Don’t be square: How to tell a successful, circular story that sticks

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Don’t be square: How to tell a successful, circular story that sticks How can companies effectively communicate circular initiatives without confusing or alienating customers and stakeholders? The circular economy is becoming a centerpiece of many corporate sustainability strategies. Yet companies often struggle to translate this into stories that inform and engage employees, customers, investors and other stakeholders. This poses a problem because if we hope to unlock the circular economy’s full potential, we’ll need to make sure that it’s understood and embraced by all — and not just sustainability wonks. In this session, panelists explore how companies are learning to leverage the power of narrative to educate and inspire stakeholders on their circular ambitions, products and service offerings. Speakers: Mike Hower, Managing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact, thinkPARALLAX Devin Giles, Sustainability Project Leader, International Paper Tamay Kiper, Project Director, McDonough Innovation  Holly Secon Tue, 09/15/2020 – 10:36 Featured Off

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Regenerative Business: From Theory to Practice

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Regenerative Business: From Theory to Practice How can diverse stakeholders move beyond designing out waste and keeping products in play, to regenerating local economies and natural systems? The promise of a circular economy includes so much more than just designing out waste and keeping molecules in play. The opportunity, and necessity, is to improve the health of every single system that we touch — from product design and manufacturing to how we engage suppliers across a value chain. What’s the opportunity for your organization to regenerate the natural systems upon which your business depends? How can we learn from nature’s ingenious design to increase value across all forms of capital? This discussion grounds regenerative principles in practice, and shares actionable tools for implementing them. Speakers Shana Rappaport, Vice President & Executive Director, VERGE, GreenBiz Group Ahmed Rahiem, CEO & Co-Founder, Numi Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute  Holly Secon Tue, 09/15/2020 – 10:33 Featured Off

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From Product to Practice: Circular Innovation from the Ground Up

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From Product to Practice: Circular Innovation from the Ground Up How can companies leverage one circular product initiative into an organization-wide, circular transformation? Rethinking your company’s strategy, business model and supply chain for a circular economy — all while continuing to fulfill current and evolving market and customer demands — can be a daunting task. Rather than tackling circularity at scale, some companies are finding early success in starting small. Hear from leading companies about their journeys in optimizing a single product, and how it helped launch enterprise-wide changes in business strategy. Panelists present practical case studies on how implementing and innovating for circular products can transform business practices — from supplier engagement to materials innovation, process improvement, resource optimization and global business strategy. Speakers Christina Raab, Vice President, Strategy & Development, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Kellie Ballew, Director of Sustainability, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. Kip Cleverley, VP, Global Sustainability, IFF Holly Secon Tue, 09/15/2020 – 00:30 Featured Off

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Policy for a Circular Economy: Part 2

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Policy for a Circular Economy: Part 2 How should diverse corporate stakeholders —such as brands and packaging producers — help shape the U.S. policy landscape around plastics, recycling and solid waste management? This two part policy session, organized in collaboration with the The Recycling Partnership, will focus on the role that brand and packaging producers can play in forging a stronger policy environment in the U.S. to create more circular outcomes. The steady growth of public attention around plastics and packaging has led to a revitalized policy focus in the U.S. on recycling and solid waste management in 2020. Historically, brands and packaging producers have played an antagonistic role in the U.S. packaging policy landscape. However, the emergence of a circular economy opportunity and the urgency of science-based action are creating the conditions for value chain engagement and collective participation in the policymaking process. Speakers Elizabeth Biser, VP Policy & Public Affairs, The Recycling Partnership Nicole Collier, Director of Policy & Public Affairs, Nestlé Dylan de Thomas, VP of Industry Collaboration, The Recycling Partnership Missy Owens, Director, Government Relations, Federal & Diplomatic, Coca-Cola  Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 23:59 Featured Off

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Financing Circularity

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Financing Circularity What new strategies are enabling companies and sectors to finance circularity at scale? The circular economy offers significant value and new growth opportunities. In the plastic value chain alone, research shows that compared with business-as-usual, a circular economy has the potential to reduce the annual volume of plastics entering our oceans by 80 percent, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent, generate savings of $200 billion per year, and create 700,000 additional jobs by 2040. The circular economy can create value in similar ways across other sectors of the economy. As we look for ways to recover from the economic shock of the pandemic, the circular economy presents a pathway to build back better. Through the capital markets, investors can help build a more resilient economy that addresses global challenges, creates jobs, and benefits society. Speakers Rob Opsomer, Executive Lead, Systemic Initiatives, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Audrey Choi, Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Sustainability Officer, Morgan Stanley Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 23:35 Featured Off

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Policy for a Circular Economy: Part 1

