2018 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

2018 Preliminary Agenda - Track 4


Sustainability in the Value Chain

While reduction of EHS&S impacts in operations remains a key focus of EHS&S leaders today, the next horizon is the value chain. Sessions in this track offer attendees the chance to learn about what leading companies are doing to address EHS&S impacts from their supply chains and the communities where they operate.
*Great for EHS&S leaders tasked with getting their arms around EHS&S impacts outside their fence line and ensuring they are staying up to speed with external stakeholder expectations.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Systems and Leadership Design: Lessons From Nature


  • Janine Benyus, Co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8 and the Biomimicry Institute - Bio

Join us for an inspiring and intriguing discussion that will reveal some of the latest innovations and opportunities that Biomimicry is unlocking in industrial and product design. Janine will also bring Biomimicry to life as she takes the audience through an insightful look at leadership and organizational design principles in nature and applies these lessons to the design of successful EHS&S organizations and principles of strong EHS&S leaders. You’ll come away from her talk with a new sense of wonder for the natural world and an appreciation for the genius design behind complex natural systems, as well as a direct sense of how these design principles can be applied to your workplace.

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 4 - Charting Your Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy

Get practical steps for measuring and understanding resource use in your supply chain. Learn about the most effective tools and information sources you can leverage to jump start your supply chain sustainability efforts and get actionable ideas for how to model your programs after others that have been successful.

Moderator: Brijesh Krishnan, Global Waste Management and Environmental Leader; Cummins Inc. - Bio



  • Dana Doerfler, EHS Business Systems Lead; Pfizer Inc. - Bio
  • Karen Cecil, Director Global Environmental Sustainability; Cummins Inc. - Bio

12:00 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Session 9 - Managing Sustainability Information Requests and Survey Overload

The scope of sustainability reporting is ever expanding and it's a challenge to thoughtfully respond to all requests while still making time for your “day job.” So how do you chart a strategy for sharing your company's sustainability story? What tools or approaches can you use to cut down on the survey overload? How do you balance requests for public disclosure with customer requests? Get answers to these questions and examples of the strategies your peers have used as they've attempted to chart this path forward.


Moderator: Laura Nelson, Consultant; Antea Group - Bio



  • Jennifer O'Neil, Corporate Responsibility Manager; The Brown-Forman Corp. - Bio
  • Sandy Nessing, Managing Director Corporate Sustainability; American Electric Power Co. Inc. - Bio

3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Session 14 - Customer/Supplier Collaboration: Is it Really Happening?

From information sharing to goal setting, product ingredient lists, and data analytics, the opportunity for big wins with regard to supply chain issues is great but are there really examples of companies that are deeply engaging and collaborating along their supply chains? This session will showcase examples of some of the most progressive and mature supplier/customer efforts, innovations and tools and offer candid reflections on what has worked and what the biggest barriers to advancement still are.


Moderator: Rose Shaver, Manager Sustainability Services; Schneider Electric SE



  • Will Janisch, Senior Manager, Global Environmental Compliance; Baxter Healthcare Corp - Bio

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception


Thursday, October 25, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Emerging Issues for Corporate EHS & Sustainability Management: What's Next, What's Hype, What's Keeping You Awake at Night


  • Carol Cala, Vice President Energy, Environment, Safety & Health; Lockheed Martin Corp. - Bio
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director; Climate Change and Sustainability Services; EY - Bio
  • Tiffin Shewmake, Executive Director; Center for Retail Compliance - Bio

Moderator: Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director; NAEM - Bio


In just a decade, corporate EHS and sustainability has transformed decision-making, business culture and even how companies think about their very reason for being. So what's next on this ever-shifting horizon? This dynamic panel of experts and influencers will discuss emerging EHS and sustainable business practices and share what they see as the issues that will have the biggest impact on how EHS&S leaders work, collaborate internally and engage with the full ecosystem of stakeholders. You'll walk away with a glimpse of what's possible that will help you steer your programs toward a future you can rally your business around.

10:00 a.m. Morning Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 19 - How Do You REALLY Develop a Science-Based Target?

Get practical steps and considerations from EHS&S leaders tasked with implementing a Science Based Target (SBT) for their company. Speakers will share lessons learned from their efforts to set an SBT and offer reflections on what has worked well and what to avoid on both the technical and communications fronts.


Moderator: Fawn Bergen, Global Program Manager, Water and Carbon Footprint & Senior Environmental Engineer Global Sustainability; Intel Corp. - Bio



  • Dylan Siegler, Sustainability Specialist & Sustainable Energy Advisor; NRG Energy Inc. - Bio
  • Larry Deeney, Senior Technical Lead, Global Environment; General Mills Inc. - Bio

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Inaugural Awards Ceremony

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 24 - Corporate Water Stewardship: Goals, Trends and How to Account for Benefits

Many areas of the world are facing increasing water scarcity in the coming years and water stewardship efforts are more critical than ever. Join speakers as they discuss projects that are aimed at improving the resilience of natural ecosystems and environmental water supply and learn about corporate water conservation and replenishment initiatives. Speakers will also share a methodology for accounting for water that is replenished.


Moderator: Amy Martinez, Operations Manager: APTIM - Bio



  • Fawn Bergen, Global Program Manager, Water and Carbon Footprint & Senior Environmental Engineer Global Sustainability; Intel Corp. - Bio
  • Paul Reig, Senior Manager, Aqueduct And Corporate Engagement; The World Resources Institute (WRI) - Bio
  • Donald Clark, Program Manager; BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. - Bio

3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

Closing Keynote - Unlocking the Opportunities of Skillful Communication


  • Dr. Steve Mortenson, Associate Professor; University of Delaware - Bio

More than ever, EHS and sustainability leaders rely on their interpersonal skills to achieve their work objectives. Yet no matter how skilled we might be, there are always situations and people that can set us off and undermine our effectiveness. Identifying and defusing our emotional triggers is the foundation for skillful communication in crucial moments of confrontation, persuasion, influence, and accountability. Through this engaging and interactive keynote, attendees will learn about the links between the conscious personality, the psychological shadow, and the dysfunctions that undermine us. They will gain strategies for how to hold boundaries, engage in confrontation in a productive way and give useful advice, leaving the session better able to defuse emotional triggers and manage difficult people with skill and composure.

5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m

Dinner and Networking Event

Aboard the historical Belle of Louisville riverboat




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Track 1:
The Business of EHS

(View all Track 1 Sessions in Detail)

Track 2:
Technology & Data in Action

(View all Track 2 Sessions in Detail)

Track 3:
Leadership Excellence

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Track 4:
Sustainability in the Value Chain

(View all Track 4 Sessions in Detail)

Track 5:
Everyday EHS Excellence

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