16 & 17 March 2021
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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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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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2021 Speakers

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Daniella Foster
Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer (USA)
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Daniella Foster
Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer (USA)
Daniella Foster is the Global Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability for Bayer’s Consumer Health Division. In this role, she is responsible for embedding sustainability into the fabric of the divisional business model, including strategy and ambition development, implementation and impact stewardship. This work focuses on empowering the transformation of everyday health for 100 million people in underserved communities around the world by 2030 through health literacy programs, access strategies and planet-friendly packaging. A policy innovator and social entrepreneur, she has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the government, business and non-profit sectors. Foster has worked across sectors leading initiatives to develop new brands and categories, grow small businesses, connect entrepreneurs to global supply chains, develop youth job skills and accelerate innovation. Previously, Foster was the Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility at Hilton, where she created and implemented programs that positioned Hilton as the industry leader in sustainable travel and tourism, launching its 2030 Goals agenda and securing the top ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index among hospitality companies. Foster previously led global Corporate Affairs and Science Communications for the innovation hub of Mars, Incorporated. She also earned valuable public-sector experience at the U.S. Department of State, where she held roles of increasing responsibility and scope, and owned the Department’s partnerships and social innovation agenda. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship and serves as the Chairwoman of the Emergent Leaders Network, a non-profit she co-founded that provides scholarships and mentoring to community college students. Foster is a board member of the United Nations Global Compact Network USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and serves as a Commissioner for the Global Business Coalition Education’s Youth Skills and Innovation Commission. She holds an M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Intercultural Communications and Business from Pepperdine University.
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Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University (UK)
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Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University (UK)
Professor Steve Evans joined academia in 1988 after 12 years in various industries. He has led the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability bring together Cambridge, Cranfield, Loughborough & Imperial College. He has led over £40m in grant research including the UKs 1st grant studying how multi-disciplinary teams innovate, and the 1st grant in  sustainable business models and what we now call Circular Economy (in 1995). Steve is Director of the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the University of Cambridge, and leads research across many aspects of the transformation toward a sustainable industrial system, he is also a visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art. Steve has founded various cleantech start-ups. He has been Special Adviser to the House of Lords, as well as holding many policy informing roles in the UK and globally. In 2019, Steve was recognised by his peers for academic excellence by his election as Member of Academia Europaea. Steve is particularly proud of his students who include two current female PVCs and the UKs first female Head of a Business School. He is a father of two and a black belt at judo.
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Vanessa Wright
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Pernod Ricard (FR)
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Vanessa Wright
Vice President, Global Sustainability, Pernod Ricard (FR)
Appointed to Pernod Ricard HQ in August 2017, Vanessa is responsible for the creation and global implementation of the Group’s new 2030 ‘Good Times from a Good Place’ Sustainability strategy Before joining the HQ, she held the position of Global Communications Director for Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët and prior to this, she spent 17 years in a number of Communications roles in the UK for Pernod Ricard, including Global Communications Director for Chivas Brothers, the Scotch Whisky and Gin business. During her career, she has also worked for a number of luxury and food & drink consultancies and spent 5 years as a Senior Press Officer for The National Farmers Union. Vanessa has been awarded The Cambridge Institute Business Sustainability Management Certification. She is a Master of the Keepers of the Quaich, a Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Distillers and is a past Chairman of The Benevolent, the industry charity. She is an experienced scuba diver and has a passion for protection of the sea and environment.
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Andreas Ahrens
Head of Climate, Inter IKEA Group (SE)
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Andreas Ahrens
Head of Climate, Inter IKEA Group (SE)
Andreas Ahrens, MSc in Engineering, leads the climate agenda for Inter IKEA Group (the IKEA franchisor) and the full IKEA value-chain – from raw material extraction to product end-of-life. He is the main spokesperson for climate – internally and externally – for the total climate agenda at IKEA. He also leads the connected strategic initiative to secure that IKEA develop the organisation to meet the set strategic commitments and targets to become climate positive by 2030 by reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than the IKEA value chain emits, while growing the IKEA business. He has previously worked extensively with sustainability integration into both product development and supply chain management, with special focus on climate and circular economy.
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
Director, Environment & Development Division, United Nations (TH)
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