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Policy for a Circular Economy: Part 1 How should diverse corporate stakeholders — such as brands and packaging producers — help shape the U.S. policy landscape around plastics, recycling and solid waste management? This two part policy session, organized in collaboration with the The Recycling Partnership, will focus on the role that brand and packaging producers can play in forging a stronger policy environment in the U.S. to create more circular outcomes. The steady growth of public attention around plastics and packaging has led to a revitalized policy focus in the U.S. on recycling and solid waste management in 2020. Historically, brands and packaging producers have played an antagonistic role in the U.S. packaging policy landscape. However, the emergence of a circular economy opportunity and the urgency of science-based action are creating the conditions for value chain engagement and collective participation in the policymaking process. Speakers Dylan de Thomas, TRP Nina Butler, More Recycling Sarah Peery, Office of Senator Rob Portman This session was held at GreenBiz Group’s Circularity 20, August 25-27, 2020. Learn more about the event here: https://events.greenbiz.com/events/circularity/online/2020 Watch our other must-see talks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDIkTxibMLM&list=PLyVZcHL_zmn6pie1MKrS3… OUR LINKS Website: https://www.greenbiz.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/greenbiz LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/greenbiz-group Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greenbiz_group Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBiz Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 23:29 Featured Off

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Keeping IT in Play: Maximizing Value and Minimizing E-Waste

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Keeping IT in Play: Maximizing Value and Minimizing E-Waste How can companies extend the useful life of IT assets and more effectively manage e-waste at the end of life? The material value of the electronic waste discarded globally each year adds up to $62.5 billion — more than the GDP of most countries — according to the United Nations. With complex, incongruous regulations across the globe, managing the end of life for technologies such as PCs, tablets, smartphones, data center servers, storage and networking gear is a complex affair. This discussion explores how to embrace a more circular approach to IT hardware and e-waste management. Whether your company is decommissioning a data center, upgrading its PCs or managing other gadgets that have reached the end of their usable life, learn how to unlock value from those systems; navigate complex policies surrounding collection, data protection and intellectual property; and maximize asset life cycles through refurbishment, deployment and recycling of old gear. Speakers Heather Clancy, Editorial Director, GreenBiz Group Kabira Stokes, CEO, Retrievr Jamesetta Strickland, Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager, Iron Mountain Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:38 Featured Off

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Climate considerations: Aligning packaging and carbon commitments

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Climate considerations: Aligning packaging and carbon commitments How can circular packaging solutions align with and advance carbon reduction goals, and how should companies balance these commitments? With an uptick in consumer pressure and awareness, packaging companies, brands and retailers are making bold commitments to rethink their packaging material in pursuit of more circular outcomes. Meanwhile, carbon and GHG reduction commitments continue to make headlines across the corporate world. How can circular packaging initiatives, like reducing or reusing materials, aid companies on their journey towards carbon reduction? When do packaging and carbon commitments lead to conflicting priorities, and how should companies navigate the tradeoffs? This discussion will help your company balance and align your carbon commitments and circular packaging goals. Speakers Benjamin Soltoff, Environmental Innovation Manager, Yale Center for Business and the Environment Luana Pinheiro, Sustainability Transformation Manager – Americas, Tetra Pak Kirsten Witt, Group Director for Sustainability Communications, Coca Cola SHOW LESS Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:31 Featured Off

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Habits & Hooks: Changing Consumer Behavior

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Habits & Hooks: Changing Consumer Behavior How can companies shift consumer behaviors to advance circular outcomes? What do recycling, reusable packaging and rentals all have in common? They rely on consumer behavior to succeed. From renting a dress to successfully using a blue bin, the consumer plays an active role in returning materials and ensuring circular outcomes. But when a consumer is unfamiliar or unwilling to participate, circular initiatives and business models can fail. How can you encourage your consumers to change their behavior and ensure circular success? Learn from practitioners and researchers who are studying and provoking consumer behavior change. Speakers Lindsey Boyle, Founder, Circular Citizen Brian Reilly, CEO, Muuse Dr. Karen Winterich, Professor of Marketing, Frank and Mary Smeal Research Fellow, Pennsylvania State University Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:21 Featured Off

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Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID

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Fighting Food Waste: Lessons from COVID   What emerging strategies have been employed to tackle food waste during the pandemic, and how can we scale these strategies in the future? When the coronavirus pandemic first disrupted food supply chains earlier this year, huge amounts of animals and produce raised for human consumption were lost. But the food system sprang into action — adapting operations, overcoming barriers and scaling promising innovations to reduce the amount of waste. In this discussion, industry experts who have been leading efforts to tackle food waste during the pandemic share what they have learned. Hear innovative thinking about scaling food-waste technologies, building more resilient donation systems and developing new supply chains that connect farmers with food recovery channels. Speakers Jackie Suggitt, Stakeholder Engagement Director, ReFED Zeb McLaurin, Director of Sustainability, Goodr Aidan Reilly, Student, Brown Holly Secon Mon, 09/14/2020 – 14:13 Featured Off

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