The annual Trust Barometer report by PR firm Edelman shows that, globally, the public looks to business leaders more than the government, NGOs or media as its most trusted pillar. Two thirds of those surveyed look to company leaders to speak up directly on the pressing issues facing society and to support topics that matter to communities. No wonder, then, that business leaders are placing heavy importance on delivering for their customers, supply chains and wider communities on the climate change agenda.
To help business leaders navigate this increasingly complex landscape, this Workspace Business Insight Dinner is bringing together leading sustainability and climate risk experts from businesses who are doing it well, to share their insights to arm the Workspace community with crucial insight and practical climate risk next steps.
As a business leader, this is an opportunity to establish moral leadership as well as a clear business case for climate change policy. Employees and customers will reward business leaders who implement impactful sustainability strategies which seek to tackle this challenge.
Our panel will look at just some of these key questions:
- What practical actions can business leaders implement within their business to address this century's most critical risk?
- What sector-specific strategies are available to business leaders looking to build and grow environmentally sustainable business models?
- What climate responsibilities do companies large and small have to their current and future employees and consumers or to their communities? What specifically should they do next?
- How can business leaders best navigate the commercial risks posed by climate change?
The Workspace Business Insight Programme is an exciting events line-up bringing together industry leaders to discuss current business trends and topics. Past speakers have included guests from Formula 1, Tide, Revolut, The Economist, Facebook, McKinsey & Company, Moonpig, Pret a Manger, LinkedIn, Microsoft, IBM Design, Monzo Bank, UCL and O2 among many others.
Directors, founders and other senior leaders from customers across Workspace's community are invited to register their interest in attending this complimentary event.
Fiona Place, Associate Director, Climate Change & ESG Lead for Anthesis Group based at The Leather Market
Anthesis is a global sustainability services and solutions consultancy. They're founded on the true belief that commercial success and sustainability go hand in hand. They develop financially driven sustainability strategies, underpinned by technical experience and delivered by innovative teams across the world.
Fiona has responsibility for the Anthesis risk management practice. She is an experienced international project manager who has particular expertise in supply chain risk management and corporate strategy. Her work has spanned Fortune 500 corporations across extractives, ICT, automotive and retail sectors, among others. Fiona brings a thorough understanding of risk management, ‘hotspot’ analysis and custom mapping of key socio-environmental issues to the role. She also has experience of working on behalf of NGOs on corporate social responsibility programs in Africa and Asia.
Fiona holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography and Management Studies and MSc in Sustainability.
Leah Riley Brown, Sustainability Policy Advisor for British Retail Consortium
The BRC’s purpose is to make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves, today and in the future. The BRC membership comprises over 5,000 businesses delivering £180bn of retail sales and employing over one and half million employees. They are a crucial supporter of Better Retail Better World, a ground-breaking action plan to advance sustainability, development and equality in the retail industry.
Better Retail Better World sees UK retailers take a leading role in delivering the United Nations’ sustainable development agenda. The collective action plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and waste; support all people to enter and progress in employment and lead the fight to eradicate modern slavery.
Leah is the Sustainability Policy Advisor at the British Retail Consortium and covers topics including fashion sustainability, responsible sourcing, food waste, and more. She has a master’s degree in Food Policy from City, University of London and has worked for the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health and the Sustainable Restaurant Association. She is currently working on progressing the policy agenda for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and developing a carbon roadmap for UK retailers.
Hannah Pathak, Director UK/Europe for Forum for the Future
Forum for the Future is a leading international sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years they’ve been working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future. They specialise in addressing critical global challenges by catalysing change in key systems, from food to apparel, energy to shipping. They do this by convening transformational collaborations to drive change, by partnering with organisations to help them lead by example, and by building a global community of pioneers and change-makers.
Hannah Pathak has over 18 years' experience leading international partnerships in both the corporate and NGO sectors. At Forum for The Future Hannah is the Director for UK / Europe, overseeing a broad portfolio of transformational change projects tackling global challenges such as climate change, sustainable nutrition, and sustainable value chains and livelihoods.
Louisa Ziane, Brand & Sustainability at Toast Ale
Louisa set up Toast Ale in 2015, with environmental campaigner Tristram Stuart. The company brews planet-saving craft beer with surplus fresh bread and invests all profits in charities fixing the food system. She is currently the Global Brand and Sustainability Director, and leads on Toast's B Corp commitment to people, planet and profit. Prior to Toast, she was a sustainability consultant at the Carbon Trust, and is a qualified management accountant and digital marketeer.
Karen Jamison, Energy & Sustainability Manager for Workspace
Workspace is committed to Doing The Right Thing by their customers, investors, employees, suppliers, local communities and wider stakeholders. They take seriously their responsibility for maintaining strong and mutually beneficial relationships with all their stakeholders while protecting and enhancing the resources they rely on to do business.
In recognition of this commitment, the business decided during the year to adopt 'Doing the Right Thing' as their new corporate responsibility strategy. In addition, they reviewed their objectives and targets to ensure that they align and are closely linked to their corporate strategy. For each pillar in the corporate strategy, they have outlined an environmental and a social objective, which they believe will help to create value for the business and the wider communities in which they operate.
Diarra Smith, Operations Director at Knowledge Peers
As the lead of the Business Insight Programme run by Knowledge Peers, Diarra leads efforts as the programme supports business owners and directors from across Workspace's customer ecosystem by delivering key insight events and data on trends that will impact business in the future. Diarra started his career in a data services consultancy supporting the Cabinet Office and leading UK research bodies.
He has experience supporting clients across the political and violent risk analysis and regulatory monitoring space. In 2018, Diarra was a Top 10 finalist in RAHM 2018, RAHM brings together the most outstanding present and future LGBT+ leaders in the world. Diarra is a venture scout for Backed VC. Backed is a London-based VC fund set up to do things differently. Diarra holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.
- 6:00pm to 6:30pm | Welcome and Networking Drinks
- 6:30pm to 7:30pm | Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A
- 7:30pm to 8:30pm | #WBIDinner and Networking Drinks
What to expect?
The insight events provide a platform for senior directors to discuss the most relevant challenges facing growing businesses today. Sharing their insights, advice and best practice together with an open Q&A with fellow industry leaders.
Our insight events focus on what you can learn and how it might impact you or your business. We don't spend that much time talking at attendees, and we build in plenty of opportunities for attendees to question the panellists.
We leave ample time for attendees to network with the other senior leaders and of course, enjoy a delicious dinner.
Where do I sign up?
Register for a complimentary spot at our #WBIDinner, Sustainability & Business: A deep-dive into how business leaders can address the impact of climate change on Tuesday 19th November at Workspace's Brickfields from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. This #WBIDinner is open to Directors and Senior Leaders from current Workspace customers and Club Workspace members and selected guests.
Would you like to bring a guest to our #WBIDinner?
Email WBI@knowledgepeers.com and let us know.
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