7 July 2021 | ICC Sydney


The Hon Matt Kean MP
Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW

Emily Woodland
Co-Head Sustainable Investing APAC, BlackRock

Professor Jim Skea
Co-Chair, Working Group III, Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London

Liz Chatwin
Country President,
AstraZeneca Australia

Raphael Geminder
Pact Group

Ian Learmonth

Richard Smith
Director of Sustainability,

Lyndall Stoyles
Group Executive for Sustainability, External Affairs & Legal, Telstra

Janette O’Neill
Group Head of Sustainability, QBE Insurance

David Gall
Group Executive – Corporate and Institutional Banking, NAB

Fiona Wild
Vice President, Climate Change and Sustainability, BHP


The Sydney Morning Herald, in partnership with Informa Australia, will run the second installment of The SMH Sustainability Summit in a face-to-face format on Wednesday, 7th July at the ICC Sydney.

From droughts to flooding rains, from a domestic recycling emergency to the horror bushfire season of 2019/2020, there is no doubt: across Australia, the impacts of climate change are already being felt. And it will only get worse. All levels of government, companies large and small, investors and citizens demand urgent action.

But how can the world mitigate the worst affects of climate change and limit global warming to 1.5°C? How can we turn the biggest polluters of the planet into its protectors? Go from carbon neutrality to carbon negativity? Shift from ambition to action?

In this science-focused Summit, sustainability leaders from Australia and abroad will share strident decisions and goals, clear and actionable insights for organisations and governments. Join us as we connect Australia’s corporate leaders and policymakers to catalyse immediate action now.

Due to the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the decision to deliver The Sydney Morning Herald Sustainability Summit in a fully virtual format on 7 September via our online events and networking platform, Brella.

Check out a preview of our virtual delegate experience.

2020 Agenda

7 September 2020

Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


OPENING | Remarks from the Chair

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald




The Hon Matt Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment, NSW


FIRESIDE CHAT | Apple’s roadmap to carbon neutrality

Hear from Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, about the company’s commitment and plan to become carbon neutral across its entire business, manufacturing supply chain, and product life cycle by 2030. Apple is already carbon neutral today for its global corporate operations, and this new commitment means that by 2030, every Apple device sold will have net zero climate impact. From its complex international supply chain, to the energy it takes to power a customer’s use of its product, Apple’s mission to eliminate its carbon footprint signals a new era of innovation for the company.

Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
Moderated by: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS | Climate risk and response: physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

How could earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? After more than 10,000 years of relative stability – the full span of human civilisation – the Earth’s climate is changing. As average temperatures rise, climate science finds that acute hazards such as heatwaves and floods grow up in frequency and severity, and chronic hazards, such as drought and rising sea levels, intensify. A year-long, cross disciplinary research effort by McKinsey & Company sought to understand the nature and extent of physical risk from a changing climate over the next one to three decades, exploring physical risk as it is the basis of both transition and liability risks.

Dr. Jonathan R. Woetzel, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Director, McKinsey Global Institute, and Co-Chair, Urban China Initiative



PANEL | Solving the massive plastics, packaging, and waste problem

  • Making a local and global commitment and staying true to your company promise
  • Addressing a lack of recycling facility infrastructure
  • Changing the game plan – where to begin and how to engage the team?
  • Collective responsibility
  • An analysis on operational impacts
  • Single-use plastics, compostable packaging and labelling

Sandra Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Oceania
Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, Visy
Brooke Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
Gayle Sloan, CEO, Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia
Moderated by: James Chessell, Executive Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age


Morning tea and networking break



FIRESIDE CHAT | The case for business leadership on climate

At a time when Government action on climate and energy is falling short, Mike Cannon-Brookes will discuss how businesses can step up and lead the way. He’ll highlight Atlassian’s approach to sustainability and look at the expectations of employees and customers.

Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Atlassian
Moderated by: John McDuling, National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age


PANEL | Long-term view, short-term actions: competitive pathways to net zero for high emitters

  • Harnessing the COVID mindset and response for collective, strident climate action
  • Building systemic resilience and adaptability for improved socioeconomic outcomes
  • What systemic changes need to be made to achieve this?
  • Finding opportunities through innovation and co-creation
  • Accelerating Australia’s energy transition and supporting customers through transition
  • Australia’s role in energy and resources domestically and in Asia

Tess Herbert, Chair, Australian Beef Sustainability Framework
Tony Lucas, Executive General Manager, Future Energy and Technology, Origin Energy
Martijn Wilder AM, Founding Partner, Pollination Group
Justine Jarvinen, CEO, UNSW Energy Institute
Christiaan Heyning, Partner and Leader of McKinsey Australia Oil & Gas Practice, McKinsey & Company
Moderated by: Nick O’Malley, Environment and Climate Change Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age


KEYNOTE | Business as a platform for change

Australia, and the world, urgently need a new business model, one that addresses the needs of all stakeholders: customers, employees, communities, and the planet. Tune in to hear Salesforce ANZ CEO Pip Marlow explain why they consider the environment as a critical stakeholder and how business can be a powerful platform for change.

Pip Marlow, CEO, Salesforce Australia and New Zealand


Sustainability reporting: no longer a nice to have for businesses

  • Sustainability reporting landscape and trends
  • How businesses can report effectively on sustainability
  • Integrating SDGs into reporting
  • Corporate transparency case study in Australia (and worldwide)

Mirjam Groten, Chief Business Development Officer, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), The Netherlands
Delivered via video presentation


Case Study | Successfully Scaling Programs

  • Developing our approach to climate change
  • Demonstrating our approach through our workplaces and energy
  • Harnessing sustainable finance to support transition
  • Supporting collaboration across companies

Siobhan Toohill, Group Head of Sustainability, Westpac


Lunch break



Q&A with the Minister

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment
Moderated by: Tory Maguire, National Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age


PANEL | Socially responsible investing

  • What does it mean to be ‘socially responsible’?
  • The need for clarity about what individuals are trying to achieve via their investments and distinguishing between ETHICS, ESG and IMPACT objectives
  • The “greenwashing” debate: reconciling non-financial with financial objectives
  • Why it’s important to consider not only the products, but the providers (banks, super funds, or financial advisers)
  • The benefits and pitfalls of using third party certified products and third party data as an analysis tool

Simon O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Association Australasia
Susheela Peres da Costa, Head of Advisory, Regnan
James Tayler, Head of ESG, Ellerston Capital
Moderated by: John McDuling, National Business Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age



CASE STUDY | Reducing the impact of hospital waste

An overview of the key initiatives adopted across Ramsay Health Care Australia’s 72 Hospitals in reducing waste in materials, water, energy, food and medical equipment.

Sue Panuccio, National Environment Manager, Ramsay Health Care


PANEL | Sustainable supply chains and waste management

  • Changing patterns of consumption and the impact on supply chains and logistics
  • Towards a circular business model, starting with diverting waste from landfill
  • Challenges and ingredients for success in greening your supply chain
  • Sustainable sourcing and using metrics effectively

Thinus Keevé, Chief Property, Export and Sustainability Officer, Coles Group
Kylie Freeland, Director of Supply Chain & Sustainability – ANZ, McDonald’s Australia
Dr James Chin Moody, Founder and CEO, Sendle
Moderated by: Dr Mirjana Prica, Managing Director, Food Innovation Limited Australia (FIAL)


Afternoon tea and networking break


The network effect: The power of partnership

Meaningful business partnerships can empower the consumer and create an exponential impact. From the stratospheric rise in e-commerce to a growing desire to support local businesses, changing consumer behaviour is a key driver for businesses to embed sustainability in their long-term models. Far from the ‘elusive green consumer’ stereotype, increasingly customers are deciding with their wallets and are demanding that sustainable choices become the norm. This session will explore:

  • How businesses can leverage their networks and form long-lasting partnerships to create effective and scalable solutions
  • Why organisations need to remain purpose-driven in order to make commercially sustainable social impact

Kristina Kloberdanz, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mastercard



PANEL | Sustainable buildings, cities and communities

  • Sustainability as a high-order priority for companies, builders, and various asset classes
  • How trends and expectations are contributing to market and policy transformation
  • Government led initiatives
  • Increasing stakeholder assurance
  • NABERS (Natural Australian Built Environment Rating System) and other rating systems: are they worth it, and the most effective ways to see results

Davina Rooney, Chief Executive Officer, Green Building Council of Australia
Cate Harris, Group Head of Sustainability & Global Head of Lendlease Foundation, Lendlease
Louise Herron AM, CEO, Sydney Opera House
David Palin, Sustainability Manager, Mirvac
Moderated by: Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


Closing remarks from the Chair

Lisa Davies, Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald


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7 July 2021

ICC Sydney
14 Darling Drive
Sydney NSW 2000

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