Sustainable business strategy, leadership and culture change

Top business leaders share their secrets for success, demystify culture change, maximize efficiency for economic gain , find the latest government policy or how to respond to recent changes, plus flexible working, staff engagement, green business development and more…

8.30  Budget response, Andrew Fitton, Director at PwC

Understand the issues behind the budget for sustainability in your organisation and sustainable business investment. Once the budget has been announced the speaker will be confirmed for this slot to give you the best information that you need to inform your business strategy.

9.15  Driving a sustainable business model – Richard Flint, CEO, Kelda.

In Yorkshire Water you see a business like any other – the need to provide products and services to customers and the need to be financially successful, but for Kelda there are further pressures that make it an early responder to the need to run a sustainable business in order to be a successful business.

Every business can learn from the Kelda experience because all the experiences are heightened – customers are deeply reliant on the product and service, one slip and people and the environment can suffer and every action is open to public analysis. The answer lies in operating a business that is focussed on its responsibilities while meeting its goals. CEO Richard Flint will outline his leadership in driving a business model that is sustainable to be successful.

Presentation available here.

10.00 Engaging your staff – how imaginative schemes grow profit.  David Symons, WSP

Sustainability is at the core of WSP’s business strategy.  The company is so passionate about it, they developed ‘PACT’ in 2007 – a programme that helps staff live a greener lifestyle outside work, and pays a bonus in their salary if they do so.  PACT has 2500 people taking part today, is a growing programme and has given WSP some really strong insights on how strong programmes can both engage staff and also grow revenue.  This session will cover both a background on PACT, the lessons for others, and how to build the business case for strong staff engagement.

Presentation available here.

10.45  The economics, barriers and business opportunities of creating a low carbon future – based on the Stern Report for a city. Professor Andy Gouldson, Centre for Low Carbon Futures

What is the most effective and efficient way to decarbonise a city? And what are the benefits, opportunities and barriers to making this change? Up to 15% of a city’s GDP is forecasted to leave the local economy through the payment of energy bills by 2022,  if just 1% of GDP pa was invested every year for a decade there would be a range of benefits, in lower energy costs, more jobs and increased skills, and wider social and economic benefits. But to make this change, we must all act together.

Find out how your business can play its part and what the benefits will be, and understand the barriers to investment and how these may be overcome.

Presentation available here.

11.30  Driving behaviour change – stick, carrot or nudge? Trewin Restorick Donna Mckitterick, CEO, Global Action Plan.

Global Action Plan has been creating behaviour change programmes for the past 16 years and uses a range of techniques depending on the audience.

We’ll talk about the ways you can drive behaviour change, the importance of understanding the full range of reasons why behaviours occur and the role of nudge in helping to make change happen.

Presentation available here.

12.15  Profiting through sustainability: the Ellen MacArthur business course – Paula Widdowson, University of Leeds Business School

How can we respond to the twin challenges of increasing limited global resources and rising demand for fossil fuel based products?  The traditional linear approach to product and system design – make, use and dump – is no longer sustainable.  Full cycle whole-system thinking provides an alternative option, and for early movers, embraces sustainability for competitive advantage.

Paula Widdowson will demonstrate the benefits of embracing this new thinking and introduce a new University of Leeds business school course for managers and directors that will make your business more efficient and able to respond to these new opportunities. A case study from CEO Stef Kranendijk of carpet manufacturer Desso will illustrate the substantial benefits of sustainable business.

Presentation available here.

13.00  Drax – Transforming the Drax business. Peter Emery, Production Director

Drax is the largest coal fired power station in the UK, every company can learn from Drax how to manage environmental impact and manage reputation. Get an inside view on the environmental challenge facing Drax, how Drax plans to transform itself into a low carbon generator, and the investment decision making process to enable that transformation.

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13.45  Ploughcroft: Dealing with Dragons – Chris Hopkins, MD.

Three years ago, Ploughcroft was a typical construction company struggling with the economic conditions. Through determination, innovation and a knowledge of the sustainable & renewable energy sectors, the business diversified and was reborn.

The last year has been particularly interesting. In Summer 2011 they appeared on BBC Dragons Den and won £120,000 investment finance from Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meadon. By October 2011, cuts to the Feed In Tarriff rocked the renewables market.

Find out more about how this bold company have grown their green business, emerging in 2012 as one of the UK market leaders in installing renewable products for homeowners.

Presentation available here.

14.30  Flexible working, make your business and staff more efficient – panel discussion with BT and the National Business Travel Network

Reducing travel is good for business, good for people and good for the planet. It makes sense and it’s a win all round. It can be challenging – it involves changing ourselves and our behaviours, our organisations and our structures.

Find out more with best practice examples of how companies have managed this and made great changes that have worked for them, and understand some of the technical products available to help make this work for you.

Presentation available here.

AMENDED SLOT: 15.15 Accessing Regional Growth Fund – Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Regional Growth Fund could help you expand your existing business into new markets and products. This seminar will help you decide whether RGF is for you and find the support you need to apply.

Presentation available here.

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