Program

Special Meetings

School of System Change Preview

Tuesday, May 7 | 9:30AM – 12:00PM

10 Years of Ag Metrics – Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, May 7 | 9:30AM – 5:30PM | Caribbean/Caspian Room

Idea Forum at the Summit

Tuesday, May 7 | 1:00PM-5:00PM

TSC Tier 1 Member Dinner

Tuesday, May 7 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic A

TSC Turns 10 Celebration

Wednesday, May 8 | 6:00PM-9:00PM | Chicago Cultural Center

Full Schedule

Sessions and speakers are subject to change.

Program Themes

  • Circular Economy

    Sessions related to our 4-hour circular economy track

  • Innovation

    Sessions pushing sustainability issues forward or thinking about the future

  • Impact

    Sessions showing the impact of recent efforts or projects

  • Core Work

    Sessions related to TSC’s core measurement and reporting system

Session Types

Special Meeting
Plenary
Breakout
Break/Meal

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Registration

 Room: TBD

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

School of System Change Preview

The challenges we face as sustainability professionals are complex and interconnected. They’re global in scale, with many root causes and contributing factors, supported by deep-rooted institutions and structures. It can seem that the more urgency we feel, the more these challenges seem nearly unmovable. 

How do we know where and when to intervene? What actions and efforts will unlock transformational change, and avoid unintended consequences? How do we work with power, and understand who and how to influence to make change happen? 

Forum for the Future and our partners in the School of System Change believe that growing a global community of change agents is our best chance to transition to a sustainable future. We are building the system change capabilities of change leaders around the world, and invite you to join us for a whirlwind tour of just some of the tools, approaches, and methodologies that can support you to take a systemic approach to your work. Come and learn from the do-ers and the makers, take real life lessons back with you, and discover how you can be a system change agent, whatever your context and role.


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Aegean 

 Facilitator(s):
Georgia Rubenstein, Forum for the Future 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

10 Years of Ag Metrics – Past, Present and Future

TSC has a decade of experience working on key agricultural metrics issues and aligning with ag metrics platforms. Together with our members, we created a framework that has guided our recent projects on sustainable commodities and agricultural data systems. In this day-long workshop, we will briefly review the projects we’ve completed and discuss progress on the implementation of TSC’s first API. We will then discuss what projects TSC will focus on next and explore what the next generation of collaboration looks like.  


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian 

 Facilitator(s):

Christy Slay, TSC

Amanda Raster, TSC


 Speaker(s):

Jennifer Luchte, International Ingredient Corporation 

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Idea Forum at the Summit

As sustainability professionals, we all want to make a difference and we all have a vision for what we’d like to change, but often our vision is difficult to articulate, and even more difficult to realize as a result of the complex systems in which we all operate. There are stakeholder politics, infrastructure needs, resource needs, and communication needs that can feel very frustrating when we are trying to meet our goals. During this session, we will practice improving how we articulate our challenges and state our goals, we will review the types of stakeholders that can influence the success of achieving our goals, we will evaluate our own role across that landscape, and we’ll collaborate with our peers to share our sustainability challenges and learn from each other about how to potentially overcome those challenges to meet our goals. Come join this leadership group and build your capacity to affect even more change. 

 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Aegean 

 Facilitator(s):
Sarah Lewis, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Eric Martin, Adaptive Change Advisors 

Trevor Reese, Enso Impact 

Georgia Rubenstein, Forum for the Future 

JoAnne Berkenkamp NRDC 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

TSC Tier 1 Member Dinner


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration

 Room:  

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast

 Room:  

Atlantic A

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

CEO Update and Welcome

Join TSC Chief Executive as he welcomes everyone to the 2019 TSC Summit. 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

Euan Murray, TSC 

9:10 AM – 9:35 AM

Fireside Chat with TSC Founders

TSC launched in 2009 thanks to our founders, staff and members that supported us in those early years. Join a moderated discussion of TSC’s past and future with TSC founders Jon Johnson, Kevin Dooley and Jay Golden. 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A  

 Facilitator(s):
Mark Spears, common+value 


 Speaker(s):

Jon Johnson, University of Arkansas 

Kevin Dooley, ASU 

Jay Golden, East Carolina University 

9:35 AM – 10:20 AM

Roundtable Discussions

Looking for ideas from peers with similar experiences? Do you wish you could just sit and discuss an issue that is really challenging you? Do you have an idea that you’d like to share? Join the Roundtable Discussions to take part in intimate conversations with peers on sustainability topics most relevant to you. Remember to sign up for your topics of choice when you arrive! 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
Sarah E Lewis TSC


 Speaker(s):

TBD

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM

TBD

TBD

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

10:40 AM – 10:45 AM

TBD

TBD

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

 Session Type: Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

CE Track: Launching Circular Economy Innovation Hub

Join TSC staff as we launch a new effort around circular economy. In this 4-hour set of sessions, we hope to create a space where the projects we have considering how society, nature, and technology interact with the materials that flow through them to produce self-sustaining systems can live and interact. This session will introduce this new “hub” and the ideas behind it and why we are expanding on what’s traditional known as “circular economy”.  

