Program

Program is subject to change. Please check back for regular updates.

Plenary

Breakout

Break

Tuesday, April 11

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Blue Pre-function Room

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Breakout
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium
Amanda Raster, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

During this workshop we will share learnings from case studies with manufacturers, commodity brokers, input providers, and retail on how commodities are currently purchased and what barriers and opportunities exist for sustainability purchasing guidelines.  During this working session TSC will present a framework for common sustainable procurement guidelines for review and participants will work together to draft guideline content by the end of the workshop.

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Track: Metrics Development and Harmonization

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

3:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Side Meeting
Capitol Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Mark Goedkoop, PRé

This session focuses on the open source handbook produced by over a dozen leading companies that aim to assess the positive and negative impacts in the lifecycle of the product. The session will introduce the basics and explain why the companies involved developed this and what they have achieved. This session will be a way for attendees to share experiences and learn from each other. We will also discuss how this relates to the TSC KPI’s and how these initiatives strengthen each other. The meeting is facilitated by PRé Consultants, who have been the convener of this initiative in the past 4 years. More information, the handbook and the cases can be found on http://product-social-impact-assessment.com/ Please register by sending a mail to Mark Goedkoop goedkoop@pre-sustainability.com

6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Break
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Ben Packard, The Nature Conservancy

Tier 1 dinner description: Tier 1 members are invited for a special dinner honoring their contributions to TSC. Join TSC CEO Euan Murray and TSC board member from The Nature Conservancy, Ben Packard, as they welcome Tier 1 members and preview some upcoming projects. This dinner is for Tier 1 members only.

Wednesday, April 12

7:30 AM- 5:00 PM

Blue Pre-function Room

8:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

9:00 AM- 9:10 AM

 Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s): 

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Get out your business cards and your smile! During this session you’ll have a chance to meet some new people and make some new connections as we “speed network” to help kick off the summit.

9:10 AM- 9:20 AM

 Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s): 

Jon Johnson, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Join new TSC CEO Euan Murray and all our summit attendees as we kick off the 2017 TSC summit.

9:20 AM- 9:40 AM

Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Sheila Bonini, WWF

Speaker(s):

Jason Clay, WWF

Our keynote speaker for April 12th will be Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World Wildlife Fund, who works with some of the world’s largest companies to reduce their impact on the environment. In addition to his work with WWF, Jason is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic’s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for commodities such as cotton, shrimp and sugarcane.

9:40 AM- 10:30 AM

Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s): 

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Ralph Bagwell, Bayer
Cristian Barcan, The Vinyl Institute
Boma Brown-West, EDF
Elisabeth Fischer, Syngenta
Amit Jain, Pharmavite
Nancy Roulston, ASPCA
Jeff Hanratty, General Mills
Rachel Goldstein, Mars
Matt Kopac, Burt’s Bees
Sarah Pierce, The Climate Corporation
Eric Gassaway, Monsanto
Charlie Foresman, Monsanto
Rob Anson, Henkel
Roian Atwood, Wrangler
John Mulcahy, Georgia-Pacific
Josh Balk, Humaine Society
Jason Pearson, SPLC
Marie Capdevielle, Colgate-Palmolive
Cathy Resler, Ocean Spray
Terry Stone, Agrinos
Ashley Kuhn, P&G
Adam Rutstein, Jarden

As a part of our opening plenary session, TSC members will host discussion topics at tables around the room and participants will move from one topic to another during the session. Participants will sign up for 3 different discussion topics ahead of the plenary session on Day 1. Don’t forget to sign up!

10:30 AM- 11:00 AM

Networking Break

Blue Pre-function Room

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Breakout
Hampton Room

Facilitator(s):  

Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Adam Siegel, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Lawrence Bowdish, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

The idea of creating circular models for the flow of consumer goods is widely embraced as an important way to increase sustainability for these supply chains. However, the implementation can be much more difficult, especially if your organization doesn’t have previous experience in this space. TSC has partnered with RILA and the USCCF Corporate Citizenship Center to develop the Circular Economy Toolbox – a resource for organizations of all types to learn about how others have implemented circular principles and projects, and get ideas on where to start, or improve, their own programs.

