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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.

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35+ Industry Speakers
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Executive Learning Agenda
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12 Keynotes
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200+ Executives
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2022 Speakers

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Alex Holt
Chief Sustainability Officer

Woolworths
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Alex Holt
Chief Sustainability Officer

Woolworths
Alex Holt is Woolworths Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, leading a team dedicated to embedding sustainability in the day-to-day operations and long-term future of Australia’s largest retailer. Her work is focused on setting the right trajectory, establishing the frameworks to deliver change at pace and collaborating across the supply chain to solve the industry’s biggest sustainability challenges. Ms Holt joined the Woolworths Group from Tesco in 2011. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Ms Holt champions Woolworths Group's commitment to creating a better tomorrow for people and the planet.

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Anirban Ghosh
Chief Sustainability Officer

Mahindra Group (IN)
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Anirban Ghosh
Chief Sustainability Officer

Mahindra Group (IN)
Anirban leads Sustainability at the USD 15 billion Mahindra Group. Under his leadership Mahindra has developed an award-winning Sustainability framework, become the first to have a certified carbon neutral factory in India, doubled energy productivity in a company, become water positive and enabled 25 locations to become zero waste to landfill. He has, in partnership with the World Bank, facilitated the creation of the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium to accelerate the spread of green buildings in India.

Anirban has led a shared value project that more than doubled per capita income for 50,000 rural Indians. He takes great pleasure in implementing projects that drive positive change in society and has been acknowledged as a “Thought Leader” and a “Distinguished Sustainability Officer”.

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Sandra Martinez
Chief Executive Officer

Nestle Australia and New Zealand
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Sandra Martinez
Chief Executive Officer

Nestle Australia and New Zealand
Sandra Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé Australia Ltd and Market Head of the Nestlé Oceania region, appointed in April 2018.

In this role, she leads the team behind of some of the region’s most iconic brands, such as KitKat, Nescafé, Milo, Allen's, Maggi, Uncle Tobys and Purina. Nestlé Oceania employees around 5000 people, with eight factories and 26 retail boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. With a passion for sustainability, Ms Martinez is a Board Director of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) and chairs the Council’s Sustainable Practices Committee.

Ms Martinez has more than 30 years’ global experience with Nestlé in the Americas, Oceania, and its global headquarters in Switzerland.

She has held key roles in Cocoa Export and Confectionery, most notably as the Business Executive Manager for the Confectionery Division in Ecuador, President of the Nestlé Confectionery Business in Canada and Head of the Confectionery Strategy Business in Nestlé’s Swiss headquarters responsible for chocolate, biscuits and sugar, globally.

Ms Martinez also served as President and CEO of Nestlé Venezuela, where she delivered outstanding results in a highly complex and volatile environment.

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Andrew Parker
Chief Sustainability Officer

Qantas
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Andrew Parker
Chief Sustainability Officer

Qantas
Andrew Parker was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in August 2021 to drive the Group’s sustainability and ESG (environment, social and governance) strategy and commitments.

This includes the Group’s 2050 net zero emission plan – one of the first of any airline worldwide – and our program for waste and plastic eradication. He also manages the integration of ESG in to all aspects of the business.

Prior to this role, Andrew was Group Executive – Government, Industry, International and Sustainability from 2013 to August 2021, having led the Group’s Sustainability efforts since 2017.

Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai and was a key architect in the Qantas Emirates alliance that launched in 2013.

Andrew previously worked as CEO in public affairs, political adviser and press secretary in government and newspaper and television journalist.

