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How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability

How business can measure the impact - and ROI - of corporate sustainability

Tools, techniques and strategies for understanding, measuring and communicating impact

19th-20th June 2018, London

This two-day conference will highlight the latest methods being applied by business to measure the impact of their sustainability programs. We’ll discuss and debate the pros and cons of the different tools and techniques available, whilst assessing what has really worked for companies in practice.
By bringing together a range of stakeholders, we’ll also assess how this information can be best used to communicate the value of sustainability programs – both internally and externally. The emphasis will remain on understanding impacts to drive strategy, justify budgets and communicate work effectively.

In this year’s annual management conference, Innovation Forum will address the key issues;

  • Understanding impact: How can business measure and communicate social and environmental impact effectively?
  • ROI in action: In-depth corporate case studies on how companies can attribute a clear and quantifiable return from sustainability programs
  • Effective communication: Companies often do great work. So how can companies talk about their genuinely positive impacts, without it looking like PR?

We’ll have a number of practical working sessions to cover what you need to know in your day-to-day role, including:

  • Enhancing the business case: How to ensure sustainability is firmly placed on boardroom agendas
  • The investor perspective: What do they want to hear about company performance and how do they want to hear it?
  • Data that drives decisions: How the right data systems and frameworks can drive innovation and strategy within sustainability departments

And we’ll also cover the emerging areas to be aware of, such as:

  • SDGs: How are these all-encompassing goals actually affecting and shaping the future of corporate disclosure and reporting?
  • Science based targets: Can companies bring together economics, expert stakeholders and science based targets to drive strategy and improve performance?
  • Climate reporting: The practical ways to assess exposure to climate change and how to communicate this risk

See the full range of topics covered in the agenda here

Speakers include

Michael Beutler

Michael Beutler

Director of Sustainability Operations


Marte Borhaug

Marte Borhaug

Head of ESG Strategic Projects


Saker Nusseibeh

Saker Nusseibeh


Hermes Investment Management

Claudine Blamey

Claudine Blamey

Head of Sustainability

The Crown Estate

Adrian Greet

Adrian Greet

Global Sustainability Programme Director


Susanne Stormer

Susanne Stormer

Vice President, Corporate Sustainability

Novo Nordisk

What’s different about Innovation Forum?

IF 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.  

IF 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.

Who will be there?

The 2018 conference will have 100-120 delegates representing corporates, NGOs, suppliers, traders, development agencies, investors, government bodies, academics and other relevant organisations. 

Below is a small sample of last year’s attendees:

Standard Chartered, Director, Sustainability

Minerva, SRM Managing Director

Olam International, Group Head of Environment

Mars, Global Sustainability Design & Effectiveness

Peterson, Head Sustainability

S+P Dow Jones Indices, Head of ESG Indices

PRI, Head of Environmental and Social Issues

PwC, Corporate Impact Measurement and Valuation

Shell, Social Performance Advisor Europe, Russia, Central Asia

Siemens, Head of Sustainability UK and NW Europe

Sime Darby Plantation, Head of Strategy & Innovation

Tullow Oil, VP - Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs

UNEP-WCMC, Head of Programme, Business and Biodiversity

WWF, Head of Corporate Stewardship - Food and Freshwater

Yara, Sustainability Development Director

Secure your spot now by clicking here

Why attend?

  • Learn from industry leaders on best practices and get in-depth guidance on how to effectively apply measurement strategies and impacts
  • Meet and network with an influential and highly relevant audience of key stakeholders, including NGOs, business, government and supply chain actors
  • Benchmark company performance amongst a room of your peers and discover where you should be focusing efforts


Innovation Forum is looking for sponsors who are able to support the forum, as well as associated research and analysis.

For sponsors, this presents the opportunity to support leading debate and progress in addressing sustainability performance in company supply chains, as well as providing a platform to highlight products and services in front of a large, diverse group of key stakeholders.

Contact Lewis Hudson at for sponsorship opportunities.

How to sign up

Early-bird conference registration is now open, and you can register on the link below.

Sign up here


If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please feel free to reach out to the event manager, Natasha, on the details below.

Natasha Bodnar

Project Director

Skype: Natasha Coco Bodnar

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