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Next Roundtable: 10/22 Sustainability Product Differentiation: Creating/Discovering New Value

Topic:  Sustainability Product Differentiation: Creating and Discovering New Value
Conversation Starter:  Doug Brown Manager, Business Strategy, Sustainability at BASF

Date: THURSDAY October 22, 2015 8am-Noon
(Rescheduled due to severe last minute speaker schedule challenges).
Location: Disclosed only to attendees – metro Milwaukee

With 50,000 SKUs in your portfolio where do you start looking for existing or potential sustainability products within your product portfolio?  Come learn from an expert in the field at doing just that.  BASF is partnering with other companies to look at product and supply chain opportunities in sustainability.

Companies are striving to differentiate their more sustainability and socially responsible practices and products.
But is it working? Does sustainability really impact buying decisions?  Where should we be focusing our attention?  Who and where is the audience?  Where can we create value? How does it differ in B2C versus the B2B businesses?  How can we prove the business case?

dougbrownDoug Brown is a member of BASF’s North American corporate management team for sustainable development and serves as Business Strategy & Implementation Manager. Doug is subject matter expert on sustainability to BASF, serving as the primary intermediary for 12 operating divisions with annual revenue of $19 billion across several industries including; Transportation, Agricultural, Consumer goods, Construction and Packaging.

In his role, Doug consults with business management teams to assess how effectively they leverage sustainability with emphasis on; customer engagement, innovation & portfolio management, and commercialization of technology developments. Through BASF’s Applied Sustainability methodology, we develop a 360° view on sustainability performance including how each product contributes to specific value chain needs and how to articulate these values in highly competitive markets.

Doug joined BASF in 1997, has held various Sales & Marketing leadership roles throughout his career and has considerable expertise in the built environment. Doug serves on the USGBC HealthBuild Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Building Industries Council.

Interested in attending or learning how your company can become involved in the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable? Contact Matthew at 414-939-3594

 

Next MSR Roundtable 5/21 – Sustainable Supply Chain with McDonald’s

Space is limited for this event. Become a member today to guarantee a seat.

Topic:  Sustainable Supply Chain: Challenges, Opportunities, and Collaborations.
Conversation Starter:  Susan ForsellVP Sustainability and Sustainable Supply Chain for McDonald’s USA

There is also strong possibility that we will have a representative from one of McDonald’s vendors to expand our discussion and explore deeper the relationships in sustainable supply chains.

Date: Thursday, May 21st, 2015 – 8:00am-12:30
Location: Disclosed only to attendees – metro Milwaukee

Susan ForsellBio: Susan Forsell is responsible for leading the advancement of environmental and sustainable supply strategies and initiatives for McDonald’s U.S. business, including initiatives focused on recycling and waste management, energy efficiency, and sustainable sourcing.  Prior to her current role, Susan served as VP, Quality Systems, where she was responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of McDonald’s quality assurance, food safety, and sustainable supply policies and programs.  A 20-year veteran, Susan started her career with McDonald’s Asia Pacific operations in 1992. She has risen through the ranks, holding various supply chain management positions including Asia Pacific Zone Purchasing Director and Central Division Senior Director, Supply Chain Management. She also devotes her time to the Ronald McDonald’s House Charities and the Jr. Achievement Volunteer Program.

Remember: We’re all experts in the room.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just starting your company’s sustainability journey, we all bring a wealth of knowledge, perspective, and experience to the table. Come engage the conversation with us.

Space is limited for this event. Become a member today to guarantee a seat. Each corporate membership includes two seats at the roundtable.

Interested in attending or learning how your company can become involved in the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable? Contact Matthew at 414-939-3594

Cool Choices – Employee Engagement Video

It’s the season of Earth Day—which means lots of you are thinking about how you might engage your employees in the company’s sustainability objectives. Imagine the impact if everyone walked the talk!

  • What’s your company doing for Earth Day?
  • How engaged are you employees in Sustainability or CSR?
  • What if You Could Inspire Employees to Make Cool Choices?

cool-choices-logoEverybody wants effective employee engagement—the kind that inspires innovation, yields real dollar savings and persists over time. On April 23 the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable hosted a virtual session featuring Cool Choices, a Wisconsin nonprofit that’s helping companies all over the country engage their employees on sustainability.  Kathy Kuntz and Raj Shukla of Cool Choices shared best practices for how you can accrue the benefits of effective employee engagement.

