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2011 EHS Forum - Emerging Issues in Sustainability Management
What are some of the core sustainability challenges leading companies are tackling today? Learn about the emerging issues and gain strategies for integrating the concepts of sustainability into your business operations.
NAEM's 2011 EHS Management Forum conference highlighted strategies for addressing emerging corporate sustainability management challenges. In this section you will find:
Videos: Watch experts discuss corporate sustainability challenges. Featured videos include:
The Value of GRI Reporting
How do you define sustainability?
Social Metrics: The Next Sustainability Challenges
ESG Analysis Requires More than Just Metrics
Agenda: Read session descriptions
Speaker Bios: See a list of speakers and read their bios
Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM's 2011 EHS Management Forum:
Defining Your Sustainability Program
Social Metrics: What are leading companies tracking?
Understanding Water as a Critical Business Issue
Can you “manage” your sustainability reputation?
Energy Management: Short and Long-term Strategies
The Future of Sustainability Performance Standards
The following are interviews about defining and delivering corporate sustainability from NAEM's Green Tie blog:
The Value of GRI Reporting
Mike Wallace, Director of the Global Reporting Initiative's Focal Point USA, explains the use and value of GRI reporting.
How do you define sustainability?
Bruce Klafter, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Applied Materials describes the process of aligning sustainability initiatives with core business strategies.
Social Metrics: The Next Sustainability Challenge
Dr. Peggy Ward, Director of Enterprise Sustainability Strategy for Kimberly-Clark Corp. explains the company's use of metrics to address the social impacts of the company's operations.
ESG Analysis Requires More than Just Metrics
Michael Muyot, President of CRD Analytics, talks about why he uses GRI data, and what he looks for in analyzing a company's sustainability performance.
Session 2: Sustainability: Defining your Program, Setting the right Goals
There is no off-the-shelf model that can be used to define sustainability and create programs. Ultimately, a company must adopt its own definition of sustainability, and establish its principles based on its business model and corporate values. Once the sustainability strategy is defined, a company must determine appropriate objectives and targets that align with the strategy. Attendees will learn from varying industries about the process for finding the right sustainability "fit" determining a plan for setting goals and progressing forward.
Bruce Klafter, Managing Director, EHS; Applied Materials Inc.
Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
Laura Bradford, Associate Director, Corporate EHS/Sustainability; 3Bristol-Myers Squibb
Moderator Chair: Emily Barton, Corporate EHS Manager; Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.
Session 6: Beyond traditional EHS Metrics: What Social Metrics are Leading Companies Tracking?
As companies embrace the triple bottom line, many have set very specific and consistent economic and environmental metrics, and are increasingly looking at the third leg of the stool: social metrics. This session will explore what companies are doing in this emerging area. How are they addressing human rights along with traditional H&S metrics? What other social metrics are companies beginning to establish? What are the social metrics that third-party NGOs feel are most important? Are there indicators companies should be tracking that they currently aren’t?
Julie Brautigam, Director, Ethics, Compliance and Sustainability; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Andrew Syed, Manager Environmental & Social Responsibility; Newmont Mining Corp.
Peggy Ward, Director Sustainability; Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Moderator Chair: Lisa Barnes, Technical Director, Climate Change Services; Bureau Veritas
Session 10: Understanding Water Stewardship as a Critical Business Issue
Water has been dubbed by many as the "next carbon". So how does a company understand water resources as a pillar of sustainability? Beyond water reduction programs, how should water fit into corporate sustainability strategy? Attendees in this session will learn what external ratings firms are looking for as well as how two companies are navigating these issues, both in terms of the steps they are taking to develop their programs as well as the lessons learned from a company with a mature water sustainability program in place.
Moderator Chair: Bob Zimmerman, Environmental Project Manager; Campbell Soup Co.
Session 14: Making it to the top of the List: Can you "manage" your sustainability ranking among third party analysts?
EHS&S managers receive about 40 external information requests a year for sustainability and EHS performance information. Many of these surveys are used to inform corporate rating lists, others are used by socially responsible investment fund managers to make decisions about what stocks to buy. As an EHS&S manager tasked with responding, what do you need to know to ensure that your business is presented in the best, and most accurate way to investors, customers and the public? Attendees will hear tips from both companies and third-party analysts for how to get the good rating companies deserve.
