Acting for Impact: Influencing Stakeholder Behaviour to Decarbonise, Now 

  A workshop to supercharge your ESG strategy

Tuesday 21 November 2023 │ 16:30-20:00 280 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4AG

In partnership with
Cognizant  AWS

To compete amid climate change and resource reduction, businesses need to deeply embrace new thinking and ways of working. But this challenge is not like familiar transformation initiatives. The urgent requirements for ESG action demands a strategy shift which expands an organisation’s sphere of influence beyond siloed pockets within a business. Connections and communications that spread across a wider ecosystem - from partners to suppliers and consumers - is required to meaningfully move the dial on ESG.  

Despite compelling calls to action, few business leaders know how to expand their sphere of influence to turn their sustainability endeavours into results. Could this be because the scale of the task seems unmanageable? Are business leaders grappling with how to reimagine products and services, and ensuing behaviours for sustainable growth? Or is it unclear how to effectively utilise data and technology tools to solve environmental challenges up and down the value chain? 

To address these questions, this hands-on workshop has been designed to equip attendees with tangible action plans. With the use of unique exercises and real-life learnings from the world of sports and business, this workshop offers a fresh approach and invaluable insights. With a particular focus on sharpening your ESG strategy, this session will enable you to springboard new leadership and operational structures that elevate ESG for greater returns.




Arrival & Refreshments


Welcome & Reimaging Resources and Influencing Stakeholders to Behave More Sustainably


Workshop Kick Off

Keynote: Learning from the Global Sail Racing League

Preparing to Think Outside the Box (Warm Up!)

A Conceptual Overview: Bridging the Intention-Action Gap

Deep Dive: Rethinking your Resources by Acting Like the Impact League


Wrap Up & Reflections


Drinks & Canapes Reception






DanaDana Besmanoff, Senior Experiential Facilitator, Cognizant Greenlight

Dana joined Cognizant in August 2022 after completing her MBA at Boston University. There, she focused her studies on Social Impact, including completing coursework in ESG reporting, corporate sustainability strategy, and design thinking. Prior to business school, Dana worked in non-profit theatre management. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneseo. A lifelong performing artist, these days she can often be found onstage with her improv team. Dana is delighted that all these experiences converge in the context of her work in Cognizant’s Discovery, Strategy, and Innovation practice.


Jenny Edwards, Head of UKI Sustainability ServicesJenny Edwards, Head of UKI Sustainability Services

Jenny Edwards is the Principal Sustainability Advisor for ESG Data Reporting and Supply Chain Management. She leads the UK and Ireland Sustainability Services.

Jenny has over 25 years of experience in sustainability, working with corporates globally, and translating sustainable production and supply chain management needs into clear strategy and implementation. Since joining Cognizant, Jenny has focused on ESG (Scope 1, 2, and 3) data management strategy and works closely with IT providers to develop ESG data management solutions.


Irene Infante, Experience Director, CognizantIrene Infante, Experience Director, Cognizant

Irene provides creative and strategic direction to achieve holistic optimal customer and employee experiences across brands. With 15 years of experience in the field, Irene has improved, created, and envisioned experiences across multiple industries, including sports, retail, financial services, healthcare, and hospitality


Fiona Morgan, Chief Purpose Officer, SailGPFiona Morgan, Chief Purpose Officer, SailGP

Fiona Morgan is SailGP’s director of purpose and impact, who's driving the championship’s commitment to a better future and a better sport. She's been instrumental in creating the pioneering ‘impact league’, SailGP’s world-first initiative to make sustainability essential to the fabric of sport.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the sports industry, Fi has an exceptional track record of shaping social impact strategies and delivering campaigns for some of the world's most high-profile sports brands.

She's worked with a host of global athletes throughout her career from tennis legend Chris Evert, to David Beckham and Bradley Wiggins, and was also responsible for developing the commercial strategy for the London 2012 Olympic games. Fi believes deeply in the power of sport to drive wellbeing and to ensure a better world.


Philip Smith, Global Head, Sustainability Advisory PracticePhilip Smith, Global Head, Sustainability Advisory Practice

Philip Smith leads Cognizant’s Sustainability Advisory Practice globally.  The practice leverages industry, digital, technology, and business consulting knowledge to support our clients through the strategic, regulatory, organisational, investor, and societal pressures triggered by complex sustainability drivers and opportunities.

Philip has spent over 20 years leading teams consulting in multiple vertical and geographic markets and addressing client sustainability challenges through the lenses of policy, regulation, strategy, technology, and organisational change.

Philip spent the first 5 years of his career as an officer in the British Army in various operational theatres and roles.


This is a private event for members of our community. Membership is free and is open to all those who have a professional or academic interest in business leadership and disruption, or the capability to support our Full Members through their business transformation.

This event is for C-level, Directors, Heads, and Managers driving live projects.