Net Impact Approaches 2018 – another highly successful conference!
The second Net Impact Approaches conference, held on 22nd May 2018, saw 26 expert speakers and almost 100 delegates share case studies, tools and experiences for net impact approaches. A full report will be issued soon.
Attendees included representatives from Anglian Water, Arcadis Belgium nv, Arup, Balfour Beatty, BBOP, Capgemini, CREM, Ecoacsa, eftec, EIFER, European Investment Bank, Fauna & Flora International, Forum for the Future, Global Agribusiness Alliance, Green Economy Coalition, HeidelbergCement, Interface, JNCC, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality (The Netherlands), Natural Capital Solutions, Natural England, Novartis, Olam, Philips, Pukka Herbs, PwC, Seacourt Printing, Schroders, Shell, Social & Human Capital Coalition, Social Value UK, Solvay, Surrey Nature Partnership, Tarkett, Taylor Wimpey UK Limited, The Natural Capital Coalition, TOTAL, UK Defra, UNEP-WCMC, UPM Raflatac, Unilever, WBCSD, Wolfs Company, Yorkshire Water and more.
The conference brought together the different communities involved in net impact approaches, and encouraged more organisations to adopt such approaches. Key themes included:
- Getting started and making the business case
- Measuring impacts – techniques and tools
- Aligning approaches
- Processes and sources for obtaining data
- Accuracy needed and validation for monetary valuations
- Links with SDGs, Science Based Targets & the Circular Economy
- Linking/integrating environmental and social aspects
We would like to thank our conference affiliates Forum for the Future, the Natural Capital Coalition, Social Value UK, BBOP and WBCSD for helping to shape the event and in particular the break-out sessions. We’d also like to thank to Seacourt and ClimateCare for sponsoring the conference.
The conference will again be a net positive event. We minimised the impact of the event, working with the team at Hatfields (probably the most sustainable conference event in London) including specifying a low -mpact, meat-free menu. We’ll calculate the impact of the event in carbon and water terms, using data from Hatfields as well as delegate travel data, and we’ll then over-offset the impact with kind support from ClimateCare. Last year that equated to 20 tonnes of GS credits from the Lifestraw Carbon Project for Water.
Our speakers were:
- Andrew Howard – Schroders
- Annelisa Grigg – UNEP WCMC
- Ben Kellard – Forum for the Future
- Bruno van Parys – Solvay
- Chris Brown – Olam
- Daniel Barwick – UK Defra
- Eva Zabey – WBCSD
- Gordon Rogers – Yorkshire Water
- Ian Dickie – eftec
- Jack Backus – Empathy Consultants, on behalf of Seacourt Printing
- James Spurgeon– Sustain Value
- Jeremy Nicholls – Social Value UK
- Jon Khoo – Interface
- Jonathan Labrey – IIRC
- Julia Baker – Balfour Beatty
- Kerry ten Kate – Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme
- Mark Gough – Natural Capital Coalition
- Mark Graham – Social and Human Capital Coalition
- Nick White – Natural England
- Oliver Greenfield – Green Economy Coalition
- Phil Clarke – Consciam
- Pippa Howard – Flora and Fauna International
- Sally Uren OBE – Forum for the Future
- Sonja Haut – Novartis
- Tom Beagent – PwC
- Vicky Murray – Pukka Herbs
A full conference report will be shared in due course.
Looking back at Net Impact Approaches 2017
On 24th May 2017, Consciam and Sustain Value held the first ‘Net Impact Approaches’ conference in London (with the support of Conference Affiliates: Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme – BBOP, Forum for the Future, Natural Capital Coalition and Social Value International). It was organised because of the increasing uptake and development of net impact approaches by a diverse range of sustainability related communities and businesses. The aim was to bring these communities together to begin to set a vision, share best practice, investigate synergies and differences, and explore what’s needed to overcome key challenges and scale up efforts.
100 delegates attended with over 20 leading sustainability practitioners contributing through presentations, panel discussions and break-out groups; representing businesses, finance, NGOs and academia. Key takeaways were the importance of:
1) greater engagement between the different communities
2) building upon the great work already done
3) supporting improved incentivisation and requirements
4) harmonising approaches whilst retaining flexibility
5) attaining a balance between spending time measuring and just getting on with it.
A full conference report can be found here.