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Pia Heidenmark Cook      

Sustainability & Business Transformation Expert; Former CSO of Ingka Group (IKEA)

Pia Heidenmark Cook divides her time between senior advisor and non-executive director assignments across Europe and the US. She sits on boards in international companies operating in the healthcare, sports retail, sustainable materials and restaurants sectors. She is also Senior Advisor to the private equity company Eurazeo’s Planetary Boundaries Impact Fund, and to Teneo (CEO Advisory Firm), where she works with the Sustainability team to advise clients on how to develop and operationalize sustainability strategies and the implications for reputation strategies.

Prior, Heidenmark Cook worked at IKEA/Ingka Group for 13 years. The last five years (2017-2021) as Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). At IKEA she led the development and implementation of the IKEA People and Planet Positive strategy. During this time, IKEA ranked in the top three most sustainable brands1 and managed to decouple carbon dioxide emissions from its commercial growth across the value chain. Heidenmark Cook has worked with sustainability topics since 1996, across academia, consulting, and business.

Heidenmark Cook has been recognized as one of the world’s top female leaders in sustainability and one of the world’s leasing influences on climate change. In 2023, she was named Top 20 Sustainability Voices by the CEO Magazine and received the Global 50 Women in Sustainability Awards by SustainabilityX® Magazine. An international speaker, Heidenmark Cook was also globally recognized for her TED talk, titled “How IKEA is Growing Business Whilst Shrinking Emissions”. Her first book, “Embedding Sustainability” is released in July 2024. She is also mentoring young professional women in the sustainability space.

Speech Topics

Implementing Successful Sustainability Strategy

Based on 25+ years of implementing sustainability strategies across IKEA and other brands I share learnings and experiences framed around Why, What and How to make it happen.

Sustainability / ESG

General presentation on why implementing sustainability strategies matter.

Circular Economy

Sharing learnings from IKEAs circular journey testing new business models as well as supply chain and product design.

Climate Strategy

Sharing learnings from IKEAs climate journey reducing emissions across the total value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3).

Change Management & Sustainability

Sharing learnings from implementing sustainability and engaging employees. Sharing learnings from working as sustainability professional across many countries and years.

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