Product Stewardship and the Challenges of a Circular Economy

There is a growing business movement toward the so-called circular economy, where we strive to keep resources and products continually in use. One important enabler to the ability to do this is product design. Another one is the recycling of products.

Policymakers tend to embrace recycling above all else.  So what makes a recycling program successful? Evaluating recycling efficiency rates has not proven to be enough. The behavior of consumers as they dispose of materials, product design, and government policy are pivotal to help guarantee a positive impact in our environment when disposing responsibly of materials.

Every day, thousands of new products, from portable electronics to power tools to toys, enter the marketplace with one thing in common: batteries. At the end of their useful life, many batteries are recycled but too many consumer batteries are also dumped in landfills. While recycling batteries is one way to address this, choosing the right recycling process also is important.  Another way would be to design products that are easier to disassemble and recycle, so that its materials can be reused and turned into new products.

In this hour-long webcast Call2Recycle’s CEO and President Carl Smith joins Energizer’s Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Marcus Boolish, and Betsy Dorn, RSE’s Recycling Expert and author of Shifting the Focus from End-of-Life Recycling to Continuous Product Lifecycles, in a discussion about how companies are dealing with the challenges presented as they work towards attaining a circular economy.

During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • The role of product stewardship in forwarding the principles of the circular economy
  • Selecting recycling processes to optimize the use of a circular economy
  • Managing the next generation of environment-friendly product lifecycle development efforts
  • Real-life examples of circular economy solutions developed in both the public and private sector

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Setting Our Sights On a Sustainable World: How to Create Science-Based Goals

Last year, 80 percent of the world’s 500 largest companies publicly reported their emissions-reduction goals. However, some targets may not be ambitious enough to support the global effort to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius. By setting science-based goals that align with the aggressive emissions-reduction targets supported by leading climate scientists, organizations can have measurable impact on lessening the impact of climate change. But these targets need to align business strategies with thoughtful planning for how the targets will be achieved.

Join us for a free hour-long webcast where Quantis International’s CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin and U.S. Managing Director Jon Dettling will be joined by Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director at Mars; Todd Brady, Global Sustainability Director at Intel; and Anders Bjorn of the Technical University of Denmark to learn more about science-based goal setting and how to align with corporate strategy.

During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • The latest trends and methodologies for setting science-based sustainability goals
  • How new goal assessment methods can enhance your business strategy around greenhouse gas emissions reduction and other sustainability goals
  • How leading companies are applying science-based sustainability assessments

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Sponsored by: 
Quantis International

Getting to Yes On Renewable Energy Deals

The climate agreement in Paris is just one more sign to corporate Chief Sustainability Officers that the pressure is mounting to come up with comprehensive and cost-effective carbon management strategies. The challenge is to navigate a complex process of identifying opportunities and to develop approaches that satisfy internal stakeholders with diverse responsibilities and perspectives.

Many companies are inking renewable electricity contracts directly with renewable projects as a way to meet their sustainability and financial goals. Although most of the attention in this area is focused on the mega-deals announced by large IT and social media companies, in fact, the same opportunities are also available to smaller corporations.

Regardless of one’s size, however, direct renewable energy purchases can be challenging: The first hurdle is to locate the right project. Other issues beyond project sourcing abound as well: Among key issues, would-be purchasers need to look at cost, reliability, risk assessment, credit and financing considerations.

Potential problems – many of which are not obvious – abound. Successfully ‘getting to yes’ with minimal difficulty requires a capability that can only be developed through experience. While some companies have chosen to approach the opportunity directly, the majority of corporations with successful renewable energy contracts have chosen to collaborate with an experienced partner.

In this free, one-hour webcast with Altenex you’ll learn: 

  • The opportunities and approaches available to companies seeking low-cost/low-risk renewable energy; •
  • How to enter into long-term contracts for renewables resources such as wind and solar;
  • How best to manage the often complex internal approval process;
  • What leading companies like 3M, Kohls and REI have done to address their carbon exposure and develop long-term, cost-effective electricity procurement strategies

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

The State of Green Business 2016

Join us for the release of the ninth annual edition of State of Green Business, GreenBiz Group’s award-winning annual report.

