Top 10 Sustainability Speakers on Climate Change & Corporate Responsibility
There are few people with the knowledge, experience and passion to inspire change as sustainability and environmental speakers. Whether they are adventurers or politicians, humanitarians or business owners, these speakers have a single goal; to save our planet.
"The climate crisis has deep roots in the industrial revolution and stems from an outdated mode of value creation that puts an unsustainable drain on the world’s natural resources and vastly exceeds the planetary boundaries." - Nigel Topping
In January 2020, Nigel Topping was appointed the UK High-Level Climate Champion, where he works with global leaders to drastically reduce carbon emissions. As the former CEO of We Mean Business, he has dedicated his life to saving the planet, one business at a time.
Such commitment makes Nigel a key figure at sustainability conferences, as he supplies vital guidance on ethical business operations. He can talk on topics ranging from ESG to renewable energy and has the passion to inspire long term change in his corporate audiences.
"This is the decade in which, contrary to everything humanity has experienced before, we have everything in our power. We have the capital, the technology, the policies. And we have the scientific knowledge to understand that we have to half our emissions by 2030." - Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres was an architect of the 2015 Paris Agreement, a vital global agreement between countries to save the planet. She was also the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change for five years, during which Christiana pioneered sustainable development like renewable energy.
A powerful force of good, Christiana is regularly booked for corporate events, conferences and interviews to share her unique understanding. With first-hand experience tackling climate change, her advice for business owners is transformational.
“Don’t underestimate the impact and influence you have… wherever you sit in the seniority chain, there is now a very meaningful push from leadership because they understand that this is a major concern." - Tom Rivett-Carnac
Serving alongside Christiana as her Senior Advisor, Tom Rivett-Carnac was also instrumental to the Paris Agreement in 2015. The author and political lobbyist is qualified in Environmental Economics and Holistic Science, which allows Tom to talk on a wide range of topics with confidence.
As a sustainability speaker, Tom leaves audiences with a newfound optimism in the face of climate change. His powerful message teaches the importance of action, and how we are not too late the save the planet from global warming. For business leaders, Tom's impact leads to long term change.
“L’Oréal has embarked on a fundamental transformation towards a more sustainable model.” - Alexandra Palt
Alexandra Palt is the Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer of L’Oréal and Executive Vice President of the L’Oréal Foundation. With experience leading one of the biggest beauty brands in the world, she understands the importance of corporate responsibility on a global scale.
At events, Alexandra shares with audiences how she transformed L’Oréal's impact on the planet, across their supply chain. She is passionate about human rights, and her campaign, 'Sharing Beauty With All', is committed to driving sustainability. The ideal speaker for corporate conferences, Alexandra is a booking opportunity not to be missed.
"By 2030, what Microsoft is committed to doing is to be a carbon-negative water-positive zero-waste company, that’s protecting more land than it uses and is building the foundations of what we’re calling a Planetary Computing Platform." - Lucas Joppa
Combining data science and sustainability, Lucas Joppa is at the forefront of the technological revolution. He is the Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft, making him responsible for the global brand's sustainability strategy, tracking the data and actioning any required changes.
When booked for events, Lucas shares with audiences the insight that led to Microsoft's transformation. His results-driven solutions are practical and powerful in equal measure, to ensure corporate audiences receive actionable guidance. Lucas is an essential figure in the fight for our planet.
"We have known about climate change for a long time, but we have done very little." - Chris Hines
Former Sustainability Director of the Eden project, Chris Hines, is an authoritative voice on climate change. Opened in 2001, the biggest greenhouse in the world attracts thousands of tourists each year, reconnecting humans with the natural world. As a speaker, Chris can offer an insight into his business' environmental methods.
Chris doesn't sugarcoat the situation. His speeches are a warning of the mass flooding, starvation and dehydration guaranteed if we do not face up to climate change. He calls on everyone to embrace the planet and take the necessary steps to protect it.
"Our ingredients are 100 percent natural, ethically sourced and in a sustainable way. And we give 10 percent of our profits to charity." - Richard Reed
Richard Reed believes that when business owners are ethically responsible they don't just protect the environment, but inspire trust in their consumers. Along with two friends, Richard founded Innocent Drinks, a smoothie company that prioritises ethics over profits.
From picking the fruit to packaging the product, Richard's legacy is built on sustainability. The company is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified, an achievement that Richard discusses at length as a sustainability speaker. Richard is at the forefront of the eco-friendly business revolution.
"It’s time we sit up and take note of the toxic impact plastic is having on our bodies." -Liz Bonnin
Liz Bonnin has dedicated her career to wildlife conservation. The biochemist and biologist has presented on BAFTA award-winning shows, like Big Blue Live and Galapagos. Using her knowledge, Liz opens her audience's eyes to the climate disaster happening right now.
She has appeared at numerous events, hosting the likes of ET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards and the Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. Recently, she interviewed Sir David Attenborough at the University of Cambridge, to highlight the need for more sustainable methods of living.
"Going back to 2015, [Google] made a commitment [to] embed circular economy principles into our infrastructure, our operations, our products and our culture." - Kate Brandt
Better known as Google's Sustainability Officer, Kate Brandt has worked with both businesses and governments to promote circular principles. She is passionate about a circular economy, the idea that resources can be repurposed to lessen the strain on our environment.
From AI to recycling, Kate is at the forefront of business sustainability. As a speaker, she can offer and insight into circular economies, providing advice on how businesses can reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose. Kate boasts years of experience, making her a truly influential thought leader.
"We are looking at a world which has been governed for a hundred and fifty years by the hydrocarbons, by their refineries, by their finances, by their pipelines." - David Howell
Lord David Howell, the Baron of Guildford, is a Conservative politician and former Secretary of Energy Sustainability. David invests in the youth and believes that they are key to the recovery of hydrocarbons.
While in Government, David faced the responsibility of reducing our carbon footprint. From his position within parliament, he took a stand against climate change. His presentations are realistic and factual, inspiring people to embrace sustainability head-on.
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