Tish Lascelle, Senior Director, EHS; Johnson & Johnson
Cary Krosinsky, Senior Vice President; TruCost
Richard Crespin, Executive Director; Corporate Responsibility Officers Association
Moderator Chair: Annette Russo, Manager, Communications, Training - Worldwide EHS; Johnson & Johnson
Session 18: Energy Management Best Practices: Short Term Wins and Long Term Investments
This session will feature a look at different corporate approaches to energy reduction strategies. From short-term wins to longer-term investments like on-site renewable and demand load management, attendees will hear how leading companies are driving energy reductions and how those reductions are in turn driving business value.
John Jepsen, Director of Energy Management; U.S. Foodservice
Todd Taylor, Director of Design; Darden Restaurants Inc.
Bill Tokash, Sustainability Director; Invensys plc
Moderator Chair: Ana Fernandez, Director, Environmental Programs; U.S. Foodservice
Session 22: Standardizing Sustainability Metrics and Performance Evaluation: What Does the Future Look Like?
It might be odd to hear someone say that we are only in the dawn of the corporate sustainability movement, but it appears to be true, based in part, on the incredible variety and sheer number of sustainability standards, metrics and rankings affecting global corporations. As an increasing number of stakeholder groups take an interest in shaping this movement and its outcomes, it is natural to ask, who is and who will be setting the performance and measurement standards? Will it be corporations, investors, customers, or NGOs? This session will explore perspectives and predictions of some of the early and most influential stakeholders. Attendees can expect to leave with a sense of how sustainability standards will evolve and how they can position their company to stay ahead of the curve for the next five, 10 or 20 years.
Michael Muyot, President; CRD Analytics
Ed Rogers, UPS Corporate Strategy Group
Mike Wallace, Director; Global Reporting Initiative
Moderator Chair: Michelle Redfield, Director, Environment and Process Improvement; Schneider Electric SA
Bruce Klafter, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability; Applied Materials Inc.
Bruce Klafter is head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Applied Materials, Inc. and leads the effort to fulfill the Company's commitment to sustainability in the design and implementation of business strategies and worldwide operations. He serves as the champion for Applied Materials' green programs and manages a variety of reporting, employee engagement and other strategic projects aimed at enhancing the company's global citizenship programs. Mr. Klafter additionally directed the Company's Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) programs for several years and began his career at Applied Materials as its first EHS legal counsel.
Prior to joining Applied Materials in August 2000, Mr. Klafter was chair of the Environmental Group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm in San Francisco, California. He began his legal career in 1980 as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. Mr. Klafter is a past chair of the Association of Corporate Counsel America's (ACC-A) national Environmental Committee as well as a past chair of the State Bar of California's Environmental Law Section and the Bar Association of San Francisco's Environmental Committee.
He presently serves as a Board member of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition as well as an Advisory Council member for Sustainable Silicon Valley, the Association of Climate Change Officers and Next Ten's Green Innovation Index. Mr. Klafter is also serving this term (Fall 2011) as Presidio Graduate School's first Expert in Residence. Mr. Klafter received his JD from the University of California-Davis School of Law and served as an editor of the UC-Davis Law Journal and editor of Environs (a publication of the Environmental Law Society). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in urban and environmental Planning (interdisciplinary) from Tufts University.
Paul Narog, Manager of Environmental Operations; 3M Co.
Paul Narog is Manager of Environmental Operations in the corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Operations organization at 3M. Mr. Narog has worked in a wide variety of roles in the environmental field, with specific focus on air emission control, permitting and compliance management, regulatory advocacy and stakeholder communications.
In his current position, Mr. Narog manages a group of environmental professionals responsible for regulatory compliance management, governance programs (policies and auditing) and pollution prevention. He also manages sustainability professionals with responsibility for corporate-level sustainability strategy, sustainability goals and cross-functional sustainability initiatives, customer engagement and external communications.
He has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and has served as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for the company's environmental, health, safety and medical organizations. Mr. Narog is a member of NAEM, the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP).
Laura Bradford, Associate Director of Corporate Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability; Bristol-Myers Squibb
Laura Bradford is Associate Director of Corporate Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability for Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she is responsible for sustainability strategies and outreach at the corporate level. Current responsibilities include developing and integrating corporate sustainability policies, goals and progress for the business worldwide, and supporting transparency with external reporting on progress.
She is a primary liaison with the socially responsible investment community, represents the company in the Pharmaceutical Working Group of Business for Social Responsibility, and has served as an external speaker on sustainability matters on behalf of the company. Prior to 2000, Laura served as lead auditor for environment, health & safety compliance worldwide, division safety head, facilities manager and senior project engineer. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Laura was an engineer at PepsiCo.
