Sustainability Meets Mobility: Inside Ford’s Strategic Shift

Ford Motor Company is undertaking one of the most significant strategic shifts in its history as the company expands its business model to be both an auto and a mobility company. The company’s evolution is driving innovation in every part of its business as it focuses on how to best navigate global issues such as climate change, supply chain sustainability and human rights.

One result of Ford’s investment in corporate responsibility is Project Better World, a program that will provide vehicles and services that meet the mobility needs of underserved communities. With Project Better World, Ford is helping bring access to medical care and supplies in rural Africa, as well as mapping remote areas and providing internet and connectivity in areas not currently covered.

This one-hour webcast will provide insight into how the automaker’s strategy is driving innovation at the intersection of CSR and business opportunity. You’ll learn:

  • How corporate social responsibility is at the heart of Ford’s business model and strategy for the future

  • How Ford is driving innovation in every part of its business to maximize its environmental performance

  • What companies like Ford are doing at a global scale to improve livelihoods and develop shared-value business models that benefit underserved communities

  • How Ford is working with partners around the globe to solve sustainable mobility challenges


  • Kim Pittel, Vice President of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford
  • Arthur Zysk, Business Research Analyst , Ford
  • Cheryl Ennis Self, Executive Director of Global Social Partnerships, World Vision
  • John Davies, VP and Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am

A Next-Generation Solar Strategy for Commercial Operations

As businesses rely more on energy-intensive operations, including data centers and manufacturing facilities, solar is steadily gaining traction as a choice for powering large commercial and industrial facilities. Utility-scale photovoltaic solar has become cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity in many areas, especially for facilities with large energy needs.

Companies considering solar energy have traditionally been limited to onsite installations, which come with a variety of challenges. Today, there are new ways to purchase solar energy that reduce or suppress upfront costs, reduce siting barriers and ensure a level of price stability not achievable with fossil fuel electricity. Power-purchase agreements (PPAs), for example, allow businesses to procure solar electricity at a predictable cost for up to 25 years, including financing, design, engineering, procurement, permitting, construction, commissioning, operations and maintenance. PPAs free a business from having to own or manage a solar power plant, while enabling them to take full advantage of solar electricity’s predictable pricing.

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

  • The opportunities for companies seeking low-cost/low-risk solar energy solutions
  • How to enter into long-term contracts for solar resources
  • How a major data center player implemented solar into its portfolio
  • How a major consumer-facing company implemented solar energy


Karl Brutsaert, Director, Global Commercial & Industrial Origination, First Solar

Seth Baruch, National Director for Energy and Utilities, Kaiser Permanente

Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

GreenBiz State of the Profession

It’s been just over 10 years since Walmart launched its sustainability strategy and General Electric launched Ecomagination. As sustainability programs mature, many of the leading corporations are making it a key part of their growth strategy for the future. But for others, programs are still in an awkward adolescence.

GreenBiz Group’s fourth State of the Profession report takes a look at the evolution of the sustainability executive and its unique role in industry. As in years past, we surveyed members of our GreenBiz Intelligence Panel to find out how much they make, where in the company they report, and what they do in the course of their job.

Join us for a free, one-hour webcast where the report’s co-authors will discuss where sustainability lives within an organization, how its leaders got there, and what projects and strategies they expect to be undertaking in the near future. They will also answer your questions, including:

  • What will it take to increase corporate focus on sustainability efforts?
  • Are we entering a period of corporate sustainability haves and have-nots?
  • Are career opportunities limited for sustainability professionals?


John Davies, Vice President and Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
Ellen Weinreb, Founder and CEO, Weinreb Group

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:00am

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
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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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