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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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Susan Mizrahi
Chief Sustainability Officer

Australia Post
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Susan Mizrahi
Chief Sustainability Officer

Australia Post
Susan Mizrahi is a senior sustainability strategist and has over 20 years’ experience working in Asia, Europe, North America - as well as domestically - on international, business and human rights issues. She is committed to leading positive, systemic change on social and environmental issues and has achieved this through working collaboratively across and within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Susan holds a Master in International Relations & Asian Politics (UQ) and a Master of Management (Supply Chain) (UoM). Susan commenced at Australia Post in 2015 and was appointed as the business’ inaugural Chief Sustainability Officer in 2019. She is a member of the Australian Retailers Association’s Sustainability Advisory Group, and a member of the National Online Retailers Association’s Retail Sustainability Innovators Network.
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Marika McCauley Sine
Vice President, Global Sustainability

MARS (UK)
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Marika McCauley Sine
Vice President, Global Sustainability

MARS (UK)
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Kylie Freeland
Director of Supply Chain, Sustainability and Equipment – ANZ

McDonald’s Australia Limited
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Kylie Freeland
Director of Supply Chain, Sustainability and Equipment – ANZ

McDonald’s Australia Limited
Responsible for driving McDonald’s supply chain and sustainability agendas across Australia and New Zealand, Kylie brings extensive procurement, commercial and sustainability experience to the country’s leading and largest quick service restaurant chain.

Ensuring the supply of products and produce to more than 1,000 restaurants, Kylie and her team work closely with local and international suppliers to deliver safe and quality food, while innovating and implementing sustainably efficient product, packaging, energy and waste solutions to reduce McDonald’s environmental footprint.

An experienced change management facilitator, Kylie has specialised in driving agile change initiatives and engagement within the McDonald’s system to create bold and significant business improvements delivering both consumer-centric and commercial outcomes.

Kylie has been a part of the McDonald’s system for 25 years. Originally joining as a crew person while studying, Kylie subsequently took on new management roles within the restaurant before quickly progressing via McDonald’s renowned career development and training programs to join the corporate side of the business.

Located in Queensland, Kylie progressed to the State management role of McOpCo Operations Manager, prior to relocating to New South Wales where she managed the equipment department for Australia and New Zealand.

Over the past five years, Kylie has worked in multiple operations and business consultation roles before taking on her current role as Director of Supply Chain and Sustainability.

Leading McDonald’s commitment to remove plastic straws and cutlery from Australia’s 1,000 McDonald’s restaurants, Kylie is currently working in partnership with McDonald’s core suppliers to implement commercially responsible in-restaurant sustainability solutions to benefit the McDonald’s system, customers and overall community.

Combining the shared experiences of the supply chain and sustainability teams, Kylie is quickly establishing McDonald’s as a trusted leader in quick service restaurant sustainability practices and behaviours committed to the business priorities of reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Cate Harris
Group Head of Sustainability

Lendlease
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Cate Harris
Group Head of Sustainability

Lendlease
For over 20 years, Cate has been actively involved in the design, planning, delivery and management of sustainability strategies across both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, Cate has led the refresh of Lendlease’s sustainability strategy, including a new strategic framework, best practice implementation of the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosure’s (TCFD) recommendations and the co-creation of Lendlease’s bold new sustainability targets. These targets include the announcement that Lendlease is a 1.5ºC aligned company.

Additionally, under Cate’s leadership, Lendlease announced that it will create $250m of social value by 2025.

In April, Cate was appointed as a Director to the global Board for ResponsibleSteel.

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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)
An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. It became the first real estate conglomerate in Southeast Asia to sign the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings in February 2021. Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and building an integrated sustainability reporting framework since 2015. A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She is also a signatory for the UNGC Caring for Climate network and an executive council member of the UN ESCAP Sustainable Business Network. She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations, including World Green Building Council, Global Reporting Initiative, GRESB Asian Real Estate Benchmark Committee and UNEP FI Real Estate Work Group. She’s a vice-chair of World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Borad; chairperson of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability and ESG Committee; co-chair of the Urban Land Institute Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council, and is the vice-chairperson of the Singapore Institute of Directors’ ESG Committee.
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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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Meredith Banks
Head of Sustainability

Vicinity Centres
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Meredith Banks
Head of Sustainability

Vicinity Centres
Swapping wine for property, Meredith joined Vicinity Centres from Treasury Wine Estates, taking on the mantel to embed sustainability into every facet of one of Australia’s leading property portfolios.

Meredith’s holistic approach to furthering Vicinity’s sustainability credentials benefits from her broad experience including roles in sustainability, environment and corporate affairs at a number of leading organisations such as the Lion Group, Metcash, Visy and the Victorian Government. Meredith also currently serves as a Board Member for Sustainability Victoria.