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD 

 Facilitator(s):
Carole Mars, Sarah Lewis, Kevin Dooley, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Brent Heist, P&G 

Theme:

Circular Economy

The TSC Membership Experience

What is the TSC Membership experience? Attend this session to get a first-hand account from a TSC member. Whether your organization joined TSC in the last year or you’re new to your role and TSC, this session will help you understand how to make the most of your membership. Thinking about membership? Join us to help inform your decision and network with other TSC members and gain insight. All are welcome as we dive into the basics unlocking your membership value through TSC’s resources and tools.  

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD 

 Facilitator(s):
Carolyn, Baltz, TSC


 Speaker(s):

Cathy, Resler,  Ocean Spray 

Carolyn, Baltz, TSC

Christopher, Cooke, TSC 

Theme:

Core Work

Leveraging Supply Chain Partnerships to Advance Regenerative Agriculture

The solution to achieving sustainability in agriculture lies just beneath our feet – in the soil. Healthy soils are not only critical to crop productivity, they also provide other benefits that help to address common issues related to food production, including nutrient and water use efficiency, water quality, on-farm greenhouse gas emissions, and biodiversity. Join us as we learn from farmers and soil health experts how the implementation of farming practices that promote soil health can also contribute to improved sustainability outcomes for nutrient management, greenhouse gas emissions, and water use. We will also explore how collaborative partnerships across agricultural supply chains can help to ensure positive results for farmers, food companies, retailers, and consumers alike.   

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room:  TBD 

 Facilitator(s):
Amanda Raster, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Wayne Honeycutt, Soil Health Institute 

Keith Berns, Green Cover Seed

Theme:

Impact

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch


 Session Type: Lunch

 Room: Atlantic A 


1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

CE Track: Sustainable Design

Join us for hour 2 of the CE Track. Sustainability and design in the apparel and textiles industry are often very separate, if not completely opposing ideas. Designers create their designs and sustainability teams come in afterwards to clean up production. If a bridge of communication between design and sustainability can be created, the sustainability potential of a product can be maximized from the outset- jumpstarting improvement and paving the way for innovation. Whether it’s making the decision to use biodegradable materials, or exploring zero waste patternmaking- there are many roads to sustainability that start in design.  

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Jessica Kosak, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Natalie Hall, Walmart 

Shireen Musa, FIT 

Theme:

Circular Economy

Integrating Sustainability Metrics into Your Company’s Existing Systems

TSC enables retailers to collect a wealth of data about their suppliers’ sustainability performance. Unfortunately, this information doesn’t always get integrated into the buyer-supplier conversation. For suppliers who have prioritized sustainability performance and improvements, this can be a frustrating experience. Join us in discussing practical ways to communicate supplier’s sustainability strategy to Buyers, helping to build new levels of trust (or even leverage) in the buying room.

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD 

 Facilitator(s):
Emily Powell, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Theme:

Core Work

Cultivating the Future: Innovations in Agriculture

As TSC marks its 10th anniversary, what changes can we expect from innovations in agriculture in the next 10 years? This session will focus on the implications of new technologies in food production, including CRISPR, hydroponic farming, algae oils that replace fish oils in aquaculture production, and more. Find out how will these changes affect your business and the environmental and social impacts of food production. 

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Christy Slay, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Madision Walker, Grodan

Steven Severino, Veramaris 

Theme:

Innovation

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Value Propositions, Challenges, and Opportunities with Farm-Level Sustainability Metrics

Farm-level sustainability metrics data are a key ingredient for CPG companies and other buyers seeking to address sustainability reporting and measure progress toward achieving sustainable sourcing goals. The challenge is how to make both the metrics, and the experience of implementing them, as valuable as possible for growers given the extra effort required to manage data and report out, while ensuring that buyer needs in the value chain are also addressed. This session will provide an overview of how farm-level sustainability metrics are being implemented by growers in diverse ag production systems, ranging from almond orchards to corn and soy fields. Citing crop-specific examples, panelists will share perspectives on how to enhance the value propositions of sustainability metrics through data driven feedback processes, grower engagement, and regulatory reporting tools. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Nathan Smith, SureHarvest 


 Speaker(s):

Spencer Cooper, Almond Board of California 

Megan Weidner, Bunge 

Theme:

