NAEM's 2018 Corporate Sustainability Management Conference

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 have leveraged the power of partnerships to operationalize the SDGs.


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 - 1:45 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.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Why Sustainability Should be a Business Core


  • Stephen Jordan, Co-Founder; IO Sustainability and CEO; Institute for Sustainable Development - Bio
  • Alan Kao, Principal and Global Lead for Compliance, Strategy and Transaction Services (CST); Ramboll Environment & Health - 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.


Sponsored by Ramboll Group A/S:

Ramboll Group A/S

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Understanding the ESG Landscape to Enhance Reputation and Transparency


  • James Margolis, Senior Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio
  • Jennifer Eastes, Senior Sustainability Consultant; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio
  • Mike Wallace, Partner; BrownFlynn, an ERM Group Co.

Companies are being inundated with requests for specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) program and performance information. This session will provide EHS&S professionals with a thorough understanding of the dynamic ESG ecosystem, including:

  • Who is assessing you;
  • What they want to know about you and why they want to know about it;
  • Where investors and other stakeholders find information about your programs and performance;
  • What you think you look like vs how you actually look; and
  • How to strategically and efficiently address all these stakeholder demands for more transparency.


Upon completing this session you will understand the ecosystem, be able to evaluate and improve your disclosure strategy, and be better prepared for conversations with executives about ESG disclosures.


Sponsored by Environmental Resources Management (ERM):

Ramboll Group A/S



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


  • Mindy Lubber, Chief Executive Officer and President; CERES - Bio

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

The Circular Economy: Practical Steps Along the Journey


  • Mary Strzempko, Manager Environmental Programs; Raytheon Co.
  • Lina Azuero, Corporate Sustainability Consultant; DELL Inc.
  • Jon Dettling, Global Director, Services and Innovation; Quantis AG

Moderator: Stephanie Barger, Director Market Transformation and Development - TRUE Zero Waste Program; U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - Bio


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
  • Julia Silberman, Manager; CDP - Bio


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. Hear trends and opportunities in renewable energy in the US through a fast-paced panel discussion followed by breakout sessions on tactics and topics around managing greenhouse gas emissions.


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


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Manager of Research and Analytics; NAEM - Bio
  • Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM - Bio
  • Paul Chang, Global Blockchain Industry Leader - Distribution & Industrial Markets; IBM Corp.

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.


2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Greener Chemistry: Product Design, Transparency, and Collaboration


  • Martin Wolf, Director, Sustainability & Authenticity; Seventh Generation Inc. - Bio
  • Josef Lukans, Senior Manager, Global Policy and Advocacy; Levi Strauss & Co. - Bio
  • Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President Global Corporate Affairs; S. C. Johnson & Son - Bio
  • Georgia Rubenstein, Principal Change Designer; Forum for the Future - Bio
  • Mark Rossi, Executive Director; The Chemical Footprint Project - Bio

  • Janet Nudelman, Director of Program and Policy; Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) - Bio

Moderator: Boma Brown-West, Senior Manager, Consumer Health; Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - 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 to contribute to your product stewardship program.

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


  • Brooke Barton, Senior Program Director, Water & Food Programs; CERES - 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 p.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
  • Edan Dionne, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs; IBM Corp.
  • Mary Curtiss, Global Head of Energy and Sustainability - Corporate Real Estate; HP Inc. - 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. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Leveraging Materiality to Chart Your Sustainability Strategy


  • Alyson Genovese, Director/Head of Regional Hub, USA and Canada; The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Bio
  • Additional speakers TBA

This session will address the importance of having a Materiality principle guide your sustainability strategy and how application of the principle is changing how organizations are driving change and communicating impact. Attendees will get an understanding of the transformative power of a materiality analysis within corporate sustainability reporting and learn why the materiality analysis findings should go well beyond defining your external reporting strategy and content. The session will also provide attendees with a roadmap for conducting a high-quality materiality analysis and include examples of how leading companies have overcome common challenges in applying the materiality principle and charting an effective strategy using the results.

4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM


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