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23 Important Sustainability Events, Social Entrepreneurship Events and Impact Investing Events(2023)

23 Important Sustainability Events, Social Entrepreneurship Events and Impact Investing Events(2023)

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As the name suggests, these Sustainability events, Social Entrepreneurship events and Impact Investing events were created with the aim of bringing together individuals and organizations to discuss ways to create positive social change.

Attendees typically include Causeartists, Social Entrepreneurs, Impact Professionals and Impact Investors from a variety of sectors, including business, government, nonprofits, and academia.

We are excited to put together this list of events and conferences for all the Causeartists around the world. If we missed an event, please let us know about it and we will add it here. Thanks.

The GIIN Investor Forum

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The GIIN Investor Forum - Sustainability Events, Social Entrepreneurship Events and Impact Investing Events

The GIIN Investor Forum is the largest in-person global gathering of impact investors.

The Forum has a strong reputation for presenting delegates with the opportunity to build relationships, discover opportunities, share insights about new strategies, learn the latest industry developments, and explore ways to drive continued momentum and growth in the market.

Impact investing is reshaping the future of financial markets as increasingly people are considering the societal and environmental impact of their investments in addition to their financial returns.

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GreenBiz23

Scottsdale, Arizona // Feb 14 – 16

GreenBiz 23, is an amazing gathering of 1,800 sustainable business leaders, that deliver the insight and inspiration you need to accelerate change — and your career.

Join the vibrant GreenBiz 23 community of professionals—including experts, peers and new voices alike — to make meaningful progress toward a more sustainable world.

Listen to innovative keynote speakers while connecting with like-minded people during invaluable breakout sessions, so you can develop smart solutions for achieving net zero emissions, promoting circularity and justice in society as well protecting Nature’s diversity.

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Forest Fest

Denver, Colorado // April 21-24

A gathering of thought-leaders and sustainability professionals changing the world, one tree at at time.

Key Focuses:

Reforestation Technology – Learn about the cutting-edge technology that’s opening doors and driving innovation in the reforestation space.

Sustainability Leadership – Hear from global sustainability leaders about new trends, opportunities to grow and the state of the world’s forests.

A Tree-Mendous Time – Network with fellow planet-lovers, get your hands in the dirt and celebrate all that we’ll accomplish together, One Tree Planted style.

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Climate Week

New York City // September 18 – 24

Helen Clarkson addresses the Climate Week NYC Opening Ceremony in 2022

Fifteen years since its inception, Climate Week NYC is now the world’s leading event for those removing barriers to effective climate action. The most influential actors from government, private enterprise and non-profit organizations meetings at this year’s gathering alongside representatives of the United Nations General Assembly with an ambitious agenda – all in service of creating tangible progress towards a healthier planet.

Climate Week NYC is a great chance to join a global movement and take action against climate change. Celebrate solutions, challenge ourselves to do more, and explore ways we can increase ambition – all while connecting with like-minded people at the biggest climate event on Earth.

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World Ocean Summit

Lisbon, Portugal // February 27th – March 1st

The World Ocean Summit is an annual global event bringing together the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to governments, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia.

Economist Impact will celebrate the 10th anniversary with the return to a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal, a city (and country) at the forefront of sustainable ocean thinking and practice.

The summit is designed to inspire bold thinking and new partnerships, and to trigger effective action to develop a sustainable ocean economy. It aims to change the way business is done in the ocean.

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Sustainable Brands 23

San Diego, CA // October 16-19

Sustainable Brands 23

SB’23 is bringing brand, business and sustainability professionals from across the globe to learn and share how to leverage sustainability, drive innovation and create value for their organizations.

For over 14 years, Sustainable Brands have been empowering business leaders to unlock value by using social and environmental issues as prime catalysts for brand innovation and positive influence.

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Green Tech Festival(GTF)

Berlin, Germany // June 14-16

Photo credit: NICOLAS OSWALD

A pioneering extended festival concept welcomes visitors from all over the world on-site, digitally, and online 365 days a year with acclaimed speakers, top exhibitors and a star-studded gala awards ceremony.

GTF creates an inspiring space for people, ideas, innovations, companies and organizations that change the world for the better.

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Collaborative 2023

Philadelphia, PA // June 7-8

Collaborative 2023 -  Sustainability Events, Social Entrepreneurship Events and Impact Investing Events

Collaborative by Classy is a two-day conference that brings together forward-thinking nonprofit professionals and social sector experts to uncover the ideas and strategies necessary to propel our industry forward and unlock the world’s generosity.

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Circularity

Seattle, WA // June 5 – 7

Accelerating the Circular Economy

As the leading convening of professionals building the circular economy, Circularity 23 offers thought-provoking keynotes, actionable breakouts, a solutions-oriented expo and unparalleled networking opportunities.

Join the growing community of visionaries and practitioners to move beyond incremental action, catalyze systems change and accelerate the circular economy.

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Regens Unite

Berlin, Germany // September 16 – 17

Regens Unite brings together regenerative thinkers and doers in DAOs, ReFi, DeSci, Platform Coops, Purpose Orgs, Climate Activism, and Art to co-create & share projects, knowledge, food, kindness and hope.