Track: Innovation and Impact
Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):  

Christopher Cooke, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

As we work together to drive further harmonization in the consumer goods industry and reduce survey fatigue, technology continues to improve. Join this session to hear about a new project TSC is working on that may help you answer sustainability surveys more efficiently.

Track: Innovation and Impact
Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator:  

Tim Carey, PepsiCo

Speaker(s):

Melissa Terry, WWF / University of Arkansas
Amanda Raster, The Sustainability Consortium

According to the recently published Food Loss and Waste Protocol, approximately 1/3 of all food is lost or wasted as it moves from where it was produced to where it would be eaten. During this session, we will discuss how TSC members and stakeholders can take on the tough challenges in the food system that lead to food waste and hunger.

Track: Innovation and Impact

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Break
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Kevin Moss, WRI

12:15 – 12:30

Tomorrow’s markets will be shaped by a much larger human population and fewer people living in poverty. With 3 billion people projected to join the global middle class in the next 15 years, particularly in emerging and developing markets we can anticipate unprecedented demand for goods and services. We are on track to triple our use of natural resources by 2050, an impossibility that will put the brakes on business growth.  To grow business and help bring people out of poverty —companies must adopt new, innovative business models that meet consumer needs with much less resources and decoupling business growth from environmental impact.  In order to develop these new and innovative business models, companies, from the top down, must first be open to discussing the challenge of unchecked consumption and current business models dependent on selling more stuff to more people.

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM

Breakout
Hampton Room

Facilitator(s):  

Judith Hochhauser Schneider, WWF

Speaker(s):

Katie Anderson, Environmental Defense Fund
Philip Curtis, The Sustainability Consortium
Lloyd Gamble, WWF

TSC has created a model to help identify source regions of forest products to connect supply chains to the landscapes they depend upon. WWF is finding a number of models that are being conceptualized in different parts of the world that envision varying approaches to scale up efforts to address commodity-driven deforestation to the level of a political jurisdiction. Join us to learn how companies can use both approaches to identify source regions and deforestation risk in supply chains and utilize jurisdictional models to ensure sourcing from deforestation-free regions.

Track: Information Flow Across Supply Chains
Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator(s):  

Jessica Ginger, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Rod Downey, Ready Pac
Lisa Fischer, Syngenta
Jeff Hanratty, General Mills

In a post-2016 Index survey, 99 suppliers indicated they took an action to improve their score for 2017. This feedback is the first empirical evidence that TSC’s Theory of Change is working. What does that impact at scale look like? How is the Sustainability Index helping to begin or accelerate your sustainability journey? Join us as a diverse group of sustainability leaders and leaders in the making share the challenges and triumphs of their efforts to make more sustainable products for a sustainable planet.

Track: Metrics Development and Harmonization
Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Adam Whinston, SGS

The production of goods consumed in the developed world can have a negative impact on supply chain workers. This is especially true for workers further upstream the supply chain, who are less visible. In this session we will discuss how companies can reduce this negative impact by focusing on living wage, supply chain due diligence, and the harmonization of social audits.

Track: Innovation and Impact

2:00 PM- 2:15 PM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

2:15 PM- 3:15 PM

Breakout
Hampton Room

Facilitator(s):  

Charlie Foresman, Monsanto

Speaker(s):

Tracy Schohr, Schohr Ranch/Genesis Grains
Ryan Schohr, Schohr Ranch/Genesis Grains
Kristin Weeks Duncanson, Duncanson Growers
Sarah Pierce, The Climate Corporation

TSC members, Triple Bottom Line Commodities and Monsanto, bring the grower perspective directly to you to discuss challenges and opportunities in agriculture supply chains. Attendees will walk away from this session with a first-hand take on grower challenges in collecting data to report for sustainability surveys and ideas on how to improve industry practices. There will be time for group discussion as this theme is ongoing in TSC’s Ag Metrics initiatives.

