Five sustainability conferences every purpose-driven business should attend in 2020

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In an age where consumers are urging businesses to balance purpose with profit, and firms like Black Rock are shifting to an ESG-focused investment approach, there has never been a greater need for companies to embrace sustainability. A recent Bloomberg survey found that 85 percent of companies in the S&P 500 report on sustainability, and 84 percent believe their organization is either moderately sustainable or very sustainable. Regardless of whether you’re part of the 84 percent or not, sustainability conferences are your key to gaining a pulse on emerging trends. 

Whether you’re a newbie to the sustainability world – or you’re Yvon Chouinard’s protégé – you may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of conferences available.  When allocating your conference budget, keep in mind that speakers, focus areas, and conference size are important indicators of whether the conference will be relevant to you and your industry. These five events in 2020 provide some of the best environments to advance your understanding of sustainability while cultivating strategic connections to evolve your business.

1. GreenBiz 20 (February 4 – 6)

Today is the kick off of one of the most comprehensive sustainability conferences out there, GreenBiz 20.  The program is jam-packed with interactive discussions focused on ESG, the circular economy, and supply chains, including panels of industry leaders like Unilever, Ebay, and PepsiCo.

It may be the smallest conference on our list, but RBS East is our top pick if you’re looking for an intimate conference. experience The program includes opportunities like open dialogue discussions, sessions about ESG disclosure, and solution-based workshops. 

3. Sustainable Brands 20 (June 1-4)

Sustainable Brands’ flagship conference brings together the business community’s brightest minds to share the latest developments in sustainable business. The nine educational tracks allow attendees to customize their experience so they can explore content that’s most relevant to them.

4. BSR Conference 2020 (October 27-29)

Held in Brooklyn, New York, this gathering serves up a trifecta of next-level content, thought-provoking conversations, and networking opportunities galore. The conference promises speakers like Fortune 500 senior executives, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and government officials.

5. VERGE 20 (October 27-29)

The VERGE 20 conference and expo is the place to be for those looking to explore emerging technologies and scalable solutions for addressing climate change. You’ll join more than 4,000 attendees to explore cross-sector insights to advance a clean economy.