M&S, Tesla Motors and Yorkshire Water headline Yorkshire environment conference

M&S, Tesla Motors and Yorkshire Water headline Yorkshire environment conference

High profile speakers from M&S, Tesla Motors and Yorkshire Water are set to collaborate at a major environment conference in Leeds focused on innovation and sustainability in business.

The Yorkshire Water sponsored event is being lead by Business in the Community, a business-led charity which aims to tackle issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a sustainable future.

Taking place on 12 May, the event will emphasise the need for companies to innovate and seek out new solutions in today’s resource-constrained world.

Chris Harrop, chairman of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network will chair the event at the Headingley Experience where speakers include Mike Barry, director of sustainable business, M&S and Richard Flint, CEO, Yorkshire Water.

M&S director Mike Barry said: “The timing of the conference is vital. We are entering a new era for business and how it addresses environmental issues.

“A focus on risk management practices is being replaced by a recognition that climatic, pollution and resource constraints are being reached quickly and that we need new approaches to business that are circular, low carbon and focused on the use of sustainable raw materials.”

Yorkshire Water CEO and chair of the regional BITC Board, Richard Flint, added: “Some of the most effective changes are brought about by forging strong collaborations for greater impact.

“Yorkshire Water is an exemplar of this innovative approach – harnessing our extensive networks to effect change at a local and a national level.”

Also sharing their company’s experiences and innovative experiences are Bert van Son, CEO of acclaimed innovator Mud Jeans and Georg Ell, country director UK & Ireland of Tesla Motors – named Forbes most innovative company in 2015.

Conference organiser Elizabeth Edgington, BITC’s Area East head of environment, said: “The importance of businesses collaborating for mutual advantage is unprecedented and our speakers will showcase powerful examples of innovation via their business models, product development and supply chains.

“As well as learning from an excellent range of speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to bring new thinking to life through interactive sessions and discussions, and will leave inspired to seek out innovation opportunities in their own organisations.”

To book a place at the Business Unusual conference visit www.bitc.org.ukbusinessunusual