Corporate Sustainability Seminar

Apr. 28, 2021 - Apr. 29, 2021

About This Event

As the Biden administration reinstates many climate regulations rolled back by the Trump administration, many companies must prepare for new challenges in the years ahead when it comes to sustainability. From tech giants to oil behemoths to retail empires, everyone is seeking to adjust as standards for corporate sustainability continue to evolve.

The Deal’s Corporate Sustainability Seminar explores what companies large and small are doing to create more sustainable businesses. How are they adjusting to ever-changing standards and what implications might new regulations have on investors and dealmakers who care about ESG and sustainability issues?

Speakers

Cindie Jamison
Chairman, Tractor Supply Company; Director, Darden, Inc., Office Depot Inc., Big Lots Stores, Inc.

Cynthia Jamison, serves on the Board of Directors of Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), a position she has held since 2002, where she is Chairman of the Board, after serving as Lead Director, and Chair of the Audit, Compensation & Corporate Governance Committees.

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Marvin Boakye
Chief People and Diversity Officer, Papa John's International, Inc.
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Kathleen Camilli
Independent Director, UniFirst Corporation, NACD Leadership and Governance Fellow
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Chris Campbell
Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Treasury
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Anisa Kamadoli Costa
Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co.
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Jennifer Cuccaro
Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG Investing, Reformation Group
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Martha Cummings
Global Strategy & Risk Advisor, Independent Director, Marqeta, Inc.
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Elisa Davis
Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Adtalem Global Education
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Heidi DuBois
Global Head of ESG, Edelman
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Robert Esposito
Senior Counsel, ESG, Apollo
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Kyle Fox
Partner, KRF Capital
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Deborah Gilshan
Advisor, Investment Stewardship & ESG and Founder, The 100% Club
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Daniel Hanson
Chief Investment Officer, Ivy Investment Management Company
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Kurt Harrison
Partner, Co-Head, Global Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates
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Jody Hyvarinen
Deputy General Counsel, Securities and Board Governance, United Natural Foods, Inc.
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Rakhi Kumar
Senior Vice President, Sustainability Solutions, Liberty Mutual
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Patricia Lizarraga
Managing Partner, Hypatia Capital
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Viola Lutz
Executive Director, Deputy Head, ISS ESG Climate Solutions
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Laura McGonagle
Portfolio Manager & Research Analyst, Trillium Asset Management
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Louis Rambo
Associate, Proskauer
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Nathan Richardson
Board Director and Business Leader
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James Rogers
Chief Legal Officer, Cars.com
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Rochelle Routman
Chief Sustainability and Quality Officer, HMTX Industries
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Eric Sibbern
Senior Partner and Managing Director, Veraison Capital AG
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Julia Thompson
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
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Michiel van Esch
Specialist Governance and Active Ownership, Robeco
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Rishi Varma
SVP & General Counsel, Legal Department, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Ted White
Managing Director, Legion Partners Asset Management
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Timothy Wilkins
Global Partner for Client Sustainability, Freshfields
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Suzanne Yoon
Founder & Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners
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Frank Zarb
Partner, Proskauer
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Agenda

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am Eastern
Greener Pastures Ahead? ESG and Sustainability Expectations Evolve

As the expectations on corporate responsibility increase, professional communications and good intentions are no longer enough, and companies are recognizing the need to act on ESG and sustainability agendas. The Biden Administration has pledged to make critical strides in stopping the tide of the climate crisis that may mean greater support for decarbonization, a shift to renewables and efforts to realize a more circular economy. What impacts can we expect for investors, dealmakers and the market?

Moderator: Daniel Hanson, Chief Investment Officer, Ivy Investment Management Company

Panelist: Robert Esposito, Senior Counsel, ESG, Apollo

Panelist: Louis Rambo, Associate, Proskauer

Panelist: Michiel van Esch, Specialist Governance and Active Ownership, Robeco

11:00am – 11:30am Eastern
Networking Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Eastern
Transforming the Global Economy with Sustainable Innovation

As companies evolve, they often change how they approach new opportunities, solve problems and enhance shareholder value. The process typically stimulates creativity by implementing new technology and process improvements that enable companies to do more with less negative impacts on the environment, society, employees and stakeholders. How should companies be integrating environmental, social and financial considerations into their culture from idea generation, to research and development and through commercialization?

Moderator: Armie Lee, Reporter, The Deal

Panelist: Jennifer Cuccaro, Chief Operating Officer and Head of ESG Investing, Reformation Group

Panelist: Martha Cummings, Global Strategy & Risk Advisor, Independent Director, Marqeta, Inc.

Panelist: Jody Hyvarinen, Deputy General Counsel, Securities and Board Governance, United Natural Foods, Inc.

Panelist: Rakhi Kumar, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Solutions, Liberty Mutual

12:30pm – 1:30pm Eastern
Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern
Managing Disruptive Risk at the Board Level

The disruptions of 2020 have strengthened the importance of risk assessment and processes to respond quickly to high impact ESG-related events and risks. As companies around the globe evaluate and revise their business models, they must put in place stronger operational models and processes focused on the management of business vulnerabilities. What is the board’s role in addressing disruptive risk, and what tools are available to directors related to ESG and sustainability risks?

