Sustainable Business Covered: Igniting a decade of climate action at the Leaders Forum (Part One)

The edie podcast is brought to you live from our Sustainability Leaders Forum, as content editor Matt Mace speaks to leading sustainability experts from Interface, Diageo, WaterAid and WWF to ask, how will business leadership be redefined during a decade of deliverance?

edie will be back later this week with Part Two of the SLF special

edie will be back later this week with Part Two of the SLF special

Episode 80 of the Sustainable Business Covered podcast sees the team record live during day one of edie’s flagship and award-winning Sustainability Leaders Forum.

Following a passionate keynote speech from former Ireland president Mary Robinson and in-depth discussions around responding to the climate emergency, edie gathered a range of Forum speakers to shed a bit more light on their sessions and topics as well as each speaker answering the following questions:

  • How do you think businesses will need to transform over the next decade to give the world a shot at the SDGs and the Paris Agreement?
  • And what about the sustainability professional, how will their role change as a result?

During this episode, Richard Howitt the former chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council discusses sustainability and investor relations and recaps on corporate progress to align with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Then, Erin Meezan, Vice president and chief sustainability officer, Interface is on hand to discuss how some corporates, including her own, are moving beyond net-zero to set carbon-negative targets and what this means in terms of business transformation.

Following that, Michael Alexander Global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability at Diageo and Ruth Romer private sector advisor for WaterAid sit down to discuss how a five-year partnership between the charity and the drinks manufacturer has delivered impressive holistic and sustainable change to combat water scarcity. The two of them then go on to offer the key ingredients in delivering successful collaboration.

Finally, edie speaks to Emma Keller, head of food commodities at WWF to look at how businesses can fix a broken food system.

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