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The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange (MBIE) is London’s most innovative and dynamic programme of debates, workshops, podcasts, research and thought leadership about the future of work

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, NATURAL SELECTION: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE BUSINESS IMPERATIVE FOR SUCCESS.

The full 2019/20 MBIE programme will include:

4 events: 02 October; 30 October; 27 November; and, 29 January 2020

02 OCT 2019
Natural Selection: Sustainable Development is the Business Imperative for Success
Launching the series programme and the Midtown Charter, our speakers active in sustainable development will be using the Pillar of SDG 17 “Partnerships and Collaboration”, making the case for collaborative partnerships and how embracing the goals has created business opportunities and driven growth.
30 OCT 2019
Global Goals for Midtown: How responsible consumption is driving business success in Midtown
Focusing on the Pillar of SDG12 “Responsible Consumption and Production”, our second event will look at how businesses are re-thinking value creation by embracing the concepts of the circular economy and what impacts are they having on behaviours of suppliers, employees and customers.
27 NOV 2019
Global Goals for Midtown: Business leaders debate how to reduce inequality in the workplace
Using the Pillar of SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities”, at our third event speakers will show how embracing diversity has helped their businesses grow and innovate. They will look at talent attraction, organisational structure and innovations that businesses are making.
29 JAN 2020
Global Goals for Midtown: Delivering sustainable development and business success for London’s bestconnected district
Our fourth event around SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities” will examine how exponential growth will need to be countered by infrastructure innovations across London. Speakers will focus on how connectivity challenges and inevitable changes in work habits will all impact how we engage with the environment we want to work in.

A series of podcasts – interviews with Midtown movers, shakers and influencers

A series of video interviews – showcasing Midtown and those who invest here

A selection of thought leadership articles and digital content

NATURAL SELECTION: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE BUSINESS IMPERATIVE FOR SUCCESS
When
Wednesday 02 October

Registration from 5.30pm
Main event from 6.00 – 7.15pm
Networking and drinks reception to 8.00pm
Where
Mitsubishi Corporation
MidCity Place
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6BA
Speakers
Introduction by Chair of BEE Midtown, Alexander Jan, Chief Economist at Arup

Emily Auckland, Network Director, UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), the organisation that promotes the SDG’s in the UK
James Gomme, Director, Sustainable Development Goals, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Spencer Craig, CEO and co-founder of Pure, the sustainable food chain
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our first MBIE event is centred around SDG 17 “Partnerships and Collaboration”, where we will hear from some of Britain's leaders in sustainable development, including: Emily Auckland, James Gommer, and Spencer Craig, about their recent successes in implementing a number practical sustainable business solutions, including key takeaways you can take to your organisation.

SUPPORTED BY OUR OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER, THE VOICE OF LONDON, THE EVENING STANDARD.

300+ of the world’s largest companies have a commitment to the SDGs

92% of executives support the SDG agenda

£10tn of yearly market opportunities are expected to be created through SDG related innovation

380m new jobs are expected to be generated by 2030 through SDG related economic growth

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