Program

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
Networking Break/Meal

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

 Room: Atlantic Ballroom Foyer 

9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Join us for our annual workshop to dive deep into Ag Metrics.  Participants will be the first to hear outcomes of a research project with Trust in Food that explores grower perspectives on sustainability data and conservation agriculture practices.   We will also explore how TSC can address incentives for growers to mobilize sustainability data and drive conservation practices on the ground.  Together we will create a plan for the 2020 decade for TSC to continue our efforts to align metrics, connect data systems, and drive positive impacts through measurement and conservation agriculture practices with our partners. 


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian 

 Facilitator(s):

Christy Slay, TSC


 Speaker(s):

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Aegean 

 Facilitator(s):


 Speaker(s):

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Baker McKenzie, Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower, 300 E Randolph St #5000, Chicago, IL 60601 

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1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Designing a leadership institute is no small feat. As in cathedral building, it requires the channeling of a lot of ideas and energy into one common and persistent vision. We’ve worked to create a lot of those ideas and that energy through TSC Idea Forum. Through the inspiration and direction of those who have been part of TSC Idea Forum over the last 3 years, we are working to grow those ideas, that energy, and the community into the first ever TSC Leadership Institute. Come be part of this session where we will explore new models of leadership development, new ways of thinking about our sustainability challenges, and share ideas with each other about we want to create a Leadership Institute that helps us create the world we want to sustain. We are working to build the first ever TSC Leadership Institute – come join us! 


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Aegean 

 Facilitator(s):

Sarah Lewis, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


 Session Type: Special Meeting

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):

Euan Murray, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

6:30 AM – 7:00 PM

 Room:  

Hotel Lobby

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 Room:  

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 Room:  Atlantic A

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 Room:  Atlantic A

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Rise and shine with fellow TSC newcomers, seasoned members and TSC membership experts. Whether you are new to TSC as a new member, you’re in a new role, or you’re considering membership, we encourage you to take this opportunity to meet key individuals who can enhance your TSC Summit experience. A few current TSC members will be available to answer questions and share the highlights of membership from their perspective. 


 Room:  Atlantic A

 Facilitator(s):

Carolyn Baltz, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Greg Gasper, WMEP 

Margaret Fenwick, BASF 

Theme:

Circular Economy

Core Work

Innovation

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Join TSC Chief Executive Euan Murray as he welcomes everyone to the 2020 TSC Summit. 

 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):
TBD


 Speaker(s):

Euan Murray, TSC 

9:10 AM – 9:40 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A  

 Facilitator(s):


 Speaker(s):

9:40 AM – 10:10 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A  

 Facilitator(s):


 Speaker(s):

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM



 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):

 Speaker(s):

Christina Ramirez, Founder + CEO, PLUS ULTRA 

Giana Korth, Founding Member, Tampon Tribe  


10:40 AM – 10:45 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

 Session Type: Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn about the latest innovations in technologies to create a more sustainable future for food.  Hear how these innovations will address food production in the face of changing climate. 

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian  

 Facilitator(s):

Christy Slay, TSC 



 Speaker(s):

Theme:

Innovation

This interactive session will take you down a path to explore water quality and quantity impacts in the production of products and how to work to eliminate those impacts. We’ll explore innovative solutions being used to tackle water issues across value chains – from on-farm to manufacturing to consumer use to recycling processes to landfills. Participants will come away with new ideas for how to further their organizational water strategy and a collective vision for how to further tackle water issues across value chains. 

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bering 

 Facilitator(s):

Sarah Lewis, TSC 



 Speaker(s):

Vance Merolla, Colgate-Palmolive 

Theme:

Innovation

The consumer communication landscape is awash with apps, labels and websites to help consumers understand the sustainability of the products they are buying. How do companies sort through the options, and how do consumers avoid greenwashing? Join a panel of consumer-facing media platforms to discuss the landscape of consumer communication and where we go from here.   

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room:  Atlantic B 

 Facilitator(s):

Euan Murray, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Koen Boone, TSC 

Matthew Allan, SmartLabel 

Theme:

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

 Session Type: Networking Break

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM


 Session Type: Lunch

 Room: Atlantic A 


1:15 PM – 1:30 PM

 Session Type: Networking Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Hear the results of TSC’s and Trust in Food research which surveyed farmers from across the U.S. to determine how they are participating in conservation programs and practices.  The results of the project will help TSC understand the barriers and incentives that farmers report for sustainable agriculture practices including conservation finance.   

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian 

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Theme: Impact

We need to think differently about how current product value chains operate and what is required to make emerging systems resilient to the inevitable change they will encounter.  This session will delve into how three different sectors – municipal recycling, automotive batteries, and consumer packaging – are re-imagining what is possible and creating the building blocks for true circular economies. 

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bering 

 Facilitator(s):

Carole Mars, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Ben Weir, TerraCycle 

Theme: Circular Economy

Tired of reactionary compliance to slightly different versions of sustainability requests? Ready to win over your customer with your proactive efforts to make and sell sustainable products? THESIS and this workshop is designed for you.  