Director, Environment & Development Division, United Nations (TH)
Dr. Stefanos Fotiou is the Director of the Environment and Development Division in the United Nations ESCAP. Stefanos is responsible for the planning and implementation of the UN ESCAP work on natural resources management, climate change, sustainable urban development, green economy as well as for the overall coordination of the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Highlights of his work in his current post include successfully leading intergovernmental negotiations resulting in specific normative outcomes, establishing new initiatives on technical cooperation and capacity development as well as ideating and steering analytical work in the substantive areas of his responsibility. Prior to this he worked for 10 years in the UN Environment Programme in various roles in the Economy Division and in the Asia-Pacific office. Before joining the UN, he had worked for the private sector and academia on issues of regional sustainable development. Throughout his career, Stefanos has taken leading roles in international fora, has conceptualised and led the development of regional and national strategies on environment and sustainable development and his work has been published and referenced. He holds a PhD in Natural Resource Economics, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a Master of Science in Forestry and Natural Environment.
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Kevin Rabinovitch
Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer, Mars (USA)
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Kevin Rabinovitch
Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer, Mars (USA)
Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer for Mars, Incorporated. In his role his team leads the corporate strategy for the Healthy Planet portion of Mars’ Sustainable in A Generation Plan. This covers not just their carbon, water and land targets but associated policies and external engagement with expert stakeholders. This includes directly managing a global portfolio of renewable energy projects. His team leads the assessment of environmental impact for Mars’ entire value chain and the translation of external environmental science into policy and strategy for the business. Externally, among other roles, Kevin helps lead the CGF Forest Positive Coalition of Action, the High Value Ecosystem pillar of OP2B and frequently speaks externally on behalf of Mars’ sustainability program. He has been with Mars for 27 years, 14 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe specializing in technology development, scale up and intellectual property.
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Amanda Banfield
Chief Executive Officer, Nando's Australia & New Zealand
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Amanda Banfield
Chief Executive Officer, Nando's Australia & New Zealand
Amanda has over 30 years experience in the food industry. She’s passionate about growing people, brands and business, and believes that businesses have a vital leadership role to play in showing how this can be achieved sustainably and equitably. Since joining Nando’s as CEO in July 2020, Amanda has been working with the team to accelerate and advance Nando’s sustainability agenda, committing to halve the impact of a Nando’s meal by 2030. In her previous role as President Mondelez Australia, New Zealand & Japan she championed sustainability, including recently signing a renewable electricity PPA with the City of Melbourne, reducing emissions from the Australian manufacturing of Cadbury chocolate, The Natural Confectionery Company and Pascall lollies by 83% and shrinking Mondelez’ carbon footprint by 40,000 tonnes per year. As Deputy Chair of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, Amanda has also focused on reducing the industry’s impact particularly relating to packaging.
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Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability, Qantas Airways
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Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability, Qantas Airways
Andrew manages the Group’s government, industry, public policy, regulatory, international affairs and sustainability worldwide. Andrew is a board member of the peak advocacy group for airlines in the region – Airlines for Australia New Zealand (A4ANZ) – and is also a board member of IATA’s industry committee and an Advisory Board Member of the Tourism & Transport Forum. Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai. Andrew was previously the founder and Managing Director of a large public affairs firm that was acquired by the Ogilvy Group in 2001. He has also been a press secretary and senior political adviser to various Australian political leaders and Ministers and worked as a journalist in newspapers and television in Australia, the US and UK. He is Chairman of the NSW Australia Day Council.
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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 some 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 has particular expertise in business human rights obligations, sustainable supply chains, forced and child labour, and the China-Tibet issue. She is skilled in strategy, communications, public policy and advocacy, and is actively committed to advancing the UN Global Compact principles and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Susan is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Australia Post and acts as Chair of the London Benchmarking Group. She is also a member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights Leadership Group and GCNA’s Modern Slavery Community of Practice.
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David Benattar
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Warehouse Group (NZ)
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David Benattar
Chief Sustainability Officer, The Warehouse Group (NZ)
David was appointed to the role of Chief Experience Officer in 2016 and most recently the newly created role of Chief Sustainability Officer in 2018 for The Warehouse Group. He comes from an international background of developing innovative marketing solutions for global brands and retailers such as Sears, Kmart, Sephora, L’Oréal and The Estée Lauder Companies. Prior to joining The Warehouse Group, David was CEO of Hyperbolic – a New York based digital agency and innovation lab. There he led strategy and creative developments for global brands and technology start-ups. David is passionate about corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, with expertise spanning both corporate and non-profit organisations. He is an advisory board member of the New Zealand Sustainable Board Council. In his role at The Warehouse Group, David oversees the transformation the Group’s engagement methods to deliver on the TWG vision of building a sustainable and flourishing New Zealand.
