Developing a Comprehensive Circular Economy Strategy

September 11, 2020 by  
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Developing a Comprehensive Circular Economy Strategy How can companies establish an organizational circular economy strategy that’s owned and embraced by key internal stakeholders? The impacts of circular initiatives can ripple throughout a business and its supply chain, creating opportunity and disruption in its wake. But no matter how visionary or comprehensive, a circular economy strategy will translate into real-world impact only if it breaks through silos and takes hold across an organization. Hear from leaders who not only have established comprehensive circular economy strategies, but also effectively implemented them across their organization. This discussion explores the structure of different circular economy strategies — including core focus areas, KPIs, ownership and impacts on compensation — as well as actionable tactics to engage colleagues, assure alignment and create cross-functional initiatives without derailing existing operations. Speakers John Davies, VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group   Xavier Houot, Global SVP Safety, Environment, Real Estate, Schneider Electric Natasha Scotnicki, Program Manager, Circular Economy, Cisco Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:19 Featured Off

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Return to Sender: Navigating Reverse Logistics

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Return to Sender: Navigating Reverse Logistics How can companies establish efficient reverse logistics to reclaim products and enable more circular outcomes? Product take-back programs are commonplace at retailers keen to have customers walk their used printers and sweaters back into the store. Manufacturers commonly offer mail-in programs, and even cosmetics brands have begun accepting empty packaging for discounts on the next purchase. But all this is very old fashioned, and oftentimes the path of used items is not circular, or even sustainable. This discussion examines efforts to modernize take-back and reverse logistics to forge stronger links in a circular supply chain. Speaker Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer & Analyst, Transportation, GreenBiz Group  Ezgi Barcenas, Global VP of Sustainability, Anheuser-Busch InBev Crystal Lassiter, Senior Director of Global Sustainability, UPS Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:15 Featured Off

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Is There a Role of Waste to Energy in the Circular Economy?

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Is There a Role of Waste to Energy in the Circular Economy? Americans create a lot of solid waste – to the tune of 268 million tons in 2017 alone. While many localities and companies are championing zero-waste plans to divert materials that have a second life (think recycling, reusing and composting), the majority of U.S. garbage still ends up in the landfill. What’s the best use of that garbage? This discussion explores the polarizing world of waste-to-energy through incineration and gasification. Experts discuss if it ever makes sense to generate energy from trash, and break down the environmental and social pitfalls. Speakers Sarah Golden, Senior Energy Analyst & VERGE Energy Chair, GreenBiz Group  Will Thorburn, Director, Cleantech Strategy & Investments, Cox Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:13 Featured Off

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Built to Last: The Case for Durable Design

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Built to Last: The Case for Durable Design What are the implications of building long-lasting, durable products, and what opportunities arise from keeping products in service? “They don’t build things like they used to…” This age-old lament seems aptly fit for our era of single-use disposables and planned obsolescence. For the nostalgic, the quality conscious and the eco-friendly consumer, product longevity is a desirable trait. But when competing with lower production costs and repeat purchase revenue, durable doesn’t always add up to the financial value of disposable. How can you make a financial case for durability? What metrics should you weigh when considering it? Can you build customer loyalty by building to last? This discussion explores these questions as it builds the case for durable design. Deonna Anderson, Associate Editor, GreenBiz Group   Christine Riley Miller, Director of Sustainability, Samsonite Lauren Smith, Product Sustainability Manager, Columbia Sportswear Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 20:03 Featured Off

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The How and Why of Effective Pre-Competitive Collaboration

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The How and Why of Effective Pre-Competitive Collaboration How (and why) can companies overcome the barriers of collaborating with their corporate peers in order to advance system-wide circular outcomes? Faced with the pressing challenges of resource scarcity, ocean plastic pollution and climate change, among others, it’s clear that unique and unprecedented collaborations are required to solve complex global issues. Together, we can drive systemic change more quickly. That’s why leading brands are participating in multi-year consortia to collectively advance a waste-free future. Panelists discuss the challenges, learnings and nuts and bolts of these groundbreaking partnerships. Speakers Kate Daly, Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners  Jane Ewing, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Walmart Eileen Howard Boone, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy and CSO, CVS Health, President, CVS Health and Aetna Foundations Amanda Nusz, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Target Holly Secon Thu, 09/10/2020 – 19:40 Featured Off

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Turning the lens around: Using energy co-benefits as a prioritization tool

November 14, 2019 by  
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And a three-step process to guide your strategy.

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Rohini Anand on how leading companies prioritize and implement diversity and inclusion

March 13, 2019 by  
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Diversity continues to be a top priority for leading companies, but it’s much easier to identify the issue than to implement an effective strategy. What is the role of the corporate sustainability professional in advancing diversity? How do you tailor your strategy to vastly varied global regions and cultures across your company? And how do you measure the impact and business value created as a result of these efforts? Dr.

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Human rights as a driver of climate action and sustainable development

December 6, 2018 by  
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The impacts of climate change threaten our foundational rights. We must act on them with dignity and respect.

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Concrete change: Making cement carbon-negative

December 6, 2018 by  
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The right policies and technologies could turn concrete manufacturing into a net climate benefit.

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The future is on the agenda

October 22, 2018 by  
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The upcoming BSR Conference 2018 in New York will consider four possible scenarios for 2030.

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