Forum Purpose & Mission

Time is running out. The climate crisis is upon us, and the risks are immense. But there is still hope. If we act immediately, we can limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

The Global Stocktake at COP28 is our chance to evaluate progress towards the Paris Agreement objectives. With an anticipated attendance at COP 28 of 80,000 delegates from government, the private sector and finance, it will be a pivotal moment for the global community. It’s time to synchronize actions and address the gaps. We can make a difference, but we must act now.

For 14 years, Climate Action has been uniting sustainability leaders from business, government, finance and civil society alongside the UN Climate Change negotiations, convening the largest multi-stakeholder event at COP: the Sustainable Innovation Forum.

Sustainable Innovation Forum

This year the forum took place on 4-5 December, alongside COP28 in Dubai and promoted transformative innovation to help us go further, faster. The inclusive, collaborative sustainability conference explored the actions we need to transition to a nature positive, net zero, just and equitable global economy.

Sustainable Innovation Forum 2023 offered leaders from across the climate and innovation ecosystem the opportunity to have a tangible impact at COP 28 by helping forge cross-sector partnerships, spotlighting effective business action, mobilising green finance and showcasing innovative solutions that will enable us to achieve our climate related Sustainable Development Goals.


Who attended?

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2023 brought together 1,000 sustainability leaders from across the climate and innovation ecosystem. With a majority C-suite audience, the forum was the leading multi-stakeholder sustainability conference at COP 28 for business, government, and finance to forge cross-sector partnerships that will determine the success of the Paris Agreement goals

Industries included:

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Mobility & Transport
  • Construction & Built Environment
  • Buildings & Urban Planning
  • Infrastructure & Engineering
  • Business Services, Consulting & Advisory
  • Heavy Industry (Cement, Steel, Chemicals)
  • Heavy Transportation (Aviation, Freight, Shipping and rail)
  • Agriculture & Agribusiness
  • National Government:
  • Ministries for / Department of Energy, Finance, Environment, Climate
  • Local Governments: Municipalities, Cities and Councils
  • Multilaterals: United Nations (UN) organisations, OECD, EU, World Bank,
    Development Banks amongst others
  • Regulators

Leading organisations:

  • Accenture
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Barclays
  • Government of California
  • Client Earth
  • Deloitte
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Foster + Partners
  • France Assureurs
  • Google
  • H&M Group
  • Heineken
  • HM Government
  • Jacobs
  • Johnson Controls
  • KPMG
  • Mercer
  • Microsoft
  • Mission Innovation
  • Government of the Netherlands
  • Oliver Wyman
  • Planet Tracker
  • Project Everyone
  • PWC
  • Government of Quebec
  • Siemens
  • Solar Impulse Foundation
  • Standard Chartered
  • SystemIQ
  • UBS
  • UN Global Compact
  • Volkswagen
  • Zalando

Job titles included:

  • CEO
  • Chair
  • Chief Economist
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Procurement Officer
  • Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Climate Change Policy Analyst
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Director
  • Director / Manager (transport, energy, fleet, logistics)
  • Director of Climate Change
  • Director of Climate Finance
  • Director of Sustainability
  • Directorate
  • Environmental Policy Director
  • General Secretary
  • Government Affairs Director
  • Head of ESG
  • Head of Sourcing / Procurement
  • Mayor / Vice Mayor
  • Net Zero Project Lead
  • Senior Advisor

A Flagship Event of the Climate Action Innovation Zone

The Sustainable Innovation Forum 2023 was hosted at the free-to-attend Climate Action Innovation Zone, a hub for cross-sector collaboration at COP28.

With independent badging, the Innovation Zone was an accessible, professionally-run centre of gravity, outside of the Blue & Green Zones.

Open between Monday 4th and Friday 8th December at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Dubai, the Innovation Zone included an exhibition of innovative climate solutions, diverse workshop and roundtable spaces, a business lounge, numerous meeting rooms, dinners and evening receptions.

Take part in the Sustainable Innovation Forum

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