Breakout Sessions and Workshops

The BSR Conference 2018 will feature breakout sessions with sustainability experts and leaders from foundations, nonprofits, and governments taking deep dives into the global challenges we face today.


21st-Century Business Strategy

November 8, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

The world is changing rapidly. Climate change which requires greater resilience and low-carbon businesses, the future of work as driven by automation, AI and robots, and the subsequent ethics and human rights questions will have significant implications for business strategy and governance. The solution is not simply to accelerate the integration of sustainability into company strategy. It’s time to adopt a new way of designing business strategy and creating value - with sustainability as a crucial element of its foundation that helps companies navigate the business transformation necessitated by a rapidly changing operating environment. Creating a truly resilient business strategy means understanding the sustainability issues that have converged with the business agenda but also retaining the agility to respond to different future scenarios. Join us to explore the building blocks of 21st-century strategy by learning from companies leading on business transformation.

Session Speakers


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Christopher Wellise

Chief Sustainability Officer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Clare Griffin

Vice President, Trust and Global Health
GSK

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Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen

Senior Vice President
BSR
(Moderator)


Bold Business Commitments to a Just Transition

November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

This September, the business community took center stage at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, with many companies announcing ambitious new commitments to reinforce and enhance their contributions to scaling up climate action and ensuring that it is inclusive. A “just transition” has two parts: first, managing the impacts on workers and communities of the transition away from high carbon industries and sectors; and second, making sure that climate action both improves existing jobs and creates new, good jobs in low- or zero-carbon sectors. The just transition, which is included in the Paris Agreement, was a critical theme of the Global Climate Action Summit and will be central to COP 24 in Poland. This session will showcase real-life business examples of just transition and inclusive climate action.

Session Speakers


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Emily Hickson

Senior Manager, Net-Zero by 2050
The B Team

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Kate Gordon

Fellow
Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy

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Virginia Dundas

Lead Sustainability Advisor
Ørsted

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Kelly Gallo

Manager
BSR
(Moderator)


Climate-Related Financial Disclosures: Understanding the TCFD Recommendations

November 7, 2018, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

For many investors, climate change poses significant challenges and opportunities. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), led by Mike Bloomberg and Mark Carney, has developed voluntary and consistent climate-related financial disclosures useful to investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters for understanding material risks. But how should a company put them into practice? We will cover the essential elements of implementing the TCFD recommendations, from integrating climate change into risk management to developing climate-resilient strategies through scenario analysis.

Session Speakers


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Didem A. Nisanci

Global Head, Public Policy
Bloomberg

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Greg Kandankulam

Senior Manager, Sustainability
NRG

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Michael Rubio

General Manager, ESG Engagement
Chevron

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Giulio Berruti

Associate Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Climate’s Impact on Upstream Supply Chains

November 7, 2018, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Upstream supply chains are increasingly being impacted by climate change. Hear from senior procurement and business executives who will share their experiences addressing this challenge and their perspectives on how businesses can incorporate climate resilience into their supply chains in the future. The discussion will explore how to engage core business functions on this topic and what can be done to actively address it, both inside a company and through partnership with suppliers and other stakeholders.

Session Speakers


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Guy Morgan

Global Director, CSR
Chanel

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Johanna Hagelberg

Executive Vice President, Sourcing and Logistics
Stora Enso

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Kevin Rabinovitch

Global Vice President Sustainability and Chief Climate Officer
Mars

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Eric Olson

Senior Vice President
BSR
(Moderator)


Collaborating to Combat Human Trafficking

November 8, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Human trafficking is one of the most complex challenges of our time. It exists in virtually every supply chain, and yet remains frustratingly hidden, difficult to understand, and even more difficult to manage. This panel will explore the benefits of collaborating to combat human trafficking among business, civil society, and government. Collaboration on such a complex issue will allow us to further understand and eventually end human trafficking and modern slavery.

