1-2 March 2022
Melbourne
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TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR THE BETTER

The Sustainability Leaders Summit is an executive level event uniting sustainability decision makers from the region’s most influential companies.

The Summit features an ambitious, outcomes-focused agenda with over forty frontline perspectives from the highest levels of sustainability practice in Australia.

Over two days of case-based exploration and international vision, more than 200 of the nation’s leading corporate sustainability executives will explore the macro and micro issues shaping the sustainability journey with a collective purpose: to transform business for the better.

Why Attend

  • For over a decade we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Summit. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes-focused agenda.

Gain Access

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35+ Industry Speakers
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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12 Keynotes
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200+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2022 Speakers

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David Hone
Chief Climate Change Advisor

Shell (UK)
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David Hone
Chief Climate Change Advisor

Shell (UK)
David Hone works for Shell International Ltd. and is the Chief Climate Change Adviser in the Shell Scenarios Team. He joined Shell in 1980 after graduating as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Adelaide in Australia. He has worked in refinery technology, oil trading and shipping areas for Shell. David is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), was Chairman of IETA from 2011-2013 and is a board member of C2ES in Washington and GCCSI in Melbourne. David is a regular climate blogger and is the author of a 2017 book on climate change, ‘Putting the Genie Back: Solving the Climate and Energy Dilemma’.
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Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
Director, Economy Division

United Nations Environment Programme (KE)
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Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
Director, Economy Division

United Nations Environment Programme (KE)
Sheila is the Director of the Economy Division at the United Nations Environment Programme and brings to this position more than 30 years of management and technical expertise from a range of institutions. Sheila was previously the Director of the Green Climate Fund and Global Environment Facility operations at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Under Sheila’s leadership at IUCN, the programme grew from the two largest global environmental funding mechanisms five-fold, increasingly bringing in actors from the banking, investment and insurance sectors alongside those from sectors such as energy and agriculture. Sheila has previously served as an Environmental Specialist at a U.S. State Department of Environmental Protection, as well as at the Environment Liaison Centre International and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. At UNEP, she held positions ranging from Senior Advisor in the organization’s Strategic Implementation Team, Chief of the Quality Assurance Section, to Acting Director of the Policy and Programme Division and Deputy Director of the GEF Coordination Division. She also served as the external advisor in the UNDP working group that reviewed its business model in one of its global fund operations. She has authored The Policy Process in International Environmental Governance and Promoting Coherence: Towards an Effective Global Environment Facility. Sheila holds a doctorate in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK with her Master’s and Bachelors’ degrees from Florida Atlantic University, with a part of those studies from the University of Florida, in the USA.
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Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer

City Developments Limited (SG)
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Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer

City Developments Limited (SG)
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Simon Lowden
Chief Transformation Officer

The Arnott's Group
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Simon Lowden
Chief Transformation Officer

The Arnott's Group
Simon Lowden is the Chief Transformation Officer for The Arnott's Group, which has a portfolio of food brands that have been staples in Australian households for over 150 years. Simon is charged with accelerating The Group’s growth through driving the M&A agenda, leading the development of the corporate strategy, building R&D and digital capabilities and developing the sustainability strategy for a healthier planet, community and workforce. Previously, in his role as Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo, Simon led the development of the food and beverage company’s sustainability strategy. Simon drove the agenda to help create a more sustainable global food system to meet and balance the unique needs of nutrition and enjoyment, continuing to drive economic growth and social development, while protecting the planet. Before this, Simon was President of PepsiCo Global Foods, where he developed and executed marketing, innovation and growth strategies for the $25 billion global snacks business unit. Simon managed a global portfolio of more than 30 snack brands and oversaw $600 million in research and development and $1 billion in marketing support—while directing central and global commercial teams. Simon also had experience leading the North American Beverages business at PepsiCo, turning around the performance of the $20 billion portfolio, which encompasses more than 20 brands. Simon continually champions strategic planning, team leadership, smart communication, storytelling and product development in all his roles.
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Tom Penny
Head of Environment

Telstra
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Tom Penny
Head of Environment

Telstra
Tom is Head of Environment at Telstra and leads a team responsible for delivering Telstra’s Environment Strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its business, suppliers and customers through dedicated programs targeting climate change and resource efficiency, and its carbon neutral program. Tom has worked in sustainability teams across government, corporate and consulting both within Australia and in the UK and his experience extends across climate change, energy, resource efficiency and circular economy.
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Chris Foley
Head of Energy and Environment