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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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Tim Rodsted
Head of Sustainability

BlueScope
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Tim Rodsted
Head of Sustainability

BlueScope
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Lee Stewart
Head of Corporate Sustainability

Fonterra
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Lee Stewart
Head of Corporate Sustainability

Fonterra
Lee has over 15 years of business sustainability experience. In his current role in Auckland he heads up the Corporate Sustainability Team at Fonterra where he is responsible for the development and delivery of the global sustainability strategy. He also manages the external sustainability advisory panel which advises the executive team and board on key sustainability issues. His previous roles where in Sydney which included managing a team of climate change consultants for Ndevr Environmental, Head of Sustainability for Fujitsu Oceania and on the board of The Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity. Since 2011 he has been a Climate Reality Presenter and now a mentor training future climate leaders.
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Eloise Bishop
Head of Sustainability

Country Road Group
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Eloise Bishop
Head of Sustainability

Country Road Group
As Head of Sustainability, Eloise leads the Group’s sustainability strategy, the Good Business Journey, in Australasia across David Jones and the Country Road Group of brands; Country Road, Mimco, Politix, Trenery and Witchery. With strategy ambitions including net zero carbon emissions, moving towards circular systems of production and use, supporting biodiversity and transparent supply chains, as well as being inclusive of diversity and supportive of people’s wellbeing, Eloise and the team work to build capacity and embed accountability for the strategy’s goals and targets across the Group’s brands. Having worked in sustainability for more than 20 years, Eloise has specialised in fashion retail for the past decade, and sits on several industry committees aimed at supporting the fashion retail sector to become more sustainable overall.

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Richard Cook
National Sustainability Manager

CBRE Asia Pacific
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Richard Cook
National Sustainability Manager

CBRE Asia Pacific
Rich Cook is the National Sustainability Manager for CBRE on the Dexus Strategic Account. Prior to joining CBRE Rich spent five years based in New York City managing a sustainability consultancy where he serviced commercial real estate clients including the Empire State Building, World Trade Center complex, UN Building and Hudson Yards.

At CBRE Rich supports the sustainability programs of Dexus, Australia’s largest commercial office landlord, including its commitment to achieve Net Zero in FY22.

Rich is passionate about building programs to achieve exemplary environmental and social outcomes, progressing from strategic planning through to implementation and stakeholder engagement. Notable project outcomes include realising a reduction in operating expenses of 42% for a large mixed use commercial/industrial asset in Brooklyn, NY via the implementation of sustainable procurement and waste management initiatives, and authoring two industry White Papers on sustainable waste management opportunities.

Looking towards the future Rich is an enthusiastic proponent of the Circular Economy, actively supporting its integration within CBRE and Dexus through participation in several industry working groups.

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Penny Rafferty
Head Of Sustainability

Tourism Australia
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Penny Rafferty
Head Of Sustainability

Tourism Australia
Penny Rafferty leads Tourism Australia’s Sustainability approach, underpinning one of the organisation’s key strategic priorities for the future. The aim of the strategy is to articulate and elevate the many sustainability legacy stories of Australian tourism, meeting and growing consumer demand, and encouraging industry capability. Prior to this Penny led the development of Tourism Australia’s premium and luxury strategy 2017-2020. She has been (and continues to be) the Executive Officer of Luxury Lodges of Australia since it formed in 2010. This collective voice of independently owned and operated lodges and camps across Australia helped shape and define Australia's high-end experiential travel. Prior to this, she was General Manager of The Louise, Barossa Valley, one of the founding members of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Penny's career includes 9 years in the UK and South Africa as well as Australia, honing her strategic, marketing and leadership skills in travel and tourism, as well as associated industries including wine, performing arts and festivals, events and publishing.
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Amanda Visser
Group Head of Sustainability

The Star Entertainment Group
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Amanda Visser
Group Head of Sustainability

The Star Entertainment Group
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Ben Heraghty
Group Strategy, M&A, Transformation & Sustainability

Boral
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Ben Heraghty
Group Strategy, M&A, Transformation & Sustainability

