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BSR Conference 2016

Be Bold

November 1-3 • New York

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Breakout Sessions

Please note, schedule is subject to change.

The BSR Conference is the only event specifically developed and produced for you—corporate sustainability leaders who devote each day to building a better world. Our sessions help you stay ahead of the curve and enable you to bring powerful action items back to your companies and organizations.


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  • Be Bold in 5, 10, 20 Years: A Collective Vision for a Bold Future More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm | Brand Camp Track

    One of the most effective ways to create change is to envision how the steps we take today will affect our future selves and our planet. Engage in rapid-fire brainstorming as we design a bold shared vision of the future 5, 10, and 20 years from now.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Ben Snyder
    Ben Snyder
    Senior Innovation Partner | CivicMakers

    Judi Brown
    Judi Brown
    Cofounder | CivicMakers

    Peter Shanley
    Peter Shanley
    Head of Partnerships and Business Development | Civic Hall

  • Beyond ‘Going Viral’: Breakthrough Communications More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Reinvention Track

    It may not be realistic for every campaign to “go viral,” but an authentic sustainability story can break through the noise and help you connect with your audience. Learn new tools and techniques that bring sustainability to the forefront of your brand.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Anastasia Khoo
    Anastasia Khoo
    Chief Marketing Officer | Human Rights Campaign

    David Gelles
    David Gelles
    Reporter | The New York Times

    Leslie Kruempel
    Leslie Kruempel
    Interactive Marketing Manager | Organic Valley

    Serena Torrey Roosevelt
    Serena Torrey Roosevelt
    Partner | NationSwell

    Melanie Janin
    Melanie Janin
    Managing Director, Communications | BSR

    Moderator

  • Big Bold Question: Can Incumbents Reinvent Themselves for Truly Sustainable Outcomes? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm | Bold Reinvention Track

    Large companies today face challenges from dynamic startups, new business models, and changing consumer expectations. Are size, tradition, and physical assets barriers to innovation or assets traditional companies can use to bring new, sustainable products and services to market?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Caroline T. Roan
    Caroline T. Roan
    Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Pfizer | President, The Pfizer Foundation

    David Eichberg
    David Eichberg
    Global Initiatives Lead, Sustainability and Social Innovation | HP Inc.

    Mark Thain
    Mark Thain
    Director, Social Innovation | Barclays

    Angie Farrag-Thibault
    Angie Farrag-Thibault
    Director, Transport and Logistics and Collaborative Initiatives | BSR

    Moderator

  • Big Bold Question: Is Sustainability Reporting Becoming Obsolete? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Transparency Track

    Join the debate on sustainability reporting and understand the implications for your strategy: Should companies share real-time performance data, or focus on long-term trends that demonstrate big-picture challenges and progress over time?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Evan Harvey
    Evan Harvey
    Director of Corporate Responsibility | Nasdaq

    Lee Ballin
    Lee Ballin
    Head of Sustainable Business Programs | Bloomberg L.P.

    Renée Morin
    Renée Morin
    Living Progress - Stakeholder Relations | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Vishal Kapadia
    Vishal Kapadia
    Executive Director | The WikiRate Project

    Dunstan Allison Hope
    Dunstan Allison Hope
    Managing Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • Big Bold Question: Should Companies Combat Systemic Discrimination? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Leadership Track

    Developments like the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the United States and the resettlement of refugees in Europe are creating heated debates on systemic discrimination. What is the role of companies as influencers, and should business leaders take a stand on these issues?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Amanda Chiampi
    Amanda Chiampi
    Director, Sustainability Integration | AT&T

    Shanley Knox
    Shanley Knox
    Co-founder | Olivia Knox

    Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen
    Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen
    Senior Vice President | BSR

    Moderator

  • Big Bold Question: What Should Business Do About Income Inequality? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    When it comes to wealth inequality, stakeholders are looking at how companies are approaching living wage commitments and whether they are helping build an inclusive economy. How should business take a stance on this subject, which affects both developing and developed economies?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Guy Standing
    Guy Standing
    Professorial Research Associate | SOAS, University of London

