Lead the Beat towards building the new economy and join us at the 2019 B Corp Summit. This unique event brings together Certified B Corps, business leaders, changemakers, and companies from Europe and beyond, committed to using business as a force for good. Let’s connect, share, learn and be inspired. Together we’ll delve into the challenges of our times, discover business opportunities to do good, and build the global movement for positive change.

WHY THIS SUMMIT

The global economic system is no longer fit for purpose and in urgent need of redesign. A massive global shift is underway. This new momentum harnesses the power of business to help address the greatest global challenges of our times: to protect and restore our overstressed planet and rebuild our fractured society.

Governments alone are not able to solve these challenges for us, so business needs to lead the beat and take its vital role as a force for positive change. First businesses and then whole industries will need to be transformed. To redesign the operating system of business for the benefit of people, planet and profit. From start-ups to large corporations, all around the world CEOs are making it their lifetime mission to work towards creating a positive future, and are reshaping their businesses to deliver on this.

LEADING THE WAY

Lead the Beat is about a cutting-edge approach to leading for positive change. If the economic system is broken, then it’s time to build a B Economy, comprised of many organisations, movements, academics, policy makers and businesses that works for everyone for the long-term. In the B Economy, businesses compete to be best FOR the world, the people living in it, and the natural ecosystems on which our quality of life depends. This shift in worldview and type of systemic change requires leadership from all sectors of society – let’s join forces to create a more inclusive, regenerative and prosperous future for all.

THE WALK & TALK

During the 2019 B Corp Summit we will lead the beat towards the change we need to see. What is your vital role? How can you lead your industry and help other companies follow the beat you are creating? How does your business impact the community and natural ecosystems which surround it? Let’s walk our talk and recognise the interdependence.

WHAT TO EXPECT

LEAD THE BEAT TO ACTION

This is not your average conference. The 2019 B Corp Summit brings together the movers and shakers of the new economy to learn from each other and work on tackling the biggest challenges of our time. How can we address the climate emergency? How will we meet the SDGs? Which changes can we make as individuals, as companies and as a community? How do we change the systems upon which business operates? How can we lead the beat towards positive action? How quickly can we do it? This year’s summit will be the beginning of many alliances, projects and partnerships which will continue far into the future.

GET INSPIRED

Some talks stay with you for the rest of your life. Expect those fascinating keynotes at the B Corp Summit. From the people that started B Corp to leaders that built very successful sustainable multinational businesses. Learn from the challenges and mistakes of the people that lead the beat and see how they do business with impact.

B FAIR

Take a stand! Exhibit your organisation at the B Fair during both days of the Summit.

 What are you working on?
 What new products do you have on the market?
 How do you do it?

Put it all on show at the B Fair. Innocent, Tony's Chocolonely and Danone will be there, together with many other B Corps.
 
Dedicated exhibition stands and tables available. 
 
PRICES NOW REDUCED! Last chance to book - click below
 

CELEBRATE

You have been working hard on what we all believe in, doing business with positive impact. Let’s celebrate our work and successes together with great food, music and unexpected breakout sessions. We’ve come this far already, it’s time to raise our glass and move our feet to the beat.
 

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

RICK RIDGEWAY
VP ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES, PATAGONIA
 
ROZANNE DAVIS
HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY & NUTRITION, INNOCENT DRINKS
DOUGLAS LAMONT
CEO, INNOCENT DRINKS
 
 
HELEN THOMPSON
MANAGING DIRECTOR EMEA, TOMS
 
JOHN ELKINGTON
FOUNDING PARTNER, VOLANS
 
JAY COEN GILBERT
CO-FOUNDER, B LAB
 
KATELL LE GOULVEN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GLOBAL INSTITUTE FOR BUSINESS AND SOCIETY, INSEAD
 
MARKUS HIPP
MEMBER OF THE BOARD, BMW FOUNDATION
 
BLANDINE STEFANI
B CORP DIRECTOR, DANONE
 
FELICITAS VON PETER
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER, ACTIVE PHILANTROPY
FRAN VAN DIJK
FOUNDING PARTNER, ONE STONE ADVISORS
 
 
KATJA BARTHOLMESS
PRINCIPAL STRATEGIST, GIMME GORGEOUS
 

VENUE

MUZIEKGEBOUW AAN 'T IJ

The Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ is a remarkable building. At a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam’s central station, large windows provide lots of light and space while the wooden floors and concrete walls create a sophisticated atmosphere. The main music hall even has one of the world’s best acoustics.

WATCH

ESSENTIAL, PRE-SUMMIT VIEWING!

This incredible film comes from the World Wildlife Fund. It's narrated by David Attenborough and inspired by the Our Planet documentary series.

It is designed to get businesses thinking about the natural environment and what they can do to take steps to preserve the thing that sustains us all.

BIG THANKS TO