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Urgent action is required

We have until 2030 to limit a climate change disaster.

This decade will be about moving the needle. Resource efficiency, critical raw materials and sustainable supply chain are all directly linked to climate change. See short summary video on the right.


Who attends?

the Sustainability Leaders Congress series


of attendees

need to combat either SDG13, SDG5 & 10 or SDG 12 (or all 3)

of all delegates

are Vice-Presidents, Heads and Directors of Sustainability and CSR

of audience

coming from Western-Europe

2020: Focusing on Four Topics

as the greatest challenges we face in the 21st Century

SDG 13

Climate Action

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

Robert Swan

SDG 5 & 10

Reduced InEqualities

Responsible consumption and production

SDG 12

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Communication is key

Proposed Program

for driving meaningful and long-lasting change

Day 1 Morning – Climate Action

The pathway to Paris – roadmap to a CO2-neutral industry

Increasingly, reports are delivering gruesome projections: we have until 2030 to limit a climate change disaster. This decade will be about…

The Point of No Return

Climate change is no more a far-off threat. It’s turning into everyday life for millions. Almost all societies across the globe now see the reality that we need to …

Mission Zero

Organizations looking to move from regenerative to restorative will see costs reduced, increased reputation as an innovation driver, employees empowered and …

Day 1 Afternoon – Gender Equality & Inequalities

Making gender equality a reality

According to recent studies, 39% of total employment consists of women, but only 27% of managerial positions. An even more shocking statistic is that …

The inequality challenge

Millions of people are moving out of poverty every year. Nevertheless, the wealth gap is the widest it’s been since 1928. Nearly half of the world’s — more than 3 billion people — live on less …

Human Rights

Greater transparency and accurate human rights data are essential to check assumptions on where strengths or areas for improvement lie…

Day 2 Morning – Responsible Production and Consumption

Responsible Production – Designing Circular Products

We have only one planet with limited resources. Making sustainable, circular products the norm is arguably the biggest challenge of the 21st century…

Responsible Consumption – Educating Consumers

Sustainability is a journey. And we must take it together. Unsustainable consumption will lead the 8.5 billion people in the next decade to put an …

Reducing Waste – Focusing on Plastic

What is clear is that damage caused by single-use plastic is receiving an unprecedented public attention and putting…


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Our Speakers

subject-matter experts on the outlined program topics


Professor Andrew Sharman

CEO at RMS Switzerland, Chairman of the event

With a sustainability career spanning three decades Sharman guides global leaders in their commitment to operational excellence across a range of industry sectors including aviation, construction, power generation and supply, fast moving consumer goods, oil and gas, and manufacturing. He’s an active sustainability advocate and philanthropist, professor of leadership and risk management, Board member of the Earth Focus Foundation, and MC of The Ocean Race Summits. Sharman’s encouraging, provocative style of chairmanship ensures that participants of the Sustainability Leaders Congress are fully engaged and involved in shaping the content, direction and outcomes of the event. Are you ready to change the world?


Klaus Kunz

Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship at Bayer

Manager with 17 years’ experience in global strategic topics and project, team and issues management with work history in research, development, project management as well as regulatory & public/governmental affairs. Good understanding of the global regulatory and political environment based on multiple interactions with local authorities worldwide. Passionate for leading people and strategic cross-cultural and cross-functional challenges.


Virginie Gatin

Global Sustainability at The HEINEKEN Company

- Leading the development and execution of the CO2 emissions reduction program of HEINEKEN - Drop the C launched in February 2018, focusing on CO2 emissions from Barley to Bar (Production, Packaging, Logistics and Cooling). Leading the projects linked to CO2 emission reduction: internal carbon price project and science based targets initiative - Developing the integration of sustainable development in HEINEKEN's brands and products, connecting consumer expectations on sustainable development to brand positioning and brand purpose - Shaping the internal communication and training on Sustainable Development through the development of internal social media channels and training tools and programs - Coordinating the development of HEINEKEN's 2030 Sustainable Development Strategy, including materiality matrix, identification of priorities and KPIs, on-boarding of stakeholders...


Andreas Follér

Head of Sustainability at Scania Group

Specialties: Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR), Sustainable Development and Business Development, Solution and Innovation Driven Processes


Luigi Maffucci

Global A Sustainability & Environmental Performance Head at Henkel

PhD Industrial Chemistry with more than 19 years professional experience in Chemical Industry. Several roles covered with increasing level of responsibilities in Sustainability, Environmental Health and Safety Management, Quality Management and R&D in a multinational contest.


Daniela Bohlinger

Head of Sustainability at BMW Group

Design is a responsible tool. Imagine the world 2030, I want to think that my work has an impact of the future of our planet. We cannot ``save`` the world but we are the multiplicator of our knowledge and I would love to see that everybody is able to turn the necessary wheels of change. The paradigm shift of ``less bad`` - to ``fully aware and resposible`` is my idea.


Julia Friederike Harnal

Vice President Global Sustainability & Governmental Affairs at BASF

A global player with extensive experience and competencies in leading large and diverse teams, coupled with strong commercial and project management skills. My very early and ever since passion for farming led me to a Master in Agricultural Sciences with a Thesis in Crop Protection. With BASFs Agricultural Solutions business since 2001, I have always been particularly motivated by leading larger Teams, developing markets and business opportunities for the long term. In a nutshell: • Building, motivating and leading teams: +15 years of experience in managing teams. • Dynamic and enthusiastic: a true passion for the agricultural business and for creating strong and engaged teams. • Creative and innovative: Defining a new strategies beyond the established, whilst involving all functions from the bottom to the top of the pyramid. • Strong interpersonal skills: active listening and clear communication while being exemplary for my team. • Intercultural orientation and expertise: positions in Germany, France and Canada, several global coordination roles with indirect leadership and remote counter-parts.


