15-16 May, Berlin

2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress

Engaging the Workforce around the Sustainability Agenda


the Sustainability Leaders Congress

The 2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress boasts a C-suite level of speakers, made up of best-in-class Sustainability and CSR leaders, looking to share their proven and repeatable results in their industries for the benefit of all.

Our aim is to develop a platform that is the go-to place to hear the latest Sustainability thinking. An event that brings you innovative concepts from speakers and organizations that are thinking ahead of the curve. Where audience members can discuss advanced Sustainability and CSR practices developed and applied by the top of the sector, and can practically apply these once back in their workplace.

The Sustainability Congress is this platform to network with your peers, meet the movers and shakers of the industry and achieve success in your initiatives.

Hotspot panel discussions: ask straight from the Sustainability champions of Europe

Unique Keynote Sessions digging into the hottest subtopics

Book Raffle: all delegates receive a secret complimentary book

Day 1 Dinner with special German treats

Who's Speaking?

Hear from Europe's Sustainability Champions

  • Sharman



    CEO at RMS Switzerland, Chairman

  • Turner



    Sustainability Programme Leader at Volvo Ocean Race

  • Texier



    Sustainability & CSR Vice President at Alstom

  • Ciorra



    Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Enel Group

  • Cohen



    Managing Director at Beyond Business

  • Turner



    Vice President Sustainability at DSM

  • Van Arkel


    Van Arkel

    Head of Sustainable Development at Interface

  • Koeleman



    Vice President Corporate Communications & CSR at KPN

  • Rörig



    Senior Vice President Sustainability & Health, Safety and Environment at E.ON

  • Freiner



    Group Head of Sustainability at Zurich Insurance Group

  • Neves



    Managing Director Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

  • Cardone



    Head of Innovation, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson

  • Kubin-Hardewig



    Vice President Group Sustainability Management at Deutsche Telekom

  • Juretzek



    Senior Manager Sustainability at Allianz

  • Greenwald



    Head of Sustainable Investment Research, Sustainable and Impact Investing at UBS

  • Bofinger-Schuster



    Senior Vice President Sustainability at Siemens

  • Voeste



    Vice President Sustainability bei BASF

  • Tebbe



    Managing Director, Europe Company at CDP

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Lock in at the lowest price for SLC ’19. Dowload the agenda below and see registration details on the last page of the event brochure.

Our delegates said about 2017 SLC

  • Thrilled to be at the Sustainability Leaders Congress in Berlin this week. Fantastic line-up of speakers, including @Simonhboas from our long-time partner @CarlsbergGroup, sharing their best-in-class sustainability strategy the @thecarbontrust helped develop.

    Alexander Farsan

    Alexander Farsan

    Global Lead - Science Based Targets at WWF
  • Excellent presentations today, cross-sector solutions, best practices and ideas. Very inspired and already looking forward to tomorrow. #sustcongress

    René Kleinjan

    René Kleinjan

    Group HSEQ and CSR Manager at ED&F Man
  • My presentation of the #METRO Sustainable #Leadership Program at this very inspiring Congress generated a lot of interest and great feedback - thank you, all you fellow #sustainability #leaders!

    Julia Juergens

    Julia Juergens

    Head of Leadership Development at METRO AG
  • Great to discuss circular economy with @Nestle @Dell @TataSteelEurope @BASF @Signifycompany at #SUSTCongress in Berlin today. All clear that circular economy is both a biz imperative and biz opportunity - but we have a long way to go to shift existing business models!

