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ESG Virtual Conference: The New Standard for Business Excellence

November 15, 2022

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ESG is becoming the new standard of excellence for business. It’s the term used to describe a company that has moved beyond regulatory compliance and is taking a broad view of risks and opportunities, including EHS, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, corporate governance, and aspects of social sustainability, including psychological safety. Businesses pursuing ESG maturity will have competitive advantages in securing investments, building better relationships with supply chain partners, and earning the confidence of customers. In fact, ESG is no longer just a “nice to have” in today’s marketplace – it’s a “must have.”

If you’re an EHS professional or business leader expected to develop or lead strategic approaches to ESG, watch the on-demand sessions from our virtual ESG conference.  During this sessions, VelocityEHS certified experts and industry experts will take a dive deep into core ESG topics tailored to help your organization initiate, maintain, or mature its program. The five-session conference includes topics on the proposed mandatory SEC climate disclosure requirements, how to choose the right carbon management software for your organization, tracking social sustainability goals, Green Chemistry, and climate risks. Attend to gain the information you need to successfully build and maintain ESG maturity!

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10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Eastern

SEC Disclosure Requirements and The Role of Carbon Management Software

Presenters: Blake McGowan, CPE, Director of Research, VelocityEHS

Jessica Pransky, Principal Analyst, ESG & Sustainability, Verdantix

The SEC has proposed mandatory climate-related disclosure requirements for all registrants; from disclosing the material impact climate risk will have on the business to publicly setting climate-related targets, businesses are seeking solutions to help navigate the new requirements. Jessica Pransky, Principal Analyst, ESG from Verdantix, will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the SEC disclosure requirements and the role of carbon management software in helping businesses report and disclose carbon-related activities. Building off Verdantix’s newly released data on carbon management software providers, Jessica will discuss the key attributes of software that buyers should be looking for when adopting ESG technologies. Following the presentation, Jessica will be joined by VelocityEHS Director of Research, Blake McGowan, for a one-on-one conversation about how organizations of all sizes and maturity levels can start or adapt their ESG programs to align with the SEC disclosure requirements.

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Climate Session

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern

Climate Change and the Intersection of Social and Environmental Pillars of ESG

Presenter: Andrea Korney, VP of Sustainability, Frostbyte Consulting

Moderator: David Staples, Senior Solutions Strategist – ESG, VelocityEHS

Managing toward net zero and sustainable business is a complex situation. While many frameworks and tools have been created to assist in the journey, companies should be mindful of strategies that may cause inadvertent impact in another area of the stakeholder chain. Environmental justice looks at the need to be aware that some green strategies may have adverse impacts on underserved communities and pushes companies to strategize plans that not only have a positive environmental impact but also add benefit socially. Join us as we dive into the key environmental and social issues with a look at the governance we recommend to ensure success.   

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to: 

  • Uncover the many intersections of E, S, and G   
  • Explain the potential strategies to manage these risks   
  • Describe the opportunities to engage your stakeholders to ensure risks and opportunities are identified  

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12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Eastern

Panel Discussion: How Organizations Can Build Value through Investing in Green Chemistry Strategies

Presenters: Julia Penfield, Ph.D., Principal Machine Learning Scientist, VelocityEHS

Ivy Mattio, Senior Director, Strategic Services, VelocityEHS

Roger Bottum, Senior Vice President of Product, VelocityEHS

Moderator: Julian Moffat, Principal Solutions Strategist – ESG, VelocityEHS

Green Chemistry is a set of principles that enables scientists and engineers to design chemicals, chemical processes, and commercial products that avoid or significantly reduce the creation of hazardous substances and waste. Organizations turn to Green Chemistry for a source of competitive advantage to reduce their overall business risk, bolstering financial gains while differentiating themselves from competitors.

In this panel discussion, you’ll hear from VelocityEHS experts on the fundamentals of building and developing Green Chemistry strategies. We’ll discuss the link between Green Chemistry and Chemical Management and other EHS practice areas, and we’ll dive into the Green Chemistry landscape—we’ll discuss the types of companies utilizing these procedures today and forecast where Green Chemistry is moving in the future. If your organization is curious about Green Chemistry, or you’re just starting your Green Chemistry journey, you won’t want to miss this exciting panel discussion.

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Green Chemistry Session

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1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern

How Total Worker Health Initiatives Impact Corporate Sustainability Metrics 

Presenter: Blake McGowan, CPE, Director of Research, VelocityEHS

Moderator: Arielle West, Solutions Strategist, VelocityEHS

Recently, the International Labour Organization (ILO) added a new principle to the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. This landmark decision means that all governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations of  ILO Member States commit to promoting a safe and healthy working environment.

This human right aligns seamlessly with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Total Worker Health® (TWH) initiative, which integrates the protection from work-related safety and health hazards with the promotion of injury and illness-prevention efforts to advance worker well-being.  