Check out this cool SPECIAL virtual roundtable with MSR and COOL CHOICES

Think of it as a 365 day head start for next year’s Earth Day.

FYI: Typically the members of the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable gather virtually for a private, short check-in meeting on months when they are not meeting in person.  At least twice a year we have special virtual sessions where we bring in experts on immediately relevant topics, often issues that arise at quarterly meetings to drill deeper. Sometimes we open these Special Sessions to other sustainability/CSR leaders in the region.

What is Materiality? It is the topic of the 2/19 Roundtable

Materiality is the topic of our first quarter roundtable in 2015.

Materiality: What is it? Why should you do it? How do you do it? How can it shape strategy and increase your impact? How can it help you create a Sustainable Supply Chain?

Hint: Materiality helps prioritize sustainability issues.  When you use materiality in sustainability strategy development you ensure your company’s focuses on the priority issues and provide rigor and clarity to your business case.

Date: Thursday, February 19th, 2015 – 7:00am-12noon
Location: Disclosed to attendees – metro Milwaukee
Conversation Starter: David Meyer – Senior Consultant with EORM – expert in Materiality and Sustainable Supply Chain.

Remember: It is more than just the conversation starter.  We’re all experts in the room.  Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just starting your company’s sustainability journey, we all bring a wealth of knowledge, perspective, and experience to the table. Come engage the conversation with us.

Interested in attending or learning how your company can become involved in the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable? Contact Matthew at 414-939-3594

Conversation Starter Bio: Dave Meyer – An Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and sustainability-focused practitioner with a strong background in corporate governance and compliance issues, Dave Meyer has a deep track record of success in leading organizations in leveraging regulatory compliance & organizational risks. His recent experience with EORM has been focused on responsible supply chain management, integrated management systems, corporate materiality assessments and responsibility reporting, and embedded sustainability strategy and implementation. He has extensive expertise with a diverse mix of industries including university and healthcare laboratories, pharmaceutical/biotech, renewable energy, semiconductor, defense, food products/agriculture, consumer electronics, mining, aerospace, forest products, transportation, public works, transportation, financial, legal and government sectors.

Coming in 2015: – in person and virtual

  • Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Metrics
  • Transparency vs Legal
  • Employee Engagement
  • Language of Finance
  • Green Marketing
  • Trends in Sustainability

2014 In Review!

As we launch our 2015 Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable  season, it is appropriate to look back on first year.  2014 was an amazing year of programs, connections, and opportunities.  2015 will be even better.  Join Us.

Six Amazing Conversations

We are all about dialogue and learning so we have made a point to bring in industry experts and leaders to be conversation starters.   Everyone in the room is an expert and the conversation starters have given us a launchpad to learn from eachother.

Q1 2014 We launched with the People Side of Sustainability – reframing our thinking from volunteerism and engagement to valued critical resource, beginning with Chris Jarvis‘ talk on Transformative Value. Jeffrey Joerres , CEO of ManpowerGroup, then stole the show with surprise visit and strategic look at Talent Sustainability.

Q2 2014 Two great conversations on Waste, Zero Waste, and By-product synergy. First with Andy Mangan of the USBCSD talking about regional collaborative efforts to find synergies in our waste streams. Second with a stellar virtual conversation with Michelle Long of Subaru of Indiana Automotive on their Journey to Sustainability (contact us for  password to watch the session)

Q3 2014 August brought a wake up call with Sustainability and the CFO: Speaking the Language of Finance. Our guest, Charter Financial Analyst, Bill McGinnis gave us tough love in spelling out specifically what we need to learn, why we need to learn it, and challenged us to step up our game to have a greater impact in our organizations with sustainability.  It was clear that  speaking the language of finance is a perennial concern so we will continue to bring finance lessons and resources to our members.

