Events and insight for sustainability

How business can address ocean plastic pollution

How business can address ocean plastic pollution

Policy, innovation and collaboration

26th-27th October 2017, London

Plastic is everywhere, we find it in most things that we come into contact with every day and its use is only expecting to grow.

The largest plastics application is packaging. Most of the current plastic packaging is designed for single-use and even though most of it could be recycled, only 14% is collected for this purpose and a mere 5% is actually recycled. Furthermore, it is estimated that 32% of plastic packaging escapes collection systems, ending in natural habitats, particularly the ocean.

Plastic pollution is choking the oceans. Researchers estimate that there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean, with a further 8 million tons being dumped every year, and plastic packaging represents the major share of this leakage.

Undoubtedly, the business sector has a significant role to play in the cleaning-up and prevention of ocean pollution. In response to this, we are hosting a two-day multi-stakeholder forum where business, government, innovators and NGOs can come together to discuss and debate the most important issues, and to collaborate in an effort to improve practices and eradicate plastics in the ocean.

The event aims to cover the following issues:

  • What is the role of business in reducing plastic pollution?
  • How to avoid plastics leakage in the ocean – Innovative technologies to reduce inland waste and keep the oceans clean
  • What are the impacts on human health and the likely impacts for business?
  • Global governance: how to improve the global flow of plastics
  • Changing trends: how to engage your consumers to properly use and dispose plastics
  • Regulation: can legislation, such as the 5p plastic bag in the UK, be applied to other products – coffee cups, plastic cups for cold drinks, plastic cutlery, straws?
  • Closing the loop: how to create effective partnerships between products developers, business sector, collection schemes, sorting and reprocessing schemes and after-use systems.
  • What impacts do the NGO campaigns have on your brand? How to respond and avoid a reputational crisis
  • Consumer engagement – Can consumers REALLY reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean. Or is it down to business to make the necessary changes?
  • Certifications and labels: do they work? Do consumers understand them?


Speakers include

Juan Jose Freijo

Juan Jose Freijo

global head of sustainability


Louise Edge

Louise Edge

European campaign coordinator 


Maria Westerbos

Maria Westerbos

founder and director

Plastic Soup Foundation

Rudi Daelmans

Rudi Daelmans

CSR manager


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What’s different about this forum?

  • Interactive sessions – with a blanket ban on PowerPoint! One-on-one case studies, live crisis scenarios, panel debates, Q&As, interactive roundtables and workshops. The conference provides a range of formats, with an emphasis on audience interaction.
  • Action and practice – the agenda and event structure is designed to provide actionable tools and practical insights that can be applied. We will also be sharing post event notes from all sessions to all participants.
  • The Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform, we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote open, honest exchange.

Why attend?

  • Hear from industry leaders – what has worked for them, and what to avoid
  • Multi-stakeholder attendance – network with diverse figures from across the industry
  • Understand the latest innovation set to transform the industry in the next five years

5 Reasons to attend

  1.  40+ speakers – hear from leading industry experts as they share their experiences, lessons learned and advice
  2.  100+ delegates – meet peers working in the same field and beyond, building your network and benchmarking
    your performance
  3. 12+ hours of content – insight, case studies, debate, group discussions, Q&As
  4. Participation – have your voice heard too, share challenges, and learn how others have overcome the same issues
  5. Solutions - learn about the latest innovations in packaging, waste collection, recycling and how to deliver scale


We are currently looking for a small number of sponsors who can support the forum, as well as associated research and analysis on the role business must play in the prevention of ocean pollution.


If you would like to discuss being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate, please drop an email to:

Charlenne Ordonez
Innovation Forum
+ 44 (0) 203 780 7433
+44 (0) 795 649 7294

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