This two-day business conference will demonstrate how sustainable innovation can produce a positive impact on the environment AND the bottom line. We’ll discuss the practical steps for business to act on climate and waste reduction targets, whilst shifting the sustainability mindset from risk to opportunity. 
The conference will also assess the latest methods to measure and determine the value of sustainability programs. We’ll look at what’s really working in practice, with a focus on how materiality and impact assessments can influence and better direct strategy, budgets and resources. 
Circular innovation | Climate action | Impact and ROI

The speakers

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Telva McGruder

General Motors

Director, Workplace Engineering and Operations Solutions

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Anne van Riel


Head of Sustainable Finance Americas

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Eunice Heath

The Dow Chemical Company

Corporate Director of Sustainability

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Pamela Strifler


Head of Stakeholder Strategy and Affairs Lead

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Maureen Kline

Pirelli Tire North America

Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability

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Cynthia Cummis

World Resources Institute

Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation

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Daniella Foster


Senior Director, Global Corporate Responsibility

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David Clark


Vice President, Safety, Environment and Sustainability

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Agenda highlights

  • Climate action: How to use climate science to drive board-level action on GHGs
  • Defining materiality: How to prioritize competing interests and align with stakeholder expectations
  • Circularity 101: The fundamentals of a successful shift from linear to circular business models
  • Circular innovation: Leading case studies on circular business models in practice
  • The future of plastics and packaging: Practical steps to reduce and remove plastics waste
  • ROI in action: In-depth case studies into the specific programs and partnerships that have delivered a clear ROI on corporate sustainability 
  • Stop wasting money, and start saving carbon: Reframe the narrative to engage ‘middle management’ in sustainability as cost reduction
  • Science based targets: How to drive and define company action on climate
  • Climate performance: How to benchmark, measure and assess the impact of climate programs 
  • Waste as a resource: Using America’s recycling crisis to rethink waste as opportunity
  • Internal engagement in sustainable innovation: The value of engaged employees
  • Communicating impact: How do you talk to key stakeholders in a language they understand? 
  • Navigating the SDGs: How to prioritize the goals to ensure materiality and maximum impact
  • Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration: The partnerships that have proven to cut impact, reduce waste, and MAKE MONEY
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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

Hermes Investment Management
Natural Capital Coalition
Aviva Investors
Future-Fit Foundation
Pukka Herbs
Global Reporting Initiative
World Benchmarking Alliance
Shell Foundation
Mondelēz International
Kellogg Company
Schneider Electric
Detroit Dirt
Detroit Future City
Bayer Crop Science
Gingras Global

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:

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

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