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Key Practice Area - Sustainability - 2017 EHS Management Forum: Strategic Sustainability
Key Practice Area: Sustainability

2017 EHS Forum - Strategic Sustainability

Oct. 25-27, 2017

Sessions in this track will focus on the key steps and considerations leaders must take to ensure that their sustainability efforts are organized around a clear strategy, generating business value, and communicated effectively. As companies identify that many of their material EHS and sustainability impacts and opportunities are outside of their immediate operations, this track will also offer a focus on partnering with stakeholders and along the supply chain.

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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Selecting a Framework to Guide Sustainability Strategy
Many companies are looking at how they can align their sustainability strategy with the UN SDGs. Others are utilizing a focus on different frameworks. Attend this session and hear about how your peers are charting their sustainability strategy and setting their priorities. Benchmark your own approach and gain an understanding of what your peers are doing.


  • Tu RinscheDirector, Social Responsibility; Marriott International Inc.
  • John PfluegerPrincipal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc.
  • Charlene Wall-WarrenDirector, Sustainability; BASF SE

Session Chairs: Sulaiman HamidiDirector, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc and Alexis Ludwig-VogenDirector, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc.

Embracing Public Disclosure and Engaging Stakeholders
Transparency is here to stay. Is your company embracing this reality or avoiding it? This session will give attendees ideas and insights from three companies with strong transparency cultures as well as a look at how they engage external stakeholders proactively for win-win outcomes.


  • Beth A.M. TerminiSenior Director, Environment & Sustainability; Amtrak
  • Lauren (Quillian) WilsonEnvironmental Policy Manager; Xcel Energy Inc.
  • Alexis Ludwig-VogenDirector, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc.

Session Chair: Karen LutzSustainability Director; TRC Solutions Inc.

Supply Chain Transparency: Key Challenges for Retailers and Product Manufacturers
Whether you are at the beginning, middle or the end of the supply chain as a raw material provider, a consumer product manufacturer, a retailer, or a consumer this session will be an opportunity for all attendees to participate in a panel discussion and share your key challenges when it comes to supply chain transparency disclosure and collaborate on ways to maintain confidentiality while supporting regulatory requirements and sustainability initiatives that meet the needs of our collective customers.


  • Wendy BrantSenior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Dee O'ReillyAssistant Vice President; L'Oreal USA Inc.
  • David DilkSenior Regulatory Affairs Expert; Givaudan Fragrances Corp.
  • Michael HewettDirector; Publix Super Markets Inc.

Session Chairs: Nicole WilkinsonDirector, Corporate Environmental; CVS Health Corp. and Kieran CallahanDirector, Retail Sales; UL Supply Chain & Sustainability

The New Metrics of Sustainability
With external groups like GRI, DJSI and CDP asking for new and different metrics—like level of training and employee engagement--and the increasing emphasis on "science-based" metrics, this session will look at the growing suite of "non-traditional" sustainability metrics. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of trends in this area and get ideas for how to be prepared to satisfy requests for these new types of information.


  • Cynthia CummisDirector, Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute
  • Robert DornauDirector; RobecoSAM
  • Delilah RothenbergOperating Advisor, ESG & Impact; Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P.

Session Chair: Lisa GriceGlobal Director, Sustainability Services; Ramboll Environ Inc.

Maximize Your Impact by Teaming up to Address Large Sustainability Challenges
Some of the biggest gains in sustainability are coming from industry collaborations and large scale partnerships with NGOs and government. To reach your big audacious sustainability goals, you may need to join forces with each other and possibly NGO's. This session will look at how you can evaluate a partnership, pilot a program, and earn a victory to build on.


  • Rob CurrieDirector, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corporation
  • John PfluegerPrincipal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc.
  • Dan ReidEnvironmental Program Manager; (EICC) Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Inc.

