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How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability


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Tools, techniques and strategies for understanding, measuring and communicating impact. 19th-20th June 2018, London. This two-day conference will highlight the latest methods being applied by business to measure the impact of their sustainability programs. We’ll discuss and debate the pros and cons of the different tools and techniques available, whilst assessing what has really worked for companies in practice.

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How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability

  1. 1. Book now at or call +44 (0) 20 3780 7430 Speakersinclude: Howbusinesscanmeasure theimpact–andROI–of corporatesustainability Tools,techniquesandstrategiesforunderstanding,measuring andcommunicatingimpact 19th-20th June 2018 | London, Amnesty International UK This two-day conference will highlight the latest methods being applied by business to measure the impact of their sustainability programs. We’ll discuss and debate the pros and cons of the different tools and techniques available, whilst assessing what has really worked for companies in practice. By bringing together a range of stakeholders, we’ll also assess how this information can be best used to communicate the value of sustainability programs – both internally and externally. The emphasis will remain on understanding impacts to drive strategy, justify budgets and communicate work effectively. In this year’s annual management conference, Innovation Forum will address the key issues: Understandingimpact:How can business measure and communicate social and environmental impact effectively? ROIinaction:In-depth corporate case studies on how companies can attribute a clear and quantifiable return from sustainability programs Effectivecommunication:Companies often do great work. So how can companies talk about their genuinely positive impacts, without it looking like PR? We’ll have a number of practical working sessions to cover what you need to know in your day-to-day role, including: Enhancingthebusinesscase:How to ensure sustainability is firmly placed on boardroom agendas Theinvestorperspective:What do they want to hear about company performance and how do they want to hear it? Datathatdrivesdecisions:How the right data systems and frameworks can drive innovation and strategy within sustainability departments And we’ll also cover the emerging areas to be aware of, such as: SDGs:How are these all-encompassing goals actually affecting and shaping the future of corporate disclosure and reporting? Sciencebasedtargets:Can companies bring together economics, expert stakeholders and science based targets to drive strategy and improve performance? Climatereporting:The practical ways to assess exposure to climate change and how to communicate this risk
  2. 2. Confirmedspeakersinclude: Adrian Greet Global Sustainability Programme Director MARS Dirk Voeste Vice President Sustainability Strategy BASF Cindy Rose Head of Responsible Investing AberdeenAssetManagement Lene Serpa Head of Sustainability Governance and Integration Maersk Jane Stevensen Task Force Engagement Director CDP Dave Robb CQN Sustainability Manager CargillAquaNutrition(CQN) Saker Nusseibeh CEO HermesInvestment Mark King Chief Environmental and Social Standards Officer TheWorldBank Susanne Stormer Vice President, Corporate Sustainability NovoNordisk Leon Kamhi Head of Responsibility HermesInvestment Dr. Mark Thorpe VP Corporate Responsibility TorexGoldResources Mark Hodge Senior Associate Shift Christiane Rudolph Head of Department , Strategy and Development Policy DEG Laura Okkonen Head of Human Rights Nokia Claudine Blamey Head of Sustainability TheCrownEstate Dylan McNeill Head of Sustainability Reporting Phillips Marte Borhaug Head of ESG Strategic Projects AvivaInvestors Harriet Howey Global Sustainability Reporting Executive Diageo Mark Gough Executive Director NaturalCapitalCoalition Geoff Kendall CEO Future-FitBusiness Claire Whitely Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility Hilton Wayne Dunn President & Founder CSRTrainingInstitute Sonja Haut Manager FES Impact Valuation / Integrated Reporting Novartis Paul Chander Head of Environmental Issues UNPRI David Grayson Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility CranfieldSchoolofManagement Jenny Edwards Programme Lead SAIPlatform
  3. 3. • Focused debate • Senior participants • Candid dialogue Dayone– 19thJune 2018 Opening CEO Q&A: Beyond BlackRock letters, how far does sustainability penetrate the average boardroom, and what will it take for it to drive strategy? In this opening session, leading activist investment CEO Saker Nusseibeh will answer questions on the above, and from the audience. Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, HermesInvestmentManagement Understanding impact: Why is it important to measure and communicate impacts? Boards are under pressure to demonstrate positive impact on society and on the environment. What do you tell your senior executives when they ask how you can prove this? In this session, we’ll discuss topics such as: • What is impact, how do we define it, and avoid it getting it confused with inputs, outputs? • The measurements that provide compelling data points around impacts • Measurement vs targets: Measuring progress bit by bit until you hit your 2030 target • Using impact as a way of getting senior executives engaged in results that manage risk and drive performance • The foot printing / cloud-based tools that will help you gain that level of engagement Sonja Haut, manager FES impact valuation / integrated reporting, Novartis Mark King, chief environmental and social standards officer, TheWorldBank Lene Serpa, head of sustainability governance and integration, Maersk Will science