RBUSA Agenda: The Roadmap to Lead a New Business Future


Day 1: November 16th
Climate Leadership: Shaping the Future of Business

9:05am–9:50am (EST)

Live CEO panel:Moving Beyond Sustainability Keynote: Setting a New Business Model to Deliver Impactful Change

Driven by increasing pressure from the investment community and society to deliver a clean, just world, it’s time we move beyond sustainability and start thinking about how we can regenerate a unequal system. Discover how business and finance can set a new model that creates long-term value for business, its stakeholders and the wider society

Erin Meezan Chief Sustainability Officer Interface

Ben Kellard Director of Business Strategy CISL

9:50am–10:05am (EST)

Keynote Presentation:Setting a New Business Model to Deliver Impactful Change

Sustainability is the new business imperative. It’s time we move beyond setting goals and move to enacting strategies that deliver change and action. On this one hour presentation discover how business and finance can set a new model that creates long-term value for business, its stakeholders and the wider society.

Gina Mastantuono Chief Financial Officer ServiceNow

10:05am–10:35am (EST)

Live Fireside Chat:Decarbonizing the Supply Chain Keynote: Addressing Scope 3 Emissions Through Investment, Education and Empowerment

Engaging your suppliers is key to reach zero carbon, but how can you achieve this when a large proportion of your supply chain falls outside of your direct sphere of influence? Hear from leading companies as to how they’re identifying and incentivizing key suppliers to lead on decarbonization efforts

Carter Roberts President and CEO WWF USA

10:35am–10:50am (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study:Climate Risk: Integrating Climate Risk into the Business Strategy

Climate change is a risk that companies must strategize for both short and long-term. Companies need to reconsider how they address climate-related risk management as the economy rebounds post Covid-19. In this session discover how businesses are integrating climate risk into ERM and ensuring the company is prepared for, and resilient to, future climate risks

10:50am–11:30am (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Government Keynote: How Business and Governments can help the US Lead the Green Transition

The Biden administration’s Build Back Better economic plan includes targeted support for specific industries to make them more competitive with Asia and Europe and government procurement provisions to boost domestic manufacturing with “Buy America” requirements. Discover how the government can support business to lead towards the green transition.

11:30am–11:45am (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study :New Business Future Keynote: Rethink Business Through a 2030 Lens

2030 represents a critical juncture in our quest to deliver a more equal and clean future. In just 9 years’ time we’ll have to have halved global GHG emissions as well as met all 17 of the UNSDGs. The strategies, actions and investments now and in the coming 2-3 years will have a big impact on our ability to hit our 2030, and 2050, goals. Discover how businesses are delivering a clear purpose and strategy, creating a new roadmap to deliver against more immediate short-to-medium-term environmental and social goals

Javier Quiñones CEO IKEA USA

11:45am–12:15pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Leading the Green Transition: How Business can Help the US Lead on Tackling Climate Change

Biden’s clean energy policy will be the “biggest economic transformation since the industrial revolution” according to John Kerry, the US climate envoy. This will only be achieved with businesses support. Discover how business can seize opportunities and help lead action both within the US and further afield

12:15pm–12:30pm (EST)

Break - Case study:Circular by Design: Using Technology to Implement a LCA in an Effective and Affordable Manner

To reach full circularity, companies must start in product design and implement a full lifecycle assessment during the development phase. But this can be both expensive & time-consuming. Discover how new technologies can provide the tools to speed the process and provide valuable results that can be applied to your product development

12:30pm–1:00pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Decarbonizing Business and Society: Moving from Ambition to Delivery

Unless industry can lower its emissions, the world will not reach the GHG reduction targets. Setting realistic targets by 2030 in alignments with the new administration goals is not enough, it’s time we move from ambition to delivery. Discover how business can use new technology and new energy sources to cut their emissions and meet the global goals

Mike Schroepfer Chief Technology Officer Facebook

1:00pm–1:15pm (EST)

1:15pm–1:30pm (EST)

1:30pm–2:15pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Bridging the Net Zero Infrastructure Gap: Leading the Push for Renewable Energy

When it comes to clean energy, Biden’s administration is pushing to build new and innovative clean energy sectors using industrial policy. Learn how business, investors and government can work together to bridge the Net Zero infrastructure gap

Andrea Fuder Executive Vice President Volvo Group Trucks Purchasing & Chief Purchasing Officer Volvo Group

2:15pm–2:30pm (EST)

Live Fireside Chat:Measuring the S in ESG: Standardizing an Approach to Measuring Social Impact

Social issues, and impacts, are increasingly informing investment decisions. But the social metrics have always been the most challenging for companies, and investors, to measure and value. Hear how both are putting a true value on their impact to society, the return to the business of this investment and how that can be benchmarked against peers.

