Program Highlights

Leading businesses are creating and valuing entirely new forms of positive environmental AND social impact as well as quantifying previously ignored costs and risks. Define your success in the new economy with expanded methods for measuring risk and identifying new forms of value.

 

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This track will focus on equipping corporate finance and investor relations professionals with the training and tools they need to understand and manage the full range of sustainability risks and benefits.

The Total Contribution Approach: Measuring and Communicating the Whole-System Economic Value of Sustainability Programs

The number of brands committed to sustainability is growing by the day, but few have effective tools to illustrate the extra value generated by purposeful systems-oriented innovation. This session will present promising new tools creating for this exact purpose — a versatile and practical ROI Workbook, a breakthrough value-to-society calculator that estimates a brand’s contribution to society along the entire value chain, a methodology to measure the economic value of the impact a brand has on the vital capitals of resources, know-how and networks, and more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be among the first people in the world to get a glimpse of this breakthrough set of ROI tools.

Featured Participants:

  • BASF
  • The Crown Estate
  • Tech for Good
  • Sustainability Advantage
  • BSI


Embedding Carbon Pricing into Strategy and Innovation: The Rise of Internal Carbon Pricing in Mainstream Executive Consciousness

More than 1,200 companies have disclosed their plans or current practice of placing an internal price on their carbon footprint as a practical approach of managing carbon risk, and more than 140 of them are taking this approach further by using internal carbon pricing as an engine of innovation and operational improvements. This session will share valuable research insights around this trend and go behind the scenes on a couple of leading case studies.

Featured Participants:

  • CDP
  • Trucost


The Art and Science of Engaging CFOs and CEOs for Purposes of Highlighting Systemic Risk and Championing Long-Term Value Creation

A brand’s sustainability efforts can rarely reach their full potential if the CFO and CEO are not engaged properly. What is even worse, action on some of the most material and dangerous macro risks may be lacking or missing altogether if the CFO and CEO are not well equipped to understand systemic risk and incorporate it in strategic decisions. This discussion will focus on maturing best practices in engaging CFOs and CEOs for purposes of highlighting systemic risk and championing long-term value creation.

Featured Participants:

  • CECP Strategic Investor Initiative
  • SASB
  • EY
  • Future-Fit Foundation


Quantifying the Impact of the SDGs and the Unfolding Fourth Industrial Revolution

Many executives are inspired by the potential of win-win innovation that creates value for their business while also addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or takes advantage of the unfolding Fourth Industrial Revolution. At the same time, innovation in these exciting directions seems to be based mostly on intuition or fuzzy logic, with few business leaders being able to model and quantify the benefits confidently. The solution providers featured in this session are on a quest to change that through new research and tools.

Featured Participants:

  • Center for Sustainable Organizations
  • EY
  • Trucost
  • Impact 2030

This track will focus on leading frameworks, tools and case studies demonstrating how best to embed smart sustainability priorities in the heart of core strategy and operations.

Context-Based Water Management: Understanding All Water Risks and Adopting Meaningful and Applicable Water Goals and Metrics

Water scarcity is predicted to continue increasing which will impose new water-related risks on businesses, communities and the environment. This changing risk profile is rendering strategies focused primarily on operational water use efficiency and pollution reduction ineffective. However, mitigating these risks will require businesses to consider and incorporate broader context-specific water information and global economic development initiatives like the SDGs into business targets and metrics. This session will explore the current thinking behind what (and what does not) constitutes a context-based water metric and what would make them meaningful for both business, investors and other interested stakeholders. The session will also unpack how emerging tools can help businesses better understanding their water risks and move towards developing meaningful context-based water metrics.

Featured Participants:

  • WRI
  • WWF
  • Ceres
  • Nestle Waters North America.


Catalytics Powering Net Positive Journeys: Concrete Tactics, Projects and Partnerships to Support Net Positive Ambitions

Transitioning toward a net positive business model is an ambition that many in the global Sustainable Brands community would like to pursue – if they knew how to get there, that is. The current reality is that the phrase ‘net positive’ tends to raise more questions than it answers, especially when it comes to taking practical actions to match lofty rhetoric. This session convenes a frank and open discussion about what it really takes to formulate specific action plans, find appropriate tools and build the right teams that execute on net positive strategies. Panelists will compare notes on attempts to make progress to date, identifying a few approaches that are proving effective and highlighting ideas for closing existing solution gaps.

Featured Participants:

  • Valutus
  • Biomimicry 3.8


The Evolution of Benefit Corporations, the B Corp Movement and B Lab’s Multinationals & Public Markets Working Group

While we may be waiting a long time for government to lead on positive social and environmental change, Certified B Corporations and benefit corporations are demonstrating that the private sector can create higher quality jobs, stronger communities and a healthier environment today. With growing interest and support from public companies – including the incorporation of DanoneWave as the largest public benefit corporation in the U.S. and its public commitment to become a Certified B Corp by 2020 — multibillion dollar brands are looking to expand their credentials around sustainability, purpose and accountability. Join this session and learn how you and your company can engage in this movement.