Session Speakers


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Anna Patrick Fraser

Public Affairs Specialist, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
U.S. Department of State

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Mariam Bhacker

Project Manager
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

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Philip Vaughn

Government Relations
Fluor

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Peter Nestor

Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Demystifying Innovative Finance

November 7, 2018, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm

Green bonds, social bonds, impact funds, sustainable loans: Global companies are using innovative methods to fund sustainable projects, both within and outside their companies. But there are several big questions that can keep well-intentioned practitioners from exploring these strategies: How do they work? Have they been successful at achieving business objectives and sustainability impacts? What conditions are needed to set them up? This session will demystify these innovative finance vehicles with real-life examples of what they can look like and what they can accomplish.

Session Speakers


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Alexander Sloan

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Communications
Tides Foundation

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Dolph Habeck

Head of Sustainability and Green Bond Syndicate
Morgan Stanley

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Mark Allen

Director, Strategic Partnerships
Merck for Mothers

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Will Center

Director, International Funding Organizations
Philips North America

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Charlotte Bancilhon

Manager
BSR
(Moderator)


Empowering Workers through Technology

November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

With the proliferation of mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets across the developing world, mobile technology offers new ways to engage and support workers in global supply chains. Whether through learning apps to improve knowledge and skills or through mobile-based surveys and announcements to inform workers on key issues, technology is increasingly present in factories and farms and in the hands of workers. Join us to explore emerging trends in technology-based support for workers in supply chains and hear insights from companies and technology experts on how to measure the effectiveness and impact of various tools in this dynamic space.

Session Speakers


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Dan Viederman

Managing Director
Humanity United

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Eric Austermann

Vice President, Social and Environmental Responsibility
Jabil

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Laura Rainier

General Manager, Sustainability
Li & Fung

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Lauren Shields

Manager
BSR
(Moderator)


Everyone’s an Activist

November 7, 2018, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Many large companies engage a spectrum of stakeholders on sustainability. However, the stakeholder landscape, like so many aspects of modern business, is being disrupted by social media and technology. The democratization of stakeholder engagement means that a single individual can at times have more influence than a well-coordinated NGO campaign. Using big data tools, we will explore the origins of stakeholder campaigns and identify who has influence and who has expertise. Real-time stakeholder mapping will challenge participants’ expectations of trends and inform an open discussion about how stakeholder engagement models should change.

Session Speakers


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Ariel Meyerstein

Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability
Citi

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Michael McCaffrey

Global Leader, Strategy & Insights, Global Corporate Affairs
Johnson & Johnson

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Yasmin Crowther

Vice President, Strategic Projects, Sustainability and Citizenship
Polecat

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Laura Gitman

Senior Vice President
BSR
(Moderator)


How to Become a Change Agent

November 8, 2018, 10:15 am-11:15 am

Sustainability practitioners need to be change managers. Understanding and driving organizational change is the single most important skill set for these teams today, as organizations adapt to a disruptive world where sustainability issues are increasingly core to business decision-making. Learn how sustainability teams can move beyond a “whatever works” mindset and be smart and focused about working with other important functions in the organization—such as legal, human resources, marketing, and government affairs—to pursue transformational change that drives mutual benefit.

Session Speakers


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Jim Massey

Global Vice President, Sustainability
AstraZeneca

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Kristina Kloberdanz

Chief Sustainability Officer
MasterCard

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Nancy Mahon

Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability
Esteé Lauder

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Alison Taylor

Managing Director, Sustainability Management
BSR
(Moderator)


Innovation through Gender-Centered Design Thinking

November 7, 2018, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Embedding gender into business development and product design processes unlocks substantial market opportunities. Specialists will hold a lively conversation to shine the spotlight on why incorporating women’s unique needs, desires, challenges, and constraints in the design of products and services can drive innovation, shift gender stereotypes—both inside companies and in society—and open up new market opportunities. Participate in a live gender-centered design thinking challenge to put your insights to work to overcome a real business or social issue.

