As businesses become increasingly more aware of the requirements consumers demand for sustainability, so does the community around ensuring the topic is front and centre of discussions in 2017. As there are some great sustainability events in 2017, we’ve compiled a varied list of some upcoming interesting events and conferences for businesses and individuals alike.
One day Conference – 27th April 2017 #thebiggreenconference
It is designed to build a programme of learning and networking, coupled with the introduction of products and technologies in support of energy, recycling, waste and general environmental management efficiency.
Keynote speaker: Ken Webster Head of Innovation at Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy. He will be speaking about the subject of the circular economy.
Philip Duddell, Director of Sustainable Procurement Limited. Philip will discuss how the surround procurement actions and the monitoring of relevant outcomes link to the transition to a circular economy and practical measures that procurers and suppliers can take.
Josh Fothergill, Policy Lead at the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). He will be speaking about integrating the Circular Economy in organisations, based on his experiences developing the forthcoming standard BS8001, due to launch in May 2017.
Date and Time: Thu 27 April 2017. 09:30 – 16:30
‘Leading a Sustainable Future’ – Responsible Business Week Conference 2017
As part of Responsible Business Week 2017, the University of Portsmouth Business School and Business in the Community (BiTC) are working together to provide local employers with an opportunity to explore latest thinking, share best practice, and find solutions to some of the challenges currently facing business and society.
Keynote speaker: Mark Smith, CEO of The Southern Co Operative. Mark, a member of the BiTC Advisory Board for the South East, has been actively involved in driving the agenda for companies to engage with education in the region, and will share his thoughts on how to lead a responsible business.
Date and time: Thu 27 April 2017, 16:30 – 20:30
A cool idea that’s being started up by University of Stirling in Scotland. “The Conversation…” is a chance to hear from some of the country’s most interesting people, and put your questions to them as part of the audience. The first one is with Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA – the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
He will be talking about his 20+ years’ experience in the environment profession, having worked in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before joining SEPA in 2015.
Date and time: Wed, March 22, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM GMT
This launch event will feature key note speakers from business, health and environment sectors, facilitating discussions and a range of networking opportunities. It hopes to enable the North East regions people and environment to become healthier and wealthier in the coming decades.
Guest speaker: Paul Brannen, who is a North East Member of the European Parliament & Environment Committee. He will be giving an insider’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities of leaving the EU.
Date and time: Tue 28 February 2017, 09:45 – 15:00
Cost: Free (Though The Capability Foundation accept donations for support as well).
The aim of this event is to bring together for the first time the many different players involved in net impact approaches to explore the synergies and methodologies, and investigate how efforts can be scaled up. By net impact we mean evaluating the positive and negative effects of business in relation to sustainability. This includes amongst other things: Net Positive/Net Gain, No Net Loss / Net zero, Integrated Profit & Loss Accounts / Total Contribution, Environmental & Social Profit & Loss Accounts, Creating Shared Value, Impact Investing and Integrated Reporting.
Date and time: Wed 24 May 2017, 09:00 – 17:30.
Cost: £270 – £438