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2019 Sustainability Summit

How Corporate Superstars Generate Impact
JULY 16 - 17, 2019 | THE CONFERENCE BOARD | NEW YORK, NY

July 16 - 17, 2019

About the Summit

This is the year where sustainability shifts to an intense focus on impact. Companies will be judged according to their success in tangibly improving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conditions. These rapidly intensifying expectations are coming from all quarters. Investors want to see real results. NGOs are getting increasingly impatient. The bold targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are just a little more than a decade away. The latest research from the IPCC makes an urgent call for action to reduce carbon emissions. Even CEOs and Boards expect to see impact that ties improved ESG performance to enhanced financial performance.

The 2019 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to learn how the best in the business are able to generate ESG impact. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the process of setting and achieving bold ESG goals, designing and delivering ambitious ESG programs, and measuring the benefits for society as well as the bottom line. The Conference Board Sustainability Summit will concentrate on key lessons and create sessions that enable attendees to learn and support one another.

The Summit will include presenters that have found ways to break through and generate inspiring results at scale. Which include:

  • Creating bold carbon reduction solutions
  • The Conference Board’s new research on generating social impact
  • Scaling up circular economy approaches
  • Reducing plastic ocean waste
  • Improving health, well-being, and sustainability
  • Transforming the supply chain: making it more productive, higher quality, more sustainable, and more responsible
  • Delivering and measuring impact
  • Getting results from Impact Investing
  • Making and measuring the business case

Key takeaways will include:

  • Moving from strategy to action
  • Going beyond compliance and reporting to action and results
  • Designing and delivering effective ESG programs and partnerships
  • Making and delivering the ESG business case
  • Measuring impact

Who Should Attend

Vice Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers of:

  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Corporate Giving / Foundation
  • Public Affairs / Government Affairs / Corporate Affairs
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Marketing

 

Get Involved! If you would like to get involved in the 2019 conference, please contact us:

 

Earn Recertification Credits

CPE logo

Earn up to 14 CPE credits
Specialized Knowledge
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None

SHRM

This program has been pre-approved for 11.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

HRCI

This program has been approved for 11.75 (BUSINESS) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

LOCATION

The Conference Board
845 Third Avenue (Between 51st and 52nd)
New York, NY 10022

Tel: (212) 339-0345

Please Note: Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.

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JULY 16 - 17, 2019
THE CONFERENCE BOARD,NEW YORK, NY
July 16 - 17, 2019

About the Summit

This is the year where sustainability shifts to an intense focus on impact. Companies will be judged according to their success in tangibly improving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conditions. These rapidly intensifying expectations are coming from all quarters. Investors want to see real results. NGOs are getting increasingly impatient. The bold targets of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are just a little more than a decade away. The latest research from the IPCC makes an urgent call for action to reduce carbon emissions. Even CEOs and Boards expect to see impact that ties improved ESG performance to enhanced financial performance.

The 2019 Sustainability Summit will provide a unique opportunity for sustainability practitioners at leading companies to enjoy a safe space to learn how the best in the business are able to generate ESG impact. The Summit will enable peer-to-peer exchange and engagement with leading practitioners and subject matter experts to work in a collaborative way through the process of setting and achieving bold ESG goals, designing and delivering ambitious ESG programs, and measuring the benefits for society as well as the bottom line. The Conference Board Sustainability Summit will concentrate on key lessons and create sessions that enable attendees to learn and support one another.

The Summit will include presenters that have found ways to break through and generate inspiring results at scale. Which include:

  • Creating bold carbon reduction solutions
  • The Conference Board’s new research on generating social impact
  • Scaling up circular economy approaches
  • Reducing plastic ocean waste
  • Improving health, well-being, and sustainability
  • Transforming the supply chain: making it more productive, higher quality, more sustainable, and more responsible
  • Delivering and measuring impact
  • Getting results from Impact Investing
  • Making and measuring the business case

Key takeaways will include:

  • Moving from strategy to action
  • Going beyond compliance and reporting to action and results
  • Designing and delivering effective ESG programs and partnerships
  • Making and delivering the ESG business case
  • Measuring impact

Who Should Attend

Vice Presidents, Directors, and Senior Managers of:

  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Environment, Health, and Safety
  • Corporate Giving / Foundation
  • Public Affairs / Government Affairs / Corporate Affairs
  • Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Strategy
  • Marketing

 

Get Involved! If you would like to get involved in the 2019 conference, please contact us:

 

Earn Recertification Credits

CPE logo

Earn up to 14 CPE credits
Specialized Knowledge
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None

SHRM

This program has been pre-approved for 11.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

HRCI

This program has been approved for 11.75 (BUSINESS) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

Anthony Berkley, Vice President, Prudential

Carolyn Berkowitz, CEO, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals

Mike Carren, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Guardian Life Insurance Company

Ryan Costello, Managing Director, Americans for Carbon Dividends (Former Congressman (R-PA 6th District), Americans for Carbon Dividends

Jenna Daugherty, Divisional Vice President Global Social Responsibility, Abbott

James Gowen, Vice President Supply Chain Operations & Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Ken Gustavsen, Chief of Staff / Strategy Officer, Social Business Innovation, Merck

Paul Hollie, Lead - Social Impact and Corporate Communications, Premera Blue Cross

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, President, Moody's Foundation, Moody's

Jeff King, Senior Director Global Sustainability and Social Impact, Hershey's

Brian Komar, Vice President Community Engagement, salesforce.com

Luis Neves, Managing Director, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Ryan Ross, Chief Innovation Officer, Halcyon

Robyn Russell, Director of Programs and Innovation, Universal Access Project, UN Foundation

Jason Saul, Chief Executive Officer, Mission Measurement

Andrew Siwo, Investment Director, Colonial Consulting

Kathleen Tullie, Senior Director of Social Responsibility of and Founder & Executive Director of BOKS, Reebok

Michael Waas, Global Vice President Brand Partnerships, TerraCycle

Day One | Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 am
General Session A: 9:00 – 10:30 am

Meeting global climate change targets: How are we doing?

