“Strategic insights to transform business, for good”

“Strategic insights to transform business, for good”

The Sustainability Keynote was dedicated to the people, policies and projects that have the potential to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Day One explored global megatrends and progressive CSR strategies; and Day Two took a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) focus - the Keynote provided the strategic-level focus required to turn sustainability ambitions into actions.

NEW! SDG Day at edie Live 2019

“Turning the SDGs from ambitions into actions”

edie Live’s SDG Day was all about allowing businesses to share ideas and discover new actions that can be taken to achieve the SDGs. The entire programme of our Sustainability Keynote was structured around the 17 Goals, this day was a must-attend for anyone with an interest in enhancing sustainable development. 

21 May 2019
  1. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    From Brexit and the 25-Year Environment Plan to climate change, resource scarcity and economic growth – this opening session of the Sustainability Keynote defines the external drivers, challenges and opportunities that are together shaping our green business future.

    Session chair: Belinda Gordon, Strategy director, Green Alliance 

  2. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    Throughout 2018-19, edie’s Mission Possible campaign has been inspiring and empowering businesses to be bold and ramp up their ambitions to achieve a sustainable future. Now, we must turn those ambitions into actions, and this session will hear from the business leaders and changemakers who are doing just that.

    Session chair: James Evison, Insight editor, edie

  3. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    What does it take to change behaviours and get key stakeholders engaged with sustainability? It’s the million-pound question facing sustainability and energy professionals across the country – and this session has the answers. From TCFD reporting to purpose-led behaviour change campaigns, these speakers have got it covered.

    Session chair: Iain Patton, Chief executive, EAUC 

  4. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) just doesn’t cut it anymore. As climate change, resource scarcity and social wellbeing become ever more business-critical issues, so organisations are moving beyond CSR-based approaches toward fully integrated sustainability strategies and purpose-driven business models. But what does this mean for the role of sustainability and CSR professionals at the heart of it all?

    How can momentum from the recent climate strikes and protests be harnessed to evolve an organisation’s sustainability strategy? Where should the sustainability department sit in this ‘post-CSR’ era? And ultimately, how should sustainability be effectively aligned with core business values and purpose? 

    Join edie’s content editor Matt Mace and our all-star cast of revered climate and sustainability leaders for this live podcast discussion about the future of green business – brought to you in association with facilities management company, Mitie.

22 May 2019
  1. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    'SDG Day' on the Sustainability Keynote stage kicks off with an all-star cast of eminent business leaders and sustainable development experts who will together explore what successful, responsible and purposeful business looks like through the lens of the UN Global Goals.

    Session chair: Emily Auckland, Network director & co-chair, UKSSD

  2. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    Some 10,000+ companies around the world have now pledged to support the SDGs in some shape or form, but a huge proportion are yet to set any measurable targets to achieve the Goals or measure progress against them. This session will showcase the businesses that are using the SDG framework to drive positive ACTION, and already seeing the results.

    Session chair: Emily Auckland, Network director & co-chair, UKSSD

  3. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    The way business identifies and manages its impacts on people is a powerful extra force driving progress towards the SDGs, and could unlock new markets and drive growth. In this one-hour session, we’ll hear from social sustainability experts and business leaders on how to proactively manage impacts on employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities.

    Session chair: Gudrun Cartwright, Environment director, Business in the Community (BITC)

  4. Sustainability Keynote Theatre

    edie's 30 Under 30 is a dynamic new community of young, talented sustainability and energy professionals aged under 30 who have already achieved great things and are showing fantastic promise. In this inspiring final session of the show, a panel of these youthful visionaries will discuss what the future holds for corporate sustainability.

    Session chair: Luke Nicholls, Content director, edie

2019 Sponsors

Cranfield University

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