Session Speakers


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Eric Ostern

Director, Global Partnerships and Advocacy
Unilever

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Garance Wattez-Richard

Head of Emerging Customers
AXA

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Jessica Hyman

Head, Strategy and Operations, People Team
Atlassian

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Alisa Ahmadian

Partnerships Lead
IDEO
(Moderator)

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Chhavi Ghuliani

Associate Director
BSR
(Moderator)

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Luisa Covaria

Director, Strategy and Design
OpenIDEO
(Moderator)


It’s Time to Take a Stand on Social Issues

November 8, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

We are in an era of “CEO activism,” with surveys showing that 64 percent of consumers want CEOs to lead on social change without waiting for governments to impose it, and 84 percent expect them to inform conversations and policy debates. But taking a stand on social and environmental issues can be risky in a divisive political environment and it can leave companies feeling that they have lost control of the narrative and are at the beck and call of activists. Case study perspectives will reveal how companies can develop a coherent, focused approach to issues management that is aligned with company values and messaging.

Session Speakers


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Ashwani Chowdary

Senior Vice President, ESG
Bank of America

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Tyler Spalding

Director, Corporate Affairs
PayPal

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Jorgette Mariñez

Director, Consumer Sectors
BSR
(Moderator)


Let’s Talk about Blockchain

November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Blockchain is not just hype—there are some truly inspired applications and use cases out there for this new technology to solve social and environmental challenges in global supply chains. Experts will give an overall explanation of how blockchain technology works and why collaboration is an important aspect of its deployment; they will then dive into case studies of how it is being applied to solve global challenges. Participants will collectively workshop these emerging blockchain applications and develop plans to maximize their scale and impact to improve global supply chains.

Session Speakers


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Leanne Kemp

CEO
Everledger

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Ryan Taylor

Founder, CEO
Consensas

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Michael Rohwer

Associate Director, Information and Communications Technology
BSR
(Moderator)

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Tara Norton

Managing Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Making the Business Case for Good Jobs

November 7, 2018, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Bad jobs are not just bad for workers and society, they are bad for companies. They are characterized by high employee turnover and absenteeism, poor customer service which leads to reduced sales, and higher costs due to operational problems such as inventory shrinkage or inaccuracies. Join BSR and MIT’s Good Jobs Institute to learn about how your company can implement a ‘Good Jobs’ strategy. Through this interactive workshop, you will have the opportunity to make the business case for jobs with decent wages, predictable hours, sufficient training, and opportunities for growth. Through case examples and interaction with new diagnostic tools, you will learn how good jobs strategies create long-term value for employees, customers, and investors.

Session Speakers


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Sarah Kalloch

Executive Director
Good Jobs Institute

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Sara Enright

Associate Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Our Future Leaders: Engaging Millennials and Gen Z

November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

You’ve read the statistics: You know that millennials and Gen Z buy products that align with their values, and they demand jobs with purpose. Are you interested in reaching these rapidly expanding consumer groups with your products? Do you want to engage these growing employee populations in your company’s sustainability efforts, but you’re not sure where to start? Hear from millennial sustainability leaders about what motivates them in their professions and purchasing decisions. They’ll share perspectives on what they see as the future of business and discuss how your company can take an innovative approach to engaging this increasingly influential demographic.

Session Speakers


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Erik Hansen

Senior Sustainability Manager
Workday

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Hiram Lopez-Landin

Senior Analyst
Qualcomm

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Nikita T. Mitchell

Founder
Above the Bottom Line

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Elisabeth Best

Manager, Communications and Marketing
BSR
(Moderator)


Power Imbalances: What Have We Learned from #MeToo?

November 7, 2018, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm

The #MeToo movement has had far-reaching implications for women and workplaces globally. The volume and breadth of incidents raise real questions about our progress toward workplace gender equality. In response, some companies have taken this moment to re-examine their approach to workplace harassment and women’s empowerment, from establishing new policies to engaging employees in difficult conversations. Hear about these solutions and challenges and examine what we have learned from this defining moment, as well as what we still need to address to realize wider-reaching, more systemic changes to workplaces that will help us reach gender equality.