    Maurice Jones
    Maurice Jones
    President and CEO | LISC

    Walt M. Macnee
    Walt M. Macnee
    Vice Chairman | MasterCard

    Susan Winterberg
    Susan Winterberg
    Associate Director, Inclusive Economy | BSR

    Moderator

  • Big Bold Question: What Will It Take for Business to Contribute to Warming of No More Than 2°? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Climate Action Track

    What will it take for businesses to reduce emissions and build resilience to reach the goals established in the Paris Agreement? How can businesses be bold in constructing the “well below 2°C” economy?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Deborah Winshel
    Deborah Winshel
    Managing Director, Global Head of Impact Investing | BlackRock

    Noel Morrin
    Noel Morrin
    Executive Vice President, Sustainability | Stora Enso Oyj

    Peter Harris
    Peter Harris
    Sustainability Director, Europe | United Parcel Service

    David Wei
    David Wei
    Associate Director, Climate | BSR

    Moderator

  • Brave New Industry: The Circular Economy More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Leadership Track

    A circular economy creates opportunities to move away from a “take, make, dispose” production system to one that restores the environment and generates value from “waste.” Be inspired with ideas on how to integrate circular economy principles into your business.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Andy Ruben
    Andy Ruben
    CEO and Cofounder | Yerdle

    Eunice Heath
    Eunice Heath
    Global Director, Sustainable Products Marketing and Strategy | The Dow Chemical Company

    Marshall Chase
    Marshall Chase
    Associate Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • Climate Finance: Moving Trillions of Dollars to Build a Thriving, Clean Economy More Info

    Thursday November 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Climate Action Track

    The transition to a thriving, clean economy will require trillions of dollars of investments. How can the private sector—especially financial services—move from bold commitments to concrete actions that make sense for their business?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Andrea Valcalda
    Andrea Valcalda
    Head of Sustainability | Enel SpA

    Gireesh Shrimali
    Gireesh Shrimali
    Director, Climate Finance | Climate Policy Initiative

    Hilary Irby
    Hilary Irby
    Managing Director and Head of Investing with Impact | Morgan Stanley

    Laurence Pessez
    Laurence Pessez
    Head of Corporate Social Responsibility | BNP Paribas S.A.

    Emilie Prattico
    Emilie Prattico
    Manager | BSR

    Moderator

  • Creating the Internet of Sustainable and Trusted Things More Info

    Thursday November 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Transparency Track

    The Internet of Things is supporting great strides in sustainability, from energy-efficient lighting to raw-materials tracking. Join us as we explore the risks, solutions, and opportunities that arise from living in a world where people, data, things, and processes are connected like never before.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Alethea Lange
    Alethea Lange
    Senior Policy Analyst | Center for Democracy and Technology

    Jan Kristensen
    Jan Kristensen
    Head of Environment and Reporting | Telenor Group

    Libby Wayman
    Libby Wayman
    Global Director of Innovation, Ecomagination | GE

    Michael Rohwer
    Michael Rohwer
    Associate Director, Information and Communications Technology | BSR

    Moderator

  • Creating Value by Giving Workers a Voice More Info

    Thursday November 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Transparency Track

    Workers have growing relevance in manufacturing sectors, where the labor force is younger, better informed, and savvy about information technology. How can your company involve workers to improve operations and develop new management solutions?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Daniel Fibiger
    Daniel Fibiger
    Director, Global Partnerships and Supplier Sustainability | GAP Inc.

