBCSDRead more
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

VALUE CHAIN PANEL: Making supply chain decarbonisation happen

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Scope 3, data & supply chain collaboration
Talking points:   Understanding exactly where your emissions sit across the value chain Engaging with “disengaged” suppliers to achieve decarbonisation goals Steps to achieving a more transparent and resilient supply chain Chaired by Matt Mace, Content Editor, edieRead more
11:30 am - 11:45 am

PRESENTATIONS: How to tell your sustainability story

3. ACTION THEATRE Communications, partnerships & avoiding greenwash
Talking points:   The power of storytelling with impact Presenting to the board: Tips and techniques Building trust through authenticity and transparency Chaired by Charmian Love, Global Director of Advocacy, Natura & CoRead more
11:45 am - 12:30 pm

PRESENTATIONS: Collaboration and partnerships: Practical examples and fresh ideas

3. ACTION THEATRE Communications, partnerships & avoiding greenwash
Talking points:   Real-life examples of sustainability collaboration in action The biggest collaboration blockers, and how they can be overcome Small fish, big pond: How SMEs can spark industry-wide collaborations Chaired by Charmian Love, Global Director of Advocacy, Natura & CoRead more
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

CASE STUDY: What if Nature really was the boss

1. STRATEGY STAGE Biodiversity & nature-based solutions
Talking points: Environmental personhood: what is it and why does it matter? How Nature was made a director of Faith In Nature: the background, the structure, the legals Six months of working with Nature as a director: early learnings and observations. How you too can appoint Nature to your board Chaired by Nadine McCormick, Manager,…Read more
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Break
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The energy data clinic: Your questions answered

3. ACTION THEATRE Data, Science-Based Targets and innovations for the future
Talking points:   Measuring your emissions: Where to start What data should you be collecting and how can you ensure it’s reliable? Using energy data to shape short, medium and long-term decarbonisation strategies Chaired by James Bidwell, Chair, SpringwiseRead more
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop E: Transitioning to renewable energy and onsite solutions

Workshop
Chaired by Adam Berman, Deputy Policy Director, Energy UKRead more

Workshop F: Creating an impactful sustainability report

Workshop
Chaired by Jennie Galbraith, Chair, FICRSRead more

Workshop G: Making the circular economy happen

Workshop
Chaired by Ariel Bramble, Senior Manager, Ellen MacArthur FoundationRead more

Workshop H: Net-zero carbon buildings

Workshop
Chaired by Yetunde Abdul, Head of Climate Action, UKGBCRead more
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

PRESENTATIONS: How to minimise Scope 3 emissions through Science-Based Targets

3. ACTION THEATRE Data, Science-Based Targets and innovations for the future
Talking points: Creating accountability for Scope 3 emissions among senior management How far down your supply chain should you go? Avoiding “double-counting” and “double offsetting” Chaired by James Bidwell, Chair, SpringwiseRead more
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

CASE STUDY: How AI can accelerate corporate climate action

3. ACTION THEATRE Data, Science-Based Targets and innovations for the future
Talking points: Embracing technological innovation to support your sustainability and net-zero strategy Unlocking funding to scale up technological solutions Practical examples of how AI is accelerating progress towards the Global Goals Chaired by James Bidwell, Chair, SpringwiseRead more
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment & networking break

Break
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

KEYNOTE: Courageous business leadership: A call to action

1. STRATEGY STAGE A call to action
Talking points:  Heart-and-mind shifts to bring leaders on this journey (not just facts and stats) Illuminating a new path forward by inviting voices from the outside in Channelling eco anxiety to create meaningful change Chaired by Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder, FuterraRead more
3:45 pm - 4:20 pm

PANEL & AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: Co-creating the edie 24 Manifesto for business leaders

1. STRATEGY STAGE A call to action
Talking points:  Leadership through crisis: Key principles for business leaders Holdings yourself accountable in pursuit of a better future Policy recommendations to deliver the transformations we need Chaired by Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder, FuterraRead more

WORKSHOPS

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop H: Net-zero carbon buildings

Workshop
Chaired by Yetunde Abdul, Head of Climate Action, UKGBCRead more

Workshop G: Making the circular economy happen

Workshop
Chaired by Ariel Bramble, Senior Manager, Ellen MacArthur FoundationRead more

Workshop F: Creating an impactful sustainability report

Workshop
Chaired by Jennie Galbraith, Chair, FICRSRead more

Workshop E: Transitioning to renewable energy and onsite solutions

Workshop
Chaired by Adam Berman, Deputy Policy Director, Energy UKRead more

Workshop B: Communication and behaviour change strategies for net-zero

Workshop
Chaired by Emma Mckenna, Head of Net Zero, Innovate UKRead more

Workshop A: Shifting to sustainable supply chains

Workshop
Chaired by Sophie Bidwell, Director, Springwise Sponsored by JRP Solutions     Read more

Workshop C: Tackling single-use plastics

Workshop
Chaired by Paula Chin, Senior Policy Advisor, WWFRead more

Workshop D: Net-zero transport and sustainable mobility

Workshop
Chaired by Claire Haigh, Founder & CEO, Greener VisionRead more