Sonia Thimmiah

Head of Sustainability at RB

Sonia has worked in sustainability for over 21 years and has held a number of leadership positions. She has extensive experience of working with companies to deliver positive business, social and environmental outcomes and purpose led growth. She is currently the Head of Sustainability at RB's Hygiene Home business. Prior to RB Sonia had 19 years of experience in sustainability consulting working with a diverse set of industries including FMCG, mining, chemicals, oil and gas, telecommunications, leisure & hospitality, construction and the public sector. She has broad experience of the key issues relevant across the sustainability agenda including climate change water, plastics, ingredients & chemicals and a range of social impact areas (local content, hygiene, health etc.). Her experience includes: - Leading global and local sustainability teams (25+ people) to provide corporate direction whilst embedding sustainability within the business - Defining innovative yet pragmatic business strategies for sustainability to drive differentiation and growth - Working with the business to effectively deliver sustainability strategies and action plans with demonstrable ROI for business and society - Unpacking what purpose means at corporate and brand level, and working collaboratively on purpose led programmes - Developing performance management and reporting systems which focus on the least amount of the most important data to drive actionable insights and communicate with stakeholders


Alan Knight

Corporate Responsibility - General Manager, ArcelorMittal

My area of focus is understanding how business can address the complex area of sustainable development. I now work for ArcelorMittal, the world's number one steel company.


Ernesto Ciorra

Chief Innovability Officer at Enel

I have a long experience in Innovative Marketing and Innovation. I am able to combine creativity, a typical Italian skill, with a strong focus on Execution, paying attention to the details that make the difference. Moreover, I am obsessed by the customer, to create innovations that have an Appeal, innovations that customers like.


Eva Bennis

Director Sustainability and Compliance at Volvo

Specialties: International Sourcing and Procurement, International negotiations, EU legislation, Contract Management


Daniela Rathe

Head of Politics, External Relations and Sustainability Porsche AG

We must lead the interaction of environmental protection, economic growth and social responsibility to success: consistent sustainable action in the world of work as well as in personal life.

Interactive Event Style

Together we can heal the planet but we have to find new ways of doing things together.

New to 2020: campfire discussions (4 in total for each focus topic). Delegates will use the 6 talking points collected throughout the 3 keynote sessions and have a discussion with 4-5 peers to reach a conclusion which then will be shared with the rest of the audience. Further increasing connectiveness among delegates are the double speednetworking sessions (audience favourite!) and lounge seats infused, fully vegan lunch.

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Our Delegates Said

about previous SLC events

Day 2 of the Sustainability Leaders Congress, great opening session by Professor Chris Laszlo on the changing leadership landscape and the role of leadership and employee connectedness in sustainability. Chris acknowledged the shift in the last 5 years in the sustainability agenda to include internal impact and the importance of workforce sustainability, this directly links to IOSH’s work as a founding member of the Center for Safety & Health Sustainability (CSHS) - Putting People Back into Sustainability www.centershs.org

Bev Messinger

Chief Executive at IOSH


What is sustainability leadership? After speaking and listening at this week’s 2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress in Berlin, there are signs of change and glimmers of hope. It is becoming easier to sort out the pioneers from the pretenders. None are perfect, but they are publicly committing to scaling sustainable innovation. The #racetothetop is gathering speed.

Wayne Visser

Professor of Integrated Value and Chair in Sustainable Transformation at Antwerp Management School

Thanks for having me at the 2019 Sustainable Leaders Congress, Andrew and Aron. It’s always inspiring to see that change is happening but we need to act fast. And as we realized today, we need to invite more C-level colleagues to join the discussion. #SLC #berlin #change #interface #siemens #basf #sustainability #integration #esg #allianz

Dr. Saskia Juretzek

Senior Manager Sustainability - Lead SDG impact, Non-financial reporting & assurance

Gallery from past years

making sustainable business the norm

Action is required. Not tomorrow, but now. Register today

million kilograms of garbage is dumped into the ocean every day


in 8 deaths in the world is associated with air pollution.


thousand m2 of forest is cut down every second


people hold as much wealth as the poorest 3.7 billon people in the world

Disruptive new sustainability technologies

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100% Sustainable Venue

Almodóvar Berlin

Raising animals for food is responsible for 30% of the world’s water consumption, occupies up to 45% of the Earth’s land and is responsible for up to 91% of Brazilian Amazon descrution to name but a few causes. Our 2020 venue selection therefore serves only vegetarian dishes, avoids fridges in rooms, uses energy-saving technology combined with heat pumps and installs only sustainably cultivated wood for furniture and floors. Almodovar goes a step further, read more here https://almodovarhotel.de/en/das-hotel/

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The World is Changing Fast – and the expectations for business with it

We have only one planet with limited resources. Our organizations need to act as catalysts for change. We need to resolve to changing lives every day, all year long and move fast to create a circular system. This decade will be about moving the needle. Become future-ready at the 2020 Sustainability Leaders Congress for sustainable growth tomorrow.

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