Session Speakers


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Adama Iwu

Vice President, State and Community Relations
Visa

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Maya Raghu

Director, Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel
National Women's Law Center

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Sharon K. Basel

Senior Manager, Sustainability
General Motors

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Aditi Mohapatra

Director, Women’s Empowerment
BSR
(Moderator)


Racial Justice: A Blindspot for Sustainable Business

November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Over the past year, many companies have been forced to take public positions on racial injustice to address offensive comments from their employees, racially insensitive products, and public policy efforts that seem at odds with a company’s ‘diversity and inclusion’ programs. This all points to a new reality where companies need to take a holistic view of racial equality and its intersections with business. What is less clear is whether companies understand their role in this challenging space. There are strategies beyond the workplace that companies can use to help shape a more equal society, which include reconsidering government affairs and lobbying efforts, product and service development, procurement practices, and community engagement approaches. Join this candid conversation, which will feature business leaders who have taken meaningful action against hate, bigotry, and discrimination within their companies and in the communities they serve. This session will also take a critical look inward at the urgent need to increase diversity and racial justice awareness within our own sustainable business community.

Session Speakers


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Jeff Furman

Chairman, Board of Directors
Ben & Jerry's

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Lakshmi Iyer

Associate Director
FSG

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Molly Q. Ford

Senior Director, Global Equality Programs
Salesforce

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Aditi Mohapatra

Director, Women’s Empowerment
BSR
(Moderator)


Remedying Human Rights Abuses

November 7, 2018, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm

What is a company’s responsibility for providing remedy to victims of sexual harassment from a human rights perspective? Or for addressing the consequences of poor working conditions in its supply chain? Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, companies are required to remedy abuses which they have caused or to which they have contributed; however, developing grievance mechanisms that are robust and capable of providing effective remedy may be difficult, especially in cases where formal judicial mechanisms are corrupt or poorly resourced. Examine the grievance mechanisms developed by companies across sectors and the strengths and weaknesses in their implementation when abuses have been identified.

Session Speakers


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Alexandra Guáqueta

Global Practice Leader, External Affairs and Communities
Rio Tinto

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John G. Ruggie

Berthold Beitz Professor, Human Rights and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School

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Jonathan Drimmer

Chief Compliance Officer, Deputy General Counsel
Barrick Gold

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Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights
BSR
(Moderator)


Responsible Sourcing for Economic Inclusion

November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Leading companies are no longer simply using sustainable procurement to mitigate risk: They are using it to maximize opportunities and generate business benefits and lasting social impact. Take a comprehensive look at different procurement practices that seek to create economic inclusion and positive social impacts, including integrating poor and vulnerable populations into the workforce across global supply chains. Participants will learn about forward-looking trends in supplier diversity, impact sourcing, and responsible sourcing.

Session Speakers


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Fernando Hernandez

Director, Supplier Diversity and Sustainability
Microsoft

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Jocelyn Azada

Director, Supply Chain Sustainability and Supplier Diversity
Nielsen

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Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen

Senior Vice President
BSR
(Moderator)


Scenario Planning for Strategic Resilience: A Hands-On Workshop

November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

The context for business is being rapidly disrupted by emerging technologies, geopolitical volatility, changing social attitudes, nascent climate disruption, and heightened expectations from stakeholders, among other complex changes. Thriving amidst this turbulence will require the creation of more resilient business strategies, with sustainability at their core. This highly interactive session will introduce participants to scenario planning and show how it can be a powerful tool to engage with disruptive future possibilities and to enhance strategic resilience.

Session Speakers


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Jacob Park

Director, Sustainable Futures Lab
BSR


Shareholder Resolutions: Investor Activism and Corporate Reactivism

November 8, 2018, 10:15 am-11:15 am

Increasingly, investors are using shareholder resolutions to encourage companies to address sustainability issues. In 2017, more than 40 percent of all shareholder proposals to large companies were on environmental and social issues. While most of these do not obtain a majority of shareholders’ approval, they often create awareness of possible areas for improvement in a company’s sustainability performance. Companies manage these shareholder resolutions in many different ways: complying without a formal vote, engaging the shareholder on mutually acceptable paths forward, or challenging the resolutions. Explore the pros and cons of these varying strategies—dive into the role of an investor and learn best practice tips from experts on all sides of the table on how to effectively manage shareholder resolutions at your company.

