Webinar: The Opportunities of a Green Economy with David Croft, RB; Karen Ellis, WWF-UK; and Elsa Palanza, Barclays

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The push to 'Build Back Better' from COVID-19 has put a green economy high on the UK's political agenda, most recently resulting in the government's pledge to power all homes with windpower by 2030.

WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from Elsa Palanza, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustianability and ESG at Barclays, and David Croft, Global Sustainability, Environment and Human Rights Director at RB (Reckitt Benckiser), as we discuss the opportunities of a green economy, and what must be done to achieve it.

By tuning in to this live webinar you will:

  • Understand how a 'Green Economy' could provide sustainable growth, new jobs, and opportunities to re-skill the UK workforce
  • Learn more about the UK's roadmap back from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how sustainability, green jobs, and cleaner financial sector will be vital to a resilient economic system
  • Hear the business case for a green economy, including how the private sector will need to embed sustainability into its core business practice to remain viable


  • Elsa Palanza

    Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainability and ESG


    Elsa Palanza is the Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainability and ESG for Barclays. In this role, Elsa leads strategic direction and execution of the bank’s policies and practices regarding climate change, sustainability, human rights and social innovation. She oversees ESG assessment and approach for the firm, ensuring diverse stakeholder views are integrated into decision-making, and strengthening client and investor engagement. Elsa assumed this role with over 20 years of experience as a strategic advisor for corporations, foundations and non-profits. Most recently, she was enlisted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create and launch a platform to advance progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For many years. Elsa served as Director for Commitments for the Clinton Global Initiative, a role that afforded her broad insight into best practices in sustainability, cross-sector partnership, and corporate responsibility. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C., delivering geopolitical and industry risk analysis to large international energy companies, and in Istanbul, Turkey, leading strategy and business operations for an education company. Elsa attended Middlebury College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

  • David Croft

    Global Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights Director

    RB (Reckitt Benckiser)

    David is Global Director Sustainability, Environment & Human Rights for RB, the leading global health and home hygiene company which reaches billions of people around the world.
    He is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers across an international supply alongside RB’s global supply chain and brand teams. His work stems from a personal goal to develop inclusive growth at scale through the organisations and partnerships he is part of.
    David has a wealth of leadership experience from major global companies, holding senior roles within Diageo, Kraft Foods and Cadbury, and the UK retailers, Waitrose and the Co-operative Group. With these, he led technical, marketing and sustainability functions to deliver growth through stronger sustainable supply chains, product quality, brand equity and shared value.   David chairs the Business Industry Advisory Council’s Development Committee, leading private sector input to the OECD Development Committee and is a member of the Food Ethics Council.

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