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Action Speaks Summit 2023

To create real change for people and planet, it’s action that speaks the loudest

Join us at Climate Week NYC

We are in the most important decade of climate action. It’s in our hands to assemble a better future together

The Action Speaks Summit is the most hopeful place at Climate Week NYC, bringing together people, businesses and organisations who are acting now to create a better tomorrow. Visit us to explore an exhibition of climate solutions that exist today, inspiring actions already being taken around the world and join a series of hosted dialogues on key enablers to accelerate climate action. If we choose optimism anything is possible.

Visit the exhibition

Throughout Climate Week, 18-24 September, the Action Speaks Summit welcomes businesses, NGO organisations and the public to an exhibition exploring the scientific reality of climate change, a positive vision for the future and showcases impactful climate solutions already out there. It features actions from over 30 companies, covering how we eat, move, power, make and grow to create real change for people and planet. 

Explore climate actions from over 30 companies:

Winnow · Revo foods · Too Good to Go · Terviva · Eon · Hitachi Energy · Sunpower · Seneca Solar · Minesto · Harley Davidson · Cake · Vässla · Allbirds · Retour Matras · SSAB · Volvo Cars · Notpla · AMP Robotics · Fairphone · Tradewater · Rheaply · Restor · IKEA · Afforestt  · AFR100 · Mast Reforestation · VGrid · Conservation International  


Replay the hosted dialogues from the Action Speaks Summit, the most hopeful place at Climate Week NYC, below.

Monday 18/9

Climate Clarity: Let’s debunk the myths

This session aims to break down barriers such as misconceptions and stereotypes that often surround climate action and holds us back from acting upon existing...

Monday 18/9

ESG Beyond the Checklist: Embracing standards to drive measurable impact

This session delves into ESG’s journey from a checklist protocol to an integral part of organisational culture, hearing from leaders why and how this is...

Monday 18/9

Climate Capital: Investing in science-based climate solutions

Interest in financing climate action is growing, however, are we investing wisely and how can we speed up action? ​In this session, we’ll explore a big...

Monday 18/9

All Systems Change – The journey inward to supply chain transformation

Watch an interactive panel exploring the innovations, investors, and global corporates future-proofing global supply chains.

Tuesday 19/9

A new era for Climate Communications

Replay the launch of the digital white paper “A new era in climate communications” an unparalleled effort of 55+ contributors, which proposes a novel...

Tuesday 19/9

Investing in Green Accountability

Watch the launch of new analysis which shows how a more transparent and inclusive financial system can avoid emissions and unlock capital for climate action. ...

Tuesday 19/9


Climate change is happening, and we all need to step up. Many of the solutions needed to keep global warming below 1.5°C already exist. However, the scale and...

Tuesday 19/9

Enabling Business Leadership on the Just Transition

How can we ensure that the transition to a net zero economy is a just one? Replay the discussion between the We Mean Business Coalition, BSR and The B team on...

Wednesday 20/9

Closing the Corporate Accountability Gap in support of the SDGs

Replay the launch of and discussion on WBA’s White Paper on Corporate Accountability in context of global agendas like the SDGs.

Wednesday 20/9

Narratives of Change: How Storytelling Shapes Climate Solutions

How do we ensure that every voice, especially those most immediately impacted by the climate crisis is heard and valued in the climate conversation?

Wednesday 20/9

Climate Frontiers - How the Global South is innovating climate action

How can innovative climate solutions from the Global South translate into a global climate strategy?

Thursday 21/9

A Tech-Driven Future- How AI can power climate action

How can Artificial Intelligence accelerate our progress towards a net-zero society?

Thursday 21/9

From tradition to transformation: Embracing cultural practices and indigenous innovations

How can we unearth sustainable climate actions from the roots of our own traditions?

Friday 22/9

Future Forward: Driving climate action with the next generation of leaders

What’s next? At the end of a full week of climate talks, we take stock of what we have learned and the ideas shared for creating a better future.

