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Key Practice Area - Global EHS - Supply Chain Strategies
Key Practice Area: Global EHS

2011 EHS Forum - Supply Chain Strategies

Dec. 2011

Companies today are increasingly expected to manage the environment, health and safety impacts of their products and supply chains. Gain strategies for meeting the growing demand for full life cycle management.


NAEM’s 2011 EHS Management Forum conference highlighted the strategies companies are using to manage environment, health and safety impacts across the global supply chain. In this section you will find:

Agenda: View session descriptions

Speaker Bios: See a list of speakers and read their bios.

Videos: Watch interviews with experts on:

  • Patagonia’s Common Threads: An Unconventional Lifecycle Management Approach
  • Managing Today for a Resource-Constrained Future
  • Intel’s Approach to Managing Conflict Minerals
  • TS Designs: Creating Local Jobs through a Sustainable Business Model

Q&A: Read an interview on Eco Labels with Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability & Authenticity for Seventh Generation Inc.

Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM’s 2011 EHS Management Forum:

  • Creating Management Systems to Meet REACH, RoHS and Other Product Regulations
  • Managing Customer Requests for Sensitive Business Information
  • Leveraging Eco Labels and Prodcut Certifications to Drive Business Value
  • Beyond Surveys: Supplier Capacity Building
  • Maximizing the Business Value of Life Cycle Assessments
  • Emerging Supply Chain Issue: Conflict Minerals

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Tracking Product Content to meet REACH and RoHS Requirements
A varied set of regulatory requirements and the need for large amounts of data from suppliers require companies to put a management system in place to comply with current and emerging product regulations. This session will examine how companies are creating processes and systems to manage and track this critical information. It will also address questions such as, "What does a management system for this process look like?" "How do you determine what to ask your suppliers for?" "Who is responsible for managing the process and where do the resources come from?" and "Are there software tools on the market that effectively support a company’s data management needs? Attendees will leave the session with ideas for advancing their own efforts and with an understanding of the challenges and solutions their peers have implemented.

  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Manager, EHS Global Technical Operations, Allergan Inc.
  • Mike Miller, Global Director of Risk Management & EHS; Apex Tools Group LLC
  • Karen Yeadon, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety; Emerson Process Management, Rosemont Inc.

Moderator: Rob Currie, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare

Intellectual Property vs. Transparency: Managing Customer Requests for Sensitive Business Information
How do you manage customer requests for sensitive business information? Often requests for product content encroach on confidential product recipes or restricted business information. Attendees will hear how companies have addressed this conflict and what practices are emerging to address the need to balance transparency with legitimate confidentiality issues. From sharing information about products already on the shelves to responding to customer requests, this session will offer strategies and insights on how to handle this delicate challenge and provide an update on the latest efforts to address this issue in a standardized way.

  • Marian Balster, Director of Environmental Management; Olam Spices & Vegetables Ingredients
  • Stacey Winter, Global Director Environment, Health & Safety; Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Keith Littlejohns, Americas Account Manager; Carbon Disclosure Project

Moderator: Rose Shaver, LEED-AP, Manager, Client Development; Summit Energy

Leveraging Eco Labels and Product Certifications to Drive Business Value
Green product certifications and labels continue to proliferate but do they really give companies a competitive edge with customers? Which certifications or labels are the best? In addition to these questions, this session will offer insight into the latest changes and enforcement efforts related to the federal trade commission's Green Guidelines and emerging trends EHS&S managers should be aware of in green product labeling.

  • Scot Case, Director, Market Development; UL Environment
  • Christopher Cole, Partner; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Martin H. Wolf, Director, Product Sustainability & Authenticity; Seventh Generation Inc.

Moderator: Denise Molzahn, Environmental Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

Supplier Capacity Building
Beyond basic EHS supplier audits, how are companies engaging their key suppliers and collaborating with them on EHS&S improvements, from material reduction to improved H&S practices? This session will feature examples of how companies are now conducting supplier trainings and other such ‘beyond audit' collaborative approaches and offer insights into the value this is delivering back to the business.

