RBUSA Agenda: The Roadmap to Lead a New Business Future

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

9:00am – 9:45am (EST)

In Partnership with: Accenture - Logo

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 an 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

Esi Eggleston Bracey EVP and COO of Beauty and Personal Care Unilever

Clinton A Moloney North America Sustainability Services & Strategy Lead Accenture

Moderator: Ben Kellard Director of Business Strategy CISL

9:45am – 10:00am (EST)


In Partnership with: ServiceNow - Logo

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 15-minute 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

10:00am – 10:30am (EST)

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

Engaging your suppliers is key to reaching 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.

Sheila Bonini Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement WWF

Moderator: Erik Wohlgemuth COO Future 500

10:30am – 10:45am (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

Andrew Behar CEO As You Saw

Moderator: Lourdes Gant Managing Director Manatee Holdings

10:45am – 11:30am (EST)


Live Panel Discussion:Government Keynote: The Biden Administration's Approach to Federal Sustainability

President Biden directed his Federal Government to lead by example by powering its 300,000+ buildings with carbon pollution-free electricity and transitioning its fleet of 600,000 cars to zero emission vehicles. Learn how the Administration will reach its climate goals while accelerating America's capacity to supply the goods and services of the future and catalyzing greater action from Federal suppliers.

Richard Kidd Deputy Assistant, Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience US Federal Government

Andrew Mayock Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Office of the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer

Moderator: Gina Chon Columnist Reuters Breakingviews

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

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

11:45am – 12:30pm (EST)


In Partnership with: Orsted  - Logo

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

Halide Alagöz Chief Product and Sustainability Officer Ralph Lauren

Ion Yadigaroglu Co-Founder & Managing Partner Capricorn Investment Group, LLC

Margaret Lemmerman Head of Federal Affairs Ørsted Offshore North America

Moderator: David Wei Managing Director New York BSR

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

Moderator: Elizabeth S. Culliford Digital Editor, Reporter Reuters

1:15pm – 1:30pm (EST)


1:30pm – 2:00pm (EST)


Sponsored by: DWS - Logo

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

Priscilla Lu Managing Director, Sustainable Investments Alternatives DWS

Gary J Londo, C.E.M. Global Utility Manager Global Utility Services and Energy Management

Moderator: Billy Gridley Director Investor Network ceres

2:15pm – 3:00pm (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

Ricky Silver Chief Supply Chain Officer Daily Harvest

Jenny McColloch Chief Sustainability Officer McDonald's

Kathleen McLaughlin Chief Sustainability Officer Walmart

Moderator: Liam Dowd Managing Director Reuters Events Sustainable Business

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

Magnus Billing CEO Alecta

Hazel Henderson CEO, Editor-in-Chief Ethical Markets Media

Moderator: Meaghan Parker Executive Director Society of Environmental Journalists

9:45am – 10:00am (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

Caroline A. Crenshaw Commissioner SEC

Moderator: Gregory Wetstone CEO & President Acore

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.

Amy Hepburn CEO Investor Leadership Network

Steven M. Rothstein Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets Ceres

Moderator: Charlotte Bancilhon Director BSR

10:30am – 11:00am (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

Anne Simpson Managing Investment Director for Board Governance & Sustainability CalPERS

Andrew Lee Head of Sustainability UBS

Moderator: Kirsten Spalding Senior Program Director, Investor Network Ceres

11:00AM – 11:15AM (EST)

ESG Investing: Using ESG input to analyze both GSS and KPI loans/bonds

ESG has rapidly become an important input for debt investors, as they analyze both GSS and KPI loans/bonds as well as traditional non-labelled loans/bonds. Please join us as Sustainable Fitch discusses its approach to ESG, both as a standalone analysis, and in connection with Fitch’s Corporate Ratings

GIANLUCA SPINETTI Head of Product Development, Sustainable Finance Fitch Ratings

Moderator: Ira Fox Senior Director, U.S. Head of New Issuer Marketing
Business Development & Relationship Management
Fitch Ratings

11:15pm – 12:00pm (EST)


In Partnership with: OneTrust - Logo

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

Pedro Faria Stratigic Advisor CDP

Pam Fitzpatrick Head of ESG Center of Excellence OneTrust

Michael Zimonyi Director of Policy and External Affairs Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Moderator: Kenneth Urish Board Member BlackRock Multi-Asset Complex Fund Managing Partner Urish Popeck

12:00PM – 12:15PM (EST)

Climate Leadership: Shaping the future of Business

Business has a vital role in putting the US back at the head of the climate table. Discover how to set a new strategy and actions for the business that delivers both impactful change and shareholder value

Kent Walker President of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Google

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

12:15pm – 12:30pm (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.