Kmart Group
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Chris Foley
Head of Energy and Environment

Kmart Group
Chris leads Kmart Group’s climate and environment policy, strategy and programs impacting the products and operations of Kmart, Target and the online retailer catch.com.au across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. This includes climate change, circular economy, waste diversion from operations, energy efficiency and cost control, product stewardship, packaging and reducing the Group’s plastic footprint. He has over thirty years’ experience working with some of Australia’s largest companies to achieve positive economic and environmental outcomes and is a Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and Energy Users Association of Australia.
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Sally Townsend
Head of Sustainability

Blackmores
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Sally Townsend
Head of Sustainability

Blackmores
Sally Townsend is a passionate Sustainability and Communications professional. She has 20 years of experience in the retail and healthcare sectors and specialises in developing strategies with a strong corporate narratives and deep alignment throughout organisations. In her current role as Head of Sustainability for Blackmores Group, Sally has responsibility for the Group Sustainability Vision aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is working to integrate these commitments into the core business strategy to deliver on the company’s vision for a world where people and nature thrive together. In 2020, Blackmores committed to Net Zero Emissions by 2030 and has progressed the journey to have a deeper understanding of human rights, climate resilience and biodiversity impacts across their global supply chain.
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Jill Riseley
Chief Executive Officer

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
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Jill Riseley
Chief Executive Officer

Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
Jill Riseley has been the Chief Executive Officer at Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) since September 2019. She is a passionate advocate of sustainability and an accomplished executive and non-executive director with more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in the corporate and not for profit sectors. Jill’s extensive experience in senior roles includes complex, multi-stakeholder and regulated environments where she has led significant national consumer affairs and recycling initiatives and implemented procurement strategies in complex essential service markets. She is a leader in sustainability and recognised for her work in combating climate change and delivering innovative and sector wide solutions to address environmental issues in local communities. Jill is accountable to the Board for leading the strategic and operational functions of MWRRG. Jill provides strong executive leadership and operational management, while playing a key role in the development and implementation of future strategies in line with MWRRG’s vision and objectives. Jill leads MWRRG’s executive team to deliver its functions, services and projects.

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  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
  • 9:30 am
    Ministerial Address
  • 9:40 am
    Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 am
    Outlook Session

    Roles and Responsibilities: Striding Towards a Sustainable Future

    Social and environmental sustainability have become a mainstay of both our political climate and economic reality. This Session adopts a macro-lens to assess the state of the circular economy and the sustainability progress we are making as a nation. We’ll explore the respective roles of government and industry, weighing consumer sentiment against policy directives, to better understand our evolving responsibilities as leaders of industry. Delegates will gain a sharper outlook on the wider forces at play to reposition their own businesses as a force in equitable, sustainable recovery.

  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments and Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 11:50 am
    Leadership Session

    Taking Ownership: Championing the Social Dimensions of Sustainability

    The pandemic has demonstrated the influence we wield as leaders. To navigate this ongoing crisis, advance commercial outcomes, and build business and personal resilience, leaders must steel their resolve and invest time and resources in social sustainability efforts. In this Session, we’ll hear how business leaders are identifying and managing business impacts on employees, customers, communities, and the value chain at large, and explore the outcomes that flow from a renewed social license to operate. The objective of this Session is to bring life to a new leadership mandate for you and your team, with a strong focus on implementation.

  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Industry Keynote
  • 2:25 pm
    Supply Chain Session

    Confronting Complexity: Maximising the Impact of Sustainable Supply-Chain Practices

    Any meaningful conversation on transforming business for the better must acknowledge the complexity of sustainability in supply chains. We understand that it takes considerable resources and concerted, collaborative effort to improve sustainability across your entire supply chain. This Session provides practical insight on how to best direct your resources and efforts for the greatest impact, further developing your central-planning muscles. From identifying circularity challenges through to interconnecting data and integrating manufacturing and procurement practices, we will explore the steps businesses are taking to improve visibility and traceability in supply to inform sustainable decision-making.