Each year, the report looks at 10 key trends and dozens of metrics assessing how, and how much, companies are moving the needle on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. The report is produced in partnership with Trucost, a world leader in helping companies, investors, governments, academics and thought leaders to understand the economic consequences of natural capital dependency

In this one-hour webcast, coinciding with the report’s release, GreenBiz Group chairman and executive editor Joel Makower, Trucost CEO Richard Mattison and GreenBiz vice president and senior analyst John Davies will unveil the report and provide insights into key trends in sustainable business and the sustainability profession.

Among the topics:

  • How green infrastructure and the circular economy are changing business strategy
  • The new business opportunities in sustainable oceans, mining and ag
  • The top-reported key performance indicators of more than 1500 companies
  • Year-over-year trends in low-carbon investments and fossil-fuel divestments

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

Corporate Sustainability Reaches Middle Age

For nine years, Siemens has conducted research into the sustainability commitments and trends of corporate America. Its most recent findings reveal a maturing of the field and highlight a growing divide between companies that believe in the bottom-line benefits of sustainability and those that do not.

Join us for a discussion about how the role of corporate sustainability continues to evolve. During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • How the attitudes of in the C-Suite (CEO, COO) and the CSO community differ from those of the CSO regarding the overall benefits of sustainability
  • Indicators that identify a clear divide between companies that place a lower emphasis on sustainability vs. those that place a higher emphasis
  • The outcomes that create competitive advantage in terms of greater corporate valuation, improved company image and brand equity

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 -
9:45am to 11:00am
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Businesses React to Climate Change

Businesses of all sizes and types play a vital role in addressing climate change. To gain greater insight, Ingersoll Rand partnered with GreenBiz Group to survey businesses and find out what they are doing in this arena.

This research reveals how a broad range of companies view climate change and associated regulations and the actions they are taking. There is urgency for business to accept responsibility for improving their operations, their products and their supply chains. Whether these changes take the form of a commitment to increase efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, embrace renewables, or a self-imposed carbon fee, corporations need to look across the board to analyze and enhance best practices.

Join us to hear insights from GreenBiz Group’s latest research and commentary from Ingersoll Rand and other leading companies as they discuss what companies have done, are doing, how addressing climate change fits into their business strategies and what can be expected in the future.

In this hour-long webcast, you will learn:

  • The role businesses play in addressing climate change and the actions they are taking to reduce their impacts.
  • How companies are building strategies to map and measure the success of their climate strategies
  • How business is reacting to the changing landscape of proposed regulation – self regulation and government regulation – and how this impacts the future of innovation and management

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Sponsored by: 
Ingersoll Rand

Paris and Beyond: What’s the Business Opportunity at COP21?

Next month’s COP21 United Nations climate summit in Paris is shaping up to be a landmark event, with more than 40,000 political, business and activist leaders expected from around the world. It is expected to produce a global compact to address climate change — and, in fact, is seen by many as the last great hope for doing so.

How should the private sector engage? What are the various roles, responsibilities and opportunities for companies to participate — either directly in Paris or virtually through other means? How should what happens in Paris inform company activities to address climate change in 2016 and beyond?

In this one-hour webcast, three leaders from the business and nonprofit worlds will talk about how their organizations are participating. Among the things you’ll learn:

  • What companies should expect to see at COP21
  • How to participate and be heard
  • How COP21 outcomes could affect business strategy and operations in 2016 and beyond

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Thursday, November 12, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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Why Tackling Climate Change Is Good For Business

The United Nations conference on climate change, known as COP21, is prompting new soul-searching among global business leaders. The big question for self-reflection is not only to know if your organization is contributing enough to tackling climate change, but also: how can businesses transform an apparent constraint into a source of competitive advantage and a business opportunity?

Sustainability and Environmental managers are not only concerned with compliance. Forward-thinking business leaders are also using COP21-inspired goals to boost efficiency, enhance stakeholder engagement, improve reputation and drive financial benefits.

From reaping the benefits of sustainability to rethinking all that is related to product development or supply chain management, sustainability can benefit your business strategy in multiple ways.

Among the questions this webcast will address:

  • How climate change is impacting businesses
  • How to drive positive change within your organization with the right climate change mitigation strategies and tools
  • Applicable insights from forward-thinking industry leaders who have not waited

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 -
10:00am to 11:00am