  • Jim Lime, Vice President, EHS; ConAgra Foods Inc.
  • Mariam Georgaroudakis, SCM Commodity Manager; Raytheon Co.

Moderator: Dick Pastor, Vice President; Shaw Environmental

Life Cycle Assessments: Maximizing Business Value
Life cycle assessments (LCAs) illuminate complex supply chains, cradle-to-cradle impacts, and are powerful tools for learning more about a company's products. And the better the process for the LCA, the greater the benefits. This session will teach attendees how leading companies are maximizing the business value of their LCAs - including improved sourcing, sharper marketing messages, and creating engaging stories for customers. This interactive session will include B2B and consumer-facing perspectives and address how companies can manage LCAs from a product design and development perspective.

  • Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager; EMD Millipore
  • Tetsuya O' Hara, Director of Advanced Research and Development; Patagonia Inc.
  • Martin H. Wolf, Director, Product Sustainability & Authenticity; Seventh Generation Inc.

Moderator: Steve Walker, Manager, Environmental Sustainability Burt's Bees

Emerging Supply Chain Issue: Conflict Minerals
In July of 2010 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed the Conflict Minerals Law as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This rule contains new reporting and disclosure requirements for materials contained in products, as well as due diligence, audit and certification requirements. What does this law mean for companies? Attendees will learn about the potential impacts this law will have on industry and how EHS managers are ensuring compliance with it.

  • Gary Niekerk, Director, Global Citizenship; Intel Corp.
  • Monique Oxender, Global Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability; Ford Motor Co.
  • Andrew O'Donovan, General Manager; Cabot Corp.

Moderator: Mark Williams, Manager of Environmental Services; American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

Speaker Bios

Sulaiman Hamidi, Manager, EHS Global Technical Operations; Allergan Inc.
Sulaiman Hamidi has more than 17 years of experience developing, implementing and auditing environmental, health and safety programs in the pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. He currently leads Allergan's corporate health and safety, EHS Information Systems, and sustainability reporting functions. As a part of his current role, Mr. Hamidi works closely with research and development, sales and manufacturing functions to assess the EHS impact of products. He also helps manage customer inquires around integration of sustainability initiatives within Allergan.

Before joining the company, he led EHS programs at Watson Pharmaceuticals, and Baxter Healthcare. Mr. Hamidi is a Certified Safety Professions (CSP), and Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM). He has a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine.

Mike Miller, Global Director of Risk Management & EHS; Apex Tools Group LLC
Since July 2010, Michael Miller has been Global Director, Risk Management for Apex Tool Group LLC, the largest worldwide producer of industrial hand and power tools, with 7500 global employees spread over locations in 30 countries. Prior to his role at ATG, Mr. Miller was Global Director of EHS for Danaher's Tools and Components Segment, where he led the implementation and execution of a global EHS program aligned with lean manufacturing.

Previously, Mike has held positions of increasing responsibility in EHS at Textron and Texas Instruments. He has a degree from Clark University in Environmental Science and Policy and has done graduate work at Clark University, Columbia University and Bryant University.

Karen Yeadon, Manager, Environment, Health & Safety; Emerson Process Management, Rosemont Inc.
Karen Yeadon is Manager of Environment, Health and Safety for Rosemount Inc. During her 25 years in the EHS field, Ms. Yeadon has held a variety of positions in the private and public sectors. In her current position, which she has held for 11 years, her responsibilities include managing programs for Rosemount's 17 manufacturing locations on four continents. Her role has expanded in recent years to include global regulations and directives, and targeting the substances used in the production of finished goods.

Ms. Yeadon has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota's Technological Leadership Institute.

Stacey Winter, Global Director Environment, Health & Safety; Hewlett-Packard Co.
As Director of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Global EHS Team, Stacey Winter focuses on ensuring his organization meets regulatory EHS standards while providing the most cost effective organizational model for the company. He has worldwide responsibility for the staff and programs that ensure the safety and health of HP employees, facilities, assets and the company's reputation.

Mr. Winter joined HP in 1982, and also worked for several years at the corporate headquarters of Compaq Computer Corp., starting in 1990 and returning to HP prior to the merger of HP and Compaq.

