2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Programs That Help You Lead


The Forum is a four-day conference experience filled with targeted networking events, educational programming, discussion groups and fun outings. Stay tuned to this page for updates on the unique opportunities we’ve got planned for this year!  

2017 Forum Preliminary Agenda-at-a-Glance


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8:00 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.

NAEM Board of Regents Meeting - By invitation only

8:30 a.m. -
3:00 p.m.

Annual Pre-Forum Golf Event

Cost and event details are coming soon.

12:00 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.

RILA Retail Environmental Compliance Meeting

This meeting will include a lunch and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Please note this meeting is for retailers only.

1:00 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

Volunteer Activity

Cost and event details are coming soon.

2:00 p.m. -
7:00 p.m.

Registration Opens 

Avoid the lines, register and pick up materials on Tuesday!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote

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

Morning Break


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performace

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

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

Session 1:

Creating and Improving a Safety Culture

Session 2:

Measuring the Value of your EHS Management System

Session 3:

Navigating Program Change at EPA and OSHA

Session 4:

Selecting a Framework to Guide Sustainability Strategy

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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

Session 5:

The Board’s View of Risk (And What They Need From You)

Session 6:

How to Build Business Acumen for EHS Staff

Session 7:

Doing More with Less (facilitated discussion)

Session 8:

Embracing Public Disclosure and Engaging Stakeholders

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

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

Session 9:

Getting to the Root Cause: Tips and Innovations for Safety Investigations

Session 10:

Tablets, Cameras, Drones: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS

Session 11:

Auditing Best Practices & Innovations

Session 12:

Supply Chain Transparency: Key Challenges for Retailers and Product Manufacturers

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

Welcome Reception


Thursday, October 26, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration Opens and Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. -
10:00 a.m.

Keynote Session

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall


Track 1:
Safety and Risk

Track 2:
Optimizing Performace

Track 3:
Compliance & Core Practices

Track 4:
Strategic Sustainability

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Session 13:

Prioritizing and Assigning EHS Resources Through the Lens of Risk Minimization

Session 14:

Improving Performance by Integrating EHS Management Systems into the Business

Session 15:

From the Shop Floor to Senior Management, Creating EHS Metrics that Resonate

Session 16:

The New Metrics of Sustainability

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.

Session 17:

Strategies for Moving your Focus from Injury Rates to Behavior Based Safety

Session 18:

Managing Change & Implementing Standards in an Ever-Changing Global Business Environment

Session 19:

Keys to EHS Integration During Mergers and Acquisitions

Session 20:

Maximize Your Impact by Teaming up to Address Large Sustainability Challenges

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

Afternoon Break

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

Thursday Afternoon Keynote

5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

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

Thursday Evening Networking and Dinner Event


Friday, October 27, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Grab and Go Pastries and Coffee

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Women's Leadership Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. -
11:30 a.m.

Tours, Outings, Discussion Groups and Gatherings

Book an afternoon flight home and enjoy sessions and outings with new contacts and friends met at the conference. Sessions Friday morning emphasize a more laid back atmosphere, always with lively discussion.

11:30 a.m.

Conference Adjourns


Interested in Speaking


Are you an EHS or sustainability leader with a case study to share? We are currently accepting applications. Please provide a title and short description for your presentation. In addition, please include information about what management challenge or issue the presentation will address and what the attendees will learn or take away from the presentation. Please note we do not permit consultants or service providers to be speakers at our conference. Contact Virginia Hoekenga, NAEM Deputy Director, at  virginia@naem.org or submit your speaker application.

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