In September we had another special virtual session, this time with Tom Eggert of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council to explore the State of Sustainability in Wisconsin (contact us for  password to watch the session)

Q4 2014 Our final conversation starter for the year was a real treat – the former US/Canada Director for the GRI, Mike Wallace who is now with BrownFlynn. We explored the newest trends in reporting and frameworks and what shareholders are now comparing and asking of corporations. Interesting stuff and a mountain of current research out our fingertips. (Become a member and your company can have access to it too.)

Bonus Member Resources

Beyond the quarterly supply of background material on the quarter’s topic, in 2014 we were able to provide for our members additional resources through the MSR Resource Repository website and two great books

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable Resource Repository – a members only resource with contact database for the entire network of sustainability leaders in SEWisconsin,  archived presentation, support material, research, and opportunities.

Books:  We were able to share with members two great books.

Member and Guest Companies at 2014 events:

We want to thank the following companies attending our roundtables and special sessions in 2014.  We look forward to a continued dialogue.

Associated Bancorp, CNH Industrial, Froedtert Health & Medical College, Interface, Johnson Controls Inc., InPro Corporation, Joy Global, Kohl’s Department Stores, ManpowerGroup, Nestle, Patrick Cudahy (Smithfield Foods), Purina, Rexnord Industries, Rockline Industries, Rockwell Automation

We look forward to growing membership and attendance at 2015 roundtables and events.

Outstanding Partnership

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable continued partnership with WMEP (Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership) has provided resources, tools, and connections throughout the state.  This year, that partnership is allowing us to reduce our annual membership rates across the board.  Thank you WMEP.

Sustainability Trends, Standards, and Frameworks: 4th Qtr Roundtable 11/20

The Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable‘s 4th Quarter session will be

Mike Wallace, Managing Director BrownFlynnTopic:  Sustainability Trends, Standards, and Frameworks: Making sense of the alphabet soup and new demands of stakeholders.

Conversation Starter: Mike Wallace,  Managing Director at BrownFlynn, Former US/Canada Director for GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)

Date:   Thursday, November 20th, 2014 from 7am to noon
Location: (Downtown Milwaukee) shared with Members and guests

Current members and guests expected to be in attendance in November: ManpowerGroup, Joy Global, Rockwell Automation, CNH Industrial, Inpro Corporation, MillerCoors, Nestle/Purina, Direct Supply, Rockline Industries, and Uline.

 

Interested in attending, learning more about these subjects, and collaborating with the others regional sustainability leaders? Talk to us about about becoming a member of the roundtable.

Join the conversation, find opportunities to further sustainability in business in SE Wisconsin, and find ways we can collaborate together and learn from each other.

Have your company join today. Each corporate membership includes TWO seats at the table which enables multiple leaders to attend and expand the reach of sustainability  across the company.

Sign up  your company to be a member today. Contact us.

3rd Quarter MSR Roundtable – Aug 21st Sustainability and the CFO

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable‘s  3rd Quarter Meeting

Date:  Thursday, August 21st, 7am-Noon– working breakfast meeting
Location: Hosted by a MSR Member Company.  Location available only to members and invited guests (Milwaukee Metro Area)
Focus:  Sustainability and the CFO: Speaking the Language of Finance
BillMcGinnisConversation Starter:  Bill McGinnis, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), has a career that spans 30+ years of strategic planning, profitability enhancement, investment analysis, portfolio management, and investment banking. He has worked with the Chairmen, CEOs, and CFOs of hundreds of companies nationwide. He knows how project funding decisions are made. He understands the challenges that non-financial people face when presenting internal project financing proposals. Bill was an executive for investment and consulting firms including Robert W. Baird until he started his first company in 1997. He is on the Board of the CFA Society of Milwaukee and just completed a year as President. Bill is on the exam author team for the Series 63, 65, and 66 U.S. securities licenses and is an Ethics and Professional Conduct instructor for UW – Milwaukee. www.WMcGinnisAdvisors.com

Current confirmed registration, as of 8/06: CNH Industrial, Joy Global, Rockwell Automation, InPro Corporation, ManpowerGroup , WMEP, Kohl’s Department Stores, Generac

Interested in attending, learning more about these subjects, and collaborating with the others regional sustainability leaders? Talk to us about about becoming a member of the roundtable.

Is your company a member of the roundtable?  Join the conversation, find opportunities to further sustainability in business in SE Wisconsin, and find ways we can collaborate together and learn from each other.

