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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

 

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

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.

Talent Sustainability? What does that have to do with Sustainability?

As we discovered at our inaugural Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable meeting in March 2014 – a whole lot!

Talent sustainability is new concept to most in the sustainability realm, especially to those who have only looked at sustainability from the environmental, health, and safety lens.  At the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable we endeavor to engage the greater possibilities and scope of sustainability.  Through our collaborative dialogue with experts in the field and with member company sustainability leaders, we explore sustainability with both  tactical (nuts and bolts how to) and strategic (big picture, where does this all fit) lens.  For us, sustainability goes beyond environmental sustainability; it is about smart business: from supply chain to talent sustainability;  getting to zero waste to building efficiency; and from business strategy to growth opportunity.

Talent sustainability may be as important as supply chain sustainability.  Talent is perhaps the most valuable and risk related resource in your company.  Talent sustainability plays a role throughout a successful, sustainable, and smart business: from being able to source the new talent and meet the new demands of the ever changing workplace; to training the existing talent workforce to remain viable and secure the investment we have made in this human resource; to proper succession planning for uninterrupted leadership transition.  Talent Sustainability is at its core about risk reduction and smart business.

Is your Human Resources leader engaged in your company’s sustainability discussions? They should be.

What else did we learn at our inaugural session?

Our first roundtable gathering was appropriately hosted by our first member company, ManpowerGroup.  ManpowerGroup is the world’s leading recruitment and assessment, training and development, career management, outsourcing, and workforce consulting organization. They live and breathe the cycles and trends in the labor and talent marketplace.  They have a pulse on the people side of sustainability.

We were delightfully surprised by a visit from Jeffrey Joerres who stopped by for 5 minutes but stayed for nearly an hour. Mr. Joerres has been ManpowerGroup’s CEO and Chairman since 2001 and only the 3rd to hold the position since the company’s founding in 1948.  He shared with us his strategic decision-making-process with respect to his recently announced decision to step down as CEO, a job he loves, at age 54 instead of the typical 65. (See Milwaukee Business Journal’s discussion with Jeff for the strategic nature of their succession planning ). The process and manner in which it is being orchestrated is strategic, smart, and sustainable, and exemplifies the top end of talent sustainability.  Jeff’s passion for people, talent sustainability, and smart business practice is palpable. He stole the show in the best way possible.

Complementing our discussion with the Mr. Joerres was our opening roundtable conversation with Chris Jarvis of Realized Worth.  Chris’ engaged us in conversation around the concept of Transformative Value.  Transformative Value combines Jed Emerson’s “Blended Value” (a focus on investment strategies and the basis of the Triple-Bottom-Line concept) with Michael Porter and Mark Kramer’s “Shared Value” (a focus on creating business value through addressing social issues that intersect with the company’s business priorities. HBR 2011).

Through this combination, Transformative Value looks at the driver of successful sustainability/CSR efforts – PEOPLE and what motivates them.  The ultimate goal should be to move beyond reliance on systems and external constructs such as Shared Value and instead start making good, smart decisions on an individual level. Internalizing of external cultural values is the ultimate progression of People, Profit and Planet.

The next Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable conversation will be on the concepts of Waste, Zero Waste, and By-Product Synergy with the conversation starter being Andrew Mangan, executive director of the US Business Council for Sustainable Development and the By-Product Synergy Hub.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable contact the executive director, Matthew Rochte at matthew at milwaukeesustainabilityroundtable.com 414-939-3594

More on Talent Sustainability
More on Transformative Value 

 

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!