NAEM's 2017 Corporate Sustainability Management Conference

Preliminary Agenda


Learn how to integrate sustainability into business operations from fellow corporate EHS and sustainability leaders. Through a mix of peer-led case studies and benchmarking dialogues, NAEM's annual sustainability conference is a unique opportunity to gain actionable insights to improve performance, identify opportunities and set better sustainability goals.


Monday, July 31, 2017

NAEM Workshop “Sustainability Reporting: Path to Leadership”

Preceding its 2017 Annual Sustainability Conference, NAEM will convene a ½ day workshop to help members better understand trends in sustainability reporting. Gain insights and ask questions about how reporting frameworks are evolving. Learn how ESG data is being generated and used by different rating organizations, particularly investors. Find out what leadership companies are doing to improve their reporting. The cost for this event is $179. Register today.




1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Opening - Challenges and Opportunities in Reporting


  • Helle Bank Jørgensen, CEO; B.Accountability - Bio

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sustainability Reporting Frameworks

In this facilitated interactive discussion, organizations will discuss trends in how leadership companies are reporting their sustainability stories and data and will answer burning questions NAEM members have about their respective standards and scoring frameworks.


  • Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business; Trucost - S&P Dow Jones Indices - Bio
  • Bob Laux, North American Lead; International Integrated Reporting Council (IRCC) - Bio
  • Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor Stakeholder Outreach; SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) - Bio
  • James Margolis, Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio
  • Julia Casciotti; Sector Lead, Disclosure Services; CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Speaker Meet and Greet

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

ESG Data

In this facilitated interactive session, experts will share how they generate data and how it is being used by investors and other audiences who use the data to rate and rank companies’ sustainability performance.

  • Lauren Cope, ESG Analyst; Bloomberg L.P. - Bio
  • Stu Dalheim, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy; Calvert - Bio
  • Dana Sasarean, Senior Research Analyst; Sustainalytics - Bio

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Speaker Meet and Greet

5:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer NeuveltExecutive Director; NAEM

5:45 p.m.

Networking Reception


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast


  • Carol Singer NeuveltExecutive Director; NAEM

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Official Welcome and Introductions


  • Carol Singer NeuveltExecutive Director; NAEM
  • Caitlin Wilson, Program Manager; NAEM

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Corporate Sustainability Trends

What are the biggest trends in corporate sustainability? How can companies prepare for these future opportunities? Hear about the latest and greatest from our speaker!


  • Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business; Trucost - S&P Dow Jones Indices - Bio

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Innovation in Sustainability

In this panel discussion, speakers will describe how they developed and are communicating their sustainability strategies. They will also discuss the new operational processes, supplier and customer engagement, business models, products, and services that their companies are creating to further their sustainability goals.


  • James McCall, Global Product Supply Sustainability Leader; Procter & Gamble Co. - Bio
  • Bill Sisson, Senior Director Sustainability; United Technologies Corp. - Bio
  • Christopher Tilley; Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer; Alta Energy Inc. - Bio
  • William Chernicoff, Senior Manager Global Research & Innovation – Toyota Mobility Foundation; Toyota Motor North America Inc. - Bio

Moderated by: Dr. James Fava, Chief Strategist; Anthesis Consulting Group - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

NAEM Benchmarking Discussion - GHG Management

NAEM will share the results of their membership benchmark study on trends in corporate GHG management.


  • Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM - Bio

2:00 p.m. -
2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Supply Chain Excellence

In these parallel breakout sessions, we will learn how companies are managing various supply chain issues and operationalizing best practices in engaging suppliers.


Breakout 1: Sustainable Good-Quality Water in the Supply Chain

Panelists will discuss what their companies are doing to manage their water footprint across the supply chain. They will speak about their company commitments and strategy and how they are managing the data and engaging suppliers to set targets and reach goals. They will share best practices for measuring their progress and incentivizing and supporting their suppliers.


  • Marco Ugarte, Sustainability Manager; MillerCoors - Bio
  • Matt Howard, Vice President; Alliance for Water Stewardship - North America - Bio
  • Carter Hanson, Senior Manager Environmental Affairs & Sustainability; Smithfield Foods Inc.