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Troy Powell
Head of Sustainability, Orica
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Troy Powell
Head of Sustainability, Orica
Troy Powell was appointed to his current role of Head of Sustainability at Orica in February 2019. He joined after six years with Telstra, and has compiled over 20 years’ experience across industry and consulting reinforcing a career as a customer-centric, entrepreneurial and high achieving sustainability leader. He creates competitive advantage by capturing the value between sustainability and business strategies to achieve cost savings, improved culture, enhanced brand and reputation, product differentiation and customer outcomes. He truly believes in the potential for digital solutions to enable positive social and environmental impact, and is currently a student mentor with The Smith Family and serves on the Green Building Council of Australia Expert Reference Panel for Climate Resilience.
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Sarah Clarke
Group General Manager, Sustainability & Reputation, Mirvac
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Sarah Clarke
Group General Manager, Sustainability & Reputation, Mirvac
Sarah leads the Mirvac sustainability strategy, This Changes Everything, and is the Deputy Chair of government agencies, Cladding Safety Victoria and Sustainability Victoria. She has deep public affairs and sustainability experience across multiple sectors and industries, including property, oil and gas, public transport, and social policy. Sarah received a Master of Arts (Professional & Applied Ethics) from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate of the McKinsey Executive Leadership program, the Prince of Wales Business & Sustainability Leadership program from the University of Cambridge, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons, English) from James Cook University.
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Siobhan Leach
Group Sustainability Officer, Ramsay Health Care
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Siobhan Leach
Group Sustainability Officer, Ramsay Health Care
Siobhan Leach joined global health care provider, Ramsay Health Care, in 2020 as the Group Sustainability Officer. Working with the global sustainability leads, Siobhan’s role is to deliver the Ramsay Cares sustainability strategy across three sustainability pillars of: caring for our people, caring for our planet and caring for our community. Siobhan has worked in sustainability and environmental management for over 20 years and has a wide range of experience in sustainability strategy, reporting and governance. Siobhan is excited to be working in the health care sector at this challenging time helping to deliver stronger communities, healthier people and a thriving planet.
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Sue Panuccio
National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care
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Sue Panuccio
National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care
Sue Panuccio is the National Environment Manager for Ramsay Health Care Australia. This role supports 72 hospitals and health care facilities across Australia. During her short time in this role, she initiated the establishment of an Environmental Sustainability Fund enabling individual facilities to seek funding for and to progress sustainable projects. She was also the instigator of a national initiative to ban a range of single use plastics items and converting to more sustainable options. This is estimated to include over 24 million items per year, Sue has over 20 years experience in senior roles in organisation management, and her varied roles including hospital CEO and key roles in Corporate and Community Services, Corporate Social Responsibility and Project Management provide her with a unique perspective and adaptability. Her passion for sustainability and the environment is also evident in the eco-accommodation retreat she co-owns and manages. The retreat was one of the first such sites in Queensland to achieve globally recognised advanced eco certification. She has created a gazetted private nature refuge on her property and is part of the Koala Conservation and Land for Wildlife programs. She spends much of her spare time exploring incredible natural places in Australia and overseas.
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Andrew Petersen
CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
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Andrew Petersen
CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
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Claire Ferres-Miles
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria
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Claire Ferres-Miles
Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria
Claire was appointed CEO Sustainability Victoria in November 2019 and was previously City of Melbourne’s Director City Strategy and Place. Claire is an optimistic leader driven by curiosity and purpose. She was appointed as Chair of Place Leaders Asia Pacific in December 2020, and has held executive roles in Transport for London, Victorian Government, Local Government, and in the private sector. Claire is highly regarded for her collaborative leadership, authentic community engagement and innovative partnerships, and has been recognised as an IPAA Victorian Fellow (2019) and a ‘Top 50 Woman in the Victorian Public Sector’ (2017). Claire is passionate about leading teams to achieve public value, positive impact and deliver tangible outcomes for our community, with significant achievements in affordable housing, sustainability, transport and planning - to ensure our future is one of social, economic and environmental prosperity. She has a Master of Transport, a Master of Traffic, a Bachelor of Planning & Design with majors in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and IPAA Integrity.
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Fiona Lawrie
Sustainability & Aboriginal Affairs Manager, Wesfarmers
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Fiona Lawrie
