Program

Special Meetings

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Idea Forum Workshop

Tuesday, May 1 | 9:00am – 1:00pm | Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room

Open to TSC’s tier 1 and retail members, the Idea Forum workshop will focus on developing a vision for the future of sustainability based on sustainability trends we’re seeing, exploring our individual and organizational needs in driving action across trends, and begin identifying the types of collective action that are needed to drive progress. A separate registration is required for this workshop. Click the link below to register.

Responsible Battery Coalition Meeting

Tuesday, May 1 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Aegean Room

The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), a strategic partner of TSC, brings together companies, academics and NGOs with a mission to advance the responsible production, transport, sale, use, reuse, recycling and resource recovery of batteries and other energy storage devices. Join us as we delve into the question, “what is responsible?” – for products, for their supply chains, and for those looking to assess and communicate responsible battery management. While RBC focuses on automotive and stationary batteries, this conversation is relevant any organization that is interested in managing goods and services responsibly. RSVP to Carole Mars.

Argonne National Laboratory Tour

Tuesday, May 1 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Argonne National Laboratory

Following the RBC meeting, Argonne National Laboratory will be hosting a tour for attendees of facilities that are supporting the Batteries and Energy Research programs. Transportation to and from Argonne from the Radisson Blu will be arranged – attendees at the RBC meeting will have first priority for the tour; other Summit attendees that are interested in the tour can be added to a wait list to join the tour as space allows. RSVP to Carole Mars.

Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

Tuesday, May 1 | 11:00am – 5:30pm | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Caribbean/Caspian Room

This session will convene TSC members and guests with farm management software providers, precision ag equipment manufacturers, supply chain software providers, and growers to highlight the need for IT solutions to mobilize sustainability data between farms, brands, and retailers. It will also provide the business case for you to communicate the opportunities for software and system solutions in the agricultural data space to your company’s sustainability and procurement teams.

This event is free and open to all those interested. Those attending this session without purchasing a full pass will not be allowed into the rest of the Summit.

TSC Members: Register through the TSC Summit 18 Registration

Guests: Contact Erika Ferrin for registration code

TSC Tier 1 Member Dinner

Tuesday, May 1 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic A

TSC Tier 1 members are invited to an exclusive dinner celebrating our accomplishments over the last year.

Full Schedule

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Program Themes

  • Implementation and Professional Development
  • Innovation and Focus on Hotspots
  • Best Practices and Working Sessions
  • Consumer Awareness and Behavior

Session Types

Special Meeting
Plenary
Breakout
Break/Meal

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Responsible Battery Coalition Meeting

Special meeting

 Aegean

Facilitator(s): 

Carole Mars, The Sustainability Consortium

The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC), a strategic partner of TSC, brings together companies, academics and NGOs with a mission to advance the responsible production, transport, sale, use, reuse, recycling and resource recovery of batteries and other energy storage devices. Join us as we delve into the question, “what is responsible?” – for products, for their supply chains, and for those looking to assess and communicate responsible battery management. While RBC focuses on automotive and stationary batteries, this conversation is relevant any organization that is interested in managing goods and services responsibly. RSVP to Carole Mars at carole.mars@sustainabilityconsortium.org.

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

TSC Idea Forum – Registration Required

Special meeting
Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park Room

Facilitator(s): 

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Kai Robertson, Independent Consultant
Patrick Beary, The Nature Conservancy
Timothy Smith, University of Minnesota
Denise Osterhues, The Kroger Co.

Sustainability is more integral to business strategy than it has ever been. Being on top of the issues, the trends, and the solutions is key to staying ahead and being in a leadership role, both as an individual sustainability professional, as well as an organization.

TSC Idea Forum, made of up TSC retail and Tier 1 members, is a small, intimate group of change-makers in sustainability and a chance to get to know others that are looking for solutions. TSC Idea Forum is a place where you can build your capacity and leadership as you navigate the ever-changing landscape of sustainability and a place to explore opportunities for collective action on those issues, trends, and solutions that just cannot be tackled alone.

Join us for this in-person TSC Idea Forum workshop where we will focus on developing a vision for the future of sustainability based on:

  • sustainability trends we’re seeing,
  • exploring our individual and organizational needs in driving action across trends,
  • and begin identifying the types of collective action that are needed to drive progress.

