Here at The Crowd, a genuine belief in “The Wisdom of Crowds” is central to our mission. It is part of our DNA and central to everything we do.

We also believe that solutions for the most challenging global problems confronting business, government and society, can be found by tapping into the deep wellspring of innovation, passion and experience that exists in humanity’s collective intelligence.

In today’s digitally empowered and socially connected “Idea Economy” we have an unprecedented ability to harness the diverse perspectives of large groups of people from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, to develop new creative solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and making the world a better place for everyone.

So, for our final Crowd Forum of 2017, it gave us great pleasure to present a sustainability leader from one of the world’s most respected companies who also shares this belief.

Chris Wellise, Chief Sustainability Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (USA) joined us on 4th December, to share his experience and lessons from the company’s award-winning Living Progress Challenge – a signature initiative that combined the power of crowdsourcing, design thinking and digital technology to tackle some of the biggest global sustainability, environmental and social problems.

By 2020, the HPE Living Progress Challenge aims to accelerate opportunities for one million people by combining information technology and Hewlett Packard Enterprise employee expertise with the global community’s most innovative ideas.

There are tremendous lessons here for all business and sustainability leaders. Attendees learnt more about this exciting program and its global impact in an evening with Chris Wellise, CSO of one of the world’s most respected tech companies

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


  • Chris Wellise

    Chief Sustainability Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Belinda Goldsmith

    Editor-in-Chief, Thomson Reuters

Round Tables

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  • Automating Sustainability Reporting In The Cloud
    Digital technology is increasingly automating many of the more traditionally labour-intensive sustainability reporting functions. Many companies are moving towards fully-automated cloud-based metering, monitoring and reporting solutions and advanced analytics using best available technology with seamless integration. This roundtable will consider the benefits, opportunities, costs and challenges of automating sustainability reporting through digital and cloud-based technology.
  • Building Digital Assurance For Sustainable Business
    In the new digital age, companies are increasingly wielding big data and digitisation to transform their operations. These new tools offer tremendous opportunities to improve sustainability, enhance performance, and reduce risk. But they also come with assurance challenges, often needing real-time testing, inspection and certification services, to master the complexity and integration of cyber-physical systems and ensure their safe, secure and efficient use. This session will explore the challenges of building digital assurance for sustainable business.
  • Building Internal Capacity Through Leadership On Climate Action
    Having a robust internal capacity on climate issues is essential for companies to harness climate action as a driver of innovation, competitiveness, risk management and growth. But how can business leaders unify, inspire and focus their organisations in this regard? This roundtable will explore the challenge of building internal capacity on climate issues, discussing: Why science-based-targets can help focus the organisation around a common goal, why a shared company commitment to climate action can help build cohesion and culture, and how building capacity on climate action can drive innovation, minimise risk and spur growth.
  • Engaging Employees Through A Higher-Purpose
    One in four people say they prefer working for companies that have a strong track record of supporting charities, and research has shown that 90% of workers say their job is more fulfilling when they are given opportunities to make a positive impact on social and environmental issues. How can companies build employee engagement around a higher purpose through charitable action? How can companies identify and support the purposeful groups or causes that are complimentary to their own corporate mission? How does support for a higher purpose cause, help companies create a more purposeful business of their own?
  • Harnessing The Power Of Social Platforms For Purposeful Business
    The HPE Living Progress campaign had the objective of improving one million lives by crowdsourcing global ideas, harnessing the power of digital tech. Likewise, the power of social platforms can help companies collaborate and engage with communities in ways that amplify their purposeful business initiatives, strengthen relationships with community stakeholders and help tackle complex societal problems. This roundtable will consider how companies can best leverage the power of social platforms for the greater good. How can they help? What is the best way to use them? What kind of problems can they help fix?
  • Harnessing The Wisdom Of Crowds
    Solutions to many of the world’s most intractable sustainability challenges can be found by tapping into the power of crowdsourcing, community engagement and collective action. This roundtable will discuss different ways that businesses can amplify their sustainability strategies, by harnessing the wisdom of crowds, community goodwill and collective energy of their customers, employees and stakeholders. What challenges are ripe for crowd solutions? What are the best ways to activate crowdsourcing? How can companies amplify their strategies through collective or community action? Are there any potential downsides?
  • Letting The Sun Shine In!
    The mindset of conventional energy use and generation is shifting, with companies increasingly taking a big picture, blue sky thinking approach. Aside from the benefits around cost and security of supply, businesses moving to renewable energy are joining part of a global movement bringing renewable energy into the mainstream – and this can have flow-on effects around brand perceptions, carbon emissions reporting and feel-good effects for customers, employees and community stakeholders. This roundtable will consider some of the broader benefits for companies in “letting the sun shine in” and being part of the global shift to tackle climate change though renewable energy.
  • Next Generation Sustainability Reporting