It also supports the new ISO 45003 standard, which recognizes that employers are responsible for protecting both the physical and psychosocial health of their employees. This puts mental health within the scope of environment, health, and safety (EHS) management. Thus, the connection between Total Worker Health and corporate sustainability is the intersection of human capital management and human rights.  

After this session, participants will better understand how TWH initiatives: 

  • align with human rights and human capital management initiatives  
  • influences the impacts and dependencies on organizations 
  • impact corporate sustainability metrics  
  • can be valued or quantified from a financial perspective (i.e., valuation)

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2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Using Materiality Assessments to Frame Environmental, Social & Governance Measures

Presenters: Dr. Christine Haman, Sustainability & ESG Manager, Trinity Consultants

David Staples, Senior Solutions Strategist – ESG, VelocityEHS

Phil Molé, MPH, EHS, ESG and Sustainability Expert, VelocityEHS

Moderator: Michelle Lynch, Manager – Marketing Campaigns, VelocityEHS

Materiality assessments are supposed to help organizations understand their most important ESG topics and lay the groundwork for sustainability programs. Different types of materiality exist and apply to a range of issues across environmental, social & governance. Trinity Consultants and VelocityEHS join together in this panel discussion to define materiality and how assessments can be used to identify meaningful environmental, social and governance measures.

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Meet the Speakers

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Jessica Pransky

Principal Analyst, ESG & Sustainability, Verdantix

Jessica Pransky, Principal Analyst, ESG & Sustainability at Verdantix, leads research on carbon management software solutions, ESG risks, and ESG reporting and disclosure software. Jessica has received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, a Masters of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Boston University.

Andrea Korney

Andrea Korney

VP of Sustainability, Frostbyte

Andrea Korney, VP of Sustainability for Frostbyte, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all environmental, social governance aspects. She also brings a background in supply chain, energy and mining. Andrea holds an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada.

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David Staples

Senior Solutions Strategist – ESG, VelocityEHS

David Staples is the Senior Solutions Strategist – ESG at VelocityEHS. David has over a decade of experience selling, implementing, and building EHS and ESG software solutions. David received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and a Master of Arts in Sustainability Management from Curtin University in Australia.

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Julia Penfield, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Machine Learning and Data Sciences, VelocityEHS

Dr. Julia Penfield, Associate Vice President of Machine Learning and Data Sciences, leads Research in the R&D department of VelocityEHS, where she has worked on a range of machine learning and data science projects. Julia received her Ph.D. in the application of machine learning in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Ivy Mattio

Ivy Mattio

Senior Director of Strategic Services, VelocityEHS

Ivy Mattio, Senior Director of Strategic Services at VelocityEHS, leads a team that makes workplaces safer and more sustainable through targeted strategic consulting engagements for customers in ESG and other fast-growing domains. Ivy has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications (Public Relations) and an MBA (International Business) from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.

Roger Bottum

Roger Bottum

Senior Vice President of Product, VelocityEHS

Roger Bottum, Senior Vice President, Product at VelocityEHS, leads product strategy, product planning and market intelligence for VelocityEHS. He has decades of experience in risk management software and in enterprise SaaS software. Roger received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics from Colorado College and attended the Kellogg School of Business.

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Julian Moffatt

Principal Solutions Strategist – ESG, VelocityEHS

Julian Moffatt is the Principal Solutions Strategist, ESG for VelocityEHS. Julian contributes his expertise in ESG product creation for VelocityEHS. He also oversees the VelocityEHS ESG team. Julian studied Environmental Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Blake McGowan, CPE

Director of Research, VelocityEHS

Blake McGowan is the Director of Research at VelocityEHS. Based in Ann Arbor, MI he joined VelocityEHS in 1999. Blake holds a Certificate in Leading Sustainable Corporations from the University of Oxford, a MSc Degree in Human Neuromechanics, and a BSc Degree in Biomechanics & Neurophysiology from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has also achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

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Dr. Christine Haman

Sustainability & ESG Manager, Trinity Consultants

Dr. Christine Haman, Sustainability & ESG Manager in Trinity’s EPRM Business Line, assists clients with sustainability metrics assessment and tracking, corporate GHG inventory development, climate strategy, risk, and low carbon transition support, and sustainability program development support. Dr. Haman graduated from LSU with a B.S. in Physical Geography/Climatology, a M.S. in Meteorology from The Florida State University, and a Doctorate degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Houston.

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Phil Molé, MPH

EHS/ESG Expert, VelocityEHS

Phil Molé is an EHS/ESG & Sustainability Expert for VelocityEHS. Phil speaks at numerous conferences and organizations, and often presents webinars on EHS/ESG topics. Phil has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from UIC in Chicago, Illinois.