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Impact Summit Unveils 2020 Headline Speaker Lineup

Ross Kelly


Impact Summit

Organisers FutureX said this year’s event will explore how businesses can lead the world into a more sustainable future.

Impact Summit has unveiled its 2020 speaker lineup, with headline speakers from global companies including Facebook, Headspace and TOMS.

Held on the 20th May, this year’s event will be hosted online due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and offer attendees the chance to hear from leading figures in the ethical business world.

Headline speakers at Impact Summit 2020 include Alice Nathoo from popular meditation app Headspace, Amy Smith from buy-one-give-one company TOMS and Anahid Basmajian of Facebook Workplace.

The full list of speakers for this year’s Impact Summit event can be found at

A range of sustainability experts will also feature at the event, including Solitaire Townsend, founder of climate agency Futerra, and Mike Barry, former Sustainability Director at Marks & Spencers.

Both speakers will offer practical advice to attendees to embed environmental practices into their organisations.

Bruce Walker, Co-founder and CEO of FutureX, commented: “We are thrilled to share this year’s lineup of pioneering business leaders. The purpose-driven business movement is gaining momentum, and this year’s speakers show that it’s a global trend that’s here to stay.

“Together, we’ll be exploring how business can lead the world into a more sustainable and compassionate future.”

FutureX has also announced a new partnership with Zero Waste Scotland, which leads the delivery of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy strategy and enables companies to embrace the environmental, economic and social benefits of a circular economy.

The partnership marks a “critical step” toward meeting Impact Summit’s own sustainability goals and helping other companies realise the benefits of being part of a green economy.

Walker added: “We’re dedicated to minimising our environmental footprint in both our events and as a business, so we’re thrilled to be sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland. This partnership will equip us to better support businesses to become more sustainable and create new value without putting more strain on our planet.”


Iain Gulland, Chief Executive of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Four-fifths of Scotland’s carbon footprint is caused by the vast amount of goods, services and materials which we produce, use and often throw out after just one use.

“That huge amount of waste is also a huge opportunity which can help us build back better – turning waste into value by keeping goods and materials in a ‘loop’ of use for as long as possible.

“The decision to move this summit online illustrates just one of the many ways in which we are all learning about what we can do differently as we look ahead to the climate crisis which remains our greatest challenge.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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