TR Sustainability Week: Influential speakers revealed

By Luke Barras-hill |

TR Sustainability Week 2023

TRBusiness is delighted to announce details of the speakers appearing at the third edition of Travel Retail Sustainability Week, which takes place virtually on 4-8 September.

Powerful industry voices will drive an eclectic webinar agenda that deep-dives into topics such as environmental protection, green design, CSR, DE&I, health and wellbeing and consumer consciousness.

As reported, the third instalment of the pioneering event, which debuted in 2021 as a positive disruptor for sustainable change in DF&TR, will host a dynamic week of insight-driven panel discussions and must-watch video interviews.

All sessions and content are free-to-air and 100% complimentary to access, as TRBusiness champions a virtual festival of sustainability-themed content including sustainability-related news and video interviews with leading DF&TR stakeholders throughout the week on (click below to register now to gain access to the full event agenda).

More than 30 speakers over nine live sessions

This will flank the live conference agenda running throughout Tuesday 5 September and Wednesday 6 September, with nine 90-minute sessions over the course of both days (all timings are British Summer Time).

TR Sustainability Week 2023

On Tuesday 5 September, the webinar programme begins in earnest with the keynote session (09:00 – 10:30), entitled, ‘If not now, then when’ featuring Arnaud Rolland, Vice President CSR at Lagardère Travel Retail, and Heidi Solba, Founder, President and Head of the Global network at Let’s Do It World & World Cleanup Day.

Green by Design (11:00 – 12:30) will gather a variety of thought leaders, including Duncan Craig, Global Project Director, Concourse; Paola Avogadro, Global Packaging Design Director, Ferrero Soremartec; Simon Dipple, Senior Vice President International Business Development, BellaGiada; Monica Kominami, Project and CSR Director, Travel Essentials Global Lagardère Travel Retail, Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager, Sustainability Champion & LEED Green Associate, ARI Middle East; and Sergio Salvagno, General Manager, Ferrero Travel Market, Ferrero International.

Cleaning the Closet – Sustainable Beauty & Fashion (13:00 – 14:30) will feature contributions from Sherrie Day, Global Head of Merchandising, Starboard Cruise Services; Zoe Farmer, Global Director Retail Management; gateretail; Saskia Möller, Director Compliance & Corporate Responsibility, Gebr. Heinemann; and Kim Rowney, Sustainability Director, L’Oréal Travel Retail.

The ‘TR and CSR – Beyond the Bottom Line’ session (09:00-10:30 UK BST, Wednesday 6 September) will tap into the innumerable social, humanitarian, educational and developmental initiatives promoted in DF&TR that consider people and planet alongside profit. L-R: Sarah Branquinho, Chair, Women in Travel Retail+ (WiTR+); Maitreyi Karanth, Founder, Koma Karanth Foundation; Beatriz de Otto Méndez, Head of Customer Marketing World Travel Retail, Mondelēz International; and Nick Enfield, Senior Manager of International Sustainability, Beam Suntory.

Clean Green Seas (15:00 – 16:30) will hear from Sue Gosling, Chief Brand & Culture Officer, Harding+ and Joel Tasche, CEO & Founder at ocean cleanup enterprise Cleanhub, while The Great Taste Revolution – Sustainable Trends in Food and Beverages (17:00-18:30) will hear from Pavithra Ram, Impact Navigator, Tony’s Chocolonely; Suvi Reinikkala, Spirits Marketing Director, Anora; Russ Wakeham, Chief Executive Officer, Two Drifters Distillery; and Louisa Ziane, Chief Operating Officer, Toast Ale.

TR and CSR (09:00-10:30) takes centre stage in the opening session on Wednesday 6 September, with appearances from Sarah Branquinho, Chair, Women in Travel Retail+ (WiTR+); Beatriz de Otto Méndez, Head of Customer Marketing World Travel Retail, Mondelēz; Maitreyi Karanth, Founder, Koma Karanth Foundation; and Nick Enfield, Senior Manager of International Sustainability, Beam Suntory.

