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Conference programme

  • 10:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    Opening address

    With Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 10:20

    Political keynote address and Q&A

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

  • 11:00
    Alan Jope
    Alan Jope

    Panel discussion: The Future of the UK economy

    Earlier this year, the UK economy took an unprecedented pummelling from the essential public health measures put in place to contain COVID-19. With people’s movement restricted, it was unsurprising that sectors like hospitality, arts, and entertainment felt the full brunt of lockdown.

    Encouragingly, the economy grew in the early summer months, indicating that the early stages of recovery are underway. Yet cashflow constraints are biting hard for businesses, and with the pandemic not going away anytime soon, a sustained recovery is by no means assured.

    Through this discussion, we will seek to understand some of the longer-term economic effects of COVID-19, and address how businesses can plan for the possibility of future pandemics. 

    We will also discuss what’s needed to ensure the UK economic recovery is powered by achieving net-zero carbon emissions, accelerating business innovation and retaining high-value investment for the UK.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Alan Jope
      Alan Jope Chief Executive Officer, Unilever
    • Professor Devi Sridhar
      Professor Devi Sridhar Chair of Global Public Health, The University of Edinburgh
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 14:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    Political keynote address and Q&A

    Hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, President, CBI.

    Political guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 15:00

    In Discussion with...

    A company's first-hand experience of COVID-19, including the balance of global and local supply chains, changing consumer behaviours, future trends, and business resilience​

    Speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 10:00
    Chuka Umunna
    Chuka Umunna

    Panel discussion: The UK leading on the world stage

    As we identify the range of economic effects of COVID-19, we are also seeking to establish the UK’s priorities for economic recovery. This climate has consistently revealed the need for new methods and approaches; therefore, our panel will discuss whether it is now time to move beyond traditional measures of economic growth, as well as how we can ensure the UK emerges as a force in global trade. We will also answer how the UK can lead the world and remain globally competitive through a combination of environmental, social, and governance priorities.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Chuka Umunna
      Chuka Umunna Executive Director & Head of ESG, Edelman
    • Michelle Scrimgeour
      Michelle Scrimgeour CEO, Legal & General Investment Management
    • Stephanie Flanders
      Stephanie Flanders Senior Executive Editor, Bloomberg and Head of Bloomberg Economics
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 11:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria, CBE, DL, President, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 14:00
    Frances O’Grady
    Frances O’Grady

    Panel discussion: Building back better – can your business be trusted?

    As many businesses continue to adapt and operate in a new business environment we will explore what it means for businesses to help build back a better economy. Our discussion will focus on what it means to be a responsible employer, and identify the reputational lessons that businesses can learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and how these lessons can be successfully applied.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Frances O’Grady
      Frances O’Grady General Secretary, TUC
    • Ben Page
      Ben Page CEO, Ipsos MORI
    • Julian Richer
      Julian Richer Founder, Richer Sounds
    • Sharon White
      Sharon White Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
    • Josh Hardie
      Josh Hardie Deputy Director-General, Policy and Campaigns, CBI
  • 15:00
    Bernard Looney
    Bernard Looney

    In Discussion with...

    With guest speaker Bernard Looney (Chief Executive Officer, BP) and hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn (Director-General, CBI).

    Speakers
    • Bernard Looney
      Bernard Looney Chief Executive Officer, BP
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 10:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    Panel discussion: How business can help build back a fairer, more equal society

    The pandemic has impacted different strands of diversity in different ways. It has exacerbated existing inequalities for groups such as women and people from ethnic minorities. Yet employers have built more empathy for personal circumstances of their employees such as caring responsibilities, health considerations, disabilities, and mental health. Evidence shows focusing on diversity and inclusion helps firms recover from a crisis more quickly. This panel will discuss how we avoid the risk of progress slowing or even going backwards and why putting fairness and inclusion at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery plan will benefit all.

    Guest speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 11:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, President, CBI.

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 14:00
    Judith McKenna
    Judith McKenna

    Panel discussion: Ensuring we build back better for young people

    This year, young people have been entering one of the toughest job markets in living memory – with declining apprenticeship numbers and graduate placements as well as huge impacts on the sectors which traditionally employ younger workers such as hospitality and retail.

    In addition, prior to the coronavirus crisis, it was clear that by 2030 the world of work will look considerably different. Tasks, roles, and entire jobs will transform radically as technology rapidly changes work and drives up demand for new and higher skills. This crisis could be a huge opportunity, or the catalyst for unemployment, skills mismatches, and growing inequality among young and older people alike.

    Join this session to explore how young people can be given the best chance of succeeding in the labour market we find ourselves within, and the support businesses and government can give to those entering the labour market for the first time.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Judith McKenna
      Judith McKenna CEO, Walmart International 
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 15:00
    Perrin Beatty
    Perrin Beatty

    Panel discussion: How the B7 can shape an ambitious agenda for the G7 UK Presidency

    The Business 7 group includes the G7 countries’ major business federations and produces recommendations on overarching themes that affect the activities of businesses and global trade.

    Join this discussion involving the heads of the B7 organisations as we look to identify the key lessons we can learn from our European, East Asian and North American neighbours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the key issues we should work on together in the run-up to next year’s UK presidency of the G7.

    Further speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Perrin Beatty
      Perrin Beatty President & CEO, CCC, Canada
    • Markus Beyrer
      Markus Beyrer Director-General, BusinessEurope, EU
    • Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux
      Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux Chairman, MEDEF, France
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:00
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL, President, CBI.

    Guest speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 17:30
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI.

    Guest speakers to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
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