Boral
Ben Heraghty currently has responsibility for Group Strategy, M&A, Transformation, Sustainability & Ventures at Australian Construction Materials Boral Ltd. Previously he was Managing Director of Bravo Echo Advisory, a boutique corporate advisory and growth strategy firm focused on heavy industrials, sustainability, government and the health sector www.bravoecho.com.au He was Vice President of Strategy for the APAC Region at Brambles Limited where was responsible for managing corporate strategy & development, APAC market development, digital and IoT strategy, transformation projects, innovation strategies& sustainability strategy. Prior to Brambles he served as a Senior Manager in Group Strategy at Qantas Airways Limited, Head of Supply Chain for GEON Group and an Associate with AT Kearney.
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Natalie Kidd
Chief People and Purpose Officer

Intrepid Travel
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Natalie Kidd
Chief People and Purpose Officer

Intrepid Travel
Natalie Kidd is the Chief People and Purpose Officer of Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences.

Natalie joined Intrepid in 2005 as the founding General Manager of the company’s first vertically integrated DMC (destination management company), based in Hanoi, Vietnam. Over the years she grew this one DMC into a global network of 25 inbound tour operators. In 2020 she moved from the role of Chief Operating Officer to her current role, responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s people and sustainability strategies.

Natalie holds a Masters of Business Administration (AGSM), a Master of Asian Studies (UNSW) and Bachelor of Arts/Asian Studies (USyd). In 2018 she completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AUCD) director program and remains a member of the AICD.

Natalie is a board director of GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council).

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Fiona Murfitt
Vice President – Sustainability

Evolution Mining
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Fiona Murfitt
Vice President – Sustainability

Evolution Mining
Fiona Murfitt is an accomplished senior executive and change agent who delivers operational experience with deep technical competency to lead change and improve business outcomes. She currently reports to the Executive Chair - Jake Klein at Evolution Mining as the Vice President of Sustainability overseeing the Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Social Responsibility portfolio.

Her career has focused on working within high-risk operations mainly within Oil & Gas and Mining, leading transformations for organisations such as Shell, DuPont and Viva Energy. She is passionate about Sustainability, underpinned by a genuine care for people and the communities in which they live. Fiona is known for creating trusted relationships and connects strategy with delivery to help unlock potential. Fiona’s personal ambition is to help people go home better from work than how they arrived. This is anchored in her personal experience of a workplace fatality in her family - so her role is also a deeply personal one.

Fiona’s operational experience is supported by a comprehensive academic background which includes a Masters in Risk and Technology, Post grad qualification in Leadership and Transformation, and she has most recently qualified as an Executive Coach. She is also a published author in the areas of operational risk, contractor management and leadership.

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Lachlan Pfeiffer
Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer

Viva Energy Australia
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Lachlan Pfeiffer
Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer

Viva Energy Australia
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Carlos Machado
Chief Sustainability Officer

Western Health
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Carlos Machado
Chief Sustainability Officer

Western Health
Carlos Machado is a civil engineer and project manager with a strong commitment to Sustainability. Having initially moved to Australia ten years ago from Venezuela to complete his Masters degree in engineering management, Carlos' professional experience extends across multiple industry sectors. This includes asset engineering for Gold Coast city council, sustainability project manager within the hotel sector, project manager in construction of housing developments and as a structural designer of maritime facilities. Nowadays, Carlos is focused on his passion for sustainability as Chief Sustainability Officer for Western Health. “To me it’s not work, I love it. It makes sense to me and I just want to add value in everything I do”. In Carlos’ view, there is enormous opportunity to have an impact across the industry. He is passionate about implementing innovative initiatives that enable transformation at core design level, demonstrate financial benefits of applied sustainability, change perceptions and educate the community.