How can business lead the urgent fight to reduce carbon emissions? Ted Halstead, who launched the Climate Leadership Council along with James A. Baker III, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., and other top business and government leaders, says the answer is carbon dividends, and “the road to climate progress in the United States runs through . . . the business community.” Ryan Costello, Managing Director, Americans for Carbon Dividends (Former Congressman R-PA 6th District), will detail corporate strategies and policy actions that he believes will bypass regulation and pollution at once.

Ryan Costello, Managing Director, Americans for Carbon Dividends (Former Congressman (R-PA 6th District)

Networking Refreshment Break: 10:30 – 11:00 am
General Session B: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you wonder what your sustainability initiatives will cost you, you’re asking the wrong question.

Increasingly, sustainability pays off: in brand strength, in customer satisfaction, and at the bottom line. Guardian Life Insurance has new numbers on customer response to sustainability—response that translates to profit. Global pharmaceutical healthcare company Abbott is creating shared value in India by working with small dairy farms along its supply chain to increase incomes, milk supply, and its own nutrition business and has expanded its shared value work in Rwanda with its Rapid Diagnostics business. And ProjectROI continues to build a roadmap of essential practices for companies that want to follow the leads of companies like Abbott and Guardian.

Mike Carren, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Guardian Life Insurance Company

Jenna Daugherty, Divisional Vice President Global Social Responsibility, Abbott

Steve Rochlin, Program Director, The Conference Board

Andy Siwo, Investment Director, Colonial Consulting

Networking Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
General Session C: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

When it comes to people and the planet, you’re only as good as your worst supplier.

No matter how woke you are at corporate headquarters, if you have suppliers deficient in human rights and environmental practices, you have an issue. Hershey’s is investing in small cocoa farmers while holding them to a code of conduct to help end practices leading to deforestation, thus ultimately protecting the cocoa crop. And the UN Foundation is helping improve the reproductive health of female factory workers to keep them in the labor force.

Robyn Russell, Director of Programs and Innovation, Universal Access Project, UN Foundation

Jeff King, Senior Director Global Sustainability and Social Impact, Hershey’s

Networking Refreshment Break: 3:00 – 3:30 pm
General Session D: 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Measuring societal improvement is even tougher than measuring ROI. But it can be done.

How do companies measure the tangible improvements their CSR initiatives have made? We’ll learn latest practices from some of the best: the nonprofit arm of Salesforce, the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals, and from Premera Blue.

Carolyn Berkowitz, CEO, Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals

Brian Komar, Vice President, Global Impact Engagement, Salesforce.org

Paul Hollie, Lead – Social Impact and Corporate Communications, Premera Blue Cross

 

Day Two | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 – 9:00 am
General Session E: 9:00 – 10:30 am

Investing Impact investing is changing the investment world. And the world.

When companies and institutional investors consider sustainability as well as profit, they are actually harnessing the power of business and equity to improve society and the environment. We will learn how Prudential is investing for financial and social impact. And we will hear from Colonial Consulting about the ways in which sustainability is starting to influence mainstream investor choices.

Tony Berkley, Vice President, Prudential

Ken Gustavsen, Chief of Staff / Strategy Officer, Social Business Innovation, Merck

Networking Break: 10:30 – 11:00 am
General Session F: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The circular economy means new methods—and exciting new products.

Leaders will discuss their innovative cradle-to-cradle models and share lessons learned.  Can a running shoe save the ocean? Maybe not, but Adidas’ UltraBoost shoe, made from plastic ocean debris and other recycled materials, isn’t hurting the company or the environment. Each $200 pair reuses 11 plastic bottles—and sales have been brisk since the shoe’s 2017 debut. We’ll hear more about this sustainability success. And we’ll learn about LOOP—a Trenton, NJ startup that uses the old milkman model to create an environmentally friendly way to purchase, deliver, and re-use everything from shampoo to orange juice in reusable containers.

Kathleen Tullie, Senior Director of Social Responsibility of and Founder & Executive Director of BOKS, Reebok International

Michael Waas, Global Vice President Brand Partnerships, TerraCycle

Networking Luncheon: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
General Session G: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Smartphones to the rescue: Technology in support of human rights.

What if factory workers were issued smart phones with secure VPNs, enabling them to report abuse with impunity and to learn about their rights from a neutral party? Verizon, along with other corporate leaders who are members of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), is looking for tech-based ways to empower workers. Leaders of these initiatives will describe their approaches to using tech to support solutions in labor rights, human trafficking, and other serious human rights issues.

Jim Gowen, Vice President Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Luis Neves, Managing Director and CEO, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Networking Break: 3:00 – 3:15 pm
General Session H: 3:15 – 4:30 pm

How do you measure societal impact? This study did it by using cost per outcome and efficacy rate.

A new pilot study undertaken by The Conference Board and the Impact Genome Project® (IGP) measures the performance of corporate societal investments. Benchmark metrics include efficacy rates and cost per outcome, based on data from 16 companies whose funding contributed to nearly 650 nonprofit programs. The good news: Most nonprofit programs supported by companies in the pilot are effective—or extremely effective. Researchers from the project will discuss this and other findings.

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head of CSR, Moody’s Corporation and President, Moody’s Foundation

Jason Saul, CEO, Mission Measurement

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