Events and insight for sustainability

Sustainable drinks: How to turn innovation into opportunity

Sustainable drinks: How to turn innovation into opportunity

Insight and debate on how sustainability can deliver true business benefits, and meet expectations

15th March, London

This event is designed to be the first in an annual series on sustainable drinks. The objective is twofold:

First, to create an “edgy but safe” debate forum that allows for multi-stakeholder debate and conversation.

Second, to provide a deep dive into the issues and discuss how to overcome the challenges of ambitious targets with regard to implementation and “embedding” into large, complex companies.

Key things we will debate at this conference include:

  • Strategy, policy and progress: we critically assess the state of play
  • Industry collaboration: is it moving far enough, fast enough?
  • Investor pressure: hear their concerns, and why water risk and performance matters to shareholders worth trillions
  • Alcohol in society: are drinks companies meeting changing expectations?
  • Supply chain engagement: how drinks businesses can empower the chain to deliver sustainable results
  • Packaging innovation: creating both sustainable AND premium
  • Waste reduction: how far away is the true circular drinks company?
  • Branding and consumer engagement: what do consumers want to know – and how do you get the balance right in communications?

Speakers include

David Croft

David Croft

Global Sustainability Director


Andy Wood

Andy Wood



Morag Garden

Morag Garden

Head of Sustainability and Innovation

Scotch Whisky Association

John Revess

John Revess

Director Group Sustainability



This conference builds upon a dozen others created by Innovation Forum since 2014. We specialise in focused, granular debate forums bringing together leading brands, progressive suppliers, critical friend NGOs and other key stakeholders and experts. 

Innovation Forum events are free from corporate videos and PowerPoint. We don’t allow long speeches. Our speakers are asked to make short sharp remarks on the topic at hand. This is the start of debate, dialogue and conversation that doesn’t shy away from the tough questions and is held under the Chatham House rule.

Confirmed speakers

We're constantly confirming senior level speakers. Already confirmed to participate include:

  • Richard Maisonpierre, head of quality and environment, Greene King
  • Tod Christenson, director, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable
  • Michael Dickstein, global director of sustainable development, Heineken
  • Jean Francois Roucou, group director of sustainable performance, Pernod-Ricard
  • Michael Alexander, head of water, environment, agriculture sustainability, Diageo
  • Andre Fourie, senior environmental, SABMiller
  • James Chase, marketing director and founding family member, Chase Vodka
  • Alison Beard-Gunter, continuous improvement manager, Accolade Wines
  • David Grayson, director, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management
  • Julian Warowioff, managing director, LemonAid Beverages 

See the full confirmed speaker list here.

How is this conference different?

  • More time for genuine discussion – the agenda and timings has been built to provide time for deeper debate and meaningful exchange beyond introductions and superficial outlines of initiatives. There will be a lot of experience in the room and therefore we intend for the discussions to be participatory.
  • Held under the Chatham House rule – this event is not intended as a PR platform – we hold the event under a covenant of confidentiality to promote honest exchange.
  • Content is designed for 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. 


If you would like to discuss further being involved as a speaker, sponsor, media partner or delegate. Please drop an email to Charlenne Ordonez:

Charlenne Ordonez

Project director

Innovation Forum

Office: +44 (0)20 3780 7430

Direct: +44 (0)20 3780 7432  



Hosted by:

Supporting Partner

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Free briefing: Sustainability in the drinks industry