Session Chair: Veli IvanovaPartner & Principal Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY

Speaker Bios

Tu Rinsche, Director, Social Responsibility; Marriott International Inc.
Tu Rinsche is passionate about leveraging social innovations that help people live better and more sustainably. She has over 15 years of experience developing and managing social impact programs and is a human rights policy expert. In her current role as Director, Social Impact and Global Responsibility at Marriott International, Tu leads global human rights issues across a portfolio of 30 unique brands. She lends her expertise and leadership to drive Marriott's core value in promoting ethical conduct by advancing human rights within business policies and operations. She also oversees The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints. She guides a team of 125+ on-property CSR leaders globally to successfully implement their community engagement strategies in support of The Ritz-Carlton engagement in Impact 2030, a UN endorsed initiative that promotes corporate volunteerism to support the Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, she worked on human rights issues at The Walt Disney Company, developing and leading a multi-million dollar social innovation fund that supports human rights projects in promoting ethical sourcing, particularly within the consumer products industry. At the U.S. Department of State, she focused on policy and partnership development to address global forced and child labor, serving as the lead on child soldier and cocoa labor issues, as well as corporate social responsibility issues in Africa for the Human Rights Bureau. She served as a W.A.S.H. volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mauritania and promoted awareness-raising campaigns focused on preventable disease and community engagement. Tu's introduction into human rights started 20 years ago with Amnesty International as a volunteer human rights teacher in Washington, DC. She earned her Master's in International Affairs and Security Policy from Columbia University and Bachelor's in International Affairs and Economics from the George Washington University.

John Pflueger, Principal Environmental Strategist; Dell Inc.
John Pflueger, Ph.D., is Dell's Principal Environmental Strategist. In this role, John is responsible for driving Dell's strategy on issues around Environmental Sustainability – including energy, GHG emissions, materials of concern, material use/recovery/reuse, water and the application of technology to environmental issues. In addition, John is Dell's lead on understanding Net Positive and how it relates to Dell's current and future business.

Prior to this role, John was Dell's subject matter expert on data center energy efficiency and managed initiatives to help customers improve the productivity of their computer systems and facilities. Since graduating from MIT in 1991 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, John has been in a number of roles including product definition, development and manufacturing, as well as corporate and social responsibility.

Charlene Wall-Warren, Director, Sustainability; BASF SE
As Sustainability Director for BASF in North America, Charlene Wall-Warren leads a team working across the organization to bring BASF's corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies, engaging employees, and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. Charlene's roles over the last 24 years include project engineering, safety and process design, business and strategy development, marketing, communications, packaging, and life cycle assessment – touching industries as diverse as petrochemicals, construction, automotive, food, electronics and personal care. She has been a Board member for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and The Sustainability Consortium. She serves in advisory roles for Sustainable Brands, USBCSD, CERES and the Green Sports Alliance, and has been recognized by Environmental Leader and Corporate Responsibility publications. Charlene holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Beth A.M. Termini, Senior Director, Environment & Sustainability; Amtrak
Beth is the Senior Director of Amtrak's Environment & Sustainability Group which is part of the Law Department. The Group focuses on facilitating compliance across the company's operations with federal and state environmental legal and regulatory requirements; advancing sustainability within Amtrak operations and business processes; and leading key environmental clean-up, construction and pollution prevention projects.

Prior to joining Amtrak, Beth was a Senior Advisor for Sustainable Strategies and Execution to the Horinko Group and spent 23 years with the US Environmental Protection Agency as a Senior Advisor with the Office of Policy and a Senior Assistant Regional Counsel with the Region III Office of Regional Counsel. She received a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Temple Law School.

Lauren (Quillian) Wilson, Environmental Policy Manager; Xcel Energy Inc.
Lauren is an energy industry professional, working as the Environmental Policy Manager in the Policy and Federal Affairs department at Xcel Energy. In her role, she uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand key State and Federal energy policies, develop corporate positions, and represent the company in key stakeholder groups. Her work covers the gamut of environmental issues including climate policy, air quality, species, water and sustainability more broadly. Among other projects, she works on sustainability strategy and disclosure to help the company continuously improve and tell its clean energy story.

Lauren has a Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor's in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She also has four years of experience working for a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She speaks Spanish and has spent time abroad in Africa and Latin America. In 2009, she lived in Equatorial Guinea, where she was helping the government set up a Social Needs Fund to provide more services to their citizens.

