Business leaders and sustainable development experts from the likes of Diageo, IAMTHECODE and Vivobarefoot have been confirmed among the speaker line-up for edie’s afternoon of live webinar sessions dedicated to achieving the UN Global Goals this afternoon ((22 September).
Published 22nd September 2022
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With just eight years left to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 underlying targets, it’s clear that business must step up if we’re to have the positive impact on society which the Goals ultimately exist to deliver.
So, on 22 September from 12.30pm BST, edie is hosting the Sustainable Development Inspiration Sessions – an afternoon of live, interactive webinar presentations and discussions – all dedicated to giving businesses the tools and knowledge to maximise their contribution to the Global Goals.
This online event effectively combines three edie webinars into a single afternoon, with each webinar session taking a particular focus and format. The first session (one hour) will be a Q&A-style SDG debate; the second session (one hour) will be a series of quick-fire, Goal-based case studies; and the third session (45 minutes) will take a ‘masterclass’ format.
Registration is now open and edie is delighted to confirm the first wave of expert speakers who will be providing their insights on the day. We can also confirm that Neighbourly and the Woodland Trust are sponsoring the afternoon’s proceedings.
Joining the first session are the WBCSD’s director for the SDGs James Gomme, the Consumer Goods Forum’s managing director Wai-Chan Chan, IAMTHECODE’s chief sustainability officer and founder Lady Mariéme Jamme, and Vivobarefoot’s head of Livebarefoot Fund Dulma Clark.
For the second session, which showcases case studies relating to specific SDGs, we will be joined by The Woodland Trust’s head of partnerships Pip Greensmith. Also speaking on this session are Kimberly-Clark’s sustainability transformation lead Oriol Margo; Diageo’s transformation director James Ashall and Oxfam GB’s lead for the private sector, Ruth Mhlanga.
The third and final session is dedicated to reporting and communicating progress towards the SDGs. UN Global Compact Network UK associate Emily Auckland has been confirmed as a speaker, and she will be joined by a representative from Neighbourly.
These online sessions are open to anyone who is interested in learning about how they can align their organisation’s ambitions and actions with the SDGs and accurately measure and disclose progress. Registrants for this online event can still gain access to all three sessions on the day. Full details of the three sessions are as follows:
Kicking off our Inspiration Sessions, a selection of business leaders and sustainable development experts will discuss some of the biggest drivers, challenges and opportunities when it comes to mobilising and accelerating momentum to achieve the SDGs by 2030, both in the UK and globally.
Our second Inspiration Session offers up a series of never-before-seen, quick-fire case studies focused on accelerating action around particular Global Goals. Our speakers will share key successes and failures along with practical insights and takeaways to support your own SDG journey.
Our third and final Inspiration Session will equip you with specific tools and insights to integrate the SDGs into your reporting processes and communicate your progress against the Goals in ways which maximise reach and impact.
Words Edie Staff
Published 22nd September 2022
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Dulma Clark is the impact investment and storytelling lead at VIVOBAREFOOT, a natural health lifestyle brand on a mission to reconnect people to nature and human natural potential. Within VIVOVBAREFOOT, she launched Livebarefoot Fund, an in-house impact fund for research, innovation, and advocacy to regenerate human and planetary health; worked with indigenous communities to preserve traditional craftsmanship and open a manufacturing center in Ethiopia to provide jobs and value add on locally sourced materials.
Dulma also serves as an Impact Investment Trustee at JA Clark Charitable Trust and holds several impact advisory roles in the development sector. Born in Siberia in indigenous Buryat indigenous community, she co-founded a local farmer’s cooperative with her parents and supported the set-up of an environmental NGO Safe Baikal. LSE graduate in Human Rights, Champion of Russia in archery and mother of 2. Interests: social business, impact investment, indigenous wisdom and natural health.
Emily Auckland is an Associate of the Global Compact Network UK (GCN UK) supporting their strategy and advocacy work, currently focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. Emily worked with government, businesses and third sector organisations as Network Director at UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) which she helped found in 2015 and built into an influential network. In 2018 she coordinated the inputs of over 100 organisations on UKSSD’s landmark Measuring up report which is often acclaimed as the most comprehensive assessment of UK progress on SDGs and is currently being updated by GCN UK. She was previously Programme Director at Chapter Zero – the Directors’ Climate Forum, worked for award winning environmental charity Bioregional and for a range of charities on socio-economic development issues. Emily has an MSc in Sustainable Development, is a Fellow of the RSA and Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year 2019 finalist.
