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Key Practice Area - Leadership Development - 2015 EHS Management Forum Tensie Whelan, Paige Goff, Jo
Key Practice Area: Leadership Development

2015 Forum - Beyond Operations

Oct. 14-16, 2015

Tensie Whelan, Jonathan Atwood and Paige Goff lead a conversation on how EHS leaders can find success through a more adept understanding and management of the “Corporate Ecosystem” and provide strategies for success.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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Beyond Operations: Addressing Sustainability Expectations throughout the Value Chain

Leaders of EHS and Sustainability can no longer focus exclusively on their immediate operations. Stakeholders and society expect companies to reduce or eliminate their environmental and social impacts across their supply chains and the life cycles of their products, with a stretch goal of contributing net positive value back to society and the environment. It sounds like a tall order but the panelists in this session will discuss how they are tackling and delivering on these expectations.

  • Jonathan Atwood, Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Communications; Unilever plc
  • Paige Goff, Vice President, Sustainability and Business Communications; Domtar Corp.

Moderator: Tensie Whelan, former President; Rainforest Alliance & future Director; NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Speaker Bios

Jonathon Atwood, Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Communications; Unilever plc
Jonathan is Unilever’s Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America. He joined the company in May 2012 and is responsible for Communications, Unilever Brand, and the shape and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America.

In 2007, Jonathan founded Common Way Communications, a public affairs and ommunications consultancy based in Vermont. There he worked as a consultant to the Global Issues Group, a coalition of global chocolate and cocoa processing companies and trade associations working on responsible labor practices in the cocoa sectors of West Africa.

Prior to forming his consulting business, Jonathan was the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Kraft Foods based in Illinois. He joined Kraft in 2002 and served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific based in Australia and Singapore.
Before taking on the global issues management assignment, he was the Senior Director of Commodity Sustainability programs for Kraft and was responsible for the strategic design and implementation of programs to promote the long-term sustainability of Kraft's sources of key commodities.

Jonathan is a graduate of Bowdoin College. He lives with his wife and son in Connecticut.

Paige Goff, Vice President, Sustainability and Business Communications; Domtar Corp.
Paige Goff is Vice President of Sustainability and Business Communications at Domtar, the largest integrated marketer and manufacturer of business and office copy paper in North America. In this role, she is responsible for advertising and marketing communications for Domtar's pulp and paper products, identifying and leveraging the latest sustainability trends and strategies for the business, as well as developing and managing partnerships with environmental non-governmental organizations (NGO) and customers. Additionally, Paige leads Domtar's paper advocacy and education campaigns, such as Paper Because and Paper Made Here, and she also serves as a spokesperson for the company on sustainability issues.

Paige has 16 years experience in the paper industry and joined Domtar in 2004. She was also the Senior Manager, Brand and Advertising Operations and Product Packaging Manager. She has a Masters of Business Administration degree.

Tensie Whelan, former President; Rainforest Alliance & future Director; NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
Tensie Whelan serves as the president of the Rainforest Alliance. She has been involved with the Rainforest Alliance since 1990, first as a board member, and then later as a consultant, becoming the executive director in 2000.

Tensie has been working in the environmental field for more than 25 years, during which time she served as the vice president of conservation information at the National Audubon Society and executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters. Whelan also worked as a journalist and environmental communications consultant in Costa Rica, and was the managing editor of Ambio -- an international environmental journal based in Stockholm. Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance as its executive director, Whelan worked as a management consultant to nonprofit organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund.

Tensie serves on the advisory boards of Social Accountability International, Unilever Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board, and Corporate Eco Forum, and is the co-chair of the steering committee of the Sustainable Food Lab. She holds a master’s degree in international communication from American University's School of International Service and a bachelor’s degree in political science from New York University. Tensie's published work includes one of the first books on ecofriendly tourism, Nature Tourism: Managing for the Environment, published in 1991 by Island Press. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere for several years, including in 2011, was the recipient of the Wall Street Journal/WinningWorkplaces “Top Small Workplace Award” for the Rainforest Alliance in 2008, and the James Beard Foundation leadership Award in 2012.

In January, 2016, Tensie will be taking on a new challenge—setting up a Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern School of Business.

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