In 2005, Lauren biked across the United States with a non-profit called Bike and Build. They spent 10 weeks of biking and built houses for the local Habitat for Humanity on their days off. She has remained an avid cyclist and supporter of Habitat for Humanity ever since. This bike ride is also where she fell in love with Colorado and what brought her back to Denver nearly 6 years later to start her career in energy policy.

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability; Best Buy Co. Inc.

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen is the director of corporate responsibility and sustainability for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this role, Alexis oversees the company's environmental strategy and programs, including advancing sustainable products, reducing carbon footprint, and complying with environmental laws and regulations. Prior to Best Buy, Alexis was a manager at Accenture in business process and technology consulting. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Currently, Alexis serves on the board of the Minnesota Land Trust and resides in Mendota Heights with her husband and three daughters.

Wendy Brant, Senior Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Wendy Brant is a Senior Director with Walmart's International Compliance Organization, recently accepting the role of the International Environmental Subject Matter Expert. Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates to operate over 11,700 retail units under 59 banners in 28 countries around the world.& Wendy joined Walmart in 2015 and previously managed Walmart's U.S. Hazardous Waste Minimization Team. The team's responsibilities include: ensuring transportation and disposal compliance information by UPC, design of the retail hazardous waste program, interacting with state and federal agencies and managing federal agreements. Prior to Walmart, Wendy was with CVS Health for 6 years where she focused on retail environmental compliance, developing and implementing environmental compliance solutions that were scalable and sustainable across the CVS Health enterprise.

Before joining the retail sector, Wendy spent approximately 10 years in manufacturing and consulting where she managed programs and projects related to site investigation, remediation, and EH&S compliance.

Wendy received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo and her MBA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Dee O'Reilly, Assistant Vice President; L'Oreal USA Inc.
Dee O'Reilly is an Assistant Vice President, Sales Operations in the Consumer Products Division of L'Oreal USA with 33 years' experience in all major sales positions from retail, national accounts management, sales training and sales operations. Her team is responsible for the publication of the CPD product catalogs for such brands as Carol's Daughter, essie, Garnier, L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline New York and SoftSheen Carson. Her team is also accountable for the registration of product chemical assessments to ensure retail partners remain compliant with local and federal regulations by having the most accurate information to safely ship, store, handle, and when necessary, dispose of consumer products.

David Dilk, Senior Regulatory Affairs Expert; Givaudan Fragrances Corp.
David Dilk is the Senior Regulatory Affairs Expert for North America at Givaudan Fragrances Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing and managing the North American Regulatory Affairs strategy. This involves working with external stakeholders, internal customers, and regional regulatory bodies on regulatory and legislative advocacy matters. He handles issues relating to State and Federal Government Affairs, from working with legislators on bills or regulations through to implementing the new regulations internally at Givaudan. He also works with their Trade Associations on Regulatory & Government affairs issues. Finally, he works closely with retailers on their sustainability and chemical management policies. Also, he is the Chairman of CSPA's (Consumer Specialty Products Association) Retail Engagement Work Group, which is tasked with finding ways to collaborate with retailers on various issues relating to regulatory, chemical management, ingredient disclosure, sustainability, and other related topics.

David has worked in Regulatory Affairs for 6 years, mostly in the CPG industry. He started his career in 2012 at Reckitt Benckiser as a regulatory compliance officer. In that role, he worked on issues related to ingredients, SDS's/GHS, ingredient disclosure, retailer programs, and the WERCsmart System. After RB, he moved to L'Oreal USA as Senior Manager of Product Stewardship. In this capacity, he continued to work with UL/WERCs and our retailers on issues such as hazardous waste, ingredient disclosure, and sustainability. He started at Givaudan Fragrances in 2017. David graduated college in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Michael Hewett, Director; Publix Super Markets Inc.
Michael Hewett has over twenty years of experience in environmental management, including regulatory compliance and sustainability programs. Beginning his career with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Michael spent eight years developing rules and setting regulatory policy while partnering with the Federal EPA and various State and Local governments. The balance of Michael's career has been spent helping corporations build strong environmental compliance programs and sustainable business strategies. Currently, Michael manages the Sustainability, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Due Diligence programs for Publix Super Markets Inc.

