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The key issues shaping the future of sustainable business

08:30 - 09:00
Climate Action Keynote: Achieving growth through a Net-Positive ambition

The nature of all businesses is to grow but, under current models, this growth comes at the expense of the environment. Pioneering companies are changing cultures, systems, markets and strategies that mitigate impacts in areas such as; carbon emissions, plastic waste, deforestation and water to provide a net-positive impact on the environment while the company prospers financially.

08:30 - 09:00
Supply Chain Keynote: De-carbonizing the supply chain through new technology and innovations

To meet the 2-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations in technologies, strategies and clean energy. But to make a carbon intensive business sustainable, you’re always aiming at a moving target. How do you successfully navigate this shift? Discover some of the leading innovations, smart technologies and renewables that are accelerating the move to a low-carbon supply chain.

Cisco John Kern SVP Supply Chain Operations Cisco

enel Ernesto Ciorra Chief Innovability Officer Enel

LanzaTech Jennifer Holmgren CEO LanzaTech

08:30 - 09:00
Collaboration Keynote: Delivering the Global Goals through ambitious coalitions

A lack of national leadership on the Paris Accord and SDGs has led to local & state Government, businesses, investors and NGOS to step in and drive change. Impact-driven coalitions will become the norm. How can your company take the lead?

Mars Andy Pharoah Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability Mars

08:30 - 09:00
Cities Keynote: Collaborating to achieve the clean, smart city of the future

Public-Private collaborations will be critical to delivering a connected and clean city of the future. Hear how local Governments, cities, investors and companies are working together to build smart, circular cities that help to decarbonize the urban space.

Hoboken Ravinder Bhalla Mayor, City of Hoboken Hoboken

New Bedford Jon Mithcell Mayor, New Bedford New Bedford

08:30 - 09:00
SDG Keynote: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a blueprint for national development. However, companies and investors are increasingly investing in new products, portfolios and partnerships that will help deliver the SDGs. Hear how leading corporates and investors are re-shaping strategies and investments around the SDGs.

JP Morgan Marilyn Ceci Managing Director, Head of Green Bonds JP Morgan

08:30 - 09:00
ESG Disclosure Keynote: Transparent, Investor Driven

The interest from the investment community in ESG disclosures is growing at a rapid pace, with no sign of slowing down. The shift is requiring more parts of the organization to be involved, with levels of transparency being asked that simply wasn’t before. What do investors expect and how do all stakeholders push ESG disclosure forward?

Office of New York City Comptroller Michael Garland Assistant Comptroller - Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment Office of New York City Comptroller

The SASB Foundation Matthew Welch President The SASB Foundation

08:30 - 09:00
Ratings and Rankings Agency Keynote: Greater comparability and transparency

Investors have limited data sets around ESG and the data sets they have often come from third parties which can lack comparability. Hear from heads of rating and ranking agencies on how they’re striving for greater comparability and transparency in their methods.

Moderator: GA Institute Louis Coppola Co-Founder & Executive Vice President GA Institute

08:30 - 09:00
International Paper and World Wildlife Fund: Working Together to Save the World’s Forests

Learn about this groundbreaking collaboration to help create the world’s first science-based targets for forests, as well as innovative actions corporations, governments and others can take to meet the targets

International Paper Sophie Beckham Senior Manager, Natural Capital Stewardship International Paper Company

WWF US Kerry Cesareo Vice President, Forests WWF US

08:30 - 09:00
Diversity & Inclusion Keynote: Realize the benefits of a progressive approach to D&I

Diversity and Inclusion is of paramount importance in ensuring your business is fulfilling its duties to society. Learn how to show leadership on D&I and understand how this can deliver a competitive advantage for the business

Medtronic Carol Surface Chief Human Resources Officer Medtronic

Moderator: American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) Hammad Atassi CEO American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC)

08:30 - 09:00
Closing Keynote: Moving from risk to opportunity

Businesses are increasingly looking towards sustainable innovations to change ESG risks into opportunities for prosperity and growth. Hear how companies are demonstrating leadership and taking hold of the opportunity that sustainable innovation provides.

Cummins Tom Linebarger Chairman & CEO Cummins

Strategy, Innovation and Impact

Businesses must change. Companies need to invest and innovate in new strategies and products that will help lead to a clean, sustainable future. Learn how to lead this transformation. Identify new business models and future opportunities

08:30 - 09:00
Think like a start-up: Disrupt industry norms through sustainable innovation

To deliver the required changes requires bold, ambitious strategies that will go against years and even decades of industry norms. Learn how your company can embrace such a new approach and pursue new paths of sustainable growth.