    Vivian Chang
    Vivian Chang
    Senior Account Director | MicroBenefits

    Wei Sun (Paul)
    Wei Sun (Paul)
    Owner | Sino TYTEX

    Lin Wang
    Lin Wang
    Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • Engaging Consumers through Purpose More Info

    Thursday November 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Leadership Track

    Connecting with consumers’ core values creates deep and long-term loyalty and engages citizens in positive change. Learn how to integrate purpose into brand strategy and marketing and reach consumers based on values like self-esteem, equality, diversity, social progress, and environmental stewardship.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Anna Gedda
    Anna Gedda
    Head of Sustainability | H&M

    Sean McKnight
    Sean McKnight
    Partner | Fortitude Partners

    Sean Milliken
    Sean Milliken
    Head of Global Social Innovation | PayPal

    Elisa Niemtzow
    Elisa Niemtzow
    Director, Consumer Sectors | BSR

    Moderator

  • Engaging Stakeholders in an Era of Hyper-Transparency More Info

    Thursday November 3, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm | Bold Transparency Track

    With the growth of digital media and an increasingly fragmented traditional media sector, it’s impossible for companies to control information about their business. It’s time to think broadly about stakeholders locally and globally, and consider what this era means for your brand, reputation, and practices.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Clare Griffin
    Clare Griffin
    Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Reporting | GlaxoSmithKline

    Dominic Channer
    Dominic Channer
    Vice President, Community Relations | Kinross Gold Corporation

    Patsy Doerr
    Patsy Doerr
    Global Head, Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion | Thomson Reuters

    Sinziana Dorobantu
    Sinziana Dorobantu
    Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations | NYU Stern

    Alison Taylor
    Alison Taylor
    Director, Energy and Extractives | BSR

    Moderator

  • Getting Serious About Empowering Women in the Workplace More Info

    Thursday November 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    Companies have made great strides in support of women’s empowerment, but the economic gender gap remains wide. Explore how companies can catalyze commitments and collective action for change on women’s empowerment.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Linda Scott
    Linda Scott
    Founder, Power Shift Forum for Women | Emeritus DP World Professor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford

    Suzanne Fallender
    Suzanne Fallender
    Director, Corporate Responsibility | Intel Corporation

    Christine Svarer
    Christine Svarer
    Director, HERproject | BSR

    Moderator

  • Is It Time for a Radical Reinvention of Retail? (CANCELLED) More Info

    Thursday November 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Reinvention Track


    Scheduled Speakers

    Speakers to be announced shortly.

    Jorgette Mariñez
    Jorgette Mariñez
    Associate Director, Consumer Sectors | BSR

    Moderator

  • Is Traceability the Supply Chain’s Holy Grail? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Transparency Track

    Hear how large companies, niche players, and entire industries are achieving traceability and tracking their products from raw materials to finished goods.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Nestor Zwyhun
    Nestor Zwyhun
    Executive Vice President, Technology | GT Nexus

    Sheila Bonini
    Sheila Bonini
    CEO | The Sustainability Consortium

    Wendy Savage
    Wendy Savage
    Senior Manager, Social Responsibility and Traceability | Patagonia

    Farid Baddache
    Farid Baddache
    Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa | BSR

    Moderator

  • Land Rights as Supply Chains Move: Whose Paddy Is Your Factory Built On? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    Climate change and other disruptions are forcing supply chains to move. In the future, supply chain practitioners will need to consider different aspects of land rights, including local legal practices, graft and corruption, the local right to operate, and how challenges like violent protest and security can erupt unexpectedly.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Chris Jochnick
    Chris Jochnick
    CEO | Landesa

    Jeremy Prepscius
    Jeremy Prepscius
    Vice President, Asia-Pacific | BSR

    Moderator

  • Lessons in Leadership: It Pays to Be Bold More Info

    Thursday November 3, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm | Bold Leadership Track

    Hear from sustainability leaders on how they developed bold new strategies to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. What was the challenge, how did they approach it, how did they inspire others to join their pursuit, and did it pay off for the company?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Jennifer Silberman
    Jennifer Silberman
    Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility | Target

    Jérôme Schmitt
    Jérôme Schmitt
    Senior Vice President, Innovation and Energy Efficiency | Total SA

    Naomi Morenzoni
    Naomi Morenzoni
    Senior Director, Philanthropy | Salesforce.org

    Therése Lennehag
    Therése Lennehag
    Head of Responsible Investment | EQT AB

    Farid Baddache
    Farid Baddache
    Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa | BSR