He has been certified as a Board Certified Safety Professional as well as a Lead Auditor of Environmental Management Systems (ISO14001). His responsibilities have ranged from acting as a site EHS specialist, to managing Human Resource functions, leading Facilities activities, managing Security for the Americas, conducting EHS audits across the globe to now serving as the Global Director of EHS.

Mr. Winter has represented HP at several international conferences, presenting on current trends in EHS management practices. He has a degree in Environmental, Safety and Health.

Keith Littlejohns, Americas Account Manager; Carbon Disclosure Project
Keith Littlejohns serves as Senior Account Manager of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) "Supply Chain" program and is also responsible for managing the organization's partnership with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. This includes facilitating CDP Supply Chain members' supplier engagement strategies, leading program expansion in the US, and supporting Walmart's supply chain GHG reduction goals. Previously, Keith worked in the investment management industry, most recently at BlackRock in New York.

Scot Case, Director, Market Development; UL Environment
Scot Case is an internationally recognized expert with more than 16 years of professional experience in sustainable business strategy development, responsible purchasing, green supply chains and environmental marketing. As Vice President of TerraChoice, Mr. Case helps connect retailers and consumers seeking environmentally and socially responsible products with the manufacturers supplying them.

He recently testified before the U.S. Congress on green marketing issues, and has consulted with a variety of organizations around the world, including the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive; Wal-Mart; the World Bank; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In 2002, Mr. Case helped launch the North American Green Purchasing Initiative (NAGPI), a network of organizations working to accelerate the demand for safer, more environmentally preferable products. In 2005, he launched the Responsible Purchasing Network, a group of influential purchasers using their purchasing power to buy better goods and services. He is also a founding board member of the International Green Purchasing Network.

He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Tech.

Christopher Cole, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; LLP
A partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Manatt, Phels & Phillips, LLC, Chris Cole is a nationally recognized commercial litigator. His case load includes false advertising, unfair competition and trade regulation, commercial matters, libel and disparagement, brand protection, and defense of government enforcement proceedings.

Mr. Cole advises clients on the development, substantiation, approval and defense of advertising and labeling claims - particularly claims of a technical nature. He regularly defends advertisers in proceedings before the National Advertising Division (NAD), and frequently represents companies that require overlapping and multifaceted solutions, not only in court or at the NAD, but also before federal regulatory agencies such as the FTC, FDA and EPA.

He has a bachelor's degree in Biology from Yale, a master's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Miami, and a law degree from Boston University.

Martin Wolf, Director, Product Sustainability & Authenticity; Seventh Generation Inc.
Martin Wolf is responsible for assuring the sustainable design of products at Seventh Generation Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of ecological household and personal care products.

He brings more than 40 years of experience in industrial and environmental chemistry to his work, starting with environmental fate and metabolism studies for agricultural chemicals, followed by studies of the occurrence of hazardous chemicals in the environment, conducting life cycle studies of industrial processes, and designing more sustainable household cleaning products.

During his tenure at Seventh Generation, Mr. Wolf has developed frameworks for environmental product design; helped educate his coworkers, customers, and consumers about the environmental impacts of consumer products and the industries that produce them; successfully lobbied for passage of phosphate bans in a number of states; and brought change to the cleaning products industry through more sustainable product designs.

In addition to his work for Seventh Generation, he served as the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee (2009-2011), as Vice Chair of the Sustainability Committee, and as Vice Chair of the Asthma Task Group, of the American Cleaning Institute (formerly the Soap & Detergent Association).

Martin received a 2010 EPA Environmental Merit Award for his work. Martin holds a master's degree in Chemistry from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

James Lime, Vice President, EHS; ConAgra Foods Inc.
James Lime is Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety for ConAgra Foods Inc., where he is responsible for the EHS vision, strategy and policy deployment. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Lime was Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety for Pfizer Inc. based in New York City. Prior to Pfizer, Jim was VP, EHS for the Warner Lambert Co.

