The 100th Crowd Forum was a moment to thank the 300 speakers and 17,000 attendees who have contributed to a rolling conversation spanning nine years, and we were extremely privileged to mark this important milestone with Christiana Figueres.

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 194 heads of state signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement. It was the first time climate talks had ended in agreement.

Christiana is now engaged in a series of high-level roles, including as a Climate Leader with the World Bank and Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, and focusing all her efforts on accelerating action on climate change in order to bend the curve of emissions by 2020. Christiana provided an insight into her work, talked about why 2020 is so important, and challenged the audience to come together in radical collaboration to ensure the temperature limits outlined in the Paris Agreement are not breached. Christiana was interviewed by Axel Threlfall, where they explored the role business can play, how the climate agenda can prevail in a world of shifting priorities and where the breakthrough solutions are emerging.

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Event for: Directors/ Heads of: Sustainability | CSR | Environment | Innovation


  • Christiana Figueres

    Mission 2020 Convenor
  • Axel Threlfall

    Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Round Tables

  • A Zero Carbon 2050
    From a consumer perspective what does net zero by 2050 actually look like; what will their role be, will they notice a difference, is it evolution of revolution? Can we actually visualise this to help take consumers on that journey? What is your vision of the zero carbon 2050 home? What steps should business be taking today to enable this journey?
  • Carbon Pricing
    Carbon pricing seems to making a return, both at the country and company level. What are the merits of using carbon pricing to remove carbon from a business, and its supply chain, versus absolute reduction targets and other methods? And with a range of prices being used by companies, how does one arrive at a price that is both scientifically robust and acceptable internally?
  • Climate Communications
    How should companies communicate climate in 2017? Given the urgency of Christiana’s 2020 objectives and the crisis of liberalism, is it time to increase communications? Or does the public mood suggest it is time to make quiet progress, and focus stakeholder messaging on more topical social issues? This table is primarily for those involved in communications and marketing.
  • Climate Engagement
    Do you agree that companies with progressive climate positions tend to be better at engaging their employees on climate issues? Recognising that climate fatigue exists, should sustainability experts seek to corral employees into climate action through volunteering and other means, or should they allow employees to choose the social and environmental issues that are most important to them?
  • Going Renewable
    How can large energy users buy new renewable energy in the post subsidy era? It is now 10 years since the first grid connected PPA’s, and many companies have invested in onsite generation. In the context of falling subsidies and urgent climate science, how can companies make significant progress in their use of renewable energy in 2017?
  • Mission 2020
    GHG emissions must reach a turning point in 2020 and begin their steady decline if we are to ensure the SDGs are met in 2030 and net zero emissions achieved by 2050. How can Christiana’s various efforts to raise the ambition on climate help business accelerate their decarbonisation programmes? How can you anchor 2020 into your business's planning efforts?
  • Reporting Climate Risk
    How should companies prepare for greater investor engagement and tougher climate risk reporting standards? We’ll discuss the risks covered by the new FSB and TCFD guidelines, from energy prices to storm damage, and how to identify, assess and communicate the financial impacts. Should sustainability teams welcome these guidelines, how will they engage with finance functions?
  • Third Sector Partnerships
    With many companies are turning to NGOs and charities as partners to achieve their social and environment objectives, we ask if this adds up to a sea change? Which examples do you admire and why? Does it matter if they become quasi consultancy arrangements? Is the third sector taking a significant risk in becoming too close to corporates, and how can they protect against this?
  • Zero Carbon Pathways


  • 17:30
    Arrivals and Networking
  • 18:00
    Welcome from Jim Woods, CEO, The Crowd
  • 18:05
    Axel Threlfall in discussion with Christiana Figueres
  • 19:00
    Roundtable discussions (moderated discussions in groups of 10-12)
  • 19:45

Venue Details

The Great Hall,Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), One Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

Who's Attending

CEO Acre
Chief Technical Advisor Anthesis
Senior Sustainability and Ethical Trade Manager Arcadia Group Limited
Group Sustainability Manager Berkeley Group
Head of Engineering and Energy Management Boots UK
General Manager FM Bouygues Energies & Services
Societal risk adviser BP
Women’s Economic Empowerment Director CARE International
Head of Ethical & Responsible Investment CCLA
Corporate Advisory Exec Charities Aid Foundation
UK Director Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Communications Manager – CSR Dentsu Aegis Network
Contributing Editor Ethical Performance
EU properties EHS Expert and Energy Efficiency Coordinator GE International
Charity Engagement Executive GivingForce
Sustainability Manager GlaxoSmithKline
Sustainability Executive Grant Thornton UK LLP
Energy & Engineering support Hilton
Senior Sustainability Manager Hilton Worldwide
Sustainability Manager ICAEW
Head of Sustainability Informa Plc
Head of Sustainability Innocent Drinks
Exec Chair Interclimate Network
Group Sustainability Manager Interserve Plc
Head of Sustainability Jones Lang Lasalle
Energy Management Coordinator King’s College London
Head of Strategic Development Operations L’Oreal
Managing Associate Linklaters
Partner Lux Nova Partners
Sustainability Manager Marylebone Cricket Club
VP Morgan Stanley Investor Management
Senior Sustainability Manager Multiplex Construction Europe
Co-Founder Nice and Serious
Note Taker
Investment Manager Partners Group
Europe Senior Director of Sustainability PepsiCo
Investment Manager RWE
Environment Manager Skanska
Vice President Statoil
CEO The Crowd
Sustainable Development Director Toyota Material Handling Europe
Senior Carbon and Energy Strategy Manager Transport for London
Communications Consultant UNDP SDG Philanthropy Platform
Sustainability & CSR Manager Vacherin