Sustainability Leaders’ Summit Melbourne

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Date(s) - 16/03/2021 - 17/03/2021
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Sustainability leaders summit march 2021 melbThis Sustainability Summit is an executive level event uniting sustainability decision makers from the region’s most influential companies.

This event 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 the Sustainability Summit?

For over a decade this Sustainability Summit has 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 Sustainability 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.

Sustainability Summit Speakers:
Daniella Foster, Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer (USA)
Andrew Parker, Group Executive, Government, Industry and International Affairs, Qantas Airways
Susan Mizrahi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Australia Post
David Benattar, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Warehouse Group (NZ)
Kylie Macfarlane, General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Commonwealth Bank
Troy Powell, Head of Sustainability, Orica
Tanya Baini, Group Head of Sustainability & Government Relations, Coca-Cola Amatil
Sarah Clarke, Group General Manager, Sustainability and Reputation, Mirvac
Simone Looi-Britton, General Manager, Sustainability and Public Policy, Veolia Australia and New Zealand
Heidi Westlake, Group Manager, Sustainability Strategy, Origin Energy
Jaana Quaintance-James, Chief Sustainability Officer, Global Fashion Group
Eloise Bishop, Head of Sustainability, Country Road Group & David Jones
Riccardo Rizzi, Director Sustainability IFM, Energy and Sustainability Services, Australia, Jones Lang LaSalle
Amanda Visser, Group Manager Sustainability, The Star Entertainment Group, Chair, Sustainable Destination Partnership
David Inall, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Dairy Farmers
Ryan Swenson, Head of Sustainable Development, Officeworks
Ricky Bridge, Group General Manager Environment and Sustainability, Downer
Penny Barker, Head of Environment, Sustainability and Community, Caltex Australia
Amy Hogan, National Manager- Group Sustainability, Stockland
Matthew Nicholas, Head of Major Projects & Sustainability, Tennis Australia
Jane Rotsey, General Manager, Safety, Sustainability and Environment, Sydney Airport
Melissa Schultz, General Manager Sustainability, Vicinity Centres
Margaret Stuart, Head of Corporate and External Relations, Nestlé
Helen Maisano, Director- Group Sustainability, Optus
Jeremy Goodman, Director, Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
Sally Townsend, Head of Sustainability, Blackmores
Corin Millais, Manager, Ethical Business Strategy, Teachers Mutual Bank

Sustainability Summit Program – Tuesday, 16th March, 2021

08:25 Registration, Refreshments & Networking
08:50 Opening Remarks from the Chair
08:55 Opening Ministerial Address
09:05 Keynote
Sticking to our Knitting: Qantas and Social License – Andrew Parker, Group Executive, Government, Industry and International Affairs, Qantas Airways

09:30 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.

10:20 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:50 Partner Keynote
11:20 Leadership Session
The Cost of Consumption: Aligning Sustainability and Business Objectives
Is it possible to wholeheartedly pursue a sustainability agenda without cannibalising 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.

12:10 Lunch Welcome Remarks
12:15 Lunch & Networking

13:10 Keynote
Sustainability at the Core: Shaping a Collective Response to Climate Crisis
David Benattar, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Warehouse Group (NZ)

13:35 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.

14:25 Platinum Keynote
14:40 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
15:05 Keynote
Positive Tomorrow, Means Circular Today
Susan Mizrahi, Chief Sustainability Officer, Australia Post

15:30 Culture and 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.

16:20 Keynote – Minimising Supply Chain Risk
16:45 Closing Remarks from the Chair
16:50 Close of Day One

Sustainability Summit Program – Wednesday, 17th March, 2021

08:40 Registration, Refreshments, & Networking
09:00 Opening Remarks from the Chair
09:05 Keynote – The Climate on Mars: A New Perspective on Sustainability
09:30 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.

10:20 Morning Refreshments & Networking
10:50 Diamond Keynote
11:15 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.

12:05 Keynote – Growth vs. Impact – Gaining buy-in from the Board
12:30 Lunch Welcome Remarks
12:35 Lunch & Networking
13:30 Platinum Keynote
13:45 Supply Chain Session
Carving New Pathways: Ushering in a New Era of Supply
As the dimensions of sustainability shift, businesses are re-examining 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 panellists will candidly confront the reality of building supply chains for a sustainable future.

14:35 Keynote
Planning Ahead: A New Lease on Sustainability
Daniella Foster, Vice President & Global Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer (USA)

15:00 Closing Remarks from the Chair
15:10 Close of Summit

More information about the Sustainability Summit and registration can be found at

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