Solarcoin Nick Gogerty CEO Solarcoin

Oracle Corporation Rich Kroes Senior Director of Global Sustainability Oracle Corporation

08:30 - 09:00
The scalability challenge: How new systems and technology can help

The challenge for many companies is bringing scale to new strategies and innovations. Through impact-driven case studies learn what technologies and systems are driving transparency and scalable impacts both now and, in the future

Avery Dennison Michael Colarossi Vice President, Innovation & Sustainability Avery Dennison

08:30 - 09:00
SDG Partnership Workshop – Identifying new partnerships to tackle the SDGs

Tackling the SDGs takes a holistic approach – from start-ups, NGOs, companies, Governments and investors. Hear you can identify and launch new cross-industry partnerships that help tackle the SDGs and deliver ambitious impacts.

IBM Jeff West Corporate Responsibility Leader IBM

08:30 - 09:00
The Disruptor Pitch: Future technologies and innovations

For many businesses the big transformations and impacts will come from external innovations and technologies. In this interactive session new start-ups and entrepreneurs will pitch their latest innovations and technologies. Then it’s over to you, to ask questions and identify which technology could help accelerate your climate and social goals

Climate Action and Investment

To meet the 1.5-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations. Discover some of the latest innovations, collaborations and technologies that are accelerating the move to a low-carbon economy

08:30 - 09:00
Embed circular-thinking across the business

Increasing pressure on natural resources are forcing companies take a Life-Cycle-Analysis approach to product development. How can you embed such an approach within R&D, innovation, procurement and marketing?

Closed Loop Partners Bridget Croke VP External Affairs Closed Loop Partners

Aquafil Giulio Bonazzi Chairman and CEO Aquafil

08:30 - 09:00
Decarbonization at scale: Collaborating across the value chain

To achieve the 1.5-Degree Target requires ambitious collaborations across industry value chains. From transportation to buildings, hear how companies are collaborating to accelerate the adoption of renewables across the value chain.

EDF Tom Murray Vice President EDF

08:30 - 09:00
Plastics Workshop – Reduction, Recycle and Replace

Plastic has been an invention that has been seen until recent years as the perfect material for product packaging.

However, its strengths are also its weakness. In this 90-120 minute Chatham-House rules workshop, learn how to:

  • Reducing your plastic use – sustainable alternatives
  • Educate communities on plastic waste and recycling
  • Closing the loop on plastics

Walgreen Boots Alliance John Kotlarczyk Senior Director, CSR & Waste Reduction Walgreen Boots Alliance

Chicobag Andy Keller CEO & President Chicobag

Greenpeace John Hocevar Oceans Campaign Director Greenpeace

Sodexo Judy Panayos Sr Director, Sustainability, Supply Management Sodexo

Supply Chain Management

The majority of environmental and societal pressures fall within the supply chain. Discover new emerging innovations, technologies, and collaborations critical to sustainable, cost-effective supply chain strategies

08:30 - 09:00
Visibility beyond Tier 1 – Identify new risks and opportunities

Most of the risks and opportunities to a business lie beyond the first tier. Both internal and external stakeholders expect visibility and transparency beyond Tier 1 within your supply chain. In this session learn how:

  • To get deeper in your supply chain to manage and measure your operational risks
  • Develop strategies and systems that deliver accurate metrics and oversight to monitor performance
  • Source consistent and reliable data across your tiers to make the right decisions to tackle climate action and human rights risks

Gap, Inc. Daniel Fibiger Director, Global Sustainability Gap

Subway John Scott VP – Global Quality, Food Safety & Sustainability Subway

Save the Children Wendy Blanpied Senior Advisor Save the Children

APG Asset Management Anna Pot Manager, Responsible Investments APG Asset Management

08:30 - 09:00
Beyond audits – Systems, collaborations and technologies that address human rights risks

Whilst audits serve an important purpose in managing risks through the tiers of the supply chain, added layers are required to identify human rights violations and ensure decent work within the supply chain. New systems, technologies and collaborations can help identify and solve these risks at the source.

08:30 - 09:00
Engage and incentivize suppliers on new climate goals and action

For majority of businesses, the supplier-base is where the largest impacts on the environment occur. Successfully engage suppliers across the Tiers to help them adopt responsibilities and actions to truly drive impact at scale.

08:30 - 09:00
Modern Slavery – The investor perspective

Investors will share how they are making investments and moving funds based on Modern Slavery risks. Most of the session will then be devoted to Q&A where investors will be asked; what are their expectations on companies with regards to Modern Slavery? What’s the level of importance in investment decisions and how companies can engage them better on Modern Slavery mitigation?

ESG and Investors

Investors are critical to helping accelerate the responsible business agenda. But what do investors really want? Learn how your company can improve its disclosure and engagement on ESG information?

08:30 - 09:00
Getting the right data: What do investors want?

Data needs to be financially material, robust and comparable to be useful for investors. What data to investors want? What does this mean to the data that you collect and manage as a sustainability practitioner?

