9:00 AM - 9:45 AM



Opening Keynote

Keynote Speaker: 
Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and CEO, PSE&G

 

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

  



Overview of Sustainability Trends in Europe and Their Implications for the US

Newsweek's 2011 Green Rankings have European corporations leading the way in the area of sustainability reporting, with many American companies lagging behind other parts of the world. This is no surprise as the regulatory landscape of Europe reflects an enforceable commitment to sustainable development. The European Commission's actions enacting policies that help streamline corporate governance standards, guidelines for resource use optimization and social responsibility is illustrative of this. In the US, the EPA and FERC have been pushing for stateside measures that would produce similar results. In this panel discussion, speakers will compare and contrast US and European sustainable development mandates and legislative activity to find opportunities for mutual improvement. Which sustainability strategies can be applied across both regions? What is in the foreseeable future for corporate sustainability legislation in both regions? What are the differences and commonalities between the CSR issues that European and American companies hold at stake?

Speakers:

Denis Guibard
VP of Sustainable Development- Products & Services, France Telecom-Orange
Stephen Donofrio
Manager, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) North America

Break
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Corporate Social Responsibility Frameworks in China

Government officials in China are keenly aware that the strains of the country's rapid economic growth and development on its natural resources necessitate a stronger emphasis on corporate social and environmental responsibility. It is no wonder that Chinese policymakers are moving in the direction of the European model of regulatory compliance. In this discussion, speakers will examine ways of incenting transparency and allaying the uncertainty faced by Chinese companies regarding the costs and efficacy of CSR initiatives. Speakers will also discuss the current sustainability priorities of Chinese companies and the lessons that can be learned by corporate sustainability pioneers in the US and in Europe. How does the current Chinese CSR regulatory climate affect Chinese operations abroad? How are industries collaborating to foster a sustainable mindset?


Speakers:
Becky Fraser
Director China Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Elise Owen
Director of International Development, American National Standards Institute

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

  



Sustainable Development in Latin America

As José María Sanz-Magallón, CEO of Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world said "It would be irresponsible and impossible for a large company to not be sustainable today." CSR is a relatively new concept for Latin American corporations as many Latin American countries are plagued by more looming issues of poverty, income inequality, and dysfunctional governance. This spate of issues presents an opportunity, however for companies in the region to have a greater social impact. This panel discussion will seek to discover ways of rallying public and private research into successful sustainability strategies and policy action to affect change. How are Latin American companies implementing CSR initiatives? What approaches are they employing to rally cross-sector collaboration to quickly and efficiently build out CSR strategies?

Speakers:
Emma Torres
Senior Adviser Sustainability Regional Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean, United Nations
Carlos Viesca Lobaton
Chief Sustainability Officer, Desus
Mayra Hernandez Gonzalez
Head of Corporate Responsibility, Grupo Financiero Banorte
 
Moderator:
Luis Aguirre-Torres
President & CEO, Green Momentum Inc

Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

    

 

 

 

 

 


 

Recognizing Global Leaders in CSR

AGRION will invite five leading corporations that have integrated social and environmental responsibility with their business values and mission statement.  These leaders will be selected based on the following five criteria: 1) Successful allocation of resources toward Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) 2) Proven corporate commitment to prioritizing and advancing the environmental agenda 3) Effective engagement with stakeholders 4) Supply chain optimization 5) Demonstrated impact and influence on the business landscape. AGRION is honored to recognize these leaders who will present an overview of their previous successful initiatives as well as report on how they plan to continue filling a leadership role in this space.

Speakers:
David Stangis
VP Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility, Campbell Soup Company
Gerhard Prätorius
Head of Coordination CSR and Sustainability, Volkswagen Group
Hugh Share
Senior Global Director of Beer & Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

 



International Standards of Sustainable Development: Is it a Global Language?

Standards enable an enterprise manage business-critical issues, such as quality, environmental performance, and safety, and having international standards optimize B2B communications, increase engagement with the supplier market, and help prepare for sustainability and energy challenges. This panel will tackle existing skepticism surrounding the use of international standardizations and supply insight on how the international business community can work together to implement a worldwide management system for product certifications, sustainability rankings, operation and supplier standards. The objective of this session is to investigate how the current voluntary system of standardizations can be integrated into mainstream corporate decision-making to have reliable and globally-scaled methodologies of addressing company environmental performance. What are the implications of having a worldwide consensus on the value of sustainable development? 

Speakers:
Adam Greene
VP of Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, United States Council for International Business
Lila Karbassi
Head of Environment and Climate, UN Global Compact Office, United Nations

Break
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

     

 



Eco Cities: from Value Analysis to Projects

The concept of Eco-cities covers so many disparate needs and markets that it can be difficult to discern where the value is, ho the originators are, what results cities and public authorities expect, and how much they are willing to invest. In this slot we will tackle some concrete examples and review the different components of eco-city projects:

          The originators

          The contractors

          The expected result

          The assessment techniques and methods
          The budgets

Speakers:
James Russell
Bloomberg Architecture Critic, Bloomberg News
Nabih Tahan
VP, Business Development, Cree Buildings
Richard Bank
Director, Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation
Dave Bartlett
Vice President, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, IBM


Agrion Project
E.V. Fleet Accelerator

Anyone who believes that E.V. adoption should grow at a faster rate must pay attention to the potential of professional fleets. The E.V. Fleet Accelerator is a program that congregates the fleet and transportation managers of major companies and collectivities who own and manage professional fleets in order to encourage them to go electric. What are the conditions involved to carry part or all of one’s fleet towards electric vehicles? What models fit best with fleet managers? What is the ROI of electric integration? This project will result in a white paper and a multi-language website dedicated specifically to fleet and transportation managers.

This project will be unveiled at the Agrion New York Energy & Sustainability Summit. If you would like to know more, please contact: josh.soble@agrion.org

 
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Transitioning from Oil and Gas to Renewables: When Will it Happen?

It is clear that oil will remain dominant as an energy source for the foreseeable future. Figures from Black & Veatch paint a stark picture, projecting the combined shares of coal and natural gas consumption to be 65% of the energy mix in the US in 2035. Additionally, with only a few government programs attempting to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. RGGI, EU Emission Trading Scheme, California), the prospects for significantly reducing oil and gas dependence look tepid. How can government policies and private investment in clean technology affect long-term, sustainable thinking that will ultimately accelerate this transition? What measures can be taken to ensure that natural gas will be a boon and not a deterrent to renewable energy production? How can cross-sector collaboration, entrepreneurship and cluster think be encouraged to find solutions to aid progress?

Keynote Speaker: 
Reed Hundt
CEO, Coalition for Green Capital