20 September 2022 | Sofitel Darling Harbour, Sydney


Sustainability has been front and centre of this year’s Federal Election campaign reflecting the importance the community places on the future of the planet.

Organisations have, so far, been ahead of politicians in addressing the challenges of climate change. But how well are they implementing structural reform in their day-to-day operations? And how are they communicating their actions to their employees and key stakeholders? What is Government’s role in encouraging societal change, and will the businesses who go above and beyond mere compliance reap the rewards of the new paradigm? Is having climate-friendly policies the new cost of doing business, and how do you ensure that your actions will make a discernable difference and not be viewed as an exercise in greenwashing.

This Summit will analyse the political appetite for regulatory reform, assess how Corporate Australia can balance responsibility with shareholder return, and showcase organisations who are already seeing measurable results for their sustainability commitments.


The Hon Matt Kean MP
NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy

Delia Rickard
Deputy Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Justine Rowe
Chief Sustainability Officer, Telstra

Cate Harris
Group Head of Sustainability, Lendlease

Zali Steggall
MP, Warringah

Allegra Spender
MP, Wentworth

Kylea Tink
MP, North Sydney

Dr. Sophie Scamps
MP, Mackellar

Andrew Parker
Chief Sustainability Officer, Qantas Airways

Heidi Hauf
Regional Sustainability Lead Asia Pacific, Boeing

Kate Hart
Partner and ANZ Strategic Operations Lead, Kearney

David Gall
Group Executive, Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB

Ian Learmonth
Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Professor Paul Monks
Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ian Darbyshire
CEO, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW)

Liam Ward
General Manager of Sustainability Transformation, Woolworths Group

Lisa Mclean
Chief Executive Officer,
NSW Circular

Belinda Driscoll
Managing Director ANZ,


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OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair


OPENING | Opening remarks from SMH

Bevan Shields, Editor in Chief, The Sydney Morning Herald



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


FORWARD THINKING | Where is Corporate Australia at with its Sustainability plans?

  • What innovative practices are we seeing?
  • How does Australia business compare internationally?
  • How do you overcome skepticism and accusations of greenwashing?
  • What evidence is there that a considered investment in sustainability will also result in improvements to the bottom line?

Kate Hart, ANZ Strategic Operations Lead, Kearney


REGULATORY ADDRESS | Regulating ESG – Combatting Greenwashing

  • ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) challenges, implementation, and opportunities
  • Greenwashing undermining the integrity of the marketplace and the efforts of investment
  • Poor reporting practices leading to greenwashing and how companies should deal with ESG
  • Actions to enforce regulations and polices by continuous monitoring of the market

Delia Rickard, Deputy Chair, Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)


FIRE SIDE CHAT | The imperative action which needs to be taken

Ian Learmonth, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)


Morning Tea and Networking break


PANEL DISCUSSION | Harnessing a mandate for a shift in climate change policy

  • Maintaining the momentum of the Community Independents election success
  • What can be achieved in the next Parliament?
  • What targets should now be in place for 2030, and how will we get there?
  • What now for Australia’s fossil fuels?

Allegra Spender, MP, Wentworth
Kylea Tink, MP, North Sydney
Zali Steggall, MP, Warringah
Dr Sophie Scamps, MP, Mackellar


FNPW PRESENTATION | The Fight to Climate Change

  • From fire to floods; How do corporate and government partnerships support sustainability initiatives in ensuring
    future communities are more resilient
  • Implementation of program Plant One Million Trees Mission, in bushfire affected regions Australia wide by 2025
  • Successfully measuring and reporting the impact which has been a result of the initiatives and programs that have
    been undertaken by FNPW

Ian Darbyshire, CEO, Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW)


CASE STUDY | Creating a Circular Australia

  • Successfully leading the transition to a zero- carbon, zero waste circular economy within Australia
  • With 2023 around the corner what does it mean for the Circular Economy?
  • How have the objectives set out been successfully implemented?

Lisa Mclean, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Circular


Lunch and networking break


CASE STUDY | Pathways to Sustainable Aerospace – Boeing

  • How will the aviation industry reduce its emissions and meet the aviation industry 2050 net zero commitments?
  • The role of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and emerging technologies
  • Supporting the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Alliance of Australia and New Zealand (SAFAANZ) in creating a collaborative environment to advance the production of SAF in Australia
  • Opportunities for corporate entities to support SAF industry

Heidi Hauf, Regional Sustainability Lead Asia Pacific, Boeing


PANEL DISCUSSION | Successfully Implementing ESG within the Organisation

  • Successfully embedding ESG into organisations and their daily operations
  • Ensuring that ESG is at the fore front of the decision-making process
  • Monitoring strategies, processes and progress being made by operating with an ESG approach
  • Having frameworks in place to ensure sustainability practices are being upheld

Senior Executive, EQT
David Gall, Group Executive, Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB

Cate Harris, Group Head of Sustainability, Lendlease


CASE STUDY | Implementation of ESG within Qantas

  • Where does ESG sit within aviation and Qantas
  • How it has been implemented and what is in place for monitoring the progress of ESG within the business
  • What is Qantas working towards and what strategies are in place to ensure that it is successful within the business

Andrew Parker, Chief Sustainability Officer, Qantas Airways


Afternoon Tea and Networking break


PANEL DISCUSSION | Avoiding Greenwashing Reputation

  • Organisations being able to exhibit physical evidence of their sustainable measures and upholding their reputation
  • As an organisation what is being done to ensure that there are clear and defining sustainability terminology being used on products
  • How organisations avoid misrepresenting the extent to which a financial product or investment strategy is economically friendly, sustainable, or ethical (Greenwashing)
  • Sustainability considerations which have been factored into an organisation’s investment strategy

Justine Rowe, Chief Sustainability Officer, Telstra
Liam Ward, General Manager of Sustainability Transformation, Woolworths Group
Belinda Driscoll, Managing Director ANZ, Kimberly-Clark


CASE STUDY | Global Demand to Transition to Clean Energy

  • Addressing the environmental needs which are demanding change to occur
  • What are the challenges and blockages which businesses are trying to overcome in the process of transitioning to clean energy?
  • Why is it imperative to create a strategy and or plan which outlines how businesses are working towards clean energy and net zero

Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair


END OF SUMMIT | Networking drinks

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