Powerful speakers to address Sustainability Week

By Michael Barrett |

The second annual Travel Retail Sustainability Week will deliver another packed and enriching agenda, with high-calibre speakers tackling a range of topics under a much broader ‘green’ umbrella.

Slated to take place from 19-22 April to coincide with Earth Day (Friday 22 April), the four-day digital-only event promises powerful and thought-provoking insights [scroll below].

Registration for the highly valuable virtual event, access of which is free-of-charge, opened earlier this month.

As reported, TR Sustainability Week has received heavyweight backing from the likes of Mars (Headline Sponsors), Beam Suntory (Platinum Partner), and JTI, L’Occitane en Provence, Moroccanoil, Nestlé and Ritter Sport (all Premium Partners).

The programme will include sessions on circular solutions; approaches to store design and builds; category-specific focuses on food and confectionery and wines & spirits; plus, dedicated webinars on health & wellbeing and diversity and inclusion [to view the full agenda, click here].


Two keynote sessions will provide a stellar start and compelling conclusion to TR Sustainability Week.

‘People and the Planet: Taking Sustainability to the Next Level’ will set the scene on Tuesday 19 April, while ‘Green influencers: Combining People, Planet and Purpose’ will round off the programme on Friday 22 April.Register now white and purple button

The day one keynote session at 9am UK time (BST) on Tuesday 19 April will draw together an eminent lineup of speakers for an intriguing round table session.

This will feature Eugene Barry, Executive Vice President Commercial, Dubai Airports; Mélanie Guilldou, Group EVP Foodservice & CSR, Lagardère Travel Retail; Renzo Radice, Global Head of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dufry Group; and Marcus Hudson, Sales Director at Mars ITR.

Meanwhile, special guest speakers from outside the industry include Tessa Clarke, CEO and Co-Founder at environmental platform Olio and Simon Mulcahy, President Sustainability at global media corporation Time Inc.

During the opening keynote session, delegates will hear about the latest developments across diverse aspects of sustainability, including environmental responsibility projects, plans to achieve carbon neutrality as well as broader initiatives such as diversity & inclusion and health (including mental health) and wellbeing programmes.

Olio’s Tessa Clarke will share her story on creating and co-founding the free app that tackles the enormous problem of waste – food waste in particular – in homes & local communities, to enable surplus food to be given away and not thrown away.

She will explain how the app has morphed from a community-based service between consumers into a network of 40,000 volunteers that collect unsold food from local supermarkets, canteens and quick-service restaurants, among others.


Food is then redistributed to the community via the Olio app, enabling businesses to achieve zero-waste locations.

The food waste reduction app recently celebrated hitting five million members and the environmental impact of the food sharing service is now equivalent to 100 million car miles (and fumes) taken off the road and five billion litres of water saved.

Delegates will also hear from Time Inc’s Simon Mulcahy, who was the former Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Salesforce.com.

He moved from Salesforce.com in January this year to become President of Sustainability at Time magazine.

Simon is also the CEO and Founder of CO2, a new division of Time magazine, which focuses on helping businesses progress towards net zero.

The sustainability division of Time magazine is the brainchild of Mulcahy and Salesforce.com Founder and CEO Marc Benioff, who purchased Time magazine in 2018.

As part of this keynote session, Mulcahy will share plans on how CO2, with the support of the media group, will focus on helping businesses accelerate investment in climate solutions by providing them with content, applications and the appropriate partnerships and community to achieve net zero.

C02 will be seeking to accompany companies large and small in their quest for carbon neutrality, including travel and travel retail stakeholders.

The final day of TR Sustainability Week will reveal the closing keynote, entitled ‘Green influencers: Combining People, Planet and Purpose’.

Due to take place at 9am BST on Friday 22 April, The session will spotlight the latest developments on investments into sustainable solutions, in packaging and production, as well as corporate social responsibility initiatives.


Panellists for the closing keynote round table discussion include the following: Lisa Bauer, President and CEO, Starboard Cruise Services; Adrien Geiger, Group CSO, or Camilia Ittobane, Global Brand Communication Director, L’Occitane en Provence; Tamara Spada, Marketing Manager, Nestlé International Travel Retail; and Rob Holmes, Founder at GLP Films, who will provide a thought provoking insight into how consumer behaviour is driving sustainability in the travel and tourism sector.

Stay close to TRBusiness.com for more details on the TR Sustainability Week agenda.

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