American Electric Power Sandra Nessing Managing Director, Corporate Sustainability American Electric Power

Walgreen Boots Alliance Richard Ellis Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Walgreen Boots Alliance

ING Anne van Riel Head of Sustainable Finance Americas ING

ABN AMRO Tjeerd Krumpelman Head of Reporting & Stakeholder Engagement ABN AMRO

08:30 - 09:00
Engage Rankings and Ratings Agencies on methodology

In this deep-dive session understand what information ranking and ratings agencies are capturing, how it’s impacting investment decisions and how you can stand out from the crowd. Also, there’s opportunities to discuss ideas on how to simplify and address inconsistencies in the differing approaches.

Moodys Speaker TBC Moodys

RobecoSAM Robert Dornau Director, Senior Manager Sustainabillity Services RobecoSAM

08:30 - 09:00
TCFD Workshop

In this 90-120 minute workshop, Chatham-House rules workshop discussions will focus on:

  • Implementing the TCFD recommendations into your business
  • Monetising your climate impacts to transition to the low-carbon economy
  • Conducting a scenario analysis of your climate risks

Citi Hui Wen Chan Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Citi

CDSB Mardi McBrien Managing Director CDSB

08:30 - 09:00
Investment-ready Disclosures Workshop

Investors demand more and more transparent disclosures. In this 90-120 minute workshop, Chatham-House rules workshop hear from investors, frameworks and corporates on:

  • Providing the right data and metrics; understand what’s needed and how to provide it
  • Managing your reputational & climate risk
  • What data do you need to be measuring?
Measurement and Reporting

The increased risk to the business of ESG issues has led to a focus on the disclosure and ultimately data behind impacts. Learn how to accurately report impact and disclose future risks and opportunities

08:30 - 09:00
Traceability and transparency – Getting full visibility and accurate data from source

Develop strategies and systems that deliver accurate metrics and oversight to monitor performance and ensure your company can make the right decisions to reduce climate impacts and tackle human trafficking.

American Forest Foundation Nathan Truitt Vice President of Strategic Partnerships American Forest Foundation

08:30 - 09:00
ESG Data: What should we really be measuring?

Measurement of ESG data isn’t an exact science. The amount of data sets available coupled with different information requests and an increased need to be transparent leads to headaches. Discover how to navigate the data measurement challenge and understand what ESG data is material – should we only be focusing on ESG issues that are financially material?

Anthem Hakon Mattson Director of Sustainability Anthem

Citi Davida Heller Vice President, Corporate Sustainability Citi

Breckinridge Capital Advisors Robert Fernandez Director of ESG Research Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Calstrs Brian Rice Portfolio Manager Calstrs

08:30 - 09:00
Evidencing impact: Putting a robust value on your impacts

Many of your impacts will be hard to quantify in true accounting values but this is required to show the value of investments. Hear how to identify meaningful data that demonstrates impact. Successfully attribute investments to outcomes that engages the Board and Investors.

Bloomberg Shaheen Contractor Intelligence Analyst Bloomberg

08:30 - 09:00
Reporting on long-term value creation

Increasing focus on ESG reporting & disclose is providing genuine value to business strategy. Discover how companies are demonstrating resilience to risk, the ROI of sustainability initiatives and long-term impact towards the 2030 targets through their reporting process.

Cornerstone Capital Erika Karp CEO Cornerstone Capital

UN Global Compact Laura Palmeiro Senior Advisor UN Global Compact

Communicate, Engage and Educate

Transparent, holistic communications is now more important than ever. Hear how you company can demonstrate leadership and purpose among key stakeholder groups

08:30 - 09:00
Purpose-driven communications part 1: Employees

Employees can be your biggest advocates and most engaged stakeholder. Given the right message they can share your story for you. What are the latest strategies in engaging employees in sustainability and making them part of the movement?

Domtar Paige Goff Vice President of Sustainability Domtar

Pernod Ricard Amandine Robin SVP North America, Communications & Sustainability Pernod Ricard

Telia Company Anne Larilahti VP Sustainability Strategy Telia Company

08:30 - 09:00
Purpose-driven communications part 2: Customers and Communities

Engage customers and communities on key ESG opportunities and educate them on how they can be part of the solution.

American Express Myriam Coneim Director of Sustainability American Express

08:30 - 09:00
Purpose-driven communications part 3: Investors

Hear from investors and corporates on how to transparently communicate a purpose-driven strategy that showcases climate resilience and delivers progress against the SDGs.

08:30 - 09:00
Communicate rigorous and accurate ESG data

What is the best way to communicate your progress to different stakeholders on your ESG information?

  • Quantify ESG data that meets investors requirements
  • Tailor your communications to meet different internal and external requirements
08:30 - 09:00
The transparency dilemma

The challenge for sustainability teams is to be as transparent as possible to all stakeholders; customers, employees, suppliers and investors. But what’s the right level of transparency that doesn’t have a negative impact on the business, when does transparency become a risk?

Moderator: Future 500 Brendon Steele Director of Stakeholder Engagement Future 500


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