Watch the recording of our Net Impact Approaches: Latest developments, transforming the economy, and implications of COVID-19 webinar, held on 20th May 2020

The Net Impact Approaches conference is firmly established as the leading annual event to hear the latest in impact measurement and valuation, and target setting for net zero and positive impacts.  Whilst we sadly needed to postpone this year’s conference due to COVID-19, we ran a very well received and insight packed webinar involving our key Affiliates on what would have been conference day.

Following an introduction from Phil Clarke (Consciam) and an initial presentation from James Spurgeon (Sustain Value) providing an overview of the subject, 300 attendees heard the latest updates from the five leading organisations heavily involved in these topics.

Our speakers shared their views on what is needed to transform the economy within the next ten years to deal with the climate, nature and inequality crises, and tackled the question “Should we be aiming for ‘Regenerative Stakeholder Multi-Capitalism for Good’?” They also provided their thoughts on how COVID-19 may affect approaches in the coming years.  We then had a lively Q&A session to finish.

The Net Impact Approaches conference 2021 has been provisionally set for 27th May 2021.  Please see below  for details.

Click here to watch the webinar recording

Net Impact Approaches Conference 2021

Wednesday 27th May 2021, 15 Hatfields, London

Net Impact Approaches conference rescheduled   

Thank you for your patience regarding our plans for the Net Impact Approaches conference, which was due to be held on 20th May 2020. 

With regret, but believing it is the best situation for all, we have decided that the Net Impact Approaches conference will not be held this year. We did consider moving to later in the year, but due to uncertainties around the virus situation, and the likely numerous other events being rescheduled on top of an already busy event schedule, we decided not to do so.

As such, we are rescheduling the conference and have provisionally set 27th May 2021 as the new date. We will confirm this in due course. Please add this to your diaries now! And do let us know if you are aware of any major clashes.

We’ve contacted delegates who have already bought tickets for 2020. If you registered but have not had an email from us please check your spam folder, or contact Phil directly (

We’ll share more information on the 2021 event in due course, and look forward to seeing you all there.

We’d like to thank the team at 15 Hatfields, who as always have proved to be a fantastic and highly accommodating venue to work with, at a particularly challenging time for them. Do consider them for your future events. We’d also like to thank our Affiliates, Supporters and sponsors for their support and guidance.

We do hope that you, your families, colleagues and friends are all well during these troubling and uncertain times.

Returning for the 4th year, and firmly established as the leading event on Net Impact Approaches, registration for Net Impact Approaches 2021 will re-open shortly, with new ticket discounts.

The existential threats posed by the current climate, biodiversity and inequality crises require rapid transformative changes from us all. Impact measurement and valuation, and setting targets for net zero and positive impacts, are central to the necessary shift to a regenerative economy. This is the only conference that explores these vital approaches in detail, showcasing best practice with so many key players present.

Confirmed speakers  include Clara Barby (Impact Management Project), Charmian Love (B Lab UK), Adam Crossley (Skanska), Tjeerd Krumpelman (ABN Amro), Jeremy Osborn (International Integrated Reporting Council), and Ben Carpenter (Social Value UK). These will be joined from speakers from our conference Affiliates – the Capitals Coalition, Forum for the Future, the International Integrated Reporting Council and the Value Balancing Alliance.

We’ve also updated the details and speakers for the highly popular practical workshop sessions.

Key themes for this year’s conference include:

  • Links between initiatives, prioritising what to focus on, and dealing with trade-offs. These have been identified as amongst the biggest issues in need of clarification.
  • Operationalising ‘Regenerative and Stakeholder Multi-Capitalism for Good’. There are growing calls for for Regenerative and Stakeholder Capitalism. To what extent can these be operationalised through impact valuation and net zero/positive targets?

A further 10-15 expert speakers will be confirmed in due course.

This event brings together the different communities involved in measuring and valuing environmental and social capitals and impacts, and those setting targets around net zero and net positive impacts. These cover individual issues (e.g. carbon, biodiversity) and multiple (integrated) issues for decision-making, reporting (e.g. Integrated Profit & Loss Accounts) and impact investing.

Why attend?

  • Engage with and learn from 25+ leading experts in impact measurement, valuation and target setting in a business context.
  • Get up to speed with the latest developments in this rapidly evolving topic.
  • Discover best practice from companies and financial institutions evaluating and demonstrating the value they create for society.
  • Find out how to make the case for, and go about, measuring and valuing impacts (e.g. Integrated Profit & Loss accounts) and setting net targets.
  • Gain valuable insights and expand your network of contacts on this growing topic.
  • It caters for all – from beginners to experienced practitioners pushing the boundaries

We’re grateful to both ClimateCare and Seacourt for continuing to support the event as Offset Sponsor and Print Sponsor respectively. B Lab UK has joined Social Value UK, WBCSD, ICAEW, ICRS, IEMA and Fit for Purpose as conference Supporters.

Feedback from previous delegates:

“The Net Impact Approaches conference is one of the outstanding gatherings on impact measurement and valuation. It addresses the most relevant challenges and brings together the thought leaders and experts from various stakeholder groups. Attending the conference is one of the best investments you can make to be at the forefront of this vital area of development in business sustainability.” Christian Heller, BASF

“A world-class gathering of Net Impact leaders and practitioners.”

“For once, a conference tackling a multi-disciplinary issue that has the right people in the room.”

“Great combination of input, discussion and networking.”

