Event details

16 June 2021
13:00 - 16:15
Online, Webinar

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    Join us online for the virtual launch of the new Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, a centre for co-designing, testing and scaling new forms of enterprise for a sustainable and fair socio-economic system, alongside expert speakers including:

    • Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance
    • Sanda Ojiambo, CEO, UN Global Compact
    • Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
    • Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility, UK Government

    The event will be an interactive, action-oriented conversation between business and academia to:

    • map the evolution of sustainability actions across sectors and geographies, in connection with financial, social and environmental performance, leveraging Leonardo’s unique digital dataset.
    • allow business leaders to share priorities and ongoing programmes and to suggest potential areas of interest for collaborative research programmes.
    • launch a 'Call for Shared Research Action' to create the form of enterprise necessary for a just and regenerative form of capitalism.

    The Leonardo Centre will engage thought leaders across business sectors and scientific disciplines to originate path-breaking initiatives to experiment with purposeful, inclusive and sustainable ways of doing business. This multi-faculty centre of excellence of Imperial College London is tackling this ambitious agenda through:

    • unique scientific and business expertise in a cross-disciplinary community of 15 Imperial College research centres and a global community of 150 scholars in 60 universities around the world.
    • machine learning-enabled dataset on corporate sustainability behaviour with millions of initiatives by 13.000 companies over 12 years, categorised by SDGs and types of action.
    • optimal portfolio of sustainability initiatives for each sector, maximising companies’ financial, social and environmental performance. This can enable the design of integrated sustainability strategies, investment decisions and public policy interventions based on frontier research and scientific evidence.
    • evolutionary journeys focusing on stakeholder-centred innovation and transformational change either within a single organisation or in collaborative laboratories (co-labs).

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    13:00 - Welcome

    • Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean, Imperial College Business School
    • Professor Alice Gast, President, Imperial College 
    • Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance

    13:15 - Introduction to the Leonardo Centre on Business for Society

    • Lise Kingo, Non Executive Director, Sanofi; Member of Advisory Panel for Humanitarian and Development Aid at Novo Nordisk Foundation; Chair, Leonardo Centre Advisory Board
    • Professor Maurizio Zollo, Scientific Director, Leonardo Centre; Head, Management & Entrepreneurship Department, Imperial College Business School
    • Livio Scalvini, Executive Director, Leonardo Centre

    Moderator for roundtables on three grand challenges
    Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times


    • Sanda Ojiambo, CEO, UN Global Compact

    13.50 -  The systemic challenge

    • Peter Bakker CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    14.00 - Roundtable: the type of capitalism the world needs

    • Professor Tommaso Valletti, Head of Economics and Public Policy Department, Imperial College Business School
    • Dr Marisa Miraldo, Associate Professor in Health Economics, Imperial College Business School
    • Frédéric Samama, Chief Responsible Officer at CPR Asset Management, Amundi Group
    • Dr Renzo Tomellini, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Union

    14.35 - The business transition challenge

    • Paul Hudson, CEO, Sanofi

    14.40 – Roundtable: enterprise models for the new capitalism       

    • Professor Nilay Shah, Head of Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College
    • Elena Bonfiglioli, Leader Health and Life Sciences EMEA, Microsoft Europe
    • Ed Daniels, EVP Strategy and Portfolio, Shell
    • Luq Niazi, Global Managing Director, Consumer Industries, IBM

    15.10 - Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility, UK Government

    15.15 - The leadership challenge

    • Clarke Murphy, CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates

    15.20 - Roundtable: leadership mindsets to drive the transition

    • Dr Mark Kennedy, Co-Director, Data Science Institute, Imperial College
    • Sir Andrew Cahn, Trustee, WWF, Non Executive Director, Huawei and Nomura
    • Sucheta Govil, Chief Commercial Officer and Board member, Covestro
    • Keith Tuffley, Global Co-Head Sustainability & Corporate Transitions, Citi

    15.50 - The call to action

    • Dr Mette Morsing, Head, UN Principle Responsible Management Education
    • Launch of the Leonardo Manifesto: Professor Maurizio Zollo
    • Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum

    16.15 close

    Event details

    16 June 2021
    13:00 - 16:15
    Online, Webinar

    Event details

    Date: 16 June 2021
    Time: 13:00 - 16:15
    Venue: Online, Webinar
    Audience: Public