Sustainability leaders in high profile speaker lineup at industry’s first TRSW

By Michael Barrett |

Travel Retail Sustainability Week, the duty free and travel retail industry’s first virtual event dedicated solely to sustainability, takes place on 19-23 April.

Industry thought leaders and sustainability pioneers will join a stand-out speaker lineup at the inaugural Travel Retail Sustainability Week (TRSW).

The virtual event takes place from 19-23 April to coincide with World Earth Day on Thursday 22 April.

Travel Retail Sustainability Week aims to propel the travel retail industry’s knowledge and understanding of, as well as its investment in, environmental business practices.

As reported, interest in Travel Retail Sustainability Week continues to soar.

The five-day programme is set to address a range of different perspectives including sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics such as packaging, plastic bottles and bags.


A packed webinar programme will attract high-level industry executives and leaders, including David Katz, CEO and Founder of The Plastic Bank, who will deliver the keynote address on Monday 19 April.

Katz has received multiple awards and recognition for his social, humanitarian and environmental work, including from the United Nations, and attracted coverage in leading publications such as Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic.

His TED Talk, ‘The surprising solution to ocean plastic’, has attracted more than two million views.

The Founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank will be joined during the keynote session by a senior officer from the UN World Tourism Organisation.

They will share the latest insights on their work with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative (GTPI).

Click image to view the full list of leading speakers set for Travel Retail Sustainability Week.

Travel Retail Sustainability Week will host a daily ‘deep dive’ into certain aspects of sustainability contributions from the following speakers (below).

Wrap it up: developments in sustainable packaging and single-use plastic (SUP) alternatives

Julia Koskella of Sustainability consultancy Systemiq

Graeme Stewart, CEO, Enviro-Point

Corinne Fugier-Garrel, Packaging Concept Design Director, L’Occitane en Provence

Santiago Navarro, CEO, Garcon Wines

Beautiful Future: sustainability in fragrance, skincare and cosmetics

Nathalie Helloin-Kamel, Head of Global Fine Fragrances, TAKASAGO and Vice President at the French Fragrance Foundation

Cécile Lochard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Guerlain

Travel Retail Sustainability Week (19-23 April) will host a dedicated session on sustainable packaging and single-use plastic (SUP) alternatives.

Luce Grossetete, Founder at Beauty of Change

Jean-Charles Lhommet, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Manager, L’Occitane en Provence

Lead by example: sustainable investments from industry leaders

Renzo Radice, Global Head Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dufry

Raphaëlle Archambeaud-Sicot, Group Sustainability Director, L’Occitane en Provence

Stewart Dryburgh, General Manager at Nestlé International Travel Retail

Louise Smith, Senior Manager Environmental Supply Chain at The LEGO Group

Erin Cooke, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Policy, San Francisco International Airport

Shaye Folk-Blagbrough, Senior Environmental Specialist, Climate & Environment, Vancouver Airport

Purpose-driven consumption: addressing consumer concerns

Jessica Bowman, Executive Director, Plant Based Products Council (PBPC)

Peter Mohn, CEO and Owner at m1nd-set

Jo Hendrickx, CEO and Founder, Travel Without Plastic

Dealing with the plastic pollution problem – the NGO perspective (other speakers still TBC)

A panel of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) specialised in environmental protection will share insights from the perspective of each organisation on their work in the field (or ocean) as well as with civil society.

Malgorzata (Gosia) Luszczek, International Director at the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)

Dr Pramod Kumar Sharma, Senior Director of Education, FEE

Simon Bernard, CEO, Plastic Odyssey

Florent Marcoux, CEO at Surfrider Europe Foundation

The speakers are joined by a stellar lineup of senior airport and retailer directors, who will be judging the Sustainability Pitch entries.

The judging panel includes executives from 3Sixty Duty Free, Aer Rianta Middle East, Budapest Airport, Delhi Duty Free, Dubai Airports Dubai Duty Free, ETRC, Ever Rich, Harding, Gate Retail, Gatwick Airport, KrisShop, Lagardère Travel Retail, London Heathrow, MSC Cruises, m1nd-set, Starboard Cruises, The Plastic Bank, Unifree Duty Free and Vancouver Airport.

The Sustainability Pitch will feature video submissions from the participating companies and conclude with an announcement on the Travel Retail Sustainability ‘Heroes’ and ‘Trailblazers’.

A Q&A with the judges will also take place in each session.

The deadline for submitting entries to the Sustainability Pitch has been extended to Friday 5 March.

The speakers and judges profiles can be viewed on the event website by clicking here.

Travel Retail Sustainability Week’s networking and insights agenda will also bring together industry stakeholders with suppliers of sustainable alternatives.

They can connect via ‘Sustainable Networking Hubs’ and can utilise video call meeting functions integrated into the platform.

The Travel Retail Sustainability Week is drawing strong praise and interest from all sectors of the industry and beyond, as highlighted recently with a number of prestigious global beauty brands voicing their support for the event.


For more information about the event and webinar programme please contact [email protected]. For more information on sponsorship and branding opportunities, please contact [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

TRBusiness would like to extend a special thank you to all Travel Retail Sustainability Week sponsors and partners.


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