Session Details

Session 1 — Quantifying the True ROI &
Value of Initiatives
Tuesday, December 10 (1:30pm - 2:45pm)

Session Host:

  • Daniel Aronson – Founder, Valutus

We know that investing in meaningful sustainability and climate change initiatives matters - to the world and to the success of our respective organizations. Quantifying the full value of climate action and sustainability initiatives is critical to mainstreaming our work, increasing investment and resource allocation to our work, and being seen as critical leaders and assets in our organizations.

Key Questions:

  • What are some real world examples of how to quantify value - and how not to do it?

  • How can we quantify the impact and ROI/value of our work in ways that are credible to other leaders?

Session 2 — Integrating Business & Leadership
Language into Practice

Tuesday, December 10 (3:00pm - 4:15pm)

Session Host:

  • Phil Clawson – Managing Director, CSR Lab

Our practitioners do not often talk about financial benefits and economic value, and when they do, they are often out of their element. But financial value is a critical language used by most organizational leaders, so we need to be fluent in it.

Key Questions:

  • How can we best communicate the value and ROI that sound climate change and sustainability initiatives can create to finance professionals and to senior leaders?

  • What sectors leverage or rely upon different terminology?

Session 3 — Partnering with the Financial and Accounting Professions to Drive Systemic Change
Tuesday, December 10 (4:30pm - 5:45pm)

Session Hosts:

  • Daniel Aronson – Founder, Valutus

  • Catherine Hurley – Sustainability Program Manager, Argonne National Laboratory

Advancing climate change and sustainability goals requires financial investment but also provides significant value to organizations who make it a priority. Greater access to and engagement with finance professionals and organizations is needed for practitioners to develop partnerships and creative solutions that benefit both sides.

Key Questions:

  • What barriers are there to leveraging existing funding resources for climate change and sustainability work?

  • What role can our practitioners play in stimulating new funding opportunities?

  • How can we better collaborate with financial and accounting professionals to achieve greater success?

Session 4 — Leveraging Voluntary & Regulatory Initiatives to Drive Demand
Wednesday, December 11 (8:45am - 10:15am)

Session Host:

  • Gina Blus – Project Manager, ACCO

A broad range of regulatory initiatives and voluntary market forces are impacting demand for climate change and sustainability action. Just as Walmart’s Sustainability Index forced its suppliers to measure the environmental impact of their goods and CDP encouraged public companies and cities to articulate their strategies on greenhouse gases and water, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are rippling through the economy.

Key Questions:

  • How can individual practitioners, take advantage of these levers to increase demand for our knowledge and services?

  • How should our communities of practice create other high-leverage opportunities?

Session 5 — Communicating Our Expertise Professionally
Wednesday, December 11 (10:45am - 12:15pm)

Session Host:

  • Jessica Synkoski – Sustainability Associate Director, AstraZeneca

Over the past 20 years, the climate change and sustainability initiatives have matured considerably in the public and private sectors. While our practitioners are not necessarily accustomed to communicating or projecting our expertise, we all need to be better at representing our capabilities — and out professional societies need to play a role in that effort more broadly.

Key Questions:

  • What can professionals do to become more strategic, professional and authentic in communicating skills?

  • What do we see as our greatest strengths and how should our communities best represent that value to organizations?

  • Who are the best messengers to communicate that expertise?