10 reasons to attend SustaIn 2017

March 29, 2017 Alessio Arcangeli

We are 5 weeks away from the EcoVadis annual conference SustaIn in Paris (May 9-10) and you are still in time to reserve your seat  (book your ticket here)

If you have attended the event in the past you already know about its unrivaled networking, and top quality content (speakers from the previous years include Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officers of companies such as Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline, L’Oreal, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and experts such as John Elkington, Andrew Winston and more – watch a best-of video from 2016 below).


2017 marking EcoVadis’ 10th anniversary, this year’s event will be particularly rich in top quality content, and surely our best edition to date.


Here are 10 reasons why you don’t want to miss SustaIn 2017.


1- Rock In A Free World: one special night to celebrate sustainability leaders

Organized in partnership with Made In A Free World, Rock In A Free World brings together artists and thought-leaders for one evening to inspire and celebrate leaders helping making the world a better place. Watch a video from last edition in New York:

The event will also be the occasion for the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Awards Ceremony, recognizing leadership in Sustainable Procurement.
Join us on May 9 starting at 7.30pm at the Institut du Monde Arabe and its breathtaking rooftop views.
Special guests include:

Keynote speaker: Luis C. deBaca

Luis Cabeza deBaca is an American lawyer and diplomat who served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and as Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART Office).

Live performance: Foy Vance

Foy Vance is a Northern Irish musician and singer-songwriter. Vance has toured as a support act to Elton John as well as British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. In August 2013 he released his second album, Joy of Nothing, which was met with universal critical praise, being called “a gorgeous collection of open, uplifting songs, which showcase [Vance’s] magnificent songwriting skills.”


2- Hear insights and best practices from Unilever, Peugeot-Citroen and Coca-Cola European Partners

through the voices of:

Marcela Manubens – Global VP for Social Impact, Unilever
Ron Lewis – VP Supply Chain, Coca-Cola European Partners and former CPO, Coca-Cola
Gilles Testu – VP – Purchasing Strategy Processes & Systems, PSA Peugeot-Citroen


3- Get inspired and get involved in the “Breakthrough Challenge”

with a special keynote from John Elkington. John Elkington is a writer and thinker, a serial-entrepreneur and an ‘advisor from the future’. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Volans, a change agency, that aims to stretch leaders – towards “Breakthrough”; that is, to look beyond incremental change towards systemic challenges.


4- Discover the next frontier of ESG data integration – today’s avant-garde innovation which will be tomorrow’s standard

Hear insights from companies which are on the verge of innovation in supply chain-related ESG data, in a dedicated panel session with:
Heather Franzese – Executive Director, Good World Solutions
Justin Dillon – CEO, Made In A Free World
Antoine Heuty – CEO, Ulula


5- Learn how to make United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals actionable

with Patricia Chaves, Senior Sustainable Development Officer at the United Nations


6- Unrivaled networking

Over the past 10 years SustaIn has built a reputation for being a top notch networking occasion, gathering procurement and sustainability executives from Fortune 500 companies in Europe, North America and Asia.
Confirmed attendees include procurement and sustainability executives from companies such as L’Oreal, Dell, Bayer, DHL, Ferrero, ING, Sanofi, Solvay, Orange, Coty, Centrica, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Telekom and many more…


7- Stay on top of upcoming regulations and global issues

with topic-specific breakout sessions covering topics such as the upcoming ISO 20400 (with Jacques Schramm, Chairman of PC ISO 277), Human Rights in Chinese Businesses (with RH Sans Frontieres), a focus on French regulations and more…


8- Learn best practices in Sustainable Procurement programs

Join Sustainable procurement leaders sharing best practices from their successful programs in dedicated breakout sessions with Ferrero, Clariant, Centrica, DNB Bank and more.


9- Discover the next wave of SMEs leading the charge in sustainability innovation

with a session including awarded companies of the first EcoVadis Sustainability Leadership Awards, recognizing sustainability excellence among SMEs, globally.


10- The conference venue: Maison de la Mutualité

a historical site in the heart of Paris, just a walk away from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sorbonne and the Luxembourg Gardens.



Still not convinced? Here’s a couple extra reasons…


11- Special closing performance: Baba Brinkman

Best known for his “Rap Guide” series of plays and albums, Baba has toured the world and enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and off-Broadway in New York. His Rap Guide to Evolution (“Astonishing and brilliant” NY Times) was featured on US national TV on The Rachel Maddow Show and at the Seattle Science Festival opening for Stephen Hawking. In 2014 the show enjoyed a sold-out week at the Sydney Opera House.

Baba tours and performs regularly and has spoken at several TEDx conferences and performed at the World Science Festival. His latest work “Rap Guide to Climate Chaos” premiered in Edinburgh in 2015, followed by a six month off-Broadway run in 2016.


12- Last but not least, get to meet the EcoVadis team

The EcoVadis team cannot wait to see you in Paris, on May 9-10.




Promotional codes available for EcoVadis Enterprise and Corporate customers – contact your Client Success Manager.
20% Discount available for EcoVadis Premium subscribers.

SustaIn is an invite-only event and EcoVadis reserves the right to decline registrations.

Questions? Contact marketing@ecovadis.com.

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