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Welcome to the VelocityEHS:
ESG Virtual Conference

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9:00 a.m. Eastern – The Value of ESG to the Financial Community

Session Duration: 60 minutes
Presenters: Chloe Sanders, Director of ESG, CVC Capital Partners
Blake McGowan, Director of Ergonomics Research, VelocityEHS

Today, businesses are expected to develop a strategic approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and integrate ESG risk management into their financial business model.

During this conversational session, participants will gain insights about the importance of ESG from the financial community viewpoint straight from CVC. The firm has more than $80 billion under management across private equity and credit, and integrates ESG considerations into its approach. Some questions to be addressed include:

  • Why is ESG important to the financial community? Why now?
  • What ESG information is important to the financial community?
  • Who are the benefactors? What are the benefits?
  • How can EHS professionals better support the ESG needs of the financial community?
  • What ESG management expectations does CVC have of its portfolio companies?
  • How would you describe “ESG done right”?

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10:15 a.m. Eastern – EHS to ESG: Making the Pivot

Session Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: David Staples, Senior Solutions Strategist, ESG, VelocityEHS
Moderator: Roger Bottum, Senior Vice President of Product, VelocityEHS

While some companies have excelled with a strong health and safety culture or an exemplary environmental compliance record, EHS has rarely poured into other facets of business and led fundamental organizational change. EHS has traditionally been about lowering risk and keeping regulators at bay. However, due to the demands of the financial community and other stakeholders, EHS is expanding its footprint into Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). While ESG activities are still largely voluntary, they permeate all aspects of business.

Today, managers must focus not only on how to reduce incident rates or remain within permit thresholds, but also on how to drive toward net zero emissions or contribute to the circular economy through sustainable by design principles. These efforts require planning and buy-in from the entire organization to avoid getting outpaced by competitors that have a solid process. EHS managers need to shift their paradigm because the expectations of suppliers, employees, and shareholders have shifted. These stakeholders want to see that your business model is prepared to thrive in the more transparent, equitable, and low carbon economy that the world is quickly moving toward. During this session, VelocityEHS experts will discuss why this pivot is important and how to make it happen within your organization.

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11:30 a.m. Eastern – Practical Steps to Implement an ESG Program

Session Duration: 60 minutes
Presenters: Brad Micheel, Senior Solutions Strategist, VelocityEHS
Phil Molé, EHS & Sustainability Expert, VelocityEHS

Many company leaders interested in pursuing an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) process are currently following a traditional EHS management approach, and are seeking practical guidance on how to begin the transition toward reaching these goals. This webinar will cover tangible steps to begin your ESG journey today, such as how to:

  • Understand and assess the issues that materially matter most to your organization
  • Define the scope of your management system
  • Identify the selection, management, and disclosure of metrics, whether environmental, like greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or organizational, such as those related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

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12:45 p.m. Eastern – ESG Horizon Planning: What’s Happening?

Session Duration: 30 minutes
Presenter: Julian Moffat, Senior Principal Solutions Strategist, VelocityEHS
Moderator: Frank Skiba, Senior Product Manager, EHS Foundations, VelocityEHS

Over the span of a few short years, ESG has evolved from an optional public relations reporting initiative into an increasingly mandatory, investor-driven reporting requirement. Where is this leading? What is next on the horizon in relation to ESG? How can you prepare your leadership team for the next five years? Join Julian Moffatt, Principal Solution Strategist, ESG at VelocityEHS, for an in-depth discussion of what is coming next in the world of ESG. The next five years will be a pivotal time for organizations grappling to rise with (or lead) the ESG tide as they face (mandatory) European reporting requirements, looming SEC standards, the emergence of SASB as a foundational reporting framework, upcoming changes to GRI, and the rise of supply chain reporting as a key corporate challenge. While the pace of change continues to accelerate, learn what steps you can take today to better prepare for the future of ESG.