Michael has a master's degree in Environmental Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is currently a member of the Food Marketing Institute's Sustainability Executive Committee, the Retail Industry Leaders Association's Sustainability Initiative, the Florida Retail Federation's Sustainability Council, he is a founding member and past co-chair of the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, and he is Chairman of the Board of Sustainable Florida.

Cynthia Cummis, Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation; The World Resources Institute
Cynthia Cummis is the Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation in WRI's Business Center. In this role she manages various projects working with businesses to reduce GHG emissions including GHG Protocol's suite of corporate GHG accounting and reporting standards, the Science Based Targets initiative and the Portfolio Carbon Initiative.

Ms. Cummis is a well-known expert in GHG accounting and brings more than 18 years of experience working on the issue of global climate change. Prior to WRI, Cynthia was the Director of Carbon Management at Clear Carbon Consulting where she managed carbon quantification and management projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients as well as large public institutions. Ms. Cummis was the Founding Director of U.S. EPA's Climate Leaders Program, a voluntary program that partnered with businesses to develop corporate-wide greenhouse gas inventories and reduction goals. For more than 5 years, she led the design and implementation of the program and oversaw the growth of the program to more than 90 corporate Partners.

Cynthia holds a MPA in environmental policy from Columbia University in New York City and a B.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y.

Robert Dornau, Director; RobecoSAM
Robert joined RobecoSAM in 2014, having worked in different sustainability related roles for almost 20 years. This includes Vice President, Global Head Climate Change Service at technical verification and inspection firm SGS, Deputy to the CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association, Consultant to the World Bank, Conference Director for Carbon Expo. Robert is a regular speaker and chair at workshops, webinars and international conferences. He holds a Master in Economics from the University of Konstanz and is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) degree in Digital Technology, Design and Innovation.

Delilah Rothenberg, Operating Advisor, ESG & Impact; Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P.
Delilah Rothenberg is an ESG and impact specialist with over 12 years of experience in financial services and over 8 years focused on developing countries, including application of the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards. At Pegasus, Delilah provides advisory services focused on integration of ESG best practices into the investment process, impact strategy, and supports investor relations initiatives. Delilah has worked with firms in the following sectors: private equity, banking, palm oil and agribusiness, infrastructure and real assets, personal care, food and beverage, and education. Companies include Impala Energy, Citigroup, PepsiCo, Tiossan, Zephyr Management, Herakles Capital, Black Rhino, and the African School of Economics, to name a few. She has been an active contributor to USAID's initiatives related to responsible land-based investments in developing countries, as well as Bpeace, a non-profit focused on small-and-medium-sized enterprise development in conflict-affected countries. She is a Board Member of Invest Africa US, a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) Supply Chains Working Group, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Holding Company Working Group, and serves on Pegasus' ESG Working Group and Sustainability Committee. Delilah's past experience includes institutional equities at Bear, Stearns & Co and investment research with Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG).

Rob Currie, Director, Corporate Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Rob Currie is currently the Director of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability with Baxter Healthcare Corporation and has been with Baxter for 29 years. He is primarily responsible for Baxter's global environmental, sustainability and product stewardship programs. He is responsible for environmental engineering, compliance and proactive environmental programs globally. He also has primary responsibility for all product environmental compliance programs and proactive product stewardship programs. Recently, he assumed responsibility for the global Sustainability program.

Prior to working for Baxter, he worked for Shell Oil Company as a Process and Project Engineer for five years, and spent one year with an environmental consulting firm.

He has a B. S. in Chemical Engineering and an M. S. in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

Dan Reid, Environmental Program Manager; (EICC) Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition Inc.
Dan is the Environmental Program Manager at the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC). The EICC facilitates collaboration and dialogue among companies, civil society, and governments to gather perspectives and expertise in order to enable their member companies' commitment to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global electronics supply chain. Dan oversees the Chemical Management and Environmental Sustainability Working Groups, which identify pressing chemical and environmental issues in the industry, and search for resources and solutions that can be propagated through the EICC membership.

Dan joined EICC in 2016 after completing a MEM at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he studied corporate responsibility, industrial ecology, and water resource management. Additionally, Dan worked at the EPA in Region 6, where he oversaw state level monitoring and reporting programs under the Clean Water Act. Dan also has a Bachelors in environmental science from the University of Notre Dame.

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