Impact

Certification 2.0 and Beyond: Tackling Social Sustainability

Certifications have not proven to be very effective in addressing social sustainability issues like forced labor, child labor, low wages, and gender equality. What do standards need to change, and can be done beyond certification? How can you tackle those issues in an efficient way? How can you collaborate? Join us to learn how to tackle social issues within and beyond certifications. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Roland Waardenburg, TSC

Birgit deVos, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Rachel Rigby, Rainforest Alliance 

Oren Jaffe, Workplace Options 

Melanie Minzes, CARE 

Theme:

Core Work

CE Track: Materials in Society

Join us for hour 3 of the CE Track. This interactive workshop will explore the world between purchase and recycling of a product. This includes consumer behavior, the role of local governments, and the materials themselves.  


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

Jessica Balsam, APL Logistics 

Theme:

Circular Economy

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Go Green Chemistry: Building a Vision for Innovation

All retail sectors are seeing increased attention from consumers and NGOs on chemically-related human health and environmental impacts. Green chemistry principles can mitigate these hotspots in all life cycle phases; however, widely adopted green chemistry innovation by consumer product manufacturers and suppliers has yet to occur due to uncommon definitions, unshared priorities, and unclear goals. To overcome these barriers, TSC and Forum for the Future have embarked on an ambitious cross sector project funded by Target to convene stakeholders to create a shared vision, or agenda, for green chemistry innovation. Hear from a diverse set of organizations from the consumer product and chemical landscapes that are developing, promoting, and adopting green chemistry principles and understand how their work can contribute to a common vision that drives innovation in green chemistry towards safe consumer products.  


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Theme:

Impact

New Horizons for TSCs Social KPIs: Labor rights, and smallholders

Sustainability is more than environmental issues. Join us as we dig into new TSC social KPIs, the measurement science behind then, and real-life ways of implementing changes in your supply chain. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Birgit de Vos, TSC

Roland Waardenburg,TSC


 Speaker(s):

Sebastian TeunissenSolidaridad 

Daryl Sabourin, ASR 

Theme:

Core Work

CE Track: Resiliency in the Face of Change

Join us for hour 4 of the CE Track: The only thing we can be truly certain about is that the materials in society are going to change. Using automotive batteries as a case study, we will explore what it takes to adapt to changing material streams and implications for material handling and recovery.  


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
TBD 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Theme:

Circular Economy

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

TSC Summit Reception


 Session Type: Reception

 Room: Chicago Cultural Center

 Facilitator(s):
TBD 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Thursday, May 9, 2019

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration

 Room: Atlantic Ballroom Foyer 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast

 Room:  

Atlantic A

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

The Future of Forests: Missing the 2020 Targets and What it Means for the World

With 2020 right around the corner TSC’s deforestation research published in Science tells us that noble commitments to end deforestation have not become reality.  With many public private projects on the ground how can we track success and what are the biggest levers that still need to be pulled to stop the complex “machine” that is hauling our forests away. What will 2030 look like and will we truly end deforestation or monitor it as forest ecosystems wink out of existence?  Hear lessons from a successful community project in Peru that’s using art to combat the pressure to sell forests to loggers.   Can we use this simple model in other communities to protect forests before it’s too late? 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
Christy Slay, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Dante Fenolio, San Antonio Zoo 

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

TSC Chief Executive Update

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. 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

Euan Murray, TSC 

9:30 AM – 9:35 AM

2019 Impact Report Preview

TBD 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

9:35 AM – 9:55 AM

TBD


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD 

9:55 AM – 10:05 AM

TBD


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

TBD

10:05 AM – 10:25 AM

Linking Sustainability Claims to Sales

Who is the ‘sustainable shopper’? What influences are driving their purchase decisions, and how can brands and retailers proactively engage to win on the shelf and online? Learn more about how consumer preferences translate into purchases, how to connect the dots across your internal teams, and what the momentum behind “healthy for me & healthy for the world” means for your future growth. 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

Julia Wilson, Nielsen 

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Break

 Session Type: Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Setting GHG Reduction Goals

This panel session will discuss how organizations determine their GHG reduction goals. The session will feature corporations discussing the process and logic of their target-setting, and NGOs describing how they facilitate goal setting with their partners. We will touch upon such topics as carbon neutrality, science-based targets, and project Gigaton. We will also present some recent research that identifies the drivers that lead companies to make their reduction targets more aggressive. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Greg Poole, Edison Energy 


 Speaker(s):

Vance Merolla, Colgate-Palmolive

Julie Silberman, CDP 

TBD, Walmart 

Theme:

Core Work

Feeding our Food: Opportunities to Advance Feed Sustainability in the Animal Value Chain

The global demand for animal protein is increasing, and research supports feed as one of the most important sustainability issues in animal protein value chains. Yet, four years of TSC data on feed suggests an ongoing challenge to measure and report feed-related impacts. During this special 2-hour session, we will learn about the state of data across the value chain, hear how various tools are measuring and managing feed impacts, and explore ideas for closing measurement and reporting gaps. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):

Amanda Raster, TSC

Christy Slay, TSC


 Speaker(s):

Tom Battagliese, BASF 

Christoph Guenther, BASF 

Jennifer Luchte, International Ingredient

Brett Kaysen, National Pork Board

Theme:

Innovation

Mile High Food Waste: How Does Food Stay Food?

