Celebrating Brands That Care: Positive Week 2018
We are excited to announce Positive Week, the annual global celebration of brands and individuals that care about people and our planet, 8th – 12th October. This year it takes the form of a week-long digital campaign, alongside events with key innovators and thought leaders in the luxury industry.
We are thrilled to reveal an early line-up of speakers for an industry breakfast by invitation-only on October 11th at Hotel Café Royal. There will be two panel discussions: ‘What Luxury Means Today’ and ‘Sustainability Means Business.’
Please find below an early list of speakers:
Pierre-Alexandre Bapst has been the Chief Sustainability Officer at Hermès International since 2011. He oversees the development of Group strategy, global improvement programs and the coaching of Hermès production métiers, retail subsidiaries and corporate functions worldwide. He is also the Hermès representative at Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Pierre-Alexandre joined Hermès in 2006 as Chief Audit & Risk Officer and was later appointed Director of Digital Operations & CRM. Prior to Hermès, Pierre-Alexandre was a Partner at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen in Paris, served in the Navy within the Navy Seals Commandos (Jaubert), and holds an MBA from ESCP Europe. Pierre-Alexandre is married with three children. He enjoys watersports (longboard surfing and diving) and is very fond of the Basque Country.
Desirée Bollier, Chair and Global Chief Merchant of Value Retail Management (The Bicester Village Shopping Collection), is a driving force behind placing premium shopping tourism firmly on the global stage. Her career started in the United States with various management roles culminating as Senior Vice President of Retail at Polo Ralph Lauren for Europe and the Gulf, before joining Value Retail in 2001. Her leadership has seen Value Retail’s unique “retailers serving retailers” business model continues to generate consistent double-digit growth in gross sales each year, achieved since the opening of its first project, Bicester Village, in 1995. Desirée is on the Executive Committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and will soon undertake the role of regional Vice Chairman for the European Union and the United Kingdom. In addition, she is a member of the British Fashion Council Trust and sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Mark is a founding partner and co-chief investment officer of Generation Investment Management, a London based investment manager dedicated to investment with a long term horizon and an explicit integration of sustainability. Mark began his career in 1993 at Schroder Investment Management where he was rated as number one European Fund Manager in the 1999 Reuters Survey. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 where his roles included co-head of pan European research and global portfolio manager. In 2004 Mark joined fellow founders the Honorable Al Gore and David Blood, former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, to develop Generation’s unique investment approach. With the conviction that long-term returns are best-served by companies that manage their social and environmental performance, Generation seeks to avoid the short-termism that is often prevalent in the capital markets to invest in businesses consistent with a low carbon, healthy fair and society and ultimately prove the business case for a more sustainable form of capitalism. Today, Mark’s primary responsibility is for the firm’s flagship Global Equity Fund which forms $17bn of the total $19bn AUM. Mark’s philanthropic interests include Board Membership of Conservation International.
Janice Lao is the Director for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Hong Kong Shanghai Hotels. She is an environmental scientist and development economist, multi-awarded throughout her 15-year career, most recently listed in Forbes as one of the top female sustainability leaders. Throughout her 15-year international career based in Asia, North America and Europe, she has worked for world-renowned international think tanks and blue-chip multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, FMCG, property and hospitality sectors. Her work has been highlighted by global organisations such as Fortune’s Change the World list. Her expertise lies in embedding sustainability into businesses– ranging from sustainability management, successful identification and implementation of projects using green bond, M&A, and equity financing structures, as well as advising board members/senior management. She has a masters and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford.
Aurelie is a master of innovation and design, with a passion for the world of timepieces. Her professional experience spans over 15 years, with key roles at Swatch Group, Omega and Audemars Piguet, where she developed strategies to new product lines. A graduate of ITECH Engineering School in Lyon, she has worked in France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. Since joining Faberge in 2013, Aurelie has enjoyed remarkable success, achieving numerous coveted industry awards for her innovation, ingenuity and creativity, including two Grand Prix d’Horlogerie, de Geneve awards, and Eve’s Watch ‘Woman of the Year’ award. Aurelie has been instrumental in strengthening Faberges timepieces category and has paved her own way through a male-dominated industry, to spearhead the development of five timepiece collections, including revolutionary high complications. Pushing the boundaries of artistry and craftsmanship, Aurelie continues to astonish with spectacular new creations, guaranteed to surprise and delight.
Based in London, luxury jewellery brand Stephen Webster is internationally renowned for making high-end pieces with an edge. Inspired by music, fashion, literature and art his pieces have been worn from music royalty such as Rhianna, to actual Royalty. His work symbolises over 40 years of craftsmanship and love of traditional British skills, built on a foundation of technical excellence founded at the workbench in London’s Hatton Garden where Webster began his apprenticeship at the age of 16. His designs are wonderfully unique and evocative, with subjects such as William Blake’s illustrations for “Albion Rose” or the pop culture iconography of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ album cover. Regarded as more artist than artisan, his passion for storytelling is woven throughout each collection, with a penchant for making even the most unassuming object spectacular. But this is not just a label that cares for aesthetics: his design-led brand is married to a long-term commitment to sustainability and ethical production.
As Director of Sustainability at Selfridges, Daniella Vega created the high-end department-store chain’s sustainability strategy, Buying Better, Inspiring Change, and continues to head its implementation. In 2014, under Vega’s leadership, Selfridges became the first department store to be awarded the Carbon Trust Triple Standard for reducing energy and water use and for improving waste management across its operations. In 2015 she led the award-winning initiative Project Ocean, which saw Selfridges ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in an effort to tackle marine plastic pollution, and in 2016, Selfridges were awarded the ‘World’s best sustainability campaign by a department store’, an award voted on by over 7,000 industry peers. Vega was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility at Sky, where she was in charge of a team overseeing reputation risk management, responsible sourcing, the accessibility of products and services, child safety, diversity and employee engagement. In 2013 she won the UK 2degrees Sustainability Champion of the Year award for her work heading up the Sky Skills Studio, an experience for young children that develops life skills. Vega holds a master’s degree in sustainability and responsibility with a focus on systems thinking, action research and sustainable business.