Regens Unite is a fresh way of gathering a widely sourced group of people who are working on regenerative solutions for themselves, for communities, and for our planet. Its focus is on connecting meaningfully with each other to learn and grow resilience.

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The Net Zero Conference

Los Angeles, CA // September 14

For a decade, The Net Zero Conference has been bringing together climate leaders to build a net zero, decarbonized future.

1,500 attendees from 53 countries and 45 U.S. states spanning all industries

World-class speakers from multidisciplinary backgrounds have held our conference stage. Previous Keynote speakers from XPRIZE, Edison International, NASA, Seventh Generation, Zero Hour, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and more.

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World Water Week 2023

Stockholm, Sweden // August 20-24

World Water Week 2023 is focused on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges. The theme Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World invites us to rethink how we manage water. Which ideas, innovations, and governance systems will we need in a more unstable and water scarce world?

World Water Week is the leading conference on global water issues, held every year since 1991. A non-profit event, co-created with leading organizations, World Water Week attracts a diverse mix of participants from many professional backgrounds and every corner of the world.

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Agents of Change Summit

San Diego, CA // March 6 & 7

The Agents of Change Summit explores the science of behavior change through the best research and compelling case studies.

The Summit, based in San Diego, engages innovators from the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health behaviors for social good.

Attendees participate in keynote speeches, interactive workshops, and breakout sessions that help strengthen behavioral change strategies.

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Nonprofit Technology Conference

Denver, Colorado // April 12–14

The Nonprofit Technology Conference is an annual membership organization conference that explores technology and technology strategies. Members of this conference are dedicated to technological advancement, sharing knowledge, vigorous research, and constant industry analysis.

The conference has over 2,000 professionals from around the world represented and over 100 sessions of technology based exercises and talks.

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GREENFIN

Boston, MA // June 26 – 28

GREENFIN

Despite ESG frameworks and rankings’ imperfections, they are impacting billions of investments. And, hundreds of trillions more are needed to realize a just transition to a decarbonized global economy.

GreenFin 23 will convene an influential audience of finance, investment and sustainability professionals to share insights, address key challenges and showcase leading sustainable financial products and services.

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Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit

Singapore // July 26

Be part of the conversation on sustainability as business and financial leaders from around the world come together to discuss innovative ideas for a greener future.

Learn about strategies, like mitigating risk and promoting climate resilience, that can help bring us closer to true sustainability.

Get an insider’s look at green finance trends, understand how we measure our progress toward responsible growth, hear stories of successful stakeholder collaborations- all at this global Sustainable Business Summit.

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SOCAP23

San Francisco, CA // October 23-25, 2023

SOCAP19

The Social Capital Market Conference is an event that explores solving global issues through market— based solutions.

Every year the conference is held in San Francisco, and brings together a variety of impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, governments, and institutions to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.

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SXSW Climate

Austin, TX // March 10-13

Featured Session: Art & Climate – A Conversation with Brian Eno and Beatie Wolfe – SXSW 2022 – Photo by Lisa Walker

Programming in the Climate Change track covers the consequences of soaring temperatures and rising oceans, while also showcasing the most promising efforts on mitigating the effects of global warming.

The conference is annually hosted in Austin Texas, and is a celebration of film, music, design, and interactive industries. Every year the event spans 24 tracks of programming, showcases, screenings, and exhibitions.

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Skoll World Forum

Oxford, UK // April 12–14

In 2023, the Skoll World Forum network will gather in Oxford, UK and online for the 20th Forum. Oxford attendance is curated by the Skoll team, and virtual participation is free and open to everyone.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed unprecedented advancements, global connectedness, and sweeping change movements. Our collective impact is cause for celebration even in the face of ongoing challenges.

At the 2023 Skoll World Forum, we’ll experience two decades of remarkable progress, reflect on crucial lessons, and survey the road ahead.

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Sustainability Week

London // March 29th-31st

This will be the 8th annual Economist Sustainability Week focuses on helping businesses become sustainable faster.

The Economist aims to be the independent guide to sustainability, helping their audience cut through the noise and supporting them as they achieve sustainability goals and reach outcomes with actual business value.

In 2023 they will be back with an even bigger and better event to further serve these aims, with a large scale physical event bringing 1,000 attendees, 300 speakers and 50 exhibitors coming together from March 29th to 31st at the Business Design Centre, London, and online.

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Verge

San Jose, CA // Oct 24 – 26, 2023

VERGE 23 is the leading climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time. It is the center of gravity for the climate community — leaders from business, government, solution providers and startups — working together to address climate related issues.

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Sustainability Week Asia

Singapore // February 7th-9th

Sustainability Week Asia aims to help you cut through the noise surrounding sustainability, giving you an independent guide to achieving your goals.

Engaged at the intersection of business, government and civil society, Sustainability Week Asia provides astute macro-level analysis and case studies, and connects them with actionable insights and practical examples to help your business become sustainable, faster.

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Regenerative Finance Conference

Lisbon, Portugal // April 22

The ReFi Conference is an event that will gather the community together from the Finance, technology, and sustainability sectors to discuss the latest developments in the world of Regenerative Finance and WEB3.

The conference’s focus on the ways in which technologies such as regenerative finance, blockchain, and web3 can be leveraged to drive positive change and take action on climate change suggests that it covers a wide range of important and relevant issues.

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