Moderated by: Christina Copeland, Manager, Water; CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) - Bio

Breakout 2: Supply Chain Excellence - Addressing Social Issues In The Supply Chain

Leadership companies across many sectors have commitments to labor rights and other human rights within their supply chain. What kind of policies are they making? How are they collaborating with their supply chain to set targets, track progress, and continuously improve? What are some key platforms and partnerships that are enabling success?


  • Carlos Busquets, Director of Public Policy and Stakeholder Engagement; Electronics Industry Coalition (EICC) - Bio
  • Melissa Nandi, Vice President Law, Compliance Officer; Rockwell Automation Inc. - Bio
  • Rachelle Jackson, Director; Arche Advisors - Bio

Moderated by: Lida Tan, Senior-level EHS Consultant; ESD China

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value

The linear take-make-waste industrial model is losing viability in the face of ever-growing resource constraints. This paradigm is giving way to a more regenerative, circular economy approach, where waste is designed out of the system and resources are renewed rather than exhausted. In this discussion, panelists will talk about their experiences using the circular economy approach and the associated business, social, and environmental benefits their companies have accrued as a result.


  • Jennifer Gerholdt, Senior Director of Sustainability and Circular Economy Programs; US Chamber of Commerce Foundation - Bio
  • Diane Martel, Vice President, Environmental Planning and Strategy TNA - Marketing; Tarkett - Bio
  • Emilio Tenuta, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability; Ecolab Inc. - Bio
  • Michael K. Murphy, Executive Director, Product Compliance, Environmental Affairs and Producer Responsibility; Dell Inc. - Bio

Moderated by: Jessica McGlyn, Founder and President; Catalynics LLC

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.



  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
  • Jessica McGlyn, Founder and President; Catalynics LLC
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Sustainable Development Goals in Action

The keynote speaker will describe why and how the SDGs are relevant to corporate sustainability programs, what they are seeing in terms of corporate progress/ contribution/benefits and how participants can easily engage with the SDG platform. The speaker will also discuss the general benefits for companies to work within frameworks such as the SDGs.


  • Katherine Pickus, Head of Global Citizenship; Abbott - Bio
  • Steve Rochlin, Co-CEO; IO Sustainability LLC - Bio

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Green Chemistry Progress and Partnerships

Speakers will discuss what green chemistry means to their companies and the advances and trends they are seeing in the field. They will also speak about multi-sector and value chain partnerships to advance and mainstream green chemistry.


  • Juan Colberg, Senior Director; Pfizer Inc. - Bio
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development; DuPont Co. - Bio
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc. - Bio

Moderated by: Amy Perlmutter, Project Lead, Mainstreaming; Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) - Bio

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Sustainability Strategy: the Investor Perspective

In this session, panelists will discuss how investors understand and gauge corporate performance in areas such as waste, water, and energy and how leading edge companies are responding. Speakers will provide examples on how risk management, divestment, shareholder proxies, credit ratings, and green bonds/green investment opportunities are impacting corporate sustainability strategy in specific ways. Speakers will also provide insights on how sustainability and EHS professionals can build relationships with Investor Relations and CFO to better integrate sustainability.


  • Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance; JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Stu Dalheim, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy; Calvert- Bio
  • Brendan LeBlanc, Partner, Climate Change and Services; Ernst & Young - Bio

Moderated by: Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Strategic Advisor Stakeholder Outreach; SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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

Lunch Panel - Leadership Companies: Climate Policy And Strategy In The Current Political Climate

Speakers will talk about how their companies are addressing climate change policy, strategy, and their carbon footprint in the face of regulatory uncertainty. Panelists will also discuss leading practices in GHG management strategy, such as the transition to Science-Based Targets.


  • Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst, Product Stewardship; Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability; Ingersoll-Rand plc - Bio
  • Paul Holdredge, Manager, Resources Strategies; General Electric Co.
  • Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability; The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Corp. - Bio

Moderated by: Erin Callahan, Manager, Global Initiatives; CDP

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

Closing Remarks

  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM
  • Lance Pierce, President; CDP, North America


CDP Roundtable


1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

CDP Roundtable – Open to All Registered Attendees!

Learn about CDP’s Supply Chain deforestation and Supplier Engagement Rating programs, and how to benchmark your supplier engagement initiatives against leading companies that have begun setting public goals and targets. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with others who are working on issues related to a science-based approach to emissions reduction, water conservation and deforestation.


CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

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