2023 Aspen ESG Summit: Onsite Information

 

Aspen ESG Summit

AGENDA

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Agenda Themes for 2023

ESG in the Headlines: as “ESG” comes under attack, how does narrative and practice need to evolve to answer the most determined critics, increase societal impact and inspire change?
Rethinking the Employee Contract: as the employee/employer relationship undergoes a profound shift, what levers exist to align business decision making and bottom line impact with worker wellbeing?
Scaling the Green Economy: demonstrating how green business transformation and future-proofing can go hand in hand.

ARRIVAL DAY: Monday, July 10th
5:30pm – 7:00pm Welcome Reception
Marble Garden

Join us to get acquainted with your fellow attendees at the Aspen Institute’s beautiful and historic campus.

DAY 1: Tuesday, July 11th
EVENT KICKOFF
7:30am – 10:00am Networking Breakfast
Albright Pavilion [2]
8:00am – 12:00pm Optional Morning Activities

Maroon Lake (8:00am departure)
Bus boards in front of Walter Isaacson Center [1]
View the iconic Maroon Bells mountain peaks on a visit to Maroon Lake. The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will lead a short walk around the lake and share information about the area, the surrounding ecosystem, and the native plants and animals.

Nature Walk & Ashcroft Ghost Town (9:00am departure)
Bus boards in front of Walter Isaacson Center [1]
Head into the mountains to learn about Aspen’s history and natural beauty through with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Naturalist guides will lead a visit to Ashcroft, a historic silver mining ghost town, and a nature walk along the valley through an Aspen forest.

Reflections on Personal and Professional Leadership (9:45am meeting time)
Booz Allen Hamilton, Koch Seminar Building [9]
Since its founding in 1949, Aspen Institute seminars have formed the backbone of our work and helped leaders across sectors to reflect on timeless ideas and values. Join the tradition with a small group discussion led by the Business & Society Program. Reading will be shared in advance.

Bauhaus Art Tour (11:30am meeting time)
Meet in front of Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
Originally designed by Herbert Bayer, the Aspen Meadows campus contains a wealth of iconic Bauhaus art and architecture. A local historian will lead guests through campus to learn about its art and history—from building design to sculpture to earthworks—and leave time to explore the brand-new museum devoted to Bayer’s legacy.

9:00am – 1:00pm Pre-Event Workshop for Board Directors (separate registration)
Catto Boardroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
2:00pm Registration, Refreshments & Networking
Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
2:45pm Main Stage Opening
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

Resetting the ESG Narrative
In a fractured political environment, how can we talk about the role of the corporation and investment firms in society effectively?

Keynote Speakers: Tim Doyle, Senior Policy Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center; Sabastian Niles, Partner, Wachtell Lipton; Judy Samuelson, Vice President & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (moderator)

-followed by-

Keynote Speakers: Val Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer, Citi; Michael Kobori, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks & Board Director, Bunge; David Monsma, Director, Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation and Former Director, Energy and Environment Program, Aspen Institute (moderator)

ESG in the Headlines

4:15pm Afternoon Break
Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
4:45pm Dialogue Stream A
Hines Room, Kresge Building [6]

What is ESG Investing Designed to Do?
ESG investing is under the microscope from a host of actors with different aims, expectations and ways to shape the game. Amidst the political threats, fiduciary rule changes and greenwashing regulations, how are investment leaders thinking about their capital placement and impact potential?

Provocateurs: Andrew Siwo, Director of Sustainable Investments and Climate Solutions (SICS), New York State Common Retirement Fund; Bill Weil, Head of Sustainable Finance, Tempest Advisors; Anna Snider, Managing Director/Head of CIO Due Diligence, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

Scaling the Green Economy

Dialogue Stream B
Booz Allen Hamilton Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

Unlocking the Power of Worker Voice
Workers and investors both win when the wisdom of those on the front line and in everyday operations informs corporate decision making at all levels.

Provocateurs: Cydney Roach, Global Chair, Employee Experience, Edelman; Justina Nixon-Saintil, Chief Impact Officer, IBM; Maureen Conway, Vice President and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program (EOP), Aspen Institute; Miguel Padro, Assistant Director, Business & Society Program, Aspen Institute (moderator)

Rethinking the Employee Contract

Dialogue Stream C
Lauder Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

Telling Better Stories Around “ESG”
Stories move us to action and can build consensus or fuel division. What is the energizing new ESG narrative that is centered on business strategy and value that will move us past misleading rhetoric? How do we tell stories that matter in this moment – and what platforms do we use?

Facilitated by: Gary Knell, Purpose-Driven Media Leader; Former CEO of National Geographic Society & Sesame Workshop

ESG in the Headlines

6:00pm Cocktail Reception, Hosted by Walmart
Marble Garden
7:00pm Networking Dinner at Aspen Meadows with Guest Speakers on Geopolitics
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

Guests: Jane Nelson, Founding Director, Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School & Board Director, Newmont Mining; Orlan Boston, Sustainability & ESG Markets Leader, EY
Moderated by: Elliot Gerson, EVP, Programs and International Partners, Aspen Institute

9:00pm Close of Day
DAY 2: Wednesday July 12th
MAIN EVENT
7:00am Yoga Class
Meet at Resnick-Malek Health Center [4]
8:00am Networking Breakfast & Topic Discussions
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

Join an informal, small group discussion over breakfast, with no advance sign-up required.

Click on a topic to learn more:

Business Roundtable: Role & Influence

Have you ever wondered how Business Roundtable works with its membership, how CEOs align on shared positions, or how BRT member companies are approaching emerging issues? Join Maria Ghazal, Senior Vice President & Counsel for Business Roundtable, for a conversation about the role and influence of BRT.

Navigating Today’s Political Environment: Insights from Business Roundtable

Today’s charged political dynamic is challenging for corporate leaders – and is even more so for a trade group working to align business voice in Washington. How is BRT navigating the complexities of our current political climate and how might their experience inform our own approach? Join Matt Sonnesyn, Vice President, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment, for a conversation about the challenges and insights gained through BRT’s work in Washington.

Avoiding Climate Disaster: The Case for Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets are often panned as a “lesser” option in our pursuit of decarbonization, but they may be an essential tool for averting climate disaster. Join ecologist, economist, and climate change expert Jim Cannon for a conversation about the unique and essential role for carbon offsets – and why they should be included in corporate sustainability strategies.

ESG + Corporate Boards

How might we equip corporate directors to be more effective allies in the push for ESG integration? Join Claire Preisser, Senior Advisor, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, to share your insights into new guidance currently being designed for board members.

Frontiers of Worker Financial Security

As stakeholders move to clarify and standardize the measurement of “S” in “ESG”, issues of worker financial security rise quickly to the top. Join Ida Rademacher, vice president at the Aspen Institute and co-executive director of the Aspen Financial Security Program, for a conversation on emerging benefit innovations for workers that aim to provide financial stability to families and accelerate a more equitable future of wealth for society.

From Data to Decisions: Making Informed Choices Based on Real-World Evidence

The ability to put data into context is the bedrock of sound decision-making. Join Mark McDivitt, COO and Meg Siegal, VP, Marketing at Context Labs, for a lively conversation on the critical importance of trustworthy data and how technological advancements in data collection, traceability and analysis lead to more informed decision-making and impact. During our breakfast dialogue, we will swap stories of how data-driven decision making generates sustainable value.

9:00am Main Stage Discussion
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

Responding to Changing Markets & Shifting Regulations
How are regional and national governments incentivizing action and driving transparency on sustainability goals and investments – and how are corporations answering the call?

Keynote Speakers: Dave Young, Treasurer, State of Colorado; Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Officer of Energy; Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor, Fortune (moderator)

-followed by-

Keynote Speakers: Mark Kroese, General Manager, Sustainability Solutions, Microsoft; Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business, BBVA and Steering Group Member, Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA); Janine Guillot, Former CEO, SASB/VRF (moderator)

ESG in the Headlines

10:15am Morning Break
Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
11:00am Dialogue Stream A
Hines Room, Kresge Building [6]

Remaking Corporate Culture: Beyond DEI Headcounts
What breakthrough human capital practices build the capacity and competencies for organizations to become the industry leader they aspire to be, and fulfill deep commitments to a better future?

Provocateurs: Mahlet Getachew, Managing Director of Corporate Racial Equity, PolicyLink; Kwasi Mitchell, Chief Purpose & DEI Officer, Deloitte; Stephanie Stahl, Board Director, & Corporate Advisor, Carter’s, Dollar Tree, Newell Brands; John Renehan, VP, Digital Transformation, Pratt & Whitney

Rethinking the Employee Contract

Dialogue Stream B
Booz Allen Hamilton Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

Capturing the Green Premium
Companies across industries are “greening” product lines and gaining early market leadership in green markets. What are the opportunities now and how are companies weighing options for action and crafting strategies to commercialize green innovation?

Facilitator: John Pineda, Managing Director & Partner, BCG & Co-Author “Winning in Green Markets”
Table Hosts: Jennifer Gootman, Global Head of Sustainability & ESG Strategy, Tory Burch; Scott Tew, Vice President, Sustainability, Trane Technologies; Suzette Carty, Global Head of ESG, CDW; Jennifer Silberman, SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Dollar Tree

Scaling the Green Economy

Dialogue Stream C
Lauder Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

In Search of Collective Action: What Are Trade Groups Doing in Your Name?
Are your lobbyists aligned with your intentions? How enterprise leaders can influence regulation and policy – by assuring representatives bolster, not undermine, sustainability strategy.

Facilitator: Judy Samuelson, Vice President & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

ESG in the Headlines

12:30pm Networking Luncheon, Hosted by Edelman
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
12:30pm Private Lunch for Leaders Forum
Bernhard Room, Walter Isaacson Center [1]
2:00pm Paired Walks
Meet at Hines Room, Kresge Building [6]

Reflect on a prompt about your work and spend some time exploring the beautiful Aspen Meadows campus with an assigned partner (no advanced registration required).

Thematic Roundtables (advanced registration required)
Roundtables offer participants the chance to actively exchange on an issue of shared interest. You must register for your preferred topic in advance via the online sign-up form (sessions will capped at a maximum of 16 participants). Please arrive to your session on time and ready to engage in conversation.

Click on a session topic to learn more:

Can We Achieve a Just Transition? (And What Happens If We Don’t?)

Koch Patio (outdoor seating area behind Koch Building [9])

Facilitator: Christina Herman, Senior Director, Climate Change & Environmental Justice, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR)

Proponents of a just transition argue that equity and inclusion must sit at the center of a sustainable and regenerative economy. In this Roundtable, we’ll examine the complexities of meeting those demands, and explore how responsible business leaders will balance the urgency of the moment with a meaningfully just approach.

The Future of the Corporate ESG Function

Catto Boardroom (Upstairs, Doerr-Hosier Center [3])

Facilitator: Brendan Morrissey, Vice President, ESG, Walmart

The ESG function has evolved rapidly over the past decade. As the profession matures, we must take stock of what is required for success over the next decade. In this Roundtable conversation, we’ll explore how corporate leaders and ESG practices will need to evolve to enable long-term value creation.

Integrating Sustainability into Corporate Finance

Bernhard Room (downstairs at Walter Isaacson Center [1])

Facilitator: Anna Palazij, VP, ESG Reporting and Strategic Investments, PepsiCo

A successful ESG function must integrate with core business activities. In this Roundtable conversation, we’ll explore strategies for incorporating sustainability into financial decision-making and its implications for the future of the field.

Navigating Diverse ESG Perspectives in the Workplace

Paepcke-Koch Pavilion (outdoor seating area between Koch Building [9] and Paepcke Building [10])

Facilitator: Radina Russell, US Chair, Corporate Practice and General Manager, Atlanta, Edelman

Employees have widely different views of how companies should respond to social and environmental issues. In this Roundtable conversation, we’ll explore how business leaders can capably navigate and leverage employee perspectives.

Divestment vs Engagement: Investor Strategies for Driving Real Change

McNulty Terrace (First floor, outdoor seating area behind Doerr-Hosier Center [3])

Facilitator: Witold “Vit” Henisz, Vice Dean, ESG Initiative, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Investors are divided on whether divestment or engagement is the best strategy for influencing change. But what does the data say, and what best serves our shared cause? In this Roundtable, we’ll explore the research – and the experience of those in the room – to navigate the complexities of these two distinct approaches.

The Sustainability Skills Gap

Murdock Lounge (First floor to the left, Doerr-Hosier Center [3])

Facilitator: Bruno Sarda, Principal, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

The integration of ESG factors into corporate decision-making depends on the skills and capabilities of the workforce. As the demands of the field multiply, are corporate leaders prepared to meet the moment? In this Roundtable, we’ll explore the sustainability skills gap and how we might close it.

Leveraging the Public Sector for ESG Impact

Bass Terrace (Second floor, outdoor seating area at Doerr-Hosier Center [3])

Facilitator: Swasti Gupta-Mukherjee, Senior Research Fellow, Social Policy Institute, Washington University – St. Louis

The public sector plays a massive role in allocating resources, designing incentivizes, and driving attention to ESG issues. In this Roundtable, we’ll explore how the public sector can better foster multi-sector collaboration, align incentives, and make coordinated advancements for enduring impact.

Machine Learning & Generative AI – What’s Next for ESG?

Booz Allen Hamilton Room, Koch Building [9]

Facilitator: Nicola Acutt, Chief Sustainability Officer, VMware

The business world is abuzz with recent developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI). But are facing another hype cycle – or are we on the cusp of a fundamental shift that will shape the future ESG thinking and practice? In this roundtable, we’ll reflect on the impacts of ML/AI – and our own responsibilities for guiding their evolution.

3:30pm Afternoon Break
Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
4:15pm Main Stage Discussion
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

Taking the Long View: Sustainability Meets Strategy
The CSO of a globally-significant enterprise is part strategist, part diplomat – navigating complex demands of a dynamic business environment and diverse stakeholders. Who needs to be on the CSO’s speed dial, and how is this role evolving to support the path to real, long-term value creation?

Keynote Speakers: Jim Andrew, EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo; Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer & President of the Foundation, Walmart

Moderated by: Judy Samuelson, Vice President & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

Scaling the Green Economy

5:30pm Depart for Evening Excursion
Buses will depart from in front of Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
6:00pm Cocktail Reception, Hosted by BCG
Pine Creek Cookhouse
7:00pm Networking Dinner, Hosted by BCG
Pine Creek Cookhouse

Please note that this restaurant is at the base of the Elk Mountains. Cell service will be spotty and the temperature will drop at night; plan accordingly.

9:00pm Evening Concludes & Return Shuttle Departs
DAY 3: Thursday, July 13th
MAIN EVENT

Please make sure to check-out of your hotel room in the morning. We will have space for bags at the Doerr-Hosier Center and we will be providing shuttles to the airport directly from the event.

7:00am Yoga Class
Meet at Resnick-Malek Health Center [4]
7:30am – 9:00am Optional Breakfast Workshop
Lauder Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

Will Private Capital Transform ESG?
As private capital continues to grow its share of global investment dollars, how will ESG-driven business models and value creation strategies shift?

Facilitators: David Young, Managing Partner, BCG & Judy Samuelson, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

8:30am Networking Breakfast
Koch Seminar Building [9]
9:30am Dialogue Stream A
Lauder Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

When Nature Has Standing
How are innovative businesses managing natural capital dependencies and impacts?

Provocateurs: Glen Delaney, Project Director, Earth Economics; Jenny McColloch, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, McDonald’s; Tommy Polzin, CEO, Vallast & Former Head, Ecosystem Services, Dow; Veli Ivanova, Chief Sustainability Officer – Americas, EY (moderator)

Scaling the Green Economy

Dialogue Stream B
Booz Allen Hamilton Room, Koch Seminar Building [9]

Resilient Workforce, Resilient Company
Worker stability is vital to firm competitiveness in a turbulent economy and yet threatened by that same upheaval. How are organizations strengthening the connection between workforce strategies and long-term value creation?

Provocateurs: Ethan Rouen, Assistant Professor of Business Administration & “Reimagining Capitalism”, Harvard Business School; Martin Whittaker, CEO, JUST Capital; Julie Gehrki, Vice President, Programs & Philanthropy, Walmart; Eli Malinsky, Deputy Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program (moderator)

Rethinking the Employee Contract

10:45am Morning Break
Barksdale Lobby, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]
11:15am Main Stage Closing
McNulty Ballroom, Doerr-Hosier Center [3]

The Way Forward
What do leaders need to focus on to move forward, in this moment of profound challenge and change?

Keynote Speakers: Holly May, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor, Fortune; Judy Samuelson, Vice President & Executive Director, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

12:30pm Networking Luncheon
Albright Pavilion, Walter Isaacson Center [1]
1:30pm Close of Aspen ESG Summit
2:00pm Optional Afternoon Activity
Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies [15]

Bayer Center Tour
Discover the art and legacy of Herbert Bayer, an influential modern artist and designer who exemplifies Bauhaus style and shaped the early artistic and programmatic vision of the Aspen Institute. The Director of the newly-built Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies will lead guests through a tour of Aspen history, its connection to Herbert Bayer, and the museum’s summer exhibit centered on his 1953 geo-graphic atlas.


Shuttle Schedule


 

 

Monday, July 10

FROM: Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

TO: Independence Square & Annabelle Inn
*Aspen Meadows & Limelight Hotel guests should coordinate their airport shuttles directly with the hotels.

Every half hour between 2:00pm – 10:00pm
FROM: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

TO: Aspen Meadows Resort (Walter Isaacson Center)

5:00pm, 5:30pm
FROM: Aspen Meadows Campus (Walter Isaacson Center)

TO: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

7:00pm, 7:30pm

Tuesday, July 11

FROM: Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

TO: Independence Square & Annabelle Inn
*Aspen Meadows & Limelight Hotel guests should coordinate their airport shuttles directly with the hotels.

Every half hour between 10:00am – 3:30pm
FROM: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

TO: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

Morning: 7:15am, 7:45am, 8:15am, 8:45am, 9:15am, 9:45am
Afternoon: 1:45pm, 2:15pm, 2:45pm, 3:15pm
FROM: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

TO: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

8:30pm, 9:00pm, 9:30pm

Wednesday, July 12

FROM: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

TO: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

6:45am, 7:15am, 7:45am, 8:15am, 8:45am, 9:15am, 9:45am
FROM: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

TO: Pine Creek Cookhouse
*We will be providing transportation to/from our offsite dinner venue in the mountains. Please note that cell service in the mountains is spotty and the temperature will drop at night; plan accordingly.

5:30pm
FROM: Pine Creek Cookhouse

TO: Aspen Meadows Resort, Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

9:00pm, 9:30pm

Thursday, July 13

FROM: Independence Square, Limelight Hotel & Annabelle Inn

TO: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

6:45am, 7:15am, 7:45am, 8:15am, 8:45am, 9:15am, 9:45am
FROM: Aspen Meadows Resort (Doerr-Hosier Center)

TO: Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

Every half hour between 10:30am – 2:30pm