The Net Impact Approaches Conference 2019 was held on Thursday 23rd May, at 15 Hatfields, London

Summary output for the 2019 event will be available shortly.

Plans for the 2020 event will be made available in due course.


Final Agenda and Conference Brochure (23rd May 2019)

Firmly established as the leading event on net impact approaches, the conference convenes leading experts and organisations on measuring and valuing impacts to evaluate, demonstrate or aim for a net zero or positive impact. 

Once again, for 2019, the ambition was to bring the different communities involved in net impact approaches together, and encourage more organisations to adopt such approaches.  The event offers unparalleled insights and networking on the topic, and caters for beginners wanting to find out more and how to make a start, to experienced practitioners pushing the boundaries.Businesses, investors, governments and consumers increasingly recognise that the existing economic model is no longer acting is society’s best overall interests. Significant shifts in how businesses operate are required to avert potentially catastrophic outcomes relating to climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and inequality. One of the most exciting and rapidly evolving shifts is the transition from moving beyond basic ‘sustainability’ practices of mimimising impacts to adopting ‘no net loss’ or ideally ‘net positive impacts’ from an environmental and social perspective. 

Why attend?

  • An exceptional opportunity to hear from leading experts in impact measurement, valuation and target setting (e.g. net zero, net gain, net positive) in a business context
  • Discover best practice from front-runner companies and financial institutions evaluating and demonstrating the value they create for society
  • Unparalleled insights and networking on the topic, catering for beginners to experienced practitioners pushing the boundaries
The conference brings together different communities involved in all aspects of net impact approaches to:
  • Share the latest initiatives and approaches
  • Share and debate best practice
  • Provide case studies from leading organisations on quantifying, valuing and comparing business impacts (environmental & social)
  • Help drive the movement forwards by dealing with key issues
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking between the many groups involved
The content will cover all forms of approaches that identify, measure, value and compare environmental, social and economic impacts. The main focus is on a business context, building upon building upon previous years’outcomes and recommendations. Key themes this year included:
  • Getting started and establishing targets
  • Making and building the business case
  • The role of sustainable finance and other incentives in furthering uptake
  • Net biodiversity and net environmental gain
  • Regenerative agriculture
  • Why and how to conduct Integrated Profit and Loss Accounts - and how these may develop in the future
  • The Human and Social Capital Protocol
  • Links with Sustainable Finance, SDGs, Science Based Targets and the Circular Economy
  • Best practice integrated environmental and social impact P&Ls and Balance Sheets
Feedback from previous delegates:“The Net Impact Approaches conference is one of the outstanding gatherings on impact measurement and valuation. It addresses the most relevant challenges and brings together the thought leaders and experts from various stakeholder groups. Attending the conference is one of the best investments you can make to be at the forefront of this vital area of development in business sustainability.” Christian Heller, BASF
 “A world-class gathering of Net Impact leaders and practitioners.” “For once, a conference tackling a multi-disciplinary issue that has the right people in the room.” “Great combination of input, discussion and networking.” “The Net Impact Approaches conference is at the forefront of the sustainability agenda.” 

This year's speakers

We are grateful to Forum for the Future, Natural Capital Coalition, Natural Capital Finance Alliance, International Integrated Reporting Council, Social and Human Capital Coalition and WBCSD for being conference affiliates. Representatives of each of these organisations will highligh recent and planned activities on the topic, in particular covering key advances and links with other communities and sustainability initiatives. 
Speakers and panellists for 2019 were:  
  • Aine Kelly - Impact Management Project
  • Amine Soulami - BNP Paribas
  • Andrew Mitchell - Global Canopy (Natural CapitalFinance Aliance)
  • Annelisa Grigg – UNEP-WCMC
  • Chris Brown - Olam
  • Chris Hart – Global Canopy (Natural Capital Finance Alliance)
  • Christian Heller - BASF
  • Colette Grosscurt - ACTIAM
  • Emanuelle Hopkinson - M&S
  • Emma Howard Boyd - Chair, Environment Agency
  • Eugenia Hunziker - LafargeHolcim 
  • Eva Zabey - WBCSD
  • Helen Crowley - Kering
  • Iain Watt - Forum For the Future
  • James Spurgeon - Sustain Value
  • Janne Dietz - KPMG
  • Jenny Merriman - WSP
  • Jonathan Labrey - International Integrated Reporting Council
  • Louise Clarke - Berkeley Group
  • Mark Gough - Natural Capital Coalition and Social & Human Capital Coalition
  • Matt Watkins - WBCSD (on behalf of Social & Human Capital Coalition)
  • Max Heaver - Defra
  • Niki Mardas - Global Canopy (Natural Capital Finance Alliance)
  • Phil Clarke - Consciam
  • Ravi Abeywardana - Olam
  • Rosie Dunscombe - Natural Capital Coalition
  • Steve Waygood - Aviva Investors
  • Thomas Verheye - European Commission
  • Tom Beagent - PwC
  • Tony Juniper CBE - Chair, Natural England
  • Will Evison - PwC
  • Zoe Le Grand - Forum for the Future
If you have any suggestions for topics to be covered or relevant case-studies or launches you would like to present for the 2020 conference, please do get in touch. The conference is organised by Sustain Value and Consciam and is a net positive event, working in collaboration with ClimateCare. For registration terms and conditions, please click here.

Previous Net Impact Approaches Conferences

Net Impact Approaches 2018 was held on Tuesday 22nd May at the same venue. See a summary of 10 key points arising from the 2018 event here.Download Final 2018 Programme 



Details of the 2017 Net Impact Approaches Conference can be found by clicking on the links below:  

Full Detailed Agenda 2017

Speaker Biographies 2017

Event Summary 2017

Conference slides can be purchased for a modest fee - contact for information. 

ClimateCare kindly offset the CO2e from the conference with 20 tonnes GS credits from the Lifestraw Carbon for Water project. As well as the verified emission reductions, this represents the provision of  70,235  litres of safe water drinking water to families in Western Kenya. Overall this represents a Net Positive carbon and water impact.


Documents on Net Impact you may find of interest:

Net Impact: Ten things all businesses should know Sustain Value's Sustainability Briefing Note 1.  December 2016.

Final report by Sustain Value for 2106 EU B@B Natural Capital Accounting Workstream.

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