“The Net Impact Approaches conference is at the forefront of the sustainability agenda.”

Past delegates have included representatives from: Actiam, Anglian Water, Anglo American, Arcadis, Arup, Balfour Beatty, BASF, BBOP, Capgemini, CREM, Defra, 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, KPMG, Leeds University, Natural England, Nestle, Novartis, Olam, Oxford University, Philips, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Pukka Herbs, PwC, Schroders, Seacourt Printing, Shell, Social & Human Capital Coalition, Social Value UK, Solvay, Surrey Nature Partnership, Tarkett, Taylor Wimpey, The Natural Capital Coalition, TOTAL, UNEP-WCMC, UPM Raflatac, Unilever, WBCSD, Wolfs Company, Yorkshire Water and many, many more.

You can read a summary of the 2019 conference here. Feedback has always been excellent, so we’re expecting a bigger and even broader audience in 2021.

We will be hosted again by 15 Hatfield’s, in central London, one of the UK’s most sustainable venues. As last year, the menu will be vegetarian and locally sourced where possible.

We also have a number of sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Phil Clarke (Consciam, for further information.

For registration terms and conditions, please click here.

Download the 2021 outline agenda

Looking back at Net Impact Approaches Conference 2019

Download the 2019 brochure 

The third Net Impact Approaches was held in London on 23rd May 2019. Organised by Sustain Value and Consciam, the conference once again brought together key stakeholders to discuss the latest developments and case studies in measuring and valuing impacts to demonstrate a net zero or positive impact and to share experiences, break down barriers and accelerate adoption. The conference saw 100 delegates from businesses, finance, NGOs and academia hear from 34 expert speakers and panellists.

You can read a summary of the 2019 conference here.

Key speakers included Amine Soulami (BNP Paribas), Aine Kelly (Impact Management Project), Colette Grosscurt (ACTIAM), Emma Howard Boyd (Chair of Environment Agency), Chris Brown (Olam), Janne Dietz (KPMG), Jonathan Labrey (IIRC), Louise Clarke (Berkeley Group), Mark Gough(Natural Capital Coalition) Steve Waygood (Aviva Investors) and Tony Juniper (Natural England) and many others (see below).

Businesses, investors, governments and consumers increasingly recognise that the existing economic model is no longer acting in society’s best long-term interests. Significant shifts in how businesses operate are required to avert some potentially catastrophic outcomes. One of the most exciting and rapidly evolving shifts is the transition from basic ‘sustainability’ practices of minimising impacts to having a positive impact. Companies and financial institutions are increasingly aiming to achieve this through measuring and valuing their impacts and setting accompanying net zero and net positive targets.

The conference brought together different communities involved in all aspects of net impact approaches to:

  • Highlight the latest initiatives and approaches
  • Share and debate best practice
  • Provide case studies from leading organisations on measuring and valuing impacts and setting associated net positive targets
  • Help drive the movement forwards by dealing with key issues
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking between the many groups involved

The content covered all approaches that identify, measure, value and compare environmental, social and economic impacts in a business context, building upon building upon previous years’ outcomes and recommendations. Key themes included:

  • Getting started and developing a suitable strategy
  • Making and building the business case
  • Links with Sustainable Finance, SDGs, Science Based Targets and the Circular Economy
  • Integrated Capitals: Best practice integrated environmental and social impact P&Ls and Balance Sheets

Speakers and panellists included:

  • Annelisa Grigg – UNEP-WCMC
  • Amine Soulami – BNP Paribas
  • Aine Kelly – Impact Management Project
  • Chris Brown – Olam
  • Chris Hart – Natural Capital Finance Alliance
  • Christian Heller – BASF
  • Colette Grosscurt – ACTIAM
  • Ed Hanrahan – ClimateCare
  • Emma Howard Boyd – Chair, Environment Agency
  • Emmanuelle Hopkinson – Marks and Spencer
  • Eugenia Ceballos Hunziker – LafargeHolcim
  • Eva Zabey – WBCSD
  • Iain Watt – Forum for the Future
  • James Spurgeon – Sustain Value
  • Janne Dietz – KPMG
  • Jenny Merriman– WSP
  • Jonathan Labrey – International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Louise Clarke – Berkeley Group
  • Mark Gough – Natural Capital Coalition
  • Max Heaver– Defra
  • Rosie Dunscombe – Natural Capital Coalition
  • Matt Watkins – WBCSD (on behalf of Social &Human Capital Coalition)
  • Niki Mardas – Global Canopy (Natural Capital Finance Alliance)
  • Phil Clarke – Consciam
  • Ravi Abeywardana – Olam
  • Steve Waygood – Aviva Investors
  • Thomas Verheye – European Union
  • Tom Beagent– PwC
  • Tony Juniper CBE – Chair of Natural England
  • Will Evison – PwC
  • Zoe Le Grand – Forum for the Future

Our affiliates were the Natural Capital Coalition, Forum for the Future, WBCSD, Social and Human Capital Coalition, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance and the International Integrated Reporting Council.

We’re grateful to both Seacourt Printing and ClimateCare for continuing to support the event as Print Sponsor and Offset Sponsor respectively.

For registration terms and conditions, please click here.



Net Impact Approaches 2018 – another excellent event!

Download the 2018 agenda

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.

You can read a summary of the 2018 conference here.

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

The conference was being organised by Consciam and Sustain Value, and will be a net positive event, working in collaboration with ClimateCare.