Ms. Bradford has an M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Civil Engineering from Brown University. She is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor.
Julie Brautigam, Director of Ethics and Compliance and Sustainability; Baxter Healthcare Inc.
Julie Brautigam has worked for Baxter since 2002 in a variety of roles. In her sustainability-related role, she is responsible for coordinating the company's executive Sustainability Steering Committee, which sets Baxter's long-term sustainability vision and goals. She also works with internal business partners across the organization to implement programs and track progress against those goals.
Additionally, Ms. Brautigam engages with external stakeholders, such as Ceres, on issues of mutual interest. In her Ethics and Compliance role, she manages the company's global anti-corruption program, which involves setting policy and conducting training and assessments of the company's business practices and those of its vendors. She continues to provide counsel on significant environmental, health and safety compliance matters, and manages Baxter's corporate policies development process.
Prior to joining Baxter, Ms. Brautigem worked at Indeck Energy Services, as an Environment, Health and Safety Manager for several production facilities and at International Paper on environmental management systems, sustainable forestry and climate change policy.
Ms. Brautigam graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and earned a Master of Environmental Management degree in Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University.
Andrew Syed, Manager of Environmental and Social Responsibility; Newmont Mining Corp.
Andrew Syed is Manager of Environmental and Social Responsibility for Newmont Mining Corp. Prior to joining Newmont, he worked as a grass-roots development professional and human rights researcher in the nongovernmental organization sector. He has experience working with communities in more than 50 countries around the world, from conflict zones in Afghanistan and the Balkans to urban slum communities in Brazil, Kenya and Thailand. His current role with Newmont allows him to explore the role of the corporate extractive sector in promoting human rights and sustainable development in the pursuit of shared value for local communities.
Mr. Syed earned a master's degree in International Development and Human Rights from the University of Denver.
Peggy Ward, Director of Enterprise Sustainability Strategy; Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Peggy Ward is Director of the Enterprise Sustainability Strategy Team at Kimberly-Clark Corp., where she leads global advancement of the company's sustainability strategy. This position places emphasis on developing, implementing and communicating Kimberly-Clark's sustainability strategy and related plans to internal and external stakeholders.
Ms. Ward joined the company in 1998 as a research scientist in the Consumer Tissue business, where she led the patent and competitive intelligence functions. She later held a project lead role in improving Kleenex Cottonelle bath tissue.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Colgate University and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. She also conducted post-doctoral studies at the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France.
Todd Brady, Global Environmental Director; Intel Corp.
As the Global Environmental Director for Intel Corp., Todd Brady directs the company's global environmental initiatives and strategy, leading corporate-wide environmental programs such as climate change, water conservation, waste minimization, sustainability and green design.
Since joining Intel in 1995, he has led a wide range of environmental initiatives, ranging from key public regulatory and policy engagements to design-for-environment programs at semiconductor and assembly test manufacturing sites. Mr. Brady also spent more than five years creating Intel's product ecology strategy. This effort involved establishing programs to develop environmentally friendly products and leading product-related initiatives such as lead-free development, energy efficiency, product stewardship and product recycling.
During his tenure with Intel, he has participated and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international environmental committees including the iNEMI Environmental Leadership Steering Committee (ELSC), the the American Electronics Association China RoHS Steering Committee and the Semiconductor Research Council's (SRC) EHS Nano-electronics Consultative Working Group.
He has published more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of environmental topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American as one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology.
Julie Frieder, Senior Sustainability Analyst; Calvert Investments
As Senior Sustainability Analyst for Calvert Investments, Julie Frieder focuses on the chemicals, environmental control and containers and packaging industries. She has engaged in numerous environmental shareholder dialogues, including encouraging U.S. computer companies to take greater responsibility for solving the problem of electronic waste. Prior to joining Calvert in 2001, Ms. Frieder served eight years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While there, she had special assignments with the President's Council on Sustainable Development and the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
She earned dual master's degrees in Environmental Science and Policy from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Kris Morico, Global Leader of Corporate Environmental Programs; General Electric Co.
Kris Morico is Global Leader of several successful Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric Co. including: GE's Global Water, EPCRA, PRTR Chemical Management Programs and the new Environmental Excellence initiative launched in 2010. This initiative recognizes the GE locations with outstanding environmental performance.
