Sustainability Virtual Week


As Greta Thunberg declared at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2020, “Our house is on fire.” From scorched landscapes to melting ice caps and polluted oceans, the impacts of climate change are clear and immediate. Yet despite the warning signs, progress to limit global warming remains slow and inadequate. Now, as the world grapples with the disruption of covid-19—a crisis that at once threatens climate action and reinforces the need for collective efforts—businesses and governments are realising that they can’t simply return to normal. But can this disruption spur positive action?

The Economist’s Sustainability Virtual Week will bring together industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and researchers to assess what businesses in particular—but also governments and NGOs—can do to rise to the challenge. How can solutions be scaled up to meet internationally agreed goals? Can the disruption of covid-19 accelerate progress? How can we scale solutions, alter behaviours and collaborate better?


New for 2020

“Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” warned the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its report of October 2018. From energy, oceans and land use to manufacturing, transport and cities, climate change is affecting all aspects of human life, and every industry must rise to the unprecedented challenge.

Over the past four years, The Economist’s Sustainability Summit has tracked the evolution of the sustainability imperative from a “nice to have” perk to a core component of business strategy. Amid the disruption of covid-19, Sustainability Virtual Week will ask how businesses and governments can harness the disruption for good.

Across our virtual platform we will host over 1,000 attendees to assess the efforts under way to meet the ambitious target of reducing global net human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions to zero by 2050. Through panel discussions, roundtables and interviews we will ask how solutions can be scaled up and examine how sectors can work together for collaborative advantage.



Registration for Sustainability Virtual Week is complimentary, however limited spaces are available.

Please click here to register for free

* Terms and conditions:
– Please note all registrations are subject to approval by The Economist Events. 
– Please register using a corporate or professional email address matching your organisation name to increase the chances of your application being approved.
– We may not be able to offer you a place if the quota of free passes for your particular industry has already been filled, or if your registration was submitted without a professional email address.

Who should attend?

Senior sustainability and CSR professionals – all industries
Impact investors / responsible investors
Charities and organisations with an interest in sustainability issues
Sustainability academics e.g. researchers and professors
Government bodies / departments who focus on the environment

 Register for free*

Why Attend

  • Hear from those at the forefront of the global sustainability effort and discover new opportunities for cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration
  • Shape the evolving dialogue on sustainability and share ideas with decision-makers and innovators
  • Discover how governments and organisations are preparing to seize the opportunities presented by covid-19 to ‘build back better’
  • Learn how we can scale up action to cut carbon emissions and reach net-zero targets. How can policymakers drive the necessary action, and how can businesses help?
  • Explore how businesses can seize opportunities for collaborative advantage and work together to create new standards
  • Ask how large corporations can work with startups to scale up initiatives: who are the game-changers driving innovation?
  • Delve into imaginary but plausible scenarios with The Economist’s “The World If” series.
  • Take a detailed look at the fashion industry and its environmental credentials: what progress has been made? What more needs to be done? Network with business leaders, policymakers, investors and representatives from civil society and academia, addressing the key issues around sustainability through a series of panel conversations, interactive roundtables, interviews and more.

Location: Virtual

Dates: September 5, 2020 - September 9, 2020