In recognition of the city’s continued green leadership, Sustainable Brands is bringing their flagship North American conference to Vancouver for the first time.
The Vancouver Economic Commission and City of Vancouver are working closely with Sustainable Brands to develop conference sessions, workshops, and targeted B2B meetings to connect Vancouver’s business leaders to the incoming global brands that are tackling social, environmental, and cultural challenges.
The desire to work for companies that have a purpose beyond making a profit has never been more pronounced. This is reflected in the incredible growth we’ve seen in Vancouver’s social venture sector and green economy in recent years. The social venture sector grew by 35% from 2010 to 2015 alone, bringing in more than $500M in annual earnings and employing more than 13,000 people.
As further evidence of this trend, Vancouver’s green jobs have increased by more than 50% between 2010 and 2016, driven by new growth in the cleantech sector, and the transformation of important industries like local food and construction. Green and impact jobs have never held more relevance to the modern workforce.
Startup City: Impact is running a B2B matchmaking program to connect global brands with Vancouver-based innovators and impact entrepreneurs that use market intervention to solve environmental and social challenges.
Apparel brands and retailers are facing a new waste challenge – secondary apparel markets are shutting down. This workshop connects local innovators with global brands taking a proactive role in developing new markets for post-consumer textiles.
The City of Vancouver has made a commitment to becoming 100% powered by renewable energy by 2050. This is a conversation between city officials and global brands revolving around how they can collaborate to reach their respective 100% renewable energy goals.
Sustainable Brands creates a global platform for brands that are embedding social, environmental and cultural values into their operations to gather, share successes and challenges, and learn from one another.
Seize this opportunity to accelerate both brand loyalty and profitability by leveraging the 3,000+ participants from 30+ countries, 300+ expert speakers, 100+ sponsors and partners, the Activation Hub — an interactive expo — and 12 dedicated conference tracks.