Sustainability & Aboriginal Affairs Manager, Wesfarmers
Fiona Lawrie is the Sustainability and Indigenous Affairs Manager with Wesfarmers. Fiona has a thorough understanding of the complex environmental and social risks facing large corporations and has experience managing these issues across complex supply chains. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in international relations from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Environmental Management and Corporate Sustainability from Monash University. Fiona speaks Mandarin fluently having completed her Chinese studies at Liaoning University, Shenyang, and the Political University of Taiwan. From 2013-2015 Fiona was the Executive Director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, the preeminent track two dialogue for emerging Australian and Chinese leaders. Fiona was a delegate on the first and second Australia-China High Level Dialogue co-chaired by the Hon Peter Costello and frequently speaks on the topic of Sino-Australian relations. Prior to joining Wesfarmers Fiona worked on water projects in China for a number of years, and held commercial roles with ANZ. In 2013 Fiona was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and has spoken at several World Economic Forum meetings on the topic of sustainability.
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Janette O’Neill
Group Head of Sustainability, QBE Insurance
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Janette O’Neill
Group Head of Sustainability, QBE Insurance
Janette joined QBE in 2017 to establish and lead their global sustainability function. Her career started in strategy consulting and she has worked in several countries as a consultant and in senior leader roles related to strategy, sustainability, transformation and HR. She has worked for global companies including Andersen Consulting, PwC and NAB. Janette is currently on the Prince of Wales Accounting4Sustainability expert panel and the Arise Leadership Circle. She is a non-executive director of the PwC Foundation and a board member of the UNEP Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI).
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Jaana Quaintance-James
Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Fashion Group
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Jaana Quaintance-James
Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Fashion Group
Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Fashion Group, parent company of the ICONIC and three other internet retailers globally. A member of the global executive team Jaana is responsible for integrating sustainability into all elements of the business’ operations across 17 countries and execution of the global sustainability strategy. Drawing on 15 years’ experience in multi-category retail, prior to being promoted to GFG, Jaana led THE ICONIC’s sustainability agenda and was responsible for delivery of THE ICONIC Considered, a ground-breaking way for customers to shop by their sustainability values, and the #whomademyclothes documentary for Fashion Revolution 2019. In her role she draws on developing and implementing change programs that deliver sustainability and ethical sourcing objectives. She has strong expertise in internal and external stakeholder engagement and a comprehensive knowledge of both the issues on the ground and how to drive forward long-lasting change. Jaana has a Master of Arts in Organisations and Social Change from the City University of London specialising in Corporate Social Responsibility and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Social Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
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Eloise Bishop
Head of Sustainability, Country Road Group & David Jones
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Eloise Bishop
Head of Sustainability, Country Road Group & David Jones
As Head of Sustainability for David Jones and Country Road Group, Eloise leads the retailers’ Good Business Journey sustainability strategy. This program embeds sustainability into every aspect of the David Jones and Country Road Group brands, including their work with suppliers, partners and customers across eight key areas: ethical trade, sustainable farming and sourcing of raw materials, energy efficiency, waste reduction, water stewardship, social development, health and wellness, and people and transformation. Eloise and her team work with suppliers to maintain high ethical and social standards in the supply chain and to ensure the use of responsibly sourced fabrics.
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Riccardo Rizzi
Director Sustainability IFM, Energy &Sustainability Services, Australia Jones Lang LaSalle
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Riccardo Rizzi
Director Sustainability IFM, Energy &Sustainability Services, Australia Jones Lang LaSalle
Riccardo is the Head of Energy and Sustainability Australia for JLL. He leads a team of 30 people who deliver environmental reporting and compliance, energy efficiency projects and environmental certification for a large cross-section of Australian corporations and government. Riccardo has 25 years’ experience in environmental management, with the last 14 years in property. Earlier roles have been with the Australian Commonwealth government, Melbourne airport, environmental consultancies and industry. He has extensive experience in environmental reporting, waste management, leasing negotiations, environmental compliance, environmental policy and remediation. Riccardo leads high-performing teams that consistently deliver an exceptional environmental service for clients. He does this by understanding his clients’ particular needs and operational constraints.
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David Inall
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dairy Farmers
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David Inall
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dairy Farmers