based targets and planetary boundaries make a real difference? The Science Based Targets Initiative was created in 2014 to align companies’ GHG goals with the global carbon budget. Since then, it has seen an incredible number of commitments from companies worldwide, with 350 companies currently taking action. With the growing attention and commitments in this exploratory area, what results are being seen? Can companies bring together economics, expert stakeholders and science based targets to drive strategy and improve performance? This session will look specifically at some of those companies making commitments. We’ll assess the successes and outcomes they have seen so far, and how they have integrated science based targets into corporate strategy. We will also ask the advice of an investor on what they expect to see from companies in this area. Claudine Blamey, head of sustainability, TheCrownEstate Adrian Greet, global sustainability programme director, MARS Paul Chandler, head of environmental issues, UNPRI David Grayson, Emeritus professor of corporate responsibility, CranfieldSchoolofManagement ROI in action – corporate case studies on the tools and techniques being used to measure the value of sustainability Making the business case for sustainability can be a challenge when talking with senior management. Particularly when it comes to asking for more money. By understanding the value and ‘return’ of sustainability programs, the business case becomes far more straight forward. The key lies in being able to measure, quantify and communicate the value – financial or otherwise – in an effective manner and in a way that is easy to understand. In this session we will hear from three large companies on how they have demonstrated an ROI from specific elements of their sustainability programs. We’ll look in-depth at the specific tools used to assess this return and quantify the results. Further, we will analyse these tools and how they can be used to assess strategic decision making, supply chain improvement, positioning and advocacy. We’ll also discuss how this information can be used to benchmark company performance, determine future strategy and justify budgets. Harriet Howey, global sustainability reporting executive, Diageo Dirk Voeste, vice president sustainability strategy, BASF Christiane Rudolph, head of department, strategy and development policy, DEG
  4. 4. Breakout sessions: Calculations Social measurements – how to calculate the value of employee engagement and community engagement Social commitments can be difficult to measure, and are often seen as a moving target. Companies have looked at social impact measurement for some years, but how can you put such methodologies, and their successors, into practice? We’ll discuss what companies have been doing to improve social measurements and how they are planning on building on this. Dylan McNeill, head of sustainability reporting, PhilipsLighting Environmental measurements – how to calculate the savings and return on investment in energy efficiency Placing a value on environmental savings and performance is usually seen as a win-win for companies for example saving on energy efficiency means lower costs. We will discuss some tried and tested methods and ask our panel to explain how they have taken meaningful and effective measurements and what is to be gained by doing so? Further, we ask them to discuss the challenges which can be involved with measurements in particular when working with farmers in the supply chain. Jenny Edwards, programmelead, SAI Platform Dave Robb, CQN sustainability manager, Cargill Breakouts: Social Social license to operate – can companies really value their environmental and social footprint, and what is the cost of failing to do so? Often companies are faced with unforeseen circumstances which forces them to revaluate best practices and more paternal CSR initiatives. In this focused case study session will examine the evolution of CSR programs associated with the Torex mine in Mexico from construction through to operations. Torex Gold had aimed to improve local development independent of the mine and we will discuss some of the challenges faced with this and how they overcame these challenges. Dr. Mark Thorpe, VP corporate responsibility, TorexGold Wayne Dunn, president and founder, CSRTrainingInstitute Measuring human rights progress – Are measurements always helpful and to what extent do they drive the right behaviour? There are many companies developing and piloting KPIs for their core human rights programs. These KPIs can build insight around the effect of forced labour interventions. In this session, we will look at industry initiatives seeking to track the effectiveness of these programmes and look at some of the tools being used to assess their impacts. Mark Hodge, senior associate, SHIFT Closing Q&A with Mark Gough of the Natural Capital Coalition In this closing session for day one, we’ll discuss the progress made by the Natural Capital Coalition so far, and the key elements of the Natural Capital Protocol they have developed. Mark Gough, executive director, NaturalCapitalCoalition Networking drinks Dayone– 19thJune 2018