Have your company join today. Each corporate membership includes TWO seats at the table which enables multiple leaders to attend and expand the reach of sustainability  across the company.
Sign up  your company to be a member today. Contact us.

2nd Quarter MSR Roundtable – 5/29 – Waste

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable‘s  2nd Quarter Meeting

Date:  Thursday , May 29th – working breakfast meeting
Location and time: available only to members and invited guests
Host Member Company: CNH Industrial
Focus:  Waste, Zero Waste, and By-Product Synergy
Conversation Starter:  Andrew Mangan, executive director of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and the national By-Product Synergy Hub.

Current confirmed registration, as of 4/29: CNH Industrial, Joy Global, Rockwell Automation, InPro Corporation, ManpowerGroup , WMEP, and City of Milwaukee Office of Environmental  Sustainability. 

Interested in attending and learning more about these subjects and how to collaborate with the others regional sustainability leaders? Talk to us about about becoming a member of the roundtable.

Is your company a member of the roundtable?  Join the conversation, find opportunities to further sustainability in business in SE Wisconsin, and find ways we can collaborate together and learn from each other.

Have your company join today. Each corporate membership includes TWO seats at the table which enables multiple leaders to attend and expand the reach of sustainability  across the company.
Sign up  your company to be a member today. Contact us.

First Roundtable – 3/7 Shared Value to Talent Sustainability

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable‘s  inaugural roundtable meeting.

Date:  Friday , March 7th – working breakfast meeting
Location and time: available only to members and invited guests
Host Member Company: ManpowerGroup
Focus:  People Side of Sustainability (Shared Value to talent sustainability to employee engagement)
Conversation Starter:  Chris Jarvis of Realized Worth will kick us off with a discussion and model of Transformative Value: Moving Beyond Shared Value
Current companies planning on attending as of 2/26: ManpowerGroup, Joy Global, Rockwell Automation, CNH Industrial, InPro Corporation, Gehl Foods, Froedtert Health, Interface, and Rexnord Industries.

Is your company a member of the roundtable?  Join the conversation, find opportunities to further sustainability in business in SEWisconsin, and find ways we can collaborate together and learn from each other.
Have your company join today. Two seats at the table for every member company allows for multiple leaders to attend and expand the reach and knowledge across the company.
Sign up  your company to be a member today. Contact us.

 

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable

Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtablesm  brings the Milwaukee region’s corporate sustainability and social responsibility (CSR) leaders together into dialogue, discovery, and collaboration.  We are member-based organization of sustainability/ CSR business professionals from firms in the greater Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin business community. We hold quarterly, 1/2-day roundtable discussions with peers and industry experts. The purpose of the organization is to create a community where local sustainability leaders can focus on issues and topics that matter to them; share ideas across industries; benchmark with each other; find opportunities for collaboration; bridge sustainability connections with the regions supply chain; grow their company initiatives and bottom lines; serve the greater Milwaukee business community.

Did you know that in the past five years nearly every one of the top 40 companies headquartered in the in the Milwaukee metro region now has sustainability/CSR program and leader?  How many of these leaders do you know.  Most only know 2.

Did you know the majority of our supply chains are manufacturers and suppliers within the business region? And, as each of our companies push sustainability upstream, we burden our suppliers in both time and money and thereby our costs because we haven’t come together to create common standards?

Did you know that the best source for innovation and best practices occur when peers join together in in-person conversations?

Imagine now a forum where local sustainability leaders and their teams can regularly meet with their local peers, learn from experts on challenging issues and upcoming trends, and explore opportunities for collaboration to create new business for each other and grow the Milwaukee/SE Wisconsin business community.

Imagine a forum where regional companies can come together on the neutral playing field of sustainability, to explore opportunities for collaboration on supply chain and waste initiatives, stimulate new job growth, and innovate for new business.

Imagine a forum whose purpose is to create win-win-win scenarios for the entire business community.

That forum is the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable.  We have created a place where the Milwaukee region’s corporate sustainability leaders can gather together in regular dialogue, discovery, and collaboration to create opportunities for business growth, job creation, innovation, and strong  regional business relationships.

Join Us today!