    Joe Franses

    Joe Franses

    Vice-President, Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners

2018 Attending Delegates

165 delegates from 118 Participating Companies

2018 Sustainability Leaders Congress - attending 118 companies

Congress Agenda

A sample of the '19 SLC agenda of keynotes, sessions & workshops

7:45AM - 8:15AMFOYER

Registration & Coffee

Delegates are welcomed with award-winning  "Brain Food”: specifically designed to increase efficiency, concentration, and mental performance and reduce stress – all by using the right foods in the right quantities and at the right time. All the while registration for SLC '19 commences, pick up your name badge and goodie bag!
Andrew Sharman
Andrew Sharman

CEO at RMS Switzerland, Chairman

Welcome Address by the Chair

Andrew will be welcoming all attendees to the 2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress by a short opening speech, introducing the guidelines to the event, specific venue HSE information and of course the upcoming speakers.

Speednetworking Session

During this 15 minutes all delegates will have the chance to join in a speedy card changing session. Whenever Andrew rings the bell it’s time to move on and find a new peer!
Geanne Van Arkel
Geanne Van Arkel

Head of Sustainable Development at Interface

Keynote: Making the world a better place; Positive Spaces, Happier People, Healthier Planet

  • Creating a climate fit for life, while contributing
  • Matching profit with planet without sacrificing environmental causes
  • Including everyone within the organization, the supply chain and creating cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Offering inclusive circular low carbon solutions contributing to healthy, inspiring, sustainable spaces

Keynote: How to Shift Priority from Product Development to Value Creation

Communicating your path on long-term value creation needs better articulation towards investors and stakeholders. How an effective communication strategy or promotion of a compelling story looks like that tells the difference between a product centric, a customer oriented and a values-driven organization.

Panel Discussion: Creating Sustainability Brand Advocates from Scratch

How to empower employees to become brand advocates How to establish a shared narrative organization-wide for sustainable development How to initiate dialogue and shift attitude towards sustainability from Generation Z and Millennials to Baby Boomers and the ‘Silent Generation’
7:45AM - 8:15AMFOYER

Welcome Coffee

Delegates are welcomed with award-winning “Brain Food”: specifically designed to increase efficiency, concentration, and mental performance and reduce stress – all by using the right foods in the right quantities and at the right time.
Andrew Sharman
Andrew Sharman

CEO at RMS Switzerland

Opening Remarks by the Chair


Keynote: Redesigning Eco-Efficient Products from The Ground Up

Hear the latest on how innovative technologies can be linked to reducing and even eliminating harmful materials. How to redesign everyday products from the ground up considering product life cycle and adoption curve. How to create eco-efficiency products for the benefit of your customers, employees and all other stakeholders.

Keynote: A Greater Purpose

With stress and disengagement at an all-time high, it is clear that work does not drive wellbeing. In contrast, happy and engaged employees lead to innovation, higher growth rate and better customer retention. How then do we create happy employees that contribute and work more towards a healthy environment?

Panel Discussion: Embedding Sustainability into the DNA of an Organization

Building an integrated Sustainability strategy with a long-term value focus on not just reaching targets but moving years ahead in your sector is at the core of sustainability DNA embedding. But how do you start? Defining what the organization stands for, cultivating a deeper connection to nature internally, setting meaningful goals or the best-practice transfer between brands and regions are all just the beginning.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If your company is interested in sponsoring SLC '19, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information and our sponsorship brochure

2019 Venue

Intercontinental Berlin

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes, all SLC ’19 delegates will receive all of the presentation files after the event sent around via email. Not only this, all of the keynote content including the slides and handouts will also be distributed for recap and learning.

The registration fee includes everything but the accomodation, so welcome-morning-afternoon coffe breaks (+Brain Breaks), extensive lunch on Day 1 & Day 2, dinner at Day 1 night and access to all presentations and keynotes and presentation slides.

Yes, we have reserved rooms at the Intercontinental Berin: Sustainability Leaders Congress delegates may book via this link or equally write an email to claudia.berger@ihg.com with the code “SLC19” and the period they would like to stay.

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Congress Venue

Intercontinental, Berlin

The 2019 Sustainability Leaders Congress will be held in Intercontinental Berlin with plenary sessions taking place in Pavillon and exhibiting and coffee breaks in Wintergarten.

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