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GreenBiz CEO Eric Faurot and VP, Conferences Ellie Buechner welcome GreenBiz 20 participants to the conference. Arizona State University’s Jacob Moore does a land acknowledgment.
GreenBiz’s Jim Giles announces a new component to the VERGE conference ecosystem: VERGE Food, focusing on the rising interest in sustainable food systems. From GreenBiz 20.
Jeff Wooster, global sustainability director at Dow, joined GreenBiz Editorial Director Heather Clancy, who hosted the Sidebar, to discuss the company’s circular economy goals. Wooster notes that one of the goals is to increase the amount of materials it reclaims to use in its products. Its also working on chemical recycling.
“It’s really our goal to try to let consumers put all of their plastic back into the system,” Wooster said. “We’re not there today but that’s what we’re working towards, that’s our vision.”
He also spoke about the importance of collaboration and partnerships in Dow reaching its goals.
HSBC’s Paul Stanley, senior manager of corporate sustainability, joined Heather Clancy and Sarah Golden, Sidebar cohosts during GreenBiz 20, to discuss the company’s sustainability program. Stanley says HSBC has been involved with its clients’ sustainability work for a long time but didn’t talk about it publicly until a couple years ago when it announced five commitments.
Since the announcement, Stanley says the company has embedded those commitments — including getting to 100 percent renewable energy in its operations by 2030 and $100 billion in sustainable financing and investing by 2025 —throughout its work.
Just before GreenBiz 20 in February 2020, financial services company EY announced that it would become carbon neutral by the end of the year. Veli Ivanova, Americas climate change and sustainability services leader at EY, joined GreenBiz 20 Sidebar cohosts Heather Clancy and Sarah Golden to discuss the announcement.
Ivanova noted that EY has been doing similar work with client organizations for about a decade and that it was important for the company to do the same. “Our employees are really the driving force behind that commitment,” she says.
Much of the company’s emissions come from employee travel so it’s planning to use a set of strategies to reduce its footprint including traveling less and using conferencing technology. It’s also considering offsetting emissions with power purchase agreements.
Marie Morice, head of sustainable finance at the U.N. Global Compact, says that there’s strong interests with corporates for the Sustainable Development Goals — often referred to as SDGs — but with many of goals, “we’re not there yet.”
Morice says that the U.N. Global Compact attempting to mobilize businesses to invest with an SDG lens or align their business strategy with the goals in mind, “really shifting from an awareness to an actual implementation.” Namely, the Global Compact is calling on chief financial officers to engage further on SDG-related issues.