PANEL: Leading the way to creating a sustainable retail business

PANEL: Leading the way to creating a sustainable retail business

02 May 2019, 14:50 - 15:30

Headline Stage

Ethical and sustainable retailing have long been critical issues, however recent UN warnings on climate change, emissions, waste, slavery, equality and more have brought this further to the forefront. Increasing regulatory and consumer pressure means that retailers are going to have to take radical action, and soon. This panel will discuss why and how retailers and brands can improve sustainability across the business, to help tackle some of the biggest global challenges.

  • Sustainability – who cares?
  • Regulatory, legal, consumer and other factors driving businesses to be sustainable and ethical
  • Defining sustainability ambitions and challenges
  • Aligning business strategy with sustainability goals
  • Driving implementation of sustainability across the business – manufacturing, supply chain, in stores, communications, products, packaging and more
  • Examples of successful initiatives
  • Operational, commercial, brand and other benefits from investing in sustainable initiatives


  • Thomas Berry


    Director of Sustainable Business


    Tom has been working with companies on strategy and sustainability for the past 20 years.  Tom set up and leads the Sustainable Business strategy at...

  • Caroline Laurie


    Head of Sustainability

    Kingfisher Plc

    A CIMA qualified accountant, Caroline joined Kingfisher 10 years ago as a buyer before being promoted to category manager, in this role she was...

  • Giorgina Waltier


    Sustainability Manager, UK & IE


    Giorgina began her career as a fashion journalist for Condé Nast before moving into the field of Sustainability in fashion in 2015. Initially...

  • Peter Andrews


    Head of Sustainability Policy

    British Retail Consortium

    Peter is the Head of Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the trade association for retailers, and is responsible for the...

  • Rebecca Saunders


    Managing Director

    Saunders Retail

    Rebecca Saunders is an independent retail consultant with broad experience in buying, ecommerce and strategy. Recent clients include Fenwick...

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