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Steve Howard on Transformational change

Steve Howard joined IKEA as Chief Sustainability Officer six years ago, since then IKEA has undergone one of the fastest sustainability transformations of recent years. His announcement that he will leave IKEA in June creates a moment to digest the process of transformational change, and we’re delighted to give Steve our stage on the 8th May. Steve’s story is remarkable. In 2003, he founded the Climate Group, a 100-person team that helped shape global climate policy. He joined IKEA in January 2011, turning a solid foundation for sustainability into no. 3 globally according to the ...Read more

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X Energy 2017

On 24th October in London, The Crowd will bring together 160+ senior energy, sustainability, property, and facilities professionals for X Energy 2017. This impactful half day event will explore the intersection of energy and tech, inspiring and connecting the leading minds from a mix of energy intensive sectors. We'll explore how disruptive technologies, new energy management strategies and financing models are exponentially changing energy programmes in large organisations, and share knowledge and latest thinking amongst the community. The programme on the day is a mix of inspiring... Read more

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Diversity: the killer app?

With the link between diversity and success being well documented, the debate is rapidly moving to how to build a diverse organisation quickly. Organisations that are slow to achieve seem destined to become less relevant. A 2015 study by McKinsey found that UK companies with 10% higher gender and racial diversity in their management teams have a 6% higher profit before tax. Why is this? They make better decisions and innovate faster. They tend to find it easier to hire top talent and connect with customers, and have higher levels of employee satisfaction. But as we’ll explore with s... Read more

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