NAEM 2018 Corporate Sustainability Conference, July 30 - August 1, Providence, RI

  • 30 July 2018 To 1 August 2018
  • Event Location : Omni Providence Hotel 1 West Exchange Street, Providence, RI, United States
Event Description

Sustainability Management Conference Agenda

Register for this year's Sustainability conference to learn the latest sustainability trends, approaches, tools, and partnerships in water, greenhouse gas, waste and chemical management.

You'll hear best practices on the social side of sustainability such as employee engagement and diversity and inclusion. Plus, learn how companies are operationalizing the SDGs and how you can too.

Don't miss this great opportunity to get pro-tips on driving sustainability through your supply chain and look to the future of the circular economy. This is the Sustainability conference you won't want to miss.

Monday, July 30, 2018 - Training Workshop
EHS professionals, are tasked with effectively making the business case for EHS and Sustainability to stakeholders who often speak differently and prioritize other values. Consider the CFO who is evaluating a lot of competing projects for investment and looking for the best bets. How do you make a case effectively to them and other parts of the business that your project will benefit the enterprise in ways that matter to them? This two-part training workshop will teach attendees how to use different tools and methodologies to craft a solid business case to invest in your EHS or Sustainability project.

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
Opening - Why Make the Business Case?

Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor of Business and Society; NYU Stern School of Business - Bio
Advocating both internally and externally for EHS & sustainability programs can often lead to little progress or little support from stakeholders. So why keep doing it? Come hear our speaker give a refreshing take on why and how making the case for sustainability programs adds value back to the corporation.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Putting a Value on EHS & Sustainability Programs

Kevin Eckerle, Director Corporate Research and Engagement; NYU Stern School of Business - Bio
Participants will have the opportunity to learn methods for monetizing the benefits of investments in sustainability. Specifically, participants will develop an approach for: identifying top ESG strategies, discerning resultant benefits from investing in those ESG strategies, and credibly quantifying and monetizing the benefits accrued from those investments.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Why Sustainability Should be a Business Core

Stephen Jordan, Co-Founder; IO Sustainability and CEO; Institute for Sustainable Development - Bio
This session will focus on how to profile and identify characteristics of companies that developed sustainability strategies and have successfully gained business value from doing so. Participants will also explore a local case study of lessons learned increasing the resilience and sustainability of a specific city: Newport, Rhode Island.

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Additional training modules to be announced

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote

8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

The Circular Economy: Practical Steps Along the Journey

Stephanie Barger, Director Market Transformation and Development - TRUE Zero Waste Program; U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - Bio
Mary Strzempko, Manager Environmental Programs; Raytheon Co.
Tom Pollock, Senior Manager; Sustainable Packaging Coalition - Bio
Lina Azuero, Corporate Sustainability Consultant; DELL Inc.
Jon Dettling, Global Director, Services and Innovation; Quantis AG
The Circular Economy transcends the traditional paradigm of resource efficiency. It promises big opportunities for companies to generate new growth and business value. What are the new strategies, processes, products and services, and business models companies are pursuing to transition to the circular economy? What are the practical steps that companies are taking along their journey? Come learn these strategies during a panel discussion with our speakers followed by breakout sessions that dive deeper into tactics surrounding circular economy.

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities and Approaches to Enable Ambitious Targets

Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute (WRI) - Bio
Johanna Jobin, Director, Global EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Inc. - Bio
Winston Vaughan, Senior Manager, Renewable Energy; CERES - Bio
James Goudreau, Head of Climate; Novartis International AG
Jennifer Gerholdt, Director of Corporate Engagement; We Mean Business - Bio

Julia Silverman; CDP

More and more companies are setting ambitious greenhouse gas targets. Learn best practices in setting a science-based target and tracking and reducing scope 3 emissions. Find out about trends and opportunities in renewable energy in the US through a fast-paced panel discussion and then focused breakout sessions.

Come learn these strategies during a panel discussion with our speakers followed by breakout sessions that dive deeper into tactics surrounding topics around greenhouse gas emissions.

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Beyond the Fence Line: Leading Edge in Sustainable Supply Chains

Your company's sustainability footprint goes way beyond the fence line. Learn about best practices, trends, and technologies in promoting your sustainability vision throughout the supply chain.

Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM - Bio
Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM - Bio
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Greener Chemistry: Product Design, Transparency, and Collaboration

Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager, Consumer Health; Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - Bio
Martin Wolf, Director, Sustainability & Authenticity; 7th Generation Inc.
Georgia Rubenstein, Principal Change Designer; Forum for the Future - Bio
Mark Rossi, Executive Director; The Chemical Footprint Project - Bio

Sarah Craver, Advisor, Strategic Diversity Management; CVS Health Corp.
Moderator: Christine Riley Miller, Director of Sustainability; Samsonite International S.A. - Bio

Learn about trends in chemical supply chain transparency, informing consumers, and pre-competitive collaboration platforms that are tackling chemical sustainability issues. Through a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions, you’ll learn different approaches to using safer chemicals in product design and stewardship.

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
7:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Keynote: One Company's Mission to Put Values First

Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy; CVS Health Corp. - Bio
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Advances in Sustainable Water Management

Nick Martin, EHS & Sustainability Consultant; Antea Group USA - Bio
Learn about effective strategies for water reuse, recycling, and replenishment within operations. Understand approaches to setting context-based water performance targets around facilities and how a company can define its impacts and dependencies, now and in the future, at the watershed level. Hear about scalable industry, value-chain, and multi-stakeholder collaboration models designed for scaled outcomes.

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Human Factor: The S in ESG

Kevin Eckerle, Director Corporate Research and Engagement; NYU Stern School of Business - Bio
Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder/Chief Executive Officer; WeSpire Inc. - Bio
Gillian Christie, Doctor of Public Health Candidate; Harvard University
Sarah Craver, Advisor, Strategic Diversity Management; CVS Health Corp.
Nadine King, Manager, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp.
Moderator: Christine Riley Miller, Director of Sustainability; Samsonite International S.A. - Bio

Learn how to make a business case for addressing social issues in a way that will resonate with your CFO and others on the Executive Team. Hear about innovative programs in diversity and inclusion and best practices in employee engagement and wellness. The panel discussion with our speakers will be followed by breakout sessions that dive deeper into the below topics:

Diversity and Inclusion (including gender pay parity and equality, sexual harassment)
Employee engagement
Employee wellness
Quantifying the “S” in ESG
12:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
SDG's in Action: Collaboration

Roger Bain, Media & Thought Leadership Manager; PYXERA Global - Bio
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) tackle the world’s greatest challenges. SDG 17 promotes partnerships and collaboration as a key path forward to achieving the other SDGs. This session will showcase how corporations, NGOs and non-profits have successfully leveraged the power of partnerships to meet the SDGs. It will also provide participants an opportunity to work through a collaboration tool to think through how their organization might use partnerships to achieve the SDGs that are most important to them.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM

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