Explore the dialogues

Learn more about the dialogues hosted in the exhibition space throughout the week – bringing together people, companies, and organisations from different areas to further explore solutions and actions and discuss key enablers to accelerate climate action even further.  Keep an eye on this page as the program is regularly updated.

Please note that it is an in-person event only. 

Monday 18 September

  • 08:30-10:00 EST Climate Clarity: Let’s debunk the myths
  • 11:00-12:30 EST All Systems Change – The journey inward to supply chain transformation
  • 13:30-15:00 EST Climate Capital: Investing in science-based climate solutions
  • 16:00-17:30 EST ESG Beyond the Checklist: Embracing standards to drive measurable impact
  • 18:30-20:30 EST CSO Dinner with CLG Europe

Tuesday 19 September

  • 08:30-10:00 EST Enabling Business Leadership on the Just Transition hosted by The B Team, BSR and We Mean Business Coalition
  • 12:00-14:00 EST ONE HOME, ONE PLANET Dialogue
  • 14:45-16:00 EST A new era in climate communications hosted by New Zero World and Global Commons Alliance
  • 16:30-17:30 EST Investing in green accountability hosted by Systemiq’s Blended Finance Taskforce, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the Transparency & Accountability Initiative
  • 18:00-20:00 EST UNFCCC Innovation Hub mingle

Wednesday 20 September

  • 08:30-10:00 EST Climate Frontiers: How the Global South is innovating climate action  
  • 13:30 – 15:00 EST Driving nature positive transformation across business and policy hosted by Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • 16:00-18:00 EST Narratives of Change: How storytelling shapes climate solutions hosted by Project Drawdown
  • 18:30-20:30 EST Closing the corporate accountability gap in support of the SDGs hosted by the World Benchmarking Alliance

Thursday 21 September

  • 08:30-09:30 EST A Tech-Driven Future: How AI can power climate action
  • 13:00-14:00 EST From Tradition to Transformation: Embracing cultural practices and indigenous innovations

Friday 22 September

  • 08:30-12:00 EST Future Forward: Driving climate action with the next generation of leaders

Join the dialogue

Let’s learn from each other to accelerate climate action

Speakers Action Speaks Summit 2023

Karen Pflug, CSO Ingka Group

Karen Pflug

Chief Sustainability Officer, Ingka Group

Jesper Brodin

President and CEO, Ingka Group

Simon Henzell-Thomas

Global Director of Climate, Ingka Group

Ilham Kadri

President of the Executive Committee and CEO of Solvay

Mikael Bäcklund

Systems thinker and Social entrepreneur

Johan Rockström

Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor in Earth System Science at the University of Potsdam

Yalda Hakim

Journalist, Documentary filmmaker & Philanthropist

Massamba Thioye

Project Executive UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub

Aron Cramer

President & CEO, BSR

Marc-André Blanchard

Executive Vice-President and Head of CDPQ Global, and Global Head of Sustainability

Emrah Durusut

Senior Partner – Planet Positive Growth, Xynteo

Gerbrand Haverkamp

Executive Director, World Benchmarking Alliance

Jennifer Horning

Head of Corporate Engagement and Partnerships, Solidaridad

Joao Talocchi

Network Director, Global Strategic Communications Council

Kirsten Love

Director of Market Development, Tradewater

Laura Clarke

CEO, ClientEarth

Mike Fleisch

Managing Member, Global Commons Alliance

Natalia Vega-Berry

Founder & CEO, Net Zero World

Navid Hanif

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Hindou Omarou Ibrahim

President of the Association, Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)

