Learn About the Business of Sustainability During New Speaker Series From the Erb Institute


Leaders and experts from some of the world’s biggest companies are coming to Ross and U-M this fall as part of an annual speaker series to share how they’re addressing environmental and social issues.

The Elements of Business Sustainability Series runs from Nov. 5 to Dec. 10, covering topics such as sustainability consulting, business and human rights, and global value chains. The event series is sponsored by the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan.

John Viera, Ford
Sustainability at Ford: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Viera discussed the challenges and opportunities faced by Ford. During this workshop, John shared real-life examples of successes and failures and discussed strategies for engaging with stakeholders to champion sustainability.
Monday, Nov. 5

Tiffany Finley, Target
Prioritizing Sustainability at Target

Finley shared experiences from her current role as the Materiality and Stakeholder Engagement Lead at Target and her time consulting across many different industries and geographies.
Monday, Nov. 12

Chhavi Ghuliani, BSR HERProject​
Social Sustainability in the Workplace

Ghuliani will discuss the key social and labor risks and opportunities that face businesses and the variety of roles that practitioners can play in mobilizing the private sector.
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:30am-10:30am​
Dana 3038


Roger McElrath, BSR​
Business and Human Rights

McElrath has nearly 15 years of experience advising some of the world’s largest brands on a broad range of social, labor, and environmental issues, such as factory working conditions, migrant labor in agricultural production, and living wage across global supply chains.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Blau 2560

Robert Kuhn, Kuhn Associates LLC
Get Your Foot in the Door: Sustainability Consulting

Kuhn is a sustainability and CSR expert with more than 20 years of experience in risk management, strategy development, and corporate finance for Fortune 100/500 firms and SMEs. He will share how he has created value-adding strategies and improved efficiencies in a variety of organizations. He will provide insight into how he works with global enterprises to identify and address environmental and social performance issues.
Monday, Dec. 3, 12:00pm-1:00pm​
Dana 1006


Jennifer Princing, Dow
Measure What Matters

Princing is a sustainability professional with 10 years of experience in the field, and she is currently responsible for sustainability reporting at Dow Chemical. She will provide an overview of Dow’s journey over three decades of setting sustainability metrics, the process of reporting, and implications for the future.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Ross 0320

Sara Soderstorm, Erb Institute
Business Case for Sustainability

During a 15-month field study, Professors Sara Soderstrom and Kate Heinze examined how social movement organization FoodLab mobilized a diverse collective of entrepreneurs aligned with the good food movement. Soderstrom will share how FoodLab’s substantive commitment to diversity enabled the growth of the diverse collective through social networks.
Friday, Dec. 7, 12:00pm-1:30pm​
Dana 3038


Sean Ansett, At Stake Advisors LLC, Fairphone​
Global Value Chains

Sean is a sustainability executive with 20 years’ experience managing complexity, building multi-stakeholder partnerships, and spearheading change across the apparel, electronics, and food sectors. This workshop will introduce codes of conduct and supply chain auditing and discuss the challenges of extending social and environmental standards to complex, far-flung and often opaque global supply chains.
Monday, Dec. 10, 12:00-1:00pm​
Dana 3038

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