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1:30 p.m. Eastern – Embracing ESG into A Company’s DNA: CF Industries Case Study

Session Duration: 60 minutes
Presenter: Kelvin Roth, VP of EHS and Quality, CF Industries
Moderator: Julian Moffat, Senior Principal Solutions Strategist, VelocityEHS

CF Industries is the world’s largest producer of ammonia products and has long held a lead position within this industry for its safe and efficient operations. Not surprisingly, CF Industries has been publishing annual sustainability reports for much of the past decade as part of its commitment to employees, shareholders, and external stakeholders. 2020 marked a significant leap forward for CF Industries in relation to its sustainability journey, with the organization profoundly changing its approach to ESG. Join Kelvin Roth, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety & Quality, for an in-depth discussion of CF Industries’ ESG practices and how the organization has interwoven sustainability principles into its DNA. Mr. Roth will discuss the company’s approach to decarbonizing ammonia production through its “blue” and “green” ammonia products, as well as the internal changes (from the board of directors to individual departments) that have facilitated an “ESG first” corporate culture. Mr. Roth will also highlight some of the key drivers and benefits associated with assuming a leadership position in ESG.

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2:45 p.m. Eastern – CEO Checklist for ESG

Session Duration: 30 minutes
Presenter: Blake McGowan, Director of Ergonomics Research, VelocityEHS
Moderator: Matt Airhart, President and COO, VelocityEHS

It is common for global or large organizations to expect business leaders to develop a strategic approach to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and integrate ESG risk management into their financial business model. However, ESG management might be new for business leaders of regional or small organizations. So, what can these smaller organizations do to establish a strategic approach to ESG?

During this session, you will:

  • Learn six guiding principles of effective ESG management.
  • Get a “CEO Checklist” for effectively developing your organization’s strategic approach to ESG management. The checklist covers topics such as education, strategy, goals, metrics, measurement, regulatory awareness, and disclosure.
  • Receive a simple ESG self-assessment to conduct a baseline assessment of your organization’s current approach to ESG.

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Meet the Presenters

Matt Airhart, B.A.

Matt Airhart is the President and Chief Operating Officer for VelocityEHS. Matt co-founded KMI, an Oakville, Ontario-based EHS software provider which was acquired by VelocityEHS in 2014. Prior to starting KMI, Matt spent seven years in technical roles in the chemical manufacturing industry and two years with an EHS systems consulting company. Matt holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Chloe Sanders, B.Sc.

Chloë Sanders is Head of ESG at CVC. Based in London, she joined CVC in 2010. She had previously worked in Commercial Law and Technology at a private practice law firm. Chloë holds a Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and a BSc Degree in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol. Chloë is admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Blake McGowan, M.Sc., CPE

Blake McGowan is the Director of Ergonomics Research at VelocityEHS. Based in Ann Arbor, MI he joined VelocityEHS (Humantech) 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.

David Staples, M.A.

David Staples is the Senior Solutions Strategist – ESG at VelocityEHS. David is a certified ESG Practitioner and holds a M.A. in Sustainability Management from Curtin University in Australia. David gathers expert knowledge and incorporates it in the environmental software module.

Roger Bottum

Roger Bottum is the Senior Vice President, Product at VelocityEHS. Roger 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 is a frequent speaker at industry events and business graduate programs.

Brad Micheel, M.S.

Brad Micheel is a Senior Solutions Strategist for VelocityEHS. Brad provides support for the VelocityEHS Environmental Suite of products and provides input on direction of products. He has been an Environmental professional for over 26 years. Brad has received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of South Dakota.

Phil Molé, M.P.H

Phil Molé is an EHS & Sustainability Expert for VelocityEHS. Phil speaks at numerous conferences and organizations, and presents webinars on EHS topics. He previously worked as a Global EHS Coordinator for a large manufacturing company, and has also worked as an environmental and safety regulatory consultant for approximately 13 years. Phil has received a M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences from UIC.

Julian Moffat

Julian Moffatt is the Director of Environmental Solutions for VelocityEHS. Julian contributes his expertise in ESG product creation for VelocityEHS. Prior to working at VelocityEHS, he was the Vice President of Client Solutions at e3 Solutions, EHS Solutions Manager at Blue292, and an Environmental Health Safety Specialist at Caribou Systems Corp. Julian received a degree from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.

Kelvin Roth, M.S.

Kelvin is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality for CF Industries. He is an accomplished EHS professional with more than 25 years of experience building EHS programs and dynamic EHS teams. Kelvin sets corporate EHS visions, establishes EHS strategies, and manages teams and programs. Kelvin has received a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.