This conference will assess how business can deliver greater impact through the sustainability function. We’ll highlight the latest approaches to materiality, and how to establish a robust business case in 2018.
Through a series of company case studies, we’ll also provide business delegates with the practical guidance to accurately define and understand the impact of current sustainability programs. The emphasis will remain on understanding impact in order to drive strategy, justify budgets and effectively communicate progress.

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"Innovation Forum assembled an excellent cohort of panellists and participants, which led to very engaging and thought-provoking dialogue." ~ Bill Hall, Head of Sustainability, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

The speakers

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Christine McGrath

Mondelēz International

Vice President and Chief of Global Impact

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Logan Duran


Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Metrics and Reporting

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David Tulauskas

General Motors

Director of Sustainability

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Virginia Covo Naranjo

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Global Director, Supply Chain Sustainability

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Bill Hall

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Head of Sustainability

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Anika Goss-Foster

Detroit Future City

Executive Director

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Daniella Foster


Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility

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Erik Petrovskis


Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability

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Agenda highlights

  • The business case in 2018: How to make board rooms REALLY care about sustainability  
  • Understanding and measuring impact: What are the practicalities and how do you determine the value of sustainability?
  • Defining materiality: How materiality assessments can be used to inform and direct company strategy
  • ROI in action: In-depth company case studies on the specific tools and processes for determining the ROI of sustainability initiatives
  • Effective communication through better reporting: Using the SGDs for improved reporting and to communicate impact more effectively
  • Data systems that deliver: How to access the right data from your suppliers, and then what to do with it
  • Investor perspective: What impact indicators are investors really looking for?
  • External stakeholders: How do NGOs and other stakeholders judge companies and which methodologies do they use?
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Why attend?

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Discover best practices from industry leaders and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively implement policies

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Meet & network with an influential audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors

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Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts

What’s different about this forum?

Innovation Forum is:
  • Candid: Entirely off-the-record discussion that enables open and honest disclosure from speakers and genuine participation from the audience.
  • Practical: A clear focus on the practical and actionable guidance that can drive change throughout industries and supply chains.
  • Focused: We provide enough time, resources and expertise to the issues that really matter. We don’t skate the surface, but get to the crux of the issues to provide in-depth, constructive discussion.
Innovation Forum is NOT:
  • A PR platform: Enthusiastic speakers are NOT given free rein to fill a session presenting their companies, allowing no time to actually get to the crux of the issues.
  • A talking shop: This is NOT an opportunity for a group people in a room to simply agree with everything said, regardless of outcomes.
  • All promise, no delivery: We will NOT promise what we can’t deliver. The issues covered are complex. They won’t be solved at a two-day conference. But we will help deliver progress through in-depth, constructive and practical advice around specific issues.

Who attends

Natural Capital Coalition
Future-Fit Foundation
Pukka Herbs
Global Reporting Initiative
Aviva Investors
Hermes Investment Management
World Benchmarking Alliance
SAI Platform
Shell Foundation
The Woodland Trust
Tony's Chocolonely

The venue

Located in the heart of downtown Detroit within the historic David Whitney building, next to the Grand Circus Park. 

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One Park Avenue


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Get in touch 

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Narni Brooke-Adil
Project Director
+44 (0) 20 3780 7435

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Registration for the conference is currently open. To sign up, you can do so online here, or get in touch directly for details of group discounts.


For more information on partnering with the event, please contact:

Anita Thomson
Business Development 
+44 (0) 20 3780 7433

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