Embracing the fierce urgency of NOW: Sustainability Leaders Forum 2019 line-up revealed

Experts and innovators from some of the world's biggest businesses including Unilever, Carlsberg, Kellogg's and Tesco are among the star-studded line-up for edie's flagship Sustainability Leaders Forum, taking place in London next February.

Taking place on 5-6 February 2019 at the Business Design Centre in London, the Sustainability Leaders Forum is set to provide inspiration, insight, best-practice case studies and the aspirational drive to deliver meaningful change across business-crticial sustainability themes.

From the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry through to Nespresso’s chief executive Jean-Marc Duvoisin, the two-day event is an ideal opportunity to learn from today’s change-agents, drive innovation and create brand value.


In one instance, the Forum gives delegates the opportunity to discuss climate leadership with the only three companies to have set science-based targets aligned with the more ambitious 1.5C goal of the Paris Agreement. Carlsberg’s director of sustainability Simon Boas-Hoffmeyer, Tesco’s head of environment Kené Umeasiegbu and BT’s head of sustainable business policy Gabrielle Giner will all take to the stage in an engaging “Ask Us Anything” session.

Meanwhile, world-renowned thought leaders such as Forum for the Future’s founder-director Jonathon Porritt CBE, World Resources Institute’s director of food loss and waste Liz Goodwin, and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group’s chair Philippe Joubert will also be speaking at the event to inspire business to transform their operations, for good.

And that’s not all. Interactive ‘Leadership Lab’ workshops will enable delegates to get to grips with the Sustainable Development Goals, new business models and solutions to the ongoing plastics crisis. Expert speakers from the likes of Marks & Spencer (M&S), Coca-Cola, Unilever, ING and InterContinental Hotels (IHG) will also be appearing to discuss the power of purpose, new business mindsets and innovative sustainability moonshots.

There will also be an update on edie’s flagship Mission Possible campaign, which includes a call to action for businesses to join edie and the UK Government in setting actionable targets to help deliver a sustainable future.  


edie’s 2019 Sustainability Leaders Awards

edie’s Sustainability Leaders Forum takes place alongside the Sustainability Leaders Awards. Now in their 12th year, the RSA-accredited Sustainability Leaders Awards have undergone a major revamp, with a host of new categories and judges, a new Awards venue, and a new Mission Possible theme – making 6 February 2019 the biggest night of the sustainable business calendar. Entries have closed for the awards, but there’s still time to book a table.

edie staff 

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