He also worked for J.M. Huber Corp. as Vice President, Corporation Purchasing and Transportation and for Colgate-Palmolive Corp. as Manager of Raw Materials Purchasing. Mr. Lime began his industrial career with Westvaco Corp, where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, finance and purchasing.

He has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rutgers College, an M.S. in Forest Management from the State University of New York at Syracuse and an M.S. in Pollution Prevention and Remediation from Rutgers Cook College.

Mariam Georgaroudakis, SCM Commodity Manager; Raytheon Co.
Mariam Georgaroudakis is responsible for sourcing and managing supplier relationships supporting Facility Services Agreements at Raytheon Co. The Facility Services Agreement portfolio includes: Chemical Management Services, Food Services, Resource Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Security Services, Furniture and Janitorial Services.

She has worked for Raytheon for 28 years and within Corporate Supply Chain for the past eight years. Her cross-function business experience in Production, Manufacturing, Program Finance, Internal Audit, and Business Development have provided her with a solid background with which to understand internal stakeholder requirements as she leads strategic sourcing opportunities for the company.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree from American International College and an Master of Science degree from Boston University.

Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager; EMD Millipore
As the Global Sustainability Programs Manager for EMD Millipore, Johanna Jobin leads the company's divisional sustainability efforts. Her responsibilities include managing the company's greenhouse gas inventory and carbon accounting systems, 'Design for Sustainability', stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting activities. Ms. Jobin also supports the Merck Group's Corporate Responsibility activities.

She is currently leading the company's product sustainability strategy and branding; supporting the development of opportunities for reducing life cycle environmental impacts for customers; and sustainable packaging improvements.

Prior to joining the former Millipore Corp. in 2008, Ms. Jobin served as a Management Consultant, working with public and private sector clients in developing and implementing environment, health and safety (EHS), and sustainability management systems.

She earned a master's in Environmental Management and a certificate in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and is also an ISO 14001 trained auditor. She is currently President of the New England Chapter of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), Social Media Liaison for the NAEM Emerging Leaders Group, and Chairwoman of the Programs Committee of the Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP).

Tetsuya O’Hara, Director of Advanced R&D; Patagonia Inc. and Professor of Environmental Entrepreneurship; Pepperdine University
Tetsuya O'Hara is the program founder of the Environmental Entrepreneurship Development and a member of the board of visitors at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is also the Director of Advanced Research and Development for Patagonia, Inc., where he manages the advanced product design; new business concepts and new technologies for the products.

Mr. O'Hara began his career at Teijin Limited, a multinational chemical company in Osaka, Japan, where he was in charge of sailcloth from 1985 until 1995, and contributed to the America's Cup as an official sailcloth supplier. In 1996, he moved his family to Connecticut to work for Dimension Polyant Sailcloth, Inc., where he developed new materials, including polyester-laminated fabric for NASA's environmental research balloon.

The United States Patent Office approved his scientific inventions and granted him patents in January 2000, July 2008, June 2010, and August 2011.

He has a bachelor's degree in economics from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and a MBA from Pepperdine University. He also completed the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Andrew O’Donovan, General Manager; Cabot Corp.
Andrew O'Donovan is General Manager of Cabot Supermatels, a Boston-based processor of tantalum and niobium products for the electronics and other industries. Through its Pennsylvania and Japanese manufacturing plants, Cabot Supermetals processes tantalum ore into a raw material used primarily in tantalum capacitor and semiconductor products. In 2010, the company was the first metal processor to be audited and declared "conflict-free" by the EICC/GeSI organized smelter validation program.

Mr. O’Donovan has more than 16 years of experience in various parts of the electronics supply chain and is an active member of the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) Extractives Committee.

He is a business graduate of University College Cork and University College Dublin in Ireland.

Gary Niekerk, Director, Global Citizenship; Intel Corp.
Gary Niekerk has spent 25 years working with employees, customers, and stakeholders to protect and build the brands and reputation of some of the world's leading high-tech companies. Mr. Niekerk has worked for Hewlett-Packard Co., Apple Inc. and Intel Corp. where he has spent the past 17 years. While at Intel, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including: Regional Environmental Health & Safety Director, Human Resources Communications Manager and External Affairs Manager. His current position is Director, Corporate Citizenship in Intel's Corporate Affairs organization, where he works on corporate strategy related to sustainability, corporate reputation and stakeholder management.

