biz4Biz Sustainability Conference

Sustainability: The path To Net Zero: Your transformation to sustainable advantage in business and society

3 March 2022 at Rothamsted Research Institute

The Sustainability Conference content including presentations, videos and interviews is now available.

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Sustainability: The path To Net Zero: Your transformation to sustainable advantage in business and society

Over 170 senior business leaders and sustainability experts attended the recent biz4Biz Sustainability Conference at Rothamsted Research to explore how organisations can help drive the net-zero transition, and to get practical guidance on how to shape and finance their business’s net-zero strategy.

Sustainability is a significant driver of transformation in business. Businesses need to put more emphasis on sustainable practices rather than just focusing on the objectives of efficiency and productivity improvements.

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Sustainability Conference Content

Download the Conference presentations

Download the Conference speaker slide decks as a zip file.

Conference presentation videos

Speaker presentation videos – click the ‘Watch on YouTube’ option to watch the videos in theatre mode in HD.

Bim Afolami
MP for Hitchin and Harpenden

Stephen Ainsworth
Barclays

Andrew Griffiths
PlanetMark

Richard Roberts
Leader,
Hertfordshire County Council

Richard Whitehead
Chair, Hertfordshire IQ

Leon Reed
Verisio

David Hawes
Net Zero International

Rondi Allan and Nick Reilly
Sustainable X

Phil Webb
Investors in Community

Yanina Aubrey-Gimenez & Monica Kanwar
University of Hertfordshire

Mark Pashley
Mercer & Hole

Marco De Benedictis
Barclays

biz4Biz Sustainability Conference Podcast

Reporting from the biz4Biz Sustainability Conference, held on 3rd March 2022 at Rothamsted Institute.

Conference interview videos

A series of interviews undertaken by Darren Isted, Editor of the biz4Biz Insight magazine.

Bim Afolami
MP for Hitchin and Harpenden

Richard Roberts
Leader,
Hertfordshire County Council

Richard Whitehead
Chair, Hertfordshire IQ

Monica Kanwar
University of Hertfordshire

Andrew Griffiths
PlanetMark

Rondi Allan
Sustainable X

Yanina Aubrey-Gimenez
University of Hertfordshire

Stephen Ainsworth
Barclays

David Hawes
Net Zero International

Matt Partridge
CEO, Stevenage Borough Council

Nick Reilly
Sustainable X

Julie Newlan
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

Marco DeBenedictis
Barclays

Phil Webb
Investors in Community

Owen Mapley
Chief Executive, Hertfordshire County Council

Gill Worgan
Principal and Chief Executive at West Herts College

Nicole Sadd
CEO at Rothamsted Enterprises

Jeremy Beasley
Head Chef, Rothamsted Enterprises

Our Speakers

Bim Afolami MP for Hitchin & Harpenden
Bim Afolami
MP for Hitchin & Harpenden and Chair, APPG for Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Bim is the MP for Hitchin and Harpenden and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy and co-Chair and Net Zero Champion for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking. He is also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a programme committee member for the Ditchley Foundation.

Richard Roberts, Leader, Herts County Council
Richard Roberts
Leader, Hertfordshire County Council and Chair, Hertfordshire Growth Board

Richard Roberts is the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and is Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board. He was first elected to the County Council in 2003 as the member for Kings Langley and has previously served as the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Performance. He is Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board and became Leader of the Council in May 2021.

Richard Whitehead
Richard Whitehead
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership Board Member and Chair, Herts IQ

Richard Whitehead is a Hertfordshire LEP Board Member and Chair, Hertfordshire Innovation Quarter (Herts IQ). Richard is also Managing Director, Buildings and Places Europe, at AECOM, an engineering firm that provides design, construction, and management services across 150 countries and is a Director of Perfect Circle, a joint venture company formed by Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM.

Leon Reed, CTO & Founder, Verisio
Leon Reed
CEO & Founder, Verisio

Leon is a social compliance auditor at Verisio, who audit companies globally for compliance to the Modern Slavery Act on behalf of retailers, local authorities and other organisations. Verisio provides all the appropriate due diligence, awareness training, mapping of supply chains, self-assessment questionnaires, risk assessment modelling using its software called Optimus.

David Hawes, Net Zero International
David Hawes
Co-Founder, Net Zero International

David is the co-founder of Net Zero International, an organisation which is passionate about enabling businesses to understand their carbon footprint, analyse the results and create detailed plans to improve their overall impact to become a more sustainable business, via a suite of services including carbon accounting software, UN-approved partner audits and certification.

Rondi Allan, Co-Founder - Sustainable X
Rondi Allan
Co-Founder, Sustainable X

Sustainable X supports businesses to make profit sustainably. Their business led approach allows SMEs to get a competitive advantage, win and retain their customers and employees and secure funding to support future initiatives. They will be sharing some practical advice, based on real case studies, on how to embed sustainability in what you do every day and how it enhances your business.

Phil Webb, Investors In Community
Phil Webb
MD and Founder, Investors In Community

Investors in Community, a SaaS platform that helps connect organisations, individuals, charities, and community groups to demonstrate by working together powerful and evidenced social impact can be created. The platform is a growing movement to facilitate the improvement of the lives of people and communities and measures real social impact.

Mark Pashley, Mercer & Hole
Mark Pashley
Mercer & Hole

Mark is a Corporate and Business Tax partner at Mercer & Hole. Mark specialises in R&D tax credits and advice relating to capital allowances on commercial property portfolios. He views R&D tax credits as a valuable and under-used relief which can benefit companies operating in many sectors. Mark helps clients ascertain their ability to qualify for what can be an immediate cash injection.

Marco De Benedictis, Barclays
Marco De Benedictis
Head of Sustainable Finance, Barclays

Marco heads Barclays’ Corporate Banking Sustainable Product Group, which was established in early 2020 to support the company’s 2050 decarbonisation ambition. His responsibilities include: origination, focused on growing both sides of the balance sheet; portfolio management of the existing book; and sustainable product innovation. Marco also co-chairs the Corporate Banking Sustainability Forum.

Yanina Aubrey-Gimenez
Yanina Aubrey-Gimenez
University of Hertfordshire

Yanina is an experienced strategist, senior researcher and project leader and Head of Business Growth & Entrepreneurship at University of Hertfordshire, overseeing the University’s support services for SMEs in the region, including the University Enterprise Zone, Business Incubator, Accelerator as well as the university’s local growth and regeneration activity.

Monica Kanwar
Monica Kanwar
University of Hertfordshire

Monica leads a team of health and safety, wellbeing, occupational health, and sustainability professionals to deliver a holistic service with a track record of transformational and continual improvement.  She provides advice and assurance to the Executive Officers and the Board of Governor. She has led the University in developing climate vision.

Andrew Griffiths
Andrew Griffiths
Planet Mark

Andrew is Director of Community & Partnerships at PlanetMark, Chair of the IoD National Sustainability Taskforce and a TEDx Speaker. Planet Mark is a sustainability certification which proactively supports organisations and real estate developments committed to making progress. They have a proven track record for success.

The path to net zero must be a joint endeavour, between Parliament, the people, Government and business. The assembly has more than delivered on the task we set it last year. The challenge is now for us in Parliament and for Government to navigate the pathways that have been set out in order to reach our agreed destination of net zero by 2050.

Climate Assembly UK ― The path to net zero

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