NAEM Impact 20 - Sustainability From Aspiration to Operation Conference
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Practical Approaches to Set and Execute Your Sustainability Strategy


This year's agenda was created to equip sustainability professionals with the tools and strategies to get sustainability done within their organization.


Attendees will hear from peers and thought leaders on:


  • How to execute sustainability strategy
  • How to incorporate current trends and macro issues to ensure your sustainability agenda is relevant and timely
  • Pragmatic advice on how to create business value through their sustainability initiatives

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. (EDT)

Opening Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM

11:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. (EDT)

Keynote: The Urgency of Sustainability: Key External Drivers

Business leaders must consider both short- and long-term risks as they chart their sustainability journeys. From climate change to nature loss to global health crises, the landscape of challenges remains complex and everchanging. Furthermore, investors are increasingly interested in how companies are managing long-term risks. Attend this keynote for insights on how CEOs and thought leaders are prioritizing these wide-ranging risks. Come away with a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing external drivers all sustainability leaders should be paying attention to.


  • Will Sarni, Chief Executive Officer & Founder; Water Foundry - Bio

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

2020 Global Events: Exploring the Impacts on Corporate Sustainability

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted sustainability resources and the pace of action. Come to this interactive session to benchmark with peers on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted corporate sustainability efforts and what leaders are doing to get and keep their programs on track.


  • Sharon Basel, Senior Manager, Global Sustainability & ESG; General Motors Co. - Bio
  • Jim Goudreau, Head of Climate; Novartis - Bio

Data Presentation by: Callum Lever, Research Analyst; NAEM - Bio

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)

Break for Lunch

Take a break for lunch and join us back here at 2:00 pm (EDT) for the next session!

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

Sustainability Strategy Execution: How Are You Getting Results?

Now that we have an idea of how to set and sell a sustainability vision, how is it getting executed? This session will explore best practices to get measurable results from sustainability programs. The speakers will explore strategies as companies move from tracking their direct footprint to engaging suppliers and reducing impact to incorporating broader society within their sustainability programs. Each speaker will detail a different phase and share their insights into challenges they faced and the tactics they deployed to get actionable results.


  • Fawn Bergen, Global Sustainability Group Lead; Intel Corp. - Bio
  • Paige Goff, Vice President of Sustainability; Domtar Corp. - Bio
  • James McCall, Senior Director, Global Climate and Supply Chain Sustainability; Procter & Gamble Co. - Bio

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

Sustainability Challenges & Solutions: Facilitated Peer Discussion

Bring your coffee, tea or afternoon snack for a lively discussion and reflections on sustainability solutions and challenges from the day's sessions. This will be a great opportunity to introduce yourself and network with fellow attendees.


Facilitator 1: Amanda Petzinger, Senior Director; Gensuite - Bio

Facilitator 2: Caroline Bigner, Leader; Gensuite - Bio


Sponsored by:

Gensuite: EHS Software Solutions | Health and Safety Management



Wednesday, August 5, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. (EDT)

Day 2 Welcome


  • Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

Keynote: Insights on the Rapidly Evolving Expectations for ESG Disclosure Best Practices

Corporations' goal is to produce thorough, accurate and transparent reports. But how are the standards for good reporting changing? How will reporting look different beyond 2020? Join this session to hear from influential organizations shaping corporate disclosure expectations. Get insights into the changing expectations for transparency and future trends in ESG disclosure.


  • Tim Mohin, Chief Executive; The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Bio

Moderated by: Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc. - President; NAEM - Bio

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EDT)

Break for Lunch

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Buzz Session: How You Are Meeting Your Zero-Waste Goals

Talk with your peers about challenges you've encountered & solutions you've implemented on your journey to zero-waste.


Facilitator 1 : Michelle Redfield, Chief Sustainability Officer; DB3 Restaurant Group - Bio



Buzz Session: Why You Need a Context Based Water Target to Reduce Business Risk

Participate in a discussion surrounding the benefits of context-based water targets and how they can reduce business risk.


Facilitator 1: Monica McBride, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Metrics; The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)



Buzz Session: Key Challenges & Peer Insights in Establishing & Reaching a SBT for GHG

Learn how your peers are progressing towards science-based targets and bring your questions, challenges and successes from working on your own effort.


Facilitator 1: Craig Riley, Director for Sustainability Services; AECOM - Bio

Facilitator 2: Michael Conrardy, GHG and Zero Emissions Technical Practice Group Leader; AECOM Americas - Bio



Sponsored by:

AECOM is the world’s premier infrastructure firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come.



Buzz Session: How 2020 Is Changing the ESG Landscape & Key Performance Metrics

The global events of 2020 have impacted the way we think about corporate sustainability and transparency. Come to this discussion to hear how your peers are adjusting programs and keeping them on track in times of scarce resources.


Facilitator 1: Amanda Petzinger, Senior Director; Gensuite - Bio

Facilitator 2: Caroline Bigner, Leader; Gensuite - Bio



Sponsored by:

Gensuite: EHS Software Solutions | Health and Safety Management

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (EDT)


2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

Spark Session: Why Nature Loss Should Be on Your Corporate Sustainability Agenda

Nature loss, or biodiversity loss, is an element of sustainability that is not at the forefront of every corporate sustainability agenda. However, missing this key area of sustainability poses a risk to business operations. Come to this session to learn more about nature loss, how the business community is impacted and what immediate steps companies can take to respond.


  • Helen Crowley, Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation; Kering SA - Bio
  • Dr. Frank Hawkins, Director; IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) - Bio


Spark Session: Operationalizing Circular Economy: Beyond Zero Waste

Circular economy is an approach that companies can take to contribute to their sustainability initiatives, improve their bottom line and mitigate business risk. Come to this session to learn the benefits of a circular economy, how to evolve your zero-waste program towards a circular economy initiative and what a circular economy really looks like.


  • Felix Böck, Founder & Chief Executive Officer; ChopValue - Bio
  • Jessica Rosen, Sustainability and Circular Economy Strategist; Closed Loop Partners - Bio


Panel: What are Investors Doing with Your ESG Data?

Every company knows the importance of transparency in reporting. However, few sustainability leaders have a deep insight into how investors are analyzing ESG data. Get insights from key leaders in the finance sector on ways ESG data is being used to drive investment decisions.


  • Stu Dalheim, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy; Calvert - Bio
  • Jvan Gaffuri, Director - ESG Benchmarking; S&P Global Inc. - Bio
  • Brian TomlinsonDirector, Research, CEO Investor Forum; CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose) - Bio

Moderator: Alan Kao, Principal; Ramboll - Bio

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)


3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

Closing Keynote: Leveraging the Opportunity of the COVID-19 Crisis to Make Meaningful Progress on Sustainability

The pandemic has driven home the interconnectedness and fragility of our global systems. Because of this, we are experiencing a willingness to make sweeping changes to the way we work and live. This keynote will explore areas where sustainability leaders with a bold vision can leverage this window of opportunity to drive meaningful change.


  • Kevin Moss, Global Director, Center For Sustainable Business; WRI (World Resources Institute) - Bio
3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (EDT)

Closing Remarks


  • Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM


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