Additionally, she leads the team associated with the company's fourth ecomagination commitment: to make a 25 percent absolute water reduction by 2015. In this role, Ms. Morico is responsible for the development and implementation of all associated programs across GE. She works closely with the company's business segments to proactively maintain compliance and achieve company goals.
Ms. Morico began her career working in the municipal water sector as a process engineer for the Regional Water Authority in New Haven, Conn. Over the past 27 years she has assumed leadership positions across several Fortune 500 companies including Clairol, Inc., Malcolm Pirnie Inc., Pratt and Whitney (Division of UTC), and most recently Tyco International.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Fairfield University, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a MEM Environmental Management from Yale University, and an EMBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, Board Certified Environmental Engineer in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. She also possesses a Class IV Water Treatment Plant Operators License issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health and is an Environmental Laboratory Director through the same agency.
She is an active member in several professional EHS organizations and was recently elected to the status of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineer. She serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a board trustee of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Kris is a visiting lecturer at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was inducted this year into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut's School of Engineering.
Tish Lascelle, Senior Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety; Johnson & Johnson
Tish Lascelle is Senior Director of Environment, Health & Safety at Johnson & Johnson, where she oversees the company's sustainability strategy and goals, compliance assurance programs, training and EHS/sustainability communications. She led the development of Johnson & Johnson's new 5-year Healthy Future 2015 sustainability goals and she oversees their performance reporting process, as well as company environmental partnership programs with such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund and the EcoHealth Alliance.
Prior to joining J&J, Tish spent 19 years with Allied-Signal and Honeywell, practicing EHS and sustainability for the chemicals, aerospace and automotive businesses. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Elmira College and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cary Krosinsky, Senior Vice President; Trucost North America
Cary Krosinsky is Senior Vice President for Trucost in North America and a member of the Management team. Trucost has become the recognized global leader in providing environmental data & analysis for the Newsweek Green Rankings, as well as supply chain analysis for Sprint, Puma, the City of London, US & UK federal agencies and other global organizations.
Cary also co-edited and authored the book Sustainable Investing: the Art of Long Term Performance, and a second book, Evolutions in Sustainable Investing,: Strategies, Funds & Thought Leadership is forthcoming in December 2011 from Wiley. He teaches sustainability and investing at Columbia University's Earth Institute, as well as an MBA course at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. He was a member of the Expert Group that helped create the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment, and has a background in management, computer programming, investor relations and data analysis.
Richard Crespin, Executive Director; Corporate Responsibility Officers Association
Richard Crespin is the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and the President of SharedXpertise Media, publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
As the professional society for corporate responsibility executives, the CROA accelerates the profession of corporate responsibility. CROA members transform ideas into action, advancing corporate responsibility (CR), the profession, and their careers. CROA members get the full picture of CR's potential. As the largest independent CR community, CROA was founded on the concept that to excel in corporate responsibility, organizations need to embrace all CR disciplines: sustainability, best practices in governance, social responsibility, and philanthropy.
In addition to serving as the CROA's Executive Director, Mr. Crespin also serves as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of the Corporate Responsibility Magazine and the organizers of the COMMIT!Forum. CR Magazine is most well known for publishing the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, a compilation of the most transparent and accountable publicly traded firms in the United States. The COMMIT!Forum calls on organizations to make specific commitments to change the world. Through CR Magazine and the COMMIT!Forum SharedXpertise shines a light on how businesses can maximize their positive impact while minimizing or eliminating the negative.
In previous roles, Mr. Crespin has worked with some of the largest finance and logistics enterprises in the world, including the world's largest supply chain organization, the U.S. Transportation Command, and for several large multinational banks. Before coming to SharedXpertise, he founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm. He also worked for American Management Systems where he headed the company's Defense Strategy Consulting Practice.
Mr. Crespin is an alumnus of both the George Washington University and the Harvard Business School. He recently served as Immediate Past President of the George Washington Alumni Association, with responsibility for the University's 225,000 living alumni around the world. He regularly speaks about corporate responsibility, business ethics, and employee engagement. He is also a regular blogger for Forbes.com. He lives in Falls Church with his wife Emily where they enjoy trying their hands at "extreme parenting" with their three young children.
John Jepsen, Director of Energy Management; U.S. Foods
John Jepsen is the Director of Energy Management for U.S. Foods. His work focuses on reducing electrical usage at USF facilities across the United States through capital projects, alternative energy sources and operational changes. He also manages the U.S. fuel program for USF's truck fleet, the fifth largest in the nation.
