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Håkan Nordkvist is Head of Sustainability Innovation at Ingka Group (the largest IKEA franchisee, operating 367 IKEA stores in 30 markets). From building BILLY bookshelves in the 90’s to innovating and building sustainable business opportunities, Håkan is a key figure in purposeful retail around the world. Discover all about his beginnings, his current projects such as the solar panel initiative, developing new circular business models for IKEA and a whole lot more.
To be Earth’s most customer-centric company is Amazon’s purpose and it shines through in everything they do. We spoke to Florian Baumgartner, Director Consumables, Amazon Germany, about the company’s approach to Purposeful Retail, observing consistent factors over trends, and how their obsession with pleasing their customers takes form.
H&M Group Chief Operating Officer Helena Helmersson has worked her way up in the H&M Group since 1997 (Update: in January 2020, she was announced as CEO of the group). Throughout the years, she has developed great loyalty for the company, and also gained valuable insights into how a modern, agile supply chain is set up, as well as what the future of retail will entail.
Having worked in the automotive industry for over 35 years, Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of BMW AG’s Board of Management, was brought up in the age of the Faster, Higher, Farther mantra. Today, when that mantra has lost all meaning, Peter uses purpose as his orientation guideline in both his personal and professional life and throughout his mentoring efforts. 
Reflecting on the Business Roundtable in August, Sayo Ayodele, Partner at Leader’s Quest, shares her thoughts on the importance of creating value for all stakeholders, as opposed to just shareholders and profit. Sayo’s key takeaways include deep listening, embracing complexity, courageous leadership, and a networked ecosystem.

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