NAEM Impact 19 - Sustainability From Aspiration to Operation Conference

Practical Approaches to Set and Execute Your Sustainability Vision


Corporate sustainability leaders have a critical vision, and making that vision a reality in business operations can be a challenge. Join a highly targeted group of business peers from all industry sectors, working on pragmatic program implementation and talking candidly about actionable tactics and steps — no theory, generalities or glossy success stories here.


At NAEM's Impact conference, you'll dive into:


  • Strategies to help integrate sustainability into operations
  • Best practices on goal-setting, external reporting, sustainability strategy and supply chain management
  • Emerging issues that will impact the corporate sustainability agenda
  • How companies are getting involved in realizing the vision of a circular economy

From Sustainability Aspiration to Operation: Make an Impact.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - Collaborative Problem-Solving and Workshop Sessions

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

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


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Collaborative Problem-Solving: ESG Reporting

Discuss the challenges with ESG reporting with other in-house EHS&S professionals. Learn more here.

*In-house EHS&S professionals only. No vendors/consultants.

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


2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Collaborative Problem-Solving: Fleet & Driver Safety

Join this collaborative facilitated discussion on how to keep drivers safe, productive and accountable. Learn more here.

*In-house EHS&S professionals only. No vendors/consultants.

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Rate the Raters: Expert Views on ESG Ratings

In this engaging workshop, the facilitators will highlight from the multi-year Rate the Raters research, along with a discussion exploring the evolving ratings landscape from both practitioner and investor perspectives. The discussion will cover the quality and usefulness of ESG ratings, how ratings are currently used, and the future of ESG ratings in light of macro drivers and trends. We will also share best practices for improving ESG ratings.


  • Katherine Shetterly, Consultant; BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company - Bio
  • Christina Wong, Director; SustainAbility, an ERM Group company - Bio

*In-house EHS&S professionals only. No vendors/consultants.


Sponsored by


ERM - Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Happy Hour

Sponsored by


Haley Aldrich - Environmental and Engineering Consulting



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration is open

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

Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Setting and Selling A Winning Sustainability Vision

How do leaders set a sustainability vision that engages and inspires? This keynote will explore how to develop and engage leadership around a sustainability vision that aligns with values and strategy. It will explore the process for establishing an authentic vision and getting buy-in from internal and external and stakeholders.


  • Mayor Tom Barrett; City of Milwaukee - Bio

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

Key Steps to Executing Your Sustainability Strategy
Companies with strong sustainability performance have taken distinct steps to develop, implement and execute a sustainability strategy. Whether driven by a materiality assessment, stakeholder engagement or other popular business sustainability frameworks, this session will examine how leading companies have established their priorities, allocated resources and executed their strategy. Panelists will share candid lessons learned and pragmatic advice for overcoming key challenges --including getting internal buy-in, securing funding, and integrating sustainability into the business -- and showcasing the business value of sustainability.


  • Sharon Basel, Senior Manager, Sustainability; General Motors Inc. - Bio
  • Edan Dionne, Vice President, Environmental, Energy & Chemical Management Programs; IBM Corp. - Bio
  • Maria Sepulveda, Director, Sustainability; Flex Ltd. - Bio

Moderator: James Margolis, Senior Partner; Environmental Resources Management (ERM) - Bio

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Solution Center Meetings and Networking Break

Are you grappling with a sustainability issue or looking to hear interesting ideas to help you with your sustainability programs? Attend the Solution Center where each table will feature discussions around sustainability challenge they'll be solving. Similar to a speed dating, NAEM will facilitate formal rotations throughout the room so you have time to hear multiple ideas.

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Setting the Agenda: 2020 and Beyond
This panel of influencers from the NGO sector will discuss the emerging issues and challenges they expect to become central to the corporate sustainability discussion in the coming months and years. Attendees will have the opportunity to dialogue with these thought leaders about the expectations and actions they believe companies will be asked to take on as they address emerging sustainability issues, including global loss of biodiversity, growth of science-based targets, plastic waste, worker rights, and forced labor.


  • Declan Croucher, Senior Director, Advisory Services; Verité - Bio
  • Cynthia Cummis, Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute (WRI) - Bio
  • Frank Hawkins, Director, Biodiversity; The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Bio

Moderator: Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business; Trucost, part of S&P Global - Bio

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Solution Center

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


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

Thinking Through Your Next Generation of Sustainability Goals

As 2020 goals sunset, how are corporate leaders setting their next targets? Are companies pursuing Impact-based goals? Absolute reductions? Science based targets? This session will explore what NextGen sustainability goals look like (time horizons, measurements, types of goals) as well as companies’ internal and external considerations when setting goals. Panelists will discuss the challenges involved with goalsetting, how they go about getting consensus, and what external factors they pay most attention to when determining their targets. Join a discussion about your own goals and goal-setting process via small group discussion and live polling. Come away with a greater sense of how your peers are thinking about post-2020 goals and how corporate sustainability goals are evolving.


