NAEM Impact 19 - Sustainability From Aspiration to Operation Conference

Impact Conference Agenda


Why is this sustainability conference different than any other? This is the sustainability conference where those responsible for executing sustainability programs can learn best practices to help them with their business operations. Where we don’t just discuss strategies, but better ways to integrate sustainability into operations.


You'll hear best practices on goal-setting, external reporting, sustainability strategy and supply chain management. You'll learn what companies need to be aware of in corporate sustainability management and the future of the circular economy.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - Solve-it and Workshop Sessions

Solve-Its tackle specific environment, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) challenges that are too big or costly for one company alone to solve. Each Solve-It session will dive deep into a popular area of interest and facilitate a collaborative discussion to help companies grappling with similar challenges come up with solutions and tools to move forward together.


You can attend any or all of the Solve-it or workshop sessions.


9:00 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

ESG Reporting Solve-It

Attend this session to discuss some of the challenges with ESG reporting with other in-house EHS&S professionals. This will be a collaborative discussion on how to handle a lack of standardization and transparency in ESG reporting and come up with effective ways to move forward.

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

10:25 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fleet & Driver Safety Solve-It

Accidents impact company productivity, image and most importantly the lives of drivers and others. Decreasing the number of accidents and their impact on communities is paramount. Join this session for a collaborative facilitated discussion on how to keep employees safe, productive and accountable as they get from point A to point B and back again on a daily basis.

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

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


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

Training Workshop Sessions

Attend these workshop sessions for a deeper dive into a specialized area of a sustainability management program. These workshop sessions will offer training on one or two of the following topics:


- Sustainability Reporting/Frameworks

- Resource Conservation

- Effective Tactics to Drive Sustainability Improvements in the Supply Chain


More details announced soon!

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

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

Happy Hour



Wednesday. August 7, 2019

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


  • 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

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

Networking Break

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 as they address emerging sustainability issues, including global loss of biodiversity, growth of science-based targets, plastics waste, and worker rights and forced labor.


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

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Networking With Exhibitors

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 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, Director, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Inc. - Bio
  • Diane Curelli, Environmental Standards Leader of Global Safety and Environment; General Mills Inc.

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


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

Trends in Responsible Supply Chain Management

With the increased expectation that companies are working to ensure sustainable and responsible supply chain management, it is important for corporate leaders to understand the issue and areas where there is increased 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. Breakout sessions that follow the panel will examine different processes used to operationalize strategic sustainability targets around:


- Deforestation-free Supply Chains

- Human Rights

- Scope 3 GHG Emissions

- Eliminating Toxic Substances in Products  


  • Sarah Smith, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability; The Kellogg Co.

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception


Thursday, August 8, 2019

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

Designing Water's Future


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

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

Diving Deeper Into Water Issues

A series of breakout sessions will take an in-depth look at emerging issues and solutions surrounding water conservation. Topics that may be covered include plastics in oceans, wastewater management, global water sustainability as a business risk, water scarcity and local initiatives.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break

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


  • 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 Initiative - Bio

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


  • Jim Goudreau, Head of Climate; Novartis - 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

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.


  • Mike Hershkowitz, Global Director, Product Sustainability; International Flavor & Fragrances Inc.

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

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

Closing Remarks





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