March 5-6, 2018: Practice Forum: Working Together to Build the Financial Case for Sustainability

Monday, March 5, 2018
Sponsor: Bloomberg LP | Media Partner: Harvard Business Review

The NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business is hosting its first annual Practice Forum: Working Together to Build the Financial Case for Sustainability. At this invitation-only hands-on exchange, participants will learn how to identify, track and monetize sustainability returns driven by innovation, operational efficiency, employee engagement, brand enhancement and risk mitigation, for better decision-making by the C-suite and investors.

CLICK HERE to download the agenda and list of speakers. 

DAY 1: Monday, March 5th

1:00 - 1:30pm | Registration 

1:30 - 2:00p | Opening Address
Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern, and Director, Stern Center for Sustainable Business

2:00p - 2:40p | Fireside Chat: "Mars Investing $1 Billion in Sustainability: What is the Payback?"
Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Business Review, and 
Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mars

2:40p - 3:40p | Panel : "Business Case in Action: Discussion Regarding the Analysis of the ROI of Sustainability" 
MODERATOR: 
Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern, and Director, Stern Center for Sustainable Business
SPEAKERS:
Jim Bath, Global Environmental Director, Kimberly Clark
Maureen Kline, Vice President, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America
Jeff Senne, Corporate Responsibility Strategy and Implementation Leader, PwC
James Sullivan, Head, Global Sustainability Center of Excellence, SAP
David J. Tulauskas, Director, Sustainability, General Motors Company
 
4:00p - 5:00p | Panel: "Sustainability Investing: Moving from Correlation to Causality"
MODERATOR:  
Robert Eccles, Professor, University of Oxford
SPEAKERS:
Jerome Dodson, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Parnassus Investments
Amisha Parekh, Senior Product Strategist, Sustainable Finance, Bloomberg LP
Charles Penner, Partner, Jana Partners LLC
Jackie Roberts, Chief Sustainability Officer, The Carlyle Group
Megan Starr, Vice President, ESG and Impact Client Strategy Team, Goldman Sachs Asset Management 
 
5:00p - 6:00p | Networking Cocktails 


DAY 2: Tuesday, March 6th

9:00a - 9:30a | Opening Address: "Financial Benefits of Companies Managing for Total Societal Impact"
Douglas Beal, Director, Social Impact, The Boston Consulting Group
 
9:30a - 11:00a | Breakout Workshops on the ROI of Sustainability: Testing the Methodology
Workshop 1: John Platko, Chief Strategy Officer, Antea Group
Workshop 2: Elyse Douglas, CSB Senior Scholar
Workshop 3: Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement, Stern Center for Sustainable Business 

Day 2 will feature three sector-specific workshops on identifying and monetizing the benefits of successful sustainability strategies. In the workshops, corporate practitioners will work alongside investors to identify key ESG strategies in a specific sector, and sustainability initiatives/investments which would position an organization as a top quartile performer. The sessions on retail, CPG and manufacturing will be led by experts in monetization.
 
11:30a - 12:00p | Panel: Report on Outcomes from Breakout Workshops

12:00p - 12:40p | Fireside Chat: "The ROI on Sustainability for DOW Chemical"
Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg News and
Andrew Liveris, Executive Chairman, DowDuPont 

12:40p - 1:00p | Closing Address
Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor of Business and Society, Stern, and Director, Stern Center for Sustainable Business


Location 
NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012

Please note that this event is invitation only. Invitations are non-transferable. Please contact the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business at sustainablebusiness@stern.nyu.edu with questions.