Session Speakers


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Andrew Aulisi

Senior Director, Global Environmental Policy
PepsiCo

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Brian V. Breheny

Partner, SEC Reporting and Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Corporate Governance
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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Liz Gordon

Executive Director, Corporate Governance
New York State Common Retirement Fund

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John Hodges

Managing Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Sustainability Reporting: What Your Audience Really Thinks

November 8, 2018, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

What do sustainability report users really think about sustainability reporting today? This much-needed conversation will bring together three major users of sustainability disclosures—a civil society organization, a customer, and a policy influencer—to share what they find most decision-useful in sustainability reports today and help you design a more effective reporting strategy. They will also answer important questions about what decisions they make after reading reports, which reporting frameworks they find most useful, and where they would like to see the field head in the coming decade.

Session Speakers


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Elizabeth Jardim

Senior Corporate Campaigner
Greenpeace

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Eric Fernald

Director, Issuer Relations
Sustainalytics

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Lina M. Azuero

Corporate Sustainability Strategist
Dell

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David Korngold

Associate Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Tackling Plastic Head On

November 8, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

The awareness of and science behind the impact of plastic waste on the environment and human health is growing exponentially. With that comes scrutiny and pressure on the businesses that buy, package, and sell products using this versatile and economical material. Despite the array of interventions at the local, national, and regional levels to stem the flow of plastic waste, it continues to pollute our environment at an unprecedented rate. Can we achieve better oversight of how this multifaceted and multistakeholder issue interplays globally? How do we transform theory into actions and outcomes at scale? Join us to hear how collaborative approaches can accelerate change through shared responsibility, resources, knowledge, and committed action.

Session Speakers


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Ben R. Jordan

Senior Director, Environmental Policy
The Coca Cola Company

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Debora Fillis Ryba

Manager, Sustainable Development
Danone

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Berkley Rothmeier

Manager
BSR
(Moderator)


Tapping into the Potential of the Longevity Economy

November 8, 2018, 10:15 am-11:15 am

While an aging population presents challenges, such as increased healthcare expenditure and requirements for accessible infrastructure, a cohort of healthier, wealthier, and more active older adults is growing rapidly. As empowered consumers, they offer substantial returns for companies in health, technology, financial services, and other industries. As productive workers, they represent an emerging human capital resource for forward-thinking employers. Peer into the exciting potential of the longevity economy and what it means for the private sector.

Session Speakers


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Byron Austin

Director, Social Impact & Responsibility
Teva

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Hamlin Metzger

Director, Corporate Responsibility
Best Buy

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Roman Smith

Director, Community Investment and Social Innovation
AT&T

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Cecile Oger

Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Techlash Beyond Tech

November 8, 2018, 10:15 am-11:15 am

This past year, technology companies went from “hero to zero” in the blink of an eye. Once seen as an energy and climate solution and great connector and defender of human rights, the tech sector is now perceived by many as too big, anticompetitive, and destructive to institutions. However, innovation remains fundamental to building a just and sustainable world. How can we ensure the lessons of trust from “techlash” are integrated into the future of responsible innovation in companies outside of the tech sector? Although the issues seem obvious looking back now, what should companies have known and done to avoid the “techlash?” Explore how companies in all sectors can learn from the swift change in public opinion and glean lessons from this moment to better embed sustainability into new business models.