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Helen Maisano
Director, Group Sustainability

Optus
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Helen Maisano
Director, Group Sustainability

Optus
Helen first established the CSR function at Optus 12 years ago and leads Optus' social impact and environmental sustainability team. As a purpose driven 'intrapreneur', Helen focusses on developing innovative programs and partnerships that take a shared value approach and supporting the company vision to the Australia's most loved every day brand with lasting customer relationships. Helen is a pioneer in deliverying digital safety and education in schools, launching Make Cyberspace a Better Place in collaboration with Kids Helpline in 2010, subsequently leading the development and establishment of Optus' Digital Thumbprint program in 2013. In 2016, Helen led the development and launch of a new program, Optus Future Makers - a social innovation Accelerator and Grants program to support social purpose organisations who are leveraguing technology to address societal challenges and support disadvantaged communities. The program has since extended to Asia with the Singtel Group of companies. More recently, with Helen's leadership, innocative programs such as Donate Your Data and Donate Your Device were launched to address the growing digital divide. Prior to joining Optus, Helen held positions in both the corporate and NGOs sectors. She holds a Masters degree in Change Management, and also serves as an Advisory Board member with various organisations.
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Paolo Bevilacqua
General Manager, Real Utilities

Frasers Property Australia
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Paolo Bevilacqua
General Manager, Real Utilities

Frasers Property Australia
Paolo is a real estate executive that has delivered industry leading environmental, social and governance solutions at both a project and organisational level across asset classes and geographies over a 20-year career. Paolo now heads Frasers Property’s Real Utilities, a recently established zero carbon energy retailer and utilities business, and leads Frasers Property Global Sustainability Working Group, overseeing sustainability strategy for the Group’s operations across residential, retail, commercial & business parks, to industrial & logistics and hospitality in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Paolo previously managed sustainability strategy for Frasers Property Australia, who is recognised as a global leader in the sustainability in the real estate sector. Prior to joining Frasers Property Australia in 2011, spent nine years at Lendlease in a range of sustainability roles, working on some of Australia’s leading green building projects. Paolo is Vice Chair of the International Living Future Institute, and a member of the Property Council of Australia’s National Roundtable.

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Richard Smith
Director of Sustainability

Amcor
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Richard Smith
Director of Sustainability

Amcor
Richard Smith is the Director of Sustainability for Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific. Richard is a Chemical Engineer and has worked in the packaging industry for over 30 years focused heavily on innovation and enabling customers’ to becoming more circular through responsible packaging solutions. In 2013 Richard was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging for significant contribution to the development of innovative plastics packaging. More recently, in 2020 Richard was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO).
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Anne Ascharsobi
Director, Social and Environmental Impact

Xero
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Anne Ascharsobi
Director, Social and Environmental Impact

Xero
Sustainability Leader. Social Change Agent. Technologist. For-purpose Entrepreneur. Data Solutions Enthusiast.

Armed with global experience spanning strategic philanthropy, environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, NGOs, software development, data solutions, and managing corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance), Anne seeks to test and scale innovative ways to make impact in the modern information age and business landscape.

After strategic consulting for some of America’s largest NPOs, helping to revamp the strategic philanthropy and sustainability strategies for various Fortune 500 companies, and running educational NPO startup programs for marginalized students, Anne ran her own international non-profit for 2 years before joining Google in Silicon Valley. There she joined a startup team working to build product and launch an enterprise analytics business, before moving to Australia to grow the products APAC & Oceana presence. She then launched several additional enterprise products across the region, spanning digital marketing, analytics and big data. Following her experience in product design and business strategy, Anne partnered with the NSW's Department of Premier & Cabinet as well as Social Ventures Australia, to help build capabilities in these areas for 50+ AU non-profits.

After joining Google.org (Google's philanthropy), Anne helped to manage Google's philanthropy across APAC and Oceana -- driven by data, an affinity for technology, systems thinking and a desire to partner across the social sector. After managing Google.org's Impact Challenge in Australia as well as it's philanthropy strategy and programs across APAC, Anne started a non-profit, ethical, fine jewellery social enterprise "Generous Jewels," which helps to eradicate extreme poverty by allowing customers to choose which carefully vetted nonprofit to donate 100% of profits to.

In June 2019, she joined Xero, an ASX50 company, as their Director of Social and Environmental Impact to start the function from the ground up. She's assembled a team of passionate corporate change makers to support Xero's overall ESG work and disclosures, while driving the company's community support, environmental impact and sustainable supply chain work. She seeks to help Xero make even more positive impact across everything they do as a business.

