1-2 March 2023
Melbourne
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TRANSFORMING BUSINESS FOR THE BETTER

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

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

Over two days of case-based exploration and international vision, more than 300 of the nation’s leading corporate sustainability executives will explore the macro and micro issues shaping the sustainability journey with a collective purpose: to transform business for the better.

Why Attend

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

Gain Access

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

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Daniella Foster
 Global VP & Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health

 Bayer (USA) 
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Daniella Foster
 Global VP & Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health

 Bayer (USA) 
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Professor Steve Evans
 Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability

University of Cambridge (UK) 
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Professor Steve Evans
 Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability

University of Cambridge (UK) 
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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) 
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Andreas Ahrens
 Head of Climate

IKEA Group (SE) 
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Andreas Ahrens
 Head of Climate

IKEA Group (SE) 
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
 Director, Environment and Development Division

United Nations (TH)
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Dr Stefanos Fotiou
 Director, Environment and Development Division

United Nations (TH)
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Kevin Rabinovitch
 Global Vice President, Sustainability

 Mars (USA)
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Kevin Rabinovitch
 Global Vice President, Sustainability

 Mars (USA)
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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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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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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 5,000 people, with nine factories and 26 retail boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

With a passion for collaboration as key to sustainability, Ms Martinez has led Nestlé Oceania as it has begun its transition to net zero emissions, and leading on broader initiatives to reshape approaches to managing packaging and turn waste into a resource.

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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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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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.

At a Glance

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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SPONSORS

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Event Partner | ey.com
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Diamond Sponsor | thoughtworks.com
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Platinum Sponsor | geotab.com.au
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Platinum Sponsor | resourceco.com.au
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Official Offset Partner | tem.com.au
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Gold Sponsor | edgeenvironment.com
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Destination Partner | melbournecb.com.au
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Destination Partner | visitmelbourne.com
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Associate Sponsor | banksiafdn.com
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Associate Sponsor | talentnation.com.au
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Associate Sponsor | bcsda.org.au
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Associate Sponsor | apco.org.au
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EY teams help to support organisations understand and respond to the risks and opportunities associated with sustainability and ESG.  Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.

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“Thoughtworks is a global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and engineering to drive digital innovation. We are 10,000+ people strong across 48 offices in 17 countries. Over the last 25+ years, we’ve delivered extraordinary impact together with our clients by helping them solve complex business problems with technology as the differentiator. Striving for positive social change is at the core of our purpose and culture, and we help amplify the work of our partners at the forefront of social movements. In 2021, Thoughtworks co-founded The Green Software, to help reduce carbon emissions from the use of software by creating a trusted ecosystem of people, tools and practices for building green software.”

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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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ResourceCo is a global leader in waste recycling, extracting maximum value from materials otherwise destined for landfill. A pioneer in delivering carbon abatement, we work with organisations to progress the circular economy and preserve natural resources for a sustainable future. With over 30 years of experience and 60 million tonnes of materials repurposed, we are leading the sustainability transformation.

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TEM is Asia Pacific’s largest and most trusted carbon offset provider. We empower business to achieve carbon neutrality and deliver extraordinary impact by supporting verified, life-changing carbon offset projects worldwide.

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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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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 02/12/2022)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 03/12/2022)
$1,395 + GST
$4,185 + GST

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