Business in the Age of Climate Change
Join Ford Motor Company and a group of leading environmental and business experts to discuss best-business approaches to curbing climate change, including how Ford is using climate science in all business-planning decisions. This free, one-hour video webcast will take place live from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
After a year of tumultuous weather, climate change has resurfaced in the national and global spotlight and stands an issue of pressing public and ecological concern. As the impetus to act on climate change mounts for businesses and individuals, NAIAS offers a unique opportunity to deliver the latest findings, prescriptions and insights as means to raise public awareness and promote corporate action around this critical issue.
What you will learn:
- Challenges Ford faces in terms of climate change and the steps the company is taking to meet those challenges.
- Matt Banks from the WWF will discuss his work, research and insights as the Senior Program Officer - Climate Change Business & Industry Program.
- Best-selling author Andrew Winston will present his research and insights around what businesses can and are doing to address environmental challenges.
John Viera, Global Director of Sustainability and Environmental Matters, Ford Motor Company
John Viera is responsible for developing global sustainable business plans and policies, reporting externally on the company's environmental and social performance, and leading the company's engagement and partnerships with non-government organizations (NGOs) and other external stakeholders. Prior to his appointment as Director, Viera held several planning, engineering, and manufacturing positions during his 26 year tenure at Ford. Highlights include leading the company efforts in the development of its first natural gas pickup truck, serving as Chief Engineer for both the company's Compact Pickup Trucks and its Full Size Sport Utility Vehicles. Viera also led the company's mid term cost reduction efforts, building a team that delivered $1.2 billion of savings in eighteen months. Viera is an active member of the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network with a focus on mentoring and counseling. He currently serves on the advisory Board at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Viera holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan
Andrew Winston, Best-selling author and globally recognized green business expert
Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how business can profit from environmental thinking. As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, he has advised some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Bridgestone, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi. Andrew also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the HP External Global Citizenship Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP), and as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC. He is the author of Green Recovery and co-author of Green to Gold, the international best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green. Andrew is a highly respected and dynamic speaker, exploring the business benefits of sustainability with audiences around the world. Andrew’s earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in marketing and business development at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale.
Matthew Banks, Senior Program Officer – Climate Change, World Wildlife
Matt Banks works with businesses and their stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, a voluntary program that has mobilized over 30 companies to set world-class goals to cut 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Before joining WWF, Matt worked for AtKisson, Inc., where he developed sustainability indicators for the Island of Nantucket, the city of Pittsburgh, and the Trust for Public Land. Matt also worked for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and was responsible for launching the greenhouse gas emissions inventory and local action planning process for the City of Boston, Massachusetts in 2000.