The Best Sustainability Events Happening In 2022
Following on from our 2022 Events & Awards That Every Sustainable Business Owner Should Know About blog post, as well as our Marie Claire Sustainability Awards post – we wanted to highlight some of the fantastic sustainability events 2022 has coming up – open to business owners, leaders and sustainability enthusiasts alike.
Sustainability events offer a wide variety of benefits – from immediate business connections, lowering of emissions, and a sharing of knowledge, through to promotion of equal opportunities, inclusion and a boost to local economies. For businesses especially, sustainability can be used as a sales tool, and so understanding the intricacies of sustainability isn’t just good for the planet (although it certainly is!), it’s also good for your business.
Of course, they are also contributors to sustainable development in business, government and at home.
These brilliant events are taking place up and down Great Britain (with some online) and we wanted to ensure that as many people as possible know about them and hopefully attend them too!
You can see our full list of recommended sustainability events happening across 2022 below – and if you want to keep up to date with the events that The Better Business Network hosts, please head to our LinkedIn Page.
Upcoming Sustainability Events
Speed Networking For Sustainable And Purpose-Driven BusinessesVenue: OnlineDates: Monthly (First Monday of the month), 2pm – 3pmPrice: £20 (free for Better Business Network Members)
Virtual speed networking is a fun and quick way for you to meet other purpose led business leaders. Over the course of 60 minutes, you’re placed into one to one breakout sessions to meet five new business contacts – all representing sustainable and purpose-driven companies.
These sessions are a great platform for the self employed, small business owners and SME’s to work together to elevate good business. Learning from one another and meeting helpful connections.
World Sustainability CollectiveVenue: OnlineDates: 22nd & 24th March 2022Price: FREE
The World Sustainability Collective are holding a 60-minute event for business owners with a positive sustainability business model. The free event will help you explore the challenges and opportunities of delivering on the different aspects of the UN’s SDGs.
There are two available dates for this 1 hour event. Simply sign up to your preferred date on their website.
The Good Business FestivalVenue: Liverpool (various venues), UKDates: 22nd – 24th March 2022Price: Tickets require a donation of at least £1
SO much more than a business festival.
From major global brands to local Liverpool businesses, The Good Business Festival showcases powerful ideas from some of the sharpest minds on the planet!
Taking place across a variety of venues in Liverpool, there will be a host of speakers leading knowledge sessions and workshops, plus the opportunity to network with like-minded businesses, enabling everyone who attends to unite together with one common goal – helping to ensure that your company is future-proofed.
CIM Sustainability SummitVenue: The Brewery, London, UKDates: 31st March 2022Price: £238.80 (members) / £300 (non-members)
The Chartered Institute Of Marketing’s Sustainability Summit will explore how placing a sustainable lens on everything we do will not only help us to address the challenge – it will also open up new opportunities which serve people, planet and profit.
The goal of the summit is to talk about the issues, the impacts and more importantly the actions needed to be taken and the solutions that can be used to deliver a more sustainable future. The summit aims to give businesses and marketers knowledge and support as they look towards their own sustainability journeys, navigating their way through high profile areas such as Carbon Literacy and the circular economy. Speakers and panels will discuss the need for better, more effective communication, and the power of authentic, transparent storytelling.
Better Business Day In ParliamentVenue: Westminster, London, UKDates: 20th April 2022Price: FREE
Better Business Day in Parliament will be a pivotal moment in the Better Business Act campaign, marking its one year anniversary and acting as a key campaign moment that helps to build further momentum before the Government lays out its legislative agenda for the year ahead in the Queen’s Speech.
This event is open to all supporters of the Better Business Act as well as parliamentarians, business leaders and individuals who are interested in supporting the campaign.
A small change in the law will make a big change in the world. It will allow businesses to make decisions in all of our long term interests, helping to create a fairer, greener future for everyone.
Impact SummitVenue: TBADates: May 2022Price: £249 – £599 (dependent on ticket option)
Impact Summit is Europe’s leading purpose-led business event – an annual gathering for those who dream of a thriving global economy that puts people and planet at its very heart.
From entrepreneurs, to executives, to educators, the Impact Summit provides a platform to the people shaking things up, changing the status quo, and using purpose-driven business models as a means of tackling global challenges.
Our Time On EarthVenue: Barbican, London, UKDates: 5th May – 29th August 2022Price: £5 – £18 (dependent on ticket option / free to Barbican members)
Our Time on Earth looks to transform the conversation on climate emergency. Harnessing the power of global creativity, it presents radical visions and possibilities for the future of all species.
This major exhibition of art, science, design, music and philosophy invites you to experience different global perspectives on our shared planet, and consider Earth as a community we all belong to. Interactive experiences, immersive installations and digital works come together to take you on a journey of self-reflection, discovering how technology can connect us to the natural world and leaving you feeling empowered to make positive change.
Being At The Cottage Open DayVenue: Being At The Cottage, Abergavenny, UKDates: 20th May 2022Price: £97
Being At The Cottage’s open days are for a small gathering of like-minded business leaders; high-level decision makers taking decisions that change lives and circumstances every day. The small group will spend a day at the cottage in the forest in the stunning surroundings of the Llanthony Valley, in the heart of the Black Mountains, Monmouthshire.