  5. 5. Daytwo–23rdMarch2016Daytwo– 20thJune 2018 Opening debate: Companies often do great things, but are terrible at talking about them. How do we solve that problem without it looking like just PR? Large companies have social impacts that often go unappreciated. Jobs, taxes, supplier bases, economic multiples etc etc. And today, many are driving positive environmental change down the supply chain. However, many companies are struggling to communicate, and are then attacked for the negative impacts they may have, without the positives being understood. How do we tackle this challenge? Our panel will also discuss: • Alignment and impact: Do you just focus on one big issue, and avoid distractions? • But then, how do you handle being attacked over other things, which are less materially relevant but make the headlines? • Which examples can we cite, that show a company CAN be effective with regard to core impact communications? Lene Serpa, headofsustainabilitygovernanceandintegration, Maersk Data driving change – How can data drive innovation in sustainability? Data on company performance in ESG areas is becoming more available and reliable. This increased transparency then in turn leads to further scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders. It is therefore increasingly important that the right technology is used in collecting, managing and understanding data to better inform decision making. Different companies are taking innovative approaches in how to use data to push their sustainability efforts and strategy. In this session we will discuss how to leverage the power of data. We’ll ask a panel of big brands how they have generated and used specific data to drive innovation and cut the corporate process down. Claire Whitley, senior manager corporate responsibility, Hilton Laura Okkonen, headofhumanrights, Nokia How are the SDGs affecting and shaping the future of corporate disclosure and reporting? Investmentmanagersareoftensayingtheywantcompaniesto providemorerobustandconsistentreportingonESGissues.Tosome extenttheSDGshaveprovidedcompanieswithacommonlanguage andframeworkforreportingwhichcouldallowthis.Buthowdoes thislookinpracticeandhowdowemoveforwardfromthis? We’ll look into how businesses are improving, clarifying and communicating reporting, whilst answering questions such as: • Can the SDGs present a process for more accurate corporate benchmarking? • Do the SDGs have the potential to engage consumers on climate vulnerability? • Does this framework ease investor concerns for better, more relevant information on company performance? • SDGs were not intended as an investment platform – to what extent are they important in getting investors onboard? Susanne Stormer, vice president, corporate sustainability, NovoNordisk Geoff Kendall, CEO, Future-FitBusiness Investor perspectives – how can companies prove they can make a positive contribution to society and to the climate? Investors are increasingly focused on corporate responsibility. In 2016, global assets in the category of socially responsible investing hit nearly $23 trillion, accounting for more than one- quarter of total managed assets. So let’s ask the investors what they really want to hear and see from companies. This session will ask our expert panel of leading investors, questions such as: • What do investors look for as real evidence? • How do they measure environmental and social outcomes? • What information would they like to see better presented? • What results do they look for in order to make informed decisions? Marte Borhaug, head of ESG strategic projects, Aviva Cindy Rose, head of responsible investing, AberdeenAssetManagement Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility, HermesInvestmentManagement Questions? If you would like to discuss being involved as a delegate, sponsor, or marketing partner, please email: NatashaBodnar | Project Director | Innovation Forum Direct: +44 (0)20 3780 7430 | Email:
  6. 6. Daytwo–23rdMarch2016Daytwo– 20thJune 2018 Climate reporting: How do companies assess their exposure to climate change and how do they communicate this risk? There have been continual calls for a clearer, more coherent framework related to climate disclosure - so how do companies go about doing this and presenting results that investors want to see? We will discuss how climate-related information is being increasingly integrated into financial reports. We’ll also debate how initiatives such as The Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures are pushing the climate risk agenda from ESG roles to boardroom level. Jane Stevensen, task force engagement director, CDP What’sdifferentaboutInnovationForum? IFisNOT: APRplatform:enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues. Atalkingshop:this is NOT an opportunity for a group of people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes. Allpromise,nodelivery:we will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues. IFis: Candid:Entirely off-the-record (Chatham House rules) discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience. Practical:A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains. Focused:We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion. ??
  7. 7. 3waystoregister T +44 (0) 20 3780 7435 E W measurement-london-register EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT Bookbefore Friday16thMarch NGO/AcademicPass £695 Save£300 BusinessPass £995 Save£300 ServiceProviderPass £1,195 Save£300 LAST CHANCE Bookbefore Friday13thApril NGO/AcademicPass £795 Save£200 BusinessPass £1,095 Save£200 ServiceProviderPass £1,295 Save£200 FULL PRICE Priceafter Friday18thMay NGO/AcademicPass £995 BusinessPass £1,295 ServiceProviderPass £1,495 CHOOSE YOUR PASS TYPE – REGISTER NOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE! NGO/AcademicPass Eligible for representatives of NGOs, public sector and academia. BusinessPass Eligible for corporates, for-profits and private-sector representatives. ServiceProviderPass Required for for-profit consultancies, technology and service providers. Reasonstoattend3 1. Learnfromindustryleadersonbestpracticesand get in-depth guidance on how to effectively apply measurement strategies and impacts 2. Meetandnetworkwithaninfluentialandhighlyrelevantaudienceof key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors 3. Benchmarkcompanyperformanceamongstaroomofyourpeersand discover where you should be focusing efforts Howbusinesscanmeasure theimpact–andROI–of corporatesustainability Tools,techniquesandstrategiesforunderstanding,measuring andcommunicatingimpact 19th-20th June 2018 | London, Amnesty International UK