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OHOP is a two-day action-orientated event that brings together purpose-driven, ideas-led doers, thinkers and influencers from across different sectors. Together with IKEA, they work to break down barriers to solving key social and environmental challenges facing the world – challenges that more than ever, need urgent attention. The event’s goal is to harness the power of businesses to accelerate a just transition to a net-zero economy where sustainable living is affordable and accessible for all.

OHOP 2021

ONE HOME, ONE PLANET 2021 took place in Glasgow during COP26 with a momentum of ‘less talk, more action’. Now in its third edition, OHOP 2021 set up two days of frank, action-oriented problem-solving between business leaders and NGO doers, policymakers and activists across generations. Collaborating with The B Team: a global nonprofit initiative of business leaders, the event had the ambitious goal of breaking down the barriers that slow us from solving urgent people and planet challenges.

About 100 people joined us in-person at the New York Times Climate Hub in Glasgow on 9 November, and an additional 100 change-makers from within and outside of IKEA joined us virtually. On 10 November, our virtual participants from different corners around the world spent a few hours together to share insights and thoughts on how we might tackle some of the most critical issues of today. You can read more about their takeaways in the output report further below. 

Let’s assemble a better future!

Experience ONE HOME, ONE PLANET 2021

Output report for 2021

In this summary you will get to deep dive into the event and learn more about the Town Hall, as well as the CoLabs.

Beyond jargon, beyond measurements, beyond reporting
A panel discussion on how to scale ambitious ESG common metrics and what ’Climate positive’ means.


Action Speaks!
A conversation on how to accelerate action and how to ensure a just transition.


Our actions speak the loudest!

Spread over two Town Hall sessions which tackled topics such as ‘ensuring purpose and profit work together’ and ‘accelerating climate action through equitable relationships’, the event deep-dived further with action-driven CoLabs, where participants rolled up their sleeves to problem-solve solutions to three interlinked challenges: Making circular solutions scalable, making healthy and sustainable living the new norm and accelerating the uptake of healthy plant-based food for the many people. You will find our ideas, insights and suggested actions summarised in this report. 


Town Hall Part 1:
Making peace between the P’s

Debunking how to make Purpose and Profit go hand in hand

  • Cultural Interlude by Big Noise.

  • Today at OHOP with Sara Vaughan, Jesper Brodin and Juvencio Maeztu.

  • The elephant in the (Board)room
    An ’auto-complete’ interview on how Corporate Boards should step-up with Andy Krasner and Alexandria Villaseñor. Moderated by Sara Vaughan.

  • Beyond jargon, beyond measurements, beyond reporting
    A panel discussion on how to scale ambitious ESG common metrics and what ’Climate positive’ means with Juvencio Maeztu, Katharine Hayhoe, Sanda Ojiambo and Kevin Mtai. Moderated by Halla Tómasdóttir.

Town Hall Part 2:
Action Speaks

Debunking how to accelerate real climate action

  • Cultural Interlude by AY Young.

  • Adressing the attitude - action gap
    A story about how people around the world think, feel and act in relation to climate change – a call to action by Karen Pflug.

  • Action speaks!
    A conversation on how to accelerate action and how to ensure a just transition, between Geraldine Matchett, Sharan Burrow, Kehkashan Basu. Led by Van Jones.

  • Closing Wrap up by Sara Vaughan and Juvencio Maeztu.

Our speakers

Jesper Brodin

Jesper Brodin Chief Executive Officer, Ingka Group

Having been with IKEA for over 20 years, Jesper has been in his current role since September 2017. Before this, he was Managing Director at IKEA of Sweden/Range & Supply, which is responsible for the IKEA Brand product range development and supply chain. In 1999, he became assistant to IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, and Anders Dahlvig, CEO at the time. With a strong belief in values-based leadership, Jesper places great emphasis on togetherness, saying: “The power is where the people are. Because we’re truly stronger together.”

Halla Tómasdóttir

Halla Tómasdóttir Chief Executive Officer of The B Team

Halla is a former Icelandic Presidential candidate, two-time TED Talk-giver and co-founder of Reykjavík University. Now CEO of The B Team – a group of courageous business and civil society leaders transforming business for a better world – she's held leadership roles at Mars and Pepsi Cola; been the first female CEO of the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce; and co-founded an investment firm incorporating feminine values. On Newsweek's '150 Women Who Shake the World' list in 2011, The New Yorker also called her 'A Living Emoji of Sincerity' following her 2016 presidential bid. Halla has served on for-profit and non-profit boards in education, healthcare, finance and consumer products.

