BEIS, Lego Group and Anglian Water confirmed among latest wave of speakers for Sustainability Leaders Forum
The chief executive of Anglian Water, Peter Simpson, and Minister for Business Energy and Clean Growth Kwasi Kwarteng are among the latest headline speakers that will feature at edie's biggest event of the year - the Sustainability Leaders Forum - which takes place as a global, virtual event on 2-4 February 2021.
Under the ambition of Together We Can, the Sustainability Leaders Forum will be a collaborative online experience; combining powerful keynote talks with interactive panel debates and co-creative workshops – all dedicated to inspiring courageous, collective action to solve the climate crisis.
Commenting on the event, edie's content director Luke Nicholls said: "We have reached a crucial inflection point in the world of sustainable business: global governments have declared a climate emergency in the run-up to COP26, and businesses are now striving to drive a green recovery and achieve ambitious net-zero targets.
"The Sustainability Leaders Forum is a catalyst for collaborative change. Over three days, we'll be connecting sustainable business leaders, government representatives, investors and NGOs around a common goal: to solve the climate crisis."
Sessions and speakers
Already, companies including Zalando, Sky and Canary Wharf Group are confirmed to speak at the event, which has evolved from a face-to-face event to a new, virtual experience. The Sustainability Leaders Forum 2021 will allow delegates to "choose their own adventure", with a plethora of session themes including net-zero strategy, sustainable investment, supply chain innovation, regeneration and biodiversity, and achieving the SDGs.
All three days (2-4 February) will be chaired by Futerra co-founder Solitaire Townsend, with confirmed speakers including Nando's chief executive Colin Hill, World Green Building Council chief executive Christina Gamboa, Sky Bigger Picture director Fiona Ball, and Pernod Ricard's vice-president of sustainability and responsibility Vanessa Wright.
Standing out from the crowd of online events, the Sustainability Leaders Forum will be a truly collaborative experience. Innovative "speed networking" technology will connect delegates based on ticket types via video chats, while co-creative workshops will be professionally facilitated to deliver tangible outputs. Additionally, virtual exhibition booths will showcase some of the cutting-edge technologies and services that will shape the decade of sustainable business action.
Stay tuned to edie for more headline speakers and session details to be revealed in due course.