The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange brings Midtown businesses together to share knowledge pan-industry and regardless of scale of operation or reach. We all have business goals that require the fundamentals of, talent management, office accommodation, and responsible supply chain procurement, through to strategic business development and innovation.
Our programme is grounded in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) – these are a set of targets agreed by the UN in 2015. We have identified four where we believe Midtown businesses can have the biggest impact – Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10); Sustainable Cities And Communities (SDG 11); Responsible Consumption And Production (SDG 12); and Partnerships For The Goals (SDG 17).
Using the UN SDGs our series of debates over 2019/2020, will focus on the growing shift in sustainable business practices and how these are driving business growth. Attendees will hear from their peers, as well as sustainable development specialists, about the practical steps that are already being taken in Midtown to bring about positive change.
Want to be part of the movement in Midtown? Sign up to the upcoming debate, RE-IMAGINING CAPITAL: DEFINING VALUE IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The full 2019/20 MBIE programme will include:
currently hosting Jazz FM’s daily Business Breakfast show. He is Britain’s longest serving television Business and Economics Editor.
Jess Ainley, Senior Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Little Freddie, the organic baby food company, where she has created and leads the implementation of her organisation’s sustainability strategy known as Little Freddie’s Big Green Plan.
Dr David Greenfield FCIWM FRSA CEnv, External Affairs, Europe, Circular Economy Club (CEC), an international network of over 4,000 members from over 130 countries. CEC’s activity is global, non-profit and free to join. CEC’s mission is to bring the circular economy to every corner of the world.
Anita Longley FRSA, FICRS, Chair of the Institute of CR and Sustainability, (ICRS), the organisation dedicated to supporting CR and sustainability professionals to be brilliant at all stages of their careers.
Michael is a Business Broadcaster and Writer, currently hosting Jazz FM’s daily Business Breakfast show. He is Britain’s longest serving television Business and Economics Editor.
After ten years in news and current affairs at Thames TV, Michael founded Sky’s business coverage when the network started in 1989. That led to a twenty year career with BSkyB, covering every significant event from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the financial crisis of 2008. He’s a previous Business Broadcaster of the Year and has co-authored a book with Lord Digby Jones on Britain’s economic future. Michael has always been very aware of the increasing demands upon companies, from both stakeholders and shareholders, around sustainability programmes and behaviour.
Jess is the Senior Environmental and Sustainability Manager at fast-growing start-up, and Midtown business, Little Freddie organic baby food, where she has created and leads the implementation of her organisation’s sustainability strategy known as Little Freddie’s Big Green Plan.
Prior to Little Freddie, Jess has worked in sustainable and ethical sourcing at Sainsbury’s and held consultancy roles working across the breadth of corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. In an effort to make sustainability ‘business as usual’, she has recently led the launch of a UK-first recycling scheme for notoriously difficult to recycle baby food pouches, ensuring zero waste to landfill and re-use of the aluminium. Jess has also been nominated onto Edie’s "30 under 30 sustainability professionals of the future" programme.
David is the founder of SOcial, ENvironmental & EConomic Solutions (SOENECS), responsible for External Affairs in Europe for the Circular Economy Club (CEC), he is also a Mentor and the organiser of CEC London, he is non-executive Chair of the CIWM Enterprises Board, Trustee and Director of Freegle, Chair of the ICE Resource Management Panel, Government Adviser to DEFRA and MHCLG and advisor and past chair to the National Waste Network Chairs (WNC).
The Circular Economy Club is an international network of circular economy professionals and organisations from over 100 countries. Their vision is a new era where all cities worldwide function through a circular model, setting the end of an age of waste. The Club aims to assist in building strong local networks to design and implement circular local strategies, embed the circular economy in the education system and help circular solutions to scale.
Anita Longley has over twenty years’ experience at a senior level in the private and public sector. She is a Corporate Responsibility professional with particular expertise in sustainability in the energy industry. Anita is currently Chair of the Institute of CR and Sustainability, (ICRS). The ICRS, based in Midtown, is dedicated to supporting CR and sustainability professionals to be brilliant at all stages of their careers. It recognises, promotes and supports high standards of professional practice.
The second of the 2019/20 Midtown Big Ideas Exchange (MBIE) programme focuses on consumption, using the pillar of SDG12, and will look at how businesses are re-thinking value creation by moving towards a circular economy. What impact is that having on behaviours of suppliers, employees and customers?
Whilst the concept of the circular economy is long-standing, the traditional habits of single use and convenience are difficult to break. How do you change long-standing consumer behaviour? Are customers and employees pushing businesses to change, or is it the other way around?
This event will explore whether the circular economy does actually offer a better business case or whether keeping control of the bottom line always takes priority.