Wai-Chan Chan leads the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) as Managing Director. Prior to joining the CGF, he was a senior partner at various consulting firms including McKinsey & Company and OC&C Strategy Consultants, where he served clients primarily in the grocery, health and beauty sectors on a broad range of strategic, operational and organisational issues. Wai-Chan also served as the North Asia Regional Director for retailer Dairy Farm where he ran the Wellcome, 7-Eleven and Mannings banners. He has also served as a non-executive director, most recently on the board of Bellamy’s Organic, a leading infant nutrition supplier based in Australia. Wai-Chan holds a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a British American Chamber of Commerce Scholar, and a BSc (Hons) from Imperial College.
Lady Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born, French-British businesswoman with more than two decades of business experience in technology and system change. Her global speeches on humanity and responsibility towards marginalized young girls have received several accolades. She is the Founder and Chief Sustainability Offer of iamtheCODE, the first African-led global movement to mobilize government, the private sector, and philanthropic foundations to advance STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design) Education. Her goal is to empower and enable 1 million girls and young women globally to become coders by 2030 and align with the UN 2030 Agenda.
She is an award-winning Technologist and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In September 2017, she won the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award by Bill and Melinda Gates and UNICEF as a Goalkeeper to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by supporting girls and young women globally- businesses and governments.
As a nominee of one of the BBC’s Top 100 Women, she was named twice on the UK Powerlist in 2017 and 2018 for Britain’s 100 most influential African and African Caribbean heritage people. She is the first Senegalese woman who made it to Antarctica. Lady Mariéme is also on the Board of Directorship of the World Wide Web Foundation (Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee) and the ITU Generation Connect Visionaries Board. She’s currently writing her first book to tell her story. The book will be a memoir of her painful journey. All proceeds will go to the iamtheCODE Foundation and young girls’ education in Africa.
Ruth Mhlanga is Head of Oxfam GB Private Sector Engagement Team. An expert in international campaigning and advocacy with 10 years’ experience in climate, gender and social justice. Thought leader on the nexus of private sector and sustainable development promoting equitable businesses and sustainable development. Currently member of Supervisory Board of Positive Impact Rating.
Oriol Margó is the Sustainability Transformation Leader for Kimberly-Clark in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He’s responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability strategies on Climate, Plastics, Water and Climate footprint programs as well as Social Impact bringing a transformational approach to accelerate execution. In the past Oriol covered different areas of responsibility for Kimberly -Clark across EMEA in Value Stream, Cost Transformation, Research and Development, Engineering Project Management and Manufacturing with assignments and projects across its European Mills. Oriol has a MSc in Industrial Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and a Post-Master Technological degree (PDEng) by the Eindhoven University of Technology.
After studying Sustainable Business at the University of Hull, Pip Greensmith went on to become a buyer for one of the big supermarket chains filling her spare time undertaking voluntary conservation work. For the last 10 years, Pip has worked at the national woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust in various project and programme management roles, including heading up the charity’s approach to landscape conservation covering the temperate rainforest of the West Coast of Scotland down the rolling hills of the South Downs. Pip’s current role is Head of Partnerships where her focus is working with the business sector to secure vital funding for tackling the climate and nature crises one tree at a time as well as seeking to influence positive change within business operations for the Charity’s cause.
Sarah George has been edie’s leading reporter for more than four years, delivering breaking news articles and leader interviews across the spheres of green policy and sustainable business. Sarah produces a plethora of news articles, interviews and features for sustainability and energy professionals, and chairs edie’s long-running Sustainable Business Covered podcast.
Harriet Howey is the Global Lead for Non-Financial Reporting & ESG at Diageo. With a career spanning ESG strategy and impact communications in corporates and not-for-profits in Europe and Asia Pacific, Harriet is passionate about using ESG data and insights to engage stakeholders and drive change. She believes the delivery of ESG goals deserves the same rigorous approach as financial performance. At Diageo, she oversees internal and external measurement and reporting on all sustainability and responsibility activity across the company’s global footprint. Every year, her team delivers one of the fastest published integrated annual reports in the world (35 days from year end to publication), including a comprehensive GRI submission, UN Global Compact index, Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures update, and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board response.