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Why Brands and Retailers Need Farm-Level Sustainability Data: Use Cases for IT Solutions

 Special Meeting
Caribbean/Caspian

Facilitator(s): 

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

Speaker(s): 

Tim Carey, PepsiCo
Megan Weidner, Bunge
Jessica Rosen, Taco Bell
Alison Edwards, SISC
Jeff Peters, Agrible
Andres Ferreya, AgGateway/Syngenta
Matt Wood, Anthesis
Caspar Honée, PRé Sustainability
Paul Hishmeh, Field to Market Fieldprint Platform
Emma Fuller, Granular (DowDuPont)
Tom Green, Potato Sustainability Initiative
Daniele Giovannucci, COSA
Joe Wozniak, ITC
Jason Weller, Land O’Lakes
Matt Wood, Anthesis/Cool Farm Tool
Nolan Quiros, GlobalGAP
Nick Betts, SAI
Daniella Malin, Cool Farm Alliance
Jess Bollinger, Arable
Bill Belden, Antares
Bridgette McAdoo, KFC

This session will convene TSC members and guests with farm management software providers, precision ag equipment manufacturers, supply chain software providers, and growers to highlight the need for IT solutions to mobilize sustainability data between farms, brands, and retailers. It will also provide the business case for you to communicate the opportunities for software and system solutions in the agricultural data space to your company’s sustainability and procurement teams. Hear from brands and retailers about their needs for farm data – why they want it, how they use it, and how it can help them achieve their sustainability goals and commitments. Learn why software companies are investing in sustainability solutions, and why sustainability is a strategic opportunity. Learn from growers who view sustainability as a business opportunity and how the data can help with farm management decision making.


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Argonne National Laboratory Tour

 Special Tour Opportunity

Following the RBC meeting, Argonne National Laboratory will be hosting a tour for attendees of facilities that are supporting the Batteries and Energy Research programs. Transportation to and from Argonne from the Radisson Blu will be arranged – attendees at the RBC meeting will have first priority for the tour; other Summit attendees that are interested in the tour can be added to a wait list to join the tour as space allows. RSVP to Carole Mars at carole.mars@sustainabilityconsortium.org.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

TSC Tier 1 Member Dinner
Special Presentation: 2020 Forest Goals: Learn How Jurisdictional Approaches Can Accelerate Progress Deforestation

Meal

Atlantic A

Facilitator(s): 

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Presenters representing:

EDF
Conservation International
The Nature Conservancy
WWF

TSC Tier 1 members are invited to an exclusive dinner celebrating our accomplishments over the last year.

Special dinner presentation: 2020 Forest Goals: Learn how jurisdictional approaches can accelerate progress against deforestation

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Meal

 Atlantic A

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Speed Networking and Welcome

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

9:10 AM – 9:15 AM

TSC Chief Executive Welcome

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

9:15 AM – 9:55 AM

Sharing Perspectives – Member Roundtable Discussions

Plenary
Atlantic A

Facilitator(s):  

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Cristian Barcan, Vinyl Institute
Eric Gassaway, Monsanto
Rob Anson, Henkel
Paul Stanley, HSBC
George Racine, Exxon Mobil
Dee Andrews, Norcom
Bill Dolak, Walgreens
Adam Wade, Fruit of the Loom
Daryl Sabourin, ASR
Patrick Beary, TNC
Kelly Zering, NC State
Matt Lyon, EDF
Rachel Goldtsein, Mars
Lesley McLaughlin, CI
Adam Muellerweiss, Johnson Controls
Jane Stautz, Dow
Lawren Cooper, PepsiCo
Alex Gershenson, Supply Shift
Chisara Ehiemere, Field to Market
Marieke Doolard, Dutch Retail Association
Denise Osterhues, Kroger
Timothy Smith, University of Minnesota

Find connections and learn new ideas as you gather in small groups around topics that are mutually relevant and participate in discussions led by your peers. During this session you will have a chance to pick two topics and take part in meaningful discussions that will provide you with actionable ways to address tough sustainability issues in your own organization and value chains.

9:55 AM – 10:20 AM

Financial Movement: Driving Transparency and Improvements

Plenary
Atlantic A

Facilitator(s): 

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s): 

Zoë Knight, HSBC

HSBC is the first financial institution to join TSC. Learn how the global trade bank is implementing a comprehensive sustainability approach by adopting financing, operational and risk management targets. Learn about HSBC’s commitments, and how the bank is engaging across business lines to integrate sustainability goals and help clients address sustainability challenges.

