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
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
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
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
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
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