Stakeholders & Sustainability

The theme for this year’s conference ‘Stakeholders & Sustainability’ reflected the political mood of the day. The pandemic has given rise to an economic shift towards stakeholder capitalism – where companies create sustainable value for all stakeholders, customers, employees, suppliers, communities, the environment and shareholders

The conference explored the massive opportunity for business leaders across all sectors and company sizes to get on the right side of this, de-risk their business and generate more sustainable long-term profitability. 

Headlining the conference was Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and Co-founder & Chair of IMAGINE. Paul was joined by a host of Irish & international CEOs leading the way in sustainable capitalism and ESG.

Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “An effective stake in any society depends upon having the economic capacity to participate fully. It is the success of the business model in this generation that has allowed people to have a stake in our society and to stay in Ireland, if they want, to build a family, to build a career, to build a future."

The event was broadcast live using a combination of keynote presentations and panel discussions and is available to watch post event for 90 days.

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Ibec Business Leaders Conference Agenda pdf | 647.7 kb

Keynote / Paul Polman

Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a social venture which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. Paul is the Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, Chair of The B Team and Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as "a standout CEO of the past decade”.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organisations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.

Keynote / Julie Sweet 

Julie Sweet is chief executive officer of Accenture. 

Prior to becoming CEO in September 2019, Julie served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America. Before that, she was Accenture’s general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer. 

Julie serves on the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees, the Board of the Business Roundtable, for which she chairs the Technology Committee, and the boards of Catalyst, the Centre for Strategic & International Studies and the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities – Bridges from School to Work. 

Julie joined Accenture in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. 


Questions / Answers

At our flagship events you will experience a studio broadcast with a high end production along with an immersive 3D event platform which will allow you to interact with speakers, take part in Q&A's, competitions, engage in 1-1 chats and network with others.

We have designed the agenda specifically for the virtual environment and presentations will be live from studio, while international speakers will present from their home country. The full agenda will be available in the coming weeks.  

There will be breaks throughout the day and there will also be opportunities to explore more of the virtual event, including bonus content, exhibition hall and the networking lounge.   

Yes, there will be a virtual exhibition hall with booths. At each of the booths you have the opportunity engage with those managing the stand over live online chat or you can schedule a one to one meeting. Each booth will have content available to view or save in your delegate bag for later.   

Many of our exhibitors will also be running competitions so make sure you visit all the booths to be in with a chance to win. 

The virtual platform will be accessible for 90 days after the event and each session will be recorded and available to watch on demand.  

All the content from the resource centre and exhibition hall will also be available to access. There is a swag/delegate bag feature which allows you to save content you come across throughout the event and can be downloaded onto your computer. 

Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event.

No, we are using a web-based platform that requires Google Chrome or the latest version of Safari or Firefox to access the platform (Internet Explorer is not recommended). You will also require Zoom to view the live sessions.

Yes, group discounts are available please email for more information.

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