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM

State of the Charge

Plenary
 Atlantic A

Facilitator(s): 

Adam Muellerweiss, Johnson Controls

Speaker(s): 

Pat Hayes, Responsible Battery Coalition
Linda Gaines, Argonne National Laboratory
Mathy Stanislaus, World Economic Forum/WRI

Do you have a tractor, a forklift, or a delivery truck in your value chain? Has your company made a commitment to sourcing clean energy from a renewable source, on or off the grid? Do you use a cloud server, data center, or work in a building with a backup power supply? After answering yes to one or more of these questions, join TSC and our partner, the Responsible Battery Coalition for a discussion of “State of the Charge” – the challenges that exist in our current battery supply chains and how they are being tackled through multi-stakeholder collaboration efforts.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Consumers and Sustainability Behavior Change

Consumer Awareness & Behavior
Breakout
Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):  

Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Karen Leonas, NC State University
Elizabeth Kinney, P&G
Natalie Hall, Walmart

Consumers play a direct role in the sustainability-related impacts that a product has as it is used and disposed of. Changing consumer behavior can be difficult though. Research on the psychology of behavior change demonstrates there are certain approaches that are more effective than others. In this session, we’ll briefly introduce the principles of successful consumer behavior change, and then hear from organizations that have made it happen.

Hi! I’m New Here. Welcome New TSC Members and Guests!

Implementation & Professional Development
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Carolyn Baltz, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Paul Stanley, HSBC
Christopher Cooke, TSC

New to TSC or trying to learn more? Whether you’ve just joined a team that’s worked with TSC for years or you are interested in learning how TSC works and what to expect if you get involved, we will share the fundamentals of TSC, how they can be applied to your everyday, and what opportunities are available for immediate and long-term engagement and improvement in your strategies.

TSC’s Sustainable Commodities Supply Chain Report and Framework in Action Workshop

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Eric Gassaway, Monsanto
Eliza Roberts, Ceres
Amanda Raster, The Sustainability Consortium

Does your company have plans to revise its supplier code of conduct, or are you creating your first code of conduct for your suppliers? Join us to share your ideas, successes, and challenges, and learn how TSC’s Sustainable Commodity Supply Chains Report and Framework can help you get started. Hear from companies that have used the report to review and revise their existing supplier codes of conduct, and learn how a good supplier code of conduct can help your company achieve its sustainability goals and reduce risk in commodity supply chains.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Networking Break

Break

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch | Sustainability 2.0: Technology in Modern Agriculture

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout/Lunch
 Atlantic A

Facilitator(s):  

Andrew Winston, Winston Eco-Strategies

Speaker(s):

Nancy Kavazajian, Beaver Dam, WI – Soybean farmer, Former USFRA Chai
Nancy Himmelfarb, NJH Sustainability Consulting
Megan Weidner, Bunge
Justin Heath, PrecisionHawk

For those growing and raising food in America, sustainable farming has been the foundation of their operations. As consumers’ demand for sustainably-grown food intensifies, farmers and ranchers are adopting data-driven technologies to meet that demand. Innovations in biotechnologies, traditional breeding, aerial imaging, sensors and precision agriculture allow farmers and ranchers to produce food efficiently while preserving the land’s resources. Join us for this Food Dialogues event, Sustainability 2.0: Technology in Modern Agriculture, to learn about the interconnectivity of technology, sustainability and U.S. farmers and ranchers.

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Break

Break

Atlantic Ballroom

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Excuse me! Do you know how to talk to this buyer?

Implementation & Professional Development
Breakout
 Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):  

Jessica Ginger, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Shane Werling, Walmart
Fred Bedore, Walmart

What is the key to translating sustainability performance into buyer language? What do buyers want to see and why? What actions can be taken once sustainability performance is systematically and successfully integrated into the buying room? Join buyers from retailers implementing TSC tools and services as they discuss the needs and challenges in understanding supplier sustainability performance.

Reducing the Risks of Forced Labor in Supply Chains  

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):

Birgit deVos, TSC
Roland Waardenburg, TSC

Speaker(s):

Elena Fanjul Debnam, Workplace Options
Nolan Quiros, GlobalGAP
Christopher Fox, Hanes

In addition to being a TSC hotspot, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) almost 21 million people are victims of forced labor – 11.4 million women and girls and 9.5 million men and boys. Social sustainability standards have not been able to reduce those numbers for various reasons, but companies may be able to take on the risk of forced labor by identifying chain of management proxies (e.g. grievance processes, codes of conduct) that can work to reduce the risk of forced labor making its home in your supply chain.  Join this discussion as we explore how to best collaborate to squeeze out forced labor from the dark corners of the supply chain.