Moderator: Ronald Orol, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Heidi DuBois, Global Head of ESG, Edelman

Panelist: Rishi Varma, SVP & General Counsel, Legal Department, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Panelist: Ted White, Managing Director, Legion Partners Asset Management

Panelist: Frank Zarb, Partner, Proskauer

2:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern
Networking Break
3:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern
Exploring ESG With Purpose

When it comes to environmental, social and governance issues, what is the right mission and purpose for a corporation in 2021? Should companies be held responsible not only for their financial performance, but their successes or failures on environmental and social issues as well? How can positive change be achieved and measured at the governance level? How can companies institute ESG initiatives with a purpose, and not just perception?

Moderator: Kyle Fox, Partner, KRF Capital

Panelist: Elisa Davis, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Adtalem Global Education

Panelist: Patricia Lizarraga, Managing Partner, Hypatia Capital

Panelist: James Rogers, Chief Legal Officer, Cars.com

Panelist: Eric Sibbern, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Veraison Capital AG

Panelist: Julia Thompson, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Thursday, April 29, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am Eastern
The Shift Toward More Eco-Friendly Practices

Some of the world’s largest and most recognizable companies are committed to investing in sustainable practices and working toward carbon neutral operations. Surveys have indicated that consumers today are actually buying sustainably marketed and eco-friendly products, not just saying they want them. But is it possible for companies to implement carbon-neutral, and more sustainable practices without severely effecting profits? Are investors and shareholders truly content with sacrificing returns in the name of promoting more eco-friendly operations? This panel will explore the best path forward for companies seeking to make a shift toward reducing their carbon footprint.

Moderator: Tom Terrarosa, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Kathleen Camilli, Independent Director, UniFirst Corporation, NACD Leadership and Governance Fellow

Panelist: Viola Lutz, Executive Director, Deputy Head, ISS ESG Climate Solutions

Panelist: Laura McGonagle, Portfolio Manager & Research Analyst, Trillium Asset Management

11:00am – 11:30am Eastern
Networking Break
11:30am – 12:15pm Eastern
Generational Diversity: The Missing Link to Diversifying Your Board

Keynote Interview with Cindie Jamison Chairman, Tractor Supply Company; Director, Darden, Inc., Office Depot Inc., Big Lots Stores, Inc. and Nathan Richardson, Board Director and Business Leader

There has been so much discussion about racial and gender diversity at the board level, but what about generational diversity? How can companies get younger in the boardroom and cater to a younger customer base, when many will only look at seasoned board candidates to fill open seats? What skills are many boards missing by not including younger board members, and why are they important?

Interviewer: Steve Gelsi, Senior Editor, The Deal

Panelist: Cindie Jamison, Chairman, Tractor Supply Company; Director, Darden, Inc., Office Depot Inc., Big Lots Stores, Inc.

Panelist: Nathan Richardson, Board Director and Business Leader

12:15pm – 1:15pm Eastern
Lunch
1:15pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Driving Diversity Not Just for Inclusion’s Sake

Diversity isn’t just a mandate from a federal or state agency; it’s a necessity for successful business. But diversity isn’t always easy and enacting such change can often come at a snail’s pace. What are companies doing to encourage diversity from top to bottom both in terms of gender divides but also racial and cultural divides? How do companies operating in multiple jurisdictions where such standards may differ navigate such circumstances?

Moderator: Nikitha Sattiraju, Reporter, The Deal

Panelist: Marvin Boakye, Chief People and Diversity Officer, Papa John’s International, Inc.

Panelist: Deborah Gilshan, Advisor, Investment Stewardship & ESG and Founder, The 100% Club

Panelist: Timothy Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability, Freshfields

Panelist: Suzanne Yoon, Founder & Managing Partner, Kinzie Capital Partners

2:30pm – 3:00pm Eastern
Spotlight Session: ESG 2.0 - The Next Generation of Leadership

There is an ongoing war for senior ESG talent. When it became clear that ESG policies and frameworks could provide a roadmap for organizations to emerge more effectively from the global pandemic-inspired crises of the past 12 months, the demand for ESG leadership talent exploded. The days of a repurposed internal functional executive being credible in a senior ESG leadership role are over, and companies are realizing that best-in-class ESG leaders are business people first, with hands-on industry experience that will enable them to be credible with internal line of business leaders. Kurt Harrison, Partner, Co-Head, Global Sustainability Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates will explore how Next-Gen ESG leaders must possess the ability to successfully influence across an incredibly diverse set of stakeholders, including the C-suite and board of directors, institutional investors, regulators, external partners, and internal colleagues to be successful in these roles.

Moderator: David Marcus, Senior Writer, The Deal

Speaker: Kurt Harrison, Partner, Co-Head, Global Sustainability Practice, Russell Reynolds Associates

3:00pm – 3:15pm Eastern
Networking Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm Eastern
The Best of Both Worlds: Exploring Public and Private Sector Collaboration

Many feel that the world’s social and environmental issues are too large for the public or private sectors to attempt to attack alone. Can the collaborative efforts of government, businesses and non-profits use their individual strengths as an effective tool to deliver change? At every level of governance, public-private partnerships are allowing public entities to meet their sustainability goals while also benefiting the business.

Moderator: Steve Gelsi, Senior Reporter, The Deal

Panelist: Chris Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary, US Department of Treasury

Panelist: Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chief Sustainability Officer, Tiffany & Co.

Panelist: Rochelle Routman, Chief Sustainability and Quality Officer, HMTX Industries

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