David Inall has 25 years of experience in leadership roles in Australian and International agricultural peak bodies. Starting as a policy manager with the NSW Dairy Farmers Association, he spent 6 years learning the policy and advocacy trade during a period of industry deregulation. David has also held the position of Chief Executive Officer with the Cattle Council of Australia (Canberra), and Livestock Export Manager (Asia & Australia) for Meat & Livestock Australia/Livecorp (Sydney). His career experience has given him insight to state-based, national and international organisations, working on both the lobbying and levy-collecting sides. With demonstrated leadership, policy management and advocacy at the most senior level, David has experience working with highly complex issues and is capable of balancing distinctly different needs. Results-focused, and highly collaborative, he has a proven record in multi-stakeholder engagement including working with and for a Board. David also has extensive experience working with members, the broader industry and government on strategic policy matters, including animal welfare and sustainability as well as issues related to the federal political strategy. With a passion for agriculture, David believes his strong industry links and love of livestock will assist in supporting the dairy industry to seize upon future opportunities. David has a Bachelor in agricultural science from the University of Western Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Kiera Flynn
Sustainability Manager, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand
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Kiera Flynn
Sustainability Manager, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand
Kiera Flynn is a corporate affairs professional, providing strategic planning and leading L’Oréal’s sustainability agenda, L’Oréal for the Future, an overarching campaign to advance sustainable practices across all aspects of the business, for the Australian market. Kiera will work with the business to transform internal processes, develop strategic projects and partnerships to ensure L’Oréal Australia’s contribution to the L’Oréal Group’s global sustainability commitments. L’Oréal’s new commitments will not just focus on their direct impact. They will also tackle their indirect, extended impact, related for example to the activity of suppliers and the use of products by consumers. L’Oréal will also demonstrate that companies can be part of the solution to some of today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges, contributing to change outside of their business model. With a progressive mindset and a strong interest in current affairs and public policy, Kiera’s work is centred around fostering relationships with internal and external partners to deliver outstanding business results that go beyond economic performance.
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Ryan Swenson
Head of Sustainable Development, Officeworks
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Ryan Swenson
Head of Sustainable Development, Officeworks
Ryan is the Head of Sustainable Development at Officeworks, helping shape the company’s long term sustainability and responsible sourcing strategy, whilst supporting the business to achieve their short term objectives. Ryan’s role includes leading Officeworks’ approach to upholding and respecting human rights across their global goods and services supply chain, and their response to environmental issues such as climate change, the transition to a circular economy and more sustainable purchasing. Prior to this, Ryan was a Buying Manager for Global & Responsible Sourcing, with a background in buying across various retail sectors. Ryan’s approach to solving complex social and environmental issues is to establish progressive partnerships, work collaboratively and think creatively. Being part of the solution is what motivates him each day. Ryan holds an MBA in Strategic Carbon Management, from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Business from Monash University.
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Kate Forbes
Director, Innovation, Aesop
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Kate Forbes
Director, Innovation, Aesop
Kate is currently the Director of Innovation at Aesop. She has been with Aesop for more than 20 years working across various R&D, product, marketing and sustainability leadership roles. She is passionate about embedding sustainability at the core of product and packaging design and transitioning to a circular economy. In 2020 Aesop become a Certified B-Corporation, committed to Net Zero Emissions by 2030 and released their 2030 “Commitment to Life” Sustainability framework as part of the Natura & co group. Kate is a non-executive director of the Aesop Foundation Board and holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne.
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Ruby Diaz
Manager Environmental Sustainability, Linfox
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Ruby Diaz
Manager Environmental Sustainability, Linfox
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Jane Rotsey
General Manager, Safety, Sustainability & Environment, Sydney Airport
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Jane Rotsey
General Manager, Safety, Sustainability & Environment, Sydney Airport
Jane is responsible for Safety, Sustainability and Environment for Sydney Airport. She works collaboratively with on airport business partners to drive performance, ensure continual improvement, and meet or exceed legislative and regulatory requirements. Maintaining a priority focus on these areas is key to satisfying customer, community, government and investor expectations. Prior to this role at Sydney Airport, Jane was Strategic Advisor, External Affairs focused on board and CEO directed strategic initiatives and major projects including Master Plan 2033, Master Plan 2039 and the Western Sydney Airport Right of First Refusal. Before joining Sydney Airport Jane worked in the field of strategic communications and issues management across the business, finance, government and community sectors.
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Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate & External Relations, Nestlé
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Margaret Stuart
Head of Corporate & External Relations, Nestlé
Margaret heads Corporate and External Relations at Nestlé Oceania, where she is responsible for communications and public affairs across the region. In this role, Margaret manages issues shaping Nestlé’s operating environment in areas as diverse as nutrition, human rights, environmental sustainability, water and rural development, working across a portfolio of iconic food and beverage brands. She has a broad corporate affairs background, particularly in the healthcare, food and agribusiness sectors, including senior leadership roles in Novartis, Syngenta and Schering-Plough. Recently, Margaret has also served on key advisory groups in areas such as human rights and packaging.
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Jeremy Goodman
Director, Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