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Lachlan Feggans
Director of Sustainability

Brambles
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Lachlan Feggans
Director of Sustainability

Brambles
Lachlan joined Brambles in 2015 as Senior Manager, Sustainability and became Director, Sustainability in 2018. He has worked with some of the most well-known circular business brands since 2006 and knows what it takes to achieve circularity, at scale. Lachlan has been key to crafting Brambles’ unique sustainability narrative, which has helped Brambles position itself as a leader in the most recognised investor sustainability ratings and indexes including Dow Jones Sustainability Index, MSCI, Sustainalytics and CDP and more recently, the ground-breaking Ellen MacArthur Foundations Circulytics program. Lachlan has successfully initiated the Integrated Reporting journey at Brambles and led their response to climate change through the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures framework. Lachlan has been a strategic project lead for the 2020-2025 sustainability vision and strategy which has set the ambitious commitment to evolve Brambles into a truly regenerative business. Lachlan likes to experience sustainability challenges firsthand living off-grid on a 100-acre property with his wife and two children in Robertson, NSW, Australia. They use regenerative farming approaches and produce sustainable pasture raised eggs and beef while preserving the unique temperate rainforest that surrounds the farm.
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Adam Blight
Sustainability & Business Stewardship Lead (Asia Pacific)

Bayer
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Adam Blight
Sustainability & Business Stewardship Lead (Asia Pacific)

Bayer
Adam Blight is the Sustainability & Business Stewardship Lead (Asia Pacific) for Bayer’s Crop Science Division. He is responsible for delivering Bayer’s sustainability objectives across the region with a particular focus on natural resource management, carbon farming, product stewardship and improving the lives of smallholder farmers. Adam is a passionate advocate for agriculture’s role in addressing some of the most pressing environmental, social and economic development challenges.

Prior to this role, Adam held public and government affairs roles across the private, public and non-profit sectors internationally. This included roles with the Australian Trade & Investment Commission in Sydney, Help the Aged in London, Monsanto in Melbourne, and the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York.

He holds degrees in international relations, a Masters of Business Administration and has completed short courses with Cambridge University’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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Phoebe Dowling
Head of Sustainability

Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd.
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Phoebe Dowling
Head of Sustainability

Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd.
Phoebe leads Simplot Australia’s sustainability strategy, policies and programs across people, planet and prosperity. This includes climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural practices, environmental compliance, waste management, water efficiency, energy efficiency and procurement, ethical sourcing, responsible product design and packaging stewardship. She has enjoyed a 20+ year career with Simplot Australia, working across multiple roles and geographies.

Phoebe is a passionate believer in educating and empowering others to be a part of the much needed shifts around key sustainability topics and has a view that we must collaborate as a total industry in order to achieve our collective goals.

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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 is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

As an accomplished executive and Non-Executive Director, for more than 20 years Jill has been an advocate of sustainability, circular economies and responsible business. She keenly promotes market mechanisms, investment and models which create value.

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 in complex essential service markets. As CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group, a Victorian government agency, she leads the organisation to deliver its statutory duties of resource recovery and waste minimisation for metropolitan Melbourne. Her previous Executive and leadership roles include Vicinity Centres, REA Group, Telstra and Sensis.

Jill is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and has served extensively on Boards including the Royal Botanic Gardens (VIC), ACOSS, Heathcote Health, Streetsmart, the Thin Green Line Foundation and currently as Chair of the Property Committee and Board Member at Launch Housing.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and her academic qualifications include a Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and executive business qualifications from Australian Graduate School of Management. Jill also guest lectures at Leadership Victoria, RMIT and Monash universities.