The ABCs of BPC

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Georgia Rubenstein, Forum for the Future

Speaker(s):

Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation
Bill Dolak, Walgreens
Robert Predale, Johnson & Johnson

The Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) Initiative finalized its common approach to evaluating the sustainability of beauty and personal care products in late 2017. Hear from participating brands and retailers as to how they will be using BPC Rating System results to facilitate supplier-retailer dialogue, drive improvements in supply chains, and independently evaluate and incentivize better, more sustainable products.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break

Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

An IPM Approach to Building Communication Channels About Pesticide Use

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Jennifer Shaw, Syngenta

Speaker(s):

Patrick Beary, TNC
Lori Berger, AgBusiness Resources
Melissa Donnelly, Campbell’s
Jane Stautz, DowDupont

The food, beverage, and agricultural industry recognizes that food companies need help communicating to consumers about pesticide use in the production of the products they make and sell. They also recognize that pesticide application is heavily regulated in both conventional and organic production methods. The current situation is very binary in its approach in that either companies want to avoid pesticide use all together or set specific pound restrictions for growers, which doesn’t work well across diverse regions and commodities.

This project aims at exploring how Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can help growers better understand what food companies need and help food companies better communicate to consumers the practices that are used through the implementation of IPM on farm. It is also intended to better communicate what proper and respectable IPM includes. Come learn about the vision, goals, and mission of this project and help guide it’s progress and development.

Beyond Bags: Tackling the Challenges of Recycling Flexible Film

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):  

Ashley Kuhn, P&G

Speaker(s):

Brian Gaughan, GP Harmon
Michael Gajewski, Closed Loop Fund
Terry Tucker, ExxonMobil
Jeff Meyers, Recycling Partnership
Denise Knight, Walmart

Billions of pounds of postconsumer film (plastics bags and packaging) are produced in North America each year. Film based packaging has many benefits including: efficiency in transportation, safety, accessibility, extending shelf-life, minimizing material usage, and preserving the quality of consumer products packaged goods. Yet only a portion of the film is recovered annually for recycling. Recovery and recycling is limited by 1) Access to Collection, 2) Consumer Participation (consumer education – what and where to recycle) 3) Reclamation Capacity/Sorting Technologies, and 4) Strong end-markets. During this session we will work together to determine how to best move forward on next steps for this exciting innovation project. Come join us!

ROI, where are you?

Implementation & Professional Development
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Speaker(s):

Dan Hutter, Spectrum Brands
Fred Bedore, Walmart

We all find ourselves needing to prove progress and growth on a regular basis. How often do you find yourself scratching your head when it’s time to show that progress? Pragmatism over time is providing this company with results, and proof! Join us to learn how and how to apply the same strategies and learn how to share them internally and publicly.

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Cases & Conversations: Examining Water Solutions Across Sectors Using a Context-Based Approach

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Bart King, New Growth Communications

Speaker(s):

Judith Hochhauser Schneider, WWF
Aaron Morales, Trucost
Philip Henson, Hanes

As the saying goes, “Water water everywhere…nor any drop to drink.” Companies are working hard to measure, track, and manage water across their value chains, but often run into challenges when trying to set targets and reach those goals. This session will explore the challenges and solutions to setting and achieving context-based targets for water use and quality. Come learn from others and share your own insights as we discuss TSC member case studies.

From the Ground Up: Soil to Denim

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):  

Roian Atwood, Wrangler

Speaker(s):

Brent Crossland, Crossland Consulting
Chris Fennig, My Farms
Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute

A deconstructed look at soil health for cotton crops and the innovations on-farm and throughout the supply chain making an impact on the sustainability of the global textiles business. From traceability to soil health, how are we helping the grower make progress in the systems we are implementing?

Retailer and Brand Chemical Policies: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Chris Helt, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign
Michelle Orfei, American Chemistry Council
Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation
Ann Meitz, 3M

What do shampoo, carpet cleaner, and furniture have in common? They all contain chemicals that may be highlighted by brand or retailer management programs. Hear from diverse perspectives throughout the supply chain on the current state of chemical management policies and the challenges faced when responding to consumer demand for safe and sustainable products.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

TSC Summit Reception

Meal

Chicago Cultural Center

Join TSC on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6pm for our annual 2018 TSC Summit reception to celebrate our members and toast to the upcoming year at the historic Chicago Cultural Center. Located just two blocks from the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel, the Chicago Cultural Center celebrates the city of Chicago and houses the world’s largest Tiffany glass-domed ceiling. Our reception will take place in the Preston Bradley Hall along with 25 Tiffany glass chandeliers and views of Millennium Park. TSC will provide food and drinks for 2018 TSC summit attendees and will also announcing the second-annual TSC member awards. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Meal

