Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) account for around 90% of global business. Therefore, it is crucial that SMEs are equipped with the knowledge, tools and resources required to commit to and accelerate climate action, whilst ensuring long-term business viability.
This webinar will support SMEs globally in developing their climate commitments and action plans by:
Stocktake of current SME reporting and areas of actions
Adèle Rowlands (Senior Value Chain officer | CDP)
Panel discussion on value of SME climate action and disclosure
Sonya Bhonsle (Global Head of Value Chains | CDP), Dan Fitzgerald (Senior Director of Product Sustainability | Stanley Black & Decker - 2nd March), Robert Williams (Procurement Director and Director of Sustainability at AstraZeneca - 2nd March) and Arnab Dutt OBE (SME Panel Member at Cabinet Office - 28th February)
Tool and resources available to SMEs
Pamela Jouven (Director | SME Climate Hub)
Q&A and close
Sonya Bhonsle (Global Head of Value Chains | CDP)
Sonya Bhonsle is the Global Head of Value Chains & Regional Director Corporations at CDP. She leads CDP’s work on value chains including CDP’s supply chain program which enables major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, influencing trillions of annual procurement spend. Sonya has over 17 years of environmental experience, both in the public and private sector.
Dan Fitzgerald is a Sr. Director of Product Sustainability at Stanley Black & Decker and is responsible for identifying, defining, and facilitating all strategies and action plans associated with improving the sustainable performance of products across the corporation. He leads the “Innovate with Purpose” pillar of the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which includes goals to develop new products that address unmet societal needs and to improve the impacts of existing products across their lifecycle.
Robert Williams, Procurement Director and Director of Sustainability at AstraZeneca, works with the global supply chain to deliver AstraZeneca’s Sustainability goals, with a focus on developing high performing supply chains to deliver truly sustainable business growth. He leads on reducing Scope 3 emissions towards Net Zero, driving Responsible Supply Chain and supporting the Power of Diversity to inspire innovation. Robert also co-leads the PSCI Decarbonization Topic Team, lectures on energy procurement for the Energy Institute, and is a member of Durham University’s Energy & Industry Board (DEI).
Pamela Jouven the Director of the SME Climate Hub, works with international partners, multinational companies and governments to accelerate a global movement and develop a one-stop-shop platform mobilizing small and medium-sized enterprises to take climate action on net zero. Pamela previously served as Head of City Business Climate Alliances at C40, where she was responsible for expanding C40’s service offering to member cities relating to the acceleration of climate solutions with local and global businesses.
Adele Rowlands is CDP's Value Chain Officer, working primarily on the SME Climate Action Tracking, Accountability and Acceleration Project. Adèle manages collection and implementation of feedback from the various project stakeholders. Prior to joining CDP, she completed an MSc course in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, focusing on fundamental concepts and their application to biodiversity science.
Arnab Dutt OBE is CEO of an ESG impact technology venture in partnership with Oxford University. Arnab is chair of social value policy at the Federation of Small Businesses and chairs the working group on social value on the Cabinet Office SME panel. He sits on the steering group of the National Social Value Task Force, embedding ESG impact into local government supply chains. A trustee of the Anti-Racist Trust, Arnab is an Oxford Said Business School Alumni and continues to work closely with them developing innovative ways of how public/private sector partnerships can deliver verifiable social and environmental impact.
SME Climate Hub
The SME Climate Hub is an initiative of the We Mean Business Coalition, the Exponential Roadmap Initiative, and the United Nations Race to Zero campaign. In collaboration with Normative and the Net Zero team at Oxford University, the SME Climate Hub provides tools and resources to enable SMEs to make a climate commitment, take action and measure their progress towards emissions reductions.
This partnership allows SMEs to join the United Nations Race to Zero campaign — an international campaign that brings together an unprecedented coalition of real economy actors and 120 governments committed to achieve net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. Over 5,500 SMEs across 112 different countries have made the commitment, with key sectors including retail, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, technology. Learn more at: www.smeclimatehub.org