2019 Symposium Programme

The 2019 programme was packed full of interesting ideas, inspiring speakers and interactive discussion.

Improving sustainability performance of supply chain initiatives

We heard about the different pathways through which sustainability systems can deliver social and environmental impacts, what evidence is available about these impacts, and how it can inform learning and improving to advance contributions to sustainability goals.

Evidence-driven decision-making and effectiveness

We gained insight from evidence into the strengths and limitations of sustainability systems for driving particular types of impacts and about the enabling conditions for their effectiveness. We also heard about how good data and information can inform the way sustainability systems, companies and governments develop new practices, strategies and policies.

Accelerating systemic impacts

In breakout sessions, groups focused on the initiatives that are taking different approaches to address important issues including landscapes, living income and living wage. We explored how evidence helps these initiatives to inform their strategy, develop their understanding of the challenges, and deliver on their sustainability commitments.

Building connections and ideas

The symposium brought together leaders from the worlds of sustainability systems, business, government and civil society. We had ample time throughout the day to meet and connect with peers in discussion tables, refreshment breaks, and at the launch of Evidensia, the platform for information on the impacts of sustainability systems.

Download the programme below.