The UK Government has promised an industrial strategy for Brexit Britain that rebalances regional disparities and puts productivity, innovation and clean growth on a level playing field. An emphasis on ‘place’ as one of the five foundations of productivity is an acknowledgment of the crucial role that towns and cities play in driving economic and social advancements. A number of emerging Local Industrial Strategies are explicitly addressing ways to align economic development with the creation of social value.

Such strategies recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all approach; flexible and tailored solutions are key to ensuring that the different economic and social assets within local places are harnessed for collective impact. This includes mobilising businesses and employers to help connect people to the infrastructure and opportunities that exist locally.

How can companies play a positive and purposeful role in this context, using innovation and creative collaboration with others? What sort of corporate leadership helps ensure that everyone can both benefit from and contribute to the local economy? What else can business do to ensure that social value not only forms an embedded part of corporate DNA, but acts as a force for inclusive growth?

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Event for: Directors/Heads of: Sustainability | CSR | Innovation | Supply chains


  • Chris White

    Director, Institute for Industrial Strategy, King’s College London
  • Rachel Woolliscroft

  • Alasdair Ben Dixon

    Co-founder, Collective Works
  • Cliff Prior

    CEO, Big Society Capital
  • Cassandra Brown

    Strategic Partnerships, WaterAid

Round Tables

  • Providing a cornerstone for local social innovation
    The Government has a vision to make the UK the world’s “most innovative nation by 2030”. How can companies support and collaborate with social innovators, and benefit through reconnecting with communities? What sorts of partnerships, networks, distributed systems and capacity sharing platforms can be leveraged to meet local challenges and scale shared impact?
  • Empowering employees to go local
    Employees are a key conduit for business to connect with community-specific issues. How can companies engage and empower their own employees to catalyse local impact? What does it take to effectively manage, measure and scale the positive impact of local corporate giving and engagement initiatives?
  • From local consumers to community champions
    Participation from local people is key to creating lasting social value. How can business catalyse behavioural change amongst their customer base and the wider community, enlisting everyone to play a role in driving social and sustainable solutions to place-specific challenges? What kinds of projects can businesses undertake to build enduring local engagement and empowered communities?
  • Social value in local supply chains
    A focus on economic localism provides fertile opportunities for companies to think about circular models, reduce carbon footprints, enhance transparency and traceability, and build stronger and more sustainable connections with local communities, institutions, SMEs and social innovators. What are the biggest challenges and benefits of local supply chains? How does the new wave of digital supply chain transformation apply to new local strategies and collaborative approaches?
  • Localised impact investing and community finance
    Financial opportunities are integral to building sustainable, inclusive local places. From supporting social businesses, to financing community assets, to providing access to finance for people who are currently excluded from the system, impact investing is growing in scope and scale at a local level. What further measures are needed to enable further financial support for businesses, services and partnerships which harness social value and foster inclusive growth?
  • Nurturing local talent
    The social, environmental and economic challenges that we need to address in the UK are also opportunities for people-centred development. How can businesses help ensure that the transition to a sustainable society is coupled with skilled and well-paid, low-carbon jobs? Beyond focusing on minimising disruption and making sure that no one is left behind, can we instead seize new economic opportunities to include those regions, communities and workers currently on the margins of our economy and improve the quality of life for all? What sorts of initiatives and leadership supports access to employment and creates a diverse and future-ready workforce?
  • Clean growth and sustainable local infrastructure
    Clean growth is a national and local imperative, but what does a low carbon, resource efficient strategy look like in relation to the social and economic infrastructure that communities rely on most? How can businesses ensure the quality, affordability and accessibility of homes, transport and services that are rooted in environmental as well as social benefits?
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  • 16:30
  • 17:00
    Opening lightning talks from Cliff Prior, Chris White, Rachel Woolliscroft, Alasdair Ben Dixon
  • 17:50
    Roundtable discussions
  • 18:45
    Networking break
  • 19:15
    The Crowd LATES panel discussion and podcast recording with Cliff Prior, Alasdair Ben Dixon, Cassandra Brown
  • 20:30

Venue Details

Royal Institute of British Architects,
66 Portland Place,

Who's Attending

Commercial Sustainability Manager AkzoNobel
Sustainability Manager Anglian Water
Head of Sustainability Argent LLP
Director, Head of Sustainability Avison Young
Managing Director Abundance Investment
Lead Consultant Action Sustainability
Director Baynel
Chief Executive Big Society Capital
Environment Manager Bouygues
Co-CEO and Managing Partner Bridge-Partnership
Wellbeing Director Business in the Community
Senior Corporate Client Manager Charities Aid Foundation
Senior Vice President Capital Group
Director Centre for Industrial Strategy, Kings College London
Founding Partner Collective Works
Client Director Context
Chief Energiser Cordant Group
Global Environment Manager Dentsu Aegis Network
Social Impact Manager ENGIE UK
Executive Director Ethical Trading Initiative
Supervising Associate EY
Head of Social Enterprise Services EY Foundation
CEO Forster Communications
CEO GivingForce Limited
Associate Director GK Strategy
Sustainabiliy Assistant Manager Grant Thornton UK LLP
CEO & Founder Halotrade
Assistant Project Manager International Maritime Organization
Senior Manager, Social Purpose ITV Plc
Head of Social Impact JCDecaux
Socio-Economic Lead JLL UK
Independent Non Executive KPMG
Group HSES Director Lloyd’s Register
Senior Sustainable Business and Partnerships Manager M&S
Sustainability Manager Mace
Community & Skills Team Leader (Associate Director of Sustainability) Mace
Head of Community Housing Man Group
Sustainabilty Delivery Manager M&S
Head of community engagement National Grid
CEO Neighbourly
Operations Director Obliquity
Consultant Oliver Wyman
Risk Manager Orsted
Director, Sustainability Strategy and Communications PepsiCo
Lead Product Design & Innovation PepsiCo
MD Responsible 100
Trustee Ashoka
Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Shiva Hotels
Director Skating Panda
Director, Sustainability and Business Transformation Symrise
Director Sustainability Taylor Wimpey
Environment Manager TfL
Director of Delivery and Impact The Social Innovation Partnership
VP Finance Unilever
SHEQ Director United Living
Head of Sustainability University of Greenwich
Managing Director Verco
Head of Strategy and Research Verco
Group Net Zero Manager Virgin Management Limited
Director Voice4Change England
Strategic Partnerships WaterAid
Sustainability Manager Wates
Chief Executive West London Business
Sustainability Manager Willmott Dixon Interiors
Chief Advisor – Economics WWF