2:30pm–3:15pm (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study:Nature Based Solutions: Accelerating Partnerships and Investments that Benefits both Nature & Business

One of the consequences of Covid-19 is the increased acceptance that we need to radically transform our relationship with the natural world. Learn how companies are putting a Nature-Based approach at the heart of future strategies, and the business benefits of doing so

Virginie Helias Chief Sustainability Officer P&G

Day 2: November 17th
ESG Disclosure and Investment / Policy & Regulations

9:00am–9:45am (EST)

Live CEO panel:Financing Net Zero Keynote: The Implications of COP26 on the Future of Finance

Delivering a Net Zero future will impact every aspect of the global economy - energy, agriculture, cities, and transportation to name a few. The financial sector will play a critical role in delivering the investment and infrastructure for a decarbonized world. Hear how companies, investors and governments will collaborate post COP26 to replace incumbent systems and reach Net Zero

9:45am–10:00am (EST)

10:00am–10:30am (EST)

Live Fireside Chat:ESG-Driven Disclosure Keynote: Identifying and Disclosing the Right Data

The current state of ESG disclosure does not meet investor’s needs. There is a need for a more forward-looking, data-driven and standardized approach that enables greater scrutiny and comparability. Hear from C-Suite leaders within both corporate and finance institutions as to how a renewed approach is being developed.

10:30am–10:45am (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study:New Administration, New policies, New Regulations: Leading Business to a Zero Carbon Economy

President Biden has put an ambitious $2 trillion plan on the table to reach Zero carbon economy by no later than 2050. This renewed focus and investment will provide unique opportunities for companies to become part of the movement to put the US at the forefront of global action on climate change. Hear how these new policies, regulations and investments will impact certain industries, and the opportunities they present

10:45am–11:30am (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Corporate Governance Keynote: Re-Skilling the Board to Lead in a Sustainable World

With ESG investment exponentially growing and becoming the center of sustainability in the US, the G [Governance] poses a big hurdle for many companies. There is a lack of Sustainability expertise within the Corporate Board and there is an increasing need to re-skill board members on sustainability as very little have the skill set required for this big change. Hear how companies are re-skilling Board members on ESG risks and opportunities to lead in a sustainable world

11:30am–11:45am (EST)

Break - Case study:Setting a Carbon Price: Generating an Approach that Helps Deliver Competitive Advantage

Carbon pricing is fundamental to internalizing the externalities of climate change. Whilst the new administration is focusing on renewable energy, there isn’t a global price on carbon and we need clear incentives from governments and policy makers. In the absence of these policies, companies need to get ahead of the curve and set their own carbon price. Discover how to set a fair and competitive internal carbon price, how to convince the business to support its adoption and the benefits of doing so

11:45am–12:30pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:ESG Wash: Redefining Sustainable Investment

There’s no single, universal way to be a responsible investor. Current legislation and regulation exacerbate unsustainable investment behaviour. The amoral markets require reshaping to be rid of inefficiencies and failures. With ESG engagement increasing we need new regulations to help avoid ESG wash. Learn how investors and policy makers can work together to redefine what sustainable investment really means

12:30pm–12:45pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Climate Reporting Standard: The Drive towards a Standard, Common Language

The path to a sustainable future is through the alignment of standards to a global system, which harnesses the unique power of capital markets to change our global trajectory. Discover how the major standard setters have converged to develop a climate reporting standard

12:45pm–1:30pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion:Mandatory Climate Risk Reporting: The Need for a Renewed Framework for Business and Finance

Europe is leading the way to make climate reporting mandatory and other countries and continents will soon follow. But how will mandatory reporting impact your business? Hear from leading financial executives, policymakers and corporates on the impact of the latest global regulations

1:30pm–1:45pm (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study:Taking Materiality to the Boardroom: Using Data and New Modelling Systems to Drive Change

2020 was one of the most disruptive years on record. Today companies face several other social and environmental risks to their business – some seen, and others unforeseen. Hear how you can showcase future ESG risks to the Board, and shape future business strategies, through accurate data and modelling systems

Ezgi Barcenas Chief Sustainability & Procurement Officer ABinBev

1:00pm–2:15pm (EST)

Live Fireside Chat:Accelerating Plastic Footprint Reduction: Creating a Collaborative Cross-Industry Approach through Regulations

The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable but, at best, only 30% is recycled. There is no uniformity in America’s recycling system. Sweeping change is imperative to improve, advance and increase recycling in America and integral to the long-term health of the planet. Discover how NGOs, business and the Federal Authorities can work together to address this issue and reduce the plastic footprint

Day 3: November 18th
Driving Diversity Equity & Inclusion / Value Chain transformation

9:05am–9:35am (EST)

Pre-Recorded:Accelerating Plastic Footprint Reduction: Creating a Collaborative Cross-Industry Approach

