COP26 is being viewed as the most significant climate change conference since the Paris summit in 2015. Thinking back to the legacy from Paris, the shared global effort to limit warming and consider adaption and resilience has framed aspirations and shaped practical efforts against climate change. COP26 is an opportunity to ratchet up ambitions, mobilise finance, and keep 1.5° of warming within reach.
To date, speculation and preparations in the run up to COP26 are missing perhaps the most important consideration: a clear account of what meaningful next steps could and should look like. Despite a flurry of bold statements and net zero declarations, not to mention a global lockdown, atmospheric carbon levels still rose to record levels in 2020. At the same time there is a growing sense that the events of the last two years have triggered a sea change in the way we view each other and the planet. COP26 will now take place in the context of national economic recovery plans and global financial system reforms. What new ways of thinking about a global green economy are waiting to be born out of the legacy of Glasgow? Has the pandemic triggered a renewed focus on systemic change, grounded in a more holistic view of human and planetary health? And what can businesses do to ensure that COP26 will be looked back upon as a decisive turning point in the transition to a low carbon future?
Frances Way is on secondment as the Executive Director of the Climate Champions team supporting the High Level Champion for COP26 on business, investor, city, state and civil society climate action. She is Chief Strategy Officer at CDP, overseeing their work on climate change, water security and forests strategies as well as the disclosure platform, scoring system, data and research. She represents CDP externally as a key spokesperson and is a trustee of the EIRIS foundation. Previously she worked in Equity Sales, marketing research on companies as investments to institutional pension funds and has an MSc in Business and the Environment from Imperial College.
Fiona Ball is the Group Director of Responsible Business, Sustainability and Social Impact at Sky. Fiona joined Sky in 2005 and ensures Sky’s high ethical, social and environmental standards and impact across the business and its supply chain are maintained and underpin company decisions. She is responsible for Sky’s new flagship environment campaigns, Sky Zero and Sky Ocean Rescue, and was previously responsible for Sky Rainforest Rescue, a six-year campaign and partnership with the WWF to inspire customers to help save a billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. She is a Game Changer at Business in the Community, and a WWF Earth Hour Hero.
Sir Brian Hoskins was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, and is now its Chair. He has been a Professor in Meteorology at the University of Reading for more than 40 years and for 10 years he also held a Royal Society Professorship. His international roles have included being vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and involvement in the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.
David Croft is the Group Director of Sustainability, Environment and Human Rights at Reckitt Benckiser, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers alongside RB’s global supply chain and brand teams. David has a wealth of leadership experience from major global companies, having held senior roles within Diageo, Kraft Foods, Cadbury, Waitrose and the Co-operative Group. With these, he led technical, marketing and sustainability functions to deliver growth through stronger sustainable supply chains, product quality, brand equity and shared value. David chairs the Business Industry Advisory Council’s Development Committee, and is a member of the Food Ethics Council.
Ray leads the sustainable finance team at WWF-UK. Previously, he worked in the global markets division of Merrill Lynch in New York. He holds a BSc. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MSc. in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics. Ray’s team focus mainly on spatial finance, policy and regulatory work on climate and environment, thematic areas such as food and finance, as well as broader system change in global finance. Ray is a member of Parmenion’s Ethical Oversight Committee as well as WHEB’s Advisory Committee.
Joey Tabone is the Founder of Sixty7.Green, the energy behind collaborative projects that link business prosperity to enhanced sustainability, improved social justice and positive action. Formerly a Director at Business in the Community, The Prince of Wales’s Responsible Business Network, his work focussed on campaigns that create a fairer society and a more sustainable future. Prior to this, he worked for the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change where he managed Australia’s largest carbon reduction programme. Joey holds other non-executive roles in the UK including Trustee of The Environmental Law Foundation, Trustee of Solving Kids’ Cancer UK, and Chair of The Pink Singers charity.
This event will be attended by Directors/ Heads of sustainability, environment, CSR, strategy, risk, marketing and communications and related fields.