Featured Participants:

  • B Lab
  • Danone


Data Integration, Contextualization and Activation for the Next Stage in the Evolution of Multicapital Accounting

Reporting 3.0 is an international community of sustainability and accounting experts who agree that a new stage in the evolution of corporate reporting can trigger needed economic system design transformation. To explain and demonstrate the paths that the business community can take in that direction, the Reporting 3.0 team has launched a series of four Blueprint Projects on Reporting, Accounting, Data and New Business Models that define a ‘work ecosystem’ in which progress could be understood and then activated. This session will introduce attendees to the logic behind the Blueprint Projects in question, focusing specifically on Reporting, Accounting and Data.

Featured Participants:

  • Reporting 3.0

This track will focus on innovative ways to study value chains and engage multiple stakeholders in the pursuit of sustainable supply chains.

Chemical Transparency and Footprinting: Evolution, Key Players and Hot Trends

This discussion will track important new developments and players in the area of chemical transparency and footprinting. Speakers will share not only the evolution of this critically important aspect of product design, but also emerging leading assessments, tools and management practices.

Featured Participants:

  • Chemical Footprint Project
  • Mind the Store
  • Toxnot
  • Shaw Industries


Engaging Value Chain Partners on an Ambitious 10x Net Positive Journey

AT&T has a net positive goal – the so-called “10x” goal – to enable carbon savings for its customers that is 10 times the footprint of its own operations by 2025. To meet this goal, the company is engaging technology partners along the value chain to implement and scale up carbon-saving solutions. This session provides an in-depth exploration of one such case study, detailing all steps in the process and the contributions of multiple project partners.

Featured Participants:

  • AT&T
  • RM2
  • Carbon Trust
  • Pure Strategies


Applications of Science-Based, Context-Sensitive Approaches to Assessing Value Chain Impacts

This session will revisit the critically-important practices of science-based and context-based goal-setting by sharing the latest from the two tools that have achieved the most traction to date — the Future-Fit Business Benchmark and the MultiCapital Scorecard. Speakers will provide quick introductions to the two methodologies, so that the majority of the session can be dedicated to case studies of some of the latest applications in the private sector.

Featured Participants:

  • Future-Fit Foundation
  • The MultiCapital Scorecard


The Intersection of Public Companies and Private Suppliers in Evolving Supply Chain Management Programs

This session will explore the evolution of supply chain sustainability programs through three important lenses – supply chain management teams at consumer-facing public companies, executives and sustainability leaders of smaller private suppliers, and the broader CPA community that serves both of the above with respect to disclosure, compliance and auditing. The main objective is to help private companies and CPAs prepare for next-generation requirements and preferences stemming from advancing corporate sustainability agendas and regulations, so that private suppliers can stay competitive in the eyes of their big downstream partners.

Featured Participants:

  • Fourstar Connections
  • Sustainable Brands
  • Sustainability Advantage

This track will focus on understanding drivers of employee motivation, measuring the value of successful employee engagement programs, as well as tools executives could use to improve job satisfaction, loyalty and productivity.

Measuring the Connection between Employee Engagement as Traditionally Defined by HR and Employee Engagement in Sustainability

Engaged employees lead to better business outcomes. As companies look for ways to boost employee engagement, they are focusing on job purposing — the concept of linking an organization’s purpose and an individuals’ job to societal contribution. And, job purposing increasingly includes sustainability-focused employee engagement. However, despite the rapid evolution and uptake of this practice, many companies still struggle to create meaningful sustainability-focused employee engagement programs and to measure the impact of those programs in ways that demonstrate their value and resonate with decision makers. This session aims to address these challenges by sharing best practices along with the results of a survey designed to measure the top drivers of sustainability engagement as well as its relationship to employee engagement as traditionally defined by HR departments.

Featured Participants:

  • National Environmental Education Foundation
  • Buzzword
  • Genentech
  • PwC

The ROI of Purposeful Leadership Employee Engagement for Sustainability

This session will summarize the most significant recent research projects studying the financial value of purposeful leadership and employee engagement for sustainability. These brand attributes will be examined from a variety of angles, including their effect on company revenue, stock performance, brand reputation, product-level profitability, employee and consumer satisfaction, reduced risk exposure, and more.

Featured Participants:

  • WeSpire
  • Valutus,
  • The Center for Positive Organizations at University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Structuring and Executing Future-Proof Fossil-Free 401k Plans for Employees of All Generations

Educating and engaging employees on sustainability solutions is essential for any company’s success. Rating the sustainability of a company’s 401(k) plan is a new tool to boost employee engagement, spread sustainability understanding, and spur staff to save more for a better future. Higher impact portfolios — which can reduce future risk and enhance future return — are possible when employees see the true impact performance of the holdings inside their 401(k) fund choices. Learn directly from high-growth companies on how you can educate, empower and engage your employees in their 401(k), and how to align the 401(k) choices in question with a company’s mission and sustainability goals.

Featured Participants:

  • HIP Investor
  • stok
  • Sustrana
  • RPG

From Employee Engagement to Employee Fulfillment: Tracking Employees’ Complex Relationship with Company Values

This session will share the results of a new survey among Fortune 500 employees aiming to determine the degree to which there is a trend of social activism inside corporate workplaces. Speakers will analyze what the data says about social activism inside America’s leading companies and employees’ evolving relationships with executives and brand values.

Featured Participants:

  • Povaddo

 

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