The EPA estimates that 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable but, at best, only 30% is recycled. There is no uniformity in America’s recycling system. Sweeping change is imperative to improve, advance and increase recycling in America and integral to the long-term health of the planet. Discover how business can work together to address this issue and reduce the plastic footprint

Noel Wallace Chairman, President and CEO Colgate-Palmolive

9:35am–9:50am (EST)

9:50am–10:20am (EST)

Live Fireside Chat :DE&I Keynote: The Business Imperative of Delivering an Equal Society

There is a risk of companies not fully understanding Equity as part of their Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Policy makers, businesses and investors need to think of new ways of approaching DE&I other than just as numbers. Learn how companies and investors can transparently communicate a program that’s ambitious, realistic and has clear impacts

10:20am–10:35am (EST)

Live Panel Discussion :Environmental Justice: Negating Unintended Social Impacts Through a Full Impact Approach

For decades, studies have shown that poorer neighbourhoods with a higher percentage of ethnic minority groups are more likely to be located near hazardous waste sites, suffer more frequently from polluted air and are hit hardest by climate change. Learn how business, investors and governments are working together to address these injustices within the US

Audrey Choi Chief Sustainability Officer Morgan Stanley

10:35am–11:20am (EST)

Live Panel Discussion :Empowering Action: Taking a Strategic and Transparent Approach to Diversity and Inclusion

Companies cannot drive transformative change without the support of their employees and local communities. Companies need to draw long-term plans for social inclusion and racial equality that go beyond announcements and new initiatives. Discover how to help your employees and communities to develop empathy and drive action to support inclusion and equality

Carlos Cubia Senior Vice President, Global Chief Diversity Officer Walgreens Boots Alliance

11:20am–11:35am (EST)

11:35am–12:20pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion :Corporate Activism: Taking the Lead on Both National and Local Issues

Brands are increasingly taking a stand on social, environmental and political issues, but more must be done. Now is the time for businesses to take the lead on key issues and drive real change within communities, across borders and not for the purpose of brand reputation. Hear how to navigate this challenging approach and the benefits of doing so

Frank Cooper Global Chief Marketing Officer BlackRock

12:20pm–12:35pm (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study :Racial & Ethnic Justice: Building Inclusive Products, Services and Supply Chains

Businesses play an influential role in advancing racial justice outside of their organizations. Through the products and services they offer and in the way they manage business relationships with suppliers, distributors, and customers. Hear how businesses can drive progress for racial justice by working inclusively with their supply chain and build inclusive, equitable products

12:35pm–1:20pm (EST)

Live Panel Discussion :Purpose-Driven Procurement: Rebuilding a Resilient Supply Chain Through Support and Collaboration

Three in every four U.S. businesses have reported supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they’ve also been a vital lifeline to support the response, keeping essential medical supplies, food and other key necessities flowing where they’re needed most. Learn how companies can work together to support, empower their suppliers and in turn deliver greater resilience

1:20pm–1:35pm (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study :New Sources, New Materials, New Technology: Supporting Suppliers to Find New Sources and Technology to Fit your Requirements

Closer relationships between buyers and suppliers could create new-found USPs, as well as you’re your supply chain become more resilient. Setting clear goals is fundamental for this relationship. Learn how to take an integrated approach to supply-chain optimization, finding new sources, new technology and jointly identifying and purchasing raw materials to meet the new environmental goals

Greg Spotts Chief Sustainability Officer, Bureau of Street Services City Of Los Angeles

1:35pm–2:20pm (EST)

Live panel discussion :Scope 3 Emissions: Identifying and Measuring Scope 3 Emission Data

Scope 3 ‘carbon ‘hotspots’ pose the biggest challenges for businesses with large, complex supply chains. Once these are found and addressed, they have the potential to help companies make huge advancements in reaching their Net Zero goals. Understand how companies are utilising the latest technologies to identify and measure their Scope 3 emission ‘pain points’.

2:20pm–2:35pm (EST)

Pre-recorded - Case Study :Delivering Hyper Transparency through New Technologies and Systems

Increasing transparency and traceability across the supply chain is one of the biggest challenges, and risks, that many companies face. At the same time the business, investors and society are increasingly expecting greater visibility of a company’s full supply chain. Hear how businesses are adopting and deploying the latest innovations in procurement technology, digitalisation, and data capture to deliver the hyper transparency that’s expected of a 21st Century business.

2:35pm–3:20pm (EST)

Live panel discussion :Closing Keynote: The Roadmap Beyond COP26 – Taking Action to Accelerate the Global Transition

COP26 promises to provide a critical juncture in this space. Just days after the Summit concludes we will convene key leaders to share how they plan to scale action and collaboration in 2022. We will also delve into how announcements from COP26 will impact these plans, be it positive or negative.