Track: Information Flow Across Supply Chains
Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):

Adam Muellerweiss, JCI

Speaker(s):

Pat Hayes, Responsible Battery Coalition
Steve Hellem, Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)
Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

As the TSC evolves and expands beyond Toolkit development, developing new ways to partner with other organizations will help cement our reputation as a sustainability leader. This session will introduce the Responsible Battery Coalition, a new venture focused on transportation batteries. TSC is partnering with RBC and Suppliers Partnership for the Environment for this effort, and these three organizations will be on hand to talk about the expectation for the Coalition and what it means for TSC.

Track: Innovation and Impact
Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator(s):  

Paul Reig, WRI

Speaker(s):

Philip Curtis, The Sustainability Consortium
Alexis Morgan, WWF International
Ben Ruddell, Northern Arizona University

Water is not the same around the globe. Some areas are water scarce while others are water abundant. Join this session to participate in the launch of the paper “Establishing Context-Based Water Targets: a discussion paper”, a joint endeavor of CDP, The Nature Conservancy, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and WWF. Also, learn how to model water in context, how TSC’s Commodity Mapping Program provides water risk results in context, and how businesses are using this approach for better decision making.

Track: Information Flow Across Supply Chains

3:15 PM- 3:30 PM

Break

 Blue Pre-function Room

3:30 PM- 4:30 PM

Breakout
Hampton Room

Facilitator(s):  

Michelle Lapinski, Natural Capital Coalition

Speaker(s):

Marco Ugarte, MillerCoors

Does your business understand how it depends upon nature’s services to provide fresh water, storm protection, and healthy soils? Does your business know how it can ensure those services are available into the future? Come hear from businesses who have used natural capital in decision making. Learn about the Natural Capital Protocol and Toolkit and how it can guide businesses through the process of understanding their dependencies on nature and the risk they face as a result. Experience how to utilize the Protocol and Toolkit in this interactive workshop session

Track: Metrics Development and Harmonization
Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):  

Josh Brugeman, NSF International

Speaker(s):

Josh Balk, The Humane Society of the United States
Jonathan Atwood, Unilever
Rachel Sylvan, Sodexo

Hear from NGO’s about how companies can proactively take action to avoid campaigns. Companies will share how they worked with suppliers to address animal welfare issues. We will also share how Walmart will use TSC Animal Welfare KPIs in next year’s Index survey.

Track: Metrics Development and Harmonization
Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator(s):  

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Kara Hurst, Amazon
Fred Bedore, Walmart

During this session, panelists will share their vision for where sustainability is headed in the retail sector, their thoughts on retailer alignment, their goals and commitments on key sustainability issues, and what they see as top priorities for consumers.

Track: Innovation and Impact

4:30 PM- 4:45 PM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

4:45 PM- 5:00 PM

 Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator: 

Speaker: 

Laura Phillips, Walmart

Description coming soon.

5:00 PM- 5:20 PM

Plenary
Blue Room

Speaker(s):

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Euan Murray will talk about upcoming strategic priorities for TSC and TSC members.

5:20 PM- 6:00 PM

Plenary
Blue Room

Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from Tier 1 member corporations, universities, and civil society organizations. The board is responsible for setting TSC’s strategic direction and developing policies. Come hear our board talk about upcoming TSC innovation projects. The panel will be moderated by Jon Johnson, Chairman of the Board and College Professor of Sustainability at the University of Arkansas.

6:30 PM- 9:00 PM

Break
Smithsonian Castle and Gardens

We are excited to announce that our reception will take place at the Smithsonian Castle and Enid A. Haupt Garden on Wednesday night, April 12th. Attendees of the 2017 TSC Summit are invited to celebrate TSC and our members in the world-famous Smithsonian Castle and explore its beautiful English-style gardens. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

Transportation to the Smithsonian Castle will not be provided. The Castle is located in front of the Smithsonian metro stop (Orange, Blue or Silver line). Please use the Mall entrance when exiting the metro. There is limited parking in that area. For taxis or Uber/Lyft use this address: 1000 Jefferson Dr, SW, Washington, DC 20560. When arriving, please use the Jefferson Drive (Mall) entrance and check in with both the Smithsonian security guards and the TSC staff member that will be checking names. Please bring your TSC Summit badge with you.