Session Speakers


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Cheryl Heinonen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Macy's

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David Raper

Director, Corporate Citizenship Global Markets
IBM

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John Wilson

Head of Research and Corporate Governance
Cornerstone Capital

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Michael Rohwer

Associate Director, Information and Communications Technology
BSR
(Moderator)


The Future of Retail: What to Expect, How to Prepare

November 7, 2018, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

The retail landscape is changing dramatically, affecting product manufacturers and retailers both across the functions of their business and in the wider communities they serve. New technology is remaking the face of retail, and ubiquitous devices and powerful artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling hyper-personalized customer-brand interactions. This two-part, hands-on workshop will explore how the retail landscape might evolve in the next decade. Retail and e-commerce leaders will share their perspectives on industry evolutions, and participants will delve into trends such as AI, the shift toward experiences and services, global trade, and geopolitics. Participants will also address the implications of these trends for business and civil society and identify how they can affect corporate and sustainability strategies going forward.

Session Speakers


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Cecilia Tiblad Berntsson

Social Sustainability Manager
H&M

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Elisa Niemtzow

Managing Director
BSR
(Moderator)

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Jacob Park

Director, Sustainable Futures Lab
BSR
(Moderator)


The Future of Supply Chain Transparency

November 8, 2018, 10:15 am-11:15 am

What does supply chain transparency look like over the next decade? When more than two billion people in the world own a smartphone, information production is increasingly democratized in real time. How should companies think about what information to collect and what to share about their supply chains? Investigate promising developments in accelerating supply chain transparency in ways that are more collaborative, less resource-intensive, and more decision-useful. Hear from funders catalyzing the new supply chain transparency landscape, NGOs partnering to make supply chain information open source, and companies implementing practical and impactful approaches.

Session Speakers


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Ivanka Mamic

Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing
Target

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Kate Logan

Green Choice Outreach Director
IPE

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Leslie Johnston

Executive Director
C&A Foundation

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Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia-Pacific
BSR
(Moderator)


The Human Rights Approach to Artificial Intelligence

November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as those relating to healthcare, education, transportation, and criminal justice. AI also brings new human rights risks as diverse as non-discrimination, privacy, child rights, security, freedom of expression, and access to public services. The swift development of AI raises many new challenges for human rights, such as how to undertake human rights due diligence for complex technologies and how to address the massive uncertainty in how AI will evolve. Delve into the debate around designing a new generation of human rights due diligence methods that enable the integration of human rights into company decision-making about AI across all industries.

Session Speakers


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Alexandria Walden

Counsel, Free Expression & Human Rights
Google

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Mark Hodge

Independent Advisor in Business and Human Rights

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Moira Oliver

Chief Counsel and Head of Policy
BT

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Hannah Darnton

Manager
BSR
(Moderator)


Upskilling Workers for the Age of Automation

November 8, 2018, 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Automation and artificial intelligence are projected to cause wide-scale changes to jobs worldwide; these changes will require new skill sets for the individuals in affected roles beyond those they currently possess. Companies at the forefront of this shift are investing in their workforces and suppliers to prepare for the future of work. Join us for a crucial conversation exploring how to pilot new technologies, select individuals for upskilling and train them, and partner with educational institutions to ensure equal opportunity to develop the job skills of the future.

Session Speakers


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Andrew Moose

Head of Retail, Consumer Goods and Lifestyle Industries
World Economic Forum

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Maria Sepulveda

Director, Sustainability
Flex

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Mary de Wysocki

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs Strategy and Global Problem Solving Initiative
Cisco

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Sara Enright

Associate Director
BSR
(Moderator)


Win, Win, Win: The Sustainable Supply Chain Finance Opportunity

November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

There’s a new mechanism in town to drive sustainability in your supply chain: activating ESG supply chain finance programs. We will showcase specific examples of successful programs and the impacts they have achieved in this panel. Find out how these programs work, what the critical success factors are that make them work; and how new technologies, including blockchain, are making these programs easier to implement and more desirable. The session will conclude with an exploration into innovative new opportunities to incentivize suppliers with better financing for sector-wide collaboration.

Session Speakers


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Leora Klapper

Lead Economist
World Bank

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Michael Kobori

Vice President, Sustainability
Levi Strauss & Co.

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Suresh Subramanian

Head Trade and Treasury Solutions Americas
BNP Paribas

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Tara Norton

Managing Director
BSR
(Moderator)


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