In this session, we’ll provide insights into WBCSD’s new SOS 1.5 initiative that aims to support companies from all sectors to stay within the 1.5°C safe operating space. Bringing together companies from a variety of sectors, we’ll share details on the framework’s sector specific and tailored roadmaps for achieving climate goals, regardless of where companies stand on their sustainability journey.
Matthias Berninger, SVP of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Bayer
Mary Draves, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), Dow Inc.
Pension funds are at the forefront of ESG investing, building resilient and diverse portfolios while demonstrating long term value. In this session, top pension fund executives share how they are approaching sustainability in their portfolios and what they see as the most significant developments and trends impacting the market.
Adam Matthews, Director, Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pensions Board
Bertrand Millot, Vice-President, Risk Management, Fixed Income and Head of Climate Risk and Issues, CDPQ
“Take, make, use, dispose,” is the traditional model our global economy has operated by for generations. Due to the buildup of waste and the growing challenges posed by climate change, companies and communities around the world are trying to make the transition to a circular economy model, which aims to minimize the use of resources and the production of waste. But implementing this circular model requires rethinking how we produce products and changing consumer behavior.
In this session, leading experts will discuss how we can accelerate the transition to a truly circular system in which products and their materials are kept in the economy. What are the greatest challenges and opportunities on the path to circularity? And how can circularity be a key driver of business growth across economic sectors?
2:00 PM - Why Circularity Matters
Tony Milikin, Chief Procurement, Sustainability & Circular Ventures Officer, AB InBev
Building the connection between a company's sustainability strategy and their financial performance is a critical step in allowing companies and their investors to make decisions that drive value and improve sustainability outcomes. The CSO and CFO from Mars share their experiences working together to position their company for long term growth and the lessons they've learned along the way.
Claus Aagard, Chief Financial Officer, Mars, Inc.
Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer, Mars, Inc.
Moderator: Leslie Kaufman, Reporter, Bloomberg Green
4:30 PM - Fashion Forward: Driving Profits through Sustainability
The apparel industry faces numerous ESG challenges including unfair labor practices, pollution, waste and climate change. But companies lack sufficient frameworks and methodologies to understand how their investments in tackling these challenges can drive positive financial value for their companies. In this session, leaders from HSBC, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, EILEEN FISHER and REI will share the results of a research collaboration to identify the sustainability strategies driving financial performance and to monetize the return on these sustainability investments.
Eric Fisch, Head of Retail and Apparel, Corporate Banking, HSBC Bank USA
Amy Hall, Vice President, Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER
Matt Thurston, Director of Sustainability, REI
Moderator: Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor, Business & Society and Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business
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