Thursday, April 13

7:30 AM- 10:00 AM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

7:30 AM- 8:30 AM

Break

Blue Pre-function Room

7:45 AM- 8:30 AM

Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator(s):  

Carolyn Baltz, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

John Alway, Kao USA, Inc.
Eric Gassaway, Monsanto

Grab some breakfast and join TSC Alumni and friends as they meet and greet new faces that have joined TSC since Summit 2016. If your team has welcomed new staff please encourage their attendance as well as we share best ways to engage with TSC and help our newest members feel welcome. It’s a great way to kick-off a big day of learning and discussion.

8:30 AM- 8:35 AM

Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Thursday is get-to-work day at the 2017 TSC summit as attendees will pick from different working sessions to take a deep dive into different topics and sectors.

8:35 AM- 9:05 AM

 Plenary

Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS)

9:05 AM- 9:30 AM

Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

TSC Chief Scientist, Kevin Dooley, will take summit attendees through some of the highlights of our upcoming 2017 Impact Report, which will be published online later this spring. Dr. Dooley is also a Professor of Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University.

9:30 AM- 10:00 AM

Plenary
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Christopher Cooke, The Sustainability Consortium

Christopher Cooke, TSC Director of Technical Development, will talk about the development of new tools to help producers better answer our KPIs.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Break

 Blue Pre-function Room

10:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Breakout
Governor’s Room

Facilitator(s):  

Cheryl Baldwin, Pure Strategies

Speaker(s):

Nina Goodrich, GreenBlue
John Mulcahy, Georgia-Pacific
Amit Jain, Pharmavite

What does TSC’s 2016 data tell us about the state of packaging? What innovations are underway and where are solutions-in-waiting? Let’s dive deep into what the data is indicating before a panel of members and guests lead the discussion on existing innovations, challenges, and potential solutions. Since TSC KPIs are a mechanism for driving change, we’ll be capturing key concepts throughout the session to then incorporate into any necessary TSC KPI revisions.

Track: Innovation and Impact
Breakout
Hampton Room

Facilitator(s):  

Chris Helt and Christopher Cooke, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Georgia Rubenstein, Forum for the Future

This will be a Common Chemical Criteria Task Force meeting that will focus on the current version of our Framework with examples of its implementation. Additionally, we will provide an overview of the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability (BPC) Project being conducted by Forum for the Future and discuss future considerations for potential impacts on TSC Toolkits.

Track: Information Flow Across Supply Chains
Breakout
Blue Room

Facilitator(s):  

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium
Amanda Raster, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Joseph Wozniak, International Trade Centre (ITC)

Join this session to contribute to the work of the task force this year. This session will provide a status update and seek feedback on the on-going projects including Ag Metrics Providers Project, Sustainable Commodities Project, and Ag Metrics Webinar series. Join to discuss new opportunities regarding alignment of IT and data tools and reaching growers through input providers.

Track: Metrics Development and Harmonization

10:15 AM – 11:40 AM

Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):  

Nancy Bock, American Cleaning Institute

Speaker(s):

Tim Love, CCL Branding
Natalie Hall, Walmart
Karen Leonas, North Carolina State University
Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

Come celebrate the successful conclusion of the first phase of the Cold Water Wash Initiative, sponsored by TSC and the American Cleaning Institute. The pilot projects and other activities related to phase one will be reviewed, and the plan for phase 2 presented. Special guest appearance by the Cold Water Wash Polar Bear!

Track: Innovation and Impact

11:50 AM – 1:00 PM

Breakout
Calvert Room

Facilitator(s):  

Natalie Hall, Walmart

Speaker(s):

Roian Atwood, Wrangler
Karen Leonas, North Carolina State University

Discuss current timelines for TSC and SAC tools to discuss how they can be used concurrently in the measurement space for textiles. Move to how collaboration is supporting issue-specific improvements such as the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals or increasing recycled content in textile materials. We will also highlight outcomes from the March 2 CFT meeting and spend time discussing next steps.

Track: Innovation and Impact

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM

Break

 Blue Pre-function Room

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