Atlantic A

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

Living Income & Wage: Exploring the #1 Social Issue

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Birgit de Vos, TSC
Roland Waardenburg, TSC

Speaker(s):

Sonia Cordera, IDH
Marieke Doolaard , Dutch Retail Association
Sebastian Teunissen, Solidaridad

We all know that it takes all actors in the chain to tackle the gap in the (on average) low income countries between current wage levels and living wage/income levels. It is a joint challenge and responsibility which requires joint action. Retail plays an important role, but also at this level one retailer alone undertaking the action is not enough for the simple fact that nobody is big enough to take this on their own. Therefore a joint approach or a sector approach that can be peer-reviewed is needed.

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Sustainable Farming with Volatile Weather

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Eric Snodgrass, Agrible, Inc

21st century farming demands sustainable practices to thrive agribusiness. As we push yields higher and more efficiently farm our land, risk due to weather is an ever present factor in successful farming. In this presentation, we will examine how weather risk has evolved in farming over the last 70 years and how these changes have manifested in yield trends. We will discuss global change and its impact on farming and reveal through sound scientific analysis what these changes mean in the coming decades. Finally, we will look at trends in high impact, low frequency events like hail, flash floods, flash drought, and severe winds and how the timing and severity of these events impacts farming operations. Our goal is understand the factors that drive weather risk in agriculture and how to sustainably approach weather risk management.

9:10 AM – 9:25 AM

TSC Chief Executive Update

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Join TSC Chief Executive, Euan Murray, as he takes us through TSC’s biggest accomplishments over the last year and a look into the future of TSC.

9:25 AM – 9:40 AM

TSC Impact Report Preview

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

TSC Chief Scientist, Kevin Dooley, will take the audience through a sneak peek into TSC’s 2018 Impact Report, including the latest numbers from the Walmart Sustainability Index.

9:40 AM – 9:50 AM

TSC Buyer Dashboard

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Jessica Ginger, The Sustainability Consortium

Jessica Ginger, TSC Director of Implementation, will preview a look at a project around automated buyer dashboards.

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

TSC IT Ecosystem

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Christopher Cooke, The Sustainability Consortium

Join Christopher Cooke, TSC Director of Technical Development, for an update on the TSC IT Ecosystem project, which aims to streamline reporting systems. Chris will be joined by several of the companies involved in this project.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Walmart Project Gigaton Update

 Plenary

Atlantic A

Speaker(s): 

Fred Bedore, Walmart

Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Sustainability for Walmart, will give a preview of what’s next for Walmart’s Project Gigaton.

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break

Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sustainability Reporting: Challenges & Best Practices

Implementation & Professional Development
Breakout
 Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Bart King, New Growth Communications

Speaker(s):

Rachel Goldstein, Mars
Donna Olszowka, Georgia Pacific

Whether gathering sustainability data for the first time, setting improvement goals for the future, or communicating recent achievements to stakeholders, TSC respondents can learn from one another’s experiences. Join TSC Trained Service Provider Bart King as he leans on his expertise in strategic communication to facilitate a conversation between TSC members who will discuss common challenges and best practices in reporting sustainability performance through TSC KPIs year over year.

What’s Next in Sustainable Logistics

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):

Kevin Dooley, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Jessica Balsam, APL Logistics
Suzanne Lindsay-Walker, Brambles
Raja Ramachandran, ripe.io

Information technology has revolutionized the logistics industry and has enabled much greater efficiencies, leading to cost and emissions reduction. Transportation vehicles are also increasingly using renewable forms of energy, leading to lower carbon footprints.  In this interview, we’ll learn what the leading edge of practice is in sustainable logistics, and what is next, from autonomous vehicles to blockchain applications.

From Farm to Fork: Keeping Food as Food in a World of Food Waste

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

JoAnne Berkenkamp, NRDC
Melissa Donnelly, Campbells
Liz Baldridge, Feeding America
Marieke Doolard, Dutch Retail Association
Lisa Zwack, Kroger
Steve Levitsky, Perdue Farms
Erin Killeen, The Sustainability Consortium

Seventy billion pounds of food waste produced in the US each year, even while the US struggles with high levels of food insecurity. More than 45 million US families receive SNAP assistance and close to 15 million children in the US go to bed hungry every night. To date, a number of groups have come together to address the challenge, but there is still more to do. Come join this working session to learn about how TSC and its partners are working to make an impact on this important topic and come share ideas for how to ensure that food stays food.

