Steve Howard

Chief Sustainability Officer For The IKEA Group

A leader within sustainability and business, Steve Howard is best known as the former Chief Sustainability Officer for the IKEA Group. As a highly successful entrepreneur, Howard is able to offer tips within leadership, finance, business management and team building as well as giving advice on how to make your corporation more environmentally nurturing and considerate of the future of our planet.

After studying ecology at the London Metropolitan University, Steve went onto gain a PhD in Environmental Physics from the University of Nottingham in 1996. He began working for the WWF and chaired the UKM Forest Stewardship Council where he helped to fond The Forest Trust. He founded his first non-profit organisation, The Climate Group, by 2003 in an early bid to mitigate climate change. The now award-winning company is designed to work alongside the government and huge corporations to guide them towards making use of renewable energy and reducing gas emissions. In 2009, Howard joined VantagePoint Venture Partners as an advisory board member to offer to coach to start-up and scale-up businesses in clean energy and environmental technologies.

Steve joined the IKEA Group in 2011 as the Chief Sustainability Officer. As part of the executive management team, Howard became a catalyst for the development of the People and Planet Positive strategy which promoted more than €3 billion worth of investment for wind power, recycling and sustainable forestry. The launch of this idea also created a category of sustainable products made with 70% recyclable materials that more than tripled the revenue of the furniture retailer.

As a serial entrepreneur, Steve is also the co-founder of climate change coalition, We Mean Business. He is also the Co-Chair Environment and Natural Resource Global Future Council for the World Economic Forum and an advisory board member for the Sustainable Energy For All Group. He is a regular public speaker and has spoken at extremely high-profile events including TEDGlobal in 2013.

With an admirable entrepreneurial flair, drive to combat climate change and passion for making a difference, Steve Howard is an ideal speaker for addressing business and environmental based topics.

To book Steve Howard as the keynote speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When he’s at corporate events, Steve is known to cover the following topics:

  • Reality of sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Teamwork & Leadership
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainability & The Environment
  • Science, Innovation & Technolgy
  • Ecology, Ecophysiology & Environmental Physics

See what people had to say when Steve performed at their event:

“The event went really well and Steve was great, so well received. His presentation was great, and to stand up for 45 minutes with no slides or notes isn’t easy! Please pass on my thanks and appreciation to him & thanks to everyone at Champion Speakers for your help”Orla, PWC