Sharan Burrow

Former General Secretary of International Trade Union Confederation

Gail Gallie

Founder Project 17 and Co-founder Project Everyone

John Felts

CEO Cruz Foam

Martijn Lopes Cardozo

CEO Circle Economy

Michael Smith

Co-founder and General Partner at Regeneration.VC

Michelle McEvoy

Associate Director Project 17

Yael Shemer

Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer of TULU

Clara Kitongo

Tree Equity Manager, Tree Pittsburgh

Drew Arrieta

Storytelling Coordinator, Project Drawdown

Jennifer Seda

Volunteer Program Assistant, Bronx River Alliance

Joshua Benitez

Co-Director, Common Ground Relief

Matt Scott

Director of Storytelling and Engagement, Project Drawdown

Xochitl Garcia

Community Leader, Save the Sound

Morten Enggaard Rasmussen

EVP, People, Sustainability & Brand, Novozymes

Kate Marvel

Senior Climate Scientist, Project Drawdown

Stephan Nicoleau

Managing Director, FullCycle

Catherine McKenna

Chair, UN Expert Group Report on Net Zero, Former Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister of Infrastructure for Canada

Tim Kelly

Executive Director of EarthHQ, Global Commons Alliance

Emma Stewart

Sustainability Officer, Netflix

Staci Roberts-Steele

Managing Director and Executive Producer at Yellow Dot Studios

Katharine Hayhoe

Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy and Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University

Aly Rahim

Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability at The World Bank

Bogolo Kenewendo

Africa Director at Climate Champions

Kate R. Finn

Executive Director at First Peoples Worldwide

Katherine Stodulka

Partner & Director of Blended Finance Taskforce at SYSTEMIQ

Nazmeera Moola

Chief Sustainability Officer at Ninety One

Nigel Topping

Co-Chair at Capital Mobilisation Commission

Sandra Guzman Luna

Founder of Climate Finance Group for Latin America & the Caribbean

Ellen Jackowski

Chief Sustainability Officer & EVP, Mastercard

Nara Baré

Indigenous leader and representative in Brazil at Nia Tero

Paul Roughan

Solomon Islander, Researcher & Strategic Advisor, Bina Harbour Development Project | Islands Knowledge Institute | Nia Tero

Paul van Zyl

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit

Åsa Skogström Feldt

Managing Director , IKEA Social Entrepreneurship BV

Nathan Metenier

Development Director, Youth Climate Justice Fund

Florian Reber

Head of Partnerships, Chloris Geospatial

Venkatesh Kini

Co-founder, Ubuntoo

Marc Zorne

Co-founder and CEO, Winnow

Sunya Norman

VP, ESG Strategy and Engagement at Salesforce

Kevin J. Patel

Founder & Executive Director, OneUpAction

Lindsey Hall

Head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sustainable

Aileen Lerch

Senior Manager of Sustainability, Allbirds

Dr Jennifer Holmgren

CEO, LanzaTech

Sasha Dichter

CEO, 60 Decibels 

Arun Murugesh

VP Sales Saahas Zero Waste

Prof. Dr. Tom Crowther

Founder, Crowther Lab, ETH Zurich

Gibson kawago

Founder, Chief Technical Officer

Shilo Shiv Suleman

Artist, Founder and director, the Fearless Collective

Visit the Action Speaks Summit at Climate Week NYC

The Action Speaks Summit takes place during Climate Week NYC between 18-24 September and is created by IKEA in collaboration with Project Drawdown and TIME CO2.

Visit us:

Adress: 999 3rd Ave, Manhattan, New York, NY 10022, United States
How to get there: Move the impact. The Action Speaks Summit is accessible by foot, bike, and subway.

Opening hours:

Monday: 08:00-17:30 EST
Tuesday: Closed for private events
Wednesday-Thursday: 08:00-17:30 EST
Friday-Saturday: 08:00-20:00 EST
Sunday: 08:00-17:30 EST

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OHOP is an action-orientated event, that brings together purpose-driven, ideas-led doers, thinkers, and influencers from across different fields. Together, we break down barriers to solving key social and environmental challenges facing the world – challenges that now, more than ever, need urgent attention.