Preliminary Agenda


This is the only sustainability conference designed for, and presented by, professionals with the same needs and responsibilities as you. Meet your peers at the 2013 Corporate Sustainability Management conference to benchmark leading practices discover new solutions and learn how to advance your program.


Pre Conference Meeting – Open to all conference attendees

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Defining the Future of Sustainability Ratings: A conversation about standards for Corporate Sustainability (ESG) Ratings, Rankings and Indices

2013 is being hailed as 'the year' of the sustainability standard.  Learn about the strategic fit of the Big 4 of standards: GRI, IIRC, SASB and GISR.  This will be a key opportunity to learn about and contribute to the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings' (GISR) standard development program and how it fits into the emerging standards ecosystem.  Join us for an interactive discussion of the standards that are shaping the future of corporate sustainability and lend your voice to the future of the GISR standard for measuring corporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance.


GISR is developing Principles, Issues, and Indicators for a rigorous, first-ever standard for corporate sustainability ratings. At this session, GISR will introduce the first of its three-part standard for corporate sustainability ratings: Principles. The standard is aimed at making capital and other markets agents of, rather than impediments to, achieving the Post Rio+20 sustainability agenda.


  • Bob Willard, Corporate Sustainability Author; Sustainability Advantage
  • Dr. Allen L. White, Vice President and Senior Fellow; Tellus Institute
  • Mark Tulay, Program Manager; GISR

All attendees are encouraged to attend this free meeting.

Conference Kick-off
5:30 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.


Patrick Doherty, Director of the Smart Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation

Patrick Doherty is Deputy Director of the National Security Studies Program and Director of the Smart Strategy Initiative at the New America Foundation. He will identify the drivers of future economic growth and offer his recommendation for the role of private industry in transforming the U.S. into a sustainable society.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Case Studies of Three Successful Corporate Sustainability Management Approaches

A staple of NAEM’s sustainability management conference, this session will provide attendees with an opportunity to benchmark different approaches to sustainability management. Sustainability leaders from three unique corporate structures will discuss the benefits, challenges and opportunities of these different models.


  • Maribeth Malloy, Director of Environmental Sustainability & Employee Engagement; Lockheed Martin Co.
  • James Voyles, Director of Environmental Affairs; The Mosaic Co.
  • Jennifer Verrine, Director, Retail EHS; The Estee Lauder Co.'s.

Moderated by: Rob Polito, Director of Business Development; CRedit360

10:30 - 11 a.m.


11 a.m. -

12:15 p.m.

Interactive Materiality Assessment Exercise

Materiality is increasingly being used by companies to focus on their most critical sustainability issues. This session will show you how to use a materiality assessment to ensure your sustainability programs align with your company’s broader strategic goals and priorities.


  • Mark Serwinowski, President and Founder, MetaVu Inc.
  • Mark Stephan, Principal Program Manager, Office of Sustainability; EMC Corp.

Moderated by: Sandy Nessing, Managing Director - Sustainability ESH; American Electric Power Co. Inc.

12:15 - 1 p.m.


1 - 2 p.m.

Sustainability Reporting Roundtable

The Global Reporting Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings will describe their efforts to create uniform standards for external sustainability reporting. This session will provide a timely update on GRI’s expected G4 Guidelines and GISR’s draft principles and provide you with an opportunity to share your feedback.


  • Marjella Alma, Manager External Relations; GRI USA Focal Point

  • Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement; Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
  • Mark Tulay, Program Manager; GISR

Moderated by: Mike Mahanna, Program Director; NAEM

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

Using Green Chemistry to Drive Business Value and Improve Your Brand

Companies are challenged to remove toxics and all materials of concern from their products and supply chains. Recent development in green chemistry offer new ways to meet this challenge. Learn about the latest developments in green chemistry and how they can position companies for better supply chain transparency.


  • Travis Kline, MEM, Senior Toxicologist; AlterEcho
  • Maureen McGeehan, Marketing Manager; DuPont

Moderated by: Minori Lee, EHS Regulatory Consultant; Enhesa

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Dialogues


  • Taking your sustainability reporting to the next level
  • Supply chain sustainability and WRI Scope 3 Protocol update
  • Developing a strategy to manage Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) requests for sustainability data
  • Next generation sustainability goal setting

4:30 - 5 p.m.

Group Report-out and Conference Wrap-up

5 p.m. Conference Adjourns



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The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) empowers corporate leaders to advance environmental stewardship, create safe and healthy workplaces, and promote global sustainability. As the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers, we provide peer-led educational conferences and an active network for sharing solutions to today's corporate EHS and sustainability management challenges. Visit NAEM online at www.naem.org.

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