GSPN 2024

29th February - 1st March, Hilton Deansgate, Manchester

  • Day 1
  • Day 2

29 February 2024

  • 8:00 am - 8:40 am

    Main Room


    We’re inspired by the change we wish to see in the world — one where business, society and sustainability coexist. Join us for an agenda of action, navigating CSRD and the overhaul of sustainable design, supply chain, people & go...

  • 8:45 am - 8:55 am

    Main Room

    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Laura Gelder-Robertson

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

    Welcome to the Global Sustainability Partnership Network. We’ve never been in such a challenging landscape as we are now, and at times like this we need each other. What we want to do is share evidence-based practice to support each ot...

  • 8:55 am - 9:35 am

    Main Room

    Leadership Panel: Disruptive Sustainability: Challenging the Status Quo

    Laura Gelder-Robertson

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

    Martin Wayman

    Group Director of Corporate Responsibility

    Andy Clarke

    Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs UK & I

    Mark Jones

    Chief Sustainability Officer
    The Hut Group

    David Middlemiss

    Director Sustainability Taskforce
    Competition and Markets Authority

    As we crossed the threshold into 2024, an election year for over two billion people in 40 countries, a question echoed in the sustainability community: What are we going to do differently this year to turn things around?

    Good str...

  • 9:40 am - 10:10 am

    Main Room

    The Circular Economy: Strategies and models for sustainable business

    Sebastian Munden


    Why aren’t more companies inventing new, more competitive, and resilient circular business models? How big is the circular economy? What have some companies done to disrupt the ‘business as usual’ approach? How will customer be...

  • 10:10 am - 10:30 am

    Main Room

    Project Carbon Harvest – Pioneering low carbon food, fuel and farming

    Phillip Lukas

    Chief Executive Officer
    Future Biogas Ltd

    What if we could decarbonise industrial gas demand without infrastructure investment or barriers to entry?

    What if this solution could help decarbonise agriculture, was fully certifiable and additional, captures CO2 and strengthen...

  • 10:35 am - 10:55 am

    Main Room

    Dragons Den - Speed Presentations

    Our signature ‘Dragons’ Den’ session provides each solution provider with an opportunity to deliver a short 60 second pitch, explaining why they are here and how their services can help tackle some of the sector’s ongoing challen...

  • 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Main Room

    Coffee Break and Business Meetings

    15 minute meetings with suppliers who are offering solutions most relevant to your challenges. Please check the schedule on the back of your delegate pass for your meeting timings.

  • 12:20 pm - 1:00 pm

    Main Room

    Panel Discussion: Operationalising Sustainability: Unlocking Revenue Streams

    Laura Gelder-Robertson

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

    Sinead Conway

    Corporate Responsibility Programme Director

    Andrew Boyd

    Chief Sustainability Officer
    Perfetti Van Melle

    David Shaw

    Sustainability Director
    Kraft Heinz

    Carly Wallis

    Senior Sustainability Lead, News and World Service

    We are at the beginning of a rapid growth projection. This session deep dives into the opportunities offered by emerging strategies that deliver sustainable value, including the role of customer expectations, circular models, change mana...

  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Main Room

    Interactive Roundtables

    Balancing Sustainability with Profit
    This table will share and identify the key barriers to profitability trade-off decisions related to sustainability goals. With new reporting where will this translate into quan...

  • 1:30 pm - 2:10 pm

    Main Room

    Networking Lunch

    An opportunity to connect with your peers and suppliers to talk over the learnings from the event. Lunch is served buffet style and a range of options are available to cater for different dietary requirements.

  • 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

    Main Room

    Panel Discussion: Putting the S in ESG

    Zoe Le Grand

    Managing Director
    Forum for the Future

    Dr Selin Calik

    Climate Change Scientist and Green Energy Observer // Founder & CEO
    UNFCCC // Women in Smart Energy

    Emmanuele Ogbonna

    Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

    Justin Placide

    Head of Net Zero Governance, Briefing and Fiscal Events
    Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    Lucy Healy

    Responsible Supply Chain & Governance
    Balfour Beatty

    For far too long ‘social impact’ or the ‘S’ in ESG has felt discretionary. Or worse- about brands adopting a social cause to burnish their reputation. The justice agenda demands more. It asks hard questions about equality, human ...

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Main Room

    Beyond the Baseline: How to Scale Accretive Energy Improvements Across a Building Portfolio

    Manish Sharma

    Vice President Chief Product Officer

    Vikram Bhardwaj

    Business Development Leader - UK/ Europe

    • Have you looked at baselining your building portfolios energy use? Do you know where to start?
    • Do you know how you would scale energy improvements across your portfolio to fit within your budgets?
    • Do you look at f...

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Main Room

    Nature-Positive: Transforming a business model for profit and planet

    Oliver Carpenter

    Director of Environmental Risk Analytics

    Nature-positive is the latest movement to reshape the corporate landscape. Major businesses, including the likes of Salesforce, GSK, Holcim, and Unilever, are setting out their plans to contribute to a nature-positive world.

    But ...

  • 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

    Main Room

    Coffee Break and Business Meetings

    15 minute meetings with suppliers who are offering solutions most relevant to your challenges. Please check the schedule on the back of your delegate pass for your meeting timings.

  • 5:05 pm - 5:25 pm

    Main Room

    How to Fail Fast and Win in Sustainability

    Will Ennett

    Head of Sustainability & ESG

    In this interactive session, we will reflect on challenges faced by environment and sustainability professionals in trying to change their organisations and embed sustainable thinking. We will hear from the audience on their stories and ...

  • 5:25 pm - 5:45 pm

    Main Room

    Special Guest Speaker & Closing Presentation: Never Waste a Crisis: Leveraging Creativity and Innovation for Sustainable Transformation

    Eddy Altman

    Physicist Climate Scientist and Guest Speaker
    Creative Conscience

    In today’s world, environmental and social crises are at the forefront, posing significant challenges to businesses globally. However, amidst these challenges lies an opportunity for transformation. By integrating sustainability in...

  • 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

    Main Room

    Hotel Check-in/Down Time

  • 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Main Room

    Drinks Reception & Networking Dinner

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    Stay ahead of your emissions and climate impact

    Andrew Peterson

    Product Manager

    EcoOnline’s sustainability management software gives you a deeper understanding of your measuring, reporting, and monitoring requirements. Make informed decisions to help reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint with access to acc...

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Breakout Room 1

    Making Net Zero Transition Plans Work

    Tim Crozier-Cole

    Associate Director, Head of Aim for Zero Corporates

    Having a robust net zero Transition Plan is on the to-do list for many companies over the coming years. How do we make sure that they are not seen as another compliance requirement and deliver real business benefit? This session will p...

  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Breakout Room 2

    The other side of the coin: climate risk and resilience

    Andrew Forsyth

    Head of Climate Resilience and Sustainability (UK)
    Zurich Resilience Solutions

    An opportunity to learn how climate change driven extreme weather events are impacting organisations and how those ‘in the know’ are combining data and climate risk assessments to make their assets resilient.

  • 3:20 pm - 3:40 pm

    Breakout Room 2

    Empowering Businesses with Sustainable Energy Solutions

    Michael Firth

    Senior Customer Solutions Manager
    ESB Energy Business Solutions

    ESB Energy’s presentation focuses on empowering businesses in the UK with tailored energy solutions for sustainability and decarbonisation. We introduce our collaborative approach to understanding client needs and integrating sustainab...

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GSPN 2024

29th February - 1st March, Hilton Deansgate, Manchester