On February 6th we explored the “exponential mindset” with John Elkington and guests. We looked at how companies are turning to powerful technologies and business models to tackle social problems, from moonshot targets to the blockchain. It’s a recognition that incrementalism is not cutting the mustard, and that greater ambition is possible.

John explains this mindset in his Breakthrough Business Models report, largely through the lens of Silicon Valley. His carefully selected speakers shared what they are doing in six minutes, before a discussion of the obstacles that lie in the path of exponential thinking and they can be overcome. We heard from;

  • Susanne Stormer of NovoNordisk on how the worlds biggest supplier of insulin has set an ambition to eradicate diabetes
  • Shona Tatchell on how she is developing a blockchain solution to modern slavery from within Barclays
  • Danone’s Corinne Bazina on how its partnership with Grameen Bank has helped to deliver affordable nutrition to the base of the pyramid
  • Charmian Love, on how the B Corp platform is creating a movement of businesses that treat society as a stakeholder.

Many are concerned about the social impact of business and technology, but what if the same power was used by business for the benefit of society? How does that build trust, improve retention and deliver innovation? It was an inspiring, bamboozling and tech-fuelled conversation that may opened our minds to new possibilities.

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


  • John Elkington

    Chairman & Chief Pollinator, Volans
  • Susanne Stormer

    VP Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
  • Corine Bazina

    General Manager, Danone Communities
  • Charmian Love

    Co-Founder and Co-Chair, B Lab UK
  • Shona Tatchell

    Head of Innovation, Trade & Working Capital, Barclays

Round Tables

  • Carbon X
    What does exponential change in carbon management look like in 2017, and is there now a business case for extreme reduction? Where does power lie – from pledges to remove carbon, like the RE100, to Science Based Targets to new technologies? Will 2017 be a good vintage?
  • Energy X
    With an array of new energy management technologies coming to market, it is hard to see how 2017 will not be a breakthrough year. What excites you the most - low power sensors, data platforms, storage, AI, falling prices, new forms of financing…. or something different? What obstacles need to be overcome?
  • Less Of The Same
    Given the scale of the social and environmental problems we face, now is not the time for more of the same. How does one avoid mimicking others and take real creative risk? Is it right to feel mildly sick with anxiety if one wants to create change? Time to pool your experience and nominate heroes.
  • Materiality
    Materiality matters in periods of change. Can you identify the 5 core ingredients for a world-class sustainability materiality strategy, from engaging the right stakeholders to communication mediums to frameworks? How can an effective materiality process transform the value of reporting?
  • Millennials
    Millennials will make up half the global workforce by 2050, and are characterised as “wanting to a desire to affect THEIR cause through YOUR organisation”. How can organisations turn this generation into an asset, and build an environment that attracts Millennials. Is there a connection with exponential change?
  • Slavery
    2016 saw many companies start to think about modern slavery in their supply chains, driven by Modern Slavery Act in the UK. What are the lessons learned from complying with the legislation, and what does leadership look like on slavery? Could technology deliver exponential change?
  • Social X
    John Elkington is calling for business to shift from incremental to exponential mindset to tackle social and environmental challenges. After hearing from him and his panellists, what strikes you about this call? What are the obstacles that need to be overcome, and how can we make progress?
  • Systems Change
    The idea that a company should seek to change the system is fresh thinking, with a number of leading companies exploring it. What examples of system change inspire you, from joining movements such as the RE100 or B Corps, to lobbying for positive policy change? Should this be seen as a high-risk activity?
  • The Intrapreneur


  • 18:00
    Arrivals and Networking
  • 18:30
    Welcome: Jim Woods, CEO, The Crowd
  • 18:35
    Presentations by Suzanne Stormer (NovoNordisk), Shona Tatchell (Barclays), Corinne Bazina (Danone), Charmian Love (BCorp)
  • 19:05
    John Elkington in discussion with Suzanne Stormer, Shona Tatchell, Corinne Bazina, Charmian Love
  • 19:45
    Roundtable discussions (moderated discussions in groups of 10-12)
  • 20:30
    Drinks and Networking
  • 20:30