  • 3:05 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments and Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 4:10 pm
    Technology Session

    Advanced Capabilities: Powering Sustainability Through Technology Innovation

    The pandemic inspired the rapid adoption of technology, condensing digitisation into a timeframe previously thought impossible. Now, businesses must sustain this urgency and intensity in the sustainability space, deploying and integrating technology to inform more meaningful decision-making. In this Session, we’ll hear how businesses are leveraging data and analytics, and technology more broadly, to enable transparent processes and impactful decisions across the business. Attendees will be rewarded with a clearer picture of the partnerships and tools industry leaders are utilising to transform their businesses for the better.

  • 4:50 pm
    Closing Keynote
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:20 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:00 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 9:15 am
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
  • 9:35 am
    Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 am
    Stakeholder Engagement Session

    Securing Sustainability: Minimising Risk and Elevating Reporting

    The rise of climate-related financial risks and increased wariness from investors and insurers alike have propelled environmental, social and governance issues to the top of the corporate agenda. In this Session, we’ll draw on key perspectives from internal and external stakeholders alike to explore climate-related financial reporting and disclosure, from strategy development and regulatory requirements through to measuring and tracking financed emissions. Attendees will be armed with strategies and systems for reporting on key environmental and social sustainability risks to improve the security and transparency of their business operations.

  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments and Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Diamond Keynote
  • 11:50 am
    People Session

    Passion and Purpose: Amplifying Sustainability Within Your Organisation

    Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of corporate authenticity, aligning with companies that reflect their own values. This Session is not concerned with fabricating appeal or marketing sustainability. It is about building an authentic culture, with sustainability at the core, that inspires employees and informs how consumers connect with your business. In this Session, we’ll explore how to amplify sustainability within your business and deliver on the pursuit of purpose. Attendees will gain insight into the methods leading businesses have used to inspire commitment to sustainability at every stage of the corporate hierarchy.

  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 2:20 pm
    Future Session

    Vision for the Future: Accelerating Sustainability Transformation

    For many businesses, the abrupt chaos of the pandemic hindered long-term ambitions as a survival mindset came to the fore. Now, having had time to adapt and reflect, we can see that pandemic presents a rare opportunity for deep business model innovation. In this Session, we’ll explore how leaders are sharpening their long-term vision for sustainable business, as well as the tangible strategies set down to meaningfully accelerate towards this reality. We’ll hear how businesses are defining sustainability strategies against long-term value for stakeholders; leveraging business ecosystem to find new opportunities and avenues for growth; approaching change management challenges to cultural integration; and reconfiguring operations to fuel transformation.

  • 3:00 pm
    Keynote
  • 3:25 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Day Two and Summit
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SPONSORS

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2021 Gold Sponsor | www.billidentity.com
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2021 Associate Sponsor | www.tkblueagency.com
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2021 Associate Sponsor | www.edgeenvironment.com
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2021 Associate Sponsor | www.banksiafdn.com
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2021 Associate Sponsor | www.bcsda.org.au
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2021 Associate Sponsor | www.apco.org.au
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TK’Blue makes managing the environmental impact of your transport, a lever for your economic performance

Methodology & tools to measure and monitor the reduction of CO2 / GHG emissions and negative externalities of freight transport.

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Edge can help you accelerate your sustainability journey with tailored, innovative and evidence-based solutions. We identify opportunities for you to deliver triple bottom line benefits based on a commitment to genuine life-cycle thinking.

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The Banksia Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability.

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BCSD Australia is a CEO-led organisation of more than 40 Australian businesses and non-governmental bodies working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and acting on climate change.

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The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) is a not-for-profit organisation leading the development of a circular economy for packaging in Australia. APCO works with governments, businesses and other organisations from across Australia’s large and complex packaging value chain to develop the insights, resources and programs that are needed to build a sustainable national packaging ecosystem. In 2018, APCO was endorsed by government to lead the delivery of Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Targets and ensure all packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. To achieve this goal, APCO is working closely with government and industry to deliver a range of sustainable design, recycling, waste to landfill reduction and circular economy projects. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading product stewardship organisations with a strong national and global collaborative network, APCO is committed to reducing the environmental impact of packaging on Australian communities by moving towards a circular economy

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Why Get Involved

The Sustainability Leaders Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts. It is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with sustainability professionals, the Sustainability Leaders Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

Venue/Accommodation Details

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RACV Club, Melbourne, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 03/12/2021)
$995 + GST
$2,985 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 04/12/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to sustainability executives, please email jessicaef@connectmedia.com to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence.

The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact team@connectmedia.com.

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