The 2014 Summit on Sustainability

Discuss the financial drivers for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR), examine the impact of the Water-Energy Nexus, and learn how other top executives have handled sustainability and CSR challenges.


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The Conference Board Conference Center
845 Third Avenue
(Between 51st and 52nd Streets)
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10022
Tel 212 339 0345
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May 13 - 14, 2014

Discuss the key financial drivers for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, examine the impact of the Water-Energy Nexus and interact with top executives to learn how they’ve handled their biggest global sustainability and CSR challenges.

  • Discuss the Key Financial Drivers for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Hear about Current Trends and Research in Corporate Sustainability along with Wall Street and Corporate Perspectives 
  • Examine the Impact of the Water-Energy Nexus on Your Product Stewardship and Supply-Chain
  • Improve your ability to take advantage of the recent innovation and technology trends to forge effective partnerships
  • Interact with top executives to learn how they’ve handled their biggest global CSR and sustainability challenges
  • Influence fellow colleagues—and extend your professional network—by sharing your own experiences and advice
  • Learn how to optimize business value through collaborative stewardship and sustainable materials management


Who should attend?

Executives responsible for Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Environment Health and Safety Officers
Executives of Strategic Planning and Marketing
Chief Financial Officers and Investment Directors
Corporate Communications Executives
Philanthropic Officers and Heads of Foundations
Supply Chain and Issues Management Officers

Day One: Sustainability As a Key Driver of Financial Performance

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tom Davis, Program Director, The Conference Board

A 9:15-10:15 AM
Corporate Sustainability: The Nexus of Strategy and Operations

For your company’s sustainability strategy to be…well…sustainable, it must have a solid business case backing it. By attending this session, you’ll learn about today’s most relevant financial drivers of sustainability. Better still, you’ll be in a better position to apply the knowledge you’ve gained toward developing impactful policies at your own organization.

Erika Karp, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Capital Group
Kathrin R. Winkler, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation
Mike Wallace, Managing Director, BrownFlynn

B 10:15-11:15 AM
New Research from McKinsey & Company on Capturing Financial Value from Sustainability

You already know the importance of sustainability to your company. But that’s not enough. You’ve got to be able to prove the value of any sustainability initiative. That’s where groundbreaking new research from McKinsey comes in. During this session, you’ll learn how to infuse McKinsey’s findings on economic drivers into your own corporate strategy.

Sheila Bonini, Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, McKinsey & Company


C 11:30-12:30 PM

Sustainability and CSR: The Wall Street Perspective

What does Wall Street really think about sustainability and CSR? This session goes beyond the rhetoric that you’ve undoubtedly heard many times elsewhere to reveal how financial analysts use environmental, social, and corporate governance data to assess various initiatives. Additionally, what current trends do institutional and private investors foresee? Which are most important? Which will influence your own corporation most? By attending this session, you’ll be able to adjust your own thinking on the topic by looking at it from an investor’s perspective.

Andrew Aulisi, Director, Sustainability Affairs, Credit Suisse

LUNCHEON 12:30-1:30PM 

D1:30-2:30 PM
Corporate Financial Drivers for Sustainability and CSR

When it comes to developing an impactful strategy, one size does not fit all. So how do you decide on the best approach for your own business? This discussion of diverse approaches and rationales will help guide your decision-making process.

Matthew Swibel, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Lockheed Martin

E 2:30-3:30 PM
Sustainability Practices in Emerging Markets: Preliminary Research Findings

What are the leading sustainability practices and trends in emerging markets? Preview the results of an upcoming Conference Board report which benchmarks sustainability performance of companies from eight important emerging markets — Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Turkey — with an emphasis on the unique environmental and social practices corporations from these emerging markets adopt.

Thomas Singer, Researcher, The Conference Board


F 3:45 -5:00 PM
The Nexus of Water and Energy

Water isn’t just basic to life. Increasingly, it’s basic to the life of your organization. This session examines the heightened roles that water and energy play in influencing sustainability and CSR efforts.