All are Equal – Celebrating DEI in Travel Retail (11:00 – 12:30) will feature Winnie Chng, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, APAC & International, Beam Suntory; Cemal Ezel, Founder, Change Please CIC; Oran McAllister, Head of Client Engagement, NaviLens; Pablo Neuman, President & Founder, Stade Toulousain Rugby Handisport; and Mary Point, Director, Indigenous Relations, Vancouver International Airport.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body (14:00-15:30) will hear from Christophe Fabre, Export Director, Laboratoire Puressentiel and Anne-Laure Lecerf, General Manager, Dermatological Beauty & Professional Products, L’Oréal Travel Retail Worldwide.

‘Cleaning the Closet – Sustainable Beauty & Fashion’ (13:00-14:30 UK BST, Tuesday 5 September) will consider multi-faceted approaches to sustainability across the categories, from the refillable revolution to the trend for pre-loved fashion. The discussion will centre on some of the initiatives and best practices underway in travel retail through a product, packaging and planet lens. L-R: Zoe Farmer, Global Director Retail Management, gateretail; Sakia Möller, Director Compliance & Corporate Responsibility, Gebr. Heinemann; Kim Rowney, Sustainability Director, L’Oréal Travel Retail; and Sherrie Day, Global Head of Merchandising, Starboard Cruise Services.

The final session on Wednesday 6 September is GTR (Green Travel Retail) Thought Leaders, bringing together Stéphane Detaille, Global Sustainability Manager Confectionery & Ice Cream SBU, Nestlé; Argyrios Evmorfopoulos, Manager, Retail Services, Athens International Airport; Sophia Kavgalakis, Head of Strategy & Business Development, Common Seas; David Mills, Founder, Sustainaholics; Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager, Sustainability Champion & LEED Green Associate, ARI Middle East; and Anna Vasila, Head, Sustainability and Industry Affairs, Athens International Airport.

TRBusiness Head of Events and CSR Michael Barrett commented: “At TRBusiness, we are extremely passionate about all aspects of sustainability and it’s wonderful to see how this sentiment is shared by so many individuals across the industry and also beyond travel retail. The many conversations we have had over recent weeks and months while putting this programme together has opened our eyes to a plethora of highly commendable and exciting new initiatives, whether from travel retail stalwarts or fledgling companies just getting started in the industry.

“The industry can look forward to a showcase of new ideas, potential new partners and new revenue models that will help make travel retail a more sustainable retail channel, and more in line with consumer expectations.”

During Travel Retail Sustainability Week, guests can look forward to a special video roundup of the acclaimed Green Shoots Exchange session, which took place at the TR Consumer Forum in Vienna, Austria in June, and the latest edition of the popular Travel Retail Sustainability Pitch series.

Beam Suntory, Bitmore, Chilly’s, Ferrero, Mondelez and Sustainaholics will each argue their case to be recognised as either a four-star Travel Retail Sustainability Trailblazer or five-star Sustainability Hero.

TR Sustainability Week 2023

The Sustainability Pitches will be adjudicated by an expert lineup of Sustainability Guardians, including Tracy Ross, Projects & Design Manager, Sustainability Champion & LEED Green Associate at ARI Middle East; Zoe Farmer, Global Director Retail Management at gateretail; Arnaud Rolland, CSR VP Lagardère Travel Retail; and Renzo Radice, Global Head Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dufry Group.

Those Pitch entrants who meet the required standard will be awarded a coveted seal of approval that they can feature on their B2B and B2C marketing and communications.

Established in 2021, the Sustainability Pitch programme is designed to recognise and reward sustainable products and initiatives associated with the travel industry.

Critically, the sustainability Trailblazer and Hero logos are designed to make it easier for consumers to navigate and make sustainable choices in duty free stores.

For the full event agenda, click here. TRBusiness is producing a combined Sustainability issue and event programme to accompany Travel Retail Sustainability Week, available soon. You can view last year’s edition by clicking here.

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