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Ocean Plastics

35 million plastic bottles are sold in the UK each day. Around half are recycled, with the balance ending up in landfill or in our Ocean. The number of plastic bottles washed up on UK beaches increased 43% in 2015, and you may have seen predictions that we’ll have more plastic in our Oceans than fish by 2050. Does it have to be this way? Perhaps not. There has been a sharp increase in interest in the health of the Oceans from media, business and a remarkable new generation of Ocean entrepreneurs. On March 6th we’ll ask if Ocean plastics is the next big environmental issue for...Read more

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Christiana Figueres

On the 10th April, Christiana Figueres will launch her new collaborative venture, Mission 2020, on the Crowd stage. It will be the 100th Crowd Forum, a moment to thank the 300 speakers and 17,000 attendees who have contributed to a rolling conversation spanning nine years. It’s a privilege to mark this milestone with Christiana. Christiana has had an extraordinary impact on the global climate agenda. Inheriting the leadership role for the UN climate agreement process in 2010, her infectious optimism was instrumental in 190 heads of state signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement. It was... Read more

Steve Howard on 'Going All In'

On February 2nd we gave our stage to IKEA’s Steve Howard, one of the global heavyweights in corporate sustainability. Through a speech and an interview with Jo Confino, we explored what Steve means by “Going All In”, and his personal views on the challenges facing society. Read more

Seven things you can do to drive the shareholder revolution

Whilst there are a lot of discussions emerging around the changes we’re seeing in the investment community, both through the growth of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) teams and the use of artificial intelligence and big data, we are convinced that corporate sustainability experts have an important role to play in championing investments’ transparency.   In a conversation between some of the leading experts in sustainable finance in the UK – Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environmental Agency, Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officers at Aviva, Catherin... 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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