Welcome to RSK live from COP26

Greening the Blue Chips

Welcome to our event from the most critical climate conference yet. This all-day sustainability event was NOT your typical environmental, social and governance (ESG) seminar. We brought business leaders from across multiple sectors together to work out how we could “finalise the Paris rulebook” and cut emissions in line with 1.5°C while protecting and restoring the natural resources on which humanity, and businesses, depend.

Even though the event is over, you can still catch up by checking out the livestream of the event. You can also look back at the reports, insights and webinars that we have released as part of our #GreenDialogues series – all right here on this page.

We need to work harder to tackle the climate crisis and restore and protect our vital natural resources, so we are delighted to welcome you to this important and solutions-focused conversation.

Event schedule and speakers

  • Introduction


    Welcome, Alan Ryder, Chief Executive Officer, RSK

    Opening comments from broadcaster Caroline Frost

  • Session one

    Beyond net zero? The scale of change facing business

    Poetry by Normal Bissell, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

    The FTSE Environment Report Card, Dr Stephanie Wray, Managing Director, Nature Positive

    Expert viewpoint, Jo Gilroy, Head of Sustainability, Kier Group

    Investor viewpoint, Adam Heltzer, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance, Ares Management

    Panel Q&A

    Coffee break

  • Session two

    How can businesses across varied sectors respond to the latest climate science and lead the UK’s transition to net zero?

    Poetry by Leela Soma, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

    Panel discussion hosted by Caroline Frost

    → Ian McAulay, CEO, Southern Water.

    → Frankie Phillips, Founder, The Rubbish Fashion Company and TOBEFRANK

    → Dr Julia Baker, Biodiversity Technical Specialist, Balfour Beatty

    → Ian Heasman, Director of Sustainability, Taylor Wimpey

    → Anna Cameron, Head of Legal & ESG, Ventient Energy

    Lunch and entertainment by musicians Ada Francis and Rory McLeod

  • Session three

    Film premiere: How to deliver on COP commitments: Gearing up governments, businesses and people to work with nature

    The premiere of a short documentary film examining climate and environmental challenges and their solutions.

    Poetry by Patrick Corbett, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

    Following the film screening, we sat down to hear more about the opportunities ahead from some of those integral to its creation:

    → Justin Davey, filmmaker

    → Natasha Warren, presenter and writer

    → Topher White, Founder of Rainforest Connection

    → Dr Emily Taylor, General Manager at the Crichton Carbon Centre.

  • Session four

    The way forward

    Poetry by Elizabeth Rimmer, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

    The art and science of transformational change, presented by Prof. Patricia Rogers, Consultant and visiting professor, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa.

    Working with complexity: Applying the SDGs to business, presented by Prof. Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Birmingham Business School, UK.

    Changing behaviour to make change stick, Luke Ravenscroft, Director, The Behavioural Insights Team.

  • Closing session

    Closing comments from Alan Ryder, Chief Executive Officer, RSK

    Reception and networking, broadcaster Caroline Frost


  • View the live stream from COP26: Greening the Blue Chips