This unique open day can be enjoyed on its own or used as a route to hear more about the range and scope of the experiences we offer. As well as having a great day in a delightful location with great company, you will complete the day feeling a sense of peace and will leave with a clear direction of how you can lead differently.
Responsible FuturesVenue: Manchester Central, Manchester, UKDates: 20th – 21st June 2022Price: £95 – £950 (dependent on ticket option)
The Responsible Futures Conference (RFC) will educate, engage and inspire – bringing over 400 motivated leaders together who want to make a difference to their business, local community and the planet.
The RFC says that their conference is for anyone whose business is on a sustainability journey and wants to improve their social responsibility (CSR) strategy and make more of a social impact. The conference will be covering topics such as Environmental Social Governance (ESG), EU Taxonomy, Workplace, Community & Charity plus much more.
Speakers will be announced soon and we’re looking forward to seeing such a brilliant event take place in the city we’re based in!
Reset Connect Venue: ExCel London, London, UKDates: 28th – 29th June 2022Price: £200 – £1,200 (dependent on ticket option – see below for info. on an exclusive discount!)
Reset Connect London 2022 will be the UK’s largest sustainability ecosystem and green investment gathering.
It attracts policy makers, government leaders, large corporations, technology providers, purpose-led brands and entrepreneurs to network, find sustainable, low-carbon solutions and providers and explore opportunities for funding through institutional & impact investors, private equity & venture capital, and the financial adviser community.
The networking opportunities here are HUGE – with other businesses and more that are all invested in the sustainability ecosystem!
We’re very pleased to be able to offer all of our readers a discount on purchases of early bird tickets for this year’s Reset Connect. If you book before 31st March you could save at least £800.
In order to claim your discount, use the code BnDc15 when registering (only valid until 31 March 2022).
Sustainability ExpoVenue: Business Design Centre, London, UKDates: 7th – 8th September 2022Price: £185 – £295 (dependent on ticket option)
Following on from February’s Sustainability LIVE 2022, which saw the world’s largest companies come together to showcase their ESG strategies, The Sustainability Expo. has been announced by Sustainability Mag
Combining another world-class speaker lineup with an extensive exposition showcasing the latest innovations to shape the future of sustainable business, this is another fantastic event from the Sustainability Mag. team and one we’re very excited for!
National Diversity Awards 2022Venue: Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, UKDates: 16th September 2022Price: TBCCharities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the 2022 ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture. The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identiﬁed an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK.
Net Zero FestivalVenue: TBADates: 28th – 29th September 2022 (live / in person), 4th October 2022 (online)Price: TBA
The Net Zero Festival will bring together some of the world’s foremost thinkers on what it takes to accelerate and expand the net zero transition. The event will deliver an inspiring in-person celebration of the best of the green economy, accompanied by a series of virtual events that will explore how to develop and execute an effective net zero strategy.
Through thought-provoking keynotes, cutting-edge debates, and the incorporation of leading artists and campaigners, The Net Zero Festival aims to shine a light on the progress that is being made and ask how businesses can move faster still.
Goodfest Cornwall 2022Venue: Truro, UKDates: 29th – 30th September 2022Price: TBA
A festival for creative conversations exploring how to inspire sustainable change through purposeful ideas and actions.
Goodfest says it is for both those who want to make a difference as well as the more sceptical thinkers who would like to know more. As Goodfest put it; “It’s a perfect opportunity to meet like-minded people with whom you can share and learn.”
Plus, Truro in September is lovely!
The Good Small Business AwardsVenue: TBCDates: The shortlisted entries will be publicly announced on September 30, 2022. All shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the special gala dinner on Small Business Saturday, 3 December 2022, where the winners will be announced.Price: N/A
The Good Small Business Awards is the UK’s first national Business Sustainability Awards exclusively for small businesses. The awards are designed to celebrate small and micro businesses who view sustainability not as a burden, but as an opportunity to better promote and grow their business.
These Awards provide a platform for small businesses to showcase how sustainability strategy, practice and developments have transformed their business and brought opportunities to fulfil their people alongside inspiring their local economies to achieve a better environment.
Meaning Conference Venue: Brighton, UKDates: TBAPrice: TBA
Currently on a “Covid time out” according to their website, we wanted to mention Meaning as we’re hoping it will make an appearance in the 2022 calendar and if not – it’s one to note down for years ahead!
Meaning is an event that explores what it means to live, work and organise with integrity and purpose – with an aim to connect and inspire the people who believe in better business.
With core themes including the future of work, planet positive business, disruptive innovation and modern leadership – there’s something here for everyone! Head to their website and sign up to the mailing list today to ensure you’re the first to hear about their next event as and when it’s announced.
We also recommend looking through the Conference Index website and their Sustainability Conference page which has listings right through to 2024 of industry-specific sustainability conferences across the UK and Europe.
Please Note: all information, including dates and prices, that are listed above are correct at the time of writing. Some prices may be subject to VAT.