Mr. Niekerk is an accomplished speaker with expertise in integrating corporate responsibility into the business. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene. He and his wife live in Arizona where he is an active volunteer in the local community, and he is Past-President of the Chandler Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Monique Oxender, Global Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability; Ford Motor Co.
Monique Oxender manages sustainability efforts for Ford Motor Co.'s global supply chain. During her tenure with Ford, she has developed curriculum for Human Rights training and designed leading strategic supplier programs for CSR. Her work has also included strategic planning and implementation for supply chain GHG emissions estimation and water footprinting. Most recently, Ms. Oxender has worked with international organizations (e.g., the United Nations, ILO and the OECD), other industries and the US government to navigate emergent supply chain transparency issues for Ford. Among these issues has been the due diligence required for Conflict Mineral sourcing out of Central African nations.

In addition, she is an Executive on Loan to the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and serves as Chair of multiple collaborative industry groups working on addressing sustainability issues in the global automotive supply chain. Deliverables of these working groups have included: a common reporting format and training for conflict minerals, global working conditions and GHG emissions estimation.

With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.


The following video interviews first appeared on NAEM’s Green Tie blog:

Patagonia’s Common Threads: An Unconventional Lifecycle Management Approach
A video interview with Tetsuya O’Hara, Director of Advanced Research and Development for Patagonia Inc.

Managing Today for a Resource-Constrained Future
Jason Schenker, President of Prestige Economics, discusses how resource management today can mitigate future business risks

Intel’s Approach to Managing Conflict Minerals
A video interview with Gary Niekerk, Director of Corporate Citizenship for Intel Corp.

TS Designs: Creating Local Jobs through a Sustainable Business Model
A video interview with Eric Henry, President and Co-Owner of TS Designs.

Q and A

Martin Wolf is the Director of Product Sustainability and Authenticity for Seventh Generation Inc., a leading producer of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment. A presenter at the 2011 EHS Management Forum, we caught up with him to learn more about Eco Labels the proposed changes that are on the way.

Q: For those who are unfamiliar with the term, what are Eco Labels?

Martin Wolf: Eco Labels are seals or certifications that appear on a label that attest to the fact that the product meets certain standards, such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Design for Environment,’ which certifies that a product has met certain standards. These include low toxicity for its ingredients and also environmental health, such as biodegradability.

Q: When it comes to Eco Labels, do they really give companies a competitive edge with customers?

Martin Wolf: That’s a really good question. Certainly companies hope it gives them an edge because it conveys to the consumer that their product has a real attribute, that is, an attribute that has been certified and is special. Recent surveys, however, indicate that consumers are confused by Eco Labels. They really don't understand what they mean and with so many out there, it's hard for consumers to know which one means what and which has a better credentials.

Q: I understand that in Europe there are actually more than 300 different kinds of Eco Labels. Is that what future looks like for the United States as well?

Martin Wolf: Yes, that’s happening in this country as well. In fact in my presentation I have a slide that was just filled with Eco Labels that mean different things and come from different sources, be they advocacy organizations, or from the government, or even from companies themselves.

Q: I understand that the Federal Trade Commission plans to actually start regulating Eco Labels. Can you tell me if there is something that EHS managers should do to start preparing?

Martin Wolf: You’re exactly right. In their most recent draft of what is called the ‘Green Guides’, they said that an Eco Label needs to be considered an endorsement, which means that the company using the Eco Label has to disclose what the underlying relationship is between themselves and the certifying body; whether they’re the same company, whether they have paid for the label to be on their products, etc. In addition, the FTC is saying that an Eco Label will be considered a general environmental claim, which will not be allowed.

You have to be specific and qualify why you are making a general claim like “eco-friendly” or putting an Eco Label on your product. If you do, you will be required to state whether it’s because the product is biodegradable, whether it meets a certain threshold of toxicity, whether it is because the product has recycled content or renewable material content, and be clear about it. The seal in and of itself will not be sufficient.


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