Fourth Annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit
May 8, 2018
Pre-Summit Session: Arizona State University Executive Certificate in the Circular Economy
In this certificate course offered through Arizona State University, participants will learn about the circular economy and how it works. They will work in small groups to design products or services based on circular economy principles and models; apply newly acquired knowledge to define applicability at the local level using themes such as the built environment, food waste, water, and energy; and complete a broad, high-level net positive impact assessment using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. The course also includes a communications focus.
May 9, 2018
Registration Open and Networking Breakfast
Welcome and Introduction
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and its partners will welcome attendees to the event.
Pushing Boundaries, Fresh Perspectives on the Circular Economy: Using Carbon and People to Drive Sustainability
Covestro has made sustainability a priority from day one. During this keynote address, Jerry MacCleary will share why the company embedded sustainability into its core business and innovation strategies and how that critical decision continues to challenge Covestro’s network of stakeholders to close the loop on the circular economy.
How to Communicate the Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainability Throughout the Company-How Departments Perceive Sustainability
Transition to Working Sessions
Research & Development
How a sustainability strategy can shape, improve, and give relevance to an innovation process.
How a sustainability strategy that encompasses environmental considerations alongside efficiency and cost-effectiveness goals can influence changes to a company’s production process.
How a sustainability strategy can revolutionize a company’s approach to workplace safety and efficiency goals.
How capital allocation, sustainability activity, and business performance interact and align.
Transition to Lunch
Networking Lunch and Expert-Led Lunch Discussions
During the luncheon, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a facilitated discussion led by event speakers and subject-matter experts. Seating is limited, and topics vary.
Dessert and Networking Break
Communicating Across Your Supply Chain
In addition to aligning sustainability strategy across internal departments, companies also need to ensure that their sustainability strategy is reflected across different aspects of their external supply chains. This panel will explore different approaches to supply chain management.
External Circular Communications: Using Language that Resonates
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is compiling a case study report in which experts from different perspectives explain how to effectively communicate about circular ambitions or products. In this session, hear from Enerkem, a featured perspective in this report, about the approach it has taken to sharing its circular economy story with its stakeholders and the lessons learned along the way.
Conveying the Benefits to Policymakers
Hear how companies communicate the benefits of their sustainability and circular strategies to policymakers and relevant stakeholders to advance their business priorities.
Business to Business Partnerships
Attendees can have extended conversations with each other during this time. Designated tables to discuss certain issues will be marked to make it easier for attendees with similar interests to connect.
May 10, 2018
Registration Open and Networking Breakfast
Where do companies see the return in marketing campaigns featuring the sustainable attributes of their products and services?
It's the Economy, Circular: The Economic Impact of the Circular Economy
While a transition to the circular economy will help the environment, it also means the creation of many new jobs. Determining exactly how many jobs remains a challenge. In this session, learn about the efforts to quantify the economic impact of the circular economy.
Measuring Supply Chain Progress Over Time
How are agricultural companies focusing only on what they can do in their operations, but also how they can work with upstream suppliers to meet their sustainability goals?
Activating the Front Lines
Setting sustainability goals is one thing but activating the employees on the front lines to work towards them is another. Hear from practitioners responsible for measuring and implementing sustainability goals discuss tactics for achieving buy-in around the goals and keeping employees informed of progress.
Transition to Working Sessions
It's the Packaging, not the Destination
Packaging adds millions of tons of non-biodegradable waste to landfills every year. To address this challenge, companies have committed to finding ways to increase the use of recyclable packaging and reduce the amount of packaging used. Learn how companies are meeting their ambitious packaging goals by innovating within the company and incorporating ideas from others.
Renewable Energy as a Risk Minimization Strategy
Many companies and cities have renewable energy goals, some as high as 100 percent. Yet, the transition to renewables is a risk mitigation as much as an approach to addressing climate change. Hear how companies are increasing their renewable energy portfolio as a business strategy.
Liquid Gold-How New Technology Can Contribute to Water Reuse and Efficiency
If current conditions continue, estimates show that there will be a 40% global water deficit by 2030. With so many companies depending on water for their operations, there is a demand for new technology that helps increase water reuse and efficiency. In this session, learn about these new technologies and how businesses are leveraging them.
Getting to Zero: How to Send Nothing to the Landfill
Many companies have set zero waste to landfill goals but are struggling with how to eliminate all waste from their operations, especially where the recycling infrastructure is lacking. In this session, hear how companies are utilizing knowledge sharing and external programs to make progress toward zero waste to landfill goals.
Transition to Plenary
Creating movements, whether among consumers or within industry, begins with effectively communicating your story in a way that cuts through the clutter and demonstrates tangible progress. How do you ensure your message resonates—and what does it take to activate change?
Fireside Chat with Leo Mackay, Jr.
Deep Dive Session: Keeping Wires Uncrossed—How Purchasers and Manufacturers Can Improve Communication Around Sustainability and Procurement
Public and private sector purchasers are increasingly including sustainability criteria as part of their procurements but often there is a disconnect between the information product/service providers offer and the information procurement officials need, particularly around sustainability. Learn in this session how that disconnect has come to be and some possible ways to address it.
The Green Electronics Council is a partner for this session.
Deep Dive Session: Building Community Through a Circular Economy
Deep Dive Session: SOI® SparkLab: PUT YOUR BUSINESS AHEAD
At the Core of today’s most admired businesses lies a powerful Single Organising Idea (SOI®). These businesses deliver both sustainable economic and social benefit; they unite people, attract long-term investment, inspire innovation, pioneer new efficiencies, and enjoy positive reputation. They are a new breed of business and a genuine force for good.
This is a unique opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop that will take your thinking beyond CSR and trendy ‘purpose’ intentions to inspire and equip you with a proven, practical management tool that will put your business ahead by making it a genuine force for good. Working with Neil Gaught (author of breakthrough book 'Core'), and ‘business humanizer’ Riccardo Cristiani you will experience the power and potential of a Single Organising Idea (SOI®) to break down barriers and spark real change that matters and sticks.