2021 Practice Forum: Working Together to Build the Financial Case for Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)

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In March 2021, the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) hosted its invitation-only, fourth annual Practice Forum with sponsorship by Glenmede, Investindustrial, and Qintess, and Media Partner Harvard Business Review (HBR).

The 2021 program included:

From the Board to Employee to the Consumer: NYU Stern CSB’s Research Provides Practical Sustainability Insights and Tools
Tensie Whelan, Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Consumers Lean Green, Even in Crisis: Insights on CPGs and Sustainability Marketing
Groundbreaking research on CSB's 2021 Sustainability Market Share Index™
Raphael Bemporad, Founding Partner, BBMG
Jane Ewing, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Walmart
Randi Kronthal-Sacco, Senior Scholar of Marketing, NYU Stern CSB

Excellence in ESG Implementation: Building Trust, Positive Societal Impact and Competitive Advantage
Tim Ryan
, US Chairman, PwC
Adi Ignatius, Editor-in-Chief, HBR

How the Apparel Industry's Sustainability Investments Are Creating Financial Value
Recent case studies tracking the Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™)
Eric Fisch, National Sector Head of Retail and Apparel, HSBC Bank USA
Cynthia Power, Director of Renew, EILEEN FISHER
Sophie Rifkin, Director, Corporate Research and Engagement, NYU Stern CSB
Kathleen Talbot, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Operations, Reformation
Matthew Thurston, Director of Sustainability, REI

IMAGINE Courageous Collective: Business Leaders Driving Action
Valerie Keller
, Co-Founder & CEO, IMAGINE
Paul Polman, Co-Founder & Chair, IMAGINE

Innovations in Sustainable Investing
Tony Davis
, CEO, Inherent Group
Gordon Fowler, President and CEO, Glenmede
Gillian Tett, Chair Editorial Board, Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

Technology for People, Planet, and Profits
Nana Baffour, CEO, Qintess
Samir Goel, Co-Founder, Esusu Financial, Inc.
David Goldhill, Founder and CEO, Sesame
Micah Kotch, Managing Director, URBAN-X

This invitation-only event focuses on 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. At each of the first three Practice Forums, we hosted more than 200 actively engaged participants.

Note: The Practice Forum is invitation-only and intended for executives and investors who work in fields related to corporate sustainability, ESG investing, and/or sustainable finance. To learn more or to express interest, please reach out to us at sustainablebusiness@stern.nyu.edu.