Company: Dentsu International
Job title: Chief Sustainability Officer
Anna is Chief Sustainability Officer at Dentsu International and a senior associate at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership. Anna works at the intersection of strategy, communications and sustainability, helping organisations embed purpose at the heart of everything they do. She is a passionate advocate of digital technologies and their role in delivering the global goals. Anna joined Dentsu in September 2018 where she is responsible for setting and delivering Dentsu’s Social Impact strategy and goals across 145 markets. In 2019 she launched #BrandsForGood, a coalition with Sustainable Brands and eight global brands including P&G, Nestle and Pepsi, to promote sustainable lifestyles. She also launched two global programmes to promote diversity in the digital sector: The Code, Dentsu’s flagship schools programme aimed at young people in areas of social disadvantage, and Female Foundry, supporting 100 female founded businesses to thrive. Now live in major markets including the US, UK, India, China, the UAE, South Africa, Mexico and Chile, The Code and Female Foundry are powered by Dentsu volunteers supporting over 12,000 young people and 100 female founded businesses to date. Anna directs Dentsu’s ‘Common Ground’ programme, a commitment to the United Nations to use the power of media and advertising to drive delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including a global pro bono partnership with Malaria No More. In 2019 Dentsu reached 1.67bn people with campaigns related to the SDGs, including partnerships with Greenpeace, WWF and National Geographic. The company is a member of RE100 and in 2020 achieved its goal of being powered by 100% renewable electricity.
Prior to joining Dentsu International, Anna spent five years as Sustainable Business Director for BT Group plc where she was also an advisor to the UK government on digital inclusion. In 2017 Anna won the ‘Changing Lives’ award at the Broadband World Forum and the World Economic Forum’s ‘New Vision for Development’ award for BT’s Connecting Africa programme, delivering satellite broadband and healthcare management systems to remote rural villages in Sub-Saharan Africa. Anna and her team won Business Green’s ‘Sustainability Team of the Year’ award in 2018 with BT becoming one of the first companies in the world to set a new science-based carbon reduction target for 2030 in line with a 1.5-degree scenario. Previous roles include Communications Director and spokesperson for BT Group, member of the BT India Committee for Sustainable and Responsible Business, Steering Committee Member for the World Economic Forum’s Internet For All initiative and member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Operating Committee. Between 2014 and 2018 Anna was also a judge of the UK’s Tech4Good awards. Anna joined BT in 2004 from Brodeur Worldwide, part of the Omnicom network, where she led global campaigns for companies including Nortel Networks, Philips and Vodafone. She has a degree in European Law and Languages and a post-graduate diploma in Journalism. She is a life-long vegetarian.
Panel discussion 10:05 am - 10:50 am
The Decade of Delivery: Business Leadership for a Net-Zero Economy This live and interactive panel discussion is all about making net-zero ‘Mission Possible’ for your business. Our panel of sustainable business leaders and climate experts will discuss how environmental and social sustainability can be aligned with core purpose, and explore exactly what makes a successful…Read more
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