Ed Pinero, Senior Vice President for Sustainability, Veolia Water, NA

5:00 PM
Networking Reception 

Day Two: The Water-Energy Nexus

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


G 9-10:00 AM
Integrating and Engaging Financial Drivers into the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

How do water, energy, and food issues impact corporate CSR and sustainability programs? It’s a complicated question, but this session will help you find answers more easily. By examining the roles of customers, employees and other stakeholders--and engaging them in the solution--you'll place yourself in a better position to develop meaningful programs that ultimately raise the value of your company. 

Ellen Kennedy, Manager, Environment, Water and Climate Change
Diana Glassman, Head, Environment TD Bank
Jon Freedman, GE Water

H  10:00-11:00 AM
21st Century Growth: Beyond the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The World Economic Forum recently identified water and food scarcity as top global concerns.  Your CSR and sustainability efforts should account for increasing challenges to meet the world's current and future water, energy and food needs .To help you build a relevant growth strategy, this session will provide insight into not only global trends and business risks but also opportunities for your organization to succeed.

William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy , Deloitte Consulting


I  11:15-12:15 PM
Water in the Energy Industry

A BP executive will discuss the effects of natural resource scarcities on patterns of energy supply and consumption.  He will shed some light on the relationships among natural resources and the supply and use of energy, with particular emphasis on opportunities to reduce the negative impacts of the energy-water nexus.

Roger Humphreville, Senior Director, Government Affairs-Technology, BP

LUNCHEON 12:15-1:15 PM

J 1:15-2:15 PM
IBM's Transformation from Checkbook Philanthropy to Making Strategic Investments in Sustainability

IBM has been a trailblazer in the transformation of corporate citizenship from traditional “checkbook philanthropy” to strategic investments in areas aligned with business value. This session will highlight how IBM is investing in sustainability by contributing corporate talent and technology to cutting-edge research. Moreover, you’ll discover how IBM has used solar energy and low-cost water-filtration technology to cutting-edge research on harnessing solar energy and developing low-cost water filtration technology, as well as helping cities around the world implement best practices in water and energy management.

Jen Crozier, Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM

K 2:15-3:00 PM
Sustainable Materials Management and Collaborative Stewardship Strategies

How can you build your corporate-sustainability profile to include an efficient materials-management approach? And meet customer needs? And contribute to job creation? And keep you competitive and innovative? And reduce risk to over-stressed natural resources? And not leave you feeling overwhelmed by a growing list of ands? This session will help you sort if all out.

Susan Graff, Vice President/Principal, Resource Recycling Systems
Elisabeth Comere, Director Environment & Government Affairs Tetra Pak INC
Jim Frey, CEO, Resource Recycling Systems

L 3:00-3:45 PM
Future Sustainability

Sustainability strategy cannot simply focus on the global challenges we face today, but must prepare for a world in which at least 8 billion people will share the finite resources of our planet. But what will the future of human demand look like? Learn how organizations are partnering with the United Nations to help us all better anticipate the needs of tomorrow, today.

Nic Covey, Executive Director, UN Relationships, Nielsen & The Demand Institute



Andrew Aulisi, Director, Sustainability Affairs , Credit Suisse

Sheila Bonini, Senior Expert, Sustainability and Resource Productivity, McKinsey & Company

Barbara Brown, Principal and Co-owner , BrownFlynn

Elisabeth Comere, Director, Environment and Government Affairs, Tetra Pak Inc.

Nic Covey, Executive Director, United Nations Relationship, Nielsen and The Demand Institute

Jen Crozier, Vice President,Global Citizenship Initiatives, IBM Corporation

Margie Flynn, Principal and Co-Founder , BrownFlynn Ltd

Jon Freedman, Vice President, Government Relations , General Electric Company

Jim Frey, Principal and Chief Executive Officer , RRS

Diana Glassman, Chief Executive Officer, Environment , TD Bank

Susan Graff, Partner & Vice President , RRS

Roger Humphreville, Senior Director, Governmnent Affiars Science and Technology, BP America

Erika Karp, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Capital Group

Ellen Kennedy, Manager , Calvert Investments

Edwin Pinero, Senior Vice President, Sustainabillity , Veolia Environmental Services North Amer

William Sarni, Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

Matthew Swibel, Director, Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mike Wallace, MD , BrownFlynn

Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer , EMC Corporation

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