    Moderator

  • Natural Capital Accounting: Business Implications? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 4:15 pm-5:15 pm | Bold Climate Action Track

    Learn how business leaders are using the new Natural Capital Protocol to understand environmental impacts and dependencies and assess the risks, costs, and benefits associated with their company’s reliance on nature’s services.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Karen Clarke-Whistler
    Karen Clarke-Whistler
    Chief Environment Officer | TD Bank Group

    Mark Gough
    Mark Gough
    Executive Director | Natural Capital Coalition

    Sarah Matheson
    Sarah Matheson
    Head of Sustainability, North America | Tata Group

    Eric Olson
    Eric Olson
    Senior Vice President | BSR

    Moderator

  • One Year into the SDGs: Is the Moment Becoming a Movement? More Info

    Thursday November 3, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    At the close of last year’s session on the Sustainable Development Goals, we asked participants to share what they hoped to have achieved after one year. This year, we invite those participants—and new ones—to take stock of progress.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Rohini Anand
    Rohini Anand
    Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer | Sodexo

    Subajini Jayasekaran
    Subajini Jayasekaran
    Child Rights and Business Manager | UNICEF

    Tim Bozik
    Tim Bozik
    President of Global Product | Pearson

    Cecile Oger
    Cecile Oger
    Associate Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • Personal Branding for Sustainability Influence More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm | Brand Camp Track

    Want to win contracts, build your credibility, and gain support for your sustainability goals? Join this workshop to design marketing and pitch statements that articulate who you are and why your work matters.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Shannon Houde
    Shannon Houde
    Executive Coach and Talent Advisor | Walk of Life Leaders

  • Pitching a Convenient Truth: How to Communicate Climate Solutions Effectively More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm | Brand Camp Track

    Learn strategies to effectively communicate the material risks and opportunities of climate change. Develop messages to overcome barriers like capital constraints, management attention, and lack of in-house expertise.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Jill Leaness
    Jill Leaness
    Associate Climate Speakers Network | The Climate Reality Project

    Matt Banks
    Matt Banks
    Manager, Climate and Business | World Wildlife Fund

    Sarah Orsay
    Sarah Orsay
    Director, Business Engagement | The Climate Reality Project

  • Reinventing Products: How to Influence Designers More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Reinvention Track

    Up to 80 percent of sustainability impacts are determined in product design. How can you reinvent your company’s product development and innovation processes to incorporate sustainability and circular economy principles?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Alex McIntosh
    Alex McIntosh
    Course Leader, MA Fashion Futures, London College of Fashion | Managing Director, Christopher Raeburn

    Helen Sahi
    Helen Sahi
    Senior Director, Sustainability | Avery Dennison Corporation

    Tara St James
    Tara St James
    Founder | Study NY

    Elisa Niemtzow
    Elisa Niemtzow
    Director, Consumer Sectors | BSR

    Moderator

  • Safeguarding Human Rights in the Business Network: Bold Approaches and Smart Solutions More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    Some of the greatest human rights challenges for companies lie in areas over which they have the least control: the adverse impacts of their suppliers, contractors, joint-venture partners, customers, and governments. Hear from companies that are proactively managing human rights issues in the web of their business relationships.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Jonathan Drimmer
    Jonathan Drimmer
    Vice President and Deputy General Counsel | Barrick Gold Corporation

    Laura Chapman Rubbo
    Laura Chapman Rubbo
    Director, International Labor Standards | The Walt Disney Company

    Louise Nicholls
    Louise Nicholls
    Head of Responsible Sourcing, Packaging and Plan A | Marks and Spencer

    Marissa Pagnani
    Marissa Pagnani
    Group Vice President, Corporate Responsibility | PVH Corp.