  • 17:30
    Arrivals and networking
  • 18:00
    Welcome from Luke Clarkson, MD The Crowd
  • 18:05
    Keynote from Chris Wellise, HP Enterprise
  • 18:25
    Chris Wellise in discussion with Belinda Goldsmith
  • 19:15
    Roundtable discussions (moderated discussions in groups of 10-12)
  • 20:00
    Networking and drinks
  • 20:00

Venue Details

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

Who's Attending

Sustainability Director ABM
Sustainability Procurment Consultant Accenture
Founder/Director Acre
Principal Consultant Acre
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Energy Manager Affinity Water
Global Sustainability Engagement Programme Manager AkzoNobel Decorative Paints
Journalist Ambient&Ambienti
Business Development Manager Ameresco Ltd
Head of PR19 Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Anglian Water
Head of Strategy for IS Anglian Water
Director Anthesis
Director Anthesis
Head of Reporting ArcelorMittal
Group CR Manager Aviva
CR Manager Aviva
CSR manager Bank of England
Senior sustainable living officer Bioregional
CEO Blu Dot
Environmental Manager Bouygues
CEO & President Bower Group Asia
Sustainability Coordinator BP Biofuels
Global Brand Manager British Gas
Senior Corporate Client Manager CAF
ESG Investors Lead CBRE Group
Corporate Citizenship Manager Centrica
Senior Commercial Development Manager Charities Aid Foundation
Director Collectively / The Guardian / Positive News
Associate Director – Sustainability Colliers International
Chairman Context America
Business Partnership Manager Cool Earth
Director Corporate Citizenship
Director of Innovation Datamaran
Stakeholder Relations Manager De Beers Group of Companies
Data Innovation Lead Department of International Development
Development Manager Earthwatch Institute
Development Manager Earthwatch Institute
Consultant Elementaly
Business Manager Estee Lauder
Digital Lead Forum for the Future
Sustainability Assistant Manager Grant Thornton UK LLP
Supplier Engagement Manager GSK
Head of Sustainability GVA
Energy & Environment Manager Hammerson
Sustainability Consultant Helistrat
Vice President, Corporate Affairs Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Specialist, Corporate Responsibility EMEA Hilton
Awards & Events Marketing Manager ICAEW
Director Business ICAEW
Sustainability Intern ICAEW
Country Sustainability Engagement Manager IKEA
EHS & Energy Management Expert Independent
Advisor Inspiring Sustainability
BDM Integrated Environmental Solutions
Assistant Project Manager International Maritime Organization
Group Sustainability Strategy Director Interserve Plc
Sustainability Manager – Reuse & Recycling John Lewis Partnership
Assistant Manager John Lewis plc
Sustainability Manager John Lewis plc
Director of Innovation Jones Lang Lasalle
Head of Policy and Development Julie’s Bicycle
Environment Manager Kier Ltd
Energy Management Coordinator King’s College London
Comms LGT Impact Ventures UK
PPA Development Lightsource Renewable Energy
Project Developer Lightsource Renewable Energy
Innovation Strategy and Insights Manager Mace Ltd
Sustainability Delivery Manager Marks & Spencer
Founder Mission in Action Ltd
Executive Director Natural Capital Coalition
Founder Neighbourly
ESG Data Research Neudata
Co-founder Nice and Serious
Sustainability Project Manager O2
Social Impact Associate Oliver Wyman
Commercial Manager Ovo Energy
Head of Pavegen LIVE Pavegen
Corporate Responsibility Manager Prudential UK & Europe
Sustainable Behaviours Lead PwC
Director Responsible 100
Principal adviser, Brand and Communications Rio Tinto
Project manager Rio Tinto
Sustainable Banking Graduate Royal Bank of Scotland
Sustainable Banking Lead – Innovation and Service Royal Bank of Scotland
Professor Royal Institution G.B.
Group CSR & Sustainability Manager Santander UK
Head of Marketing and Communications Sedex
Social Performance Adviser Shell
Sustainability Technical Director Skanska
CIO Standard Bank London Ltd
Associate SYSTEMIQ
Visiting Fellow in Media & Communications Telefonica
Sustainability Project Manager, Marketing & Consumer UK Telefonica UK
Head of Sustainability Telford Homes PLC
Group Sustainability Manager Telford Homes PLC
Managing Director The Crowd
Chief Catalyst The Crowd
CEO The Future Academy
Head of Programmes The Guardian Foundation
Assistant Manager, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing The John Lewis Partenrship
Raw materials Manager The John Lewis Partenrship
Head of Sustainability The Royal Parks
Director The SHM Foundation
Research & Operations Officer The Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Data Scientist TR
R&D Manager Unilever
Senior Consultant Verco
Consultant Verco
Head of Building Optimisation Services Verco
Growth Director Viadynamics
Head of StoreCare, EnergyCare and Engineering Walgreens Boots Alliance
Director of Strategic Partnerships WaterAid
Head of Innovation and Strategic Engagement WaterAid
Principal Sustainability Manager Willmott Dixon
Global Supply Chain Product Leader Zurich Commercial