ICRS Joint Hubs Event: Bold Thinking, Brave Action

Sustainability action is needed more than ever – 2021 comes with an expectation of progress and there is more pressure than ever to be part of the ‘build back better’ movement. Sustainability leaders are at the forefront of driving this change, with bravery increasingly critical for success.

This workshop will build from the insights of the CAF/Forster report ‘Bold Thinking, Brave Action’ that brought together the voices of 11 leading business sustainability leaders and put forward five key behaviours for brave action: creating a movement; taking on personal risk; thinking big; making things happen; and giving your ideas to others. The session will explore the main barriers to these behaviours and end with ideas and actions to take back into our organisations.

This session has a limited number of places available for current ICRS Members who are active in the Hubs programme to allow participants to bring their own experiences and work together through a facilitated discussion. Please register your interest and confirmation details will be sent to you at a later date. Additionally, a confidential questionnaire will be sent out in advance to ensure the workshop focuses on participants’ priority areas of interest.

Following interest at the 2020 ICRS Exchange, we’re re-running this session as part of the ICRS Hubs programme to help sustainability leaders adapt and focus as we start to come out of lockdown.

Amanda Powell-Smith, CEO, Forster Communications

Amanda runs Forster Communications, a leading sustainability communications agency working with businesses, charities, foundations and investors. An experienced leader with a background in strategic consultancy and reputation management, she helps senior teams from national and international organisations to turn ambition into action.

In 2015, Forster became a founding UK B Corporation and since then it has won nine Best for the World awards for progressive business behaviour. In January 2020, it became the first communications agency to publish a Climate Positive Plan and is now actively sharing this with others to inspire change.


Janek Seevaratnam, Senior Advisor – Impact, CAF Advisory

Janek leads CAF’s impact consultancy offering, working with major companies – from best loved brands to industry-leading multinationals – who want to embed social impact as a core component of their business strategies. After consulting charities on how to measure their impact with rigour and accountability, Janek moved to CAF where he identified the critical need to shift companies’ thinking to go beyond measuring numbers and start understanding the meaningful changes they create for people and planet.

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) works with the world’s leading brands and firms to deliver corporate giving with impact. CAF believes that by working together, businesses can achieve transformational change and address key sustainability challenges, such as those outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

ICRS Regional Hub
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:00
ICRS, CAF and Forster Communications
Open to ICRS individual and organisational members
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