    Margaret Jungk
    Margaret Jungk
    Managing Director, Human Rights | BSR

    Moderator

  • Scaling Corporate Renewable Energy: From First Movers to Fast Followers More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Climate Action Track

    Renewable energy purchases by corporations are growing fast. How do we encourage ambition and increase clean power procurement to make sure it’s not limited to just a few leaders in a few geographies?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Chelsea Mozen
    Chelsea Mozen
    Senior Sustainability Specialist, Energy and Carbon | Etsy

    Hervé Touati
    Hervé Touati
    Managing Director | Rocky Mountain Institute

    Scott Stallard
    Scott Stallard
    Senior Manager, Environmental Stewardship | Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Eric Olson
    Eric Olson
    Senior Vice President | BSR

    Moderator

  • Setting the High Bar: Bold Targets, Bold Action More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Leadership Track

    In the face of challenges like climate change, water shortages, and rising inequality, there’s a need for ambitious corporate action. How are companies setting bold targets, and what works to gain internal alignment and commitment?

    Scheduled Speakers

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    Ezgi Barcenas
    Global Director, Corporate Sustainability | Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Laurent Claquin
    Laurent Claquin
    Head of Kering Americas | Kering

    Laura Gitman
    Laura Gitman
    Vice President | BSR

    Moderator

  • So You Want to Be a Social Media Star? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm | Brand Camp Track

    Getting the sustainability message out means building your social media presence. This interactive session will help you get started, craft a compelling profile, and build a platform so you can take your influence to the next level.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Cammie Erickson
    Cammie Erickson
    Head of Employee Programs, LinkedIn for Good | LinkedIn

    Emily Baseman
    Emily Baseman
    Senior Digital Manager | Weber Shandwick

    Julia Robinson
    Julia Robinson
    Manager, Communication | BSR

    Moderator

  • Sustainable Events: Putting Your Best Brand Forward More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 4:15 pm-5:30 pm | Brand Camp Track

    Companies like to showcase their brand by leading and participating in events, but what do these gatherings say about how your business approaches diversity, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability? Hear case studies from BSR and others to develop a sustainable event policy that’s right for your company.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Carole Garner
    Carole Garner
    Director, Conference Management | MeetGreen

    Nancy J Zavada
    Nancy J Zavada
    President | MeetGreen

  • The Age of Automation Is Here: How Do We Ensure Good Jobs? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Inclusion Track

    New technologies are helping companies produce more with less labor, but what does that mean for workers? Explore how to use automation while ensuring that employment is maintained, new skills are developed, and communities retain the economic vitality they need to thrive.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Diego Tamburini
    Diego Tamburini
    Manufacturing Industry Strategist | Autodesk

    Frank Koller
    Frank Koller
    Author | Spark

    Susan Hauser
    Susan Hauser
    Corporate Vice President, Business and Corporate Responsibility | Microsoft

    John Hodges
    John Hodges
    Managing Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • We Are All Tech Companies Now: Tech Sustainability Issues Across Sectors More Info

    Thursday November 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Bold Reinvention Track

    As more companies integrate technology into core products and services, they must manage tech-related sustainability issues such as data privacy and product recycling. Learn how to address these risks and opportunities.

    Scheduled Speakers

    Alice Steenland
    Alice Steenland
    Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer | AXA Group

    Robert ter Kuile
    Robert ter Kuile
    Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability | Fossil Group

    David Korngold
    David Korngold
    Associate Director | BSR

    Moderator

  • Women and Climate Change: Vulnerable Victims or Empowered Agents of Resilience? More Info

    Wednesday November 2, 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Bold Climate Action Track

    Social, political, cultural, and economic inequalities may put women at greater risk in the face of climate change, but women also have the potential to strengthen community resilience. How can the private sector increase women’s adaptive capacity to enhance business and social resilience?

    Scheduled Speakers

    Matthew Lindley
    Matthew Lindley
    Director, Resource Mobilization | International Planned Parenthood Federation

    Robert Sebbag
    Robert Sebbag
    Vice President, Access to Medicines | Sanofi

    Valerie Smith
    Valerie Smith
    Director, Corporate Sustainability | Citi

    Virginie Le Masson
    Virginie Le Masson
    Research Fellow | Overseas Development Institute

    Samantha Harris
    Samantha Harris
    Associate | BSR

    Moderator

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