With COP-26 delayed by 12 months, the need for dialogue and collective action are pivotal. We need an interdisciplinary approach to address the issues that manifest in a post-crisis society and achieve net-zero by 2050.

We hope to bring the role of businesses to the forefront of the debate, and have gathered together some of the leading industry voices from the fields of politics, business, climate adaption, agriculture and investment to address the core issues the world faces in its pursuit of carbon neutrality.

Foresight Sustainability Week Agenda

Monday 9 November - A New Tipping Point: considering the global picture

8.30 - 9.45am

Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change, will begin the week by delivering the opening keynote addressing the Global Climate Crisis.

Jeremy Leggett, Founder and Director of Solarcentury will join us to discuss what trends are set to shape the international sustainability agenda.

Key takeaways will include: 

  • Climate policy in focus.
  • Will localisation and protectionism triumph over collective global endeavour when it comes to rebuilding supply chains and resolving the system vulnerabilities revealed during the pandemic?
  • How can businesses be best prepared to adapt as geopolitical tensions evolve and nations commit to crisis recovery?

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Tuesday 10 November - Re-imagining Resource Systems (F-E-W)

8.30 - 9.30am 

What are the opportunities for investors in a resource-constrained world and how can natural capital deliver value to business? Joining the panel are:

Dr John Feddersen, CEO, Aurora Energy, Rachael Nutter, Nature-Based Solutions Business Developer, and Nick Harris, Senior Manager in Green Finance, the Carbon Trust.

Key takeaways will include: 

  • How are land management practices evolving in response to climate challenges, ecosystem strains, and political expediency?
  • What opportunities exist for investors in a resource-constrained world and how natural capital can deliver value to business?
  • Understanding nature-based solutions to overcome ecological degradation: innovation, intervention, and implementation.
  • What are the game changers and what is driving alternative systems?

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Wednesday 11 November - Sustainability and the Investment Market 

8.30 - 9.30am 

Sustainability and climate change are two themes that increasingly govern investor decision making, now investors are looking to create tangible value and amplify investor voices through sustainable investment. Joining the panel are Simon Whistler, Senior Specialist, the PRI, Julia Dreblow, Founding Director, SRI Services and Fund EcoMarket and Adrian Rimmer, Senior Adviser in Green Finance, LSEG.

Key takeaways will include: 

  • How can the financial community meet shifting investor demands, overcome skepticism and report confidently on ESG investing?
  • How best to assess Impact vs Return when choosing Funds, and how should action be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • What is the future of sustainable investing in a burgeoning market?

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Thursday 12 November - Pillars of Sustainability: healthcare, poverty, climate

8.30 - 9.15am 

How important is an interdisciplinary approach when addressing the value of health, energy security and poverty as core components in a thriving society? Joining us are Dom Boyle, Urban Consultant, PwC, Greg Stevens, Investments Director, Abundance Investment and Stewart Langdon, Partner, Leapfrog Investments.

Key takeaways will include: 

  • What barriers to social and environmental equity do we expect will manifest in a post-crisis world?
  • Understanding adaption financing: how to appropriately build back better to mitigate climate change damage and alleviate the pressure on vulnerable communities.
  • How does our built environment reinforce disparities in wealth and the felt impacts of climate change, and how can this be addressed?

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Friday 13 November - 'The Lighthouse': investing for 2050

8.30 - 9.45am 

Mark Kenber, CEO, Climate Advisers UK and Managing Director, Orbitas will join us to discuss who is responsible for financing a future-proof, resilient system.

The morning will finish with a Closing Remark. 

Key takeaways will include: 

  • Who is responsible for financing the infrastructure and technological innovations that are central to achieving a sustainable future?
  • A holistic overview of the global climate change debate

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This event will be run virtually, with all breakfast sessions being recorded live at the Goodwood Estate and available to stream via the web links included in the above accordions.