Amit Bouri CEO and Co-Founder Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)

Moderator: Carmel Gibling CEO Ethical Toy

12:30pm – 12:45pm (EST)


12:45pm – 1:00pm (EST)

In Partnership with: Gravitas Infinitum   - Logo

World's First "Carbon Negative" Sustainable Green Bond - solving Planet Earth's most challenging problems

Gravitas Infinitum is introducing the World's First "Carbon Negative" Sustainable Green Bond focusing on solving Planet Earth's most challenging problems funding the following initiatives. This proven technology is also the most efficient carbon capture on the planet and won the 2021 World’s top 50 most innovative new companies out of 130 countries. Learn how this technology can help you meet your Carbon Neutral targets.

Allen Witters Managing Director Gravitas Infinitum

Moderator: Tim Nixon CEO Signal Climate Analytics

1:00pm – 1:15pm (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 Officer ABinBev

Moderator: Helle Bank Jorgensen CEO & Founder Competent Boards Inc

1:15pm – 1:30pm (EST)

In Partnership with: PCA - Logo

Collaboration is Key: Opportunities for Carbon Neutrality Across Concrete Infrastructure

Recent events have shown that creating a more sustainable and resilient built environment is critical and collaboration among industry and private partners will be imperative to bring down emissions across the building sector. Learn about the opportunities and actions needed to reach carbon neutrality across the cement and concrete value chain starting at the plant and extending through the life cycle of the built environment.

Michael Ireland President and CEO Portland Cement Association

Moderator: Tim Nixon CEO Signal Climate Analytics

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

9:00am – 9:30am (EST)

Pre-Recorded:No Time to Waste: How Organizations can Collaborate to Accelerate Waste Reduction

The environment battle cry “reduce, reuse, recycle” is gaining newfound momentum through collaboration among businesses, communities, consumers and more. Manufacturers have a responsibility to lead the charge – to manufacture products with less plastic, ensure plastic products are recyclable, and to utilize that recycled plastic. Business driving community and consumer adoption through education is imperative to increase recycling rates. Discover how businesses can work together to address this issue and more, and preserve the long-term health of the planet.

Noel Wallace Chairman, President and CEO Colgate-Palmolive

Moderator: Claudia Romo Edelman Founder We Are All Human

9:30am – 10:15am (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

Alicia Petross Chief Diversity Officer Hershey USA

Moderator: Celia Ouellette Founder & Chief Executive Officer Responsible Business Initiative

10:15am – 10:30am (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

Moderator: Terry Slavin Editor in Chief Reuters Events Sustainable Business

10:30am – 11:15am (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

Kristen Siemen Chief Sustainability Officer General Motors

Genevieve Martin Executive Director Dave's Killer Bread Foundation

Moderator: John Doorley Former Head of Corporate Communications Merck

11:15am – 11:30am (EST)

In Partnership with: BanQu - Logo

Break - Case study:Building a Resilient Supply Chain: Mitigating Risk to Ensure Business Continuity

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated deep systemic complexities in our global supply chains. Couple this with the critical risk of climate change, and the two pose serious disruptions to businesses, supply chains and global and local economies. Discover how companies can build a more resilient agricultural supply chain – one that will mitigate risk, contribute to environmental goals, support farmer livelihoods, and ultimately ensure business continuity – using the coffee supply chain as a case study.

Whitney Kakos Director, Supply Chain Sustainability Keurig Dr Pepper

Moderator: Cliodnagh Conlon Associate Director BSR

11:30am – 12:15pm (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

Susan Jurevics EVP, Head Of International Audible

Moderator: Celia Ouellette Founder & Chief Executive Officer Responsible Business Initiative

12:15PM – 12:30PM (EST)

Building Sustainable Corporate Reputations to Achieve Sustainable Business And Social Outcomes

Corporate activism continues to increase in order to meet ever-growing demands that for-profit companies do more to affect environmental, social and political outcomes – that is, to foster change in the public interest. In order to be successful over the long term, companies must build sustainable reputations. Hear how organizations are following through on their ‘Purpose’ commitments, in light of the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance analysis of August 2021

John Doorley Former Head of Corporate Communications Merck

12:30pm – 1:05pm (EST)


1:05pm – 1:30pm (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. However, they’ve also been a vital lifeline supporting 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.

Brian Niccol Chairman and CEO Chipotle

Moderator: John Doorley Former Head of Corporate Communications Merck

1:30pm – 1:45pm (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 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

Moderator: Lourdes Gant Managing Director Manatee Holdings

1:45pm – 2:30pm (EST)


In Partnership with: BanQu - Logo

Pre-recorded - Case Study:Attaining Hyper Transparency and ESG Goals through Blockchain

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 non-crypto blockchain in procurement technology, digitalisation, and data capture to deliver the hyper transparency that’s expected of a 21st Century business.

David Drew Sustainability Director of Africa Coca-Cola

Ezgi Barcenas Chief Sustainability Officer ABinBev

Ashish Gadnis CEO BanQu

2:30pm – 3:00pm (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.

Frans Muller CEO Royal Ahold Delhaize

Mindy Lubber CEO Ceres

Moderator: Liam Dowd Managing Director Reuters Events Sustainable Business