 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Atlantic B 

 Facilitator(s):

Jessica Ginger, TSC, 

Emily Powell, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Jessie Broadway, H&H 

 Theme: Core Work

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM

 Session Type: Networking Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

TSC’s Commodity Mapping tool has helped many member companies map supply chains and address transparency risks.  Join us for a workshop to hear from the latest users of Commodity Mapping about their results and use cases.  Then participate in an exploratory workshop to discuss the future of the tool. Provide your feedback on how you could use it, what features you want to see, and what value it can provide to your business decisions.  Hear direct feedback from current and previous users and help envision the next generation of Commodity Mapping. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Atlantic B 

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Theme: Core Work

A truly resilient system considers not only the environmental impacts of our current consumption culture, but the social and ethical issues the same consumption creates. A solution space capable of addressing the full range of environmental and social issues requires knowledge, skills and abilities drawn from an equally wide range of disciplines and expertise. This session will introduce TSC’s work with the Kaiteki Center as a case study in how an interdisciplinary initiative can provide more complete solutions for a resilient society. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bering 

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Theme: Circular Economy

According to the FAO’s 2010 definition, sustainable diets are those with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations.  But what exactly does that look like on the plate?  And what does that mean for consumers shopping at the grocery store and looking to meet their nutrition needs as well as reduce their environmental impact?  Also, with diverse authoritative voices communicating to consumers on nutrition, as well as sustainability, there is an opportunity for those voices to come together but who is that expert?  This session will seek to explore the concept of sustainable nutrition, what considerations need to be made from both an agriculture and a nutrient-density perspective and who consumers can look to for answers. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian 

 Facilitator(s):

 Julie Meyer, Eat Well Global 


 Speaker(s):

Katie Brown, DMI 

Theme: Innovation

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

 Session Type: Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

As 2020 zero deforestation commitments are due hear from TSC members about where they stand on their goals and what issues they feel that government has a role to play.  Discuss the instances where policy is necessary to remove deforestation from agricultural and forest commodity supply chains. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bering 

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Theme: Impact

When considering circularity for products there is a tendency to look toward future systems, but filling in knowledge gaps in existing value chains and leveraging what has been learned from successful systems today can play a large role as well. This session will present lessons learned from the current lead-acid battery recovery system and present TSC’s work on improving recovery systems for textiles and plastic film. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Caribbean/Caspian 

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Theme: Circular Economy 

They spend roughly $143 billion per year. They are digitally native. They reach for brands that feel authentic. What do you know about Gen Z? It’s time to level up and get ready for a research-savvy consumer market paying closer attention to your sustainability impacts than any that came before. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Atlantic B 

 Facilitator(s):

Emily Powell, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Shane Keough, WeGoFor2 

Theme: Innovation

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM


 Session Type: Activity

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6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


 Session Type: Reception

 Room: Mid American Club


Thursday, April 30, 2020

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 Room: Atlantic Ballroom Foyer 

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

 Room:  

Atlantic A

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

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9:05 AM – 9:30 AM

Hear from the Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Amanda Rodewald to learn the most recent trends in bird declines and how corporate efforts can support bird conservation as an indirect benefit of sustainability goals. 


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

 Facilitator(s):

Christy Slay, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Amanda Rodewald, Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

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10:20 AM – 10:30 AM


 Session Type: Plenary

 Room: Atlantic A 

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10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

 Session Type: Networking Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Who will buy this? How will they use it? What will they do with it when they no longer need or want it? The rise of the circular economy has opened the door to a level of design thinking beyond the initial point of sale. We’ll have a chat with designers and business owners who see past the first life of products and use circularity to their advantage. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: ACaribbean/Caspian

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Theme: Innovation

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Could the rise of private labels be accelerating the realization of sustainable products?  Did national brands create a tailwind for progress? In a race to create and market sustainable, quality products, who is pushing who in this win-win situation? 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Atlantic B

 Facilitator(s):

Jessica Ginger, TSC 


 Speaker(s):

Josh Eldridge, Rockline Industries

Theme: Impact

During this session, participants will learn about untapped resources for tackling the impacts to forests. We’ll explore new ways that organizations are working to protect global forests, discussing everything from global trade standards and policies to new and innovative decision support tools. Come learn how you can take action in your supply chain in ways that you hadn’t ever considered.   


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bearing

 Facilitator(s):

Sarah Lewis, TSC

Chris Cooke, TSC


 Speaker(s):

Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy 

Theme: Impact

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

 Session Type: Networking Break

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Come join this session where TSC’s RPM Task Force will continue the work of building the RPM Framework, a tool for improving communication of leadership in responsible pest management in food, fiber, and forestry. We’ve launched the project and are working through developing the framework and the cropping system examples. Come hear an update on the project and have a chance to contribute to the development of this new, cross-sector tool.  


 Session Type: Breakout

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Theme: Impact

Learn about the current tools and initiatives to address sustainability and feed globally.  Discuss how feed sustainability matters to consumers and retailers and how TSC THESIS data results compare across animal protein categories. 


 Session Type: Breakout

 Room: Baltic/Bering  

 Facilitator(s):
Philip Henson, Hanes Brands 


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Theme: Innovation

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

All retail sectors are seeing increased attention from consumers and NGOs on chemically-related human health and environmental impacts. Green chemistry can help; however, full adoption of the green chemistry principles remains a niche component in the overall landscape of consumer product supply chains. In this session, hear an update on a project being conducted by TSC and Forum for the Future that aims to enable consumer product supply chains to work in synergy towards systemic solutions for safe and sustainable chemistry using green chemistry principles.  


 Session Type: Breakout

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 Speaker(s):

Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation 

Theme: Core Work

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

 Room:  

Atlantic A

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

 Room:  

Atlantic A

Special Meetings

10 Years of Ag Metrics – Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, April 28th | 9:30AM – 5:30PM | Caribbean/Caspian Room

Leadership Institute

Tuesday, April 28th | 1:00PM-5:00PM

TSC All Access Member Dinner

Tuesday, April 28th | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic A

TSC Summit Reception

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00-9:00pm, Mid-America Club

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