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The Sustainability Leaders Forum will take place on 24-25 January 2018 at the Business Design Centre in London

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After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

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After a record-breaking number of entries, the judging panel has met, the decisions have been made and edie is proud to reveal the finalists for the 2018 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

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The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 20 - A day in the life of sustainability leaders

Join edie's senior reporter Matt Mace for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our recent Sustainability Leaders Forum and Awards, including an array of inspiring and insightful discussions with expert speakers and award-winners.

David Bent chaired edie's 2017 Sustainability Leaders Forum at the Business Design Centre in London on 25-26 January

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Fresh from chairing edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum last week, sustainable business advisor David Bent shares his three key insights from the event, which brought together ambitious professionals to discuss transformational change.

(Top-left to bottom-right): ING's Léon Wijnands, Danone's Emmanuelle Wargon, Statoil's Charlotte Wolff-Bye, and Adnams' Andy Wood spoke at the Sustainability Leaders Forum

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What is the biggest challenge facing sustainability professionals? What makes an effective CSR leader? And what should be at the top of your list of priorities for 2017? Last week's Sustainability Leaders Forum was the perfect opportunity to find out...

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Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.

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Next up in the series of contributed articles for edie's Sustainability Leadership Month, Andy Wood, chief executive of Suffolk-based brewer and distiller Adnams, outlines how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can incorporate sustainability in their business agenda.

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No longer a matter of compliance, sustainability is a strategic imperative as investors, NGOs, employees and consumers demand more from organisations. But what does sustainability leadership look like in an uncertain regulatory climate and how will that evolve as business leaders take a critical, long-term view of their growth strategies?

edie's Sustainability Leaders Awards will take place on the evening of 25 January, 2017 at the London Hilton on Park Lane

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The 2015 Sustainability Leaders Awards took place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on 19 November

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EXCLUSIVE: Interface's reputation as sustainability leader has helped the business attract top-level talent in all areas of the company, according to the firm's chief innovation officer.

Michael Dickstein says the planet's climate and resource challenges are now so vast that no one company or organisation can solve them alone

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The new energy-from-waste plant will remove recyclable waste from black bins and recover energy from what is left over. Image: Veolia

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Sustainability Leaders Forum 2015 agenda & speakers revealed

The annual edie Sustainability Leaders Forum, now in its ninth year, brings together ambitious international business professionals looking to move beyond environmental objectives; deliver transformational change in society and create more value within their organisation.


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