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Jeremy Goodman
Director, Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
Jeremy is an agile Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing leader with over 15 years experience looking after wide portfolio's of both direct & indirect spend, with focus on maximizing value & partnerships, and a passion for relationships, innovation, brand, product development and technology.
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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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Lynette Ryan
Head of Sustainability, SunRice
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Lynette Ryan
Head of Sustainability, SunRice
A sustainability professional who knows that the corporate sector can and must play a role in creating a sustainable future. Lynette has a passion to see business facilitate a change for good, working with key stakeholders to develop and implement sustainability strategies, delivering financial and social returns and bring about positive systemic change. As Head of Sustainability at SunRice, Lynette’s background and passion come together with sustainability at the core of SunRice corporate strategy. A global food business and one of Australia’s leading branded food exporters, the SunRice Group operates in 9 countries, producing and marketing over 30 major brands in around 50 countries. Lynette leads the Sustainability Agenda for the Group, focused on ensuring the reliability and sustainability of the Group’s supply chain in an increasingly complex environment. SunRice’s inaugural Modern Slavery Statement can be found at https://www.sunrice.com.au/our-modern-slavery-statement/ and 2020 Sustainability Snapshot can be found at www.sunrice.com.au/sustainability/
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Helen Millicer
Manager ANZPAC Plastic​s Pact, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
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Helen Millicer
Manager ANZPAC Plastic​s Pact, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Helen Millicer, Churchill Fellow, Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, is leading APCO’s work on plastic packaging as Manager of the ANZPAC Plastics Pact (ANZPAC). APCO is a co-regulatory organisation overseeing the delivery of the 2025 National Packaging Targets and leading the transition to a circular economy for packaging in Australia. Part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's global Plastics Pact network, ANZPAC is a collaborative solution that brings together key players behind a shared vision of a circular economy for plastic, where plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Prior to starting at APCO Helen worked as the industry expert within the Victorian Government contributing to its Circular Economy action Plan, kerbside reform, and the plastic bag ban. Helen has consulted to companies and governments around Australia on sustainability, energy, carbon, and recycling and held national sustainability roles in industry associations. In 2018 she completed a Churchill Fellowship travelling to Europe and SE Asia delving into circular economy with a focus on plastics. Helen has qualifications in business management, carbon accounting and humanities. She has won several awards and recent director roles included national President of Renew and Board Advisor to Replas Plastics.
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Ashleigh Gay
Head of Sustainability Leadership, Edge Environment
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Ashleigh Gay
Head of Sustainability Leadership, Edge Environment
With over ten years experience in sustainability strategy, reporting and communications, Ashleigh has recently moved back to Australia to help organisations define their sustainability ambitions and bring them to life, to create the next wave of sustainability leaders. Ash brings her experience working with some of the world’s most ambitious sustainability teams across the UK, Europe and the US including LEGO, Google, BP, VF Corporation, Mondi, Lloyds Banking Group, Maersk, Morrisons and many more. She specialises in bringing together sustainability, marketing and investor relations teams to unlock underlying challenges and co-creating solutions to that drive sustainable change, faster. Prior to consulting, Ash worked for a leading building products supplier, was on the board of Responsiblesteel and guest lectured at UNSW. Ashleigh is a published author and has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Built Environments.
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Rick Lambell
Head of Sustainable Development, Kmart Group
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Rick Lambell
Head of Sustainable Development, Kmart Group
Rick is a sustainable development specialist with over 15 years’ experience in research, teaching, management consulting and corporate sustainability roles. He currently leads the development and implementation of Kmart Group's sustainable development program (Kmart, Target and Catch - part of Wesfarmers Group), with a focus on policy, strategy, partnership development and program management in relation to human rights (living wage, modern slavery, women's empowerment), environment (materials, waste, water and chemicals) and circular economy. He is passionate about the role that inclusive and responsible businesses can play in achieving poverty alleviation and sustainable development goals.
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David Coleman
Country Representative, TK’Blue Agency
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David Coleman
Country Representative, TK’Blue Agency
David represents the European TK’Blue Agency in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, bringing retailers and manufacturers world-leading tools and methods to decarbonise their freight transport. Starting his logistics career at BHP and later servicing the resources, industrial, food, fuel and FMCG sectors in all transport modes, and with qualifications in environmental law, for the past five years David has helped transport operators generate Australian carbon credits from the Emissions Reduction Fund for land and sea projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions. With strong understanding of how carbon and energy constraints impact complex global supply chains, and using TK’Blue’s digital solutions enabling companies to measure, report, benchmark, reduce and offset their environmental impacts, David is committed to making freight clean and healthy.

