The objective of this conference is to highlight how business can create, demonstrate and measure progress in sustainable innovation. We’ll assess how companies can deliver real changes that offer cost saving, profit-making and have a sustainability impact they can be proud of.  

Through a series of company case studies, we’ll also provide business delegates with 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.

The speakers

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Anne van Riel


Head of Sustainable Finance Americas

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Pamela Strifler


Business Builder and Sustainability Executive

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Maureen Kline


Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability

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Nathan Shuler

Schneider Electric

Sustainability Solutions Architect

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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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Jason Glaser

La Isla Network


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Terry Nelidov

Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability University of Michigan

Managing Director

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Agenda highlights

  • The business case in 2019: 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
Mondelēz International
Aviva Investors
Hermes Investment Management
World Benchmarking Alliance
Shell Foundation
Tony's Chocolonely
Kellogg Company

The venue

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

Aloft at David Whitney

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:

Haafizah Khodabocus
Business Development
+44 (0) 20 3780 7438

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