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Andrew Petersen
Chief Executive Officer

Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
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Andrew Petersen
Chief Executive Officer

Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
Andrew has over 25 years’ environmental and planning law and policy experience as well as 10 years at a CEO and Director level in the not-for-profit sector initiating and driving systems change in policy and sustainable development through project design and delivery. He has been a qualified environmental and planning litigation practitioner and policy advisor with roles at Sydney City Council and holding the position of Partner at Gadens Lawyers (1988 - 1995, Dunhill Madden Butler (1995 – 1999) and PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal, where he was also was one of the founders and leaders of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Sustainability & Climate Change practice (1999 - 2010). His specialist law and policy expertise in the environmental includes litigation and advisory experience in commercial, residential and infrastructure (water, waste management, renewable energy) project development, resource planning and acquisition, program roll out of energy conservation projects, biodiversity and water market policy and trading market development, as well as environmental protection. His focuses on the strategic delivery of 6 workstreams (Circular Economy, Cities and Mobility, Energy & Climate, Food, Nature and Water, People, and Redefining Value) for over 70 private, philanthropic, public and academic members at the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (known prior to 2018 as Sustainable Business Australia) as network partner with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Australian focal point of the We Mean Business Coalition and the Business for Nature Coalition. He holds a Non – Executive Director role at the Banksia Foundation (2013 – current) and is on Board of Advice at the University of Sydney Business School (2016 – current). His current Government appointments include as a member of the National Advisory Industry Reference Group to the Australian Government’s National Waste Review, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (2018 – current) and representation on the Sustainability Industry Reference Committee of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (2018 – current), and appointment to the Australian Business and Biodiversity Initiative (2014 – current). He was also member of the 2017 – 2018 co-design group that provided guidance on the delivery of the Australian Government’s Environmental Partnerships Initiative. In 2020 he was appointed by the Victorian Government to the Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre Expert Advisory Group, and in 2021 the Victorian Government appointed him to the Clean Economy Skills and Jobs Taskforce.
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Ashleigh Gay
Head of Sustainability Leadership & Communications

Edge Environment
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Ashleigh Gay
Head of Sustainability Leadership & Communications

Edge Environment

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  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments and Networking
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
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    Andrew Petersen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 9:30 am
    Ministerial Address
  • 9:40 am
    Opening Keynote Interview

    The view from the boardroom: transforming plastics, packaging and waste for a sustainable future

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    Sandra Martinez
    Chief Executive Officer

    Nestle Australia and New Zealand
  • 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.

    speaker
    Chris Foley
    Head of Energy and Environment

    Kmart Group
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    Phoebe Dowling
    Head of Sustainability

    Simplot Australia Pty. Ltd.
    speaker
    Ben Heraghty
    Group Strategy, M&A, Transformation & Sustainability

    Boral
  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote
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    Simon Lowden
    Chief Transformation Officer

    The Arnott's Group
  • 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.

    speaker
    Jill Riseley
    Chief Executive Officer

    Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group
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    Eloise Bishop
    Head of Sustainability

    Country Road Group
    speaker
    Penny Rafferty
    Head Of Sustainability

    Tourism Australia
    speaker
    Amanda Visser
    Group Head of Sustainability

    The Star Entertainment Group
  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote
    speaker
    Cate Harris
    Group Head of Sustainability

    Lendlease
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    International Keynote Interview
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    Anirban Ghosh
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Mahindra Group (IN)
  • 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.

    speaker
    Richard Smith
    Director of Sustainability

    Amcor
    speaker
    Susan Mizrahi
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Australia Post
    speaker
    Lee Stewart
    Head of Corporate Sustainability

    Fonterra
  • 3:05 pm
    Global Keynote Interview
    speaker
    Sheila Aggarwal-Khan
    Director, Economy Division

    United Nations Environment Programme (KE)
  • 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.

    speaker
    Carlos Machado
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Western Health
    speaker
    Anne Ascharsobi
    Director, Social and Environmental Impact

    Xero
    speaker
    Lachlan Feggans
    Director of Sustainability

    Brambles
  • 4:50 pm
    International Keynote

    After COP26: A scenario for net-zero emissions by 2050 for Australia

    speaker
    David Hone
    Chief Climate Change Advisor

    Shell (UK)
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Andrew Petersen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 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
    speaker
    Andrew Petersen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 9:35 am
    Opening Keynote
    speaker
    Andrew Parker
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Qantas
  • 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.

