With plastics hysteria growing, this conference will focus on practical, scalable and attainable solutions to the challenges surrounding plastics. Over the two days, we will equip business delegates with the guidance to develop and implement strategies for reducing plastic footprints, and making the right plastics sustainable.
We’ll bring together key actors from across the value chain, including retailers, brands, waste management companies, policy makers, suppliers and NGOs. The focus will remain on driving progress that works for consumers, the environment, utility and business reality.

The speakers

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Ernest de Weert

SIMS Recycling Solutions

Marketing and Communications Manager EMEA

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Joe Franses

Coca-Cola European Partners

Vice-President, Sustainability

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Pins Brown

The Body Shop

Head of Ethical Trade & Sustainable Sourcing

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Tony Kingsbury

The Dow Chemical Company

Director of Sustainability, EMEA

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Kate Daly

Closed Loop Partners

Managing Director, Center for the Circular Economy

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David Croft

Reckitt Benckiser

Global Director Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights

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Florian Trohay

General Mills

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager

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Anita McBain

M&G Investments

Head of Responsible Investing and ESG

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Agenda highlights

  • 2025 targets and commitments: What are the practicalities and realities of reaching targets around plastics use? 
  • Sustainable plastics and the next generation: What are consumer expectations for business?
  • Circular economy: Fundamental steps we need to take to reach a closed loop system
  • The role of government: How can government help and enable business in the fight against plastic pollution, and where does their responsibility end?
  • Finance and funding: How do we create sustainable funding models for innovation?
  • Consumer expectations vs consumer reactions: What we know so far about the response to sustainable plastic alternatives 
  • Investor criteria: What investors want to see from your plastics policies
  • Product design and R&D: How to increase recycled content without compromising the integrity of your product 
  • Defining extended producer responsibility: How far will it go?
  • Technology and partnerships: What are the disruptive innovations and technologies that could implement a sustainable plastics economy 
  • Engaging marketing: How to work with and engage marketing departments to influence consumer behaviour around plastics
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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

Coca-Cola European Partners
AB Foods
Pew Charitable Trusts
BMO Global Asset Management
European Outdoor Group
Ocean Conservancy
Hermes Investment Management
The Dow Chemical Company
The Absolute Company
Flying Tiger
Canon Europe
Principles for Responsible Investment
Ball Corporation
Reckitt Benckiser
Werner & Mertz
Exxon Mobil
M&G Investments
ABP Food Group
Fashion For Good
Walgreens Boots Alliance
The Carbon Trust
Kepler Cheuvreux
L'Occitane Group
perPETual Global Technologies Limited
Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association

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Get in touch

For any questions on the conference, please contact:

Narni Brooke-Adil
Project Director
[email protected]
+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 and to inquire, contact:

Haafizah Khodabocus
Business Development
[email protected],uk
+44 (0) 20 3780 7438

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Important update: Innovation Forum's first half conferences go virtual

As a result of the significant public health concerns around COVID-19, we are excited to announce that this year’s first half conferences will be moving to an interactive virtual conference held on the same dates. 
Innovation Forum is committed to enabling debate, dialogue and collaboration in these critical areas. Without being able to meet in person, we are doing everything we can to ensure these conversations still take place and business momentum is kept up in these extremely challenging times.
We are currently designing a sophisticated virtual platform to ensure that the discussions and debates still take place in a dynamic, engaging and interactive way. We’re also placing an real emphasis on ensuring attendees great networking opportunities via the platform. Over the two day conferences, you will have access to rich and interactive plenary and breakout sessions with high-level speakers and moderators from around the world. Live chat functions will also allow you to connect with any attendee at the event. 
This interactive and virtual feature also gives us the opportunity to add new formats and live discussions that really dig into the specific real world challenges faced by companies. So this year’s conferences will still deliver the same in-depth, practical and honest dialogue around each of the key issues.
Please get in touch for more information on the virtual conference, or for details on how to join.
Warm regards, 
Oliver Bamford | Managing Director
Innovation Forum: events and insight for sustainability
+44 (0) 203 780 7431
[email protected]