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

  • 08.30 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 08.55 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
    Claire Ferres-Miles
    Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria
  • 09.00 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 09.10 am
    Global Keynote

    Mars Inc: A New Perspective on Sustainability

    Kevin Rabinovitch
    Global VP Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer, Mars (USA)
    speaker
  • 09.35 am
    Outlook Session

    Business Imperatives: Defining Your Sustainability Agenda
    Climate’s primacy as a mainstream political and economic issue is challenging businesses to reconceive established operating models. This session sets the tone for the Summit, as we discuss the rising influence of sustainability practice over the corporate agenda. We will consider how corporations are navigating an increasingly hostile climate debate and uncover whether extreme ideas about sustainability are as popular in the real world as they are on Twitter.

    Riccardo Rizzi
    Director Sustainability IFM, Energy &Sustainability Services, Australia Jones Lang LaSalle
    Margaret Stuart
    Head of Corporate & External Relations, Nestlé
  • 10.25 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11.00 am
    Sponsor Keynote

    Ashleigh Gay
    Head of Sustainability Leadership, Edge Environment
    speaker
  • 11.15 am
    Leadership Session

    The Cost of Consumption: Aligning Sustainability and Business Objectives
    Is it possible to wholeheartedly pursue a sustainability agenda without cannibalizing your organisation’s profitability? This session addresses the seemingly contradictory responsibilities of fueling growth through consumption while committing to sustainable practice. We’ll hear how this dialogue plays out at the Board level, and see first-hand what courageous leadership looks like in sustainability.

    David Inall
    Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dairy Farmers
    Janette O’Neill
    Group Head of Sustainability, QBE Insurance
    Eloise Bishop
    Head of Sustainability, Country Road Group & David Jones
    David Coleman
    Country Representative, TK’Blue Agency
  • 12.05 pm
    National Keynote

    Sustainable flying post COVID: the Qantas plan

    Andrew Parker
    Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability, Qantas Airways
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  • 12.30 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 01.40 pm
    International Keynote

    Sustainability at the Core: Shaping a Collective Response to Climate Crisis

    David Benattar
    Chief Sustainability Officer, The Warehouse Group (NZ)
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  • 02.05 pm
    Stakeholder Engagement Session

    Towards Transparency: Forging a Credible Path to Progress
    Today’s business climate is embroiled by heightened transparency. From severe reputational damage to litigation emerging as a credible threat, climate-orientated financial disclosure has been cast into the light. In this session, we’ll hear from leading experts on how your organisation can measure and report on systematic climate risks, and ultimately develop and implement actionable business responses.

    Jane Rotsey
    General Manager, Safety, Sustainability & Environment, Sydney Airport
    Kiera Flynn
    Sustainability Manager, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand
    Fiona Lawrie
    Sustainability & Aboriginal Affairs Manager, Wesfarmers
  • 02.50 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 03.15 pm
    Industry Keynote

    Infusing Sustainability at the Business Core

    Susan Mizrahi
    Chief Sustainability Officer, Australia Post
    speaker
  • 03.40 pm
    Culture & Strategy Session

    Cultures Uncovered: Unleashing the Power of People
    To truly infuse sustainability at the heart of your organisation, employees must align with – and unite behind – a shared corporate vision. But how do you build sustainability as a genuine commitment, rather than a scripted response to market forces? In this session, we’ll discuss the psychology behind culture, unpack the tools and strategies that enable constructive dialogue, and hear what it takes to live and breathe sustainability as an anchor of corporate identity.