11:30 AM – 11:40 AM

Networking Break

Break

11:40 AM – 12:40 PM

Lunch | Corporate Investment in Smallholder Agriculture: A Business Case for Reducing Supply Risk and Improving Livelihoods

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout/Lunch
 Atlantic A

Facilitator(s):  

Amanda Raster, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Kevin Rabinovitch, Mars Inc.
Chris Sellers, Committee on Sustainability Assessment
Andy Pepper, Harris Freeman & Co., Inc.
Jay Whitehead, The New Zealand Sustainability Dashboard Project
Anthony Nwosisi, Agribusiness Market Ecosystem Alliance

In the pressure to meet the food demands of an ever-growing population, the spotlight is shifting to the world’s 525 million smallholder farmers to help produce a sustainable supply of critical agricultural commodities. Smallholders, however, often struggle with low productivity and product quality, poor farm management skills, lack of access to key resources, and household poverty. Join us to learn what food companies are doing to increase resilience, reduce risk, and improve income among their smallholder suppliers. Hear from initiatives that are using creative tools to collect sustainability data from smallholder farmers and increase transparency and traceability in smallholder supply chains.

12:40 PM – 12:50 PM

Networking Break

Break

12:50 PM – 1:50 PM

Tools for Achieving Zero Deforestation Commitments by 2020

Best Practices & Working Sessions
Breakout
 Pacific 3

Facilitator(s):  

Christy Slay, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Philip Curtis, The Sustainability Consortium
Stephen Donofrio, Supply Change
Bambi Semroc, CI
Luiz Amaral, WRI
Paul Trianosky, SFI

With 2020 right around the corner, is your company on track to meet its zero deforestation commitments? If you are struggling to identify your sourcing regions and risks, TSC’s new global deforestation model can help. TSC collaborated with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and University of Maryland to create a model that helps companies identify and prioritize areas that are experiencing commodity-driven deforestation and slash and burn agriculture practice. Hear how the Sustainable Forestry Initiative is considering this work as part of their effort to illustrate conservation values in well-managed forests. Also, hear how the model is being used to help identify priority regions in Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge. In addition, hear from Greenpoint Innovations on how achievement of zero deforestation commitments can be supported by enhanced land use planning, mapping, and risk management mapping through the use of latest drone technology. Hear also from Forest Trends about how successful partnerships between indigenous peoples and leading corporations can harmoniously work to maintain a reliable and sustainable supply chain while supporting livelihoods and protecting the rainforest frontier from deforestation risks.

Retail Sustainability Strategy: Then and Now

Consumer Awareness & Behavior
Breakout
 Pacific 1 & 2

Facilitator(s):  

Euan Murray, The Sustainability Consortium

Speaker(s):

Alexandra Florea, Marks and Spencer

We are all experiencing different points along our sustainability journey and can learn a lot from each other’s stories. Join us for a retrospect on where The Sustainability Consortium and Marks and Spencer embarked on their shared journey nearly a decade ago, and find out how it’s evolved and where it’s headed. Find inspiration for your next move though this story.

12:50 PM – 2:50 PM

Wastewater 101 Toolbox Task Force

Innovation & Focus on Hotspots
Breakout XXL
Atlantic B

Facilitator(s):  

Philip Henson, Hanes

Speaker(s):

Karen Leonas, NC State University
Roian Atwood, Wrangler
Adam Wade, Fruit of the Loom
JP Pasterczyk, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.
Sara Johnson, NC State University
Mariah Parker, NC State University
Jacqueline Sewell, NC State University
Caitlin McCall, NC State University

It is estimated that a large percentage of water pollution is linked to textile production. While technology solutions exist, they are often not being used and wastewater is directly discharged to receiving waters, untreated. Sometimes even when the water treatment technology is purchased and used, it is not run continuously in order to save money. To address the challenge, there is a need to create awareness amongst decision-makers and operators of textiles mills about the business risks and opportunities of proper wastewater treatment. Textile plants throughout the supply chain should have access to the information, resources, and training that they need to properly treat wastewater discharge from their facilities. Come join this working session where project champions Fruit of the Loom, HanesBrands, North Carolina State, Walmart, Wrangler, and ZDHC we will lead us through a discussion to fine tune the project details in order to prepare for launching this important and impactful innovation project.

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