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Forward Faster Forum: Turning pledges into action

  • DATE 4 April 2024
  • VENUE Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Join the UN Global Compact Network Australia for our inaugural forum on the UN Global Compact’s Forward Faster initiative – driving measurable, credible and ambitious action from companies on the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).

At this event, we will discuss the scale of the challenge, celebrate the sustainability achievements of the Australian business community, encourage Australian businesses to move forward faster by committing to ambitious targets and share positive stories of sustainability in action.

The Forward Faster Forum, part of the UN Global Compact’s global Forward Faster initiative, focuses on accelerating action in five areas where companies can make the biggest, fastest impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before 2030. These areas are:

  • Gender Equality
  • Climate Action
  • Living Wage
  • Finance & Investment
  • Water Resilience

The Forward Faster Forum will be held before the 2024 National Banksia Sustainability Awards. To find out more about Forward Faster, the UN Global Compact’s new initiative to accelerate progress on the SDGs to 2030 check out the Forward Faster website.

UNGCNA participants have access to exclusive first-in-time tickets at a discounted rate. If you have not yet received the access code for discounted participant tickets, contact us.

The Forward Faster Forum is supported by the Banksia Foundation and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will be held before the 2024 National Banksia Sustainability Awards.


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Agenda

Thursday 4 April 2024

2.00pm

Event Welcome 

  • Kate Dundas, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Grazyna Van Egmond, CEO, Banksia Foundation
2.10pm

PanelFinance and Investment

  • Fiona Reynolds (Facilitator), Chair, UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Alison Chan, Investment Director, Sustainable Finance, Metrics Credit Partners
  • Jaqueline Fox, Chief Climate Officer, National Australia Bank
2.50pm

Fireside ChatLiving Wage

Speakers to be confirmed

3.00pm

Afternoon Tea

3.40pm

Fireside Chat – Water Resilience

  • Dr Evan Center (Facilitator), Environment and Climate Change Manager, UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Anne-Marie Kirkman, Global Program & Commercialisation Lead, GHD
3.50pm

Fireside Chat – Gender Equality

  • Alex Davison, CEO, L’Oréal Australia
4.20pm

Panel – Climate Action

  • Dr Evan Center (Facilitator), Environment and Climate Change Manager, UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Madelaine Waters, Social Responsibility Manager, Princess Polly
4.50pm

Event Close

  • Kate Dundas, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Australia

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For all partnership enquiries please contact: secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.au

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