  • Rob Currie, Senior Director, Corporate Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability; Baxter Inc. - Bio
  • Diane Curelli, Manager, Environmental Risk & Sustainability; General Mills Inc. - Bio

Moderator: Craig Riley, Director, Sustainability Services; AECOM - Bio

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

Networking in Exhibit Hall

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

Trends in Responsible Supply Chain Management

With increased expectations that companies ensure sustainable and responsible supply chain management, it is important for corporate leaders to understand the issue and areas where there is attention and opportunity for action. Panelists will frame current and emerging issues in responsible supply chain management, and share insights into how their organizations are taking steps to manage impacts beyond their own operations and to influence and engage their suppliers. Attendees will leave with specific steps they can take to advance their own sustainable and responsible supply chain efforts.


  • Declan Croucher, Senior Director, Advisory Services; Verité - Bio
  • Julia SilbermanManager, Supply Chain; CDP - Bio
  • Sarah Smith, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability; The Kellogg Co. - Bio

Moderator: Jess McGlyn, Founder & President; Catalynics LLC - Bio

4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Biomimicry: A Big Idea for Designing a Sustainable World


  • Dr. Alexandra Ralevski, Director of AskNature; Biomimicry Institute - Bio

5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall


Thursday, August 8, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

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

Opening Remarks

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Designing Water's Future

Water is a critical resource not only for our businesses but for our livelihood. How can industry work towards a better future for our water stability and sources? Come to this keynote to hear how EHS&S professionals can contribute to overall water conservation & valuation in order to ensure the future of business.


  • Carl Ganter, Co-Founder & Director; Circle of Blue - Bio

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

Diving Deeper Into Water Issues

Coming off the heels of our keynote, we will hear from industry professionals and how they are tackling the biggest challenges corporations face when it comes to water management. This panel discussion will take an in-depth look at emerging issues and solutions surrounding water conservation. Topics that will be covered include developing water metrics and goals, wastewater management, and and global water sustainability as a business risk.


  • Patrick Boyle, Director, Corporate Sustainability; Sloan Valve Co. - Bio
  • Matt Howard, Vice President, Water Stewardship; The Water Council - Bio
  • Kim Marotta, Global Senior Director Sustainability and Alcohol Policy; Molson Coors Brewing Co. - Bio

Moderator: Marco Ugarte, Sustainability Consultant; Antea Group - Bio

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Solution Center Meetings and Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

How Investors Are Driving Sustainability Agendas

Investors have shifted priorities and are focusing on corporate sustainability as a business driver. With this increasing pressure, sustainability leaders are now tasked with not only managing sustainability programs, but also reporting them to various stakeholders. This session will articulate the business challenges sustainability leaders face as they carry out their external reporting efforts. Learn who the biggest reporting bodies are, hear from the key players who are working with investors and gain practical advice from companies that have had experience collecting data for external reporting.


  • Nicholas Abel, Manager, Sustainable Investment Services; Wespath Benefits and Investments - Bio
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance; Best Buy Co. - Bio
  • Daniel Nielsen, Managing Director / Senior Portfolio Specialist / Head of ESG and Responsible Investing; Great Lakes Advisors - Bio

Moderator: Brian Tomlinson, Research Director, Strategic Initiative; CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose) - Bio

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


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

Climate Action: A New Era of Disruptive Thinking

With climate polices and standards changing and updating, it is important to know who is driving the climate conversation forward and identify the areas with the greatest likelihood of new requirements. Learn about companies that are leading the way on climate policy and gain an understanding of about where regulatory changes are occurring. This session will also highlight resources that can help with climate programs and identify possible disruptions to the current climate landscape that will impact companies.


  • Elizabeth Hittman, Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator; Milwaukee Sustainability Department - Bio
  • Tim Juliani, Director, U.S. Corporate Climate Engagement; The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) US - Bio
  • Nancy Meyer, Director, Corporate Engagement; Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) - Bio

Moderator: Jim Goudreau, Head of Climate; Novartis - Bio

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

Practical Ways Business Can Move the Needle Towards a Circular Economy

As many companies consider participating in the circular economy, there are certain strategies and steps that have proven successful. If a company fully participates in the circular economy, what does that look like in terms of their air, water, and waste streams? In this session, thought leaders who have successfully created maturity curves for companies with multinational footprints will highlight some pragmatic ways to get started on the road to circularity.


  • Michael Hershkowitz, Global Director, Product Sustainability; International Flavor & Fragrances Inc.
  • Jason Pelz, Vice President, Circular Economy, Americas & South Asia, East Asia & Oceania; Tetra Pak - Bio
  • Michelle Redfield, North American Director for Environment and Safety/Environment Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SE - Bio

Moderator: Myriam Merchan, Associate, Member Engagement; World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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

Closing Remarks


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