Due to the escalation and ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 we have taken the decision to re-schedule The SMH Sustainability Summit to 7 September 2020 at the ICC Sydney.

All registrations will be transferred to the new date. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service team on 02 9080 4307 or email: info@informa.com.au

Speakers


The Hon. Matt Kean MP
Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW


Mike Cannon-Brookes
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian


Alison Watkins
Chief, Coca-Cola Amatil


Anthony Pratt
Executive Chairman, Visy


Sandra Martinez
Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Oceania


Lee Hickin
National Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia


Dr Jonathan Woetzel
Director, McKinsey Global Institute and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Shanghai


Mellisa Miller
Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA Australia


Kylie Macfarlane
General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Commonwealth Bank


Cate Harris
Group Head of Sustainability & Global Head of Lendlease Foundation, Lendlease


Mirjam Groten
Chief Business Development Officer, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)


Brad Anderson
Vice President, Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Australia & New Zealand


Alex Holt
General Manager, Quality, Sustainability & Health, Woolworths Limited


Nikos Katinakis
Group Executive, Networks & IT, Telstra


Kylie Freeland
Director of Supply Chain & Sustainability – ANZ, McDonald’s Australia


Andrew Parker
Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability, Qantas


Sue Panuccio
National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care


Dr. James Chin Moody
CEO and co-founder, Sendle


Emily Woodland
Head of Sustainable Investment, Global Equities, AMP Capital


Simon O’Connor
Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association Australasia


Siobhan Toohill
Group Head of Sustainability, Westpac


Davina Rooney
Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia


Brooke Donnelly
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation


Andrew Gray
Director, ESG and Stewardship, AustralianSuper


Katie Boone
Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, International Convention Centre Sydney


Dr. Sabine Schaffer
Managing Partner, Pro-invest Group


Lisa Davies
Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


John McDuling
National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


Susheela Peres da Costa
Head of Advisory, Regnan


Tess Herbert
Chair, Australian Beef Sustainability Framework

Overview

The Sydney Morning Herald, in partnership with Informa Australia, is delighted to announce that the highly anticipated Inaugural SMH Sustainability Summit will take place on 7 September 2020 at the ICC Sydney.

The summit will identify challenges facing both Corporate Australia and the Public Sector and showcase exemplars of how they are responding to meet emerging expectations. As global citizens working for companies whose organisational impacts transcend geographic borders, sustainability is truly a business case for all.

With widespread fear and anxiety around increasing climate change & pollution plaguing our citizens, Australians are now, more than ever, looking to both our elected leaders and those representing organisations to establish regulations, policies and procedures to reduce our environmental impact and prevent irreversible damage.

The Sydney Morning Herald Sustainability Summit will open the discourse on lessons learnt, sustainability leadership, and the corporate commitments that need to be widely adopted to aggressively pursue carbon neutrality in Australia.

Topics include:

  • Scaling sustainability programs
  • Plastics, packaging and waste solutions
  • Tackling CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions
  • Socially responsible investing
  • Weaving sustainability into the company vision
  • Transparency in sustainability reporting
  • Engaging employees and stakeholders
  • Business models for sustainability
  • Web services and data sustainability
  • Sustainable cities
  • Food waste management
  • Government-led initiatives
  • Global and local case studies for environmental stewardship

Join us on 7 September 2020 for this impactful dialogue on corporate sustainability.

Agenda

7 September 2020

8:30

OPENING | Remarks from the Chair

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

8:35

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The Hon. Matt Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW

8:45

OPENING CASE STUDY


TOWARDS ZERO WASTE


9:05

PANEL | Solving the massive plastics, packaging, and waste problem

  • Making a local and global commitment and staying true to your company promise
  • Addressing a lack of recycling facility infrastructure
  • Changing the game plan – where to begin and how to engage the team?
  • Collective responsibility
  • An analysis on operational impacts

Alison Watkins, Chief, Coca Cola Amatil
Sandra Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Oceania
Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, Visy
Brooke Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

9:35

PANEL | Supply chain food loss and food waste management of the future

  • Sustainability programs for a whole-of life take on food products
  • Challenges and key takeaways

Alex Holt, General Manager Quality, Sustainability & Health, Woolworths Limited
Kylie Freeland, Director of Supply Chain & Sustainability – ANZ, McDonald’s Australia
Katie Boone, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive, ICC Sydney


CATALYSING ACTION


10:05

KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT | The case for business leadership on climate

At a time when Government action on climate and energy is falling short, Mike Cannon-Brookes will discuss how businesses can step up and lead the way. He’ll highlight Atlassian’s approach to sustainability, and look at the expectations of employees and customers.

Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian
Moderated by: John McDuling, National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald

10:25

Morning tea and networking break

10:55

IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS | Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

How could earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? After more than 10,000 years of relative stability – the full span of human civilisation – the Earth’s climate is changing. As average temperatures rise, climate science finds that acute hazards such as heatwaves and floods grow up in frequency and severity, and chronic hazards, such as drought and rising sea levels, intensify. A year-long, cross disciplinary research effort by McKinsey & Company sought to understand the nature and extent of physical risk from a changing climate over the next one to three decades, exploring physical risk as it is the basis of both transition and liability risks.

Dr Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Shanghai

11:15

PANEL | CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions – how big industry is tackling their emissions whilst remaining competitive

  • The role of governance & good risk frameworks
  • Finding opportunities through innovation and co-creation
  • Supporting customers through transition

Tess Herbert, Chair, Australian Beef Sustainability Framework
Kylie Macfarlane, General Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Commonwealth Bank
Andrew Parker, Group Executive, Government, Industry, International, Sustainability, Qantas


BEHIND THE SCREENS


11:45

PANEL | Conquering Big Data with a sustainable approach

  • Current practices in environmental stewardship
  • How companies can inform their sustainability strategies
  • Data centres and energy consumption
  • Future focused ideas for data considering the earth’s limited resources and stakeholder pressures

Brad Anderson, Vice President, Cloud & Cognitive Software, IBM Australia & New Zealand
Nikos Katinakis, Group Executive Networks & IT, Telstra

12:15

CASE STUDY | How technology can help build a sustainable future

Lee Hickin, National Technology Officer, Microsoft Australia

12:35

Lunch and networking break


EXPLORING SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMS


13:35

CASE STUDY | Reducing the Impact of Hospital Waste

An overview of the key initiatives adopted across Ramsay Health Care Australia’s 72 Hospitals in reducing waste in materials, water, energy, food and medical equipment.

Sue Panuccio, National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care

13:55

Case Study | Successfully Scaling Programs

  • Developing our approach to climate change
  • Demonstrating our approach through our workplaces and energy
  • Harnessing sustainable finance to support transition
  • Supporting collaboration across companies

Siobhan Toohill, Group Head of Sustainability, Westpac


COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING STRATEGY


14:15

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE | Sustainability reporting; no longer a nice to have for businesses

  • Sustainability reporting landscape and trends
  • How businesses can report effectively on sustainability
  • Integrating SDGs into reporting
  • Corporate transparency case study in Australia (and worldwide)

Mirjam Groten, Chief Business Development Officer, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), The Netherlands via skype


REDEFINING “BUSINESS AS USUAL”


14:35

PANEL | Socially responsible investing

  • The need for clarity about what individuals are trying to achieve via their investments and distinguishing between ETHICS, ESG and IMPACT objectives
  • The “greenwashing” debate: reconciling non-financial with financial objectives
  • Why it’s important to consider not only the products, but the providers (banks, super funds, or financial advisers)
  • The benefits and pitfalls of using third party certified products and third party data as an analysis tool

Susheela Peres da Costa, Head of Advisory, Regnan
Andrew Gray, Head of ESG, AustralianSuper
Simon O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Emily Woodland, Head of Sustainable Investment, Global Equities, AMP Capital

15:05

Afternoon tea and networking break

15:30

CASE STUDY | Weaving sustainability into company vision, culture, and values

  • Revisiting the company vision and marketing strategy
  • Agile sustainability methodologies and consistently moving the marker
  • The road to a closed loop production model

Mellisa Miller, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA Australia

15:50

Insurmountable opportunities: The new normal for business

  • How technology trends and resource limits are driving new business models
  • Placing sustainability at the heart of business strategy
  • Business transition and mitigating risk

James Chin Moody, CEO and co-founder of Sendle, will cover how sustainability is driving ‘the new normal’ for doing business. He will set the scene with what factors are driving new, greener ways of doing business and offer practical advice for putting sustainability at the heart of strategy and the economic benefits of going green
Dr. James Chin Moody, CEO and co-founder, Sendle


THE BUILD


16:10

PANEL | Sustainable cities and communities

  • Sustainability as a high-order priority for companies, builders, and various asset classes
  • How trends and expectations are contributing to market and policy transformation
  • Government led initiatives
  • Increasing stakeholder assurance
  • Role of NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) rating & benefits to people adapting

Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Cate Harris, Group Head of Sustainability & Global Head of Lendlease Foundation, Lendlease
Dr. Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner, Pro-invest Group

16:50

Closing remarks from the Chair

17:00

End of Conference

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