COP26 Nature Day: Business Lunch Reception

On November 6th 2021 the Council for Sustainable Business, supported by Defra, ran a Get Nature Positive spotlight event at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP), in Glasgow, United Kingdom.


The event was a showcase of business leaders who are taking unprecedented steps to Get Nature Positive. From innovative technical solutions to smart circular re-design, the event inspired and informed participants on ‘Ahead of the Curve’ approaches to solve Nature’s most pressing challenges. 


The event was hosted at the Clydeside Distillery, where participants heard from a range of exciting showcases across food retail, finance, forests, and global innovation. The aim was to highlight the extraordinary steps business are taking to reinvent the usual – to offer back to Nature, what Nature gave to them – for the benefit of people, planet and profit. 


Access the videos below for a snapshot of the event. 

6th November 2021

Opening Remarks

Opening remarks by Liv Garfield (CEO, Severn Trent) and Al Gore (Former Vice President of the United States).


Food Retail Showcase

Led by Simon Roberts (CEO), Sainsbury’s.

Supported by Unilever and WWF we looked at the symbiotic relationship between food, agriculture, and business: the power that business has to be ambitious and make a real difference, and create a sustainable basket. 



Global Innovation Showcase

Led by Simon Eaves (CEO UKI), Accenture.

Supported by Natura & Co, Dendra Systems, and Salesforce we demonstrated how businesses across the world are taking nature positive action using targeted technological intervention and new levels of collaboration to tackle some of the key challenges facing our biodiversity across habitats and ecosystems, species, and people.



Finance Showcase

Led by Elsa Palanza, Global Head of Sustainability and ESG with a video introduction from CS Venkatakrishnan (CEO) Barclays.

Supported by the Blue Marine Foundation, Aviva, Legal & General, Fidelity International, and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). We focused on the role of Financial Services in protecting and restoring nature and biodiversity. 



Forest Showcase

Led by Liv Garfield (CEO), Severn Trent.

Supported by the Woodland Trust, GSK, and OVO energy we emphasised the interplay between business and the natural environment, and why trees are important, including:

  • How to ensure we are not damaging habitats in our business activities;
  • How to plant trees the “right” way’;
  • Why tree planting is so important for health and wellbeing, ecosystem services, and climate adaptation, and not just carbon offsetting.


Closing Remarks

Closing remarks by Justin Francis (CEO, Responsible Travel) and George Eustice (Secretary of State for the Department of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs).