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BSR Member Engagement Month

Raising Ambition.

Delivering Impact.

October 12-28

Join BSR’s Exclusive Member Convenings to Help Create Impact in a Rapidly Changing World

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Virtual Leadership Speaker Series

October 12, 2021
11:00 am-11:15 am
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Aron Cramer

President and CEO, BSR


11:15 am-11:35 am
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Sonal Shah

Founding President, The Asian American Foundation


11:35 am-11:55 am
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James Quincey

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Aron Cramer

President and CEO, BSR


11:50 am-12:05 am
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Shamina Singh

Executive Vice President, Sustainability and President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth


12:05 pm-12:25 pm
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Leslie Johnston

Chief Executive Officer, Laudes Foundation

David Sangokoya

Head, Civil Society Communities and Social Justice Initiatives, World Economic Forum

Christine Diamente

Managing Director, Business Transformation, BSR


12:25 pm-12:30 pm
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Christine Diamente

Managing Director, Business Transformation, BSR


October 13, 2021
3:30 am-3:40 am
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Aron Cramer

President and CEO, BSR


3:40 am-4:00 am
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Henriette Thygesen

CEO, Fleet and Strategic Brands, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S

Aron Cramer

President and CEO, BSR


4:00 am-4:15 am
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Vicky Bowman

Director, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Jeremy Prepscius

Vice President, Asia Pacific, BSR


4:15 am-4:35 am
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Ayano Senaha

COO, Managing Corporate Executive Officer, and Director of the Board, Recruit Holdings

Asako Nagai

Managing Director, BSR


4:35 am-4:55 am
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Janine Guillot

Chief Executive Officer, Value Reporting Foundation

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Vice President, BSR


4:55 am-5:00 am
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Elisa Niemtzow

Vice President, Consumer Sectors and Global Membership, BSR


October 14, 2021
11:00 am-11:05 am
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Simone Washington

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, BSR


11:05 am-11:35 am
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Oona King

VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Snap Inc.

Simone Washington

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, BSR


11:35 am-11:50 am
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Kate Brandt

Chief Sustainability Officer, Google

David Wei

Managing Director, BSR


11:50 am-12:10 pm
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Herry Cho

Managing Director, Sustainability and Sustainable Finance, Singapore Exchange

David Stearns

Director, Communications and Marketing, BSR


12:10 pm-12:35 pm
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Paul Polman

Co-Author, Net Positive: How Courageous Companies Thrive by Giving More Than They Take, Former CEO, Unilever

Alessandro Carlucci

Former CEO, Natura , Board Chair, BSR


12:35 pm-12:55 pm
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Ezgi Barcenas

Chief Sustainability Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Jorgette Mariñez

Director, Consumer Sectors, BSR


12:55 pm-1:00 pm
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Laura Gitman

Chief Operating Officer, BSR


Virtual Roundtables on Emerging Issues

October 18, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Climate Change and Human Rights: How to take a Rights-Respecting Approach to Your Climate Strategy Share Page

Human rights and climate change are inextricably linked. The impacts of rising global temperatures—natural disasters, the proliferation of vector-borne diseases, climate migration, famine, and drought—negatively impact many human rights, including the rights to shelter, natural resources, mobility, health, employment, and livelihoods. Join us to discuss the intersection between climate and human rights and learn more about creating long-term, resilient business strategies that address human rights impacts related to physical climate impacts as well as the transition to a low-carbon economy.

  • Hannah Darnton, Associate Director, BSR
  • Chelsea Matthews, Manager, Climate Change, BSR

October 18, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

“Leave-No-One-Behind” through Collaboration  Share Page

BSR has embarked on a 5-year, US $2.5 million partnership with Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, to increase the role of the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by reducing global poverty through collaboration. Through this program, BSR is helping to accelerate and strengthen multi-stakeholder collaboration to achieve the SDGs. Learn how new collaborations are being incubated through this partnership in the areas of women’s empowerment, circularity, just transition, and sustainable freight, among others. We’ll discuss lessons learned to date, including how to overcome barriers to create meaningful impact. This session will also offer participants an opportunity to contribute your own ideas for new collaborations which can help to achieve the Global Goals.

  • Melina Wyatt, Opportunity Hiring Lead, GAP Inc.
  • Daniel Gronvius, Programme Officer Specialist, Department for Partnerships and Innovation, Sida
  • Nicolas Ronderos, Manager, Collaborations, BSR (Moderator)

October 19, 2021
6:00 am-7:00 am, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Supporting Supply Chain Workers in Times of COVID-19: Insights from HERproject (EMEA/Asia-Pacific) Share Page

How can companies and NGOs continue to support workers through a crisis? Throughout the COVID-19 crisis workers in production countries, especially women, have faced new challenges – from staying safe at work to increased stress to late payments and layoffs. Efforts to support workers through traditional in-person capacity building and interventions have been hindered by lockdowns, restrictions on travel and many organizations halting in-person interventions. Join the HERproject team and brands to explore what we have learned so far – from adapting to virtual trainings, to piloting new digital tools and deciding when to continue in-person trainings.

  • Bipul Borah, Ethical Sourcing Manager, Twinings
  • Taslima Khanam, HERproject Bangladesh Coordinator, BSR
  • Ines Renobales Fernandez, Sustainability, Inditex
  • Lauren Shields, Associate Director, HERproject, BSR (Moderator)

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October 19, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Supporting Supply Chain Workers in Times of COVID-19: Insights from HERproject (Americas/EMEA) Share Page

How can companies and NGOs continue to support workers through a crisis? Throughout the COVID-19 crisis workers in production countries, especially women, have faced new challenges – from staying safe at work to increased stress to late payments and layoffs. Efforts to support workers through traditional in-person capacity building and interventions have been hindered by lockdowns, restrictions on travel and many organizations halting in-person interventions. Join the HERproject team and brands to explore what we have learned so far – from adapting to virtual trainings, to piloting new digital tools and deciding when to continue in-person trainings.

  • Joan Nyaki, HERproject Kenya Representative, BSR
  • Cristina Perala Vicente, Sustainability, Inditex
  • Lauren Shields, Associate Director, HERproject, BSR (Moderator)
  • Isadora Loreto, Manager, HERproject, BSR (Moderator)

The following roundtable requires a separate registration process.
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October 20, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Finance, Investment, and Human Rights 101 Share Page

Human rights are rapidly becoming a top priority for financial institutions, including banks and institutional investors across regions and asset classes. Recent regulatory developments in the EU are centering human rights at the heart of the region’s financial system, while the convergence between material risks for business and salient risks to people are increasingly evident. This session will explore the human rights responsibilities of financial actors, and how to apply the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to financial services.

  • Anita Ramasastry, Representative , UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Ariel Smilowitz, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock
  • Naomi Resnick, Senior Manager, Social Impact, Scotiabank
  • Paloma Munoz Quick, Associate Director, Financial Services, BSR (Moderator)

October 20, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Acting on Just Transition: Guidance and Expectations for Business Share Page

The transformation required to solve the climate crisis is at a scale we have never seen before, and will require substantial shifts in every part of our society and economy. Business has an important role to play in ensuring a fair, just, and inclusive transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy that leaves no one behind. This session will provide a foundation for understanding what is meant by a just transition and explore expectations and opportunities for business.

  • Charlotte Hugman, Research Lead Climate and Energy Benchmark, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Martina Macpherson, Global Head of ESG Strategy, ODDO BHF Asset Management
  • Ouida Chichester, Director, Energy and Extractives, BSR (Moderator)
  • Jenna Kowalevsky, Manager, Energy, Extractives and Industrials Human Rights, BSR (Moderator)

October 20, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Building Resilience: Three Key Shifts Affecting Your Business Today Share Page

Sustainability teams and business leaders are confronted with a fast-changing environment: evolving mandatory reporting requirements, new regulation, and growing expectations from investors, shareholders challenging the positioning and governance of sustainability in an organization. Join us for a rapid-fire discussion about three key shifts that BSR experts see as shaping the work of sustainability across business for future resilience:

  1. From Advocacy to Action” The Evolution of the Chief Sustainability Officer
  2. From Oversight to Activist” The Changing Role of Executive Boards 
  3. Assessing Impacts Inwards and Outwards” Adopting a Double Materiality Perspective

We’ll be talking to BSR members and experts about why sustainability teams should pay attention to these trends and what are implications for the role of sustainability teams and the business as a whole.

  • Helle Bank Jorgensen , CEO and Founder, Competent Boards
  • Beth Richmond, Associate Director, BSR
  • Christine Diamente, Managing Director, Business Transformation, BSR
  • Charlotte Bancilhon, Director , BSR
  • Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.
  • Giulia Genuardi, Head of Sustainability Planning & Performance Management, Enel
  • David Stearns, Director, Communications and Marketing, BSR (Moderator)

October 20, 2021
8:00 pm-9:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Raising Ambition, Delivering Impact: Lessons from BSR Members (Tokyo) Share Page

As part of BSR’s Member Engagement Month, the BSR Tokyo office is hosting an invite-only virtual roundtable to gather member companies. Hear directly from your peers who are accelerating action and impact to build more resilient businesses and communities. Aron Cramer, President and CEO of BSR will join us to kick off the session. We will then hear from BSR member companies from multiple sectors sharing their leading practices. The session will end with a networking discussion. This is an invite-only event, and registration for Member Engagement Month does not provide access to this event.

  • Minoru Matsubara, Executive Officer, Responsible Investment Division, Resona Asset Management Co., Ltd.
  • Aya Tokunaga, Executive Director, Sustainability Department, Eisai Co., Ltd.
  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO, BSR
  • Asako Nagai, Managing Director, BSR

October 21, 2021
4:00 am-5:00 am, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

The Emerging Issues Shaping Supply Chains Share Page

New technologies and changing approaches to human rights are some of the key forces reshaping global supply chains. This panel will deep dive into the emerging supply chain issue: Costly Consequences for Forced Labor from the BSR Fast Forward and what these shifts mean for sustainable business in the future.

  • Leanne Melnyk, Head of Global Supply Chains, Diginex
  • Sally Peng, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
  • Jeremy Prepscius, Vice President, Asia Pacific, BSR
  • Tom Wills, Project Manager, Corporate Accountability and Trade, Business and Human Rights Resource Center
  • Margot Brent, Manager, BSR (Moderator)

October 25, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Circularity In Industry: Supply Chain Resilience Share Page

Today’s supply chains are in disarray. Availability, cost, and stability of raw materials has become increasingly uncertain due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Leading companies are thinking deeper about how to find new sources of materials and value models in circular economy concepts, such as upcycling waste. This session will share strategies and lessons learned from BSR members who are taking a new look at circularity.

  • Anthony Abbotts, Director, Group Sustainability, Rockwool
  • Karen Cecil, Director, Global Environmental Sustainability, Cummins
  • Paul Holdredge, Director, Industrials and Transportation, BSR (Moderator)

October 25, 2021
8:00 pm-9:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

New Disruptors Affecting the Future of the Workforce Share Page

From Long COVID to the Global Population Slowdown to the use of AI in hiring, the global workforce is facing multiple emerging challenges.

How can businesses adapt to address shifts in labor supply, enable continuous development of skills, attract talent amid shifting expectations, adapt to changes in productivity, and - crucially - support Diversity, Equality and Inclusion? 

Join this panel discussion to find out, and read about these emerging issues and more in our publication, The Fast Forward

  • Hannah Darnton, Associate Director, BSR
  • Efrem Bycer, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Economic Graph, LinkedIn
  • Stephanie Beers, Senior Corporate Counsel, Workforce Regulations and Policy, Microsoft
  • Hannah Rose Olson, CEO, Chronicle Capable
  • Anna Iles, Associate Director, Futures, BSR (Moderator)

October 26, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Cotton to the Core: Challenges and Opportunities for a Holistic, Sustainable Cotton Supply Chain Share Page

From bookbinding to bandages, t-shirts, couches and tire cording, cotton is one of the most versatile and widely used materials in the world.  Today’s cotton is exposed to many environmental and labor risks, produced through varying models with different environmental and labor trade-offs, and subject to complex global trading, price volatility, and multiple regulatory schemes. From BCI to Fair Trade to organic certifications, many initiatives are working to address the situation – but managing these variables toward a transparent, just, sustainable supply chain is no simple task. Join us for a session which will provide clarity on a complex topic and explore potential pathways for the future.

  • Subindu Garkhel, Senior Cotton & Textile Lead, Fair Trade
  • Noah Walker, Director, Product and Business Development, Indigo Carbon
  • Berkley Rothmeier, Director, BSR (Moderator)
  • Thibault Gravier, Director, BSR (Moderator)

October 27, 2021
4:00 am-5:00 am, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Responsible Sourcing: Collective Action in Palm Derivatives (EMEA/Asia-Pacific) Share Page

Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD)—a collaborative initiative co-managed by BSR and Transitions—brings together companies in the beauty, personal and health care, and oleochemicals industries to collectively achieve responsible production and sourcing of palm oil derivatives. This webinar will share ASD’s second year of progress in taking a collective approach to supply chain mapping as well as its plans to take deeper action in responding to risk, engaging suppliers and investing in positive impact in palm production landscapes. The webinar will also outline how downstream buyers can leverage the learnings of this collective approach and how wider responsible sourcing initiatives can engage and collaborate.

  • Edwina McKechnie, Associate Director, BSR
  • Ricki Berkenfeld, Manager, BSR
  • Thibault Gravier, Director, BSR
  • Arnaud Bonisoli, Project Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain, Transitions
  • Jane Tousco, Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Transitions
  • Ariane Denis, Deputy Director, Sustainable Sourcing, Transitions

The following roundtable requires a separate registration process.
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October 27, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Responsible Sourcing: Collective Action in Palm Derivatives (Americas/EMEA) Share Page

Action for Sustainable Derivatives (ASD) – a collaborative initiative co-managed by BSR and Transitions – brings together companies in the beauty, personal and health care, and oleochemicals industries to collectively achieve responsible production and sourcing of palm oil derivatives. This webinar will share ASD’s second year of progress in taking a collective approach to supply chain mapping as well as its plans to take deeper action in responding to risk, engaging suppliers and investing in positive impact in palm production landscapes. The webinar will also outline how downstream buyers can leverage the learnings of this collective approach and how wider responsible sourcing initiatives can engage and collaborate.

  • Thibault Gravier, Director, BSR
  • Edwina McKechnie, Associate Director, BSR
  • Ricki Berkenfeld, Manager, BSR
  • Arnaud Bonisoli, Project Manager, Sustainable Supply Chain, Transitions
  • Jane Tousco, Head of Sustainable Sourcing, Transitions
  • Ariane Denis, Deputy Director, Sustainable Sourcing, Transitions

The following roundtable requires a separate registration process.
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October 27, 2021
12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Collaboration on Anti-Trafficking Share Page

Join us for a live session to discuss business collaboration to fight human trafficking in an increasingly siloed world. We will also provide project updates from the project teams at the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) and Tech Against Trafficking (TAT). Please feel free to invite colleagues!

  • Hannah Darnton, Associate Director, BSR
  • Lale Tekisalp, Manager, Technology and Human Rights, BSR
  • Sara Enright, Director of Collaborative Initiatives, BSR

The following roundtable requires a separate registration process.
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October 28, 2021
3:00 am-4:00 am, Eastern Daylight Savings (EDT)

Addressing Key Challenges in Committing to—and Delivering—on Net Zero Share Page

The world’s leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued a report in August that painted a dire picture of our future. The impacts of a 1.5°C and 2°C world—extreme weather, species and crop loss, disrupted supply chains, public health crises and displaced communities—could arrive during our own working lives. Thus, it isn’t a problem that we should solve in the next generation; it is a problem we must solve immediately. The staggering rise of corporate net-zero commitments comes at an auspicious time, and this momentum from businesses to build net zero value chains can change our global trajectory. But companies face multiple challenges in setting robust net zero targets and transition plans, including lack of a clear definition of net zero for businesses, reconciling net zero targets with strategy, misalignment emission boundaries, and lack of clarity on how to use carbon credits. Join us for a discussion on the challenges companies are facing today on net zero and learn about their approach to navigating the process and setting ambitions targets that translate into meaningful business transformation.

  • Sara Nordbrand, Head of Group Sustainability, Telia Company
  • Gareth Scheerder, Environment & Climate Manager, Pandora
  • Dinni Lingaraj, Group Manager, Sustainability, Wipro
  • Mark Watson, Group Head of Sustainability, John Swire & Sons
  • Eileen Gallagher, Associate Director, BSR (Moderator)


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