How does food stay food?  Make sure it doesn’t go to waste. Come get involved in a project that is working to map the production, movement, retail, and rescue of food in the mile high city and region of Denver, Colorado. We’ll discuss the existing work taking place in the region, the project details, and ways to get involved.  It is an exciting effort to better understand the supply chain and community-level roadblocks to reaching our goals in keeping food as food.   


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Sarah Lewis, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Denise Osterhues, Kroger 

JoAnne Berkenkamp, NRDC 

Kristen Tetrick , Lucky’s Market 

Liz Baldridge, Feeding America 

Theme:

Innovation

Learning from Sustainability Game Changers

Why would a company make profit a means to a goal, not the end goal itself?  How does one guarantee an equitable value chain in an inequitable world?  What does it take for multi-billion dollar multi-national company to halve its environmental footprint of the making and use of its products?  Join us for a candid conversation with three game changers in their respective industries.  Learn firsthand what is working well and what setbacks could have been avoided.  


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Jessica Ginger, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Theme:

Innovation

11:45 AM – 11:55 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

11:55 PM – 12:40 PM

Lunch

 Room:  

Atlantic A

12:40 PM – 12:50 PM

Break

 Session Type: Break

12:50 PM – 1:50 PM

Building the Textiles Wastewater Treatment Toolbox

From cars, to clothes, to medical supplies: most aspects of modern life rely on the textile manufacturing sector. This vital supply chain is experiencing growing risks since textile mills require substantial amounts of water to dye and treat fabric; a single mill can use up to 200 tons of freshwater per ton of dyed fabric. The Sustainability Consortium has launched a project to create the Textiles Wastewater Treatment Toolbox, an online toolbox where manufacturers can access resources related to these challenges. Join the conversation to help both manufacturers and brands improve their wastewater footprint, and have a positive, value adding message to bring to their consumers. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Philip Henson, HanesBrands and Adam Wade of Fruit of the Loom 


 Speaker(s):

TBD

Theme:

Core Work

Feeding our Food: Opportunities to Advance Feed Sustainability in the Animal Value Chain

The global demand for animal protein is increasing, and research supports feed as one of the most important sustainability issues in animal protein value chains. Yet, four years of TSC data on feed suggests an ongoing challenge to measure and report feed-related impacts. During this special 2-hour session, we will learn about the state of data across the value chain, hear how various tools are measuring and managing feed impacts, and explore ideas for closing measurement and reporting gaps. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):

Amanda Raster, TSC

Christy Slay, TSC


 Speaker(s):

Tom Battagliese, BASF 

Christoph Guenther, BASF 

Theme:

Innovation

Say What? Are Some Product Claims Too Good to be True?

Advertising claims are a key driver for consumer decision-making and brands are keen on competitively highlighting the best attributes for the products they sell, but it’s often difficult to tell fact from fiction for some environmental and safety claims on shelf. From “Free-Of” to “Ozone-Friendly” to the myriad of certifications and seals of approval that are placed on products daily, hear from brand manufacturers on the current state of the claims market and the process and challenges faced in accurate communication of product claims to consumers. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
TBD 


 Speaker(s):

Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Earth Friendly Products 

Andrew Knox, Church & Dwight 

Theme:

Innovation

Pesty Business: Understanding and Communicating Responsible Pest Management in Your Supply Chain

Understanding pest management in your supply chain is never an easy task, let alone explaining it to customers. What if you had a clear and concise way of communicating with your supply chain about the pest management approaches used in the production of the products you make and sell?  What if you, as a grower, had a way to share the innovative ways that you are investing in responsible pest management practices using Integrated Pest Management principles?  This session will provide a chance to learn about the latest efforts to build awareness and improve communication on this issue, learn about the Responsible Pest Management Task Force, and get involved in the project that the group is working on. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: TBD

 Facilitator(s):
Jennifer Shaw, Syngenta 

Dan Sonke, Campbell Soup Company 


 Speaker(s):

Lori Berger, UC Davis 

Theme:

Innovation

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