The inaugural Advancing CSR for Sustainable Futures conference will bring together senior leaders and practitioners from across the private sector to showcase new ways of thinking and doing, when it comes to corporate responsibility and sustainability. This conference will unpack how organisations can leverage their capital and capability to influence sustainability and scale impact, all while realising the economic and business benefits of this.
What will you take away
- Strategies for gaining executive & organisational buy-in
- Growing with purpose, staff, customers and community
- How to align your strategy with organisational purpose for sustainable impact
- Approaches to report on impact and improve social accountability internally and externally
Executive and Senior Leaders with responsibility for:
- Corporate Responsibility
- Corporate Citizenship
- Corporate Affairs
- Ethical Business Strategy
- Shared Value
- Social Impact
- Community Engagement
Attend to learn:
- Evolving and executing a CSR & sustainability strategy
- Innovating with purpose to create and unlock new business value
- Identifying & building effective partnerships for shared value
- Measuring & reporting on your impact
- Leveraging the economic value of sustainability
- Evolving CSR & sustainability practice towards an integrated model
- Purpose-led strategy development – Is your business feeding into the prosperity of your customers and communities, or off it?
- PANEL DISCUSSION: How businesses are addressing human rights
- Innovation with purpose: Improving the environmental performance of packaging
Andrew is Vice President for the SingTel Group’s Corporate Sustainability and leads the Group’s sustainability transformation across its environment, community, people and marketplace pillars.
Under his leadership to “Leave the Smallest Footprint”, Singtel (including Optus) was the first company in the Asia-Pacific ex-Japan to have its science-based carbon targets approved by SBTI in 2017, and recently one of 28 Global companies to commit to working towards the ambitious net zero carbon target by 2050. He also led the Group’s climate scenario and adaptation exercise in 2015 to plan for the adaptation of its infrastructure to build resilience to the long-term effects of climate change. He is also leading the Group’s preparations to align with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
To enable the “Most Connected Communities”, Andrew leads the Group’s regional Future Makers social innovation programme and chairs the Singtel Group Sustainability Forum comprising the sustainability heads of the Group’s regional mobile associates. He is currently co-chair of the Singapore Business Network on DisAbilities (SBNoD) and also leads the Group’s end-to-end disability inclusion strategy across customer facing, community and inclusive employment. He is currently co-chair of the Group’s task force for sustainable supply chain management to prepare the company for the new modern slavery legislation recently passed in Australia. Andrew sits on the Singapore National Council of Social Services 4ST Strategy Committee advising
the government on its strategic roadmap for the social services sector in Singapore, and was a former committee member on the 3 rd Singapore Enabling Masterplan for persons with disabilities.
Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the SingTel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Singtel Group Consumer Chief Information Officer, Managing Director for Optus Technology and Products Division, Managing Director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and Managing Director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division. Andrew was the Chief Operating Advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003-2007, SingTel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the SingTel Group including VP Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, Director Corporate Development, Director Business Marketing and Director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also founded and ran SingTel Ventures from 1997 – 2000, a S$150m corporate technology investment fund focused on emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin-offs for the company.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 3 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics. Over the past few years he has formally coached over 120 leaders in the Optus talent and leadership programme.
Lee is a purpose-led sustainability professional with Australian and international experience in the corporate, not-for-profit and consulting sectors. Since joining IAG almost 10 years ago, Lee has worked in various leadership roles driving shared value innovation, strategic partnerships and our approach to responsible business.
As Executive Manager, Shared Value Strategy & Projects, Lee currently leads a team delivering a portfolio of shared value innovation projects designed to create safer, more connected and resilient communities. She also leads the Secretariat of the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities and plays a key role in activating IAG’s founding membership of the Shared Value Project.
Prior to joining IAG, Lee gained extensive experience in corporate responsibility and sustainability through her corporate partnerships role with Landcare Australia and work as a consultant for niche sustainability consultancy Article 13 in London. Earlier in her career, Lee coordinated dairy product exports at Fonterra in New Zealand and spent time as an English lecturer in Russia.
Lee completed her Master of Arts in International Relations at Keele University in the UK, where she served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Otago, specialising in Russian language and culture.
As one of the founders of Kiwi Connect, Lee is an active member of the New Zealand expatriate community in Australia.
Leigh Barnes is the Chief Purpose Officer (CPO) of the Intrepid Group, the world’s largest provider of adventure travel experiences. The Chief Purpose Officer role is a new position championed by Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton, which was created to focus on sustained growth in the company’s purpose initiatives.
As CPO, Barnes is responsible for working closely with The Intrepid Foundation and external partners as Intrepid Group seeks to create more shared value projects and operate a business with a purpose beyond profit. In 2018, the company will be committing 0.75% of global revenue towards purpose activities, creating a team of dedicated employees to lead The Intrepid Foundation, and attaining B-Corp status.
Most recently, Barnes led the company’s North American business as the regional director of North America for Intrepid Group out of the company’s Toronto headquarters. Under his direction, North America became the fastest growing region for the Australia-based company, with a recorded 60 percent growth in the past two years.
He began his work with Intrepid Group in 2010. At the time, he was the Australian Social Media Coordinator. Over the years, he advanced through the marketing department at Intrepid Group’s Australian office, and when Intrepid Group expanded to North America, Barnes followed.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, he returned to his hometown in July 2018 in conjunction with his appointment as Chief Purpose Officer. When not working, Barnes enjoys exploring the unseen places of the world. His favorite real-life experience was trekking through the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp on an Intrepid Travel tour.
Fiona Nixon is Bank Australia’s Head of Strategy and Communications and is passionate about the role that business needs to play in addressing social and environmental issues. She is responsible for the bank’s engagement and communication with staff and customers as well as its public policy commitments. Fiona also oversees the Bank Australia Impact Fund, through which the bank invests 4% of after tax profits to create positive social and environmental outcomes. Since joining the bank in 2013, Fiona has managed the rebrand to Bank Australia and a range of initiatives designed to build the bank’s responsible banking brand.
Fiona has a background in consulting working with private and public sector and for-purpose clients on communications, social policy development, major events, and community consultation. She has also held senior communications roles in the Victorian State Government and local government in Melbourne.
Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Macquarie University and is currently completing an Executive MBA at RMIT University.
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