Juvencio Maetzu

Juvencio Maetzu Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Ingka Group

An economist and MBA from IESE Business School, Juvencio joined IKEA in 2001 for its vision, culture and values. He is a strong believer that a sustainable business model is the new low-cost business model for the future and that Profit and Purpose can go hand in hand. As well as being CEO of IKEA India for six years, he has also managed store and business expansions in Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom. His own extensive in-depth store experience underpins his belief that this is the best platform for understanding the core of the IKEA business. And it’s what has empowered him with a great understanding of customers' life at home – as well as of how to make the IKEA culture a living reality.

Sara Vaughan

Sara Vaughan Global Chief Purpose & Sustainability Advisor, Marie Claire wand Host of the Start Somewhere podcast

Sara is an Innovator, Creator of Brands with Purpose and Positive Change Maker. She has worked with multiple world leading brands and organisations including Unilever, The Body Shop, De Beers, Reckitt and Danone to create, develop & execute their purpose. She is also The Global Chief Purpose & Sustainability Advisor to Marie Claire which reaches 91 million women & girls, Host of the Start Somewhere podcast series, Advisory Board Member of The World Humanitarian Forum, Fashion Avenger and sits on The Sustainable Beauty Coalition Steering Committee.

Sistema Scotland

Sistema Scotland

Sistema Scotland is the charity that runs the Big Noise orchestral programmes across Scotland. It believes music has a critical role to play in inspiring individuals and communities. When music and long-term nurturing relationships are combined, there is a powerful route to building confidence, nurturing wellbeing and helping children, young people, families and communities achieve their potential. Big Noise Raploch (Stirling) began in 2008, followed by Govanhill (Glasgow, 2013), Torry (Aberdeen, 2015) and Douglas (Dundee, 2017), with another programme starting in Wester Hailes (Edinburgh) in early 2022. Big Noise Raploch has also expanded to support Fallin (Stirling, 2021).

Alexandria Villaseñor Climate Justice Activist and Founder and Executive Director,

At the age of 13, Alexandria Villaseñor co-founded the U.S. Youth Climate Strike movement, part of the youth led international Fridays for Future movement. Now, at the age of 16, Alexandria has become an internationally recognized environmental activist, public speaker, author and founder of several more initiatives, including the climate education focused non-profit, Earth Uprising International. She has addressed the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. She is a contributing author to All We Can Save, an anthology of women climate leaders, and a child petitioner for the ground-breaking international complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children vs. Climate Crisis. For her work, Alexandria has received the Earth Day Network Youth Leadership Award, The Rachel Carson Environmental Justice Award and was included on Politico’s top 100 people influential in climate change policy list.

Andy Karsner Andy Karsner Director, Conservation International and Managing Partner, Emerson Collective

Andy Karsner is Senior Strategist and Space Cowboy at X, the moonshot factory of Alphabet (Google’s parent company). He is also founder and Executive Chairman of Elemental Labs, and a Precourt Energy Scholar at Stanford University. Karsner was most recently Managing Partner at Emerson Collective and leader of Elemental, its environmental practice. His entrepreneurial leadership has been associated with both venture capital and private equity, including Nest (Internet of Things), Tesla (mobility), Recurrent (solar), and Codexis (biotech). From 2005 to 2008, Karsner served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the United States. Prior to public service, Karsner held several global leadership positions, including founder and CEO of EnerCorp; director and senior development manager for Wartsila Power Development and other multinational energy and development firms.

AY Young UN World Young Leader, Singer, Song Write and Founder, Battery Tour

AY Young is a producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He first began writing poetry at 14, a reaction to the great disparity in Kansas City known as “the Troost divide” While touring the USA, AY learned that over 1 billion people lack access to electricity. So AY began powering concerts using renewable energy, raising awareness about sustainability, and fundraising to bring people electricity. Thus, the Battery Tour was born and has plugged in 17 countries to date. AY Musik’s Battery Tour is a fresh, imaginative approach uniting musical experience, community development, sustainability education, humanitarian aid, and international cooperation. These innovatively interactive engagements revolutionize musical performance by introducing audience-artist collaborative solutions to address the global energy poverty issue, minimizing carbon footprints by powering events with renewable energy.

