Cookie
settings

FORESIGHT SUSTAINABILITY WEEK

In partnership with the Goodwood Estate

Monday 27 September – Friday 1 October 2021

As we near the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), there is an urgent need for dialogue and collective action. To help tackle the core issues around achieving carbon neutrality, we have gathered some of the leading voices from business climate adaptation, agriculture and investment.

This week is a unique digital series of live streamed breakfast debates; experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise as the private sector mobilises behind the global sustainability agenda.

Foresight Sustainability Week Agenda

Monday 27 September - A New Tipping Point: considering the global picture

8.30 - 9.45am

Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, 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 topics covered include:

  • Climate and carbon policy in focus
  • Localisation and protectionism vs collective global endeavour: rebuilding supply chains and resolving system vulnerabilities post-COVID
  • The role of businesses in delivering sustainable recovery strategies

Register here

Tuesday 28 September - Re-imagining Resource Systems (Food-Energy-Water)

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 and Dr Susie Tomson, Sustainability Consultant, the Goodwood Estate.

Key topics covered include:

  • How land management practices are evolving in response to climate challenges, ecosystem strains, and political pressure
  • How natural capital can deliver value to business
  • How nature-based solutions can mitigate against ecological degradation: innovation, intervention, and implementation
  • Industry game changers

Register here

Wednesday 29 September - 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, Partner, Finsbury Glover Hering.

Key topics covered include:

  • How the financial community can meet shifting investor demands, overcome skepticism and report confidently on ESG investing
  • Impact vs Return: assessing the fund selection process and how action can be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The future of sustainable investing in a burgeoning market

Register here

Thursday 30 September - Pillars of Sustainability: healthcare, poverty, climate

8.30 - 9.30am 

The world has been transformed by the pandemic. Healthcare, energy security, employment and economic mobility are central to a resilient society. The focus is now on levelling up, but what needs to be considered for a fair recovery?

Joining us are Dom Boyle, Urban Consultant, PwC, Greg Stevens, Investments Director, Abundance Investment and Stewart Langdon, Partner, Leapfrog Investments.

Key topics covered include:

  • Understanding adaptation financing: how to appropriately 'build back better'
  • The role of green finance and the built environment in meeting climate needs
  • Barriers to social and environmental equity post-COVID

Register here

Friday 1 October - '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 topics covered include:

  • Financing net-zero - who is responsible?
  • The private-sector-led innovation that we can expect to see over the next decade
  • What to expect from COP26

Register here

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 expandable boxes.