Venue Details

CodeNode, 10 South Place, London, EC2M 7EB

Who's Attending

Sustainable Procurement Consultant Accenture
Research Consultant Acre
Principal Consultant Acre
Environmental Sustainability Manager Adnams
Head of Sustainability Anglian Water
Chief Executive Anthesis
Director Anthesis
Senior Sustainability and Ethical Trade Manager Arcadia Group Limited
Group CR Manager Aviva
Group CR Manager Aviva
Senior ESG Analyst Aviva Investors
Communications and Storytelling B Lab UK
Strategy and Operations B Lab UK
Community Manager B Lab UK
CR & Environmental Manager EMEA Bank of America Merrill Lynch
VP Barclays
VP Barclays
Head of Innovation Barclays
AVP, Group Citizenship Reporting Barclays
Green Finance Initiative BEIS
On Purpose Associate Big Society Capital
Commercial Development Manager Bioregional
Head of Communications and Policy Bioregional
Co-Founder Blu Dot
Sustainability Manager Bupa
Responsibility Project Manager Burberry Ltd
Head of Corporate Responsibility Camelot
Director of Sustainability & Government Affairs Canon
Sustainability Analyst Capgemini
Senior Manager Carbon Disclosure Project
Founder / Lecturer OPMBA CE-optimal
Corporate Citizenship Manager Centrica
Senior Marketing Manager Charities Aid Foundation
Head of Corporate Clients Charities Aid Foundations
Sustainability Manager Colas Rail
Business Partnership Manager Cool Earth
Director Corporate Citizenship
Head of Business Development Cronycle
Senior Sales Account Manager Current, powered by GE
Commercial Manager – Partnerships Current, powered by GE
Senior Marketing Manager Current, powered by GE
B Corp Manager Danone
B Corp director Danone
Global Corporate Responsibility Deloitte
Manager Deloitte
Blockchain Lead Deloitte
Global Community Manager Dentsu Aegis Network
Global Environment Manager Dentsu Aegis Network
Global sustainability policy & reporting Diageo
Senior Consultant DNV GL
Head of UK Assessment DNV GL
Director, Sustainability Services DNV GL
Principal Consultant DVN GL
COO Electron
Communications Manager Electron
Editor Ethical Corp
Managing Partner, CEO Fintricity
HOD Staging Fisher Productions
CEO and Co-Founder Future Fit Foundation
Co-founder & Chair Future Fit Foundation
IT Support Analyst GivingForce
Charity Engagement Executive GivingForce
CEO GivingForce Limited
Public Policy Manager GlaxoSmithKline
CR Manager GlaxoSmithKline
Director, Business Performance GlaxoSmithKline
Managing Partner Global Action Plan
Head of Marketing Global Action Plan
Partner Global Action Plan
Senior Executive – Vibrant Economy Grant Thornton LLP
Internal Sustainability Executive Grant Thornton UK LLP
Group Sustainability Manager Grosvenor Group
Communications and Government Affairs Manager GSK
Energy Data Analyst Hilton
Energy and Environment Manager Hilton Worldwide
Consultant Hitachi Consulting
MD Hubbub
Blockchain Leader – IBM UK and Ireland IBM
Consultant – Cognitive Solutions and IoT IBM
Sustainability Executive ICAEW
Sustainability Manager ICAEW
Supply Chain Analyst Innocent Drinks
Business Development Manager Integrated Environmental Solutions
Exec Chair Interclimate Network
Global Account Director EMEA Interface
Sustainable Procurement Manager Interserve FM Ltd
Head of Sustainability Interserve Plc
Global Head of Energy & Sustainability ISS UK
Sustainability Manager JLL
Director Kin&Co
Sustainability Manager King’s College London
Sustainability manager Kingfisher plc
Sustainability Projects Officer Kings College London
Blockchain Lead Kynetix
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility L’Oreal
Analyst – Sustainability & Responsible Investment Legal & General Investment Management
Investment Manager LGTIV
Senior Development Manager Lightsource Renewable Energy
Marketing & Communications Manager Lightsource Renewable Energy
Manager Lloyds Banking Group
Director of Innovation Mace Ltd
Associate MADE-BY
Head of brand Marks & Spencer
Property Plan A Project Manager Marks & Spencer
Plan A and Human Rights Manager Marks & Spencer
Sustainable Business Manager Marks and Spencer
Plan A Project Manager Marks and Spencer
Founder Mission in Action Ltd
CSR Project Manger Nando’s Chickenland Ltd
Head of Environment and Sustainability National Express
Executive Director Natural Capital Coalition
Business Development Manager Natural Capital Partners
Business Development Manager Natural Capital Partners
Founder Neighbourly
CEO Neighbourly
Sustainability Strategy Manager Network Rail
Co-Founder Nice and Serious
Note Taker
Note Taker
Note Taker
Note Taker
Note Taker
Chairman Oxford Capital Partners LLP
Global Campaigns Director Pearson plc
Senior Ethical Trade Manager, EMEA & Americas Primark
Head of Environment, Health & Safety Prudential plc
Head of CR Prudential UK & Europe
Brand Sustainability Programme Manager Reckitt Benckiser Plc
Global Human Rights Manager Reckitt Benckiser Plc
Director Resourceful Reasoning
Director Responsible 100
Marketng Communications Executive Ricoh Europe Plc
Marketing Manager Ricoh Europe Plc
Sustainability Analyst Rolls-Royce
Head of Corporate Partnerships RSPB
Senior CR and Sustainability Manager Sainsbury’s
Project Manager Sainsbury’s
International Development Manager Sainsburys
Chief Executive Officer Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Solar Partnerships and Projects Manager Shell
Social Performance Adviser Shell
Senior Programme Manager Shiva Foundation
Head of Sustainability Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Consultant Slalom Consulting
Energy & Sustainability Director Source8 (Lloyds Banking Group)
Consultant Statoil
Global VP Corporate Sustainability & Social Responsibility Swarovski
Director TDT Consulting
Head of CR & Env Telefonica UK
Head of Sustainability Telford Homes PLC
Corporate Reporting Executive Tesco
Director The Crowd
Strategic Advisor – the Curve The Crowd
CEO The Crowd
Chief Operating Officer The Crown Estate
Strategic Advisor The Curve
CEO The Social Innovation Partnership
Founder Three Point Zero
Partner TIL Ventures
Sustainability Project Lead TUI Group
Executive Director UN Global Compact Network UK
Head of Sustainability University Of Greenwich
Sustainability & CSR Manager Vacherin
Analyst Verco
Managing Director Verco
Changing Business for Good Group Director Virgin Management
Sustainability Manager Virgin Media
Carbon Productivity Project Manager Volans
Office & Campaigns Coordinator Volans
Breakthrough Agent Volans
Manager, Research and Special Projects Volans
Regional Director, International Labor Standards EMEA Walt Disney Company Limited, The
Investor Welllington
Head of Corporate Social Responsibility William Hill Plc
Agricultural Commodities Manager WWF
Head International Development Policy WWF