Kehkashan Basu Environmental and Human Rights Activist and Founder, Green Hope Foundation

Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan Basu is an iconic global influencer, environmentalist, champion of women and children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner. A Forbes 30 Under 30 and the first-ever Winner of the Voices Youth Gorbachev-Schultz Legacy Award for her work on nuclear disarmament. Kehkashan is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, a UN Habitat Young City Champion. Kehkashan is the Founder-President of global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, that works at a grassroots level in 25 countries, empowering young people, in the sustainable development process. She is a Co-Leader of the UN Women Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice. She continues to work tirelessly to amplify the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes.

Geraldine Matchett Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Royal DSM

Geraldine Matchett (1972, British; French; Swiss) is Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM. She was appointed as Co-CEO on 15 February 2020. Geraldine joined DSM’s Managing Board in August 2014 and became CFO on 1 December 2014. Before joining DSM, Geraldine worked with the SGS Group where she held various positions including Senior Vice President Group Financial Controller, before being appointed Global Chief Financial Officer in March 2010. In this role, she was voted CFO of the year in Switzerland for large companies. Before joining SGS she worked for Deloitte in Switzerland and for KPMG in the UK, obtaining her Chartered Accountant qualification while working in London. Geraldine holds a bachelor's degree in Physical & Human Geography from Reading University (UK) and a master's degree in Sustainable Development from Cambridge University (UK).

Karen Pflug CSO, Ingka Group

Karen Pflug is Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Ingka Group, the largest IKEA franchisee. In this role, she leads the sustainability centre of expertise which supports the company to deliver towards the ambitious commitments set out in the IKEA People and Planet Positive strategy. As former CEO of Ikano Insight, UK, Global Quality Manager at Range & Supply, Inter IKEA Group and in various leadership roles in fashion and sportswear, Karen has led major business transformation and change initiatives, with a strong emphasis on innovation, sustainable design and retail. She lives in the Surrey Hills, UK with her husband, daughter and son. 

Katharine Hayhoe Climate Scientist and Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law in the Dept. of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Her book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” will be released in Sept 2021 and she also hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, currently in its fifth season. Katharine has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.

Kevin Mtai Climate Activist

Kevin Mtai is a full-time climate and environment activist based in Soy, Kenya. He is currently Africa Regional Coordinator at Earth Uprising, Co- founder of Kenya Environmental Action Network (KEAN). He is also active in Fridays for Future International in making sure that the stories of the Most Affected Peoples and Areas or MAPA are centered in the global fight for climate justice. Campaigner with Food at COP 26.

Sanda Ojiambo Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Sanda Ojiambo (Kenya) was appointed CEO & Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in June 2020.   Ms. Ojiambo brings to the UN Global Compact more than 20 years’ experience in the public, multilateral and private sectors including as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc in Kenya; and capacity development work in CARE International and United Nations Development Programme Somalia.  Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations and led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives. Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.

Sharan Burrow General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning, and advocacy within the major global institutions. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment, and labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally. She has also served as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation and is represented on a number of international commissions concerning climate action, industrial transition, and economic reform.

Van Jones TV Host, Author and Changemaker

CNN’s Van Jones is a U.S. media personality, an entrepreneur and a world-class change maker. He has a rare track record in the modern era of bringing people together to do hard things - in areas as diverse as clean energy solutions, criminal justice reform and racial inclusion in the tech sector. In 2007, Van was the primary champion of the Green Jobs Act, signed into law by George W. Bush. In 2009, he worked in the Obama White House as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs. Over the past 25 years, Van has founded and led many successful social enterprises, including REFORM Alliance, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, Green For All and the Dream Corps. A world-class communicator of world-class ideas, Van is also a CNN host, an Emmy Award-winning producer and a 3X New York Times best-selling author.

Interested in OHOP 2020?

Learn more in the report and watch some of the sessions from the event below.


Browse selected sessions and summaries from the ONE HOME, ONE PLANET 2020 event