Before joining U.S. Foodservice, John was Executive Vice President, Operations for a Chicago-based manufacturer specializing in large part plastic blow molding. John received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Todd Taylor, Director of Design; Darden Corp.
As head of the Design Department for the Darden Corp., Mr. Taylor oversees the direction of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and The Capital Grille. With more than 1800 restaurants between the six brands, Mr. Taylor is responsible for setting the design direction for new restaurant growth and the renovations of the existing portfolio.
Prior to taking on this challenge at Darden, Mr. Taylor was instrumental in establishing the design direction for companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Club, Walt Disney Imagineering and The Limited Brands. For over twenty-five years, he has been a part of design in the hospitality, retailing, entertainment and food and beverage industries. This involvement has broadened his outlook on design and the collaborative nature of their common elements.
Building on these learning, Mr. Taylor is leading the efforts to establish a number of green initiatives in the areas of energy efficiency, water management and waste management.
William Tokash, Sustainability Director; Invensys
William Tokash is the Sustainability Director at Invensys, and is based in Chicago. He has more than 20 years of diverse consulting experience in: sustainability strategy, energy and carbon management; renewable energy; corporate social responsibility (CSR); emerging regulatory analysis; and strategic environmental management across a variety of industrials sectors.
Prior to joining Invensys, Mr. Tokash worked for Sage Environmental, where he led their carbon and greenhouse gas management services, and also previously founded Carbon Opportunity Group, where he led a team of advisors that analyzed investment opportunities in the waste to energy, biomass, wind, solar, and distributed renewable energy generation sectors. He was also previously a Managing Director at DOMANI, a niche sustainability management consultancy.
Over the course of his career, he has provided corporate consulting services on the forefront of most new environmental management disciplines, including environmental due diligence, multi-media environmental compliance auditing, risk-based (proactive) environmental management systems, resource efficiency (energy, water, waste), internal and external stakeholder engagement, carbon management, and CSR.
Michael Muyot, President and Founder; CRD Analytics
Michael Muyot is an acknowledged leader in Sustainable Investing and has developed a unique set of tools that are helping to drive the industry. He is the designer of the SmartView 360 Platform, which powers sustainability indexes, rankings and research reports; including the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index (QCRD), the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders and the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings.
He has been interviewed as an innovating leader on Sustainability & Investing by Fortune, CFO Magazine, Financial Executive International, IR Magazine, The Economist, Financial Advisor Green, Compliance Week & Wired magazine. Most recently, Michael was chosen by Ford Motors to provide his Perspective on Sustainability for their 2010/11 Sustainability report.
Edward M. Rogers, Global Strategy Manager; UPS Corp.
Ed Rogers is a global strategy manager with UPS Corp.'s corporate strategy group. He is responsible for global scenario planning, enterprise strategic planning, and the company's sustainability strategy. He has 29 years of experience in industrial engineering, management consulting, program management, business process redesign, operations improvement and strategic planning.
Mr. Rogers joined the UPS corporate engineering group in Atlanta in 1994, helping to establish an internal consulting group, a process reengineering team, and a program management group. After rotating through special assignments in the Mid-South, in 1999 he became the Industrial Engineering Manager for the Gulf South district. In this role, he led the operational planning, productivity improvement, service quality enhancement, and technology support for that district's $200 million annual business. In 2002 he returned to headquarters to join the corporate strategy group.
Prior to joining UPS he first served four years as a U.S. Air Force officer and worked as an engineering management consultant. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton and an Executive master's in International Logistics from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mike Wallace, Director of Focal Point USA; Global Reporting Initiative
Mike Wallace is Director of Focal Point USA for the Global Reporting Initiative and is responsible for supporting the growth of sustainability reporting in the United States.
He has almost 20-years experience advising companies, governments and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to develop and implement sustainability initiatives. He has worked with both local and global organizations on the integration of sustainability programs and has authored numerous articles on sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate environmental performance in legal, professional and topical publications.
Mr. Wallace developed his international expertise while working for ERM in the U.S. and Australia. Over the course of his career he has advised corporate clients including UTC, Home Depot, Colgate-Palmolive and Genentech; non-profit clients ICLEI, Global Footprint Network and Corporate Ethics International and government agencies including Environment Australia, the States of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California and the US Army, Navy & Marines.
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