    speaker
    Tim Rodsted
    Head of Sustainability

    BlueScope
    speaker
    Paolo Bevilacqua
    General Manager, Real Utilities

    Frasers Property Australia
    speaker
    Natalie Kidd
    Chief People and Purpose Officer

    Intrepid Travel
  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote Interview

    Creating Sustainable Supply Chains 

    speaker
    Kylie Freeland
    Director of Supply Chain, Sustainability and Equipment – ANZ

    McDonald’s Australia Limited
  • 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.

    speaker
    Sally Townsend
    Head of Sustainability

    Blackmores
    speaker
    Adam Blight
    Sustainability & Business Stewardship Lead (Asia Pacific)

    Bayer
    speaker
    Richard Cook
    National Sustainability Manager

    CBRE Asia Pacific
    speaker
    Helen Maisano
    Director, Group Sustainability

    Optus
  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote
    speaker
    Alex Holt
    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Woolworths
  • 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.

    speaker
    Lachlan Pfeiffer
    Chief Business Development and Sustainability Officer

    Viva Energy Australia
    speaker
    Meredith Banks
    Head of Sustainability

    Vicinity Centres
    speaker
    Fiona Murfitt
    Vice President – Sustainability

    Evolution Mining
  • 3:00 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
    speaker
    Tom Penny
    Head of Environment

    Telstra
  • 3:25 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    speaker
    Andrew Petersen
    Chief Executive Officer

    Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Day Two and Summit
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SPONSORS

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Platinum Sponsor | www.geotab.com.au
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Gold Sponsor | edgeenvironment.com
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Destination Partner | www.melbournecb.com.au
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Destination Partner | www.visitmelbourne.com
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Associate Sponsor | www.banksiafdn.com
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Associate Sponsor | talentnation.com.au
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Associate Sponsor | www.bcsda.org.au
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Associate Sponsor | apco.org.au
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Geotab is advancing security, connecting commercial vehicles to the cloud and providing data-driven analytics to help customers better manage their fleets. Processing billions of data points daily, Geotab helps businesses improve and optimise fleet productivity, enhance safety and achieve stronger compliance. To learn more, please visit www.geotab.com/au.

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Edge is a leading full-spectrum sustainability consultancy. We combine science, strategy and storytelling in a way that gives our clients the confidence to take ambitious action. Our mission is to create a world where unsustainable is unthinkable.

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Come and meet in Melbourne, Australia’s knowledge capital. A city of great minds and a place where the world’s brightest thinkers gather to inspire, innovate and deliver real change. Let Melbourne Convention Bureau help you deliver an outstanding business event and powerful event legacy.

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Set on the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay is Melbourne; the city where creativity and innovation come together to deliver great events, exciting places to explore and cutting-edge advancements that are globally acclaimed.

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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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Carbon Neutral and BCorp certified, Talent Nation is Australia’s leading sustainability and environmental executive search and recruitment specialist.
Having been at the forefront of sustainability recruitment since 2012, Talent Nation brings the experience, sector knowledge and deep industry contacts that enables us to accelerate impact by placing the right person in the right role, every time.

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The Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia (BCSD Australia) is the national peak body representing forward-thinking companies and organisations that are working towards the transition to a sustainable Australia. Our mission is to accelerate this transition by making sustainable business more successful.

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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.

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  • Tel: 0400 998 248
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Venue/Accommodation Details

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RACV Club Melbourne

Level 17, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000

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Call the RACV Club on (03) 9944 8888 and reference BBID#984527 for a discounted rate on accommodation.

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
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 [email protected] to register.

COVID ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our priority.

Please do not attend a venue for any Connect Media event if you:

    • Are feeling unwell or displaying any symptoms of COVID-19
    • Have been requested to self-isolate or quarantine in the past 2 weeks
    • Are awaiting COVID-19 test results

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.
  • 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.
  • All delegates are required to sign-in at controlled venue entrances. The Connect Media team will request proof of venue sign-in, as well as proof of vaccination, before allowing delegates to proceed into the event setting.
  • Connect Media will be following and enforcing any government or venue direction in relation to mask wearing and social distancing requirements.

Connect Media reserves the right to deny entry to any person who is unwilling or unable to comply with the above terms.

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We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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