Wed, 01 Jun|
Online panel discussion
Sustainable Products will win Gen-Z favour | Who is in?
Gen Z is aware of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the responsibility they must try and fix these issues. Research suggests that 54% of these young adults think a company’s environmental and social efforts are very or critical. How can companies adapt to meet Gen-Z expectations?
Time & Location
01 Jun 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 BST
Online panel discussion
About the Conference
Gen Z is aware of climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the responsibility they must try and fix these issues. Research suggests that 54% of these young adults think a company’s environmental and social efforts are very or extremely important when considering whether to purchase a service or a product. As if that weren’t enough, Gen Z is gaining more purchasing power as they join the workforce, so any organization needs to take environmental and sustainability seriously if they want to attract customers and skills. We’ll see how major companies in the food, fashion and lifestyle are supporting the internal change towards sustainable products and sustainable production.
We'll dig into key questions and topics like:
1. What is/makes a sustainable product?
2. What are the sustainability attributes of sustainable products?
3. How to measure the sustainability performance of a sustainable product?
4. What is the Sustainable product life cycle assessment (LCA)
5. How to develop a sustainable product? -sustainable digital business model
6. Sustainable product best practices
Moderator: Alex G. Lee
Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Strategy and Innovation Certificate from the MIT Sloan School of Management Executive Program, New York State attorney, US patent attorney, Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).
Alex is a passionate thought leader focused on implementing and developing new technologies and business strategies in the realms: ESG/sustainability, Digital integrated transformation (ESGDX) and enterprise/industrial applications of Metaverse.
Paul is a supply chain sustainability consultant with a specific interest in the textile and fibre sector. Before that, he was responsible for developing a global certification and traceability system across the natural fur supply chain and leading a project to deliver its first-ever sustainability strategy. He has worked with a range of luxury brands, and sustainability NGOs, and was an expert member of the UN ECE Group on sustainable value chains in the garment and footwear sector. He has a background in policy, communications, research, trade and public affairs in highly regulated areas of the FMCG market. Paul has a particular interest in new technologies that deliver innovation and change to the textile and fibre industry.
Peter has over 25 years experience managing multi-sector policy and food standards across all sectors ranging from governmental policymaking, manufacturing and supermarketing for iconic food brands within companies on the FTSE 100 and NYSE. He has held senior roles in the UK and EMEA for Sainsbury’s, Tesco Supermarkets, Birds Eye, iglo, Findus Italy, Findus Scandinavia (now Nomad Foods) and more globally at Regal Springs Group.
His roles include managing B2B2C functions in Technical Services & Policy, Quality Assurance, Food Safety, Customer Services, Operations, Commercial & Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Public Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Sustainability, CSR & Communications.
Unfailingly consumer centric, Peter started to specialize in responsible and sustainable business transformation, 20 years ago and transitioned into pioneering consumer facing totally integrated sustainability food programs 15 years ago. These branded company-first and world sector first sustainability programs step-changed the transparency and responsible management of upstream biodiversity, natural capital and ecosystems in the supply chain, whilst reducing impacts in manufacturing operations and from innovation. With defined materiality risks and disclosures for popular iconic brand food products in 23 countries, the programs have enabled the marketing of newly certified affordable products to consumers that have collective sales of over GBP£2.2Bn. All newly certified and nutritious products entering the market will have been verified by numerous third-party certifications, with the relevant logos, depending on product type, for traceability to origin, responsible sourcing of raw materials and ingredients, responsible farming (land, sea, lakes), responsible manufacturing, food safety, GMP, ethical trading and social compliance. And of course, climate mitigation and science-based targets have now been set from the original carbon reduction programs and LCA’s originally carried out years ago.
Peter is a trusted senior advisor and subject matter expert has been holding board NED roles in all food sectors and for non-profit standards organizations for over 12 years now, encourage industry to adopt global third-party sustainability standards and credible, transparent governance systems.
Your company description
After taking time out in 2021 to look after his family at a critical time, Peter is currently advising companies, part-time, on sustainability strategy, target setting roadmaps and purpose-led VMV blueprints.
Abhijeet is a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Sphera, responsible for projects in the chemical industry. These broad range projects include comparative LCA studies for primary and speciality chemicals including pharmaceuticals, LCA studies on bioplastics, and portfolio-wide LCA automation using Sphera’s GaBi Envision software. Before joining Sphera, Abhijeet worked as a Research Engineer in the Life cycle assessment team at SABIC, and as a Production Engineer at Syngenta. A chemical engineer by training, Abhijeet received his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University with a focus on developing methodologies for high-quality datasets in life cycle assessments.
Sphera is consulting company providing ESG performance and risk management software, data and consulting services.
Professional experience in products and business development based on UN's Sustainability Development Goals, circular business models, and growth mindset culture. Research experience on agro-industrial waste management with a primary goal to profitable upcycle it. PhD scholarship by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (2016) and Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (2017). Founder of Growth Mindset (2016 -2020), Coffe-eco (2018 - today), Morphoses (2021).
Coffe-Eco is aiming to transform the espresso supply chain from linear to circular. Starting from Greece, which produces 40.000 tons of SCG waste annually, we plan to upcycle 50 tons in 2022 and expand to east Europe and Asia. For every espresso shot, you drink every day, you are producing 7 grams of biomass waste. Just think that only in US espresso consumption are four 400 M shots per day. Spent Coffee Ground (SCG) is one of the most undervalued biomass. Coffe-Eco uses this biomass to produce sustainable raw materials for the cosmetics and food industries. Cosmetic and food sustainable raw material is a starting point for Coffe-Eco, but we are planning to expent to other industries with furniture raw material, biomethane and fertilises.
Veli has extensive 25 years of face-to-face teaming experience with customers, collaborators, and partners in over 70 countries. Green Fintech and tech-orientated SaaS products are very close to Veli’s heart. As an investor in various tech start-ups and the founder of others, he is a true asset for any company looking for innovative and sustainable ways to boost revenue streams and value for end-users. Today he held the position of Chief Strategy Officer at Fairown, a Fintech company that helps environmentally conscious brands and retailers to offer products as a service for monthly subscriptions and manage product renewal cycles in a sustainable manner. Referenced in various publications Veli is also a finisher of multiple marathons and Olympic distance triathlons. He lives in the south of France and is married with two children.
Fairown is a Fintech company that helps brands and retailers to offer products as a service while shifting from a linear to a circular economy. Unlike buy now, pay later solutions, Fairown provides a unique payment platform that allows environmentally conscious businesses to offer their products for monthly subscriptions and manages product renewal cycles in a sustainable manner.
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