    Jaana Quaintance-James
    Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Fashion Group
    Ruby Diaz
    Manager Environmental Sustainability, Linfox
  • 04.30 pm
    Global Keynote

    Stepping Up Action on Sustainability

    Vanessa Wright
    Vice President, Global Sustainability, Pernod Ricard (FR)
    speaker
  • 04.55 pm
    Visionary Keynote

    Scaling Up Innovation for a Sustainable Future

    Professor Steve Evans
    Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University (UK)
    speaker
  • 05.15 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    Claire Ferres-Miles
    Chief Executive Officer, Sustainability Victoria
  • 05.20 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 05.30 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 06.30 pm
    Close of Day One

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

  • 08.40 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 09.05 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
    Andrew Petersen
    CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 09.10 am
    Global Keynote Interview

    Planning Ahead: A New Lease on Sustainability

    Daniella Foster
    Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer (USA)
    speaker
  • 09.35 am
    Consumer Session

    Advocacy at Scale: Influencing the Social Agenda
    Sustainability is on the consumer mind. We are holding ourselves and the brands that represent us to higher levels of accountability. But creating a lasting impression on consumers and permanently shifting behaviour remains a considerable challenge. In this session, we will discuss the ways in which businesses are educating and influencing consumers to make more sustainable, ethical purchasing decisions.

    Sarah Clarke
    Group General Manager, Sustainability & Reputation, Mirvac
    Ryan Swenson
    Head of Sustainable Development, Officeworks
    Sally Townsend
    Head of Sustainability, Blackmores
  • 10.25 am
    National Keynote

    Growth vs. Impact: Gaining buy-in from the Board

    Amanda Banfield
    Chief Executive Officer, Nando's Australia & New Zealand
    speaker
  • 10.50 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11.30 am
    Partnership Session

    Allied for Advantage: A Collaborative Response to Shared Challenges
    Any individual organisation has only so much influence over the global carbon footprint. A collective response is required to elevate meaningful yet isolated impacts into outcomes of greater significance. In this session, we’ll observe that the sustainability journey is better not walked alone; uncovering how companies can effectively align behind shared suppliers and the end-consumer to reform business practices and deliver CSR initiatives of substantial value.

    Kate Forbes
    Director, Innovation, Aesop
    Helen Millicer
    Manager ANZPAC Plastic​s Pact, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
    Rick Lambell
    Head of Sustainable Development, Kmart Group
  • 12.20 pm
    Headline Keynote

    Thinking beyond Carbon Offsetting – How Business can Adapting to a long term approach to managing climate risk

    Dr Stefanos Fotiou
    Director, Environment & Development Division, United Nations (TH)
    speaker
  • 12.45 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 02.00 pm
    Supply Chain Session

    Carving New Pathways: Ushering in a New Era of Supply
    As the dimensions of sustainability shift, businesses are reexamining and reengineering their supply pathways to create long-term value while mitigating regulatory, operational and financial risks. The complexity of this task is not easily overstated. In this session, our panelists will candidly confront the reality of building supply chains for a sustainable future.

    Troy Powell
    Head of Sustainability, Orica
    Jeremy Goodman
    Director, Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
    Lynette Ryan
    Head of Sustainability, SunRice
  • 02.50 pm
    Joint Keynote

    Sustainability in Healthcare during a Pandemic

    Siobhan Leach
    Group Sustainability Officer, Ramsay Health Care
    Sue Panuccio
    National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care
  • 03.20 pm
    International Keynote

    Adapting to a Sustainable Future: Transforming Traditional Business Models

    Andreas Ahrens
    Head of Climate, Inter IKEA Group (SE)
    speaker
  • 03.45 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
    Andrew Petersen
    CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia
  • 04.00 pm
    Close of Summit
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SPONSORS

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Associate Sponsor | www.banksiafdn.com
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Associate Sponsor | www.bcsda.org.au
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Associate Sponsor | www.edgeenvironment.com
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Associate Sponsor | www.tkblueagency.com
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Associate Sponsor | www.apco.org.au
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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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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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Rating and Labelling Agency of Transport

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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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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Official Airline Partner

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Summit, being held on the 16 & 17 March.

Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partner’s special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal below. When booking, use the allocated code SLS20 to access these airfares.

Please note: Multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer. Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline.

With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Melbourne, Australia for the Sustainability Leaders Summit in 2021.

INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS

Reservations are to be made on an INDIVIDUAL basis. Event attendees are asked to:

  • Call the Reservations Department at the RACV City Club directly on (03) 9944 8888, option 1 then option 2 and quote the Group / Event reservation #9490974.
  • Provide a deposit of one night’s accommodation on credit card to be processed at time of booking. Any cancellations of room night bookings within 48 hours of arrival date will incur a cancellation fee of one night’s accommodation.
  • Full payment of accommodation and incidentals will be processed on check out.

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 29/01/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
$7,170 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 30/01/2021)
$1,495 + GST
$4,485 + GST
$8,970 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to sustainability executives, please email angelg@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.

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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