Agenda

8:30 am-9:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 am-9:10 am

Opening Remarks

Conference Chair

9:10 am-9:45 am

Keynote/Interview

Speaker(s)

  • Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, Harvard Business School, and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Moderator(s)

9:45 am-10:45 am

Panel:  Innovation Along the Sustainable Supply Chain

A sustainable supply chain is a worthy goal, but is often seen as incompatible with profits.  Many executives have learned that there are significant financial rewards to be gained from re-configuring their supply chain into one that is more sustainable.  Long term and short term financial advantages and issues will be discussed. Best practices in creating a sustainable supply chain will be examined. Examples will be given of companies who have created a more sustainable supply chain, along with commentary from the innovative executives who led the transition.  What must companies do to sustain their supply chain?  How can a sustainable supply chain ease investors' concerns about earnings?  What are the most reliable methods by which to measure the financial impacts of the sustainable supply chain?

Speaker(s)

  • James Gowen, Vice President - Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon
  • Erika Karp, Managing Director, Global Head of Sector Research,
    UBS Investment Bank
  • Stephen Kibsey, Vice President, Risk Management - Equity Markets, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec

Moderator(s)

  • Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times
10:45 am-11:15 am

Networking Break

11:15 am-12:15 pm

Panel: Water Risk - Finding the Balance Between the Challenges and Opportunities

Water scarcity is one of the most daunting problems facing manufacturing-centric corporations and one in which investors are most interested.  The potential scarcity of water in the coming years may cause companies without a significant understanding of their water usage to cease to be competitive.  This panel will explore methods of water risk management and technological innovations in water conservation.  Financial implications of water supply will be discussed, including the theoretical pricing of water.  How can companies correctly quantify their water risk? What are the technologies that can reduce water usage, and are they worth the investment?  What are leaders in the manufacturing industry doing to reduce their water usage in upstream and downstream processes?

Speaker(s)

  • Brooke Barton, Senior Manager, Water and Corporate Programs, Ceres
  • Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research and Policy, Calvert Investments
  • Greg Koch, Global Director, Water Stewardship, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Usha Rao-Monari, Global Head, Water, Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources Department, IFC

Moderator(s)

12:15 pm-1:45 pm

Luncheon

1:45 pm-2:45 pm

Panel: Examining the Real Cost of Poor Governance

Corporate governance issues have never been more prominent than they are now.  From the News Corp phone hacking scandal, to the continuing insider trading trials, to enduring claims of runaway executive compensation, investors are more closely investigating the relationship between inadequate governance and share prices.

Can an actual link between poor governance and lowered value for investors be proven?  What are some recent cases in which lax governance can be linked to a decline in share prices?  How can engagement campaigns be employed to effectively influence organizations to monitor their own activities?  Since the overturning of the proxy access rule, do investors have any voice at all?

Speaker(s)

Moderator(s)

2:45 pm-3:15 pm

Keynote/Interview

Speaker(s)

  • Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economics, Energy, and the Environment, USA

Moderator(s)

3:15 pm-3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm-4:45 pm

Panel: Unlocking the Green(s) Within -- Reducing Emissions, Saving Energy and Creating Value

New government and other programs exist to make the purchase and use of renewable energy cheaper and simpler than it was before.  Technological advances help to reduce cost and carbon footprint in relatively easy ways, often with a relatively small investment. Tremendous value can be wrung from more efficient use of existing facilities, services and operations.  With energy spending the most expensive part of virtually every business, many companies are still not taking advantage of the full suite of energy use reductions and savings available to them, depriving investors of much-welcomed gains.  This panel will look at some of the most dramatic instances of energy savings by corporations and describe the tactics employed, the amount invested and the result. Sector leaders' energy use will be scrutinized against that of their competitors.

Speaker(s)

  • Lee Coker, Project Manager, Green Returns, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sean Noonan, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Production Control & Finance, BMW Manufacturing
  • Shannon Schuyler, Corporate Responsibility Leader, PwC
  • Mark Sloss, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Sustainable Investing, UBS Wealth Management Americas

Moderator(s)

  • Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times
4:45 pm-5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Moderator(s)

  • Ed Crooks, US Industry and Energy Editor, Financial Times